So Disney have just acquired Lucasfilm and have announced Star Wars Episode 7 for release in 2015 which is pretty big news for a nerd like me. I mean sure I’ve been burned before with The Phantom Menace, but as several people have pointed out already – the only new Star Wars film I’d be willing to watch is one that doesn’t have George Lucas at the helm. Disney’s take over of Marvel has given us some great superhero movies so I’m hopeful for Star Wars. Anyhoo, after reading the official Disney press release for all this I couldn’t help but think how would Mickey Mouse himself announce it….?
For horror fans who are sick of the same old scares in the same old boring cinemas then allow me to introduce you to Peter Dunne’s MORB – a secret cinema lurking around Dublin where all manner of graphic horror films are screened. With a quivering mic in hand, I went to uncover the underground event for Culture File on RTÉ Lyric fm.
Harry Fielder (far right in the photo) is something of a superstar extra. He worked as a film & TV extra for over thirty-two years appearing in some of the most iconic films in motion picture history including Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey. His autobiography “Extra! Extra! Read All About It!” recounts his days working alongside the likes of James Cagney, Patrick Stewart and Jerry Lewis. I spoke with him for Culture File.
‘When you sit down at the kitchen table, spare a thought for the fruit and vegetable dealers who not only have to get up at the crack of dawn to fulfil your needs, but also have to grapple with some major hazards of a creepy-crawly variety. In fact, the European Commission recently estimated that dealing with non-invasive species is costing business across the continent €12 billion a year. Our reporter, Liam Geraghty, got up close and personal with some cold-blooded creatures to find out more.’
‘In May of this year, there was much sadness when it was announced that Avalon Guitars was about to enter liquidation. The guitar factory, based in Newtownards outside Belfast, had produced instruments for well-known names such as Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen. But the owner, Steve McIlwrath, has managed to pull his business back from the brink, and it’s due to re-open next week. Liam Geraghty reports.’
‘Shut up And Play The Hits’ is a concert documentary of a now famous night when LCD Soundsytem played their farewell gig at Madison Square Garden, New York City. I was at the gig in NY and also a screening of the documentary in the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin. In this piece for Culture File on Lyric fm, I relive the night of the greatest gig ever…