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A Town Called Panic – a movie comedy of plastics

“A Town Called Panic” (Panique au village), a Belgian comedy movie about plastic toys, previewed at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. The review in Hollywoodreporter.com says that it is “absolutely brilliant:”   The main characters are Cowboy, Indian, and Horse, who improbably live together in a town called Panic. They are plastic toys, twisted […]

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Acrylic 3D specs headline at Cannes Film Festival

Acrylic 3D specs were the must-have accessory as the Cannes Film Festival kicked off with Disney’s animated film Up on Wednesday night.   As filmgoers at cinema’s biggest and glitziest gathering ditched their designer shades, it’s likely that they gave not a moment’s thought to the petrochemical material in their plastic anaglyph glasses, which were there to […]

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Bank holiday at the movies

The cinema was more crowded than I’d ever seen it on Monday. Three screens were showing the new “X-Men Origins – Wolverine” and two had Nigel’s favourite “Hannah Montana”, so there were groups of teens, mums with parties of girls, couples and seniors, all milling around the multiplex lobby and queuing up for coke and […]

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“State of Play” – a journalist’s movie

Russell Crowe stars in the new movie “State of Play”, about an investigative reporter who gets involved with the personal problems of an old friend, a politician uncovering corruption. It is set in the US, where big newspapers have been closing in recent months, rather than the UK where the original TV series was set, […]

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Brad Pitt ‘split from Jennifer Aniston because of chemicals’

Brad Pitt was destined to separate from Jennifer Aniston and take up with Angelina Jolie because of chemicals, a scientist has claimed. Thanks to Mark W and Madelon for spotting this one for the Blog.

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Yellow ducks – more plastics in advertising

I’ve just remembered this ad was also on before the main film last night. Anyone who still has the ICIS yellow plastic ducks from conferences gone by, not to mention the Hilton Hotels tiny yellow ducks, will welcome this advance of the ducks into mainstream cinema. The advert is called “March of the Ducks” and […]

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Orange animals – plastics in advertising

No time for blogging today cos I’ve got two presentations to write by lunchtime, so here’s a link to a good plastics ad I saw in the cinema before Slumdog Millionaire yesterday. 

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Movie Trailer: “W”

If ever a film about a US president could be expected to feature oil and petrochemicals, Oliver Stone’s ”W” must be it. Billed as a satirical and humorous biopic of outgoing President George W Bush, it shows his early experiences in the oil business, and his later ventures into protecting oil supplies for the US. According to reviews, […]

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James Bond and Chemicals

The new James Bond film “Quantum of Solace”, currently receiving lukewarm reviews before its opening this week, may well reveal the darker side of our hero, but Blog readers will not be surprised to hear that in the original books by Ian Fleming, Bond showed more than a passing interest in chemicals.   In “Casino […]

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From chemicals to movies

Len Blavatnik of Access Industries, owner of LyondellBasell, and a major player in Russian TNK-BP amongst other things, is going into the movie business, according to articles in the Sunday Times and on Hollywood blogs. Stadium Entertainment, of which Blavatnik is a leading backer, is close to acquiring the overseas sales and distribution division of Mel Gibson’s production company Icon. Through Icon, he would take control of the Majestic film and TV library, which includes the rights to Driving Miss Daisy and Dances With Wolves, according to the Sunday Times.

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