April 25th, 2006

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Once more unto the breeches



Once more unto the breeches

DAVID BELCHER April 24 2006

Sharpe's Challenge ITV1, 9pm

In the nine years since Sean Bean last swashed his buckle as Richard Sharpe, Wellington's right-hand man in Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, he has set his sights on conquering a far more pernicious and overwhelming force: Hollywood. True, Bean's bid to become a global movie star brought passable supporting roles in such blockbusters as Troy and Lord of the Rings. Sadly, it also encompassed one of the lamest movies of recent times, North Country, in which he played fifth banana to Charlize Theron, merely being called upon to stand about speaking meekly in an American accent and then looking resigned as his terminally ill wife (Frances McDormand) slowly and hammily wheezed towards her maker. Collapse )
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WE LOVE TELLY!: DRAMA SHARPE'S CHALLENGE

WE LOVE TELLY!: DRAMA SHARPE'S CHALLENGE ITV1, 9pm.(Features)

The Mirror (London, England); 4/24/2006
Byline: by Jane Simon

EIGHT years since Sharpe's last TV adventure, Sean Bean is back to (almost) single-handedly save the British Empire.

As the concluding part opens, he's being forced to shoot his old mate Patrick Harper (Daragh O'Malley), having infiltrated the forces of a rebellious maharaja led by renegade English soldier William Dodd (Toby Stephens).

Unlike the previous Richard Sharpe adventures, it's hard sometimes to work out who the good guys are -especially as the locals are fond of reminding A Sharpe that they didn't ask the English to come and plunder their country, but they came anyway.

Our favourite bit-of-rough swashbuckler tonight catches the eye not just of beautiful but power-crazy concubine Madhuvanthi (played by supermodel Padma Lakshmi), but unfortunately strongmen guards who like to hammer nails into people's skulls using their bare hands.

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STAYING SHARPE: Sean Bean as the sexy soldier

COPYRIGHT 2006 MGN LTD
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Not a movie to shout about


Not a movie to shout about
Published on 25/04/2006

Unsettling: Christopher (Sean Bean) goes looking for his wife and daughter in Silent Hill SILENT HILL (15, 125 mins) ** Horror/Thriller. Radha Mitchell, Jodelle Ferland, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates, Alice Krige, Tanya Allen.Collapse )
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Extras, Extras . . . weep all about it

Television & Radio

The Times April 24, 2006

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Extras, Extras . . . weep all about it
Last night's TV with Caitlin Moran

Sunday brought the 14th return of Sharpe in Sharpe's Challenge (ITV1; concludes tonight) — this time around, modishly set in the India of the Raj, and featuring lots of hot chicks in saris doing Hindu booty dances. Despite all Sean Bean's sweaty, tetchy swearing and the alpha-ish brio of the numerous battle scenes, the idle viewer's thoughts turned, on many occasions, to the plight of the programme's extras. Collapse )
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Sharpe still cuts it

The Times April 22, 2006

Sharpe still cuts it

On a sweltering set in India, Sean Bean tell Karen Hockney why he decided to revive the role that made his name

It is 80 degrees in the Samode Valley, in Northern Rajasthan, and Sean Bean is leading a tired column of soldiers across the desert towards an isolated fort. Inside, dozens of extras dressed as villagers and soldiers mill about beside small fires, while horses, camels and goats stand tethered at open stalls.

The camp is taken by surprise when a renegade regiment arrives and opens fire without warning. As the shots ring out and bloodied bodies fall in the sand, Bean springs into action, rifle-butting and shooting enemy soldiers before being shot and wounded himself. So begins Sharpe's Challenge, the 15th television adventure based on Bernard Cornwell's bestselling historical novels, the cornerstone of which is his portrayal of Richard Sharpe. Collapse )
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UK Music Week


UK Music Week

The Commercial Radio Network is working together to bring UK Music Week to the airwaves – a national event kicking off on Monday 24 April that will celebrate the very best of UK music with a week of exclusive artist interviews as well as live tracks from the best of established and new British artists. Every one of 272 commercial radio stations will be celebrating in their own style, with special events and gigs around the country, broadcasting to over 47 million listeners across the period.

The week will culminate with the UK Music Week Chart – a four-hour show, broadcast from 3-7pm on Monday 1 May across the Commercial Radio Network. The chart will count down the 40 most popular artists of all time, as voted for by listeners and will be packed with live performances from artists including Will Young, Sugababes and KT Tunstall, artist profiles and celebrity guest presenters including Ricky Gervais, Christian Slater, Sean Bean and Denise Van Outen.Collapse )
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Free tickets to Legends game

Local News in Reading


Free tickets to Legends game

Here's a chance to get your mitts on a free ticket to witness one of football’s fiercest rivalries rekindled in Reading.

England versus Germany: The Legends pitches some of the game’s greatest players and top celebs in what promises to be a classic showdown.

And the Evening Post has teamed up with the match organisers to offer £5,000 worth of tickets to our readers, absolutely free of charge.

Former England stars Paul Gascoigne, Chris Waddle, Lee Sharpe and Paul Merson join a glittering array of A-listers for the charity spectacular on Wednesday, May 3, at 8pm.

The Madejski Stadium pitch is also set to be graced by ex-Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft, Henley MP Boris Johnson, along with rugby stars Matt Dawson and Lawrence Dallaglio.

Actor Sean Bean, boxing ace Nigel Benn and former cricketer Alec Stewart will be pulling on the footy boots for the fundraising night.Collapse )
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Review: The Elder Scrolls IV - Oblivion role playing game


Review: The Elder Scrolls IV - Oblivion role playing game
The ultimate non-linear role playing game

Price: £34.99 (PC); £49.99 (Xbox 360)

Manufacturer: Take Two Interactive (Bethesda)

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Official Game Guide...

Ratings
Overall rating: *****
Ave. user rating *****
Verdict
Overall: With incredible depth, unparalleled freedom and a cracking storyline, Oblivion sets a new level for PC and console adventures

Chris Cain, Personal Computer World 25 Apr 2006

Every so often a game comes along that completely redefines its genre, raising the bar and setting new standards.Collapse )
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Silent Hill Dominates Weekend Box Office


Silent Hill Dominates Weekend Box Office
Pyramid Heads and Sean Bean for the win.
by Dan Dormer, 04/24/2006

Despite rather negative reviews from movie critics, Silent Hill managed to beat out Scary Movie 4, and weekend openers The Sentinel and American Dreamz with an estimated $20.2 million on 2,926 screens ($6,903 per screen average).
The film had a $50M budget, and has already done better than the last three Uwe Boll movies combined domestic box office totals ($17.8 million), and boasts a better opening weekend than the Doom movie, which opened to the tune of $15.4 million. Congratulations, Silent Hill.

http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3149867&did=1
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1UP at the Movies - Silent Hill

1UP at the Movies - Silent Hill
We head out en masse to see Silent Hill.
by Luke Smith, 04/24/2006

We stormed out of the offices Friday and had a big ol' 1UP Network outing to catch Silent Hill's film debut. Roger Avary penned the script and Christophe Gans directed the film. Considering the source material and all of its problems did Silent Hill overcome them and turn into a solid film or was the flick a solid waste of time? Some of the 1UP Network answered below. Collapse )
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The Insider - April 20

The Times April 20, 2006
The Insider - April 20
By Ashling O'Connor

WITH all the concern around footballers and gambling, there is keen focus on the betting market surrounding the 2006 Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year award.

The annual award, to be handed out at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Central London on Sunday night, is voted for by the players themselves and could be open to abuse by punters seeking inside information.

With money riding on the outcome, PFA staff are understood to be on special alert this year to ensure the identity of the winner is kept secret.Collapse )