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Issue:- 14 October 2010

Film Review:- "Vampires Suck"
Report by Kezia

VAMPIRES Suck is basically a vampire film for people who have had enough of the torrent of vampire themed movies and TV series, such as The Vampire Diaries, being pushed out from the US. In a nutshell, it’s a spoof of the Twilight Saga with references to other teen culture films and shows like iCarly on Nickelodeon. The cast, headed by Jenn Proske, Matt Lanter and Chris Riggi who play Becca Crane, Edward Sullen and Jacob White, are quite good look-alikes for the Twilight cast and the plot loosely follows that of the Twilight movies – girl moves to small town, meets boy who just happens to be a vampire, falls in love, and has a werewolf who’s in love with her - but you don’t need to see the originals to follow the plot – such as it is. The jokes in the film are, as you would expect from the writers of ‘Meet The Spartans’ and ‘Disaster Movie’ – Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, fairly obvious and mostly bodily functions, sex and toilet-based, such as the scene in Becca’s bedroom when Edward says to Becca’s sleeping form that just her breathing is a gift to him which is immediately followed by an extremely loud fart which causes Edward to dive through the window. Personally, I think that as a movie aimed at teens, it is probably pitched just about right, but anybody outside of that age range might find it a bit hit and miss in both the plot and humour department - a bit like I felt ‘Epic Movie’ to be. Don’t get me wrong, in the places where it works is quitewell, but where it doesn’t, it falls very flat indeed. If I were to give it a rating out of 10, I’d probably have to give it around a 6 or at best 7.

Southport & Mersey Reporter rating:- 3 out of 5

UK BBFC AGE 12Main Cast:- Jenn Proske as Rebecca "Becca" Crane; Matt Lanter as Edward Sullen; Diedrich Bader as Frank Crane; Christopher N. Riggi as Jacob White; Ken Jeong as Daro; Anneliese van der Pol as Jennifer; Arielle Kebbel as Rachel; B.J. Britt as Antoine; Charlie Weber as Jack; Emily Brobst as June; Bradley Dodds as Salvatore; Mike Mayhall as Nicholas; Rett Terrell as Max; Stephanie Fischer as Rosalyn; Nick Eversman as Jeremiah; Zane Holtz as Alex; Crista Flanagan as Eden; Jeff Witzke as Dr. Carlton; Jun Hee Lee as Derric; Kelsey Ford as Iris; David DeLuise as Fisherman Scully; Krystal Mayo as Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Ike Barinholtz as Bobby White; Dave Foley as Principal Smith; Helena Barrett as Alice and Matthew Warzel as John

Running time:- 86 minutes.

 Boost For Edge Hill Station

MERSEYTRAVEL chair, Councillor Mark Dowd, is to launch a campaign to raise the profile of Edge Hill as the oldest working railway station in the world.

Councillor Dowd, a former engine driver, said:- “Millions pass through Edge Hill every year, but only a small percentage have any knowledge of, or give a thought to its history. This station is a jewel in the heritage of our region and needs to be recognised. Initially perhaps this recognition could be in the form of a banner proclaiming the facts and raising awareness of the importance of Edge Hill.”

A working party to explore the potential of Edge Hill Station as a tourist attraction has been set up by Merseytravel with the support of all three political parties and the rail companies serving the station.

Representatives from the National Rail Museum in York are to be invited to discuss further developments.

Councillor Dowd added:- “Tourism is an important industry on Merseyside and Merseytravel‘s own contribution is in the region of £34 million a year with the equivalent of more than 700 full-time jobs. Edge Hill station has the potential to help us increase our tourism offer to visitors. How many of our visitors arriving from all parts of the world know of this unique attraction which began the explosion of world railway domination?”

"The Games" World Premiere In Liverpool

AWARD winning theatre company, Spike Theatre is delighted to unveil its brand new show The Games, the second in their trilogy of stories inspired by real-life events.

Taking inspiration from the ancient Olympics, this world premiere production will showcase this autumn on the penultimate leg of a national tour at Unity Theatre.

The Games is a hilarious tale of three athletes, all with aspirations of greatness, who are poised to compete in the largest sporting event in the ancient world, ‘The Games’. They are drastically under-funded, completely under-prepared and totally out of their depth as they take on the heroes of ancient Greece.

This all-new show features a collaboration with Toby Park of internationally renowned comedy theatre company Spymonkey who will co-direct and compose the piece.

Park will co-direct with Spike Artistic Director Mark Smith, and Spike Theatre are proud to continue their work with talented newcomers, introducing designer Colin Eccleston, who promises epic sets and innovative uses for sporting equipment. The Games will pack a Herculean punch full of comedy, music and a lot of falling about, guaranteeing a great night at the theatre.

The show is on Friday, 22 October 2010 and Saturday, 23 October 2010. To book tickets you can call the Box Office on:- 0844 873 2888 also you can visit:- Tickets:- £10.00 with concessions at £8.00 and the show starts at times on both nights will be 8.00pm.

UK Guild of Artisan Chocolatiers arrives in Chocolate Week

THE UK Guild of Artisan Chocolatiers has been launched this week by three passionate chocolatiers, Angela Ruthven, Dawn Shrives and Bala Croman. These three ladies strongly believe that the increasing number of Artisan Chocolatiers across the UK need to work together to enhance the offering to the public.

Angela, Dawn and Bala have turned their passion for chocolate into local independent businesses, and over the years been supporting each other through the normal trial and tribulations of business, as well as through the unique workings of chocolate. They now believe that it is time to bring their passion and expertise to the rest of the UK.

The Guild aims to make its logo a mark of true quality that consumers will instantly recognise.

Membership of the Guild is carefully vetted and once accepted shows that the Chocolaterie / Chocolatier:-

► uses only ‘real chocolate’ and quality ingredients.

► Is knowledgeable, creative, enthusiastic and skilled.

► makes chocolate by hand, in small batches

The Guild is an association for sole and micro manufacturers of quality handmade chocolates and related products. Members of the Guild have been selected because of their high standards and dedication to their craft.

Also you can find out more by contacting Bala by going to:- The Chocolate Cellar on Hanover St., Liverpool.  You can also contact her by calling:- 0151 200 2202. Also by going online.

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