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Success for local filmmakers, DiCaprio gets bored by LFC, monocles and will Trinity buy the MEN?

Published on December 18th 2009.


Not Strictly Confidential

Wholly Trinity
NEWS this week that Trinity Mirror, owners of the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, is in talks to buy the Manchester Evening News for a quick £40m.

The MEN, owned by the Scott Trust, which publishes The Guardian, has suffered its own staff cutbacks this year. But up the M62, they ain't seen nothing like the machete slashes that TM management at Canary Wharf is capable of making in order to give a big fat dividend to its shareholders.

One of the first casualties may be the MEN's TV station, Channel M. Readers may recall the Post and Echo's own flirtation at running a TV station, Channel One, or Channel Gone as it was quickly dubbed upon its demise.

With shaky sets and a live backdrop of journalists trawling across the LDPE newsroom in Old Hall St, this made for far more riveting telly than anything the announcers could come up with. The sight of a 40-strong bun fight during a book sale on someone's desk remained in viewers' memories for weeks.

Then there was the TV spectacle of the newspaper's library assistant ferrying files and folders across the room in a supermarket shopping trolley – just as the earnest young anchor man on screen read a report about a police crackdown on ...stolen shopping trollies.

Hurricane success
Congratulations to Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopolous. Their film with director Terence Davies, Of Time and the City (read Confidential's review here), has been named the New York Critics Circle best non-fiction film of the year AND one of Time magazine’s top 10 movies of the year, sitting alongside films including Up, Fantastic Mr Fox, and Cannes top prize winner The White Ribbon.

Hope Street-based Hurricane, who made the low budget film with a council grant. are naturally gobsmacked. “We’ve been getting emails in from people we've never met, such as Robert Zemeckis (director of Forrest Gump), telling us how much he loved the film,” says co-producer Roy Boulter.

"But the reality is we are running around ASDAs who have run out of stock.

Just as well it wasn't a turkey.

What's the score?
Gangs Of New York star Stephen Graham has said he has been unsuccessful in turning American Leonardo DiCaprio into a footie fan after bribing the ‘Titanic’ star with a Liverpool FC shirt to make him agree to watch a match with him.

The problem was, DiCaprio quickly got bored.

“He only managed the first half,” said Graham. “‘So let me get this straight,’ he said. ‘It’s halfway through the match and there’s still no score?’”

If only somebody had warned fellow Americans Hicks and Gillett that it might be like this.

Strike a pose
Vison Express have started to sell monocles after bowing to customer demand.However the optical chain confesses to being “puzzled” by the sudden upsurge in popularity of the one-eyed visual aid.

Not so from where Not Strictly is looking. Widespread growth of events such as the Hendricks Gin-sponsored series No Rush Hour, The Chap Olympiad, plus sartorially-led events at our very own Kazimier in Wolstenholme Square (New Year's Eve sold out in about five minutes) show the backlash against the chav and the WAG has well and truly begun to be embraced by well, not quite the masses, but up and down the land by aspiring dandies in the IT department, come five o'clock.

Time will tell whether the average Premiership footballer or orange sprayed “networker” will embrace the ranks of the monocle wearing, fez sporting, pipe puffing flaneur. But at least the language won't be lost on them: As one Golden Virginia loving reader opined on the Liverpool Confidential rants earlier this week. “There is nothing like a large bowlful of hot shag.”

Celebrity spotted: Happy Days star Henry Winkler and Natasha Hamilton on the stage at the Empire; Celebrity chef Paul Heathcote at Simply Heathcote's; former Brookie actor Simon O'Brien walking up the road and the Duke of Wellington on St George's Plateau.

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John TiradeDecember 18th 2009.

Does anybody have a youtube link to the LDPE shopping trolley spectacle??!!

Charles AtlasDecember 18th 2009.

Women-only slate by Labour for Wavertree you proclaim on your Nifty 250. Come on girls, move over and give us guys a bit of muscle here. Liverpool currently has 5 MPs, 3 of them female (Kennedy, Ellman and Maria Eagle). Not against female MPs, but in an age of equality they should be happy and willing to compete on equal terms, rather than screetching and threatening to take their skiping ropes away.

CorrespondentDecember 18th 2009.

The shopping trolley clip may well be there. However, you will find on YouTube numerous clips of Channel One's finest cultural coverage in the form of Billy & Wally. I strongly believe their japes were instrumental in delivering Capital of Culture status to the city...a few years later.

Chorlton MerryweatherDecember 18th 2009.

I say! What a charming photograph of a splendid pair of rum coves!

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