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RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Philip Seymour Hoffman won a Academy Award for...

Philip Seymour Hoffman won a Academy Award for Best Actor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reports this evening are coming in that award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has passed away.

He was 46.

Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment earlier today.

Some reports hint at the cause of death being drug related, but the reports aren't detailed and without the results of an autopsy it's dangerous to speculate.


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James Bond Lotus Esprit To Go Under The Hammer

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Remember the Lotus Esprit from "The Spy Who Loved Me"?

If you recall in the movie Bond escapes in it, drives it under water and even manages to shoot down a helicopter:

It's going up for auction early next month as part of a classic car auction being run by RM Auctions in London.

The car is being offered "no reserve", though it should attract plenty of interest from collectors....

Full details on the auction lot here and the back story here

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Despicable Me 2 Tops Irish Box Office

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Despicable Me 2 is breaking box office records in Ireland.

Universal Pictures Ireland put out a release earlier today commenting on the film's success in its opening weekend and the figures are impressive.

...with an opening weekend total of €1.5m, including previews, Despicable Me 2 is the year’s biggest opening to date, beating the previous title holder Iron Man (€1,382,200 incl previews).

The sequel opened a phenomenal 71% ahead the original Despicable Me, on 190 screens across Ireland (92 locations with 64 in ROI and 28 in NI) representing Universal Picture’s biggest ever release in terms of screen numbers.

Commenting on the successful opening weekend Dave Burke, General Manager of Universal Pictures International Ireland, “We are thrilled at the success of Despicable Me 2 at the Irish box office; the record-breaking result shows the huge appetite that Irish audiences have for Gru and his minions”.

So is the sequel as good as the original? Is it better?

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Xtra-Vision Shuts 9 Stores

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Xtra-Vision has been struggling for the last few years and the recent announcement of the company entering receivership may not have come as a surprise to many.

With the growth in streaming services such as Netflix and iTunes, combined with Spotify and other services, how much space there was in the market for physical DVD rentals and sales is hard to know, but one would assume it wasn't growing.

The company, which currently employs over 1000 staff in 152 outlets nationwide, entered receivership at the end of last month.

Today's announcement, as reported by The Journal, is that the company will be closing 9 outlets immediately and laying off around 50 staff.

The affected outlets are:

  •  The Square, Tallaght (seven employees)
  • Rathmines, Dublin 6 (eight employees)
  • Baggot Street, Dublin 4 (seven employees)
  • Swords, Fingal (six employees)
  •  Ongar, Dublin 15 (five employees)
  • Sandymount, Dublin 4 (seven employees)
  • Phibsborough, Dublin 7 ( six employees)
  • Carpenterstown, Co Dublin (four employees)
  • Roscrea, Co Tipperary (four employees)

High street retailer HMV closed its doors in recent months though the company has since been acquired by Hilco who are planning to restructure it. Their plans for Ireland are still not clear.

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