Key Quotes - Entertainment

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Last update: Wednesday 23rd October
 
The average UK broadband user spends around 50 days a year online. A YouGov survey found surfing the net is the most popular use for the high-speed internet connection. Users increasingly use it for the banking and shopping/

EntertainmentThe Sentinel 8th August
 
The videogame industry has dwarfed Hollywood in terms of size and revenue earned for many years now, with 248 million videogames being sold in the US in 2004.
EntertainmentFamilies Together – Summer 2005
 
Last summer's Soul in the City initiative, held in London, was the biggest yet. The statistics are impressive; 722 partner churches, 21,000 participants, 24 associate organisations, three tent cities, 1058 small team leaders, 432 projects - these included 66 environmental projects, 56 sports projects, 27 community events, 101 children's clubs, and 580 evening events. Over 450 gardens were worked on and 300 plus streets or alleyways cleared. More traditional evangelistic events included 10 evening events held at St Paul's Cathedral, where an average of over 900 attended each night, and a Trafalgar Square celebration event, which attracted over 14,000.
EntertainmentChristianity March 2005
 
Mel Gibson's movie The Passion of the Christ was a key reason why 5,000 people contacted The Christian Enquiry Agency last year, up by 3,000 on the previous year, according to its director Jeff Bonser.
EntertainmentChristianity - April 2005
 
The director of the film adaptation of Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' has chosen to remove all references to God and the church from the movie in a response to 'the possibility of perceived anti-religiosity'. After increasing pressure from film studio New Line, Chris Weitz, director of About a Boy, has chosen to modify the terms used by writer Philip Pullman in his original novels.
EntertainmentYouthwork February 2005
 
Money spent on film production in the UK fell by more than 200 million to 807 million last year. The number of UK feature films made in Britain fell from 44 in 2003 to just 27 last year. Research also showed a drop in smaller scale British films made.
EntertainmentThe Sentinel 20th January 2005
 
Glowing figures showing CD album sales at an all-time high may have made happy reading for record company executives yesterday, but they masked the continuing decline of the CD single. Sales of CD singles fell by 11.7%, hit by the growing popularity of downloads - songs bought from online stores. This week, the record label Universal showed its confidence in the online market when it announced that tracks from five new artists would be released just as downloads.
EntertainmentThe Independent 27th November 2004
 
Humpty Dumpty has been blamed for exposing children to more violence than they would see during an evening in front of the TV. Researchers found the frequency of violence to be 10 times greater in nursery rhymes than pre-9pm TV.
EntertainmentThe Sentinel 18th November 2004
 
Just a handful of super casinos will be allowed to open after ministers signalled an embarrassing retreat on their controversial plans to liberalise gambling laws. Following media attacks and opposition from many Labour MPs, the Government is preparing to allow the establishment of as few as four Las Vegas style casinos offering unlimited jackpots. The plan was four 30 or 40 but due to the extent of the ferocity of the criticism, they have accepted that the numbers should be reduced.
EntertainmentThe Independent - 12th November 2004
 
In a Daily Telegraph poll, 200 clergy were asked for their favourite film with a religious theme. The Miracle Maker beat Hollywood classics like The Greatest Story Ever Told and Ben Hur, coming in a close seconde after Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ.
EntertainmentChristian Herald - 23 October 2004
 
A survey by the Australian Community Broadcasting Association found that more than 7 million Australians, or 45% of people aged over 15, listen to Community Radio in a typical month. 3.7 million Australians or 24% of people aged over 15 listen to Community Radio in a typical week, and they listen for an average of 7.7 hours.
EntertainmentAirflash - issue 84 - 3 - 2004
 
The Germans may soon have ways of keeping the likes of Robbie Williams off the air waves; the Berlin government is considering mandatory radio and television quotas for Teutonic pop singers in an attempt to curb the dominance of English-language music on air. A special parliamentary cultural committee began discussing the idea of French-style obligatory quotas lat week after complaints by broadcasters, politicians and pop artists that the amount of German pop music aired nationally had slumped to a mere 10%. Peter Maffay, one of Germany's veteran artists, said ".The controversy was sparked after more than 500 German pop artists signed a petition demanding a quota be introduced for German songs on radio."
EntertainmentThe Independent 4 October 2004
 
A gay television channel, PinkTV, was launched in France last night with backing from three of the country's biggest mainstream channels and several well-known television stars. PinkTV is backed by the most popular French channel, TF1, as well as M6 and Canal Plus. The backers hope the buying power of France's gay community - the "pink euro" - will attract enough advertising to make the channel a commercial success. They reckon that 180,000 gay and "gay-friendly" subscribers would be enough to ensure a profit.
EntertainmentThe Independent 26 October 2004
 
The most sexually explicit film in the history of mainstream British cinema has been passed without any cuts for an adult audience, the censors announced yesterday. The Michael Winterbottom film 9 Songs, which featured real sex scenes including fellatio, ejaculation and cunnilingus, some in close-up, did not contravene any of the current classification guidelines, the British Film Classification Board said. The movie provided a storm of sensational headlines when it premiered at the Cannes film festival in May. It featured a young couple in London. Matt and his American girlfriend Lisa, and more than half the scenes involve them having sex. But the BBFC said the sex occurred in the context of the development of a relationship between two people and did not raise issues of harm or sexual violence. When the public had been consulted about sex on screen, most had said it should be a matter of choice whether to see it as long as there was no violence or illegality. "Some people may find such explicit images shocking or unexpected in a cinema film," a spokeswoman said. "The board's guidelines allow the more explicit images of sexual activity if they can be exceptionally justified by context. The board has concluded in this case that adults should be free to choose whether or not to see the film."
EntertainmentThe Independent 19 October 2004
 
Christian broadcaster Premier Radio has been voted the poshest station in the country. 81% of the popular Christian station's listeners are to the manor born, while the digital radio station BBC7 has 77% and Classic FM has 68%.
EntertainmentThe Baptist Times - 21st October 2004
 
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