Vampire Academy Movie UK Update: CANCELLATION CONFIRMED

Earlier I contacted Vue to see what was happening since the Vampire Academy page no longer existed and they tweeted me back with this:

It’s pretty sad/ devastating/ soul destroying news for us fans but I’m afraid we’ll have to band together and support each other until the DVD is released over here. I haven’t found any news yet on a release date but hopefully it shouldn’t be to long to wait.

Cover have for pre-order of Vampire Academy DVD

Cover have for pre-order of Vampire Academy DVD

Looking at the cinematic release of Vampire Academy in other countries really does show that it hasn’t lived up to expectations financially. Maybe it could have done better with a stronger advertising campaign and merchandise. I mean when Twilight started their ad campaign I think this house had every poster and piece of merchandise going. I’m 23 and I’d honestly buy anything Vampire Academy.

This probably doesn’t bode well for the optioning of Frostbite but if the money’s there to make it then anything can happen.

Fingers crossed Vampire Academy fans for future luck in the franchise! Until the DVD release we’ll just have to read a bit more


Mickey Rooney; A Child Star Forever Remembered

Mickey_Rooney_stillThis week the Old Hollywood fandom are in mourning once again. On Monday Mickey Rooney died aged 93. Only at the beginning of the year did we lose Shirley Temple, another child star of the Old Hollywood era. This is obviously a hazard that comes with being fans of old things, we’re bound to see lots of death and have to mourn the actors we treasure.

Mickey Rooney had lived a very long life compared to some of those he acted with. He had a career spanning 9 decades, married 8 times and lived life to the full in every way. I suppose we don’t really need to tell you much about Rooney. Everyone knows he was a very successful child star who had many comebacks in adulthood. Laurence Olivier once referred to him as “the greatest film actor America ever produced.” Those words mean everything coming from Olivier.


Rooney & his first wife Ava Gardner

His most famous role was as Andy Hardy in A Family Affair which gained that much success 15 more films were released off the back of it. Rooney also found fame when partnered with another child star, Judy Garland. In some clips at the beginning of their partnership you can easily see how comfortable Rooney is in performing next to Garland who still seems a bit nervous. Rooney was from a vaudeville family so had been on stage from very early on.


Go look at his filmography and I’m sure you’ll be surprised in all the films he’s been in. Without a doubt you’ve seen at least one of  the 300+ films he’s starred in.

Here’s Mickey and Judy singing Our Love Affair from 1940’s Strike Up The Band.

He’ll be missed but he’s made a big mark on Hollywood that will go on forever


Rooney has Mr Yunioshi in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s


Rooney with 11 year old Elizabeth Taylor (her film debut) and Butch Jenkins in National Velvet (1944)

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Rooney with Dick Van Dyke & Bill Cobbs in Night At The Museum (2006)

Psychology- Voice Dialogue

Voice Dialogue. 31st March, 2nd and 3rd of April.

I was recently invited to do some training involving around auditory hallucinations, which took an approach didn’t take an almost, “Frankenstein monster.” View to the voices. Ok, you reading this might be thinking but we don’t chase down those who have Hallucinations with pitch forks and torches.

Think about how much you know about mental health


Rethink how people view those who experience those things that are viewed to be, “Not there.”

Sure, we have got past the stage where those who hear voices are not accused of witchcraft and shunned permanently from society. However, most theories and ways of, “Coping,” With hearing voices are based around getting rid of them. It’s not the person who gets shunned from society, but the voice. If you are a patient that hears voices, chances are you will be put on medication which could block the voice, it’s not exactly a permanent solution, if the medication does block the voice it’s basically like sweeping dust under a rug, no one can see it but if you take off the rug it still will be there and it will get into the room. We got a manual with the training, which also stated, “Medication in the long term reduces emotionality… it can diminish recovery prospects in the long term.”

Voice DialoguPsychosise training, ran by York University, does the opposite of what most therapies do. The training doesn’t involve trying to get rid of the voice/voices but work with them. Along with medication someone who experiences auditory hallucinations may also be taught distraction techniques, which in a way, is getting the voice hearer to ignore the voice/sound.
Voice dialogue, sort of gets you to see the voice as a real person, one of the main things brought up again and again though out the three days training was, “The voices are real,” voice hearer’s were told to look back into their histories to work out when the voices start, the training goes by there is some trauma/overwhelming experience that triggered the voice/voices, this was part of a, “Voice Profile,”- Well if others (A.K.A the Psychiatric nurses etc,) who were there, were going to treat these voices like real people they needed to know things about them, also it built up a relationship. It also got the voice hearer to open up more about the voice, as conditions such as schizophrenia and psychosis are often associated with a, “Mad,” Label, voices aren’t often talked about in the outside world because it is believed that, “Voices are a meaningless symptom of mental illness.” It is important to get details of when the voices started and details of the voice as the training is based on research done by Romme and Escher who acknowledged there is a connection between someone’s life story and the voices.

The training and also Romme and Escher’s research also tells what the voices are saying may not be what they mean, there may be a case a violent voice may just be protecting the person or to say something else.

As an example of this, a children’s story (amusingly it was actually one of the speakers children who told him the story 9780747576419and he put it together and told us)- The Selfish Crocodile by Faustin Charles- was told, we all had different interpretations of it.

The story told of a grumpy crocodile who no one would approach, as he wouldn’t let anyone near the river. However, one day the crocodile was in pain due to a bad tooth and no one helped him because they were scared of him. A mouse was brave enough and went inside the mouth of the crocodile and took out his bad tooth, helping the crocodile. The crocodile then started to realise how mean he had been and began to get along. The story told to some people that maybe if the voice was a bad one maybe it just needed some kindness, maybe it is hurt or it just needs to be acknowledged and helped for it to change. Consider how you would feel and how you would view things if you were constantly ignored. The voices for some people started off as a good thing but some change and this might be because voice hearers are told to in non-specific ways to ignore the voices.


The theory of voice dialogue takes into consideration that the voices mean something and are connected to the trauma that people have suppressed. The theory that, “Every individual consists of different selves each with its own history and opinions.” In a way, it’s kind of like Darwin’s theory of evolution; each species has physical characteristics that they have disowned in order to survive. The voice dialogue model takes a similar approach to personalities such as an independent person may have disowned the part of them what wants to rely fully on others. As the brain is a complicated thing these traits don’t disappear f
ully, it’s not like physical evolution where that part has just dropped off or grown, the traits, which are often opposite to the ones we show, get hidden in the subconscious unable to appear.

In the training we were told to write down characteristics in the people we hate. The theory brought up the characteristics we hate in others are actually because they are opposite to the ones we have, or there was even a case where someone realised they had some of the traits what they hated in that person. In relation to the hallucinations, voice dialogue brought out the idea that it is these traits we have disowned talking, some discovered that the voice held the characteristics of traits they hated or even traits they wished they had. This built up more of a profile, which turned out to be really effective, to help both the listener and the worker, when it came to later in the training. Take into consideration the Selfish Crocodile- the idea that the voices just want attention and help and take into consideration the traits you have disowned. If you have disowned a angry pessimistic trait the trauma could speak using your disowned traits, but the voice may say something like, “It’s not worth it, there is no point, just kill yourself,” But it is actually the pessimistic personality trait telling you that and in truth it probably means the opposite, well your conscious personality would have told you different. Not all hated or disowned personality traits will appear in the voice/voices but often the voice may appear angry because the voice has been repressed. Voice Dialogue training goes about helping people talk to their voices, or getting others to help the hearers talk to the voices to relieve that anger.


Just throw a computer across the room

Details of the voices were written down, workers soon got to know the age/ages of the voices and the age and circumstances of when the voice appeared for the voice hearer, if the voice were male, female, mixed or just a sound, if weirdothe voice appears in a specific mood or situation- angry mood/stressful situation, how the voices makes the voice hearer feel- do they feel afraid of the voice? Do they trust him/her/it?

Although these three days were intensive it was important each person took breaks and took things slowly, as some of the voices may find the situation hostile as they are being talked about, in detail, which ok they may be angry that the voice hearer doesn’t really acknowledge them but it puts them in a whole new situation when you have two/more people situation acknowledging them. In the end the voice hearer can’t get away from the voice, so at the end of the days it was asked what everyone was doing, it was recognised the voices may not like what the hearers were doing the hearer could be listening to threats or complaints about the actions.


When it came to talking to the voices, it was important to get the voices permission before anyone started asking questions. The hearer had answered about details about the voice, but for some to could be a different thing asking the voice something directly, especially if the voice is hostile, it can be distressing for the hearer and provoke the voice. It could be a new experience for the worker and the hearer if the voice has never openly talked before, the voice could talk through the hearer, “The voice says…” Or directly to the worker, (The person just repeats or says with the voice what it’s saying.) It gave a chance for the voice to really talk about what he/she thought, say their side of the story. Yes, they may answer angrily but it is an important thing for the worker to remember they should not answer in a similar tone, it may be human nature, “Fight or flight,” that someone fights against you, you may get the urge to fight or run away, but in this case it is important for the worker attempt to end the dialogue on a calm note.

Overall, I feel like this method actually has a chance of working if the people are trained properly and if of course the patient and the voice is willing. Like any method the voice may feel threatened, they don’t want to be gotten rid of. There has been good feedback on patients who have had voice dialogue.

The method not only distinguishes a relationship between the hearer and the voice, it explores the voice’s underlying motives and almosts get’s the hearer to see the voice as an actual person, seperate from them.

For some patients it can set up a schedule, if the voice particually isn’t ready to work towards change yet, e.g. change of attitude, but it still continues talking. The method puts in the patient as an individual, they have the ability to control these voices, so they can say, “I’ll try to talk to them for about 30 minutes a day only.” Therefore, a relationship still is in progress but the patient may feel less stressed and more in control. It also helps the voice gradually know who is in control, with voice dialoge (talking to the voice) It is hoped we will find out why the voice is there so change can be initiated. Almost like the voice will get therapy not the hearer.

It also helps improve the stigma of mental health. It promotes to people that these voices aren’t a symptom of, “Crazyness,” And also can help take away the, “Murderous psychopath in where the voices told them to do it.” I think it’s also important that if voice dialouge does work the person will become less dependant on medication, I know from experiance it’s a hassle remembering to take my mood stabilisers once a day, hence they put me on longer lasting ones so the medication stops in my system longer. But not all medications have a longer lasting edition, in some cases it just takes one or two forgotten tablets and things start to effect you more.


I’ve tried to keep people’s names out of this for confidentialty reasons, but in the training there was evidence that this method would work. However, this method isn’t as popular as methods such as Cognitive Behahavioural Therapy or Biological methods- medication, so it isn’t readily avaliable in most places.


Training given by The University Of York Department of Health Science


Rob Allison

Anita Savage Grainge

Gavin Lawton


Vampire Academy Movie UK Update: RUMOURED CANCELLATION

Please note I stress the word rumoured. As of 11pm UK time I have been unable to find any confirmation OR denial of this dreadful news. I’ve followed up some leads and here’s what I’ve found.

  • Vampire Academy is no longer on the Cineworld website but I did find it on the Vue website. Odeon also say they have it set for 23rd April.
  • The film still appears on eOne’s UK Site but there is no information on UK release dates, there’s basically no information for us.
  • The UK release date has also vanished from the extensive list of dates on IMDB. Ireland is still there.
  • The film didn’t live up to expectations and was not released in Brazil. Australia only had a run of 20 days. This info is from Vampire Academy (Film) This could be a major reason for cancellation here.
  • The release date for the DVD in the US has been announced and that’s on 20th May. That obviously has nothing to do with the cancellation of the UK release but it’s something to keep in mind for the DVD release over here.

tumblr_n0kldknlkv1rxoc48o1_500Remember to keep an eye out on social networking sites, as we know the fans are usually the first to know about things like this. This site is a great source of information: Vampire Academy Movie UK Facebook So is Tumblr and Twitter, so keep Vampire Academy tagged.

If Vampire Academy is cancelled over here then we’ll just have to stay brave and keep flicking through our Vampire Academy Movie Companions until the DVD is released.

As soon as we have more information or confirmations we’ll let you all know.



UPDATE 4/4/14  Cineworld tweeted me back earlier with this:

Vue and Odeon are still saying Vampire Academy WILL STILL be shown. So far looks like it’s just Cineworld who have it cancelled. I suppose only time will tell.

UPDATE 9/4/14: When I checked Vue this morning The Vampire Academy link says the film is now due to be released 4/7/14 but when you click on the link the Vampire Academy page has been removed. Odeon have also removed the link to the film. A bad omen maybe? I’ve contacted Vue and will let you know their answer.

Happy 100th Birthday Alec Guinness!

tumblr_n0qyneBwz61r31mkdo1_500British screen legend Alec Guinness de Cuffe, better known to you and me as Alec Guinness, is an actor everyone has had the pleasure of watching on the big screen. As today would have been Guinness’ 100th birthday I was given the very hard job of selecting 3 films of his that I love because of Guinness’ superb performance and how the film fits perfectly to him. Please believe me ALL his films are worth a watch, he, like many other actors of bygone eras, just has something that the actors of today can’t perfect on screen. After many hours of great deliberation I narrowed it down to these three:


The Malta Story (1953)


Muriel Pavlow & Alec Guinness in The Malta Story

From the first time I saw this film I loved it. From the outside it’s a classic war film of the British trying to hang onto the island of Malta as the German’s and Italian’s bomb and try to kill off any hopes of the Maltese people yet on the inside it’s a true romantic tale with Flight lt. Peter Ross (Guinness) falling in love with local girl Maria (Muriel Pavlow). Guinness plays this role wonderfully and manages to be a true RAF officer we’d expect to see but have a playful and caring side when it comes to his free time with Maria. The story itself really opens your eyes to Malta’s story during WWII and the great range of actors certainly gives you a film you’ll remember.


Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)


Alec Guinness as Lady Agatha D’Ascoyne in Kind Hearts and Coronets

This was one of Guinness’ first big films and he nailed it, not just in one role but by playing EIGHT different characters. Kind Hearts and Coronets is an Ealing comedy and like all Ealing comedies it has a really different twist. Guinness plays eight members of the D’Ascoyne family including Lady D’Ascoyne. Unfortunately they all come to a particularly sticky end, all in their own ways. The make up and costume changes Guinness must have gone through for each character must have been tiring but in some occasions on screen you can’t even tell it’s him. He brings something unique to each character which is a true indication of his talent. Not many actors can pull off acting serious while being murdered in a, quite frankly unusual way, in an Ealing comedy.



The Ladykillers (1955)


The Cast of The Ladykillers.

This is a film I knew I couldn’t miss out because it was one of the first Alec Guinness films I watched when I was younger. Again it’s an Ealing comedy and will
appeal to those who like a bit of dark humour. Please do not get this mixed up with Tom Hank’s 2004 remake, they’re both completely different and the Guinness version is far superior in every way. The Ladykillers is a great concept for a film and the 1955 cast perfects the overall film. Guinness role has ‘Professor’ Marcus is as sinister as he is charming, especially towards the Old Lady who owns the house he’s renting a room in. The film is all about criminals, imagination, police chases and great acting. In a weird way it makes for great family viewing, just like many of Alec Guinness’ other films.



John Mills & Guinness in Great Expectations

Some films that nearly made it onto this very short list that are well worth a watch are: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Peter O’Toole plays the lead but Guinness plays an excellent Prince Feisal. Bridge On the River Kwai (1957) A very well known war story and a must watch, also stars William Holden. Great Expectations (1946) Guinness’ first credited film. He was the perfect friend to John Mill’s Pip in this film and he looks so young.


Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence & Guinness as Prince Faisal


Bridge on the River Kwai

There’s plenty more films that you could watch and enjoy in which Guinness stars. He starred in many genres so there’s something there for everyone. You maytumblr_n3ds83EaKz1qh3tpwo1_500
have noticed the lack of Star Wars on here. Guinness’ is said to have disliked his time in the films and, to me, it isn’t really his best performance.

Happy Birthday Alec! You may be gone but your work and talent will be enjoyed forever!