November 2014

Icarus’ wings! We do love the weekend.

So like a big old bucket full of multi coloured Lego let us be your helping hands as we use our infinite imagination and skill to build you a kaleidoscopic wonderland of retro delight and nostalgic movie masterpieces.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 29th NOVEMBER

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Small Soldiers (1998)
1:20pm ITV2 130 minutes
A hi-tech computer chip has a bizarre effect on a squad of toy soldiers, causing mayhem for their owner as the miniature marauders engage in a series of scaled-down skirmishes. Children’s adventure mixing live action and computer animation, starring Kirsten Dunst, Denis Leary and Gregory Smith, with the voices of Tommy Lee Jones, Frank Langella, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) 4:10pm 170 minutes
An orphaned boy endures a miserable childhood, until he discovers he has magical powers and enrols at a special school for young wizards. However, his suspicions are aroused by a sinister teacher who seems to be up to no good. Fantasy adventure, adapted from the first of JK Rowling’s books, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman and Richard Harris.

The Perfect Storm (2000) 7:00pm ITV2 165 minutes
The skipper of a fishing boat and his crew ignore severe weather warnings and head for a dangerous area of the North Atlantic in search of the last lucrative catch of the season, but end up fighting for survival in the worst storm of the 20th century. Fact-based disaster drama, with George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, John C Reilly and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

Fun Fact: None of the fish in the movie were real, they were all either rubber (dead fish) or animatronic (alive fish). The director, Wolfgang Petersen, is an animal rights supporter.

Aliens (1986) 9:00pm Sky1 160 minutes
Lone survivor Ripley is rescued in deep space decades after an alien creature wiped out her ship’s entire crew. She is recruited to accompany a military expedition to a colony on the planet where she first encountered the monster, only to find the aliens have been reproducing and there are now hordes of them. James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller sequel, with Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen.

Pretty in Pink (1986) 11:30pm VIVA 120 minutes
Misfit high-school girl Andie Walsh unexpectedly attracts the attentions of a rich, popular boy, but the course of true love runs far from smoothly when their two worlds collide. Romantic drama, starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, James Spader, Jon Cryer and Harry Dean Stanton.

SUNDAY 30th NOVEMBER

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Die Hard 2 (1990)
11:00am Sky Movies Drama 130 minutes
ough cop John McClane arrives at an airport to pick up his wife, but finds himself plunged into a bloody life-or-death struggle. He must battle terrorists who have seized control of the terminal as part of a campaign to secure the release of a convicted drug baron. Action thriller sequel, starring Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Sadler, Franco Nero and William Atherton.

Beetlejuice (1988) 4:05pm 5* 115 minutes
Recently deceased couple Adam and Barbara Maitland enlist the professional services of a hard-boiled veteran ghost to scare away the obnoxious yuppie family who have moved into their former home. Tim Burton’s supernatural comedy, starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara.

Scrooged (1988) 5:20pm Film4 115 minutes
A heartless TV executive is cruel to his employees and just sees the festive season as an opportunity to make money. However, on Christmas Eve, three ghosts arrive in the night and challenge him to change his cynical ways by showing him his past, present and future. Comedy based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, David Johansen and Carol Kane. Edited for daytime broadcast.

Airplane! (1980) 7:15pm Film4 105 minutes
The passengers on board an ill-fated airliner become increasingly jittery when the flight crew flounder during a food-poisoning crisis. As ground control personnel struggle heroically to ensure the plane lands safely, a traumatised war veteran must face his fear to take the controls. Spoof disaster movie, starring Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack and Lloyd Bridges.

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) 11:00pm 120 minutes
Incarcerated Special Forces veteran John Rambo is offered the chance for freedom by former commander Colonel Trautman if he takes up the offer to return to the jungles of Vietnam on a life-or-death mission to rescue American PoWs. During the course of the operation, he develops strong feelings for his guide, a female freedom fighter – but tragedy strikes, leaving him more determined than ever to exact a bloody and explosive revenge. Action adventure sequel, starring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Julia Nickson-Soul, Steven Berkoff, George Kee Cheung, Andy Wood and Martin Kove.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure you don’t forget to get a receipt and remember you CAN have ketchup and mayo at the same time….it’s amazing!

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Paddington Movie Out Today!

by Iain Matheson on November 28, 2014

Big news folks! Yep we care bear-ly (sorry) contain ourselves today as the long awaited new Paddington Bear film will be hitting the big screen today!

Paddington Bear has been with us all of our lives and made his first ever appearance way back in 1958 in his very own children’s book series. Coming to us from deepest darkest parts of Peru, with his old red fisherman hat, battered brown suitcase (complete with a secret compartment), big blue duffle coat and love of marmalade, Paddington has become and international children’s icon and is still huugely loved today by kids and big kids like us.

The story goes, BBC cameraman Michael Bond bought a small toy bear left alone on a shelf in Selfridges store, London, for his wife Brenda. Named Paddington, after the station close to Michael’s home, the bear inspires him to write eight episodes in just over a week which are later published by Williams Collins and quickly became the UK’s Best Children’s Novel!
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Being made into a simply huuuuge range of books, TV episodes, games toys and more, he’s finally hitting the big screen in his first ever feature film!

Voiced by Ben Whishaw (James Bond Skyfall geek Q) and co-staring along with big names like Hugh Bonneville from Downton Abbey, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi (Dr Who!), Nicole Kidman, and Sally Hawkins from Godzilla! Wowzers!

The story goes, after leaving his native home of Puru and heading to London, Paddington finds himself alone with nowhere to go. He is quickly spotted and befriended by the Brown family who give him a temporary home whilst he searches for the explorer who impressed Aunt Lucy all those years before.
The mischievous by polite bear brings both uproar and joy to the family who are later left to help protect him from sinister, seductive taxidermist who has her eyes firmly set on making him her next project!
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Available in theaters from today, be sure to go take a look for some fantastic family fun with plenty of nostalgia to boot.

Don’t forget to check out our amazing range of Paddington Bear Toys and gifts from only £5.99….

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Some pretty big news today at Truffle Towers! We’ve teamed up with one of our most favourite suppler and all round t-shirt gurus Hero and Cape to create some simply amazing new designs just for you guys!

Well….the wait is over and they’re now in stock! We’ve been working hard with the amazing Hero & Cape team to bring you some of the the coolest retro inspired designs that perfectly capture the style of the times with a bang up-to-date look to boot.

All Hero and Cape clothing is lovingly hand-illustrated and screen printed by hand in their studio right here in the UK. Each print is unique and is packed with its very own style and finish.

Take a look at our latest designs including some classic 90s influences that are flooding the high street….

‘So tell me what you want, what you really, really want I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna really Really, really wanna Zig-a-zig-ah….
It’s 18 years since five ladies known as The Spice Girls unleashed their debut single Wannabe on the public and changed the face of Girl Power forever. Inspired by the fab 5, show your appreciation with this quirky unisex vest which features a Zig-A-Zig-Ah print surrounded by hand drawn doodles.

Zig-a-zig-ah T-Shirts

Channel Eddy and Patsy with this exclusive Ab Fab inspired design!
Featuring an Ab Fab slogan set against a background of cigarettes, champagne glasses (bolly of course!) and lipsticks, it’s a must have sweetie darling….

Ab Fab T-Shirts

Show your appreciation for Kel’s favourite beverage with this Kenan and Kel inspired design.

Featuring an all over print and the slogan Who Loves Orange Soda? It’s the perfect way to celebrate the 90’s goodness that was Kenan and Kel.

Who Loves Orange Soda T-Shirt

An essential part of the soundtrack of life for any respectable 90′s kid, show your appreciation for the sound of Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff with this exclusive Boom Shake The Room inspired design!

Featuring a print of the classic song lyrics surrounded by blue and purple doodles, dig out your Bluebolt jeans, rounded shades and shove on a pair of Buffalo shoes and you’ll be good to go!

Boom Shake The Room Vest

Let’s face it, Salem Saberhagen was definitely the best thing to come out of Sabrina The Teenage Witch!
A witch trapped in a cats body, he had some of the best one liners in history and this awesome tee is the perfect way to show your appreciation.

Featuring a cat print complete with one of his best quips, it also reads ‘I urge you to accept me as your ruler.’

Salem Accept Me As Your Ruler Cat T-Shirt

So there you have them folks! What do you think? Any favourites in the bunch? Shoot on over to TruffleShuffle.com/Hero&Cape now to pick up one of these fab tees from only £19.99!

See you there!

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Ahhh how we’ve missed these! It’s been a little while since we did our last 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…feature. It’s just all gone wild here at TruffleTowers with more and more cool products hitting the store and everyone getting nice and ready for Christmas. Exciting!

So! To kick things back off with a bang, we’ve been searching the cyber-space-web-net for some of the coolest, most interesting and unknown facts about one of the world’s most-lived cartoons, Tom and Jerry!

Taking us right back to our childhood of watching this at home and at school on rainy days when we couldn’t go outside. (Remember the big old TV’s??….scary). Sit back and take a trip down memory lane with us as we teach you some of our top Tom and Jerry facts. Enjoy!
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1) Tom and Jerry were actually lined up to star in 1988 classic flick ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, sadly legal smegle issues stopped it from ever happening happening. However! The cartoon team had already featured in live action films before including the 1945 ‘Anchors Aweigh’, when Jerry stole the show in a dance sequence with Gene Kelly!

Some might know this from the Family Guy adaptation with Stewie...

2) The fantastic creators of this cartoon classic – William Hanna and Joseph Barbera went on to create The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, Top Cat, The Smurfs and countless others. Imagine the cartoon world without all of these!
3) Tom and Jerry actually got their names from a studio-wide competition to come up with permanent names for the cat and mouse. This was won by John Carr who bagged himself $50 as a reward. Before this chance Tom was known as Jasper and Jerry was nameless.
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4) Back in 1975, Tom and Jerry actually became friends, proper friends! In a special series, we saw them travel the world competing in sports, solving mysteries and enjoying some good old fashioned bromance. Luckily, it didn’t last.
5) Tom and Jerry had a spin-off! A series called Spike & Tyke was created in 1957 and saw the American bulldog father-and-son team who occasionally beat up Tom! :( Sadly they only released two episodes before the studio was shut down.
6) Sometimes criticized for being what many consider unnecessarily violent, in reality, there is actually no blood or gore in any of the original cartoons and neither are ever seriously injured.
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7) Thirteen entries in the Tom and Jerry series were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. Seven of them went on to win the Academy Award, breaking the Disney studio’s winning streak in that category! Tom and Jerry won more Academy Awards than any other character-based theatrical animated series. Amazing!
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8 ) Back in 2000, Tom and Jerry was named one of the greatest television shows of all time by Time magazine.
9) Bit of a sad one folks! In the final episode of Tom and Jerry produced by Hanna Barbara Cartoons, the two come to a very bad end when they both take their own lives on a train track. See for yourself
10) Did you know that we’ve got our hands on some amazing Tom and Jerry T-Shirts including our latest collection below! Take a peep…
So there you have them folks! Lot’s of little facts for you to enjoy (or not at some may be). Know any other cool Tom and Jerry facts? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Thanks everyone!

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