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A HORROR film shot in Basildon with an Essex cast has been snapped up by a major US film company.
Basildon director Jason Ford and producer Terry Bird, from New Town Film, were thrilled by the news and particularly proud as it was a micro-budget film shot in only three weeks.
The film is about the hidden problems in a community and how the residents have turned into drug-addicted psychotics.
A-LIST actor Brad Pitt is expected to arrive in the Billericay area on bank holiday Monday to shoot scenes for a forthcoming film.
It is thought the star of films such as Fight Club and Legends of the Fall will travel to Essex to shoot scenes for post-apocalyptic zombie movie World War Z.
He is expected to film scenes just outside the town, although the exact location is currently unknown.
West Hanningfield, sources have confirmed. The actor, 47, will be shooting scenes at the Essex and Suffolk Water treatment works.
DAPPER interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen praised Basildon’s Hollywood-style sign… calling it shiny, sexy and elegant.Laurence, 45, spent yesterday in Basildon to record an episode of his new ITV series House Gift.
In the show, Laurence and two other experts compete to find the perfect gift for people’s homes.
The flamboyant star was filmed outside the so-called Basil-wood sign, on a hill on the A127, between the Fortune of War and the A176 junction.
Speaking about the sign, Laurence said: “I love the sign – it’s very shiny, very sexy, very elegant and very discreet. It’s tailored, just like Basildon itself.”
A WOMAN who swapped gymnastics for looking gorgeous for a living is hoping to be crowned Miss England – and wants your vote.
Pascal Craymer, 23, from Leigh, was a member of the British junior gymnastics squad and represented her country until a knee injury forced her to give up the sport, aged 16.
Now a professional model, Pascal was crowned Miss Southend, and will take on 59 other women for the title of Miss England, with the winner announced on September 1.
AN optician is warning people to steer clear of a dangerous new drinking game called “Vodka eyeballing”.
Gordon Ayling, the manager of D Glick opticians in Wickford High Street, said the craze for tipping a shot of vodka into the eye could cause permanent damage.
It could even leave people needing a cornea transplant from a donor.
The “party trick” is meant to make the person feel drunk more quickly, giving them an instant high.
A SHOPPING centre has ensured it will play host to the FIFA World Cup, whether England bag the iconic trophy or not.
The Eastgate Shopping Centre is championing its World Cup celebrations by displaying a 12ft-high replica of the gold statuette.
The impressive sculpture has gone on show in the upper mall, near Next, and is made entirely out of cardboard.
Artist Alistair Smith spent weeks crafting it and his handiwork has already scored a big hit with shoppers.
A BUS designed to help drunken clubbers in distress is to be launched in June.
The Basildon SOS bus was parked at Festival Leisure Park over the weekend to offer a haven to worse-for-wear revellers.
But the vehicle, which is soon to become a permanent fixture at the entertainment complex, was only on its first trial outing.
The bus was manned by trained first aiders to help people who had over-indulged, but it also offered food and water along with counselling on drug or alcohol abuse.
Run by the YMCA, the double-decker has a medical centre on the lower deck to treat people who suffer minor injuries on their night out to save them a trip to hospital.
A CINEMA is set to become one of the biggest in the country, showing up to 40 different films a day.
The Empire, at the Festival Leisure Park, in Basildon, will almost double in size by the end of the year, from 12 to 20 screens.
The venue, which opened in 1998, will have 16 big screens, an upper level, including a licensed bar, an auditorium with sound system, and four smaller screens, called studios, where arthouse and foreign films will be shown.
RESIDENTS can watch how Basildon’s Sporting Village is springing up at just the click of a button.
A webcam has been put up at the site of the £35million complex in Gloucester Park, so people can chart its fast-moving progress. The latest images from the gadget – which gives an overhead view of the site – show a hole has been dug for the 50m swimming pool, the main metal infrastructure for the gymnastics centre and sports hall, as well as the new athletics stand.
A HISTORY enthusiast will appear in the new blockbuster Robin Hood movie, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe.
Dan Shadrake, 44, plays an English knight and recalled his excitement of being involved in a massive battle with the French army.
He bagged the role through his involvement with a historical re-enactment group called Britannia, launched in Brentwood.