Ben Falk
Ben is an entertainment writer and author with more than fifteen years experience across dozens of magazines, websites, TV and books. He’s covered red carpet premieres and festivals, as well as writing review and interview pieces.

He spent two-and-a-half years in Hollywood as the Press Association’s West Coast bureau chief where he shouted at Jack Nicholson on the Oscar red carpet and almost got punched by Mickey Rourke.

Ben published biography Robert Downey Jr.: The Fall And Rise Of The Comeback Kid in 2010 and is currently working on a new non-fiction project as well as his first novel, described as an “Eighties John Hughes high school movie set in England in the present day. In book form.”

He’s a Law & Order fanatic, has a puzzling passion for Neil Diamond-starrer The Jazz Singer and is a keen follower of U.S. television. Constructed reality shows on the other hand...

Entries by Ben Falk

Shabba-Doo Boogaloo

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 3:16 PM

At the end of 2011, I heard about a new documentary being made by a director called Mark Hartley. It was to be called Electric Boogaloo and tell the story of notorious B movie production company Cannon Films, who made classics like Missing In Action with Chuck Norris...

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Sequels, Sequels, Straight-To-DVD Sequels...

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 9:11 AM

For no other reason other than I'm a cinematic masochist, I suggest to my friend Benno we should watch a brace of seemingly unnecessary sequels, to find out what makes them tick. Unsurprisingly, he agrees. But then he's convinced we should put in a bid to get the rights to...

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Burgers & Custard - An Ideal Combo

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 6:02 AM

It was cold the day I went to Shake Shack in Covent Garden. Which is a shame, because I was breezily told that during the summer, the outside area was packed to the gills with people happily guzzling on burgers, drinks and pudding in between trips to the...

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They're Remaking Road House, but Have They Seen Road House 2? I Have

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 5:11 AM

I was scouring the Internet some time ago and found out they'd made a sequel to Road House. I'm not sure why. The original came out in 1989, starred Patrick Swayze playing a bouncer in a hick bar and has been routinely included on "enjoyably bad" film lists...

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Streets of Bangkok

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 3:39 PM

I'm a big fan of Wagamama - I've used it to soak up a big night out, prepare for a big night out and break up the day when I'm doing a bit of shopping.

In many ways, it revolutionised the way we ate in London. Shared tables, family-style service...

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Get the NAC

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 11:39 AM

It's a shame I didn't get to try their bar downstairs, because it looks very cool. Unfortunately, I went to North Audley Cantine (NAC) at lunchtime, so while I did fancy tucking into their array of cocktails, the necessity of working in the afternoon prohibited me from doing...

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Putting on the Ritz

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 3:15 PM

It's appropriate that I went to the restaurant at The Ritz hotel in London the same day as Prince George's Christening. It's a rare occurrence to actually feel like royalty, especially when dining in the capital, but when my guest and I were handed our coats after an 8-course tasting...

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American Smooth

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 1:18 PM

It's been about twenty years since I last found myself inside notorious theatrical hangout Joe Allen and it's a compliment to say that it's barely changed.

Here is a place that really needed to have given a pass on the cigarette ban. Tucked around the corner from Drury...

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Faking It

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 4:36 PM

Not everyone can have a south-facing garden. I know, it's an (ahem) tough pill to swallow, especially for those who have spent so many years cooped up in a flat with nary the hint of green space adjoined to their living area.

My garden faces east and that means that...

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Traditional Fare Comes to King's Cross

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 1:21 PM

Both my guest and I (guest? It was my mum) got a bit lost as we wended our way to the Great Northern Hotel this week, which sits between the newly-refurbished King's Cross Station and its close neighbour St. Pancras. It's all those exits - utterly baffling.

The set-up of...

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Spice Up Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 12:26 PM

It's either very brave or very foolhardy to put another posh South Asian restaurant right in the middle of the capital's Chinatown.

I suppose I should say that Spice Market London - which is adjoined to the neon-glowing W Hotel just off Leicester Square - is strictly an...

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Daddy Gadgets

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 1:03 PM

First of all, let's just admit that I kind of hate myself for using the word daddy in the headline of this blog. I suppose I could have used parent, but the fact of the matter is I'm a man and the use of gadgets in my house is confined...

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Doing the Mash

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 7:03 AM

Danish food is good. Copenhagen boasts Noma, the world's best restaurant and anyone who's been to Denmark lately will be able to tell you about the brilliant work being done in kitchens there. I have and I can.

Then there's the British capital's current love affair with steak - not...

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Blokes - Time to Lose the Pregnancy Weight

(4) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Looking at those pictures of post-pregnancy Kate Middleton the other day, I thought one thing - wow, doesn't William look trim?

Because while the obsession with celeb women losing weight is a more obvious fascination for people (even though it's stupid and reductive), with a comparatively new baby at home,...

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Getting Instructed At Ametsa

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 6:12 AM

My Mum is a pretty good cook. So is my friend Lottie. Last time I went round to her house for dinner, she had spent 24 hours tending to some pork. It was spectacular. That said, neither my mother or Lottie can claim to be the World's Greatest Female Chef....

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Try the Veal...

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 5:40 AM

It's my Mum's fault. Well, her and the trucks on the news. Growing up in the 1980s, eating veal in Britain was a no-no - cruel, barbaric, inhumane - I wasn't sure why, but my Mum told me so. And you know, who am I to argue.

Things have changed...

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Say Hello Again to the Greenhouse

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 6:20 AM

Despite the fact I've spent hours of my career traipsing along Mayfair streets en route to the Dorchester hotel for press junkets, making my way through the pretty urban garden to The Greenhouse was a bit of a surprise.

You can feel the villagey nature of London's most expensive neighbourhood...

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Interview: GONE Author Michael Grant

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 1:25 PM

The prolific writer behind Bzrk, the Animorphs saga and most importantly (for me anyway) the GONE series has finally put the last full stop on the sixth and concluding instalment of the latter, called Light, which was published last month.

We started by chatting about a

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Burrata? Bless You...

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 5:50 PM

I'll admit it - I wasn't entirely sure what burrata was when I read about the new menu touting the stuff at Italian bolthole Babbo on Albemarle Street in Mayfair.

But that's what is so great about London cuisine these days, we have access to so many top-quality...

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Making The Greatest Cricket Film Ever... With Your Help

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 9:21 AM

I love cricket. And I love movies. The problem is, Hollywood - or indeed any kind of -wood - seems to think that my two favourite pastimes should never meet.

Long has my desire to watch something cricket-y on the big screen been quashed. I know there have been attempts,...

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