Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Venom (2018) - Trailer

Venom is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Columbia Pictures and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is intended to be the first film in Sony's Marvel Universe, adjunct to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The film is directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay by Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, Kelly Marcel and Will Beall, and stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock / Venom, alongside Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott.

Development of a Venom film, a spin-off from the Spider-Man film franchise, first began with producer Avi Arad in 2007. After various iterations, work on a new version began in March 2017 to start a new shared universe featuring the Marvel characters to which Sony possessed the film rights, though Sony also intends for the film to share the world of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is set in the MCU after a deal between Sony and Marvel Studios. Rosenberg and Pinkner were set to write, with Fleischer and Hardy added in May 2017. Principal photography began in October 2017, taking place in Atlanta, New York City, and San Francisco.

Venom is set to be released in the United States on October 5, 2018.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Competition: Win Walk With Me on DVD

Walk With Me is out on DVD 30th April, 2018. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

With unprecedented access, WALK WITH ME takes us deep inside the world-famous monastery of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, and captures the life of a monastic community who have given up all their possessions for one common purpose – to practice the art of mindfulness.

Filmed over three years, this visceral film is a meditation on a community determined to develop a deep sense of practice, not just for themselves but for all those they love. As the seasons come and go, the monastics’ inner journey is amplified by insights from Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals, narrated by BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH.

Premiering at SXSW Film Festival, and screening at the 2017 London Film Festival, WALK WITH ME gains a personal insight through its candid interviews with the monks and nuns who have decided to leave their families to follow in Thich Nhat Hanh’s footsteps.

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Who narrates Walk With Me?

Send you name, address and of course the answer to competition@beentothemovies.com

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Interview with Tracey Birdsall - Star of "Who's Jenna"

The new comedy Who’s Jenna…? (out this week on DVD and VOD) tells of a woman who is mistaken for an adult entertainer. Which adult entertainer? Well, as actress Tracey Birdsall explains, the threat of legal action has seen that we never get that answer.

Okay, we want the dirt. Who is Jenna?

The title is really tongue in cheek, as it refers not only to the main character in the movie (my character) but also the confusion as to Andy’s (Joseph D’Onofrio) curiosity as to who she might possibly be. Not to give away a spoiler, but Jenna in the film (my character) is a woman who is a lawyer who is a doppelganger for someone else named Jenna in the adult film industry.

Originally, mistake me if I’m wrong, the ‘Jenna’ of the movie was originally going to be a certain adult film star – but then the script changed?

Yes, any good Googl’ing of the title will unveil that story; however, the producers (who thought of the clever title in the first place) were threatened with legal action unnecessarily. Since they felt it wasn’t pinnacle that the last name be used, they abbreviated it. It really doesn’t change anything, as it’s a comedy!

How much has the script changed, or even the tone of the movie, since you initially got involved?

Besides the above question, the film remained the same right through my involvement. Several months later when they went to film the scenes I wasn’t in, the film took some side turns having to do with the chemistry of the “boys network” as I like to call it. The ending specifics also changed due to the above question, but the interweaving thread of the love story and mistaken identity remained the same.

What films would you compare it to?

Some parts of the film (the love story) have a very Sleepless in Seattle feel, some of the crazier moments have a very Hangover feel, and some of the “boys network” scenes are a bit of a cross of the lighter moments in the television series The Soprano’s.

You’ve worked on bigger budget stuff. What’s the difference working on Who’s Jenna..? to something on a larger scale. Does it all come down to craft service?

I do very little craft services during filming because then I constantly have to brush my teeth! Some of the larger films I’ve worked on are very much like a machine where everyone has a job and it all gets done more seamlessly – to the actors perspective. A film like Who’s Jenna…? is more of a committee or a conglomerate effort… Both extremes are quite enjoyable to me.

Were you a fan of “The Sopranos”- there’s a couple of guys in this movie that fans of the show will recognize. Was it fun working with them?

I was a fan of The Sopranos, and Goodfellas, etc. I loved working with these guys and their Italian American elements. Particularly Bill Sorvino, Joseph D’Onofrio, and Garry Pastore were an absolute blast both on screen and off! Super amazing guys and actors…

Having done a few sci-fi movies now, is this the new route – comedies? Shaking it up a bit?

I try not to get stuck in a genre, but I also try to mix it up within the genre. Who’s Jenna…? although a comedy, has many dramatic moments. The sci-fi that I do also has many action and drama moments, along with some comedy. You see, being an actor is about living a life, and the elements of developing a character has to do with feeling all that they feel. I don’t usually choose projects within any genre that doesn’t allow for the character to have an arc, have a journey, laugh a little, and/or cry a little (even if it’s masked). It’s experiencing being a human being no matter what the genre.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Interviews:: DEAD LIST directors Holden Andrews, Ivan Asen and Victor Mathieu

This May, pray you’re not on the… DEAD LIST.

A struggling actor conjures a dark force in order to win a movie role in a terrifying new movie experience from filmmakers Holden Andrews, Ivan Asen and Victor Mathieu.

High Octane Pictures unveils the DEAD LIST on VOD this May.

Calvin is competing with five other actors -- Zander, Scott, Kush, Jason and Bob -- for a major movie role. Stopping at nothing to win the role of a lifetime, he uses a demonic book to curse his fellow actors, with each actor being killed off in their own separate unique and terrifying chapter.

What inspired this rather unique – and very fun - particular story, guys?

The three of us are true fans of horror and have favorite films that span the genre. Between us we love films like The Blob, The Exorcist, V/H/S, IT, Goosebumps, Creep show, Evil Dead, and the television show The Twilight Zone. We partnered together to make Dead List, a new take on the horror anthology genre. Instead of having multiple chapters that tell different stories we made an anthology film where each chapter continues to tell a singular narrative of the film.

The inspiration for the film comes from us all living in LA and working in the film industry. We wanted to tell a story about the seedy underbelly of Hollywood, framing Dead List around a group of actors who are interested only in excelling their own careers by any means possible.

Did you sit down and watch similar movies before shooting? If so, which ones?

Since we’re fans of horror we’re always watching and re-watching films. Although, before starting principle photography on Dead List we were too busy with pre-production. I don’t think any of us could have mentally watched a movie if we sat down and turned one on. If we could have, we would have revisited films like V/H/S, Creepshow, Death Note, and Evil Dead.

In terms of directing choices, anyone you emulated here?

We crafted Dead List to be original and brought our own directing styles to each of the chapters. We made sure that our visions were woven into the fabric of Dead List. That said, as fans of horror we had to pay homage to certain directors and films, so if you’re a fan of Chuck Russell’s The Blob, Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead, and The Twilight Zone series then you will no doubt pick up on nods we gave to those directors and films.

Do you write with certain actors in mind?

We wrote Dead List with the story being our most important focus. We knew that with a strong story it would be the foundation that any actor would be able to use to bring the words to life.

Do you consider the film a success only when it hits a certain monetary figure?

No, the success of Dead List is if the viewers enjoy it as much as we did while making it. It’s a really fun film filled with monsters, thrills, and scares. That said, we wouldn’t complain if it’s financial success. If it is, we’ll be able to make the sequel.

Has the movie opened doors for you?

With Dead List in the can and releasing on May 1st, we’re able to expand our range for pitching and taking meetings. Having Dead List under our belt has allowed us to enter into the next level of our careers as filmmakers.

DEAD LIST available 5/1/18 on VOD, DVD 7/3/18 on DVD, and SVOD 9/4/18.

High Octane Pictures other genre releases of late include CLOWNTERGIEST and CURSE OF THE WITCH’S DOLL.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Book to film adaptations that will steal your heart

If you find a book leaves you wanting more or you just can’t get enough of the story, then you probably love a good book-to-film adaptation. From devoted bookworms to avid cinema goers, these heart-warming narratives often have the perfect combination of romance, comedy and thought-provoking messages that are only boosted by their presence on the big screen!

To celebrate the release of Every Day, in cinemas Friday 20th April, we’re taking a look at why these novels do so well on the screen…

The Fault in Our Stars
When two teens meet at a cancer support group, it’s clear they share the same quick-wit and contempt for the conventional and quickly discover a love that takes them on a journey, both emotionally and physically, via a trip to Amsterdam to meet a beloved author. Based on John Green’s sixth novel of the same name published in 2012, the mix of comedy with raw emotion comes alive on the silver screen as you join the couple on the ups and downs of the relationship. Somehow, seeing their rollercoaster in the cinema only added another layer of depth to the acclaimed novel.

Me Before You
When a girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she's taking care of, neither of them are aware of how they are going to change each other’s lives forever. Adapted for the cinema from the 2012 romantic novel by Jojo Moyes only a year after publishing, this heart-breaking story is sure to bring a tear to your eye as you embark on an emotional journey with the couple…

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
This endearing story sees 15-year-old Charlie, a loveable and naive outsider, coping with first love, the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. 1999 saw the release of Stephen Chbosky’s coming of age novel, with its translation onto the big screen in 2012 ensuring all emotion is kept intact as it tackles the whirlwind of growing up…

The Notebook
When Noah, a poor but passionate young man falls for Allie, a rich young woman, their feelings begin to blossom before being separated due to their social differences. Noah writes 365 letters to Allie, only for her not to receive them due to her disapproving mother. Three years later, an unlikely coincidence brings them together and their love story can really begin. From the pages of a 1996 book to the big screen in 2004, this uplifting tale of true love despite limitations will warm your heart.

Paper Towns
After an all-night adventure, Quentin's life-long crush, Margo, disappears, leaving behind clues that Quentin and his friends follow on the journey of a life-time. Adapted from the 2008 bestselling novel by John Green, written prior to The Fault in our Stars, the search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Prepare to grow with these teens as their experiences are catapulted onto the silver screen.

Every Day
Based on David Levithan’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller published in 2012, Every Day tells the story of Rhiannon, a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious soul named “A” who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. Telling the tale of love and acceptance, this novel explodes with emotion on the big screen…