Friday 30 June 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes | 'Face Of Caesar'

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel.  After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.  As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet

Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn

England is Mine | First trailer for Morrissey biopic

In 1970’s Manchester, Steven Morrissey (Jack Lowden – Dunkirk, A United Kingdom, ’71), an introverted, uncompromising teenager, finds himself frustrated with his working-class existence.

With dreams of a successful music career being dampened by his run-of-the-mill job at the local tax office, Steven finds solace in the city’s underground gig scene where he meets Linder Sterling (Jessica Brown Findlay – Downton Abbey, The Riot Club) – an intelligent, self-assured artist – who encourages him to make his ideas of superstardom a reality.

Culminating in his first meeting with Johnny Marr, ENGLAND IS MINE is a feature length origins story based on the early life of Morrissey, the outspoken former lead singer of seminal British band The Smiths. Directed by Academy Award and BAFTA Award nominated Mark Gill (The Voorman Problem) and produced by Baldwin Li (The Voorman Problem) and Orian Williams (Control), the film will have its world premiere at the closing night of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival on Sunday 2nd July.

England Is Mine is in cinemas August 4.

Thursday 29 June 2017

Logan Lucky - Channing Tatum Stars in Brand New UK Trailer

Brand new trailer for Steven Soderbergh's LOGAN LUCKY - in cinemas August 25th.

The Logan’s are a blue-collar family from the hills of West Virginia, and their clan has been famous for its bad luck for nearly 90 years. But the conniving Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) decides it’s time to turn the family's luck around, and with a little help from his friends, the Redneck Robbers, he plans to steal $14 million from the Charlotte Motor Speedway on the busiest race day of the year.

A heist movie with a difference: Steven Soderbergh, the director of the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy and an A-list cast including Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig and Adam Driver deliver a smart, thrilling and funny blue-collar story of an audacious multi-million dollar robbery

Interview with Iqbal Ahmed - Writer and Director of The Answer

High Octane Pictures will offer The Answer, an exhilarating new sci-fi thriller from Iqbal Ahmed, this July.

Premiering on VOD 7/11, The Answer tells of an introverted young man that - after an attack- must follow clues left by his dead parents in order to figure out who is after him - and who he really is. Austin Hébert, Alexis Carra, and David S. Lee star.

Iqbal Ahmed joined us to talk about the film.

Is there any interesting story about how you got involved in The Answer?

For years, I’d been attached to a number of feature scripts.  And everyone always told me that I was a great candidate to be the director.  But no one had the guts to trust a first-time feature film director.  So I knew I had to make the movie myself.

So I independently raised the money to make the film. As hard as that was that was only the start!
Then I took a tally of all the resources I had– locations, crew, community support.  And I decided to make the feature film in my hometown, Danville, Virginia.  It was such a blast making a film in my hometown and revisiting locations that were part of my childhood. And I think the realness of actual locations really came through on screen. And it was a kick for all my family and friends to be there.

What interested you in telling this particular story?

The story for The Answer had been in my brain for years. I knew I wanted to tell a different kind of sci-fi action movie. I knew I wanted to make a movie about a guy who just wanted to mind his own business but was thrown into a world he never wanted to be a part of.

When I finally decided I was ready to make my first feature film, I took a tally of all the resources I had, and I went from there.  I knew I wanted to make a movie that was a fun – but hopefully still thoughtful -- ride.

What kind of research did you do before scripting, if any?

I watched every sci-fi action movie I could get my hands on! I watched all my favorites. And I also watched a lot of terrible movies. And the whole time I was learning lessons.

Besides having a solid story, every successful action movie needs to care about character. It’s not just enough to have action sequences. If you can construct those sequences around a character the audience cares about, then you have a shot at making a successful film.

I realized that the only way to make this movie stand out, was to build it around relatable character.
I wanted to the audience to care about Bridd and follow him to the end of the world.

Were you a fan of these sci-fi conspiracy flicks growing up?

Absolutely. I’ve always loved the films of Alfred Hitchcock. I’ve always loved the Twilight Zone and the X-Files. I love exploiting the feeling that no one really knows who -- or what -- is out there.

How many actors did you see for the lead roles?

I saw dozens of actors but the moment I saw Austin I knew I had my lead. He had tremendous heart. In him I saw an everyman capable of taking us on this journey.  Someone we could love and relate to.

How was Alexis to work with? 

Alexis was a treat! She was so willing to explore her character. She always brought life to the character of Charlotte. She was so upbeat and willing to go wherever the character needed to go.

Is there a sequel in the future?

Who knows? There’s definitely the potential for it. It all depends on whether the wonderful audience members of the world love the movie enough!

You can Rent/Buy The Answer from Amazon UK using the link below.
The Answer VOD (Opens in a new window)

If you are in the US keep an eye out on your VOD services for The Answer out on 11th July

Annabelle: Creation - Trailer and Poster

From the master of horror, James Wan and director of Lights Out, David F. Sandberg, audiences will see how Annabelle was first brought to life.

In “Annabelle: Creation,” several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

Annabelle: Creation, in UK cinemas August 11.

Wednesday 28 June 2017

The Greatest Showman Trailer - starring Hugh Jackman & Michelle Williams with Zac Efron, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN will arrive in UK cinemas in on 1st January 2018.

“The Greatest Showman” is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. “The Greatest Showman” is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”) and starring Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman. Jackman is joined by Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron and Rebecca Ferguson.

Competition: Win Drone on DVD

Drone is out on DVD and digital on July 3rd and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies of the DVD to give away.

What happens when technology keeps you one step removed from the reality of what you do for a living? That’s the dilemma one man must answer in explosive thriller Drone.

Drone pilot and family man Neil (Sean Bean; TV’s Game Of Thrones, The Martian) has spent his career conducting deadly, covert missions overseas from the comfort of his suburban hometown. When an enigmatic, Pakistani businessman (Patrick Sabongui; TV’s Homeland, Arrow) manages to track Neil down at his home seeking revenge, Neil must confront the consequences of his actions.

Also starring Mary McCormack (TV’s The West Wing, The Newsroom) and Joel David Moore (Avatar, The Guest), DRONE is a supremely timely and electrifyingly taut thriller that examines the consequences of making decisions from afar. Featuring Sean Bean at his stoic best, make sure DRONE doesn’t fly under your radar this summer.

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Drone [DVD]

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Competition: Win Pilgrimage on Blu-ray

Pilgrimage  is out on DVD & Blu-ray on July 3rd and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies of the Bluray to give away.

Ireland, 1209. An island on the edge of the world. A small group of monks begin a reluctant pilgrimage across an island torn between centuries of tribal warfare and the growing power of Norman invaders. Escorting their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome, the monks’ progress is seen through the eyes of a pious young novice (played by Holland) and a mute lay-brother (Jon Bernthal - The Wolf of Wall Street, The Walking Dead, The Punisher), who form an unlikely partnership to lead the quest after their group is ambushed leaving only them left alive.

As the true material, political and religious significance of the bejewelled relic becomes dangerously apparent, their path to the East coast becomes increasingly fraught with danger – not least from enemies, including Sir Raymond de Merville (Richard Armitage - The Hobbit trilogy, Captain America: The First Avenger), determined to thwart their progress. The monks belatedly realise that in this wild land of ancient superstitions, the faith that binds them together may ultimately lead to their destruction.

Shot predominantly amongst the awe-inspiring backdrop of Connemara on the West coast of Ireland, Pilgrimage is an edge of your seat epic combining blood splattering, sword wielding action with powerful emotional depth, as the men strive to complete their treacherous journey alive, whilst their faith and loyalty to one another are tested to the limit.

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Pilgrimage [Blu-ray]

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London Heist - Trailer

On DVD & Digital Download 17th July
Starring: Craig Fairbrass, James Cosmo, Mem Ferda, Nick Moran, Steven Berkoff & Roland Manookian
Directed by: Mark McQueen

After Jack Cregan (Craig Fairbrass – Rise of the Footsolider) and his men rob a money depot in London, their haul is stolen from them and Cregan’s father is murdered. Cregan’s hunt for the killer takes him from London to Marbella and back again in this gripping revenge thriller starring James Cosmo (TV’s Game of Thrones), Steven Berkoff (The Krays), Nick Moran (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), and Roland Manookian (The Business).

Pre Order from Amazon UK right now
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Interview with Gabriel Campisi - Producer of Death Pool

Gabriel Campisi is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker who shot his first movies on Super-8mm and 16mm as a kid, the more elaborate ones going on to win national competitions. Proficient in creating practical and optical special effects at a time when computer-generated imagery was not yet prominent, he was recognized early on by national film festivals and magazines for his stop-motion animation and split-beam cinematic techniques.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Campisi spent many years dealing in the high-stakes world of motion picture finance, subsequently writing the bestselling The Independent Filmmaker's Guide to Writing a Business Plan for Investors (McFarland Publishers) presently in its second edition.

Campisi studied with UCLA's screenwriting professor Richard Walter, and has written for industry publications and genre magazines, including Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and Fangoria Magazine. He is a partner at Traplight Pictures and a member of the Producers Guild of America (P.G.A.).

Gabriel joins us today to talk about Death Pool

This is yet another collaboration between yourself and Jared Cohn.  How far does that working relationship date back?

I’ve known Jared for several years now, and we’ve worked on many projects together.  I think the fact we work so well together is that it’s a true partnership with mutual respect.  We both bring different assets to the table which complement each other, and recognize each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
While we own Traplight Pictures, LLC with our other partner Demtreus Stear, we also do our own projects independent of one another.  There is no set rule on how we collaborate, but we definitely have the same interests and will be producing movies together well into the future.

And how do you think this project differed from previous films you’ve done together?

While we’ve worked together on other projects in the past, and some in collaboration with our company, Traplight Pictures, this was the first project that was 100% completely financed and produced by our company.  We had no one to answer to but ourselves.

This brought a double-edged sword to the equation.  While on the one hand we had complete autonomy to produce the film as we desired, we also were aware we had no safety net – no studio or executive to turn to if we went over budget, and no one to blame but ourselves if the movie fails.

Would you say this is almost ‘swimming’ in a different genre to the other movies?  It’s part horror film, part art film, almost.

I think the movie still stays within the same body of work we’ve been doing until now, but definitely the movie has a twist.  I can’t think of a movie where the killer used water as his primary tool for killing his victims before.

Who knows, maybe we’re inventing a new genre.

Randy Wayne is someone new to the Traplight Media family, I believe?  How did he come to play the role?

Jared directed him in the movie Hold Your Breath (2012), so they were friends from before.  When it came time to cast Johnny Taylor, his name was one of the first to come up as a possible actor to portray him.  We needed someone who could play a normal person on the outside, but with deep trauma on the inside that he tries to hide, but eventually surfaces.

Randy liked the screenplay, and loved the part right away.  He brought some great insight to how he would play the role, and he seriously brought the character to life.  He did an incredible job.

Did he find some of those ‘drowning’ scenes difficult to film?

You’d have to ask him that question, but I don’t think he did.  I think he had a lot of fun, actually.  Randy was a trooper from the start.  He’s a great guy and he brought 110% to the production.  He was never afraid to try things, no matter how crazy or bizarre.  He was also always very careful to not really hurt anyone, and considerate of the other actors.

Was everyone a little freaked out by him on the set – especially those damsels in distress?

No, not at all.  Randy’s a very kind and funny person, and everyone actually had a lot of fun on set at all times – even during the death scenes.

The film’s title changed -- why was that?

We originally called the movie The Valley Drowner, which was the name the media gives Randy’s character in the movie. When we signed the movie with Artist View Entertainment, they discovered the title did not translate correctly in foreign languages, and it could potentially be a problem with foreign sales.  In fact, the word “drowner” is not a real word, as I found out after my own research.  It’s only listed in fringe dictionaries, but it’s not in any of the respectable ones – Oxford, Cambridge, Merriam-Webster, etc.
So we had to toss around different title ideas, and Death Pool is the one we eventually went with.

How much say do producers and filmmakers get in a film once it’s been sold to a distributor? Do you have to just let it go and wish it luck?

A movie is typically not sold to distributors -- it’s licensed.  Once you let it go, it will play out on its own as per the deal you have with that sales agent or distributor.  This is why it is so crucial to make sure you have a good deal in place.

I know too many filmmakers who are so eager to get a “deal,” they will sign the first deal to come along, or they won’t really consider the distributor’s strengths and weaknesses.  Then when things go wrong, they can’t figure out why.

There are many variables that can make the difference between a good deal and a bad deal.  Making sure those variables are present, and knowing how to gauge them is crucial.  That part is my responsibility as executive producer.

Death Pool is out now on DVD and you can order it from Amazon at the following link.
Death Pool DVD (Opens in a new window)

Tuesday 27 June 2017

Jackie Chan's The Foreigner - Trailer

The IRA took his family. The police looked the other way. Now he must get revenge.

The film is directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, GoldenEye), and also stars Katie Leung and Liu Tao.

The film is produced by STX Entertainment and Huayi Brothers Pictures. It is slated for release in China on September 30, 2017, followed by the US release on October 13.

War for the Planet of the Apes - Trailer 4 & "Bad Ape" Clip

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn

Interview with Tracey Birdsall The star of Rogue Warrior : Robot Fighter

Tracey Birdsall has done it all, but it’s an independent science-fiction film that she’s really making her mark in. The star of Rogue Warrior : Robot Fighter tells us what interested her about making the transition into science-fiction, how she prepared herself to play a kick-ass action hero, and the appeal of working with British filmmaker Neil Johnson.

Is there any interesting story about how you got involved in Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter?

Actually meeting with Director Neil Johnson was an interesting time in my life. It was a moment in time, so much like thousands of others – you meet a director and sit down and discuss your careers. You speak of what’s important to you, what your approach and direction is, and you see if it’s a good fit – much like dating. The difference with Neil was that we were both so impressed by our love of our craft, our painstaking stop-at-nothing approach. The rest is history. The best… yet to come.

Has being in an action sci-fi movie been a goal of yours?

I’m not brave enough to make specific goals within a certain genre; moreover, I make career goals and strive to always make each project better than the last. I research the character both on the page and in my mind to see what I can make of it – if there’s any brilliance I can bring to it. That said, I’m kind of an action chick in real life. I like pushing myself physically to the extremes. It kind of makes sense for me to do sci-fi (my favorite genre) and action (my physical way and my other favorite genre). It was never planned that way, but I see how I got here. It all started with my tomboy nature… In many ways, doing Rogue Warrior demonstrated that my “child self” was okay – that growing up being a tomboy – can pay off. That was huge for me as the youngest of three sisters (and the only tomboy.)

How did you transform yourself, mentally and physically, to play the role of Sienna?

I put on about 10-15 pounds of muscle to play Sienna. I trained even harder, ate even more, strategically balanced my protein intake and physical output to get into optimal shape for the role. It was kind of tricky, as Sienna’s journey has a past that involves her more physical nature – so I had to take that into consideration when preparing her physically. She had to be not just capable of the action, but also very womanly – as the reveal would expose – I had to take everything that she was and everything that she would become – into consideration. Mentally? I had to just “let go.” Mentally Sienna was a bit of a mess. She didn’t realize her own reality as she had memory loss from an accident – which later exposes itself to be purposeful misinformation.

Though an entertaining movie, would you suggest there’s also a ‘message’ to the film?

It’s a film of persistence, defiance, strength and overcoming one’s own limits. It’s a film of female empowerment, lack of sexual identity and understanding, realization of one’s self, and acceptance of one’s vulnerabilities whether due to family, self-identity, or situational. There’s a message of persistence, undeniable self-worth, and the constant questioning of what would happen if? …Very much like real life.

What interested Neil Johnson in telling this story?

Neil has quite a curious mind! He delves deep into science and science fiction – oftentimes looking past what the viewer knowingly realizes he is viewing. He tells stories meant to be re-watched and appreciated at whole new levels. Rogue Warrior was a story that was morphed from a previous script he wrote – morphed to fit the current needs of society and the market… and also that of its characters.

What kind of research did you both do into A.I, if any? 

I grew up with a realization of Artificial Intelligence as my father worked both as the President of PowerCon (the largest Power Electronics Convention in the world at the time) and in consulting arenas involving the chips for the Stealth Bomber (amongst other things). Robotics was a part of my world long before computing was a “thing” for the public at large. My fascination with Artificial Intelligence (between this and being a sci-fi geek) made it where it was only natural for me to be not only interested in – but fascinated in – A.I. It was already an extreme awareness.

Are you going to stick to this genre? Or try something completely different next?

I was the lead in two comedies and two sci-fi films this year. I’m going to stick to doing amazing films with character-driven arcs - within all genres. Although sci-fi is my favourite, it’s important to work across the realms and genres in order to continue to stay relevant and grow within oneself. I’m a serious actor. I can’t get pigeonholed. I see relief in genre switching.

ROGUE WARRIOR : ROBOT FIGHTER is out now in theaters and on DVD August 15, 2017

Pre-Order now from Amazon at the following link
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Thursday 22 June 2017

Battle of the Sexes | Official HD Trailer | 2017

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.

Wednesday 21 June 2017

Batman and Harley Quinn | In Cinemas, Digital Download and Blu-ray and DVD

Marking the 25th Anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series and the creation on Harley Quinn, comes a New Original Story from the series’ creator, Bruce Timm


A looming global catastrophe forces Batman and Nightwing to partner with an unlikely hero in BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Original Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the all-new, feature-length animated film arrives on Digital Download 15th August and Blu-ray and DVD on 29th August, including limited edition Blu-ray™ Steelbook and Harley Quinn mini-figure variants.

The latest DC animated film features a stellar voice cast led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) reprising his role as the Dark Knight, alongside Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) making her debut as the irrepressible Harley Quinn. Loren Lester, the voice of Robin in Batman: The Animated Series, returns as Nightwing. Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) and Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show) provide the voices of the villainous duo Poison Ivy & Jason Woodrue/The Floronic Man, respectively.

In BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN, Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue (a.k.a. The Floronic Man) embark on an ecological quest to save the planet – and, unfortunately, eliminate most of humankind along the way. To save humanity, Batman and Nightwing are forced to enlist Harley Quinn to catch Poison Ivy, Harley’s BFF and frequent partner-in-crime. But Batman’s patience is put to the test by the unpredictable and untrustworthy Harley during the twists and turns the reluctant companions face during their bumpy road trip. The result is a thrill ride of action, adventure and comedy no Batman fan has seen before.

You can Pre-Order Batman and Harley Quinn from Amazon UK at the following links 
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Batman and Harley Quinn [Blu-ray + Digital Download]
Batman and Harley Quinn [DVD + Digital Download]

Interview with Joe McClean - Writer/Director of The Drama Club

Joe McClean is an American screenwriter, director and producer under his company Ginger Beard.
McClean has written, directed, and produced two indie features, as well as short films and web-series.
He is best known for: The Drama Club (2017), Life Tracker (2013) and How to Make a David Lynch Film (2010).

Joe tells us how he found time (he manages an apartment building!) to make a movie.

Is there any interesting story about how you got involved in The Drama Club?

My boss at my day job (managing an apartment building) owns the lake property we shot the movie on. He’s been kind enough for the last 7 years or so to let me and a bunch of my friends (Dane Bowman who plays Aaron, Jon Thomas who plays Cory, Chris Ciccarelli who plays Luke, and Barry Finnegan who plays Nathan all included) go up there to play for a weekend.

Is it a personal movie?

Very much so. I am each and every one of the characters in some way shape or form.

What interested you in telling this particular story?

I’m the walking stereotype of a mid life crisis. I needed to tell this story to stop myself from divorcing my incredible wife and taking out a load to by a hotrod with no back seat for my kid. We all go through it! We all wish for life could “be like it was,” or feel like a drastic change will be the needed bandaid to make us feel like our lives mean something. The one constant I’ve come to for the worth in my life is friendship. Friends everything to me.

What kind of research did you do before scripting, if any?

Honestly not much of anything. This was a story about relationships and human emotions. There was nothing historical or technical about it. I did cursory things like looking into a couple cases of bankers going to jail, but the rest was just emotional analysis.

Were you a fan of these ‘old friends’ reunited movies?

Yep. I’m certainly a fan. Don’t get me wrong, the other motive to make an “old friends reunite” movie was because I’m an indie filmmaker with very little access to funding. This kind of story is cheaper to tell. I wrote this knowing that I wanted to make a movie, not simply write a script.

How many actors did you see for the lead roles?

None. I knew them all personally. There was no auditioning.

Are you going to stick to this genre? Or try something completely different next?

I’m definitely a character driven storyteller, but they won’t all be talky melodramas. My movie before The Drama Club was a Sci-Fi movie called Life Tracker, and I’m currently dusting off an old thriller to see if I want to rewrite it and shoot it next.

The Drama Club Now Available on VOD

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Thank You For Your Service - Official Trailer

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. The gripping drama is based on the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author David Finkel.

Jon Kilik (The Hunger Games series, Babel) produces the film, while Ann Ruark (Biutiful) executive produces.

The cast includes Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE will be coming to cinemas soon

The Odyssey - New Trailer

THE ODYSSEY, directed by Jérôme Salle (Zulu, Anthony Zimmer) and starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie The Da Vinci Code), Lambert Wilson (Ernest & Celestine, Of Gods and Men) and César Award winning actor Pierre Niney (Frantz, Yves Saint Laurent) is set to open in the UK and Ireland on 18 August 2017, by distributor Altitude (Moonlight, Lady Macbeth).

The film examines the life of ocean-explorer and adventurer Jacques Cousteau, one of the iconic figures of the 1960s.

1948. Jacques Cousteau, his wife and his two sons are living in paradise, in a beautiful house overlooking the Mediterranean. But all Cousteau can think of is adventure. Thanks to his invention, an independent aqualung allowing divers to breathe under water, he has discovered a whole new world. Now all he wants to do is explore this world. And he is willing to sacrifice everything to achieve this.

The screenplay is co-written by director Jérôme Salle and Laurent Turner. Produced by Nathalie Gastaldo Godeau, Philippe Godeau, Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier and the executive producer is Christine De Jekel.

The film was edited by Stan Collet (Zulu, Paris je t’aime) with a score from Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The King’s Speech). The creative team also includes production designer Laurent Ott (Elle) costume designer Carine Sarfati (Tell No One) and hair and make-up designer Rick Findlater.

THE ODYSSEY will be released in UK and Ireland by Altitude Film Distribution on 18 August 2017.

Monday 19 June 2017

Competition: Win Zip & Zap And The Marble Gang on DVD

Zip & Zap And The Marble Gang is out on DVD on 26th June and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies of the DVD to give away.

Troublesome twins Zip & Zap are punished and sent to summer school at Hope, a strict re-education center ran by Falconetti, who forbids all forms of fun.

They form the Marble Gang, the children’s Resistance, in order to defy the evil headmaster.

Guided by intelligence, bravery and unbreakable faith in friendship, they uncover a mysterious secret hidden deep within the school and end up having the most exciting adventure of their lives.

Starring Javier Gutiérres, Raúl Rivas and Daniel Cerezo

Check out the release on Amazon by clicking the link below: (Opens in a new window)
Zip & Zap And The Marble Gang

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Neill Blomkamp & Oats Studios New Short Film - Rakka - Volume 1

RAKKA is the story of broken humanity following the invasion of a technologically superior alien species. Bleak harrowing and unrelenting, the humans we meet must find enough courage to go on fighting.

Saturday 17 June 2017

10 Kids Films That Dad Would love Too on Fathers Day

Yes kids movies are great for putting on when you need to make dinner, do some work or simply some peace and quiet, but sometimes we can’t help in joining our kids on the sofa. So many kids films are full of adult inside jokes or fun easter eggs that only parents will pick up on, meaning they’re perfect for kids and parents alike. To celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, we’re taking a look at ten films that kids and Dad’s will love. So grab the chocolate, get on the comfies and have a brilliant Movie Weekender marathon with this lot!

Being a Batman movie and featuring all the old DC comic villians including The Condiment King, The Riddler, Scarecrow, Penguin, Clay Face and obviously The Joker, The LEGO® Batman Movie is a trip down memory lane for the geeky Dad. With lots of in jokes, innuendos and fast paced action, you can’t help but be sucked into the thrilling ride that is The LEGO® Batman Movie. The film also focuses on the relationship between LEGO® Batman and his adopted son, Robin. Be an awesome padre and stick this on with the kids this weekend, out now on digital download.

Who doesn’t love Toy Story? And be honest, who cried during Toy Story 3? The Toy Story trilogy is a must-see for every adult and every child. The film focuses on the friendships between the legendary animated characters Buzz Lightyear, Woody and their long list of Toy friends, and what they get up to when humans aren’t around. This trilogy will live on in our hearts for infinity and beyond!

Racing cars, classic old cars and trucks, you’ve got it, this one is for the car loving Dad. Cars (one and two) are perfect Father/kids films, and with Cars 3 due this year, what better reason to catch up on them? Join hot shot race car Lightening McQueen on his journey down Route 66 to discover the town of Radiator Springs and its residents… We guarantee your Dad will be attempting Mater’s accent in no time!

How To Train Your Dragon is an empowering adventure story of young Viking Hiccup, who befriends a super cute dragon named Toothless, one of his villages mortal enemies, and together they go on a breath-taking journey through the skies. You can’t help but getting swept up on a trip to Berk and the film also touches on themes of taking over the family business and becoming a leader, as well as learning to care for a pet and a difficult Father/Son relationship. 

Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles is all about the importance of family and working towards everyone’s unique talents and qualities, so what nicer themes to install in your kids. Foremost though, it’s a Superhero movie with a super strong Dad, strechy and mouldable Mum, speedster son Dash, daughter Violet with force field and invisibility powers and baby Jack Jack who can shape shift – You’ll soon be wishing that your family had super powers too.

DONKEY! The first film in the series is an absolute treat and forms an all-time family favourite that can be enjoyed time and time again. The voice cast is fantastic and everyone with kids can relate to the relationship between Shrek and Donkey! It’s full of adult jokes, mainly based around Lord Farquaad (remove the r, ahem!) and the soundtrack is also brilliant… It ticks all the boxes for us!

The brilliant Wreck-it Ralph is one for the geeky Dad’s who spent their childhood in games arcades or playing 8-bit video games. The film features several cameos from real-world video game characters including Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man and Boswer from The Mario franchise, and it also references other popular games such as Donkey Kong, Halo and Call of Duty. But the best part, most of the film is basically set in world made out of sweets!

Young inventor Flint Lockwood has devised a machine that can turn water into produce food, but disaster strikes and soon it starts raining giant burgers, a spaghetti and meatballs tornado strikes and the town gets snowed in with ice cream. Full of food puns "That spaghetti twister is just an amuse bouche compared to what's on the way", and brilliant Dad jokes, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is great fun for all the family, but make sure dinner isn’t too longer wait afterwards!

A story about the relationships and tensions between Father and Son, Finding Nemo, and it’s sequel Finding Dory, are both heart-warming underwater treasures! You’ll be pleased to hear, Dad’s the hero in this one and the stunningly beautiful animation features many in jokes for parents, and is it just us or are the turtles high? Cool man!

Shaun the Sheep made his first on screen appearance over 20 years ago as a Wallace and Gromit sidekick, and has since been on TV around the globe, and a few years ago got his very own movie debut. Fans of Wallace and Gromit will love this brilliantly animated film, which is warm, funny and full of emotive characters. It also manages to deliver gags and british wit with no dialogue!

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Friday 16 June 2017

The LEGO® Batman Movie’s Greatest Villains

Gotham City is renowned for being the most crime-ridden city in the whole (DC) universe! From cat-burglars to mutated clay men, Gotham’s underbelly has a whole host of interesting characters to offer, with many of them making their LEGO-fied appearance in The LEGO® Batman Movie – which comes to DVD and Blu-ray™ June 19!

The Joker
As the leader of Gotham City’s underworld and archenemy of Batman, The Joker has proved his worth at the top of the list. He’s a master criminal and the self-proclaimed ‘Clown Prince of Crime’, not to mention a resident trickster with crazy green hair and face paint. In The LEGO® Batman Movie, The Joker wants to free the universes greatest villains from The Phantom Zone – is this his most dastardly plot ever?

The Riddler
Riddle me this, riddle me that, look out Gotham, The Riddler is back! This puzzling chap just can’t seem to get a sentence out of his mouth without rhyming and spouting riddles, but don’t let that fool you… this green-clad villain is smarter than half of Gotham’s population combined! You can’t miss him in The LEGO® Batman Movie as he comes crashing down with a giant question mark – see if you spot him!

Harley Quinn
Harley wasn’t always so manic, before she turned to villainy, Dr Harleen Quinzel was a respected psychaiatrist at the infamous Arkham Asylum, where she treated one particularly clown-like patient… Her love for The Joker and her crazy nature (along with a giant hammer) make Harley Quinn a wild card for sure! She’s also essential to The Joker’s latest plan, using her disguise as Dr. Quinzel to steal the Phantom Zone gun and free an army of evil goons from the Phantom Zone.

Poison Ivy
Gotham City’s botanist turned toxic temptress, Poison Ivy is a force of nature, manipulating plants and toxins at will to ensnare even Batman! Her eco-powers have allowed her to rise to the very top of Gotham’s villainous hierarchy. She’s also irresistible to pretty much anyone – it’s the pheromones she controls rather than the flowing red hair that pulls you in. You can catch Poison Ivy trying (and failing) to give LEGO Batman a smooch!

What started as one of the strongest and most dastardly villains of the DC Universe quickly became the oddly, adorably goofy LEGO Bane we see in The LEGO® Batman Movie. If this giant goofball doesn’t make you laugh when he becomes Batman’s punching bag, or when he’s the politest villain ever – then there’s a problem with your sense of humour! Hey this guy even helps Batman!
The LEGO® Batman Movie comes to DVD & Blu-ray™ June 19!

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The LEGO Batman Movie [DVD + Digital Download] [2017]
The LEGO Batman Movie [Blu-ray + Digital Download] [2017]

Thursday 15 June 2017

The Ottoman Lieutenant - Official Trailer (Universal Pictures) HD

From the director of The Forgotten Joseph Ruben, comes the powerful and gripping action-packed drama, THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT. Featuring an all-star cast including Academy Award® winner Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler’s List), Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down, Penny Dreadful), Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones, The Age of Adaline) and Hera Hilmar (Anna Karenina, Davinci’s Demons) THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT will be released on Digital Download from 24 July and DVD and Blu-ray from 7 August.

THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT tells the wartime story of a strong-willed woman Lillie (Hera Hilmar) who leaves the United States after meeting Jude (Josh Hartnett) an American doctor who runs a remote medical mission within the exotic Ottoman Empire. There, she finds her loyalty tested to both Jude and the mission’s sagacious founder (Ben Kingsley) when she falls in love with Ismail (Michiel Huisman), a Lieutenant in the Ottoman Imperial Army. Set among the backdrop of World War 1 and tied together with epic battles and mind-blowing fight sequences, Lillie must decide if she wants to be what other people want her to be, or to be herself.

Pre-Order from Amazon by Clicking Here (Opens in a new window)

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Transformers 5 The Last Knight "Megatron's Brother" Trailer (2017)

Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it's up to the unlikely alliance of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English lord (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) to save the world.

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Flatliners 2017 - Trailer

Flatliners is an upcoming 2017 American science fiction psychological horror film directed by Niels Arden Oplev and written by Ben Ripley. The film is a sequel to the 1990 film of the same name, and stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemons, and Kiefer Sutherland (who starred in the original film). Columbia Pictures will release the film on September 29, 2017, 27 years after the release of the original film.

Five medical students embark on a daring and dangerous experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. As their trials become more perilous, each must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side.

Buy the original Flatliners movie by clicking here (Amazon link opens in a new window)

Monday 12 June 2017

Competition: Win Puppet On A Chain Official Soundtrack Audio CD

Puppet On A Chain Official Soundtrack Audio CD  is out on 16th June and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies of the CD to give away.

A masterpiece of suspense and no-holds barred action, Puppet on a Chain was adapted from Alistair Maclean's 1969 novel and released in 1971. Directed by Geoffrey Reeve and starring a granite-jawed Sven-Bertil Taube, the film's signature boat chase (lasting eight minutes!) along the canals of Amsterdam was rumoured to be the inspiration for the similar sequence in Bond's Live and Let Die.

The action is underpinned by Italian soundtrack maestro Piero Piccioni's blistering Hammond-heavy score. Piccioni composed around 300 soundtracks over four decades, but was most prolific during the '60's and '70's, when he was sought out by directors including Francesco Rosi, Mario Monicelli, Alberto Lattuada, Luchino Visconti, Bernardo Bertolucci, Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica and Lina Wertmuller. A talented self-taught jazz musician, Piccioni's soundtrack to Puppet on a Chain retains effortless style, portraying a decadent 1970's Amsterdam overrun with drugs and organised crime.

Check out the release on Amazon by clicking the link below: (Opens in a new window)
Puppet On A Chain Audio CD


Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 26-06-17
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Saturday 10 June 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming / Moments Worth Paying For

With the summer blockbuster season swinging into action, Sony Pictures Releasing has teamed up with Industry Trust’s Moments Worth Paying For campaign to combat film piracy with an exclusive trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Showcasing why it’s important for superheroes to be seen in the very best quality on the big screen, the exclusive trailer is packed full of thrills and spectacular action as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) engineers a new and improved suit for Spider-Man (Tom Holland).

Spider-Man: Homecoming comes to UK cinemas on Wednesday 5th July