Tuesday, 13 November 2018

SCI-FI star TRACEY BIRDSALL loses home, all possessions in Malibu Fire : Help Rebuild Her Life

Actress Tracey Birdsall, known to sci-fi and fantasy fans for her starring roles in Rogue Warrior : Robot Fighter and Evolution War, lost her home and all possessions in last week’s devastating fire in Malibu.

Birdsall’s eldest daughter Nicky has set up a GoFundMe page to help her mother :

"November 10, 2018, the Woolsey fire which raged through Malibu destroyed the home of Tracey Birdsall and her family. As her oldest daughter, aware of the devastation this has caused in her life, I decided to create a GoFundMe for her so people could contribute and support her.

She lived in this home since 2006, raising my younger siblings, being involved in the community, and it was completely destroyed. Only a few succulents still stand in the front yard, and a lone tangerine tree in the back yard. Perhaps most eerie is the standing garage doors, their metal warped and nothing else of the garage present.

As many of you who knew her know, the changing times in her industry and distribution have made the past few years very difficult for her, even though she was working constantly or trying to help others get work, and this was the last thing she owned.

Oddly enough, this week is also the one year anniversary since her mother (my grandmother) died of Alzheimer’s after a lengthy battle - which tore her apart day by day, week by week, and year by year.
My mother bought this home herself, and worked tirelessly every day of her life leading up to this catastrophe in order to provide a place for her family to live. She welcomed friends to not only stay with her, but numerous people over the years have also been welcomed into her home to treat it as their own when they were going through troubles of their own. There was always a blanket and a pillow to be found and a warm meal. Her home was a haven to people she knew, and she opened her heart and her doors to many numerous people, far too many to even count.

Although insurance will undoubtedly help eventually, she was minimally insured and even her fireproof safe in the garage in which she kept resources for emergencies - was turned to unrecognizable dust. Several priceless sentimental items are gone forever, and she hasn't even begun to process their loss.

Perhaps even worse, a neighbor two doors down said that he could have put out the fire, he brought a hose to the front yard just as the City of Malibu shut off the water… I mean, who shuts off the water supply when there are fires? This hose still sat limp in the street when she came to see what was her home.
She has lost everything.

I've never seen her shoulder's so slumped, or the way her fingers tremble while she keeps repeating how glad she is everyone made it out, that her neighbors are okay. She's always been the sort to hide her tears when it's not for a script. My mother's always been the strong one, but she has never seemed as frail as now. Any support and assistance would be greatly appreciated no matter how small. Please help in any way that you can understanding the struggles she has endured, and the tireless hours she works. She is the most loving, caring, understanding, and wonderful mother and friend anyone could ask for.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I don’t know what else to do to help her, so I’ve organized this for her."

Monday, 12 November 2018

Once Upon A Deadpool - UK release date & Poster

Twentieth Century Fox has today made available the poster for ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL, starring Ryan Reynolds. ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL arrives in UK cinemas - for one night only - on December 11th.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

REVIEW: Solis - Starring Steven Ogg and Alice Lowe

Warning: There may be some spoilers in the review below, nothing too major.

Review: By Jon Donnis
Despite the poster for Solis being nearly identical to the upcoming First Man film. This is a very different film, and in fact I think the Solis poster is much better.

Solis is one of those rare films whereby we only get one living character on screen for the entire film.
Asteroid mining engineer Troy Holloway (played by Steven Ogg, who you may recognise from the GTA game) has woken up on an escape pod, in space, and that pod is on a one way journey to the Sun.

Holloway is alone (except for a dead colleague), and his only help is Commander Roberts who he speaks to through a headset, who is his only hope for rescue.

Hollyway must overcome and survive everything from being frozen to death to being burned alive, not to mention rapid oxygen depletion.

Now this is not some horror film with aliens etc, this is a pure psychological thriller. And in the style of great one person films like Buried or Moon, we have to rely on the excellent performance of Steven Ogg to carry us through.

Where as a similar type of film in Gravity relies on jaw dropping special effects, Solis proves that you don't need 9 figure budgets to make a solid enjoyable film set in space. That's not to say there isn't some great shots here. One that stuck in my mind is as we view the escape pod from behind, surrounded by the darkness of space, only for the camera to pan back and the sun to appear, previously eclipsed by the pod. And then the sheer power and brightness of the sun to overtake the screen.

There is a very decent score too, although perhaps it goes too big too soon, it does add to the film throughout as opposed to taking away anything.

Now I have read a few reviews of the film, and I see a lot of people disappointed with the ending, personally I don't need every little thing explained, written out and showed to me. I like a bit of mystery, a bit of the unknown. But sadly we live in a time whereby film makers often feel the need they have to explain everything and give a complete and full beginning, middle and an end, to satisfy a hungry audience.

Personally I like the intrigue, the unknown, this allows me to ask questions, to talk about things, to examine what I do not know, what I did not see. So the ending I was perfectly fine with.

I thought the film was the perfect length for the kind of film it was. The acting by Ogg was great, and overall I enjoyed the film. It wont be for everyone, and those who only enjoy huge special effects and every little thing laid out for them probably wont enjoy it, but for those of you who have a brain, imagination, and enjoy a good story being told, then give Solis a go, you might be pleasantly surprised.

I give Solis a solid 8/10

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Aquaman - Character Posters

AQUAMAN will release in UK cinemas on December 14.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role.  The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.

Corbin Bernsen joins Bennett's Song sequel A Bennett Song Holiday

Los Angeles, California : Golden Globe and Emmy Nominee Corbin Bernsen (“Psych”, “L.A Law”) and Dennis Haskins (A Million Ways To Die in the West) have joined the cast of Auburn Moon and Painted Creek Productions’ A Bennett Song Holiday.

The picture, a sequel to the recently released Bennett’s Song starring Tara Reid and the aforesaid Haskins, will be directed by Harley Wallen and is scripted by Nancy Oeswein.

Picking up where we left off in Bennett's Song, this unique family overcomes new obstacles and finds new ways to celebrate the holidays.

Bernsen will play villainous real estate developer Aiden Neville, while “Saved by the Bell” fave Haskins is back as the grandfather, ironically a former sitcom star who borrows from his character’s stream of poignant and sometimes corny advice.

Bryce Xavier (Alexa & Katie, Family Time), James Caverly (Broadway’s Children of a Lesser God), Calhoun Koenig (Moving Parts, Agramon’s Gate), Harley Wallen (Abstruse, Betrayed), and Aphrodite Nikolovski (Cut/Print, Answer This!) are also onboard.

A Bennett Song Holiday begins shooting this month.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

The City of Gold - Poster and Trailer

400 Years Ago Sir Walter Raleigh Searched For El Dorado... Today It Was Found.
In the tradition of Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider, comes a thrilling adventure in search of… the city of gold.

Vernon Wells (The Road Warrior, Commando, InnerSpace), Christopher Atkins (The Blue Lagoon, The Pirate Movie) and Branscombe Richmond (“Chicago Med”, The Scorpion King) star in The City of Gold, on VOD December 4 and DVD January 1, 2019.

An anguished media magnate, Jonathan Davenport, accompanies his estranged lover to the Peruvian Amazon in pursuit of a reclusive artist living in rebel occupation. Despite their philanthropic intentions, the mission proves to be the harbinger of something dark and ominous rooted deep within Jonathan.
John Charles Meyer (Avenged), Adrienne Whitney Papp (“The Resident”), Riley Dandy (Double Play), Robbie Allen (Hellblazer) and Jennifer Rikert Wolski (Escape Artist) star in a film directed by Harry Locke IV and written by Ronald A.Blum.

From High Octane Pictures, The City of Gold on VOD December 4 and DVD January 1, 2019.

The Movie Partnership Announces UK Release Date for Solis on 10th December | Starring Steven Ogg and Alice Lowe

6th November, London, UK: The Movie Partnership has announced that their new sci-fi thriller, Solis, has received its release date for digital download on 10th December. Solis is directed by Carl Strathie and stars Steven Ogg (The Walking Dead, Westworld, He Never Died) and Alice Lowe (Prevenge, Hot Fuzz, Sometimes Always Never).

Asteroid mining engineer Troy Holloway wakes up to find himself trapped aboard a drifting escape pod shooting towards the Sun. Faced with rapid oxygen depletion, Commander Roberts on Earth leads a rescue party to save him. As Holloway's hope runs low, Roberts, speaking to him through a weak radio transmission, is determined to save his life before time runs out.

Solis will be available on digital download from 10th December.

BBC One and Magic Light announce The Snail and the Whale for Christmas 2019

Magic Light Pictures, the multi Oscar nominated and Bafta award-winning production company, has announced that an animated adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s children’s book The Snail and the Whale is in production and set to premiere on BBC One for Christmas 2019.
Published in 2003 by Macmillan Children’s Books, The Snail and the Whale is a firm favourite of the Donaldson/Scheffler collection. The animated half hour will be produced by Michael Rose and Martin Pope of Magic Light Pictures and directed by, Max Lang and Daniel Snaddon. Animation services will be provided by Triggerfish Animation in Cape Town. The special has once again been acquired by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, and Elizabeth Kilgarriff, Senior Commissioning Editor, BBC Drama.

The half hour animated film is the tale of a tiny snail and a great big, grey-blue humpback whale. Longing to see the world, a tiny snail hitches a lift on the tale of a humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when the whale is beached in a bay, how will the snail save the day?

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, says: "I'm thrilled to exclusively announce BBC One and Magic Light are teaming up once again to bring viewers The Snail and the Whale for Christmas 2019, a much-loved adventure for all the family to enjoy."

The Snail and the Whale marks the seventh adaptation by Magic Light Pictures of a Donaldson/Scheffler’s children’s book. The most recent, Zog, will premiere on BBC One this Christmas. Previously, Magic Light produced The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, with the former winning over 15 awards as well as nominations for an Oscar, a Bafta and the Cartoon d’Or and delivered audiences of 10 million to BBC One for their respective Christmas Day transmissions. Other titles include Room on the Broom, which received a 2014 Oscar nomination and won a Bafta, an International Emmy and an RTS Award; 2015 ratings hit Stick Man and The Highway Rat which just scooped a coveted Rose d’or in the Children and Youth category at the 57th Rose d’Or Awards held in Berlin.

Monday, 5 November 2018

New PRODIGY trailer warns Earth will go black in 3 Days!

Writer-director Nathan Leon’s Prodigy, nominated for 4 ICFF Awards Including Best Picture, premieres on VOD this December.

Erik Black is a broken soul due to the loss of his wife. He spends his days alone and self-medicating. All of that changes when his estranged son asks him to help him reach an undisclosed destination. There, he says, he will receive a divine message he believes will change the course of humanity. To survive they must stick together while fostering a belief in something greater than themselves.

Prodigy, starring Tyler Roy Roberts (“Z Nation”), Cory Kays (Looking for Andrew) and King Amir Allahyar (Façade), on VOD December 4 and DVD January 1 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Synopsis : Erik Black is a broken soul due to the loss of his wife. He spends his days alone and self-medicating. All of that changes when his estranged son asks him to help him reach an undisclosed destination. There, he says, he will receive a divine message he believes will change the course of humanity. To survive they must stick together while fostering a belief in something greater than themselves.

On Demand December 4

Cast:  Tyler Roy Roberts, Cory Kays
Directed by: Nathan Leon
Genre:  Thriller
Distributor: Uncork'd Entertainment

Competition: Win The Man Who Invented Christmas on Blu-ray

The Man Who Invented Christmas is released on Bluray on November 12th.

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies to give away.

Starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast) as Charles Dickens, The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the true story of how the iconic author came to write the seminal yuletide novel A Christmas Carol in only six weeks.

Set in 1840s London, Dickens had been struggling to come up with fresh ideas after the failure of his last three works. However, when he's inspired by the vision of a story that would fire the hearts of humanity, he set out to write and self-publish a book that would reignite his career.

As the likes of Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer) and The Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future start coming to life in his head, Dickens began creating a masterpiece that gave birth to the Christmas we know and love today.

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Who Directed The Man Who Invented Christmas? (Hint: Check the Amazon page)

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

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Sunday, 4 November 2018

Class Rank - UK trailer -Starring Olivia Holt, Skyler Gisondo and Kristin Chenoweth

A hilarious and heartfelt high-school comedy from the team behind GLEE and G.B.F.

Two high school outsiders join forces in an attempt to overtake the local school board.

Guided by their families, they enter the perilous word of politics and, in the process, learn a thing or two about love.

PAPILLON (2018) | UK Trailer | Coming Soon | Charlie Hunnam | Rami Malek

Originally billed as “the greatest escape in history”, PAPILLON is a contemporary gritty remake of the 1973 classic film.

From the producer of The Wolf of Wall Street, this remarkable true story stars Charlie Hunnam and man-of-the-moment Rami Malek.

PAPILLON follows the story of Henri “Papillon” Charriere, a petty criminal who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1930’s France and given a life sentence in the notorious colony on Devil’s Island. Whilst there, Papillon meets convicted murderer Louis Dega who agrees to help his escape in return for protection.

In UK cinemas December 21st.

Kin - Trailer - In Cinemas 9th November

In cinemas 9th November
Starring: Myles Truitt, Jack Reynor, Dennis Quaid, Zoë Kravitz, James Franco, Carrie Coon
Directed by: Jonathan Baker, Josh Baker

Chased by a vengeful criminal, the feds and a gang of otherworldly soldiers, a recently released ex-con, and his adopted teenage brother are forced to go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Number 37 - Poster and Trailer

Award-winning Hitchockian suspense thriller Number 37, filmed in Cape Town, releases in select theaters throughout November and On Demand November 20 from Dark Star Pictures.

In a gritty homage to perennial Alfred Hitchcock favorite Rear Window, director Nospiho Dumia’s film focuses on the residents of a block of apartments in the down-and-out Cape Flats neighborhood–which, with its petty thugs, crooked cops, violent loan sharks, and troubled pastors, soon reveals itself to be a very different place from Rear Window’s Greenwich Village of 1954.

Irshaad Ally, Monique Rockman, Ephraim Gordon, Sandi Schultz, Danny Ross, David Manuel, Elton Landrew, and Deon Lotz star in a Nosipho Dumisa directed film, scripted by Dumisa, Travis Taute, and Daryne Joshua.

Synopsis: Set in a rough section of Cape Town, Number 37 follows Randal Hendricks, a small-time crook who becomes wheelchair-bound in a drug deal gone wrong, and his hard-working girlfriend Pam Ismael. To distract Randal during his homebound days of limited mobility, Pam gives him a pair of binoculars. While idly surveying his block, he accidentally witnesses a dirty cop being executed by his gangster neighbor Lawyer. With a loan shark breathing down his neck, Randal decides to blackmail Lawyer, and enlists the help of both his girlfriend and his friend Warren. When the plan goes horribly awry, Randal’s options get more and more restricted—and not even local detective Gail February, investigating the death of her partner, may be able to help him.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Will Smith and Tom Holland are Spies in Disguise

Super spy goes super fly in this first trailer for SPIES IN DISGUISE, from the studio that brought you Ice Age, Ferdinand and Rio. When events take an unexpected turn, super spy Lance (Will Smith) and scientist Walter (Tom Holland) have to rely on each other in a whole new way... 

Watch the trailer on YouTube here:


SPIES IN DISGUISE, which co-stars Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones and DJ Khaled, also reveals its first poster and will release in UK cinemas in 2019.

Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is… not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way. And if this odd couple can't learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril. SPIES IN DISGUISE is an animated comedy set in the high-octane globe-trotting world of international espionage.

Acclaimed sci-fi horror AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS in UK Cinemas and on PVOD for the Festive Season

It's Christmas Day and the dysfunctional Milgram family wake to find a mysterious black substance surrounding their house. Something monumental is clearly happening right outside their door, but what exactly – an industrial accident, a terrorist attack, a nuclear war? All their limited information now comes from the television. But as the ominous gogglebox exerts an ever more sinister grip on their psyches, their terrified paranoia escalates into bloody carnage. 

A powder keg of throat-grabbing suspense, Cronenbergian intensity and mind-bending body horror from Johnny Kevorkian, the director of The Disappeared, and BAFTA-nominated Jack Tarling, the producer of God's Own Country. 

Director: Johnny Kevorkian. Starring: Sam Gittins, Neerja Naik, Grant Masters, Abigail Cruttenden, Kris Saddler, Holly Weston and David Bradley. UK 2018. 91 mins.

Trinity Filmed Entertainment presents Await Further Instructions in Cinemas and Premium Video on Demand from 7th December 2018

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2ApJOngH3E

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Peter Jackson's First World War Film They Shall Not Grow Old set for television premiere on BBC Two

In a unique film commissioned by 14-18 NOW, Imperial War Museums in association with the BBC aims to bring to life the realities of the First World War for a whole new generation.

Peter Jackson's highly anticipated First World War archive feature film They Shall Not Grow Old is to receive its broadcast premiere exclusively on BBC Two on Sunday 11 November at 9.30pm, following its World Premiere at the London Film Festival in October. The film forms part of the BBC's commemorative coverage around the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary, and Imperial War Museums, in association with the BBC, They Shall Not Grow Old has been created exclusively with original footage from Imperial War Museums' film archive and audio from BBC archives.

They Shall Not Grow Old uses the voices of the veterans combined with original archival footage to bring to life the reality of war on the front line for a whole new generation. Footage has been colourised, converted to 3D and transformed with modern production techniques to present never before seen detail.

Created to mark the centenary of the First World War Armistice, the internationally renowned director Peter Jackson (The Hobbit, The Lord Of The Rings) combined his personal fascination with the period and his Academy Award-winning directorial skills to bring the First World War to life in a way never seen before.

Peter Jackson, Director and Producer of They Shall Not Grow Old, says: "I wanted to reach through the fog of time and pull these men into the modern world, so they can regain their humanity once more - rather than be seen only as Charlie Chaplin-type figures in the vintage archive film. By using our computing power to erase the technical limitations of 100 year-old cinema, we can see and hear the Great War as they experienced it."

Tom McDonald, BBC Commissioner, says: "It's a great honour to broadcast Peter Jackson's extraordinary film, which brings the realities of World War One vividly to life."

They Shall Not Grow Old is directed by Peter Jackson, produced by Peter Jackson and Clare Olssen and edited by Jabez Olssen. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums in association with the BBC, and commissioned by Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual, for BBC television.

Produced by WingNut Films and Executive Produced by House Productions. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Special thanks to Matthew and Sian Westerman with additional support from The Taylor Family Foundation, The Moondance Foundation, Welsh Government, Scottish Government, British Council, Tim and Sarah Bunting, Jacqueline and Richard Worswick and one anonymous donor.

Complementing the broadcast premiere of They Shall Not Grow Old, a special behind-the-scenes 30-minute Peter Jackson documentary under the What Do Artists Do All Day? strand, will be broadcast on Monday November 12 at 7.30pm on BBC Four.

Doing Money - A shocking true story about slavery in the UK

Written by Gwyneth Hughes and directed by Lynsey Miller, Doing Money is a shocking true story about slavery in the UK.

This fact-based one-off drama follows the heart-breaking and compelling story of Ana, a young woman snatched in broad daylight from a London street, trafficked to Ireland and used as a sex slave in a series of 'pop up' brothels. Ana's story offers a tense and thought-provoking thriller, with powerful insights into the challenges of policing a form of modern slavery that hides in plain sight. It exposes just how big business 'doing money' is.

The cast includes the lead Ana played by Romanian actress Anca Dumitra, the police investigator DI Dougie Grant will be played by Allen Leech. They are joined by Tom Glynn-Carney, Dragos Bucur, Alec Secareanu, Cosmina Stratan, Voica Oltean, Alina Serban, Turlough Convery, Karen Hassan and Jonathan Harden.

Doing Money is a 1x90' film produced by Renegade Pictures for BBC Two. It is written by Gwyneth Hughes, directed by Lynsey Miller and produced by Mike Dormer. Alex Cooke is Executive Producer for Renegade Pictures, and Lucy Richer for BBC Two.

Commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama. Doing Money is produced in association with RTÉ and supported by Northern Ireland Screen, it will be distributed by Warner Brothers ITVP. Filming took place in and around Belfast.

Doing Money is part of BBC Two's Why Slavery? season: a season of ground-breaking films about slavery in the modern age.

This drama is based on the case of one particular person who was held as a sex slave for 10 months and trafficked around both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

After her ordeal, she told her story to politicians at Stormont. Her testimony helped to contribute to the passing of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act, the first new law against slavery in the UK for almost 200 years.

Worldwide almost five million women and girls endured forced sexual exploitation last year.

Introduction by Gwyneth Hughes

Stolen off the streets of London, she was raped by thousands of men, starved, bullied and threatened by pimps who threatened to kill her mother if she resisted. Somehow the young woman we call "Ana" survived her slavery. Somehow she found the courage first to escape, and then to speak out. I met her and listened to her over many hours of interviews. The international trafficking story that unfolded is complex, astonishing, and heartbreaking.

But it was the details that stuck with me and rang round my head. One example: they took her glasses, so she could not see. The special cruelty of that very ordinary detail really caught my imagination as a writer. I've worn specs since the age of six and I can't imagine how I'd go about my normal life without them, let alone how Ana coped in her ordeal. Another example: her bewilderment at the critical reviews posted on sex websites by angry men. She wondered how they didn't notice the starved, bruised, desperate state of the young woman they'd just used.

There were glimpses of a better world. Ana was proud to tell me about "Sean", the drug dealer, in and out of prison, who unexpectedly became her friend, rescuer and champion. Alone among all the men she met in Ireland, north and south, this rackety young fellow produced a simple human response. "It's just wasn't right," he told me when I met him. "You can't treat a human being that way." And so he helped her, and the lights flickered back on in her darkness.

Today the real Ana is a lively, smiley young woman doing her best to put her life back together. Going back into these hellish memories has been hard for her. So it's been important to pay attention to her grief and her rage, and to treat her kindly as she relived the worst of her experience. But it's also been vital to keep a cool and rational head, to comb through the tumbling horrors, to double check, to read other witness statements, to talk to the police, to make sense of the unspeakable. Because when you make a drama out of a true story, everyone understandably wants to know - how true is it, really?

The answer is that everything you see in Doing Money really happened to Ana. All of it, and more. Much more. For ten long months she went to a place most British and Irish women have never had to see. A place where young women are for sale in an international marketplace, organized online, where there is no desire which cannot be met for money.

Film4 receives 58 nominations for the British Independent Film Awards

Film4 received a staggering 58 nominations for the BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS 2018, announced this morning, including a clean sweep of all five films in the Best British Independent Film, Director and Screenplay categories, and the four most highly nominated films.

Director of Film4 Daniel Battsek commented: "Everyone at Film4 is thrilled with this morning's nominations and delighted for all our nominees. The breadth of our 10 nominated films, encompassing a debut, an English language debut, a couple of sophomore efforts, five filmmakers we've worked with before and one who we've just made our ninth film with, is a perfect snapshot of what we want a Film4 slate to look like, and a testament to how hard our whole team work to achieve that. We're looking forward to a celebratory night on December 2nd!"

Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite leads the nominations with 13, including Best British Independent Film, Director and Screenplay, and acting nods for Olivia Colman for Best Actress, and Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz for Supporting Actress.

Rachel Weisz was also recognised in the Best Actress category for Sebastián Lelio's Disobedience, which picked up five nominations including Best British Independent Film, Screenplay, Supporting Actress for Rachel McAdams and Supporting Actor for Alessandro Nivola.

American Animals was the second most nominated film with 11 nominations including Best British Independent Film, Director, Screenplay and Debut Screenplay for Bart Layton, while Barry Keoghan and Evan Peters compete against one another for Supporting Actor.

Debut feature Beast was the third mostly highly recognised film with 10 nominations including Best British Independent Film, Director, Screenplay, Debut Director and Debut Screenwriter for Michael Pearce, and Jessie Buckley competing in both Best Actress and Most Promising Newcomer categories.

You Were Never Really Here was the fourth most recognised film. Its eight nominations included Best British Independent Film, Director and Screenplay nominations for Lynne Ramsay, and a nod for Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix.

Andrew Haigh (Director) and Charlie Plummer (Actor) were among the four nominations for Lean on Pete, while Mike Leigh's Peterloo also picked up four nominations in craft categories. There were also nominations for Been So Long (Michaela Coel for Best Newcomer), Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War (Best International Independent Film) and An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn (Costume Design).

Bloody Ballet - Caroline Williams and Debbie Rochon in the most unique horror film of 2018

In the tradition of Suspiria, and featuring horror icons Caroline Williams and Debbie Rochon, Bloody Ballet arabesque’s onto November 13 from High Octane Pictures.

When a beautiful ballerina dancer, Adriana Mena (Kendra Carelli, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), lands the lead role in the upcoming Nutcracker performance, she's forced to face her demons as jealousy and tension begin to provoke the supernatural.

A Giallo film -  a horror-thriller that blends the atmosphere and suspense of thriller fiction with elements of horror fiction and eroticism – in the vein of Dario Argento's and Suspiria and Sergio Martino's Torso - Bloody Ballet is a tour-de-force for rising filmmaker Brett Mullen, who co-wrote the script with Matt Cloude. 

Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, Halloween II), Debbie Rochon (Model Hunger, Death House), Katie Carpenter (“The Haunting of Hill House”), Brett Wagner (The Happytime Murders), and Rob Springer (Bombshell Bloodbath) star in Bloody Ballet, out November 13 on VOD and December 4 on DVD.

Synopsis :
When a beautiful ballerina dancer, Adriana Mena (Kendra Carelli), lands the lead role in the upcoming Nutcracker performance, she's forced to face her demons as jealousy and tension begin to provoke the supernatural.

On VOD November 13

Horror sequel ELVES releases first trailer ahead of December release!

Christmas is under siege from a horde of evil elves in Jamaal Buden’s frighteningly fun Elves, on VOD and DVD this December!

The Holiday Reaper, a ruthless killer that terrorized a small Texas town, has been caught. While celebrating, a group of friends find an elf inside a magical toy box.  When a freak accident kills one of them, they discover a group of elves have been scattered throughout town, each representing one of the seven deadly sins.  It's a race against time to survive the elves’ wrath before Christmas ends.

Horror staples Justin Price (The Elf) and Khu (Dark Moon Rising) produce.

Lisa May, Deanna Grace Congo, Stephanie Marie Baggett and Amy Jo Guthrie star in Elves, on VOD and DVD December 4 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Synopsis : The Holiday Reaper, a ruthless killer that terrorized a small Texas town, has been caught. While celebrating, a group of friends find an elf inside a magical toy box.  When a freak accident kills one of them, they discover a group of elves have been scattered throughout town, each representing one of the seven deadly sins.  It's a race against time to survive the elves’ wrath before Christmas ends.

On VOD and DVD December 4

Robin Hood - New Clips

The time has nearly come to join the Hood. We are thrilled to share with you 3 new clips for Robin Hood which is released in cinemas November 21. The film is directed by Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders & Black Mirror) and stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Tim Minchin and Jamie Dornan.

Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton) a war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander (Jamie Foxx) mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance.

In cinemas November 21.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - Brand New Featurette

Newt’s never met a monster he couldn’t love… Here is a brand new featurette for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald introducing a host of new beasts, as well as the return of some old favourites.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™.

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).  But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead.  Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp.  The cast also includes, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, and  Poppy Corby-Tuech.

Chinese poster for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided world.

Release date: 16 November 2018

From the director of Loose Change comes Black & Blue

From acclaimed filmmaker Dylan Avery – director of the renowned 911 documentary Loose Change – comes the most confronting and powerful film of the year, Black & Blue.

Black & Blue, premiering exclusively on Amazon digital (Prime and instant) on November 1st, tackles the confronting topic of police brutality, racial issues and social justice in America.

Featuring Method Man, Charlie Murphy, and Flavor Flav, Black & Blue is a documentary about police brutality that follows a DJ beat up by off duty DEA agents, a man arrested for filming a police officer, and many others as they fight for justice for their loved ones.

Black & Blue will be available exclusively on Amazon November 1 from Wild Eye Releasing in association with Summer Hill Entertainment.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Competition: Win Long Weekend on Blu-ray

Long Weekend arrives on  Blu-ray on 5th November

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

In the hope of saving their marriage a couple decide to take a break by the sea. Between the bickering and fighting they exhibit a callous disregard for the land and creatures around them - starting a fire, wildly firing a gun, scattering rubbish and injuring wildlife. Their obnoxious behaviour will not go unpunished.

One of the seminal Australian films of the 70s, this remarkable, suspense-filled eco-horror builds on its man vs nature premise with an ever-increasing sense of dread and unease.

Audio Commentary with Executive Producer Richard Brennan and Cinematographer Vincent Monton
Nature Found Them Guilty: Examining Long Weekend Panel Discussion with Film Historians Lee Gambin, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Emma Westwood and Sally Christie
Extensive Stills Gallery Accompanied by Audio Interview with Actor John Hargreaves
SDH English subtitles for the hearing impaired
Original Theatrical Trailer

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Most Memorable Antagonists

No great hero would reach acclaim without the challenges set by a menacing, fear-inducing villain. Whether it’s Javier Bardem’s Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men or Meryl Streep’s character Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, the great antagonists of the movies create the arc in the story, obstruct our protagonists at every turn, and stop at nothing to leave a trail of havoc in their wake.

In fact, many of the greatest characters in cinematic history are villains: complex, twisted, and utterly captivating. A convincing antagonist must be a multi-faceted character that challenges the audience to question what can drive one to such dark places.

The release of Sicario 2: Soldado on digital download 22nd October and on 4k UHD, Steelbook, Blu-Ray™ & DVD from 29th October 2018, allows us to witness the intriguing complexity of a great antagonist at work. CIA agent Matt Graver, played by Josh Brolin, is authorised by the US government to apply extreme measures – including deception, kidnapping, and murder– to combat a Mexican drug cartel that is suspected of smuggling terrorists across the US border. As Graver and his team push the limits of morality and go so far as to kidnap the young daughter of the cartel’s kingpin, audiences are left asking: who is really the villain?

To celebrate this film’s release, we are rounding up the top movies with the most memorable antagonists that have us squirming in our seats.

Bellatrix Lestrange
Arguably one of the most calculating and evil villains in the Harry Potter franchise is Bellatrix Lestrange, sister of Narcissa Malfoy and cousin of Sirius Black. Bellatrix can make the hairs stand on the back of necks with just a laugh. Bellatrix is infamous for her intensely sadistic approach to killing and torture. She takes huge pleasure in taunting and antagonising her victims, such as Neville Longbottom when she reminds him how she murdered his parents, and her callous killing of her very own cousin, Sirius Black. Actress Helena Bonham Carter delivers a harrowing performance with her gaunt and wild appearance and the crazed look in her eyes.

Hannibal Lecter
Even the name ‘Hannibal Lecter’ would not fail to send chills through the spine of any viewer. Sir Anthony Hopkins’ antagonist in Silence of the Lambs is a creepy and disturbing character that the American Film Institute named the ‘greatest villain in American cinema’ in 2003. Lecter is a cannibalistic serial killer who, whilst incarcerated, is summoned to assist FBI agent-in-training Clarice Starling in catching a serial killer known as ‘Buffalo Bill’. He is a complex character, whose sophistication and refined tastes juxtapose his barbaric violence. Hopkins created the ultimate villain who continues to terrify audiences today.

The Joker
Although it is a character that has been portrayed many times in cinema, no portrayal is more memorable than the Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight. The Joker's storyline follows his attempts to undermine the efforts of Christian Bale’s Batman and the manic, deranged characterisation from Ledger is chilling, earning him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. As a character devoted to pure anarchy, his appearance, physicality and mannerisms reflect this. Ledger’s Jokers is revered as one of the greatest villains of all time and will not soon be forgotten.

Darth Vader
When we think of the archetypal ‘baddie’, we look no further than one of the originals, Darth Vader in Star Wars. The reveal of Darth Vader as Luke Skywalker’s father is revered as the greatest movie twist of all time. As we find out in the prequels, Darth Vader’s villainy wasn’t always so present. Originally called Anakin Skywalker, he was an innocent young jedi who was being mentored by Obi Wan Kenobi. However, in the search for justice, he was converted to the dark side, a decision that was triggered by the death of his Naboo senator Padmé Amida, with whom he was having a secret relationship. A central theme of Star Wars is the conflict of good versus evil, and this conflict is no more apparent than within the character of Darth Vader.

Matt Graver
Josh Brolin’s character in the Sicario franchise is known for his willingness to do whatever is necessary to eliminate enemies of the states -- with little regard for morality. Director Denis Villeneuve creates an intense web of good and evil by exploring the hypocrisy of US government and the immoral tactics used by the CIA to combat Mexican cartels. However, in Sicario 2: Soldado, Josh Brolin’s character Matt Graver displays a torn moral conscious and shows the audience that he may not be callous through and through. The inner tension within a seemingly objectionable character is what makes for a memorable antagonist. Brolin’s Graver is arrogant, unyielding and brutal in his methods yet we see in Sicario 2: Soldado that there may be more to him than meets the eye.


Hereford Films announces THE KRAYS 2: MARKED FOR DEATH

London – October 29, 2018

Following the home entertainment success of The Krays: Dead Man Walking, prolific London indie Hereford Films has announced a sequel as part of an ambitious slate of British crime films.

THE KRAYS 2: MARKED FOR DEATH will focus on another untold chapter of the notorious twins' lives: their violent run-in with former boxing star Freddie Mills, who was suspected of being a serial killer known as 'Jack the Stripper', and who some say paid the Krays to murder him and make it look like a suicide.

Casting is underway, and Hereford Films will recruit a 'guest star' to play Mills, similar to Rita Simons' acclaimed starring role in the first film.

Producer Adam Stephen Kelly commented, “The formula for the first film – picking a previously untold story from the Krays' incredible history and casting a significant guest star to anchor it – worked phenomenally well, and so we are repeating it. True crime stories such as these are endlessly fascinating. So long as we keep the story fresh and within the realm of plausibility, this is something that could run and run".

The majority of the first film's ensemble cast is expected to return, with new additions to be announced shortly. Steve Wraith once again acts as consultant on the film as well as reprising his role as Hartnell Harris.

The Krays: Dead Man Walking was a significant success in the DVD market, having had the biggest first week of any non-theatrical British film of 2018, peaking at number 8 in the national chart, ahead of the likes of Black Panther and Ready Player One.

Other films on Hereford Films' British crime slate include gangland home invasion movie Reckoning Day starring Chris Ellison and Red Madrell, casino heist caper Swipe, and biopic Pretty Boy, based on the bestselling autobiography of legendary bare knuckle fighter Roy Shaw, who will be played by Mark Harris. There is also a third instalment of the company's We Still Kill the Old Way franchise on the way, entitled We Still Die the Old Way.

Commenting on the company's busy domestic slate, CEO Jonathan Sothcott said, “The success of our Krays picture is testament to the fact that there is still a voracious consumer appetite for proper, quality British gangster films in the home entertainment space. We are more than happy to fill that space. The Freddie Mills story is even more compelling than that of the Mad Axeman, so the Krays sequel will be bigger and better than its predecessor. The fans are going to love this”.

BLUE MY MIND - Theatrical Trailer and New Poster for 11/2/18 release

There’s something frighteningly fishy going on in Lisa Brühlmann’s shocking debut feature Blue My Mind, in theaters and On Demand this November through Uncork’d Entertainment.

An elegiac allegory accompanied by hauntingly visceral body horror, Blue My Mind is part Suspiria and part The Metamorphosis but largely incontestably unique.

Luna Wedler and Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen headline a celebrated fantasy-drama about a young woman who faces an overwhelming transformation which calls her entire existence into question. Her body is changing radically, and despite desperate attempts to halt the process, she is soon forced to accept that nature is far more powerful than her.

The limited theatrical run for November kicks off in los Angeles at the Laemmle Glendale, where the film runs for two weeks thru to November 15.  The film will also play on the big screen in Columbus (10/26), Denver (10/26), and Tuscon (11/9), with other cities to be announced.

The VOD will be release on November 13 on such platforms as iTunes, Amazon Instant, Vudu, Google Play, xbox, Fandango Now, YouTube and Dish.

Synopsis : 15-year-old Mia and her parents move to the suburbs of Zürich. While Mia plunges into a wild teenager existence, her body begins to change oddly. First hardly noticeably, but then with a force that threatens to drive her out of her mind. Mia’s transformation progresses inexorably, and she turns into the being which has slumbered within her for years... and is now gaining the upper hand.

Friday, 26 October 2018

New poster and trailer launched for The Favourite

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.



Thursday, 25 October 2018

New Poster and image of Jackie Chan in ‘Knight of Shadows’

Directed by up-and-coming Chinese filmmaker Vash, the film stars Chan as a demon hunter defending humanity from an inhuman invasion. When an evil force starts kidnapping village girls to feast on their souls, the demon hunter sets out to save them assisted by his lawman protégé and a group of friendly monsters.

Produced by Kiefer Liu, executive producer on the blockbuster Monkey King series, the film is backed by iQiyi Pictures, Sparkle Roll Media and Golden Shore Films & Television. It is currently in pre-production for delivery in 2019.

First Look Image for - Normal People - Starring Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson

The first look image has been released from Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s NORMAL PEOPLE, starring Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson, based on the script by celebrated Irish playwright Owen McCafferty. NORMAL PEOPLE is a Canderblinks Films and Out of Orbit production, produced by the BAFTA award-winner and BFI Vision Awardee 2016, Brian J. Falconer for Out of Orbit, David Holmes for Canderblinks Films and Piers Tempest for Tempo Productions.

Joan and Tom have been married for many years. There is an ease to their relationship which only comes from spending a life time together and a depth of love which expresses itself through tenderness and humour in equal part. When Joan is unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as they are faced with the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen if something were to happen to her. NORMAL PEOPLE is a story about love, survival and the epic questions life throws at each and every one of us.

Three Identical Strangers - UK Trailer

Following rave reviews and the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Story at its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival, Dogwoof have announced that THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS will be released in cinemas nationwide on 30 November 2018. The critically acclaimed film is a feature directorial debut for Tim Wardle (One Killer Punch, Lifers) and produced by the multi-award winning British production company Raw (The Imposter, American Animals).

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS tells the astonishing story of three men who make the chance discovery, at the age of 19 that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The trio’s joyous reunion in 1980 catapults them to fame but it also sets in motion a chain of events that unearths an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes far beyond their own lives – a secret that might one day answer key questions at the heart of all human behaviour.


Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Most Memorable Movie Scores

In any action movie, a powerful music score is essential to set pulses racing and crank up the intensity. A movie moment can be transformed with the use of one simple chord when struck at the right moment – and can turn a movie into an instant classic.

Fast-paced action films are nothing without a pulsating movie score to raise the stakes and maintain the momentum throughout the most dramatic sequences. A brilliant example is the powerful theme “The Beast” by the late composer Jóhann Jóhannsson for the Oscar®-nominated film Sicario, which was re-imagined for the sequel Sicario 2: Soldado by composer Hildur Guðnadóttir.

To celebrate the release of Sicario 2: Soldado on digital download from 22nd October and on 4K UHD, Steelbook, Blu-Ray™ & DVD from 29th October 2018, we are rounding up the top movies with the most memorable scores that continue to stir the senses time after time.

The Dark Knight
The music that scored the 2008 Christopher Nolan Batman reboot was so memorable that it was awarded ‘Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media’ at the 2009 Grammy Awards. Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard used a blend of electronic and orchestral elements to create a rich audible experience for the audience. The theme tune that the duo created for Heath Ledger’s ‘The Joker’ is particularly notable. The theme was made from two notes played on a variety of instruments and is a perfect accompaniment to the tortured character we see on our screens. The musical score is dramatic, at times solemn and menacing, and is a large factor in The Dark Knight being widely regarded as one of the best superhero films of all time.

Blade Runner
The soundtrack to the 1982 Harrison Ford classic is regarded as a historically important piece in the genre of electronic music. The neo-noir science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott required a score that matched the futuristic nature of the movie. Composer Vangelis heavily relied on synthesizers alongside a classical composition to create the gloomy, electronic sound. The film is, somewhat disconcertingly, set in a dystopian ‘future’ Los Angeles of 2019, in which synthetic humans known as replicants are bio-engineered by the powerful Tyrell Corporation to work on off-world colonies. The Blade Runner music score created some of the most memorable atmospheric soundscapes from the 80’s and, like the film, was designed as a look in to the supposed technological future.

Our list of the most memorable movie scores would not be complete without the Steven Spielberg thriller Jaws. The main theme for the film, that composer John Williams said was meant to represent the shark as an ‘unstoppable force’ of ‘mindless and instinctive attacks’, is as infamous as the film itself. Jaws is a perfect example of a musical score transforming the appeal of the film, as even Spielberg himself has admitted that without Williams' score the film would have been only half as successful. Those two alternating notes in the film’s main theme song are enough to instil fear into the most composed of adults. It is no wonder that the score earned Jaws an Academy Award for ‘Best Original Score’ in 1976.

Hans Zimmer and Christopher Nolan reunited for one of the stand out films of 2014 and the fourth entry in our ‘Most Memorable Movie Scores’ list. Set in a dystopian future where humanity is struggling to survive, Interstellar follows a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole in search of a new home for humanity. Zimmer used a large organ as the primary instrument for the score which worked to create the atmosphere of the magnitude of space.  The experimental and unusual techniques used by Zimmer breathed life back into the science-fiction genre and also brought a huge amount of emotion to the film.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
A major influence on Western scores, Ennio Morricone was responsible for one of the greatest instrumental film scores of all time in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. The 1966 epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood is set in the Southwest during the Civil War and follows three unsavoury characters who compete and cooperate in their quest for $200,000 in hidden Confederate gold. Morricone’s score is renowned for its ability to create tension and acts as a motif for the central characters. The music captures the atmosphere of the violent and turbulent western desert and is an important feature of one of the world’s best-loved Westerns.

Sicario 2: Soldado
From director Stefano Sollima, Sicario 2: Soldado is an uncompromising, unflinching look into the ruthless world of drug cartels – and the extremes that some will go to end the terror. The chaotic narrative and unrelenting pace of the film requires a score that can keep up with the action. Hildur Guðnadóttir delivers a powerful and captivating score to beautifully compliment the gripping scenes and intriguing characters. The score succeeds in creating a constant sense of dread and danger rendering the audience unable to relax for even a moment. Sicario 2: Soldado is an unmissable movie experience.


Competition: Win Sicario 2: Soldado on Blu-ray

Sicario 2: Soldado arrives on DVD & Blu-ray on 29 October

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

From director Stefano Sollima, Sicario 2: Soldado is an uncompromising, unflinching look into the ruthless world of drug cartels – and the extremes that some will go to end the terror. The chaotic narrative and unrelenting pace of the film requires a score that can keep up with the action. Hildur Guðnadóttir delivers a powerful and captivating score to beautifully compliment the gripping scenes and intriguing characters. The score succeeds in creating a constant sense of dread and danger rendering the audience unable to relax for even a moment. Sicario 2: Soldado is an unmissable movie experience.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Stan & Ollie - Main Poster & Brand New Clip

The true story of Hollywood’s greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, is brought to the big screen for the first time. Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the legendary movie icons, Stan & Ollie is the heart-warming story of what would become the pair’s triumphant farewell tour.

With their golden era long behind them, the pair embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille (Shirley Henderson) and Ida (Nina Arianda) – a formidable double act in their own right - the pair’s love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public.

Stan & Ollie will be in cinemas, 11 January 2019.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Cylde Cooper - Coming this Thanksgiving

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang meets classic Hitchcock in the whodunnit of the year!

Winner of no less than 9 major film awards, including Best Feature Film at the Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival and Best Indie Feature at the Los Angeles Film Awards, Clyde Cooper (Souvenir Films) is on the case this November.

Jordi Vilasuso plays Silicon Valley private detective Clyde Cooper. Hired by a tech investor to find a missing woman, the love of his life, who had mysteriously disappeared, Cooper runs into an odd ring of strange women, and weird characters until he finds much more than what he's bargaining for.

Jordi Vilasuso ("The Young and the Restless"), Abigail Titmuss ("Days of Our Lives"), Richard Neil (Prodigy), Aria Sirvaitis ("Rosewood"), Isabella Racco (The Doll) and veteran actor Lou Wagner (Planet of the Apes) star in a Peter Daskaloff film, Clyde Cooper on VOD November 22.

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The first look image has been released from acclaimed director Shola Amoo's much anticipated second feature THE LAST TREE. Great Point is handling world sales, and will be introducing the project to buyers at the upcoming AFM. THE LAST TREE is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama, which explores universal themes of identity and belonging.

Amoo's previous films include the 2016 docu-drama A Moving Image, which had its World Premiere at the LA Film Festival and also played the BFI London Film Festival, and two award-winning short films: Touch (2013) and Dear Mr. Shakespeare (2017), which was selected for the Sundance Film Festival.

THE LAST TREE follows the story of Femi, a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mum. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young black man in London.

Developed by Lee Thomas (Crush, The Road to Guantanamo, The Voorman Problem)and produced through Prodigal together with producer Myf Hopkins (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), THE LAST TREE was supported by the BFI with National Lottery funding and stars a predominately black British breakthrough cast including Sam Adewunmi, Gbemisola Ikumelo and Tai Golding. Denise Black, Nicholas Pinnock round off the principal cast.

Amoo is known for his interest in bringing diversity to the screen and exploring the theme of change. His award-winning multimedia film A Moving Image, described by The Guardian as 'the film Spike Lee might have made about Brixton', follows a young woman making sense of her identity through a visual art project about Brixton's gentrification.

POSTER: The Front Runner Starring Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, JK Simmons, Bill Burr, and Kaitlyn Dever

Gary Hart, former senator of Colorado, becomes the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1987. Hart's intelligence, charisma and idealism makes him popular with young voters, leaving him with a seemingly clear path to the White House. All that comes crashing down when allegations of an extramarital affair surface in the media, forcing the candidate to address a scandal that threatens to derail his campaign and personal life.

Initial release: 6 November 2018

Hugh Jackman
Vera Farmiga
J. K. Simmons
Alfred Molina

POSTER: Replicas - Starring Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, and Thomas Middleditch

Replicas is an upcoming American science fiction thriller film directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff and written by Chad St. John from a story by Stephen Hamel. The film tells the story of a biologist who violates all possible laws and principles in order to bring back to life members of his family, who died in a car accident. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, and Thomas Middleditch.

Initial release: 2018
Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff

In a Christofascist collectivist future, a daring synthetic biologist, after a car accident kills his family, will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force, and the physical laws of science.

Keanu Reeves as Will Foster, Mona’s husband and Matt’s father
Alice Eve as Mona Foster, Will’s wife and Matt’s mother
Thomas Middleditch as Ed Whittle
Emily Alyn Lind as Sophie
Emjay Anthony as Matt Foster, Will and Mona’s son
Nyasha Hatendi Scott
John Ortiz as Jones

Competition: Win The Music of Silence on DVD

Andrea Bocelli biopic 'The Music of Silence' arrives on DVD 29 October

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies to give away.

Internationally renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli has been entertaining and thrilling audiences all over the world with his astounding voice for some 25 years, selling more than 20 million records, filling stadiums galore, and bringing joy to the masses.

Starring Game of Thrones’ Toby Sebastian, Hollywood favourite Antonio Banderas, and an appearance from Bocelli himself, who also provides his angelic singing.

Before he was Andrea Bocelli, he was Amos Bardi. Born nearly blind, Amos (Sebastian – Barely Legal) is separated from his family to attend an institute for the visually impaired, but a terrible accident occurs while he’s there, resulting in complete loss of sight. Despite being told that he will never be a serious opera singer, Amos is driven by great ambition and with the help of his maestro (Banderas – The Mask of Zorro, Puss in Boots), overcomes every obstacle and becomes one of the most renowned opera singers in the world.

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