Monday, 23 April 2018

Competition: Win Walk With Me on DVD

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

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

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

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

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Who narrates Walk With Me?

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

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

Okay, we want the dirt. Who is Jenna?

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

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

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

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

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

What films would you compare it to?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, 20 April 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In terms of directing choices, anyone you emulated here?

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

Do you write with certain actors in mind?

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

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

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

Has the movie opened doors for you?

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

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

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

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Book to film adaptations that will steal your heart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A Look at rising star Angourie Rice

With a name that’s hard to forget and leading roles in These Final Hours and The Nice Guys, as well as her heart-warming role in the upcoming romantic drama, Every Day, Angourie Rice is certainly someone to look out for… To celebrate the release of Every Day, in cinemas April 20th, we’re taking a look at her recent rise to fame and what is next for the upcoming Australian star!

These Final Hours
After appearing in a string of shorts, including the Australian film, Transmission, she was plucked from Melbourne and dropped into Zak Hilditch’s feature film, These Final Hours. Working her magic as Rose in this end-of-the-world drama, she provided a stellar performance which earned her a Best Actress nomination at the Australian Film Critics Association Awards. A strong start for the Aussie starlet…

The Nice Guys
Three years later, Rice starred in the action-comedy that helped to propel her into the spotlight, starring as the daughter of Ryan Gosling’s character and alongside Russell Crowe. Her warm performance alongside the stars made her stand out in this crime-comedy set in 1970s Los Angeles, where a mismatched pair of private investigators look into the case of a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.

The Beguiled
Within a year, Rice was auditioning for Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled. She made her mark amongst big Hollywood names including Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Firth in this remake of Clint Eastwood’s 1971 film. Based upon the Thomas Cullinan novel, The Beguiled sees the arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girl’s school in Virginia during the American Civil War, leading to jealousy and betrayal...

Spider-Man: Homecoming
An entry into the world of superheroes only accelerated her stardom when she joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017. With the success of the Marvel cinematic universe this was a greater leap into mainstream movies, and her role as a teenage Betty Brant gave her a chance to put her own spin on this character.

Walking with Dinosaurs
From superheroes to dinosaurs… Rice expanded her repertoire in 2013 when she starred as part of the voice cast of Walking with Dinosaurs. In this pre-historic pic, see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth in a story where an underdog dinosaur triumphs to become a hero for the ages!

Every Day
In the upcoming romantic drama from the director of The Vow, Michael Sucsy, and based on David Levithan’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Rice stars as Rhiannon, a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious soul named “A” who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the reality of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll. This heart-warming tale of love and acceptance with Rice at the centre is sure to steal your heart!


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Revenge - Trailer and Poster

Jen (Matilda Lutz) arrives at a remote desert villa with her millionaire playboy boyfriend (Kevin Jannsens) for a weekend of romantic frivolity. Things quickly go south when her lover's hunting pals show up and make inappropriate advances that escalate into an outright assault. The men quickly try to sweep their attack under the rug. Jen, however, proves harder to get rid of than anticipated, she’s after a dish best served extra cold. With a wry sense of humour and striking visuals it careens towards a climax of retribution.

Reframing the revenge thriller in a strikingly hypnotic style, writer-director Coralie Fargeat's feature debut flips the genre on its head, applying a female gaze to the action.

REVENGE is unleashed in UK & Irish cinemas on May 11th

The Impressive Career of Christian Slater

Christian Michael Leonard Slater was born on August 18, 1969, in New York City. After emerging as one of film’s leading young actors in the 1980s, his career has gone on to span cult favourites, Hollywood blockbusters and television.

The son of an actor and a casting director, Slater landed his first acting job as a child, appearing on the soap opera One Life to Live and made his film debut in The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) before gaining wider recognition for his breakthrough role as Jason Dean (“J.D”) alongside Winona Ryder in Heathers (1988).
To mark the release of brand new animated DC feature film Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay on DVD and Blu-ray™, we have taken a look back at the impressive career of Christian Slater. 

In 1988 Slater emerged as one of Hollywood’s leading young actors for starring as Jason Dean (“J.D”) in dark hit comedy Heathers alongside the great Winona Ryder, helping to make him a star.

The film broke out of the boundaries of a teen film, with Christian played a rebellious teen who romances Winona Ryder’s Veronica Sawyer. Together they team up to destroy the snobby clique of girls, dominated by several girls named – you guessed it – Heather. 

Slater gained critical acclaim for his ground-breaking performance, and thus Heathers was the first film that created the foundations of his star status.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
In 1991, Slater starred alongside acting greats and the merriest of men Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

A 90s version of the classic Robin Hood Story, Slater plays Will Scarlet, a prominent member of Robin Hood's Merry Men. The movie was a major box office hit, making over $390 million worldwide, which made it the third highest grossing film of 1991 and further cemented Slater’s star status.

True Romance
A couple of years later, Slater played a comic bookstore clerk who marries Clarence, a prostitute (Patricia Arquette) in True Romance (1993) also starring an all-star cast including Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Walken.

Ranked as the 83rd greatest film of all time in 2017 by Empire, the romantic crime drama follows the pair as they hit the road for California hoping to sell Clarence’s pimps cocaine, but it’s not long before the mob is after them.

This unusual tale was written by Quentin Tarantino, who described Slater as a perfect fit for the character he created and with Slater starring as Deadshot all these years later, his comic bookstore clerk character was clearly meant to be!

Interview with the Vampire
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles is a 1994 American romantic horror film, based on Anne Rice’s 1976 best-selling novel.

Starring another all-star cast (there’s a trend emerging here!) in the perfect forms of  Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, the film sees Christian Slater play a young reporter interviewing a man named Louis (Brad Pitt) who claims to be a 200-year-old vampire.

Whilst early production was controversial, with Rice initially speaking out against the casting of Cruise as Lestat, and Christian Slater only assuming the role of interviewer following the death of River Phoenix; Rice later recanted her objections, and the film proved to be a big hit with audiences.

Mr Robot
Probably his most prominent role in recent years, Slater received a career boost in 2015, rising up as the titular character of popular American drama thriller television series, Mr. Robot. The role sees Christian play the co-founder and leader of the hacker group Fsociety, a revolutionary prophet who plans to destroy all debt by bring down the world's largest conglomerate, E Corp.

Mr. Robot has received critical acclaim and has been nominated for and won multiple awards, including the Golden Globe for Best Television Drama Series, with Slater taking home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in 2016 and earning nominations for each of the following two seasons – if there was every any questioning to Christian’s Slaters acting abilities, Mr Robot has truly dispelled them in its great successes.

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay 
Turning his hand to animation, Slater stars as the lead character Deadshot in Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay.
Deadshot leads Amanda Waller’s band of misfit DC Super-Villains, the top secret Task Force X, also featuring Bronze Tiger, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn and Copperhead – on a mission to retrieve a mystical object so powerful that they’re willing to risk their own lives to steal it. But the Suicide Squad isn’t the only group of villains seeking to possess the object. The race is on for the golden prize … and, to stay alive, second place isn’t an option.

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay out on DVD and Blu-ray™ now!

Award-winning "PERFECT" set for May release - Trailer

Director Jérémie Battaglia’s award-winning documentary PERFECT comes to VOD May 1 from Upstream Flix.

PERFECT, which follows the Canadian synchronized swimming team beyond the beauty, to the brawn it takes to qualify for Rio 2016, was awarded Best Documentary at the Winter Film Awards.

PERFECT has screened in over 110 cities worldwide to rave reviews.

Synchronized swimming is for girls. It’s for girls who can run a 400-metre sprint while holding their breath, and smiling. “Perfect” dives beyond the sequins and mascara to follow a team of elite athletes that do whatever it takes to make it to the Olympics. They’ll suffer concussions, black eyes, dislocated knees and sacrifice all on their quest for perfection.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Hereford Films Unveils Key Art and Release Date for Supernatural Horror AURA

London – April 17, 2018

Hereford Films, the London-based production outfit best known for its stylish and crowd-pleasing urban thrillers (We Still Kill the Old Way;Vendetta) has unveiled striking key art for the first title under its brand new Hereford Horror banner: the US-set, Blumhouse-style supernatural shocker, AURA. The film is due for release in the UK and USA in August by 4Digital Media and Sony Home Entertainment respectively.

In AURA, Mitch Walker and his pregnant wife Denise look to start a new life in the home he has inherited from his late uncle; a decision resented by his mother, who is convinced that no good can come from a house that harbors such a dark history. 

In her childhood, Mitch's sister Karen suffered a horrifying trauma inside the house that changed her life forever, causing her to be institutionalized in a near-catatonic state. With the blame placed on her uncle, the family was never the same again. In a bid to heal the wounds of the past, Mitch brings Karen home, but soon discovers that her condition is the result of an evil force that has possessed her for most of her life. Working with local clairvoyant Ada, Mitch is thrust into battle with a terrifying demonic presence. Facing insurmountable odds, he must uncover the truth buried within the house and find the key – an old camera designed for Kirlian photography (the practice of capturing a subject's 'aura') – that may save his sister's life.

Written and directed by Steve LawsonAURA stars Shane Taylor (HBO's Band of Brothers), Rula Lenska (Coronation StreetInside No. 9), Denise Moreno (Demons & Doors) and stunning newcomer Janine Nerissa (The Krays: Dead Man Walking). Producers are Jonathan Sothcott (Eat Local) and Richard Watts-Joyce. Director of Photography is Richard John Taylor.

Bruce LaBruce's THE MISANDRISTS Busts Into Theaters This Summer

New York, NY - Cartilage Films is leading the revolution with the national theatrical rollout of Bruce LaBruce's The Misandrists.  Following a world premiere at Berlinale and screenings at Karlovy Vary, Sitges, Raindance London and Guadalajara, legendary provocateur LaBruce (Gerontophilia, Hustler White) comes to the States with The Misandrists.  Balancing sharp social commentary and salacious popcorn entertainment, LaBruce's latest feature is an experience that's a blast to watch and just as much fun to dissect afterwards.

The Misandrists will begin its national rollout May 25th with a weeklong run in New York City at the Village East Cinema.  The following week, the film will switch coasts for a week's showings in Los Angeles at the Nuart Theatre starting June 1st.  LaBruce will introduce screenings at both openings.  The Misandrists will continue to open throughout Pride Month in Washington DC, Austin, New Orleans, Seattle, Denver, Philadelphia, Cleveland and more.

New York City May 25 Release:
Village East Cinema
181-189 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

Los Angeles June 1 Release:
Nuart Theatre
11272 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

When an injured male leftist on the run discovers the remote stronghold of the Female Liberation Army -- a radical feminist terrorist group whose mission is to usher in a female world order -- one of the members takes pity on him and hides him in the basement. However, the man in the basement is just one of many secrets threatening to disrupt the FLA's mission from within. 

Every Day Trailer

Every Day is a 2018 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by Michael Sucsy and written by Jesse Andrews, based on the novel of the same name by David Levithan. The film stars Angourie Rice as 16-year-old Rhiannon, who falls in love with a traveling soul who wakes each morning in a different body; Justice Smith, Debby Ryan and Maria Bello also star.

In Darkness Trailer #1 (2018)

US Release Date: May 25, 2018
UK Release Date: Coming Soon
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Emily Ratajkowski, Ed Skrein
Directed By: Anthony Byrne
Synopsis: See Natalie Dormer, Emily Ratajkowski and Ed Skrein in this edge-of-your-seat thriller.

In Darkness stars Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games) who is mesmerising in this sophisticated and enthralling edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Blind pianist Sofia (Natalie Dormer) overhears a struggle in the apartment above hers that leads to the death of her neighbour, Veronique (Emily Ratajkowski, Gone Girl). It is the start of a journey that pushes Sofia out of her depth and into contact with Veronique’s father, Milos Radic (Jan Bijvoet, Peaky Blinders), a Serbian businessman and alleged war criminal accused of committing acts of genocide during the Bosnian war, who is now living in London under political asylum.  Blind to the truth, Sofia risks her life in search of answers, and is plunged into a shady underworld of corruption, violence and blackmail.

As secrets from her own past become intertwined with Radic’s inner circle of deceit, Sofia’s own agenda is revealed, as she hunts for revenge.

Written and directed by Anthony Byrne (Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street, Love/Hate) and written and starring Natalie Dormer, In Darkness features a stellar ensemble cast, including Ed Skrein (Game  of Thrones, Deadpool), Emily Ratajkowski (We Are Your Friends) and Joely Richardson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) making it a suspenseful psychological thriller that will leave audiences gripped from beginning to end.

Hotel Artemis Trailer #1 (2018)

US Release Date: June 8, 2018
Starring: Sofia Boutella, Dave Bautista, Sterling K. Brown
Directed By: Drew Pearce
Synopsis: Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, Jodie Foster plays The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.

Hereditary Trailer (2018) | 'Charlie'

US Release Date: June 8, 2018
Starring: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff
Directed By: Ari Aster

Synopsis: When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited as it slowly destroys everything they know. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Competition: Win Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story on DVD

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is out on DVD 23rd April, 2018. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Hedy Lamarr was iconic. A Hollywood star known as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’, she inspired both Snow White and Catwoman with her striking looks and distinctive persona.

As famous for her performances as she was infamous for her multiple marriages and affairs with the likes of Spencer Tracy and JFK, Hedy Lamarr (Ziegfeld Girl, Samson and Delilah) was enigmatic. There was substance behind the beauty, though; a side to her far more interesting than the spotlight of stardom. She was a maverick, an ingenious inventor whose pioneering work helped revolutionise modern communication. Her groundbreaking concept of frequency hopping is now used as the basis for secure Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. We have far more than beautifully poised performances to thank her for.

Produced by Academy Award® winning Susan Sarandon, as well as Michael Kantor and Regina Scully, BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY finally gives Hedy the voice denied to her by Hollywood. In 2016, director Alexandra Dean and producer Adam Haggiag unearthed four never-before-heard audio tapes that detail her incredible life, lending the documentary an irresistible first person account; as well as being narrated by Hedy’s family, closest friends and admirers including Diane Kruger, Mel Brooks and Robert Osborne.

Experience Hedy Lemarr in her own words and discover the magnificent woman that is finally getting the credit she truly deserves as an icon and inventor, when BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY releases on home platforms.

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Who Directs Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story?

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The Titan | In cinemas and on Digital HD Now!

As planet Earth’s future hangs in the balance of becoming uninhabitable, the human race faces a cataclysmic ultimatum: adapt or die. An all-star cast including Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator Salvation) and Taylor Schilling (TV’s Orange is the New Black) headline exhilarating sci-fi thriller THE TITAN, available in cinemas and on Digital HD from 13th April 2018, courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

When Earth’s resources start rapidly depleting, the human race is faced with the threat of swift and inevitable extinction. As the clock ticks down, and options become increasingly limited, space exploration emerges as mankind’s last hope. Hotshot Air Force pilot, Rick Janssen (Worthington), is chosen for a military experiment that will create a human being capable of surviving the harsh environments of Saturn’s moon, Titan. The experiment is successful, turning Rick into a super-human. But it also creates deadly side-effects which threaten the lives of Rick, his wife, Abigail (Schilling), his family, and possibly humanity itself.

From the producers of Insidious, Sense8 and Wind River, THE TITAN is a tension-laced sci-fi action thriller that explores how conflict and adaptation can impact the human race in irretrievable ways, when faced with the direst of situations. With memorable performances from Nathalie Emmanuel (TV’s Game of Thrones), Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song) and two-time Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, Snowden), THE TITAN is a unique insight into identity and what it means to be human.

With a great cast, state of the art special effects and a gripping battle for survival, THE TITAN truly is this year’s most unmissable sci-fi event.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Rampage - Movie Review

Rampage is a 2018 American science fiction monster film directed by Brad Peyton, loosely based on the video game series of the same name by Midway Games. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Åkerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It follows a primatologist named Davis Okoye who must team up with George, an albino gorilla who turns into a raging creature of enormous size following a rogue experiment, in order to stop an invasion of monsters.


Chris Stuckmann reviews Rampage, starring Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, P.J. Byrne, Marley Shelton, Breanne Hill, Jack Quaid. Directed by Brad Peyton.

American Animals - Trailer - In Cinemas September 7

American Animals is the extraordinary and thrilling true story of four friends who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.

Centring on unpredictable wild child Warren (Evan Peters) and aspiring artist Spencer (Barry Keoghan), two friends from the middle-class suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky, the film follows the duo through college life at separate universities, as adult pressures begin to weigh heavily on their futures. Realising their lives may never be important; they organise the brazen theft of some valuable books from the special collections library of Spencer's college, including Audubon's Birds of America, valued at $10 million.

Enlisting two more friends, budding accountant Eric (Jared Abrahamson) and fitness fanatic Chas (Barry Jenner), the gang meticulously plots the theft and subsequent fence of the stolen volumes, taking cues from popular heist movies. But the thieves' plans go awry, placing their bright futures in limbo. Unfolding from multiple perspectives, writer-directed Bart Layton (The Imposter) elevates the heist movie to bold and thrilling new heights.

Every Day - "An A By Any Other Name" & "Book to Film" Features

We are delighted to share with you two insightful behind the scenes featurettes for the heartfelt story of acceptance, Every Day based on David Levithan's acclaimed New York Times bestseller. Starring Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys) alongside Debby Ryan (Jessie - Disney Channel), Justice Smith (Paper Towns) and Owen Teague (IT), this heartwarming story tells the tale of love and acceptance - in cinemas April 20th.

Based on David Levithan’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Every Day tells the story of Rhiannon, a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious soul named “A” who inhabits a different body every
day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and A to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make.

Starring: Angourie Rice (These Final Hours) alongside Debby Ryan (Jessie - Disney Channel), Justice Smith (Paper Towns) and Owen Teague (IT)
Director: Michael Sucsy (The Vow)

The Secret of Marrowbone - Poster and Trailer

After their mother's death, Jack (20) and his siblings, struggle to survive on their own, hiding from the world and with no other place to go, when a threatening presence begins to haunt the old house.

George Mackay
Anya Taylor-Joy
Charlie Heaton
Mia Goth
Matthew Stagg

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Isle of Dogs - New Artwork by Katshuhiro Otomo Revealed

ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly found mongrel friends, he begins and epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

Director: Wes Anderson

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Kunichi Numura, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, F. Murray, Harvey Keitel, Akira Ito, Yoko Ono, Akira Takayama, Ken Watanabe, Fisher Stevens, MAri Natsuki, Tilda Swinton, Nijiro Murakami, Yojiro Noda, Frank Wood.

ISLE OF DOGS now in cinemas

Dominion: The Last Star Warrior

In just five days, the world we know will change forever with devastating results. Jaelen (Travis Hammer), an observer from another planet searches to find and rescue the human woman he fell in love with before it all happens. Robert Casey (Barry Lynch), a retired US Intelligence agent turned UFO investigator races to discover what the yet to be known DOMINION has in store for the human race.

Dominion: The Last Star Warrior is now available on DVD/VOD from Amazon, iTunes and Vudu.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Isle of Dogs - Movie Review

When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

Release date: 30 March 2018


Chris Stuckmann reviews Isle of Dogs, starring Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Kunichi Nomura, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig. Directed by Wes Anderson.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018


Prepare to root for the bad guys as Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay is out now on Digital Download and arrives onto Blu-ray™ and DVD April 16! To celebrate the release we are giving YOU the chance to win a copy on Blu-ray™!

An original story, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay finds Amanda Waller’s top secret “Task Force X” – Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn and Copperhead – on a mission to retrieve a mystical object so powerful that they’re willing to risk their own lives to steal it. But the Suicide Squad isn’t the only group of villains seeking to possess the object. The race is on for the golden prize … and, to stay alive, second place isn’t an option.

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a) Never missing a shot 
b) Super Strength 
c) Lightning speed

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Monday, 9 April 2018

Zack Wilcox's HUNTING LANDS Washes Up at the 19th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival

Newport Beach, CA - APS Films has announced the next screening of Zack Wilcox's Hunting Lands at the 19th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival.  Set and shot in the backdrop of a Midwestern winter, the film follows a group of exciting young actors on a collision course with each other and destiny.  Since the world premiere at this year's Cinequest VR & Film Festival, Hunting Lands has picked up Best Screenplay and Best Picture at Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema and screened at the Beverly Hills Film Festival.  Hunting Lands will screen during the Newport Beach Film Festival at The Lot in Fashion Island on April 30th and May 3rd.

Marshall Cook (Division III: Football's Finest), Joe Raffa (You'll Know My Name) and Keyna Reynolds (Moving Parts) headline the cast as three residents of a forgotten village over a life-changing 72 hours.  Zack Wilcox directed from a script he wrote, alongside cinematographer and executive producer Edwin Stevens (HBO's "The Defiant Ones").

Newport Beach:
Monday, April 30, 2018
5:00 pm
Buy Tickets
The Lot, Fashion Island 
401 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Thursday, May 3, 2018
7:30 pm
Buy Tickets
The Lot, Fashion Island 
401 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Reclusive veteran Frank Olsen yearns to escape from the complexities of the modern world. Unfortunately, despite his efforts, the world comes looking for him. When he discovers a discarded, beaten woman fighting for her life in the snow, Frank must decide whether to continue to turn his back on society or confront the world he loathes.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

A Quiet Place - Movie Review

In the modern horror thriller A QUIET PLACE, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.

Chris Stuckmann reviews A Quiet Place, starring Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe. Directed by John Krasinski.


Deadpool 2 - Trailer

Deadpool 2 is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Deadpool, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is intended to be the eleventh installment in the X-Men film series, and a sequel to the 2016 film Deadpool. The film is directed by David Leitch from a script by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds, with Reynolds starring in the title role alongside Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, and Stefan Kapičić. In Deadpool 2, Deadpool forms the team X-Force to protect a young mutant from Cable.

Deadpool 2 is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 18, 2018. A sequel, Deadpool 3, is in development.

Johnny English Strikes Again - Trailer

Johnny English Strikes Again is an upcoming British spy action comedy film directed by David Kerr. It is a sequel to the 2011 film Johnny English Reborn and the third installment of the Johnny English series. The film's screenplay was written by Robert Wade and Rowan Atkinson, besides the latter also reprise his role as the title character. The film will be released on September 20, 2018 by Universal Pictures.

Disaster strikes when a criminal mastermind reveals the identities of all active undercover agents in Britain. The secret service can now rely on only one man -- Johnny English. Currently teaching at a minor prep school, Johnny springs back into action to find the mysterious hacker. For this mission to succeed, he'll need all of his skills -- what few he has -- as the man with yesterday's analogue methods faces off against tomorrow's digital technology.

The Hurricane Heist - Clip and Feature - In cinemas this Friday

As an unstoppable and deadly hurricane bears down on the Gulf Coast of the US a mandatory emergency evacuation is underway clearing the city.  The storm proves to be the perfect cover for a team of hackers to infiltrate a vulnerable Treasury facility and steal $600m.

Bracing himself for the impact of the hurricane, stormchaser and meteorologist Will (Toby Kebbell) finds himself caught up in the chaos and teams up with Casey (Maggie Grace), the only Treasury agent left standing and his wayward brother, Breeze (Ryan Kwanten). Together they must stop the ruthless thieves from pulling off the heist of a lifetime and survive the storm of the century.

Starring: Toby Kebbell (Kong: Skull Island), Maggie Grace (Taken), Ryan Kwanten(True Blood) and Ralph Ineson (The Witch).

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Interview with Mark Heidelberger

Prolific producer Mark Heidelberger fills us in on his profession, his past, present and upcoming films, and what he feels is the most important job a producer can have.

Mark, do you have a preferred genre you like to work in?

You know, I’ve never been constrained by genre. Good material transcends genre. All a genre really is, is a set of conventions that allow an audience to identify what type of picture it is and, therefore, whether they want to see it. But a good story is a good story is a good story, regardless of the genre, and that’s what I look for. Is the story good and is there an audience for it? Working in different genres simply allows me to explore good storytelling within the framework of varying conventional norms, which makes the endeavor a little more exciting than working in the same genre over and over. After all, that excitement of doing something new, of not waking up and going to the same job every day, is what attracts a lot of us to the business.

Do you surround yourself with the same team on most films?

There are certainly filmmakers who I really enjoy collaborating with. Writer-director Nathan Ives and I have done, maybe, four films together since 2008, and we’re talking about doing another one sometime later this year. There are also crew members I like to hire time and again because I know the quality of their work. But as a freelancer, I don’t have permanent partners or team members or even a company that follows me from production to production.

When I left Treasure Entertainment – the company I co-founded – I decided to operate solely as an individual producer-for-hire, where clients could bring me on to their projects while reducing the costs that come with a large-scale production company, like producing partners and overhead and company mark-ups. Not having these things allows me to pass savings on to the clients who hire me. Basically, I’ve made myself accessible to those who have source material and funding and need the right expertise to turn that into a motion picture. As such, the indie film market is my bread and butter. More information about me and what I do is pretty well spelled out on my website:

How do you decide which projects to tackle – and do they came to you, or do you come to them?

This is a word-of-mouth business, so most projects come to me by referral. A few are the result of networking or just past clients calling me up. But since I work for hire and I don’t raise money, the first thing I always need to know is: Is it financed? That weeds out a whole lot projects. If a project is financed, the script has to be at least halfway decent. I’m not saying it has to be Schindler’s List or anything, and my standards are a bit lower out of the gate than if I was looking to option or buy a script with my own money, but it has to have some potential. It has to be something I think I could get passionate about as we worked on it. And the writer or executive producer or whoever the client is has to be open to the creative development process, as I may have ideas for making the story better. From there, I have to run a budget and make sure I can do the picture for the amount of money they have. Since making dimes look like dollars has become almost a specialty of mine at this point, it’s rare that I can’t make it work.

You’ve worked with some great talent. Can you tell us about some of the highlights?

Absolutely. I got to work with Christian Bale and Eva Longoria on Harsh Times, which was the directorial debut of David Ayer. I actually produced the first thing Dave ever directed – a music video for a band called Dumfinger, and now he’s out doing huge films like Fury and Suicide Squad. It’s been awesome seeing his talent rewarded. I also really enjoyed working with Vivica Fox, Joelle Carter, Ross McCall and the rest of the ensemble cast on It’s Not You, It’s Me. That was just a super fun shoot. There’s almost too many to count. I’ve been really blessed. Ernie Reyes, Jr., Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa and the rest of the cast on Ninja Apocalypse. Malcolm McDowell and Luke Goss on Mississippi Murder. Jane Seymour, Missi Pyle and Paul Rodriguez on Pray for Rain. Web stars Chris Dinh and Julie Zhan on Comfort. Mischa Barton on The Basement, which comes out later this year. Right now, I’m working with Ed Asner on packaging a great script called Walking on Palmettos about the true-life story of convicted smuggler Myles Richards. Working with great talent is certainly one of the key ways to elevate yourself as a producer.

What is the most important job you have as a producer?

In my opinion, the answer is two-fold. You need to protect the money and you need to shepherd the creative vision of the film from script to screen. And not necessarily in that order. Balancing those two things is at the heart and soul of producing a motion picture.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Competition: Win Sheep and Wolves on DVD

Sheep & Wolves is out on DVD 9th April, 2018. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 2 copies on DVD to give away.

In a magical faraway land, in a picturesque little village nestled among green meadows and rolling hills, lives a flock of carefree sheep. But their pastoral and stress-free life is interrupted when a pack of wolves sets up camp in the nearby ravine. In accordance with ancient traditions, the retiring pack leader Magra announces that his future successor must prove his right to lead by vanquishing his rivals.

When the powerful and blood-thirsty Ragear steps forward, the only wolf brave enough to challenge him is Grey, the pack's favorite, but a hopeless goof ball.

To become a leader and win back Bianca's love, Grey goes off into the woods, where he discovers a camp of Gypsy rabbits. The fortune-teller rabbit Mami gives him a magical "transmutation potion." Grey drinks the potion and goes back to the wolves' den, but finds out upon arrival that he has been transformed into... a ram!

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Ready Player One - Movie Review

Ready Player One is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, and written by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on Cline's 2011 novel of the same name. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance.

The film is set in the year 2045, when much of humanity, escaping the desolation of the real-world, uses the virtual reality software OASIS to engage in work and play. Wade Watts (Sheridan) discovers clues to a hidden game within the program that promises the winner full ownership of the OASIS, and joins several allies to try to complete the game before indentured players working for a large company, run by Nolan Sorrento (Mendelsohn), can do so.

Chris Stuckmann reviews Ready Player One

Interview with Thomas Baldinger

Who’s Jenna…? The writer/director of the April release of the same name, Thomas Baldinger, clues us in.

You only need to do a quick google search to see just how much a monster Who’s Jenna has become. What do you attribute to that to?

 A great cast, a great crew and of course excellent marketing reps!  And that is the God’s honest truth.  Without this cast, this crew and our marketing team we wouldn’t be having this type of interview.  This film is different than your generic romantic comedies.  Sure we got the “Love falls in love with girl” thing going on, but then we take a few different turns with it.  We take a very touchy subject…the adult film industry…and we have fun with it.  I am very happy with the fact that we were able to make a movie like this without any nudity or sex.  Sure we talk about it in a comedic manner…for instance there is great scene between Bill Sorvino’s character, Joseph D’Onofrio’s character, Tracey Birdsall’s character and Jen Jacob’s character where they debate as to why one gender is paid more than the other.  The film deals with a lot of issues like falling in love, friendship, blackmail and discrimination in a comedic manner.

Was there ever a time when the film wasn’t going to be done independently, with fresh faces, and a gun-for-hire directing? Can you imagine that version?  

Hmm.  Good question….No.  I can honestly say that I am 100% pleased with the final product we created.  Every actor, every crew member brought something to the table when we were in production and even in post-production.  I couldn’t imagine this film being performed by anyone else.

Are there other benefits to doing a film independently, without studio involvement, other than getting to captain the ship?

I think with an independent film there is a lot of room for creativity.  Not only for the actor, but for everyone.  I wanted there to be a sense of ownership for the actors as well as freedom to bring what they felt at that moment.  Sure I wrote it, but they are the ones who are living and breathing these characters day in and day out.  You have to be careful that it doesn’t get out of control though too.  You don’t want improvisation turning into a moment when people are just talking over each other or stepping on each other’s tongue just to be funny.  It’s a fine line and I think we were able to toe that line in each take.

What films or filmmakers inspired Who’s Jenna..? 

I am huge fan of classic comedies like CADDY SHACK, ANIMAL HOUSE, BLAZING SADDLES and TRADING PLACES.  I wouldn’t say those movies inspired this film, but they sure as heck were in the back of my head to be sure what we were doing was funny and believable.

Did you frame or shoot certain scenes as a homage to those films or filmmakers?

No.  Not really.  But I will confess this…a few days before we shot a scene with Bill and Tracey I was home one night binge watching my all-time favorite TV show, “NYPD Blue”.    There was a scene between Jimmy Smits and Kim Delaney lying in bed together and I absolutely loved the shot.  It was overhead just looking down at the two characters in bed.  So much was being said with them just looking straight past the camera.  So when we got to set to shoot, I spoke with my DP, Jeff Sessellberg, Bill and Tracey and told them exactly how I wanted the shot.

The film features an amazing performance by Bill Sorvino, who has sort of this Steve Guttenberg meets Sam Shepard quality. Do you think he’ll really break out after this?

Bill is an excellent actor!  He was a true professional on and off set.  He made my job so much easier on set.  He always came prepared and yes, I really do believe he’ll break out after this.  He did an amazing job carrying this film as our lead and I wouldn’t change it.  I look forward to working with him in the future!

How hard was it to find the actress to play ‘Jenna’?

God’s honest truth….I was incredibly lucky to find Tracey.  We were both at the Action On Film Festival (AOF) Awards show.  She was being honoured that night for all of her work in the independent market and my first short film “Two Sides of Love” was nominated for best short screenplay and best art direction.  When Del Weston, host and founder of AOF, announced Tracey to come up to the stage I turned to my wife and said, “I think I found my Jenna!”.  I then reached out to her via Facebook, sent her the script and we clicked right away.  She is another excellent actor and very professional.

This is a comedy but it’s also one with messages. What do you believe the biggest one is?

Prejudice and Discrimination.  I don’t want to give anything away but we hit that message a lot throughout this whole film.   No one should be discriminated against or pre-judged just because of their ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual preference or even the type of job they have.  At the end of the day we are all human.