Thursday 31 May 2018

UNCLE DREW | New UK Trailer Starring Tiffany Haddish & Nick Kroll

It's time to go really old-school with the hilarious new UK trailer for UNCLE DREW, starring Shaquille O'Neal, Tiffany Haddish and Nick Kroll!

After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend UNCLE DREW (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew's old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of seniors can still win the big one.

UNCLE DREW is in cinemas July 6.

Wednesday 30 May 2018

Interview with Asif Akbar - Director of Astro

Astro, the new sci-fi film from Asif Akbar, was never going to be the next ‘Star Wars’ but what it is, the filmmaker explains in this exclusive interview, is a sci-film that emphasizes social issues and personal identities with touches of fantasy in its own unique way.

You’ve made a captivating movie – and one from a genre that’s very hot right now. Did the success of all the recent sci-fi films make Astro easier to make?

I like a lot of the recent sci-fi films and each one of them of their own uniqueness to them, it helps the genre to evolve with every new film that presents something innovative to the audience through their story, it keeps the audience's minds open for the next, so yes it doesn't hurt. People have always been fascinated with science-fiction for many decades now and I think a story like Astro could've been told 50 years ago just as same as it can be told today or another 50 years from now, that's the most fascinating part of telling a sci-fi story.

Nowadays a lot more films end up becoming categorised as sci-f with being so much more visual effects heavy and there's all sorts of technology and innovative ideas within our society now that you could implement the sci-fi genre within a lot of the wide range genre's of action, thriller, horror, drama, etc. The sci-fi genre is much more wide ranged now more than ever and I think it's become timeless, because what we love as story tellers in particular about the genre is that in sci-fi there can be no boundaries when it comes to creative imagination with our stories.

My intention with Astro was to keep the style very traditional sci-fi, but with real human characters with emotions, relationships and an everyday setting that most people in our society could relate with today. At the same time it has the root of fantasy embeded into it that fascinates most people to question if there could be extraterrestrial life and if there really is alien life then how would that effect us or our world.

This is very different to, say, Star Wars though isn’t it?

I love the Star Wars films as most of us sci-fi fans do and my intention to make Astro was never to really be the next Star Wars or even try to compare the two. The wonderful thing about sci-fi is that it allows the genre of a story to be very wide ranged. There are many different categories to the genre and Star Wars is in one category and Astro is in another. Astro extrapolates from a lot of the real life science and beliefs amongst our society, the story can emphasize on social issues and personal identities with some touches of fantasy.

Where did you get the idea from, storywise?

Ever since I was very young, the thought of extraterrestrial life and exploring what could be out there in outer space has always fascinated me. I use to think that would only last through my child hood, but as I grow older I realise that my fascination with the idea of other planets inhabiting life like earth has growing more than ever everyday. I've been doing serious research on this for over 15 years now and one day it just hit me, I asked myself “why don't I just make my next movie on a story that would fascinate me.” I amped up my research and went to work on brain storming,  there are thousands of real life stories of people claiming to be abducted by aliens, aliens being dangerous to humans, beliefs of “if the aliens ever came here they would eat us all” and all kinds of other claims that could sound crazier to most. In most alien movies you see the humans being the victims of aliens, but rarely do you ever see the alien being the victim. So I asked myself “what if humans were the abductors the aliens were the abductee victims?” That was the root of the story to evolve from.

And you had worked with your wife, actress Courtney Akbar, before?

Yes, Courtney has worked by my side on many productions over the years as a production manager  and she understands the film business very well all around. She has developed acting from an earlier age  being trained and involved in various productions throughout her childhood and teenage years, but Astro was her debut as being one of the lead characters in a feature film with an ensemble cast. She didn't know or expect to be playing Laura Lee Adams in Astro until the script was already finished and it just happened that she fit the role perfectly, so after Gary and her met, it instantly displayed the perfect bond between a father and daughter relationship, that's when we all knew the two of them would be very believable in the strong chemistry we needed to come across in those roles. It's always wonderful to be able to work with your best friend and partner in life.

When did you come up with the idea of Gary Daniels playing the ‘everyman’ hero?

Well, Gary is well known to be an action hero for decades now and he's been seen playing almost all the types of 'bad ass' action movie star characters you could think of when it comes to being very hard edged, but to my knowledge I have not seen him play a character like Jack in Astro. He is playing a devoted single father of a teenage girl, the character is not only very hard edged, he's also emotionally anchored in a life for the everyman.  When I imagined the character of “Jack” I wanted to have a familiar hard edged action hero playing the role with the contrast of having the every day average Joe heart. I was easily able to imagine Gary in the role when the script was being developed, especially also because I have known him from several years before and we had discussed working together in the past, but the opportunity didn't come to full fruition until two years ago with Astro. I sent the script to him personally when it was ready, we met for lunch soon after he finished reading, we worked everything out, started production a couple months later, then it all became history from there.

How hard was it for the cast to be working opposite… well, nothing,… being that I imagine a lot of those special effects went in later?

All the actors we were blessed to have were very professional and talented. Some of the new actors adapted very well to it all and had much supervision on set from so many long time veteran experienced professionals we were blessed to have with us on the team. The film has a blend of many practical special effects with practical fire burns, explosions and blank firing, so a lot of the action you see on screen was more than half real. We tried not be so much visual effects heavy, but it's challenging to tell a modern sci-fi story without any visual effects now days, so we had to have the CGI we did have.

Was it important to you that the characters here be grounded and realistic even if the movie has a far-out storyline?

Yes, it was very important that the characters feel relatable to the every day real person, because I've always imagined to express the feeling of the audience imagining this potentially happening in real life during our lifetime. I've seen some statistics that show 70% of the world's population today believe that there's extraterrestrial life out there. Everyday we see news about new space expeditions that are private and governmental, new technologies, more and more mystery's of our universe are being explored now more than ever. It's a very timely topic within our society world-wide

Was it hard to cast the alien role?

Not at all, Luke Crosby is another very close friend of mine that I've known since he was 12 years old, I've seen him grow up into his acting career from his childhood, we work together a lot. He is very talented all around in acting as well as being a multiple degreed black belt martial artist. I wanted the alien to have very much the same human emotions as we see with our human characters and not just be some actor in makeup. Luke is a very well trained actor to be able to carry the challenging emotional scenes of portraying the human emotions with his expressions rather than words and I knew Luke could pull it off. So, that was another role that I had already cast in my head while writing the script.

Ever dreamt of going to space yourself?

I don't like flying and not a fan of heights, but I'm sure like most people I have definitely dreamt countless times since my childhood to now of flying into outer space and exploring the universe. Space has always fascinated me and that's why I love sci-fi films myself. I would lie if I said going to space isn't on my bucket list of things to do in a lifetime.

Think you’ll accomplish that in your lifetime?

That would literally be another dream come true in my lifetime. I could only keep wishing to the shooting stars and see what happens. Never say never.

ASTRO is on DVD June 5. 

Tuesday 22 May 2018

Sci-Fi Legend Neil Johnson’s 14th Feature Film announced; Tracey Birdsall to star

Neil Johnson will direct EVOLUTION WAR, a “Terminator”-esque science fiction film headlined by award-winning actress Tracey Birdsall.

Birdsall is fresh from the award-winning Sony release “Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter” and newly-released rom-com “Who’s Jenna…?”. In EVOLUTION WAR,  she  plays Angel-D, a hero of the great machine war who returns to Earth to discover a terrible plague has wiped out humanity.

The film reunites Birdsall & Johnson, who have collaborated together on several films, including the upcoming “The Time War”.

Currently shooting, EVOLUTION WAR is described as a mix of “Terminator” and “Pacific Rim”, a science fiction film which sees the hero forced to build an army of robots to battle an army of mysterious creatures that are taking over the surface of the Earth.

The film also features Marilyn Ghiglioti (“Clerks’’), Brooke Lewis (‘’Starship: Rising’’), and Tony Gibbons (who voiced Hoagland in Johnson’s ‘’Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter’’).

EVOLUTION WAR is expected to release late Summer

Friday 18 May 2018

Astro - Poster and Synopsis

This June, be careful what you search for.

From director Asif Akbar comes the "compelling"* new sci-fi thriller Astro, starring Gary Daniels (The Expendables, Hunt to Kill), Dominique Swain (Alpha Dog), Marshal Hilton (Primal Rage) and Michael Pare (The Shelter), arriving on DVD June 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

A billionaire's private space exploration program returns to Earth with an abducted extraterrestrial from a newly discovered alien planet in a unique new film that "kickstarts an original sci-fi franchise"*.

Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Max Wasa, Omi Vaidya, Luke G. Crosby, Orson Chaplin, Gianni Capaldi, Spice Williams-Crosby, Courtney Akbar, Christopher Showerman ("Supergirl") and Randy Wayne (Hellraiser : Judgment) also star.

From Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Astro on DVD June 5.


Tuesday 15 May 2018

First trailer for feature adaptation of Richard Laskowski’s REGIONRAT

CANNES : A new trailer for the forthcoming Regionrat, the highly anticipated film adaptation of Richard Laskowski’s coming-of-age novel, has been released. Starring Connor Williams, of the upcoming Valley Girl, the film tells the story of a young man who returns to his depressed hometown to finish his final year of school.

Prolific Pictures are representing the film at Cannes.

Regionrat is a darkly comedic coming-of- age drama about Ray, academic misfit and slacker extraordinaire, who tries to keep his head down to finish his last year of high school, but can’t catch a break. Ray lives in the Region, an industrial wasteland in Northwestern Indiana. The residents there are known as “regionrats,” because they’ll eat anything and are hard to kill. Ray is hard to kill, but the Region will try. He’s Ferris Bueller on a losing streak, learning lessons he didn’t need to learn, the hard way. In the end, Ray finds his way out, but he’ll go through hell to get there.

Javier Reyna directs Regionrat, also starring Natassia Halabi and Nova Gaver, which is due for release later this year.

Monday 14 May 2018

Revenge - Movie Review

Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz, Rings) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted when his sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. Tension mounts in the house until the situation abruptly--and viciously--intensifies, culminating in a shocking act that leaves Jen left for dead. Unfortunately for her assailants, Jen survives and reemerges with a relentless, wrathful intent: revenge. A white-knuckle tale of transgression and transformation, REVENGE gloriously blurs the lines of vengeance and survival while simultaneously delivering a ferocious dissection of gender and genre.


Chris Stuckmann reviews Revenge, starring Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, Guillaume Bouch├Ęde. Directed by Coralie Fargeat.

Saturday 12 May 2018

Breaking In - Movie Review

Shaun Russell takes her son and daughter on a weekend getaway to her late father's secluded, high-tech vacation home in the countryside. The family soon gets an unwelcome surprise when four men break into the house to find hidden money. After managing to escape, Shaun must now figure out a way to turn the tables on the desperate thieves and save her captive children.


Chris Stuckmann reviews Breaking In

Thursday 10 May 2018

Ron Howard Reveals IMAX’s Exclusive Solo: A Star Wars Story Poster

The release of Solo: A Star Wars Story is almost here and today, Director Ron Howard unveiled the most recent artwork from IMAX, with Disney and Lucasfilms. The IMAX exclusive poster features a silhouette of the iconic Millennium Falcon with Han Solo at the forefront. The art also includes Solo’s mighty crew of Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, Qi'Ra and more.

Starting May 25, fans can experience it in IMAX, the most immersive way to dive into Han Solo’s history. The IMAX release of Solo: A Star Wars Story will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Walt Disney Studios

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

Disney and Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story hits IMAX cinemas on May 24th.

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Ghost Stories - Movie Review

Professor Phillip Goodman devotes his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans. His skepticism soon gets put to the test when he receives news of three chilling and inexplicable cases -- disturbing visions in an abandoned asylum, a car accident deep in the woods and the spirit of an unborn child. Even scarier -- each of the macabre stories seems to have a sinister connection to the professor's own life.

Chris Stuckmann reviews Ghost Stories, starring Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.
Directed by Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman.


Monday 7 May 2018

Fishbowl California Poster & Trailer

Jobless and hopeless, Rodney (STEVE OLSON) hits rock bottom when he finds out his girlfriend Tess (KATRINA BOWDEN) cheats on him. With nowhere to go, Rodney drives aimlessly around until his car quits on him, leaving him stranded in front of a strangers house. The next morning he's awoken by June (KATHERINE CORTEZ) an ailing drunk widow who busts him for stealing her electricity. Instead of having Rodney arrested, June puts him to work around the house. June's increasing pity for Rodney eventually earns him a temporary spot in her home which lasts longer than they both anticipated.

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Tuesday 1 May 2018

The Kissing Booth - Trailer

A high school student is forced to confront her secret crush at a kissing booth.
Director: Vince Marcello
Writers: Vince Marcello (screenplay), Beth Reekles (novel)
Stars: Molly Ringwald, Joey King, Joel Courtney

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies - Trailer and Poster

When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big!  “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” finds our egocentric, wildly satirical Super Heroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers.

It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies—everyone but the Teen Titans, that is!  But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick.  If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them.  With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream.  But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry.  The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!

Will Arnett (“The LEGO® Batman Movie”) and Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) lend their voices to the first-ever big-screen version of DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network’s animated TV show, which also stars Greg Cipes (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Beast Boy, Scott Menville (TV’s “Spider-Man”) as Robin, Khary Payton (“The Walking Dead”) as Cyborg, Tara Strong (the “My Little Pony” franchise) as Raven, and Hynden Walch (TV’s “Adventure Time with Finn & Jake”) as Starfire, reprising their roles from the series.

The film is being directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, from a screenplay by Michael Jelenic and Horvath, based on characters from DC.  Michail, Will Arnett and Peggy Regan are producing, with Sam Register, Jelenic, and Horvath serving as executive producers.  Apart from Arnett, all are “Teen Titans GO!” series contributors.