Friday, 17 August 2018

HOPE GAP - First Look Images


London, 17 August: Principal photography wrapped last week on family drama HOPE GAP, directed by William Nicholson, and starring Annette Bening, Bill Nighy and Josh O’Connor. Nicholson, a two time Oscar nominated British screenwriter (Gladiator, Shadowlands), OBE, FRSL, director, playwright and novelist, directs from his own script. The film shot for 5 weeks across the UK, in the eponymous Hope Gap, Seaford in Sussex and Leeds and Doncaster, in Yorkshire.

HOPE GAP is financed by Screen Yorkshire, Sampsonic Media and Creative Media with LipSync on board as a production partner. It is produced by David M. Thompson (The Sense of an Ending, Woman in Gold, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and Sarada McDermott (Tolkien, Fighting with My Family, Finding Your Feet). Executive Producers include Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire, Nicolas D. Sampson and Arno Hazebroek for Sampsonic Media, Gavin Poolman, Alex Tate and Peter Gould for CMI, Norman Merry and Peter Hampden for LipSync. LipSync Post is also on board to complete full post production.

Grace (Annette Bening) and Edward (Bill Nighy) have been married 29 years. When their son Jamie (Josh O’Connor) comes to visit for the weekend at their seaside home, Edward informs him that he plans to leave Grace. The next day.

Just another breakup. Everyone’s been there, in person or through friends. Hope Gap tracks the unravelling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief and anger, to a resolution, of sorts. It’s tender, it’s funny and above all, true. There are no easy answers, no simple paths to redemption, but in the end, it is a story of survival. A story of hope.

Bening is a four-time Oscar nominee (The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia, The Kids Are All Right). She recently starred in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and 20th Century Women.

Nighy’s credits include the recent highly acclaimed BBC 1 drama Ordeal by Innocence, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Their Finest and Love Actually.

O’ Connor is best known for his portrayal of Johnny Saxby in God’s Own Country (2017), for which he won a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for Best Actor. He was also nominated in 2018 for the BAFTA EE Rising Star Award. He will play a young Prince Charles in the upcoming series of The Crown.

Nicholson is best known as the Oscar nominated writer of Gladiator and Shadowlands. Other writing credits include Breathe, Unbroken, Everest, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Previous feature directing credits include Firelight (1997).

Nicholson says: “Ever since Shadowlands I’ve been obsessed by the collision of love and pain: HOPE GAP is the most intense, most painful, and most loving story I’ve ever told. I’m so proud to have Annette Bening, Bill Nighy and Josh O’Connor to tell it for me.”

Producer David Thompson, Origin Pictures adds: “Bill has written a truly moving and witty script and we could not have asked for a stronger cast. I am delighted that Annette, Bill and Josh are going to star in what is sure to be a really powerful, distinctive and captivating film. We’re very pleased to have the support of Screen Yorkshire, Sampsonic, CMI and LipSync to bring this project to screen.”


Wednesday, 15 August 2018

First look image released as Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne reunite for THE AERONAUTS


Amazon Studios announce that principal photography has begun across the UK and in London for the feature film THE AERONAUTS.

The film reunites Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Danish Girl) following their successful collaboration on The Theory of Everything, where Jones received an Oscar nomination and Redmayne went onto win the Oscar for his performance of Stephen Hawking.

THE AERONAUTS is directed by BAFTA nominee Tom Harper (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders) and is written by BAFTA winner Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Wonder, Radioactive).

Set in 1862, THE AERONAUTS follow wealthy young widow Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and ambitious scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) as they mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. This is a journey to the very edge of existence, where the air is thin and the chances of survival are slim. As their perilous ascent reveals their true selves, this unlikely pair discover things about each other - and themselves - that help them find their place in the world they have left behind.

The film is produced by Harper, with Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman for Mandeville Films (Wonder, Stronger, Beauty and the Beast); and executive produced by Richard Hewitt. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.

“A top priority for us on The Aeronauts is authenticity.  With that in mind, we intend to do as much balloon filming in the sky as the weather will allow. This image was taken after we launched Felicity and Eddie 2,000 feet in the air, performing their scripted scene, while a helicopter captured it all.  We’re fortunate that Felicity and Eddie have the nerve to do these stunts themselves as it authenticates our entire approach” explains Lieberman.

Additional cast joining Jones and Redmayne include Oscar nominee Tom Courtenay (45 Years), BAFTA nominee Anne Reid (The Last Tango in Halifax), BAFTA winner Rebecca Front (The Thick of It), Vincent Perez (Riviera), Tim McInnery (Game of Thrones), Phoebe Fox (The Hollow Crown) and Himesh Patel (forthcoming Danny Boyle, Richard Curtis project).

Director of Photography is BAFTA winner George Steel (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders), with costumes by Alexandra Bryne (Oscar winner for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Oscar nominated for Finding Neverland, Elizabeth and Hamlet) and hair and make-up by Jenny Shircore (Beauty and the Beast, Macbeth).  Production designers are David Hindle (The Death of Stalin, The Theory of Everything) and Christian Huband (Edge of Tomorrow, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). Louis Morin (Arrival, The House with a Clock on its Walls) is the VFX Supervisor.

A New Breed of PREDATOR is coming! New trailer for THE DAWNSEEKER released!


Before we meet The Predator, come face to face with The Dawnseeker!

Premiering September 4 On Demand from Uncork’d Entertainment, Justin Price’s explosive new sci-fi horror actioner pits five mercenaries against a dangerous alien creature.

2245, the Earth's sun has dwindled and no longer provides the energy needed to sustain human life. Five hired mercenaries travel to an uncharted planet to collect a rare mineral known as stardust to replenish the dying star. After their spaceship crashes on the alien planet, they are stalked and hunted by a creature far more advanced than anything they have ever encountered before. 
                                             
Starring Franziska Schissler, Alexander Kane, Jason Skeen and Khu, The Dawnseeker marks the fifth feature film from director Justin Price (Alien : Reign of Man).

Blindspotting - Movie Review


Collin must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning in his Oakland, Calif., neighborhood. His bond with his volatile best friend soon gets tested when Collin sees a police officer shoot a suspect in the back during a chase through the streets. Things soon come to a head when the buddies attend a party at the upscale home of a young and wealthy tech entrepreneur.

Initial release: July 27, 2018

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Chris Stuckmann reviews Blindspotting, starring Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Ethan Embry, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Wayne Knight. Directed by Carlos López Estrada.

Interview with Nicole Olson – DEAD LOVE


Nicole Olson juggles a career in marketing with that of an acting star on the rise; the star of the new horror film Dead Love (out this month from Wild Eye Releasing) gives us the 411 on the movie that’s likely to see offers pour in for her.

Let’s get to the nitty gritty. How hard is it to make it as an actor? 
Well, I work in marketing now so..?
Hah, just kidding (but I do work in marketing at the moment.) Dead Love is my first movie, so who knows what opportunities may open up once it’s released. I definitely think it’s easier to get auditions as an actor once you have some momentum going, otherwise it’s hard to know where to start.

I suppose you have to be a pretty strong, resilient person to choose it for a career?
Determination is a pretty big factor.


What’s your typical audition like? I imagine many actors are going up against many, many others?
I can’t really say! This was filmed three years ago, and I’m exploring another career at the moment. But from my past experience, it just depends on the project. Sometimes you see a select few who are cherry picked for an audition, other times it’s an open call with a line around the block.

Is there a part you’ve lost that you so dearly wanted – and the disappointment has never left you?
Not really, I try to just go with the flow. The parts that you’re really meant for will find you.

The roles you’ve gotten though are wonderful. What’s been the favorite?
Since Dead Love is my silver screen debut, I would have to say Fiona.

And which of the parts opened the most doors for you?
As I previously mentioned, this is my first feature. But, I’m excited to see what the future holds!


How did this one come about? 
Kind of a wild story. I responded to a Facebook post in a group for Colorado filmmakers, and one self-tape later, I found myself doing a chemistry read in Denver. I heard that I got the part that same night.

And is it any different working on an indie to a larger budgeted project? I imagine there’s more creative freedom?
As stated earlier, Dead Love is my first movie. From what I gather, the biggest difference is the amount of time you have to get the perfect shot. We filmed this movie within twelve days, and had to reshoot it six days in. I can’t imagine a large budget movie pulling that off.

Did you get a lot of say in terms of dialogue and improvements you might have had for the character?
Right before the reshoots I definitely had a hand in shaping Fiona’s story a little bit, but as an actor who started in theatre, I tend to stick to the script in terms of dialogue. 

How did you wind down at the end of the day after shooting some of those more gruelling scenes?
Unfortunately for me, I’m a method actor, so there wasn’t a lot of winding down until we wrapped the production. Plus, we were filming in the middle of the Rocky Mountains in a small town, so there weren’t a lot of opportunities to seek out distractions.

When is a movie a success for you?
I don’t really know what success for the movie looks like yet, and I can’t wait to find out! Maybe if I see Dead Love fanart...then I’ll really know it’s taking off.

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GREEN BOOK - Official Trailer and First Look Images


Synopsis
Set in America in 1962, Green Book tells the heart-warming true story of Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a working-class Italian-American bouncer who takes on a job as a chauffeur for Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a highly-educated African-American classical pianist. The mismatched pair embark on a two-month tour of concert venues in the racially charged deep south and discover they’re on the road to a meaningful and unique friendship.


Green Book will be coming to UK & Irish cinemas soon

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Five Fingers for Marseilles - Poster and Trailer


Pistol-packing acclaimed South African western Five Fingers for Marseilles, a thrilling tale that takes its place alongside classics such as Once Upon a Time in the West and contemporaries like The Proposition and No Country for Old Men, stares down the barrel of a national theatrical release Friday, September 7, 2018.

From filmmaker Michael Matthews and screenwriter Sean Drummond comes a thrilling western set against the backdrop of post-Apartheid South Africa. Five Fingers for Marseilles takes place in a small town “governed” by dubious local officials, living in fear of a lawless mob; when an exiled outlaw returns home in search of solace and redemption, brotherhood and loyalty are fused with vengeance.

Starring Vuyo Dabula, Hamilton Dhlamini, Zethu Dlomo, Kenneth Nkosi, Mduduzi Mabaso, Aubrey Poolo, Lizwi Vilakazi, Warren Masemola, Dean Fourie, Anthony Oseyemi, Brendon Daniels, and Jerry Mofokeng, Five Fingers for Masrseilles opens September 7 across the US via Uncork’d Entertainment.

Synopsis: 
The residents of the colonial town of Marseilles are under the thumb of police oppression and only the young rebels known as the Five Fingers are willing to stand up to them. Their battle is just, until Tau kills two policemen and flees the scene. The remaining rebels disband while the banished Tau resorts to a life of crime.  Twenty years later, now known as feared outlaw The Lion of Marseilles, he is released from prison. He returns home, desiring only peace and to reconnect with those he left behind. The battle for South Africa’s freedom has been won, and former comrades-in-arms are in prominent positions as mayor, police chief, and pastor. But it quickly becomes clear to Tau that Marseilles is caught in the grip of a vicious new threat — and he must reconstitute the Five Fingers to fight frontier justice. Standing against former allies and new enemies, the re-formed Five Fingers saddle up and ride out, and put their lives at risk to save their beloved Marseilles.

PARTICIPATING CITIES (MORE TBA!)
New York 9/7/14
Los Angeles 9/14/18
Columbus, OH 9/14/18
Atlanta, GA 9/21/18
Phoenixville, PA 9/21/18
Baltimore, MD  9/28/18

Sacred Heart, - Poster and Trailer


AFI Winner David Field (The Inbetweeners 2, The Rover, Chopper) “goes brilliantly against type”* in Kosta Nikas’ critically acclaimed Sacred Heart, out from Gravitas Ventures.

Sacred Heart chronicles the journey of a religious man, who rejects God and his faith, after the tragic death of his pregnant wife and then challenges the Devil. He receives a visit from his priest, who pushes him to question his own beliefs. The Priest turns out to be a mirror of his own insanity, pushing the boundaries between heaven and hell.

David Field, Kipan Rothbury (‘’Water Rats”) and Lizzie Schebesta (Sleeping Beauty) star in a Kosta Nikas film.


“A hard-hitting journey of revenge and redemption”**, Sacred Heart is available on VOD/DVD and BluRay from Gravitas Ventures from 8/14.


Monday, 13 August 2018

Competition: Win The Last Warrior on DVD


The Last Warrior is out on DVD on 20th August. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies to give away.

Synopsis
Described as ‘Game of Thrones meets Braveheart’ this violence-fuelled clash of the clans, sees fearless warriors fight to the death in a bid to save their tribe from extinction. With mind-blowing battle scenes, a shocking body count and blood and guts galore, The Last Warrior is not for the faint hearted.

A new era is about to begin in Eastern Europe. Scythians, the proud warriors, have almost been wiped out and most of the remaining few descendants have become ruthless mercenary assassins. 

Lutobor, a brave and fearsome warrior becomes embroiled in brutal conflict with another tribe. When his wife and son are snatched he must venture on a perilous journey, risking life and limb to save his family. Taking his enemy, a captive Scythian, along as his guide - they brave the treacherous wilds, moving toward the last haven of the Scythians - to what seems to be their inevitable demise. Who will prevail in this epic fight for survival?

The Last Warrior arrives on DVD in its original Russian version with English subtitles and includes a dubbed English language version


For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Who Directs The Last Warrior?

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

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 27-08-18
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Competition: Win Ciao! Manhattan on Blu-ray


Ciao! Manhattan is out on Blu-ray on 20th August. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 2 copies to give away.

Synopsis
Muse to Andy Warhol, actress, model, socialite and the original ‘It Girl’ Edie Sedgwick was a true Icon whose style still has an influence today.

The legendary Ciao! Manhattan, which sees the iconic Superstar take centre stage in her crowning – and only major role – a film that took years to make and was finally released in 1972 after her tragic death, has long been unavailable in the UK. But now, courtesy of Second Sight, the film is receiving its first ever Blu-ray release, arriving on 20 August 2018 complete with fascinating special features, including commentaries, interviews and ‘the lost Ciao! Manhattan reels’.

Written and directed by Factory regulars John Palmer and David Weisman this cult film is a semi-biographical take on Sedgwick’s life and captures a seminal time in history,  the groundbreaking 1960s New York art scene. 


For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Who Directs Ciao! Manhattan?

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

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 27-08-18
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Slender Man - Movie Review


Small-town best friends Hallie, Chloe, Wren and Katie go online to try and conjure up the Slender Man -- a tall, thin, horrifying figure whose face has no discernible features. Two weeks later, Katie mysteriously disappears during a class trip to a historic graveyard. Determined to find her, the girls soon suspect that the legend of the Slender Man may be all too real.

Initial release: August 10, 2018


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Chris Stuckmann and John Flickinger review Slender Man, starring Joey King, Julia Goldani-Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso, Javier Botet. Directed by Sylvain White.

The Meg - Movie Review


A massive creature attacks a deep-sea submersible, leaving it disabled and trapping the crew at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. With time running out, rescue diver Jonas Taylor must save the crew and the ocean itself from an unimaginable threat -- a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon.
Release date: August 23, 2018

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Chris Stuckmann reviews The Meg, starring Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Robert Taylor, Sophia Shuya Cai. Directed by Jon Turteltaub.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

The Darkest Minds - interview with producer Shawn Levy, director Jennifer Yuh Nelson and star Amandla Stenberg.


THE DARKEST MINDS stars Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech and Patrick Gibson, and is adapted from Alexandra Bracken's bestselling series of novels.

When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.

A Stork's Journey - Trailer Launch


Exclusively at Vue nationwide from 31st August, 2018

Finding your wings is hard-enough for a young sparrow like Richard; especially when you’ve been brought up thinking you’re a stork! But Richard is a plucky chick who won’t be defined by others’ expectations of him. A STORK’S JOURNEY is the exciting family adventure of heroic little birds who aim high and dream big, available exclusively at Vue nationwide from 31st August, 2018 courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

Richard, an orphaned sparrow, has been raised by a loving family of storks for as long as he can remember. He would never even dream of himself as anything else but a stork. However, when his adoptive family start preparing for their epic migration to the warmer climes of Africa, they have to level with him: A little sparrow isn't made for such a long journey. Left behind by a flock of heavy hearts, Richard perseveres. Initially setting off to Africa on his own to prove he is a stork after all, Richard meets a vast array of quirky and determined friends, who help him come-of-age and realise it’s the size of your heart that counts.

Join Richard on his journey to Africa, as he learns the importance of friendship and the value of having faith in your own abilities. A STORK’S JOURNEY is an uplifting story of courage and exceptional friendship guaranteed to give families visiting Vue cinemas a warm start to the Autumn!

KING COHEN - Trailer, Poster and Full Release Details


The highly anticipated King Cohen, the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen,  will hit VOD August 14 from Dark Star Pictures.

Cohen, best known for resourceful low-budget horror and thriller films that combine social commentary with prerequisite scares and welcome humor, is responsible for celluloid classics including Black Caesar, It’s Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent, and The Stuff. He was also a major player in the Blaxploitation films of the 1970s, as well as a prominent Hollywood screenwriter (Phone Booth).

The acclaimed film features interviews with such industry luminaries as Martin Scorsese, J.J Abrams, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, John Landis, Fred Williamson as well as Cohen himself. Cohen’s remarkable one-of-a-kind career, from 60’s TV series creator (Branded, The Invaders), to 70’s and 80’s independent film icon and beyond, is chronicled with freewheeling and insightful verve.

Winner of the 2017 Fantasia Fest Best Documentary Feature Audience Award, King Cohen hails from Rondo Award-winning writer/director Steve Mitchell, whose film and television credits include co-writing the beloved cult horror/comedy Chopping Mall. King Cohen is a La-La Land Entertainment production, in association with Big And Tall Pictures and Off The Cliff Productions. It is directed and produced by Steve Mitchell and produced by Matt Verboys and Dan McKeon.

Synopsis: Buckle up for KING COHEN, the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen. Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons such as Martin Scorsese, J.J. Abrams, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto and many more, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American film auteur. Few can boast of a career as remarkable or prolific, spanning more than 50 years of entertaining audiences worldwide.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST - UK Poster and Trailer


THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival where the film garnered positive critical acclaim and won the Sundance Grand Jury prize. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, John Gallagher Jr., Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck and Jennifer Ehle.

Writer/director Akhavan and co-writer Cecilia Frugiuele sensitively adapt Emily Danforth's acclaimed coming-of-age novel, which centres on Cameron Post (Moretz) who is sent to a gay conversion therapy centre after being caught with another girl on prom night. The facility is run by Dr. Lydia Marsh (Ehle) and her brother Reverend Rick (Gallagher Jr.), and aims to treat teens "struggling with same-sex attraction." This unusual setting provides Cameron with an unlikely gay community, including the stoner amputee Jane Fonda (Lane) and her friend Adam (Goodluck). Together, this group of teenagers form an unlikely family to fight and survive.

UK & Ireland Release date: 7th September 2018
Certificate 15 / Running time 91 minutes



WILDLIFE | UK and Irish Release Date Announced


Directed by Paul Dano
Written by Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp

WILDLIFE, the acclaimed directorial debut from Paul Dano, has been set for a 9 November 2018 release date in the UK and Ireland by distributor Kaleidoscope Entertainment.

Based on a novel of the same name by Richard Ford and adapted for the screen by Dano and Zoe Kazan, WILDLIFE stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan as husband and wife Jerry and Jeanette, who face marital crisis in 1960’s small town Montana when Jerry loses his job and leaves Jeanette and their only son, Joe (Ed Oxenbould) to cope on their own.

When the separation ignites a spark between Jeanette and wealthy car salesman Warren Miller (Bill Camp), Joe must bear witness as his mother embarks upon a relationship that will change all of their lives.

The film premiered in Sundance before screening to critical acclaim as the opening night film of the Critics’ Week section of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother's struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Interview with Vito Dinatolo - Director of The Infectious


Filmmaker Vito Dinatolo talks about his new movie, the infectious – no pun intended – thriller Face of Evil, now available on VOD and DVD.

How did the film come about, and can you tell us about the script – was it inspired by anything in particular?
I was always into horror movies, and horror movies can be placed in a realistic scenario, with causes justified by topical events. So my inspiration about the look of the infected came from a real nightmare I had when I was a kid, and that stuck to my mind. When I decided to make a horror movie, a few years ago, I adopted that look, but I thought it would be pointless to make just another genre movie about zombies... So I wrote the first draft in one month, a plain zombie action script, but it took me over one year to turn it into a psychological thriller that would make sense from the lead character's point of view. And yes, there are a few topical messages.

The movie touches contemporary issues like epidemics paranoia, vets PTSD, big brother conspiracy, any mass shooting rampage in recent history. Yet, it never loses focus on entertaining, which is why we really watch movies! It’s about the inner journey of a person on the run from his demons, real or not, from an unknown enemy, who may attack anywhere, anytime. Or perhaps it’s just the story of a victim, a scapegoat in a devious system. It’s a contemporary tale of realistic madness. And since we live in this world, we are somehow involved. It could read like the headline of any recent news: "Breaking News! Another war vet with post traumatic stress goes on a shooting rampage among the crowd and then he shoots himself!" Maybe he saw the enemy, monsters, zombies and whatnot… Maybe he was just fighting his demons… From a directorial standpoint, I think with horror or thriller you can express yourself better, show your style, leave your footprint on the product, while with comedy or action you heavily rely on actors, their charisma. You hear of horror movies directed by such or such, but for most genres, you need a star. Plus low budget horror is safer since it always sells.

The movie has been likened to Body Snatchers. How accurate is the comparison?
Body Snatchers is a fanta horror, it has supernatural/fantasy premises. Though we do not know whether such aliens exist indeed - they might - we are aware or viruses and parasites which behave as body  snatchers. Face of Evil is a Psychological horror/thriller. You may argue everything is going on through the movie, but by the end, you know that the all elements to the story are real/realistic, there is nothing absurd. Enough said, spoiler alert, you should watch the movie now!

Is it fun coming up with new ways for characters to die? Ha!
If you are writing a plain horror where gore is the main elements, I would come up with crazy ways to die, even more than you have already seen in Saw, Hostel and all the so called "porn/horror" or "sexy/horror" wave, meaning, torture/death arouses and thrills you (and please gimme a break if you deny it or else you would not watch them :) Face of Evil is not about that. Deaths have a specific mechanical cause inherent to the story. It is a pure function of the action, which is dictated by the motivation of the character. Bottom line, it's not like you already know people are going to die just because it's a horror movie with a bunch of expendable boys and girls. I cut out a lot of blood not just for budget reasons, but for story focus, in order not to digress and distract with useless, already seen, bloody murders, but stay focused on the story. If you see a gruesome death, you expect more, and more, and you lose the focus and the point of the film, and you might even be disappointed if there is no more. This film instead changes even genre as it transitions to the second/third act...

How tough is it for not only you as a filmmaker, but for your cast, to shoot such scenes?
To me it was tough mostly to plan the action, the blocking, and the sequential, mechanical, cause-effect deaths, basically the justification of a regular death vs a destined, predetermined death, just because the character is expendable. To the cast, I guess it's hard to identify in it, to feel pain and experience that moment right before dying. Or at least, that's how I would play that. The cast was great not only to play, but also to die. I'm not going to say who dies, but my cast includes talents like Jamie Bernadette, who has mad herself a name in the horror genre, the multi-talented Janet Roth, the ex hardcore star Charmane Star, and the two awesome leads Scott Baxter and Chad Bishop.

What do you use for blood on a movie set?
Pig blood. No, really, fake blood, you know, Halloween stuff, fake blood is easy to find in any makeup store. I still have half a gallon left...

And the look of the film, based on the trailer, suggests a colour palette and even similar tone to the classic zombie movies. Was that intentional?
Yes, it was intentional, the way it was shot (I don't believe in the "fix it in post" philosophy) and in color correction. Depending on the scene, the shade would change, but overall, darkness and blue/green tones prevail. Light high contrast lighting, a littler noir touch. Exterior metropolitan night shots are inspired to Carpenter, like the soundtrack vibe.

What is it about this topic that fascinates audiences, you think?
Emotions, as I said before, the thrill of being chased, or of chasing (depending on whom you identify with :) and the fact that blood is sexy in a way to those interested in this genre. That also goes back in a way to the dark/goth wave and the fetish world... but that's another story.

When did you watch your first cut? 
Since I shot the film in two parts, I watched the fist cut of the first part about three-four years ago, and the following years I watched the second half, after shooting it. Then, I watched it together...

When’s the release?
The film has been released on June 19th. You can now watch it on VOD and DVD on the links on the official website FOEmovie.com/shop. You can also find the great soundtrack there. Music by famous Gram Rabbit, Kid Hustle, Raven Hughes and, of course, filmmaker Vito Dinatolo, haha! Yes, me. It ranges from Electronica to Ambient, Rock, Pop, Hip Hop and whatnot.


Burt Reynolds is 'The Last Movie Star' coming to digital on 20 August 2018


Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds is The Last Movie Star, a wry and witty take on the film industry through the eyes of a washed up star and his enduring fans.

Movie legend Vic Edwards (Reynolds – Smokey and the Bandit, Boogie Nights) is a hard drinking, long in the tooth star whose glory days are behind him. When he's approached by a Nashville film festival to receive a Lifetime Achievement award his first instinct is to say no. But on the advice of his old buddy Sonny (Chevy Chase – National Lampoon's Vacation, Caddy Shack), he reluctantly decides to take the trip…what could possibly go wrong?

He soon discovers a whole new meaning of small time…The venue is a dive bar, the accommodation a 'rathole', the organisers inexperienced fanboys and his driver is a rebellious teen with an attitude, played in a stand out performance by Modern Family's Ariel Winter.

From a less than promising start Vic embarks on an expected adventure with an unlikely companion
in this heart-warming and moving comedy.

Directed by Adam Rifkin (Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy) and starring Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time
Machine) and Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), as the festival organisers, The Last Movie Star arrives exclusively on-demand and download on 20 August 2018.

Interview with Kate Lister


Though Australian, most of Kate Lister’s most recent work has been in the UK. We caught up with the rising star to chat up her projects – including Drive me to the end – both at home…. and away.


So many Australian actors are doing amazing things in the US. Is their anyone from your home country whose career you especially admire? 

Absolutely – there are so many incredible Australian actors who are making waves in the US if they have not already taken it over. A couple of obvious ones are Margot Robbie, Rose Byrne and Heath Ledger was one of a kind! The dark horse for me is Ben Mendelsohn, I think he is so intriguing to watch from Australians Animal Kingdom to his brilliant role in Beyond the Pines and of course his beautifully messed up character in Bloodline (TV show).


Why do you think Australian actors are so high in-demand stateside? Is it their training?

I think Australian actors are so high in-demand because of our attitudes, dedication and persistence. Australia is so far away from the US and the UK so when Australian Actors decide to ‘take a chance’ and move overseas for acting we have no choice but to give it our all. We are over the other side of the world from our family and friends and just living is so expensive that when we get an opportunity we grab it and run like the wind.


Did you train?

Yes, I have trained at a hand full of incredible schools with fantastic teachers. I recently trained at The Atlantic Acting school in New York – that was a mind blowing experience.  I have also trained at Margie Habers school in LA, The Actors Centre in London and some Australian Schools like 16th Street, Film & Television International and Brave Studios.


And did you cut your teeth on TV shows and shorts? Is that the normal training ground in Australia, to?

 I most definitely did, it is a great way to learn and see what being on set is like. I started off doing guest roles on shows like Neighbours, Thank god you’re here & The Warriors and I then got the fire in my belly to create my own stories and projects. I joined forces with the incredibly talented Phoenix Raei and we started our own production company ‘Little Fish Films’ , we have been creating content together for the past 2 years.


Was there a role over there that really set your career alight and led to more doors being opened?

My character Connie in Fox Trap was lots of fun and one of my favourites.  I do feel like that role lead me to other project with the same production company.


You’ve shot a few films in the past few years – is there a part that’s really resonated with you?

I have just finished filming ‘Drive me to the end’ in the UK, it’s a dark comedy that touches on themes/ topics such as Humanity, Communication, Autism, Disabilities, Death.

My Character Sunny was on the Autistic spectrum and I must admit I completely fell in love with her. She is the character I have learnt the most from and to date is my favourite. I resonated with Sunny more than I could have imagined so I do feel like lucky that I got to take on such a scary role.


Drive Me To The End sounds like it’d have been especially hard but inspiring. Is that correct to say? 

The Autistic spectrum is such a large one so when I received this role I did have a slight panic attack due to the importance of portraying the spectrum in the correct light. I felt extremely overwhelmed yet very inspired to give the character a voice. I researched Autism a lot and was lucky enough to meet up with a woman on the spectrum who helped me with my character development. The film is now in the hands of the editor and I do pray that my character translates in the right light on screen.



Monday, 6 August 2018

Competition: Win Beast of Burden on DVD


Beast of Burden is out on DVD on 13th August. And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Synopsis
Pilot Sean Haggerty (Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter 1-8, Swiss Army Man) is a trusted mule for a major international drug cartel, running cocaine across the U.S/Mexico border. Little does the cartel know Sean also works for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. In exchange for Sean’s help bringing down the cartel, the DEA agrees to pay for an operation for Daniel’s sick wife, Jen (Grace Gummer, Mr. Robot).

On Sean’s last job, the cartel unexpectedly changes his drop target setting off a wild airborne cat-and-mouse chase. Do they know about Sean’s deception? And does the DEA trust Sean will not double-cross them as well? With both the cartel and DEA on his tail, Sean must land the plane and stay alive long enough to save Jen’s life.


For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Who Directs Beast of Burden?

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

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 20-08-18
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Eighth Grade - Movie Review


Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school -- the end of her thus far disastrous eighth-grade year.
Initial release: January 19, 2018

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ChrisStuckmann

Chris Stuckmann reviews Eighth Grade, starring Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan. Directed by Bo Burnham.

The Equalizer 2 - Movie Review


If you have a problem and there is nowhere else to turn, the mysterious and elusive Robert McCall will deliver the vigilante justice you seek. This time, however, McCall's past cuts especially close to home when thugs kill Susan Plummer -- his best friend and former colleague. Now out for revenge, McCall must take on a crew of highly trained assassins who'll stop at nothing to destroy him.
Initial release: July 20, 2018

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Chris Stuckmann reviews The Equalizer 2, starring Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo. Directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Friday, 3 August 2018

The Evolution of Superman


Superman is undeniably a pop culture icon and one of the most well-known superheroes seen in comics, on TV and on the big screen. The face of superman may have changed over the years but his incredible fan base will always remain. With his trademark ‘S’ emblazed across his chest in red, flowing cape and red pants, Superman burst on to the scene in 1938 at a time of great need and he has gone on to inspire an entire franchise and built a league of super-fan followers from every generation…

To celebrate the release of The Death of Superman, available on Digital Download now and on DVD and Blu-ray August 6, we’re taking a look back at how the leading Man of Steel has grown and changed over the past 80 years.

When Superman came crashing to Earth
As one of the first major comic book superheroes, Superman’s birth came in 1938 when he starred in the first edition of Action Comics which was only the beginning for this badass. Published by National Allied Publications which later became DC Comics, Superman was catapulted into the eye of a national audience for the first time. His backstory sets the scene for the many years of stories to come… Born Kal-El on alien planet Krypton, he escaped his destroyed planet, finding himself on Earth in the middle on America. Raised as Clark Kent, he soon discovered his superhuman powers which he used to fight crime as the heroic, Superman when not disguised as big-city reporter, Clark Kent.

First big break
Freeing himself from the chains of comic books, Superman’s first big break arguably came from radio. The Adventures of Superman radio show first aired in 1940 introducing him to an audience of all ages, who weren’t necessarily aware of his comic book origins. Here came the introduction of Superman to American society at large, as well as audiences learning of his only weakness: Kryptonite, a key piece of Superman’s story that has remained to this day.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane!
Despite the now endless comics, TV shows and films that feature the famous hero, Superman made his first appearance outside of comics or radio in a series of animated shorts by Max and Dave Fleisher. It was during this series that some of the most iconic catchphrases emerged, including ‘It’s a bird! It’s a plane!’ and "Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.". With WW2 in full swing, Superman was seen as a symbol of hope and heroism and his storylines in the comics prior to the radio show reflected this, showing him fighting Japanese and German spies and saboteurs, as well as the usual bad guys.

In the flesh
Gaining further traction among the American population was only helped by Superman’s first live-action serial. The immensely popular, Superman, saw the first ‘flesh and blood’ Lex Luthor, Superman’s archenemy. From 1952 to 1958, George Reeves defined a generation with his portrayal of the iconic hero in The Adventures of Superman on TV, fighting for "truth, justice, and the American way.". At this time, the American creators of tights-wearing hero decided to clean up their act, publishing stories that would not be accused of contributing to juvenile delinquency. This also led to the likes of Super Friends, the cheery Saturday morning cartoon which lasted 13 years and saw Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Aqua Man join forces to fight evil as the original Justice League of America.


‘You’ll believe a man can fly”
1978 Superman, is widely regarded as the first modern comic-book movie, and unknowingly acting as a template for superhero movies to come. Starring Christopher Reeve, Superman was given a whole new look in  a new genre style, with action, humour and sex appeal to accompany the new bone structure that Reeve brought to the role. Reeve stayed on for two sequels which were arguably too campy for their audiences and alienated fans.  Following this, the 1992 comic book storyline for Superman saw DC kill off their beloved hero when he sacrificed himself to save the world from an alien menace called Doomsday. It triggered the controversy they desired, making everyone’s favourite hero relevant again, leading to his re-birth storyline.

Back on the Silver Screen
Superman finally returned to the silver screen in 2006 when Bryan Singer directed Superman Returns. It offered nostalgia with a nod back to the superhero roots and Brandon Routhe took on the role this time. Henry Caville then donned the iconic cape and tights in a new era of superhero blockbusters, with striking aesthetics and action packed-drama in the likes of Man of Steel, Batman V Superman and Justice League.

The Death of Superman (2018)
With the huge controversy around the 1992 Death of Superman storyline and fan demand to bring back the original superhero, as well as the string of hero animations over the years, it’s unsurprising that we finally have an action-packed animated film re-enacting the famed Death of Superman storyline… The Man of Steel meets his ultimate match when Doomsday comes to Earth – hell bent on destroying everything and everyone in his path, including the Justice League – in the all-new, action-packed The Death of Superman, part of the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Prepare to catch your favourite tights-wearing hero in all his animated glory fighting against the infamous, Doomsday.

The Death of Superman is on Digital Download NOW and DVD & Blu-ray August 6.


The Seagull - New UK Trailer


Starring Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Corey Stoll and Billy Howle

In cinemas 7th September 2018

One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family father for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly, and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life.

Aristocratic actress Irina (BENING, 20th Century Women) pays summer visits to her brother Sorin (BRIAN DENNEHY, First Blood) and her son Konstantin (HOWLE, On Chesil Beach). On one occasion, her lover, the successful novelist Boris Trigorin (STOLL, Midnight in Paris), accompanies her. When Nina (RONAN, Lady Bird), a free and innocent girl who lives on a neighbouring estate, falls in love with Boris, he basks in her adulation, while Irina is shunned by Konstantin, who loves Nina.


Based on Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL explores, with comedy and melancholy, the obsessive nature of love, the tangled relationships between parents and children, and the transcendent value and psychic toll of art.

The Darkest Minds - New featurette starring Amandla Stenberg


THE DARKEST MINDS, starring Amandla Stenberg, will arrive in UK cinemas next Friday and with this new featurette from Twentieth Century Fox, you can learn more about the film's dystopian world - specifically the powers Ruby (Stenberg) and her friends possess.



THE DARKEST MINDS, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, also stars Harris Dickinson, Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech and Patrick Gibson, and is adapted from Alexandra Bracken's bestselling series of novels.

When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

KING OF THIEVES – Full F***ing Trailer – Starring Michael Caine


IN CINEMAS SEPTEMBER 14th.

From the producers of Legend and Darkest Hour, and featuring an all-star cast of homegrown legends led by Sir Michael Caine, King of Thieves is the darkly funny, incredible true story of the Hatton Garden robbery, the most daring heist in British criminal history.

Starring Sir Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Charlie Cox, Michael Gambon and Ray Winstone.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Robin Hood - New Trailer and Poster


The legend you know... The story you don’t. We are pleased to share with you the new trailer and poster 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.

SYNOPSIS:
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.
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