Sunday, 9 December 2018

New Trailer for James Gunn's superhero horror - BRIGHTBURN


What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?

With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Slither' presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.


Produced by James Gunn and Kenneth Huang, Brightburn is written by Mark Gunn & Brian Gunn, and directed by David Yarovesky. Starring Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones and Meredith Hagner, Brightburn will open at cinemas across the UK and Ireland on May 24, 2019.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA - Poster and Trailer



Hollywood, Calif. - (December 7, 2018)
Netflix confirmed today that Academy Award® winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA, produced by Esperanto Filmoj and Participant Media, will be released in over 100 theaters in the United States and more than 500 theaters internationally in over 40 countries, curated by Netflix by territory around the release of the film on the service on December 14th.

The theatrical presentation of the film began in the United States and Mexico on November 21, already selling out theatres in New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, London and Toronto, among others.

The passion and pride from viewers in Mexico created a reported “ROMA fever,” leading to an increasing number of theaters reaching out to exhibit the film. ROMA will be in nearly 100 theaters throughout the country this weekend.


This weekend the film will continue its expansion, hitting nearly 50 theaters in the US and over 200 theaters internationally. The innovative roll-out allows consumers worldwide the opportunity to experience the film theatrically, both before and during the film’s global streaming release, where it will be available to over 130M people.

The film premiered earlier this year at the Venice Film Festival where it took home the Golden Lion for best film and has played in nearly 70 film festivals to great acclaim worldwide. The film has received numerous accolades, including recently being named Best Picture of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle, a prestigious award from the American Film Institute and 3 Golden Globe Award nominations. All of this further affirming that this timely story about human condition demands to be seen.

“We love this film and our goal is to bring this cinematic experience to audiences everywhere, and our theatrical plan, combined with the reach of our service, has made ROMA an event film and cultural moment,” said Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film group. “ROMA has played in festivals all over the world and we're expanding our theatrical engagements, not only in major markets, but also in places like Honduras, South Africa, and Iceland. When the film premieres on December 14, we will be in 600 theaters worldwide.”

“Alfonso and everyone at Participant believe strongly in the theatrical experience,” said David Linde, CEO of Participant Media. “Choice and increased audience diversity around the world are also very important, and this incredible combination of the two worlds is something very exciting.”


ABOUT ROMA
The most personal project to date from Academy Award®-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien), ROMA follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s. Cuarón’s first project since the groundbreaking Gravity in 2013.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Marvel Studios' Avengers 4 End Game - Official Trailer


Avengers: Endgame is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the direct sequel to 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, as well as the sequel to 2012's Marvel's The Avengers and 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron and the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by the writing team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and features an ensemble cast with many actors from previous MCU films.

The film was announced in October 2014 as Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2. The Russo brothers came on board to direct in April 2015 and by May, Markus and McFeely signed on to script the film. In July 2016, Marvel removed the film's title, referring to it simply as Untitled Avengers film. Filming began in August 2017 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, shooting back-to-back with Avengers: Infinity War, and ended in January 2018. Additional filming took place in the Downtown and Metro Atlanta areas. On 7th December 2018, a new trailer was released online, with official new title 'Avengers: Endgame'.

The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 3, 2019, in IMAX and 3D.

TRAILER: Crucible of the Vampire starring Neil Morrissey in cinemas and home ent. February 2019


Making its World Premiere at Cannes Film Festival and garnering rave reviews at other major festivals, Iain RossMcNamee’s gothic chiller Crucible of the Vampire is set to arrives in UK cinemas on 1 February 2019, followed by its home entertainment release on 4 February 2019 in dual format DVD and Blu-ray and on digital platforms courtesy of Screenbound Entertainment.

Starring British acting favourite Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty, Men Behaving Badly), alongside rising stars Katie Goldfinch and Florence Cady, this brooding vampire tale gives a strong nod to classic British horror greats and the genre defining Hammer Horror films.

A young museum curator Isabelle (Katie Goldfinch) is sent to look at an ancient artefact, discovered in the basement of a stately home in Shropshire. Welcomed into the sprawling manor house by a seemingly hospitable family; Karl (Larry Rew), his wife Evelyn (Babette Barat) and their beautiful daughter Scarlet (Florence Cady), but all is not what it seems, as a dark and terrifying secret hangs over them.

When Isabelle discovers the truth within the mansion’s foreboding walls, can she escape the clutches of its malevolent occupants?

This immortal tale, which moves from the English Civil War to the present day, is smart, stylish,sexy and as sharp as vampire’s teeth.

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


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

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

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

Await Further Instructions is out now in Cinemas and on Digital Download from Trinity Filmed Entertainment

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

NETFLIX INKS FIRST LOOK FEATURE FILM DEAL WITH CHRIS COLUMBUS’S 1492 PICTURES



Hollywood, Calif., -- December 5, 2018 - Netflix has entered into a multi-year first look deal with Academy Award nominated writer, producer, director Chris Columbus and his 1492 Pictures partners, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe. Under the deal, Netflix gets a first look at any feature film that Columbus and his partners want to produce.

The deal represents a strengthening of Columbus and 1492 Pictures relationship with Netflix having most recently produced the holiday film The Christmas Chronicles starring Kurt Russell.

QUOTE FROM SCOTT STUBER, HEAD OF NETFLIX’S FILM GROUP: “Chris has established himself as a diverse and versatile filmmaker with his work spanning generations, genres and audiences. Following the huge success of The Christmas Chronicles I’m thrilled that we can continue the highly productive relationship we enjoy with him and his partners. I’m looking forward to the creative boundaries Chris, Michael, Mark and the 1492 team will push here at Netflix.”

QUOTE FROM CHRIS COLUMBUS: “Partnering with Netflix is a thrilling and exciting opportunity for 1492 Pictures. Being able to create original content on a major motion picture scale is a rarity in Hollywood these days. But not at Netflix. They encourage original ideas and visionary filmmaking. And the icing on the cake? The executives at Netflix are great people who support some of the world’s greatest filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Alfonso Cuaron. I look forward to a long working relationship with Ted Sarandos, Scott Stuber and our guiding light, Racheline Benveniste.”

ABOUT CHRIS COLUMBUS and 1492 PICTURES

Chris Columbus is an Academy Award-nominated director, writer and producer. His directorial credits include Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone, where he cast newcomers Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in the leading roles, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Stepmom, Rent and many more critically acclaimed films. Columbus first gained prominence by writing several original scripts produced by Steven Spielberg, including the back-to-back hits Gremlins and The Goonies, and then Young Sherlock Holmes. Soon after Columbus began his directing career with Adventures In Babysitting.

Columbus started 1492 Pictures with partners Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe in 1994. The Christmas Chronicles is the 24th film they have produced together. They collectively have been responsible for numerous franchises beginning with Home Alone, Harry Potter, Night At The Museum and Percy Jackson. In 2011, they produced the blockbuster hit The Help, which garnered four nominations, including one for Best Picture.

Release date announced for Jellyfish


Festival favourite JELLYFISH, the debut film by James Gardner, starring BIFA nominee Liv Hill in her breakthrough film role, will be released in the UK by Republic Film Distribution on 15 February 2019.

Between being bullied at school, put upon by her overbearing boss at the local Margate amusement arcade and having to look after her unstable mother and her two younger siblings, life isn’t easy for 15 year old Sarah Taylor (Liv Hill). But when Sarah’s drama teacher channels her ferocious and volatile energies into a stand-up comedy routine for the graduation showcase, Sarah discovers that she may have a hidden talent. As her love for comedy grows, the delicate balance in Sarah’s life becomes increasingly difficult to maintain. Little by little the walls start to close in, ultimately forcing her to choose between her responsibilities to her family and her newfound passion for comedy.

Liv Hill was nominated for a 'Best Supporting Actress' BAFTA for her role in the BBC TV production Three Girls, and in the Most Promising Newcomer category at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) for her performance in JELLYFISH. The film also stars Sinéad Matthews and Cyril Nri.

The film received its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April this year and has since received acclaim at several major festivals, most recently Tokyo and Seville.

JELLYFISH won Best Film in the Alice Nella Città strand of the Rome International Film Festival. It scooped four awards at the Dinard Film Festival - the Grand Jury and Critics Prize as well as the inaugural ‘Hitchcock’ Award for Best Screenplay The film also received the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Michael Powell Award for Best Performance, shared by Liv Hill and Sinéad Matthews.

JELLYFISH is presented by Nik Holttum and Lemonworld, in association with Bankside Films. Directed by James Gardner, written by James Gardner and Simon Lord, produced by Nikolas Holttum and James Gardner and executive produced by Nikolas Holttum. It will be released in the UK and Ireland by Republic Film Distribution.

JELLYFISH will be released in cinemas in the UK on 15 February, previews from 8 February, 2019

Running Time: 100minutes | Certificate: 15

The Official Film Chart - Week 5



Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again sails to Number 1 - outselling the rest of the Top 10 combined - following its release on DVD and Blu-ray. The musical spectacular of the summer battled it out with the biggest film of the year so far, The Greatest Showman, which remains at 2. The week’s highest new entry at Number 3 is Ant-Man And The Wasp, achieving the position on downloads alone (available on disc formats as of December 3). The Marvel Studios offering sees Paul Rudd return as Ant-Man alongside Evangeline Lilly as The Wasp. As the former struggles to balance his life as both a superhero and a father, he is presented with a crucial mission to join forces with The Wasp to uncover their past.

Last week’s Number 1, Incredibles 2 slides to Number 4 after topping the chart for two consecutive weeks, just ahead of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’s second appearance, this time as part of a box set with the first instalment, Mamma Mia!

The Grinch climbs two rungs to steal the Number 6 spot, followed by previous Official Film Chart Number 1, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at 7; Christmas family favourite Elf enters the Top 10 at Number 8; Mission: Impossible – Fallout drops to Number 9 after being last week’s highest new entry. Finally, Dwayne Johnson action-thriller Skyscraper is at Number 10.

The Official Film Chart is unveiled each Wednesday and is the subject of a Top 10 Official Film Chart online show, published on OfficialCharts.com and available for media syndication. The show counts down the top 10 biggest selling movies on disc and download of the week and also includes bonus “coming soon” content for film lovers.

Monday, 3 December 2018

The Demonologist - Poster and Trailer


A spooked detective is the only hope for the end of days in the spine-chilling The Demonologist, premiering On Demand January 1, 2019 by Uncork’d Entertainment.

A detective is haunted by nightmares of his past and visions he cannot understand. When he investigates a string of brutal murders, he discovers a Cult that worships the four King Demons of Hell, who plan on bringing them forth to destroy the Earth. He must stop the Cult from starting the Apocalypse and finally come to grips with his birthright and destiny as The Demonologist.

From writer-director J.M Stelly and starring Brian Krause (“Charmed”, Sleepwalkers), Lara Grice (Logan), and Thomas Francis Murphy (“Mindhunter”), The Demonologist  on Demand from January 1, 2019.


Stan & Ollie - Final Poster and Making of Featurette


Above is the final poster for Jon S. Baird’s STAN & OLLIE and below we have an incredible behind the scenes featurette looking at the on-screen chemistry of stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly and an interview with screenwriter Jeff Pope.

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

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

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

Competition: Win Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. on Bluray


Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. is released on Bluray on December 10th

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

Synopsis
Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge s Sundance award winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star.

She began as Matangi. Daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka s armed Tamil resistance, she hid from the government in the face of a vicious and bloody civil war. When her family fled to the UK, she became Maya, a precocious and creative immigrant teenager in London. Finally, the world met her as M.I.A. when she emerged on the global stage, having created a mashup, cut-and-paste identity that pulled from every corner of her journey along the way; a sonic sketchbook that blended Tamil politics, art school punk, hip-hop beats and the unwavering, ultra-confident voice of a burgeoning multicultural youth.

Never one to compromise on her vision, Maya kept her camera rolling throughout. MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. provides unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explodes, becoming one of the most recognizable, outspoken and provocative voices in music today.

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Who Directs Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.?

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Sunday, 2 December 2018

The Possession of Hannah Grace - Movie Review


A shocking exorcism spirals out of control, claiming the life of a young woman. Months later, morgue worker Megan Reed takes delivery of a disfigured cadaver during the graveyard shift. Locked inside the basement corridors, Megan's horrifying visions soon lead her to believe that the body is possessed by a demonic force.

Initial release: 30 November 2018 (USA)

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

Chris Stuckmann reviews The Possession of Hannah Grace, starring Shay Mitchell, Grey Damon, Kirby Johnson, Stana Katic. Directed by Diederik Van Rooijen.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

BBC One launches Christmas film about cherishing time with loved ones


BBC One is launching its Christmas 2018 film, Wonderland, which will run throughout the Christmas period on the channel.

The short film illustrates families rediscovering the joy of spending time together at Christmas and will run in key junctions between programmes over the next two weeks.

This Christmas, BBC One will remain the home of the biggest programmes that family and friends can enjoy together including Strictly Come Dancing, Doctor Who, Call the Midwife, Mrs Brown’s Boys, EastEnders, Luther, Hold The Sunset, The ABC Murders, and Les Misérables.

Wonderland follows the story of a teenage boy who lives with his family, in a small seaside town. The demands of everyday life mean that he and his mum don’t get to spend as much time together as they used to. But one day, with Christmas fast approaching, everything changes and they get to spend a unique afternoon together that they’ll never forget. The message is simple; when you do manage to get some time with the ones you love, be sure to cherish it.

Charlotte Moore, Director of Content at the BBC says: “This wonderful film tells a story that I’m sure many of us will relate to. It beautifully compliments BBC One which is all about enjoyment and sharing special moments together. ”

Kerry Moss, BBC Portfolio Head of Marketing, says: “This year’s BBC One Christmas film celebrates the channel’s role in bringing people together. It draws on the insight that at Christmas, time appears almost to stand still, enabling us to escape the distractions of everyday life to be with those to whom we’re closest.”

The film has been created for BBC One by BBC Creative, the BBC’s in-house creative agency. Creatives were Edward Usher and Xander Hart working in to Executive Creative Director Laurent Simon and Director of BBC Creative, Justin Bairamian. The film was directed by Sam Brown through Rogue Films. Cast was chosen from the length and breadth of the UK, and the film was largely shot on location in Cromer, North Norfolk.

Laurent Simon, Executive Creative Director at BBC Creative, says: “Last year, we were a late entry into the competitive world of Christmas campaigns, and yet managed to take one or two people by surprise. So this year, we were keen to follow up with something just as captivating. I’m incredibly proud of the work my team has done and we hope everybody loves it as much as we do.”

The original music for the film is Emmy the Great’s Lost in You. The re-recording for the film was composed by Alex Baranowski and performed by Emmy the Great and London Metropolitan Orchestra.

The film is available from today on BBC iPlayer and the BBC’s social media channels and will be televised tonight for the first time after Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One.

All media outlets can embed the film above, however no advertising is to appear around the film, or in pre-roll and the film must clearly be labelled 'BBC One Christmas film 2018'.