Thursday, 23 May 2019

Interview with Nassau-born filmmaker Kareem Mortimer

From Nassau-born filmmaker Kareem Mortimer, Cargo adds more fuel to the conversation about immigration reform currently happening in the United States.  We spoke to Mortimer from his native Bahamas ahead of the May 30 release.

Where did you hail from, sir? Always been based there? 

Hi, I was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas but I have lived in Miami, Florida and spent time in New York and Western Massachusetts. I currently live between Nassau, Bahamas and Eleuthera, Bahamas.


How’s the industry there?

 The population is quite small in the Bahamas so the industry is nascent, there are a great deal of commercials and short films that are shot here but not a great deal of local features on a regular basis.


What was your first project? Did it shoot there? 

This is not my first project; it is my third feature and second feature as Writer/Director. My first feature was Children of God. We shot this film entirely in The Bahamas.


How better a project is this latest one to the first? In your opinion, of course?   

That’s a difficult question, I love both for many different reasons so it is hard to say which one is better but I can describe how they are different.  With Cargo, we had a larger budget so it allowed me to take more time to complete a take than I had with my first feature.


How do you think you’ve grown as a filmmaker? 

I am more confident about the stories I want to tell and feel incredibly at home with that.


What’s the film about?

 The film is about a down on his luck fisherman who becomes a human smuggler and the lives his choices affect. It’s personal on many levels, the first time I had seen a dead body was at 9 years old when I saw a group of Haitian refugees on the news that had washed on the shore.
And I can relate to Warren Brown’s character, not in the way that I have made the choices that he makes but I relate in the way of feeling trapped by financial pressures and as a father wanting to do whatever it takes for the well being of my child.


What is the strength of the film? 

The strength of the film in my opinion is the point of view and it’s authenticity.  I think the film takes a nuanced and unique view of human smuggling and also a rare look of life for some people trying to get to the United States.

It’s a tense ride – is tension hard to write in a script, or does it come together via visuals and sound?
Thank you! I try to capture it as much as I can in the writing but it definitely all comes together in post with my editor and sound designer.


How do you think the film will resonate in the US? 

I think with all the conversations about migration that is currently happening in the United States about immigration reform, our film provides a human face to this issue that will hopefully lead people to be far more compassionate.


Where can we find the movie?  

The movie hits theatres in the U.S this summer and will be released on major platforms shortly after through Artists Rights Distribution in the US.


The Bastards' Fig Tree - Poster and Trailer


Dark Star Pictures has announced a June 4, 2019 digital release for the Spanish Civil War whimsical comedy The Bastards' Fig Tree.

Ana Murugarren’s genre-meshing masterpiece provides a fresh, magical exploration of the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, showing both the brutality of war and its ability to inspire hope and change in a broken society. Karra Elejalde stars.

Near the end of the Spanish War, a "trigger happy" fascist soldier turns into a hermit and gets caught up in the care of a fig tree after the look in a ten year old child's eyes, son of one of his victims, awakes in him the certainty that the kid will kill him as soon as he reaches sixteen years of age.

The Bastards' Fig Tree available on digital June 4.

Interview with Filmmaker Mark Schwab


Filmmaker Mark Schwab wants people to “know what you are getting into in regards to online dating apps” via his new thriller Crisis Hotline.


The film is being marketed as a horror. Is it fair to say it’s much more than that though?

I think so, yes. The events are horrifying for sure but it’s also a revenge thriller and a psychosexual drama. “Crisis Hotline” isn’t that easy to categorize and I think that’s a great thing.


How long ago did you start work on it?

I began writing the script in June of 2017 and we finished the movie in January of 2018. I should say we finished our cut of the movie. Once we had our distributor (High Octane Pictures) on board, then we went headfirst into the world of deliverables and the quality control process which takes a lot of time to get right.


And what was the appeal of this story?

It’s a subject matter that hasn’t really been tackled yet. Especially in the little seen LGBT/Thriller genre. It allowed us to create that unique atmosphere. I knew we had a great script as soon as we attracted a top notch cinematographer (Dante Yore) and crew. That gave us the confidence to really up our game as filmmakers.


Is there a personal element to all this- maybe an experience you had on an app?

Thankfully no! I wouldn’t wish the events of Crisis Hotline on anyone. I have heard some strange stories from friends of mine about their dating app experiences but this tale is made up purely from the demented recesses of my creative mind.


What do you hope audiences take away from the film, sir?

First and foremost, I want them to be absorbed into a great thriller. To see a movie that is truly different and unpredictable in both story and execution. Also to know what you are getting into in regards to online dating apps. Don’t be cowering in fear but be diligent and trust your instincts when something feels off about someone you meet.

Crisis Hotline arrives on digital and DVD June 11.


Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Director Mark Wilson’s Wade in the Water - New Trailer


Director Mark Wilson’s Wade in the Water, a semi-finalist for the prestigious Nicholl Fellowships in 2018, will premiere at the prestigious Dances with Films Film Festival Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at 7:15 PM. 

Sure, our man never gives his name. He works from home. His neighbours are all idiots. He doesn’t really "do" friends. But all that changes when a mis-delivered package arrives in his post office box bearing a horrifying secret –one that will set him on a collision course with a predator, the man's disillusioned daughter, and his own dark past.

Real Rob’s Tom E.Nicholson and Danika Golombek (I Am The Night) star.

Wilson, whose film was awarded "Best Drama" at the 2019 Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, directs from a script by Chris Retts.

Welsh-based drama Last Summer, released in cinemas on 7 June


Set in Welsh countryside during the 1970s, with the prospect of a long, hot summer ahead  of play and friendships, four boys find their own adventure until unexpected tragedy strikes with devastating consequences. Catapulted into the adult world, they strive to take matters into their own hands. Will the boys learn the value of their childhood friendship in the face of their impending fate?

Last Summer is a powerfully emotional coming of age drama exploring the nature of growing up in a small rural community.Shot in the stunning countryside of South Wales in the summer of 2017, it marks the feature film debut of renowned TV director Jonathan Jones (Cold Feet, Northanger Abbey). It is produced by Flickerbook Features and developed with support from Ffilm Cymru Wales.

The cast includes Richard Harrington (Hinterland), Steffan Rhodri (Gavin and Stacey) Robert Wilfort (Peterloo, Wolf Hall) and Nia Roberts (Keeping Faith, Rillington Place, Hidden). It also introduces an outstanding cast of young Welsh actors includingGruffydd Weston, Rowan Jones and Christopher Benning with an astonishing performance from Noa Thomas as Davy.

Last Summer premiered at Vancouver International Film Festival to wide acclaim from critics and audience alike. With echoes of Stand By Me, Kes and The Selfish Giant, this is an atmospheric debut for emerging new Welsh talent.

Last Summer is released in selected cinemas nationwide on 7th June

Directed by Jonathan Jones
Running time: 96 minutes


Last Summer Full Trailer from John Richards on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Brightburn (2019) Final Trailer


Elizabeth Banks stars in BrightBurn, a super-villain origin story that takes the core concept of Superman and flips it. In the film, a young boy (Jackson A. Dunn) not of this world is taken in by human parents who believe him to be special. But not all who wear capes are heroes.

In theaters this Friday, Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive look at the final trailer that goes full-on horror. Utilizing a score similar to Ridley Scott’s Alien, the footage opens with Banks wishfully pleading, “Whatever you’ve done, I know there is good in you.” She’s speaking to Dunn’s character, who has decided to use his otherworldly powers for evil. Here, he rips through houses and annihilates a policewoman. He appears to be possessed or completely out of control as the trailer digresses even further. I cannot wait until Friday!

BrightBurn arrives in theaters on May 24, 2019.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Competition: Win La Ronde on Blu-Ray


La Ronde is out on DVD & Blu-ray on 27th of May

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

Synopsis
Praised by directors, critics and cinephiles alike, master of cinema Max Ophuls’ masterpiece La Ronde (1950) is set for a newly restored release in high-definition.

Winning the BAFTA Best Film award and earning double Oscar®nominations La Ronde’s scene-setting opening has been described as ‘one of the marvels of cinema’ (The Observer) and has garnered huge acclaim across the globe.

The film is one of the most lauded adaptations of Arthur Schnitzler's (Eyes Wide Shut) renowned play and stars some of France’s most respected actors including Anton Walbrook (The Red Shoes, The Life and Death of Colonal Blimp); Simone Signoret (Les Diaboliques, Room at the Top); Serge Reggiani (The Leopard, The Lovers of Verona; Simone Simon (Cat People, La Bete Humane)and Daniel Gélin (The Man Who Knew too Much, Napoleon).

Now this magnum opus is set to arrive as a stunningly remastered version, from the original negative.

Set in 1900s Vienna, La Ronde presents an amazing series of interconnected romantic entanglements, a merry-go-round of life and love.

Anton Walbrook guides us through the chain of amorous encounters as the enigmatic, omnipotent master of ceremonies. One fleeting moment links to the next, partners change, and the dance goes on, turning with the elegance of a Viennese waltz, until the story is brought full circle in the final vignette.

With its breath-taking use of long takes and beautiful fluid camera moves Max Ophuls (Letter from an Unknown Woman, Lola Montes) directs with stunning style and élan to create an astounding cinematic masterwork.


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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Who Directs La Ronde?

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

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1. Closing date 03-06-19
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.

Friday, 17 May 2019

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT - New UK trailer and poster


Set in 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT is a joyous, coming-of-age story about a teenager who learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the words and music of Bruce Springsteen. BLINDED BY THE LIGHT is inspired by British journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir “Greetings From Bury Park.”

Directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham, Viceroy’s House)
Written by Sarfraz Manzoor, Gurinder Chadha, and Paul Mayeda Berges
Starring Viveik Kalra (Next of Kin, Beecham House), Kulvinder Ghir (Bend it Like Beckham), Meera Ganatra (PREMature), Nell Williams (Game of Thrones), Aaron Phagura (Doctor Who), Dean Charles-Chapman (Game of Thrones, Breathe), Hayley Atwell (Avengers: Endgame) and Rob Brydon (Swimming with Men).

Official UK Trailer Released For Ron Howard’s PAVAROTTI, Coming to Cinemas This July


From the team behind the worldwide success The Beatles: Eight Days a Week comes two-time Academy Award® winning director Ron Howard's documentary celebrating the life of the beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti, who sold over 100 million records in his lifetime. The 1990 World Cup in Italy was the moment opera left the elite and hit the masses. Opera star Pavarotti joined fellow tenors Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras onstage in Rome watched by 1.4 billion worldwide. Their powerful rendition of 'Nessun Dorma' lives on as one of the most popular and famous pieces of music the world has ever heard, and Pavarotti realised his long-held dream of bringing opera into the mainstream.  Ron Howard takes an intimate approach in telling Pavarotti’s story, going beyond the iconic public figure to reveal the man himself.

Thanks to a partnership with Decca Records and unique access to the Pavarotti family archives, home videos, behind the scenes and extensive live music footage, we see Pavarotti’s personal story emerge: from his humble beginnings in Northern Italy through to global superstardom. We travel the world with Pavarotti. We get to know the great tenor as a husband and a father, a committed philanthropist, as well as a fragile artist who had a complex relationship with his own unique talents and unprecedented success.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

The Cold Blue Theatrical Extended Trailer


In Cinemas across the UK & Ireland July 4th 2019

The Cold Blue is a new feature-length film, digitally restored, constructed from the material of 34 reels of raw, colour, footage shot during bombing missions in Germany. Captured by William Wyler, it was originally shot for the 1944 documentary The Memphis Belle: A story of a Flying Fortress.
Incredibly all this footage was recently discovered, deep in the vaults of the National Archives by Director / Producer Erik Nelson.

In 1943, Wyler went to Europe to document the Air War in progress during WWII for the creation of the classic 1944 documentary The Memphis Belle. Wyler captured footage of bombing missions over Europe whilst flying actual combat missions with B-17’s.

In the Summer of 2017 nine of the very few surviving B-17 pilot veterans from this mission were interviewed and their voices take us through the harrowing world that Wyler and his cameramen captured in that summer of 1943.


Created for the purpose of an immersive big screen experience, using every 21st century technical technique available, The Cold Blue presents original, colour footage, shot by Wyler and his team, restored frame by frame. Boasting a brilliant, original orchestral score by British musician, Richard Thompson and sound design by Black Panther’s David Hughes. 

This event will be paired with an exclusive behind the scenes look at the making of The Cold Blue. Including a compelling and evocative look at WW2 via a range of unique perspectives, how the UK viewed the support of the allied troops, poignant and difficult moments brought to life via incredible colour footage, interviews of the 8th Airforce veterans and interviews with director Eric Nelson & Wyler’s daughter Catherine, telling the remarkable story behind the “found footage” and how The Cold Blue was created.

Competition: Win Just Friends on DVD


Just Friends is out now!

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

Synopsis
Joris is shy, introverted and cautious, Yad is bold and impulsive, but at a chance meeting, opposites attract, and sparks fly.

Having spotted Yad windsurfing at the beach, Joris is taken aback when he discovers Yad is his grandmother’s new helper. Initially mistrustful of Yad’s advances, the boys quickly become inseparable. Stealing kisses between surfboards, wrestling in the reeds and filming their adventures, the couple find themselves growing closer and opening up to each other about the ghosts of their pasts and dreams for the future. Yet as the boys fall ever deeper in love with each other, the weight of their families’ expectations of them grow more profound, until one of them finally asks, would it be better if they were ‘Just Friends’?    An uplifting experience with benefits.


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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Who Directs Just Friends?

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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.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Poster: IP Man 4 (The Finale)




Ip Man 4 is an upcoming Hong Kong biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip and produced by Raymond Wong. It is the fourth in the Ip Man film series based on the life of the Wing Chun grandmaster of the same name and features Donnie Yen reprising the role.


Plot
Ip Man arrives in San Francisco, United States where his student, Bruce Lee has upset the local martial arts community by opening a Wing Chun school.

Dirty God - Trailer & Poster


DIRTY GOD is Sacha Polak’s English-language debut, starring newcomers Vicky Knight, Rebecca Stone and Dana Marineci alongside Katherine Kelly (The Night Manager, Happy Valley) and British singer-songwriter Bluey Robinson. Following premieres at Rotterdam Film Festival (Opening Night) and Sundance Film Festival, Modern Films will release the film this Summer. The British film will also screen at Glasgow Film Festival and Dublin Film Festival.

The cast includes newcomers Vicky Knight, Rebecca Stone and Dana Marineci alongside Katherine Kelly (The Night Manager, Happy Valley) and British singer-songwriter Bluey Robinson.

DIRTY GOD is a film about a young mother from London who must pick up the pieces after an acid attack leaves her with severe facial burns. Prior to the attack, with limited education and

opportunities, Jade's main currency was her looks. Her face has been reconstructed, but her beauty is gone. Jade must set about rebuilding herself - and this is a gargantuan task.

Cast adrift from her young daughter, Jade finds solace in the hidden world of online liaisons where she uncovers the passion and connection she's craved in an often humorous and celebratory way. However, the actions of a stranger threaten to turn her life upside down once more, and those around her are ill-equipped to halt her descent. As family life and friendships start to crumble, her lowest ebb proves the inspiration that Jade needs. Jade takes drastic action, finally finding her path back to her daughter and herself.

Modern Films will release DIRTY GOD in the UK on June 7 2019.

Amazon Studios Announces Special One-Week IMAX® Exclusive Release for The Aeronauts


NEW YORK, NEW YORK and CULVER CITY, CA
Amazon Studios and IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) announced today that The Aeronauts, directed by Tom Harper and starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, will be released exclusively in IMAXÒ theatres nationwide for a special one-week engagement beginning October 25, 2019, then expanding nationally for a full theatrical run in additional theaters on November 1. Written by Jack Thorne, The Aeronauts is produced by Mandeville Films’ Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and Harper, and executive produced by Richard Hewitt and Thorne. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international distribution. The Aeronauts marks the first Amazon Studios film to be released in IMAX.

Set in 1862, The Aeronauts follows wealthy young widow Amelia Wren (Jones) and headstrong scientist James Glaisher (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 helps each of them find their place in the world they have left behind.

“The Aeronauts is a spectacular movie featuring emotionally engaging performances and edge-of-your-seat action,” said Head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke. “We’re thrilled to join IMAX in showcasing this one-of-a-kind film in such a grand format. We look forward to giving our customers an unforgettable theatrical experience high above the clouds.”

Key action sequences in The Aeronauts were designed for IMAX and will feature IMAX expanded aspect ratio, which means audiences will get to see up to 26% more picture than standard theaters, only in IMAX.

“Today’s announcement with Amazon, which marks our first significant venture of this kind connected with a full theatrical release, is an important step in our continued effort to provide a global platform to launch diverse, premium event content every single week of the year,” said President, IMAX Entertainment, Megan Colligan. “Tom designed this movie for the IMAX screen and the result is going to blow audiences away. This film, inspired by incredible true events, offers heart-pounding intense sequences that are woven so wonderfully with the beauty, scale and emotion of these two characters as they go on their epic journey.”

Additional cast 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 McInnerny (Peterloo, Notting Hill), Phoebe Fox (Eye in the Sky, One Day) and Himesh Patel (Yesterday).

Director of Photography is BAFTA winner George Steel (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders), with costumes by Academy Award-winner Alexandra Bryne (Mary Queen of Scots, Doctor) and hair and make-up by Academy Award-winner 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.

As previously announced, Amazon Studios will release Late Night, written, produced and starring Mindy Kaling, nationwide in theaters on June 7, Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s One Child Nation on August 9, and Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Brittany Runs a Marathon, starring Jillian Bell, on August 23 in select theaters.

The IMAX release of The Aeronauts will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theater geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that helps audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Yesterday - In Theaters June 28 (Extended Clip) (HD)


Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He’s about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.

Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with a little help from his steel-hearted American agent, Debra (Emmy winner Kate McKinnon), Jack’s fame explodes. But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie — the one person who always believed in him. With the door between his old life and his new closing, Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love.

Featuring new versions of The Beatles’ most beloved hits, Yesterday is produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Love Actually, About A Boy, the Bridget Jones series) alongside Matthew James Wilkinson and Bernie Bellew. Curtis and Boyle also produce. Nick Angel, Lee Brazier and Liza Chasin serve as executive producers.

Cast
Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran, Kate McKinnon

Director
Danny Boyle

Screenplay By
Richard Curtis

Story By
Jack Barth and Richard Curtis


Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019) Official Teaser Trailer - Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista


Screen legend Sylvester Stallone kicks this explosive action tale into high gear. After security expert Ray Breslin (Stallone) is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul from a formidable Latvian prison, Breslin’s girlfriend (Jaime King) is also captured. Now he and his team, which includes Dave Bautista and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, must pull off a deadly rescue mission to confront their sadistic foe and save the hostages before time runs out.


REVIEW: Loqueesha - Directed by Jeremy Saville


Review by Jon Donnis
Loqueesha is a film by Jeremy Saville, it tells the story of Joe, a bartender. Joe has a very smart son, and decides to send his son to a Private School whereby he can get the absolute best education possible. Since Joe is a bartender and regularly gets told his advice is "amazing" and that he should charge for it, after being given an advert, he decides to apply for a talk show job at a radio station, whereby he could have his own talk show, giving advice to people with problems.


As a white middle aged man, he is told that he is not right for the show, and gets rejected, remembering the advert he creates a character called Loqueesha, a larger than life, black woman. As expected the radio station employs "her" straight away. And this is when the fun really starts.

The film's comedy comes from Joe's attempts, or should that be Loqueesha's attempts at keeping her/his identity a secret, as well as keeping the "scam" going at all costs. Some of the advice given during the radio show is truly laugh out loud at times, a rare feat to accomplish in the "we've seen everything before" generation.

Despite being a comedy, there is an underlining issue here that is addressed very well, that being of identity, race and gender, and although we have seen similar comedies in the past that flip the script on gender and race, "Loqueesha" does it in a very original and unique way. And with something as serious as race and gender issues, the film keeps it lighthearted and the laughs never stop coming.

The cast as a whole were all new to me, which is something I like, and hopefully this film will be a good launching platform for many of the younger actors who really come across well.

Maleficent 2 Mistress of Evil TRAILER: Angelina Jolie returns as Disney villain


“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora.

The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.

The film is directed by Joachim Rønning from a story by Linda Woolverton and a screenplay by Linda Woolverton and Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster, the film is produced by Joe Roth, Angelina Jolie and Duncan Henderson with Matt Smith, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Michael Vieira serving as executive producers.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is scheduled to be released on October 18, 2019.

Stars
Angelina Jolie as Maleficent
Elle Fanning as Aurora
Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith

Also starring
Ed Skrein
Sam Riley
Harris Dickinson
Imelda Staunton
Juno Temple
Lesley Manville
Chiwetel Ejiofor


Monday, 13 May 2019

The Angry Birds Movie 2 - Poster and new Sneak Peak


Tere’s nothing like a common foe to bring sworn enemies together, and on the eve of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, the flightless angry birds and scheming green piggies of the upcoming THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 did just that for the cameras. Faced with a new avian co-star/antagonist and armed with their signature slingshot, birds and pigs joined forces to fling a willing hatchling as part of a photo call this afternoon at the Carlton Hotel’s iconic pier.

Star Josh Gad (“Chuck”), producer John Cohen, and director Thurop Van Orman took the opportunity to unveil a new scene from the anticipated sequel, which will roll out globally starting in August and through October 2019.


"It's so cool to finally get to come to Cannes, especially for a movie I'm so proud of" said Van Orman. "...and what a send-off, literally!"

Added Cohen, “Josh and I were here right before the premiere of the first film, in 2016, and that launched us to open at number one in 52 territories around the world. Now that Angry Birds is established as a film property, we're super excited to expand on the narrative and really have fun.”

Gad, Cohen, and Van Orman were joined onstage by some of the movie’s international star talent, including Sergey Burunov, who voices “Leonard” in Russia; Enzo Knol and Irma Knol, as Holland’s “Chuck” and “Bomb’s Mom,” respectively; and Sonia Plakidyuk, playing “Fuchsia” in Ukraine.


Competition: Win Sharkwater Extinction on DVD


Sharkwater Extinction is released on DVD on May 20th

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 2 copies on DVD to give away.

Synopsis
Following its highly praised theatrical bow, the eye-opening, feature documentary Sharkwater Extinction from Rob Stewart the award-winning director of Sharkwater and Revolution, is out now on digital on Amazon, Sky Store, iTunes, Virgin On Demand and Google Play.



More than 150 million sharks are being killed every year. The oceans are in danger. Sharks play a hugely important role to the environment. Who is the real enemy: shark or human? Sharkwater Extinction takes us on one man’s mission: to protect sharks from extinction and save the oceans before it’s too late.

We join the courageous filmmaker and renowned activist on a hugely inspirational, thrilling but hazardous journey, as he dives deep into oceans and travels across four continents to investigate the eye-watering scale of corruption, destruction and danger that the multi-billion-dollar pirate fishing industry and vast illegal shark fin trade bring.

This action-packed story takes us from the seas of West Africa to Spain via Panama, Costa Rica, France, and even North America as Stewart exposes a shocking truth that is leading the oldest remaining predator to extinction. Shark finning is still rampant, shark fin soup is still being consumed and endangered sharks are now being used to make products for human consumption.

Sharkwater Extinction stands as Rob Stewart’s legacy as he was tragically killed in a diving accident, in the final stages of shooting the film in January 2017, his parents Brian and Sandy Stewart have dedicated themselves to completing the film.

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Who Directs Sharkwater Extinction?

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

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 27-05-19
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.

Clownado! - New Trailer - Cursed demonic circus clowns set out on a vengeful massacre using tornadoes.


Wild Eye Releasing has unleashed a brand-new trailer for Todd Sheets’ Clownado, coming this summer!

Cursed demonic circus clowns set out on a vengeful massacre using tornadoes. A stripper, Elvis impersonator, truck driver, teen runaway, and a dude get caught in the supernatural battle between femme fatal and the boss clown from hell.

Scream queen Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead) stars along with Eileen Dietz, Rachel Lagen, John O'Hara, and Joel D. Wynkoop. Sheets wrote and directed the film.

Friday, 10 May 2019

IT CHAPTER TWO - Official Teaser Trailer


Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club—young and adult—in a return to where it all began with “It Chapter Two.”

The film is Muschietti’s follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed and massive worldwide box office hit “IT,” which grossed over $700 million globally.  Both redefining and transcending the genre, “IT” became part of the cultural zeitgeist as well as the highest-grossing horror film of all time.

Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, “It Chapter Two” brings the characters—who’ve long since gone their separate ways—back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film. 

Late Night - Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling join forces


LATE NIGHT is the story of legendary late-night talk show host Katherine Newbury (Thompson) who, after years of complacency and declining ratings, finds her show is on the network’s chopping block. Katherine’s world is turned upside down when she hires her first ever female staff writer, Molly Patel (Kaling) who brings fresh eyes and an honest perspective. Katherine’s decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences, as her show is upended by Molly’s passionate, unapologetic, at times outright bizarre approach to comedy and to life. By finally opening up to Molly and to her audience, with warmth, vulnerability (and the occasional menopause joke) Katherine reconnects with both the public and those closest to her.

LATE NIGHT is released in UK cinemas on 7 June 2019.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

David Lynch at Home - full film and music programme announced

Legendary filmmaker David Lynch will present a special season of screenings, live concerts and talks, alongside his first major UK exhibition of visual art, My Head is Disconnected, as part of Manchester International Festival and the summer-long takeover: David Lynch at HOME.

An extensive film programme – It’s a Great Big Wonderful World – spans the many high points of Lynch’s unique oeuvre (6 July – 25 August), from his earliest forays into short filmmaking to the seminal TV series Twin Peaks. In September, a programme of films chosen by Lynch, David Lynch’s True Favourites (13 – 29 September) will include screenings of cult films such as Fellini’s 8½, Fleming’s The Wizard of Oz, and Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard.

Musician, actress, and Lynch collaborator Chrysta Bell will host a three-night series of one-off and specially prepared live shows from Lynch-inspired musicians. Anna Calvi will perform tracks from across her career in a rare, intimate solo show, joined by Dorset singer-songwriter Douglas Dare (Friday 12 July). These New Puritans will present a specially devised set of reimagined pieces from David Lynch films, including music by Angelo Badalamenti and David Bowie, along with their own works. They are joined by psych-rock band Whyte Horses who will perform a set inspired by the Roadhouse in Lynch’s Twin Peaks (Saturday 13 July). On the final evening, cellist Oliver Coates will perform music inspired by pioneering cult electronic musician Enno Velthuys, following a set by vocalist Hatis Noit, showcasing her blend of Japanese classical music and avant-garde pop (Sunday 14 July). All sets will feature a specially devised performance and introductions by Chrysta Bell.

As part of the programme of talks and events accompanying the season, David Lynch will join Manchester audiences via video link for a panel discussion in partnership with Guardian Live, The Power of Transcendental Meditation (Saturday 13 July), with musician Tim Burgess and the executive director of the David Lynch Foundation UK, Deirdre Parsons.

The film and music season runs alongside David Lynch’s first major UK visual art exhibition, My Head is Disconnected, opening 6 July. Featuring large-scale paintings, drawings and sculptures, this major exhibition will be a rare and fascinating insight into the mind and work of David Lynch.

Curated by Sarah Perks and Omar Kholeif with Mary Anne Hobbs and Jason Wood, events are also in association with the David Lynch Foundation UK.

David Lynch said: “I was talking to Auntie Em, and she said there’s no place like HOME.”

John McGrath, MIF Artistic Director and Chief Executive said: “I am delighted to be bringing David Lynch’s unique sensibility to Manchester for MIF this year. Although he is primarily known for his film and TV work, Lynch is an artist with an incredible range. Straddling film, music and his visual art, this is an opportunity to discover more about the work of one of today’s most fascinating and creative talents and to see and experience how he continues to influence other artists and musicians.”

Dave Moutrey, Director and CEO of HOME and Director of Culture, Manchester said: “We're excited for David Lynch's takeover of HOME this Summer. Alongside presenting his first major UK visual art exhibition in collaboration with MIF, we're thrilled with the eclectic music line-up hosted by Chrysta Bell and the diverse film and events programme that includes cult Lynch classics alongside films personally selected by Lynch himself. Welcome HOME, David.”

Professor Sarah Perks, curator of My Head is Disconnected said: “David is an artist in the widest sense, whilst curating his prolific and fascinating body of visual art work, I became more and more conscious of his tight relationship between forms, and the importance of sound and music in his oeuvre. You have to embrace the creative energy and immerse yourself sensually across this Lynchian feast of still image, moving image, sound, music, theatricality and never to be omitted, meditation.”

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and HOME, Manchester, in association with David Lynch Foundation UK. With thanks to David Lynch Studio and Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles. MIF19 runs from 4–21 July 2019 with artists from across the globe premiering a variety of new work in spaces throughout the city.

For more details about this year’s programme, please visit mif.co.uk


Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Spider-Man: Far From Home | Official Trailer


Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man™: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man™: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!

Directed by Jon Watts. Written by McKenna & Erik Sommers. Based on the MARVEL Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Rachel O’Connor, Stan Lee, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach serve as executive producers. The film stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Official TV Spot “Watching” - Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry


John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum – In theaters May 17, 2019. Starring Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Saïd Taghmaoui, Jerome Flynn, Jason Mantzoukas, Tobias Segal, Boban Marjanovic, with Anjelica Huston, and Ian McShane.

Legendary hit man John Wick must fight his way out of New York when a $14 million contract on his life makes him the target of the world's top assassins.


Interview with Katerina Eichenberger


Katerina Eichenberger was at college when she discovered an audition in a popular entertainment magazine for a film titled ‘Just Say Goodbye’. Four years later, the talented and beautiful actress is the star of a major new motion picture experience that isn’t only the talk of the web but leading the charge for mental health awareness month.

How did you get involved in this one, Katerina? 
I was in my senior year at NYU and had technically graduated early that previous December 2015 and was TAing for one of my teachers, Ellen Parks, while I waited to walk at my graduation in May. I wanted to begin working on more projects for experience and found the audition opportunity for Just Say Goodbye on Backstage, a site for artists to cast films, audition, etc, and applied and ended up getting cast!

How closely could you relate to the topics in the film?
I have been lucky to not have lost anyone personally to suicide; however, I have known of people who have. Of course, seeing how suicide has taken major public figures including Robin Williams, Anthony Bourdain, and Kate Spade, is a constant reminder of how common this is. Living is hard! Especially in an age where image can guide our popularity and “success”. We are constantly comparing ourselves, our worth to other people. It is constantly surrounding all of us and as artists, it is our job to remember and remind others that we are enough, that human beings are not perfect, that we struggle, that death is always around us but we must do everything we can to continue because by continuing we can experience the moments of beauty that do exist every day, no matter how small.

Sit down to watch any similar movies before shooting began on this? 
Honestly, I did not. I read more than I watched because I did not want to fall into the whole of comparing my work to someone else’s. It’s a personal thing that simply works best for me. 

I imagine the movie educates us as well as it does entertain? 
Absolutely! It reminds us that it’s better to have someone mad at you than losing them forever.

It’s essentially a two-hander between you and Max. do you feel more pressure knowing a lot of it resting on your shoulders?
I feel pressure whether it’s a part with 2 lines or a principle role. I never want to let anyone down. I definitely felt pressure during this film because it’s an important story to tell and I wanted to give it all the gusto, honesty, pain and love that it deserved.

Do you find it easy to watch your work back? 
Not at all! It’s very intimidating and uncomfortable, but it helps me become a better actor and I must do it as much as it pains me.

Would you compare the storyline to anything we’ve seen in earlier films? 
I’m not sure I understand the question!

Insert the blank. If you loved….. you’ll love my movie. 
Perks of Being a Wallflower

Where does this one rank in terms of your favorite projects? And do you have a top favorite? 
Definitely a favorite of mine as it is one of the first feature films I did as a principle actor. It will always mean so much to me. We did a lot considering our budget and situation.

What’s next for you?
I am currently working on a play called Spirits to Enforce with the theatre company Vernal & Sere. We opened May 2nd!  It’s a brilliantly meta whacky show that has challenged me in a variety of ways. If you’re reading and live in Atlanta, GA, come see it!

JUST SAY GOODBYE opens Friday in L.A theaters


Monday, 6 May 2019

Cargo - Poster and Trailer


Kareem Mortimer’s award-winning drama Cargo, starring Warren Brown (''Strike Back'') and Jimmy Jean Louis (''Heroes''), in theaters this May from Artist Rights Distribution.

A sensitive fisherman transforms into a prolific human smuggler to pay his debts in “a must see film” inspired by true events.

When his income as a fisherman proves woefully insufficient to cover his son’s school fees, Kevin turns to human smuggling in order to raise desperately needed funds. Kevin finds that he’s good at this dangerous yet profitable vocation—good enough to trust himself with smuggling his own girlfriend and her son to the US. But when faced with having to abandon refugees at sea far from Miami shores, Kevin is suddenly forced to reassess his responsibilities. Inspired by true events, Cargo examines the world’s refugee crisis from a very local perspective. The largest Bahamian film project to date, this latest feature from Kareem J. Mortimer is a thrilling, vital call for empathy in troubled times.

Written and directed by Kareem Mortimer, and also starring Gessica Geneus, Persia White (“The Vampire Diaries”), Omar J. Dorsey (Halloween), and Jamie Donnelly (Black Mass), Cargo dives into theaters May 30.


Saturday, 4 May 2019

The Bastards Fig Tree - in theaters May/ Digital June


Dark Star Pictures will premiere the Spanish Civil War whimsical comedy The Bastards Fig Tree in theaters this May.

The theatrical season kicks off with a Los Angeles run on May 10, with the title to expand to other markets in the weeks following.

Holding its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest this fall, Ana Murugarren’s genre-meshing masterpiece
provides a fresh, magical exploration of the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, showing both the brutality of war and its ability to inspire hope and change in a broken society. Karra Elejalde stars.

Near the end of the Spanish War, a "trigger happy" fascist soldier turns into a hermit and gets caught up in the care of a fig tree after the look in a ten year old child's eyes, son of one of his victims, awakes in him the certainty that the kid will kill him as soon as he reaches sixteen years of age.

Following the theatrical in May, The Bastards Fig Tree will receive a digital release June 4.

THE BASTARDS FIG TREE in theaters from May 10 | On Digital June 4




Friday, 3 May 2019

The Captor - UK Trailer | 2019 | Naomi Rapace | Mark Strong | Ethan Hawke


1973, Stockholm, Sweden: Self-styled outlaw Lars Nystrom, high on pills, wearing a wig, shades and a cowboy hat, walks into a bank, pulls out a machine gun and fires into the ceiling, cranks up his portable radio, then declares ‘the party has begun’. He takes two bank workers hostage and demands his friend Gunnar is released from prison, $1million, and a getaway car.

As negotiations with the police reach a deadlock, one of the hostages, married mother Bianca, initially terrified by being held captive by the erratic Lars, becomes sympathetic, then strangely attracted to him. As the net tightens, and Lars is forced to take desperate measures, Bianca finds herself siding with criminal over cops.

Starring Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace & Mark Strong


MIDSOMMAR Teaser Trailer l In Cinemas 5th July 2019


This Summer, Entertainment Film Distributors will release MIDSOMMAR, directed & written by Ari Aster and starring Florence Pugh (Fighting With My Family, The Little Drummer Girl), Will Poulter (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Detroit), Jack Reynor (Sing Street, Free Fire) and William Jackson Harper (The Good Place). Director Ari Aster’s follow up to last year’s breakout success, Hereditary, will open in cinemas nationwide on 5 July 2019.

Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends (Will Poulter and William Jackson Harper) on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. From the visionary mind of Ari Aster comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight.

Hallowed Ground - Trailer


This summer, trespassers will be prosecuted with terror.

From writer-director Miles Doleac (Demons), comes a spine-chilling new motion picture experience in the tradition of The Green Inferno and Deliverance : Hallowed Ground.

A married couple, trying to rebuild their relationship after an affair, travels to a secluded cabin and stumbles into a blood feud between the Native American owners of the property and the neighboring clan, who obsessively guard their land and punish those who trespass on it in terrifying ways.

Doleac (‘’Banshee’’), Sherri Eakin (Hayride), Ritchie Montgomery (The Magnificent Seven), and Lindsay Anne Williams (The Hollow) star in an Uncork’d Entertainment release.

Doleac and Williams produce alongside Wesley O’Mary and Michael Williams

Hallowed Ground in select theaters June 7, and releasing on VOD/DVD June 11.

Angry Birds 2 - International Trailer - At Cinemas October 4


ENEMIES BECOME FRENEMIES. See the Birds and Pigs team up in the #AngryBirdsMovie2 international trailer. At Cinemas October 4.

The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2!  When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina), and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely superteam to save their homes.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Burning Rubber | UK Trailer | 2019 | John Travolta | Shania Twain


John Travolta stars in action packed and testosterone fuelled BURNING RUBBER as he takes on veteran race car driver Derek Bornt in a gripping story rooted in high-speed danger.

When a retired car racing legend is drawn back to the dirt track when his son, an aspiring driver, joins a rival racing team it sparks an intense and dangerous competition between father and son.

BURNING RUBBER co-stars Hollywood veteran Michael Madsen and global sensation Shania Twain.

YOURS TO OWN MAY 27.