Tuesday 31 March 2020

The Ascension Of Ava Delaine - Trailer and Release Details

Shot entirely on drone. In a single-take. With just one actress. Spanning five vertical locations. The Ascension of Ava Delaine is a technical pioneer in filmmaking from director and horror icon Tonya Kay (D-RAILED, EVIL BONG 777, GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR), and is now available on Amazon Prime through Hewes Pictures.

This 5:07 min experimental short film has been called a "Ridiculously Difficult Single-Take Filming By Drone” by SolidSmack tech journal. The Ascension of Ava Delaine also received the honor of Best Mobile Film at the AT&T SHAPE Film Awards - a conference exploring the convergence of technology and entertainment. Director, Tonya Kay, accepted the award which included mentorship with Cathy Yan (director; Birds of Prey), a grand ceremony at Warner Bros Studios and a bountiful cash prize.

Director, Tonya Kay, whom has also been cited as one of StudioDaily’s Exceptional Women in Production and Festigious’s 30 Female Directors to Follow, and who’s work includes tv segment direction for Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! (The CW), also executive produced and acted in the film. Kay says, “Everyone has seen single-takes performed horizontally - even on a drone. I wanted to challenge the technology and give viewers something they’ve truly never witnessed before: a story-based single-take that travels vertically - voyeuristically meeting our actress on a new floor, in new wardrobe, in a new decade of her life, with new emotions in real time.”

On being the actress tasked with four quick-changes while traveling up stairs during the single-take, Kay says, "What you see from the drone front is the movie. What was happening behind those walls was a whirlwind of rambunctious nudity and focused determination.”

The story of The Ascension of Ava Delaine, written by Shaula Evans, is a female empowerment fantasy, non-verbally showing a woman becoming more confident, more sexual and more valuable as she ages. A story not traditionally told in mainstream media.

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Monday 30 March 2020

Life of Action II: Interviews with the Men and Women of Action Cinema - Out Now

Following the success of the original Life of Action book released in 2015, author and action coordinator Mike Fury has interviewed a new line-up of top international film talent from in front of and behind the camera. Released in March 2020, the new book continues exploring the artistry and the physically demanding, dangerous work involved in creating some of the world’s best loved films and television shows.

Life of Action II takes readers behind-the-scenes once again for a compelling series of conversations, shedding light on the overlooked and misunderstood world of action genre cinema. In this new collection of original interviews, we meet and get under the skin of some of the hardest working actors, filmmakers and stunt professionals working today to find out what motivates and inspires them, and the lessons we can take.

Featuring talent such as Zoë Bell (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Death Proof), Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite, Spawn), Frank Grillo (Captain America: Civil War, Wheelman), Tony Jaa (Fast & Furious 7, Ong Bak), Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Con Air), Vic Armstrong (Total Recall, Raiders of the Lost Ark), Gareth Evans (Gangs of London, The Raid) and many more, this is a must-have for creatives and film fans alike.

Sharing unique stories and exclusive images from Bond, Indiana Jones, John Wick, The Raid, The Expendables and more, Life of Action II is an action-packed anthology unlike any other and raises the bar as any sequel should.

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Mike Fury says: “Much like the first volume, this book is a real labour of love and I know there are hugely passionate film fans who admire these artists and their work just as much as me. Having worked in the film industry for many years now, in a variety of roles, I’ve witnessed and come to understand the incredible hard work, creativity and often great personal risk that goes into entertaining an audience. Many of these stories are funny, sad, moving and inspiring, and hopefully give an insight into this crazy and unusual business.”

The complete line-up of filmmaker, actor and stunt interviews includes:
Vic Armstrong (American Assassin, Indiana Jones trilogy, Superman I & II)
Zoë Bell (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Death Proof, Kill Bill)
Clayton J. Barber (Black Panther, Creed, The Guest)
Daniel Bernhardt (Atomic Blonde, John Wick, Bloodsport 2)
JuJu Chan (Wu Assassins, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny)
Gareth Evans (Gangs of London, The Raid, The Raid 2: Berandal)
Frank Grillo (Captain America: Civil War, Wheelman, The Purge: Anarchy)
Kelly Hu (X-Men 2, The Scorpion King, Martial Law)
Tony Jaa (Fast & Furious 7, Triple Threat, Ong Bak)
Amy Johnston (Lady Bloodfight, Female Fight Club, Accident Man)
Luke LaFontaine (The Debt Collector, Savage Dog, Hook)
Chad Law (Close Range, Six Bullets, Daylight's End)
Cung Le (Tekken, The Grandmaster, Into the Badlands)
Tim Man (Triple Threat, Accident Man, Acts of Vengeance)
Louis Mandylor (Rambo: Last Blood, The Debt Collector, My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
Scott Mann (Final Score, Heist, The Tournament)
Steve McQuillan (Guns Akimbo, Hellboy, The Gunman)
Heidi Moneymaker (Mulan, Avengers: Endgame, John Wick: Chapter 2)
Alain Moussi (Kickboxer: Vengeance, Kickboxer: Retaliation)
John Salvitti (Flash Point, Kung Fu Killer, Blade II)
Cale Schultz (John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, Atomic Blonde, Logan)
Larnell Stovall (Titans, Altered Carbon, Ride Along)
Jerry Trimble (Heat, The Master, Breathing Fire)
Simon West (Stratton, The Expendables 2, Con Air)
Michael Jai White (Arrow, The Dark Knight, Spawn)
Marko Zaror (Alita: Battle Angel, Machete Kills, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series)

The book is published by Mike Fury’s imprint, Bench Press, and is produced in the UK. It is available to order from bookshops in the United Kingdom and is globally available online through book retailers.

Life of Action II is available now in Limited Edition hardback, softcover and kindle formats.

First Look at Trailer & Poster for New Family Feature STORM BOY Coming to Digital Download April 6

Monday 30th March, London: Lightbulb Film Distribution have sent us the official trailer and poster for upcoming family film, Storm Boy which will be coming to Digital Download from April 6th.

Based on the international best-selling book, Storm Boy is a timeless story of unconditional friendship. Starring Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech, Shakespeare In Love) and Jai Courtney (Divergent, Suicide Squad).

When Michael Kingley (Rush), a retired businessman, sees images from his past that he can't explain, he is forced to recall his childhood memories and how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an orphaned pelican, Mr Percival.

The film will be available across all major Digital Download platforms – including Sky Store, Virgin Media, Apple TV, Amazon and Google Play – from April 6th.

Commenting on the release, Peter Thompson, Director of Sales & Acquisitions at Lightbulb Film Distribution, said: “We are thrilled to be releasing Storm Boy; it’s an uplifting family film that we think the country needs right now. It’s a story about love, friendship and doing the right thing. Something the whole family will enjoy.”

Storm Boy will be available on Digital Download from April 6th and on DVD later in the year.
Pre-order here!

Friday 27 March 2020

Matt Reeves Confirms Production on 'The Batman' Has Shut Down Indefinitely

Director Matt Reeves confirmed the news on Wednesday, responding to someone on Twitter who asked if shooting of The Batman had experienced any delays.  The Batman had been filming in Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, England and Glasgow Cathedral, in Glasgow, Scotland at the time of the shutdown.

The Batman is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Produced by DC Films and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it was developed as the tenth film in the DC Extended Universe and a reboot of the Batman film franchise.

Thursday 26 March 2020

First Clip from time-traveling assassin rom-com SAME BOAT - Coming this April!

A time-traveling assassin finds himself on a cruise ship, where he falls for the women he’s supposed to kill, in Same Boat – coming this April from Dark Star Pictures!

James is a time travelling assassin from the 28th century sent to 2018 to kill a woman, but when his intern gets sick and he loses his paperwork he has some time to kill, so to speak, while enjoying the cruise he accidentally falls in love with the woman he's supposed to kill. Same Boat is a film about duty, love, friendship, and how kindness is more powerful than destruction.

Chris Roberti, Tony Glanz and David Bly star in a Chris Roberti film.  Josh Itzkowitz, Chris Roberti and Mark Leidner wrote.

Shot secretly on a cruise ship, the wonderful sci-fi rom-com Same Boat hits April 7 On Demand from Dark Star Pictures.

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Wednesday 25 March 2020

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am - Official Trailer and Release Information

Directed by: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

The critically acclaimed Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.

Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University.

In addition to Ms. Morrison, the film features interviews with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel “Beloved” into a feature film. Using Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ elegant portrait-style interviews, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am includes original music by Kathryn Bostic, a specially created opening sequence by artist Mickalene Thomas, and evocative works by other contemporary African-American artists including Kara Walker, Rashid Johnson and Kerry James Marshall.

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UK & Ireland On-demand Release Date: 30th March

Available on the following platforms:

Sky Store
Virgin Media
Apple TV
Amazon Prime Video
You Tube
Google Play

Tuesday 24 March 2020

MONSOON - UK Trailer Released

‘A touching, thoughtful and gorgeously shot piece of work which both examines its protagonist's experience of displacement and tenderly evokes a country moving energetically forwards while some are still tied painfully to the past’ - SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

Directed by Hong Khaou (Lilting), MONSOON is a visual and emotional tour de force with a tender performance from Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians, The Gentlemen). The film is a rich and poignant exploration of the struggle for identity in a place where the past weighs heavily on the present. 

Kit (Henry Golding) returns to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time since he was six years old when his family fled the country in the aftermath of the Vietnam-American war. Struggling to make sense of himself in a city he’s no longer familiar with, he embarks on a personal journey across the country that opens up the possibility for friendship, love and happiness.

MONSOON will be released in UK & Irish cinemas later in 2020

Monday 23 March 2020

Korean film Time to Hunt - Trailer and Release information

SEOUL, March 23, 2020 - Netflix Inc. has confirmed its exclusive release of a Korean film Time to Hunt, written and directed by Yoon Sung-hyun.

Time to Hunt is a suspenseful non-stop chase film about four friends who are hunted by an unknown man, while they carry out a dangerous plan to get a fresh start in life. It was invited to the 70th Berlin International Film Festival for a special gala screening, which is the first time for a Korean film to be featured as such.

Time to Hunt is one of the most highly anticipated Korean films of 2020, and marks the return to the screen of Yoon Sung-hyun, winner for Best New Director at the the 32nd Blue Dragon Awards for Bleak Night. The film also brings together the hottest actors of the Korean film industry, including Lee Je-hoon (Architecture 101, Signal), Ahn Jae-hong (Be Melodramatic, Reply 1988), Choi Woo-shik (Okja, Parasite), Park Jeong-min (Svaha: The Sixth Finger, Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet) and Park Hae-soo (Prison Playbook, Persona).

Time to Hunt, produced by Sidus, will premiere worldwide on April 10, only on Netflix.

The Willoughbys - Official Trailer

Convinced they’d be better off raising themselves, the Willoughby children hatch a sneaky plan to send their selfish parents on vacation. The siblings then embark on their own high-flying adventure to find the true meaning of family.  Based on the book by beloved author Lois Lowry.

Watch The Willoughbys, only on Netflix April 22nd

Thursday 19 March 2020

Sky to bring forward new original film "Four Kids and It" to 3 April

Based on the book by Jacqueline Wilson and starring Russell Brand, Matthew Goode, Paula Patton and the voice of Sir Michael Caine

Sky today announced their forthcoming original title FOUR KIDS AND IT will be available to audiences on Sky Cinema on 3 April, a week earlier than previously announced.

Due to the recent closure of cinemas the film will no longer receive a simultaneous theatrical release as originally planned, but families are still able to enjoy it in the comfort of their homes.

Set on the beautiful Cornish coast, FOUR KIDS AND IT is a fun-filled family adventure based on Jacqueline Wilson’s hugely popular children’s book, Four Children and It, in which four kids embark on the ultimate journey to discover if a magical creature can really make all their wishes come true.

New couple Alice (Patton) and David (Goode) take their less than enthusiastic children on a family holiday to a Cornish cottage to meet each other for the first time.  The holiday takes an unexpected turn when, on the local beach, the kids discover a magical and very grumpy Psammead (Caine), a creature with the power to grant magical wishes.  Unfortunately, they also run into local aristocratic oddball Tristan (Brand), who wants to capture the Psammead for his own gain.  The ensuing adventure brings the new siblings together and helps them to accept their parents’ newfound happiness.

VIVARIUM - Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, Jonathan Aris - Releases On Digital 27th March

Director:  Lorcan Finnegan
Writer:  Garret Shanley
Starring:  Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, Jonathan Aris

Following rave reviews at the BFI London Film Festival (2019), the Virgin Media International Film Festival (2020), and the Glasgow Film Festival (2020), sci-fi thriller VIVARIUM will be released on digital from the 27th March 2020 courtesy of Vertigo Releasing and Wildcard Distribution. The film stars The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg and Green Room’s Imogen Poots, and is from the producers of cult hits Mandy and The Void.

VIVARIUM won the Gan Foundation Award at Cannes Film Festival (2019), and Imogen Poots was awarded Best Actress at Sitges International Film Festival (2019).

During their search for the perfect home, Gemma (Poots) and Tom (Eisenberg) find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like suburban neighbourhood named Yonder. All attempts to escape end in failure, culminating in the discovery of a baby on the pavement outside house number 9 with the instructions ‘raise the child and be released’. Reminiscent of the likes of Get Out and TV’s Black Mirror, VIVARIUM is as thrillingly provocative as it is wickedly enjoyable and takes you on a trip into an unforgettable suburban Twilight Zone.

Get it on iTunes Store

Heather Graham stars in Heartfelt drama, The Rest Of Us - Available on Digital Download from 23rd March

The Rest of Us will be released in the UK from 23rd March. The film will be available On Demand and download across all major digital platforms – including iTunes, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Sky Store and Virgin Media.

The film stars Heather Graham (Austin Powers), Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief), Jodi Balfour (The Crown) and Abigail Pniowsky in the lead roles as an unorthodox family who have been flung together, despite the clear and obvious tensions in the house.

Poised, divorced woman, Cami (Heather Graham), risks her already tenuous relationship with her headstrong teenage daughter, Aster, when she invites her ex-husband's second wife, Rachel (Jodi Balfour), and young daughter, Talulah, to move in with them following his unexpected death. With an unusually full home, perched on a hill overlooking their town, these four women must contend with their own grief, truths, flaws and secrets while ultimately deciding if the past will dictate their future. This dramatic comedy is the story of authentic, complex women and the messy conflicts between them.

Get it from Amazon on demand here
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Wednesday 18 March 2020

And Then We Danced - Available On Demand Now!

The highly acclaimed beautiful and gripping love-story AND THEN WE DANCED is directed by Levan Akin and launched in Directors Fortnight at Cannes.

Set against the backdrop of Georgia’s traditional dance scene, the film follows an obsessive young dancer Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani), who has been training at the National Georgian Ensemble with his partner, Mary (Ana Javakishvili), since he was a child. Merab’s world is turned upside down, when the carefree and charismatic Irakli (Bachi Valishvili) arrives, rivalry soon turns to longing as the two draw closer together.

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Curzon Home Cinema

Tuesday 17 March 2020

Interview with Tommy Baker

Available on DVD and Digital today, FACING EAST is the story of a cemetery in Kentucky that re-uses graves – over and over and over. It’s a confronting and powerful doc. We spoke to director Tommy Baker about it.

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Tell us about the motivation to make a film based on this, well, crooked cemetery?

I just kind of fell into this documentary really organically. A friend of mine recommended me to the Friends of Eastern Cemetery group, I was just starting off as a film maker and they needed someone to come and help them shoot some footage they could use to raise awareness of what they were doing. I believe they were in their first year and the cemetery was still in really bad shape. After leaving the first day that I came down there with my camera, I knew that there was a much, much bigger story there and I had to find out more. I didn't know right off that it would be a feature length film but the more I kept going down there, talking to people, researching the cemetery, the crazier and crazier the story kept getting. Several times we thought we had a rough cut of the finished movie and then someone would contact us or some new piece of information would come to light. None of us expected the story to be as big, or as dark as it ultimately turned out to be.

How long ago did you begin plotting out the movie?

The first day I went down with my camera would have been August of 2013. Some of the footage from that summer actually made the final cut of the film. I really got serious about finishing the film sometime in 2015. It was a very long journey.

And any hurdles to overcome before it was a ‘go’?

We had so many hurdles. We tried for a quite a while to negotiate with some local news stations who had covered various aspects of the story so we could use footage from those segments but licensing fees were exorbitant and we had no budget. We raised a little money crowdfunding after that in hopes to get at least a minute or two of news footage but we couldn't raise enough. That process was over more than a year which was frustrating to have no positive results afterwards. That's just one example.

Who was the first main interviewee to agree to get involved? Did the rest sort of fall in after he/she committed?

Once I had been down to the cemetery a few times I was introduced to Andy Harpole who founded the Friends of Eastern Cemetery group I mentioned earlier. We talked a few times and he ultimately agreed to help with the project. He wasn't actually my first interview but he knew who to talk to and opened a lot of doors that I would've never found on my own. Over the course of the project I interviewed him a number of times.

Is this a place you yourself were familiar with before the movie?

I wasn't really familiar with the cemetery beforehand, although as I later found out I had lots of connections to it, friends who were at least vaguely aware of what had happened there, and even one friend who, unbeknownst to me, had made a short documentary in high school around 2004 about the subject.

I imagine your knowledge of the place greatly increased as the film kicked in?

Over the course of researching this documentary I kind of became an expert on this little 30 acre piece of land. I still go down there often. I feel a strong connection with the cemetery that I'm not sure that I can explain. It's never been scary to me though. I might've gotten creeped out a couple times briefly but I always felt strangely welcome there.

For you, what’s the goal with the film?

Most importantly I hope the film can serve the original purpose of why I came down there the first time. To get the word out about The Friends of Eastern Cemetery Non -profit group so they can get the help they so desperately need. I also hope that the story will find other people like Andy Harpole in other cities and give them a little motivation to go and help preserve and upkeep other historical and abandoned cemeteries. This isn't the only place this has happened. I urge anyone who wants to form a similar group to contact the friends of Eastern Cemetery and get more information, and inspiration on how to go about doing that.

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Saturday 14 March 2020

WW84 New International Poster

Wonder Woman 1984 (also marketed as WW84: Wonder Woman) is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Wonder Woman. It is the sequel to 2017's Wonder Woman and the ninth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by Patty Jenkins from a script she wrote with Geoff Johns and David Callaham, and a story by Johns and Jenkins, and stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, alongside Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielsen in supporting roles. It will be the fourth live-action theatrical film featuring the title character, following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Wonder Woman, and Justice League (both 2017); it will also be the second full-length feature film centered around the character. The film follows Diana as she faces Maxwell Lord and Cheetah in 1984.

Wonder Woman 1984 is scheduled to be released in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, IMAX and IMAX 3D on June 5, 2020.

In 1984, Diana Prince comes into conflict with two formidable foes: Maxwell Lord and the Cheetah, while reuniting with her past love Steve Trevor.

Friday 13 March 2020

Bloodshot - Movie Review by Chris Stuckmann

After he and his wife are murdered, marine Ray Garrison is resurrected by a team of scientists. Enhanced with nanotechnology, he becomes a superhuman, biotech killing machine - Bloodshot. As Ray first trains with fellow super-soldiers, he cannot recall anything from his former life. But when his memories flood back and he remembers the man that killed both him and his wife, he breaks out of the facility to get revenge, only to discover that there's more to the conspiracy than he thought.
Release date: 13 March 2020

Chris Stuckmann reviews Bloodshot, starring Vin Diesel, Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, Guy Pearce. Directed by David S. F. Wilson.

Thursday 12 March 2020

New Trailer For Anthology Film ‘The Uncertain Kingdom’

Climate change, migration, disability, homelessness and sexuality are just some of the subjects explored in The Uncertain Kingdom. The ground-breaking anthology of twenty short films from twenty directors offers a unique portrait of the nation today. Scroll down to see the trailer.

Bringing together artists working across film, TV, theatre, animation, dance and radio, The Uncertain Kingdom directors include IWC Schaffhausen Award winner Hope Dickson Leach (The Levelling), BIFA winner Carol Salter (Almost Heaven), BAFTA and International Emmy winner Guy Jenkin (Drop the Dead Donkey, Outnumbered) Iggy LDN (Black Boys Don’t Cry). Actors David Proud (Marcella), BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Ray Panthaki (Official Secrets, Collette) and Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Bright Star, Cordelia) have also directed films for the project.

The ensemble cast features Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge), BAFTA nominated Mark Addy (The Full Monty, Game of Thrones), Steve Evets (Looking for Eric, Apostasy), Hugh Dennis (Outnumbered, Fleabag), Andy Hamilton (What We Did on Our Holiday), Ruth Madeley (Years & Years) and Laurie Davidson (The Good Liar)

UK Theatrical Release Date: 3rd April

The films will subsequently screen in local communities, focussing on inspiring and supporting conversation about the subjects explored.

Beastie Boys Story — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

The story of 3 friends who inspired each other and the world. Beastie Boys Story coming April 24 to Apple TV+ and in select IMAX theaters on April 2.

Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz tell you an intimate, personal story of their band and 40 years of friendship in this live documentary experience directed by their longtime friend and collaborator and former hall monitor, Spike Jonze.

Acceleration - Official Trailer - Dolph Lundgren, Natalie Burn & Danny Trejo star in this explosive action-thriller

Acceleration will be released across all digital platforms from 6th April. Acceleration stars a host of action veterans including Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV, The Expendables), Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dust Till Dawn) & Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson (The A-Team).

Vladik Zorich (Dolph Lundgren), a crime lord whose tentacles permeate the underbelly of a seedy Los Angeles as he deals in guns, gambling, drugs and skin trafficking, finds himself double-crossed by his most trusted operative Rhona Zyocki (Natalie Burn). Vladik's propensity for power, control, and violence drives him to kidnap Rhona's young son. To ensure her son's release, Rhona is forced to participate in a planned elimination of Vladik's enemies and allies. As her son's life hangs in the balance, Rhona struggles to find and eliminate Vladik's most violent and twisted enemies and retrieve valuable goods and information, all in one fateful night. To keep her on a short leash, Vladik sets out the "rules" to his "game" and oversees Rhona's every move as she navigates the darkened streets of Los Angeles. However, Vladik underestimates the power of a mother's love — and finds himself losing control as his devious plan slowly unravels.

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Winner of over 24 Film Awards, Honey Lauren’s ode to the WIVES OF THE SKIES soars to become the must-watch short of 2020!

Winner of 24 awards, including Best Film at the New York Cinematography Awards and Best Original Screenplay at the Indie X Film Festival, Wives of The Skies is a romantic dramedy, set in 1965, starring two stewardesses, Fran and Marcy from Fine Air, a well-appointed airline. One evening after work, at their stewardess’ hotel, they befriend Derrick, a British photojournalist who wants to interview them as “subjects” for his “documentary film”.

 As Fran and Marcy are interviewed, they are revealed as very different than Derrick hoped for or could possibly have expected…  As they get to know each other, Wives Of The Skies makes a contemporary socio-cultural statement regarding the meme of “the good girl, drawn bad”.  Wives of The Skies clarifies the impact of the overarching “men’s gaze” which objectifies women as carnal sex objects men seek, while they look for love…  along the way, addressing the primitive issue of Trust vs. Mistrust, Wives of The Skies displays the Japanese art of Kinbaku.

Currently a soaring success on the festival circuit, the short film is directed by Honey Lauren and features a superlative cast including Rachel Alig, Maddison Bullock, Sebastian Fernandez,  Drew Brandon Jones and Embry Rose.

Director Honey Lauren : When someone I know sent me a link to vintage 1960’s Stewardess outfits for sale on EBAY, I was blown away at not only the popularity and high prices, but that these outfits are sold, collected and bid on, by what looked like mostly men. I recognized that these uniforms have become a fetish… for me, at the very least unexpected. Curious, I researched the history of stewardesses during this particular era.

The stewardesses were sporting uniforms by top fashion designers like Pucci, Mary Wells and Yves Saint Laurent. The fabrics, which “hugged” as they stretched, were considered revolutionary for their ability to display the stewardesses. During the flights, the layers of clothing came off at different altitudes. Dramatic designs were all the rage, with geometric patterns and stripes; bold pinks and lavenders topped off with tangerine go-go boots!

As I read the famous COFFEE, TEA OR ME, the tell all book by two “randy Stewardesses”, something about these “sexy Stewardesses”, seemed pushed and insincere. It seemed a marketing ploy by the airlines to sell tickets. Ok. We’ve seen this before. Sex sells. These ladies, and only ladies, were dressed, weighed, packaged and displayed. One airline even advertised the suggestive “Does your wife know you’re flying with us?” Another display of the pattern of woman being sexualized and sold. Only after I wrote WIVES OF THE SKIES, did I find out that COFFEE, TEA OR ME was indeed a hoax, written by a man hired by the airline industry.

I have long recognized that where there is a pattern, there is a story. WIVES OF THE SKIES, is a story. And a question… ‘Sex sells, but at what cost?’

WIVES OF THE SKIES next screens at the Picture's Up Film Festival, West Hollywood, April 3-5.

Wives of the Skies Official Trailer from Panik Piktures on Vimeo.

Wednesday 11 March 2020

JUNGLE CRUISE (2020) New Trailer | Official Disney UK

Join the adventure of a lifetime and watch the action-packed new trailer for Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE.

Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE is an adventure-filled, Amazon-jungle expedition starring Dwayne Johnson as the charismatic riverboat captain and Emily Blunt as a determined explorer on a research mission. Also starring in the film are Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, with Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti.

Jaume Collet-Serra is the director and John Davis, John Fox, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia and Beau Flynn are the producers, with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer.

Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE opens in U.K Cinemas on July 24, 2020.

THE MAKING OF TERMINATOR 2 - Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton

From director James Cameron - find out how his 1991 classic TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY was filmed using the latest technology available at the time, how the iconic line 'I'll Be Back' came to be and how Linda Hamilton prepared for her role as iconic warrior Sarah Connor.

About T2
James Cameron's epic action, sci-fi masterpiece starring Schwarzenegger in his most iconic role, has been stunningly restored by Cameron himself. First hitting our screens in 1991 with ground-breaking special effects, this version will take the seminal blockbuster to the next level of effects and into the 21st century for a new generation of fans.

It has been 10 years since the events of Terminator. Sarah Connor's ordeal is only just beginning as she struggles to protect her son John, the future leader of the human resistance against the machines, from a new Terminator, sent back in time to eliminate John Connor while he's still a child.

Sarah and John don't have to face this terrifying threat alone however. The human resistance have managed to send them an ally, a warrior from the future ordered to protect John Connor at any cost.

The battle for tomorrow has begun...

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Bloodshot - Workout - At Cinemas March 11

Based on the bestselling comic book, Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the RST corporation.  With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he’s an unstoppable force –stronger than ever and able to heal instantly.  But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories, too.  Now, Ray doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not – but he’s on a mission to find out.

Directed by: David S. F. Wilson
Screenplay by: Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer
Story by: Jeff Wadlow
Based on: The Valiant Comic Book

Vin Diesel
Eiza Gonzalez
Sam Heughan
Toby Kebbell
and Guy Pearce

Tuesday 10 March 2020

Official poster and trailer for upcoming war drama, The Occupation

10th March, London, UK: Lightbulb Film Distribution have sent us the official poster and trailer for upcoming war drama, The Occupation.

The award-winning feature, which recently won Grand Prix at the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, will be released on DVD and across all major On Demand and Download platforms from March 30th.

The Occupation tells the incredible true story of Sara Goralnik, a 13 year-old Polish Jew, whose entire family was killed by Nazis in September 1942. After a gruelling escape to the Ukrainian countryside, Sara steals her Christian best friend’s identity and finds refuge in a small village. Taken in by a farmer and his young wife, Sara soon discovers the dark secrets of her employers' marriage, compounding the greatest secret she must strive to protect – her true identity.

Commenting on the release, Matthew Kreuzer, Commercial Director at Lightbulb Film Distribution, said: “We are delighted to be releasing The Occupation; a film with such a compelling story. The director, Steven Oritt, spent time with Sara, up until her death in 2018, to accurately portray her account of the war. It’s a story that she was keen to share.”

The Occupation will be available on DVD and Digital Download from March 30 and can be pre-ordered now:

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The Alpha Test - New Clip

Ex Machine meets A.I : Artificial Intelligence in THE ALPHA TEST, from writer/director Aaron Mirtes (Clowntergeist), premieres on DVD/Digital this March.

A suburban family drives their new gadget, The Alpha Home Assistant, to a killing rampage after mistreating and abusing it, leading to a full A.I. uprising.

Starring Rae Hunt as Alpha, with Wynn Reichert, Brad Belemjian, and Mack Bayda, THE ALPHA TEST will be available 3/10 from High Octane Pictures.

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Monday 9 March 2020

Black Widow - Official Final Trailer (2020) Starring Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh

Black Widow is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the twenty-fourth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was directed by Cate Shortland and written by Eric Pearson from a story by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, and stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow alongside Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz.

Following the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Natasha Romanoff finds herself alone and forced to confront a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Romanoff must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Black Widow is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 1, 2020.



DC presents beloved Elseworlds tale

What if the Man of Steel was raised behind the Iron Curtain? So begins DC’s acclaimed Elseworlds story, Superman: Red Son, now the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives – along with a new DC Showcase animated short, Phantom Stranger – from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital Download from February 25, 2020, and on Blu-ray, Blu-ray Mini Fig, Blu-ray Steelbook and DVD on March 16, 2020.

Based on DC’s famed Elseworlds tale from 2003, Superman: Red Son takes place in an alternate reality where the spaceship bearing the last survivor of Krypton crash lands – not in rural Kansas, but in Stalinist Russia. Can this Cold War-era Earth survive the coming of a Soviet Superman?

Golden Globe-nominated actor Jason Isaacs leads a stellar cast as the voice of the alternate, Soviet take on Superman. Joining Isaacs is Diedrich Bader (American Housewife, Veep, The Drew Carey Show) as Lex Luthor, Amy Acker (Angel, Person of Interest, The Gifted) as Lois Lane, Vanessa Marshall (Young Justice, Star Wars Rebels) as Wonder Woman, Phil Morris (Seinfeld, Doom Patrol) as James Olsen, Academy Award winner Paul Williams (Goliath, Phantom of the Paradise) as Brainiac, Roger Craig Smith (Batman Ninja, Batman: Arkham Origins) as Batman, Sasha Roiz (Grimm) as Hal Jordan, Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Pulp Fiction, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) as John Stewart, Jim Meskimen (Parks and Recreation, Impress Me) as John F. Kennedy, Travis Willingham (Critical Role, Batman: Bad Blood) as Superior Man, William Salyers (Regular Show, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) as Joseph Stalin, and Winter Ave Zoli (Sons of Anarchy, Bosch) as Svetlana.

Superman: Red Son is produced and directed by Sam Liu (Reign of the Supermen) from a
script by J.M. DeMatteis (Batman: Bad Blood, Constantine: City of Demons). Jim Krieg

(Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) is co-producer. Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series).

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For your chance to win Superman: Red Son on Blu-Ray™, simply answer the following question:

Which of the following characters has Jason Isaacs, the voice of Superman in Superman: Red Son, voiced for DC Universe Movies?

a) Sinestro
b) Ra’s al Ghul
c) Lex Luthor
d) All of the above


Superman: Red Son is available on Digital Download now, and Blu-ray™ & DVD on March 16.

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See the final chapter of The Shining story

Dare to go back when director Mike Flanagan continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in “The Shining” with “Doctor Sleep,” a screenplay based on the novel by Stephen King.

Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra (Kyliegh Curran), a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.” Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.

The Director’s Cut which is available on the 4K UHD and Blu-ray editions, plus through select digital partners features nearly 30 minutes of new, alternate and extended scenes, selected by director Mike Flanagan, not seen in the cinema.

The supernatural thriller “Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep” stars Ewan McGregor (“Star Wars: Episodes I, II & III,” “Trainspotting”) as Dan Torrance, Rebecca Ferguson (the “Mission: Impossible” films, “The Greatest Showman”) as Rose the Hat and Kyliegh Curran (“I Can I Will I Did”), in her major feature film debut, as Abra. The main ensemble cast includes Carl Lumbly (TV’s “Alias,” “A Cure for Wellness”), Zahn McClarnon (“Strike One,” TV’s “Into the West”), Emily Alyn Lind (TV’s “Revenge,” “Enter the Void”), Bruce Greenwood (“Star Trek,” “I, Robot”), Jocelin Donahue (“The House of the Devil,” “Insidious: Chapter 2”), Alex Essoe (“Starry Eyes,” “House of Lies”) and Cliff Curtis (“Sunshine,” “The Dark Horse”).

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For your chance to win Doctor Sleep on Blu-Ray™, simply answer the following question:

Doctor Sleep is a continuation of Stephen King’s The Shining and follows Danny Torrance in the years after he and his family lived in what evil location?

a) The Overland Hotel
b) The Overlook Hotel
c) The Overlink Hotel


Own Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep on 4K UHD, Blu-ray & DVD from March 9 and early on digital download from February 24. There is also a limited edition 4K Steelbook available from HMV only, March 9.

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Friday 6 March 2020

SCOOB! - Final Trailer - Warner Bros. UK

The first full-length animated Scooby-Doo adventure for the big screen is the never-before told stories of Scooby-Doo’s origins and the greatest mystery in the career of Mystery Inc. 

“SCOOB!” reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global “dogpocalypse,” the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.

Starring in “SCOOB!” are Will Forte (“Booksmart,” TV’s “The Last Man on Earth”) as Scooby-Doo’s best friend, Shaggy; two-time Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg (“The Fighter,” “The Departed”) as Blue Falcon; Jason Isaacs (the “Harry Potter” films, TV’s “The OA”) as the infamous Dick Dastardly; Gina Rodriguez (“Deepwater Horizon,” TV’s “Jane the Virgin”) as Velma; Zac Efron (“The Greatest Showman,” the “Neighbors” franchise) as Fred; Amanda Seyfried (the “Mamma Mia!” films, “Ted 2”) as Daphne; Kiersey Clemons (“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” TV’s “Angie Tribeca”) as Falcon Fury pilot Dee Dee Skyes; Ken Jeong (“Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Hangover” trilogy) as the Falcon Force’s Dynomutt; Tracy Morgan (“What Men Want,” TV’s “30 Rock”) as Captain Caveman; Simon Cowell (“American Idol,” “The X Factor”) as himself; and Frank Welker (the “Transformers” franchise) as Scooby-Doo.

“SCOOB!” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, beginning May 15, 2020.

Greyhound - Official Trailer (2020) Starring Tom Hanks

Greyhound is an upcoming war film directed by Aaron Schneider and starring Tom Hanks, who also serves as screenwriter.

The film is based on the 1955 novel The Good Shepherd by C. S. Forester. It also stars Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue. The film follows a US Navy Commander on his first war-time assignment at the midpoint of World War II during the Battle of the Atlantic, as he leads his multi-national escort group in defending a convoy of merchant ships as submarines attack.

The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 12, 2020, by Sony Pictures Releasing.

During the early days of the United States' involvement in World War II, an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by Lieutenant Commander Ernest Krause, crosses the treacherous North Atlantic while being hotly pursued by wolf packs of German U-boats.

The film focuses on Krause, a career officer who was finally given command of a destroyer, USS KEELING (radio code named 'Greyhound')'. Unlike the prototypical hero, he must battle his own self-doubts and personal demons to be an effective leader of the defenders.

The Way Back - Movie Review by Chris Stuckmann

A former basketball player who turned down a scholarship to the perennial power house college basketball program, the University of Kansas, now an adult struggling with alcoholism, is offered a coaching job at his alma mater. As the team starts to win, he may have a reason to confront his old demons.

Release date: 24 April 2020

Chris Stuckmann reviews The Way Back, starring Ben Affleck, Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins, Janina Gavankar, Glynn Turman. Directed by Gavin O'Connor.

Thursday 5 March 2020

First Images from Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

The Batman is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Produced by DC Films and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it was developed as the tenth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and a reboot of the Batman film franchise. The film is directed by Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Mattson Tomlin, and will star Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman, with Jeffrey Wright, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell, and John Turturro in supporting roles.

The Batman is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021.

Award-winning indie 'SCHEMERS' coming to UK cinemas 8th May

Thursday 5th March, London UK: Black Factory Films and Munro Films have announced that the multi award-winning SCHEMERS will be hitting UK cinemas from 8th May.

SCHEMERS is the first full length feature film to be made in Dundee, based on the true story surrounding David McLean's stream of ambitious gigs in 1980's, these included Simple Minds, XTC, Ultravox, The Skids & Iron Maiden to name just a few! The film won the Audience Award at Edinburgh Film Festival and was recently awarded Best Director & Best Actor at the New York Winter Film Awards.

Shot in and around Dundee using local talent, SCHEMERS celebrates youthful ambition and features a great classic indie soundtrack from 70s & 80s. The film stars an incredible up and coming cast showcasing leading man Conor Berry's award winning on-screen debut as well as Tara Lee (The Fall), Sean Connor (Anna and the Apocalypse) & Grant R. Keelan (The Devil's Machine).

Davie (Conor Berry) is a dreamer from the council schemes, constantly hustling for his next buck, then losing it on the horses. After a football injury, Davie falls for trainee nurse Shona (Tara Lee) and tries to impress her by running a disco. Along with friends John and Scot, the trio start promoting bands – culminating in a hugely ambitious Iron Maiden gig at the Caird Hall, Dundee. With ambition so grand they go deep in debt with Fergie, a gangster of legendary violence, Davie needs to use every trick to pull off the biggest scheme of his life.

SCHEMERS was written by music manager David McLean as a way to share the remarkable stories behind his early years in the music business as a fledgling promoter. From organising some of the most ambitious gigs Dundee has ever seen, David moved to London to promote some of the worlds biggest bands, where he worked with Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam & Green Day. Following on from this David went on to manage one of the most internationally successful bands of the last 20 years, Placebo.

Wednesday 4 March 2020

Connected - Official Trailer - At Cinemas October 9

Sony Pictures Animation’s Connected is an original animated comedy from director Mike Rianda (Gravity Falls) and producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Lego Movie). When Katie Mitchell (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), a creative outsider, is accepted into the film school of her dreams, her plans to fly to college are upended when her nature-loving dad Rick (voiced by Danny McBride) determines the whole family should drive Katie to school together and bond as a family one last time.

Katie and Rick are joined by the rest of the family, including Katie’s wildly positive mom Linda (voiced by Maya Rudolph), her quirky little brother Aaron (voiced by Mike Rianda), and the family’s delightfully chubby pug Monchi for the ultimate family road trip. Suddenly, the Mitchells’ plans are interrupted by a tech uprising: all around the world, the electronic devices people love – from phones, to appliances, to an innovative new line of personal robots – decide it’s time to take over. With the help of two friendly malfunctioning robots, the Mitchells will have to get past their problems and work together to save each other and the world!

Directed by: 
Mike Rianda

Abbi Jacobson
Danny McBride
Maya Rudolph
Mike Rianda
Eric Andre
Olivia Colman

Tuesday 3 March 2020

Blue Story (2020) – Official Trailer – Paramount Pictures

Best friends Timmy (Stephen Odubola) and Marco (Micheal Ward) go to the same high school in Peckham, but live in neighboring London boroughs. When Marco’s beaten up by one of Timmy’s primary school friends the two boys wind up on rival sides of a never-ending cycle of gang war in which there are no winners … only victims.

Monday 2 March 2020

Disney’s Artemis Fowl | Official Trailer

Disney’s “Artemis Fowl,” based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, is a fantastical, spellbinding adventure that follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared. With the help of his loyal protector Butler, Artemis sets out to find him, and in doing so uncovers an ancient, underground civilization—the amazingly advanced world of fairies. Deducing that his father’s disappearance is somehow connected to the secretive, reclusive fairy world, cunning Artemis concocts a dangerous plan—so dangerous that he ultimately finds himself in a perilous war of wits with the all-powerful fairies.

“Artemis Fowl” is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Josh McGuire, Nikesh Patel, Adrian Scarborough and Miranda Raison, with Colin Farrell and Judi Dench. Kenneth Branagh, p.g.a. and Judy Hofflund, p.g.a. are producing with Angus More Gordon and Matthew Jenkins serving as executive producers. Conor McPherson and Hamish McColl wrote the screenplay.

Disney’s “Artemis Fowl” opens in U.S. theaters on May 29, 2020.

Misbehaviour (2020) - True Story of How Women’s Liberation Movement Took On Miss World

The film is directed by BAFTA winner Philippa Lowthorpe (Three Girls) and stars Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Greg Kinnear, Lesley Manville, Keeley Hawes, Rhys Ifans and Phyllis Logan.

A politically relevant, inspirational true story, the film skilfully combines humour with drama to celebrate all women, however they choose to navigate a male-dominated world:

In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers.  Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.

The film was written by Rebecca Frayn and Gaby Chiappe, and produced by Suzanne Mackie and Sarah Jane Wheale. MISBEHAVIOUR is a Pathé, Ingenious Media, BBC Films, BFI presentation of a Left Bank Pictures production.

UK cinema release date: 13 March 2020
Running time: 1 hour 46 minutes
Certificate: 12A