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Who wants to chat to #wolverine? Yeah thought so… #xmen #twitterchat #AskHugh

2 May

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Fans are getting the special opportunity to ask Hugh Jackman questions about the highly anticipated film THE WOLVERINE.

Check out the Twitter pages for Hugh Jackman (https://twitter.com/RealHughJackman) and THE WOLVERINE (http://twitter.com/WolverineMovie) on Thursday, May 2nd at 5pm UK time to see Hugh answer your questions via video!

Start tweeting your questions now with #TheWolverine #AskHugh and comment on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheWolverineMovie for the chance to have them presented.

 More about The Wolverine:

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

THE WOLVERINE opens in cinemas across the UK on 25th July 2013.  For more information about the film, visit www.facebook.com/TheWolverineMovie andwww.twitter.com/wolverinemovie,

Are you ready to own The Collection – out on DVD 29th April #review #scarycollection

24 Apr

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Anyone keen for a bit of blood, guts and gore? Well, this may be the perfect present for you. Out on DVD on the 29th April is The Collection. A splatter-fest from the makers of Saw IV, V, VI and 3D, this is the sequel to the terrifying The Collector and is great, great fun!

Here’s what it’s all about:

When Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick) is talked into attending an underground warehouse party with her friends, she finds herself caught in a Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 12.44.39nightmarish trap where the revelers are mowed, sliced and crushed to death by a macabre series of contraptions operated by a masked psychopath. When the grisly massacre is over, Elena is the only survivor. But before she can escape, she is locked in a trunk and transported to an unknown location.

Fortunately for Elena, one man – Arkin (Josh Stewart) knows exactly where she’s headed, having just escaped from there with his life and sanity barely intact. Going back is the last thing on Arkins mind, but Elena’s wealthy father (Christopher McDonald) hires a crack team of mercenaries to force Arking to lead them to the killers lair. But even these hardened warriors are not prepared for what they encounter: an abandoned hotel turned torture chamber, rigged with deadly traps and filled with mangled corpses.

What is great about this film is that its all about the action. There is no significant backstory build up, the film centres upon one night and where it leads. Bar a quick flashback to open the film, we pretty much start with Elena being stood up by her boyfriend and immediately tempted to put her studying to one side and head out with her group of friends. By heading straight into an action packed start, we’re faced with a roller coaster ride, which makes the film sail through without you even stopping to take a breath.

Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 12.44.55Emma Fitzpatrick is a solid leading lady in The Collection, smart, vulnerable and likeable, she seems less superficial than her group of friends who we meet at the beginning of the film, and her tomboyish look and nature makes her incredibly relatable and likeable to the audience watching – she is in no way a damsel in distress. What we don’t see with her are those moments where you want to shout at the TV screen “don’t go in there” because you know what’s going to happen. Instead we see her making decisions, which probably wouldn’t be too dis-similar to those the audience would make if they were ever placed in this gruesome situation – which in comparison to other horror leading ladies, is a relief!

The entrance of our villain – The Collector himself, immediately reminded me of The Phantom of the Opera – a masked man stood above a room full of people, watching and ready to strike. Quite fittingly you see him descend on a room of club revellers as they are ripped apart by perhaps his largest contraption (something along the lines of a room sized lawn mower blade!) Not a pretty way to go! But you immediately get the sense that this is a calculated, clever human being with a disturbingly sadistic mind, who thinks three steps ahead.

With this, you have the beauty and the beast combination, which makes horror films like The Collection so engaging to watch. The audience is Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 12.45.24kept wondering why Elena is spared, and just when you think you’ve worked it out, another gory surprise is just around the corner.

The supporting cast, comprising of Arkin and the team sent in to save Elena throws another element into the mix. For us skeptical Brits, the team is essentially a hammed up stereotypical American pseudo SWAT team who use their brawn over brains and their single mindedness provides the very subtle comedic undertones to this film. Arkin on the other hand proves himself to be the redeeming protagonist in The Collection. An ex-con who was missing for months in The Collectors capture and like Wentworth Miller in Prison Break is the key to getting the girl and getting out. Like Elena, his character is sympathetic to watch and suitably underplayed, particularly in relation to “the team.” Arkin is resourceful, careful and believable which makes him yet another engaging character to watch.

The Collection isn’t the greatest horror movie of all time, and certainly isn’t on the scale of the Saw films. However, you can’t deny that for what it is, its most certainly well shot, watchable and lots of good fun. I would have loved to have had a few more jumpy moments, but at least I could still go to bed that evening not worrying that some lunatic hasn’t rigged it to swallow me up whole! If you like blood, guts and gore in films, this is definitely a keeper for your ‘collection,’ and in any way it’s certainly worth a watch.

3.5 stars

New Dead Man Down trailer drops #film #movie #filmnews

11 Apr

Here you go guys and gals – the awesome new trailer for Dead Man Down – it looks super cool!

What’s it all about?

When the body of a gang member is discovered in the freezer of crime boss Alphonse’s (Terrence Howard) mansion, a clear message has been sent…or has it?

As the gang reacts, members Darcy (Dominic Cooper) and Victor (Colin Farrell) take it upon themselves to dig further into who is after Alphonse. As a further complication to the gang neighbour Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) discovers Victor has a dark secret and contracts him into a scheme to seek out her own vengeance, with the violence escalating, Alphonse begins suspect that revenge is closer than he thought.

This is the American Theatrical debut of director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

Dead Man Down explodes into cinemas on 3rd May

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Film News: Eureka Entertainment acquires rights to Come As You Are (Hasta La Vista) #film

10 Apr

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If you’re a fan of European films then this one might just be for you…

Eureka Entertainment announced today that they have acquired the rights to Come As You Are (Hasta La Vista), Geoffrey Enthoven’s film about love, unconditional friendship and lust, based on the experiences of Asta Philpot – an ardent campaigner for disabled people.

Here’s a little bit about what you can expect from the film:

Three guys in their twenties love wine and women but they are still virgins. Under the guise of a wine tour they embark on a journey to Spain hoping to have their first sexual experience. Nothing will stop them. Not even their handicaps: one is blind, one is confined to a wheelchair and one is completely paralysed.

If you like films like The Intouchables, Rust and Bone and The Driving Bell and the Butterfly, this one might just be for you…Its already won Audience Awards at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2012, the European Film Awards 2012 and the Montreal World Film Festival 2012 as well as the Grand Prix des Amerique and a special jury mention at the Montreal World Film Festival 2012.

Come As You Are (Hasta La Vista) will be released theatrically in key cities around the UK and Eire on 7 June 2013 

Brand New The Iceman trailer drops – #film #movie #news #trailer #entertainment

4 Apr

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With an all star cast, The Iceman is looking to become one of those exciting, hard hitting, dvd shelf essentials when it comes out. Hitting cinemas on the 7th June, Michael Shannon will be leading stars such as Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta and Stephen Dorff. Definitely one to look out for but in the meantime, here is its jaw dropping trailer:

A little more about the film:

The Iceman is the story of real-life mob hitman Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski, who was reportedly responsible for over 200 murders.

Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon) and his wife Deborah (Winona Ryder) appear to have a model American life, living with their three children in an idyllic suburban ranch house with a big lawn on a quiet street. But unbeknownst to Deborah and the kids, when Kuklinski goes off to work in the morning — or, on occasion, in the middle of dinner or the middle of the night — he is carrying out executions at the behest of the Gambino crime family, employing a wide variety of deadly methods (guns, knives, explosives, strangling, poisonings) that make it difficult to trace all the fatalities to a single killer. The Iceman shows the development of Kuklinski’s career from the 1950s through the 1980s, chronicling his friendship with Gambino soldato Roy DeMeo (Ray Liotta), his mentorship under assassin Robert “Mister Softee” Pronge (Chris Evans), and his troubled relationship with his brother Joseph (Stephen Dorff), who, like Richard, was plagued by sociopathic tendencies all his life.

From Lionsgate UK and Millennium Films, The Iceman stars Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans and James Franco. The film is directed by Ariel Vromen, from a script by Vroman and Morgan Land and based on the book by Anthony Bruno.

 

 

The Host hits cinemas this weekend and you could win a signed poster via @odeoncinemas

30 Mar

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Feeling withdrawal symptoms now that Twilight Saga has come to an end? I hear you…so what on earth are we going to do now? Well, more like what in the universe are we going to do? It seems that Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is here to save the day. Vampires, werewolves can finally move aside as we now get in touch with our intergalactic alien self!

The Host brings us a batch of rising new stars, and they’re pretty much home grown. Saoirse Ronan is the hottest young actress off the Emerald Isle, Screen Shot 2013-03-30 at 13.25.07and Max Irons seems to have inherited his dad’s talent for acting, and now they’re both together in one film – and mostly locking lips throughout the whole film! (see exhibit A!)

If that doesn’t get you booking your seat straight after reading this article then how about another great incentive? To celebrate the films release this weekend, I’ve just noticed that the fabulous Odeon cinema are giving you lot a chance to win a snazzy signed poster of the film. So if you want a chance of winning it (these rising stars may be worth a lot of money one day) then you better head to its Facebook page here.

You only have until Monday 1st April to snap this awesome prize up, so get on the case.

In the meantime, here’s a little more about the film, and its trailer.

Earth has been inhabited by an intellegent alien species known as “Souls.” Although an incredibly peaceful race, Souls can only survive by being inserted into a host body, taking control of their minds. In an effort to discover the secret whereabouts of some of the last remaining human resistances, the Soul Wanderer has been inserted into the human being Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), who was captured while attempting to locate her family. After insertion, Wanderer comes to realize an unsettling fact- Melanie has not faded away in consciousness, and in fact is putting up walls in her mind to prevent her family from being found. As time passes and Wanderer tries to break Melanie’s walls, she begins to feel sympathetic toward the humans Melanie loves so dearly- her brother Jamie and her partner, Jared Howe. Wanderer becomes torn between loyalty to her own race, trying to give information to the argumentative Seeker assigned to her, and her blossoming love for the humans in her memories. As Wanderer’s and Melanies trust builds, they embark on a journey through the desert to find the resistance, nearly dying in the process. Wanderer awakens to find herself captive in the den of the enemy, and realizes her problems have just begun: the humans want her dead, the doctor wants to experiment on her, and she may have accidentally lead the Seekers to some of the very last humans remaining.

Happy Easter everyone, enjoy! x

Exclusive – Jason Statham’s #Hummingbird Trailer drops

25 Mar

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Our favourite British hardman is back again, in a new film called Hummingbird. The first trailer dropped today and here’s what its got in-store for all you lot. Clearly Statham is donning his trademark not quite “bond” attire and kick ass moves, but its nice to see him back on home soil…

Here’s a little bit more about the film:

Starring Jason Statham (Parker, Safe, Killer Elite, The Expendables, Crank, Bank Job, Transporter), with BAFTA award winner Vicky McClure, Agata Buzek and Benedict Wong (Prometheus), Hummingbird marks the directorial debut of Oscar® nominated screenwriter Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things), from his own original screenplay.

Living homeless after going on the run from a military court-martial, Joey Jones (Statham) is a damaged ex-special forces soldier trapped in London’s criminal underworld. But when opportunity enables him to assume another man’s identity, he is transformed into an avenging angel.

A brutal, and yet surprisingly tender, thriller, Hummingbird is released in cinemas on 17th May 2013 from Lionsgate UK.

The Look of Love – Trailer and New Stills

8 Mar

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I remember when Steve Coogan and Anna Friel took over the back streets of Soho last year to film The Look of Love… and now you all can get a sneak peek to find out what all the commotion was about. With a fantastic all star British cast, this looks like a film to get excited about.

Here’s a little more about the film…

From Steve Coogan and director Michael Winterbottom, the team behind 24 Hour Party People, Cock and Bull Story and The Trip, comes the fast, funny and outrageously true story of Paul Raymond, the controversial entrepreneur and property baron who established the Raymond Revue Bar andlove_1 went on to become Britain’s richest man. With a screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh (Control), The Look of Love co-stars Anna Friel, Imogen Poots and Tamsin Egerton as the women in Raymond’s life, alongside a great roster of British comic talent including Chris Addison, David Walliams, Simon Bird and Matt Lucas.

After starting his show business career as a mind-reader in a cabaret act, Paul Raymond went on love_4to become Britain’s richest man and a modern King Midas. With an entrepreneurial eye and a realisation that sex sells, he began building his empire of gentleman’s clubs, porn magazines and nude theatre – provoking outrage and titillation in equal measure.

Raymond’s personal life was as colourful as his revue shows. His marriage to Jean, a nude dancer and choreographer, ended in a difficult divorce when he met Fiona – a glamour model who became the famous pin-up star of his magazines and shows. His daughter Debbie was thelove_6 true love of his life, his business partner and heir to his empire – until her tragic and untimely death aged 36. Three weeks later Raymond was named Britain’s richest man and his fortune put at 1.5billion.

The Look of Love hits cinemas on the 26th April, so look out for it!

Perfect for gamers on Valentines day? Wreck It-Ralph

13 Feb

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If you haven’t run out to watch Wreck It Ralph since it hit cinemas on Friday, then I reckon that’s the first thing you should do after you read this review, as I have nothing but good things to say about this film. Disney is back with a genius animation which appeals to audiences of all ages, from the hot shot ten year old gamer through to the forty year old who understands 8 bit terminology like the back of their hand.

The scene is set, inside the inner workings of an arcade – where Fix It Felix (Jack McBrayer) takes pride of place amongst keen young arcade enthusiasts. For the last thirty years, this game has been entertaining kids with squeaky clean Felix repairing his beloved tower block from Wreck Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 16.00.40It Ralph (John C Reilly), the bad guy who demolishes the block level by level with no recognition or gratitude.  After years of doing this, Ralph wants a change, he wants to be a good guy, so he goes out to find the one thing that can prove that bad guys aren’t all bad, the heroes medal.

For me the most fun element of this film is its nostalgia. Most people know Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac Man and Streetfighter II. All iconic games and all show up in this film in some form. Apparently there are around 188 individual characters in Wreck It Ralph, which is far higher than the standard animation we see in cinemas, but with this, you have the fun job of noticing an old computer game character or two who you recognize from yesteryear as you watch the main action unfold it just adds something a little special to this already cleverly constructed film.

Throughout Wreck-It Ralph you are taken on a spectacular journey from ‘bad guys support groups’ featuring funny turns from M Bison, Zangief and an anonymous zombie, through to Game Central Station where characters travel from one game to another when the lights go out in the arcade and its time to relax – the detail of which is a geeky gamers delight and completely stunning.  Finally you end up in Sugar Rush – a Mario Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 16.00.57cart esq racing game made entirely of sweets where Ralph befriends Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) a kiddie racer banned from the sport for being a ‘glitch.’ A sibling like friendship plays out as the heroes medal plays second fiddle to helping Vanellope prove she’s got what it takes to be one of the top racers on the track.

The precision in which each character is portrayed and voiced is what makes this film stand out from the others. You are in for a visual treat as every corner of the screen has detail that allows the audience to immerse themselves in the colour and texture on show. The characters, have a warmth about them and a level of humour which is just right to make you laugh out loud in some places and feel their emotion and sadness in others. These characters talk (with a brilliant bit of irony) like how you would expect these characters to talk, and to move how you would hope they would, to achieve a fun filled ride into not only your local cinema but awards glory too.

And finally, if you want to continue the film yourself, the brilliant Wreck-It Ralph app is available on the iPhone and its the perfect time waster!

4 Stars

The Last Stand – Premiere Footage

24 Jan

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Did you miss out on the chance to see Arnie in Leicester Square earlier this week? Well fear not! I have just the premiere footage for you! Take a look at this fab video showing all the cast and crew in action! Looks like a fab night and the film is meant to be a lot of fun!

Also, loving this retro illustrated poster! How cool is that! The Last Stand hits cinema screens on the 24th January (TODAY!!!) so get your butts into action and check it out at your nearest cinema!

Here’s a little bit of info on the film…

Action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his much-anticipated return to the big screen in Korean action-suspense director Kim Jee-Woon’s hard-_DSC9028.NEFhitting US directorial debut, THE LAST STAND.

After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.

With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez’ path: straight through Sommerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. _DSC9869.NEFlaw enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive slips across the border forever.

At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately rallies his team and takes the matter into his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in THE LAST STAND. Directed by Kim Jee-woon and written by Andrew Knauer and Jeffrey Nachmanoff, THE LAST STAND also stars Forest Whitaker, Eduardo Noriega, Rodrigo Santoro, Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzmán, Peter Stormare, Zach Gilford and Genesis Rodriguez. The film is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the TRANSFORMERS series, RED, GI JOE, SALT).