Klaxon! The countdown to Empire Live (2016's Ultimate Film & Entertainment Weekend) has begun! With less than a month to go and updates! - "THE" UPCOMING EVENT
We are less than a month away from what has become one of the greatest film conventions for film fans ever. I am of course referring to Empire Magazine's Empire Live to be held at The O2, September 23 - 25 2016.
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I believe Empire Live is the greatest film convention for fans, if you have never heard of Empire Live you are probably wondering how that can be, if so then this post is for you. Let me tell you about Empire Live and why it may be your favourite new thing.
Some of my fondest film related memories in London have been dreamt into reality by Empire Magazine's Movie Convention Weekender. I wouldn't even know where to start when discussing those moments.
Possibly the beginning, firstly, finding out that there was a place and time filled with other people similar to me, people with a passion for film all in one place at the same time sharing an experience, beyond the big screen as Empire hosted a weekend, nay not just a weekend, possibly the greatest weekend, of film, talks, events and just general fun for all tastes was mind blowing. I couldn't believe that the event was so under the radar. Back in those days the weekend was called Empire's Movie-Con.
I joined the others in the know in 2009 for the glorious BFI & Empire : Movie-Con II Weekend. The previous year I was hopelessly unprepared as I arrived for Movie-con I midway through the weekend expecting to buy a ticket and stroll into the secret RocknRolla surprise screening, not quite grasping that it was a weekend or day long walled garden of delights.
The secret screening was Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla.
But let me tell you - that weekend no one brought you as closer to the film experience as Empire's Movie-Con II Weekend.
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Empire magazine and the BFI join forces once more to bring you a weekend full of special events and activities. From aliens to zombies, the schedule is currently top-secret. Expect a showcase of the best in upcoming action, horror, fantasy and superhero genre movies. We will also feature exclusive footage straight from the San Diego Comic-Con.
Not only did we get to share a wealth of knowledge and experiences chatting with some of the biggest stars of film like Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr. but we also got to share time and thoughts with the other guys the alternative filmmakers, independents and the upcoming: like "Still not a Sir" Terry Gilliam, Daniel Barber, Kathryn Bigelow & screenwriter Mark Boal, Stuart Hazeldine and Christopher Smith. And there was a certain indescribable feeling in the air that of -we were part of something special.
Having said that one of my favourite moments from Movie-Con II is still when I skipped a screening and found a quiet spot in the BFI to write some notes and Robert Downey Jr. casually strolls by and gives me a nod. He could have even winked but as he was wearing over size Tony Stark sunglasses so we'll never know for sure.
Movie-Con II films previewed: Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, The Hurt Locker introduced by Kathryn Bigelow, Greg Mottola's Adventureland, Funny People introduced by Jonah Hill. The secret screening was Neill Blomkamp's District 9.
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Comic-Con business class. It’s smaller, more intimate and bespoke.”
- Chris Hewitt, Empire’s News Editor and sharp witted Movie-Con Host
Movie-Con III was bigger, the stars and QA sessions were bigger and included the likes of: Danny Boyle, Kevin Feige, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Edgar Wright & Bryan Lee O'Malley (& they brought Scott Pilgrim vs. The World!), Gareth Edwards, Cary Elwes, Rodrigo Cortez, Michael Apted, Ben Barnes, James Watkins, Jane Goldman, Simon Oakes, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloe Moretz, Jonathan English, James Purefoy & Jason Flemyng and Rowan Joffe & Paul Webster.
And rather than just get sight of SDCC exclusives we actually got first look at some fresh exclusives as well. I'm sure there were more but I can only remember so much awesomeness! It may not have been clear then and there but Empire's Movie-Con was moving onward and upward.
Movie-Con III films previewed: Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables, Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (this felt like a really special screening. I doubt there could have been a higher feel good factor at any other screening, it felt like Wright was showing the film to an appreciative home audience and there was a real buzz throughout the screening and lots of cheering) , Joe Dante's The Hole, Richard Berry's 22 Bullets and The Duplass Brother's Cyrus.
The secret screening was Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (this felt like a really special screening. I doubt there could have been a higher feel good factor at any other screening, it felt like Wright was showing the film to an appreciative home audience and there was a real buzz throughout the screening and lots of cheering)
But in 2011 everything changed. Gone was Empire's Movie-Con "Comic Con business class" in the intimate and personal spaces of the BFI and in came Empire's Big Screen weekend "the Glastonbury for the movies” taking over the entire O2 Dome (the only man made structure in Greenwich that can be seen from outer space). The format was somewhat the same but everything was much, much bigger!
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With a choice of over 250 incredible things to do, including a chance to meet the stars, see live performances, a feast of premieres, exclusive screenings, worldwide debuts of new film footage, movie master classes, never before seen glimpses behind the world’s biggest films, Empire Presents … BIG SCREEN truly promises something for movie fans of all ages.
The movie extravaganza is being backed by all the big studios including Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Marvel Studios, Warner Bros Pictures, Universal Pictures, Optimum Releasing, Pixar, Momentum Pictures, Lionsgate and Icon – and promises never before seen access to the inner workings of Hollywood and the biggest names in movies.
The star studded movie extravaganza which runs from 12th-14th August at the 02 will open with the eagerly awaited UK premiere of Paramount Pictures’ Cowboys And Aliens with the cast of the film in attendance. The film, which is directed by Jon Favreau, (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford and is tipped to be one of the hottest films of the year. As well as the star studded premiere, there will be special screenings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – audiences will truly be able to see it first and exclusively at BIG SCREEN.
Be part of exclusive film studio sessions - Top directors, producers and A-list stars discuss and present scenes and exclusive footage from their unreleased movies from the year ahead and 2012.
Empire Presents Big Screen premiered with cast in attendance: Jon Favreau's Cowboys and Aliens, Craig Gillespie's Fright Night remake & Marcus Nispel's Conan the Barbarian.
Films previewed: Jon Favreau's Cowboys and Aliens, Rupert Wyatt's Rise of The Planet of Apes, Will Gluck's Friends With Benefits, John Michael McDonagh's The Guard, Tate Taylor's The Help, André Øvredal's Troll Hunter, Ruben Fleischer's 30 Minutes Or Less and Kevin Smith's Red State and others I can't remember as well as TV premieres of Steven Spielberg's Terra Nova and Thundercats.
Secret screenings: Gavin O'Connor's Warrior, Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive & John Madden's The Debt
Empire's Big Screen was truly something to behold a cross between a film fan's wildest fantasy, a Willy Wonka created theme park and a film school. As promised it was big, really big, it was spectacular and it was something the likes of which the UK, possibly Europe (let alone London) had never seen before. There was too much to choose from: ranging from screenings of classic films, premieres of new films, talks with masters of film, the cars of James Bond through to the pets from Harry Potter. But I couldn't help miss the old single screening room jam packed with 450 film fans as they shared something special, magical and marvellous - but as Empire promised with Big Screen they brought fans as close to film magic as they were going to get.
You can view photos from my visit to Empire Presents BIG SCREEN here!
The puzzlingly far more popular 3D version is over here!
You can also read about my experiences at Empire Presents Big Screen here:
Empire Big Screen Arrival & Industrial Light & Magic Presentation For Star Wars™
Empire Big Screen The Secrets Of WETA Presentation
Empire Big Screen 20th Century Fox Showcase & Titanic 3D
Empire Big Screen - Live Quarter, Studio Stands Walkthrough & Goody Bag
Empire Big Screen Universal Pictures Showcase World First! Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Raven and Immortals
The Establishing Shot: 10 Most Popular pics from Empire BIG SCREEN
Anyway the point I have been building to is two fold:
One: Empire do not reveal their main draw attractions up until the the last moment if at all so you can expect way more exciting things than have been advertised.
Two: There will be something for everyone, no matter what your tastes as an example at Big Screen in one afternoon I had chats with Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla, Star Wars: Rogue One) then Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), then Tom Six (Human Centipede, The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) and later on Still not a Sir yet Terry Gilliam) one after another.
You will be dazzled with so much to choose from and if your are a film fan of any kind Empire Live may be the place to make some of your own favourite memories. Some of the updates we received about Empire Live are below:
SPECIAL TRAINSPOTTING LIVE EVENT ANNOUNCED FOR AMERICAN AIRLINES PRESENTS EMPIRE LIVE’S ULTIMATE FILM AND ENTERTAINMENT WEEKEND
With plenty more headline activity still be to be revealed, fans will nonetheless be particularly excited by the news that 20 years after Renton, Sick Boy and company first crashed into cinemas, Film4’s TRAINSPOTTING will be re-cast for a unique live performance, with an exciting group of leading talent and rising stars set to take on the iconic roles in a special one-off live script- read.
We’ve just wrapped on T2 — and what a fun way to remember the original before audiences can see the sequel.”
Also confirmed for the event today is a special preview screening of MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE, Louis Theroux’s long-awaited spotlight on one of the world’s most secretive organisations. A decade in the making, Theroux’s documentary provides the inside track on the Church of Scientology, set up by struggling science-fiction writer L Ron Hubbard, who famously said, “If you want to get rich, you start a religion,” and then went ahead and did just that.
Over the course of the weekend, the EMPIRE team will be setting up camp in the heart of Brooklyn Bowl. THE EMPIRE HUB will see the magazine come to life with a series of panels and on-stage interviews, in addition to live recreations of popular in-magazine segments My Movie Mastermind and How Much Is A Pint Of Milk?. The Hub will play host to a just-announced Women In Film symposium and will welcome award-winning screenwriters to the stage to discuss their craft.
Fans will also have the chance to pit their wits against Associate Editor Chris Hewitt in his infamously tricky film quizzes; tune in to a live special recording of the Empire Film Podcast; take part in family workshops; and enjoy evenings filled with music, drinks, themed parties and — for all you Big Lebowski enthusiasts — a spot of bowling.
Fans can look forward to plenty more big announcements in the run-up to September, as organisers up the ante over the coming weeks. The events and screenings revealed today join a promising programme of event screenings that already include: THE RAID (featuring a live commentary from director Gareth Evans), EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!, THE MARTIAN EXTENDED EDITION, WAR ON EVERYONE, STAND BY ME, LABYRINTH, and a trio of hits from the vaults of THE CRITERION COLLECTION in the form of EASY RIDER, DR. STRANGELOVE and DON’T LOOK BACK.
With special previews, blockbusters, classics, and never-before-seen footage, there’s something for everybody as American Airlines presents EMPIRE LIVE brings you face-to-face with the biggest movies and those who make them.
- As a tribute to David Bowie, Empire Live will host a special screening of his 1986 film Labyrinth, plus a Q&A with the conceptual designers and puppet-builders, Brian and Wendy Froud. The film sees Jennifer Connelly plunged into a magical labyrinth and given 13 hours to rescue her baby brother, who’s been kidnapped by Jareth the Goblin King. Audience members are invited to come in costume fit for Jareth’s masquerade ball.
American Airlines Presents Empire Live
23rd-25th September 2016
The O2, London SE10, UK
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It's about time! The scoop on all the 40th Anniversary celebrations for the restored re release of Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth in London (walking tours, special screenings, books & music releases) - UPCOMING EVENTS
When it comes to sublime storytelling there are few that can match master auteur and eternal outsider Nicolas Roeg for vision, originality or technical knowledge.
I am a huge fan of his work, always original, always more about art surreally reflecting; nuances of story, broader life, social context, creating mood and mind states, than a linear story arc, always surprising and always drawing out incredible performances from his cast for his films.
It would appear that the 40th Anniversary of Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth is going to be a big year with The Man Who Fell to Earth released into cinemas from September 9th, Special screenings with introductions from Mr Danny Boyle and The Man Who Fell To Earth Costume Designer May Routh, walks, books and of course the 40th Anniversary 4K restored home re-release will be be available from October 24th in varying formats. Upcoming events include the below list which is expanded upon further below:
27 August - The official, definitive making of The Man Who Fell To Earth book is available for preorder!
9 September: Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth will be launched into UK cinemas!
9 September: Hackney Picturehouse Special Event - The Man Who Fell To Earth with introduction from Danny Boyle and after party!
9 September: Curzon Soho David Bowie Day - Walking tour and The Man Who Fell To Earth Screening with introduction from Costume Designer May Routh #savecurzonsoho
9 September & 28th October: The Original Soundtrack for The Man Who Fell To Earth will be available on CD & vinyl for the first time!
24 October: The Man Who Fell To Earth Home Release is launched!
25 October: David Bowie's The Man Who Fell To Earth play - Lazarus starring Michael C. Hall lands in London!
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Roeg's films have made an indelible impact on me and to be quite honest I have always wondered why the man is not more celebrated for his contribution to the art of cinema. In all fairness I would be amiss if I did not mention that David Lynch, Nicolas Winding Refn and to some extent, as he is much more subtle - Ben Wheatley are making a damn good attempt at walking a similar path.
A film is a magical and mysterious combination of reality, art, science and the supernatural – as well as a gateway to the nature of time, and perhaps even the first clue in solving the puzzle of what we’re doing in this world.”
- Nicolas Roeg, BBC Arena Documentary - Nicolas Roeg: It's About Time
WIN! Feel like The Boss when you win some exclusive DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD merchandise to celebrate the film release into cinemas this Friday 19 August - COMPETITION
The Boss is back! Or at least David Brent is back! And it would appear that a good idea, may indeed be a good idea forever. It has been twelve years since the BBC's award winning, at times cringe worthy, hilarious, sad, all too real, surreal and touching sit com mockumentary The Office ended its two and half season run.
Incredibly it's UK run of only 14 episodes belies the cultural significance and impact that the show has had, (the US version of the The Office ran for nine seasons!!) as co directors and writers Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant turned their magnifying glass on the microcosm of office life - personalities and relationships, at times possibly cutting a little too close to the bone.
I can't deny I have been curious about what has happened to the personalities of The Office over the last decade. Did Dawn become a world renowned children's book illustrator? Did Tim and Dawn finally got their happy (or mildly content) ever after. Did Gareth slog it out or quit to start his own private investigation business, join the TA or campaign to become the President of the Unites States? Did he ever find a boy that could swim faster than a shark? And what of David Brent our relentlessly hopeless, inappropriate and awkward every man? He may be refreshingly laid back for a man with such responsibility but did he finally follow the success of Richard Branson or Tony Robbins? Or a different path?
Well unless you have been living under a rock (and roll branded pillow) for the last couple of months you already know that we will indeed, at least be getting to know a little of what has happened since, as it looks like David Brent has been in the business for another 12 years and spared a moment to tell us what has been happening - when Ricky Gervais releases the big screen debut of David Brent star of The Office (and Slough's finest) in David Brent: Life on the Road into UK cinemas this Friday 19 August.
To celebrate the occasion and support one of the UK finest exports we have partnered with Entertainment One to offer three of our lucky readers exclusive David Brent: Life on the Road goody packs consisting of some sweet merchandise that includes: a must have for any budding musician Elvis/Brent Rockstar Glasses, the finest David Brent guitar pick money can buy, an always ready to handle business David Brent stapler, a reach the peak of sartorial rock elegance David Brent T-shirt and possibly best of all an acoustically serious David Brent guitar amp-style speaker (great for playing music, even better to impress guests as you pretend you can play a guitar like the best of them)
For details on how to get one of these great David Brent: Life on the Road goody packs see further below.
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London in the summer time is truly something to behold just ask the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and this summer certainly seems to be carrying the flag of Great British Summers. So much so that there just doesn't seem to be enough time to fit everything in during the daylight hours. Now more can be made of your time as the growth of spectacular outdoor pop up cinemas continues steadily and makes the most of the London Summer. No doubt your days were packed but oh oh the summer nights.
One of the better outdoor pop up cinemas, not only in terms of: attention to detail, comfort, variety, consistently stunning architectural backdrops for their screenings, entertainment and social consciousness is without doubt - The Nomad Cinema. Get ready for Prince's Purple Rain as you have never experienced before!
The Nomad is about community: our sister cinema is the acclaimed and much-loved independent boutique cinema The Lexi in Kensal Rise, London NW10. Both cinemas are partly run by dedicated volunteers and have developed partnerships with a diverse range of kindred cultural organisations, ethical companies and fairtrade suppliers.
The Nomad is the pop-up cinema with a difference: a very special festival atmosphere, and that little bit of Nomad magic make our events memorable and unique. More than just providing screenings of great films in appropriately great locations, Nomad events immerse you in the flavour of the film, with quality catering, goodie bags, and a warm friendly welcome…
The Nomad is good for you: come to our events and know that you are contributing to a great cause: we give 100% of our profits go to our chosen charity, The Sustainability Institute, in South Africa.
BAFTA To Host A Life In Pictures: Jeremy Irons In partnership with Audi Friday 9th September 2016 - Upcoming Event
We are big fans of the BAFTA A Life In Pictures talks series. Both because it recognises talented individuals whose careers should actually be celebrated and also because it gives one the opportunity to hear first hand about some of our greatest talents careers and lives first hand (as well as possibly ask a question or two). If you have not already done, it's worth having a look at their previous sessions over here.
I couldn't be happier that Jeremy Irons has been invited along to chat about his life and extensive career, bringing to life some very engaging characters in too many brilliant films to list here, but that has seem him work alongside the likes of; Meryl Streep, Harold Pinter, Roland Joffé, Robert DeNiro, David Cronenberg, Roald Dahl, Michael Winner, Anthony Hopkins, Jacques Audiard, Barbet Schroeder, Glenn Close, Steven Soderbergh, Louis Malle, Wayne Wang, Bernardo Bertolucci, Adrian Lyne, Franco Zeffirelli, Fanny Ardant, Al Pacino, Michael Gambon, István Szabó, Claude Lelouch, Ridley Scott, Lasse Hallström, Leonardo DiCaprio, J.C. Chandor, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, David Lynch, Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Neil Jordan and many others, while taking the time to direct a film and be the second best Die Hard villain.
A career which shown no signs of slowing down having completed a number of high profile TV and film features in the last couple years including: his ongoing role in The Borgias, Raimund Gregorius's Night Train to Lisbon, Matt Brown's The Man Who Knew Infinity, Giuseppe Tornatore's La corrispondenza and and Ben Wheatley's dark High-Rise and Avery Brundage's Race, not to mention his ongoing role as Alfred Pennyworth in the DC Universe. And a number of anticipated upcoming feature films which includes Justin Kurzel's adaptation of Assassin's Creed starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
Jeremy Irons will be chatting about his illustrious career in retrospect at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly on Friday 9th September 2016
BAFTA TO HOST A LIFE IN PICTURES: JEREMY IRONS’ IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AUDI
BAFTA is proud to announce Audi as the partner to A Life in Pictures. BAFTA’s Chief Executive Amanda Berry OBE said: “BAFTA and Audi have enjoyed a long and successful partnership and I am thrilled they are now supporting A Life in Pictures. Audi is a brand synonymous with innovation and creativity, and one that is hugely supportive of film.”
‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures’ is a long-running series of onstage interviews in which some of the film world’s leading talent share insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their craft. The series has hosted such figures as Kenneth Branagh, Cate Blanchett, David Fincher, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Sam Mendes, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Vanessa Redgrave, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Peter Greenaway.
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The Premiere of Ben Wheatley's New Film Free Fire is to close the London Film Festival see Brie Larson in Action here
It has just been announced that Ben Wheatley's Free Fire will be the closing film of the 60th London Film Festival to be held this October.
Wow! This is great news. Say what you will about Wheatley but he is one of only a handful of current British filmmakers that is carving out an original path for himself. From his low budget shot around friends homes Down Terrace to the sublime adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High Rise there are few that can claim such a rise whilst staying true to their own voice.
I have been looking forward to Free Fire since I heard about this 70s fuelled crime film. Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese, co written by long time Wheatley collaborator Amy Jump and Wheatley has brought on board, like he has done with his previous films, an absolutely blinding cast that includes amongst others: Wheatley regular and all round legend Michael Smiley, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Patrick Bergin (thought you would sneak that past us?), Jack Reynor and Captain Marvel herself - Brie Larson! So that's two leading Disney actors in a Ben Wheatley film.
Here is the press release and more information:
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Nicolas Roeg & David Bowie's utterly brilliant Sci-Fi classic The Man Who Fell to Earth is getting a 40th anniversary 4k Restoration reissue. Check out the awesome alternative poster!
It is no secret that I am a huge Nicolas Roeg fan. His career epitomises a time honoured path of a master of the arts. Incredibly talented he started out as an Apprentice Editor following a path learning all aspects of filmmaking that led to eventual auteur-ship.
Able to draw on his multidisciplinary talents and experience, particularly his camera work to shape emotive works of art. Along the way he worked with just about every serious talented individual in film as he carved out a path of originality - often leading to being at odds with the studios as he manifested his unique vision.
Indeed some of his works are amongst my favourite films but all of them across the board are compelling viewing and offer an almost hallucinatory and unique viewing experience. Roeg's works have been on my mind lately, most recently with the release of concept art for the Blade Runner sequel, the original was made by legendary British Producer Michael Deeley who also produced Nicolas Roeg's brilliant adaptation of Author Walter Tevis' The Man Who Fell to Earth, watching the extra features on last year's Far From The Madding Crowd restored release I discovered Nicolas Roeg's involvement and early signs of his trademark camera work, and of course the tragic passing of one of our shining lights - David Bowie the titular Man Who Fell to Earth - one of my favourite science fiction films of all time.
For me The Man Who Fell to Earth is a companion piece alongside Roeg's debut feature six years earlier - the great Performance, which he co directed with Donald Cammell (who conceived the concept and wrote the screenplay) and his Bad Timing with Art Garfunkel. Not only do the film and music world's blur with the casting of prominent musicians - Mick Jagger in Performance and David Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth but reality and film merge as Roeg explores issues of identity, duality, isolation and humanity in an experimental experience - drawing on his actor's understanding of the issues of fame and the lines between themselves and others to bring their characters to life in engaging performances.
So I'm over the moon that for its 40th Anniversary The Man Who Fell to Earth has been restored and will be getting a high definition 4K home release, a Special Collector's Edition release as well as a big screen release - as it should be seen.
The upcoming re-release is part of STUDIOCANAL's Vintage Classics collection - showcasing iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content.
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L ast week I was fortunate to crack invites to a special early screening of Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond at the Picturehouse Central and I was super stoked. I do not believe I have overly banged on about it but - Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek is one of my favourite properties/franchises. I guess I should possibly qualify that a bit - as a kid I loved the original 60s show, not initially but very quickly it became a favourite for me and even though I saw it a good while after its initial televised release. I couldn't wait to sit down once a week and hear William Shatner's voice over start the show with:
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
And see what adventure the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise had landed themselves in that week. I loved James Tiberius Kirk's we come in peace - take charge attitude backed up by a team that excelled in their individual roles but came together in a way that transcended their designated rank as - the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
WIN! The Bluebeards Revenge is named as proud partner for Suicide Squad. Win a private screening & other prizes - COMPETITION
It would not be a surprise to anyone that I'm very much looking forward to David Ayer's adaptation of DC Comics' The Suicide Squad which blasts its way into UK cinemas on Friday 5 August 2016.
What's not to look forward to? David Ayer is an intelligent talent who has written a number of fresh screenplays and has a directorial track record of serious dramatic action films made unique by the level of intensity he brings out of his cast like Christian Bale's in Harsh Times, Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Peña in End of Watch, Arnold Schwarzenegger in Sabotage and Brad Pitt & Shia LaBeouf in Fury.
No doubt Ayers will be bringing a similar level of intensity to the Suicide Squad's already notable cast which includes: Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, Ben Affleck, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Scott Eastwood (who is he playing?)
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It's better to burn out than to fade away! Highlander gets a 30th Anniversary 4k Restoration & World Premiere At EIFF Available To Own From July 11th
This week may mark the 35th anniversary of the debut of Stephen Spielberg's Dr. Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark but there can only be one as this year sees the 30th Anniversary of another cinematic legend - Russell Mulcahy's immortal - Connor MacLeod the Highlander. And StudioCanal are intending to give the captivating tale of immortal Connor MacLeod tragically set on the path for the prize, played out by an engaging cast, fuelled by mesmeric visuals and a hypnotic soundtrack - the grand celebration Highlander deserves with a restored 4K home release and a re-release world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
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A couple of weeks back I was fortunate to go along to an early screening of Shane Black's The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. By now you probably know it is a “buddy movie”. A sub genre that cumulatively led to, and, peaked with brilliance in the late 80s with some genuinely engaging films either benefiting or hinging on an odd couple pairing - tinged with drama and humour like; Gene Wilder & Richard Pryor continuing their hilarious partnership with Sidney Poitier's brilliant Stir Crazy (1980), Nick Nolte & Eddie Murphy in Walter Hill's 48 Hrs. (1982), arguably, as it was heavy on the humour and less focussed on the danger - Chevy Chase & Dan Aykroyd in John Landis' Spies Like Us (1985), Billy Crystal & Gregory Hines in Peter Hyams' Running Scared (1986), Danny Glover & Mel Gibson in Richard Donner's Lethal Weapon (1987), Arnold Schwarzenegger & James Belushi in Walter Hill's Red Heat (1988), Robert De Niro & Charles Grodin in Martin Brest's Midnight Run (1988) and Bruce Willis & Damon Wayans in Tony Scott's The Last Boy Scout (1991) since then there have been flashes every now and then of the old buddy magic like Robert Downey Jnr. & Val Kilmer in Shane Black's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Sean Pegg & Nick Frost in their and Edgar Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy and Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig's The Heat (2013), there are probably many more but I can't think of them off the top of my head right now.
|The Nice Guys Ryan Gosling & Russell Crowe [ZOOM]|
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition Home Release with 31 mins of extra footage & characters confirmed for release on 1 August
I loved Batman V Superman and have been hanging for the home release with hopefully a ton of extras. Today it was confirmed that the home release will have 31 minutes of extra footage and will be available for download on 18 July with the Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD version available to buy from 1 August. Watch the trailer below for glimpses at extra characters and scenes to be featured.
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Joel Silver, Shane Black, Matt Bomer, Angourie Rice & Russell Crowe surprise us at a screening of The Nice Guys - EVENT REPORT
A couple of weeks back I was fortunate to go along to an early screening of Shane Black's new action comedy film The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling (as The Nice Guys). I settled into my seat and got comfy for what, was sure to be two hours of fun. The lights dim slightly, but before the film starts - a man strolls out of the shadows to make a couple of pre film announcements.
My jaw drops in jubilant surprise as the guy says something like:
Hi, I'm Joel Silver. ”I tried to maintain my equanimity but Holy Cow! That's Joel Silver. The-e Joel Silver. Hollywood Legend and film Producer behind some of my favourite films. Joel Silver who has been involved in nearly every great action film in the last 30 years, including the likes of: The Warriors, Streets of Fire, Commando, Lethal Weapon, Predator, Die Hard, Roadhouse, The Last Boy Scout, The Matrix, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Sherlock Holmes, etc., etc.
Admittedly there have been some misses in his portfolio but, to be able to consistently make hits that nearly always supersedes the previous film, over a near 4 decade career in a business that is notoriously fickle, is truly something and the calling card of a great producer.
He went on to say something to the effect of he's the Producer of Nice Guys, thank you for coming ... but I couldn't be sure because all the time I'm thinking Holy cow! That's Joel Silver.
Then he invites Director Shane Black onto the stage to say some words and introduce The Nice Guys.
Jack O’Connell and Holliday Grainger star in new short film HOME to be released nationwide on World Refugee Day. - SHORT FILM NEWS
We are huge fans of Jack O’Connell over here at The Establishing Shot, as well as Bafta award-winning film director Daniel Mulloy who you may remember from his work on the The VAIO Nation project (as well as his award winning film work), and fast becoming fans of Holliday Grainger after seeing her in The Finest Hours.
Immigration has become a burning and divisive subject, more so when politics and voting are on everyone's minds. And it's easy to lose sight of the humanity in the issues. Full kudos to the team behind Home for trying to put an emotive face to the subject. It would be great to see the same homegrown talent and their backers putting their efforts behind issues that affect the many people on the streets of the UK.
Jack O’Connell and Holliday Grainger star in new short film 'HOME' to be released nationwide on World Refugee Day.
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10 Criminally underrated British Crime Films you probably haven't seen yet - Guest Contributor Feature
It is no secret that there are two sub-genres of film I am particularly not fond of: football hooligan films and nasty gangster films that glamorises meaningless violence. I haven't seen the soon to be released Hooligan Legacy but I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt as it's recommended by the guys who curated this rather good list of, less well known British Crime Thrillers.
Although it, as well as all others lists of a similar nature, it could benefit from the inclusion of Nicolas Roeg's brilliant Performance starring James Fox, Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg, Michael Tuchner's Battersea set Villain starring Richard Burton and Ian McShane well as Stephen Frears' The Hit starring Terence Stamp, Tim Roth and John Hurt. and a theme song from Roger Waters and Eric Clapton.
Amongst the ten highlighted films there are a number that resonate with me including: a film I just recently re-watched - the Oliver Reed, Jill St. John, Ian McShane, Edward Woodward starrer - Sitting Target. Set in part around Clapham Junction and directed by Douglas Hickox, the man behind Zulu Dawn, Brannigan, Sky Riders and Theatre of Blood, it's interesting to watch Oliver Reed's Harry Lomat a man split between a brash and violent revenge driven convict and a man with a cracked softer side playing off Ian McShane's devilish Birdy.
The always good Mike Hodges' Croupier, set in the glitzy world of casinos but is more about the world under it. The intense Gangster No. 1 from Paul McGuigan who amongst his films will be directing a couple of episodes of Marvel and Netflix's eagerly anticipated Luke Cage series.
Paul Andrew Williams' outstanding London to Brighton, easily transcends its station and is possibly the most meaningful and engaging low budget crime film to come out of Britain in a good while. I also recommend his surreal horror comedy The Cottage starring Andy Serkis, Reece Shearsmith and Jennifer Ellison it's American Werewolf in London good. And of course it's brilliant to see Ben Wheatley's darkly humorous and low key crime family tale - Down Terrace with Robert Hill, Robin Hill, Michael Smiley and Tony Way on the list.
Also good to be introduced to both Hell is a City and He Who Rides a Tiger which have been added to my watchlist.
We all know about Get Carter, Snatch and Kidulthood as classic commonwealth crime capers, but what if you’ve seen all the popular titles and have an appetite for more?
To celebrate the release of violent new thriller Hooligan Legacy, here are some forgotten gangster gems for fans of ‘geezers and guns’ that fell under the radar or got lost in time …
Hell is a City (1960)
Kicking off the list we follow committed police inspector, Harry Martineau. He rightly guesses a recently escaped local criminal will head home to Manchester to pick up the spoils from his last job. Martineau soon after investigates a murder during a street robbery which seems to lead back to the same villain. Martineau discovers the criminal wasn’t working alone and becomes obsessed with tracking down the escaped killer and his gang.
The Establishing Shot News April 16 - 2 Fun Edition - Fear The Walking Dead, The Nomad Cinema Film Festival 2016, James Bond: The Secret History, Sci-Fi News, Super Hero News, Upcoming Films, In Production News, Film Festival News, Film Awards News, Book News, Music News
In this second part of The Establishing Shot News April 16 - 2 Fun Edition we highlight some of the lighter, fun stuff that we are looking forward to as well as many upcoming films that look awesome.
I have tried to be brief but cover some really interesting news across two updates this one focussing on the more fun and crowd pleasing side of things and the other post more focussed on the Aert & Cult. So without out further ado here is a quick look at:
7 Things we are currently obsessed with including; Fear the Walking Dead, The Nomad Cinema Film Festival 2016, John Blake Publishing Release Sean Egan's James Bond: The Secret Files - The Stories Behind Britain's Most Recognised Icon, The John Carpenter Is Playing A Halloween Gig In London, ITV's The Durrells, R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson and Game Of Thrones Is Back.
In Sci-fi News: We Get A First Look At Scarlett Johansson In Ghost In The Shell, The Call Up To Close Scifi London Film Festival 2016, Wolfgang Petersen's Enemy Mine Gets A Blu-ray Release This June and Alien Day 2016 At Hackney Picturehouse
Super Hero News: David Ayer's Suicide Squad Gets A Blitz Trailer, X-men: Apocalypse Gets A New Trailer, Marvel's Doctor Strange Gets A Trailer, Powers: Eddie Izzard Stars In Edgy New Crime Drama, Coming To Spike In May, Netflix & Insa: Daredevil Global Gif. Watch Gif-iti Artist Insa Create The First Ever Global GIF, Finland's First Super Hero Film Rendel Gets An English Teaser Trailer, Netflix Original Series Marvel's The Defenders Assembles Its Creative Team and The Team For The Netflix Original Series Of Marvel's Iron Fist Is Coming Together!
In Looks Awesome News: First Look At The Jason Bourne Trailer, Shane Black's The Nice Guys Gets Brand New Character Posters, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Uk Release Date Change To 13th May 2016, John Le Carré's Our Kind Of Traitor Gets An Intense New Interrogation Clip, Jodie Foster's Money Monster Starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts & Jack O’connell Gets A Trailer, The Legend of Tarzan, First Trailer For Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven, First Look At The Adaptation Of Paula Hawkins' The Girl On The Train Starring Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney & Édgar Ramírez Trailer, Warcraft: The Beginning Trailer, Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Who You Gonna Call? The Ghostbusters Remake Trailer and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Mad, Bad, Totally Rad Mel Gibson News: New Action Packed Mel Gibson Film Blood Father Gets It's First Trailer
In Talking Film With Edith Bowman News: Nick Frost Updates On The Paul Sequel
Dawn O'porter Admits Possibility Of A Future Collaboration With Her Husband, Actor Chris O'dowd
In Production News: Toby Jones, Anne Reid And Sinéad Matthews Lead Impressive Line-up In British Psychological Thriller, “kaleidoscope”, Greg Wise, Alice Sykes Sign Up For “after Louise”greg Wise, Alice Sykes Sign Up For “after Louise”, Hot Property Films Announces Two New Sci-fi Productions – Dogfight And Piper Following The Us Release Of Their Sci-fi Identicals Through Samuel Goldwyn Films And New Uk Distribution Deal With Arrow Films
Film Festival News: Edinburgh International Film Festival Announces The World Premiere Of Whisky Galore! As The 2016 Closing Night Gala, Derby Film Festival 2016 Runs From 29th April To May 8th, Unrestricted View Film Festival 2016 Tickets Now On Sale, The Bechdel Test Fest: Nora Ephron’s Last Supper, Cult Screens Launches Its Best Summer Season Yet and Mods 'n' Robbers - 2016 Southend Film Festival Launches With Two World Premieres
Film Awards News: 2016 Into Film Awards Winners Announced, Chasing Ice, Citizenfour, Food Chains, Miners Shot Down, And Virunga Win The 2016 Doc Impact Award and Whicker’s World Foundation Awards Finalists Announced
Book News: Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion Limited Edition Hardback Book
Music News: Rock In Rio Is Back To Lisbon This May
7 Things we are currently obsessed with
Fear The Waking Dead
I must confess I came to Fear The Walking Dead a little late. I was unsure if there was room in my life for another zombie related show as I am so heavily invested in the original Walking Dead and with its many tempestuous turns.
We binged watched the first season of Fear The Walking Dead before attending the second season premiere and we are smitten - of course these shows are less about zombies and more about the emotional roller coaster you are set on as you begin to become involved with the personalities featured in the show. Hopefully FTWD will fill the gap between Walking Dead seasons. A full write up of the Season 2 Premiere (what a night!) will be up soon including a brief chat with legendary producer Gale Anne Hurd.
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