Week 5 2012 Film News Round-up


Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Tuesday, February 07, 2012

the establishing shot film newsThis week on The Establishing Shot: We see the brilliant Afterschool, Nicolas Winding Refn UK Pusher gets a poster, We analyse the First official James Bond still from Skyfall Walther P99 returns and are Que Optic International a threat? Winners of the Richard Attenborough UK Regional Film Awards RAFAs announced, UK Top 10 Films, This weeks Film Releases, The Woman In Black Opens At No.2 At The US Boxoffice, The Super Bowl Movie Tweet Off - Who wins, Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall To Star In Untitled International Suspense Thriller Directed By John Crowley, Daniel Radcliffe and James Watkins introduce two screenings of The Woman In Black, First Light Awards Judges announced, Man on a Ledge ...or is he?? Official Announcement from the Republic of Wadiya: General Aladeen Announces his website launch, Jays teams up with Samsung, BFI's 2011 UK box office report, Official The Avengers Superbowl Teaser Trailer online, Getty Images’ Mishmash Music Video Remix 2012 Competition is now open, Sundance London Short Film Competition, Watershed's super-short filmmaking competition open, Sci-Fi-London 48 Hour Film Challenge, Meet the Filmmakers: Daniel Radcliffe, James Watkins and Jane Goldman for The Woman in Black, Sneak preview of never before seen footage from The Amazing Spider-Man, Daniel Radcliffe will be introducing them Woman In Black UK screening this Sat 11 Feb Empire Leicester Square, The Vaults Cinema presents Hammer: classics and cutting edge, Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D, The Front Line, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Behind The Scenes Featurette, Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Trailer, M.I.A - Bad Girls

This Week on The Establishing Shot:
Last week we were relatively busy and what little free time I had was utilised crushing Noobs as we finally got around to playing some Call of Duty Modern Warfare 4. Outstanding!

Cinematically speaking the highlight of the week must have been seeing Afterschool. A sharp gem of a film from Director Antonio Campos that features another incredible performance from We Need to Talk about Kevin’s Ezra Miller. In many respects the similarities in the films are astounding with Afterschool foretelling  the kind of material that Ezra Miller is drawn to and excels.

Hopefully a full review will be up soon in the meantime there is a little more about Afterschool further below.

The Establishing Shot: Nicolas Winding Refn UK Pusher gets a poster
One of 2012s most anticipated films over here at The Establishing Shot is the UK reimagining of Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher. We loved Nicolas Winding Refn's gritty slice of life Danish trilogy focussed on the under world of drug dealing desperado Frank. It also introduced us to some outstanding talent like Mads Mikkelsen, the always compelling Zlatko Buric as well as the man himself Nicolas Winding Refn. And with Nicolas Winding Refn on board as Executive Producer collaborating again with the guys behind Bronson and Monsters - Pusher is shaping up to be a film of note.

Read more here: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2012/02/establishing-shot-nicolas-winding-refn.html

The Establishing Shot: We analyse the First official James Bond still from Skyfall Walther P99 returns and are Que Optic International a threat?
As promised Sony released the first official still from the 23rd James Bond cinematic adventure Skyfall online at www.007.com this morning. Let's take a look at it.

In the picture we see James Bond in a neon lit room. Bond seems to be unshaven and warmly dressed. His outfit seemingly adapted for stealth activities, despite his black gloves a closer look shows a white high collar shirt under his upturned lapel - so either Bond has been thrown in to this mission - continuing the theme from Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace or this Bond doesn't need over engineered gadget solutions or stealth suits.The stubble on his face tells us a similar story albeit hinting at a harder colder Bond. He seems to be in the midst of the action as his brow is beaded with sweat.

Read more here: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2012/02/establishing-shot-we-analyse-first.html

The Establishing Shot: Winners of the Richard Attenborough UK Regional Film Awards RAFAs announced
British Actors And Filmmakers Dominate The Richard Attenborough Film Awards 2012. Three awards for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, two critics’ prizes for The Artist. The winners of the sixth annual Richard Attenborough UK Regional Film Awards (RAFAs) were announced today, adding further accolades to both The Artist and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. RAFAs also go to Michael Fassbender, Tom Hiddleston and Aardman Animations as British film’s golden year of 2011 is reflected fulsomely in the list of winners.

Even though The Establishing Shot were nominated in the Film Blog of the year category. I unfortunately couldn't make the RAFAks swanky do in central London - but did watch it live online. We didn't t win but a hearty congratulations to CineVue. Visit www.cine-vue.com it is a worthwhile read and it is great to see a broader spectrum of film blogs recognised not just the usual media darlings. More power to ya CineVue.

Read more here: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2012/02/establishing-shot-winners-of-richard.html

The Establishing Shot: UK Top 10 Films Friday 27 - Sunday 29 Jan, 2012 courtesy of Digital Cinema Media
1. War Horse
2. The Descendants
3. The Grey
4. A Monster In Paris 3D
5. The Artist
6. Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game Of Shadows
7. Underworld: Awakening 3D
8. The Iron Lady
9. The Sitter
10. Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol

The Establishing Shot: This weeks Film Releases
CHRONICLE
Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.

JACK AND JILL
Jack and Jill is a comedy focusing on Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler), a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife and kids, who dreads one event each year: the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister Jill (also Adam Sandler). Jill's neediness and passive-aggressiveness is maddening to Jack, turning his normally tranquil life upside down. Katie Holmes plays Erin, Jack's wife.

MAN ON A LEDGE
An ex-cop and now wanted fugitive (Sam Worthington) stands on the ledge of a high-rise building while a NYPD negotiator (Elizabeth Banks) tries to talk him down. The longer they are on the ledge, the more she realises that he might have an ulterior objective.

MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE
Elizabeth Olsen stars in director Sean Durkin's psychological thriller, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, about a young woman who undergoes an explosive crisis of identity after escaping the confines of a rural cult-like farming community. Trapped by unsettling flashes of memories from the past and visions of a perilous future, she becomes taken over by an unsettling sense of fear, leaving her consumed by paranoia and a mysterious burden of guilt.

YOUNG ADULT
Academy Award winner Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn't quite gotten over high school, either.

JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
The new 3D family adventure 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' begins when seventeen-year-old Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. Unable to stop him from tracking the signal to its source, Sean's new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson), joins the quest that will take them first to the South Pacific, and then to a place few people have ever seen. Or lived to tell about. It's a place of stunning beauty, strange and threatening life forms, volcanoes, mountains of gold and more than one astonishing secret.

CARNAGE
Carnage tells the story of two sets of parents who decide to have a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a schoolyard brawl.

BOMBAY BEACH
The rusting relic of a failed 1950s development boom, the Salton Sea is a barren Californian landscape often seen as a symbol of the failure of the American Dream. A sea in the middle of the Colorado desert. First-time director Alma Har'el visits this poetically fruitful terrain in her distinctive documentary Bombay Beach, and finds there a motley cast including a bipolar seven-year-old, a lovelorn high school football star, and an octogenarian poet-prophet. Together they make up a triptych of American manhood in its decisive moments, populating the Salton Sea's land of thwarted opportunity.


More UK Film release dates can be found over at the FDA website: http://www.launchingfilms.com/release-schedule



The Establishing Shot: In the mail - Afterschool
See Ezra Miller in his shocking and startling debut as a teenage monster! Pornography, drug addiction and murder...It’s just an average day for pupils an elite American school in the movie about the YouTube generation.

Robert (Ezra Miller – We Need to Talk About Kevin) - is a young, ill-at-ease American student at a private East Coast preparatory school who has a disturbing penchant for random Youtube clips and online pornography. He is also very much a loner and finds friendly interactions with other students his own age difficult. Robert accidentally captures on camera the agonising death of two attractive and popular female classmates. The principle of the school decides that their lives are to become memorialised as part of an audio-visual assignment designed to speed up the campus-wide healing process – a project that is assigned to Robert. But the video memorial assignment creates an atmosphere of paranoia and unease among students and teachers with unforeseen consequences. Apart from the brilliant performance of Ezra Miller, AFTERSCHOOL also features Rosemary DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married) and Michael Stuhlbarg, who stars in the Coen brothers’ A Serious Man and HBO drama Boardwalk Empire.

The motivation and the inspiration of AFTERSCHOOL, according to the director Antonio Campos, was born out of his own history as a student at an elite New York preparatory school, the alumni of which includes Truman Capote; the death of two close friends and the harrowing event of 9/11, when he was himself only 18 years of age.

Video: We Need To Talk About Afterschool - Ezra Miller's Acclaimed Screen Debut



The Establishing Shot: Film News
The Woman In Black Opens At No.2 At The US Boxoffice
Hammer's chilling ghost story The Woman in Black exceeded box office expectations to open in the no.2 spot in its three day opening weekend (Fri-Sun) in the US, grossing just over $21m.

This is more than Paranormal Activity's opening weekend which grossed $19,617,650 in 2009 and The Grudge 2 which grossed $20,825,300 in 2006.

Hammer's adaptation of Susan Hill's classic novel, starring Daniel Radcliffe, opened on almost 2855 screens with a per screen average of $7,356.

This weekend's three day gross makes The Woman in Black the highest opening ever for a Hammer film in the US.

The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, is the iconic production company's first ever feature ghost story. It is directed by James Watkins and adapted by Jane Goldman from the book by Susan Hill.

The film is a Hammer, Alliance Films, The UK Film Council presentation, in association with Cross Creek Pictures. A Talisman production in association with Exclusive Media. Producers are Richard Jackson, Simon Oakes and Brian Oliver. Executive Producers are Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Tobin Armbrust, Marc Schipper, Neil Dunn, Xavier Marchand, Roy Lee and Tyler Thompson.

Commenting on the success of The Woman in Black, Simon Oakes, President & CEO of Hammer and Vice Chairman of Exclusive Media said: "We are delighted that The Woman in Black has performed so well. The fact that a gothic horror has attracted such a large audience on opening weekend shows the demand for elevated and intelligent genre films which Hammer aims to produce."

Nigel Sinclair, CEO of Exclusive Media added: "This follows on a strong performance for Ides of March and reflects our commitment to great artists and great movies; I congratulate our partners CBS Alliance and of course Cross Creek pictures."

Tobin Armbrust, President of Worldwide Production & Acquisitions of Exclusive Media, which is Hammer's parent company, added: "We are thrilled to share in the success of The Woman in Black with our close family, Daniel Radcliffe, Jane Goldman, James Watkins and the entire cast and crew who all worked incredibly hard on this great project. Hammer is one of our key production brands and to see it embraced in the US is a great show of support for its production philosophy."

The Woman in Black director James Watkins said: 'I'm thrilled that a British ghost story, made with a British cast, crew and investment, is playing so well with American audiences.'

The Woman in Black will open in the UK on 10 February.


The Super Bowl Movie Tweet Off - Who wins?




The Avengers comes out the clear winner in Super Bowl TV Spot buzz. An honourable mention must be saved for Battleship, with Rihanna’s involvement clearly salivating Twitter audiences. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax hit a strong wave of nostalgic twitter buzz, with it just edging the many LOLs/WTFs of The Dictator. Source: Way To Blue Blog

Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall To Star In Untitled International Suspense Thriller Directed By John Crowley
Focus Features and Working Title Films will begin production in April in the U.K. on an untitled international suspense thriller starring Eric Bana (of Focus’ Hanna) and Golden Globe Award nominee Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Town). The movie will be directed by John Crowley (Boy A). Focus CEO James Schamus and president Andrew Karpen, and Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, made the announcement today.

The original screenplay is by Steven Knight, Academy Award nominee for Dirty Pretty Things and BIFA Award nominee for Focus’ Eastern Promises.

Mr. Bevan and Mr. Fellner are producing the film with Chris Clark (The Guard). Focus will hold worldwide rights to the feature, and will commence overseas sales at the Cannes International Film Festival in May.

In the thriller, two ex-lovers, Martin (to be played by Mr. Bana) and Claudia (Ms. Hall) find their loyalties tested and their lives at risk when they are joined together on the defense team in a terrorism trial.

Mr. Schamus and Mr. Karpen said, “Working Title and John Crowley have not only crafted a nail-biting thriller, but an emotional rollercoaster as well – one that speaks to the heart of the human condition in our time.”

Mr. Bevan and Mr. Fellner said, “We’re excited to be collaborating with John, Steven Knight, and these two terrific actors, and we look forward to the movie entertaining audiences and also getting them talking.”

Working Title Films, co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner since 1992, is one of the world’s leading film production companies. Founded in 1983, Working Title has made nearly 100 films that have grossed over $5 billion worldwide. Its films have won 6 Academy Awards, 26 BAFTA Awards, and prestigious prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals. The current release slate includes Tomas Alfredson’s thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Actor (Gary Oldman) and 11 BAFTA Awards including Best Film and Best Actor; Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale, which recently posted the company’s all-time biggest domestic box office opening weekend; Ken Kwapis’ Big Miracle, starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski; and Joe Wright’s epic love story Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson, and Jude Law.

In addition to Anna Karenina, and Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy, current and upcoming Focus releases include writer/director Dee Rees’ contemporary drama Pariah, nominated for 2 Spirit Awards; Being Flynn, written and directed by Paul Weitz and starring two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Paul Dano; Moonrise Kingdom, the new feature from Wes Anderson, starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman; Lorene Scafaria’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley; Sam Fell and Chris Butler’s ParaNorman, the new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA; Jamie Travis’ contemporary comedy For a Good Time, Call…, starring Ari Graynor and Lauren Anne Miller; and the historical tale Hyde Park on Hudson, directed by Roger Michell and starring Academy Award nominees Bill Murray and Laura Linney.


Daniel Radcliffe and James Watkins introduce two screenings of  The Woman In Black
Daniel Radcliffe and Director James Watkins will be in central London this weekend to welcome the audience to two screenings of their gothic chiller THE WOMAN IN BLACK which will be released nationwide from 10th February 2012.

For those fans who missed the chance to see Dan at the Worldwide Premiere last month, this is a fantastic opportunity to see the star as he and James personally introduce both screenings.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK is based on the world famous ghost story by Susan Hill.  The film follows the fate of Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House.

Working alone in the old mansion, Kipps begins to uncover the town’s tragic and tortured secrets and his fears escalate when he discovers that local children have been disappearing under mysterious circumstances.  When those closest to him are threatened, Kipps must find a way to break the cycle of terror.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK also stars Ciaran Hinds (TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY) and Janet McTeer (TUMBLEWEEDS) and was adapted from Susan Hill’s best-selling novel for the screen by Jane Goldman (KICK ASS) and directed by James Watkins (EDEN LAKE).

Saturday 11th February
3.00pm, Empire Leicester Square
4.30pm, Vue Westfield

THE WOMAN IN BLACK will be released across the UK and Ireland by Momentum Pictures, an Alliance Films company, on 10th February 2012.



First Light Awards Judges announced
First Light is proud to announce that this year’s judges for the First Light Awards will include:

Danny Boyle, Edgar Wright, Danny Leigh, Laura Haddock, Jason Isaacs, David Heyman, Sam Mendes, Talulah Riley, Sam Taylor-Wood, Myanna Buring, Sam Clafin, Rebecca O’Brien, Tom Hooper, Frank Passingham, Emma Hindley, Roger Goldby, David Yates and Gary Lewis

Now in their 11th successive year, First Light is proud to present the 2012 First Light Awards at the BFI Southbank, an inspirational celebration of the next generation of British filmmakers.

On 5 March 2012, celebrity supporters and talented young people from around the UK will be making their way to London to celebrate their filmmaking successes at the most prestigious young filmmakers’ event of the year.

First Light helps young people from all backgrounds develop skills, talent, creativity and confidence by giving them opportunities to create their own short films with the help of industry professionals. The films the young people create cover many topics and genres, and make use of today’s accessible digital technologies to tell their stories with them in control. The roles of cast and crew would have been undertaken by various members of the young people in the group. Each would have had the opportunity to write, act, shoot, direct, light, edit, produce and screen their own film.

The films explore a wide range of issues, such as female genital mutilation, homelessness and the lost youth of young care-givers, through creative story-telling, including the story of a stammering trainee Samurai and one man’s elevator journey with Kharon, carrier of souls, to local concerns such as the disappearance of Kosher bakeries in Leeds and the story of a local boxing trainer in Merthyr Tydfil.

The young filmmakers come from across the UK and a wide variety of social backgrounds and experiences – including those with refugee status, young offenders and those from deprived areas – with each filmmaker imparting a unique aspect if themselves into their films.

Barbara Broccoli, First Light Chair, remarked: ‘Filmmaking amongst young people across the UK has never been more popular. It is vitally important that young people from all backgrounds have a creative voice. The future of the British Film industry will benefit from the creative talents that have been nurtured by First Light and celebrated at the First Light Awards.’

To learn more about this year’s exciting entries, please visit the First Light website where you can see this year’s nominated films and cast your vote for The Audience Award 2012

Man on a Ledge ...or is he??
To celebrate the UK release of Man on a Ledge, artist Joe Hill of 3D Joe and Max stands perilously close to the edge of side of a 200m metre high building in the centre of City of London yesterday - the most extreme work ever undertaken by these award winning, global artists.

To mark its nationwide cinema release today, the artists defied freezing winds and hair-raising heights to capture the shear intensity and adrenalin of the film

Man On A Ledge
Image: Man On A Ledge

Starring Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Anthony Mackie and Genesis Rodriguez, this adrenalin fuelled action thriller is ‘high’ concept where nothing is quite what it seems and who you can trust is a careful balancing act.

Official Announcement from the Republic of Wadiya: General Aladeen Announces his website launch
General Aladeen has just tweeted to announce his website launch.

The Dictator
Image: Dictator Domestic One Sheet

"My website just launched - it's already bigger than Facebook! Visit it! (unless you're in Wadiya, where for some reason there’s no internet. I didn't ban it. Honest)"


You can toggle between English & Wadiyan to learn more about His Excellency Admiral General Aladeen.
Video: The Dictator UK Trailer


You can also follow his Excellency @RepublicWadiya and friend him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RepublicOfWadiya

The Dictator
The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. It is inspired by the best selling novel "Zabibah and The King" by Saddam Hussein.

Producing alongside Baron Cohen are Scott Rudin, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, and David Mandel. The project marks the first collaboration for Rudin (“The Social Network,” “True Grit”) and Baron Cohen, while Berg, Schaffer and Mandel (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) join him as screenwriters on the movie. The movie is the latest collaboration between Baron Cohen and Charles, who previously worked together on “Borat” as well as “Bruno”. Dan Mazer (“Borat” “Bruno”), Ant Hines ("Borat" "Bruno") and Peter Baynham (“Borat”) will serve as executive producers, reuniting the rest of the Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe winning “Borat” team. Todd Schulman ("Borat" “Bruno”) is co-producing under Baron Cohen’s Four By Two Films banner.

Released; May the 16th 2012

Jays teams up with Samsung
Jays has signed an agreement with Samsung, the world's largest manufacturer of smartphones. The deal sees Jays and Samsung team up for a number of joint promotional activities during February 2012.

The Swedish headphone manufacturer has long had a strong presence in Asia and the new partnership with Samsung will give Jays a further boost. Samsung is the world's largest manufacturer of smartphones by volume, with a 24% market share and 28 million phones sold in Q3 2011 alone. The cooperation will see Jays’ award-winning v-JAYS being marketed together with selected products across Samsung´s 691 stores and with its other retailers in Korea during February.

“The agreement with Samsung is a great boost for our profile in a key target market. It’s also an incredible endorsement of Jays’ unrivalled quality and our continued success. Coming from the world's largest manufacturer of smartphones it’s a great compliment,” comments Rune Torbjörnsen, CEO of Jays AB (publ). “Our Mobile Music concept has proven to be a very popular initiative and the response has been staggering. We’re continuing with our mission to deliver the highest quality and most musical sound to any media player and this collaboration with Samsung takes us even closer to this goal.”

BFI's 2011 UK box office report
Annual UK cinema admissions increased by 1.4% to 171.6 million, the third highest total of the last decade. The gross value of those ticket sales was £1,040 million, up 5% on 2010. The strong performance of a number of independent British films such as The King’s Speech and The Inbetweeners Movie was a major factor behind the growth in box office revenue.

The success of The King’s Speech and other awards season contenders like Black Swan contributed to an increase in admissions at the beginning of the year and half-term family films Tangled and Gnomeo and Juliet helped to raise February admissions by almost 16%. While ticket sales in March and April were down on 2010, a stronger slate of June releases meant that admissions increased by 45% on 2010, when cinema-going had been adversely affected by the FIFA World Cup. The Inbetweeners Movie and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy boosted September admissions, which were up 14% compared with 2010 and the year finished with a 12% improvement in sales compared with snow-blighted December 2010.

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
2. The King’s Speech
3. The Inbetweeners Movie
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
5. The Hangover 2
6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
7. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
8. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
9. Bridesmaids
10. Arthur Christmas
11. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
12. Johnny English Reborn
13. Tangled
14. Fast & Furious 5
15. The Smurfs
16. Kung Fu Panda 2
17. The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn
18. Black Swan
19. Gnomeo & Juliet
20. Cars 2
Source: Rentrak EDI

The highest grossing film of 2011, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 became the third highest grossing film of all time at the UK box office behind Avatar and Toy Story 3 (Table 3). The final instalment of the eight-film Harry Potter saga topped the chart of the year with earnings of just over £73 million. Second and third place belonged to two independent British films, The King’s Speech and The Inbetweeners Movie, each earning over £45 million to become the two highest grossing independent UK films since box office records began. Three other titles earned over £30 million – Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Hangover 2 and TheTwilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. Sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Aardman animation Arthur Christmas grossed over £20 million while Bridesmaids was one of the surprise hits of the year earning £23 million.

Official The Avengers Superbowl Teaser Trailer 
The new extended Superbowl XLVI spot for Marvel’s The Avengers is now available to view exclusively on the official The Avengers UK and Ireland Facebook page.

Video: Marvel's The Avengers Superbowl 2012 Official Trailer | HD


Marvel Studios presents ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’—the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor,Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson, and written and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in summer 2012.

In “Marvel’s The Avengers,” superheroes team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security.

Marvel’s The Avengers at UK cinemas on April 27 2012

For more info head over to: It can be accesed here: https://www.facebook.com/AvengersUK


The Establishing Shot: Film Making Competitions
Getty Images’ Mishmash Music Video Remix 2012 Competition is now open
The challenge is on. We’re on the lookout for great video talent.Short story, video art, music video, ad or mini-documentary – mess with our high res video, stills and music to create a short video of your own.

You’ll get access to great HD video from e.g. Universal Studios and Warner Brothers Film, as well as quirkier videos from Barcroft Media and our own best collections: one80, iStockFootage and Archive Films.

There’s a fantastic global first prize, the chance to be discovered by millions of creatives and have your work judged by leaders in the fields of TV, advertising and film-making – plus great regional and local prizes as well.

Mishmash is open to everyone: Europe, Middle East and Africa; the Americas, including the USA and Brazil; Asia-Pacific, including, China, India and Japan. So, take a look at our brief and how to enter now. For more inspiration checkout our blog (http://mishmashblog.gettyimages.com/)


Deadline: 29 February 2012
The sooner you submit your entry, the more chance you have of getting your video voted for.

Sundance London Short Film Competition
As part of Sundance London, and in partnership with Greenwich Council and Ravensbourne, we are launching a short film competition with the winning entry being shown as part of the Sundance London short film programme.

To celebrate the competition and festival links to Greenwich, the place where time began and the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the competition theme will focus on time with the title ‘Story of our Time’

The challenge is to produce a three to five minute short film around the theme of ‘Story of Our Time’.

Entrants can interpret ‘Story of Our Time’ in any way they choose and films can be in documentary, animation, live action, comedy, drama or any other format or genre.

Deadline: 5pm Thurs, 28 February 2012


Watershed's super-short filmmaking competition as part of Encounters International Film Festival
Can you do it in 90 seconds? DepicT! is Watershed’s international short film competition that, since its creation by Brief Encounters in 1998, has been challenging filmmakers to create 90 second ultra-short masterpieces.

Every year we receive hundreds of films of every genre from dozens of countries all around the world all competing for our great range of prizes and industry exposure. The teams of judges who deliberate over the entries have included some superstar names – such as Peter Jackson, Pete Postlethwaite and Damien O’Donnell.

The shortlisted DepicT! filmmakers, often in that crucial early stage in their career, are invited to the Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival and offered a prime industry platform. The festival is a priceless opportunity for filmmakers to promote their work and make contact with a broad range of international industry professionals from distributors and producers to funding bodies and exhibitors, as well as other filmmakers and, of course, enthusiastic short film fans.

Deadline: Mon 9 July, 2012


The greatest Short film competition ever - Sci-Fi-London 48 Hour Film Challenge
Over the last four years the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival has run a 48hour Film Challenge and we have had over 380 films completed, many of which have gone to other film festivals and been broadcast on TV.

The challenge takes place a few weeks before the film festival so we can judge all the entries and the winning films can be screened at the festival.

To take part is easy:
Get a crew together, scout some locations, prep your cast and be ready to make a 5 minute short film in just 48 hours.

We ask one member of your team to come to the Apollo Piccadilly on Saturday 14 April at 10.30am where we give you the TITLE of the film you will make, some DIALOGUE that one of your characters must say to screen, and a list of PROPS that must be seen in the film. This year we also introduce an optional scientific theme... this could be nano-tech, cloning, gene-splicing...or something a little more "fringe".

Once you have all your elements, you have until Monday morning to return the completed movie to us.

In 2008, Gareth Edwards took part and won the competition. Gareth’s debut feature is the multiple award-winning MONSTERS – and the project was green-lit because Vertigo Films saw his winning 48hour short-film right here! So impressed were they with what he could do with no budget in just 2 days that they decided to develop a feature with him.

In 2011 we had a prize from Vertigo Films of a feature-film development deal, we hope that the winners will complete their first feature next year. Also, one of the runners-up was scouted by The Mill and is now working on some amazing projects. We are working on prizes and jury right now, but the dates are locked, so start planning.

For 2012 we can confirm Vertigo Films are offering another development deal to the winners!

The 2012 challenge weekend is 14 - 16 April.


The Establishing Shot: For your calendar
Meet the Filmmakers: Daniel Radcliffe, James Watkins and Jane Goldman for The Woman in Black
Join actor Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), director James Watkins (Eden Lake) and screenwriter Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass) as they discuss their new movie The Woman In Black, based on Susan Hill's best selling novel. Young London solicitor Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe) is forced to leave his three-year-old son and travel to the remote village of Crythin Gifford, but when he arrives at the creepy old mansion, he discovers dark secrets in the villagers’ past, and a mysterious woman dressed all in black.

The Woman In Black at the Apple Store Regent Street February 9, 5:00 pm

Sneak preview of never before seen footage from The Amazing Spider-Man
Last week Sony announced secret screenings of footage from The Amazing Spider-Man to be shown in 13 countries around the globe: Rome, Paris, Madrid, Rio, London, Berlin, Los Angeles, Tokyo, New York, London, Moscow, Seoul, Sydney,

The site to book tickets for the screenings was revealed via The Amazing Spider-Man projections in the 13 cities where screenings will take place. There may be tickets for some #AmazingSpiderMan screenings over here: http://theuntoldstorybegins.com/

Video: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Spotted Around The World


Daniel Radcliffe will be introducing them Woman In Black UK screening this Sat 11 Feb Empire Leicester Square
Exciting news! Daniel Radcliffe will be making a special appearance and introduction to The Woman in Black at The Empire Leicester Square on Saturday 11th February at 3pm.


The Vaults Cinema presents Hammer: classics and cutting edge.
We are thrilled and slightly scared to announce that the Vaults Cinema has formed an unholy alliance with the mighty Hammer, Britain's legendary house of horror for Hammer screenings at VAULT in London

Starting on Friday, February 10th, we will be resurrecting bloody classics like The Reptile, Frankenstein Created Woman and The Vampire Lovers and bringing them face to face with their 21st century counterparts: Wake Wood, Let Me In and the eagerly awaited The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe.

As if that wasn't enough, screenings feature surprise special guests reading from the source material …Who are they? Well, that would be telling. Vaults Cinema and Hammer are a perfect fit as Hammer has been the champion of Gothic literature for decades with their magnificent adaptations of novels such as Dracula and Frankenstein and now, resurrected and reinvigorated, they keep that tradition alive with the marvellous Let Me In and The Woman in Black.

For more info and tickets head over to: http://www.atgtickets.com/The-Vaults-Cinema-Tickets/219/2052/

Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D (Digital*) Opens 9 February at the IMAX
Whether you're an old fan or new, there's no denying that seeing Star Wars on the big screen is an event not to be missed - especially when it's the first Star Wars movie to ever be presented in spectacular 3D. The duel with Darth Maul, the harrowing Tatooine Podrace, the first meeting of R2-D2 and C3PO, and the introduction of the Star Wars Saga's tragic hero, Anakin Skywalker, are all back in an all-new 3D presentation of Episode I, an experience that promises to truly surround you with the Force. Experience it for the first time in 3D!


The Establishing Shot: Independent Spotlight – The Front Line ( Go-ji-jeon )
In the final decisive battles of The Korean War, the battle-worn armies of North and South Korea face a brutal deadlock on the rugged Aerok Hills. Fears of treachery and collusion with enemy forces trigger an investigation into the men of the South Korean Alligator Company.

A veteran intelligence officer accepts the assignment and discovers mysterious and tragic occurrences surrounding a former comrade he had long thought dead. In the epic battle for survival that follows, the two men become locked in a deadly battle of wills. One will sacrifice his humanity for the sake of his ‘brothers’; the other will discover compassion in the agonies of war. Ultimately, both will be forced to fight side-by-side, so their loved ones can enjoy freedom for just one more day…

The Front Line - Available on DVD & Blu Ray 27th February 2012

Video: The Front Line Official Cine Asia Trailer


Experience breath-taking action sequences and heart-wrenching performances in this critically acclaimed Korean box-office smash-hit.

The Front Line (Go-ji-jeon)
A drama centered on the Korean War's final battle that will determine the border between north and south.

Director: Hun Jang
Writer: Sang-yeon Park
Stars: Ha-kyun Shin, Soo Go and Seung-su Ryu

The Establishing Shot: Interview of the week – Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Behind The Scenes Featurette
We have seen Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and blown away with the effects and camera work. In this Featurette we go behind the scenes with the cast and Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor the Directors Spirit of Vengeance to see how far they went to get those great action shots..

Video: The Establishing Shot: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Behind The Scenes Featurette


The Establishing Shot: Trailer of the Week - Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Trailer
The remarkable story of Hollywood’s most prolific and influential writer-director-producer, the legendary Roger Corman, is the subject of director Alex Stapleton’s affectionate, witty and hugely entertaining documentary, Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel, which charts the Oscar winning filmmaker’s career from his early days working in the mail room at 20th Century Fox to the set of one of his most recently produced “creature features”, “Dinoshark”.

Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel (cert. tbc) will be a Picturehouse Culture Shock Presentation on Tuesday 21st February and will be available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from 26th March 2012.

Video: The Establishing Shot: Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Trailer


Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel (cert. tbc) will be a Picturehouse Culture Shock Presentation on Tuesday 21st February and will be available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from 26th March 2012.

The Establishing Shot: Music discovered this week: M.I.A - Bad Girls
I am not as taken with M.I.A.'s song Bad Girls as much as Romain Gavras' outstanding music video for Bad Girls. Always controversial we hung out with Vincent Kassel, Romain Gavras and Kourtrajmé collaborater Kim Chapiron at a special screening of Romain Gavras' Our Day Will Come, a modern Day Bonnie & Clyde. These guys are going to have a huge impact on the way films are made in the future (or end up behind bars) either way I'm looking forward to seeing more of their stuff asap.

Bad Girls is Gavras' second collaboration with M.I.A the first Born Free can be seen over here: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2011/07/see-romain-gavras-born-free-short-film.html


Video:  M.I.A, Bad Girls by Romain - Gavras


Director : Romain Gavras
Director of Photography : André Chemetoff
Producer : Mourad Belkeddar
Production company : ICONOCLAST.TV

The Establishing Shot: Week 2 2012 Film News Round-up
This week on The Establishing Shot: This week on The Establishing Shot: We seethe brilliant Afterschool, Nicolas Winding Refn UK Pusher gets a poster, We analyse the First official James Bond still from Skyfall Walther P99 returns and are Que Optic International a threat? Winners of the Richard Attenborough UK Regional Film Awards RAFAs announced, UK Top 10 Films, This weeks Film Releases, The Woman In Black Opens At No.2 At The US Boxoffice, The Super Bowl Movie Tweet Off - Who wins?, Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall To Star In Untitled International Suspense Thriller Directed By John Crowley, Daniel Radcliffe and James Watkins introduce two screenings of The Woman In Black, First Light Awards Judges announced, Man on a Ledge ...or is he?? Official Announcement from the Republic of Wadiya: General Aladeen Announces his website launch, Jays teams up with Samsung, BFI's 2011 UK box office report, Official The Avengers Superbowl Teaser Trailer online, Getty Images’ Mishmash Music Video Remix 2012 Competition is now open, Sundance London Short Film Competition, Watershed's super-short filmmaking competition open, Sci-Fi-London 48 Hour Film Challenge, Meet the Filmmakers: Daniel Radcliffe, James Watkins and Jane Goldman for The Woman in Black, Sneak preview of never before seen footage from The Amazing Spider-Man, Daniel Radcliffe will be introducing them Woman In Black UK screening this Sat 11 Feb Empire Leicester Square, The Vaults Cinema presents Hammer: classics and cutting edge, Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D, The Front Line, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Behind The Scenes Featurette, Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Trailer, M.I.A - Bad Girls

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