The Establishing Shot: Week 9 2012 Film News Round-up


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the establishing shot film newsThis week on The Establishing Shot: Headhunters Norwegian Tastemaker Evening, War of the Arrows Archery Experience at 2020 Archery,  John Carter UK Premiere, The Establishing Shot: New Marvel Avengers Assemble Trailer unleashed! John Carter Review JOHN CARTER IS A LOT OF FUN! UK Top 10 Films, This weeks Film Releases; Hunky Dory, If Not Us, Who? Michael, Project X, This Means War, Wanderlust, War Of The Arrows, UK John Carter Premiere Willem Dafoe, Week 9 Trailers &  Clips, Mondo John Carter Poster, How I Spent My Summer Vacation Or Get The Gringo Teaser Trailer, The Film Independent Spirit Awards, Nokia Truer Than Fiction Award Winner - Where Soldiers Come From, Watch The Peter Weyland 2023 Ted Talk - Prometheus Viral Video, First Light Awards 2012 Winners Announced On London’s Southbank, The National Youth Film Academy, Launches The Pioneering New Apprenticeship Scheme And Will Soon Become The Biggest Supplier Of Apprentices To The Uk Film Industry, Cast Your Vote For The 2011 Game Award, Breathtaking Hogwarts Castle Scale Model Revealed To The Public For The First Time, Hammer’s “The Woman In Black” Is The Most Successful British Horror Film Of The Last 20 Years, Universal Pictures Continues Yearlong 100th Anniversary Celebration With Reveal Of New Animated Logo, Anticipation For The Hunger Games Heats Up And Author Suzanne Collins’ Thoughts After Seeing The Hunger Games Film,  ‘Undefeated’ Wins Oscar For Best Documentary Feature, Sacha Baron Cohen Signs Exclusive First-Look Deal With Paramount Pictures, Breaking News: New Statement Released By Admiral General Aladeen, Steven Spielberg And Anil Ambani Walk The Oscar Red Carpet, Jmanga.Com Extends Access Worldwide! Ritzy New Stories: Short Film Competition, Bfi Shorts 2012 Film-Making Competition Is Now Open, The Reed.Co.Uk Short Film Competition Is Back, French Film Competition 2012, The Greatest Short Film Competition Ever - Sci-Fi-London 48 Hour Film Challenge, Watershed's Super-Short Filmmaking Competition As Part Of Encounters International Film Festival, Tommy (1975) Screening For Bfi Scala Ken Russell Forever Season, Hitchcock And Hollywood With Tippi Hedren - Bringing The Great Days Of Hollywood To Life, The Hunger Games To Get It’s Uk Premiere At The O2, Marley Preview Plus Qa With Director Kevin Macdonald, Loki Himself, Tom Hiddleston To Introduce The Record Breaking New Avengers Assemble Trailer To Uk Fans – In Big Screen 3D For The First Time Ever, Director And Writer Joe Cornish Introduces Jonathan Kaplan’s 1979 Teenage Rebellion Drama, Featuring Matt Dillon In His Screen Debut, Zach Braff’s All New People Play At The Duke Of York's Theatre, BFI Fellowship Award To Richard Lester &Amp; Robin And Marian Screening, Tim Burton - The Exhibition In Paris, California Classics Festival Is Back, Damsels In Distress Screening And Whit Stillman In Conversation, Anime Stars Vic Mignogna And Aaron Dismuke To Guest At Mcm Birmingham Comic Con, The Look Preview Screening And Qa With Charlotte Rampling, Sci-Fi London Parade, An Evening With Robert Redford And T Bone Burnett, Moderated By Nick Hornby, James Bond 50th Anniversary Gala Philharmonia Orchestra, Formula Film 9th – 16th March, Sky Movies Showcase HD, The Stakes Are High! Am2 Announces Screenings Of Kodansha's Manga Based Sequel Kaiji 2

This Week on The Establishing Shot:
I has almost caught up on my backlog of all the film news worth reading, almost, but last week was manic between work been full tilt and making time to to be involved in a number of great events that happened last week has pushed my blogging schedule further out and I'm sure some things may have fallen between the gaps.:/

Headhunters Norwegian Tastemaker Evening
We went along to the Headhunters Norwegian Tastemaker Evening where we got to see Headhunters or rather Hodejegerne a cinematic adaptation of former Norwegian musician and now respected crime writer Jo Nesbø’s apparently great novel. Unfortunately I cannot tell you anything about it yet - but I would HURRY over to http://www.jamesoncultfilmclub.com/boxoffice/ and try get tickets to the upcoming Jameson Cult Film Club screening to be held on 21 March at the Saatchi Gallery as quickly as possible.

We were also treated to Nordic delicacies served up Norwegian Master Chef Ole-Martin Hansen including his world famous Juniper & Beech smoked salmon made to his family’s recipe, Jubileaum Danish Akvavit, Jarlsberg Cheese and Tuborg.

Headhunters Hodejegerne has a 6 April 2012 release date

War of the Arrows Archery Experience at 2020 Archery
The events from the evening, particularly the Danish Akvavit coming back to bite me the next day at the War of the Arrows Archery Experience at 2020 Archery to celebrate Cine Asia’s UK release of the critically acclaimed box-office smash-hit War of the Arrows on Blu-ray & DVD this April.

This was an exceptional experience and opportunity for a long overdue stretching of my martial arts muscles with the 2020 Archery team guiding us through the proper techniques of using a bow and arrow and then pitting ourselves against one another in competition. I have seen War of the Arrows and can tell you that it is a lot better than my archery skills.

War Of The Arrows is an epic tale of social rebellion that comes down to a kick ass chase film. I missed it at last year’s Korean Film Festival and have been waiting for it to appear on Blu-ray or DVD ever since and it does not disappoint. More info can be found further below and I should have a review up soon.

War Of The Arrows on Blu-ray and DVD 30 April, 2012

 John Carter UK Premiere
I also got to pop along to the John Carter UK Premiere and soak in the atmosphere of a star studded evening as well as see Disney’s John Carter a great throwback to a boys own adventure. After the screening Director Andrew Stanton hopped onto the BFI stage for a brilliant QA session wherein he discussed making Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter, possible sequels and cameos in John Carter.

My full review as well as pics, videos and the QA can be accessed from here: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/search/label/John%20Carter


The Establishing Shot: New Marvel Avengers Assemble Trailer unleashed!
 Along with a name change to Marvel Avengers Assemble Marvel we are treating us to a new trailer. Which can be seen below or in it's entire marvellous screen shattering big screen 3D format from the 9 of March 2012 exclusively before John Carter screenings.

Marvel Studios presents “Marvel Avengers Assemble”—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.

Read more: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2012/02/establishing-shot-new-marvel-avengers.html

The Establishing Shot: John Carter Review JOHN CARTER IS A LOT OF FUN!
 Not so much a review as some thoughts thrown together really quickly of Disney’s John Carter. Earlier this evening I went along to the UK Premiere of John Carter courtesy of upcoming screenwriter Chris Wilson or TolkienNerd as some of you may know him as.

The skinny
John Carter is not a perfect film. I should not open with that - as it sets a certain expectation that the film doesn't deserve. So just to clarify I absolutely loved every bit of John Carter until the climax which let it down for me, but was then lifted back up again by the ending. It is a very smart film with a class production and faultless effects - but failed on the most part to engage with me emotionally. I think this had a lot to do with the breadth and scope of what the story had to cover in its 132 min runtime.

Read more: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2012/03/establishing-shot-john-carter-review.html

The Establishing Shot: UK Top 10 Films Friday 24 - Sunday 26 Feb, 2012 courtesy of Digital Cinema Media
1. The Woman In Black
2. The Vow
3. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
4. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D
5. Safe House
6. Star Wars: Episode 1 3D
7. The Muppets
8. The Artist
9. Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance
10. One For The Money

The Establishing Shot: This weeks Film Releases from 29 February courtesy of Movie Preview Guide
In theThe Movie Preview guide is a pretty handy breakdown of this weeks and upcoming releases as well as film news. Head over to http://www.moviepreviewguide.com/ to check it out.

HUNKY DORY
Minnie Driver gives a winning performance as Viv, a drama teacher at a Swansea school, trying to inspire her students with a rock musical version of The Tempest during the long hot summer of 1976. But bitter rivalries and school politics threaten to bring the curtain down before first night. See if you like: Half Nelson, Barney’s Version

IF NOT US, WHO?
West Germany, early 1960s. Star crossed lovers Bern and Gudrun begin a life long affair in the stifling atmosphere of provincial Germany. Setting out to challenge the establishment they become part of the global uprising joining forces with leftist writers and political activists. By the late 60s Gudrun has joined the Baader pro-violence gang and Bern risks his sanity to finally writing a novel to change the world. An emotional true story of an explosive era starring August Diehl.
See if you like: the Lives of Others, The Woman in the Fifth

MICHAEL
This is a portrait of an impassive man, remarkably (or un-remarkably) portrayed by Michael Fuith, who we observe quietly going about his suburban life - attending his work, returning with his shopping to cook dinner in his neat and tidy home. We soon learn this man, Michael, has a boy held captive in his cellar. What makes the film so compelling is the ordinariness of their strangely domestic set up, at times they could be mistaken for father and son. Michael cuts the boy's hair, they prepare for Christmas and take trips to local parks. The true horrors of what is going on are only implied to us. The film deftly avoids emotions, judgement and even controversy - and as it should, we hardly need to be coerced into a feeling or opinion on this. What plays out has a cool, slow burning tension, fractured intermittently with shocking moments and sometimes even humour, that serve to remind the viewer of the quiet chaos that lies not only in the cellar, but which often lurks beneath the ordinary...
See if you like: The White Ribbon, Slumming

PROJECT X
'Project X' follows three seemingly anonymous high school seniors as they attempt to finally make a name for themselves. Their idea is innocent enough: let's throw a party that no one will forget... but nothing could prepare them for this party. Word spreads quickly as dreams are ruined, records are blemished and legends are born. 'Project X' is a warning to parents and police everywhere.
See if you like: The Hangover, Get Him To The Greek

THIS MEANS WAR
The world's deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman. Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever - each other.
See if you like: Mr and Mrs Smith, Friends With Benefits

WANDERLUST
George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) are an overextended, stressed out Manhattan couple. After George is downsized out of his job, they find themselves with only one option: to move in with George's awful brother in Atlanta. On the way there, George and Linda stumble upon Elysium, an idyllic community populated by colourful characters who embrace a different way of looking at things. Money? It can't buy happiness. Careers? Who needs them? Clothes? Only if you want them. Is Elysium the fresh start George and Linda need? Or will the change of perspective cause more problems than it solves?
See if you like: The Chang-Up, Friends With money

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 - War of the Arrow
Winner of 11 prestigious international film awards and being hailed as “Korea’s House of Flying Daggers, hard to imagine a more enjoyable movie” (****SkyMovies.com) and “Plays like a John Woo film with bows and arrows” (Neo), Kim Han-min’s WAR OF THE ARROWS is ground-breaking entertainment bringing Archery to new cinematic heights!

Orphaned as a child, Nam Yi overcame tragic loss to become the most accomplished hunter and archer of his generation. When his beloved Korea comes under attack from Chinese imperial forces, he returns from the forest to discover that his sister, and only living relative, has been taken into slavery by Manchu invaders. Now faced with the most daunting challenge of his life, he must fight to re-unite his family and prove his courage against the greatest archers’ history has ever known.

Video: War of the Arrows - Official HD Trailer US (2011)

War Of The Arrows arrives on blu-ray, dvd & vod 30th april 2012 courtesy of cine-asia

The Establishing Shot: Photo of The Week: UK John Carter Premiere Willem Dafoe - BFI, London


The Establishing Shot: Week 9 Trailers & Clips
The Cabin In The Woods Trailer - April 13, 2012
Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favourites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.

Produced by Whedon and directed by Goddard from a script by both, the film stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford. Lionsgate presents a Mutant Enemy production.

Video: The Establishing Shot: The Cabin In The Woods Trailer

In Darkness - 16 March 2012
One day Leopold encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto and agrees to hide them for money in the labyrinth of the town's sewers. But what starts out as a straightforward and cynical business arrangement soon turns into something very unexpected, as the unlikely alliance between Leopold and the Jews seeps deeper into his conscience and they form an incredibly close bond. An extraordinary story of survival and the inherent capacity for love held deep within the human soul, In Darkness is an emotional tour de force that will stay with audiences for years to come of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War.

http://youtu.be/ZfLqL_iYia4


Marley Trailer - 20 April, 2012
Directed by Academy Award® and BAFTA® winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald, the film is scheduled for theatrical release in North America and the UK on April 20th 2012, then will release worldwide throughout the summer to coincide with the 50th anniversary year of Jamaican Independence. The film, which received its World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 12th to great acclaim, will be released by Universal Pictures International Entertainment in the UK and Scandinavia

Shangri-La Entertainment and Tuff Gong Pictures have produced, in association with Cowboy Films, this definitive film about one of the most loved international icons of the 20th Century.  His music and message of love and redemption are known throughout the world and his story has finally been brought to life in this definitive work by the acclaimed talent of Kevin Macdonald. Filming took place as far afield as Ghana, Japan and the UK, in addition to Bob’s beloved Jamaica and the States – the film marks the first time his family has authorized the use of their own private archives.

Video: The Establishing Shot: First MARLEY trailer from Kevin Macdonald's documentary released


The Dictator issues an official Oscar response – 16 May, 2012
The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed, THE DICTATOR is opening in the U.S. on May 11, 2012 from Paramount Pictures. Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Sir Ben Kingsley, and Anna Farris, the film is directed by Larry Charles and produced by Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, David Mandel and Scott Rudin. The film's executive producers are long time collaborators Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer and Peter Baynham [ALI G SHOW, BORAT, BRUNO].

Video: The Establishing Shot: The Dictator issues an official Oscar response

The Establishing Shot: Bel Ami - Pears for Mme Rousseau Clip - 9 March , 2012
Based on the classic novel, BEL AMI chronicles the rise of penniless ex-soldier Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson, THE TWILIGHT SAGA, REMEMBER ME) through the echelons of the 1890s Parisian elite and is a tale of ambition, power and seduction. Also starring Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and Colm Meaney. BEL AMI is a timeless epic with a modern twist. A Dangerous Liaisons for a new generation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38uSlitME2Y

http://www.facebook.com/BelAmiUK.
You can also join the conversation on Twitter @BelAmi_Movie

UK Project X Party Launch Party Footage – Friday 2 March, 2012
Directed by Nima Nourizadeh  and produced by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and Joel Silver (The Matrix), Project X is an out-of-control comedy that follows a group of buds who set out to throw the most epic 17th birthday party ever. The film documents a high school party that gets completely out of control, shot from the perspective of the digital cameras that the kids have with them.

http://youtu.be/fVnmqeNC4WY

Twitter @UKProjectXParty
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ukprojectxparty

Ice Age: Continental Drift The ScrATIST 6 July 2012
One of filmdom’s most beloved trios – “Ice Age’s” Manny, Diego, and Sid – embark upon their greatest adventure after cataclysm sets an entire continent adrift.  Separated from the rest of the herd, they use an iceberg as a makeshift ship, which launches them on an epic seafaring quest. Manny and the gang are challenged like never before to become heroes and do the impossible, as they encounter exotic sea creatures, explore a brave new world, and battle ruthless pirates. Scrat’s reunion with his beloved but cursed acorn catapults him to places no prehistoric squirrel has gone before.

The voice talents of Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo are reunited with Queen Latifa and Seann William Scott, and joined by new voices Jennifer Lopez, Nick Frost, Seann William Scott, Aziz Ansari and Alan Tudyk in this new instalment of the award-winning and Oscar-nominated animated series, directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier and produced by Lori Forte.

http://youtu.be/AmkgXuDnhmA

We Bought A Zoo Trailer - March 16 2012
Directed by Cameron Crowe and with an all-star cast featuring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Peter Riegert, Elle Fanning and Angus Macfadyen, We Bought A Zoo is a story about finding joy, the power of family, and the triumph of hope. A widowed father buys a dilapidated zoo in hopes of making a fresh start. While facing enormous odds to keep the zoo open, he must find the courage to recommit to his children and to their new life together.

http://youtu.be/I4xGlZmk6tQ


The Establishing Shot: Poster Of the week – Mondo John Carter Poster
The marketing imagery from a lot of big films seems to be very low key, very rough and ready lately. Possibly this is an effort to cut back on marketing cost and rather put the money on the screen. Perhaps it has more to do with studios needing marketing imagery from unfinished CG based films or maybe studios are trying to pitch their films as low key before blowing you away. Either way I have seen some rather shoddy poster work lately I’m talking to you John Carter and The Avengers Assembled. Thankfully Mondo have raised the bar with their John Carter poster for the special US IMAX screenings. It says IMAX all the way!

Mondo John Carter Poster
Image: John Carter Mondo Poster

John Carter the newest movie from Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton is an action adventure story set on Barsoom, the exotic and mysterious planet we know as Mars. Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic novel, John Carter is the story which inspired many of the most imaginative and well known Hollywood movies, past and present.

The movie tells the tale of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly involved in a conflict of epic proportions between the inhabitants of the planet,
including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins).

In a world on the brink of collapse, John Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

John Carter is released in cinemas on 9 March 2012

The Establishing Shot: Trailer of the Week - How I Spent My Summer Vacation or Get the Gringo Teaser Trailer
We got the trailer for Mel Gibson’s new How I Spent My Summer Vacation or as it was formally know Get the Gringo a couple of weeks ago. And I have to say it looks pretty bad ass. It seethes with classic mad & bad Gibson from roles like Mad Max, Payback and Lethal Weapon. I should be looking around for more information on How I Spent My Summer Vacation but I really don’t want to spoil the film for myself.

Hopefully it won’t pull a bait and switch like Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol you know like when they presented a seemingly serious film in the teaser but it actually turned out to be a pseudo comedy.

It’s been a bad day for Driver (Gibson) and it’s not getting any better. He just made a big haul of millions that would give him a nice summer vacation on easy street. A good idea that went south – literally.

Video: The Establishing Shot: How I Spent My Summer Vacation or Get the Gringo Teaser Trailer

During a high-speed car chase with the US Border Patrol, and a bleeding body in his back seat, Driver flips his car smashing through the border wall, tumbling violently, coming to a stop … in Mexico.  Apprehended by the Mexican authorities, he is sent to a hard-core prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of “El Pueblito”, the worst prison in all of Mexico.  Not an easy place for an outsider such as Driver to survive, unless it’s with the help of someone who knows the ropes - a 10 year-old kid.

Directed by Adrian Grunberg, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, is produced by Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey and Stacy Perskie and stars Mel Gibson, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Jesus Ochoa, Roberto Sosa, Dolores Heredia, Kevin Hernandez, Fernando Becerril, Mayra Serbullo, Mario Zaragoza, Gerardo Taracena, Tenoch Huerta and Peter Gerety.
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The Establishing Shot: Independent Spotlight – The Film Independent Spirit Awards, Nokia Truer Than Fiction Award winner - Where Soldiers Come From 

The Film Independent Spirit Awards recognises the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year. It is an annual celebration honouring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers who embody independence and originality.

Nokia partnered with Film Independent to present the prestigious Nokia Truer Than Fiction Award which honours a documentary filmmaker who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The Award was given to Heather Courtney, director of Where Soldiers Come From and she received a $25,000 unrestricted grant, funded by Nokia.


Video: Where Soldiers Come From - open your mind explosion clip



In the video below taken at ISA Heather discusses Where Soldiers Come From and participating in the Independent Spirit Awards

Video: Nokia Truer than Fiction award winner Heather Courtney at the ISAs


Heather Courtney has directed and produced several documentary films including award-winners Letters From The Other Side and Los Trabajadores. With her current film, Where Soldiers Come From, she was a Sundance Edit and Story Lab fellow, and a 2009 recipient of the prestigious United States Artists fellowship. Her films have been funded by a Fulbright Fellowship, ITVS, the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Paul Robeson Fund, and the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund. She was recently named one of Film Independent’s Top 10 Filmmakers to Watch.

Letters From The Other Side was the Closing Night film at the Slamdance Film Festival in January 2006, screened at numerous festivals around the world, and was broadcast on over 60 PBS stations. Los Trabajadores won the Audience Award at SXSW and the International Documentary Association David Wolper award, and was broadcast nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens. She was a co-director on Roger Weisberg’s Critical Condition, which aired nationally on the PBS series POV in Fall 2008. She is also a member of the acclaimed film distribution cooperative New Day Films.

Prior to receiving her MFA in Film Production, she spent eight years writing and photographing for the United Nations and several refugee and immigrant rights organizations, including in the Rwandan refugee camps after the 1994 Rwandan genocide.


The Establishing Shot: AWESOME! Of the week - WATCH THE PETER WEYLAND 2023 TED TALK - Prometheus Viral Video
This week we got to see a step up in the marketing for Sir Ridley Scott’s Prometheus - as it went viral with a clip of a Ted 2023 talk from Peter Weyland - the owner of the company that sent the original Alien crew into space. Shades of Alien as well as Blade Runner coming through. With promises of more to come.

Sir Peter Weyland was born in Mumbai, India at the turn of the Millennium. The progeny of two brilliant parents; His mother, an Oxford Educated Professor of Comparative Mythology, his father, a self-taught software Engineer, it was clear from an early age that Sir Peter’s capabilities would only be eclipsed by his ambition to realize them. By the age of fourteen, he had already registered a dozen patents in a wide range of fields from biotech to robotics, but it would be his dynamic break-throughs in generating synthetic atmosphere above the polar ice cap that gained him worldwide recognition and spawned an empire.”
In less than a decade, Weyland Corporation became a worldwide leader in emerging technologies and launched the first privatized industrial mission to leave the planet Earth. “There are other worlds than this one,” Sir Peter boldly declared, “And if there is no air to breathe, we will simply have to make it.“

Video: The Establishing Shot: WATCH THE PETER WEYLAND 2023 TED TALK - Prometheus Viral

Peter Weyland has been a magnet for controversy since he announced his intent to build the first convincingly humanoid robotic system by the end of the decade.
Whether challenging the ethical boundaries of medicine with nanotechnology or going toe to toe with the Vatican itself on the issue of gene-therapy sterilization, Sir Peter prides himself on his motto, “If we can, we must.” After a three year media blackout, Weyland has finally emerged to reveal where he’s heading next. Wherever that may be, we will most certainly want to follow.


The Establishing Shot: Film News
FIRST LIGHT AWARDS 2012 WINNERS ANNOUNCED ON LONDON’S SOUTHBANK 
Youngsters from across the UK today gathered at the BFI on London’s Southbank for the 2012 First Light Awards ceremony. Junior film-makers had the chance to walk the red carpet at the most prestigious young filmmakers’ event of the year alongside some famous faces including
Dexter Fletcher, Will Poulter, Naomie Harris, Rafe Spall and Ralf Little.

The following winners were announced this afternoon:
Digital Innovation Award sponsored by Youtube
 Winner: Witch, produced by Kristina Yee from Beaconsfield
 Award presented by Ralf Little and Jodie Whittaker
 Judge: Peter Barron

Best Animation sponsored by Sony Pictures Entertainment  
Winner: The Stammurai, produced by young people from a speech therapy group in Swindon
with the help of eviltwin artworks
Award presented by Michael Socha and Jason Maza
Judges: Jason Maza, Frank Passingham, Ol Parker, John Saull


Best Documentary in association with The Grierson Trust
 Winner: Homelessness, produced by WISH (Women in Supported Housing) from
 Manchester
Award presented by John Boyega and Naomie Harris
 Judges: Gary Lewis, Emma Cooper, Emma Hindley, Jodie Whittaker, Danny Boyle


Best Film by under-11s, in association with BAFTA Kids Vote  
 Winner: Granny Mac’s Meringues, produced by Burntisland Primary School from Scotland
Award presented by Sam Claflin and Reece Ritchie
 Judges: Jason Isaacs, MyAnna Buring, David Yates, Talulah Riley

Best Film by over 12s, sponsored by EON Productions
Winner: Death’s Apprentice, produced by students from Wymondham High School from
Norfolk with the help of
Creative Arts East
Award presented by Manjinder Virk and Laura Haddock
 Judges: Manjinder Virk, Edgar Wright, Sam Mendes, John Crowley

Best FILMCLUB, sponsored by FilmClub
 Winner: Cardinal Newman High School from Belshill, Scotland
Award presented by Dexter Fletcher and Will Poulter
 Judges: Film Club Audience Award 2012, in association with Pinewood


Winner: Beloved, produced by young people from Bath with the help of Suited and Booted 
Studios  
Award presented by Steve John Shepherd
 Voted by users of www.firstlightonline.co.uk  


Young Voice Award, sponsored by Smuggler
Winner: Silent Scream, produced by Integrate Bristol
Award presented by Rupert Friend
Judges: Sam Taylor Wood, Rebecca O’Brien, Danny Leigh

Best Drama, sponsored by Ingenous
Winner: Broken Sleep produced by youngsters from North Lincolnshire’s Children’s Services
and Shooting Fish Theatre company
Award presented by Rase Spall and Sally Hawkins
Judges: Roger Goldby, David Heyman, Tom Hooper

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 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 of 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.’

http://www.firstlightonline.co.uk/
Follow First Light on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/firstlightfund



THE NATIONAL YOUTH FILM ACADEMY, LAUNCHES THE PIONEERING NEW APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME AND WILL SOON BECOME THE BIGGEST SUPPLIER OF APPRENTICES TO THE UK FILM INDUSTRY
Twenty youngsters from across the UK, aged between 16 and 25 will this week start a 9 month apprenticeship scheme with the National Youth Film Academy (NYFA). Based in Newcastle and endorsed by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), the NYFA in partnership with Westminster Kingsway College' offers a full time 9 month course to study, create films and work with some of the industry’s top professionals. The search for the next generation of UK Academy Award® winners starts here.

Supported by the BFI Future Film Directors Guild Trust and the Directors Guild of Great Britain, the NYFA is an organization created to locate, educate, develop and showcase the talents of exceptionally gifted young film-makers. The apprenticeship scheme gives youngsters from across the UK the opportunity to train with respected industry professionals and meet with like-minded people to write, film, produce and showcase their own film, all the time developing an industry-ready portfolio of work.

John Strang, NYFA’s Chief Communications Officer said:-
We are thrilled to welcome the first group of youngsters to this groundbreaking apprenticeship scheme. The UK film industry is hugely successful, and recognized throughout the world – schemes such as ours will help the next generation of filmmakers find work in a highly competitive industry, and ensure that the UK maintains its global position as a leading destination for movie making.

Students will spend their first two months learning the basic skills to ensure a successful career in the Film Industry. With support from their tutors, they will learn the roles within the production, director, writer, camera, sound, costume, art and editing departments. Months 3-6 will be spent working in a professional environment within the NYFA offices and their media partners. Industry professionals including producers, cinematographers, editors and film directors will be on hand to give one day master classes acting as mentors to the youngsters. For the final three months of the course, the NYFA will help to find work placements within the industry – arranging meetings with industry professionals with the aim of finding work on their production slate, and help build a CV with as many professional credits as possible ensuring that all of the participants are well connected within the industry as they seek permanent employment.



CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE 2011 GAME AWARD
What was the best game of 2011? You decide! The shortlist of ten games was selected by a panel of industry professionals and media experts and it's now down to you to decide the winner ahead of the ceremony on 16 March.

To cast your vote head over to: http://www.baftagameaward.com/awards/index.html

BREATHTAKING HOGWARTS CASTLE SCALE MODEL REVEALED TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME
The magnificent model of Hogwarts castle was revealed for the first time ever today.  This hand sculpted 1:24 scale construction will be the grand finale of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter which opens on 31st March.

The Hogwarts castle model is the jewel of the Art Department and was built for the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™.  It took 86 artists and crew members to construct the first version which was then rebuilt and altered many times over for the next seven films.  The work was so extensive that if one was to add all the man hours that have gone into building and reworking the model, it would come to over 74 years.  The model, which sits at nearly 50 feet in diameter, has over 2,500 fibre optic lights that simulate lanterns and torches and even gave the illusion of students passing through hallways in the films.  To show off the lighting to full effect a day-to-night cycle will take place every 4 minutes so visitors to the Tour can experience its full beauty.

An amazing amount of detail went into the making of the model: all the doors are hinged, real plants are used for landscaping and miniature birds are housed in the Owlery.  To make the model appear even more realistic, artists rebuilt miniature versions of courtyards from Alnwick Castle and Durham Cathedral, where scenes from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™ were shot.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will open its doors for the very first time to visitors from 31st March 2012 with tickets now on sale. Tickets are priced at £28 for adults, £21 for children and £83 for a family of four. Visitors must pre-book their tickets in advance by selecting specific tour times throughout the day via www.wbstudiotour.co.uk or through approved tour operators. Tickets will not be on sale at the attraction and spaces are limited.

HAMMER’S “THE WOMAN IN BLACK” IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL BRITISH HORROR FILM OF THE LAST 20 YEARS
 Hammer’s hit film The Woman in Black has broken records again after becoming the UK’s highest grossing British horror film since records began 20 years ago*.  The film has now made more than many Hollywood productions shot in the UK with British talent such as: The Others, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Interview with a Vampire, as well as home-grown horrors such as Shaun Of The Dead and 28 Days Later.

The previous top titles are:
02/11/2001 The Others
29/01/1993 Bram Stoker's Dracula
20/01/1995 Interview With the Vampire
07/01/2000 Sleepy Hollow
09/04/2004 Shaun Of The Dead
01/11/2002 28 Days Later £
11/05/2007 28 Weeks Later

The film has scored a hat-trick at the top of the UK box office for distributor Momentum Pictures.  Holding the number one slot in the UK for the last 3 weeks, it has taken a total of £14,598,813 from 457 screens (per screen average of £5,351).

The film’s UK success is echoed by a sensational North American performance for a British film, which now stands at more than $50million after 25 days on release.

The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, is directed by James Watkins and adapted by Jane Goldman from the classic novel by Susan Hill.   The film is a Hammer, Alliance Films, The UK Film Council presentation, in association with Cross Creek Pictures and is 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.

Simon Oakes, President & CEO of Hammer and Vice Chairman of Exclusive Media commented:  “The record-breaking success of The Woman in Black is an important achievement that affirms the re-birth of Hammer.  We are continuing to develop exciting and intelligent genre films this year such as The Quiet Ones and Gaslight, both of which will shoot in the UK.”

Nigel Sinclair, CEO and Co-Chairman of Exclusive Media, Hammer’s parent company, added:  “We are delighted that the film has performed so well in both the US and the UK.  It is titles like The Woman in Black, as well as The ides of March and Rush, that highlight Exclusive’s commitment to making quality films with top tier talent and international appeal.”

Xavier Marchand, President of Worldwide Distribution, Alliance Films and Managing Director Momentum Pictures, said: “The Woman in Black has been the number one film in the UK for the last 3 weeks and with close to $100m already at the worldwide Box Office shows how great British films can resonate not only here in the UK but also abroad.  Congratulations to James Watkins, Daniel Radcliffe, Jane Goldman and all involved in The Woman in Black.”

For further information about Hammer and its parent company Exclusive Media, please visit www.hammerfilms.com and www.exclusivemedia.com

UNIVERSAL PICTURES CONTINUES YEARLONG 100th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WITH REVEAL OF NEW ANIMATED LOGO
 As part of Universal Pictures’ yearlong 100th anniversary celebration, the studio will be revealing an updated animated logo to celebrate this special occasion. The new animated logo will be released worldwide on March 2nd and will be featured on all Universal releases going forward.  The new logo honours the authenticity of the brand, and pays homage to the studio’s rich film history, cultural impact and global vision (A static version of this logo is featured at the top of this release).  This is the seventh incarnation of an animated logo created for the motion picture studio since its inception.

Video: Universal Centennial Logo

“Our centennial year is the perfect opportunity to create a new logo that reflects our future while honouring our past,” said Ron Meyer, Universal Studios President and COO.  “Universal’s new logo celebrates the studio’s extraordinary legacy in creating lasting movie memories, and connecting viewers across the globe.”

For the new animated logo design, Universal teamed up with the Academy Award® winning visual effects artists at New Zealand-based Weta Digital to capture Universal’s vision for a contemporary logo that stayed true to the company’s legacy identity of a  “global vision.”  The visual dynamic of the new logo was inspired by satellite imagery that illustrated a view of the world on a clear night from space. Rather than focusing on the continents and physical boundaries that separate people, the new view is highlighted with tiny points of bright lights that pop across the globe symbolising the thousands of communities brought together by their shared love of film.

In combination with the animated logo, award-winning film composer Brian Tyler (The Fast and the Furious franchise) provided a new arrangement of Jerry Goldsmith’s classic score, which has accompanied the logo since 1997. The iconic theme of Goldsmith’s original composition remains, but the orchestration has been bolstered with a choir, new string parts and drum cadence utilising world percussion instruments.

“We wanted to utilise the classic melody that we all know and bring it into the 21st Century, while still being very respectful of what Jerry Goldsmith did originally,” said Tyler. “I wanted it to be a celebration of all the great movies Universal has done over the years— connecting the past to the present.”  

In addition to the new logo, other key Universal 100th anniversary initiatives include: a major film restoration commitment, home entertainment offerings, theme park celebrations, and a special anniversary gala featuring many of the filmmakers and artists who shaped the studios’ history. In addition, the studio will spotlight the 100th Anniversary throughout various worldwide film festivals and other featured events, panels and activities.    At the centre of all online initiatives lies a rich, robust website dedicated to all things related to the yearlong celebration of Universal’s 100th Anniversary. For more information, please visit http://Universal100th.com.

ANTICIPATION FOR THE HUNGER GAMES HEATS UP AND AUTHOR SUZANNE COLLINS’ THOUGHTS AFTER SEEING THE HUNGER GAMES FILM
On March 23rd THE HUNGER GAMES will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland, giving fans of Suzanne Collin’s bestselling novel of the same name a chance to see their hero Katniss Everdeen on the big screen for the first time.

THE HUNGER GAMES has already broken the record for most first-day sales from online ticketing service Fandango in the US. Tickets went on sale a month before release and the first-day ticket sales on Wednesday, February 22 broke the previous first day advance ticket-seller record held by "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" on Friday, May 14, 2010. "'The Hunger Games' is off to a fantastic start," commented Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango. "We saw the biggest first day advance ticketing sales in our company's nearly 12-year history - which is especially impressive for a March release and a non-sequel."

Coinciding with such strong news, yesterday author Suzanne Collins addressed her fans on facebook after seeing the film for the first time: 

“Dear Readers,
I’ve just had the opportunity to see the finished film of The Hunger Games. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another. The film opens up the world beyond Katniss’ point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places… like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow’s rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story.

Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but he’s also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well. His world building’s fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol. It’s amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers.

And, my God, the actors. The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It’s such a pleasure to see how they’ve embodied the characters and brought them to life.

So I’d like to sincerely thank all the many people who devoted their time and talents to the film, especially producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, and the excellent teams at Color Force, Larger Than Life, and Lionsgate.

I hope you enjoy the film!
Suzanne Collins”

THE HUNGER GAMES will be released in cinemas on March 23rd.

www.thehungergames.co.uk
www.facebook.com/thehungergamesuk

‘UNDEFEATED’ WINS OSCAR FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Film Produced By Exclusive Media’s Spitfire Pictures And Zipper Bros Films Directed By Dan Lindsay And T.J. Martin. UNDEFEATED wins the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature Film at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26.  The documentary was produced by Exclusive Media’s documentary division, Spitfire Pictures, and Zipper Bros Films in association with Level 22 and Five Smooth Stones Productions. Currently in theatres through The Weinstein Company, UNDEFEATED was directed by Dan Lindsay (LAST CUP: ROAD TO THE WORLD SERIES OF BEER PONG) and T.J. Martin (ON THE ROCKS).

Glen Zipper, Exclusive Media’s Head of Documentary Features, produced the film alongside Ed Cunningham, Seth Gordon, co-director Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas.  Exclusive Media’s Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East executive produced the film with Zipper Bros Films President Dr. Ralph Zipper, Chris Miller, Paolo Coppola, Neeraj Kohli, Michele Farinola and Jillian Longnecker, Exclusive Media’s SVP, Head of Physical Productions.

Sinclair said, “I am thrilled that the Academy has chosen UNDEFEATED as Best Documentary Feature. The result is a testament to Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s talent for powerful storytelling. I’d like to congratulate Glen Zipper and the team at Spitfire Pictures, The Weinstein Company and all our partners on this film. And of course, thanks must go to the Manassas Tigers football team and Bill Courtney, for allowing us to be part of their remarkable story.”

East continued, “I am immensely proud that UNDEFEATED has been honoured tonight as Best Documentary. Congratulations to Spitfire Pictures, as well as our partners, Zipper Bros Films, Level 22 and Five Smooth Stones Productions on this achievement. Following this year’s Grammy win for FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH, this result highlights Exclusive Media’s commitment to making great, award winning films.”

UNDEFEATED world premiered at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival to critical acclaim where it was acquired by The Weinstein Company for US distribution. The film continued to garner further accolades winning the audience award at the Chicago International Film Festival and nominations for Best Documentary Feature at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Houston Film Critics Society and Black Reel Awards.  The film was additionally selected for numerous film festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival.

The film was released theatrically on February 17th in select theatres and will continue to expand into more markets in the upcoming weeks. 

Set against the backdrop of an American football season, UNDEFEATED is a coming-of-age vérité documentary film centering on three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and an unexpected volunteer coach who struggles to provide them with the discipline, resources and inspiration they'll need to not only overcome their bleak surroundings, but also to win the first playoff game in their high school's 110-year history.

SACHA BARON COHEN SIGNS EXCLUSIVE FIRST-LOOK DEAL WITH PARAMOUNT PICTURES
"The Dictator" Star Simultaneously Commits To Make His Next Original Film for the Studio as Part of an Overall 3-Year Deal with His Four By Two Films Banner

Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today it has signed Sacha Baron Cohen and his Four By Two Films banner to an exclusive 3-year first-look deal. Four By Two Films will be headed by Sir Todd Schulman (THE DICTATOR, BRUNO).

As the star and studio prepare to release the comedian's latest film THE DICTATOR on May 11th in the USA and May 16th in the UK and Ireland, they simultaneously have agreed to partner again on Baron Cohen's next original film in which he stars.

As part of the arrangement, Paramount has also created a development fund for Baron Cohen to generate projects in the United Kingdom to find new talent.

"Sacha is a comic genius. A wildly talented writer, actor and filmmaker. Beyond that, he is the rare global comedy star. On behalf of all of us at Paramount, we welcome Sacha and look forward to “The Dictator” and many more great pictures for years to come," said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures.

The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed, THE DICTATOR is opening in the U.S. on May 11, 2012 from Paramount Pictures. Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Sir Ben Kingsley, and Anna Farris, the film is directed by Larry Charles and produced by Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, David Mandel and Scott Rudin. The film's executive producers are long time collaborators Anthony Hines, Dan Mazer and Peter Baynham [ALI G SHOW, BORAT, BRUNO].

BREAKING NEWS: NEW STATEMENT RELEASED BY ADMIRAL GENERAL ALADEEN
Admiral General Aladeen, otherwise known as 'The Dictator' has released a further statement and regarding his attendance at the Academy Awards Ceremony. Photographic evidence is attached.

VICTORY IS OURS! Today the Mighty Nation of Wadiya triumphed over the Zionist snakes of Hollywood. Evil and all those who made Satan their protector were vanquished and driven into the Pacific Sea. What I am trying to say here is that the Academy have surrendered and sent over two tickets and a parking pass! TODAY OSCAR, TOMORROW OBAMA!

Please refer to the official UK Facebook page for all further news on the situation as it breaks: https://www.facebook.com/DictatorMovieUK

STEVEN SPIELBERG AND ANIL AMBANI WALK THE OSCAR RED CARPET
Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani walked the red carpet at the 84th Academy Awards, where three films produced by DreamWorks Studios, his co-venture with Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider, were nominated for 11 Oscars.

Anil Ambani and Steven Spielberg Oscars
Image: Anil Ambani and Steven Spielberg at the Oscars

Among the 11 nominations, Octavia Spencer fetched the Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance in “The Help”. Spencer was honoured with the golden statuette for her portrayal of big-mouthed maid Minny in “The Help”.

Other than “The Help”, two additional films from Reliance DreamWorks — “War Horse” and “Real Steel” — were nominated for various categories. “War Horse” and “The Help” were in the fray for the best film award.

JMANGA.COM EXTENDS ACCESS WORLDWIDE!
JManga.com, the first official and legal manga portal website created and operated by JManga Co., Ltd. (*1) in cooperation with Japan’s Digital Comic Association (*2), is proud to announce its doors have officially been opened to manga fans worldwide! JManga.com, previously only available in America and Canada starting in August 2011, can now be accessed internationally. Now manga fans from all over the world can enjoy manga on JManga.com!!

In celebration of this momentous occasion in manga history, and in thanks to the many fans worldwide who voiced their desire to have access to JManga, JManga.com will be holding a special sign-up promotion. Sign-up for a paid subscription by March 4th and receive up to twice the regular amount of bonus points! For more information, visit www.jmanga.com .

The Establishing Shot: Film Making Competitions
Ritzy New Stories: Short Film Competition 
In honour of the Ritzy Centenary, we are celebrating the best of local filmmaking talent! If you live in London and have a great short story to share, we would love to hear from you!For your chance to be selected, just send us a DVD copy of your short film (no longer than 10 minutes including credits) to:

Ritzy Cinema – Ritzy New Stories
Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London SW2 1JG

Closing date: Tuesday 20 March 2012

Shortlisted films will be shown during the Ritzy 100 Closing Celebrations (Weekend 6-8 April)

 Head over here for info & terms: https://www.facebook.com/notes/ritzy-cinema/ritzy-new-stories-short-film-competition/339828629394236



BFI Shorts 2012 Film-making Competition is now open
The deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 23 March 2012.
BFI Shorts 2012 is an exciting new short film production scheme which will support up to 20 live-action fiction projects, with budgets ranging from £25,000 to £50,000. We are looking for a diverse slate of films that tell compelling stories and have the ability to engage, inspire and entertain audiences.

We are now accepting applications from directors, writers and producers. If you are interested in applying, please read the Guidelines for Applicants and FAQ for further information about the application and selection process.

For more info head over to: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/bfi-shorts-2012/about-bfi-shorts-2012

The reed.co.uk Short Film Competition is back
Deadline: 25 March 2012 at 23.59
This year they've taken 'The Boss' as their theme. Enter your film for the the opportunity to win one of four cash prizes, including the Grand Prix of £10,000.

We want you to write, shoot and edit a film no longer than 3 minutes, based on the theme, 'The Boss' . Be funny, be serious, be artistic, be thought provoking. Shoot with a film crew or just shoot on your mobile. However you choose to make your film, make sure you submit your entry by 25 March 2012 at 23.59, to be in with a chance of winning one of four prizes.

Make a short film (no more than three minutes), based on an original idea about 'The Boss'
Upload your short film to YouTube or Vimeo
Complete the online application, including the YouTube or Vimeo URL for your film
For more info head over to: http://www.reed.co.uk/film

French Film Competition 2012
Deadline: noon 30 March 2012
Calling all budding cinéastes! The Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford is looking for budding film enthusiasts in Years 10-11 and 12-13 to show their imaginative engagement with the world of French cinema.

For more info head over to: http://www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/news

The greatest Short film competition ever - Sci-Fi-London 48 Hour Film Challenge
The 2012 challenge weekend is 14 - 16 April.
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.

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 Picadilly 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!

For more info head over to: http://www.sci-fi-london.com/48-hour-film-challenge

Watershed's super-short filmmaking competition as part of Encounters International Film Festival
Deadline: Mon 9 July, 2012
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.

http://www.depict.org/

The Establishing Shot: For your calendar
TOMMY (1975) SCREENING FOR BFI SCALA KEN RUSSELL FOREVER SEASON
Monday 12th March at The Alibi, 91 Kingsland High Street
From 7pm - 10pm, with the film at 8pm. Free entry, free popcorn, friendly and specials on Jameson!

Alibi Film Club Presents... TOMMY (1975) as part of the BFI SCALA 'KEN RUSSELL FOREVER' season of screenings. KEN RUSSELL FOREVER 10 - 20 March 2012. A Tribute to our Late, Great, British Treasure brought to you by London’s film clubs from the Scala Forever network

On 27 November 2011, Britain lost one of its most cherished, most provocative and most fantastical of film and television directors: KEN RUSSELL. To commemorate his life and to coincide with the BFI DVD release of The Devils, Scala Forever put out the call to its members, comprising of London’s finest film clubs, independent cinemas, film magazines and pop up venues, to organise 10 days of celebratory screenings.

Between 10 - 20 March, members of the Scala Forever network will present a selection of Ken Russell’s work, from his earliest television documentaries through to his most acclaimed feature films alongside discussions and special events.

Partners in the season include the BFI, Electric Sheep Magazine, Cigarette Burns Cinema, Rio Cinema, Roxy Bar and Screen, Filmbar70, Strange Attractor Press, The Horse Hospital, Picturehouse Cinemas, Still Advance, Exploding Head Film Club, Alibi Film Club, Club Des Femmes, Suitcase Cinema and Assemble’s Sugarhouse Studios.

Full programme details are and up to date information, check  http://scalaforever.co.uk/  network or the Scala Forever’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/174286619294871 and  Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/scalaforever .
#kenrussellforever

Alibi Film Club new event page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Alibi-Film-Club/309894705712637


HITCHCOCK AND HOLLYWOOD WITH TIPPI HEDREN - BRINGING THE GREAT DAYS OF HOLLYWOOD TO LIFE
17 March 2012 at 7.30pm
Tippi Hedren, the last of Alfred Hitchcock’s glamorous blondes, will be on-stage at the Fairfield to tell you of her time working with Hollywood’s master of suspense.  A critic wrote, ‘Hitchcock had given us one Grace Kelly in a generation and seems intent on giving us another in the person of Tippi Hedren, a classically beautiful, regally poised blonde.’

With clips from some of Hitchcock’s most famous films on the Fairfield’s Big-Screen, Miss Hedren will discuss the background to famous Hitchcock films, such as Vertigo, Psycho, Marnie, The Man Who Knew Too Much and North By North West.

Alfred Hitchcock left his hometown, East London, to be at the heart of the Film World in Hollywood. With his quirky approach to film-making, he had a deep understanding of music’s role in heightening tension.  Even so, The Birds has no music, while Psycho uses nothing but string instruments. Bernard Herrmann, Hitchcock’s favourite composer, won an Oscar for The Devil & Daniel Webster.

With the critically acclaimed New Queen’s Hall Orchestra on stage to play some of Hollywood’s greatest scores, this will be an exceptional evening for anyone interested in the cinema and fine music-making. John Farrer, a great American conductor and a devoted fan of the NQHO, will guarantee the full Hollywood treatment.

Tippi Hedren is not just a Hollywood Star. She is also famous for her love affair with wild animals, meeting her first lion while filming in Africa. Ever since, she has devoted herself to looking after some 60 Big-Cats, including lions, tigers, leopards and cougars at her reserve in California.  Many of these superb animals are cast-offs from zoos and circuses. With her daughter, Melanie Griffith, Miss Hedren produced and appeared in a film entitled ‘Roar’, which helped establish her big-cat reserve. Perhaps she will tell us a little about this wonderful work. What an extraordinary evening we shall have!

New Queen’s Hall Orchestra
John Farrer - Conductor
Tippi Hedren - Hollywood Actress

Fairfield Concert Hall, Croydon
Saturday 17 March 2012 at 7.30pm

For more info head over to: http://www.nqho.com/NQHO/Concerts-17th_Mar_2012.html

THE HUNGER GAMES TO GET IT’S UK PREMIERE AT THE O2
14 March
This week The European Premiere of THE HUNGER GAMES was announced to take place on Wednesday 14th March at the Cineworld Cinema at the O2 arena following its world premiere in Los Angeles on March 12th. Director Gary Ross will present his stellar cast Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Elizabeth Banks to UK fans on this date.

UK fans will have the opportunity to book tickets across all cinema chains from March 9th, 2012. Further details will follow.

www.thehungergames.co.uk
www.facebook.com/thehungergamesuk


MARLEY PREVIEW PLUS QA WITH DIRECTOR KEVIN MACDONALD
Tuesday 10 April, 7.15 for 7.30 start

Join us for a special premiere screening of MARLEY, a new documentary on the life, music and legacy of Bob Marley.

As part of their continuing support of independent cinema across the UK, Volkswagen will also be treating guests to COMPLIMENTARY POPCORN & DRINKS, plus an exclusive exhibition.

Tickets for this event are currently available to Picturehouse Members only in person at the Box Office or on 0871 902 5739 and will go on general sale on 9 March.

MARLEY is in cinemas from 20 April.

To learn more about Volkswagen’s support of independent cinema and for future events, film news and giveaways, check us out here: Facebook.com/seefilmdifferently 


LOKI HIMSELF, TOM HIDDLESTON TO INTRODUCE THE RECORD BREAKING NEW AVENGERS ASSEMBLE TRAILER TO UK FANS – IN BIG SCREEN 3D FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

Trailer to be shown at the opening of the new Vue Xtreme Screen Islington – tonight at 8pm – followed by a 3d screening of Disney’s John Carter


The new Marvel Avengers Assemble trailer which has already amassed millions of views online is to be shown on the big screen and in 3D for the first time ever tonight, from 8pm at the opening of the new VUEXTREME screen in Islington, London.

Loki himself – actor Tom Hiddleston – will introduce the trailer to fans, which will be shown before an advance screening of Disney’s John Carter in 3D. Limited tickets are still available at www.myvue.com

Marvel Studios presents ‘Marvel Avengers Assemble’ 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.

Marvel Avengers Assemble is in UK cinemas from April 26.

Limited Tickets Still Available From www.myvue.com

For more on Marvel Avengers Assemble – Visit the Official UK Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AvengersUK


DIRECTOR AND WRITER JOE CORNISH INTRODUCES JONATHAN KAPLAN’S 1979 TEENAGE REBELLION DRAMA, FEATURING MATT DILLON IN HIS SCREEN DEBUT.
14 Mar 20:30 NFT1
We are delighted to announce that Joe Cornish, director of Attack the Block, co-writer of The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn and one half of The Adam and Joe Show, will introduce Over the Edge as the film that inspired him. Jonathan Kaplan’s 1979 drama is a story of teenage rebellion set against the soulless backdrop of a planned suburban community and features Matt Dillon in his screen debut.

For more info head over to: http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/bfi_southbank/events/bfi_screen_epiphanies_in_partnership_with_american_express_joe_cornish_introduc

ZACH BRAFF’S ALL NEW PEOPLE PLAY AT THE DUKE OF YORK'S THEATRE
UNTIL 28 APRIL 2012
The dead of winter, Long Beach Island, New Jersey, Charlie (Zach Braff) has hit rock bottom. Away from the rest of the world, this perfect escape is interrupted by a motley parade of misfits who show up and change his plans. A hired beauty, a fireman and an eccentric British real estate agent desperately trying to stay in the country all suddenly find themselves tangled together in a beach house where the mood is anything but sunny.

This angst-fuelled comedy saw New York's Second Stage Theatre packed out nightly and received rave reviews from US critics, with its present day dilemmas and take on four very different characters' way of life.

All New People is on at The Duke Of York's Theatre Until 28 April, 2012

For more info and tickets head to: http://duke-of-yorks.official-theatre.co.uk/london/all-new-people

BFI FELLOWSHIP AWARD TO RICHARD LESTER & ROBIN AND MARIAN SCREENING
22 Mar 18:30 NFT1
The BFI Fellowship, bestowed for outstanding achievement in film and television, will be presented to Richard Lester as part of an on-stage interview. This is the BFI's highest accolade and previous recipients include Martin Scorsese, Isabelle Huppert, Judi Dench and Ridley Scott. Lester is a boldly original director whose films include A Hard Day's Night (1964), Help! (1965) and The Knack... and How to Get It (1965); the latter won the Cannes Grand Prix. Other career highlights include The Three Musketeers (1973) and a cult classic with Spike Milligan, The Bed-Sitting Room (1969). Robin and Marian is a film which has a key place in Richard Lester's career. It boasts a cohort of great actors led by Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn in the title roles. With a minimum of swashbuckling, the story tells the story of Robin Hood's return from the Crusades to seek out his old love. A delightful and deftly crafted, bittersweet, comic romance for adults.

For more info head over to: http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/bfi_southbank/events/bfi_fellowship_award_to_richard_lester_robin_and_marian

TIM BURTON - THE EXHIBITION IN PARIS
From March 7 to August 5, 2012
This Tim Burton exhibition is not only exhilarating opportunity to review all his films (including his private short films) but also, a chance to experience a major Tim Burton exhibition designed by the MoMA in New York 2009 and received here this spring, discover his talents as a draftsman, painter, video artist, photographer, inventor of colourful and stunning sculptures.

Video: Tim Burton : Exposition à la Cinémathèque française

With over 700 works on display
Drawings, sculptures (including several original creations of Tim Burton for the exhibition), the large format Polaroids made by the artist props, models, costumes and film clips (feature and short films unpublished).

Related events:
- A retrospective Tim Burton
- Guided tours
- Courses
- Meetings
- Educational workshops ...

For more info head over to: http://www.cinematheque.fr/fr/expositions-cinema/printemps-2012-tim-burto/

CALIFORNIA CLASSICS FESTIVAL IS BACK

It’s a unique opportunity for film fans to watch these classic movies in the cinema again, along with a special introduction filmed on-location in California to give an insight into the settings that are instrumental to each film. We’re giving away the tickets for free to each screening, and best of all, there’ll also be free Californian wine (for over 18’s) and popcorn too. You just need to register your interest on the California Classics Facebook page (www.facebook.com/californiaclassics) prior to the screening in order to be in with the chance to win. Tickets will be randomly allocated before each screening. Everyone who registers also gets entered into a free prize draw with the chance to win a holiday to LA with Air New Zealand.


To apply for tickets to these free events, simply visit our Facebook page where you will be asked to submit your name and email address to be entered into the draw. All tickets will be randomly allocated via an automated system and notifications of whether or not you have been successful will be sent out from one week in advance of the screening.


Screening dates and locations are as follows:
Milk – 14th March
Bullitt – 21st March
Chinatown – 28th March
Sideways – 4th April

Locations:
Brighton - Duke of York’s Picturehouse
Edinburgh - Dominion Cinema
Liverpool - Picturehouse at FACT
London - Hackney Picturehouse
London - Price Charles Cinema, Leicester Square
Newcastle - Tyneside Cinema


Starting on 14th March
For more info head over to: https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaClassics?sk=app_137314303054447

DAMSELS IN DISTRESS SCREENING AND WHIT STILLMAN IN CONVERSATION
11 Apr 18:10 NFT1
Whit Stillman's witty, bitter-sweet look at the lives of a quartet of girls who are determined to make their mark at a male-dominated college.

Stillman's long-awaited film (his first since The Last Days of Disco) takes a typically witty, bitter-sweet look at the lives of a quartet of girls who are determined to ring the changes at a depressingly grungy, hitherto boorish and male-dominated East Coast college. As they put their plans into action, they also, inevitably, become involved with various members of the establishment's masculine population, and find both their loyalty to one another and their very sanity coming under threat… A wry comedy of modern tribal manners, characteristically notable for its superb dialogue and fine performances.

For more info head over to: http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/bfi_southbank/events/previews_in_conversation/damsels_in_distress_whit_stillman_in_conversation

ANIME STARS VIC MIGNOGNA AND AARON DISMUKE TO GUEST AT MCM BIRMINGHAM COMIC CON
Mcm Birmingham Comic Con – 31 March-1 April – Nec Birmingham. Fullmetal Stars to Speak Out at Birmingham Comic Con

Brilliant news for UK anime fans as two top anime voice artists are announced as special guests for the MCM Birmingham Comic Con. Vic Mignogna and Aaron Dismuke, best known for voicing Ed. and Al. Elric in hit anime Fullmetal Alchemist, have both been confirmed for the 31 March-1 April show.

As well as playing Ed. Elric, the multi-talented Vic Mignogna has appeared in host of major anime series, from Broly in the Dragon Ball Z films to Ikkaku Madarame in Bleach to Tamaki in Ouran High School Host Club. Other shows featuring Vic include Vampire Knight; Soul Eater; Naruto Shippuden; Hetalia: Axis Powers; Full Metal Panic! and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.

Aaron Dismuke has been a voice actor since he was nine, taking on roles such as Hiro Sohma in Fruits Basket; Ouri Kagami in Corpse Princess and Leon Elliot in Black Cat. Other anime that Aaron has appeared in include Trinity Blood; Ouran High School Host Club; Big Windup! and YuYu Hakusho.

Aaron and Vic will be meeting fans at the MCM Birmingham Comic Con on the weekend of 31 March - 1 April. The brand new Birmingham Comic Con will run alongside the long-established Memorabilia show at the NEC – there’s no need to choose between them, though, as ticket holders for either event will have access to the other show free of charge!

To buy tickets to the MCM Birmingham Comic Con and Memorabilia Birmingham, visit: https://www.mcmexpostore.com/store/

THE LOOK PREVIEW SCREENING AND QA WITH CHARLOTTE RAMPLING
27 Apr 18:10 NFT1
A biographical documentary exploring actress Charlotte Rampling's life and career. Told through Rampling's own conversations with friends and collaborators including writer Paul Auster, artist Juergen Teller and poet Frederick Seidel, and intercut with footage from her long and diverse career.

The BFI are delighted to welcome Charlotte Rampling to take part in a Q&A following the film.

http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/bfi_southbank/events/previews_in_conversation/preview_the_look_qa_with_charlotte_rampling

SCI-FI LONDON PARADE
29 Apr 10:00
SCI-FI-LONDON returns to BFI Southbank once again in May, with screenings of shorts, features and documentaries – and this year includes a focus on games and e-sports in the Blue Room. But to kick things off, on Sun 29 April, the SCI-FI-LONDON Costume Parade invites you to dress up as your favourite movie character and parade around the Southbank.

Full details of the parade and how to grab a golden ticket to the after-party are on the festival's website www.sci-fi-london.com

AN EVENING WITH ROBERT REDFORD AND T BONE BURNETT, MODERATED BY NICK HORNBY
Thursday, 26 April 2012 - 7:00PM
Sharing the stage for the first time, Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett will discuss the finely hewn craft of matching music to image. Introduced and interviewed live by British screenwriter and novelist Nick Hornby, they will share their recollections of achieving great musical moments with the many filmmakers, actors and musicians they’ve collaborated with throughout their storied careers. Hornby will utilise film clips to illustrate some of the many films they've worked on for which music made an indelible contribution, as well as discussing with Redford and Burnett some of their favourite musical moments from other great films that have influenced their work. Music artist to be announced.

For more info & ticket head over to: http://www.sundance-london.com/

JAMES BOND 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA
23 November 2012, 7:30pm
Programme includes music from all of the first 23 Bond films, including Goldfinger, From Russian with Love, Diamonds are Forever, A View to a Kill and Quantum of Solace. Philharmonia Orchestra, Carl Davis conductor, Mary Carewe, Lance Ellington

In this very special event, timed to coincide with the new James Bond film Skyfall, Carl Davis and the Philharmonia Orchestra mark the 50th Anniversary of Bond's first appearance on the silver screen with a night dedicated to 007.

Strictly Come Dancing vocalist Lance Ellington and Mary Carewe bring 23 of Bond's iconic musical scores to life in an evening guaranteed to leave you both shaken and stirred!

For more info & ticket had over to: http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/music/classical/tickets/philharmonia-orchestra-63602


FORMULA FILM 9TH – 16TH MARCH, SKY MOVIES SHOWCASE HD
Celebrate the start of the new Formula One season with high octane action and spectacular stunts in Sky Movies FORMULA FILM season.  From the fascinating and immensely moving BAFTA® award winning SENNA to fast-paced blockbuster GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS, Sky Movies FORMULA FILM season is a must-see for all speed junkies:

Highlights:
Monday 12th March
8pm The Italian Job (2003)
10pm The Bourne Supremacy

Tuesday 13th March
8pm Ronin

Wednesday 14th March
10pm Faster

Thursday 15th March
8pm2 Fast 2 Furious
9.50pm Gone In Sixty Seconds

Friday 16th March
8pm Days of Thunder
10pm Senna

FORMULA FILM forms part of Sky's complimentary programming to celebrate the launch of Sky's brand new channel Sky Sports F1™ HD. This new home of Formula 1™ will be the only place to enjoy live coverage of the whole Grand Prix™ season, including all practice and qualifying sessions and every race in the calendar. The dedicated channel will be provided at no extra charge to all Sky TV customers who take both Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 or who take Sky’s HD pack of channels. Sky Atlantic HD will broadcast PETROL AGE, a four part series celebrating the story of British motoring through the ages and Sky 1 HD will also broadcast a motoring special episode of Gadget Geeks.


THE STAKES ARE HIGH! AM2 ANNOUNCES SCREENINGS OF KODANSHA'S MANGA BASED SEQUEL KAIJI 2
Manga based live action thriller film sequel Kaiji 2. One of Many U.S. Convention Film Premieres Happening this June 15-17, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Centre and Anaheim Hilton! Get your Passports Today and Experience the Difference!

 The extremely popular and highly anticipated sequel KAIJI 2 (2011/Drama, Thriller/Approx. 133 min) to be screened EXCLUSIVELY at this summer’s most anticipated Anime, Manga and Music event AM2.  Two screenings will be available-one EXCLUSIVELY for Passport holders ONLY and the second for Passport holders preferred (with general attendees as seating permits)..  Ever since first appearing in 1996 as a serial manga in Kodansha’s Young Magazine, KAIJI has amassed a cult-like following, recording book sales of over 18 million copies and leading to a box office hit film adaptation in 2009 entitled: KAIJI. More info and attendee registration can be found at www.am2con.org


“With our growing guest list, screenings and activities AM2 will be the place to be this summer in Southern California for all that is anime and manga,” states Chase Wang of AM2, “Get your Passports today and join us for all the fun!”

The much-awaited second film is set to hit the screens as KAIJI 2, based on what many assert is the most popular episode from the comic book series, “The Greed Swamp”. Kaiji author Nobuyuki Fukumoto was at the center of the screenplay writing process for the sequel, adding a new high-risk game of his invention to ratchet up the psychological intensity. There’s Chinchirorin, the “dice game from Hell” that lifts Kaiji out of an underground slave labor existence to take part in Princess and Slave, a live-or-die game of choice, and finally, the “Man-eating Swamp” – a monstrous pachinko machine capable of instantly destroying lives of anyone dazzled by its big payoff. On his own, Kaiji stands little chance of beating any of these games. But that won’t stop him from staking his life on saving his friends and restoring everyone’s lives!

KAIJI 2
3 years  after the ultimate life-or-death game with Teiai  Group, Kaiji (Tatsuya Fujiwara) was  entrapped by Teiai   and again  back  in the underground, forced  to do hard  labour.
One day, Kaiji wins a bet to get out of the  underground  with 1 million yen,  and promises  the other  workers  that he  will   save them.
But  to do so, he only  has 14 days and  needs 200 million  yen! Kaiji meets his   former rival  Tonegawa   (Teruyuki Kagawa) and learns  that there is a   chance to turn the  tables in  the game. It was  a monster casino  machine that  will make  1 billion yen  if   you win…Can Kaiji make enough money  in the   limited    time?!

Games
Escape from Underground with (Hell’s Dice “Chinchirorin”)
Chinchirorin is a traditional dice game long popular with the masses involving 3 dice and a rice bowl to shake them up in. But here in the underground mining camps of the Teiai corporate empire, the game has been given some new rules. One man plays the “house” while the rest are his clients. A client stands to earn a multiple of the amount bet depending on the dice roll. For example, if he rolls a 4, 5 and 6 (called a “gigolo”), it pays off double; a triple roll of the same number between 2 and 6 earns him
3 times his bet, and all ones has a 5-fold payoff. But a roll of 1, 2, 3 (“hifumi”) and a client must pay the house twice what he bet. Any cheating or foul play discovered results in the perpetrator paying back 4 times the bet. The client determines how much he wants to bet up to a maximum of 100,000 “pelicas”.

The Ultimate Multiple Choice “Princess and Slave”
An original game dreamed up by Nobuyuki Fukumoto that is not found in the original story, the “Princess and Slave” plays on a primal life-or-death decision. The “slave” (player) is locked in a chamber surrounded by 3 doors.

Behind one of the doors is his beautiful princess. But behind the other two doors lie ferocious and starved lions. The slave must push the button on a panel opening one of those doors. If he opens the door to the princess, he (and the princess) earns their freedom. The twist is that the princess
actually knows which number door she stands behind and can tell the slave whatever she wants. But will she tell him the truth?

Monster pachinko machine: “The Man-eating Swamp”
A standard pachinko machine pays off 4 yen for every metal ball that falls into a retrieval hole. By contrast, a ball won on the Monster Pachinko machine pays 1,000 times that, or 4,000 yen. Hit the jackpot and a player can take home a billion yen ($10 million). But there are two major obstacles to overcome. The first is a “forest of nails” on the pachinko board that is designed to send the pachinko balls in every direction but the right one.

Any balls that manage to clear the forest then enter the 3-level “kroon” – three concave dishes that funnel the balls into winning and losing holes: 3 holes on the top level, 4 holes on the middle tier and 5 holes on the third and lowest kroon. With only one winning hole per level, the odds of a ball passing through all three to earn the jackpot is 60 to 1. Doesn’t sound too
bad. But is that all there is to it?

Directed by Toyo Sato
Screenplay by Nobuyuki Fukumoto, Junya Yamazaki, Sachiko Oguchi
Music by Yugo Kanno

Attendees can avoid the anticipated huge lines at autographs, premiere screenings, workshops, main events, concerts and panels by purchasing a Passport fast pass for the event.  The Passport fast pass will also provide holders with premier seating options at Main Events and at Concert events as well as major discounts with theme parks, retailers and local restaurants.

AM2 current activities include Exhibit Hall, AMV’s, Arcade, Summer Festival, Behind the Voice Actors Studio, Masquerade, Dances, Fashion Shows, Table Top, Console Gaming, Workshops, Panels, Concerts and more!

Follow us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/AM2Con
Follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/AM2Con
More information can be found at www.am2con.org

The Establishing Shot: Week 9 2012 Film News Round-up
This week on The Establishing Shot: Headhunters Norwegian Tastemaker Evening, War of the Arrows Archery Experience at 2020 Archery,  John Carter UK Premiere, The Establishing Shot: New Marvel Avengers Assemble Trailer unleashed! John Carter Review JOHN CARTER IS A LOT OF FUN!
UK Top 10 Films, This weeks Film Releases; Hunky Dory, If Not Us, Who? Michael, Project X, This Means War, Wanderlust, War Of The Arrows, UK John Carter Premiere Willem Dafoe, Week 9 Trailers &  Clips, Mondo John Carter Poster, How I Spent My Summer Vacation Or Get The Gringo Teaser Trailer, The Film Independent Spirit Awards, Nokia Truer Than Fiction Award Winner - Where Soldiers Come From, Watch The Peter Weyland 2023 Ted Talk - Prometheus Viral Video, First Light Awards 2012 Winners Announced On London’s Southbank, The National Youth Film Academy, Launches The Pioneering New Apprenticeship Scheme And Will Soon Become The Biggest Supplier Of Apprentices To The Uk Film Industry, Cast Your Vote For The 2011 Game Award, Breathtaking Hogwarts Castle Scale Model Revealed To The Public For The First Time, Hammer’s “The Woman In Black” Is The Most Successful British Horror Film Of The Last 20 Years, Universal Pictures Continues Yearlong 100th Anniversary Celebration With Reveal Of New Animated Logo, Anticipation For The Hunger Games Heats Up And Author Suzanne Collins’ Thoughts After Seeing The Hunger Games Film,  ‘Undefeated’ Wins Oscar For Best Documentary Feature, Sacha Baron Cohen Signs Exclusive First-Look Deal With Paramount Pictures, Breaking News: New Statement Released By Admiral General Aladeen, Steven Spielberg And Anil Ambani Walk The Oscar Red Carpet, Jmanga.Com Extends Access Worldwide! Ritzy New Stories: Short Film Competition, Bfi Shorts 2012 Film-Making Competition Is Now Open, The Reed.Co.Uk Short Film Competition Is Back, French Film Competition 2012, The Greatest Short Film Competition Ever - Sci-Fi-London 48 Hour Film Challenge, Watershed's Super-Short Filmmaking Competition As Part Of Encounters International Film Festival, Tommy (1975) Screening For Bfi Scala Ken Russell Forever Season, Hitchcock And Hollywood With Tippi Hedren - Bringing The Great Days Of Hollywood To Life, The Hunger Games To Get It’s Uk Premiere At The O2, Marley Preview Plus Qa With Director Kevin Macdonald, Loki Himself, Tom Hiddleston To Introduce The Record Breaking New Avengers Assemble Trailer To Uk Fans – In Big Screen 3D For The First Time Ever, Director And Writer Joe Cornish Introduces Jonathan Kaplan’s 1979 Teenage Rebellion Drama, Featuring Matt Dillon In His Screen Debut, Zach Braff’s All New People Play At The Duke Of York's Theatre
Bfi Fellowship Award To Richard Lester &Amp; Robin And Marian Screening, Tim Burton - The Exhibition In Paris, California Classics Festival Is Back, Damsels In Distress Screening And Whit Stillman In Conversation, Anime Stars Vic Mignogna And Aaron Dismuke To Guest At Mcm Birmingham Comic Con, The Look Preview Screening And Qa With Charlotte Rampling, Sci-Fi London Parade, An Evening With Robert Redford And T Bone Burnett, Moderated By Nick Hornby, James Bond 50th Anniversary Gala Philharmonia Orchestra, Formula Film 9th – 16th March, Sky Movies Showcase HD, The Stakes Are High! Am2 Announces Screenings Of Kodansha's Manga Based Sequel Kaiji 2

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