The Establishing Shot News April 16 - 2 Fun Edition - Fear The Walking Dead, The Nomad Cinema Film Festival 2016, James Bond: The Secret History, Sci-Fi News, Super Hero News, Upcoming Films, In Production News, Film Festival News, Film Awards News, Book News, Music News

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The Establishing Shot News April 16 In this second part of The Establishing Shot News April 16 - 2 Fun Edition we highlight some of the lighter, fun stuff that we are looking forward to as well as many upcoming films that look awesome.

     I have tried to be brief but cover some really interesting news across two updates this one focussing on the more fun and crowd pleasing side of things and the other post more focussed on the Aert & Cult. So without out further ado here is a quick look at:

     7 Things we are currently obsessed with including; Fear the Walking Dead, The Nomad Cinema Film Festival 2016, John Blake Publishing Release Sean Egan's James Bond: The Secret Files - The Stories Behind Britain's Most Recognised Icon, The John Carpenter Is Playing A Halloween Gig In London, ITV's The Durrells, R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson and Game Of Thrones Is Back.

     In Sci-fi News: We Get A First Look At Scarlett Johansson In Ghost In The Shell, The Call Up To Close Scifi London Film Festival 2016, Wolfgang Petersen's Enemy Mine Gets A Blu-ray Release This June and Alien Day 2016 At Hackney Picturehouse

     Super Hero News: David Ayer's Suicide Squad Gets A Blitz Trailer, X-men: Apocalypse Gets A New Trailer, Marvel's Doctor Strange Gets A Trailer, Powers: Eddie Izzard Stars In Edgy New Crime Drama, Coming To Spike In May, Netflix & Insa: Daredevil Global Gif. Watch Gif-iti Artist Insa Create The First Ever Global GIF, Finland's First Super Hero Film Rendel Gets An English Teaser Trailer, Netflix Original Series Marvel's The Defenders Assembles Its Creative Team and The Team For The Netflix Original Series Of Marvel's Iron Fist Is Coming Together!

     In Looks Awesome News: First Look At The Jason Bourne Trailer, Shane Black's The Nice Guys Gets Brand New Character Posters, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Uk Release Date Change To 13th May 2016, John Le Carré's Our Kind Of Traitor Gets An Intense New Interrogation Clip, Jodie Foster's Money Monster Starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts & Jack O’connell Gets A Trailer, The Legend of Tarzan, First Trailer For Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven, First Look At The Adaptation Of Paula Hawkins' The Girl On The Train Starring Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney & Édgar Ramírez Trailer, Warcraft: The Beginning Trailer, Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Who You Gonna Call? The Ghostbusters Remake Trailer and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

     Mad, Bad, Totally Rad Mel Gibson News: New Action Packed Mel Gibson Film Blood Father Gets It's First Trailer

     In Talking Film With Edith Bowman News: Nick Frost Updates On The Paul Sequel
Dawn O'porter Admits Possibility Of A Future Collaboration With Her Husband, Actor Chris O'dowd

     In Production News: Toby Jones, Anne Reid And Sinéad Matthews Lead Impressive Line-up In British Psychological Thriller, “kaleidoscope”, Greg Wise, Alice Sykes Sign Up For “after Louise”greg Wise, Alice Sykes Sign Up For “after Louise”, Hot Property Films Announces Two New Sci-fi Productions – Dogfight And Piper Following The Us Release Of Their Sci-fi Identicals Through Samuel Goldwyn Films And New Uk Distribution Deal With Arrow Films

     Film Festival News: Edinburgh International Film Festival Announces The World Premiere Of Whisky Galore! As The 2016 Closing Night Gala, Derby Film Festival 2016 Runs From 29th April To May 8th, Unrestricted View Film Festival 2016 Tickets Now On Sale, The Bechdel Test Fest: Nora Ephron’s Last Supper, Cult Screens Launches Its Best Summer Season Yet and Mods 'n' Robbers - 2016 Southend Film Festival Launches With Two World Premieres

     Film Awards News: 2016 Into Film Awards Winners Announced, Chasing Ice, Citizenfour, Food Chains, Miners Shot Down, And Virunga Win The 2016 Doc Impact Award and Whicker’s World Foundation Awards Finalists Announced

     Book News: Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion Limited Edition Hardback Book

     Music News: Rock In Rio Is Back To Lisbon This May

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   7 Things we are currently obsessed with

Fear The Waking Dead
     I must confess I came to Fear The Walking Dead a little late. I was unsure if there was room in my life for another zombie related show as I am so heavily invested in the original Walking Dead and with its many tempestuous turns.

     We binged watched the first season of Fear The Walking Dead before attending the second season premiere and we are smitten - of course these shows are less about zombies and more about the emotional roller coaster you are set on as you begin to become involved with the personalities featured in the show. Hopefully FTWD will fill the gap between Walking Dead seasons. A full write up of the Season 2 Premiere (what a night!) will be up soon including a brief chat with legendary producer Gale Anne Hurd.

     What did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in The Walking Dead? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer that question.

Fear The Walking Dead Poster One Sheet
Fear The Walking Dead Poster [VIEW

     Executive produced by showrunner Dave Erickson, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert, “Fear the Walking Dead” stars Kim Dickens as Madison, Cliff Curtis as Travis, Frank Dillane as Nick, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia, Ruben Blades as Daniel, Mercedes Mason as Ofelia, Lorenzo James Henrie as Chris and Colman Domingo as Strand.

The series from AMC Studios is currently in production on season two in Mexico at Baja Studios, home to some of the greatest ocean-set films in recent years.  “Fear the Walking Dead” will air its second season of 15 episodes in two parts, beginning with the first seven episodes starting in April with the remaining eight episodes airing later in 2016.  Season one, which achieved record-breaking performance worldwide including the highest-rated first season of any series in U.S. cable history, ended with Madison, Travis and their extended family taking temporary shelter in Strand’s gated estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean. As civil unrest continues to grow and the dead take over Los Angeles, Strand prepares to escape to “Abigail,” his large yacht moored offshore.

     Video: AMC UK - Fear the Walking Dead - Monster               

The Nomad Cinema Film Festival 2016
     The Nomad Cinema has just celebrated its fifth Birthday and grows from strength to strength as it lines up its most exciting programme yet for its 2016 pop-up festival of films to be shown in unusual and interesting locations uniquely paired with the films on offer.

     Along with a great film, immersive location Nomad Cinema also offers a boutique experience with the very best in food & drink and you can customise your experience to suit your self.

     The Nomad Cinema Festival 2016 runs from 22 May 2016 till late September with 52 films From Cult Classics to enthralling blockbusters being shown over 21 indoor and outdoor venues including; Secret Gardens, Courtyards, Hidden Squares, Majestic Museums, Royal Parks,  Historic Haunts, Waterfronts and Cemeteries.

Nomad Cinema Brompton Cemetery
Nomad Cinema Brompton Cemetery 
      Not only do The Nomad donate 100% of profits to charity, they also bring local communities together, creating a shared experience for audiences to lose themselves in the wonder of film, creating new memories and enabling people to do good by simply having a great time.

- Over 250,000 glasses of wine consumed
- Over 80,000 lovely attendees
- Over 300 different films on our giant pop up screens
- Over 3 tonnes of popcorn consumed
-101 bespoke play lists created
- 153 Academy Award nominations in the 2016 programme
- 51 Academy Awards in the 2016 programme
- Actors appearing the most in 2016: Ryan Gosling, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt, Ellen Page, George Clooney, Oscar Isaac and Carrie Fisher

     Tickets are available from Friday 22 April. London estate agent Chestertons is generously subsidising a limited number of early-bird tickets at selected screenings, allowing movie fans who book early to receive £10 off each ticket.

For more information and tickets head over to: http://whereisthenomad.com/

JOHN BLAKE PUBLISHING release Sean Egan's James Bond: The Secret Files - The Stories Behind Britain's Most Recognised Icon
         We were fortunate to receive a copy of John Blake Publishing's latest James Bond book James Bond: The Secret History a while back but have sadly not had a chance to read it yet. I have been short on time but want to give it a thorough read as it promises to be a revealing and insightful behind the scenes look at the making of James Bond as told by many of the people who helped make the legend.

     John Blake Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of James Bond: The Secret History, in which Sean Egan explores the stories behind one of Britain’s most recognised and stylish cultural icons.

     The most recent release in the James Bond franchise Spectre took £94m in ticket sales in 2015, and in 2016 overtook Avatar to become the third highest grossing film of all time in the UK. Daniel Craig’s Bond movies have grossed over £2 billion worldwide, and given that Craig has now confirmed he will continue with the franchise until at least 2020, it is clear that Bond-fever looks set to grip audiences for many years to come.

     Agent 007 made his first appearance – arguably as a propaganda figure – in 1953, when the Cold War still raged. Why, then, is this relic of British fiction history more globally popular than ever before?

     In this extremely collectible title, author Sean Egan explores Bond’s enduring popularity, tracing a rich history of tradition and development over more than half a century. From the designer suits and coiffed hair to the classic Aston Martins and mesmerizing gadgetry, Bond is the most visually stylish and British film franchise of them all.

     Sean Egan has interviewed many of those who have shaped the Bond universe over the last half century, including Roger Moore; GoldenEye and Casino Royale director Martin Campbell; composer of the iconic Bond theme Monty Norman; and David V Picker, the film executive who brokered the deal to get Sean Connery as Bond.

    James Bond: The Secret History is essential reading for both James Bond aficionados and those with a wider interest in British film history, within which Bond continues to play a central role.he legendary music festival is pleased to announce another edition in the Portugal's capital city. Rock in Rio welcomes millions of fans across the world for the greatest names in rock and pop music, all over the planet.

James Bond: The Secret History is published by John Blake Publishing in hardback on 25th February 2016 and priced £16.99

the John Carpenter is playing a Halloween gig in London
     This is possibly the most exciting news I have heard this year so far - Legendary film Director John Carpenter will be playing a live gig in London as part of his first tour!

     He is most well known for his films like the great Escape from New York, The Thing, Assault on Precinct 13, They Live, The Fog, Halloween and Starman amongst many others. But not only does John Carpenter create great tension fraught tales but he composes the unique electro sound for his films, bringing a unique and engaging ambience to his films. And spawning some of the most recognisable film music from the last 30 years.

     To add another accomplishment to his growing list Carpenter has being making non soundtrack music, but that doesn't mean the music is not cinematic! He has released two albums; Lost Themes and most recently Lost Themes II which is the core of his first ever live tour.

     Video: John Carpenter - "Distant Dream" - Official Live In Studio Video  

      John Carpenter to perform his film soundtracks and new compositions in London & Manchester over Halloween 2016

All Tomorrow's Parties' Halloween extravaganza Release The Bats is back - and it's set to be ATP's most terrifying yet! The Horror Master himself will be headlining the event, which will take place in both London and Manchester.

Next Halloween, John Carpenter will perform - live and in person - a musical retrospective of his horror soundtrack work, his debut studio album Lost Themes, plus brand new compositions. Release The Bats will be held first at The Albert Hall in Manchester on Saturday 29th October 2016, and then at London's The Troxy on Monday 31st October 2016. Both venues will be transformed Halloween style, and attendees are encouraged to dress up for the spooky spectacular.

Tickets: https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/39496/chk/6006

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ITV's The Durrells
     We are loving ITV's Marcella with Anna Friel bringing one of the most watchable, complicated and engaging woman to the small screen for ages. But for a bit of a change of pace I discovered ITV's The Durrells by chance one evening and immediately Sky+'ed the rest of the available season.  I absolutely loved them, they are made with care and warmth that do Gerald Durrell's books justice.

     Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty, Ashes to Ashes) plays Louisa Durrell in ITV’s brand new six part series The Durrells, written by acclaimed screenwriter Simon Nye and produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd. International film star Leslie Caron (An American in Paris, Gigi) also stars in the series.

     The Durrells is based upon Gerald Durrell’s classic trilogy of Corfu memoirs including the much loved ‘My Family and Other Animals’. Set in 1935, this timeless drama is full of warmth, humour and fun.

     The story focuses upon Louisa Durrell (Hawes) whose life is in meltdown. Her husband died years ago and his money has all but run out. Her four unruly ‘children’ Larry, 21, played by Josh O’Connor (Ripper Street, Peaky Blinders), Leslie, 18, a role taken by newcomer Callum Woodhouse, Margo, 17, played by Daisy Waterstone (Silent Witness, Testament of Youth) and Gerry, 11, with Milo Parker (Mr Holmes, Ghosthunters) cast in the role, are going off the rails. Gerry is obsessed with animals and about to be thrown out of school; Larry is a would-be novelist but the worst estate agent in Bournemouth, and the middle two are hitting adulthood like a car-crash. It is the 1930s, and a woman’s options are limited.

     Video: The Durrells Trailer ITV               

R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson

     Slideshow:The Establishing Shot: Prince & 3rdeyegirl Secret Gig Secret Gig at Shepherd's Bush Empire London Ida Nielsen on bass, Hannah Ford on drums, Donna Grantis on her axe & Prince

     9 February 2014 O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
Band: Prince (vox, guitar, bass, keyboard), Hannah Welton-Ford (drums, backing vox), Ida Nielsen (bass, backing vox), Donna Grantis (guitar, backing vox), Joshua Welton (cowbell, keyboard, backing vox)

Start time: 8:00 p.m. / 8:00 p.m. (Hannah's Speech) 8:05 p.m. (Concert)
Length Of Show: 150 minutes
Attendance/Capacity: 2,000 / 1,950 (?)

From the Prince Vault

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Game of Thrones is back
No doubt you are aware by now that Season 6 of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones is back.

     Video: Maisie Williams (aka Arya Stark) Pranks Game of Thrones Fans               

After nearly a year of waiting, the latest series of Game Of Thrones is being shown on television from today.

Series 6 marks the first time the show has overtaken the books with author George RR Martin still to release The Winds Of Winter. Showrunners David Benioff and D B Weiss say despite not having to base episodes on the books, they know exactly where they are going with the story. "We're approaching the finish line, from the outset, our hope was to tell a complete story - beginning, middle and end. "We are writing the final act now, and the last thing we want to do is stay on stage after the play is over." - Excerpt from Sky.com

   Sci-Fi News

We get a First Look at Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in The Shell
     A little after its 1989 release (when the rest of the world caught up) rumours started circulating about a live film of Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell Manga and over the last 3 decades we have had several close calls. 3 Animated films, 2 TV Series and 4 console games later it looks like it's really happening this time.

     Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have announced that production is underway on “GHOST IN THE SHELL,” starring Scarlett Johansson (“AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON,” “LUCY”) and directed by Rupert Sanders (“SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN”). The film is shooting in Wellington, New Zealand.

     Paramount Pictures will release the film in the U.S. on March 31, 2017.

      The film, which is based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, is produced by Avi Arad (“THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 1 & 2,” “IRON MAN”), Ari Arad (“GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE”), and Steven Paul (“GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE”). Michael Costigan (“PROMETHEUS”) Tetsu Fujimura (“TEKKEN”), Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, whose animation studio Production I.G produced the Japanese "GHOST IN THE SHELL” film and television series, and Jeffrey Silver (“EDGE OF TOMORROW,” “300”) will executive produce.

     Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

First Look Scarlett Johansson Ghost in the Shell
Scarlett Johansson plays the Major in Ghost in the Shell from Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures in theaters March 31, 2017 [VIEW]

     The cast of “GHOST IN THE SHELL” includes Beat Takeshi Kitano (“MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE,” “BATTLE ROYALE” series) as Daisuke Aramaki, Juliette Binoche (“THE ENGLISH PATIENT,” “CHOCOLAT”) as Dr. Ouelet, Michael Pitt (“Hannibal,” “Boardwalk Empire”) as Kuze, Pilou Asbæk (“BEN-HUR,” “LUCY”) as Batou, and Kaori Momoi (“MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA,” “HONG KONG CONFIDENTIAL”). The members of Section 9 are played by Chin Han (“INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE”), Danusia Samal (“Tyrant”), Lasarus Ratuere (“Terra Nova”), Yutaka Izumihara (“UNBROKEN”) and Tuwanda Manyimo (“THE ROVER”).

     The film’s crew includes Cinematographer Jess Hall (“THE SPECTACULAR NOW”), Editor Neil Smith (“SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN”), Production Designer Jan Roelfs (“FAST & FURIOUS 6”), and Costume Designers Kurt Swanson and Bart Mueller (“THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PARTS 1& 2”).

The Call Up To Close SciFi London Film Festival 2016
     Altitude Film Entertainment in association with Stigma Films and Red and Black Films is delighted to announce that their British SciFi thriller The Call Up has been chosen to close the SciFi London Film Festival on Friday 6th May ahead of its theatrical release on 20th May and DVD / On Demand release on 23rd May.

The Call Up Film Poster
The Call Up Film Poster [VIEW]

     Written and Directed by Charles Barker, The Call Up is produced by Matthew James Wilkinson (Gateway 6, SLR, Kaleidoscope) of Stigma Films, John Giwa-Amu (The Machine, The Silent Storm, Little White Lies) of Red & Black Films and executive produced by Alan Martin (The Machine, Stone of Destiny, Darklands). Max Deacon (Into the Storm, Hatfields & McCoys) leads an ensemble cast, joined by exciting up-and-coming talent, including Morfydd Clark (Love & Friendship, Madame Bovary, A Poet in New York), Ali Cook (Kajaki, The Anomaly, The Messenger), Parker Sawyers (Zero Dark Thirty, Parkside With You, Monsters: Dark Continent), Tom Benedict Knight (Dracula Untold, Houdini), Boris Ler (Death in Sarajevo, In the Land of Blood and Honey), newcomer Douggie McMeekin and Adriana Randall.

     The Call Up follows a group of elite online gamers when they each receive a mysterious invitation to trial a state-of-the-art virtual reality video game. It’s a dream come true and impossible to resist.

     Arriving at the test site, the group step into hi-tech gear and prepare for a revolutionary, next-level gaming experience that brings modern warfare to life with frightening realism. At first it’s a unique and exhilarating experience. But what starts out like a dream encounter with cutting edge technology quickly takes a turn for the sinister.

     Video: THE CALL UP - OFFICIAL UK TRAILER [HD] - IN CINEMAS MAY 20               

     Writer/Director Charles Barker said: “I've always been fascinated by the potential for technology to create worlds as real and powerful as our own. But as VR becomes ever more developed, more accessible I also have a fear. How dangerous could this be in the wrong hands?”

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Wolfgang Petersen's ENEMY MINE gets a Blu-ray release this June
     Wolfgang Petersen's Enemy Mine is just as relevant today as it was on release. Hope the high quality doesn't show up the special effects?

Dennis Quaid & Louis Gosset Jr. Enemy Mine Blu-Ray
Dennis Quaid & Louis Gosset Jr. Enemy Mine Blu-Ray
      Eureka Entertainment to release ENEMY MINE, director Wolfgang Petersen’s visually stunning futuristic sci-fi adventure starring Dennis Quaid and Louis Gosset Jr., on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK on 20 June 2016

      From director Wolfgang Petersen (Troy, The Never Ending Story) comes a tale of two enemies thrown together in a hostile world where to survive they must become allies.

      A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way.

      Starring Dennis Quaid (The Right Stuff, The Day after Tomorrow) and Academy Award Winner Louis Gosset Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman) this sci-fi adventure is a tale of an unexpected friendship and newly found respect. Eureka Classics present the film in high-definition for the first time in the UK in a special edition Blu-ray

     Video: ENEMY MINE Original Theatrical Trailer               

Alien Day 2016 at Hackney Picturehouse
     Celebrate the iconic sci-fi horror franchise with a double bill of Alien and Aliens, together on the big screen for one day only!

Alien Day Hackney Picturehouse
Alien Day Hackney Picturehouse

Alien: Director’s Cut (15)
Director: Ridley Scott.

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm. UK/USA 1979. 116 mins. A commercial crew aboard the deep-space towing vessel Nostromo are on their way home when they pick up an SOS warning from the distant planet LV-426.

What they don’t know is that this SOS is no ordinary call...

Aliens: Director’s Cut (15)
Director: James Cameron.
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Lance Henriksen. UK/USA 1986. 154 mins.

Sigourney Weaver reprises her iconic role as Ellen Ripley. The sole survivor of the carnage aboard the Nostromo, she is appalled to discover that the planet where she first encountered the aliens has now become a human colony. When colonists start to disappear, Ripley leads a combat patrol of space marines to investigate.

Tuesday 26 April, 6.30pm


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David Ayer's Suicide Squad gets a Blitz trailer
     "We're bad guys, it's what we do..."

     Warner Bros. UK is pleased to reveal the brand new 'Blitz' trailer for David Ayer's SUICIDE SQUAD.

     Video: Suicide Squad – Blitz Trailer - Official Warner Bros. UK               

     From director David Ayer (“Fury,” “End of Watch”) comes “Suicide Squad,” starring Oscar nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”), Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus”), Joel Kinnaman (“Run All Night,” “The Killing”) and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (“The Help,” “Doubt”).

     It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

     Written and directed by Ayer based on the characters from DC Comics, the film also stars Jai Courtney (“Insurgent”), Jay Hernandez (“Takers”), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Thor: The Dark World”), Ike Barinholtz (“Neighbors”), Scott Eastwood (“Fury”), Cara Delevingne (“Paper Towns”), Adam Beach (“Cowboys & Aliens”), and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut. It is produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

     SUICIDE SQUAD is released in UK cinemas in August 2016

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X-Men: Apocalypse gets a new trailer
     Fox's upcoming X-MEN: APOCALYPSE is a bitter-sweet affair for me - I can't wait to see it and I'm sure it's going to be great - but it brings us one step closer to the inevitable end of the new X-Men series - which has been consistently one of the most engaging adult Super powers tales committed to screen - bring on 18 May.

Twentieth Century Fox is delighted to announce that X-MEN: APOCALYPSE will be released in cinemas and IMAX across the UK & Ireland on 18th May, 2016.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Quad Launch Poster [VIEW]

     Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

     Video: X-Men: X-Men: Apocalypse | Official HD Trailer #3 | 2016           

     Directed by Bryan Singer, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE is produced by Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker and Lauren Shuler Donner.

Marvel's Doctor Strange gets a trailer
     Marvel's Phase 3 is certainly off to an exciting start with Captain America: Civil War and even more more interestingly the reveal of The Doctor Strange trailer.

Marvel's Doctor Strange Teaser Poster
  Marvel's Doctor Strange Teaser Poster [VIEW]  

     The Establishing Shot: MARVEL'S DOCTOR STRANGE TRAILER DEBUT            

     “Doctor Strange” follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

“Doctor Strange” is the latest film in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phase 3’s goal—over the course of four years and 10 films—is to introduce audiences to new heroes and continue the adventures of fan favorites.

Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” is produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth, Stephen Broussard and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

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Powers: Eddie Izzard stars in edgy new crime drama, coming to Spike in May
     I was blown away by Season 1 of Powers and absolutely loved it. It was a bit slow to start but I stuck with it and was rewarded as it really came in to its own. The narrative roll-out hints at lots of surprises that engagingly blend into the story and the relationship dynamics of the characters really works and alludes to great chemistry between the actors.

     From the team who produced The Walking Dead comes Powers an edgy police crime drama starring Eddie Izzard which turns the concept of superheroes on their head and asks: what if the world was full of superheroes who aren’t heroic at all?

     Powers follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker played by Sharlto Copley (District 9, Maleficent) and Deena Pilgrim played by Susan Heyward (666 Park Avenue, 30 Rock).  The ensemble cast includes Emmy® Award winning British actor and comedian Eddie Izzard (Valkyrie, Oceans Thirteen, Oceans Twelve, Hannibal) who plays villain Wolfe,  Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders), Michelle Forbes (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, True Blood, The Returned), Olesya Rulin (Halloween High, High School Musical), Max Fowler (Wolf Hall, The Killing), Adam Godley (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Homeland), and Logan Browning (Bratz, Meet The Browns).

     Video: Powers: Exclusive New York Comic-Con Trailer               

     The Powers Division is assigned to investigate cases involving people with extraordinary abilities, referred to as ‘Powers’.   Set amidst the immediacy of today’s social media culture, Powers asks the questions, what if the world was full of superheroes that aren’t actually heroic at all.  What if all that power was just one more excuse for mischief, mayhem, murder, and endorsement deals?  The Powers Division is brave enough to go up against the overpaid, commercialised, super humans imposing their power over those who both worship and fear them.

     Anna-Belen Dunlop, Acting Acquisitions and Channel Manager at Spike comments: “I’m delighted to welcome edgy crime drama, Powers to the Spike schedule.  With great cast and impressive effects, it’s an exciting twist on the superhero genre.  I’m sure our audience will enjoy it as much as From Dusk Till Dawn, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.”

     The series is based on the graphic novel series of the same name, and is executive produced by the team behind Caprica (the prequel to Battlestar Galactica) and iconic comics including Marvel’s Ultimate series, Daredevil and Judge Dredd.  Powers is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

Netflix & INSA: Daredevil Global GIF. Watch GIF-ITI artist INSA create the first ever global GIF.
     Season 1 of Daredevil was cracking - bringing both an adult take on the Super hero genre as well as some of the most exciting and engaging fight scenes adapted from Frank Miller's run of Daredevil to the small screen. Did I mention the great cast yet? In season 1 we got to see Matt Murdock's transformation from Hells Kitchen youth to beleaguered saviour of the city as he took on Vincent D'Onofrio's misguided and misunderstood Kingpin.

Just when Matt thinks he is bringing order back to the city, new forces are rising in Hell’s Kitchen. Now the Man Without Fear must take on a new adversary in Frank Castle and face an old flame – Elektra Natchios.

But with the promise of former love interest & elite warrior Elektra and Marvel's greatest anti hero The Punisher appearing in Season 2 it's shaping up to be a hell of a show.

     Netflix is changing the way we watch TV. Popular TV shows are crossing borders with friends all over the world able to enjoy Marvel’s Daredevil at the exact same time. Gone are the days of waiting. Singapore, the US, France, Germany, Brazil are all on the same page with new releases thanks to Netflix and the Internet.

     Netflix partnered with INSA, famous Giff-iti artist, to promote the global launch of Marvel’s Daredevil season two - the first Netflix original series to be available globally and released simultaneously in all of the streaming service's markets. The creative campaign that uses both street and digital art, spanning seven key cities worldwide.

Daredevil Punisher Season 2 Poster
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     Gif-iti - street art that is brought to life online via a unique app - celebrates this remarkable global launch. Renowned artist INSA, the creator of Gif-iti, produced individual pieces of Daredevil-inspired street art in Paris, London, New York, Dubai, Taipei, Singapore and Madrid. INSA, whose work is held in the V&A collection in London, photographs each real-life image to create multiple photo ‘layers’ and upload and overlay them to create the final piece - a looping GIF file which comes to life when viewed online.

     Video: Netflix & INSA: Daredevil Global GIF               

The campaign launched on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with teaser content shared first across Daredevil’s global channels, followed by stills and further teasers on a number of Netflix’s local channels in Europe, the US and Asia. INSA’s full Gif-iti ‘mega gif’ will be revealed on Daredevil’s and Netflix's global channels on 15th April.

     Video: Marvel's Daredevil - Season 2 - Official Trailer - Netflix [UK & Ireland]               

Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the superhero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell's Kitchen, New York City.

    Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil) is joined by a stellar cast including Jon Bernthal (Frank Castle/The Punisher), Elodie Yung (Elektra), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple),  and Scott Glenn (Stick).

     Marvel’s Daredevil is Executive Produced by series Co-Showrunners Marco Ramirez (Sons Of Anarchy, Fear The Walking Dead) and Douglas Petrie (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, American Horror Story), along with Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Jessica Jones), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television.

Finland's first super hero film RENDEL gets an English teaser trailer
     RENDEL is a Finnish superhero film to be released in 2016-2017. It is the very first full-length superhero film from Finland, and it introduces world a completely new superhero Rendel. Follow Rendel http://www.facebook.com/rendelmovie

     Rendel’s way to the big screen has been long, but certain. The beginning of the story goes way back to the Director Jesse Haaja’s schoolboy years.

     The superhero was born 17 years ago when Haaja scratched down the first drafts of his own comic character. The idea of a dark superhero and a branch around it had been planted. Through the years the idea kept developing and strengthening in Haaja’s mind, but stayed, more or less, as a distant dream. The young schoolboy didn’t know then that one day he would be presenting his superhero to the film professionals all over the world in the Cannes Film Festival.

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     In March 2013 on his 30th birthday, Haaja sat home with a glass of whiskey, and without thinking further, decided this was the time to make a superhero film. Nowadays a successful entrepreneur with his own advertising company, Haaja was in front of a completely different kind of a field, filmmaking. The first idea of a short film quickly escalated towards an ambitious script of a full-length action feature.

     Video: RENDEL - Official Teaser Trailer [HD]               

Netflix original series Marvel's The Defenders assembles its creative team
     Marvel Comics The Defenders are coming to the small screen and it looks like the core character team has already been realised - Charlie Cox's DaredevilKrysten Ritter's Jessica Jones, Mike Colter's Luke Cage and Finn JonesIron Fist. Netflix have just announced that the creative team that will bring it all together has also been assembled.

     Douglas Petrie ("Marvel’s Daredevil," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and Marco Ramirez ("Marvel’s Daredevil," "Orange is the New Black") are set to return as showrunners to the Marvel Universe for the Netflix Original Series "Marvel’s The Defenders"!

     Another alum from “Marvel’s Daredevil,” Oscar-nominee Drew Goddard (“The Martian,” “Lost,” “Alias”), will also join the team as an Executive Producer.

     The Executive Producers and showrunners of “Marvel’s Daredevil” Season 2 will unite the Man Without Fear with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist for the mini-series event bringing our heroes together to face their biggest threat yet.

     Video: Marvel's Defenders Press Conference Highlights               

     ...“Doug and Marco captivated our members around the world with their continuation of the story of Matt Murdock in 'Marvel’s Daredevil,' and we can’t wait to see how they and Drew will introduce the full Defenders team to our global audience,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content...

     ...“Marvel’s The Defenders” will star Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, and Finn Jones, all reprising their roles as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, respectively....

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The team for the Netflix Original Series of Marvel's Iron Fist is coming together!
     Hot on the heels of Netflix's Daredevil and Jessica Jones and yet to be seen Luke Cage show we are going to see a small screen adaptation of Iron Fist - the cross dimension mystical martial artist and I can't wait. A small part of me hopes that the most recent Iron Fist comics don't have too much influence on the show and we see more of the old Danny Rand.

     Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.

      “Marvel’s Iron Fist” is the fourth series as part of an overall deal between Marvel Television and Netflix, which has already released the critically-acclaimed first seasons of “Marvel’s Daredevil” and “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” with “Marvel’s Luke Cage” premiering in 2016. All four heroes will then unite in the mini-series event “Marvel’s The Defenders.”

Scott Buck to Showrun the Netflix Original Series 'Marvel's Iron Fist'
     The Netflix Original Series “Marvel’s Iron Fist” has found its showrunner and Executive Producer in Scott Buck (“Dexter,” “Six Feet Under”)!

     Buck previously served as Executive Producer and showrunner of “Dexter” for the series’ final four years. He has also written for “Six Feet Under” and “Rome,” among other series.

     “Scott came in with a take on Iron Fist that quite simply knocked us off our feet,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “We always look for the most creative minds in the field to help us bring our heroes to life, and with Scott we’ve found someone that can deliver yet another great series in the ongoing story of The Defenders.”

     “I’ve always been drawn to writing complex, intriguing characters, and that’s what most excites me about the opportunity to bring Danny Rand and “Iron Fist” to life with Marvel on Netflix,” said Buck.

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David Wenham Cast in Netflix Original Series 'Marvel’s Iron Fist'
     David Wenham (“The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” “300,” “Top of the Lake”) has joined the growing cast of  the Netflix Original Series, “Marvel’s Iron Fist” as Harold Meachum.

     A ruthless corporate leader, Harold Meachum was partners with Danny Rand’s parents at the time of their deaths. What role he plays in Danny’s past and future will be revealed over the course of the series.

     “I’m very excited to have David as our Harold Meachum. David is capable of displaying raw, visceral strength as well as extremely keen intelligence,” said Executive Producer and Showrunner, Scott Buck. “This will add up to a character of complex depth who will keep us off balance all season."

     "David brings both a vulnerability and a danger to his many diverse roles,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “This key quality creates a gravitas our series requires as Danny unravels the secrets behind Rand Enterprises."

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Jessica Henwick Joins Netflix Original Series 'Marvel's Iron Fist'
     Jessica Henwick (“Game of Thrones,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) has joined the Netflix original series “Marvel’s Iron Fist” as Colleen Wing.

A martial arts expert running her own dojo, Colleen will serve as an invaluable ally to Danny Rand as he returns to his life in New York. In the comics, Colleen first appeared in MARVEL PREMIERE #19 as one of Danny’s first friends after he left K’un-L’un.

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Finn Jones to Star in the Netflix Original Series Marvel's Iron Fist
     Marvel and Netflix are pleased to announce that Finn Jones (“Game of Thrones”) will star in “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” the newest series coming soon only to Netflix.

     Jones will play Daniel Rand, who returns to New York City after being missing for years. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.

     “Danny Rand is a very complicated character. He’s a billionaire New York Buddhist monk martial arts superhero who’s still trying to figure out what exactly that all means,” said Executive Producer and showrunner, Scott Buck. “Finn is able to play all these levels in such an honest, revelatory way that as soon as I saw him I knew he was our Danny.”

     “Finn wonderfully blends confidence with vulnerability, making him the perfect choice as he struggles to find his place in the world,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel TV, Jeph Loeb. “Now that we’ve found our Danny Rand, we’ve completed our principal cast for the upcoming Defenders on Netflix and we are thrilled to continue to show audiences unexplored corners of the Marvel Universe.”

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First Look at the Jason Bourne Trailer

     JASON BOURNE sees original actor and director, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass, return to the series they created along with Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel and Riz Ahmed.

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     Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.

     Video: Jason Bourne - Official Trailer 1 (Universal Pictures)             

For Jason Bourne, Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series.  Frank Marshall again produces alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment, and Greengrass, Damon, Gregory Goodman and Ben Smith also produce.  Based on characters created by Robert Ludlum, the film is written by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse

Director Paul Greengrass comments on bringing Bourne back to the big screen in JASON BOURNE:
Jason Bourne isn’t a super hero; he doesn’t wear a cape or a mask. He’s not one of those kinds of guys. He is just an ordinary man. I think when people watch Jason Bourne they can imagine how they might react in those situations and those circumstances, and when you see him thinking his way through and coming up with a plan and executing his plan, that’s incredibly exciting.” – Paul Greengrass

“It has taken us a long time to come back because we didn’t have the right story before. The world needed to change and then there comes that moment when it makes sense. You know when it feels right and that’s when you do it, not before.” – Paul Greengrass.

JASON BOURNE will be released in UK cinemas July 29th.

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Shane Black's The Nice Guys gets brand new character posters
     Anything Shane Black is involved in gets our attention - but when he is working with Producer Joel Silver again you know it's going to good - but add two vastly different and exciting performers in top form like Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe and you have dynamite (and a welcome return to the buddy picture). And the trailers so far have only affirmed this.

     “The Nice Guys” takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

The Nice Guys Ryan Gosling Charmed Poster
The Nice Guys Ryan Gosling Charmed & Dangerous Poster [VIEW]
The Nice Guys Russell Crowe Locked Poster
The Nice Guys Russell Crowe Locked Poster [VIEW]
      The film also stars young actress Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer (the “Magic Mike” films, HBO’s “The Normal Heart”), Margaret Qualley (HBO’s “The Leftovers”), Keith David (TV’s “Community”) and Oscar winner Kim Basinger (“L.A. Confidential”).

     Shane Black directed the film from an original screenplay he wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi.  Joel Silver (“Non-Stop,” “The Matrix” films, the “Sherlock Holmes” films) produced the film under his Silver Pictures banner.  Ken Kao, Hal Sadoff, Alex Walton and Michael J. Malone served as executive producers.

     Video: The Nice Guys - Official UK Trailer #2 (2016) - In Cinemas June 3               

     The behind-the-scenes creative team included Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It,” the “Sherlock Holmes” films), production designer Richard Bridgland (“Serena,” “Unknown”), editor Joel Negrón (“21 Jump Street,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”), and costume designer Kym Barrett (“The Matrix” films, “The Amazing Spider-Man”).  The score was composed by John Ottman (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) & David Buckley (TV’s “The Good Wife”).

     A Silver Pictures Production in association with Waypoint Entertainment, “The Nice Guys” will be released in the UK on June 3, 2016 by Icon Film Distribution

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot UK release date change to 13th May 2016
     Looks like we will be waiting almost a month longer to see Tina Fey, Margot Robbie and Martin Freeman in the what looks absolutely hilarious Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

     The UK release date of WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT has moved to 13th May 2016 from 22nd April 2016.

     Sometimes it takes saying “WTF” to discover the life you were always destined to lead. That’s exactly what happens to cable news producer Kim Baker (Tina Fey) when she realizes her routine existence is lacking in something – and decides to “blow it all up” by taking a crazy, WTF assignment in Afghanistan. There, amidst a mind-boggling array of adventurers, militants, warlords and madcap chaos, Kim finds something unexpected: the strength she never knew she had.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Poster
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      Based on the true adventures of war-reporter-in-the-making Kim Barker -- and her acclaimed autobiography The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan – comes this hilarious and heartfelt portrait of a woman getting her life together in a global hot spot where everything else seems to be falling apart. Joining Fey on this wit-fuelled journey across the world is a sparkling cast including Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, Christopher Abbott and Billy Bob Thornton.

      “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” (military code for the letters WTF), is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, from a screenplay by Robert Carlock based on Kim Barker’s book The Taliban Shuffle. The producers are legendary “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels, Tina Fey and Ian Bryce. The executive producers are Charlie Gogolak, Eric Gurian and Sam Grey.

     Video: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot | Trailer #2 | Paramount Pictures International               

John le Carré's Our Kind Of Traitor gets an intense New Interrogation Clip
     Hot on the heels of the BBC's rather good The Night Manager John Le Carre's Our Kind of Traitor adapted by Hossein Amin will be in cinemas 13 May topped with a supremely watchable cast.

     Based on the John le Carré novel of the same name and adapted for the screen by one of the UK's most exciting writers, Hossein Amini (Drive, The Wings of a Dove), OUR KIND OF TRAITOR boasts an all-star cast including Ewan McGregor,  Stellan Skarsgård, Damian Lewis and Naomie Harris.

     Directed by Susanna White (Boardwalk Empire, Generation Kill), OUR KIND OF TRAITOR is released in UK cinemas 13th May 2016.

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Our Kind of Traitor Poster [VIEW]

      While on holiday in Marrakech, an ordinary English couple, Perry (Ewan McGregor – THE IMPOSSIBLE, THE GHOST) and Gail (Naomie Harris – SPECTRE, SOUTHPAW), befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian, Dima (Stellan Skarsgård – AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO), who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia.

     Video: OUR KIND OF TRAITOR – Interrogation Clip – In Cinemas May 13th               

     When Dima asks for their help to deliver classified information to the British Secret Services, Perry and Gail get caught in a dangerous world of international espionage and dirty politics. The couple is propelled on a perilous journey through Paris and Bern, a safe house in the French Alps, to the murky corners of the City of London and an alliance with the British Government via a ruthless and determined MI6 agent (Damian Lewis - HOMELAND).

     The Establishing Shot: OUR KIND OF TRAITOR TRAILER - 13 MAY 2016          

     From the writer of DRIVE (Hossein Amini) adapting the hit John le Carré novel – the mind behind TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, and directed by acclaimed Susanna White – this taut thriller twists and turns its way around the world with dramatic consequences.

Jodie Foster's Money Monster starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts & Jack O’Connell gets a trailer
     In the taut and tense thriller Money Monster, Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a bombastic TV personality whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall Street. But after he hawks a high tech stock that mysteriously crashes, an irate investor (Jack O’Connell) takes Gates, his crew, and his ace producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) hostage live on air. Unfolding in real time, Gates and Fenn must find a way to keep themselves alive while simultaneously uncovering the truth behind a tangle of big money lies.

Money Monster Poster One Sheet
Money Monster Poster One Sheet [VIEW]

     Video: Money Monster - Official International Trailer - Starring George Clooney & Julia Roberts               

     Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell,
Directed by: Jodie Foster

Produced by: Grant Heslov & George Clooney


The Legend of Tarzan starring Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson

     I have a particular fascination with Tarzan, maybe it's because I grew up in Africa, maybe it's because I was surrounded by nature and animals or maybe it's because during my pre-teens I read Tarzan Of The Apes Burne Hogarth's incredible visual interpretation of Edgar Rice Burroughs classic tale. It frightened, saddened and exhilarated me at the same time. For all intents and purposes it was an adult vision of Tarzan that I had never imagined possible before.

     Legitimization of “the 9th Art” — as the French have defined comics — prompted Hogarth to reconsider the mythic jungle lord of his early career and re-envision Tarzan in a modern format two decades after his last strip. In 1972, Hogarth published the prototypical graphic novel, “Tarzan of the Apes” (1972). This large-format, 160-page hard-bound volume was published in 11 languages, serving as a demarcation between juvenile comic books and a sequential art form in which pictorial narrative is both mature and enduring.

     With “Tarzan of the Apes,” Hogarth finally visualized the Edgar Rice Burroughs story as he wanted. Free of editorial interference, he interpreted the literature as a true Homeric epic. He transfused the power of Renaissance and Baroque artists — as well as German Expressionism, European “9th Art” and the art of the Far East — into new and dramatic pictorial fiction. - Excerpt from Burnehogarth.com

     Up until the mid Eighties when people asked what comics they should read it was in the top 3 and it is still essential reading for me to this day. And David Yates' The Legend of Tarzan seems to have drawn on that vision at least as presented in the first trailer. Hopefully it's not the old bait and switch that sometimes happens with big blockbusters of this sort, where they lure us in, but the film, specifically the tone is nothing like the trailer and actually a very different film - I'm holding thumbs that it doesn't break it's stride.

     From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes the action adventure “The Legend of Tarzan,” starring Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) as the legendary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

The film also stars Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction,” the “Captain America” films), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”), Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “Gladiator”), with Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), and two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained”).

The Legend of Tarzn Teaser Poster
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     It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side.  Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Leon Rom (Waltz).  But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

     The Establishing Shot: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN TRAILER - 8 JULY 2016       

     David Yates (the final four “Harry Potter” films, upcoming “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) directed “The Legend of Tarzan” from a screenplay by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer, story by Brewer and Cozad based on the Tarzan stories created by Burroughs.  Legendary producer Jerry Weintraub (“Behind the Candelabra,” the “Ocean’s” trilogy) produced the film, together with David Barron (the “Harry Potter” films, “Cinderella”), Alan Riche (“Southpaw”) and Tony Ludwig (“Starsky & Hutch”).  Susan Ekins, Nikolas Korda, Keith Goldberg, David Yates, Mike Richardson and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.

     The behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Henry Braham (“The Golden Compass”), Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“Dangerous Liaisons,” “The English Patient,” the “Harry Potter” films), editor Mark Day (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2”), and Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth Myers (“Emma,” “Unknown”).  The music is composed by Rupert Gregson-Williams (“Grown Ups”).

     “The Legend of Tarzan” was shot at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, as well as on location around the UK.

     Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Jerry Weintraub Production, a Riche/Ludwig Production, a David Yates Film, “The Legend of Tarzan.” Slated for release worldwide beginning July 1, 2016, the film will be distributed in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

For more, visit: https://www.warnerbros.co.uk/movies/the-legend-of-tarzan

First trailer for Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven
     Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven. With the sleepy town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate towns people employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

UK release date: 23rd September 2016

     Video: The Magnificent Seven - Official Trailer - At Cinemas September 2016                

First Look at the adaptation of Paula Hawkins' The Girl on the Train starring Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney & Édgar Ramírez trailer
     Entertainment One UK is pleased to make available the official trailer for the eagerly anticipated THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN based on the worldwide publishing phenomenon by Paula Hawkins. Starring Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney and Édgar Ramírez and directed by Tate Taylor, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN will arrive in cinemas on 7 October.

     Video: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN - OFFICIAL UK TRAILER [HD]               

Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, Luke Evans, Edgar Ramirez and Allison Janney star in The Girl on the Train, from director Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) and producer Marc Platt (Bridge of Spies, Into the Woods). In the thriller, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasising about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, The Girl on the Train is adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson and Taylor. The film’s executive producers are Jared LeBoff and Celia Costas, and it will be released by Entertainment One in the UK.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN will arrive in cinemas on 7 October.


Warcraft: The Beginning Trailer
     From Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures comes Warcraft, an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s global phenomenon.

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.

So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

     Video: Warcraft: The Beginning – International Trailer (Universal Pictures)               

   Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and written by Charles Leavitt and Jones, the film starring Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky and Daniel Wu is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production.

   The producers are Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Gartner and Stuart Fenegan. Jillian Share, Brent O’Connor, Michael Morhaime and Paul Sams serve as executive producers. Rob Pardo, Chris Metzen, Nick Carpenter and Rebecca Steel Roven co produce. Warcraft will be released by Universal Pictures.

Warcraft: The Beginning will release in UK cinemas 30th May.

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Gareth Edwards unveils his trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
   Lucasfilm announced that their first film in the new standalone Star Wars stories series, Rogue One, has begun principal photography. Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) is directing Rogue One, which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and is slated for a December 16, 2016 release.

     The Establishing Shot: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY TRAILER                              

Who You Gonna Call? The HILARIOUS Ghostbusters remake trailer
   Thirty years after the original film took the world by storm, Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation. Director Paul Feig combines all the paranormal fighting elements that made the original franchise so beloved with a cast of new characters, played by the funniest actors working today. Get ready to watch them save the world this summer!

     Video: GHOSTBUSTERS - Official International Trailer                             

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
There is no denying it J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them looks absolutely fantastic.

   J.K. Rowling’s expanded quote regarding “Fantastic Beasts”:

   It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

   As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

   Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

   I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

     Video: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Teaser Trailer [HD]                             

  Mad, Bad, Totally Rad Mel Gibson News

New action packed Mel Gibson film Blood Father gets it's first trailer
     Mel Gibson has had a rough time of it of late albeit mostly justified however his latest film - Blood Father looks like a return to what he does best - all sorts of bad assery!

Mel Gibson Blood Father Poster
Mel Gibson Blood Father Poster [VIEW]
     After her drug kingpin boyfriend frames her for stealing a fortune in cartel cash, 18 year old LYDIA goes on the run, with only one ally in this whole wide world: her perennial screw-up of a dad, JOHN LINK, who's been a drunk, a drug addict, a motorcycle outlaw, and a convict in his time, and now is determined to keep his little girl from harm and, for once in his life, do the right thing...

     Video: Blood Father - In Cinemas August 25 - Aust/NZ               

   In Talking Film with Edith Bowman News

Nick Frost updates on the Paul sequel
    Over here at The Establishing Shot we are fans of the ground breaking careers of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg - both in their combined capacity as well as individually - so when I received this tidbit in my mailbox I was half hoping that it would include an update on Season 2 of Nick Frost's Mr. Sloane. Sadly not.

     At the end of last month Virgin Radio relaunched it's Virgin Radio Breakfast Show (on a moving train complete with live performances from bands including Travis, The Feeling, Walking On Cars, Gavin James and Mystery Jets.) to be hosted by none other than the illustrious Mz. Edith Bowman. Who had a chat with Nick Frost.

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      Nick Frost, speaking on Edith Bowman’s Virgin Radio breakfast show, confirmed that there was not going to be a second Paul. When asked by Edith if there was to be a sequel to the hit film, he said: “No, I think that time’s come and gone. There was a tiny sniff I think of someone saying ‘why don’t we do it as a TV show in America’, but that kind of went away. I just think it’s so expensive to make – as in him – that, you know…it was nice as it was.”

      He was also asked who would play him if a film was to be made of his life, to which he replied: “Maybe Ray Winstone to play me. I love him – we text each other every weekend when West Ham play. He always texts me inappropriate jokes, the kind of jokes an over-friendly cabbie would tell you.”

Dawn O'Porter admits possibility of a future collaboration with her husband, actor Chris O'Dowd
    Having followed Chris O'Dowd's career from the heady early days of the hilarious I.T. Crowd then being fortunate to meet the man himself and have a laugh over a Jamesons at the Jameson Empire Done in 60 Seconds Global Final Dinner and over the course of the evening discover what a genuinely funny and heart warming man he is I can only but hope to see him in bigger and bigger roles as his talent.

Dawn O'Porter at Virgin Radio Breakfast Show
Dawn O'Porter at Virgin Radio Breakfast Show [VIEW]
      Dawn O’Porter this morning admitted that there is the possibility of a future collaboration with her husband, Irish actor Chris O’Dowd. Speaking to Edith Bowman’s Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio and when asked by Edith whether about the possibility of working with her husband, Dawn (pictured) said:

      “Oh, I don’t know…I don’t know. I like the idea of it, but again, I’m a lot cleverer than he is, so he would get intimidated, he would get agitated and it would just cause problems in our marriage, so…I’m not sure. I like the idea of it.”

      Dawn went on to speak about her own acting background, adding: “I went to drama school, yeah, but I couldn’t bear being around actors [laughs]. No, I thought it was what I wanted to do, but actually it wasn’t. I want to write, so…I like the idea of writing something that Chris could potentially be in one day. That would be good. That’s a collab that we will talk about.”

Kirsten Dunst on Virgin Radio: I give directors chances all the time – especially female directors
      In an interview with Edith Bowman on Edith’s breakfast show, Hollywood actress Kirsten Dunst provides valuable insight into how she chooses which roles to accept from the numerous scripts that she is offered.

      She said: “I’m director driven – I don’t care what the role is, I really don’t. As long as it’s a director that I believe in then I will go there, because I know that everyone that they put around them, whoever collaborates on the film, will be working just as hard. So I just want to work with the best people creatively that I can. But then I also give chances to directors all the time…like, I’ve done so many first time directors – especially female directors.”

      Edith also asked Kirsten about her musical interest and particularly what music reminds her of her childhood, to which she answers: “REM…and Guns N’ Roses. I just listened to whatever my Mum listened to…like the Les Mis soundtrack. And I remember a lot of Candle in the Wind! Me and my girlfriend, she had long dark curly hair, so I’d be Axel and she’d be Slash, and we’d rock out in the mirror.”

Edith Bowman’s Breakfast Show broadcasts on Virgin Radio every weekday morning from 6am to 10am. More information can be found at virginradio.co.uk

   In Production

Toby Jones, Anne Reid and Sinéad Matthews lead impressive line-up in British psychological thriller, “Kaleidoscope”
     Principal photography has begun on Kaleidoscope, an original feature and directorial debut from Rupert Jones. The shoot takes place primarily in a London based studio set, tailor-built for the production.

     Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Berberian Sound Studio, Dad’s Army) takes the lead role, as Carl. With an accomplished variety of award winning career performances – from big-budget studio features, to independent films – Kaleidoscope sees Jones returning to the British cinematic scene that he has become so well renowned for.

     Joining Toby is Anne Reid (The Mother, Last Tango in Halifax, Dinnerladies), BAFTA nominee and MBE, Reid is an iconic British actress of television, stage and screen. Rising star Sinéad Matthews (Mr. Turner, Happy-Go-Lucky) plays Abby, discovered whilst at RADA by Mike Leigh, Matthews went on to play the role of Dawn in Leigh’s stage production of Ecstasy.

     Kaleidoscope is a taut, psychological thriller that explores the inescapability of a destructive relationship between a middle-aged man and his mother. At the heart of this modern day ‘Psycho’ are some unsettling questions: Can we ever escape the role in which we are cast by our early circumstances? Must a perpetrator first be a victim?

     Kaleidoscope isproduced by Matthew James Wilkinson of Stigma Films and Maggie Monteith (Searching for Sugar Man, Brotherhood, The Experiment) of Dignity Film Finance under the production banner of Longships Films Ltd. Executive producers are Chris Reed and Phil Rymer with Roopesh Parekh (Poldark, And Then There Were None) co-producing.

     The project is writer-director Rupert Jones’s first original feature film, following his success with shorts, pop promos, television and theatre work. Producer Matthew James Wilkinson, formerly in a development exec at Working Title, has produced high-end shorts, including Ernestine & Kit directed by Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners). His debut feature film The Call Up releases in the UK later this year.

      “We are delighted to have Toby, Anne and Sinead leading the cast,” Wilkinson commented. “The script is a character driven story that requires the best actors to bring these characters to life. We couldn’t be happier to have secured such incredible talent in Toby, Anne and Sinéad.”

Greg Wise, Alice Sykes sign up for “After Louise”Greg Wise, Alice Sykes sign up for “After Louise”
      Scoop Films announces Greg Wise and Alice Sykes as the principal actors for its new feature film After Louise.

     Greg Wise (Walking on Sunshine, Sense and Sensibility) will play Bob, a reclusive gardener with a dark secret. The casting of Alice Sykes (Cradle To Grave) as uncertain newlywed Kath continues Scoop Films’ support for exciting, up and coming young talent.

     Scoop Films’ Head of Development, Fiona Gillies said, “We are absolutely delighted that Greg and Alice have joined the After Louise team.

     “Greg will bring a wealth of experience as well as humour and integrity to the lead role of Bob. Fresh from his work on the forthcoming Netflix drama The Crown, Greg is an actor who isn’t afraid of tackling complexity.

     “And we are excited to have found such a promising rising talent in Alice to play the vulnerable but determined Kath. We are confident Greg and Alice will forge a meaningful and engaging on-screen relationship that will entertain audiences all over the world.”

     As previously announced, After Louise will be directed by Danny and David Scheinmann (Believe) from a script by Michael Mueller (The Beat Beneath My Feet, City Slacker) and will be produced by Fiona Gillies, Raj Sharma and Michael Mueller for Scoop Films.

     Principal filming will begin on location in England this spring.

     Kath, a shy young woman, runs out on her seaside hotel wedding in search of the mother she has been separated from since childhood. She accidentally kidnaps Bob, a reclusive hotel gardener with a sinister secret, who is taking an emotional journey of reconciliation. The pair embark on a darkly comic road trip. But can they escape the shadows of their pasts?

     Hot Property Films is thrilled to announce their upcoming slate of two Science Fiction productions DOGFIGHT and PIPER following the recent US theatrical release of their Sci-Fi IDENTICALS in US theatres, distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films. Arrow Films have picked up IDENTICALS for the UK and will be releasing later this year after featuring in SciFi London International Film Festival on 3rd and 6th May. International sales are handled by The Match Factory.
     Producer Janine Marmot is currently developing two science fiction films with BAFTA winning writer/ director Simon Pummell through their company Hot Property Films. DOGFIGHT is an adaption of the William Gibson and Michael Swanwick story of the same name. It follows Deke, a 'proleboy' fighter, as he struggles to make good in a future world of illegal 'simulated sensorium' boxing and holographic gaming. And PIPER, a story set in an abandoned space station, which explores what happens when Artificial Intelligence creates new links between human and animal.

     IDENTICALS is a psychological thriller, a film stripped down and re-arranged into the looping logic of a nightmare. Imagine discovering you're not unique, other versions of yourself - IDENTICALS - are hunting you down and only the strongest will survive. IDENTICALS is a film about a man - Slater - who must kill his old selves to create himself anew and his search for Nadia, the woman he loves.

     IDENTICALS is a UK-Irish–Netherlands co-production, written and directed by Simon Pummell (SHOCK HEAD SOUL, BODYSONG) and produced by Janine Marmot (INNOCENCE OF MEMORIES, BODYSONG). It stars** Lachlan Nieboer** (SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF, CROSS OF HONOUR) and Nora-Jane Noone (BROOKLYN, THE DESCENT) Nick Blood (AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Peter Greenaway’s regular collaborator Reinier van Brummelen is the Director of Photography.

     IDENTICALS is produced by Janine Marmot (Hot Property Films) in co-production with Conor Barry and John Keville (SP Film) and Reinier Selen (Rinkel Film) in association with Keith Griffiths’ Illuminations Films (BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, UNCLE BOONMEE) and Amy Gardner’s Finite Films. The film is financed by the BFI Film Fund, the Irish Film Board, the Netherlands Film Fund and Finite Films.

  Film Festival News

          Edinburgh International Film Festival is delighted to announce that the much anticipated remake of the iconic Scottish comedy Whisky Galore! will close the 70th edition of the festival on Sunday 26th June 2016.

     Inspired by Sir Compton Mackenzie’s 1947 novel, Whisky Galore! is written by award-winning screenwriter Peter McDougall and based on the true story of a shipwreck off the coast of Eriskay of a ship sailing for America with a cargo of export-only alcohol during World War II. The Scottish islanders, in the midst of a wartime drought of whisky, are determined to take advantage of an unexpected windfall despite opposition from the local Home Guard Captain.

     Video: EIFF 2016 | Whisky Galore! Closing Night Gala - World Premiere               

     Shot on location entirely in Scotland, Whisky Galore! features a fantastic ensemble cast of well-known Scottish actors, including Gregor Fisher (Love Actually), James Cosmo (Braveheart), Kevin Guthrie (Sunset Song), and Sean Biggerstaff (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), while also starring is Eddie Izzard (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) playing the uptight Home Guard, Captain Waggett. The film also introduces new talents Naomi Battrick and Ellie Kendrick.

Director Gillies Mackinnon said: “I am delighted that Whisky Galore! will close the Edinburgh International Film Festival. This feels like the perfect and most appropriate world premiere for a film which is the remake of a Scottish film classic.” Producer Iain Maclean adds: “I remember watching the film many times, as a child growing up on the Hebrides, on television and of course in black and white. It’s wonderful to bring Sir Compton Mackenzie's story about whisky and the islanders to a new generation of film fans through this year’s EIFF.”

Artistic Director Mark Adams said: “We are absolutely delighted to be staging the world premiere of Whisky Galore! as closing night of this year’s festival. It is a delightful adaptation of a much-loved classic and will wrap up our 70th edition in memorable style.”

Whisky Galore! is produced by Iain Maclean and Alan J Wands.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Thursday 21st April 2016.

Derby Film Festival 2016 runs from 29th April to May 8th
     I haven't as yet been to the Derby Film Festival but I have been consistently impressed with it programme year on year and this year's programme certainly looks enticing.

     The festival runs from 29th April to May 8th and highlights include: welcoming actor and writer Simon Callow (Four Weddings And A Funeral, Amadeus, A Room With A View) to the festival for an on stage discussion of his life in film. Other exciting events at the festival include a screening of the 1923 version of The Hunchback Of Notre Dame at Derby Cathedral with a live musical score played on the festival organ and an event where BBFC examiner David Hyman will be discussing how the BBFC considers horror cinema.

     Amongst this year’s festival previews will be Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins, the Sir Patrick Stewart starring thriller Green Room and Oscar nominated Turkish drama Mustang.

     QUAD have announced full programme details for this years’ Derby Film Festival which takes place in the venue Friday 29th April to Sunday 8th May. This years’ special guests are actors Simon Callow and Barbara Shelley.

     Adam Marsh, Derby Film Festival Co-Director said “We are delighted to be joined at this year’s festival by acclaimed actor Simon Callow to talk about his career in film. His extensive career has seen him appear in huge box office successes like ‘Four Weddings And A Funeral’ and ‘Amadeus’, television shows like ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Outlander’ and utilising his extensive knowledge of Charles Dickens by portraying him at least four times on screen!”

     Simon Callow will be In Conversation at QUAD on Wednesday 4th May at 7:30pm.

     Video: Derby Film Festival Trailer 2016               

     In the second weekend of Derby Film Festival, 6th – 8th May, the focus turns to horror, science fiction and fantasy incorporating the Fantastiq Film Festival. Barbara Shelley appears at Fantastiq as a special guest, joining audiences for a Q&A followed by a screening of Dracula, Prince Of Darkness and also introducing the classic Quatermass And The Pit.

     Barbara Shelley In Conversation in QUAD takes place on Saturday 7th May at 3:00pm. The ‘Fantastiq’ weekend includes previews, special guests and rare chances to catch classic films and concludes Derby Film Festival.

     This year's Derby Film Festival thematic strand is ‘Journeys’ with both emotional and physical journeys represented here with a range films from all over the world throughout the programme. Some of the other key events over the ten day festival are as follows:

     The festival opens with a preview of Florence Foster Jenkins, the new film from Stephen Frears (director of The Queen and Philomena) starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. Florence Foster Jenkins (PG) screens at QUAD on Friday 29th April at 7:00pm.

     A special event, taking place at Derby Cathedral, will be a screening of the silent film The Hunchback Of Notre Dame accompanied by live music. The very unique setting for this classic film will be enhanced by the musical accompaniment being played live on the organ in Derby Cathedral. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (PG) with live musical accompaniment at Derby Cathedral takes place on Saturday 30th April at 7:30pm.

For this year's full festival programme, information on all films and events, and to book tickets head over to: www.derbyfilmfestival.co.uk

Twitter: @DerbyFilmFest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDerbyFilmFestival/

Unrestricted View Film Festival 2016 tickets Now On Sale
     The Unrestricted View Film Festival have announced the programme for its inaugural North London event.

     75 films were selected from over 200 entries from 35 countries and they will be screened during seven days from 25th April to 1st May. The exciting line-up includes new international cinema and documentaries, features and shorts from local filmmakers and the USA, Australia, Europe, Thailand, Iran, China and more.

     Tickets for the inaugural Unrestricted View Film Festival (UVFF) for films in all genres in the categories of Short, Feature, Web Series and Documentary are available through the Unrestricted View Website... www.unrestrictedview.co.uk/buy-tickets/.

     Key highlights of the programme include: Set Fire to the Stars starring Elijah Wood which will opening the Festival and Men & Chicken starring Mads Mikkelson closing the festival. Other high points include Bradley Walsh in The Lights, Catherine Tate & Alex McQueen in Not Sophie's Choice, Richard Glover in The John and Indira Varma in Vintage Blood

     Video: Set Fire To The Stars - Official Trailer               

     Unrestricted View in collaboration with FMW Films is a collective of award winning theatre and filmmakers. Established in 1997 to write and produce innovative and exciting new work. Combined the companies have produced over 20 plays, five new writing festivals, three feature films, two shorts and hundreds of comedy shows.

     This is Unrestricted View’s first foray into Film Festivals and the team of passionate and active filmmakers aim to celebrate the very best in indie film-making from across the world, encouraging all aspects of independent film making to submit their entries. To enter, films had to have been completed after Jan 2014 and Web series completed after Jan 2013

     Each film screening is individually ticketed giving audiences the chance to pick and choose which films catch their interest, keeping fees to a minimal cost (between £6 and £10) the organiser’s goal is for the festival to offer an affordable platform for new work, whilst aiming to grow the festival next year and beyond to include an ever wider selection of venues and films. For audience members keen to see as many films as they can, there are Festival Passes available for the whole week for £20

     The awards Ceremony will be held on 1st May and judges include: Emilie Arnold - Producer BFI London film festival // Richard Glover – Actor Into the woods, Sightseers, A field in England // Barry Ryan – Producer Agatha Raisen (Sky One) and more

Festival Dates - April 25th – May 1st 2016
Full Programme Can Be Downloaded Here: https://www.unrestrictedview.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/UVFF-Brochure-2016-.compressed.pdf
Tickets https://www.unrestrictedview.co.uk/buy-tickets/

Bechdel Test Fest: Nora Ephron’s Last Supper
    Double-bill Screening! Heartburn 35mm & Julie & Julia: 29 May - Rio Cinema Dalston AND Secret Supper Club: Four Course Feast & Talks

     The Bechdel Test Fest is proud to present Nora Ephron’s Last Supper, a day celebrating the life and work of writer, director and feminist icon, the late Nora Ephron on Sunday 29 May 2016.

     From 1pm, we’re teaming up with the beloved Rio Cinema, screening a double-bill of rarely screened 35mm print of Heartburn, written by Ephron and based on her memoir of the same name, followed by a screening of Julie & Julia, the last film she ever made.

     Cinemagoers will also have the opportunity to buy the Bechdel Test Fest’s first limited edition zine GIRLS GOTTA EAT - a publication dedicated to film, food and feminism, created entirely by exciting female journalists and illustrators from across the globe.

     In the evening, we’ll be hosting an intimate supper club at a secret location, feasting on four courses of delicious food with lightning talks from empowering guest speakers to inspire tantalizing conversation.

Heartburn (1987) + Intro: RIO CINEMA AT 1PM: BOOK TICKETS
Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson are wonderful together in this dark look at modern romance headed for failure, based on Nora Ephron's painfully personal autobiographical best-selling novel. She's food writer who gives up her career for love and family. He's a playboy newspaper political columnist who can't quite give up his old tricks. If that combination doesn't give a relationship Heartburn, nothing will! Directed by Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Working Girl),

Julie & Julia (2009) + Intro: RIO CINEMA AT 3.15PM: BOOK TICKETS
A culinary legend provides a frustrated office worker with a new recipe for life in Julie & Julia, the true story of how Julia Child’s (Meryl Streep) life and cookbook inspired fledgling writer Julie Powell (Amy Adams) to whip up 524 recipes in 365 days.

Secret Supper Club: Nora Ephron’s Last Supper *BOOKING DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED*
Four courses, four conversations. We’ll be serving a quartet of delicious dishes inspired by Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia at an exclusive dinner party inspired by home cook and hostess extraordinaire Ephron herself. Between courses, diners will hear lightning talks from guest speakers.

     Corrina Antrobus, Director & Founder of the Bechdel Test Fest: “We’re delighted to be joining so many of our passions - food, film, writing and discussion - into one exciting all-day event. We want to celebrate Nora’s writing, wit and wisdom in the hope that we can inspire a new generation of fearless female writers and filmmakers and do what we do best - create conversation. I’m particularly thrilled to be hosting for the first time at the beautiful Rio Cinema in my home town of Hackney where I enjoyed my first ever cinema experience!”

     Simran Hans, Film Programmer and Producer of Nora Ephron’s Last Supper: It’s really special to be able to pay tribute to a woman who was hungry for life in a way that honours her legacy. I’m especially excited to be putting a spotlight on Heartburn, a film whose rawness made it hard to stomach at the time. I hope that when people revisit it, they are able to enjoy the way in which Nora Ephron’s writing was sharp as well as sweet.

     The Bechdel Test Fest is an ongoing celebration of films that succeed in representing women in a positive and progressive light. The festival first launched as a year-long initiative celebrating the 30th anniversary of US animator Alison Bechdel's comic ‘The Rule’. It will continue to host much-loved classics, newly-released films, female-focused titles neglected for UK distribution. All events include Q&As or lively panel discussions and aim to raise the profile of and the conversation about issues that affect women on screen and behind the camera.

For more information on the Bechdel Test Fest please visit www.BechdelTestFest.com
Twitter: @BechdelTestFest
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          Cult Screens is delighted to announce its best ever Summer Season of outdoor cinema entertainment across the entire UK, running from 2nd June until 10th September 2016.

     Cult Screens will be showcasing everything from Oscar nominated films from this year including: The Revenant, Mad Max Fury Road and Star Wars The Force Awakens through to cult classics and some of the most loved retro films of the 70s, 80s and 90s: from Grease, Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, Back To The Future, Pulp Fiction, Mean Girls and The Lost Boys through to The Exorcist, Romeo + Juliet, The Notebook, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and Mamma Mia!

     Cult Screens locations are carefully selected, with some unusual locations transformed into cinemas and this year is no different! Spectacular, not to be missed experiences include a screening of Shawshank Redemption in Oxford’s Old Prison, Romeo + Juliet set inside Coventry’s Cathedral ruins, Jaws at Sandford Parks Lido and a full moon screening of An American Werewolf in London. Locations include: Basingstoke, Bristol, Cheltenham, Coventry, Crowthorne, Maidenhead, Newbury, Oxford, Reading, Rugby, Swindon, Twickenham (London), Winchester and York with Star Wars: The Force Awakens screening at Bristol, Coventry, Oxford, Reading, Twickenham and Winchester.

     This year Cult Screens is partnering with charity Parkinsons UK. A 10% donation of all bar profits will be donated to the charity and guests are welcome to donate when they purchase tickets also.

     Cult Screens Summer Season 2016 runs from 2nd June until 10th September 2016.

For tickets & info visit: http://cultscreens.co.uk/

Mods 'n' Robbers - 2016 Southend Film Festival Launches With Two World Premieres
          Everyone loves a heist movie. From cinema-goers to the writers, directors and stars themselves, there’s something about a rip-snorting crime caper that makes a trip to the flicks perfect. And what better than a fast-paced British Gangster movie?

     London Heist launches the eighth annual Southend on Sea Film Festival, with a world premiere Gala screening at Southend’s Odeon cinema on 26 May 2016 to open the 5-day programme.

     Jack Cregan – played by former Eastenders and Hollywood star, Craig Fairbrass – a career criminal, family man and vicious armed robber sets out on a mission for revenge after his father, Alfie, is brutally murdered and their money from a Heathrow airport heist is stolen. Set against the backdrop of the gritty streets of London and Spain’s seductive Costa del Sol, London Heist is a gripping revenge thriller along the lines of genre classics Point Blank and Heat. Afterwards, Craig will be on hand along with his fellow actors to talk about the film and take part in a Q & A session.

     In addition to London Heist, another film will receive its very first public screening the same evening.

     Midnight Of My Life, stars The Hobbit and Sherlock actor Martin Freeman as Steve Marriott, lead singer with Mod superstars The Small Faces, in a poignant study of talent, ageing and what success means. The director is Phil Davies –  as an actor, star of quintessential Mod movie, Quadrophenia, plus many more TV hits such as Poldark and Ripper Street – and he will introduce the film during the Gala opening night.

     It’s July 1985, and while the megastars of rock and pop are strutting their stuff at Wembley, Steve Marriott is propping up the bar of a dingy pub in Putney, waiting to play to a small crowd of boozers. Bitter and drunk, an encounter with a young revival Mod restores his faith in music.

     Announcing the quality-packed five-day programme, Festival Director Paul Cotgrove said: “An essential aspect of the festival is that it showcases new British films. We’re showcasing two exciting new films at the start of the festival and closing it with another, an affectionate and heart-warming documentary called ‘Under the Radar: The Mike Edmonds Story’. One of Southend’s favourite sons, Mike Edmonds has appeared in some of cinema’s biggest films, including ‘Return of the Jedi’, ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ and the Harry Potter series.”

     He added “Other new, British features are sprinkled throughout the festival, together with the usual mix of World Cinema, classics, documentaries, children’s films and fan favourites. You’ll also find many of the features are supported by short films, all of which, I am very proud to say, are from the UK, emphasising just how much talent there is in our own industry.”

For full listings of the programme and details about venues and where to buy tickets, go to www.southendfilmfestival.com.

  Film Awards News

14 UK schools and young filmmakers recognised by leading film talent including Michael Sheen, Simon Pegg and Ed Skrein at ceremony

     Into Film has announced the recipients of its 2nd annual Into Film Awards, which pay tribute to outstanding 5 – 19 year olds from across the UK who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in filmmaking and film reviewing. The education organisation, supported by the BFI through Lottery funding, honoured the young filmmakers during a formal red carpet ceremony this afternoon at Odeon Leicester Square.

2016 Into Film Awards
2016 Into Film Awards
     Schools, youth organisations and students from all over the UK applied for consideration in the Awards, with nominations exploring a wide range of issues including learning to understand politics, the environment, homelessness, regeneration, fair trade, living with disability, pushing boundaries and exploration. The non-filmmaking categories - the film clubs of the year, reviewers of the year and teacher of the year - recognised creative use of film as an educational tool in school. Winners hail from across the UK, with young people from Wales, Cornwall, Cheshire, North Lincolnshire, Buckinghamshire, Scotland, London and Dorset being recognised for their achievements, encouraging them towards the development of their learning and future film careers. And adding to its blockbuster year, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS walked away with First News’ Best Family Film of the Year Award, as voted for by young people.

     14 coveted gongs were awarded this year, selected by a panel of industry leaders including Into Film Ambassadors Michael Sheen (FROST/NIXON) and Naomie Harris (SPECTRE), alongside Peter Lord (Aardman Animations), Christine Langan (Head of BBC Films) and director Tom Hooper (THE DANISH GIRL). Michael Sheen was joined by fellow film industry talent including Simon Pegg (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROUGE NATION), Ed Skrein (DEADPOOL), Amma Asante (BELLE), Stephen Mangan (RUSH), David Gyasi (INTERSTELLAR), Sara Bennett (EX-MACHINA) to present the awards.

Michael Sheen commented:
It's been a real pleasure to be one of this year's judges for the Into Film Awards. The films are of such high quality and it's really exciting to see young people with so much talent receiving such fantastic support in their creative efforts. Everyone wins. A real success story all round."

Barbara Broccoli OBE, Into Film Board Member, said:
Creating films takes real passion, commitment and drive and I’m delighted the Into Film Awards acknowledge the hard work that these young people, the next generation of filmmakers, have put in over this last year. Apart from being great fun, this day also offers nominees the chance to see their films on one of the biggest screens in the UK, the Odeon Leicester Square, as well as meeting established actors, directors and producers; for some, it is the first time they’ve visited the capital. It’s also our chance to thank the teachers who run our film clubs and use film in the classroom. Into Film places film at the heart of learning, reaching a million young people each year through clubs, online content, filmmaking and training to support classroom teaching.”

Naomie Harris added:
I was thrilled to be part of the judging panel for this year’s Into Film Awards. Making films is never easy, but these nominees show that it can be done with little or no budget and a lot of heart. What has impressed me most is the enthusiastic and expressive approach these young filmmakers took – with original ideas, captivating performances, engaging narrative, creative costume design, atmospheric music – these short films had it all. It’s wonderful that the Into Film Awards offer young people a platform to showcase their work and acknowledge the filmmakers of tomorrow. It’s a strong starting point for anyone wishing to forge a career in film.”

     Into Film aims to put film at the heart of young people's education, contributing to their cultural, creative, academic and personal development. Working with the education sector, film industry and arts and cultural organisations, Into Film is available to every school, college and youth group across the UK and gives children and young people the chance to experience film creatively and critically, as well as learn about the film industry and careers within it. Its film clubs and annual Into Film Festival provide numerous opportunities for teaching and learning through film, including access to a diverse catalogue of films, special events and activities, and resources which seek to ignite and cultivate the interest of all young people regardless of their background or ability. Training, CPD and resources are provided to give teachers and youth leaders the tools to support engagement at all levels and promote the use of film as a powerful education resource.

The full 2016 Into Film Awards winners list is below:

Best Live Action by 12s and Under
BOOF - Mossend Primary School & The Learning Centre, Bellshill

Best Live Action by 13s and Over sponsored by Universal Pictures
AFTERLIFE - The National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield

Into Film Club of the Year: 12s and Under
Stratton Primary School, Bude, Cornwall

Into Film Club of the Year: 13s and Over sponsored by SONY Pictures
Warrington Youth Club, Warrington

Best Animation by 12s and Under
POLITICAL ANIMALS - Cyfarthfa Park Primary School, First Campus and Winding Snake, Cardiff, Wales

Best Animation by 13s and Over
FLOW - Rhymney Comprehensive School, Cardiff

Best Documentary by 12s and Under
HEAR ME ROAR - Axholme Academy & Cut Ltd, Scunthorpe

Best Documentary by 13s and Over
THE WOODEN HOUSE - Arts University Bournemouth

Into Film Teacher of the Year in association with Guardian Teacher Network
Simon Pile, Anson Primary School, Brent, London

Ones to Watch sponsored by EON Productions
Jess O’Brien, (age 14) from Leicester
Sean McInally, (age 17) from Glasgow
Joe Blandamer, (age 15) from Dorset

Review of the Year sponsored by IMDb
Rhys, aged 12 from Glamorgan Wales, for their review of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Best Family Film of the Year in association with First News

For full details about the Into Film Awards visit: www.intofilm.org/awards

For further information about Into Film, how to start a film club and free access to education resources visit: www.intofilm.org

Chasing Ice, CITIZENFOUR, Food Chains, Miners Shot Down, and Virunga win the 2016 Doc Impact Award
Now in its 5th year, the Doc Impact Award celebrates the documentary films that have made the greatest impact on society.

               The five winners of the 2016 Doc Impact Award were announced on Twitter by the partners, sharing a short atmospheric video of a graffiti artist painting a mural of the film titles on a wall in LA.

     The winners of the 2016 award were chosen by a group of ten partners, field leaders in film and social change: Ford Foundation, Sundance Institute, Participant Media, Bertha Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Compton Foundation, The Center for Media & Social Impact, The Fledgling Fund, BRITDOC Foundation and Media Impact Funders.

     “Some of the most pressing issues of the day. Some of the most socially conscious funders around. Some of the most fascinating discussions to be a part of,” said Tabitha Jackson, Director of Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program, responding to her experience choosing the winners.

     Charting the story of their achievements and sharing best practice for the whole field, five Impact Reports have been published on the winning films. Additionally, this year’s winners will each receive $5,000, generously donated by The Fledgling Fund, to reward their extraordinary commitment, passion and accomplishments in using storytelling to provoke change.

     “Collectively I think they give us an understanding of the deep impact that films can have on important social justice issues and also illustrate how different that impact can be,” said Sheila Leddy, The Fledgling Fund’s Executive Director. “Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!” she added.

    2016 will also see the return of the #DocImpactHi5 Award; a further $5,000 for the film that receives the most support tweets and retweets in the four days following the announcement.

     Caty Borum Chattoo, the Co-Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact who was also on the selection panel explained, “This year’s award-winners represent the incredible range of global documentary projects that not only tell beautiful stories, but continue to effect change on some of the most important social justice challenges of our era.”

     The winning films cover diverse territories and far-reaching issues of environmental and social justice. Filmed in The Arctic, Hong Kong, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and farmland across the United States, the films deal with everything from documenting climate change and fighting for farmworkers’ rights to defending a national park against corruption and mineral exploitation; from threats to our privacy from state surveillance agencies to fighting for the victims of a state-sanctioned massacre.

The 2016 winners are:

CHASING ICE, Dir. Jeff Orlowski, Prods. Paula DuPré Pesmen and Jerry Aronson  (@ChasingIce)
Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Following acclaimed photographer James Balog, Chasing Ice plays like an adventure film, shifting the hearts and minds of audiences globally.

CITIZENFOUR, Dir. Laura Poitras (@citizenfour)
After filmmaker Laura Poitras received encrypted emails from someone with information on the US government's massive covert-surveillance programs, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong to meet the sender, who turned out to be Edward Snowden. The film exposes the reality of mass surveillance and its consequences for personal privacy and public policy.

FOOD CHAINS, Dir. Sanjay Rawal, Prod. Smriti Keshari (@FoodChainsFilm)
Food Chains exposes the exploitation of farm workers in the agriculture industry in the US, the complicity of government and corporations in perpetuating human rights abuses, and the role consumers can play in ending some of the most egregious human rights violations in the country. Championing the Fair Food Program, Food Chains delivers citizen advocates and supports the farmworkers taking on the food super chains.

MINERS SHOT DOWN, Dir. Rehad Desai, Prod. Anita Khanna (@MinersShotDown)
Nearly 40 miners were shot dead by South African police service at the Marikana Massacre in 2012 - the single most lethal use of force by South African security forces against civilians since 1960. Miners Shot Down reveals the truth about what really happened, the deep fault lines it has exposed in South Africa's nascent democracy and it calls for justice for the miners and their widows.

VIRUNGA, Dir. Orlando von Einsiedel, Prod. Joanna Natasegara (@VirungaMovie)
Virunga is the incredible true story of a group of brave individuals risking their lives to save Africa’s oldest national park in the midst of renewed civil war and a scramble for the region’s natural resources. The film brought worldwide attention to the threat to the park from British mining company SOCO International, in the process forging an international coalition of partners to protect Virunga.

     For more information: http://www.docimpactaward.org/

Whicker’s World Foundation Awards Finalists Announced
          This is the first year of the Whicker's World Foundation Awards, a new fund for documentary makers set up in memory of legendary broadcaster Alan Whicker.
     The foundation has been overwhelmed by the strong, compelling and potentially groundbreaking entries they have received from across the globe.

     Finalists in all  three Award categories: the Funding Award, Veteran's Award and Audio Award have been selected by the judges , the winners to be announced in June 2016 at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival.

     Former Conservative cabinet minister Norman Fowler(78) is one of the finalists for the Veteran's Award for his series The Truth about AIDS whilst the

     Audio Award finalists include broadcasts that were almost unbearably moving without an ounce of sentiment. They took the listener from the bottom of the Bago river, into the bedroom and out on the high seas with a pirate and a bottle of bourbon

     The top prize is the Funding Award of £80,000 to under-30s looking to make their first full-length documentary.

     The five finalists, who will be pitching their ideas at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June, proposed stories from Burma, South Sudan, the Amazon, the USA and Syria.

     The announcement about the biggest prize for a single TV documentary idea for emerging talent under 30 will come after the nominees for the funding award have pitched their idea live to judging panel at the Cutler’s Hall in Sheffield at noon on 14th June. Tickets for this session are available from Doc/Fest. https://sheffdocfest.com. The aim is that the winner will exhibit their completed film at Doc/Fest 2017.

   Book News

Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion Limited Edition Hardback Book 
         Arrow Video is one of the foremost distributors of cult cinema on DVD and Blu-ray. From the classic to the obscure, the Arrow Video collection encompasses all styles and genres: horror films and Westerns, science fiction and sex comedies, yakuza epics and neo-noirs, the subversive, the transgressive and the unclassifiable. This hardback volume brings together 25 of the world's leading genre experts and critics to guide you through the multi-faceted beast that is cult cinema.

Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion
Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion [VIEW
     Exploring the stars, the filmmakers and the trends, Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion approaches its subject from five angles. Each section is devoted to a different facet of cult filmmaking - the opening chapter features seven essays devoted to key cult movies, and is followed by those on directors, actors, genres (and sub-genres), and finally distribution, which examines how different methods of seeing a film, from travelling shows to DVDs, has allowed cult films and their audiences to flourish.

     The aim is not to provide a definitive guide to cult cinema but rather, as the subtitle proclaims, a companion. Cult movies means many things to many people - Ben Wheatley's introduction touches on the manner in which he discovered the underbelly of cinema, but it won't be shared by everyone, of course - and everyone will have their own favorites.

     Consider this book as a look at cult cinema through the lens of Arrow Video, a pretty broad view: Tinto Brass, Joe Dante, science fiction, super 8, Suzuki Seijun, Boris Karloff, Battle Royale, horror all-nighters, video nasties and much more besides. Something familiar, something fresh, something that might just introduce you to a whole new world of filmmaking and its enthusiastic fandom.

     Complete list or writers: Robin Bougie, Michael Brooke, Paul Corupe, David Del Valle, David Flint, Cullen Gallagher, Kevin Gilvear, Joel Harley, David Hayles, Pasquale Iannone, Alan Jones, Tim Lucas, Michael Mackenzie, Maitland McDonagh, Tom Mes, John Kenneth Muir, Kim Newman, James Oliver, Vic Pratt, Jasper Sharp, Kenneth J. Souza, Mike Sutton, Stephen Thrower, Caelum Vatnsdal, and Douglas Weir.

Introduction by filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise, Free Fire)
Cover Illustration by Graham Humphreys
Edited by Anthony Nield

Pre-order: http://bit.ly/1oHL0b4
Amazon: http://amzn.com/0993306012 

   music News

Rock in Rio is back to Lisbon this May
         The line up includes world class acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Queen+Adam Lambert, Maroon 5, Avicii, Ariana Grande, Korn, Stereophonics, and the supergroup Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry)

Rock in Rio Lisbon 2016
Rock in Rio Lisbon 2016 [VIEW]
     The legendary music festival is pleased to announce another edition in the Portugal's capital city. Rock in Rio welcomes millions of fans across the world for the greatest names in rock and pop music, all over the planet.

     From its home in Rio de Janeiro, this eclectic giant has travelled to Madrid and Las Vegas as well as Lisbon, bringing with it an incredible reputation for huge crowds and even bigger lineups.

     The festival will happen this May 19th, 20th, 27th, 28th and 29th in one one of the most desired European destinations and Bruce Springsteen, Queen+Adam Lambert, Maroon 5, Avicii and Hollywood Vampires will headline the event.

     12 hours per day of pure entertainment; alternative stages (Vodafone Stage, Electronic Stage, Rock Street and Street Dance); pool parties; attractions such as Ferris wheel and zip line; street performances; shops; restaurants. These are some of the attractions the City of Rock has to offer, a venue with world class infrastructures built especially for the event with no parallel in the world of the music festivals.

Main Stage
     The Main Stage will present four shows per day, opening with Rock in Rio – The Musical, which gathers 40 artists on stage to tell the festival’s story with music and dance over the last 30 years.


Vodafone Stage
     Vodafone Stage is where the alternative and indie music will be heard, promoting international and also Portuguese talents.


Electronic Stage
     For the electronic music lovers, more than 30 DJs from all over the world will make the fans go wild on the dance floor with their DJ Sets and Live Acts. The Electronic Stage will also have a pool area where daily pool parties will happen, with Portuguese DJs playing.


EDP Rock Street Stage
     Rock Street will be dedicated to Brazil - where the festival was born – and besides street performances the most eclectic street of the venue will welcome Brazilian musicians who will not only perform their own songs as also repertoire from other great artists.


Single day tickets for Rock in Rio Lisboa cost 69€ and are available online through several partners – FNAC, Radario, Eventim, Festicket, See Tickets, IMM, Tudus, Masqueticket and Ticketea. Tourist packages also available.

Ticket Links: http://rockinriolisboa.sapo.pt/en/bilhetes/pontos-de-venda/.

Thank you and goodnight
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