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First of all, something of an apology. I have been writing this column thinking that every single title due for release the following Monday would of course be released via some kind of pay to stream service. Of course it would, we are living in the future, and this is how things are done isn’t it?
Apparently not, last week I included Jeremy Saulnier’s much loved Blue Ruin in the pay to stream section and then it didn’t come out the way I thought it might. Turns out that some companies still have a fairly limited release pattern so Blue Ruin was released by channel 4’s DVD label and appeared on DVD and Blu but didn’t show up to stream on any of the major providers, not even Sky Store or Playstation Network.
So turns out that being a channel 4 release, you can of course rent »
- Chris Holt
All in the family! Jude Law reunited with his ex-wife Sadie Frost to celebrate their son Rudy's 12th birthday. The friendly exes, who have made no secret of the fact that they're close friends, are seen sitting together at a table with their other kids, Rafferty and Iris, and Frost's son from a previous marriage, Finlay. The British actor and his family are all posed arm-in-arm around a plate filled with colorful cupcakes for the celebration. The former fashion designer of Frost French posted the happy photo on her Instagram account, which also features tons of family pics from the proud mama. "Birthday season starts!" she wrote alongside the snapshot. Frost »
Want to know what British films are coming out this month? Then look no further than our fabulous movie calendar...
Welcome to our new, regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you.
So here's what's coming up in the future.
12 September 2014
Director: Matthew Warchus
Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.
Director: Marc Evans
Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.
19 September 2014
Director: Andre Singer
Details: A documentary »
As we bid goodbye to the Summer action blockbusters, we say hello once more to the serious slate of films looking to pick up award gold in the last few months of the year. And what better subject matter than the true story or the biographical or “bio-pic”? Maybe a good mix of the two, and since Hollywood enjoys celebrating itself why not tackle one of its greatest stars? Though not as highly merchandised today at contemporaries Bogart, Monroe, or Hepburn (either one), few stars shone as brightly in that golden age than Errol Flynn, king of the silver screen swashbucklers. Now Flynn was played by the similarly dashing Jude Law ten years ago in the Howard Hughes story, The Aviator. And previously he was parodied wonderfully by Peter O’Toole as Alan Swann in the raucous comic gem My Favorite Year in 1982 and by former Bond Timothy Dalton as »
- Jim Batts
What a summer at the movies! The galaxy got guarded. The future days went past, like some sort of extinct age. The planet of the apes stopped rising and started dawning. Our stars had a fault. And also: Lucy!
Hollywood had a rough season at the box office in summer 2014, with overall box-office receipts falling precipitously from last year’s flurry of mega-grossers. Going into this weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy, the highest-grossing film at the summer box-office, has earned about $256 million–which would have made it the fifth highest-grossing movie of summer 2013.
Word on the street says that 2014 was »
- Darren Franich
We may be in the golden age of superhero cinema, but here are some DC movies that never made it…
Naysayers would have you believe that Hollywood chucks bucket-loads of cash at any old comic book movie pitch that happens to float through their corner-office window, get stuck to their shoe or come to them miraculously as an on-the-toilet epiphany.
However, this is not the case, particularly with DC comics characters. While some films that do get made may seem like bog-fodder (oh hey, Green Lantern), there are plenty of comic adaptation pitches, in-development scripts and passion projects that have ended up not getting made for various reasons.
We had a rummage through the aeons of DC cinema history (also known as extensive Googling) and pulled together all the comic book movie projects we could find that ended up in the bin of crushed dreams for Batman, Superman and more. »
Not a lot to say in the pre-amble to this week’s selection of titles. Should probably apologise for the negativity in advance because a lot of the below is dreck this week across any content provider apart from the occasional bright spot and a new Netflix exclusive. Hopefully you will be able to at least find something worth a look that floats your boat.
This week’s titles of note are as follows:
There really isn’t anymore praise that I can heap on Alfonso Cuaron’s outer space thrill ride that hasn’t been heaped upon it already. Upon repeat viewing what impresses more and more is the technical marvel that this film represents with Gravity being a massive leap forward in the use of virtual sets as well as animation that looks like real people.
There are apparently whole entire scenes here featuring Sandra Bullock and »
- Chris Holt
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Pompeii: instantly forgettable but more than passable as a diversion; solid B-movie cheese that’s like Titanic-lite meets Gladiator-lite [my review] [iTunes UK]
new to stream
Ilo Ilo: lovely, intimate drama of family dynamics under stress, offering an intriguing peek into previously unseen Singaporean middle-class life [my review] [iTunes UK]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Pompeii: instantly forgettable but more than passable as a diversion; solid B-movie cheese that’s like Titanic-lite meets Gladiator-lite [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]
new to Prime
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: a surprising, delightful success that reinjects life and energy and a magnificent mojo into a fusty historical figure [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video] Sherlock Holmes: the spirit of Holmes is thoroughly intact in Guy Ritchie’s dynamic, vigorous adaptation; fun performances from Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s on »
- MaryAnn Johanson
With the Doctor Who series 8 opener coming to cinemas tomorrow night, Mark asks whether more TV could be screened as cinematic events...
If you're a Doctor Who fan lucky enough to see 50th anniversary episode The Day Of The Doctor in a cinema last November, you probably saw it the way it was meant to be seen. With a giant “Woo” moment coming approximately every ten minutes, it has the air of a story that is too big for your living room. It may still have been a feature-length episode, but it's one that was meant to be watched surrounded by other fans.
That one worked out pretty well for BBC Worldwide - the special screenings took £6m globally in its opening weekend. That's not bad considering it only showed on Saturday evening and Sunday morning in most cinemas. Having proven a viable strategy, the BBC are doing the same »
Advertising is next to godliness...at least in Hollywood, so here's a roundup of some actors keeping bills paid, mortgages updated and vacations bankrolled. Eva Green will be the face of the Campari Calendar in 2015, which we didn't even know was a thing. Check out the teaser video below which is both sexy and totally terrifying. [Cinemur] And while we're on the subject of alcohol, Jude Law put on his dancing shoes for a six minute short film-vertisement for Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Basically, it follows his character as he tries to win a luxury yacht via the power of dance. Okay, then. [Variety] Lastly, Dave Franco and Kevin Hart appear in a really loud and probably epilepsy inducing, three minute spot for EA's "Madden Season." NFL-ers LeSean McCoy, Colin Kaepernick and Richard Sherman all feature too, if that's your thing. [The Wrap] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
So…what do I mean by “What the F**k?” Movies? These are the films that, upon completing your viewing, you seriously worry about the director’s sanity. Or you can’t really comprehend what you just saw. Or you know what you watched was something magical, but can’t really put the pieces together in your mind. Or, worse, you know what happened, but certifiably it’s insane. But with this “definition” comes a few caveats: no horror films and no fully animated films. Those genres lean a little too crazy to begin with – it’s more fun to look at films that force a sense of realism, even if it’s just on the surface.
50. Southland Tales (2007)
Directed by: Richard Kelly
- Joshua Gaul
In a visually stunning sci-fi adventure, heroic pilot Jude Law teams up with Gwyneth Paltrow's plucky reporter to save the world from marauding giant robots. It's the first time a film was made entirely in front of a blue screen (everything but the actors, their costumes and props are digitally created) and gives debut director Kerry Conran the chance to create sumptuously retro world of airships, inter-galactic fighters and flying robots all with a sepia sheen. »
So as we anticipate what Brent has been up to since the end of the BBC hit comedy, here's what the cast have done since:
Ricky Gervais played the lead role as David Brent - the embarrassing, toe-curling and cringeworthy boss of company Wernham Hogg, devoid of self-awareness but poised with an unwavering love for the paper merchants he manages.
Gervais went on to create comedy Extras with Stephen Merchant, which was co-produced by the BBC and HBO and aired between 2005 and 2007. Gervais played ambitious actor Andy Millman, afflicted with a useless agent played by Merchant. Guest stars have included Patrick Stewart, Samuel L Jackson, Ben Stiller and Kate Winslet.
In 2009, Gervais starred in, wrote and directed his feature comedy debut The Invention of Lying. »
If you seek out Dom Hemingway (as you should) for a chance to see Jude Law as never before, you’ll likely come away thrilled with what writer-director Richard Shepard has unleashed within the actor. He’s on fire. Physically, Law’s almost unrecognizable, complete with greased-back hair, a protruding belly and a feral glint of sexual hunger in his eyes. And as an actor, he’s louder, bolder, nuttier and more rakishly appealing than ever before. It’s quite a transformation, coming on the heels of many almost clinically detached performances over the past few years – and Dom Hemingway should mark the beginning of a new era for the star, as Mud did for McConaughey. He’s so stunningly good, so fiercely alive, in this role that one can almost feel the heat from his fire coming off every frame.
Thanks to Law and to Shepard, who proves himself »
- Isaac Feldberg
Although the Toronto International Film Festival is having trouble tracking down Bill Murray, in order to secure his hotly buzzed "St. Vincent" for a premiere screening, the actor isn't completely off the grid. Prone taking on gigs that suit his fleeting fancy, Murray has a surprise up his sleeve. The actor has joined Jon Favreau's upcoming live action/animated "Jungle Book," taking the role of the beloved Baloo. He joins Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and Neel Sethi: The film is scheduled to open on October 9, 2015. Laura Linney has joined Jude Law, Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in "Genius." Based on A. Scott Berg's book "Max Perkins: Editor Of Genius," the drama recounts the real-life relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe (Law) and renowned editor Max Perkins (Firth), who developed a tender, complex friendship that changed »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Kosse joins from Universal Pictures where he is president, international, and will take up his new post on Nov. 1.
Kosse will oversee the development, financing and green-lighting of all feature films, and support for the production and distribution of all Film4-backed releases both in the U.K. and internationally.
See Also: Film4’s New Chief David Kosse Speaks to Variety About Challenges of Role
Upcoming pics include Lone Scherfig’s drama about a boisterous Oxford student dining club, »
- Leo Barraclough
Less than two weeks ago, Dan Aykroyd made the bold claim that the Ghostbusters reboot (which is still being referenced by some as Ghostbusters 3) is set to start pre-production this spring. Now it sounds like shooting may follow soon after, as Sony and Columbia Pictures are targeting Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig to take the helm. And the catch is, his Ghostbusters will center on a female led cast.
While an offer has not been officially made, Paul Feig has shown interest in taking on the project. Sources warn that a lot must be 'worked out' before discussions turn serious. That said, he is currently the studio's first choice. Sony declined to comment.
Original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman was set to take on this long-gestating sequel, but bowed out after the untimely death of cast member Harold Ramis. On March 18, Ramis, who is staying on the movie as a consultant and producer, »
Director Richard Shepard’s comedy Dom Hemingway tells you exactly what kind of film it is with its opening scene: Jude Law delivers an ode to his, um, member, directly into the camera while engaging in a certain act in a prison shower. It’s vulgar and hilarious all at the same time, and Law delivers the lines with such gusto that you’re inclined to take this guy’s word for it. The rest of the film is an absolute delight, but particularly the first act is a whirlwind mix of hilarity, sadness, and pure boldness as we follow the titular Hemingway’s very specific path to rehabilitation after being released from prison. Read my full Dom Hemingway Blu-ray review after the jump. The Film Following that very memorable opening scene, Dom Hemingway kicks into gear as Jude Law’s titular safecracker is released from prison after serving a 12-year sentence. »
- Adam Chitwood
If you're like us, you can't wait for the first day of every month, because you know that Netflix is going to add a ton of new movies and TV shows. You refresh your account over and over again at midnight, hoping that those titles listed in the "Recently Added" section update with something new and exciting rather than the same ol' titles you've been staring at for the last four weeks.
Well, lo and behold, we've gathered the most exciting movies and TV shows being added to America's most popular streaming service, straight from Netflix themselves.
"Rocky" fans will be pumped to know that the first five boxing flicks (sorry, "Rocky Balboa" fans) will be added August 1, joining other '70s, '80s, and '90s movie favorites "Face/Off" (slow-motion doves!), "Mad Max" (apocalyptic leather!), "Spice World" (spice up your life!), "The Birdcage" (Calista Flockhart was in this, »
- Tim Hayne
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Noah (biblical action directed by Darren Aronofsky; Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly; rated PG-13) Rio 2 (animated family flick; voices: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway; rated G) Dom Hemingway (obnoxious crime comedy for cockney enthusiasts; Jude Law, Emilia Clarke; rated R) War Story (drama; Catherine Keener, Ben Kingsley; premieres 7/30 on Mod and in theaters; not rated) The One I Love (comedy; Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
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