14 items from 2013
To mark the release of Riot on DVD, we’ve got 3 copies of the movie to give away. The movie stars Nick Nevern (The Rise & Fall of a White Collar Hooligan) stars alongside Kellie Shirley, Jenna Harrison, Lorraine Stanley, Con O’Neill and Steven Berkoff. Riot is directed by Simon Phillips.
This gritty thriller sees troubled cop Damien (Nick Nevern) facing off against his old gang in the 2011 London riots. As tensions in the capital rise, a tragic incident kicks off city-wide violence that leaves no one unaffected, including his police partner, Louise (Kellie Shirley).
Before signing up for the force Damien ran with a football firm, getting involved in tear-ups up and down the country. Now he’s on the other side of the law he faces a tough decision: side with his old crew or protect London as it burns and rioters run amok?
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The actor, who is 82, plays a Roman orator in the new film, following the announcement of a break from acting in 2012
• O'Toole interviewed in 2007
Two months ago, Jack Nicholson was reported to have retired from acting, only for Tom Cruise to coax him away from the hearth for a new movie. And now it comes to light that Peter O'Toole, who last year bade "the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell", has thrown off his slippers for swords and sandals drama Katherine of Alexandria.
The film, written and directed by Michael Redwood, chronicles the clash between Katherine and the emperor Constantine the Great. The cast also includes Brit veterans Joss Ackland, Steven Berkoff and Edward Fox.
O'Toole plays Corenlius Gallus, the palace orator, whose verse on the death of Julius Caesar is considered a benchmark of satire. At the time of his retirement, O'Toole was reported to be working »
- Catherine Shoard
He’s one of the most memorable British star of the stage and screen and we’ve got the first trailer for Peter O’Toole in Katherine Of Alexandria.
The legendary actor who shot to stardom after his portrayal of T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence Of Arabia, joins a star-studded cast in one of the biggest British Independent productions for decades. The film tells the remarkable story of Katherine of Alexandria and her link to Constantine the Great. Katherine, the patron saint of scholars, was officially removed from the Catholic calendar in 1969 only to be reinstated in 2002 by Pope John Paul II.
Peter O’Toole plays palace orator Gallus, alongside Romanian newcomer Nicole Keniheart who plays the persecuted Katherine. The cast also includes Joss Ackland, Steven Berkoff, Edward Fox and Samantha Beckinsale in the film directed by Michael Redwood. Check out the trailer below:
There are obviously religious issues a-plenty here, »
- Dan Bullock
You may have heard of a little Showtime series called The Borgias. The Emmy-Nominated show created by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, The Company of Wolves, Interview With The Vampire) is an epic depiction full of violence, sex and betrayal that charts the rise of the 16th Century’s most famous family as they slowly dominate Europe and eliminate anyone who stands in their way.
With a stellar cast including the likes of Jeremy Irons, Gina McKee, Steven Berkoff and Derek Jacobi, what’s not to love? If you have an itch for Historical Drama, perhaps this is the next series to scratch that itch for you, and allow you to immerse yourself in the decadent courts of Rome.
And speaking of Late Medieval Italy, G. J Meyer is something of a Renaissance man himself- an award-winning journalist, acclaimed author, historian, academic… his latest novel uncovers the Hidden history of »
- Oscar Harding
Archer, top secret agent of Isis (his mum's espionage outfit) is really turned on by his job in this filthy, funny animated adventure
There have been spy spoofs before but none as outrageous and violent as Archer. The Us show, a slick and stylish comedy animation that's as filthy as it is funny, really has no idea where to draw the line in terms of taste. Archer is the most dangerous spy in the world and he loves his job, perhaps too much. He's an agent for Isis, an espionage outfit run – preposterously – by his fearsome, domineering mother Malory (his father's identity is unknown to him). Archer has plenty of issues, not just to do with his mother, although she's the root of many of them. "The thought of me dead gives you an erection?" she says to him. "No, just half of one!" he replies. "The other half would have really missed you. »
- Phelim O'Neill
The actor, who made a name for himself in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and also played villains in Octopussy and Rambo, revealed his views in an interview with Radio 2 DJ Johnnie Walker at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Berkoff, 76, said that today's output almost brings him to tears and that the BBC should not even be thinking about rivalling ITV.
"The BBC is meant to represent values - honesty, decency, values - ITV is not," he said.
"Why should they compete? ITV does that stinking, sodding Coronation Street until you get brained out. Then the BBC comes out with that stinky, slobbing, cliched, mindless moronic EastEnders."
Berkoff went on to dismiss BBC One drama Luther and ITV's Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Downton Abbey.
Of Downton, »
Last week, we reported that Paramount Pictures is developing a Beverly Hills Cop sequel, after CBS passed on their TV pilot in May. Today, that news has been confirmed, with screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol) writing the script and Eddie Murphy reprising his role as Axel Foley.
Although the pilot ultimately didn't go to series, Paramount was reportedly intrigued by the interest garnered by the TV show, which tested very well and featured Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley and Brandon T. Jackson as his son, Aaron Foley, a rookie cop at the Beverly Hills Police Department. No story details were given for the sequel.
Beverly Hills Cop 4 had been in development for several years, with Brett Ratner attached to direct from a script by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt (Wanted). It isn't known if Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec are rewriting that script, or starting from scratch. »
Film: "Red 2"; Cast: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-hun Lee, David Thewlis, Brian Cox, Neal McDonough, Steven Berkoff, Tim Pigott-Smith, Garrick Hagon; Director: Dean Parisot; Rating: ** - stale and predictable.
"Red 2" is an action-comedy based on the DC Comics graphic mini series created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. It is about retired agents deemed "Red" or "Retired Extremely Dangerous", by their respective agencies, who are called back into action by circumstances beyond their control.
In the film, retired CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce. »
- Rahul Kapoor
Prolific television and film director whose output included the internationally successful 1983 drama Kennedy
Jim Goddard, who has died aged 77, was among the most prolific and distinguished television drama directors of his generation. Bleak and violent atmosphere and vivid characterisation were the hallmarks of his more than 200 distinctive works over the course of four decades. His Kennedy (1983) was shown simultaneously on Us network television, in the UK and Germany, and achieved the highest recorded viewing figures to that date for a televised drama.
Goddard's work included the 13-part drama Fox (1980), Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983) and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982), the early Channel 4 version of the RSC production. The power and visual immediacy of his directorial style owed as much to arthouse film as it did to his abilities as a painter. Indeed, he never forsook painting, which he studied at the Slade in London, or his love of set design, »
- Reg Gadney
Showtime has decided to cancel The Borgias after three seasons. The low-rated drama's last episode will air on June 16th.
The Borgias follows the story of Pope Alexander (Jeremy Irons) and his struggle to maintain his power at the turn of the 16th century. The historical drama's large cast also includes François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Joanne Whalley, Lotte Verbeek, David Oakes, Sean Harris, Peter Sullivan, Simon McBurney, Steven Berkoff, Aidan Alexander, Julian Bleach, Thure Lindhardt, Gina McKee, and Colm Feore.
Season three of The Borgias premiered in April and thus far the show's been averaging about a half a million viewers for each episode's first airing.
There had been talk of wrapping up the show's ongoing storylines with a movie instead of a fourth season but that's not happening.
Still, series creator Neil Jordan says that, "For »
With the impressively cast but critically mauled “The Big Wedding” hitting our screens just now (see our rightly unforgiving review here), one’s mind runs to other examples of films that have wound up being significantly less than the sum of their parts.
It’s not enough for a film to feel like it could have done better with its impressive resources, we need to find ourselves in the presence of a genuinely flagrant waste of considerable talent. The anti-12 Angry Men, if you will.
So where do we start? With the granddaddy, of course:-
Managing to recoup about a tenth of its $12m budget, Rancid Aluminium’s tale of a man getting caught up with the Russian mafia is horrendously misconceived, »
- Dave Roper
Entertainment One is releasing the British crime thriller The Sweeney on Blu-ray and DVD April 2, director Nick Love's adaptation of the 1970s British TV series of the same name. Ray Winstone stars as Jack Regan, a detective who runs an unorthodox unit of the London police department, known for their old-school tactics that often get them into hot water with their boss (Damian Lewis). We have a contest running where fans can not only win the DVD, but also a desktop safe and British DVDs such as Cleanskin, The Big I Am, and London to Brighton. These prizes will surely go fast, so enter this contest today.
A desk-top safeThe Sweeney DVD Starring Damian Lewis, Ray Winstone (April 2, 2013)Cleanskin DVD Starring Sean Bean (Sep 11, 2012)The Big I Am DVD Starring Steven Berkoff, Michael Madsen, Leo Gregory, et al. (Mar 22, 2011)London to Brighton DVD Starring Lorraine Stanley, Georgia Groome, »
Fan of British films? Have we got a giveaway for you, poppet!
In honor of the upcoming Entertainment One Blu-Ray/DVD release of the British action film The Sweeney on April 2, 2013, we invite you to enter to win a British DVD Prize Pack. The Sweeney is a stylish action thriller starring Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Ray Winstone (Hugo, The Departed) and based on the popular UK television series from the 70’s with the same name.
One winner will receive the following items and DVD titles:
A desk-top safe The Sweeney Starring Damian Lewis, Ray Winstone (April 2, 2013) Cleanskin Starring Sean Bean (Sep 11, 2012) The Big I Am Starring Steven Berkoff, Michael Madsen, Leo Gregory, et al. (Mar 22, 2011) London to Brighton Starring Lorraine Stanley, Georgia Groome, Johnny Harris, et al. (Aug 11, 2009)
Prizepack value: $100
Answer the following:
- Movie Geeks
"Double-0 Seven on an island populated exclusively by women? We won't see him till dawn!"
Thirty years ago, moviegoers were treated to not one, but two new James Bond movies in theaters: the non-canon Never Say Never Again starring Sean Connery, and tonight's feature, Octopussy, starring Roger Moore. Moore managed to best Connery at the box office battle of the Bonds that year, but the debate over which actor was the better Bond will never end for those who grew up watching their movies in the '60s, '70s and '80s.
Octopussy borrows its name and title character from a short story by James Bond creator Ian Fleming, but the plot is original. When MI6 agent 009 (Andy Bradford) is found dead at the British embassy in East Berlin dressed as a circus clown, 007 (Moore) is dispatched to investigate. The trail leads Bond to Octopussy (Maud Adams), a wealthy »
- BrentJS Sprecher
14 items from 2013
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