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Following from last year’s new look and feel FrightFest (in a brand new location), the horror film festival has announced its line-up for their Glasgow counterpart. And, as with every FrightFest, there are a few first looks and premieres!
Included in the line-up is the UK premiere of the Edgar Allan Poe based Eliza Graves featuring an all-star Hollywood cast, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Michael Caine. Also on show is the European prememire of The Atticus Institute, world premire of The Hoarder, European premiere of The Asylum and the UK premiere of the hugely anticipated Clown, produced by Eli Roth. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also the UK premieres of [Rec]: Apocalypse and There Are Monsters.
Thurs 26 Feb – Gft Screen 2
21:00 Eliza Graves (UK Premiere)
- Luke Owen
Kicking off with a special screening on Thursday 26th February and hosting eleven films on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy festival celebrates ten ‘gore-ious’ years at its second home at the Glasgow Film Festival with an all-exclusive slate of the freshest new horror films around – including three World, two European and six UK premieres!
The shocktacular line-up starts on Thurs 26 Feb in sumptuous Hammer-style with the UK premiere of the Edgar Allan Poe based Eliza Graves featuring an all-star Hollywood cast, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Michael Caine.
Friday’s fearsome line-up kicks off with the European premiere of The Atticus Institute, the paranormal activity shockumentary of the year, written and directed by Chris Sparling, who wrote ‘Buried’. This is followed by the World Premiere of The Hoarder, starring an on-form Mischa Barton who uncovers the worst horrors in the »
- Phil Wheat
Simultaneously the dullest and the most insulting version of itself it could possibly be. If only it had managed to be campy, that’d be something… I’m “biast” (pro): have been a fan of Ridley Scott in the past…
I’m “biast” (con): …but not so much lately
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I think I’ve finally figured out what Exodus: Gods and Kings is all about. I don’t mean how it’s a painfully boring, too-literal adaptation of a Biblical fantasy that’s been told plenty often before, and was not calling out to be told again. I mean how it’s possible that Ridley Scott could have made such a stodgy flick, and one that’s utterly tone-deaf to modern sensibilities. Cuz Scott used to be ahead of the curve, not decades behind it: This is the guy who »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Portraying a character — whether human, animal or other — in an animated movie involves varying elements of performance. Actors’ vocal performances are recorded first, often over a year in advance, and a character’s animator(s) align their own performances with the voice work. The Boxtrolls producer and lead animator Travis Knight notes, “An animation performance is comprised of two parts: the vocal performance supplied by the actor, and the visual performance furnished by the animator. It’s an unconventional collaboration that can span years. But it all starts with the perfect voice.” Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley was sought for the … Continue reading →
- Meredith Ennis
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes in the family event movie The Boxtrolls. Starring, in voice performance, Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright (Game of Thrones), andElle Fanning (Maleficent), the new movie from animation studio Laika, the makers of the Academy Award®-nominated Coraline andParaNorman, comes to Blu-ray™ 3D and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD with UltraViolet on January 20, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Quirky, mischievous and good-hearted, the Boxtrolls are unique creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs in a fantastical charming cavern below the bustling streets of Cheesebridge. But when the evil Archibald Snatcher schemes to capture Eggs’ family, it’s up to Eggs and his feisty new friend Winnie to save the Boxtrolls!
- Movie Geeks
By Anjelica Oswald
With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.
Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.
For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and »
- Anjelica Oswald
Focus Features received 6 Oscar nominations, 5 for "Theory of Everything" and 1 for "The Boxtrolls." The studio sent quotes from the nominees including Best Actor contender Eddie Redmayne and Best Actress nominee Felicity Jones. Take a look at the quotes, then watch my fun interviews for both "Theory of Everything" and "The Boxtrolls" below.
.What a great day for everyone at Focus. The five nominations for The Theory Of Everything, including one for Best Picture, recognize the heart and hard work that it took to bring this inspirational story to the screen. And the Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film for The Boxtrolls is a tribute to our partners at Laika, where hundreds of artists literally make magic every day. Congratulations to all our nominees! I.m so proud!.
Hey everyone! We've been up working almost non-stop since 5:30 Am for the Academy Award nominations and haven't napped yet. That means it's time to live-blog the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards right? Who's excited? Anyone got an over/under for a "Lego Movie" or "Dick Poop" call out? In case you forgot who was nominated, check out this year's honorees here. 6:00 Pm - The show has started and host Michael Strahan is doing some 'Magic Mike Xxl' themed intro number. Whoever thought this was a good idea should probably not come back to the show next year. Strahan explains who the Bfca (the Broadcast Film Critics Association) is without saying those words. Strahan tries to joke with some of the nominees in the audience. We're not sure this is working. Strahan wants a "Birdman-Strahan" sequel. Whew, we're cutting to a 2014 in review montage. 6:05 Pm - Strahan goes »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Critics' Choice Awards are tonight and Et is with Michael Strahan as he prepares to host the big show.
The pro football hall of famer, 43, is now one of the hardest working people on television, juggling three steady jobs as co-host of Fox NFL Sunday, Live with Kelly and Michael and contributor for Good Morning America.
Strahan gets to learn from the best in the business every day, but he doesn't often emcee in front of a live audience. As the show is for the critics, Et asked the 6' 5" former defensive end his plan for dealing with any negative critiques of his hosting performance.
"As a critic, if I had to review myself I would say, 'Write something nice because [I'm] bigger than [you],'" Strahan joked. "And before they criticize I ask for everybody's address, so I know where they all live."
The 20th Annual »
Berlinale Special is a program you might compare to Toronto's Gala Presentations—high profile movies a shade or two too populist for any other section of the festival. Lined up this year are world premieres such as Anton Corbijn's Life, with Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan, Joel Edgerton and Ben Kingsley; Margarethe von Trotta's Die abhandene Welt (The Misplaced World), with Katja Riemann, Barbara Sukowa, Matthias Habich and Gunnar Moeller; and Simon Curtis's Woman in Gold, with Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl. The program also features the new film by Ermanno Olmi. » - David Hudson »
The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) is to host the world premieres of Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren; Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan; and Dagur Kári’s Virgin Mountain.
The films form part of the Berlinale Special Galas line-up, which will also include the international premiere of awards contender Selma and the European premiere of Bill Pohland’s Love & Mercy, starring John Cusack
Based on a true story, Woman In Gold is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) and stars Mirren as Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, who takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
“Selma,” which stars David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson, makes its international premiere in Berlin. It was described by Variety‘s reviewer as a “razor-sharp portrait of the civil rights movement.” Pic has made faltering progress in the awards season, mainly due to the lack of screeners.
“Life,” which world premieres in Berlin, stars Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. Pic is inspired by the true story of a friendship that developed between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for Life magazine in 1955. Corbijn’s previous pics are “Control” and “A Most Wanted Man.”
- Leo Barraclough
Following in the footsteps of every major movie studio and setting release dates for two and three years into the future, Walt Disney Pictures has recently updated its release schedule to include Pete’s Dragon and Ghost in the Shell alongside some minor adjustments to the release dates for some of its other major films.
First up is Pete’s Dragon, which is about to head into production with a cast that includes Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard. It will open August 12, 2016, putting it opposite Universal’s Dirty Grandpa and Legendary’s Spectral. Sounds like August 2016 will bring something for the entire family.
Ghost in the Shell will not see the light of day until April 14, 2017, which is hardly surprising given that Scarlett Johansson has only just signed on to lead the film. Right now it remains the only film in that spot in April, but it’s still »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
I've already listed my top ten most anticipated blockbusters of the new year and now I'll take a look at the rest of the field as I've done my best to whittle things down to an even twenty films. So before you get in a huff that your favorite franchises aren't listed, just remember you can view all my anticipated blockbusters right here, I simply didn't know how to write the headline other than to just say these were my most anticipated movies without any further distinction. That said, I think I have a nice rounded list for you here. Obviously several from the major studios, but also a few overseas entries to spice things up. Plenty of Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal and a couple starring Rachel Weisz along with several of my favorite directors coming with new films for the new year. If you're wondering where films such »
- Brad Brevet
Disney has pushed back the release of The Jungle Book to April 2016.
However, Disney has now confirmed that the film, currently in production, will now open on April 15, 2016.
The move comes just a month after Warner Bros announced that its own planned adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's story had been pushed back to October 2017.
Meanwhile, the studio also confirmed that Pete's Dragon will arrive in cinemas on August 12, 2016, with DreamWorks' remake of Ghost in the Shell following on April 14, 2017. »
Walt Disney Pictures has handed out new release dates for the upcoming projects Ghost in the Shell and Pete's Dragon, while swapping dates for The Jungle Book and The Finest Hours. Ghost in the Shell will hit theaters on April 14, 2017, while Pete's Dragon debuts August 12, 2016. The Jungle Book has moved from October 9, 2015 to April 15, 2016, with The Finest Hours taking the October 9 slot.
We reported last week that Scarlett Johansson will star in Ghost in the Shell, which currently has the April 14, 2017 date to itself. The project does fall between two other high-profile releases, Legendary's Pacific Rim 2 (April 7, 2017) and an untitled Universal Pictures monster movie (April 21, 2017). Rupert Sanders is directing Ghost in the Shell, which centers on a member of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission covert unit that specializes in fighting cyber-crime.
Pete's Dragon will be going up against Lionsgate's Dirty Grandpa, Sony's Sausage Party and Universal's Spectral on August 12, 2016, with Warner Bros. »
Disney has announced release dates for a pair of pics and a slot swap for two others. The DreamWorks-produced Ghost In The Shell, which last week landed Scarlett Johansson as its lead, will hit theaters April 14, 2017. The studio also set the 3D remake of its 1977 film Pete’s Dragon for August 12, 2016.
Meanwhile, Disney has pushed the release of its Jon Favreau-helmed redo of The Jungle Book out of 2015. The 3D pic with an all-star voice cast including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba and Johansson had been set for October 9 but now will open April 15, 2016. It trades dates with The Finest Hours, the Chris Pine-Casey Affleck-Eric Bana ocean-rescue tale, which now will arrive October 9.
The moves put the 3D Ghost In The Shell into an as-yet-unoccupied slot and pits Pete’s Dragon against the Lionsgate comedy Bad Grandpa, Sony’s raunchy toon Sausage Party and Universal’s thriller Spectral. »
- Erik Pedersen
It has been announced by Disney today that Ghost in the Shell will be released on April 14th, 2017. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is directing from a script which was written by Bill Wheeler (The Reluctant Fundamentalist). Scarlett Johansson is attached to star in Dreamworks' adaptation of the Japanese anime/magna. In other release date news, Jon Favreau's live action/CGI adatation of The Jungle Book has now been pushed back and won't reach us until April 15th, 2016. Scarlett Johansson will also be in that movie, as will Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, Lupita Nyong'o, and Ben Kingsley. Are you looking forward to these movies? »
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
The festival runs from January 27-February 7.
Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.
A Better You, USA
Directed by Matt Walsh
Cast: Brian Huskey, »
- The Deadline Team
Adaptations are still holding firm at cinemas, with many impressive films coming our way in 2015 based on novels and comics.
Here are the ones we’re excited about in 2015:
Testament Of Youth (January)
Based on the Vera Brittain World War One memoir which sees her coming of age as war begins, this adaptation stars Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington. It’s sure to pack an emotional punch and anyone already familiar with the memoir will know how much Vera goes through. The book goes into great detail about Vera’s life before, during and after the war and, as it is more than 600 pages, it will be interesting to see what is cut or amended for the film.
(Watch this space for more on the special BFI screening and Q&A of the film which will take place on Monday 12th January as we’ll be there with all the gossip! »
- Amanda Keats
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