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Lionsgate U.K.’s increasing focus on investing in British movies to fill a major part of its distribution slate, alongside third-party acquisitions and titles from Lionsgate and Summit in the U.S., makes commercial sense, says Nick Manzi, head of production and acquisitions at Lionsgate U.K.
“There is an audience in this country for British films,” he says. “Every country wants to see stories about themselves, and we are lucky because we share the same language as America, so these films can travel — if you get them right.”
The aim is to give a wide release to the majority of its movies. “We look for stories that resonate with a broad audience,” he says. But Manzi warns that the distribution market has changed. “We are finding that there’s no in-between — there’s no middle ground. Films either work or they don’t.”
The company has a diverse »
- Leo Barraclough
Fox’s revival of one of its biggest hits, The X-Files, has been one of the biggest stories in television this year. Premiering after the network’s broadcast of the NFL’s Nfc Championship game, millions of eyeballs will be glued to their TV sets, waiting to see if production company 1013 and stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny can recapture the magic (and chemistry) they had so many years ago.
2008’s I Want To Believe, the second feature film in the franchise, seems to have been forgotten. That’s probably not a bad thing – while not outright horrible (nothing with Billy Connolly ever is), it is more more or less an elongated X-Files episode to begin with. Somewhat underrated, but far from criminally so.
However, with the new season on its way – a revival, not a reboot or remake, just six new episodes – now is a great time to »
- Jay Anderson
Yesterday, it was announced that The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies is getting an R rated extended edition release on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD this November. But fans who want to see it early and on the big screen are getting that chance. We have a new The Hobbit extended edition trilogy trailer, and it shows off some of the new, never-before-seen moments from the final chapter in this epic fantasy saga. And we have have new information on when and where the movie will be playing this fall as part of a bigger theatrical event.
Fathom Events and Warner Bros. are thrilled to bring The Hobbit Trilogy back to select cinemas nationwide for an exclusive series of three in-theater events. The three movies include The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition on October 5, 2015; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition on October 7, 2015; and the world »
Earlier this month it was revealed that the customary extended edition of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be rated R for “some violence”, and now Warner Bros. has released the official details for the Blu-ray and DVD release.
The extended edition will include an additional twenty minutes of footage, as well as nine hours of brand new special features, including:
– The Appendices – The Appendices Parts XI and Xii showcase a chronological history of the filming of The Battle of the Five Armies, documenting the work done on set chronologically through the three shooting blocks and in the world of its digital effects.
– New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth – Part 3
- Gary Collinson
The adventures of Bilbo Baggins come to an epic conclusion when The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, is released as an all-new R rated Extended Edition on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), the extended cut of the final film in The Hobbit Trilogy includes 20 minutes of extra footage and more than 9 hours of bonus features that will complete every Hobbit fan's collection. The film, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 17 and will be available early on Digital HD on October 20.
In addition, The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition will also be available, featuring the extended editions of all three films in The Hobbit Trilogy - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, »
Fans of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit films have been anxiously awaiting the release of the inevitable extended version of The Battle of Five Armies, and today Warner Bros. have officially revealed when fans can pick it up, along with which new special features are included. Come inside to take a look!
I think I've made it clear over the last few years, that I haven't exactly been a fan of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy (for a variety of reasons). However, I have felt that the extended edition versions of the movies have been more enjoyable for me as I watched them. Perhaps that will be the case with Battle of the Five Armies, which hits blu-ray on November 17th, with 20 extra minutes of footage.
And yes, as rumored/revealed a little while ago, this new version is in fact rated R. Take from that what you will, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Let's get one thing straight: George A. Romero isn't particularly thrilled with the zombie renaissance in general. "I don't get it," he responded when asked during a Q&A at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival. "I honestly don't. First of all, I'm a little pissed off because I used to be the only guy and now everybody's in my playground." Often called the "godfather (sometimes grandfather) of the zombies," the director ushered in not only the modern zombie film but the modern horror film with his 1968 classic "Night of the Living Dead," which he followed up with five sequels (and counting?). So what does he think of all the movies (and TV show[s]) he influenced with his low-budget B&W masterpiece? With Romero's recent lambasting of AMC's "The Walking Dead" and the Brad Pitt vehicle "World War Z" making making the rounds, we thought it was time to collect his opinions »
- Chris Eggertsen
Were Bill Cosby’s name not synonymous with mud right now, What We Did on Our Holiday could be easily titled Kids Say the Darndest Things. Big names like Rosamund Pike and David Tennant headline the film, but it’s the kids who steal the show. Writer/directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin take their experience from running BBC’s Outnumbered and utilize the improvisational skills of youngsters Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge and Harriet Turnbull to pair off against legend Billy Connolly to make a charming summer comedy.
Gordy MacLeod’s (Billy Connolly) seventy-fifth birthday is coming up, and Doug (Doug Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike, far removed from her Oscar-nominated performance as Amy in Gone Girl, playing a loving mother of two) are taking their three children »
- Colin Biggs
David Tennant's Doug learns about his daughter Jess' (Harriet Turnbull) bizarre sleeping habits in our exclusive clip from What We Did on Our Holiday, arriving in theaters and on VOD formats July 10. Before leaving for their vacation, Doug discovers that his daughter wants to bring her friends "Eric" and "Norman" long on their trip. As it turns out, "Eric" and "Norman" are two large rocks, who sit under her bed to protect her from the "bad rocks".
Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike, David Tennant and Billy Connolly star in this hilarious and up-lifting comedy movie for the whole family. Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It's soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, »
Billy Connolly will criss-cross the Us by train, seeking out outlaws, singers, fighters and dreamers, in a three-part series produced by 7Wonder. Commissioned by ITV, the show will follow the comedian/actor as he visits 28 states, starting and finishing in New York. Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America is a sequel to his 2011 ITV series Billy Connolly.s Route 66, in which he travelled along the famous Route 66.. Launched last year, 7Wonder is a joint venture between the Seven Network and former Maverick Television executives Alexandra Fraser, Liza Abbott and Simon Ellse which creates TV programs and formats for the UK market. The Connolly series, which was commissioned by Jo Clinton-Davis, ITV controller of factual and Richard Klein, director of factual, will screen here on Seven. Shooting is due to start in August. The director is Mike Reilly, who worked on Billy Connolly.s Route 66 and Billy Connolly.s Big Send Off. »
- Don Groves
There are surprise franchises and surprise franchises, and then there's The Boondock Saints. The 1999 vigilante action comedy that nobody initially saw became a cult hit on video. Then there was a straight-to-dvd sequel in 2009, and now Boondocks mastermind Troy Duffy is taking his franchise to TV. He's prepping a prequel series for Im Global TV, and will also direct the pilot.The original film saw Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery as Irish-American brothers taking on the Russian mob. Willem Dafoe played a weird FBI agent, and Billy Connolly was the berserk Il Duce: an assassin with a coat full of arsenal. Reedus, Flanery and Connolly all returned for the Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, and were joined by Peter Fonda.Reedus and Flanery are both in talks to be executive producers on the TV iteration, although it's unclear at this point if they'll also appear. “For years I »
Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability…
What We Did On Our Holiday is PG-13 for some thematic elements and language.
- Michelle McCue
The Britain's Got Talent live shows are just around the corner, and we now know the 45 acts who'll be entertaining us this week! Read on for your complete guide to the lucky hopefuls who made it through...
The Golden Buzzers
Calum Scott - 26, Hull
Golden buzzer: Simon Cowell
Remind me: Calum had to take to the stage just after his sister Jade had been rejected by the judges, but his rendition of 'Dancing On My Own' won over the panel.
Boyband - Mike (18), Mikey (19), Dylan (18), Corey (18), Jaih (17) from London
Golden buzzer: Ant & Dec
Revelation Avenue - 20-30, London
Golden buzzer: Amanda Holden
Remind me: Revelation Avenue took to the stage just after a show choir who had not done well, »
Can you believe we've now had our penultimate episode of Britain's Got Talent auditions? Yep, the first round of the competition will draw to a close next week... but the show sure is packing a lot in before that time comes. And tonight was no different, as we were treated to all sorts of new hopefuls! Read on for the good, the bad and the bizarre this week...
Groove Thing - 7-11, South Wales
Talent: 70s dance troupe
Tell us more: Now here's a dance troupe with a difference. We loved Groove Thing for snubbing hip hop and street dance and going full-blown 70s instead; it was so entertaining. Their choreography was really tight, they had loads of attitude, and they were so good that they were basically like mini adults. It helps, of course, that they were so cute; Ben, the only male of the group, was »
The two stars are set to reprise their roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in a new series of ‘The X Files’ and the 54-year-old actor is confident they will come across as well on screen as they did when the show first aired.
He said: “The chemistry I think is good. I mean, we haven’t done it in a while. Hopefully it’s still there. Chemistry is something that I don’t think you can create, and I don’t think you can lose it. It’s either there or it isn’t. It’s been said that it’s there for us, so I imagine that it’ll still be there.”
Though the revival was announced a few months ago, David admits it had been in the pipeline for “a couple of years” but has »
- The Hollywood News
It’s hard not to feel like the whole Hobbit franchise was a waste of time. Sure, the series made nearly three billion worldwide, but as a continuation of the Lord of the Rings films, it turned a fun, three hundred page story into a bloated, not fun three film series with a number of main characters who were mainly defined by their facial hair. The final chapter is The Hobbit: The Battle of the Fire Armies and it’s a slog. [caption id="attachment_374673" align="alignright" width="345"] Image via Warner Bros.[/caption] The film opens with Smaug destroying Laketown, when Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) is able to fell the creature. This is a colossal “Fuck you” because it is the climax of the second movie – literally, this is how the second film should have ended were these movies anything more than a cash grab. With Smaug out of the picture, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage »
- Chris Cabin
Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sylvester McCoy, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Manu Bennett | Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro | Directed by Peter Jackson
When The Hobbit was announced I’m sure nobody would have thought it would be three movies long, J. R. R.Tolkien fit the whole story into one book, and even that wasn’t very long. Here we are though with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which in theory should be the last Lord of the Rings movie Peter Jackson makes. Unless he can pull more tales of Middle-earth out of the appendices of course (and I’m sure some of us hope he could).
With Smaug »
- Paul Metcalf
Back in January, during the TCA Winter Tour, Fox teased that talks were under way to bring back the hit sci-fi series The X-Files for an Untitled X Files Reboot. The network confirmed last week that the show is indeed returning with a 6-episode event series. We know that original stars David Duchovny (Fox Mulder) and Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully) are reprising their roles, but no other cast members are confirmed at this time. Series creator Chris Carter recently spoke with X-Files News, saying that he has plans to bring back the rest of the original cast, including Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner), Annabeth Gish (Monica Reyes), and Robert Patrick (John Doggett).
"I have ideas for everyone. Their availability is subject to their regular paying jobs. Of course, I'd like to bring everyone possible back, but it's who's going to fit into the story and who's available."
The series also spawned two theatrical movies, »
For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...
Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.
For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team »
Orlando Bloom adores his fans!
Watch: Eddie Redmayne Hilariously Reenacts His Failed 'Hobbit' Audition
The ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Stephen Fry and Ryan Cage.
The film also stars Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Adam Brown, John Bell, Manu Bennett and John Tui.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is out on »
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