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‘Count Arthur Strong: The Complete Third Series’ DVD Review

Stars: Rory Kinnear, Steve Delaney, Bronagh Gallagher, David Plimmer, Andy Linden | Created by Steve Delaney

When I’ve seen Count Arthur Strong on television, I do tend to watch the odd episode, but I never seem to have the time to stick with it. Reviewing Count Arthur Strong: The Complete Third Series though has allowed me to take time with it, and give it the chance it deserves.

In the third series of Count Arthur Strong, we see the character played by creator Steve Delaney along with his friends making Michael Baker’s (Rory Kinnear) life complicated. Whether it is Strong joining Scientology, performing an exorcism or going on a day trip, things are never normal in the world of Count Arthur Strong.

Having not experienced the radio show beginnings of Count Arthur Strong, my view on the character is that created in the television show. The character himself takes some getting used to,
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Return to Montauk review – beached affair takes time to connect

Past lovers Nina Hoss and Stellan Skarsgård border on the unlovable in this slow-paced drama, but Volker Schlöndorff’s film rewards patience for its final twist

Volker Schlöndorff’s scalding film of The Tin Drum shared the Palme d’Or with Apocalypse Now in 1979. The director turns 78 next month and is no longer at the peak of his powers. But Return to Montauk proves that he still has it in him to startle and wrongfoot an audience.

What appears to be a clunky, tasteful, middle-aged rehash of Before Sunset, with two former lovers reunited after one of them writes a novel about their affair, turns out at the eleventh hour to have a sting in its tail. Schlöndorff and the novelist Cólm Toibín wrote the screenplay, which is adapted in part from the memoir Montauk by the late Swiss playwright and novelist Max Frisch, to whom the picture is dedicated.
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Cinematic material by Anne-Katrin Titze

Return To Montauk set at Lincoln Center Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

While filming Return To Montauk (Rückkehr Nach Montauk) in New York last spring, Volker Schlöndorff spoke to me on the set. His film will have its world premiere at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival in a couple of weeks. We discussed shooting in Berlin with Niels Arestrup and Stellan Skarsgård, connecting Sam Shepard to Max Frisch, Brooklyn author Colm Tóibín's Henry James in his novel The Master, Proust beyond Jeremy Irons in Swann In Love, shopping for clothes, Nina Hoss and Bronagh Gallagher at Lincoln Center, and what's in an affair.

Stellan Skarsgård, Mathias Sanders, Isioma Laborde-Edozien and Colm Tóibín - New York Public Library Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Return To Montauk, co-written by Tóibín, is the story of a writer, called Max Zorn (Skarsgård), who is married to Clara (Susanne Wolff). He comes to New York to promote his book and meets again,
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20 Years of Pulp Fiction: Jack Rabbit Slim’s Fun Facts & Trivia

Let’s look back on twenty years’ worth of Pulp Fiction trivia and behind the scenes fun. You never know when they will release a Pulp Fiction Trivial Pursuit game right? Also, there are magnificent spoilers here, so you should probably watch the movie first and slap yourself for taking this long.

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Chronologically speaking, the last scene in the movie sees Butch and Fabienne drive away on a motorcycle. The very first sound heard at the start of the movie is the same motorcycle’s engine.

Whenever Vincent Vega goes to the bathroom, something bad happens: He emerges at Mia Wallace’s house to find her overdosing, comes out at the restaurant to
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Review: "The Commitments" (1991) Starring Andrew Strong, Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angelina Ball and Bronagh Gallagher; Blu-ray & Region 2 UK DVD Release From Rlj Entertainment Ltd

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By Dawn Dabell

Can it really be 25 years since the release of The Commitments? An acclaimed hit with audiences and critics alike when first seen, it quickly grew in stature into something of a modern classic and has remained perennially popular ever since. It has also inspired touring bands, a major stage production and a few million sub-standard karaoke renditions of the iconic Mustang Sally (and other ditties) in pubs up and down the land.

Unemployed Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) dreams of being a band manager, and places an ad in the local paper – “Have you got soul? If so the world’s hardest working band is looking for you.” Various losers, opportunists and drop-outs turn up at his door to audition, but bit by bit he manages to put together an inexperienced band comprising ten members: men, women, backing singers, guitarists, saxophonists, a drummer and an unlikely lead vocalist
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The Commitments 25th Anniversary special edition review

Time for people of a certain age to start feeling old. It’s been a quarter of a century since director Alan Parker introduced us to an unlikely soul combo whose legacy still lives on via a hit stage show and countless concerts. So while their onscreen fortunes turned out to be mixed, The Commitments place in popular culture is absolutely assured.

Opening with a bustling Dublin street market with second hand goods, fiddle players and horses, this marks itself out from the blockbusters of the time as a gritty take on Roddy Doyle‘s source novel. Fast-talking wannabe music mogul Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) has a simple idea: reasoning that the oppressed Irish are “the blacks of Europe”, he wants to assemble a world class soul outfit from local talent. But like the best band stories the road to success is paved with false starts, egos and copious amounts of drink and swears.
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Volker Schlöndorff Telluride selection announced by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2016-09-01 21:00:52

On the Return to Montauk set with Volker Schlöndorff, Nina Hoss (his Barefoot Contessa), and Bronagh Gallagher at Lincoln Center Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Konrad Wolf’s I Was Nineteen (Ich War Neunzehn) co-written with Wolfgang Kohlhaase; Marlen Khutsiev’s It Was In May (Byl Mesyats May) starring Pyotr Todorovskiy; Louis Malle's The Fire Within (Le Feu Follet) based on the novel by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle with Maurice Ronet, Jeanne Moreau and Alexandra Stewart; Joseph Mankiewicz’s The Barefoot Contessa starring Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart; Jean-Pierre Melville's Les Enfants Terribles, adapted from Jean Cocteau’s novel with Nicole Stéphane and Édouard Dermit; and Fritz Lang's Spies (Spione) featuring Rudolf Klein-Rogge and Gerda Maurus, are the six films selected by Volker Schlöndorff as Guest Director of the 43rd Telluride Film Festival.

Michael Curtiz's The Breaking Point was one of Alexander Payne's picks in 2009 Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Alexander Payne,
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An affair to remember by Anne-Katrin Titze

Volker Schlöndorff directs cast and crew on Return to Montauk set Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

When Volker Schlöndorff sent me the call sheet for his Return To Montauk shoot in New York City, we arranged a schedule for me to be on set to document the goings-on as he was filming at the New York Public Library and up at Lincoln Center. The film, co-written with Colm Tóibín, stars Stellan Skarsgård and Nina Hoss with Niels Arestrup, Susanne Wolff (Dominik Graf's Dreileben 2: Don't Follow Me Around), Isioma Laborde-Edozien, Mathias Sanders and Bronagh Gallagher (Alan Parker's The Commitments).

Stellan Skarsgård as Max Zorn Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Volker and I met at his hotel the day after he was shooting in the Financial District, for a conversation that led us to a quote from Thoreau, connecting Sam Shepard to Max Frisch, Colm Tóibín's Henry James in his novel The Master,
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Cannes: Volker Schlondorff Shoots ‘Return to Montauk’ With Stellan Skarsgard

Cannes: Volker Schlondorff Shoots ‘Return to Montauk’ With Stellan Skarsgard
London — Volker Schlondorff, who won Cannes’ Palme d’Or and an Oscar for “The Tin Drum,” has started shooting “Return to Montauk” in New York. Pic stars Stellan Skarsgard and Nina Hoss, and the screenplay is by “Brooklyn’s” Colm Toibin and Schlondorff. Gaumont is handling international sales in Cannes, and Wild Bunch Germany will release the film theatrically in Germany.

The film centers on the writer Max Zorn (Skarsgard), who comes to New York for the release of his book. His young wife Clara (Susanne Wolff) goes ahead to work on the U.S. release. In his novel, Max writes about the failure of love in this city 17 years ago. Almost by chance he meets Rebecca (Hoss). She is now a successful lawyer, originally from East Germany, and in New York for 20 years. They decide to spend a weekend together in Montauk, a fishing port on Long Island.

Cast
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20 Years of Pulp Fiction: Jack Rabbit Slim’s Fun Facts & Trivia

Let’s look back on twenty years’ worth of Pulp Fiction trivia and behind the scenes fun. You never know when they will release a Pulp Fiction Trivial Pursuit game right? Also, there are magnificent spoilers here, so you should probably watch the movie first and slap yourself for taking this long.

Here is some music to accompany you.

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Chronologically speaking, the last scene in the movie sees Butch and Fabienne drive away on a motorcycle. The very first sound heard at the start of the movie is the same motorcycle’s engine.

Whenever Vincent Vega goes to the bathroom, something bad happens: He emerges at Mia Wallace’s house to find her overdosing, comes out at the restaurant to find a robbery unfolding and is shot dead by Butch after using his bathroom. The moral is…holding it in saves lives?

When Butch shoots Vincent Vega,
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Ones To Watch: Pramface Series Three

So Pramface returns to BBC Three tonight, and if you couldn’t tell already, we’re really excited. It’s all for good reason, of course! As Sean Michael Verey said in our recent interview it’s the funniest series yet…and if episode one is to go by, he is definitely not wrong.

In case you need to re-jog your memory, the end of series two saw Jamie (Verey) and Laura (Scarlett Alice Johnson) finally getting together, but only one episode in to series three Laura is already having doubts. We don’t wanna give too much away (we’ll talk to you all after the episodes airs!) but it plays out in true Pramface fashion with hilarious comedic moments that will have you talking all the way to episode two.

But one of the key things to mention is the fact that Jamie and Laura do take a back seat,
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BAFTA Nominated Short Films To Screen In Cinemas & Great New Stills!

As we’re into swing of awards season, it’s important that we cover everything from those established, right through to the up and coming. Today, BAFTA have announced that a feature-length package of films nominated in the British Short Film and British Short Animation categories at this year’s Ee British Academy Film Awards will screen in UK cinemas from Friday 28 February and also tour internationally.

Selected screenings will also be followed by a Q&A with nominated filmmakers who will discuss their working process and creative inspirations. The UK-wide rollout of BAFTA Shorts 2014 begins with a special screening at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (Ica) in London on Friday 28th February, with other venues including the Riverside Studios in London, Watershed in Bristol and Broadway Cinema in Nottingham. If you’ve not seen the full list, well, here’s handy re-cap:

British Short Animation

Everything I Can See From Here - Bjorn-Erik Aschim,
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BAFTA-nominated shorts release planned

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BAFTA-nominated shorts release planned
British live action and animated shorts to screen in cinemas from 28 February.

BAFTA has revealed that a feature-length package of films nominated in the British Short Film and British Short Animation categories at this year’s Ee British Academy Film Awards will screen in UK cinemas from Feb 28 and will tour internationally.

Selected screenings will be followed by a Q&A with nominated filmmakers who will discuss their working process and creative inspirations. The activity is part of BAFTA’s ongoing work to spotlight British-based filmmaking talent.

Following the first-ever theatrical release of nominated shorts in 2013, BAFTA is partnering for a second year with specialist distributor the Independent Cinema Office (Ico), which will handle all UK theatrical bookings, and the British Council, which will tour the nominated films internationally through their network of offices in 110 countries.

The UK-wide rollout of BAFTA Shorts 2014 begins with a special screening at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (Ica) in London on Feb
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Check Out The New Trailer For BBC Three’s ‘Pramface’

Looking for a good ol’ British comedy to root for? Then look no further than BBC Threes’s Pramface. Now in its third series, the Chris Reddy creation keeps going from strength to strength, and the new series is set to be as funny and jam packed as ever.

If you haven’t seen Pramface before (and we know you’re lying, because you’ve probably watched it and enjoyed in between the Family Guy showings on BBC3) it follows the story of Jamie (Sean Verey) and Laura (Scarlett Alice Johnson) who become parents after a drunken one night stand. But while their relationship started on an incredibly rocky front, the pair have adjusted to being young parents and their relationship seems to be back on track, well that’s what Jamie thinks at least (Laura is still not sure, oops!)

But it’s not only Jamie and Laura dealing with the pain of adulthood,
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Casting: Martini, Bernhardt, Hannah, Fogler

50 Shades of Grey

Max Martini ("Pacific Rim," "Captain Phillips") is in negotiations to play the bodyguard of kinky billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) in Sam Taylor-Johnson's "Fifty Shades of Grey" film adaptation at Universal and Focus.

The story follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Grey and college student Steele. Dakota Johnson, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford and Jennifer Ehle are also on board and shooting begins in early December. [Source: Variety]

John Wick

Daniel Bernhardt ("The Matrix Reloaded," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire") has been added to the cast of Chad Stahelski and David Leitch's revenge action thriller "John Wick". Bernhardt plays Kirill, a formal Russian military commander and the henchman to the villain Viggo (Michael Nyqvist).

Keanu Reeves plays a former hitman who sets out to kill the thug (Alfie Allen) who stole his car and killed his late wife's dog. The thug's Russian crime boss father Viggo puts a
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Shooting For Socrates revisits 1986 World Cup

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Shooting For Socrates revisits 1986 World Cup
Cast includes John Hannah and Richard Dormer; Metro International handles sales.

Shooting is underway in Belfast on Shooting For Socrates, about the 1986 World Cup when Northern Ireland met Brazil in the finals.

Victoria Gregory of New Black Films is producing. James Erskine (One Night In Turin) directs. Marie Jones wrote the script.

Metro International handles sales.

The cast features John Hannah, Jackie Fullerton, Richard Dormer, Art Parkinson and Bronagh Gallagher in the story of the Northern Ireland team’s momentous World Cup performance that year, through the eyes of players, fans (including a 10-year-old boy from East Belfast) and journalists. The film also includes the ‘wit and wisdom’ of Brazilian footballer Socrates de Souza.

The film has been shooting on location in Belfast for the past two weeks including at Windsor Park; and will shoot the Mexico-set scenes in Spain.

Development support came from Channel4’s 4Rights and Northern Ireland Screen. It is hoped
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1986 World Cup revisited in Shooting For Socrates

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1986 World Cup revisited in Shooting For Socrates
Cast includes John Hannah and Richard Dormer; Metro International handles sales.

Shooting is underway in Belfast on Shooting For Socrates, about the 1986 World Cup when Northern Ireland met Brazil in the finals.

Victoria Gregory of New Black Films is producing. James Erskine (One Night In Turin) directs. Marie Jones wrote the script.

Metro International handles sales

The cast features John Hannah, Jackie Fullerton, Richard Dormer, Art Parkinson and Bronagh Gallagher in the story of the Northern Ireland team’s momentous World Cup performance that year, through the eyes of players, fans (including a 10-year-old boy from East Belfast) and journalists. The film also includes the ‘wit and wisdom’ of Brazilian footballer Socrates de Souza.

The film has been shooting on location in Belfast for the past two weeks including at Windsor Park; and will shoot the Mexico-set scenes in Spain.

Development support came from Channel4’s 4Rights and Northern Ireland Screen. It is hoped
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Grabbers DVD Release Date and Cover Art

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After releasing Grabbers to VOD and theaters this past summer, IFC will bring the movie to DVD on November 12th. Here’s a look at the trailer and official cover artwork:

“On Erin Island, an idyllic fishing village off the coast of Ireland, charming but somewhat work-shy Ciaran O’Shea, is tasked with greeting Lisa Nolan, a straight-laced young officer who has arrived from the mainland. Not that there is much for them to do, aside from dealing with the occasional drunk, and that’s usually O’Shea himself. But strange doings are afoot: the crew of a fishing boat disappears, whales start appearing dead on the shore, a local lobsterman catches a strange tentacled creature in his trap. Soon it becomes clear to O’Shea and Nolan that there’s something big out there, and that it’s hungry. It’s time to rally the villagers, arm the troops…
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Rewind TV: Southcliffe; The Field of Blood; Make Me a German – review

After two episodes, the sublime Southcliffe, about a killer on the rampage in Kent, is the TV event of the year

Southcliffe (C4) | 4oD

The Field of Blood (BBC1) | iPlayer

Make Me a German (BBC2) | iPlayer

Southcliffe opened horribly and just got worse. It was stupendous. Every fantinkle of Channel 4's more dodgy output over the past 31 years is forgiven, mainly because I can't be bothered to remember it. By doing this, by giving us this one sublime drama, they are almost wholly redeemed, Big Brother apart.

What it opened with – Kent mists, marching rows of pylons so stoic in their relentless geometry and thus so at odds with we messy human buggers below – was an ageing lady, gardening in desultory fashion, thinking murmuringly of – what? Tea? Sex? Suncream? Death? Suddenly she took a sting in her abdomen; almost blotted it away, but there was too much blood for
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Grabbers Review

A horror comedy where staying alive means staying as drunk as possible? Yeah, I think I can get behind this one. While I wouldn’t suggest getting completely shlammered in an attempt to ward off Freddy or Jason, if you ever find yourself trapped on an island full of tentacled aliens off the coast of Ireland, you better grab yourself a pint and start chugging.

Grabbers is a fun little creature feature with enough liquor swigging to get viewers intoxicated off the fumes, but you don’t need beer goggles to enjoy the hell out of Jon Wright’s film. This slick monster romp showcases some whimsical imagination and light-hearted humor, feeling a little bit like a tonal replica of Gremlins, as Kevin Lehane’s script focuses more on comedic entertainment than scares. Good work fellas, next round is on me!

Erin Island is normally a sleepy little Irish island,
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