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Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield in UK Trailer for Wwi Film 'Journey's End'

"We won't last five minutes if the Germans attack..." Lionsgate UK has unveiled a new trailer for a Wwi drama titled Journey's End, which just premiered at the Toronto and London Film Festivals this fall. The film is based on a seminal British play about Wwi, set mostly in a dugout in Aisne, France in 1918. The story is about a group of ragged British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, who are awaiting their fate in this wretched place. The three officers are played by Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, and Tom Sturridge, and the cast includes Sam Claflin as a Captain, plus Asa Butterfield as a young new officer; as well as Toby Jones, Robert Glenister, Oliver Dimsdale, and Miles Jupp. This looks like a solid, emotionally draining, riveting drama that is once again about the brutal horrors of war, specifically the trench warfare of Wwi. I really want to see this,
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Double Date review

A British horror comedy penned by Danny Morgan, we take a look at Double Date...

British horror comedy is a broad church, and when it comes to the cinema, you could end up with anything from Shaun Of The Dead to Lesbian Vampire Killers. Happily, Double Date, a blokey thriller written by its star Danny Morgan (BBC Three's Ideal) is quite funny and has a certain amount of visual panache, so it lands comfortably in the better end of the spectrum.

Arriving in UK cinemas fresh off a crowd-pleasing premiere at FrightFest earlier this year, the film follows Jim (Morgan), a painfully shy young man who's on the verge of becoming a 30 year old virgin. His best mate Alex (Michael Socha) seems even more exasperated about this than he does. And so, neither of them can believe their luck when stunning sisters Kitty (Kelly Wenham) and Lulu (Georgia Groome
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Christian Slater In West End Revival of David Mamet’s ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’

Mr. Robot‘s Christian Slater will star in the Sam Yates-directed revival of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. Slater will play the lead role of Ricky Roma (Al Pacino played him in the 1992 film) alongside a cut throat sales team played by Robert Glenister, Kris Marshall Stanley Townsend, and Don Warrington. It’s the first time the play will have been staged on the West End in a decade, and it will run for 14 weeks at the Playhouse Theatre, from October 26 to February 3…
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Christian Slater In West End Revival of David Mamet’s ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’

Christian Slater In West End Revival of David Mamet’s ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’
Mr. Robot‘s Christian Slater will star in the Sam Yates-directed revival of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. Slater will play the lead role of Ricky Roma (Al Pacino played him in the 1992 film) alongside a cut throat sales team played by Robert Glenister, Kris Marshall Stanley Townsend, and Don Warrington. It’s the first time the play will have been staged on the West End in a decade, and it will run for 14 weeks at the Playhouse Theatre, from October 26 to February 3…
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Cinema’s Greatest Manhunt Movies

Manhunt movies have taken a shift over the years. Gone are the days of prohibition gangster heroism, liberating the common folk from the great depression with free flowing liquor. Times have changed and as Patriots Day shows us, heroes come in many forms and are often right under our noses.

Patriots Day exposes the stories of the everyday heroes involved in the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers following the devastating Boston Marathon attack in 2013. To celebrate the release of Peter Berg’s latest ‘based on true events’ film we’ve pulled together a list of the best manhunt movies currently at large.

Zero Dark Thirty

The exhausting hunt for Osama bin Laden was something the world was certainly aware of, but the cloak and dagger operation kept things under wraps until the evening of 1st May 2011 when in a seemingly sudden move, at least to the general population, bin Laden
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Giveaway – Win Paranoid on DVD

To celebrate the Home Entertainment release of the gripping ITV drama Paranoid, we have a DVD copy to giveaway.

Paranoid is the engrossing brainchild of Tom Sherry, the producer of Scott & Bailey, Prey and Ordinary Lies, that will leave you on the edge of your seat and holding your breath…

The sleepy town of Woodmere is devastated when a doctor is murdered in a children’s playground in broad daylight. Three detectives embark on what they initially believe to be a straightforward murder investigation, but when the main suspect is found dead in an apparent suicide, the police are drawn deeper. As the ever-darkening mystery leads the detectives on a dangerous and beguiling journey across Europe, personal demons are brought to the fore and the foe becomes increasingly formidable.

From Red Productions, one of the UK’s leading production companies, this exceptional TV mini-series stars Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey, The Full Monty,
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Movie Review – Live by Night (2016)

Live by Night, 2016.

Written and Directed by Ben Affleck.

Starring Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Chis Messina, Robert Glenister, Remo Girone, Chris Cooper, Anthony Michael Hall, Clark Gregg, Max Casella, Miguel J. Pimentel, Titus Welliver, Matthew Maher, and Brendan Gleeson.

Synopsis:

A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Klu Klux Klan.

Writer, director, star Ben Affleck’s (The Town, Argo) Live by Night suffers from an identity crisis. It doesn’t know if it wants to be a tale of Robin Hood style Prohibition-era mobsters, a classic revenge story, a war between gangsters and the Ku Klux Klan, a battle over turf between Irish and Italian mobs, the startup of a casino, or whatever the other subplots are that I’m forgetting. The point is that Live by Night is a mess structurally and narratively,
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Live by Night Review

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Author: Stefan Pape

Though thriving in its set-up, Ben Affleck’s return to the director’s chair for the first time since the Oscar winning Argo, falls short in its pay-off, becoming needlessly convoluted as we progress throughout the narrative. Attempting to cover so much ground and a myriad of characters and themes, the complexity proves detrimental, which is a shame, for when this feature is simple, it makes for an engaging cinematic experience.

The tale begins in Prohibition Era Boston, and whether he likes it or not, Joe Coughlin (Affleck) is married to the gangster life, mostly due to the fact he’s having an affair with Emma Gould (Sienna Miller), the partner of the uncompromising crime lord Albert White (Robert Glenister), head of the Irish mafia. An outlaw with a cop for a father (Brendan Gleeson), Joe’s secret is uncovered by a rival gang leader, and if
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‘Live By Night’ review: “Perfectly enjoyable, but lacks pizzazz”

Live By Night review: Can Ben Affleck follow-up the Oscar success that he enjoyed with Argo with this ambitious period gangster epic?

Read our Live By Night review below.

Live By Night is Ben Affleck‘s fourth film as director after cutting his teeth with his debut feature, the impressive Gone Baby Gone, followed by the slightly superior The Town ,and then the Oscar-winning Argo. One might say that he’s on a cinematic roll, at least behind the camera, so it’s no surprise that he has aimed high for his latest, the period gangster epic Live By Night.

The film opens in 1920s Boston where Affleck’s character, local hoodlum Joe Coughlin is introduced as the son of the local chief of police (and Wwi veteran) Thomas Coughlin, played by Brendan Gleeson. Joe is carrying out petty crimes to finance his lifestyle, gradually moving up the crime food chain.
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Review: Ben Affleck’s ‘Live by Night’ Runs the Gamut of Gangster Tropes

At times energetic and interesting, but mostly messy and overreaching, Ben Affleck‘s Live by Night starts out as a refreshing departure for the newly-minted Caped Crusader, before becoming something else, and then too many different things at once.

Written by, directed by, and starring Affleck, the Prohibition era drama concerns low-level criminal Joe Coughlin (Affleck) and his band of nitwits (including scene-stealer Chris Messina) taking down scores in late 1920s Boston. Unfortunately, Joe is in love with the wrong dame: Emma Gould (Sienna Miller, mostly wasted), lover of Irish kingpin Albert White (Robert Glenister). Once blackmailed by the rival Italian mobster Maso Pescatore (Remo Girone), Joe finds himself between a rock and a hard place.

From the opening voiceover, we are informed by Joe himself that he is a Wwi veteran disillusioned by the state of things, forgotten by the country he fought for, and pushed into a life of crime.
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'Live by Night' Review: Ben Affleck's Old-School Gangster Film Chokes on Ambition

'Live by Night' Review: Ben Affleck's Old-School Gangster Film Chokes on Ambition
Ben Affleck's tribute to old-school Warner brothers gangster pictures may lack the white heat of the Cagney-Bogart era, but Live By Night still gets in its stylish licks. The actor started his impressive directing career in 2007 by bringing Dennis Lehane's Gone, Baby Gone to the screen. Now, after adding The Town and the Oscar-winning Argo to his resumé, he returns to Lehane by taking on the second book in the Boston-based author's acclaimed trilogy about Joe Coughlin, the son of a Beantown police captain who turns to organized crime in the Prohibition era.
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Live By Night Review

With three critically acclaimed films under his belt, we’ve become accustomed to treating each new Ben Affleck directorial effort as a main event in the world of cinema. After the immense success of Argo, it seemed like a given that this next film was going to be something special. Alas, Live by Night doesn’t quite reach the heights of any of his prior directorial efforts. This Prohibition-era gangster noir ultimately comes undone due to a seemingly intended epic scope that chooses quantity of storylines over quality.

The film follows petty thief Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), who also happens to be the son of Boston police captain Thomas Coughlin (a consistently solid Brendan Gleeson) and involved in a steamy love affair with Emma Gould (an unrecognizable Sienna Miller). She’s Albert White’s (Robert Glenister) girlfriend, the current leader of the Irish mob. So yeah, that’s a problem.
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Film Review: ‘Live by Night’

Film Review: ‘Live by Night’
In the ten years he’s been directing movies, Ben Affleck has shown a rare ability to choose projects artfully and wisely, hitting creative and commercial growth rings with each new outing. His first film behind the camera, “Gone Baby Gone” (2007), established Affleck as a serious filmmaker with a flair for mood and performance and locale. In the soulful heist drama “The Town” (2010), he proved he could fashion a real yarn, even as he traced the fate of characters with a life below the surface. “Argo” (2012), of course, was Affleck’s home run: not just a movie that triumphed at the Oscars but one that caught the national mood — it was time to look back at the 1979 Iran hostage crisis — in a way that converted a (somewhat) true story of hot-button politics into a sizzling conversation piece.

That’s a sterling track record, which is why I’m far from
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Afm: Film Constellation boards comedy-horror 'Double Date'

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Afm: Film Constellation boards comedy-horror 'Double Date'
Exclusive: First look at feature starring Michael Socha, Georgia Groome; Matt Wilkinson, Maggie Monteith produce; Dexter Fletcher among cameos.

UK sales outfit Film Constellation has boarded international rights to recently wrapped UK comedy-horror Double Date, the directorial debut from UK filmmaker Benjamin Barfoot, written by UK actor Danny Morgan.

The co-production between Dignity Group and Stigma Films stars Michael Socha (This is England), Georgia Groome (London to Brighton), Danny Morgan (On The Road) and Kelly Wenham (Merlin).

The film follows the story of Jim, aided by his obnoxious but charming best friend Alex, on his quest to lose his virginity before he turns 30. The night before the big day they meet Kitty and Lulu, two beautiful sisters who seem determined to seduce them, but who secretly have another darker agenda for Jim’s birthday – virgin sacrifice.

Cameos include Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels), Tom Sturridge (Far From The Madding Crowd), Olivia Poulet (Sherlock), [link
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Ben Affleck’s Live By Night gets an exciting first trailer

The first trailer for Live By Night, Ben Affleck’s long-awaited directorial follow-up to Argo, which took home the top prize and a slew of other accolades at the 2013 Academy Awards, has surfaced online. See it below…

Just a few hours before the trailer hit the web, the film’s official landscape poster was unveiled, and it can be seen here; additionally, a new version of the poster was also released, so feel free to take a gander at it down below…

With Live By Night, Affleck looks to continue his feature-length directorial winning streak, which began in 2007 with Gone Baby Gone and has continued ever since.

Judging based off of the trailer alone, Live By Night looks like a real winner, boasting an outstanding cast, gorgeous cinematography and superb writing. Affleck is wearing more hats this time around than ever before, as this marks the first feature film that he is starring in,
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First poster for Ben Affleck’s crime drama Live By Night

The first poster has arrived online for Live By Night, the next directorial offering from Ben Affleck, which you can check out right here in advance of Friday’s trailer…

Adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel of the same name, Live By Night followers bootlegger and gangster Joe Coughlin (Affleck) and his rise through the criminal underworld in the 1920s.

Joining Affleck in the cast of Live By Night are Chris Messina, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, Titus Welliver, Robert Glenister, Chris Cooper, Elle Fanning, Remo Girone, Max Casella and Anthony Michael Hall. It is set for release on January 13th, 2017.
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Netflix Partners With ITV To Co-Produce Paranoid

In what appears to be a further step in expanding its creation of original content, Netflix is to partner with UK’s ITV to co-produce a new eight-part thriller titled Paranoid. The show will be broadcast on UK television before arriving on the streaming platform later in 2016. The television event is being written by Bill Gallagher (Lark Rise To Candleford), and features a seemingly small but tragic incident that leads to international drama.

Paranoid will begin with a young woman doctor being brutally stabbed to death by a masked man while she plays with her three year old son in a busy community play park. The attack occurs in full view of multiple witnesses, and a group of detectives are tasked with investigating the incident, in order to figure out what happened and why. The information from one witness points to a much greater threat than anyone was expecting, however,
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BBC Radio 4 Halloween Fright Night dramas announced

Two new horror adaptations are coming to BBC Radio 4 this Halloween as part of Fright Night, The Stone Tape and The Ring…

While all the cool kids will be tripping over high heels and falling out of Borat mankinis on sticky dancefloors this Saturday the 31st of October, all the really cool kids will be elsewhere come Halloween: headphones on, mug of spooky cocoa in hand, listening to BBC Radio 4.

As part of Radio 4’s first annual Fright Night of Halloween programming, two exciting horror dramas are on their way: The Stone Tape, adapted from Nigel “Quatermass” Kneale’s 1972 television play, and The Ring, adapted from Koji Sozuki’s 1991 film franchise-spawning novel.

Kneale’s television play, first broadcast in 1972 as a BBC Christmas ghost story, tells the tale of a group of scientists investigating a haunted mansion whose walls are thought to have absorbed and recorded past events. It’s
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Jim Sturgess, Freddie Highmore to star in BBC Two's Close to the Enemy

Jim Sturgess and Freddie Highmore have been cast in new BBC Two drama Close to the Enemy.

The series - written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff - will follow an intelligence officer (Sturgess), who must get a captured German scientist to develop a jet engine for the Raf following the end of the Second World War.

Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders), Phoebe Fox (The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds), Robert Glenister (Hustle) and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) will star alongside Sturgess and Highmore.

Lindsay Duncan (Birdman), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story) and Alfred Molina (Love is Strange) have also been cast.

BBC Two controller, Kim Shillinglaw, said: "Stephen Poliakoff is one of the country's foremost writers and directors and I'm delighted he is creating this distinctive new piece for us.

"I want BBC Two to be the place where creatives can come and do their best,
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Theatre Review: Great Britain

Director: Nicholas Hytner

Writer: Richard Bean

Starring: Lucy Punch, Iain Mitchell, Aaron Neil, Ben Mansfield, Andrew Woodall, Rupert Vansittart, Dermot Crowley, Robert Glenister, William Chubb.

Synopsis: Set in a fast paced, quick talking news room, Great Britain follows an ambitious news editor who stumbles across the ability to hack phones.

Great Britain arrives at The Theatre Royal Haymarket on the back of some wonderful exposure and a lot of love pushed towards its satirical take on the world of Britain today. ‘Press. Police. Politics’ is the tagline, and each one is deconstructed and overblown to the point of absurd comedy that has a worrying sense of truth behind it all.

Richard Bean’s play is certainly a brave and bold attack on the British media and other such institutions, but it’s also something we are all aware of. There are many times when the script dances into serious territory,
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