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“Seoul Searching,” an '80s-set teen comedy written and directed by Benson Lee, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival back in January and was a homecoming of sorts for Lee. His previous film, “Miss Monday,” also premiered at the fest in 1998, winning a Special Jury Award for star Andrea Hart’s performance. After Sundance, the coming-of-age film also hit the Seattle International Film Festival (where it won the Futurewave Youth Jury Award), CAAMFest (where it won an Audience Award for Best Narrative film), and as it arrives as the Los Angeles Film Festival it provided me a second chance to take a look at the movie. When I first caught the film back at Sundance, I was moved by its performances and equally impressed by its stellar '80s soundtrack, which features cuts from The Clash ("Should I Stay or Should I Go"), Spandau Ballet ("True"), Erasure »
- Timothy Tau
Stars: Martin Kemp, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Tony Denham, Phil Davis, Lucy Pinder, Donna Air, April Pearson, Dani Dyer, Bruce Payne, Patrick Bergin, Nick Moran, Chris Brazier, Anouska Mond | Written by Simon Cluett | Directed by Neil Jones
When it comes to low-budget British movies one of the easiest to create seems to be the gangster movie and I’ll admit it that when I got Age of Kill to watch that is exactly what I expected. Thankfully what I found instead was an action movie that takes the subject of terrorism in London and adds a little twist.
Sam Blake (Martin Kemp) is a black ops sniper who finds himself blackmailed into killing six seemingly random people in six hours. If he fails this or tries to contact the police or his bosses his daughter will be killed. As he performs the kills with the police in close pursuit the »
- Paul Metcalf
This naff remake of Nick of Time is blessed with an obvious plot, ear-scraping dialogue and some toilet stranglings
“These Asian geezers from across the water – proper naughty they are!” And we’re back. From the bargain-basement-Bond titles with which it opens to the “2-for-a-fiver” DVD shelf to which it is heading, this geezer-tastic schlocker “from the makers of Vendetta” will disappoint even the most undiscerning viewer. Phil Davis is the gruff special-ops commander who leads Martin Kemp’s sniper through an opening shoot-to-kill mishap. Next thing, Kemp finds himself in a naff remake of Nick of Time (the trailer prefers “24 meets Taken”) – ordered to execute six people in six hours by an anonymous caller whose identity is so clear it took me some time to realise I wasn’t meant to know it. Shootings, bombings and toilet stranglings ensue, while people pretending to be policemen tackle dialogue so ear-scraping »
- Mark Kermode
Danny Dyer's actress daughter Dani has revealed that her dad doesn't want her filming sex scenes.
Speaking to The Mirror, Dani said: "[My dad] wouldn't have been happy if I'd been doing scenes where everyone is on top of me."
"It isn't nice for him to see, he will never be happy with me doing things like that."
Speaking about her strict parents, Dani said: "If I tell my parents the truth they are fine but if I take the liberty in the house, I get grounded and get my phone taken away."
She added: "I wasn't allowed a phone until I was 16. And I wasn't allowed home later than 11pm. So I'd say I'm staying at my friend's house, »
"I think Tom's a great actor, if anyone can do it he can do it really well. I'm not a fan ever of one actor doing two different parts, but if anyone can pull it off, he can."
When asked if he felt protective of the role, he said: "No, it's not my film. I'm proud of what we produced as a team. It was a great episode of my life, and a great learning curve. I used to be a child actor, and then I went in to the band, and so The Krays was like a springboard to the next part of my life. »
To celebrate the release of Age Of Kill starring Martin Kemp in his first action hero thriller out in cinemas, digital and VOD on Friday 12th June, and on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 15th June, we take a look at the Top 10 Action Hero Fathers of all time!
While on holiday in England, former CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Ford) witnesses an Ira terrorist attack on a member of the royal family. After successfully preventing the assassination, Ryan and his family are targeted by the Ira faction, forcing him to return to the CIA and hunt them down before the terrorists strike again.
Harry Tasker (Schwarzenegger) is a secret agent, but as far as his family is concerned he is a computer salesman. With a terrorist network threatening to bomb the Us, Tasker must reveal his secret identity to ensure his family’s safety. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Late last week, I had the opportunity to catch up with legendary musician turned actor Martin Kemp to talk to him about his role in his very first action film, Age Of Kill. The movie is based around Kemp’s character Sam Blake, a special-ops sniper who must take out six targets in six hours, or ‘London burns.’ It opens in UK cinemas this Friday 12th June before releasing on the home formats next week.
It’s an all-out action thriller containing echoes of Taken, 24, Bourne, Bond and much more. Kemp’s central character steals the show as he rips up London town to save his daughter who has been kidnapped by a crazed gunman.
Philip Davis, »
- Paul Heath
Director: Neil Jones.
Running Time: 85 minutes.
Synopsis: Age Of Kill is an action thriller about an ex-sniper who is instructed by an unidentified caller to kill six people over the course of one day, in order to save his daughter.
Age Of Kill is the latest in a long line of action thrillers from Jonathan Sothcott‘s Richwater Films stable, and follows the successful Vendetta, starring Danny Dyer, and last year’s We Still Kill The Old Way, which featured Ian Ogilvy, Alison Doody and Steven Berkoff. We’re in familiar territory here with Spandau Ballet bassist and actor Martin Kemp leading the way as special-ops sniper Sam Blake, who after discovering that his teenage daughter (played by Dani Dyer), has been kidnapped by a crazed gunman. »
- Paul Heath
Out in cinemas and on the digital VOD platforms from Friday 12th June, is the new British action film Age Of Kill from director Neil Jones, and producer Jonathan Sothcott. The film revolves around the character of special-ops sniper Sam Blake, played by Martin Kemp, who is forced into a situation where he has to kill six people in six hours in order to save his daughter who has been kidnapped by a ruthless terrorist.
I’ve just seen the film and I will post a full review next week, but to give you an idea of what we’re looking at here, think something along the lines of Taken meets ‘Bourne’ by way of ‘Bond’ – with a little sprinkling of Saw and Die Hard With A Vengeance thrown in for good measure. It’s one of those movies that you can easily throw on at the end of your week, »
- Paul Heath
YouTubers and OAPs will team up as part of a new social experiment about the internet on Sky1.
Onliners & Oldtimers sees young internet-savvy users introduce the World Wide Web to people over the age of 65, in the hope that they can help each other connect with a life beyond their own.
Voiced by Julie Walters, the "heartwarming" series aims to bridge the generation gap and educate both groups on how they can enrich one another's lives.
Onliners & Oldtimers is planned for a July launch.
The series is produced by Princess Productions, part of Endemol Shine Group. »
Reprising her role from X-Men: First Class, Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) is set to return as Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: Apocalypse. When we last saw her, her memory had been wiped by Charles Xavier in order to protect his school, and she was nowhere to be seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past as a result. In the video below, the actress talks about how the '80s era setting will impact Moira's appearance, and goes so far as to say that Professor X is going to end up looking "like he’s in Spandau Ballet." Are you guys excited to see her return? Share your thoughts in the usual place! »
Coming to cinemas, on demand and the digital formats on 12th June, and DVD and Blu-Ray a couple of days later on the 15th June, is the action/thriller Age Of Kill. The film stars Martin Kemp as disgraced special ops sniper Sam Blake, who is plunged into a world of darkness when his daughter (Dani Dyer) is taken hostage by a mysterious terrorist. Out of options and with no one to turn to, Blake is forced to carry out their evil bidding and must assassinate six seemingly random targets within six hours on the streets of London.
We have an exclusive clip from the actioner which sees Kemp belting across an English field taking on a helicopter. We’re yet to see the film, but as you can see from this clip, it looks like a pretty stylish, high-octane affair. You can watch the clip below.
- Paul Heath
In an exclusive trailer for Digital Spy, the former EastEnders star plays disgraced special ops sniper Sam Blake who is forced to work for terrorists after they kidnap his daughter.
Danny Dyer's daughter Dani plays the role of Sam's daughter in the British action flick.
Spandau Ballet's Kemp said of his new film: "I am very excited to have had the opportunity to play this role and hope audiences enjoy it as much as I did."
At the dawn of the 1980s, a group of five working class London boys called Spandau Ballet, set out to brighten up the dark days of punk-era Britain with far-out, futuristic fashion, a love of Studio 54 disco and German synthpop. Their danceable hooks topped the charts, with classics like "True," "Gold," "Instinction" and "Chant No. 1," while their cover boy looks graced every teen magazine. After a twenty-year breakup, that included a famously ugly courthouse battle, the men, now in middle age, remembered what they loved about playing in the first place and began a reunion tour, but there was still much that needed sorting. Director George Hencken's Soul Boys Of The Western World charts the band's rise, breakup, and reunion.To Cut a Long...
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The last time we got a major movie based around the Kray brothers, it was Peter Medak's The Krays, starring a sizeable chunk of Spandau Ballet (Martin and Gary Kemp). The brutal story of the notorious London gangsters was a solid hit too, although it would be fair to say it doesn't always make for the most comfortable viewing.
Later this year, a new telling of the Krays' story is coming to the big screen, courtesy of writer/director Brian Helgeland. This time, though, Tom Hardy is playing both Ronnie and Reggie in the movie.
The first trailer for the movie - which goes by the name of Legend - has been released, and thus we get an idea of just how that mechanic is going to work. Really rather well by the looks of it. »
Tom Hardy has been ratcheting up his roster of onscreen hard men to eleven recently, with a turn opposite the late James Gandolfini in The Drop and of course the small matter of Mad Max: Fury Road about to roar into cinemas. But there is a forthcoming role (or rather roles) that’s going to be causing more of a stir than most.
In Legend, you get not one Tom but two, as he steps into the dual shoes of characters some might argue he was born to play – notorious Sixties gangster siblings Ronnie and Reggie Kray. StudioCanal have given us an idea of what to expect with this gripping teaser trailer:
Set to the eerie strains of Roy Orbison, the glimpse showcases Hardy, in addition to Emily Browning as Francis Shea, David Thewlis as Leslie Payne and Christopher Eccleston as Leonard “Nipper” Read, the man bent on bringing the »
- Steve Palace
What’s better than one Tom Hardy? Two Tom Hardys. The actor’s only a couple of weeks away from his big blockbuster test with “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and hopes to shake off the underwhelming “Child 44” with films like “London Road” and Inarritu’s “The Revenant,” but among a bunch of hot prospects, maybe the most promising is a more under-the-radar one? Hardy quietly went off and shot “Legend” last year — the story of the twin British gangsters Reggie & Ronnie Kray who terrorized London in the 1950s and 1960s — and unlike Peter Medak’s 1990 film “The Krays,” which starred the Kemp brothers from Spandau Ballet, Hardy’s taking on both roles this time around thanks to some VFX wizardry, as displayed in the first teaser trailer for the film, which just arrived. “L.A. Confidential” writer and “42” helmer Brian Helgeland is the man in charge, and aside from Hardy & Hardy, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The rise of the New Romantics and other flamboyant music camps in early-Eighties British pop led Paul Weller (the Jam, Style Council) to carp that it was "like punk never happened." The fantastic documentary Soul Boys of the Western World blurs cultural lines and complicates the politics (and dismissiveness) of Weller's comment. Director George Hencken charts the rise, fall, and rebirth of Spandau Ballet, first of the New Romantic superstars. Early in the film there's footage of a young Gary Kemp, Spandau's songwriter and lead guitarist, noting middle-class blokes' disdain of glamour and the appearance of success, while working-class folks like him and the rest of the band happily embraced them. Through superb editing of stock footage, home movies, new and vinta »
Director: J.K. Amalou
Running Time: 90 minutes
It’s easy to see why Danny Dyer has slowly risen in the ranks of cult and B-Movie cinema over the years. The cockney star has successfully won over legions of fans thanks to his down-to-earth demeanour and incredibly attractive accent. Unfortunately however, many will never allow themselves to see the talent that has been in front of their eyes for over a decade now. Of course, this is also (partially) due to the actors own personal decisions and choices in terms of his recent roles and performances. But I digress, as I fear I am beginning to descend into a debate regarding the social politics of British cinema…
With all that in mind, I should state now that this does not mean that Dyer is able to transform Assassin into a quality production. »
- Ben Read
Directed by J.K. Amalou.
A hitman falls for a beautiful exotic dancer before discovering that his last hit was her dodgy businessman father, forcing him to turn against his ruthless employers to try and save her life.
Is it possible that Danny Dyer’s name could be used as rhyming slang for ‘tryer’? Because despite having a reputation as something of a numpty you can’t knock his ability for trying to be taken seriously, and in London-based gangster thriller Assassin he actually does a decent job.
Which is kind of odd as it wasn’t that long ago that Dyer himself said in the press that he wanted to take on different types of role, so starring in a gangland revenge movie with brothers Gary and Martin Kemp (The Krays) is hardly a »
- Gary Collinson
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