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18 items from 2016


DVD Review – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

27 June 2016 5:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, 2016.

Directed by Burr Steers.

Starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Sally Phillips, Bella Heathcote, Millie Brady, Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, Lena Headey and Matt Smith.

Synopsis:

In 19th century England five sisters try to cope with the social pressures of the day, all the while fighting off hordes of marauding zombies.

Despite being based on a book – or two books, if you count Jane Austen’s original Pride & Prejudice – it is no doubt the inexplicable success of TV period drama Downton Abbey that will lend a hand to this film finding an audience outside of the zombie fanboys. Yes, inevitably when something becomes popular it will then be cross-pollenated with a genre from the opposite end of the spectrum and… Ta Da! You now have a film based around two popular genres, in this case zombies and costume drama, so how could it fail? »

- Amie Cranswick

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Catalyst exec joins Sadie Frost-Emma Comley’s Blonde To Black Pictures

16 June 2016 1:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Former Catalyst and Matador exec joins as company secures Us deal.

Former Catalyst Global Media and Matador Pictures executive Mat Wakeham has joined Sadie Frost and Emma Comley’s production outfit Blonde To Black Pictures as a producer.

Wakeham’s credits as a development executive include recent Netflix series Residue and Cannes 2014 thriller Snow In Paradise.

Wakeham wrote 2008 BAFTA Scotland-winning TV special Phoo Action and produced 2012 feature The Facility starring Aneurin Barnard.

He will work across Blonde To Black’s film and TV slate and will bring a number of his own projects to the company.

On the appointment, »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Review: Selina heads to 'Camp David' on another riotous 'Veep'

12 June 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A quick review of tonight's Veep coming up just as soon as you surround me with trees to make me look human-sized... Veep is having one of its strongest seasons at an age when most sitcoms are just trying to find subtle variations on things they've done a half-dozen times before. Some of this is a credit to the decision to have Selina ascend to the presidency, as the new job (plus the campaign to be elected to the position) has shaken up a lot of the show's power and character dynamics. But it's also a credit to adding Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, and Sam Richardson to the ensemble, and to the ever-expanding collection of brilliant recurring players, which means the show can keep rotating and rotating through different character combinations without ever feeling tired. So a lot of what made "Camp David" fun was the return of Sally Phillips as Minna Häkkinen, whose dry delivery makes it impossible to tell in any given moment (say, when she asks Selina if she has a narrow vagina) whether she's insulting the title character or just being incredibly factual and logical to a Kent-like level. Phillips and Julia Louis-Dreyfus play off each other beautifully, particularly in the scene where Minna thinks they're discussing "Selina" (really, Marjorie in the regifted robe) making out with Catherine, while Selina thinks they're talking about Catherine informing the Chinese president of her raw veganism. (Selina: "How could I have stopped her? I had to let her finish. You're a mother. you've got a son. I'm sure you've done it before."  Minna: "It happens occasionally in Iceland, but there it's just an accident.") And when you throw Minna into a situation that also features Catherine, Marjorie, Andrew, and half of the regular cast, mostly confined to cramped living spaces, you have endless opportunity for new and unexpected jokes. (Mike's downward spiral with the nicotine gum nicely intertwined with his discovery that he's about to have three babies at once; he's going to need a lot of smoke breaks soon.) For that matter, Jonah's inability to let go of his childhood resentment of Mrs. Sherman is the comic gift that keeps on giving, starting here with his meltdown when his "apple for the teacher" debate stunt didn't go as planned. (Selina: "He looked like Ike Turner handing Tina a snack!") And Jonah's Uncle Jeff is such a loathsome character even by Veep standards that it's great fun to see someone like Dan realize the depths of the person in whom they've entrusted their faith: in the scene where Jeff asks if Amy chokes for Coke, Reid Scott's half-disgusted, half-amused delivery of "You should ask her" is maybe my favorite moment he's ever had on this show. With Jonah winning the election (and immediately turning his acceptance speech into the start of a Jonah Ryan Revenge Tour) and Selina freeing Tibet (only not exactly), things seem to be lining up nicely for her to hold onto the presidency, though I'm sure there will be several more catastrophes along the way (possibly involving Ohio and/or North Carolina, which now won't get those Chinese plants), but with Tom James seemingly removed as a threat, the only two ways the show can go is to have Selina win, or to have the rest of the series deal with her life after politics. And the latter seems more like a one-season idea, at best. What did everybody else think? And what are you hoping for out of the season's final two episodes? »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Dark comedy 'Set The Thames On Fire' sets UK release date

1 June 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sadie Frost, Noel Fielding and Sally Phillips star in twisted comedy.

Dark comedy Set The Thames On Fire has set a UK theatrical release date of September 16 and will be available on digital platforms from September 19.

The film, directed by Ben Charles Edwards, has a cast that includes Sadie Frost (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie), Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh), Sally Phillips (I’m Alan Partridge) and Morgana Robinson (The Windsors).

Set the Thames on Fire follows struggling piano player Art (Michael Winder) and compulsive liar Sal (Max Bennett) as they embark on a string of ludicrous escapades through a dystopian London, ruled over by a grotesque and tyrannical Impresario.

On their adventures they encounter a deranged Magician, played by performance artist David Hoyle, an anarchist witch (Phillips) and the Impresario’s twisted right-hand man (Fielding) leading to a final showdown with the despotic ruler himself.

The film is produced by Blonde to Black Pictures, the company »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Sadie Frost: 'Sometimes I eat hundreds of sandwiches'

27 April 2016 3:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The designer and actor on her return to film in Set the Thames on Fire, floods, fashion and Mars bars

Hi, Sadie. You’ve produced and star in a new film, Set the Thames on Fire. What’s it all about?

It’s set in a dystopian, futuristic London, where London has flooded and the dark, toxic, crazy dregs of society are left behind. I play a disgusting, foul-mouthed landlady who’s got an eye for young boys. It’s got a great cast, including Sally Phillips and Noel Fielding.

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- Rich Pelley

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Sadie Frost: 'Sometimes I eat hundreds of sandwiches'

27 April 2016 3:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The designer and actor on her return to film in Set the Thames on Fire, floods, fashion and Mars bars

Hi, Sadie. You’ve produced and star in a new film, Set the Thames on Fire. What’s it all about?

It’s set in a dystopian, futuristic London, where London has flooded and the dark, toxic, crazy dregs of society are left behind. I play a disgusting, foul-mouthed landlady who’s got an eye for young boys. It’s got a great cast, including Sally Phillips and Noel Fielding.

Continue reading »

- Rich Pelley

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'Bridget Jones's Diary': 10 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Hit Comedy

12 April 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Hard to believe it's been 15 years since "Bridget Jones's Diary" surprised the world with blue soup, ugly Christmas sweaters, an unexpectedly funny Colin Firth, a shockingly nasty Hugh Grant, and a stunningly perfect English accent emerging from Texan Renée Zellweger.

Since the film adaptation of Helen Fielding's novel hit these shores on April 13, 2001, the awkward but lovable "singleton" heroine has been a worldwide favorite, spawning a 2004 sequel and a long-awaited third installment, "Bridget Jones's Baby," finally due for delivery this fall. To celebrate the film's 15th anniversary this week, here are some behind-the-scenes facts you need to know.

1. Helen Fielding's worldwide bestseller started out as a series of columns in Britain's Independent newspaper that loosely fictionalized the romantic misadventures of Fielding and her thirtysomething pals. Fielding acknowledged that she lifted her storyline from "Pride and Prejudice." "Jane Austen's plots are very good and have been market researched »

- Gary Susman

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Renée Zellweger returns in first trailer for Bridget Jones's Baby

23 March 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Oscar-winner’s first starring role in six years is in a belated third instalment of the romcom

Bridget Jones is back, and the good news is that she looks pretty much like Renée Zellweger, rather than the unrecognisable impostor who emerged a couple of years ago. A decade older than when we last time we saw her, in 2004’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, everyone’s favourite calorie-counting media muppet is still juggling blokes (Patrick Dempsey joins Colin Firth to form the new instalment’s love triangle), but this time has a bun in the oven to boot.

Having been jilted at the altar, Bridget is still working in TV, hanging out with bezzie mate Sally Phillips, scandalising mum Gemma Jones and cuddling up to dear old dad Jim Broadbent. Her music tastes might have been updated a little, however. Out with Céline Dion, in with Ed Sheeran, »

- Ben Child

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies review – horror hybrid lacks bite

14 February 2016 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Austen and the undead fail to raise laughs or shocks in a misfiring mashup

A damp-squib reception for Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in 2012 seemed at one point to have driven a stake through the heart of this long-gestating project. Now it finally arrives, helmed by Igby Goes Down director Burr Steers, who also wrote the screenplay from Al:vh author Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 bestseller. Sadly, Steers has solved few of the problems that have long made this mashup movie such a tricky balancing act. The 19th-century narrative imagines Britain as a walking graveyard and gives us combat-trained Bennet sisters with daggers in their garters who must navigate the treacherous waters of marriage proposals and costume balls while dispatching walking (and, irksomely, talking) corpses. Cinderella-star Lily James is well cast as the spirited Elizabeth, Sam Riley brings a touch of dourness to the role of Mr Darcy, Sally Phillips »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Movie Review – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

6 February 2016 4:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, 2016.

Written and Directed by Burr Steers.

Starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Suki Waterhouse, Sally Phillips, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey.

Synopsis:

Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies.

Slow motion takes over as the Bennet sisters begin unsheathing various types of blades hidden underneath their elaborate Victorian-era appropriate garments (in what is a rather titillating shot), but most crucially, seems to promise that the ludicrous movie titled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will live up to the level of absurd, stupid entertainment promised. That one quick scene offers essentially everything one could want coming into something so ridiculous; beautiful women dressed to kill that know their way around daggers and swords, »

- Robert Kojder

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Film Review: Hard to Find a Point to ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

5 February 2016 8:39 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Having not read this best-selling source novel, I had a hard time understanding the point of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.’ Amazingly, it falls short as both a zombie movie and a satire of the original Jane AustinPride and Prejudice” story, which was its only achievement as a final result.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

Whether the source novel would unlock anything, I cannot know, because I have no desire to pursue the tale beyond the film. As an admirer of Jane Austin’s novel, it was surprising that the screenplay adaptation played it pretty straight, which had no oomph or reaction beyond, “wow, Elizabeth Bennett sure kicks ass in this version.” The zombies existed to show their oozing faces (both puss and blood, Thanks Obama) and to provide the zombies fighters – which included all of the Bennett sisters, Mr. Darcy and other familiar Austin-nites – with fodder for quality kills. There was »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Movie Review

5 February 2016 9:15 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Director: Burr Steers Starring: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Suki Waterhouse, Douglas Booth, Sally Philips, Charles Dance, Jack Huston, Matt Smith, Lena  Headey. ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is a fresh twist on Jane Austen’s classic novel, based on the best-seller by Seth Grahame-Smith. A mysterious plague has fallen upon the 19th century England. The land is overrun with the undead altering the genteel Victorian social mores, and turning the bucolic English countryside into a war zone. Director Burr Steers instills irony in a film that quotes the original novel by the book…with a touch of wacky spook. The  [ Read More ]

The post Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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Box Office: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Commands $543,000 on Thursday Night

5 February 2016 8:23 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal’s George Clooney comedy “Hail, Caesar!” commanded a moderate $543,000 at 1,815 U.S. theaters on Thursday.

Sony’s horror-drama spoof “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” scared up $300,000 from 2,286 locations in preview screenings while Lionsgate’s romancer “The Choice” took in a quiet $290,000.

Expectations are modest for the trio of openers, with “Zombies” and “Caesar” forecast to finish the Super Bowl weekend with around $10 million each at the domestic box office, and “The Choice” likely to take in around $8 million.

Fox’s second weekend of DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” should repeat as the winner with a dominant $22 million following its debut of $41.3 million last weekend.

“Hail, Caesar!,” Clooney’s fourth movie with the Coen brothers, has received strong critical support with a 78% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, portraying Hollywood studio life in the 1950s, opens at 2,231 sites on Friday.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” starring Lily James, »

- Dave McNary

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Maybe a Few Other Things

5 February 2016 6:05 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Zombie films are second only to slashers when it comes to the sheer volume of horror titles released each year, but as popular as they are very few of them seem to make it into theaters. The handful that avoid the direct-to-dvd fate typically feature something extra in the form of a big star (World War Z), a genre lean towards comedy (Zombieland), or an existing franchise (Resident Evil: Retribution). Pride and Prejudice and Zombies checks off one of those boxes — possibly even two if you consider the literary works of Jane Austen to be something of a highbrow franchise. Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James, Downton Abbey) and her four sisters are proper young Victorian ladies trained in both the fine arts and the martial arts — the better to charm the living and decapitate the living dead — and while their father (Charles Dance) is focused on teaching them survival skills their mom’s (Sally Phillips) primary concern is »

- Rob Hunter

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Movie Review: Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

5 February 2016 5:21 AM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

To this day I am still surprised how mainstream zombies have become. Currently there are four television shows and more movies churned out in the last decade than any one person could ever hope to watch. With more titles than a herd of Walkers, filmmakers need to insure their title can stand out from the pack. Along shambles Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hoping to bite a piece out of the box office. But is it memorable?

A mysterious plague has ravaged 19th Century England. Mr. Bennett (Charles Dance) has been training his five daughters their whole life for combat. But Mrs. Bennett (Sally Phillips) is worried about her daughter’s future and wants to marry them all off to wealthy suitors. Daughter Elizabeth (Lily James) lays eyes on Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) at a party and seems quite taken with him. Of course it can’t be that easy »

- Jeremy Jones

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Pride And Prejudice And Zombies – The Review

4 February 2016 6:31 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Zombies make everything better! Jane Austen devotees needn’t worry that the makers of Pride And Prejudice And Zombies have ridiculed her perennially popular story of love among the British upper classes. They’ve merely added zombies to it – an improvement if you ask me! I’ve never had the inclination to read Austen’s novel (I’ve heard it’s good), but I once saw a big screen treatment starring Keira Knightly. This high-concept hybrid adapted from novelist Seth Grahame-Smith’s revisionist tome is one of the more interesting horror movies I’ve seen in a while. Not only does director Burr Steer skirt the edges of camp with Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, he accomplishes a wonderful sense of surrealism and whimsy missing in much modern horror. Here’s a movie that delivers on exactly what its title promises. There are the unmarried Bennet sisters, as well as Mr. »

- Tom Stockman

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[Review] Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

4 February 2016 1:53 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

From the opening moments, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies wears its awkward charm on its sleeve. The self-serious Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) has crashed a ball in 19th-century Britain looking for a zombie amidst a gathering of the wealthy. With a neat trick up his sleeve, he manages to root out the flesh-eater and dispatches him without much pretense in violent fashion — from the point-of-view of the zombie itself, sparing us gory details. The bystanders are shocked and appalled. In this world, like most that make up the zombie genre, there are people who seem keenly prepared and able to survive the plague of the undead and those who seem distraught no matter how aware they are of the situation. In the world of Ppz, we have socialites that doddle around in corsets and finery with knives tucked into their garters.

Loosely based on the plotting of Jane Austen‘s Pride and Prejudice, »

- Bill Graham

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Review: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is an agreeably silly mash-up

3 February 2016 12:40 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

First and foremost, I can't believe this movie actually finally exists. In development since 1921 or thereabouts, this is one of those films that has had roughly 300 different directors attached since it was first announced. At one point, this was going to be a David O. Russell film with Natalie Portman starring, and I'm still not sure what that would have looked like. The thing is, when Seth Grahame-Smith first published his mash-up novel, built onto the skeleton of Jane Austen's classic, I'm going to bet he never imagined how long it would take for this to become a movie, or even that it would be one someday. It felt like a sort of English major goofing around, only to somehow see it become this publishing smash. And all credit to Grahame-Smith, who has made a lovely career out of bending and breaking icons, for actually seeing this through. What »

- Drew McWeeny

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