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‘The Devils’ Is Just As Blasphemous, Bawdy, and Relevant Today As It Was When It Was Banned In 1971

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‘The Devils’ Is Just As Blasphemous, Bawdy, and Relevant Today As It Was When It Was Banned In 1971
When Ken Russell’s provocative religious horror “The Devils” became available to stream for the first time last week, cinephiles the world over were re-introduced to one of the greatest under appreciated films of all time — one that is surprisingly poignant in our current state of political unease. Infamous for its controversial release (the film was banned in several countries and received an X rating only after Russell cut a handful of the most incendiary scenes), the 1971 epic offers a stylish and scathing parable about the dangerous ways that the powerful can exploit religious zeal to stay that way.

Based on the true story of the trial of Urbain Grandier, a Catholic priest who was executed in 1634 on charges of witchcraft, Russell adapted “The Devils” from John Whiting’s 1960 play and Aldous Huxley’s 1952 novel, The Devils of Loudun. Russell digressed stylistically from his source material, taking a contemporary approach
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DVD Review – Respectable – The Mary Millington Story (2016)

Respectable – The Mary Millington Story, 2016

Directed by Simon Sheridan.

Starring Dexter Fletcher, David Sullivan, Linzi Drew, Jess Conrad, Dudley Sutton, Colin Wills and Pat Astley.

Synopsis:

Documentary chronicling the life of ‘70s porn star Mary Millington, who died tragically young at the age of 33 in 1979.

The name Mary Millington may not mean much to the general public these days but back in the 1970s the woman born Mary Quilter in 1945 was very much in the public eye thanks to her status as Britain’s most famous sex symbol and porn star. Helping to bring porn to the mainstream during a time when the sale and distribution of hardcore material was illegal, Mary Millington started out as a saucy pin-up girl before moving into hardcore pornography and becoming a popular softcore starlet before succumbing to her demons in 1979 aged just 33, and this film details her life with contributions from family members
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The Devils (1971) | 2015 Beyond Film Festival Review

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Sympathy for The Devils: The Suppression of Ken Russell’s Delirious, Incomparable Masterpiece

Despite the pronounced pedigree of its origins, Ken Russell’s glorious 1971 film The Devils is still mysteriously unavailable in the United States. An infamously plagued reception continues to usurp deserved attention away from its subversive content, though a growing legion of champions within the critical arena which had once sacrilegiously abandoned it has resulted in its growing recuperation.

Based, very loosely on a 1952 novel by literary giant Aldous Huxley depicting the downfall of 17th century French priest Urbain Grandier, it relates an incidence of hysteria and mob mentality run amok in the totalitarian paradigm of the Catholic Church. Russell, his project backed by none other than Warner Bros. studio itself, crafted an off-putting extravaganza of a film (shall we say, making Huxley’s text more Grandier) depicting events decried as pure blasphemy.

Wit unabashedly blunt sexual
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Lovejoy remake in the works from Hustle creator Tony Jordan?

A reboot of BBC antique comedy Lovejoy could be in the works.

Radio Times reports that Tony Jordan, who created Hustle and Life on Mars, is in the early stages of developing the remake.

It's believed that Jordan is using the original Lovejoy novels as source material and that the series, if picked up, is likely to be a co-production with his company Red Planet Pictures.

Lovejoy aired on BBC One for six series between 1986 and 1994. It starred Ian McShane as the swindling antiques dealer.

Downton Abbey's Phyllis Logan appeared as love interest Lady Jane, while Dudley Sutton played Lovejoy's friend Tinker and Chris Jury his assistant Eric Catchpole.

Malcolm Tierney, who died at the age of 75 in 2014, played rival antiques dealer Charlie Gimbert.

Watch a clip from Lovejoy below:
See full article at Digital Spy - TV news »

Guillermo del Toro slams Warner over Ken Russell's Devils censorship

Guillermo del Toro slams Warner over Ken Russell's Devils censorship
Guillermo del Toro has slammed Warner Bros over the censorship of Ken Russell classic The Devils.

The filmmaker has criticised the continuing failure to release the 1971 movie in the UK market.

"There are powers that be at Warner Bros that refuse to allow the movie to be seen," del Toro told a master class Monday night in Toronto (via The Hollywood Reporter).

The film starred Oliver Reed, Vanessa Redgrave, Dudley Sutton, Michael Gothard and Gemma Jones.

It was based on Aldous Huxley's The Devils of Loudun, the story of a corrupt priest (Reed) who is brought low by the accusations of a maddened mother superior (Redgrave).

"The movie has been seen very little. It can only be shown in its entirety in England if it's booked as an educational experience," said del Toro.

"It's not an accident. It's not because of lack of demand. It's a true act of censorship.
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Emmerdale's Ali steals money for desperate Ruby

'Emmerdale's' Ali Spencer will steal money to help Ruby Haswell have a baby this week. Ali, played by Kelli Hollis, will face jail as she goes to extreme measures to help her girlfriend get pregnant by stealing from pensioner William Makepeace (Dudley Sutton). Ruby (Alicya Eyo) is ''desperate'' to start a family, but she is caught in a moral dilemma when Ali robs William, who she cares for. Kelli told Inside Soap magazine: ''Ali knows that Ruby is desperate right now. It's a spur-of-the-moment thing when Ali takes money. With them being knocked back at the bank for a loan and worrying what
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McM announce October’s London Comic Con guest line-up

McM Expo/London Comic Con returns to ExCel London on 25th – 27th October. As well as hosting a galaxy of great sci-fi, movie, games, comics, anime and cosplay content, they’ve also got their usual huge line up of special guests – with more guests being added all the time! see www.mcmcomiccon.com for the latest London Comic Con news – but here’s a round-up of who’s been announced so far:

Red hot fantasy-noir show Lost Girl is coming to McM London Comic Com, with stars Ksenia Solo (Black Swan, Life Unexpected) and Rachel Skarsten (Transporter: The Series, Birds Of Prey) plus executive producer Jay Firestone (Andromeda, La Femme Nikita). Stars from hit sci-fi series Warehouse 13: Kelly Hu (Arrow, X-Men 2, The Vampire Diaries); Eddie McClintock (Bones, Desperate Housewives) and actor/director Saul Rubinek (Frasier, Curb Your Enthusiasm). The stars of new crime thriller By Any Means: Warren Brown (Luther,
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Thn HalloweenFest Day 18: The Devils

‘The devil it seems departed from the Mother Superior at 10.45 precisely’

Director: Ken Russell

Cast: Oliver Reed, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael Gothard, Dudley Sutton, Gemma Jones

Plot: In seventeenth century France a sexually neurotic nun can’t stop having pervy thoughts about Father Grandier. Thwarted in her desires, it’s only a matter of time before the destructive accusations of witchcraft start and a kick-ass witch-hunter (and his bag of torture tricks) arrives in town…

What do you get if you cross the late enfant terrible of British cinema, Ken Russell, with a room full of nuns? Only one of the most contentious, provocative and flamboyant films you’ll ever see, that’s what. Even over forty years later The Devils (1971) has lost none of its power to shock, whether by confronting the viewer with naked and masturbating nuns, blasphemous iconography, torture, plague pits, self-flagellation or forcibly received enemas…at times
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Cockneys vs Zombies Theater List

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Cockneys vs Zombies will have its Us VOD and limited theatrical release on August 2nd. If you’re hoping to see the movie on the big screen, we have the Cockneys vs Zombies theater list:

“Written by James Moran (Torchwood, Severance) and directed by Matthias Hoene, Cockneys Vs. Zombies boasts an impressive British cast of Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman, EastEnders), Honor Blackman (Goldfinger, Doctor Who), Alan Ford (Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Harry Treadaway (Fish Tank, Control), Rasmus Hardiker (Lead Balloon, Saxondale), Georgia King (The New Normal, The Duchess), Jack Doolan (The Green Green Grass), Dudley Sutton (Lovejoy) and Richard Briers (The Good Life).

This fast-paced horror comedy is the story of Andy (Treadaway) and Terry (Hardiker), two hapless cockney brothers who try to save their granddad’s (Ford) care home by robbing a bank. At the same time, a virus sweeps across East London turning all the inhabitants into flesh eating zombies.
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Five Clips from Cockneys vs Zombies

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Cockneys vs Zombies starts its limited theatrical release this Friday and we’ve been provided with five clips to share with Daily Dead readers.

“Written by James Moran (Torchwood, Severance) and directed by Matthias Hoene, Cockneys Vs. Zombies boasts an impressive British cast of Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman, EastEnders), Honor Blackman (Goldfinger, Doctor Who), Alan Ford (Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Harry Treadaway (Fish Tank, Control), Rasmus Hardiker (Lead Balloon, Saxondale), Georgia King (The New Normal, The Duchess), Jack Doolan (The Green Green Grass), Dudley Sutton (Lovejoy) and Richard Briers (The Good Life).

This fast-paced horror comedy is the story of Andy (Treadaway) and Terry (Hardiker), two hapless cockney brothers who try to save their granddad’s (Ford) care home by robbing a bank. At the same time, a virus sweeps across East London turning all the inhabitants into flesh eating zombies. Faced with hordes of the undead,
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Cockneys vs Zombies Photo Gallery

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Cockneys vs Zombies will be released to Us theaters on August 2nd. We’ve already given you a look at the official trailer and a clip from the movie, and now have a large update to our photo gallery. Continue reading to check out nineteen photos from the movie.

“Written by James Moran (Torchwood, Severance) and directed by Matthias Hoene, Cockneys Vs. Zombies boasts an impressive British cast of Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman, EastEnders), Honor Blackman (Goldfinger, Doctor Who), Alan Ford (Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Harry Treadaway (Fish Tank, Control), Rasmus Hardiker (Lead Balloon, Saxondale), Georgia King (The New Normal, The Duchess), Jack Doolan (The Green Green Grass), Dudley Sutton (Lovejoy) and Richard Briers (The Good Life).

This fast-paced horror comedy is the story of Andy (Treadaway) and Terry (Hardiker), two hapless cockney brothers who try to save their granddad’s (Ford) care home by robbing a bank.
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Watch a Cockneys vs Zombies Clip

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Shout! Factory acquired Cockneys vs Zombies late last year and will release it to Us theaters on August 2nd. We recently gave you a look at the official Us trailer and now have the first Cockneys vs Zombies clip for you to check out.

“Written by James Moran (Torchwood, Severance) and directed by Matthias Hoene, Cockneys Vs. Zombies boasts an impressive British cast of Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman, EastEnders), Honor Blackman (Goldfinger, Doctor Who), Alan Ford (Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Harry Treadaway (Fish Tank, Control), Rasmus Hardiker (Lead Balloon, Saxondale), Georgia King (The New Normal, The Duchess), Jack Doolan (The Green Green Grass), Dudley Sutton (Lovejoy) and Richard Briers (The Good Life).

This fast-paced horror comedy is the story of Andy (Treadaway) and Terry (Hardiker), two hapless cockney brothers who try to save their granddad’s (Ford) care home by robbing a bank. At the same time,
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Cockneys vs. Zombies Gets a New Us Trailer

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Shout! Factory acquired Cockneys vs Zombies late last year and will release it to Us theaters on August 2nd. We’ve been covering this film since it was originally released in the UK, but have the new Us trailer for those that haven’t taken a look at the movie.

“Written by James Moran (Torchwood, Severance) and directed by Matthias Hoene, Cockneys Vs. Zombies boasts an impressive British cast of Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman, EastEnders), Honor Blackman (Goldfinger, Doctor Who), Alan Ford (Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Harry Treadaway (Fish Tank, Control), Rasmus Hardiker (Lead Balloon, Saxondale), Georgia King (The New Normal, The Duchess), Jack Doolan (The Green Green Grass), Dudley Sutton (Lovejoy) and Richard Briers (The Good Life).

This fast-paced horror comedy is the story of Andy (Treadaway) and Terry (Hardiker), two hapless cockney brothers who try to save their granddad’s (Ford) care home by robbing a bank.
See full article at DailyDead »

Shout! Factory Acquires Apocalyptic Comedy, 'Cockneys vs Zombies'

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Shout! Factory Acquires Apocalyptic Comedy, 'Cockneys vs Zombies'
"Cockneys vs Zombies," the UK comedy from director Matthias Hoene, has been acquired by Shout! Factory and will receive a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release August 2. "Cockneys vs Zombies" follows a gang of bank robbers who fight their way out of a zombie-infested London. The film stars Harry Treadaway, Georgia King, Honor Blackman, Alan Ford, Michelle Ryan, Rasmus Hardiker, Jack Doolan, Dudley Sutton and Richard Briers. The film will be released theatrically by Shout Factory in conjunction with The Film Collective, Dada Films and Brainstorm. It will have its VOD rollout through Shout Factory. Shout! Factory’s founders stated, “We look forward to presenting this highly entertaining film to North American movie fans in theaters and on VOD. The stylish cinematic quality and talented cast make this a perfect addition to our growing library of new exciting films.”
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Cockneys vs Zombies Finally Landing in the Us this August

Shout! Factory have finally made use of their North American distribution rights for that of Matthias Hoene's British comedy horror flick 'Cockneys vs Zombies'. The amusing little zomedy is set to hit a select number of theatres across the Us from 2 August, almost a year after it originally arrived in UK cinemas last Summer. The flick revolves around two cockney brothers who bring together a group of criminals in order to carry out a bank robbery for money to help save their Grandad's retirement home. Only an ancient virus has been unleashed making the task all the more hilarious. 'Cockneys vs Zombies' stars Rasmus Hardiker ('You Highness'), Harry Treadaway ('City of Ember'), Ashley Thomas, Jack Doolan ('Cemetery Junction'), Honor Blackman ('Goldfinger'), Alan Ford ('Snatch'), Richard Briers ('The Good Life'), Dudley Sutton ('The Football Factory
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Us Release Details for Cockneys vs. Zombies

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Shout! Factory acquired Cockneys vs. Zombies late last year and we now know when you’ll be able to start seeing it in the Us. We’ve been told that the movie will see a nationwide theatrical release on August 2nd. It’s likely to be limited to major markets, and we’ll be sure to let readers know more specifics when they become available.

From the previous acquisition announcement, we know that plan is also to release the movie to VOD and on DVD and/or Blu-ray at a later date.

“Written by James Moran (Torchwood, Severance) and directed by Matthias Hoene, Cockneys Vs. Zombies boasts an impressive British cast of Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman, EastEnders), Honor Blackman (Goldfinger, Doctor Who), Alan Ford (Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Harry Treadaway (Fish Tank, Control), Rasmus Hardiker (Lead Balloon, Saxondale), Georgia King (The New Normal, The Duchess), Jack Doolan
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Shout! Factory Acquires Cockneys vs. Zombies

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We’ve been covering Cockneys vs. Zombies quite a bit and readers have been asking when they’ll be able to see it in the Us. Shout! Factory just announced that they have acquired Cockneys vs. Zombies and Tower Block, with plans to release both films next year:

Santa Monica, Calif., Afm – November 1, 2012 – Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and Sc Films International have entered into an exclusive multi-picture deal to distribute U.K gore-drenched comedy feature Cockneys Vs. Zombies in both U.S. and Canada, and suspense thriller Tower Block in the U.S. Both features are written by notable cult film and TV scribe James Moran. The announcement was made by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Simon Crowe, Managing Director, Sc Films International.

Shout! Factory has secured all distribution rights to the films, including theatrical and digital distribution, home entertainment and broadcast for cross-platform releases.
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Shout! Factory Acquires Cockneys vs. Zombies and Tower Block for Cross-Platform Distribution

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Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and Sc Films International have entered into an exclusive multi-picture deal to distribute UK gore-drenched comedy feature Cockneys vs. Zombies in both the U.S. and Canada and suspense thriller Tower Block in the U.S.

Both features were written by notable cult film and TV scribe James Moran. The announcement was made by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, and Garson Foos and Simon Crowe, Managing Director of Sc Films International.

Shout! Factory has secured all distribution rights to the films, including theatrical and digital distribution, home entertainment, and broadcast for cross-platform releases. Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of Cockneys vs. Zombies and Tower Block on all packaged media, electronic-sell-through (Est), video-on-demand (VOD), subscription video-on-demand (Svod), television, and in select theaters in 2013.

“We are excited about this new relationship with Simon Crowe. We look forward to bring these highly
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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

A Royal Affair; The Hunter; Your Sister's Sister; Cockneys vs Zombies; Silent Souls

While November and December are the months in which the studios traditionally roll out their most prized awards contenders, there'll have to be an extraordinary surge of great movies between now and the new year to knock A Royal Affair (2012, Metrodome, 15) out of my top 10 for 2012. Boasting yet another mesmerising performance from the mercurial Mads Mikkelsen, this handsome costume drama manages to wrap a complex discussion of power, corruption and censorship around an engrossing and increasingly passionate romance. Called to the court of his apparently unhinged ruler, altruistic doctor and Voltairian free-thinker Johann Friedrich Struensee (Mikkelsen) inveigles his way into the hearts of both the king and queen, with potentially world-changing results. Wresting power from the landed gentry whose brutal mistreatment of the poor he has witnessed first hand, Struensee spurs the king to invest in social
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The Devil Rides Out with Bai Ling

Aleister Crowley. When it comes to being infamous, few names come to mind more than his. Let's face it; the dude was evil and batshit nuts! The perfect fodder for a horror film, and there's indeed a new one on the way!

Directed by Richard Driscoll, The Devil Rides Out stars Steven Craine (Highway to Hell, Return of the Jedi, HeadHunter), Bai Ling (The Crow, Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow), Lysette Anthony (Krull, Jack the Ripper), Sylvester McCoy ("Dr Who," The Hobbit), Oliver Tobias (The Stud, Arabian Adventure), Robin Askwith (U571, Flesh & Blood Show, Confessions of a Window Cleaner), and Dudley Sutton (The Devils, Football Factory).

Synopsis

Dealing with the loss of his family to his murderous brother, Vincent (Robin Askwith), George Carney (Steven Craine) is already a man on the edge of life. Three stories merge from the mind of a writer trapped in a coma in hospital,
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