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‘Point Break’ (2015) Review

8 June 2016 6:38 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer, Matias Varela, Clemens Schick, Tobias Santelmann, Max Thieriot, Delroy Lindo | Written by Rick King, W. Peter Iliff, Kurt Wimmer | Directed by Ericson Core

Now I’m not that adverse to remakes and reboots as some and, if I’m honest, the 1991 version of Point Break is not as special to me as it is to others – in fact Bigelow’s film never really gelled with me, so I approached this redux with a really open mind. Turns out I shouldn’t have bothered!

Taking its cue from Kathryn Bigelow’s original movie, this remake of Point Break once again tells the story of Johnny Utah (Bracey), a young FBI agent who infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Ramirez) – who are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways…

However Ericson Core »

- Phil Wheat

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Bo66y review: “A significant, honest and moving documentary”

24 May 2016 9:36 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Bo66y review: An exceptional documentary charting the life and career of one of England’s greatest, Bobby Moore. Bo66y review

Bo66y review by Paul Heath, May 2016.

We all remember the glorious year of 1966 when England last lifted the football world cup, and while most of us reading this won’t have been around at that time, we all know of the legendary Bobby Moore, the man who led the country on that historic afternoon. My fingers wanted to put a ‘sir’ before his name when typing that last sentence, but its difficult to believe that the England hero was never knighted prior to his death in 1993, a fact that this documentary highlights, but also underlines and questions repeatedly, as well as focussing on Moore’s more well known glory days both at West Ham and leading out the squad at Wembley nearly fifty years ago.

Ron Scalpel‘s talking head feature documentary, »

- Paul Heath

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Exclusive first look: Johnny Harris in 'Jawbone'

5 May 2016 1:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen can reveal the first image of actor Johnny Harris (This Is England ’86) in upcoming boxing drama Jawbone.

As previously revealed by Screen, Thomas Napper’s feature debut stars Harris (who also wrote the screenplay), Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley and Ian McShane in the story of a former youth boxing champion who, after hitting rock bottom, returns to his childhood boxing club in a bid at redemption.

Music comes from rock icon Paul Weller while boxer Barry McGuigan and trainer Shane McGuigan prepared Harris for the role as consultants on the film.

Mike Elliott produces for Emu Films with executive producers Andrew Eaton (for Revolution Film), Christine Langan and Nichola Martin (for BBC) who have developed the project with Creative England and are financing with LipSync Productions Llp.  

Vertigo Releasing will distribute the film in the UK and Independent are selling the film internationally.

Jawbone is currently in post-production. »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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Ray Winstone Signs With Wme

25 April 2016 12:03 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Perennial Brit hardman Ray Winstone has been signed up by Wme. The actor, who’s put in more memorable performances over the years than I have fingers and toes, is one of the film biz’s most dependable character actors. He has provided game support in The Gunman with Sean Penn, Noah opposite Russell Crowe, Snow White And The Huntsman with Charlize Theron, and Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning The Departed alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack… »

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[Tribeca Review] All This Panic

15 April 2016 8:21 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Shot over a three-year period in Brooklyn, All This Panic offers a frequently disjointed look at the interior lives of several ordinary, middle-class Brooklynite teen girls as they search for meaning. This period is often quite innocent, despite the influence of drugs and parental mental illness, with immediacy rendered in bizarre aesthetic framing and frantic editing.

Directed by Jenny Gage in close collaboration with cinematographer Tom Betterton, All This Panic is largely a retread of teenage documentary and ethnographic narratives that have previously offered a more interesting study of New York City’s youth (Jim McKay’s Our Song and Mark Street’s little-seen Rockaway — also a Tribeca selection from 2005 — come to mind first). The girls being traced are never quite as interesting or engaging as Gage and Betterton believe them to be, navigating teen topics such as boys, drinking, tattoos, college, and eventually having a family. Opening as a diary of sorts, »

- John Fink

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The Sweeney with a French accent by Richard Mowe

4 April 2016 4:36 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The gang’s all here: Jean Reno takes on the baddies in The Sweeney: Paris Photo: Unifrance It was one of the finest British TV series of the 1970s. Now The Sweeney receives a French twist from director Benjamin Rocher with Gallic action icon Jean Reno assuming the Ray Winstone role and returning to the fray on the mean streets of Paris.

Orginally titled Antigang in France and then The Squad and now, blatantly, The Sweeney: Paris it is based on the cinema remake by Nick Love made in 2012.

Rocher who made his reputation on horror films La Horde in 2009 and Goal Of The Dead (2014), mixing soccer and zombies, was keen to pay homage to the Die Hard and Lethal Weapon series from the 1980s, which combined elements of comedy with the suspense.

During the Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris earlier in the year, Rocher told me: “The producers »

- Richard Mowe

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Point Break Blu-Ray Review

28 March 2016 5:48 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Action movies possess their own special kind of artistry. While there are numerous techniques in the action filmmaker’s arsenal – jump cuts, montages, hard-pumping soundtracks, body cams – putting them all together with a certain degree of panache and energy takes a very particular kind of filmmaker. Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, James Wan, Justin Lin, John McTiernan, even the oft-derided Zack Snyder – these are the masters of the kinetic art form.

Director Ericson Core, however, is not one of those people, as he’s put together one of the most boring action films ever made with Point Break, which base-jumps its way onto Blu-ray this month.

Point Break is a remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s cult classic of the same name, and more or less follows the original’s basic plot. Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) is a rookie FBI agent sent out after a gang of thieves who keep making off »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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The Most Influential British Director You’ve Never Heard Of

27 March 2016 3:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week Neil Calloway looks at the career of an overlooked director…

Imagine a director who gave early roles to Ray Winstone, Tim Roth and Gary Oldman, who had a film remade by Gus Van Sant, who gave Danny Boyle one of his first producing credits, and who inspired Paul Greengrass.

Alan Clarke was that director, and though he has gone sadly underappreciated, a new season of his films at the British Film Institute, as well as a re-release of his work on blu-ray and DVD, should go some way to restoring his reputation.

Clarke worked largely in television, making the sort of standalone films that gave Mike Leigh and Ken Loach their breaks but are sadly absent from TV nowadays. His films dealt with glue sniffing Neo Nazis, yuppies, football hooligans and the futile cycle of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland; in short, these weren’t the big screen »

- Neil Calloway

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Of Kings and Prophets: Was the ABC TV Show Cancelled Too Quickly?

23 March 2016 12:13 AM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Last week, after just two airings, ABC cancelled and pulled their new TV show, Of Kings and Prophets. Was the network too quick to pull the trigger? Were they justified?

Of Kings and Prophets is based on the Biblical Books of Samuel. The story is told through the eyes of the battle-weary King Saul, the resentful prophet Samuel, and the resourceful young shepherd, David. The three are on a collision course with destiny. The cast includes Ray Winstone, Olly Rix, Simone Kessell, James Floyd, Haaz Sleiman, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Jeanine Mason, Mohammad Bakri, David Walmsley, Louis Talpe, Nathaniel Parker, and Lyne Renée.



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ABC Cancels Drama After Just 2 Episodes

17 March 2016 1:28 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Did the prophets see this coming? ABC has canceled Of Kings and Prophets after just two episodes. The biblical drama, which many considered Game of Thrones-lite, occupied ABC's troubled Tuesdays at 10 p.m. timeslot. Wicked City, another canceled ABC drama, previously occupied it. ABC will replace the series with the Shark Tank companion series Beyond the Tank starting Tuesday, March 22 at 10 p.m., Variety reports. The second episode of Of Kings and Prophets drew just 2.4 million viewers and a 0.5 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic. The series was originally slotted to premiere this fall on Sundays, but was held as recastings and other creative changes took place. The show starred Ray Winstone, Olly »

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ABC Slays ‘Of Kings and Prophets’ After Just Two Episodes

17 March 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC has yanked freshman series “Of Kings and Prophets” from its schedule, Variety has learned. The cancellation comes after just two very low-rated episodes have aired.

The biblical drama premiered March 8 to a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.3 million viewers overall, falling off this week to an even lower 0.5 in the demo with just 2.4 million viewers.

The time slot left vacant by “Of Kings and Prophets” will be occupied by “Shark Tank’s” companion series “Beyond the Tank” starting next Tuesday, March 22, at 10 p.m.

The Tuesday 10 p.m. time slot has been troubled for ABC. Last November, the dark 1980s set drama “Wicked City” opened with a 0.9, fell to a 0.7 and was then pulled after hitting a minuscule 0.4 in its third outing. Previously, the slot had been home to “Forever,” which did okay, but was not renewed for a second season; “Killer Women”( in 2014), which was pulled after just »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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'Of Kings and Prophets' Canceled at ABC

17 March 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

ABC's attempt to find its own version of Game of Thrones has failed. The network has canceled freshman drama Of Kings and Prophets, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Shark Tank spinoff Beyond the Tank will take over its Tuesdays at 10 p.m. slot for the remainder of the season. Insiders say plans for the show's future are currently being evaluated, though it will not air on ABC. Described as an epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king (Ray Winstone), a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Barney Thomson | Review

12 March 2016 3:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Demon Bumbler: Carlyle’s Serial Killer Comedy Hit or Miss

Actor Robert Carlyle directs his feature debut Barney Thomson from a first-time screenplay by producer and Ad Richard Cowan, an adaptation of novel by Douglas Lindsay. Released in the UK last year with The Legend of appearing as part of the title, the Us release divorces itself from such a lofty claim, reducing it instead to merely the name of its title character, hoping the star wattage of supporting players such as Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone will drive audiences to the film. A Glasgow set serial killer comedy, mild comparisons to another famed murderous barber, Sweeney Todd, the famed demon of Fleet Street, are completely superficial. Mildly amusing, Carlyle squanders the film’s focus, allowing his more flamboyant co-stars to score more perversely entertaining heights.

Opportunity has yet to present itself to the continually downtrodden Barney Thomson (Carlyle), a »

- Nicholas Bell

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Of Kings and Prophets: PTC Wants ABC TV Series Cancelled

9 March 2016 7:42 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

ABC's new biblical drama, Of Kings and Prophets, premiered yesterday and already it's receiving some serious backlash. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Parents Television Council has heavily criticized the new series for its sexual and violent content.

Of Kings and Prophets stars Ray Winstone, Olly Rix, Simone Kessell, and James Floyd in fictionalized versions of Old Testament stories.



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Of Kings and Prophets: Season One Ratings

9 March 2016 12:26 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

A couple years ago, NBC aired Ad: The Bible Continues. While the TV series found some devoted followers, the ratings were too low and the network cancelled it. Now, ABC is trying another Bible-based series called Of Kings and Prophets. Will it be a success? Cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.

Of Kings and Prophets is based on the Biblical Books of Samuel. The story is told through the eyes of the battle-weary King Saul, the resentful prophet Samuel, and the resourceful young shepherd, David. The three are on a collision course with destiny. The cast includes Ray Winstone, Olly Rix, Simone Kessell, James Floyd, Haaz Sleiman, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Jeanine Mason, Mohammad Bakri, David Walmsley, Louis Talpe, Nathaniel Parker, and Lyne Renée.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly »


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NBC’s ‘Little Big Shots’ Is TV’s Top-Rated Reality Premiere Since ‘The X-Factor’

9 March 2016 9:01 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC’s new Steve Harvey-hosted alternative series “Little Big Shots” opened very impressively in its special preview Tuesday night, holding nearly all of its strong lead-in from “The Voice” and dominating ABC’s premiere of “Of Kings and Prophets,” which looks to be a bust out of the gate. The Alphabet fared a little better earlier in the evening with the timeslot debut of “The Real O’Neals,” but the night overall remains a struggle for the net.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Little Big Shots” averaged a 2.9 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.7 million viewers overall in the 10 p.m. hour, giving NBC its best numbers in the time period since the Dec. 15 finale of “The Voice.” “Big Shots” retained 94% of “The Voice” in 18-49 and 100% in 18-34 (1.8/8). It won the timeslot among the broadcast networks by 6 shares in adults 18-49, by 7 shares in adults 25- »

- Rick Kissell

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Of Kings and Prophets

8 March 2016 11:35 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: ABC

Episodes: Ongoing (hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: March 8, 2016 -- present

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Ray Winstone, Olly Rix, Simone Kessell, James Floyd, Haaz Sleiman, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Jeanine Mason, Mohammad Bakri, David Walmsley, Louis Talpe, Nathaniel Parker, and Lyne Renée.

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This dramatic series is a saga of faith, ambition and betrayal and is based on the Biblical Books of Samuel. It's told through the eyes of the battle-weary King Saul, the resentful prophet Samuel, and the resourceful young shepherd David. The three are on a collision course with destiny and the story that unfolds is still being told today.

A thousand years before Christ, the first king of the Israelites, Saul (Ray Winstone), struggles to unify the dozen Israelite tribes and defend his fledgling nation »


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ABC’s Of Kings and Prophets Faces an Uphill Battle

8 March 2016 2:33 PM, PST | | See recent news »

If you’re trying to make a hit show on cable TV suitable for network television and achieve the same success as said cable TV show then you’re in for a very tough challenge.  But that’s what ABC’s “Of Kings and Prophets” is trying to do.  Let’s face it.  There’s never going to be another Game of Thrones (though The 100 is about as close as you’ll get) and to even try to replicate this show but do it on network television is just asking disaster. Set in 1000 B.C., Of Kings and Prophets stars Ray Winstone as King Saul, who’s

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- Nat Berman

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Russia's Arthouse goes to 'War On Everyone'

8 March 2016 3:31 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Distributor also acquired Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, and Robert Carlyle’s The Legend Of Barney Thomson.

Arthouse, the leading Russian distributor of foreign and independent films that was fully acquired by Us firm Lorem Ipsum Corp earlier this year, has picked up a hat-trick of titles.

The films include John Michael McDonagh’s War on Everyone, starring Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña as corrupt cops; Peter Sollett’s Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page as lesbian partners who fight for equal rights; and Robert Carlyle’s directorial debutThe Legend of Barney Thomson, in which Carlyle stars opposite Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone.

The Freeheld acquisition follows pick-ups of Lgbt title Pride and Oscar-nominated lesbian drama Carol, which Arthouse is set to release on March 10 despite Russia’s apparent laws against “gay propaganda”.

War on Everyone debuted at Berlin and Arthouse MD Evgeny Pivovarov said: “We’re happy to get one of the funniest »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Of Kings And Prophets Season 1 Review

7 March 2016 4:40 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

In recent years, it’s been far too easy to associate Biblical adaptations with poor-quality, turgid productions that exceed far too well in earnestness and succumb tragically in the areas that actually make a TV show fun to watch: i.e., drama, characters, plot, and basic coherence. Of Kings And Prophets, the latest such adaptation, packs a one-two punch of negativity for any mainstream, non-devout audience to overcome – its staunch commitment to the source material, and somewhat courted comparisons to HBO’s Game of Thrones.

What surprised me most about the series was how it transcended the former hurdle by actually (somewhat, kind of) succeeding at the latter. The show’s rendition of a stricken Israel is far from Westeros in many aspects, but it’s close enough in a few key areas (epic scope, interesting characters, commitment to an unjustifiably cruel world »

- Mitchel Broussard

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