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Trick Or Trick? Best And Worst Horror Franchises

4 hours ago

This week, to celebrate Halloween, we have been looking at the best and worst monster movies. We’ve gone through all the usual suspects – witches, vampires, werewolves and the things that go bump in the night. Today, fittingly for Halloween, is the turn of the horror franchises.

Horror films are more likely to have a sequel than any other genre. Even if the original film doesn’t do that well at the box office, studios often appear happy to continue the series. Granted, a lot of horror sequels are released straight to DVD, but then so are a lot of horror films in general.

Most films don’t just get the one sequel, they get several, and a prequel, and in today’s climate some sort of spin-off movie. With so many films existing within each series it obviously becomes hard to say which ones are better than others. All »

- Kat Smith

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Charlie Countryman Review

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Director: Fredrik Bond

Cast: Shia Labeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Vincent D’Onofrio, Melissa Leo, Rupert Grint

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 103 minutes

Synopsis: A young man embarks on a trip of self-discovery and love with a deadly twist when he falls for a troubled Romanian beauty.

Have you ever volunteered a response to a raised question and then wished you had just kept quiet and drank your coffee instead? What about suffering a complete mental blank with no hope of a quick recovery? Apparently I haven’t learned from the former nor recovered from the latter after seeing Fredrik Bond’s debut film Charlie Countryman.

Emboldened by the sixth sense encounter with his recently deceased mother Katie (Melissa Leo) to visit Bucharest, lost soul Charlie Countryman (Shia Labeouf) embarks on a trip of self-discovery after meeting Romanian taxi driver Victor (Ion Caramitru) mid-flight. Touched by the Grim Reaper before returning »

- Sacha Hall

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Mr Turner Review

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Director: Mike Leigh

Cast: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson, Marion Bailey, Ruth Sheen and Lesley Manville

Certificate: 12A

Running Time: 149 minutes

Synopsis: An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter Jmw Turner’s life. 

There comes a time towards the end of Mr. Turner, Mike Leigh’s period study of the 19th-century painter Jmw Turner, where Timothy Spall – in character as the grizzled artist – grunts in response to a question. This isn’t the first time Turner’s reply has amounted to a guttural noise of monosyllabic rudeness, nor is it the last. However, what becomes striking about these grunts is how their overuse assists in blurring the lines between real-life and performance; Spall hasn’t merely become Turner, no. Spall is Turner. Whether he’s laughing with disdain or howling with emotion, the British actor plays Turner as an aloof creature who »

- Jacob Stolworthy

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Emilia Clarke And Matt Smith Get Armed And Shouty In New ‘Terminator: Genisys’ Pics

7 hours ago

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the franchise that rocketed him to the top has fresh blood very much at the fore. Entertainment Weekly have been giving anxious fans a taster of what to expect over the last 48 hours, and while the unmistakeable Austrian Oak is in evidence, the cover story gives prominence to the new young cast…

Hot off the heels of looks at everyone’s favourite chrome-skeletoned killing machine, as well as Schwarzenegger’s ageing human form, are images of Games Of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke and former Doctor Who Matt Smith, shown in full battle mode as they let rip with lead and, eventually, laryngitis going by the expressions…

Clarke takes on the role of Sarah Connor, who appears to have been rebooted in the mould of Edward Furlong’s John Connor from Terminator 2:

(The) mother of humanity’s messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, »

- Steve Palace

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‘Skull Island’ Gets A John Gatins Rewrite

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King Kong origin tale, Skull Island, is set to have a rewrite from the writer of Flight, John Gatins. Gatins received an Academy Award nomination for his alcoholic pilot tale, and has also given us Reel Steel and Need For Speed. Granted, the last two weren’t particularly great, but that’s probably because the titles rhymed. Max Borenstein, the man behind this year’s wonderful Godzilla, wrote the original screenplay, so perhaps Gatins is charged with adding some more monster action or maybe a little extra character.

Skull Island will go up against Doctor Strange in 2016, and will star Marvel alumni Tom Hiddleston. Directing this origin tale of how Kong came to be and the island he inhabits, will be Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who gave us Kings Of Summer. Vogt-Roberts has had a varied career already, spanning TV, shorts, comedy sketches, and even stand-up show Nick Offerman: American Ham.

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- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Exclusive: Writer/Director Corinna McFarlane Discusses Women In Film

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We enjoyed The Silent Storm so much when it premiered at London Film Festival that we just had to have a chat with writer/director Corinna McFarlane and find out more.

In the first of two parts to our exclusive interview, McFarlane discusses how many obstacles there are for women trying to work behind (and often, in front of) the camera – and how much the challenge has made her want it even more.

McFarlane credits her London upbringing for making her brave enough to keep going with The Silent Storm and see it through to completion. ‘I probably wouldn’t have had the gumption to do all this if I wasn’t a Londoner,’ she says. ‘My bravery and my bonkers attitude is a mix of being raised in this really urban metropolis.’

But where did it all begin? Realising that it was ‘now or never’, McFarlane had an idea »

- Amanda Keats

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Actors Playing Other Artists – A ‘Mr. Turner Feature’

30 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

It is the craft of an actor to realistically portray someone else; from polar opposites to more familiar territory, the mark of a good actor is versatility. An interesting phenomenon occurs when actors portray other kinds of artists, when they are forced to mesh their medium into another, such as dance, music, literature or art. Films within this subgenre often leave a distinct impression and end up becoming household titles; this feature will highlight some of the most well known depictions of actors playing artists.

Black Swan

Following its release in 2010, Black Swan garnered an immense amount of attention and praise. The story follows Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballet dancer, and her dark journey to become the Black Swan. The film latches on to her decent into madness, and spins a harrowing tale of immense pressure and losing one’s reality.

Both Portman and Mila Kunis did intensive ballet training »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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All’s Welles That Ends Welles For ‘The Other Side Of The Wind’

30 October 2014 6:00 AM, PDT

A lost piece of Hollywood history is reportedly hitting the big screen next year, in time for the centenary of the birth of its infamous director Orson Welles. The Other Side Of The Wind has a story behind it as compelling as any movie – the production was disrupted by embezzlement and Welles fell out with investor Mehdi Bushehri, who seized the negatives. The auteur then managed to smuggle out an incomplete version which he worked on until his death in 1985, nine years after the original shoot that in itself was legendarily long (1970 – 76). Then there was the story itself, inspired by Welles’ drunken and ferocious encounter with author Ernest Hemingway. That became the starting point for the tale of Jake Hannaford, a beleaguered director trying to complete his celluloid masterpiece against the backdrop of 1970s Tinseltown.

The film was also notable for the casting of various maverick directors in acting roles. »

- Steve Palace

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Trick Or Treat? Best And Worst ‘Things That Go Bump In The Night’

30 October 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

Halloween is almost here and this writer couldn’t be more excited. Halloween is a little like Christmas for my family, we go all out with decorations and treats for the trick-or-treaters. To celebrate the spooky season I’ll be running a week-long series of frightening features, focusing on all the great – and worst – movie monsters; witches, vampires, werewolves and more.

So far we have focussed on creatures that can be seen, today shifts to those beings on another plain – ghosts. Are ghosts real? Everyone has an opinion, but many do believe them to be real and shows such as Most Haunted regularly pull in the viewers. Personally I’m not the biggest of believers, having spent an evening last year ghost-hunting. I’ll admit that it was a pretty creepy experience, but I’m not convinced that I encountered anything supernatural.

Things that go bump in the night have »

- Kat Smith

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Win ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition’ On Blu-ray 3D!

29 October 2014 12:24 PM, PDT

To celebrate the release of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition’ on Blu-ray 3Dtm and DVD on November 3rd, we have prizes in store for three lucky winners!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company travels East, encountering along the way skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all–a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their »

- Dan Bullock

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Interstellar Review

29 October 2014 10:01 AM, PDT

Director:  Christopher Nolan

Starring:  Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy and Michael Caine

Cert:  12A

Running Time:  166 mins

Synopsis:  When a wormhole (which can theoretically connect widely separated regions of  spacetime) is discovered, explorers and scientists unite to embark on a voyage through it, transcending the normal limits of human space travel…

As I staggered out of the screening room from Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, my ears well and truly battered by Hans Zimmer’s celestial choirs, I found myself feeling elated, confused, headachey but overall generally satisfied. This isn’t a quick jaunt into the cosmos punctuated by a few laser dogfights. As you might expect from the director it’s an ambitious and emotionally exhausting epic that comes at you every which way.

The setting is an on-its-knees rural America, a mass of farmland wrecked by duststorms in an indeterminate future. Ex-astronaut Matthew McConaughey »

- Steve Palace

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‘Interstellar’ European Premiere Highlights

29 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

Wednesday saw the European premiere of perhaps one of the year’s most anticipated movies, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. The film, which is released everywhere from the 7th November, stars Matthew McConnaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain.

Watch highlights from the evening below.

With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history: traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.

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- Paul Heath

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The Rise And Rise Of Steve Carell

29 October 2014 7:43 AM, PDT

From regional manager in NBC’s The Office to the evil turned good supervillain in the Despicable Me franchise, Steve Carell has carved a career as one of Hollywood’s best loved funny men.

To celebrate the release of his new family film, Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,  which is in cinemas now, we take a look at the rise and rise of Steve Carell.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004 and 2013)

One of Carell’s first leading roles was starring alongside Will Ferrell in the 1970s set cult hit Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Carell played curiously dim witted weatherman Brick Tamland alongside Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy, and the film went on to gross $90.6 million worldwide. Following its success and cult following, a sequel entitled Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and starring Carell was released in 2013.

The Office (2005-2013)

Following a five year »

- Paul Heath

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Thn’s Picks For ‘Captain Marvel’

29 October 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

Yesterday Marvel almost broke the internet thanks to their Marvel event. The event announced several key pieces of information, including an early release date for Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 and the news that The Avengers will get a two-part third film. Other news included the casting confirmation for Black Panther (who is also getting his own movie), with Chadwick Boseman set to step into the role. The most exciting news though had to be that of Marvel finally giving a girl a chance and revealing their plans for a Captain Marvel film.

Fans have been patiently waiting for a female led Marvel movie so this news will make many happy. Granted most had hoped that Avengers memeber Black Widow would get a solo outing but Captain Marvel is step in the right direction. Carol Danvers, the alter-ego of this Captain, was an ordinary officer until she got caught in an »

- Kat Smith

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God Help The Girl DVD Review

29 October 2014 6:00 AM, PDT

Director: Stuart Murdoch

Cast: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 111 minutes

God Help The Girl is a film directed by the head of band Belle and Sebastian, Stuart Murdoch. The film follows manic-depressive, anorexia-recovering Eve, played by Emily Browning. Eve wants to sing, and will do anything to make her dream come true, even if that means escaping the hospital where she is being cared for. After escaping Eve bunks with James, a romantic idealist who is worn-out by the music scene after being part of a band that fell apart. The two begin a rather coy and intense friendship/flirtation as they then go onto form a three-piece band with one of James’ students Cassie.

Scotland as a country hasn’t got the best of reputations on film. Previous films set in our sister-up-North include Trainspotting, which focussed on the seedy drug underbelly, Filth which again focussed on drugs and crime, »

- Kat Smith

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Trick Or Treat? Best and Worst Film Vampires

29 October 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

Halloween is almost here and this writer couldn’t be more excited. Halloween is a little like Christmas for my family, we go all out with decorations and treats for the trick-or-treaters. To celebrate the spooky season I’ll be running a week-long series of frightening features, focusing on all the great – and worst – movie monsters; witches, vampires, werewolves and more.

Vampires are one of the earliest instances of a supernatural being, having existed in various guises since the Ancient Greeks. The mythic creature didn’t become a mainstream monster, however, until that little know novel Dracula was released in 1897. Since then the vampire has become one of our favourite creatures, with a multitude of films, television series and books dedicated to them.

With there being sooo many works of vampire fiction out there it has been near impossible to whittle both sections (good and bad) down to just five. »

- Kat Smith

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The Flash 1.1 Blog: Pilot Review (Contains Spoilers)

29 October 2014 3:50 AM, PDT

Director: David Nutter

Writers: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns

Cast: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Rick Cosnett, Jesse L. Martin and special guest star Stephen Amell

Synopsis: After spending his life obsessing over the bizarre and mysterious murder of his mother 11 years ago, CSI investigator Barry Allen finds himself struck by lightning after a freak accident caused by S.T.A.R. Labs’ new particle accelerator. Nine months later, Barry awakens to discover that the accident has granted him extraordinary powers of super speed. He then realises that he must use his new abilities to protect Central City from other ‘metahumans’ affected by the particle accelerator, whilst also attempting to uncover the man responsible for his mothers murder.

Verdict:

The superhero genre (yes, that’s right…genre!) has never been more popular and lucrative with audiences across the globe. As a result, we have »

- Ben Read

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Review: Thn Attend Heineken’s Open Your City Screening Of ‘All Is By My Side’

29 October 2014 3:03 AM, PDT

This past week, The Hollywood News were invited to one of a brand new series of events that are being staged across London as part of Heineken’s Star Treatment/ Open Your City campaign. The famous brand have linked up with the Picturehouse chain of cinemas across the capital to give film fans the chance to see some of the most exciting forthcoming film releases before anyone else. Such films as Northern Soul, Nightcrawler and the creepy, well received horror film The Babadook, have all featured across the chain, including the Greenwich Picturehouse Greenwich, Hackney Picturehouse and the Clapham Picturehouse, which is where we find ourselves on a brisk October evening for the film All Is By My Side, a biopic of the legendary musician Jimi Hendrix.

You’ll always have Thn on your side when you thrust some free popcorn and Heineken into their hands as they step into a cinema lobby, »

- Paul Heath

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Lionsgate Kickstarts Insurgent Release With An Interactive Scavenger Hunt

29 October 2014 2:06 AM, PDT

 

To coincide with Tuesday’s announcement that The Divergent Series: Insurgent will be released in theatres in both 3D and 2D, Lionsgate enticed fans to start the experience early with an interactive scavenger hunt.

And who doesn’t enjoy a good scavenger hunt?

Debuting exclusive content and one interactive 3D character poster each hour across different media platforms and The Divergent Series social handles, the eight slick new posters include Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), Caleb (Ansel Elsgort), Tori (Maggie Q), Uriah (Keiynan Lonsdale), Max (Mekhi Phifer), Peter (Miles Teller), and Christina (Zoë Kravitz).

If you don’t feel like hunting yourself, we have collected all eight posters for you right here!

The film will be released worldwide on 20th March, 2015.

Source: Lionsgate »

- Sacha Hall

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Watch The First Clip From ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

29 October 2014 2:04 AM, PDT

Yesterday was a huge day in terms of Marvel news. At the Marvel event in California, Kevin Feige unveiled so many movies, spread over the next four years, that we, frankly, struggled to keep up with. We learned that, after Ant-man next year, Captain America: Civil War will officially continue Phase Three in 2016, followed by that Doctor Strange movie from Scott Derrickson. The huge news though, had to be the bombshell that we would be treated to not one, but two more Avengers movies in 2018 and 2019, which would cap off that third phase. That’s not to mention the announced Black Panther movie, the second Guardians Of The Galaxy, and a Captain Marvel (read more about the announcements here).

Before any of the above though, we have Avengers: Age Of Ultron next summer. So what follows is not so much as a clip, but really an extended version of »

- Paul Heath

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