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Fantasia 2016: ‘Nova Seed’ Review

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Nova Seed Review

Nova Seed is an animated science-fiction movie set in an apocalyptic future wherein the megalomaniac Mad Doctor Mindskull has taken over the world with his mutated monsters.

First things first, I should admit that I’m not a massive watcher of animated movies aimed squarely at adults. I’ve seen the usual suspects of manga, anime and Ghibli, but outside of that I’m not that educated. That’s not to say that I wasn’t open to the idea of Nova Seed, going in with an open mind and a keen interest after reading the synopsis. Sadly, I think that this is a film only for the true connoisseurs as it completely lost this writer.

There seemed to be little in the way of understandable plot, an issue exacerbated by the hero being mute. In fact, there were only a handful of characters that spoke at all. »

- Kat Hughes

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Adam Wingard’s ‘The Woods’ is actually called ‘Blair Witch’! Here’s the trailer

22 July 2016 11:34 PM, PDT

Lionsgate have done something really rather sneaky, Adam Wingard‘s The Woods was unveiled at Comic Con this weekend, but instead of being referred to as The Woods, it was actually presented as Blair Witch. That’s right, it’s back!

Blair Witch is a sequel to the groundbreaking 1999 movie The Blair Witch Project and will hit cinemas in September. Here’s the story, which has just been revealed too.

A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence.  Slowly, they begin to realize the legend »

- Paul Heath

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Fantasia 2016: ‘Let Me Make You A Martyr’

22 July 2016 5:00 PM, PDT

Let Me Make You A Martyr review

Let Me Make You A Martyr featured on our list of films we wanted to watch at this year’s Fantasia festival. We’ve finally seen it and can confirm it’s a strong entry in the line-up and did not disappoint.

Drew Glass (Niko Nicotera) returns to his home town after a period away to confront those that have wronged him. At the top of his list is adopted father figure Larry (Mark Boone Junior). He wants Larry out of the way so that he and his adopted sister June (Sam Quartin) can finally be together. However, what Drew doesn’t realise is that he himself is being hunted by the enigmatic Pope (Marilyn Manson).

Let Me Make You A Martyr review

Let Me Make You A Martyr has a very interesting story to tell. It’s a simple tale, boy wants »

- Kat Hughes

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Here’s the teaser trailer for season 7 of The Walking Dead

22 July 2016 4:54 PM, PDT

First official Walking Dead season 7 pic

It has been customary over the past few years for The Walking Dead to make an appearance at the San Diego Comic Con each year on the Friday of the four day celebration and this year was no different.

The panel was awesome with the likes of Andrew LincolnNorman ReedusLauren CohanSteven YeunDanai Gurira, Chandler RiggsSonequa Martin-GreenMichael CudlitzJosh McDermittRoss Marquand, and Christian Serratos turning up to greet their fans.

The panel was full of many interesting parts, the best of which was a brand new teaser trailer for season seven, which was confirmed to be returning to AMC on October 23rd with international markets, including the UK, getting it just one day later on the 24th October.

“It’s absolutely worth the wait,” executive producer Robert Kirkman said of the revealing Season 7 episode which is being directed by Greg Nicotero. »

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Fantasia 2016: ‘Man Underground’ Review

22 July 2016 10:00 AM, PDT

Man Underground Review

Man Underground brings a smattering of science fiction to this year’s Fantasia film festival. In it Willem Koda (George Basil) is a quite, well-mannered, slightly eccentric ex-geologist who spends his time hosting seminars about alien encounters. Specifically the truth behind the Us Government’s involvement with alien imprisonment. After realising that his seminars aren’t getting the message across he decides to make a film based on his own experiences. He enlists the help of his only friend, well… acquaintance, Todd (Andy Rocco) and new waitress Flossie (Pamela Fila). Along the way the trio form a close bond, but questions regarding the validity of Willem’s story throw the production into turmoil.

Man Underground is an enjoyable watch, the film deftly straddling the line between drama and comedy. Films that feature lead characters making their own films often have a strong edge of comedy. In many »

- Kat Hughes

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New poster for Todd Phillips’ action comedy ‘War Dogs’

22 July 2016 3:45 AM, PDT

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Warner Brothers have just released a new poster for Todd Phillips’ upcoming movie War Dogs, which hits UK cinemas next month.

The film stars Miles Teller and Jonah Hill, and rather remarkably, it’s all based on true events. Here’s the plot.

Based on a true story, “War Dogs” follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami during the first Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts.  Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life.  But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. 

Check out the trailer for the film over here. »

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‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ extends to September 2017

22 July 2016 3:22 AM, PDT

The Play That Goes Wrong has had its booking period in the West End extended through until September 2017. The extremely successful production has also announced a UK tour for 2017, opening at Theatre Royal Bath on 10 January.

The production will then visit 30 venues nationwide until the end of July 2017, including Newcastle Theatre Royal, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, The Mercury Theatre Colchester, Cambridge Arts Theatre and Mayflower Theatre Southampton (full list of tour dates to be confirmed).

Awarded the 2014 Whatsonstage.com Best New Comedy and the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong is now enjoying its second year in the West End, where it continues to play to sold-out houses. It is a remarkable rags-to-riches story for a play, which started its life at a London fringe venue with only four paying members of the public at the first performance, and has since played to an audience of »

- Paul Heath

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Pics: ‘The Bodyguard’ returns to London’s West End

22 July 2016 2:11 AM, PDT

The musical version of the hit movie The Bodyguard returned to the West End stage last night for its new run with Beverley Knight reprising the role of Oscar-nominated superstar Rachel Marron, opposite Ben Richards as Frank Farmer, Marron’s bodyguard.

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love.  A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a whole host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I’m Your Baby Tonight, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

The stars came out to celebrate the return of the West End favourite, which we reviewed »

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Stephen Gaghan’s ‘Gold’ with Matthew McConaughey gets Christmas debut

22 July 2016 1:22 AM, PDT

Gold, the forthcoming Stephen Gaghan directed drama, which stars Matthew McConaughey, has been given a Christmas debut in the U.S., potentially opening it up for Oscar season voting.

Variety reports that McConaughey stars as a modern-day prospector desperate for a lucky break who teams up with a similarly eager geologist — played by Edgar Ramirez — and sets off to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. The film is inspired by a true story, the screenplay written by written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman.

The film is being described as an adventure-drama.

As you can see from the image below, McConaughey sports quite the ‘do’ in the flick.

Matthew @McConaughey's "Gold" gets Christmas release https://t.co/8EvtSXTfBh pic.twitter.com/2Xn30s0pUE

— Variety (@Variety) July 21, 2016

Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll, Toby Kebbell, Bruce Greenwood and Stacy Keach also star in the film, which will be released on Christmas Day, »

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UK charity The Butterfly Garden to hold special screening of ‘The Bfg’

21 July 2016 11:51 PM, PDT

The Bfg

Obviously we here at The Hollywood News firmly support the work of charity here in the UK, especially those which cross over into the world of film. One such charity is The Butterfly Garden based just outside of Cheltenham, which just so happens to be my home town…

The Butterfly Garden is an educational, recreational and therapeutic provision for people of all ages dealing with issues that are disabling to their journey. It is a totally free provision and is very diverse in the opportunities it provides, ranging from gardening and cooking to recycling and drama and much more. At the heart of their ethos is a desire to encourage the liberation of imaginations and the recognition of an entitlement to adventure.

The Butterfly Garden is organising a special gala film evening as a gentle fundraiser and this September will screen the Steven Spielberg re-imagining of Roald Dahl’s The Bfg, »

- Paul Heath

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Netflix drops Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders teasers, announces Daredevil: Season 3

21 July 2016 11:50 PM, PDT

Comic Con continues to deliver the goods with two high profile teaser trailers for its upcoming debut Marvel series’ Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders!

First up, Luke Cage. This Marvel/ Netflix original debuts on the streaming platform from September 30th and will see Cheo Hodari Coker (Notorious, NCIS: Los Angeles) serving as executive producer and showrunner. Coker also wrote the first two episodes in the run. Here’s a bit more about the story, followed by that teaser.

After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive who attempts to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But soon he is pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.

In Iron Fist, Danny Rand (Finn Jones »

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The ‘Wicked’ movie will get four brand new songs

21 July 2016 11:23 PM, PDT

It has been revealed that the movie version of the smash hit West End and Broadway musical of Wicked will contain four brand new songs not previously heard on the stage.

Deadline reports that the musical’s composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz told a panel at Comic Con yesterday that “At least, as of now, there will be probably four new songs in the movie,” one of them which was cut from the original Broadway production.

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.

Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’sunflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, »

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Win a merchandise set with The Bfg

21 July 2016 11:20 PM, PDT

Steven Spielberg brings the magic of Roald Dahl’s The Bfg to UK cinemas on July 22. The highly anticipated live-action blockbuster stars Academy Award winner Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant and newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie.

To celebrate this exciting new release, we’re giving five lucky readers the chance to win a Bfg limited edition merchandise set, including Bfg giant plush ears, Giant pencil, The Bfg book, Gobblefunk fridge magnets and more.

From the imaginations of two of the world’s greatest storytellers, Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg, The Bfg tells the extraordinary tale of a young girl named Sophie (played by British newcomer Ruby Barnhill) and the Big Friendly Giant (played by Oscar Winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant County. Together they embark on a marvellous and buckswashling adventure filled with snozzcumbers, dream jars, frobscottle and even the Queen! »

- Paul Heath

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Nsfw: Here’s the new ‘Sausage Party’ red band trailer

21 July 2016 11:06 PM, PDT

Straight from Comic Con comes the new, very Nsfw red band trailer for this summer’s filthy animated comedy Sausage Party. The film comes to the screen courtesy of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg who are absolutely owning 2016 following their impressive work on the Preacher TV series, which is currently airing on AMC in the Us and on Amazon Prime Video in the UK.

Sausage Party is the first R-rated CG animated movie, and is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store. The film features the vocal talents of a who’s who of today’s comedy stars – Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek. »

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Watch the trailer for the new version of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

21 July 2016 5:03 PM, PDT

Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show is getting the remake treatment over at Fox at the moment, and to co-incide quite nicely with this week’s San Diego Comic Con, the network have released a brand new trailer for the TV event.

The new version stars, amongst others, Laverne Cox, Victoria Justice, and Ryan McCartan and is directed by Kenny Ortega, the man responsible for directing Hocus Pocus, the High School Musical trilogy, Descendants and Michael Jackson’s This Is It. He also did the choreography on Dirty Dancing, so is a bit of a living legend.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is set to air October 2016. Sweethearts Janet (Justice) and Brad (McCartan) stumble upon flirtatious mad scientist Dr. Frank-n-furter’s (Cox) bizarre abode during his annual Transylvanian science convention. The two-hour event also features Emmy Award nominee Tim Curry, the original Frank-n-Furter.

The trailer debuted at »

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The ‘Teen Wolf’ TV show will end after season 6

21 July 2016 4:54 PM, PDT

Bad news if you’re a fan of the TV show Teen Wolf. It was announced at the San Diego Comic Con on Thursday that the show will officially end after season six.

Deadline reports the news that the 20-episode sixth season, which kicks off on MTV in November, will be the last, and the series’ 100th episode, which will air in 2017 will be its finale.

Teen Wolf has been an extraordinary journey, one that captured the hearts and imaginations of fans more than we could’ve ever imagined,” said showrunner and executive producer Jeff Davis. “We’re eternally grateful for the support we’ve received over these past six years and we’re excited to take our brave fans on one last, thrilling adventure.”

The TV show starred Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Holland Roden, Dylan Sprayberry, Cody Christian and Khylin Rhambo, some of who were at today’s Comic Con panel. »

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J.J. Abrams reveals that ‘Star Trek 4’ is his favourite story yet

21 July 2016 4:43 PM, PDT

Comic Con over in San Diego is officially off and running and was nicely kicked off with the world premiere of Star Trek Beyond on Wednesday night. Well, producer J.J. Abrams is also in town to promote the film, and he caught up with the folks over at Entertainment Weekly where the conversation quickly moved on to the next installment in the franchise which has already been announced.

Star Trek 4 will see Chris Hemsworth return as Captain James T. Kirk’s father, George, with the Thor actor already signed to reprise his very brief role from the 2009 movie, which Abrams directed.

Speaking with the magazine, Abrams said:

So one of the reasons that I’m hoping [Star Trek Beyond] does well is so that we can, without question, get that movie made. It really is an amazing story. It’s really the reason we made the deal with Chris Hemsworth as soon »

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‘Jurassic World 2’ to shoot in February 2017; Most of it in London

21 July 2016 4:22 PM, PDT

There are a couple of website reporting that the sequel to last year’s Jurassic World is all set to start shooting in February 2017, and apart from a couple of weeks lensing in Hawaii, most of the sequel will end up being shot in London, England.

The word on the street (we’re looking at you Jurassic Outpost and you Reel News Hawaii), that some of the production will be based at Pinewood Studios, which is actually just outside of the capital, but other scenes could be shot elsewhere. The man at the helm this time around is J.A. Bayona, the guy responsible for The Impossible and the upcoming A Monster Calls.

Colin Trevorrow, who directed the last movie, will return to co-write the screenplay for this one. Obviously the plot is massively under wraps, but the filmmaker previously had this to say.

Speaking to Wired Magazine Trevorrow said “[It will not be] just »

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Dreamworks unveil ‘The Boss Baby’ at Comic Con

21 July 2016 4:04 PM, PDT

As well as the Trolls footage, Dreamworks had another treat for the fans in Hall H on Thursday – a new look at their next animated fare, The Boss Baby.

Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Patton Oswald and Miles Bakshi will all lend their voices to the new film, which is set to arrive in cinemas on March 31, 2017.

DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby.  He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ The Boss BabyThe Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim.  With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby is an »

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New ‘Trolls’ clip lands at Comic Con as Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake light up Hall H

21 July 2016 3:53 PM, PDT

Trolls has had quite the presence one the first day of this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Both Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick joined director Mike Mitchell, co-director Walt Dohrn, and producer Gina Shay on stage on Thursday to lead a panel, moderated by Chris Hardwick.

Dreamworks pulled out all the stops at the Con by delivering a brand new clip from the upcoming animation, which lands in October.

From the creators of Shrek comes DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, a smart, funny, and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it. This hilarious film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomachs.

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, »

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