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Watch the teaser trailer for Bong Joon-Ho’s Netflix film ‘Okja’

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From visionary filmmaker Bong Joon Ho, the creative mind behind the worldwide sensation Snowpiercer, comes the new global adventure Okja. The film follows the epic journey of Mija, a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named ‘Okja’.

The Netflix original filmm which debuts on the streaming service in April, stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Giancarlo Esposito, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins and newcomer Seo Hyun An.

This is an absolutely huge film for the streamer, and cost a reported $50 million but there are apparently no plans for a theatrical run, which is a shame because it looks to be a film that deserves to be seen on a big screen.

Look out for it on Netflix from June 28th, 2017. Here’s the teaser trailer.

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- Paul Heath

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Netflix doc. Five Came Back, featuring Spielberg, Greengrass, Coppola gets a trailer

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A new Netflix documentary Five Came Back hits the streaming service at the end of the month, and we have the very first trailer to share. The three-part series is adapted from Mark Harris’ best-selling book, “Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War,” and is directed by Laurent Bouzereau.

Five Came Back tells the extraordinary story of how Hollywood changed World War II – and how World War II changed Hollywood, through the interwoven experiences of five filmmakers who interrupted their successful careers to serve their country, risk their lives and bring the truth back to the American people: John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens. To guide viewers through the different personalities, interweaving chronologies and globe-trotting locales, the Five Came Back team turned to the voices of five modern cinematic masters: Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo Del Toro, Paul Greengrass and Lawrence Kasdan. »

- Paul Heath

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Trolls 2 a go at Universal for 2020

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Universal have a vision for 2020 and have greenlit a sequel to last year’s break-out animation hit Trolls. The sequel to the film, which saw Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake lead the voice cast as trolls Poppy and Branch, will hit cinemas on April 20th, 2020.

There are no details as to who will direct the film as yet – the original’s director Mike Mitchell has signed up for The Lego Movie Sequel, so his availability may be limited, but both of the aforementioned actors are said to be returning.

The original film was even Oscar-nominated – it was up for the Best Song Oscar award this year for Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” We’d expect the sequel to follow the music-themed nature of the first film, and we certainly hope that Timberlake is involved with that once again following his huge success in producing the soundtrack for the first film. »

- Paul Heath

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Theatre Review: Ghost The Musical (UK Tour)

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Ghost The Musical review (UK Tour): A romantic stage adaptation of a modern classic film which is very well executed…

Ghost The Musical review by Katey Thompson, March 2017.

Lovers Molly (Carolyn Maitland) and Sam (Andy Moss) buy their first apartment together in the ‘up and coming’ Bronx district of New York, and quickly set about doing it up.  The chemistry between the lead couple is immediate, they spark off each other and get passionate in the classic clay-pot throwing scene.  The initial scenes are rattled off fairly quickly, leaving only a little time for enjoying the build up to the fateful walk after dark.  Willie Lopez (Leo Sene) drags the story into the dark underbelly of New York when a bold Sam is shot as he tries to protect Molly from the armed robbery. The shock of the scene and the sadness felt by Molly is heart wrenchingly depicted »

- Katey Thompson

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New Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer: “I’m your Dad Peter…”

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New Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 trailer

The new Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 trailer debuted online overnight. The new film arrives in cinemas in just a matter of weeks and is the first Marvel Studios movie of 2017 with Thor: Ragnarok rounding off the year, and Spider-Man: Homecoming hitting in between.

As you can see, we are introduced to a brand new character in the new promo, which debuted on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kurt Russell‘s father to Peter Quill, Ego. Still no sign of Sylvester Stallone though.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives in UK cinemas this coming April 28th (Us – May 5th) and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff, and Kurt Russell, though the spot still doesn’t reveal Russell’s character. James Gunn wrote the script and directs on e again.

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New Alien: Covenant trailer: On the Covenant, nobody can hear you scream!

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Alien Covenant trailer alert!

As promised just yesterday, 20th Century Fox have debuted the brand new trailer for their upcoming sequel to Prometheus, the Ridley Scott-directed Alien: Covenant. Following the first trailer, which debuted on Christmas Day comes a more action-packed look at the film, as well as a glimpse of the famous Xenomorphs from the earlier Alien movies. Watch the new Alien Covenant trailer below.

Here’s the synopsis for the film:

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David »

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Train To Busan: A Zombie Spotter’s Guide

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The annals of horror history are infested with the living dead. And most movie fans would conjure up the same mental picture of a zombie: slow, groaning, hungry for human brains.

But like anything else – living or, erm, living dead – the zombie comes in many forms. It’s evolved and changed, taking on new traits and characteristics with each new generation of seminal zombie movies.

With Train to Busan released on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD this week, we’ve put together an essential guide for anyone who enjoys a bit of “zombie spotting”, detailing the most common – and rarest – types of undead brain-munchers out there.

“The Voodoo Classic”

As Seen In: White Zombie (1932)

Defining Characteristics: With their cloaks, big moustaches, and pirate-style baggy pants, they look more like extras from a Gilbert & Sullivan production than your standard reanimated corpse.

Natural Habitat: Haiti, where they exist under the control of »

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The Royal Albert Hall are screening Jaws with a live orchestra this year

28 February 2017 4:43 AM, PST

The series of films screened with a live orchestra at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall have been incredibly successful. In recent months we’ve seen the likes of The Godfather, Aliens, Jurassic Park and even E.T. The Extra Terrestrial screened to thousands of fans, all backed with a full 30-piece plus orchestra. Well, the tradition is continuing as the venue today announced that another Spielberg classic, perhaps the greatest blockbuster of all-time is set to headline their second annual Festival of Film later this year.

As well as Jaws In Concert, there will also be a Halloween screening of The Addams Family with live orchestra, and celebrations of three of the movies’ finest composers: Michael Giacchino, James Newton Howard and James Horner.

Jaws will play at the iconic venue on Saturday 21st October, 2017, and will include classic John Williams music omitted from the original movie, which is now restored in full. »

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Paramount Pictures and Tumblr to unite for Ghost In The Shell Paris event

28 February 2017 4:01 AM, PST

Paramount Pictures and Tumblr are unite for a Paris-set event to celebrate the release of Ghost In The Shell. The event will explore the relationship between the film’s connection to fashion, tech and humans, and will take place in the French capital on Tuesday 7th March.

According to an official press release we received this morning, the special exhibition curated by Tumblr will feature creations from designers using technological advances to innovate the world of fashion. The exhibition features garments that react to adrenaline, display video content, adjust the temperature of the wearer or change shape when they sense different sounds. Tumblr will showcase highlights and original content from the event online from March 10th.

The event will feature a headline performance from Viktoria Modesta, the ‘Bionic Pop Star’ who’s single Prototype inspired elements of this event through its exploration of fashion, art and technology. Modesta, who is »

- Paul Heath

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A new Alien Covenant trailer is possibly coming very soon

28 February 2017 1:02 AM, PST

We were all treated to a five-minute Alien: Covenant short just last week, which followed the first proper trailer which was festively delivered on Christmas Day. Well, it looks like we may be getting a new Alien: Covenant trailer very soon indeed.

According to Trailer Track, the new promo for the film is going to be attached to prints of Logan Stateside when it starts to roll out this coming Thursday (2nd March), so expect an online debut either just before or afterwards. The word is that there will be a green-band version, and indeed a harder R-rated red-band version.

Here’s the synopsis for the film:

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, »

- Paul Heath

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The Lego Movie 2 could be a space musical!

28 February 2017 12:27 AM, PST

Work is nearly underway on The Lego Movie 2 (aka The Lego Movie sequel) with Trolls helmer Mike Mitchell taking the directing reigns. The Lego Batman Movie‘s Chris Mackay, who was the animation supervisor and co-director on the first movie, was a recently a guest on the Shanlian On Batman podcast where he spoke about the behind-the-scenes development of the sequel. It sounds like we’re in for something quite different to the original…

“Lego 2 is going to be this big musical and space action movie. They need a lot of the writing, a lot of development, not only with script development, but development with songwriters. So it was very ambitious to get that movie out.”

The first movie was obviously full of music, and featured an Oscar-nominated theme song “Everything is Awesome,” but it sounds like there will be lots more in the next movie.

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New clip from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast showcases ‘Gaston’

28 February 2017 12:16 AM, PST

A new clip from Disney’s incoming Beauty and the Beast has just been released ahead of its release on March 17th. The new promo is a scene heavily involving Luke Evans‘ Gaston and Josh Gad‘s La Fou, and one which will be very familiar to fans of the original 1990s movie.

Here’s the official plot synopsis for Beauty and the Beast.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to »

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Stephen Moyer to lead X-Men TV spin-off pilot over at Fox

28 February 2017 12:11 AM, PST

True Blood actor Stephen Moyer is set to lead the X-Men TV spin-off pilot over at Fox. The Hollywood Reporter says that the actor will join the already cast Jamie Chung and Blair Redford in the planned series from writer Matt Nix and director Bryan Singer.

The trade says that the ‘action-adventure project focuses on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.’

Moyer will play the character of Reed, an ambitious attorney trying to balance the demands of his job at the Da’s office with his responsibilities to his family.

The pilot will shoot this year with a hope that the network takes it to series. Unlike the now-running Legion, the series is expected to take place within the X-Men movie universe. »

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The Academy releases a statement regarding Best Picture mix-up

28 February 2017 12:05 AM, PST

If you were with us on Sunday night/ Monday morning and stayed up to watch the Oscars, you’ll be well aware of the issues that arrived when Best Picture was announced around about 5am UK time. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took to the stage to announce the evening’s big award, which, through no fault of their own, was wrongly given to La La Land, before eventually being awarded to the true winner, Moonlight.

Academy accountants PriceWaterhouseCoopers yesterday took full responsibility for the mix-up, and issued an apology:

“PwC takes full responsibility for the series of mistakes and breaches of established protocols during last night’s Oscars,” the statement issued yesterday read. “PwC partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed the back-up envelope for Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Once the error occurred, protocols for correcting »

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Vera Farmiga joins the cast of the Godzilla sequel

27 February 2017 11:55 PM, PST

The cast of the Godzilla sequel is growing by the day. Following the addition of Kyle Chandler and Millie Bobby Brown just a couple of days ago, it has been revealed that Bates Motel star Vera Farmiga has also joined them. The actress will play the partner of Chandler’s character, and the mother to Brown’s character.

The sequel is officially called Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and is directed by Krampus helmer Michael Dougherty. It will continue on from the Gareth Edwards-helmed movie from 2014 and will lead in to a cross-over with King Kong, who appears in next week’s big opener Kong: Skull Island, which got a final trailer just last night.

Farmiga is currently appearing in the final season of Bates Motel, and next year will star opposite Liam Neeson in The Commuter.

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters opens on March 22nd 2019.

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Watch the epic new trailer for Kong: Skull Island

27 February 2017 9:48 AM, PST

Kong Skull Island trailer!

Ahead of its European premiere tomorrow evening we have the new Kong Skull Island trailer.

Kong: Skull Island reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.  In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific—as beautiful as it is treacherous—unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.

Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Oscar winner Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly.  The international ensemble cast also includes Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Thomas Mann, Shea Whigham, Toby Kebbell and Eugene Cordero.  Vogt-Roberts directs the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Derek Connolly.  “Kong: Skull Island” is produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni with Mary Parent. »

- Paul Heath

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Exclusive Headshot Cast Interview: Iko Uwais, Sunny Pang and more talk up action film

27 February 2017 4:59 AM, PST

Headshot Cast Interview: Thn catches up with Iko Uwais, Chelsea Islan, Julie Estelle, Zack Lee, and Sunny Pang.

Coming to cinemas worldwide this coming Friday 3rd March is the high-octane action movie Headshot, which is led by The Raid and The Raid 2 star Iko Uwais. We caught up with Iko and the rest of the cast of the film during a quick time-out at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The Headshot cast interview can be viewed below.

The film revolves around a man who, suffering from amnesia, washes ashore where a young doctor nurses him back to health. His past resurfaces to haunt them both in violent fashion.

Here’s the full synopsis for the film.

A man (Iko Uwais) is discovered left for dead with a gunshot wound to the head, and, after months in a coma, is nursed back to health by young student-doctor Ailin. »

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The Night of the Virgin review: Dir. Roberto San Sebastián (2017)

27 February 2017 3:27 AM, PST

The Night of the Virgin Review: A young virgin has a nightmare of New Year’s Eve after meeting older woman Medea at a party.

The Night of the Virgin review by Kat Hughes, February 2017.

The Night of the Virgin review

Nico (Javier Bódalo) is a twenty-something virgin out partying with friends on New Year’s Eve. After being ditched by his mates, and striking out several times, Nico resigns himself to another sexless evening, then he meets the mysterious Medea (Miriam Martín)…

The pair go back to her place and Nico finds that his new year will definitely kick-off with a bang, but it won’t be a pleasant one. Can Nico survive the new year’s festivities?

The Night of the Virgin, or La noche del virgen as it is known in its native Spanish tongue, is a bizarre amalgamation of sex, horror, comedy and gross-out visuals. This »

- Kat Hughes

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Detour review: Dir. Christopher Smith (2017)

27 February 2017 3:24 AM, PST

Detour review: Horror maestro Christopher Smith returns with a thriller in the vein of True Romance.

Detour review by Kat Hughes, February 2017.

Detour review

Director Christopher Smith first caught our attention with Creep. The film saw Franka Potente trapped overnight within the bowels of the London Underground, stalked by something dangerous. He followed that with SeveranceTriangle and Black Death, a trio of films strongly within the horror genre. Next, he rather oddly made Christmas comedy Get Santa, an ill-advised career step, but his latest offering sees him step back into the darker heart of cinema.

Harper (Tye Sheridan) is a promising young law student. Sadly, his mother is in a coma following a car accident with his step father Vincent (Stephen Moyer). Worse still, she’s about to be taken off of life support and Vincent looks set to inherit everything. Believing that Vincent had a hand in the accident, »

- Kat Hughes

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David Ayer’s Bright, which will air exclusively on Netflix, gets a teaser

27 February 2017 3:06 AM, PST

Netflix have dropped the first teaser trailer for their upcoming film Bright, which will debut on the streaming service later this year.

Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds.  Ward, a human (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it.  Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.

The Netflix original film stars Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, »

- Paul Heath

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