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Terrifying First UK Teaser Trailer For ‘It Follows’

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There has been some equally excitable and scared-to-death viewpoints gathering for the upcoming It Follows. This highly anticipated shocker is directed by David Robert Mitchell and is set to open in the UK and Ireland on 27th February, 2015.

It’s not often we can hope for sheer originality in the horror genre but we’re looking on the positive, if terrified, side for the movie that centres around the life of 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), who’s living a life of carefree teenage rebellion but after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she’s left with an inescapable sense that someone, or something is following her…

Check out the teaser now and watch the hashtag #ItFollows this Friday 19th on Twitter:

It Follows is released on the UK from 27th February, 2015. »

- Dan Bullock

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Help Meeee! New Buzz Around ‘The Fly’ As Comic Book Sequel Announced

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Twenty-eight years after director David Cronenberg grossed out the world with his remake of The Fly, publishers Idw have released details of a follow-up.  Set to fly off the presses (sorry couldn’t resist) in March. The Fly: Outbreak expands the concept of a scientist who accidentally splices his DNA with that of an insect to include a contagion spreading to the outside world. Sort of a Walking Dead vibe by the looks of things. The five part series concerns the son of Seth Brundle (who was memorably played by Jeff Goldblum) as his attempts to cure his own afflictions turn into a national emergency.

There’s already been a movie sequel starring Eric Stoltz as the offspring, though whether or not the book will acknowledge it is unclear. Brandon Seifert and the intriguingly-titled menton3 (I used to know his father, menton2) will write and paint the project. Check »

- Steve Palace

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Win ‘Birdman’ Exclusive Merchandise!

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Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play.  In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

To celebrate the release, we’re giving one lucky winner the chance to win a limited edition talking Birdman doll, 1 set of exclusive Birdman city posters and a t-shirt! 3 runners-up will win a t-shirt. 

For your chance to win, answer the following question: In Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), who plays the title character? 

A: Michael Keaton

B: Val Kilmer

C: Adam West 

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) flies into UK cinemas on January 1st 2015

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- Dan Bullock

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Another Brick In The Wall: Viola Davis To Run ‘Suicide Squad’

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It takes a brave woman to boss Jared Leto and Tom Hardy around, and Warner Bros appear to have found just that as Viola Davis joins the cast of Suicide Squad. According to reports she will play Amanda Waller, aka “The Wall”, the formidable government mastermind who assembles the squad, known as “Task Force X”. The star of How To Get Away With Murder faces up not only to Leto’s Joker and Hardy’s Rick Flagg, but also Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Will Smith’s Deadshot, Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress and Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang.

Rumours about who would take the role have included Oprah Winfrey (a bizarre choice in some ways but perhaps an inspired one) and Davis’ The Help co-star Octavia Spencer. Waller was created by John Ostrander, Len Wein and John Byrne. She first appeared in the DC Universe in 1986. For one storyline she »

- Steve Palace

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North Korean Thriller ‘Pyongyang’ With Steve Carell Cancelled

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Sony Pictures Entertainment’s situation over The Interview arguably set a worrying precedent and one that is having a knock-on effect throughout the industry. Now, as the studio opt not to proceed with the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy, we learn that thriller Pyongyang has been scrapped. Set to star Steve Carell and be directed by the versatile Gore Verbinksi, producers New Regency were reportedly pressurized by owners 20th Century Fox (itself part of News Corporation) in response to terror threats from Sony’s hackers.  They abandoned the production before Sony made their announcement.

The project – named after the Korean capital – was being adapted from Guy Delisle’s graphic novel by Steve Conrad. The book documents Delisle’s experiences in the country and had the potential to be a potato so hot it would have melted butter on the other side of the room. Carell, who is building a strong »

- Steve Palace

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Terrific New Banners For Videogame Adventure ‘Pixels’

17 December 2014 12:21 PM, PST

I’ve been keeping a distant eye on the progress of Pixels for nearly five years now and, no, that doesn’t make me better – It makes me a little obsessive – but it’s still looking like a lot of fun.

Although Pixels doesn’t hit UK cinemas until August 2015, we’ve got a moving set of banners and then scroll down for a closer look. The film stars Peter Dinklage, Sean Bean, Michelle Monaghan and Adam Sandler, and tells the story of videogame experts, recruited by the military to fight 1980s-era video game characters who have attacked New York – Oh yes.

Check it out below and also click here for the previous look at the team.

Pixels opens in the UK next August, 2015. »

- Dan Bullock

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Watch A Hilarious First Clip From ‘Absolutely Anything’ Featuring Simon Pegg & Robin Williams In His Last Role

17 December 2014 11:53 AM, PST

There’s a bittersweet feeling about this first clip from the Terry Jones directed Absolutely Anything starring Simon Pegg, and that’s because it features the last performance by Robin Williams in a motion picture. This clip shows Pegg’s character interacting with his pet dog Dennis (voiced by Williams), who, with Pegg’s powers to make ‘absolutely anything’ possible, can actually talk and think ‘rationally’.

Williams is, as always, comedically brilliant in this extended clip from the film, which will be released in 2015.

Kate Beckinsale and Eddie Izzard also star.

Watch below. One word – Biscuits!

Source: Deadline »

- Paul Heath

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Peyton List Turns Golden Glider In ‘The Flash’

17 December 2014 4:30 AM, PST

Though their show turned out to have a decidedly non-prophetic title, fans of The Tomorrow People have something to look forward to, as former cast member Peyton List joins The Flash. Also known as Jane Sterling in Mad Men, the actress takes the role of Lisa, sister to Wentworth Miller’s Leonard Snart. The character is apparently a bit of a loose cannon and has her own supervillain identity in the DC Universe as the The Golden Glider, so expect The CW (who produced Tomorrow People) to place a big order at the spandex factory.  List may also be hitting the ice rink, as the comics depict Snart as a lethal skater who uses these skills to deadly effect as her alter ego. Her main enemy is The Gritter (joke).

It seems Barry Allen has a stunning delivery of trouble heading his way in the coming weeks. List debuts in episode 16 early next year, »

- Steve Palace

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Into The Woods Review

17 December 2014 3:00 AM, PST

Director: Rob Marshall.

Cast: James Corden, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Mackenzie Mauzy, Lilla Crawford, Billy Magnussen, Daniel Huttlestone, Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Tracey Ullman.

Certificate: PG

Running Time: 124 minutes

Synopsis: A childless baker (Corden) and his wife (Blunt), must collect a series of items for a witch (Streep) in order to lift the family curse.

Johnny Depp. Disney. A Stephen Sondheim musical. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were stepping into a Tim Burton movie with Rob Marshall’s latest. With the plethora of fairy tale twists also coming out of Disney at the moment, you’d also be forgiven for thinking this was just another unimaginative money grab. To an extent you’d be right. After all, the stage show may have been around since 1987, but it’s taken this long to come around, and the success of Disney’s Once Upon A Time, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Who Will Show ‘The Interview’? *Updated* Sony Cancel Release

16 December 2014 11:45 PM, PST

Sony Pictures Entertainment now officially have a headache over The Interview. The Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fuelled a major cyber-attack on the studio, leading to private e-mails and personal information being splashed across the media. Attack threats followed on cinemas that screen the movie. The La premiere was noticeable for the stars remaining tight-lipped, with no questions from journalists allowed.  Rogen and Franco withdrew from various appearances. And now what could be seen as the killer blow has been struck – the Carmike Theater Chain, that controls 274 properties, many of which are based in shopping malls, have pulled the film from its Christmas Day slot. Reportedly the mall owners are behind the move, with many expressing their concerns over potential violence.

Other chains are yet to make a decision, though Landmark Theaters just cancelled the New York premiere, due to »

- Steve Palace

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Sports Stars, Teams And Events That Need A Movie Making

16 December 2014 10:37 PM, PST

The sporting biopic is one that Hollywood loves to revisit. Whenever a studio is in need of a little cash they turn to the sports biopic. Over the years we have seen The Fighter, The Wrestler, Ali, Friday Night Lights, Rush, The Damned United and many, many more. And, although it may appear that we have more than enough sporting biopics, we all know that will not be the case. So which sporting achievements will be turned into movies in the future?

Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League success

English football club Liverpool were underwhelming the Premier League in the 2004/05 season – finishing a lowly fifth – yet somehow managed to win the Champions League, the biggest club prize in football. What makes Liverpool’s success worthy of Hollywood was the amount of comebacks that they had to undertake.

The first said comeback was against Olympiakos, who they needed to beat by two clear goals. »

- David Agnew

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Kon-Tiki Review

16 December 2014 2:05 PM, PST

Director: Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg

Cast: Pal Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Tobias Santelmann, Gustaf Skarsgard, Odd-Magnus Williamson, Jakob Oftebro

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 109 minutes

Synopsis: Thor Heyerdal decides to sail a raft from South America to Polynesia in an attempt to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle 4,300 miles away.

Kon-tiki is one of those true stories just made for a cinematic adaptation. The epic tale of one man’s journey for the truth is already an Academy Award winning documentary from way back in 1950. In fact, this story was deemed so important that it was filmed twice. Foreign film fans may think this is a Hollywood adaptation of 2012’s Kon-tiki, when in actual fact it’s just taken this long to get released here in the UK, but rather than dubbing it, the Norwegian cast and crew filmed the scenes in both Norwegian and English. It »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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‘The Walking Dead’ Spin-Off Heads To Hollywood

16 December 2014 1:47 PM, PST

I’ve just managed to polish off the latest episode of the bloody fantastic AMC series The Walking Dead, and am currently sat typing this in anticipation as to what 2015 will bring  for the Andrew Lincoln led zombie drama. Well, we know that it’ll have it’s remaining eight episodes of season five air in the first part of 2015 (starting February), and it will get a spin-off sometime in the future too. We’re hearing this evening that the spin-off, which doesn’t currently have a title, will start shooting in early 2015, and will be set… in California.

There’s a ton of interest in other locations of the ‘Walking Dead’ universe that may exist, and it looks like AMC are directing their attention to the vast Metropolis of Los Angeles for their spin-off, which is rumoured to be a prequel set during the early days of the zombie-outbreak. »

- Paul Heath

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Video: Re-evaluating Top Gun – A Different Opinion On Tom Cruise In The 1986 Classic

16 December 2014 1:23 PM, PST

Now this is pretty interesting. There is definitetly a significant difference between an actor and a movie star. If you were to think back to Tony Scott’s 1986 high-octane action classic Top Gun, you’d probably picture roaring planes set against a sunset backdrop, young, fit men with their shirts off playing volleyball, and Tom Cruise in a role that catapulted him to superstardom. He was the definition of a movie star, and remains in that lucrative position to this very day, but Top Gun was definitely not considered an example of his best acting.

Everyone has their opinion of this movie, and perhaps the most famous one was from celebrated filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who drilled into the homoerotic elements of the film (see this clip from the 1994 movie Sleep With Me where Tarantino describes the film as a story about a man’s struggle with his own homosexuality).

An »

- Paul Heath

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Win The Lego® The Hobbit Lonely Mountain Set & Signed Monopoly!

16 December 2014 9:47 AM, PST

To celebrate the release of The Hobbit Battle of Five Armies, in cinemas now, we’re giving one lucky person the chance to win a Lego® The Hobbit Lonely Mountain, a signed The Hobbit Monopoly set plus a goody bag filled with Hobbit action figures, a replica sword and even a themed t-shirt!

The Lonely Mountain set is the must have for any Hobbit enthusiast – containing a sought after Smaug dragon figure, a first for Lego®!  Bilbo Baggins™ has been sent to look for the Arkenstone™ inside The Lonely Mountain. Find the secret door into the lair of Smaug™ and enter with the Dwarves. Smaug is an enormous fire-breathing Dragon, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, so move fast! Includes five minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: Bilbo Baggins, Balin the Dwarf, Dwalin the Dwarf, Fili the Dwarf and Kili the Dwarf, plus a Smaug figure. You can read »

- Dan Bullock

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Christina Hendricks Hits The ‘Roadies’

16 December 2014 5:00 AM, PST

Cameron Crowe’s Showtime pilot Roadies has received a shot of sass with the news that Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks is joining the cast. She’ll get on the bus alongside Imogen Poots (fast becoming the most ubiquitous name in showbiz) and Luke Wilson in this comedic take on the behind the scenes craziness of a rock tour. Promising territory and one ex-music journo Crowe is no stranger to. He covered similar ground in 2000’s Almost Famous. Hendricks will play production manager Shelli, described as “tough, but privately emotional, married to her job… and scary-good at it.”  Not a million miles away from her role as Joan in Mm, but no less welcome for it.

Rafe Spall and Keisha Castle-Hughes round off the talent, which is heading to Canada for a shoot early next year. With the roster of names attached this looks likely to go to series, though »

- Steve Palace

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The Films That Christmas Forgot

16 December 2014 4:45 AM, PST

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Everywhere you turn the festive period is out in force, decorations are up and it is almost impossible to enter a high-street shop and not be greeted with a Christmas song. Some people can’t get enough of the holiday, my neighbours have had their decorations up since mid-November, others however feel differently. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Christmas, just in small doses. I’m pretty sure this stems from many years working in the retail sector wherein you have to start thinking and planning for Christmas as early as July. The working environment gets manic, managers expect the moon, and the customers can become downright rude. The ‘joys’ of Michael Buble and Chris Rea are also thrust upon staff from around October. Listening to the same ten songs on repeat for a forty hour week is torture enough »

- Kat Smith

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Watch The First Clip For Alex Garland’s Psychological Thriller ‘Ex_Machina’

16 December 2014 3:50 AM, PST

We’re very excited to share with you the first ever clip for Alex Garland’s upcoming directorial debut EX_MACHINA, starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander.

This snippet introduces us to Caleb (Domhnall Glesson), a 24-year-old coder at the world’s largest internet company, who wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat with the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac) – Who looks completely different once again! Described as an intense psychological thriller, Caleb will end up taking part in an experiment with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of robot woman, Ava (Alicia Vikander).

Not only does this contain some of the finest up and coming actors, there’s also a very exciting premise, check it out:

EX_MACHINA opens in the UK on 23rd January, 2015. It’s also written by Garland you’ll also know him as the writer of The Beach, »

- Dan Bullock

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Into The Storm Blu-ray Review

16 December 2014 3:30 AM, PST

Director: Steven Quale

Starring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Alycia Debnam Carey, Matt Walsh, Arlen Escarpeta

Certificate: 12

Running Time: 89 minutes

Extras: Into the Storm: Tornado Files, Titus: The Ultimate Chasing Vehicle, Fake Storms: Real Conditions

Never since the cult classic Twister have the movie studios really dared to throw their money into the turbulent world of tornado thrillers…without sharks. Into The Storm doesn’t mess around with the genre and although struggles to develop interesting dialogue, it does tie down a basic narrative for specific purposes. Basically, it’s time for the small American town of Silverton to be ravaged by tornadoes for what will become the biggest storm in history, which comprises of a mammoth 300-mph monster in the grand finale but, I promise you, that’s not a spoiler unless you haven’t seen a trailer.

Beyond the lack of exciting discussion between characters, »

- Dan Bullock

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When King Kong Met J. Jonah Jameson: J.K. Simmons Heads For ‘Skull Island’

16 December 2014 12:00 AM, PST

Now this news has brightened up my morning. Whereas Legendary Pictures may not be thrilled that Universal set back their release date for Kong: Skull Island, they can rest easy knowing the acting laurels won’t just be carried by a CGI primate. Character actor J.K. Simmons has been confirmed to star alongside Tom Hiddleston in this no doubt action-packed tale from King Kong’s formative years.

Best known in this household as Peter Parker’s tobacco-hoovering boss J.Jonah Jameson in the Sam Raimi Spider-man franchise, Simmons is also the talk of the town following his turn in Whiplash. He’ll need a whip where he’s going, as he will no doubt encounter a variety of dinosaurs and assorted beasties. There’s no news yet on whether Andy Serkis will reprise the title role, though with his duties on Planet Of The Apes he may well experience banana-based »

- Steve Palace

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