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Homeland Season 2 Blog: Episode 2.7 The Clearing •Spoilers•

18 November 2012 2:05 PM, PST

Director: John Dahl

Writer: Meredith Stiehm

Breakdown: Brody meets with Roya whilst wired; clearly ill at ease Roya isn’t forthcoming to Brody’s requests for information about Gettysburg. Saul visits Aileen in prison to get an ID on the unidentified man, willing to co-operate in exchange for a room with a view Saul becomes emotionally attached but get’s a name.

Brody tells Jess he killed Tom Walker en route to a Presidential fundraiser. Here Dana and Finn tell their mothers of the hit and run – Finn is sent home, whilst Dana plans to inform the police.

Getting an ID and address from Aileen, Saul sends a team led by Peter to detain Mohammed Al Ghamdi – who we learn is actually a musician. Speculating the reason why Aileen lied, Saul realises too late to stop her killing herself.

Brody takes Dana to the station; accosted by Carrie who dissuades »

- Sam Carey

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Frankie Boyle Live – The Last Days Of Sodom DVD Review

18 November 2012 3:30 AM, PST

Starring: Frankie Boyle

Running Time: 80 minutes

Certificate: 18

Extras: Frankie Boyle’s Rehabilitation Programme Pilot

Frankie Boyle shot to fame for his controversial observations and quick wit on Mock The Week. After leaving the show in 2009, Boyle has focused on his stand-up routine and other projects suchas his sketch show Tramadol Nights. Boyle never spends too long out of the spotlight, mostly due to his constant Twitter comments, which bored tabloids pick up and exploit in their newspapers during slow periods. It never fails to anger people, but ultimately just brings more attention to the man who feeds off controversy.

Before reading this you’ll already know if you like Frankie Boyle or not. In other words, Boyle hasn’t changed one bit, which is both his strength and his downfall. You know if his jokes will offend you, so if they do you may want to avoid this release. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Thn Gift Ideas: Dark Bunny Tees – Unique Film Inspired T-Shirts!

18 November 2012 2:30 AM, PST


Yes, we’re going to mention the dreaded C word, Christmas…of course! If you need some inspired inspiration or potential possibilities, we’re here to throw some thoughts your way to try and help clear those present-idea cobwebs! So, you know someone who loves their movies but looking for something a little more inventive? Well then, we highly recommend the truly original Dark Bunny Tees!

It’s run solely by the creative-minded Alex Chenery whose T-Shirt designs are taken straight from the screen but with a twist of genius as he picks out fictional characters and places but gives them a new life. We promise you that cinema lovers the world over will share and appreciate this mutual, deeper understand of that distinctive world created on the big screen. Heck, even the mighty Simon Pegg is a fan saying his work is “Infinite Sartorial Cool” and if the Peggster is on board, »

- Dan Bullock

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20 Stills From Magical Crime Thriller ‘Now You See Me’

18 November 2012 2:00 AM, PST

It seems like only yesterday we were reporting on the release of Now You See Me trailer, the all-star latest from Louis Letterier. Now we have some excellent stills giving us an even deeper look into this heist film where the FBI don’t have to prove that a crime took place or who did it, but how it was done. My guess is we are going to see a lot of techno wizardry playing a big part. The cast is certainly a big one and it reunites Zombieland stars Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson and The Dark Knight cast mates Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. That alone makes me want to see this film. Let’s just hope too much isn’t given away in future trailers and press material as it’s the mystery that is going to make this film work.

Now You See Me is released »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Brad Bird Confirms He Will Direct ’1952′ For Disney Not ‘Star Wars Episode VII’

18 November 2012 1:00 AM, PST

The search for a director worthy of taking on the challenge of Star Wars Episode VII continues, as Brad Bird has confirmed via Twitter that he is directing a sci-fi for Disney, but that sci-fi will be potential George Clooney vehicle 1952 and not the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise. Bird had been suggested as one of the two people Disney were looking at, due to his success with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and his connections with Disney via Pixar. However, he has been adamantly denying any involvement in Star Wars by responding to tweets.

Brad Bird ?@BradBirdA113

“@rsavenell: You are on people’s lists as top choice for Star Wars, yet haven’t confirmed. Please end this tease!” Not doing Star Wars.

“@ClarkGoble: tell me your next one is the new Star Wars!” Nope. A science fiction film. Not Star Wars.

“@JoesMonster: @wearebuffaloz Is it Star Wars Episode VII? »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Awesome New Poster For Twisted Twins’ Superb ‘American Mary’!

17 November 2012 6:49 PM, PST

Certainly one of the horror highlights we’ve seen this year has been The Soska Sisters’ uniquely fucked-up thriller American Mary, which some of us were lucky enough to catch on the UK festival genre circuit at the likes of FrightFest and GrimmFest (catch our review here).

The gory story follows the beautiful Katharine Isabelle’s passionate medical student Mary Mason, whose struggles to follow her dream in becoming a skilled surgeon, lead her a harrowing journey of self discovery – of which there’s no going back.

The performances, direction and writing are outstanding and there are few that beat Jen and Sylvia Soska’s film for an incomparable plot that combines charm, sweetness, shocks with a genuine freakiness. Not to mention bucket-loads of blood. Take it from us it’s one not to be missed – if you’re able to stomach it! Sadly, there are no confirmed Us release dates available as-yet, »

- Craig Hunter

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‘Fright Night Part 2′ Synopsis Sounds Frightfully Familiar & First Casting Confirmed

17 November 2012 10:00 AM, PST

A week or so ago, we brought you the first news that a sequel to last year’s Craig Gillespie-directed remake of Tom Holland’s 80s cult horror Fright Night, had been given the go ahead – but set to go direct-to-dvd. We have the new official plot synopsis, as well as the first actor to sign on for more fang-tastic bloodthirsty antics that appear to sound all too familiar…

When high school student Charlie attends a study abroad program with his horror obsessed friend “Evil” Ed and ex-girlfriend Amy in Romania, he soon discovers their young attractive professor Gerri (Jaime Murray) is a real life vampire. Too bad no one believes him. In fact, Evil Ed finds it amusing and it only feeds his vampire obsession. When Gerri turns Ed, Charlie seeks out Peter Vincent, the infamous vampire hunter (well, he plays one on TV) who is in Romania filming his show “Fright Night, »

- Craig Hunter

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Jff Review: Melting Away

17 November 2012 9:00 AM, PST

Director: Doron Eran

Cast: Hen Yanni, Yonatan Barak, Limor Goldstein and Shay Kadimi.

Running Time: 86 minutes

Plot: The moving story of a family driven into crisis when parents discover their son, Assaf, is cross-dressing. Locked out of the family home, Assaf runs away, and years later his mother hires a private detective in a desperate attempt to track him down. Instead of their ‘son’, the detective finds a glamorous woman who earns her money dancing in cabarets. 

The Jewish Film Festival has been taking place across the UK in November and Melting Away made its UK debut.

Not only does this film showcase the absolute best of the Israeli film industry has to offer, but it is also a great Lgbt film. The transgendered community have often been stereotyped in film, often their portrayals in film being rather comedic and over the top, but Melting Away shows a genuine, heartfelt »

- Lucy Cave

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Big Boys Gone Bananas!* Review

17 November 2012 7:00 AM, PST

Director: Fredrik Gertten

Running time: 90 minutes

First off, if you’re reading this expecting a review of a porno, prepare to be disappointed. (Although why you’d want to read a review of that kind of thing is beyond me. Weirdo.)

In 2009, filmmaker Fredrik Gertten and his small team of production staff made the documentary Bananas!*, a film about a legal conflict between the Dole Food Company and banana plantation workers in Nicaragua. The battle was over the alleged use of a toxic pesticide, that cause sterility in the workers, along with other nasty side effects.

Despite not actually seeing the film themselves, Dole got all pissy about it, and launched a fully fledged attack on Gertten, slapping him with threats and lawsuits left right and centre. This film documents what happened, and the fight that Gertten and his team found themselves in, not only for their livelihood, but for their integrity. »

- Kate Valentine

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Flight Of The Navigator Blu-Ray Review

17 November 2012 6:00 AM, PST

Director: Randal Kleiser

Starring: Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens (voice), Veronica Cartwright

Running Time: 90 minutes

Certificate: U

Extras: Commentary with director

Back in the 1980s, most kids’ movies were more like horror movies. From the Wheelers in Return To Oz that caused most kids to shit themselves to the horrendous, nightmare inducing, ultimate tale of abandonment that was Flight Of The Navigator.

Fotn is the story of a 12-year-old boy named David who takes a bad tumble on a night out and wakes what seems like a few moments later and walks home. He is shocked to find that his family no longer lives there (but Dr Logan from Day Of The Dead does!); somehow he’s traveled into the future, 1986. Dun-dun-dar!

As a kids’ film, Flight Of The Navigator is by no means a Disney classic, however it does have a delicate adventure sensibility and what kid didn’t want »

- John Rain

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The Walking Dead Series Blog 3.5: Say the Word (Contains Spoilers):

17 November 2012 4:30 AM, PST

Written By: Angela Kang

Directed By: Greg Nicotero

The Story: Following on from the harrowing events of last week, a grief-stricken Rick starts to go a bit peculiar, whilst back in Woodbury, Andrea and Michonne each make a terrifying discovery…

The Verdict: How do you follow what was easily one of the best episodes of The Walking Dead ever?  The correct answer would be to make another one, but obviously the producers decided otherwise.

That’s not to say that Say The Word is awful.  Hell, it’s actually pretty good.  But sadly, it lacks in many areas and suffers as a result of having to follow last week’s killer instalment. It’s not a major gripe – after all, not every episode can be an FX heavy actioner with characters dying dramatically left, right, and centre.

The main issue here is that the majority of the episode is centred »

- Matt Dennis

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Thn’s Gift Ideas: Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection & Warner Bros Studio Tour

17 November 2012 4:00 AM, PST

Yes, we’re going to mention the dreaded C word, Christmas…of course! If you need some inspired inspiration or potential possibilities, we’re here to throw some thoughts your way over the next two weekends to try and help clear those present-idea cobwebs!

It doesn’t have to be all worry and last minute panic; we’re going to be featuring the best gadgets, an assortment of film and television box-sets that you can get stuck into, the latest collectible vinyl figures and the most amazing film-inspired T-Shirts. There is, indeed, plenty for everyone. So let’s start with the big one, the boy who lived…Harry Potter and more specifically, that outstanding Wizard’s Collection and this isn’t any old box set, oh no, this collection is the largest and most comprehensive Warner Bros have ever released. Ever.

The 31-disc collection includes all 8 films and a whopping 37 hours of special features, »

- Dan Bullock

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Disney 53, Week 1: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

17 November 2012 3:35 AM, PST

Proposal:  Each week I write/publish an essay on a Disney Animated Feature (Disney 50), eventually leading up to Frozen.

As well as going into the history and legacy of each, I’m thinking of a scoring system, scoring each out of 53.

This is a sorta-personal one for me as I’ve been collecting the Disney 50 for a while now.

Week 1: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

1937/ 83 Minutes

Directed by David Hand

Budget:            $ 1.5 million

Box office:      $ 416 million

Synopsis: The Wicked Queen, Grimhilde (yes, that’s her actual name) gets jealous of her stepdaughter Snow White’s good looks and the affections of a random Stalky Prince,  and plots to do her in. She hires a hit-man to bump her off, but he bottles it and lets her go.

Befriended by the Cute Woodland Animals Snow escapes a miserable life of unpaid menial labour for a wonderful life of unpaid menial »

- Rob Burch

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Tim Roth & Jean Dujardin In Mysterious ‘Mobius’ Trailer

17 November 2012 3:00 AM, PST

Mobius isn’t giving very much away in terms of plot, character, or narrative. But it has most certainly created an intriguing and  mysterious atmosphere in its first trailer. The film will see an Fsb officer (Jean Dujardin) fall in love with an inside trader (Cecile de France) who launders money for her boss (Tim Roth). It may only be one minute long, but the trailer has me hooked, with lots of close-ups of suspicious characters, and an explanation of the Mobius Strip, which is a mathematical object which consists of a single strip forming a circle, simply by following it round, you can travel on both sides without ever crossing an edge. This probably relates to Dujardin and other characters playing both sides seamlessly.

Mobius is looking at a 27th February release date in France, but has not yet been scheduled for anywhere else. It stars Jean Dujardin, Cecile de France, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Double The Rudd In Posters For ‘This Is 40′ & ‘Admission’

17 November 2012 2:00 AM, PST

Who doesn’t love a bit of relatable everyman Paul Rudd? Well, probably some people, but those naysayers can suck it, because we are giving you a double dosage on this fine morn. We have posters for his upcoming comedies This Is 40 and Admission. What did you expect? The man has about five films in post-production and is gearing up for a return in Anchorman: The Legend Continues.

This Is 40 is a ‘kind of sequel’ to Knocked Up (2007), which follows the lives of Pete (Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) after the events of that film as they approach the big Four O. Admission sees Tina Fey working as an admissions officer at Princton University, who gets involved with a potential student (Rudd).

This Is 40 is released is released in the Us on 21st December 2012 and in the UK 14th February 2013. It stars Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segal, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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‘Life Of Pi’ Featurettes Discuss 3D & CGI Tiger

17 November 2012 1:00 AM, PST

What can we say that hasn’t already been said? Life Of Pi is relentlessly assaulting us with new material every week and rather than getting sick and tired of all the material, we welcome it. Here we have two little featurettes which see James Cameron discussing the 3D used in the film, and the creation of this years Best Actor In A Supporting Role (probably) Richard Parker. And no, that isn’t the same one we saw earlier in the tear in The Amazing Spider-man. The CGI used for Richard Parker is fantastic, and I mean that in the sense that it isn’t preoccupied with being completely realistic. It does have this otherworldly feel, which is how I think CGI should be treated. To see the gigantic hoard of posters and trailers then simply go here.

Life Of Pi is released 21st November 2012 in the Us & 20th December 2012 in the UK. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Magical Heist ‘Now You See Me’ Gets A Trailer

17 November 2012 12:00 AM, PST

An all-star cast join together in Louis Leterrier’s latest film which involves a group of magicians known as The Four Horseman (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco) who openly rob a bank during one of their shows. Only problem for the FBI (Mark Ruffalo) is that they can’t prove how the magicians managed to pull off the stunt as they were in La and the bank was in Paris. Quite the conundrum indeed. The FBI turn to magic debunker Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) to help with the case.

The first trailer is now here for your viewing pleasure and looks to have enough mind games, action, and funny bits, to make a fairly pleasing blockbuster. However, I’m just looking at this as though it were Jonathan Creek the movie. Although I guess Morgan Freeman is the black Alan Davies. It’s also nice to »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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‘Doctor Who: The Snowmen’ Christmas Special Trailer & Prequel Short

16 November 2012 11:00 PM, PST

Since those cruel fiends that produce advent calendars generally only allow them to start on 1st December, let’s count down ourselves. Behind door number 1 is the trailer to the Doctor Who Christmas Special, titled simply, ‘The Snowmen’. With an introduction by Matt Smith and latest companion Jenna Louise Coleman, who makes her debut appearance in this episode (Wink, Wink), the trailer shows Richard E. Grant being devilishly evil, with an army of killer snowmen. I must say I adored the line “I said I would feed you, I never said who to.”

You can also view the episode’s short prequel below. Just to make sure you are in the loop when it all goes down on Christmas Day (That’s 25th December). It looks as fantastic as ever, and I’ve actually enjoyed the mid-season break, as I know I wont have to wait too long after Christmas »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Are You Feeling ‘The Heat’ Of Bullock & McCarthy In This Trailer?

16 November 2012 1:36 PM, PST

After Bridesmaids made a star of scene-stealing Melissa McCarthy and a capable, comic director of Paul Feig, big things are now expected of the duo. The two reunite in female buddy-cop comedy The Heat, where McCarthy’s Detective Joyce Nelson is paired with Oscar-winning superstar Sandra Bullock’s FBI agent Katerina James (who’s been quietly moved on by her superiors after often upstaging her male colleagues), to tackle a Russian mobster and his drug smuggling ring.

I got a lot of laughs out of Bridesmaids and Bullock can do agents and cops in her sleep after the likes of Miss Congeniality (although the less said about the sequel, the better), Murder By Numbers and Demolition Man. Whether the two work well together remains to be seen but this new trailer looks to be a whole lot of angry fun without really being gut-busting.

The Heat hits cinemas on the »

- Craig Hunter

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Lots Of Action-Packed Fight Footage & Images From ‘Thor: The Dark World’

16 November 2012 11:30 AM, PST

Chris Hemsworth is now a fully fledged superstar, after his role as hammer-swinging demi-God Thor landed in cinemas in 2010. He reprised the role for record-breaking superhero smash-up Avengers Assemble in the early summer months and he’s currently shooting the sequel to Kenneth Branagh’s franchise opener here in the UK (this time helmed by Game Of Thrones regular Alan Taylor).

Earlier this week we brought you this exclusive first image of a crimson-coloured villain (expected to be Algrim The Strong, as played by Adeale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), as well as a number of other images of Christopher Ecclestone’s main big-bad Malekith and his army. Now we can show you some new video footage and images of Thor in battle with Ecclestone’s evildoer.

Thor: The Dark World co-stars Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins. It »

- Craig Hunter

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