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First Set Pic From The ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ TV Show Hits The Net

17 March 2013 2:04 PM, PDT

Shawn Ryan, the man responsible for one of the best TV cop shows of all time The Shield, is currently putting the pieces together for a Beverly Hills Cop show, the pilot for which is currently shooting in Los Angeles. Now, I’m excited about this if nobody else is. Let’s just forget about Beverly Hills Cop III shall we?

The planned series, which is housed at CBS in the Us, the same network as CSI, will star Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley (at least in the pilot), and Brandon T. Johnson, who plays a character named Aaron who is desperate to escape from the shadow of Foley.

David Denman, Kevin Pollak and Sheila Vand also star in the show.

Here’s a set pic tweeted by Ryan on Friday featuring both Murphy and Jackson..

Source: Shawn Ryan

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- Paul Heath

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Jiro Dreams Of Sushi DVD Review

17 March 2013 1:52 PM, PDT

Director: David Gelb

Starring: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono,

Running Time: 81 Minutes

Certificate: Exempt

Is there anything better in life than sushi? The delicious fresh cuts of fish mixed with the unique texture of rice? There is if it is prepared by sushi extraordinaire Jiro Ono. Jiro Dreams Of Sushi tells the remarkable tale of this dedicated chef who has perfected his art to such an extent that he is now world renowned despite the simplicity of his dishes. Jiro Ono owns a 10 seat restaurant in a Tokyo subway station, which isn’t exactly the kind of place you would expect to find a 3-Star Michelin restaurant. The waiting list is ridiculously long, but the food exquisite.

Within minutes of the film starting you will be swept away with Jiro’s unstoppable quest for perfection. How unstoppable you ask? Every aspect of his sushi must be done in a specific way, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Thn Recommends: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2013 Season

17 March 2013 10:00 AM, PDT

At Thn, we’re always eager to share the best of London’s sights, sounds and events and they don’t come much more unique that the stunning Open Air Theatre. It’s situated not far from Baker Street in Regent’s Park and year after year, their excellent productions carry on through all kinds of weather and never fail to impress. We now wanted to share their 2013 season and recommend you pick up tickets early because they’re always hugely popular!

This year’s line-up looks even more film-related than ever, so we’re sure you’ll find something you’ll like. Pride and Prejudice will follow the previously announced production of To Kill a Mockingbird, whilst The Winter’s Tale re-imagined for everyone aged six and over (Having previously caught a similar younger person version of Macbeth here, this will be amazing!) will be staged prior to The Sound of Music »

- Dan Bullock

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Naruto Shippuden Box Set 12 DVD Review

17 March 2013 9:00 AM, PDT

Director: Hayato Date

Starring: Kate Higgins, Chie Nakamura, Maile Flanagan, Junko Takeuchi, Yuri Lowenthal, Noriaki Sugiyama, Ben Diskin, Akira Ishida, Brian Donovan, Hideo Ishikawa, David Lodge, Houchu Ohtsuka

 Running Time: 325 minutes

Certificate: 12

Extras: Trailers, Production Art

Once again this box set throws us into the world of ninjas, talking frogs, epic battle sequences, and a lot of drama. Although this may sound exciting, the first episode is nothing but talk, as the character of Sasuke hears long and plodding explanations of his brother’s actions. It’s never the best way to start off a collection with such a dull episode, but they couldn’t exactly end the last box set with it either.

Episodes 141-153 are included here, which showcase an array of stories including the continuation of Sasuke and Itachi, Naruto having to protect a young warrior as she return to her village, Sasuke taking on Eight-Tails, and »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Adventures In Zambezia DVD Review

17 March 2013 8:00 AM, PDT

Director: Wayne Thornley

Starring: Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonard Nimoy and Richard E. Grant.

Certificate: U

Running Time: 79 minutes

DVD Extras: “Come Fly With Me” music video by Jewels Jaselle and Benj Heard and four featurettes.

Any animated effort made outside the realms of Disney-Pixar is always going to struggle to make an impression with critics. The beauty in their storytelling, along with their glorious and faultless computer animation, show the studio team-up with the House Of Mouse has the smarts to appeal to both children and adults. Consistently churning out genuine masterpieces. Few others have made an indelible mark but Dreamworks’ first two Shrek movies, How To Train Your Dragon and Despicable Me mark highlights in the (Pixar-less) genre, while Anime house, Studio Ghibli’s hand-drawn efforts continue to impress away from Hollywood. Not forgetting the charm of the UK’s very own Aardman Animation. »

- Craig Hunter

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Maximum Conviction DVD Review

17 March 2013 7:30 AM, PDT

Director: Keoni Waxman

Starring: Steven Seagal, Steve Austin, Michael Pare, Ian Robison, Aliyah O’Brien, Steph Song, Michael Adamthwaite, Bren Foster, Toby Levins, Dean Redman, Richard Stroh

Running Time: 93 Minutes

Certificate: 18

Take Steven Seagal, add an ex-wrestler, shove them in a prison, and you have Maximum Conviction, a fairly run of the mill guns and guys action film which may not be perfect, but it does have moments that stand out. The plot sees Seagal and Austin as black ops security officers, currently in charge of decommissioning a prison. Before that, they have to babysit two female prisoners, with mysterious backgrounds. The waste truck is owned by Trojan Waste, with a picture of a wooden horse slapped across the side. No prizes for guessing the inevitable outcome. Still, referencing Greek literature is a step up for straight-to-dvd action movies.

Austin and Seagal are on fine form, never having to emote »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Bloodstone: Subspecies 2 Blu-ray Review

17 March 2013 6:30 AM, PDT

Director: Ted Nicolaou

Starring: Anders Hove, Denice Duff, Kevin Spirtas, Melanie Shatner, Michael Denish, Pamela Gordon, Ion Haiduc

Running Time: 83 Minutes

Certificate: 18

Released along with its predecessor Bloodstone: Subspecies 2 is a sequel worth jumping straight into. Kicking off where Subspecies left off, we see the vampire Radu (Hove) being reassembled by his little red minions. Radu awakes and slaughters his sleeping brother, but is chased away by the encroaching sunlight before he can kill his brothers’ mate Michelle (Duff) and before he can take the Bloodstone. What follows is a chase through the streets of Bucharest.

Denice Duff takes over the role of Michelle from Laura Mae Tate, but it isn’t one of those cast changes that some may find particularly jarring. The biggest shock is just how long Michelle’s hair has grown. Duff gives a more innocent and vulnerable performance, but is also able to hold a sultry and seduction presence. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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The Big Sunday Movie Quiz: Jim Carrey

17 March 2013 3:16 AM, PDT

It’s Sunday, which means its time for Thn’s Big Sunday Movie Quiz! This week we celebrate the release of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with ten questions around the subject of Jim Carrey!!!

There’s no prizes; its all just for fun and a lovely bloody way to dust away that Sunday morning hangover. Enjoy!

Read our review of the film here.

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- Paul Heath

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Thn’s Top 5 St Paddy’s Day Films

17 March 2013 2:23 AM, PDT

17th of March marks the drunkest holiday of the year; St Patrick’s Day! We bring you the best Irish infused films to make you feel Irish for the day. The holiday and Thn celebrates all things Irish, green and anything consisting of alcohol. So, as a little treat, we’ve turned every movie into a drinking game to make sure St Paddy’s is enjoyed to the fullest. But be warned, many poor fake Irish accents may appear. Now pull up a stool, and have a Guinness, because everyone’s Irish tonight.

Boondock Saints (1999)

Two brothers are convinced God is speaking to them and they go on a vigilante killing spree. Mob bosses, pimps, and killers meet their maker at the hands of the catholic twins.

One sip every time a prairie is said.

Two sips every time someone in the film drinks.

A shot every time there’s an image of Jesus. »

- Isra Alkassi

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New Almeida Theatre Announces Four New Trustees

17 March 2013 1:00 AM, PDT

The Almeida Theatre Board have announced that Axel Burrough, John Cassy, Marc Mathieu and Lucy Perman are their new Trustees of the theatre. Christopher Rodrigues Cbe, Chair, Almeida Theatre Board, had this to say:

“I am delighted to welcome our new trustees to the Almeida. All four will bring a wealth of experience in their individual fields and we are thrilled that they have generously volunteered their time to give the Almeida their support and guidance going forward.”

Axel Burrough

An architect who has specialised in the design of theatres and buildings for the arts. Now an independent consultant, he was a director of the Islington-based architects Levitt Bernstein for 38 years. He served on the board of the Theatres Trust for six years and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has acted as an independent assessor for Arts Council England and the Scottish Arts Council and is an Islington resident. »

- Dan Bullock

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See Who’s Being Fingered For ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’!

16 March 2013 1:56 PM, PDT

It appears plans are well underway for the big-screen adaptation of the saucy novel that had ladies around the globe asking themselves, “Why can’t my man treat me like a princess just like Christian, and put it up my arse for a change?” Universal Pictures hired screenwriter Kelly Marcel to pen E. L. James’ filthy best-seller, Fifty Shades Of Grey, following their acquisition of the rights early in 2012. However, there has only been rumours and wishful thinking about who we’ll see romping.

Despite having not bothered my backside to read the novel, it would be a risk for any big-name to take the risqué roles of billionaire Christian Grey and the naughty, naive virgin, Anastasia Steele, and I wholly expected to see some up and coming talent make the leap from a nobody to no clothes. It’s going to be a hit with the housewives whomever appears. »

- Craig Hunter

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Follow In A Kaiju’s Footsteps For ‘Pacific Rim’

16 March 2013 1:30 PM, PDT

It’s a coming. A huge, monster, epic of a film from director Guillermo Del Toro. Pacific Rim takes place in the not-to-distant future (where everything seems to go wrong in film world), where humans use giant robots to fight monsters called Kaiju. Legendary Pictures has released an image teasing the sheer enormity of the beasts that the robots will be battling. As a huge fan of giant robot animes and Japanese kaiju films from the 1950s and beyond, this will no doubt be one of my favourite films of the year. In the words of Godzilla 1998 ‘Size Does Matter’!

Pacific Rim is released 12th July 2013. It stars Idris Elba, Ron PerlmanCharlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day.

Source: Legendary Pictures

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- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Principle Photography Starts On ‘A Walk Among Tombstones’ Starring Liam Neeson

16 March 2013 12:30 PM, PDT

Cross Creek Pictures President Brian Oliver and Exclusive Media’s Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East announced today that principal photography has begun in New York on A Walk Among The Tombstones the new crime thriller starring Oscar® winner Liam Neeson (Schindler’S List, Taken). Joining the cast are Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey); Ruth Wilson (Anna Karenina); Boyd Holbrook (The Host, Milk); David Harbour (Snitch, End Of Watch); Mark Consuelos (American Horror Story); and recording artist / U.S. X Factor fan favourite, Astro.

Written and to be directed by Academy Award® nominated Scott Frank (Out Of Sight, The Lookout), the film is based on one of 17 Matt Scudder novels written by acclaimed crime novelist Lawrence Block. The Scudder series has been in print for over 40 years and translated into over 20 languages. The movie is being produced by Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, with their company Double Feature Films, with Danny DeVito and his company, »

- Dan Bullock

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Disney 53, Week 11: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

16 March 2013 10:00 AM, PDT

Each week, Thn takes a look back at one of the Walt Disney Animated Classics. The ones that the Walt Disney Company showed in cinemas, the ones they’re most proud of, the ones that still cost a bloody fortune no matter how old they are. The really good ones get through more re-editions than a Spielberg movie, and that’s saying something. This week we say goodbye to the package movies with Two Fabulous Characters, Ichabod And Mister Toad.

Directed by Jack Kinney,Clyde Geronimi and James Algar

1949/ 68 Minutes

The last of Disney’s “package films”, Ichabod And Mister Toad basically uses up the last little odds and ends Disney had lying around during the World War Two.

The idea of adapting Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 book The Wind In The Willows actually began in 1938, shortly after the release of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs. Disney wasn’t sure »

- Rob Burch

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Silent Hill: Revelation & A Century Of Damned Cinema

16 March 2013 9:00 AM, PDT

With the DVD release of Silent Hill: Revelation on Monday 18th March,  it’ll be far from the first flick to frighten audiences with visions of the horrors of Hades.

Strange as it may sound, punters have been queuing up to endure the ultimate in torment and suffering for well over a hundred years. Along the way, as well as horrific Hells, Hollywood has given us comic versions, philosophical, political and even erotic Hells, alongside – inevitably – some old-time religion spins on the Lake of Fire. A survey of some of the more memorable examples provides not just an insight into a century of popular attitudes to the Afterlife, but also offers a snapshot of some of the most infernally good, hellishly bad, and devilishly weird films ever made.

In recent Hollywood, the big game-changer in the horror genre was Rosemary’S Baby, Roman Polanski’s hit 1968 chiller which triggered a vogue for Devil movies, »

- David Agnew

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Simon Russell Beale & John Simm To Star In Harold Pinter’s ‘The Hothouse’

16 March 2013 8:00 AM, PDT

Jamie Lloyd Productions today announced that The Hothouse, Harold Pinter’s macabre tragicomedy will return to London’s West End in a new production this May. The Hothouse is next up in a thrilling season of work for Trafalgar Transformed, a joint initiative between director Jamie Lloyd (Donmar’s Passion, Broadway’s Cyrano de Bergerac, the National Theatre’s She Stoops to Conquer, Royal Court’s The Pride) and Howard Panter. It comes hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed Macbeth, starring James McAvoy, tickets for which have sold out. The Hothouse, with design by award-winning Soutra Gilmour, runs from 4 May to 3 August.

Simon Russell Beale (Privates on Parade, National Theatre’s Timon of Athens and Collaborators) is playing Roote and John Simm (Elling, Sheffield Theatres’ Hamlet and Betrayal) as Gibbs. Further casting will be announced shortly. Jamie Lloyd said: “It is a dream come true to be working »

- Dan Bullock

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Where Are They Now? #2: Linda Fiorentino

16 March 2013 7:27 AM, PDT

Saturdays are a little quiet in Hollywood. All of your favourite celebrities are out and about doing those mundane chores, like buying nappies, or the weekly Tesco shop (do they have Tesco in Tinseltown?), or maybe even relaxing with a film of their choice. Anyway, because there won’t be as much movie news hitting Thn over Saturday and Sunday, we’ve been coming up with a few features to share with you, and this is the first: Where Are They Now? The Forgotten Legends.

Have you ever sat down the boozer having a little chat amongst your mates when an obscure film from the 1980s or 1990s pops up, before this sentence rears its ugly head: “I wonder whatever happened to [insert name here]?” Well, each and every Saturday, we will feature one of these lost Hollywood icons and see what they are up to now. This week it’s…

Linda Fiorentino »

- Martin Daniel McDonagh

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Win! Steven Seagal-Starring ‘Maximum Conviction’ On Blu-Ray!

16 March 2013 5:43 AM, PDT

Maximum Conviction, the action bonanza that marks the triumphant return of the all round American action hero Steven Seagal arrives on DVD and Blu-ray through Studio Canal on 18th March 2013.

Maximum Conviction proves that Steven Seagal is still a serious contender for the crown of the King of Action. He still brings the kind of unadulterated, high-octane thrills and spills to the screen that make you grin like a giddy girl! A real-life Aikido genius, Seagal is a true American action hero and it’s our maximum conviction that no one delivers a moody chopdown better than ‘The Great One’!

To celebrate the release of Maximum Conviction, we’re giving away a copy on Blu-ray!

To win yourself the Blu-ray, just answer the following question, what was Steven Seagal’s character in Under Siege called?

A: Casey Affleck

B: Casey Ryback

C: Rasey Cyback

Send us your answer, with your name and address, »

- Dan Bullock

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End Of Watch Blu-Ray Review

16 March 2013 4:00 AM, PDT

Director: David Ayer

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick

Running Time: 109 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Audio Commentary with Writer/Director David Ayer, Deleted Scenes, Alternative Ending (Rough Cut), Featurettes, Interviews with Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, BAFTA Q&A with Michael Peña and John Lesher.

Authentic, and full of integrity and respect are words that welcomed End Of Watch’s theatrical release. But is it any good?

Introduced to Taylor (Gyllenhaal), whose penchant for camcorders help supply many of the movies shots, and ‘Z’ (Pena), we join them patrolling the La streets; breaking up gangs, shooting folk and being cocky. All in a days work you might say, but herein lies End Of Watch’s problem. The authenticity, integrity and respect shown to the Lapd mean this is gritty, dirty film-making, but it’s also full of stereotypes: the brotherly camaraderie between the leads, the uptight pro (Van Houser) and nervous Sarge amongst others. »

- Sam Carey

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Cast Picture Reveals New Additions For ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’

16 March 2013 12:30 AM, PDT

Just how big is the cast for X-men: Days Of Future Past going to get? Well, we can now reveal that their are at least 16 principal cast members thanks to a tweeted picture from Bryan Singer. The picture reveals the head-shots of the main cast, along with three new additions. Daniel Cudmore will be returning to the role of Colossus and hi fellow Twilight cast member Booboo Stewart has joined in an unspecified role. Another new addition is the stunning Fan Bingbing (Booboo and Bingbing??) who may possibly play Blink. Blink is a teleporter with lilac skin and pink hair. Still no official word on Alan Cummings return, as suggested by McAvoy’s comments, but there are some blank places on the wall below, so fingers crossed.

At this point, I’m actually disappointed by the lack of X-men: First Class actors returning. It just seems as though Singer wants »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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