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Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the tragic yet inspiring trailer for Boston Marathon drama Stronger

23 June 2017 6:09 AM, PDT

Author: Zehra Phelan

Stronger is based on the real life story of Jeff Bauman, who was caught in the crossfire and lost both his legs at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Today the first trailer has landed.

Unlike last year’s Patriots Day, in which Mark Wahlberg played a cop at the heart of the Boston Marathon bombing, Stronger flips the coin to focus its narrative on one of the survivors of the horrific tragedy. The trailer takes us back to that fateful day in 2013, where one man proudly attends the marathon to support his girlfriend, when a bomb tears through the crowd. We follow Bauman as he struggles with the loss of his legs, going from anger to inspirational in the two and a half minute trailer.

Directed by David Gordon Green and written by John Pollono, Stronger also stars Tatiana Maslany and Academy Award® nominee Miranda Richardson as Patty Bauman.

Stronger Synopsis

Stronger is the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become the symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff, a 27-year-old, working-class Boston man who was at the marathon to try and win back his ex-girlfriend Erin (Tatiana Maslany). Waiting for her at the finish line when the blast occurs, he loses both his legs in the attack. After regaining consciousness in the hospital, Jeff is able to help law enforcement identify one of the bombers, but his own battle has just begun.

He tackles months of physical and emotional rehabilitation with the unwavering support of Erin and his family. It is Jeff’s deeply personal account of the heroic journey that tests a family’s bond, defines a community’s pride and inspires his inner courage to overcome devastating adversity. Filled with raw emotion, humanity and humour, Stronger is the inspirational real-life story of the man who became the living embodiment of “Boston Strong.”

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Edgar Wright opens up on his “creative difference” split with Marvel over Ant-Man

23 June 2017 6:06 AM, PDT

Author: Zehra Phelan

After the bombshell LucasFilm dropped on us this week – that they have parted company with the directors of the untitled Hans Solo, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, over creative differences, talk has been rife amongst the film community surrounding past director and studio splits over the years with Edgar Wright taking the driver’s seat.

The most talked about from recent years is Baby Driver and Shaun of The Dead director Edgar Wright’s parting of company with Marvel after a divergence in vision for the Paul Rudd led Ant-Man. Whilst on a promotional tour for his latest musical heist caper, Wright joined Kristopher Tapley on Variety’s Playback Podcast and reflected on his Ant-Man exit with nothing but positivity while giving an insight into the creative differences that paved his exit.

“I think the most diplomatic answer is I wanted to make a Marvel movie but I don’t think they really wanted to make an Edgar Wright movie. It was a really heartbreaking decision to have to walk away after having worked on it for so long, because me and Joe Cornish in some form—it’s funny some people say, ‘Oh they’ve been working on it for eight years’ and that was somewhat true, but in that time I had made three movies so it wasn’t like I was working on it full time. But after The World’s End, I did work on it for like a year, I was gonna make the movie. But then I was the writer-director on it and then they wanted to do a draft without me and having written all my other movies, that’s a tough thing to move forward thinking if I do one of these movies I would like to be the writer-director. Suddenly becoming a director for hire on it, you’re sort of less emotionally invested and you start to wonder why you’re there, really.”

After Edgar Wright left, Marvel brought in Peyton Reed to take up the director’s chair and asked Paul Rudd and Adam McKay to rewrite the script whilst still keeping hold of most of the cast Wright had brought in. Wright never looked back though, and although he was upset the departure gave him time to move on and create the film which is about to be released next week, Baby Driver.

“The good thing that came out of it is I got to kind of move on to [Baby Driver], which was a script that I had already written. And maybe one of the ironies about it is I had thought in the back of my head, ‘Well if the Marvel movie does well, maybe I’ll have enough muscle to get Baby Driver made,’ and so it’s ironic I guess that I didn’t make that movie and got Baby Driver made, and with a studio, which for an original movie is very rare. And the other important thing for me is almost the entirety of my crew who were gonna do that movie sort of left in solidarity, so it was really important to me to get another film going so I could kind of re-employ them all. So the funny thing about Baby Driver is it pretty much features all the [Heads of Department] who were gonna do the other movie with me.”

Ant-Man still proved to be somewhat of a hit amongst fans, but we can’t help wondering, with Wright at the helm if this could have been one hell of a different movie.

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- Zehra Phelan

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Tamed Aliens, Harmonic Nuns and a Leather Catsuit: Strange Tales from 1992’s Summer of Cinema

23 June 2017 3:43 AM, PDT

Author: Cai Ross

The summer movie season of 1992 opened under a cloud; a dark cloud from the still-smouldering buildings that had burned to the ground during the La riots in April. Racial tension after the disastrous acquittal of Rodney King’s uniformed attackers had reached an all-time high and Hollywood appealed for calm.

Thus, in a touchingly bold demonstration of selfless generosity, Walter Hill’s unremarkable urban thriller, The Looters, was hastily withdrawn and held back until Christmas, re-christened Trespass (memorably starring two Bills – Paxton and Sadler – and a pair of Ices – T and Cube). Elsewhere, it was business as usual.

The Rodney King affair was briefly alluded to in Lethal Weapon 3, the second-biggest hit of the summer and one of only a handful of ‘sure things’ on the menu. Though there were mutterings about the dominance of sequels in the summer movie season, there were weird things afoot in most of the other returnees. Aside from Lethal Weapon 3 – which was essentially a watered down Lethal Weapon 2 with too much added Joe Pesci – the rest of the sequels veered off into strange tangents, with varying results.

Alien 3, for example strayed dangerously far from the template set down by the first two classics. Bravely, it has to be said, David Fincher tried to create a quasi-religious epic, following Scott’s horror movie and Cameron’s war film. Latterly, Fincher’s frustrations and behind-the-scenes interferences became legendary, but audiences didn’t click with his compromised vision and it became the first in a long line of Alien movies to fall a bit flat.

Another major sequel, Honey, I Blew Up The Baby was in fact the complete opposite of 1989’s Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, culminating in the spectacle of a 99 foot toddler stomping through Las Vegas. It was directed without enthusiasm by Grease director Randal Kleiser, reminding audiences once again why no one remembers who directed Grease.

It wasn’t just sequels that dared to be different. One of the strangest mainstream offerings of the year was Robert Zemeckis’s black comedy, Death Becomes Her, which might have been a delicious satire on America’s vain obsession with cosmetic surgery if only Bruce Willis had stopped shouting at everyone like he was trying to prevent a plane crash.

Back in the ‘90s, much more so than today, comedies were a vital part of the summer success story – an inexpensive sop for the grown-ups while their teenage kids watched things explode in Screen 7. There were high hopes for Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn’s Housesitter, which was only a medium-sized hit, despite the bit where Steve Martin sings ‘Tura Lura Lura’ to his dad, and the other bit when his falls over his couch.

Boomerang was a bigger hit and restored some credibility to Eddie Murphy’s career after the crippling one-two punches of Harlem Nights and Another 48 Hours. It was also responsible for one of the great ironic ‘First Dance At a Wedding’ songs, Boys II Men’s The End of The Road.

Nicolas Cage embarked on a three year long career as a romantic comedy star with the rather wonderful Honeymoon in Vegas, famed for its skydiving Elvis finale. Tom Hanks and his Big director Penny Marshall reteamed to great success with wartime baseball comedy A League of Their Own, which also saw Geena Davis giving a star performance and Madonna giving a bearable one. “There’s no crying in baseball!!!” was probably the most quoted line of the summer.

As with City Slickers in 1991, comedy provided the biggest sleeper hit of the summer: Sister Act, with Whoopi Goldberg excelling as a murder witness hiding out in a convent. As with City Slickers, an unwise sequel was hastily made and hastily forgotten. The original though, was the sixth biggest film of the year and is still going strong as a west-end show to this day.

It wasn’t just the many and varied comic tastes of adults that were appeased; semi-literate young people were also provided for by Encino Man (or California Man as we knew it, since we don’t know where Encino is. It’s in California). Noted for Brendan Fraser’s first stab at the big time, this grungy caveman caper will be of interest to young contemporary archeologists keen to investigate who or what Pauly Shore was.

Teenagers were also palmed off with a silly-sounding comedy called Buffy The Vampire Slayer, written by first-time screenwriter Joss Whedon. Starring Kristy Swanson as the eponymous heroine, but marketed as a vehicle for Beverly Hills 90210 heart-throb Luke Perry, the producers had hoped for a chunk of the Bill & Ted audience that Encino Man hadn’t swallowed up. Sadly, they had to make do with a long-running spin-off television show regularly cited as one of the greatest ever made. Gnarly.

The stalking killer thriller phenomenon that started with The Silence of The Lambs and Cape Fear echoed into 1992 with solid hits like Unlawful Entry and Single White Female. Even Patriot Games – a sort-of sequel to The Hunt For Red October with Harrison Ford rebooting Alec Baldwin’s Jack Ryan – for all its CIA espionage and partial understanding of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, was basically a slasher movie, with Sean Bean doing to Harrison Ford what Robert De Niro had done to Nick Nolte the year before. (Sean Bean dies, obviously).

Crimes against the Emerald Isle weren’t restricted to the gratuitous amounts of Clannad in Patriot Games. Tom Cruise’s Irish accent in Ron Howard’s Far and Away was the benchmark for all bad Irish accents until Brad Pitt graciously took the relay baton in The Devil’s Own. The film, shot in glorious 70mm was the biggest risk of the summer and proved to be the dampest squib, considering the star power of Cruise and (then-wife) Nicole Kidman. Despite looking ravishing, the script had all the depth of a bottle-cap.  It desperately wanted to be a timeless classic in the David Lean tradition but held up against Unforgiven, which was released in August, Far & Away was shown up as the glorified Cbbc TV special it was.

Unforgiven came out of nowhere. Clint Eastwood’s previous movie, The Rookie, was somehow even worse than 1989’s Pink Cadillac. However, he’d been sitting on David Webb Peoples’ script for years until he was finally old enough to play William Munny. An extraordinary, mature and masterful critique of Western mythology, Unforgiven was hailed as Eastwood’s best work from the get-go, took the summer’s number five spot and would later win a handful of Oscars, including Pest Picture.

So who was the box office champion of Summer ’92? Well, that question was never in any doubt. Tim Burton’s Batman was the cultural phenomenon of 1989, redefining the parameters of box office limitations and merchandise licensing in a way not seen since Star Wars. Speculation as to who Batman would fight next and who would play him/her began immediately. Dustin Hoffman was touted to play The Penguin and Annette Bening was actually cast as Catwoman, before pregnancy forced her to drop out.

On the 19th of June, all was revealed when Batman Returns opened to a spectacular $45m weekend, $5m more than the original. Michael Keaton returned as The Caped Crusader (having split up with the creditably tight-lipped Vicki Vale), while not one but three villains put up their dukes. Danny DeVito played the Penguin as a deformed, subterranean leader of a gang of circus act drop-outs. Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman (perhaps her signature role) was transformed from a clumsy secretary into a vengeful whip-wielding dominatrix. Christopher Walken borrowed ‘DocEmmett Brown’s hair to play new villain, Max Shreck.

Despite the enormous opening weekend, things took a downward turn almost immediately. Audiences expecting more of the same were treated to a dark, nose-bitingly violent combination of German Expressionism, kinky S&M and oversized rubber ducks. The box office the following week dropped by 40%, and there was further controversy when McDonalds had to deal with the ire of horrified parents across America, ‘tricked’ by their Batman Returns Happy Meals into taking their kids to watch Burton’s deranged fairy tale, pussy jokes et al.

The backlash (against what is now considered a unique high-water mark in the superhero genre), meant that Batman Returns wound up making $100m less than its predecessor and it placed third for the year, behind Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, a film so determined to give its audience a familiar experience that it simply changed the first film’s screen directions from Int. Kevin’S House – Night to Ext. New York – Night and reshot the entire script. (The box office crown for the year was taken eventually by Disney’s Aladdin.)

Warner Bros. took evasive action, hiring Joel Schumacher to sweeten the mix, which would help to restore Batman’s fortunes in 1995, before everything, literally absolutely everything went wrong in 1997 and the world had to wait for Christopher Nolan to finish attending Ucl, become a director and save the Dark Knight from the resultant ignominy.

Hollywood was given a crash course in the perils of straying too far from a winning formula in the summer of ’92. Sadly, for a while at least, it learned its lesson.

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- Cai Ross

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From superhero on the streets to superhero in the courtroom, Chadwick Boseman stars in new trailer for Marshall

22 June 2017 5:15 AM, PDT

Author: Zehra Phelan

Chadwick Boseman may have only recently thrilled audiences in the debut trailer for The Black Panther but now we get to witness the star in the making in a completely different role in the new trailer for Marshall.

The story focuses on Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice in his early years as a young lawyer tasked with defending a black chauffeur in a highly publicised sexual assault case. Paired with young Jewish lawyer Friedman in a segregationist court, he’s forced to fight prejudice as he and Friedman work their case — which helped set the stage for the future Civil Rights Movement.

In a recent statement director, Reginald Hudlin wanted to state this was far from a biopic and hits all the right notes for a thriller “It’s a thriller, not a biopic, about an early case of one of the greatest lawyers in American history. In a time when we need heroes who fight for justice, Marshall is an inspirational movie that brings people together. And it’s a lot more fun than anyone expects.”

The project is directed by Oscar nominee Reginald Hudlin, the film stars Chadwick Boseman as the legendary attorney and Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall.  Josh Gad takes on the role as lawyer Sam Friedman. Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, James Cromwell, Sterling K. Brown and Keesha Sharp complete the cast.

Marshall Official Synopsis

As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick A. Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case.

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- Zehra Phelan

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Venom, Carnage and the future of the Spider-Man Franchise

22 June 2017 5:11 AM, PDT

Author: Zehra Phelan

In a recent article in The Hollywood Reporter, which looks at the relationship between Marvel and Sony surrounding Sony’s rights to the Spider-Man franchise a few details about its future and planned spin-offs were revealed and how our young Spidey might fit in.

Related: Spider-Man: Homecoming News

It’s no secret that Sony’s grip on the web-slinger has proved not too fruitful in the past, but after coming to a deal with Marvel in which Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that Sony can deal with the business side while Marvel took control of the creative.

“It really came down to me telling Amy in her office that I think the best thing for this character is: Sony has the rights, that’s not changing,” Feige recalls. “Have Sony pay for the movie, distribute the movie, and market the movie. Just let us make the movie and incorporate him into our universe.”

As we are already aware Tom Hardy will star in Venom which incorporates the Villian, Carnage. Also, another spin-off will come in the form of Silver & Black, no release date has been set as yet but an autumn shoot is planned and it will feature characters Silver Sable and Black Cat. Other projects will focus on Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio. The idea says a studio source, is to build out a world gradually rather than launch one immediately. However, the Spider-Man villain ensemble, Sinister Six has been completely axed.

On the future of Tom Holland as our new neighbourhood hero, we already know he is already contracted for two sequels but their intention is to bring him into the spinoffs and possibly other Marvel films (he is currently shooting Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War).

Also, we can expect to see another Marvel character make an appearance in Spider-Man 2, As with Homecoming we get Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man but it has been made clear it will be a completely different character.

Kevin Feige said “Suddenly this goes from being a third reincarnation and a sixth movie to a first, “It’s the first time Spider-Man gets to interact with the world in which he belongs.”

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- Zehra Phelan

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New trailer debuts for Oscar hopeful Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell

22 June 2017 5:04 AM, PDT

Author: Scott Davis

Fox Searchlight Pictures have today debuted a brand new trailer for their upcoming comedy-drama Battle of the Sexes, which you can view in the player below.

Directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, the filmmakers behind Little Miss Sunshine, the film tells the true story of the match between tennis greats Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) and Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) from the 1970’s that was dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes”. The film is produced by Danny Boyle (T2 Trainspotting), amongst others, and is written by Simon Beaufoy, the Academy Award Winning writer of Slumdog Millionaire.

Here’s the official synopsis:

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the Battle Of The Sexes and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.

The film also stars Andrea Riseborough (Birdman), Sarah Silverman (The Book of Henry), Bill Pullman (Independence Day: Resurgence) and Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) and is set to open in UK cinemas on October 20th.

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- Scott Davis

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The eighth Saw sequel title confirmed as Jigsaw

22 June 2017 3:48 AM, PDT

Author: Zehra Phelan

The title for the eighth outing in the Saw franchise has finally been revealed as Jigsaw, which sees Lionsgate dropping the production of Saw: Legacy.

It had been revealed years ago by the franchise creators, James Wan and Leigh Whannell that in fact, the original title was Jigsaw, does this mean that the franchise is paying homage to its roots? Well, according to the Lionsgate synopsis we can expect to see bodies turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade. Or has an apprentice picked up the mantle of Jigsaw, perhaps even someone inside the investigation?

Directed by Peter and Michael Spierig, the cast for the eighth film in the franchise includes Mandela Van Peebles, Laura Vandervoort, Brittany Allen, Callum Keith Rennie, Matt Passmore, Hannah Emily Anderson, Josiah Black, Shaquan Lewis, Michael Bolsvert, and James Gomez. The original Jigsaw, Tobin Bell is said to be returning to the series but in what capacity hasn’t been made clear at this point.

In his signature black and red robes, Jigsaw was a former civil engineer dying from an inoperable frontal lobe tumour that had developed from colon cancer. After a failed suicide attempt, Kramer found a new appreciation for his life and decided to dedicate the rest of his life to inspiring the same appreciation in others by testing their will to live.

His methods include forcing his subjects through deadly scenarios, which he referred to as “games” or “tests”, in which they were forced to inflict pain upon themselves or others in order to escape. These tests were typically symbolic of what Jigsaw perceived as a flaw in each person’s moral character or life. The Jigsaw name was given to him by the media for his practice of cutting a puzzle piece shape of flesh from those who fail.

Jigsaw is due to be released in October 2017

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- Zehra Phelan

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Star Trek Discovery: First Look Image of Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca revealed

22 June 2017 3:19 AM, PDT

Author: Zehra Phelan

A first look image of Jason Isaac as Captain Gabriel Lorca in the forthcoming Star Trek Discovery has emerged without even Isaac cracking a smile – Looks like this is going to be one character that’s going to be hard to warm to.

Related: Star Trek Discovery News

Isaac’s Gabriel Lorca is said to be a brilliant military tactician, an ice cold character whose, seated position within the image looks slightly rigid and uncomfortable. The suit provides the rigid outlook of our new captain with a blurred look at the Bridge of U.S.S. Discovery in the background.

Also Netflix recently announced the UK premiere date, of the 25th of September for the new Star Trek adventure, almost exactly 30 years to the day since The Next Generation first aired. New episodes of the show will be available every Monday to view. The first eight episodes will run until November in the UK, the second half, consisting of seven episodes, starting in January 2018.  The show will begin airing in the United States on the 2 September on CBS. The first two episodes will then be made available on CBS All Access for Us viewers, with subsequent episodes being uploaded on the streaming service weekly.

The show’s cast includes James Frain as Spock’s famed Vulcan Father Sarek, Jason Isaac is Captain Lorca, Sonequa Martin as Commander Burham, Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, Shazad Latif will now star as Lieutenant Tyler, a Starfleet officer in the Federation. Rekha Sharma will star as Commander Landry, the security officer of the Starship Discovery. Kenneth Mitchell will star as Kol, a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire. Clare McConnell will star as Dennas, a leader in the Klingon Empire. Damon Runyan will star as Ujilli, a leader in the Klingon Empire.

Back in March, HeyUGuys’ very own Dave Sztypuljak had the chance to the speak to the former Harry Potter star at the launch of the Forbidden Forest at Warner Bros studio Tour. He asked What it was like to be cast in the role and what we can expect from his character in Star Trek Discovery, obviously not one for giving anything away all he could muster was a “No Idea” – watch the video below for his answer.

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- Zehra Phelan

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We’ve seen some of Coco and it’s a dark and beautiful new direction for Pixar

22 June 2017 3:12 AM, PDT

Author: Linda Marric

Could an animation which deals with themes relating to death and the afterlife be the thing to give Pixar the push it’s been craving for the last couple of years?  After years of being at the top of their game, Pixar take things even further by challenging themselves and their audiences with the release of Coco, a film which references Mexican culture and tradition in the most positive way. Coco is not only a brave departure from Pixar and Disney’s Anglocentric traditions, but can also be regarded as a love letter to Mexico and its people.

An early footage presentation given to the press this week in London showcased the brilliance of co-director and screenwriter Adrian Molina, who was in attendance alongside Producer Darla K Anderson. In their presentation, the pair were able to divulge some of the secrets behind this highly anticipated animation and what to expect when it’s finished. Being of Mexican descent, Molina admits to using his own family’s experiences and Hispanic background to tell a story relating to the tradition of Dia de los Muertos (The Day of of the Dead), a festival in which Mexican families honour and remember their dead.

Molina also admits to being very inspired by artist José Guadalupe Posada’s and his Dia de los Muertos iconic artwork. With colourful representations of skulls, bones and the celebratory iconography of death and the afterlife, the film is bound to strike a chord with those familiar with this tradition and even those who are less au-fait with it.

Co-Directed by Lee Unkrich (Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3) Coco follows the adventures of 12 year-old Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) who finds himself in the land of the Dead after going against the wishes of his family and stealing something valuable from a deceased local celebrity. Unkrich, Molina and their team went though a grueling process in selecting Gonzalez for the role. As both Darla K Anderson and Molina reiterated at the presentation, the role had to go to someone who not only could act, but who could also sing and be a good all-rounder.

Darling of indie cinema and hugely talented Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal also lends his voice to this production. He plays a dead entertainer who wants to help Miguel in his quest of getting back to the land of the living. Benjamin Pratt voices a character named Ernesto de la Cruz, a traditional singer and performer who according to Molina is inspired by classical Mexican cinema.

The unfinished footage, although missing quite a bit of artwork, shows the huge potential attached to this production. Molina and Anderson talked candidly about the camaraderie on set with members of the crew who were from Mexican descent also chipping in with ideas and correcting any inaccuracies, which is sure to put any doubts about cultural appropriation to rest.

Equally, it is also worth mentioning that any doubts or misgivings anyone might have had regarding the universality of this story, are quickly dissipate the more we find out about this beautifully crafted production and the people who worked tirelessly to bring it to fruition. Coco might be seen by some as a direct response to Trump’s America, its positive outlook on the Mexican community will surely help dissipate decades of stereotypes in Hollywood cinema and are sure to help those who want to make stories about their own communities.

Tonally, the film is rather dark in its subject, but is never short on laughs and mischief. The dialogue, although in English, is peppered with Spanish words and hugely affecting and joyous musical pieces, which are sure to stick with you even after leaving the cinema.

Coco strikes the right balance between trying to please the adults in the room, without ever alienating its younger audiences. Add to that, the presence of a “not so cute” hairless dog names Danté  and you have all the ingredients needed for a well rounded, charming and enjoyable feature. And whether we like it or not, the use of skull iconography, which has become prominent even in the UK around Halloween time recently, is only likely to get more popular with kids wanting to emulate their new favourite Disney movie.

On the whole, Coco looks to be destined for success, judging by the reaction to the film at the presentation, and even if it fails to garner as much interest as its predecessors, its makers should be commended for stepping out their comfort zone and giving us this truly wonderful story.

Pixar’s Coco arrives in the Us on November 22, and in the UK on January 19, 2018.

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- Linda Marric

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European Premiere Interviews: Edgar Wright, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm & more for Baby Driver

21 June 2017 1:38 PM, PDT

Author: Jon Lyus

This sweltering evening in London town saw the return of one of the brightest stars in the cinematic sky. Director Edgar Wright brought his latest film to the capital and we were there to meet him and the cast on the red carpet of Baby Driver.

The new film from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz man Edgar Wright stars Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Ansel Elgort, Jon HammJamie Foxx, Eliza Gonzalez, Cj JonesJon Bernthal, Lanny Joon, and Paul Williams which is a ridiculously good cast. They are elevated in the film by Baby’s Driver secret weapon – the soundtrack. You can see the full tracklist below, and will no doubt have enjoyed the kinetically pleasing trailers. Wright’s command of editing and his keen ear for cinematically apposite music is put to full use in the film, and you can read our 5 star review of the film right here.

HeyUGuys own Colin Hart and Scott Davis at the Baby Driver Premiere

Scott Davis and Colin Hart were on the carpet this evening, here’s how they got on.

Baby Driver is released in UK cinemas June 28.

Baby Driver European Premiere Interviews

Baby Driver Motion Picture Soundtrack Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – ‘Bellbottoms’ Bob & Earl – ‘Harlem Shuffle’ Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – ‘Egyptian Reggae’ Googie Rene – ‘Smokey Joe’s La La’ The Beach Boys – ‘Let’s Go Away For Awhile’ Carla Thomas – ‘B-a-b-y’ Kashmere Stage Band – ‘Kashmere’ Dave Brubeck – ‘Unsquare Dance’ The Damned – ‘Neat Neat Neat’ The Commodores – ‘Easy (Single Version)’ T. Rex – ‘Debora’ Beck – ‘Debra’ Incredible Bongo Band – ‘Bongolia’ The Detroit Emeralds – ‘Baby Let Me Take You (in My Arms)’ Alexis Korner – ‘Early In The Morning’ David McCallum – ‘The Edge’ Martha and the Vandellas – ‘Nowhere To Run’ The Button Down Brass – ‘Tequila’ Sam & Dave – ‘When Something Is Wrong With My Baby’ Brenda Holloway – ‘Every Little Bit Hurts’ Blur – ‘Intermission’ Focus – ‘Hocus Pocus (Original Single Version)’ Golden Earring – ‘Radar Love (1973 Single Edit)’ Barry White – ‘Never, Never Gone Give Ya Up’ Young Mc – ‘Know HowQueen – ‘Brighton RockSky Ferreira – ‘Easy’ Simon & Garfunkel – ‘Baby DriverKid Koala – ‘Was He Slow (Credit Roll Version)’ Danger Mouse (featuring Run The Jewels and Big Boi) – ‘Chase Me

Movie Synopsis

A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

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Flaming swords, angry dragons and all out war in the new trailer for Game of Thrones Season 7

21 June 2017 9:31 AM, PDT

Author: Jon Lyus

In a moment of perfect timing the scorching hot weather here in the UK has had many of us wishing for winter, and winter is almost here. The new trailer for HBO’s mammoth series Game of Thrones has been released, and there’s so much to see.

HBO have packed a lot into the trailer which is just shy of two minutes. Given that we are now very far from the published work of George R. R. Martin the Throners will cast all three of their eager eyes over every frame of this new look.

Some of this we knew already. Sansa is at Winterfell, here she begins the trailer walking beneath the Weirwood trees so important to Bran’s ever-increasing power. Bran himself has graduated to a wheelchair and looks to be at The Wall. As you can see below we have this illuminating shot of Beric Dondarrion and his flaming sword which is about as hype as you can get without both Clegane brothers in the same scene. The flaming sword crops up again, with the wielder not looking like Dondarrion – so who could it be?

Dany is checking out the digs at Dragonstone (we’ve already seen her on the throne there), and Grey Worm has a moment which looks like you’ve got the taking of Casterly Rock.

This shot we love – the might of Gwendoline Christie’s Brienne contrasts so perfectly with Podrick’s stature that we can but hope for some sort of musical number to follow. Jaime and Cersei Lannister also pop up, though neither looks particularly happy.

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Then there’s The Hound, Yara Greyjoy and her brother Theon, Starks of all shapes and sizes, battles galore and dragons. Oh, yes – here be dragons.

The penultimate season of Game of Thrones begins on the 17th of July, and we can’t wait. Here’s the full trailer,

Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer

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Stunning new footage arrives for Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049

21 June 2017 7:59 AM, PDT

Author: Scott Davis

With the 35th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi spectacular Blade Runner arriving this Sunday, a new featurette from its hugely anticipated sequel, Blade Runner 2049, has arrived to celebrate the occasion.

EW has debuted the new video, titled Blade Runner 2049: Time To Live, and it features some never before seen behind-the-scenes footage as well as some new tastes as to what we can expect from the new film, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario).

Speaking to the same outlet, Villeneuve said that the film is almost complete and is as excited as anyone to see what he and his crew have created, saying:

“We are running towards the finishing line right now,… We are elated. It feels like Christmas as we look at the completed shots.”

Harrison Ford, reprising his role from the original, says it was fun to return to the character after so many years, adding:

“I think it’s kind of fun to play a character 30 years later… The story, the themes, the stunning visual environments — it was a pleasure to get back in the world of Blade Runner again.”

See Also: Watch the wonderous full trailer for Blade Runner 2049

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, Lapd Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former Lapd blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Produced by Ridley Scott, the film stars Ryan Gosling (La La Land), Harrison Ford (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Ana de Armas (Knock Knock), Robin Wright (Wonder Woman), Mackenzie Davis (The Martian) Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2), Lennie James (The Walking Dead) and Jared Leto (Suicide Squad), as well as Edward James Olmos, who reprises his role as Gaff from the original.

Blade Runner 2049 opens October 6th.

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Nightcrawler team of Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo to reunite on new Dan Gilroy offering

21 June 2017 4:45 AM, PDT

Author: Zehra Phelan

Nightcrawler writer/director, Dan Gilroy, is said to be currently pitching a new film that will see him team up yet again with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo.

Related: Jake Gyllenhaal Talks Nightcrawler

The yet as untitled offering, which has been revealed as being very different from his first two directorial outings, has many studios circling and, it is said, will be picked up by the end of the week. No other information concerning its plot or anything else has been revealed.

Dan Gilroy’s first dalliance in the director’s chair came in 2014 when he worked alongside Gyllenhaal and Russo on the thriller Nightcrawler where Gyllenhaal plays Louis Bloom, a con man who falls into a new career as a cameraman who, armed with a camcorder and police scanner, begins nocturnal forays across the city in search of shocking and grisly crimes. When he catches the eye of a shopworn news director (Rene Russo) who welcomes the chance to raise her station’s ratings, Louis goes to increasingly greater lengths to catch the “money shot.”

Gilroy’s second outing, which is due for release in 2018, see’s him work alongside Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo in Inner City, a legal drama in which Washington plays a liberal lawyer named Roman J. Israel who has been fighting the good fight while others take the credit. When his partner has a heart attack, Israel suddenly takes on the role of the firm’s front man. He soon uncovers details about the crusading law firm’s history that run afoul of his values of helping the poor and dispossessed and finds himself in an existential crisis that leads to extreme action.

Check back for more news as it unfolds.

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Exclusive: Colin Trevorrow on The Book of Henry, Jurassic World 2 & directing Star Wars Episode IX

21 June 2017 4:16 AM, PDT

Author: Stefan Pape

Caught somewhere in between Jurassic World and Star Wars Episode IX – American auteur Colin Trevorrow is releasing The Book of Henry, a film far more steeped in the real world, and yet equally as fantastical. To mark the release of the family drama, out in the UK on June 23rd, we had the pleasure of speaking to the man at the helm.

We asked Trevorrow about the changes made to this Gregg Hurwitz screenplay, which was originally crafted two decades ago. The director also speaks about how his own approach differed, compared to when he’s on the set of a huge blockbuster, and also on the tone of the film, and just how much of a challenge it was to get right.

Finally, and let’s face it, we couldn’t exactly help ourselves, we spoke about Star Wars, and what it means to him to be involved in such a treasured franchise, while he gives us an update as to when his work fully gets going. In the meantime however there’s the eagerly anticipated Jurassic World sequel, and while J.A. Bayone is on directing duties, he’s still working from a Trevorrow screenplay, and we asked whether that alleviates the pressure somewhat – and just how refreshing it is that he can leave the set and buy a bagel, and not have anyone notice.

Watch the full interview below…

Synopsis

Single mother Susan Carpenter works as a waitress alongside her feisty family friend Sheila. Taking care of everyone and everything in his own way is Susan’s older son Henry. Protective of his brother and a tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother, Henry blazes through the days like a comet. When Susan discovers that the family next door harbours a dark secret, she’s surprised to learn that Henry has devised a plan to help the young daughter.

The Book of Henry is released on June 23rd

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Fox could be developing Fantastic 4 The Next Generation

21 June 2017 3:49 AM, PDT

Author: Zehra Phelan

Are you ready kids? Rumblings are afoot that we are in for a new Fantastic 4 movie that is to be based on the next generation with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies co-author, Seth Grahame–Smith penning the initial draft.

Although the last Fantastic 4 outing comprising of Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell completely bombed, the new version will fast forward a few years and focus on the offspring of Reed Richards and Susan Storm, Franklin and Valeria, but will still feature the Thing and the Human Torch. This has all the hallmarks of the studio looking to change its audience for a much younger one who could appreciate their efforts.

Grahame-Smith is no stranger to the Marvel universe; having penned The Spider-Man Handbook: The Ultimate Training Manual, an examination of Marvel ComicsSpider-Man, with an introduction by Stan Lee, and the Hulk issue of Marvel Zombies Return with artist Richard Elson. He also served as the co-creator, head writer and executive producer of The Hard Times of Rj Berger, a TV comedy series on MTV.   Could this hiring of Grahame-Smith be the much-needed inspiration Fox needs for this franchise? Only time will tell.

Although 20th Century Fox has so far failed in their attempts to win over audiences with the franchise to date the tonally new direction for the franchise will be met with some trepidation. Executive Producer Simon Kinberg had already stated that the studio still wanted to make another offering surrounding the family so it should have come as no surprise it was on the horizon.

Kinberg stated, “Yes, we would love to make another Fantastic Four movie, We feel like there’s a great Fantastic Four movie to be made and I think it would hue closer to the tone of the original, the source material, the comics, but we want to make that movie.”

No word has come from either Fox or Marvel.

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Damon Lindelof in talks with HBO for a new Watchmen series

21 June 2017 3:44 AM, PDT

Author: Zehra Phelan

Lost and Star Trek: Into the Darkness screenwriter Damon Lindelof looks just about set to tackle the comic book adaptation Watchmen as a TV series for HBO.

Related: Watchmen related news

Lindelof is currently in talks with HBO to serve as an executive producer/showrunner to bring the story to life for the small screen after their first attempt at a miniseries in 2014 lost traction. The new venture into the DC comic looks set to start from scratch with any work on the first attempt to be completely scrapped giving Lindeloff free reign to let his creative juices flow.

Back in 2009, Zack Synder took the helm on the feature length Watchmen which had a cast that included Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup but the series is said to have no relation to the feature. The film was a darkly satirical and dystopian take on the superhero genre, the film is set in an alternate history in the year 1985 at the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, as a group of mostly retired American superheroes investigates the murder of one of their own before uncovering an elaborate and deadly conspiracy, while their moral limitations are challenged by the complex nature of the circumstances.

With HBO declining to comment thus far on the news no other details are available as to plot or format for the new show.

Let’s hope this version can at least gather some momentum, what with HBO’s previous attempt at trying to get the series off the ground, numerous live action adaptations have failed to come to fruition.  Between October 1987 and October 2005, an adaptation of the Watchmen series became stranded in development hell; Producer Lawrence Gordon began developing the project at 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros., the parent company of Watchmen publisher DC Comics, with producer Joel Silver and director Terry Gilliam, with the latter, eventually deeming the complex comic “un-filmable”

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Star Wars Han Solo Movie directors part ways – new director sought…..

21 June 2017 1:54 AM, PDT

Author: Zehra Phelan

Lucasfilm dropped an almighty bomb on the Star Wars universe last night with the news that co-directors of the untitled Han Solo project, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will no longer be working on the film only three months after filming began at London’s Pinewood Studio’s.

Related: Star Wars News

The announcement was made via the official Star War’s website with President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy stating creative differences were the reasoning for Lord and Miller parting ways.

Alden Ehrenreich will play Han Solo

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.

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“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew,” stated Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

With the release of the film still scheduled to be released in May 2018, the race to find a replacement director couldn’t be more urgent for those at Lucasfilm. Already rumours are flying on who could take the hot seat with the A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 director, Ron Howard looking to be the forerunner although Han Solo screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan could possibly step in.

Although the veteran Howard’s schedule looks to be busy for the foreseeable after agreeing to direct a feature documentary on Luciano Pavarotti and developing a number of  features that include an adaptation of the publishing phenomenon of Hillbilly Elegy, he might just be able to spare a few months to keep the picture on course for that 2018 release.

Alden Ehrenreich will take the lead as a young Han Solo in the film which was originally played by Harrison Ford, the picture also sports a cast of Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo.

Do you think Ron Howard is a good choice to take over? If not who’s your number one option? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Geoff Johns and Patty Jenkins are already working on Wonder Woman 2

21 June 2017 12:31 AM, PDT

Author: Josh Wilding

Wonder Woman has been a critical and commercial hit and is a game changer for the DC Films Universe, so you’d best believe Warner Bros. is pushing forward with a sequel. Of course, that follow-up has yet to receive a release date, but it’s happening and Geoff Johns has now confirmed that he’s penning a treatment alongside director Patty Jenkins.

“Patty and I are writing the treatment right now. The goal is to make another great Wonder Woman film. I had a blast making it with Patty the first time. We’ve got a cool idea for the second one.” Johns managed to avoid confirming that Jenkins will direct the follow-up, but chances are she definitely will given her involvement in the early stages of development.

DC Films co-chief Jon Berg was then asked if the upcoming Justice League reshoots (which are being helmed by Joss Whedon) will give Diana Prince a larger role in the superhero ensemble following Wonder Woman’s success, but he denied that anything has been altered. “Her role won’t change, but she was already playing a big role. People really responded to Gal [Gadot] in Batman v. Superman. We knew we had something special.”

That’s probably true, but after the overwhelmingly positive response to Wonder Woman, it will be surprising if her role in Justice League isn’t beefed up at least a little for fans.

As for what Wonder Woman’s success means for the future of female-led superhero movies in this world, Johns promised big things to come and made it clear that DC can’t be beaten. “We’ve got a lot of plans for our female characters just because they’re great characters. There are many wonderful elements to the DC Universe, and one of them is that we have the best female characters, heroes and villains, in the world. No one is going to beat Wonder Woman and Batgirl and Harley Quinn.” Stay tuned for more on Wonder Woman 2!

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Transformers: The Last Knight Review

20 June 2017 4:01 PM, PDT

Author: Scott Davis

It’s been a decade since the first entry into the Transformers cinematic franchise came into the hearts of the billions of fans it has accrued and like the giant robots that populate the film, the series has become a monolithic symbol of the ultimate summer blockbuster ever since. But ten years on does The Last Knight bring us full circle to the first film and give us a treat that’s most stimulating and visually impressive?

Well, for the first hour or so, its actual all rather good fun. It’s the typical Bay-hem you would expect but there is some actual story work going on with some characters, new and old, that make for some compelling moments – the world has disowned the Transformers since Optimus Prime’s defeat at the end of Age of Extinction. Cade Yeager (Wahlberg) has become an outlaw, heading off the »

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The Book of Henry Review

20 June 2017 11:31 AM, PDT

Author: Stefan Pape

There’s been an added element of scrutiny placed upon American auteur Colin Trevorrow, due to the filmmaker stepping into the precious territory that is the Star Wars universe. With such a job comes immense responsibility and it feels as though the knives have been sharpened for him, as he disappoints with his latest endeavour The Book of Henry. Though tonally the film is misjudged, and narratively it’s simply absurd – the one thing that does come into question is Trevorrow’s judgement, for you only have to be recited this story to know it would be an incredibly tough nut to crack, and one that even the likes of Spielberg would’ve struggled to get right. So let’s just remember, a bad film does not mean a bad director. At least that’s what we keep telling ourselves.

Jaeden Lieberher plays child genius Henry; an 11-year-old who invents things, he does his mother Susan’s (Naomi Watts) finances and he cares for his little brother Peter (Jacob Tremblay), and the two depend on him immeasurably. If anything was to happen to him, they’d both be lost – but fear not, Henry has everything under control, as he gives his mother a book – and voice recording – with instructions, with the ultimate aim of rescuing the next door neighbour Christina (Maddie Ziegler) from the clutches of her abusive step-father Glenn Sickleman (Dean Norris) – but such is the standing of the latter’s role in society, he proves to be a rather hard man to take down.

There’s an odd Hollywood fascination with these precocious, wise-above-their-years teenagers, and often it seems to be because some writers are not so well-equipped at writing authentic dialogue for kids that age – so just write speech as though delivered by an adult, but cast a child in the role. It is a role that Lieberher brings to life though, and not the first time he’s embodied a part of this nature after Midnight Special, and he has a certain sense of authority and you do adhere to his intellect. Both kids in this instance impress and Watts does all she can with what’s given to her, but she’s been dealt a tough hand. The film is just completely ridiculous, and while some films are horrible to sit through due to their tedium and sheer inanity, the same can’t be said here. No, The Book of Henry is almost beguiling in its awfulness, it’s compelling. This is not a bad film because nothing happens, it’s a bad film because too many things do.

The film, in spite of the themes being explored, struggles to have an emotional impact on the viewer, and it’s one of those narratives where really, it’s harder not to cry – and yet somehow doable. This is just emblematic of a film that hits all of the wrong notes, and plays them all in the wrong order. The very final shot is Henry’s book in the furnace, burning slowly. Just a shame that it wasn’t the screenplay.

The Book of Henry is released on June 23rd.

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