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Split Review

1 hour ago

Author: Stefan Pape

 

Though not a film being spoken about on awards terms, James McAvoy’s remarkable, nuanced performance in M. Night Shyamalan’s Split is likely to be as good as any those nominated for an Academy Award. The actor’s finest turn since Filth, is enough to turn this inane, absurd piece of cinema, into a rather good one.

McAvoy plays, well, several different characters – though for the sake of this review, we’ll stick with his birth name Kevin. Kevin isn’t a very nice chap either, and he abducts three teenage girls, Claire (Haley Lu Richardson), Marcia (Jessica Sula) and the introverted Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) from the formers birthday gathering. Locking them up in his basement, he frequents the girls on a regular basis, though when the doors open, they’re never quite sure who it will be visiting, as Kevin has a split-personality disorder, with 24 different personas. »

- Stefan Pape

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Exclusive: Director D.J. Caruso on xXx: Return of Xander Cage

4 hours ago

Author: Stefan Pape

It’s never easy for a director to enter in to a pre-existing franchise, given the established, expectant audience, but it’s a challenge taken on by D.J. Caruso, helming xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

We asked him how about collaborating with lead star Vin Diesel, while Caruso also discusses the international cast assembled, and how this doesn’t feel like a traditional Hollywood blockbuster.

This led into a chat about football superstar Neymar, who has a cameo performance in this film, with Caruso explaining that the fantastical, overstated nature of the movie gave him a freedom to be more creative in his means of storytelling. Finally, he updated on his involvement in the G.I. Joe franchise. Be sure to check out this handy link for all of our other junket and premiere interviews

xXx: Return of Xander Cage Synopsis

After coming out of self-imposed exile, »

- Stefan Pape

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Maisie Williams joins Aardmann in Nick Park’s Early Man

4 hours ago

Author: Zehra Phelan

Big news has arrived for Aardman Animation fans with Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams having been confirmed as the newest voice to join the cast for award-winning Nick Park’s (Wallace and Gromit) next animated prehistoric comedy adventure, Early Man.

Maisie, who has previously won Young British Performer at the London Critics Circle Film Awards and Best Breakthrough Performance at The Evening Standard British Film Awards for her role in The Falling, joins an already outstanding voice cast with the likes of Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston already confirmed to voice the characters of Dug and Lord Nooth. At this very minute, it is said that they are recording in Bristol.

Maisie has been cast as the voice of Goona, the gallant and indomitable rebel who befriends the film’s hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne), and helps steer him through the clash of the Stone Age and Bronze Age civilisations. »

- Zehra Phelan

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Exclusive: Donnie Yen on joining the xXx franchise in Return of Xander Cage

4 hours ago

Author: Stefan Pape

It wasn’t too long ago we interviewed Donnie Yen, for his role in Rogue One – but now we’re fortunate enough to chat to the martial arts star yet again, this time for his performance in the third entry into the xXx franchise; Return of Xander Cage.

We asked Yen about his role, and how he fits into this narrative. This led into an extremely interesting conversation about the role of Chinese actors in Hollywood. Believing roles for Asian film stars to be “cliched”, we asked Yen whether he’s seen any notable changes on that front across the past two decades.

Naturally, we couldn’t resist bringing up Rogue One, as now the dust has settled we were intrigued to know whether the actor – who is the star of the immensely popular Ip Man franchise – has ever experienced hype quite like what he’s just been through. »

- Stefan Pape

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Chevrolet & Lego join forces to create life-size Batmobile

5 hours ago

Author: David Sztypuljak

Here’s one for geeks like me that can’t get enough of Lego. This very weekend I spent most of Saturday helping my 5 years old with the building a Lego X-Wing that we’ve had sat on a shelf for almost a year. It’s a thing of beauty of that there is no denying! The main issue now is trying to find the space to play with it when said 5 year old is at school and will allow me!

Lego is a wonderful thing allowing you to create pretty much anything limited only by the supply of bricks that you have to utilise. Well when Lego want to go big on something they really go Big. They’ve joined forces with car manufacturer Chevrolet to create a life-size version of the Batmobile to coincide with the release of their new film The Lego Batman Movie and it really is magnificent! »

- David Sztypuljak

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The Matrix Relived in these amazing new images from John Wick Chapter 2

5 hours ago

Author: Jon Lyus

The action choreography of Chad Stahelski and David Leitch’s John Wick was much praised, and with good reason. The plot of a retired assassin coming out of said retirement to take on a pile of Russian gangsters isn’t breaking moulds. However the stunning gunplay and stripped down narrative gave the film a great sense of momentum and style. Having Keanu Reeves take his stand alongside Jean Reno, Liam Neeson et al in the Mature Assassin’s Guild was also a fine move.

There’s an excellent new gallery of images from the film which have just been released. They offer a very stylish look at some of the scenes we’re to expect in early February when we turn the page on John Wick Chapter 2.

As you can see from the images below The Matrix duo of Reeves and Laurence Fishburne get some screen time together, »

- Jon Lyus

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Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan begins filming her directorial debut – Tupperware Party

7 hours ago

Author: Jon Lyus

Karen Gillan is increasingly busy of late. The Scottish actress, known primarily for her time with Matt Smith’s Doctor in the guise of Amy Pond, has just completed the second of her Guardians of the Galaxy film as well as a leading role in the new Jumanji film with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. She starred in the underrated TV show Selfie, and has had small roles in films such as The Big Short and Ti West’s In a Valley of Violence. Now she takes on another challenge – her first film as director.

Tupperware Party, which she will star in as well as being the writer and director, is filming in Scotland right now, with Mt Hollywood Films producing. Gillan explains the film,

Tupperware Party follows the story of a girl called Lucy who lives in Inverness. She is dealing with the suicide of her best friend. »

- Jon Lyus

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Exclusive: Ruby Rose on xXx: Return of Xander Cage & how she owes Orange is the New Black

7 hours ago

Author: David Sztypuljak

Ruby Rose isn’t necessarily a name that you’ll know straight away but we have no doubt that it’s a name you’re going to hear a lot more from in the coming years. Fans of streaming service Netflix show Orange is the New Black will be no stranger to her character Stella Carlin in the show – a character who was sadly sent of to the maximum security wing after getting on the wrong side of Piper never to be seen again!

Ruby Rose plays Adele Wolff in the latest installment of the xXx franchise – xXx: Return of Xander Cage. The movie sees Vin Diesel back as the title character with Rose at his side as a trained sniper assassin.

Ruby Rose in xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Rose has some rather large roles coming up in the very near future including John Wick: Chapter 2 »

- David Sztypuljak

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See Chewbacca rip off Unkar Plutt’s arm in this deleted scene from Star Wars The Force Awakens

7 hours ago

Author: Jon Lyus

It was a fine return to the Star Wars universe, and with the mythical Episode VII making a huge box office haul a year ago it was clear J. J. Abrams and his Lucasfilm team had succeeded commercially and critically. There were some fans however who were upset that Abrams’ film leaned too heavily on the shoulders of George Lucas’s first film in the saga, to the point of distraction. This new video of a The Force Awakens deleted scene shows that there were other callbacks to A New Hope filmed, but not used.

Related: Check out the other Star Wars The Force Awakens Deleted Scenes

Just as the film was about to enter cinemas the iron veil of secrecy surrounding the project parted slightly. A supposed shot list was leaked and there, milling around the darker portions of the internet, was the whole film. One »

- Jon Lyus

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Exclusive: M. Night Shyamalan & Anya Taylor-Joy talk Split

8 hours ago

Author: David Sztypuljak

Split hits UK cinemas this Friday and we had the pleasure of sitting down with prolific writer / director M. Night Shyamalan & one of his actors Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) for their movie Split.

Split tells the story of a man (Kevin played by James McAvoy) with multiple personalities – 23 of which he has shared with his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley) but there is one more lurking in the mind of Kevin, one that will dominate all the others. This personality ends up kidnapping three young women and they have to try and utilise some of his personalities to attempt their escape.

During the interview M. Night Shyamalan (probably best known for his movie The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs) talks about how he’s had the idea for this character sat in his notepad for around 16 years and how he’s almost passed the project off »

- David Sztypuljak

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Mark Hamill brings back The Joker as he reads Donald Trump’s Meryl Streep Tweet

23 hours ago

Author: Emma Withington

Mark Hamill presents his second, in what looks to be a series, of Donald Trump tweets read by his alter ego: The Joker. This week, it’s The Joker in ‘Return of the Trumpster’.

Am I the Only one man enough to confront this #OverratedFlunkyLoser without resorting to an ad hominem assault? https://t.co/ac2j2KGryn pic.twitter.com/iH1XnPgOzm

Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 14, 2017

The Joker relaying the USA’s President Elect’s tweets carries terrifying parallels, but also maintains a humorous spin via political satire. This week’s Trumpster voice clip focuses on Donald Trump’s Meryl Streep Twitter rant, following her speech at the Golden Globes.

Meryl Streep commented on an incident from 2015, when Trump imitated a disabled reporter: “It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, »

- Emma Withington

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Exclusive: Director DJ Caruso on how Neymar came to be in xXx: Return of Xander Cage

16 January 2017 8:13 AM, PST

Author: Jon Lyus

There is a very surreal moment in DJ Caruso’s xXx Return of Xander Cage when seasoned movie actor Samuel L. Jackson shares the screen with one of the greatest living sportsmen. The curious casting of Neymar, Brazilian forward and star of Barcelona’s current team, alongside Vin Disel in the third xXx film is certain to bring in a new audience eager to see their favourite on screen. We found out exactly how it came to be.

The film’s cast is an eclectic one. Vin Diesel returns to the series which made his name along with the aforementioned Jackson, Toni Collette, Donnie Yen, Nina Dobrev, Ruby Rose and, of course, the footballing legend Neymar Jr. We sat down to interview the cast (see our interviews up on the site shortly) and in particular took time with director Caruso to talk about having Neymar on set. »

- Jon Lyus

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Exclusive: Vin Diesel on his long-awaited return to the xXx franchise in Return of Xander Cage

16 January 2017 7:51 AM, PST

Author: Stefan Pape

If anybody knows how to make a good franchise, it’s Vin Diesel – with Fast & Furious films set to reach double figures in the coming years and the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy this summer he really is the king of the franchise.  It’s another character he’s revisited on this occasion, as wereturn to the world of xXx for the first time in 15 years, in xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

We spoke to Vin at the UK premiere, but thankfully had the chance to speak to him in much more depth (and in an equally warmer setting) about his return to the role. He tells us that there have been other chances to reignite this franchise, and explains why now feels like the right time.

He then tells us how he found it getting back into the headset of the role, and just how much swag is required. »

- Stefan Pape

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The BBC will follow up The Night Manager with The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

16 January 2017 5:56 AM, PST

Author: Jon Lyus

Following the success of AMC and the BBC’s The Night Manager at the Golden Globes the two networks are collaborating again to bring another of spymaster John le Carré novels to the small screen. The Tom Hiddleston starring miniseries swept the boards at the Globes last weekend, winning awards for Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman and the series itself.

Word reached us from the TCA this weekend that the production team would be reuniting to adapt le Carré ‘s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. The 1963 novel centres around a British agent sent to East Germany as a defector to pass on information about a powerful enemy. It was made into a film in 1965, directed by Martin Ritt and starring Richard Burton and Claire Bloom.

The small screen has seen its share of gripping mini series in its time, and the last few years »

- Jon Lyus

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Exclusive: Nina Dobrev on her role as ‘Becky the Techie’ in xXx: Return of Xander Cage

16 January 2017 4:16 AM, PST

Author: Stefan Pape

Having sat down with Bollywood star Deepika Padukone for the release of xXx: Return of Xander Cage, we also had the pleasure of meeting another talented actress from this all-star cast in Nina Dobrev (probably best known for her role as Elena Gilbert / Katherine Pierce / Amara in TV show The Vampire Diaries), to discuss her role of Becky in the third entry into the popular franchise.

Dobrev talks to us exclusively about her role in the movie, and whether she’s technologically savvy in the same way (spoiler alert: she aint). She also explains to us why she wasn’t allowed to read script, and the challenges in entering in to an established, popular franchise of this nature. She then goes on to tell us about being a fan of original film 15 years ago, why this movie was so fun to make, and on her diverse range of career choices, »

- Stefan Pape

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Exclusive: The harrowing new trailer for Bitter Harvest with Max Irons & Samantha Barks

16 January 2017 4:02 AM, PST

Author: Jon Lyus

At the beginning of December we were delighted to debut the first poster for George Mendeluk’s Bitter Harvest. Today we have a fine follow up for you, the first look at the stirring first trailer for the film. Co-written by Mendeluk with Richard Bachynsky-Hoover from on his original story, the film stars Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Barry Pepper, Tamer Hassan and Terence Stamp.

The new trailer portrays the awful reality of Stalin’s horrific collectivisation during the 1930s, otherwise known Holodomor (a translation of the Ukrainian phrase ‘execution by hunger’). The central love story between Max Irons and Samantha Barks gives an emotional grounding to the unthinkable torment endured during that period. The two sides are drawn well in the trailer, and Mendeluk’s direction looks to capture the terror and passion so important to telling this story.

Arrow Films are releasing the film here in »

- Jon Lyus

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La La Land smashes the UK Box Office taking the number one spot

16 January 2017 3:14 AM, PST

Author: Zehra Phelan

Seven time Golden Globe winner La La Land, has seen audiences waltz their way into cinemas for its opening weekend making it the number one film in the UK completely blowing away its opposition. Lionsgate UK are expected to see a huge £6 million from its opening weekend after being released at a record 606 sites.

With a tremendous amount of rave reviews and the fact that La La Land won all seven Golden Globes they were nominated for and a further eleven BAFTA nominations – which were revealed directly after the Golden Globes – which include Best Film, Director (Damien Chazelle), Leading Actor (Ryan Gosling) and Leading Actress (Emma Stone) general audiences were quite clearly sucked in by the buzz that so rightly so surrounds the film.

What’s even more surprising is that this truly original film, which wears its tribute to the Golden age of Hollywood proudly on its sleeve, »

- Zehra Phelan

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Logan synopsis, new images and a hint of the score revealed

16 January 2017 2:49 AM, PST

Author: Jon Lyus

We’re due another trailer for James Mangold’s second Wolverine X-Men film this week. If it’s anything like the the amazing first teaser trailer we’re in for a treat. Logan is setting itself up to be a very different type of X-Men film. The ending of X-Men Apocalypse, apart from being something of a blessed relief, laid the breadcrumbs from which we can ascertain some of the plot for what Hugh Jackman is calling his last film as the iconic laconic superhero.

The casting of Richard E. Grant, and the subsequent image released online by the director, gave us the identity of the big bad in this new film. Grant will play Dr. Zander Rice, the man responsible for creating X-23 who will accompany Logan on his journey in true The Last of Us style. Dafne Keen is X-23, or Laura Kinney, and much »

- Jon Lyus

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Deepika Padukone on moving to Hollywood with xXx: Return of Xander Cage

16 January 2017 2:46 AM, PST

Author: Stefan Pape

Having been fortunate enough to speak to Bollywood megastar Deepika Padukone at the London premiere for xXx: Return of Xander Cage, we also had the pleasure of sitting down with the actress to discuss her role in the popular franchise in more depth.

Padukone, who plays Serena Unger, is making her Hollywood bow with this particular movie, despite having been linked to a number of roles in America in the past. Needless to say, we ask her exactly what it was about this role that appealed to her so greatly.

We also speak about the character and how she fits into this universe, and the freedom the actress had with the role, and implementing her own sensibilities onto the part. She also explains the joy in first reading the script, as a story that thrives in ambiguity, while telling us about her collaboration with the star of the movies, »

- Stefan Pape

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Win a Hacksaw Ridge prop bundle

16 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST

Author: Competitions

To mark the theatrical release of the upcoming critically acclaimed, Mel Gibson directed, Hacksaw Ridge we have a collection of official movie props to give away. Including the letter used by Tom Doss (Hugo Weaving) during Desmond’s (Andrew Garfield) court martial complete with envelope, as well as a selection of Dog Tags including Lerwin Glover, as played by Sam Worthington.

The winner will receive:

3 x Tom Doss Letters (2 x envelopes)

1 x Vernon Jessop Dog Tag

1 x Hollywood Zane Dog Tag

1 x Lerwin Glover Dog Tag

2 x Hacksaw Ridge Dog Tags

1 x Stamp – (as approved by Us Army Examiner)

Hacksaw Ridge is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (BAFTA winner and Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, »

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