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Katie Holmes Shows Off Sweet and Sinister Sides in Miss Meadows Trailer

3 hours ago

Katie Holmes became best know for being Tom Cruise’s wife for a while, overshadowing her performances in movies like Batman Begins, Thank You for Smoking and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.

However, the actress looks set to change all of that as she takes on a very different role in Miss Meadows. The movie will see Holmes play a sweet and inspirational school teacher…who just so happens to spend her evenings as a ruthless vigilante wiping out her small town’s scum, particularly those who harm children.

It’s a strange looking film in some ways, but one which has the potential to be something truly special. Based on some of her past roles, Holmes seems like an unexpected choice, but that too should help to separate Miss Meadows from any other similar normal person by day, vigilante by night type of releases.

Miss Meadows was »

- Josh Wilding

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Tom Cruise Heads Back Into Action in Mission: Impossible 5 Set Photos as Production Begins

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Director Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) has confirmed that shooting on Mission: Impossible 5 is now underway, and we have some photos from the set in Vienna, Austria to prove it!

As you can see, leading man Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt and is already back in action as he prepares to shoot what appears to be a pretty dangerous scene on the roof of an opera house.

In terms of plot, we don’t really have much of an idea as to what we should expect, but now that the cast has been assembled and shooting has begun, it shouldn’t be too long until we find out more.

The untitled Mission: Impossible 5 also stars Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin and Ving Rhames, and will nicely finish off a busy 2015 when it’s released on December 25th (just one week after Star Wars Episode VII, »

- Josh Wilding

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FrightFest 2014 – The Short and the Long Road Part 1: Stalled’s Christian James and Dan Palmer

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Filmmaking is a process rife with uncertainty. It devours a year or two of a filmmaker’s life, and is even capable of consuming an entire decade as Shockwave Darkside’s Jay Weismann testified to.

For a multitude of filmmakers after the arduous challenge of achieving ones vision, setting their tale into a coherent whole, the unfortunate fate or dance of making the rounds of festivals only to become one of the ghost films remembered by the minority is not outside of the realm of possibility.

The road to distribution is no set length. It can be either a short or long, with a propensity for ease of frustration.

To the case in point – Ryan Smith’s After, and Christian James and Dan Palmer’s Stalled. Two films separated by twelve months, graduates of FrightFest classes of 2012 and 2013, yet two films that both received an home entertainment release earlier this year. »

- Paul Risker

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Jeremy Lovering to Helm Horror Movie The Bringing Inspired by Cecil Hotel

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Earlier this year, Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn was said to be in talks to helm The Bringing for Sony Pictures, but he would leave the project shortly after. However, the studio has now lined up another filmmaker in the form of Jeremy Lovering. He’s best known for 2013 horror movie In Fear.

Scripted by Brandon and Phillip Murphy, The Bringing is based on actual events. It focuses on Elisa Lam, a woman who was found dead in the water tanks on the roof of the infamous Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles.

A viral video of the woman acting very strangely in an elevator moments before her death led to a lot of online speculation that there was a supernatural element to what happened to her, especially as she had no history of mental illness and no drugs or alcohol were found in her system when an autopsy was performed. »

- Josh Wilding

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Evangeline Lilly Looks a Lot Like The Wasp As She Unveils Ant-Man Hairdo

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Ant-Man looks set to be one of Marvel’s loosest adaptations to date, with Hank Pym (a founding member of The Avengers in the comic books) now a superhero from the 1960s who gave up the mantle when his wife Janet – better known as The Wasp – was killed apparently in the line of duty on a mission for S.H.I.E.L.D.

In a move which isn’t too dissimilar to the source material, con-man turned hero Scott Lang will become Pym’s protégé as the two team up to pull off a heist which will help them save the world.

Evangeline Lilly is set to play Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Hank and Janet and a character who has only appeared in a handful of comic books where we saw her as part of one of Marvel’s many alternate futures. In those, she became a »

- Josh Wilding

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Offers a Sandman Update; Reveals That There’s No Script

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Like Watchmen, Sandman is considered to be one of those comic books which is impossible to bring to the big screen. However, as Zack Snyder eventually did with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is looking to helm a live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beloved Sandman.

The Don Jon director is attached to produce and direct the movie from a pitch by Man of Steel writer David Goyer. Jack Thorne (A Long Way Down) was recently revealed to be working on the script, but in a recent interview, Levitt confirmed that they’re still very much in the early stages of developing the project.

“Right now we’re working on a script,” the actor and filmmaker revealed. “It’s me and Goyer and the screenwriter and Neil Gaiman, as well as the good folks at DC and Warner Bros. It’s a really cool team of people. »

- Josh Wilding

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The Road to FrightFest – Reflections on the Darkside of the Moon Part 2: Christian Arnold-Beutel

7 hours ago

Every once in a while we writers are fortunate to discover a story of determination and passion that inspires us, and reminds us of why we wanted to write about film.

For that reason is to bring experiences and stories such as the one behind the making of Shockwave Darkside 3D to the forefront so that they don’t go untold.

What better way to hear the stories and experience than through the personal reflections of writer-director Jay Weisman and producer Christian Arnold-Beutel and their own creative war that mirrors the last great war raging on the moon in their contribution to a grand genre.

You can read Jay’s introduction here.

HeyUGuys,

Early 2010 I was approached by my U.S producing partners with a script that felt to me like a sci-fi mix of Paranormal Activity meets Saving Private Ryan set on the moon. It was a rather ambitious »

- Paul Risker

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Win a poster and DVD from I Am Divine

12 hours ago

To mark the release of I am Divine on 25th August, we’ve been given a DVD and poster to give away from I am Divine. We also have DVDs for some runners up.

The ultimate outsider turned underground royalty, I Am Divine is a biographical portrait that charts the legendary icon’s rise to infamy as a cult superstar.

Featuring rare movie footage, live performances and brand new interviews with John Waters, Ricki Lake, Mink Stole, Tab Hunter and Divine’s mother in addition to many more of Divine’s friends and colleagues.

This is the definitive biography honouring Divine in a way she always craved: as a serious artist and immortal star.

 

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I Am Divine is out on DVD and On-Demand from Peccadillo Pictures from 25th August.

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Win Transcendence on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of Transcendence on 25th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Sci-fi thriller directed by Wally Pfister and starring Johnny Depp. Dr. Will Caster (Depp) is one of the leading scientists in the world due to his pioneering work in creating sentient artificial intelligence. However, with fame and success comes the attention of a technophobic extremist group seeking to put an end to his work before he creates something beyond human control. When Caster is shot by a member of the group and falls victim to radiation poisoning, there is no hope for his survival. With the help of his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and friend Max (Paul Bettany) he decides to continue his latest project by linking his mind with that of the computer and creating technology more intelligent than the collective capability of the entire human race. While his earthly body dies, »

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Win The Informant on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of The informant on 25th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

In order to free his family from financial worries, Marc Duval (Gilles LelloucheMesrine: Killer Instinct, Little White Lies, Tell No One), a Frenchman expatriated to Gibraltar, becomes a spy for French customs. From petty trafficking to shady cargo, he progressively wins the trust of Claudio Lanfredi (Riccardo ScamarcioLoose Cannons), a powerful cocaine importer tied to the dangerous Columbian cartels.

This in-depth immersion in the world of drug trafficking forces Marc to take increasing risks. But, as he rises in the cartel hierarchy, he also discovers easy money, temptation and a luxury lifestyle.

Permanently living on a knife edge, only his lies keep him alive. When the English customs join the game to arrest Lanfredi, it becomes even more dangerous and Marc’s family risks paying the price.

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Jennifer Lawrence Rumoured To Be In Talks for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight

18 hours ago

The cast of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is already extremely impressive, but if the rumours about another name being added are true, it’s about to get even better and arguably a lot more intriguing!

American Hustle and The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is said to be in talks to join the cast of the movie. There’s no word on what role she would play, and as there’s apparently only one female member of the “Hateful Eight” (Daisy Domergue, a.k.a. The Prisoner”), that could be who she’s set to star as.

However, it’s mentioned that Amber Tamblyn read for that role during a recent live reading of the screenplay, so unless Tarantino is planning on recasting, that could take Jennifer Lawrence out of the running. Another key female role – Six Horse Judy – was read by Zoe Bell, but that’s said »

- Josh Wilding

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New Trailers for Annabelle and Nightcrawler

21 hours ago

The Conjuring kicked off with a very effective (and very frightening) scene which featured a doll called Annabelle. In it we saw the sinister doll terrorise two nursing students, and after a pretty vague first teaser for a movie focusing on her, this new trailer sheds some light on what we should expect from the spin-off.

Based on what we see here, director John R. Leonetti (who served as a Dp on The Conjuring) appears to have brought a similar aesthetic to Annabelle, not to mention the same type of scares and tension fraught moments. The cast meanwhile is made up of lesser known actors like Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, and Alfre Woodard.

Warner Bros. will release Annabelle on October 3rd, 2014 and The Conjuring 2 is set for October 23rd, 2015.

We also have the latest trailer for Nightcrawler. In the movie, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, an La crime journalist who »

- Josh Wilding

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Steven Spielberg Turns to Godzilla Writer for Minority Report TV Series

21 August 2014 12:42 PM, PDT

Steven Spielberg is developing a TV series based on his 2002 movie Minority Report, and it has been revealed today that he has turned to Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein to work on the show.

For those of you who may not remember, the popular and well-received sci-fi movie (which was based on one of Philip K. Dick’s stories) focused on the head of a special “PreCrime” police unit which used three “precogs” in order to identify and arrest murderers before they even committed the crime.

This twist was that the lead would have to go on the run (he was after all played by Tom Cruise) when the psychics seemingly discovered that he was one of the future murderers he takes down.

The small screen version will presumably focus on the ongoing crimes investigated by Minority Report’s Precrime Unit – how it connects to the movie isn’t clear at »

- Josh Wilding

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Harry Potter Director David Yates to Helm Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

21 August 2014 12:04 PM, PDT

A number of names have been linked to Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but Warner Bros. have turned to a familiar face for the movie in the form of David Yates.

He’s currently hard at work on Tarzan starring Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson, but the filmmaker is of course best known for helming the final four Harry Potter movies, including both instalments of the critically acclaimed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

While no deal is currently in place, negotiations are said to be ongoing and Yates has agreed to return.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set around 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter movies and takes the action to the other side of the pond with a New York setting. The lead is Newt Scamander, the writer of the Hogwarts textbook of »

- Josh Wilding

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She’s Back… First Trailer for Hammer’s The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

21 August 2014 9:21 AM, PDT

Two years ago, the huge success of the Daniel Radcliffe-led horror The Woman in Black confirmed Hammer’s comeback. Next year, the production company is coming back with the sequel, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, with relative newcomer Phoebe Fox taking the lead alongside Jeremy Irvine (War Horse).

The first film took more than $120m. at the global box office, an impressive feat for any film, and even more so for a film made outside of the Us. And now we’ve got our first taste of the horrors in store for us next year, with the first teaser trailer landing online.

As bombs rain down on London during the Blitz of World War II, a group of school children are evacuated with Eve, their young and beautiful schoolteacher, to the safety of the English countryside. Taken to an old and empty estate, cut-off by a causeway from the mainland, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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The Road to FrightFest – Reflections on the Darkside of the Moon Part 1: Jay Weisman

21 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT

Every once in a while we writers are fortunate to discover a story of determination and passion that inspires us, and reminds us of why we wanted to write about film.

For that reason is to bring experiences and stories such as the one behind the making of Shockwave Darkside 3D to the forefront so that they don’t go untold.

What better way to hear the stories and experience than through the personal reflections of writer-director Jay Weisman and producer Christian Arnold-Beutel and their own creative war that mirrors the last great war raging on the moon in their contribution to a grand genre.

 

HeyUGuys,

Right now I’m looking at my Marvel Comics passport holder that I found in the Super Hero Island gift shop at Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. My wife and I had just rode the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man 3D ride for probably the thirtieth time, »

- Jon Lyus

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Many Girls, Many Guns: Six of The Best Luc Besson Films

21 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT

There are few filmmakers currently at work who can match the volume of content offered by French auteur Luc Besson. The 55 year-old writes, directs and produces cavalcades of titles and has done for many years.

In 2014 alone, he has written 3 films and 8 television episodes, produced 3 movies as well as directing a feature himself. That particular picture is Lucy – the all-action sci-fi extravaganza starring Scarlett Johansson in which he also penned the screenplay for – and it reaches UK cinemas on Friday. Our review is here. Glowing it is.

To celebrate its release, we count down six of the best projects with this multitude of talent’s name stamped upon them.

 

The Big Blue

Besson’s mother and father were famed deep-sea divers so much of his childhood unfolded in the theatre of dreams that is the ocean. Throughout his career, the director has been attached to many aquatic documentaries and campaigns »

- Chris Haydon

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Deliver Us From Evil Review

21 August 2014 4:30 AM, PDT

It’s another film involving an exorcism; something that writer-director Scott Derrickson is passionate about, having penned and directed none other than The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and the relatively comparable horror Sinister. The problem with dealing with the same supernatural subject matter, is Derrickson gets compared with his last demon-exercising flick, creating a rod for his back in having to up his game. Sadly, it’s not enough in this day and age to throw out the usual moniker “based on a true story” because it currently feels like every scary movie is. However, Derrickson has tried something a little different by blending the cop and horror genres and positioned the ever solid Eric Bana as the lead.

Based on real-life cop/occult investigator Ralph Sarchie’s accounts, Bana is Sarchie, the NYPD cop, too. Things get a whole lot sinister for father-of-one Sarchie after a dead baby is »

- Lisa Giles-Keddie

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Movie Moments: Proclamations of Love through the Medium of Song

21 August 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

God Help the Girl is a tale of love and despair through the medium of song and dance, starring Emily Brown and Olly Alexander. Written and directed by Belle & Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, the film in part follows Alexander’s bewitched James and his adoration of Eve (Browning,) a troubled, medicated songwriter.

To celebrate the film’s release we take a look at some of the best proclamations of love via the magical form of song in cinema.

Pretty in Pink: Try a Little Tenderness Dir. Howard Deutch, 1986

Admittedly this sequence is mimed, but mimed to Otis Redding and with such panache that Jon Cryer’s Duckie is easily forgiven. Besotted with his best friend and sadly not as bold with his feelings as he is with his sense of fashion, Duckie’s extravagant routine is as a means of impressing his audience; a bewildered Andie (Molly Ringwald)and the quietly impressed Iona. »

- Beth Webb

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Emily Browning on singing in God Help the Girl, and going cockney for Legend

21 August 2014 3:30 AM, PDT

It’s safe to say that Australian actress Emily Browning is no stranger to nudity in film, bearing all in the likes of Summer in February, to a brave, somewhat audacious performance in Julia Leigh’s uninhibited drama Sleeping Beauty. Yet for the 25-year-old, she admits that having to sing live in the quaint musical God Help the Girl was by far the more terrifying experience.

We had the great pleasure of sitting down with the talented actress to discuss her latest project – featuring songs from indie pop outfit Belle & Sebastian, having been written and directed by the band’s lead singer Stuart Murdoch, and when asked which she found more nerve-wracking, with little hesitation she replied, “ God Help the Girl for sure, absolutely. I guess you’re protected by your character, so when I did those scenes for Sleeping Beauty, it wasn’t me, especially because that character is »

- Stefan Pape

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