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Watch highlights of Marvel's The Avengers world premiere

12 April 2012 4:58 AM, PDT

This summer sees the biggest showdown in superhero movie history as Marvel's The Avengers goes up against Warner Bros. The Dark Knight Rises and Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man and things get underway tonight as Disney assemble the Avengers at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood for the world premiere of director Joss Whedon's epic superhero team-up. Be sure to check out all of the action from the red carpet right here, with a live stream courtesy of Marvel.com...

Expected to appear alongside Joss Whedon are stars Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark / Iron Man), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers / Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner /The Incredible Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) and Stellan Skarsgård (Erik Selvig).

While you wait, why not check out the following clip, which was released »

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Movie Review - Le Havre (2011)

12 April 2012 2:42 AM, PDT

Le Havre, 2011.

Written and Directed by Aki Kaurismäki.

Starring André Wilms, Blondin Miguel, Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Blondin Miguel.


In the quiet city of Le Havre, optimistic old man Marcel and his misfit friends unite to protect young African immigrant Idrissa from deportation.

The sleepy Normandy city of the title is the backdrop to Le Havre, a gentle comedy with a dose of social commentary.

Aging shoe shiner Marcel Marx (Andre Wilms) discovers a young African boy whilst eating lunch in the city docks. The boy in question, Idrissa (played by excellent newcomer Blondin Miguel), has recently arrived in a ship’s container and managed to escape as the authorities rounded up his family. Marcel, naturally, decides to take him in and hide him from a detective on the trail. At the same time though, Marcel’s doting wife is taken into hospital, now Marcel must care of both himself and Idrissa… »

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Films To Watch Before You Die #84 - Harry Brown (2009)

12 April 2012 1:49 AM, PDT

D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...

Harry Brown, 2009.

Directed by Daniel Barber.

Starring Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Ben Drew, Charlie Creed-Miles, David Bradley, Jack O'Connell and Liam Cunningham.

Harry Brown is the directorial debut of Daniel Barber and sees Michael Caine as the aging ex-Royal Marine Harry Brown, who seeks revenge on the yobs who run his estate and have had a hand in the death of his only friend.

When Brown loses his wife to illness he is left without much in his life and finds comfort in his friendship with fellow widower Len (David Bradley). Both disgusted by the way in which their Elephant and Castle estate has been in decline of late, they believe something should be done, but are too old to make a difference. When a fire is pushed through Len’s front door »

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Joss Whedon runs through a Buffy vs Black Widow showdown

11 April 2012 11:47 AM, PDT

Joss Whedon has pretty much built his career around strong female characters (see Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse et al) and now - as he prepares to turn his attention to The Avengers' Black Widow - the director has given USA Today (via Vulture) a detailed account of how he thinks a showdown between Sarah Michelle Gellar's vampire slayer and Scarlett Johansson's super spy would go down:

"Buffy would go easy at first, but as soon as Natasha popped her with a Widow Sting, she'd start bringing some slayer brawn to the fray. Natasha's fast, but a couple of good connects and she's wobbling, possibly something broken -- she whips out her glock and now Buffy's dodging -- right where Natasha wants her. Natasha shoots the cable holding the steel barrels and they tumble onto Buffy, nearly burying her -- Buffy just arcs out of the way, »

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Gary Ross won't direct The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire after all

11 April 2012 11:45 AM, PDT

The saga over Gary Ross' status on the second installment of Lionsgate's The Hunger Games franchise finally drew to a close yesterday after weeks of back-and-forth as the filmmaker released a statement confirming that he won't be returning to the director's chair on the sequel Catching Fire: "Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct Catching Fire. As a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule."

Ross went on to express his happiness during the making of the first movie and pass on his gratitude to the studio, produca Nina Jacobson, author Suzanne Collins and star Jennifer Lawrence, along with the fans who have made The Hunger Games the biggest release of the year so far. »

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Napoleon Dynamite – Episode 4: Pedro vs. Deb – Review

11 April 2012 8:58 AM, PDT

Simon Moore reviews the fourth episode of the Napoleon Dynamite animated series...

The Daily Planet had Lois Lane. Channel 6 News had April O’Neil. Now the Preston Bugle (Blowing Since 1998) has Deb Bradshaw. You know, that girl who wears home-made clothes and hangs around with the gangly one and the only kid in school with a full-grown moustache. She is absolutely ready for exciting journalistic adventures, with her surly sidekick ‘Scoop’ Dynamite. If only she didn’t live in Preston.

Faced with the closure of the paper, Deb has 24 hours to save it with a knockout front page story. Once again, this is Preston. Either she talks to that girl who went to Israel once and won’t shut up about it, or do an exposé on Uncle Rico. Bless him, he is trying to help: “I have worn the same pair of pants for five years...would your readers care about that? »

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First look at Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom

11 April 2012 8:42 AM, PDT

Fans of The Social Network and The West Wing rejoice! Aaron Sorkin is returning to his rightful place - television - and his latest offering looks to be every bit as good as his previous work. The Newsroom follows Jeff Daniels as an anchor who suffers some form of Network-esque breakdown in full view of the national media, as he and his news team attempt to repair their reputation. Daniels leads an ensemble cast including Dev Patel, Emily Mortimer and Jane Fonda, and as anyone who saw The West Wing and the much-underrated Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip will attest, Sorkin writes best when he writes for ensemble.

Expect walk-and-talks, fast dialogue and an unrealistically high level of conversation when this airs in the summer - and as it’s on HBO, swearing is allowed, meaning Sorkin’s script will be even more entertaining. Sky Atlantic have got the rights here in the UK, »

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In Conversation: Mike Scully on Napoleon Dynamite

11 April 2012 5:15 AM, PDT

Former Simpsons showrunner Mike Scully, now co-developer, producer and writer for Napoleon Dynamite, talks to Flickering Myth's Simon Moore about the freedom of animation, small-town traditions and what fans can look forward to in future episodes...

Simon Moore: Forgive the shamelessly direct opening question, but where did the idea to make an animated TV sitcom from a live action film come from? It’s not a leap most would make.

Mike Scully: I had a meeting with Jared Hess, who wrote and directed the film, and he was interested in continuing the adventures of Napoleon, but not in a traditional movie sequel. He thought animation would be a fun way to do it. I was a huge fan of the film and agreed. It's not easy transitioning from live action film to animation, but Napoleon Dynamite felt like the kind of movie that could do it. It probably »

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Titanic sails to the top of the UK box office once again

11 April 2012 3:20 AM, PDT

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 6th to Sunday 8th April 2012...

Almost fifteen years after it first sailed onto cinema screens, James Cameron's ill-fated love-story Titanic has returned to the top of the UK box office chart, with the Leonardo DiCaprio / Kate Winslet romance bringing in £2,856,540 over the Easter weekend to push its total UK haul beyond the £70m mark.

Having topped the chart for the past two weeks, The Hunger Games slips to second with £2.39m, narrowing edging out the new release Mirror Mirror: The Untold Adventures of Snow White, which opens in third with £2,389,033. Aardman Animations' swashbuckling stop-motion family adventure The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists slips one place to third in its second weekend, while fantasy sequel Wrath of the Titans drops three spots to fifth from the same time-frame.

Moving on to the bottom half of the »

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Seth Grahame-Smith and Tim Burton developing Night of the Living

11 April 2012 2:37 AM, PDT

Screenwriter and author Seth Grahame-Smith has told THR that he is developing a new stop-motion animated film called Night of the Living. He is working on the project with previous collaborator Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), who directed the upcoming Dark Shadows and is producing Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, both written by Grahame-Smith. He said in the interview:

Night of the Living is an idea I have had around for years that I'm doing with Tim Burton. When we were shooting Dark Shadows last year I worked up the nerve to tell Tim about it because I always thought it would make a good movie. When I saw what he had done with Frankweenie and Corpse Bride, it always struck me as a great idea for that form. I'm writing it at Warner Bros. for him (as a stop-motion monster movie).”

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Films To Watch Before You Die #83 - The Departed (2006)

11 April 2012 1:04 AM, PDT

D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...

The Departed, 2006.

Directed by Martin Scorsese.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson and Alec Baldwin.

The Departed is a crime thriller based on the Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs and follows Billy Costigan (Di Caprio) as he finishes his time at the Massachusetts State Police School and is offered the chance to work undercover trying to infiltrate the crew of Irish Mob boss Frank Costello (Nicholson). Costello also has his own inside man, having planted his informant Colin Sullivan (Damon) within the Massachusetts State Police. As each of them realises that the other has a mole, both parties try to work out who is the rat amongst their ranks.

With Costigan being in so far that only two people within the Police »

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Movie Review - Wrath of the Titans (2012)

10 April 2012 3:23 PM, PDT

Wrath of the Titans, 2012.

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman.

Starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Édgar Ramírez, Rosamund Pike, Toby Kebbell, Bill Nighy and Danny Huston.


Perseus (Sam Worthington) must travel into the underworld to save his father Zeus (Liam Neeson) from the combined threat of Ares (Édgar Ramírez) and Hades (Ralph Fiennes).

There’s not much to say when reviewing a film such as Wrath of the Titans; it’s a sequel no one wanted but was financed off the back of a surprisingly successful first entry, the same of which can be said for countless other sequels. Simply put, if you didn’t mind, or even liked, 2010’s Clash of the Titans, then you might not hate Wrath. If, however, you hated Clash, then stay well away of this latest instalment.

I watched Clash for the first time the day before seeing Wrath believing that, if I remotely enjoyed it, »

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Ben Kingsley in talks for the villain in Iron Man 3

10 April 2012 11:05 AM, PDT

Given all the promotional focus on Marvel's The Avengers recently, it's easy to forget that the studio has a number of upcoming productions on their slate, the first of which will see Robert Downey Jr.'s playboy billionaire industrialist Tony Stark donning the armour once more for a third solo outing in Iron Man 3. We know that Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau are set to return as Pepper Potts, Rhodey and Happy Hogan alongside Rdj - with Scarlett Johansson also thought to be reprising her role from Iron Man 2 and The Avengers as Black Widow - and with filming expected to begin in the next couple of months, Variety are reporting that Ben Kingsley (Sexy Beast, Hugo) may be the latest name to join the cast as the villain of the piece.

According to the report, Kingsley has been tapped for a role that "involves the »

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Recall the Publicity! It's Just Too Much!

10 April 2012 11:05 AM, PDT

Commenting on the critics with Simon Columb...

Peter Sciretta writes for /Film on April 4th reagrding the new trailer for the Colin Farrell-starring Total Recall:

"The trailer for Len Wiseman's Total Recall remake seems to have impressed more than disappointed — I guess that's the positive side of having an audience with very low expectations. It’s also a trailer packed with edits of all kinds of fun sci-fi futuristic imagery. Wiseman took a moment to call MTV and add some extra insight on the first trailer, providing shot-for-shot audio commentary..."

The publicity for this film has started and, to be brief, it does look impressive. A combination of The Fifth Element, Inception and I, Robot, it seems - and all those films, crucially, made a ton of money. Not a bad investment I think. Its also an established property, capitalising on the known brand of Total Recall »

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Angelina Jolie's Maleficent gets a 2014 release date

10 April 2012 11:04 AM, PDT

Live-action fairy tale movies are all the rage at the moment, which isn't really all that surprising considering the success of Tim Burton's billion dollar-grossing Alice in Wonderland a couple of years back. This year alone we're getting two Snow White adaptations in Tarsem Singh's Mirror Mirror: The Untold Adventures of Snow White and Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman, while the likes of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Cinderalla and Peter Pan are all slated to arrive over the next couple of years.

You can of course add one more title to that list in Disney's Sleeping Beauty prequel Maleficent, which is set to star Angelina Jolie as the 'Mistress of All Evil' and has just been given an official release date of March 14th, 2014 by the studio. According to an official press release, the film is set to explore "the origins of the »

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Game of Thrones Season Two - Episode 2 Review

10 April 2012 8:59 AM, PDT

Oliver Davis reviews the second episode of Game of Thrones Season Two...

"That's not the way to get a-head in life."

-Austin Powers

I’m unsure what it was about Episode 1, but it left me pretty underwhelmed. Here was I, expecting to be screwed over and played with by the giant, tormenting cat HBO embodies, yet, overall, we were mollycoddled. That first episode opened on Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) celebrating his birthday (in typical petulant fashion), for Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) to waddle in and make everything oh so light-hearted. As season opening’s go, it’s about as safe as cotton wool wrapped in bubble bath. Well, at HBO it is. Anything less than Adored Major Character Dying feels rather easy going.

The ‘HBO’ branding has become synonymous with risk. The Wire opened its second season with a completely new host of characters – a feat Game of Thrones could’ve easily »

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DVD Review - Swinging with the Finkels (2011)

10 April 2012 8:58 AM, PDT

Swinging with the Finkels, 2011.

Directed by Jonathan Newman.

Starring Martin Freeman, Mandy Moore, Melissa George,Jerry Stiller, Jonathan Silverman and Angus Deayton.


A London couple take up swinging in an effort to save their failing marriage.

It is a big year for Martin Freeman. This could well be the defining year of his cinematic career. As a TV star he’s had the fortune to have had critically lauded, iconic roles in The Office, not to mention his role in the recent BBC series Sherlock. His film career has yet to hit similar heights. He’s starred in the fairly enjoyable big screen adaptation of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, but aside from that there’s not been much of note. Certainly he’s got the potential to gain the sort of box office draw that Hugh Grant and Colin Firth have managed over the years. His role »

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Films To Watch Before You Die #82 - Star Wars (1977)

10 April 2012 8:56 AM, PDT

D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, 1977.

Directed by George Lucas.

Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse and James Earl Jones.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope is the first film made in George Lucas’ epic six film Star Wars saga and the fourth installment in the list of episodes. Star Wars was groundbreaking in 1977 and brought about new special FX, used unconventional editing and introduced a new wave of sci-fi and fantasy storytelling to cinema. The film is one of the most successful and influential films of all time and won six Oscars, but missed out on Best Picture.

The story follows Luke Skywalker (Hamill) who comes into possession of two droids carrying a distress message »

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The first trailer for Simon Pegg's A Fantastic Fear of Everything

10 April 2012 8:53 AM, PDT

Former Kula Shaker frontman Crispian Mills makes his directorial debut this year alongside acclaimed music video director Chris Hopewell with the black comedy A Fantastic Fear of Everything, which sees Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek) leading a cast of British talent that includes Clare Higgins (The Golden Compass), Amara Karan (St. Trinians), Henry Lloyd-Hughes (The Inbetweeners) and Paul Freeman (Hot Fuzz).

Take a look at the synopsis and continue on for the first trailer, which was unveiled by Pegg on his Twitter account this past weekend...

"Jack [Pegg] is a children's author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his »

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Win Saving the Titanic on DVD

10 April 2012 8:27 AM, PDT

There have been many stories and dramas of the final few hours of the Titanic, but the unique tale of how a team of engineers attempted to save the stricken vessel has never been told before. Now 100 years later this gripping true story is told in Saving the Titanic, which comes to DVD for the first time on 16th April 2012, and we have two copies of the film to give away to our readers. Take a look at a synopsis, and read on for details of how to enter...

Saving the Titanic tells the story of the disaster from below deck. Based upon eyewitness accounts, this remarkable docu-drama recounts how nine men attempted to courageously hold back the power of the sea and keep the power systems running, even when they learned that all was lost. Most of these men died but their actions saved many lives.

The film features »

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