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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Review

9 December 2012 3:59 PM, PST

After a few delays (MGM financial woes, no director after Guillermo Del Toro couldn’t commit more time due to said delays) Peter Jackson has finally delivered one of this years most eagerly anticipated movies, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. And on the off chance some of you have crawled out of a cave or coma, The Hobbit is based on the much loved J.R.R. Tolkien Book and is set about 60 odd years before The Lord Of The Rings. From a story point of view, The Hobbit is split into 3 parts. Part one, An Unexpected Journey which is what we’re talking about here (or writing, take your pick). Part two, “The Desolation of Smaug” will land in cinemas this time next year and the final movie “There and Back Again” lands only 7 months later in July 2014. So has it been worth the wait? An Unexpected Journey follows the tale »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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Tom Cruise Jack Reacher tour in Manchester Photos

9 December 2012 1:42 PM, PST

Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall rolled into (maybe that should say cruised…..sorry!!) Manchester this weekend for the Manchester derby. Managing to get a Man City shirt in the process. Plenty of pics below. Synopsis: A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Released: 21st December 2012 (U.S.)/ 26th December 2012 (Irl)/ 28th December 2012 (U.K.) Via Paramount »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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Trailer for Oblivion

9 December 2012 2:08 AM, PST

Coming across like a strange mix of Wall.E and I Am Legend, the first trailer for the Tom Cruise starring Oblivion has hit. I was expecting something along the lines of over the top shoot 'em up action, and while the trailer does promise some of that, there is something deeper going on here. With that, and some fantastic and unique visuals (which will no doubt look fantastic in IMAX), I am excited for this.  Synopsis: Jack Harper is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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New poster for Pain And Gain

8 December 2012 10:20 AM, PST

A new poster for Michael Bay's action comedy Pain And Gain has hit, featuring an extremely jacked Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, and one hell of a funny tag line.  With comedians Ken Jeong, Rob Cordry, and Rebel Wilson joining Wahlberg and Johnson, and Bay's signature over the top action,  I'm pumped (......ahem) for this. via Paramount Synopsis: A pair of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. Released: 26th April 2013 (U.S.)/ 3rd May 2013 (U.K./Irl) »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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The Man with the Iron Fists Review

7 December 2012 1:50 PM, PST

RZA (of Wu-Tang fame) and Eli Roth (of gore fame) worked on this movie for quite some time, namely 2 years and worked out the very fine details right down to the weapons. And do the weapons look spectacular. A delightful manner of “gun knives” “claw spears” and a host of other implements deal out blood and innards on an occasional basis. Now I’m not quite sure what went on after they nailed down the weapons, because theres not much else here going on. The plot is extraordinarily straightforward but executed in such a way that not even Robert Langdon from The DaVinci code could figure out what was exactly going on. It involves a bit stack of gold, a bunch of warriors, assassins, dudes who dress up as wolves, a blacksmith, a bunch of kick-ass hookers and a little village.  That’s the jist of it anyway, but if »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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First poster for Tom Cruise's Oblivion

7 December 2012 1:24 PM, PST

Based on the graphic novel of the same name, Oblivion is the latest film from Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. Set on a future radically changed by a decades long war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, the film follows Tom Cruise as Jack Harper, a former soldier stationed on Earth to repair and maintain the robotic drones which patrol the planet. When a mysterious traveller crosses his path, everything he thought to be true of his mission is brought into question. The film also stars Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Melissa Leo, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. A trailer for the film will debut on Sunday, but for now we have our first look at the film, in poster form. Certainly promises to be one of the most visually striking films of 2013. via IGN Released: 12th April 2013 (U.K./Irl)/ 19th April 2013 (U.S.) »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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First look at The Hobbit: There And Back Again

6 December 2012 5:39 PM, PST

The first in The Hobbit Trilogy, An Unexpected Journey, is released in cinemas in less than a week, but already Warner Bros. are getting the ball rolling on promoting the final film, There And Back Again (hitting the big screen July 18th 2014). Courtesy of EW, the image also give us our first look at the returning Orlando Bloom as elf Legolas, and of new character Bard The Bowman, played by Luke Evans. Fans of Jrr Tolkien's book will know that Legolas doesn't appear at all, making his first appearance in it's follow-up The Lord Of The Rings, but director peter Jackson explains his decision to include him: He’s [elven king] Thranduil’s son, and Thranduil is one of the characters in The Hobbit, and because elves are immortal it makes sense Legolas would be part of the sequence in the Woodland Realm. The second in the trilogy, The Desolation Of Smaug, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Jay And Silent Bob's Groovy Cartoon Movie coming next year

6 December 2012 5:19 PM, PST

From their debut way back in 1994 in Kevin Smith's Clerks, Jay and silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Smith himself) have achieved cult status, appearing in numerous movies and t.v. shows (including a memorable cameo in Scream 3), even getting their own film, Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back. Smith has put the characters on the back burner for a while, focusing on branching out to various different forms of media. But now these two are making their way back to the big screen, as announced on facebook, with their unique brand of profanity and weed fueled mayhem getting the animated treatment in Jay And Silent Bob's Groovy Cartoon Movie. Directed by Steve Stark, the animator behind several animated shorts based on stories and routines from Smith and Mewe's various live appearances, and featuring the voices of Jon Lovitz, Eliza Dushku ,author and comic writer Neil Gaiman (playing, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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The Hobbit 13 Minute Preview Must Watch

6 December 2012 9:47 AM, PST

With literally days to go until The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Part One) arrives in cinemas, this should tide you over nicely. Featuring a tonne of interviews, behind the scenes and lots of new footage, this is a rather fantastic way to spend the next 13 minutes. Incidentally, we’ll have some Hobbit comments over the next few days as I’m off to see the Hfr version in an IMAX over the weekend, as well as catching up with Aidan Turner who plays Kili. So watch this space and of course the twitter as well Synopsis: A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug. Release date: 13th December »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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Star Trek Into Darkness Teaser Footage

6 December 2012 12:44 AM, PST

Even Star Wars fans like me who never, in any capacity showed any love for the original Star Trek movies, were blown away with J.J. Abrams take on the the franchise a few years ago. And now, the hype machine for the sequel is starting to turn. What you can see below is a teaser trailer for the actual teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness, which goes live on the web on December 17th. I gotta say, this looks absolutely epic, and Benedict Cumberbatch puts to rest any doubts that may have been out there. The dude, looks seriously bad ass. Check it out below and let us know what you think! Synopsis: After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. Released: »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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GI Joe: Retaliation 3D poster. With added Channing Tatum.

5 December 2012 12:35 PM, PST

Originally to be released this Summer, G.I. Joe: Retaliation was put back to March next year five weeks before it's opening. The reason given was to spend time converting the movie to 3D. I understand most studios insistence on releasing movies 3D, the increased ticket price does maximise sales, but changing your mind at such short notice does seem a bit excessive. Rumours abounded that test screenings highlighted the audiences responded well to Channing Tatum's Duke (who has experienced quite a rise in star power recently), who only had a few minutes screen time, forcing extensive reshoots to bulk up his role. Turns out both case turned out to be true, with the release of a new international poster. It's pretty much the same as the final poster for the film, with the major difference being Tatum receiving prominent placing alongside the movies' main stars Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Seven Psychopaths Review

5 December 2012 10:59 AM, PST

With In Bruges, writer and director Martin McDonagh made quite the feature film debut, crafting a well written and superbly acted tale that has deservedly achieved cult status. So it comes as no surprise that all eyes are on his follow up film, Seven Psychopaths. A much different film from In Bruges, I can honestly say it's not what anybody expected. Marty (Colin Farrell) is a screenwriter struggling to write his latest feature, Seven Psychopaths. When his friends Billy (Sam Rockwell) and Hans (Christopher Walken) kidnap the dog of unhinged gangster Billy Costello (Woody Harrelson), Marty finds unlikely inspiration from the whole crazy situation. As you can gather from the above synopsis, this film is as meta as they come. Every so often the film plays out excerpts from Marty's script, as he tries to get a handle on his psychotic characters, in an attempt to save them from becoming cliched. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Matt Damon set to join The Monuments Men

5 December 2012 2:17 AM, PST

The cast for George Clooney's next directorial work, The Monuments Men, continues to grow, with Matt Damon, reported by Deadline, in talks to join the World War 2 set drama. If he agrees, he will join the already all-star cast, which includes Bill Murray, Daniel Craig, Cat Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, and Clooney himself. Based on the book by Robert M. Edsel, the film follows events during the last days of Nazi Germany, as the Nazi Party tries to cover their tracks by destroying priceless works of art they stole during their rise to power, while a group of art historians and museum curators do their best to save them. Production begins on March 1st of next year, with pretty much the same crew who worked on this years Argo working on this one. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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New international poster for Stoker

5 December 2012 1:37 AM, PST

Found this knocking about on the internet, and while not as striking as the first poster, this spanish poster for South Korean director Chan Wook-park's Stoker is absolutely beautiful. Coming off such acclaimed films as Oldboy (currently being remade by Spike Lee) and Thirst, hopes are high for his first english language work. I am in doubt that he will deliver. Side note: The title of the movie for it's release in Spain roughly translates to 'perverse ties'. Take from that what you will. via tumblr Synopsis: After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him. Released: 1st March 2013 »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Pacific Rim 2 happening

5 December 2012 12:36 AM, PST

Even though it’s not exploding all over cinema screens until next Summer, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim will get be getting a sequel. Travis Beacham will write the script, and Beacham is the same guy who wrote the initial treatment for the original. It’s not known if Del Toro will sit in the directors chair for the sequel, but either way news like this should get you all excited because this shows a whole bunch of faith in a movie that is shaping up to be a gigantic movie going experience next Summer…in more ways than one! Oh..and by the way, if you haven’t seen some of the viral stuff, check this footage out here Synopsis: From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure “Pacific Rim.” When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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Jack Reacher Japanese Trailer

5 December 2012 12:28 AM, PST

Japanese trailers are great. Simply put they are cut very differently from Western ones, and always feature footage that you will not have seen. Same goes for the Japanese Jack Reacher trailer which has lots of little snippets of new footage. Personally, I’ve never read one of the many Reacher books (shame on me I know) but I’m really stoked for this. Anyway, check out the trailer below! Synopsis: A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Released: 21st December 2012 (U.S.)/ 26th December 2012 (Irl)/ 28th December 2012 (U.K.) »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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Keeping It Local it the Ifi, Dublin

4 December 2012 11:13 AM, PST

To celebrate the release of Kirsten Sheridan’s new film Dollhouse, The Factory and the Ifi have collaborated to host a very special Keeping It Local day on Wednesday 5 December with directors Kirsten And Jim Sheridan in attendance at the Cinemobile, North Wall Quay, Campshire, Dublin 1 (across from Wapping Street junction) To kickstart the day, we will host a programme of films made in and around Sheriff Street from the 1930s – 1970s from the Ifi Irish Film Archive.  These special screenings begin at 10.30am and will be introduced by Jim Sheridan who was brought up in Sheriff Street, along with his brother, renowned writer & playwright, Peter Sheridan and will be attended by local active retirement groups, Alone charity workers and community groups. There will be a photocall with Kirsten and Jim Sheridan at 11.45am Following the Archive footage, a preview screening of Dollhouse will take place in the Cinemobile »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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New York Film Critics Award Winners

3 December 2012 1:10 PM, PST

The New York Film Critics Circle voted today for their picks for the 2012 awards at the Film Society at Lincoln Center.  The awards will be handed out during their annual ceremony to be held on Monday, January 7, 2013 at Crimson (915 Broadway). “Zero Dark Thirty” was selected as Best Picture and Kathryn Bigelow was selected for Best Director. Daniel Day-Lewis was selected as Best Actor and Rachel Weisz as Best Actress. Full list of winners below. Says 2012 Nyfcc Chairman, Time Out New York's Joshua Rothkopf (who will be returning as chair for 2013), "We're proud to offer up an especially distinctive slate of choices this year, reflective of the singular tastes of our membership. There were definitely some squeaker votes. I'm very happy with our results." Founded in 1935, the New York Film Critics Circle is the oldest and most prestigious in the country. The circle’s membership includes critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets it's Harry Osborn

3 December 2012 12:07 PM, PST

The final casting touches are being put to Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with Dane DeHaan (best known as the tragic villain Andrew from Chronicle) scoring the role of Harry Osborn. Taking to Twitter, Webb himself confirmed the casting earlier today. Originally portrayed by James Franco in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, Harry is Peter Parker's close friend and class mate, before embarking on a career in villainy. There is no word on whether or not Harry's father, Norman (Willem DaFoe in the originals), will be making an appearance, even though he was heavily referenced to in the first film. DeHaan joins returning cast members Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, as well as other newcomers Shailene Woodley as MaryJane Watson (originally Kirsten Dunst), and the still unconfirmed, but long rumoured, Jamie Foxx as the movies' big bad, Electro. Released: May 2nd 2014   »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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New Man Of Steel poster

3 December 2012 11:35 AM, PST

To coincide with the DVD and Blu-Ray release of The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros. have given us a new poster for next years Superman reboot, Man Of Steel, showing the Big Blue Boy Scout in quite the predicament. Already this points to a much different take on Superman than we have seen before, one that has me intrigued to what director Zack Synder has in store for us. Synopsis:Next summer, “Man of Steel” is coming to the big screen. The film is from director Zack Snyder and producers Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. Released: June 14th 2013 »

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