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Stranger Things: If You Don't Recognize Bob, You Should Be Ashamed

Image Source: Netflix Perhaps the most winsome new character on Stranger Things season two is Bob Newby, aka Bob the Brain. He's Joyce's so-earnest-it-hurts new boyfriend, and he's chock-full of the greatest dad jokes ("I hope . . . it doesn't . . . suuuuck"). If you were racking your brain to try to figure out where you recognize Bob from, look no further - we've got all the info about this actor, who has appeared in some of the most iconic films of the past 30 years. Actor Sean Astin made his film debut in 1985 in The Goonies as Mikey Walsh, leader of the ragtag group of kids who have a madcap adventure searching for pirate treasure, which is why it's so perfect that he's now appearing on a TV show that features so many Goonies parallels. Image Source: Everett Collection After a couple of solid but smaller movies - White Water Summer with Kevin Bacon,
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Red Dwarf – The Top 5 Special Guest Stars from the Show’s Smegging History

With Red Dwarf Xii starting tonight on Dave at 9pm, Villordsutch takes a look back through the near 30 years of Red Dwarf history, to bring you the Top 5 special guest stars that have appeared in this smegging brilliant show.

5. Jenny Agutter, OBE (Psirens – Series 6, Episode 1)

So many people are smiling back right now.

Star of The Railway Children, Walkabout, Logan’s Run and An American Werewolf in London. Jenny Agutter appeared as Kryten’s creator Professor Mamet, though in truth she was a shape-shifting Gelf (Genetically Engineered Life-Form) with a hankering for brains.

Jenny Agutter is to this day, even with her numerous acting achievements under her belt, still seen as a figure of lust. Though it is completely wrong to view any actor in this way, it doesn’t remove the memory of watching this episode – on its original airing – with my dad sat on the settee, suddenly barking,
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Shirley Henderson’s ‘Urban Hymn’ Set for May 12 Release in U.S. (Exclusive)

Shirley Henderson’s ‘Urban Hymn’ Set for May 12 Release in U.S. (Exclusive)
Level 33 Entertainment will release Shirley Henderson’s coming-of-age drama “Urban Hymn” on May 12 in the U.S.

The film is set against the backdrop of the U.K. summer riots in 2011. The story centers on a wayward teen, played by Letitia Wright, who is encouraged by Henderson’s inspiring and unconventional social worker to use singing as an escape from her troubled background — while her loyalties soon become torn between Henderson’s character and her possessive and volatile best friend, played by Isabella Laughland. Ian Hart also stars.

Urban Hymn” will screen in select theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and Washington, D.C. The film will also be available On Demand platforms including At&T U-verse, Comcast, DirecTV, Spectrum, Amazon Instant, iTunes, Dish Network, Vubiquity and Vudu.

Michael Caton-Jones, whose credits include “Doc Hollywood,” “Rob Roy,” “The Jackal,” “City By The Sea,
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'Five Came Back': The True Story of How Hollywood Helped Win World War II

'Five Came Back': The True Story of How Hollywood Helped Win World War II
Several years ago, Mark Harris began feeling a little self-conscious about a gap in his film-history knowledge. As a journalist for Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine and the late, lamented Web site Grantland, among others, he'd covered the waterfront of contemporary moviemaking. As an author, his book Pictures at a Revolution dissected the moment in the late 1960s when the last gasp of the Golden Age studio system gave way to what become known as "New Hollywood." Ask him about the works of legends like, say, John Ford and Frank Capra,
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'Five Came Back' Review: Doc on WWII Filmmakers Is a Peerless History Lesson

'Five Came Back' Review: Doc on WWII Filmmakers Is a Peerless History Lesson
Arguably the best documentary ever made about Hollywood and wartime, Five Came Back is nirvana for movie lovers and a real eye-opener for anyone new to the subject. Based on the brilliant, richly detailed bestseller by Mark Harris, this three-part chronicle of filmmakers doing their patriotic duty is receiving a theatrical run while also being available as a miniseries on Netflix. Whichever way you catch it, don't think of missing it.

Subtitled A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War, Harris' 2014 book pivoted between the P.O.V.s
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Poster and trailer for coming-of-age drama Urban Hymns

Ahead of its UK release later this month, a poster and trailer have arrived online for director Michael Caton-Jones’ coming-of-age drama Urban Hymn; take a look below…

Set against the backdrop of the 2011 British summer riots, Michael Caton–Jones’ Urban Hymn is a redemptive coming-of-age story set in South-West London and follows wayward teen, Jamie (Letitia Wright). Encouraged by inspiring and unconventional care worker Kate (Shirley Henderson) to use singing as a release from her troubled life, Jamie’s loyalties soon become torn between Kate and her possessive and volatile best friend, Leanne (Isabella Laughland).

Michael Caton-Jones (Memphis Belle, The Jackal), makes a welcome return with the heart-warming Urban Hymn which won Best Film in the Generator +18 category at the Giffoni Film Festival and screened at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and Glasgow International Film Festival earlier this year. Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe, Filth, Trainspotting) gives an incredibly moving performance as
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Stranger Things: Watch First Trailer for Winona Ryder Supernatural Drama

Stranger Things: Watch First Trailer for Winona Ryder Supernatural Drama
The truth… just may be in Hawkins, Ind.

That’s our takeaway from the first trailer for Stranger Things, an X-Files-by-way-of-Stand-By-Me supernatural drama, starring Winona Ryder, that debuts on Netflix this summer.

Set in the Midwest in the 1980s, the series follows the hunt for a boy who goes missing under very odd circumstances. Ryder (Reality Bites) plays his mother, Joyce, whose desire to find her son “unravels a series of mysteries involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl,” per the official description. Meanwhile, the boy’s friends’ efforts to make sense of what
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Jim Clark, Oscar-Winning Editor of ‘The Killing Fields,’ Dies at 84

Jim Clark, who won an Oscar for editing Roland Joffé’s “The Killing Fields” and was also nominated for his work on the director’s film “The Mission,” died in the U.K. on Feb. 25. He was 84 and had been ill for some time.

News of his death was announced by the Guild of British Film and TV Editors on Feb. 26.

His credits also include Stanley Donen’s “Charade” (1963); John Schlesinger’s “Darling” (1965), “The Day of the Locust” (1975) and “Marathon Man” (1976); Michael Apted’s “Agatha” (1979), “Nell” (1994) and Bond film “The World Is Not Enough”; Michael Caton-Jones’ “Memphis Belle” (1990) and “City by the Sea” (2002); and Mike Leigh’s “Vera Drake” (2004) and “Happy-Go-Lucky” (2008).

In addition to the Schlesinger films listed above, he did uncredited work on the director’s “Far From the Madding Crowd” and served as a creative consultant on the helmer’s 1969 classic “Midnight Cowboy.”

Clark received the American Cinema
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Urban Hymn: Essex writer’s drug-fuelled youth inspires drama

Set against the summer riots of 2011, Nick Moorcroft’s coming-of-age movie about a young offender draws on his own troubled past

A scriptwriter from Essex who has gone on to make a name for himself in Hollywood has revealed that his own violent, drug-fuelled past provided material for the plot of his new film, Urban Hymn.

A coming-of-age movie that will have a gala screening in Glasgow on Friday February 19, ahead of a UK charity premiere, Urban Hymn is set during the UK’s summer riots of 2011 and tells the story of a young female offender, Jamie, and her relationships with her care worker, Kate, and her “bad girl” friend, Leanne. It features a cameo from musician Billy Bragg and is directed by Michael Caton-Jones, whose work includes the 1990 wartime bomber crew drama Memphis Belle.

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On this day in pop culture history: Scotty returned to ‘Star Trek’

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On this day in pop culture history: Scotty returned to ‘Star Trek’
23 years ago today, James Doohan reprised his iconic “Star Trek” role as Montgomery Scott when he appeared in an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” In that October 12, 1992 episode, written by Ronald D. Moore, the crew of the Enterprise discover Scotty’s life form on a Federation transport ship that’s been missing for 75 years. Rematerialized aboard the Enterprise, Scotty raises a glass to his absent crew members. We raise a glass to sci-fi logic that gives us the return of characters who should be long-dead. It was the first “Star Trek” episode directed by Alexander Singer, who went on to direct several more “Tng,” “Deep Space Nine” and “Voyager” episodes. “Having Jimmy Doohan there, I felt I was in the middle of some kind of mythic experience,” he later said. Other notable October 12 happenings in pop culture history: •1969: The “Paul is dead” conspiracy took off when a
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Can a Song Save Your Life?: Caton-Jones’ Modest Return to Filmmaking

Scottish film director Michael Caton-Jones had a very prolific filmography in the 1990s thanks to films like Memphis Belle (1990), Rob Roy (1995), and The Jackal (1997). It’s been nearly a decade since he’s tackled a feature film, following the dismally received Basic Instinct 2 in 2006. He’s returned to the UK for Urban Hymn, a modest character study set against the 2011 North London riots. Emotionally effective and featuring a trio of genuinely unfussy performances, the familiar trajectory too often settles for superficial examinations of its characters, hobbling them of the necessary interiority to make them more than one-dimensional archetypes. Despite this, those appreciative of feel-good narratives should take note considering the effortless dynamic of its leading actors.

Jamie (Laetitia Wright) and Leanne (Isabelle Laughland) are two disenfranchised young women in their late teens, orphans with violent histories
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David Puttnam returns to production with 'Arctic 30'

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David Puttnam returns to production with 'Arctic 30'
Chariots Of Fire producer David Puttnam is returning to filmmaking for the first time in more than 15 years

The former Columbia studio boss is to make Arctic 30, a feature about the experiences of 30 Greenpeace activists thrown into Russia’s prison system after protesting against drilling in the Arctic.

The film is based on Don’t Trust, Don’t Fear, Don’t Beg: The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic 30, a book by Ben Stewart, published earlier this month.

Lord Puttnam and Le Pacte co-owner Hani Farsi of Corniche Pictures have signed a joint venture to produce the film. A director has yet to be announced.

Puttnam credits Emma Thompson, who is involved in the film and is set to help script it, with kickstarting the project.

“We wouldn’t have reached this point without her and it is very much her decision from here on in as to the degree to which she will be involved but she
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Monte Merrick Dies; Writer Penned 1990 film ‘Memphis Belle’

Monte Merrick Dies; Writer Penned 1990 film ‘Memphis Belle’
Monte L. Merrick, an accomplished and successful playwright, novelist and screenwriter probably best known for the screenplay for the film “Memphis Belle,” died in Santa Monica on March 24, following a battle with cancer . He was 65.

The 1990 film “Memphis Belle,” directed by Michael Caton-Jones, starred Harry Connick Jr., Eric Stoltz and Matthew Modine in the WWII story of the U.K.-based crew of a B-17 bomber who must go on one last mission, over the heavily defended city of Bremen, Germany.

Most recently, Merrick wrote the screenplay for the indie “Skating to New York,” released in December 2014.

He also penned the 1997 Disney TV version of “Oliver Twist,” starring Richard Dreyfuss and Elijah Wood; films including 1994 rodeo story “8 Seconds,” 1992 Tom Selleck starrer “Mr. Baseball” and the Lee Grant-directed 1989 dramedy “Staying Together”; and the TV movie “Miracle at Midnight.” His plays, produced Off Broadway in New York and throughout the country at regional theaters,
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Monte Merrick Dies; Writer Penned 1990 film ‘Memphis Belle’

Monte Merrick Dies; Writer Penned 1990 film ‘Memphis Belle’
Monte L. Merrick, an accomplished and successful playwright, novelist and screenwriter probably best known for the screenplay for the film “Memphis Belle,” died in Santa Monica on March 24, following a battle with cancer . He was 65.

The 1990 film “Memphis Belle,” directed by Michael Caton-Jones, starred Harry Connick Jr., Eric Stoltz and Matthew Modine in the WWII story of the U.K.-based crew of a B-17 bomber who must go on one last mission, over the heavily defended city of Bremen, Germany.

Most recently, Merrick wrote the screenplay for the indie “Skating to New York,” released in December 2014.

He also penned the 1997 Disney TV version of “Oliver Twist,” starring Richard Dreyfuss and Elijah Wood; films including 1994 rodeo story “8 Seconds,” 1992 Tom Selleck starrer “Mr. Baseball” and the Lee Grant-directed 1989 dramedy “Staying Together”; and the TV movie “Miracle at Midnight.” His plays, produced Off Broadway in New York and throughout the country at regional theaters,
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News Bits: Sony, Sicario, Giant, Medieval

Sony Pictures

Tom Rothman, head of TriStar and the former longtime co-leader of 20th Century Fox, is officially set to take over Amy Pascal's position as Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group. At the same time, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton has scored an extension of his position thanks to Sony’s Japanese owners. [Source: Deadline]

Sicario

Lionsgate have announced a September 18th limited release ahead of a September 25th wide release for "Prisoners" director Denis Villeneuve's drug cartel thriller "Sicario". Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal and Daniel Kaluuya star.

Blunt plays idealistic FBI agent (Blunt) who is enlisted by a government task force to take out a Mexican drug cartel leader in the lawless border area between the U.S. and Mexico. Taylor Sheridan wrote the script. [Source: THR]

Giant Under the Snow

Filmmaker Michael Caton-Jones ("Rob Roy," "Memphis Belle") is
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Michael Caton-Jones to Direct Fantasy Epic ‘Giant Under the Snow’

Michael Caton-Jones to Direct Fantasy Epic ‘Giant Under the Snow’
London — Michael Caton-Jones is set to direct epic fantasy “The Giant Under the Snow,” which is budgeted at £20 million ($30.9 million).

Caton-Jones’ credits include “Scandal” (1989), “Memphis Belle” (1990), “Doc Hollywood” (1991), “This Boy’s Life” (1993), “Rob Roy” (1995), “The Jackal” (1997), “City by the Sea” (2002), “Beyond the Gates” (2005) and “Basic Instinct 2” (2006). His latest film is “Urban Hymn,” which is due for release this year.

“The Giant Under the Snow,” which is based on the children’s novel by John Gordon, will be a live-action film with some CGI. Caton-Jones is developing the screenplay with Tom Williams (“Chalet Girl,” “Kajaki”), with shooting expected to start in October. Pic is looking to secure a theatrical release at Christmas 2016.

The film, which will shoot at Pinewood and Shepperton studios and at U.K. locations, is produced by David Rogers, and Paul Tucker, who was Mel Gibson’s head of European production for 10 years, is an executive producer.
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Michael Caton-Jones to direct The Giant Under The Snow

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Michael Caton-Jones to direct The Giant Under The Snow
Director of The Jackel and Memphis Belle joins $30m fantasy epic.

Michael Caton-Jones has been confirmed to direct $30.9m (£20m) children’s fantasy film The Giant Under The Snow.

The film will be an adaptation of a 1968 adventure novel by John Gordon, which centres on three school friends who discover an ancient treasure and become embroiled in the final act of an epic battle of good against evil.

The live-action feature is intended to act as the first in a trilogy, with shooting planned at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios as well as on location in the UK from October 2015. Theatrical release is planned for Christmas 2016.

VFX will be handled by London-based CineSite, which worked on the Harry Potter franchise and more recently handled Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow.

Caton-Jones is developing the screenplay with Tom Williams (Chalet Girl, Kajaki).

Ralph Kamp, former Icon Productions CEO, will likely be global sales and distribution agent through his outfit
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Roger Deakins on WWII, the ocean's 'endless prison' and inspirations for 'Unbroken'

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Roger Deakins on WWII, the ocean's 'endless prison' and inspirations for 'Unbroken'
"The Shawshank Redemption," "Fargo," "Kundun," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "The Man Who Wasn't There," "No Country for Old Men," "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "The Reader," "True Grit," "Skyfall," "Prisoners." Surely one of those films won the Oscar for Best Cinematography, right? Nope. Roger Deakins has 11 Oscar nominations but, to date, has not been granted access to the Dolby Theater stage (or the Kodak Theater…or the Shrine Auditorium…he's a veteran of multiple Oscar venues at this point). Could that change with Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken?" Possibly. Deakins pushed himself quite a bit on the film and played with a few aesthetic ideas he hadn't really dabbled in before. It's only the second time he's worked in the war genre (after 2005's "Jarhead"), but he paints Jolie's canvas with striking hues of contrast. For a film that could be a formidable prestige Oscar player,
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Eiff 2014: Castles In The Sky review

Eddie Izzard stars in Castles In The Sky, a film about the invention of radar. Here's our review...

There is a certain timeslot from days gone by, in your local independent cinema, that Castles In The Sky utterly belongs to. The weekend afternoon matinee slot, designed specifically for families, that I remember from my time working in a cinema as the 'Tired Daddy Doesn't Want to Answer His Five Year Old's Innocent Yet Fiendish Questions' slot. Also it rained popcorn. Now this slot mostly consists of variable animated fare put on at 10.15 in the morning by chain cinemas who don't appreciate the sanctity of the lie-in. This is a shame, as Castles In The Sky evokes the nostalgia of films like Memphis Belle, despite being tonally more similar to movies such as the 2005 Lassie picture.

Based on a true story, the depiction of Robert Watson Watt and Skip Wilkins'
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"Memphis Belle" Never Quite Takes Flight

Nearly seventy years have passed since World War II ended, but it continues to capture the imagination of Hollywood. It is easy to see why--after all, it was one of the biggest conflicts in history, starring quite possibly the nastiest bad guy of all time versus a diverse cast of heroes as big as Winston Churchill and George S. Patton and as seemingly small (but still important) as the enlisted men who stormed the beaches of Normandy and the women who worked in homefront munitions factories. There are numerous powerful and inspirational stories, both fictional and nonfictional, that can be pulled from such rich material. One such story is that of the Memphis Belle, the B-17 flying fortress that was one of the first to complete all 25 of her missions--and successfully, at that.

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