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Memory and identity are two of the more familiar themes filmmakers like to explore, and both rise to the surface in the upcoming British thriller "Trap For Cinderella," which finds two best friends brought together by nostalgia and torn apart by tragedy. Directed by Iain Softley ("Backbeat," "Hackers"), the film stars Tuppence Middleton, Alexandra Roach and Kerry Fox and tells the story of Mickey and Do, a photographer and bank clerk respectively and former childhood friends, who get reacquainted and return to the tranquil French villa where they spent so many happy summers together. But when a fire leaves Do dead and Micky badly burnt and blighted by amnesia, everything gets turned upside down. And as you'll see in this exclusive clip, past and present eerily overlap. "Trap For Cinderalla" opens in select theaters and will also be available to watch on Cable VOD, SundanceNOW and other digital outlets on Friday, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Feature Den Of Geek 5 Dec 2013 - 10:34
We get the chance to interview famous people every now and them. We ask them their favourite Statham movie. Here's what happens...
With The Statham heading back to UK cinemas this week with Homefront, we finally got the chance to ask the man himself the question we've been asking lots of people for years: 'what's your favourite Jason Statham movie?'
Now that he's answered it, we've gathered together lots of the responses we've had in one document. And so here it is:
Evan Goldberg: "It was him in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, right? That’s the best one."
Alice Lowe: "I've never seen any of his films. »
Director: Iain Softley
Running Time: 100 minutes
Extras: Interviews with cast and crew.
Trap For Cinderella comes to DVD and Blu-Ray after a relatively low-key run at cinemas back in July. The film, directed by Iain Softley (K-pax, Backbeat), who also adapts the novel by Sebastien Japrisot (A Very Long Engagement), revolves around Micky (Tuppence Middleton), a girl who loses her memory after surviving a terrifying accident at a French retreat that kills her childhood friend. Trying to rebuild her life back in London, Micky tries to understand the events that surrounded the accident, the people that she left behind, and the mystery of her lost-friend-with-a-silly-name, ‘Do,’ `played by Alexandra Roach.
- Paul Heath
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 17 Oct 2013 - 06:29
Here are 25 more great, unsung films - this time, from the year 1994...
Yes, 1994. The year cinemas were dominated by such whimsical wonders as The Lion King, Forrest Gump, The Mask and, erm, True Lies. It was also the year Gump dominated the Academy Awards, and Four Weddings And A Funeral loomed large at the Baftas.
As ever, there was so much more to the year's cinematic landscape than Tom Hanks' park bench ramblings or Hugh Grant mithering from beneath his gorgously crafted hair. To prove it, here's a list of 25 films that, in our estimation, are among its most underappreciated. There's much horror, drama, tears and laughter, plus a couple of classic documentaries, too.
The endless quipping can be exhausting but with gunplay, fistfights, henchmen and sexy double-crosses, this is pure spy escapism – with the bonus of Ian Hart
Spoiler Alert: This blog is for people watching Marvel's Agents Of Shield. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode three
Click here to read Graeme's episode two blogpost
How do you top a post-credits cameo from Samuel L Jackson? How about a guest appearance by John Lennon? Or at least Ian Hart, who was memorably chippy as Mr Imagine way back in 1994's Backbeat (and, more recently, in Sky Arts' alternate-universe Lennon biopic Snodgrass). Hart brought his distinctive ears and best Canadian accent to the part of Doctor Franklin Hall, a physicist and all-round brainiac deemed so valuable he was under Shield protection 24/7. Right up until he wasn't.
In an effective opening sequence, a Shield convoy transporting "the asset" was attacked, apparently by invisible »
- Graeme Virtue
The Fifth Beatle, a biopic about Epstein's rise from shop assistant to manager of the biggest group in the world, will be the first feature film to include Beatles hits
• Clip joint: The Beatles
• My favourite film: Backbeat
A new biopic of Beatles manager Brian Epstein will be the first feature film about the Fab Four ever to win rights to use the iconic British band's original songs, according to Deadline.
Titled The Fifth Beatle, the film will document the life of Epstein from his discovery of the Liverpudlian group to his death by accidental overdose in 1967 at the age of 32. The biopic's screenplay is by Tony award-winner Vivek J Tiwary (Green Day's American Idiot, Mel Brooks' The Producers) and the film will be produced by American Beauty's Oscar-winning Bruce Cohen.
Epstein was the closeted gay Liverpudlian entrepreneur who brought the Fab Four to the public's attention. »
- Ben Child
ABC is adding a little more international flavor to "Marvel's Agents of Shield."
British actor Ian Hart has been cast in a recurring part as a scientist on the highly anticipated series, EW reports. That's all the description available right now, though -- as with most things "Shield," Marvel and the network are keeping details very close to the vest.
Hart joins fellow Brits Iain de Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge in the cast. Coincidentally (or not? It's anyone's guess at this point), they play the scientific support team for Shield agents Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) and Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen).
Hart most recently appeared on the DirecTV series "Rogue." His other U.S. TV credits include "Luck," "Dirt" and "Bates Motel." He has also played John Lennon on three separate occasions -- in the feature films "The Hours and Times" and "Backbeat" and in an episode »
With a series of major Hollywood productions to his name, starring some of the biggest names in the industry such as Angelina Jolie and Kevin Spacey, director Iain Softley has returned to his roots somewhat with his latest picture Trap for Cinderella, and we were fortunate enough to speak to the filmmaker ahead of the films July 12 release.
The man behind the likes of K-pax, Inkheart and Hackers returns to his hometown of London, directing his first contemporary picture in the capital. He discusses the joys of working on a more modest sized production, and how important it is for a director to get casting right – having taken a risk with relative newcomers Tuppence Middleton and Alexandra taking on the lead roles. He also tells us of the importance is going in to Trap for Cinderella with as little knowledge as possible, while likening the role of film director to »
- Stefan Pape
Feature Sarah Dobbs 12 Jul 2013 - 05:39
Iain Softley is a filmmaker who’s hard to categorise. His career is pretty fascinating, because it’s almost impossible to predict what kind of film he’ll make next. His first film was a drama about the early career of the Beatles, which he followed with an unconventional action movie about computer hackers. Then he made a period drama. Then a weird sci-fi movie set in a mental hospital. Then a spooky horror film, and followed it up with a fantasy movie for kids. How many directors can you name who’ve made a series of films that diverse?
His new film, Trap For Cinderella, is yet another different kind of movie, and maybe one of the most difficult to categorise »
In a parallel world beneath London, talking rats and brutal assassins run wild in Neil Gaiman's delightfully bonkers BBC2 series that draws on Alice in Wonderland and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in equal measure
Richard Mayhew is a hangdog office nobody who comes across an injured girl in the street and finds himself drawn downwards into a place called London Below. In this murky underworld, a parallel city to the one above, we encounter a strange array of characters: the Earl of Earl's Court, ruling his fiefdom from a tube carriage; the Black Friars, guarding their secrets in their abbey; and the shepherds of Shepherd's Bush, who terrify everyone.
Part Alice in Wonderland, part Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Neverwhere was created by Neil Gaiman and (wait for it) Lenny Henry. Gary Bakewell, who played Paul McCartney in Backbeat, is the Alice/Arthur Dent character and it's all »
- Marc Burrows
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Tomorrow You're Gone looks likely to completely pass the world by. It has a generic title which – on the movie poster, at least – appears in the sort of font you'd normally find embossed onto the cover of a bad airport thriller novel. It stars people whose sense of quality control has wilted since the height of their fame. It's being released in cinemas and on iTunes on the same day. This could possibly be the most you're ever going to hear of it.
So the least that I can do is give you a taste of the plot, as laid out by the trailer. This way, if anyone ever asks you if you've seen Tomorrow You're Gone, you can use this information to »
- Stuart Heritage
Feature Michael Leader 19 Mar 2013 - 07:00
Spoiler warning: While this article is about a 17-year old TV programme, it inevitably discusses plot points that are also present in the currently-broadcasting radio drama remake.
“Let me tell you a story. No, wait, one’s not enough. I’ll begin again...”
So reads the back-cover blurb of Neil Gaiman’s 2006 short story anthology Fragile Things, but it’s as apt a beginning as any for an expedition back through the knotted overgrowths of time to the author’s 1996 foray into television: the six-part miniseries Neverwhere.
Now, let’s get this out of the way first: there is no single, true ‘Neverwhere’. Like its signature setting, a semi-mythological, hidden version of London that exists below the streets of Britain’s capital, Neverwhere is a »
Another film-to-stage adaptation, this time from Iain Softley’s 1994 debut feature starring Stephen Dorff and Ian Hart, Backbeat presents the Beatles as archetypal mythic figures, which indeed they have become, undergoing a Joseph Campbell-styled coming-of-age saga as a band. The tragic protagonist is the brooding and talented painter Stuart Sutcliffe (Nick Blood). He is press-ganged by his domineering classmate John Lennon (Andrew Knott) into his band The Quarrymen, promptly redubbed "The Beatals" (sic) by the too-cool-for-school Sutcliffe. The early scene where Lennon tutors Sutcliffe in how to play three strings on the
- Myron Meisel
Chicago – The hot rumor this week in the TV industry is that “Twin Peaks” show creators David Lynch and Mark Frost were talking up a revival of that unforgettable cult TV show of the early 1990s. Will Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer) and Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne) possibly participate?
Both actresses were at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con last summer and talked to HollywoodChicago.com, and posed for the lens of photographer Joe Arce. The next Wizard World Chicago Comic Con will take place August 8th-11th, 2013, at the Donald E. Stephens Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
“She’s dead, wrapped in plastic” introduced the icon character Laura Palmer to the culture in the TV show “Twin Peaks” (1990-91). She was portrayed with unerring skill by Sheryl Lee, who also managed in the series to portray Laura’s twin cousin, Maddy Ferguson. She »
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14 items from 2013
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