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The eagerly awaited Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 launch Photo: Richard Mowe
The grande dame of global filmfests, the Edinburgh International Film Festival (15 - 26 June), which for uninterrupted longevity beats both Cannes and Venice, unveiled its bumper 70th edition programme today with more than 160 titles embracing 46 different countries and including a UK bow for Pixar’s Finding Dory.
Mark Adams, the event’s artistic director, assured that “although the brochure is now out there, we are still working away furiously behind the scenes, finalising guests and confirming details.”
Edinburgh International Film Festival director Mark Adams announcing the 2016 line-up. Photo: Richard Mowe
He was, however, prepared to drop few names in to the mix: actress Kim Cattrall, who was in Edinburgh in 2011 for Meet Monica Velour, will return for an In Person session while indie director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma) will also appear on stage with his daughter Harley Quinn whom he »
- Richard Mowe
The 70th edition of the Edinburgh Film Festival, which runs June 15-26, will showcase 161 feature films from 46 countries, including 22 world premieres, five international premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 U.K. premieres. Artistic director Mark Adams, unveiling the selection Wednesday, said there was “something for everyone,” and the festival would “challenge, provoke and entertain audiences.”
Highlights include the U.K. premiere of Disney-Pixar animation “Finding Dory,” In-Person events featuring the likes of Kevin Smith and Kim Cattrall, and the opening and closing gala world premieres of “Tommy’s Honor” and “Whisky Galore!” Classic include “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” with John Williams’ score performed live by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the world premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of the Scottish classic “Highlander,” celebrating its 30th anniversary with star Clancy Brown in attendance.
- Leo Barraclough
Good news, Capcom fans! From now until May 17, you can net yourself a whole bunch of excellent titles from the studio’s vast back catalogue for just a fraction of their total worth.
As usual, the games you get depends on how much money you decide to part with. See below for the full breakdown of each threshold.
If you pay $1 or more, you’ll get access to:
Strider Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Episode 1: Penal Colony Lost Planet 3 Complete Pack Bionic Commando Rearmed
In addition to the above, you’ll also receive the following:
Coupon: 40% off Resident Evil Revelations 2 Deluxe Coupon: 30% off Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
Paying more than the average (currently stands at $8.80 as of writing) will unlock the following four games, with more to be added over the rest of the remaining period.
- Joe Pring
Full disclosure: I was an early adopter of Kevin Smith movies. To this day, I have a tendency to name cats after his characters, and randomly quote Clerks at people, mid-conversation. For me, the filmmaker has yet to make a movie that tops 1999’s Dogma – but every time he delivers a new one, I still find myself hoping that it will be the one to become my new Kevin Smith favourite. Will Yoga Hosers claim that title? The new trailer would suggest, probably not. It does indicate, though, that Kevin Smith still has plenty of motivation to continue shaking up his own brand, by telling original stories in fresh and innovative ways.
Starring Harley Quinn Smith and Lily Rose Depp, Yoga Hosers focuses on two teenage girls named Colleen, who find themselves at the forefront of a battle against an ancient evil while working at their local convenience store. »
- Sarah Myles
When was the last time you saw a movie about jewellery and robots? The answer to that unusual question is something Google Play are banking on for Bling, the first animated film to be distributed via the platform. Best of all it’s free!
Concerning the calamity that ensues when a hopeful man’s engagement surprise is mistakenly acquired by a supervillain, it features attention-grabbing elements such as positronic primate Kit, voiced by Jay and Silent Bob star Jason Mewes.
Putting on our best suit, and with our best inquiries boxed up and ready to be sprung, we took Mr Mewes to the nearest restaurant in the hope he’d accept our proposal. Along the way we couldn’t help but talk about his most famous role and working with friend and quietest Bob in history Kevin Smith for the past couple of decades…
What was your reaction when you were told about the concept? »
- Steve Palace
Reading through the Euro Palace blog I’ve stumbled upon an article which talks about how some movies would make great video slot machines. No wonder they have chosen the slots as a topic – Euro Palace specializes in real money games, and slot machines are the games of choice at such venues. They’ve chosen The Bucket List, any James Bond movie, Mortal Kombat, Kick-Ass and Pulp Fiction for their list. Their reasons are plausible, and they are right – any of the above would make a great slot machine. But let me add five more to the list – hoping for developers to listen. So, here is my five cents, well, erm, movies.
1. Ocean’s Eleven
What better source of inspiration for a video slot machine than a story about a gang robbing three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously? The movie has the visuals and the selection of movie stars to make a perfect video slot, »
Although only one month has passed in 2016, fans have already had to say goodbye to a number of beloved Hollywood icons in such a short period of time. One of the many legends we lost last month was Harry Potter star Alan Rickman, who passed away at the age of 69 after battling cancer. Over the weekend, Harry Potter fans from around the world gathered at Universal Studios Orlando, where a new video was taken, courtesy of Inside the Magic, to pay tribute to the late actor by raising their wands.
This homage to Alan Rickman took place at A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016, an annual event that has taken place ever since the theme park opened at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter section back in 2010. Since this was the first public event that took place after the late actor's death, it's not surprising that fans turned out in droves »
I Hate wine! Seriously, no kidding, I cannot drink it, smell it and I don’t like to talk about it. The origin of this distaste for fermented grape juice? It was when I was in the Navy (there he goes again!) I was on liberty in Brindisi, Italy (Bill remembers!) We were in a restaurant on a bright, sunny Italian Sunday afternoon. We ordered food and wine. The wine came in pitchers, not bottles. I don’t recall the food ever arriving, don’t remember leaving the restaurant, going back to the ship, none of that, complete blackout.
Literally one minute in the restaurant, the next lying face down in my rack strangling on my own sick. I won’t go into any more sordid details, I’ll spare you that. Sufficient to note I was in trouble with the Navy, had gotten horribly sick on a liberty boat, »
- Sam Moffitt
Silent Bob is speaking up on YouTube. Kevin Smith, known for directing cult favorite films like Clerks and Dogma, has partnered with production company and multi-channel network Defy Media to launch his own channel on YouTube, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Smith is known for his boisterous opinions about nerd culture, and his first series with Defy Media underscores that particular idea. It’s called Fat Man on Batman, and it serves as a video version of Smith’s podcast of the same name. Here’s the latest episode, released on January 18th:
Defy Media will assist Smith with the promotion, growth, and ad sales of his YouTube channel, while also offering him a production space for his podcast. In addition, Smith has teamed up with longtime collaborator Jason Mewes for What’s in the Box with Jay and Silent Bob, a series distributed through Defy’s newly-launched subscription service, »
- Sam Gutelle
Smith, who directed Rickman in Dogma, has shared memories and photos from the set, and expressed his sadness at the actor’s death
Smith directed Rickman as the voice of God in his 1999 film, Dogma, and in a Facebook post recounted how Rickman was “the first non-friend who signed up to the flick, but he became a great friend in record time”.
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- Catherine Shoard
Beloved British actor Alan Rickman was mourned by millions after he died from cancer on Thursday, but one of the most heartfelt tributes came from director Kevin Smith. Rickman, who lost his battle with cancer at age 69, starred in Smith’s 1999 comedy “Dogma” as Metatron, a.k.a. the Voice of God, garbed in a scruffy grey hoodie and angel wings. “One of my favorite people who ever lived has died,” Smith wrote in a Facebook tribute. “Alan was the first non-friend who signed up to the flick, but he became a great friend in record time.” Also Read: Alan Rickman, »
- Debbie Emery
The great Alan Rickman, who died at age 39 after a short battle with cancer, has had unforgettable roles in Die Hard, Sense and Sensibility, Truly Madly Deeply, and the Harry Potter series. But I'd argue that millennials first became obsessed with him after watching one of his under-discussed roles of the late '90s. The role is Metatron, and the movie is Dogma. I saw Dogma at age 13, and that's exactly the age when many millennials discovered the droll, sinister, but undeniably bad-ass screen presence of Alan Rickman. As one of God's spokespeople in the Catholicism-spoofing comedy, he's both downtrodden and wryly cool. You trusted him as a voice of reason in a movie that dared to throw an actual shit monster at you. Dogma is also irreverent and playfully philosophical in a way that appeals specifically to, say, teens who are learning to defy their parents' staid beliefs for the first time. »
- Louis Virtel
Today, Harry Potter fans across the globe will mourn the death of Alan Rickman, the actor who portrayed the role of Severus Snape in all eight feature adaptations of J.K. Rowling.s beloved series. While Rickman will be remembered for other performances . including the villainous Hans Gruber of Die Hard and Metatron of Dogma, among others. Rickman holds a special place in the hearts of many Potter fans for his outstanding portrayal of one of the films. most interesting and vital characters. I wouldn.t be the first to nitpick the alterations and omissions of the Harry Potter films, I.m sure, but I also wouldn.t be the first to say that when it came to casting, the feature adaptations regularly nailed it with the actors selected to play the starring roles. Alan Rickman was no exception there. In fact, there are a number of reasons why Rickman »
It seems that this has been a sad week for fans of both Music and Film. Unfortunately, earlier today legendary actor Alan Rickman passed away at the age of 69.
After battling with cancer for some time, the British national treasure was reportedly surrounded by friends and family at the time of his death. This is absolutely devastating news and a truly tragic loss for millions across the globe.
Not only was Rickman a wonderfully talented actor, but he was also one of the most diverse in the entire world. After making his Hollywood debut as the brilliantly menacing Hans Gruber in the original Die Hard, Rickman exploded into the film industry in a career spanning almost three decades.
He went on to play a variety of highly acclaimed roles in some of the most popular films of all time, such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Dogma, Love Actually, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street »
- Ben Read
Just days after the film and music world lost icon David Bowie, Hollywood is mourning the loss of another legend. Alan Rickman, best known for his roles as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies, has passed away at the age of 69. The Guardian reports that the actor had been battling cancer, and that he died "surrounded by family and friends." Here's what Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling had to say in a statement.
"There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man."
After a number of minor roles in British TV shows, Alan Rickman made his feature film debut in the 1988 action classic Die Hard, portraying the iconic villain Hans Gruber. He went on to star as Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, »
Alan Rickman, the British actor who portrayed likable villains in films like Die Hard and the Harry Potter series, has passed away. "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends," his family wrote in a statement confirming the actor's death, the BBC reports.
Rickman's acting career began on the stage with a stint in the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) as well as roles on numerous BBC productions. In 1987, a RSC production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses came to Broadway, »
Some sad news to report on the same morning as the Academy Awards nominations. Actor Alan Rickman has died at the age of 69, after a short fight with cancer. This news also comes a few days after the death of legendary musician and actor David Bowie, who also passed away from cancer at age 69. Rickman was already a succesful actor on stage in the 1980's, but rose to prominence with unforgettable on screen roles like Hans Gruber in the original Die Hard, the Metatron in Dogma, Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest and of course Snape from the Harry Potter series. The BBC reports the news directly from his family. "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends." Rickman was a very talented actor, beloved for both is stage and screen performances. In addition to the roles mentioned, »
- Alex Billington
2016 has gotten off to a brutal start for great British entertainers. As the world gets over the death of David Bowie a few days ago, it has been set in shock again as acting legend Alan Rickman has died in London.
Rickman had been suffering from cancer and his death was confirmed on Thursday by his family. It's the worst kind of coincidence - Bowie and Rickman were 69 years old and passed after battling cancer, and a week before that British musician Lemmy also passed away from cancer just days after turning 70.
Rickman's distinct features and immediately identifiable diction were admired by generations of actors and made him synonymous with playing antagonists - something he famously wasn't a fan of as he preferred to play the dashing leading man role which he did manage to do in some of his work.
Coming to fame with a key role in The BBC's mini-series "The Barchester Chronicles, »
- Garth Franklin
Painfully soon after we found out that David Bowie had passed away, reports are coming in that well-loved British stage and screen actor Alan Rickman has died in London after a battle with cancer, also at the age of 69. Rickman will be best known to this generation for portraying Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, but he's just as recognizable for his brilliantly villainous turn as Hans Gruber in the first Die Hard. Over the years he's left his mark playing many other diverse characters in movies such as Michael Collins, Galaxy Quest, and Dogma. The Guardian first broke this terrible news, and it has since been confirmed by the actor's family. May you rest in peace, sir. »
Throughout his diverse career in the Film industry, cult director Kevin Smith has always had a strong connection to the DC Universe. Not only did Smith provide the screenplay for Tim Burton’s unmade Superman Lives, but he has also contributed to one of the most memorable Green Arrow storylines in comic book history. On top of that he is also close personal friends with our current Batman himself…Ben Affleck.
Now, with that in mind it should come as some extremely exciting news that Smith has just signed on to direct an episode of The Flash! This is great for both fans of the show, as well as fans of the eccentric film maker. With productions such as Dogma, Clerks and Tusk under his belt, it’s clear that Smith will bring a unique visual aesthetic to his episode in May.
You can take a look at what executive »
- Ben Read
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