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Writer-actor Tom Hollander, who is best known for BAFTA-winning comedy series “Rev.,” but has also appeared in two “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies and “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” and producer Hannah Pescod, who won a BAFTA for “That Summer Day,” have launched production company Bandstand Prods.
Pescod and Hollander first worked together on BBC show “Rev.,” which won a BAFTA for best situation comedy, and earned three BAFTA nominations for Hollander. The series was co-created by Hollander, who was also an executive producer, with writer James Wood. Pescod joined the “Rev.” team in the early stages of development, producing the first two seasons before becoming executive producer on the third and final season.
In a joint statement, Hollander and Pescod said: “We are excited to continue our creative collaboration, »
- Leo Barraclough
Even though Halloween will soon be behind us, that doesn’t mean November is without a few terror-filled tricks up its sleeve, particularly when it comes to genre films arriving on VOD throughout the month. Things kick off in grand style with the release of the creature feature Lavalantula courtesy of Alchemy, as well as the latest anthology, Mexico Barbaro, featuring eight Mexican directors coming together to give us their unique takes on various folklore and traditions.
Lavalantula (Alchemy) - November 3rd
After a dormant volcano erupts miles outside of Los Angeles, something within the molten hot lava is awakened. Birthed from the bowels of the Earth itself, arachnid-like creatures with an obsidian-black exoskeleton swarm out. One man, Colton West, a washed-up, former A-list action star, suddenly »
- Heather Wixson
Shut out at the BAFTAs, and nominated for eight Academy Awards and winning Best Adapted Screenplay for screenwriter Graham Moore, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game and all the awards glory surrounding its release has resulted in the film being representative as a sort of cultural marker. In a year that saw the Academy heavily criticized for its noticeably white nominees across every major category, the inclusion of Tyldum as Best Director and the title amongst the Best Picture nominees came as a bit of a surprise considering the film’s very routine, unavoidably square structure as a well-intentioned, noble biopic. Marketed with urgent desperation as a film exploring the persecution of homosexuality while making a marked statement about the recuperation of the facts concerning the genius of Alan Turing, the accolades bestowed on this otherwise well mounted but incredibly milquetoast production is the political statement that the film simply »
- Nicholas Bell
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