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Shout! Factory acquired Cockneys vs Zombies late last year and will release it to Us theaters on August 2nd. We’ve been covering this film since it was originally released in the UK, but have the new Us trailer for those that haven’t taken a look at the movie.
“Written by James Moran (Torchwood, Severance) and directed by Matthias Hoene, Cockneys Vs. Zombies boasts an impressive British cast of Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman, EastEnders), Honor Blackman (Goldfinger, Doctor Who), Alan Ford (Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Harry Treadaway (Fish Tank, Control), Rasmus Hardiker (Lead Balloon, Saxondale), Georgia King (The New Normal, The Duchess), Jack Doolan (The Green Green Grass), Dudley Sutton (Lovejoy) and Richard Briers (The Good Life).
This fast-paced horror comedy is the story of Andy (Treadaway) and Terry (Hardiker), two hapless cockney brothers who try to save their granddad’s (Ford) care home by robbing a bank. »
- Jonathan James
Hummingbird centres around the unconventional rags to riches story of Afghanistan war veteran Joey Jones. Laying down his arms and returning to London, he is forced to survive on the streets of the capital after receiving a court martial, with his pregnant girlfriend Isabelle in tow. Drawing the attention of dangerous gangsters, Joey flees and is forced to break and enter an empty Covent Garden apartment, where he assumes the former owner’s identity in order to escape the gangsters’ clutches. His world is upended as he learns Isabelle’s body was found floating in the Thames. Ignoring the pleas of his sponser Sister Christina, who helped him survive the streets of London Joey gains connections in the Chinese criminal underworld and seeks revenge against the man who killed his girlfriend and child, risking his life and liberty in the process.
Thn were lucky enough to seal some time with »
- David Steedman
Although making his debut in Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Mr Jason Statham quite literally hasn’t working since Snatch in 2000, that’s 13 years of movies and he’s just hit 40 titles, pretty darn impressive really. It’s simple to notice that he’s a man who knows his genre and has been making the most, but with a growing respect.
For me, it was The Transporter in 2002 that really made people notice the Brit, and by the time he hit Crank 4-years later well, a star was born and I haven’t even mentioned Fast & Furious possibilities. Now we’ve got you another clip from a change in pace, but not in action we feel, for the Stath and it is all in the form of Hummingbird.
Here, he plays an ex-military man on the run who finds himself redemption by becoming an avenging angel. Check out the brand new clip here, »
- Dan Bullock
Looks like you can get your regular violent redneck action comedy fix next month as Wayne Kramer's Pawn Shop Chronicles is set to debut, bringing all the crazy antics you'd expect. With a terrific line up of stars, including Paul Walker, Norman Reedus, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lukas Haas, Thomas Jane, Elijah Wood, Matt Dillon, DJ Qualls, Chi McBride, Rachelle Lefevre, and, uh, Ashlee Simpson, this looks like a hillbilly version of a Guy Ritchie heist pic. Think Snatch in the »
- Paul Shirey
This week’s UK release of the critically roasted Blood – a new thriller starring Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham (filmed, incidentally, in my home town) and the significantly more well-received Stone Roses documentary Made of Stone directed by Shane Meadows – who is usually known for his rough and realistic portrayals of working-class misery – prompted me to delve back into the archives of tough, raw British cinema. Meadows’ filmography consists of some fine work, most notably the pitch-black revenge thriller Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) and the occasionally brilliant coming-of-age drama This Is England (2006), and Paul Bettany has a history of playing volatile Cockney gangsters (see Gangster No.1 (2000) for his most harrowing depiction of a common man inducted into a life of crime). But these coldly convincing vignettes of blue-collar melancholy – which vary from complex character studies of adolescence to edgy accounts of working class anti-heroes in desperate situations – are by no means a thing of modernity. »
- Jack Haworth
Vinnie Jones recently played the bad guy, Sebastian Moran on CBS’s Elementary. I know the former professional footballer best as Bullet Tooth Tony from the cult classic Guy Ritchie crime film, Snatch. He also played the Juggernaut for X-Men: The Last Stand.
It comes as no surprise that on Psych, Jones will play a “brutal British criminal”. I mean, those three words may as well be the actor’s middle name.
Olivia d’Abo was a Wonder Years star once upon a time as Kevin Arnold’s older sister. TV Line reported on her impressive new role as a “master infiltrator” and number two in Vinnie Jones’ criminal organization. How fiendish! Speaking of villainy, d’Abo also »
- Sasha Nova
The international sales one-sheet for Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson's new flick Schism has arrived, and it's just simple enough to be completely cool. Check it out right here and look for more on this one really soon!
Schism is written by Adam Gierasch and his partner, Jace Anderson (both of whom teamed for Night of the Demons and Autopsy), with Gierasch once again in the director's chair. Callum Blue ("Smallville"), Vinnie Jones (Snatch, Midnight Meat Train), and Ashlynn Yennie (The Human Centipede) star.
Dylan White leads an easy, if unambitious life: He has a good job that doesn’t require much thought and a girlfriend who wants only so much commitment. The world doesn’t demand much of him and he’s okay with that…until terrifying experiences intrude upon his everyday life. Are they visions, nightmares, glimpses into another world? Forced onto a journey of self-discovery »
- Uncle Creepy
Rising star Henry Cavill, soon to be seen leading Zack Snyder’s superhero reboot Man Of Steel, looks set to become the replacement for Tom Cruise in the big-budget remake of 1960s cult espionage series, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The film is set to be directed by Sherlock Holmes and Snatch’s Guy Ritchie, with the upcoming Superman star in talks to take on the role of Napoleon Solo, previously portrayed by veteran actor Robert Vaughn.
If a deal is reached, Cavill will appear opposite Armie Hammer, who’ll play his spy partner Illya Kuryakin of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. A character formally depicted by British actor David McCallum. as well as Swedish stunner Alicia Vikander, most likely playing an ass-kicking love-interest.
Cruise vacated the action film late last week in an effort to get his latest Mission: Impossible instalment kickstarted. It’s expected to be directed »
- Craig Hunter
The film still has Armie Hammer as the co-star but the studio will need to find a new lead to replace box office star Cruise.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Opening Credits
Source: Deadline »
- Alex Corey
Director: Craig Viveiros.
Running Time: 82 minutes.
Synopsis: Adam (Jack O’Connell), 19, agrees to do a day’s driving for his mum’s gangster boyfriend and is soon pulled into a world of deceit, violence, murder and sex trafficking. Who knew being Tim Roth’s chauffeur was so demanding?
This cat-and-mouse British thriller manages to separate itself from the pack just long enough to entertain, largely thanks to its principal cast and dry script. Jack O’Connell heads up proceedings as typical lout and layabout Adam, who, after smashing up his mum’s boyfriend’s car, agrees to a driving job to make amends. Unluckily for him, said mum’s boyfriend is actually a gangster who sends Adam to drive for ageing assassin Roy (Tim Roth).
Craig Viveiros treads a fine line between light humour and serious drama in his second feature film as director, »
- Chris Wharfe
Top British actors Jason Flemyng and Dougray Scott are familiar faces to sci-fi fans, film buffs and telly addicts alike, so it’s only fitting that both will be special guests at this month’s festival of all things pop culture, McM London Comic Con!
After making his mark Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, Flemyng has gone on to star in a raft of major feature films, including X-men: First Class, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Clash Of The Titans, as well as a duo of Alan Moore comic book adaptations – From Hell and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Meanwhile, notable TV roles include maverick ex-cop Danny Quinn in sci-fi show Primeval, and Charlie Brooker’s Emmy-wining series Black Mirror.
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
The following article is provided by Rolling Stone.
By Pat Pemberton
When YouTube banned David Bowie's music video for "The Next Day," it seemed ironic, since the site is normally the best place to see once-banned videos. But YouTube says it's cool with Bowie now – that banning his racy, bloody, religious-themed video was a mistake. While the video has been reinstated, the flap reminds us of other music videos that were initially banned. Here are some of our favorites:
"Dead End Street" by the Kinks
In 1966, an early music video depicting the band members as top hat-wearing pallbearers was deemed tasteless by the BBC – even though the "corpse" jumped out of the coffin, apparently alive and well – resulting in the BBC's first pop video ban.
Plus: David Bowie's 'The Next Day' Clip Attacked by Catholic League
"Girls on Film" by Duran Duran
During MTV's infancy, efforts to appear »
It looks like "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." may have found his woman. Alicia Vikander has already made a strong impression with moviegoers in "Anna Karenina" and "A Royal Wedding," but now the Swedish actress is in talks to play the female lead opposite Tom Cruise and Armie Hammer in Warner Bros.’ long-delayed big-screen remake of the classic TV series "Man From U.N.C.L.E." Guy Ritchie ("Sherlock Holmes," "Snatch") will direct the film, based on the 1960s series, which centers on suave secret agent Napoleon Solo (Cruise) and Soviet agent Illya Kuryakin (Hammer). Robert Vaughn and David McCallum played the duo in the show. In the »
- HitFix Staff
Crackle announced eight new original programs today during its NewFronts upfront presentation in New York as well as the return of the Jerry Seinfeld series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, one of three series on the free digital network to get a second season. The Sony-owned Crackle’s first foray into feature-length movies will kick off with the martial arts pic Extraction starring Danny Glover coming in September and a sequel to Joe Dirt starring David Spade. Here are the full descriptions of the original programming: Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee – Season 2 Comedy Series, 24 Episodes Summer 2013 Back for a second season, the uproarious comedy series created, written and produced by Jerry Seinfeld, will include guests David Letterman, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Don Rickles, and more. Extraction September 2013 Contained Action/Thriller Feature; 90 Minutes The first major feature made for digital, Extraction follows a Us Black Ops team member who finds himself »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The Lone Ranger and The Social Network’s rising star Armie Hammer has put pen to paper on deal that will see him partner up with Tom Cruise on Warner Bros. reboot of cult 1960s series, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Snatch and Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie will helm what the studio hopes will kickstart them a brand new franchise in much the same vein as Cruise’s own Mission: Impossible action-adventures.
The series originally ran from 1964-68, with Hollywood legend Robert Vaughan in the role of Agent Napoleon Solo, alongside British actor David McCallum as his close friend and partner, Illya Kuryakin. The two were members of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement and were looked on as the American equivalent to James Bond, foiling the plans of enemy organisation T.H.R.U.S.H. The show also spawned a couple of big-screen efforts as well as a spin-off series, »
- Craig Hunter
Shante, you slay.
We're nearing the end of RuPaul's Drag Race's fifth season, and that means it's time to make an important list: the 10 funniest queens in the show's history. In an age when people like Vivienne Pinay and Ivy Winters insist that fishiness is more important than comic chops, we need to fight back. I watch this show for unbridled sauciness, wit, and unapologetic humor, and these ten queens all boasted fine gut-busting instincts.
I have to be honest: I nearly gave this spot to Tatianna, whose performance as Britney Spears remains Snatch Game's most hilarious triumph, but Detox is truly the funnier performer. Her wise-ass commentaries, chicken fierceness, amazing side-eye, jaw-wagging lip-sync skills, and general weariness of everything are total treats. She'd probably laugh more at herself if her facial muscles were capable of abject glee. I'm always waiting to hear her next confessional, particularly after »
Shout! Factory have finally made use of their North American distribution rights for that of Matthias Hoene's British comedy horror flick 'Cockneys vs Zombies'. The amusing little zomedy is set to hit a select number of theatres across the Us from 2 August, almost a year after it originally arrived in UK cinemas last Summer. The flick revolves around two cockney brothers who bring together a group of criminals in order to carry out a bank robbery for money to help save their Grandad's retirement home. Only an ancient virus has been unleashed making the task all the more hilarious. 'Cockneys vs Zombies' stars Rasmus Hardiker ('You Highness'), Harry Treadaway ('City of Ember'), Ashley Thomas, Jack Doolan ('Cemetery Junction'), Honor Blackman ('Goldfinger'), Alan Ford ('Snatch'), Richard Briers ('The Good Life'), Dudley Sutton ('The Football Factory »
Shout! Factory acquired Cockneys vs. Zombies late last year and we now know when you’ll be able to start seeing it in the Us. We’ve been told that the movie will see a nationwide theatrical release on August 2nd. It’s likely to be limited to major markets, and we’ll be sure to let readers know more specifics when they become available.
From the previous acquisition announcement, we know that plan is also to release the movie to VOD and on DVD and/or Blu-ray at a later date.
“Written by James Moran (Torchwood, Severance) and directed by Matthias Hoene, Cockneys Vs. Zombies boasts an impressive British cast of Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman, EastEnders), Honor Blackman (Goldfinger, Doctor Who), Alan Ford (Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Harry Treadaway (Fish Tank, Control), Rasmus Hardiker (Lead Balloon, Saxondale), Georgia King (The New Normal, The Duchess), Jack Doolan »
- Jonathan James
Given the news that American professional wrestling legend Dave Bautista (The Scorpion King 3: Battle For Redemption) has been cast as Drax in the forthcoming Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy, I thought I’d take a look at the ten best films to feature fighters turned actors. Check them out below:
Enter The Dragon (1973)
No list of fighters turned actor would be complete without Bruce Lee. Widely considered to be the best Martial Arts expert ever, he even invented his own Martial Arts philosophy – Jeet Kune Do. Before dying at the age of 32 Lee starred in a string of Kung Fu movies the best known of which is Enter The Dragon. What it lacks in plot and dialogue it more than makes up for in sheer power and energy.
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Dwayne Johnson found fame in the ring as ‘The Rock’ and proved to be a firm fan favourite. »
- Phil Wheat
A drama about bareknuckle fighting in the Traveller community has some crowd-pleasing moments, but there's not a lot to it
This feels like a fictionalisation of Ian Palmer's 2011 doc, Knuckle, about rival clans of itinerants holding bare-fisted donnybrooks in Irish laybys, but the tone is erratic. Writer-director Mark O'Connor aims for authenticity, tying the Travellers to those other migrant labourers persecuted by locals. Yet he stumbles over a vein of notionally crowd-pleasing comedy that recalls Guy Ritchie's Snatch, with its gold-chained chancers doing mushrooms in the woods. A flibbertigibbet: it arrives with a twinkle in its eye, but little else between its cauliflower ears.
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- Mike McCahill
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