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What would happen if a bunch of Guy Ritchie's fast-talking mobsters butted heads against vain Los Angeles cops? That question is answered in Bad Lads, a new web series from creator Michael Plewa. In the first episode, rough-and-tumble Cockney Jimmy Smythe (Jason McBeth) relocates from London to La. Shortly thereafter, he is arrested for dealing cocaine, and in order to avoid jail time, he agrees to help Detective Ambrose (Jennifer Mather) go undercover with his gang. What follows is a fish-out-of-water comedy, as Ambrose attempts to fit in with her new Cockney mates without arousing too much suspicion. Ritchie's crime thrillers are clearly the most prominent influence here; Plewa, in an email to Tubefilter, claimed to be a "huge fan of the Cockney toughs" in Snatch. At the same time, Bad Lads offers snatches (pardon the pun) of many other genres as well. Jokes about linguistic differences between British »
- Sam Gutelle
Libraries are a little bit magical, aren’t they? They’re one of the few places you’re still asked to be quiet and reverential; they’re packed full of all sorts of knowledge and stories; and they’re organised due to some kind of arcane system that the average person on the street won’t have a hope of navigating. Okay, so nowadays you can learn pretty much anything you want to know just by firing up Wikipedia, but there’s still something impressive about all those words being housed in one place. In both Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, libraries are places for arcane magic to take place.
In a series of TV movies from the early 2000s starring Noah Wyle, librarians are mystical guardians of all kinds of magic. »
The satirical series deals with a high school senior and misfit who is desperate to be popular, even after she discovers she died from choking on a Gummi Bear.
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- Garth Franklin
Matthew Vaughn and his Marv Films company have acquired the rights to Tonya Hurley's young adult novel series Ghostgirl. The project doesn't have a writer or director attached at this time, but Matthew Vaughn will produce the adaptation alongside Valerie Van Galder. The story centers on a young girl named Charlotte Usher, who feels invisible to those around her before she dies after choking on a gummy bear. The book follows her through the afterlife as she refuses to let go of her high school crush, who is still alive.
The books are all New York Times best sellers, with the first novel translated into over 20 different languages and published in more than 30 countries. The series is especially popular in Latin America, where over 1 million copies have been sold, and are second in popularity to only the Twilight books. Here's what producer Valerie Van Galder had to say about »
Vaughn and Valerie Van Galder will jointly produce the first film based on the satirical series about a high school misfit who discovers she is actually dead.
ghostgirl has been published in around 30 countries and sold more than one million copies in Latin America.
“I am beyond thrilled to have ghostgirl in the hands of such creative, capable and passionate filmmakers,” said Hurley.
“I’m a raging Matthew Vaughn fan and I look forward to working with him, Val, and the whole team at Marv. To see Charlotte Usher come to life is a dream come true for me and for all the devoted ghostgirl fans around »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Jude Law is in negotiations to play the villain in Warner Bros' upcoming King Arthur film "Knights of the Round Table," to be directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch). The two men worked together on "Sherlock Holmes." "Knights of the Round Table" will star Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) as Arthur and Astrid Berges-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Guinevere. The studio is currently casting Arthur's mentor. Idris Elba was originally in contention, but the deal could not be reached. Warner Bros is hoping to turn the film into a franchise that will consist of six installments. "Knights of the Round Table" is set to hit theaters on July 22nd, 2016. »
New production shingle Remark Films has come aboard as co-financer on the Keanu Reeves thriller Daughter of God, which Fortitude Int’l, CAA and Cassian Elwes are selling at Afm. Remark is backed by Daniel Grodnik’s Mass Hysteria Entertainment Company, Inc. and Wall Streeters Seth and Curt Kramer, and is aiming to develop and co-finance two to five features per year at budgets up to $10 million. Daughter of God is written and directed by Gee Malik Linton and marks Remark’s first project. Reeves, currently in theaters in the hitman actioner John Wick, stars as a police detective who investigates the truth behind his partner’s death while a young Latina woman (Ana de Armas) experiences strange happenings. Reeves, Linton, and Robin Gurland are producing while Elwes, the Kramer brothers, and Grodnik are executive producers. Filming is underway in New York.
- Jen Yamato
Alongside the announcement that Studiocanal’s acclaimed comedy The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared is out on DVD, Blu-Ray, VOD & Est now, we’ve got 3 on DVD to giveaway!
Based on the best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson, directed by Felix Herngren who also adapted the screenplay with Hans Ingemansson, the film stars Robert Gustafsson (Four Shades Of Brown), Iwar Wiklander (The Sounds Of Noise), Mia Skäringer (Radio Show Roll On) and Alan Ford (Snatch).
This is the wonderful and unlikely story of a 100-year-old man who decides it’s not too late to start over. After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) ends up in a nursing home. A big celebration for his 100th birthday is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested. Instead, he climbs out of a window and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected »
- Dan Bullock
I’ve got to say that I’m a huge fan of those folks over at Gallery 1988 who continue to bring out new and original work, both for movies new and old. We’re now very intrigued to announced that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are teaming up with them to launch “Project Pop Art” a collection of 7 cult classic films re-released on Blu-ray in (my personal favourite) SteelBook packaging, featuring innovative and unique artwork by top emerging artists and designers.
The collection commemorates popular and iconic films and will be available exclusively at Zavvi.com in the UK on January 19th 2015 (Das Boot, Dr. Strangelove, The Karate Kid), February 9th (Easy Rider, Snatch), and March 9th (District 9, Taxi Driver) for a limited time only. Each title is available separately for pre-order right now and – to be honest – ours are in because they’re pretty special.
Want a little run »
- Dan Bullock
The CW’s Arrow just signed up one of its most well-known guest stars to date, British tough guy Vinnie Jones, best known for his roles in Snatch, X-Men and Swordfish, will join the cast of Arrow for a three episode mid-season arc as a gang leader named “Brick,” according to Variety. Brick was last seen in the animated Young Justice, but has never gotten a live-action adaptation as of yet. What’s his deal? Arrow is moving toward more characters having actual superpowers, and it seems Brick is no exception. “Danny Brickwell is a ruthless gang leader who brings Star City’s government to its knees. He’s known as “Brick” on the streets because he’s been shot dozens of times but never put down.” So he’s 50 Cent, essentially? Brickwell actually has been teased in past season as a name on Oliver Queen’s “list.” I wonder »
Until last season, Arrow had remained completely superpower free, residing instead in a completely grounded and far more realistic comic book world. That all changed when a Mirakuru drug began granting Deathstroke and his army superhuman powers, followed by the introduction of Barry Allen, The Flash‘s Fastest Man Alive.
We know that Arrow will continue sticking to a more power-free universe, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t be seeing any metahumans on the show. After all, superpowered characters still exist in the Arrow/Flash universe, even if they don’t come to Star City very often.
According to Variety, one such metahuman soon to come head-to-head with Oliver Queen is Green Arrow supervillain Danny “Brick” Brickwell, who will be played by Snatch and Elementary actor Vinnie Jones starting in episode ten. He’ll stick around for three episodes, and is described as “a ruthless gun leader »
- James Garcia
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s absolute bigger stars. He’s about as A-list as the A-list gets…the name? Well, Brad Pitt of course. Not only is he a movie star with all capital letters (Movie Star!) and a top tier celebrity, he’s also developed into one of the industry’s best and most interesting actors as well. Pitt is the type of star that doesn’t rest on his laurels and often seems to attach himself to challenging material, something that will win the man an acting Oscar one day (he already won his first one last year for helping to produce Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave). As high as he’s soared already, the best could still be to come. Pitt got his noticeable start in the business (after some uncredited acting jobs on »
- Joey Magidson
Timothy Gibbs is to star, co-direct, co-write and produce the series, which has been picked up by London-based production company Carnaby International.
The television series will focus on a CIA operative's fight for justice following the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing in Lockerbie that killed his parents.
Speaking to Variety about the project, Gibbs said: "This is a genuinely independently-produced TV series.
"We have gotten offers from some of the biggest, blue-chip distributors in the business to distribute Magnum Opus, one company even wanted to buy it outright but Carnaby offered us the fairest of deals, and is small enough to recognise we need a true partnership but »
Director, actor and former Bill & Ted star talks about his latest film, Grand Piano, his documentary Deep Web, and lots more...
Although perhaps best known for his roles in two Bill & Ted films and The Lost Boys, Alex Winter is equally at home behind the camera, having spent the last two decades working predominantly as a director – from the cult classic Freaked, through various music videos, adverts and movies, up to his recent documentary Downloaded (which tells the story of Shawn Fanning and Napster) and the upcoming, Kickstarted-funded Deep Web.
Recently, however, he’s taken a rare step back into acting, appearing alongside Elijah Wood and John Cusack as a villainous usher in Eugenio Mira’s stylish thriller Grand Piano. We caught up with Alex down the line from his new home base in La, to discuss his work on both sides of the actor-director divide.
So I guess the first question, »
There's a big cast at work in Matthew Warchus' Pride, which finally makes its way into cinemas at the end of this week. Two of the younger stars of the film are Ben Schnetzer and Faye Marsay. Both are terrific in the movie, and both were full of beans when we sat down with them for a chat about it, on the eve of the film's premiere.
After chatting, for reasons we don't recall, about the town of Bury ("I know where I'm going this weekend", grinned New Yorker Schnetzer. "Bury's world famous market!"), we settled down for a natter about the film itself...
Let's start with the predictable question, then. Can you talk about how it came to you both?
FM: I auditioned for it in July of last year. »
Travis Knight is an unusual man. He has two jobs at stop motion animation studio Laika. Firstly, he runs the company. But secondly, he's part of the animation crew, taking direction from a film's directors.
I have an ongoing belief that it's important to talk to children about 'real' things, and that there are few better Trojan horses via which to do that than film. When you look at a project that's appropriate for your company, is there a resonance that you're looking for, and is that way Laika's films to date have been steeped in pre-established literature? »
Andrew Scott's career is a varied one. Whilst his portrayal of Moriarty in the TV show Sherlock is his highest profile role, he's consistently picked an interesting variety of roles, working across theatre and screen.
His most recent is in the incoming Pride, a brilliant new comedy that finally gets to cinemas later this month. And in advance of that, he spared us some time for a chat about the film, his career, and the mighty Jason Statham....
This is the second time this year - after The Stag - I've seen you in a comedy where you have to take on some of the serious, heavy lifting work, while others get the comedy lines.
Was Gethin always your role here, then? Or did you read the script and go 'that's the part I want'? »
If you pick up Bungie’s highly anticipated new game Destiny this September, you might hear some familiar voices on your journey across the universe. The voice cast is stacked with actors from much-loved TV shows like Firefly and The Walking Dead, lending their voices to a number of characters players will interact with in Destiny’s sci-fi universe.
One of those actors is Lance Reddick, of The Wire and Fringe fame. Reddick voices a character named Commander Zavala, who will give players who choose the game’s Titan specialization their marching orders. It’s not Reddick’s first video »
- Joshua Rivera
We cover a lot of ground in today's podcast and yet it still fell just short of the two hour mark and we really tried. That said, today we hold the Fall Box Office Draft, we review Frank and Starred Up and revisit The Trip to Italy as Laremy caught it this week and had a few things to say. We also play our regular assortment of games including the longest "Buy or Sell" edition ever, plus clear out a backlog of "Watch This or Watch That". Also included is a conversation as to whether you can be too apologetic in reviews, a listen to the trailer for Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas and even a voicemail sneaks in. We hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that »
- Brad Brevet
Up until now, filmmaker Gabe Turner had only made two feature films – both of which were documentaries. His previous endeavour, which he directed alongside his brother Benjamin, was The Class of ’92, an engaging, entertaining and spirited effort, that offered a profound study of British society. His latest feature, The Guvnors, attempts much of the same thing, yet sadly falls short. Unfortunately the only connection this has to The Class of ’92, is that the aforementioned year is around the same time films of this ilk felt relevant and unique.
Doug Allen plays Mitch, a former football hooligan and ‘Guvnor’, now seeking a more peaceful existence with his wife and young son. However he soon finds himself dragged back into his former way of life, when the opportunist gangster Adam (Harley Sylvester) intends on defeating the old guard, and ensuring he’s the most feared criminal in the area. When he attacks »
- Stefan Pape
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