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This October the London Film Festival brings a wonderful, eclectic mix of films, shorts and events to the capital once again. Firmly establishing itself as a people’s festival (it being the best of the other festivals, Clare Stewart and her team acknowledging they can’t compete on world premieres), it will look to build on last year’s impressive new direction.
From the opening night fun with The Imitation Game to the final push of Brad Pitt’s Fury there will be a number of essential films to catch. The HeyUGuys team have chosen their favourites from among the hundreds playing.
You can find everything you need to book tickets and find out more information right here.
Here are the films you need to see next month.
There is nothing more exciting than a filmmaker attempting to push the boundaries; to shatter audiences expectations of what is »
- Jon Lyus
Rob counts down the top 50 episodes of TV's longest-running animated series, The Simpsons...
Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”
Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The »
Despite the diva image of the acting profession, a lot of them are actually surprisingly resilient. Part of their job includes putting themselves into scary and sometimes dangerous situations, and when they get injured, they’re often encouraged to keep working (especially if Stanley Kubrick is involved — that guy missed his calling as a psychotic drill sergeant). While stunt people are the ones who are putting themselves in the line of fire (sometimes literally), actors get hurt on set pretty frequently. While these are usually relatively minor incidents — pulling a muscle, spraining an ankle, burning a finger — every once in a while they get seriously injured, and end up with battle scars that they can brag about at parties for years to come. That is to say, if the mere thought of their injury doesn’t make them break out into hives (and we would totally understand if »
- Audrey Fox
[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] When folks complain that "The Simpsons" hasn't been good for 15 years, we normally mock them, but as we hit Day 5 of FX's Every Simpsons Marathon, even we have to admit that there is a small shift in quality. There are still great episodes in this period, which goes from "The Canine Mutiny" through "Maximum Homerdrive," but a couple of our intrepid recommenders only took one episode apiece for this period. And we have a trio of "skippable" episodes at the end of the article. Expect the ratio of classic-to-skippable episodes to even out in the last week of the Marathon. And some of the episodes in this period are kinda polarizing. Dave Lewis made "Homer's Enemy" one of this recommendations (and I'd be inclined to agree), but Frank Grimes hater Alan Sepinwall would have written a counterpoint had he had the time. Check out our recommendations for Day »
- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Josh Lasser and Dave Lewis
It's Bank Holiday Monday, and that can mean only one thing... parking yourself on the sofa for an epic movie marathon. There really is something for everyone, from shaggy dogs to sorcerers and space adventures.
Digital Spy rounds up nine films worth watching on TV today.
1. Beethoven - 9.25am, ITV2
Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt head up the Newton family, who find their lives flipped upside down with the arrival of a puppy who swiftly grows into a slobbering, troublemaking St Bernard. This is just about the best way to kick off Bank Holiday Monday!
2. Flash Gordon - 11.15am, More4
Arriving hot on the heels of Star Wars, this sci-fi adventure got panned by critics on initial release but has since acquired cult status thanks to some booming performances from thesps like Timothy Dalton and Brian Blessed, and Queen's thundering soundtrack.
[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Day 4 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon really is where the show hits its peak. It's possible that it can't equal the heights of Day 2 and Day 3, but there's a depth to the episodes between "Round Springfield" and "Grade School Confidential" that no other day can top. How good is this day? I even like the big Abe episode, "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in 'The Curse of the Flying Hellfish.'" How good is this day? We didn't even consider "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" and it includes the immortal line, "To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems." And we considered, but didn't write up "Homer's Phobia," with John Waters in one of the show's best guest vocal turns. And nobody even mentioned "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)" even though Homer's Guatemalan insanity pepper hallucination is an aesthetic highlight. »
- Daniel Fienberg
After a brief hiatus due to our live coverage of Comic-Con, we’re back with a double-sized edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new trailer for Come Back to Me and I Spill Your Guts 2, release details on Schism, Silent Retreat, and the Class of Nuke ‘Em High soundtrack, and much more:
Come Back to Me Trailer: “Sarah (Walder) and Josh McLaren (Passmore) are a young married couple living in suburban Las Vegas. Shortly after a car accident, Sarah begins to suffer a series of disturbing memory lapses and frequent blackouts that seem to be increasing in intensity. Unsure of what is happening, and feeling as though she is losing her mind, Sarah comes to learn she is pregnant. To add to her shock, she subsequently discovers that her husband is sterile. As her marriage and world begin to fall apart, »
- Tamika Jones
Syfy is launching another science-fiction series with its adaption of John Scalzi's "Ghost Brigades," which is based on his "Old Man's War" books. Wolfgang Petersen, who helmed such films as "Das Boot" and "Troy," is spearheading the project along with "Safe House" producer Scott Stuber; Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig ("The Thirst") will script. "Ghost Brigades" centers on John Perry, a 75-year-old soldier serving in a long-running war as mankind -- who can now transfer consciousness into younger bodies -- expands its influence into deep space. Perry quickly finds himself attracted to a mysterious woman while a conspiracy unfolds involving the Ghost Brigades, an elite military force. Universal Cable Productions, Radiant Productions and Bluegrass Films will produce the project. "Old »
Syfy has begun development of "Ghost Brigades," a TV drama series based on John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" universe book series which will be produced by Universal Cable Productions, Radiant Productions and Bluegrass Films.
Filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen ("Troy," "The Perfect Storm") will oversee the project's development. Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig will pen the first script, while Scott Stuber ("Safe House") will produce.
The story follows 75-yer-old John Perry who enlists in the Colonial Defense Force to fight a centuries-long war for man's expansion into the cosmos. Technology allows his mind to be transplanted into a younger body built to withstand the harshness of fighting a war in space.
"Old Man's War" was first published in 2005 and scored a Hugo Award nomination in 2006. Four further books followed, the second going by the name "Ghost Brigades". An attempt was made to turn the series into a film at Paramount Pictures »
- Garth Franklin
Australian actress Rose Byrne turns 35 on Thursday, so to celebrate, we're taking a look back at her Hollywood evolution. From her hilarious character in 2011's Bridesmaids to her funny turn in Neighbors to an upcoming role in This Is Where I Leave You, she's had an exciting couple of years in the spotlight, but she's been making memorable movie appearances for more than a decade. Back in 2002, Rose played Dormé in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones before starring alongside Brad Pitt in 2004's Troy. Since then, she's won over fans with her style, too, regularly turning heads with her red carpet looks. In honor of Rose's birthday this week, take a look at some of her most memorable moments through the years. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
1. Somebody really likes "Transformers." For a smash hit film series, Michael Bay's giant-robot franchise gets awfully little love, at least in public. It's like porn; everyone claims to find it loathsome, but in secret, someone is watching it and making it a huge success. Last week, of course, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" cruised easily to No. 1 because no other wide release film was willing to challenge it. This weekend, it faced three new wide release challengers and still came out far ahead of all of them. It lost 64 percent of last week's business and still grossed an estimated $36.4 million, more than $15 million ahead of its nearest rival, and enough for a ten-day total of $174.7 million. If everyone hates these movies so much, who are the 22 million people who've already paid good money to see the fourth installment? Show of hands, please, and don't be shy.
2. Eric Bana is not a movie star. »
- Gary Susman
While such as The Coen Brothers have flirted with the influence of ancient epic poems, in O Brother Where Art Thou? and Inside Llewyn Davis, but it’s been a few years since Us producers did a full-scale film based on one of Homer’s works. (Troy, from 2004, adapted The Iliad.) Enter Fedor Bondarchuk, whose WWII […]
- Russ Fischer
The first big-budget Russian blockbuster, WWII epic Stalingrad, was an absolutely stunning visual experience, and when it became the highest-grossing film in Russian cinematic history, it seemed pretty clear that we hadn’t heard the last of its director, Fedor Bondarchuk. Now, it appears that Warner Bros. has recruited the helmer to direct its big-budget Greek epic Odysseus, which aims to turn the classic tale transcribed in Homer’s The Odyssey into an action-packed spectacle.
Bondarchuk, the son of Oscar-winning helmer Sergei Bondarchuk (who received the Best Foreign Film Oscar for his movie War and Peace back in 1968), made Stalingrad for around $30 million, and the flick went on to gross $66 million, setting records in Russia. It was also the first Russian movie to be shot in IMAX 3D. Despite Stalingrad featuring a huge amount of battle sequences, Bondarchuk kept the budget low by staging everything without the use of green screen or extensive special effects, »
- Isaac Feldberg
High school students, rejoice: Homer’s epic poem Odyssey is becoming a movie. Stalingrad director Fedor Bondarchuk has been hired by Warners Bros. to direct Odysseus, a “large-scale” film adaptation, Deadline reports.
The Odyssey follows the Greek epic hero Odysseus’ arduous journey home following the fall of Troy. The Killing’s Jeremy Doner will write the script, and Gianni Nunnari (300), Bernie Goldmann, and Shannon Gaulding will produce.
Bondarchuk’s last film, Stalingrad—about a group of Russian soldiers who must defend the city against the Nazis during World War II—was the top-grossing Russian film of 2013 and the first Russian »
- Chancellor Agard
Deadline report that Warner Bros. has hired Fedor Bondarchuk to direct Odysseus, their big screen adaptation of Homer’s poem "The Odyssey". The story follows Greek king Odysseus (better known to '80s cartoon fans as Ulysses) as he journeys home after the 10-year long Trojan war. encountering many perils and mythical beasts, including the Cyclops Polyphemus. The character was actually played by Sean Bean in the movie Troy, though that adaptation removed all fantasy elements from the story. Jeremy Doner is on script duties, with Gianni Nunnari, Bernie Goldmann and Shannon Gaulding producing. »
The story follows Odysseus and his famed journey home after the fall of Troy - a voyage that includes encountering a cyclops, the witch-goddess Circe, the Sirens, and the narrow passage between the six-headed monster Scylla and the whirlpool Charybdis.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Jeremy Doner (The Killing) is writing the screenplay adaptation about the title character, the Greek king who starts his journey home after a decade of fighting in the Trojan War. Along his perilous trip home to Ithaca, Odysseus must battle cannibals, sea monsters, sirens and a cyclops, while his wife Penelope is being courted by a number of suitors in his absence.
Gianni Nunnari is producing through his Hollywood Gang production company, alongside Bernie Goldmann, Shannon Gaulding and Fedor Bondarchuk's producing partners Michael Schlicht and Paul Heth. No production schedule was given.
A decade on from Wolfgang Petersen's Troy (adapted from The Iliad), Hollywood is finally getting around to Homer's other great epic, The Odyssey. Warner Bros. have set Stalingrad director Fedor Bondarchuk to work on Odysseus, the story of the titular Greek warrior-king-hero's return home from the Trojan War.300's Gianni Nunnari is among the producers, indicating that, to some extent, this is the same Odysseus that was developing as long as five years ago. There have been plenty of changes between then and now, however. Back in 2009, the screenplay was by Ann Peacock (The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe) and the thrust was not The Odyssey itself, but what happened to Odysseus after he got home to Ithaca.But the latest script is by Jeremy Doner (The Killing), indicating a new focus, and raising the possibility that we may see Odysseus dealing with Cyclops, sirens, Scylla and shipwrecks after all. »
Fans are anxiously awaiting the September release of the Halloween Complete Collection Blu-ray set, which will contain all new bonus features. While the full list of special features have not yet been revealed and are still being finalized, it has been announced that Jamie Lee Curtis and Steve Miner got together for a brand new Halloween H20 commentary track:
“Work continues on the Halloween Complete Collection Blu-ray set. Bonus features continue to be added on a daily basis, and an announcement is forthcoming outlining all the great newly produced interviews, featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage and more that will be included in the 15-disc Deluxe Edition.
So, as we near our nation’s birthday, please enjoy the attached behind-the-scenes photo of the actress who helped launched the historic franchise — Jamie Lee Curtis, as she sat down with Halloween H20 director Steve Miner (r) and moderator Sean Clark (c) for a new commentary »
- Jonathan James
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new poster for L.A. Slasher, details on Headless, casting update on Welcome to Purgatory, trailers for Truth or Dare and Red Sleep, and more:
New Poster for L.A. Slasher: “Sales agency Circus Road Films has picked up Martin Owen’s horror/satire feature “L.A. Slasher.” Glenn Reynolds’ Circus Road is handling domestic sales. The film stars Danny Trejo (“Machete”), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Dave Bautista (“Riddick”), Eric Roberts (“The Dark Knight), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (“Not Another Celebrity Movie”) and Marisa Lauren (“Superhero Movie”), with the of voice of Andy Dick (“News Radio”) as the ‘L.A. Slasher’.
- Tamika Jones
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