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With exactly one month to go until the Doctor’s tenth (can you Adam and Eve it?!) annual festive adventure, the BBC has set tongues wagging today by revealing its intriguing title, and we’ve even been treated to a sparkling new poster image – above – too!
We now know that the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald will return to our screens in Last Christmas, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Paul Wilmshurst, which is set to air in the show’s traditional Christmas Day time slot as the centrepiece of BBC One’s yuletide festivities.
Confirmed guest stars for the special include Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz’s very own Nick Frost, who was introduced in the closing credits of the Series 8 finale, Death in Heaven, as Father Christmas (no, seriously), as well as Dan Starkey and Nathan McMullen, who will seemingly be playing two of Santa’s devoted elves, »
- Dan Butler
Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg are huge nerds. That should be obvious to anybody who’s seen any of their collaborations, from cult sitcom Spaced to last year’s sci-fi comedy The World’s End, all of which are packed to the gills with obscure pop culture shout outs and joke about Kia Ora crows.
They’re also bloody hilarious, and very smart: seeing their writing process is particularly fascinating, something fans got a glimpse of in the special features of Shaun Of The Dead. Before they get to the first draft of a script, they map the whole film out on a board of sheets of paper, where they nail down the plot, characters, themes, all that jazz.
It’s also the place where they figure out all the hidden Easter eggs, recurring jokes and other clever stuff that pushes the Cornetto Trilogy – that’s Shaun Of The Dead, »
- Tom Baker
It is coincidental that just after the passing of R.A. Montgomery, co-founder of the 'Choose Your Own Adventure' books, that we are writing about a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a Choose Your Own Adventure Film Musical out of jolly ol' England! Montgomery's legacy shall live on... line! On-line! In a short film format. The project is an ambitious one called Altern-i-Life, created by filmmaker Theo Davies and composer Joss Holden. And they seem to be headed in the right direction. The Kickstarter page describes the project as, "Imagine the cold feel of This is England and the absurdity of Hot Fuzz, mixed with the stylised and symmetrical world of Wez Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel". All of this with a bevy of musical numbers, including one below...
[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
Media financier Ingenious Investments CEO James Clayton has left the company to join Simon Fuller’s management and production company Xix Entertainment as president. During him time with Ingenious, Clayton had been instrumental in overseeing the financier’s equity relationship with Fox Searchlight as well as Pathe through its raising of an Enterprise Investment Scheme for the Paris-heaquartered film company.
Also leaving Ingenious in recent weeks are former managing director of the media division Nik Bower and investment director Michael Shyjka, who oversaw the Senior Film Fund. Bower has moved on to Riverstone Pictures, with Reliance Entertainment’s Deepak Nayar, which will produce up to 10 feature films per year.
News of the exec departures was first reported by Screen International .
Ingenious is also currently locked in a bitter court case in the UK with tax authorities Hmrc over hundreds of millions of pounds allegedly owed in unpaid tax. Ingenious’ tax-based funds, »
- Ali Jaafar
Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace on earth and goodwill to all men. Unless you're a certain Tardis-dwelling Time Lord, in which case the forthcoming festive season is going to be a time of terrifying, slavering beasties. That is one of the apparent takeaways from a teaser trailer for this year's special Christmas episode of Doctor Who, which the BBC has released ahead of tonight's season finale of the long-running British time travel show. In 2014's Yuletide show, regular Doctor Who cast members Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are joined by guest stars Michael Troughton (son of »
- Clark Collis
The Ingenious v Hmrc tribunal kicks off today in London.
Ingenious v Hmrc, the case which begins at the Competition Tribunal in Bloomsbury Place London today, marks the culmination of almost a decade of wrangling between the blue chip British media investment company and the Revenue.
Newspapers have been intrigued by the case because of the celebrity investors involved. David Beckham, Gary Lineker, Jeremy Paxman, Wayne Rooney, David Gower and politician Andrew Mitchell are among the names linked to either Ingenious funds Inside Track or Ingenious Film Partners.
The case is expected to last well into December. It will then take months for a decision to be handed down and whichever side loses is likely to appeal. According to the “Agreed Hearing Timetable” issued in advance of the trial, those being called will include Ingenious founder and CEO Patrick McKenna [pictured] and Ingenious Director Duncan Reid as well as such “expert witnesses” as Jonathan Olsberg and Angus Finney.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Of the trio who gave us Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End, only Nick Frost has really had a hard time creating a name for himself on his own. Simon Pegg has appeared in the Star Trek and Mission Impossible series, while Edgar Wright has given us Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and was attached to Marvel’s Ant Man until he wasn't. By contrast, Nick Frost hasn’t had much opportunity to create a name for himself stateside, though he’s had a fair bit of success as the lead in the rather funny Sky TV series Mr. Sloane. For Frost, Cuban Fury was supposed to be his chance to prove his leading man chops. He succeeds, but unfortunately it’s in a rather predictable dance comedy that’s oddly light on both dance and comedy. Nick Frost could easily become a big name for comedy lovers in America, »
- Lex Walker
ABC have snapped up Mr Nick Frost to lead their new comedy, the wonderfully ridiculous-sounding The Finger…
It’s always good to see some top British talent having a go at cracking America, and today’s news involving Nick Frost is no exception.
Mr Frost will star as Nick Ferguson, also known as The Finger. The description of role is what makes us think this could be really good fun. We're told The Finger is ‘the world’s most famous jewel thief, who wants to quit his life of crime, open up a humble sandwich shop and do right by his 9-year-old son.’
We’re not sure when the show will be airing, but we’ll be sure to check out the pilot. »
Some directors are more prolific than others: some knock out a movie a year, resulting in decidedly mixed quality (*cough* Woody Allen). Others make a couple of movies a decade if you're lucky. Still others fall somewhere in between, taking their time between projects and only going before cameras when they're ready. Edgar Wright is one such filmmaker: since 2004, he's released a film every three years, with "Shaun Of The Dead" that year, "Hot Fuzz" in 2007, "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" in 2010, and "The World's End" in 2013. Three years can feel like a big gap, and one of the reasons we were excited about his rendition of the Marvel superhero "Ant-Man" was that it meant that only two years would pass in between Wright pictures. But the filmmaker departed the project earlier this past summer, which seemed to doom us to an even longer wait than usual. Fortunately, something's arrived »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The singer will release 'Gust Of Wind' on November 9 as the latest single to be lifted from his chart-topping album G I R L.
Daft Punk's famous helmets feature in the clip as ancient stone statues, which levitate and shine light across the autumnal woodland.
'Gust Of Wind' serves as the follow-up to Pharrell's previous singles 'Happy', 'Marilyn Monroe' and 'Come Get It Bae'.
Pharrell Williams will play two nights at London's O2 Arena later this week in support of his latest album G I R L. »
The winning films in all twelve categories were announced at the Raindance Film Festival awards ceremony this Saturday, just as the festival drew to a close this weekend. With record-breaking attendance and a vast number of submissions, of which 100 feature films and 176 shorts were screened at this year’s festival, it seems to be the most successful one yet.
Selected from a shortlist by the 2014 Raindance Jury, which included star-studded names such as Andrew Scott from BBC’s Sherlock, Alice Lowe from Sightseers and Hot Fuzz, and Amy Hubbard, the casting director of Homeland and 24, here is the list of winning films:
Best Debut Feature – Kebab & Horoscope
Best British Feature – Luna
Best International Feature – The Light Shines Only There
Best Documentary Feature – Days of Hope
Film of the Festival (Feature »
- Kat Kourbeti
Here's a cool set of digital Star Wars vinyl caricatures that were created by Evil Corp. I've included a few other figures that pay tribute to other movies like The Shining, An American Werewolf in London, Spinal Tap, and Army of Darkness. You can check them all out below! In case you missed them, you can find some other figurines for Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End that we posted a few weeks ago right here.
Via: XombieDirge »
- Joey Paur
The Beyond Fest slate just added one more cool event! If you're in Los Angeles this Saturday, treat yourself to the previously-announced free screening of The Town That Dreaded Sundown, then, stick around for a 35mm presentation of the 1991 horror film Popcorn. Star Jill Schoelen will be in attendance for a Q&A.
This screening is being put on by Secret Sixteen and the Jumpcut Cafe (which houses the monthly Dead Right Horror Trivia Night event I co-host with Fangoria's Rebekah McKendry). You can get your tickets here.
- Ryan Turek
Are you fright fanatics having a tough time figuring out which horror films to watch during your upcoming marathons? If so, this might help you out a bit. Our good friends at Anchor Bay sent this “sizzle reel” over to show you horror lovers a few options that they have in their roster of titles. There are quite a few great movies in there, and even some of my go-to horror films (It’s ridiculous how many times I’ve watched The Lords Of Salem by now). Check out the video, read what I think about each title and be sure to let us know if any of these ones will be on your lists!
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- Jerry Smith
The long awaited Deadpool movie has been greenlit and now has a release date of February 12th, 2016. It will likely go into production in the next few months but as yet there is still no confirmation that actor Ryan Reynolds, who played the character of Deadpool/Wade Wilson, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, will reprise his role.
The actor was involved with shooting test footage which was released in July which was praised by fans. Many people liked the footage and liked what Reynolds had done with the character in under two minutes. It is highly likely that Reynolds will be involved in the film but some people still question his casting.
I’ll admit I was not happy with how the character turned out in X-Men Origins: Wolverine but seeing Reynolds in the test footage gave me »
- Thomas Roach
Sometimes it’s just a joke, sometimes it has hidden meaning, and sometimes it’s simply the director showing off their eclectic taste in all things celluloid (read: Quentin Tarantino). But one thing’s for sure: the annals of cinema history are littered with movie-in-movie moments.
The granddaddy of movie-in-movie moments comes from The Shawshank Redemption – released twenty years ago today. So in honour of its anniversary, we thought we’d go all “meta” by looking back at ten of the most memorable movie-in-movie moments to grace the multiplex.
Though it’s probably a little bit cruel to show prison inmates Rita Hayworth at her finest, this 40’s classic plays a prominent role in the film’s plot as Andy later uses a poster from the 1946 noir to cover the entrance to the tunnel that he’s painstakingly carved out of the prison walls.
- Daniel Bettridge
Whovians just got an early Christmas present from the BBC.
“I’m so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special, I’m such a fan of the show,” Frost said in a statement. “The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream ‘No spoilers!’ Every day on set I’ve had to silence my internal fan boy squeals!”
Production has already begun on the episode, which also guest stars Natalie Gumede, Faye Marsay, Nathan McMullen and Michael Troughton. Michael Troughton’s father, Patrick Troughton, played the second incarnation of the Doctor.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Nick Frost is one of three guest stars that will be appearing in the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special. Frost is best known for his work with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright on films such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End. The guy is a very funny and talented individual, and it's going to be so cool to see him enter the world of Doctor Who. The other two actors joining the special are Nathan McMullen (Misfits) and Michael Troughton, who played the second Doctor in the 1960s.
The news was revealed on Doctor Who's official Twitter feed with the following photo that came with the caption: "#DoctorWho Christmas Special guest stars #HoHoHo."
I can't wait to see what they have in store for the Christmas special this year!
- Joey Paur
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
The best way to describe how I approach Fantastic Fest is like summer camp. It happens once a year. You get back together with old friends. Yet in this case, this non-traditional camp is for fans of the most bizarre, violent, horrific, and Fantastic movies you could imagine. And even still, Fantastic Fest is so much more. This will be more third time attending Fantastic Fest and We Are Movie Geeks fourth time covering the crazy events that take place in Austin every September. For eight days I will be immersed in a world that is unlike any other film festival I have ever attended. What other festival is going to feature events like an opening night food fight, a karaoke party, a “nerd rap throwdown,” and the signature event at the festival – Fantastic Debates (which includes a verbal debate followed by a literal boxing match). These are just a »
- Michael Haffner
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