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Exclusive Interview – James Kermack on writing and directing Hi-Lo Joe

Originally from East London, writer and director James Kermack began his career as an actor with experience spanning theatre, TV and film, before embarking on new projects as a filmmaker. Years in the making, his feature debut, the powerful romantic drama Hi-Lo Joe is finally here and tackles the difficult, seldom discussed issues of male mental health and depression.

In Hi-Lo Joe, everyone loves Joe Ridley, except Joe Ridley. He’s the life and soul of the party on the outside but, inside, a dark depression envelops him and a childhood trauma haunts him. Elly loves him but as their relationship grows, Joe’s inner turmoil slowly becomes uncontrollable, threatening his relationship. Can Joe save himself before he loses everything he loves?

With a breakout performance from new star Matthew Stathers the film co-stars Lizzie Philips, Gethin Anthony (Aquarius, Game of Thrones), Tom Bateman (Murder on the Orient Express, Snatched
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The Journey movie review: a civil end to war

MaryAnn’s quick take… This fictional dialogue inspired by a private meeting between real-life enemies can’t muster up more than the usual banalities about the ethics of politics and war. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Now, it is true that in 2006, during the Northern Ireland peace process, enemy leaders Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness had a private meeting, after which real progress was made and a power-sharing government for the country was formed with them as, respectively, first minister and deputy first minister. The men had never even spoken before: with Paisley as head of the extremely conservative, pro-uk Democratic Unionist Party and McGuinness as former head of the independence-seeking Irish Republican Army and member of the left-wing political party Sinn Féin, they were almost literally mortal enemies on opposite sides of the
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Madrid Ramps Up Efforts to Lure Production

In the wake of energizing tax incentives for international productions that launched in Spain in early 2015, the region of Madrid, the country’s main film-tv hub, is undergoing substantial growth as a home for foreign shoots.

The Madrid region has a long history in international film production. But arguably it has never been more attractive than today.

As with the rest of the Spanish mainland, Madrid offers 15% tax rebates for international shoots, calculated against spend, and an 18%-20% tax deduction for Spanish investors in local productions and co-productions that was introduced in 2008.

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Film Madrid Energizes Shooting Support

Although not Europe’s most generous, the measures are proving a ground-breaking move for the Spanish industry.

“Fiscal incentives are a definitive step forward,” says Denis Pedregosa at Babieka, co-producer of “The Promise,” a $100 million production that partially shot in Madrid in 2015, accessing Spanish tax deductions.

Like Spain at large, Madrid boasts
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Consider With Reservations: The Stars of Quantity Over Quality Cinema

The stars of yesterday now are making three films a year you never knew existed until they show up on Netflix.^ Real Movie ^

In my prior life as a script reader, I certainly read a lot of bad scripts, but at times, an even more common occurrence was a script that seemed to do a great many things right, but somehow fell just short of being something you wanted to champion as a movie. As draining as the terrible scripts were, there’s something pure about clear-cut bad. It takes little effort to explain why they’re unfit.

The real challenges were the scripts that had kind of a decent premise, kind of an okay twist or two, and a lead character who wasn’t bad so much as he or she was just… there. The raw materials are there for what Could be a script. They just happen to be assembled in the least compelling way
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Latido racks up key sales on in-demand Efm slate

Exclusive: Chavela Vargas documentary sells to Us and France.

Madrid-based sales agent Latido has scored key territory deals on Chavela, the documentary by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi which premiered at this week’s Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama strand.

The documentary about iconic Mexican singer Chavela Vargas has gone to Bodega Films in France and The Film Collaborative in the Us. A deal has been closed with Portugal (Leopardo Filmes), and Latido is reporting interest from Israel and Germany.

A bidding war is underway between two companies in Spain, which comes as no surprise considering the popularity of Chavela Vargas’ music in the country. Her songs are closely related to Pedro Almodóvar’s films and the director had personal involvement in the singer’s revival in the later years of her career.

Further titles on Latido’s line-up to have inked deals include Spanish war film Rescue Under Fire, which is set
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie review: sucker punch

Like a movie from the world of Watchmen: cold, cruel, borderline incoherent in its testosterone-fueled rage, misogynist, paternalistic… fascist, even. I’m “biast” (pro): didn’t hate Man of Steel

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I really liked Man of Steel, Zack Snyder’s 2013 reboot of Superman: I liked how it gave him soul and tragedy and inner conflict like we had never quite seen before in the character. (At least onscreen. I cannot claim to have in-depth knowledge of the character’s long and varied history in print.) The son of Krypton we saw there didn’t enjoy the powers he possessed, and he hesitated to wield them. If it seemed as if he went overboard in the end, finally acquiescing to use his strength and abilities to fight Zod — laying waste to much of Metropolis in
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The Hallow movie review: misses the forest for the trees

Nothing but atmosphere, albeit atmosphere that is more effective and elegant than the typical horror flick. But there’s almost no actual story here. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

If you’re playing the discouraging game of keeping track of all the male filmmakers who get handed the keys to big-budget films on the slimmest of recommendations (while experienced female filmmakers don’t get hired at all), here’s another name to add to the list: Corin Hardy. He was hired to direct a reboot of The Crow before The Hallow, his very first feature film, had even debuted at Sundance this past year. (Hardy had previously directed only a single short and some music videos.) Hardy has been “acclaimed” as a “visual stylist” — according to the press notes for The Hallow — and if
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U.N.C.L.E.: Will International Moviegoers Save WB's Domestic Box Office Flop?

'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015: Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' movie is a domestic box office bomb: Will it be saved by international filmgoers? Directed by Sherlock Holmes' Guy Ritchie and toplining Man of Steel star Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger costar Armie Hammer, the Warner Bros. release The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been a domestic box office disaster, performing about 25 percent below – already quite modest – expectations. (See also: “'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie: Bigger Box Office Flop Than Expected.”) This past weekend, the $80 million-budget The Man from U.N.C.L.E. collected a meager $13.42 million from 3,638 North American theaters, averaging $3,689 per site. After five days out, the big-screen reboot of the popular 1960s television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum has taken in a mere $16.77 million. For comparison's sake:
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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie review: Cold War, lukewarm

Guy Ritchie’s spy-themed GQ fashion shoot. Pure popcorn nonsense, sleek and chic and vaguely funny, but instantly forgettable. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I’ve literally just come from a multiplex showing of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and already I’ve forgotten it. I seem to recall not disliking it while it was unspooling, so I guess that’s good? Now, though, I’m struggling to come up with a reason for the existence of this movie at all. Was there a demand for a big-screen version of the 60s TV show that I was unaware of? Or has Hollywood simply run out of old properties to do over? Is there a trend thinktank working somewhere in New York or London that is desperately trying to get us all into Cold War chic
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Chappie movie review: robot icks

A morally muddled mess that is convoluted in plot and appallingly simplistic in its themes. I am a sad geek today. I’m “biast” (pro): I’ve been a fan of Neill Blomkamp’s films

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

If a mashup of 80s robot flicks Short Circuit and RoboCop sounds like a bad joke, well: almost. Chappie is often risible, but it’s more sad than anything else. Not the good kind of sad: this is not a poignant or touching film, though it clearly hopes to be. No, Chappie makes me sad because the promise that South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp displayed with his brilliant District 9 and which hung over his flawed but still daring followup Elysium is nowhere to be found here. Chappie is a morally muddled mess that is convoluted in plot and appallingly simplistic in its themes.
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Steven C. Miller Thriller Extraction Recruits Kellan Lutz And Gina Carano

Hot on the heels of joining Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool, Fast and Furious and Haywire starlet Gina Carano has signed on for Steven C. Miller’s upcoming CIA thriller Extraction, along with Twilight star Kellan Lutz.

News comes via Deadline, who report that the pair will star opposite Bruce Willis in the actioner. According to the outlet, Lutz will assume the role of Harry Turner, a rookie agent yet to cut his teeth in the agency. With his father (Willis) missing, Turner flies in the face of direct orders and sets out on a mission to find him, but this soon leads to a manhunt spearheaded by Carano’s steely field operative, Victoria. And given the actress’ ass-kicking reputation accrued from her time spent in Mma, we don’t envy Turner’s plight.

With a father-son dynamic orbiting around the CIA, Extraction isn’t a million miles away from The Cold Light of Day,
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Kellan Lutz Prepares For Extraction

Kellan Lutz Prepares For Extraction
The cameras are already cranking for Bruce Willis’ latest thriller, Extraction, which finds him as a man on the run from a homicidal dentist with a tooth removal fetis... Ah, apparently that’s all in our heads. It’s a much more straightforward film, and Kellan Lutz is now aboard to play Willis’s son.Steven C. Miller is directing this one, which finds Willis as a retired Secret Service agent who is kidnapped by some nasty terrorist types. So his son, Henry Cavill Lutz’s Harry Turner, disobeys his CIA bosses and goes hunting for him. Which, somewhat naturally, triggers a manhunt for Harry, with Gina Carano’s field operative dispatched to track him down and bring him back. And here we thought they’d have sympathy with this plight?Dan Bilzerian, Lydia Hull and Tyler Olson are aboard this one, which features a script by Umair Aleem and Max Adams.
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Bruce Willis Signs Up For Extraction

Remember when Bruce Willis used to make interesting, original movies, like Pulp Fiction, Twelve Monkeys and The Fifth Element? An air of excitement would surround each announcement detailing which project the actor would get involved with next. It’s been some time since that excitement has been felt, however, because Willis has essentially been making the same movie, repeatedly, for years. The next product from that assembly line will be Extraction, directed by Steven C. Miller (Silent Night).

The plot focuses on a father and son duo of – wait for it – CIA agents, with Willis as the seasoned elder operative who is traumatized by the – you guessed it – murder of his wife. His less-experienced CIA operative son is working with him on the manufacture of a super-weapon known as the Condor, but is thrust into the driving seat when his father, Willis, is kidnapped by terrorists. As he realizes that
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Henry Cavill Will Topline Action-Thriller Stratton

Though his multi-picture deal with Warner Bros., which has him suiting up to play the Man of Steel himself in at least 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League, should keep him very busy for the foreseeable future, British thesp Henry Cavill is finding time to step into another action hero role for the upcoming Stratton.

In a pre-American Film Market deal, the star will play a British spy named John Stratton. The pic, based on the novel series by Duncan Falconer, may launch a franchise for Promethean Productions, Amber Entertainment and Gfm Films. Promethean was created by Cavill and his brother Charlie along with producer Rex Glensy, which partly explains the actor’s willingness to take on yet another action hero role after years of starring in comparable fare like The Cold Light of Day and Immortals.

“Having the opportunity to expand my horizons into filmmaking is incredibly exciting.
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Made in Chelsea NYC audience drops by 350k on Bank Holiday Sunday

Made in Chelsea NYC audience figures dropped by approximately 350k, as regular viewers enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend.

After recording a series high of 720k for last week's show, yesterday's (August 24) instalment was viewed by just 372k (1.9%) at 9pm and 102k (0.7%) on E4+1.

BBC One's Countryfile once again scored the biggest ratings of Sunday evening, attracting a reduced audience of 4.71 million (23.7%) at 8pm.

It was sandwiched between Nature's Miracle Orphans and The Village, which were watched by 3.73 million (21.9%) and 3.52 million (17.6%), respectively.

With highlights of the games between Tottenham Hotspur and Qpr, as well as Manchester United vs Sunderland, Match of the Day 2 bucked the downward trend, and was actually seen by an increased audience of 2.56 million (20.4%).

Celebrity Big Brother was another show that seemed to be unaffected by the Bank Holiday, entertaining 1.7 million (8.6%) at 9pm. Channel 5 movie Legally Blonde was viewed by 995k (5.4%) at 7pm.

Come On Down! The
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Darren Aronofsky Won’t Direct Spy Thriller Red Sparrow, At Least Not Right Now

Last year, Darren Aronofsky entered early negotiations to direct 20th Century Fox's adaptation of the Jason Matthews spy novel Red Sparrow. Heat Vision reports Aronofsky has moved on from the project, and is now looking elsewhere for his follow-up to the biblical epic Noah (due in theaters March 28). Fox still has high hopes for the project and will now focus on finding a writer to adapt the script. Given that development will take time, the report suggests Fox could leave the door open if Aronofsky wants to return when the project is ready. Steve Zaillian (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Garrett Basch (The Cold Light of Day), and Peter Chernin (Oblivion) are on board as producers. Read the book synopsis after the jump. In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,
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"Escape Plan" Won't Hit Aussie Cinemas

Even Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone aren't good enough to get Australian cinemagoer bums in seats it would seem.

Hopscotch Films have reportedly shelved plans to theatrically release the $50 million Arnie-Sly team-up action thriller "Escape Plan" in Australia. The title will now go direct-to-disc.

'Escape' fizzled upon release at the U.S. domestic box-office with just $23 million, but has done quite well overseas with a $78 million haul outside North America.

In Australia, both "The Expendables" movies and Arnie's recent "The Last Stand" were solid performers, making the choice all the more perplexing. Fans are understandably unhappy, flooding Hopscotch's Facebook page with complaints.

Hopscotch themselves haven't confirmed it on their social media outlets, though at least two cinema chains have confirmed the pulling of the film which was to score a release on November 28th.

More than ever, films that don't perform well overseas are bypassing theatrical releases here in Australia
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Byzantium joins the direct-to-dvd procession

Neil Jordan's Byzantium, his return to the blood-sucker genre following Interview with the Vampire, was due to open in Australian cinemas on July 25.

Not so. The distributor Rialto pulled the release this week and the fantasy thriller about mother-and -daughter vampires will go straight to DVD and Video-On-Demand.

The decision to bypass cinemas is a growing trend as distributors calculate their chances of recouping hefty marketing costs from the theatrical release are diminishing, and the waning DVD market is a less effective safety net.

Horror movies are the most problematic given the genre has never been popular in Oz, unlike the Us and the UK.

Universal won.t release The Purge, a violent saga set in a future where for one night a year all crime is legal, in Australian cinemas. That.s despite the film, which stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey and Rhys Wakefield, raking in a lucrative
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Just Like a Woman Movie Review 2

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Just Like a Woman Movie Review 2
Title: Just Like a Woman Director: Rachid Bouchareb (‘Outside the Law,’ ‘Days of Glory’) Starring: Sienna Miller, Golshifteh Farahani (‘Chickens with Plums,’ ‘Body of Lies’), Tim Guinee (‘Iron Man,’ TV’s ‘Revolution’), Roschdy Zem (‘The Cold Light of Day‘)and Chafia Boudraa (‘Outside the Law’) Contending with the important issues of cultural differences and self-importance and identity can be a difficult process for many women in an ethnically diverse city. Finding their rightful place in society while also achieving their personal goals and dreams is the strong motivating factor that drives the two diverse female lead characters in the new drama ‘Just Like a Woman.’ While the two women, Marilyn and Mona, [ Read More ]

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Really Cool Superman: Man of Steel Concept Art Discovered

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Really Cool Superman: Man of Steel Concept Art Discovered
Here’s some really cool concept art for the comic book movie “Superman: Man of Steel” by director Zack Snyder (Sucker Punch, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, 300) stars Henry Cavill (The Cold Light of Day, The Tudors), Amy Adams (The Muppets, On The Road), Russell Crowe (The Man with the Iron Fists, Robin Hood), Diane Lane (Secretariat, Jumper) and Kevin Costner (Django Unchained, Field of Dreams 2: Lockout, Mr. Brooks). Synopsis: In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond his imagination. Transported years ago [ Read More ]

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