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This isn’t really in our purview necessarily, as Image Entertainment’s Blood is a crime thriller, but when I get sent things from a movie that stars Paul Bettany, Mark Strong, Brian Cox and Stephen Graham, I post it. So with that, enjoy the trailer and some stills from the Nick Murphy (The Awakening) film.
The Fairburn brothers (Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham) are detectives who have lived under the shadow of their police chief father (Brian Cox) – a man known for doing whatever it takes to get a confession. When the brothers take an interrogation too far, they raise the suspicions of their colleague (Mark Strong) and suddenly find themselves having to cover up their own crimes. Blood is headed for a VOD release on July 11th, comes to theaters August 9th and will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 10th. »
- Andy Greene
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that “The Awakening” director Nick Murphy’s dark detective movie “Blood” isn’t going to end well for Paul Bettany’s character. It’s definitely not going to end well for Stephen Graham’s, by the looks of it. It might end okay for Mark Strong’s character, though, since he didn’t just brain a suspec with a shovel … while the suspect was buried in dirt. Nothing good ever comes from braining people with a shovel, I always say. Unless, of course, he had it coming. Even so, consequences and all that. Ugh. Who needs the hassle? Check out the first trailer for Murphy’s “Blood”. The film opened in the UK last month, and shows up Stateside in a few months. When a shocking murder is committed in their small town, the Fairburn brothers (Paul Bettany and »
Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham star as two brothers who’s lives spiral viciously out of control in Blood, which is out now on DVD from eOne and Momentum now! Directed by Nick Murphy (The Awakening), Blood is a psychological thriller about two brothers whose lives begin to collapse under the weight of their father’s illustrious shadow.
A contemporary Greek Tragedy set around the investigation into the murder of a young girl, Blood stars Paul Bettany (The Da Vinci Code, Legion), Stephen Graham (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Boardwalk Empire, This is England), Brian Cox (Rise of The Planet of The Apes, Red, The Bourne Supremacy), and Mark Strong (Zero Dark Thirty, Kick Ass, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
A: Al Pacino
- Dan Bullock
The blood of the title refers to the link between the overbearing ex-police inspector Lenny (Brian Cox) and his two sons, Joe (Paul Bettany) and Chrissie (Stephen Graham). Both young men have grown up under the shadow of his reputation, the myths he's created around himself and the brutal power he continues to exert. Even as his dementia increasingly shows itself, they can't escape, and they continue to follow his ways in the vain hope of winning his approbation. Things finally get out of control when a teenager is brutally murdered on the town's wintry seafront and a sort of confession is wrung from a notorious local paedophile by the obsessed, drunken Joe, with Chrissie assisting.
The film is expertly performed by a cast of familiar faces, and Mark Strong is particularly good as a scrupulous loner looked down on by his gregarious, heavy-drinking, conformist colleagues. It uses locations on the Wirral with considerable skill, »
- Philip French
Bettany also discussed the casting of Stephen Graham, who he had been hoping to work with for several years, as Joe's more sensitive brother Chrissie.
Blood is out now in UK cinemas. »
You don't need to have seen Bill Gallagher's 2004 BBC series Conviction to recognise the small-screen roots of Blood, which begins in a relatively standard Sunday evening telly vein. After a 12-year-old girl is murdered, hardened and emotionally distant copper Joe Fairburn (Paul Bettany) becomes obsessed with tracking down her killer, with the case reminding him of an unsolved one from his past.
The police arrest Jason (an unsettling Ben Crompton), a smug and unrepentant creep with a history of child abuse. Joe and his more sensitive brother Chrissie (Stephen Graham) are convinced of his guilt, but he's released due to lack of evidence. This does not sit well with the increasingly unpredictable Joe, and an impulsive act of vigilante justice sends both brothers spiralling into moral decline.
Despite the limitations of Gallagher's script, »
As Cannes passes its halfway mark, already a number of deals and release dates have been set, with Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past” being just the latest. But away from the Croisette, a number of smaller pictures are nearing release, and a diverse slate at that: a UK cop thriller with a stellar ensemble, a coming of age drama starring Claire Danes, and a space horror with Sharlto Copley in the lead. Director Nick Murphy first landed on the scene with modest horror film, “The Awakening,” starring Rebecca Hall, and now he’s followed that film up with a new ensemble piece, “Blood.” Starring Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham as cop brothers who investigate a girl’s murder, only to try and cover up their actions afterwards, the film also throws supporting turns from Brian Cox and Mark Strong into the mix. The talent is definitely there, and we had »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Blood is an upcoming psychological thriller directed by The Awakening helmer Nick Murphy. Definitely worth your full attention – that’s exactly why we’re here to share the latest trailer and pics from the whole thing, hope you’ll like it. Check it out, and remember: you can’t bury the truth… Murphy directed the whole thing from a script written by Bill Gallagher, which revolves around two brothers, Joe and Chrissie Fairburn, who collapse under the weight of their father’s shadow. Desperate to fill their father’s shoes, they commit the ultimate crime, which turns their lives into a downward spiral of guilt and paranoia. Blood stars Paul »
- Jeanne Standal
I really enjoyed Nick Murphy's directorial debut, The Awakening, and back in 2011, we reported on his follow-up, the crime-thriller Blood. The plot centers on two policemen who kill a murder suspect and are then plunged into chaos when they are forced to investigate their own crime. I'm ashamed to admit that I had forgotten about the movie, but now a trailer has been released, and it looks like Murphy has nailed the genre just like he did with gothic horror in The Awakening. Also, I'm not going to turn down a movie with a lead cast that includes Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Brian Cox, and Mark Strong. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Blood is set to hit U.K. theaters and VOD on May 31st, and be released on Blu-ray & DVD on June 10th. That short release window isn't a great sign, but I'm still eager to see the flick, »
- Matt Goldberg
Amid all the Cannes madness, here's a more homegrown effort for you: the new trailer for Blood, a thriller starring Paul Bettany and Stephen Grahams as Joe and Chrissie Fairburn, cops and brothers investigating the murder of a young girl. But the problem here isn't just finding out who was responsible, but covering up what happened next. For more on that, watch the trailer below. brightcove.createExperiences();As you can see, the film also stars Brian Cox as the brothers' father, a police legend who's just beginning his descent into dementia. The brothers are under pressure to live up to their father's reputation - which may lead to recklessness. Mark Strong plays fellow policeman Robert, who's soon putting pressure on the brothers as he investigates a related crime.Bill Gallagher, of TV series Blackout and Conviction, wrote the script, and Nick Murphy, who directed Rebecca Hall chiller The Awakening called the shots here. »
Hammer Chillers is a new horror anthology series that will premiere June 7th. Available first as six 30-minute weekly downloadable episodes from the Hammer website, the collected series will also be released on CD July 26th with special bonus material.
Writers for the first series include some of the biggest names working in horror today: Stephen Volk (Ghostwatch, The Awakening), Mark Morris (Toady, Vampire Circus), Stephen Gallagher (Chimera, The Eleventh Hour), Christopher Fowler (The Bryant and May Mysteries), Paul Magrs (The Brenda and Effie Mysteries, Doctor Who) and comedian Robin Ince (Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage).
“Hammer films have been a massive influence on my writing from the days when I sneaked into the White Palace cinema in my home town of Pontypridd to see the likes of The Devil Rides Out and The Vampire Lovers,” says Stephen Volk. “Now to be writing an audio drama under the Hammer »
- The Woman In Black
Legendary UK horror studio Hammer Films has just announced a new partnership with audio specialists Bafflegab Productions to launch Hammer Chillers, a weekly series of six original horror-themed audio dramas premiering next month. There's some impressive genre talent behind the series, including screenwriters Stephen Volk (The Awakening, Ghostwatch, Gothic) and Stephen Gallagher (Eleventh Hour), Doctor Who novelist Paul Magrs, comedian Robin Ince, and award-winning horror novelists Christopher Fowler and Mark Morris. “Hammer films have been a massive influence on my writing,” says Volk, “from the days when I sneaked into the White Palace cinema in my home town of Pontypridd to see the likes of The Devil Rides Out and The Vampire Lovers. Now to be writing an audio drama under the Hammer banner is a dream (or nightmare!) come true." (Volk's episode “Don't Go There” premieres on July 19th.) Hammer Chillers launches on June 7th with Stephen Gallagher's “The Box, »
- Gregory Burkart
Directed by Nick Murphy
A psychological thriller charting the disintegration of a police family as two brothers living in the shadow of their father investigate the murder of a young girl...
Supernatural noir is not usually something you would associate with the UK crime output of recent years. Mockney accents and slapstick humour yes, but intense expressionistic layers of guilt ridden dread? None too often, sadly.
Thankfully then, this new movie from Nick Murphy (The Awakening) manages to address the balance somewhat. Based on writer Bill Gallagher's TV miniseries Conviction, it largely succeeds as a tightly webbed thriller with gothic and psychological horror touches.
Concentrating on the investigation into the death of a teenage girl, the film brings the personalities and internal workings of the two brothers ascribed to the case sharply into focus. Their relationship with »
- Flickering Myth
Today we have two new quad posters for the upcoming thriller Blood. Check them both out below (click either for a larger version) Director Nick Murphy (The Awakening) led the helming duties based on a script by Bill Gallagher. The film stars Brian Cox, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham,Adrian Edmondson, and Ben Crompton Blood will be released to theaters on August 9th, 2013 Here’s the synopsis for the film The Fairburn brothers (Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham) are detectives who have lived under the shadow of their police chief father (Brian Cox) – a man known for doing whatever it takes to get a confession....
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- Allan Ford
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Rebecca Hall is the perfect choice to join Gwyneth Paltrow in providing a woman's touch to the rough and tumble boys' club that is the "Iron Man" franchise. The gorgeous British actress, who has previously made strong impressions in "The Town," "The Awakening" and "Frost/Nixon," stars in "Iron Man Three" as Maya Hansen, a brilliant scientist and bodacious babe, to boot.
Check out our gallery of Rebecca Hall looking hot in movies, magazines and on the red carpet. »
- NextMovie Staff
‘Mr. Selfridge’ Adds Cast For Season Two Clash Of The Titans actress Polly Walker and The Awakening‘s Cal Macaninch have joined the cast of season two of Mr. Selfridge. The ITV period drama that’s currently airing on PBS Masterpiece has just begun shooting the second season of 10 episodes in London and Kent. Jeremy Piven stars as Harry Selfridge, the American entrepreneur who revolutionized the way women shopped in early 1900s London. Also joining the cast are Killing Bono‘s Aidan McArdle and The Bible‘s Sean Teale. The first season was a ratings winner for ITV in the UK where it aired in the Downton Abbey Sunday night slot. The second season picks up in 1914 as Selfridge’s department store is celebrating its fifth anniversary. As talk of war intensifies, Harry prepares the staff for challenging times ahead. An airdate will be scheduled for next year in order »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
“Set in post-World War I England in 1921, The Awakening follows a skeptical woman (Rebecca Hall The Town) who travels to a countryside boarding school to investigate rumors of an apparent haunting. Just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling spectral encounter which defies all her rational beliefs.”
Nick Murphy’s supernatural mystery, The Awakening, would probably be a more effective film, had it been made pre-1999. Its atmosphere and tone isn’t bad per se’, but it definitely falls into the ‘been there, done that’ fare. While it attempts to not be yet another twist-ending The Sixth Sense clone, it unfortunately ends up being that, leaving viewers with a feeling of “oh..well I saw that a mile away”.
"It's one thing we loved about the comic book," said director Black, "which was that 'Maya' is someone 'Tony' meets in one capacity at one point in his life, and he proves to be touched by that encounter. We needed a snappy and exciting actor to play the part, and not make it this 'female scientist who takes off her glasses and suddenly she's beautiful."
"Maya is a scientist who makes a pretty astounding discovery that leads her to places," said Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige about the character, "and some are healthier than others. It's not dissimilar to what Tony's been through, and it's a great parallel..."
- Michael Stevens
The beautiful and talented British actress Rebecca Hall ('The Awakening') is heading for cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut 'Transcendence'. The new sci-fi thriller which stars Johnny Depp ('Dark Shadows') and Paul Bettany ('Priest') is currently in pre-production but scheduled to begin shooting this April in Los Angeles. This marks Pfister's first time as director and with his superlative experience from working on other giant sci-fi related movies in recent years such as 'Inception' and the new Batman trilogy we're expecting great things. 'The Dark Knight Rises' helmer Christopher Nolan will serve as executive producer. Hall (below), who will next be seen as Maya Hansen in 'Iron Man 3', is that rare breed of effortless and dignified sexiness much like fellow Brit Emily Blunt. »
Rebecca Hall, star of “The Awakening” and “The Town”, has joined the cast of former Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut “Transendence”, a sci-fi film that already has Johnny Depp slotted in as its star. The plot of “Transendence” find Depp playing a scientist whose brain is uploaded into a supercomputer that he created after he is assassinated by “anti-technology terrorists”. The problem is, that supercomputer has the ability to think for itself, which, yes, I suspect, leads to complications. Alcon Entertainment made the casting official earlier today. Rebecca Hall is set to star alongside Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany in Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, Transcendence, it was announced by Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, co-founders and co-CEOs of Alcon Entertainment, which is financing and producing the project. Principal photography is set to begin in April in Los Angeles. Warner Bros. will release the film »
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