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Movie Review – Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Mary Poppins Returns, 2018.

Directed by Rob Marshall.

Starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Jeremy Swift, Jim Norton. Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Nathanael Saleh, Ian Conningham, and Dick Van Dyke.

Synopsis:

Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael’s children through a difficult time in their lives.

Rarely has a modern film ever embraced past filmmaking techniques and style like Mary Poppins Returns, which comes equipped with nostalgia and callbacks but executes them in a grandiose manner that never once feels as if it’s trying too hard or under pressure to go bigger and bolder. The film is already an anomaly considering it’s a 50+ years later sequel to a film that was nominated for Best Picture while taking home numerous other awards in the process
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Antonio Banderas & Olga Kurylenko in Trailer for 'Gun Shy' Comedy

"Rock out with your glock out." Saban Films has debuted the first official trailer for an action comedy called Gun Shy, formerly known as Salty (which is the title that appears on the very early poster art seen below the trailer). The movie stars Antonio Banderas as an over-the-top rockstar named Turk Henry, with a wife played by Olga Kurylenko. She gets kidnapped while the two are vacationing in Chile, and Banderas recruits some wacky people to help him find and free her. Sounds like a fun straight-to-vhs concept for an action movie, why not. The full cast includes Ben Cura, Mark Valley, Aisling Loftus, David Mitchell, Jeremy Swift, and Jesse Johnson. This really looks ridiculous, but it may be a fun beer-and-pizza rental. Here's the first official trailer (+ new poster) for Simon West's Gun Shy, direct from YouTube: When vacationing in Chile, an aging and pampered rock star
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Downton Abbey movie likely to film this year

Simon Brew Apr 12, 2017

It looks like the Downton Abbey movie will get moving this year, by the sounds of it...

It looks as if those plans for a Downton Abbey movie are coming to fruition. The show finished its televised run on Christmas Day 2015, and a movie revival looks to be coming together at pace.

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Back in January, rumours were fuelled by Jim Carter (Top Secret!), who played Carson in the TV show. He told Good Morning Britain that “we’ve been asked to keep ourselves available for dates in the future, but nobody has seen a script”.

Today, CultBox has shared an update from a PR representative of Jeremy Swift (who played Spratt in the show). "Jeremy has also been asked to keep the end of this year free as the Downton movie will begin
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Foyle's War: Series Creator Was Ready for UK Cancellation

The Foyle's War TV show on ITV was cancelled after eight seasons, because of rising production costs. Creator Anthony Horowitz tells Digital Spy he was ready for the British detective drama series to end. In the Us, some seasons of Foyle's War aired on PBS. The complete Foyle's War TV series is available for streaming on Acorn.TV (but Acorn's series numbering is confusing).

Foyle's War is set during and after World War II, with the eighth and final season set in 1947. Michael Kitchen stars as detective Christopher Foyle. The Doyle's War TV series cast also includes: Honeysuckle Weeks, Ellie Haddington, Tim McMullan, Daniel Weyman, Jeremy Swift, Rupert Vansittart, and Hermione Gulliford.

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Downton Abbey: Christmas episode plot and cast details revealed

ITV has announced details of this year's Downton Abbey Christmas Day episode.

The two-hour episode will rejoin the Crawley household in the early autumn of 1924 and sees Alun Armstrong (New Tricks, Braveheart) and BAFTA nominee Jane Lapotaire (Blind Justice, Shooting Fish) join the cast.

Armstrong will play Stowell, the butler of Lady Rose's husband Atticus Aldridge and his family, while Lapotaire stars as the much-discussed Princess Irina, the lost wife of Prince Kuragin (played by Rade Sherbedgia).

The episode sees Rose's father-in-law Lord Sinderby rent out Brancaster Castle for grouse shooting season, inviting the Crawley family for a shooting party. It soon becomes apparent that butler Stowell has a serious axe to grind, while a scandalous secret threatens to ruin the holiday for everybody.

Back at Downton, where the servants are holding the fort, Bates is forced to take drastic measures in order to save his beloved wife Anna from
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Win Downhill on DVD

To mark the release of Downhill on 16th June, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.

Gordon (Richard LumsdenSightseers, TV’s The Catherine Tate Show) is determined that he and best friend Keith (Karl Theobald – TV’s 2012, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa) will conquer Wainright’s Coast to Coast Walk from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire. He also believes that having his film student son document the adventure is the perfect way to commemorate their achievement, but when a stray conversation determines that old school friends Steve (Jeremy SwiftJupiter Ascending, TV’s Downton Abbey) and Julian (Ned DennehyTyrannosaur, TV’s Luther) join them on the trip, best laid plans lead straight to multiple mid-life crises.

Combining keenly observed situational comedy; some of Britain’s finest comedy talent and a breathtaking journey through some of the best of British countryside,
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Exclusive Clip For British Indie ‘Downhill’

Four old school friends remind one another why they’ve not caught up in more than 20 years in acclaimed TV commercial director James Rouse’s hilarious feature debut, Downhill, in cinemas now and available on DVD and digital platforms on June 16th.

Gordon (Richard Lumsden) is determined that he and best friend Keith (Karl Theobald) will conquer Wainright’s Coast to Coast Walk from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire. He also believes that having his film student son document the adventure is the perfect way to commemorate their achievement, but when a stray conversation determines that old school friends Steve (Jeremy Swift) and Julian (Ned Dennehy) join them on the trip, best laid plans lead straight to multiple mid-life crises.

This clip features the four main characters standing ankle-deep in the North Sea having a very funny verbal exchange at one of the film’s pivotal moments,
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Giveaway – Win Downhill on DVD

To celebrate the release of Downhill - which is out here in the UK on Monday, June 16th – we’ve got three copies of the DVD up for grabs; read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…

Gordon (Richard LumsdenSightseers, TV’s The Catherine Tate Show) is determined that he and best friend Keith (Karl Theobald – TV’s 2012, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa) will conquer Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire. But when a stray conversation determines that old school friends Steve (Jeremy SwiftJupiter Ascending, TV’s Downton Abbey) and Julian (Ned DennehyTyrannosaur, TV’s Luther) join them on the trip, their best-laid plans reveal multiple mid-life crises. Downhill is a comedy of errors, a testament to the tragically incompatible and a blow-by-blow account of the highs and lows of decades-long friendships.
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Exclusive clip from Downhill

To celebrate the release of Downhill, the hilarious feature debut of director James Rouse (which opened in cinemas last week and arrives on DVD and digital platforms this coming Monday, June 16th), we’ve got an exclusive clip from the film for you, which you can check out after the official synopsis….

Gordon (Richard LumsdenSightseers, TV’s The Catherine Tate Show) is determined that he and best friend Keith (Karl Theobald – TV’s 2012, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa) will conquer Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire. But when a stray conversation determines that old school friends Steve (Jeremy SwiftJupiter Ascending, TV’s Downton Abbey) and Julian (Ned DennehyTyrannosaur, TV’s Luther) join them on the trip, their best-laid plans reveal multiple mid-life crises. Downhill is a comedy of errors, a testament to the tragically incompatible
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Rucksacks, Sore Feet & Pubs: The Making of Downhill

Trevor Hogg chats with James Rouse, Richard Lumsden and Jeremy Swift about walking across the UK to make a road movie…

James Rouse

“My father was an accountant,” remarks British filmmaker James Rouse. “My mother makes very good flapjacks but I’m not sure if that counts. Looking back perhaps they were both more artistic than their backgrounds allowed them to be though. It was much more difficult for their generation to follow a creative career.” Richard Lumsden (Sense and Sensibility) grew up in a similar situation. “I have no theatrical background at all. No one in my family had ever done as stupid as trying to act as a living. They all took much more sensible sorts of jobs. From that point of view I was walking into the unknown when I was 21 and started working. I still have a naïve enjoyment of it all but that’s help
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Downhill Review

As a style of filmmaking that has been severely overcooked in the horror genre, spawning a variety of unoriginal, hackneyed productions, handheld footage has certainly served comedy somewhat more favourably. It simply has so much scope to it in such a department, provoking realism and encouraging improvisation. With the likes of This Is Spinal Tap illuminating the sub-genre, and The Office and The Thick of It also triumphing on the smaller screen, James Rouse has followed on in their footsteps with his amiable debut production, Downhill.

The film explores four old school friends and now middle-aged men, reuniting to embark on a coast to coast walk. Gordon (Richard Lumsden) is the ringleader, bringing together Keith (Karl Theobald), Steve (Jeremy Swift) and Julian (Ned Dennehy) for this arduous, yet enlightening adventure, while his young son documents the entire journey on film.

Where Downhill truly shines, is within the naturalistic approach taken,
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Foyle’s War Set 7 DVD Review And Giveaway

Foyle’s War Set 7 is a treat for fans of the long-running series, but a possible sour note as well, as our titular investigator actually moves outside the titular conflict. We not only move outside the setting of the show, but into a new world of Foyle’s efforts, and apparently a new theory of the character as well. Call it progress, I suppose, but some fans may find themselves in for a surprise when taking on this new Foyle.

What started out as a very interesting look at an investigator of unusual calm working in a backdrop of World War II outside the normal focus of the war, has now gone post-War, and sees our hero pressed into service with MI5. From not exactly police to not exactly spy, Foyle finds himself involved in ever more curious exploits which leaves us with little remaining familiar except the star and the title.
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Foyle’S War Set 7 – The DVD Review

Foyle’s War was considered one of the best British mysteries on television, but was cancelled in 2007. Three years passed and three more episodes, known as Foyle’s War Set 7 were filmed and broadcast on PBS’s “Masterpiece Mystery!” The show’s creator Anthony Horowitz has set the show in the town of Hastings, on the south coast of England. World War II may be over but the Cold War simmers. Dcs Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen, Out of Africa) has retired from police work when Britain’s secret intelligence service compels him to join its ranks. Reunited with his former colleague, newlywed Sam Wainwright (Honeysuckle WeeksMy Brother Tom), Foyle faces new—but no less deadly—threats in the world of spies and counterintelligence The Foyle’s War series is terrific entertainment that incorporates real historical events into the episodes. Foyle always gets his man (or woman as the case
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The Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending Begins Production in London

The Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending Begins Production in London
Filming is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' Jupiter Ascending, an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski. Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in the film, which began shooting at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden on April 2, 2013.

From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, Jupiter Ascending was conceived and written by the Wachowskis, who are also directing. Award-winning producer Grant Hill, with whom the writer/directors have collaborated since The Matrix Trilogy, is producing the film together with the Wachowskis. Roberto Malerba and Bruce Berman are serving as executive producers.

Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only
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TV Review: Being Human 5.1, “Trinity”

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

By the end of Being Human’s transitional fourth season the last of the remaining original cast members had departed for pastures new. There was certainly a divide within the fan community over the future of their once beloved supernatural show, budget cuts at the BBC lead to a six episode order for the new series which returned to BBC Three Sunday night.

Our new trinity of housemates are having a tough time getting on, vampire Hal (Damien Molony) is trying to remain blood free but being tied to a chair in a messy house threatens to send him over the edge. Werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) is taking those all important steps to adulthood and new ghost on the scene Alex (Kate Bracken) is on the hunt to locate her body to pass over as quickly as possible.

Despite his best intentions, Hal quickly finds himself

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Anton Chekhov’s The Duel’ Does Justice to Source Material

Chicago – I suspect there is a segment of the moviegoing population that will take one look at the title, “Anton Chekhov’s The Duel,” and flee in the other direction, most likely into “The Hangover Part II.” Chekhov is the sort of literary genius whose work is quoted by writers aiming to prove their own level of intellectualism. Yet his work is too good to be merely confined in art houses.

Israeli director Dover Koshashvili has created what is easily the most accessible cinematic adaptation of Chekhov to date. It’s perched delicately on the razor’s edge between wrenching drama and deadpan comedy, allowing several sequences to simultaneously succeed as both. There isn’t a stilted or inauthentic moment in the picture, evoking memories of the best Merchant Ivory productions, particularly 1985’s “A Room with a View.”

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

Like Koshashvili’s acclaimed 2001 drama, “Late Marriage,” Chekhov’s 1891 short story,
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