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2018 BFI London Film Festival Review – Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story, 2018.

Directed by Steve Sullivan.

Featuring Frank Sidebottom, Ross Noble, Johnny Vegas, Mike Joyce, John Cooper Clarke, Mark Radcliffe, and John Thomson.

Synopsis:

The story of musician-turned-comedian Chris Sievey, whose flamboyant creation Frank Sidebottom took the British comedy scene by storm in the 1980s and 90s.

Steve Sullivan’s pop-y doc is a far cry from the Jon Ronson-penned, Lenny Abrahamson indie Frank, even if they do technically start in the same place; an eponymous musical genius hidden inside a giant paper mache head. The core difference though, is the focus. Whilst the Fassbender-starring movie was exactly that – a big-screen adventure with kooky characters and clever storytelling, Sullivan’s real-world version has a lot fewer bells and whistles, but a heftier dose of heart.

The real side to the Chris Sievey/Frank Sidebottom dichotomy isn’t quite as fantastical and life-affirming as Ronson’s
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Movie Review – Eaten by Lions (2018)

Eaten by Lions, 2017.

Directed by Jason Wingard.

Starring Jack Carroll, Antonio Aakeel, Asim Chaudhry, Johnny Vegas.

Synopsis:

Omar and Pete are half-brothers raised by their grandmother after their mother and Pete’s father die in the freak accident of the film’s title. After finding a letter talking about his blood father, Omar decides to take a journey to Blackpool, with Pete following for the ride.

Jason Wingard’s movie Eaten by Lions (written with David Isaac) is a sweetly funny movie with much to recommend about it. With its fast pace, likable characters and laugh per minute ratio, it scores highly in the entertainment stakes.

It also has the capacity to be emotionally engaging, which is a credit to the whole cast and writing team who bring the required personality to a story which always seems real and grounded, even in the most bizarre segments. It also keeps any
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Liff 2018 Special Review: Eaten By Lions

After the death of their beloved Gran (Stephanie Fayerman), two half-brothers, Omar (Antonio Aakeel) and Pete (Jack Carroll) set off for Blackpool in order to find Omar’s long-missing father. Omar was, as Gran points out, the result of a “youthful dalliance” between his mother and a desi man she met on a night out, and whom she never saw again. And although Gran previously said she knew little more than that, she leaves Omar a letter that tells him more of what she really knew about his father. Armed with his birth certificate, his mother’s diary, and a photograph taken on the fateful evening, and with his grandmother’s urn and his disabled brother in tow, Omar decides it’s time to finally find out who his father really is.

Director and co-writer (along with David Isaac) Jason Wingard first explored this theme in his 2014 short film Going to Mecca.
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Film Review: Eaten by Lions (2018) by Jason Wingard

People trying to find their real parents is a theme that has been done a fair bit in cinema for a long time now. The latest voice to tell the story is that of Jason Wingard’s, who attempts to put a fresh spin to the tale and, for the most part, succeeds.

Eaten By Lions” runs as part of the 9th edition of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, that runs at 15 cinemas, across London, Birmingham and Manchester, from 21st June to 1st July, with 27 films, including features and short films, in competition. It is the largest South Asian film festival in Europe. Buy your tickets via this website, at respective cinema box offices: http://londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk/

Omar and Pete are two brothers who’ve been raised lovingly by their grandmother after the death of their mother and Pete’s father in a freak accident. After the death of their Gran,
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Exclusive: First look at the poster for new British comedy Eaten by Lions

We’ve got a fun exclusive for you today, which also serves as notice of an impending British film which may get lost in the summer blockbuster scrum. Jason Wingard’s Eaten by Lions is one of this year’s world premieres at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and we’ve got the first look at the film’s poster.

The cast includes Antonio Aakeel (recently seen with Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft in Tomb Raider), BAFTA & Emmy award-winning Asim Chaudhry (People Just Do Nothing), Vicki Pepperdine, Jack Carroll and the double whammy of comic actors Johnny Vegas and Kevin Eldon. The heart-warming story of half-brothers raised by an elderly relative following the titular orphaning, the film follows Aakeel and Carroll’s characters as they search for their surviving relatives. This is director Jason Wingard’s second feature film, and he had this to say about it:

“The story is
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UK comedy 'Eaten By Lions' gets sales representation ahead of Edinburgh bow (exclusive)

UK comedy 'Eaten By Lions' gets sales representation ahead of Edinburgh bow (exclusive)
Antonio Aakeel, Asim Chaudhry, Jack Carroll star with Johnny Vegas in feature.

UK comedy feature Eaten By Lions has been picked up for sales and distribution representation by London-based marketing agency Coffee & Cigarettes.

The film is set to have its premiere at next month’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. It stars Antonio Aakeel (City Of Tiny Lights), Asim Chaudhry (People Just Do Nothing), and Jack Carroll (Trollied) in the story of two half-brothers who were raised by their Grandma after their parents were tragically killed by lions in a bizarre accident. When their beloved Gran passes away, they embark on
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Aardman’s ‘Early Man’ UK Home Release Details Revealed

Early Man

Following its release in UK cinemas back in January, Studiocanal has released details for the upcoming home release for Aardman’s Early Man. The film will debut on digital download from 21 May 2018 and on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Uhd from 28 May 2018.

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (Academy Award®-winner Eddie Redmayne) and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to

save their home.

Leading Dug’s tribe of lovable misfits is Chief Bobnar (Timothy Spall) who is joined by Treebor (Richard Ayoade), Magma (Selina Griffiths), Asbo (Johnny Vegas), Barry (Mark Williams), Gravelle (Gina Yashere), Eemak (Simon Greenall) and Grubup (Richard Webber). Maisie Williams voices Goona, the gallant and indomitable rebel who befriends Dug and helps the
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13 modern TV comedies set in the 80s and 90s

Louisa Mellor Feb 16, 2018

To mark the release of Netflix’s 90s-set Everything Sucks!, here are a dozen more recommended nostalgic comedies…

The 90s felt so good that some of us never left. We’re still there, wearing Converse All-Stars, drinking blackcurrant Hooch and listening to Natalie Imbruglia. When we zone out in the monthly budgetary planning meeting, we’re doodling band logos and daydreaming about Alicia Silverstone in that Aerosmith video.

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This Friday welcomes new nineties-set high school comedy Everything Sucks! to Netflix. A sweet comedy set in the real-life town of Boring, Oregon in 1996, it’s the story of two outsider kids Luke and Kate, a would-be filmmaker and the principal’s daughter. It’s piled with retro references that will wrap around nineties kids like a warm blanket (and,
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Review: Early Man (2018)

In many ways Aardman Animation and director/innovator Nick Park have done for Claymation and British stop-motion animation in the last few decades, what Ray Harryhausen did for the art as a whole in earlier eras of cinema advancement. In the history of this filmmaking technique these names are heroes and their work is timeless, cherished and true poetry in (stop)motion. From Wallace & Gromit and Creature Comforts to Chicken Run and Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, this studio’s body of work is revered and consistent. So naturally expectations are high with every new project, let alone the first feature in nearly 15 years to be directed by Nick Park. Thankfully, Early Man is another win to scratch onto the Aardman slate.

Taking their own brand of British barminess to the prehistoric world, Early Man is set at the dawn of time – just outside Manchester – with an opening sequence
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‘Early Man’ Review

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Miriam Margolyes, Rob Brydon, Johnny Vegas, Mark Williams, Richard Ayoade, Gina Yashere, Nick Park, Kayvan Novak | Written by Mark Burton, James Higginson | Directed by Nick Park

Aardman animation supremo Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit) makes a welcome return to claymation with this engaging and warm-hearted caveman comedy that’s a treat for both adults and children alike.

Set in Stone-Age England (near Manchester), Early Man centres on happy-go-lucky caveman Dug (Eddie Redmayne), whose peaceful tribe are rudely evicted from their fertile valley by snooty, French-accented Bronze Ager Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston). With the aid of his loyal wild boar Hognob (assorted grunts and snorts from Park himself), Dug succeeds in challenging Lord Nooth to a winner-takes-all football match, with the valley at stake as the prize. There’s just one problem: Dug’s tribe have never played the game, while Nooth
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Movie Review – Early Man (2018)

Early Man, 2018.

Directed by Nick Park.

Featuring the voice talents of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Rob Brydon, Miriam Margolyes, Richard Ayoade, Mark Williams, and Johnny Vegas.

Synopsis:

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

The (very literal) fingerprints of Nick Park are all over Early Man, Aardman’s latest plasticine adventure. Like Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and the underrated, delightful The Pirates, it’s a film that demands second viewing, not for it’s plotting – strangely limp and by the books – but for the visual cues; it’s a dizzying world of slapstick and gentle euphemisms.

Early Man is never really better than it’s epilogue,
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Movie Review – Early Man (2018)

Early Man, 2018.

Directed by Nick Park.

Featuring the voice talents of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Rob Brydon, Miriam Margolyes, Richard Ayoade, Mark Williams, and Johnny Vegas.

Synopsis:

At the dawn of time, when mammoths still roamed the Earth, caveman Dug brings his tribe of rabbit hunters together when their peaceful valley is threatened by the arrival of the Bronze Age and the destruction of their home.

Back in the days when he was a football mad Brummie stand-up, one of Jasper Carrot’s best routines involved a trip to an away match, with his beloved Blues taking on the might of Manchester United. The Man U fans were, in his words, Neanderthals. In Nick Park’s Early Man, they’re not just the fans, but the inventors of the game.

So the setting is Stone Age Manchester. While initially this looks like Park’s little joke,
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Early Man review – Aardman claymation comedy brings Brexit to the bronze age

The studio’s latest stop-motion epic is a timely story about a stone age English tribe playing footie against sophisticated continentals

It might be set in the stone age but the latest claymation epic from Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman touches on two of the timeliest issues of the coming year. First, the 2018 World Cup: this is squarely a story about football, and therefore likely to find a global audience even if its sense of humour remains lovably, colloquially English. Second, this is a story concerned with Britain’s sense of history and identity. By accident or design, Aardman have made a Brexit movie!

That could be an overzealous interpretation, admittedly, in a climate in which everything seems to be about Brexit, but the evidence is difficult to ignore. Early Man focuses on an insular, small-minded tribe who live in a giant crater, cut off from the outside world (the
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Early Man: New character posters released

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Aardman and StudioCanal are ramping up the marketing campaign for this months release of Early Man by releasing a set of five character posters for the film.

Related: Early Man News and Trailers

The new prehistoric comedy adventure from four-time Academy Award® -winning director Nick Park and Aardman is set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

Leading Dug’s tribe of lovable misfits is Chief Bobnar (Timothy Spall) who is joined by Treebor (Richard Ayoade), Magma (Selina Griffiths), Asbo (Johnny Vegas), Barry (Mark Williams), Gravelle (Gina Yashere), Eemak (Simon Greenall) and Grubup (Richard Webber). Maisie Williams voices Goona, the gallant and indomitable rebel
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Poster and clip from British comedy Eaten By Lions

We’ve got our hands on the poster and a promo clip for the upcoming British comedy Eaten By Lions, which is directed by Raindance Award-winner Jason Wingard (In Another Life), and features a cast that includes Johnny Vegas, Tom Binns and Jack Carroll. Check them out here, along with the official synopsis…

Omar and Pete are half-brothers. When their parents are eaten by lions they embark on a journey to find Omar’s real father. What follows is a funny, heart-warming journey of self-discovery for both boys…in Blackpool. The Choudray family represents a truly contemporary example of modern multicultural Britain – but what will the brothers make of their eccentric newfound family? Will they be going to Mecca or Mecca bingo? In contrast to the old fashioned stereotypes about Blackpool, the comedy is sharp, current and non-stop.

Eaten By Lions is slated for release in 2018. Visit the official site here.
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Aardman’s Early Man poster teases a battle for the ages

Earlier this week we brought you the latest trailer for Nick Park’s Early Man [watch it here], and now a new poster has arrived online for the upcoming prehistoric animated comedy which you can check out below…

Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and wooly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day!

Early Man is set for release on January 26th in the UK and on February 16th in the Us and features a voice cast that includes Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Selina Griffiths, Johnny Vegas, Mark Williams, Gina Yashere and Simon Greenall.
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Hilarious Early Man Teaser Trailer Hits

Lionsgate has released the first trailer for director Nick Park’s Early Man.

Get ready for the Battle for the Ages – starring Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams and Timothy Spall.

Early Man is the new prehistoric comedy adventure from four-time Academy Award-winning director Nick Park and Aardman, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. Shot in Aardman’s own distinctive style, the film will take audiences on an extraordinary journey into an exciting new world unleashing an unforgettable tribe of unique and funny new characters voiced by an all-star British cast.

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, ‘Early Man’ tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

Leading Dug’s tribe of
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Aardman’s Early Man gets a new trailer

A new trailer has arrived online for Lionsgate and Aardman Animation’s upcoming prehistoric animated comedy Early Man. Directed by Nick Park, the film features a voice cast that includes Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Richard Ayoade, Selena Griffiths, Mark Williams, Timothy Spall, Johnny Vegas, Gina Yashere, and Simon Greenall; watch it below…

Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and wooly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day!

Early Man is set for release on January 26th in the UK and on February 16th in the Us.
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Aardman's Early Man Trailer Ushers in a New Age of Cavemen and Dinosaurs

Aardman's Early Man Trailer Ushers in a New Age of Cavemen and Dinosaurs
Lionsgate and Aardman Animation have released the new trailer and poster for Early Man, a new stop-motion animated comedy that shows the transition between the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and wooly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day! Summit Entertainment, StudioCanal, Aardman Animations and The British Film Institute present Early Man, an Aardman production that marks director Nick Park's (creator of Wallace and Grommit) first feature film since Academy Award winning Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit.

Early Man unleashes an unforgettable cast of hilarious new animated characters, lead by Dug, voiced by Eddie Redmayne. Indomitably cheerful and optimistic, this scrawny but big-hearted young hero is a can-do caveman with boundless enthusiasm and an unwavering belief that anything's possible.
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Red Dwarf Xii Episode 3 Review – ‘Timewave’

Villordsutch reviews Red Dwarf Xii – Timewave…

Red Dwarf Xii episode 3 can proudly boast another special guest star this week as Johnny Vegas makes an appearance in the long running sci-fi comedy. Vegas himself is a big fan of science fiction, recently appearing as a Judge in 2000 Ad and now he’s here, adding his name to the Red Dwarf credits. It’s such a shame he’s landed on what will possibly be remembered as one of the worst episodes ever and I’m even taking into consideration Back in the Red (all three parts).

With Rimmer staking claim of a Helium-7 rich moon, now given the title of ‘Rimmer’ along with the surrounding spacial bodies, the honorary celebrations are cut short due to an incoming timewave. This strange phenomenon brings into the Dwarf’ers lives the S.S.Encomium – from the 24th Century – and places it on a collision
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