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Trevor Preston obituary

Screenwriter who enjoyed success with two hard-hitting television drama series, Out and Fox

A tough, working-class upbringing and research in the haunts of London’s gangland bosses informed the gritty, hard-hitting drama that the writer Trevor Preston brought to television in two standout series, Out (1978) and Fox (1980). Preston, who has died aged 79, was given his own programmes after writing episodes of The Sweeney (1975-80), which starred John Thaw and Dennis Waterman as officers with the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad, tackling robbery and violent crime.

If Z-Cars had signalled a switch away from the homely image of the police depicted in Dixon of Dock Green, The Sweeney left no doubt about brutality and bending of the law within the force. Preston wrote the first episode of the series, after a pilot scripted by its creator, Ian Kennedy Martin. The programme was the first popular success from Euston Films, set up by
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Maleficent 2 Gets Deadpool Star Ed Skrein as the Main Villain

Disney's Maleficent 2 is finally moving forward, with the studio bringing aboard Ed Skrein to play the new villain. Unfortunately, no details about his character were given at this time, with the actor joining original Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in this sequel. This report doesn't reveal any details about when production may or may not take place, and Disney hasn't set a release date at this time, but there was previously a report that indicated filming was supposed to start yesterday.

The last we heard about Maleficent 2 was back in January, when it was revealed that director Joachim Ronning has entered pre-production on the sequel, with principal photography reportedly set to begin on April 16 in London. That report also indicated that filming was slated to last until August, with Angelina Jolie reportedly choosing this project over the prospect of starring in Universal Pictures' Bride of Frankenstein,
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Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters set for detective series Bulletproof

According to Deadline, Noel Clarke (Kidulthood) and Ashley Walters (Top Boy) are set to star in Bulletproof, a new detective drama for Sky which they have co-created with Nick Love (The Football Factory).

The site reports that the series will be a mix of comedy, drama and action, and sees Clarke and Walters as Bishop and Pike, two best mates and police detectives. Pike’s dad was the first black police commissioner and his son grew up always trying to live up to expectations, while Bishop spent his life being passed around foster homes, moving from school to school, and looking for a father figure. The series will see their friendship put to the test for the first time.

Bulletproof is being produced by Vertigo Films (The Sweeney) and Company Pictures (Wolf Hall) and is slated to air on Sky in 2018.
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Hellboy Reboot Gets Deadpool Star Ed Skrein

Hellboy Reboot Gets Deadpool Star Ed Skrein
A report surfaced last week that revealed a number of Hellboy characters from the comics will be featured in the new Hellboy reboot, such as Abe Sapien, Alice Monaghan, played by the most recent casting addition, Sasha Lane, and Ben Daimio. Today we have word that Ed Skrein, who is coming off his villainous role as Ajax in last year's Deadpool, will play Major Ben Daimio, who is described as a "rugged military member" of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.). It's possible that Abe Sapien's casting will be just around the corner, as we get closer to a September production start.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that this B.P.R.D. character Ben Daimio can transform himself into a jaguar, when he's angered or when he's in pain. While Abe Sapien was featured in the original Hellboy movies, starring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro,
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Queen of the Desert movie review: Gertrude Bell gets forgotten again

MaryAnn’s quick take… This may be Werner Herzog’s most conventional film, but its mostly untold true story knows what it means for a woman to choose a life of adventure and intellect. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

Have you heard that there is a new movie, a sweeping biopic of a major historical figure, written and directed by Werner Herzog, starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, and Robert Pattinson? Seems like kind of a big deal, doesn’t it? Seems like the kind of movie you’d hear a lot about. Instead, Queen of the Desert has been sitting on a shelf since it debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2015 — more than two years ago — because… why? Why did it just now get a
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Giveaway – Win a Let’s Be Evil T-shirt and poster

To celebrate the release of Let’S Be Evil – in UK cinemas and available on VOD 28th Oct. 2016 – we are giving away a poster & t-shirt courtesy of Vertigo Releasing.

Featuring British favourite Kara Tointon (The Sweeney) as one of the chaperones, and child actress Isabelle Allen (world famous as the face on the iconic film posters for the 2012 film adaptation of Les Miserables), Let’S Be Evil is a gripping, first class sci-fi chiller, that mixes the paranoia of John Wyndham’s Village of the Damned with the thrills and chills of gifted child run amok movie Hanna, whilst pushing the boundaries of Pov horror.

With a pulsing, It Follows-style synth score (by Mr Robot composer Julian Scherle), slick futuristic production design, and ably supported by a young cast playing the sinister, hyper-intelligent candidates of the Posterity Project, director Martin Owen (L.A. Slasher) piles on the shocks, making this not just an electrifying chiller,
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Horror Highlights: Exclusive Fox Trap Poster & Stills, Mondo’s The Greasy Strangler Items, Pandorica Q&A, Let’S Be Evil, The Truncated Nightmare Hour: Live!

Just when they thought they were safe... revenge pays them a visit. Fox Trap will be released in the Us and UK on DVD and Digital in February of 2017, and we have the exclusive reveal of the film's poster and several stills. Also in today's Highlights: Mondo's The Greasy Strangler items, a Q&A with Pandorica director Tom Paton, UK release details for Let's Be Evil, and info on The Truncated Nightmare Hour: Live! podcast.

Exclusive Fox Trap Poster and Stills: "After a terrible accident leaving a young girl disabled, eight years later the group responsible are invited to a remote manor house in the countryside for a class reunion. Little do they know, they are being targeted by a masked maniac hell bent on revenge.

The cast includes Klariza Clayton (Harry Brown, Blood Money, Skins), Scott Chambers (Chicken, Hush, The Hippopotamus), Alex Sawyer (House of Anubis), Kate Greer, Becky Fletcher,
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Tom Clegg obituary

Director who launched The Sweeney and was in demand for many television action series

The television director Tom Clegg, who has died aged 81, gained a reputation for his expert handling of action on screen, in work ranging from the pilot episode of The Sweeney, featuring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman as tough, no-nonsense detectives, to the swashbuckling Sharpe television films, following the daring exploits of a British officer (Sean Bean) in the Napoleonic wars. “Action isn’t just about fights,” Clegg told Rachel Murrell, author of Sharpe’s Story: The Making of a Hero (1996). “Action is what moves the story on dramatically. Just because people are rushing around, [it] doesn’t make it action. A good argument between Sharpe and Hakeswill can have as much action as the Chosen Men running across a battlefield.”

Clegg directed Regan, the 1974 pilot of The Sweeney, which featured Thaw as the detective inspector of the title,
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Our Kind of Traitor movie review: ordinary everyday spies

Smartly elegant; the fantastic cast makes it worth your time. But it does feel as if it belongs on the small screen spread across six or eight hours. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

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

A holiday in Morocco doesn’t seem to be working to respark the romance between mild-mannered professor Perry (Ewan McGregor: Jane Got a Gun) and high-powered lawyer Gail (Naomie Harris: Spectre), but maybe a bit of international intrigue will do the trick? Perhaps it’s rather implausible that Russian mobster Dima (Stellan Skarsgård: Avengers: Age of Ultron) would recruit Perry to act as a go-between for him with MI6 — Dima wants to defect and bring a crapload of info about shady dealings in London’s financial centers — but it’s just plausible
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Producer Felix Vossen caught in Spain and extradited to Switzerland

The film producer wanted on fraud charges was arrested in Spain following a chase, according to media reports.

Reports have surfaced that runaway film producer Felix Vossen (I, Anna, The Sweeney), who is accused of committing a multi-million pound fraud against a group of investors, has been caught in Europe.

According to The Telegraph, Vossen was captured by a police patrol in Valencia, Spain, in February, before being extradited to Zurich where he faces fraud charges running into tens of millions of dollars.

Spanish officers conducting a routine patrol spotted Vossen “acting suspiciously” and, after a brief chase, the former financier-producer was apprehended and searched.

At Vossen’s apartment in Spain, the reports said police discovered numerous identity papers, as well as large sums of cash in different currencies, multiple lap-tops and mobile phones and hundreds of grams of a drug believed to be cocaine.

Vossen was last seen in March 2015. Reports then emerged that a group
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Vertigo boss: UK industry tested by Hollywood films

Vertigo boss: UK industry tested by Hollywood films
Monsters producer Allan Niblo was among industry execs to discuss challenges facing the UK’s creative industries at the Bsac conference in London.

At the British Screen Advisory Council (Bsac) conference in London yesterday, a panel of industry experts were asked to outline the challenges facing the UK’s creative industries.

Bsac deputy chair and the session’s host Ajay Chowdhury kicked off proceedings by celebrating the “huge success” of the UK’s audiovisual industries, talking up the 250,000 jobs in the sector, which has grown at three times the rate of the UK’s overall economy.

Chowdhury then asked panelists Allan Niblo (Vertigo Films), William Sargent (Framestore), Martin Baker (Channel 4) and Noirin Carmody (Revolution Software) to raise what they believed to be the biggest challenges facing their companies.

Responding to a question about the current climate of the UK film industry, Vertigo Films co-founder Niblo, producer of the Monsters franchise and The Sweeney, said the “sheer
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Vertigo boss: volume of Hollywood films tests British industry

Vertigo boss: volume of Hollywood films tests British industry
Monsters producer Allan Niblo was among industry execs to discuss challenges facing the UK’s creative industries at the Bsac conference in London.

At the British Screen Advisory Council (Bsac) conference in London yesterday, a panel of industry experts were asked to outline the challenges facing the UK’s creative industries.

Bsac deputy chair and the session’s host Ajay Chowdhury kicked off proceedings by celebrating the “huge success” of the UK’s audiovisual industries, talking up the 250,000 jobs in the sector, which has grown at three times the rate of the UK’s overall economy.

Chowdhury then asked panelists Allan Niblo (Vertigo Films), William Sargent (Framestore), Martin Baker (Channel 4) and Noirin Carmody (Revolution Software) to raise what they believed to be the biggest challenges facing their companies.

Responding to a question about the current climate of the UK film industry, Vertigo Films co-founder Niblo, producer of the Monsters franchise and The Sweeney, said the “sheer
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Movie Review – The Sweeney: Paris (2015)

The Sweeney: Paris, 2015.

Directed by Benjamin Rocher.

Starring Karl Amoussou, Féodor Atkine, Jakob Cedergren,Stefi Clema, Oumar Diaw, Alban Lenoir, Jess Liaudin, Caterina Murino, Thierry Neuvic, Sabrina Ouazani, .and Jean Reno

Synopsis:

A ragtag squad of French cops, whose old-fashioned protocol infuriates the commissioner, recognises a series of bank and jewellery heists that have the hallmarks of an old adversary.

Antigang/The Squad/The Sweeney: Paris (yes, it has all three titles) is a loose remake of Nick Love’s The Sweeney, which was the film adaptation of the 1970s British TV cop-drama of the same name. To anyone familiar with Nick Love’s work, they will know he isn’t known for nuance character development, nor is he known for his gracious approach to conveying his own social politics (his conservative ‘better in the good ol’ days’ mantra is most prominent in Outlaw). The Sweeney: Paris‘s director Benjamin Rocher
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The Sweeney with a French accent by Richard Mowe

The gang’s all here: Jean Reno takes on the baddies in The Sweeney: Paris Photo: Unifrance It was one of the finest British TV series of the 1970s. Now The Sweeney receives a French twist from director Benjamin Rocher with Gallic action icon Jean Reno assuming the Ray Winstone role and returning to the fray on the mean streets of Paris.

Orginally titled Antigang in France and then The Squad and now, blatantly, The Sweeney: Paris it is based on the cinema remake by Nick Love made in 2012.

Rocher who made his reputation on horror films La Horde in 2009 and Goal Of The Dead (2014), mixing soccer and zombies, was keen to pay homage to the Die Hard and Lethal Weapon series from the 1980s, which combined elements of comedy with the suspense.

During the Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris earlier in the year, Rocher told me: “The producers
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Deadpool movie review: origin story with a potty mouth

Callous, crass, unpleasantly smug. Supposes it’s being edgy because its protagonist swears a lot, but it’s like a child saying bad words just to be naughty. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

The more I think about this movie, the more I dislike it. And I only just saw it last night, less than 24 hours ago. Gimme a few more days, and who knows how much I’ll hate it. Maybe this is the sort of movie people are referring to when they say you need to switch your brain off to enjoy it. “Don’t think about Deadpool too much! You’ll ruin it for yourself.”

This is not the sort of recommendation I will ever give a film.

The opening credits of Deadpool are pretty darn brilliant, and you don’t
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Composer Lorne Balfe’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi – Music from the Motion Picture Available Jan. 15

Paramount Music will release the 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi – Music from the Motion Picture digitally on January 15, 2016. The album features the film’s original score by Lorne Balfe (Terminator Genisys, Penguins Of Madagascar).

“The film is really about the soldiers’ ordeal and how they coped with the situation at hand,” said Balfe. “Michael (Bay) does a great job keeping the film from becoming political. The film is really here to honor the soldiers and the men and women who ultimately had to step up and do everything they could to save as many people as possible.”

From director Michael Bay, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi is the gripping true story of six elite ex-military operators assigned to protect the CIA who fought back against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012. When everything went wrong, six men had the courage to do what was right.
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American Hero | Review

Street Wise Hercules: Love’s Homespun Superhero Film Too Conventional for Kicks

No one can deny the super hero is now an immovable staple of Hollywood tent pole filmmaking, having overrun the mainstream market in every conceivable fashion via standalone films, hybrid mash-ups and valiant ensembles. Imperceptibly, these narratives have also infiltrated smaller budgeted endeavors and even independent American cinema, albeit to less substantial effect. British director Nick Love (The Sweeney, 2012), known for a growing filmography built on the type of crime tinged action films once proliferated by Guy Ritchie, makes a curious move overseas with the New Orleans set American Hero, a narrative more interesting than its generic title otherwise suggests. The exploits of a working class man wrapped up in his own downward spiral despite having unexplainable yet extraordinary super powers will have audiences nitpicking its derivative components despite its quality production values and an otherwise persuasive performance from Stephen Dorff.
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Trailer for Stephen Dorff's Superhero Comedy American Hero

"With Great Power Comes Zero Responsibility"

Here's a new superhero movie with a different kind of flavor than you're used to tasting. It's a dark comedy called American Hero, and it stars Stephen Dorff (Blade) as a guy who has telekinetic abilities. Of course, he doesn't use them for anything worthwhile. He's basically just a major screw-up, but after hitting rock bottom, he is looking to change his life and start fighting crime. This actually looks like it could be a fun flick! Here's the synopsis:

Melvin (Stephen Dorff), a reluctant hero who is far from super, has been suppressing his telekinetic powers for years with booze, drugs, and women. In the process, he has failed at practically everything, most of all as a parent to his son. After a brush with death, Melvin decides to use his powers for good and clean up the streets of New Orleans with
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Watch: The 'Lords of London' Wage a Head-Banging Bar Fight in Exclusive Clip

Watch: The 'Lords of London' Wage a Head-Banging Bar Fight in Exclusive Clip
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Lords of London," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.]  Read More: Exclusive: Ray Winstone Introduces Exclusive Scene From 'The Sweeney,' Now On DVD/Blu-ray Ray Winstone is his formidable, brutish self in an exclusive clip from writer-director Antonio Simoncini's London-set mob drama, "Lords of London." The movie stars Glen Murphy as a London gangster who must confront the ruthless mentality and legacy of his father (Winstone) in order to end the abusive path of his family history. Serena Iansiti and Giovanni Capalbo also star. The clip above shows just how ruthless Winstone's father can be, as he enters a local pub and threatens the owner to make good on his debts. "Lords of London" is now playing On...
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'Miss You Already' backer appoints head of production

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Exclusive: UK financier New Sparta Films appoints former Embargo exec to new role as it eyes growth.

New Sparta Films (Nsf), backer of Miss You Already and Brimstone, has appointed former Embargo Films producer Christopher Simon to the newly formed position of head of production.

Simon was main producer on Catherine Hardwicke’s comedy-drama Miss You Already, which gets its world premiere at Toronto today [Sept 12], and previously produced features including Still Life, The Sweeney and I, Anna.

Simon will work alongside Nsf founder and managing director Nicki Hattingh and look to boost the growing financier’s in-house production push.

The London-based company has recently appointed a head of development and will also bring in a business affairs executive.

Currently on the development slate for New Sparta Films, a subsidiary of Jerome Booth’s investment firm New Sparta, are Julia Taylor Stanley-produced drama Rough Diamonds, written by Mark C Marshall and Gary Martin; First World War drama
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