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Media 8 files for bankruptcy

Independent production company overwhelmed by debt.

Ben Affleck, Charlize Theron and Paul Walker are among the stars whose unpaid fees contributed to spiralling debts which eventually brought down Media 8. The independent producer and distributor behind films like Monster and Jackboots On Whitehall hopes that a bankruptcy agreement will give it access to loans that could enable it to meet its obligations and restart production.

Based in Florida and Los Angeles but with extensive...
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Great British Cast Announced for Mariah Mundi & the Midas Box – Aneurin Banard in Lead Role

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Yesterday I got to meet ad interview new upcoming talent, Aneurin Banard for his new movie, Elfie Hopkins where he plays a geek opposite non-geek Jamie Winstone (it’ll go live next week). I then get home only to find that the man who I tipped for great things has been cast in this brand new movie opposite the likes of Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, Ioan Gruffudd and Keeley Hawes. Aneurin will play the lead in this latest film called Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box which is based on the teen adventure series by G.P. Taylor.

Exciting news for him and we look forward to seeing more info from it when it’s released. In the meantime though, here’s the press release with all the ins and outs that you need to know!

Aneurin Barnard Joins A Stellar Cast In The Highly Anticipated Film Adaptation Of
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Readers' reviews: today's microbudget movies, and Ryan Adams rebooted

The best of your comments on the latest films and music

Twenty years ago, a pair of films – Slacker and Straight Out of Brooklyn – began a brief and bright boom time for microbudget film-making, when several films seemingly costing peanuts and paid for on credit cards became sizable commercial hits. Last week, Ryan Gilbey set about finding what had become of that first wave of microbudget directors.

Since Ryan had answered his own question, the readers embarked on a wider discussion of the microbudget phenomenon. "The new wave are making films on smartphones, particularly the iPhone 4 and Nokia N8," wrote smartmoviemaker. "Park Chan-Wook, director of Oldboy, made Paranmanjang entirely on an iPhone 4 and it was shown in South Korean cinemas … Britain's McHenry Brothers, who made the spoof Jackboots on Whitehall last year, made a short on a Nokia N8 called The Commuter, starring Pamela Anderson."

That the tech boom has
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Jackboots On Whitehall – DVD Review

The Film:

You’re first reaction might be on Jackboots On Whitehall is that this is just a British version of Team America: World Police, and while that reference isn’t entirely wrong, it’s not entirely accurate either. Where as Team America was largely a satirical spoof of our country’s policies, Jackboots On Whitehall is that dry British humor that is interwoven in an imaginary version of The Battle of Britain, if Britain lost. But it’s all told with puppets for some long lost Thunderbirds action while Hitler has invaded Britain and wears Elizabeth I’s dress, Winston Churchill is chomping his cigar to kick some Nazi ass, and it’s a wacky, fun, dry look at WWII.

Directors McHenry Brothers lovingly craft this world of puppet action, miniatures, and explosions, for some of the best puppetry around. The script is scatter-shot though. While it takes aim
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New on Blu-ray and DVD: Ironclad! Source Code! We Are What We Are!

Sorry this column is coming at you a bit late folks, but buckle up and get ready to empty your bank accounts because it's one of the best release weeks in a long time!

Ironclad - James Purefoy (Solomon Kane) carries this actioner about a ragtag group of Knights Templar who hold out for months against the hard-fought siege of Rochester Castle in the thirteenth Century. Set in the time of King John's signing of the Magna Carta treaty, the group struggles against the King to defend the freedom of their country.

Source Code - For his sophomore film, Moon director Duncan Jones creates a multiple-reality/time traveling twister of a film that is both thematically and viscerally exciting. The film is about a helicopter pilot who is recruited for a top-secret military operation and finds himself on a startlingly different kind of mission that challenges our assumptions about time and space.
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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: July 26, 2011

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Before you get started with this week's offerings, if you're a fan of Rambo, Amazon is offering the Rambo: The Complete Collector's Set on Blu-ray for only $27.49. The set includes all four Rambo films, so if you're interested just click here and have a look.

High and Low (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] I am working on my review of this one right now after watching it over the weekend. How good is this film? I was dead tired after a long Saturday in the Seattle sun. It was midnight and I decided I would throw this film in and see how long I could last before I just had to go to sleep. I had seen it before, I knew how the mystery ended and it runs seven minutes shy of two-and-a-half-hours... I watched the entire film. It's simply excellent, but more importantly,
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DVD Review: Jackboots on Whitehall

DVD Review: Jackboots on Whitehall
Title: Jackboots on Whitehall Director: Edward & Rory McHenry Starring: Ewan McGregor, Rosamund Pike, Richard Griffiths, Alan Cumming, Tom Wilkinson, Richard O’Brien, Timothy Spall, Dominic West and Richard E. Grant Running time: 91 minutes, Unrated A British satirical take on what if the Nazi’s invaded England during World War II and the English have to band together with the help of Scottish highlanders, a Frenchman and an American pilot who thinks he’s battling Russia….and the actors are all puppets. Like most people, I loved Team America; however this was not even in the same league. It looked like a long…long episode of Robot Chicken, but with a bigger budget. All...
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Ewan McGregor And Alan Cumming Team Up For 'Jackboots On Whitehall'!

Ewan McGregor And Alan Cumming Team Up For 'Jackboots On Whitehall'!
The hilarious World War 2 satire, ‘Jackboots on Whitehall’ is making its way to DVD on July 26th, as well as VOD! The feature, that uses a new hybrid of both puppeteering and visual effects, stars an impressive cast line up of voices from Ewan McGregor, Alan Cumming, Stephen Merchant, Tom Wilkinson, to actor Timothy Spall. Jackboots comes from brothers Edward and Rory McHenry and let’s just say you haven’t seen dolls doing this kind of stuff before! Here’s the official synopsis for Jackboots: “What if Nazis seized London and all of England had to band together? When scarily campy Nazi leaders invade by drilling under the English Channel and...
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DVD release set for Jackboots on Whitehall

On July 26, New Video’s Flatiron Film Company will boldly release this World War II farce, Jackboots on Whitehall, for the first time in the U.S. across cable VOD, digital platforms and DVD.

The world’s future is in their tiny plastic hands.

World War II: What if Nazis seized London and all of England had to band together? When scarily campy Nazi leaders invade by drilling under the English Channel and up through the cobblestones on Whitehall, Churchill leaves his quiet retirement with a cat that looks like Hitler to issue a call to arms from his bunker under Downing Street. Chris, a young farm worker with large hands, rallies the village to fight the good fight — including an alcoholic Vicar, the oldest man in the town, several idiots, a random Frenchman and Bobby Fiske, a swearing American who believes he’s battling Russia.

This comedic feature film
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Three Clips From Puppet Animation Jackboots On Whitehall

Why go over the English Channel when you can tunnel under it? And why pay for an entire actor when you can just pay for his voice? These are the guiding principals of Jackboots On Whitehall, the puppet animated WWII comedy featuring the voices of Ewan McGregor, Alan Cumming, Tom Wilkinson and more that comes to Us VOD and DVD July 26th. Normal 0 false false false En-ca X-none X-none MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} World War II: What if Nazis seized London and all of England had to band together? When scarily campy...
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‘Jackboots on Whitehall’ Finally Makes Its Way To North American Shores

Jackboots on Whitehall isn’t exactly news. Released in the United Kingdom on October, 2010, it was the first film of its kind to feature animatronic puppets and the voices of well-known British actors including Ewan McGregor, Rosamund Pike, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Richard O’Brien and Richard Griffiths. The satirical film took place in an alternate history of the Second World War, in which Nazi Germany have seized London, causing the British to band together at Hadrian’s Wall to tey and thwart the German invasion. Produced by Karl Richards of U.K. production outfit, Entertainment Motion Pictures (E-Motion), the film boasts pioneering techniques in animation, fusing innovative puppeteering animatronics developed by Rory McHenry and visual effects by Mfx London. Executive Producers are Nigel Thomas and Charlotte Walls of Matador Pictures.

Well not the film is set to make is North American debut on July 26th,
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New Us Trailer For Puppet Animation Jackboots On Whitehall

Jackboots On Whitehall - the WWII puppet animation film from the McHenry Brothers with the voices of Ewan McGregor, Alan Cumming, Tom Wilkinson and more - hits Us shores soon with a VOD and DVD release coming July 26th from the Flatiron Film Company. And with a local release comes a new, local trailer for what must surely go down as one of the least reverent war films ever made.On the South Coast of England, Chris, a young farm worker, dreams of the chance to join the army and fight in exciting new lands. His chance comes when the three top Nazi leaders, the enormous Goering, the malnourished Goebbels and the scarily campy Himmler, hatch a plan to invade England by drilling under the...
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DVD Review: Jackboots on Whitehall

Jackboots On Whitehall is a playmation/ stopmotion ‘comedy’ that revolves around an alternative Great Britian during the second World War. Featuring an all star vocal cast that includes, and wait for this; ** deep breath **; Ewan McGregor, Stephen Merchant, Alan Cumming, Timothy Spall, Richard O’Brien, Richard Griffiths, Tom Wilkinson, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant and Dominic West.

The Nazis are planning an invasion of Britian, led by Hitler (in a dress), played by Alan Cumming. Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall) is three days away from retirement when said invasion begins, so he gathers everyone up and sends them to Scot Land… Hmm. Meanwhile, down in deepest, darkest rural Kent, farmboy Chris (voiced by Scot Ewan McGregor), who cannot fight for his country officially as his hands are too big, is trying to win the affections of Daisy (Rosamund Pike). When everything else fails to help in tacking the Nazi’s bombing the hell out of London,
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DVD Review - Jackboots on Whitehall (2010)

Jackboots on Whitehall, 2010.

Written and Directed by Edward McHenry and Rory McHenry.

Featuring the voice talents of Ewan McGregor, Alan Cumming, Richard E. Grant, Richard Griffiths, Rosamund Pike, Timothy Spall, Dominic West, Tom Wilkinson, Richard O’Brien, Stephen Merchant, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Pam Ferris and Brian Conley.

Synopsis:

When Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seize London it’s left to a young farmworker and his countryside cohorts to come to the rescue and repel the invaders.

I have to admit that, despite enjoying a successful premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival last year and boasting an extensive voice cast that reads like a who’s who of British talent, the satirical stop-motion animation Jackboots on Whitehall had completely slipped under my radar. The creation of first time writer-directors Edward and Rory McHenry, the film is essentially a reworking of World War II in which Hitler and his Nazi henchmen attack
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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

The Town; Devil; The Other Guys; Mary and Max; Jackboots on Whitehall

This year opened on a sad note indeed with the death of Pete Postlethwaite, star of The Usual Suspects, The Lost World and the underrated 90s British gem Brassed Off, whom Spielberg once called "the best actor in the world". A stalwart and often admirably brusque presence, Postlethwaite always brought something special to the screen, even when the films in which he appeared (such generic remakes as Dark Water, The Omen and Clash of the Titans) were unremarkable.

In the Boston-set thriller The Town (2010, Warner, 15), Postlethwaite plays a comparatively small role as sinister florist-cum-crime boss Fergie, whose malign influence seeps through the crime-breeding neighbourhood of Charlestown. Director Ben Affleck, who proved his mettle behind the camera with Gone Baby Gone, stars as disenchanted bank robber Doug MacRay, whose attempts to discover how much a witness (Rebecca Hall) knows
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Win Jackboots On Whitehall on DVD

HeyUGuys are giving you the chance to win a copy of the 2010 comedy Jackboots on Whitehall, the other film in which Timothy Spall plays Winston Churchill. And Hitler’s in a dress. It’s madcap. You know the sort of thing.

The DVD is out on the 24th January and we’ve got three copies to give away and all you have to do is answer the following question using the form below.

What was the other 2010 film in which Timothy Spall played Churchill?

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The small print:

The competition is open to UK residents only Only one entry per household will be counted The competition will close January 24th at 23.59 GMT The winner will be picked at random from entries received

The usual T&Cs can be found here. Good Luck!

Here’s a synopsis,

The action begins as the Nazis – led by the campest Hitler on record (Alan Cumming) – plan an invasion of England.
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2010 in Reviews: 60 movies we watched and rated this year!

[Editor's note: If anyone says 2010 was a sh!% year for movies, please refer them to this post.]

Instead of the usual "best" or "worst" films of the year lists, I thought a good way to take a look at the highs and lows of the 2010 film year would be to compile almost every single review we published in 2010 and let readers meander through the wasteland as it were.

I'm really amazed at the range of films we managed to cover from around the globe this year. Quiet Earth has certainly come a long way over the years and it's really due to the talents and passion of our team of writers who literally travel a world of fests to bring news and reviews of new films.

I hope you're all taking notes. Many of these films were from fests and will probably be hitting VOD and Blu-ray sometime in the new year, so this is a good chance to get a start on your must-watch lists.

The
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2010 In Review: Jack’s Films of the Year

Initially, I could only think of a few real stand-out films of this last year, until I trawled through the UK release list for 2010 and found myself with a long list of twenty-three films, which by my reckoning means that on average, there’s been a great film in cinemas just less than once a fortnight, which seems pretty good going to me.

Here then, are my top ten followed by, in no particular order, a list of thirteen honourable mentions.

1. Bad Lieutenant

When Nicolas Cage met Werner Herzog the result was this bizarre and exciting film, which lit a firework under the arse of the crime genre and ran off giggling manically.

2. Inception

Christopher Nolan delivered yet another cinematic tour de force with this visually rich and debate-starting spectacle.

3. The Secret in Their Eyes

Winner of last year’s Oscar for best foreign feature, this slow-burning, generation-spanning whodunit was captivating and moving.
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Afm 2010: Mma Star Cung Le Takes The Lead In Breaking Point

[Updating this post with today's news that Phase 4 films have pre-bought all Us rights to the film. It aint made yet but we know who'll be releasing it when it is.]

I declare my bias on this one right up front: Xyz Films - the La company that I'm a partner in - are serving as executive producers on this one and the lead producer - Hawaii International Film Festival programmer Anderson Le - is a long time friend. Do with that what you will. What I do with it is toss it all aside as irrelevant because with the talent attached to this script - which I've read and is fantastic - this is going to be a fantastic film by any measure.

Mma star Cung Le - recently seen on screen fighting Donnie Yen in Hong Kong action drama Bodyguards and Assassins - will take the lead in Journey From The Fall director Ham Tran's English language martial arts film Breaking Point. Producing are Xyz Films, Media 8 Entertainment and Vietnam-based Chanh Phuong Films. For those unfamiliar with the name,
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The King's Speech rings out in Bifa awards nominations

Colin Firth shortlisted for best actor prize as George VI drama picks up eight nominations for British Independent Film awards

Oscar-tipped period drama The King's Speech is the early frontrunner in the British Independent Film awards after securing eight nominations.

Tom Hooper's film, which stars Colin Firth as King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, tells how the monarch overcame a stammer after unexpectedly becoming king in 1936 following the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII.

Firth picked up a best actor nod, while Rush, Guy Pearce and another co-star, Helena Bonham Carter, received best supporting actor and actress nominations. The film also won nominations in the best film, best director and best screenplay categories.

Other early leaders at the awards, which try to identify the best in British independent film-making, were the London film festival opener, Never Let Me Go, which garnered five nominations,
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