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Red Dwarf – The Top 5 Special Guest Stars from the Show’s Smegging History

With Red Dwarf Xii starting tonight on Dave at 9pm, Villordsutch takes a look back through the near 30 years of Red Dwarf history, to bring you the Top 5 special guest stars that have appeared in this smegging brilliant show.

5. Jenny Agutter, OBE (Psirens – Series 6, Episode 1)

So many people are smiling back right now.

Star of The Railway Children, Walkabout, Logan’s Run and An American Werewolf in London. Jenny Agutter appeared as Kryten’s creator Professor Mamet, though in truth she was a shape-shifting Gelf (Genetically Engineered Life-Form) with a hankering for brains.

Jenny Agutter is to this day, even with her numerous acting achievements under her belt, still seen as a figure of lust. Though it is completely wrong to view any actor in this way, it doesn’t remove the memory of watching this episode – on its original airing – with my dad sat on the settee, suddenly barking,
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Lee Pace Fights Robotic Foreign Invaders in Trailer for the Sci-Fi Film Revolt

Lee Pace has played roles in some of Hollywood's biggest franchises like The Hobbit trilogy, Guardians of the Galaxy and now he's taking a leading role in an alien invasion movie called Revolt. The trailer looks like a cross between War of the Worlds and District 9. Revolt is helmed by first time director Joe Miale and is co-written by Rowan Athale (Wasteland)

SyFy Wire describes the plot:

Pace plays an American soldier in a war-ravaged African country who joins forces with a French foreign aid worker, played by Skyfall’s Berenice Marlohe, “amid humankind’s last stand against a cataclysmic alien invasion.” Their partnership will be tested when they seek refuge from the alien threat.

There is no U.S. release date yet.

This does look like an entertaining alien flick. It obviously doesn't look top tier, but sometimes these kind of movies are the most enjoyable. I know
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Michael Bay producing Little America featuring a “Trump-like dystopia”

THR is reporting that Universal Pictures has won a bidding war for Little America, a new “sci-fun” tale set in a dystopian United States following a “Trump-like” presidency which has left the country bankrupt.

The project takes place in a future where China has called in its debts and now owns the USA, with many American having emigrated to China in search of work. In a plot reminiscent of Escape From New York, a former American Force Recon member is hired by a Chinese billionaire to go into an American ghetto to rescue his daughter.

Little America has been written by Rowan Athale (Wasteland), who is also attached to direct, while Bay will produce through his Platinum Dunes banner.
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Universal Fights For Little America, And Wins It For Michael Bay

The pop culture response to the spectre of Donald Trump continues to build, with a fierce bidding war for a new film project culminating in a victory for Universal. The studio reportedly fought hard for the rights to Little America, and has now attached Michael Bay to produce the film – with writer-director Rowan Athale taking the helm.

This is a big moment for Athale, whose only previous credit is the 2012 film Wasteland (also known as The Rise), which he wrote and directed. That film saw a man seek revenge against a local drug kingpin, while trying to win back his girlfriend. Little America, it would seem, takes those same ‘male-hero/damsel-in-distress’ themes and builds upon them with commentary on the current political climate.

It is set in a dystopian future in which a megalomaniacal businessman has won the U.S Presidency, and has succeeded in bankrupting the nation after China calls in its sizeable debts.
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Little America: Michael Bay to produce political thriller

Kayti Burt Jan 26, 2017

Little America will be set in a future where a "Trump-like" president has bankrupted America. Michael Bay is producing.

If you're looking for escapist entertainment to avoid thinking about the current socio-political climate, Universal's upcoming dystopian action thriller Little America might not be it. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal just won the bidding war for Little America, the spec script written by Rowan Athale. Athale will direct the film, with Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes producing.

The premise of Little America? In a dystopian future where a "Trump-like" president has bankrupted the United States and China is calling in its debts, Americans begin immigrating to China to find work.

In the midst of this political climate, a Chinese billionaire hires a former American Force Recon member to rescue his daughter from an American ghetto. Action thriller or prophetic documentary? We'll let you decide. According to THR's sources,
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Michael Bay Is Developing a Sci-Fi Film Inspired by a Donald Trump Dystopia

Hollywood is ready to cash in on people's fears of Donald Trump's presidency. Universal Pictures has just picked up the rights to a new film called Little America, which is described as a "futuristic adventure movie." Michael Bay will be helping develop the project as a producer and British filmmaker Rowan Athale (Wasteland) will direct from a script he wrote. 

THR describes the film as being a "sci-fun" story rather than a "sci-fi" story. They go on to offer the following story description:

The tale is set in a dystopian future where a Donald Trump-like president has bankrupt America and China has called in its debts. The Asian giant now owns America and many Americans have immigrated to China looking for work. In this new world, a former American Force Recon member is hired by a Chinese billionaire to go into an American ghetto and rescue his daughter.
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Michael Bay Set To Produce Dystopian Adventure Film Featuring Trump-Like President

Michael Bay Set To Produce Dystopian Adventure Film Featuring Trump-Like President
Fresh off his latest film “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” about the real-life attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, Michael Bay is set to release his new film “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth film in the live-action “Transformers” series, this summer. But Bay is also producing other films that are in the pipeline, including “Little America,” a futuristic adventure film set in the United States that features a Trump-like president.

Read More: Michael Bay Reveals R-Rated, ‘Very Quentin’ Tarantino ‘Transformers’ Pitch That Was Backburnered

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bay and his production company Platinum Dunes are set to produce the film from British filmmaker Rowan Athale (“Wasteland”), who wrote the spec script and is also attached to direct. Set in a dystopian future where America is bankrupt because China has called in its debts, the film follows a former America Force Recon member who is
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Michael Bay Producing Dystopian Action-Thriller ‘Little America’ for Universal

Michael Bay Producing Dystopian Action-Thriller ‘Little America’ for Universal
Universal Pictures is developing the dystopian action-thriller “Little America” with Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller on board to produce through their Platinum Dunes production company.

Universal won a bidding war for a spec script by Rowan Athale (“Wasteland”), who will also direct. Platinum Dunes has teamed with Universal for “The Purge” and “Ouija” franchises.

“Little America” is described as being reminiscent of John Carpenter’s iconic 1981 sci-fi action-thriller “Escape From New York,” starring Kurt Russell. “Little America” is set in a time where America is so bankrupt that China is calling all the shots.


Michael Bay to Develop Biopic on Drone Warfare Fighter (Exclusive)

VP of Production Sara Scott and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee the project for Universal.

Bay is best known as the director of all four “Transformers” movies for Paramount. The fifth, “Transformers: The Last Knight,” opens on June 23. He also directed and
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Universal Wins Bidding War for Michael Bay-Produced Script About Trump-Like Dystopia (Exclusive)

Universal Wins Bidding War for Michael Bay-Produced Script About Trump-Like Dystopia (Exclusive)
Universal has won a heated bidding war to pick up the rights to Little America, a futuristic adventure movie that has Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes on board to produce.

Rowan Athale, the British filmmaker behind 2012’s crime thriller Wasteland, wrote the spec and is attached to direct. Bay would produce with his partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.

Described by sources as a “sci-fun” story rather than “sci-fi,” the tale is set in a dystopian future where a Donald Trump-like president has bankrupted America and China has called in its debts. The Asian giant now...
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‘Denial’ Trailer: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson & Timothy Spall Have Their Day in Court in Holocaust-Denial Drama

‘Denial’ Trailer: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson & Timothy Spall Have Their Day in Court in Holocaust-Denial Drama
Anyone who’s seen Errol Morris’ documentary “Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.” knows that the bizarre phenomenon of Holocaust denial can make for a strange, compelling movie. Mick Jackson’s “Denial” looks to be considerably more straightforward, but the prestige-picture-in-waiting does have the benefit of a standout cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall headline the drama arriving this fall. The first trailer is available now.

Read More: Interview: Rachel Weisz Talks ‘Youth,’ Assembling A Character, Derek Cianfrance’s ‘The Light Between Oceans’ & More

An adaptation of Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” the film stars Weisz as the author herself, who was accused of libel by David Irving (Spall) for calling out his views on the Holocaust; what follows is a legal battle in the English court system, where the burden of proof is on Lipstadt rather than Irving.

Read More: Watch: New U.S. Trailer For Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Lobster’ Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux & Ben Whishaw

Hilary Swank was previously attached to star before Weisz stepped in. Bleecker Street will release “Denial” on September 30.

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Screen Australia funds 12 film and TV projects

Simon Baker will make his feature directing debut, Matchbox Pictures will adapt another Christos Tsiolkas. novel for the ABC and Endemol Australia will produce a female-driven drama for the Nine Network in projects funded by Screen Australia.

Among other funding recipients are a TV spin-off of Tomorrow, When the War Began, a Nowhere Boys telemovie for the ABC and a relationships comedy directed by Tim Ferguson and Marc Gracie.

In total Screen Australia is investing $13.4 million in 12 film and television projects which will trigger production worth $64.3 million.

Baker (The Mentalist) will direct and star in the screen adaptation of Tim Winton.s novel Breath, scripted by Top of the Lake.s Gerard Lee.

The producers are Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, The Notebook), Baker and See Pictures. Jamie Hilton (Backtrack, The Little Death).

Arclight is pitching the 1970s-set project to prospective buyers at the Cannes Film Market. The novel focusses on two teenagers,
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Oap heist comedy Golden Years begins shoot

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Oap heist comedy Golden Years begins shoot
Exclusive: Bernard Hill, Virginia McKenna head MoliFilms comedy.

Principal photography is underway in the UK on comedy-caper Golden Years, produced by MoliFilms Entertainment executive Mark Foligno (Montana, The Rise).

Bernard Hill (Wolf Hall, Lord of the Rings) and Virginia McKenna (Sliding Doors, Born Free) star in the comedy heist film as a retired couple forced into a life of crime after they fall victim to the pensions crisis.

John Miller (Living in Hope) directs from a script he co-wrote with Nick Knowles and Jeremy Sheldon. It marks the feature debut of UK television presenter Knowles, best known for long-running BBC series Diy Sos.

Funding comes from MoliFilms.

Supporting cast includes Sue Johnston (Downtown Abbey), Alun Armstrong (Braveheart), Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Una Stubbs (Sherlock), Phil Davies (Vera Drake) and Brad Moore (The Rise).

Shoot will take place in Bristol and the Cotswolds during March and April.

Former Molinare executive Foligno, an executive
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Warner Bros. Pictures’ 2015 Preview Includes New Images From The Man From U.N.C.L.E. And Pan

For the second consecutive year, Warner Bros. Pictures International has exceeded the coveted $3 billion mark at the international box office. This benchmark comes on the heels of the release of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, which surpassed $400 million at the international box office this weekend and is still going strong.

Nine Warner Bros. Pictures films have exceeded $100 million internationally, topped by Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (with Paramount Pictures), which has taken in an astounding $467 million outside of the U.S. to date, and Godzilla (with Legendary Pictures), which has earned $327 million overseas.

Four titles – Doug Liman’s Edge Of Tomorrow (with Village Roadshow Pictures), Phil Lord & Christopher Miller’s The Lego Movie (also with Village Roadshow Pictures), and Noam Murro and Zack Snyder’s 300: Rise Of An Empire (with Legendary), along with the 2014 spillover grosses from The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
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Unbroken movie review: where war movies have gone before

Jack O’Connell is the most exciting young actor to break out in years, and he makes this overly familiar film worth your time… if only just. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

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

First of all: Jack O’Connell. This guy is the most exciting young actor to break out in years. He’s been around British TV for a while, but his recent one-two feature-film punch of Starred Up and ’71 (the latter of which will open in the U.S. in February 2015) put him in the not-to-be-ignored list. He’s a chameleon onscreen, all but unrecognizable from one role to another: you’d be hard-pressed to see either the brash, already hardened Londoner teen felon of Starred Up or the earnest, terrified young British soldier of ’71 in
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Plastic Review

Though Julian Gilbey’s comedy caper Plastic is somewhat undemanding, easy to indulge in entertainment, that’s all thanks to the exhilarating narrative at hand. Though given this quite incredible set of events are based on a true story, it means that writer Gilbey, joined by his brother Will and Chris Howard – cannot truly take the credit, as the film’s concept had been born out of genuine events. Ultimately, in this instance, it’s the execution of the story that is the film’s very undoing.

Close friends Sam (Ed Speleers) and Fordy (Will Poulter) may just be students, but they run a fledging criminal enterprise, making a lot of money from stealing from the more affluent members of society and big corporations, through credit card fraud and the marketing of stolen goods. Having persuaded both Yatesey (Alfie Allen) and Rafa (Sebastian De Souza) to join in with their illegal activity,
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The Love Punch review: below the belt

The jokes are as creaky as the aching bunions and bad backs onscreen, but Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan are incandescent together. I’m “biast” (pro): love Thompson and Brosnan

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan plot a jewel heist. In the French Riviera. No, it does not make any sense. Yes, it requires lines of dialogue akin to “Hey, good thing you knew a guy who could create a replica of a $10 million diamond necklace on short notice.” And a mess of kittens in a place where kittens would never, ever be (seriously). And for Brosnan (A Long Way Down) and Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) — and their pals Timothy Spall (The Rise) and Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) — to disguise themselves as Texans, for Scooby-Doo or — at a stretch — Bugs Bunny values of “disguise.
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Montana sells to 14 markets

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Montana sells to 14 markets
Exclusive: Salt inks multi-territory deal with eOne for action-thriller starring Lars Mikkelsen and Michelle Fairley.

UK producer Moli Films’ action-thriller Montana has sold to 14 territories for The Salt Company, including a multi-territory deal with distributor Entertainment One.

eOne has picked up rights in the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Iceland, Scandinavia, Switzerland and South Africa.

The deals were negotiated by James Norrie of Salt and Joel Kennedy and Jo Sweby of eOne, which will distribute directly in the UK and sub-distribute in the other territories.

Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones), Adam Deacon (Anuvahood), Ashley Walters (Bullet Boy) and newcomer Mckell David star in director Mo Ali’s crime-thriller about a steely eastern European hitman who arrives in London to avenge the death of his family but is held up after stumbling on a 14 year-old runaway.

The film has also sold to Australia and New Zealand (Eagle Entertainment), Greece (Odeon), Malaysia (Roarlion), the Middle East (Front
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DVD Review: 'The Rise'

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★★☆☆☆ The rollicking heist movie is one of those genres that can easily feel redundant nowadays. With elaborate plot machinations its central tenet, this specialist variety of thriller relies on having an original way to dupe its audience who will naturally be looking for clues towards some final act twist. Trying to find a unique spin on the material is director Rowan Athale, who brings to DVD and Blu-ray his debut feature in the form of 2012 British crime caper The Rise (formerly Wasteland). Whilst it's hurtling pace means it rarely bores, it is ultimately unable to find any innovation within the genre trappings and viewers will be far from fooled.

Brutally beaten yet surprisingly smug hipster Harvey (rising star Luke Treadaway) sits in a police station as he's questioned by Detective Inspector West (Timothy Spall). Charged with robbery, GBH and only six weeks after serving a prison sentence, things don't look good for our protagonist,
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The HeyUGuys Interview: Iwan Rheon Talks About The Rise, Crossbows and Shakespeare

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You’ve probably seen Iwan Rheon in something over the last few years, he’s one of the hardest working men in the British film and TV industry, but with his remarkable and chameleon-like ability to inhabit characters, there’s every chance you won’t have realised. Most recently he’s starring in The Rise, the Leeds-set heist movie that hits stores on DVD today.

We recently spoke with Rheon about filming The Rise, as well as his plans for the next step in his career, and the appeal of theatre acting.

How do you find doing the publicity interviews?

It’s kind of the bit I don’t like most, about the job, but I understand that it’s crucial, and that you need to do it. Red carpets are a bit stressful for me. I really love doing the job and the work, but then you have to go through all that,
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The HeyUGuys Interview: Matthew Lewis, Luke Treadaway and Gerard Kearns on Heist Films, Golf Balls and Car Crashes

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In The Rise, Luke Treadaway, Matthew Lewis, Gerard Kearns and Irwan Rheon play a group of close friends who plot a heist that will set them up for a new and more comfortable life. We recently sat down with Treadaway, Kearns and Lewis – Rheon was delayed getting to the interview venue, so we spoke to him separately – about heist movies in, getting to know one another and the shenanigans that happened on-set.

As in the film, the trio get on spectacularly well, with a constant level of matey banter. It certainly made the interview fun, although it also made transcribing it quite hard work. We began by talking about their favourite heist movie.

Mathew Lewis: The Italian Job for me, I reckon.

Luke Treadaway: Does Shawshank count as a heist film? It’s an escape, isn’t it, not a heist.

Gerard Kearns: Yeah, but he does do
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