Thursday 28 February 2013

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 - The trailer

THERE’S A LEEK ON THE INTERNET?! NO! Just the new trailer for Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 on MSN!

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 picks up where Sony Pictures Animation's hit comedy left off. Inventor Flint Lockwood's genius is finally being recognized as he's invited by his idol Chester V to join The Live Corp Company, where the best and brightest inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. Chester's right-hand-gal - and one of his greatest inventions - is Barb (a highly evolved orangutan with a human brain, who is also devious, manipulative and likes to wear lipstick. It's always been Flint's dream to be recognized as a great inventor, but everything changes when he discovers that his most infamous machine (which turns water into food) is still operating and is now creating food-animal hybrids – “foodimals!” With the fate of humanity in his hands, Chester sends Flint and his friends on a dangerously delicious mission, battling hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple pie-thons, double bacon cheespiders and other food creatures to save the world again!
Raining into UK Cinemas October 25, 2013

Wednesday 27 February 2013

Iron man gets a poster

We've just been sent over a nre character poster for the Upcoming Iron Man 3. This one is for Iron Man himself

Eccentric genius, billionaire, philanthropist Tony Stark is the armored super hero known as Iron Man. Decompressing from his heroic, near-self-sacrificial action as Iron Man that saved New York City from annihilation, Tony finds himself unable to sleep and plagued by worry and trepidation. When his world is destroyed and those closest to him threatened, Tony must find a way to save them—and in the process find himself again.

Marvel's Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Hitting UK cinemas April 26, 2013

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

We've just been sent over a "Sneak Peek" at Spider-Man's new look from the upcoming film "The Amazing Spider-Man 2".  It's still quite a way off release but at least we have something to wet your appetite for the film's release on May 2, 2014.

The image was too good not to convert it into a wallpaper for your computer...

Photo by Jamie Biver

The Conjuring

Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville

Based on a true story, “The Conjuring” tells the horrifying tale of how renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorised by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.

Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Hitting UK cinemas July 19, 2013

Tuesday 26 February 2013

Pre-historic fail with The Croods

Pets can be a bit of a handful especially in pre-historic times. Teaching a "dog" new tricks can be painful!

The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Travelling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures -- and their outlook is changed forever.
Breaking into UK cinemas March 22, 2013

Monday 25 February 2013

Comedian Ed Byrne to host The Jameson Empire Awards 2013

Celebrating its 18th year, The Jameson Empire Awards will be hosted by popular Irish comedian Ed Byrne.

This will be Byrne’s debut presenting the Awards, which will be held in London on Sunday March 24 and attended by a multitude of star guests from the world of film, all eager to find out if the public have voted for them.

An internationally renowned observational stand-up who is widely known for his appearances on TV panel shows Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You, Byrne promises to inject his unique Irish wit and charm to the annual film awards event. A regular on the UK and Ireland comedy circuit, Byrne has also played at most major international comedy festivals. His next tour, Roaring Forties, kicks off with a full run at the Edinburgh festival (at the EICC) and he will then embark on a full national tour ending in Spring 2014. A regular filmgoer himself, Byrne deftly comments: “I can’t wait to host an awards show run by Empire - a magazine that I actually read, and sponsored by Jameson – a whiskey that I actually drink!

Open voting is still open for The Jameson Empire Awards – the biggest film awards in the UK to be voted for entirely by the cinemagoing public, who can vote for any film they have seen and enjoyed in the year ending January 25, 2013. Film fans can vote for a variety of categories including: Best Male and Female Newcomer, Best Film (presented by Sky Movies), Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, The Art Of 3D (presented by RealD), Best Comedy (presented by Magic 105.4), Best British Film, Best Actress (presented by Citroën) and the annual Jameson Best Actor award.

To see the full list of categories and to cast your vote, visit:

There are just three days left for the public to cast open votes across all categories before the deadline of Wednesday, February 27. The shortlisted nominees will then be announced on Friday, March 1, with all categories then open to a final round of public voting to determine the winners, who will be announced at the star-studded ceremony on Sunday March 24.

Empire’s Editor-In-Chief Mark Dinning comments: “We are over the moon that this year's Jameson Empire Awards will be hosted by the brilliant Ed Byrne. All of us at Empire are huge fans of Ed's, whether he's delivering super-smart stand-up, being a team captain on Mock The Week, surviving the madness of Graham Norton's sofa or just taking the mickey out of eternal miseryguts Alanis Morissette. More important than all of that, though, Ed is a massive film fan, who knows his Batmans and Robins from his Batman & Robin, and who will therefore be a perfect fit for an event that at least takes its subject, if not always itself, very seriously indeed.

The Wolverine gets a new image

A new image from the upcoming new Wolverine movie. This time we see Logan (Hugh Jackman) fighting the Yakuza.

If you like the image soo much, you can put it as wallpaper on your computer by downloading the below image...
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Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.
The Wolverine rips into UK cinemas July 2013.

Meet Pepper

Another day, another new Iron Man character banner. This time it's for Pepper Potts

PEPPER POTTS [Gwyneth Paltrow]
Pepper has progressed from Tony Stark’s assistant to the head of Stark Industries, pausing along the way to fall in love with Tony as well. Bright, loyal and honest, Pepper understands Tony Stark more than anyone and sometimes that can be both a worrisome and a dangerous thing.

Marvel’s Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

...And the Oscar goes to

Yesterday saw the 85th Academy Awards. Quite a hodge-podge of winners. Some I agree upon others I'm not sure why the Adademy decided to award the Oscar to that film.

Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life Of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Ang Lee - Life of Pi
Michael Haneke - Amour
David O Russell - Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg - Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin - Beasts of the Southern Wild

Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
Denzel Washington - Flight

Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Naomi Watts - The Impossible
Quvenzhane Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild

Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
Alan Arkin in Argo
Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master
Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook
Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln

Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
Amy Adams - The Master
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook
Sally Field - Lincoln

A Royal Affair
War witch

Pirates! Band of Misfits (UK title: Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists)
Wreck-it Ralph

Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino
Amour - Michael Haneke
Flight - John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty - Mark Boal

Argo - Chris Terrio
Beasts Of The Southern Wild - Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin
Life Of Pi - David Magee
Lincoln - Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook - David O Russell

Life of Pi - Claudio Miranda
Anna Karenina - Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained - Robert Richardson
Lincoln - Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall - Roger Deakins

Les Miserables - Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
Argo - John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
Life Of Pi - Ron Bartlett, DM Hemphill and Drew Kunin
Lincoln - Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
Skyfall - Scott Millan, Greg P Russell and Stuart Wilson

BEST SOUND EDITING (Joint winners)
Skyfall - Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
Zero Dark Thirty - Paul NJ Ottosson

Argo - Erik Aadahl and Ethan van der Ryn
Django Unchained - Wylie Stateman
Life Of Pi - Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton

Skyfall (Skyfall) - Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Before My Time (Chasing Ice) - Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
Everybody Needs A Best Friend (Ted) - Music by Walter Murphy, Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
Pi's lullaby (Life Of Pi) - Music by Mychael Danna, Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
Suddenly (Les Miserables) - Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Life Of Pi - Mychael Danna
Anna Karenina - Dario Marianelli
Argo - Alexandre Desplat
Lincoln - John Williams
Skyfall - Thomas Newman

Anna Karenina - Jacqueline Durran
Les Miserables - Paco Delgado
Lincoln - Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror - Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman - Colleen Atwood

Searching For Sugarman
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How To Survive A Plague
The Invisible War

Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart

Argo - William Goldenberg
Life of Pi - Tim Squyres
Lincoln - Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook - Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty - Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

Adam and the Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head Over Heels
Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare

Buzkashi Boys
Death of a Shadow (Dood Van Een Schaduw)

Life Of Pi - Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R Elliott
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R Christopher White
Marvel's The Avengers (UK title: Marvel's Avengers Assemble) - Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Prometheus - Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman - Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

Les Miserables - Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
Hitchcock - Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane

Lincoln - Rick Carter and Jim Erickson
Anna Karenina - Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
Les Miserables - Eve Stewart and Anna Lynch-Robinson
Life Of Pi - David Gropman and Anna Pinnock

Sunday 24 February 2013

The 33rd Razzie awards are in

The annual Razzie awards "winners" were announced yesterday. Some films have been let of quite lightly such as Battleship and That's My Boy whereas the final instalment in the Twilight series has been hard done by..

Worst Picture:
"Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure"
"That's My Boy!"
"A Thousand Words"
"Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2"

Worst Actress:
Katherine Heigl, "One For The Money"
Milla Jovovich, "Resident Evil #5: Retribution"
Tyler Perry (In Drag), "Madea's Witless Protection"
Kristen Stewart, "Snow White and The Huntsman" and "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2"
Barbra Streisand, "Guilt Trip"

Worst Actor:
Nicolas Cage, "Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance & Seeking Justice"
Eddie Murphy, "A Thousand Words"
Robert Pattinson, "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2"
Tyler Perry (Not in Drag), "Alex Cross" and "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds"
Adam Sandler, "That's My Boy!"

Worst Supporting Actress:
Jessica Biel, "Playing For Keeps" and "Total Recall"
Brooklyn Decker, "Battleship" and "What To Expect When You're Expecting"
Ashley Greene, "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2"
Jennifer Lopez, "What to Expect When You're Expecting"
Rihanna, "Battleship"

Worst Supporting Actor:
David Hasselhoff (as "Himself"), "Piranha 3-DD"
Taylor Lautner, "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2"
Liam Neeson, "Battleship" and "Wrath of the Titans"
Nick Swardson, "That's My Boy"
Vanilla Ice (as "Himself"), "That's My Boy"

Worst Screen Ensemble:
The Entire Cast of "Battleship"
The Entire Cast of "Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure"
The Entire Cast of "That's My Boy"
The Entire Cast of "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2"
The Entire Cast of "Madea's Witless Protection"

Worst Director:
Sean Anders, "That's My Boy"
Peter Berg, "Battleship"
Bill Condon, "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2"
Tyler Perry, "Good Deeds" and "Madea's Witless Protection"
John Putch, "Atlas Shrugged: Part II"

Worst Screen Couple:
Any Combination of Two Cast Members from "Jersey Shore"
"The Three Stooges"
Mackenzie Foy (as "Little Renesmee") and Taylor Lautner, "Twilight: Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2"
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, "Twilight: Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2"
Tyler Perry and His Drag Get-Up, "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witless Protection"
Adam Sandler and either Leighton Meester, Andy Samberg or Susan Sarandon, "That's My Boy"

Worst Screenplay:
"Atlas Shrugged: Part II"
"That's My Boy!"
"A Thousand Words"
"Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2"

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel Nominations:
"Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance "
"Piranha 3D"
"Red Dawn"
"Twilight: Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2"
"Madea's Witless Protection"

Saturday 23 February 2013

Love is all you need

LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED is a warm, funny, heartfelt meditation on the birth pangs of starting a new life. Set at a picture-perfect summer wedding in Sorrento, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as Philip, a lonely, middle-aged English widower and estranged single father living in Denmark, and Trine Dyrholm as Ida, a Danish hairdresser recuperating from chemotherapy, who has just learned that her husband is leaving her for a woman half his age from his accounts department. The fates of these two bruised souls intertwine as they embark for Italy to attend the wedding of his son, Patrick, to her daughter, Astrid. The bumpy path towards the union of their children, and the clashes and faux pas of their wedding guests, force Philip and Ida to reevaluate all their notions of family, love and happiness.
In UK cinemas March 19, 2013

Meet Mandarin

With this poster hitting my in-box yesterday, the Internet has gone a bit crazy over it. Mainly comparing Mandarin's outfit to what Hipsters are wearing around the Shoreditch area of London. I disagree. They could be from the hipster area of Manchester as well. I'm sure that I've seen someone dressed quite close to Mandarin... Either that or I was having a sleep deprived hallucination!

Mandarin is the sinister head of the terrorist organization known as The Ten Rings, from which all the acts of extreme terrorism plaguing the world appear to emanate. Although he is reclusive, Mandarin wields great power and makes his presence known by striking fear in the government and the populace through his brazen plans of attack.

The synopsis is, I would say, vaguely specific... It tells you little but in a way it seems to tell you the entire plot as well
Marvel’s Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Quincy M.E complete series 3 DVD 2013

Quincy is a medical God. 4 stars.

Quincy (Jack Klugman) works for the LAPD as the medical examiner and he must wade his way through all the clues to come up with the correct culprit.

Anybody born before 1976 will know Quincy as the series ran for 7 years and is always a popular TV program in our house.

So go out and get this latest instalment of your very own 20 episodes of Quincy channel.

Read the full review here

Rio 2 gets a cast



LOS ANGELES, CA, (February 22, 2013) – The starring voice cast of Twentieth Century Fox’s 2011 animated smash RIO is reuniting for the follow-up, RIO 2, and they are joined by a flock of top actors and musical talents new to the franchise, it was announced today by Vanessa Morrison, president of Twentieth Century Fox Animation. 

The film is now in production at Blue Sky Studios. Twentieth Century Fox’s international rollout begins March 20, 2014, followed by its domestic release on April 11, 2014.

Returning to RIO 2, a world rich with grandeur, character, color and music are Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement,, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto, Jake T. Austin, and Jamie Foxx.

Carlos Saldanha, who was inspired to create RIO based upon his experiences growing up in that city, is back as director, as are producers John C. Donkin and Bruce Anderson. 
In RIO 2 we find Blu, Jewel and their three kids living the perfect domesticated life in that magical city.  When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, she insists the family venture into the Amazon.  As Blu tries to fit in with his new neighbours, he worries he may lose Jewel and the kids to the call of the wild.
Joining the RIO 2 team are Oscar® nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy® winner Bruno Mars, Emmy®/Tony® winner Kristin Chenoweth, Oscar/Emmy®/ Tony®/Grammy® winner Rita Moreno, “The Hunger Games’” Amandla Stenberg, singer/actress Rachel Crow, “Looper’s” Pierce Gagnon, and “Today” news anchor Natalie Morales.

Brazilian music legend and RIO executive music producer, Sergio Mendes returns along with composer John Powell. RIO 2 will feature new Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle Monáe and The Wondaland Arts Society, who also voices a role in the film. Soundtrack will be released on Atlantic Records.

Released worldwide in April 2011, RIO’s global box office tally is $486 million.  It also was a huge hit on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

Thursday 21 February 2013

Introducing Sky Movies Disney – the home of new and classic Disney movies

Sky and Disney are working together to create a brand new television channel, Sky Movies Disney. The new channel will be the home of new and classic Disney and Disney/Pixar movies in the UK and Ireland, and marks the first time that Disney has been involved in a co-branded linear movie channel anywhere in the world. It is also the first time that viewers in the UK and Ireland will be able to watch all new blockbuster Disney-branded movies, as well as classics from the past, on one single channel.

The launch of Sky Movies Disney builds on Sky and Disney’s 24-year relationship in the UK and forms part of a new wide-ranging agreement between the two companies, covering further movies, and Disney Channels, across multiple platforms and devices.

Launching in time for the Easter holidays on 28th March 2013, Sky Movies Disney will show recent hits including Brave, Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings and Wreck-It Ralph in their first pay TV window. Future releases that will be available include Oz: The Great and Powerful, Monsters University and The Lone Ranger. The new movies will be available on Sky Movies Disney from around six months after they have ended their run in cinemas and will be exclusive to Sky Movies for at least a year.

Alongside new releases, Sky Movies Disney will also offer an extensive library of classic Disney films, including Bambi and Pinocchio, as well as Disney/Pixar animated favourites such as Finding Nemo, Cars and A Bug’s Life. Live action titles such as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and National Treasure will also be available.

In addition to broadcasting in standard and high definition on the Sky Movies Disney channel, all of the new and classic movies will be available to view on demand and on the go. Sky TV customers will be able to watch movies on the move with Sky Go, on their smartphone, tablet, laptop or MacBook. NOW TV, Sky’s new internet TV service, will also offer easy and flexible access to the Disney titles to customers who buy the Sky Movies monthly pass. Disney films available in 3D will be shown on the Sky 3D channel.

In addition to the launch of the new channel, the agreement gives Sky Movies the first subscription pay TV movie rights in the UK and Ireland to other titles distributed by Disney, including new movies from Lucasfilm, and also Marvel Studios features such as Iron Man 3 and Avengers Assemble, which will be broadcast across the Sky Movies portfolio of channels.

In addition to movies, the agreement covers Disney’s TV channels - Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior - which will continue to be made available to Sky customers, alongside a new HD version of Disney Junior, launching in April. All Disney-branded channels will also continue to be available on Sky Go across a range of internet-connected devices. Additionally, Sky will launch a dedicated Disney section on its popular On Demand service, offering hundreds more hours of catch-up and library shows.

Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s Chief Executive, comments:
"The launch of Sky Movies Disney is great news for our customers and builds on the strong relationship that Sky and Disney have enjoyed for more than 20 years. We’re delighted that an entertainment company of Disney’s international stature has chosen to work with Sky on its first co-branded linear movie channel. This is a world-first collaboration that will excite millions of families and further strengthen our market-leading movies service."

Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies, adds:
"Disney’s movies are loved by all ages and generations, so we’re delighted to be bringing this new channel to millions of families at no extra cost. Sky Movies Disney will be the home of new and classic Disney and Disney/Pixar movies and will offer all new titles at least a year before other TV channels or subscription services. The combination of Disney’s fantastic movies and Sky’s award-winning innovation means that customers will have the chance to enjoy the very best of Disney on their own terms, whether that’s watching on demand, on the move or in 3D."

Diego Lerner, President, The Walt Disney Company EMEA, adds:
"In launching these new initiatives, we are underlining Disney and Sky's shared goal: bringing high quality, creative entertainment to audiences in the UK and Ireland. The ways in which people watch TV and movies have changed immeasurably in the past 20 years, but consumers always seek out Disney's great stories and memorable characters."

Catherine Powell, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Media Distribution, Disney EMEA, adds:
"Through the launch of Sky Movies Disney, we will offer viewers our broadest range yet of popular current and classic Disney and Disney/Pixar films, featuring many of our much-loved stories and characters. Building on the strong performance of our movies and Disney Channels in the UK and Ireland, this agreement will not only increase the range of Disney entertainment being made available, but also the devices and platforms that viewers will be able to enjoy them on."


The sibling directorial pairing of Lana and Andy Wachowski teamed up with Tom Tykwer to create the powerful and inspiring epic Cloud Atlas, based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell. To celebrate the film’s release on 22 February we are going to take a look at the Wachowski’s best work to date, including The Matrix and V for Vendetta.


In 1999 the Wachowski’s brought us the ground-breaking and genre-defining Sci-fi film, The Matrix, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving. The film blew audiences away with its ground-breaking introduction of a visual effect now known as ‘bullet time’, which allows a shot to progress in slow-motion while the camera appears to move through the scene at normal speed. The Wachowski’s both wrote and directed this visual masterpiece which grossed over $450 million at the worldwide box-office. The film spawned two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, bringing in a whopping $1.6 billion total box-office for the franchise.


The Wachowski’s returned in May 2003 to bring audiences The Matrix Reloaded, the second instalment in The Matrix trilogy. In the second film Neo and the rebel leaders learn that they have only 72 hours before Zion is destroyed by 250,000 sentinel machines. Neo must try to save Zion while also saving Trinity from the dark fate which plagues his dreams. This second instalment in the franchise grossed a box-office of over $740 million worldwide.


The Matrix trilogy ended in November 2003 with the release of The Matrix Revolutions. The final film in the trilogy follows Neo as he fights to end the war between the machines and humans. Neo must finally defeat the rogue Agent Smith while the human city of Zion defends itself against invasion by the machines. The Matrix Revolutions made over $425 million at the box-office worldwide and provided audiences with an explosive ending to the franchise, packed with ground-breaking CGI and an epic one-on-one battle between Neo and Agent Smith.


The Wachowski’s wrote the 2006 thriller V for Vendetta, based on the comic book of the same name by Alan Moore and David Lloyd and starring Hugo Weaving, John Hurt and Natalie Portman and was directed by James McTeigue. The film followed a shadowy freedom-fighter known only as ‘V’ who uses terrorist tactics to bring down the totalitarian society in which he lives. Caught in between the government and ‘V’ is Evey (Portman), who must decide whose side she is on before the explosive finale.


The Wachowski’s latest release is the epic Cloud Atlas, based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell and stars an award-winning cast including: Tom Hanks, Jim Broadbent, Ben Wishaw, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, David Gyasi and Susan Surrandon. This powerful film is full of drama, mystery, action and enduring love, thread through a single story that unfolds in multiple timelines over the span of 500 years. Characters meet and reunite from one life to the next. As the consequences of their actions and choices impact one another through the past, the present and the distant future, one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Cloud Atlas is in cinemas this Friday February 22, 2012.

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Fire with Fire

Jeremy Coleman (Josh Duhamel) is a local fireman who has his life turned upside down when he witnesses a brutal murder by David Hagan (Vincent D'Onofrio) in a gas station. Put into witness protection, he falls in love with his FBI escort Talia Durham (Rosario Dawson), things however take a turn for the worse when Talia is almost killed protecting him. Vowing to avenge the attack, Jeremy begins to hunt down his attacker and end his reign of terror once and for all.
Burning into UK cinemas on March 8, 2013.

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness gets a featurette

Two things have hit my inbox in regards to the new Star Trek film; first is a featurette that has some amazing footage and the director, JJ Abrams.  Also, we have a motion poster that's further down the post.

The only thing that we haven't got yet is a synopsis but I'm sure we can figure out some of it form the below featurette



Monday 18 February 2013

WICKED eligible for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award – watch a special cast message!

WICKED, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to announce that it is eligible to win the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award, the only 2013 Olivier Award that gives theatre fans the chance to crown their favourite long-running London show.

To celebrate, the cast of Wicked have created their very own 'vote for us' video for their fans...

Votes for Wicked can be made here and voters will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to the Olivier Awards themselves.

Wicked has already been seen by over 36 million people around the world and has 6 productions running concurrently. The original Broadway production remains “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) where it is now in its 10th Anniversary year. The West End production is now in its 7th year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it has been seen by almost 5 million people.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Wicked has music and lyrics by multi GRAMMY® and Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. Wicked is based on the best-selling novel, ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, by Gregory Maguire.

Wicked is produced by: Marc Platt, Universal Pictures Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK & Ireland): Michael McCabe.

Dark Skies gets a new poster

A new poster for Dark Skies has just hit my in-box.  I'm not sure how much it gives away but the clouds look quite ominous!

From the producer of Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister comes DARK SKIES: a supernatural thriller about a young family living in the suburbs. Daniel and Lacey Barret and their two young sons witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family. Unable to understand what is happening to them their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels and friends turn against them.

When it becomes clear they are being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to uncover the truth and protect what belongs to them.
Tearing into UK cinemas April 5, 2013

Sunday 17 February 2013


Just when the downtown Los Angeles streets seemed safe, a serial killer with a fetish for scalps is back on the hunt. Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new photo exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates, it becomes clear she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill.
In UK cinemas March 15, 2013

Saturday 16 February 2013

12 in a box


With her arena tour about to begin, and the release of series 2 of Call The Midwife round the corner, British Comedy Award winner Miranda Hart (Miranda, Call the Midwife) makes her theatrical debut alongside Katy Wix (Not Going Out) in 12 In A Box, a classic British farce at its best.

Hitting cinemas 29th March and DVD 1st April, 12 In A Box is the laugh-out-loud story of 12 former school friends who get together for a reunion they will never forget, where they are given the chance to win a life-changing £1million each. The only catch is, they cannot leave the estate for 96 hours. Plus, anyone who enters the grounds must also stay for the duration!

With time ticking, the mismatched dozen are forced to work together to keep the peace and work toward their payday. But, when they have to deal with an untimely death, a kidnapping plot, another corpse, burglars, and then even a visit from the boys in blue, will this hapless clan be able to hold it together or will their dreams of riches be buried with the bodies?
In cinemas March 29, 2013 then on DVD April 1, 2013

Jack gets a trailer

An ancient war is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack (Nicholas Hoult), into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom and its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend… and gets the chance to become a legend himself.
Hitting UK cinemas March 22, 2013

Wednesday 13 February 2013



Richard Gere (Pretty Woman, Chicago) gives a stunning, career-best performance in Nicholas Jarecki’s ARBITRAGE, a role that this month saw him nominated in the Best Actor category at the 2013 Golden Globes. Academy Award winning Susan Sarandon (The Lovely Bones, Dead Man Walking) also stars in this tense and gripping story of desperation in the face of financial and family ruin. Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs), Brit Marling (Another Earth), Laetitia Casta (The Island) and Nate Parker (The Secret Life of Bees) complete the stellar cast.

When we first meet New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Gere), he appears the very portrait of success in American business and family life. However, behind the gilded walls of his mansion, Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to conceal an affair with French art-dealer Julie Cote (Casta) whilst racing to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before his fraudulent dealings are revealed. When a tragic accident complicates things further, attracting the unwanted attention of tenacious NYPD detective Michael Bryer (Roth), Miller finds himself battling not just for his reputation but also his life. As the net tightens around him, Miller realises that the suspicions of not just the police but also his loyal wife (Sarandon) and heir-apparent (Marling) have been aroused. With time running out, can Miller find a way out without destroying his own life and those around him?
ARBITRAGE will be released through Koch Media on March 1, 2013

Tuesday 12 February 2013







London, 12 February 2013: The nominations for the British Academy Games Awards 2013 were announced today. This year a total of 53 games have been recognised across 17 categories, showcasing some of the most popular and groundbreaking games of the last 12 months and highlighting the phenomenal level of creativity from UK and international development teams.

Journey and The Walking Dead are both nominated for Best Game, Game Design, Story and Original Music. Journey also receivesnominations for Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Game Innovation and Online-Multiplayer. The Walking Dead is also up for Mobile & Handheld as well as two nominations for Performer. Far Cry 3 and Dear Esther are both up for Artistic Achievement and Audio Achievement. Far Cry 3 is also nominated for Action, Story, Best Game and Game Design and Dear Esther for British Game, Debut Game and Performer.

Halo 4 is nominated for Action, Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement and Online-Multiplayer. Borderlands 2 receives nominations for Action, Artistic Achievement, Game Design and Online-Multiplayer. Assassin's Creed III is up for Audio Achievement, Online-Multiplayer, Original Music and Performer. The Room is nominated for Artistic Achievement, British Game, Debut Game and Mobile & Handheld.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Mass Effect 3, Dishonored, Forza Horizon, The Unfinished Swan and Thomas Was Alone all receive three nominations. Fifa 13, LEGO: The Lord of the Rings, Need for Speed Most Wanted, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, New Star Soccer and Diablo III all have two nominations.

Dear Esther, Forza Horizon, LEGO: The Lord of the Rings, Need for Speed Most Wanted, The Room and Super Hexagon are all nominated in this year's new category, Best British Game.

Names nominated in the Performer category are Adrian Hough (Haytham) - Assassin's Creed III, Danny Wallace (The Narrator) - Thomas Was Alone, Dave Fennoy (Lee Everett) - The Walking Dead, Melissa Hutchinson (Clementine) - The Walking Dead, Nigel Carrington (The Narrator) - Dear Esther and Nolan North (Nathan Drake) - Uncharted: Golden Abyss.

Other nominated games include: Hitman: Absolution, Beat Sneak Bandit, Deadlight, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Minecraft: XBOX 360 Edition, Skylander Giants, Merlin: The Game, Runescape,SongPop, F1 2012, Nike+ Kinect Training, Football Manager 2013, Great Big War Game and Total War Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai.

Showcasing the best in young games development and design talent, the finalists in this year's BAFTA Ones To Watch Award in association with Dare to be Digital are Pixel Story, Project Thanatos and Starcrossed.

The British Academy Games Awards will take place on Tuesday 5th March at the London Hilton on Park Lane, and will be hosted for the fifth consecutive year by comedian and gamer Dara O'Briain. An Awards highlight’s show will be televised on Challenge (Sky: Ch 125, Freeview: Ch 46, Virgin: Ch 139) on Monday 11 March at 10pm and the evening will also be streamed live on Twitch.

For ticket information or any other Awards information, visit BAFTA’s website.

About the judging process:
Games were entered by both developers and publishers into all the categories listed in this release and were initially voted on by BAFTA’s video games members and a carefully selected list of industry experts via a secure website.

The titles receiving the most votes went through to specialist juries who judge the games prior to making their nominations.

Each juror signs confidentiality papers and casts his or her votes on paper. Theresults in each category are not known until the envelope is opened on the night.

Monday 11 February 2013

21 and Over

Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what’s expected of him. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, over indulgence and utter debauchery in this outrageous comedy.
21 and Over releases May 3, 2013 from Momentum Pictures.

From Good Will Hunting to Argo – how Ben Affleck became Hollywood royalty

Ben Affleck has had a unique career since crashing through the metaphorical doors of Hollywood with the screenplay of Good Will Hunting (1997). Most recently he has experienced unprecedented success with Argo, based on the 1980 CIA-Canadian operation in Iran - winning countless awards for his flawless direction and nominated for his second Oscar.

To celebrate the release of BAFTA award-winning Best Film, Argo on November 7th, we take a retrospective look at the movies that have made Ben Affleck a distinctive talent in front and behind the camera.

Good Will Hunting (1997)
Tired of being cast in forgettable supporting roles, Ben Affleck, and friend Matt Damon, decided to write a screenplay for a movie they could star in. Good Will Hunting tells the tale of a remarkable, but troubled young man working as a janitor at MIT who solves a mathematical problem that students have found impossible, invoking interest from the academic minds who had previously ignored him. The film was nominated for 9 Oscars and both Affleck and Damon brought their mothers along to the ceremony to see them win their first Academy Award.

Armageddon (1998)
In Michael Bay space adventure Armageddon, Ben Affleck got the chance to star alongside film legends’ Bruce Willis, Will Patton and Steve Buscemi. The film allowed Affleck to play both romantic lead and action hero as a maverick deep core driller, whose team is recruited by NASA after an asteroid threatens to destroy earth. Ben Affleck admitted that he once questioned director Michael Bay on the plausibility of the plot, particularly on whether it would be easier for NASA to train astronauts how to drill rather than training drillers to be astronauts, Bay apparently told him to shut up.

Pearl Harbor (2001)
Ben Affleck teamed up with Michael Bay once again in Pearl Harbor, based on the events that preceded WWII. The wartime epic is told through the eyes of childhood friends Rafe (Affleck) and Danny (Josh Harnett) who are skilled pilots in the US Air Force but whose loyalties to each other are tested when Hawaii is attacked. Pearl Harbor was Affleck’s first blockbuster in which he played the lead and was a box office hit, despite getting mixed reviews. The action-packed film cost $140,000,000 to make which roughly equals the amount of damage caused in the actual attack.

Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Moving behind the camera for the first time, Ben Affleck chose his favourite novel Gone Baby Gone, a gritty Boston-set crime thriller to hone his creative skills. Casting brother Casey in the leading role, the film follows a private detective as he tries to locate a missing girl by delving deeper into a world of drug dealers and corrupt cops. Affleck made a deliberate choice not to cast professional extras for authenticity so every extra is either a local actor or member of the general Boston public.

The Town (2010)
Ben Affleck’s second stint as director ensured that the success of Gone Baby Gone was not a fluke. The Town tells the story of a set of friends from notorious neighbourhood Charlestown who, after robbing a bank, realise that the bank manager lives in their area of Boston. They contrive to put her off the path by befriending her as she considers helping out the FBI with identifying the criminals. As part of researching the role, Affleck and co-star Blake Lively visited bars in Charlestown to hang around with locals, while Jeremy Renner took this one step further and surrounded himself with actual convicted bank robbers from Charlestown to help portray his role.

Argo (2012)

Branching out from the familiarity of Boston-based dramas, Ben Affleck most recent film Argo is a politically-charged spy thriller. Charting the events of the 1980 CIA-Canadian exfiltration mission in Iran, Affleck manages to intelligently show how a fake movie was used as a cover in an effort to safely remove 6 US nationals from Tehran. Balancing a high level of intensity with clever humour, Affleck has established himself as the most exciting young director of recent years and looks to be returning the director to where his career began and where it should remain, on the Academy stage.

Argo is on Blu-ray and DVD from 4th March

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Blu-ray and DVD Short Review

A funny and touching coming-of-age story based on the beloved best selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic that captures the dizzying heights and crushing lows of growing up. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope - and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.

Read the full review here

Sunday 10 February 2013

and the BAFTA goes to

This year's BAFTA awards have just been presented.  If you missed it then the results are below.


Winner: Argo

Also nominated:
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Winner: Skyfall

Also nominated:
  • Anna Karenina
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Les Miserables
  • Seven Psychopaths

Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln

Also nominated:
  • Ben Affleck - Argo
  • Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
  • Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables
  • Joaquin Phoenix - The Master

Winner: Emmanuelle Riva - Amour

Also nominated:
  • Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
  • Marion Cotillard - Rust and Bone
  • Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
  • Dame Helen Mirren - Hitchcock

Winner: Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained

Also nominated:
  • Alan Arkin - Argo
  • Javier Bardem - Skyfall
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln

Winner: Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables

Also nominated:
  • Amy Adams - The Master
  • Dame Judi Dench - Skyfall
  • Sally Field - Lincoln
  • Helen Hunt - The Sessions

Winner: Argo

Also nominated:
  • Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty
  • Michael Haneke - Amour
  • Ang Lee - Life of Pi
  • Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained

Winner: Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino

Also nominated:
  • Amour - Michael Haneke
  • The Master - Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
  • Zero Dark Thirty - Mark Boal

Winner: Silver Linings Playbook - David O Russell

Also nominated:
  • Argo - Chris Terrio
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild - Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
  • Life of Pi - David Magee
  • Lincoln - Tony Kushner

Winner: Bart Layton (director) and Dmitri Doganis (producer) - The Imposter

Also nominated:
  • James Bobin (director) - The Muppets
  • Dexter Fletcher (director/writer) and Danny King (writer) - Wild Bill
  • Tina Gharavi (director/writer) - I Am Nasrine
  • David Morris (director) and Jaqui Morris (director/producer) - McCullin

Winner: Brave

Also nominated:
  • Frankenweenie
  • Paranorman

Winner: Searching for Sugarman

Also nominated:
  • The Imposter
  • Marley
  • McCullin
  • West of Memphis

Winner: Amour

Also nominated:
  • Headhunters
  • The Hunt
  • Rust and Bone
  • Untouchable

Winner: Life of Pi

Also nominated:
  • Anna Karenina
  • Les Miserables
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

Winner: Anna Karenina

Also nominated:
  • Great Expectations
  • Les Miserables
  • Lincoln
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Winner: Argo

Also nominated:
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Skyfall
  • Zero Dark Thirty
Winner: Les Miserables

Also nominated:
  • Hitchcock
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Lincoln
  • Anna Karenina

Winner: Skyfall

Also nominated:
  • Anna Karenina
  • Argo
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln

Winner: Les Miserables

Also nominated:
  • Anna Karenina
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

Winner: Les Miserables

Also nominated:
  • Django Unchained
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Life of Pi
  • Skyfall

Winner: Life of Pi

Also nominated:
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Marvel Avengers Assemble
  • Prometheus

Winner: The Making of Longbird

Also nominated:
  • Here to Fall
  • I'm Fine Thanks

Winner: Swimmer

Also nominated:
  • The Curse
  • Good Night
  • Tumult
  • The Voorman Problem
RISING STAR (public vote)

Winner: Juno Temple

Also nominated:
  • Elizabeth Olsen
  • Andrea Riseborough
  • Suraj Sharma
  • Alicia Vikander

One Direction go on tour

I've just been sent over the ground breaking film news that the pop band One Direction will be releasing a film later this year!

All we have, at the moment, is a trailer and an image. No synopsis exists but if you read about this film then that should cover it.

Red Dawn arises again

7th February 2013 - Koch Media announced today that they have secured the rights to theatrical and home entertainment distribution in the U.K. for RED DAWN from Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Studios Inc. Exploding onto screens 15th March 2013, RED DAWN is an adrenaline-fuelled action thriller with a heavyweight cast of young stars that will have audiences hooked.

A re-boot of the 1984 cult-classic hit film featuring Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen, RED DAWN stars man-of-the- moment Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Snow White And the Huntsman, Avengers) and a host of bright young talent including Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Josh Peck (The Wackness), Adrianne Palicki (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Friday Night Lights), Connor Cruise (Seven), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, The Possession, Grey’s Anatomy).

I managed to find a US trailer for the film. It's not as bad as I though it would be...

In RED DAWN, a city in Washington State awakens to the surreal sight of North Korean paratroopers dropping from the sky – the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganising themselves into a guerilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the “Wolverines”, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back their freedom.
In UK cinemas March 15, 2013