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The Rock smashes record at UK Premiere

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22 May 2015, London: Hollywood superstar Dwayne Johnson achieved the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the most selfies in the space of 3 minutes at the World Premiere of his new filmSAN ANDREAS at the Odeon Leicester Square last night. Dwayne captured an astounding 105 selfies with attending film fans, achieving a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title. The record attempt was overseen by a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator.

The stars of SAN ANDREAS – including Dwayne JohnsonAlexandra Daddario, Carla Gugino and director Brad Peyton – attended the World Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square London’s prestigious Leicester Square on May 21st.

After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning.  And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.

The action thriller SAN ANDREAS, from New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures, reunites Dwayne Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, following their collaboration on the global hit Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. The film also stars Carla Gugino (Night at the Museum,TV’s Entourage), Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, TV’s True Detective),Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer), Archie Panjabi (TV’s The Good Wife), Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Australian TV’s Home and Away), Art Parkinson (TV’s Game of Thrones) and Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man).

SAN ANDREAS is produced by Beau Flynn (Hercules, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island).  Richard Brener, Samuel J. Brown, Michael Disco, Rob Cowan, Tripp Vinson and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.  The screenplay is by Carlton Cuse, story by Andre Fabrizio & Jeremy Passmore.

SAN ANDREAS will be released in cinemas across the UK on 28TH May 2015 by Warner Bros.

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Godzilla Director Shares His Filmmaking Advice!

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Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) shares his thoughts for filmmakers.

If you are half as excited for Godzilla as we are then you are no doubt aware of the series of videos which are being posted with director Gareth Edwards.  Recently he sat down to share a little bit of filmmaking advice for us all which you can check out below. We shall follow that up with the rest of the videos in this series for you to catch up on if you have missed out so far!

Godzilla will come crashing into your cinemas on May 15th and stars amongst others Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Juliette Binoche and Sally Hawkins. We are very excited for it – how can you not be? The trailers are pretty epic in scope, the monster looks tremendous and the atmosphere of terror and colossal damage is building within each trailer to a fever pitch. There is of course the possibility of disappointment, but what we have seen so far is incredibly promising.

We will now pass you on over to Edwards to share his tips for you below:

If that has whet your appetite then we shall leave you for now with these other entries for you to devour – Enjoy!

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Chords in Conversation: Tom Hardy and Stephen Knight Talk Locke

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On Wednesday 16th April, Cineworld Birmingham played host to the premiere of the outstanding British drama Locke.

Those attending the screening were also joined by the film’s star Tom Hardy and its director Steven Knight.

Locke tells the story of Ivan Locke (played superbly by Hardy), a dedicated family man and successful construction manager. After receiving a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Locke climbs into his car and drives to London setting in motion a series of events that threaten his future.

Both Hardy and Knight took to the red carpet to meet their fans and take part in pre-screening interviews. Here is what they had to say about their recent movie.

Locke is now showing in cinemas across the UK. Meanwhile, you can read our review of the film here.

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Chords in Conversation: Christian Bale Talks American Hustle

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It’s time for the man behind the pot-bellied Adonis physique and sexy comb-over to step up to the plate.

Christian Bale has continued to stun audiences for many years, from his psychotic performance in American Psycho to the fabulous brawny-to-scrawny transformation in The Machinist. This Batman has certainly shown us what he is capable of and his latest role as the notoriously brilliant con-man Irving Rosenfeld is yet another one of these career defining projects.

Playing a character that is based on a real con-man named Mel Weinberg, who was a convict originally hired by the FBI based on his expertise in fiddling the system. Acting alongside equally manipulative mistress Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) this doesn’t look like anything Bale can’t handle. In the words of Mel Weinberg himself, this is an insight into Rosenfelds character – ‘You set a crook to catch a crook. We put the big honey pot out there and all the flies came to us’ (60 minutes, April 12, 1981).

Let’s see what the man behind this character has to say shall we?


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Chords in Conversation: Bradley Cooper Talks American Hustle

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Next to step up to the plate in our Abscam five interviews is Bradley Cooper who lends his talents to a racey, wild FBI agent named Richie DiMaso in American Hustle.

Said character is a dangerous agent that pushes the film’s characters, especially Irving and Prosser, into the Jersey world of power hungry crooks and frauds. Of course he’s the main man fronting this operation but t the same tim ehe loathes the fact he hasno power, with the Feds. keeping these convicts in line. So is he the agent cut out for it?

He is the man with the power and he isn’t afraid to use it. It also seems as if a romance is on the cards with the flirtatious Miss Prosser even if she is with Irving. Seeing the sexier side of life these con artists lead, curly haired, opened shirted Cooper realises there a grander scheme waiting for Richie DiMaso.

Let’s take a look ar just how innocent, or guilty, Cooper believes his character really is in the grand scheme of things.


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Chords in Conversation: Jeremy Renner Talks American Hustle

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Next up in our run of American Hustle interviews is the Mayor of Camden, Carmine Polito, played by Jeremy Renner. The character is in fact based on real life New Jersey Mayor, Angelo Errichetti who found himself caught slap bang in the crossfire between con-artists and the FBI in what became know as the Abscam case.

A striking fact about the film is that rather than opting for a direct reenactment of the late ’70s caper, director David O. Russell felt it essential to highlight the sheer irony involved in the FBI staging their own hustle to catch a hustler. With Polito treading precariously between both sides of the Law expect Renner to do some morally flawed deeds. But, if we zoom out for the bigger picture, he is indeed one of the few in the film not looking out just for their own ulterior motives. But let’s leave you with him to tell you all about that, shall we?


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Chords in Conversation: Jennifer Lawrence Talks American Hustle

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American Hustle is a crime comedy drama based on the FBI Abscam caper that toook place during the late ’70s, early ’80s and follows the ultimate con-man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) along with equally cunning partner in crime Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) who are forced to work for risky FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). Political operator Carmine Polito played by Jeremy Renner is stuck in the middle between the con-artists and the law.

Being drawn into the world of devious mafia gangs and power hungry men, Ivrings unpredictable wife (Jennifer Lawrence) Rosalyn looks as if she might get in the way of this one. This is set to dazzle with money, drugs and quirkiness, let’s see how director David O. Russell translates this controversial operation on screen. With a tremendous score from Danny Elfman, American Hustle comes to theatre on the 1st of January (20th December in London). Perfect film to unwind to after the busyness of New Years Eve.

In celebration of the release all five protagonists took time out to share their hustle experiences with us. First up we have Jennifer Lawrence.

After the success of Silver Linings Playbook, director David O. Russell has played it safe and used not only Bradley Cooper but the lovely Jennifer Lawrence again. Lawrence here plays Irving’s courageous wife, Rosalyn, a strong headed woman who doesn’t hold back when it comes to confronting Prosser in the ladies about sleeping with her husband. Not something you want to have on your plate when you are a convict working undercover for the FBI, but girls will be girls. Her spontaneity and unpredictable tendencies could preempt the downfall of this operation. Dolled-up in a stunning wardrobe, Jennifer Lawrence has grown up a bit from the Katniss Evedeen and looks like a confident woman.

Here is what she had to say about taking this project, one that she considers unpredictable, weird, beautiful and funny, so funny…


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Chords in Conversation: Director John Crowley Talks Closed Circuit

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Hitting UK cinemas tomorrow, October 25th, the John Crowley-helmed thriller Closed Circuit finds Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall starring as ex lovers whose loyalties are tested to the extreme, forced into defending a terrorist. The film places the focus on Britain’s legal system and policies of withholding classified evidence as the protagonists uncover a shocking conspiracy. Closed Circuit postulates a scenario displaying how uncurbed power ultimately leads to disastrous consequences.

The film’s producer Tim Bevan set his sights on Irish filmmaker Crowley based on his extensive experience working with actors – largely down to his theatrical background – and his talent at being able to seamlessly hop between different genres, as witnessed in previous projects such as Boy A and Is Anybody There?

Closed Circuit also boasts a stellar supporting cast including Ciarán Hinds, Julia Stiles, and Jim Broadbent. Cinema Chords sat down with Crowley to chat about working with such an extensive list of fine talent and we of course had to ask him if all the surveillance techniques are a thing of reality or a figment of his own imagination.

Let’s find out if they really do see our every move…


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Video Interview: Dougray Scott & Kara Tointon Talk Last Passenger

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Hot off the success of recent respective outings, Strike Back and The Sweeney, Dougray Scott and Kara Tointon board the kinetic thriller Last Passenger, from first-time feature film director Omid Nooshin.

Despite Nooshin’s initial failure to find anyone willing to risk taking on a newcomer, he refused to give up on his passion project, self-funding a 90-second trailer for £500 to promote his idea on the net. No sooner had he posted the video online, he became inundated with messages from interested studios, agents and investors around the globe.

Hitting the UK this Friday, October the 18th, Last Passenger finds Scott and Tointon trapped on a sabotaged last train home. As the last passengers’ options are few and far between Lewis (Scott) and the handful of other unlucky commuters find themselves stopping at nothing to bring the train to a standstill before whoever tampered with the brakes achieves his dark intentions.

Our very own James Morton spoke to Scott and Tointon and they confessed to him how eager they were to get involved with Nooshin’s vision and just how claustrophobic the whole filming process was.

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