Ahead of the October 7th UK release of the Mel Gibson-starring adrenaline-filled action packed thriller, Blood Father, Warner Bros. has released a brand new trailer.
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Ahead of the October 7th UK release of the Mel Gibson-starring adrenaline-filled action packed thriller, Blood Father, Warner Bros. has released a brand new trailer.
With just under two weeks to go until Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children releases in the UK, CinemaChords brings you the filmed highlights of a special UK fan screening held in London which was attended by the film’s cast, alongside Burton himself.
From visionary Director Tim Burton, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children follows Jake as he discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, uncovering a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realises that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.
Ahead of the September 29 release, the aforementioned star-studded event saw appearances from Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell and screenwriter Jane Goldman, and was captured in all its glory in the following highlights reel:
Along with the above footage of the fan screening event, 20th Century Fox has also unleashed a brand new clip in which Emma (Ella Purnell) demonstrates to Jake (Asa Butterfield) her peculiar abilities. Hold on tight…..
STUDIOCANAL has unleashed the official UK quad poster for Gary Ross’ upcoming release, Free State of Jones which is accompanied with a brand new clip from the movie.
TONIGHT, London’s Leicester Square plays host to the European Premiere of BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE.
In attendance will be stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg and Holly Hunter, as well as director Zack Snyder and producers Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven.
To celebrate the event you can enjoy the live stream below which will be available beginning at 6:15pm with an introduction from the carpet.
After an unconventional start into acting (he was fired as a lawyer in Edinburgh due to his partying antics and moved to London), Gerard Butler has appeared in rom-coms, animations and even musicals, but the Scottish actor has emerged as an unashamed Hollywood bad-ass in some of the most iconic action films of recent times.
From an early role starring alongside James Bond in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) to returning as one-man-army, Mike Banning, in London Has Fallen (in cinemas March 3), there is no end to the tough-guy roles that Butler can impress in.
The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen sees Butler in his latest action-packed role, as the relentless bodyguard to the US president, Mike Banning. Upon the discovery of a plot to assassinate the world leaders attending the Prime Minister’s funeral, he makes it his mission to stand firm against the relentless violence that awaits him. To celebrate the film’s release we take a look at Butler’s most violent performances.
Based on the 1998 comic series, 300 places Butler straight into to the Battle of Thermopylae in the centre of a truly epic war. Standing at the heart of the action, Butler is King Leonidas, head of 300 Spartans who he leads to fight against Persian “god-King” Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). Outnumbered against more than 300,000 soldiers, fear is not an option as the Spartans put their extreme fighting skills to the test, refusing to part ways with their lethal weapons.Filled with anger, blood and brutality, 300 sees Butler in the goriest of violence and makes it one of his most iconic roles.
A British crime comedy written and directed by expert crime filmmaker Guy Ritchie, RocknRolla sees Butler as an ambitious but small-time crook. Taking control as the leader against British mob boss Tom Wilkinson, he’s in control of the “Wild Bunch”, made up of an awesome threesome including Idris Elba and Tom Hardy. Money is the root of all evil in this battle of ego, filling scenes with robberies, beatings and all the cockney violence you would expect. Unlike the snarling beast we see in 300, Butler feels more at home in this gritty role, gracing our screens with action just as aggressive, but much more controlled.
Law Abiding Citizen places revenge at the cause of the action, as Butler takes on the duty of fighting against a corrupt criminal justice system. Being forced to witness the death of his wife and daughter, prosecutor Jamie Foxx is unable to secure Butler the justice he so desperately needs. Taking the fight into his own hands it’s not just the killer that he’s after, but the district attorney too. With a grim determination Butler is relentless in his efforts, showcasing his expected brutal fist and a mind just as strong to go with it.
As the ultimate tough-guy, Machine Gun Preacher sees Butler as Sam Childers, a former drug dealing biker. A biographical action drama based on children’s book Another Man’s War; Machine Gun Preacher forces Butler to put his threatening demeanor to use for the good of the children of South Sudan. A far cry from his usual violence,motivated by intentions of defeating crime and seeking revenge, protection is the heart of this obligation. From an alcoholic drunk to a converted Christian, this action-packed role sees him as a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children, forced to become soldiers by the Lord’s Resistance Army.
The sequel to the intense hit Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen sees an explosive series of events after London becomes the setting for the Prime Minister’s funeral. With most world leaders in attendance, the event intends to stand as the most protected on earth. Instead, the intense security is infiltrated, and it emerges that the event is a deadly plot to kill each of the leaders, devastating every known London landmark in the process.With a sworn duty to protect the US president, the playing field is expanded from the claustrophobic White House to the streets of London and the stakes are higher as Mike Banning (Butler) fights to bring the people responsible to a violent end.
Already tipped as the best action movie of the year, and in many cases the best movie of the year full stop, Mad Max: Fury Road gets its very own official gala screening as part of the Cannes 2015 opening night.
Both cast and crew members will be putting in appearances so, despite the fact most of us aren’t able to get over there to enjoy the ride (and the classy cocktails), CinemaChords is happy to be able to share the entire experience with you via the Cannes live stream (embedded below).
The Mad Max: Fury Road glamorous gala screening will take place at 19:30 tonight, 14 May, with the live stream for the event (below) going live roughly one hear earlier.
If you can’t wait that long for some Mad Max goodness then jump to the second embedded video below for interviews with George Miller, Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult and Doug Mitchell.
See you back here in a few hours for what is sure to be one of the biggest movie events of the year.
In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.
Fast & Furious 7 and Avengers: Age Of Ultron pride themselves on containing only the best CGI special effects, which is great for them, but we still pine for the days of classic filmmaking, when an action sequence kept you on the edge of your seat instead of making your eyes glaze over as they’re inundated with fast moving pixels.
But with the news that you can now book tickets for upcoming cinematic extravaganza Mad Max: Fury Road, whose creator George Miller has confirmed that all of the car stunts are real, we thought we’d take a look at the most insane stunts ever captured on camera.
Mad Max: Fury Road stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, and brings its unique brand of mayhem to cinemas May 14. Book your tickets here.
Apart from Mad Max, Mission Impossible is perhaps the last franchise to still pride itself on its actors doing stunts – this is unsurprising though when you consider that Tom Cruise leads the cast. As much as we want to mention the fact that he hangs off a plane as it takes off in the upcoming fifth installment (watch the trailer), the film is not out yet so instead we’ll direct you to the equally crazy fact that the actor actually climbed the tallest building in the world in Ghost Protocol – check out the jaw-dropping photo of him sitting at the top WITH NO WIRES!
The iconic scene where Indy climbs down the front of a Nazi truck and crawls underneath while it’s moving, then gets dragged behind it by his own whip before climbing up the back was deemed so dangerous by the stuntman charged with performing it, that the only condition in which he’d do it was if his trusted stuntman friend drove. Miraculously the stunt was performed in one take and it is now deemed one of the greatest chase sequences in movie history.
Christopher Nolan remains a director who favours real-life stunts over CG and this is evident in his impactful work, whether this is the incredible plane scene at the start of The Dark Knight Rises, or the 100ft 360 degree revolving corridor built to create the head-spinning fight scene in Inception. Perhaps the most impressive stunt he pulled off was in The Dark Knight, when he challenged his team to flip a 16-wheel semi truck in Chicago’s financial district with a driver behind the wheel.
Bond films again are quite well known for their reliance on insanely dangerous stunts, and tend to pull off seemingly impossible feats to successfully position 007 the greatest spy to exist on screen. Honorable mentions go to the stunt man who ran over crocodiles in Live And Let Die and the tense and explosive tanker chase in License To Kill. But for pure ‘that can’t be possible’ reactions, the car jump in The Man With The Golden Gun was conceived by boffins at Cornell University and patented by filmmakers to ensure that they were the ones who would pull it off on screen first.
Although Blues Brothers holds the record for the most cars destroyed in a single car chase, Bullitt is worth watching for its car chase alone. In the iconic scene, a Mustang GT reaches speeds of over 100mph as it races across the streets of San Francisco, bouncing down hills and skidding around corners, sometimes even with Steve McQueen behind the wheel. The chase ended when a car, luckily with dummies in it, crashed into the set and burst into flames – luckily they were able to mae this look intentional in post-production.
In this Charlton Heston epic, a pinnacle scene sees a deadly chariot race take place in an arena full of people. As 82 horses stampede around 1,500 extras, with dynamite going off every time a chariot was destroyed, a car was used to capture all the action and had to stay just feet away from the rampaging stallions in order to avoid a catastrophic pile up. The scene took five weeks to shoot, destroyed two cameras and injured the stunt man doubling for Heston when he was flung out of his chariot into the path of the horses behind him.
Twentieth Century Fox are set to revive the terrifying classic tale Tobe Hooper with a fresh perspective in 3D. Directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House) and written by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), POLTERGEIST will be released in UK and Ireland cinemas on Friday 22nd May 2015.
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Grudge) and director Gil Kenan contemporise the 1982 supernatural chiller to tell the story of a the Bowan family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
Poltergeist stars Sam Rockwell (Moon), Ros
Check out this new pics from the film (click to enlarge):
Be sure to check out Poltergeist when it is released in cinemas across the UK on 22nd May 2015.
Liam Neeson‘s latest thriller RUN ALL NIGHT is now showing in cinemas across the UK and to celebrate we are excited to share with you a new featurette titled ‘Relentless’ for you all to enjoy courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.
A prolific mobster and hitman, Jimmy Conlon (Neeson) is a man haunted by the sins of his past. When his estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman) becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. Wanting to protect his son, Jimmy has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie before either one of them face the wrong end of a gun.
RUN ALL NIGHT stars Oscar nominee Liam Neeson (“Schindler’s List,” “Non-Stop”), Joel Kinnaman (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Vincent D’Onofrio (“The Judge”), and Oscar nominee Ed Harris (“Pollock,” “The Hours”), under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (“Non-Stop”).
Despite Flight of the Conchords’ Sinjay harbouring the belief that New Zealand is populated by “a bunch of cocky a-holes descended from criminals and retarded monkeys,” the islands have in fact proven to be the perfect breeding ground for some of the hottest comedy talent going.
The latest vehicle to flaunt said Kiwi humour is the vampire comedy mockumentary, What We Do In The Shadows based on an original short film written and directed by long-time cohorts, Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. With vampires Viago (Waititi) and Vladislav (Clement) salivating at the thought of biting into UK cinemagoers’ necks this Friday we thought it was the perfect moment to rave about a few of our favourite Kiwi comedians.
In the comedy business since 1995, New Zealand comedian Jarred Christmas lives and works here in the UK. No stranger to screens – big and small – you’ve most likely seen him on TV shows ranging from Never Mind the Buzzcocks through 8 out of 10 Cats. He also appeared in the 2012 found-footage comedy feature, The Wedding Video alongside Rufus Hound and Lucy Punch.
He’s also this year’s Monumental series host and you can also find him on YouTube in the comedy web series Dwarves Assemble alongside Warwick Davies, a trailer of which you can enjoy below:
You can find out a plethora of details about Jarred over at his official website: http://www.jarredchristmas.com/
Next up is the mighty duo, Flight of the Conchords, the New Zealand-based musical comedy act made up of the now infamous Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. The duo first became acquainted when they shared a cleaning cupboard/compartment whilst studying film and theatre before going on to perform in the five-man comedy group, So You’re A Man with none other than Taiki Waititi.
Shortly after, in 1998, McKenzie and Clement formed Flight of the Conchords as a duo and their comedy and music became a hit BBC radio series featuring the additional voices of fellow comedians Rhys Darby (see below), Jimmy Carr and Rob Brydon. Hot off their UK airwave success they struck gold in the form of their very own HBO show which premiered in 2007. The show was a massive success and since its unfortunate demise – after only 2 seasons – both Bret and Jemaine have gone from strength to strength making a number of appearances on the big screen. Most recently Jemaine played a rather malevolent martian in Men in Black 3 and now plays the 862-year-old Vladislav in What We Do In The Shadows, which he co-wrote and co-directed with Taika Waititi . Meanwhile, Bret supervised the musical score for the last two Muppet movies and also appeared as Lindir in the Lord of The Rings saga.
As you can see, they’ve been busy chaps so what better than one of their tracks going by the title of “Business Time”:
Cutting his teeth as an apprentice clown at the tender age of 13, Sam Wills will be familiar to many as his alter-ego “The Boy With Tape On His Face.”
Particularly influenced by the likes of the Jim Rose Circus and the Tokyo Shock Boys, it was in 2008 that ‘The Boy’ starting making waves after an appearance at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Shortly after this success Sam upped and went to London where he gained even more of a following. Most notable performances to date include a spot on ITV’s Comedy Rocks, a spot at the first ever BBC Comedy Prom at London’s Royal Albert Hall and a coveted spot at the 83rd annual Royal Variety Performance which you can enjoy below.
Apart from the aforementioned performances with So You’re a Man, Waititi also teamed up with Clement as the comedy duo The Humourbeasts which won New Zealand’s highest comedy accolade, the Billy T Award, in 1999.
After directing a number of successful shorts his first feature film, 2007’s Eagle vs Shark, gained him significant success and in that same year he penned and directed an episode of the Flight of the Conchords TV show, later directing a further three episodes.
Waititi’s biggest film role then came in 2011 playing Thomas Kalmaku in the live-action superhero film Green Lantern alongside Ryan Reynolds. Coming to the present and, as already mentioned, he’s joined forces with Jemaine Clement to write, direct and star in What We Do in the Shadows in which he plays the 379 year young Viago.
We certainly can’t forget the aforementioned Rhys Montague Darby, best known for playing Murray Hewitt, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement’s lumbering manager in Flight of the Conchords. Formerly a soldier in the New Zealand Army, he went on to form his first comedy duo Rhysently Granted, with Grant Lobban in 1996.
Taking a solo stand-up show to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2002, right there and then he decided to move to the UK to find work. Given McKenzie and Clement’s penchant for performing at the Edinburgh Fringe it was only a matter of time before they were going to join forces.
Darby too has appeared on the big screen, most notably playing Jim Carrey‘s boss in Yes Man and also appearing in Richard Curtis’ The Boat That Rocked. Right now you’ll find him in What We Do In The Shadows playing alpha male, Anton, leader of a troupe of werewolves – yes, you read that right first time.
What We Do In The Shadows is released in the UK this Friday, 21 November and we’ll leave you to sink your teeth into the latest trailer.
Don’t forget to read our review of the film right here where we describe it as having “all the makings of a cult classic” as the film “releases laughs like blood flowing from a freshly opened artery.”
Professor Brand (Caine)
From Christopher Nolan, the director of The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception, INTERSTELLAR is in cinemas everywhere NOW. To coincide with the release we’ve taken a look at the science behind the story.
Whilst crops are dying, dust storms are raging and mankind’s time on earth coming to an end Interstellar takes audiences on an exhilarating adventure through the eyes of pioneering explorers moving outwards into a new galaxy.
THE ULTIMATE FRONTIER
Academy Award winning duo, Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway lead a star-studded cast embarking on a daring mission to pierce through the barriers of time and space in a desperate bid to save mankind. Director, Christopher Nolan brings space to life with the help of leading physicist Professor Kip Thorne, whose studies in unravelling the mysteries of the universe formed the scientific backbone of the film. His work allowed him to peer into the fascinating world of blackholes and the possibilities of wormholes, inspiring the Nolan brothers to write the screenplay.
Professor Brand (Caine)
KIP EXPLAINS THE MYSTERIES OF BLACKHOLES
Talking about Interstellar, Thorne believes “the thing that makes this film different is that real science was woven into this film and woven in deeply.” As the foremost authority on all things gravitational, he was always on hand to ensure that the story didn’t stray from the boundaries of established science. The visual effects department took Thorne’s data and produced spectacular depictions of blackholes and wormholes never seen before in cinema. A collaboration with VFX supervisor, Paul Franklin, suggests that they “potentially may have discovered a couple of new things that were lurking inside the mathematics, inside the physics.”
THE CAST TALK THE POSSIBILITIES IN INTERSTELLAR
INTERSTELLAR IS IN CINEMAS NOW
The ultimate X-Men ensemble graced the blue carpet last night for the London X-Men X-perience global take-over.
Attending the Odeon Leicester Square premiere of X-Men: Days Of Future Past were stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender who, to the delight of attending fans, arrived alongside their older counterparts in the film, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen.
Yesterday’s X-Men X-perience global take-over saw cast members putting in appearances at further premiere events in Beijing, Melbourne, Moscow, Sao Paulo and Singapore. Enjoy the highlights footage from the London blue carpet event below:
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST will be released nationwide this 22 May 2014.