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.
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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.
“It really is a throwback to The Omen and The Exorcist.”
If you weren’t sure exactly how scary new film The Quiet Ones is then those are the words of President Simon Oakes of Hammer Film Studios speaking to us at last night’s World Premiere at Odeon Leicester Square in London. That can ultimately mean one thing, it is pretty wet your pants scary. So fans of Hammer and horror gathered in their drones to get a glimpse of the stars who are all set to bring terror back to life again in this movie starring Sam Claflin and Jared Harris.
Centred on a true story (aren’t they all?) The Quiet Ones tells the tale of a psychologist, Professor Coupland, who sets out to prove that all supernatural experiences are made by the mind and human negative energy. Intent on proving his theory, he grabs a couple of his students in order to create a poltergeist and he enlists a disturbed young woman who is less than willing to participate. While they set out to prove that events are all part of the mind, they find themselves tackling the terrifying consequences of their actions…
“What really entranced us to the movie was the story and director John Pogue,” Simon continues as the music blares tunes that scream less of a horror feel and more of a dance beat. Nevertheless, the President of Britain’s most lucrative horror film producers has high hopes for The Quiet Ones. “We really winded down in the seventies and it now feels as though we are catching up.”
Oakes has enthusiasm for the film that is set in seventies Oxfordshire and the era just adds to that fear factor. “There are no mobile ones and it is really isolated. The bane of horror is mobiles as you can just phone people up like ‘Help!’”
With that in mind, horror has evolved and adapted with technology, the climate has changed meaning that Hammer has to contend with a sleuth of new movies. How does Oakes feel about the change of the horror and how is The Quiet Ones going to contend? “That’s a very interesting question. I think the trend is more gore pornography and body count. With this film and Hammer, we are more interested in the psychology scares and the jumps. Plus you really care about your characters!”
Those characters are played by an epic team of young actors including Hunger Games star Sam Claflin and newcomer Olivia Cooke. Cooke has recently become a series regular in thrilling television series Bates Motel so she is no stranger to the horror fare though The Quiet Ones takes a more supernatural spin on it all. Last night saw her walk the red carpet for the first time, and two hours in make up and getting ready sees her stealing the show. “It’s weird and crazy but exciting,” the 20 year old from Oldham states after scoring the part of Jane, the disturbed girl the experiment focuses on, she felt elated and nervous. “John Pogue is truly a great director but it was like him handing me his baby with the script and letting an 18 year old play with it.”
When the topic of conversation turned to horror, Olivia was quick to mention that she was petrified of Hammer’s previous outing The Woman In Black, “I am not just saying that because it’s Hammer but I was so scared watching that.”
With three more premieres coming out this year, Olivia’s star is soaring but tackling the red carpet for The Quiet Ones feels natural to the starlet. In fact, the whole team is bouncing up and down with screaming fans shouting their name. But the best thing you get from this cast is that they are close, embracing each other and the team behind it.
“It’s been a long time, nearly two years,” says Rory Fleck-Burns who plays Harry Abrams, another of Couplands students who, as Rory tells us, suffers quite a horrible death. “I think it was difficult to film because there was this massive splurt of blood coming from my neck but John makes it really enjoyable and easy. He’s the best part of filming.”
At that point, he called John Pogue over, the American director. The previous writer of the movie Ghost Ship who’s only other directorial feature film was Quarantine 2. Seemingly a master of the horror genre already (and perhaps the cheesy supernatural,) The Quiet Ones director is supporting and loving of his cast. “They are really great to work with. In fact, we’re all getting married.”
On the top of that cast list is Jared Harris. Most known for playing Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, he takes his turn here as another Professor fascinated with the paranormal. “It’s a great company of actors, there is a really good energy coming off each other and we enjoyed it immensely.”
Recently married, did Harris have any plans for the future? Any children? “Did she put you up to this?” he laughs.
Of course, a lot of the fans are there for Sam Claflin. Now making his way through cinema, he is notably now known for playing Finnick Odair in the recent Hunger Games outing Catching Fire. In The Quiet Ones, he plays a filmmaker and student “I had to learn how to edit seventies equipment and work on my knowledge of that,” he jokes about preparing for the role, “that is something I don’t want to do again.”
“It’s nice not to wear something I am zipped into or a wig” he continues, talking about the seventies clothing. And while on a scary set and some horrific goings on, was there anything difficult to film? “It was a blast but it is certainly hard to keep a straight face. You look up and everyone has their scared expression and you have to keep it together. Especially when John is shouting sound effects because you don’t have the soundtrack.
Scary faces and spooky moments, it definitely sounds like it was an experience. But with such an investigation into the unknown has Claflin had any dealings with it?
“I am probably the first person to ever say this but I am upset that I haven’t had an experience,” he says laughing. “I am actually a non-believer but I am open to the idea of it. I’ve never had anything personally but it’s something I am intrigued by and I want to learn more. Maybe someday a ghost out there will decide to haunt me.”
With the success of The Quiet Ones, Hammer House are well and truly back. While Hammer has had a lucrative career in cinema with a long history spanning back to the early 1930s, that had a couple of year’s blip, winding down in the eighties. Simon Oakes is sure that they are catching up with this film and recently The Woman In Black but, looking to the future, there is a lot on its way including an Abominable Snowman movie and a film based on the novel The Daylight Gate with revolves around The Pendle Witches.
People emerging from the première commented on how truly scary it is so it’s safe to say that Hammer seems to have nailed it with The Quiet Ones, and it’s good to have the famous horror masters back.
The Terminator is perhaps Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s most famous film role to date. Despite his age, Arnie is showing no signs of slowing down and continues to be hailed as one of the most hard working action heroes of recent times. True to form, it won’t be long before his latest action flick Sabotage is released in cinemas across the UK on 7th May.
So, during the press day for Sabotage, the entertainment blog Collider caught up with everyone’s favourite T-800 to talk about his involvement with the upcoming Terminator: Genesis.
“It’s just so wild to have a franchise that has been around for that long, and then after 30 years, to get asked again to be the only character in a movie that is the same character is unheard of, in movie history,” says Schwarzeneger when asked about the reason why he was returning to the franchise. “I was honoured when I was asked to come back and play the character with Sarah Connor.”
When asked about what fans of the franchise can come to expect from Genesis Arnold said, “Terminator is going to have the exact same feel. The way it reads, it has the same feel of Terminator 2. It’s big. There’s hardcore action and it has some really great visual effects in there, but not over the top. It’s not a Thor type of movie, even though it’s the same director. It has good special effects, but just enough to say, “Wow, where did that come from? How did they do that?”
So that’s what Arnie had to say about the film but what else do we know about the film? For certain we know that it is a reboot of the franchise and the cast are certainly no stranger to action which fills us with confidence.
Starring in the film will be actress Emilia Clarke who is most famous for her role of Daenerys Targaryen in TV’s Games of Thrones and will take on Linda Hamilton’s iconic role of Sarah Connor. She will be joined by Arnold Schwarzennegger who will once again play the Terminator and A Good Day to Die Hard’s very own Jai Courtney will take on the role of Kyle Reese. Playing the role of John Connor will be Australian actor Jason Clarke who has appeared in such films as The Great Gastsby, Zero Dark Thirty and White House Down.
Directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) we here at Cinema Chords can’t wait to see Terminator: Genesis which goes into production at the end of April in New Orleans and is scheduled for release in 2015.