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The Quiet Ones – World Premiere

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“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.

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Schwarzenegger Talks Terminator: Genesis

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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.

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Transcendence Boots Up a Behind-The-Scenes Featurette

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Sporting some state-of-the-art dreadlocks, Johnny Depp can now be found in a newly released behind-the-scenes featurette revealing some eagerly anticipated details about Wally Pfister‘s (Inception and The Dark Knight franchise cinematographer) directorial debut, the science-fictioner Transcendence. With cast and crew comments aplenty, we are also treated to a handful of film snippets as we are presented the primary computer system, PINN (Physically Independent Neural Network).

Transcendence, written by by Jack Paglen, follows Dr. Will Caster (Depp), considered the foremost Artificial Intelligence researcher, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His experiments soon turn him into the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will stop at nothing to to end his experiments. Their attempts to get rid of Dr. Caster only end up making things worst, acting as the catalyst to the Doctor’s very success – his transcendence. Given Will’s terminal illness and his transcendence granting him powers beyond his widest dreams, it becomes terrifyingly clear that there may be no way of putting a stop to him.

Depp heads up an all star cast consisting of Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy,Kate Mara,Clifton Collins, Jr., and Morgan Freeman. with the film hitting UK cinemas this 25 April. We’ll leave you to compute the aforementioned featurette.

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The World’s First Lego Ad Break – Are You Pumped?

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The Lego Movie is very nearly here and the wait is even less to see these little Lego guys in action with their first official ad breaks ever! To promote the highly anticipated animation, Warner Bros’ and Omnicom Media Group’s PHD have created an entire ITV ad break, entirely in Lego. Yes- you heard it correctly, an advert break consisting of the usual ad’s except they are re-created with Lego.

The companies who have got in on this are Confused.com, Premier Inn and BT. Who doesn’t want to see a Lego Lennie Henry, in a Lego Premier Inn bed? The Confused.com robot is even more adorable as Lego, amongst lots of different coloured and sized Lego cars and the happy customers in the BT advert all add up to some great advertising!

If this wasn’t enough, they have cut clips of the movie and its characters in between the adverts to promote the movie a bit more. Three advertisers will consist of LEGO in the main ad-break of the popular ITV’s Dancing on Ice this Sunday, 9th February. What’s more, the fourth and final ad in the break during the show will feature an exclusive trailer for the movie which is released in the UK and Ireland on Friday, February 14th. The LEGO ads have been re-created by ITN Productions and Bricksports and if this doesn’t get you in the mood for a feature long Lego installment, nothing will!

The Lego Movie, shot in 3D computer animation follows a perfectly average minifigure, Emmet who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. It is then down to him to embark on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously under prepared. Taking on the voices of the yellow men consists of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Charlie Day, along with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman. Quite an all star cast and from the trailers, they all look to do a great job alongside Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) direction.

Alex Lewis, VP, Director of Marketing at Warner Bros. is all for the ad – “The LEGO ad break is an inspired and truly innovative media first, one the that captures the very essence of the LEGO Movie and does a brilliant job of amplifying this eagerly-awaited title.” ITV seem pretty ‘pumped’ to be a part of this as well with Account Sales Manager, Kim Gilroy stating, “We are thrilled to be working with Warner Bros. and PHD to launch this exciting campaign. This partnership is a great example of what ITV can do for brands to bring truly unique experiences to viewers.”

Looks like everyone is excited to see what this ad break will hold. To get you in the mood for The Lego Movie here is the trailer and few teaser stills from the ad break – remember to tune in tomorrow to catch this exclusive footage of the popular toys Lego!

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The Armstrong Lie – in cinemas 31st January 2014

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“I didn’t live a lot of lies, but I lived one big one” – Lance Armstrong

Cyclist Lance Armstrong was probably one of the greatest inspirations to all sports stars. After winning numerous bike rides and marathons, not to mention his impressive seven consecutive wins of the Tour de France, this mans career was flawless on paper. Even after fighting stage 3 testicular cancer this cyclist just kept on peddling – until the truth got too much to handle. Summer of 2012 Armstrong gave in and admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Stripped of all seven of his Tour De France medals and consequently received a lifetime ban of competitive cycling, the man whom many admired had been lying for so many years. It was said that Lance engaged in the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen, but why? From the official selection of the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, The Armstrong Lie is here to tell us all.

Not only did Lance lie to the world, his fans but he also took documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) for a ride as well. Back in 2009, Alex was hired to make what he thought was an inspirational film about Lance’s come back after beating cancer, only to find out that he was being lied to straight to his face by the man who appeared to have a compelling story. Gidney stated from the start he wasn’t oblivious about the numerous doping allegations made and picked up the project again in order to finally get some answers and reveal the answers everyone wants to hear. The trailer in itself doesn’t put Armstrong in a positive light. The power hungry, determined cyclist looks like he wasn’t putting up with anything and did what was necessary to gain the titles he so desperately wanted.

Probably one of the biggest deception stunts in sports history after denying the fact he was blood doping for so many years of his career and always falling back on his come back after tackling cancer – but was that really the way to play things? From the clips we have already seen, the documentary appears to be a combination of past and present interviews, along with footage of simply showing the world that this is the true story of Armstrong’s Lie, and Lance finally admitting all himself. Unlike the documentary about Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna, Senna, celebrating his career after his death, The Armstrong Lie will only enhance the death of Armstrong’s career. This shall certainly not be the inspirational tale Gidney wanted to tell the world, albeit it he needed to tell the world.

This is not a story about doping, it’s a story about power – we haven’t heard this story yet and it is the truth.

The Armstrong Lie is released in cinemas on the 31st January 2014. Perhaps it shall contain the answers we all want to hear from the man himself.

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In Fear Special Preview Event

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1378809_732274923453380_1468209978_nThe atmosphere was electric with anticipation as people started spilling into the UK Premiere of TV director Jeremy Lovering’s first feature – In Fear. Earlier this year, In Fear was rightfully selected for The Sundance Film Festival, where audiences and critics alike took an instant liking to this minimalistic horror.

After being supplied with endless amounts of champagne we were ushered into the quaint screening room at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) in London. Firstly, Jeremy couldn’t look happier to be there and gave a touching speech, thanking everyone who made this film possible for him. Turning to the cast we had the honour of hearing a few words from leading lady Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures and Ginger & Rosa). Here Alice takes on the role of the modest, prudent Lucy, who again seemed delighted to be here in London (donning a spectacular black dress) and didn’t give any hints away about the film! Downtown Abbey’s Allen Leech, playing Max was also amongst the talent but after a quick ‘hallo’ made a swift exit in order to catch his train. There was a distinct absence of Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Filth) who acts directly alongside Alice as Tom, due to him being in the States.

After a few comical retorts about rambling on too quickly, Jeremy mentioned that during filming he withheld his script from the actors, leaving them completely unaware of what was going to happen throughout filming. Laughing to himself, he stated that when you see the fear on their faces, it is genuine fear! (as Alice nodded frantically). After hearing that such a technique was implemented, I was somewhat intrigued to see it translated on screen – the result is exemplary.

In Fear tells the story of a new ‘couple’ Tom and Lucy, as they make their way to a music festival in the idyllic setting of Ireland. Although filmed in Cornwall, the remote roads and scenic views make a good substitute as they try to follow signs to a hotel in hope of a romantic evening. Finding themselves lost in an un-escapable maze, their primal fears of the dark start to consume them, turning them against each other. Tormented by a masked stranger, Tom and Lucy find themselves facing their worst fears.

In a nutshell, In Fear is possibly one of the best horrors of 2013. This is a perfect example of a low-budget production utilising minimal resources to their full potential. With eerily filmed claustrophobic camera angles aided by a pounding score filled with suspense, In Fear will not disappointment. A concept that isn’t new to our screens, yet the delivery is something quite powerful.

In Fear will land in cinemas tomorrow, Friday 15th November and to get you all geared up we’ll leave you with a trailer.

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Thor: The Dark World Press Conference

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Considering they’re meant to be mortal enemies, Thor God of Thunder and his adopted brother God of Mischief, Loki, seem awfully pally in the flesh. In fact, beyond the billions of dollars, it would appear that one of the best things to come out of the Marvel universe is the bromance between Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. Sure, Natalie Portman, Kat Denning, Christopher Ecclestone, director Alan Taylor and Marvel’s Kevin Feige were also at this press conference, but it was all about the fraternal friendship up on that panel.

“From the beginning we were lucky,” says Thor himself, Hemsworth. “We just had a chemistry, the same kind of enthusiasm. There’s certainly a short hand that we have, this being the third film that we’ve shot together now and you don’t have to spend a chunk of your shooting time getting to know each other. We picked up where we left off. We’ve developed a great friendship along the way. To be able to ask and explore the questions that Thor and Loki haven’t really had the acute focus to address yet is a great opportunity.”

In the first of many mutual admiration moments, Hiddleston pats Hemsworth on that statuesque back and smiles, “I love you, man,” to gales of laughter from the gathered journalists.

“It’s true – from the beginning of Kenneth Branagh’s Thor all the way through Joss Whedon’s Avengers and into Alan Taylor’s Dark World, it has been an amazing adventure for both of us,” he continues. “The two characters define each other and need each other. The more you trust each other as actors, the deeper you can go, and when I’m on set with Chris, I’ll serve and he’ll return – that’s the joy of it for me.”

“In one of the scenes in a spaceship in Asgard,” Hemsworth interjects, “Tom and I were insistent that, ‘This has got to feel like when you’re in the back seat with your siblings.’ Me and my two brothers couldn’t get halfway down the road before we were like ‘Get off – don’t touch me!’”

“I’ve actually been a road trip with Chris and Liam [star of The Hunger Games and the ex-Mr Miley Cyrus] – that was very similar to Thor and Loki on the spaceship,” laughs Hiddleston, before getting more serious. “I love in this film that Thor is able to demand that Loki play his hand. Loki is someone who is constantly in control, will never show you how he really feels, and the only person who gets close is Thor.”

And, just in case the two had forgotten anyone else from the film was in the panel, Natalie Portman chimes in.

“I was just glad that because Jane gets to go to Asgard, I got to do more scenes with Tom, too,” she smiles.

“It was fun to finally see what happens when Jane and Loki share the same space,” agrees Hiddlestone. “Violence, as you’ll see.”

Hemsworth laughs: “It was great to have Natalie to break up all the godly testosterone.” Then it’s his turn to get serious and soppy again. “The reason Loki is still in these films is because of everything Tom brought to the table in the first one, how incredible he was. My hat goes off to Tom.”

Another grin, another pat on the mighty lats from Hiddleston: “I love you, man.”

Outside of the brotherly lovefest, director Alan Taylor, a veteran of Game Of Thrones, Mad Men and The Sopranos, makes it very clear that it may be subtitled The Dark World, but that doesn’t make it a super-serious superhero film.

“Humour is critical to this movie,” he says. “The first thing we shot was Stellan Skarsgard running around Stone Henge with a thong on!”

Marvel honcho and mastermind Kevin Feige agrees: “Humour is definitely the key. We’ve got spaceships in this movie, other planets in this movie and we have found that humour is an amazing way to get the audience to embrace and accept all that craziness. It’s worked well for us going back to the first Iron Man film.

Two Broke Girls stars Kat Dennings leans into her microphone: “I improvised ‘banana balls’ in the film. I was very jet lagged.”

Fittingly, the last words said at the Thor: The Dark World press conference are from Chris Hemsworth about Tom Hiddleston: “What Tom said.” Aw, how sweet.

You can enjoy the whole press conference below:

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3 Clips, Red Band Trailer & Unofficial Sequel For Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

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Tomorrow sees the relese of Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa with director Jeff Tremaine and star Johnny Knoxville providing audiences with a narrative story in which they play pranks on unassuming real people in the same vein as Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno and Borat. Knoxville has endured hours of makeup chair to revive his Jackass character Irving Zisman embarking on a roadtrip with 8-year-old grandson (Jackson Nicoll).

Jackass was renowned for compiling outtakes from their big screen outings to release ‘unofficial’ sequels on DVD. Knoxville has now confirmed that Bad Grandpa 1.5 will be released simultaneously with the theatrical release on DVD and Blu-ray including appearances from Spike Jonze and Catherine Keener playing old ladies which were cut out of the final theatrical cut.

We’ll leave you with a new red band trailer and three clips from Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa which opens Wednesday, October 23.


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Assange Refuses to Meet Cumberbatch in Protest of The Fifth Estate’s Many Falsehoods

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Just a day before the UK release of The Fifth Estate last week, WikiLeaks published the first reply Julian Assange emailed to Benedict Cumberbatch to portray his concerns that the film misleads the public with numerous inaccuracies. The letter was sent to Cumberbatch after he had reached out to contact Assange way back in January, just before principal photography was scheduled to begin.

Assange politely turns down Cumberbatch’s offer to meet up as he did not want come across as supporting a film he believes will mislead the public given the fact that Dreamworks chose the most toxic books possible to adapt the screenplay.

Here’ the letter in full: [Click on the image for full size]

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You can also read the WikiLeaks memo wich points out the main inaccuracies in the film here.

The Fifth Estate is in UK cinemas now and hits the US this Friday. We’ll leave you with a trailer for the film.

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Ender’s Game Fan Event, Leicester Square

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If you haven’t heard of Ender’s Game yet, you must be living under a rock. Written in the eighties, becoming an award winning best seller and part of American curriculum, the novel written by Orson Scott Card is well on it’s way to icon status, and now the first ever adaptation is due to hit the big screen on October 25th, starring a star studded cast, including the one and only Harrison Ford in his first sci fi excursion since Star Wars. He explains how the sci fi genre has so much more to offer than movies that stick inside Earth’s atmosphere.

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‘A realistic film on Earth only has a certain visual potential,’ says Ford. ‘But when you get into the future it broadens. You can imagine things, and this book, 28 years ago, imagined the internet, touch screen technology and spread out warfare which is now all part of our lives, for better or for worse. There’s a lot of understanding in the book and potentially we’ve captured quite a bit of it. Well I hope so.’

The story, based in the future where the human race fought against an insect-like alien enemy named the Buggers, is focused on Ender, a highly intelligent six-year-old boy who is chosen at an early age to attend Battle School for children. Since the Buggers already know all of the adult strategies, the genius bunch of kids are relied on to eventually command and beat the possible second attack from the Bugger race. Ender, who has quite the chip on his shoulder for being the technically illegal third child in a ‘two children only’ law and the object of constant abuse at the hands of his psychotic older brother, excels at the school, flying up the ranks. Despite his young age in the novel, the Director (Gavin) made the decision to make Ender considerably older by casting Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Hugo) in the coveted role.

‘He sent me a fantastic audition tape from London, and at that stage we were auditioning a lot of actors,’ says Hood. ‘As you know, when the story takes place in the book he’s six years old and he’s 13 by the end, so I decided we needed to compress this into a year so we wouldn’t have to change actors. So we auditioned children ages 7 to10 and let me tell you, we had some talented little eight year olds. But when that eight year old came up against Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and he’s going ‘I don’t want to listen to you!’ it was just horrible. I thought we have to go a little older. Asa sends this audition and he’s highly intelligent, he’s a lovely guy, he’s on that border of boy about to become a man. I’m so glad I had Asa and Hailee.’

The cast is full of star studded names, including Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin and Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfield and despite the surrounding controversy due to Scott Card’s controversial anti-gay rights activism, the movie is set to become this year’s must see blockbuster. Not just because of the special effects, but also because of the beautifully realised characters that are brought to life on the screen.

‘There’s this epic sci fi adventure but if you look closer there’s so much more than that,’ says Butterfield. ‘Keeping all those ideas intact was a challenge and keeping it together and true to the book, it’s a really interesting idea.’

We’ll leave you with a trailer for Ender’s Game which hits cinemas this October 25th.

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Top 5 Horror Sequels of the 2000s. Insidious: Chapter 2 in Cinemas Friday 13 September

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With the release of Insidious 2 arriving (finally!) on Friday the 13th of September, CinemaChords thought it would be just the right time to look back on some of the best horror sequels of recent years.

Take a look at our list of the Top 5 Horror Sequels of the 2000s and decide whether you agree with the choices. If you don’t, tough.

1)      Dawn of the Dead (2004)

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Packing enough punch, blood and scares to please the most devoted of zombie fans, Dawn of the Dead may be a sequel remake, but it is a worthy one at that. It’s as gory and tense as they come and boy, those zombies can run! The shopping mall setting is perfect for creating a feeling of claustrophobia and inability to escape, yet, allows enough space for some nail-biting chase scenes. It definitely doesn’t hold back and that’s why Dawn of the Dead remains to be the best horror sequel almost a decade after its release.

2)      28 Weeks Later (2007)

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Danny Boyle was behind one of the greatest horror films ever back in 2002 with 28 Days Later. However, an extremely enjoyable and frightening sequel was released 5 years later that was set 28 weeks after the events of its predecessor. It may not have been quite as effective as 28 Days Later and that was to be expected, but Juan Carlos Fresnadillo did a great job at picking up where Danny Boyle left off. It’s bloody, scary and has plenty of moments that will leave you covering your eyes and on the edge of your seats; when are we going to see 28 Months Later I wonder…

3)      The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

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Rob Zombie is one of those directors you either love or you hate. I love him; his visual style is remarkable and the characters he creates are brilliant. The Devil’s Rejects is the follow-up to House of 1000 Corpses and continues the story of the serial killing Firefly family who are on the run from the police. It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek; we know what we’re seeing isn’t meant to be taken too seriously, but that’s why it works so well. The film is equally as shocking as it is comedic and is a perfect sequel, if you’re a Zombie fan that is.

4)      The Descent: Part 2 (2009)

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The Descent was a brilliantly terrifying and suffocating viewing experience released in 2004 and 2009 saw the arrival of the film’s sequel. It may have lacked the originality of the original, but The Descent: Part 2 was still pretty horrifying. Not many things are scarier than being trapped in underground caves, but if you throw some mutated creatures into the mix, you’re going to get something unbelievably chilling. Why anyone would want to venture back in to those caves is beyond me, but that is what Sarah has to do when no one believes her story of cave-dwelling beasties. It’s a film filled with suspense and horrible deaths, but it does suffer from its similarity to The Descent and, at times, ridiculousness.

5)      Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

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The low-budget horror-smash that is the Paranormal Activity franchise is not yet quite finished, but the films are definitely beginning to suffer from their repetition of similar scare tactics. The first one was effective as it was something original, but arguably now, it’s getting a bit tiresome. The second in the film set was pretty good. It was a nice addition to the first film, setting itself 60 days before the events that occurred. This time, there’s a dog involved which is always nice and, obviously, most of the activity takes place in Hunter’s room. Freaky stuff.

Some honourable mentions:

Saw 2, Final Destination 2, Jeepers Creepers 2, [REC]2.

Be sure to catch Insidious: Chapter 2 when it receives its release on Friday 13th September, coming again from director James Wan.

We’ll leave you with a short video to show just what kind of pulse rate to expect when you head to the cinema this Friday together with a short behind the scenes Masters of Scare featurette:


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New Poster and First Clip For Rowan Athale’s The Rise

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Today sees the release of a brand new poster (left) and very first clip for the soon-to-be-released feature directorial debut from writer/director Rowan Athale, The Rise. The film boasts some of Britain’s hottent rising talent such as Luke Treadaway (Attack the Block, Clash of the Titans) and Iwan Rheon (Wild Bill) alongside acting aristocrats such as Timothy Spall (Secrets & Lies, The King’s Speech).

From the producers behind of Cherry Tree Lane and Ill Manors, The Rise is a heist thriller which was filmed on location in Leeds and Yorkshire and delivered with unexpected originality, with many a cast member commenting on just how much ad-libbing became involved as Athale believed there was only so much dialogue you can write.

The Rise will be heading to UK cinemas, VOD and iTunes this 20th of September swiftly followed by the DVD and Blu-Ray release on the 30th of September.

We’ll leave you with the aforementioned clip.

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Battered, bruised and under arrest, Harvey Miller (Treadaway) sits in a police interview room facing interrogation. Clutching a stack of eyewitness statements, Detective Inspector West (Spall) has no doubt as to Harvey’s part in a foiled robbery, and the subsequent attempted murder of local businessman Steven Roper (Maskell).

Denying nothing, Harvey agrees to tell his version of events in full. We take in his release from prison a month earlier and the malevolent, unjust act that put him there. We see his emotional reunion with his sibling-like best friends, and the immovable loyalty they have for one another. We see the rekindling of a lost love, a second chance for two people meant for each other. We see the ingenious planning of the ill-fated robbery, the amazing twist, the shocking outcome, and the real driving force behind it – retribution. What unfolds is an exhilarating, moving and often hilarious story of loyalty, jealousy, friendship, revenge and the pursuit of happiness.

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