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Mad Max: Fury Road – Cannes Premiere Live Stream

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FRD-DS-00039Already 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.

Synopsis:

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.

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Be teased by Jessica Cameron’s MANIA

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Without doubt one of the hardest women working in the business today is Filmmaker/Scream Queen Jessica Cameron. Launching her directing career with her multiaward winning film Truth or Dare, it would seem that Cameron is a real force of nature. Truth or Dare went on to win thirty-three awards at various film festivals including Film4 Frightfest and we are delighted to share with you the teaser for her latest project MANIA.

One of three features that were filmed simultaneously while travelling across the United States in an RV, MANIA is a film that revolves around two lesbian lovers who flee their home and travel cross country after a brutal murder. The film stars Ellie Church (Time to Kill, Headless) in the lead role of Mel who will be joined by her co-star Tristan Risk.

Director Jessica Cameron on the teaser: “I’m so excited to share this fun little tease from my feature MANIA. This is one of the sexiest films that I have seen in long time, and I know fans are going to love it as much as I do. This film is as naughty as Truth Or Dare is dirty.

If you would like to find more about MANIA, please check out the official Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Hirsuit fare-dodgers hunt in HOWL trailer

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Horror filmmaker Paul Hyett is famous for his make-up and special effects work on such films as The Descent (2005), Doomsday (2008) and Attack the Block (2011). For his latest project Hyett will take on the werewolf genre in HOWL.

Starring Ed Speleers, Shauna Macdonald and Rosie Day, Howl is the story of a group of people who find themselves in deep trouble when their train makes an unexpected stop due to trouble on the line. After the driver leaves to inspect the situation he never returns leaving ticket inspector Joe (Speleers) to lead the group of stranded passengers to safety. However, in the darkness of their rural surroundings something is lurking and begins to attack the train and the passengers forcing them to band together in order to survive until morning. The film also stars Holly Weston, Elliot Cowan and Sean Pertwee.

Empire Magazine had the exclusive on the trailer and we are delighted to share it with you here on CinemaChords.com. We hope you share our enthusiasm for this film and you’re just as excited as we are to check it out hopefully in cinemas across the UK later this year.

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Kellan Lutz leads the cast of ‘The Feud’

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Ever since we were blown away by The Aggression Scale and Under the Bed we have been big supporters of Steven C Miller‘s work for a few years now. We loved Silent Night and we can’t wait to see him flex his directorial muscles for the upcoming action-thriller Extraction which also stars Bruce Willis (Die Hard) and Kellan Lutz (The Expendables 3). Not one to take a break Miller has recently announced that he will team up again with Lutz for his latest project THE FEUD.

The Feud follows a man named Toland (played by Lutz), who returns to his rural home town in the Midwest for his brother’s funeral. Going head-to-head with the local crime lord who traps him and his friends in an abandoned farming complex, Toland skews must use his wits and spectacular skills to battle for their lives.

The Expendables 3 star will play the lead character and production will begin this summer. Miller has plans to unleash the film on viewers at next year’s Cannes Film Festival, according to The Wrap. We will keep you up to date on further developments as they unfold.

In the meantime why not check out the trailer for Steven C Miller’s excellent thriller The Aggression Scale starring Ray Wise and Dana Ashbrook.

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Check out the Latest Poltergeist Featurette

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Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past year or so you will be well aware that POLTERGEIST, the terrifying tale from Tobe Hooper is being given a modern upgrade thanks to Producer Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead), Director Gil Kenan (Monster House) And writer David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole). The upcoming reboot will offer a fresh perspective of the classic chiller in 3D and will be released across the UK and Ireland from Friday 22nd May.

Poltergeist will Sam Rockwell (Moon), Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married), Jared Harris (Mad Men) and Jane Adams (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). It may be only a few weeks before we all get to experience the film but in the meantime we here at Cinema Chords are excited to share with you the latest Poltergeist featurette:

POLTERGEIST will be released from 22nd May.

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Icon and FrightFest Form Exclusive Partnership

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Icon Film Distribution (IFD) and FrightFest, the UK’s leading horror fantasy film festival, have entered into an exclusive partnership that will see IFD releasing FrightFest curated films under the banner ‘FrightFest Presents’.

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Since FrightFest was set up 15 years ago, it has grown in size and stature, and today is internationally renowned for discovering exciting and original horror fantasy genre films.   Last August, the festival screened 63 of the best horror films from around the world to UK audiences, with many world and European premieres. Over the years the festival directors, Greg Day, Alan Jones, Paul McEvoy and Ian Rattray, have also brought masters of the genre to the festival including Guillermo del Toro, George Romero, Dario Argento and Sam Raimi. FrightFest has developed into a brand leader for horror film, expanding its footprint in the UK by hosting special strands at other festivals to great success, such as the established three-day event at the Glasgow Film Festival.

IFD has a longstanding track record in releasing genre films, from breakout hit PARANORMAL ACTIVITY which grossed a phenomenal £10 million at the UK box office to the cult vampire thriller 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, as well as re-issues of classic Hammer titles including DRACULA and THE MUMMY.  Most recently, IFD released the critical and box office hit IT FOLLOWS as well as THE BABADOOK, Jennifer Kent’s psychological horror story, which burst out of FrightFest’s August festival to become one of the most talked about horrors of 2014.

So with both going strength to strength this partnership will expand their brands nationwide. In addition select FrightFest endorsed films will be made available across the UK and Ireland via IFD’s digital partners (including Sky, iTunes, Amazon, Blinkbox, Film4OD, VirginMovies, TalkTalk, Google, Volta, and Eircom) giving film fans instant access to some of their favourite FrightFest titles. Each release will have the collective backing of both IFD and FrightFest across all social channels. The partnership deal was negotiated by Zak Brilliant, Head of Theatrical, and Sophie Wong, TV and Digital Sales Manager, for Icon, and Greg Day and Ian Rattray, Directors of FrightFest.

Paul McEvoy, Co-Director of FrightFest says, “In expanding the FrightFest brand we are opening up new audiences for horror and fantasy, a genre which already has a clear, devoted and almost fanatical fan base. With Icon as our partner and using their distribution channels, we are looking forward to talking to producers and sales companies about how FrightFest can get their films to more film fans.”

Ian Dawson, Icon Film Distribution CEO says, “Icon has always had a strong relationship with the FrightFest team, never more so than over the past 12 months when they, and their supporters, have been an integral part of our launches for The Guest, The Babadook and It Follows. We have long admired their commitment to genre and the loyal community they have built up over the years. This partnership offers a great opportunity to work together behind new and exciting content, taking it to the widest possible audience, making their community a whole lot bigger.”

Select titles for the joint venture will be announced soon and we here at CinemaChords can’t wait to hear more about this.

 

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Bughuul is back in the trailer for SINISTER 2

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Back in 2012 director Scott Derrickson terrified audiences with his supernatural horror film SINISTER as it performed incredibly well on the world box office. Starring Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance and James Ransone, Sinister told the story of Ellison, a true-crime writer who finds a stash of 8mm home movies each showing a series of ghastly murders. Delving deeper into the mystery he soon discovers that the films are the work of a serial killer whose career dates back to the 1960s. As with any well performing horror film comes with it the possibility to kick-start a new franchise so it came as no surprise when it was announced back in August 2014 that the sequel was going into production.

For the sequel Scott Derrickson has passed over his directorial duties. However, naysayers have no need to worry as SINISTER 2 is directed by Ciarán Foy who previously delivered the shocking horror Citadel. The upcoming sequel will see Shannyn Sossamon as Courtney, a single mother living in an isolated farm house that is marked for death. After one of her sons discovers a familiar stash of home movies, Courtney is thrust into a supernatural world where she must fight to save her own life and the lives of her sons. Sinister 2 will also see the return of James Ransone who reprises his role from the first film as Deputy So & So.

Not seven months after the initial announcement of the sequel the first trailer for SINISTER 2 has been released and we can’t wait to check it out. In the meantime, those lucky enough to have seen Citadel you know very well that Ciarán Foy knows what it takes to terrify his audiences so fans of the first film can rest well knowing that that the franchise has been left in good hands.

SINISTER 2 is scheduled for release in cinemas across the UK on 21st August, 2015.

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F#%K YEAH! Reynolds confirms Deadpool will be Rated-R!

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Last year fans of Marvel’s morally flexible merc-with-a-mouth were over the moon when it was announced that Ryan Reynolds will be starring in the hotly anticipated DEADPOOL feature. But from the beginning fans of the comic were all eager to express their concerns about the film’s target rating.

The filmmakers and Ryan Reynolds have publicly declared their desire to make an R-rated feature (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). There has been opposition from the creative minds at 20th Century Fox and today on 1st April, Ryan Reynolds announced some devastating news for fans via his Twitter account to confirm that DEADPOOL was going to a PG-13 rated feature. Thankfully in the spirit of April Fools the truth was finally revealed in a hilarious video courtesy of JoBlo.com.

DEADPOOL will be directed by Tim Miller and stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller and Gina Carano. For anyone that isn’t familiar with the source material, Deadpool is the story of Wade Wilson, a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary. After being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, Wilson adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humour, the film will show Deadpool’s hunt for the man who nearly destroyed his life.

DEADPOOL will be released in cinemas in Feb 2016.

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Watch out world… KILL-CRAZY NYMPHOS ATTACK! is on the way!

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Calling all fans of See No Evil 2American Mary and Dead Hooker in a Trunk, those Twisted Twins are at it again as Jen and Sylvia Soksa have announced their fist graphic novel, KILL-CRAZY NYMPHOS ATTACK! Teaming up with Daniel Way, a personal favourite of theirs and the most inspirational graphic novelist, Kill-Crazy Nyphos Attack! is an original graphic novel that will be presented in a grindhouse/exploitation film style.

The story centers upon Purvis Gunt, a malcontent and pervert who works at a pharmaceutical lab. Purvis is obsessed with having rampant, porno-style sex with nearly every woman he sees but it’s never gonna happen for him because, in addition to the fact that he’s married, he’s revolting in every possible way. So he turns to science for a way to cheat the situation, using the resources of the pharmaceutical lab to create something that will cause women to lose any and all inhibition or restraint and fill them with uncontrollable lust. Purvis, however, is a terrible scientist. What he cooks up is a virus that fills women with not only a lust for sex…but for blood.

When the virus gets out and infects the female population of the small town where Purvis lives, carnage ensues and it’s up to Purvis, disgraced priest Father Osorio and super macho but sexually ambiguous SWAT officer Mack Diesel to contain the situation before woman-hating US President Pole drops a nuke on the whole goddamn mess.
Featuring interior art by Rob Dumo, cover by Dave Johnson, and colours by Joe TottiKill-Crazy Nymphos Attacks! will be filled with iconic, complex, cosplayable characters. The graphic novel will also feature the twins themselves, for the first time, appearing in graphic novel form as the “Sister Sisters“.

We are stoked to share this with you and hope that you want to climb aboard this rollercoaster ride infused with relevant social commentary which is exactly the unadulterated insanity free from any restrictions, creativity or budget that any self-respecting Soska fan has been waiting for.

With no restrictions the project is in full creative control of the Soskas and the brilliant Daniel Way and to fund it the Kill-Crazy Nymphos Attacks! team are launching it via Kickstarter. Viewing it as an online store, they are offering exclusive items and experiences that are only obtainable by donating to the cause.

If we can raise the money to produce this as a graphic novel it will make it a hell of a lot easier to produce this as a feature film later on” says Jen Soska. “…we fucking love our fans and that is why we put in so much thought into the incentives that we are offering for this kickstarter. Its kind of our way of not only thanking them for making this project a reality but thanking them for everything that they do for us.”

We are literally over the moon with this announcement and we hope you are too so we here at CinemaChords.com are proud to share with you the link to this awesome project:

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Dan Stevens as Beast? Be our guest!

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Since leaving Downton Abbey British hearthrob Dan Stevens‘ career has gone from strength to strength and has recently starred in such film as The Guest and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. With the way his career is blooming at the moment It would appear that Hollywood has also certainly fallen in love with him and if rumours are true, fans of the upcoming live adaptation of Disney’s beloved love story Beauty and the Beast will soon see Stevens take on the iconic role of Beast.

For those who are unaware of the timeless story, Beauty and The Beast is the story of Belle, a young girl who is dissatisfied with life in a small provincial French town. After her father Maurice takes a wrong turn in the dark woodsBell goes in search of him and discovers a monster-like Beast has taken him captive. Agreeing to take his place, Belle soon discovers that the Beast was once a prince whom is now under a magic spell that can only be broken by true love’s kiss.

We are excited by this news not only because we think Stevens is a terrific actor but he also comes from a background of theatre acting which we think will make him excel in the role. He will be joining Emma Watson (the Harry Potter franchise) who has been cast as Belle and action man Luke Evans (No One Lives) is also onboard as Gaston. It is also rumoured that Emma Thompson is in talks to play the role of the loving Mrs. Potts.

Congratulations from all of us here at Cinema Chords, Dan Stevens. We can’t wait to be your guest but in the meantime let’s all embrace one of the animation’s most iconic scenes.

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The 2015 Oscars Go To….

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The 87th Annual Academy Awards took place last night on Sunday 22nd February and honoured the best national and foreign films of 2014. Hosted by Neil Patrick HarrisAlejandro González Iñárritu‘s stunning film Birdman won Best Motion Picture of the Year, Britain’s very own Eddie Redmayne took away the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and Julianne Moore was given the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Thankfully the Oscar for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing did not go to Interstellar but it did deservedly go to Whiplash.

Neil Patrick Harris opened with a song-and-dance number aided by Jack Black who brought some well deserved shade to NPH’s uplifting skit. Tegan and Sarah along with The Lonely Island performed their hit “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie. Then Idina Menzel, showing good sport after last year’s blunder, came to the stage to introducer her co-presenter… Glom Gazingo aka John Travolta. Lady Gaga also performed serving Julie Andrews in her medley honouring The Sound of Music.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Birdman (2014): Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything (2014)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Julianne Moore for Still Alice (2014)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
J.K. Simmons for Whiplash (2014)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette for Boyhood (20014/I)

Best Achievement in Directing
Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman (2014)

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Birdman (2014): Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
The Imitation Game (2014): Graham Moore

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Big Hero 6 (2014)

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Ida (2013): Pawel Pawlikowski

Best Achievement in Editing
Whiplash (2014): Tom Cross

Best Achievement in Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock

Best Achievement in Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Milena Canonero

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Alexandre Desplat

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Selma (2014): Common, John Legend (Glory)

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Whiplash (2014): Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
American Sniper (2014): Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Interstellar (2014): Paul J. Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott R. Fisher

Best Documentary, Feature
Citizenfour (2014): Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky

Best Documentary, Short Subject
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (2013): Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Dana Perry

Best Short Film, Animated
Feast (2014/I): Patrick Osborne, Kristina Reed

Best Short Film, Live Action
The Phone Call (2013): Mat Kirkby, James Lucas

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The Devil On Wheels Celebrates Spielberg’s Duel Phenomenon

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Believe it or not, Steven Spielberg‘s first known work was a tiny TV movie shot over the course of just two weeks in 1971. The film followed a terror-stricken business commuter along the desert roads of Southern California running scared when a terrifying truck begins to pursue him for no apparent reason. The film in question is of course Duel which proved to be such a massive success when it aired on US television that it went on to screen in cinemas around the world, gaining the cult status it still maintains to this very day. Testament to its long-lived appreciation, director Alfonso Cuarón recently revealed that the film was a particular point of reference for him whilst shooting Gravity.

In 2015, THE DEVIL ON WHEELS (a direct translation of the film’s Spanish title), a new documentary will celebrate the making of and the cult surrounding Duel, exploring exactly why the it has generated such a passionate, international and undying cult.

Directed by Enric Folch, a multi-award winning TV director in Spain, this feature-length documentary will be shot in the USA with a team of five international Duel lovers travelling the country to explore the whole Duel phenomenon. The team will be interviewing the surviving members of the crew, reconstructing the way the movie was made, and meeting other fans and experts to pick their brains and deliberate the film’s enduring appeal.

NewDuelpostercreatedbyafan(ByCassieCallender)On Wednesday 4th March, the Devil on Wheels Productions will launch a 30 day Kickstarter crowd funding campaign on an all-or-nothing-basis giving fans the chance to take part in the project. The filmmakers have set up a website to provide fans will all the Duel related information they could dream of in one place. There is also an official Facebook page where fans can meet and greet each other. An actual gathering with Duel fans is also planned at one of the locations whilst the film is shooting. Be sure to keep up to date with the documentary over on Twitter, Google, Vimeo and YouTube.

In the meantime we’ll leave you with the original theatrical trailer for Duel to remind you just how great the movie was, as if you didn’t already remember….

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