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New Trailer for Gosling’s ‘LOST RIVER’

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Despite receiving negative reviews after its premiere at Cannes, the movie world has been buzzing with excitement for Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut LOST RIVER, a fantasy-neo-noir which is set for a wide release in the UK in April 2015.

Synopsis:
Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son Bones discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery if their family is to survive.

LOST RIVER also stars Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Ian De Caestecker (In Fear), Matt Smith (Dr Who), Saoirse Ronan (Byzantium) and Eva Mendes (The Place Beyond the Pines).

Courtesy of Entertainment One UK Ltd we are delighted to share with you the first official UK trailer for the film.

From the look of the trailer LOST RIVER seems to echo the style of such directors as David Lynch and Nicholas Winding Refn so we can’t wait to see if Gosling is just as good behind the camera as he is in front of it.

LOST RIVER will be given a wide release in cinemas across the UK this April.

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GIVE IT UP for the SOSKAS and Women in Horror Recognition Month

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February is Women in Horror Recognition Month (WiHM) a  fantastic cause assists female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure, and education through altruistic events, printed material, articles, interviews, and online support.  WiHM is all about expanding opportunities for contemporary female genre filmmakers and artists by raising awareness about the changing roles for women in the film industry but no one does it better than our favourite twins.

Jen and Sylvia Soska aka ‘The Twisted Twins’ rocked us with their grindhouse thriller DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK and they seduced us into the world of body modification with AMERICAN MARY. Their latest effort VENDETTA, a WWE action flick may be a slight change in direction for the pair but we all know where their darkened hearts lie don’t we…

“Every February is Women In Horror Recognition Month and every February Jen and I host a Worldwide Massive Blood Drive” Says Sylvia Soska. “It’s easy to participate, book an appointment at your local blood bank and make a donation! You can’t think horror without thinking blood and this is a great way to help someone in need; there is no substitute for human blood and donors have been decreasing every year.”

This year in support of WiHM, the twins have teamed up with some red hot talent from across the globe including; Gigi Saul Guerrero, Hannah Neurotica, Maude Michaud, Tamae Garateguy, Jimena Monteoliva, Jessica Cameron, Patricia Chica, Jill Sixx, and Chelsey Burdon.

This year’s theme was “Blood From Unexpected Places” paired with the tagline of “If There Were Other Ways to Get Blood, We Wouldn’t Need You”. Each directress was given full creative freedom and this is the end result, 12 minutes of quality entertainment promoting one single message. We fully support WiHM and urge those who can to donate to this worthy cause so GIVE IT up and donate blood today.

Please share and get involved on Twitter. Follow the Soskas (@twisted_twins) use the hashtags #WiHM666 #InYouToGive.

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2015 Glasgow Frightfest Line-up Announced

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Film4 FrightFest celebrates its10th year at Glasgow Film Festival with
three World, two European and six UK premiere attractions.

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This year will see Frightfest return as a key strand of the Glasgow Film Festival for it’s tenth anniversary. Celebrating this milestone in perfect fashion, the festival co-ordinators have put together a fantastic line-up featuring eleven premieres that have never been shown in the UK before. So what delights are going to be on show for those lucky enough to attend this years festival?

Thurs 26th February

21:00 ELIZA GRAVES (UK Premiere)
Based on the short story from Edgar Allan Poe, Eliza Graves is a chilling gothic thriller from the director of The Call and The Machinist featuring an impressive cast including Kate Beckinsale, Brendan Gleeson and Michael Caine.

Friday 27th February

13:00 THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE (European Premiere)
From Chris Sparling, the writer of ATM and Buried comes this 70s inspired chiller set in the US Department of Defense’s paranormal lab. Starring Julian Acosta and Anne Betancourt the film surrounds a confirmed case of possession and will not doubt scare the living daylights out of you.

16:00 THE HOARDER (World Premiere)
Mischa Barton and Robert Knepper star in this intense and chilling psychological thriller from Director Matt Winn. Barton stars as Ella, a woman who finds herself trapped in an underground storage facility after discovering a terrifying secret unaware that those around her are hiding a secret of their own.

18:30 WYRMWOOD (UK Premiere)
Director Kiah Roache-Turner delivers a truly outstanding movie experience with WYRMWOOD. After a wayward comet turns the Australian outback into a post-apocalyptic zombie nightmare, a mechanic (Jay Gallagher) learns his sister (Bianca Bradley) has been abducted by soldiers carrying out zombie experiments sets out to save her. Expect carnage and pitch black comedy in this high-octane rollercoaster ride that you won’t want to get off..

21:00 88 (World Premiere)
Everyone’s favourite she-wolf and medical student, Katharine Isabelle returns to Frightfest with the action thriller 88. Directed by April Mullen (A History of Violence) 88 sees Isabelle as a young woman split between two timelines as she goes on a violent rampage to get revenge for her lover’s death. The film also stars Christopher Lloyd and Michael Ironside.

23:15 THE ASYLUM (European Premiere)
His work may divide audiences but festival goers can look forward (or not) to Marcus Nispel’s latest flick. Audiences will see a group of teenagers accidentally release an evil spirit that starts to possess them one by one sounds very familiar but we’re intrigued.

Sat 28th February

11:00 CLOWN (UK Premiere)
The film that will no doubt terrify those with Coulrophobia. Director John Watts tells the story of a man who takes on the role of party entertainer for his son’s sixth birthday is in for a nasty shock when the clown outfit he wears is actually the skin of an ancient demon that is slowly turning him into a homicidal maniac with outsize shoes. Also starring Eli Roth and Peter Stormare.

13:30 BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (Retrospective Premiere)
Taking up the retro slot of this years festival is Mario Bava’s 1964 italian thriller Blood and Black Lace.

16:00 THE WOODS MOVIE (World Premiere)
Three student filmmakers might have disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland while shooting a documentary in 1994 but in 2015 something truly special is coming to Glasgow Frightfest as audiences will be able to experience The Making of the Blair Witch Project. This documentary will provide festival goers an in-depth perspective about the making of the found footage film that terrified the world.

18:30 THE TREATMENT (UK Premiere)
Arriving from Belgium is De Behandeling aka The Treatment. Directed by Hans Herbots this thriller stars Geert Van Rampelberg as Nick Cafmeyer, a police inspector haunted by an unsolved dissapperance untli a recently released suspect comes under his radar resulting into a relentless manhunt.

21:30 [REC]: APOCALYPSE (UK Premiere)
Bringing the popular spanish zombie/found footage genre to a close, [REC]: Apocalypse moves the action from the quarantined apartment build oto a high-security facility located on an oil tanker. Manuela Velasco returns for more blood, shocks and screams.

23:30 THERE ARE MONSTERS (UK Premiere)
Bringing the festival to a close will be this chilling horror from director Jay Dahl. Four film students embark on a road trip to obtain interviews only to find darkness and danger that will prove that monsters do really exist.

There you have it. We are impressed by this years line up and we can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and join the festivities. So if we have wet your appetites why not grab yourself a ticket when they go on sale from 10am tomorrow. Full weekend passes are £70 (does not include the screening of Eliza Graves) and single tickets are just £9.00.

Visit: www.glasgowfilm.org/festival for more information.

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2015 BAFTA Nominations Are In…

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The nominations for the 2015 British Academy Film Awards are in and the front runner this year is Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL with an impressive eleven nominations. Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN and James Marsh’s THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING come in second with ten each and THE IMITATION GAME follows with nine much deserved nods.

Other films that have gained nominations include Richard Linklater‘s BOYHOOD, Paul King’s PADDINGTON, Matthew Warchus’ inspirational comedy PRIDE and Jonathan Glazer‘s art-house sci-fi thriller UNDER THE SKIN.

“The extraordinary range of talent and skills that make Britain’s film industry so vibrant are rightly in the international spotlight today,” comments BFI CEO Amanda Nevill. “It’s thrilling to see this year’s BAFTA nominations recognise so many new and emerging UK filmmakers, it is their creative vision and broad range of voices and styles that ensure the UK’s independent sector is an engine room of creativity for British filmmaking, and help to keep UK film at the top of its game. My warmest congratulations go to all today’s nominees.”

Taking a look at the full list of nominees we are excited to see that there have been some well deserved nods given not just to a prime selection of films but also to some incredible actors. Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Ralph Finnes are up for Leading Actor and Amy Adams, Felicity Jones and Rosamund Pike are up for Leading Actress.  We here at cinema chords are bonafide Cumberbitches so I think you’ll guess who we want to win Leading Actor.

We could go on and tell you who we think we will win but part of the fun is not knowing until the night. So with that in mind we will leave you with the full list of of all the nominees:

Best film
Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole
Boyhood – Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson
The Imitation Game – Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman
The Theory of Everything – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony Mccarten

Outstanding British film
’71 – Yann Demange, Angus Lamont, Robin Gutch, Gregory Burke
The Imitation Game – Morten Tyldum, Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman, Graham Moore
Paddington – Paul King, David Heyman
Pride – Matthew Warchus, David Livingstone, Stephen Beresford
The Theory of Everything – James Marsh, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten
Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer, James Wilson, Nick Wechsler, Walter Campbell

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
Elaine Constantine (writer/director) – Northern Soul
Gregory Burke (writer), Yann Demange (director) – ’71
Hong Khaou (writer/director) – Lilting
Paul Katis (director/producer), Andrew De Lotbinière (producer) – Kajaki: The True Story
Stephen Beresford (writer), David Livingstone (producer) – Pride

Film not in the English language
Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski, Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzieciol, Ewa Puszczynska
Leviathan – Andrey Zvyagintsev, Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov
The Lunchbox – Ritesh Batra, Arun Rangachari, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga
Trash – Stephen Daldry, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Kris Thykier
Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd

Documentary
20 Feet from Stardom – Morgan Neville, Caitrin Rogers, Gil Friesen
20,000 Days on Earth – Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
Citizenfour – Laura Poitras
Finding Vivian Maier – John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
Virunga – Orlando Von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara

Animated film
Big Hero 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams
The Boxtrolls – Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable
The Lego Movie – Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Director
Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman and James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
The Theory of Everything – James Marsh
Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

Original screenplay
Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

Adapted screenplay
American Sniper – Jason Hall
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
The Imitation Game – Graham Moore
Paddington – Paul King
The Theory of Everything – Anthony Mccarten

Leading actor
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Leading actress
Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Reese Witherspoon – Wild
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Supporting actor
Edward Norton – Birdman
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
J.k. Simmons – Whiplash
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

Supporting actress
Emma Stone – Birdman
Imelda Staunton – Pride
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Rene Russo – Nightcrawler

Original music
Birdman – Antonio Sanchez
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
The Theory of Everything – Jóhann Jóhannsson
Under the Skin – Mica Levi

Cinematography
Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman
Ida – Lukasz Zal, Ryzsard Lenczewski
Interstellar – Hoyte Van Hoytema
Mr. Turner – Dick Pope

Editing (due to a tie in voting in this category, there are six nominations)
Birdman – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg
Nightcrawler – John Gilroy
The Theory of Everything – Jinx Godfrey
Whiplash – Tom Cross

Production design
Big Eyes – Rick Heinrichs, Shane Vieau
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock
The Imitation Game – Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald
Interstellar – Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
Mr. Turner – Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts

Costume design
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
The Imitation Game – Sammy Sheldon Differ
Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood
Mr. Turner – Jacqueline Durran
The Theory of Everything – Steven Noble

Makeup and hair
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon
Guardians of the Galaxy – Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White
Into the Woods – Peter Swords King, J. Roy Helland
Mr. Turner – Christine Blundell, Lesa Warrener
The Theory of Everything – Jan Sewell

Sound
American Sniper – Walt Martin, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman
Birdman – Thomas Varga, Martin Hernández, Aaron Glascock, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wayne Lemmer, Christopher Scarabosio, Pawel Wdowczak
The Imitation Game – John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Stuart Hilliker, Martin Jensen
Whiplash – Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann

Special visual effects
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist, Daniel Barrett
Guardians of the Galaxy – Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner, Nicolas Aithadi
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White
Interstellar – Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer

British short animation
The Bigger Picture – Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka
Monkey Love Experiments – Ainslie Henderson, Cam Fraser, Will Anderson
My Dad – Marcus Armitage

British short film
Boogaloo and Graham – Brian J. Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney
Emotional Fusebox – Michael Berliner, Rachel Tunnard
The Kármán Line – Campbell Beaton, Dawn King, Tiernan Hanby, Oscar Sharp
Slap – Islay Bell-Webb, Michelangelo Fano, Nick Rowland
Three Brothers – Aleem Khan, Matthieu De Braconier, Stephanie Paeplow

The EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Jack O’Connell
Margot Robbie
Miles Teller
Shailene Woodley

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on 8th February.

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First UK Teaser for “It Follows”

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She wowed us all in Adam Wingard‘s superb super solider thriller THE GUEST but can actress Maika Monroe hit big with genre fans in her latest performance in David Robert Mitchell‘s acclaimed shocker IT FOLLOWS? If the buzz on the festival circuit is anything to go by the answer appears to be an undeniable yes!

The breakout film from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, It Follows is a suspenseful, beautifully shot, horror film that takes old, tired horror clichés and puts a smart, culturally relevant spin on them whilst maintaining a timeless class that the horror genre hasn’t seen for a long time. Teen sex, suburbia, murder, and nightmarish demons all take on a new layer of substance and style. Writer/Director David Robert Mitchell reminds us why these horror fundamentals are used so often and shows his peers how it’s done.

After a date and seemingly innocent sexual encounter, 19-year-old Jay (Monroe) is left with an inescapable sense that someone, or something is following her. Jay and her friends team up to try and find ways escape the traumatising horrors that are always right behind them.

Due for release in the UK and Ireland on 27th February 2015 we are delighted to bring you the first UK teaser trailer for this highly anticipated thriller that has been given five stars from TOTAL FILM.

Want more? In celebration of the upcoming release there will be a special ‪#‎ItFollowsFriday‬ tomorrow, Friday the 19th of December on the official feeds https://twitter.com/itfollowsuk and https://www.facebook.com/ItFollowsUK with a competition and all day interaction. It’s the perfect excuse to be on your mobile all day tomorrow.

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Bond 24 Title and Cast Reveal – Live Stream

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Today at 11:00am GMT (3:00am PST; 6:00am EST) Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment will present a live announcement and photo call from the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios.

Get ready for big surprises as the title and cast of the 24th Bond film will be revealed with principal photography starting this very Monday 8th December. All the news as it is revealed will also be live-tweeted via the official James Bond handle @007 and you can watch the whole thing live in the embedded video after the jump.

The event schedule is as follows (all GMT times)

10.50am               Introduction

11.00am               Live announcement commences

11.07am               Live announcement ends (approximate)

11.15am               Photo call with cast and director

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The Park is Open…. Jurassic World Trailer Online!

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The wait is over, the park is open and the trailer for the long-awaited instalment in the groundbreaking Jurassic Park franchise is finally online and we can’t help but get excited over what we’ve seen!

Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not GuaranteedJurassic World is the fourth instalment of the epic franchise and stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio and Judy Greer. Set twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. That is until the on-site scientists create a new genetically modified dinosaur creating a chain of events that can only end in carnage.

From an entertaining seaworld-esque show, to the idyllic peaceful kayak cruise alongside the herbivores, to the thrilling see-everything Gyrospheres, the trailer from Universal Pictures inspires excitement from the viewer. However, fans of the franchise will know too well that the fun turns to danger in the blink of an eye and sure enough we are teased with hints of the modified dinosaur and its tail of destruction. We love this trailer and we’re confident that by the time you you hear its spine-shivering roar you too will be in awe at the splendour of it and you will no doubt share our enthusiasm.

Jurassic World will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on 12th June 2015 in the meanwhile prepare to get excited by watching the trailer below.

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Avengers 2: Age of Ultron Trailer Leaks Early… Nuff Said!

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Comic book and movie fans alike collectively gasped today when the first trailer for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron leaked online this morning, days ahead of schedule. Knowing that the footage would be widely reported on, Marvel have quickly responded by releasing an official high quality version of the trailer for us all to dissect over the coming weeks. This is a huge loss for the flagging TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., who were counting on using the trailer to boost ratings next week, but for the impatient fans among us i.e. everyone, this can only be a good thing.

Ok, we’re going to shut up now so you can enjoy the trailer for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron in its all of its glory. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be watching this one over and over in the coming weeks.

After the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, one would presume that Marvel would be keen to continue making movies in the same humorous vein, but judging from the trailer, Avengers 2: Age of Ultron is going to be the darkest film released by the studio yet. Anyone who worried that the villain Ultron could come across as a soulless CGI creation should put their fears aside. James Spader’s voice is absolutely chilling in the role and Ultron’s appearance blends seamlessly with the rest of the world that Joss Whedon has created for the Avengers.

Each hero is given a moment to shine in a number of action packed shots that look set to blow people away upon the films release next year. Highlights include Iron Man’s new Hulkbuster armor, a creepy Pinocchio-inspired monologue from Ultron and a lingering shot of Captain America’s ‘indestructible’ shield lying broken on the floor. New characters including Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch also look impressive in their brief appearances, but for some reason, the Vision is conspicuously absent.

The trailer raises a million questions, but in the best kind of way, gearing fans up for the movie’s inevitable domination next year. For now though, we want to know what you think. Has the first official footage for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron lived up to your expectations? How did the twins escape the lab we last saw them in at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Will Hawkeye be given the moment in the spotlight which he sorely deserves? And why are the Avengers fighting among themselves once more?

Find out the answers to these questions and more when Avengers 2: Age of Ultron is released on May 1st. 2015.

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Grimmfest Opening Gala Lineup Announced

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As you may already know, Grimmfest is returning to Manchester between 2nd and 5th October. The weekend will feature a whole host of special events, previews, premieres and Q&A’s with the attending guests as well as offering a few more surprises along the way. Eventhough the festival line up is yet to be announced, tickets have already gone on sale. However, the Opening Night Gala will kick off the festival in style featuring two features, an exclusive short film premiere and some surprising special guests.

Starting the night will be the World Premiere of Melanie Light‘s short film THE HERD. Starring Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman), Victoria Broom (Stalled) and Charlotte Hunter (Emmerdale), The Herd sees a group of women enslaved, inseminated and abused by their captors for one reason only – their milk. It might sound bizarre but this ‘Vegan Feminist Horror’ promises to churn your stomachs.

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Following The Herd will be the English Premiere of Brian O’Malley‘s horror LET US PREY. Starring Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) and Pollyana McIntosh (The Woman), Let us Pray joins Rachel (McIntosh) as a police officer who is about to begin her frist nightshift. In walks Six (Cunningham) and all hell breaks loose in this tense thriller. Making an apperance to take part in a Q&A after the film will be Pollyanna McIntosh, Liam Cunningham (TBC), Douglas Russell, Hanna Stanbridge and Brian O’Malley.

Following that Grimmfest will host the UK premiere of SUBURBAN GOTHIC, the new feature from Richard Bates Jr (Excision). Starring Matthew Gray Gubler (500 Days of Summer), Kat Dennings (Thor), Ray Wise (Robocop), Jeffrey Combs (Reanimator), and John Waters, Suburban Gothic tells the story of Raymond who is kicked out of his big city apartment to return home. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small own, Raymond teams up with a local bartender called Becca to solve the mystery and stop the spirit intent on destruction.

I hope you share our enthusiasm as we think this is going to be a fantastic year for Grimmfest. Tickets are on sale now and you can get yours here, meanwhile the full festival line-up will be announced next week.

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Robin Williams Dead At 63 (1951-2014)

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At Cinema Chords, we were all devastated to learn that actor Robin Williams passed away today.

Following a long battle with depression, legendary actor Robin Williams was found dead today. The details are still unclear, but what we do know is that Williams was discovered unconscious inside his Californian home by paramedics who rushed him to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Suicide by asphyxiation is suspected, but nothing has been confirmed so far.

Born in 1951, Williams loved impersonating others as a child and later took this passion to Julliard, which paved the way for a starring role in the sitcom Mork & Mindy. By the 1980’s, Williams became one of the most popular comedians on the planet, but that didn’t stop him from enjoying an incredible career as a serious actor too, one which rivaled even his most successful comic roles.

Williams partied hard at the height of his success and problems with drugs had a negative impact on his health and personal life over the years, but today, we are here to celebrate the life of a man who touched us all.

The manic energy Williams poured into every role made him mesmerizing to watch, regardless of whether the part was serious or comedic. The ability to make audiences truly laugh or cry is a rare one indeed, but Williams had the phenomenal talent to achieve both with ease, transcending the label comedian to become a legend in the truest sense of the word. Just look at some of the awards he won in his lifetime; Two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actor Guild Awards, five Grammy Awards and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Incredible. 

As I write this, a huge number of film roles come to mind, almost too many to list, which just demonstrates the impact that Williams had on us all. As a child, Hook, Mrs Doubtfire and Jumanji captured my imagination, but it was Williams’s award-winning role as the Genie in Aladdin which blew me away. As I grew older, I began to fall in love with Williams’s adult roles too, including Good Will Hunting, The Birdcage and One Hour Photo, all of which are impressive showcases of the actors versatility.

Robin Williams was more than a mere actor though. Williams was one of the most beloved performers to ever appear on the silver screen and he will be sorely missed by everyone who ever saw him in one of his countless roles. Sixty-three years does not seem long enough, but Williams left us with a lifetime of incredible performances that we are lucky enough to have enjoyed over the past four decades.

As tragic as it is, let us try to not dwell on the sadness of Williams’s passing. Instead, join us as we celebrate Williams’s life and listen to him perform the Oscar nominated song ‘Friend Like Me’ from Disney’s Aladdin.

Our thoughts at this time are with Williams’s family and friends.

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How has this news affected you? Pay tribute to the legendary performer by telling us some of your favorite Robin Williams roles from over the years.

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Comic Con 2014 – Mad Max: Fury Road Wows Surprised Audiences

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2015 belongs to the mad…

After years of aborted shoots and production worries, it became easy to denounce Mad Max: Road Fury before any footage was even unveiled, but it turns out we didn’t need to worry. The filmmakers finally revealed a three minute trailer at Comic Con 2014 and somehow defied all expectations, making its appearance one of the most talked about events of the festival.

Returning to the franchise that made his name, director George Miller has enlisted an incredible cast to bring his vision of post-apocalyptic Australia to life, including Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult in almost unrecognizable roles.

FURY ROADThe trailer starts with Hardy crushing a two-headed lizard under his boot before driving out into the radioactive Australian outback. A chase quickly ensues between Hardy and a gang of barbaric thugs on wheels who torture and brand our hero with strange markings. Shot without a traditional script and with minimal dialogue, Miller told Comic Con that Fury Road is a “chase movie” based in a future where people have gone back to an “elemental form of behaviour” in a land with “no rule of law”.

Without spoiling too much, it’s worth mentioning that the production design looks incredible, perfectly embodying the tone of the series while still updating the general aesthetic for modern audiences. Fans should be getting seriously excited right about now…

Don’t believe me? Watch the Comic Con footage for Mad Max: Fury Road below.

Want to see more of the four principal actors? Thought you did! Check out these incredible character posters…

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Will Tom Hardy live up to Mel Gibson’s legacy? Has George Miller still got what it takes to direct an incredible Mad Max movie? And why does Hugh Keays-Byrne’s character look suspiciously like Hardy’s Bane from the Dark Knight franchise? Let us know what you thought of the Comic Con footage and posters in the comments section below.

Mad Max: Fury Road is coming to cinemas 15 May, 2015.

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Is Tom Hardy Stretching Himself Too Thin With The Revenant?

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Tom Hardy is one seriously busy guy.Upcoming projects already include the Kray Twins movie Legend, BBC drama Peaky Blinders, a Mad Max reboot AND an Elton John biopic, but now he’s added yet another film to his list, signing on to appear alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the western thriller The Revenant.

The film is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and reunites Hardy and DiCaprio for the first time since the release of Inception in 2010. Iñárritu’s last movie Biutiful was extremely well received by critics, so there is a good chance that The Revenant will continue this success at the award ceremonies when the film is released in 2015. 

Based on the novel by Michael Punke, The Revenant follows a 19th century fur trapper (DiCaprio) who is attacked by a bear and left for dead by his friends. DiCaprio’s character then seeks revenge on his companions, one of whom is likely to be the role Tom Hardy has signed up for. It’s like The Grizzly Man meets Unforgiven… said no one actually involved in the project.

So what do you think loyal readers? Is Tom Hardy stretching himself too thin with all these movies? Which upcoming projects of his are you most excited by? And how the hell does Hardy actually manage to keep on top of all these films? He must have the strength of Bane to keep going like this… and that’s how you casually slip a scene from The Dark Knight Rises into a news post that has very little to do with the actual topic of the article. Enjoy.

Filming for The Revenant starts September 22 this year with a release date set for Autumn 2015.

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