Film & TV / The Game: new cold war spy drama from the BBC

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The Game, new BBC Drama

The Game is a new drama from the BBC starring Tom Hughes and Brian Cox set in London 1972. When a defecting KGB officer reveals the existence of a devastating Soviet plot by the name of ‘Operation Glass’, the charismatic head of MI5 must assemble a secret committee to help protect Britain. As the Soviets… Read more »

Film & TV / Trailer for BBC adaptation of ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

The first trailer has been released for the BBC adaptation of the Susanna Clark novel ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’. If you are unfamiliar with the novel it is a fantasy set in an alternative history around the Napoleonic Wars period. It is set in an England where magic once existed and has returned via… Read more »

Film & TV / First Look At Johnny Depp In Black Mass + Trailer

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The first trailer and image of Johnny Depp in character as Whitey Bulger in the true crime movie Black Mass have been revealed. The film is written by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth and directed by Scott Cooper. It is based on Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and… Read more »

Film & TV / Point Break remake, why oh why?

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Point Break was a great film, it was one of Kathryn Bigelow’s early films along with Blue Steel and Strange Days. These films stuck to the framework desired by a big studio for a successful mainstream movie, whilst simultaneously subverting almost every aspect of it. Now it has fallen victim to the all consuming meat… Read more »

Film & TV / Totally twisted trailer for ‘The Tale Of Tales’

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The Tale Of Tales is a film  adaptation of a 17th century collection of fairy tales by Italian author Giambattista Basile. This is no sanitised or merchandised Disney twaddle however, the film is by Matteo Garrone and stars Salma Hayek , Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly and Toby Jones. The film weaves reality and fantasy together… Read more »

Film & TV / John Michael McDonagh’s follow-up to Calvary, War On Everyone

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War On Everyone is the action-comedy follow-up to John Michael McDonagh’s grim drama Calvary, starring Brendan Gleeson, and dark comedy The Guard, starring Gleeson as well, along with Don Cheadle. Both films were refreshing dramas that rejected the predictable in favour of something much more rewarding. The film is shooting now in New Mexico with… Read more »

Film & TV / Mr Holmes – new trailer for Ian McKellen’s Sherlock Holmes film

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Mr Holmes has Ian McKellan playing an older Sherlock Holmes, attempting to unravel an unsolved case. A new full trailer has just been released, showing how good the film looks Laura Linney also stars, Bill Condon (Gods And Monsters, Dreamgirls) is directing. UK release date is June 19th 2015. ‘Long-retired and near the end of… Read more »

Film & TV / Slow West Trailer, Western starring Michael Fassbender

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Slow West is an upcoming American-British co production written and directed by John MacLean. It stars Michael Fassbender as an outlaw helping Kodi Smit-McPhee find his long lost love. Ben Mendelsohn appears to be playing the bad guy, something he does very well indeed. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24,… Read more »

Film & TV / New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser 2

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The eleven year old kid in me that saw the first Star Wars film back in 1977 is very excited indeed… Disney and Lucasfilm Ltd have released the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer for director J.J. Abrams’ impending sequel. The film is set 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Return of… Read more »

Film & TV / Success in the US

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2014 was a fantastic year for certain Englishmen within the mainstream film and television industry – many achieving widespread success and Hollywood adoration. The 86th Academy Awards ceremony in March saw the confirmation of Steve McQueen as a world class Auteur for directing best picture winner 12 Years a Slave. A film that held a… Read more »