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‘Riviera’, ‘Bounty Hunters’ To Get Second Seasons At Sky

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In an official press release, Sky has revealed that it has commissioned second seasons of Julia Stiles-led south of France crime series Riviera, as well as another run for Jack Whitehall’s Bounty Hunters. It also confirmed Gareth Evans’ Gangs Of London, which we reported news of yesterday and a total of 50 original series for broadcast in 2018.

24 of the 50 productions are returning shows, so says the broadcaster.

Following its phenomenal success earlier this year Sky’s best-performing original series to date, Riviera returns with Julia Stiles reprising the role of Georgina Clios for another high-octane series about the lives of the super-rich on the Côte d’Azur. Jack Whitehall’s comedy thriller Bounty Hunters is set to return for more action and adventure. And brand-new drama Gangs of London, a fresh and original gangland thriller, will take viewers on an adrenaline-fuelled journey into the hidden heart of the capital. »

- Paul Heath

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Terry Gilliam’s ‘Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Could Debut At Cannes 2018

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After countless attempts of bringing the project to the screen, Terry Gilliam has revealed that he has almost finished his final cut of The Man Who Killed Dox Quixote and it could be headed for the south of France in May. He’s tried to make the film for the last 17 years, but now it’s well in the can and could indeed be heading for Cannes.

A scene from the 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha

“Well, we’ve almost finished the cut,” he told The New York Times. “We’re just fiddling now, figuring out a few things here and there so it’s pretty much what it is. We’ve got still months of work to do on visual effects, sound, music. But as far as the tale, it’s pretty tight now and it’s surprisingly wonderful.”

The film sees Jonathan Pryce play the title role, with Adam Driver, »

- Paul Heath

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‘Brakes’ Review: Dir. Mercedes Grower (2017)

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Brakes review:  Mercedes Grower writes and directs this an improv-based dark comedy set in London.

Brakes review by Awais Irfan.

The romance genre is perhaps one of the biggest out there, with no shortage of good and bad love-stories. Director Mercedes Grower is the latest to tackle it, making his directorial debut with Brakes, an unconventional story of relationships from end to beginning.

The film is split into two parts, with the second taking place first. Here, we follow a handful of couples at the end of their relationships – the cast features the likes of Julian BarrattKelly CampbellNoel Fielding, and Seb Cardinal, amongst others – whether it be due to boredom of each other after some time married or a few dates here and there not resulting in much or something or the other. Part 1 fills the final third of the film and documents how these couples met, finding »

- Awais Irfan

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James Cameron Talks Filming Underwater On The ‘Avatar’ Sequels

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James Cameron is now about two months into shooting the four Avatar sequels. The filmmaker has already alluded to the fact that the film will largely shoot underwater, but the big question on everyone’s lips is how that will affect the motion capture in the movies.

Cameron caught up with the folks over at Collider who brought up that very subject.

“Well, we’re doing it. It’s never been done before and it’s very tricky because our motion capture system, like most motion capture systems, is what they call optical base, meaning that it uses markers that are photographed with hundreds of cameras,” Cameron said.

So, shooting underwater sounds pretty difficult. He went on:

“The problem with water is not the underwater part, but the interface between the air and the water, which forms a moving mirror. That moving mirror reflects all the dots and markers, and »

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‘Beach Rats’ Review: Dir. Eliza Hittman (2017)

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Beach Rats review: Eliza Hittman writes and directs this exceptional film about a Brooklyn teenager who spends his days experimenting with drugs and looking for older men online.

Beach Rats review by Paul Heath.

It Felt Like Love director Eliza Hittman brings her second feature to screens, a gritty though beautifully crafted tale of seduction, lust and sexual confusion set during the monotonous days of summer in contemporary Coney Island, New York. The film joins the likes of the outstanding recent Lgbtq+-themed efforts, Moonlight, Call Me By Your Name and God’s Own Country; movies that have managed to enjoy the mainstream.

This film, deserved of its place in amongst that trio of glorious cinema efforts, revolves around the central character of Frankie (Harris Dickinson), a nineteen-year-old struggling to combat the dreary, bleak day-to-day of aimless life. We meet him alone in his bedroom, a camera-phone flash occasionally lighting »

- Paul Heath

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Theatre Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’, Northern Ballet (UK Tour)

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The Little Mermaid review: You will be swept away by the Northern Ballet’s interpretation of this tragic love story.

The Little Mermaid review by Katey Thompson at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking.

This production is a world premiere, the third for the Northern Ballet this year for a company with ambitious vision and the ability to deliver.  This interpretation of the classic fairy tale is based on the original Hans Christian Andersen version rather than that of Walt Disney.  Fans of Sebastian the Crab needn’t be disappointed though as this is a visual spectacle.  Versatile and simple stage design by Kimie Nakano provides the production with a stark shimmering backdrop which almost dominates the scenes.  It is smoothly rearranged into a ships prow, towering waves, or a chalky cliff to add visual drama.  The reflections in the curved shape delicately amplify the dancer’s fluid movements.

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- Katey Thompson

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2018 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

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Awards season is officially a go with one of the first high profile awards nominations being unveiled. The 2018 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been revealed and Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird, Get Out and Good Time lead the way.

While these awards are the first to be announced, they are one of the last to be dished out. The Independent Spirit Awards are traditionally dished out the day before the Oscars in Santa Monica, which this season will be on Saturday, March 3 2018.

Get Out

The nominations give us our very first indicator for what may be nominated for the Academy Awards, and last year they famously predicted Casey Affleck would bag Best Actor for Manchester By The Sea, and Moonlight would take Best Picture. Both bagged the Indies the previous day.

Here are this year’s Independent Spirit Awards nominations in full.

Best Feature

Call Me by Your Name »

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Gets A New TV Spot Showing Off New Footage

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Lucasfilm has dropped a new TV spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, one which shows off some very brief new footage from the upcoming sequel.

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers.

Watch the new TV Spot, titled ‘Tempt’, below.

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Sony Pictures Debuts New ‘Peter Rabbit’ Trailer

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Sony Pictures has debuted a new Peter Rabbit trailer. Will Gluck directs the upcoming feature, which features the talents of James Corden, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Sia.

Here’s the official synopsis.

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne).  James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

The film is set for Stateside theatres from February 9th, while UK fans of the Beatrix Potter books, on which the film is based, »

- Paul Heath

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The Raid‘s Gareth Evans Bringing ‘Gangs Of London’ To HBO & Sky Atlantic

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Deadline is reporting that The Raid helmer Gareth Evans is lining up a new project for cable television. The trade says that Evans is set to direct the new series, which will be written by Peter Berry, Clare Wilson, Joe Murtagh, Matt Flannery and Evans.

The trade blog says that the drama is set in contemporary London as it is becoming torn apart by power struggles involving a number of international gangs. The series begins as the head of one criminal gang is assassinated and the power vacuum threatens the fragile peace between the other underworld organisations.

Evans says that the show would bring a “cinematic viewing experience” into U.S and UK homes.

“It has been a thrilling experience to leap into long-form storytelling, exploring a multicultural world of global crime as it intersects on the streets of London,” he added.

The series will bow in 2019.


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What We Can Expect From ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’, According To The Film’s Producer

21 November 2017 5:39 AM, PST

He’s got a hit playing in UK cinemas at the moment with Paddington 2 and has managed to launch a new world of wizarding wonder with ‘Fantastic Beasts’. David Heyman is riding the crest of a wave at the moment, particularly as one of his upcoming projects is the next Quentin Tarantino movie. Heyman has, however, been speaking about a production which is pretty much in the can, the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald. The producer was speaking to Entertainment Weekly about what we may expect from the big-budget sequel, due next year.

Here’s what he had to say to the outlet.

“We delve deeper into Jo’s wizarding world — we’re in Paris, we’re in London and New York — the world is expanding. As you can tell from the image, we’re following quite a few characters. »

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Lizzy Caplan Joins Channing Tatum In ‘Gambit’

21 November 2017 12:42 AM, PST

Masters Of Sex star Lizzy Caplan has joined the cast of Gambit, the high-profile X-Men spin-off over at 20th Century Fox. The actress joins Channing Tatum, who will play the title character in the film, and director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean).

Trade bible Variety says that Caplan will play the female lead of the film, the role of Bella Donna Boudreaux, the daughter of the leader of the New Orleans Assassins’ Guild and Remy LeBeau’s first love.

Tatum will play the ragin’ Cajun whose ability to ‘control kinetic energy enables him to weaponize playing cards and other projectiles’.  The film has a release date of February 14th, 2019 penciled in.

Here’s some more on the character from the official Marvel Wiki.

Abandoned at birth due to his burning red eyes, the child who would one day become Remy LeBeau was kidnapped from his hospital ward by members »

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‘Murder On The Orient Express’ Sequel ‘Death On The Nile’ Sailing Ahead

20 November 2017 11:53 PM, PST

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the sequel to this month’s Murder On The Orient Express, Death On The Nile, is set to go ahead over at 20th Century Fox. The trade reports that Michael Green, who scripted ‘Orient Express’, is returning for the follow-up, while Kenneth Branagh is expected to return as director and reprise his role as Hercule Poirot. More on the Death On The Nile film below.

New Death On The Nile film coming to screens

The film will be based on the 1937 novel of the same name. The plot is as follows.

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life.

Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: ‘I’d like to put »

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Watch The Trailer For ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 5!

20 November 2017 11:05 PM, PST

ABC has dropped the trailer for the fifth season of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. The two-hour premiere lands Stateside on Friday, December 1, 8:00 p.m. Et on ABC!

The Friday night positioning of the show is new for the show. Previously, ABC chief Channing Dungey explained the move: “We’ve turned Friday into more of a destination for our fantasy and science fiction fans. Once Upon a Time and S.H.I.E.L.D. are airing on the same night for the first time, which is giving many fans of both shows what they’ve been asking for for a long time.”

The popular series stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez. »

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A New Teaser For Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’ Has Arrived

20 November 2017 11:00 PM, PST

Ahead of its release Stateside, a new trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, the movie billed to be actor Daniel Day-Lewis’ last, has debuted online. As well as some new footage, the film also features some information as to where U.S. audiences can check out the film a month early.

Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. »

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‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Review: Dir. Sean Anders (2017)

20 November 2017 10:55 PM, PST

Daddy’s Home 2 review: Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell return for another bout of dad-based comedy, this time joined by Mel Gibson and John Lithgow.

Daddy’s Home 2 review by Benjamin Read.

Will Ferrell’s presence as a comedian and leading man in Hollywood has never been in question. But, it’s easy to see that his career has certainly taken a downward spiral since the glory days of classics like Old School and Anchorman. Despite this, the former SNL star has managed to keep his head above water with a string of moderately successful hits in the past few years. In 2015, Daddy’s Home came storming out of the gates to mixed critical reviews, but huge box office success. Now, Ferrell and frequent collaborator Mark Wahlberg return for the sequel, Daddy’s Home 2. Does it match up to the playful laughs and guilty charm of the original?

This time around, »

- Ben Read

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Five New Character Posters Land For ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’

20 November 2017 7:16 AM, PST

Sony Pictures has released five brand new character posters for the upcoming Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. The film comes to the screens in the UK on December 20th, with the U.S.getting it on the same day.

In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji –Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…

Check out the new posters below. »

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Here’s The New UK Trailer For Disney•Pixar’s ‘Coco’

20 November 2017 6:51 AM, PST

The new UK trailer for upcoming Disney•Pixar animated fare Coco has landed online. The film doesn’t come to the UK until January, but the new trailer may just be enough to tide you over until then.

Here’s the plot.

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

Disney•Pixar’s Coco becomes the highest-grossing film of all time in Mexico after only 19 days at the box office. Coco set »

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‘Mudbound’ Review: Dir. Dee Rees (2017)

20 November 2017 6:27 AM, PST

Mudbound review: A major awards contender, Dee Rees’ stunning adaptation of the 2008 novel by Hilary Jordan arrives on Netflix.

Mudbound review by Orestes Adam.

Dee Rees’s Mudbound, based on the 2008 novel by Hilary Jordan, is astoundingly ambitious to say the very least. Six distinct voiceover narrations tell the story of two families (one black, one white) in 1940s rural Mississippi as the film simultaneously depicts the struggles of two WWII soldiers, one on land and the other in the sky. Mudbound’s most remarkable feat, aside from its gorgeously composed landscape and arresting performances, is its ability to balance its characterization as it sporadically cuts from not only six different perspectives but also three distinct settings, all of which inevitably converge into mud.

Related: Watch the trailer for Netflix’s Mudbound

Mudbound opens with brothers Henry (Jason Clarke) and Jamie (Garrett Hedlund) McAllan as they bury their father amidst a rainstorm. »

- Orestes Adam

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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Gets Three Top-Notch New Posters

20 November 2017 4:40 AM, PST

Fox Searchlight Pictures has released, rather appropriately, three awesome new posters for their upcoming release Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a darkly comedic drama from Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

We reviewed the film at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, where it won one of the top awards; it truly is one of the best movies of the year. »

- Paul Heath

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