Sunday, 23 July 2017

New character one sheet for Kingsman: The Golden Circle arrive online

20th Century Fox have just released a batch of character one sheets for Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) follow-up Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

























It was perhaps the worst kept secret in the world of movies, teased last year with a poster featuring the quote 'Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated'. But now it is official, with 20th Century Fox releasing their latest one sheet for Kingsman: The Golden Circle with Firth once again taking top billing.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle reunites director Vaughn with his regular screenwriter Jane Goldman, and returning cast members Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson and Edward Holcroft.

This time around, Egerton's gentleman spy Eggsy joins forces with the Kingsman's US counterparts, the Statesmen, to stop the machinations of Poppy (Julianne Moore.) Vaughn has gathered quite the cast around them, with Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street), Halle Berry (Cloud Atlas), Pedro Pascal (Game Of Thrones) and Elton John. No, seriously, Elton John. That Elton John.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle arrives in cinemas 20 September.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

New one sheet for It arrives online

Warner Bros have just released their latest one sheet for Andrés Muschietti's (Mama) It.





September 2017 looks set to be a tough time at the movies for those of you suffering from coulrophobia. Because a particularly demonic clown will be stalking our screens in the new film adaption of Stephen King's It.

The new take on King's horror classic – which faces comparisons to the cult TV movie that starred Tim Curry as the grinning terror – kicks off in the 1980s, shifting the original book's 1950s setting. But the place remains the same, the seemingly quiet town of Derry, Maine that harbours a dark secret – adults and children seem to disappear and die at an alarming rate.

It will take a group of kids known as the Losers' Club to figure out – Bill (Jaeden Lieberher), Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Beverly (Sophia Lillis), Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Stanley (Wyatt Oleff), Mike (Chosen Jacobs), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Henry (Nicolas Hamilton) – who in addition to dealing with growing pains and bullies, must confront the true horror – Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), who has a 30-year cycle of haunting the town from the sewers and beyond.

Mama (2013) director Andrés Muschietti is in the director's chair for the long gestating film version, the first of two planned movies that cover the different parts of the story. The second movie will find the Losers' Club grown up, with no memory of Pennywise, as the threat returns...

It has set its sights on an 8 September release.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Stunning new one sheets for War For The Planet Of The Apes arrive online

20th Century Fox have just released a beautifully shot series of new one sheets for Matt Reeves' Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) follow-up, War For The Planet Of The Apes.

















Directed once again by Reeves, War For The Planet Of The Apes finds ape leader Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his intelligence boosted simian brethren forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

With Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club) also in the cast, alongside returning ape performers Judy Greer, Karin Konoval and Terry Notary (Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes), War For The Planet Of The Apes is out in cinemas now.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

New one sheet for War For The Planet Of The Apes arrives online

20th Century Fox have just released their latest one sheet for Matt Reeves' Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) follow-up, War For The Planet Of The Apes.





Directed once again by Reeves, War For The Planet Of The Apes finds ape leader Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his intelligence boosted simian brethren forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

With Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club) also in the cast, alongside returning ape performers Judy Greer, Karin Konoval and Terry Notary (Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes), War For The Planet Of The Apes will arrive in cinemas 14 July.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Roddy McDowall's home movie from The Planet Of The Apes

By most accounts, when Roddy McDowall appeared on The Carol Burnett Show in full Planet Of The Apes (1968) makeup, the host was genuinely frightened, a testament to the extraordinary work of legendary, Academy Award® winning makeup artist John Chambers – who as Ben Affleck's Argo (2012) reveals, also did work for the CIA. The character actor McDowall spent a good portion of his film career in makeup, most memorably as the characters Cornelius, Caesar, and Galen on the Planet Of The Apes series. A home movie buff and photographer, McDowall documented the lengthy process of his Apes' makeup, applied here by artist Don Cash and his assistants.





Shot and edited by McDowall, and set to excerpts from the dramatic Jerry Goldsmith film score, the footage also includes a quick shot of Maurice Evans in the first minute, gamely smoking a cigarette in full Dr. Zaius makeup.

The Planet Of The Apes franchise is one of the most successful and long running science fiction series of all time. Adapted from a 1963 novel by French writer Pierre Boulle, the original 1968 film spawned four sequels, Tim Burton's 2001 remake, the 2011 prequel Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, its sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) and War Of The Planet Of The Apes, which is out in cinemas now.



Saturday, 8 July 2017

Spectacular new one sheet for Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives online

Sony Pictures and Marvel have just released a glorious new one sheet for Jon Watts' (Cop Car) Spider-Man: Homecoming.





Spider-Man: Homecoming finds Tom Holland's (The Impossible) Peter Parker dealing with events following Captain America: Civil War. He is back in Queens and must juggle the stresses and strains of high school life while taking on villains such as Michael Keaton's (Birdman) Vulture.

Marisa Tomei's (The Wrestler) Aunt May, who we first met briefly alongside Peter in Captain America: Civil War, is back for this one, as is Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark. Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Donald Glover (Community), Michael Mando (Orphan Black), Tony Revolori (Dope), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Kenneth Choi (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Abraham Attah (Beasts Of No Nation), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley) and singer and actress Zendaya are also on board.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is out in cinemas now.

New one sheet for The Dark Tower arrives online

Sony Pictures have just released their latest one sheet for Nikolaj Arcel's (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) The Dark Tower.




Finally headed our way after several versions failed to ignite, the cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's epic The Dark Tower series is finally heading to screens.

The Dark Tower promises a subtly different origin story for the conflict between Roland Deschain, know as The Gunslinger (Idris Elba), and warlock Walter, The Man In Black (Matthew McConaughey), who brought chaos and destruction to a realm known as Mid-World. Walter's current target is the Dark Tower, which maintains order in the various realms and multiverses, and Deschain's target is... Walter.

The first movie finds Walter on the hunt for Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) who posses 'The Shine' (you might recognise the power from another slightly well known King story), which could help destroy the Tower's support and allow Walter to bring his particular brand of apocalypse to other realms.

The Dark Tower will arrive in cinemas 28 July.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Is Neill Blomkamp about to revolutionise the film industry?

Hollywood is a business in which there are no guarantees. Filmmakers and producers pour huge amounts of time, energy and money into projects in an industry where success is measured in box office dollars. But what if you could make an entire catalogue of short films and select the best for feature development? This is the idea behind Oats Studios, an experimental new production company seeking to take unpredictability out of the equation.





Created by South African-Canadian writer and director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) in early 2017, Oats Studios is a creative collective with a focus on nurturing both emerging and established talent. Oats Studios: Volume 1 is set to contain four 20 minute films, all within the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres, interspersed with shorter, even stranger films.

So far the first two main shorts have been released, Rakka and Firebase, alongside a two-minute spoof of an American infomercial. All are free to watch at oatsstudios.com, as well as Steam and YouTube. Blomkamp has also made all components of the films – from raw footage to computer generated 3D models – available to download to encourage users to create new films or even video games.

The potential benefits of this scheme are twofold – first it enables Blomkamp to obtain feedback from a much broader audience via online forums and YouTube comments; second, the collaborative nature of the studio's creative process will allow him to, in his own words, "interact with the audience directly, in a way that Hollywood doesn't really do."

Going further than this, Blomkamp says he wants to build up an archive of work much like a sculptor or painter, who might typically have "three or four hundred incomplete oil paintings or half-done sculptures lying around in their house." Clearly willing to experiment, Blomkamp's studio has opened up the doors to such possibilities.

This doesn't feel like a vanity project but a genuine attempt to do something radical within a risk averse industry. In terms of his own filmmaking career, Blomkamp is hopeful that Oats Studios will enable him to deliver his next feature to a ready made fanbase. Yet while the prospect of a mainstream director effectively bypassing Hollywood is certainly intriguing, at this early stage it remains to be seen just how practical it is.

It is worth noting that Blomkamp has a history of transitioning from shorts to features, having developed his viral hit, Alive in Joburg (2005), into the critically acclaimed District 9 (2009). Although this is common practice for filmmakers nowadays, what Blomkamp is attempting here is much more ambitious than your average upscaling project.

Of course one glaring problem, which Blomkamp has openly admitted, is that Oats Studios' "business model is to set fire to money right now." Funding the company out of his own pocket is clearly not sustainable in the long term, so a steady revenue stream will need to be established soon. One option (and possibly the most viable) is that after Volume 1, all future films will be released behind a paywall. With enough audience support to eventually fund the first feature that could in turn fund follow-up Volumes, Oats Studios could feasibly become self-sustaining within the next few years. This is a fairly big gamble, however, and is being treated as such.

Of course, streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon have already proven that traditional theatrical distribution isn't necessarily the safest model. Oats Studios' trial and error structure, on the other hand, is a lot more unstable – but if Blomkamp's next feature is a success, it will be interesting to see whether or not other filmmakers and studios follow suit. In any case, we are certainly excited to see what kind of impact Blomkamp's latest venture will ultimately have on the industry.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Wreck-It Ralph sequel to be called Ralph Breaks The Internet

CinemaCon is happening in Las Vegas this week with many of the major studios making announcements for their future projects. And while we already knew that a Wreck-It Ralph (2012) sequel was in the works, now we have a title – Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2





As you may be able to deduce from the title (and a previously sketched plot idea), the film finds familiar characters such as Ralph (John C. Reilly), Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer) and Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) exploring a much wider digital world than before.


"To take these characters we love and have them enter the enormous world of the internet has given us so much to explore," says returning co-director Rich Moore. "Our production team has been hard at work designing a world that takes something we all think we know – the internet – but shows it in a whole new, imaginative way." In other words, how many jokes about the cruder side of the internet can the gang sneak in this time. Phil Johnston, who was a writer on the original, is co-directing this one.

Ralph Breaks The Internet downloads onto US screens on 9 March 2018 before arriving on our side of the pond on 23 March 2018.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

New one sheet for Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives online

Sony Pictures and Marvel have just released their latest one sheet for Jon Watts' (Cop Car) Spider-Man: Homecoming.





Spider-Man: Homecoming finds Tom Holland's (The Impossible) Peter Parker dealing with events following Captain America: Civil War. He is back in Queens and must juggle the stresses and strains of high school life while taking on villains such as Michael Keaton's (Birdman) Vulture.

Marisa Tomei's (The Wrestler) Aunt May, who we first met briefly alongside Peter in Captain America: Civil War, is back for this one, as is Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark. Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Donald Glover (Community), Michael Mando (Orphan Black), Tony Revolori (Dope), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Kenneth Choi (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Abraham Attah (Beasts Of No Nation), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley) and singer and actress Zendaya are also on board.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into UK cinemas on 7 July.

Friday, 30 June 2017

New IMAX one sheet for Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives online

Sony Pictures and Marvel have just released their IMAX one sheet for Jon Watts' (Cop Car) Spider-Man: Homecoming.





Spider-Man: Homecoming finds Tom Holland's (The Impossible) Peter Parker dealing with events following Captain America: Civil War. He is back in Queens and must juggle the stresses and strains of high school life while taking on villains such as Michael Keaton's (Birdman) Vulture.

Marisa Tomei's (The Wrestler) Aunt May, who we first met briefly alongside Peter in Captain America: Civil War, is back for this one, as is Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark. Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Donald Glover (Community), Michael Mando (Orphan Black), Tony Revolori (Dope), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Kenneth Choi (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Abraham Attah (Beasts Of No Nation), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley) and singer and actress Zendaya are also on board.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into UK cinemas on 7 July.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

New character one sheets for Spider-Man: Homecoming arrive online

Sony Pictures and Marvel have just released three new character one sheets for Jon Watts' (Cop Car) Spider-Man: Homecoming.











Spider-Man: Homecoming finds Tom Holland's (The Impossible) Peter Parker dealing with events following Captain America: Civil War. He is back in Queens and must juggle the stresses and strains of high school life while taking on villains such as Michael Keaton's (Birdman) Vulture.

Marisa Tomei's (The Wrestler) Aunt May, who we first met briefly alongside Peter in Captain America: Civil War, is back for this one, as is Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark. Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Donald Glover (Community), Michael Mando (Orphan Black), Tony Revolori (Dope), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Kenneth Choi (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Abraham Attah (Beasts Of No Nation), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley) and singer and actress Zendaya are also on board.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into UK cinemas on 7 July.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

New one sheet for Annabelle: Creation arrives online

Warner Bros have just released a new trailer and one sheet for David F. Sandberg's (Lights Out) Annabelle: Creation.





With a fresh new title – Annabelle: Creation – Creepy doll Annabelle is back for a sequel to The Conjuring's (2013) spinoff sleeper hit.

Written once again by Annabelle (2014) writer Gary Dauberman, Annabelle: Creation focuses on the doll maker who created the grinning fiend in the first place. Twenty years after their daughter died tragically, the craftsman (Anthony LaPaglia) and his scarred wife (Miranda Otto) welcome a nun (Stephanie Sigman) and several girls from an orphanage that recently had to close. Unfortunately for the new arrivals, the possessed doll is none too pleased with the new house guests.

Annabelle: Creation will creep into UK cinemas on 11 August.

New one sheet for Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives online

Sony Pictures and Marvel have just released their latest one sheet for Jon Watts' (Cop Car) Spider-Man: Homecoming.





Spider-Man: Homecoming finds Tom Holland's (The Impossible) Peter Parker dealing with events following Captain America: Civil War. He is back in Queens and must juggle the stresses and strains of high school life while taking on villains such as Michael Keaton's (Birdman) Vulture.

Marisa Tomei's (The Wrestler) Aunt May, who we first met briefly alongside Peter in Captain America: Civil War, is back for this one, as is Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark. Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Donald Glover (Community), Michael Mando (Orphan Black), Tony Revolori (Dope), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Kenneth Choi (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Abraham Attah (Beasts Of No Nation), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley) and singer and actress Zendaya are also on board.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into UK cinemas on 7 July.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

New one sheet for Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives online

Sony Pictures and Marvel have just released their latest one sheet for Jon Watts' (Cop Car) Spider-Man: Homecoming.





Spider-Man: Homecoming finds Tom Holland's (The Impossible) Peter Parker dealing with events following Captain America: Civil War. He is back in Queens and must juggle the stresses and strains of high school life while taking on villains such as Michael Keaton's (Birdman) Vulture.

Marisa Tomei's (The Wrestler) Aunt May, who we first met briefly alongside Peter in Captain America: Civil War, is back for this one, as is Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark. Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Donald Glover (Community), Michael Mando (Orphan Black), Tony Revolori (Dope), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Kenneth Choi (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Abraham Attah (Beasts Of No Nation), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley) and singer and actress Zendaya are also on board.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into UK cinemas on 7 July.