Jul 15 2013

Real World News Flash: Giant Dragon Skull Discovered in Dorset

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Fossil hunters on a Dorset beach were stunned this morning as they stumbled across what appeared to be the remains of a giant dragon.

The size of a London bus, this spectacular skull is believed to have been washed up on Charmouth beach on Dorset’s Jurassic coast, famous for its treasure trove of dinosaur fossils. With a vast spine disappearing into the sand, fossil hunters, holiday makers and local dog walkers were stopped in their tracks upon discovering the artifact.

But as amateur paleontologists held their breath, the skull was revealed to be an impressive sculpture installed overnight by movie and TV streaming service blinkbox to celebrate the arrival of the third installment of HBO’s epic Game of Thrones on the service.

Taking a team of three sculptors took over two months to design, construct and paint, the skull measures in at 40 feet long, 8  feet wide and over 9 feet tall.

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The dramatic work was inspired by a memorable scene in the series which Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) discovers a dragon skull in the dungeons of King’s Landing. At this point in George RR Martin’s fantasy, dragons are supposedly long dead but the arrival of the fossils hint strongly at their return.

Ben Ayers from blinkbox says: “Game of Thrones is easily the most talked about TV show of the moment. We wanted to mark its arrival on blinkbox with a spectacle every bit as dramatic as this amazing series.”

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“We’re expecting this season to be hugely popular as the previous two series top the TV charts on blinkbox every week and we have season 3 months before it will available on DVD or Blu-ray.”

 Game of Thrones season 3 is now available on blinkbox priced at £17.99 (SD) and £23.99 (HD). It is not available on rival streaming services Lovefilm Instant, Netflix or iTunes.

Jul 14 2013

Game of Thrones Season 3, plus some movies: New Releases 15th July 2013

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Game of Thrones Season 3 arrives at blinkbox today in HD, so I assume many of you are going to be binging on multiple episode tonight. But, on the off chance that you don’t care for fantasy or have seen season 3 already — check out these fantastic new releases!

Jack the Giant Slayer (Early Digital Release)
X-Men director Bryan Singer turns his hand to this eye-popping retelling of a tale as old as time. Skins’ Nicholas Hoult stars as a young farm boy who leads a quest to rescue a princess from a group of ugly giants who live up in the sky! Hoult is joined by a band of merry British character actors including Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner and Bill Nighy, all of whom are a lot of fun. It might sound like they’ve made a straightforward adaptation of the classic story but the elaborately epic action sequences are really something else!

Identity Thief
Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy is on a bit of a run now and Identity Thief is one of two hits she’s scored in just the past six months! She plays a seemingly harmless woman who goes on a massive spending spree after stealing the identity of businessman Jason Bateman. Directed by Horrible Bosses’ Seth Gordon, this brand new road comedy boasts some great cameos and stars the two hottest comedic actors of the moment. Check it out!

Side Effects (Early Digital Release)
Having announced his retirement recently, Steven Soderbergh rounds off his final year as a features director with this deceptively entertaining thriller. Rooney Mara plays a young woman whose anxiety goes through the roof when her husband (Channing Tatum) is paroled after serving time for insider trading. With the help of psychiatrist Jude Law, she’s prescribed an experimental new drug that causes her to sleepwalk…. murderously! An absolute corker of a film, it’s our Pick of the Week!

Welcome to the Punch (Early Digital Release)
Retired criminal Mark Strong returns to London to uncover the truth about his son’s murder only to come against James McAvoy, a police detective who he injured in their last encounter years before. Directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Eran Creevy amidst the gleaming skyscrapers of London’s financial centres, this glossy thriller plays like a British version of Heat, dispensing with the usual grime of East End crime flicks. Strong continues to prove he’s an invaluable screen presence with one of his most charismatic performances to date.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Early Digital Release)
Funnyman Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi play a pair of ostentatious Las Vegas magicians (in the vein of Siegfried and Roy) who find themselves being pushed out of the limelight when an ‘extreme’ Criss Angel/David Blaine-style illusionist (Jim Carrey) rocks up on the scene. No one plays a super-confident buffoon quite like Carell does and in this film he’s surrounded by a top-drawer supporting cast that includes the late James Gandolfini as a tough-but-fair entertainment promoter.

Robot & Frank
Frank Langella is a retired burglar in the near future. Living alone in a wooded suburb, he fills his day by flirting with Susan Sarandon, a local librarian. To keep him company and help him around the house, the son (James Marsden) buys him a helper robot programmed to keep him engaged and healthy. Being a crabby old dude with no interest in gardening, he teaches the robot how to become the perfect accomplice for burgling the homes of his rich and snooty neighbours. It’s a smart, funny and heart-warming film that comes highly recommended!

The Assassination
In a Catholic academy, a popular girl and a school newspaper reporter try to uncover a mystery surrounding disappearing exam papers, only to uncover a much larger conspiracy! Released in America under the title Assassination of a High School President, the UK release seems hell-bent on making this look like a Bruce Willis action vehicle – which it’s not. He plays the school’s hilariously intense principal in a supporting role that has a lot of fun with Willis’ on-screen image. With hints of the excellent high school noir Brick, The Assassination is a quirky independent comedy that’s worth checking out.

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away
The magic of Cirque du Soleil comes home with you this week in this distinctly cinematic portrayal of Cirque du Soleil’s distinct blend of amazing physical feats and wonderful production design. Incorporating elements from a number of their hit stage shows, the set pieces are really something to behold (especially if you’ve never seen them live). There is kind of a storyline that involves a young woman falling in love with a performer in a travelling circus but the film wisely uses it sparingly, allowing the incredible acrobats to take centre stage

The Seasoning House
A young Balkan woman is forced to work in a grimy brothel that serves various military personnel. Treated like dirt and forced to witness horrific acts of cruelty, she plots revenge against a group of men who arrive one day – the same group of men responsible for murdering her family. A British film in which all the foreign characters speak in accented English, it stars Sean Pertwee and former child actor Rosie Day.

Duffy: The Talking Cat
**Crummy Direct-to-video Movie of the Week!**

Two families, each alike in dignity in fair Los Angeles are brought together by a magical talking cat. The catch is that the cat can only speak to people when they’re alone and he can talk to them JUST ONCE. This makes absolutely no sense until you see how terribly they animate the cat’s lips moving. I actually would not be surprised if the post-production was done with Microsoft Paint. Eric Roberts provides the voice of the cat for reasons not know to anyone up to and including Eric Roberts himself.

This is kind movie that is perfect for a Monday night where you and you friends want nothing more than to get tipsy and shout at the telly. In a review from the AV Club, critic Nathan Rabin sums it up perfectly: “It is unbelievably awful in an incredibly fun way. For lovers of utter, unredeemable trash, it is highly recommended.”

For more of the latest films, head over the New Releases page at blinkbox

Jul 14 2013

Review : Robot and Frank

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Frank Langella is a retired burglar in the near future. Living alone in a wooded suburb, he fills his day by flirting with Susan Sarandon, a local librarian who’s losing her job on account of the fact that nobody reads books anymore. He also dabbles in petty shoplifting; though you get the impression he only does out of nostalgia for the days when he used to nab diamonds. He’s also starting to show signs of severe dementia: he forgets that his adult son isn’t in college anymore and his house has become wasteland of old clutter and unwashed plates.

To keep him company and help him around the house, the son (James Marsden) buys him a helper robot programmed to keep him engaged and healthy. Being a crabby old dude, Frank is reluctant to take orders from the robot to eat healthier and take up gardening as a hobby. But when he discovers that the robot would be an ideal accomplice for burgling the homes of his rich and snooty neighbours, the two of them strike up a friendship, of sorts.

The robot looks a lot the Asimo android that Honda made a few years back, which could do little more than wave and play football badly. Voiced by Peter Sarsgaard, it speaks in calm measured tones like HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey or Kevin Spacey’s GERTY from Moon. The effect is quite menacing and certainly helps us understand why Frank would be so mistrustful of it at first.

Langella, now well into his 70s is still putting in some vital work after his Oscar-nominated turn in Frost/Nixon a few years back. He’s playing the kind of lovable curmudgeon that you see in just about every movie and TV show, but there is a lot going on behind his eyes and he manages to squeeze all sorts of subtext out of his character. His scenes with Sarandon are particularly sweet and their courtship-of-sorts plays out like a teen romance. Plus, on a side note: she is looking absolutely stunning for une femme d’un certain age!

Like all good science fiction, Robot and Frank uses a fantastical set-up to take a look at aspects of the human condition. In this case, the film deals with some of the same themes as Michael Haneke’s Amour but sugar coats it to make the subjects of dementia and regret slightly more palatable. That’s not to say that it’s fluffy and trite; it’s the kind of smart, relatable and warm film that independent filmmakers need to make more of.

Robot and Frank is now available at blinkbox

Jul 11 2013

Win Tickets to Cirque du Soleil in London!

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We’ve got two pairs of tickets for Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria show at Wembley on 26 July to give away. If you love wild acrobatics, body contortionists, trapeze artists and flame throwers, just answer one question and you will be in with a chance to win 2 tickets!


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Send your correct answers to competitions@blinkbox.com by the end of Monday 15th July and you will be in with a chance to win!

Please read the Terms & Conditions here.

Please also bear in mind, the prize doesn’t include transport or accommodation so if you can’t easily make your way to London on the 26th, please consider letting someone else win. Thanks, guys!

Jul 11 2013

8 Movie Psychiatrists Who Would Be Struck Off in Real Life

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In Steven Soderbergh‘s film Side Effects, Jude Law plays a New York psychiatrist whose career and personal life is in jeopardy when a drug he prescribes to a patient (Rooney Mara) results in a grisly murder. To mark the film’s release at blinkbox this coming Monday, we’re taking a look at 8 other movie shrinks who probably shouldn’t be practicing medicine anymore.

1. Carl Jung – A Dangerous Method
Charged with treating a beautiful young woman (Keira Knightley) for a psychological condition stemming from abusive childhood, Dr Jung soon abandons conventional therapy. Instead he subjects her to a highly unorthodox treatment that involves a lot more kissin’ and cuddlin’. Not so fast, Doctor Jung…

2. Dr. CaligariThe Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Setting up shop at a carnival, Dr Caligari’s sole patient is a sleepwalker whom he keeps in a box under constant hypnosis. With the help of the doctor, Cesare is able to answer any question he’s asked about the future – a medical breakthrough if there ever was one! But something tells us an ethics review board is not going to feel the same way.

3. Dr. Hannibal Lecter – The Silence of the Lambs
After killing and eating countless patients, we can safely assume Dr Lecter is no longer on the Medical Register.

4. Dr. Ben Sobel - Analyze This
While he was able to help New York mobster Paul Vitti with his crippling panic attacks, it came at the price of becoming part of the criminal underworld. On the plus side, since he became a mob doctor, his patients started paying their bills on time.

5. Dr. Chase Meridian – Batman Forever
We’re not saying that modern women can’t be both sexy and professional, but with the way she dresses, no wonder Dr Meridian’s patients have all been driven criminally insane! Hominahominahomina <wolf whistle> Arrroooogah!

6. Dr. John Cawley – Shutter Island
“I have devised an elaborate plan that will trick one of our patients into believing he is still an FBI agent. It will put all of our staff and patients at risk and I have no earthly idea what the results will be. I truly believe this is a good idea” – Dr J Cawley

7. Dr. Malcolm Crowe – The Sixth Sense
While there’s technically nothing to stop a dead doctor from accepting new patients, it’s not a precedent the American Medical Association wants to be setting.

8. Dr. Peter Venkman – Ghostbusters

While not actually a qualified therapist, Venkman’s alma mater would likely rescind his psychology PhD if they ever found out about this experiment.

Side Effects will be available on blinkbox from Monday 15th July

Jul 11 2013

Generate Your Own Film Plot with our Jason Statham Mad Lib!

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 10:25 am

parkerJason Statham is without question the greatest action star the country has ever produced. We’re not saying that he’s the best actor or the most iconic but if you need someone to drive a car, beat up mobsters and deliver a snappy one-liner, there’s no one in the world that’s better. We literally cannot get enough of the Stath.

To tie in with the digital release of Parker (now available to rent), we’ve put together a simple template to help budding screenwriters get started on their script for a potential Jason Statham blockbuster!


Parker is now available to buy and rent at blinkbox

Jul 11 2013

8 Things We’re Dying To Know About ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3

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Monday 15th July sees Season 3 of Game of Thrones‘ arrive in HD on blinkbox!

For those of us who have yet to see the latest batch of episodes from the hit HBO show, there are a few burning questions we hope will be answered come Monday, when we begin our long-awaited GoT binge-session.

1. Which one of Jon Snow’s facial expressions will be deployed this season?

2. Are we going to see more of Daenerys’ Dragons?

3.  How many times will Jorah Marmont say ‘Khaleesi’ this season?

4. Which exciting new character will everyone be dressing up as this Halloween?

5. And what exactly is this ‘Red Wedding’ everyone’s been talking about for the past month??

6. What’s next for the ‘Tyrion & Bronn’ double act?
Might we suggest a Robson & Jerome-style soul duo?

7. Will Sansa Stark’s hopes be raised, only for them to be dashed moments later? 

And most importantly…

8. Will we ever see Joffrey get smacked in the face again?
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(all images and videos sourced from reddit, BuzzFeed, tumblr)

Game of Thrones Season 3 lands in HD on blinkbox from 15th July. Not available on Netflix, Lovefilm Instant or iTunes.

Jul 11 2013

WATCH: Someone Let Josh Brolin Out of the Box in ‘Oldboy’ Red-BandTrailer

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Just about the most highly-anticipated remake of a foreign film EVER, Spike Lee‘s English-language version of Oldboy dropped its first trailer last night!

If the plot of the new film is anything like Park Chan-wook‘s original, Josh Brolin is playing a Korean businessman who’s mysteriously abducted and held in a room for twenty years, only to be released in equally mysterious circumstances. With the help of Elizabeth Olsen, Brolin has to discover the truth behind his incarceration or else some bad people are gonna hurt his estranged daughter!

There will be gut punches, broken bones and some serious hammer action involved. But most intriguingly: there will be Samuel L Jackson, playing either a skinny version of the mid-2000s wrestler Viscera or a old version  of Wesley Snipes‘ character from Demolition Man.

Oldboy opens in UK cinemas 6th December — just in time for your annual trip to the cinema with your elderly parents!


Jul 10 2013

POSTER: James McAvoy rides a pig for ‘The Filth’

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 10:47 am

James McAvoy returns to his Scottish roots later this year with an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel Filth. The erstwhile Professor X plays a misanthropic, violent, racist, cocaine snorting Detective Sergeant with the Lothian and Borders Police up in Edinburgh. Co-starring Jamie Bell and Jim Broadbent, the film sees McAvoy’s character spiraling way out of control, presumably with a climactic scene where he rides a sow off into the sunset.

But then again, we haven’t read the book so don’t take us as an authority in this matter.

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Check out the trailer here.

Filth is in cinemas across Scotland on the 27th Sept before rolling out to the rest of the UK on Oct 4th

Jul 09 2013

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About ‘Pacific Rim’*

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*But Were Afraid to Ask

In anticipation for the release of Pacific Rim, the high-octane action blockbuster from Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro, Warner Bros has created this awesome online treasure trove that’s packed to the gills with videos, images and interviews and 3D schematics of the giant ‘Jaegers’. Overseen by del Toro himself, this has got to be one of the coolest promotional sites we’ve ever seen for a film.

Plug in your headphones, hit ‘ENTER’ and blow it up to Full Screen. Do it!

Pacific Rim is in cinemas Friday 12th July 2013