Apr 10 2014

Revealing New Photos from ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

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While we’re still a few months away from the release of the sequel to 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, that doesn’t mean we can’t get a look at some damn dirty apes. USA Today has published 10 brand new images from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, including a menacing shot of Caesar wielding a shotgun:

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Joining this cast for this sequel is Australian actor Jason Clarke, recently seen in Zero Dark Thirty.
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There’s also character actor supreme Gary Oldman…

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…and a whole load of apes.

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You might recognise Keri Russell who played the title character on TV ‘s Felicity, co-created by Dawn‘s director Matt Reeves.

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For more apes, use your stinkin’ paws to hit play this classic Simpsons song:

(via USA Today)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is in cinemas 17 July


Apr 10 2014

Review: The Raid 2

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 9:13 am

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When The Raid hit UK cinemas back in 2012, it delivered a gut-punch to the raft of stale action films that had been clogging up cinemas for far too long. Set almost entirely within the confines of an Indonesian tower block packed with criminals, it followed a rookie cop, Rama (Iko Uwais) as he fought his way up 30 stories of pure carnage. Those who remember it will likely recall 90 minutes of non-stop action that married martial arts with truly inventive gunplay.

The Raid 2 picks up moments after the end of the first film, with all of Rama’s compatriots lying six feet under. He’s approached by a senior detective who offers him two choices: go undercover to expose police corruption in the Jakarta underworld, or wait for gangsters to come and kill his family. With that in mind, he assumes a new identity and heads into prison. The plan, as he’s been told, is to befriend a preening mob prince:

Naturally, the film’s highlights are the multiple action sequences (most of which are located in the final, spine-snapping 60 minutes). As well as showcasing more of the Indonesian martial art of pencak silat, writer/director Gareth Evans stages a number of thrilling new set-pieces. Some of the highlights include an all-out prison brawl in a muddy courtyard, a jaw-dropping car chase, and a character known only as Hammer Girl (played by Indonesian actress Julie Estelle). As choreographed by Evans and his stars Uwais and Yayan Ruhian, the action scenes will have you laughing in nervous delight. (Note: This assumes you are predisposed towards Tarantino-style screen violence).

As an action director, Evans reminds us an awful lot of a Raider of the Lost Ark-era Steven Spielberg. His witty editing, use of long master shots and ability to tell a story through action has all the hallmarks of Spielberg — only with a lot more blood.

Fans of the original were understandably reluctant to hear The Raid would be a little more story-heavy. Evans has openly taken a page from Infernal Affairs –and by extension, The Departed with this story of a cop losing himself undercover. Evans is proving himself to be one the most exciting young filmmakers working today. His ability to paint solid, well-defined characters and his love for cinematic gestures will serve him well should he ever chose to work outside the realm of action.

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The screenplay of The Raid 2 doesn’t reinvent the wheel in any way, but it also doesn’t have to. As a action film, all the script needs to do is not interfere with the action. Evans’ elaborate mob opera plot doesn’t just stay out of the action’s way: it informs and enhances it in a really satisfying way. The best praise we can lavish on

Some critics have hailed The Raid 2 as ‘the greatest action film of all time’ which is not useful to hear before you head into the cinema. Nothing can live up to that sort of hype. But if you banish the hyperbole from your mind and enjoy this film for what it is, you might begin to find yourself agreeing with the buzz.

Here’s what we do know for sure: this is definitely the finest action film we’ve see in years.

The Raid 2 is in cinemas 11 April 2014


Apr 09 2014

The Lunchbox: 11 Mouth-Watering Movie Meals

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In the new film The Lunchbox (out Friday in cinemas and on blinkbox), Slumdog Millionaire’s Irrfan Khan plays Saajan, a lonely office worker who mistakenly has the wrong lunchbox delivered to him. Surprised by the quality of this meal, he sends the empty tiffin back and embarks on a letter correspondence with the young housewife who prepared this exquisite lunch.

Take a look at the trailer:

To mark the release of this mouth-watering, heart-warming film on blinkbox, we’re taking a look at some of the tastiest movie meals ever prepared:

1. Bangarang! – Hook (1992)
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When the Lost Boys try to remind the adult Peter Pan (Robin Williams) about the power of youthful imagination, they unleash the finest (imaginary) spread of food ever conceived: who hasn’t dreamed of a feast that involves stacks of roasted turkey legs, massive wheels of cheese and mounds of brightly-coloured goop? A food fight never looked more appetising.

But seriously, these children surely cannot survive on imaginary food alone. Perhaps they should learn how to fish or something. At the very least they could imagine meals with fewer artificial colours.

2. The French Banquet – Babette’s Feast (1987)
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On the remote western coast of Denmark in the 19th century, Babette has been serving as housekeeper to a pair of elderly sisters for over fifteen years. An exile from revolutionary France, she spends her days preparing the only meal anyone in the village seems to eat: boiled preserved fish and bread-ale soup.

When Babette receives notice from her homeland that she’s won the lottery, she spends her winnings on preparing the greatest, most luxurious meal, made with exotic ingredients no-one in the village has ever seen or tasted.

Among the items on her menu: real turtle soup, blinis with caviar, and quail in puff pastry with truffle sauce. Having denied themselves pleasure for their entire lives, Babette’s diners are overwhelmed by such a glorious meal. With each bite they take, the floodgates of their emotions creak open in ways they never expected.

If you consider yourself a foodie/gourmand/epicurean, you really owe it to yourself to see this moving, witty film.

3. Paulie Cicero’s Prison Dinners – Goodfellas (1990)

When Henry Hill is sent to prison for a short stretch, what awaits him isn’t what you’d expect from the slammer. Paulie Cicero’s crew has managed to pay off the hacks (guards), which means that they’re never short of primo ingredients for cooking.

Paulie’s system of cutting the garlic with a razor blade actually works: if you cut it thin enough, it will liquidise when it hits the oil in the pan. Try it yourself! (seek parental assistance with the razor)

4. The Five-Dollar Shake – Pulp Fiction (1994)
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Jack Rabbit Slims is the American diner of our dreams. With its fifties-themed décor, waiting staff dressed like the biggest icons of the decade (Mamie Van Doren, Buddy Holly, Marilyn Monroe, et al) and nightly twist contests, it looks like a total blast! Plus, where else are you going to find a Douglas Sirk Steak, Durwood Kirby Burger and a Five-Dollar Shake (which I guess was a lot of money back in 1994)?

And don’t you just love it when your food’s already there when you get back from the ladies’ room?

5. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Answer: Raptors – Jurassic Park (1993)
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It’s another moment from a Spielberg film where children munch on tasty sweets. Pre-teens Lex and Tim have spent a day roughing in the forests of Jurassic Park, running from Tyrannosaurs and getting fried by electric fences. So when Doctor Grant (Sam Neil) deposits them back at the visitor’s centre, the kids make a bee-line for the restaurant, which is where they happen to find a (day old) buffet!

We’re talking about salad, fresh fruit, bread, panacotta, tarts, cakes, raptors, and jelly. Wait… did we say raptors?!
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6. The Old 96er – The Great Outdoors (1988)
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In every city, you’ll find an American-style diner with an eating challenge where if you finish it, you get it for free. Every single one of those challenges are a pale comparison to the world-famous 96oz Paul Bunyan Blue Ox Steak that John Candy eats at the encouragement of Dan Aykroyd in The Great Outdoors.

This may sounds disgusting to the vegetarians amongst you, but to devoted carnivores this looks like the most grueling form of heaven imaginable. Remember: you also have to eat the fat and gristle.

7. Anton Ego’s Time Travelling Bite- Ratatouille (2007)

There are so many great gastronomic moments in Pixar’s Ratatouille. In making the story of Remy, a special rat who secretly becomes the ‘head’ chef of Paris’ most exclusive restaurant, director Brad Bird drafted in the services of 3 Michelin Star Chef Thomas Keller. He created a number of dishes for the film, all of which were lovingly recreated by Pixar animators. In the film stunning climax, Remy makes ratatouille for Anton Ego, an unsmiling restaurant critic known for his poison pen.

In a nod to Proust, the first bite of this provincial favourite transports Ego back to his childhood – his sense memory so overwhelmed by this simple, elegant dish.

8. “And we call it bella notte” – Lady and the Tramp (1955)
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If you’ve ever tried to feed your pooch Spaghetti and Meatballs, you’ll never forget the gross sounds dogs make as they try to chew and swallow the greasy noodles. But as romantic dinners go, who wouldn’t want to be serenaded by a pair of Italian chefs while you share an al fresco plate of pasta with the dog person of your dreams?

9. “On the side is a very big thing for you” – When Harry Met Sally (1989)
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Going for lunch with Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) can be a frustrating ordeal if you don’t know what to expect. After all, if she’s having apple pie, she’ll want the pie heated but the ice cream on the side. She’d like strawberry instead of vanilla but if they don’t have strawberry, then no ice cream – just whipped cream. But only if it’s real, not the out of the can stuff.

In the famous orgasm scene at Katz’s Deli in New York, you can even see her taking apart her dry turkey sandwich (she obviously doesn’t appreciate them piling the meat up high). On the flip side, Harry’s having a fantastic looking pastrami sandwich. Forget what the old woman said, you should have what he’s having.

10. The World’s Greatest Fried Egg Sandwich – Spanglish
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Adam Sandler plays the head chef at a popular LA restaurant. During one key scene, he goes about making himself the perfect egg sandwich. Director James L Brooks approached Thomas Keller (see above) to create the sandwich, and the delicious-looking result can be seen in the final film.

Bacon, butter lettuce, tomato, Monterey Jack, mayonnaise, and a fried egg on toasted country bread: that’s all you need for the greatest sandwich ever assembled.

11. The Ritual of Ramen – Tampopo

This free-wheeling Japanese comedy from director Juzo Itami is one of the finest films ever made about food. Described as a ‘noodle western’, it stars Tsutomu Yamazaki as a Goro, a wandering truck driver who helps a widowed mother transform her struggling Ramen restaurant. In one scene, Goro’s companion (a young Ken Watanabe) relates the story of an old man well-versed in the art of eating noodles.

In a few short minutes, the simple act of slurping ramen is transformed into a feast of the senses. You’ll never eat noodles the same way again.

The Lunchbox is out on Friday 11 April in cinemas and on blinkbox


Apr 09 2014

How Do These Disney Princesses Rank as Feminist Icons?

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 4:54 pm

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Having recently been announced as the most successful animated film of all-time, Frozen has the distinction of inducting not one, but two new members to the Disney Princesses Club.

But over the years, Disney Princesses have changed with the times. They’ve morphed from damsels-in-distress into the strong independent women from Frozen. Each one of them is a reminder of how women in their respective eras were portrayed by the media.

So let’s take a look at some of the best Disney Princesses and mark them all on a feminist scale from 1 to 10 (and yes, we appreciate the irony):

Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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Feminist Rating: 3
Some day your prince will come, huh? How about you start making your own independent plans, missy? And while you’re at it, stop accepting apples from strangers. We know you’re only 14 years old, but seriously?


Cinderella in Cinderella (1950)
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Feminist Rating: 4
Ol’ Cinders can’t be blamed for her enslavement under the hobnail boots of her wicked step-family. But in reality, she takes a back-seat in the story of her own redemption. Without the express help of a fairy godmother and some friendly rats, she would have never escaped this personal hell.

The direct-to-DVD sequel Cinderella II: A Dream Come True sees the now-Princess Cinderella tasked with organising a ball. In effect, her happily ever after consisted of doing admin.


Aurora in Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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Feminist Rating: 2
That’s a pretty low score. Not only does Aurora spend a portion of the film waiting for her prince to come (see above), she’s literally unconscious during the film’s climactic sequence. Women and their sleep, am I right?


Ariel in The Little Mermaid (1989)
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Feminist Rating: 7
As the creator of her own adventure, Ariel driven by a sense of curiosity leads her onto dry land in search of her own destiny. But when Ariel reverts to damsel-in-distress mode in the final act, it’s a bit of a downer. Thank goodness Prince Eric arrives just in time to save her (by murdering Ursula with his yacht).


Jasmine in Aladdin (1992)
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Feminist Rating: 4
Like Ariel, Princess Jasmine has a bit of a rebellious streak. Not content to marry some foreign prince, she fends off all suitors with the help of her pet Bengal tiger (princesses, huh?). On the downside, she does nothing to help anyone when evil Jafar takes over the kingdom at the end of the film.


Pocahontas in Pocahontas (1995)
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Feminist rating: 5
The daughter of a Powhatan chief, Pocahontas is not keen on her father’s choice of spouse (a pretty common Disney trope). Instead, she finds herself drawn to English settler John Smith, whom her dad really doesn’t approve of – for historically justified reasons. While she does defy the wishes of her people by following her own heart, she really is just subjecting herself to the will of another man.


Mulan in Mulan (1998)
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Feminist Rating: 9
When the emperor decrees that every family must send one man to join the Chinese army, Mulan spares her elderly father by dressing up as a man and heading off to war. This selfless act really puts her ahead of Disney Princesses in terms of awesomeness. However, she’s not actually a princess, so she really should be disqualified from this list.


Rapunzel in Tangled (2010)
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Feminist Rating: 8
Kept in a remote tower for her entire life, Rapunzel feels understandably trapped. It also doesn’t help that he’s being trapped there by a witch who depends on her magical hair to remain immortal. Desperate to discover a faraway land, she hatches a cunning plan to force a petty thief, Flynn Rider, to take her away. Also, Rapunzel’s ability to weaponise her hair is pretty cool.


Merida in Brave (2012)
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Feminist Rating: 7
She’s a wall-climbing, horse-riding princess who just so happens to be the best shot with a bow in all of Scotland. Just like Princess Jasmine, she not keen on the idea of being married off by her father like some sort of prize pig. We only rated her slightly below Rapunzel because of her childishly indolent attitude towards her mother, the Queen.


Elsa in Frozen (2013)
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Feminist Rating: 10
Elsa isn’t just any princess: she’s an Ice Queen. She can build ice fortresses out of thin air; freeze an entire country with her temper tantrums; and create life in the form of a humorous snowman. On top of that, she’s so loyal to her sister that she isolated herself for over ten years just to protect Anna. This frosty lady is by far the most powerfully liberal woman of the Disney stable of princesses.

Revisit these iconic women with our Disney Princesses Collection


Apr 08 2014

Trailer: The Iron Man cast reunites for Jon Favreau’s ‘Chef’

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Iron Man director Jon Favreau returns to his roots as a writer/director/star of independent comedies with this new film that premiered at the SXSW Festival this year. Favreau plays a highly regarded cook who decides to pack in the fine-dining game and set up a food truck. Check out the brand new trailer:

As you can tell from the trailer, Favreau has managed to attract a fantastic cast: John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Sofia Vergara and Dustin Hoffman are just a few of the names. Also, his Iron Man 2 cohorts Robert Downey Jr and Scarlett Johansson play a part in the proceedings (one more so than the other).

As the pull-quote from the trailer assures you, this film is packed full of food porn. This either means that it contains multiple shots of things like melting provolone and berry reductions being drizzled over saddles of lamb… or there’s going to be a twenty minute segment in which Scarlett Johansson does nothing but eat tagliatelle (see above).

Either way, we’re intrigued.

Chef is in cinemas 18 June


Apr 07 2014

The Wind Rises: UK trailer for Hayao Miyazaki’s final film

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Director Hayao Miyazaki made waves last year when he announces that his latest film, The Wind Rises, would also be his last. Having delighted fans and influenced the direction of animation with such classics as My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, the Japanese master is now closing the book on an unimpeachable career that spans four decades.

Here is the trailer for The Wind Rises:

A loosely fictional biography of the early aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi, the film seems like an ideal grace note for a director whose central fascination seems to be the romance of flight. After all, many his films have centered around things like dog-fighters, witches on broomsticks, flying bicycles and floating castles.

International critics have already lauded the film, calling it a fitting swansong for the great man. There are also a few detractors, who have taken umbrage with it’s leading character. After all, Horikoshi was the man who built the A6M3 Zero fighters, which were instrumental in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Take a look at the official UK poster:
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The Wind Rises opens in cinemas 9 May


Apr 07 2014

The Many Screen Lives of Spider-Man

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 12:00 pm

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“Is he strong? Listen bud: he’s got radioactive blood!”

-Theme to ‘Spider-Man’

As we eagerly wait for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield as the masked web-slinger, let’s take a look at Spidey’s long and storied history on the big and small screens.

Spider-Man (TV 1967)
Here’s the theme we all know, from the cartoon none of us will admit to remembering.

The Electric Company (1974)
In its fourth season, this educational children’s show debuted a recurring segment featuring Spider-Man, who communicated using cartoon speech-bubbles. In this scene, Spidey hunts down a villainous sack with the help of Constable Morgan Freeman!

The Amazing Spider-Man (1977)
Roughly around the same time Superman made his jump to the big screen in the Richard Donner/Christopher Reeve picture, CBS took a punt on a Spider-man TV series.

Thanks to the constraints of television budgets, Spidey’s main superpowers were ‘falling from ceilings in reverse’ and ‘walking very carefully along a rooftop’.

Spider-Man (1968)
Shortly after CBS brought Peter Parker into American homes, the Toei Company were doing the same thing for Japanese audiences.

This Spider-Man was a lot more athletic than his Western counterpart and would fight petty criminals with the help of… a giant robot called Leopardon??

Spider-man and his Amazing Friends (1981)
Airing for over three years, this animated series was sort of a response to the popularity of DC’s Super Friends cartoon. In this show, Spidey was joined by his good mates Iceman (from the X-Men) and Firestar (a character created for this show).

Like all good crime fighters of the era, their living room was filled with furniture that flipped around to reveal reel-to-reel computer equipment. This was the height of 80s technology!

Spider-Man (1994)
There would go on to be a number of Spidey cartoons throughout the 90s and early 2000s. None of them were better than this series from 1994 that faithfully adapted classic story-lines from the comics.

The show would spin plot arcs that often spanned multiple episodes (just like a comic book!). This kind of heavy serialisation was pretty rare for children’s TV at the time.

Spider-Man (2002)
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Directed by Sam Raimi and starring that kid from The Ice Storm (Tobey Maguire), this film was the first to prove that comic book movies weren’t just for nerds in their mothers’ basements: they were big business.

It grossed over $800 at box offices worldwide, becoming the #1 film of 2002, beating out Harry Potter, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

This is where we are now: with a Spider-man who’s a true millennial. As played by Andrew Garfield, Peter Parker is smart, but not geeky in the way that defined Tobey Maguire’s take on the character.

He’s cool enough to ride around on a skateboard but intelligent enough to fashion the most sophisticated glue-dispensing web-shooters the world has ever seen. Surely if he were to put a patent on that invention, he could retire rich at the age of 19. Right?

Buy all four modern Spider-Man films for under £5 each in our Marvel Collection


Apr 07 2014

R.I.P. Mickey Rooney, 1920-2014

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 11:58 am

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There was an old Saturday Night Live sketch in which Dana Carvey plays an aged Mickey Rooney. Appearing as a guest on a TV panel, he keeps insisting that he was once “the biggest star… in the world. Bang: in the world!” And while it may seem laughable that this diminutive, otherwise anonymous looking was ever a beloved film actor, Carvey wasn’t wrong. For a short span of time in the late 30s, the teen star was actually the biggest box-office draw on the planet.

Born in Brooklyn as Joseph Yule, Jr in 1920 Rooney first hit the silver screen as the 7 year-old star of the Mickey McGuire short films. He played the title character: a street-wise Irish-American kid with a smart mouth. He proved such a success on that role, that he actually changed his name to Mickey McGuire for a short stretch of time (because why not) before settling on Rooney.

In the late 30s, a teenaged Rooney would become one-half of a popular song-and-dance duo with Judy Garland. The pair of them would appear a number of screen musicals, the best known of which was 1939′s Oscar-nominated Babes in Arms.

In 1938, he shared top billing with Spencer Tracy in Boys Town, a biographical picture about a Catholic priest who established a home for underprivileged boys. Rooney won a special Juvenile Oscar for his performance.

It was around this time that Rooney’s prolific work-rate made him the biggest box office star in America, out-grossing traditional leading men the likes of Clark Gable and Tyrone Power.

After spending the war years entertaining the troops as an enlistee of the US Army, Rooney returned to Hollywood and began the next phase of his career. Standing at just over 5’2″, he was certainly not anyone’s idea of an adult romantic lead. However, as a grown-up performer, he would become a mainstay of early television, appearing on a seemingly endless stream of variety programmes and sitcoms including the self-titled Mickey Rooney Show: Hey, Mulligan. Throughout the remaining six decades of his acting career, Rooney would find work as a character actor — mostly in screen comedies.

Perhaps his best known role of this era would be his crucially mid-judged performance as Holly Golightly’s buffoonish Japanese neighbour in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Director Blake Edwards, with whom Rooney had worked before and who would go on to direct the Pink Panther films, used Rooney’s performance to inject comedy into Truman Capote’s story. The result is at odds with the rest of the film, and is a tellingly awful representation of 60s racism.
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Sadly, for most modern audiences, this is the only role for which he’s still remembered.

Rooney was married 8 times over his life, most notably to screen beauty Ava Gardner. He was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1983. Over this marathon career, he was also honored with an Emmy, Golden Globe and three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for television, cinema and radio.

His last appearance in a major motion picture was a cameo role in 2011′s The Muppets, in which he played a resident of the small town at the beginning of the film.

His career as an actor spanned eight decades, during which he amassed 340 credits (according to IMDb). Calling him a true Hollywood legend would not be an exaggeration.

Mickey Rooney, 1920-2014

 


Apr 07 2014

The Hobbit, Ian Fleming & Daniel Radcliffe: New Releases 7 April 2014

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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Many Lord of the Rings fans weren’t super keen on the first Hobbit film. It had its fair share of problems, including an interminable opening hour in which Bilbo does nothing aside from making a sandwich and packing his suitcase.

We are, however, pleased to report that this second act of the Hobbit is much, much stronger. Without all the set-up out of the way, director Peter Jackson is able to weave together an exciting tapestry of action and adventure. As Bilbo and his merry gang of dwarves draw closer to the Lonely Mountain, they encounter some characters we may recognise from earlier travels to Middle Earth…

Despite its punishing run-time and unpronounceable title, The Desolation of Smaug is perhaps the paciest of Jackson’s Tolkien films. After a disappointing first chapter, it restored our faith in The Hobbit and had us excited for this year’s third and final chapter!

Kill Your Darlings (Early Digital Release)
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Daniel Radcliffe plays the young poet Allen Ginsberg in this vaguely-historical film that takes place at the birth of the Beat Generation. Moving to New York with a scholarship to the prestigious Columbia University, Ginsberg finds himself befriending a group of like-minded souls the likes of William S Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. At the centre of this collective is Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), a pretty young thing whose magnetic personality could prove to be a danger.

Oldboy (New to Rent)
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Josh Brolin is a just a regular guy like you and me, with a normal job and a kid. So when he’s suddenly kidnapped and held in a secret prison, he has no idea who’s behind it and why. Twenty years later, he’s released as suddenly as he was abducted. Back on the street, he’s only got one thing in mind: revenge.

Based on a revered Korean film of the same name, Oldboy is a hard-hitting thriller from director Spike Lee, who’s assembled one of the coolest supporting casts, with performances from Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L Jackson and District 9’s Sharlto Copley.

It’s similar in a lot of ways to the original 2003 film, but there are enough new elements in Lee’s version to delight and shock even the most devoted Oldboy fan.

Easy Money 2 (Early Digital Release)
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Here in the UK, we’re a little bit behind on Swedish crime cinema. Last year we saw the release of 2010’s Easy Money, a tight thriller about a business student who becomes a cocaine smuggler. Now we have its sequel from 2012, which sees our hero leaving prison with the intent of going straight. But as Michael Corleone discovered, just when you think you’re out, they pull you back in.

As sequels go, this is pretty great and typical of the great thrillers being produced in Scandinavia these days. It also doesn’t hurt that the lead is played by actor Joel Kinnaman, who’s since become a big Hollywood star as the new Robocop.

Svengali (New to Rent)
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Writer/star Jonny Owen plays Dixie, a postman from Wales who has his sights set on discovering the next huge band. Where most people dream of being in The Sex Pistols, Dixie dreams of being Malcolm McLaren. Heading to London, he convinces a talented but ill-disciplined rock band to take a chance on him, provided he can get them signed within six months.

Set in and around Soho in London, Svengali features top notch supporting actors in the form of Matt Berry, Vicky McClure and Martin Freeman (who also happens to star in this week’s The Hobbit).

Hustlers (Early Digital Release)
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Released in the States as Pawn Shop Chronicles, this ensemble comedy centres around one such establishment, mingling three storylines that involve various outlandish characters. A newlywed groom discovers his missing first wife’s wedding ring, which sends him on a mission to find her; a low-rent Elvis impersonator arrives in town to play a county fair; and a pair of neo-Nazis hatch an ill-conceived plan to knock off a drug supplier.

The most remarkable thing about this film is its quality cast, that includes Brendan Fraser, Matt Dillon, Norman Reedus (Daryl from The Walking Dead), and the late Paul Walker in one of his final performances.

Television

24 (All Series)
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In anticipation of this year’s resurrection of 24, starring Keifer Sutherland, we’re releasing all eight seasons of the ground-breaking original series. You all know the score: Sutherland plays Jack Bauer, a counter terrorism agent who must stop any number of terrorist organisations from killing the president/detonating a nuclear weapon/releasing a virus (delete where applicable).

Will he encounter a mole within his ranks? Will suspicious characters turn out to be completely innocent? Will the US government suspect Jack of becoming a secret terrorist and send him underground? In every season of 24, the answer to all those questions will be ‘yes’!

This is compulsive ‘just-one-more-episode’-style binge viewing at its best.

Fleming
Fleming
Before he became the world-famous creator of Agent 007, author Ian Fleming was a real-life James Bond (of sorts). Chronicling his days as a failed stockbroker through to his days in the Office of Naval Intelligence, this handsomely made show is pretty much a non-stop cavalcade of 007 references.

Rakishly handsome as the title character, Dominic Cooper is in fine form as a ‘the man who would be Bond’: a charming wastrel who can only dream of being a globe-trotting secret agent. Joining him in the cast is a selection of fine British actors: Anna Chancellor, Samuel West and Lara Pulver chief among them.

Whether the show is more fiction than fact is up for debate, but Fleming does succeed in being a jolly good romp.

Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Circus
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The most popular cartoon pig since Porky releases a brand new batch of unseen episodes this week. Along with her mummy, daddy and brother George, she heads off on a series of adventures that takes her to a desert island, on a boat and yes, to the circus.

If you’re reading this, you’re obviously not the sort of person who enjoys watching Peppa Pig. But if you’re a parent, this box set is the best investment you’ll ever make when it comes to keeping your pre-school child distracted.

New Seasons

The Adventures of a Young Psycho continues with the second season of Bates Motel

A former CIA agents continues to kick butt and break hearts in Season 7 of Burn Notice

Also new in Movies:

Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde star in the dark comedy Better Living through Chemistry

Kung Fu legend Jet Li is a butt-kicking cop in the new Hong Kong action flick Badge of Fury

It’s the fantasy creatures vs US Special Forces mash-up you’ve been waiting for in Orc Wars

Watchmen and Sin City meets Zodiac in the independent superhero epic Sparks

A chilling look at head trauma in Sports in the documentary Head Games

You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. It’s The Haunting of Bates’ Hotel

Hit the powder and eat some gnarly air in the extreme skiing documentary Steep

If going down snowy mountains isn’t your thing, The Summit is a gripping documentary about a tragic expedition to climb K2

A bunch of suburban idiots uncover the etiquette of infidelity in the comedy 10 Rules for Sleeping Around

A former Vietnam vet fights to save a historically-significant breed of horse in the moving doc Nokota Heart.

Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany heads up the Canadian high-school comedy Picture Day

James Cromwell fights to build a new home for his ailing wife in the true-life drama Still Mine

Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff and Dakota Fanning hide from the law in The Motel Life, a new thriller

Real-life celebrity gangster Dave Courtney stars in the Geezers vs Al Qaeda actioner Full English Breakfast

 

For more of the latest films and TV, head over to blinkbox!


Apr 04 2014

Kids Competition: Create ‘Frozen’ Fan Art and WIN a Disney Gift Bag!

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This Competition is now closed. Thanks for all your wonderful works of art! We’ll be getting in touch with our winners by the end of the week!

Kids these days simply can’t get enough of Frozen (out this week on blinkbox) — and why shouldn’t they? It’s a fantastic and funny animated musical that calls back to the golden age of Disney musicals, when you couldn’t walk more than ten feet before bumping into a kid who knew all the words to ‘Part of Your World’ or ‘Prince Ali’.

If you have children in your life and you permit them to watch films and TV, you’ve probably seen Frozen and the kids really enjoyed it. With that in mind, we’re giving your little ones the chance to show off their creative side for the chance to win an amazing Disney Prize Pack!

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Each winner will receive:

-12″ Frozen Classic Doll ‘Elsa’ from Frozen
-Disney Princesses Mug
-Medium-sized Soft Toy of Sven from Frozen (our favourite)
-Comic Large Shopper Bag

Plus a selection of other great stuff which we’ll divide amongst the winners!

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If your child/ward would like to enter, just have them whip-up an artistic creation based on Disney’s Frozen. It can be a picture or a sculpture… anything! If they need a little inspiration, you can print out  the colouring sheets below and use them as a starting point.

This Competition is now closed.

Frozen is now available to buy and rent

(click on the images to enlarge and print)

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