Mar 19 2014

Final ‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer: The devil inside begins to rear its head

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Okay, this is the last trailer we’re going to post for Game of Thrones’ fourth season but its a good one to go out on. There’s a lot of footage we’ve seen before, mixed in with a couple of new revelations.

Season 4 will see Brienne of Tarth go on a mission to find Arya Stark, which will no inevitably her into contact with the fearsome Hound. Will we be witness to some giant-on-giant violence?

There’s also trouble in paradise: having just been returned to his sister/lover, Jaime Lannister finds himself at odds with the Queen Mother.

Also, across the seas from Westeros, the Mother of Dragons looks to be planning an assault on an Aztec kingdom.

On top of that, Joffrey’s still an insufferable twerp.

For those of you unfamiliar with the books, what did you pick up from this trailer? What’s going to go down this seaons? Let us know in the comments below.

Watch Game of Thrones Seasons 1-3 now on blinkbox

 


Mar 18 2014

11 Actors Who Changed Their Weight for a Movie Role

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In Jude Law’s latest film, Dom Hemingway, he plays a middle-aged safe cracker who’s just spent the past 12 years in the big house. In order to play the part, the usually-glamorous star put on almost 30lbs using a highly dubious method of weight gain.

To mark the release of Dom Hemingway, here are 11 actors that dramatically changed their bodies for a film role.

1. Robert De Niro
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Much has been said about De Niro’s method. To prepare for Raging Bull, he threw himself into intense boxing training, getting into the best physical condition of his career. He even went so far as to enter two professional middleweight fights in Brooklyn, winning two of them.

For the final scenes in which he plays a burnt-out and overweight Jake LaMotta, DeNiro took a four month binge-eating trip around Italy. In that short time, he managed to pile on 60 pounds. Any modern nutritionist would tell you what a bad idea that is.

2. Vincent D’Onofrio
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Up until Full Metal Jacket, Robert De Niro held the record for Most Weight Gained for a Role. To play the perpetually-bullied ‘Private Gomer Pyle’, D’Onofrio put on 70lbs after director Stanley Kubrick decided to change his character from being a ‘thin ignorant redneck’ to a large, lumbering Lennie Smalls-type guy.

3. Christian Bale
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If Christian Bale doesn’t die of catastrophic organ failure before he turns 60, we’ll be genuinely surprised.

He turned himself into a buff yuppie for American Psycho; reduced himself to a skeleton for The Machinist; beefed-up into superhero shape for Batman Begins; lost it all to play a drug addict in The Fighter; and then packed on the pounds to play a middle-aged con man in American Hustle. In an unparalleled piece of method acting, he even transformed himself into a child for Empire of the Sun!

If they handed out Oscars for self-abuse, they could just mail it to Christian Bale every year.

4. Renee Zellweger
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On more than one occasion did Zellweger pack on the 20 pounds required to play the realistically-proportioned singleton Bridget Jones. Shortly thereafter, she emaciated herself for the Oscar-winning musical Chicago. Is it just us, or does she look way better as Bridget? (We’ll admit: that picture of her in Chicago is not the most flattering)

5. Jude Law
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The movies will have you believe that all convicts end up with wonderful prison-sculpted abs. Dom Hemingway, however, finds himself paroled after 12 years with a bit of a beer gut. In order to play this safecracker gone-to-seed, Jude Law apparently pounded ten cans of Coke a day, which helped him add 30lbs to his thin frame. This is probably not the kind of celebrity endorsement the Coco-Cola Corporation was looking for.

6. Chris Pratt
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By this time next year, Chris Pratt’s going to be something of a household name. Having headlined this year’s most successful film (The Lego Movie), Pratt is about to star in Marvel’s big summer release, Guardians of the Galaxy. A regular cast member on the sitcom Parks and Recreation, Pratt is normally known for playing characters who are a bit on the fat side (see above for his look in 2013’s Delivery Man). However, for his first outing as a superhero, he’s managed to really whip himself into shape.

7. Matthew McConaughey
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For his Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey ditched his perennially buff torso to play Ron Woodruff, a rodeo cowboy who contracts HIV in the 80s. He lost almost four stone by adhering to a strict diet of Diet Coke, egg whites and lean chicken. The rapid weight loss didn’t come easily, though. He’s admitted: ‘As soon as I hit 143lb, I started losing my eyesight.’

Grim.

8. Jared Leto
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McConaughey’s Dallas Buyer’s Club co-star was also awarded an Oscar for his skinny turn as an HIV patient. But years before, he put on a significant amount of weight to play John Lennon’s killer in Chapter 27. While Leto’s performance was praised by most critics, the film was given a thorough kicking by just about everyone under the sun.

9. Tom Hardy
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If you remember Tom Hardy from his early film roles, you’ll recall a thin young lad who could double for a young Patrick Stewart, quite literally. Since his breakout performance in 2008’s Bronson, he’s become Hollywood’s go-to-guy for playing brick s***houses. Consider his beefy turns in Warrior and The Dark Knight Rises.

Next up, he’s slated to star in the Elton John biopic, Rocketman. We can only hope Hardy plays him as a 230lb muscle-monster, in a way that suggests that’s how a delusional Elton John perceives himself.

10. Matt Damon
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Matt Damon is no stranger to changing his appearance for a film. In an early pre-Good Will Hunting job, he dropped 40 pounds for a mere two days of filming on Courage Under Fire. His body took a real beating after such a rapid loss of weight and he was on medication for a year after to correct damage to his adrenal gland.

Since then, he has flouted any sense of vanity by taking on less glamorous parts, such as his leading role in Steven Soderbergh’s comedy The Informant.

11. Tom Hanks
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Where Scorsese put Raging Bull on hold for four months to allow De Niro to bulk up, director Robert Zemeckis took a year-long hiatus from the production of Cast Away to let Tom Hanks turn himself into someone who looks like he’s been living on coconuts for a year. During this break, Zemeckis used the same crew to shoot another film, What Lies Beneath.

Dom Hemingway is now available to buy and rent


Mar 18 2014

‘Svengali’ Trailer: A Welsh Postie Becomes a Music Mogul

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Out in cinemas and on blinkbox this Friday, Svengali is a new comedy that has author Irvine Welsh calling it “one of the funniest British movies in ages”.

Written by and starring Welsh actor Jonny Owen, it tells the story of Dixie, a postman from South Wales who has dreams of managing the ‘best band in the world’. Where other people dream of being Sid Vicious, he has his sights on becoming Malcolm McLaren.

Joining Owen is a pretty solid cast of British regulars. Vicky McClure, who was excellent in Shane Meadows’ Room for Romeo Brass and This is England, plays his supportive girlfriend.

There’s also Matt Berry (Dr Lucien Saaanchez from Darkplace), Michael Smiley (Tires from Spaced) and Martin Freeman, who’s found time in between being Bilbo Baggins to appear in this independent Brit Flick.

Svengali is receiving a day-and-date release, which means that it will be released in select theatres and at blinkbox this very Friday. So it you can’t make it out to your local independent cinema, why not stay in and check it out on our service?

Svengali is in cinemas and on blinkbox this Friday


Mar 18 2014

Video: Lando Calrissian performs the Cha-Cha to the theme from ‘Star Wars’

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First he betrayed Han Solo to Darth Vader. Now, Lando Calrissian has surrendered his dignity to the evil empire that is Reality Television.

Star Wars’ Billy Dee Williams is one of the better known figures in this current season of Dancing with the Stars and at the age of 76, he’s also the oldest. But that hasn’t stopped him from tackling the cha-cha in full Lando regalia! Along with his partner Emma Slater, he performed a routine to the music of Star Wars while surrounded by extras dressed as stormtroopers and Slave Leia.

There are videos of his performance on YouTube.  We wouldn’t be surprised if this gets pulled down but we’ll stick it up anyway:

We genuinely hope that R2D2 isn’t being played by Kenny Baker for this broadcast. The though of a 79-year old man being shoe-horned into a rubbish bin is too sad for words. But also, yes: those are Ewoks in the audience.

This is pretty insane for network television.

For those not familiar with the show, Dancing with the Stars is the American equivalent of Strictly Come Dancing, only with actual celebrities.


Mar 18 2014

Video: Everybody Runs in the First Trailer for ‘The Maze Runner’

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Come this October, if you’re not totally burnt out on films about teenagers fighting against despotic authority figures in elaborate life-or-death situations, you’re going to be in for a treat with The Maze Runner.

Like The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments and the upcoming Divergent, The Maze Runner is based on a popular trilogy of young adult novels.

Dylan O’Brien (from TV’s Teen Wolf) plays our main man. He wakes up in a prison-like maze surrounded by other teenage boys who are similarly trapped there. But like some Harry Potter-surrogate, it seems our hero is just a little bit more special than the rest of the kids and he may hold the key to their escape.

Joining O’Brien is a heavily British cast of young actors, including Thomas Sangster (recently of Game of Thrones), Kaya Scodelario (Skins) and Will Poulter (him off We’re the Millers).

Here’s the first poster:
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Sure, it’s pretty obvious that the studios are keen to have their own ‘Hunger Games’ type franchise but if we’re being honest, The Maze Runner does look like it has potential for success. But we get the feeling it’s all going to hinge on its lead performance. No pressure, now.

The Maze Runner is in cinemas 24 October


Mar 18 2014

‘Roll out the Red Carpet’: 10 Films with All-Star Casts

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1. The Counsellor (2013)
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Who’s in it? Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz

Written by novelist Cormac McCarthy, Ridley Scott’s latest film shares a lot of DNA with No Country for Old Men (which was based on a McCarthy novel). It involves a cross-border drug deal gone wrong, a killer with unique way of dispatching his victims, and Javier Bardem sporting an incredible barnet. It also boasts a star studded cast led by man of the moment Michael Fassbender.

2. Ocean’s Eleven (2001):
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Who’s in it? Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Elliot Gould, Andy Garcia, Carl Reiner

The high water mark for star-studded blockbuster. Having directed TWO Oscar nominated films and won Best Director for Traffic just the year before, Indie King Steven Soderbergh was able to pick up this cast of Hollywood A-Listers for a fraction of their usual asking price. Instead of delivering a bloated, over-starred blockbuster, Soderbergh was able to craft a tight heist movie that set the standard for years to come. Sadly, Ocean’s Twelve fell afoul of just about every pitfall that the original managed to avoid and it ended up being a self-congratulatory mess.

3. Dogma (1999)
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Who’s in it? Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, Alan Rickman, George Carlin, Jason Lee, Linda Fiorentino

After Kevin Smith proved to critics and audiences that he was becoming a ‘mature filmmaker’ with the surprisingly sober Chasing Amy, actors were lining up to appear in his next film, Dogma. An ostensibly shaggy movie that dealt with a slightly dubious conceit about the infallibility of Catholic doctrine, it also featured a revolving cast of famous actors including Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as a pair of fallen angels with Boston accents.

4. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
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Who’s in it? Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Phil Silvers, Peter Falk plus dozens of cameo roles.

A lot of these names might not mean a lot to modern audiences, but trust us: in 1963, you couldn’t have asked for a more star-studded cast. The plot revolves around a disparate group of weirdos who drive cross-country in pursuit of $350,000 in stolen cash. Back then, we assume that was a lot of money. These days, you only could set yourself up with a studio flat in Hackney for that amount.

On top of the core cast, there are cameos from the likes of Jerry Lewis, Buster Keaton and The Three Stooges

5. The Cannonball Run (1981)
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Who’s in it? Roger Moore, Jackie Chan, Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLouise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Fonda, Terry Bradshaw

Hal Needham, the legendary stuntman and late director of Smokey and the Bandit put his own spin on It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World with this ensemble comedy set around a cross-country motor rally.

You’ll hopefully agree that the casting here is pretty insane. Roger Moore plays a suave James Bond-like figure who drives an Aston Martin; Hong Kong stars Jackie Chan and Michael Hui play a pair of Japanese drivers; Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr are a pair of conmen posing as priests; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw is a NASCAR enthusiast; and Klinger from MASH plays an Arab Sheikh.

It was followed by a sequel three years later.

6. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
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Who’s in it? Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Lindsay Lohan, Woody Harrelson, John C Reilly, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Kline, Virginia Madsen, Maya Rudolph

Throughout his prolific career, director Robert Altman has been the undisputed master of large ensemble films. From MASH and Short Cuts to Gosford Park and this: his final work as a filmmaker.

The story surrounds the last episode of a long-running (real life) radio variety show and the various personalities that have come to perform for one last time. The show’s creator Garrison Keillor stars as himself in a script he also wrote, drafting in a plot line that involves a visiting angel (Madsen) who has come to comfort these characters.

Altman was 85 and suffering from leukaemia during the three month shoot and was assisted by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, There Will Be Blood). For insurance purposes, he was required to be onset as a ‘standby director’ just in case Altman was unable to complete the film.

7. Movie 43 (2013)
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Who’s in it? Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Richard Gere, Dennis Quaid, Terrence Howard, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Julianne Moore, Josh Duhamel, Halle Berry, Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Chloë Grace Moretz, Greg Kinnear, Stephen Merchant, Naomi Watts, Live Schrieber, Kate Bosworth

Without a doubt the ‘starriest’ of the films on this list, Movie 43 also happens to be the worst by some margin. An anthology of short films designed to ‘push the boundaries’ of humour, the Farrelly Brothers-devised feature just ended up being a collection of unfunny atrocities.

Kate Winslet goes on a first date with Hugh Jackman, only to discover an intimate part of his anatomy located on his neck; Batman and Robin go speed-dating; and a black basketball coach railis to his team in an ironically racist fashion. This is the kind of material you’d expect from a third-rate university sketch team, and not a feature film.

8. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
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Who’s in it? Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Owen Wilson.

With every film he makes, Wes Anderson seems to expand his merry band of actors. For most of the actors in The Grand Budapest Hotel, this isn’t their first spin on the Wes Anderson merry-go-round. Just about every character with more than one line is a famous actor of some sort, from Ralph Fiennes all the way down to Palme d’Or winner Lea Seydoux, who has a bit part as Swinton’s housemaid.

9. The Expendables 2 (2012)
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Who’s in it? Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Chuck Norris

For this sequel, writer/producer Sylvester Stallone went to town on his mission to employ just about every action star to have ever worked in the medium of film. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a character called Trench Mauser? I’d watch that! Jean-Claude Van Damme as a villain named Jean Vilain? Yes please!

It doesn’t matter that Chuck Norris is a 72 year-old grandfather of nine: just put a machine gun in his hands and have him slowly walk towards the camera!

In an effort to outdo themselves once more, it’s been announced that Expendables 3 will also feature Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Antonio Banderas. Superstar overload!

10. JFK (1991)
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Who’s in it? Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, Joe Pesci, Sissy Spacek, John Candy, Donald Sutherland

A functioning knowledge of JFK’s all-star cast is a must for any aficionado of the Kevin Bacon game, if only for how it opens you up to Tommy Lee Jones’ prolific filmography.

In filling his three-hour conspiracy thesis with a load of recognisable faces, Oliver Stone cannily avoided having to remind people who all the characters were. His screenplay also allowed the stars to deliver some of their career-best performances. Costner has never been more effective than in the final courtroom scene where his voice cracks while Donald Sutherland gets a barnstorming scene as a nameless informant.

The Counsellor is now available to buy and rent


Mar 17 2014

New Clip: Jesse Eisenberg and Jesse Eisenberg hit up a diner in ‘The Double’

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Still best known for his comedic turns as Moss from The IT Crowd and Dean Lerner from Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, Richard Aoyade is quickly making a name for himself as one of Britain’s premier arthouse directors.

In the upcoming film The Double, Ayoade’s first since 2010′s acclaimed Submarine, Jesse Eisenberg plays a shy office drone whose life begins to crumble at the hands of a new colleague: a man who looks exactly like him but is otherwise his polar opposite.

In this first clip, Eisenberg and his doppelganger hit up a late night diner in a scene that efficiently illustrates the differences in their personalities:

Keen-eyed film fans will recognise the waitress as Cathy Moriarty, who played Jake LaMotta’s ethereal wife in Raging Bull.

The Double also stars Mia Wasikowska as his unattainable office crush, as well as Wallace Shawn, Chris O’Dowd and superstar satirist Chris Morris in a rare on-screen role. In case you haven’t seen it yet, here is the official trailer:

The Double is in cinemas 4 April


Mar 17 2014

Veep Season 3 Trailer: Selena Makes a Run for the Top Job

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One of the most consistently funny shows on TV right now, Armando Iannucci’s look at American Politics through the eyes of a female vice president is coming back for another season this year.

In this hot new teaser trailer for HBO’s Veep, Selena (Julia Louis Dreyfus) sits down with a campaign consultant (Diedrich Bader) to discuss the things that will hinder her run for the presidency. Namely, her entire staff.

Take a look:

Dreyfus has won every award under the sun for her role in the show, which has gone from strength-to-strength in its two years of existence. Despite its almost exclusively British roster of writers and directors (most of whom worked on The Thick of It) the show has managed to carve out a voice that’s distinctly different from Iannucci’s British output.

We’re looking forward to this quite a lot.

Veep Seasons 1 and 2 are now available at blinkbox


Mar 17 2014

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – New Releases Monday 17 March 2014

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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Much to the relief of fans all over the world, this sequel to 2012’s The Hunger Games improves on the original in almost every way.

Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as the heroic Katniss Everdeen. Almost a year after winning The Hunger Games and earning the ire of Panem’s fascist government, Katniss is thrown back into the mix. The brand new gamesmaker (the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) has concocted a plan to destroy Katniss: an edition of The Games that will bring her face-to-face with a hoard of previous winners.

Directed by Francis Lawrence (no relation), Catching Fire is a darker, deeper and more focussed film than the original. It benefits from veteran actors like Hoffman and Jeffrey Wright while finding an anchor in Jennifer Lawrence’s mature and understated performance. Packing one heck of a cliffhanger ending, you’ll finish this movie with an unquenchable appetite for more Hunger Games!

Dom Hemingway (Early Digital Release)
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Jude Law plays the title character, a hard-living safecracker back on the streets after a 12 year stretch in prison. He kept his mouth shut to protect his old boss and now that he’s out, Dom is keen for compensation. With the help of his old mucker (Richard E Grant), he heads to the South of France to pick up his reward from their murderous old boss (Demián Bichir). Somewhere along the way, he discovers a need to seek out his estranged daughter (Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke). This raucous film will easily appeal to anyone who’s a fan of British crime comedies like In Bruges and Snatch.

Blue is the Warmest Colour
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Reductively known as ‘that French lesbian film’, this three-hour opus won the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. In a break from tradition, the prize was awarded to the director as well as its two leading actresses: more so than most films, Blue is the Warmest Colour thrives on their electric performances. Adèle Exarchopoulos is a somewhat-naive 15 year-old student who begins a relationship with a blue-haired art student (Léa Seydoux). The film chronicles their affair, examining the ways in which people get together and grow apart. As we’ve mentioned, the performances are sublime. You are unlikely to see another film this year with such a moving take on human relationships.

The Counsellor (New to Rent)
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Director Ridley Scott reunites with his Prometheus star Michael Fassbender in this tense crime thriller written by novelist Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men). The Fass plays the title character, a shady lawyer working on a drug trafficking deal across the Mexican Border. Dealing with a number of unreliable of cohorts (including Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem), he soon gets in over his head. Expect maximum tension as the sleazy rake tries in vain to stay afloat and keep his head firmly attached to his shoulders.

Parkland (Early Digital Release)
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Set during that one fateful day in Dallas in 1963, Parkland takes a look at the Kennedy Assassination through the eyes of the people around him. From witnesses on the street and the medics on the scene to Vice-President Johnson and the head of Kennedy’s security detail, the events of that day are recreated with stunning detail. The stunning ensemble cast includes Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti and Billy Bob Thornton. This is a must-see for history enthusiasts and budding conspiracy theorists.

Empire State (New to Rent)
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In Empire State, Liam Hemsworth plays a young upstart in NYC whose loyalties are being tested by opposing factions. He’s an aspiring cop/security van driver who gets tempted into a life of crime. Approached by a group of thieves, he becomes the lynchpin of an elaborate scheme to rob his own company.

As you might have heard before, committing a crime is easy; getting away is the hard part. And with FBI agent Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on his trail, it’s only a matter of time before justice catches up with him.

Escape Plan (New to Rent)
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Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger head up this high-concept prison escape film that would easily fit into either of their early careers. Stallone plays a ‘security consultant’ who makes his living breaking out of prisons and exposing their weaknesses. When he agrees to test out a secret high-tech government facility, he finds himself trapped and in deep trouble. Teaming up with a fellow inmate (Arnie), he must outsmart the prison’s cruel warden if he has any chance of escaping.

Joining the legendary action star is a quality cast that includes Amy Ryan, 50 Cent, Sam Neil, Vincent D’Onofrio and Jim Caviezel.

Escape Plan is fun little throwback to the films of the early 90s, and it’s precisely the kind of vehicle that lets Arnie and Sly do what they do best.

Also:

Drama: Jayne Mansfield’s Car; Romantic Comedy: Just One Day; Animation: Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action!; Documentaries: 1 – Life on the Limit, Journal de France; Thrillers: Abducted, Death Watch; Action films: Rise of the Predator, I Am Soldier; Slasher Horror: Hatchet 3

Television

Call the Midwife Series 3 (Complete Boxset)
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The sisters and midwives of Nonnatus House are back for the third series of BBC1’s hit period drama. While most of the characters are settling in to their surroundings at the new convent, Chummy (Miranda Hart) is having trouble adjusting to her new role as a housewife. In the very first episode, the ladies are struggling to inform the locals about the whereabouts of their clinics. That is, until they manage to secure an official visit from a very special public figure.

The show continues to go from strength-to-strength, with the series 3 finale pulling in over 8 million viewers. To put that in perspective: Top Gear only managed to draw 6.2 million viewers on the very same night. Who could have guessed that this gentle show about delivering babies would turn into a veritable ratings juggernaut for the Beeb?

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Mar 14 2014

Trailer: The Funky Rise of James Brown in ‘Get On Up’

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Chadwick Boseman burst onto the big screen last year as Jackie Robinson in the baseball biopic 42. This year, he has the distinction of playing another great African-American figure: the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.

Get On Up is the new picture from director Tate Taylor (The Help). It tracks Brown’s rise from crushing poverty to international superstardom, taking a detour through his troubled domestic life.

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer play Brown’s aunt and estranged mother while Dan Aykroyd turns up as his long-time agent, Ben Bart. As you might recall, Aykroyd starred alongside James Brown in a little film from 1980 called The Blues Brothers.

There’s nothing to suggest that Get On Up will be much different from Walk the Line or Ray. But seeing as how it promises a funk-filled soundtrack and much better dancing, we’ll definitely be lining up for a ticket.

Get On Up is in cinemas 1 August