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Bond 25: On Set with Bond 25: Jamaica video

NEW footage has just been released that takes 007 fans on set with #Bond25 in Jamaica.

Check out a behind-the-scenes look at the recent Caribbean Bond 25 filming that shows director Cary Fukunaga at work and Daniel Craig (James Bond 007), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter) and Lashana Lynch (Nomi) on set!

The story will pick up as Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help.

The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

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Toy Story 4 - Review

Toy Story 4

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4.5 out of 5

TAKEN at face value, Toy Story 4 might seem like an unnecessary addition to the beloved Pixar franchise that is simply content to retread old ground. But that would be to grossly underestimate the many themes at play.

For while the central plotting certainly does evoke a sense of deja vu, given that Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and company are forced to embark on yet another adventure that involves toys that have become separated and in need of rescue, its the themes that continue to deliver the real gold.

There’s the usual separation anxiety as well as the value of toys. But there’s also a newfound sense of what it is to grow up (for the toys as much as the adults) and to take life into your own hands. As such, it’s existential, while also nodding to the difficulty of parenting in the modern era.

Josh Cooley’s film, based on a screenplay co-written by Rashida Jones, Andrew Stanton, Will McCormack and Stephany Folsom, plays as well (if not better) to the adults who have grown up with this franchise, as it does to the kids who may be seeing a Toy Story film in the cinema for the first time.

It’s still fun, of course, and wildly inventive. While the characters are a blast: whether old or new. And Pixar’s ability to leave you in emotional tatters, while shedding the odd tear or two, is also present and maddeningly correct.

The story, in basic form, finds Woody and crew embarking on a road trip with new owner Bonnie and her new favourite ‘toy’, a self-made creation named Forky (a Spork, voiced by Tony Hale), who has provided some unlikely reassurance to her during her orientation day at nursery.

Woody’s task is to play ‘dad’ to Forky, who considers himself nothing but trash and wants to escape to a rubbish bin at every opportunity. But when Forky does manage to escape, Woody goes after him and – in doing so – becomes reunited with his long-lost friend, and potential love, Bo Peep (Annie Potts), while also having to contend with the unwanted attention of an antique pull-string doll named Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks), who has designs on Woody’s voice box.

As with all three previous Toy Story films, the ensuing adventure is both eye-catchingly beautiful and rip-roaringly fun, combining knockabout moments of comedy with inventive visual gags, plenty of classic film references and knowing verbal humour. Put simply, it’s a blast being in the company of these characters once again.

What’s more, all of the newcomers make an impact, with Keanu Reeves’ Canadian stuntman Duke Caboom arguably the pick of the bunch.

But while ensuring that audiences will have a great time, the creators of this fourth film also endeavour to make it a worthwhile journey too: one capable of making you think as well as laugh. There’s a real depth of emotion, particularly late on.

The themes resonate. And they’re not afraid to go deep. The lifelong struggle of being a parent [and a child], and knowing when to let go, is reflected in Woody’s relationship with everyone around him (including, ultimately, himself), and builds to some heart-rending decisions.

But those existential elements also reminded me of Pixar’s ability to continually tackle life’s big questions in its films, whether in those first 20 minutes of Up, the opening 30 minutes of Wall-E, or the whole journey of its central protagonist in Inside/Out (which, coincidentally, Cooley helped to create). Woody’s journey is ultimately about taking control of his own destiny and overcoming the demons that have been holding him back.

It leads to a beautifully bittersweet conclusion and one that’s delivered in typically note-perfect fashion. And it ensures that a really good fourth entry into the Toy Story franchise can – like its predecessors – truly be regarded as great.

Certificate: U
Running time: 1hr 40mins
UK Release Date: June 21, 2019

Queen and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) - First trailer

Queen & Slim

FROM trailblazing, Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe (Netflix’s Master of None) and Melina Matsoukas, the visionary director of some of this generation’s most powerful pop-culture experiences, including Beyonce’s Formation and the Nike Equality campaign, comes Makeready’s unflinching new drama, Queen & Slim.

While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Get Out‘s Daniel Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith, in her first starring feature-film role), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction.

The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defence.

Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defence lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.

As they drive, these two unlikely fugitives will discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances, and will forge a deep and powerful love that will reveal their shared humanity and shape the rest of their live.

Joining a legacy of films such as Bonnie and Clyde and Thelma & Louise, Queen & Slim is a powerful, consciousness-raising love story that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence.

Waithe wrote the script based on an original idea by best-selling author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces, Katerina). The feature-film directorial debut from Melina Matsoukas (executive producer of HBO’s Insecure) stars Academy Award® nominee Kaluuya as ‘Slim’ and rising star Jodie Turner-Smith (Syfy’s Nightflyers), as ‘Queen’.

The film is released in UK cinemas later this year.

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Black and Blue (Naomie Harris/Tyrese Gibson) - Trailer

Black and Blue

BLACK And Blue is a fast-paced action thriller about a rookie cop (Naomie Harris) who inadvertently captures the murder of a young drug dealer on her body cam.

After realizing that the murder was committed by corrupt cops, she teams up with the one person from her community who is willing to help her (Tyrese Gibson) as she tries to escape both the criminals out for revenge and the police who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage.

Directed by Deon Taylor, from a script by Peter A. Dowling, Black and Blue also stars Frank Grillo, Mike Colter, Reid Scott and Beau Knapp.

It is released in UK cinemas later this year.

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Trolls World Tour - Teaser trailer

Trolls World Tour

ANNA Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return in an all-star sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2016 musical hit: Trolls World Tour.

In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over six different lands and devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder.

A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), aided by her father King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne), wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme.

With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with their friends – Biggie (James Corden), Chenille (Caroline Hjelt), Satin (Aino Jawo), Cooper (Ron Funches) and Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar) – set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all.

Cast as members of the different musical tribes is one the largest, and most acclaimed, groups of musical talent ever assembled for an animated film. From the land of Funk are Mary J. Blige, George Clinton and Anderson .Paak.

Representing Country is Kelly Clarkson as Delta Dawn, with Sam Rockwell as Hickory and Flula Borg as Dickory. J Balvin brings Reggaeton, while Ester Dean adds to the Pop tribe.

Anthony Ramos brings the beat in Techno and Jamie Dornan covers smooth jazz.

World-renowned conductor and violinist Gustavo Dudamel appears as Trollzart and Charlyne Yi as Pennywhistle from the land of Classical. And Kenan Thompson raps as a hip-hop newborn Troll named Tiny Diamond.

Trolls World Tour is directed by Walt Dohrn, who served as co-director on Trolls, and is produced by returning producer Gina Shay. The film is co-directed by David P. Smith and co-produced by Kelly Cooney Cilella, both of whom worked on the first Trolls.

Trolls World Tour will also feature original music by Justin Timberlake, who earned an Oscar® nomination for his song for 2016’s Trolls, Can’t Stop the Feeling!, and a score by Theodore Shapiro (2016’s Ghostbusters, The Devil Wears Prada).

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The Angry Birds Movie 2 - Trailer 2

Angry Birds 2

The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2!

When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina), and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely superteam to save their homes.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 will open at cinemas across the UK and Ireland on October 4, 2019.

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George Clooney to direct and star in Good Morning, Midnight for Netflix

The Ides of March, George Clooney

Story by Jack Foley

GEORGE Clooney is to direct and star in an adaptation of the novel Good Morning, Midnight for Netflix.

Based on Lily Brooks-Dalton’s novel of the same name, the post-apocalyptic story follows the parallel tale of Augustine (Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to make contact with the crew of the Aether spacecraft as they try to return home to Earth.

Mark L. Smith, of The Revenant fame, has adapted the screenplay, while Clooney will produce via his Smokehouse Pictures banner with regular partner Grant Heslov. A name for the film has yet to be confirmed.

But shooting is due to begin in October this year (2019).

In a statement, Clooney said: “Grant and I couldn’t be more excited to be involved with this incredible project. Mark is a writer we’ve long admired and his script is haunting. We’re thrilled to be working with our friends at Netflix as well.”

Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film division, added: “Having known and worked with George for over two decades, I can’t think of anyone better to bring this amazing story to life. The book is powerful and moving, and Mark’s adaptation is beautifully written. At its core, this is a story about human nature, and one that I know our global audiences will fall in love with, just like I did when I read it.”

After having taken a break from the world of film and TV – he last appeared in 2016’s Money Monster – Clooney has been getting busy recently.

He also recently appeared in, produced and directed episodes of Hulu’s series adaptation of Joseph Heller’s Catch 22, which has just started airing on Channel 4 in the UK.

Win a Child's Play official film poster

Child's Play

Preview by Jack Foley

To celebrate the release of Child’s Play – in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on June 21, 2019 – we are giving away an official film poster.

Child’s Play stars Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as the voice of Chucky, along with Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, Ingrid Goes West), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta, forthcoming Joker, Godzilla vs Kong) and Gabriel Bateman (Lights Out, Playmobil The Movie).

Child’s Play has been produced by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith under their KatzSmith banner, whose film adaptation of Stephen King’s It has earned over $700million worldwide.

The film is directed by new talent Lars Klevberg (director of the forthcoming horror chiller Polaroid), and written by Tyler Burton Smith, based on the original script.

Aubrey Plaza stars as a single mother who buys her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature.

Chucky, the doll, is voiced by Mark Hamill, who says of his new role: “I can’t wait to bring such an iconic character to life, and present him in a way you’ve never seen before.”

Also appearing are Brian Tyree Henry as the cop on the trail of the miniature murderer and Tim Matheson (Animal House), as the founder of the Kaslan Corporation, which produces the Buddi dolls.

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Child’s Play will be released in the UK and Ireland on June 21, 2019.

Win a Child’s Play official film poster

To celebrate the release of Child’s Play in cinemas now, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a poster. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs Child’s Play?

Simply send the answer to Child’s Play competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Toy Story 4 lands huge $118 million US debut despite falling behind expectations

Toy Story 4

Story by Jack Foley

PIXAR and Disney’s Toy Story 4 has shot to the top of the US box office chart with $118 million, to mark one of the biggest openings of all time for an animated movie.

The figure was huge despite coming in behind some predictions, which had the film potentially on course for somewhere between $140 million and $165 million.

Internationally, the film also did big business, with a further $120 million to bring its global total to $238 million – a record for the genre. It did its best business in Latin America and Europe, but struggled in China, where it took in $13.4 million.

However, in Europe, the UK brought it $15 million, the best showing of all time for an animated movie.

By shooting past the coveted $100 million mark, Toy Story 4 becomes only the third release of 2019 to cross that figure so far in its start, and gave Disney the four best openings of the year.

Fellow Pixar titles Incredibles 2 ($183 million) and Finding Dory ($135 million) top the list of biggest animated openings, followed by Shrek the Third ($125 million).

Commenting on the figure, Disney distribution chief Cathleen Taff said: “This movie has great word of mouth and will run long through the summer. I don’t deny that tracking had us at higher numbers, but this is a huge debut and shows how much people love these characters.”

By comparison, Toy Story 3 debuted in June 2010 to $126 million, preceded by $101.8 million for Toy Story 2 in 1999 and $60.4 million for Toy Story in 1995. All grosses have been adjusted for inflation.

Toy Story 4, directed by Josh Cooley, has been a critical hit too. It sees the return of Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear and Annie Potts as Bo Peep, as well as newcomers such as Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks) and stunt motorbike rider Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves).

Coming in second behind Toy Story 4 in the US was horror title Child’s Play, a remake of the 1988 film about a menacing doll named Chucky. The R-rated horror pic opened to $14 million to come in on the low end of expectations. Mark Hamill and Aubrey Plaza star in the film.

In third place was Disney’s Aladdin, which remained high up the chart in its fifth weekend, taking a further $12.2 million for a US total of $287.5 million and $810.1 million globally.

Sony’s Men in Black: International fell steeply in its second weekend, though, placing fourth with $10.8 million for a muted US total of $52 million. Overseas, it pulled in another $30.2 million for a foreign haul of $129.4 million and $182.1 million globally.

Rounding out the top five, meanwhile, was animated title Secret Life of Pets 2 with $10.8 million in its third frame for a US haul of $129.4 million and $194.2 million worldwide.

Elsewhere, Paramount’s Elton John biopic Rocketman grew its global total to $153.4 million, including $177.3 million in the US.

But new release Anna, from French director Luc Besson, bombed, with just $3.5 million – a career-worst for Besson, as well as Helen Mirren and Luke Evans, who star opposite newcomer Sasha Luss.

Sam Rockwell and Paul Walter Hauser join Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell movie

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Story by Jack Foley

SAM Rockwell and Paul Walter Hauser have joined the cast of Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell movie.

Originally set up in 2014 at Twentieth Century Fox, the project, now titled The Ballad of Richard Jewell, has moved studios and is now at Eastwood’s long-time home, Warner Bros.

The film will follow the true story of Richard Jewell, who was working as a security guard at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta when he discovered a backpack containing pipe bombs. He subsequently sounded the alarm and helped to clear the area.

Bur the bomb did detonate, killing one person and injuring dozens of others.

Initially hailed as a hero, Jewell soon became the prime suspect, as the FBI searched his home twice. A media frenzy then painted him as an overweight failed cop and mother’s boy, and he became the punchline for late-night jokes.

Jewell was eventually cleared of any involvement, and the FBI and other government agencies did eventually apologise to him following a number of law suits, but the damage was done. Jewell died in 2007 at the age of 44 due to health issues linked to his weight.

The film has been in development for some time and was, at one time, to have starred Jonah Hill as Jewell, with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to play his attorney. Both of those actors remain on board as producers.

Hauser will now take the lead as Jewell, having stood out as a racist in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman.

He next appears opposite Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson in acclaimed comedy Late Night, and is also currently a part of YouTube’s streaming cult hit Cobra Kai.

Hauser also had a standout role as Nancy Kerrigan’s attacker in I, Tonya and recently wrapped Netflix’s Da 5 Bloods, which reunited him with Lee.

Rockwell, who won an Oscar for his performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is in talks to play Jewell’s attorney.

The film’s script, penned by Billy Ray, is based on the Vanity Fair article The Ballad of Richard Jewell written by Marie Brenner.