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Bohemian Rhapsody - New trailer

Bohemian Rhapsody

CHECK out the first official teaser trailer and the poster for Bohemian Rhapsody.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.

The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.

In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

Bohemian Rhapsody stars Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Allen Leach, Tom Hollander and Mike Myers.

It will be released in UK cinemas on October 24, 2018.

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Mission: Impossible - Fallout - Review

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4.5 out of 5

THERE’S a term given to football players when they’ve given their all during a match: leaving it on the field. And likewise, there’s a scene at the end of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which sees an exhausted Tom Cruise lying flat on his back, in which he looks as though he has literally done just that.

Few modern movie stars throw themselves into stunt-work with as much gusto as Cruise. But therein lies one of the great joys of watching this sixth instalment in the seemingly indefatigable Mission: Impossible series unfold… the stunts are breathtakingly brilliant.

Christopher McQuarrie, the returning writer-director of fifth entry Rogue Nation, has upped the ante considerably for this breakneck adventure, combining thrilling action with high stakes personal investment and a plot shot through with deception and betrayal.

Fallout rates among the best in a series that isn’t short on highlights. It’s fast moving, even at a couple of minutes shy of two and a half hours, but it’s also engrossing. And it’s sly enough to compensate for some of its shortcomings.

The plot, this time, finds Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his IMF colleagues once more scrambling to save the world from a nuclear threat after a mission has gone wrong. In doing so, they must reluctantly take on board new member Walker (Henry Cavill), a CIA operative sent to observe and possibly usurp them, while putting aside personal feelings for former villain Solomon Lane (Sean Harris, still orchestrating the mayhem he created in Rogue Nation) and MI6 agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), once more throwing a spanner in the works with her conflicting loyalties.

McQuarrie has a track record for penning slick dialogue and twisting storylines (he wrote The Usual Suspects and The Way of The Gun after all), and is given free reign to go as convoluted as needs be here. But he also drops in the odd knowing wink to the storyline’s absurdity, whether in the facial expressions of his leading players as they’re faced with the next impossible scenario, or in some of the more OTT dialogue exchanges (as exemplified by Alec Baldwin’s IMF chief).

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

By doing so, he also gets away with some of the film’s weaker elements. For while Fallout is undoubtedly gripping and clever, it’s not as surprising as it perhaps could have been (coming from a writer of McQuarrie’s calibre). A couple of the ‘reveals’ are a little too obvious, while the screenplay does eventually drop in some clunky emotional exchanges relating to Cruise’s character.

That being said, Fallout really delivers where it matters most: in spectacle. The action sequences genuinely do astound, by virtue of their chutzpah, magnitude and ability to exhilarate. What’s more, there are so many of them.

A three-way fight in a men’s toilet in Paris is brilliant for the way in which it combines bone-crunching choreography with sublime humour; a motorcycle chase also in Paris is breathlessly exciting; a foot chase across the rooftops of London is supremely well staged (and wince-inducing come the now notorious ankle breaking leap), and the climactic helicopter pursuit over fjords and mountains just mind-blowing in terms of ambition and scale. The film delivers time and time again.

Cruise, as previously mentioned, gives everything for the cause. He’s a whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm, and yet prone to moments of vulnerability and self-deprecation. It’s a nicely judged performance that endears Hunt as a character even more.

But there’s strong support from the likes of Ferguson (once again striking a blow for the feminist movement), Harris (suitably creepy as Lane), Cavill (muscular and no-nonsense) and Simon Pegg (once more providing the humour to offset some of the more serious elements).

If Mission: Impossible – Fallout turns out to be the last hurrah for this particular franchise, then it’s a mighty high on which to end on. But such is the energy and enjoyment of the film that the prospect of a seventh entry still excites, so long as Cruise’s body can live up to the challenge!

Certificate: 12A
Running time: 2hrs 27mins
UK Release Date: July 18, 2018

Timothee Chalamet in talks for Denis Villeneuve's Dune remake

Timothee Chalamet

Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR nominated young actor Timothee Chalamet is reportedly in talks for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake.

The Call Me By Your Name star would possibly play the lead character Paul Atreides.

Dune tells the complex story of a fallen noble family’s attempt to control a desert planet named Arrakis and its export, a rare spice drug, while being betrayed by a galactic emperor.

Atreides is the son of the ruler of the family, who is forced to escape into the desert wastelands and partner with its nomadic tribes.

Using enhanced mental abilities, he eventually rises to become their ruler, as the nomads come to believe he is their messiah. He subsequently leads an army to overthrow the empire.

Dune is an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s acclaimed novel which was published in the 60s. The book was notable for the way it tackled political, religious and environmental themes through a sci-fi lens.

A previous attempt to bring it to the big screen by David Lynch, with Kyle MacLachlan in the lead, turned out to be a box office dud way back in 1984.

Villeneuve, though, is seen as a visionary filmmaker whose unique eye for sci-fi has turned him into one of Hollywood’s most sought after and respected directors.

He won widespread critical acclaim for Blade Runner 2049, which followed his equally adored Arrival. Both films received Oscar nominations.

Legendary is eyeing an early 2019 start of production for the Dune remake.

Harrison Ford in talks for Call of the Wild

Cowboys and Aliens

Story by Jack Foley

HARRISON Ford is in talks to star in an ambitious big-screen adaptation of the classic Jack London novel, Call of the Wild.

Twentieth Century Fox is adapting the book, which marks the live-action debut of director Chris Sanders, who has previously co-helmed the animated hits The Croods and How to Train Your Dragon.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will incorporate major CG elements as it tells the story of sled dogs, wolves and humans in the Far North during the Gold Rush.

The book was first published in 1903 and set in Yukon, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush. It revolves around the central character of a dog named Buck, who is stolen from his home in Santa Clara Valley, California, and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska.

Buck becomes progressively more feral in the harsh environment, where he is forced to fight to survive and dominate other dogs. By the end, he relies on his animal instincts and survival experience to emerge as a leader in the wild.

Ford would pay Jack Thornton, the man who will become the dog’s final owner before the canine finally answers the call.

Shooting is due to begin later this year in time for a December 25, 2019, release date – which means the picture could become a major awards contender as well as a huge box office draw.

Ford’s next film project was due to have been a new Indiana Jones movie but that project has now been pushed back from 2020 to 2021 due to script issues, leaving the actor with an opening.

John Carpenter to perform The Night He Came Home! concert live in London

John Carpenter

Story by Jack Foley

HORROR master John Carpenter will return to the UK this October to perform his renowned film soundtracks and original compositions.

The filmmaker will be at London’s Eventim Apollo [Hammersmith] on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, and at Manchester’s Albert Hall on Sunday, October 21.

Carpenter is responsible for much of the horror genres most striking soundtrack work in movies such as Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Starman (1984), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987) and They Live (1988) to name a few.

An album featuring new recordings of these classic soundtracks and more, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, was released in October 2017 by Sacred Bones Records.

It’s work that instantly floods his fans’ musical memory with imagery of a menacing shape stalking a babysitter, a relentless wall of ghost-filled fog, lightning-fisted kung-fu fighters, or a mirror holding the gateway to hell.

This new spooky spectacular will go on sale on Friday, July 20 at 10am.

The tour dates are (both October 2018)

16 – London Eventim Apollo
21 – Manchester Albert Hall

Read our interview with John Carpenter

Production begins on How To Build A Girl with Beanie Feldstein

Story by Jack Foley

CRITICALLY-acclaimed British director Coky Giedroyc has begun production on How To Build A Girl, an adaptation by Caitlin Moran of her best-selling, semi-autobiographical novel.

The coming-of-age comedy is a Monumental Pictures film produced by Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.

It’s 1993, and there’s only one way for a fat, bright, funny, working-class 16-year-old (Beanie Feldstein) to break out of her tiny, crowded house in Wolverhampton, and go on the somehow noble sex-quest she desires – to reinvent herself as swashbuckling, top-hat-wearing rock critic Dolly Wilde, and explode all over London. The only question is – was Dolly Wilde the right girl to build?

How To Build A Girl will star Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird, Bad Neighbours 2) alongside Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones, the upcoming Jojo Rabbit), Paddy Considine (Journeyman, Pride), Sarah Solemani (Bridget Jones’s Baby, Him & Her), Laurie Kynaston (England Is Mine, Cradle to Grave), Joanna Scanlan (Pin Cushion, Notes on a Scandal), Arinzé Kene (The Pass), Frank Dillane (In the Heart of the Sea), Tadhg Murphy (Guerrilla) and Ziggy Heath (Spies of Warsaw).

Film4 developed the project from the outset with Monumental Pictures and are co-financing the production with Tango.

Alison Owen, one of the film’s producers, said: “We are excited that Caitlin’s brilliant literary heroine is finally making it to the big screen, and can’t think of anybody more inspiring than Beanie to bring Caitlin’s exquisitely funny character to life.”

Fellow producer Debra Hayward added: “We’ve been incredibly lucky to add Paddy Considine and Sarah Solemani, as Johanna’s ‘unconventional parents’, to our already stellar cast. And there are more surprises to come.”

Coky Giedroyc is a British, critically-acclaimed director most recently celebrated for her work on Harlots, written by Moira Buffini for Monumental Television, Hulu and ITV Encore.

In 2016, she was awarded a BAFTA for best director for The Sound of Music Live, starring Kara Tointon, Julian Ovenden and Alexander Armstrong.

Coky set up the award-winning drama The Hour, written by Abi Morgan and starring Dominic West, Ben Whishaw and Romola Garai for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe.

She was nominated for an International Emmy Award for her work on the BAFTA nominated BBC Drama, The Virgin Queen. She has also directed multiple episodes of AMC’s The Killing as well as Penny Dreadful, starring Eva Green and Rory Kinnear.

Aquaman - Official poster unveiled ahead of Comic-Con trailer launch

Aquaman

Story by Jack Foley

AHEAD of the film’s trailer debut this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. has revealed the official teaser one-sheet for Aquaman.

Directed by James Wan (The Conjuring films, Fast & Furious 7) and starring Jason Momoa in the title role, Aquaman also stars Amber Heard (Justice League, Magic Mike XXL) as Mera; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-Man 2) as Vulko; Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Green Lantern) as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables films) as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Netflix’s The Get Down) as Black Manta; with Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring films, Watchmen) as Orm/Ocean Master; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Lion) as Atlanna.

Aquaman will release in UK cinemas on December 14, 2018.

Black Widow movie finds director in Cate Shortland

Marvel Avengers Assemble

Story by Jack Foley

MARVEL’S long in the works Black Widow spin-off movie has finally found its director: Cate Shortland.

Hailing from Australia, the filmmaker is perhaps best known for the Nazi drama Lore.

Scarlett Johansson will, of course, play Black Widow once again, in a story that will reportedly be set before the events of the first Avengers movie.

Marvel has been searching for the right director for the project for over a year and is reported to have met with over 70 directors in order to find its ideal candidate, which was always going to be a female.

Amma Asante (Belle, A United Kingdom) and Maggie Betts (Novitiate) were two more of the finalists who made it to the final round of interviews alongside Shortland.

But Shortland is believed to have won out because, in addition to being a talented filmmaker, she also has a fan in Johansson, who pushed for her.

The actress admired Shortland’s handling of the female lead in Lore, the critically-acclaimed 2012 drama that tells of a young woman who leads her siblings through Germany as the Allied forces roll in.

Shortland’s most recent film was Berlin Syndrome, a 2017 thriller that starred Teresa Palmer.

The screenplay for the Black Widow movie is already in place, having been penned by Jac Schaeffer, who also wrote the upcoming female-led remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, called The Hustle.

The Black Widow spin-off will be Marvel’s second female-focused superhero film after Captain Marvel, which is set to open March 8, 2019.

Downton Abbey movie is finally confirmed

Downton Abbey

Story by Jack Foley

A FILM version of hit ITV series Downton Abbey has finally been confirmed.

According to a post via the show’s official Twitter page, the ‘original principal cast’ will begin production later this summer.

The show’s creator, Julian Fellowes, has written the screenplay, and will serve as a co-producer as well.

The Twitter feed stated: “Welcome back to Downton! We’re thrilled to announce that #DowntonAbbey is coming to the big screen. Film production begins this summer.”

The period TV drama, headed by Hugh Bonneville, became a worldwide hit and spawned six series, before ending in Christmas 2015.

As well as featuring acclaimed stars such as Dame Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton, it made household names of lesser known stars such as Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle, Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery (to name but a few).

The series followed the ups and downs of the Crawley family and their servants, who lived together in an Edwardian English country home at the turn of the 20th Century.

During its run, the show received a special BAFTA tribute in 2015 and won three Golden Globes, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards and received 69 Emmy nominations.

The forthcoming film version will be directed by Brian Percival, who previously helmed The Book Thief, About a Girl and the original Downton Abbey pilot.

Commenting on the big screen revival, Gareth Neame, the film’s producer, said: “Now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production. Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Joanne Froggatt, who played maid Anna Bates, Tweeted that she was “delighted” that “we’re getting the band back together again”.

She was among a number of the show’s cast to express their support via social media.

As yet, there is no word on an official synopsis or what year the film will be set.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween - Trailer

Goosebumps 2

Halloween comes to life in a new comedy adventure based on R.L. Stine’s 400-million-selling series of books.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is directed by Ari Sandel and stars Madison Iseman, Ken Jeong, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Caleel Harris.

It is coming to UK cinemas soon.

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