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New 'Movie Soundtrack' club night coming to London this May

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 23/04/2010 - 19:22

On May 7, REEL MUSIC, a club night comprising entirely of music from the movies, will take place live from London's Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes.

Brought to you by DJ and radio producer Neill Smith and film-maker Paul Davis (Beware the Moon), REEL MUSIC brings movies and club culture together in a seven-hour event dedicated to the sounds of cinema. From within one of London's premier bowling venues, Bloomsbury Lanes, five DJs will play everything from the obvious to the obscure in motion picture soundtracks. Whether your cup of tea is Dirty Dancing or Beyond the Valley of the Dolls—they'll have it covered. Among the DJs are BBC Radio 1 film critic James King, musician and soundtrack producer (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) Osymyso, soundtrack extraordinaire The Freelance Hellraiser, and events organisers Neill Smith and Paul Davis, under the pseudonyms Michael J. Rox and Tall Newman.

"REEL MUSIC is my dream soundtrack night. I'm going to play everything from odd remixes to big, sing-a-long chick flick anthems. It's going to be blockbuster!" — James King.

"The important thing is that all of us playing are huge film fans. Whether you're a casual cinema-goer or you've had a subscription to Empire magazine for 20 years, we're adamant that you will go home happy at the end of the night." — Paul Davis.

"Soundtrack nights are an opportunity to play a really diverse set—Henry Mancini and Daft Punk back-to-back has to be a good thing, right?" — Osymyso.

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Clint Eastwood: The Director's Collection coming to DVD

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 23/04/2010 - 13:36

Feeling lucky? We hope so, because we're bringing you some news that'll really make your day, punk. Warner Bros. are releasing a true diamond of a boxset on May 3, as Clint Eastwood: The Director's Collection will make its way onto DVD to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the association between Warner Bros. and Eastwood.

Over the years, Eastwood has become one of the most iconic figures in the history of cinema, earning five Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and five People's Choice awards, as well as embodying some of the all-time most celebrated characters, and even starring in one of the greatest films ever made, Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. With a screen legend so experienced as Eastwood, did anyone expect him to falter an inch when he stepped behind the camera to direct? Nope. And did he? That's a negative!

If you do not have the fortune of owning these five films already, Clint Eastwood: The Director's Collection is an absolute must-have for your movie library, featuring Unforgiven, Mystic River, Flags of our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, and Gran Torino.

SYNOPSES: The 1992 title Unforgiven sees Eastwood return to the western genre where he made his name. This bold blockbuster deals with themes of violence and retribution and sees Eastwood excel as the film's leading actor, producer and director.

In 2003 Oscar-winner Mystic River, Eastwood tackles complex, dark themes in his own unique way. An engrossing, emotionally-charged drama driven by powerful performances from a stellar cast, the film follows a group of childhood friends as they deal with the life-altering event that forces them back together to confront demons from the past.

Gritty World War II duo Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima chart the journey of the Japanese and US armies during and after the battle for the island of Iwo Jima. The films skillfully examine the horrors of facing battle and the aftermath as the soldiers struggle to integrate back into society.

Completing the set is 2009's Gran Torino, which sees Eastwood's most recent and proclaimed final return to acting, playing alienated war veteran Walt Kowalski. Toughened, bitter and set in his ways, Kowalski sets out to take on the gangs that run his neighbourhood and finds himself forming an unexpected relationship with the very people he set out to fight.

Clint Eastwood: The Director's Collection makes your day on DVD on May 3

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Gumball 3000: Coast to Coast zooming onto DVD and iTunes

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 23/04/2010 - 12:39

On Saturday May 1, the 2010 Gumball 3000 kicks off in London to begin seven long days and nights of intercontinental rock 'n' roll rally driving, as over 100 super cars venture to New York through 3000 miles of Europe, Canada and Scandanavia before finally reaching the Big Apple.

To coincide with the new decade's first rally, coming to DVD and iTunes on April 26 is Gumball 3000: Coast to Coast, a high-speed adventure documenting the 2009 Gumball 3000 in all its super car glory.

SYNOPSIS: Gumball 3000: Coast to Coast is a high-speed, action-packed adventure full of hijinx antics filmed during the eight days of the 2009 Gumball Rally from Los Angeles to Miami. From 'scandal skating and donuts on the freeway' to wild penthouse parties, this road trip offers a unique passenger ride experience on the world's most exclusvie road trip.

Featuring over 100 super cars including a gold-plated $1.8 million Bugatti Veyron, custom Rolls Royce Phantoms, the world's fastest production car, the SSC Aero, the latest Nissan GT-R, Maximillion's ultra-rare Jaguar XJ220S, and more Ferraris, McLaren SLRs, Aston Martins, Bentleys and Lamborghinis than you've ever seen before, makes this an automobile must-see for car lovers everywhere.

So buckle up alongside NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman, MTV Dirty Sanchez's Matt Pritchard, the fire-breathing Fuel Girls, Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs, rock band Avenged Sevenfold, skateboarding supremo Tony Hawk, supermodel Caprice, British indie band The Enemy, and UAE Royal Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani as they drive, party and endure 3000 gruelling miles!

Gumball 3000: Coast to Coast races onto DVD and iTunes on April 26

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Tonight's Terrestrial Telly Tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 23/04/2010 - 07:01

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant created an amusing series of podcasts last year that covered an eclectic range of subjects and proved a surprise hit. On The Ricky Gervais Show (C4, 10.30pm) the podcasts have been reworked into 30-minute animations, with Gervais looking not a tad unlike Fred Flintstone. The format works surprisingly well - slightly surreal and walking a fine line between tight scripting and adlibbing with the added pleasure coming from the retro-style animation. The series kicks off with a double bill.

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Armchair Viewing: The Graduate (1967)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Fri, 23/04/2010 - 06:21

By Lizzie Husher.

"Mrs Robinson, if you don’t mind me saying so, this conversation is getting a little strange.

What’s it about?
A naïve and vaguely bewildered young graduate returns from college to find himself thrust into a series of congratulatory occasions and facing an entirely uncertain future. Soon however, he is propositioned by one of his parents’ oldest friends and a combination of adolescent curiosity, a faint desire to rebel and post-university boredom cause him to succumb to her calculating advances. Things become messier still, when the graduate finds himself drawn to the woman’s daughter.

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M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender to be in 3D

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 23/04/2010 - 00:21

It has been confirmed by Harry Knowles of Ain't it Cool News that this summer's The Last Airbender, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, is going to get a 3D transfer after being shot in 2D.

Literally just off the heels of us reporting that Sony Pictures have decided that The Green Hornet is to get the 3D treatment, and be pushed back to 2011 after "disaster" footage, Paramount have given Knowles the confirmation that so will The Last Airbender.

Will M. Night be able to promise a seamless transfer after the atrocious post-produced 3D in the remake of Clash of the Titans? And will he be able to bounce back after his 2008 stinker The Happening?

Paramount inked a deal with Shyamalan to write and direct a live-action trilogy based on the first season of the animated TV series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. After a legal battle over the "Avatar" name with you know who, the film ditched the word from its title. The movie will be released in the United States on July 2, and August 13 in the UK and Ireland.

SYNOPSIS: In a world where the elements, Water, Earth, Fire and Air can be controlled by people known as "benders", the Fire Nation is waging a ruthless war to control the other great nations. The only hope for stopping the war rests on the shoulders of a young boy named Aang (Noah Ringer). The last known Airbender and survivor of the peaceful Air Nomads, Aang is the Avatar. The Avatar is the physical embodiment of the world, with the ability to control all four elements and draw upon the combined power, knowledge, and experience of the Avatar's previous incarnations. The Avatar's duty is to maintain peace between the four nations and the spirit realm, ensuring that the world remains in balance, despite the Fire Nation's war. Aided by a protective teenage Waterbender named Katara (Nicola Peltz) and her warrior brother Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), and his forever loyal Sky Bison Appa, Aang begins a perilous journey to restore balance to their war-torn world. Standing in their way is the ambitious Fire Nation Admiral Zhao (Aasif Mandvi) and Prince Zuko (Dev Patel), the banished prince of the Fire Nation who seeks to capture Aang to regain his honour.

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The Green Hornet to be shown in 3D in 2011 after "disaster" footage

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 22/04/2010 - 23:22

Last week it was reported that the just-wrapped The Green Hornet, directed by Michael Gondry, quite literally sucks! Footage has been seen by executives at Sony Pictures, who financed the production and are distributing it, and they have been quoted as saying that it is a "disaster". According to Shadow And Act, Sony feel that the film's star and co-writer Seth Rogen does not suit the role of the Hornet, and they're not too keen on the work of director Gondry, either. So, what's the solution? After running tests on Battle: Los Angeles, Sony have decided, and confirmed via their Twitter, that what's going to make the apparently abysmal The Green Hornet great is to present the superhero in 3D. Sigh.

Already this year we have seen the Clash of the Titans remake widely panned for its use of 3D visuals that were added on the fly after the film was shot. They looked horrendous. Can The Green Hornet look good in the post-produced third dimension? And with this visual work being added to the film, it will now be released a month later than planned on January 14.

Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz plays the movie's villain Chudnofsky, with Cameron Diaz as the Green Hornet's love interest. What strikes me is how Sony seemingly didn't expect Rogen's performance to be unsuitable for the role. Surely everyone saw that coming—casting a teen comedy absolutist as the star of the next big superhero movie? I'm curious to know what the script is like given that it's co-written by Seth and Evan Goldberg, who penned Superbad, as well as the stoner comedy Pineapple Express, again with Rogen.

After this bombshell, I'm really not looking forward to when January comes around, as so far it sounds as if The Green Hornet is going to be a real stinger.

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Friday the 13th sequel dead and buried★

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 22/04/2010 - 18:04

The sharp eyes of FEARnet have caught up with producer Brad Fuller, from Michael Bay's production company Platinum Dunes, who is an avid user of Twitter. He often answers questions from fans about movies, but one in particular is very interesting indeed. When asked about the sequel to 2009's Friday the 13th remake, Fuller responded with, "it is dead- not happening" and "nothing is happening right now ... i am fighting for it, and have been- i love that movie, but right now- there isnt any movement ... the reason they are not going forward has more to do with the fact that two studios are involved-more than anything else.".

So what does this mean for the revitalised, reimagined Friday the 13th Part 2? Last year's $19 million film was a huge success, grossing its budget alone on opening night, and then $40 million over its first weekend, becoming the film with the biggest opening weekend in the history of horror, let alone the Friday the 13th franchise.

Clawing its way into cinemas in the States on April 30 and May 7 in the UK and Ireland is Platinum Dunes' A Nightmare on Elm Street remake. How will the success of this reboot affect the future of Friday the 13th Part 2, if at all? Perhaps the hockey mask-wearing killer of Crystal Lake is destined not to take another literal slice out of life for the foreseeable future.

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EXCLUSIVE: The Making of Centurion – Part 1

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 22/04/2010 - 17:26

A look behind-the-scenes at the shooting of Neil Marshal's new historical thriller, Centurion ...

•  Centurion review

•  Interview with Neil Marshall: Part 1

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Tonight's Terrestrial Telly Tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 22/04/2010 - 15:48

It's difficult to bottle the essence of one of the world's most famous cities and do it justice in just an hour (including ad breaks) but Griff Rhys Jones seems to manage to capture what it is that makes Rome tick. His new travelogue series Greatest Cities of the World sees him spending 24 hours in the Italian capital away from the obvious tourist rat runs. It's a refreshing glimpse into the life of this bustling city that few holidaymakers get to see. From finding out how the mayor is protected from would-be assassination to archaeological difficulties of trying to extend the overloaded Metro, this is a sketch of Roman life beyond the Coliseum and Trevi fountain. ITV1, 9pm.

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