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Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 07/05/2010 - 09:40

If you were up all night watching the most confusing election for a generation or two, you may well have TV burnout. I know I do. The general consensus seems to be that the BBC let the nation down. What on earth were they thinking, letting Andrew Neil loose on a boat with a parade of z-list celebs? Time to move swiftly on and get back to quality viewing. Sadly, there's little on offer tonight. And you know it's bad when the most enticing option is a vicar downsizing.

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Armchair Viewing: Lost in Translation (2003)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Thu, 06/05/2010 - 22:34

By Robert Barry.

"You're probably just having a mid-life crisis. Did you buy a Porsche yet?"

What's it about?
A movie star with a sense of emptiness, and a neglected newlywed meet up as strangers in Tokyo, Japan and form an unlikely bond.

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Armchair Viewing: The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Thu, 06/05/2010 - 22:23

By Toby Weidmann.

"Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?"

What's it about?
As the American Civil War winds down, one guerilla fighter from the South chooses to remain a renegade to seek revenge on the evil Yankee who murdered his wife and child. 

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Predators: Noland character featurette

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 06/05/2010 - 15:58

Here we have a new featurette video for the character of Noland, played by Laurence Fishburne, in Nimrod Antal's Predators, produced by Robert Rodriguez and put out by Twentieth Century Fox. Check it out below.

Predators is one of my most anticipated films of the year. I haven't been skeptical about the production since Robert Rodriguez was confirmed to produce, him being one of my favourite directors, and I'm truly excited to see the movie when it's released this summer. With a script based on a 1994 screenplay by Rodriguez himself, the film looks to be faithful to the two that came before it—especially the original, in all its sci-fi-horror glory.

SYNOPSIS: A bold new chapter in the Predator universe, Predators was shot on location under Rodriguez's creative auspices at the film-maker's Austin, Texas-based Troublemaker Studios, and is directed by Nimrod Antal (Vacancy). The film stars Adrien Brody as Royce, a mercenary reluctantly leading a group of elite warriors who come to realise they've been brought together on an alien planet... as prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers: mercenaries, Yakuza, death squad members — human "predators" now being systematically eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators. In addition to Adrien Brody, the film stars Topher Grace, Alice Braga and Laurence Fishburne. Co-starring are Walton Goggins, Danny Trejo, Oleg Taktarov and Mahershalalhashbaz Ali.

Predators screeches into cinemas in the UK on August 13

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Horror Channel delves into the minds behind horror on Director's Night

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 06/05/2010 - 13:43

London, 4 May 2010: Horror Channel today announced the introduction of Director's Night to its schedule. The monthly slot, created exclusively for Horror Channel and produced in-house, will provide viewers with a unique opportunity to get an intimate insight into the minds of the genre's top directors on the UK's only channel devoted to the world of horror.

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Tonight's Terrestrial Telly Tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 06/05/2010 - 07:39

Did someone mention there's an election on today? Ok, ok, whatever you do today you're barely going to be able to ignore the fact that Britain goes to the polls in what may turn out to be one of the most interesting ballots of the last four decades. Most channels will be bringing you the Election Night results from 10pm until 6am (from 9.55pm on BBC1) - your only decision is which channel to watch.

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Teaser trailer released for the remake of I Spit on Your Grave

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 06/05/2010 - 00:40

It premiered a few days ago at the 2010 Texas Frightmare Weekend, but rather than show you all a terrible-quality bootleg, we thought we'd wait until an official version of it surface. I am of course referring to the first teaser trailer for I Spit on Your Grave, a nastily-titled remake of the controversial Meir Zarchi film, which appeared on the Video Nasties list in the 1980s. Zarchi himself preferred the film's original title Day of the Woman, though personally I think I Spit on Your Grave sums the original move up to a tee—a sexed-up, dirty exploitation film with plenty of blood and death.

I'm a big fan of the original, though it isn't the greatest film on the planet, and am anxious to see how this remake will turn out. I'm not bothered by its production in the slightest and am actually looking forward to see what will become of it. I love a good revenge flick, and after seeing the below teaser, I think it looks pretty promising, especially having been put out by Anchor Bay Films, who have released so many controversial titles over the years that this could well be a faithful, impressive reimagining.

As is usual with these remakes of cult classics, could a re-release of the original be on the horizon?

P.S. What big shears she has! Great poster!

SYNOPSIS: A remake of the controversial cult classic, I Spit on Your Grave retells the horrific tale of writer Jennifer Hills, who takes a retreat from the city to a charming cabin in the woods to start on her next book. But Jennifer's presence in the small town attracts the attention of a few morally deprived locals who set out one night to teach this city girl a lesson.

They break into her cabin to scare her. However, what starts out as terrifying acts of humilliation and intimidation, quickly and uncontrollably escalates into a night of physical abuse and torturous assault. But before they can kill her, Jennifer sacrifices her broken body to a raging river that washes her away.

As time passes, the men slowly stop searching for her body and try to go back to life as usual. But that isn't about to happen. Against all odds, Jennifer Hill survived her ordeal. Now, with hell bent vengeance, Jennifer's sole purpose is to turn the tables on these animals and to inflict upon them every horrifying and torturous moment they carried out on her... only much, much worse.

I Spit on Your Grave hits cinemas in the USA in September. Other release dates TBA.

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Kick-Ass 2 not confirmed★

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 05/05/2010 - 23:35

Earlier today we reported that Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall was going to be shot next year for a 2012 release, all according to the words of comic book writer Mark Millar with TotalFilm – a film based on his upcoming sequel novel CLiNT. Now we bring the clouded news that Kick-Ass 2 is apparently not confirmed to go ahead. Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who plays Red Mist in the original hit movie, wrote on Twitter about today's reports: "Don't believe what you are hearing about Kick-Ass 2 guys. It is not confirmed, but I will love to do it when the time is right!". Co-star Chloe Moretz, Hit Girl in the movie, also has Twitter, but she  has not commented on the news.

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Armchair Viewing: Kes (1970)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Wed, 05/05/2010 - 23:22

By Robert Barry.

What's it about?
A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.

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Kick-Ass 2 coming in 2012!

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 05/05/2010 - 18:28

Universal Pictures' Kick-Ass took the number one spot at the US box office when it opened, taking down Clash of the Titans. Despite its opening success, the film's gross so far has been rather disappointing, though obviously it hasn't deterred the film-makers, as TotalFilm have reported that graphic novel scribe Mark Millar has confirmed today that production will begin on Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall next year for a 2012 release. The original's stars Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Red Mist) have already expressed strong interest in returning for the sequel, with Plasse even commenting that Balls to the Wall will be a far more violent and dark movie, particularly with his character.

If you haven't read our five-star review or seen the film then where the hell have you been?! The video game is also out today!

Suffice to say we cannot wait for 2012! Can you? If you can't then you can check out Millar's comic book Kick-Ass sequel CLiNT, when it hits shelves in September. We certainly will be!

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