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Red and green band trailers for MacGruber

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 12/05/2010 - 20:41

Met with mixed reviews in the States, MacGruber hits cinemas in the UK on June 18. A feature film adaptation of a popular reacurring Saturday Night Live sketch, the action-comedy boasts a crop of talent including a rather, let's say 'rubenesque' Val Kilmer, Kristen Wiig, Will Forte and Powers Boothe. Directed by Jorma Taccone, MacGruber marks his feature debut after being confined to television since the dawn of his career.

MacGruber joins many other movies based on the hit American sketch show, some being epic failures, and some being great, including Wayne's World, Coneheads and The Blues Brothers.

Today we bring you some pretty funny trailers for the film in a choice of two colours: red and green. Well, that's because one is 'clean' and the other is uncensored. If you're old enough to see the film anyway, check out the red band for a more authentic taste of what's to come. But, if you're not old enough, watch it anyway!

SYNOPSIS: In the 10 years since his fiancee was killed, special op MacGruber has sworn off a life of fighting crime with his bare hands. But when he learns that his country needs him to find a nuclear warhead that's been stolen by his sworn enemy, Dieter Von Cunth (Kilmer), MacGruber figures he's the only one tough enough for the job.

Assembling an elite team of experts—Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe) and Vicki St. Elmo (Wiig)MacGruber will navigate an army of assassins to hunt down Cunth and bring him to justice. His methods may be unorthodox. His crime scenes may get messy. But if you want the world saved right, you call in MacGruber.

MacGruber guns into cinemas in the UK on June 18

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Trailer for Please Give

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 12/05/2010 - 19:33

Starring Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt and Rebecca Hall, Please Give is a calamity-ridden comedy from writer-director Nicole Holofcener about a married couple who don't get on too well with the granddaughters of an elderly woman living next door to them. Quite frankly I have to say that it doesn't look like a particularly appetising slice of cinema. Here's the trailer so you can make up your own mind.

SYNOPSIS: Kate (Keener) has a lot on her mind. There's the ethics problem of buying furniture on the cheap at estate sales and marking it up at her trendy Manhattan store (and how much mark-up can she get away with?). There's the materialism problem of not wanting her teenage daughter (Sarah Steele) to want the expensive things that Kate wants. There's the marriage problem of sharing a partnership in parenting, business and life with her husband Alex (Platt), but sensing doubt nibbling at the foundations. And there's Kate's free-floating 21st century malaise—the problem of how to live well and be a good person when poverty, homelessness and sadness are always right outside the door.

Plus, there's the neighbours: cranky, elderly Andra (Anna Morgan Guilbert) and the two granddaughters who look after her (Peet and Hall). As Kate, Alex and Abby interact with the people next door, with each other, and with their New York surroundings, a complex mix of animosity, friendship, deception, guilt and love plays out with both sharp humour and pathos. 

Please Give laughs into cinemas in the UK on June 18

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Bodyguards & Assassins coming your way this month

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 12/05/2010 - 18:09

Coming to DVD on May 31 and getting a theatrical release at the Prince Charles Cinema in London from May 15 is Bodyguards & Assassins, the new action-packed extravaganza from Teddy Chan (The Accidental Spy), starring a fine batch of China's top actors, including Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Kill Zone), Leon Lai (An Empress and the Warriors) and Simon Yam (Triangle). 

Bodyguards & Assassins looks like it packs a fair punch, quite literally with the awesome martial arts depicted in the below trailer. It's been picking up many an award, too, such as Audience Award at the Terracotta Far East Film Festival, as well as Best Director, Best Film, Best Supporting Actor and a whole host of others at the prestigious Hong Kong Film Awards.

SYNOPSIS: On October 15th, 1906, the man destined to become the Father of Modern China, Dr. Sun Yat-sen, is due to arrive in the British colony of Hong Kong to discuss plans to overthrow the corrupt Qing Dynasty with a group of leading anti-Qing revolutionaries. Aware of Sun's intentions, the Qing Court dispatches an elite army of assassins to the port where Sun is due to arrive, with orders to see to it that he never makes it to his appointment and does not leave the colony alive.

Receiving news of the proposed assassination, a newspaper editor and a local tycoon, both sympathetic supporters of the revolution, take it upon themselves to protect Dr. Sun at any cost. To help ensure his safety they recruit a motley band of fellow sympathisers, friends and acquaintances, all skilled in martial arts combat to act as Sun's bodyguards. Additionally, they devise a risky plan to secretly replace the assassins' target with a human decoy in an attempt to lead the killers away from their quarry.

As Sun arrives on the fateful day, the stage is set for a bloody confrontation in which a small group of selflessly courageous men and women who risk their lives fighting against hundreds of adversaries in a conflict that will determine the fate of millions.

Bodyguards & Assassins kicks its way into onto DVD in the UK on May 31

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Tonight's Terrestrial Telly Tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 12/05/2010 - 07:42

Viewers were left frustrated last night after the BBC swept its schedule to provide continuous coverage of the change of government can catch up tonight. EastEnders will now air on BBC1 at 7.30pm tonight, although it's unclear when the Holby City episode will be shown. We'll update you as soon as we find out.

Sadly, the magnificent Margaret Mountford won't be unleashing her acid tongue in Junior Apprentice (BBC1, 9pm), but Sralan, Nick and Karren Brady will all be on hand to judge which 16- and 17-year-olds are most likely to make it as entrepreneurs. Their first task is to flog cheese on London's markets and one of them will soon be told "You're fired!" The full-fat version is back in the autumn but the Apprentice Lite does a not half bad job of giving fans their fix and the teens are refreshingly ego-free - they just get on with making money.

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Armchair Viewing: The Exorcist (1973)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Tue, 11/05/2010 - 23:03

"What an excellent day for an exorcism."

What's it about?
Regan, a ten-year-old girl, appears to be sick but when all medical explanations are discounted, her mother calls in a priest to perform an exorcism to rid her of what can only be demonic possession.

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New trailer for Christopher Nolan's Inception

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 11/05/2010 - 17:03

The new trailer is here for Christopher Nolan's Inception, a mysterious sci-fi film from Legendary Pictures that features an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger and Michael Caine.

Written and directed by Nolan, it is his first film since 2008's Oscar-winning The Dark Knight, and his first wholly original work since Following back in 1998. I think it looks great and we could well be on the verge of seeing a Chris Nolan masterpiece. A lot of hate has been sent DiCaprio's way since he did Titanic over a decade ago, but when will people let that go? Sure, I dislike that film, but Leo has well and truly come into his own as an actor in recent years, with some fantastic performances in excellent films, such as  Blood Diamond and Martin Scorsese's The Departed. Oh, and it comes out on my birthday.

SYNOPSIS: Dom Cobb (DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, where the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved.

Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back, but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but plant one.

If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

Inception escapes into cinemas in the UK on July 16

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Tonight's Terrestrial Telly Tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 11/05/2010 - 08:13

Finally, in Luther , the BBC has come up with a decent detective drama that has a strong cast, good screenwriting and complex plots that don't insult the audience's intelligence. Idris Elba, previously blossoming in cult Baltimore cop show The Wire, is terrific - it's about time we had a black star heading a tec series and Elba doesn't disappoint. Watching Luther is like being deep inside a Mark Billingham novel with DI Thorne (also soon coming to the small screen). Tonight, Luther is in hot pursuit of a serial killer who's offing his Scotland Yard colleagues. Tune in at 9pm on BBC1.

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Armchair Viewing: The Italian Job (1969)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Tue, 11/05/2010 - 06:17

By Robert Barry

"You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"

What's it about?
A group of British crooks hatch a plan to steal a big pile of gold by creating a traffic jam in Turin. (No Minis were harmed in the making of this movie.)

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TV Baftas: the Screenjabber view

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 10/05/2010 - 15:14

This year's TV Bafta nominations have been announced - it's been an outstanding year, asevidenced by the long list of quality productions that have been tipped for gongs. We're gratified that at Screenjabber we've been well in the game with our TV picks - many of the nominees have been plugged on here as must-see shows. But what do you think?Did we get it right? Are the Baftas a good reflection of the last 12 months' best TV? Let us know in your comments below. 

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Tonight's Terrestrial Telly Tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 10/05/2010 - 08:39

Forget the tabloid images of prisoners living it up in luxury behind bars, because Wormwood Scrubs (ITV1, 9pm) is set to dispel that impression for ever. This two-part documentary lifts the lid on what life's really like in the nick and it ain't pretty. The governor's already been criticised for allowing no-holds-barred access to the cameras but that's precisely why this is such a compelling programme. Just 12 guards are on duty for more than 350 prisoners at any time, dealing with mental health problems, weapons, a shocking amount of drugs, and suicides. Kind of puts you off shoplifting...

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