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East End Film Festival announces its 2010 programme

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 23/03/2010 - 13:10

The 2010 East End Film Festival, one of the biggest in London, will commence its ninth annual run this year from Thursday, April 22nd - Friday, April 30th. Founded in 2001, the festival offers a 9-day packed programme of features, documentaries and shorts, plus film-focused discussions and live music and arts events spread across thirty East End venues. Last year's festival broke all past records as audiences rose to 30,000. This year the festival continues to grow, and will screen over 200 films, showcasing an impressive range of premieres from across the globe. As well as screening the best of East European, South East Asian and Latin American cutting edge urban cinema, East End Film Festival will endeavour to keep its feet firmly planted in East London – and to that end will put East End filmmakers in the spotlight by screening new films from our very own local emerging talent. The festival will hark back to the East End of yesterday, with a specially commissioned programme of heritage films.

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KICK-ASS European premiere in London

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 23/03/2010 - 07:42

It was a damp and chilly evening for the Kick-Ass premiere in London last night, but the fans came out in force – as did the cast of this awesome flick. Screenjabber was there on the red carpet and managed to grab a quick chat with comic creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr, stars Chloe Moretz and Aaron Johnson, and the co-writer of the screenplay, Jane Goldman. But enough from me - go watch the interviews, all embedded below ...

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Teaser trailer released for Megamind

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 22/03/2010 - 14:26

The first teaser trailer has landed for Megamind, the new animated feature film from DreamWorks, the studio that brought you Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar. It stars Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, and with a combination of performers with such comedic ability, the inventive twist on the superhero movie that is Megamind looks like it's shaping up to be a fresh and funny flick for when it opens on December 3rd this year.

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Win signed Kick-Ass posters and soundtracks

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 22/03/2010 - 14:02

The upcoming superhero movie with a difference has got the Screenjabber team's collective heart pounding and our adrenaline rushing. Kick-Ass is the new film by Matthew Vaughn, co-written by Jane Goldman, and adapted from the graphic novel by Mark Millar, with an exciting cast that includes Nicolas Cage like you've never seen him before! Critics are hailing it already as the best film of the year so far, including us with a five-star review that really kicks some ass! And thanks to Universal Pictures, we have FIVE posters to give away signed by both Matthew Vaughn and Mark Millar, as well as a number of official soundtracks.

Kick-Ass tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name – Kick-Ass assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There's only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers.

His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes, including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) and her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) — and forges a friendship with another fledging superhero, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But thanks to the scheming of a local mob boss Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong), that new alliance will be put to the test.

Visit the official Facebook page for a LIVE Q&A with Mathew Vaughn on Tuesday March 23

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Armchair Viewing: The Truman Show (1998)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Mon, 22/03/2010 - 13:05

"Good morning, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!"

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) lives a perfect life with a perfect wife in a perfect world. Except he doesn't, because unbeknownst to him, he's actually the unwitting star of the world's most popular reality TV show. Slowly though he begins to question what is real and what is not...

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Armchair Viewing: Casino Royale (2006)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Sat, 20/03/2010 - 10:12

"Wait... three measures of Gordon's; one of vodka; half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice, and add a thin slice of lemon peel."

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Cards, basically. Seriously. James Bond has to win a high stakes game of poker in order to stop criminal mastermind Le Chiffre getting the money he needs to do some dastardly taking over the world type stuff. Something like that anyway. Does it really matter? It's a Bond film, that's all you need to know.

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First trailer for Predators

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 19/03/2010 - 14:06

Directed by Nimrod Antal (Vacancy) and produced by Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), Predators looks to deliver the goods when it explodes into cinemas this summer. Thanks to IGN, we have the very first trailer for the upcoming survival action-horror film, and I can safely say that it's got me foaming at the mouth. It seems as if it's going to follow in the footsteps of the original film and aesthetically it's looking pleasingly authentic. Knowing Rodriguez, who debuted early footage of the film at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas last week, I was relieved to find out that he was the one producing the film, based on a script he wrote in 1996, as I am a big fan of his work, and so far, I am not disappointed by the trailer. That's a hell of a lot of Predators!

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Another Final Destination in development

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 19/03/2010 - 13:21

According to Bloody Disgusting, Warner Bros. have confirmed that they are developing a fifth film in the Final Destination franchise, simply because they, and I quote WB head Alan Horn, "can't resist".

Despite the fourth film, The Final Destination, being titled and touted as the last, it proved that the horror franchise was far from death financially, having opened at the top of the box office, beating Rob Zombie's Halloween II, and eventually grossing $180 million worldwide on a budget of $40 million. So, it looks as if another lot of inventive, fateful deaths will be coming to the big screen in the next year or two. Personally, I've enjoyed the series, and the original was certainly a very original concept. Last summer's fourth movie I pretty much rate the same as all the sequels in that it was fairly enjoyable, yet formulaic fair, yet with a 3D kick.

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Kick-Ass London signing … and WIN tickets to the UK premiere!

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 18/03/2010 - 12:39

By Adam Stephen Kelly

Mark Millar, the creator of the Kick-Ass graphic novel, will be joining John Romita Jr., co-producer of the upcoming film, at Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JR, on Sunday, March 21st from 2-3pm for a signing of both the graphic novel and movie companion book Creating the Comic: Making the Movie. Not only that, but the first 75 customers at this awesome event will receive two tickets to the star-studded premiere of Kick-Ass the very next night!

SYNOPSIS: Kick-Ass tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name — Kick-Ass — assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There's only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers.

His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes, including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) and her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) — and forges a friendship with another fledging superhero, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But thanks to the scheming of a local mob boss Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong), that new alliance will be put to the test.

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Armchair Viewing: Gallipoli (1981)

Posted by Neil Davey | Thu, 18/03/2010 - 12:05

'What are your legs?' Steel springs.'

'What are they going to do?' 'They're going to hurl me down that track.'

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two Australian sprinters, Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee) and Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson) sign up to fight in the First World War. And like many Australians they ultimately find themselves shipped to Turkey to fight on the beaches of Gallipoli.

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