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Win a Begin Again goody bag

Posted by Competitions | Thu, 10/07/2014 - 08:52

The wonderful Begin Again opens in the UK this week, and to mark its release, we have some great merchandise to give away – including a copy of the superb soundtrack.

Thanks to eOne. we have FIVE Begin Again goody bags to give away – each one including the following items: a T-shirt, a pair of sunglasses, a plectrum USB, disc coasters and an earphone splitter.

Plus ONE lucky winner will also receive a copy of the Begin Again soundtrack, featuring Keira Knightley, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green.

Begin Again follows Gretta (Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend (Levine) who, seduced by dreams of making it in the big city, move to New York to pursue their passion for music. Heartbroken when he rejects her for the fame and fortune of a big solo contract, Gretta finds herself alone and far from home. Just when she’s decided to move back to London, life begins to look up when a down-on-his-luck record producer Dan ( Mark Ruffalo) stumbles upon her singing during an open mic night. Captivated by her raw talent and inspiring authenticity Dan persuades Gretta to take a fresh approach to making music and together they transform the streets of New York in to their recording studio, giving the city and their careers one final shot.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BeginAgainUK

Twitter: @BeginAgainUK

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The competition will close at NOON on Sunday July 27, 2014. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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PREVIEW | Guardians of The Galaxy

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 09/07/2014 - 20:30

By Sarah McGrath

Last night I was lucky enough to go to the 3D IMAX preview of upcoming Marvel hit Guardians Of The Galaxy in Leciester Square.

I describe it as a "hit" because after watching the 17-minute preview there is no doubt in my mind that it will be a smash hit.

I went in a little apprehensive because while I am a huge Marvel film fan, like many I'd never heard of Guardians Of The Galaxy.

At the end of the preview, however, I was a convert.

No spoilers, but we were treated to a lengthy action sequence complete with a cracking soundtrack and some highly comedic moments.

It gave a taste of what's to come and left me wanting much, much more.

Boasting an all-star cast of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, just to name a few, I'm sure this next offering from Marvel will be the success of the summer.

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Win a copy of Under The Skin on Blu-ray

Posted by Competitions | Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:37

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jonathan Glazer, Under The Skin arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on July 14 and features an absolutely mesmerising performance from Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien preying upon hitchhikers in Scotland. And thanks to StudioCanal, we have TWO copies of Under The Skin on Blu-ray to give away.

Adapted from Michael Faber’s novel of the same name, Under The Skin has undergone a decade-long transition from page to screen, with performances heightened in the finished film by Glazer’s singular decision to shoot many of Johansson’s scenes as unscripted conversations with non-actors, using hidden cameras.

Johansson’s revealing performance excitingly displays a further willingness to not only bare her own skin, but to deviate from convention as her character battles with burgeoning emotions in a world filled with feeling. Unsure as to why she acts the way she does, the conflicted emotion she gradually feels for her victims endangers her own existence.

Joining Johansson and the numerous unknowns are rising stars Paul Brannigan and Michael Moreland. Tinged with unnerving mysticism, Under The Skin has rightly been touted as a masterpiece by many and will work its way under your very own flesh to remain in the memory long after the credits roll.

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The competition will close at NOON on Sunday July 27, 2014. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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INTERVIEW | Andy Nyman

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 06/07/2014 - 18:43

Screenjabber's Mark Searby chats with actor, writer, producer, director and magician Andy Nyman, who talks about his career starting with his first role through to being in a Hollywood blockbuster.

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Trips of the Week

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 06/07/2014 - 16:20

By Stuart O'Connor

Each week, the Screenjabber inbox gets overloaded with emails containing new film trailers, or clips of films or upcoming Blu-ray/DVD/VoD releases. Here are a few of those trailers and clips (hence trips) that caught our eye ...

Earth to Echo

Let's Be Cops

Movie Preview Show

Sex Tape clip: I Was Thinking

Hercules: The cast comes to London

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That's Showbiz! With Jenny

Posted by Jenny Priestley | Sun, 06/07/2014 - 14:23

By Jenny Priestley

★ Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg and Amanda Abbington are among the guests taking part in this year's Hertford Children's Book Festival. Charlie Higson, David Baddiel and Emma Kennedy (left) will also take part in the annual event which starts on October 2. This year's festival is being co-organised by Pegg's wife, Maureen, which may explain how they're managing to attract such big names...

★ Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan are expected on the red carpet at the UK premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy. The gala screening takes place at the Empire in Leicester Square on July 24.

Award-winning novelist Frank Cottrell Boyce is to write an episode of Doctor Who. The episode will feature a number of child actors including Harley Bird, the voice of Peppa Pig (one for the parents there). Meanwhile, the BBC has announced the world premiere of Peter Capaldi's debut as the Doctor will take place in Cardiff on August 7. Both Capaldi and Jenna Colman will be at the event with tickets going on sale on Monday July 7 from St David's Hall box office. The premiere takes place two weeks before the episode's TV debut and kicks off a worldwide publicity tour which will see Capaldi and Colman travel the world promoting the show. 

Talking of Doctor Who, Colman, Steven Moffat, John Hurt, Bernard Cribbins and Paul McGann will be at the London Film and Comic Con next weekend. Moffat, Hurt and McGann will take part in a special talk as part of the event. Other actors due to attend include Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee  Williams, David Wenham, Adam Brown and Pedro Pascal. Also expected is none other than the Marvel man himself, Stan Lee.

★ Tina Fey is to work with the directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love on her next project. John Requa and Glenn Ficarra will direct The Taliban Shuffle, which Fey is producing and starring in. The story follows journalist Kim Barker, who was sent to cover the Middle East in 2002 and had to deal with being a woman in that male-dominated culture. 

★ Hunger Games co-stars Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson are teaming up for the revenge action thriller By Way of Helena. The story follows David, an 1880s Texas Ranger sent to an isolated frontier town to investigate a series of mysterious murders. There he faces off against a local preacher named Abraham who holds the townsfolk in a fearful grip. The film's being directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith and production is due to begin in September.

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Terrestrial TV Highlights 5-11 July

Posted by Louise Bolotin | Fri, 04/07/2014 - 18:34

By Louise Bolotin

We have a feast of sporting excellence this weekend. The Tour de France (Saturday, ITV1, ITV4, from 10.30am) has its much publicised start in the UK this year. The first leg kicks off in Leeds, wending its way across the north into Sunday and then through the south-east on Monday. Mark Cavendish heads the UK team. It’s also the Wimbledon finals (Sat/Sun, BBC1/2, from 1.15 and 1pm). Canada’s young contender Eugenie Bouchard goes head to head with one-time winner Petra Kvitova in the women’s event on Saturday. In the men’s final on Sunday, 2011 winner Novak Djokovic will be slugging it out against seven-time champion Roger Federer. It’s also the British Grand Prix (Sat/Sun, BBC2, from 12.05pm) at Silverstone.

Acclaimed screenwriter Jimmy McGovern once more returns to a regular theme of his – legal injustices. Common (Sunday, BBC1, 9pm) is an unflinching look at the law of joint enterprise, in which several people can be charged with the same offence even if one or more are innocent but implicated by association. Naïve teenager Johnjo (Nico Mirallegro) gets charged with being a getaway driver when he gives his friends a lift to the pizza parlour, unaware they are planning to assault someone while he waits in the car. McGovern is a master of pulling every dramatic punch in the book – I guarantee you’ll be wrung dry by the end. First-class supporting cast includes Johdi May, Robert Pugh, Susan Lynch and Daniel Mays. The Lance Armstrong Story: Stop at Nothing (BBC4, 9pm) documents his doping scandal, in which he fooled the drug tests to win the Tour de France seven times before he was unmasked and stripped of his titles. The Nation’s Favourite Motown Song (ITV, 9pm) is a marvellous trawl through the 20 biggest Motown hits. Craig Charles narrates the stories behind the chart-toppers by Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops and many more. It’s on a par with BBC4’s own music documentary output, and refreshingly free of random celebs recalling when they bought a single.

The debate around Scottish independence is really heating up now the referendum is getting closer. In Scotland: for Richer or Poorer? (Monday, BBC2, 9pm), BBC economics editor Robert Peston analyses the country’s economy to work out if they’d be better off alone, but he uncovers other factors that play a role as much as the North Sea oil and tech industries. The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (BBC2, 8.30pm) has come round again – in the first of three shows this week, Monty Don and Rachel de Thame preview the show, including a peek at the winner of Rose of the Year, and look at the changes to the Palace’s own gardens.

I once furnished an entire flat in Amsterdam by skip-diving in the days before Freecycle – Kirstie’s Fill Your House for Free (Tuesday, C4, 8pm) has a similar idea for doing up your home on a tight budget in these recessionary times. Kirstie Allsopp doesn’t quite recommend the Dutch style of scouring the bins but she’s a smart advocate of revamping second-hand furniture with a lick of paint and some new fabric. Full of great ideas and tips.

A younger, and scrawnier, Daniel Craig (above) stars in Archangel (Wednesday, Drama, 9pm), a thriller set in post-Cold War Russia. First screened by the BBC in 2005 and based on Robert Harris’s novel, Craig plays historian “Fluke” Kelso, who is approached at a Moscow conference by a man who claims he witnessed Stalin’s death and holds a dark secret. Fluke tracks down a mysterious notebook that turns out to be a diary kept by a young woman chosen by Stalin to provide him with a secret heir. The trail leads to the northern city of Archangel, triggering a chain of events that sees Stalin junior attempt a coup to take up his late father’s place as dictator. Britain’s Youngest Carers (C4, 11pm) investigates how kids as young as six are caring for sick and disabled parents while trying to juggle school and their friends, all with little professional support. Presented by Oritsé Williams of pop group JLS, himself a young carer of his disabled mother.

BBC4’s consistently excellent music coverage gets a revamp this summer, with a new season of documentaries, profiles and also classic rock films. It launches tonight with Britain’s Most Dangerous Songs: Listen to the Banned (Friday, BBC4, 9pm), a superlative exploration of ten records that the Beeb decided were too outrageous for the airwaves. From the obvious God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Relax, to the less clear Fascist Groove Thang by Heaven 17 (about President Ronald Reagan), Stuart Maconie, Paul Morley and ex-Pistol Glen Matlock are among those discussing the censorship of pop music. It’s followed by an hour’s worth of more (now unbanned) hits, such as the Kinks’ Lola. It’s also T in the Park (BBC3, from 8pm), Scotland’s biggest music festival – the opening night sees sets from Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Haim and Biffy Clyro.

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INTERVIEW | Film composer Frank Ilfman

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 01/07/2014 - 18:36

Screenjabber's Mark Searby and Stuart O'Connor chat with Saturn award-winning composer Frank Ilfman, the man behind the brilliant score for Big Bad Wolves, Rabies ... and many more.

You can listen to and download the interview ... plus you can follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook.

PubQuest: We're looking to take the Screenjabber Pubcast on the road, and want your input. Know a great pub in London we should visit to record the show? Drop us a line and let us know.

WriterQuest: We're seeking some more writers, particularly those who want to cover video games for us. Please get in touch if you're keen.

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Men at Play

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 01/07/2014 - 17:13

Throughout cinema history, the "group of guys misbehaving" trope has been visited often – whether this is through the medium of school/college kids searching for sex, or middle-aged men behaving badly. The Stag, set for a digital release on July 7 and coming to Blu-ray and DVD from July 21, is the latest testosterone-heavy comedy to mine this seam so, to celebrate we’re taking a look at some of the best "man" films out there ...

Animal House (1978)
Directed by John Landis, National Lampoon’s Animal House follows a misfit group of fraternity members who challenge the dean of Faber College. Based on writer Harold Ramis and producer Ivan Reitman’s personal college experiences, the film’s cast is led by John Belushi as drunken degenerate Bluto, who leads his fellow frat members into all kinds of gross-out, tasteless but very hilarious antics.

Swingers (1996)
Doug Liman’s much-loved 1996 comedy-drama follows two single, unemployed actors living in Hollywood during the 1990s swing revival. Starring Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn (in his debut role), the former is pining over the loss of his long-term girlfriend, while the latter makes it his personal mission to teach his pal the swinging lifestyle (giving exposure to the term "wingman") amid Hollywood nightlife.

The Full Monty (1997)
Peter Cattaneo’s Sheffield-set comedy-drama stars Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy and Tom Wilkinson as unemployed men who decide to form a male striptease act in order to earn enough money to do something with their lives. The film’s title is a reference to a line of dialogue in the film where it is announced they will go "the full monty" – which translates to stripping all the way. The film’s use of Hot Chocolate’s classic You Sexy Thing helped earn this place among the most revered British films of the 90s.

American Pie (1999)
This naughty teen film – which has spawned three sequels – focuses on five male friends who make a pact to lose their virginity before their high school graduation. Forcing Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott (as scene-stealer Stifler) into the limelight, the film was a box-office smash with the film’s title referring to a particularly debauched scene whereby Biggs’ Jim is caught masturbating with a pie after being told how "third base" feels like "warm apple pie". Eugene Levy’s role as Jim’s father is also a highlight.

Wedding Crashers (2005)
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn star as John and Jeremy, the two "wedding crashers" of the title who naughtily sneak into wedding parties in order to meet and bed women. During one particular wedding party (held by Christopher Walken’s US Secretary of the Treasury) the two meet and fall for his daughters Claire (Rachel McAdams) and Gloria (Isla Fisher).

Superbad (2007)
Greg Mottola’s Superbad, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (responsible for 2013’s This Is the End), stars Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as teenagers who lament their poor social standing and, of course, their virginity. Obtaining a fake ID, Fogell (Mintz-Plasse) successfully buys alcohol for a party they were invited to by Emma Stone’s Jules. What ensues is a debauched night of drinking, drug-taking and sexual mishaps.

Role Models (2008)
Role Models stars Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott as two energy drink reps whose wild behaviour forces them to enrol in a community service program which sees them given the task with being role models to two kids. Showing they have hearts, and forging genuine affections for the kid they’re paired with, the two still manage to get up to no good during several raucous set-pieces – one standout scene taking place on a scouting trip.

The Hangover (2009)
The two films that followed it may have dipped in quality, but the first Hangover film was a stellar naughty comedy which saw a group of males (led by Bradley Cooper, alongside Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis) head to Las Vegas to celebrate their best friend’s wedding. Having a night to remember, they wake up the next morning to find they have forgotten almost everything about the night before – including why one of them is missing, why one of them has lost a tooth and why there is a tiger in their bathroom... 

The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)
Take a small-time E4 comedy series set in a fictional town in England and put it on the big screen and set it in Crete and apparently you get a recipe for blockbusting success. Obviously, this is down to writers Damon Beesley and Iain Morris and the Inbetweeners themselves: Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison). After completing their final year at school together, the four head on a party holiday where misadventures follow – as well as laughs. Lots of laughs.

The Stag (2014)
The Stag follows a group of males who attend an adventurous bachelor party weekend in Ireland, which takes some unexpected detours throughout. Led by Sherlock’s Andrew Scott, the laugh-out-loud comedy enabled him to showcase a softer side, playing the adorable, charming best man to Hugh O’Conor’s groom. Displaying a natural aptitude for comedy, Scott was roundly praised for his performance, and the film displays far more depth and heart than the average ‘bachelor weekend’ film.

• The Stag is released on digital platforms from July 7 and on Blu-ray and DVD from July 21, from Arrow Films

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Win a copy of Helix: The Complete First Season on DVD

Posted by Competitions | Mon, 30/06/2014 - 11:53

The gripping sci-fi thriller Helix: The Complete First Season makes its UK DVD debut on June 30, and thanks to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we have THREE copies of the DVD to give away.

The first season of Helix introduces audiences to a a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation.

All 13 episodes of Helix: The Complete First Season are available on the DVD, along with cast and crew commentaries, deleted scenes and four all-new featurettes.

Executive produced by Ronald D Moore (Battlestar Galactica), Steven Maeda (Lost) and Lynda Obst (Contact), Helix was created by co-executive producer Cameron Porsandeh and stars an ensemble cast including Billy Campbell, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kyra Zagorsky,Mark Ghanimé, Jordan Hayes, Cat Lemieux, Meegwun Fairbrother and Neil Napier.

For a chance to win, just follow @Screenjabber on Twitter and tweet the following text:

Follow @Screenjabber and RT for a chance to win Helix: The Complete First Season on DVD.

For an extra entry, just pop over and LIKE the official Screenjabber Facebook page.

The competition will close at NOON on Sunday July 27, 2014. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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