Cinema Forecast – Week 22 & 23

Thursday 31st May, 2012

Get The Gringo

The odds are against him. So is everyone else.

It’s been a bad day for Driver and it’s not getting any better. He just made a big haul of millions that would give him a nice summer vacation on easy street. A good idea that went south – literally.

During a high-speed car chase with the US Border Patrol and a bleeding body in his back seat, Driver flips his car smashing through the border wall, tumbling violently, coming to a stop…in Mexico. Apprehended by the Mexican authorities, he is sent to a hard-core prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of “El Pueblito.” Not an easy place for an outsider such as Driver to survive, unless it’s with the help of someone who knows the ropes – a 10 year-old kid.

What To Expect When Your Expecting

Inspired by the perennial New York Times bestseller of the same name, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING is a hilarious and heartfelt big screen comedy about five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood.

Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high-octane celebrity lives don’t stand a chance against the surprise demands of pregnancy. Baby-crazy author and advocate Wendy gets a taste of her own militant mommy advice when pregnancy hormones ravage her body; while Wendy’s husband, Gary, struggles not to be outdone by his competitive alpha-Dad, who’s expecting twins with his much younger trophy wife, Skyler. Photographer Holly is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex isn’t so sure, and tries to quiet his panic by attending a “dudes” support group, where new fathers get to tell it like it really is. And rival food truck chefs Rosie and Marco’s surprise hook-up results in an unexpected quandary: what to do when your first child comes before your first date?

A kaleidoscopic comedy as universal as it is unpredictable, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING finds humor and uplift in all the unexpected trials and triumphs of welcoming a child into the world.

Thursday 7th June, 2012

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FEATURE PRESENTATION THIS WEEK:

Prometheus

Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

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Friends with Kids

Two best friends decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships.

Swerve

Driving cross-country to a job interview, Colin plays it safe when he has car problems and takes a short cut to a one horse town. But as luck would have it, he comes across a fatal road accident. One of the drivers, Jina, is shaken, the other dead and beside him, a briefcase full of money. When Colin resists temptation and does the right thing, turning it into the local cop, his good deed causes a series of fateful events to unfold.

All these films will be screening at a cinema near you from the 31st of May, 2012.

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Film News Friday Update

Release Date Set for Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Dimension Films announced today that the sequel to Sin City will open in the States on October 4, 2013. Casting is underway, with original cast members returning to work with directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, from their script co-written by Academy Award winner William Monahan. Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba are already confirmed to return.

Juno Temple Joins Maleficent

The cast for Walt Disney Pictures’ reimagining of the “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale, Maleficent, has been coming together over the last few weeks and the new name joining the cast is Juno Temple, who will play Thistlewit, one of three pixies along with veteran British actresses Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville.

These pixies are in charge of caring for Aurora, the actual sleeping beauty played by Elle Fanning, although they’re “neglectful and superficial.” Angelina Jolie plays the title character, the witch Maleficent who puts the curse on Aurora that sends her into a permanent sleep on her 16th birthday.

The film shoots this winter and is slated for a 2014 release.

Original Blade Runner Screenwriter to Write Sequel

Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with his Blade Runner director Ridley Scott to develop the idea for the original screenplay follow up to the ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic, it was announced by execs at the film’s production company Alcon Entertainment.

Alex Proyas Setting Up Gods of Egypt at Summit

A few years back, I, Robot director Alex Proyas helmed the sci-fi thriller Knowing for Summit Entertainment, and it’s being said at the moment that they plan to reunite for Proyas’ Gods of Egypt project, an original story set in ancient Egyptian times that he’ll be co-writing with Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.

Produced by Proyas’ Mystery Clock Cinema with Thunder Road (Clash of The Titans production company), the film is “the story of a common thief and a god on a magical quest set amongst the pyramids and sphinxes.”

First Look at Liam Neeson in Taken 2

Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent with a particular set of skills who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) from Albanian kidnappers. When the father of one of the kidnappers swears revenge and takes Bryan and his wife hostage during their family vacation in Istanbul, Bryan enlists Kim to help them escape, and uses the same advanced level of special forces tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers one by one.

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The Avengers Climbs to 9th on the All-Time Global List

Walt Disney Pictures reported today that Marvel’s The Avengers has climbed to the 9th spot on the all-time worldwide box office list, surpassing the studio’s own Alice in Wonderland ($1,024.3 million) and Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace ($1,027.0 million). The film has grossed $1,036.2 million worldwide.

The movie should easily pass up the next three films on the all-time global list which are all three Disney films – Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($1,043.9 million), Toy Story 3 ($1,063.2 million) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($1,066.2 million).

Contagion Writer Penning Rise of the Planet of the Apes Sequel

Heat Vision is reporting that Twentieth Century Fox has hired Contagion and Bourne Ultimatum writer Scott Z. Burns to pen the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which earned $481.8 million worldwide last year on a budget of $93 million.

The site says the follow-up “is taking the story to the next level, with the apes on the path to emerge as society’s new rulers.”

The original film’s writers, Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, were previously brought on board to write a draft of the sequel. Director Rupert Wyatt and Andy Serkis, who did the performance capture for Caesar, are set to return.

Red Band Trailer for Shark Thriller Bait 3D

Umm yeah…

Cinema Forecast Week 20 & 21

Wednesday 16th May, 2012

The Dictator

The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

Thursday 17th May, 2012

Kid With A Bike

Cannes-winning French drama about a wild 11-year-old boy rebounding between the care of a kind, single woman (Cécile de France) and the blandishments of a streetwise older boy. “Cyril (Thomas Doret), almost 12, has only one plan: to find the father who left him temporarily in a children’s home. By chance he meets Samantha (de France), who runs a hairdressing salon and agrees to let him stay with her at weekends. Cyril doesn’t recognize the love Samantha feels for him, a love he desperately needs to calm his rage.”

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Culinary-doco about an 85-year-old sushi legend. Jiro Ono is a legend in his field. His Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi bar in Tokyo’s Ginza subway station seats only ten, but it’s widely considered the best place for sushi in Japan. Customers book as much as a year ahead for a full meal costing upward of 30,0000 yen ($460). Says restaurant critic Masuhiro Yamamoto, ‘Nobody has ever had a bad experience there.’

The Woman In Black

Gets a wider release this week! A young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter Series), is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, his unease growing when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed only in black. Receiving only silence from the locals, Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true identity.

Thursday 24th May, 2012

Men In Black 3

J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) don the black suits once more for the third instalment of the extra-terrestrial FBI comedy franchise. Barry Sonnenfeld, director of the first two, also returns. Meanwhile Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men & True Grit (See a connection there?)) will make his first appearance alongside Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement. When K suddenly disappears, J is told that his partner has been dead for over 20 years. This perplexing paradox isn’t just a threat to the missing MiB veteran, but also a threat to humankind. With even more universal secrets to discover, Agent J (literally) jumps back in time and partners up with the younger Agent K (Brolin) to set matters straight.

Happy Happy

Norweigian sex romp that won the Grand Jury Award (World Cinema Drama) at Sundance 201. Centers on the consequential misbehavings of two married couples and the politically incorrect games of their children. There’s a well-honed eye for marital malaise in this Norwegian sex comedy that’s reminiscent of Mike Leigh – and a matter-of-fact attention to details of sexual shenanigans that’s much more… well, Scandinavian. Schoolteacher Kaja lives happily enough in a remote town with her husband Eirik and their son. Eirik’s sour temper becomes much more obvious to the habitually chipper Kaja when affable Sigve, his lawyer wife Elisabeth and their adopted Ethiopian son move from the city and rent the (only) house next door. While the boys play games of unspeakable political incorrectness, their oblivious parents play more consequential grown-up games: truth or dare, for example, and hide and seek.

Empire of Silver

From the Academy Award winning producer of “THE LAST EMPEROR” and inspired by historical events, one man’s choice will change the fate of an empire!
China, 1899. A hedonistic young man must assume the role of heir to a banking empire he cares little about. Following the tragic kidnapping of his brother’s wife, “Third Master” reluctantly submits to pressure from his overbearing father. Powerful bank-owner Lord Kang is determined to prepare Third Master for financial leadership by molding his son into his own image. The ruthless businessman tries to convince his son to choose a proven unscrupulous bank manager over a more honest one. But the idealistic Third Master has always questioned his father’s autocratic rule and ethics. The tense relationship is further complicated by Third Masters undying love for his beautiful young stepmother, his first and only love stolen from him by his own father. Embarking on a metaphysical journey, Third Master must decide whether to follow his father’s path or find his own. Greed, deception and jealousy surface under the pressures of war and the impending change from silver to paper bills…

Bel Ami

Robert Pattinson (the Twilight saga) branches out with this period drama about a young Parisian who rises to power through bedding the city’s most influential and wealthy women. Based on Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 French novel and starring Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas. Georges Duroy (Pattison) travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession.

The Curse of the Gothic Symphony

For over eighty years the immense Gothic Symphony remains unperformed in its entirety. At over two hours long and requiring two orchestras, four brass bands and five full choirs it is regarded as the Mt. Everest of classical music. Seemingly impossible to stage due to its complexity and massive scale the Gothic Symphony is the ultimate cult neglected work by a British composer. Since his death in 1972, Havergal Brian has moved from near total obscurity to recognition as one of twentieth century England’s most significant composers.

Filmed over 5 years, The Curse of the Gothic Symphony charts the parallel stories of the life of Havergal Brian and the dedicated team who aspire to mount a performance of his infamous symphony in Brisbane. At the core of this odyssey is Gary Thorpe who for over twenty-eight years has been pitching the idea to stage the massive symphony without success. Then there is John Curro, conductor of the Queensland Youth Orchestra who is challenged by the opportunity to stage big productions and wants a crack at the Gothic Symphony. And Alison Rogers a choral master who wants to prove herself despite there not being enough choristers in Brisbane for such a huge undertaking. And finally, Veronica Fury, who is gripped by the curse and crosses the line from film producer to entrepreneur caught up in the odyssey, seized by the sheer titanic scale of the task…

The Curse of the Gothic Symphony reveals the passion, the obsession, the incalculable scale required to stage a massive event that has eluded others for eighty years. Gripped by the challenge to bring off the first staging of this monstrous symphony, these modern day crusaders will not stop until they triumph against all odds … failure is not an option. The curse must be broken.

All these films will be screening at a cinema near you from the 16th of May, 2012.

May The 4th Be With You!

May the 4th Be With You Everyone! Happy Star Wars Day!

It’s not the “Official Star Wars Day” May 25th (When ‘Star Wars’ was released) but it has become a tradition for it to be Star Wars Day because of the way the date is said.

Also, to all you Americans out there… I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE AVENGERS!!! IT WILL ROCK YOU LIKE YOU’D NEVER BELIEVE!!!

Cinema Forecast – Week 18 & 19

Thursday, 3 May 2012
Act Of Valor
Modern war thriller starring actual US Navy SEAL officers as an elite, highly-trained team sent to rescue a kidnapped CIA agent.  The retrieval of the CIA operative leads the group to discover an imminent, global terrorist plot. With time as a vital factor, the SEALs disburse across the world to prevent the threat. Trekking across Chechnya, the Philippines, Ukraine and Somalia, the anti-terrorism unit weigh up their sense of duty alongside their desire to return to their loved ones.
Delicacy
Natalie isn’t certain of anything anymore. One minute she is happily married, successful in her career and convinced the future is full of promise. But then a tragic accident occurs and her whole world is turned upside.

Years later, still bruised by grief, she impulsively kisses her colleague Markus. For Natalie, it is just a kiss. For the awkward, unassuming Markus, it is the moment in which he falls hopelessly, helplessly in love. But how will he ever convince such a beautiful, intelligent, confused young woman that he is the man who can bring her back to life?

Based on David Foenkinos’ best selling novel of the same name, Audrey Tautou (Amelie) is enchanting in this moving and humorous film that shows us sometimes we can’t choose who we fall in love with.

King Of Devils Island 
Based on remarkable true events in Norway in 1915, KING OF DEVIL’S ISLAND tells an extraordinary story of friendship, loyalty and rebellion, set on a remote ice-bound island reform school for abandoned and troubled children.

At Bastøy (located in the fjord of Oslo), life is tough, the manual labour arduous, and the young wards are underdressed and underfed for the freezing winter. Hard work, discipline and rough-handed punishment are what the guards believe will convert these youths into well-adjusted Christian citizens.

So when enigmatic, headstrong 17-year-old Erling (magnetic newcomer Benjamin Helstad) arrives at Bastøy, his defiant attitude makes an immediate impression on the other boys, and rattles the authority of the stern governor (Stellan Skarsgård). Erling quickly determines the only means of survival is escape, but this unwittingly transforms him from the role of fugitive into the leader of a rebellion, provoking an astonishing series of events that remain unparalleled in Norwegian history.

With sweeping widescreen cinematography, immaculate period detail and wholly impressive performances, KING OF DEVIL’S ISLAND depicts a classic, timeless story of both physical and moral courage. After premiering to strong audience and critical acclaim at the 2011 Rotterdam Film Festival, the film achieved record-breaking success at the local box office, fuelling an intense public debate by a nation forced to reexamine part of its secret history.

The Five-Year Engagement 
Romantic comedy from producer Judd Apatow (Superbad), starring Jason Segel (The Muppets) and Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau) as a couple who keep getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle.  When Tom (Segel) proposed to Violet (Blunt), they both couldn’t be happier. However, their wedding plans get halted when Violet is offered a two-year job in the University of Michigan. Tom’s patience is tested even further when his fiancé’s promotion extends the delay to four years. As the years drift on and the parental pressures tighten, the importance of the happy couple’s marriage is tested. Helmed by writer-director Nicholas Stoller, the fellow behind Get Him to the Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Dark Shadows 
Tim Burton directs this comedy adaptation of the cult gothic-horror TV series (which ran from 1966-1971). Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloë Moretz. In the 16th Century, the English-born Barnabas Collins (Depp) is living a wealthy and powerful life as an American playboy in the town of Collinsport, Maine. But after breaking the heart of a secretive witch, Barnabas is turned into a vampire and buried alive for 200 years. Upon his release in the year 1972, he finds his once-thriving establishment to be in tatters, with his descendents equally as broken. This will mark the 8th pairing of Burton and Depp, the 7th pairing of Burton and Bonham Carter (Burton’s wife), and the 4th pairing of Depp and Bonham Carter in a Burton film.
I Superbiker – The Showdown
The 2011 Superbike season saw the most dramatic finale in its history, with the new electrifying showdown format, only 6 riders can compete for the title.

Reigning champion, Japanese Ryuichi Kiyonari, beset with personal problems attempts to defend his crown. Bad boy Australian Josh Brookes, was runner up in 2010 and is determined to battle his way to the top, no matter what. Ex BSB champ, Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, fans favourite and all round good guy, wants to regain the crown for prides sake. Michael Laverty, the Irish flyer wants to put his stamp on the title for his country.

For the first time in the UK, ex Moto GP star John ‘Hopper’ Hopkins, back to racing after overcoming his personal demons, is the first ever American with a realistic chance of winning the title.

And added to the mix, British hero Tommy Hill, whom so spectacularly lost the title last year by one small error, is absolutely determined to prove himself the British Superbike Champion.

Iron Sky
Sci-fi comedy summed up in four words: Nazis on the moon… At the end of the second World War, the Nazis fled to the dark side of Earth’s natural satellite to hide and rebuild. In 2018 a US lunar mission uncovers the hidden fortress and the evil clan turn their firepower on Earth – and in particular the US, led by a Sarah Palin-esque President (Stephanie Paul). Iron Sky – independently produced in Finland – became a YouTube sensation before it was even made courtesy of well made teaser trailers. About 10% of the 7.5 million Euro budget was raised by fans who invested in ‘war bonds’ online and ideas were pitched to the filmmakers via wreckamovie.com – many were used including character names and spaceship designs.
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Safe
With his roles in films like THE TRANSPORTER series, DEATH RACE and THE EXPENDABLES, Jason Statham has become one of today’s top action movie icons.

In this new action/thriller from producer Lawrence Bender (the man behind KILL BILL, PULP FICTION and RESERVOIR DOGS), Statham plays Luke Wright, an ex-special forces operative who decides to save a young Chinese girl. The girl, Mei, is a mathematical genius who has memorised the combination to a safe that contains thirty million dollars. Once word gets out that Mei is the only person who knows the safe’s combination, everyone in the criminal underworld – including mobsters, corrupt New York Cops and even Mei’s own family – try to capture her. It’s up to Luke, her only protector, to keep her alive and keep her safe.

Trishna
Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) plays a young Indian woman whose life slowly crumbles in the hands of romance and social change. Based on Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles and directed by Michael Winterbottom (The Trip). Set in contemporary Rajasthan, Trishna (Pinto) meets a wealthy young British businessman Jay Singh (Riz Ahmed, Four Lions) who has come to India to work in his father’s hotel business. After an accident destroys her father’s Jeep, Trishna goes to work for Jay, and they fall in love. But despite their feelings for each other, they cannot escape the conflicting pressures of a rural society which is changing rapidly through industrialisation, urbanisation and, above all, education. Trishna’s tragedy is that she is torn between the traditions of her family life and the dreams and ambitions that her education has given her.
All these films will be screening at a cinema near you from the 3rd of May, 2012.