Christopher Lloyd Interview: Santa Buddies

November 30, 2009 by  
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yesyes300We went to meet Christopher Lloyd to talk about his new film Santa Buddies – but of course it wasn’t long before we gave in to temptation and asked him about Back To The Future.

Less than two minutes to be honest.

“It comes up every day,” explains the man who gave us the mad-eyed Doc Brown. “But I loved working on those movies. Rob Zemeckis is a wonderful director to work with and we had a wonderful cast.”

“The story was so intricate and the way it came together over the trilogy was fantastic and of course Michael J Fox was amazing,” he added enthusiastically.”

We could discuss the specs of his Delorian and ask how a bunch of Libyan terrorists appeared in California in a VW Camper until the cows come home, but Mr Lloyd is on a very tight schedule (so tight that we are interviewing him in the middle of his dinner). Read More…

BFI’s Sally Potter Season Opens With ‘Rage’

November 30, 2009 by  
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rageBored of the X Factor? Put off by the promise of Christmas misery in Soapland? Dreading those conversations with Granny about why you never wear the snot green reindeer vest she knitted you last Christmas?

OTB prescribes some festive culture. The cure for your winter blues? Not that bloody Iceland advert with Colleen Nolan and Jason Donovan crooning like a couple of screeching cats – it’s the Sally Potter season at the BFI!

Starting this Friday (4th December) the BFI plays host to one of the most multi-talented independent filmmakers of a generation.

Potter’s life has been dedicated to achieving success in all aspects of the arts – from setting up her own dance company and performing in her own film The Tango Lesson, to writing and composing the score on her film Yes (a film written entirely in iambic pentameter), Potter’s work has always had its own distinct rhythm, with the director constantly reinventing her directorial approach for each project. It’s the intense ambition that emanates from Potter’s work which has attracted the likes of Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Cate Blanchett to her scripts.

And now you lucky OTB fans have the chance to win three pairs of tickets to see Potter’s latest film, Rage, starring Dame Judy Dench. Combining video-phone-style filming techniques with a murder investigation in the fashion world, Rage promises to be an innovative and thoughtful reprieve from the bland Christmas blockbusters. Click here for more info…

Not only does the Sally Potter season give you a chance to see her new movie; the BFI are also showcasing her entire back catalogue and allowing you to meet the woman herself, either at the “In Conversation” event where she will be joined by Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton, or at the shooting people masterclass Potter is hosting for up-and-coming filmmakers. Just head to http://www.bfi.org.uk/go/sallypotteronthebox for more information about the season and how to reserve tickets for these events and if you’re feeling lucky, punks, enter our competition to win one of three pairs of tickets to Rage at 6.20pm on the 22nd December.

Area 51 Underway

November 30, 2009 by  
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area51signRiding the waves of his cheapie ghost story’s success, Oren Peli’s follow-up Area 51 is in full swing.

His latest project will tell the story of three teens whose curiosity leads them to the notorious Area 51 portion of Nellis Air Force Base n the Nevada dessert. As expected, shaky camcorder footage and faux-real-life activities will ensue.

This time around, Peli will be working with a much larger budget—approximately $5 million, as opposed to the $11,000 budget for Paranormal Activity, which grossed more than $106 million since September of this year.

It’s no wonder Paramount Pictures has landed U.S. distribution rights and Jason Blum will be producing Peli’s Area 51 through Blumhouse Prods. Banner, reports Variety.

The film will find its way into theaters some time in 2010.

Waska Cast Is Filling Up

November 30, 2009 by  
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pivenThe ensemble cast of indie drama Waska is shaping up.

Based on the novel by Leslie Schwartz, the story follows a young father, played by Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), whose 3-year-old son freezes to death during a fishing trip.

Jeremy Piven, known for the TV series Entourage and currently lending his voice for the film Marmaduke, will portray the local prosecutor who goes after Dekker. Meanwhile, Lynn Collins (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is the enraged ex-wife, with other appearances by Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Mira Sorvino, Elizabeth McGovern and Joseph Morgan.

Waska, which refers to the first snowfall of the year, is currently shooting in Calgary, Alberta. The Catherine Trieschmann adaptation will be produced by Tim Perell and Shirley Vercuysse of Process Film and directed by Gaby Dellal.

Paranormal Activity Alternate Ending

November 30, 2009 by  
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paranormal-activityThe holidays are approaching. And what better a gift to give to the one you love than an alternate ending to the latest horrgasm on DVD?

According to Digital Spy, Paramount is planning a Dec. 29 launch of Paranormal Activity on DVD and Blu-ray, including the alternate unrated ending not seen in theatres.

For those who skipped this year’s Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity follows a young couple that is having trouble with a supernatural visitation in their San Diego home. Framed as found footage, the film is entirely shot from a hand-held camera.

So the question is, after 85 minutes of obscure visuals and blood-curdling cries, are you still itching for more?

The Box Review: Button Ugly

November 30, 2009 by  
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thebox300THE BOX: On General Release across the UK from Friday 4th December 2009

So a man turns up on Cameron Diaz’s doorstep, gives her a box with a button on it and tells her that if she presses it, she will receive $1million – but someone whom she doesn’t know will die.

This isn’t just any man though, he looks like Freddy Krueger after a botched cosmetic surgery op and he’s creepier than a bloke hiding in a graveyard.

I suppose we’d all like to think that we wouldn’t give in to temptation, but after 24 hours that button might look pretty inviting. Yet even if I had that kind of money I wouldn’t pay to watch this film, it’s a miserably underwhelming and thoroughly self-indulgent effort. Read More…

The Girlfriend Experience Review: Whole Prostitution

November 30, 2009 by  
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THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE: On general release across the UK from Friday 4th December 2009

Forget about drugs and obscenities.

If there ever was a wholesome film about prostitution, Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience would be it.

A mere 77 minutes, the docu-drama follows Chelsea, a fictional high-end Manhattan call girl, who offers more than just sex to her clients; she provides companionship and conversation—“the ultimate girlfriend experience.” In the meantime, she must balance her growing business and impeding competition, on top of an insecure boyfriend and an unexpected connection with a client. Oh yeah, and it is all set in the weeks leading up to the 2008 presidential election. Think credit crunch. Read More…

Narnia: Dawn Treader Pictures Released

November 27, 2009 by  
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Returning franchise ahoy!

With filming of the third Narnia film finishing up today, its time to start adding loads of post-production bells and whistles to this fantasy behemoth.

Those lovely dudes have released some teasing pictures for us to check out while we wait for the film’s release in December 2010.

We’ll just watch the BBC series while we wait then…

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Did You Here About The Morgans? Trailer

November 27, 2009 by  
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Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker in the same movie? Surely the levels of plastic acting that will be generated would cause the universe to implode on itself???

Well apparently not, because the Sex And The City star and the most typecast actor in the history of recorded time have teamed up to produce this romantic comedy – and it doesn’t look that bad.

Did You Hear About the Morgans? follows a highly successful Manhattan couple, Meryl and Paul Morgan (Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant), whose almost-perfect lives have only one notable failure – their dissolving marriage. But the turmoil of their romantic lives is nothing compared to what they are about to experience: they witness a murder and become targets of a contract killer.

The Feds, protecting their witnesses, whisk away the Morgans from their beloved New York to a tiny town in Wyoming, and a relationship that was on the rocks threatens to end completely in the Rockies… unless, in their new BlackBerry-free lives, the Morgans can slow down the pace and rekindle the passion.

Released on 1st January 2010

The Proposal DVD Review: Taking the (Wedding) Cake

November 27, 2009 by  
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THE PROPOSAL: On DVD and Bluray release on Monday 30th November 2009

Sandra Bullock recently said that she wouldn’t do any more rom-coms because they were all rubbish, so she was playing a risky game when she signed up for The Proposal, a rom-com as predictable as Hugh Grant’s hair is floppy.

But despite its complete dearth of originality, it’s actually pretty decent with some good laughs thanks to a tangible chemistry between the lead actors.

Margaret (Sandra Bullock) is a no-nonsense hard-ass executive for a major publishing company. So afraid are her colleagues of her that they message each other when she’s coming so they can look busy and not incur her wrath. Read More…

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