Dorothy Malone, who won an Oscar for her performance as a classic bad girl in Douglas Sirk's Written on the Wind, has passed away, it has been announced; she died of natural causes. A Texan by birth, she started her career in B-movies, but things began to pick up when she appeared as the bookstore assistant flirting with Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep. Her roles expanded and soon she was co-starring with Joel McCrea in Colorado Territory, Martin and Lewis in Scared Stiff, Ida Lupino in Private Hell 36, Frank Sinatra and Doris Day in Young at Heart, and, er, Liberace in Sincerely Yours.
After her Oscar win, her profile rose just as she wanted, and though the bad girl persona was at odds with her more conservative nature, she proved her talent in such works as Man of a Thousand Faces, The Tarnished Angels (with Sirk again), Warlock (one of a number of Westerns, her favourite genre), early disaster movie The Last Voyage, and AIP's indelible Beach Party. By the sixties, television had beckoned, and she won a new audience in hit soap Peyton Place; following on from that the small screen was her home, aside from smaller roles in films like Winter Kills and Basic Instinct, her final appearance and a knowing wink to the films that gave her that cult following. John Waters once called her his favourite Oscar winner.
STARRING LIAM NEESON, VERA FARMIGA, PATRICK WILSON and SAM NEILL
The action-packed thriller, THE COMMUTER, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Non-Stop) is released in cinemas today!
Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman, Michael, on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers. Check out the trailer at the link above.
[19 Jan 2018 at 18:36]
Justice League on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital
Get the band together
The League are united as Warner Bros. UK and DC Entertainment's epic action adventure JUSTICE LEAGUE arrives onto home entertainment. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film stars the famed lineup of DC Super Heroes: Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.
The 4K UHD, Blu-ray™ 3D and Blu-ray™ will include an all-new bonus scenes never before seen in cinemas as well as featurettes and interviews with the cast, filmmakers and creators.
JUSTICE LEAGUE also stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta, and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
JUSTICE LEAGUE is available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™ and DVD March 26 and on Digital Download March 12. A Steelbook is also available exclusively with HMV.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes - Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash - it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Lionsgate UK and Picturehouse Entertainment are delighted to announce the UK Home Entertainment release of Sally Potter's hilarious comedy, THE PARTY, on 19th February.
Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a key ministerial position in the shadow cabinet - the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. As the guests arrive at their home in London, the party takes an unexpected turn when Bill suddenly makes some explosive revelations that take everyone present by surprise. Love, friendships and political convictions are soon called into question in this hilarious comedy of tragic proportions.
Written and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sally Potter (Orlando, Rage, The Tango Lesson, Ginger & Rosa) the film is brought to life by an outstanding cast that includes Academy Award-nominee Patricia Clarkson (The Green Mile, Shutter Island) who was awarded Best Supporting Actress at the 2017 British Independent Film Awards, Bruno Ganz (Downfall, The Reader), Primetime Emmy Winner Cherry Jones (24, Ocean's Twelve), Emily Mortimer (Hugo, The Sense of an Ending), Cillian Murphy (Dunkirk, Free Fire), Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour, The English Patient), and BAFTA Winner Timothy Spall (The King's Speech, Mr Turner).
Since the its UK premiere at the 2017 London Film Festival, the film has gone on to box office success and critical acclaim. Witty, sharp and very funny, THE PARTY will be an unmissable date for everyone’s diary this February.
THE FINAL YEAR is a unique insiders' account of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team during their last year in office. Featuring unprecedented access inside the White House and State Department, THE FINAL YEAR offers an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama Administration as they prepare to leave power after eight years.
Directed by Greg Barker, the film revolves around a foreign policy team assembled by Barack Obama nearly a decade ago, during his first presidential campaign: Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, Deputy National Security Advisor and presidential confidant Ben Rhodes, as well National Security Advisor Susan Rice and President Obama himself.
The film tracks this team over the course of 2016, as they travel the world attempting to solidify and "lock-in" policies that they believe will define their legacy, promote diplomacy over large-scale military action, and fundamentally alter how the US government confronts questions of war and peace.
There's a clip of Obama during one of his last speeches as President which you can access above. Out in cinemas and on itunes today.
[19 Jan 2018 at 18:20]
Something of an epic
Viacom18 Motion Pictures announced 25th January, 2018 as the worldwide release date of Padmaavat. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Padmaavat is the first Indian film that will have a global IMAX 3D release.
Starring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh & Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji, the film will also be released in Tamil and Telugu, in addition to Hindi.
Based on 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi's epic poem Padmavat, the movie faced resistance from its early stages due to a misinformation campaign and rumour-mongering. Despite these challenges, the film that showcases the valor of Rani Padmavati, Maharawal Ratan Singh and the famed Rajput ethos of honour, bravery and sacrifice, has managed to overcome all odds; aided by the support of well-wishers from across the film fraternity, the government authorities and the society at large.
Set in 1303 AD medieval India, Padmaavat is the story of honour, valour and obsession. Queen Padmavati is known for her exceptional beauty along with a strong sense of justice and is the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh and pride of the Kingdom of Chittor, a prosperous kingdom in the north west of India. The legend of her beauty reaches the reigning sultan of Hindustan - Allaudin Khilji. The sultan who is a tyrant, is fixated with wanting anything that is of exceptional beauty for himself. He lays siege on the impregnable fortress of Chittorgarh. After a gruelling 6 months, he returns empty handed. He becomes obsessed and now wants to capture Chittor and its Queen at any cost. He returns with a bigger army and ranging fury. He attacks Chittor with brutal force and a bloody and fearsome battle takes places between the righteous Maharawal Ratan Singh defending his kingdom and the honour of his queen and Sultan Allaudin Khilji. Khilji manages to breach the fortress but in vain as the Queen chooses to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect her dignity.
Eureka Entertainment are to release LEGEND OF THE MOUNTAIN, the beautifully restored director's cut of a King Hu masterpiece, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a definitive Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 19 March 2018.
Although most commonly associated with the Wuxia genre, in 1979 King Hu directed the epic fantasy-horror, Legend of the Mountain. Heavily influenced by traditional Chinese aesthetics and Zen Buddhist philosophy, it has come to be regarded as one of his greatest filmmaking achievements.
A young scholar, Ho Yunqing (Shih Jun, A Touch of Zen, Dragon Inn), is tasked by an eminent monk to transcribe a Buddhist sutra said to have immense power over the spirits of the afterlife. To execute his work in peace, he travels to an isolated monastery deep in the mountains, where he encounters a number of strange people, including the mysterious and beautiful Melody (Hsu Feng, A Touch of Zen, Dragon Inn). As malicious spirits attempt to steal the sutra, Ho becomes entangled in a conflict between duelling forces of good and evil. Will he leave the mountain alive?
Adapted from a Song Dynasty folk tale, Legend of the Mountain exemplifies King Hu's masterful command of spectacular visuals and philosophical insights into life and existence. Heavily edited upon release, the film has now been fully restored to its original length in stunning 4K, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film for the first time ever on home video in the UK, in a special Dual Format edition. Try the trailer above.
Lionsgate and Picturehouse Entertainment are delighted to announce the UK Home Entertainment release of Francis Lee's celebrated, multi-award-winning debut feature, GOD'S OWN COUNTRY.
GOD'S OWN COUNTRY is a contemporary tale of self--discovery and emotional--awakening set on the sheep farming hills of rural England Johnny Saxby (Josh O'Connor; The Riot Club, The Durrells) works long hours on his family's remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge--drinking at the local pub and casual sex. But when a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. As they begin working closely together during lambing season, an intense relationship starts to form which could change Johnny's life forever.
AVAILABLE ON BLU--RAY, DVD & DIGITAL FROM 29TH JANUARY 2018.