The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy brings us back to the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years after the two have successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island's new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds.
When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.
In cinemas June 2014. Click on the link above for the teaser trailer.
When three of the country's most notorious killers were shot dead in a desolate field, late one night, a criminal empire was toppled and the legend of the infamous Range Rover murders was born. Twenty years later, new faces are at the forefront of gangland Britain, but with the notorious killer never caught, there are those who haven't forgotten and won't rest until justice is served. The epic revenge spree that would shake the local crime families and police force to their core. Their names will never be known, but their actions shocked a nation.
Essex Boys: Retribution is released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 23rd, after a week-long run at selected UK cinemas starting this monday (16th). From filmmakers Paul Tanter and Simon Phillips, and already described by Box Office Buz as "The Best British gangster film this year... Raw, Bloody and Brutal", this is the fictionalised follow up to Tanter and Phillips' early 2013 hit The Fall of The Essex Boys, which sold over 70,000 copies in its first three months of release, making it one of the years biggest independent releases. The duo are also the creative force between 2012's smash independent hit, The Rise & Fall of a White Collar Hooligan. The trailer is above.
Peter O'Toole, the Irish-born movie star whose life offscreen was almost as famous (or infamous) as his roles onscreen, has died, it was announced today. He originally planned to be a journalist when he was bitten by the acting bug and took to the stage, where he began to distinguish himself and was awarded supporting parts in film until his big break as Lawrence of Arabia in the David Lean epic of the same name. He was a sensation, and nominated for the first time at the Oscars, to be followed by seven more nominations which he never won; he was given an honorary statuette in 2003.
His penchant for hard drinking and outrageous behaviour made him a great personality, especially on chat shows where his gift for a finely told anecdote was always welcome, but his decisions to take chances in films which you could not imagine anyone else starring in was what made him one of the best-loved cult stars as well as a legitimate movie megastar. Those films included Becket (with best friend Richard Burton) with one of many historical figures he portrayed, comedy What's New Pussycat?, How to Steal a Million, Night of the Generals, The Lion in Winter (with his favourite leading lady Katharine Hepburn), Murphy's War and The Ruling Class, whereupon his career took a downturn thanks to health issues, though he continued working.
By the point he was in the hardcore porn-afflicted Caligula, many had given up on O'Toole, but then he made a comeback with two more Oscar-nominated roles, both in cult classics: as the egomaniac director in The Stunt Man, and the Errol Flynn inspired, swashbuckling movie star in My Favourite Year. After that he continued to have ups and downs in such movies as Supergirl, Creator, The Last Emperor, High Spirits, Jodorowsky's The Rainbow Thief, Rebecca's Daughters, Fairy Tale: A True Story, Phantoms, Troy, Lassie, Venus (with another Oscar nom), Ratatouille (as the critic), Stardust and Dean Spanley. One of a kind, he retired last year and cinema will not be the same without him.
[15 Dec 2013 at 21:21]
John Dies at the End on Blu-ray and DVD
Eureka! Entertainment have announced the home video release of JOHN DIES AT THE END, the frenetic, freaky and action packed new film from Don Coscarelli, director of Bubba HoTep and Phantasm, based on the cult novel of the same name by author David Wong.
There’s a new drug on the streets. Soy sauce promises users an out of body experience like no other as they drift across time and experience other dimensions. When slacker friends John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down a job between them, try the drug they can see for the first time a horde of demons populating the globe, hiding in plain sight among normal human beings. What follows is a dark and hilarious adventure like no other as they battle the invaders and the stage is set for a gripping thrill ride as they attempt to save the world from this otherworldly invasion.
Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can't.
JOHN DIES AT THE END stars Chase Williamson, Rob Hayes, Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray by Eureka! Entertainment on 17 February 2014.
[13 Dec 2013 at 19:11]
Frankenstein on DVD
The TV miniseries, that is
FRANKENSTEIN, the 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, comes to DVD on 13th January from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment. Luke Goss (Blade II, Hellboy II) stars as the creature alongside an all-star cast including Alec Newman (A Lonely Place to Die), Academy Award® nominee Julie Delpy (Before Sunrise, 2 Days in New York) and acting legends; Emmy and Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland (The Italian Job 2003, The Hunger Games) and Academy Award® winner William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman, A History of Violence).
Directed by Kevin Conner who brought the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs novels to the big screen in the 70s (At the Earth’s Core, The Land that Time Forgot) and written by Mark Kruger (Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh) FRANKENSTEIN is a spectacularly ambitious new version that will rouse audiences with something far more profound than fear.
[12 Dec 2013 at 22:31]
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Cashing their chimps
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis) is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is released in UK cinemas July 2014. Watch out for the new teaser next Wednesday.
[11 Dec 2013 at 21:59]
Great News for Peter Sellers Fans
Two lost films found
Two lost films from Peter Sellers’ early career have been found in a London skip and will be shown to the public for the very first time in 50 years at the Gala Opening of the 2014 Southend Film Festival.
Dearth of a Salesman and Insomnia is Good For You were both made in 1957 by the now defunct Park Lane Films and had been thought to be lost. They were discovered by Robert Farrow when the former film studio’s office building was being cleared out.
Mr Farrow, who lives in Thorpe Bay, Southend on Sea said: “As the building manager it was my job to oversee that each floor of the property was properly cleared prior to refurbishment back in 1996. I spotted 21 film cans in a skip outside the office block and thought they would be good for storing my Super 8 collection in. I took them home, put them in a cupboard and pretty much forgot about them. During a recent clear out I found them again and decided to see what the tins contained - it was then I realised they were two Sellers films including the negatives, titles, show prints, outtakes and the master print. It was amazing. I knew I had something, but it wasn’t until I called Paul Cotgrove from The White Bus, who organises the Southend Film Festival, that it dawned on me that I’d found something very special indeed.”
The intention is to have the films digitally restored and present them on the opening night of the Southend Film Festival, on 1st May 2014.
It’s the near future and Britain, still gripped by recession, is embroiled in a cold war with China. The Ministry of Defence has been working on a mechanised soldier, a thinking robot that would not only have the ability to fight, but to negotiate and keep peace too. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) has his own personal agenda; he’s desperate to harness this new technology to help give his sick daughter Mary another chance at life. With tests on his early prototypes ending in disaster, Vincent pairs up with another scientist, a beautiful young American called Ava (Caity Lotz), whose software he hopes will hold the key to unlocking the secrets of a conscious machine.
Meanwhile Thomson (Denis Lawson), Vincent’s scheming boss, is stringing him along; he’s only really interested in a killing machine that will follow his every command. With a suspicious Ava wiped out by Thomson’s henchmen, it’s up to Vincent to finish their work alone and bring The Machine to life.
As The Machine shows increasing signs of consciousness, Vincent’s daughter slowly slips away. Threatened by The Machine’s intelligence, Thomson plots to modify her program and dehumanise her. Vincent struggles to protect his creation and it looks like Thomson will get his way. But The Machine fights back, rampaging through the base and destroying everything in her path.
British sci-fi THE MACHINE is in cinemas 21st March 2014.