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Movie Review – Agatha Christie’s Crooked House (2017)

Crooked House, 2017.

Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner.

Starring Glenn Close, Terence Stamp, Max Irons, Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks, Stefanie Martini, Julian Sands, Honor Kneafsey, Christian McKay, and Amanda Abbington.

Synopsis:

In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets.

We all know Agatha Christie.

Her work is, of course, iconic. Christie’s books have sold over 2 billion copies in 44 languages; film adaptations stretch back as early as 1928. It’s difficult to argue she’s anything short of one of the defining authors of detective fiction.

What’s notable about Crooked House amongst Christie’s oeuvre, however, is that the story has never been adapted for the screen – until now.

This means that all the hallmarks and idiosyncrasies that define Christie’s work, the ones that we’ve become so familiar with, here feel slightly different.
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Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray Reviews: Gothic and Class Of 1999

Why do we respond to some filmmakers and not others?

I’m a pretty film literate guy, so I’ve seen my share of both classics and avant-garde movies and understand both the films that influenced them and those on which they had a big influence. I don’t mind being challenged or taken outside of my comfort zone. But the older I get and the more movies I see, the more I resign myself to the notion that I like what I like and that I shouldn’t try to fight those feelings in the interest of appearing “highbrow.” If it comes down to a classy mess or good trash, I’ll take the good trash any day.

This brings me to the two newest Blu-ray releases from Vestron Video’s Collector’s Series line: Ken Russell’s 1986 effort Gothic and the 1990 sci-fi actioner Class of 1999, written and directed by Mark L. Lester.
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First 7 films announced for the 2108 MidWest WeirdFest

The organisers of the MidWest WeirdFest have revealed the first 7 films for their 2018 event. The second annual festival – a cinematic celebration of all things fantastic, frightening, offbeat, and just plain weird – takes place March 9-11, 2018 at the Micon Downtown Cinema in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Says fest founder and veteran programmer Dean Bertram:

We are delighted to unveil this first glimpse at some of the 2018 festival’s incredible program. The selection encapsulates MidWest WeirdFest’s mission of showcasing a heady combination of the latest and most original horror, sci-fi, underground, and documentary films. We can’t wait for the festival’s audience to journey with us on another twisting, terrifying, and at times hilarious journey through the cutting-edge of this season’s weird cinema.

The first seven feature films announced are:

3 Dead Trick Or Treaters

(dir: Torin Langen)

After stumbling upon the graves of three murdered trick or treaters, a
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January 30th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Gothic, Class Of 1999, The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

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January’s genre-related home entertainment releases are ending on a somewhat quiet note, as there are only seven titles making their arrival this week. That being said, this cinematic septet of Blu-rays and DVDs make for a truly fantastic assortment of films, including the Vestron Video Collector’s Series editions of both Class of 1999 and Gothic, as well as stunning special editions for both Re-Animator and the original The Hills Have Eyes.

Other notable movies heading home on January 30th are Hack-o-Lantern, Lucifer’s Women, and Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.

Class of 1999: Vestron Video Collector’s Series (Lionsgate, Blu-ray)

Robots who have been programmed to teach and discipline students in a violence-prone school turn homicidal, and the students must fight back to save their lives.

Special Features:

- Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Mark L. Lester

- Interviews with Director/Producer Mark L. Lester and Co-Producer
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Fun UK Trailer for Feel-Good Wrestling Comedy 'Walk Like A Panther'

"The Panthers... You shall all be warriors once more!" 20th Century Fox UK has unveiled an official trailer for a feel-good, cheesy comedy titled Walk Like A Panther, which opens in UK cinemas in March (but no Us release planned yet). The film stars Stephen Graham and Dave Johns (the lead of I, Daniel Blake) as a father-son duo who must team up to help save their local pub when it's threatened. They gather up their old wrestling friends to put on one big show dressed up in their goofy 80's wrestling costumes to make extra money for the pub. The cast includes Stephen Marcus, Julian Sands, Jill Halfpenny, Christopher Fairbank, Robbie Gee, Sue Johnston, plus Stephen Tompkinson, along with Lena Headey and Jason Flemyng. This looks sort of fun, I guess. If this kind of British humor is your thing, then have at it. Here's the official UK trailer
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First trailer for Brit wrestling comedy ‘Walk Like a Panther’

Twentieth Century Fox have announced that British comedy Walk Like a Panther will be released in cinemas in UK and Ireland on 9th March, 2018. Starring BAFTA Award nominee Stephen Graham (Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, Boardwalk Empire), British Independent Film Award winner Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake), Walk Like a Panther is directed by Dan Cadan, making his feature film debut from his own original screenplay.

Well its often said if you want to check out the cream of the movie crop, you have to go British. I mean come on its no secret we are taking over the Hollywood Film and TV landscape with our talent. However you always get something truly special, funny and unique when you head to the cinema for a British-made movie with British-made stars. And Walk Like a Panther is a great example!

Walk Like a Panther features one hell of an ensemble…
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Dave Johns gathers his wrestling troops to save the local pub in trailer for Walk Like A Panther

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Author: Zehra Phelan

20th Century Fox has graced us with a first look trailer for British Comedy, Walk Like A Panther.

Taking on the aesthetic of a 21st century Full Monty but with ageing wrestlers taking on one last battle to save their local hang out… The Half Nelson Pub.

Written and directed by Dan Cadan, who makes his feature film debut, the film has a stellar British cast of BAFTA Award nominee Stephen Graham (Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, “Boardwalk Empire”), British Independent Film Award winner Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake) and Jill Halfpenny (“Humans,” “EastEnders”).

The ensemble British cast also includes Sue Johnston (“Downton Abbey,” “The Royle Family”), Lindsey Coulson (“EastEnders,” “The Level”), Julian Sands (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, “Crooked House”), Jason Flemyng (upcoming Mystery of the Iron Mask: Journey to China, Snatch), Stephen Tompkinson (“Wild at Heart”, “Dci Banks”), Michael Socha (“This is
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Poster and trailer for British wrestling comedy Walk Like a Panther

20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for the upcoming British wrestling comedy Walk Like a Panther. The film marks the feature directorial debut for Dan Cadan and stars Stephen Graham, Christopher Fairbank, Dave Johns, Jill Halfpenny, Sue Johnston, Lindsey Coulson, Julian Sands, Jason Flemyng, Stephen Tompkinson, Michael Socha, and Scroobius Pip; check it out here…

Walk Like A Panther revolves around a group of ‘80s wrestlers who are forced to don the lycra one last time when their beloved local pub is threatened by closure. Led by father-son duo, Mark (Stephen Graham) and Trevor Bolton (Dave Johns), this unlikely bunch of underdog heroes sets out to save their community, rekindling old friendships and family ties along the way.

Walk Like a Panther is set for release on March 9th.

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A Look At Production Designer Simon Bowles’ Work On Crooked House

Playing On-demand and in theaters now is Crooked House.

In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a wealthy patriarch is investigated by spy-turned-private-detective Charles Hayward (Max Irons), who is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. On the sprawling estate, amidst a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness, resentment and jealousy in a truly crooked house, Hayward encounters three generations of the dynasty, including a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the old man’s widow 50 years his junior (Christina Hendricks), and the family matriarch Lady Edith de Haviland (Glenn Close).

The movie also features Julian Sands, Christian McKay and Terence Stamp.

Crooked House is available digitally in the Us from YouTube, Amazon, iTunes and Google Play

Prior to the film’s release, Production Designer Simon Bowles spoke with Wamg on his work for Crooked House.
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Film Review: Agatha Christie’s ‘Crooked House’

Film Review: Agatha Christie’s ‘Crooked House’
We find ourselves at a curious moment in Hollywood history when producers seem obsessed with turning every property, from the Avengers comics to Agatha Christie’s mystery novels, into a potential franchise. Earlier this fall, the twist at the end of Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express” wasn’t whodunit (practically everyone knew the solution going in) but the tantalizing suggestion that Belgian super-sleuth Hercule Poirot couldn’t stick around, since his services were needed to investigate a “Death on the Nile.”

The trouble facing studios with this “extended universe” impulse is that they can’t always maintain a monopoly on characters (the X-Men lived at Fox, and Sony had Spider-Man at the moment Disney started making Marvel movies), allowing others to swoop in and take advantage of the goodwill a successful tentpole builds for any associated characters. Take Christie’s murder-mystery oeuvre. The British crime novelist wrote at least 70 books, and Fox can
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Gothic Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray Coming This January from Lionsgate

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What if the events that inspired Frankenstein's monster were more horrifying than the monster itself? For the 13th entry in their Vestron Video Collector’s Series, Lionsgate is taking viewers to a fateful night with Mary Shelley and her friends with the Blu-ray release of Ken Russell's Gothic this January:

Press Release: From the Vestron Video Collector’s Series, the horror classic Gothic will arrive for the first time on limited edition Blu-ray on January 30 from Lionsgate. Starring Golden Globe® winner Gabriel Byrne (2009, Best Actor, “In Treatment”), Julian Sands, and Natasha Richardson, and from legendary director Ken Russell (Lair of the White Worm), Gothic is the fictional retelling of the night Mary Shelley developed the story of Frankenstein. While under the influence of experimental substances, she and a group of friends experience terrifying visions that bend reality into her horrific tale. The Gothic limited edition Blu-ray is packed with all-new special features,
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Gothic (1986) Arrives on Blu-ray January 30th – A Vestron Horror Classic!

From the Vestron Video Collector’s Series, the horror classic Gothic will arrive for the first time on limited edition Blu-ray™ on January 30 from Lionsgate. Starring Golden Globe® winner Gabriel Byrne (2009, Best Actor, “In Treatment”), Julian Sands, and Natasha Richardson, and from legendary director Ken Russell (Lair of the White Worm), Gothic is the fictional retelling of the night Mary Shelley developed the story of Frankenstein. While under the influence of experimental substances, she and a group of friends experience terrifying visions that bend reality into her horrific tale. The Gothic limited edition Blu-ray is packed with all-new special features, including audio commentaries, isolated score selections, interviews with the cast and crew, and more, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.

Five famous friends spend a hallucinogenic evening confronting their fears in a frenzy of shocking lunacy and horrifying visions in this fictional tale, which tells the
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City of Florence Honors James Ivory at 'Room With a View' 30-Year Anniversary

City of Florence Honors James Ivory at 'Room With a View' 30-Year Anniversary
The city of Florence on Thursday honored director James Ivory with its highest civilian honor, the Fiorino d'Oro, during 30-year anniversary celebrations for his film A Room With a View. The Cinema Odeon held a gala screening afterward with the director and castmembers Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands

Florence's Mayor Dario Nardella called Ivory "a great ambassador for cinema," saying the film was "a real act of love towards Florence, and Florence embraces the maestro again today."

In the movie, based on the novel by E.M. Forster, a young Englishwoman (Bonham-Carter) tours Italy during the Edwardian era with her...
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Glenn Close & Christina Hendricks in First Trailer for 'Crooked House'

"What are murderers like?" "You, me, everyone." Sony Pictures has unveiled a trailer for Crooked House, adapted from Agatha Christie's 1949 novel of the same name. Max Irons stars as Charles Hayward, spy-turned-private-detective who is invited to help solve a gruesome, mysterious death of a wealthy patriarch. Nobody is above suspicion, including Sophia, his client and former lover. The powerhouse ensemble cast includes Glenn Close, Stefanie Martini, Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson, Julian Sands, Christian McKay, Amanda Abbington, and Terence Stamp. This looks like it could be a good double feature with this year's remake of Murder on the Orient Express, especially since they are both Agatha Christie adaptations. There's some strong performances featured here, might be worth a look. Check it out. Here's the official trailer for Gilles Paquet-Brenner's Crooked House, direct from Sony's YouTube: In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of
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Trailer for Agatha Christie adaptation Crooked House

Sony Pictures has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming mystery drama Crooked House. Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, the film is based on Agatha Christie’s 1949 detective novel and stars Max Irons, Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks, Terence Stamp, Stefanie Martini, Julian Sands, Amanda Abbington, Christian McKay, and Honor Kneafsey; watch it below after the official synopsis…

In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a wealthy patriarch is investigated by spy-turned-private-detective Charles Hayward (Max Irons), who is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. On the sprawling estate, amidst a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness, resentment and jealousy in a truly crooked house, Hayward encounters three generations of the dynasty, including a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the old man’s widow 50 years his junior (Christina Hendricks), and the family matriarch Lady Edith
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Blu-ray Review: Warlock Collection [Vestron Video Collector’s Series]

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Horror was in a weird place in the early 1990s. Most of the big franchises of the ’80s had more or less run their course, and in their place were a handful of new “icons” that would be turned into franchises whether it was warranted or not: the Child’s Play movies continued to be a growing concern, as did Candyman and Hellraiser and Leprechaun. One attempt to launch a new franchise that never quite took was 1991’s Warlock, which inspired two sequels of varying quality before calling it quits. All three films are now gathered together on Blu-ray for the first time as part of the Warlock Collection, the latest in the Vestron Video Collector’s Series from Lionsgate.

The original Warlock is genuinely something special—maybe not a new classic, but certainly a really good version of what it is. It’s a film with an impressive
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Line-up announced for ‘Grimmfest 2017′

Grimmfest, Manchester’s Festival of Horror, Cult and Fantastic Film is back; bigger, bolder, and bloodier than ever before. As the Printworks once again find itself under siege by blood-soaked hordes of horror enthusiasts and film freaks, as Team Grimmfest unleashes…the Ninth Configuration! The festivals latest and greatest line-up yet of dark, dangerous, wild, weird, witty, thrilling, chilling, blood-spilling movies, every one of them a premiere or cult classic of one kind or another.

Highlights include: World Premieres!

Grimmfest is proud to be presenting the world premiere of the remarkable and utterly unique Borley Rectory. Using an elaborate mixture of live action, stills, paintings, and model work, it’s an immersive, eerily atmospheric, and elegantly retro-styled exploration of the Most Haunted House in Britain. Over six years in the making, it’s a real labor of love for its creator, Ashley Thorpe. Featuring a score by Ex-Banshee Steve Severin,
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Medici: Masters of Florence: Season Two Casting Revealed for Netflix Series

Medici: Masters of Florence has some new company. Variety reports Bradley James and Daniel Sharman have joined season two of the Netflix TV show.The historical drama chronicles the infamous Medicis, one of the most powerful families in Renaissance-era Italy. The season two cast includes Julian Sands, Raul Bova, Sean Bean, Sarah Parish, Alessandra Mastronardi, and Sebastian De Souza.Read More…
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Daniel Sharman and Bradley James Join Netflix’s ‘Medici’ (Exclusive)

Daniel Sharman and Bradley James Join Netflix’s ‘Medici’ (Exclusive)
The producers of Netflix’s “Medici: Masters of Florence” have completed casting for season two, with Daniel Sharman and Bradley James among the new names on the Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer-created Italian period drama, Variety has learned.

An international cast is headed by Sharman (“Fear the Walking Dead”), who will take the lead role, playing a young Lorenzo the Magnificent in 15th century Florence. James (“Damien”) will star as his brother Giuliano.

Shooting on the €24 million ($28 million), eight-episode, series gets underway in Rome on August 24. Other key cast members for season two include Julian Sands (“Gotham”) as Lorenzo and Giuliano’s father, Piero, and Sebastian De Souza (“Crossing Lines”) as their friend, Sandro Botticelli.

The sophomore season of “Medici” is set 20 years after the events of the first. A young Lorenzo, the nephew of Richard Madden’s character Cosimo from the first series, is forced to take over the family bank, which
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Blu-ray Review: Warlock Collection (1989, 1993, 1999): Fun But Campy Fantasy Films

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Warlock Collection Blu-ray Review Warlock (1989) Blu-Ray Review, a movie directed by Steve Miner, starring Julian Sands, Lori Singer, and Richard E. Grant. Release Date: July 25, 2017 Plot “A warlock flees from the 17th to the 20th century, with a witch-hunter in hot pursuit.” Disc Specifications Run Time: 103 Minutes Format: Blu-Ray Resolution: 1080p Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Language: English 2.0 Stereo Audio (DTS-hd Master [...]

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