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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Review

Stars: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, Keith Allen, Michael Gambon, Pedro Pascal, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Elton John, Jeff Bridges | Written by Matthew Vaughan, Jane Goldman | Directed by Matthew Vaughan

The rags-to-refinement tale of young council estate Eggsy, the spy’s apprentice, was one of 2014’s most charming blockbusters. Yes, even with the controversial anal sex joke at the end. Following in the footsteps of the similarly successful Kick-Ass, Kingsman gets its sequel in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Unfortunately, the echoes to Kick-Ass don’t end there. Like that other sequel, The Golden Circle is kind of depressing and bad.

Director Matthew Vaughan and screenwriter Jane Goldman have always done a good job of curbing series creator Mark Millar’s worst excesses, but somehow Kingsman: The Golden Circle feels more Mark Millar than its predecessor – despite not having anything to do him (the book ended with
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The Surprising Stats of British Cinema

Neil Calloway looks at a new tool that explores the facts and figures of UK film…

This week the British Film Institute released a rather nice online tool that will surely keep you entertained for hours now the nights are drawing in. Or you could use it like I do to confirm all your prejudices about the film industry in the UK.

BFI Filmography combines more than a century (it goes back all the way to 1911) of cinema stats with some smart visualisations and surprising facts. It’s a nice way to see the changing faces of British film. For many of us the 90s don’t seem that far away, but when you realise that the most prolific actors in British film during that decade were Sadie Frost and Keith Allen – when did you last see either of them in a movie? – it seems like another era. Did they
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‘Prick Up Your Ears’ at 30: Alfred Molina Reflects on Film

‘Prick Up Your Ears’ at 30: Alfred Molina Reflects on Film
Thirty years after Stephen Frears’ “Prick Up Your Ears” first landed in theaters, the drama about Joe Orton’s meteoric rise to the top of the London theater scene and violent death, still feels fresh, vibrant, and transgressively sexy.

Orton scandalized playgoers with “Loot” and “Entertaining Mr. Sloane,” darkly comic dissections of the English class system that helped usher in a new era of permissiveness in popular culture. But his reign was short-lived. In 1967, the 34-year old Orton was bludgeoned to death by his lover and mentor, Kenneth Halliwell. Halliwell then committed suicide after washing down 22 Nembutal tablets with grapefruit juice.

Prick Up Your Ears” dramatizes the disintegration of their relationship. It also boasts star-making performances from Gary Oldman as Orton and Alfred Molina as Halliwell. In honor of the thirtieth anniversary, the film will screen at New York’s Metrograph Theatre from Sept. 1 through 7. Molina spoke to Variety about the movie’s legacy and Orton and
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Theatre Review: Gaslight (UK Tour)

Gaslight theatre review (UK tour): Should a wife always believe what she is told is true?

Gaslight theatre review, Katey Thompson.

Kara Tointon skilfully depicts Bella Manningham, a fragile, nervous lady who is prone to always accepting what her husband says. Jack Manningham, who is played by Rupert Young is her domineering husband. The production plays out in the drawing room of their home, where items are constantly being moved and misplaced. Jack Manningham always notices that this has all occurred, and accuses his wife of moving them as the trinkets are often found by him in the bottom of her sewing basket. This causes Bella to start to doubt her own recollection of events and whether she has or has not moved them. Jack Manngingham’s controlling behaviour becomes more apparent throughout the play, and he even appears to be little psychotic at times, and he uses his
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This Han Solo Fan Film Will Get You Pumped for the Star Wars Spin-Off

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This Han Solo Fan Film Will Get You Pumped for the Star Wars Spin-Off
Everyone and their mother is slightly worried about Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. The big question is: Can Alden Ehrenreich capture the essence of Harrison Ford while making the character his own without this looking like the world's biggest fan film? Well, a new fan film is actually giving fans hope for the next Star Wars spin-off, and it's clear that Internet impressionist Jamie Costa knows how to embody the iconic smuggler while making us slightly forget Ford, if just for a second.

Costa transcends the material here, and actually looks and feels like a young Han Solo. In fact, it may worry some who think Alden Ehrenreich won't be able to catch up. Ehrenreich has nothing to worry about, as he's signed a 3-picture deal with Disney, and isn't in danger of losing the role...Yet. The whole scenario may remind one of when the band Unlocking the
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Cool Videos: Get your Star Wars fix with this Han Solo fan-film

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Production on the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film is expected to get underway fairly soon, but we still have a bit of a wait ahead of us until we get to see Alden Ehrenreich on the big-screen as Han Solo (more if the release date is officially pushed back.) In the meantime, what's a Star Wars fan to do when it comes to getting their young Han Solo fix? Keith Allen's fan-film, Han Solo: A... Read More...
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Our Ten Favourite Film Experiences Of 2016

2016 hasn’t been the greatest year for film, but for me personally it has been a cinematic journey that I will never forget. I have been lucky enough to have taken in around 270 of them this year, and have been fortunate enough to have ventured to the Berlin, Cannes, London and Toronto film festivals to sit on front of films that I perhaps would not have had the opportunity to otherwise, something that I am hugely grateful for.

With 2016 drawing to a close, and in one of my final posts of the year, I thought I would whack together one final list made up of ten films that really grabbed me during the year, some of which have made it into cinemas, but some which have not.

Not limited by any release spectrum, here are my top ten film experiences of 2016.

24 Weeks

I saw this film at the Berlin Film
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Review: ‘Sing’ Doesn’t Just Play The Standards, It Lowers Them

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Review: ‘Sing’ Doesn’t Just Play The Standards, It Lowers Them
Before we talk about “Sing,” let’s talk about Satan. Remember the scene in “Broadcast News” when Albert Brooks tries to convince Holly Hunter that her handsome new crush is Lucifer? She dismisses him, but Brooks is undeterred. He argues that the most insidious thing about true evil is that it comes to you like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, that the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. “He’ll never do an evil thing! He will just bit by little bit lower our standards where they are important. Just coax along flash over substance.”

I’m semi-serious here. Born from the blood money earned by 20th Century Fox atrocities like “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Horton Hears a Who!,” Illumination Entertainment has been working toward a movie this cynical and creatively bankrupt since “Ice Age” executive producer Chris Meledandri founded
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Den Of Geek films of the year: from 20-11

Den Of Geek Dec 19, 2016

We start counting down our films of the year, from 20 to 11. And there are some corkers right here...

We’re practising an odd version of democracy at Den Of Geek when it comes to our annual film of the year vote, in that the film that gets more votes than any other is going to win. We’re not sure this will entirely catch on, but heck, we’ll give it a try.

See related Star Wars: Rogue One enjoys huge opening weekend

As such, our film of the year vote (that took place ahead of the release of Star Wars: Rogue One). Here, our writers send in their top fives, and we gave five points to their first choices, and one point to their fifth. You can probably fill in the rest of the blanks! Then we totalled it all together, stopped for a biscuit,
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Accused Murderer Hosted Barbecue after Allegedly Hiding Roommate’s Body in Closet: Reports

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Accused Murderer Hosted Barbecue after Allegedly Hiding Roommate’s Body in Closet: Reports
An Arizona man is accused of killing his roommate and then hosting a barbecue while the victim’s body sat in a closet, according to police.

Keith Allen White, 50, was arrested Monday and charged in the death of roommate Brian Cook, police in Sierra Vista, Arizona, tell People. White was charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence.

Authorities say White allegedly confessed to strangling Cook after a fight early Saturday and hiding his body in a bedroom closet before hosting a barbecue for some friends, one of whom was a family member of the victim, according to local media.
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Warner Bros. Formally Unveils Future Content For Lego Dimensions

A new video has been published on YouTube by Warner Bros. (above) showcasing a mind-boggling amount of new content on its way to Lego Dimensions starting from September 30.

In case you missed it earlier in the week, it was reported that several new expansions and collaborations were in the works for the quintessential Lego game that would include the likes of Sonic The Hedgehog, Harry Potter and the Teen Titans as new characters. As it turns out, the report was true, but those three are just the tip of the iceberg – 16 new “entertainment properties” are in the works and due to be released from the Fall onward.

See below for the full list:

Adventure Time Beetlejuice Et Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Ghostbusters Gremlins Harry Potter Knight Rider Lego City Undercover Mission Impossible Sonic The Hedgehog Teen Titans Go! The A Team The Goonies The Lego Batman Movie
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First look at Swallows and Amazons - in cinemas August 19th

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Swallows and Amazons, which was filmed on location last summer in the Lake District, Yorkshire and Scotland, will be in cinemas from August 19th.

The team at Shaheen Baig Casting discovered six young newcomers to take on the roles of the Walker and Blackett children in the Lake District set adventure.

Dane Hughes plays John Walker, Orla Hill plays Susan Walker, Bobby McColloch as Roger Walker, and with Lily and Alfie Allen's half-sister 8 year old Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen, the daughter of actors Keith Allen and Tamzin Malleson playing the the youngest, Tatty Walker.

The two Blackett sisters are to be played by Seren Hawkes as Nancy, and Hannah Jayne Thorp as Peggy.

The film stars Rafe Spall as Captain Flint, Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie and Boardwalk Empire's Kelly Macdonald as Mrs Blackett and Mrs Walker respectively, with Jessica Hynes and Harry Enfield as local farmers Mr and Mrs Jackson.
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Bodies: excellent medical drama not for the faint-hearted

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We revisit brilliant, unflinching UK medical drama Bodies by Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio. Gory scenes ahead…

Did you know umbilical cords can snap? That if you give one a hard-enough tug it can ping loose of a placenta and spray flecks of high-nutrition gunk all over your face? Or that too firm a yank on a lodged placenta can pull a uterus clean out, starting a flesh avalanche that turns pounds of inside-meat into surprise outside-meat that slumps, glistening, like an exotic off-cut in a butcher’s shop window?

I’d apologise for the graphic imagery but it serves a purpose. To head off at the pass any comments of the ‘why are you writing about a medical drama on a site called Den Of Geek?’ variety. I promise you, there isn’t a landscape more sci-fi than the layers of spongey, mottled purple lurking beneath a tautly pregnant stomach,
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Man Exonerated for Rape and Murder After Spending 33 Years in Virginia Prison

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Man Exonerated for Rape and Murder After Spending 33 Years in Virginia Prison
On Friday afternoon, some three decades after he was imprisoned for a murder he steadfastly denied committing, former sailor Keith Allen Harward finally walked through the doors of Virginia's Nottoway Correctional Center as a free man. The exonerated 59-year-old's lawyer, who spoke to People about an hour after Harward's release, says her client had just one request: After years of prison food, he had a hankering for fried oysters. "Unfortunately, we're far from anywhere that serves fried oysters, so we're just arriving at a restaurant with general American fare," Olga Akselrod, an attorney with the New York-based Innocence Project, tells People.
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Man Exonerated for Rape and Murder After Spending 33 Years in Virginia Prison

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Man Exonerated for Rape and Murder After Spending 33 Years in Virginia Prison
On Friday afternoon, some three decades after he was imprisoned for a murder he steadfastly denied committing, former sailor Keith Allen Harward finally walked through the doors of Virginia's Nottoway Correctional Center as a free man. The exonerated 59-year-old's lawyer, who spoke to People about an hour after Harward's release, says her client had just one request: After years of prison food, he had a hankering for fried oysters. "Unfortunately, we're far from anywhere that serves fried oysters, so we're just arriving at a restaurant with general American fare," Olga Akselrod, an attorney with the New York-based Innocence Project, tells People.
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Slideshow: Hugh Jackman Wows Chicago at ‘Eddie the Eagle’ Red Carpet

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Previous | Image 1 of 3 | NextHugh Jackman is Bronson Peary in the new film, ‘Eddie the Eagle.’

Chicago – The film “Eddie the Eagle” soared at the box office this weekend, and one of the huge stars in it is Hugh Jackman, the Australian-born movie and theater icon. He was in Chicago on February 16th, 2016, to walk the Red Carpet for the film, and HollywoodChicago.com was there to both do video interviews and photograph the event.

Born in Sydney, Jackman also studied communications at the University of Technology at Sydney and became an actor by taking a drama course in his final year. He started out in musical theater, and broke through in 1999 performing “Oklahoma” in London. The same year he was cast as Wolverine in “X-Men” (2000). He has portrayed the character in several films, and has also starred in “Van Helsing” (2004), “Real Steel” (2011) and “Chappie” (2015). He also notably starred on Broadway
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Movie Review – Eddie the Eagle (2016)

Eddie the Eagle, 2016.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher.

Starring Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Keith Allen, Jo Hartley, Rune Temte, Iris Berben, Jim Broadbent, and Christopher Walken.

Synopsis:

The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Eddie the Eagle is not your traditional biopic. Sure, it follows the real-life trials and tribulations of Eddie Edwards’ quest to become an Olympian, specifically an Olympic ski jumper, but instead of settling for something saccharine or melodramatic with its inspiration, director Dexter Fletcher treats the proceedings with flourishes of lighthearted fun and whimsical family-friendly comedy. It’s a film that borders on not taking itself seriously, while also never losing sight of the very poignant message it is attempting to dictate, which is essentially that while winning is important and most definitely worth praise, sometimes it is participation and putting your best foot
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Film Review: ‘Eddie the Eagle’ is Predictable But Pleasant Tale

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Chicago – “Eddie The Eagle” is thoroughly predictable underdog story, but this picture won me over with a plucky persistence fitting for its peculiar protagonist. It’s an admittedly minor but mostly true tale of an oddball outsider overcoming overwhelming odds.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Eddie The Eagle” was a not terribly talented but incredibly motivated British ski jumper who managed to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics. He made the British Olympic team because no other British athletes had even thought to compete in that particular sport.

Taron Egerton, from last year’s surprisingly enjoyable “The Kingsman,” stars as Eddie. He’s a milk drinking, awkward, sexless nerd outfitted with giant dorky glasses and a wisp of a mustache. Egerton juts out his chin, hunches his back and perpetually seems on the verge of letting his glasses slip off his nose entirely. But he captures what made people like Eddie in the first place
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Eddie The Eagle Review: I Believed He Could Fly, Then And Now

I remember Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards. In 1988, he was an absolute sensation, and his quest to participate in the Olympic Winter Games captivated the world. He was the perfect underdog. He looked the part, wearing his eyeglasses underneath his ski goggles. He was stocky, and not lean like the swiss jumpers. He had a terrible mustache that endeared him to the everyman, not only in his home of Great Britain, but around the world. Eddie the Eagle was a hero to so many, even if he never won an actual medal. And now, his story is a feature film.

Eddie The Eagle stars Taron Egerton (Kingsman) as Eddie, the son of a plasterer (Keith Allen) who dreams of being an Olympian, and has since he was 10-years-old. Eddie is not not particularly good at any of the summer sports that he tries, but one day, while going to the job site with his father,
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Watch Eddie the Eagle’s training montage in new clip

A new ‘training montage’ clip has arrived online Eddie the Eagle, the upcoming biopic of British Olympic ski-jumper Eddie the Eagle Edwards, starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman. Take a look below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Read our ★ ★ ★ ★ review for Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle follows the realisation of the childhood dream of Michael Edwards (a.k.a Eddie), and his unflinching determination to become Great Britain’s first Olympic ski-jumper. Reluctantly aided by former ski-jumper Bronson Peary as his coach, Eddie is unwavering in his quest to reach the 1988 Calgary Winter Games. Eddie the Eagle is an uplifting, inspirational story that celebrates human spirit, passion, and one man’s refusal to accept defeat.

Eddie the Eagle is set for release on February 26th in the States and on March 28th in the UK. The film is directed by Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine on Leith) and also stars
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