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In a war film, what’s the difference between nasty exploitation and just plain honest reportage? André De Toth made tough-minded action films with the best of them, and this nail-biting commando mission with Michael Caine and Nigel Davenport is simply superb, one of those great action pictures that’s not widely screened. To its credit it’s not ‘feel good’ enough to be suitable for Memorial Day TV marathons.

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1968 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 118 min. / Street Date October 17, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Michael Caine, Nigel Davenport, Nigel Green, Harry Andrews.

Cinematography: Edward Scaife

Film Editor: Jack Slade

Art Direction: Tom Morahan, Maurice Pelling

Original Music: Michel Legrand

Written by Lotte Colin, Melvyn Bragg, from a story by George Marton

Produced by Harry Saltzman

Directed by André De Toth

Some movies that were ignored when new now seem far more important, perhaps due to the tenor of times.
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Location Basque Country: Some Key Locations

San Sebastian — Bizkaia’s 10th century chapel of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, built on a rock in the sea, served as one of the real-life locations for Dragonstone, the home to Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in Season 7 of “Game of Thrones.”

Over July to October 2016, production teams at HBO and Spanish services company Fresco Film established one of “Game of Thrones” production headquarters in Bilbao, also filming series’ scenes on the beaches of Muriola, in Bizkaia’s Barrika, and Itzuru, in Gipuzkoa’s Zumaia, which boasts a singular geo-park featuring Flysch rock formation.

ABC’s “The Bachelor” also filmed at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe this year.

High-profile international shoots in the Basque Country have some standout precedents. In the early ‘70s, Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen spent nearly a week in Hondarribia, a Gipuzkoan town near the French border, shooting Franklin J. Schaffner’s prison drama “Papillon.” Hondarribia, alongside San Sebastian and Zarauz, was
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Operation Sealion War Story now available for World of Tanks

Historical warfare Mmo developers, Wargaming, have announced that the third installment of War Stories is now available on World of Tanks Console. Following Brothers in Armour and Flashpoint Berlin, the latest campaign is an alternate history of Operation Sealion. Watch the trailer below…

The actual Operation Sealion were Hitler’s plans to invade the United Kingdom that relied mostly on the success of the Luftwaffe destroying the Raf and dominating the skies. Thankfully, the tenacity and skill of the Raf during the Battle of Britain ensured that the Luftwaffe didn’t get the air superiority they needed and as a result Hitler called off the invasion. In this installment of War Stories Hitler’s plan has come to fruition and a Nazi invasion force has landed on British soil and is heading to London and it is up to the player to take control of the Cromwell Resistance tank and
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War Thunder commemorates the Battle of Britain with a huge event

If you are a War Thunder fan then make sure you get playing this weekend as an epic event is underway commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Britain. This event is underway now and will run until 7am GMT on the 18th September and promises plenty of trophies as rewards. Developer Gaijin Entertainment have released a new video in their ‘Legends’ series that focuses on one of the brave defenders of Britain’s skies and possibly the most well known fighter plane of WW2., the Spitfire. Watch this video below…

The Battle of Britain event commemorates the 77th anniversary of this historic clash between the Raf and the Luftwaffe and one of the turning points of WW2. Titled the ‘Royal Joust’ event, players will find that all participants are rivals but the first to destroy 8 enemies wins. Players will need to have rank 3 aircraft available for research but will
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Krakatoa East of Java

‘Things Blowing Up Good’ has been surefire entertainment since the beginning of cinema, but this ill-fated Cinerama extravaganza about the biggest explosion in recorded human history limps along despite some pretty darned impressive volcanic effects. It’s quite an entertaining spectacle, with various good performers in three soap opera plots, either overacting or loitering about with nothing to do. And don’t forget the from-left-field musical striptease.

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1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 131 min. / Street Date September 12, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Maximilian Schell, Diane Baker, Brian Keith, Barbara Werle, Sal Mineo, Rossano Brazzi, John Leyton, J.D. Cannon, Jacqueline (Jacqui) Chan, Victoria Young, Marc Lawrence, Geoffrey Holder, Niall MacGinnis, Sumi Haru.

Cinematography: Manuel Berenguer

Film Editors: Walter Hannemann, Warren Low, Maurice Rootes

Production Design: Eugèné Lourié

Costumes: Laure Lourié

Special Effects: Eugèné Lourié, Alex Weldon, Francisco Prósper

Original Music: Frank De Vol

Written by Clifford Newton Gould,
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'Game Of Thrones' star joins Milo Gibson in WWII drama 'Hurricane'

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'Game Of Thrones' star joins Milo Gibson in WWII drama 'Hurricane'
Exclusive: Kaleidoscope launches movie about Polish fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain.

Game Of Thrones star Iwan Rheon has joined Milo Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Stefanie Martini (Crooked House), Marcin Dorocinski (Anthropoid) and Krystoff Hadek (Under The Skin) in World War Two war drama Hurricane.

Kaleidoscope will launch world sales (excluding Poland) in Toronto on the movie, which is due to begin shoot in the UK next month.

Kino Swiat has pre-bought Polish rights and is expected to mount a significant release.

David Blair, whose credits include movies Away and The Messenger and Bafta-winning TV drama The Street, will direct the feature about the Polish pilots who fought alongside the Raf during The Battle of Britain.

Produced by Prospect 3, whose credits include Dead Man’s Cards, I Against I and One Night In Istanbul, delivery is slated for Q2, 2018.

Rheon, best know for his long-running role as the sadistic Ramsay Bolton in HBO’s Game Of Thrones, will
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Milo Gibson is set to star in WWII movie Hurricane

Milo Gibson has been cast in the World War II movie Hurricane.

Returning to the genre after his father recently directed him in Hacksaw Ridge starring Andrew Garfield, Gibson will star as Lt. Johnny Kent in the British film.

Hurricane is being produced by Stray Dogs Films and Matt Whyte. David Blair will be directing with plans for principal photography to begin in the U.K. in September.

The younger Gibson made his feature film debut as Lucky Ford in his father’s movie, Hacksaw Ridge. His character in Hurricane is based on Kent, who was a Canadian flight lieutenant who led the Raf 303 squadron of Hawker Hurricane fighter planes.

The planes were flown by Polish pilots during the Battle of Britain after the pilots fled Poland after the Nazi invasion in 1939. Kent managed to shoot down 13 enemy planes during the war, serving in the Raf between 1935 and 1956.
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Milo Gibson to Star in World War II Drama ‘Hurricane’ (Exclusive)

Milo Gibson to Star in World War II Drama ‘Hurricane’ (Exclusive)
Milo Gibson is returning to World War II, starring as Lt. Johnny Kent in the British feature film “Hurricane,” Variety has learned.

Stray Dogs Films and Matt Whyte are producing “Hurricane,” with David Blair directing. Plans are for principal photography to begin in September in the U.K.

Gibson made his feature debut as Lucky Ford in last year’s World War II actioner “Hacksaw Ridge,” directed by his father Mel Gibson. His character in “Hurricane” is based on Kent, a Canadian flight lieutenant who led the newly formed Royal Air Force 303 squadron of Hawker Hurricane fighter planes flown by Polish pilots at the height of the Battle of Britain. The Polish pilots had fled Poland after it fell to the Nazi invasion in 1939.
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Prince William Bonding With Veterans Will Remind You That the World Is Good

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Prince William Bonding With Veterans Will Remind You That the World Is Good
Prince William may be a royal and all, but he definitely knows what really matters in life. The father of two touched the hearts of everyone on Tuesday when he bonded with WWII veterans during a visit to The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to mark its 60th anniversary at Raf Coningsby in England. William, who is patron of the flight, which was formed to honor the iconic planes involved in the Battle of Britain, appeared to exchange quite a few stories with the veterans as they chatted animatedly and shared a few laughs. At one point, William even bent down on one knee to shake the hand of an older man in a wheelchair. If this outing proves one thing, it's that his late mother, Princess Diana, would be incredibly proud of the work he's doing. RelatedWilliam and Harry Reminisce About Princess Diana: "She Was One of the
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Like Princess Diana Before Him, Prince William Shows Exactly How to Talk to Someone in a Wheelchair

Like Princess Diana Before Him, Prince William Shows Exactly How to Talk to Someone in a Wheelchair
Prince William shared a special moment with a WWII veteran as he attended an air display to mark the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on Tuesday.

The royal dad is patron of the Flight, which was formed to honor the planes involved in the Battle of Britain.

William arrived at Raf Coningsby in Lincolnshire by helicopter before spending time with the veterans. During his visit, he made a special connection with 99-year-old veteran Ken Wilkinson when he bent down to talk to him in his wheelchair.

It’s a touching move that William’s late mother,
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Review: "Pimpernel Smith" (1941) Starring Leslie Howard; Olive Films Blu-ray Release

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Olive Films has released the now obscure 1941 British film noir "Pimpernel Smith" starring Leslie Howard, who also directed. The movie (known as "Mister V" in  the United States) was released in 1941 at a time when England was hanging on by a thin thread as Hitler dominated most of Europe. As with all of the countries involved in WWII, the British film industry relied heavily on top stars appearing in inspiring movies that would boost public morale. This was especially true in England which saw its major ally, France, capitulate to Hitler in a matter of weeks, leaving the island nation standing alone against the Nazi menace. . At the time "Pimpernel Smith" was released in July 1941 (American would not enter the war until the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of that year),  the Brits were enjoying a spate of good news. After the disastrous experience of the British expedition force in Dunkirk,
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Bill Butler, Oscar-Nominated Film Editor, Dies at 83

Bill Butler, Oscar-Nominated Film Editor, Dies at 83
Bill Butler, who was Oscar-nominated for editing for “A Clockwork Orange,” died June 4. He was 83.

Born in London, Butler was also editor on films including “A Touch of Class” and “A Little Sex.”

Butler and his family survived the Battle of Britain and he spent his childhood collecting rubble after bombings, including bits of 35mm film. His son Stephen recounted that he became fascinated with film frames after being given bits of celluloid by the guards at Gainsborough Studios in Islington.

He was already working in film editing when he spent two years in national service starting at the age of 18. After his service in Austria, he became working as assistant to sound editor Leslie Hodgson, working with notable editors such as Norman Savage, Ralph Kemplen, Ray Poulton, and Russell Lloyd.

His first Hollywood film as editor was Melvin Frank’s “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell” (1968), followed by Jerry Lewis’s
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Battle of Britain: Interview with Transformers: The Last Knight's Mark Wahlberg and Sir Anthony Hopkins

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Battle of Britain: Interview with Transformers: The Last Knight's Mark Wahlberg and Sir Anthony HopkinsBattle of Britain: Interview with Transformers: The Last Knight's Mark Wahlberg and Sir Anthony HopkinsMelissa Sheasgreen6/16/2017 11:19:00 Am

Mark Wahlberg and Sir Anthony Hopkins are backstage at Caesars Palace’s Colosseum theatre in Las Vegas to talk about Transformers: The Last Knight.

Wahlberg (Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor) arrives first, very casual, to what’s essentially a converted dressing room, and Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs, Thor, TV’s Westworld) follows. The two joke around as they set up for the interview.

Sir Anthony is new to the film franchise based on the Hasbro/Tomy toys that convert from cars to alien robots and back again. He plays Sir Edmund Burton, a historian with important information about the Transformers’ time on Earth, while Wahlberg reprises his role of Cade Yeager, the mechanic who came to the aid of the Autobots (the good robots) in 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. Michael Bay is once again at the helm.

This time, Yeager leaves his family to search for information that will save the relationship between humans and Autobots and, in turn, save the world.

Where do we pick up?

Wahlberg: “Well, for me, when you meet Cade at the beginning of this film I’ve had to make a big decision and, basically, in order to give my daughter an attempt at a normal life I have to go on the run. So I leave everything that I know as far as home and family, I’m kind of hiding out in the desert and I get summoned by this gentleman’s character [points at Hopkins] and I get thrust into this world of basically trying to pursue and find some information in order to save the world and our relationship with the Autobots. It’s really a great kind of a fish out of water, me, thrust into this world in England with sophisticated, fancy-talking folks that like to make fun of me; Cade’s from Texas. And Cade’s a little taken by them as well.”

No pressure, just saving the world, right?

Wahlberg: “Well, this is what we do.”

And what about your character, Anthony?

Hopkins: “Well I play the kind of English lord, or knight, ancient family, that typical archetypal Englishman who sees Americans and is curious about them, never unfriendly.”

Wahlberg: “Kind of like a puppy.”

Hopkins: “Kind of like a puppy. Yes, these chaps, you know, very interesting these Americans. See, [in real life] I was raised with Americans as a kid during the war, because I’m that old, and so my dream was to come to America so I had an appreciation of that. So that’s part of my personality, and my character’s as well. I have the attention span of a gnat so I can’t describe the total scheme of the script to you because it’s so complicated to read.”

Wahlberg: “He’s really educating us on the origins of the Transformers, when they’re coming to our world, as well as the mythology, so it’s amazing to see him rattling off these amounts of dialogue and monologues pretty much effortlessly, and then to say that he has the attention span of a gnat is just him being humble because it was impressive. I’m one who really prides myself on being prepared and to see him show up like that and make everyone’s job a lot easier was impressive.”

Yeah, but as actors you need to do this every day all the time, right?

Hopkins: “Yeah, but you see, he [pointing at Wahlberg] does great stuff with improvising and I love that.”

Wahlberg: “Well, we had so much opportunity to really play around and there are so many laughs, and his character, I think what he brought to it too is he was just so excited to be there and his energy was really infectious and everybody kind of fed off of that and the humour and to see him say some of the things that he says are really going to get big, big laughs.”


Hopkins: “Sincerely, this sounds like such bull, but for me to be involved in an American movie, as I’ve been involved in many of them, especially in that ethos of English society and aristocracy and working with Michael Bay and Mark, it’s a great feeling because you get so bored watching serious movies and everything’s so boring and Michael Bay comes on set with Mark Wahlberg and you don’t have a chance to be bored, you just don’t have a chance, you have to keep up with it.”

Give me an example.

“There’s a wonderful moment when we’re at Stonehenge and Michael Bay comes into my trailer, and we were at Stonehenge, 5,000 years ago it was established, and there’s another Stonehenge that the art department had built down the road so they could blow up bombs and all that. So Michael comes into my trailer and says, ‘So we’re at the real Stonehenge, yeah?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ And he said, ‘Ours is much better than theirs.’ [Laughs.] Only an American would say that…. That’s what I love about America and working with Americans. You don’t have time to be precious and holier than thou, too thoughtful, because it’s so boring, all that stuff [pretends to snore while Wahlberg laughs]. It’s true, I was watching PBS, classic movies, after four minutes, that’s it, bye.”

Does this mean you’re doing all your own stunts in this movie?

Hopkins: “Oh, I did all of my own stunts, didn’t I? [Turns to Wahlberg, joking.]”

Wahlberg: “Yeah. And even all that you’re saying is not deterring me from wanting to be English and be a knight.”

Hopkins: “He wants to be a knight. I’ll see what I can do with the queen.”

Wahlberg: “Thank you.”

What do you think will surprise audiences most about this movie?

Wahlberg: “That Mike was still able to create new and exciting and fresh elements to this story, and new characters, and making it more exciting and more interesting than the last.”

Bigger action and better stunts?

Wahlberg: “Yup. And new characters, the whole thing.”

Hopkins: “It’s a well-written script, isn’t it?”

Wahlberg: “Yeah, it’s hard and frustrating not to give away the good bits of the story because there are so many twists and turns and things that people are really going to be surprised about.”

Melissa Sheasgreen is a content producer for the Cineplex Pre-Show.

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Richard E. Grant, Jeremy Irvine, Sam Neill join 'The Guinea Pig Club'

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Radiant Films International to launch sales in Cannes.

Richard E. Grant, Jeremy Irvine, and Sam Neill will star in the historical drama The Guinea Pig Club, which Radiant Films International will introduce to Cannes buyers.

Roger Donaldson is in final negotiations to direct the historical action drama written by Mike Riddell.

The Guinea Pig Club tells the true story of New Zealand surgeon Archie McIndoe who defied the British establishment at the height of the Second World War with his radical treamtment of Battle Of Britain pilots who suffered serious burns.

New Zealand-based Tim Sanders, who produced The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, is producing for Field Theory and industry veteran Penny Wolf serves as executive producer. Production is earmarked for an early 2018 shoot in New Zealand.

Radiant Films International will handle worldwide rights excluding Australia and New Zealand.

“The Guinea Pig Club is an uplifting and heroic story, coupled with moments
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Why Are There So Many British War Films Being Made?

Neil Calloway looks at the rise in British World War II movies…

This week brought the news that Ridley Scott would be directing a film set during the Battle of Britain. It’s a surprise he hasn’t done it before; he was born two years before war was declared and his father was a career officer in the British Army; he lived it, rather than just having absorbed it through books and films after the fact.

The film joins two other films coming soon that tell of the British experience during the Second World War, Their Finest, a fun romantic dramedy starring the luminous Gemma Arterton and set in the British film industry of the time and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk . 2017 will also see both Brian Cox and Gary Oldman play Winston Churchill in different projects. It feels like, after a couple of decades where they were few and far between,
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‘Boss Baby’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Will Battle Again For Box-Office Bragging Rights

‘Boss Baby’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Will Battle Again For Box-Office Bragging Rights
The Boss Baby” (20th Century Fox) and “Beauty and the Beast” (Disney) should take the top slots this early spring weekend, but the DreamWorks Animation comedy isn’t guaranteed to hold on to number one.

We’re in the middle of staggered school spring vacation season, so family-oriented films abound. That explains Sony’s release of “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” which looks to do best among the three new wide releases. However, “Going in Style” (Warner Bros.) and “The Case for Christ” (PureFlix) are less predictable with their respective older and faith-based core audiences.

Read More: ‘The Boss Baby’ and ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Fight for Second Behind the Unstoppable ‘Beauty and the Beast

This looks like another weekend that will outpace last year’s, when the top 10 grossed $91 million; expect this one to reach at least $100 million.

Alec Baldwin as an overgrown, big-mouth animated infant bested the third week of “Beauty” by $5 million,
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Newswire: Ridley Scott’s bringing the Battle of Britain to the big screen

Perhaps wanting to remind the public of the role his homeland played in ending World War II, Ridley Scott is planning to direct a movie about the Battle of Britain. Deadline reports the Alien: Covenant director and 20th Century Fox are circling a film about one of WWII’s most significant military campaigns, which saw the Royal Air Force battle it out with the Luftwaffe for nearly four months in 1940. The Brits emerged with victorious, stiff upper lips firmly in place, and now their underdog story will be dramatized by Matthew Orton, who’s also written the Oscar Isaac-led Operation Finale.

Deadline notes this is a passion project for Scott, who has wanted to depict “Britain’s finest hour” for a while now. He’ll have some help from Bridge Of Spies scribe Matt Charman, who’s executive producing. This decisive WWII battle did get the silver-screen treatment in
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Ridley Scott to direct Battle of Britain World War II movie

Ridley Scott is enormously busy at the moment; he’s putting the finishing touches to Alien: Covenant (and has plans for four more Alien movies), is gearing up to go into production on All the Money in the World, and is also attached to direct The Cartel and War Party.

However, that hasn’t stopped him from adding another project to his slate, as Variety is reporting that he is in early development on a Battle of Britain World War II movie at Fox, which he will direct and produce from a script by Matthew Orton (Operation Finale).

The Battle of Britain ran throughout July and October 1940, as the Nazis launched a campaign to achieve air superiority over Britain in order to pave the wave for Operation Sea Lion, a planned invasion of the United Kingdom. However, the Luftwaffe were unable to overcome resistance from the Royal Air Force, who
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Ridley Scott To Direct The WWII Film Battle Of Britain For Fox

Director Ridley Scott is looking to add a World War II film to his resume of films. According to Deadline, he's planning on directing a film based on the epic Battle of Britain, which was one of the first major battles fought entirely by air forces. The British were considered the underdogs in the fight but they ended up kicking the Nazi's asses.

The only other film that exists based on this epic battle was the 1969 film Battle of Britain, which was directed by Guy Hamilton. Here is a breif rundown of the story:

In the summer of 1940, after Adolf Hitler swept through France and drove the British army out of mainland Europe, the British public readied themselves for a Nazi invasion. A large part of Hitler’s early-war momentum was driven by his powerful air force, the Luftwaffe, and in late June 1940 (after the Dunkirk evacuation), Germany began to
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Ridley Scott May Give ‘All the Money in the World’ to Mark Wahlberg & Michelle Williams

Ridley Scott May Give ‘All the Money in the World’ to Mark Wahlberg & Michelle Williams
As always, Sir Ridley Scott has more than a few options on his plate. He’s next directing a movie about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, which is currently attracting a trio of fine actors, including Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg, and he’s signed on to direct a movie about the Battle of Britain. Production on All The Money […]

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