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Coming Soon / Knightfall - November 2017 - History Channel
« Last post by genie on July 24, 2017, 04:37:22 PM »

Knightfall chronicles the mysterious but true accounts of the Knights Templar, the elite warriors of the Crusades. It delves into the great secrets protected by the Templars and tells the story of faith, loyalty and brotherhood that help sustain these warriors on the battlefield, and the dark events that would forever sear the infamous date of Friday the 13th into the world's psyche.
Piffle, Whimsy and Games / Re: Going to Scotland
« Last post by genie on July 24, 2017, 03:38:12 PM »
We're home again after a fantastic week on the Eastern Scottish isles.
Anything interesting happened while we were away?

We're waiting on the pics.  Did you see any sheep?
Piffle, Whimsy and Games / Re: Going to Scotland
« Last post by Luce on July 24, 2017, 03:46:22 AM »
We're home again after a fantastic week on the Eastern Scottish isles.
Anything interesting happened while we were away?
You've got to love this man ... :RA5
Coming Soon / ALPHA - March 02. 2018
« Last post by genie on July 22, 2017, 06:50:27 PM »
This looks good.

A story of survival set 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age

Hobbit star Richard Armitage's Irish film made him sick to his stomach - here's why...

He’s the star of big budget epics like The Hobbit and the upcoming Ocean’s Eight with Sandra Bullock and Rihanna, but all Richard Armitage wants is to make a movie about 19th century witchcraft in Ireland. It may sound like a leap, but it’s nothing for an actor who has turned his hand to everything from musicals to Shakespeare to his new role as sadistic medieval knight Raymond De Merville in new period thriller Pilgrimage.

A tale of obsession and vengeance, Pilgrimage follows a group of Irish monks as they attempt to bring a sacred stone relic to Rome in 1209. Unfortunately for them, they run into De Merville, who wants to seize the holy stone for himself and is prepared to go to any lengths to get it, as one particularly grisly torture scene proves.

Pilgrimage is shot partly on location in Ireland, and Richard (45) says he fell in love with the west coast and can’t wait to return. “We were largely out in Connemara and while the first few days with no phone signal were a bit frustrating, I just thought, ‘Stop trying your phone and start enjoying the amazing food, the incredible skies, driving around the little roads, the sunsets!’

“It’s such an amazing place to shoot, I hope to come back and film again in Ireland very soon. I read a script set in Ireland 15 years ago and I basically became obsessed with it. Hopefully we’ll start filming it soon.” The script is for a film called Bridget Cleary, the true story of the last woman in Ireland to be burned as a witch in 1895. 26-year-old Bridget was burned to death in her sick bed by her husband, who insisted she wasn’t his wife at all but instead was a changeling left by the witches. Her killer husband, Michael Cleary, grabbed Richard’s attention.

Richard hopes to film in Ireland again next year

“I think the story is not about the outside world at all, it’s about a man floored by his own paranoia.” He didn’t pick up a cupla focail while in Ireland — “Absolutely nothing! I was always enchanted by the sound of the Irish language, but I picked up none” — but the Hannibal star may just be one of our own. “I believe I do have Irish roots. My mother traced our family tree, we thought we were originally from eastern Europe, but there are Irish roots there. For one thing, where my father is from in the north of England, so many people have red hair and blue eyes, there has to be Irish blood there.”

Richard’s clearly not afraid to go to dark places for his art - he was waterboarded for real as part of his performance in BBC drama Spooks - and in Pilgrimage, his character tortures a monk by using a primitive weapon to yank out the man’s intestines. “For the torture scene, the special effects team were spectacular,” he says. “They made an entire intestine out of sausages, when I pulled it out it made such a realistic squelching sound I threw up a little in my mouth. You can actually see it on screen, he looks like he’s disgusted by his actions.”

It seems only fitting that De Merville meets a grisly end later on in the film. “For the death scene, we had just half an hour of light left,” Richard says, “and the prosthetic girls had to put a special neck on me with a prosthetic pump to shoot out the blood, so in the end we had just five minutes to do the shoot — thank goodness we’d rehearsed! It made me sick to my stomach but I had to be truthful to the reality of the time.”

He’s not the only big star to appear in Pilgrimage. Richard shares the screen with Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man in the new Marvel reboot Spider-Man: Homecoming. He reveals they were filming together when Tom, 21, auditioned for the role, and says he was never in any doubt his young friend would make a terrific web-slinging superhero. “Tom was fantastic. He was auditioning for Spider-Man at the time we were filming but he wasn’t just waiting around to hear back, like many actors do, he was so positive about it. He is a gymnast and an incredible acrobat and he was great to work with, I know he’ll be fantastic in the role.”

Next up for Richard is Ocean’s Eight, the all-female reboot of the crime caper series. Starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna, it’s a film Richard is proud to be part of. “Ocean’s Eight was incredible to film, it came very quickly and out of nowhere. To work with those people, idols I’ve looked up to for years, was fantastic, and I’m a big fan of the Ocean’s series. I play a role that’s dark and funny at the same time, it was a lot of fun.”

It’s just the latest step in a career that’s covered everything from live theatre to small screen drama to Hollywood blockbusters. But while switching between characters like Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit to convicted witch John Proctor in award-winning stage production The Crucible has done wonders for his career, Richard laughingly admits it hasn’t always helped his bank balance. “I always chose roles by going for something I’ve never done before, whereas most people want you to keep doing the same thing. It’s great as an artist but it’s less fruitful for your bank account! But I’ve always chased the role over the financial side.”

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Coming Soon / The Shape of Water - Fairy Tale - Dec 08,2017
« Last post by genie on July 19, 2017, 05:09:01 PM »
 An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
Director: Guillermo del Toro

Coming Soon / The Greatest Showman - Dec 25, 2017
« Last post by genie on July 19, 2017, 04:55:25 PM »
You should full-screen this one.

Piffle, Whimsy and Games / Re: Going to Scotland
« Last post by Luce on July 17, 2017, 12:30:21 PM »
We've boarded our ferry. The weather is warm and sunny - yes, Oso, you read correctly.
For Wednesday, the forecast is rain, unfortunately.

Genie, I know Douglas and the Shetland series very well from BBC One. I like it extremely well.
Piffle, Whimsy and Games / Re: Going to Scotland
« Last post by genie on July 17, 2017, 09:50:52 AM »
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  • post Dark knight rising: why Ben Affleck's Batman is the key to DC's movie future - 25 July
  • Last year?s Batman v Superman almost trashed the Batmobile, but DC needs to harness the Batfleck?s potential to connect its slate of Extended Universe films Related: Ben Affleck says he will be The Batman despite report he would relinquish role If the Marvel Cinematic Universe really does come to a close following the events of 2019?s as-yet-untitled Avengers: Infinity War sequel, as president Kevin Feige has been hinting, it will have achieved something historic. Apart from the odd bump in the road ? anyone remember Edward Norton as Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk? ? it might just be possible for fans to rewatch more than 20 movies, stretching back to 2008?s Iron Man, which are all to a greater or lesser extent internally consistent with each other. Continue reading...
  • post Logan Lucky review ? Soderbergh roars back with a riotous heist caper - 24 July
  • Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig star in a comic thriller brimming with energy and wit from the returning Ocean?s Eleven directorIt seems, at first, like an impossible caper. Can Steven Soderbergh bring something new to the heist genre after his outstanding Oceans trilogy? The answer, as always, is to have faith in the director-producer-writer-cinematographer-editor-brandy salesman whose ingenuity has kept him one step ahead of audiences for almost 30 years.
    Channing Tatum, working with Soderbergh for the fourth time, is at his sympathetic and charismatic best in Logan Lucky. His Jimmy Logan is a divorced father, injured Iraq war vet, John Denver enthusiast and loving sibling living in Boone County, West Virginia. His wounded leg gets him fired from a construction gig at the Charlotte Motor Speedway because it?s ?a pre-existing condition?. Continue reading...
  • post Which is more Spielbergy ? the new Stranger Things or Ready Player One? - 24 July
  • The trailers for both conjure up the glow of the director?s golden era ? but can Stranger Things out-Spielberg a film directed by the man himself?
    Amid the onslaught of trailers released at Comic Con this weekend, two clips appeared to share a special affinity. The trailers for this year?s Stranger Things sequel and next year?s Ready Player One adaptation both managed to conjure up the golden glow of Amblin-era Spielberg like no other. But even though Ready Player One is a Steven Spielberg project and Stranger Things is not, it?s worth asking which looks more Spielbergian. Let?s apply some analysis. Continue reading...
  • post From Thor: Ragnarok to Stranger Things ? 10 things we learned from Comic-Con 2017 - 24 July
  • The annual fan event in San Diego, with its usual mix of teasers, trailers and talks, gave viewers leads on what to expect from next year?s hottest projects? Comic-Con International 2017 ? in pictures
    Poor Will Byers might have been rescued from the dark alternate dimension that is beginning to bleed into the town of Hawkins, Indiana (otherwise known as the Upside Down) in the Netflix smash. But it looks as if his ordeal is not yet over. As our gang of pre-teens take a trip to the local arcade to play Don Bluth?s Dragon?s Lair video game, Will suddenly sees the Upside Down flash into reality, with himself once again inside it. What?s more, a new, larger beast ? 10 times the size of the Demogorgon from season one and with at least six limbs ? appears to be marauding through the darkened skies. Continue reading...
  • post Hounds of Love: why do comedians make such chilling villains? - 24 July
  • When comics break out of the mould ? as Stephen Curry does in this tale about a sexual abuser and killer ? the laughing stops suddenly Related: Hounds of Love review ? savagely intense Australian horror is the scariest film of the year John White is not a funny guy. In Hounds of Love, a movie all the more disturbing for being based on real life, this Australian creep abducts and sexually tortures schoolgirls before killing them. He manipulates his insecure girlfriend into being an accomplice. He?s scrawny and obsessive-compulsive and altogether perfectly horrible. Continue reading...
  • post All by myself: how the greatest solo film performances worked their magic - 24 July
  • With Anne Hathaway set to star in a film that she will carry on her own, we ask: what can she learn from previous high points of single-actor showsIn Les Miserables, Anne Hathaway won an Oscar for crying ? but how is she with cryo? She?s just signed up for O2, a race-against-time movie centred on a woman who wakes up trapped in one of those sci-fi hypersleep pods so beloved of the Alien franchise. It sounds like a juicy premise for a tense thriller ? O2?s amnesiac protagonist must escape before her air supply runs out ? but it will also see Hathaway join a cinematic club currently dominated by men: movies that are solo showcases for one actor. What could Hathaway learn from other recent examples? Continue reading...
  • post La La Land meets Isle of Wight in Minghella Jr?s debut as a director - 22 July
  • Max Minghella follows in father Anthony?s footsteps as a screenwriter and directorThe late Anthony Minghella was one of Britain?s most admired film-makers, winning nine Oscars for The English Patient, the war drama he wrote and directed, inspired by Michael Ondaatje?s novel. A decade after his death, his son is following in his footsteps as a writer and director, working with the producer of La La Land, the musical that won six Oscars this year.Actor Max Minghella is making his directorial debut with a British feature film set on the Isle of Wight, where his father?s family ran an ice-cream business. The new film, Teen Spirit, is a coming-of-age drama about a shy girl who has dreams of becoming a pop star and enters an international music competition. Continue reading...
  • post Ben Affleck says he will be The Batman despite report he would relinquish role - 22 July
  • Justice League star will not direct forthcoming standalone Batman movie DC Extended Universe panel trails new film and first Aquaman footageBen Affleck has dismissed rumors that he will hang up his cape before the next Batman film, for which he recently ceded directing responsibilities. Related: Ready Player One: first trailer for Steven Spielberg's virtual reality game thriller Continue reading...
  • post Ready Player One: first trailer for Steven Spielberg's virtual reality game thriller - 22 July
  • The BFG director debuted the footage from his new film at a Comic Con event, showcasing elaborate VR and special effectsThe first footage from Steven Spielberg?s forthcoming thriller Ready Player One has been released onto the internet.Spielberg revealed the trailer for the film as part of an event at Comic Con in San Diego, marking his first film since his Roald Dahl adaptation The BFG. Continue reading...
  • post John Heard, star of Home Alone, Cutter's Way and The Sopranos, dies at 71 - 22 July
  • Actor dies during recovery from back surgery, Variety reportsJeff Bridges leads tributes to ?wonderful actor? in TV and film hitsJohn Heard, the actor who was best known for his role as the father in the Home Alone movies, has died. He was 71. Related: Cutter's Way is a cinematic masterpiece Continue reading...

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