Friday, 30 March 2012

Upcoming Releases - April '12

Here is a selection of films due out in UK cinemas next month.

Mirror Mirror - 2nd April 
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
106 mins
PG certificate
Main cast: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane
Director: Tarsem Singh

'An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and seven courageous rebel dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright.and win her Prince in this magical adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal.'

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Headhunters - 6th April
Action | Crime | Thriller
100 mins
15 certificate
Main cast: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Director: Morten Tyldum

'Roger, a charming scoundrel and Norway's most accomplished headhunter, is living a life of luxury well beyond his means and stealing art to subsidize his expensive lifestyle. When his beautiful gallery owner wife introduces him to a former mercenary in the possession of an extremely valuable painting, he decides to risk it all to get his hands on it, and in doing so discovers something which makes him a hunted man.'

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The Cold Light of Day - 6th April

Action | Thriller
93 mins
12A certificate
Main cast: Henry Cavill, Sigourney Weaver, Bruce Willis
Director: Mabrouk El Mechri

'After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase.'

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Battleship - 11th April
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Running time: TBC
12A certificate
Main cast: Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker
Director: Peter Berg

'A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.'

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The Cabin in the Woods - 13th April

Horror | Thriller
95 mins
15 certificate
Main cast: Chris Hemsworth, Fran Kranz, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford
Director: Drew Goddard

'Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favourites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.'

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - 20th April
Comedy | Drama | Romance
107 mins
12A certificate
Main cast: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked
Director: Lasse Hallström

'A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.'

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Lockout - 20th April

Action | Thriller | Sci-Fi
95 mins
Certificate: TBC
Main cast: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Vincent Regan
Director: James Mather, Stephen St. Leger

'A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.'

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Gone - 20th April
Drama | Thriller
94 mins
Certificate: TBC
Main cast: Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley
Director: Heitor Dhalia

'When her sister disappears, Jill is convinced the serial killer who kidnapped her two years ago has returned, and she sets out to once again face her abductor.'

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Avengers Assemble - 26th April

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Running time and certificate: TBC
Main cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Joss Whedon

'Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who's who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster.'

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Albert Nobbs - 27th April
113 mins
15 certificate
Main cast: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Brendan Gleeson
Director: Rodrigo Garcia

'Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man, so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most posh hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living.'

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Information obtained from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes,, and the films' official websites.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

The floating cinema at Thailand's Film on the Rocks festival

German-born architect Ole Scheeren designed this auditorium raft Archipelago Cinema, for the inaugural Film on the Rocks Yao Noi festival in Thailand earlier this month. Guests were taken by boat to the floating cinema in the Nai Pi Lae lagoon on Kudu Island where they were treated to a unique viewing experience.

"Surrounded by a dramatic landscape of towering rocks emerging from the ocean, the audience experienced an atmospheric convergence of nature and cinematic narratives - primordial notions of light, sound and stories suspended in the darkness between sea and sky."

The festival, which was curated by filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul and actress Tilda Swinton, is set to become an annual meeting place for art and film.

Archipelago Cinema


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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Wes Anderson directs imaginative stop motion ad for Sony

After directing two recent commercials for Hyundai, Wes Anderson has now turned to Sony with an advert for their Xperia smartphones that uses stop motion animation. The director, who used stop motion techniques before for his film Fantastic Mr. Fox, worked with animation studio Laika/house for the 60-second ‘Made of Imagination’ TV spot. It features the imaginings of 8-year-old Jake Ryan who thinks that smartphones have tiny robots inside them making the devices work. Take a look at the commercial below:

[Written for PSFK. Article originally posted here]

Monday, 26 March 2012

Movie marketing: Capitol Tour website (The Hunger Games)

Lionsgate has teamed up with Microsoft's Internet Explorer team to provide fans of The Hunger Games with the chance to experience the world of Panem and its Capitol city. Visitors to the website step off the train in the Capitol and can take a tour, visit the Avenue of Tributes and hear an address from President Snow.

The site was designed using HTML5 and CSS3, making the content available across different platforms, devices and browsers without the need for plug-ins. It is animated and colourful, with a detailed view of the city's skyline and its citizens, including familiar characters from the movie. More content will be added over the next few weeks, with a training centre where visitors can see competitors preparing for the games and a memorabilia centre where they can explore artifacts and weapons used in previous Hunger Games.

Ryan Gavin, general manager for Internet Explorer, said: “We wanted to create something that crossed the boundaries of books and movies, and we see this type of online experience as the next evolution in how Hollywood uses the Web.”

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Trailers: Prometheus, Dark Shadows, Snow White & Abe Lincoln

An international UK trailer for Prometheus, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce and Logan Marshall-Green. Release date: June 1st

The first trailer for Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Grace Moretz and Helena Bonham Carter. Release date: May 11th 

The second trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Ian McShane, Toby Jones and Ray Winstone. Release date: June 1st

A second extended trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, directed by Timur Bekmambetov and starring Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk and Marton Csokas. Release date: August 2nd

Monday, 19 March 2012

Interviews: Joss Whedon, Tim Burton and more

Joss Whedon spoke to Collider about The Avengers, including what kinds of things have been cut from the film: "At some point you stop looking beyond The Avengers movie at your own stuff, you don’t look at that horizon you look at this movie and you go, ‘You know what, The Avengers are more important than I am so these things that I’m obsessed with aren’t necessarily moving the story forward, and therefore they are baggage.’"

Ewan McGregor talked to /Film about Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and his chemistry with Emily Blunt: "You just either get on or you don’t and in my experience I suppose because of the way I and most people go about this, you’re all excited to be making the film and you know what your part is and the job you need to do. If you are working with someone who is as fun as Emily Blunt, it’s easy. She had me laughing for like three months."

Video interview from IFC with the cast of The Cabin in the Woods:


Tim Burton chatted to Total Film about Dark Shadows and its dysfunctional family: "I think all families are pretty weird… We’ve just tried to link the supernatural elements into real issues that families face: like the feelings of a teenager growing up, when your body’s changing and you’re angry at everybody; or the challenge of trying to keep the family together – whether they’re alive or dead!"

The cast and crew of Prometheus spoke to the press at WonderCon 2012. Screenwriter Damon Lindelof said: "I think that there’s a quiet suspense to the movie. It really takes its time. If you have a master filmmaker who’s working with incredibly talented actors, you just have to say, “We’re going to be patient. We do not need to have things exploding, every 10 minutes.” It’s a little bit of an old school approach to filmmaking, in that it trusts the audience to have a little bit of patience."


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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Posters & Pics: Avengers Assemble, Dark Shadows, etc

Official poster for Avengers Assemble (as The Avengers is now called in the UK), which stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner. Release date: April 27th

New image from The Raven, featuring John Cusack, Luke Evans and Brendan Gleeson. Release date: March 9th

New poster for Frankenweenie, which features the voices of Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short. Release date: October 5th

First image from Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, featuring Ryan Gosling. Release date: TBA

New poster for Frankie Go Boom, which stars Lizzy Caplan, Ron Perlman, Charlie Hunnam and Chris O'Dowd. Release date: TBA

New image from The Hunger Games, featuring Donald Sutherland and Wes Bentley. Release date: March 23rd

Production still from Dark Shadows, featuring Johnny Depp as Barnabus Collins. Release date: May 11th
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