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Joe Cornish on 'The Kid Who Would Be King,' Rejecting Hollywood Franchises

Joe Cornish on 'The Kid Who Would Be King,' Rejecting Hollywood Franchises
It’s been eight years since Attack the Block, the darkly comic, genre-blending indie sci-fi film in which a gang of youths battle ferocious alien creatures in a London tower block and the film that first introduced the world to a pre-Star Wars John Boyega (not to mention a pre-Time Lord Jodie Whittaker).

Alongside its soon-to-be interstellar cast, the film lit some rocket fuel under the career of its debut director, Joe Cornish. Already a cult hero in the U.K. thanks to his long-running comedy pop TV series The Adam & Joe Show with childhood friend Adam Buxton, Attack the ...
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Review: ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ is a Humdrum Episodic Adventure

Like many directorial debuts, Attack the Block was an ideal venture for writer-director Joe Cornish to exercise his pet obsessions. The cult-film-in-the-making was the product of Cornish’s longstanding cinephilia, inspired by a childhood filled with horror films and Fangoria magazines, and parodic, deconstructive impulses honed on his Channel 4 sketch series co-hosted with his comedy partner Adam Buxton. Attack the Block was generally acclaimed for its genre-bending/mixing and sharp humor, but retrospectively, its sociopolitical filter sets it apart from its contemporaries. Cornish’s not-so-subtle political subtext lends his debut some much-needed weight, especially its final scene: a whole neighborhood cheering for a black teen who’s unlawfully arrested for saving mankind. Strip away the monster-movie elements and Attack the Block falls squarely into the social realism playbook; “marginalized teens living in a council estate forced to defend a neighborhood that rejects them as hoodlums” could conceivably be the
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Screen Awards 2018 winners include Fox, Curzon and Disney

20th Century Fox won distributor of the year; Disney takes home marketing team of the year.

20th Century Fox, Disney and Curzon Artificial Eye were among the big winners at the Screen Awards 2018, which recognises excellence in UK distribution, exhibition, marketing, publicity and brand partnerships.

Scroll down for full list of winners

The prizes were handed out at the Ballroom Southbank in London tonight (Nov 29). Comedian Adam Buxton hosted the ceremony for the first time.

20th Century Fox won distributor of the year award for a busy 2018 during which it released Deadpool 2, The Greatest Showman, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
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Do You Miss George Lucas' Influence on the Star Wars Franchise? Simon Pegg Does

Even though I’ve enjoyed what Lucasfilm has been doing with the Star Wars franchise since Disney bought it, I still can’t help but wonder what these films, particularly the saga trilogy, would have been like had George Lucas been the one that made them.

The filmmaker was in the process of developing a new trilogy of Star Wars film because he decided to sell everything to Disney and walk away.

A lot of fans aren’t happy with the direction of the saga, which is understandable. Simon Pegg feels like there’s something missing with the franchise and he believes that something is the influence of of George Lucas, which he misses.

While visiting The Adam Buxton Podcast, Simon Pegg explained:

“I must admit, watching the last Star Wars film, the overriding feeling I got when I came out was, 'I miss George Lucas.' For all the
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MediCinema unveiled as charity partner for 2018 Screen Awards

It will run a £10 sweepstate at the event.

UK medical charity MediCinema will be the charity partner for the 2018 Screen Awards, which take place on November 29 at London’s Ballroom Southbank.

The charity will run a fundraising sweepstake on the night with a £10 minimum donation.

MediCinema builds, installs and runs cinemas in hospitals and other places of care, providing a theatrical service for patients and families.

It has six MediCinemas at health facilities across the UK, through which it runs 21 screenings a week. Locations include St Thomas’ Hospital in London and the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Expansion plans include
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Adam Buxton to host 2018 Screen Awards

Adam Buxton to host 2018 Screen Awards
The awards take place on November 29 in London.

Comedian, writer and actor Adam Buxton will host the 2018 Screen Awards, taking place on November 29 at The Ballroom Southbank in London.

For more information on the awards, including how to book a table, visit the Screen Awards website.

Buxton commented: “I love going to the movies and watching both blockbusters and tiny little niche arthouse films so I am very excited to be hosting the Screen Awards this year.”

Buxton is widely known for his comedy partnership Adam And Joe with filmmaker Joe Cornish, which they have presented on BBC Radio 6
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Arrow Video FrightFest 2018 Unveils Killer Short Film Programme

It is just three short weeks until Arrow Video FrightFest 2018 kicks-off, and they are still unveiling their incredible line-up. Today proves no exception, with the announcement of this year's Short Film Programme - a veritable smorgasbord of enticing talent from upcoming filmmakers and established talent from around the world. Big name stars including Maisie Williams, Alice Lowe, Gemma Whelan, Asa Butterfield, Adam Buxton and even Lady Vengeance star Lee Young-ae are just some of the familiar faces on screen. But the real talent lies behind the camera, and FrightFest has always prided itself on providing an incredible platform for showcasing the best new voices from the UK. In that regard, this year’s line-up includes the World Premiere of Tom de Ville’s Corvidae, Paul...

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Kill List and Free Fire Director Ben Wheatley Might Be Directing a Marvel Movie

Marvel Studios has had a very good track record for hiring directors to make their movies. Now it looks like British filmmaker Ben Wheatley actually might be one of them. This is the guy who previously made the films such as Kill List, A Field in England, and Free Fire. Wheatley is definitely an interesting choice and one that I wouldn't have expected. The guy just makes wickedly crazy films!

The news comes from actor and comedian Bob Mortimer while he was a gues ton Adam Buxton's podcast. While he was discussing a project that he is working on with Wheatley, he revealed:

"We were about to start that but then Ben got offered one of the big Marvel films, so it wasn't for us to say 'you ain't doing that Ben'."

That certainly sounds to me like Wheatley is directing a Marvel movie! Marvel obviously hasn't confirmed anything,
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Go Behind the Scenes of Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’ in Exclusive Clip

As you sit down for a breakfast with simply no confrontations, we have a treat for all the hungry boys out there. Arriving on Digital HD today is Paul Thomas Anderson’s engrossing, playful, decadent, and decidedly unchic drama Phantom Thread. With its sly tenderness and comedic warmth, this shape-shifting look at relationships was one of last year’s finest films, and we’re pleased to debut an exclusive clip from the release, also included on the forthcoming Blu-ray/DVD and 4K Ultra HD editions.

One of the special features is a 12-minute treasure trove of previously unreleased behind-the-scenes photographs, laid over a gorgeous unused piece of Jonny Greenwood’s score. In our exclusive clip one can see Paul Thomas Anderson and crew hard at work, including Daniel Day-Lewis’ sketching and sewing, Vicky Krieps peparing for a confrontation, models posing, and, of course, gorgeous, the over-buttered asparagus.

I also had
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‘Phantom Thread’ UK Home Release Details Revealed

Universal Pictures has revealed the home release details for Phantom Thread, the Oscar-nominated motion picture that is set to hit later this year.

Three-time Oscar® winner Daniel Day-Lewis earns his sixth Academy Award® nomination as Reynolds Woodcock, the fastidious and controlling fashion designer whose glamorous and carefully tailored life is disrupted by love in Phantom Thread, arriving on Digital, Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on June 18, 2018 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital versions include special bonus features to give viewers a more in-depth look behind-the-scenes of the film. Phantom Thread won the Academy Award® for Best Costume Design by Mark Bridges and also received five nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Original Score.

Phantom Thread is set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London. Renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) and his sister
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Unravel ‘Phantom Thread’ In These Conversations With Paul Thomas Anderson & Jonny Greenwood

As we approach the Academy Awards ceremony in March, many filmmakers will be doing the rounds for various interviews and podcasts. Oftentimes, these interviews are very surface-level and don’t really shed much light on the films. Recently, on the Adam Buxton Podcast, “Phantom Thread” was featured in two (well, technically one-and-a-half) episodes, and they’re well worth a listen.

First, Buxton welcomed Jonny Greenwood for a quick chat.
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Texas Now Casting: Lead + Supporting Roles Available In ‘Angry Men,’ a Film About the Challenger Explosion

A major historical event of the 20th century is getting made into a movie, and you could grab a lead or supporting role. Casting is now underway for “Angry Men,” a film based on the true story of the night in 1986 before the Challenger explosion, where “a hot-headed engineer leads a desperate race against the clock to stop the launch, and then the subsequent cover-up and whistleblowing.” The film will largely take place in the engineering facility, while its third act will revolve around the presidential hearing investigating the disaster. A male actor, aged 35–67, is sought to play the lead role of Adam, the o-ring engineer who blows the whistle and challenges organizations intending to launch. There are also several supporting roles in the film for male and female talent, aged 34–69, including Dr. Sally Ride. “Angry Men” will shoot for 16 days beginning Jan. 3 in San Antonio, Texas. The film pays $75–$100 per day,
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How Matthew Vaughn Made Stardust a Modern Fantasy Classic

Mark Harrison Oct 19, 2019

The movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Stardust took on a life of its own thanks to Matthew Vaughn.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

“A philosopher once asked, 'Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?' Pointless, really. Do the stars gaze back? Now, that's a question.”

Comic book movies are Matthew Vaughn's speciality. Between Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and the Kingsman franchise, he's been a constant and eclectic presence as these films have boomed, and if reports are to be believed, his next film could be about either Flash Gordon or Superman.

But going back even further than Mark Millar or Marvel, Vaughn's first comic book movie was his adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Stardust. Before it was published as a novel in 1999, Gaiman conceived the postmodern fairy tale as a 'prestige'
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Matthew Vaughn and Stardust, 10 years on

Mark Harrison Oct 19, 2017

We salute the 10th anniversary of Matthew Vaughn's wonderful Stardust...

“A philosopher once asked, 'Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?' Pointless, really. Do the stars gaze back? Now, that's a question.”

Comic book movies are Matthew Vaughn's speciality. Between Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and the Kingsman franchise, he's been a constant and eclectic presence as these films have boomed, and if reports are to be believed, his next film could be about either Flash Gordon or Superman.

But going back even further than Mark Millar or Marvel, Vaughn's first comic book movie was his adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Stardust, which arrived in UK cinemas ten years ago this week. Before it was published as a novel in 1999, Gaiman conceived the postmodern fairy tale as a 'prestige' comic; the four-issue mini-series
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‘Little Evil’ Review (Netflix)

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Stars: Adam Scott, Evangeline Lilly, Owen Atlas, Sally Field, Clancy Brown, Tyler Labine, Donald Faison, Bridget Everett | Written and Directed by Eli Craig

Other people’s kids can be the worst, huh? Spare a thought for poor Gary (Adam Scott) whose six-year-old stepson may well be the Antichrist. Otherwise happily married to the lovely Samantha (Evangeline Lilly), Gary is prepared to do anything he can to get little Lucas on side… even if that means risking his own life and those around him. Parenting can be, ahem, Hell.

Little Evil is the latest comedy horror from Tucker and Dale vs Evil writer-and-director Eli Craig, a film beloved by no small portion of the horror community. With seven years between this and Craig’s celebrated debut, can he pull it off again? Or is Little Evil as predictable and lame as its trailer suggested?

Thankfully, no! While the comedy is played
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Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 could have had a David Bowie cameo

Mike Cecchini Aug 23, 2017

David Bowie would have played one of the Ravagers in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2.

Before the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, word got out that writer/director James Gunn had been hoping to find room for David Bowie in the film before the legendary artist left this plane of existence in January 2016. Bowie, of course, would have been a perfect fit for this universe, as his Ziggy Stardust character in the 1970s already looked and sounded like he belonged in the cosmic McU. Meanwhile, the utterly flawless Moonage Daydream made it to the soundtrack of the first film, while Suffragette City was used in marketing for the sequel.

In honour of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 arriving on Blu-ray, Gunn took to Facebook Live to answer a whole mess of fan questions, and of course, the mystery of David Bowie's role came up.
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The Crystal Maze 2017 episode 4 review

Louisa Mellor Jul 13, 2017

The Crystal Maze reaches the end of its celebrity run with a couple of Loose Women, an EastEnder, a Northerner and a class clown…

In the genus of UK gameshow hosts, Richard Ayoade defies sub-categorisation. He’s not a Blood-Drinking Reptilian Overlord (Chris Tarrant, Noel Edmonds, Eamonn Holmes), nor is he Someone Who Would Be Driving A Foxtons Mini If They Weren’t On TV (Patrick Mulhern, Davina McCall, Paddy McGuinness, Vernon Kay). He’s not a Barrymore, a Bowen or a Les Dennis, and neither is he a Grandad Who 100% Killed Someone In The War (William G. Stewart, Des Lynam, Bruce Forsyth).

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Ayoade’s a mutant variety. The ludicrousness of dragging a quintet of Heat Magazine’s finest around in a Bristol studio decked out
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The Crystal Maze 2017 episode 3 review

Louisa Mellor Jul 7, 2017

Rylan Clark-Neal and pals take on The Crystal Maze for Stand Up To Cancer this week. Here’s how they got on…

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The Crystal Maze music alone makes me happy.

It isn’t just nostalgia. Aside from that time Dean Goodall’s mum ironed his shell suit then made him wear it to the year seven summer disco, the early nineties weren’t even that much fun. They were listless days that passed in a scrunchie-fuelled haze. Pogs came and pogs went. We drowned our ennui by drinking melted blue ice poles and doing the Time Warp. Again.

No, the joy of The Crystal Maze is intrinsic.
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The Crystal Maze 2017 episode 1 review

Louisa Mellor Jun 23, 2017

The Crystal Maze is back with a new Maze Master, a new Futuristic Zone, and all the fun of the original...

You can question TV’s current Rosebud-like obsession with stuff that used to make us happy as kids all you like; the truth is that watching Richard Ayoade being wry to people dressed like ghostbusters is just good medicine. Watching Richard Ayoade in salmon pink corduroy being wry to minor celebrities dressed like ghostbusters is excellent medicine.

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Throw in some diverting games and theme music that instantly lifts the spirits and you’ve got a remedy that gives you an hour (or, forty-five minutes not including ads) in which to forget the world’s parlous state and feel
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The Crystal Maze 2017: 12 changes from the original

Louisa Mellor Jun 15, 2017

This is what’s changed between the original series of The Crystal Maze and Channel 4’s new reboot…

The Crystal Maze is back. Following the success of last October’s Stand Up To Cancer special, the first batch of episodes in a new series will begin airing on Friday the 23rd of June at 9pm on Channel 4.

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The revived 90s gameshow received over 30,000 applications from the public, from which 15 teams were selected. That lot join five celebrity teams tackling 41 new games in an initial series of 20 hour-long episodes.

Unlike the Stephen Merchant-presented charity episode, which was filmed at the popular London Crystal Maze Experience, the new instalments were recorded in a purpose-built 32,500 square foot maze created by original maze designer James Dillon.

Den Of Geek visited Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios to tour the
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