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Michael Cusumano here to discuss a scene I find myself thinking about all the time.

Scene: Scott's meltdown

When you pause to consider how mundane the actual events of Mike Leigh’s films usually are, it’s funny to think how many moments from them lodge permanently in the memory. Barely a weekend goes by that I don’t see some kind of world-ending cataclysm portrayed in expansively budgeted detail and what does my brain return to over and over again? Lesley Manville in Another Year retreating to her glass of white wine or David Thewlis in Naked stalking a security guard through the dark to harangue him about the meaning of life.

The famous Mike Leigh technique of crafting screenplays from extensive improvisations yields scenes that unfold with the convinction of real life...
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“Shows of Women Who Eat Bananas Seductively are Banned”: Shengze Zhu on Present.Perfect

Before authorities cracked down in June, 2017, over 400 million customers watched live streaming in China, primarily on three internet sites: douyu.com; huya.com; and panda.tv. Live streaming in China resembles amateur YouTube broadcasts here, with a slightly different vocabulary. In China “anchors” host “showrooms,” or channels, and transmit “bullets” to their followers. Documentary filmmaker Shengze Zhu screened hundreds of hours of footage for Present.Perfect. What starts as a survey of live streaming narrows down to focus on a handful of anchors, including a seamstress assembling underwear in a clothing […]
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“Shows of Women Who Eat Bananas Seductively are Banned”: Shengze Zhu on Present.Perfect

Before authorities cracked down in June, 2017, over 400 million customers watched live streaming in China, primarily on three internet sites: douyu.com; huya.com; and panda.tv. Live streaming in China resembles amateur YouTube broadcasts here, with a slightly different vocabulary. In China “anchors” host “showrooms,” or channels, and transmit “bullets” to their followers. Documentary filmmaker Shengze Zhu screened hundreds of hours of footage for Present.Perfect. What starts as a survey of live streaming narrows down to focus on a handful of anchors, including a seamstress assembling underwear in a clothing […]
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Michael Caine in King Of Thieves Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital March 26th

A star-studded cast pulls off one of the biggest bank heists in history when King of Thieves arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital March 26 from Lionsgate. This film is currently available On Demand. Based on the unbelievable true story of the Hatton Garden Heist, this hilarious and thrilling crime caper stars two-time Oscar® winner Michael Caine, Oscar® winner Jim Broadbent, two-time Oscar® nominee Tom Courtenay, Charlie Cox, with Golden Globe® nominee Michael Gambon, and Ray Winstone. From director James Marsh (The Theory of Everything) and from producer Michelle Wright (Baby Driver), the King of Thieves Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

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A famous thief in his younger years, widower Brian Reader, 77 years of age, pulls together a band of misfit criminals to plot an unprecedented burglary at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit. The thieves, all in
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Competition: Win gritty British drama ‘Vs.’ on DVD

  • Nerdly
To celebrate the release of the gritty British drama Vs. – available on DVD 11th February 2019 – we are giving away a copy.

Throw down some rhymes in this street smart rites of passage drama set against the thrilling, confrontational world of rap battles, that Metro calls, “Authentic and punchy”. Featuring a stand-out, emotionally-charged lead performance from Connor Swindells, Vs. also boasts a first rate cast of up-and-coming talent including The First Purge star Joivan Wade, Fola Evans-Akingbola (Game of Thrones), rapper and musician Shotty Horroh in his film debut and Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude); as well as award-winning veteran actress Ruth Sheen.

With a sensational soundtrack, featuring the likes of grime superstars Stormzy, Skepta and Bugzy Malone, the film is thrillingly authentic thanks to the involvement of experienced battle rappers including Shotty Horroh, Rowan ‘Eurgh’ Faife, Tony D, Shuffle T and Gemin1.

“Real urgency and storytelling punch… tremendously witty, inventive and exciting” ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw,
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Giveaway – Win gritty British rap drama Vs. on DVD

To celebrate the release of the gritty British drama Vs. – available on DVD 11th February 2019 – we are giving away a copy.

Throw down some rhymes in this street smart rites of passage drama set against the thrilling, confrontational world of rap battles, that Metro calls, “Authentic and punchy”.

Featuring a stand-out, emotionally-charged lead performance from Connor Swindells (Netflix series Sex Education) Vs. also boasts a first rate cast of up-and-coming talent including The First Purge star Joivan Wade, Fola Evans-Akingbola (Game of Thrones), rapper and musician Shotty Horroh in his film debut and Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude); as well as award-winning veteran actress Ruth Sheen.

With a sensational soundtrack, featuring the likes of grime superstars Stormzy, Skepta and Bugzy Malone, the film is thrillingly authentic thanks to the involvement of experienced battle rappers including Shotty Horroh, Rowan ‘Eurgh’ Faife, Tony D, Shuffle T and Gemin1.

“Real urgency and storytelling punch… tremendously witty,
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Brahms to Terrify Owain Yeoman and Ralph Ineson in The Boy 2

"No matter what you do, evil always finds a way." Fans of The Boy (2016) might be interested to know that a sequel is on the way courtesy of STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment. Director William Brent Bell is returning to helm the sequel, with principal photography starting on January 14, 2019. It was already announced that the movie will star Katie Holmes, and now we have news on new additions to the cast: Owain Yeoman (The Belko Experiment ) will play Holmes' husband Sean, while Ralph Ineson (The Witch) will be playing a character named Joseph.

Press Release: STXfilms, a division of Stx Entertainment, and Lakeshore Entertainment announced today that Owain Yeoman and Ralph Ineson will star alongside Katie Holmes and Christopher Convery in William Brent Bell’s latest horror-thriller, The Boy 2. Principal photography will begin in Victoria, British Columbia on January 14th, 2019.

Brent Bell returns to the helm following the success of
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Owain Yeoman & Ralph Ineson Board Stx-Lakeshore’s ‘The Boy 2’ With Katie Holmes

  • Deadline
Owain Yeoman & Ralph Ineson Board Stx-Lakeshore’s ‘The Boy 2’ With Katie Holmes
Exclusive: American Sniper and Turn actor Owain Yeoman and Ready Player One actor Ralph Ineson are joining Katie Holmes and Christopher Convery in William Brent Bell’s horror thriller The Boy 2, from STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment.

In the sequel to the 2016 film, a young family moves into Heelshire Mansion, unaware of the terrifying history of the estate. Soon, their young son makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily lifelike doll he calls Brahms. Yeoman will play Sean, the husband to Holmes’ Liza. Ineson has been cast in the role of Joseph. Convery co-stars as their son Jude.

Bell’s The Boy grossed $68M worldwide. Cameras roll on the sequel in Victoria, BC on January 14, 2019.

Stacey Menear, who also penned the first chapter, wrote The Boy 2. Pic will be produced by Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Eric Reid, in addition to Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa and Roy Lee.
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'Bohemian Rhapsody' holds UK top spot as challengers bite the dust

Queen biopic passes £20m in two weeks.

RankFilm / DistributorThree-day gross (Nov 2-4) Gross Week 1 Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) £5.7m £20.4m 2 2 A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) £1.8m £22.9m 5 3 The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (Disney) £1.8m £1.8m 1 4 Smallfoot (Warner Bros) £1.1m £10.2m 4 5. Johnny English Strikes Again (Universal) £1m £16.4m 5

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.30.

20th Century Fox

Bohemian Rhapsody dropped by just 11% to stay top of the UK box office in its second week on release. It took £5.7m over the weekend from 682 locations, and is already up to £20.4m in the territory.

Although it is behind
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Review: Shad Stays Positive Amidst Global Chaos on ‘A Story About War’

This Canadian is an award-winning rapper in his homeland — his 2011 album Tsol earned a Juno for Rap Recording of the Year, beating out Drake’s Take Care. But in the U.S., he hadn’t drawn much notice until he began hosting Netflix’s rap history series Hip-Hop Evolution. His new album is typical of his thought-provoking work: It’s a concept piece about the ways in which humanity tears itself apart through conflict, whether physical, spiritual or economic, and creates environmental catastrophe in the process. The music is airy,
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‘Peterloo’ could bring Mike Leigh back to the BAFTAs

‘Peterloo’ could bring Mike Leigh back to the BAFTAs
Peterloo” was the most British film at the London Film Festival. It chronicles a true-life British story plucked from history, is set in Manchester, features an entirely British cast including Rory Kinnear and Maxine Peake, and is written and directed by British filmmaking royalty Mike Leigh.

Leigh has been nominated for an impressive 13 Baftas – and has won three of those bids. He won the first two of these in 1997 for “Secrets & Lies,” with the British academy awarding him both Best Original Screenplay and Best British Film. In 2005, he picked up the Best Director prize for “Vera Drake.”

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He was also the recipient of the Michael Balcon Award (Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema) in 1996 and the BAFTA Film Fellowship in 2015. His last BAFTA bid was back in 2011 for Best British Film for “Another Year.” “Mr Turner,” which starred Timothy Spall,
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‘Peterloo’ Moved Back From Awards Season to 2019

  • Variety
‘Peterloo’ Moved Back From Awards Season to 2019
Amazon Studios has moved the North American release of Mike Leigh’s historical drama “Peterloo” out of this fall’s awards season, from Nov. 9 to April 5, 2019.

The movie, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, re-creates the 1819 massacre by armed government militias who charged into a crowd of 60,000 people in Manchester who were demanding reforms in parliamentary representation for the working class. As many as 15 people were killed and up to 700 were wounded.

“The fall and end of year is a very busy time, whereas the spring is a better playtime to ensure the film is getting the time in theaters to find audiences and secure the best cinema locations,” an Amazon Studios rep said.

Guy Lodge gave “Peterloo” a positive review for Variety, but admitted that its box office appeal could be limited: “Nothing about this grim passage of history was easy for its victims, and ‘Peterloo’ sets out
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Mike Leigh’s ‘Peterloo’ Will Now March Into The Spring – Update

  • Deadline
Update, Oct. 2: Amazon Studios is now moving Mike Leigh’s Peterloo out of the fall frame after the British historical epic played the fall film festival triad of Venice, Telluride and Tiff. The new date is April 5 next year. Variety‘s Guy Lodge calls the film “a stately, explicitly rhetorical paean to the people – setting the past in stone while also lashing out at a present-day political order” with New York magazine giving a shout out to the pic’s visceral finale.

Amazon’s upcoming awards season focus will be Suspiria (Oct. 26), Beautiful Boy (Oct. 12) and Poland’s foreign film Oscar entry Cold War from director Pawel Pawlikowski (Dec. 21).

Previous, July 2: Amazon Studios has designated November 9 as the official release date for Mike Leigh’s Peterloo. Among the pic’s major-studio limited competition is Sony’s Gary Hart pic The Front Runner.

Previous, April 26: Amazon Studios marketing
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New trailer for Battle Rap feature Vs. arrives

  • HeyUGuys
Altitude Films has released a new trailer for Ed Lily’s directorial debut, Vs. featuring some cutting Battle Raps.

Ed Lily makes his feature directorial debut on a story which touches on themes of family, gender and sexuality. The film is replete with a series of unpredictable turns that challenges the posturing machismo image of the battle rap scene.

The film stars Conor Swindells (Keepers), Fola Evans-Akingbola (Siren), Joivan Wade (The First Purge) Nicholas Pinnock (Marcella), Emily Taaffe (Little Bird) Ruth Sheen (Another Year) and UK battle-rappers Shotty Horroh and Paigey Cakey.

Also in trailers – Matthew McConaughey gets high in teaser trailer for The Beach Bum

The film is released on October 19th.

Vs. Official Synopsis

A troubled foster kid uses his scathing word skills to become an unlikely rap battle champion. But when he gets caught up in his own hype, he must confront his past to accept who he really is.
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First Teaser Trailer for Mike Leigh's 'Peterloo' About the British Battle

"The corrupt order will come crashing down!!" Amazon Studios has debuted the first official teaser trailer for Peterloo, the latest film from acclaimed, Oscar-winning English filmmaker Mike Leigh. The film tells the story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester. This seems like a very timely story to tell, about how important democracy and peaceful protest is for a just and progressive society. The ensemble cast of Peterloo includes Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Tim McInnerny, Christopher Eccleston, Leo Bill, David Bamber, and others. This looks good, for sure, I just hope it's actually exciting to watch and enthralling, not another long, boring, dry period piece from Leigh. The footage so far is very impressive. Here's the first teaser trailer (+ teaser poster) for Mike Leigh's Peterloo, direct from YouTube: Internationally acclaimed and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh portrays one of the bloodiest episodes in British history,
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Mike Leigh’s Peterloo Trailer Stars Rory Kinnear

Credit: Simon Mein / Courtesy of Amazon Studios

Watch the teaser for the film below for Mike Leigh’s Peterloo.

Starring Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell, Philip Jackson, Vincent Franklin, Karl Johnson, Tim McInnerny, Amazon Studios will release Peterloo in theaters November 9, 2018.

Internationally acclaimed and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh portrays one of the bloodiest episodes in British history, the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819, where government-backed cavalry charged into a peaceful crowd of 80,000 that gathered in Manchester, England to demand democratic reform.

Leigh’s career has been nothing short of brilliant. His films include Secrets & Lies (1996), Topsy-Turvy (1999), Vera Drake (2004), (Happy-Go-Lucky 2008) and the biopic Mr. Turner (2014).

Leigh has won several prizes at major European film festivals. Most notably he won the Best Director award at Cannes for Naked in 1993 and the Palme d’Or in 1996 for Secrets & Lies. He won the Leone d’Oro for the best film at the
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‘Peterloo’ First Trailer: Mike Leigh Returns and Brings to Life Britain’s Infamous 1819 Massacre

‘Peterloo’ First Trailer: Mike Leigh Returns and Brings to Life Britain’s Infamous 1819 Massacre
Four years after earning critical acclaim and four Oscar nominations with “Mr. Turner,” Mike Leigh is returning to the historical period drama with “Peterloo.” Amazon Studios has debuted the first trailer for Leigh’s historical epic, starring Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, and Neil Bell, and the footage makes it clear Leigh has crafted one of his most ambitious films to date.

“Peterloo” recounts the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819. The event was one of the bloodiest episodes in British history after government-backed cavalry charged into a peaceful crowd of 80,000 that gathered in Manchester, England to demand democratic reform.

While Leigh is well known for his intimate character dramas, he has also had great critical success with historical period pieces. Films such as “Topsy-Turvy” and “Mr. Turner” have been favorites with critics and multiple Oscar nominees. “Peterloo” finds Leigh reuniting with his “Mr. Turner” cinematographer Dick Pope.

Amazon Studios will open “Peterloo
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Win Phantom Thread on DVD

To mark the release of Phantom Thread on 18th June, we’ve been given 2 copies to give away on DVD.

Daniel Day-Lewis mesmerizes in his role as the obsessed but elegant couture designer and is joined by Academy Award® nominee Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps in this “ravishingly beautiful” (NY Times) film. Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread is set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London. Renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Manville) are at the centre of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and comfort, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.

Please note: This competition is
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UK comedy 'Brighton' starring Larry Lamb, Phil Davis gets sales deal (exclusive)

UK comedy 'Brighton' starring Larry Lamb, Phil Davis gets sales deal (exclusive)
Marion Bailey and Ruth Sheen co-star in project directed by Stephen Cookson.

Brighton, the forthcoming comedy starring Phil Davis (Vera Drake), Larry Lamb (The Hatton Garden Job), Marion Bailey (Mr. Turner) and Ruth Sheen (Another Year), has landed international sales representation with London-based Parkland Pictures.

Set to shoot in Brighton and Eastbourne this summer, the film follows two older couples from the East End of London who travel to Brighton having not visited the seaside town in more than 30 years. There, they reflect on how times have changed, with the film taking in their memories across the 1940s, 50s and 80s.
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EOne Picks Up Mike Leigh’s ‘Peterloo’ for November Release in U.K.

  • Variety
EOne Picks Up Mike Leigh’s ‘Peterloo’ for November Release in U.K.
Entertainment One has taken U.K. rights to Mike Leigh’s “Peterloo” and has scheduled a Nov. 2 release, Variety has confirmed.

Amazon Studios is handling U.S. distribution on the period film. At Cinemacon in Las Vegas last month, Amazon’s head of marketing and distribution, Bob Berney, revealed that “Peterloo” would be making a play at the fall film festivals, with an eye on a domestic theatrical release in November. The U.K. scheduling would fit into that plan.

“Peterloo” tells the story of the infamous 1819 massacre at a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St. Peter’s Field in Manchester, England, when many working-class people were injured and killed. Leigh has described the massacre as having a universal significance that is becoming “ever more relevant in our own turbulent times.”

The cast includes Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Leo Bill, Teresa Mahoney and Tim McInnerny.

Leigh has been nominated for seven Oscars,
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