Friday, 29 October 2010

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Prepare to be scared...

Halloween is nearly upon us, and soon you’ll be scrubbing the fake blood off and removing the toilet roll from your roof. Well there’s a cleaner and easier way to take part in the Halloween fun this year with Prepared To Be Scared: TRICK OR TWEET!

Prepare To Be Scared – Icon Film Distribution’s ultimate hub of all things horror – are getting ready for some trickortweeting this Friday 29th October! With prizes to be won, and scares to be had, and all you need to do is follow to get involved!

Throughout Friday prizes will be given away randomly every hour on the hour to those trick or tweeting, and treats will include DVDs, merchandise and more – as well as a brand new and exclusive clip from the highly anticipated Let Me In.

To enter the promotion you need to follow @prep2bscared and be ready to choose whether to ‘trick or tweet...’ and remember choose carefully!

Up and coming movies...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

November 19th

What they say:
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series, is a much-anticipated motion picture event to be told in two full-length parts.Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction—the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart.

What i say:
Much like all other Harry Potter fans I am stupidly excited about this but it is bitter sweet. Knowing that Harry Potter is drawing to a close and it was bad enough reading the last book. It's the best selling franchise of all time and its easy to understand why. The books are adored by kids and adults alike and as the films have progressed they just kept getting better and darker (Though Azkaban is still the best). Seeing this on the date it comes out for my Wifes birthday and i cant bloomin wait! Review to follow..

The Buzz: 28/10/10

Goodfellas TV prequel?

John Slattery from Mad Men for J. Jonah Jameson in new Spiderman?

AVATAR gets a trilogy and release dates

Charlie Chaplin move proves Time Travel will exist?

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Modern filmmakers have all but pillaged the old classic horrors for ideas and in most cases really let audiences down (- that’s you Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes). Rob Zombie was never going to match John Carpenter and God knows what they’re going to do to Pinhead! This unsanitary rehash of Wes Cravens dream based frightener had some promise, and after what Freddie had turned into, it seemed ripe for a reboot...

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The London MCM Expo: Update

this weekend will also feature a sneak peak at the following...

You are invited to unlock the secrets of Pandora on a guided tour of James Cameron’s vision with exclusive never-before-seen Avatar footage at the London MCM Expo this weekend - Saturday at 13.45 and Sunday at 12.00. Be the first to see bonus features, clips and deleted scenes taken from the highly anticipated release of AVATAR Extended Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray on 15 November.

The Buzz: 27/10/10

Music video: Thriller to inspire 3D horror. Michael will be spinning in his grave!

Tom Hardy gets more work as a huntsman

Indiana Jones in 3D, please stop with the bloody 3D!

The Hobbit finally filming in NZ?

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Out this week: Cinema

Burke and Hare:
A dark comedy by John Landis (American Werewolf in London)that has a lot of promise. The cast is first rate and the trailers look great. Simon Pegg working with another one of his heroes and Andy Serkis picking up the role from David Tennant.Isla Fisher beefs out the cast with some a-list hollywood cred. There's the a great British presence here to as Pegg's Spaced co-star Jessica Hynes,Tom Wilkinson, the ever brilliant Tim Curry and Ronnie Corbett in a rare appearance join the cast. Looks like comedy gold to me, i mean its got to be pretty funny to make you like a pair of quite frankly despicable characters, bring it on.

Saw 3D:
Yet another Halloween, yet another SAW movie! Gladly this is the last one! I'm not completely against the franchise. The first one was a brilliant original horror movie, sadly it has become a sad excuse of what it started. The so called "Torture Porn" movies that somehow keep getting made, have the Saw movies to thank for the popularity but they all basically come down to how they dispose of their hapless victims. What with the 3D gimmick just adding to an already gimmick filled movie this is one i wont be seeing.

The Kids are All Right:
A movie about kids addopted by a Lesbian couple decide they want to get to know they're dad. Sounds interesting and looks interesting to, it's ben recieved great by the critics so far and will give the casual viewer a chance to sink they're teeth into the new Hulk Mark Ruffalo. With Annette Bening, Julianne Moore its certainly got some Acting cred behind it, maybe one for DVD though.

The Buzz: 26/10/10

Lif of Pi movie casts the lead

Francis Ford Coppola next film being shot 'under the radar'

Paranormal Activity 3?

No more SAW?

Monday, 25 October 2010

Up and coming movies...


Out: 03/12/10

What they say:
Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear there and half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain "the creatures"...
Our story begins when a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.

What i say:
Pure and simply this looks like this years District 9,in that it looks like an original science fiction flick made on a stingy budget. Reading about its incredibly tough guerrilla shoot, its hard not to like the aspiring film makers. As they travelled across Mexico surrounded by armed guard and avoiding a Drug War! Really looking forward to this one.

Check out the trailer here..

The London MCM EXPO or What I’m doing on Saturday!

This Saturday you’ll catch me hanging out not just as a journalist but also as a geek, I’ve got my press pass for The MCM London Expo and am really looking forward to it. The last time I went I had checked out a few clips and trailers from some up and coming movies and had a sneak peak at the new Ghostbusters game. This year I shall again be checking out any early previews for movies (I’m hoping one is Tron Legacy), getting a sneak peek at Paul (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) and hopefully putting some questions to Chris Claremont, about how he feels comic books are today and more importantly their movie adaptations.

For those who don’t know; Chris Claremont is a comic book writer who is best known for his x-men story arcs like the Dark Phoenix saga. I’ll be getting his signature of course; it’s one of the best things about these events! Only a few years ago I had the privilege to meet Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on their travels for Hot Fuzz. I thoroughly enjoy going and get horribly tempted to spend too much money, for anyone who is in the slightest bit geeky about Movies, TV, Anime, Games or anything Cult I recommend you get yourself down there!

See you there…

The Buzz: 25/10/10

Brad Pitt's in with the Devil

Steven Spielberg set to cause a "Robopocalypse"

Marvel Delays The Runaways

Lea Michele "that girl off of Glee" gets a a movie job

Up and Coming Movies...

Black Swan

Out: Feb 2011

What they say:
"A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, BLACK SWAN stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis). A Fox Searchlight Pictures release by visionary director Darren Aronofsky (THE WRESTLER), BLACK SWAN takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect."

What i say:
Looks like a great thought provoking thriller that so far has been incredibly well recieved. I'll be honest, reading about it earlier this year and seeing the subject matter i just couldnt see how this film would be as tense as what they were making it out to be. However I'm labeling the film from someone who doesnt really get the point of ballet, so thats an instant turn off. Worth a look though as Darren Aronofsky is a a very talented guy, who else can make Micky Rourke wrestlings answer to Rock Balboa!

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Friday, 15 October 2010

When I met Simon Pegg (for the second time) and why I will never go to a book signing again…

Now the title suggests one big long rant, so I’ll start from the very beginning…

This is not a rant at Simon Pegg, he was just as polite and as friendly as I remember him. The first time I met him was while he was doing the publicity for Hot Fuzz at The London MCM Expo, both him and Nick Frost spoke to me about the picture I had brought for them to sign. It was a great experience and I left with the largest smile on my face. To really understand how happy I have to go back as far as Big Train a sketch show series that Simon (I’ve met the guy twice now, we’re on first name terms…) starred in. He was great in it and had some of my favourite sketches like no wanking in the office, scared of spoons or the brilliant FAT HANDED TWAT!

Of course it wasn’t until Spaced that the bromance really blossomed! Let me take this moment to tell you that Simon Pegg has what all male geeks are attempting to attain, not only is he famous and well loved but he’s had the chance to meet all the people he never dreamed of meeting; got to be a zombie extra for George A.Romero, has starred in a Star Trek movie, met George Lucas and Quentin Tarantino! Most self confessed geeks will never get to do these things; most of us hide away in our hobbit holes and discuss (in length) whether or not Han Solo shot first. In this sense he is the ultimate geek, not a king or god or anything like that just a geek like the rest of us that has something we don’t. Confidence, talent and comic timing assigned to only the greatest of on screen comics.

That’s enough inflating of the man’s ego, it should however tell you why I decided to go and wait outside Waterstones yesterday for four and a half hours to see the man. Now when you arrive early for someone like Simon Pegg you are with a certain breed of geek. Now I’m not saying I’m better than them but these are the people that discuss sci fi facts down to the episode and date and time of when Kirk faced off against Spock! There is nothing wrong with this kind of knowledge I just don’t understand why these geeks feel the need to prove it to you, it’s not a competition! I don’t care what you know! Someone in the queue looked at me like I was the freak when I said “oh I’m just a big fan” in answer to the why are you here question. One gentleman near me who was clearly a collector felt like getting my attention with photos of the stars he had seen and got autographs off. I was able to ignore him till he let of a rather loud scoff of annoyance because a signature was smudged(it really wasn’t that bad!), he the proceeded to tell me of who he had met, how he had met them and what he thought of them.

Now I’ll admit some of his anecdotes were funny, but I was being talked at and I hate that! There were several facts about more recent films he got wrong, I knew it but couldn’t be bothered to get into some big geek debate. Eventually I closed him out with the inception soundtrack booming in my ears. Though he was able to do that to other people in the queue but they were more up for the “No I’m a bigger geek than you!” debate, I just felt like screaming “look I’m not like you I have spikey hair, leave me alone!”. Eventually they let us in, now the weather at the moment (yes I’m going to talk about the weather) is not extremely cold, unless of course your out stood in it for a very long time! My feet and legs had started to go numb by the time they said we could go and wait inside. I’m not complaining about that its just helps to understand the frustration later.

Standing in the crime section looking at the table Simon will be sat at surrounded by copies of his book; I began thinking about what the hell I was going to say to the guy! I didn’t want to gush but I also didn’t want to be silent. The important thing for me at least is; will I be memorable? Will Simon Pegg remember signing my book, the answer of course is no, how could he with so many people meeting him in circumstance like this! I thought of telling him I loved his work, nah to gushy! I thought of asking him for a hug, nah the tables to wide to reach over! I thought of telling him how I had met him before but like I said he wouldn’t have remembered. In the end I decided I would ask him to make the book out to my wife (Naomi, With Love Simon Pegg). I had indoctrinated her using Spaced you see and already had something made out to me so thought it would be nice. I also decided I would try and plug my blog, shameless I know but if I could get someone famous to read it and tell me what he thought it would get noticed. So I wrote Beeonfilm on a receipt I had and planned to give it to him.

The “collector” was still going on about the poor hapless souls next to us and the Waterstones staff were buzzing about here and there. In the “press pit” (a small fenced area) photographers get warmed up till finally Simon appears. He smiles and waves at the people waiting, he is courteous and patient with the press as they tell him to look here there and everywhere. Eventually he sits down and people begin walking forward to meet the man.

Now the beginning of my rant, baring everything in mind! The people at the front with me had been waiting nigh on 5 hours and we were all nervous about meeting someone we are fanatical about, all of us wondering what we’re going to say! So when I reach the table and my book has been handed to him he says hi and someone to our left decides now would be a good time to tell him that “it’s bringing a tear to my eye”… well excuse me but who are you? I have been waiting outside in the cold for ages to talk to this man and you butt in when I’ve only just said hello! I already felt small next to this man now you’re making it worse with a false sense of heart felt emotion! You’ve had your chance publicist, PR man, friend or just hanger on now it’s my turn. I tell him could you write with love Simon Pegg to my wife, He asks me how to spell her name; I tell him. At this point someone at our right puts him off trying to hand him the book of the next person! Excuse me he’s signing mine right now, oh and look because you distracted him he’s signed it wrong! I get a photo (the one above) I say thanks Simon and shake the mans hand, I ask him to google beeonfilm and read what he finds there (if you are reading this Simon: thank you so much for being you and giving my blog a chance). Of course at that point another book has been pushed in front of him and a security guy who has no idea how important this is to me ushers me on. After I realise that the piece of paper with beeonfilm on it is still squashed in the palm of my hand covered in perspiration like some sodden toilet tissue. Some girl speeds past me with her 5 copies she took to the table delighted with the amount of time she got with the man! Is this what I need to do, buy the book 5 times just so I can get more time with him! I resist the temptation to punch her in the face and leave.

I move on, again with a smile but with a bitter feeling of disappointment! Simon will never remember what I said to him, why? because of the inconsiderate pricks that flag him like flies around a turd! If any were family please excuse me, I don’t mean to offend its just I love this mans work I will only ever get a handful of times to meet him and make sure he knows this. You have a lot more time that that! This is why I won’t bother anymore because of arsehole publicists, PR people, security and general people just hanging around who have no idea how important these moments are for the fans! There you go rant over, I’ll go back in my hobbit hole now and watch Spaced with the commentary on…

The Buzz: 15/10/10

Del Toro not for Godzilla (thank the maker!)

Angelina Jolie's film hits a snag

Lots of casting for Breaking Dawn

Top Gun 2, NO WAY!!!!

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Press Release

Statement from Warner Bros. regarding “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1”:

Warner Bros. Pictures has made the decision to release “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” in 2D, in both conventional and IMAX theaters, as we will not have a completed 3D version of the film within our release date window. Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey, and to that end, we are releasing our film day-and-date on November 19, 2010, as planned. We, in alignment with our filmmakers, believe this is the best course to take in order to ensure that our audiences enjoy the consummate “Harry Potter” experience.

Producer David Heyman said, “For 10 years, we have worked alongside Alan Horn and the studio, whose priority has always been to preserve the integrity of Jo Rowling’s books as we have adapted them to the screen, and this decision reflects that commitment.”

Director David Yates added, “This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first.”

As scheduled, on July 15, 2011, we will deliver to conventional and IMAX theaters our final installment of the film franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” in both 2D and 3D formats.

The Buzz: 09/10/10

The Avengers gets a home

Dc big wigs speak about how they intend to aproach their characters movies

Who will direct 'Gangster Squad'?

Tom and Jack will not reunite?

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Farscape Boxset: Press Release

FARSCAPE™: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION from A&E™ is a fan’s dream; all 88 episodes of all four seasons of the classic sci-fi show in one stunning box set, not to mention over 15 hours of bonus features including two disc mini-series THE PEACEKEEPER WARS and rarely-seen special FARSCAPE UNDRESSED.

FARSCAPE follows the adventures of astronaut John Crichton, flung through a wormhole to a far off galaxy while testing a prototype spaceship. Plunged into the midst of a battle, he is rescued by Moya, a living craft crewed by a motley group of escaping alien prisoners being hunted by the fiercely militaristic Peacekeepers.

Featuring mind-blowing sci-fi action, superb storytelling, great special effects and character designs by The Jim Henson Company, FARSCAPE has stood the test of time as a landmark science fiction series. Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime with Moya’s crew – likeable hero John Crichton; renegade Peacekeeper Aeryn Sun; short-tempered warrior Ka D'Argo; psychic priestess Zhaan; mercurial thief Chiana and deposed monarch Dominar Rygel XVI.

FARSCAPE: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION features all four series of the classic sci-fi show – 88 episodes – in one special collector’s edition.
More than 15 hours of bonus material including the rarely-seen special FARSCAPE UNDRESSED as well as episode commentaries, behind-the-scenes interviews, deleted scenes and much, much more.

Bonus 2-disc miniseries FARSCAPE: THE PEACEKEEPER WARS in which our heroes find themselves in the middle of a war-to-end-all-wars.

The Sopranos

It was never going to end well was it?

Lover: Taken from IMDB
“What can you possibly say about a show of this magnitude? "The Sopranos" has literally redefined television as we know it. It has broken all rules, and set new standards for television excellence. Everything is flawless, the writing, directing, and for me, most of all, the acting. Watching this show you'll find yourself realizing that these characters are NOT real. The acting tricks you into thinking there is a real Tony Soprano, or any character. This show is also very versatile. Some people don't watch the show because it's violent, it's not all about the violence, it's about business, family, and many deeper things that all depend on what you, as a fan see. For me, I don't like when people refer to the show, a show about the Mafia. For me, it's a show about family. A family who, through generations, happen to be apart of the mob. Overall this is a masterpiece of a show. This is what television should be. Right here. Complex characters from stunning acting, magnificent story lines from brilliant writing, and what do you get when you mix these ingredients together? A show that defines excellence, and dares to be different.”

Maybe a little far with the watching real people but I agree.

Hater: Taken from IMDB
“I must be some kind of Pollyanna or something because I couldn't discern one truly humorous moment in this show. What is disturbing is that so many people actually think this sort of thing is hilarious. I watched an episode (the one about the blow job and the car wreck) with a friend who I consider to be an intelligent, subtle person. She stared gaped mouthed at the television for an hour without chuckling once. At the end she turned to me and asked "Wasn't that great!?" No, it wasn't. We are indeed in a sad state of affairs when stuff like this is touted as the greatest television ever. If you like stupid, vulgar, dishonest, violent, murderous, vicious people then 'The Sopranos' is the comedy for you.”

Well I don’t know about “everyone” but I never found Sopranos “Hilarious”! It’s written to be funny at moments but in general I took it extremely seriously! I would simply say, It’s a TV programme!!!!

What I thought:
Now this is Beeonfilm I know but some times I do watch TV. I am however hugely behind as I have only just finished this extremely well reviewed HBO series. I’m with the masses on this one, the Sopranos is the fist time I have ever been hugely invested in the characters since The X Files (to anyone that knows me, that’s a big deal!). The Sopranos takes what we know about gangsters in the movies and goes deeper. It shows us the day to day life of a family coping with having a father in organised crime.

Yes it’s violent but then so is the subject matter, if you don’t like any violence on TV why choose to watch a series about the mafia? The one thing I will bring up is that infamous ending. I have to say I neither hater it or like it, I honestly didn’t want it to end. I could have watched The Sopranos till the cows come home. It’s opened ended and could be seen as a bit of a cop out and geeks on the net will endlessly debate whether or not Tony died in that last scene. I say stop debating and make up the end that most suites you. For me he gets up gives a meadow a kiss then they sit down for dinner, after that life just goes on for The Sopranos…

Of course it meant that some of the fans favourite characters had to pay the price. Part of the formula of a gangster movie or show in this instance is that crime of course never pays, these things never really end well do they?

The Buzz: 05/10/10

Zack Snyder to direct Nolans Superman...

A fourth Bourne? But not Paul Greengrass

Christian Bale already preparing for Batman

Synopsis for The Hangover 2?

Friday, 1 October 2010

10 Things I Hate About You

One of the better teen movies

Lover: Taken from IMDB
“I wanted to see this movie when it first came out but never did. I didn't get a copy until a week ago and finally watched it with my girlfriend. I have to admit, I've seen it five times in the past week. A lot of teen movies have very basic or clichéd plots, but not this one. It's based on "The Taming of the Shrew" and it has a lot of interesting twists. The music is awesome, every song actually fits the moment, and the two love stories are actually interesting to watch. Even all the actors did a really great job. The only bad thing is the occasional dirty jokes. If you don't care for teen movies, don't worry, you are just like me, this movie is still worth watching. I'm giving it a 10 to bring those ratings up!”

ok so they liked it..

Hater: Taken form IMDB
“this movie is by far the worst chick teenage flick ever it trys to be funny when it is not. Has the worst camera angles ever at one point in the movie it is looking at a blue car for about 2 seconds then pans to heath ledgers face. Heath ledger or whatever was not even convincing as a bad ass he should just stick to brokeback mountain. At the start of the movie you see this principle writing a novel and the movie makes her seem as a main character but they just cut her off and you never see her again. 1. this movie is not funny 2. heath is just a bad actor in this movie 3. Camera angles and techniques suck 4. Same old story line we have seen rearranged and changed so many times it just makes you feel sorry for the people who acted in this movie 5. this movie is just extremely boring to watch 6. Bad quality of the actual film 7. One minute the main character is drunk and feeling sick the next minute she is sober and speaking clean as day. 8.soundtrack sucks 9. acting is bad 10. but at least they tried”

Well, where to start with this one! Camera angles? Why? Heath Ledgers character is supposed to be a fake badass, it’s a front he puts on at school (they explain that with the rumours scene). You see the principle a couple of times but in all honesty she’s funny when she’s in it and apart form that has no effect on the story what so ever, so who cares? Clever 10 things, here are my replies…
1. In your opinion it’s not funny.
2. Heath Ledger played the character how he was supposed to be played.
3. Cinematography is not an issue in this kind of film.
4. it’s an adaptation of taming of the shrew, what you want to have a go at Shakespeare now!?
5. Again boring in your opinion but way to go filling 10 things!
6. What does this one even mean?
7. Most people after throwing up feel much better and Heath’s character points out she is still drunk when in the car.
8. Productive criticism, I like it!
9. Again straight to the heart of the problem
10. Wait, a good thing in a list of 10 things I HATE about something?

What I thought:
It’s a simple take on taming the shrew, which it should already have praise for! Adapting Shakespeare to a modern setting is not an easy task! It’s full of funny one liners (beer flavoured nipples!) and some great visual gags (archery), despite it being a tad predictable (they all are!) the journey is an enjoyable one. Like all Heath Ledger movies however it is watched with a feeling of melancholy.

Available on DVD and Blu-Ray
Cert: 12 (15 if you get the 10th Anniversay DVD Edition)
Running Time: 97 mins

The Buzz: 01/10/10

Chris Nolan confirms for Batman 3, YAY!!!!!

And Michael Caine speaks a little about it

Christopher Plummer is in Girl with a Dragon Tattoo redo

Game series Myst to become feature film

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