Veronica Mars – The First 2 Minutes

Veronica Mars

Let’s take a quick break from the Oscars to talk about one of our favourite subjects at the moment; Veronica Mars. The film is out in a handful of UK cinemas, and available on Video on Demand, next Friday and in the meantime I am contractually obligated to post everything I possibly can:

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As such let me present to you the first two minutes of the film, two minutes which nicely sum up the entire three years of the TV series. A clip to catch up your friends perhaps?

Watch This – The Night of the Doctor

The Night of the Doctor

A treat for your Thursday lunchtime as the BBC have delivered a meaty prequel to the much-anticipated 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who. This is a video best watched without any idea of what it contains. I did and it was all the more surprising for it. It should answer a question or two you might have about the upcoming feature-length episode and the three Doctors within. Now watch!

Exciting, no?

The Day of the Doctor airs on BBC One and in cinemas worldwide on 23rd November 2013.

Divergent – Welcome to the Franchise

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Now that the first moody posters have arrived (click above to enlarge) I think it is about time we talked about Divergent. It’s only a matter of time before the world is forcing you to pay attention to it in the same way they did with Harry Potter, Twilight, and more importantly The Hunger Games. Like the Jennifer Lawrence fronted franchise Divergent is adapted from a trilogy of Young Adult books (the third of which is coming next month) set in a dystopian future with a strong female lead. The books are very popular and in the process of attempting to sneer at them I read the first two and, completely against my will, got hooked. They are not great works of literature but they are engaging, engrossing, very quick to read, and in my opinion are superior to The Hunger Games.

In Divergent the city of Chicago has been fenced off from the rest of the world and society within has split into five different factions to best utilise the skills of each individual with each faction contributing to society in their own way. When someone turns sixteen they must take an aptitude test to discover what faction they are best suited to and then it is up to them to choose which group they join for the rest of their lives. Some people, such as our lead character Tris (played by Shailene Woodley, as all novel characters must be), are Divergent meaning they do not fall into just one category. These people are seen as dangerous, or if you ask me, just well-rounded individuals.

A quick rundown of the five factions:

Divergent Factions

The plot of Divergent follows Tris as she leaves her life in humble Abnegation and joins the violent ranks of Dauntless, tries to hide her true calling as Divergent, falls in love, and maybe starts a revolution of some kind.

Hey, look, a trailer!

The books should make for some good family fun in the cinema and the film looks to be of similar quality to The Hunger Games so hopefully won’t bomb as badly as The Mortal Instruments trilogy is likely to. The films have Kate Winslet involved for a start which puts them miles ahead.

Dauntless is set to come out in the vague period of Spring 2014.

More stills for the super keen:  Continue reading

She & Him: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

She & Him - Baby, It's Cold Outside

The weather is horrible and everyone’s sinuses are filled will all matter of gooey unpleasantries. Conditions such as these make intelligent blogging trickier than ever. While I struggle to fight away what could be described as a minor cold major case of man flu I bring you the aural delights of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward aka She & Him. This week they have released a music video for their fun cover of Baby, It’s Cold Outside from their Christmas album A Very She & Him Christmas.

The cartoon video is short and sweet and is embedded below:

For what it’s worth I much prefer Zooey Deschanel singing Baby, It’s Cold Outside with Leon Redbone on the soundtrack for Elf, everyone’s favourite contemporary Christmas film.

Baby, it’s Cold Outside – Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel

Looper – New Trailers

Looper, the indie sci-fi action thriller about a man contracted to kill his future self sent back from the future, has a second slightly longer UK trailer and a UK poster to boot.

Directed by indie film wunderkind Rian Johnson and starring Bruce Willis alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt with Bruce Willis’ face Looper has easily become my most anticipated film of 2012. It even comes above Katy Perry: Part Of Me which is saying something.

Oooh trailer!

Ooh posters! (click to see versions larger than you know what to do with)

You may notice a UK mobile phone number written on the door in the poster, I called it and just got the message “calls to this number are barred”. However a trip to www.07153902935.com reveals a viral website featuring a single film still. I expect more will come over time.

UPDATE: There’s a new US trailer now too!

Hitchcock/Hopkins Face/Off

Following in the recent footsteps of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, and… erm… Joseph Gordon-Levitt as kinda-sort-of Bruce Willis, People have our first look at Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock. You can barely recognise him under all those chins.

Hopkins will be playing Hitchcock in the film Hitchcock which follows the making of the classic Hitchcockian Hitchcock thriller Psycho as made more obvious in the original (slightly clunky) title of Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho.

Hitchcock also stars the poor man’s Judi Dench Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Toni Colette and James D’Arcy. D’Arcy has a name that sounds familiar until you realise the only time you’ve seen him was in Secret Diary of a Call Girl falling in love with an escort so maybe he’s not the one you were thinking of after all.

Hitchcock started filming last week and will be in cinemas when it’s bloody well ready.

The Avengers vs. The Avengers

Earlier this year it was announced that the upcoming Marvel film The Avengers would be called Avengers Assemble here in the UK. The internet being the overreacting beast that it is there was lots of anger and confusion as to why we weren’t allowed to keep the same title as the rest of the world. One theory was that the title change had been to avoid any confusion with the 1960’s British TV series of the same name.

With one being a film about superheroes and the other a TV series about spies it is initially hard to see why Marvel would be so worried about us Brits getting the two confused. Thankfully that mystery has now been solved as we have exclusive leaked footage of the first 43 seconds of the upcoming Avengers Assemble. Watch the footage below and you should be able to see that writer/director Joss Whedon has actually taken a little inspiration from the TV series when designing the title sequence for his film.

And the TV series intro for comparison:

Avengers Assemble is in cinemas on 26th April 2012 and has nothing to do with The Avengers.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I Think You May Be Allergic to Something

Rian Johnson (director of the stylish Brick and the stylish but flawed Brothers Bloom) is soon to be back in cinemas with his third film Looper. In Looper Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an assassin tasked with killing targets sent back from the future – the logic being that if you kill them in the past there’s no victim to be found. One day Gordon-Levitt recognises one of his targets as the future version of himself (as played by Bruce Willis) and plenty of running and jumping ensues.

With Rian Johnson at the helm Looper is sure to have plenty of visual flair and who can resist some time travel based fun? The first trailer will be with us in a few days and over the weekend the first images of Joseph Gordon-Levitt have appeared. Interestingly, he’s wearing prosthetics to make him look more like a younger Bruce Willis. A wise move or a crime against his face?

Click the images below to enlarge.

Looper is out in the UK on 28th September 2012 and had better be amazing or I’ll cry.

In Darkness – Trailer & Pics

In Darkness is the latest film from acclaimed Polish director Agnieszka Holland and, from what I’ve overheard whilst eavesdropping on people who know more than me, was essentially the runner-up for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars on Sunday.

In Darkness is set in Nazi-occupied Poland and follows a sewer workers attempts to hide a group of Jews deep within the sewer system. While I can’t yet tell you how good the film is, I can share with you the trailer and some images.

WARNING: Contains subtitles and extended scenes of sewers

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In Darkness is on limited release from 16th March 2012.