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Trips of the Week

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 20/07/2014 - 16:14

By Stuart O'Connor

Each week, the Screenjabber inbox gets overloaded with emails containing new film trailers, or clips of films or upcoming Blu-ray/DVD/VoD releases. Here are a few of those trailers and clips (hence trips) that caught our eye this week ...

Guardians of the Galaxy: Chris Pratt is Peter Quill

Million Dollar Arm UK trailer

Hercules: The Rock and Brett Ratner talk weapons and battle scenes

Magic In The Moonlight trailer

Filmed in Supermarionation trailer

Movie Preview Show episode 12

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Interview | The Hooligan Factory

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 15/07/2014 - 18:22

Screenjabber's Mark Searby talks to actor Jason Maza about his leading role as football hooligan Danny in the spoof British film The Hooligan Factory. He talks about why now is the time to spoof the hooligans, how Danny is actually part of the audience, the big fight scenes and if he is part of the prawn sandwich brigade.

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US Box Office Report

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 13/07/2014 - 19:03

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes grabs a mighty $73m opening

By Rich Matthews

Original franchise prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened to $54m three years ago – and was considered a surprise, both commercially and critically. Directed by Cloverfield's Matt Reeves, the sequel is topping it both in terms of stellar notices and with a $73m opening weekend. As good as that is for both Fox and moviegoers – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is that rare film that both audiences and critics like – sadly the US domestic box office continued to underperform, with the equivalent weekend last year scoring 24 per cent more coin.

Starring the returning (and mo-capped) Andy Serkis, Apes may have the best stamina of any other summer blockbuster if receipts reflect quality – great news for the studio, as Fox has hit $1bn in box office faster than at any other point in its history, thanks to X-Men: Days Of Future Past's $700m-plus gross.

Coming in second, Paramount and Michael Bay's demi-reboot Transformers: Age of Extinction scored $16.5m to cross the $200m mark at home – which takes its global tally to a massive $752.5m, already the biggest film of the year. Following up behind Mark Wahlberg and the Autobots at number three, Melissa McCarthy's Tammy managed to hold on to 60 per cent of its opening gross to take $12.9m for a domestic gross of $57.4m (so far it's only taken $2.5m elsewhere), with fellow comedy 22 Jump Street continuing its hot streak at four, the Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum cop-com cuffing an $6.7m. Worldwide, the 21 Jump Street sequel has assembled $253.7m, something of a coup for studio Sony. Rounding out the top five, DreamWorks' How To Train Your Dragon 2 grabbed $5.9m for a domestic tally of $152.1m and a global gross of $349.5m, still some $140m off the final total of the original.

The remainder of the top 10 saw cutesy family alien drama Earth To Echo drop to six with $5.5m ($25m), future Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson's possession horror Deliver Us From Evil hitting seventh with $4.7m ( $25m), Angelina Jolie's revisionist Disney epic Maleficent magicking up a further $4.2m ($222m, $669m), Keira Knightley singing for Mark Ruffalo in indie Begin Again at nine with $2.9m ($5.3m), and Clint Eastwood's lacklustre adaptation of Broadway smash Jersey Boys taking $2.5m ($41.7, $48.7m).

Of note outside the top 10, Richard Linklater's unique 12-year study of adolescence, Boyhood, posted the second-highest location gross of the year, pipped only by Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. Destined to maintain the funk at the US box office, next weekend sees Disney sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue, horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy and Jason Segel/Cameron Diaz R-rated laffer Sex Tape take on the monkeys and megabots.

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Trips of the Week

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 12/07/2014 - 06:00

By Stuart O'Connor

Each week, the Screenjabber inbox gets overloaded with emails containing new film trailers, or clips of films or upcoming Blu-ray/DVD/VoD releases. Here are a few of those trailers and clips (hence trips) that caught our eye this week ...

Ghostbusters: 30th Anniversary trailer

 


Wakolda trailer

 


Guardians of the Galaxy: Zoe Saldana is Gamora

 


Welcome to New York trailer

 


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Survivor featurette

 


Movie Preview Show episode 11

 


The Expendables 3: World Cup TV Spot

 


Northwest trailer

 


Gone Girl trailer

 


Sex Tape clip: No One Understands The Cloud

 


Under The Skin trailer

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Screenjabber Podcast: Coming of Age of Extinction

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 11/07/2014 - 18:41

Join Doug Cooper, Mark Searby, Peter Johnson and host Stuart O'Connor for more film reviews and jolly japes as we take a look at a few of this week's UK cinema releases: How To Train Your Dragon 2, Begin Again, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Boyhood. But before that, we take a quick peek at three of the films that were released in the UK last week: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, A Hard Day's Night and Tammy.

You can listen to and download the podcast – or subscribe to it on iTunes ... plus you can follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook.

PubQuest: We're looking to take the Screenjabber Pubcast on the road, and want your input. Know a great pub in London we should visit to record the show? Drop us a line and let us know.

WriterQuest: We're seeking some more writers, particularly those who want to cover video games for us. Please get in touch if you're keen.

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PREVIEW | Guardians of The Galaxy

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 09/07/2014 - 20:30

By Sarah McGrath

Last night I was lucky enough to go to the 3D IMAX preview of upcoming Marvel hit Guardians Of The Galaxy in Leciester Square.

I describe it as a "hit" because after watching the 17-minute preview there is no doubt in my mind that it will be a smash hit.

I went in a little apprehensive because while I am a huge Marvel film fan, like many I'd never heard of Guardians Of The Galaxy.

At the end of the preview, however, I was a convert.

No spoilers, but we were treated to a lengthy action sequence complete with a cracking soundtrack and some highly comedic moments.

It gave a taste of what's to come and left me wanting much, much more.

Boasting an all-star cast of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, just to name a few, I'm sure this next offering from Marvel will be the success of the summer.

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INTERVIEW | Andy Nyman

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 06/07/2014 - 18:43

Screenjabber's Mark Searby chats with actor, writer, producer, director and magician Andy Nyman, who talks about his career starting with his first role through to being in a Hollywood blockbuster.

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Trips of the Week

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 06/07/2014 - 16:20

By Stuart O'Connor

Each week, the Screenjabber inbox gets overloaded with emails containing new film trailers, or clips of films or upcoming Blu-ray/DVD/VoD releases. Here are a few of those trailers and clips (hence trips) that caught our eye ...

Earth to Echo

Let's Be Cops

Movie Preview Show

Sex Tape clip: I Was Thinking

Hercules: The cast comes to London

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INTERVIEW | Film composer Frank Ilfman

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 01/07/2014 - 18:36

Screenjabber's Mark Searby and Stuart O'Connor chat with Saturn award-winning composer Frank Ilfman, the man behind the brilliant score for Big Bad Wolves, Rabies ... and many more.

You can listen to and download the interview ... plus you can follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook.

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Men at Play

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 01/07/2014 - 17:13

Throughout cinema history, the "group of guys misbehaving" trope has been visited often – whether this is through the medium of school/college kids searching for sex, or middle-aged men behaving badly. The Stag, set for a digital release on July 7 and coming to Blu-ray and DVD from July 21, is the latest testosterone-heavy comedy to mine this seam so, to celebrate we’re taking a look at some of the best "man" films out there ...

Animal House (1978)
Directed by John Landis, National Lampoon’s Animal House follows a misfit group of fraternity members who challenge the dean of Faber College. Based on writer Harold Ramis and producer Ivan Reitman’s personal college experiences, the film’s cast is led by John Belushi as drunken degenerate Bluto, who leads his fellow frat members into all kinds of gross-out, tasteless but very hilarious antics.

Swingers (1996)
Doug Liman’s much-loved 1996 comedy-drama follows two single, unemployed actors living in Hollywood during the 1990s swing revival. Starring Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn (in his debut role), the former is pining over the loss of his long-term girlfriend, while the latter makes it his personal mission to teach his pal the swinging lifestyle (giving exposure to the term "wingman") amid Hollywood nightlife.

The Full Monty (1997)
Peter Cattaneo’s Sheffield-set comedy-drama stars Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy and Tom Wilkinson as unemployed men who decide to form a male striptease act in order to earn enough money to do something with their lives. The film’s title is a reference to a line of dialogue in the film where it is announced they will go "the full monty" – which translates to stripping all the way. The film’s use of Hot Chocolate’s classic You Sexy Thing helped earn this place among the most revered British films of the 90s.

American Pie (1999)
This naughty teen film – which has spawned three sequels – focuses on five male friends who make a pact to lose their virginity before their high school graduation. Forcing Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott (as scene-stealer Stifler) into the limelight, the film was a box-office smash with the film’s title referring to a particularly debauched scene whereby Biggs’ Jim is caught masturbating with a pie after being told how "third base" feels like "warm apple pie". Eugene Levy’s role as Jim’s father is also a highlight.

Wedding Crashers (2005)
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn star as John and Jeremy, the two "wedding crashers" of the title who naughtily sneak into wedding parties in order to meet and bed women. During one particular wedding party (held by Christopher Walken’s US Secretary of the Treasury) the two meet and fall for his daughters Claire (Rachel McAdams) and Gloria (Isla Fisher).

Superbad (2007)
Greg Mottola’s Superbad, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (responsible for 2013’s This Is the End), stars Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as teenagers who lament their poor social standing and, of course, their virginity. Obtaining a fake ID, Fogell (Mintz-Plasse) successfully buys alcohol for a party they were invited to by Emma Stone’s Jules. What ensues is a debauched night of drinking, drug-taking and sexual mishaps.

Role Models (2008)
Role Models stars Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott as two energy drink reps whose wild behaviour forces them to enrol in a community service program which sees them given the task with being role models to two kids. Showing they have hearts, and forging genuine affections for the kid they’re paired with, the two still manage to get up to no good during several raucous set-pieces – one standout scene taking place on a scouting trip.

The Hangover (2009)
The two films that followed it may have dipped in quality, but the first Hangover film was a stellar naughty comedy which saw a group of males (led by Bradley Cooper, alongside Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis) head to Las Vegas to celebrate their best friend’s wedding. Having a night to remember, they wake up the next morning to find they have forgotten almost everything about the night before – including why one of them is missing, why one of them has lost a tooth and why there is a tiger in their bathroom... 

The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)
Take a small-time E4 comedy series set in a fictional town in England and put it on the big screen and set it in Crete and apparently you get a recipe for blockbusting success. Obviously, this is down to writers Damon Beesley and Iain Morris and the Inbetweeners themselves: Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison). After completing their final year at school together, the four head on a party holiday where misadventures follow – as well as laughs. Lots of laughs.

The Stag (2014)
The Stag follows a group of males who attend an adventurous bachelor party weekend in Ireland, which takes some unexpected detours throughout. Led by Sherlock’s Andrew Scott, the laugh-out-loud comedy enabled him to showcase a softer side, playing the adorable, charming best man to Hugh O’Conor’s groom. Displaying a natural aptitude for comedy, Scott was roundly praised for his performance, and the film displays far more depth and heart than the average ‘bachelor weekend’ film.

• The Stag is released on digital platforms from July 7 and on Blu-ray and DVD from July 21, from Arrow Films

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