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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.

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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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US Box Office Report

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 10/07/2014 - 21:59

Slowest weekend in two years sees Guardians still at the top

By Rich Matthews

Traditionally, the weekend after Labor Day is one of the worst performing on Hollywood's calendar, but even by that standard, this year continued the downward trend and was particularly weak. With the top 12 only managing to scrape together $51.9m combined, it was easily the lowest grossing weekend in two years, and only just stayed ahead of the worst weekend in a decade, September 5-7 2008, by a paltry $1.6m.

Still, on the bright side, Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy held on to the top spot for the fourth weekend, which places it among the likes of The Dark Knight, Avatar and The Hunger Games from the past 10 years. However, it's telling that Guardians' $294.6m (the highest grosser of the year so far in the US) is way off their respective grosses of $535m, $760.5 and $408m. Guardians does stand a chance of fellow Marvel title Iron Man's $318m, and it ever the biggest ever August grosser (pipping 1999's The Sixth Sense).

Globally, Guardians stands at $586.2m, again showcasing the growing disparity between US and international audiences - compare Guardians international gross of $291m with Transformers: Age of Extinction's $833m or even Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $454.3m, But it is worth celebrating that US moviegoers have put a non-sequel at the top of their list so far this year, while global numbers are dominated by sequels (even Disney's mega-grossing Maleficent is technically a reboot). However, this may only be temporary, with Interstellar, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 and The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies likely to all clear $300m, with the latter a dead cert to pass $400m.

The studios all avoided this weekend like the plague, so no new releases even got into the top 10, with only expensive indie The Identical getting close with $1.9m at number 11 (it cost upwards of $32m to make and market the faith-based drama). The rest of the chart is basically a replay of last weekend, so from two to 10: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ($6.5m, $174.6m US, $300.2m worldwide), morbid Warner Bros drama If I Stay ($5.8m, $39.7m, $50.4m), Fox's New Girl boy cast-led comedy Let's Be Cops ($5.4m, $66.6m, $83.7m), Pierce Brosnan's return to the spy game The November Man ($4.2m, $17.9m), Universal's concept thriller As Above/So Below ($3.7m, $15.6m, $20.3m), American football drama When The Game Stands Tall ($3.7m, $23.5m), the Weinstein's fantasy drama from Phillip Noyce The Giver starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep ($3.6m,$37.8m, $43.5m), Helen Mirren in Lasse Hallstrom's The Hundred-Foot Journey ($3.2m, $45.7m) and Luc Besson/Scarlett Johansson sci-fi actioner Lucy ($2m, $121.2m, $313.4m, so now a real win for Besson).

Next weekend may well see Guardians slip from pole if enough people care about Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr, Morgan Freeman and Kris Kristofferson getting all touchy-feely with porpoises in Dolphin Tale 2, but it's also possible that it may hold strong until September 19 heralds The Maze Runner.

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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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US Box Office Report

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 30/06/2014 - 06:13

Transformers: Age of Extinction is first 2014 movie to open to $100m

By Rich Matthews

With the summer box office running significantly behind summer 2013, the arrival of Michael Bay's fourquel Transformers: Age Of Extinction with the first $100m opening weekend of 2014 represents the season's best chance of recovery.

Internationally, the return of the Autobots was a mammoth success for studio Paramount, raking in more than than $200m – including the biggest opening ever in China of $90m – to post a worldwide opening of $301.3m. That puts it on course to challenge the previous Transformers entry Dark Of The Moon's $1bn-plus final total. How much of that success is to do with new star Mark Wahlberg is debatable, but Age Of Extinction is easily Wahlberg's career-best opening.

Coincidentally, the franchise's former leading man, Shia LaBeouf, was arrested for disorderly behaviour on the day of release. With no decent comers due out over the next month, Bay, Wahlberg and the Dinobots (new in this entry) will likely have the run of the box office that previous big 2014 releases, including Godzilla and X-Men: Days Of Future Past, would have given their eye teeth for.

Outside of Transformers, no one was bold enough to dish up any other wide releases to the slaughter, so the remaining nine of the top 10 was basically a carbon copy of last weekend. While Disney's Angelina Jolie fairytale revision Maleficent managed to cross the $200m mark with a gross of $8.2m at five, no other landmarks were crossed. Sony's 22 Jump Street held on at two, grossing $15.4m for a domestic total of $139.8m and worldwide tally of $194m, with DreamWorks' How To Train Your Dragon 2 also scoring a solid $13.1m for $121.8m US and $227.9m global, which is pacing behind the original, much like Kung Fu Panda 2 did a few years ago. AT four, Kevin Hart comedy Think Like A Man Too took $10.4m ($48.2m - $12m behind the original film at the same point two years ago).

Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys fell to six with $7.6m for a domestic tally of $27.3m, showing little sign of the hoped-for slow-burn for backers Warner Bros, which also saw its embattled Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner Edge Of Tomorrow fall to seven with $5.2m ($84.2m and $318.7m). The Fault In Our Stars tumbled even more at eight with $4.8m ($109.5m and $195m), X-Men: Days Of Future Past landing at nine with $3.3m ($223.4m and $712.7m) and Jon Favreau's Chef continued to simmer at 10, adding $1.7m to make its total $19.4m.

It's doubtful that Melissa McCarthy's latest, Tammy, will knock Optimus Prime off his perch next week, with the first possible hope coming from Fox's Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, which is currently garnering absolutely stellar early reviews. If that doesn't do it, then The Rock is waiting in the wings with Hercules on 25 July before Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy rocks up on 1 August.

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Screenjabber Podcast: Such a tasty treat

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 29/06/2014 - 14:30

Join Neil Davey, Mark Searby 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: The Golden Dream, Chef, Walking on Sunshine and Cold in July. Plus we take a quick peek at the newly-announced line-up for the Film4 FrightFest 2014.

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