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It’s been a long time coming, but we finally get a brief look at the upcoming Fantastic 4 reboot staring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell.

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Humm…. thoughts?

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These days, almost everyone is attached to their phone, and a phone can do just about anything. People already use their phone for watching movies, but with apps, film fans can go a little deeper and connect with their favourite films even more. For film lovers, there’s nothing better than an app that allows them to interact with the movies they love and get more information about them. People no longer have to be content with just sitting and watching a film; there are so many ways to make the movie-going experience more interactive. There are some great apps out there for looking up movie times, getting reviews, and finding out more about a film.

IMDB

IMDB

IMDB 

One of the top free movie apps is the IMDB app. IMDB is one of the largest movie databases and the app can be used to find movie ratings, watch trailers, and find out information about upcoming movies. The IMDB app also allows users to look at photos, keep up their must-see lists, rate the films and TV shows they watch, and look up the actors and actresses. The app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

RunPee

RunPee

RunPee

The RunPee app allows users to look up the film they are seeing and find out when it’s safe to take a bathroom break. It tells them their cue to leave and how long they have so that they don’t have to worry about missing the best part of the movie. The app finds three to five-minute scenes that don’t have plot twists, funny moments, or any major action. It also lets users know if there is anything in the credits worth staying around for. Download it here.

Film Study

Film Study

Film Study

This great little app (sadly only on iOS), allows you to enjoy a large array of public domain movies, as well as import your own, and make notes on the film whilst it’s playing. You can also tag sections of the film making it easy to search, and when you finish, email your notes to yourself, and it’ll send along screenshots with it. Really handy little app for those studying film!

Turner Classic Movies

TCM APP

TCM APP

For the classic film buff, the Turner Classic Movies app is a must-have. This app has on-demand classic films available and it allows users to access the network live. It’s available on all platforms, and has photos, movie history, trivia, and scheduling. It also has a feature that allows users to take a virtual tour of classic Hollywood. The TCM app is available for phones and tablets.

Disney Creativity Studio

Disney Creativity Studio

Disney Creativity Studio

For children, there is the Disney Creativity Studio app designed by Worry Free Labs. This app is designed to promote creativity in children and allow them to make art. They can learn how to draw the Disney characters that they love. The app features advanced software and an extensive colour palate that allows for lifelike drawing. Drawings can be saved and shared. The app is compatible with iPad Retina display.

There are a lot of great apps out there for film lovers. These apps make it easier to connect to the world of movies. Not only that but they also allow users to learn more about films and to interact with them.

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The phrase ‘action movie star Colin Firth’ is not one i’d ever thought i’d utter… Kingsman: The Secret Service changes that. Director Matthew Vaughn (of Kick Ass & X-Men First Class fame), along with long time collaborator Jane Goldman have crafted a brilliant, funny and uniquely wonderful love letter to the old school British spy.

The story follows Colin’s character ‘Galahad’ as he inducts a new apprentice to the ultra-secret service of the ‘Kingsmen’. The chavvy Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin (brilliantly played by relative newcomer Taron Egerton) is not their usual caliber of recruit, but Galahad sees something in the lad and pushes to train him as a super-spy.

Firth seems to take to the action star role rather well, tackling some of the most brutal comic book fight sequences since Hit-Girl sliced her way through 2010’s Kick-Ass. Egerton looks completely comfortable on screen, despite this being his first time on a film set and holds his own, which is a great achievement looking at the incredible caliber of actors surrounding him. Michael Caine playing the Kingsman’s leader Arthur, Mark Strong as weapons and tech specialist Merlin, and Samuel L Jackson chewing through scenery as Valentine, the lisping, evil billionaire looking to destroy the world. Special mention also needs to go to Sofia Boutella who plays Valentine assistant/assassin Gazelle, who has a rather unique weapon of choice!

Vaughn, once again, has managed to take the work of Mark Millar, and transform it into a highly entertaining (if also ultra-violent) movie. It’s old-school Bond-eque, without being Bond, mixed with flashes of his previous work on Kick-Ass, Snatch, and a dose of class. Wonderfully stylish, and very funny.

9/10 – Brilliant, funny and uniquely wonderful. The most kick ass movie since Kick-Ass!
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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service

In a nice change to the usual London-centric showings, VUE cinemas are hosting a whole bunch of regional premieres for the upcoming movie – Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, the direct of Kick Ass and X-Men First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organisation that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

If you’re in near any of the following locations, just click here to book online and get tickets! Regional premieres are taking place at:

Westfield London, Westfield Stratford City, Bristol Cribbs Causeway, Birmingham, Edinburgh Omni Centre, Glasgow Fort, Dublin, Leeds The Light, Manchester Lowry, Gateshead Trinity Square, Plymouth, Cardiff, Thurrock, Portsmouth and Sheffield.

However, we are post-Christmas and I know you maybe feeling a bit cash-strapped, so the nice people at VUE in Star City Birmingham have given us 2 tickets to give away!

The showing is at 7.45pm on Weds the 14th of January 2015. You’ll have to make your own way there, but once you do, you will be treated to the ultimate red carpet experience, including a glass of bubbly, a goody bag and a limited edition Kingsman poster! Plus, there will be a live satellite feed of the premiere from London’s Leicester Square so you can sit back and catch all the action before the film starts.

 

How to Win 2 tickets to the Kingsman: The Secret Service Regional Premiere at VUE Star City Birmingham!

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To celebrate Meryl Streep coming back to our screens as the witch in Into the Woods, Empire Cinemas have compiled a list of the best female villains in cinema to get you in the mood before you enter the forest…

Mystique

Mystique

10. Mystique (X-Men, 2000)

Whilst the Jennifer Lawrence version may have softened the character of Magneto’s loyal second in command, the original screen version played by actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos’s was much more out-and-out villain. Then you’d be kinda grumpy if you were stuck in make-up for the blue-clad role took a whopping nine hours. She also could not drink wine, use skin creams, or fly the day before filming, because it could have caused her body chemistry to change slightly, causing the 110 prosthetics applied to her skin to fall off!

Maleficent

Maleficent

9. Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)

It was a close run thing with Snow White’s Queen, but Maleficent pips her to the post as the Disney uber villain (although we’d like to see that battle). Sleeping Beauty took a budget-busting nine years to make and the stunning palette makes the film a classic. Last year Angelina Jolie made the deliciously evil witch her own in a role that was made for her – Maleficent lives on!

8. Miranda Priestly (The Devil Wears Prada, 2006)

Meryl Streep is no stranger to playing the villain in the Anna Wintour inspired performance as the boss everyone loves to hate. Ultimately it teaches us the ultimate lesson – all problems can be solved by Chanel.

Catherine Tramell

Catherine Tramell

7. Catherine Tramell (Basic Instinct, 1992)

Any woman who can cross her legs like that has got to be a narcissistic psychopath. Showered with controversy at the time, Sharon Stone’s bisexual killer has now become a movie icon. Writer Joe Eszterhas, who also wrote Flashdance, churned out the original screenplay in 13 days before a bidding war kicked in on the unproduced story.

6. Baby Jane Hudson (Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, 1962)

Baby Jane Hudson

Baby Jane Hudson

One of the most infamous of Hollywood rivalries between Bette Davies and Joan Crawford meant art mirrored life perfectly in this psychological thriller. Bette Davis plays Baby Jane, a former child star who imprisons and antagonises her wheelchair-bound actress sister Blanche (Crawford). Both dream of their former fame and glory but Davis slips further and further into fantasy while avidly torturing her sister. Both actresses found their careers revitalised after such star turns.

5. Nurse Mildred Ratchett (One flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975)

Nurse Ratchett

Nurse Ratchett

Possessing a poised menace that puts Jack Nicolson in his place, it’s no wonder Louise Fletcher’s performance as Nurse Ratchett swept the board at Oscar time. Yet she’d auditioned for the part for over six months with director Milos Forman telling her each time she wasn’t approaching the part correctly. She was finally signed a week before filming.

 

4. Mayday (A View to a Kill, 1985)

Mayday

Mayday

It may be Roger Moore’s least favourite of his Bond films, but the addition of Christopher Walken, Duran Duran and the statuesque Grace Jones as Walken’s villainous sidekick Mayday made this a Bond film for the MTV generation. Moore was barely on speaking terms with Jones during filming but her Amazon qualities made her a force to be reckoned with.

 

3. Annie Wilkes (Misery, 1990)

Annie Wilkes

Not at all disturbing…

Stephen King sure can churn ‘em out and Kathy Bates is perfect as the megafan Annie that puts the fear of God into all novelists, kidnapping the writer played by James Caan and holding him prisoner to make him write his books how she sees fit. That’s right. Holding James Caan prisoner. Him from The Godfather. NOW you’re impressed…

2. Alex Forrest (Fatal Attraction, 1987)

Ah yes… The character that gave us the phrase ‘bunny boiler’… Glenn Close is SCARY as the persistent stalker from hell who will not let it go of the philandering Michael Douglas.

1. The Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz, 1939)

Green-skinned, cranky and with a penchant for shoes, this is not a woman to mess with. Famously melting into nothing when Dorothy hurls water at her (no wonder she covered her hair when she couldn’t shower), the Wicked Witch of the west is the stuff of nightmares, flustering Dorothy enough to get her to traipse off to the Emerald City. Actress Margaret Hamilton certainly sweated for the part spending 6 weeks recuperating from burns after her fiery exit from Munchkinland malfunctioned. So scary was she that studio bigwigs cuts several scenes, worrying they were too much for children.

Into The Woods is released at Empire Cinemas from Friday 9th January.

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“Scott, I’ve been watching you for a while now…”

Marvel have been teasing it all week, but during Agent Carter’s premiere in the US last night, the first trailer for Ant-Man landed. This 2 min preview is the first to show some actual footage of the titular character in action. It’s a mix of dark, serious, and moody, with some comedy sprinkled over the end, but looks cool.

The film stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym (old Ant-Man) and was eventually directed by Payton Reed (Yes Man, Bring It On). 

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Doctor Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

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