WATCH: Ryan Gosling takes us to the moon in trailer for First Man

Sometimes you can tell that a film is going to be epic before you’ve even seen it and this is one of those films.

First Man has all the ingredients needed to be special – one of the most talented director’s on the scene in Damien Chazelle and a lead filled by one of Hollywood’s hottest properties in Ryan Gosling.

Mix that with the incredible true story behind Buzz Aldrin and the historical journey to becoming the first man to walk on the moon and you’ve got yourself something to very much look forward to.

With the first trailer for First Man being released yesterday, we get a taste of what we’re dealing with – and it doesn’t disappoint. Check it out below:

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WATCH: First look at Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic in new trailer

Freddie Mercury lives! And he lives in the body of Rami Malek who features as the exuberant Queen lead singer in the first trailer for biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Malek, best known for his role in Mr. Robot, will star as Mercury despite Sacha Baron Cohen originally being cast in 2010 but leaving the project in 2013 due to “creative differences” with Mercury’s former band mates. Guitarist Brian May went on to label Baron Cohen “an arse”.

The project later faced issues when original director Bryan Singer was dropped due to spending too much time away with health issues. Eddie the Eagle director, Dexter Fletcher, was then drafted in midway through production.

Despite all the troubles the movie faced, we have finally been treated to the first taste of what is to come and judging by the new trailer, Malek looks like the perfect fit for the role.

Check out the trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody below, which hits UK cinemas this November!

Deadpool apologises to David Beckham for THAT joke in the first movie

One of the best things about the first Deadpool movie were the many hilarious lines, primarily delivered by the brilliant Ryan Reynolds as he portrayed the foul-mouthed superhero.

In the latest piece of marketing brilliance from the Deadpool team, with the sequel just days away, we see the title character personally apologise to David Beckham.

Reynolds famously made fun of the former England football captain in the first movie, saying: “Have you ever heard David Beckham speak? It’s like he mouth-sexed a can of helium”.

As you can see below, Deadpool personally visits Beckham to apologise specifically for that joke – but things soon take a turn…

Sherlock Holmes 3 confirmed and given release date

Warner Bros. have officially confirmed that there will be a third instalment in the Sherlock Holmes series, after announcing its release for Christmas Day in 2020.

We last saw director Guy Ritchie’s big screen edition of the famous detective, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, back in 2011 and there have been rumours aplenty over whether a third movie would be made.

Although the release date has been announced, there has yet to be confirmation that Ritchie will direct the third instalment, nor whether RDJ or Law would return as bickering partners Holmes and Watson.

That said, RDJ earlier this year announced his intentions to reprise the role when speaking to Entertainment Weekly, claiming that his wife’s production company were “still looking at doing another Sherlock Holmes.”

RDJ is currently lapping up the inevitable successes of Avengers: Infinity War and will be seen playing Doctor Doolittle later this year.

Law and Ritchie have remained silent regarding any return as yet but it’s hard to see the pair decide against the project given the successes of the first two movies.

Director Ritchie has recently been working on other movies such as King Arthur and the live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin whilst recently announcing that he is working on a British gangster movie

Meanwhile, Law will soon be seen featuring as a young Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts sequel and is also currently filming for next year’s Captain Marvel.

But with the movie now confirmed and given a release date, fingers crossed the entire gang will return for the third Sherlock Holmes instalment that we’ve all been hungry for!

Step Brothers director says that a sequel is ‘very possible’

This is probably the best news you’re going to hear all day!

Step Brothers director, Adam McKay, has opened up about the possibility of a sequel to one of the best comedies in recent years.

Many fans of the original have hoped to see Dale and Brennan return since leaving us in hysterics 10 years ago, and there’s no reason why a sequel can’t be done.

McKay, who also directed Anchorman, The Other Guys and The Big Short, told CinemaBlend that he is open to a sequel, despite previously having doubts.

He said: “It is very possible in five years, because I don’t think the Step Brothers idea gets worse the older these guys get.

“We could all look at each other and go, ‘all right, let’s go do it.’ A while ago I said, ‘No way we’re doing it.’ But I thought about it. I was like, ‘Why am I saying that? We definitely could end up doing that.’ So who knows?”.

Will Ferrell doesn’t often turn down the chance of a sequel, having featured in Anchorman 2 and last year’s Daddy’s Home 2.

That being said, Ferrell seemed reserved about a potential sequel in a previous interview with New York Daily News, drawing to his experiences with Anchorman in mind.

He said: “The sequel thing is so funny because, we decided obviously to go down the road with Anchorman, and we made what I thought was a really great sequel, really funny.

“The entertainment media and fans beg you, and beg you, and beg you for sequels, and then you make it and you definitely have a fraction that’s like, ‘Well, not as good as the first one.’ So I guess it’s a catch-22. It’s a nice catch-22, because people love the movies in the first place.”

Ferrell did however go on to say that ideas for a sequel were already being discussed.

He said: “We talked about Step Brothers and then Adam and I got sidetracked with other things. We had a whole story where John (C. Reilly) and I follow our parents to live in a retirement community and try to convince them that we earned the right to retire as well”.

I think it’s safe to say that everyone would love to see Nighthawk and Dragon back together!

 

10 Facts you might not know about Citizen Kane

It’s 77 years since one of the greatest American films ever made was screened for the first time in New York. Orson Welles’ mystery drama ‘Citizen Kane’ is still considered by many to be the best movie to ever come out of Hollywood due to it’s creative expression and artistic innovation.

It was the movie to set new standards in the film making business and is the reason why it is regarded so highly nearly eight decades on from its release. Here are 10 things you may not have known about arguably the greatest movie ever made:

Orson Welles was just 25 when he co-wrote, starred in, produced and directed the film, his first feature.

The movie’s protagonist, Charles Foster Kane, was inspired by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. Co-writer, Herman J. Mankiewicz, created Kane’s dialogue using lines from Hearst’s own writing and speeches.

As a result, Hearst was angered by the film and even went to some length to stop it being released. He accused Welles of being a communist, which at the time was enough of a label to tarnish anyone’s reputation in Hollywood and even prompt Government investigation.

Kane’s estate int he movie, Xanadu, was based on Hearst castle, Hearst’s extravagant mansion in San Simeon, California.

In 2015, 74 years after its release, the movie screened at Heart Castle for the very first time. The benefit screening consisted of 60 attendees, with tickets costing $1,000 each.

Considered the best movie of all time, Citizen Kane only won a single Academy Awards: Best Screenplay, despite being nominated for nine in total.

Welles was injured twice during the filming of the movie. Starring as Kane himself, Welles badly cut his left hand during a scene in which he is trashing a room. He also suffered a chipped ankle after tripping whilst filming a dramatic scene where he chases his rivals down some stairs. He was forced to reschedule some of his scenes and direct from a wheelchair for two weeks.

The cinematography was revolutionary. Welles, along with cinematographer Gregg Toland, perfected the technique of “deep focus,” keeping every object in the foreground, centre and background in simultaneous focus.

In 1982, one of the “Rosebud” sleds from the film was put up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York City. The buyer was director Steven Spielberg. Though some of the “Rosebud” sleds were burned during production as part of the final scene, it’s still unclear if Spielberg’s copy is the only one remaining.

Welles gave himself caffeine poisoning during production. He drank a reported 30 cups of coffee per day and switched to tea but he ended up drinking so much that his skin began to change colour. He also would eat meals consisting of three large steaks and sides.

REVIEW: Marvel crank it up in Avengers: Infinity War

For 10 years, Disney and Marvel have dominated the cinematic universe and now, after the backstories, the sequels, the assembling movies, a Civil War and an incredible amount of money making, it has come down to this.

One concern going into Avengers: Infinity War is just how the directing Russo brothers, who had also helmed the previous two Captain America movies, would manage so many protagonists culminating together to tackle the ultimate enemy. Well, 160 minutes of exhilarating superhero nerdiness, it’s safe to say they have passed that particular test with flying colours.

In fact, not every Marvel champion features despite the number of heroes involved estimating around the 30 mark. So again, it seems the Russo brothers will have a similar challenge on their hands going into the 4th and final Avengers movie.

Back to Infinity War however, and with all our favourite heroes scattered across various areas of the universe, they must assemble once more to take on a foe who has threatened to make a dramatic entrance since the first Avenger movie, Thanos (Josh Brolin).

As any Marvel nerd will know, Thanos is seeking a collection of jewels known as Infinity Stones, each one giving him more power and bringing him closer to universal domination. Standing in his way? The remnants of the Avenger initiative, a hammerless Asgardian God, a wizard, a king and the Guardians of the Galaxy – overall a group squabbling, egotistical individuals who must come together to deny Thanos.

Something that works in the Russo brothers’ favour is that there’s no desperate need to engage us with so many characters. Thanks to the many individual movies before it, we already have this emotional attachment to them all and thanks the charisma fuelled cast, there’s a character to care about in every scene.

In addition, much of the movie is surrounded by sacrifice and tragedy as many expected, while as with any Avenger movie, we are treated to a barrel of laughs and lighter moments. The Russo brothers must be credited for managing to find a perfect balance of hilarious, heartbreaking and exhilarating.

Brolin as Thanos is genuinely terrifying as an old school villian – twice the size of your average human with giant arms, constantly voicing his intentions of wiping out half of the universe. Another potential concern was the overuse of CGI for this particular character, as we’ve seen so much of in superhero movies of late, but Brolin isn’t masked too much and remains visually genuine.

Skipping from one world to another and cutting from one group of superheroes to another, Infinity War flies by and by the end, it doesn’t feel like you have been sat in the cinema for two and a half hours. In fact, the end of the movie is potentially the weakest and most underdeveloped, but it certainly sets the fourth and final instalment of the Avengers franchise up nicely.

UK Summer Movie Guide 2018

Summer is often the time for huge blockbusters and numerous amounts of superhero movies. It’s no surprise that this year isn’t any different, but this looks set to be a summer to remember for film with plenty of big titles to check out, as well as a few smaller releases which you definitely need to keep an eye out for. Here comes the sun!

Avengers: Infinity War – 26th April

Okay, so I may have jumped the gun with this one but surely the release of the latest Avengers instalment marks the actual start of summer? Little needs to be said for this one as our favourite superheroes combine once again to save all us ordinary people.

Tully – 4th May

Charlize Theron is a struggling single mother of three in this comedy from the guys behind Juno. To help her solve her problems, she hires a nanny (Mackenzie Davis) who she forms an unlikely bond with. Definitely one for all the mums out there!

I Feel Pretty – 4th May

Amy Schumer stars in this comedy about an insecure woman who after accident, wakes up believing that she is the most attractive and most capable woman on the planet. As a result, her insecurities diminish and she is able to live fearlessly until she discovers the truth.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties – 11th May

Set in Suburban London in the 1970, a group of teenagers, led by Enn (Alex Sharp), come across an alternative party consisting of foreign exchange students from America. Or so it would seem – they are in fact aliens, one of which Enn falls for and must ultimately save. This British indie romp also stars Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman and Matt Lucas.

Life of the Party – 11th May

Melissa McCarthy is no stranger to playing the overweight, middle-aged female comedy role in movies and she’s at it again as she teams up with husband and director Ben Falcone for this romp about a single mother who decides to go back to college – the same one her daughter happens to attend (obviously).

Breaking In – 11th May

Imagine Panic Room but in reverse. Gabrielle Union must break into her deceased father’s house in order to save her children who have been taken and held hostage by robbers seeking a hidden fortune – little do they know that she is capable of beating the shit out of them.

Deadpool 2 – 15th May

Another that needs no introduction as Ryan Reynolds reprises the role of the merc with a mouth, this time to take on Josh Brolin’s Cable, his second villainous role in a Marvel film in the space of a month. What an awful man.

On Chesil Beach – 18th May

Oscar nominated Saoirse Ronan stars in the periodic drama about two young lovebirds whose differing backgrounds come between them. Billy Howse and Emily Watson also star.

Solo: A Star Wars Story – 24th May

Star Wars nerds didn’t have to wait long for their latest fix of out of this world action. Alden Ehrenreich plays a young Han Solo in this coming-of-age tale alongside Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson.

Show Dogs – 25th May

It’s very rare talking animals in a live-action movie actually makes for a good film. And this doesn’t look to be any different. That said, Show Dogs is probably worth a few family laughs from Will Arnett and the voices of Ludacris and Stanley Tucci.

Book Club – 1st June

Just when you thought we were done with the whole 50 Shades phase, Book Club focuses on four elderly friends who come across the book and their lives quickly change forever. Diane KeatonJane FondaCandice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen all star in this comedy.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – 6th June

The first Jurassic World instalment currently sits as the fourth highest grossing movie of all time despite proving distinctly average. There’s more promise for its sequel though, with Chris Pratt promising a darker, scarier follow up.

Ocean’s 8 – 22nd June

In this spinoff of the original Ocean’s trilogy, Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean (sister of George Clooney’s Danny) who assembles an all-star team of Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Rihanna to pull off a heist on the Met Gala in New York.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado – 29th June

No Denis Villenueve or Emily Blunt for this sequel, but Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin do return as federal agent’s looking to curb drug trafficking at the US-Mexico border.

Tag – 6th July

Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner and Jon Hamm star in this comedy based on an incredibly surreal true story about a game of grown friends who have been engaged in an elaborate game of tag since they were in school.

The First Purge – 6th July

In this prequel, the focus is on the events leading up to the first purge, a day of mayhem where any crime is permitted during a 12-hour period.

Incredibles 2 – 13th July

Pixar’s long-awaited sequel sees the return of the Parr family as Mr Incredible is left to look after his family of superheroes while his wife, Elastigirl, is out saving the world alone.

Skyscraper – 13th July

Dwayne Johnson is never far from destruction these days and he carries on that theme as he plays a building inspector attempting to save his family whilst also trying to clear his name for a crime that he didn’t commit.

Hotel Artemis – 20th July

Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, and Jeff Goldblum star in this action movie set in dystopian Los Angeles, where a nurse is running a secret hospital for criminals. Sofia Boutella, Dave Bautista and Charlie Day also feature.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! – 20th July

Because who doesn’t need more ABBA in their life?! Yes, Mamma Mia makes a return as in this sequel, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) finds out about her mother Donna’s (Meryl Streep) romantic past. All the original cast return along with Cher and Lily James.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout – 26th July

Love him or loath him, Tom Cruise is pretty incredible. His latest outing as Ethan Hunt sees him go up against a bearded Henry Cavill. Christopher McQuarrie returns to direct after his successful outing in the last Mission: Impossible movie.

Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation – 27th July

Oh yes, there’s a third one. Adam Sandler returns to voice Dracula in the latest instalment of the franchise which sees the blood sucking monster take his family on a summer vacation where he falls in love, much to the dismay of his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez).

Ant-Man & The Wasp – 3rd August

Marvel continue their summer of domination by releasing the second of the Ant-Man movies as Paul Rudd returns as the crim turned superhero, this time teaming up with Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp, but discovers the difficulties managing his dual-life.

The Darkest Minds – 10th August

This sci-fi thriller, from the people behind Stranger Things and Arrival, focuses on a group of teenagers with superhuman abilities on the run from the government after a plague has wiped out the majority of the country’s children.

The Meg – 10th August

Jason Statham up against a giant shark. You pretty much know what you’re getting from this one – particularly when the film’s tagline is “pleased to eat you”…

The Spy Who Dumped Me – 10th August

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon team up in this action-comedy about a pair of best friends who find themselves in the middle of an international conspiracy when it turns out one of them used to date a secret agent.

Mile 22 – 10th August

Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg team up once more for this action thriller about an American intelligence officer who is tasked with the smuggling of a mysterious police officer, who holds sensitive information, out of the country. Ronda Rousey and John Malkovich also star.

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Captive State – 17th August

John Goodman and Vera Farmiga star in this sci-fi thriller set a decade after extra terrestrial life occupied a Chicago town neighbourhood, focusing the conflict between the collaborators and the dissidents.

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Christopher Robin – 17th August

Ewan McGregor plays an adult version of the A.A. Milne character, who finds himself in a spot of bother where only a certain honey-loving bear can rekindle his youth and turn things around for him. Can’t wait for this one – even the trailer is enough to put a smile on your face!

The Equalizer 2 – 17th August

Denzel Washington stars in his first ever sequel, returning as retired agent turned hired gun, Robert McCall. When a close friend is murdered, he seeks revenge in the most American way he knows. Antoine Fuqua also returns to direct this action thriller.

White Boy Rick – 31st August

Matthew McConaughey sure loves a transformation and he’s at it again as he stars in the true story of Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

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So there you have it, the pick of what to look out for in the coming summer months! Please note that all release dates are UK based and remember to let me know what you’re looking forward to the most!

WATCH: A first for Denzel Washington in trailer for The Equalizer 2

Denzel Washington has covered pretty much everything in his established career. But this year will see the legendary actor do something he has never done before.

With the second instalment of the Equalizer hitting cinemas later this year, it marks the first ever sequel in Washington’s long career.

He returns as Robert McCall, a retired agent turned hired gun, who seeks vengeance on a dangerous group of people after the murder of his friend.

Antoine Fuqua returns to direct and will hope to take the franchise up a notch after the mediocre response to the first movie.

That said, by the looks of the trailer, it looks set to be a good old fashion actioner and let’s face it, Denzel Washington never fails to deliver.

Check out the trailer for The Equalizer 2, which hits UK cinemas on the 17th August:

REVIEW: Ready Player One is a huge celebration of pop culture

Anyone with a gaming background, young and old, will rejoice at this visually remarkable virtual reality based tale from Steven Spielberg.

Adapted from Ernest Cline’s 2011 best-seller set in 2045, Ready Player One focuses on Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a virtual reality gaming nerd living in a world where VR headsets are all the range.

Living in the Stacks, a junkyard of trailers in Columbus, Ohio, Wade is just one of many competing for an Easter Egg hidden in the virtual reality world, Oasis, designed by the late James Halliday (Mark Rylace).

The prize for finding the egg secures Halliday’s fortune as well as the Oasis itself – but the fun of the chase soon turns into something much more important when corporate head Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) attempts to get his hands on the egg.

There’s so much to enjoy in Ready Player One, none more so than the celebration of pop culture with a number of references, whether it be it’s 80’s soundtrack or the most incredible set piece based on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

Visually, the movie is incredible. With much of the film based inside the virtual reality world, it relies heavily on CGI but in a much more acceptable way than Justice League, which genuinely looked more like a video game.

Ready Player One perhaps isn’t the movie the people expected from Steven Spielberg, nor is it near his best, but it definitely is one that audiences of young and old can enjoy for a number of reasons, none more so than to escape into the unimaginable.