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Teaser trailer for Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game, which will open 2014 London Film Festival Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 21 July 2014 17:01

The director of Headhunters has made a film about Alan Turing starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Mark Strong and Charles Dance and it will open this year's London Film Festival and here is a teaser trailer of that film. If you are not excited by this sentence, we cannot be friends.

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Competition: Win the soundtrack from Jon Favreau's Chef Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Thursday, 26 June 2014 16:28

To celebrate the release of Chef in cinemas now, we are giving away 2 copies of the movie's soundtrack, stuffed with Latin and New Orleans jazz rhythms.


Chef features an all-star cast including Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Robert Downey Jr. and young actor Emjay Anthony. It follows Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau), who suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman). Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son (Emjay Anthony) to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen - and zest for life and love.


To be in with a chance of winning a copy of the soundtrack, either RT this tweet, or answer the question below:


Jon Favreau is the director of which of the following action films?

a) Spider-Man
b) Batman
c) Iron Man


Send your answers to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it along with your UK postal address and - if you're on Twitter - your Twitter username. The deadline for all entries is 23:59 on Monday 30th June.


Chef is out in UK cinemas now. Follow the foodie fun on Facebook at facebook.com/ChefTheMovie and Twitter at twitter.com/LionsgateUK with the hashtag #ChefMovie.


Terms and Conditions


• The winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries, and only they will be contacted personally. Prize must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred. There will be no cash alternatives.

• The competition is only open to people in the UK.

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Happy Birthday, Dracula: Listen to Chrisopher Lee's new heavy metal album Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 16:46

What do you do when you're a 92 year old actor who's had roles in The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, defined a generation of horror movies, won a BAFTA Academy Fellowship award and been knighted by Prince Charles?


Release another heavy metal album, including a cover of the most famous Frank Sinatra song of all. Obvs.


"I DID IT MYYYYYYY WAY," booms Dracula with all the oratory authority of Saruman shouting at the Misty Mountains.


You bet he flipping did. Listen to Metal Knight here.


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Breaking: Man falls into Angelina Jolie's head, gets stuck there during Maleficent poster shoot Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Thursday, 08 May 2014 06:43

Hover over the image to witness the unfortunate true story of a man who fell into the top of Angelina Jolie's head and got stuck there during the Maleficent poster shoot.


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List of upcoming film adaptations of young adult novels that are not being split into two parts Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 12:04

The Maze Runner



There. That's much simpler.

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An extended look at Godzilla is exactly what I don't want Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 07 April 2014 16:35

Warner Bros. released an extended look at Godzilla over the weekend, which is now racing around film websites keen to share the latest trailer. I'm not going to be joining them.


It's not because I'm not interested in Godzilla - far from it. I love Godzilla and look forward to seeing what Gareth Edwards does with the iconic monster. But you know what? I can wait.


I've written about this before, but this banner on The Verge summed it up best when I saw it this morning:



"The best look at the monster yet"? That's exactly what I don't want. I want to see Godzilla fully for the first time in the cinema, where his colossal height will work best. The last trailer included a glimpse of a beast, which already spoiled another potential surprise, so now I'm ducking all videos and pictures as best as I can. But it does beg the question once more: why not save giving us the best look at Godzilla yet until the actual film? Size matters - sometimes, less is more.


Godzilla is out in UK cinemas on 15th May. The latest trailer is easy to find on YouTube.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past poster - so bad Professor X is hovering away from it Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 24 March 2014 17:39

X-Men: Days of Future Past continued the franchise's fine form in terrible posters today when 20th Century Fox unveiled one of the worst one-sheets in recent memory - even more crowded than Thor 2's poster.


Ever since First Class (NEVER FORGET), the X-Men franchise has had a knack for naff poster design, like some kind of mutant whose special power is to be really, really rubbish at Photoshop. In the grand scheme of things, that's even more useless than that kid who can blink to change the TV channel, which basically makes him a glorified human-shaped remote control.


Now, with their latest effort - a cluster-fuck of bad cut-outs, orange and blue tones, weird poses, exploding buildings and lots of flying things for no reason - the Iron Man 3 Thor 2 X-Men marketing department have produced something so unoriginal and lazy that even its own characters are trying to escape it.



Look closer amid the chaos - just below Wolverine scratching his ear - and you'll spot the most ridiculous part of the whole thing: Sir Patrick Stewart's Professor X frantically racing to get out of the picture. In his magic hovering chair. His magic hovering chair that mostly seems to be invisible.


Amazingly, his magic hovering chair actually got quite far...


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Godzilla international trailer - a monster of a spoiler? Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 11:29

"It was not a natural disaster… THEY'RE LYING," declares Bryan Cranston at the start of the Godzilla international trailer. "Whatever they're guarding so carefully," he says, "I need to be able to prove that it's real."


That's the problem facing Warner Bros. as they try to drum up interest in an ancient terror. The biggest surprise they have is arguably what Godzilla looks like - but to make modern audiences interested, they have to prove that Godzilla is real.


The result is a halfway house that's gradually spoiling more and more of the film. (Warning: If you want to avoid them, stop reading now.) The first trailer revealed Gareth Edwards' approach to the monster's back-story (next to his appearance, the movie's other creature-defining decision) - the Japanese nuclear tests that traditionally created the beast were actually "trying to kill it", admitted Ken Watanabe.




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