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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the World War Z Premiere – 27 photos

TO the World War Z Premiere at the Empire Leicester Square, London. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were there. It was Jolie’s first public appearance since her double mastectomy. The mega-budget film ($200m) stars a lank Pitt as a United Nations employee battling to save the world from a zombie apocalypse. The zombies are very fast. It can’t fail. Can it? It’s got Brad Pitt in it. And… did we mention Brad Pitt?

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Posted: 3rd, June 2013 | In: Film | Comment

Disney give Brave’s Merida the make-over – let’s pull her to pieces

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ALL hail the new Disney Princess, a fairy-nosed, thick-haired, thin – THIN! – big-eyed cartoon of dreamy perfection. VitaminW notes how Disney have worked their magic on Merida, break-out star of the 2012 cartoon film Brave.

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Posted: 14th, May 2013 | In: Film | Comment

Great car driving music with a film car chase montage (video)

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CAR driving music with a film car chase montage. Can you name the films?

Posted: 14th, May 2013 | In: Film | Comment

RIP Ray Harryhausen: photos and memories of the man who made skeletons even more terrifying

Ray Harryhausen Empire Film Awards

RIP Ray Harryhausen, the wizard of stop-motion, who created the special effect in such films as It Came From Beneath the Sea, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans. You were 92. And your work was terrifying . In the pre-computer age, the monsters in your films looked hideously real. They were the stuff of childhood nightmares.

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Posted: 7th, May 2013 | In: Celebrities, Film | Comment

Star Wars: The 1970s French disco dance-off between Darth Vader and C-3PO

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STAR Wars: the 1970s French disco dance-off between Darth Vader and C3PO:

Posted: 4th, May 2013 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment

In 1977 Stars Wars characters and Vogue magazine models advertised the wonder of fur coats

IN 1977. Vogue magazine hooked onto the Star Wars craze with a feature called THE FORCE OF FUR: Vogue fashion spread from 1977. Jerry Hall, Darth Vader, C3PO, Stormtroopers and Jawas real;sied that with fur comes intergalactic harmony.

In the first picture, Hall is wearing a Wookie:


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Posted: 3rd, May 2013 | In: Fashion, Film, Flashback | Comment (1)

The 10 worst Star Wars adverts of all time


HAPPY Star Wars Day! In honour of May the Fourth, we’ve got a Star Wars tattoo, sent out Star Wars cards, created some homemade outfits, mashed-up Withnail & I, remembered Bob Anderson, checked out the working of George Lucas’s robots, mashed-up Disney, flicked through the great Japanese movie posters, rolled a joint with Darth, rocked out to the Droids, gone looking for work with an Ewok, dressed in a saucy R2D2 outfit, got a glow-in-the-dark Yoda tattootriggered a race war, bought the 1977 empty box and watched the Stars Wars crew flog us all manner of crap:


Chewbacca goes nutzoid for chicken of the sea

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Posted: 3rd, May 2013 | In: Film, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment

Bad Lip reading presents The Walking (And Talking) Dead

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BAD Lip reading presents “The Walking (And Talking) Dead” — A Bad Lip Reading of The Walking Dead:

Posted: 3rd, May 2013 | In: Film | Comment

B-Movie Watch: Malibu Express and Hard Ticket To Hawaii

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MALIBU Express (1985) is the first firm in Andy Sidaris’s series Bullets, Bombs and Babes. Wooden actors and top-shelf Pets played out scenes featuring beaches, bikini, wood-hewed hunks in trunks and imaginative ways to die.

Look out for such titles as: The Dallas Connection, Day of the Warrior, Do or Die, Enemy Gold, Fit to Kill, Guns, Hard Hunted, Hard Ticket to Hawaii, Malibu Express, Picasso Trigger, Savage Beach and Return to Savage Beach.

Hard Ticket to Hawaii was better still. The Frisbee scene being memorable:


Posted: 15th, April 2013 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment

The Red Chapel: learning to laugh at North Korea


THE Red Chapel is a feature documentary shot in North Korea and edited. It was awarded the judges special prize in world documentary cinema at the Sundance Film Festival 2010.

A journalist with no scruples, a spastic, and a comedian travel to North Korea with a mission – to challenge the conditions of the smile in one of the world’s most notorious regimes. The Red Chapel chronicles the amusing and often bizarre encounters between this Danish theatre troupe and their North Korean hosts in a one of a kind, East-meets-West-meets-East look at cultural exchange in the modern world’s last anti-globalist bastion.

Mads Brügger is accompanied by Jacob Nossell and Simon Jul. He says:

“If the North Koreans ever were able to understand the Danish language, they would never be able to understand spastic Danish.”


The most fascinating character in the film may be Mrs. Pak, the motherly, slightly creepy government functionary assigned to be the caretaker for Brügger and the two young Danish-Koreans who make up the “comedy troupe” that Brügger “directs.” There is nothing to suggest that she is a bad or malevolent person. Her belief in the fundamental greatness of her country and her government, and in the “values” of unity and togetherness used to keep North Koreans in line, is wholehearted and pure. She can’t talk about the Dear Leader without being emotionally overcome. Aside from the mentally ill, I’ve never seen a human being who exists so completely in an alternate universe. It’s terrifying.

And odd:

Mads convinces their escort, Mrs. Pak, to allow him to read a poem in front of the statue of Kim Il-Sung, to which all visiting foreigners are required to pay homage. He claims it’s by a famous Danish worker’s rights writer. It’s not. It goes as follows: “Love is like a pineapple / Sweet and undefinable.”

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To view films, pleaseDirector: Mads BrüggerDP / Editor: René Sascha JohannsenProducer: Peter Engel,Ex Prod: Peter ÅlbækZentropa 2009

Posted: 12th, April 2013 | In: Film | Comment

The greatest most terrifying buried alive moments in film history

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BEING buried alive is right up there in the list of things you fear most.

YOUTUBER jethack shows us the Mysterious Swaying Plant. He says it’s creepy. It is. But when I saw it I stated to think of The Vanishing, the Dutch film in which a man is buried alive. Jewthack walks off with his video to post on YouTube. He never digs beneath the wavering plant. And in a box beneath the soil a man with only a stem to breath through, screams…

Presenting the Best Buried Alive Scenes in Film.

The Vanishing

The Screaming Woman

The Candy Snatchers



Patrick Stewart played his drug lord role with relish, especially since it is such a change for him recently. From the press packet: With his role as the captain of the starship Enterprise, “I became everything synonymous with honor, intelligence, and rectitude,” he says. “Loomis is a delightful and refreshing alternative to that.” Indeed. In his very first appearance, we see him sitting at an open grave, where he calmly has his wife buried alive.

The Big Carnival

The Serpent and the Rainbow

Blood Simple

White Zombie

Tales of Terror

Kill Bill (Vol 2)



Premature Burial

Posted: 12th, April 2013 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment

Selected short film of the day: Let It Rain

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SHORT film of the day is Let It Rain. The tagline is When it rains, he pours. It’s like an Australian version of Stick Guns, the British films about fighting in the woods.

And more of it, we say. Going to the cinema used to be a chance to see a selected short before the main show. Now you get the ads, the warnings to turn your phone off and threats about recording the film you’ve paid to see lest you, erm, see it again (one viewing is all you get, folks) and cinemas turn to dust. You used to get that great adverts for Tia Maria, Kia-Ora, Lyons Maid ices, Frankie’s hotdogs, a smoking section, ushers with neck-strap trays and Pearl and Dean titles. And then you got to watch a short film.

Time to bring the selected short back:

Ok. Have an other one:

Posted: 3rd, April 2013 | In: Film | Comment

In the movies Everybody Wants to Kill Bruce Willis (a mashup)

IN the movies, “Everybody Wants to Kill Bruce”. Pierre-Alexandre Chauvat has recorded Willis’ career in 39 different action movies:

When he wakes up one morning, Bruce Willis finds himself pursued by an entire city!

Willis nearly never dies. But Steve Buscemi is every kind of dead.

Posted: 26th, March 2013 | In: Film | Comment

Guns replaced with thumbs-ups in famous films

GUNS have been replaced with Thumbs-ups in famous films. Just looking at a gun will make you want one. In the interests of safety, guns have been replaced with thumbs:


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Spotter: Fast&Loose

Posted: 21st, March 2013 | In: Film | Comment

Emma Watson won’t be getting really naked in Fifty Shades of Grey

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FIFTY Shades of Grey completely took over the world, giving people the chance to indulge themselves in the darker side of Mills and Boon and revel in some of the most clunky euphemisms for the vagina ever committed to a page. All good fun and a rather sweet way of getting your rocks off, compared to brutal 3 minute internet clips of tattooed LA starlets getting ravaged by men hung like wheelie-bins.

A film adaptation of EL James’ ‘Fifty Shades’ was inevitable and 99% of the world’s press rubbed their thighs with mucky fever, talking openly about which famous actress they’d most like to see getting spanked on the silver screen.

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Posted: 18th, March 2013 | In: Books, Film, Reviews | Comments (2)

American Pimp” a film about a ‘person with no morals’

AMERICAN Pimp is a film about a “person with no morals“. Well, so they say… Langauge is NSFW:


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Posted: 4th, March 2013 | In: Film | Comment

Class of 1943: Name the stars in this MGM Studio photo

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Posted: 4th, March 2013 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment

Oscars: The 85th Academy Awards backstage photos

THE Oscars are over. The men unzip their hair. The women breathe – some every think about eating. The winners beam. The losers go home and mirrors. The show was decent enough, the jokes were a bit flat but the unintentional funnies knocked them bandy. What was life like backstage? We can show you what goes on behind the curtain on Oscar night. Look out for Jennifer Aniston getting off with Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence falling over, Charlize Theron reclining without her mask (we saw her real face in Monster) and Ben Affleck telling George Clooney “Not anxious to die sir, just anxious to matter.”


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** EMBARGOED AT THE REQUEST OF THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES FOR USE UPON CONCLUSION OF THE ACADEMY AWARDS TELECAST ** Charlize Theron appears backstage at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Posted: 25th, February 2013 | In: Film | Comment

Oscars 2013: the best quotes (Anne Hathaway thinks Fantine was real)

THE OSCARS 2013 – the pick of the lines:

Anne Hathaway: “Here’s hoping that sometime in the not-too-distant future, the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories – and not in real life.”

Because Les Miserables is a fly-on-the-wall documentary.

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Posted: 25th, February 2013 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment

The Oscars 2013 – all the stars’ dresses in photos

THE Oscars 2013 – who wore what. Nicole Kidman cam dressed as a Dubai beach oil slick; Jessica Chatain looked Hollywood fabulous; Charlize Theron looked elegant; Adele looked meh; Jennifer Aniston had channeled her personality into her dress (dullsville); Bradley Cooper’s mum wore Ostrich by Bernie Clifton; Naomi Watts’ dress was unfinished; Catherine Zeta Jones wore a face that makes an Oscar look pot-marked; and Anne Hathaway has a tissue tucked in somewhere:


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Nicole Kidman arriving for the 85th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles.

Posted: 25th, February 2013 | In: Fashion, Film | Comment

And the winner of the most memorable Oscar speech of all time is…

LIGHTS, cameras… Cue wailing and gnashing of teeth… Yes, it’s Oscars time again, and that means Oscar speeches.

Rebecca Rolfe, of the Georgia Institute of Technology has been analyzing these excruciating exercises in emoting, and says that the average length of an acceptance speech was 44 seconds for men and 39 seconds for women in the 1960s. Now it is 1 minute and 57 seconds for men and 1 minute 56 seconds for women. Interestingly, 71 per cent of the tears have come since 1995.

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Posted: 24th, February 2013 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment

Woman covers body in Twilight tattoos: can’t see the trees for the wooden actors

CATHY Ward, 51, Cathy Ward, has scene and quotes from the Twilight books and films on her skin. In the right light, you can role her around in bed and read her. Her lovers’ are never without literary stimulation. Of her ink of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, Ward says:

“I’m still continuing with them. We’ve got plans and designs for my legs next year – the aim is to cover my whole body.”

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Posted: 17th, February 2013 | In: Books, Film, Strange But True | Comment