Mad Max:Fury Road

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Here is the first official picture of Tom Hardy, from the production of Mad Max:Fury Road.
The film has suffered many set backs since it started production way back in 2008.
The film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz and Riley Keough. Mel Gibson is also rumoured to have a cameo.
Are you excited for this sequel/reboot? What do you think about Hardy as Max? Let us know below.

Stargate reboot

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After a hugely successful 10-year run on tv, two spin-off series and a few TV movies. Stargate is returning to the big screen with a reboot and a planned trilogy. There wont be any connection to the original film, or tv universe.
The movie will again be directed by Roland Emmerich, here’s what he had to say.

“We went to MGM, who has the rights, and proposed to them to do a sequel, but as a reboot… and reboot it as a movie and then do three parts. Pretty soon we’ll have to look for a writer and start.”

The Minister of chance

Paul McGann’s Rocketship to land in Chester’s ancient Roman Amphitheatre.

The company behind the star-studded film being made in Cheshire plans to land a rocketship in Chester’s Roman amphitheatre. Although the rocketship exists only as a model inside a computer, the team will invite attending fans to join in by acting as if they see the spectacle for the camera, with makeup artists and wardrobe assistants on hand to help. After some digital effects wizardry the rocketship will be added and the footage will be made available to the world’s media to publicize the film. A similar event was staged at Beeston Castle in August, when an alien weapon to be used in the film was test-fired with shocking results as you can see here: https://vimeo.com/73399919
At 11.30am on Saturday 14th September that alien pistol, carried in the film by Paul McGann’s character Durian, will be delivered ‘by rocketship'(landing in the amphitheatre) to the Grosvenor Museum in Chester where it will remain on display until needed for filming. In advance of that filming the prop has already been bought by an overseas fan as part of the crowd-funding campaign which is financing production.
The original series of The Minister of Chance stars Jenny Agutter, Julian Wadham,Lauren Crace, Sylvester McCoy, Philip Glenister and Tamsin Greig alongside McGann, and is free to download from iTunes or from www.ministerofchance.com, where fans can also get involved in the film campaign.
And in celebration of their nomination for the Parsec Awards in Atlanta this weekend, anyone buying a perk this weekend, and up until 12 midnight GMT on Weds 4th September, will automatically be entered in a draw to win a Tee-shirt of their choice from the Limited Edition range on the website.

Who was Linda Lovelace? (Yes, I know who she was)

Most people know Linda Lovelace as the infamous porn star turned feminist Lovelacewho was the face of the sexual revolution of the 1970s – then stern anti-pornography activist of the 1980s. Linda’s story goes much deeper: From surviving years of abuse, to her drug use and arrest, and her final years of being a mother with serious health issues. As Amanda Seyfried brings Linda Lovelace to the screen on August 23rd, we’ve taken a look at the life of this tragic individual.

Growing Up

Linda Boreman was the only child of a police officer in New York City. She grew up strictly catholic and even had the nickname “Miss Holy Holy” in high school because of her modesty. Her mother believed in harsh discipline which Linda later recalled as being extremely abusive. At 19 she had a child that she claimed she was forced to give up. Linda was living in Florida with her parents, recovering from a traumatic car accident when her life changed forever.

The Chuck Traynor Years

When Linda met club owner/part time pimp Chuck Traynor, her life changed direction entirely. The pair married in 1971, and Linda started prostituting and performing sexual acts on film for money. Traynor was Linda’s manager and had her appear in 10-12 minute films known as “loops” before her breakout role in the hardcore feature-length porn film ‘Deep Throat’. Linda divorced Traynor in 1974 after she reportedly disguised herself and hid from him in order to escape. In Linda’s book ‘Ordeal’, she reveals how abusive Traynor was and that he threatened her life on multiple occasions to get her to cooperate and make porn.

Feminist

After a failure to salvage her film career as a mainstream actress, Linda quit the business altogether and became an advocate for anti-porn movements in the 1980s. She had two books published which completely disputed events in her previous ones. In the later books, Linda revealed that during the making of ‘Deep Throat’, she had a gun to her head the entire time. She accused Chuck Traynor of physically and mentally abusing her and using her for his own gain. With these revelations, Linda spent a couple of years touring around the US and speaking on college campuses about the evils of porn.

Mother

Linda married a construction contractor named Larry Marchiano in 1976. They had two children together and lived in Long Island. The couple divorced in 1996 when Linda claimed Marchiano to be a verbally abusive alcoholic. Linda worked a slew of odd jobs including working at a drug store, keeping books for a computer company, working in “user support” for an investment company, and cleaning office buildings.

Health Problems

Linda underwent a double mastectomy due to her silicone injections she received in 1971. During the procedure, doctors found her liver was failing due to Hepatitis C she had contracted from a blood transplant from her car crash in 1969. In 1987, she received a liver transplant and had to take an anti-rejection drug every month for the rest of her life.

Her Death

Linda died in 2002 after crashing her car into a cement pole in Denver, Colorado. She was on life support for two weeks before her family decided to switch off the machine. Linda was 53 years old.

Fast Facts

• Linda only appeared on camera for a total of 5 hours throughout her entire film career.
• Her daughter, Lindsay, had a child of her own at age 17.
• Had ‘The Linda Syndrome’ named after her in regards to ex-porn stars renouncing their past to receive favourable judgement from the public.
• Underwent an 11 hour lie detection test before publishers would publish her book ‘Ordeal’ in which she reveals the horrors Chuck Traynor put her through.
• Linda was paid $1,200 for her role in ‘Deep Throat’.

Lovelace arrives in UK cinemas August 23rd.

Episode 92:MCM EXPO

In which Martyn, Gerrod and Rix give you a quick review of The MCM expo and, when we say quick-we mean quick.

It was recorded in the car, after being on our feet for 9 hours. A longer episode is coming soon where we’ll talk about the expo in more detail, as well as Doctor Who and Star Trek:Into Darkness.

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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MARCUS HEARN

This is a very exciting release for horror fans isn’t it?

It’s an exciting release for Hammer fans and, as you say, anybody interested in classic horror films. And if you’re a beginner this is a great place to start.

Dracula is one of the most portrayed characters in film. Why is Christopher Lee’s the one that is perhaps best remembered?

I think his interpretation is definitive. Lee transformed our perceptions of the character, suggesting the character’s danger and cruelty in a far more subtle way than had ever been suggested before. He quite rightly interprets Hammer’s Dracula as an urbane sexual predator, and I think every subsequent portrayal owes something to his performance here. He dominates this film with remarkably little screen time.

Why is this such an important version of the classic story?

This was the film where the formula for classic Hammer horror was perfected. Everything came together with Dracula, both on screen and behind the scenes. Its creative and commercial impact inspired almost 20 years of Gothic horror films from Hammer. It’s possibly even more important for the way it influenced cinematic interpretations of Bram Stoker’s novel. Here is Dracula presented as a story about sex. The influence of that decision is still felt today in modern films and TV series about vampirism.

What is your favourite thing about this film?

Its production values are modest but flawless. The lighting is beautiful; the performances – especially from Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee – are detailed and sincere. It’s eerie, erotic and surprisingly savage in the final act. This is not an explicit film by modern standards, but it’s a horror film for grown-ups.

You have to take into account the film’s age, or rather the conservative era in which was made. But I think that’s pretty much the only concession you have to make. Anyone expecting torture porn, explicit sex or a bloodbath is going to be disappointed. It’s carefully paced, erotic, unsettling, occasionally shocking and even thought-provoking. The restorations on these discs – especially the Blu-ray – really enable us to fully appreciate the craftsmanship that went into the making of Dracula.

It’s pretty incredible that the additional footage was found in Japan. What can you say about the footage that has been reinstated into the film?

It’s nothing short of a miracle that it survived and that it’s been so brilliantly restored and integrated. The classic formula for Hammer horror basically comprises sex and death, and the reinstated footage provides more of both. The original version of the sequence where Dracula seduces Mina can now be seen for the first time outside Japan. The unspoken interaction between Christopher Lee and Melissa Stribling carries a powerful erotic charge which alarmed British censors in 1958.

The extra death comes in a now complete version of Dracula’s disintegration at the end of the film. This is a remarkable special effect by the standards of the day (no CGI in 1958!) and is not only startling but also restores the original rhythm of the editing in that sequence. This is surely one of the most iconic moments in post-war cinema and now we can finally see it as director Terence Fisher intended.

The film is notable for its beautiful colours, presented here for the first time in accurate, High Definition. What is your favourite thing about the restoration?

It’s not been discussed much, but this is the first time the film has been released in any home entertainment format in its correct aspect ratio of 1:66.1. I think that’s a cause for celebration. The picture is incredibly sharp for a film of this age, and the colour palette is just as lush as you would expect from a Hammer horror. These films weren’t supposed to look realistic – they were nightmarish fairy tales.

You have provided a commentary for the film with Jonathan Rigby. What was this experience like for you and why would you urge fans to listen to it?

The commentary was great fun. Jonathan Rigby (writer and film critic) and I were principally there to provide behind the scenes information, but quite often we lapsed into ‘fan mode’ and simply discussed our favourite scenes as they appeared! This was the first time Jonathan had seen the 2012 restoration and you can hear how surprised and impressed he is on the commentary. Or rather commentaries, because at the appropriate moments you’ll hear us say different things about the 2007 and 2012 restorations.

With Twilight, TV’s True Blood and Hammer’s own Let Me In, Vampires have had a boom in pop-culture in recent years. What do you think it is about the mythology of the vampire which is continually attractive to audiences?

Vampirism is a metaphorical vehicle to portray so many of the ideas that we find disturbing, such as the loss of humanity and sexual violation. The films and series you mentioned present this in a seductive way, and I think that continues the reinvention that began with Hammer’s Dracula. This seductive quality is partly what the censors objected to in 1958, and this is what has been reinstated to the film now. Dracula may be 55 years old, but in that respect it’s now more relevant than ever.

DRACULA

RELEASED ON 3-DISC DOUBLE PLAY ON 18TH MARCH 2013

Episode 86: In the Flesh episode 1.

In which Martyn and Gerrod get drunk and turn to ask.fm for the answers. They also take a look at the brilliant new zombie show on BBC3, in the flesh.
Without the calming influence of Pete and/or Ash and the sexual nature of ask.fm, the episode quickly turns filthy, fast.

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Episode 85: An episode about nothing

Martyn didn’t have time to watch Kill Bill, so instead we’re talking about nothing. The Gremlins are back in Bad Wilf towers and the last 15mins didn’t record. Also, Martyn’s microphone that he just spent £30 on attachments for, decided to stop working two minutes in.

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Is this how Sherlock did it? *may contain spoilers*

Eagle eyed tweeter, @TheDoctorsJawn has spotted “the little something” Steven Moffat has often said is in the infamous scene from The Reichenbach Fall. If you look closely, you can clearly see the man pull out a bag of blood from inside his jacket pocket.

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If you remember, just before his roof top confrontation with Moriarty, Sherlock told Molly he needed her assistance with something. Did she arrange the crowd? The man with the blood?

My personal theory is that Sherlock jumped into the parked, open topped rubbish truck. Then rolled out as it pulled away. The crowd gather to block Watson’s view, as this man covers him in blood.

What do you think, is this how Sherlock did it?

DVD review-A very Harold and Kumar Christmas

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas is the third adventure from the stoner duo 20130102-091551.jpgand for some reason has taken two years, to arrive on DVD. The movie is set six years after their escape from Guantanamo bay. They’ve drifted apart, Harold (John Cho) is now married to Maria (Paula Garces) living in a nice house and is working for a successful company on Wall Street. Harold and Maria are planning a nice quiet Christmas with her intimidating father (Danny Trejo). Meanwhile Kumar (Kal Penn) is still living in the same old apartment, but he has new younger friend. After failing a drug test, Kumar was kicked out of medical school and has slowly become a complete wreck. One day a package addressed to Harold arrives at his door, Kumar takes it to his house, where they have an awkward Reunion. The Christmas tree that Harold’s father-in-law brought for the occasion, is accidentally set on fire and in order to save Christmas, the dynamic duo have to find an identical tree before 2am, when everyone else returns from midnight Mass. More than anything, these movies rely on the chemistry between everybody involved and, everybody involved works amazingly well. In the hands of lesser writers or actors, Harold and Kumar could be very two-dimensional, but both actors show the depths of their characters and both characters are extremely likeable. This franchise always offers moments of absurd and unconventional humour. There’s a scene where our heroes get mistaken for actors and end up in a musical with Neil Patrick Harris, who explains how he came back from the dead and hilariously spoofs his own coming out, it was all a PR stunt. At another point, they’re drinks are spiked and they suffer some violent hallucinations, which render them in Claymation. On its cinematic release the title of the film was ‘A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas’. The movie makes fun of itself for being in 3D, which is funny, but it falls a bit flat when watching the 2D version, but it doesn’t distract you too much. There isn’t a lot of substance here, but there doesn’t have to be. It takes a real genius to do dumb humour so well. If you’ve had a long-hard day at work, come home and stick this in. In the words of Neil Patrick Harris “I’ll see you in the 4th”.