Sunday, 27 January 2013

I Give It A Year – European Premiere Interviews - Rafe Spall, Rose Byrne, Stephen Merchant, Simon Baker, Minnie Driver.


At the European Premiere of British romantic comedy I Give It A Year the cast and crew turned out in full force for their jubilant red carpet event. Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Mike Jonas were there to join in with the celebrations as we find out what makes this romcom unique. Interviews include director Dan Mazer, actors Rafe Spall, Rose Byrne, Stephen Merchant, Simon Baker, Minnie Driver,  Joesph Millson and Anna Skellern; and producers Kris Thykier and Tim Bevan.


I GIVE IT A YEAR is released in UK cinemas 8th Feb 2013

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Friday, 25 January 2013

The Last Stand Review

Words by Mike Jonas

Back in 2003,former bodybuilder and Hollywood action star Arnold Schwarzenegger reprised his role for “Terminator 3: Rise of the machines” for what many of us thought would be his last to become a political figure for the state of California. Despite the odd bit part here and there for the Expendables films during his elected time as governor, Arnold like his infamous Terminator character always prophesized one day “He’d be back”.

Thankfully Arnold has finally made good on that promise and returned back to his film roots for his first lead role in ten years for the crime thriller “The Last Stand”. As sheriff of the small “nothing ever happens on the verge of boring” town of Sommerton, Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) is faced with the task of stopping an escaped international drug lord from crossing the Mexican Border.

With the help of Johnny Knoxville (Jackass fame), Jaimie Alexander (Thor) and Luis Guzmán (Carlito's Way), “The Last Stand” has proven to be a entertaining watch filled with comical one-liners and for all you motors heads out there some fast car action involving a flash Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 (CAUTION: Googling his vehicle may cause readers to drool).

Whilst the action from Arnold sadly isn’t as intense to the level were all used to seeing, and doesn’t really kick in until the last half,it’s still more than what was delivered in Expendables 2 last year. Watchers will still be amazed by just how much the now 65 year old is capable of doing, but if you’re anything like me having him back on screen is a good enough, if not the only reason to cheer.

Another thing I personally found interesting when viewing the film was the type of references being made by Arnold’s character, it’s hard to decide if its scripted dialog or adlibs based on his own personal experiences. Obviously I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, but just listen carefully throughout to see what you think.

Although receiving a slow and to a degree a disappointing response from US viewers last week for its opening weekend, the anticipation is still high as the film begins its European release today (24th January).

Please refer to local cinemas for listing times and details

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The Last Stand - European Premiere Interviews - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jaimie Alexander, Johnny Knoxville





At the European Premiere of The Last Stand the cast leaped into action as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jaimie Alexander and Johnny Knoxville arrive on the red carpet. Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Mike Jonas made their own stand against the villainess Jack Frost and his icy temperatures. Join us as Schwarzenegger shares his love of being back in London, Knoxville enlightens us on the surrealness of acting along side his action hero and Alexander gives an insight in to preparing for the physical aspects of her role. Sif herself also gives us a little insight into what we can expect in Thor: The Dark World.


THE LAST STAND is released in cinemas nationwide January 24th

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Sunday, 20 January 2013

33rd Critic’s Circle Film Award Interviews

Arrivals 

Fady Elsayed

At the 33rd Critic’s Circle Film Award Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Young British Performer of the Year Nominee Fady Elsayed for his performance in My Brother The Devil.


Jack Reynor

At the 33rd Critic’s Circle Film Award Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Young British Performer of the Year Nominee Jack Reynor for his performance in What Richard Did.


Samantha Barks

At the 33rd Critic’s Circle Film Award Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Young British Performer of the Year Nominee Samantha Barks for her performance in Les Misérables.


Tom Holland

At the 33rd Critic’s Circle Film Award Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Young British Performer of the Year Nominee Tom Holland for his performance in The Impossible.


Charlie Creed-Miles

At the 33rd Critic’s Circle Film Award Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview British Actor of the Year Nominee Charlie Creed-Miles for his performance in Wild Bill.


Sally El Hosaini

At the 33rd Critic’s Circle Film Award Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Breakthrough British Filmmaker Nominee Sally El Hosaini for her film My Brother The Devil.


Dexter Fletcher

At the 33rd Critic’s Circle Film Award Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Breakthrough British Filmmaker Nominee Dexter Fletcher for his film Wild Bill.


Alice Lowe & Steve Oram

At the 33rd Critic’s Circle Film Award Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Breakthrough British Filmmaker Nominees plus British Actress / Actor of the year Alice Lowe & Steve Oram for their film Sightseers.


Winners

Mike Newell

At the 33rd Critic’s Circle Film Award Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview  director Mike Newell as he presents Helena Bonham-Carter with the Dilys Powell Award For Excellence In Film.


Helena Bonham-Carter

At the 33rd Critic’s Circle Film Award Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Dilys Powell Award For Excellence In Film Winner Helena Bonham-Carter.


Toby Jones

At the 33rd Critic’s Circle Film Award Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Best British Actor Winner Toby Jones for his performance in The Berberian Sound Studio.


Tom Holland

At the 33rd Critic’s Circle Film Award Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Young British Performer of the Year Tom Holland for his performance in The Impossible.


Bart Layton

At the 33rd Critic’s Circle Film Award Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Documentary of the year winner Bart Layton for his film The Imposter.


Alice Lowe & Steve Oram

At the 33rd Critic’s Circle Film Award Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno interview Breakthrough British Filmmaker Winners Alice Lowe & Steve Oram for their film Sightseers.







Thursday, 17 January 2013

Flight - UK Premiere Interviews Robert Zemeckis, Denzel Washington & Kelly Reilly.

The anticipation was high as Robert Zemeckis and Denzel Washington flew in for UK Premiere of Flight. Trepidation turned to jubilation as these Hollywood giants were just a joy to share the filmmaking process with. Join us as producers Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey speak of the strong screenplay that came from a very personal place for screenwriter John Gatins. Actress Kelly Reilly reveals the beauty of her character. Actor Denzel Washington on fine form gave us a deeper insight into the complexity of his character Whip Whitaker and director Robert Zemeckis tells us how he worked his movie magic to give audiences a realistic insight to the plane crash that catapults the story into a whole new direction.

FLIGHT is distributed by Paramount Pictures and will be released in the UK & Ireland 
1st February 2013.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Django Unchained Review



Words by Mike Jonas

With expectations high for any Tarantino film now released, you can guarantee the concern for any audience member paying cinema prices is what bang are you likely to get for your buck? What is Quentin likely to do next to keep the bar raised and please his forever growing fan base across the globe? Recognised for his visionary talents to both shock and amaze viewers at the same time with his controversial topics, his latest masterpiece “Django unchained” features an all star cast of Jaime Foxx, Christopher Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson and Kerry Washington.

Jaime Foxx saddles up as the lead character Django (remember the D is silent as quoted in the film) on this occasion and as the title suggests it follows the journey of slave turned bounty hunter now unshackled, armed and ready to rescue his enslaved wife (Kerry Washington). Mentored by rescuer turned partner Dr Schultz (Christopher Waltz) both set out to defeat malicious plantation owner Monsieur Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) holding her captive.

Although the overall performances of all the cast involved have been wonderfully delivered to emphasize strong points making them all worthy of a commendation for excellences. If I had to truly award anyone though, my best praises would have to be reserved for DiCaprio, if you’ve ever wondered how a Mississippi plantation owner is likely to behave, look no further. The mind set of Candie can only be described as control freak boarderline psychotic driven by the usual money, greed and power aspects seen in many today. This dark side to DiCaprio is one I can’t say I’ve ever witnessed before in any of his previous roles and one that certainly won’t be forgotten for a long time. The character itself is one that could be easily despised for all the inhuman acts inflicted upon others but instead it’s a character I ended up enjoying far more than I expected too.

It could easily be said that the story set in America at a time where it was ok to trade people like objects and refer to them in a manner not acceptable in today’s society is no basis to make a movie. Some of the language used could case offence but lets be honest where any film has Quentin’s name attached some of these indiscretions can be overlooked for the purpose of good well directed story telling. Once again Bob and Harvey Weinstein have backed another winner and following recent reports of “Django” being accepted into various categories (Best picture, Actor in a supporting role, Cinematography, Sound editing and finally Writing original screenplay) in this years Oscar nominations that’s only another reason not to horse about.

Breaking out across all UK cinemas on the 18th January

Friday, 11 January 2013

Gangster Squad Review


Words by Mike Jonas

Upon receiving word late last year that the mob film “Gangster Squad” had been put together, my first reaction after rolling my eyes back and burying my head into my hands was to ask why?! How many more films examining this subject matter are really needed to tell us what we haven’t heard time and time again. Don’t get me wrong I have enjoyed watching the likes of The Godfather, Goodfellas, Untouchables, scarface, Casino, Public Enemy of the many available, but what could possibly be different this time round I hear you ask? The answer being probably not a lot given that any film based on an individual mob figure from the early 1940’s must of all been referring to the same “mob boss” handbook.

Thankfully when a project like this was green lit by the studios, the choice of Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, 30 minutes or less) to direct was a wise decision proving he still has a lot more to offer us besides zombies and Comedy antics. “Gangster Squad” loosely focused on the criminal activities of Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) waging war against the LAPD as he fought to take over the East coast. Desperate to find resolution, the LAPD’s final attempts were to commission a division of “off the book” officers (Ryan Gosling, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie and Robert Patrick), led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin). Their sole purpose to diminish all proceeds funding Cohen’s underworld and cripple his empire by any means deemed necessary, which must also include breaking the same law they have sworn to protect.

Like with any film of this genre, the audience are reminded of the innocent parties also affected by these actions from both sides. To help create the lighter side to the harsh reality and brutal content featured, Actresses Mireille Enos and Emma Stone provide wonderful support that really does take the edge off some of the scenes shown. Although both female roles are equally very different providing two different perspectives, their overall fears and concerns of wellbeing towards their men and themselves are very much the same. 

Finding the right collaboration amongst the group obviously an important factor, something which has been given considerable thought shouldn’t disappoint any viewers. With each character bringing a unique talent and different attitude to the situation, who are all agreed the problem needs to be resolved. 

Penn’s cold hearted portrayal as the infamous Mickey Cohen is nothing short of superb, the lack of compassion shown towards those begging for forgiveness (and in most cases their lives) makes for good entertainment throughout the whole film. His no nonsense attitude created for the part with the appearance makes you wonder if Cohen really knows what he’s doing or if one to many blows to the head from boxing has left him violently unstable. 

I honestly feel for anyone who has been eager to see this since it was first announced last year, the wait is nearly over. The no mercy brutally from start (I’m talking literally minutes into the film) to finish will leave people with disbelief, each injury from hard hitting nose breaking punches to things I’m not sure I should even mention are shown in all their magnificent glory.

Hitting Cinemas across the UK Friday 11th January

Django Unchained - UK Premiere interviews Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington

Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno braved the elements as they attended the UK Premiere of Django Unchained. Join us as we interview producer Pilar Salvone Actors Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx and director Quentin Tarantino as they share their experiences working on this epic movie based on Tarantino’s love of Spagetti Westons.  


DJANGO UNCHAINED is released in UK cinemas

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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

EE Rising Star BAFTA Award Nominee Interviews with Pippa Harris, Mark Kermode & Juno Temple

2013 got off to a fine start as the nominees for the EE Rising Star Awards were announced at BAFTA HQ. Premiere Scene's Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno were eager to interview Jury Chair and film producer Pippa Harris, juror and film critic Mark Kermode and award nominee and actress Juno Temple as we discuss the importance of this award to acknowledge emerging talent and the importance of the public's participation.

Nominees are ELIZABETH OLSEN, ANDREA RISEBOROUGH, SURAJ SHARMA, JUNO TEMPLE and ALICIA VIKANDER.


To place your vote for EE Rising Star visit http://www.ee.co.uk/bafta



To place your vote for EE Rising Star visit http://www.ee.co.uk/bafta

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