The only film billed as a rom-com that I ever found in the least bit funny or romantic featured zombies, which is why my heart generally sinks when I see the phrase attached to a movie. The newly released trailer for Tanya Wexler’s Hysteria looks like this one could be a little different.
If you were to ask us what the film left to come in 2011 that we're most excited for is, most of us would probably say The Adventures of Tintin. However, the correct answer for this is Drive, and as such we've managed to run into some new banners and a soundtrack sampler for Nicolas Winding Refn's opus.
We've seen the outfit of the Man off Steel in a carefully prepared action shot, but just how will it look in the harsh light of day?
If there's anything that George Lucas and the internet has in common, it's that both are incredibly predictable. I refer, of course, to the upcoming Star Wars Blu-ray boxset that currently has the www's panties in a bunch to the point where a boycott campaign has begun.
Good luck with that.
An Emily The Strange movie has been in the pipeline for over three years but a recent story from The Hollywood Reporter has Melisa Wallack getting on board in a writing capacity and means that the project has, happily, not been forgotten.
The official trailer for Texas Killing Fields has been released, and it has an “overzealous” tendency to fade to black. So you know it means serious business!
Helen Cox edits New Empress Magazine, and she’s got something to say...
A strange and frightening phenomenon is sweeping the British multiplex: picturegoers everywhere are being short changed when it comes to the quality of their tickets. Once over it was possible to go to the cinema, pay your £4 (we are talking a long time ago here) and be presented in return with a sturdy ticket stub that clearly marked the date, film and, often, the showing time. Now, in the standard multiplex cinema and even in some independent cinemas, your grossly inflated £8-12 gets you a slip of flimsy receipt paper printed in patchy ink that fades and decays after just a few weeks. On the surface this may seem something of a trivial issue but it is a little bit galling that the price of cinema tickets constantly rises (the British Film Institute reported that admissions were down 2.4% in 2010 but box office takings were up – thank you 3D) whilst the cinematic experience itself becomes increasingly substandard – even down to the smallest stubby detail.
Somewhere, in a place far from this mortal coil, Jane Austen is laughing like a bastard right now. The adaptation of lazy genre mash-up Pride And Prejudice And Zombies has hit another snag, as Twitch report director Craig Gillespie has left the project.
The film (from here on shortened to PAPAZ for convenience and pep) has struggled through every step of its long development, losing previous directors David O. Russel and Mike White, and seeing more rejection from popular leading ladies than a pockmarked hunchback at a high school prom.
The people over at New Empress Magazine, a blossoming film quarterly, are curious folk in every sense of the word and are interested in knowing your views on cinema.
What can cinemas do to improve? What is your pet cinema peeve? And will download options ever stop you going to the pictures?
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2011 started in spectacular fashion with such critically acclaimed films as Tom Hooper's The King's Speech, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, Danny Boyle's 127 Hours and Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine – all of which picked up nominations and trophies at the 83rd Academy Awards in February.
Since then, we've been treated to several films in early contention to be big hitters at next years awards circuit – Rango, Submarine, Archipelago, Winnie the Pooh, Meek's Cutoff, Hanna, Attack the Block, The Guard, Arrietty, The Tree of Life, Win Win, Thor, Pina and The Skin I Live In, to name a few – and it's not even September yet.