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300: Rise of an Empire
Lots of shouting guaranteed
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield on the sea as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.
“300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Warner Bros. Picture presents and Legendary Pictures presents, a Cruel and Unusual Films/Mark Canton/Gianni Nunnari Production, “300: Rise of an Empire. The action adventure stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemesia. Lena Headey reprises her starring role from “300” as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; Hans Matheson (“Clash of the Titans”) stars as Aeskylos; and Rodrigo Santoro stars again as the Persian King, Xerxes.
Independent Distribution announces the UK release of PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER, in cinemas on 5th July. Directed and produced by Oscar-nominated producer and documentary maker Mike Lerner (Afghan Star, Hell and Back Again) and Director-Producer Maxim Pozdorovkin (Capital), PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER features the three band members who were put on trial in Russia, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich for performing a satirical rock song in Russia’s most hallowed Moscow cathedral.
Filmed over the course of six months, this film tells the incredible story of three young women: Nadia, Masha and Katia; members of the feminist art collective Pussy Riot who performed a 40 second "punk prayer" inside Russia's main cathedral. This performance led to their arrest on charges of religious hatred and culminated in a trial that has reverberated around the world and transformed the face of Russian society forever.
With unparalleled access and exclusive footage, Lerner and Pozdorovkin’s Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer looks at the real people behind their now famous colourful balaclavas.
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.
The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman and directed by James Mangold, opens in cinemas on July 25th 2013. The new trailer is above.
[12 Jun 2013 at 23:44]
Beware of Mr Baker on Blu-ray and DVD
Drummed into you
A legendary, era-defining drummer who played with Cream, Blind Faith, Fela Kuti and many other groups, the mad, bad Ginger Baker is as well known for his debauched off-stage antics as he is for his ground-breaking musicianship.
Following in the tradition of music documentaries like Searching for Sugar Man, Jay Bulger's award-winning and frequently hilarious portrait of a troubled genius is an insightful, detailed and boldly original film, featuring contributions from Carlos Santana, Stewart Copeland and Lars Ulrich, as well as Baker’s band members Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce.
THE EAST starring Brit Marling (ANOTHER EARTH), Alexander Skarsgård (TRUE BLOOD), Ellen Page (JUNO) and Patricia Clarkson (STATION AGENT) will be released in cinemas across the UK & Ireland on June 28th 2013.
An official selection at this year’s Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals, THE EAST sees Director Zal Batmanglij collaborate once more with actress and co-writer Brit Marling following their critically acclaimed debut SOUND OF MY VOICE.
THE EAST, a suspenseful and provocative espionage thriller, stars Marling as former FBI agent Sarah Moss. Moss is starting a new career at Hiller Brood, an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele. Handpicked for a plum assignment by the company’s head honcho, Sharon (Patricia Clarkson), Sarah goes deep undercover to infiltrate The East, an elusive anarchist collective seeking revenge against major corporations guilty of covering up criminal activity. Determined, highly-trained and resourceful, Sarah soon ingratiates herself with the group, overcoming their initial suspicions and joining them on their next action or “jam.” But living closely with the intensely committed members of The East, Sarah finds herself torn between her two worlds as she starts to connect with anarchist Benji (Alexander Skarsgård) and the rest of the collective, and awakens to the moral contradictions of her personal life.
Featuring a stand-out performance from Daisy Lowe in her first lead role, CONFINE is a taut psychological thriller that hits cinemas, DVD and On Demand on 1st July 2013, through 20:20 Films.
CONFINE marks Daisy Lowe’s first foray into feature film acting, performing alongside Eliza Bennett (Nanny McPhee, Inkheart) and “Game of Thrones” star Alfie Allen. The film centres around Pippa (Lowe), a physically and emotionally scarred former model living as a recluse in her upmarket Georgian flat. When a heist taking place in the same building goes wrong, Pippa’s home is broken into by the charismatic Kayleigh (Bennett). Pippa is taken hostage by this unpredictable and volatile thief who’s looking for a temporary hideout, but when outside forces close in Kayleigh takes a darker path to get her way. As the confined space becomes a fighting ring and a tense struggle ensues, Pippa must learn how to stand up for herself once again.
With slick performances and a plot that builds until tension reaches fever pitch, CONFINE will be sure to turn up the heat when it’s released in cinemas, on DVD and On Demand this summer. The trailer is above.
[12 Jun 2013 at 23:36]
Passion on DVD
De Palma returns
From Scarface, The Untouchables to Mission Impossible, the Academy Award Nominated director Brian De Palma is back with a new erotic thriller Passion. Starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace in ‘eye catching’ co- leads, Passion explores the destructive power of rivalry between a manipulative boss and her talented protégée, where romantic and professional jealousy escalates from punishing public humiliation to cold blooded murder.
Martin Compston (The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Sweet Sixteen) heads an all-star cast in THE WEE MAN which includes John Hannah (The Mummy trilogy, TV’s Spartacus), Denis Lawson (Perfect Sense, Star Wars trilogy), Laura McMonagle (Lip Service), Clare Grogan (Gregory’s Girl), Stephen McCole (Neds), Rita Tushingham (Being Julia, Doctor Zhivago) and 12 year old Daniel Kerr who became the youngest ever BAFTA New Talent winner for his role as the young Paul Ferris.
Hollywood legend Patrick Bergin (Patriot Games, Sleeping with the Enemy) plays Arthur Thompson, the UK’s last known Godfather and completes a fantastic cast that brings the extraordinary true life-story of reformed Glaswegian gangster Paul Ferris to the screen. The Scottish Sun called the film “Scotland’s most controversial movie in decades” and it comes to DVD & Blu-ray 8th July after a hugely successful Scottish theatrical release.
Written and directed by Ray Burdis (producer of The Krays and director of Love, Honour & Obey), the film follows Paul (Compston) from his roots as an ordinary young kid with decent, hardworking parents in the notorious area of Blackhill, Glasgow on his journey to become Scotland’s most feared gangster.