The death of Sir Roger Moore, film star and UNICEF ambassador, has been announced today; he had been suffering from cancer. He started out in movies as a model and bit part actor then his handsome looks and smooth demeanour allowed him to graduate to larger roles, until he became popular in leading roles in television: Ivanhoe, Maverick and most indelibly The Saint during the 1960s, which made him an international celebrity.
The Persuaders was set to secure his fame in America, but did not work out that way, so when he was offered James Bond in Live and Let Die he was happy to step into it, and at last he was one of the best known actors in the world, continuing with the longest stint as the official Bond than any other actor. At the same time, he was starring in other movies such as The Man Who Haunted himself (he considered that his finest performance), Gold, Shout at the Devil, The Wild Geese, Escape to Athena, North Sea Hijack, The Sea Wolves, The Cannonball Run and The Naked Face.
Once his time as Bond ended after A View to a Kill, his movies were lower profile aside from featured roles in material like The Quest, Spiceworld and Boat Trip, but he remained a popular guest on chat shows, author of bestselling books, and toured with stage shows where his legendary self-deprecating wit was well to the fore. An absolute gentleman.
[23 May 2017 at 15:18]
Lola on Blu-ray, DVD and EST
It never Rainers but it pours
STUDIOCANAL is pleased to announce that a newly restored 4K version of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1981 drama, LOLA, will be released on DVD, BD and EST on July 3. A boxset of Fassbinder's films will also be released by STUDIOCANAL on October 23.
Set in a small West German town in 1957, a booming economy is generating a new sense of optimism. In the town brothel, Villa Fink, Lola (Barbara Sukowa - Berlin Alexanderplatz, Romance and Cigarettes), a young high-class prostitute with a zest for life, is the star of the show. Her favourite client is the influential developer Schuckert (Mario Adorf - The Tin Drum), who enjoys spending time at Villa Fink with city officials important to his construction business. When von Bohm (Armin Mueller-Stahl - The Game, Angels & Demons), an upright, energetic building commissioner with a liberal, social-democratic outlook, arrives in the town, he falls in love with Lola without being aware where she works by night. Although he is shocked when he learns of her true identity, he nevertheless marries her. As a result, Lola gains a husband and Schuckert is awarded a new building contract. Ultimately neither Lola, von Bohm or Schuckert are really concerned with what has happened in the past or the morality of their decisions - the main thing is that they get what they want.
[18 May 2017 at 21:25]
Guerrilla on Blu-ray and DVD
Honest, there really are black people in this despite what you've heard
Penned by 12 Years A Slave Oscar®-winning screenwriter John Ridley, recently lauded by The Guardian as "the most important man in TV" and boasting an impeccable cast, Guerrilla is the hugely anticipated political drama which, following its run on Sky Atlantic, with the season finale airing tonight, it is set for its home entertainment release courtesy of Dazzler Media.
This sprawling, multi-layered tale of the nascent black power movement in the UK in the early 1970s, is co-executive-produced by and also stars Idris Elba (The Wire), alongside a stellar cast including Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Babou Ceesay (Free Fire), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Daniel Mays (Line of Duty), Nathanial Martello-White (Life Just Is), and Denise Gough (The Fall). A Sky Original Production made in association with Showtime, this six-part drama comes to UK DVD and Blu-ray for the first time on 19 June 2017.
This meditative, immersive film from Stuart A. Staples and David Reeve is a tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor and pioneering filmmaker F. Percy Smith.
Smith worked in the early years of the 20th century, developing various cinematographic and micro-photographic techniques to capture nature's secrets in action.
Minute Bodies is an interpretative edit that combines Smith's original footage with a new contemporary score to create a hypnotic, alien yet familiar dreamscape that connects us to the sense of wonder Smith must have felt as he peered through his own lens and saw these micro-worlds for the first time.
The film features a new score by tindersticks with Thomas Belhom and Christine Ott. It will be screened with a live score performed by tindersticks at the Barbican, London, on Saturday 17 June and the soundtrack will be released by City Slang on 9 June on Limited Edition LP and CD. Click on the link for the trailer.
Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one: James (Kyle Mooney). When the show abruptly ends, James's life changes forever, he sets out to finish the story himself and must learn to cope with the realities of a new world that he knows nothing about.
Starring Saturday Night Live's Kyle Mooney and Star Wars' Mark Hamill. In Select Theaters July 28th. 2017 Cannes Critics' Week Closing Film. Try the clip at the link above.
In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
20th Century Fox has released the FINAL trailer for WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, the culminating chapter of the latest Planet of the Apes trilogy. All of human history has led to this moment! That's not hyperbole at all, is it?! Check out that trailer above!!!
[17 May 2017 at 10:48]
Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans on Blu-ray, DVD and digital
The drive to succeed
STEVE MCQUEEN: THE MAN AND LE MANS, will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital on 5th June 2017.
Holllywood legend Steve McQueen made his name in The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and The Thomas Crown Affair. But it was his role as the maverick cop in Bullitt - the film that made car chases a staple of the movie industry - that transformed McQueen into Hollywood’s golden boy by the end of the 1960s. Now he was rich enough and powerful enough to make Le Mans - the movie that had been his passion for decades.
If acting was his calling, McQueen's first love was racing. But to him it was more than just a hobby. It was an art form. Speed offered an escape. Racing became an addiction that led to his obsession to make "the ultimate racing picture".