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Exclusive reveal: what is Mr Turner painting in his poster?

Posted by Ali Gray at 16:20 on 22 Jul 2014
Exclusive reveal: what is Mr Turner painting in his poster?
Look, here's the lovely new quad poster (large) for Mike Leigh's Oscar-botherer Mr Turner, in which Timothy Spall plays 19th century paint god JMW Turner.

You might think that splash of orange paint is an artistic statement, or perhaps a way of shielding young children from seeing Timothy Spall's monstrous visage, but we can exclusively reveal what Turner is painting in this poster. You won't believe your eyes.



So HE'S the one responsible.

Congratulations Ben Whishaw on being the new voice of Paddington!

Posted by Ali Gray at 11:00 on 18 Jul 2014
Congratulations Ben Whishaw on being the new voice of Paddington!
#CreepyPaddington has a new creepy voice thanks to Colin Firth's replacement, Perfume star Ben Whishaw. Once he smells that marmalade, he will kill each and every one of you to get it. (HT @NevPierce).

The Purge: Anarchy in the UK

Posted by Ali Gray at 00:10 on 17 Jul 2014
The Purge: Anarchy in the UK
The Purge: Anarchy - known in some international territories as 'American Nightmare 2' - is released in cinemas next week, continuing to explore the best high concept horror premise in years: what if, in order to reduce crime all year round, all crime including murder was legal for one night only? It's a very American thing, having to specify that murder was included, because if there was a UK version of The Purge, the crimes the British public would commit would be small and twatty. Crimes like these...

Just a reminder that this quote from Jason Statham's The Mechanic exists

Posted by Ali Gray at 21:00 on 13 Jul 2014
Just a reminder that this quote from Jason Statham's The Mechanic exists
Additional point: if Jason Statham did this in the mirror, would his reflection shoot itself in the face?

Thoughts on Boyhood and fatherhood

Posted by Ali Gray at 13:00 on 11 Jul 2014
Thoughts on Boyhood and fatherhood
Boyhood is a film that will say a lot of different things to a lot of different people. I became a father in 2012 and though I don't think you have to have children to appreciate it at all – it's a masterpiece – the fact I have a young son of my own meant the film connected with me in ways I wasn't expecting. Here's my take on what Boyhood meant to me.

The Transformers/Coen Bros Venn diagram

Posted by Ali Gray at 11:55 on 04 Jul 2014
The Transformers/Coen Bros Venn diagram
It's one of the weirdest phenomenons in modern movie history: how is it that so many Coen regulars wind up in Transformers movies? See the culprits as we attempt to figure out what possible motives the guilty parties could have.

Opinion piece: Everything's awful when you're a snob

Posted by Ali Gray at 16:00 on 02 Jul 2014
Opinion piece: Everything's awful when you're a snob
In a frankly unbelievable turn of events this week, two properties which have been successful in the past continued to be successful. For reasons yet to be determined, various parties are disgusted by the fact that Transformers: Age Of Extinction and Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie made so much money at the box-office, satisfying their respective audiences of young people and old people. The school of thought seems to be that audiences shouldn't spend money on movies they want to see – they should spend money on movies we want them to see.

Addendum to horrible movie poster trend #6: Unnecessary Sparks

Posted by Matt Looker at 13:30 on 02 Jul 2014
Addendum to horrible movie poster trend #6: Unnecessary Sparks
Remember when we pointed out that needless sparks had become a horrible movie poster tradition? The one-sheet for new Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best Of Me has been released, leading to this slight revision on the matter. That is all. As you were.

Liam Neeson enjoys uneventful flight

Posted by Ali Gray at 16:45 on 30 Jun 2014
Liam Neeson enjoys uneventful flight
Actor Liam Neeson, star of exciting action movies like Non-Stop, Unknown and the Taken series, enjoyed a perfectly ordinary flight from London to New York yesterday, with no major incidents reported, much to the disappointment of passengers and staff.

A visual representation of post-Batman superhero movies

Posted by Ali Gray at 20:30 on 29 Jun 2014
A visual representation of post-Batman superhero movies
Tim Burton's Batman was released (more or less) 25 years ago this week. You could argue that it's the first modern superhero movie, the one that jumpstarted the whole movement - Superman: The Movie, let's face it, was a beautiful fluke. How has the superhero genre blossomed in the quarter of a century since Michael Keaton got the chafing of a lifetime? Like a wet Gremlin. Here's a handy visual guide as to how the superhero movie became so ubiquitous.
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