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From Brit to Brit, Sony Pictures and Marvel announces new Spider-Man

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Andrew Garfield has been replaced by another British actor, 19 year old Tom Holland to star as the next Spider-Man. Tom first popped up in Billy Elliot the Musical before heading to Hollywood to star in The Impossible. He most recently was seen it BBC’s Wolf Hall. If his acrobatic skills are anything to go by, he’s going to be a great Spider-Man. The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of “Cop Car,” the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

Commenting on the announcement, Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said, “It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job.  The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding.  I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception.  I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent.  For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special.   All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”

Sony Pictures will finance and release worldwide the next installment of the $4 billion Spider-Man franchise on July 28, 2017, in a film co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the Web-Slinger. But before that, Tom’s Spider-Man will make an appearance in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War which is due for release in 2016.

Source: Marvel

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What to Expect from Game of Thrones Series 6

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It’s over. I thought it would never end, sometimes I thought I wouldn’t make it, but somehow, through all the pain and the death and the sorrow and the death and the suffering and the death and also more death, I survived. I made it to the end of another series of Game of Thrones.

Now I don’t expect to be alright straight away (I’m still not right now). Take time to absorb what you’ve just seen, to come to terms with it, and maybe in some way, to heal. Right, are you done? Good, because we’ve probably only got another nine months before season six airs and we’ve got some theorising and wild guess work to do!

Season six looks like it’ll be the penultimate series of Game of Thrones, and a pivotal series for more reasons than one. Now I’m not going to pretend that I have any special sources or insight into how this series is going to turn out, but all these theories are 100% true.

Definite SPOILERS for season five ahead, and possible spoilers for season six (I suppose there’s a slim chance we might be wrong about some of it). Which brings us to our first theory:

Season six marks the beginning of the spoiler wars

The last five years have been a tough journey for all of us, but it’s been made worse by a single smug, supremely slappable face that belongs to a being who delights in pain. For once I’m not talking about Joffrey. I’m talking about your friend who’s read the books.

“Oh!” they would say. “Were you surprised by what happened to Ned Stark? I suppose you would be, not having read the books.”

“The Red Wedding? Well, yes, it was even more shocking in the books.”

“Books, books books. I think I’m going to marry the books because I love them so much. Almost as much that character you like loved that other character before… oh, hasn’t the TV series got that far yet?”

But as of now, the tables have turned. The season five finale used up the very last of the material in the published books (and even included a couple of bits that haven’t been seen on page yet). Season six doesn’t haven’t an air date, but it’s coming out next year and Winds of Winter is still sitting in a locked box in George RR Martin’s bedside table (he knocks most of the books out over a weekend and then spends six years chortling to himself over his agent’s frantic emails).

Now this puts your book loving friend in a bit of a bind, doesn’t it? Do they watch season six when it comes out, and spoil the books? Or do they spend a year or more sticking their fingers in their ears and hoping none of their suddenly smug-looking friends decide to spill the beans?

As poetic justice goes, it’s straight out of the books themselves.

We’re finally going to get the zombies-vs-dragons fight we’ve been waiting for

The clue is in the name. A Game of Thrones was the name of the first book, the series is called A Song of Ice and Fire. Doesn’t take much to guess the dragons are the fire, and the White Walkers are the ice. For five long years they’ve been slowly coming to a head. Like the protagonists of any good zombie movie, the characters have been more concerned with fighting for dominance among themselves than barricading all the doors and windows, but this year the episode “Hardhome” gave us some truly fantastic zombie combat (zombat?), and the next book’s title gives us reason to believe that after more lead up than Half-Life 3, Winter is finally going to Come.

The next season is the penultimate one, which puts it in the Empire Strikes Back point in the story. The “game of thrones” is going to be interrupted by a hoard of zombies coming in and busting up the joint, and the cast are going be either scattered even further or finally come together.

This is probably going to be when we finally get to see Dragons Vs Zombies. Before the zombies are quickly and unceremoniously killed. Which reminds us:

They’re going to kill Tyrion

I’m not the first to post my guesses about season six, and there’s one theory that keeps recurring. Everyone believes Jon Snow is coming back from the dead. To which I say (even though I hope it is true) “Awwwww!” Why do you think Jon’s safe? Is it because he’s one of the nice characters and people like him? Or is it because he seems like a major character who’s intrinsic to the plot? Or because he’s part of the Stark family and nothing bad ever happens to them!

No, let’s face it. Snow is gone.

This basically leaves us with only a handful of genuinely likeable characters left: Sam, Podrick, Brienne, Arya, and of course, Tyrion. Now don’t get me wrong, Pod is doomed, but he’s not really a big enough character to bring the shock and awe the way Game of Thrones likes to do. Brienne and Arya both have big plot stuff coming up. Sam seems primed for a heroic sacrifice, but why kill him when you could just kill the people he loves for added pain?

And while everyone still seems to love Tyrion, the fact is he did strangle a woman to death. Yeah, it’s easy to forget that now that he has a fancy yellow jacket and has a new purpose in life, but strangling a woman to death while crying is still strangling a woman to death. That’s going to have its karmic reward before too long. Then another six hundred fans will ragequit the series on Twitter.

A happy ending

No. Sorry. That was a cruel joke.

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Game of Thrones Season 5 finale reactions video

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As per yesterday’s post, I attended the HBO live screening of the Game of Thrones season five finale and our reactions were captured on film. Luckily I managed to avoid the camera by hiding at the back when watching the show, but (blink and you miss me) you can spot me walking in to the venue…so close!

Some of these reactions are amazing though, my particular favourite is the lady who is so shocked she has to grab her wine glass to console herself, and the guy next to her later is so shocked by the ending that his mouth literally drops to the floor and stays there!

How did you react to the Game of Thrones finale?

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Watch out London, there’s a White Walker about!

A Whitewalker stops traffic over London Bridge to celebrate the release of Game of Thrones Season 5 on Digital HD

A White Walker stops traffic over London Bridge to celebrate the release of Game of Thrones Season 5 on Digital HD

A Game of Thrones White Walker has literally been spotted walking around the streets of Central London. From talking the tube, to stopping traffic on Tower Bridge, its all to celebrate the release of the fifth season on Digital HD.

Did you watch the season finale episode? What did you think? Check out my review here.

Check out the gallery below of the White Walker in London.

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Playing it Cool review

Playing it Cool

I missed hearing anything about this movie until I saw it on my Sky Movies list. With such a great cast including Chris Evans (Captain America), Michelle Monaghan (The Best of Me), Topher Grace (That 70s Show), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Luke Wilson (Legally Blonde), Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks), and Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic 4), I thought this film would have been a massive hit.

It had potential, but for some reason that I can’t put my finger on, it just didn’t quite deliver. Chris Evans plays a guy (known only as me because we never hear anyone say his name), who has commitment issues until he meets a girl, played by Michelle Monaghan (we only know her as her). They seem to have the same outlook on life, but she is in a relationship and whilst he is struggling to write the script for a rom com movie because he has never been in love, he falls down the rabbit hole with her which helps him not just with his film script, but changes his life.

It just felt like some of the storyline of this film was missing, from him briefly touching on one of his parents walking out on him, from a letter in a cereal box, to him turning around the cereal box in a supermarket, but never really explaining why, to him saying his granddad pretty much raised him, all this briefly touched on his back story, which obviously had an impact on the way he is, but I don’t think this was explored enough for us to understand why he is the way he is.

I also didn’t feel the chemistry between Evans and Monaghan. When you are to believe that two people are falling in love, obviously you have to be good at acting that out, but if there isn’t a bit of natural chemistry between the two actors then it isn’t going to be as believable as you would like.

But what I did like about this film, was the unique way the story was being told, with him putting himself into the characters of other stories. It felt like you were part of the script writing process, a new twist on the rom com, but overall the story was lacking.

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Game of Thrones season 5 finale – winter came :-(

If you haven’t seen the latest Game of Thrones then look away now because this contain *spoilers*.

Jon Snow Dead

Is Jon Snow dead?! Is all I could ask at the end of the episode. As he walked to go and speak to the Wildling that had some news on his cousin I knew he was walking in to a trap, and I didn’t want to see what happened next.

I heard that the latest episode was going to be as bad as the Red Wedding episode. Whilst it was bad, it wasn’t as shocking, perhaps because we had already been shocked so much that we had prepared ourselves for the next instalment of drama.

Rather than watching at home, alone, drowning in my sorrows and calling my sister to tell me what happens next whilst I try and console myself, I went along to HBO’s live streaming of the show in London to celebrate the launch of series five available on digital HD. I took along the two lovelies of Lauren and Natasha (see pictures below), two fellow fans (although note I was the only one wearing a Stark t-shirt).

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The venue was an interesting choice, Rileys Sports Bar on Haymarket. We were crammed into the back room, there were traditional English canapes, sausage and mash, quiche, sausage rolls, etc. and some lovely Thrones inspired cocktails (see above menu). Notice the typo on Jon Snow’s name?

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I went for the Knights Watch cocktail, delicious. Lauren and Natasha went for the classic Mojito, aka King Slayer.

Natasha and her King Slayer cocktail

Natasha and her King Slayer cocktail

After we’d grabbed some food and our cocktails, we caught up with the end of episode nine to remind us where we were at. Then, it was only moments before we could enjoy the final episode. As we were a bit crowded in it was hard to see the big screen, but luckily there were plenty of screens around to ensure we didn’t miss the action.

Lauren enjoys her Kings Slayer cocktail which appears to be glowing from the spotlight

Lauren enjoys her Kings Slayer cocktail which appears to be glowing from the spotlight

The episode got off to a slow start, but then Arya Stark kicked some butt, Sansa Stark almost died, then literally left us on a cliffhanger. I honestly thought Cersei was going to die, she is evil, so I didn’t much care for her, until she had her hair cut off, was made to walk naked past the crowds as people threw things at her and her feet bleed, then I suddenly started crying. There is no need for someone to go through that.

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But then we got to Jon Snow’s scene. I felt that it left me hopeful that he was still alive, but my friends convinced me that he was totally dead. Then my sister quoted the last book to me, which ends right where season five left us “He didn’t feel the fourth knife. Only the cold…”. She gave me hope that he will return. But then I read an interview with the director that said Jon Snow is dead and Kit Harrington’s time on the show is over. Bang goes that theory. I really hope that he is just throwing us from the truth of the story. But George RR Martin. You’d better hurry up and finish that next book, because I hope you have a different ending for Jon Snow!

Girls at HBO Game of Thrones screening

Crying aside, we had a fab time, so thanks HBO for the invitation! Whether I’ll be back for season six though, with no Jon Snow, that is debatable.

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The Best of Me review

Michelle Monaghan (Made of Honor), seems to be in everything I am watching at the moment, review coming tomorrow of her film Playing it Cool where she stars alongside Chris Evans, and I just started watching True Detective which she also stars in. But the first thing I saw her in was most recently was The Best of Me. Now I am a sucker for a Nicholas Sparks novel and movie adaptation, The Notebook and Walk to Remember are two of my favourite romantic dramas.

I’ve read a lot of his books, even stopped off to some of the towns where they are set on my road trip around America. But I hadn’t read any recently, until Safe Haven was coming out, I picked up the book to read in advance of watching the film, and I was pleased with the adaptation, so I decided to do the same with The Best of Me.

The Best of Me is the story of Amanda and Dawson, two high school sweethearts, who after an accident Dawson goes to prison and they break up. Amanda goes on to get married and have a family, but Dawson, lives his life like he doesn’t deserve a good one. They both are called back to their hometown when a close friend dies and they finally meet some 20 years later and realise that the love between them is still there.

I absolutely loved the book, there was a great mix of drama and excitement, and of could with Sparks, sadness. But the film seemed to cut a lot out, thinking that just focusing on their love was enough, but I think the film lost the uniqueness of the book and just became a generic and predicable romantic drama.

In the book, Dawson kills a late night runner, but even though the accident wasn’t his fault, he still blames himself. He almost dies himself after an accident on an oil rig, but a ghost of a man helps him. Amanda’s alcoholic husband shows she has an unhappy life at home and her happy family isn’t all its believed to be, but her relationship with her mother means she doesn’t feel that she has anyone she can truly open up to. We see Dawson is a decent guy, who supports the family of the man he killed, and tries to help others in the town, all down to his surname as he knows he is from a bad family and therefore he believes that no matter how much good he does it is never enough. These moments are lost or changed in the film, yet I think they were important parts of the story.

The Best of Me

But that aside, had i not read the book, I would have thought this was a beautiful tale of love that can never be. Amanda, played by Michelle Monaghan has wonderful chemistry with Dawson, played by James Marsden (The Notebook). The younger Amanda, played by Liana Liberato (If I Stay) and the young Dawson, played by Luke Bracey (Home and Away)are also great and the star crossed teens, but I’m sorry, Luke Bracey looks more like a young Heath Ledger than James Marsden. I’m also pretty sure he has dark blue/brown eyes to James Marsden’s ice blue eyes. So for me that wasn’t great casting. Perhaps because they are only 20 years apart, that it just would have been better to have the main cast look younger with so post production.

I’m hoping that The Longest Ride lives up to expectations, it stars Clint Eastwood’s son Scott! I hits cinemas next week. The Best of Me is out on DVD and Blu-Ray now.

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Jurassic World delights and disappoints

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The first Jurassic Park outing was 22 years ago. It offered incredible special effects and great action and made us believe dinosaurs we no longer extinct. Suddenly dinosaurs were no longer for little boys, archeologists and palaeontologists, they were for the masses, and boy did we want a Jurassic Park…just with out all the killing. Then came The Lost World: Jurassic Parkin 1997, followed by Jurassic Park III in 2001.

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But for 14 years, we’ve be dino-park-less. Until now. Set years after the original park, this new cast lead by Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help) , who I didn’t realise until now how much she and Jessica Chastain look alike. She plays Claire, the manager of the park. In a bid to draw in new visitors to the park, she works with the lab team to create a new dinosaur, bigger and badder than a T-Rex, with a sponsor onboard, they are ready to open this new attraction to the public.

After presenting the dinosaur to Simon Masrani played by Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi), the new owner of the park after John Hammond’s death, Claire must ask velociraptor keeper Owen, played by Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), who is ex-Navy and has built a bond with his dinosaurs that he has them trained off a clicker, to check out the enclosure to ensure it is as safe as possible for the public.

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But after the Indominus Rex (apparently they needed an easy to say name for kids) escapes, putting the lives of all the visitors at risk (and Claire’s nephews who came to visit), they must do all they can to destroy the Rex before she destroys them.

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First off, comparing this film to the others, the special effects have greatly approved with time, as you would expect. The film is action packed, and i certainly jumped a few times. The chemistry between Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard worked perfectly for the film. But, the plot of the film just seemed a little lost. A nice idea about creating a new dinosaur, but how they go about hunting it just seemed a little far fetched.

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And what about the escaped flying Pteranodon? No one seemed that fussed that the dinosaurs that can actually leave the island are on the loose, they seem more focused on a giant dinosaur that is loose on an island that they have just evacuated. But perhaps this is the setting for the next film…if there is one?

This is some great family entertainment, but if you were looking for something a little more deep you might be disappointed.

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Star Wars Secret Cinema is incredible

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Copyright: Al Overdrive

Secret Cinema may have put Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in the top 10 film chart after 35 years, but I hope that isn’t from people buying the film rather than going to the Secret Cinema screening, because it is a truly epic, amazing, incredible experience. If you are a Star Wars fan then you have to go and see it with this experience. It is like a theme park, theatre and cinema experience all rolled into one.

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Copyright: Camilla Greenwell

Not only do you feel you are part of the film, you feel like you are there, not on a studio set, but on another planet. I don’t want to, nor can I give away too much. But, when it starts you feel like you are part of the production with the rebels. Then once you are transported from earth, you are left to explore for yourselves, but watch out as there are Stormtroopers and Bounty Hunters wandering around and don’t trust those Jawas, I saw someone interrogated by a Stormtrooper after a Jawa tried to get her in trouble for something she hadn’t done. Whilst you are around exploring, eating food and drinking at the Cantina bar, the actors playing the lead cast members are acting out Star Wars: A New Hope in front of you.

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Copyright Camilla Greenwell

There is so much going on before you even get to the film, and everyone was revved up for the movie. But again, you aren’t just left to enjoy the movie. It is brought to life with the actors and lighting which truly makes watching the film an incredible experience.

This production is Secret Cinema’s largest to-date. Now I haven’t been to any of the others, I missed out on Back to the Future, which I hear was epic. I had always thought that the tickets were rather overpriced, but from attending the latest production I can tell you that it is worth every penny.

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Copyright Camilla Greenwell

The secret location has been transformed into the largest art and performance centre of its kind in London, layered across an area spanning nearly twice the size of the Tate Modern or the location for last year’s Secret Cinema production of Back to the Future. 

Over 400 actors, DJs and bands will perform across 4 music stages over the course of the show run.  Secret Artists so far included Goldie, Simian Mobile Disco, Jamie Jones, Posthuman and DJ Food with many more secret acts booked. After the film, I was lucky enough to party to the DJ set of Groove Armada, an incredible way to end the evening.

SECRET CINEMA Presents STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK runs now until 27th September 2015 www.secretcinema.org/tickets It runs from a Tuesday – Sunday and you need to arrive between 5.30pm and 6.30pm. I really recommend getting there as early as possible to enjoy every moment, and go at the weekend so you can party the rest of the night with the secret DJs.

The new Mockingjay Part 2 trailer looks awesome

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Later this year we will finally see the last ever Hunger Games film, Mockingjay Part 2. This week a new teaser trailer was released and boy does it look awesome. For me, Mockingjay was the best book in the series, but the first Mockingjay film didn’t excite me as much as I would have hoped. But I think that’s because all of the action truly happens in the second half of the book, which we shall see in this final movie, although I didn’t like the ending of the love triangle, not that it will change in the film.

Check out the trailer below. Are you excited for the final instalment?

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