Film Review: Venom

Directed by Ruben Fleischer and the first film in Sony’s Marvel Universe, Venom follows a failed reporter, Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), who gains superpowers after being bound to an alien entity, one of many symbiotes who have invaded Earth, giving him a violent super alter-ego: Venom. Soon, he must rely on his newfound powers to protect the world from a shadowy organisation led by Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) who is looking for a symbiote of his own.

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Film Review: The Greatest Showman

Directed by Michael Gracey, The Greatest Showman celebrates the birth of show business, inspired by the life of P.T.Barnum and the creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. The film tells the story of a visionary, Barnum (Hugh Jackman) who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Alongside his wife, Charity (Michelle Williams), and children, Barnum works with playwright Carlyle (Zac Efron) to bring together a cast of live stars, including a bearded lady (Keala Settle), a trapeze artist (Zendaya) and Tom Thumb (Sam Humphrey).

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Film Review: All The Money In The World

Directed by Ridley Scott and based on true events, All The Money In The World is based on John Pearson‘s 1995 book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty. It follows the story of teenager John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) who is kidnapped in Rome, whose billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) refuses to pay his ransom. However, the boy’s strong-willed mother (Michelle Williams) hooks up with the old man’s enigmatic security man (Mark Wahlberg) in a desperate race against time to persuade Getty to relent.

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Film Review: Oz The Great and Powerful

(Published in the April edition of Sage)

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Discovering the origins of L. Frank Baum‘s classic children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and a sort-of prequel to the classic 1939 film of the same name, Oz: The Great and Powerful follows a small-time magician (James Franco) who arrives in an enchanted land ruled by three witches – Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). Directed by Sam Raimi, the film focuses on how the Wizard arrived in Oz and became the ruler. But will he be a good man or a great one?

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Some Of The Wonderful Things He Does: Oz The Great And Powerful Images & Trailer

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A new trailer and several new images have been released for Sam Raimi’s upcoming fantasy adventure, Oz: The Great And Powerful, this week, and they are certainly very impressive.

Discovering the origins of L. Frank Baum‘s classic children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the film is a prequel to his work, looking at how the Wizard arrived in Oz and became the ruler.

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New Trailer for ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’, Comic-Con Say It Looks Outstanding

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The first trailer for Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful has been released this week, as The Disney panel at Comic-Con presented an exclusive promo reel for the film at this year’s convention.

Discovering the origins of L. Frank Baum‘s classic children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the film is a prequel to his work, looking at how the Wizard arrived in Oz and became the ruler.

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Did I Miss Something? A Wizard Of Oz Re-Telling With a Very Decent Cast?

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Whilst the news was announced earlier this month, over at the Multiplex we are yet to report on the news of Sam Raimi‘s re-telling of the classic Wizard Of Oz adventure.

When Perez Hilton posted what is apparently the first look at the make-up for a flying monkey in the latest re-imagining of L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s novel, see below for the image, the news didn’t appeal to my interests until, only this week, I saw the cast list.

Scheduled for an 8th March, 2013 release, the fantasy adventure, which has been titled Oz The Great and Powerful, stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Joey King and Bruce Campbell.

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Film Review: My Week With Marilyn

Directed by Simon Curtis and based on two books by Colin Clark, My Week With Marilyn depicts the making of the 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl, which starred Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) and Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh). During this time, 23-year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant and documented the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe. Desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work, Colin escorts Marilyn around and introduces her to some of the pleasures of British life.

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Behind-The-Scenes Featurette For ‘My Week With Marilyn’

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A new behind-the-scenes featurette for Simon CurtisMy Week With Marilyn has been released this week, which includes commentary from leading lady Michelle Williams and some of the British cast, Judi Dench and Emma Watson.

Based on Colin Clark’s two diary accounts of his time on set for The Prince and the Showgirl with Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier in 1957, My Week With Marilyn focuses on the week in which Clark spent his week escorting Monroe around England after her husband, Arthur Muller, left the country. Introducing her to British life, Monroe begins to escape from her Hollywood routine and the pressures of work, letting Clark see a side of her that the cameras didn’t know.

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First Trailer for ‘My Week With Marilyn’

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My Week With Marilyn has had very little promotion despite its intriguing hype. Premiering at the New York Film Festival this weekend, we have finally been given a trailer to show us non-press folks what we will be missing out on.

Based on Colin Clark‘s two dairy accounts of his time on set for The Prince and the Showgirl with Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier in 1957, the film focuses on the week in which Clark spent with Monroe after her husband, Arthur Miller, left the country.

An American actress, and a worldwide icon, the film is set in England where Clark, an assistant on the set, spends the week escorting Monroe around, introducing her to British life as she begins to escape from her Hollywood routine and the pressures of work.

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New Poster For My Week With Marilyn

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My Week With Marilyn has been kept quite well under wraps; we are yet to see a trailer but this week a poster has been released online, showing the stunning Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe.

Based on two novels by Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier’s, the film documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl in 1957.

40 years after the production of this film that famously united Olivier and Monroe, Clark published his diary of the account named “The Prince, the Showgirl and Me“, but one week was missed out. This week is the focus of director Simon Curtis’ film; the week when Monroe’s husband, playwright Arthur Miller, left the country, leaving Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life.

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