Tuesday, 30 August 2016

RIP Gene Wilder

Sad to hear about the demise of one of the true comedy greats.  An outstanding and original performer, he will not be forgotten.  I particularly loved his performances in The Producers and Young Frankenstein.

Goodbye Gene.

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Friday, 24 June 2016

United Airlines and Tribeca Digital Studios Team Up on Exclusive Documentary, Destination: Team USA

NEWARK, N.J., June 23, 2016 – For thousands of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games represent the pinnacle of athletic achievement and the culmination of a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice.
Today, customers on United flight 408 from Newark Liberty to Chicago O’Hare will get a surprise screening of the premiere of Destination: Team USA, a documentary produced by United Airlines and Tribeca Digital Studios. The film’s director, Adam Hootnick, Team USA hopeful Dartanyon Crockett and producers from Tribeca will be onboard for the screening.
This film focuses on five athletes in particular, for who the opportunity to represent the United States in Brazil means overcoming not only their opponents on the road to Rio, but also overwhelming personal odds.
The documentary captures their captivating stories in Destination: Team USA, the first feature film ever commissioned by a U.S. airline. Destination: Team USA follows:
·         Marathoner and 37-year-old single mom Andrea Duke on her final shot at competing on the world stage,

·         Legally blind Paralympic judo wrestler Dartanyon Crockett as he overcomes a difficult childhood in Cleveland’s housing projects,

·         Diver Abby Johnston as she balances medical school with her gold-medal dream,

·         Ibtihaj Muhammad as she fights to shatter stereotypes as the first Muslim woman to compete for the United States as a saber fencer, and

·         Boxer and comedian Cam F. Awesome as he battles with himself and his opponents.

Customers onboard will receive Team USA-branded amenity tins, Tribeca Film Festival gear and Garrett Popcorn as they enjoy the documentary film during the flight.
The film will be widely available for inflight viewing beginning July 1 as part of United Private Screening and the trailer is available online on the United Hub.
“This documentary chronicles the intense training, the focus and the incredible commitment of these athletes as they travel the world with the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in their sights,” said Thomas F. O’Toole, United senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “All of us at United are proud of the role we play helping the athletes pursue their dreams to be the best, and through this innovative partnership with Team USA and Tribeca Film Festival, customers are invited to experience these stories onboard their next flight.”
“I am thrilled to be taking part in my first in-flight premiere – and possibly the first in-flight premiere! – for Destination: Team USA,” director Adam Hootnick said. “Since our film documents the extraordinary lengths and distances to which these athletes go for their shot at Team USA, I feel it’s somehow appropriate that our film will be seen for the first time by an audience in the middle of a journey of their own.”
United has also joined with Coca-Cola to bring Destination: Team USA to theaters near each of the airline’s mainland U.S. hub airports. Beginning on June 27, United employees can attend screenings in Chicago; Staten Island, New York; Rolling Hills Estates, California; Golden, Colorado; Houston; Ashburn, Virginia; and Dublin, California. 
In 2016, United marks 35 years as the official airline of Team USA and its third year as a sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival.  
About United
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,000 flights a day to 336 airports across six continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates more than 715 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 21 new Boeing aircraft, including 737 NGs, 787s and 777s. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines. Approximately 86,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

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Monday, 2 May 2016


I hardly ever bother watching anything on TV these days, but I'm two episodes into the BBC miniseries "Undercover" and I'm absolutely gripped.  Sophie Okonedo and Adrian Lester in the lead roles are terrific, Peter Moffat's writing is intelligent and uncompromising, and all in all it's excellent, and it's got me totally hooked.  Not since Channel 4's brilliant "Humans" have I been really engrossed in something on TV.

(Yeah I know I've got a bit of catching up to do as I'm only on episode 2, but that's what catch-up TV is for, right? Apart from the footie sometimes I never watch anything when it's actually on anyway!)

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Indie Game "This War of Mine" Film Adaptation

Critically Acclaimed Game ‘This War of Mine’ gets Independent Adaption
‘Dogs’ Short Film Shines Light on the Ugly Side of War: Survival

Vancouver, CA: Marco Bossow is an independent filmmaker from Hamburg with a vision: to adapt the 11bit Studios game ‘This War of Mine’ into a compelling film that opens audience’s eyes to the difficult decisions civilians in war-torn areas are faced with every day.  
‘Dogs’ features Artyom, played by Justin Turnbull (iZombie, Motive), a young man forced to leave his makeshift shelter in order to find desperately needed medical supplies to save his wounded brother.  Along the way, he encounters kind-hearted strangers and opportunistic marauders, and learns that there are no right choices in war - only survival.

“Playing ‘This War of Mine’ was a gut-wrenching experience which still haunts me,” says Bossow, the writer/director of ‘Dogs’.  “I want to trigger an emotional response within the audience that will motivate them to think about the conflicts that are going on in the world, and build sympathy for the suffering they experience.”  Marco even consulted with a survivor of the Bosnian War to keep the story authentic.

The teaser has already been filmed, which you can watch on their website (dogs-short.com), but Marco and his team at Transmute Pictures need to raise the funds to cover costs like production design, insurance, among other production expenses. “’Dogs’ is an ambitious project,” says producer/actor Larissa Thompson, “we have lots of stunts, special effects make-up, and a war-torn world to build in Vancouver.” The team needs $25,000 to build this world, and have decided to raise the funds through Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1770001824/dogs-a-this-war-of-mine-independent-adaptation).

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Monday, 18 April 2016

The Call Up To Close SciFi London Film Festival 2016

UK, London: Friday 15th April 2016 – Today Altitude Film Entertainment in association with Stigma Films and Red and Black Films is delighted to announce that their British SciFi thriller The Call Up has been chosen to close the SciFi London Film Festival on Friday 6th May ahead of its theatrical release on 20th May and DVD / On Demand release on 23rd May.

Written and Directed by Charles BarkerThe Call Up is produced by Matthew James Wilkinson (Gateway 6, SLR, Kaleidoscope) of Stigma FilmsJohn Giwa-Amu (The Machine, The Silent Storm, Little White Lies) of Red & Black Films and executive produced by Alan Martin (The Machine, Stone of Destiny, Darklands). Max Deacon (Into the Storm, Hatfields & McCoys) leads an ensemble cast, joined by exciting up-and-coming talent, including Morfydd Clark (Love & Friendship, Madame Bovary, A Poet in New York), Ali Cook (Kajaki, The Anomaly, The Messenger), Parker Sawyers (Zero Dark Thirty, Parkside With You, Monsters: Dark Continent), Tom Benedict Knight (Dracula Untold,Houdini), Boris Ler (Death in Sarajevo, In the Land of Blood and Honey), Christopher Obi (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Counsellor)newcomer Douggie McMeekin and Adriana Randall.

Other executive producers include Richard Holmes (Eden Lake) and Marzipan Productions, Isabelle Georgeaux (Resistance, Jadoo andKeeping Rosy) of Pont Neuf Productions acts as Co-Producer and is part-funded through Creative England’s West Midlands Production Fund.

The Call Up follows a group of elite online gamers when they each receive a mysterious invitation to trial a state-of-the-art virtual reality video game. It’s a dream come true and impossible to resist.
Arriving at the test site, the group step into hi-tech gear and prepare for a revolutionary, next-level gaming experience that brings modern warfare to life with frightening realism. At first it’s a unique and exhilarating experience.  But what starts out like a dream encounter with cutting edge technology quickly takes a turn for the sinister.

Writer/Director Charles Barker said: “I've always been fascinated by the potential for technology to create worlds as real and powerful as our own. But as VR becomes ever more developed, more accessible I also have a fear. How dangerous could this be in the wrong hands?”

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