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Looking like a true sequel to 1986's Rocky IV this sequel to 2016's Creed puts Apollo Creed's Son against Ivan Drago's son.
For those who don't remember Ivan Drago killed Apollo Creed in the ring before being defeated by Rocky Balboa at the end of the film.
The BBFC have given Creed II a 12A rating for moderate violence, language and the film has a run time of 130 minutes (2hrs 10 Minutes).
CREED 2 (12A) moderate violence, language https://t.co/vZMgJYlSnz— BBFC (@BBFC) November 14, 2018
2018 has kicked in and as always we take time to reflect on what is coming to the cinema in the coming 12 months and list the 10 films were looking forward to.
Normally this is an easy list to conceive, but this year we have had to narrow it down from a short list of 20 movie, so some films like All The Money In The World and The Press have missed the list, not because were not looking forward to them but these 10 films we are really looking forward to.
So here we are, in release order, the list of 10 films we are looking forward to in 2018.
The new film from Pixar, and although it doesn't capture us initially as much as say Finding Nemo or Toy Story it has things about it that cant be ignored, mainly its a Pixar movie.
Fifty Shades Freed
The last in the Fifty Shades series, we loved Fifty Shades of Grey, but hated Fifty Shades Darker, but were looking forward to this although we know it will have bad dialogue and probably flop!
The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro latest film and one which has had the critics overly excited, could be the directors best film since Pan Labyrinth.
Were old enough to remember the original video game and still have the memory of Angelina Jole in out heads, but this is a reboot and looks gritty and exciting.
Ready Player One
You cant ignore a good sci-fi films and you certainly can ignore it when Steven Spielberg has directed the film, this has the potential for highest grossing film of the year.
Avengers Infinity War
But then there is the third Avengers movie to think about, and with the Marvel Cinematic Universe seemingly doing no wrong with audiences eager to spend money this could be a massive grossing film in 2018.
Solo A Star Wars Story
And then there is the annual (despite it only being a few months since the last one) Star Wars movie which although not part of the main saga is a film which will pull on the nostalgia of many fans and hopefully answer quite a few questions.
There is no denying the popularity of the original Deadpool film and the inevitable sequel will pull a similar crowd, lets hope its no Kick Ass 2!
Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom
Audiences love dinosaurs and all the time these films are making big bucks Universal will deliver, follow up the 2016 origianl and fifth in the series in total, expect big money if nothing else.
Fantastic Beasts The Crimes Of Grindelwald
Suprisingly we though the original Fantastic Beasts was better than all the Harry Potter films so we have high hopes for this, and written by J.K. Rowling herself she knows this universe and how the please the fans better than anyone.
You may not remember but for a brief time Mamma Mia! was the highest grossing film of all time in the UK!
Times have changed and its currently the 9th highest grossing film in the UK, but a sequel is on its way.
Ten years later the cast are all back to sing more songs on a sun drenched island in the sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go again which is set for a summer release.
Check out the first trailer below.
As the awards ceremonies continue across the world, and America, 2 of the top contenders hook themselves to the top of the US box office with Hidden Figures staying at the top and La La Land climbing to number 2.
After its close call with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last week Hidden Figures holds on to the top with ease this week.
The film out 3 black women who's achieves in the NASA programme were hidden from public knowledge took $20.4 million over the weekend bringing the total gross to $54.8 million.
Climbing to number 2 after success at the Golden Globes and a lot of Oscar buzz La La Land this week takes $14.5 million.
Highest new film this week, remember that many of the Oscar contenders will have had limited release before the end of the year, is The Bye Bye Man at number 6 with $13.3 million.
Patriots Day, a film about the Boston Marathon bombing, climbs to number 6 with $12 million after 3 weeks in only 3 cinemas.
Longest running film at the US box office is La La Land with 6 weeks, although 5 of those were on limited release, while the top total grossing movie is Rogue One which is just a shade off half a billion.
We all knew it was going to be big, but Jurassic Wold has beaten expectations by grossing about $511 million worldwide on its opening weekend.
This is higher than any or the Jurassic films and is the second highest of all time, behind 2012's Avengers Assemble.
This film is now on to fight Fast and Furious 7 and Avengers Age of Ultron as the top film of the year.
Also remember we have the Star Wars sequel coming later in the year, although that gross will be spread over 2015 and 2016.
Stay with 25thframe.co.uk to find out the confirmed total grosses in the coming days.
It's not Hansel and Gretel as I remember from the fairy tale, but the Witch Hunting duo debut at the top.
Hansel and Gretal: Witch Hunters knocks Disneys Wreck-It Ralph into the runner up spot on it's debut. Witch Hunters took £1.5 million for the weekend.
This time last year The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was sitting at the top of the UK charts while This Means War was the highest new film at 3.
Five years ago Jason Statham took over at the at the top with the true story film The Bank Job on it's debut week.
Ten years ago The Ring was still at the top with the highest new film at 2 being Jackass The Movie.
Fifteen years ago Titanic was a way into it's record breaking run at the cinema and Spielberg's Amistad was the highest new film at 3.
Daniel Radcliffe, for the immediate future anyway, is always going to be Harry Potter, for 10 years he lived and breathed the character and to millions of adoring fans he is the image of the boy wizard, which is why it is an achievement that while watching The Woman in Black Harry Potter hardly crossed my mind.
The story, set in an Edwardian era, centers around Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe) who is a solicitor sent to clear up the paperwork of a recently deceased woman. Kipps himself has a 4 year old child and is a widow, his wife having died during child birth.
Kipps arrives in the village of Crythin Gifford where he is to spend the next couple of days working before his son arrives to join him for a holiday. During his train journey Kipps meets the local wealthy man who he befriends and then is given a lift in his car (noted as being the first car in the village) to the inn where he is booked in to stay.
The welcome Kipps gets from everyone else is far from friendly, and as he goes about his business the next day he is more or less told to leave town. What ensues from there is a traditional ghost story with scares and jumps at every opportunity.
As I first mentioned Radcliffe, fresh from the Potter franchise where he IS the boy wizard, manages to detach himself from that completely, not sure if it's the side burns or the fact that his character spends a lot of time alone and doesn't say a lot, or maybe it's the low budget film not being laden with special effect but it's a good move.
I'm showing my age now but I remember the Hammer Horror films of the 70's and 80's which at the time were scary as hell, and the TV show had me hiding behind the sofa more than Doctor Who did, and this film, which is produced by Hammer and filmed in the UK captures the spirit of the old Hammer perfectly.
The film is jumpy if a little corny in places, not too long and has a story which is acceptable for a horror film of this type. I started the question things when a seemingly normal guy decides to spend the night in the creepiest looking house in England that is cut from mainland during for large part of the day and he'd already experienced minor paranormal activity (I'd never have gone anywhere near the house in the first place) and some of the jumpy scenes were far too predictable and came off as amusing but on the whole it's an enjoyable scary horror harking back to the glory days of Hammer.
Good: Decent screenplay from Jane Goldman and some genuinely scary moments. Well directed by James Watkins and a good supporting cast.
Bad: Does get predictable and some of the scares are funny. Too many unanswered things happen and the ending although good could have been better.
The company was started in the US in 1997 specialising in mailing DVD's to it's customers rather than having them go to a Video Shop to rent them, utilising the internet it revolutionised the industry and was the first nail in the Blockbuster coffin. Today the company still deals with mail order but also does big business with streaming video, and from today the service has come to Britain, over 10 years later!
Does the UK need Netflix? LoveFilm has no strong competition, so in the mail order sector, but streaming/downloaded video, maybe not. I can stream films from my PS3, my Xbox 360, my iTunes account, my Apple TV (OK technically thats through iTunes as well), my TV itself, even Blockbuster if I so choose, so Netflix I think is 10 years late.
So why launch Netflix now? It has the brand recognition, despite it being US only many many UK people know the name, in fact many probably thought the service was already available in the UK. Netflix are also a massive company making billions of dollars a year, expansion was only a matter of time.
I remember working for the biggest video rental company in Britain many years ago, the company was called Ritz Video Film Hire, Blockbuster Video had been trying to crack the UK for a couple of years, they were a massive American company at the time and thought they could bring the American business model to the UK, it didn't work and Blockbuster Video was failing, so what did they do? They bought Ritz Video Film Hire and overnight the staff who had grown to hate Blockbuster were suddenly working for them, I know LoveFilm is owned by Amazon.co.uk but I can seriously see them selling to Netflix sometime down the line.At the end of the day as long as the customer wins who cares? Already LoveFilm have reduced their prices by a pound, but LoveFilm don't offer HD yet, Netflix had that advantage for the extra pound. I'm going to sound off now, I know these services are good value, £4.99 or £5.99 for unlimited streaming films is very good, but, this thing that annoys me is they don't have the latest releases, I want to see film when they are out on DVD/Blu-ray, not weeks later, I'd even pay a pound or 2 extra so i could stream Breaking Dawn Part 1 from the day it's released, I wont get that yet with Netflix or LoveFilm, for that I'd need to stick iTunes, PS3 etc.
I'm sure these services will get there, and for rental at least the future is in digital distribution, but for me Netflix isn't there yet, but still it is a welcome addition that I may use when they get same day as disk releases.
Remember the film Back to the Future Part II (I know it wasn't the best)? Then do you remember the self tying trainers that Doc Brown gave Marty Mcfly to put on when they first arrive in 2015, no? Well you will soon be able to own a pair for real.
Nike have made a limited edition set of 1500 pairs of the shoes for which they are auctioning off 150 pairs at a time over at ebay.com (the current set are at over $8,000 already) and the net proceeds are going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Fox being the star of Back to the Future and suffers from the condition himself.
There are a number of videos that have been produced to promote the shoes and the auctions which I have posted below. The auction is only available in America, but if you are lucky enough to live there, or indeed be visiting then this is a great chance to own a bit of the future, and 4 years early.
(Please note that these shoes do not actually self tie!)
New Superman film shaping up nicely, new cast, director and direction
We all remember the 2006 Superman movie directed by Brian Singer and starring Brandon Routh, yes that's right it was rubbish. Now the franchise is in new hands it looks like director Zach Synder has got the right idea.
In an interview with Hero Complex the director is looking at the film as if there had been no film before it, yay, maybe Singer should have done the same.
Singer tried to do a sequel to the Richard Donner/Christopher Reeve film and on the whole it failed, now Synder is looking at doing a ôrebootö of the franchise. I know this is a term which is bantered about a lot but this is one franchise, like Batman before it, that really needs to be looked at again, or left alone completely but that's a discussion for another day, the day after this Superman hit cinemas.
On board for the new film is British star of television series The Tudors Henry Cavill who will play the very American Superman, also on board is Kevin Costner and Diane Lane who will play Clark Kent's parents. It's also been rumoured that Viggo Mortensen will play General Zod in the film which goes a long way to revealing where the story will go.
Snyder is just wrapped Sucker Punch and is going into pre-production for The Man of Steel now with an expected release date of 2012.
A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away a prequel to a successful franchise of films came out and on the whole massively disappointed fans, and that film was a conventional film in what has been the traditional 2D, the the film maker was unhappy with that like many of his previous films and wanted it in 3D, and in 2012 he will get his wish.
Put another was Lucasfilms has announced that the first Episode of Star Wars, as in The Phantom Menace will get its 3D theatrical debut on February 10th 2012. The press release doesn't specify location but I suspect the UK release on or around the same time.
Back in 1997, 20 years after the original Star Wars came out, Lucas pushed the cash cow back into cinemas with updated special effect that he claimed gave the vision closer to what he wanted to do in 1977. Now 12 years after the release of The Phantom Menace he has converted in to 3D, and the other 5 films are bound to follow.
As Star Wars fans now understand, we haven't seen Star Wars, any 6 of the films, in reality yet, the narrative of the film wont change again, but we will have to, about every 10 ľ 15 years or so, re-experience the series using greater technology.
Remember that also this year we have the Blu-ray versions of the films coming that will give us the most visually stunning version of the films to date which can go on the selves along with the original VHS release, the re-mastered video release, the ultimate box set, the special edition VHS release, the original DVD releases, the re-releases with the original theatrical versions (did I miss any) and so on and so on, actually I have already made space on my shelf for the 3D Blu-ray box set.
So for now, until we get holographic cinema, the 3D version of the 6 film saga are set to be released in cinemas starting February 10th 2012, see you there.
This is an odd one, Amazon is all set to buy LOVEFiLM, a move Amazon is making to get ahead in the European market of DVD/Blu-ray/online streaming services before the American giant Netflix gets a chance. But why is it an odd move?
There have been a number of online postal rental movie services in the UK from Screen Select to LOVEFiLM of which LOVEFiLM has eventually become the biggest, mainly by acquiring all the others, although in reality LOVEFiLM is actually Screen Select, when the merger of the two companies happened the Screen Select management team stayed in place with their systems but they thought the LOVEFiLM name was better.
Included in the many companies that offered online postal DVD rentals was Amazon, a service which was very good, much better than LOVEFiLM, but after only a couple of years LOVEFiLM bought the rental only service from Amazon, but Amazon became a major stakeholder in LOVEFiLM.
Now the whole story has gone full circle and Amazon will own the company outright, what I would like to see is the service integrated back into the Amazon website.
Amazon are making the right move, LOVEFiLM is now streaming on the PS3 and before long I can see it happening on many other devices, Apple TV maybe, Freeview HD boxes, and the killer, directly to TV's, Sony produce a lot of TV's and the relationship is already in play through the PS3.
It's a smart move for Amazon and one, which I am sure, will finally put the old high street movie rental stores into history, sorry Blockbuster we will remember you fondly but I think your time is up.
Anyone who has been to a Disney Park in America in the last 20 years will most likely have been on the Star Tours ride, a ride which was quite revolutionary and fun when first opened and I remember having multiple goes on when I first went to Disneyland in 1991.
Disney has announced that they are to close the ride and give it a re-imagining makeover which will open in 2011. By this they mean give it Disney 3D, improve the effects, and make the experience more thrilling.
The current ride is to have a massive send off in Florida's Disney World film park on August 14th titled Last Tour to Endor. If you happen to be in the area proceedings start at 8pm and go on till 1pm and you can but tickets at the Star Wars Celebration site.
At $75 I don't think I'll be attending but if you are a Star Wars fanatic and want to say goodbye to an old friend then this is your chance. Let me know if you happen to go.
Check out the poster below
Movies cost too much, and Hollywood blockbusters cost way too much, unless your name happens to be James Cameron and you can make back to back billion dollar movies the chances are your film will struggle to make big money at the box office. It makes me laugh then to see that the production budget of Pirates of the Caribbean 4 has been slashed from $300 million to just $200 million!
I'm old enough to remember when the likes of Terminator 2's (there's that Cameron fellow again) production budget went over $200 million and it was a massive deal because no other movie had done that, in fact most movies back in the early Ĺ90s cost less than $100 million.
Because of the budget cuts it means that some of the extravagant scenes in the film have been cut completely, and shooting locations will have less time spent at them. This is all down to the new Disney boss who is trying to tighten the belt on money spent.
The last Pirates movie took over $1bn dollars in world box office takings, so is it money well spent or does even Disney think they have taken the series one step too far? I think they took it one step too far when they made the sequel.
In an interesting turn of events the Google owned YouTube are going to experiment with renting films though their online video playing service.
Before us in the UK get too excited about this there are a couple of things you should now, first of all it's for the US market only, so we can stop here, next up is that there are no blockbusters at the moment, in fact there are just 5 films, all from this years and last years Sundance Film festival, so there is clearly limited choice.
Another small thing to mention, remember at the beginning I reminded you (not that I need to) that You Tube is owned by Google, well guess what, you have to pay for the movie via Google checkout, not a real hassle but if you haven?´t set it up yet then you have to go through that whole process as well.
For you lucky people in the US the rentals will be available from tomorrow (Friday 22nd January) and once you have bought a film you have 48 hours to watch it.
This is an interesting move, and with new television announced at the recent CES that can connect to a wireless internet connection with a main reason for watching YouTube video then this has potential, also in the UK there is little in the way of on-line rental services.
When Spiderman 4 was released back in May 2007 I distinctly remember reading and hearing that the cast would not be returning for anymore and this was the end of the story and end of the road for Sam Raimi and his cast. After the amount of money that the franchise has made it seems not that Raimi and Toby Maguire and on board for a fourth instalment.
When I think back at how good and fresh the original was and then how good and action packed its sequel was I sort of forgive the film maker for the under exciting and run of the mill 3rd instalment, leté─˘s face it, it wasn't that good, in fact in places it was just terrible, but it was the close of the trilogy.
Leté─˘s now leave the franchise alone, maybe let another group revisit it down the line, maybe find a new angle or something, but leté─˘s leave it alone. But no, no no no, Sony being in the business for the money, the trilogy has made a ton of that and comic book heroes raking in big bucks at the box office a fourth is going to be with us by about 2010 I'd say.
Leté─˘s just hope that a new story is devised and a fresh new group of characters are brought into play and we doné─˘t have baddie overkill which ruined the 3rd film. It's in good hands leté─˘s just hope ité─˘s not used just to bring in the bucks for Sony on the back of the good name of Spiderman.
Can you believe that it's ten years today (November 18th) since the first teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode 1 was shown in the cinema for the first time? The internet was still in its infancy, as was DVD and staggered cinema releases were still a big thing for blockbuster film releases.
The event was huge and well hyped and although the trailer was released onto the internet few people had a fast enough internet connection at home to really download the trailer or steam it in a watchable fashion so American audiences really did to get to see it ahead of the rest of the world.
I was working at the time for a well known internet company and had access to a fast T1 connection and I remember waiting patiently that afternoon to download the trailer and watch it on the tiny 14 inch monitor I used to work with, I wanted to wait and see it on the big screen, but I couldn't wait until the new year to see this new Star Wars footage.
In the US the trailer was attached to a number of films at the time, two being The Waterboy and The Siege and the teaser can probably account for much of those films total gross. These days people choose to watch trailers on the internet and you rarely, if ever get people walking out of a screening once the trailers are over.
Was the trailer any good, my god was the trailer good, in fact the trailer as it turned out was better than the film itself. After seeing the trailer I got straight on the phone to a friend of mine who lives in California and arranged to fly to the US the following May so we could go and see the movie the night of release, which I did.
Did you get goose bumps down your spine the first time you saw the trailer? Was it one of the most exciting things you had seen since the trailer for The Return of the Jedi? Let us know you thought on the trailer and what you think 10 years later.
Just to refresh your memory here is the original Star Wars Episode 1 teaser trailer.
There is a bit of controversy circulating around the internet that early adopters of blu-ray disks will lack features of future Blu-ray disks, and although this is true some claims are being made that the early players will not play future disks.
Although the former statement is true, feature on some future disks will not be accessible on certain players, the latter is simply not true.
Lets put this into context, Blu-ray players have a profile, 1.0, 1.1 and in the near future 2.0. Features are categorised in these profiles so for example picture in picture on future disks are part of profile 1.1. If you have an early player that is only capable of 1.0 you will be able to play a 1.1 disk and get the full experience but you wont be able to access the picture in picture feature.
What impact does this have on the current blu-ray player owners? It seems for a majority it will have little impact. One of the reasons why early players are not future proof is that they cannot connect to the internet and so cant be upgraded, this is where the most popular Blu-ray player sold to date has the advantage.
By quite a large margin the best selling player with the largest install base is the Playstation 3 and this is a wireless device which connects to the internet no problem and has already been upgraded to profile 1.1 and the upgrade to 2.0 is just around the corner.
Good news in all this is that one of the standards being introduced for profile 2.0 is the ability to connect to the internet which means that any future upgrades wont be a problem.
If you have been a little bit of an early adopter and you bought a player after November last year then you are probably already set and any player bought then or after that date had to be at least profile 1.1. If you bought one before then just remember you can still watch the film without any loss of picture.
Early adopter generally know that by being the first person on the street to have the latest technology they will probably have an out dated device quicker than the guy next door who waited 2 years before taking the plunge.
Mamma Mia!, the hit film based on the musical has done on DVD what it could not quite managed at the box office, it beaten a record set by titanic.
**UPDATE** Mamma Mia! did eventually outgross Titanic at the UK box office - before Titanic got a re-release in 3DMamma Mia! on its first day of release on DVD sold over 1.6 million copies, Titanic on its first day of DVD and Video tape (remember those?) release managed 1.1 million.
The phenomenal figure means that it could be the best selling DVD of the year, although competition is on its way in the shape of The Dark Knight, although at the box office Mia! out did the Batman film by some £20 million.
At the box office where Mamma Mia! is still on release despite its new release on DVD, it has grossed a total of £68,116,092 which is just under Titanic's £68,532,746, there is still a slim chance it could take the 1998 film but it's looking unlikely.
It's looking like a bumper year at the box office though as the new Bond film is racing up the UK box office chart with a current total of just over £45 million.