Melanie is no ordinary girl. She spends her days locked away in a cell and her only clothes resemble those of a prison inmate. On the few occasions she is let out of her cell, she must be secured into a reinforced chair with head, arm leg and feet restraints. Melanie isn't the only one who lives like this, she is part of a small class where each child is subject to the same treatment as Melanie. The children live on an army base and have been infected with a fungal disease that's spreading far and wide around the world. Whilst the children are infected, they also display human-like characteristics and emotions which is unlike the rest of the infected beings on roaming the outside world.
Outside of the army base, there are few who aren't infected. The soldiers, Dr. Caroline Caldwell and their teacher, Helen Justineau, are the only ones who come in contact with the children and they are subject to deeply disturbing tests. The only humane person in their life is their teacher, Helen. Though she knows how dangerous the children are, she still has affection for them and looks after them and teaches them to the best of her ability in such limited circumstances. Melanie and Helen are particularly close; out of all the children, Melanie appears to be the most adjusted and lashes out at humans less than the other children.
The army base finds itself under attack by some of the infected humans (known as Hungries) a battle breaks out between the humans and the mutated peers and Melanie and Helen find themselves thrown together. Melanie saves Helen from being attacked and equally, Helen protects her favourite student from the onslaught of Hungries.
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During the UK miners strike between 1984 and 1985, working families are in desperate need of support. They're feeling victimised and abandoned by society as threats over their livelihood remain imminent. But they're not the only ones feeling ostracised in their own country and that's how the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign was born. Homophobia is rife in the UK, with the National Union of Mineworkers even refusing help from the LGSM campaigners for fear of how people may see them. Instead, they take their support to a small town in Wales where the majority of workers there are miners. In an extraordinary show of acceptance in an unlikely era, the town allows their new supporters to raise funds for their village. The townspeople may be humorously ignorant about life as a homosexual, but they're judging no longer.
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The Brits love dweeb comedy duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost: here's why you should too.
New British comedy The World's End has been released today (23rd Aug) in America and is the third in the tenuously linked 'Cornetto Trilogy.' First off, you should know that the title is the name of the pub that proves crucial to the plotline of the movie as the characters embark on that modern British crusade: the epic pub crawl. The movie serves as a sort-of sequel to 2007's Hot Fuzz and 2004's Shaun of the Dead in that the same band of UK comedy actors are employed.
We Brits love our dorks so there's little hunky eye candy within the trilogy's recurring cast of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy and Paddy Considine. However, what you do get is some of Britain's funniest comedy actors playing a band of unlikely heroes who will win over your hearts for their determination and the film's daft sense of humour.
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After Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Pegg and Wright conclude their so-called Cornetto Trilogy with yet another riotously inspired exploration of British culture: the pub crawl. And this time it's apocalyptic! But what makes the film thoroughly endearing is its focus on old friendships that are so well-played that we can't help but find ourselves on-screen even when things get very, very silly.
Pegg plays Gary, the ringleader of his band of school pals. It's been more than 20 years since their failed attempt to visit all 12 pubs in their hometown of Newton Haven. Now approaching 40, Gary hasn't grown up nearly as much as his friends, so it takes a bit of convincing to get the now-settled Andy, Ollie, Pete and Steve (Frost, Freeman, Marsan and Considine) to reunite for a renewed attempt to drink their way through town. Then after the first couple of pints, they start to suspect that something isn't quite right. People are behaving strangely, as if there are alien body snatchers taking over the town. So to avoid attracting attention, the boys just carry on getting blind drunk on their way to the 12th pub, The World's End.
As in the previous films, Pegg and Wright continue developing the characters and their inter-relationships even as everything falls apart around them. Sure, the end of the humanity seems to be upon them, but there's unfinished business between them that needs sorting out, and besides there are more pints to drink. Along the way, things are spiced up as they meet Ollie's sister Sam (Pike), who shocks Gary by refusing to pick up where they left off. They also encounter a former teacher (Brosnan), the town's crazy old man (Bradley) and a shady guy known as The Reverend (Smiley).
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Take a look at some of the pictures from last night's London premiere.
Who would have thought “Cornetto” as a response to “Want anything from the shop” would herald one of the most popular comedy trilogies in British history. The last film in the trio – The World’s End – sees five buddies reunite to tackle a pub crawl, only to find out that 12 pints is the least of their problems.
Look at Pegg in his electric blue suit - a proud man
It premiered last night in Leicester Square, and we’ve got loads of snaps, which you can check out here.
The cast and crew of 'The World's End', including producers Eric Fellner and Nira Park, director Edgar Wright and stars Paddy Considine and Rosamund Pike, praise lead actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on their genuine on and offscreen chemistry in a featurette featuring clips of the stars from their movies together including 'Shaun of the Dead', 'Hot Fuzz', 'Paul' and the TV series 'Spaced'.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who star in the upcoming comedy 'The World's End', talk about the movie's director Edgar Wright in a short featurette. Producer Eric Fellner and stars Rosmund Pike, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan also offer their praise.
The World's End has received rave reviews, though the soundtrack could be a popular record this summer.
The World's End - the third and final instalment of Edgar Wright's 'Cornetto' comedy trilogy starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Paddy Considine - hits cinemas nationwide on July 19, 2013. It centres around five friends who attempt a notorious pub crawl in their unassuming hometown - twelve pubs, twelve pints and the only the strongest will survive.
Of course, the mind of Edgar Wright doesn't work think along quite such straight lines and the boozy group unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival.
Also starring British talent Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsen and The Hobbit star Martin Freeman, The World's End promises a hugely enjoyable finale for the trilogy - also featuring Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz - though the soundtrack is worth checking out too.
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The World's End was based on a real life pub-crawl in the 1990s, though Edgar Wright only managed six of the pubs.
Edgar Wright's hugely anticipated sci-fi comedy The World's End premieres in London on Wednesday (July 10, 2013) bringing together the British director, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for the final time (for the Cornetto trilogy, at least). The movie stars Pegg as an immature 40-something who persuades four friends to undertake a marathon drinking session in a small English town. 12 pubs. 12 pints.
The gang's likely unreachable goal is to make it to the final pub - The World's End - though events taken an unpredictable turn.
What audiences may not be aware of is that Wright's comedy is based on a true life pub crawl he and friends undertook in the 1990s. The filmmaker enlisted some of the finest British actors around - Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan - to play his buddies, though made sure to invite the original pub-crawl line-up to the premiere.
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Watch the hilarious trailer below
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Disappointing comeback for period drama
It’s been two years since full-length Victorian drama The Suspicions of Mr Whicher hit ITV screens, two years in which the likes of Downton Abbey and many other period dramas since have managed to become utterly dominant on British TV screens. However there was a lot of love for the Paddy Considine-starring tale in 2011, so much so that there was plenty of anticipation surrounding its return to ITV screens over the weekend.
Two years on sees Considine’s character Whicher no longer a police man, as he was the first time out. Nevertheless, he takes on of Susan Spencer (played by Olivia Colman) who is looking for her 16 year-old daughter who’s gone missing. Turns out she’s dead, turning the whole thing into a Victoria whodunit? Describing Whicher as “ a bit of a bore, more plodding than the actual plod,” The Guardian are less enamoured with the comeback, writing: ”You want a detective to have a bit of swagger or eccentricity about him, don't you? A drug habit, an ego at least? Or perhaps that's cliched, and this more realistic – Whicher is based on a real person, after all.” Whicher was one of the original members of the Scotland Yard detective branch in the 1800’s.
The Telegraph weren’t too impressed either, saying that the plot became messy. “By the end there was so much murk and muddle all I could figure out was that the niece had been killed by her father, who didn’t know she was his daughter, for reasons lost forever in the pea-souper of a plot. I’m still baffled, as I write” they wrote.
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The World's End sees Simon Pegg and pals return to their hometown for one epic pun crawl.
12 Pubs 12 Pints...
The first trailer for Edgar Wright's new movie The World's End has rolled out online - and it looks a riot. The final instalment in the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) follows Gary King, a 40-year-old looking to reclaim the glory of his teenage years by vowing to complete the infamous Newton Haven pub crawl that he and his pals failed to finish 20 years ago. The problem lies in the fact that his friends are now middle class, comfortably living blue collar workers: why would they possibly agree?
Gary King is a 40-year-old still living in his teens and who can't wait to gather up his four friends from his teenage years to complete a pub crawl that they failed 20 years ago as kids in their hometown of Newton Haven. Unfortunately for him, his now corporate, higher-living friends are reluctant to agree though with much pressure from Gary, they eventually relent. However, things aren't exactly as they remember; the townsfolk are acting oddly and they are about to embark on a mission to rescue their childhood home from a threat of galactic proportions. But will they manage to complete their drinking quest and reach 'The World's End' pub as well as save the world from certain destruction?
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Saturday the 20th of April 2013 sees the second anniversary of Europe's best (and first) all-day celebration of the music of Guided By Voices. Dayton, Ohio's favourite sons have created some of the most under-rated and unmissable alt-rock of the last three decades, and have perhaps become the dictionary definition of 'cult band'. It is only fitting then that an event dangerously treading the line of obsession is held in their honour, and EuroHeedfest III is a calendar must for every Robert Pollard aficionado this side of the Atlantic.
Held at The Windmill in Brixton, London the delightfully monikered Band Of Pricks (with 'support' if you will from Joe Innes & The Calvacade) promise to play over 125 songs from the bands' gargantuan back-catalogue, a feat that would take a whole weekend for a tribute to most bands but which could well be wrapped up within three hours for GBV. Vocal duties are to be shared between members of the band, patrons of the event on two 'karaoke' sets and acclaimed actor Paddy Considine, star of Dead Mans Shoes and Le Donk, who is a self proclaimed Guided By Voices obsessive himself.
The event is priced at a generous £6, running from 3pm until midnight with a free BBQ in the evening, which promises to be a great deal for even the most casual GBV fan.
Olivia Colman has been nominated twice in the same category for the upcoming British Comedy Awards. The 39-year-old, perhaps best known for playing Sophie on Peep Show, is up for Best Actress for two BBC shows, Rev and Twenty Twelve.
The decision has left some comedy fans bemused, though the general consensus is that Colman has put in two excellent performances and therefore has every right to be nominated twice. She played Hugh Bonneville's character's long-suffering assistant Sally Owen in the London Olympics comedy and plays Tom Hollander's wife Alex Smallbone on religious comedy Rev. Though having two chances to win the award, Colman still faces stiff competition to land the gong, with Twenty Twelve co-star Jessica Hynes also nominated. The Thick Of It's Rebecca Front, who plays the MP Nicola Murray, is also up for Best Actress. Colman - now considered one of the UK's top actresses - has already had a superb year, winning a slew of awards for playing an abused charity shop worker in Paddy Considine's gritty drama Tyrannosaur.
Elsewhere at the comedy awards, The Thick Of It is one of five shows to receive three nominations, along with The Graham Norton Show, Rev, Cardinal Burns and Harry Hill's TV Burp. Steve Coogan picked up a couple of nominations for Alan Partridge: Welcome To Places In My Life. This year's King or Queen of Comedy will be contested by Alan Carr, David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Jack Whitehall, Lee Mack and Sarah Millican. The award winners will be announced live on Channel 4 on Wednesday 12 December.
Preteen girls will find this soppy romance unbearably romantic, but everyone else will struggle to sit through it. Based on the Jenny Downham novel Before I Die, the movie feels like a British variation on the Nicolas Sparks genre with its seaside locations and teary drama. It looks lovely, but is so emotionally manipulative that older viewers are more likely to roll their eyes than shed a tear.
Dakota Fanning stars as 17-year-old Tessa, known locally as the girl with leukaemia who opted out of treatment. She has a secret bucket list that her parents (Considine and Williams) know nothing about, and her best pal Zoey (Scodelario) is helping her work through, from committing petty crime to trying drugs. But sex is at the forefront of Tessa's mind, especially when she meets the dreamy new boy next door. Adam (Irvine) is a sensitive soul who is dealing with his own grief, so is perfectly suited to help Tessa face her own mortality.
Writer-director Parker shamelessly steers each scene into the desired emotion. Some sequences are cute and silly, while others are melodramatic and tense, but it's all so deliberate that we never have a sense of real life taking place. There isn't a single throwaway moment, which prevents the actors from creating complex characters. Instead, they spend much of the time gazing at each other wistfully. Fanning's iridescent blue eyes are mesmerising, while Irvine's quivering features are strikingly beautiful, but we're left wondering why we should be interested in these mopey teens.
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Tessa is like every other sixteen year old; she'd love a boyfriend and she'd like to lose her virginity as soon as possible. Her best friend Tessa encourages her wishes. There is a difference, however: Tessa has leukaemia. She was diagnosed with it four years ago but has recently learned that it is terminal.
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Joseph (Mullan) is an angry man whose inner rage is like a habit he can't shake. When it costs the life of his beloved dog and threatens the safety of a young neighbour (Bottomley), he seeks solace in a charity shop run by the compassionate Hannah (Colman). And her life is just as conflicted, as she is struggling with a husband (Marsan) whose loving religiosity sits at odds with his brutal jealousy. And Joseph and Hannah's tentative, supportive friendship is also rather precarious due to Joseph's fiery temper and Hannah's inner turmoil.
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Brant (Statham) is a bad-boy South East London detective always in trouble with the authorities. But he gets the job done, so his loyal chief (Rylance) protects him. His new challenge is to find a brazen psycho (Gillen) who's killing cops in cold blood. Working with new boss Nash (Considine), who's tormented for being gay, Brant starts bullishly breaking the rules to solve the case. Meanwhile, the killer is leaking information to a tabloid hack (Morrissey). And another of Brant's cop pals (Ashton) is struggling with returning to the job after her stint in rehab.
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15 year old Oliver sees himself as something of a cool child prodigy, when in fact, he might be smart but he's also a loner. Oliver's mother Jill is thinking of leaving her husband for a new age mystic called Graham as her relationship grows closer to him day by day whilst his father seems to be falling into a deeper depression.
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When a psychopathic man sets out on a vicious killing spree targeting police officers the police force bring in a hard hitting cop called Brant in to investigate and hunt down the man who calls himself Blitz. Knowing the rampage will not stop until the man is captured the Brant must use all his wits to stay one step ahead of the killer who seems to have an intricate knowledge of the local police station and how they operate.
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Countless films made in the last decade have centered on the terrors of nuclear material -- all of them, to the best of my knowledge, focusing on the lurid threat of a massive explosion. PU-239, however, takes a different tack; it deals with nuclear horrors on a much smaller scale.
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The filmmakers have returned, and corrected many of their mistakes. Hot Fuzz is not only hilariously funny, but every intelligent detail makes sense this time around, and the action is that much more engaging for what takes place because of it.
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American audiences adore underdog stories, particularly those tied to sports. From Rocky to Seabiscuit, we devour worthy longshots given a chance to reclaim such precious commodities as pride, significance, or the undying love of family. That, and anything with Darth Vader in it.
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