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Jason Isaacs, Jim Broadbent join ‘The Dead Spit Of Kelly’ for Myriad Pictures (exclusive)

Jason Isaacs, Jim Broadbent join ‘The Dead Spit Of Kelly’ for Myriad Pictures (exclusive)
Inkheart’s Iain Softley to direct based on Flann O’Brien short story.

Jason Isaacs, Colin Morgan and Jim Broadbent will star in UK-Ireland black comedy The Dead Spit Of Kelly, which Myriad Pictures has introduced to worldwide buyers here.

Iain Softley will direct from Johnny Ferguson’s adaptation of the short story by Irish writer Flann O’Brien about a taxidermist (Morgan) who kills his cruel boss (Isaacs) and uses his skills to wear the dead man’s skin and live a double life.

The film is a co-production between Grand Pictures (Dark Lies The Island) and Forthcoming Films
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Nik Powell, former Nfts director and veteran producer, dies aged 69

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Powell founded Palace Productions with Stephen Woolley in 1983.

Nik Powell, the former director of the UK’s National Film And Television School (Nfts), has died aged 69.

Powell had been receiving treatment for cancer. He died this morning (November 7) in Oxford, with his family beside him.

He was director of the Nfts from 2003 to 2017, and received a Bafta for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in 2018.

Prior to his role at the Nfts, he established Palace Pictures with Stephen Woolley in 1983, which produced titles Mona Lisa (1986) and The Crying Game (1992).

Following Palace’s collapse in 1992, Powell formed Scala Productions, also with Woolley,
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What the Cast from the Movie “Hackers” is Up to Today

“Hackers” is a crime film that was released in 1995 but has since achieved cult status. This film was written by Rafael Moreu and directed by Iain Softley. It is about a group of high school students who become hackers as part of a corporate extortion conspiracy. Although the film was not commercially successful, it helped to launch the careers of many of those who starred in this movie. If you have ever watched ‘Hackers’, you might have wondered what has happened to those who starred in the film. Here is what some of the stars of ‘Hackers’ are up

What the Cast from the Movie “Hackers” is Up to Today
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The Top Five Stephen Dorff Movie Roles of His Career

Just like any other versatile actor in the world of Hollywood, Stephen Dorff has played a huge mix of characters during his career, which is one that spans more than three decades. From playing the role of Britney Spears’ boyfriend, to the iconic Andy Warhol, his reach in the world of entertainment is far and eclectic. Interested in learning more about Dorff? Then, you’re in the right place. Here you can learn about five of his most impressive roles. “Backbeat” In this 1994 film, which was under the direction of Iain Softley, is one that chronicles some of the earliest

The Top Five Stephen Dorff Movie Roles of His Career
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The fascinating prescience of Tomorrow Never Dies

Mark Allison Dec 12, 2017

It's 20 years today that Tomorrow Never DIes first landed in UK cinemas. But was it, in its own way, ahead of its time?

Imagine a world in which deceitful news reporters and mysterious computer hackers are conspiring to destabilise the geopolitical status quo. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom has developed delusions of grandeur about its place in the world, and begun to embark upon an effort to restore itself to former imperial greatness. All this might seem a little familiar to anyone who has glanced at a newspaper recently, but it’s not a summary of recent events – this is a synopsis for the seventeenth James Bond film, Roger Spottiswoode’s Tomorrow Never Dies, which has just turned 20 years old.

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‘Trapped’ DVD Review

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Stars: Stella Maeve, Evan Taubenfeld, Ashley Carin, Michael Madsen | Written by Harris Demel, Rob Greenberg | Directed by Harris Demel

[Note: With the film out on DVD here in the UK, here’s an extended review of Trapped, aka Flipped; which we originally reviewed back in April 2016 under the title Blood Rush]

Directed by Harris Demel, Trapped fixes on Nicole Diamond, an internationally-known model, who finds herself in an upside-down car in the middle of nowhere. In the passenger seat is her unconscious boyfriend, pop singer Scott Donnoly, a.k.a. Scotty Dee. Not a soul is around to help, and her legs are wedged under the dashboard. She’s trapped. Danger lurks everywhere, including a small fire under the car, wild animals in the vicinity, and the unknown, life-threatening physiological effects of hanging upside down indefinitely. With her damaged cell phone, she dials random numbers until she finally reaches someone willing to help – a mysterious man named Casey. However, she soon learns that roadside assistance is the last thing on Casey’s mind.

Running along similar themes as Iain Softley’s 2015 thriller Curve,
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Archery Pictures, Forthcoming Films & Start Motion Pictures Developing Mike Foale Feature ‘Icarus’

Archery Pictures, Forthcoming Films & Start Motion Pictures Developing Mike Foale Feature ‘Icarus’
Exclusive: Kris Thykier's Archery Pictures, Iain Softley's Forthcoming Films and Michael Maher's Start Motion Pictures are joining forces to develop Icarus, a feature film about legendary British-American astronaut Mike Foale. K-Pax and The Outcast filmmaker Softley is set to direct the project, which follows the story of Foale and his real-life space adventure in the 1990s during which he overcame a series of crises aboard the Mir space station to become one of Nasa's…
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Directors UK calls for 50:50 male-female film funding

Exclusive: Directors UK report concludes that there is “unconscious, systemic bias” towards male directors in UK.

An extensive new report commissioned by Directors UK has found that in the decade from 2004 to 2014, only 13.6% of working film directors in the UK were women.

‘Cut Out of the Picture: A study into the gender and inequality amongst directors in UK film,’ examines the data behind all 2,591 films made in the UK across that decade to explore how female filmmakers are faring at all levels.

The findings, which Screen will address in a feature to be published tomorrow, reveal that over that decade of study the situation not only stagnated, but worsened in terms of the number of female-directed films supported by public funding.

Over that period, just 21.7 percent of films receiving public funding had a woman at the helm, and that support fell dramatically in the seven years from 2008 to 2014; from 32.9% to 17%.

Crucially, the report
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Directors UK calls for 50:50 male-female funding

Exclusive: Directors UK report concludes that there is “unconscious, systemic bias” towards male directors in UK.

An extensive new report commissioned by Directors UK has found that in the decade from 2004 to 2014, only 13.6% of working film directors in the UK were women.

‘Cut Out of the Picture: A study into the gender and inequality amongst directors in UK film,’ examines the data behind all 2,591 films made in the UK across that decade to explore how female filmmakers are faring at all levels.

The findings, which Screen will address in a feature to be published tomorrow, reveal that over that decade of study the situation not only stagnated, but worsened in terms of the number of female-directed films supported by public funding.

Over that period, just 21.7 percent of films receiving public funding had a woman at the helm, and that support fell dramatically in the seven years from 2008 to 2014; from 32.9% to 17%.

Crucially, the report
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VOD Vault #3 – Get a Job / Blood Rush

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Welcome to week three of VOD Vault, where we take a look at another bunch of direct-to-market releases, many of which hit iTunes and the supermarket shelves without fanfare, walking you – our readers – down the fine line between spending your money wisely, or throwing it away on another slice of Dtv dross. Up this week are two films on the opposite end of the cinematic spectrum: Get a Job, a long-delayed rom-com starring Anna Kendrick and Miles Teller; and claustrophobic horror Blood Rush.

Get A Job

Stars: Anna Kendrick, Alison Brie, Miles Teller, Bryan Cranston, Cameron Richardson, Greg Germann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Marcia Gay Harden, Nicholas Braun, John C. McGinley, Jorge Garcia, John Cho, Bruce Davidson | Directed by Dylan Kidd

Life after college graduation is not exactly going as planned for Will (Teller) and Jillian (Kendrick) who find themselves lost in a sea of increasingly strange jobs, perpetual unemployment and adulthood angst.
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‘Curve’ DVD Review

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Stars: Julianne Hough, Teddy Sears, Madalyn Horcher, Penelope Mitchell, Drew Rausch | Written by Kimberly Lofstrom Johnson, Lee Patterson | Directed by Iain Softley

If I wanted to watch The Hitcher, I’d watch The Hitcher. If I wanted to watch 127 Hours, I’d watch 127 Hours. If I wanted to watch Buried, I’d watch Buried. I certainly wouldn’t sit through Curve again.

Another mediocre movie from the Blumhouse production line, Curve is also the latest film from director Iain Softley, whose directorial career consists of one good movie, Backbeat; one cult movie, Hackers; and a whole heap of decidely average ones. Apparently he got the gig directing this film thanks to his 2005 effort The Skeleton Key which, like this film, is another example of the generic, housewife-friendly horror that tend to get on my very last nerve…

Curve follows bride-to-be Mallory, who is driving to Denver for her wedding when
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Screamfest 2015 Film Lineup unvelied; 'Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension' to premiere

MoreHorror.com

The Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the longest running horror film festival in the United States, now in its 15th year. The festival has been responsible for premiering many now classic horror films such as Paranormal Activity and Feast, both of which are having anniversary screenings at this year's festival. Additionally, Screamfest will be screening the premiere of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.

The 2015 festival will run from October 13th through the 22nd in Hollywood, California at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres.

Screamfest has an amazing star-studded lineup this year, and if you live in Los Angeles, you owe it to yourself to check out a movie or two, or three or four or all of them. Many of the screenings include discussions with filmmakers such as John and Clu Gulager, James Franco, and more. You can check out the programming and purchase tickets at the festival website Screamfest.
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Interview: Director Iain Softley talks Curve, Hackers and Skeleton Key

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We talk to British director Iain Softley about his newest film Curve and a couple of his previous productions – Hackers (1995) and Skeleton Key (2005).

Curve, which played at Frightfest 2015, tells the story of a young woman who becomes trapped in her car after a hitchhiker causes her to crash off the road. The film is currently touring other genre festivals ahead of a limited cinema run and VOD/DVD release. Keep up to date with the tour here: blumhouse.com/films

2015 is the 20th anniversary of cybercrime favourite Hackers (1995) and is enjoying celebratory screening across America and London. Check the PictureHouse website for details of screenings during September and October 2015. 2015 is also the 10th anniversary of voodoo infused horror mystery Skeleton Key (2005). There’s a special screening and Q & A at Picture House Central, London on Monday 2 November 2015.

Check their website for details and tickets www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Picture…ntral
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7 Highlights From the 20th Anniversary Celebration of 'Hackers,' Including Sequel Talk and Fashion Drama

7 Highlights From the 20th Anniversary Celebration of 'Hackers,' Including Sequel Talk and Fashion Drama
Read More: Dinner and a Movie (and Drinks!) is the Future of Movie Theaters: Nitehawk Shows How It's Done Nitehawk, one of Brooklyn’s foremost purveyors of niche indies and cult revivals, took September 15 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the teen cyberpunk thriller "Hackers." The director, Iain Softley, and members of the cast, including Jonny Lee Miller, Renoly Santiago, Laurence Mason and Fisher Stevens, were all in attendance to celebrate the film and its thumping tribute to youth and technology. The movie skids through the streets of New York City to follow a group of young hackers as they attempt to thwart the unleashing of a dangerous computer virus as they are tailed by the secret service and the evil tech genius who developed it. Featuring hacker names like Phantom Phreak, Acid Burn and Crash Override, as well as a young Angelina Jolie, "Hackers" has developed a cult following
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Trailer for hitchhiker horror Curve starring Julianne Hough

Following on from its screening at Film4 FrightFest [read our review here], a new trailer has arrived online for director Iain softley’s survival thriller Curve starring Julianne Hough and Teddy Sears, and we have it for you below…

From the Blumhouse of hit horrors (home of The Purge, Insidious, Paranormal Activity and Sinister franchises), a dark chiller loaded with unexpected twists and shocking turns. Bride-to-be Mallory is driving to Denver for her wedding when her car breaks down on a deserted highway. Accepting help from Good Samaritan Christian, she offers the handsome charmer a lift after he fixes the engine. But soon Christian’s sick agenda become clear and to avoid his clutches she deliberately crashes the car in the mountains. Trapped in her overturned vehicle, she must use every trick in the book to escape the predatory hitchhiker.

Curve is set for a DVD in the States on October 6th.
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10 best films of Film4 FrightFest 2015

Luke Owen looks at this year’s FrightFest…

What a year this was. Every time FrightFest rolls around, the four madmen behind the festival promise the ‘best line-up ever’, and this year was no different. Each screen was packed out, there was plenty of surprises on offer and some great interviews with the likes of Barbara Crampton, Neil Marshall and Iain Softley.

As for the movies themselves, we had a great variety. From the terrifying (Demonic) to the utterly bizarre (Ahhhhh!) to the downright brilliant (Turbo Kid), there was something for everyone. There were arty films (Sun Choke), heart-breaking films (These Final Hours) and a movie where Santa Claus fights off zombie eleves (A Christmas Horror Story). What more could you ask for?

Well, here’s the 10 best films of the festival (in no order), according to Flickering Myth:

These Final Hours

Written and directed by Zak Hilditch

Starring Nathan Phillips,
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Film4 FrightFest 2015 Review – Curve (2015)

Curve, 2015

Directed by Iain Softley

Starring Julianne Hough, Teddy Sears

Synopsis:

A young woman becomes trapped in her car after a hitchhiker causes her to have an automobile accident.

Jason Blum is the smartest man in Hollywood today. He’s the only man who get is. He has such a strong business model that he’s guaranteed never to fail. He pushes out cheap-to-make horror movies made for a mass market on a budget of $20-$30 million, which turn over $200 million worldwide. From that he can take risks on even lower-budget straight-to-dvd or small-scale releases with the same success rate. The latest in this plan is Curve, from Hackers and Skeleton Key director Iain Softley. But the movie isn’t quite as good as Mr. Blum’s business model.

While driving to across the country to her wedding, a young woman (Julianne Hough) is attacked by a seemingly handsome and charming man.
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Curve review [FrightFest 2015]: “Squanders its best idea in favour of your usual horror fluff”

Curve review: One third an alright film, one third set-up, and one third awful… Curve review

Director: Iain Softley

Cast: Julianne Hough, Teddy Sears, Madalyn Horcher, Penelope Mitchell, Drew Rausch

Certificate: Tbd

Running Time: 86 Minutes

Synopsis: A woman intentionally crashes her car to escape the clutches of a creepy hitchhiker. She ends up getting trapped, and must survive using her limited surroundings.

Directors and writers just love stretching their mind by slapping characters in very small spaces they just can’t get out from. Phone Booth, Buried, and Locke are just some of the examples in an ever expanding sub-genre of films where it can be boiled down to the actor’s name in a (fill in the blank). Now Hackers Iain Softley, tries his hand at a tense and unnerving thriller by trapping lead actress Julianne Hough, upside down in a crashed car with her leg stuck.

Again, the idea is simple,
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Frightfest 2015: ‘Curve’ Review

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Stars: Julianne Hough, Teddy Sears, Madalyn Horcher, Penelope Mitchell, Drew Rausch | Written by Kimberly Lofstrom Johnson, Lee Patterson | Directed by Iain Softley

If I wanted to watch The Hitcher, I’d watch The Hitcher. If I wanted to watch 127 Hours, I’d watch 127 Hours. If I wanted to watch Buried, I’d watch Buried. I certainly wouldn’t sit through Curve again.

Another movie from the Blumhouse production line, Curve is the latest film from director Iain Softley, whose directorial career consists of one good movie, Backbeat; one cult movie, Hackers; and a whole heap of decidely average ones. Apparently he got the gig directing this film thanks to his 2005 effort The Skeleton Key which, like this film, is another example of the generic, housewife-friendly horror that is not made for the type of crowd that attend Frightfest each and every year. Which makes it all the more odd that
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Frightfest 2015 – Guest line-up announced

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What do Barbara Crampton, Rick Wakeman, James Cosmo, Toyah Willcox, Neil Marshall and Bernard Rose have in common? They’re all set to make an appearance at this years London Film4 Frightfest!

Scream Queen legend Barbara Crampton (pictured above) is Film4 FrightFest’s special guest icon, appearing in no less than four films in this year’s line-up. She stars in We Are Still Here, Road Games and Sun Choke plus makes a cameo appearance in Tales of Halloween. Not only will Barbara be introducing all her films, she’ll also be talking about her amazing career during a special interview event, hosted by Alan Jones, on Sun 30th August at 9.15pm.

Says the legend herself:

To say that I am overjoyed, excited and eager to attend FrightFest as a guest is putting it mildly. This festival has been on my radar for some time and to be included and
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