Laurel and Hardy Comes to The Big Screen


Steve Coogan and John C Reilly bring Laurel and Hardy back since they believe the comedy legends have plenty to bring and that these characters are still relevant today. Stan and Ollie intend to provide thousands of fans with the opportunity reunite with Laurel and Hardy, that was most popular during the 1930’s.

Laurel and Hardy Film

The language used is dialed back accordingly to the current PG, and the humour touches subjects such as suspicious employment contracts, alimony payments and lovers of the comedy twins are bound to laugh away on the current day stresses once the two appears on the screen. This time the backstage perspective triangulated by Reilly and Coogan’s actor insights, note-perfect mimicry with some astonishing prosthetic added to the mix. The film is set during the final tour of Ireland and Britain back in 1953 when the popular appeal of Laurel and Hardy was waning, and at the same time, their friendship was not as strong. At the time the two comedy legends wherein, their sixties.

Laurel’s Shoes Not Easy to Fill

Thanks to Jeff Pope, Coogan was the one to fill Laurel’s shoes after the co-writer mentioned that he was busy with the script for Laurel and Hardy. At the time Coogan had too much pride to directly ask for a shot at the part, although he did tell many of his friends that he would love the part and how much he admired the double-act and word got to Pope, which made Coogan’s wish a reality.

Reilly Talks About the Scenes

Reilly says he could not help but break down during filming as the stuff written more than sixty years ago is as funny as it was then and with the exceptional and delicate humour timing, you could not help but feel the joy of being part of something this special. He says it might look like they all are having a great time, although it was actually hard work keeping a straight face.

Previous Laurel and Hardy Films

The comedy team appeared in 106 Laurel, and Hardy films, which were released from 1921 up to around 1951 and these included around 34 silent short films, 45 short films with sound and 27 of the films had sound and was full-length feature films.

Laurel and Hardy Film Stan & Ollie

Many films right now are aimed at grabbing the attention of moviegoers, these include musical extravaganzas and superhero spectacles, although the late-career documentary of Laurel and Hardy is simply terrific and according to critics a very smartly told tale bound to be loved by old and new fans. The film offers brilliant performances, a remarkably moving script and director Jon S Baird focuses on the comic duo, sixteen years after their prime when the world thought they had retired to enjoy their fame and riches. The Sony Picture Classic offers 97 minutes of highly enjoyable entertainment and focuses on the last chapter of the Laurel and Hardy.

This Time the Film Cast Head Down the Aisle in Five Weddings and a Funeral


Hugh Grant and the rest of the Four Weddings and a Funeral cast reunited recently as this time he is a grey-haired man and the father of the bride. It is difficult to believe it is twenty-five years after the original film was made and this time Richard Curtis is producing a follow-up for one main reason and that is to contribute towards Red Nose Day.

What We Discovered Up to Now

Some of the pictures available currently, from the film set show Lily James in a bridal gown and Hugh Grant as the very proud father of the bride. At the end of the first film, Grant seen as Charles was a happily unmarried lad and had a baby with Carrie played by Andie MacDowell. While everyone is already counting down the days to another helping of truly amazing humour, Carrie or MacDowell was spotted in Islington during a film shoot at the church and during this shoot in the north of London others at the church included Duckface played by Anna Chancellor, the vicar played by Rowan Atkinson and Matthew played by John Hannah was also part of the same scene.

What makes it all interesting is that Kristine Scott Thomas was there too and is most remembered for her role in the previous film as the aristocratic Fiona. Her love in the 1994 film for Charles was unrequited, but there is hope as Emma Freud shared a photo from the set where Scott Thomas and Grant appear to share a very intimate moment and the caption indicates that it was quite a kiss.

Five Weddings and a Funeral

The line-up of actors that were present in the first film and again in the second is the boorish drunk played by Rupert Vansittart, as well as the unfortunate husband discovering all about the unfaithfulness of his wife, Simon Kunz. One of the cast members that will be missed no matter who replaces her is Scarlet played previously by Charlotte Coleman, she, unfortunately, died in 2001 after an acute asthma attack and was Grant’s flatmate in the first film. Other cast members back for the second film also includes David Bower, Sara Crowne, Sophie Thompson, David Haig and Mike Newell is back as the director. The vicar is played by Rowan Atkinson and as Curtis puts it, everyone is older but most certainly no wiser when it comes to the characters.

What fans can expect is that everyone will meet this time to celebrate the fifth wedding, and as with the first, not all that is planned to go as intended. The first film called Four Wedding and a Funeral massively increased the international success of Grant and Curtis. The whole film was shot in only thirty-six days and Mike Newell was in a blind panic. Hugh Grant was the 72nd actor who auditioned for the lead and got the part as he was the only one that made it seem funny.

The Mule


Alone, broke and staring the foreclosure of his business in the face, Earl Stone is forced to accept the only job available, which is a drug courier for the cartel in Mexico. By enjoying immediate success, he soon finds out that it is easy money and as he accepts larger shipments, he draws the attention of Colin Bates a DEA agent. What starts to weigh on Earl’s conscience is the mistakes he made in the past and he needs to decide to correct those mistakes before the cartel or law enforcement catches him.

The 88-year old Clint Eastwood stars as the main character in the Mule and also directed the film, which is a huge accomplishment at his age. The movie appeals to the most faithful fans of Eastwood and many loves seeing him return to what is called his personal comfort zone.

The Mule Inspired by A True Story

The Mule is inspired by the true events that are part of the life story of Leo Sharp, who was a 90year old man working for the Mexican cartel as a drug mule. Eastwood can be seen as Earl Stone and he is as charming as ever and there are lots of really funny moments in the film.

The Mule film is inspired by the true events of a man with a new job and his estranged family, Earl Stone is a horticulturist as well as a vet specializing in daylilies. The film catches up with Stone in 2005 when he does not attend the wedding of his daughter in order to attend a horticulturist convention. The film then picks up on his life twelve years later when Stone loses his farm as the main source of business have by then move to e-commerce florist, while at this point, he already lost his family.

Stone manages to find a new job as he heard that some guy pays good money if he is prepared to drive and this is the start of his drug-running days. While he is sceptical in the beginning, he starts to enjoy the money and the trips. He actually loves the travelling that takes him far away from his home and he gets to enjoy the sights and different foods and the entertainment. Although being a mule for the Mexican drug cartel or anyone else is never easy, not even for a guy like Stone enjoying the trips. With a bit of drama in the leadership of the cartel and two DEA agents closing in on him, it all starts to crumble, and Stone need to decide between his family and work.

The Mule is the testament of Eastwood’s Hollywood Staying Power

The Mule just shows once again how much staying power Clint Eastwood still has in Hollywood and even at quite an advanced age, he succeeded to get many moviegoers to wish for more of his films. The Mule started showing in theaters from the 14th of December and is bound to attract many Clint Eastwood fans.

The Nun


The Nun tells the tale of a priest that has a hunted past and a young nun that died in Romania. Directed by Corin Hardy the writers of this scary tale are James Wan and screenplay by Gary Dauberman, while it stars Jonas Blonquet, Taissa Farmiga and Demian Birchir.

How Scary is The Nun?

If you really want to know just how scary The Nun is, YouTube banned the trailer due to the fact that it traumatized people. Most feel the movie would be easier to watch if it was not based on the truth, and again the scary fact is that it is based on a real story, real horror and true events. If you cherish sleeping peacefully, The Nun is not really recommended for anyone who cherishes their ability to fall asleep easily but let me recap what it is all about and you can decide for yourself.

The movie follows a Sister Irene, a nun travelling to Romania, this whole trip is based on investigating a very creepy incident that took place at the monastery, which involved Valak, an entity. It is a prequel to The Conjuring, well a very disturbing one if you ask anyone brave enough to watch it. It’s a freaky film inspired by real events and based on the case files of Lorraine and Ed Warren, both demonologists.

The Nun – A Ghostly Experience You Won’t Easily Forget

The movie is also kind of based on Warren’s work, according to Spera, his parents come face to face with the phantom of the nun in the 70s, she was buried alive in the churches wall as punishment for her affair with a monk and she still haunts the place. Spera says Hollywood used bits and pieces of different events and combined them in The Nun.

James Wan, the director of The Nun says it was also inspired by the demon described by Lorraine Warren as a swirling tornado vortex, that haunted her home. Wan built visuals according to the decryptions of the demon as offered by the Warren’s. So, it immediately adds the question whether Valak is the real thing, and again if you hoped the answer would be no, you out of luck it is and if you believe in demons, you’ll be scared by this one. Even if you don’t believe in demons, none have ever taken the shape of a nun, it’s the demonic vision that will haunt you. In, The Lesser Key of Solomon dating back to the 17th century, Valak is described as mighty and appearing like a child that has wings, riding a two-headed dragon. He governs thirty-eight legions of spirits.

At the end, it is up to you to decide whether you want to watch The Nun or not, whether you want to believe that most parts are based on facts or if you’ll be able to just ignore that and see what the directors did with the story. But the warning remains, no matter how you look at it you might not want to ever enter a convent, you won’t like pictures of children with angel wings and two-headed dragons won’t ever be your thing!

Follow the Footsteps of Harry Potter

Everyone is familiar with the range of Harry Potter books turned into mega box office films, which entertained fans non-stop for an entire decade. Yet the fans still can’t get enough of the school of wizardry and thousands are keen to take the Harry Potter studio tours.

The range of films that kept fans entertained across ten years is based on the novels, of which the first was released in 2001 titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Thousands counted the days until the release of the second film in 2002 titled Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The next film in the series was released two years later in 2004 and was titled

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


Then only a year later it was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire hit movie theatres across the globe in 2005, while the next instalment was only released in 2007, this time titled Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince offering fans 2hours and 34 minutes of action in 2009. The two latest Harry Potter releases include the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 screened in 2010 and 2011.

The four most fan-visited places in London


Rich with Harry Potter themed places and activities to unbridled the inner wizard in every visitor, while the official studio guided tour takes fans on a visit to potion making and mixing cocktail bars and wizard-themed hotel rooms.

If you are a keen fan of Potter, then you’ll find London a magical destination, the official Harry Potter tour started in 2012 and enables all visitors to step onto the sets used in some of the films when the Diagon Alley, Great Hall and the Forbidden Forest was used.

The whole experience part of the Potion Room is themed and structured like the alchemy class showed in the films, it’s like wizardry and every guest gets a magic wand and wears a cloak. The experience includes creating an edible and/or drinkable potion, which is served as part of a tray filled with savory items or a tray covered in sweet treats.

Hotel rooms referred to as Wizard Chambers, in London the Georgian House Hotel offers a few rooms inspired by the range of popular Harry Potter books. Booking one of the rooms provides stayers to enjoy a night at Hogwarts! Each of the themed rooms features cauldrons, stone walls, stained glass windows and artifacts to ensure the whole experience has a Harry Potter feel to it.

To ensure the experience is as real as it gets, you could go for a night cup at the Wizarding bar called the Cauldron, it’s the bar every fantasy book devotee dreams off, all guests have to dress up in the robes and then receives a cauldron and they get to experiment and mix their own drinks.

Best Ever Christmas Movies Perfect for The Holiday Season

If it was up to of us, Christmas would be an all-year-round thing, half of the year because it was nearing, the other half of the year because it’s just been. There is that place where the ground is always covered in snow, it is here where Christmas never ends, and you get to snack and watch one great film after the next, allowing you to fill up on Christmas cheer. So if you need a bit of feel good, here are the best holiday-themed films:

Love Actually


The star-studded ensemble romantic comedy of Richard Curtis combines nine interweaved tales examining the intricacies of an emotion that connects all: love. Among the line-up of interesting characters surveyed is Hugh Grant as David, the truly handsome recently elected British prime minister who falls for Martine McCutcheon, a junior staffer. Laura Linney is Sarah, whose life is problematic due to her devotion to her mentally ill brother and then there is Alan Rickman portraying Harry, a wedded man attracted to his gorgeous new secretary.

A Christmas Tale


Arnaud Desplechin the French auteur crafts a spellbinding, straggling portrait of the reconciliation and togetherness of a dysfunctional family. This drama is all about the reuniting of a family at Christmas, and it is also at this time they learn about the leukaemia of their grandmother played by Catherine Deneuve. Her request to the family is to see if anyone including grandchildren are eligible as bone marrow donors. It causes quite a bit of friction in the family, mainly between her son Henri played by Mathieu Amalric and her daughter played by Anne Consigny. With all the trauma and drama, it also recalls the traumatic loss the family suffered when they lost their brother Joseph.

The Nightmare Before Christmas


The Nightmare Before Christmas is a malevolent and dark stop-motion fable produced by Tim Burton. It is based on the journey of Jack Skellingting who travels from Halloween Town to the less frightening town of Christmas. Viewers get to follow the catastrophic adventure of Skellinton in Halloween Town, where the pumpkin king is bored by the repeated routine of giving people in the real world a freight. The warm spirits and bright colours of Christmas-Town gives Jack Skellington a new lease on life, he wants this awesome town under his control, and he starts plotting straight away, he even kidnaps Santa and steps into his role. But it takes only a short while before Jack realises that all his planning is of no use in the amazing town of Christmas.

Apart from the three movies discussed above, we also strongly suggest films such as Home Alone, where a young member of the family is left behind by mistake. Instead of being bored over the Christmas period he becomes the security system and the burglars simply don’t stand a chance against his brilliant mind and plans.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Released in the USA on the 9th of November 2018, The Girl in the Spider’s Web is directed by Fede Alvarez, while the story was written by David Lagercrantz and Stieg Larsson. While production companies include Pascal Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Yellow Bird, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures.

Russian Thugs, Kidnapping & World Disaster


Lisbeth Salander is recruited by Frans Balder, recently fired from the National Security Agency to steal FireWall, which is a computer program created to access all the codes of nuclear weapons around the globe. Yet the downloading of the program draws the attention from a National Security Agency agent, which traces the activity to Stockholm. It gets hugely interesting when more problems arise as a math whiz gets kidnap and the laptop Lisbeth used for the download gets taken by thugs from Russia. It is this race that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats as Lisbeth needs to recover the codes and save the kidnapped boy in hope of preventing disaster.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Opening its debut weekend with a bit over $7.8 million, The Girl in the Spider’s Web by Sony, even with a $43 million production budget of less than half of that of 2011, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film, it was a quite a poor result. Should it enjoys a miracle overseas and gain a 30/70 split of $24 million it would still only achieve a maximum of $80 around the globe. It might clearly be the end of the sequel line-up as the failure of the film highlights that it is not worthwhile even the lesser budget David Fincher spent on it.

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

In 2010 the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was sensational and made well over $100 million, the remake by Rooney Mara earned $242 globally in 2011, but still, it never meant that the movie audience was primed for more movies about Lisbeth Salander. Sony failed to learn two main lessons from its recent triumphs, they should have checked if anyone wanted more of Lisbeth Salander and at the same time looked at franchise-friendly films that draw the crowds.

Mega Hits Films by Sony: Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle & Venom

Bad reviews kill a movie and so does awkward trailers, especially when the reviews assure moviegoers that they won’t find what they loved in Venom in this film. Venom is a film that raked in $700 million around the world. Another major hit is Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle featuring stars such as Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, the plot of the film was reversed and tied with excellent reviews the film was appealing and reached $962 million worldwide while on a budget of $90 million. Should you be one of the few Lisbeth Salander fan’s, the bad news is that it is highly unlikely that more sequels will follow after The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

Peppermint Positions Garner Back into Action Hero Mode

After criminals slaughtered her family, a woman emerges from a coma and pledge to revenge their murders as well as the system enabling them. Peppermint gives Jennifer Garner a shot at playing the role of a John Wick / Taken type of role, its action at it best and shows how she becomes the punisher as circumstances force her to leave her law-abiding citizenship behind. It is yet another masterpiece from the director of District B-13, Taken, The Gunman and From Paris with Love.

Alias’ Sydney Bristow Double-Agent Becomes A Kill-Them-All Kind of Hero

It’s almost hard to believe that Garner got her big break as Sydney Bristow a double-agent on Alias, this was more than sixteen years ago. She has more acting experience than the likes of Liam Neeson, and Sean Penn had in their latest venture called Old Man out for a Kill. Yet what she keeps is the “bitter-sweetness” that undeniably made her a big star and now that she finally gets the opportunity to run solo and enjoy all the gunning action she impresses even more. It is indeed great to see a female in the lead in a they-killed-my-family scenario, and Garner is on a mission to kill them all.

How Audiences Remember Jennifer Garner

Alias basically was the dynamite TV series of the year 2001, a year that also saw several debuts including Smallville, law and Order: Criminal Intent, Scrubs and 24. Garner realised that the group that recruited her as a young female fresh out to college was not the CIA but a black-ops organisation and her father a double agent. First, the series was quite a bit overshadowed by 24, yet with the ups and down in the Lost series, Alias soon became a hot favourite.

Jennifer Garner Has Major Hollywood Star Qualities

You have to agree that Garner from the start was the perfect example of what you’d expect from a would-be Hollywood star, yet she got pushed to the back row once Hollywood stopped for a while focussing towards female-centric heroes. Daredevil ensured Ben Affleck thrived, while after Electra, Garner could almost-never recover, yet she did a terrific job in 13 Going on 30, and that was without picking a fight with anyone. She got cast aside after Elekta, which probably was one of the worst comic-hero films plus it was more boring than Batman or Catwomen.

Peppermint in Theatres this September

Directed by Pierre Morel, Peppermint a vigilante action movie featuring the revenge of a mother after her daughter and husband got killed by the cartel. Released in the US on the 7th of September if grossed over $26.1 million worldwide and everyone praised Garner’s performance. Apart from Garner, actors part of the cast includes John Gallagher, Pell James, Chris Johnson and Kyla Drew. Moviegoers refer to Peppermint as Death Wish on steroids while critics complemented Garner on her rare return to top form as her effortless charm is part of the film’s success.

The Happytime Murders Review

In the history of the friendly Muppet empire by Jim Henson, there’s always been a dark streak. This streak is not only exhibited within the Muppet franchise but is also showcased in movies like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. While fans treated these movies as family-friendly material, Jim Henson considered them as vehicles to portray stories in all genres. His son Brain is now unfettered by the Muppet name as he breathes life into The Happytime Murders movie as a fuzzy and fast R-rated romp.

The Happytime Murders Story


In a world where human and puppet live side by side, Bill Barretta (Phil Philipps) is a former disgraced cop who makes a living as a private eye. By taking a case that seems like a simplistic ransom play, he soon finds himself in the middle of a murder string which is connected to the Happytime Gang children’s television show. It’s going to take tough fluff to solve this case along with discipline to reunite with his former estranged partner to successfully crack the mystery behind The Happytime Murders.

While The Happytime Murders story is actually rather basic, writers Dee Austin Robertson and Todd Berger, fortunately, remembered to include a story. So while fans will enjoy a simplistic mystery plot, with several personal beats that stem from the detective noir genre, its structure is basic enough that it doesn’t break down under its true purpose. This purpose is essentially a skeletal story where loads of puppet gags hang from and when its time for jokes to fly, the film allows them to play out in full force. Furthermore, there are loads of gags, in true Muppet fashion, that parody everything from Basic Instinct to cop dramas which pay homage to every influence with a tongue planted in the cheek of this puppet-loving movie.

A Fresh Dose of Unexpected Things

There’s plenty of unexpected things that you wouldn’t expect from the puppets in The Happytime Murders. However, for those that followed the post-Muppet career of director Brain Henson will know that it is his bread and butter. Even though the movie is rather raunchy, certainly earning the R-rating, it never gives the impression that its just throwing in content for the sake of mischief without a purpose. All the jokes work perfectly in the move as they create a world where muppets are far more human than ever before. It’s also refreshing that the movie is only an hour and 30 minutes in length which allows a vicious pace of story and gags to blur past in quite an entertaining manner without getting repetitive or stale.

The most impressive thing about The Happytime Murders is certainly the way in which it commits to the premise through the human cast performances and on the page. Melissa McCarthy is basically game for anything which further sells the extreme behaviour which is coupled with felt creatures. Fans will instantly believe that a world between puppets and humans can actually work and that’s a true testament to the on-screen performances by the actors and the puppets that are always present.

Let The Corpses Tan Review

If it is a violent as hell, lightning quick ride that gets your adrenaline going and heart pumping then Let The Corpses Tan. Even with the work that Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino have done to blend their sensibilities with a more traditional way of storytelling, pulp cinema is still not for everyone.
Let The Corpses Tan

Living a life of leisure, art and nude sunbathing, is that of Luce, Max and Rhino, as that is how it is done in this remote hideaway on the exotic coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is an idyllic portrait about to disrupted by a gang of criminals that stolen gold bars and now in return, hiding from the cops. Max’s wife is complicating things with her surprise rendezvous and unexpectedly the day turns into a blood-soaked, bullet-laden fight for survival.

Viewers get introduced first to the brutish Rhino and artistic Luce making art from handguns and paint, by now you should know that Let The Corpses Tan are the type of film that Rodriguez and Tarantino make. Soaked in colour and covered in hard dialogue regarding criminality and society, it’s the sort of film that punches you hard and the reason, “just because it can”. The Psychedelic visuals are tough on all the characters and its recycled music from the Ennio Morricone glory days that plays as just the right volumes of nudity and blood is added to give it the proper edge.

Visually Arresting and Tense Storytelling at its Best

Let The Corpses Tan is just over ninety minutes long and therefore tell the story in speedboat style as it stripping all its narratives down to the bone, much needed to keep things afloat. Visually arresting and tense storytelling makes up for what it might lack in cohesive narratives. Director/writer Bruno Forsani and Helene Cattet’s adaption of the French classic pulp novel is something you must see as they dedicate all their talents to make this film feel like you back in the European vault of several decades ago, it’s a film vault waiting to jump out onto an unexpected society. Keeping the characters straight do get a bit confusing as there is a lot of jumping back and forth, that might take some getting used to, so it doesn’t require long before you’d decide you’re in for this extraordinary ride or eager to run out and pass.