FTRC Loves…The Brits Abroad

Brit flickAllStars 3D is out this week! Let’s take a look at the crop of Brits making it Stateside right now…

• Emily Blunt was offered a record deal after a producer spotted her in the musical ‘Bliss’ at the Edinburgh Festival. She was 16 at the time.

• Incidentally, Ems did sing professionally – she’s the backing vocalist on Michael Buble’s version of Me and Mrs Jones.

• Emily is not, contrary to popular opinion, related to James Blunt.

• The Swine! Russell Brand auditioned to be in 5ive. Yep, the boy band.

• Russ named his cat after Smiths frontman Morrissey. Clearly he’s a huge fan.

• R-Brand was a postman when he was younger.

• Andrew Garfield wasn’t actually born in England, but we’re counting him anyway. He was raised here!

• Andy is besties with his Social Network costar Jesse Eisenberg. That must be the most perfectly-coiffed friendship EVER.

• Michael Fassbender is actually Irish. Also, he was born in Germany but we’re counting him because he’s just so darn hot.

• Trivia fans! Fassbender is German for ‘cooper’, or repairer of barrels.

• Was apparently in the running for the Total Recall remake. Colin Farrell got the role.

• Colin Firth, our fave successful Brit, is one of only eight to win every major acting award there is for the same performance (his being The King’s Speech, obvs)

• Col has also played Mr Darcy on three occasions – two Bridget Jones movies and Pride and Prejudice (the one with the wet shirt, nom nom)

• Moved to Nigeria aged all of two weeks. Can you even get a passport at that age?

New banner for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim

Pacific-Rim-Banner-PosterGuillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim looks to be a whiz-banger. Due to popular demand Warner Bros debuted the WonderCon trailer online this week (below), and now there’s a fancy, new banner poster to add to the mix.

Starring Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky, Max Martini, and Ron Perlman, Pacific Rim hits UK cinemas July 12.

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes–a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)–who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

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This week, on Film Club…

Crime thriller Dead Man Down takes the lead in this week’s Film Club, alongside coming-of-age comedy 21 And Over. You guys also get a third option, in the shape of Brit flick All-Stars 3D. But which will win?

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New full trailer for Red 2, starring Bruce Willis

red 2It’s a sequel-tastic year for one Bruce Willis. Recent months have seen his mug mugging it up in A Good Day to Die Hard and G.I. Joe: Retaliation; next it’s Red 2 co-starring Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, and Brian Cox.

In addition to character posters, released earlier this week, we now have a full-length trailer thanks to the good folks at Yahoo! Movies.

Red 2 lands on UK screens August 2.

In RED 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world-and stay alive in the process.

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FTRC Loves…Robert Downey Jr

RDJ FTRCWe do. We can’t help it…

Dated Sarah Jessica Parker for 7 years in the 80s.

Made his debut at the grand old age of 5, in his dad’s film Pound.

Favourite actor is Peter O’Toole.

Claims that his father is the one who introduced him to drugs, by offering him a marijuana joint when he was 8.

Once worked as a piece of living art in a SoHo nightclub in New York City.

Got drunk and fell asleep on his neighbour’s bed, thinking it was his own. Unsurprisingly, he was arrested.hunder

Was knocked unconscious while filming a fight scene for Sherlock Holmes.

Studied classical ballet when living in London as a child.

Childhood BFF of Moby. Weird.

81st Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsWas released from rehab to shoot Elton John’s video for I Want Love. At the time, he hadn’t worked since being fired from Ally McBeal.

Wore lifts in his shoes for both the Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes movies, at the director’s request.

Is the first and only actor to win a Golden Globe for playing Sherlock Holmes.

His Iron Man suit weighs a whopping 90lb. That’s about 6.5 stone, folks.

Cracking character posters for Star Trek Into Darkness

Whether you’re a diehard trekkie, or just a fan of good movie-ing, there’s no question that the new character posters for JJ Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness are very pleasing on the eyeballs.

Check ‘em out…

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New Great Gatsby trailer

The-Great-Gatsby-Leonardo-DiCaprioA cracking cast and stellar soundtrack means we’re all sorts of excited about the upcoming release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan lead, joined by Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Debicki, and Amitabh Bachchan.

Luhrmann co-wrote the script with Craig Pearce (Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet).

From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The filmmaker will create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.

“The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

 

This week on Film Club…just Iron Man 3, then

Yup, theres only one contender for this weeks Film Club crown! But lets not kid ourselves…it would have won anyway, right?

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New Iron Man 3 Imax poster

Iron-Man-3-IMAX-Poster Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 signals the start of Marvel’s Phase Two.

Arriving on UK screens in a mere three days, IMAX has been kind enough to release a brand-spanking new poster in the meantime.

Iron Man 3 stars Robert Downey Jnr as Tony Stark / IronMan – no surprises there – plus Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Wang Xueqi, Fan Bingbing, and Paul Bettany.

Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

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Check out the first poster for Thor: The Dark World

Thor-The-Dark-World-PosterAlthough we have to wait until the end of the year for the second instalment of Marvel’s Thor to arrive on the big screen, we do have ourselves a new poster.

Thor: The Dark World “continues the big screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.

In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos… but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.”

Chris Hemsworth is back as said Thor, accompanied by Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Tadanobu Asano, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Chris O’Dowd, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.

Thor: The Dark World hits the UK October 30.

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