Kong: Skull Island Trailer

Kong has some uninvited guests and he’s not a happy ape! 

Kong: Skull Island takes place in 1971 and focuses on a team of explorers who find more than they bargained for on an uncharted island in the Pacific. From the trailer, we learn the explorers are sent to the island under false pretence, but quickly discover the island’s secrets. Kong boasts a strong cast line-up which includes the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, and Samuel L. Jackson, who are sure to draw in big numbers at the box office.

This new film takes place in what is being called the ‘Godzilla-Kong Universe’, which means eventually we will see the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ go toe-to-toe with Godzilla, who we met in the 2014 reboot directed by Gareth Edwards. There are next to no details about Godzilla vs Kong, other than it’s set to release in 2020 but we can probably expect the film to be nicely set up during Godzilla 2, which will be hitting cinema screens in 2019.

With the crazy amount of teasers that were posted by Warner Brothers in the run up to the trailer, we can probably expect a lot of marketing for Kong from now until the film hits the big screen at the beginning of next year.

What are your thoughts on the trailer? Are you looking forward to Kong’s return to the big screen? Let us know. 

‘Kong: Skull Island’ hits UK cinemas on 10th March 2017

Written by Tom Sheffield

Brie Larson Is Captain Marvel

In October 2014, Marvel announced that they would finally be giving us a female-fronted superhero film – ‘Captain Marvel’. Ever since then, speculation has been rife about who would take on the lead role. Fans have been discussing their dream castings and various actresses (and even a wrestler) have expressed their interest in taking on the part. Then, a rumour emerged that Marvel had a clear first choice – Brie Larson – and at San Diego Comic Con, Kevin Feige confirmed that she would indeed be taking on the role. This is yet another great piece of casting for the MCU and I for one cannot wait to see what she does with the part.

Captain Marvel won’t be in cinemas until March 2019, but we can always hope that we get to see a Carol Danvers cameo in one of the many movies Marvel is releasing before then.

Written by Emma Ditchburn

Kong: Skull Island Trailer

Thanks to San Diego Comic Con, we were treated to a whole bunch of new trailers, and hidden amongst the superhero madness was this first peak at ‘Kong: Skull Island’. Starring Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman, this trailer seemed more focused on the humans rather than the king himself, and I was okay with that; it’s always good to keep the main attraction under wraps. However, the words “from the producers of Godzilla” left me feeling indifferent. I initially liked ‘Godzilla’, but as time goes by, I find myself more and more on the fence. I just hope ‘Kong: Skull Island’ shows Kong for more than ten minutes. I also really, really liked that last shot in this trailer – tantalising!

‘Kong: Skull Island’ hits UK cinemas 10th March 2017
Written by Dalton Brown

Oscars 2016: The Nominees

The second biggest awards show in the film calendar (after the JumpCut UK Film Awards, of course) is feeling a hell of a lot closer now, after the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards were announced this week. 

Not surprisingly, ‘The Revenant’, Alejandro G. Iñårritu’s critically-acclaimed follow-up to his Best Picture win of last year (Birdman), leads the way with 12 nominations. The Academy also pleased film fans everywhere with a surprising 10 nominations for everyone’s favourite action film, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’.

As usual, there’s plenty of controversy and public outcry, with scripts from Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight) and Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs) snubbed, and an apparent lack of diversity still plaguing the awards show. 

Will Leo finally win the Oscar? Can Iñårritu win back-to-back director gongs? Or will George Miller and his brainchild ‘Mad Max’ steal the show? Here’s all the nominees, plus a few predictions as to who might win on the night (although, if my earlier predictions of the Best Picture nominees are anything to go by, I wouldn’t pay much attention to my guesses).


BEST PICTURE
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant (our winner)
Room
Spotlight

BEST ACTOR
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant (our winner)
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room (our winner)
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies (our winner)
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol (our winner)
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

DIRECTING
Adam McKay – The Big Short
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road (our winner)
Alejandro G. Iñårritu – The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson – Room
Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Anomalisa (our winner)
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

COSTUME DESIGN
Carol (our winner)
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Body Team
Chau, Beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Last Day of Freedom

MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

ORIGINAL SONG
“Earned It” – Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray” – Racing Extinction
“Simple Song #3” – Youth
“Til It Happens to You” – The Hunting Ground
“Writing’s on the Wall” – Spectre

ANIMATED SHORT
Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow (our winner)

SOUND EDITING
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (our winner)
The Martian
The Revenant

FILM EDITING
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant (our winner)
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
Son of Saul (our winner)
Theeb
A War

ORIGINAL SCORE
Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Sicario (our winner)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian (our winner)
The Revenant

VISUAL EFFECTS
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (our winner)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian (our winner)
Room

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina (our winner)
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Sicario (our winner)

Golden Globes 2016 Nominees Announced

The Oscars may be the biggest awards event of the year (after the JumpCut UK Film Awards of course), but The Golden Globes are pretty big too, and can often be used as an indicator of what films might be successful with The Academy. Earlier this week, the nominations for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards were announced, with Todd Haynes’ ‘Carol’ leading the way. You can see all the nominations here, and my attempts to predict the winners.

Best Motion Picture (drama): Carol, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight
Prediction: Carol

Best Motion Picture (comedy/musical): The Big Short, Joy, The Martian, Spy, Trainwreck
Prediction: The Martian

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (drama): Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Rooney Mara (Carol), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
Prediction: Brie Larson

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (drama): Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), Will Smith (Concussion)
Prediction: Leonardo DiCapro

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (comedy/musical): Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Melissa McCarthy (Spy), Amy Schumer (Trainwreck), Maggie Smith (Lady In The Van), Lily Tomlin (Grandma)
Prediction: Jennifer Lawrence

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (comedy/musical): Christian Bale (The Big Short), Mark Ruffalo (Infinitely Polar Bear), Steve Carell (The Big Short), Matt Damon (The Martian), Al Pacino (Danny Collins)
Prediction: Matt Damon

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture: Jane Fonda (Youth), Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Helen Mirren (Trumbo), Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
Prediction: Alicia Vikander

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture: Sylvester Stallone (Creed), Idris Elba (Beasts Of No Nation), Paul Dano (Love & Mercy), Mark Rylance (Bridge Of Spies), Michael Shannon (99 Homes)
Prediction: Michael Shannon

Best Director: Todd Haynes (Carol), Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), Ridley Scott (The Martian), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
Prediction: Todd Haynes

Best Screenplay: Emma Donoghue (Room), Tom McCarthy/Josh Singer (Spotlight), Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs), Charles Randolph/Adam McKay (The Big Short), Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight)
Prediction: Aaron Sorkin

Best Animated Feature Film: Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Anomalisa, Shaun The Sheep Movie, The Peanuts Movie
Prediction: Anomalisa

Best Foreign Language Film: The Club, The Fencer, Mustang, The Brand New Testament, Son Of Saul
Prediction: Son Of Saul

Best Original Score: Carol, The Revenant, Steve Jobs, The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight
Prediction: The Revenant

What are your thoughts on the nominations and my predictions? Let us know who you think the big winners will be at The Golden Globes in 2016. You don’t have to wait long to find out where the awards end up, with the ceremony taking place on January 10th 2016.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Godzilla And King Kong To Do Battle

Warner Bros. have announced that two of cinema’s biggest monsters are set to do battle in 2020. The worlds of ‘Godzilla’ and ‘King Kong’ are going to collide as their respective film franchises are combined to create a new series of films. ‘Kong: Skull Island’ (Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson) is set for release in 2017 and will be followed by a second ‘Godzilla’ film in 2018, which in turn will be followed by ‘King Kong vs Godzilla’. 

The studio behind this monster-mashup said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter: “all-powerful monsters become towering heroes for a new generation, revealing a mythology that brings together Godzilla, and Legendary’s King Kong in an ecosystem of other giant super-species, both classic and new. Monarch, the human organization that uncovered Godzilla in the 2014 film, will expand their mission across multiple releases”. So not only will Kong and Godzilla be gracing our screens, it sounds like there may well be other super monsters joining the party in 2020. Whilst I’m not completely sure how this will work logistically (Godzilla was huge in the 2014 film, so Kong will have to be equally massive), there’s sure to be no better cinematic spectacle than seeing two of film’s greatest beasts do battle. 

Written by Nick Deal