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Prometheus film review
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Logan Marshall-Green
Certificate: 15

From the opening credits, gliding over the surface of an Earth-like planet, you can tell that Prometheus is a very different kind of Alien.

Ridley Scott’s return to the genre that he mastered – twice – has been trumpeted as the prequel to the series. The one that explains the beginnings of H.R. Giger’s beasties. But when we see our first E.T., it's clear that the director's thinking bigger than that: he doesn’t want to explain where the Space Jockey on LV-246 came from. He wants to explain where EVERYONE came from.

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Snow White and the Huntsman review
Director: Rupert Sanders
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron
Certificate: 12A

Once there was a woman who pricked her finger on a rose in winter and thought: "I wish I had a child as white as this snow with lips as red as blood." Five seconds later, a baby was born - because that's how motherhood works, according to Snow White and the Huntsman, which begins with a prologue as baffling as the rest of its 126 mind-boggling minutes.

Based on the original Brothers Grimm story, Rupert Sander’s twisted tale isn’t afraid of a little blood or carnage. In fact, it likes it so much that it hacks the story to bits, chopping and changing its plot every few minutes.

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Trailer: Snow White and the Huntsman

Charlize Theron, Snow White and the Huntsman
Director: Rupert Sanders
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth
Certificate: TBC
UK release date: Wednesday 30th May

In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White's beauty and power.

The breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale is from Joe Roth, the producer of Alice in Wonderland, producer Sam Mercer (The Sixth Sense) and acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders.

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The new Prometheus international trailer interrupted my viewing of Homeland last night. Fortunately, it was really, REALLY good so I didn't mind too much. 

Read on to watch the epic three-minute video - but be warned that it contains a lot of plot details. For example, it's now blindingly obvious that Charlize Theron is a terrorist. And that Damien Lewis is a robot.

Still, if you listen really carefully around the two-minute mark, you can hear the arrival of the awesomeness train into the station of cinema-ville. And if you listen even harder, you can hear me on the station platform jumping up and down and shrieking with excitement. Either that, or it's Michael Fassbender making robot sex noises.



For more Prometheus goodness that doesn't spoil the plot, see the Michael Fassbender "David" promo. It is also ridonkulously amazing.



Trailer: Young Adult

Director: Jason Reitman
Cast: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser
Certificate: TBC
Release Date: Friday 3rd February
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Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson).

When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn’t quite gotten over high school, either.

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Prometheus teaser trailer - space jockey's ship? 

The full Prometheus trailer has parked its shiny bum on the internet - and as far as teasers go, it's pretty damn teasing.

We still don't know that much about Ridley Scott's prequel-but-not-a-prequel-but-still-connected-to-the-Alien-franchise-but-not-really mystery film. The official synopsis reads something like: "A team of explorers find a clue to the origins of man on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe... There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race."

We seem to be looking at what happened in the lead up to the events on LV-426 in the first Alien film. But Ridley's been pretty adamant that this isn't a directly linking prequel.

Yet everything about this screams Alien. The pods littering the ground around Michael Fassbender's character. The familiar outline of the infamous space jockey's ship. The way the titles appear in the same gradual procession of vertical and horizontal bars. 

So what's it all about? Like all the best teasers, Prometheus' trailer doesn't answer any of our questions - it just asks a load more. When Ridley Scott does answer them in 2012, it should be something very special. As long as you forget that this is the director who also made Robin Hood and A Good Year.

Read on for the full Prometheus trailer. Then get very excited.

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The Snow White and the Huntsman trailer is here. And it mostly seems to be a film about Charlize Theron getting off on killing people. And stealing their souls. And stuff. Oh, and at one point she totally dunks herself in milk and looks a bit like an advert for the best Kinder Bueno you've ever seen.

Oh, and Kristen Stewart's in it as Snow White. The fairest of them all? I'd sooner give my apple to Chris Hemsworth's hunter. 



Friday 1st June next year, this one. Bonus points to first-time director Rupert Sanders for making the massive pile of hogwash actually look credible.




Charlize Theron has signed on to star in Young Adult, the next screenplay from Diablo Cody. And, with the talented MRF onboard, another name is circling the project: yes, it's Diablo's former film-making partner, Jason Reitman.

The pair last worked together on Juno, that indie cutesy tale of a preggo Ellen Page. Now, Diablo Cody's scribbled another story, this time about a ghost writer who realises that her pseudonym-laden life has left her unsure who she is. Cue a journey back to her home town, where she tries to get back with her old high school sweetheart. Who is now married. And a father.

Mandate Pictures are backing the picture, but are on the hunt for more funding. With an Oscar-winning actress, an Oscar-winning writer and an Oscar-nommed director fusing their talents, it's only a matter of time before someone throws money at them. Either that, or they turn into Captain Planet.

If everything stays on schedule, Young Adult will start shooting in November. But the best news of all? It sounds nothing like Jennifer's Body.


Director: John Hillcoat
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron
Certificate: 15

"Soon all the trees in the world will have fallen... I think it's October, but I can’t be sure. I haven’t kept a calendar for years." The post-apocalyptic world is a grey place. Drowned in decaying ash, it sits in ruins, foraged by the few who survived. Among them are a father (Mortensen) and his boy (Smit-McPhee). They wander the wastelands, over the cracked ground, stepping between dead bodies and abandoned lives. It's a sombre scene, which stops you cold. This is The Road they have to walk.

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Director: John Hillcoat
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kody Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron
Certificate: TBC
Showing: Monday 19th October, 4:00pm

"Soon all the trees in the world will have fallen... I think it's October, but I can’t be sure. I haven’t kept a calendar for years." The post-apocalyptic world is a grey place. Drowned in decaying ash, it sits in ruins, ravaged by the few who survived. Among them are a father (Mortensen) and his boy (Kody). They wander the wastelands, over the cracked ground, stepping between dead bodies and abandoned lives. It's a sombre scene, which stops you cold. This is The Road they have to walk.

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