Following the announcement that Leeds’ Kaiser Chiefs re-signed to Polydor / Universal, the band have announced a run of dates in January / February 2019. The band have also announced that they are back in the studio working on their 7th studio album with Ben Allen, the producer who worked on the band’s UK Number 1 album ‘Education, Education, Education and War.’
Formed in Leeds in 2000, Kaiser Chiefs are one of the leading bands of their generation. Fronted by the charismatic Ricky Wilson with Simon Rix on bass, Andrew ‘Whitey’ White on guitar, Nick ‘Peanut’ Baines on keyboards and drummer Vijay Mistry, the band have had a string of anthemic hits such as ‘Oh My God’, ‘I Predict A Riot’, ‘Everyday I Love You Less and Less’, ‘Never Miss A Beat’ and ‘Hole In My Soul.’
The band have released 6 original studio albums which include their Mercury-nominated debut, ‘Employment’ which sold over 2 million copies, It’s number 1 follow up, ‘Yours Truly, Angry Mob’, which went twice-platinum in the UK alone and ‘Education, Education, Education and War’ which entered the UK Album Charts at number 1.
They have achieved, top ten singles including the infamous number 1 hit ‘Ruby,’ 3 Brit Awards, an Ivor Novello award for Album of the Year, toured with U2, Foo Fighters and Green Day and sold 8 million albums.
The band have returned to their original label home, Polydor, with whom they released their first 4 albums with and continue to be considered one of Britain’s most treasured bands.
KAISER CHIEFS UK TOUR DATES
24TH – GLASGOW, BARROWLAND
25TH – NEWCASTLE, O2 ACADEMY
26TH – LIVERPOOL, UNI MOUNTFORD HALL
28TH – LINCOLN, ENGINE SHED
29TH – CARLISLE, SANDS CENTRE
31ST – BLACKBURN, KING GEORGES HALL
1ST – MANCHESTER, O2 APOLLO
2ND – BIRMINGHAM, O2 ACADEMY 4TH – LLANDUDNO, VENUE CYMRU ARENA
5TH – BATH, PAVILION
6TH – READING, HEXAGON
8TH – LONDON, BRIXTON ACADEMY
9TH – STOKE, VICTORIA HALL
10TH – NORWICH, UEA
12TH – CAMBRIDGE, CORN EXCHANGE
13TH – NOTTINGHAM, ROCK CITY
15TH – EXETER, UNI GREAT HALL
16TH – SOUTHAMPTON, GUILDHALL
17TH – SOUTHEND, CLIFFS PAVILION
19TH – MARGATE, WINTER GARDENS
20TH – BEXHILL, DE LA WARR PAVILION
Tickets are on sale from Venue Cymru Box Office 01492 872000 and Website this Friday 21st September at 9 am.
Anime Limited and Noho Studios are partnering to bring an immersive and interactive visual event experience of the beautiful hit films of iconic Japanese anime director Mamoru Hosoda to the West End of London.
The first such exhibition dedicated to an anime director to ever come to the UK, for one week only, from Saturday 13th October until Saturday 20th October, walk through the creative wonders that made the beloved worlds and characters of Mamoru Hosoda’s films from “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time“, up until the present day with “Mirai“, which made history as the first Japanese anime film to have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
The exhibition will also feature a shop, where visitors can purchase merchandise that is to be made available for the first time in the UK. Entry to the event is free.
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
Address: Noho Studios, 46 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7PZ.
Directions: Two-minute walk from Oxford Circus Underground Station.
“Mamoru Hosoda has had a huge impact in the UK ever since The Girl Who Leapt Through Time – we’re very honoured to be hosting the first exhibition of this kind to showcase his work to date. There’s no better time to explore the works of this incredibly talented director, when Mirai has been welcomed as the Gala film for Family at the BFI London Film Festival.” said Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited.
Ingenious and heartfelt, Mamoru Hosoda’s charming fantasy was received with a standing ovation at its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Surely the truest definition of a family film, “Mirai” will inspire the imaginations of young and old alike.
The birth of a sibling is a joyous time for many, but not for Kun. Four years old and spoilt rotten, he sees the arrival of baby sister Mirai as competition for his parents’ love. That is, until magical encounters with an older Mirai and family past, present and future send the siblings on an intimate journey through time and space, to confront Kun’s uncertain feelings and prepare him to become the big brother he needs to be.
Mamoru Hosoda’s latest anime feature film Mirai will have its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival Family Gala, with screenings on Saturday 13th October and Sunday 14th October. For more information, please visit the BFI’s website.
Following its UK premiere at the London Film Festival, Mirai will open on 100 screens across the UK & Ireland from November 2nd.
Subtitled screenings on 2nd November.
Dubbed screenings on 4th November.
For more information and bookings please visit the Mirai website.
When the chance to review a “horror” movie comes along, I jump at the chance and I had heard a bit about House of Salem, word of warning with the film, it contains clown masks, I know there are many out there that are terrified of clowns, so I had to put that out there.
House of Salem is directed by James Crow and is a British occult horror that takes the viewer on a journey to a house that has a terrifying history. When kidnappers snatch Josh (played by newcomer Liam Kelly) from his home in the dead of night, they head to a safe house to await the delivery of their ransom money.
But there is something much more to just a kidnapping and Josh is not only in fear of his life from the kidnappers, but also something far more sinister in the house as they kidnappers have been set up to take part in a Satanic ritual, now the house’s terrible truth is slowly being discovered by the kidnappers as they find themselves trapped in the House of Salem, a house that has a macabre and terrifying history of one hundred years of murder of the innocents in the name of the Devil.
House of Salem is very much an indie film, the dialogue at times feels flat and the acting isn’t going to win any Oscars, the film does have many moments that make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, such as the moment that Josh mentions that he can hear the other children in the room next to him crying, but there aren’t any children. What makes it worse for him, is that he is blind to what’s going on as he is wearing a mask with tapped over eyeholes, Josh’s only guide is the voice that helps him out.
The film isn’t one that will have you leaping out of your seat, it’s very much a slow burner as we are taken through the moments of the kidnapping at the start of the film and the introduction to Andrew Lee Potts character with a rather bloody moment. It’s not until later where we find out where his character fits in with the storyline.
House of Salem is very much a psychological film, with some nice moment of things in the shadows and scenes of someone/something running behind a character on the screen, giving you a false sense of who or what they are.
For me, personally, I did find that the House of Salem did seem to drag its feet throughout the film and looking at director, James Crow’s filmography, his earlier films were shorts and maybe this is the method of stretching the story out a little longer on something may have been able to be done in just under an hour, rather than the feature-length running time.
The film has an interesting use of editing, lighting and direction, not the best film in its genre, but one that does fit in well with its subject matter, it was interesting to see Andrew Lee Potts in his short screen time, also nice to see Jessica Arterton’s first feature.
House of Salem stars Jack Brett Anderson (Wolfblood, Don’t Hang Up), Andrew Lee Potts (Primeval), Jessica Arterton and introducing young talent Liam Kelly. The film had its world premiere in the ‘New Blood’ strand of FrightFest Film Festival in 2016 and is released by Left Films DVD & Digital 1st October.
With The Predator recently release we take a look back at the movie that launched the franchise, the 1987 Predator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator), this classic: the man vs. alien ‘rumble in the jungle’ movie is still a firm favourite with fans and it’s one that even 30+ years later it hasn’t been matched.
Major Schaefer Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is the leader of a military rescue unit looking for allies captured by guerrillas in the Latin American jungle. At first, it seems like any other mission: Schaefer and his team of seasoned combat veterans spot a guerilla camp, destroy it, and find the men they were sent to rescue executed. But when Schaefer attempts to lead his unit out, with a captured guerrilla in tow, something horrifying and inexplicable begins to happen: One by one the men are killed by a mysterious adversary – a predator from another world.
Suddenly human enmities are forgotten, for Schaefer and his dwindling band of survivors are no longer the hunters – instead they are being hunted by an enemy who blends into the jungle and strikes with inhuman ferocity, and more than human agility and power.
Stalked by the unseen foe and stripped of his sophisticated weaponry, Schaefer must rely on more than physical strength and modern technology. With the jungle his only ally, he will draw on his inner resources of instinct and intelligence, as he faces his greatest challenge: to stay alive.
Directed by John McTiernan, just a year before Die Hard made him Hollywood’s most sought-after director, Predator has frequently been called the quintessential action movie.
The fight between one man and an alien that we would later see taking on one of Hollywood’s other famous aliens in Alien vs Predator has been a movie that even today with all the clever jiggery-pokery of CGI and over the top special effects, still holds the test of the time with its tense scenes of the Predator stalking the crack team of commandoes as they are picked off one by one in shocking ways, but all amazingly done with the movie technology of the 80s.
Let’s not forget that the film features one of the best action heroes of the 80s the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, with his obligatory one-liners and non-stop action sequences that keep you gripped from start to finish, it’s no wonder that Predator is listed in a lot of peoples top ten of action movies and it’s in mine.
Predator is a movie that is an all-out action movie that shows that back in the 80s Hollywood knew how to produce action movies that would stand the test of time, something that we don’t seem to see much of these days, now that Shane Black’s The Predator has been released by Twentieth Century Fox, the franchise is showing that it still has some life in it, but where will the story take us next in the new movie and will there be any more Predator movies?
But for now, we can still go back to that jungle and relive those glory days of the 80s action flick and, for me, it’s still the best movie in the Predator franchise.
Continuing with the 80s classic that Eureka Entertainment is releasing, my latest review is for George A. Romero’s twisted thriller, Monkey Shines a movie that I’ve only seen three times and this review was the third time, it’s a movie that I sadly didn’t get to see on the big screen.
The last time I saw Monkey Shines is was on VHS, yes those big clunky things that used to have tape running through them! So to see the film again in Blu-ray format was something that I’d been looking forward to since the announcement from Eureka that they were releasing a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) this coming October.
Starring Jason Beghe and Janine Turner, Monkey Shines is indeed an experiment in fear and it may, just possibly, give you a ear of monkeys! Allan Mann (Jason Beghe) has changed since his accident left him paralysed from the neck down and has become a bitter, angry and vengeful man. He’s fed up with himself and everyone around him, could life be any different for him now, but everything changes when he’s given Ella, a monkey trained to meet his every need.
All seems great, but when Ella begins anticipating Allan’s thoughts, strange and deadly things start happening. And as she stalks and wreaks havoc on Allan’s fair-weather girlfriend (Janine Turner), incompetent doctor and meddling mother, Allan realises he must stop the creature before it has the chance to take over his life and his mind completely.
Based on the novel by Michael Stewart, Monkey Shines is a movie that is disturbing in parts, especially with the scenes with Ella, such as trying to take the fingers off the doctor when he comes to visit and the overall presence that the Ella has on screen that foreboding feeling of what evil, manipulative, thing it is going to do next, a true show of Romero’s use of direction with the psychological side of Monkey Shines.
This is a strange movie for George A. Romero and not one that you would expect from him, but funnily enough, it’s a film that makes a refreshing change, it does get more intense as the film progresses.
Monkey Shines is a great addition to the Eureka Classics collection with its 5.1 audio and 1080p presentation it sounds and looks good, so much better than I remember, it also comes with some nice special features to take you behind the scenes of the movie.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
· Limited Edition O Card slipcase [First Print Run Only]
· 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
· DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 audio options
· Optional English SDH subtitles
· New and exclusive feature length audio commentary by Travis Crawford
· Audio Commentary with director George A. Romero
· An Experiment in Fear – The Making of Monkey Shines – a lengthy retrospective with George A. Romero, stars Jason Beghe and Kate McNeil, executive producer Peter Grunwald, and special effects legends Tom Savini, Greg Nicotero and Everett Burrell.
· Alternate Ending and Deleted Scenes
· Behind-the-scenes footage, original EPK featurette, vintage interviews and news reports
· Trailers and TV spots
· PLUS: A limited edition collector’s booklet featuring a new essay by Craig Ian Mann; highlights from the film’s production notes: and rare archival material [First Print Run Only]
Monkey Shines starring Kate McNeil, Joyce Van Patten, Stephen Root, John Pankow and Stanley Tucci and directed by George A. Romero is presented on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on the 8th October.
It’s competition time dear readers and we’ve got 2 DVDs signed by the director and producer courtesy of London Flair of the new movie Dead Ringer.
Dead Ringer tells the story of an imposter covering up an untimely death and is directed by the talented Richard Colton. The films all-star cast includes Luke White, DJ Tom Zanetti, singers Jordi Whitworth and Shide Boss, TOWIE’s Ricky Rayment and EastEnders beauty Danielle Harold as the leading lady. Alongside the sizzling Jessica-Jane Stafford, Lee Latchford Evans, Matt Lapinskas and Amar Adatia, with exciting cameos from Sinitta, Bai Ling and Golden Globe nominee Tom Sizemore.
A modern day version of The Prince And The Pauper where one man from a poor background ends up taking over another mans life from the entirely opposite end of the spectrum. Jamie Poulton – lead singer of tribute act Dive – gets the opportunity to replace the iconic Donny Martin from the boy band group D5 with ever gripping twists and turns. Could one man live in another mans shoes and actually get away with it?
Director Richard Colton has an impressive filmography including Dangerous Game, The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan and Alien Uprising, as well as TV shows such as London’s Burning, The Bill, Casualty, Dream Team and Trial and Retribution’.
Producer and Actor Amar Adatia’s first role was in the Bollywood hit Kabhie Khushi, Khabie Gham, with Chopra Town, Goal 2 and The Lift soon following. Adatia’s film slate includes Four Hours, Gangsters Gamblers Geezers, Retribution, Dangerous Game and now Dead Ringer. Many of which have gained worldwide releases.
For those of you that love the “horror” films of the 80s, then today we bring you a review of the upcoming Blu-ray release of Fred Dekker’s Night of the Creeps, a hilarious 80s horror classic that I haven’t seen since I saw it at the cinema in around 1986/7, now thanks to Eureka Entertainment, the movie is being released on Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition as part of the Eureka Classics range from 8 October 2018. Presented with a Limited Edition O-Card slipcase and booklet [First print run only]
Thos of you who have been reading the reviews here on Blazing Minds will have seen my review of Fred Dekker’s Monster Squad back in July another of the movie that I loved which was released the year after Night of the Creeps, So fingers crossed now that Eureka will be releasing Monster Squad as part of their classics collection and remastered.
OK, Night of the Creeps is a movie that seems to have a bit of everything and even Dekker says in an interview in the special features that he, “likes to cobble things together” and you can see this in the movie, starting with an alien traitor setting an experiment loose on Earth in 1959 which infects a young college student and the horrific murder.
We then jump forward 27 years to the 80s two teenagers break into a laboratory to complete a prank set for them and they find a cryogenically-frozen body which they accidentally thaw it out as part of their fraternity pledge, suffice to say this will not end well and now they have set loose alien creatures that soon take over the campus, but the victims are dead and the alien creatures are controlling them and those victims are now zombie creeps!
Fred Dekker’s Night of the Creeps is pure 80s and something that I really do miss in today’s movies, yes we have great effects these days, but back in the 80s, the effects, silliness and humour was something that gave the films that charm and a look and feel that we really don’t get any more and something that probably kids of today just wouldn’t get.
Dekker’s movie is certainly one that I forgot how much I enjoyed it back in 1986, much like Monster Squad, his mix of genres in the film just work great, imagine National Lampoons Animal House meets Slither with a bit of Return of the Living Dead thrown in plus you have a great line up of actors including Jason Lively (National Lampoon’s European Vacation), Tom Atkins (The Fog, Lethal Weapon), Steve Marshall (21 Jump Street) and Jill Whitlow (Weird Science, Swamp Thing).
With Night of the Creeps being released on Blu-ray, you’d expect something a little special in the release and this presentation for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK, this deluxe edition of Night of the Creeps features the original director’s cut and a host of special features, so even after watching the movie that not only looks good, it also sounds good with the addition of 5.1 surround audio.
For me Night of the Creeps on Blu-ray is a brilliant blast from the past, it’s a film that certainly brings back a lot of memories on how those 80s films are just still enjoyable to watch, but with this new release it’s also great to see it looking so good on Blu-ray and it’s packed with some very interesting special features for those of us that like to delve deeper behind the scenes of a movie.
Night of the Creeps DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL FEATURES
• Limited Edition O-Card slipcase [First Print Run Only]
• High-definition remaster of the director’s cut
• Original stereo soundtrack and 5.1 surround audio options, presented in PCM and DTS-HD MA respectively on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary by writer / director Fred Dekker
• Audio commentary by actors Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall and Jill Whitlow
• Thrill Me: Making Night of the Creeps – an hour-long series of video pieces on the making of the film featuring new interviews with cast and crew
• Tom Atkins: Man of Action featurette
• Video Interview with Fred Dekker
• Deleted Scenes
• Original theatrical ending
• Trivia track subtitles
• Theatrical trailer
• PLUS: A limited-edition booklet featuring a new essay by critic Craig Ian Mann [First Print Run Only]
Just in time for Halloween and for those that love a horror night in, instead of going trick or treating, Lionsgate presents Day of the Dead Bloodline on DVD and Digital Download 15th October.
There are so many Zombie movies out there these days, so when another one comes along that has been directed by acclaimed Spanish director Hector Hernandez Vicens (The Corpse of Anna Fritz), a long time fan of the Zombie-horror master himself, Geroge A. Romero then it must stand some merit. In this latest “Dead” movie, the fear goes viral in a retelling of George A. Romero’s zombie horror classic.
It’s been five years after an epidemic nearly wiped out the world’s population, Dr. Zoe Parker lives in an underground bunker among a small group of military personnel and survivalists, working on a cure while fighting armies of the undead. When a dangerous patient from Zoe’s past infiltrates the bunker, Zoe discovers he just might hold the key to saving humanity… or ending it.
Ramping up the action and bloodshed, and with plenty of nods to the 1985 classic, prepare yourselves for the next bloody chapter in one of horror’s most beloved franchises.
Day of the Dead Bloodline stars Johnathon Schaech (Legends of Tomorrow), Sophie Skelton (Outlander), Jeff Gum (New Girl) and Mark ‘Rhino’ Smith (UK Gladiators).
King of Crime is a new action-packed crime thriller from writer Linda Dunscombe and director Matt Gambell, which brings together the wits of old-school criminals with a new school crime. With interest building regarding the release of the film, I got an opportunity to ask actress Claire King a few questions about the film including; what we can expect, what attracted her to the character and her favourite moment during filming.
You feature in the upcoming crime drama King of Crime, what can we expect from the film?
From the upcoming crime drama King of Crime the audience can expect a cybercrime film with betrayal, action, gangsters, exotic locations and one very screwed up family!
You play Yvonne King in the film; can you tell us a bit about your character and what first attracted you to the role?
The King family (not mine! The characters!) are a family of criminals and there’s certainly no honour amongst these thieves! I play wife and mother Yvonne King, but she’s not your typical mother!
You have portrayed several strong female roles in your career, is this something which you enjoy depicting on the screen?
When I read the script, I was attracted to the character as she committed a heinous crime even before the opening titles rolled! She makes Kim Tate look like a pussycat! I love playing strong characters. I find them more fun to play and as I’m quite tall and strong I don’t often play victims.
What sort of preparation did you do for the role?
I’ve played a couple of really nasty characters before so a drew on those to get the character of Yvonne and researched into psychopathic behaviour of this kind, as she really believes she’s doing little wrong!
What was one of your favourite moments during filming?
Working with Mark Wingett is always lovely, and he is fast becoming my professional husband! Shooting the final scenes in Spain was what we were all looking forward to the most, however that particular January was freezing cold with snow, so not particularly conducive to a balmy summer evening on the Costa del Sol!
Do you have any other projects which you are currently working on?
I’m currently filming in Yorkshire which is lovely as I’m Yorkshire born, bred and based! I’ve also got a theatre tour lined up for next year which is really exciting.
What advice would you give to someone who is looking to get into acting?
I would advise anyone getting into acting, do it for the love, as there’ll be plenty of times when you’re ‘resting’ so get another skill. Try to do a play where you feel good within the character and can then show off your skills. Put in the hard work, be punctual and polite and do your homework! It’s not all about ‘celebrity’ or how many twitter followers you have!
You can keep up to date with new projects from Claire King and the upcoming release for King of Crime you can following on social media.
Get ready for a frightening, action-packed October on Rakuten TV with plenty of exciting new releases to make you laugh, jump, gasp and keep you on the edge of your seat.
After terrifying audiences around the world, next month you’ll be able to experience Hereditary (8th October) from the comfort of, or hiding behind, your sofa. Featuring a critically acclaimed performance from Oscar-nominated Toni Collette, the film swiftly made a name for itself and scared even the toughest of critics. Will you be brave enough to take on this family drama full of disturbing events and dark secrets?
If you need something to lighten the mood, you can join the ladies of Ocean’s 8 (15th October) to see if their characters are as talented at pulling off a heist as these women are at acting. Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna and Awkwafina, catch these glamorous ladies on your smart TV in 4K HDR.
To get the heart racing after that comedy caper, you can jump into some prehistoric action with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (19th October). Catch the film in mind-blowing 4K HDR to experience the sharpest teeth and claws as they reach through the screen.
For a darker turn to your evening, revisit Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin in Sicario 2: Soldado (22nd October) as they delve into the world of drug wars or see how a horrifying, violent tradition began with The First Purge (29th October), just in time for Halloween.
This month you can also see Adrift (22nd October), starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, Possum starring Sean Harris and Tag (29th October) starring Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Isla Fisher, which you can fully enjoy in 4K HDR.