Brigsby Bear… Soft and fluffy?

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Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James’s life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself.

Sink into the soft and fluffy arms of Kyle Mooney’s writing debut. In Brigsby Bear, the Saturday Night Live comedian lasts himself as James, a bunker-dwelling geek who one day discovers his whole world is a lie.

Reintroduced to reality, all he wants to do is re-create Brigsby Bear, a TV series designed by his fake dad, Ted (Mark Hamill), to improve James’s grasp on theoretical maths so he can become a genius and solve a fiendishly tricky problem called “the Vansmithe conjecture”.

James’s cathartic, DIY film-making project gets off the ground thanks to his black best friend… read more from the Evening Standard

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The Countdown is on for the arrival of the latest Star Wars movie

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As the excitement builds for the release of the latest in the Star wars movie, The Last Jedi, we take a look at everything that we know happened since the Return of the Jedi over 30 years ago…

There’s still so much left undiscovered—especially thanks to the fact that much of the information released so far falls into two camps: The period immediately after Return of the Jedi, chronicling the continued fall of the Empire, and the events which set up the galaxy we see in The Force Awakens, over a handful of years before the events of the movie.

But if you’ve not been keeping up with the utter behemoth that’s the tie-in universe of Star Wars media, there’s an awful lot to dig through. Here’s everything you need to know about the major events of Star Wars’ post-Return of the Jedi history, as well the source material that covered those events, in case you want to explore them for yourselves.

James Whitbrook of io9 Gizmodo give us a detailed timeline that will have you right up to speed in time for Star Wars: The Last Jedi arriving on our screens…

For simplicity’s sake, we’ll be using the standard Star Wars “BBY/ABY” calendar, which simply refers to “Before the Battle of Yavin/After the Battle of Yavin”—a.k.a the events of A New Hope. Return of the Jedi is set four years after A New Hope, so it took place in 4 ABY, The Force Awakens occurred in 34 ABY, and so on…. read more

The Disaster Artist: A movie about a Movie

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James Franco did more than throw in a couple of famous scenes when he had this biopic comedy drama about the movie The Room, he took it to a whole new level by recreating 25 minutes worth of scenes, including a lot of them in The Disaster Artist.

The movie tells the story of Greg Sestero, (Dave Franco) an aspiring film actor, who meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau, (James Franco) in an acting class. When Wiseau decides on a whim to write and direct his own film which he and Sestero will star in they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

Let’s get the main points out of the way before we go any further with this. No, you don’t explicitly need to have seen The Room in order to enjoy The Disaster Artist, but it certainly adds to the overall flavour of it. Yes, Dave Franco’s beard looks ridiculous and so does James Franco’s accent and facial ticks. Yes, there are some cameos by some famous people, including Judd Apatow, Sharon Stone, and a few others. No, it doesn’t explain any of the urban myths around The Room. If anything, The Disaster Artist uses these urban myths and the troubled production to examine something else entirely – specifically, creative freedom and the nature of what you are perceived versus who you are… Read more from Entertainmnet.ie

The Man Who Invented Christmas

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We all know the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol; this festive season brings us a new movie, The Man Who Invented Christmas, starring Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge, and Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens. The movie tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. The film shows how Charles Dickens mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

The Man Who Invented Christmas is not your typical Christmas Carol and its not trying to compete. Instead of retelling Dickens’s fictional tale, Director Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) takes the baton from author Les Standiford and tells us the story of Dickens himself as we watch him slowly overcome his writer’s block.

Don’t worry – all the familiar faces are still there. The Fezziwigs are still charming, Jacob Marley is still creepy, and Scrooge (given a refreshing, comedic twist by Christopher Plummer) is still grumpy. The catch with The Man Who Invented Christmas is we learn how these characters came to life. Each one mirrors a figure in Dickens’s own life. The Ghost of Christmas Past is one of his inquisitive housekeepers who also serves as a muse, The Ghost of Christmas Present is his dear friend Forster, Jacob Marley is his stingy lawyer, etc. read more…

The New Heroes in Justice League

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Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck are heading up the team of metahumans, with new heroes Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg when Justice League hits the Movie Junction screen this week.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

DC and Warner Bros announced Momoa as Arthur Curry, the Atlantean king and underwater hero, more than three years ago, planning to introduce him in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Although the three metahumans who join Batman and Wonder Woman in Justice League didn’t figure into the plot of the 2016 Superman sequel, the filmmakers wanted to give fans a glimpse of their upcoming versions of Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg.

They shot one scene of Momoa as Aquaman, and then enlisted Ray Fisher as Cyborg and Ezra Miller as the Flash during production of Dawn of Justice.

“It was a learning experience because we actually shot that underwater,” Deborah Snyder told the Los Angeles Times. “After we shot it Zack said, ‘Are you kidding me? We can’t shoot all these [underwater] scenes.’… read more

Murder on the Orient Express

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With plenty of star quality on board the remake of Murder on the Orient Express, Judi Dench was the actress they were most in awe of…  Michelle Pfeiffer (who plays Mrs. Hubbard in the film) admitted she felt emotional when she first saw the British actress, who portrays Princess Dragomiroff. “I wept when I met Judi Dench” she said at the film’s premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London. “The first day of filming was a little intimidating.”

In this retelling of Agatha Christie’s classic murder-mystery, a shady businessman (Johnny Depp) is stabbed to death aboard an opulent train service, and everyone among the eclectic array of first-class passengers is a suspect. It is up to the meticulous mind of Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) to solve the riddle.

When Agatha Christie watched Sidney Lumet’s celebrated 1974 adaptation of Murder On The Orient Express she said that while she liked it, she felt that Hercule Poirot’s moustaches were not quite luxuriant enough. If she’d lived to see Ken Branagh’s adaptation she would have been delighted with the bristles; Poirot’s ’tache lies atop his lip like a silvery feathered boa… Read more from Empire Movies

An impressive sequel in Paddington 2

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Just in time for Kids movie season at Movie Junction, Paddington 2, the follow up to the first Paddington movie in 2014, is an impressive sequel. This sweet-natured, charming, unassuming and very funny film has a storyline that rattles along with a nonstop sucession of Grade-A gags conjured up by screenwriters Paul King (who also directs), Simon Farnaby and Jon Croker. Their screenplay perfectly catches the tone of the great master himself, Michael Bond, author of the original books, who died a few months ago at the age of 91.

The film is pitched with insouciant ease and a lightness of touch at both children and adults without any self-conscious shifts in irony or tone: it’s humour with the citrus tang of top-quality thick-cut marmalade. There’s a sight-gag involving the spurious breaking of a valuable vase that I particularly enjoyed. And although one could say its work on diversity is not complete, the film has a fair bit of material – now more pertinent than ever – about the way a confident, happy nation welcomes immigrants. The day-glo primary coloured design gives the movie a storybook feel, at some places a little like Wes Anderson… read more from Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian