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Soccer Aid for Unicef Raises Record-Breaking £6,774,764

Soccer Aid for Unicef 2019, broadcast live and exclusively on ITV and Stv this week, has raised a record-breaking £6,774,764 so far – over £1m more than last year’s on the night total – for Unicef’s vital work keeping children around the world happy, healthy and safe to play.

This amount was raised thanks to the generous support of the UK public, ITV and Stv viewers, and the UK government who have matched all donations so far, doubling the difference made to children’s lives. This figure has smashed all previous records for money raised on the night.

The eagerly anticipated match took place in London for the first time in over a decade, packing out Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge Stadium with a whopping 39,836 in attendance. The match ended in a 2-2 draw, leading to a nail-biting penalty shoot-out for the second year in a row, with the Soccer Aid World XI
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Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans gets a new poster and trailer

Ahead of its UK theatrical release next month, Altitude Films has revealed a new poster and trailer for director Dominic Brigstocke’s upcoming historical comedy Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans which stars Sebastian Croft, Emilia Jones, Nick Frost, Craig Roberts, Kim Cattrall, Kate Nash, Rupert Graves, Alex Macqueen, and Derek Jacobi; take a look here…

Atti (Croft) is a Roman teenager with brains but very little brawn. When one of his schemes falls foul of Emperor Nero (Roberts) Atti is forced to join the army and sent to miserable, cold, wet Britain. Things go from bad to worse when Atti is captured by Orla (Jones), a feisty teenage Celt desperate to prove herself as a warrior. Meanwhile a furious Nero is determined to crush the British rebellion, led by Boudicca (Nash). As the Romans prepare for an historic showdown with the Celts at the Battle of Watling Street the
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‘Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans’ Gets A New Trailer & Poster

Coming to cinemas on 26th July is the first big-screen outing for the fave kids’ property Horrible Histories. Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans is led by rising stars Sebastian Croft as Roman teenager Atti and Emilia Jones as his Celtic rival Orla.

The film features an all-star cast including Nick Frost as Orla’s father Arghus, Craig Roberts as Emperor Nero and Kim Cattrall as Nero’s mother Agrippina. Additional cast include Brit Award-winning artist Kate Nash as Boudicca, Rupert Graves as Governor General Paulinus, Alex Macqueenas Nero’s assistant Sycophantus and Sir Derek Jacobi reprises his iconic role as Claudius.

Atti (Croft) is a Roman teenager with brains but very little brawn. When one of his schemes falls foul of Emperor Nero (Roberts) Atti is forced to join the army and sent to miserable, cold, wet Britain. Things go from bad to worse when Atti is captured by
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Harry Potter Cast Reunite To Celebrating Opening Of New Ride At Universal

A bunch of the Harry Potter cast relived their Hogwarts school days this week as they reunited to mark the opening of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Ride, a new rollercoaster at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter area of Universal Orlando.

Warwick Davis, who played Charms teacher Professor Flitwick across the movies, shared a selfie with many of his former students on Twitter. Namely, Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley).

“So fun to reunite with my ‘students’ from #Hogwarts at @UniversalORL for the opening of ‘Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure’,” Davis wrote in a touching, tongue-in-cheek caption. “They are all quite ‘charming’!”

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I Needed to See Rupert Grint in a Green Leopard Jacket, I Just Didn't Know It Until Now

Rupert Grint showed up to Harry Potter World looking like so much of a snack that I almost don't even care that he reunited with Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davis, and the Phelps twins. The red-haired hottie wore a green leopard jacket with a black shirt underneath and black pants, and if Rupert has a stylist, I feel like I should personally thank them. He's never looked better!

The Harry Potter stars reunited at the theme park in Orlando, Fl, for a preview of Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, a new ride that opens to the public on June 13. The roller coaster takes riders through the "Forbidden Forest" with lots of sharp turns and hidden creatures.

It's been a while since we've gotten to see a Harry Potter cast reunion, and these photos will certainly do for now. See evidence of Rupert's superb outfit - and some cute snaps
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Tom Felton, Rupert Grint and Evanna Lynch Have Magical Harry Potter Reunion

Tom Felton, Rupert Grint and Evanna Lynch Have Magical Harry Potter Reunion
Tom Felton, Rupert Grint and Evanna Lynch walk into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter... The stars of Harry Potter had an epic reunion on Tuesday, June 11, while appearing at an exclusive preview of Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade. Felton, Grint and Lynch—who starred as Draco Malfoy, Ron Weasley and Luna Lovegood in the iconic series—traveled to Universal Orlando this week for the special occasion. James Phelps and Oliver Phelps—who played Fred and George Weasley—also appeared at the Florida event, as did Warwick Davis (Filius Flitwick). The Harry Potter stars...
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Ron Howard explains why he believes Solo: A Star Wars didn’t perform at the box office

Ron Howard, the director of Solo: a Star Wars Story, has offered his opinion on why the film didn’t meet box office expectations.

Whenever a new Star Wars film arrives at cinemas, the expectation that the film will perform in a huge way is very evident. So when a film like Solo: A Star Wars Story doesn’t come close to those expectations, there are going to be questions asked.

What does director Ron Howard think went wrong? Well, Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast (via Lrm), Howard said it might be to do with the film’s plot: “Maybe it’s the idea that it’s too nostalgic. That going back and revisiting an origin story for a beloved character may not be what the fans were looking for. It seemed to me looking at the opening, big but not as big as the others, I think that was [only] the hardcore fans.
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Ron Howard Says Online Trolls Were Partly To Blame For ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Box Office Fail

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Ron Howard Says Online Trolls Were Partly To Blame For ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Box Office Fail
Ron Howard has said that online trolls were partly to blame for the lacklustre box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who is currently promoting upcoming documentary Pavarotti, told the Happy Sad Confused podcast that “aggressive trolling” was a crucial factor in the film’s financial under-performance but that he still greatly enjoyed the creative experience of making the film.

“I wish it could have lived up to the box office expectations,” Howard said. “That’s disappointing. Why didn’t it? Maybe that’s the release [date], maybe it was too nostalgic, maybe pushback from the previous movie…some trolling, definitely. It was especially noticeable in several algorithms such as Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes. There was an inordinate push down on the ‘Want to see’ [score on Rotten Tomatoes] and on the fan voting. There was a series of 0s and 1s on there…I didn’t take it personally.
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Blu-ray Review: Gabe Bartalos’ Saint Bernard

I don’t know about you, but my dreams are achingly normal; no super spies with beautiful femme fatales nor thrilling cliff jumping permeate my slumber. One time I dreamt I was cleaning out my garage. I don’t have a garage. Luckily, longtime effects legend Gabriel Bartalos has enough dreams and nightmares for all of us to witness, which he does gleefully with his second directorial feature, Saint Bernard, distributed by Severin Films, the finest purveyors of what the f--k. And this is a hall of famer, which is saying a lot.

Legend” is a word readily thrown around, but in effects circles, Bartalos is just that; a partial list of credits includes Leprechaun, Dolls, From Beyond, Brain Damage, Frankenhooker, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, among many others. In other words, if one were to make a film that lived almost
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‘Best of Star Wars Insider: The Original Trilogy’ Review

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Written by Various | Published by Titan Books | Format: Paperback, 176pp

Star Wars is of course the gift that keeps on giving. Since the release of Star Wars: A New Hope back in 1977, Star Wars has dominated popular culture like nothing else until the recent incursion of Marvel Studios, and possibly the ever present (and now owner of the previous two mentioned) Disney-Pixar. Hard to believe now, but on its release Star Wars became the little film that could. It was put together very haphazardly, had all sorts of problems with script rewrites, special effects failures, and many many production issues. Expected to bomb badly on release, it became first a cult hit, then a mainstream one, and finally a blockbuster success. Best of all? I was around to see the film in London, at the grand old age of 8 when it came out. That, and the original Superman film the following year,
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Solo: A Star Wars Story writer responds to #MakeSolo2Happen fan campaign

Although it went largely unnoticed at the box office, the reaction from fans and critics to last year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story was mostly positive, so much so that a fan campaign calling for a sequel managed to pick up quite a bit of steam on social media earlier this week.

Fans took to Twitter to try and persuade Disney and Lucasfilm to further explore the adventures of Alden Ehrenrich’s Han Solo by sharing their love for the Anthology movie using the hashtag #MakeSolo2Happen, with co-writer Jonathan Kasdan subsequently posting to share his gratitude.

“Beyond grateful and galvanized by the #MakeSolo2Happen energy on Twitter today,” wrote Kasdan. “Means so much to everyone involved and your enthusiasm makes it possible for us to keep advocating for it! ‘Cause, the Maker knows, there’s a War story set in a Galaxy Far Far Away that’s yet to be told.
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Jason Dugre Talks the Insane Horror of Saint Bernard from Severin Films [Exclusive]

Are you ready for the weirdest movie of the summer? Legendary FX Master Gabe Bartalos is back with a hallucinatory horror trip like no other with the definitely strange and sometimes downright shocking horror experience Saint Bernard. This is Bartalos' second directorial feature, jumping behind the camera for the first time since his 2004 cult favorite Skinned Deep. But Bartalos is perhaps better known as the horror master behind the FX in some of the biggest horror franchises of all-time, with his movies including Gremlins 2, Leprechaun, Dolls, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives and so many more.

Bartalos brings back his old friend Warwick Davis from the Leprechaun franchise for a role in Saint Bernard, which is almost impossible to describe in simple terms. The movie was shot on both 16mm and 35mm, giving it a very distinct look and feel that is not of this earth.
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Saint Bernard Review: Incredibly Bizarre Yet Oddly Compelling

FX guru Gabe Bartalos is back behind the camera with his second directorial effort Saint Bernard, and the psychological horror movie is even more insane than you'd expect. As a master of practical gore whose work can be seen in many memorable movies, Bartalos is a legend in the horror community. His impressive splatter FX can be seen in a variety of cult classics like Brain Damage, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, the Basket Case sequels, and the first four movies of the Leprechaun series with Warwick Davis. In 2004, Bartalos reunited with Davis for his first horror movie, Skinned Deep. Now, the two collaborate once again with Saint Bernard featuring a very memorable role for Davis in what is probably the veteran actor's craziest movie yet.

Saint Bernard is certainly not a movie for everyone, and it's best to know that going in. Because of its over-the-top sequences, the movie wildly entertains,
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‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’ Trailer: Angelina Jolie Returns To Revisionist ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Tale

It’s been roughly five years since Angelina Jolie said “I hate you” directly to a baby’s face in a Disney movie, and what a joy that was. Though 2014’s “Maleficent” wasn’t quite as memorable as its fierce lead performance, Jolie’s witty and regal turn as the “Sleeping Beauty” villain reimagined as an anti-hero was more than welcoming of another installment.

With original film director Robert Stromberg handing the reigns to “Kon Tiki” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” co-director Joachim Rønning, Maleficent will fly again this fall with “Maleficent” Mistress of Evil.”

The sequel sees quite an influx of talent, with Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harris Dickinson, Warwick Davis, and Ed Skerin joining the ensemble that already featured Elle Fanning, Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, and Juno Temple.

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‘Saint Bernard’ Blu-ray Review

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Stars: Jason Dugre, Katy Sullivan, Peter Iasillo Jr., Jack Doroshow, Bob Zmuda, Warwick Davis, George Clayton Johnson | Written and Directed by Gabe Bartalos

Now I’m not silly enough to think that any movie that is completely original or, at least shows some originality, is going to be good. But I am in the camp that believes filmmakers should definitely be trying to make movies that no one else has or that they have never seen before. And if someone does that, they will at the very least, have my attention.

And from the first few minutes, Saint Bernard definitely grabbed my attention. But I had no idea the kind of craziness that would happen in the next ninety minutes.

Make no mistake about it, Saint Bernard is a crazy movie. By the time the credits roll I wondered if I understood anything that I had just watched but not
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Mark Hamill, William Shatner And More Wish You A Happy Star Wars Day

Today’s date is May the 4th, which has come to be universally recognized as Star Wars Day. And in celebration of this international holiday, many a familiar figure has taken to social media to shout out the 42-year-old space saga.

Just take this new tweet from Mark Hamill for example, who has a special message for all his followers:

May The Fourth Bewitch You

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 4, 2019

Hamill is set to reprise his role as Luke in the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Another star that you can expect to see return – albeit under a thick layer of Wookiee fur – is Joonas Soutamo, who shared a Calvin and Hobbes-style cartoon on Thursday that features one of the saga’s most cherished double acts:

Love Li'l Chewie & Han Solo in this Calvin & Hobbes style mashup by Lucasfilm, Marvel, & Disney artist @briankesinger It's almost the most important day
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Happy Star Wars Day from Mark Hamill & More: May the 4th Be with You

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Happy Star Wars Day from Mark Hamill & More: May the 4th Be with You
Happy Star Wars Day everyone. May 4th is now recognized as an official holiday in California, helping to usher in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland. Though, the celebration has gone worldwide and is celebrated everywhere. It probably won't be long before 'May the 4th Be With You' is recognized as a global holiday. Mark Hamill, one of the last remaining main cast members of the franchise, has taken a moment out of his busy day of trolling fans on social media to wish everyone a happy one.

May The Fourth Bewitch You

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 4, 2019

In the lead up to the big day, we actually got some rather sad news. Peter Mayhew, who plays Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, kicking off in 1977 with A New Hope, passed away earlier this week, bringing a down note to the proceedings. Joonas Soutamo studied under Mayhew, performing the Chewbacca
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Star Wars Family Pays Tribute to Actor Peter Mayhew

Star Wars Family Pays Tribute to Actor Peter Mayhew
The death of Peter Mayhew is sending shockwaves across the world. The Chewbacca actor died at his home in Northern Texas, surrounded by his family at the age of 74 on April 30th. The family released a touching tribute to him, which went above and beyond his work in the Star Wars universe. Now, his friends, family, and former co-workers (who were often all the same), are reaching out on social media with tributes of their own.

One of the actors on the planet to have worked with Peter Mayhew maybe the most, is of course his Star Wars costar Mark Hamill. They appeared in 1977's A New Hope and shared a lot of laughs over the years and Hamill is deeply grateful for the time they were able to spend together. Hamill posted a tribute to his friend on social media. Mark Hamill had this to say about being able
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Ron Howard Eyes 'Willow' Series for Disney+

Ron Howard Eyes 'Willow' Series for Disney+
Ron Howard says he is in talks to bring the world of his 1988 film Willow back to life.

The director and producer said on MTV's Happy, Sad, Confused podcast that "there are some really serious discussions going on" to revive the property as a sequel series for the forthcoming Disney+ streaming service with Jon Kasdan, one of the writers of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which Howard also directed.

The 1988 fantasy film starring Warwick Davis was based on a story by George Lucas and produced by Lucasfilm, which is now part of Disney.

Disney+ declined comment.

"[Kasdan] kept ...
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Ron Howard Confirms “Discussions” Are Underway About Potential ‘Willow’ Series On Disney+

If you are like me, and are someone that grew up on all the crazy ‘80s sci-fi and fantasy films, then you probably have a deep fondness for 1988’s “Willow.” The film featured all the action and adventure you’d expect from a fantasy film, but with a ton of heart and humor, courtesy of actors Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer (who was in peak form). So, the possibility of more “Willow,” however it comes, is nothing but a welcome idea.

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