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24: Legacy

24: Legacy

Posted on 02 August 2017 by Chris Ford

So I love 24, It was one of my favourite shows, Jack Bauer was pretty bad ass and I loved how he broke the rules to suit his objectives and it was a sad day when all that ended… but wait 24 Is back!

Yes 24 has been given something of a reboot in 24: Legacy with a new actor in the form of Corey Hawkins (probably best known for 2015’s  ‘Straight Outta Compton’).  So I was a little worried, as I said I love 24 and will this new 24 Legacy live upto what I knew and loved?  Well while Corey is no Jack Bauer he really does bring his own spin on the role and that same rule breaking I’ve known and loved is back in place along with a few familiar faces one in the form of Carlos Bernard who guest stars in a recurring role, reprising his original series character, Tony Almeida ( very cool stuff!).

The 13 episode series chronicles a race against time to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil – in the same real-time format we know and love.

Six months ago in Yemen, an elite squad of U.S. Army Rangers, led by Sergeant Eric Carter killed terrorist leader Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid. In the aftermath, Bin-Khalid’s followers declared a threat against Carter, his squad and their families, forcing them into federal witness protection. But a recent attempt on Carter’s own life makes it clear to him that his team has been exposed.

I haven’t finished 24: Legacy yet but Im really loving every minute of it, I think I can safely say the 24 torch has been passed onto a worthy actor.

24 : Legacy is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray

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New Prison Break Release – Exclusive clip

Posted on 29 June 2017 by Chris Ford

Inconic tv show “Prison Break” returned recently as a special one off  event series and Monday the whole thing is out on DVD and Blu-ray ,to get you in the mood the guys behind the series have given us this exclusive clip from the sets bonus content entitled  ‘A Hero’s Journey’ featuring series star and chief  Wentworth Miller

Prison Break Series 5 and a special collectors  boxset (featuring all 5 seasons)  is out next Monday on DVD and Blu-Ray

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Top Ten Winston Churchill motivational quotes

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Top Ten Winston Churchill motivational quotes

Posted on 14 June 2017 by Chris Ford

This week sees the release of ‘CHURCHILL’ starring Brain Cox as Britain’s iconic Prime Minister Winston Churchill, covering the days before the infamous D-Day landings in June 1944.  As allied forces stand on the south coast of Britain, poised to invade Nazi-occupied Europe, they await Churchill’s decision on whether the invasion will actually move ahead.

With the release of Churchill we thought we would compile our top ten Winston Churchill motivational quotes to inspire you through the week :

  • “There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.”
  • “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
  • “One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.”
  • “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
  • “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”
  • “There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right.”
  • “This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
  • “It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.”
  • “If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time-a tremendous whack.”
  • “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

 

Churchill is released in UK cinemas this Friday, 16th June

 

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COME AND FIND ME – new trailer released

COME AND FIND ME – new trailer released

Posted on 09 June 2017 by Chris Ford

Two-time Emmy Award Winner Aaron Paul  best known for the  amazing Breaking Bad and Annabel Wallis fresh from The Mummy  with Tom Cruise  star in Zach Whedon’s debut action-thriller COME AND FIND ME about a man desperately trying to find his missing girlfriend.

Im exciting to see how this pans out, Aaron Paul blew us away with his breakthrough perform in Breaking Bad, Need for Speed was his big screen debut a few years back but that failed to set the world on fire, maybe Come and Find Me will be that next hit for Paul?  it certainly looks interesting from the trailer below just released.

COME AND FIND ME is yours to own digitally on August 7th and on Blu-ray and DVD from August 21st

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Interview – Film Weapons Master Tim Wildgoose

Interview – Film Weapons Master Tim Wildgoose

Posted on 15 May 2017 by Chris Ford

Tim Wildgoose (left)  photo from @AccessTheAnimus

Last week I had the opportunity to chat with Tim Wildgoose who has built a career as  Weapons Master for a number of amazing film and tv shows including Band of Brothers , Transformers, Edge of Tomorrow and now the new Assassin’s Creed movie which is out on DVD and Bluray today, here’s what he had to say

 

How did you get into the weaponry side of movie making in the first place?

I am a huge film-fanatic and wanted to work on films from as early as I can remember – I always wanted to work for Industrial Light and Magic and make props on a Star Wars movie.  I ended up doing a degree in sculpting and model making at the university of Hertfordshire aimed towards prop making.  I landed some work experience in my second year on a HBO/Dreamworks TV show that was shooting nearby called Band of Brothers and ended up doing the entire shoot of the series with the Armoury department dealing with the weapons and firearms on set and it turned into a career making weapons for movies that has lasted around 20 years so far.

Band of Brothers prop gun, photo from Prop Store .com

Do the actors ever have input into the weapons you use in production? I have read for example Daniel Craig likes to be involved in the watches, weapons etc used in a film.

Occasionally actors will have input into the weapons but these will usually be in the form of the practicality of a particular weapon’s use when on set. For example, extending a sword handle so it is easier for them to use in a fight scene.  Sometimes an actor will request a certain weapon to use but generally it is down to myself, the director and production designer as to what they will carry and to design the look of them.

In films where the weaponry is from the future or a different world it seems the guns at least tend to have a base of an existing weapon what’s the reasoning generally for this?

Very often a weapon will be required to fire blank rounds on set in order to get a flash on the actors face and surrounding scenery/set as they fire to help the VFX department add and tie-in the actual projectile/laser/whatever that should be coming out of the end of the weapon later in post-production.  Also some actors like the feedback/noise etc that firing an actual firing gun gives them when acting.

The regular way to do this is to build the futuristic weapon around an existing blank firing gun or mechanism as this saves time and money as you already have a fully working mechanism ready-made and engineered to reliably fire blank rounds.

This then has a knock on effect of having the outer-shell of the weapon resembling in some way the blank firing gun inside it.

There are other methods to achieve this and more so now with the help of better VFX, so the requirement for a blank firing gun inside is not always necessary anymore.  I have worked on movies recently where the usual blank firing mechanism has been replaced with a super-bright LED in the barrel and a recoil mechanism – meaning the design/shape of the weapon does not have to stick to any particular design constraints.

Assassins Creed

You worked on things like Band of Brothers, is it hard to source period accurate weapons for something like that?

I worked for a well-known and long established armourer called Simon Atherton on that job who sourced all the weapons for Band of Brothers.  There are many armoury companies based all over the world that keep a stock of a selection of all period weapons so it is not too much of a problem for movies to get hold of what they require. Any particular items that do not exist or are difficult to source can also be built/reproduced.

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You have just worked on Assassins Creed, how close to the video game did the characters weaponry have to be or were you given freedom to come up with something new for the movie?

It was a good mix of both. We knew we wanted to keep the fans happy so we tried to cram as many of the games weapons into the movie as possible. So many of the scenes and some minor characters have weapons faithfully reproduced from the games hidden in the background.  We considered these the ‘Easter Egg’ weapons.  As a fan myself it was a pleasure to reproduce some of these iconic weapons that I myself had played with in the game over the years.  We also had some of our actors playing actual characters out of the games so again we faithfully reproduced these as closely as possible.

Then we had our new characters and Assassins – Aguilar, Maria and so on – unique to this movie which made up the rest.  We spent a long time with director Justin Kertzel designing and making our own versions of the wristblades, mechanisms and other Assassin weapons and tried to come up with weapons that were interesting and new while still keeping within the realms of the established Ubisoft/AC universe.

Assassin’s Creed

 

Filming in the UK where the gun restrictions are a lot stricter than places like the US how does that affect the weapons you would like to use / source for a Particular film?

This has little/no effect, it is very hard to get a section 5 licence required by the government to hold certain firearms but licence holding armourers have no problem sourcing what they require when they do.

 

I’ve seen in the past actors use a combination of real guns and rubber prop guns, when we are watching at home when does the gun tend to be the rubber kind and what’s the purpose of them?

Generally rubber guns are used as a safety element to protect an actor doing a stunt, for example if an actor is jumping or falling we will use a rubber weapon in case they were to fall on it to prevent injury. The rubber weapon bends and in most cases is indistinguishable from the real thing unless close up. Real guns are heavy and there is a lot of weight behind them that could cause a lot of damage if it was to hit you.  We also use rubber weapons in a situation where a person might get hit/struck with a weapon as part of the story, for example clubbed round the back of the head with a pistol – A very soft rubber pistol might be used here.

How much training does an actor get with a weapon on say something like Assassins Creed?

This depends on the weapon. Generally, actors will do weeks if not months of training with the stunt teams/fight coordinator in most case using the weapons, or as close as possible, the weapon that they will be using in the movie. We want the actor to look like the sword or whatever they are carrying as a character is second nature to them.  In the case of firearms, actors will usually go through a safety training/profficiency course with the firearms they will be using beforehand.

 

Assassins Creed

Brandon Lee famously died due to live rounds being placed in a gun instead of blanks, since then has safety been stepped up a lot to ensure things like that never happen again?

Arrghhh this question! sorry but I get asked this a lot.

In the Brandon Lee case my understanding was a series of unfortunate and avoidable events that occurred due to negligence and was not the case of having a live round making its way into a blank firing gun.  Any professional movie armourer would never have live rounds on a movie set for obvious reasons. Many checks are made to make sure this kind of thing cannot happen and blank firing guns cannot generally fire a live round due to the way they have to be altered to enable them to fire a blank round.

Other safety checks are in place as well, for example barrels are checked regularly/religiously for anything lodged inside. Where possible weapons will not be fired directly at an actor, as more often than not this can be achieved by ‘cheating’ the weapon a little to the side, so from the cameras perspective it looks like an actor is being shot when in reality the weapon is pointed elsewhere

What’s the most exciting project you have personally worked on and why?

Assassins Creed has been my favourite project to date, firstly because I am a gamer and was already a huge fan of the games before I even got on board the film. Assassins Creed as a universe and by the nature of its story spans many time periods in history. Usually on a movie you might get to make weapons from one or two time periods at the most. On this movie we must have made weapons from around fifteen different periods of history right up to modern day/futuristic and got to design weapons to suit

We also got to make many cool gadgets.  The AC universe is full of intricately designed ‘Da Vinci’ style mechanisms such as wristblades, wrist crossbows, dart-launchers, wrist grapples, smoke bombs and all sorts of other interesting contraptions and interesting weaponry.  The brief I worked to with my department of talented modelmakers, sculptors, painters and leatherworkers was that everything we created had to be beautiful, any mechanisms/gadgets had to work for real and it all needed to be museum-worthy. I think we achieved this and it was a pleasure to go through the whole process from start to finish. I honestly believe we created some of the most beautiful weaponry ever put on film.

 

Assassins Creed is out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download.

 

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The Son – A new epic drama on BT TV and AMC

The Son – A new epic drama on BT TV and AMC

Posted on 13 April 2017 by Chris Ford

Pierce Brosnan best known for being the 90s James Bond (and a rather good one too) has just made his return to television after a 30year absence and BT Tv with their AMC UK channel have the exclusive on this new western drama The Son and they invited us down to a special preview on the show in the iconic BT tower which was rather cool in itself!

The head of AMC UK in his pre-screen speech described The Son as this generations Dallas and with the first episode fresh in my mind I’m really excited at that prospect if true.

The Son is a  multi-generational telling of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas oil empire and while the first episode started off slow setting the scene it gradually built into an epic final scene that I’m sure like me will leave you excited for more.

Brosnan is really strong in this, he’s playing against his usual good guy persona but it’s really unclear in this first episode what he is, is he a good guy trying to protect his family or is he a ruthless man that will stop at nothing to get what he wants?  Or maybe a bit of both and I certainly can’t wait to find out!

The Son will premiere on Tuesday 18th April at 9pm on AMC – BT TV channel 332/381 HD and to BT Sport pack subscribers on Sky channel 192.

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The many faces of Danny McBride

The many faces of Danny McBride

Posted on 06 March 2017 by Chris Ford

To celebrate the DVD release of HBO’s Vice Principals on the 6th March, the show’s star, Danny McBride, takes centre stage as we discuss 5 of his most memorable performances across both film and television.

 

Kenny Powers in Eastbound and Down (2009-2013)

Danny McBride’s portrayal of egotistical ex-baseball pitcher Kenny Powers in HBO’s Eastbound and Down is his most popular and well-known  role to date. After a turbulent up and down career McBride’s character is forced to swap the glitz and glamour of professional baseball for the role of a substitute gym teacher at his hometown middle-school in Shelby, North Carolina.

 

 

Cody in Tropic Thunder (2008)

From a satirical comedy directed by and starring Ben Stiller comes one of Danny McBride’s most loved characters. McBride plays Cody Underwood, a pyrotechnic operator working in movie production as part of the crew filming Tropic Thunder, recounting the memoirs of Vietnamese war veteran John ‘Four Leaf’ Tayback. What is a routine day on the film set quickly turns into a fight for survival as cast and crew alike are embroiled in a war with local heroin gang Flaming Dragon. McBride’s love for all things explosive results in some of the most memorable lines in the movie, including ‘Mother Nature just pissed her pantsuit!’.

 

 

Will Stanton in Land of the Lost (2009)

Based on Sid & Marty Krofft’s 1974 children’s television classic, Land of the Lost follows the adventures of palaeontologist Rick Marshall (Will Ferrell), Holly Cantrell (Anna Friel) and gift shop owner Will Stanton as they are accidently shot back in time after a routine expedition goes wrong. McBride’s performance as a crude, chauvinistic gift shop owner was enjoyed by many with his eye for a quirky gift being seemingly just as bad as his way with the ladies.

Red in Pineapple Express (2008)

In recent years David Gordon Green’s Pineapple Express has become ‘that cult comedy film’, with lines from the film now regurgitated in everyday conversation. McBride’s character Red, a drug dealer to fellow friend Saul Silver (Franco), is first introduced in his kimono and boxers as he prepares a birthday cake for his cat….who died 3 months previously. The chemistry between Seth Rogan and McBride’s character is electric throughout, with the pairs ‘thug-life’ montage still remembered today as one of Hollywood’s most hilarious scenes.

 

Playing himself in This Is the End (2013)

As a bunch of Hollywood stars attend an alcohol fuelled house party at James Franco’s house, the world descends into utter chaos after an apocalypse. What could be funnier than Danny McBride playing…Danny McBride! With the film starring actors of the same ilk, McBride hilariously proves to us all that maybe the end of the world is a hell of a lot funnier than first thought.

 

Danny McBride stars as Neal Gamby in HBO’s new show VICE PRINCIPALS, out on DVD on the 6th March, courtesy of HBO Home Entertainment.

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Whisky Tasting at Milroys of Soho with The Quarry

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Whisky Tasting at Milroys of Soho with The Quarry

Posted on 22 February 2017 by Chris Ford

In the office here we love whisky and we love pretty much anything HBO does.
From the Sopranos to Game of Thrones and The Wire they know how to put together a drama so we of course said a big YES PLEASE when HBO invited us down to whisky bar Milroy’s of Soho for a evening of whisky tasting to celebrate the DVD / Blu-Ray release of HBO’s latest show Quarry.


You may ask what does this have to do with the show? Well the main character, a Vietnam vet, is rather partial to a drop hence the theme of the evening.
Milroy’s of Soho was founded over fifty years ago by John ‘Jack’ Milroy in 1964. Now it’s owned and run by whisky lover Martyn Simpson, who would be our guide for the evening ahead.
I confess I’m no expert in whisky. I like what I like and am constantly learning, So I think what I liked most about Martyn’s approach to the tasting was he made clear there was no right or wrong answer for what makes a great whisky – it’s all down to personal taste.
He for example said he doesn’t get on with the Jack Daniels range which I have always quite liked, especially the Single Barrel, our tastes are constantly developing and changing. Martyn himself started off drinking Bells in his youth.


So here’s everything we tried:
Kavalan, a port cask finished single malt from Taiwan (the closest Martyn could get to Vietnam explaining that while Vietnam do make whisky it really isn’t very good!)
Next we moved on to Kentucky USA via Blanton’s single barrel bourbon, notable by the model horse on the bottle cap, because the distillery is next to a racecourse.
Then to the familiar grounds of Scotland we tried the Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Gran Reserva – a notable change of pace from the bourbon and most enjoyable it was too. I think this was my second favourite of the evening.
European Bourbon Rye Association – cask strength, single barrel bourbon rye, this one was a bit too strong for me, maybe one day I will grow to appreciate it but I think most of the room was in agreement with me.
We finished back in Kentucky with a with a sour mash from Michter’s called, possibly my favourite of the evening. In fact I think I shall be seeking out a bottle of this one!


If you are looking to experience something like this yourself Milroy’s have regular tastings in their shop upstairs and also the excellent basement bar where this tasting took place. The staff are all very knowledgeable and have a passion for what they do, a rare thing indeed.

Milroys of Soho can be found at 3 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4NX
www.milroys.co.uk
A bit about Quarry


Quarry stars Logan Marshall-Green as Max Conway is a disillusioned Vietnam War veteran who returns home to Memphis in 1972, only to find rejection by his loved ones and demonised by the public. With whisky only friend he is approached by a mysterious man known only as The Broker, he is drawn into a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River.

Quarry is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray and having watched it this weekend I can thoroughly recommend it.

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New Trailer for ‘MINE’ released

New Trailer for ‘MINE’ released

Posted on 17 February 2017 by Chris Ford

The trailer for the new Armie hammer movie ‘MINE’ has just dropped and it looks like a must see , check it out ..

After an assassination attempt goes wrong, Sergeant Mike Stevens (Armie Hammer, Nocturnal Animals, The Man from U.N.C.L.E) finds himself stranded in a sub-Saharan desert in the middle of a mine field. Tired, alone, and bereft of all resources, Mike must battle his inner psychosis and draw on every part of his military training to face the ultimate test of survival.

MINE is a must-watch for all action thriller fans and is released on BD, DVD and Digital Download from 17th April 2017. Pre-order now: http://amzn.to/2lRRSSu

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WIN: XV: BEYOND THE TRYLINE on DVD

Posted on 08 December 2016 by Chris Ford

 

XV: BEYOND THE TRYLINE is Set within the backdrop of the Rugby World Cup, the film takes a true 360 degree look at the hundreds of heroes responsible for making rugby the incredible sport it is – from player to coach, referee to fan, groundsmen to physio, and even a Prince. XV: BEYOND THE TRYLINE uncovers the individual stories of those at the very heart of rugby that demonstrate the passion, love and respect for the sport both on and off the field.

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With contributions from the key faces in rugby including referee of the World Cup Final Nigel Owens, insights from Anthony Watson, Sean Fitzpatrick, Michael Lynagh, Jacques Burger, Brian Habana and Heyneke Meyer, this film is every sports fan’s ticket inside the everyday integrity, incredible brotherhood and values behind “the most phenomenal team sport that exists” (Jonny Wilkinson).

 

We have three copies of the DVD to giveaway,  to be win with a chance just email us at enterthecomp@gmail.com telling us which National team did Jonny Wilkinson play for ….

Comp closes on the 16th December when three winners will be chosen, good luck!

XV BEYOND THE TRYLINE is released on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD from 5th December and is a must own for any sport or rugby fan this festive season.

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