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Fear Street Lures in Stranger Things Star Sadie Sink

It was just last week that we passed along the update that 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment's upcoming three-film adaptation of Goosebumps author R.L. Stine's teen horror book series Fear Street had added Ashley Zukerman, Fred Hechinger, Julia Rehwald, and Jeremy Ford to the cast. That update was a two-parter as we also passed along word that the trilogy lost Queen of Earth and Her Smell writer-director Alex Ross Perry, who was all set to take the helm of the second Fear Street sequel. And today we hear that Stranger Things season two star Sadie Sink has joined the cast as well.

Sadie Sink will be joining a cast that includes the above-mentioned Ashley Zukerman, Fred Hechinger, Julia Rehwald, and Jeremy Ford along with Benjamin Flores Jr., Olivia Welch, Kiana Madeira, and Swamp Thing, Jurassic World star Matt Burke in the role of "Football Coach." Madeira and
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Rafe Spall stars in debut trailer for The Ritual

Author: Zehra Phelan

Mixing up a bit of witty banter with terrifying scenes, the debut trailer for The Signal’s David Bruckner’s next project, The Ritual, has landed.

Starring Rafe Spall (The Big Short, Life of Pi), Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey, Spike Island), Arsher Ali (Line of Duty, Four Lions) and Sam Troughton (Robin Hood, Alien vs. Predator), The Ritual tells the story of a group of friends who take on a hiking holiday in honour of a friend who was murdered at the hands of a criminal. What lays ahead of them in a remote Scandinavian forest proves it might not have been the best idea they’ve ever had.

The trailer begins with the two friends in conversation before Rafe Spall dips behind the shelving of a shop in the midsts of a violent robbery. With his friend dying at the hands of one of the robbers,
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Get Out: Social Commentary in the Horror Genre

Tony Black on Get Out and social commentary in the horror genre…

A romper stomper of a low budget hit, Get Out is the first breakout picture of 2017 and may end up being the biggest. Jordan Peele’s tense tale isn’t just an exercise in horror thriller theatrics, it’s also the first of four ‘social commentary’ horror movies the up and coming director has planned, which one hopes he’ll now get to make. How does ‘social commentary’ fit in the horror genre, however? What conditions need to exist for a movie such as Get Out to happen?

The simple fact is that horror, perhaps one of the most elastic genres in cinema, at its entire foundation is built on the underlying social and economic themes of our society. The best horror movies don’t just make you jump or make you scream, they make you think, examine and,
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Review: The Take, Terrorism As Background for a Buddy Action Movie

British filmmaker James Watkins previously helmed Eden Lake and The Woman in Black, horror thrillers that may not have been completely successful but were certainly above average accomplishments. So the idea of him directing a straight action flick sounded intriguing. Originally known as Bastille Day and now titled The Take, the movie stars Idris Elba and Richard Madden as a mismatched pair of rogue operatives who are thrown together to solve a pressing anti-terrorist mission. It feels like a modern British take on the 80s American buddy-cop action movie, especially in its usage of terrorist activity as a cover for a big robbery. Nowadays, though, that sort of thing requires a far different touch. Modern audiences are far too aware of the devastating consequences of...

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The Take Review

These days, it seems you can’t go to a film, turn on your television or surf the net without coming across Idris Elba and the army of adoring fans he’s amassed over the years. The English actor has been working overseas since the mid-1990s but really broke through in North America as Russell “Stringer” Bell on the critically acclaimed HBO drama The Wire.

Since then, Elba has headlined the popular BBC crime drama Luther and appeared in countless films, including the Thor series, Netflix drama Beasts of No Nation and this summer’s Star Trek Beyond. Next, he’ll lead the much-anticipated film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. But with such a versatile resume, how does Elba’s newest film, The Take, measure up?

Previously titled Bastille Day, the movie sees Elba play CIA Agent Sean Briar, who’s charged with foiling a terrorist
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Idris Elba Kicks Ass & Takes Names in The Take [Review]

It's only a matter of time before Idris Elba is crowned the next Bond but between now and then, the British actor is content to make waves with a mix of Hollywood blockbusters and smaller releases. The Take is only the latest in a string of projects made that much better by his involvement though I'm still scratching my head as to why he's playing CIA agent Sean Briar rather than British intelligence.

Co-written by Andrew Baldwin and James Watkins and directed by Watkins (best known for Eden Lake and The Woman in Black), the basic idea for The Take is fairly straight forward: a team of dirty cops devise a plan to steal a lot of money. Been there done that though admittedly, the fact that this is set in France does add a nice bit of flare to the proceedings. [Continued ...]
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Film Review: Bastille Day

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★★☆☆☆ British director James Watkins has labelled his latest big screen effort a fun, Friday night cinematic ride. Aspiring to Walter Hill's 1982 unorthodox buddy movie 48 Hrs, which starred Nick Nolte and a baby-faced Eddie Murphy as cop and con respectively, Bastille Day represents a marked change in direction after acclaimed horror-chillers Eden Lake and The Woman in Black. If expectations of Watkins' third feature are kept within the boundaries of wham-bam-thank- you-ma'am generic action thrills and spills, audiences should be satisfied enough, but as pulse-raising as it is to see Idris Elba let loose as a gun-wielding CIA agent on the streets of Paris there remains a lot that that is highly problematic here.
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Bastille Day review – tall terror tale minus the prejudice

The latest terrorist thriller sees Idris Elba and Richard Madden racing through a ridiculous plot without the film resorting to crass stereotypes

British director James Watkins follows Eden Lake and The Woman in Black with this Parisian thriller about a “reckless, insubordinate and irresponsible” CIA agent (Idris Elba), first tracking and then teaming up with a light-fingered pickpocket (Richard Madden) as terror-fuelled unrest mounts in the run-up to France’s 14 July celebrations. The plot is absurd, but at least Bastille Day sidesteps the xenophobic caricatures of London Has Fallen, preferring to subvert rather than celebrate broiling prejudices. Crunchy fights and a vertiginous rooftop chase crank up the action, while viral videos and hashtagged calls to arms lend an illusion of modernity to the old-fashioned proceedings.

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Bastille Day review – Idris Elba takes down the terrorists

Richard Madden plays a hapless pickpocket and Elba a macho CIA agent in this competent popcorn-flavoured thriller

Related: Robert Downey Jr is back for Sherlock 3 and Spider-Man, and Bastille Day reviewed – the Dailies film podcast

With a rooftop chase scene as good as anything in Bourne, Bastille Day is a serviceably brash thriller. It’s a bit silly maybe, with a plot that requires you to overlook the implausibility of a certain smartphone with no passcode protection. But there is a nifty premise. In modern-day Paris, a young American pickpocket called Michael (played by Richard Madden, from Game of Thrones) is mingling discreetly with the tourists and stealing their wallets and watches; things are going well for him until he pinches a bag belonging to a beautiful and upset-looking young woman called Zoe (Charlotte Le Bon). The bag contains a ticking bomb, because Zoe is a terrorists’ accomplice who had
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Bastille Day review – Idris Elba takes down the terrorists

Richard Madden plays a hapless pickpocket and Elba a macho CIA agent in this competent popcorn-flavoured thriller

Related: Robert Downey Jr is back for Sherlock 3 and Spider-Man, and Bastille Day reviewed – the Dailies film podcast

With a rooftop chase scene as good as anything in Bourne, Bastille Day is a serviceably brash thriller. It’s a bit silly maybe, with a plot that requires you to overlook the implausibility of a certain smartphone with no passcode protection. But there is a nifty premise. In modern-day Paris, a young American pickpocket called Michael (played by Richard Madden, from Game of Thrones) is mingling discreetly with the tourists and stealing their wallets and watches; things are going well for him until he pinches a bag belonging to a beautiful and upset-looking young woman called Zoe (Charlotte Le Bon). The bag contains a ticking bomb, because Zoe is a terrorists’ accomplice who had
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Exclusive interview with Bastille Day director James Watkins

With the release of Bastille Day only a day away, Flickering Myth’s Scott J. Davis was lucky enough to sit down with the film’s director James Watkins to discuss the action thriller.

Watkins, who made his name with dark thrillers such as The Woman in Black and Eden Lake, was always keen to do an action film such as this one, telling FM: “Lots of influences from 70’s movies: French Connection obviously in Idris’ character, that kind of maverick, no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners-cop. There’s Popeye Doyle, there’s Dirty Harry, Lee Marvin in Point Blank was a massive reference… And 48 Hours also in terms of their relationship. I wanted to action to play real but there were lighter moments. I told Idris to watch Midnight Run!”

The director also spoke about filming in Paris, the influence of the Bourne movies on the film, and also mentioned what he sees
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James Watkins interview: Bastille Day, Idris Elba, Statham

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Director James Watkins chats about Bastille Day, working with Idris Elba and the difficulties of shooting smaller-budget action...

James Watkins burst onto the filmmaking scene in 2008, with his Michael Fassbender-starring thriller Eden Lake. He followed this with more scariness in 2012, helming the big screen version of The Woman In Black with Daniel Radcliffe at its heart.

His latest movie is Bastille Day,a pacey action flick that casts Idris Elba as a CIA agent and Richard Madden as a morally murky pickpocket who winds up at the centre of a terrorist attack in Paris. The two are thrust together on a quest to stop the next strike, with plenty of barbed banter and thrilling chases cropping up as they attempt to do so.

Shortly after seeing the film, I shared 15 minutes with Mr Watkins in a posh London hotel room. He was a lovely chap, as
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Bastille Day Review

  • HeyUGuys
Director James Watkins (Eden Lake, Woman in Black) debarks his dread coaxing comfort zone for a dip into generic action bunkum with this frothy yet hackneyed espionage thriller. Wily pickpocket Michael Mason (Richard Madden) nabs a distraught woman’s handbag and is subsequently sucked into a terror-cell’s stratagem. Mason goes on the run, after inadvertently planting

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New Images for Idris Elba’s ‘Bastille Day’

  • HeyUGuys
It’s an Idris image reveal kinda day! Following on from the Finding Dory images, here’s a new selection of images from Elba’s Bastille Day which is set for release in the UK not on Bastille Day but on 22nd April. The movie also stars Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, Cinderella), Kelly Reilly (Eden Lake, Charlotte Le Bon

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Creative England parts with senior film executive

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Creative England parts with senior film executive
Exclusive: 45 Years, Spooks: The Greater Good executive Richard Holmes made redundant amid company cuts.

Creative England’s senior film executive for production Richard Holmes has been made redundant amid staff cuts aimed at reducing overhead.

Holmes, who joined Creative England in 2013, was instrumental in Creative England film investments including Andrew Haigh’s acclaimed second feature 45 Years and Kit Harrington thriller Spooks: The Greater Good.

He was an executive producer for Creative England on titles including Notes On Blindness, The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson, Keeping Rosy, Burn Burn Burn and upcoming films The Girl With All The Gifts by Colm McCarthy and Rachel Tunnard’s Tribeca-bound Adult Life Skills.

Creative England declined to comment on the decision.

Holmes’ credits as an independent producer prior to his stint at Creative England include James WatkinsEden Lake, war drama Resistance, Waking Ned Devine and Shooting Fish.

Earlier this month Creative England CEO Caroline Norbury told Screen that the company would need
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Idris Elba Takes Aim In New Poster For Parisian Thriller Bastille Day

Having headlined British crime drama Luther for three seasons, Idris Elba simply disappears into the role of a gruff and steely secret agent, and that’s exactly the archetype he’ll be portraying in James Watkins’ Parisian thriller, Bastille Day.

Watkins, best known for helming Eden Lake and Daniel Radcliffe-fronted horror flick The Woman In Black, is switching gears to dip his toe in the spy thriller genre. Elba, meanwhile, leads the charge as Sean Briar, the CIA’s top dog that’s dispatched on a mission to the French capital, only to unearth a seedy conspiracy that stretches far above anything he could’ve imagined.

In his journey, Briar crosses paths with professional trickster Michael Mason – played by Richard Madden of Game of Thrones – eventually deciding to team up with the crook to form an unlikely team.

Bastille Day will open on April 22 in the United Kingdom. Kelly Reilly
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The first poster for ‘Bastille Day’ starring Idris Elba arrives

Empire magazine have come up trumps with this first poster for the upcoming Idris Elba thriller Bastille Day. The film also stars Game Of Thrones actor Richard Madden, and is directed by Eden Lake and The Woman In Black helmer James Watkins.

Looks awesome. Here’s the plot.

Michael Mason (Richard Madden, Game Of Thrones) is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself hunted by the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar (Idris Elba, Luther, Prometheus), the field agent on the case, soon realizes that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale conspiracy.

Going against commands, Briar recruits Michael to use his expert pickpocketing skills to help quickly track down the source of the corruption. As a 24hr thrill ride ensues, the unlikely duo discover they
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First trailer for action-thriller ‘Bastille Day’

  • Nerdly
Studiocanal have today unveiled the official trailer for Bastille Day, a new high-octane action thriller starring Idris Elba (Luther, Avengers: Age Of Ultron), Richard Madden (Game Of Thrones), Kelly Reilly (Eden Lake) and Charlotte Le Bon (The Hundred-Foot Journey).

Michael Mason (Richard Madden, ‘Game Of Thrones’) is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself hunted by the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar (Idris Elba, ‘Luther’, ‘Prometheus’), the field agent on the case, soon realizes that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale conspiracy. Going against commands, Briar recruits Michael to use his expert pickpocketing skills to help quickly track down the source of the corruption. As a 24hr thrill ride ensues, the unlikely duo discover they are both targets and must rely upon each other
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First Trailer for French Action Movie 'Bastille Day' Starring Idris Elba

"You really should think about anger management. You're reckless, and irresponsible, you can't just run and start firing." Studiocanal UK has debuted an official trailer for the French action movie Bastille Day, starring the always-awesome Idris Elba as a former CIA agent who goes to Paris, France to help with an anti-terrorism mission. However, as the quote above mentions, he seems to be more reckless than helpful. The cast includes Kelly Reilly and Charlotte Le Bon. This looks like it has some solid action, but more than anything it's great to watch Idris Elba kickin' some ass. I'm interested in checking this out. Take a look. Here's the first trailer for James Watkins & Jill Gagé's Bastille Day, direct from YouTube: A young artist and former CIA agent embark on an anti-terrorist mission in France. Featuring Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon, Alexander Cooper, Anatol Yusef, José Garcia. Bastille Day is
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Watch: Action Erupts In First Trailer For 'Bastille Day' Starring Idris Elba

While Idris Elba seems perpetually poised to become the next huge thing, with the internet pushing for him to become the next James Bond, and a string of blockbusters on the way including "The Jungle Book," "Finding Dory," "Star Trek Beyond," and likely "The Dark Tower" — not to mention ongoing acclaim for his turn in "Beasts Of No Nation" — the actor still has to do meat-and-potatoes work from time to time. For example, last year he had a role in the already forgotten Sean Penn flick "The Gunman," and this year he tops the regular-looking action movie, "Bastille Day." Read More: Consider This: Is #OscarsSoWhite A Symptom Of Movies Losing (Even More) Ground To TV? Directed by James Watkins ("Eden Lake," "The Woman In Black"), and co-starring Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon, Jose Garcia, and Kelly Reilly, the film follows a CIA agent who teams with a pickpocket to uncover corruption and.
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