Bits & Pieces: The First Of 2018 Edition

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

We get sent a lot of film treats here at BRWC, so here’s a place we can share them with you.  They’ll be clips, trailers, images and posters, links and all sorts.  Enjoy.

Zendaya and Zac Efron discuss their roles as two star-crossed lovers and the continued relevance of telling these stories in a new THE GREATEST SHOWMAN clip released today by Twentieth Century Fox. “It’s that tragic love story of them not being able to be together because of literally the colour of their skin” comments Zendaya, with Zac adding “Our film takes place in 1888 and we still have stuff like this going on”. They also talk about their sensational duet ‘Rewrite The Stars’, a track that Zendaya describes as “so special”.

Listen to ‘Rewrite The Stars’ HERE.

The film SHOT addresses the (unfortunately) timely issue of gun violence in America. Set in Los Angeles, the story revolves around a man (Noah Wyle) struck by a stray bullet from the gun that a desperate teenager (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.) obtains for protection.

The first official co-production between China and Italy, Coffee tells of three stories set in three different worlds, three destinies that intertwine expressing the uncertainty of our confused times. A pawnshop owner has his precious coffee pot stolen during a violent street riot. He decides to seek revenge, only to become a victim. Italy: A passionate coffee sommelier is trying to make this a proper profession but his past is fighting him. China: A successful young manager marries the boss’s daughter and all seems perfect until his job requires him to move back to his birthplace. Miriam Dalmazio, Dario Aita, Tong Sheng Han, Yuqi Zhang, Qi Xi, Xiaodong Guo, Koen De Bouw, Arne De Tremerie, Hichem Yacoubi, and Charlotte de Bruyne star in a Cristiano Bortone film. Smoke meets Babel in Coffee, on VOD February 9 and DVD May 15 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Ben Holman lived in Brazil for over 10 years and has been friends with Alan Duarte, the focus of this documentary for even longer. His award-winning film The Good Fight shares one man’s passion to help his community through boxing and give them something positive to focus on whilst living in a Gang war zone. This must-see documentary took home the top prize at Tribeca Film Festival and many other film festivals. The Good Fight follows Alan Duarte, who was born and lives in the notorious favela community of Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janeiro who found salvation in boxing and encourages others in his community to take up the sport.

Based on the internationally best selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler), season two of the Netflix original series plunges further into the epic world of this darkly comedic mystery. Executive produced by Emmy Award-winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler – the new season of A Series of Unfortunate Events consists of ten cinematic one-hour episodes, and premieres worldwide 30th March 2018, exclusively on Netflix.   Starring Emmy and Tony Award-winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans – Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – and their extraordinary encounters with the devious Count Olaf who will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. Foiling his many dastardly plans and disguises, the young siblings discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death, links to a covert organization, and begin to unlock long-held family secrets. Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, Presley Smith, Patrick Warburton and K. Todd Freeman (among others) return for season two. New additions to the cast include (but are not limited to) Lucy Punch, Nathan Fillion, Tony Hale, Sara Rue and Roger Bart.

Expedia has put together a guide of hotels that feature in some of the most critically-acclaimed and commercially successful films of recent years, including Casino Royale, Midnight in Paris and Lost in Translation.  Aimed at movie aficionados, the guide features interesting stats on each of the hotels, including famous patrons, the number of rooms in each, as well as how much money each film took at the box office and the Oscar nominations received. You can view the guide via this link.

Enter the mind of Holly Kane and the dangerously dark world of power and manipulation, in the gripping psychological thriller The Holly Kane Experiment, which is set for its UK digital debut on 12 February 2018, following its London premiere on 6 February 2018 and a limited theatrical release. Penned by father-son duo, writer-director team Mick Sands (Three Acts) and Tom Sands (Backtrack) and starring Kirsty Averton (Our Girl) and Nicky Henson (Vera Drake), comes a thrilling intelligent drama that explores the murky depths of mind control and delves into one woman’s battle for sanity in the face of extreme psychological pressure.

There’s loads of content out there about movie locations and buildings you can visit in real life, but we wondered – what about the buildings that exist entirely in the realm of fantasy?  If we took them out of their fictional worlds and brought them into the real world, where would we find them?  Thinking about the setting, plot and themes of the films, we matched buildings like Hogwarts and Barad-dûr to logical locations in the real world.  We then mocked up images of the buildings in their new settings, which you can see here.  Just click on the image to flip it over and reveal the building and its location (but we recommend seeing if you can guess them both first!)

That’s your lot for now, more soon enough.

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