This is the first edition in a new regular series where I attempt to answer your questions about the film industry. We’ll be taking a look at the box office, forgotten Hollywood landmarks, the marketing process and more. Sometimes I’ll attempt to answer the question myself, and other times I will contact experts in the particular field to give a more detailed answer. Please feel free to send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. I decided to start off this series with an easier question, and use it as a jumping-off point to delve into the more complex world of screen credits.
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Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
Joe Cornish‘s insanely entertaining sci-fi-action-comedy Attack the Block was one of the best features I saw this summer, and at just 88 minutes, it was also one of the shortest. Though the brief runtine helped keep the story — about South London hood kids defending their housing complex from an alien attack — taut and fast-paced, it also had the downside of leaving me wishing I could’ve spent a little more time with Moses and the gang.
Now it seems my wish may actually be coming true, but I’m not sure how to feel about it anymore. Cornish revealed in an interview at New York City Comic-Con that he has in fact been approached to do a possible American remake, sequel, and/or TV spin-off of his original film, though he was careful to stress that any potential follow-ups were still in the “very early days.” More details after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2011 by Angie Han
Attack the Block‘s theatrical run is almost at an end, but fear not — you’ll be able to watch it from the comfort of your own home soon enough. The “cult classic in the making” will hit shelves October 25 on Blu-ray and DVD. Whether you missed it the first time around or just really loved it and want to see it again and again, it’s worth checking out on disc. Though the film is small in scope, it crams more action, laughs, and intelligence into a lean 88 minutes than many films do in 120. There’s a reason it’s become a /Film favorite over the past few months.
Written and directed by Joe Cornish and executive produced by Edgar Wright, the film revolves around a south London street gang who must defend their housing complex when it comes under attack by terrifying monsters from outer space. The immensely talented John Boyega plays the tough, stoic leader of the group; Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker, and Luke Treadaway co-star. Hit the jump for more details on the Blu-ray/DVD, including a picture of the cover.
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We’ve showcased the work of poster artist Alex Pardee before, and sadly the intent of this post is not to announce that he has produced, with commercial intent, art based on the great Joe Cornish film Attack the Block. This is, however, a post with the intent to announce that Alex Pardee has produced, with pure fan interest, art based on Attack the Block. It’s good stuff; you can see both pieces in the gallery below. Read More »
The potential Die Hard 5 excitement level is going up and down like an express elevator from Hell. For months we’d just assumed that Noam Murro was going to direct the inevitable next chapter in the Bruce Willis action saga, but when he signed for 300: Battle of Artemisia, it looked like the job was going to John Moore. Now, mere hours after that news broke, it turns out that’s only a half truth. Moore, who directed Max Payne, The Omen, Flight of the Phoenix and Behind Enemy Lines is still in the mix, but he’s reportedly on a short list with the, no offense to Moore, much more exciting directors including Joe Cornish, Justin Lin and Nicolas Winding Refn. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Note: We’ve republished our earlier Attack The Block review to coincide with the film’s release.
One day in the near future, you’ll probably be able to own Attack the Block action figures. Not lame ones like you see for the typical Hollywood blockbuster, I’m talking the cool ones reserved for the true cult classics. NECA or McFarlane toys. Detailed likenesses with accessories. Real geek stuff. Writer/director Joe Cornish‘s feature debut about a London alien invasion is that kind of movie. Small, but incredibly well made and fun, it’s destined to elicit the kind of nostalgia that’ll make fans want to own and display tiny replicas of its protagonists and antagonists. And, really, is there a better endorsement than that? Read our full review after the jump. Read More »
Outside of the fact that they bare a striking resemblance, John Boyega is nothing like Moses, his character in Joe Cornish’s sci-fi adventure film Attack the Block. John’s older, for one, 19 instead of 15. His British accent is more refined, his slick grey suit and skinny black tie are a far cry from the imposing baseball cap and hoodie he dons in the film and, on this early June morning, John’s not in South London but Los Angeles, sitting on the Sony Pictures lot talking about a role that, come July 29, is sure to change him from dapper young actor to famous movie star.
Yes, John Boyega is very different from the fearless, alien killing, neighborhood gang leader he plays in Attack the Block and that makes his performance even more impressive. After the jump, watch our video interview with the actor in which he talks about his favorite films, language, a potential sequel and what The Wire has to do with fighting aliens. Read More »
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Attack the Block is almost upon us. The awesome sci-fi, action homage directed by Joe Cornish and produced by Edgar Wright will begin attacking U.S. theaters on July 29. Just before that, however, is the San Diego Comic-Con, and you better believe that the Blockheads will be out in full force.
Screen Gems is hosting one final fan screening of this amazingly entertaining movie and it’s the best one yet. It will take place at 10 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at Comic-Con and feature a post-film Q&A with director Joe Cornish, producer Edgar Wright and star John Boyega. /Film readers can get exclusive tickets to the screening using the info below.
Plus, if you are one of the first five people to comment – and can be at the event – you won’t have to wait in line. You and a guest will be put on the list. What are you waiting for? Hit that jump now. Read More »