The Evolution Of Christian Bale: Child Protege To Public Enemy Hunter

Whether wielding a bloodied axe in American Psycho, dropping 63 pounds for The Machinist or putting on over a 100 more to bulk up for Batman Begins, Christian Bale has constantly reigned in glowing reviews for his shape-shifting efforts, marking him as one of the most dedicated, complex and enigmatic leading-men of recent times.

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Be on the New Mighty Boosh Live DVD

Surrealist comic duo Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding are back with a new official website for The Mighty Boosh featuring never seen before content and treats including the opportunity to feature on their forthcoming new live DVD.

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Marlene / Requiem for Billy The Kid on DVD

Park Circus, the leading distributor of classic and back catalogue
films in cinemas, are turning to the DVD market and their first releases are Marlene and Requiem for Billy The Kid – both out 20th July.

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Underdrome World Premiere at The Roundhouse

Dance, music and video art will collide in a thrilling 360 degree assault on the senses called Underdrome. London’s Roundhouse plays host to a contemporary dance show put together by its artist-in-residence Darren Johnston, a choreographer, performer and sound/video artist whose innovative productions have won him recognition and awards across Europe. His fusion of media and live performance centred on a live mix by Zan Lyons is set to be a highlight of the second May Bank Holiday Weekend.

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OUTLANDERS Competition!

London attracts thousands every year searching for a better life — but under its surface lies a dark heart of greed and exploitation. Following the death of his father, Adam (Jakub Tolak) leaves his Polish hometown for London, to find his older brother Jan (Przemyslaw Sadowski). He discovers Jan wealthy and powerful and at the core of a ruthless underworld of illegal labourers and unregulated construction projects. Adam soon becomes initiated into the firm, and meets a beautiful Russian girl Anna (Alexis Raben) who, like Adam, has come to find a new life in London. But when a death at the construction site leads to Jan’s arrest, Adam is presented with the ultimate test of his loyalty. Packed with suspense and drama OUTLANDERS is a taut thriller posing the ultimate question — could you choose between love and blood?

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The Broken On DVD : The Mirror Myth And Other Superstitions

Including both mirrors and doppelgangers, The Broken joins a long line of movies that feed our fascination with superstitions. To celebrate the film’s release, here are some of the reasons behind the most well known superstitions and what you should do if you fall under their bad luck spell.

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Franklyn - in cinemas soon

Franklyn is the debut feature film by writer/director Gerald McMorrow, split narrative set simultaneously in contemporary London and in a future metropolis ruled by religious fervor. Sound confusing? Well check out the trailer for a few clues to make sense of the dark dystopian fantasy film starring Ryan Phillippe, Eva Green, Bernhard Hill and Sam Riley.

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2008 Review / 2009 Preview

Most people do these lists in December or early January, but we’ve only got round to publishing ours now — and by this time we’ve already had very strong contenders for both best film and best album of the year 2009 lists, in the shape of Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler and Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. We even picked The Wrestler in our 2009 preview bits but hey.

Anyway, here’s what some of us here had to pick from the year that was 2008:

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10 Great Isolated House Chillers

Horror film The Strangers is released on DVD from Boxing Day, once again proving that itis a cardinal rule of horror films that you mustn’t spend a night in a lonely, rural house. Yet year after year characters keep on doing it. We sum up 10 of the great isolated house chillers.

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Sex Drive: in cinemas January

The trend of lewd comedy offerings at the cinema will continue into next year when Sex Drive hits screens in January. Following Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno and My Best Friend’s Girl, it’s the classic tale of a teenager desperate to lose their virginity. Read on for more details and the trailer.

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Harvey Birdman Competition!

Once a famous 1960s icon with superpowers, Harvey Birdman has traded his cape and spandex for a 3 piece suit and the morally questionable law firm of Sebben & Sebben. As defender of toons in trouble he tries to keep Shaggy and Scooby out of jail for possession, represents Fred Flintstone over alleged Mafia connections in a Godfather parody and leads the trial of Yogi’s sidekick Boo Boo who is suspected eco-terrorist ‘The Unabooboo’. Throw in an empty personal life, a ball-busting boss, a psychotic legal assistant and a very persistent enemy from the old days and there’s only one man bird-cum-lawyer you’ll ever want to watch!

Thanks to our friends at Adult Swim and Revolver Entertainment we’ve got a couple of copies to give away to one lucky winner.

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Fonejacker series two

No, we know it’s not a film release, but us pranksters at _ zap! bang! Magazine _ do enjoy a bit of cold calling for hilarity sake — if only you’d heard us on the phone to Tom Cruise’s agent trying to wangle an exclusive interview the second Katie Holmes gave birth. Oh how we laughed as they hung up immediately! Anyway, to celebrate that particular occurance and the time we told the fire brigade an alien was trapped up a tree on April Fools’ Day, here’s the lowdown on Fonejacker series two featuring a host of new characters with video profiles.

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Bonnie and Clyde Special Edition Two-disc DVD

One of the most influential films of the New Hollywood era, Bonnie and Clyde, is being given the special edition DVD treatment to mark its 40th anniversary. As one of the first films to use violence in the name of art, the Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway gangster classic paved the way for a new generation of young politicised filmmakers.

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Classic Pacino: Cruising out now on DVD

William Friedkin’s landmark film has finally made its debut on DVD. Al Pacinos stars in Cruising, an intense thriller set against the gay S & M subculture of the late ’70s and it prompted widespread community protests on its release in 1980. It may not be to everyone’s taste, but it remains an intriguing insight into a seedy world largely unknown at the time.

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2007 in Review

A few of us over at zap! bang! thought we’d discuss what we particularly enamoured with in 2007, so here’s some lists of our individual favourites.

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Movie Preview: Princess

Showing now at the ICA Cinema in London is animated action film Princess, directed by Anders Morgenthaler, and you can view the trailer right here.

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The Seventh Seal

Long acclaimed as a cinematic masterpiece, The Seventh Seal is Ingmar Bergman’s stunning allegory of a man’s search for the meaning of life. The best known and perhaps greatest of Bergman’s films, if not of all time, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1957, where it won the Special Jury Prize. To celebrate it’s half-centenary Tartan Films are re-releasing the film in selected cinemas across the UK.

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TAXIDERMIA trailer

Three Stories. Three ages. Three men. Grandfather, father, son. One is an orderly, one is a leading sportsman, and one is a master taxidermist. One desires love, the other success, and the third immortality. Taxidermia is a magical realist story directed by Gyorgy Palfi (Hukkle, 2002) with a score composed by Amon Tobin (Ninja Tune). A visually stunning assault on the senses and sensibilities, Taxidermia has to be seen to be believed.

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EDMOND Trailer

A brief encounter with a fortune-teller leads businessman Edmond (William H. Macy) to confront the emptiness of his life and marriage. Appalled by what he finds he flees into the murky and hellish underworld of New York and brutal journey of self discovery. An intelligent and controversial drama/thriller, Edmond is based on the David Mamet play and also stars Mena Suvari, Denise Richards and Julia Stiles. The film is released today by Tartan Films.

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El Topo Trailer

A cult classic, El Topo is a psychedelic, allegorical Western set in two halves that have widely been compared to the Old and New Testaments of the bible. In the first half, Jodorowsky plays a violent, black-clad gunfighter who, accompanied by his naked son, sets off on a murderous mission to challenge four zen masters of gunfighting, and learns from each of them a Great Lesson before they die. In the second half, El Topo sets out to find personal redemption, secluding himself in a subterranean community to learn the ways of peace, but unfortunately death is never far away.

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The Oscar Results vs. The zap! bang! Predictions

Martin Scorsese can finally smile as The Departed swept up at the Oscars and he finally got that Best Director award. A disappointing tally of 10 out of 19 right for Mike this year — down on last year’s 13. He reflects on the night’s results.

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Norman McLaren: The Master's Edition

This 7 DVD box set has been created by The National Film Board of Canada and is released in the UK by Soda Pictures. It brings together experimental animator Norman McLaren’s entire film collection, alongside unfinished films, tests and fifteen documentaries on the man, his films and techniques and also on the process of restoration which the material underwent in order to meet the standard that this box-set presents it in. McLaren is one of the biggest names in animation and created a large and multi-award-winning body of work over a period of 50 years.

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The Oscars 2007 - zap! bang! Predicts

Yes, it’s Oscar time this weekend and it could be the year Martin Scorsese wins (how many times have we said that?), Helen Mirren is crowned Hollywood’s queen and Forest Whitaker makes amends for taking part in Battlefield Earth. Well, maybe the latter is impossible, but we’ll all be waiting to hear who the winners are on Sunday night. Mike Barnard looks into his blood diamond to predict the notable winners, and accepts he’s probably lining himself up for a fall when the envelopes are finally opened…read on!

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Black Book Competition!

This friday sees the release of renowned director Paul Verhoeven’s (Total Recall, Robocop, Basic Instinct) Black Book (Zwartboek), an eagerly anticipated return to cinema and to his European roots. In association with Milan Records we here at zap! bang! are giving you the chance to get hold of one of five copies of the film’s soundtrack, scored by Oscar-winning composer Anne Dudley (The Full Monty, American History X).

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