Ghosts Competition!

Film fans take heed, Nick Broomfield fans heed even more because to celebrate the release of his new feature Ghosts we have two signed posters to give away.

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Green Wing Competition

After two classic series, where did we leave off? Caroline (Tamsin Greig) is engaged to Guy (Stephen Mangan), Mac (Julian Rhind-Tutt) has little time left and Statham (Mark Heap) and Joanna (Pippa Haywood) are on the run; the hospital is in chaos, even more so than usual — so what happens next? Give yourself the chance to find out:

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Black Book - preview and trailer

Paul Verhoeven makes a return to filmmaking in Holland after 23 years and produces one of his most acclaimed films. This World War Two drama has already been the winner of such awards as best international film at the Venice Film Festival and taken three top honours at the Netherlands Film Festival including best picture and best director.

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Antibodies: Preview & Trailer

Evil mind games abound when a psychopath killer who paints surreal religious pictures with the blood of his victims is captured by police in German thriller Antibodies

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Brothers of the Head Competition!

This Friday sees Tartan’s release Brothers of the Head, a startling work about the rise of conjoined twins Tom and Barry Howe from small-town isolation to the stages of the mid-seventies punk explosion. The film has an original basis in a true story, but takes off from Brian Aldiss’ book of the same name and the rock n’ roll ‘rags to riches’ and ‘live fast die young’ myths. Directed by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, the men behind Lost in La Mancha (2002) and The Hamster Factor (1997) and with a screenplay by Tony Grisoni (In This World (2002), Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)) the film has already been causing a stir at festivals, making the Official selection at Toronto, opening Berlin and winning Edinburgh’s Michal Powell award, its explosive story offering much to laugh at and dance to, alongside some pretty powerful drama.

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Driving Lessons: preview and trailer

Driving Lessons is released in the UK on September 8th, with other territories to follow later in the year. Tartan Films will no doubt be expecting this to be another mild Britcom success in the UK in __ the vein of recent films such as Kinky Boots (Julian Jarrold, 2005).

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Summer blockbuster preview 2006 - Part Two

In the first part of our run down on the hottest summer releases, comic book heroes and franshises ruled the schedule. After The Break-Up (Peyton Reed, 2006) proved that even the rom-com could deliver a truck load of money to the major’s doors this year, it seems anything could end up top of the box office. Superman Returns (Bryan Singer), however, has stuttered on its opening weekend. As the blockbuster season rolls into the later months of the summer, there are some juicy original projects and a couple to bring a smirk or two as the long sunny days draw to a close.

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Summer blockbuster preview 2006 - Part One

Well it is time for another summer of expensive productions vying to clean up at the box office with spectacular results. There is the usual glut of action epics, but also a fair few more interesting pictures among the Hollywood studios’ releases. Zap! BANG! takes a look at the story so far and what’s lined up for the first part of the summer.

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Film at Salisbury International Arts Festival

The Salisbury International Arts Festival in England returns at the end of May with a host of arts events covering literature, film, theatre, music and more. The Festival’s main theme this year is ‘relate’ with an artistic focus on storytelling which is reflected across all the events. Here Zap! BANG! takes a look at the festival’s films, each drawing on this year’s Aboriginal Cultural Showcase.

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Oscar Winners: The Results

Shock, horror, Crash was the surprise package of the Oscars for the films of 2005 as it tied with three other films, including hot favourite to sweep the board Brokeback Mountain with a win for Best Picture, Editing and Original Screenplay. Zap! BANG! scored a not-bad-at-all 13 out of 19 in the categories predicted, getting it right for most of the major prizes. See below for a full list of winners and reaction to a night that left many with raised eyebrows as the final announcement saw the underdog claim the top prize.

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Oscar Predictions Part 5: Round-up

Oscar night looms this Sunday. Over the last month Zap! BANG! has brought you its predictions for the main categories, now it presents a run down of the rest. Check back next week for a full list of winners, and how our predictions compared.

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Oscar Predictions Part 4: Directors

Martin Scorcese has been waiting for his Oscar for Best Director a long time now – most would say too long – in what must be the most prestigious category at the Academy Awards. An Oscar for directing does not generally come from one amazing film, they normally have to be earnt from outstanding films and nominations over many years. This year presents us with just two directors who have previously been up for the award so all eyes should probably be on them.

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Oscar Predictions Part 3: Actresses

A male star dominated selection of movies up for Best Picture means that it is in the individual awards that the women have to really shine. The result is that many of the films featuring the nominees do not have the high profile that has seen others on the mouths of moviegoers and critics alike. The winners will likely be those from that highly acclaimed and hugely popular group, but the Academy may have a surprise or two once those ballot forms are counted…

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Oscar Predictions Part 2: Actors

There are few Hollywood heavyweights up for the acting honours this year leaving it quite an open race in theory. However, on closer inspection there are very clear leaders in both fields. Whoever wins can expect a massive boost to their film careers as international stars and a pick of the best roles at least in the short term.

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Oscar Predictions Part 1: Best Picture

Without an out-and-out crowd-pleaser such as past winners Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Peter Jackson, 2003) or Gladiator (Ridley Scott, 2000) it will be interesting to see how the Academy votes this year.

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A View On A Trailer

Trailers are an essential product of film, yet it’s rare to see some form of feature on their textual properties. This feature will provide an insight into an appreciation of the intricacies in the audible variables of the explosive trailer for the martial arts film Master of the Flying Guillotine (Wang Yu, 1975).

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