Monthly Archives: January 2014

“PUDSEY: THE MOVIE” FIRST TRAILER

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Pudsey, the charmer that won the world over when they won in 2012’s Britain’s Got Talent with his owner is now a bone-a-fide movie star in “Pudsey: The Movie.” Check out its first trailer reveal here: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid871166280001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAACkAQxo~,JbFjHxgqCuak3gK2T7u3p0eDyamGmIu2&bctid=2963944863001

The family movie is being produced by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment with Vertigo Films, under the direction of Nick Moore starring the voice of BGT judge David Walliams as Pudsey.  The movie also stars Jessica  Hynes, John Sessions and Ashleigh (Pudsey’s owner).

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In the movie, Pudsey, along with his siblings Molly (voiced by Izzy Meikle-Smith), George (Spike White) and Tommy (Malachy Knights) have moved to a new village called Chuffington-on-Sea with their mother Gail (Hynes).  Upon settling in the village, they soon find themselves on a new breed of adventure as they discover that an evil plan is being hatched by Mr. Thorne (Sessions) along with his cat Faustus.

“Pudsey: The Movie” will open in cinemas very soon from Axinite Digicinema.

Meet Khumba the half-striped zebra

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A misfit zebra takes the blame for a drought, and embarks on an incredible journey to regain his dignity in this computer-animated adventure for the entire family.

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Born into a superstitious herd with only half of his stripes, spirited Khumba (voice of Jake T. Austin) is viewed with suspicion when the rain stops falling. But legend has it that the first zebras got their stripes by drinking from a mythical watering hole deep in the Karoo desert, and Khumba is determined to find it so he will be accepted back into the throng.

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With the help of a witty wildebeest and a colorful ostrich, he just might find it, too. Before he does, however, Khumba will have to prove his bravery by standing up to a fearsome leopard that could easily have him for lunchAnnaSophia RobbSteve BuscemiLiam NeesonCatherine TateRichard E. Grant, and Laurence Fishburne also lend their voices to this uplifting tale of acceptance and perseverance.

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“KHUMBA” is released and distributed by Captive Cinema.

SHOWING ON FEBRUARY 12. NATIONWIDE!

The Midas touch of Aneurin Barnard as ‘Mariah Mundi’

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The Welsh heartthrob Aneurin Barnard is Mariah Mundi in “The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box” , the lead character in the first film adaptation of GP Taylor’s teen adventure trilogy, which would be his most high-profile role to date.

“I am playing the title role of Mariah Mundi, so I have to really drive through the movie. It’s going to be fun, it’s got a great cast,” he said.

Barnard expounds on what attracted him to the role: “I read the script before I read the book and what captured my imagination was that it was a good, old-fashioned, action and adventure story. It took me straight back to my younger days, crowing up with action-adventure movies like INDIANA JONES or even the BOND films. The one thing those films had that so few have today is they had a real story behind them. They weren’t just about people getting blown up or magic things happening. With MARIAH MUNDI, there’s an actual journey here; real people in heightened circumstances.”

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For Barnard, Mariah was immediately appealing for his arc. “He’s a boy becoming a man in this era,” the 25-year-old Welshman explains. “He’s young, intelligent and a little bit naïve, but he’s also full of confidence and drive. He’s forced into a position where he has to put his life on the line to find his family, and as a result of that he has to become very brave. You’ve seen this teenage boy become a man.”

“We initially conceived the character to be much younger than he is in the film,” explains director Jonathan Newman. “He was going to be around 13 or 14, as he was written in the book. But we also wanted to remain open to the possibility of someone older, and Aneurin was recommended to us.”

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Director Jonathan Newman went to see a film Barnard had done called HUNKY DORY. “I was immediately impressed not just by his acting ability but also by his on-screen charisma,” he says. “He’s mesmerizing to watch when he’s on screen and I knew then and there that I wanted him to be our Mariah.”

“These films stand or fall on the strength of their lead character,” insists Michael Sheen, Barnard’s fellow countryman, who plays the swashbuckling hero Will Charity. “And Aneurin is terrific. He looks wonderful as the character, and he’s got that strange gothic look about him. He’s a good-looking lad, but he’s also got a kind of oddness to him. And he’s got that great Welsh work ethic.”

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“The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box”

 is released and distributed by Captive Cinema. 

SHOWING NATIONWIDE JANUARY 29.

American Idol Season 13 premiere bags huge ratings for Star World

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Proving it is truly the Home of Idols again this year, Star World is rejoicing over its recent ratings triumph for the much-awaited premiere of American Idol Season 13. On January 16, 2014, Star World scored 0.65 in the category of females aged 16-34 for the season premiere of American Idol, with a tremendous 1.3 in its sub-target of females 16-24; the numbers not only trump last season’s premiere but also register as Star World’s highest launch numbers for the iconic competition. The score greatly trumps that of competing channel ETC, which scored a 0 rating for the same category for its premiere of American Idol Season 13.

The ratings for January 16 indicate that Star World has succeeded in reaching the channel’s target market of young adult females with the American Idol premiere, but they also show how the channel is reaching a far wider demographic. In the category of males and females aged 16-49, Star World rated 0.21, improving on the channel’s score for last year’s premiere as well as besting ETC’s 0.09 score for the Season 13 premiere. Meanwhile, in the C/S2+ category, Star World achieved a 0.26 rating, rising 0.06 from its 0.2 rating last year, and beat ETC’s Season 13 premiere rating of 0.22.

Since Star World started showing live broadcasts of American Idol, the channel has consistently garnered a strong viewership for the series, making it the best resource for all things American Idol for fans of the show and viewers across Asia. Its locally produced American Idol specials have perfectly complemented American Idol’s exciting mix of competition drama and standout performances by highlighting the best moments and winning outcomes of the world’s most successful reality TV series.

The ratings for American Idol Season 13’s premiere episode confirm Star World’s place in PAY TV history as a channel that consistently provides high-quality entertainment programming, and viewers agree.

Catch #AmericanIdol13 LIVE tonight at 6, with encores at 8PM and 11PM on Starworld!

‘The Nut Job’ Biggest debut of an independent animated film ever in U.S. opens January 22. Nationwide!

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Breaking through the animated film industry dominated by likes of Disney and Dreamworks was apparently not a hard nut to crack for “The Nut Job”. It ranked number 3 when it raked in $27 million over the weekend making it the biggest opening for an animated film that wasn’t produced by a major studio.

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With the film’s striking animation and unique storyline, it manages to impress in this competitive genre of computer generated images. It is no surprise that children to watch among the other animated films. Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl and Brendan Fraser lend their famous voices and bring life to lovable characters Surly, Andie, Grayson, and Racoon.

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Surly, a mischievous squirrel and his sidekick Buddy have recently been banished from their city park dwelling by the animals in the community. A freak explosion during another one of Surly’s nut stealing schemes has left the whole park without food for the coming winter, and they’re had it with his antics. Now ha and Buddy find themselves on the outskirts of the park in the unfamiliar and unforgiving streets of the city forced to fend for themselves-all while the impending winter rapidly approaches. After a close call with a gang of sewer rats Surly and Buddy stumble upon Maury’s Nut Store, a place that could have them eating like kings have eating like kings if they can only get past a group of small time crooks who own the place and brutish guard dog named Precious.

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Keeping in mind his former friends are also scavenging for food Surly devises an elaborate, highly coordinated effort to break into the store, liberate the rations and get back in the good graces of his former neighbourhood. But after ruining the town’s original savings, can Surly be trusted? Will Surly’s plan succeed, or will it keep him relegated to the depths of the concrete jungle forever?

The Nut Job

Showing nationwide starting  January 22 nationwide.

Released and distributed nationwide by Captive Cinema In 2D and 3D formats.