Gregory Wakeman

Was John Carpenter involved in the new ‘Halloween’ movie?

Another Halloween film without the involvement of John Carpenter would almost certainly have been dismissed by critics and audiences. As the creator, co-writer, director and composer behind the iconic 1978 original, Carpenter is rightfully regarded as the godfather to the franchise.  So when...

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 2:43 PM

How true is ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’?

Can You Ever Forgive Me is just about as truthful as any movie biopic can be. That's according to its star Richard E Grant, who also insisted that's the case because its producers David Yarnell and Anne Carey both spent a decade trying to convince Lee Israel to write her memoir so that...

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 2:29 PM

Why does ‘Halloween’ ignore the other sequels?

Halloween director David Gordon Green and his fellow writers Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley ignored the nine other installments to the franchise and just made a direct a sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 original simply to make their narrative much more straightforward. That's exactly what...

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 2:16 PM

Do you need to have seen ‘Halloween’ to see ‘Halloween’ 2018?

Halloween’s co-writer and director David Gordon Green has explained exactly why you don’t need to have seen John Carpente's iconic original film to enjoy the 2018 sequel.  Although, when I originally asked that very question to Green, he did admit, “I mean hopefully...

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 2:04 PM

Derren Brown talks ‘Sacrifice’ and reveals the differences between his TV specials and live shows

Derren Brown has opened up about his debut original Netflix special Sacrifice, revealing that he devised the idea because he wanted to tap into the current political and social discussion regarding immigration. “I was in New York with my co-producer last year, it was around the time I was...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 9:18 PM

Richard E Grant on the never-ending appeal of not giving a f***

When you interview Richard E Grant you privately hope to hear one or two expletives from the inimitable British actor.  Just so you can tell your grandkids about it. During our recent exchange regarding his superb, Oscar worthy performance in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, which...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6:43 PM

Why making 'Halloween' in 2018 was such a tricky process

40 years after its release, John Carpenter’s Halloween is actually even more terrifying than it was back in 1978.  That’s not just because of Carpenter’s hypnotic score, his patient yet brutal direction, and Jamie Lee Curtis’ iconic performance, to name but a few of...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 4:58 PM

Robert Forster talks us through his astounding, Oscar worthy ‘What They Had’ performance

Refreshingly modest, Robert Forster is quick to insist that his whole career has just been the result of “great luck.” “It has been one lucky break after another,” he recently told me over the phone. “The first thing was working with John Huston. Then the second act...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 3:26 PM

Paul Dano uses ‘Wildlife’ to expose the American Dream

Out of the current crop of Hollywood actors Paul Dano always looked the most likely to step behind the camera one day. That's because, like most of the characters he has portrayed, Dano is seemingly sensitive, contemplative and intellectual, all of which are prominent in his directorial debut...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 2:27 PM

How true is ‘First Man’? Did Neil Armstrong leave a bracelet on the moon?

WARNING: There are MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for First Man. So if you’re yet to see Damien Chazelle’s Oscar contender, please bookmark this article, head to your local IMAX cinema to watch it all unfold, and then read what editor Tom Cross had to say about just how true it is. There’...

Friday, October 12, 2018, 5:00 PM

Why did 'First Man’ end on that emotional shot? Here's what we know

WARNING: There are MAJOR SPOILERS for the ending of First Man ahead. So if you’re yet to see Damien Chazelle’s epic re-telling of Neil Armstrong’s mission to the moon please don’t read on.  Instead, bookmark this article, watch the film, preferably in IMAX, and then...

Friday, October 12, 2018, 2:30 PM

What does the ending of ‘Apostle’ mean? Michael Sheen and its writer and director talk us through it

WARNING: There are MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for the ending of “Apostle.” So if you’re yet to watch the film on Netflix then please bookmark this article, watch Gareth Evans’ terrifying period horror, and then return to read what Michael Sheen and its writer and director have...

Friday, October 12, 2018, 2:00 PM

Will there be an ‘Apostle 2’? Here’s what its writer and director told us

WARNING: There are MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for Apostle. So please don’t read ahead if you haven’t seen the film. Instead, why not just log into Netflix and immediately right that wrong, as Gareth Evans’ horror film deserves your attention.  “Apostle” ends in a...

Friday, October 12, 2018, 12:00 PM

‘Charmed’s’ Madeleine Mantock understands the controversy surrounding the reboot

Madeleine Mantock has opened up about the controversy surrounding the Charmed remake, admitting that the initial description for it should have been worded better. “In the starting of the reboot, when it was announced, maybe better words could have been used to describe it, which is...

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 5:11 PM

Is 'Bad Times At The El Royale' based on a real hotel? Here’s what its writer and director told us

Drew Goddard has opened up about creating Bad Times At The El Royale, revealing that the titular hotel isn’t based on any one specific place but is instead an amalgamation of several different establishments from the 1960s.  “There’s the Cal Neva. Which is on the border of...

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 4:22 PM

Why ‘A Star Is Born’s’ tragic ending is so powerful for Shangela and the LGBTQ community

WARNING: There are HUGE SPOILERS ahead for the ending of A Star Is Born.  So if you’re yet to see Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s sumptuous romantic drama please bookmark this article, watch the film, and then head back to read what Shangela had to say about it.  The final...

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 2:00 PM

How true is '22 July'? Here’s what we know

22 July actor Anders Danielsen Lie, who portrays Anders Breivik, the murderer of 77 people on that tragic and horrific day in Norway back in 2011, has opened up about making the film as truthful as possible, insisting that it was the most important aspect of production.  “It is always a...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6:01 PM

Where does Lady Gaga live and work at the start of ’A Star Is Born’? Shangela reveals all

Most of the time Twitter can be an awful, awful place.  But on rare occasions its patrons can band together to answer the most pressing questions that movies and life have to offer. OK, never life, just movies.  In the wake of “A Star Is Born” finally hitting cinemas last...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 5:20 PM

The real reason why ‘First Man’ doesn’t have as many American flags as Donald Trump wanted

When First Man premiered at the Venice and Toronto film festivals just a few weeks ago the initial buzz surrounding it immediately heaped praise on pretty much every aspect of Damien Chazelle’s retelling of Neil Armstrong’s mission to the moon, and it was soon labelled an Oscar front-...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 4:29 PM

Why is ’22 July’ in English? Anders Danielsen Lie talks us through it

22 July retells the tragic events of the 2011 terrorist attack in Norway in a stirring, uncompromising and, at times, excruciatingly hard to watch fashion. Overseen with the meticulous detail and kinetic and visceral style that we have become accustom to from Academy Award nominated director Paul...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 3:44 PM