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Basement Jaxx Soundtrack For 'Attack The Block' Gets U.K. Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 4:29 AM
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Scores for films are no longer just the domain for classically driven composers. The past year has seen a crop of electronic-based artists take the reins with Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers powering "Tron: Legacy" and "Hanna," respectively, while Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor surprised everyone by walking away with an Oscar for his work on "The Social Network." And it's not gonna stop there.

Watch: New Trailer For Brit Alien Invasion Flick 'Attack The Block'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2011 3:51 AM
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While there were a number of genre films playing to strong notices at SXSW last month, none wowed audiences more than Joe Cornish's "Attack The Block."

'Attack The Block' Picked Up By Screen Gems For U.S. Distribution

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 6, 2011 7:37 AM
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So much for scaring off potential distributors. SXSW hit and potential genre classic "Attack the Block" has found a home, and it's a fairly nice one. Screen Gems, Sony's smaller genre division, has stepped up to the plate to distribute director Joe Cornish's thrilling debut film, an alien invasion thriller where nasty little creatures from outer space land in the slums of England.

2 New Clips From SXSW Alien Invasion Hit 'Attack The Block' Debut

  • By Cory Everett
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  • April 4, 2011 4:15 AM
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It's been about three weeks since Joe Cornish's alien invasion flick "Attack The Block" debuted at SXSW to rapturous reviews (including our own) and the film is still without a U.S. distribution deal. The film screened last week in L.A. to similarly positive notices, possibly hoping to gain some more traction towards a deal stateside before its May debut in the U.K. If anyone involved with the film is hoping to keep that ball rolling, we think New York might be a great place for another screening. (Hint, hint.) But to tide us over, Empire has just debuted 2 new clips from the film which you can check out below.

'Attack The Block' Unleashes A Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2011 8:47 AM
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Joe Cornish's "Attack The Block" came to SXSW and conquered, hands down. Wowing audiences in Austin, the film -- partly inspired by a carjacking Cornish suffered in 2001, and partly by both M. Night Shyamalan‘s “Signs” and John Sayles’ unmade script “Dark Skies” -- the film mixes newcomers, most notably John Boyega and Alex Esmail, as leads Moses and Pest, with more established names like Jodie Whittaker, Nick Frost and Luke Treadaway in the tale of a gang of teens who protect their hood from an onslaught of invading aliens all powered by an awesome Basement Jaxx soundtrack.

Our 7 Favorite Films From The 2011 SXSW Film Festival

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  • March 18, 2011 8:57 AM
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Once again, Austin, Texas and the SXSW Film Festival kicked our ass this year. One week of great weather, tex-mex, bbq, a little booze, a little music (Big Krit ruled) and a looooot of movies. For the third year in a row The Playlist team descended down on the coolest little town in Texas and were witness to a panoply of movies, documentaries, sci-fi pictures, disturbing horror films, deep and/or genre-tinged dramas (the latter seemed to be a trend), rock docs, feel-good dramedies, filthy comedies and more.

Subtitle & Remake Rumors Circle 'Attack The Block'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2011 8:29 AM
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This doesn't happen very often, but a note made in a week old article in THR has touched off a firestorm of sorts around "Attack The Block," the well-received alien-invasion flick by Joe Cornish that debuted at SXSW this past week (fyi, we loved it). In the article, written prior to the film's premiere in Austin, the trade noted that the Brit street slang was making potential distributors worried and that, "there is talk of having subtitles for any North American release." Additionally, THR said that "there is even excited talk of getting the movie's remake rights and making a U.S. version of the film." Of course, some film sites went into overdrive with a couple already campaigning for the newly launched Drafthouse Film -- who only have one film under their belt -- to take on the movie. Can everyone just breathe for a moment?

SXSW: "I Don't Think It's Too Horrific" & More Learned From 'Attack The Block' Director Joe Cornish

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 15, 2011 7:12 AM
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By all accounts, it's been a remarkably strong SXSW festival so far, with a number of films picking up extremely positive buzz, or adding to the buzz that was already behind them. First and foremost among them was "Attack the Block." We've been looking forward to Joe Cornish's directorial debut ever since we read the script last year, and when the first trailer hit a few weeks back, it looked like our hopes might have been realized. And boy they were: our review from the weekend gave it a big fat A-grade, and called it "the ideal midnight movie."

SXSW Review: 'Attack The Block' An Intense, Entertaining Alien Invasion Pic Buoyed By Its Young Cast

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 13, 2011 5:47 AM
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Claustrophobia breeds suspense in science fiction, whether it be on a dank space ship like in “Alien” or a distant desert outpost like Richard Stanley‘s “Hardware.” In “Attack The Block,” which shares some DNA with the two films, we experience what might be a global invasion of serious concern, but because we only see the attack from the perspective of a few street-smart chavs, the crisis has become far more intimate. Consider this “Battle: South London Slums.”

"It's Too Much Madness To Explain In One Text"; First Trailer For 'Attack The Block' Rocks

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 3, 2011 1:17 AM
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Plus Watch Two Clips From The FilmAlien invasion is very much in vogue at present, with "Battle: Los Angeles" imminently following on the footsteps of "Skyline," and "Cowboys and Aliens" and "The Darkest Hour" on their way later in the year, among others. But there's one film we've been looking forward to over and above all the others: "Attack the Block," the directorial debut of British comedian/screenwriter Joe Cornish.

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