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Summer Just Got A Whole Lot Better: 'Attack The Block' Begins Rollout In Theaters July 29th

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 10, 2011 11:00 AM
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About six weeks in, and the report card for Summer 2011 isn't doing too badly: one instant near-classic in Paul Feig's "Bridesmaids," J.J. Abrams' mostly well-received "Super 8," a thoroughly decent animated sequel in "Kung-Fu Panda 2," two superhero entries that landed somewhere between better than expected ("Thor") and much better than expected ("X-Men: First Class") and a beguiling new Terrence Malick picture, plus a pair of excellent indies in the shape of "Beginners" and "Submarine." Sure there have been stinkers, like "The Hangover Part II" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," but overall the success rate is much higher than in the last few summers.

Watch: Jamie Bell IS Tilda Swinton In First Trailer For 'The Adventures Of Tintin'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2011 12:28 PM
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One of the biggest question marks of the year has been Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin." The director's coming off the worst film of his career, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," and tackling a comic book that few in the U.S. have heard of, in the performance capture manner that's seen the undoing of Robert Zemeckis in recent years, seemed like a fairly risky move, all things considered. And it doesn't help that the film's been mostly shrouded in mystery.

Nifty Teaser Posters Debut For Steven Spielberg & Peter Jackson's 'The Adventures Of Tintin'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2011 5:22 AM
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First Trailer To Arrive Tomorrow MorningFor one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, at least everywhere except the U.S, word's been strangely quiet on "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn." Uniting blockbuster giants Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson for the first time (the former's directing, the latter producing), on an adaptation of the massively successful graphic novel series about a Belgian boy detective, his dog Snowy, his best friend, a drunken sea captain, and the adventures they go on, we had a glimpse of a handful of images before Christmas, but little since then. We guess because the film's being realized in performance-capture computer animation, and so Sony and Paramount have presumably had to wait until the polish has been put on properly.

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.

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: Hope For The Marvel Fans: Joe Cornish & Edgar Wright May Be Finishing Up 'Ant-Man' Script Soon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2011 9:21 AM
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In case you haven't heard, "Attack The Block" killed Saturday night at SXSW and our writers in Austin flat out loved it (check out our review). We got some coffee in our system and sat down with director Joe Cornish and executive producer Edgar Wright on Sunday to talk about the film, and they revealed a little bit of progress on "Ant-Man," the film adaptation comic fans have been speculating about for a while now.

"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.

New Images From Joe Cornish's 'Attack The Block'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2011 6:22 AM
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Gearing up to hit SXSW next month, some fresh images from Joe Cornish's upcoming teens vs. aliens flick "Attack The Block" have arrived and quite simply: they look great.

Basement Jaxx Scoring Joe Cornish's Sci-fi Romp 'Attack The Block'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 12, 2011 5:51 AM
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Playlist favorite Edgar Wright took to Twitter yesterday, giving mad props to the score for frequent collaborator Joe Cornish's directorial debut, the sci-fi invasion flick "Attack the Block" (opening in U.K. cinemas this spring). The big, very exciting news? That he identified none other than British dance-poppers Basement Jaxx (nee Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton) as the composers.

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