Trailer Released For Pandemic Thriller ‘Locked Down’

A new pandemic-set film is released by HBO Max this week. Locked Down, starring Anne Hathaway (Linda) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Paxton), follows a couple who decide to break up just days before a UK lockdown prevents them from doing so. The plot shines a light onto the strained relationship between the pair, before they decide […]Read More

Netflix is once again Increasing Subscription Fees

Customers in the UK will see an increase on their monthly subscription month from February, the streaming giant has said. The Standard Plan, which is the most popular, will rise from £8.99 to £9.99 monthly. This package allows users to watch on two screens at once and also allows for HD viewing. The Premium Package […]Read More

Female Directors Are At An All-Time High

The latest update to the Celluloid Ceiling Report, which tracks women’s employment in cinema, shows that women are represented in more behind-the-scenes roles than ever before The report, by Dr Martha Lauzen of the San Diego State University, is in its 23rd year and is recognised as the longest-running report of its kind. Since 1998, it has […]Read More

Tom Hiddleston to Return Next Year in ‘Loki’ on Disney+

The God of Mischief is to return to our screens in May 2021, according to an announcement made by Kevin Fiege at Disney’s 2020 Investor Day presentation. The series, simply titled Loki, will be released in six parts on Disney+. Loki will be directed by Kate Herron, with screenplay from Michael Waldron. Tom Hiddleston will […]Read More

Theatre News: Barbara Windsor dies aged 83

Dame Barbara Windsor, who enjoyed a stellar career across theatre, film and television, has died at the age of 83 following a battle with Alzheimer’s. In a statement, her husband Scott Mitchell said “it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that my darling wife Barbara passed away at 8.35pm on Thursday 10 December […]Read More

London Theatres Prepare To Open Doors, Whilst Other Cities Suffer

New Coronavirus regulations in England mean that London theatres will be allowed to reopen, while many other areas must keep their doors closed. The capital has been categorised a Tier 2 area, meaning indoor entertainment venues can reopen from 2ndDecember. However, cities like Manchester and Birmingham will face harsher restrictions as part of Tier 3. This […]Read More

UK announces Global Screen Fund to replace Creative Europe’s MEDIA

The UK government this week announced their own ‘Global Screen Fund’ which will partially replace funding from Creative Europe. The scheme was announced as part of chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spending review on 25 November. The new initiative will be worth £7m in its first year, which is significantly less than Creative Europe’s MEDIA fund provided […]Read More

Book Review: Play The Red Queen // Juris Jurjevics

Set in pre-war Saigon, Play the Red Queen is a historical fiction which strikes a balance between an action-filled crime story and informed political commentary. This is the late Juris Jurjevics’ second novel, set in 1960s Vietnam and filled with expertise that the author gained during his time there. In 1963, US soldiers act as “advisors” to […]Read More

Streaming service Quibi becomes the latest streaming casualty

The billion-dollar app goes bust a mere 6 months after launch Backed by some of Hollywood’s biggest names, streaming service Quibi has announced its closure – only six months after launch. Back in 2018, Quibi attracted $1.75bn (£1.34bn) in funding from some big names in film, business, and tech. In a nutshell, it promised to […]Read More

‘Hocus Pocus’ Sequel Heading To Disney+

The original cast will return to put a spell on viewers—27 years after the original. Bette Midler has this week confirmed that she will join Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimi for a sequel to cult classic film Hocus Pocus. The original film was released in 1993 to mixed critical reviews. However, it has since become […]Read More