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In this issue... 3 - 4 Film on our radar A look the films that have us buzzing here at Center Stage

6 Shiny Toy Guns! There back with their third studio album

Cover story... 7 The Amazing Spider-Man What to expect from the new Spidey flick.

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4 The Muppets Kermit and the gang are back! Cheesy, corny, over-the-top, hearing these three words to describe the film should put you off completely. When it comes to The Muppets however, you wouldn’t expect anything less. Twelve years after its last feature-length release Kermit and the rest of those lovable Muppets are back led by How I Met Your Mother star Jason Segal who is also credited as join script writer along with Nicolas Stoller. Filled with catchy melodies and non-stop playful humor, three Muppet fans must unite the old crew together in order to

save their run-down studio from an evil oil tycoon. The Muppets is a film that will bring out your inner child as well as introduce their in deniable charm to a new generation, a must-see for anyone in the mood for a feel good movie.

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The film which launched Kate Hudson into Hollywood stardom. Almost Famous is a coming-of-age story about a 15 year old boy who has been hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with, and write, about an up and coming rock band named Stillwater. The film boasts an impressive soundtrack of classic 70’s rock hits, however even if that doesn’t take your fancy, it’s worth a watch just for Hudson’ performance alone. Kate Hudson plays a woman introducing a young boy to the ‘real life’ of manhood away from the limitations of his over-protective mother. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe, mastermind behind Jerry Maguire, the film is emotionally gripping and endlessly enjoyable.

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Mr Nobody “Nothing is real, everything is possible”. The tagline for Jaco Van Dormael’ indie hit Mr Nobody perfectly sums up exactly what to expect from the film. Set in 2092, 118 year old Nemo is the oldest man alive, recounting certain parts of his life to a journalist. Like many of us do from time to time, he explores how different his life may have been had he made particular decisions in certain situations making his actual life path a blur to both reporter and the audience. Musician and part-time actor Jared Leto is incredibly convincing throughout the emotional rollercoaster ride he helps generating to the audience and the film without a doubt will have you looking back at your own life and your own decisions.

1 star = AVOID 2 star = Fair 3 Star = Good 4Star = Impressive 5 Star = MUST SEE!!


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Confessions Beautifully shot, brilliantly written, Confessions was Japans official selection for the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and winner of Best Film and Best Supporting Actress at the 53 rd Blue Ribbon Awards, Japan’s answer to the Oscars. The psychological thriller is based on a grieving mother set out for revenge on the students in her class who were responsible for her daughter’s death. Whilst it is not known as an art house film, the experimental techniques used by Nakashima contribute to the stylistic way in which the film is made throughout, from the editing down to each individual performance.

The Olympics are quickly approaching, so why not enjoy a film by the organizer of the opening ceremony Danny Boyle. Sunshine isn’t his best known work; however it offers a great example of how people will cope under the most extreme circumstances. Set 50 years into the future a team of astronauts are sent to revive the dying sun, however the mission fails. Seven years later a new team is sent to complete the mission, but complications soon arise pitting the whole operation, as well as the lives of the astronauts, in jeopardy. The characters archetypes are explored in more depth than you would expect from such a film, giving the audience meaning to the actions they take. With a budget of £26 million (the largest of any Boyle film) Sunshine boasts very impressive visual effects as well a cast consisting of Cillian Murphy and Chris Evans on the top of their game.

3 Melancholia Lars Von Trier is at it again. Let’s start off by saying film maker Lars Von Trier isn’t for everybody. Many of his films repel against classic Hollywood narrative and touch upon more realistic issues we face in life. However there are always plenty of elements and reasoning behind each characters motifs and characteristics that require two or three more viewings to fully understand. Melancholia is no different and focuses on Justine (Kirsten Dunst) as she struggles to feel happy on her wedding day, a day that should be the happiest of her life. The film explores the struggles of family relationships and the tension between Justine and Claire

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(Charlotte Gainsbourg) as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. Kirsten Dunst gives one of her greatest performances and shows how she has matured as an actress throughout her career.

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Shiny Toy Guns go original! The warm, dry air of the Los Angeles basin continues its constant temperature, inviting art and progress for those who can stare through the plastic debauchery of its passing inhabitants. Just underneath the surface, buried in a submarine-like state of creative metamorphosis, the four original members of electronic rock outfit Shiny Toy Guns shape-shift in circles; building, cutting, carving and finishing an album they have spent the last three years of their lives in violent labor with. III, which marks the elated return of vocalist Carah Faye Charnow and the first new material by the original line-up in six years, will be released October 23 on Five Seven Music.

III, the band’s third album features Carah Faye Charnow, the original vocalist who, along with band mates Chad Petree (vocals/ guitars), Jeremy Dawson (keyboards) and Mikey Martin (drums), propelled Shiny Toy GUns into the spotlight with their first hits “Le Disko” and “You Are The One” from their debut 2006 release We Are Pilots. Production on III, courtesy of Mirror Machines (the band’s Petree and Dawson), is lush and dramatic, ranging from driv-

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ing tracks like “Somewhere To Hide,” “Mercy” and “The Sun” to sublime like “Wait For Me” and “Fading Listening.” The album is mixed by the legendary Tony Maserati (Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Jason Mraz). Leading up to its release, parts of “Waiting Alone” has been selectively unveiled via “#loverunner,” an unbelievable journey filmed across 6,000 miles of the United States over the course of 25 days. One of the largest and most extensive projects Shiny Toy Guns have ever attempted, “#loverunner” is the visual and video interpretation of “Waiting Alone.” All the parts will come together as an artistic video presented in July. Follow the band on its social media channels for future clips. (Original Source:

In The Spotlight

Our favorite man to wear skin tight spandex is back! This summer Sony Pictures officially begin the new era of the web crawling maestro that is Spider-Man, but will it live up to the anticipation?

The year of all things geek-a-fied continues and if you’re anything like me (a self proclaimed geek and darn proud of it!) you couldn’t be any more excited. 2012 has already seen the release of the record breaking superhero love fest that was The Avengers, which became the biggest film opening of all time grossing over $200 million in its first week then grossing another $100 million in its second weekend. The Earth’s Mightiest success story continued as


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it crossed the $1 billion total mark worldwide after just 19 days after its opening release overseas. Before this we were treated to The Hunger Games, an adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel which pitted our teenage heroin Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) against fellow teenagers all from different districts to compete in a contest which required them all to kill each other until there was only one left (we won’t take the easy route like many others and

make the obvious similarity to Japanese cult phenomena Battle Royale...oh wait?). So how can the year get any better for us superhero loving super fans? Well there is the release of the last outing of our favourite cape crusader and The Dark Knight himself, Batman, on July 20th. However before that we have our favourite man yet to run around in tight spandex whilst busy saving the world, Spider-man, to wet our appetite first on July 3rd. July is looking like one heck of a month! Let’s start off by saying that this is no Spider-man 4. Sam Raimi, director of the previous three films which grossed $1.1 billion combined, is gone. Tobey Maguire, the web crawler himself, is too...gone. Instead The

Amazing SpiderMan is another origin story of how a young Peter Parker adapts to his newly found powers, however this time we are taken back to his

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high school days. The announcement came back in 2010 when production on Spider-Man 4 was stalled due to constant script problems. The so-so reputation SpiderMan 3 left on many movie-goers meant that Sony Pictures were pressured to provide a film that picked up the quality the first two Spider-Man films had and to pick up a franchise that quite frankly seems to have been heading on a downfall. A new script written by Zodiac scribe James Vanderbilt meant taking Spidey back to high school for a fresh reboot to the franchise, which also meant a reboot to the cast and filmmaking team. There were no hard feeling left with Raimi. “Working on the ‘Spider-Man’ movies was the experience of a lifetime for me,” Raimi states in a statement to The Telegraph. “While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel


have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job”. With the last three films now a trilogy of the past, who is the man to take on the web slingers pressures of saving humanity from the evil within it? This man is no other than Brit Andrew Garfield. In a press conference to unveil Garfield, new director Marc Webb states, “Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has as rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words; you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker”. Well if that wasn’t enough pressure to put on the young man’s shoulders. Garfield has become more of a household name since this statement was released back in 2010, most notably due to his role in David Fincher’ 2010 biopic The Social Network, which explored the life of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg). His performance as Eduardo Saverin, part owner of Facebook, earned Garfield a >>>

Twitter Feed (our survey says)

“The new spiderman poster is amazing” -GolfPichaya “The only reason I’m gonna see The Amazing SpiderMan is cuase I’m an enormous geek...and I love Spider-Man ” -Doctor_Drew “The Lizard gets chatty in new clip for The Amazing Spider-Man” -mynamesrosalind

WHO PLAYS WHO... Andrew Garfield is.....SPIDER-MAN. Most known for: Connecting the world together by playing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network (2010). Other notable work: Never Let Me Go (2010) The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) Lions For Lambs (2009) Boy A (2007)

Emma Stone is.....GWEN STACY. Most known for: Raising her high school social standing by claiming to be more experienced than one of a young age should be in the sexual department in Easy A (2010). Other notable work: The Help (2011) Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) Zombieland (2009) Superbad (2007)

Rhys Ifans is.....THE LIZARD. Most known for: Playing Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who is presented as the real author of Shakespeare's works in Anonymous (2011). Other notable work: Harry Potter and the Deathly Harrows: Part 1 (2010) Mr Nobody (2009) Little Nicky (2000) Notting Hill (1999)

Martin Sheen is.....UNCLE BEN. Most known for: Being sent on a life threatening mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade who serves as a leader like figure to the locals in Apocalypse Now (1979). Other notable work: The Departed (2006) Catch Me If You Can (2002) The West Wing (1999) Badlands (1973)

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TRAILER Bafta nomination for Best Supporting Actor just narrowly missing out to Geoffrey Rush for his performance in The King’s Speech. The Social Network also generated Garfield another 22 nominations throughout the year at various award shows. Garfield moved on to star in romantic drama Never Let Me Go alongside fellow Brits Carey Mulligan and Kiera Knightley, which his performance was described by Empire magazine to be “truly impressive”. Accompanying Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man is a highly impressive supporting cast consisting of Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans and Martin Sheen. Scriptwriter Vanderbilt and director Webb have been rather clever in the pre-production process by introducing new characters that were not entirely explored in the previous three films. Whilst Garfield is pretty much a guarantee to come across every comparison between his portrayal of Peter Parker to the one of Tobey Maguire (as perhaps Martin Sheen will as Uncle Ben), this is something Emma Stone will not have to worry about. Emma Stone plays Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker’s first love interest

before the iconic Mary-Jane, who did make an appearance in Spider-Man 3 played by Bryce Dallas Howard. However Gwen Stacy will get a lot more attention in The Amazing Spider-Man giving Stone an opportunity to make the character her own, a thought that perhaps ran through Stone’s head before accepting the role. So with the movie already completed, the teaser trailers as well as the posters already released to the public there is only one thing left...the film’s release. With each day bringing July 3rd that much closer and our excitement that much higher here’s hope that Webb and Garfield can do to Spider-Man what Nolan and Bale did to Batman by breathing new life into a franchise that seemed to have run into a dead end. Matthew Rathbone The Amazing Spider-Man is released in cinema on July 3rd.


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Bringing you the best from the world of film and music. Issue Two features an in-depth look at the new Amazing Spider-Man, as well as review...