2012

  1. /// MAN ON A LEDGE POSTER

    We’ve had Man On Fire and Man On A Wire, now we’ve got Man On A Ledge, and its first vertigo-inducing poster. Starring Sam Worthington (Terminator: Salvation, Avatar), the film revolves around the titular Man (Worthington) standing on the titular Ledge, threatening suicide. Turns out this is all a distraction so his brother can go rob a jewellery store. Note to self: never trust men on ledges. The supporting cast looks pretty solid, including Elizabeth Banks as the officer tasked with talking Worthington down and Jamie Bell as the jewellery robbing brother.

    Man On A Ledge is released January 13th 2012.

  2. The always wonderful Wild Beasts, not content with being on tour right this second have announced further dates for next spring. Continuing to support their third album Smother (currently in 8th place in the Hitsville Best Album of 2011 poll…), the Lake District foursome will be taking over the following places in March 2012:

    • 11th - WARWICK @ University 
    • 12th - NORWICH @ Waterfront 
    • 13th - COLCHESTER @ Arts Centre 
    • 14th - EXETER @ Phoenix 
    • 15th - FALMOUTH @ Pavillion 
    • 16th - CARDIFF @ Coal Exchange 
    • 17th - LIVERPOOL @ Masque Theatre
  3. Reuniting for the first time since 2008’s Hunger, the arthouse dream team of Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender now bring us the quite intense looking Shame, the tale of one man’s crippling sex addiction. The trailer is a little NSFW (hence the restricted red band at the start), and is massively effective at spelling out the film’s premise without a single word of dialogue. Definitely one to keep an eye out for.

    Shame is released in the UK on January 13th 2012.

  4. Medieval is the new zombie; Game Of Thrones, How To Train Your Dragon, Pixar’s upcoming Brave and now Jack The Giant Killer. Essentially Jack & The Beanstalk given the glossy Hollywood treatment, it’s a refreshing non-franchise summer blockbuster. Would you rather have another few Pirates Of The Caribbean movies? Directed by Bryan Singer and with Nicholas Hoult in his first starring role, along with Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Warwick Davis and Bill Nighy, it looks like one to seek out next June.

    Jack The Giant Killer is released June 2012.

  5. In terms of movie titles, this might be one of the best, so much so, that we don’t even have to provide a summary of the plot. Less work for us, innit. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov and starring Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Vampire Hunter will provide an interesting comparison with Steven Spielberg’s currently shooting, Daniel Day-Lewis-starring, completely sincere Lincoln biopic.

    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is released June 22nd 2012.

  6. We’re only fifteen days from 2012 and 369 days from the supposed end of the world (thank you, Mayan calendar). So other than the coming apocalypse, here’s what else you can look forward to next year…

    Jay & ‘Ye bossed the second half of 2011 following the release of Watch The Throne, but we could be in for a triple helping of grandiose stadium hip-hop next year. The word on the grapevine is that the rap titans are planning a second Watch The Throne sometime after the current tour for the first ends, whilst Jay-Z also hinted at the possibility of solo albums from himself and Kanye. West is going to have to dream up something spectacular to better both My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and the first Throne album in such a short time. Someone else who can expect a huge amount of hype is Mr Justin Timberlake. Currently forging a fairly respectable career in Hollywood, the former boyband member is rumoured to be making his return to the music world in 2012. Timberlake is initially returning for a world tour, but it’s not too outlandish to expect an album following soon after.

    On the indie side of things, The Maccabees will return with their third album Given To The Wild in January. First single “Pelican” seems like epic business as usual, but interviews and promo videos suggest things could be getting a little weird for the Brighton band. The Cribs will return with their fifth album (produced by Steve Albini), but without Johnny Marr; out go Smithsy guitar melodies, in come the scuzzy bite of old. MGMT's third album is expected sometime in summer, but whether they continue down the psychedelic path of Congratulations or switch back to the electro-rock of their debut album remains to be seen. One good sign is the band stating the sound will be “fun and rewarding”. Sunderland noiseniks The Futureheads are stripping back and releasing an entirely acappella album, whilst Noel Gallagher's going the opposite direction with his Amorphous Androgynous collaboration record. Even if you're not a fan of either, these albums are definitely going to be worth a listen. 

    Speaking being worth a listen, Lana Del Rey will unleash her debut LP next year, which will probably be the reason for the world ending. But in all seriousness, the current idol of the blogosphere will have the chance to prove whether she’s actually worth the hype or if she’s all soft sepia filter and no knickers. Tyler, The Creator, that other big new phenomenon of the year, will be looking to better Goblin with his third album Wolf. Doubt there’ll be anything quite as good as “Yonkers” on there. Sticking with Odd Future, Frank Ocean is sure to release his first album proper in the new year, which should catapult him to the top of the R&B mountain, whilst the return of Earl Sweatshirt is likely to be rumoured throughout the next twelve months, leading to speculation of a new album.

    Sleigh Bells' Reign Of Terror arrives on Valentine’s Day, as is Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The thinking man’s pop diva Janelle Monae is reportedly planning to release two albums in 2012, which is good news for, well,everyone. Challenging her for best popstar around is superstar offspring Willow Smith. Her first album is due sometime in Spring, which will hopefully match up to the genius of “Whip My Hair”. In the guitar-toting, forty-somethings-who-should-know-better world, Metallica and Green Day are both planning to release albums that will hopefully make up for the awfulness of Lulu and 21st Century Breakdown respectively. Finally, should he find a record label to release it, Morrissey's ninth solo album should be making its way to bequiffed teenagers next year.

    Many a fanatic already has a countdown clock ticking towards one of the big event movies of next year. The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, The Hobbit and Django Unchained are all huge films that stand out even amongst the top-tier cinematic fare scheduled for 2012. Christopher Nolan leaves the Batman franchise with one of the most anticipated films in years, whilst nerd deity Joss Whedon attempts to bring The Avengers together on the big screen for the first time, an unenviable task. Peter Jackson returns to The Shire in order to tell the story of Bilbo Baggins, and give LOTR devotees another three hours to sit through, whereas Quentin Tarantino finally gets to make his western opus. You’d be hard pushed not to get caught up in the hype for any of these blockbusters.

    On the slightly less hyped side of things, there’s Pixar’s journey into the mythical with the Scotland-set Brave and Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, which is based on Burton’s early short and, shockingly, doesn’t involve Johnny Depp! The James Bond franchise lumbers on with its 23rd instalment, entitled Skyfall. Daniel Craig remains as Bond, whilst Sam Mendes directs and Javier Bardem gets villainous. Twilight wraps up with Breaking Dawn - Part 2, but it seems increasingly likely that The Hunger Games will take its place as the big teen franchise. Whether or not this is a good thing remains to be seen…

    Daniel Radcliffe will attempt to escape the Potter-shaped shadow with Hammer Horror’s The Woman In Black, which actually looks pretty damn creepy. Staying with the scary side of things, [REC]3 expands the world of its predecessors by doing away with the handheld camera format and World War Z pits Brad Pitt against a zombie ravaged world, giving us a very real look at the effect of an undead apocalypse. An all-star cast (Leo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire) will bring The Great Gatsby to a cinema near you towards the end of the year. Will Baz Luhrmann bring that Romeo + Juliet magic to this adaptation? An even more flashy cast will ignore the rubbish title to appear in Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad; Ryan Gosling (conquering Hollywood one film at a time), Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi and Nick Nolte. Sounds awesome, no?

    Man of the moment Michael Fassbender gets eclectic in his choice of roles, appearing in Ridley Scott’s sort-of-but-not-really Alien prequel Prometheus and sex addiction drama Shame, whilst both the Spiderman and Bourne franchises get rebooted; Andrew Garfield dons the red ‘n’ blue tights in The Amazing Spider-Man and Jeremy Renner replaces Matt Damon as the super-soldier in The Bourne Legacy.

    Of course, it’s not all high expectations and top-notch casts; there are a fair few gambles and surefire turkeys being released next year. Titanic and The Phantom Menace are both getting baffling 3D re-releases, whereas The Expendables 2 and Scary Movie 5 can be labelled as “Films no one wanted. Ever”. Oh, and they’re making Battleship, based on the game Battleships, starring Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Kitsch and, erm, Rihanna. Yep, that’s actually happening.

  7. We’re now firmly entrenched in awards season and following last week’s Golden Globes, the nominations for the BAFTAs have been revealed . It’s an intriguing selection, and it’s hard to pick a favourite in some categories (you try picking a winner from the Best Film list). There also some surprising oversights; no nominations for Rooney Mara (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Brendan Gleeson (The Guard), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter) or Ryan Gosling (Drive), nor for Cliff Martinez work on the Drive soundtrack, not even an honourary award for Uggie the dog in The Artist. At least Bridesmaids has garnered a handful of noms, which is rare for a comedy.

    The full nominations follow, with our picks in bold and the likely winner in italics.


    The Artist 

    The Descendants 
    Drive
    The Help 
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


    Incendies
    Pina
    Potiche
    A Separation
    The Skin I Live In


    My Week with Marilyn
    Senna
    Shame
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    We Need to Talk About Kevin


    Michel Hazanavicius, for The Artist 
    Nicolas Winding Refn, for Drive
    Martin Scorsese, for Hugo
    Tomas Alfredson, for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 
    Lynne Ramsay, for We Need to Talk About Kevin


    The Artist
    Bridesmaids
    The Guard
    The Iron Lady
    Midnight in Paris



    The Descendants
    The Help
    The Ides of March
    Moneyball
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy



    The Artist
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    Hugo
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    War Horse


    The Artist
    Drive
    Hugo
    Senna
    Tinker Tailor Solider Spy



    The Artist
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
    Hugo
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    War Horse



    The Artist
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
    Hugo
    The Iron Lady
    My Week with Marilyn



    The Artist
    Hugo
    Jane Eyre
    My Week with Marilyn
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy



    The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
    Hugo
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    X-Men: First Class



    George Harrison: Living in the Material World
    Project Nim
    Senna



    The Artist
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
    Hugo
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    War Horse



    The Artist
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    Hugo
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy



    The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
    Arthur Christmas
    Rango



    Brad Pitt as Billy Beane in Moneyball
    Gary Oldman as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    George Clooney as Matt King in The Descendants
    Jean Dujardin as George Valentin in The Artist
    Michael Fassbender as Brandon in Shame



    Bérénice Bejo as Peppy Miller in The Artist
    Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady
    Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn
    Tilda Swinton as Eva in We Need to Talk About Kevin
    Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark in The Help



    Christopher Plummer as Hal in Beginners
    Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher in The Iron Lady
    Jonah Hill as Peter Brand in Moneyball
    Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week with Marilyn
    Philip Seymour Hoffman as Paul Zara in The Ides of March



    Carey Mulligan as Irene in Drive
    Jessica Chastain as Celia Foote in The Help
    Judi Dench as Dame Sybil Thorndike in My Week with Marilyn
    Melissa McCarthy as Megan in Bridesmaids
    Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson in The Help

  8. (Note: there’s no real reason for us using Rooney Mara as the main picture for this article other than… well… just take a look for yourself)

    Well, it’s all over for another year. Hopefully a year in which films like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Tree Of Life and directors like Tomas Alfredson and David Fincher aren’t massively overlooked or under-appreciated by the ever-aging Academy… but personal grumbles aside, what did you think? There were no real surprises from last night’s ceremony (although the sights of Jim Rash aka Community’s Dean Pelton winning an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants and Flight Of The Conchords’ Bret McKenzie winning the award for Best Song were very surreal), with most of the winners being favourites or second favourites in their categories. But remember, we live in a world where Drive only got one nomination and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon got two.

    The winners of the major categories are as follows:

    • BEST FILM
      The Artist
    • BEST DIRECTOR
      Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
    • BEST ACTOR
      Jean Dujardin - The Artist 
    • BEST ACTRESS
      Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
    • SUPPORTING ACTOR
      Christopher Plummer - Beginners
    • SUPPORTING ACTRESS
      Octavia Spencer - The Help
    • ANIMATED FEATURE
      Rango 
    • VISUAL EFFECTS
      Hugo 
    • ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
      Woody Allen - Midnight In Paris 
    • ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
      Alexander Payne, Nat Faxton and Jim Rash - The Descendants 
    • CINEMATOGRAPHY
      Hugo 
    • MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
      Ludovic Bource - The Artist 
    • MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
      Bret McKenzie, “Man Or Muppet” - The Muppets 

    So who do you think should’ve won? Or do you think they’re all deserving winners?

  9. MMOTHS
    As much as I loathe the term post-dubstep, I’ve been listening to a brickload of it. MMOTHS are one such act, spotted on the iTunes homepage and caught my eye. Their interesting dreampop/idm sensibility have such an interesting sound and I’m really curious to see what else they can offer, especially after hearing their outstanding remix of Bon Iver’s “Baby”.

    Porter Robinson
    The young EDM artist piqued my interest after I heard a remix of his “Unison” by Knife Party (good if you’re into berserk nonsensical madness dance music) and looked into his discography. An almost counteraction to Skrillex’s complete overhaul of what EDM is, Porter Robinson takes us in the opposite direction with more traditional dance music hooks and riffs, although not completely ignoring the increasing insurgency of house and dubstep.

    ††† (Crosses)
    Crosses are Deftones frontman Chino Moreno’s new project and with a more modern take on the dreampop we’ve heard from his other project Team Sleep, Crosses prove to be more and more interesting, having already released two impressive and sprawling EPs of content (one of which received 8/10 from us last year).

    James Blake
    James Blake is by no means a new face but recent interviews have suggested that his new album could one to look forward to, for sure. After the disappointment of his eponymous debut, Blake has been said to be moving in a more clubby, beat-heavy direction, which should be very interesting indeed.

    Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
    I’ll not beat around the bush here, T.E.E.D are the best band in the business right now and if you haven’t listened to them yet, you’ll be sorry when the album comes out and you’re left wishing you knew them before it was cool. Orlando Higginbottom has slowly been gaining hype over the last few years through EPs, standalone singles and some stellar remixes, and even got his own Hitsville Spotlight last year.

  10. WATCH /// DOCTOR WHO SERIES 7 TRAILER

    There’s still roughly six months left until the TARDIS three return to screens, but until then, Whovians have this trailer to pore over and analyse. The press release for the upcoming new series promises “fourteen big, blockbuster-movie episodes - each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you’ve never seen them before” in the buildup to the show’s 50th anniversary in 2013. Those fourteen episodes include the final appearances of loyal companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), the first appearance of newly cast companion Jemma Louise Coleman and guest stars David Bradley (Argus Filch, Harry Potter), Rupert Graves (Lestrade, Sherlock) and Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley, Harry Potter).