|Featuring the best of TV, Gaming and Film from the past year|
|To view the full image & take part in the challenge please visit: www.experience12.com/xmas|
|We have finally made it to the end of the year and if there is something we can all agree on, it’s that we have had some amazing entertainment to help us get through it! As is tradition, the incredible team at Experience12 are back at it again with their pop-culture Christmas challenge, and this year it is back bigger & better than before!|
As the world opened up following the pandemic, 2021 proved itself to be a bumper year for entertainment. October alone saw 16.4 million cinema admissions – the biggest October since 2012. Consumers are watching nearly 4 hours of TV a day, which although down on 2020 during lockdown, it’s still 50% more than 2019. Also now 93% of 16-24-year-olds are playing video games, which is also up from 73% in 2020.
To celebrate our love for pop culture Experience12 have created their largest pop culture Christmas challenge yet. Hidden in their IP isometric illustration is a total of 47 references across film, TV and video games – some more overt than others, but a true pop culture aficionado will spot them all. We’ve included a tease of the full image above, but head to www.experience12.com/xmas for the full experience!
|The Movie Partnership have today confirmed that the upcoming crime thriller Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman will be released in the UK from 6th December across iTunes, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Sky. |
Chad Michael Murray, best known for his roles in One Tree Hill and more recently Riverdale & Marvel’s Agent Carter will play the notorious serial killer alongside horror icon Lin Shaye (Critters, Insidous film series) playing Bundy’s mother, as well as Holland Roden (Teen Wolf) and Jake Hays who makes his feature length film debut.
Notorious killer, Ted Bundy (Chad Michael Murray), stalks the highways of gritty 1970s America looking for his next victim. Hunting him are FBI agents Kathleen McChesney and (Roden) Robert Ressler (Hays) as they lead the largest manhunt in history to apprehend America’s most infamous serial killer.
Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman will be available on Digital Download from 6th December and can be pre-ordered here
|Kinostar has announced the release of the explosive ‘Pitbull – Exodus’ in UK / EIRE cinemas from 19th November. The Polish crime thriller is directed by genre veteran Patryk Vega (The Plagues of Beslau, Pitbull  & Small World) and stars Andrzej Grabowski, Przemyslaw Bluszcz & Tomasz Dedek. |
The story of Pitbull – Exodus is told across a number of years, a part of the ever waging war between the police and the criminal empires spanning Eastern Europe. We follow one young man’s life, his childhood and adolescence and ultimately his descent into the criminal underworld. His path soon crosses with a policeman who will stop at nothing to catch him.
With twists, turns, shocks and spectacular scenes, Vega is back to his favourite genre, giving everyone what they want.
Pitbull – Exodus was shot in Polish (titled Pitbull) as well as in English (titled Exodus) and there will be UK screenings for both Exodus and Pitbull with English subtitles.
Pitbull – Exodus will be in UK & EIRE cinemas from 19th November–
|Here’s the schedule for what’s going on this Winter in the UK including theatrical releases, VOD, DVD, Blu Ray and more.|
Thanks to Strike Media for the schedule.
|Starring: Tom Hughes, Kate Dickie, Gaia Weiss & Greta Scacchi|
|Eric Black is lost after the mysterious death of his adulterous wife. Running from his past to a new job as a Shepherd, he becomes trapped alone on a majestic, weather-beaten island with an ominous secret. One mans spiralling madness meets a vengeful supernatural force. What starts as the perfect wind-swept escape becomes a race to save his sanity and his life. |
Shepherd will be in UK Cinemas from 12th November
|Starring: Aleks Paunovic, Lee Majdoub, Lisa Durupt|
|While celebrating Christmas break at an isolated cabin in the woods, Jamie and his high school friends are stalked by a sadistic killer obsessed with horror movie icons.|
Puppet Killer will be coming to Digital Download 29th November
|Father of Flies|
|Starring: Camilla Rutherford, Sandra Andreis, Davi Santos, Page Ruth and Nicholas Tucci|
|Co-written by Edwards’ writing partner Nadia Doherty, the film is based on a story Edwards had written as a child, a haunting tale of family life. A vulnerable young boy finds his mother pushed out of the family home by a strange new woman, and he must confront the terrifying supernatural forces that seem to move in with her. |
Father of Flies screened at Grimmfest and will have it’s UK Physical Premiere at Raindance Film Festival (6th Nov) with a general UK release in 2022
|Slumber Party Massacre|
|Starring: Hannah Gonera, Frances Sholto-Douglas, Mila Rayne|
|Slumber Party Massacre is a reimagining of Roger Corman’s 1982 cult-classic, which was the first instalment in the SPM trilogy. The film is directed by Danishka Esterhazy (“The Banana Splits Movie”) and premiered at Fantastic Fest in September 2021. |
Slumber Party Massacre will be coming to Digital Download on Monday 13th December
|Disappearance at Lake Elrod|
|Starring: Robyn Lively, Shanola Hampton, Bethany Anne Lind and Michael Trucco|
|A year after her daughter’s disappearance, another girl from Elrod, Georgia, goes missing. Convinced there is a connection, Charlie (Robyn Lively) won’t stop searching until she discovers the truth. Recently released in North America under the original title ‘Through The Glass Darkly”. |
Disappearance at Lake Elrod will be available on DVD in the UK & EIRE from Nov 1st. Pre-order now on Amazon and AppleTV
|Starring:Marc Menchaca, Sarah Rich & Jeff Wincott|
|On the ﬁrst anniversary of her younger sister’s death Woodstock teen, Rosie (Sarah Rich – Orange is the New Black, Law & Order), discovers the mysterious man (Marc Menchaca – Ozark, The Sinner, The Outsider) who sexploited and bullied her sister to commit suicide back on-line trolling for new victims. After the authorities refuse to get involved she ﬁnds a darker side she never knew she had, as she takes justice into her own hands. |
#Like will be available to Rent and Buy from 1st November
|Starring: Bella Thorne|
|When a drug deal goes wrong, street smart party girl Mads (Bella Thorne) and her best friends find a possible way out by masquerading as nuns. |
HABIT will be coming to Digital Download on 22nd November
|Starring: Julian Moore-Cook, Joe Gallina & Jess Radomska|
|An out-of-his depth inexperienced criminal is stuck in a bank, after a heist went wrong. How will he get out? |
Blonde. Purple will be coming to Digital Download on November 30th
|Pitbull – Exodus|
|Starring: Jan Blachowicz, Przemysław Bluszcz & Dawid Czuprynski|
|Patryk Vega returns with his latest film Pitbull – EXODUS is getting back on track with his favourite type of movies, a crime thriller. The story is told at the turn of several decades, showing the fight between the police and criminal groups from the Eastern Europe. Follow one criminals life during his childhood and adolescence to show us how he became a involved in the criminal underworld. The villains path soon crosses with a policeman who sacrifices a large part of his life just to catch him. With twists, turns, shocks and spectacular scenes Vega is back giving everyone what they want.|
Pitbull – Exodus will be in UK & EIRE Cinemas from 19th November
|A Bird Flew In|
|Starring: Morgana Robinson, Jeff Fahey, Derek Jacobi, Sadie Frost & Camilla Rutherford|
|When Lockdown is imposed, the cast and crew of a film are taken from the set and sent home – alone. Actors without an audience. Directors without a script. Couples who fall apart. While others come together. A feature film composed of six interlinked narratives, ‘Alone’ explores what happens when we are freed from external distractions and forced to find the meaning in our lives and loves.|
A Bird Flew In will have its UK Premiere at Raindance Film Festival on 5th November
|Starring: Les Dennis, Anthony Head & April Pearson|
|When two inept criminals break into the home of a washed-up psychic in search of hidden loot, they get a lot more than they bargained for. |
Sideshow will be in UK Cinemas from 19th November
|Starring: Michael Madsen, Tom Arnold & Lorenzo McGovern Zaini|
|After a robbery goes wrong, Frank and Vince break into a home when two kids mistake them for their babysitters. Hoping to make them fall asleep so they can make their getaway, Frank reads stories from a magic book that he stole during the robbery, taking them to the enchanted world of ARCTIC FRIENDS. The two thieves have to endure the kid’s hijinks as they make various absurd attempts to escape. |
Christmas Thieves will be available on Digital Download on 29th November
|CBeebies Christmas Show – The Night Before Christmas|
|Starring: All your CBeebies favourites!|
|Follow the adventures of Holly and her brother Jack on Christmas Eve, as they send their wishes to Father Christmas. But then they have to deal with the mischievous Wish Taker who steals those wishes, leading Holly to travel far and wide in search of them. Will she succeed and ensure Father Christmas has all the wishes in time for Christmas Day? Tune in to find out… |
Cbeebies Christmas Show will be coming to cinemas this December 4th and 5th!
|Filmed over a 5-year period, ELEVEN follows the stories of a diverse and dynamic group of kids (from the World Cup ‘14 in Brazil to the World Cup ‘18 in Russia) ending up in Switzerland at the Stade de Genève on 21st of April 2018, in front of 22.000 people (as part of the UEFA and United Nations event “Match for Solidarity” featuring football legends like Figo and Ronaldinho).|
Eleven will be released in early 2022
|Freakscene – The Story of Dinosaur Jr|
|Starring : J. Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph|
|Homage of one of the most influential bands on the American East Coast, which inspired the rock scene – an emotional, tragically funny and sometimes noisy roller-coaster ride by a dysfunctional family – Dinosaur Jr|
Freakscene – The Story of Dinosaur Jr will be available to rent and buy on 22nd November
|Lucca Comics & Games 2021|
|This year Italy is honouring Dante Alighieri, the poet and philosopher, by celebrating the 700th anniversary of his death and Dante’s Divine Comedy sets the tone for the returning festival – a community event that not only produced culture but creates a place where people can share experiences by occupying and interacting with and within a unique and monumental city. Light is the synthesis of this new Lucca Comics & Games, which signals a passage from dark to light, and paves a road to a new kind of normal. Visitors will go back to meeting creators of universes that have been an integral part of the festival – comics, games, storytelling, modern mythologies and big and small industries represented in these worlds. |
Lucca Comics & Games will be happening in person, marking its 55th year, from 28th October to 1st November in Italy
|The Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Show, LIVE!|
|Created by and starring drag superstars BenDeLaCreme & Jinkx Monsoon, “The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special” is the story of two queens who set out to create a classic Christmas TV variety show, but just can’t agree on how.|
With the help of a chorus of dancers and DeLa’s deceased grandmother—whose spirit lives on in a glass of eggnog—DeLa tries her hardest to uphold the cheery Christmas traditions of her childhood. Meanwhile, Jinkx is much more interested in bawdy jokes, cute boys, and boozy libations. As they sing and dance their way through numbers about everything from St. Nick to the Christ child, the tension between them mounts, culminating in an all-out battle for control of the show. After some hilarious insight into the ghosts of their very different Christmas pasts, and with the help of a mysterious naked man with a surprising holiday secret, the two realize that tradition can be whatever we make of it, and family is whomever we choose.
This high camp, side-splitting romp is equal parts sacrilegious and sweet, with a sharp tongue and a heart of gold. “The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special” is sure to be a new holiday tradition for all the lost toys who know that the best traditions are the ones we create ourselves.
Book your tickets at jinkxanddela.com and is on Digital Download now
|Reel Cinemas presents: Movie Madness|
|In celebration of the independent chain’s 20th birthday, Reel are excited to be extending their Movie Madness offer until 10th December. This will allow movie lovers to get tickets for their favourite upcoming blockbusters from as little as £2.50! Across the chain, Reel Cinemas offer state of the art screens, sound, leather seats and sofas, and are offering cinema-goers tickets from just £2.50 before 1 pm and £3.50 after, every day of the week – valid until 10th December, 2021. Reel Cinemas can be found in Blackburn, Borehamwood, Bridgnorth, Burnley, Chippenham, Chorley, Fareham, Hull, Ilkeston, Morecambe, Port Talbot, Quinton, Rochdale, Wakefield and Widnes with more cinemas opening in the next two years. |
Book your tickets at: www.reelcinemas.co.uk
|Some of pop cultures biggest brands, stars and companies will be attending Europe’s largest pop culture festival Lucca Comics and Games 2021 from October 29th – Nov 1st. |
The master of comics Frank Miller, creator of ‘300’, ‘Sin City’ and ‘The Dark Knight Returns’, will be in Lucca for the presentation of the documentary dedicated to him, Frank Miller – American Genius, by director Silenn Thomas. The film explores half-century-long career of the author, who became a point of reference for the art of storytelling, pop culture and politics thanks to his work. From complicated personal affairs to worldwide success in print and film, the documentary is an epic journey into the mind and heart of one of the most prolific and iconic authors of our time.
Roberto Saviano, the author of Gomorrah, a best-selling exposé of the Camorra Mafia in Naples. will be attending to promote is first graphic novel called Sono Ancora Vivo (I’m Still Alive) with drawings by Tel Aviv-based illustrator Asaf Hanuka.
In gaming, Riot Games will be showcasing Arcane. The exhibition will include a series of original sketches artwork and two very special collaborative handmade pieces, the boots of Jinx and the hextech glove of Vi, the two sisters protagonists of the series, on display. The exhibition will be held at the ex-Museo del Fumetto (Comics Museum) and include works dedicated to the cities of Zaun and Piltover for a unique and perfect experience to await the imminent release of the TV series Arcane, available on Nexflix from November 7th.
Netflix will be hosting a special event dedicated to The Witcher with a special panel. Kim Bodnia, who joins the cast for series two as Vesemir, will be joined by Joey Batey, who plays Jaskier. Series creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, costume designer Lucinda Wright and production designer Andrew Laws will be in attendance.
The Walt Disney Company Italia will be present at Lucca Comics & Games 2021 to present some new titles coming to the cinema and on Disney+. The new Disney animated film Encanto and Disney+ will also present the Italian premiere of the first two episodes of Dopesick – Declaration of Addiction, starring Michael Keaton.
Searchlight Pictures films The Dark House and Antlers – Insatiable Spirit will be shown at Lucca Comics & Games 2021 with special screenings.
Finally, Italian Gothic Band Lacuna Coil will be present at the festival’s Rock ‘n’ Comics.
Emanuele Vietina, Director of Lucca Comics & Games says “Lucca Comics & Games is the biggest comic convention in Europe, a cultural festival dedicated to storytelling and modern forms of art. Lucca is a also a community event merging the modern mythology of comics, movies and rock with the Italian monumental heritage of a historic Tuscan town. This year, we offer a unique program which presents Frank Miller alongside Roberto Saviano and brings back major film studios such as Disney and Netflix to Lucca. Bringing this festival to life after a difficult pandemic year is our own way of celebrating Pop Culture.”
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