Vampire Academy Movie UK Update: CANCELLATION CONFIRMED

Earlier I contacted Vue to see what was happening since the Vampire Academy page no longer existed and they tweeted me back with this:

It’s pretty sad/ devastating/ soul destroying news for us fans but I’m afraid we’ll have to band together and support each other until the DVD is released over here. I haven’t found any news yet on a release date but hopefully it shouldn’t be to long to wait.

Cover Amazon.com have for pre-order of Vampire Academy DVD

Cover Amazon.com have for pre-order of Vampire Academy DVD

Looking at the cinematic release of Vampire Academy in other countries really does show that it hasn’t lived up to expectations financially. Maybe it could have done better with a stronger advertising campaign and merchandise. I mean when Twilight started their ad campaign I think this house had every poster and piece of merchandise going. I’m 23 and I’d honestly buy anything Vampire Academy.

This probably doesn’t bode well for the optioning of Frostbite but if the money’s there to make it then anything can happen.

Fingers crossed Vampire Academy fans for future luck in the franchise! Until the DVD release we’ll just have to read a bit more

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Mickey Rooney; A Child Star Forever Remembered

Mickey_Rooney_stillThis week the Old Hollywood fandom are in mourning once again. On Monday Mickey Rooney died aged 93. Only at the beginning of the year did we lose Shirley Temple, another child star of the Old Hollywood era. This is obviously a hazard that comes with being fans of old things, we’re bound to see lots of death and have to mourn the actors we treasure.

Mickey Rooney had lived a very long life compared to some of those he acted with. He had a career spanning 9 decades, married 8 times and lived life to the full in every way. I suppose we don‚Äôt really need to tell you much about Rooney. Everyone knows he was a very successful child star who had many comebacks in adulthood. Laurence Olivier once referred to him as “the greatest film actor America ever produced.” Those words mean everything coming from Olivier.

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Rooney & his first wife Ava Gardner

His most famous role was as Andy Hardy in A Family Affair which gained that much success 15 more films were released off the back of it. Rooney also found fame when partnered with another child star, Judy Garland. In some clips at the beginning of their partnership you can easily see how comfortable Rooney is in performing next to Garland who still seems a bit nervous. Rooney was from a vaudeville family so had been on stage from very early on.

 

Go look at his filmography and I’m sure you’ll be surprised in all the films he’s been in. Without a doubt you’ve seen at least one of ¬†the 300+ films he’s starred in.

Here’s Mickey and Judy singing Our Love Affair from 1940’s Strike Up The Band.

He’ll be missed but he’s made a big mark on Hollywood that will go on forever



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Rooney has Mr Yunioshi in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Rooney with 11 year old Elizabeth Taylor (her film debut) and Butch Jenkins in National Velvet (1944)

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Rooney with Dick Van Dyke & Bill Cobbs in Night At The Museum (2006)

Vampire Academy Movie UK Update: RUMOURED CANCELLATION

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Please note I stress the word rumoured. As of 11pm UK time I have been unable to find any confirmation OR denial of this dreadful news. I’ve followed up some leads and here’s what I’ve found.

  • Vampire Academy is no longer on the Cineworld website but I did find it on the Vue¬†website. Odeon¬†also say they have it set for 23rd April.
  • The film still appears on eOne’s UK Site¬†but there is no information on UK release dates, there’s basically no information for us.
  • The UK release date has also vanished from the extensive list of dates on IMDB. Ireland is still there.
  • The film didn’t live up to expectations and was not released in Brazil. Australia only had a run of 20 days. This info is from¬†Vampire Academy (Film)¬†This could be a major reason for cancellation here.
  • The release date for the DVD in the US has been announced and that’s on 20th May. That obviously has nothing to do with the cancellation of the UK release but it’s something to keep in mind for the DVD release over here.

tumblr_n0kldknlkv1rxoc48o1_500Remember to keep an eye out on social networking sites, as we know the fans are usually the first to know about things like this. This site is a great source of information: Vampire Academy Movie UK Facebook So is Tumblr and Twitter, so keep Vampire Academy tagged.

If Vampire Academy is cancelled over here then we’ll just have to stay brave and keep flicking through our Vampire Academy Movie Companions until the DVD is released.

As soon as we have more information or confirmations we’ll let you all know.

 

 

UPDATE 4/4/14  Cineworld tweeted me back earlier with this:

Vue and Odeon are still saying Vampire Academy WILL STILL be shown. So far looks like it’s just Cineworld who have it cancelled. I suppose only time will tell.

UPDATE¬†9/4/14:¬†When I checked Vue this morning The Vampire Academy link says the film is now due to be released¬†4/7/14¬†but when you click on the link¬†the Vampire Academy page has been removed.¬†Odeon have also removed the link to the film. A bad omen maybe? I’ve contacted Vue and will let you know their answer.

Happy 100th Birthday Alec Guinness!

tumblr_n0qyneBwz61r31mkdo1_500British screen legend Alec Guinness de Cuffe, better known to you and me as Alec Guinness, is an actor everyone has had the pleasure of watching on the big screen. As today would have been Guinness’ 100th birthday I was given the very hard job of selecting 3 films of his that I love because of Guinness’ superb performance and how the film fits perfectly to him. Please believe me ALL his films are worth a watch, he, like many other actors of bygone eras, just has something that the actors of today can’t perfect on screen. After many hours of great deliberation I narrowed it down to these three:

 

The Malta Story (1953)

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Muriel Pavlow & Alec Guinness in The Malta Story

From the first time I saw this film I loved it. From the outside it’s a classic war film of the British trying to hang onto the island of Malta as the German’s and Italian’s bomb and try to kill off any hopes of the Maltese people yet on the inside it’s a true romantic tale with Flight lt. Peter Ross (Guinness) falling in love with local girl Maria (Muriel Pavlow). Guinness plays this role wonderfully and manages to be a true RAF officer we’d expect to see but have a playful and caring side when it comes to his free time with Maria. The story itself really opens your eyes to Malta’s story during WWII and the great range of actors certainly gives you a film you’ll remember.

 

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

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Alec Guinness as Lady Agatha D’Ascoyne in Kind Hearts and Coronets

This was one of Guinness’ first big films and he nailed it, not just in one role but by playing EIGHT different characters. Kind Hearts and Coronets is an Ealing comedy and like all Ealing comedies it has a really different twist. Guinness plays eight members of the D’Ascoyne family including Lady D’Ascoyne. Unfortunately they all come to a particularly sticky end, all in their own ways. The make up and costume changes Guinness must have gone through for each character must have been tiring but in some occasions on screen you can’t even tell it’s him. He brings something unique to each character which is a true indication of his talent. Not many actors can pull off acting serious while being murdered in a, quite frankly unusual way, in an Ealing comedy.

 

 

The Ladykillers (1955)

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The Cast of The Ladykillers.

This is a film I knew I couldn’t miss out because it was one of the first Alec Guinness films I watched when I was younger. Again it’s an Ealing comedy and will
appeal to those who like a bit of dark humour. Please do not get this mixed up with Tom Hank’s 2004 remake, they’re both completely different and the Guinness version is far superior in every way. The Ladykillers is a great concept for a film and the 1955 cast perfects the overall film. Guinness role has ‘Professor’ Marcus is as sinister as he is charming, especially towards the Old Lady who owns the house he’s renting a room in. The film is all about criminals, imagination, police chases and great acting. In a weird way it makes for great family viewing, just like many of Alec Guinness’ other films.

 

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John Mills & Guinness in Great Expectations

Some films that nearly made it onto this very short list that are well worth a watch are: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Peter O’Toole plays the lead but Guinness plays an excellent Prince Feisal.¬†Bridge On the River Kwai¬†(1957) A very well known war story and a must watch, also stars William Holden.¬†Great Expectations¬†(1946) Guinness’ first credited film. He was the perfect friend to John Mill’s Pip in this film and he looks so young.

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Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence & Guinness as Prince Faisal

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Bridge on the River Kwai

There’s plenty more films that you could watch and enjoy in which Guinness stars. He starred in many genres so there’s something there for everyone. You maytumblr_n3ds83EaKz1qh3tpwo1_500
have noticed the lack of Star Wars on here. Guinness’ is said to have disliked his time in the films and, to me, it isn’t really his best performance.

Happy Birthday Alec! You may be gone but your work and talent will be enjoyed forever!