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The Big Bang Theory season 8 episode 10 review: The Champagne Reflection

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Season 8 cements its status as the most contemplative run of Big Bang Theory episodes so far with The Champagne Reflection...

This review contains spoilers.

8.10 The Champagne Reflection

A week after commenting on the comparative seriousness of The Big Bang Theory season eight, the show offers up The Champagne Reflection, probably the most contemplative of the season. It didn't have any of those big, character or relationship-defining moments usually present in the show's best episodes, but did have a lot to say about some little things.

There's nothing that can remind you of your mortality more than having someone you relate to pass away, and that's pretty much what Leonard, Howard and Raj's storyline amounts to in the episode. Tasked with clearing out the office of another professor – one who never achieved anything worthy of the champagne his mother had bought him 50 years earlier – the guys ponder how they would feel »

- louisamellor

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First Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer lands this Friday

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Good news! The first Star Wars: Episode VII trailer is days away. Bad news! Not for all of us, it seems...

It's official: the wraps are finally coming off Jj Abrams' new Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens (nee Episode VII).

We don't usually write up stories of incoming trailers as regular readers know, but it'd be fair to say this one's really rather eagerly awaited. Thus, whilst we've learned that the eagerly-anticipated trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to land on Friday, there is a slight sting to this one. That's because so far, it's only confirmed to be showing at nine cinemas in America. Regal Cinemas, as it happens.

Said cinemas are:

CA Irvine — Edwards Irvine Spectrum 22 & IMAX

CA San Diego — Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & Rpx

Ga Atlanta — Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 IMAX & Rpx

Il Chicago — Regal City »

- simonbrew

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The 100 season 2 episode 5 review: Human Trials

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Finn reaches the point of no return in this week's episode of the ever-compelling The 100. Here's Caroline's review of Human Trials...

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2.5 Human Trials

What do you do if one of your show's main characters is the most boring person on screen? If your central love story doesn't catch on and viewers immediately jump ship to another pairing? What if he's the one thing people complain about in an otherwise critically adored first series?

If you're The 100, you completely overhaul that character, shift the rest around to fulfil whatever roles are open, and make him the most morally ambiguous and troubled character on the show. That's what they've done with Finn, anyway, and it's drawn a fair amount of criticism. It's fairly safe to say that his actions in this episode, Human Trials, are the major point of no return for him, but it's something that's been »

- louisamellor

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Arrow season 3 episode 7 review: Draw Back Your Bow

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Arrow delivers what feels like a Valentine's Day filler episode in, er, November. Here's Caroline's review...

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3.7 Draw Back Your Bow

The third season of Arrow, and to a certain extend the second, has put a lot of stock into the Oliver/Felicity relationship, what it means for Oliver and his mission, and how it might affect the mission both characters are so invested in. For some, this has been a dream come true – a romance more or less concocted by the fandom and then transplanted onto the screen. For others, not so much.

I don't hate this romance, and I like both characters, but it's in episodes like Draw Back Your Bow that it becomes hard to ignore the massive impact that particular couple has had on the show. If you don't care about them being together, or at least don't care about it as much »

- louisamellor

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ITV orders Charlie Higson-written Jekyll & Hyde drama

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A new ten-part action adventure series based on R.L. Stevenson's Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde is coming to ITV...

Here's an exciting addition to our recent overview of new UK supernatural and sci-fi TV due to arrive over the next year: ITV has commissioned a ten-part drama series from writer Charlie Higson based on Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella, The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde. According to ITV, the series will "exude mystery, fantasy, horror and sci-fi", which all sounds right up our street.

Higson's series will move the action up a few decades, setting Stevenson's story of a young doctor's Hulk-like transformations into a creature with superhuman abilities against the backdrop of 1930s London.

That's not the only change to the original either - this Jekyll's condition is one inherited from his grandfather - the original Dr Jekyll - and not brought about his own experimentations. »

- louisamellor

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Castle season 7 episode 7 review: Once Upon A Time In The West

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For the most part, this week's Castle is back to the show fans know and love. Here's Laura's review...

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7.7 Once Upon A Time In The West

Okay, I’m going to get this off my chest up front because, for the most part, I enjoyed Once Upon A Time In The West.

Usually, when we identify with the characters we watch, it’s a good thing. (Unless you’re watching Hannibal, which does an amazing job of forcing you to see yourself in the last people you’d want to serve as your looking glass.) But generally, we feel connected to the narrative by such relationships, and that works well for everyone. This week, however, Castle made me feel more than a little patronized in that identification

The episode really starts, after we first see the death of this week’s victim, with Kate and Rick »

- louisamellor

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Constantine episode 5 review: Danse Voudou

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Constantine's latest episode sadly won't do much to support the case for season two renewal. Here's Kylie's review of Danse Voudou...

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1.5 Danse Voudou

My question from last week bears repeating: Why would you make up your own crap when you’ve got all of Hellblazer to draw upon? Do we need to send Garth Ennis up there to smack these people upside the head? The episode isn’t bad, really. But like every episode besides A Feast Of Friends —and unlike Hellblazer—it just isn’t memorable.

First, let’s get the big news out of the way: Constantine smokes in this episode. Not sneaky “I was smoking off camera” stuff, but actual lit-cigarette-in-the-mouth action. I’m not sure how that happened after all the brouhaha about not smoking on network television, but I’m not going to question it. It’s the last piece »

- louisamellor

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The Walking Dead season 5 episode 7 review: Crossed

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The Walking Dead season 5 is all about showing the effects of loss and grief. Here's Ron's review of the year's penultimate episode...

This review contains spoilers.

5.7 Crossed

The Walking Dead has shown an admirable ability to focus on one particular storyline at a time this season. There'll be some splitting up, but we'll get a Bethisode or a Carol and Daryl caper, or something else focusing on one particular group of our scattered survivors, and very little of what the show did in its second season—split everyone up, then split every episode up. That split style works for something like Game Of Thrones, which features divergent enough cast members and settings to help the viewer keep up with who is where.

That doesn't work quite as well with The Walking Dead, because if you've seen one post-apocalyptic zombie hellscaape, you've seen 'em all. However, the characters look different enough »

- louisamellor

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Arrow and The Flash teams discuss crossover episode

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Here be lots of teasers about the content of the upcoming Arrow and The Flash crossover…

Ah, the ancient art of the executive producer future-episode tease. We thought we’d escaped these for now, with Doctor Who season 8 done and dusted.

Alas, we were wrong. Arrow and The Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg has been discussing the upcoming crossover episode.

He and members of both casts discussed plot elements a little with The Hollywood Reporter recently, so don’t scroll past our spoiler squirrel Daphne if you want to go in completely Captain Cold-style (read: cold).

Why Oliver and Barry are fighting was mentioned, for starters. The catalyst for that is a dangerous metahuman who "gets in Barry's head, and he gets whammied. Barry's not himself in The Flash vs. Arrow.”

“It was really fun; I got to play a different character, essentially, who was losing his mind,” said Gustin. »

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William Shatner joins Syfy’s Haven in recurring role

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Syfy’s Haven telly show has just snapped up Captain Kirk himself, Mr William Shatner...

TV drama Haven, based on Steven King’s The Colorado Kid, has been running since 2010. Now, they’ve added William Shatner to the mix in a piece of enterprising casting.

He’ll play a ‘pivotal character that has the potential to forever impact the fate of the town of Haven and its troubled residents,’ we’re told.

Mr Shatner will hang around for four episodes, with an arc all of his own, acting as the bridge between them.

Haven season five is screening right now around the world, but Shatner will beam into proceedings after the mid-season break, at some point next year.

The show, if you’re not familiar focuses on an FBI special agent in a small town which becomes weirder and weirder the longer she stays there. It’s unclear if she »

- rleane

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Constantine season 1 will end after 13 episodes

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There will be no additional episodes for Constantine season one after the initial 13 ordered…

Sad news today for fans of Constantine. NBC have decided to stick with the initial 13 episodes it ordered, rather than extend the season.

The Flash and Gotham, the other new DC adaptations this year, both fared better and received full-season orders of 20+ episodes from their respective networks.

This isn’t, however, the definite end of the show. It does still, we’re told, remain in contention for a second-season renewal.

The timing of the show (premiering later than the other DC-based programmes) meant that NBC had to make a decision on continuing season 1 after only four episodes had been shown. When the season has finished, and all the ratings info is in, it can still choose to renew.

We’ll pass on any further news as soon as we hear it.

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- rleane

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Sylvester Stallone: PG-13 Expendables 3 was "horrible miscalculation"

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The Expendables 4 will go back to being R-rated, as Sylvester Stallone admits a PG-13 Expendables film was a mistake...

Earlier this year, The Expendables 3 arrived in cinemas and did notably less business that its two predecessors. A good chunk of that is arguably down to the fact that the film leaked online and in full weeks ahead of its release. But also, there's the fact that Sylvester Stallone and his team went for a PG-13 rating, over the R-rated cuts of The Expendables and The Expendables 2.

Crave Online, chatting to Stallone, asked him about the decision to go for a PG-13 cut, and he admitted that "I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again".

Stallone did have »

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James Bond 24: major villain rumoured to return

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Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes are set to start production on the new James Bond film next month - and a big rumour has landed...

Production is finally set to start on the 24th James Bond film in December, with a formal announcement of that expected in the next week or two. The new movie will see Daniel Craig play 007 for the fourth time, this time reunited with his Skyfall director, Sam Mendes. Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are all back for the new film.

One of the new additions to the cast is Christoph Waltz, and over the weekend, a major rumour surfaced regarding the identity of his role. If you want to know more, you'll need to scroll below Daphne the Spoiler Squirrel...

.... still here?

Right then. The Daily Mail isn't our favourite source on planet Earth, but it does have a good track record when »

- simonbrew

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Get On Up review

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Watching James Brown biopic Get On Up has Mark pining for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story...

“James Brown needs to think about his entire life before he plays.”

That's not how Get On Up opens, but it's close enough to the first line from 2007's Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, a woefully under-appreciated comedy that should really be required viewing as a “What Not To Do” guide for anyone attempting a biopic of a musician. Alas, this film about Godfather of Soul James Brown walks into every cliché lampooned in the Apatow spoof one by one, although not necessarily in the right order.

It starts with that Cox-style pre-gig remembrance, with lines of dialogue we'll hear in the next two hours echoing around as Brown (Chadwick Boseman) walks down a long corridor to the stage. Then for mystifying reasons, we cut to 1989, to an utterly random and anecdotal »

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Wanted 2 still on the cards

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Wanted 2 keeps edging closer to actually happening, as producer Marc Platt confirms the script is "getting pretty good"...

From the earliest days of the website we seem to have been reporting on a potential sequel to 2008's surprise hit, Wanted. The original movie starred James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman, with Timur Bekmambetov directing. And the first film ate up $341m at the global box office, Wanted 2 has been on the cards ever since.

However, Wanted 2 appeared to have fallen off-radar in recent years, and we'd assumed that the project had quietly been dropped. Not so though, says producer Marc Platt. "We have a script that’s getting pretty good", he told Coming Soon. "You don’t want to just retread a similar story, but when we get the script to a certain bar, there will be a sequel. It’s taken a while because it’s challenging. »

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Christian Bale: "I'm jealous of someone else playing Batman"

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Christian Bale has been chatting about the moment when he heard that Ben Affleck was the new Batman...

Christian Bale was adamant come the end of his work on The Dark Knight Rises that, unless Christopher Nolan was directing again, his Batman days were over. Thus, as you more than likely know, the role then went to Ben Affleck, who's taking over Batman duties in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which is due in 2016.

But how did Bale feel when he heard that Affleck was the new Batman? Empire magazine posed that question to him.

"I've got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going 'go on... let's do another'. So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared »

- simonbrew

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New image: battle-damaged T-800 in Terminator: Genisys

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Arnold Schwazenegger has been taking damage in the latest pic from Terminator: Genisys...

It's been a bumpy few weeks for Terminator: Genisys. Following the announcement of the movie's name, which didn't get off to the best start, there was the reveal of crucial plot details - which you can read about here - that, it would be fair to say, did not go down very well. We'd be surprised if there wasn't a trailer before the end of the year, though, and Paramount will be hoping that said promo starts to turn things around.

Ahead of that, a bit of straightforward publicity for Terminator: Genisys then, in the shape of a new promo image from the film. It's a battle-damaged Arnold Schwarzenegger, playing a T-800 in the movie. And it's popped up over at The Arnold Fans. Here it is...

We've nothing else to add to this. It's just a »

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