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Doctor Who: new info suggests plans stretch to series 15

4 hours ago

Rob Leane May 26, 2017

A BBC Worldwide press release hints that Doctor Who will stick around until at least its fifteenth series...

All credit goes to Doctor Who TV for spotting this story and reporting it first. And, although iron-clad info is in short supply, it is quite an interesting one. 

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Essentially, BBC Worldwide has put out a press release to announce a new deal with a Chinese media company, and one paragraph of the press bumf seems to suggest that the Beeb is planning for Doctor Who - in its current, post-relaunch state - to run until at least its fifteenth series. 

Here's the press release, with the bit we're talking about in bold...

BBC Worldwide today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (Mou) with leading Chinese media company, Shanghai Media Group Pictures (Smg »

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Beauty & The Beast's dance scene - before the CG

5 hours ago

Simon Brew May 26, 2017

Get a glimpse at Dan Stevens and Emma Watson's Beauty & The Beast dance - with Stevens covered in balls...

Well, this amused us. And it’s Friday. Two good excuses for running the story, and we trust you’ll agree.

For Disney’s live action Beauty & The Beast film, now one of the ten biggest movies of all time at the box office, Emma Watson got to wear costumes, whilst Dan Stevens – as the Beast – had to wear a motion capture suit. As such, the raw footage, before the computer work was put on top, was wisely kept out of the prying eyes of cinemagoers for the film’s cinema release.

But now the film is heading to disc? All bets are off. As such, footage has appeared online of the main dance scene in Beauty & The Beast, before Stevens’ Beast exterior was applied.

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Spider-Man spin off Silver Sable/Black Cat lands director

5 hours ago

Simon Brew May 26, 2017

The second Spider-Man spin-off movie will start shooting this year, with Gina Prince-Bythewood directing...

Last week, we got the news that Ruben Fleischer is set to direct Sony’s first Spider-Man spin-off movie, Venom. Furthermore, that Tom Hardy was taking on the title role. That film is set to shoot shortly, to meet an October 2018 release date.

Sony doesn’t seem to be wasting much time setting the next spin-off up either. Silver And Black is now the official title of the Silver Sable and Black Cat spin-off movie. Whilst casting for the two lead roles has yet to be announced, we do know who’s landed the director’s chair.

The job has gone to Gina Prince-Bythewood, the helmer of Love And Basketball and Beyond The Lights. Prince Bythewood is also directing the pilot for the TV series Cloak & Dagger, another project based on Marvel comics. »

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X-Men: New Mutants targeting Rosario Dawson

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Simon Brew May 26, 2017

X-Men: New Mutants continues to recruit its cast, with Rosario Dawson the latest addition...

The cast for the first of next year’s three X-Men-related movies is continuing to grow. X-Men: New Mutants already has in place Anya Taylor-Joy and Maisie Williams, with James McAvoy also expected to return as Professor X.

Now? Rosario Dawson, last seen on the big screen in the forgotten revenge thriller Unforgettable, is in talks to take the role of Dr Cecilia Reyes in the movie. Reyes is a mentor for the team of new superheroes, and has the handy talent of being able to generate a protective bio-field. Has its advantages, we’re sure.

Josh Boone, of The Fault In Our Stars fame, is directing the movie, which is set to start shooting in Canada shortly.

X-Men: New Mutants arrives in cinemas in April 2018. Expect a bit more casting news in »

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Silicon Valley: season 5 is confirmed, but T.J. Miller is leaving

14 hours ago

Chris Longo May 26, 2017

Erlich Bachman is no more. Silicon Valley is returning next season without T.J. MIller.

HBO gave Silicon Valley season 5 the go-ahead, but they’ll be leaving behind a major Pied Piper investor (and innovator!). While the renewal news was floating around for the hit HBO comedy, Vulture learned that T.J. Miller will be leaving the series at the conclusion of the currently airing fourth season.

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The publication quoted an HBO rep on Miller’s departure: “In Erlich Bachman, T.J. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his contribution and look forward to future collaborations.”

Miller’s been a key part of Pied Piper and a fan favorite on Silicon Valley, but his star has risen in Hollywood »

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Star Wars: Episode IX would have been Carrie Fisher's movie

17 hours ago

Joseph Baxter May 26, 2017

Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy reveals that Carrie Fisher's Leia would have dominated 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX.

This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Rogue One

Star Wars: Episode IX has been dealing with what to do with the character of Leia since the tragic passing of actress Carrie Fisher back in December. This, of course, is hardly a secret and reports even surfaced back in January depicting formerly prospective Episode IX scenarios in which Fisher’s Leia was to be placed. While the extent of Leia’s role in the 2019 sequel trilogy finale was never specified, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy offers something of an idea with a recent comment.

As Kennedy explains of Carrie Fisher, “she was having a blast. The minute she finished, she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX! »

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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul review

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The fourth Diary Of A Wimpy Kid movie arrives in the UK this weekend. Well, we liked it...

Where possible, I try and write a review of a film without having seen anyone else’s opinions of it first. I’ve got plenty of time afterwards to assess just how wrong I am in the eyes of the world.

Last weekend, then, rather than attend a press show, I took my children of varying ages (which tends to be how children work) to the new Wimpy Kid film, The Long Haul. I’ve enjoyed the first three, and particular applaud the quite brilliantly cast company of young performers. But young performers grow old and so, five years after Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 3, The Long Haul arrives with the same director (David Bowery), author Jeff Kinney still heavily involved, but a totally new cast.

I was expecting something akin to a reboot, »

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The little known fairy stories of J R R Tolkien

22 hours ago

Aliya Whiteley May 26, 2017

Just as he embarked on writing The Lord Of The Rings, J R R Tolkien worked on something smaller, but quite special...

This month, with help from BookBeat - who we thank very much for their support - we're trialling a book club series of features, where we look at books, how they translate to movies, how they work in audiobook form, and just generally chat about a certain title. You can get a free trial of BookBeat - a sort-of Netflix for audio books - right here. Den Of Geek readers get a full month free trial, as opposed to the usual two weeks. But you need to click on that link to get it! 

This week? We're looking at the work of J R R Tolkien. With a bit of help from Derek Jacobi's voice...

In 1938/39 Jrr Tolkien was just beginning the task of »

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Fear The Walking Dead season 3 set report

23 hours ago

Duncan Bowles May 26, 2017

Den Of Geek went to Mexico to spy on the filming of Fear The Walking Dead season 3 - here's what we saw...

Standing in the middle of a remote Mexican valley in Tijuana, only accessible by an ‘upgraded’ dirt track that threatened to dislodge both the production vans' wheels and maybe a few spines, I suddenly felt utterly vindicated from any time during an interview when I’d asked about location enhancing an actors’ performance. With rolling hills, quite literally as far as the eye could see, it was impossible not to be overwhelmed by the majestic beauty of the dusty, yet strangely fertile landscape, and that was before even setting eyes on the incredible work that production designer Bernardo Trujillo and his crew had integrated into a new setting for Fear The Walking Dead simply called ‘The Ranch’.

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Doctor Who: The Pyramid At The End Of The World spoiler-free review

24 May 2017 10:37 PM, PDT

Simon Brew May 25, 2017

Picking up from last week's Extremis, Doctor Who series 10 moves on to The Pyramid At The End Of The World. Here are our thoughts...

10.7 The Pyramid At The End Of The World

Interesting. Not without a few problems, but interesting, and plenty in this one to make you want the gap between this and the next episode to be less than seven days.

Picking up in the aftermath of last week’s Extremis, The Pyramid At The End Of The World is an episode of Doctor Who that continues to ramp things up, as the threat to the world escalates. It’s the kind of episode, in fact, that you could imagine fitting a few episodes later in a run, with a growing threat and some other stuff I'm not going to talk about here.

To give you a flavour of what you get, though, it comes »

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John Wick 3 moving quickly, possibly filming this year

24 May 2017 10:18 PM, PDT

Simon Brew May 25, 2017

Keanu Reeves will return as John Wick - and it may be a little sooner than first thought...

Off the back of the success of John Wick: Chapter 2, plans are moving quickly to get the third film in the series before the cameras. Chad Stahelski, who directed the second movie (after co-directing the first), has been telling Collider that script work is well underway.

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“We’re in the middle of it writing it right now”, he said. “It’s more of a how fast can we get our shit together. But I would assume that if not by the end of this year, the beginning of next year”. By that, we’re taking it to mean that the movie could even be filming before 2017 is out, and that’d »

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Top Gun 2 circling Oblivion director

24 May 2017 10:15 PM, PDT

Simon Brew May 25, 2017

Director Joseph Kosinski may be reuniting with Tom Cruise for Top Gun 2...

Things seem to be suddenly moving quite quickly where Top Gun 2 is concerned. Earlier this week, Tom Cruise confirmed in an interview that the project was an active one, and that he suspected it’d be filming within the next 12 months. There’s been no official announcement from Paramount Pictures about this, but the studio – for whom Tom Cruise is currently shooting Mission: Impossible 6 – will be keen.

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Variety is now reporting that things may be more advanced than first thought too, because Tom Cruise is said to have been meeting with potential directors for the project. The plan is to make sure that Top Gun 2 is ready to rock and roll as soon as »

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Star Wars: Joseph Fiennes on auditioning for Obi-Wan

24 May 2017 10:12 PM, PDT

Simon Brew May 25, 2017

How a five-year old cost Joseph Fiennes his chance at playing Obi-Wan in the Star Wars prequel trilogy...

Off the back of his success in the Oscar-winning Shakespeare In Love, actor Joseph Fiennes was a man on many big movie casting director’s wishlists in the 1990s in particular. And in a new interview, he’s revealed that he came close to landing a key role in the Star Wars prequels. Obi-Wan Kenobi as it happens, the part that was played ultimately by Ewan McGregor in the prequel trilogy.

Chatting to The Wrap, Fiennes has been talking in loose terms about his audition and why he didn’t get the role.

“I auditioned for a great director”, he recalled. “It was whittled down after many auditions to myself and another fine actor who I was at that time at drama school with”.

Fiennes was indeed at drama school with Ewan McGregor. »

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Maze Runner star says the third movie is back on track

24 May 2017 8:17 PM, PDT

Don Kaye May 25, 2017

Kaya Scodelario confirms that things are pressing ahead in earnest on Maze Runner: The Death Cure.

It was March 2016 when actor Dylan O’Brien, star of the dystopian young adult series collectively known as The Maze Runner, was seriously injured on the set of the third film, The Death Cure. At first filming was set to resume that May, until the studio and producers were informed that O’Brien’s injuries were more serious than previously thought.

At that point production was shut down indefinitely and the original February 2017 release date was scrapped. But work on the picture finally resumed this past March - a full year after O’Brien was hurt - and co-star Kaya Scodelario told Den Of Geek Us a bit about how it was going.

"We're just filming the third one and it's a really great send-off for the characters", she said. "They're »

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Arrow season 5 episode 23 review: Lian Yu

24 May 2017 6:17 PM, PDT

Tyler McCarthy May 25, 2017

The battle of Lian Yu rages on in the Arrow Season 5 finale...

This review contains spoilers.

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5.23 Lian Yu

After a year of twists, turns, false flags and some seriously angsty drama, the Arrow season 5 finale is its most climactic and costume-heavy episode to date. Not only did the finale pack enough hardcore action to satisfy any average fan’s bloodlust, but the ageing series found yet another compelling way to leave fans on the hook until Arrow season six kicks off in October.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the battle on Lian Yu or the ultimate Arrow cliffhanger, let’s acknowledge for one final time the shoehorned existence of the flashbacks. It will be strange to see what happens to the format of the series next year now »

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The behind the scenes battles of Pirates Of The Caribbean

24 May 2017 2:24 PM, PDT

Mark Harrison May 25, 2017

The Pirates Of The Caribbean movies have not been easy films to make....

As Michael Bolton once belted out: “This is the tale of Captain Jack Sparrow.” The Pirates Of The Caribbean film was a surprise sleeper hit in 2003, astounding the higher-ups at Disney who had long been sceptical of how a pirate movie, based on a ride at Disneyland, would appeal to audiences.

Off the back of this success, the sequels only got more ambitious and expensive in scale, with their use of practical effects and convoluted character dynamics serving to complicate the adventure format, with mixed results. It shouldn't shock you then, to hear that each of the movies released so far had some serious behind-the-scenes battles to make them shipshape.

The fifth and apparently final instalment, Salazar's Revenge (or Dead Men Tell No Tales), has had some very public battles before it has even been released, »

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David Bowers interview: Wimpy Kid, James Bond, family movies

24 May 2017 1:29 PM, PDT

Simon Brew May 25, 2017

The director of the new Wimpy Kid - and the last three - on the movie, and why he doesn't like deleted scenes...

Returning for the fourth Diary Of A Wimpy Kid film – and his third as director – is British-born director David Bowers. Having started with animation – directing Flushed Away and Astro Boy, amongst his extensive credits – Bowers has since been primarily working on bringing Jeff Kinney’s characters to the screen.

Ahead of the release in UK cinemas this Friday of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, he spared us some time for a chat about the movie.

We started by my asking if he’d been to see the film himself since it was finished…

I went on Saturday to watch it. My mother in law wanted to see it. The guy in front of us, who’d grudgingly taken his seven-year old daughter, »

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Game Of Thrones season 7 trailer breakdown & analysis

24 May 2017 1:17 PM, PDT

Kayti Burt May 25, 2017

From that attack on Casterly Rock to Jorah's gnarly arm, our Us chums break down all the big moments from the Game of Thrones trailer...

"The great war is here."

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It's all war all the time in the new trailer for Game Of Thrones season seven (which you can check out here). The full-length promo begins with Cersei laying out the enemies she has to face from every side. Something tells me that her fancy war map won't save her...

In general, Cersei's appearance in this trailer is defined by loneliness. The promo begins with the sound of her echoing steps... and how small does she look in the above screenshot? Jamie may techically be by her side, as we see in a later shot, but Cersei is very much »

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Sony adds new curator system to PlayStation Network

24 May 2017 9:17 AM, PDT

Matthew Byrd May 25, 2017

The Creators allows you to view the recommendations of developers, executives, and other game industry members.

Sony has debuted a new curator system for PlayStation Network which allows gamers everywhere to view the recommendations of some of the industry's great creative minds. 

This new program, dubbed The Creators, is now available for PlayStation Network users in select regions. If you are not in one of the currently available regions, you can still view the content of this latest update via the PlayStation website. 

In many ways, The Creators echoes Steam's curator system. Both are built around the idea of finding new games based on the recommendations of others and both allow you to purchase said games directly from the recommendation pages. 

The big difference here is who Sony approached for recommendations. Whereas the Steam curator system primarily relies on the recommendations of online content creators, Sony's system »

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Geeks Vs Loneliness: face-blindness

24 May 2017 1:55 AM, PDT

Shawm Kreitzman May 26, 2017

A few words about prosopagnosia - better known as face-blindness...

Welcome to Geeks Vs Loneliness, our spot on the site where we chat about things that may be affecting you, or people you know. This week, we're handing over to  Shawm Kreitzman, who wants to talk about something we're betting many of you - us included - hadn't heard of before...

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A few years ago, I stumbled across the trailer for Anomalisa on YouTube.

I had never heard of the film, but I watched the trailer with mild interest and thought it looked like a curious (if slightly melancholy) piece of stop-motion animation, nicely executed, but ultimately unremarkable. I let my mouse wander on to something else, and didn’t give it another thought.

Until my girlfriend happened to see it, »

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