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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: first full trailer

4 hours ago

BBC fantasy Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is already set to be our drama of the year. See the first full trailer here to find out why...

Prepare to hear a great deal more from us about Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in the coming weeks. The short version: it's excellent and we urge you to tune in when it arrives on the BBC next month.

Writer Peter Harness (Doctor WhoWallander), director Toby Haynes (SherlockDoctor WhoThe Musketeers) and co. have done a magnificent job adapting Susanna Clarke's 2004 debut for this seven-part drama series - no mean feat, as those who've read the novel will understand.

For those who haven't, it's a story of magic in an alternative nineteenth century England, it brims with imagination, depth and beauty, and boasts an excellent cast led by Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel, including Marc Warren, Paul Kaye, Alice Englert, Charlotte Riley, »

- louisamellor

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Galaga-Tekken mash-up game hits Japan this month

5 hours ago

Namco's made a Galaga Tekken game, and it's due out in Japan at the end of April...

Here's the team-up we never knew we wanted - a mash-up of two of Namco's most famous vidoegame properties, Galaga and Tekken.

In essence, it's the old up-the-screen shooter Galaga, but this time with 2D pixel versions of famous characters from Tekken, which celebrates its 20th birthday this year. It also features a guest appearance from Pac-Man, just to mix things up even more.

According to Siliconera, word of the game first emerged on April Fool's Day, which naturally left most people assuming it was all just a joke. But no - Galaga Tekken: 20 Anniversary Edition, to give it its full title, is to be available as a free download for iOS on the 30th April in Japan.

Will it also make it to our shores? We certainly hope so. More on this as it comes in. »

- ryanlambie

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Game Of Thrones season 5 episode 3 review: High Sparrow

6 hours ago

Game Of Thrones' true mastery is in its precise balance of multiple engaging plots and locations, as High Sparrow shows...

This review contains spoilers.

5.3 High Sparrow

Sometimes it's difficult to sit down and start writing about Game Of Thrones without immediately launching into praise. So much of what the show has done over its five seasons has only reinforced its brilliance, from spectacular battle scenes to essentially turning Peter Dinklage from a highly regarded actor into a star player. Of all that, what the show's creative crew has done best is to take George R.R. Martin's literary world and translate it seamlessly to television.

The universe of Game Of Thrones feels like an authentic place; every location feels distinct without artificially inflated differences. There's no village of pagodas or huts or science-fiction Jetson houses; it's all wood and stone, fitting the medieval theme without appearing to try too hard. »

- louisamellor

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Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: trailers tease Age Of Ultron link

7 hours ago

Following on from last week's episode, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is advertising its direct links to the Avengers in these new trailers...

In the UK, many of us have seen Avengers: Age Of Ultron already. In the USA, though, the film comes out on Friday the 1st of May. 

As such, last week's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode teased elements of Joss Whedon's superhero crossover spectacular, while tomorrow's episode The Dirty Half Dozen is set to make the connections very overt indeed.

There are no spoilers for the film here, we'd argue, so have a look at these clips if you fancy a tease of how things are going to connect...

And here's another...

The Dirty Half Dozen airs tomorrow night (Tuesday the 28th of April) in America.

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- rleane

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Silent Hills "not gonna happen" says del Toro

7 hours ago

Director Guillermo del Toro seems to have confirmed that Konami's survival horror Silent Hills has been cancelled...

The future of survival horror sequel Silent Hills has been in question ever since Hideo Kojima left Konami under mysterious circumstances a few months ago. Now, reports of the game's premature death have emerged from two reliable sources - director Guillermo del Toro and actor Norman Reedus.

Del Toro set alarm bells ringing first, when journalist Matt Hackney revealed via Twitter that del Toro had said, "It's not gonna happen, and that breaks my greasy heart." Del Toro said this during a Q&A at a San Francisco Film Society event dedicated to the director and his work.

Next came The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus, who was set to appear in the game. He took to Twitter and wrote, "Super bummed about this was really looking forward to it. Hopefully it'll come back around. »

- ryanlambie

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Orphan Black season 3 episode 2 review: Transitory Sacrifices Of Crisis

8 hours ago

Tatiana Maslany's not the only one delivering impressive performances in Orphan Black season 3...

This review contains spoilers.

3.2 Transitory Sacrifices Of Crisis

On this week's episode of Orphan Black, Ari Millen gets his chance to share the spotlight, and he absolutely delivers.

My one complaint last week was that I couldn't really tell the male clones apart. On any other show, that would be understandable, but Orphan Black prides itself on having one woman play half its main cast so well that you can tell which character she's playing just from a still photograph. Next to that, not being able to tell the male clones apart was a glaring problem. I'm happy to say that with a bit more screen time this week, Ari Millen was able to rise to the challenge with aplomb; not only was he able to create distinct characters, but to actually make me emotional about »

- louisamellor

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Grimm season 4 episode 19 review: Iron Hans

8 hours ago

Grimm season 4 reaches its tipping point as Juliette's unpredictable behaviour steps up a notch on the insanity scale...

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4.19 Iron Hans

So, the cat’s out of the bag.

In fact the cat leaped from the bag, wailing and scratching in spectacular fashion.

Left vulnerable by Prince Kenneth’s plans to expose her pregnancy to Juliette, Adalind goes to the only person she knows can protect her, Nick. Needless to say, Nick’s reaction to the discovery he’s going to be a daddy is one of shock and disbelief, and he is naturally resistant to her attempts to help her. But Adalind’s not a master manipulator for nothing, and soon Nick is promising to protect her (and her unborn baby boy) from Juliette, who it’s fair to say, reacts very badly to news of the pregnancy.

There’s a public bust-up at the police station between the Grimm, »

- louisamellor

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Captain America: Civil War - Daniel Bruhl confirms role

9 hours ago

Daniel Bruhl has revealed the role that he'll be taking on in the Marvel cinematic universe...

It's been several months now since we learned that Rush star Daniel Bruhl had been cast in Marvel's upcoming Captain America: Civil War (potentially with an eye on appearing in the Doctor Strange movie as well). And now we've got confirmation as to just who he's going to be playing.

Bruhl has confirmed to The Independent that he will, as had been suspected, take on the part of Baron Helmut Zemo in the new movie. "I think I can tell you that without being thrown into Marvel prison", he said. You can read more on the Baron here.

Production is due to start on the film imminently, and Bruhl added that "for the first few days I'll walk around like a little boy, just amazed by the megalomania of it. It's such a huge project. »

- simonbrew

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Joss Whedon on Wonder Woman: "I was always DC-curious"

9 hours ago

Joss Whedon admits his wish to do a Batman film, and reveals why he's unlikely to get a job directing a DC movie...

Avengers: Age Of Ultron is the second Marvel movie that Joss Whedon has directed, and it's also going to be the last one for a while. Joe and Anthony Russo are taking the helm for Avengers: Infinity War Parts One and Two, and Whedon's next directorial project is some way from being known, by the sounds of it.

But could it be a DC project? Whedon at one stage was developing a Wonder Woman movie of course, So would he still fancy a go at a DC movie project? "Sure, I'd be like, 'I have all these joke ideas'. And they'd be like 'no, we don't do that here'", he joked to IGN.

"I desperately wanted to do a Batman film – who doesn’t? And I wanted to do Wonder Woman. »

- simonbrew

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron box office, extended cut, alternate ending

9 hours ago

As Avengers 2 blasts off at the box office, it looks as if it'll come with deleted scenes and a different ending when it arrives on disc.

As expected, Joss Whedon's hugely anticipated Avengers: Age Of Ultron got off to a staggering start at the global box office over the weekend. The movie - which opens in America later this week - already has $201m in the bank from its first weekend across 44 international markets. Pretty much everywhere the film has opened thus far, it's outperforming Marvel's biggest movies to date, including the original The Avengers and Iron Man 3. After its first four days on release in the UK, for instance, Avengers: Age Of Ultron was set to hit £18m in takings. Its second weekend hold - and Us opening numbers - will offer a very big clue as to whether it can match the $1.5bn take of the first movie. »

- simonbrew

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The Wolverine 3 writer confirmed

9 hours ago

Green Lantern and Blade Runner 2's Michael Green boards the next - and final - Wolverine movie...

With Hugh Jackman hinting earlier this year that 2017's The Wolverine 3 may be his last film as the character, it looks like it might just be a pivotal film in the land of the X-Men. Jackman is definitely back to headline the movie of course, and it's rumoured that Patrick Stewart will have a significant role in this one as well. If said rumour is to be believed, the movie will be a team up between Logan and Professor Xavier.

One man who does know whether that's true is Michael Green. Green, whose screenwriting credits include Green Lantern and the upcoming Blade Runner 2, has been hired to take a shot at The Wolverine 3's screenplay. He will pick up the previous draft of the script, that was written by David James Kelly.

Currently, »

- simonbrew

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Fast & Furious 7 now 5th biggest movie of all time

9 hours ago

Fast & Furious 7's gross of $1.32bn now puts it ahead of Frozen - and it's closing in fast on the final Harry Potter film too...

The staggering growth of the Fast & Furious movies has continued in spectacular style these past few weeks. Fast & Furious 7 has now topped the Us box office for four weeks in a row, and the movie has - by some distance - become the most successful of the franchise to date. Fast & Furious 6, for instance, grossed $788m worldwide, and that in turn was a significant jump from Fast & Furious 5.

Neither, though, can hold a box office torch to Fast & Furious 7. The film has now taken $320m in the Us alone, but even more than that, it's taken $1bn elsewhere in the world. Its current combined take - and it's a long way from running out of (ahem) gas - is $1.32bn.

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- simonbrew

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