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The Musketeers series 2 episode 10 review: Trial And Punishment

15 hours ago

The Musketeers tops off a strong second series with a fitting finale in which Marc Warren really made the villain's role his own...

This review contains spoilers.

2.10 Trial And Punishment

So this is it, the end of series 2. It’s been a fair old journey with some excellent highs and fortunately not many lows (not to mention far too many interruptions – damn you sport and charity!). The series finale often seems to linger, perhaps unfairly, as the one remembered by most and considered a yard stick for the run as a whole. In that respect, Trial And Punishment (written by Simon Allen and directed by Nicholas Renton), is a fitting end to what has been a really strong season.

Perhaps the most vivid image from last week's preview was of a haunted Constance being led to the executioner. It was with some surprise then, that this opened the episode, as »

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Zelda Wii U: delayed until 2016

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Nintendo's Legend Of Zelda entry for the Wii U, once scheduled for this year, is "no longer making a 2015 release"...

If there's a game on the horizon just about every Wii U owner's looking forward to, it's Nintendo's next entry in the Zelda series. Touted as a radical departure from the linear design of its predecessors, the currently-untitled Zelda Wii U is said to be the biggest, most open game in the series so far.

But Zelda Wii U's breadth, it seems, is time-consuming to create. Originally scheduled for release this year, Zelda is now delayed, with producer Eiji Aonuma stating that his team is "no longer making a 2015 release our number one priority."

Neither will the game be displayed at this year's E3, as originally thought. The reason for the delay, Aonuma says, is because his designers have "discovered several new possibilities" during Zelda's development, which he believes will »

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Spectre: first trailer for new James Bond film

27 March 2015 3:56 PM, PDT

It's here: the first teaser trailer for Spectre, the new James Bond film, starring Daniel Craig...

You know the drill by now. We could write whatever we wanted to here, safe in the knowledge that the vast majority of you have skipped straight to the trailer. We can't say we blame you.

For those with us, you more than likely know that Spectre is the 24th James Bond film, reuniting Daniel Craig with Skyfall director Sam Mendes. Returnees include Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Rory Cooper. 

New additions this time around? They include Monica Belluci, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Christoph Waltz and Andrew Scott.

The film is set to arrive in UK cinemas first, at the end of October, ahead of its global rollout in November. Spectre will also be getting an IMAX release, and reports already suggest that it'll set up the 25th James Bond film as well. »

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Transformers movie universe planned by Paramount

27 March 2015 3:44 PM, PDT

Paramount wants to borrow the Star Wars model, as it seeks to expand the Transformers movie universe with new sequels and spin-offs.

With Transformers: Age Of Extinction being the highest grossing film on the planet in 2014, it's unsurprising that Paramount is already pressing ahead with plans for Transformers 5. It's unclear yet whether Michael Bay will return to direct that one, given that he's currently working on drama 13 Hours (although he slotted Pain & Gain in between the last two Transformers movies). But whether he does or doesn't, you can expect lots more Transformers in the years ahead.

That's because - yes! - plans are afoot for a Transformers movie universe, with a series of spin-off films being planned.

Akiva Goldsman, the writer of A Beautiful Mind, Batman & Robin and I Am Legend, is to work to set up a "writer's room", reports Deadline. He'll be doing this in conjunction with Michael Bay, »

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Southpaw: first trailer

27 March 2015 10:44 AM, PDT

A beefed-up Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama, Southpaw. Here's the first trailer...

Unfortunate timing, really: the first trailer for the boxing drama Southpaw has landed just as Ryan Reynolds brings half of the web to a standstill by posing by a roaring fire as Deadpool.

Nevertheless, Jake Gyllenhaal makes a striking transformation of his own in Antoine Fuqua's forthcoming film; as Billy Hope, he's trained hard to become a convincing-looking professional fighter.

Alongside Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker and Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson are among the supporting cast. The trailer below looks as though it gives away a fair bit of the story, so bear that in mind before going in.

Southpaw's out on the 31st July in the UK.

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Deadpool: first official image of Ryan Reynolds in costume

27 March 2015 9:27 AM, PDT

Meet Ryan Reynolds' take on Deadpool - and here's the first official synopsis for the X-Men spin-off too...

Well, if you were one of those who said you'd never believe a Deadpool movie was happening until you saw Ryan Reynolds, in costume, on the eve of production, then this is your moment. The Deadpool movie is definitely, definitely happening.

Ryan Reynolds has Tweeted the first official look at himself in the Deadpool costume, and given that that's what you came for, let's start with that...

As the text that accompanied the Tweet noted, "Eat your heart out Burt Reynolds".

Accompanying the image, we now also have a first synopsis for the movie, that begins shooting in Vancouver shortly. It reads:

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment »

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The Flash episode 16 review: Rogue Time

27 March 2015 7:10 AM, PDT

The Flash understandably struggles to live up to the standard set by last week's blisteringly good episode...

This review contains spoilers.

1.16 Rogue Time

Time-travel episodes are fun; retcon episodes not so much.

That’s the problem The Flash faced with this week’s follow-up to an episode that had fans, general audience and even curious bystanders were falling over themselves to praise. The Flash introduced time-travel in its first season, a random non-finale episode in its first season no less, and it was always going to be harder for the following episode to sweep up the mess than it was to create it.

Rogue Time is indeed a weaker episode that its predecessor, but not to the extent it easily could have been given the circumstances. Fundamentally, the audience needs to be as frustrated with some of the backtracking as Barry is, especially with the Iris stuff, but the introduction »

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Games nobody talks about anymore: Bubble Bobble

27 March 2015 3:52 AM, PDT

Released in 1986, Bubble Bobble was one of the best two-player arcade games ever. Let's make a journey to the cave of monsters...

What’s the greatest co-op videogame of all time? Portal 2? Gauntlet? Left 4 Dead 2, maybe? For me, Bubble Bobble has to rank somewhere near the top of the list. A single-screen platform game where dragons blow bubbles and hooded enemies respond by rolling giant cookies along the floor, Bubble Bobble is still one of the best two-player arcade games ever.

Bubble Bobble’s enemy-nobbling mechanic appears to have its roots in Universal's seminal 1980 coin-op, Space Panic, where aliens are killed by first digging a hole, waiting for the enemies to fall in, and then bashing them while they’re trapped. Bubble Bobble gives this idea a bouncy new twist; this time, you blow bubbles, which encase enemies on contact, and then rush up and jump on them - »

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Want to be an extra in Homefront: The Revolution?

27 March 2015 1:51 AM, PDT

The makers of shooter sequel Homefront: The Revolution are looking for models to play NPCs - and they'll pay £50 for your time...

Essentially an interactive remake of Red Dawn, 2011's Homefront saw players fighting a guerrilla war in an occupied America. Having survived the collapse of Thq, the sequel - Homefront: The Revolution - now being developed by Deep Silver Dambuster Studios.

And with a year left in the game's production, Dambuster's looking for people willing to play extras in its occupied city.

"We are looking for male and female models of all ages, sizes and shapes," the studio's website says. "The faces of successful candidates will be used to add diversity to Npc characters who populate occupied Philadelphia."

Because this is a videogame we're talking about, being an extra in Homefront: The Revolution involves sitting in a chair and being scanned by a matrix of cameras. The process will, »

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Revisiting Star Trek Tng: The Loss

27 March 2015 1:29 AM, PDT

Lieutenant Troi goes mind-blind in this week's Star Trek: The Next Generation look-back...

This review contains spoilers.

The episode opens with Troi counselling Ensign Brooks over her unwillingness to deal with her husband's death (Ensign Brooks', that is, not Troi. Troi's totally over it) but as she says goodbye, she's stricken with a debilitating headache. On the bridge, Worf notices some weird sensor images, but can't explain what they are. Rather than hang around to find out, the Enterprise tries to leave but stalls immediately, throwing everyone forward slightly. This is what happens when someone other than Wesley does the driving.

In her office, Deanna contacts Crusher complaining of dizziness, but Crusher has a tonne of minor injuries to deal with so she tells Deanna to hang tight. On the bridge, the Enterprise crew are probing their situation and realising that they may well be stuck. Without Wesley to solve the problem, »

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Alien Nation remake planned, Iron Man writers on board

26 March 2015 11:53 PM, PDT

The 1980s sci-fi movie Alien Nation looks like it's next to get the remake treatment...

The plans to bring Alien Nation back to the screen we thought had died a quiet death. The Sci-Fi Channel, as it was then known, was considering a reboot back in 2009, but since then, we've heard barely a whisper.

Given that everything else seems to have been remade and/or rebooted, that's something of a surprise. Not least because there are themes in the original movie and subsequent TV show that have hardly lost their relevance.

Perhaps that's why the remake is now back on, although it seems to be a cinema project this time around. 20th Century Fox has hired a pair of writers to come up with a screenplay for a new Alien Nation film, and it's recruited Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who co-penned the first Iron Man. They also worked on »

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Downton Abbey movie possible once show is over

26 March 2015 11:38 PM, PDT

Plus: confirmation that Downton Abbey will end its TV run after series 6...

We know, we know. Downton Abbey may not be the most geeky subject matter we've ever covered on this site, but we have the same Dame Maggie Smith love as most of the rest of the human race. And, as we've pointed out before, the show has a cast of rather nerdy heroes in it.

News broke yesterday that - not before time, really - Downton Abbey is coming to an end. Series six of the show, which starts later this year on ITV, will be the last. Well, more specifically, the Christmas special will be the last, unless they regenerate the Abbey into another building, with another bunch of posh people. That's what Christmas specials are for, in truth.

However, a movie is already being chatted about, and executive producer Gareth Neame isn't ruling it out. Chatting to E! »

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Simon Pegg on Star Trek 3, Star Trek Into Darkness issues

26 March 2015 11:24 PM, PDT

Simon Pegg hasn't read Roberto Orci's earlier draft for the next Star Trek film. Plus, he shares his thoughts on Star Trek Into Darkness.

Simon Pegg has been chatting to our colleagues over at Den Of Geek Us about his new movie, Kill Me Three Times, and they've asked him a few more questions about the new Star Trek movie, that he's writing with Doug Jung.

He's confirmed that the screenplay that he and Jung are working on bears no relation to the earlier draft by Roberto Orci. "It's completely new. I haven't read Bob's script and they didn't want us to. So we went back to the drawing board", he said.

"We had creative meetings with Justin [Lin, director] and there were things he wanted in there. I haven't written like this before. I've never been a custodian of something, it's usually mine when I'm writing. Whereas with this, you're given a bunch of stuff. »

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Spooks: The Greater Good - brand new trailer

26 March 2015 11:09 PM, PDT

Game Of Thrones' Kit Harington takes the lead, as Spooks heads to the big screen. Here's the new Spooks: The Greater Good trailer...

On May 8th, Spooks makes its transition from the small screen to the cinema with the movie Spooks: The Greater Good. The film stars Kit Haringon, Peter Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Elyes Gabel, David Harewood and Tim McInnerny. And, we should note, it's set to work perfectly well whether you've seen the TV show it's spun out of or not.

We've got an official outline for the film, that describes what it's about better than we could on a cold, non-caffeinated Friday morning. It reads thus...

When charismatic terrorist Adam Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes from MI5 custody during a high profile handover, the legendary Harry Pearce (Peter Firth), Head of Counter-terrorism, is blamed. Disgraced and forced to resign, no-one’s surprised when Harry disappears one night off a bridge into the Thames… »

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Exclusive: Robot Overlords TV show in the works

26 March 2015 11:01 PM, PDT

Fancy a TV show exploring the Earth under the rule of robots? Robot Overlords will be heading to the smaller screen in due course...

In UK cinemas today is Robot Overlords, a fun and tense family movie, set in a world that's been under robot occupation for three years. The film centres on a quartet of young performers, and it's a welcome and effective homage to the kind of family movies we got in the 1980s. Our full review is here.

And now we learn that more Robot Overlords is on the way. Whilst not ruling out future movie sequels, should the new film do well, director Jon Wright told us that " it's looking very likely that we're going to turn Robot Overlords into a high-end TV series".

"We've got a big company in the UK, who are going to produce it. And two big broadcasters: one in the UK, »

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Matt Berry interview: Spongebob, Toast Of London, House Of Fools

26 March 2015 2:12 PM, PDT

Matt Berry chats to us about his voice work in the new Spongebob Squarepants movie, House Of Fools, music, and Toast Of London...

We like comedian and musician Matt Berry, and it's a good time to be a fan of him and his buttery-smooth baritone. He's currently strutting his stuff in the surreal Vic & Bob's House Of Fools, and his Rose D'Or winning comedy Toast Of London returns for a third series later this year.

Now he's in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, voicing a magic space dolphin called Bubbles. Now there's a sentence you rarely find yourself typing. So naturally we had to talk to him to find out all about it...

I've followed your work ever since Snuff Box, and The SpongeBob Movie might be the craziest role you've played, would you agree?

I don't know, I get involved in some fairly far-out things, namely in »

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Jon Wright interview: Robot Overlords, reviews, the Don Logan moment

26 March 2015 1:52 PM, PDT

Jon Wright on directing Robot Overlords, working with Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson, and why he made an 80s-style family film.

Three films in, and Jon Wright is very much a director whose output is worth keeping an eye on. His first full feature, Tormented, was an effective horror with some strong moments, but it was Grabbers where he really struck gold. It remains, along with Tucker & Dale Vs Evil, our favourite horror comedy of recent times. Wright has taken a different turn for his new movie, Robot Overlords, a sci-fi movie aimed at a family audience. And he spared us some time to natter about it...

Can you put into words how you're feeling, on the eve of your film's release?

Well, I'm a bit nervous about the release, as you would be. Hoping it goes well. And I'm reading all the press that people are writing, which I actually think is very interesting. »

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Metal Gear Solid 5: Konami releases new statement on Hideo Kojima's status

26 March 2015 9:58 AM, PDT

Following reports of a rift between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has released a statement...

As we've already heard, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima is to leave Konami after nearly 30 years - making this summer's Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain his last involvement in the series.

Konami has since stated that the franchise is to continue without Kojima, with a new creative team to be assembled in the near future. Konami hasn't, understandably, commented on the rumours of a rift between itself, Kojima and his staff at Kojima Productions.

But in a new statement, Konami does talk about the seemingly drastic decision to have Kojima's name - once proudly emblazoned on Metal Gear sequels - from The Phantom Pain's marketing materials.

"In accordance with the recent change in production organization of all of Konami, Kojima Productions, as well as other internal production companies, has had its name, »

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Pretty Little Liars season 5 episode 25 review: Welcome To The Dollhouse

26 March 2015 7:44 AM, PDT

Pretty Little Liars' season 5 finale went a long way to fixing what's been wrong with the show of late, and in a really exciting way...

This review contains spoilers.

5.25 Welcome To The Dollhouse

It was a gradual process, turning away from Pretty Little Liars. It wasn’t with one episode or one storyline (though the Ezra-is-a debacle almost qualified) that forced me to take a step back from the mystery, the characters and the series in general, but rather a frustration with how convoluted it had become – hard to theorise about and near-impossible to come up with any sort of coherent answer.

Maybe it’s my own residual Ptsd from Lost, or maybe it was an actual problem the show had to solve. Either way, this episode went a long way to fixing what I perceived to have broken about the show, and it did so in the most exciting, »

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Robotech: its knotty history, and earlier movie attempts

26 March 2015 7:34 AM, PDT

As the Robotech film moves ahead, we look at the anime's history, knotty rights issues, cultural impact, and earlier failed film attempts.

"In the year 1999, high above Macross island in the South Pacific, a phenomenal event occurred in the skies which altered the cause of human history..."

With a blaze of animated light, a huge alien space craft bursts through Earth's atmosphere and collides with a city, reducing its buildings to atoms in an instant.

That dramatic opening heralded the arrival of Robotech - and American television had never seen anything quite like it. Here was animated show which told a sprawling saga set across multiple epochs, full of alien invaders and exotic transforming robots. Its characters seemed low-key and somehow real; there were brave pilots, nervy new-recruits, romances and love triangles. There was action, but also comedy, tragedy and pathos. It even provided a generous helping of bubblegum pop music. »

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