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Victoria: ITV renews for series 2

23 September 2016 2:26 AM, PDT

Rob Leane Sep 23, 2016

Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes will return for a second series of Victoria on ITV...

ITV has opted to renew their monarch-based drama Victoria for a second series. Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes are both lined up to return, as is the show's writing team consisted of Daisy Goodwin, Damien Timmer and Kate McKerrell.

The first run of the crown-stuffed series earned both critical plaudits and high ratings, making ITV's decision what Kevin Bacon would term a 'no brainer'. In fact, as the official press bumf tells us, Victoria series 1 achieved an average of "7.7 million viewers and [a] 29.7% share of viewing, based on consolidated overnights", making it "the top rated ITV drama of the year so far."

Daisy Goodwin released this statement, teasing a little of what to expect from series 2:

“Even though she reigned in the 19th Century, Victoria is a heroine for our times. In »

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Designated Survivor episode 1 review: Pilot

23 September 2016 1:43 AM, PDT

Laura Akers Sep 23, 2016

Kiefer Sutherland's academic politician is thrust into the White House after a national tragedy in new drama Designated Survivor...

This review contains spoilers.

1.1 Pilot

I tried to tell myself that it was because I am just finishing up another marathon run through The West Wing. I mean, as an American, looking at our current Presidential race, what else is there to do? We are staring at a race between one of the most experienced and prepared candidates to ever run for the office and a dangerous, dishonest cretin who likely couldn’t place half the States he supposedly wants to preside over on a map of his own country and doesn’t give a damn about the rest of the world—and here’s the kicker: our journalists and many other supposedly serious-minded people are acting like this is an even match. Gazing back a decade into the smart, »

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American Horror Story season 6: Roanoke chapter 2 review

23 September 2016 12:52 AM, PDT

Ron Hogan Sep 23, 2016

The ghost action really starts to kick in this week on American Horror Story season 6, which is still chock-full of creepy horror staples...

This review contains spoilers.

The scary child trope is one of the oldest horror staples I can think of. If kids aren't being scary, then they're in peril. For whatever reason, it's basically evergreen, and no matter how much you see a young child sitting in a closet under the stairs talking to a ghost, it retains some kind of weird power to make skin crawl. Especially if it's a really cute kid, like Lee's daughter Flora. The cuter the child, the more scary it is when the child says something like “They're going to kill us all and save me for last.”

Chapter 2 of the Roanoke saga combines a couple of different plots. The continued haunting of Matt and Shelby now shares time »

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Revisiting Star Trek Tng: Half A Life

23 September 2016 12:43 AM, PDT

James Hunt Sep 23, 2016

Star Trek: Tng tackles the thorny ethical debate around euthanasia in its latest season four episode, Half A Life...

This review contains spoilers.

4.22 Half A Life

Lwaxana Troi accompanies Captain Picard to meet a visitor from the planet Kaelon II, where the Enterprise has recently arrived. The man – Timicin – is a scientist seeking the Federation’s help in restarting his system’s dying star. Unfortunately, Lwaxana Troi is more interested in restarting Timicin’s dying libido.

Timicin explains to the crew that with some modified photon torpedoes they can restart a star, so the Enterprise rushes him to a valid test site. Meanwhile Lwaxana Troi is spending all her time trying to get Timicin to notice her, which he eventually does. I mean the only way you’d find it easier to notice her is if she wore christmas lights all the time.

Like all attempts to play God, »

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Advance Wars spiritual successor hits Kickstarter

23 September 2016 12:43 AM, PDT

Ryan Lambie Sep 23, 2016

Tiny Metal is a "spiritual successor" to the classic Advance Wars strategy series, and it's on Kickstarter now...

With their adorably quirky presentation and engrossing gameplay, the Advance Wars games were among the best tactical games available on a handheld. Sadly, Nintendo hasn't shown any sign of continuing Advance Wars on the 3Ds, so here's a team of Japanese developers to bring us Tiny Metal - a turn-based strategy game very much in the spirit of Advance Wars' simple yet absorbing design.

Currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter, Tiny Metal is already in reasonable shape - there's even a prototype demo to try out on the campaign page - but the developers say they're using the additional funds to make their game "even better." Tiny Metal has a similarly chunky, cartoony design to Advance Wars, with toy-like planes doing battle with dinky tanks.

The most obvious way Tiny Metal »

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Back To The Future, and a new theory about its story

22 September 2016 10:53 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 23, 2016

Is the Back To The Future trilogy something of a storytelling palindrome?

This article contains spoilers for the Back To The Future trilogy.

Here’s something to wrap your head around at the end of a long week. A new theory about Back To The Future has sprung up, and there might just be something to it. Whats more, the author of said theory has provided his working too, if you want to dig into it in detail.

It’s come from writer Robert Lockard, and with a hat tip to Mental Floss, it suggests that the Back To The Future trilogy is actually a chiasmus.

A chiasmus is effectively a storytelling palindrome. That when a story hits its half way point, the narrative is then repeated again, but in reverse order. It is said that this can apply to the three Back To The Future films. »

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Future Marvel and Star Wars plans teased by Disney

22 September 2016 10:40 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 23, 2016

Disney's boss on Marvel and Star Wars films beyond those that have already been announced...

You can’t say this is the biggest surprise on the planet, but Disney has plans for the Marvel cinematic universe, and the Star Wars movies, beyond the films that have been announced thus far.

The Walt Disney Company’s chief Bob Iger has been nattering about what’s next, and with regards Star Wars, thus far everything up to Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019 has been announced. Beyond that? “I had a meeting yesterday with Kathy Kennedy [Lucasfilm boss] and we mapped out – well, we reviewed, the Star Wars plans we have til 2020”, Iger revealed.

The strong likelihood is that the 2020 movie is another standalone Star Wars spin-off movie, although this hasn’t been confirmed.

Still, Iger did reveal that a writer had been hired for whatever the Star Wars 2020 project is. And »

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Jumanji: more casting, Karen Gillan on her outfit

22 September 2016 10:38 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 23, 2016

Karen Gillan addresses criticism of her Jumanji costume, as Rhys Darby becomes the latest to join the cast...

Filming is underway now on the new Jumanji movie, which we’re told will follow-on from the original film, that starred Robin Williams. This time, the cast is being led by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. And earlier this week, an image from day one of shooting was shared online.

It immediately received some degree of backlash too, given that the three male character were all sensible clothed, whilst Gillan was clad in something a little more revealing. However, she’s taken to her Twitter account to reassure fans that there’s a reason. Here’s her Tweet…

Jumanji! Yes I'm wearing child sized clothes and Yes there is a reason! The pay off is worth it, I promise! #Jumanji pic.twitter.com/qBshnhwV6K

Karen Gillan (@karengillan) September 21, 2016

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The Equalizer 2: Denzel Washington and director confirmed

22 September 2016 10:23 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 23, 2016

The Equalizer 2 is definitely happening - but there's no way it's hitting its September 2017 release date...

Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua team up for the third time in The Magnificent Seven, that arrives in UK cinemas today. And they already have their fourth collaboration on the cards, as it’s now been confirmed that both will be returning for a sequel to their big screen take on The Equalizer.

Previously, it had already been revealed that Washington would be back on board for the new movie. But in a Q&A held by Collider, producer Todd Black has now confirmed that director Fuqua is set to return as well.

The film was set to be released on September 29th 2017, although it's be safe to say there’s a sporting chance that date is going to be pushed back. Er, primarily because the film is unlikely »

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Magnum P.I. revival in the works at ABC

22 September 2016 7:17 PM, PDT

Nick Harley Sep 23, 2016

With reboots and revivals in vogue, ABC plans a sequel series to '80s hit, Magnum P.I.

With MacGyver back on the air, why not more Magnum P.I. too?

Adding to the list of reboots and revivals, ABC has announced that they are developing a sequel series to the Tom Selleck starring action series Magnum P.I. However, this time around, the show will center on Magnum’s daughter Lily “Tommy” Magnum.

Lilly’s character actually appeared in the original series, which ran from 1980 to 1988 and earned Selleck a Golden Globe, Emmy, and the coveted “Best Mustache on Television” award. Lilly was Thomas Magnum’s daughter, who he was reunited with after Magnum’s ex-wife and her new husband were murdered. Lilly, therein, was played by Leeannah Roberts.

The new take on Magnum will see Lilly returning to Hawaii to take over her father’s private investigator firm. »

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Mr Robot season 2 episode 12 review: Python Pt. 2

22 September 2016 7:17 AM, PDT

Alec Bojalad Sep 23, 2016

After a long, strange season of beautiful disorientation, Mr Robot finally delivers clarity in its season two finale...

This review contains spoilers.

2.12 Python Pt. 2

Midway through Python Pt. 2, the finale of Mr Robot season two, Joanna Wellick gets exactly what she wants. It’s not to be reunited with her missing husband Tyrell and it’s not even vengeance against the people who 'disappeared' them (though she’ll still achieve that undoubtedly). It’s the experience of dying.

She goes to Scott Knowles house, the home where “Tyrell’s” phone calls have been originating and confronts the Evil Corp Cto about his ongoing torment of her. He tells her that he just wanted her to feel a fraction of the pain that he felt when his wife, whom he reveals was pregnant, was murdered by Tyrell.

To that news, Joanna calmly responds: “You pussy. You piece of shit. »

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De Palma review

22 September 2016 3:37 AM, PDT

Ryan Lambie Published Date  Friday, September 23, 2016 - 06:17

If director Brian De Palma was sometimes criticised for settling for style over substance in his thrillers, this feature-length documentary about his career is reassuringly basic in its approach. Barring archive footage and one, solitary moment, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow divide their retrospective between sequences from De Palma’s movies and interviews with the filmmaker himself, seated in front of a grey fireplace.

It’s the kind of move that could be regarded as lazy or tentative in some circumstances, but Baumbach and Paltrow are shrewd enough to recognise that a director known for his technical flourishes needs room to breathe; and besides, De Palma and his movies are interesting enough subjects that they hardly need further embellishment.

Even De Palma’s structure is straightforward: we start at the beginning, when the future director of Carrie and The Untouchables was a kid, »

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Doctor Who: Matt Lucas confirmed for 2016 Christmas special

22 September 2016 1:29 AM, PDT

Rob Leane Sep 22, 2016

Matt Lucas' Nardole will return for another festive adventure opposite Peter Capaldi in this year's Doctor Who Christmas special...

Here's one rumour that's turned out to be true: Matt Lucas will indeed return for the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas special. He'll reprise his Nardole character from last year's festive episode, The Husbands Of River Song, despite the fact he ended up inside a robot at the end of that one.

We already know that Nardole plays a sizeable role in 2017's Doctor Who series 10, and, with that in mind, it makes sense for Moffat to reintroduce him and recruit him to Team Tardis this yuletide, allowing more time for Pearl Mackie's incoming companion, Bill, to get a proper introduction in the series 10 premiere.

The news of Nardole's Christmas comeback was broken in Doctor Who Magazine issue 504 (on shelves now) and reported online by DoctorWhoTV.co.uk. »

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A DC TV universe timeline guide: Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl

22 September 2016 1:19 AM, PDT

Robbert de Koeijer Sep 23, 2016

Wondering how all the DC universe TV spin-offs, crossovers and webseries fit together? We have the answer...

In October 2012, Us network The CW launched the first season of Arrow, after wrapping up no fewer than ten seasons of Superman origin show Smallville a year before. Arrow was a completely new take on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, in a new universe that had nothing to do with Smallville or its version of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow. The series proved quite the hit for The CW, and a second season renewal inevitably followed. In season two, we were introduced to forensic scientist Barry Allen, better known to DC Comics readers as The Flash. Arrow got a third season, The Flash got his own TV show with great success, and the live action shared DC Comics universe on TV was born. And with it the question: how does it all fit together? »

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Ghost In The Shell: first teasers emerge

22 September 2016 1:03 AM, PDT

Ryan Lambie Sep 22, 2016

Five teaser trailers have emerged for the live-action adaptation of Ghost In The Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson. Take a look within...

Masamune Shirow's Ghost In The Shell manga may be over 25 years old now, but the cyberpunk fable still looks as futuristic as ever. Likewise Mamoru Oshii's feature-length anime, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year; stylish and intelligently written, it still ranks as one of the best animated films to hail from Japan.

Next year, Ghost In The Shell heads to Hollywood for a live-action adaptation, which stars Scarlett Johansson as a cybernetic law-enforcer fighting hackers and futuristic criminals in the mid-21st century.

The look of the film's been kept under wraps until now, but Paramount has finally released a handful of 10-second teasers which give us our first glimpse of director Rupert Sanders' take. We get brief shots of Takeshi Kitano as Chief Daisuke Aramaki, »

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Red Dwarf XI episode 2 review: Samsara

22 September 2016 12:04 AM, PDT

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Sep 23, 2016

Samsara simultaneously harks back to classic Red Dwarf while trying something new, resulting in some outstanding comedy moments...

Note: This is our spoiler-filled review of episode 2 of Red Dwarf XI, currently available on the UKTV Play app. Our review of episode 1, which aired on Thursday the 22nd of September on Dave at 9pm can be found here.

This review contains spoilers.

11.2 Samsara

The television landscape has changed a lot since Red Dwarf made its debut back in 1988. One of the more interesting developments of the 21st century has been that, thanks in no small part to shows like Lost, non-linear storytelling is now as much a part of the language of television as the cliff-hanger or the third-act twist. In a series that has, with rare exceptions, always featured at least one of its regulars in any given scene, Samsara breaks with Red Dwarf convention in a major way. »

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Warner Bros boss on DC movies: “we can do a little bit better”

21 September 2016 10:24 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 22, 2016

The head of Warner Bros admits that "there's a little room for improvement" on its DC movies this year...

In spite of the fact that Warner Bros has steered Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad to a combined $1.5bn at the global box office this year, it’s still been a slightly disappointing year for the new DC extended universe. Batman V Superman was expected to do $1bn of business alone, whilst both films have been on the receiving end of a critical battering, and mixed reactions from fans. Both films have their fans, certainly, but Warner Bros will have been looking at the glowing reviews and $1.15bn box office take of Marvel and Disney's Captain America: Civil War with some envy.

Warner Bros chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes has given an update to shareholders in the company, and has admitted that the studio has work to do. »

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Monster Trucks gets $115m writedown – four months before its release

21 September 2016 10:22 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 22, 2016

Paramount is taking a hit on its new Monster Trucks movie - and the film isn't even out until next year...

Here’s an odd one. We’re used to reading the occasional story of how a major studio has had to incorporate a financial writedown when a movie doesn’t hit its expected box office numbers. Whatever you thought of both John Carter and Tomorrowland for instance, Disney had to incorporate writedowns into its posh financial reports on both of those movies following their release.

We’ve not, though, heard of such a writedown even before a film has actually been released. Yet that’s just what’s happened with Paramount Pictures and its upcoming Monster Trucks movie. The film, a mix of live action and computer animation, was originally set to be released last May, before the studio moved it to this coming January. It »

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The Dark Tower TV series announced

21 September 2016 7:17 PM, PDT

John Saavedra Sep 22, 2016

The Dark Tower TV show will adapt Wizard And Glass, offering an origin story for Idris Elba's movie character...

It's a great time to be a Stephen King fan. The Dark Tower - a book series that was once considered unfilmable - is now on the verge of its big screen debut in 2017, and it's even getting the TV companion series that was promised so long ago.

EW has confirmed that The Dark Tower adaptation will indeed consist of movies and a TV show that's set to premiere in 2018. The show will flesh out a different part of Roland's story: that of his first adventure as a young gunslinger, from the fourth book in the series, Wizard And Glass. Basically, the series will serve as the origin story for Idris Elba's character in the movies.

In fact, Idris Elba is set to appear on the show, »

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Don’t Kill It trailer: Dolph Lundgren goes demon hunting

21 September 2016 1:17 PM, PDT

Joseph Baxter Sep 22, 2016

Dolph Lundgren is a cowboy hunting down an ancient demon with some bizarre rules in the trailer for Don’t Kill It...

Dolph Lundgren continues to find fun projects to keep himself busy. His latest looks really quite good fun, too.

Don’t Kill It might resemble an odd amalgam of a Western film and television’s Supernatural, at first glance. However, pitting the action in a sleepy small town, this particular piece of demon-hunting fiction puts an intriguing spin on things. Fedora and duster-rocking demon hunter Jebediah Woodley (Lundgren) wanders into town, looking to make a powerful and ancient demon his next quarry. However, there’s a catch with this one, since whoever kills the demon’s host body ends up becoming its next host, creating a horrendously homicidal chain of events. Splendid.

Consequently, even a slayer of demons as seasoned as Woodley is going to »

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