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Taboo episode 3 review

20 January 2017 11:15 AM, PST

Louisa Mellor Jan 21, 2017

The enemies and the taboos keep stacking up for Delaney in the latest episode of the BBC’s lurid period melodrama…

This review contains spoilers.

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A tea trading monopoly? That’s what all this trouble is over? James Delaney has been fighting assassins, getting stabbed in the gut and making enemies in Regency society’s upper ranks all because he wants to open the UK’s first branch of Whittard.

Well, at least we know.

Aside from riling up everyone he crosses paths with, Delaney’s motivations have been tricky to discern until now. Realising that he’s essentially a Dragon’s Den contestant trying to play the Americans off the British for the biggest investment in his China-based start-up makes him a more accessible lead.

There’s more to it, of course. Delaney also »

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Split: M Night Shyamalan explains its dramatic ending

20 January 2017 7:07 AM, PST

Ryan Lambie Jan 21, 2017

Huge spoilers: we delve into Split's conclusion, and share M Night Shyamalan's thoughts on what it all means...

Nb: This is your final warning for huge, huge Split spoilers.

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M Night Shyamalan's already well known for his knotty thrillers, and in many respects, Split doesn't disappoint. It stars James McAvoy as Kevin, a seemingly ordinary guy who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (Did), and whose multiple personalities are beginning to run dangerously out of control. Within his troubled mind there resides a nervous, hip-hop loving nine-year-old, Hedwig, and Barry, a gentle fashion designer.

Dennis, on the other hand, is far more unstable: one day, he decides to kidnap three teenagers - Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) and Marcia (Jessica Sula) - and keep them locked up in his basement. Another of Kevin's personas, »

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The Big Bang Theory season 10 episode 13 review: The Romance Recalibration

20 January 2017 7:07 AM, PST

Caroline Preece Jan 20, 2017

There's plenty of story potential left in The Big Bang Theory's characters, if only the show would go looking for it...

This review contains spoilers.

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10.13 The Romance Recalibration

Oh wow. After the general indifference the previous episode of The Big Bang Theory inspired, it turns out things can always get worse. That’s relative of course, because The Romance Recalibration isn’t an offensively bad episode of the show, but it is a sloppy, forgettable one, and I wanted more from the promising concept.

We start off in a dream sequence in which Leonard surprises Penny with dinner, wine and affection after a hard day’s work. In reality, he’s sitting in his pants playing video games, and she complains to Amy and Bernadette on girl's night that she thinks he’s stopped trying since they got married. »

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Amazon's £10 off £50 spend deal: things to buy

20 January 2017 4:44 AM, PST

Den Of Geek Jan 20, 2017

Amazon is running a £10 off promotion today: here are some things you don't need that you could buy...

Turns out that today, Amazon is celebrating winning some award or other by offering £10 off a £50 purchase. Always keen to cash in on someone else's success, we've got a few offer recommendations if you're so inclined.

Full disclosure: clicking on these referral links helps the site enormously, and - if you want to - it's a way that you can support what we do. If you don't want to, then we understand that too, and those aren't tears you see in our eyes.

Anyroad, see what you make of some of these. You need to enter Bigthanks in the coupon code space whatsit to get your tenner off...

Amazon Echo.

The Transporter trilogy, starring the mighty Jason Statham, on Blu-ray, without the prequel that we don't talk about

Columbo! »

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In memoriam: Miguel Ferrer

20 January 2017 1:58 AM, PST

Ryan Lambie Jan 20, 2017

We're sad to report that American actor Miguel Ferrer has died at the age of 61.

One of America's great character actors, Miguel Ferrer has died at the age of 61, we're sorry to announce. Many will remember him for his signature turn as Bob Morton in the 1987 classic RoboCop: the slick, ambitious Ocp executive who creates the film's title law enforcer and inadvertently gets on the wrong side of the villainous Dick Jones (Ronny Cox).

That film was but one stand-out in an immensely busy career: through the 1980s, brief roles in such shows as Magnum Pi and Cagney & Lacey eventually led to his recurring part as FBI agent Albert Rosenfield in David Lynch's brilliantly surreal thriller series, Twin Peaks. Ferrer reprised the role in Lynch's 1992 film spin-off Fire Walk With Me, and returned once again as Rosenfeld in the first episode of the Twin Peaks revival series. »

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T2: Trainspotting review

20 January 2017 1:12 AM, PST

Ewan McGregor and the rest of the gang are back in Danny Boyle's sequel to Trainspotting. Here's our review of the unexpectedly moving T2...

Time can play cruel tricks. A recent strain of Hollywood movie showed us the cosy side of nostalgia - the dinosaurs roaring again in Jurassic World, the Millennium Falcon taking flight in Star Wars: The Force Awakens - but there can be a bittersweet, even cruel side to the lure of old memories.

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For Renton (Ewan McGregor), heading back to his old stomping ground in Edinburgh after 20 years is akin to opening a box of old photographs. There’s a comfort at seeing old faces, but then the regret starts flooding back: the drugs, the alcohol, the friends he's lost and - if you remember the original Trainspotting - abruptly left behind. »

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Inside No 9 renewed for series 4

20 January 2017 12:35 AM, PST

Louisa Mellor Jan 20, 2017

Series 4 of BBC Two's brilliant anthology series Inside No 9 has been written and is due to begin filming shortly...

Excellent news from BBC Two, which not only gave us the meticulously made Inside No. 9 festive special The Devil Of Christmas and has five brand new episodes waiting in the wings... it's also renewed Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's anthology series for a fourth run.

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Even better, the renewal happened some time ago, which means that series four's scripts are written and filming is due to begin on them shortly. We'll keep you posted, but fans will agree this is a show it's best to know as little about as possible before watching.

If you missed the 1970s-set Christmas special back in December, it's still available to watch here on BBC iPlayer until »

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake renamed Nasty Women

20 January 2017 12:32 AM, PST

Simon Brew Jan 20, 2017

Anne Hathaway is set to join Rebel Wilson in the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake…

One comment from Donald Trump in last year’s Us Presidential debates appears to have gone a long way. When he called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman”, the term was picked up by her supporters, and #nastywomen was soon trending.

The team behind the remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels clearly noticed too, as the new take on the story will now go by the name of Nasty Women.

We already knew that Rebel Wilson was in line to take one of the two lead roles. Now we get the news that Anne Hathaway is in talks for the other lead role. The most recent take on the story saw Michael Caine and Steve Martin in the leads.

Hathaway has to wrap up Ocean’s Eight first, and Nasty Women also still needs a director. »

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The Martian writer announces Nasa TV drama

20 January 2017 12:15 AM, PST

Rob Leane Jan 20, 2017

CBS will produce a pilot episode for Mission Control, a Nasa drama from The Martian's Andy Weir...

The Martian novelist Andy Weir is working with X-Men franchise producer Simon Kinberg and Charles Eglee of Dexter and The Shield on a TV project for the CBS.

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The network has ordered a pilot episode for Mission Control, a Nasa-centric drama written by Weir. He's also on board as a producer, along with Courtney Conte, Quan Phung, Aditya Sood, Mr Eglee and Mr Kinberg (who also worked on The Martian, between his commitments to Fox's mutant movies).

Deadline broke the news, revealing that Mission Control "revolves around the next generation of Nasa astronauts and scientists who juggle their personal and professional lives during a critical mission with no margin for error."

Sounds like there could be plenty »

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Black Adam now getting standalone movie with Dwayne Johnson

19 January 2017 10:56 PM, PST

Mike Cecchini Jan 20, 2017

Shazam and Black Adam have split into two movies, it's been revealed...

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise at all. Via multiple reports, there is apparently a Black Adam movie in development at New Line/Warner Bros. for DC Films. Of course, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson will star.

Why isn't this surprising? Well, for one thing, Johnson has been attached to a Shazam movie in one form or another since before the words 'DC Extended Universe' were ever a thing. At one point, he was considered for the heroic title role (originally known as 'the original Captain Marvel'). Then he was set to play Black Adam. Then the project vanished into development hell, before returning with a release date (April 5th 2019) and a writer (Darren Lemke was recently working on a draft, but THR reports that it's now Henry Gayden). Then Johnson returned to the conversation, »

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Colossal: the trailer for Anne Hathaway’s big monster movie

19 January 2017 10:52 PM, PST

Simon Brew Jan 20, 2017

Anne Hathaway controls a Kaiju in Colossal. Here's the first trailer...

Now here’s a film we can get behind. Colossal Is the new movie from Nacho Vigalondo, the director Timecrimes. And this time, he’s brought together Anne Hathaway, Dan Stevens, Jason Sudeikis and Tim Black Nelson for the story of a woman who discovers that she has a psychic connection with a Kaiju. A Kaiju that happens to be rampaging through South Korea.

Early word on Colossal has been strong, and it’s set for release in the Us this coming April. We’ve not been able to track down a UK release date as of yet.

What we do have, though, is the trailer for the movie. And here’s how it’s shaping up…

As soon as we get news of a UK release, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, we »

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Tom Clancy’s The Division movie gets its director

19 January 2017 10:32 PM, PST

Simon Brew Jan 20, 2017

The film of the videogame Tom Clancy's The Division lands Stephen Gaghan to direct...

The current running total for the movie of UbiSoft’s Assassin’s Creed stands at just shy of $190m worldwide, some way shy of what it and 20th Century Fox would have wanted for it.

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Whilst all concerned still have decisions to make, then, over whether to go for an Assassin’s Creed 2, other UbiSoft movie projects are nonetheless moving forward. Plans remain afoot for a Ghost Recon film, for instance. And now we get some definite news with regards The Division.

Stephen Gaghan, the helmer of Syriana and the incoming Gold, is set to sign on the dotted line to direct the film. He’s an Oscar winner, for his screenplay to Traffic, and also was one of the »

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Here’s the trailer for Adam Sandler’s new Netflix movie

19 January 2017 10:29 PM, PST

Simon Brew Jan 20, 2017

Sandy Wexler is the latest Netflix project from Adam Sandler. Here's the trailer...

By our maths, Adam Sandler now has one more film to go until he’s completed his deal with Netflix for four feature films. So far, we’ve had The Ridiculous Six (not very good) and The Do-Over (not very good). And for his third movie, Sandler has put together Sandy Wexler.

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He’s not made this one alone. He’s reunited with The Do-Over director Steven Brill for a start, and he’s co-written the screenplay with Paul Sado and Dan Bulla. In terms of casting,, you’ll find Jennifer Hudson, Rob Schneider, Kevin James, Arsenio Hall Terry Crews and Lamorne Morris picking up paycheques on this one.

The film will land on Netflix in April, and we’ve got a trailer and a synopsis. »

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Logan: breaking down the new trailer

19 January 2017 10:24 PM, PST

James Hunt Jan 20, 2017

We take an in-depth look at the new trailer for Logan, starring Hugh Jackman...

Ahead of Logan’s March release we’re being given another trailer to enjoy - one with a lot less Johnny Cash and a lot more indication of what’s actually happening in the film. After training our mutant-enhanced senses onto every frame, here’s what we think is going on…

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The trailer opens in some kind of gas station/convenience store. This sort of puts to rest speculation that the film was going to be set in some kind of post-apocalyptic future akin to the Old Man Logan storyline that allegedly inspired the film. Instead, this looks like a kind of grim-but-passable near-future rather than the burnt-out dystopia favoured by most X-Men incarnations.

On the plus side, that does mean »

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Zelda: Breath Of The Wild will be Nintendo's last Wii U game

19 January 2017 2:17 PM, PST

Matthew Byrd Jan 20, 2017

Unsurprising, but sad news nevertheless: Nintendo has announced that its latest Zelda game, Breath Of The Wild, will be the Wii U's last...

Nintendo has now confirmed what many people already suspected: The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild will be the last game they make for the Wii U.

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In an interview with Polygon, Reggie Fils-Aime spoke of Nintendo's plans for the Wii U moving forward.

“From a first-party standpoint, there's no new development coming after the launch of The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild,” said Fils-Aime. "We really are at the end of life for Wii U.”

While Fils-Aime rightly believes that Nintendo's move away from developing new games for the Wii U is a pretty big blow to the console's overall appeal, it's important to note that »

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Good Omens: Neil Gaiman, Amazon and BBC working on TV adaptation

19 January 2017 8:17 AM, PST

Michael Ahr Jan 20, 2017

The novel that brought Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett together for a hilarious, apocalyptic thrill ride is set to become a comedy series...

Good Omens, a collaborative novel written by British authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, will be coming to the small screen via Amazon, BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide. They're working on six episodes, with a 2018 premiere in mind. The episodes will debut on Amazon Prime Video, before later reaching the BBC.

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With Gaiman’s much-anticipated American Gods adaptation on the horizon for Starz, and with the recent success of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, a similar sci-fi comedy adaptation from fellow British humorist Douglas Adams, the omens are indeed good for this fantastical story to receive its own TV treatment.

Good Omens tells the story of the approaching end times and »

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Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian teases its next game

19 January 2017 8:17 AM, PST

Matthew Byrd Jan 20, 2017

Fallout and Pillars of Eternity sequels are among the leading possibilities as Obsidian teases its next videogame...

Given that Obsidian Entertainment has made some of the greatest RPGs to ever grace the gaming world, people tend to pay attention to whatever they decide to work on next. 

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That's especially true when the project in question is a bit of a mystery. 

Obsidian has posted a single image on their Twitter account and homepage that shows a piece of wheat and a pipe in hammer and sickle formation hovering above the words, "I used to dream that when my god came back, he would forgive us. That's the trouble with dreams. Sooner or later, we all have to wake up." Elsewhere, Obsidian has confirmed that this image is a tease for something called Project Louisiana. 

While »

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New Fire Emblem games coming to mobile, 3Ds and Switch

19 January 2017 8:17 AM, PST

Matthew Byrd Jan 20, 2017

Brand new games in the Fire Emblem series will soon be available across multiple systems, Nintendo has announced...

Nintendo's Fire Emblem Direct presentation ended up delivering a mix of the expected and the surprisingly unexpected. 

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On the surprisingly unexpected side of things, Nintendo officially revealed the very first Fire Emblem mobile game, Fire Emblem Heroes. While we knew that Fire Emblem was one of the properties that Nintendo planned to bring to mobile devices, few expected the final product to look like an actual Fire Emblem game. Yet that's pretty much what it will be. 

Fire Emblems Heroes will feature the same style of tile-based strategy combat that has helped make the Fire Emblem series as beloved as it is. Nintendo has made a few compromises when transitioning the franchise to mobile, however. For instance, »

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Geeks Vs Loneliness: alcoholism

19 January 2017 12:58 AM, PST

Den Of Geek Jan 20, 2017

A few words for those affected by a reliance on alcohol.

It’s fairly common to hear that, at the end of a tough time, someone decided to reach for a drink. It’s commonplace too for people to have a beer after work, a glass of wine with dinner. Alcohol is around many of us.

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Chances are, too, that most of us know someone who has become dependent on alcohol. Chances are too that one or two of the people reading this article fall into that category. Appreciating that no Geeks Vs Loneliness piece promises or has miracle cures, hopefully there’s something in what we’re about to say that can help.

If we were in a movie or TV show right now, a scene would presumably play out with someone standing »

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This Is Us renewed for seasons 2 and 3

19 January 2017 12:07 AM, PST

Rob Leane Jan 19, 2017

NBC's excellent family drama This Is Us will be back for two more seasons...

This Is Us has been renewed for its second and third seasons by NBC. Can anyone say 'big three!'?

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"This Is Us is as good as anything we’ve ever had. We’re thrilled to renew it for two seasons and there’s no doubt it will have a long life on NBC," said the network's entertainment chief Jennifer Salke.

She added, "On behalf of everyone at NBC, we’re grateful for the artistry of the cast, crew, and producers assembled by our gifted creator, Dan Fogelman. In a world where there are literally hundreds of television dramas, we’re proud to have one of the very best that is also one of the highest-rated."

If you're unfamiliar, This Is Us »

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