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Sam Raimi on the Evil Dead 4 ideas that never happened

14 hours ago

Tony Sokol Aug 24, 2016

Director Sam Raimi explains how Evil Dead 4 became Ash Vs Evil Dead, and describes the various ideas we'll never see...

Forget the Necronomicon - the real secrets of demonic invocation are held deep within confines of the Ash Vs Evil Dead season one Blu-ray and DVD release. Hidden among the special features is a commentary from director and producer Sam Raimi as he sits down with his brother Ivan, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell.

Raimi remade Evil Dead with Fede Alvarez in 2013 and the team brought Ash Vs Evil Dead to Starz. That series, which debuted last October, took a lot of the ideas that would have gone into Evil Dead 4.

“Ivan and I wrote a lot of different versions of Evil Dead as a feature in the years after Army Of Darkness,” Raimi told ScreenRant. “We’d get 20 pages into one draft and realize it was not good, »

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Tickled review

19 hours ago

Ryan Lambie Published Date  Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 12:30

In David Cronenberg's freakish, genre-bending classic Videodrome, a sleazy cable TV boss seeks out the most sleazy entertainment he can find to put on his channel - but then discovers a disturbing underworld that he wished he'd never seen.

There are several curious parallels between Tickled, a new feature-length documentary hailing from New Zealand, and Cronenberg's 1982 movie - not that Tickled's reporter, director and narrator has much in common with Max Renn, the protagonist of the latter. But TV reporter David Farrier, who normally specialises in those fluffy stories you see at the end of the news, soon finds himself in way over his head when he starts investigating something called "competitive endurance tickling" - a supposed sport that fronts for something far more sinister.

It all begins when Farrier stumbles on a company called Jane O'Brien Media, and one »

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Jean-Claude Van Johnson pilot review

19 hours ago

Louisa Mellor Aug 23, 2016

Jean-Claude Van Damme plays a fictionalised version of himself in this action movie spoof Amazon comedy pilot…

Like a supermodel launching a make-up line or an athlete turning coach, playing a parody version of yourself is one way for past-their-prime movie stars to keep the cheques coming. Jean-Claude Van Damme’s TV roles so far have exclusively been as him - on Friends in 1996, on Las Vegas in 2004, on Robot Chicken in 2009 and in double denim and a mullet wig for Coors Light since 2012. Now he’s playing himself in Amazon comedy pilot Jean-Claude Van Johnson, an action-movie spoof from The Expendables writer Dave Callaham.

More properly, he plays a fictionalised Jean-Claude Van Damme, not only a former action movie star but also a former undercover operative, part of a Hollywood network that uses movie-making as a front for covert black ops. (Should Amazon pick it up to series, »

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Mullholland Drive tops critics' list of best 21st century films

21 hours ago

Ryan Lambie Aug 23, 2016

A critics' survey puts Mullholland Drive at the top of the list of the best films since 2000. Did yours make the cut?

Movie critics love Linklater, Studio Ghibli, the Coens and the surrealist stylings of David Lynch. At least, that's if a newly-published list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century is anything to go by.

BBC Culture commissioned the poll, which took in responses from 177 film critics from all over the world. As a result, the top 100 includes an eclectic mix of the mainstream to independent movies, from dramas to sci-fi and off-beat comedies. Feew would be surprised to see things like Paolo Sorrentino's handsome Italian confection The Great Beauty propping up the lower end of the list, or that such acclaimed directors as Wes Anderson or the aforementioned Coens feature heavily. 

What is pleasing to see, though, is how much good genre stuff has made the cut, »

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Doctor Who: Steven Moffat names The Bells Of Saint John his "most reliably average episode"

21 hours ago

Rob Leane Aug 23, 2016

Steven Moffat has called The Bells Of Saint John "resolutely sort of middle", the median average of his Doctor Who tenure...

Since announcing that Doctor Who series 10 would be his last as showrunner, Steven Moffat has fielded lots of looking-back-themed questions from fans. Resultantly, over the last few months, The Moff has called Doctor Who season 7 "miserable" and claimed that he "fumbled" series 9's opener.

The latest question to be put to Moffat, in the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, is this: if he had to line up all his Who instalments in order of quality, which would he say is "the most reliably average episode"? What's the median of the Moffat tenure?

Here's what he wrote in response...

“Well, I’ll have to choose one that I wrote, otherwise I’m going to upset somebody … I went back and watched it again, and I thought ‘no, »

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Snatch is getting a TV remake, starring Rupert Grint

22 hours ago

Rob Leane Aug 23, 2016

Guy Ritchie's Jason Statham and Brad Pitt-starring film Snatch is heading to TV. Rupert Grint will star...

Guy Ritchie's 2000 movie Snatch is the latest film to get a TV remake. (We'll add it to our list of movie-to-tv projects in due course.) The original film, of course, starred the legendary Jason Statham alongside a bloke named Brad Pitt

Collider reports that the TV take on Snatch will star Harry Potter's Ron Weasley actor Rupert Grint. He'll play Charlie Cavendish, who's been described as “dynamic, frustratingly chaotic, and utterly posh.”

Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II, Taken 3, Fear The Walking Dead) is attached to play Vic Hill. Ed Westwick of Gossip Girl has signed up to portray Sonny Castillo. Fans of the film will notice that these are brand new characters names, not recastings of the old crew.

Here's the synopsis, which, again, isn't »

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Max Steel: first international trailer

22 August 2016 11:14 PM, PDT

Ryan Lambie Aug 23, 2016

Mattel action figure and superhero Max Steel gets his first feature film this year. Here's the first trailer to prove it...

If such disparate movies as Robosapien, Battleship and Jem And The Holograms have anything in common, it's that they all prove that not every movie based on a toy or board game can be a roaring success like Michael Bay's Transformers franchise. Bay's robot action movies may be bullet-proof when it comes to reviews, but audiences don't always turn out in huge numbers to see a film based on a familiar name. 

This might explain why, following a development period which began way back in 2009, the marketing for Max Steel feels rather apologetic. Based on Mattel's 90s line of action figures, the movie's an origin story about Max McGrath (Ben Winchell), a young man with extraordinary powers of speed and strength.

Through a series of »

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P.T. spiritual successor Allison Road is back in development

22 August 2016 12:17 PM, PDT

Matthew Byrd Aug 23, 2016

The spiritual successor to cancelled survival horror game P.T. is back in development. Allison Road still lives, its creator confirms...

Allison Road, the fan-made spiritual successor to the cancelled Silent Hills demo P.T., was believed to be dead in the water after developer Far From Home and publisher Team 17 failed to reach an agreement regarding the game's continued production earlier this year. But now, it appears that the title will continue to be developed after all. 

Far From Home co-founder and Allison Road's creator Christian Kesler released a statement to IGN in which he confirms that he will continue to develop Allison Road without the support of Team 17 or, at present, any other publisher.

"After the setback, I took a bit of a break from working on it and re-evaluated all the work that had been done so far," said Kesler. "I started making a »

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Ant-Man And The Wasp: Michael Pena to return, filming begins early 2017

22 August 2016 9:17 AM, PDT

Kayti Burt Aug 23, 2016

Good news! Michael Pena's Luis will be back for the superhero sequel, Ant-Man And The Wasp...

In a Marvel Cinematic Universe comfortable with pitting gods against aliens, robots against mortals, and Steve Rogers against Tony Stark, Ant-Man is a relatively small project by comparison — both creatively and financially. But that doesn't mean it doesn't hold an important place in the McU and that we aren't paying attention to any and all casting news...

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Pena will be returning as Luis for Ant-Man And The Wasp, the next standalone film featuring Paul Rudd's teeny-tiny superhero, Scott Lang, and a larger (well, smaller...) role for Evangeline Lilly's Hope van Dyne. Pena is the third member of the original film's cast to be officially announced.

Pena will return as Luis, Lang's friend, whose inability to tell a story without delving into totally »

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The Tick (2016) pilot review

22 August 2016 9:16 AM, PDT

Louisa Mellor Aug 22, 2016

Spoooooon! Here’s what we made of the Peter Serafinowicz-starring pilot for The Tick, now available on Amazon Prime…

“We need superheroes!” says a radio phone-in caller in The Tick pilot, a demand TV and film could scarcely be catering to more fully right now. Superheroes of all stripes—gritty, damaged, ironic or R-rated—aren't something we lack for.

That wasn’t the case thirty years ago when Ben Edlund created satirical comic book hero The Tick, nor when the character appeared in a 1994 Fox animated series or, briefly, a 2001 live-action comedy. The current glut either makes now the perfect time for a revival of Edlund’s character (every dominant cultural product needs a subversive sidekick) or risks it feeling crowded-out and irrelevant. 

After all, post-Deadpool and Kick-Ass and The Incredibles and Guardians Of The Galaxy and Adam West on Family Guy and Joss Whedon’s shawarma-eating Avengers, »

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Avengers: Infinity War: Vin Diesel confirms Guardians Of The Galaxy will appear

22 August 2016 8:17 AM, PDT

John Saavedra Aug 23, 2016

Vin Diesel, who voices Groot, has confirmed that the Guardians of the Galaxy will appear in the next Avengers movie...

The Avengers will face a threat so sinister in their next film that they'll need help from a completely different team of superheroes: the Guardians of the Galaxy. According to actor Vin Diesel, who voices Groot in the Guardians films, "the Guardians will be included in Avengers: Infinity War." 

Diesel revealed the news in a Facebook livestream, where he said how "surreal" and "incredibly exciting" it was to join Marvel's flagship film franchise:

Next year you’ve got Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 coming and that whole concept started from you all saying ‘when are you gonna be in a Marvel movie?’ And you remember the first picture after that Marvel meeting that I had where I was standing [with] the Avengers thing in the back – some »

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Confirmed: PlayStation 4 Slim is a console that exists

22 August 2016 3:18 AM, PDT

Ryan Lambie Aug 23, 2016

Those images of a PlayStation 4 Slim are genuine, it's confirmed - meaning a new edition of the console could be released very soon...

Update: Yesterday, a report circulated that Sony is preparing to unveil two PlayStation 4 consoles next month - one being the Neo, and the other potentially a PlayStation 4 Slim. The latter console appeared to be backed up by some images uploaded to NeoGAF, though there was some concerns that the pictures of the system and its box may have been a clever hoax.

Since then, however, Eurogamer has managed to confirm that the PlayStation 4 Slim pictures were real. It turns out that an early example of the console had gone up for sale on Gumtree, and that the lucky purchaser had then uploaded pictures of the device to NeoGAF's forums. Eurogamer's Richard Leadbetter managed to track down the Slim's owner and was satisfied that the »

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Star Wars: interactive lightsaber experience in development

22 August 2016 2:55 AM, PDT

Rob Leane Aug 23, 2016

Seemingly inspired by the Millennium Falcon’s combat remote, Disney is cooking up a lightsaber training experience...

Here’s some exciting news: the world has just taken one small step closer to real lightsabers being a thing. Disney has filed a patent for a new entertainment experience that will include a physical version of Star Wars’ iconic elegant weapon from a more civilised age, boasting an Led light beam and the ability to (sort of) deflect laser blasts.

The patent application sounds a lot like a real-life rendering of the scene from the original Star Wars where Luke Skywalker faced off against a combat droid aboard the Millennium Falcon for Jedi training purposes. 

Here’s an image from the application...

And here’s a detailed description from the application...

“An entertainment environment has a user with a faux light saber that interacts with a drone flying through »

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Ben-Hur remake suffers grim weekend at the Us box office

22 August 2016 12:25 AM, PDT

Ryan Lambie Aug 22, 2016

The $100m Ben-Hur remake didn't have a great weekend in the Us, with a meagre take of just over $11m...

Chariot Races. Big wooden ships rowed across stormy seas by topless men. Morgan Freeman in voluminous dreadlocks. To quote Russell Crowe in Gladiator, "Are you not entertained?" 

If the opening weekend for Timur Bekmambetov's glossy remake of Ben-Hur is anything to go by, the answer appears to be a resounding "Not really, no." The fifth in a string of adaptations of Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ by Lew Wallace, the epic action drama made a rather dismal $11.35m over the weekend according to Box Office Mojo - which isn't great news, considering the film's estimated $100m budget. 

In a late summer line-up comprising such movies as bawdy foodstuff comedy Sausage Party, comedy-drama War Dogs and Laika's animated film Kubo And The Two Strings, Ben-Hur had »

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Fear The Walking Dead season 2 episode 8 review: Grotesque

22 August 2016 12:24 AM, PDT

Ron Hogan Aug 22, 2016

Fear The Walking Dead season 2 returns from its summer break with a Nick-focused ordeal horror episode...

This review contains spoilers.

2.8 Grotesque

If you believe the Us news, Mexico is a country struggling with a serious gang problem. Gangs run rampant in border towns, funnelling drugs across the border, dealing in serious weaponry, and generally being so dangerous that police are non-existent and the military only comes around when they're in bullet-proof vehicles with serious weapons at their disposal. It's kind of a problem in the real world, but in a situation like The Walking Dead, wouldn't that be kind of a good thing? I mean, if the police, military, and local gang members are all armed to the teeth, surely the undead wouldn't be much of a menace if they could stop shooting at one another long enough to shoot at the real threat? Or, perhaps, you »

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Godzilla animated movie in the works, first concept art emerges

21 August 2016 11:04 PM, PDT

Ryan Lambie Aug 22, 2016

Japan's most famous kaiju is to get an animated feature film, as Toho announces the "big-scale" Godzilla...

Godzilla may have passed his 60th birthday, but the city-levelling creature still holds as much fascination as he ever did. Gareth Edwards' Us Godzilla film marked the kaiju's anniversary back in 2014, while this year's Shin Godzilla was a huge hit in Japan in June. The Japanese studio that created Godzilla (or Gojira, as he's known in the far east) isn't stopping with that hit, either.

According to Variety, Toho is in the process of making an animated movie, simply called Godzilla, which it describes as a "big-scale" feature film - a contrast from the fondly-remembered but goofy TV series co-created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s. Animation will be handled by Tokyo's Polygon Pictures, the studio behind such things as Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence and Transformers Prime. As such, »

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