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Codemasters announces Micro Machines successor Toybox Turbos

17 hours ago

Toybox Turbos is a top-down racer with more than a passing resemblance to Codemasters' Micro Machines...

British developer and publisher Codemasters has a long and varied history, starting in the 8-bit era and leading right up to its present-day incarnation as a racing sim specialist. Toybox Turbos, however, harks back to a 90s era we remember particularly fondly - a time when its Micro Machines series of top-down racers were a must-have multiplayer experience.

Toybox Turbos is clearly from the same dinky garage as Micro Machines, even if the famous line of toys it once tied into is now entirely absent. There are the same tiny cards hurtling around familiar domestic environments, and the arcade-style action looks as frenetic as it ever was. 

The trailer below is a reminder not only of how much fun those old Micro Machines racers were, but it also raises an important question: why hasn't »

- ryanlambie

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The Knick season 1 episode 2 review: Mr. Paris Shoes

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The Knick is full of metaphors, both subtle and heavy. At UK viewing pace, here's Michael's review of episode two...

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1.2 Mr. Paris Shoes

In biblical terms, light was the first metaphor of all, the fourth word of the first ever sentence. It’s an easy one to return to, symbolising hope, creation and the advancement of knowledge. Just think of the Age of Enlightenment. With Mr. Paris Shoes, the metaphor reaches its second week in The Knick and it’s a rickety, flawed solution. The arrival of the electricity demonstrated the desire of the senior figures at the hospital to progress their institution, it’s repeated failures showed just how difficult that project is proving.

It was rather heavy-handed, particularly Thackery’s axeman stunt, but the message was clear, and nicely done at times. The incident with the cauterising wand was rather better –the electrical system »

- michaeln

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Doctor Who series 8: BBC to mark end of series with special fan event

24 October 2014 12:09 AM, PDT

Want to see Frank Skinner quiz Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman about Doctor Who series 8? You'd best act quickly...

To add to our Doctor Who series 8 news update from earlier in the week (which you can find here), we're happy to report on a rather fun-sounding piece of news that has come to light today.

To mark the end of series 8 on our tellies and the subsequent DVD release, the BBC are hosting a special fan event in London.

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will both be present at the event on 17 November, with Frank Skinner (fresh from his appearance in Mummy On The Orient Express) popping by to quiz them about the series. 

“When they asked me to host this event I was over the moon," said Mr Skinner. "Luckily the space-dragon incubation period is such that I was in no real danger. I have so many questions I want to ask and, »

- rleane

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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice teaser trailer news

23 October 2014 11:27 PM, PDT

As Zack Snyder nears the end of the Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice shoot, news lands that the trailer might be closer than thought.

In a week where one teaser trailer has already proven itself rather popular (you can probably guess which one), we now learn that the first teaser for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be with us this side of Christmas. That's a surprise: given that the film isn't due in cinemas until March 2016, we weren't expecting footage to be released for some time yet. However, Batman On Film is reporting that the first teaser trailer is "complete and ready to go".

Furthermore, the site reports that "the teaser will be revealed this fall along with a November or December film release". If that's the case, then the biggest Warner Bros title between now and Christmas is The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. »

- simonbrew

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Steven Spielberg's Robopocalypse movie "in the queue"

23 October 2014 11:22 PM, PDT

Daniel H Wilson has revealed that Steven Spielberg's take on Robopocalypse remains an active project...

Steven Spielberg is currently turning his hand to a pair of new movies. Firstly, there's the Cold War thriller that he's making with Tom Hanks, based on a screenplay by the Coen Brothers (we talked about that one, here). He's in the midst of putting that together right now. Then, he moves on to a family movie for the first time in what feels like an age, as he tackles Roald Dahl's The Bfg.

One film that, if all had gone to plan, he'd have released by now is an adaptation of Daniel H Wilson's Robopocalypse. The book is structurally not dissimilar to Max Brooks' World War Z, and Spielberg was progressing on the project, before it went into turnaround. The given reason was that it was going to be too expensive to make, »

- simonbrew

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James Spader on playing Ultron in Avengers 2

23 October 2014 11:18 PM, PDT

The main foe of Avengers: Age Of Ultron is - as the title suggests - Ultron himself. James Spader has been chatting about what to expect...

The first trailer for Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age Of Ultron, that landed earlier in the week, gave us the first proper look at the character of Ultron himself.

James Spader is taking the role on for Marvel, and he's been chatting about it to Total Film. "There's a humorous aspect to him", he told the magazine, adding that "in many ways he's a child, this character, because he's a brand new being who's just come to be".

A very powerful being though, and Spader has cautioned that his character proves quite a challenge for the assorted Avengers. "Ultron takes abrupt turns in scenes. Red isn't psychopathic but Ultra is. Yes, he is psychopathic. He's really batshit crazy".

Now two things about that. We've »

- simonbrew

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The 100 season 2 episode 1 review: The 48

23 October 2014 11:18 PM, PDT

The 100 returns for a second season and is stronger than ever. Here's Caroline's impressed review of The 48...

This review contains spoilers.

2.1 The 48

Nobody expected The 100 to be a success. It was a mid-season show, for one, and it was also another of The CW's stabs at adapting a young adult book series into a TV hit – a goal that's only seen intermittent success on the network. But a hit it was, and there are a lot more eyes on the season two premiere than there were back then.

It's good that this premiere more than lives up to expectations, then, with a fast-paced, action-packed hour that introduces a bevy of new things for our protagonists to face up against. It's also proving itself again and again to be on the same level as Lost in terms of deliciously-enticing Wtf moments, following off from how we left in season one and »

- louisamellor

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The new Bond movies are "impossibly obscure", says John Cleese

23 October 2014 11:14 PM, PDT

The man who was Q, John Cleese, reckons that money has ruined the James Bond series...

John Cleese has form in the James Bond movies. He ascended to the role of Q in Die Another Day, and was originally expected to return to the part. However, Pierce Brosnan departed the world of Bond, the reboot came in, Daniel Craig got the role, and things went back to the start for Bond. Only now has Ben Whishaw been introduced as the new Q.

In a new interview to promote his autobiography, Cleese was asked what he thought of Whishaw's take on Q. But as it turns out, he's not seen it. Cleese said that he didn't watch Skyfall "because I have criticisms of the new Bond movies".

He continued, telling Shortlist that "two things went wrong: the plots became so impossibly obscure that even professional writers couldn’t figure out what »

- simonbrew

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Peaky Blinders series 2 episode 4 review

23 October 2014 11:11 PM, PDT

Peaky Blinders series 2 goes from strength to strength, as do its cast's performances. Here's Tom's review of episode 4...

This review contains spoilers.

Another week, another storming episode of Peaky Blinders. The sophomore season hit the ground running, and with tension heightening and old faces making their return, the last two episodes promise to be tense.

You could tell it was coming. In the episodes running up to this, and certainly the last ten minutes, you could see that Grace’s return was imminent. Even before Annabelle Wallis’ fleeting appearance, the spectre of Grace continued to haunt Tommy, his horse named in reference to her betrayal. It was great to see the writers pull the trigger and bring her back with two episodes to go, and give her reappearance a chance to have some narrative breathing space.

Though now it definitely feels like Charlotte Riley’s character May Carleton has been »

- louisamellor

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Why Gotham deserves to be given a chance

23 October 2014 4:52 PM, PDT

Switching off Gotham now would be premature damnation of a potentially-excellent show. Rob explains why…

This article talks about Gotham up to episode five. There are no big spoilers, though.

In some corners of the internet, there are those who are already trying to call time on the Gotham TV show. From the small handful of episodes we’ve seen so far (5 have aired stateside and 2 in the UK), a few folk out there are acting all Ra’s al Ghul about the matter and telling us that Gotham is beyond saving and must be allowed to die.

The tone of some of these pieces, we'd suggest, goes beyond criticism into lambasting. It feels somewhat like the cool kids ganging up on the new boy who read the questions wrong in his school entrance exam and landed himself in the bottom set for everything. Sure, there have been mistakes, but »

- louisamellor

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Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights: a horror institution

23 October 2014 4:19 PM, PDT

The home of monster cinema, Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights continue a grand scare legacy…

Read about what happened when Den of Geek went along to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Orlando Resort, here.

In October 1991, Universal’s latest horror release was little-loved sequel Child’s Play 3: Look Who’s Stalking. The studio that had dominated the classic monster era of the thirties and forties, immortalising the careers of Boris Karloff and Bela Legosi, was pushing a tired franchise through multiplexes stuffed with sequels to eighties slasher movies. But in its recently opened Orlando theme park, a seed was being planted that would grow into a worthy homage to Universal’s cinematic roots: the annual Halloween Horror Nights. 

A year earlier, Universal Studios Florida had opened after a bumpy few months of delays, rethinks, and set-backs. In its very early days, a more accurate version of »

- louisamellor

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What we learned from the Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer

23 October 2014 6:09 AM, PDT

The first trailer for Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age Of Ultron has landed! But what did it tell us?

The long-awaited trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron is out! If you've managed to tear yourself away long enough to visit this page, you're probably wondering what we spotted. Well, we hope so, else it'd make this article a bit odd. Nonetheless, let's press on...

The Avengers Strike Back

Maybe it's just the trailer, but there's a distinct feeling that Avengers 2 is going to put our favourite characters through the wringer. They spend as much time fighting each other in this trailer than they do fighting anyone else. We already know it's the middle of a trilogy, so it's hard not to instantly compare it to that other darker, mid-trilogy film: Back to the Future Part II (a film we've no shortage of love for, as we explored here).

Both are »

- simonbrew

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Getting under the skin of Anaconda

23 October 2014 2:34 AM, PDT

Nineties giant snake movie Anaconda comes under James's microscope. Could it be more than just another scaly B-movie?

"You don't know shit about the shit we're in here!" Gary Dixon (Owen Wilson) in Anaconda. That sentence pretty accurately sums up most people's appreciation of both the movie Anaconda, life in general and the state of the Universe. When you've finished reading this article, you will know some shit.

Do you remember Anaconda? The 1997 killer snake film starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube and Jon Voight? It had the tagline "When you can't breathe you can't scream"? It got nominated for six Razzies but, in spite of such ignominy, went on to become a cult hit and spawned three sequels?

Until a couple of weeks ago I didn't remember Anaconda because I'd never seen it. Somehow this pleasure had passed me by, and it existed as a sizeable hole in my pop »

- ryanlambie

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Forever episode 5 review: The Pugilist Break

23 October 2014 1:27 AM, PDT

The immortal Henry sees things repeating themselves over time, much as they do in this show...

This review contains spoilers.

1.5 The Pugilist Break

The fast pace, quick wit and nuanced comedy of the Chris Fedak-written previous story dissipated rather too rapidly with The Pugilist Break. This was a by-the-numbers detective yarn that seemed borrowed from a dozen other New York crime stories, where the property developer is the nemesis, and people are forced to make poor choices in their circumstances.

But its biggest sin was the lack of any significant character development given the amount of screen time that both Henry and Jo were given here. We already know that Henry is a sucker for anyone being oppressed or downtrodden, and we also know that Detective Martinez is a rule-breaker, so playing those cards again seemed pointless.

Only right at the end of the story, when Henry convinces her »

- louisamellor

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Forever episode 6 review: The Frustrating Thing About Psychopaths

23 October 2014 1:24 AM, PDT

The clock is ticking on Forever. Can it sustain enough viewers to live to a full first season? Here's Billy's review...

This review contains spoilers.

1.6 The Frustrating Thing About Psychopaths

Before I get on to the review, I want to talk about the show in general, and its likely longevity. Looking at the viewing figures and how they’re sliding there was some debate online if this production would beat the eight episodes that the very similar New Amsterdam (2008) managed to deliver before cancellation. With seven episodes complete, ABC has confounded many Network TV watchers by ordering a further three scripts. That is spitting distance away from a complete half season, even if it isn’t the full set.

Though, it’s worth pointing out that ordering scripts isn’t bankrolling them being produced, and Forever has just one more episode in the bag to prove it isn’t the »

- louisamellor

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Nick Frost lands lead role in American jewel-thief comedy The Finger

23 October 2014 1:11 AM, PDT

ABC have snapped up Mr Nick Frost to lead their new comedy, the wonderfully ridiculous-sounding The Finger…

It’s always good to see some top British talent having a go at cracking America, and today’s news involving Nick Frost is no exception.

The Spaced, Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz star with play the lead in The Finger, a new ABC comedy series by Modern Family’s Ben Karlin.

Mr Frost will star as Nick Ferguson, also known as The Finger. The description of role is what makes us think this could be really good fun. We're told The Finger is ‘the world’s most famous jewel thief, who wants to quit his life of crime, open up a humble sandwich shop and do right by his 9-year-old son.’

We’re not sure when the show will be airing, but we’ll be sure to check out the pilot. »

- rleane

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Adam McKay in discussions over directing a Marvel movie

23 October 2014 1:02 AM, PDT

Adam McKay didn't, in the end, direct Ant-Man. But he's chatting to Marvel about directing something else...

Had schedules taken a different turn, then Anchorman director Adam McKay might right now be on the set of Ant-Man, calling the shots. When Edgar Wright abruptly departed the project earlier in the year, McKay was high on Marvel's wishlist of replacements, yet his commitments elsewhere meant he passed on the project (Peyton Reed has since taken it on). Instead, he spent six to eight weeks doing a script rewrite, as we discussed here.

However, Adam McKay may yet be taking a Marvel movie on in the future.

In a new interview that's landed at Crave Online, he revealed that he'd greatly enjoyed working with Marvel on the Ant-Man project. And furthermore, "we’re kicking around ideas. But yeah, maybe I would take on one of the characters. We haven’t locked in anything, »

- simonbrew

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Lost John Cleese and Graham Chapman sketches found

23 October 2014 12:43 AM, PDT

47 years on, some thought-lost pre-Monty Python John Cleese/Graham Chapman sketches have been found…

At Last The 1948 Show was a sketch comedy programme with John Cleese and Graham Chapman. Contrary to the name, it aired from 1967 to 1968. Predating Monty Python, this is where the immortal phrase ‘and now for something completely different’ was first uttered.

Two episodes, lost since their initial broadcast, have now been found. They turned up in the archive of the late, great David Frost, whose company produced the show. The BFI have assured us that the episodes will be aired again in due course.

Rediscovering some the first screen performances for the men who go on to build such a whopping cultural legacy can only be a good thing, and the BFI are understandably thrilled. Further fantastic comic talent also starred in the programme, namely Tim Brooke-Taylor, Aimi MacDonald and Marty Feldman.

Dick Fiddy from »

- rleane

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Doctor Who update: In The Forest Of The Night images, Children In Need

23 October 2014 12:25 AM, PDT

You weekly dose of Doctor Who news bites - including In The Forest Of The Night, Children In Need and a new Who-based game...

As ever, there's no shortage of Doctor Who-related news this week. Unlike our usual little updates though, there's some interesting Who happenings to report from outside the realm of plugging this weekend's episode. 

First up, it's been confirmed that Doctor Who will continue its long-standing tradition of offering something a little extra for the viewers of the BBC's charity fundraising events for Children In Need. All we know from the initial story is that the The Doctor will be "helping out Pudsey" during the show on 14 November. That could mean anything, but we look forward to the sketch nonetheless. 

Also in the world of Who helping kids - there's now a free-to-play educational online Doctor Who available on our computer boxes. The Doctor And The Dalek, »

- rleane

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GTA: San Andreas getting HD update?

23 October 2014 12:02 AM, PDT

Leaked achievements for the Xbox 360 point to a possible re-release for fan favourite, GTA: San Andreas...

Although there's no official word from Rockstar at the time of writing, it would appear as though there's something stirring in the classic GTA series. A list of Xbox 360 achievements has supposedly been leaked, and have been posted on website, Xbox Achievements.

The list, which you can see via the link below, features 33 achievements, totalling 1,000 points, and includes awards for completing various story missions, customising protagonist, Cj, and completing various challenges, such as police, ambulance and fire-fighter side missions, and becoming a master pimp.

This has, of course, lead to rampant speculation that San Andreas is about to enjoy a re-release on Xbox 360 and PS3, possibly in HD, and this possibility is enforced by the game's 10 year anniversary this year, which is being celebrated on the official Rockstar Newswire site, and via a selection »

- aaronbirch

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