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Star-Crossed episode 10 review: What Storm is This That Blows So

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Review Caroline Preece 24 Apr 2014 - 09:06

Bringing all of its characters together in one place gets Star-Crossed's plot moving along nicely. Here's Caroline's review...

This review contains spoilers.

1.10 What Storm Is This That Blows So

Who knew that, for all of its significant problems, a Star-Crossed episode with all of the characters self-contained in one place could be as entertaining as What Storm is This That Blows So? We had a natural disaster, shady scientists, a couple of breakups, and couple of new romances, Roman on drugs and the rise of the new Red Hawks all in the space of an hour, which is more excitement than the show has managed to cram in the previous nine weeks and romantic pondering and weak threats of violence.

For all of the talk of war and integration, this was the first episode of the show that felt like it mattered. Featuring only the high schoolers on lockdown, »

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Can you help Brad Bird out with The Iron Giant Blu-ray?

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News Simon Brew 24 Apr 2014 - 07:17

You want a really good The Iron Giant Blu-ray release? Then you might need to do something about it...

Way back on the press tour for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, we got to spend 20 minutes in the company of its director, Brad Bird. This was a big moment for us, given that Bird directed The Incredibles and Ratatouille, along with one of our favourite films, The Iron Giant.

We've written about our precise love for The Iron Giant here, but Bird told us something about the film's planned Blu-ray release when we interviewed him. Here's what he said: "I’ve been talking with Warner Bros for basically the past ten years, and all sorts of options have been discussed.

There’s been talk of doing about a minute and a half, two minutes, of new animation for it, that were some sequences that we designed in the original, »

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Sony orders a Barbie movie

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News Simon Brew 24 Apr 2014 - 07:13

We've had The Lego Movie, we're getting Minecraft. And now? It's time for the Barbie film...

It would be fair to say that the success of The Lego Movie, and the Toy Story trilogy before that, has had some ramifications in Hollywood. Right now, films are in the works based on Trolls and Minecraft for a start. And now we hear that Sony has picked up the rights to make a movie based on Barbie dolls.

With an eye firmly on a big movie franchise, the studio has already hired Jenny Bicks (Sex And The City, The Big C) to pen a script for the first Barbie film. The plan will be to get the movie into production before the end of 2014. It'd be lovely to think that Barbie, and Ken, are treated in the same witty way as they were in Toy Story 3, »

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Jessica Chastain linked with Mission: Impossible 5

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News Simon Brew 24 Apr 2014 - 07:04

Tom Cruise might just be joined by Jessica Chastain for the next Mission: Impossible movie...

One from the rumour mill this, but thought you'd like to know. Paramount Pictures has set Mission: Impossible 5 for release at the end of 2015, with Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) directing, and Tom Cruise starring.

The first bits of casting news are beginning to filter through, and rumour number one is that the thoroughly excellent Jessica Chastain is being linked with one of the lead roles in the film. She's wanted to play "Tom Cruise's right hand woman" in the movie, and Schmoes Know reports that an offer has been made to her to appear in the film.

Just because she's been offered the movie, that doesn't mean she'll sign up of course. If true though, that'd be a quality piece of casting work for the new Mission: Impossible. »

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New trailer for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

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Trailer Simon Brew 24 Apr 2014 - 07:02

Get another look at Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's Sin City sequel right here...

After a wait of nearly a decade, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For finally arrives in cinemas this coming August, with Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller both returning to direct (there's no guest directing from Quentin Tarantino this time, though). As before, the pair have assembled a mighty cast, with Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba leading the returnees. Fresh additions to the cast include Joseph Gordon-Levitt this time around.

And we now have a second, shorter trailer for Sin City 2. It's just over a minute long, and you can see it right below these words...

More on Sin City: A Dame To Kill For closer to release...

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UK start date for True Blood season 7 confirmed

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News Simon Brew 24 Apr 2014 - 06:57

True Blood will start again in the UK a fortnight later than the Us...

The final season of True Blood will be arriving on UK TV screens two weeks behind the American transmission, it's been confirmed. That's as good as it's ever been for True Blood too, as the British screening of the show has generally been much further behind.

Fox, however, has confirmed that the premiere of season 7 in the UK will take place at 9pm on Monday July 7th. In the Us, the show kicks off on HBO, on Sunday June 22nd. It's still a gap, but at least it's a much smaller one.

The final season of the show will run for ten episodes.

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J K Rowling's The Casual Vacancy heading to HBO

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News Simon Brew 24 Apr 2014 - 06:54

Once a BBC-only project, HBO has now taken the lead in the TV adaptation of J K Rowling's The Casual Vacancy.

For her first post-Harry Potter writing project, author J K Rowling raised eyebrows with the acclaimed political-leaning novel The Casual Vacancy. The acclaimed book was then picked up by the BBC for a television adaptation at the end of 2012, although we hadn't heard anything since.

Now, however, it's been revealed that HBO has got involved in the project. In partnership with the BBC, HBO will now turn The Casual Vacancy into a three hour mini-series, which Rowling herself is going to executive produce. The plan is to shoot the miniseries this coming summer.

Sarah Phelps is writing the script for the series, and it's going to be shot in England. Jonny Campbell is set to direct.


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In The Flesh series 2 start date

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News Simon Brew 24 Apr 2014 - 06:49

In The Flesh returns to BBC Three on Sunday May 4th, it's been confirmed.

We've not got long to wait for the eagerly-anticipated second series run of In The Flesh, it's been confirmed. The BBC has confirmed that In The Flesh series 2 will start on Sunday May 4th at 10pm. It'll go out, as the last series did, on BBC Three.

We get more episodes this time, too. The original run was three episodes long, and series two will be six episodes. We'll have a bunch of interviews from our time on the set of In The Flesh series two arriving on the site over the next week or so.

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Terminator reboot may just be changing name

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News Simon Brew 24 Apr 2014 - 06:45

The officlal start of production press release for the new Terminator movie lands. But has its name changed?

There may be something to this, there may be not. But it looks as if Paramount may yet be tinkering with the name of the now-filming new Terminator film.

For some time, the film has been known as Terminator: Genesis, but the official start of production press release has now been issued by Skydance and Paramount, and the title of the film is simply Terminator on it.

Of course, it's possible to read too much into that, but the film is now directly referred to as the Terminator reboot. Given the film's apparent ties to Terminator 2, it sounds more like a belated sequel to us at the moment.

Here's the official press release anyway. More on the film as we hear it...

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Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 19 review: The Only Light In The Darkness

14 hours ago

Review James Hunt 23 Apr 2014 - 21:50

Lots of death and drama in this week's episode. If only it was this much fun every week...

This review contains spoilers.

1.19 The Only Light in the Darkness

Casting Whedon alumni is a good way for any genre show to curry favour, and while it's enjoyable to see those faces back on screen there's always a risk that the show using them will suffer by comparison. Case in point: When Amy Acker was on Angel, she proved herself versatile and charming, playing a character who spent years being built up and taken into viewers affections. But that affection only stretches so far. On Agents of Shield, she's a one-note damsel-in-distress who isn't trusted with her own agency and is only saved from death by the quick actions of a man who knows better than she does. The Buffyverse, this ain't.

Still, at least she »

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Colin Trevorrow talks Jurassic World, teases sequels

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News Glen Chapman 24 Apr 2014 - 07:23

With cameras rolling on Jurassic Park 4, director Colin Trevorrow has been chatting about Jurassic World and beyond...

After years of rumours and apparent false starts in production, the fourth Jurassic Park film - Jurassic World - is very much a reality, With Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow at the helm, and a cast featuring the likes of Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Judy Greer and Omar Sy amongst others, things are shaping up nicely.

Trevorrow has been chatting about certain aspects of the film recently, notably the role Omar Sy will play in the film. He told Empire that "he’s essentially Chris Pratt’s best friend. They work together and have some pretty cool action scenes together. I wanted to create a relationship there that could be memorable and potentially carry on to future films".

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John Barrowman on the future of Captain Jack Harkness

23 April 2014 12:45 AM, PDT

News Simon Brew 23 Apr 2014 - 08:44

John Barrowman has been chatting about the future of Torchwood, and of Captain Jack Harkness...

Since he left our screens for the last time (to date) at the end of Torchwood: Miracle Day back in 2011, John Barrowman has continued to field questions about whether or not the character of Captain Jack Harkness would return on screen. But with the Torchwood TV show in a sort of limbo at the moment, and with Captain Jack not currently part of Doctor Who, might his days on screen be numbered?

Speaking to NerdBastards.com (an interview we're just catching up with!), Barrowman was asked whether he thought he'd played Captain Jack for the last time. "I have no idea", he admitted. "I mean, that’s not my decision, that’s a decision for the BBC. The thing is, I go around with Eve [Myles] and people to these »

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Lost executive producer looks back at the series finale

22 April 2014 11:34 PM, PDT

News Simon Brew 23 Apr 2014 - 07:33

Carlton Cuse reopens the debate about the finale of Lost, as he discusses why he and Damon Lindelof went the way they did...

Spoilers for the Lost ending lie ahead.

Many years after it aired, the debate continues to rage about the final episode of Lost. And chatting to Entertainment Weekly, the man who co-wrote The End - Carlton Cuse - has been chatting about that last episode.

Cuse penned it with Damon Lindelof, his co-showrunner on Lost, and he affirms that the ending was actually planned from the start. "There was this grand plan that we had - the idea that the show would start with Jack’s eye opening and it would end with Jack’s eyes closing, which meant that Jack had to die", Cuse said. "That was right in the DNA from the very beginning, he added. "The finale is like a hedge. »

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Minecraft 1.8 update brings user terrain generation

22 April 2014 11:31 PM, PDT

News Aaron Birch 23 Apr 2014 - 07:25

The next big update for Minecraft puts control of the world generation in your hands...

Minecraft's uniquely generated worlds are one of the sandboxer's strongest points, ensuring that each and every game can be a totally different experience. User input on this world generation has been very hands-off so far, though, with seed codes and minimal options being available to help shape the world at the gestation of a new game. That is, until now.

Mojang has released a teaser for the upcoming 1.8 PC Minecraft update that details the new terrain generation options, which are fully controllable by the player. The toolset incorporates some 16 sliders that each deal with various aspects of the world, such as the world's depth, upper limits and scale. You can also utilise some other tools to specify scales and measurements, and chose from a number of generated structures and environmental features, »

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Roberto Orci wants to direct the next Star Trek film

22 April 2014 11:27 PM, PDT

News Simon Brew 23 Apr 2014 - 07:27

With Alex Kurtzman set to direct Venom, Roberto Orci apparently has his eyes on succeeding Jj Abrams as Star Trek director...

News broke late yesterday that long-time writing partners Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are going their separate ways. The pair have been a creative partnership for some time, writing across projects such as Jj Abrams' Star Trek reboots, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers, the Sleepy Hollow TV show and Cowboys & Aliens.

Towards the end of last year, it was revealed that Alex Kurtzman is the man that Sony wants to direct one of its Spider-Man spin-off movies, Venom. Kurtzman is also writing the script for the film, which will be his second feature directorial effort after People Like Us.

Whilst Kurtzman and Orci will continue to work together on their television projects, Variety reports that their split on feature films is amicable. »

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron news round up

22 April 2014 11:23 PM, PDT

News Simon Brew 23 Apr 2014 - 07:22

The UK to get Avengers 2 early, Robert Downey Jr's set photo, Lou Ferrigno's return and more news from Joss Whedon's Avengers sequel...

Production is underway on 2015's eagerly-awaited Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Joss Whedon is directing again, and more news on the film is beginning to filter through.

Let's start with an on-set photo then, which has come from the freshly-minted Twitter account of Robert Downey Jr. He posted a picture from the set of The Avengers 2, alongside the film's executive producer Jeremy Latcham. The pair look very fetching in their safety jackets...

Next up? That's the unsurprising news that Lou Ferrigno will be back to help out with the movie. He provided the grunts and growls for the Hulk in The Avengers, and he's confirmed that he'll be doing so again. Mark Ruffalo will play the role on-screen, »

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Disney "struggling" with Captain America 3 release date

22 April 2014 11:07 PM, PDT

News Simon Brew 23 Apr 2014 - 07:07

Might someone be about to blink in the Batman Vs Superman against Captain America 3 showdown?

Whilst so far there's been a lot of chest beating and a refusal to budge, the currently shared release date for Captain America 3 and Batman Vs Superman remains a problem for both Disney and Warner Bros. As things stand, both movies are set to open on May 6th 2016, with Marvel in particular quite bullish about refusing to vacate a date it had earmarked some time before Warner Bros announced the same day for its Man Of Steel sequel.

However, Marvel's parent company, Disney, seems less keen about the fight. In a conference call with journalists, Disney boss Alan Horn was asked about the Captain America 3 release date, and for the first time, it hinted that someone was going to blink in this particular stare-off. "We'll see", Horn said. "We're »

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Vince Gilligan on the Breaking Bad finale

22 April 2014 11:03 PM, PDT

News Simon Brew 23 Apr 2014 - 07:02

Breaking Bad showrunner and creator Vince Gilligan talks about how he came up with the show's eventual ending.

This article contains spoilers for Breaking Bad and The Wild Bunch.

As part of Entertainment Weekly's look at finales to popular TV shows, it's inevitably spent some time looking at last September's ending to Breaking Bad. And it's been chatting to showrunner Vince Gilligan about coming up with said ending.

Gilligan told EW that the finale "was glimmering in my brain somewhere in season 3, but I started to think about it more in earnest in season 4". Arguing that the story of Breaking Bad was always finite, Gilligan admitted that "in the early days I really wasn’t thinking about the ending that much, because I was just feeling lucky to have a show on the air at all", but that debates about when the show should »

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Mad Men season 7 episode 2 review: A Day's Work

22 April 2014 10:52 PM, PDT

Review James Hunt 23 Apr 2014 - 07:01

Nothing much happened this week - or did it? As usual, Mad Men is slowly putting the pieces in place for whatever happens next...

This review contains spoilers.

7.2 A Day's Work

Season 6 of Mad Men ended with a rare moment of catharsis between father and daughter, as emotionally cleansing as it was bruising. Sally looking at Don, finally seeing him for who he is, as Judy Collins' recording of Both Sides, Now faded in over the scene. It promised to be a watershed moment in their failing relationship. Like a smoker making the same new year's resolution to quit, it promised that from now on, things would be different.

Of course, in true Mad Men fashion episode 1 left us with no idea whether that was the case, with Don's kids barely warranting a mention. It's with some surprise, then, that episode 2 brings that plot to the fore. »

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The Following season 2 episode 14 review: Silence

22 April 2014 10:39 PM, PDT

Review Ron Hogan 23 Apr 2014 - 06:39

No-one's safe in The Following this week - or any week, really...

This review contain spoilers.

2.14 Silence

The Following seems bound and determined to kill everyone they've introduced this season, one at a time, throughout the course of an entire season. To the best of my knowledge, a major character (or at least a potential major character) has died in just about every episode. If someone gets a name and a personality, they're probably going to get killed. (Even if they don't, they'll still get killed; just ask this week's hapless church janitor.)

As The Following inches closer and closer to its season finale, the show has decided to really throw itself into overdrive and bring out all the twists and turns that have been building up. Kingston Tanner, homemade bombs, Claire's teargas grenade, a church invasion, streaming video, and all kinds of other »

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