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Exclusive: why Disney never made Tangled 2

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Disney was indeed looking into making Tangled 2, its producer confirms. But there's a simple reason why it never happened...

This story contains a spoiler for Tangled.

For the past few years, as Walt Disney Animation Studios has continued its remarkable run of recent success, rumours of sequels to its films have gathered momentum.

The last 'official' sequel Disney made to one of its classic line of animated features was The Rescuers Down Under, that was released way back in 1990. Of course, there's the dozens of mainly straight to DVD sequels that infected stores throughout the 1990s and 2000s, but they were the work of a separate part of Disney.

However, we keep hearing word of Wreck-It Ralph 2 and Frozen 2, both of which are believed to be in development. And once upon a time, there was chat of a follow-up to Walt Disney Animation Studio's 50th animated feature, 2010's Tangled.

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Roy Conli interview: Big Hero 6, reading & Tangled 2

30 January 2015 9:45 AM, PST

Producer Roy Conli chats to us about the lack of guns in Big Hero 6, and the aborted attempt to get Tangled 2 off the ground...

We've chatted to Roy Conli a couple of times at Den Of Geek, and there's always plenty to dig into. His current film, Big Hero 6, has just been Oscar and BAFTA-nominated, while as it turns out, Disney did start exploring a possible Tangled 2. And he tells us why it never happened.

Here's how our chat went...

I'm the person who sits and reads end credits, and there's a message in the ones for Big Hero 6 that says 'Thanks Andy, we miss you'. We try, on the site, to talk about the stories behind such dedications, and I wonder if you'd mind talking about why this film carries such a dedication?

It's a little emotional.

We had a young man working with us, who we lost. »

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Star Wars: Episode VIII and IX confirmed for 2017 and 2019

30 January 2015 9:30 AM, PST

Disney chief Bob Iger confirms that the new Star Wars trilogy will finish in 2019 - and then seems to hint that another will follow...

Here's confirmation of something that had been widely assumed, but not inked in until this stage: Disney will be releasing the continuing Episodes of the Star Wars saga on an every other year basis.

This year, of course, we get Jj Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which stands as Episode VII in the Star Wars saga. Disney CEO Bob Iger has now confirmed in his shareholder's report that Star Wars: Episode VIII will arrive in 2017, and "we'll finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019".

Note his use there of the words "this trilogy". It would hardly be the biggest leap of logic to suggest that Disney and Lucasfilm will then get cracking on the next one once this one is done.

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Arrow season 3 episode 11 review: Midnight City

30 January 2015 7:18 AM, PST

Team Arrow emerges from this week's episode newly established, with Felicity back in the fold...

This review contains spoilers.

3.11 Midnight City

Though it was pretty necessary, last week's attempt to explore the fallout from Oliver's 'death' was a little predictable, stagnant and focused on Felicity above other, equally important, characters. This episode, however, had to show what Team Arrow would do with the gaping chasm left by their leader. As it turns out, they can do quite a lot.

Something had to get Laurel's Canary out of the gym and onto the streets, and this was as good a way as any to have her first take over for Sara as the city's protector. Her Canary is quite rightly a little ineffectual, but thankfully not to the extent that Oliver and Diggle's doubt that she could be of value is given extra validation. She might not have the years of hard training that Sara had, »

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Cuts at Sega as company shifts focus to mobile and PC games

30 January 2015 6:57 AM, PST

Sega has announced that it's to cut "about 120" jobs, mostly at Sega of America, as it shifts focus to mobile and PC games market...

Given just how powerful Sega were in the 90s and into the new millennium, the following news is sad to report.

The company's revealed that it's in the process of downsizing, particularly in the Us, where it's set to move its base from San Francisco to Southern California in order to reduce operating costs.

It's revealed that "about 120" jobs are to go, mostly at Sega of America, with around 300 jobs potentially at risk as the company looks for employees willing to undertake "voluntary retirement."

While Sega's European arm is to face "limited" redundancies according to Eurogamer, the cuts come as part of a reported change in focus to mobile and digital gaming.

Certainly, Sega's console output has seen mixed fortunes of late. Sonic Boom was poorly received, »

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The Flash episode 11 review: The Sound And The Fury

30 January 2015 6:09 AM, PST

The Flash appears to have learnt from Arrow's mistakes, and the result is a show with a roster of great villains and a lot of heart...

This review contains spoilers.

1.11 The Sound And The Fury

A big problem Arrow had in its early days was the constant single-episode introductions and dispatchings of interesting villains, which meant that the show quickly burnt through some of the best of its rogues gallery and led to things like copy-cat Count Vertigos long before one should have been necessary.

We're only eleven episodes into The Flash, but so far it looks to have learnt from those mistakes. We have Captain Cold and Firestorm both hanging around, as well as Reverse Flash as the season-long bad guy and, now, the Pied Piper.

Adversaries are always more interesting when they're connected to the main cast, too, so Hartley's actual legitimate gripe against Wells and the »

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Elementary season 3 episode 13 review: The One That Got Away

30 January 2015 4:29 AM, PST

Elementary delivers its best episode of the season, a fitting pay-off to the arrival of Ophelia Lovibond’s Kitty Winter…

This review contains spoilers.

3.13 The One That Got Away

If those ‘previously on’ scenes alone didn’t have you leaning forward and gripping your seat cushion in giddy anticipation, then fair warning that this may not be the review for you. I'm about to gush.

The heroin! The nutmeg! London flashbacks! Finally! The opening minutes of The One That Got Away were catnip to Elementary fans, as if we weren’t already looking forward to the conclusion of last week’s Kitty-centric story.

The Kitty arc has arguably been Elementary’s strongest treatment of its character source material. Yes, we immediately loved Sherlock, quickly came around to Watson, enjoyed Moriarty (before Game Of Thrones snaffled her away at least), and thought Mycroft was a blast, but those characters all came ready stuffed with dramatic potential. »

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Game Of Thrones season 5: first trailer officially released

30 January 2015 3:38 AM, PST

Here's the first full trailer for Game Of Thrones season 5 - the official version, in HD...

"I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel."

As, famously, the most illegally downloaded television show of all time, it's perhaps apt that the first glimpse of a full trailer for Game Of Thrones' forthcoming season arrived via a fan-filmed video at a public IMAX screening earlier today. It's been doing the rounds online, but now we've got the real thing to take a look at.

What does it show? Cersei, Jaime, Littlefinger, Sansa, Dorne, the Sandsnakes, Tyrion and Varys, a wedding, Dany, Arya, and a cover of Bowie's Heroes. Those are in short supply in Westeros. We'll bring you a full trailer breakdown in due course. For now though, here's our first proper glimpse at Game Of Thrones season 5.

Game Of Thrones season 5 arrives on HBO on Sunday the 12th of April, »

- louisamellor

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Strafe: new footage from "the goriest shooter of 1996"

30 January 2015 1:02 AM, PST

Looking for a shooter that takes you right back to the days of Quake? Then you should probably check out Strafe...

Do you miss the low-poly days of Quake? A simpler time when the bullets were slow, the enemies dim and the action tough and deliciously frenzied? Then you should definitely check out the Kickstarter for Strafe, a retro Fps its developer calls "the goriest shooter of 1996".

Taking place in a chunky sci-fi world straight out of mid-90s id Software, Strafe wears its old-school heart on its sleeve. It will, however, come with a number of mod-cons, including Oculus Rift support and the kind of gore and gibs we could only dream about 20-or-so years ago - when you splatter an enemy all over the game map, the mess stays there.

No recharging health or cover here, either - as indie dev Pixel Titans puts it, "Your only hope »

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Aka Jessica Jones: Rachael Taylor to play a superhero?

30 January 2015 12:58 AM, PST

Grey’s Anatomy star Rachael Taylor will play Patricia Walker, who becomes Hellcat, in Marvel’s Aka Jessica Jones Netflix series…

Here’s an interesting one – Marvel has announced that the character Patricia Walker will be appearing in their Netflix show Aka Jessica Jones. In the comics, she eventually became the superhero Hellcat.

Hellcat, in the comics, is a member of both the Defenders and the Avengers at various points. She is gifted with telekinesis, psychic resistance, retractable claws and some respectable martial arts skills. Intriguingly, she fought alongside Doctor Strange in one of her first adventures.

However, it seems that the show – for starters, at least – will be sticking closer to Patricia’s origins in the humour and romance comic book titles of the 1940s. It took from 1944 until 1976 for her transformation into Hellcat to take place, so it’s not too surprising that Marvel Studios aren’t starting at that point. »

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Lego Jurassic World and Lego Marvel's Avengers games announced

30 January 2015 12:28 AM, PST

Warner Bros has announced that two new Lego games will coincide with this year's Jurassic World and Avengers movies...

It's 10 years since Lego Star Wars established the modern format of frenetic action, collecting and building, and Tt Games have applied the formula to a legion properties since, including Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and Lord Of The Rings.

Warner has now announced that two more games are joining the fold. The first is one that has been teased in the past: Lego Jurassic World. Although released to coincide with Colin Trevorrow's fourth Jurassic movie due out this summer, Jurassic World will take in every film in the franchise. We'll therefore get Lego-built versions of Jurassic Park, The Lost World and Jurassic Park III as well as this year's sequel.

The next big game is Lego Marvel's Avengers, which, as it sounds, is based on the 2011 superhero hit and this year's eagerly-awaited sequel, »

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Ezra Miller on playing The Flash, multiple DC films

29 January 2015 11:36 PM, PST

The Flash movie will star Ezra Miller in 2018. But he's committed to more films than that one...

It's been some months now since Ezra Miller was confirmed as the DC cinematic universe's face of The Flash. The film is due to arrive in 2018 (although the character is likely to debut in Justice League before that), and looks to be independent from the hit TV series, which sees Grant Gustin in the title role.

Miller has now been chatting to Hitfix about the role, and about the fact that he's inevitably committed to several movies as part of his The Flash contract.

"It's a mixed bag but I'm happy", he told the site. "I'm going to say I feel really happy about it in one way because the idea of actually having a steady job in my life is actually incredibly comforting. It's something I didn't necessarily think I would ever have".

On the flip side? »

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Insurgent: the Superbowl trailer

29 January 2015 11:20 PM, PST

Shailene Woodley returns as Tris in the next Divergent film, Insurgent. Here's the latest trailer.

The latest in the raft of new trailers put together in time for this weekend's Super Bowl in the Us is a further glimpse at Insurgent. This is the second film in the Divergent series, and it once again stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James, with Kate Winslet back as well.

Divergent didn't get the series off to a bad start. The world building was good, but the film ran out of steam a little some time before the ending. Still, the ingredients are clearly there.

There's a change behind the camera for this one. Divergent was directed by Neil Burger, but this film - and the next (Allegiant) - will be the work of Red director Robert Schentke. Veronica Roth's books, of course, provide the source material.

Insurgent arrives in cinemas on March 20th. »

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Jurassic World: new details and picture tease of D-Rex

29 January 2015 11:12 PM, PST

Some new details of the big addition for Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic Park 4...

Mild spoiler warning: this story talks about one of the new creatures in Jurassic World.

When the first trailer for Jurassic World was released at the end of last year, one of the biggest questions surrounding the film was to do with the D-Rex. This, as the trailer suggested, is the new dinosaur that's been created by Jurassic Park's scientists. Some have questioned why regular dinosaurs aren't enough, others have pointed to the fact that the D-Rex may be a play on the fact that modern theme park crowds always want something more.

Either way, the D-Rex - or the Indominus Rex - is going to be a sizeable part of Jurassic World's attractions. And the film's official website has provided some more details on it:

"We set out to make Indominus the most »

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron - new promo released

29 January 2015 10:59 PM, PST

A new TV teaser for Joss Whedon's Avengers sequel has been released - don't expect new things, though...

If you're keen to savour as much footage of Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age Of Ultron prior to its release, then Marvel has put together a new TV promo spot to aid you in your quest. That said, there doesn't actually appear to be anything new in this one. But still: it's here if you want it.

What you do get is a flavour of each of the Avengers again, as well as a snippet of Ultron. The release date at the end, incidentally, is for the Us roll-out of the movie. Britain gets Avengers: Age Of Ultron a week earlier.

Enough waffle from us: here's that TV spot...

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Supernatural season 10 episode 11 review: There's No Place Like Home

29 January 2015 12:23 PM, PST

What's the only thing better than one Felicia Day? That's right, two Felicia Days. Supernatural welcomes back Charlie...

This review contains spoilers.

10.11 There's No Place Like Home

Recurring Supernatural guest star and genuinely awesome person Felicia Day returns as not one, but two Charlies, one fully integrated with the dark side, the other still the adorable Charlie we know and love. Sam and Dean, in a lull from investigating the Mark, look into the case of a torture victim and find Dark Charlie throwing all the punches. It turns out that her trip to Oz took in a civil war, a conquering army and a magic key that split Charlie in two. The motivation driving Dark Charlie is to avenge the death of her/their parents by tracking down the drunk driver who paid people to cover up his crime.

There’s No Place Like Home already has a massive »

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Terminator Genisys: new Superbowl trailer and poster

29 January 2015 12:15 PM, PST

Arnold Schwarzenegger is front and centre of the new Terminator: Genisys trailer and poster...

Well, the latest salvo in the marketing campaign for Terminator: Genisys has clearly decided that Arnold Schwarzenegger is the trump card here. As such, the latest poster for the film is all about Arnie, and his ongoing promise to be back. Again.

There's a lot of Arnie too in the new Superbowl promo trailer for Terminator: Genisys that Paramount Pictures has released. Age is not slowing the last action hero down either, by the looks of this particular trailer.

Terminator: Genisys will arrive in cinemas in July 2015, with Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Game Of Thrones) directing. The rest of the cast includes Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, the mighty J K Simmons, Byung-Hun Lee and Matt Smith.

In order, then, here's the promo trailer...

And here's the new poster. »

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Ted 2: the first trailer

29 January 2015 11:52 AM, PST

Mark Wahlberg returns along with his furry friend in Ted 2. Here's the first trailer...

One of the biggest comedy hits of recent times has been Ted, which starred Mark Wahlberg alongside a foul-mouthed CG teddy bear. It was directed by Seth MacFarlane (who struggled with last year's A Million Ways To Die In The West), and the pair are reunited this summer for Ted 2. Which we're guessing is why you're here.

Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried and Morgan Freeman are also in the cast, and Ted 2 has stayed under wraps until now. For we've got the first trailer for the movie right here, which gives you a strong flavour as to what to expect. As if that was in much doubt.

Ted 2 is scheduled for release in the UK on July 10th 2015.

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2015: the year Netflix got serious

29 January 2015 3:03 AM, PST

Between Marvel, sitcoms, and returning favourites, Netflix is producing more and more original content, here's what we can expect in 2015...

Not happy with being the undisputable king of subscription streaming TV and films, Netflix has spent the last few years finding its footing in creating original content. It's enjoyed some big hits with the likes of House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, but has also produced some less well-received properties such as Hemlock Grove and Arrested Development’s resurrection.

Marco Polo, the service's big budget drama following Mongolian leader Kublai Khan, was a sizeable risk for the network and one that didn't exactly lit the critical world alight (though a second season may well help with the teething problems).

Looking ahead, it seems that we’ll be seeing a new face of Netflix before the year is out. Netflix has more upcoming projects than ever before and »

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Wolf Hall episode 2 review: Entirely Beloved

29 January 2015 2:32 AM, PST

Mark Rylance’s Thomas Cromwell gains a new master and retains all the best lines as the BBC’s splendid Wolf Hall continues…

This review contains spoilers.

1.2 Entirely Beloved

Let’s start by conveying an apology from the BBC to the people of York. Fine place, that. Lovely Viking centre. Excellent Park and Ride.

After last week’s episode of Wolf Hall featured disappointingly few actual wolves, this week made up for it with a veritable menagerie. Animals featured were as follows. Horses (several), kittens (1), greyhounds (4), rabbits (2 - 1 real, 1 human in bunny ears), monkeys (1) and wasps (1 - my mistake, that was Mark Gatiss relishing every poisonous sting the script gave to antagonist Stephen Gardiner).

In Wolf Hall’s second handsome hour, animals and omens were both in fine supply, the latter used to show Cromwell’s honed powers of manipulation. After translating Wolsey’s (in hindsight, spot-on) dark omen for »

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