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Stan Lee's Lucky Man episode 3 review: Evil Eye

18 hours ago

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A diamond heist and a motorcycle gang occupy Di Harry Clayton in this week’s Lucky Man, which is beginning to find its feet…

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1.3 Evil Eye

Neither going full-kitsch nor falling into a mopey addiction hole (what looked like its two viable options at the end of last week’s instalment), episode three of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man instead went right down the middle and delivered an hour of straightforward detective drama. A diverting hour, too.

Evil Eye’s hidden diamond crime-of-the-week provided our first glimpse of what Lucky Man might become were it to continue indefinitely: Harry gets a case, Harry uses his natural intuition and magic bracelet to solve the case, complications ensue. Add to that a bit of ongoing mystery (who really killed Kayleigh? What’s the deal with motorbike woman? Where did the bracelet come from?) and you’ve got yourself a show. »

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Agent Carter season 2 episode 4 review: Smoke And Mirrors

20 hours ago

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Agent Carter season 2 explores Peggy and Whitney Frost's backstories in Smoke And Mirrors...

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2.4 Smoke And Mirrors

If there’s anything positive to say about Agent Carter’s reduced series-length compared to most Marvel properties, it’s that it doesn’t hang about. Last season had nothing even approaching filler, and this one is galloping along just as satisfyingly.

If anything, a little more time to build up the Arena Club might’ve made it more satisfying when they blew the lid off the conspiracy (sorta) but beyond that it’s hard to complain. Effectively having Carter shut out of the Ssr (again) could seem repetitive, were it not for the fact that this time she has a network of allies inside the organisation too.

Beyond that, this episode’s exploration of Peggy’s backstory is both long-overdue and entirely welcome, not to mention smartly deployed within the episode. »

- louisamellor

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The Big Bang Theory season 9 episode 14 review: The Meemaw Materialisation

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Meemaw comes to visit in the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory, which provides a glimpse into Sheldon's origins...

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9.14 The Meemaw Materialisation

Sheldon's family has always been a great source of genuine comedy for The Big Bang Theory, whether it's his mother, sister or, as of this week, his grandmother. They're amusing because they're what they consider 'normal', but are still so vastly different from your Pennys or your Bernadettes that we can enjoy their strangeness the same way we do Sheldon's.

But they also love him, and know him in different ways than his friends do. It's the same reason it's always so great to see Sheldon and Penny interact - they're fundamentally opposites but, at their best, both make gentle attempts to meet somewhere in the middle because they owe it to each other.

So the prospect of finally meeting 'Meemaw' was an enticing one, »

- louisamellor

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Orange Is The New Black renewed for seasons 5, 6 and 7

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Netflix has ordered 3 further seasons of prison drama Orange Is The New Black, bringing its total up to 7...

That sound you just heard? A whoop let out by fans of Orange Is The New Black in celebration of the news that Netflix has ordered three new seasons of the prison comedy drama.

(And that other sound? A sigh let out by those yet to see it but still hoping to catch up one day and seeing that task expand before their eyes.)

Unlike its fellow Netflix Original, House Of Cards, the showrunner on this one is sticking around after the current series and is expected to remain in position all the way up to season seven. Creator Jenji Kohan's official statement on the three-season renewal was as follows:

"Three more years! Not quite a political term, but still plenty of time to do some interesting things. »

- louisamellor

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The Flash season 2 episode 12 review: Fast Lane

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Wells has been an unexpected highlight of The Flash season 2, almost mitigating the disappointment of a filler episode like this one...

This review contains spoilers.

2.12 Fast Lane

There's no rule saying that every episode of The Flash has to be a mini-blockbuster filled with big action set-pieces and emotional gut-punches, even if that's what we've grown accustomed to. When episodes like Fast Lane emerge, though, it's easy to feel shortchanged by a comparatively slow outing. But the show's allowed a week of filler, especially when it gets us to a place as exciting as this episode does.

A huge chunk of the episode was dedicated to my least favourite part of the show right now – Wally West. More specifically, Wally's speed racing habit and what Joe and Iris think about it. There's nothing wrong with exploring the new family dynamic and how Wally fits in with the existing West unit, »

- louisamellor

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A quick note about comments on Ghostbusters articles

4 February 2016 10:45 PM, PST

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Just a quick word to our mighty readers, about the comments that are appearing on some Ghostbusters articles...

Hello, to the fine readers of Den Of Geek.

I'm going to try this the polite way first, before I try the less polite way later!

Sadly, on pretty much every piece we post about the new Ghostbusters film, we seem to be attracting some otherwise very rare commenters, who think it's acceptable to come in and call other people names.

I would like to be absolutely clear on this: it is not acceptable at all.

I get that not everybody is looking forward to the new Ghostbusters film, and I get that some (like me) really are. That's not the point here, though. Because for some reason, people are thinking it's acceptable with this one film in particular to abandon constructive conversation in favour of ranting, poison and nastiness. »

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DC films and TV shows: "a lot richer and a lot more fun"

4 February 2016 10:30 PM, PST

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Zack Snyder has been chatting about the DC multi-verse, and the future of Batman and Superman...

In just over a month and a half, Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice will finally - finally - be landing in cinemas. It feels like we've been waiting for this one an awfully long time, given that production pretty much wrapped up in 2014.

Ben Affleck stars as Batman, of course, with Henry Cavill as Superman. And Zack Snyder has now been chatting to the Hall Of Justice podcast, where the subject of DC Comics' approach to television came up.

"The bottom line for me is: I have 100% respect and love what they’re doing on TV", he said. "I think it’s amazing, and it speaks to the iconographic nature of these characters – these characters are bigger than any of the actors that are playing them".

"You know, »

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Stanley Kubrick used to talk to George Miller about making Babe

4 February 2016 10:28 PM, PST

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Plus: the people who used to read material for Stanley Kubrick, without knowing they were reading material for Stanley Kubrick.

1995's Babe, you may recall, didn't just prove to be a box office hit, it also got nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The project was overseen by Mad Max helmer George Miller, who would himself direct the notorious sequel, Babe: Pig In The City.

But for a while, Miller was struggling with the technology behind how to get Babe himself to speak in the movie, and in the quest for an answer he ended up in the UK, about 30 miles from Stanley Kubrick's home.

In a new interview at The Hollywood Reporter, Miller revealed that he tried to get Kubrick to go to a firm called Quantel in Newbury, to try and crack the problem. In the end, Kubrick couldn't go, as his »

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Matt Smith on the Terminator Genisys sequel

4 February 2016 10:25 PM, PST

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"I never really knew", says Matt Smith, of talk of him being more involved in Terminator Genisys 2...

He's heading to the big screen again next week in Pride & Prejudice Vs Zombies, and ahead of that, Matt Smith has been talking to our chums at Den Of Geek Us.

They got to interview Smith the day after news broke that Paramount had removed the sequel to Terminator Genisys from its schedules, with the fate of the rest of the planned films looking shaky. Smith had been signed up to appear in three Terminator movies, with his small role in Genisys a forerunner for a larger involvement in Terminator Genisys 2.

"I just heard that", he said, when asked about the film disappearing off the aforementioned schedule. And when asked if he had a sense he'd be more involved had the sequel moved forward, he admitted that "I never really knew, »

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Ghost In The Shell remake starts filming, villain cast

4 February 2016 10:22 PM, PST

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Michael Pitt joins the cast of Ghost In The Shell as The Laughing Man, as production begins on the movie...

After nearly a decade in gestation, a live action Hollywood remake of Ghost In The Shell is finally before the cameras. Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is helming this one, and Scarlett Johansson is taking the lead role in the movie.

Now we learn too who is to be its villain. The role has gone to Michael Pitt, best known thus far for his work in Hannibal. He's set to play The Laughing Man in the film.

Filming is underway ahead of a released that's been earmarked for March 31st 2017. The movie has recently changed distributor too, with Paramount Pictures picking up the project from Disney.

We'll have more on Ghost In The Shell as we hear it...

THR.

See related  Ghost In The Shell »

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Zorro reboot to be directed by Gravity's writer

4 February 2016 10:18 PM, PST

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Jonas Cuaron comes on board the Zorro movie, Z - and it might not be a post-apocalyptic future reboot anymore...

The big screen reboot of the Zorro movie franchise is pressing ahead, with the news that a writer and director has been recruited for the project. They are the same person, too.

Jonas Cuaron, best known thus far for penning the screenplay to his father's film, Gravity, will be writing and producing the new film, that's thus far known as Z. Production on the new movie is set to begin in the summer, although as of yet there's no word as to who will be taking over from Antonio Banderas and playing Zorro on the big screen.

Cuaron's script will see him starting from scratch on the project, too. There had been talk that the new Zorro film would be a futuristic, post-apocalyptic piece, but it's not »

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The Iron Giant: Signature Edition coming to UK cinemas

4 February 2016 8:37 AM, PST

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Brad Bird's masterpiece, The Iron Giant, is heading to over 100 UK cinemas in just over a week...

We could almost weep with joy. Sod it, we will. One of our favourite animated films - heck, favourite films full stop - of the past 20 years is Brad Bird's stunning The Iron Giant. A film that's notorious for being utterly brilliant, and then marketed badly so nowhere near enough people went to see it. Here's our full lookback on the movie.

Warner Bros released, earlier this year, a Signature Edition of the film in Us cinemas briefly. This was a remastered version of the 1999 original, with around two minutes of additional material that was completed especially for the release. The Signature Edition is set for a Blu-ray release later this year.

Now we learn, though, that The Iron Giant: Signature Edition is coming to UK cinemas. »

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The Expanse: an ambitious, slow-build sci-fi mystery

4 February 2016 8:31 AM, PST

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Syfy's The Expanse is a handsomely designed, tense ten-episode sci-fi drama that's perfect for binge-watching...

Billed as arguably the riskiest project ever produced for Syfy, the first season of The Expanse is a ten-episode mystery adventure based on the much-praised series of novels by James S. A. Corey. Taking its cues from the first book in said series, Leviathan Wakes (the title of the final episode), it's a diamond in the rough that can be enjoyed by both sci-fi fans and those who don’t know their Cylons from their Klingons.

Despite a largely unspectacular opening episode, The Expanse quickly established itself as a promising slice of television with enough going on in its concept and characters to warrant further viewing. And as you may expect given that a second season has already been commissioned, season one displays a steady increase in quality right up to its high-octane finale, »

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Movie misquotes quiz: how well do you know these famous lines?

4 February 2016 6:43 AM, PST

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Lots of us like quoting lines from movies - but can you identify which are the right ones? Take our special quiz right here...

It's Friday! So how about we have a new quiz?

Not many things are more satisfying to a movie buff than deploying the perfect film quote at just the right moment. But for some reason, there are some movie quotes that hardly anyone actually gets right. We’ve pulled together 15 of the most often misquoted movie lines below – do you know what the actual lines should be?

Good luck, and let us know how you got on…

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One more thing: fancy writing us a movie or TV quiz? Drop us a line at geekcontent at gmail dot com....

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Ericson Core interview: Point Break, the importance of a Dp

4 February 2016 6:33 AM, PST

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Director Ericson Core talks us through how he want about shooting his remake of Point Break...

As a cinematographer, Ericson Core filmed movies like The Fast and the Furious, Payback, and Daredevil. When he became a director on the true sports story Invincible, Core remained his own director of photography. So for his second film, Point Break, he was still the Dp. Point Break filmed in 11 different countries with athletes performing extreme stunts in the most extreme locations. Luke Bracy plays Johnny Utah, an FBI agent going undercover to root out an eco-terrorist. Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez) is still the leader of a group of athletes, but with more on their mind than robbing banks.

Here's how our chat with him about the film went....

Thank you for filming everything clearly so we could see all the stunts. As a Dp yourself, what are your thoughts on the »

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Top Gear: Matt LeBlanc announced as co-presenter

4 February 2016 5:23 AM, PST

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Friends' Matt LeBlanc will be joining Chris Evans as one of the presenters on the BBC's new-look Top Gear show...

While as a rule, Den Of Geek restricts its motoring coverage to Deloreans and Lotus Esprits-cum-submarines, we thought this addition to the BBC's new-look Top Gear presenting team would be of interest to some.

Another multi-millionaire petrolhead is joining Chris Evans to co-present Top Gear: Mr Matt LeBlanc of Friends and Episodes fame. A self-confessed "car nut", Leblanc currently holds the show's record for the fastest ever celebrity lap in its recurring 'star in a reasonably priced car' segment.

The departure of Jeremy Clarkson and the Chipmunks from the BBC's globally successful motoring show is well-publicised by now. That trio has been picked up by Amazon to make twelve episodes of a rival, big-budget motoring show.

"Additional Top Gear presenters will be confirmed shortly", says the BBC. »

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Geeks Vs Loneliness: keeping yourself going

4 February 2016 4:48 AM, PST

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If you’re going through a not-too-happy time, some thoughts on making sure you keep going…

Welcome to Geeks Vs Loneliness, our bit of the site where we hopefully come up with one or two things that can help those not having the best of times. As always, not all pieces in this series apply to all people, but hopefully – and there are links to more pieces at the bottom – we can touch on something that can help.

This week, we’re looking at how to keep going when sometimes, it’s the last thing you want to do.

One of the many tricky things about feeling lonely, unhappy or in some way isolated is finding the motivation to get up every morning and keep yourself going somehow. Maybe you’re feeling particularly unhappy, or battling depression. Maybe you have a job where nobody really has a »

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Rampage: looking back at the game and ahead to the movie

4 February 2016 4:27 AM, PST

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As it's announced that Dwayne Johnson's Rampage movie is to film this year, we look back at the 1986 videogame that inspired it...

If you wanted to experience the simple pleasure of punching a skyscraper until it collapsed back in 1986, then arcade hit Rampage was for you. A homage to American and Japanese monster movies like Godzilla and King Kong, Rampage was a comic action game that looked quite unlike any other coin-op available at the time.

Rampage doesn't waste much time with back stories, but the premise is this: three average joes - Lizzy, Ralph and George - are exposed to a toxin which transforms them into giant monsters. Lizzy becomes a Godzilla-like lizard, George a Kong-like ape and Ralph a toothsome giant werewolf of some sort. What follows is a comic caper of mindless destruction: each stage takes in a different 2D landscape of skyscrapers »

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Supergirl and The Flash crossover: clue-giving episode title revealed

4 February 2016 12:47 AM, PST

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Supergirl and The Flash’s upcoming crossover episode will be entitled Worlds Finest, which could be an allusion to parallel universes…

Grant Gustin has shared this image on Instagram, revealing that the Supergirl episode set to feature The Flash will be entitled Worlds Finest…

Really really. Flash is about to meet Supergirl. @melissabenoist

A photo posted by Grant Gustin (@grantgust) on Feb 3, 2016 at 2:39pm Pst

Note the lack of an apostrophe in the word ‘Worlds’, there. The rumour mill has been quick to posit that this isn’t a grammatical error, but an allusion to the idea that the existence of plural worlds will be at play in the episode.

This adds credence to the theory that The CW’s The Flash and CBS’s Supergirl exist in separate parallel universes. It’s now looking slightly more likely that Gustin’s Barry Allen will have to »

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The Knick season 2 episode 4 review: Wonderful Surprises

4 February 2016 12:42 AM, PST

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Satisfyingly, The Knick's latest episode focuses more on its characters' personal lives than their social contexts...

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2.4 Wonderful Surprises

So much of The Knick is concerned with melodrama and the sudden revelation of unpleasant truths that it’s rather refreshing to experiences surprises of a somewhat more wonderful nature. We begin this episode still dealing with the consequences of last week’s big reveal and, for a time, it seems as though it’s going to be business as usual. The reasons for Algernon’s flit from Paris, and possibly even for his refusal to even mention Opal before now, start to become clear as her paranoid, possessive suspicions flicker into view. Of course, being paranoid doesn’t mean that you’re wrong and Opal’s Sherlocking of her husband is entirely accurate, which is all the more painful for her husband. It »

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