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Penny Dreadful season 2 episode 9 review: And Hell Itself My Only Foe

23 hours ago

The penultimate episode of Penny Dreadful's second season delivers one hell of a cliffhanger...

This review contains spoilers.

2.9 And Hell Itself My Only Foe

After last week's absolute cracker of an episode, our heroes lie scattered, the bad guys appear to have the upper hand and the lines between good and evil become increasingly more blurred for Dorian and Lily. The Pinkerton following Chandler comes to call on him and Vanessa before they're called back to London to Sir Malcolm's aid. He remains in the clutches of Madame Kali and the resurrected corpses of his family. Meanwhile, Chandler is forced to confront both his past and his true identity while Frankenstein succumbs further to his addictions.

The penultimate episode is always a tough balance to strike; it has to move the plot along leaving enough for the subsequent finale whilst also existing as an exciting instalment in its own right. »

- louisamellor

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Under The Dome season 3 episode 3 review: Redux

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You have to admire the latest reboot from Under The Dome, the show that goes through sci-fi ideas at a rate of knots…

This review contains spoilers.

3.3 Redux

For a few beautiful months, there was hope in the world. Free from the dome, free from Chester’s Mill, life began to take direction. Things started to make sense. All that bonkers business to do with magic eggs and rains of blood was in the past. A future outside the orbit of Big Jim’s ego and beyond the whims of an impenetrable, unending wall of nonsense suddenly seemed possible.

And then? Under The Dome got renewed.

And we, its puzzlingly loyal viewers, were dragged from the gloopy safety of our cocoons and trapped inside for another thirteen weeks.

You have to admire this show’s stamina if nothing else. When it runs one idea into the ground, there are always »

- louisamellor

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Mr Robot episode 2 review: eps1.1_ones-and-zer0es.mpeg

3 July 2015 5:58 AM, PDT

Stylishly shot, surprising cyber-thriller series Mr Robot may not be subtle, but continues to impress and surprise…

This review contains spoilers.

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Good news! The pilot wasn’t a fluke; Mr Robot is a genuinely good show. (I hesitate to say great because it’s still early days, but it’s moving in that direction.) It has ideas, style, wit, a strong lead, and unlike so much else on the summer TV schedules, doesn’t treat its viewers like primary school kids whose comprehension and attention spans require brick-heavy exposition and near-continuous reminders of who everyone is, what they’re doing, and why.

Most impressive at this point is the creeping paranoia it’s established. I don’t trust anyone in Mr Robot, from the radiator in Elliot’s apartment to that psychiatrist from ER to Flipper the incontinent dog. As far as I’m concerned, they’re all in on it. »

- louisamellor

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The Walking Dead season 6: Daryl, Maggie and Glenn pictures

3 July 2015 3:19 AM, PDT

It's target practice time in The Walking Dead season 6 by the looks of these new images of a few of the show's regulars...

There's nothing revelatory about these first-look images of The Walking Dead season six but in the spirit of completism, here they are.

First up is Maggie Greene, cleaner than usual thanks to the creature comforts of the Alexandria Safe Zone, but aiming a gun in characteristic style.

Then comes her paramour Glenn Rhee, sporting a few cuts and bruises and the beginnings of a Daryl-alike badass goatee/moustache combo, with his own weapon raised.

Finally, the macho icing on this particular cake is Daryl Dixon, whose leather vest, crossbow, layered hairdo and attitude of general misgivings all seem to be intact.

By the looks of this lot, it's likely that season six will pick up where season five left off, with Rick having once again crossed the line between man and murderer, »

- louisamellor

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Daredevil season 2: Punisher actor Jon Bernthal teases comic book inspirations

3 July 2015 12:21 AM, PDT

Via Twitter and Instagram, Daredevil's Punisher actor Jon Bernthal has teased the comic book inspirations behind season 2...

We've speculated about the potential comic book inspirations for Daredevil season 2 before on this site, but since Netflix and Marvel decided to add Jon Bernthal to the cast as the Punisher, more and more possibilities have been presented.

Today, Mr Bernthal has teased some of the research he's been doing for the role. Most recently, he Tweeted this image of the Punisher: War Zone comic:

Before that, this picture popped up on on Hypno Comics' Instagram account...

In that picture you've got Punisher Max, Punisher: Circle Of Blood and The Punisher: Black And White (from the recent Marvel Now! run).

So, you know which comics to pick up if you want some clues about season 2 of Daredevil, and how Punisher will fit into it. At the very least, you'll know what Bernthal has been using for inspiration. »

- rleane

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Mega Man Legends successor Red Ash teased

3 July 2015 12:00 AM, PDT

Ahead of the release of Mighty No. 9, Keiji Inafune has teased Red Ash - a new game thought to revive the spirit of Mega Man Legends...

About five years ago, Capcom was working on Mega Man Legends 3, the latest instalment in the its series of Mega Man spin-offs.

Called Rockman Dash in Japan, Mega Man Legends was an 3D action adventure series, and while its performance was relatively modest, it managed to build a cult following over the course of three games - The Misadventures Of Tron Bonne and Mega Man Legends 2.

But shortly after creator Keiji Inafune left Capcom in 2011, Mega Man Legends 3 was cancelled, and the series of spin-offs has laid dormant ever since.

That could be set to change, at least in an unofficial capacity, if the hints in a new teaser trailer are being interpreted correctly. Released by Inafune's company Comcept, it shows off some early »

- ryanlambie

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Batman V Superman: the line that led to the movie happening

2 July 2015 10:54 PM, PDT

Zack Snyder also describes Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice as "a marathon within a marathon".

Zack Snyder has been chatting to Entertainment Weekly about his upcoming comic book blockbuster, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. And while doing so, he's revealed that single line that seems to pretty much have led the movie to happen.

It was while making his Superman reboot, Man Of Steel, that Snyder approached the producers of the film, Christopher Nolan and David S Goyer, with a suggestion. "I said 'what about at the end of the movie we do a scene where there's a crate full of Kryptonite delivered to Wayne Manor?".

The response? "Everyone was like... 'okaay'. Once you say it out loud, it's a problem, because you can't unsay it".

Indeed you can't.

And at that stage, the seeds appeared to have been sown for the movie that's become Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. »

- simonbrew

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Ben Affleck: "Daredevil didn't work at all"

2 July 2015 10:51 PM, PDT

Ben Affleck seems a lot happier with Batman V Superman that he was with his infamous Daredevil movie...

Warner Bros yesterday released a bunch of new stills from Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, as it prepares to pull back to covers on next year's film at Comic-Con in San Diego next weekend. As part of that, Ben Affleck has been chatting to Entertainment Weekly about his take on Batman, and on his previous comic book movie, Daredevil.

The latter first then. Revisiting a theme he's covered before, Affleck accepted that "Daredevil didn't work at all", adding that "if I wanted to go viral, I would be less polite". Don't worry, Ben. No website will pick the story up. Ahem.

"That was before people realised you could make these movies and make them well. There was a cynical sense of ‘put a red leather outfit on a guy, have him run around, »

- simonbrew

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Schwarzenegger: new Terminator didn't need James Cameron's endorsement

2 July 2015 10:48 PM, PDT

Arnold Schwarzenegger says that James Cameron's endorsement of the new Terminator film shouldn't have been used to promote it.

One of the most striking and successful moments in the promotional campaign for the newly-released Terminator: Genisys was when the series' creator, James Cameron, endorsed the new film. He described it in a video that you can see here as "the third film".

Talking about being very good friends, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been chatting to Collider about his relationship with  Cameron.

"I think that it was a great kind of a experience in a way to have James Cameron call me and say I just saw the movie, because I had no idea he was going to go and see the movie", Schwarzenegger said.

"He said you're fantastic in it, and if I would have done this movie I would have done exactly this story, because now you're going in a different direction, »

- simonbrew

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Deadpool: new image, the movie is "hard R"

2 July 2015 10:36 PM, PDT

Let there be no doubt that Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds, will be getting an R-rating...

Arriving in cinemas next February is the long, long-mooted X-Men spin-off Deadpool, which sees Ryan Reynolds reprising the role he took on in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Tim Miller is directing the film, and the movie also features Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano and Brianna Hildebrand.

Deadpool is expected to be unveiled to some degree at San Diego Comic-Con, but ahead of that, 20th Century Fox has firstly released a new image from the film. Let's start with that...

Furthermore, the film's producer, Simon Kinberg, has removed any residual doubt over just what kind of rating the Deadpool team are targeting. "Deadpool is hard R", he told EW. "It's graphic. Nothing is taboo. You either commit to a truly outrageous boundary-pushing kind of movie or you don't". Tim Miller added the film was "far away »

- simonbrew

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Geeks Vs Loneliness: how to ask for help

2 July 2015 10:08 PM, PDT

It sounds so simple, but often isn't: but how can you alert people to the fact that you may need a bit of support?

Sometimes, oftentimes, it's the simplest things that are the hardest. If you're facing anxieties, depression, loneliness, or are for some reason on the wrong side of fortune, how can you let someone know? How can you get across to someone else that all isn't 100%, and that you could use a bit of support?

Sounds straightforward, right? Only often it's not. The worries mount up. Don't they have problems of their own - why do they need to hear mine? What if they think I'm just making something out of nothing? Won't I look silly?

The answers to those: they might do, but it doesn't mean they won't want to hear yours; they might do, but more likely, they won't; no you won't. Genuinely.

The problem is »

- simonbrew

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The highs and lows of the soft movie reboot

2 July 2015 11:14 AM, PDT

This summer has seen Mad Max, Jurassic World and Terminator movies hit cinemas. Ryan looks at what’s good and bad about the soft reboot...

This piece contains mild spoilers for Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road and Terminator: Genisys

If the sequel was a late 20th century phenomenon, ushered into being thanks to the likes of James Bond, The Godfather and Planet Of The Apes, then the soft reboot is a peculiar product of the 21st.

Unlike a conventional remake or reboot, which often abandon characters, plots and settings in favour of an entirely new approach, the soft reboot is less drastic. Jj Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie is a prime example; it casts new actors in the roles of the Original Series’ famous roster of characters - Chris Pine replacing William Shatner as Kirk, Zachary Quinto replacing Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and so on - and sends them »

- ryanlambie

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Batman V Superman: lots of new pictures land

2 July 2015 8:22 AM, PDT

Meet Lex Luthor, Bruce Wayne, Batman, Superman and more in new Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice pictures...

It was at last year's San Diego Comic-Con that the first footage from Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel follow-up, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, was first screened. That footage eventually made it into the trailer that was released earlier this year.

Now, on the eve of this year's event, Warner Bros has pulled the curtain back still further on what's effectively the curtain raiser for the DC movie universe. Snyder's film sees Henry Cavill's Superman going head to head with Ben Affleck's Batman, and a bunch of fresh images from the movie have just been released.

Here, then, is a glimpse at what lies ahead. Don't be surprised if we get more footage at Comic-Con. The film itself arrives in March 2016.

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- simonbrew

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15 underappreciated books: sci-fi, fantasy, horror fiction

2 July 2015 6:19 AM, PDT

Looking for a good book recommendation? Our writers have a few unsung sci-fi, fantasy and horror gems up their sleeves...

Other people. What’s the point of them? They’re noisy and everywhere.

There is one thing they’re especially good at, however, and that’s recommending new stuff. In the spirit of that, we asked our writers to recommend great books that, for whatever reason, haven’t been surrounded by as much fuss and recognition as they deserve.

Nominations came in for personal favourites in fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and graphic novels, so we’ve divided them up into a series of features, the first of which is below, on great unsung sci-fi, fantasy, horror and thriller adult fiction.

Our hope is that you’ll demonstrate your worth as other people by carrying on the recommendations in the comments section below. Thanks in advance.

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Alien tribute film brings back Newt, stars Carrie Henn

2 July 2015 2:08 AM, PDT

Unofficial sequel Alien Identity is set after Aliens, brings back Newt and reintroduces actors Carrie Henn and Ricco Ross...

James Cameron, like many Alien fans, was incensed by Alien 3's decision to kill off Newt and Hicks, two supporting characters that made Aliens such a perfect sequel. But a new, unofficial tribute film called Alien Identity will attempt to rewrite history, saving Newt from her grisly fate at the start of Alien 3 and sending her off on a new sci-fi adventure.

The story will pretend that the events of Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection were mere "cryo-sleep nightmares" and will catch up with Newt 14 years after the events of Aliens. This time, Elle Viane Sonnet will play the now 20-something Newt; Carrie Henn, who played Newt in Aliens, will return as her mother Anne in a flashback sequence.

Henn is joined by another returning Aliens cast member, Ricco Ross, »

- ryanlambie

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Teen Wolf season 5 episode 2 review: Parasomnia

2 July 2015 1:04 AM, PDT

Teen Wolf season 5 has found its feet early on, delivering new awesome villains and dynamic storylines...

This review contains spoilers.

5.2 Parasomnia

One of the things Teen Wolf struggles with is introducing new characters. Sometimes they can feel a little bit forced, and there's always a little chemistry difficulty when a new element is added to a cast we've been with for five seasons at this point. Liam was a little difficult last season, and Kira was (and continues to be) a little problematic from a chemistry standpoint. While Kira might not yet feel like she's fitting in, Liam seems to be adapting nicely to the Teen Wolf world, even if the character seems very different from the angry kid we were introduced to last year.

Liam, from a character standpoint, seems a little inconsistent. From last season's little bundle of rage to this season's bouncy, friendly, kind of fun Stiles Jr. »

- louisamellor

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Agent Carter season 2: first poster released, for Comic-Con

2 July 2015 12:57 AM, PDT

Hayley Atwell's Peggy Carter aims a gun at an umbrella in the first poster for Agent Carter season 2, drawn by Kris Anka...

It only seems like yesterday that we were writing a rumour story about James D’Arcy potentially returning for Agent Carter season 2 (because, um, it was yesterday). Now it looks like those rumours have become truths - D'Arcy's Jarvis has been featured in the first poster for the new season of Marvel's spying spin-off.

Elsewhere in the poster, Hayley Atwell's Peggy points a gun at Jarvis' umbrella, which seems quite harsh. To be fair on her, though, it doesn't look like it's raining. 

Here's the poster, which Marvel Comics artist Kris Anka has prepared for San Diego Comic-Con...

If you're heading to Sdcc, here's two things to know: a) you can pick up this poster for free at the Marvel booth (#2329) from Thursday through until Sunday at the event, »

- rleane

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Fatal Attraction TV series in development

2 July 2015 12:45 AM, PDT

Mad Men alumni Andre and Maria Jacquemetton are adapting Fatal Attraction onto the small screen, for Fox…

TV series adapted from films is a trend almost as big as comic book adaptations at the moment. Today, we’ll have to add another to that list – Fatal Attraction.

Yes, 1987’s Michael Douglas, Glenn Close and Anne Archer flick is being rejigged for the small screen. Fox is developing the remake for Paramount Television, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Husband and wife duo Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton will write the scripts and executive produce the show together. The pair are best known for penning three episodes for - and serving as producers on - Mad Men season 1.

Their efforts writing on Mad Men season 1 earned them a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Since then, they’ve held several roles on the show such as consulting producer, »

- rleane

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Rodea The Sky Soldier - new game from the creator of Sonic

2 July 2015 12:40 AM, PDT

From the creator of Sonic The Hedgehog comes Rodea The Sky Soldier. Here's a brand new trailer...

Yuji Naka was still a teenager when he joined Sega in the early 80s, and his early work included programming duties on the likes of Phantasy Star and the Sega Mega Drive conversion of Ghouls N Ghosts.

But in the early 90s, he headed up the game that would make Sega globally famous: the high-octane platformer, Sonic The Hedgehog. Until he left the company in 2006 to found his own company, Prope, Naka continued to produce various Sonic sequels and spin-offs, but also headed up some refreshingly different games, too, including Burning Rangers and the superb Nights Into Dreams.

Naka's latest game is called Rodea The Sky Soldier, which is coming out this autumn for the 3Ds, Wii and Wii U. It's a much more ambitious game than Naka's other games he's created through Prope, »

- ryanlambie

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Vixen: Megalyn Echikunwoke cast as new CW superhero

2 July 2015 12:25 AM, PDT

Megalyn Echikunwoke will play Vixen, Aka Mari McCabe, The CW’s latest superhero, in her own online animated series this autumn…

As a concept, Vixen has been floating around for a while. The basic idea is that of an animated spin-off from The CW’s Arrow and The Flash universe, with a female hero – the eponymous Vixen – in centre stage.

Today, we’ve finally learnt who’ll be playing Vixen. Megalyn Echikunwoke has been cast in the voice role, which will include acting alongside Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin in the recording studio.

Recently, Megalyn Echikunwoke has appeared in both the Damien TV series and The Following. Previously, she played the on-the-nose-ly named ‘Pretty Reporter’ in A Good Day To Die Hard and recurred in CSI: Miami.

Vixen’s secret identity is Mari McCabe, who ‘inherits a magical totem that bestows upon her the ability to access the inherent attributes of animals, »

- rleane

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