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Adam McKay in discussions over directing a Marvel movie

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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, »

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Lost John Cleese and Graham Chapman sketches found

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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 unlikely location of the archive of the late, great David Frost. 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.

Dick Fiddy from the BFI announced that “this latest recovery is a crucial find. It represents a key moment in the »

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

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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?

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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 »

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American Horror Story Freak Show episode 3 review: Edward Mordrake (Part 1)

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This season of American Horror Story has found the right balance between crazy ideas and their crazy execution...

This review contains spoilers.

4.3 Edward Mordrake (Part 1)

The cops are still sniffing around the camp, Jupiter is under a curfew as Twisty continues his bloody rampage, Meep is dead and buried with a pile of chicken heads to see him through to the great beyond, and once again the camp finds itself dealing with new arrivals. First Bette and Dot, then Dell and Desiree add to the dysfunction, and now Esmerelda the spiritualist (Emma Roberts) is there to liven things up a bit. But Esmerelda is more con artist than spiritualist, and she's working on a plot with her conspirator Stanley (Denis O'Hare) to enrich themselves by any means necessary. As if that wasn't enough, the ghost of a long-dead sideshow attraction turned demon is just looking for any excuse to crash the party. »

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Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 episode 5 review: A Hen In The Wolf House

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Adrianne Palicki makes her Shield debut in this week's episode. Here's James' review of a much-improved show...

This review contains spoilers.

2.5 A Hen In The Wolf House

At this point, it's fair to say that Agents Of Shield season two has addressed the criticisms of the previous one. New characters taken from the comics, ongoing plots that develop rather than recur, and a cast that actually seems to act with, rather than at one another. Call me easily impressed if you like, but I thought this episode was actually rather good.

It certainly helps that Adrianne Palicki's debut as Mockingbird was great on just about every level. The only shame is that we'd heard about it so far in advance that there was little viewer tension in her appearance as a Hydra internal security officer. Still, Palicki has charisma, attitude, and about 6 inches over everyone else in the cast. »

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New trailer for The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death

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Meet the spooky new trailer for Hammer's upcoming The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death...

There are some key faces missing from Hammer's upcoming production, The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death. Following the success of The Woman In Black, there's no Daniel Radcliffe for a start, nor is director James Watkins back behind the camera. Jane Goldman hasn't penned the screenplay this time either.

But then The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death is set to be a different story, set during a different time. Taking place 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, this time a bunch of children evacuated during World War II arrive there. And as you might expect, there are spooky goings on.

Tom Harper has taken on the director's chair this time, having previously directed The Scouting Book For Boys, along with episodes of Peaky Blinders, This Is England '86 and Demons. »

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Another Game Of Thrones star joins The Maze Runner 2

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Nathalie Emmanuel will be joining Aidan Gillen in The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials...

So far, Wes Ball's movie of The Maze Runner has passed $250m at the worldwide box office, off a surprisingly modest budget of $34m. Based on James Dashner's series of books, it came as little surprise then when Fox ordered film number two, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, very quickly.

In fact, it's arriving quickly too. The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is landing in cinemas next September, a year after the release of the first film.

With time hardly on their side, it's understandable that Ball and his team are sliding the cast into place at speed. As well as the returnees from the last movie, we already known that one Game Of Thrones star, Aidan Gillen, is joining the film. And now news breaks that another is signing up too. »

- simonbrew

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New poster for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

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A poster that brings the whole gang together for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.

Over the past few weeks, the well oiled Warner Bros marketing machine has been churning out no shortage of posters for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. The concluding part of Peter Jackson's trilogy lands in cinemas this December, and wheezes such as voting to see which poster you want to see released first have been going on.

Now, though, we get a one sheet that brings the entire gang together, with the teasing tagline 'The Defining Chapter'. We dearly hope that Jackson and his team send their collection of six Middle Earth movies out on a huge high with this one, and we'll find out when the film lands on December 12th.

In the meantime, here's that poster. Expect lots of fighting...

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Quicksilver returning in X-Men: Apocalypse

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Evan Peters will be reprising the role of Quicksilver in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse...

Well, this'll cheer Marvel up. It's little secret that there was a bit of behind the scenes unhappiness when it was revealed that Bryan Singer was bringing the character of Quicksilver into X-Men: Days Of Future Past. After all, Marvel's also using the character in next year's Avengers: Age Of Ultron. We're going to have two slightly different takes on Quicksilver in two different film franchises.

Still, lots of us went to see X-Men: Days Of Future Past over the summer, and lots of us walked away thinking that Evan Peters' take on the character was one of the absolute highlights of the film.

And he must have gone down well, becase it's now been revealed that Peters will be reprising the role of Quicksilver in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse.

Bryan Singer is back to direct the next X-Men film, »

- simonbrew

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The trailer and poster for Avengers: Age Of Ultron

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It's here! The first trailer, and a poster too, for Joss Whedon's Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age Of Ultron...

Marvel's had a bit of a change of plan overnight with regards the release of the first trailer for Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Originally, it was looking to release the first promo for the film next week. But, courtesy of an internet leak, it opted instead to go for it overnight.

As such, here's a pair of treats to start the morning with. Firstly, we've got the poster for the film....

And then, here's the very first trailer for one of 2015's most eagerly awaited movies, Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

The film itself lands in cinemas in April 2015 in the UK (May 2015 in the Us), and as you more than likely know, it stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and James Spader, »

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First trailer lands for The Gambler, starring Mark Wahlberg

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Mark Wahlberg stars in The Gambler, the new film from Rise Of The Planet Of The Ape's Rupert Wyatt. Trailer and poster here...

This one looks good. Heading into UK cinemas on May 1st 2015 (some months after the Us release) is The Gambler, the new film from Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Escapist director Rupert Wyatt.

It stars Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman and Brie Larson, and tells the story of a literature professor - that'd be Wahlberg - who, as the title implies, has something of a gambling issue. Consequently, he crosses some gangsters, and drama ensues.

The screenplay for The Gambler has come from William Monahan, who penned the script for The Departed, Body Of Lies and Kingdom Of Heaven. And we now have the first poster and trailer for the film.

Let's do them in order, then. Poster first....

And then here's »

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Supernatural season 10 episode 3 review: Soul Survivor

16 hours ago

Something's brewing in Supernatural, but first the pieces have to be moved into place. Here's Becky's review...

This review contains spoilers.

10.3 Soul Survivor

Well, that didn’t last very long did it?

By the end of the episode, Dean is back to being human, Castiel’s got more grace courtesy of Crowley and it looks like we’ve got a new Big Bad on the horizon. After last week’s fairly action-packed instalment, Soul Survivor dials everything back for a more talkative approach that re-aligns everyone in their proper places following the first two episodes. The episode may get things back to normal a bit quicker than we all wanted (I shall miss sassy Deanmon if he is truly gone), but it’s another strong one and features some emotional moments for the brothers Winchester. However, everything’s still a little unsettled.

Crowley’s storyline is the most noticeable shift »

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Edge Of Tomorrow: a case of mishandled marketing?

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Sci-fi action thriller Edge Of Tomorrow sagged at the box office, despite glowing reviews. Was its marketing to blame, Ryan wonders...

Looking back over Edge Of Tomorrow’s brief history, and it seems clear that it was a production with something of an identity crisis. Adapted from a Japanese story called All You Need Is Kill, the movie went by that name right up until the summer of 2013, when Warner Bros abruptly changed the title to Edge Of Tomorrow.

Then, when Edge Of Tomorrow got its home release a couple of weeks ago, it seemed to have been given another name change. On its DVD and Blu-ray box, the tagline Live. Die. Repeat, is far more prominent than Edge Of Tomorrow’s title - the movie’s even listed in some online marketplaces as Live Die Repeat: Edge Of Tomorrow.

It’s the latest curious development in the life of »

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The bonkers brilliance of Regular Show

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Season one of Cartoon Network's insanely creative Regular Show has finally reached the UK on DVD. Here's why it's worth tracking down...

“Ah, yeah. I love Adventure Time too. Do you watch Regular Show?”

I’ve been asked variations of this question about 50 times. I’ve taken the UK first season DVD release as my prompt to finally check out Regular Show, and it turns out that all those annoying people going on about it all this time were right. I’m one of them now. Do you like Adventure Time? Cool, yeah, me too. Do you watch Regular Show? You should check it out. It’s really good. Here’s what’s so good about it.

Regular Show is about Mordecai, a blue jay, and Rigby, a raccoon. They’re a couple of twenty-something slackers who are more interested in playing video-games than doing their jobs at the park where they’re employed. »

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Larry Wilson interview: Cindy, Beetlejuice, sequels, Aliens

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Writer and producer Larry Wilson tells us about Cindy, Aliens, Young Sherlock Holmes and Beetlejuice. Plus: his thoughts on Beetlejuice 2...

Larry Wilson is a man who's had more than one life, it seems. Originally a writer, he then moved to development and the world of studio executives. And then? He moved back to writing, with Beetlejuice, which he also co-produced.

Here, he chats to us about his new webseries Cindy, as well as taking us back to the days of Beetlejuice, of bringing James Cameron to Aliens, and how Young Sherlock Holmes - a film based on his idea - was a disappointment to him.

Oh, and there's that Beetlejuice sequel too...

Let's start with what you're up to now, your webseries Cindy. I understand you pitched it originally to Nickelodeon, but it sounds like a show that's been swimming in your head for a while now. Can you tell us a bit about it? »

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Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree heading to the movies

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Sam Mendes' production company has snapped up the film rights to Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree books...

So this is going to be interested. Enid Blyton's four terrific Magic Faraway Tree books have been snapped up for a trip to the movies. The film rights to them have been acquired by Neal Street Productions, the company owned by Skyfall and American Beauty director Sam Mendes.

At this stage, it's just an option that's been taken, but it seems clear that Neal Street Productions wants to get the Magic Faraway Tree on the big screen. We wouldn't be British, of course, if we didn't question whether character names such as Moon Face and Fanny will make the translation. Saucepan Man and Silky the Fairy are on safer ground, we'd wager.

It's still early stages for the project, and there's no writer or direct attached that we know of right now. »

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Doctor Who series 8: In The Forest Of The Night spoiler-free review

23 hours ago

Series 8's winning streak continues with a Frank Cottrell Boyce-penned episode that has a great deal to say...

In The Forest Of The Night brings to an end a run of four Doctor Who series 8 episodes from writers who'd never penned an adventure for the show before before. On the basis of all four stories they came up with, every one of them should be warmly welcomed back in the future.

This latest comes from Frank Cottrell Boyce, whose extensive and hugely impressive writing career to date has taken him from Coronation Street and the wonderful, wonderful Millions, through to Welcome To Sarajevo and Code 46. And it would be fair to say that by the time he sat down to write In The Forest Of The Night, he had plenty of things he wanted to say. To his credit, he's squeezed a great many of them into a 45 minute Doctor Who adventure. »

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Sleepy Hollow season 2 episode 5 review: The Weeping Lady

22 October 2014 1:12 AM, PDT

Sleepy Hollow delivers a delightfully spooky Halloween season episode this week. Here's Holly's review of The Weeping Lady...

This review contains spoilers.

2.5 The Weeping Lady

Ooh, it’s Halloween TV season! For a horror junkie such as myself (and probably anyone reading this), it’s more like Christmastime. With scary movie marathons and special episodes, TV gives us daily Halloween presents for a few weeks every year, and this week’s Sleepy Hollow is a delightfully spooky offering this time around.

As we know, Ichabod Crane has some (sometimes literal) ghosts in his past. Since his past stretches over a longer period of time than most people’s, sometimes it happens that the implications of past decisions can accumulate in legendary proportion to those of us with, say, a troublesome ex we’d rather forget. This week, Ichabod learns that just such an ex has become a part of Sleepy »

- louisamellor

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Sons Of Anarchy season 7 episode 6 review: Greensleeves

22 October 2014 1:07 AM, PDT

There's still life in Sons Of Anarchy, even if its final season isn't quite doing its early days justice...

This review contains spoilers.

7.6 Greensleeves

When an episode of television ends with a major character losing his eye, it seems strange to still be lobbing accusations of nothing happening. But part of me is seriously wondering if this final season is actually one big joke Kurt Sutter is playing on the fans.

That’s not to say that it’s actively bad television. Greensleeves was filled with nice character moments and set up for future developments. There’s nothing wrong with having an episode designed only to set the table for things to come, but the big problem is that this entire season has been nothing but table setting. And really, Bobby losing an eye is a shock value moment disguised as a development. If Bobby is alive and gets away next week, »

- louisamellor

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