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The Bitmap Brothers: Universe review

2 December 2016 4:15 AM, PST

A new book presents the history and designs behind such games as Speedball and Xenon. Here's our review of The Bitmap Brothers: Universe.

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In movie-making, as in other forms of art, we're used to the notion that some people's work is recognisable at a glance. But what about videogames? Back in the 80s and 90s, the Bitmap Brothers were among the very first design teams to create games so distinctive in their look, sound and feel that you instantly knew it was one of theirs. Having first exploded onto the gaming scene in 1988 with Xenon - a kind of variation on Toaplan's arcade shooter Slapfight, except you could transform into a tank - the Bitmap Brothers set about creating a style that was slick and unspeakably cool.

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See a brilliant new British film, The Pass, early & for free!

2 December 2016 3:06 AM, PST

Den Of Geek Dec 2, 2016

We’re putting on a free London preview screening of The Pass – with a director Q&A too!

For our final reader screening preview event of the year, we want to invite your good selves – as many as we can get in – to help us support a terrific new British movie.

It’s called The Pass, and it stars Russell Tovey and Arinze Kene. It’s from first time feature director Ben A Williams, and we’re delighted that Ben is coming along for a Q&A to answer your questions following the movie.

Basically:

* You get a free preview screening of a very good film

* You get to see it in a posh private screening room

* It’s just for Den Of Geek readers

* You get to ask the director questions

Interested?

The screening takes place on Thursday 8th December at 6 for 6.30pm. It’ll »

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Andrew Sachs: 1930-2016

2 December 2016 1:07 AM, PST

Den Of Geek Dec 2, 2016

Fawlty Towers legend Andrew Sachs has passed away at the age of 86.

We've got some very sad news to share this morning: Andrew Sachs has passed away. The actor, best known for playing Manuel in Fawlty Towers, died on the 23rd of November and his funeral took place yesterday, Thursday the 1st of December. He had been battling dementia since 2012. 

The tributes have been quick to pour in, with John Cleese taking to Twitter to say, "Just heard about Andy Sachs. Very sad." He described his Fawlty Towers co-star as "A very sweet, gentle and kind man and a truly great farceur." 

"I could not have found a better Manuel. Inspired", Cleese added. Indeed, the Spanish waiter who Sachs played opposite Cleese will go down in history as one of TV's best-loved comedic characters. His famous lines "I know nothing", "eventually" and "que?" are still quoted regularly around the globe. »

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Escape From New York: remake to be a prequel, say reports

2 December 2016 12:49 AM, PST

Ryan Lambie Dec 2, 2016

The forthcoming Escape From New York remake will take place before the events of the 80s original, reports suggest...

The poster with the big severed Statue of Liberty head. Snake Plissken's eyepatch. Donald Pleasence as a snivelling Potus who - let's be honest - isn't really worth saving. Yes, there's lots of things that are iconic about John Carpenter's 1981 corker, Escape From New York, and remaking the movie - something that's been on the boil for nearly a decade now - won't be easy.

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If reports from the production of 20th Century Fox's production are true, however, the new Escape From New York won't be a remake at all, but rather a prequel. This is according to reports put out by both horror denizens Bloody Disgusting and The Wrap, »

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Suicide Squad: Jai Courtney on Suicide Squad 2

1 December 2016 10:47 PM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 2, 2016

Jai Courtney is keen to return as Captain Boomerang, as he shares his thoughts on a Suicide Squad sequel...

He didn’t get an awful amount of time in the summer hit Suicide Squad, but Jai Courtney still seemed to be having quite a lot of fun bringing the role of Captain Boomerang to the screen.

It’s likely that we’ll be seeing Suicide Squad 2 at some point in the future, but in a new interview, Courtney’s admitted that he hasn’t yet heard anything about a potential sequel. He would, however, like another go at bringing Boomerang to the big screen.

“Listen, they keep their cards very close to their chest”, he told We Got This Covered.

When specifically asked about a sequel, he admitted “I actually have no idea, I pray the answer is yes. I certainly don’t feel like I’m done with that character. »

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Jurassic World 2: more casting news, shoes update

1 December 2016 10:43 PM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 2, 2016

As Justice Smith becomes the latest addition to Jurassic World 2, co-writer Colin Trevorrow addresses footwear...

The cast for Jurassic World 2 continues to expand. Already on board the new adventure were Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall and B D Wong.

Now we learn that Justice Smith is joining up as well. Smith, who’s been seen in the likes of The Get Down and Paper Towns, has been added to the cast list, but thus far his role hasn’t been disclosed.

Furthermore, Colin Trevorrow – who directed Jurassic World and has co-written Jurassic World 2 (with Derek Connolly) – has suggested in a new Tweet that Bryce Dallas Howard’s character might not have to do quite so much running in high heels in the new movie…

See you soon, @BryceDHoward pic.twitter.com/dSHIBRw8C0

Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) December 1, 2016

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Female-led 21 Jump Street spin-off moving ahead

1 December 2016 10:40 PM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 2, 2016

The co-writer of 22 Jump Street is working on a Jump Street film, centred on female cops this time...

There are a few films already planned in what probably shouldn’t be called the Jump Street cinematic universe. There are continuing murmurings, for instance, of 23 Jump Street. More recently too, it looked as if James Bobin (Alice Through The Looking Glass) was set to direct a mooted Jump Street and Men In Black crossover movie, Mib 23. That project isn’t actually dead, it’s just gone back into development. It may stay there for a while.

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The most likely project to see the light first, though, is a newly-revealed 21 Jump Street spin-off movie, where the main cops this time are women. Rodney Rothman, who co-penned 22 Jump Street, »

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The Mummy: first poster for reboot, trailer incoming

1 December 2016 10:36 PM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 2, 2016

The first poster for the new The Mummy reboot, along with the first full story synopsis too. Trailer on the way as well...

Universal is set to launch its classic monster movie universe in earnest next year, with the release of its latest take on The Mummy. The movie is being led Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Courtney B Vance, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson, with Russell Crowe also popping up in the cast..

This time around, the film is being directed by Alex Kurtzman, who’s working from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Christopher McQuarrie.

The first trailer for the film is set to land this Sunday, and ahead of that, Universal Pictures has released a poster and official synopsis. So let’s deal with those in order.

Here’s the poster first….

And here’s that synopsis…

Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version »

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Legends Of Tomorrow season 2 episode 7 review: Invasion!

1 December 2016 8:17 PM, PST

Jim Dandy Dec 2, 2016

Legends of Tomorrow closes out the Invasion crossover in style, with a perfect superhero conclusion...

This review contains spoilers (for the entire DC crossover incl. Arrow and The Flash)

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Legends Of Tomorrow served up the finale to the big Invasion! crossover that’s been going on all week. And I loved it. Like every other episode in the crossover, it was packed full of fan service and joy. It was an awesome way to close out the crossover. It hit every emotional moment and cool nerd beat that the shows needed to make the crossover probably the best thing the Arrowverse has put on television yet.

But at the same time… it wasn’t a particularly good episode of Legends Of Tomorrow. Let me explain.

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Doctor Who: revisiting each Doctor's first encounter with the Daleks

1 December 2016 2:16 PM, PST

Mark Harrison Dec 2, 2016

How each Doctor responds to the Daleks for the first time reveals something about them...

Pearl Mackie was announced as the new companion for Doctor Who Series 10 back in April, with a specially filmed clip broadcast during Match Of The Day's Fa Cup semi-final. Aside from befuddling Gary Lineker, the purpose of a trailer like this, as opposed to a press release or a lavish announcement programme, is to show a character in action, and there was really no better way to define the character of Bill Potts than to show how she acted in the face of the Daleks.

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The Daleks are almost as old as the show itself and different Doctors respond to them in different ways. In some eras, Dalek stories have »

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Sons Of Anarchy: FX orders pilot for Mayans spin-off

1 December 2016 12:17 PM, PST

Chris Longo Dec 2, 2016

There's a new motorcycle crew coming to FX. A Sons Of Anarchy spinoff gets a pilot order.

The Sons Of Anarchy spin-off Mayans Mc is one step closer to a reality. FX has ordered a pilot for the show created by the original show's overseer Kurt Sutter. The script for the pilot is written by Sutter and Elgin James, who will also serve as executive producers. Filming is set to begin in March, with Sutter set to direct.

According to a press release, the show is “set in a post Jax Teller world, where Ez Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan Mc charter on the Cali/Mexi border, struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel, and his need for respect from the women he loves.”

Seeing spin-off success elsewhere (Better Call Saul and Fear The Walking Dead show no signs of slowing down), it’s »

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The Edge Of Seventeen review

1 December 2016 9:56 AM, PST

The Edge Of Seventeen might just be the modern benchmark for the teen movie...

Just about every teen movie with a sparky female lead since 2004 has drawn comparisons, favourable or otherwise, back to the endlessly quotable Mean Girls. This didn't used to happen back in the heyday of American teen movies, but nowadays, it feels comparatively rare to see anything new in this sub-genre. But if writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig's debut film, The Edge Of Seventeen, is half as appreciated as it deserves to be, then it might just be a more modern benchmark.

For starters, 17-year-old Nadine Franklin is not only a uniquely and ferociously anti-social character, especially when compared to her fellow protagonists in this type of film, but she's also (at long last) a lead role worthy of Hailee Steinfeld, whose Oscar nominated turn in the Coen brothers' 2010 remake of True Grit spoke to her massive potential as a movie star. »

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Close To The Enemy episode 4 review

1 December 2016 7:33 AM, PST

Aliya Whiteley Dec 1, 2016

Close To The Enemy is getting to the point where it's difficult to tell what should be taken seriously...

This review contains spoilers.

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Starting out in action mode brings some much needed pace to this week's episode of Close To The Enemy. Captain Callum Ferguson (Jim Sturgess) and Kathy Griffiths from the War Crimes Unit (Phoebe Fox) make an engaging pair, scheming together to take a German counter-intelligence agent into police custody. They get their man, too, which lends a strong sense of satisfaction to a narrative which has been lacking in resolution so far.

There's a moment, after all the excitement, when Kathy celebrates her success with her undervalued co-workers. They smoke and drink and put their feet up on their desks, and it's wonderful. These women are tireless, »

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Watch the brand new trailer for The Belko Experiment

1 December 2016 5:30 AM, PST

Kirsten Howard Dec 1, 2016

Written by Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn, horror-comedy The Belko Experiment has a new red-band trailer...

It seems that James Gunn isn't quite ready to let go of his horror roots just yet. The Guardians Of The Galaxy director got his start in the low-budget world of Troma, gave us Slither along the way in 2006, and has even managed to pen The Belko Experiment between Marvel blockbusters.

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Directed by Wolf Creek's Greg McLean, the film stars 10 Cloverfield Lane's John Gallagher Jr. alongside Guardians stars Sean Gunn and Michael Rooker. Here's the official synopsis:

"The Belko Experiment explores a twisted social experiment, in which a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogata and ordered by an unknown voice on an »

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The Strangers 2 is all but dead

30 November 2016 10:23 PM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 1, 2016

The long in gestation sequel to The Strangers looks to have finally died a death...

Back in 2008, writer/director Bryan Bertino gave the world the quietly effective home invasion horror, The Strangers. Nearly a decade on, there’s one sequence in the movie in particular that still gets our spine shivering. It's worth giving the movie a spin.

For some time since, there’s been chatter about a sequel to the movie, and even earlier this year, the project was still active. A new director was in place – Marcel Langenegger – and Ben Ketai had penned a new draft of the screenplay.

One of the big obstacles the film faced though was the financial turbulence of its now parent company, Relativity (the same firm that, until recently, held the rights to The Crow remake). In a new interview with Rue Morgue, producer Adrienne Biddle has confirmed that she »

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Rampage: videogame movie “more emotional” than you think

30 November 2016 10:19 PM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 1, 2016

Dwayne Johnson is starring in the film based on videogame Rampage. Its director has been teasing what to expect...

Amongst the 20-or-so projects that Dwayne Johnson is currently juggling is an adaptation of the videogame Rampage. He’s collaborating again with director Brad Peyton on the movie, following their work together on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and San Andreas. And in a new interview, Peyton has been shedding some light on the new movie, and the approach they’re taking with it.

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“It’s going to be a lot more emotional, a lot scarier and a lot more real than you’d expect”, he said. “So you look at that original concept about a lab that affects these animals and makes them rampage, and that’s »

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Live action Pokemon movie lands a director

30 November 2016 8:17 PM, PST

Nick Harley Dec 1, 2016

The Goosebumps director will helm the first live-action Pokemon film for Legendary Pictures.

The rumored Pokémon live-action picture, Detective Pikachu, is finally moving forward, and it has found its director in Rob Letterman.

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The man who was most recently tasked with bringing the beloved children’s book series Goosebumps to the screen (and who did a a good job at that), Letterman seems like a logical choice to helm Legendary’s attempt at bringing the worldwide children’s entertainment powerhouse into the world of live-action cinema.

Legendary snapped up the rights to a Pokémon film series this July after the augmented reality app Pokémon Go reignited Pokemania, combining fun new mobile technology with 90s nostalgia. Though interest in the game has cooled, Pokémon Go part-owner Nintendo »

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Arrow season 5 episode 8 review: Invasion!

30 November 2016 7:17 PM, PST

Tyler McCarthy Dec 1, 2016

Arrow episode 100 is part of the big Invasion crossover, and also the best episode of the season so far...

This review contains spoilers.

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5.8 Invasion!

Obviously TV crossovers are a blast, especially when they fall under the superhero genre. However, if we’re being completely frank and honest with ourselves, a great majority of the fun comes from fan’s dedication to completely different TV shows being rewarded. Arrow’s instalment doubled down on that by bringing fans all the way back to Season 1 with a little alternate reality fun.

For those who didn’t commit to also watching The Flash part of this whole thing (shame on you) it ended with Oliver, Diggle, Sara, Ray, and Thea being abducted by an invading alien force known as the Dominators. »

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John Goodman joins sci-fi film Captive State

30 November 2016 5:17 PM, PST

Tony Sokol Dec 1, 2016

Director Rupert Wyatt gives John Goodman a new science fiction address in Captive State.

John Goodman is moving from 10 Cloverfield Lane to a new science fiction neighbourhood. The former Dan Conner is reportedly set to star in Captive State, the upcoming science fiction film coming from director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler).

There is no word yet on what Goodman will be playing or what the movie is about beyond the fact that it is in the science fiction genre.

The spec script, which Wyatt co-wrote with his wife, Erica Beeney, was at the centre of a fierce bidding war, with Participant Media nailing the production rights.

Goodman recently starred in Dan Trachtenberg’s 10 Cloverfield Lane. He will next be seen in Patriot’s Day, the upcoming movie about the Boston Marathon bombing coming from director Peter Berg, as well as »

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The Lego Batman Movie adds Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face

30 November 2016 2:17 PM, PST

David Crow Dec 1, 2016

After playing Harvey Dent in 1989, Billy Dee Williams will finally become Two-Face in The Lego Batman Movie.

If you wait long enough, everything old is new again. Beyond being the conventional wisdom of an also-very-old song, it could be considered a kind of prophecy for the way in which pop culture works. Look no further than today’s confirmation that Billy Dee Williams will be providing the voice for Two-Face.

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Yep, thanks to the brooding-free The Lego Batman Movie, we will finally have the actor who first played Harvey Dent in live-action during 1989’s original Batman movie now give us a variation on his take of Harvey’s dark side. Lego Batman director Chris McKay confirmed as much when a fan asked the question of whether Williams »

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