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Todd McFarlane's Spawn movie reboot picked up by Blumhouse

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John Saavedra Jul 22, 2017

Todd McFarlane's long-gestating Spawn movie reboot is finally becoming a reality, thanks to Blumhouse.

Todd McFarlane has been trying to get a new Spawn movie made for the past few years, and it looks like it's finally going to happen. Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions - you know them from horror movies like Get Out, Split, Paranormal Activity, and many more - will team up with McFarlane to make the new R-Rated movie.

McFarlane made the announcement during a Facebook Live presentation at Sdcc, which you can watch below:

Spawn Movie Announcement Is Here People!!!!! Turn your sound Up!! #spawnmovie

Posted by Todd McFarlane on Friday, July 21, 2017

McFarlane, who created the character back in 1992, will write, direct, and produce the film himself. He previously announced that he'd completed the first draft of a script for the film, which he's described as a smaller affair than »

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Batman: Ben Affleck's days may be nearly over

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John Saavedra Jul 22, 2017

According to sources, Ben Affleck might be hanging up the Batman cowl sooner rather than later.

According to THR, this year's Justice League movie might be the last time we see Ben Affleck in the Batsuit. Warner Bros is reportedly working on "gracefully ushering" the actor out of the role in an upcoming DC film.

It's unclear if this means that Matt Reeves' upcoming Batman movie will need a new star, but that's probably the case since Reeves is apparently planning a trilogy. Reeves had previously confirmed that his movie would feature Reeves as Batman. That said, it wouldn't be too hot to recast your main character in the second installment of your trilogy. DC would probably do well to cast a new actor before the new trilogy gets underway. 

While The Batman doesn't have a solid release date as of yet, it's safe to say »

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Deborah Watling: 1948 - 2017

21 July 2017 8:19 AM, PDT

Louisa Mellor Jul 21, 2017

Deborah Watling, the actress behind Second Doctor companion Victoria Wakefield, has passed away...

Some sad news: actress Deborah Watling, fondly remembered for playing Doctor Who companion Victoria Wakefield, has died at the age of 69.

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Deborah acted opposite Second Doctor Patrick Troughton in 1967 and 1968, appearing in multiple classic Doctor Who serials including The Tomb Of The Cybermen, The Ice Warriors and many more.

A great deal of her work on the sci-fi drama didn't survive due to the BBC's erasure policy in the 1960s. However, in October 2013, previously missing serials The Web Of Fear and The Enemy Of The World were released by the BBC after being discovered in Jos, Nigeria by Philip Morris.

Deborah and former co-star Frazer Hines attended the launch for the rediscovered episodes, and spoke fondly of her time on the show. One of the recovered serials, »

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Fargo season 3 episode 8 review: Who Rules The Land Of Denial?

21 July 2017 5:03 AM, PDT

Michael Noble Jul 21, 2017

The latest Fargo episode is visually arresting, funny and terrifying in turns. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers

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3.8 Who Rules the Land of Denial?

This was very much an episode of two halves. The first half was entirely given over to the continued pursuit of Nikki (and her new accomplice in escape, Mr. Wrench, last seen in season one) by Varga’s trio of murderous henchmen. As a standalone piece of television, it was incredible stuff - visually arresting and funny and terrifying at turns. Filmed from a raw palette of dirty blacks and grimy grey, the chase appeared to be taking place in a haunted forest, replete with animal heads, crossbow hunters and decapitations, like something from the tales of the Brothers Grimm if they’d been animated by the German Expressionists instead of Walt Disney. 

In narrative terms, »

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Legion's Noah Hawley developing a Doctor Doom movie

21 July 2017 2:34 AM, PDT

Kirsten Howard Jul 21, 2017

After successfully bringing Fargo and Legion to the small screen, Noah Hawley is creating a Doctor Doom movie for Fox...

Noah Hawley has very much become part of the Fox family over the last decade, having created hit TV shows Legion and Fargo, but now it seems he's moving on to making movies for them, too. Perhaps the most surprising part, however, is what he's decided his first project will be.

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Hawley announced as Sdcc this week that he's developing a Doctor Doom movie for Fox. The studio has previously attempted three wobbly-at-best Fantastic Four movies, which all featured supervillain Doom in one capacity or another, but if anyone can make a standalone Doom project work, it's Hawley. Whether he'll be directing the film as well as writing, only time will tell, but he's certainly no stranger to »

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Stargate: Origins - MGM announces new series

20 July 2017 11:52 PM, PDT

Rob Leane Jul 21, 2017

Stargate is making a comeback! Ten episodes of Stargate: Origins will arrive online this autumn...

Sound the revival klaxon! Stargate is the latest property to get a nostalgia-fuelled kick up the arse, with MGM going so far as to launch its own streaming service to house a new series.

Stargate Command will be the name of the streaming platform, and Stargate: Origins is the title of the show. Ten episodes of the latter will arrive on the former this autumn.

A report from Variety tells us that the show will focus on Catherine Langford, "daughter of archaeologist Paul Langford, who discovered the ancient, round Stargate". In the established canon, she was a young girl when the Stargate was first discovered.

In previous iterations of the franchise, Catherine has been played by Elizabeth HoffmanNancy McClure, Glynis Davies, Kelly Vint and Viveca Lindfors.

It's unclear who »

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Ivan Reitman wants a Ghostbusters crossover movie

20 July 2017 1:17 PM, PDT

David Crow Jul 21, 2017

Ivan Reitman says going forward, he'd like to see a Ghostbusters crossover movie between casts like Idw's Ghostbusters 101.

Ghostbusters is one of the most beloved concepts in movie history. How else can you explain people’s giddy anticipation for all new versions of the brand over 30 years after the original film, which only had one official sequel? Ivan Reitman, the director of those first two Ghostbusters movies and producer of the 2016 Ghostbusters remake, is acutely aware of the saga’s appeal, and that there were plenty of new fans who instantly fell in love with the 2016 film, amongst those who were less keen.

Still, while at the Ghostbusters Idw panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, Reitman confided a growing disappointment that the new film rebooted (and ignored) the history of his 80s movies. Going forward, he’d love to see a way to crossover the 2016 cast with the remaining 1984 one, »

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Proud Mary: first trailer for new action thriller

20 July 2017 1:17 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Jul 21, 2017

Hidden Figures star Taraji P Henson stars in Proud Mary - and the first trailer has landed »

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Ghostbusters animated movie detailed, possible 2019 release

20 July 2017 1:17 PM, PDT

David Crow Jul 21, 2017

At the Sdcc Ghostbusters panel, Ivan Reitman reveals that the animated Ghostbusters movie will be from a ghost's Pov.

We are one year out from the Ghostbusters film of last year. But wherever you stand on the comedy which starred Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, it clearly didn’t set the box office on fire. Be that as it may, Ivan Reitman, who produced the movie and directed a the original Ghostbusters, is far from undaunted.

While stepping foot inside of San Diego Comic-Con for a Ghostbusters panel of biblical proportions, he had much to say about the future of the brand. There to help promote several new Ghostbusters comics series from Idw Publishing, Reitman talked pretty openly about the future of Ghostbusters movies at Sony Pictures and their newly minted Ghost Corps subsidiary.

More acutely, Reitman confirmed that not only is the Ghostbusters animated movie still on, »

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Shazam to begin shooting in 2018, David Sandberg to direct

20 July 2017 10:17 AM, PDT

John Saavedra Jul 21, 2017

Shazam is the next DC movie to go before cameras. The film is expected to begin shooting in early 2018.

According to THR, the long-gestating Shazam movie will finally begin shooting in January or February 2018. David Sandberg, who most recently filmed Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation, will direct Shazam. Warner Bros has not announced who will be playing Billy Batson or the superhero in the film, but we expect to get some casting news at San Diego Comic-Con. We will, of course, keep you updated as we learn more!

The Shazam movie will not feature Dwayne Johnson, who is set to play Black Adam in his own DC movie down the line. Johnson has been tied to play the character since the slate of DC Extended Universe films were first announced. 

Johnson told MTV back in April that plans had changed regarding the introduction of Shazam and Black Adam in the same movie. »

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John Romero reveals who Doom Guy was based on

20 July 2017 8:17 AM, PDT

Matthew Byrd Jul 21, 2017

Remember the cover of 1993's Doom? The model for Doomguy was none other than game designer John Romero...

We're betting that anyone who played 1993's Doom during their youth can conjure a mental image of the game's cover in their head. Before Doom was a franchise and before first-person shooters were a multi-billion dollar genre, Doom's iconic cover lured in many players with the promise of a uniquely brutal action experience. 

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Now, game designer John Romero has finally revealed who the infamous "Doom Guy" on the game's cover is modeled after. 

In the latest post on his blog, Romero stated that the Doom Guy's design began when the team brought in a male model so that game illustrator Don Punchatz could use him as a point of reference. 

"The body model took his shirt off and started »

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Blade Runner Vr: from the makers of Left 4 Dead

20 July 2017 7:17 AM, PDT

Matthew Byrd Jul 21, 2017

Enter Blade Runner's neo-noir world in Turtle Rock's new Vr game, Replicant Pursuit...

Turtle Rock Studios, the studio behind Evolve and the Left 4 Dead franchise is releasing a Vr game based on Blade Runner 2049. Subtitled Replicant Pursuit, the game puts players behind the wheel of one of the film's Spinners - those wonderful flying cars introduced in the original 1982 movie - and task them with hunting down fugitive replicants across urban environments. 

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Replicant Pursuit's trailer suggests that this game might be an on-rail action experience with a little room for movement here and there. Like many Vr action titles, the action itself seems limited to fairly simple shooting, driving, and crashing sequences. The appeal, of course, is the ability to hop into the world of the films. 

So far as that goes, the few pieces of »

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Ozark review: Netflix's latest original drama

20 July 2017 6:56 AM, PDT

Catherine Pearson Jul 21, 2017

Netflix's new Jason Bateman-starring drama Ozark is a must-watch for crime drama fans...

Warning: contains plot details from episode 1

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Let’s say, hypothetically, that you decide to launder money for the second largest Mexican drug cartel. Just hypothetically. Say you really like the sound of the money and decide that it’s worth taking your chances with their terrifying reputation to fund your children’s futures and put an end to relentless job searches and debt. What do you do when it all turns sour? Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) has the answer and clearly it’s what we’ve all been thinking. Move to the Ozark mountains.

Ozark is not a story of a man on the run. It’s a story of a man buying time. When the imposing cartel boss Del (Esai Morales) lines up »

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Christopher Nolan steps up his beef with Netflix

20 July 2017 4:43 AM, PDT

Kirsten Howard Jul 20, 2017

Months of Dunkirk promotion have seen Christopher Nolan go from mere hints of distaste for Netflix to laying into them full throttle.

Christopher Nolan isn't happy with Netflix.

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All the way back in March, during a presentation of his latest film Dunkirk at CinemaCon, the director was forthright in extolling the virtues of cinema. 

"This is a story that needs to carry you through the suspenseful situation, and make you feel like you are there, and the only way to do that is through theatrical distribution,” Nolan remarked to the gathered audience, as reported Variety. “I am depending and relying on all of you to try to present this film in the best way possible.”

Later, after the studio distributing Dunkirk gushed about embracing new content delivery scenarios, Nolan shot back with "The only platform I’m interested »

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Confederate: the next series from David Benioff & D.B. Weiss

20 July 2017 12:07 AM, PDT

David Crow Jul 20, 2017

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are making a HBO series about slavery in America, called Confederate...

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have rather respectably bowed out of the multitude of Game of Thrones spinoffs HBO currently has in development. But that does not mean they are done with premium cable or long-form storytelling.

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Indeed, as Game of Thrones continues its penultimate season, the two producers have announced their next project at HBO: an alternate history series entitled Confederate. It’s a series about how the world might’ve changed had the Confederate States of America succeeded at seceding from the Union in the 1860s.

Here is the official logline:

Confederate chronicles events leading to the Third American Civil War. It takes place in an alternate timeline, where the Southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, »

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Transformers: Michael Dorn and more join animated series

19 July 2017 11:52 PM, PDT

Rob Leane Jul 20, 2017

Transformers: Titans Return will unite geeky favourites Michael Dorn, Nolan North, Jason David Frank and Peter Cullen...

The latest Transformers movie may have received a critical drubbing, but that isn't going to stop Machinima's online-only animated output.

Transformers: Titans Return will be the next short series from Machinima. It will follow on from Combiner Wars, which has apparently garnered over 125 million views worldwide since its debut last year.

An impressive, geek-friendly cast has been assembled for the series. The original Optimus Prime voice actor, Peter Cullen, is joining the show, as is Judd Nelson, who voiced Hot Rod and Rodimus Prime in the 1986 animated movie.

Alongside these veteran Autobot voice boxes, fans will also get to hear Michael Dorn as Fortress Maximus, Wil Wheaton as Perceptor, Nolan North as Metroplex and Jason David Frank as Emissary. Exciting times!

Reprising roles from Combiner Wars will be »

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Geeks Vs Loneliness: finding comfort in geekdom

19 July 2017 10:33 PM, PDT

Jane Roberts Jul 21, 2017

When times are tough, it's not a bad idea to binge the things you love...

‘Every single night the same arrangement, I go out and fight the fight. Still I always feel the strange estrangement. Nothing here is real, nothing here is right.’ - Buffy the Musical, Going through the Motions.

You may have noticed that things have gotten a bit crummy recently. Not the last few tasty cheesecake crumbs that you chase round the plate with a finger crummy. More full on soggy digestive biscuit dunked in coffee gone wrong crummy that sticks to the back of your throat.

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There seems to be a contagious outbreak of web forum combativeness and general aura of discontent permeating geekdom discussions (and beyond), often in a very unpleasant way. Combine that with very real, often sad and rather uncertain times »

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Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape Of Water: first trailer

19 July 2017 9:47 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Jul 20, 2017

Sally Hawkins stars in the tremendous-looking The Shape Of Water. Here's the first trailer...

A new film from Guillermo del Toro? That’d be a yes please already, but on top of that, The Shape Of Water – his latest feature – is looking really rather impressive.

It stars Sally Hawkins as a janitor, and Doug Jones as top secret man in a water tank. The cast also features Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins and Michael Stuhlbarg. What’s more, the first trailer for the movie has landed, along with an official synopsis for the film. Here’s the trailer…

And here’s that synopsis…

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape Of Water - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in »

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Stephen King's It sequel set to start filming next spring

19 July 2017 9:31 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Jul 20, 2017

The second of the two new films based on Stephen King's It will start filming next year.

The new film adaptation of Stephen King’s It, as you may already know, is being split into two films. The first is in the can, and set for release this September. Andres Muschietti has directed it, and he’s on board for the second film of the story too.

But when should we expect it? Glad you asked.

Muschietti has been chatting to Variety, and revealed that the plan is to get the next It movie moving properly next spring. “We’ll probably have a script for the second part in January” , he said.

“Ideally, we would start prep in March. Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids”.

If prep is kicking off in March, »

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Spider-Man: Homecoming 2: Jon Watts in talks to direct

19 July 2017 9:29 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Jul 20, 2017

The director of Spider-Man: Homecoming is now in talks for Spider-Man: Homecoming 2...

A big surprise? No. But nonetheless, word is coming through that Jon Watts is in talks with Sony Pictures and Marvel about directing the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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The next movie is due in cinemas on July 5th 2019, and in interviews prior to the release of this summer’s webslinger flick, Watts – who directed the film – was pretty clearly interested in doing the next one. No dotted line had been signed on, though. But following the critical and commercial response to Spider-Man: Homecoming, it now looks as if Marvel and Sony are moving quickly to sign him up for the new film.

Tom Holland will, of course, return to play Spider-Man in the film, and should Watts sign on the dotted line to direct, then it »

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