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Avatar 2: James Cameron on the tech challenge facing the film

4 hours ago

Simon Brew Nov 22, 2017

James Cameron has been chatting about the technical problems of shooting Avatar 2's underwater sequences...

Production is finally underway on James Cameron’s quartet of Avatar sequels, that are set to keep him busy for the next seven to eight years. For some time it’s been known that Avatar 2 in particular would explore the underwater side of the planet Pandora. And Cameron, in a new interview, has opened up about just what technical problems that’s presented when doing motion capture work underwater.

“It’s never been done before”, he confirmed to Collider, “and it’s very tricky because our motion capture system, like most motion capture systems, is what they call optical base, meaning that it uses markers that are photographed with hundreds of cameras”.

He added that “the problem with water is not the underwater part, but the interface between the air and the water, »

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Halloween: filming delayed on new movie

4 hours ago

Simon Brew Nov 22, 2017

The new Halloween movie isn't going to start filming until early next year now - but its release date should still hold...

Director David Gordon Green is currently doing promotional work for the non-us release of his new film, Stronger. Stronger is shaping up to be a possible awards contender, and it’s heading to the UK next month.

However, Green has another commitment too. He’s the man directing the upcoming Halloween sequel, that’s set to bring Jamie Lee Curtis back to the franchise one more time. Green is also penning the script with Danny McBride, with the pair working alongside the father of the Halloween movies, John Carpenter (who is back and involved with this one).

The problem? Filming was set to start last month on the movie, but cameras didn’t start rolling. Instead, we now learn that filming won’t actually kick off until January next year, »

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Community: talks ongoing about a movie

4 hours ago

Simon Brew Nov 22, 2017

Dan Harmon admits that he keeps having chats about bringing Community to the movies...

The TV show Community ultimately made it to its promised six seasons, but to date, hasn’t quite the movie bit of its characters’ mantra nailed down. However, the show’s creator, Dan Harmon, has revealed that hope isn’t lost, in a new interview with The Wrap.

“I keep having conversations with the kinds of people that could make it happen”, Harmon said. “The Russo brothers moved from Community to becoming industry shapers. So did one of our most popular directors, Justin Lin, who directed the first paintball episode”.

The Russo brothers, of course, have helmed two Captain America movies for Marvel since, and are hard at work on Avengers: Infinity War at the moment. Justin Lin directed four Fast & Furious movies, and Star Trek Beyond.

Harmon admitted he chats to Lin a lot, »

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Pixar: John Lasseter takes leave of absence after 'missteps'

13 hours ago

Mike Cecchini Nov 21, 2017

On the eve of the release of its new movie, Pixar founder John Lasseter is taking a leave of absence.

John Lasseter, one of the founders of Pixar and the current Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation, is taking a leave of absence from his duties, acknowledging unspecified instances of misconduct. Lasseter revealed the news to Disney employees in a memo.

Lasster's full memo to employees, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, reads:

I have always wanted our animation studios to be places where creators can explore their vision with the support and collaboration of other gifted animators and storytellers. This kind of creative culture takes constant vigilance to maintain. It’s built on trust and respect, and it becomes fragile if any members of the team don’t feel valued. As a leader, it’s my responsibility to ensure that doesn’t happen; and I now »

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The Good Place has been renewed for season 3

13 hours ago

Chris Longo Kirsten Howard Nov 21, 2017

NBC has surely avoided the Bad Place by confirming The Good Place season 3...

NBC’s comedy department was in a bad place until The Good Place came along. Thankfully, the network has done right by confirming a 13-episode third season, as first reported by THR.

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The half-hour comedy from Parks And Rec creator Mike Schur has been a critical hit since it debuted as a midseason show in January. It stars Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto and D’Arcy Carden.

The series initially followed Bell’s Eleanor, a terrible person on earth who dies and arrives in 'The Good Place' of the afterlife on a clerical error. Part sitcom, part ethics lesson, and full of surprising reveals, the series is maintaining its momentum in season two.

The Good Place is »

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H1Z1 update adds combat mode and daily challenges

16 hours ago

Matthew Byrd Nov 22, 2017

Multiplayer zombie game H1Z1's getting a pile of new challenges and an additional combat mode. Details within...

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds may be the king of the battle royale genre at the moment, but that doesn't mean that it's the only game in town. In an effort to keep their own last man standing game in the running, developer Daybreak Games has revealed the next suite of updates scheduled to be released for H1Z1. 

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Most of the additions in this next content release seem to have been inspired by requests from the game's large community. Alongside tweaks like weapon changes - shotguns should be much more devastating at close range this time around - players can also expect to be treated to some more substantial content updates.

The most intriguing of those updates is a new combat map that »

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Gangs Of London: new TV series from The Raid’s Gareth Evans announced

16 hours ago

Joseph Baxter Nov 21, 2017

Gareth Evans, the action visionary behind The Raid, will create TV series Gangs Of London for HBO’s Cinemax and Sky Atlantic...

The cult cinema myth of Gareth Evans’s innovative 2011 Indonesian action flick The Raid is still resonating some six years after its release, evidenced by the Welsh helmer’s backlog, which, amongst other high-profile projects, consists of writing/directing The Raid 3 and writing an American remake of The Raid. However, it appears that Evans will also be heeding the peak television call, having been tapped to create an action series called Gangs Of London.

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Evans will move forward with creating the multi-part action drama for HBO’s Cinemax and Sky Atlantic, reports Deadline. The series will be a co-production of HBO/Sky with Pulse Films and Sister Pictures, marking the first TV drama produced by the latter. »

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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition - new trailer

17 hours ago

Matthew Byrd Nov 22, 2017

One of BioWare's greatest titles is looking better than ever, as the first trailer and details emerge for Neverwinter Nights...

BioWare's 2002 RPG epic Neverwinter Nights is receiving an enhanced edition from developer Beamdog. 

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Beamdog is a publishing studio founded by BioWare lead programmer Cameron Tofer. Thus far, they've primarily published and developed enhanced editions of classic BioWare titles like Baldur's Gate and Planescape Torment. 

This time, they've set their eyes on a game that unfortunately sometimes gets overlooked by a large chunk of modern gamers. Neverwinter Nights had the great misfortune of being released between two bigger BioWare hits, Baldur's Gate and Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic. At the time of its release, though, Neverwinter Nights was considered one of the finest 3D Dungeons And Dragons-type experiences that gaming has ever offered. Its multiplayer mode was also »

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Marvel Strike Force: first trailer for mobile strategy RPG

18 hours ago

Matthew Byrd Nov 22, 2017

It's an RPG that places the likes of Hulk and Iron Man in the palm of your hand. Here's the first trailer for Marvel Strike Force...

Marvel Entertainment and developer FoxNext Games have released the first trailer for their upcoming mobile strategy RPG, Marvel Strike Force

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This mobile title will ask players to assemble a team of Marvel superheroes and do battle against a Kree warlord named Ultimus and other, lesser, forces of evil. Ultimus is quite fond of going from dimension to dimension and taking over planets. He's recently arrived on Earth and is hoping that nobody minds if he continues to destroy planets. Naturally, Marvel's mightiest heroes are there to stop him. 

Said roster of mightiest heroes will likely be quite impressive. The full game will reportedly boast 70 playable Marvel heroes that include such names as Spider-Man, Luke Cage, »

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Peaky Blinders series 4: "there's no stopping" Aunt Polly

22 hours ago

Louisa Mellor Nov 21, 2017

She’s dangerous, unstoppable and hates the man who runs the family. Here’s Helen McCrory on Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders series 4…

Contains spoilers for Peaky Blinders series 4

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“Can you heal that?” asks Helen McCrory. That being the surprise arrival of a raft of coppers to cart the Shelby family off to prison at the end of series three. Even if there was a rescue plan all along, when a family member has put a noose around your neck and made you believe you were seconds from death, is forgiveness possible?

“The strength of the family is whether it can get together despite that and continue or not. This series is about that test,” says McCrory. Her character, Aunt Polly, “hates the man that runs the family,” she continues. “Even though she is a matriarch and he is the patriarch, »

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Kato & Ken: the history behind one of Japan's weirdest videogames

23 hours ago

Ryan Lambie Nov 21, 2017

Heavily censored and released in the Us as Jj & Jeff, Kato & Ken was a very strange Japanese game. A new video explains all...

If you were interested in importing Japanese games in the late 80s, or if you're just into far-eastern retro games today, you may have stumbled on Kato-chan & Ken-chan - a platform game released for the PC Engine 30 years ago this month. Released in America as Jj & Jeff for the TurboGrafx-16 (the console's name on those shores), it quickly vanished without trace, largely because the system only sold in relatively small numbers.

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The game's legend has survived thanks to the web, however, partly because of its incredibly strange line of humour. While the American version was heavily censored, the Japanese Kato & Ken was infamous for its scatalogical humour, with its characters occasionally breaking wind or going for »

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Daddy's Home 2 review

21 November 2017 2:45 AM, PST

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are joined by John Lithgow and Mel Gibson for Daddy's Home 2. Here's our review...

Will Ferrell’s comedy oeuvre has taken us on a strange journey. With as many hits as misses on his resume over the years, he was still once thought of as a dependable presence in otherwise absurd movies. He thrived at a time when over-long, improvised Apatow-era comedies were king, but his star has waned somewhat since that style fell out of favour.

Which brings us to 2015’s Daddy’s Home, which paired Ferrell with reliable scene partner Mark Wahlberg to create a disappointing family comedy that left very little impression after it was done. But it made enough money at the time to warrant a sequel in the studio’s eyes, so here we are.

Daddy’s Home 2 is not worse than the first film, but it’s still not very good. »

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The Punisher episode 5 review & nerdy spots

21 November 2017 12:52 AM, PST

James Hunt Nov 21, 2017

The standalone Marvel-Netflix Punisher show has finally dropped, and once again we’re doing daily write ups of every episode, highlighting the influences, in-jokes, reference points and Easter eggs we spotted, as well as a few thoughts on the show itself.

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As usual feel free to discuss whether you’re watching along or you’ve seen it all, but please don’t spoil future episodes for anyone in the comments.

This review contains spoilers.

Another quite good episode! This one takes Frank out of his standard environment and gives us a break from the relatively monotonous tone of the series so far, so that was a plus. It also gave us some top-class Frank/Micro interplay. I don’t think I’ve ever liked Frank Castle so much as when he looked annoyed that Micro hadn’t brought him his own sandwich. »

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Mindhorn: Simon Farnaby reflects on the film’s box office

20 November 2017 10:10 PM, PST

Simon Brew Nov 21, 2017

Mindhorn earned good reviews, but struggled at the box office. Simon Farnaby reflects on the comedy...

A comedy treat that flew under many people’s radars earlier this year was Mindhorn, that starred Julian Barratt as a seemingly washed-up actor coasting off his old role as a TV detective, who gets dragged into a serial killer case.

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Barratt penned the screenplay with Simon Farnaby, the latter of whom co-wrote Paddington 2 and is now working on the upcoming adaptation of The Magic Faraway Tree. And chatting to this very organ, Farnaby admitted that the commercial struggle of Mindhorn came as a blow.

“We were pretty disappointed with Mindhorn, because people didn’t actually go and see it”, he said, when pondering the film. “So the challenge for us is to make those films, because that’s what we know how to make, »

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Gambit: Lizzy Caplan set for female lead

20 November 2017 10:07 PM, PST

Simon Brew Nov 21, 2017

Channing Tatum looks set to be joined by Lizzy Caplan in the long-mooted X-Men spin-off, Gambit...

There are fresh signs of life in the X-Men spin-off Gambit, that for a long time has had Channing Tatum attached in the lead role. More recently, Gore Verbinski has joined the project as the latest director to try and get it over the line, and it appears as though he’s having some success. The film is now moving ahead with its casting, and looks to have found its female lead.

Lizzy Caplan is in talks for the role, although details of just what that role is haven’t been released. The best guess thus far is it’s the part of Bella Donna Boudreax, leader of the guild of assassins. That's not been confirmed, though.

The film is currently due in cinemas in February of 2019. Expect filming to begin early next year. »

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Murder On The Orient Express follow-up on the way

20 November 2017 9:58 PM, PST

Simon Brew Nov 21, 2017

Kenneth Branagh's take on Hercule Poirot looks set to return in a Murder On The Orient Express sequel...

20th Century Fox seems happy with the reaction to and performance of Kenneth Branagh’s film of Murder On The Orient Express. So much so that it’s put into motion a further adventure for Poirot on the big screen.

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Michael Green has been hired again to pen a screenplay, this time of Agatha Christie’s Death On The Nile. Slightly teased in the movie, the intention is clearly to get Kenneth Branagh back to reprise the role of Hercule Poirot. That said, he’s the part of the puzzle that’s not yet in place. No deal has been struck as of yet for his return.

Fox will want him back though, and not just in front of the camera. »

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Supergirl season 3 episode 7 review: Wake Up

20 November 2017 9:09 PM, PST

Delia Harrington Nov 21, 2017

A familiar face returns and a new villain is born in the latest episode of Supergirl. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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3.7 Supergirl

Wake Up is the definition of "your mileage may vary." If you love Mon-El, this was a triumphant yet heartbreaking return. If you've stayed spoiler-free, Sam's transformation into a ruiner of worlds is a dark twist. But there's also a large portion of Supergirl fans for whom neither of those things are true, and for those folks this episode was middle of the road, with a little Martian whimsy thrown in.

Wake Up puts a very fine point on Kara's continued struggle to reconcile the human and Kryptonian sides of her heart, though once again it is unclear when Kryptonians were ever established as heartless or unemotional. It doesn't help that Mon-El's time travel »

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Harley Quinn animated series in the works

20 November 2017 7:09 PM, PST

Mike Cecchini Nov 21, 2017

DC's upcoming streaming service will be the home for a Harley Quinn animated series...

Warner Bros. is developing a Harley Quinn animated series for its upcoming DC Entertainment-themed streaming service. Harley's star continues to rise as a character, and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn was a major factor in the success of the Suicide Squad movie. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. wants to see if they can convince her to voice Harley in animated form, as well.

The good news is that Harley Quinn is, of course, perfect for animation. She made her debut on Batman: The Animated Series, and her antics on the page and screen are akin to a supervillainous Bugs Bunny at times. The other news is that it comes from the executive producers behind last year's NBC short-lived DC superhero comedy, Powerless, Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, and Dean Lorey. Hopefully Jimmy Palmiotti »

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Stephen Moyer interview: The Gifted, Safe House, True Blood

20 November 2017 12:12 PM, PST

Caroline Preece Nov 22, 2017

We briefly chatted to Stephen Moyer about X-Men, Bill Compton in True Blood, potential X-Men crossovers and more...

Stephen Moyer shot to fame following his role as Bill Compton in True Blood and, after taking some time away to explore directing and producing, he’s back on our screens as part of one of the biggest franchises around. We spoke to him about The Gifted, Safe House and more...

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What made you take the role in The Gifted? How was it originally pitched to you?

I was in Toronto doing a directing job and I didn’t really have my head in acting at that point - not because I was stopping, but just because I was in my directing head. It kind of came out of the blue and, obviously because Anna (Paquin, Stephen’s partner) has a relationship »

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Henry Cavill is contracted for one more Superman movie

20 November 2017 12:09 PM, PST

Joseph Baxter Simon Brew Nov 21, 2017

Superman actor Henry Cavill updates on the status of his contract, hinting that a more “feel-good” movie appearance is next.

Justice League spoilers lie ahead.

While Justice League‘s $96 million weekend Us debut may have fallen a little below Warner Bros' wishes, it did still prove there's commercial mileage in the series. Further, it re-established Henry Cavill as Superman on the big screen. Given that there had been reports of a possible Man Of Steel 2, it's now opened up a different path for the blue tights man.

And now, actor Henry Cavill has hinted at a more sanguine Superman for the future.

Speaking to The La Times, Cavill reveals that he is currently contracted for one more Superman movie appearance. While he did not specify if it will be fulfilled in Justice League 2 (which, as far as we know, is still on the table, »

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