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Doctor Who Extra behind-the-scenes show on its way

2 hours ago

A new 10-minute BBC iPlayer and Red Button show will go behind the scenes on each episode of Doctor Who series 8...

Salve to the wound fans suffered when the excellent Doctor Who Confidential was taken off our screens in 2011 is the announcement that a new weekly show promises to go behind the scenes on Doctor Who series eight, following "Peter Capaldi every step of the way throughout the creation of his first season as the Doctor".

Doctor Who Extra will comprise twelve ten-minute episodes, one for each episode of the new series, "getting the inside take on series eight from the people who made it". It will be available to view on BBC iPlayer and via the Red Button after the broadcast of each new adventure.

The official press bumf promises the new show will feature "unparalleled access to stars including Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Samuel Anderson (series regular »

- louisamellor

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Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain gets a second season

6 hours ago

Second season confirmed for TV vampire novel adaptation The Strain.

Fans of The Strain (which had its pilot directed by Guillermo del Toro), rejoice. The vampire show, currently half way through its first season, has recently had a second run confirmed.

Marking a sizeable success for FX, who pushed out The Strain as their first ever Sunday night original programming, the powers that be have seen enough promise in the ratings numbers to allow the show to develop further.

“We’ve never had any doubts about The Strain,” claimed John Landgraf, FX’s CEO.

An excited del Toro, who also co-wrote The Strain novels with Chuck Hogan, enthused that “I am thrilled! Another season to spread the virus! Working with Carlton, Chuck and FX has been immensely rewarding and we have such sights to unveil in the upcoming episodes — the blood hits the fan on this one, mankind becomes an endangered species. »

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 35 minute gameplay trailer

6 hours ago

Here's the impressive gameplay footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt shown behind closed doors at this year's Gamescom...

If you're an RPG fan, then odds are you'll be heavily anticipating the arrival of CD Projekt Red's upcoming Witcher 3, and after seeing this 35 minute trailer, you'll probably be even more stoked for the game's release.

In this gameplay walkthrough with developer commentary, we see just how vast and open the world of the game will be, and how finely detailed everything in the adventure is. Not only is the game a visual powerhouse, but the seamless world exploration and lack of invisible walls if a major step forward for the series. Previously, the games were large, but still set in smaller, sectioned-off regions. The Witcher 3, on the other hand, would appear far more like Skyrim in terms of scope and scale, perhaps even larger, we'll have to see.

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Star War Rebels gets a launch date

6 hours ago

Hour-long intro Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion is coming this autumn.

As Disney’s continuation of the cinematic Star Wars universe continues to develop, and we inch slowly towards Episode VII’s December 2015 release date, we will shortly have a tie-in to watch while we wait.

Star Wars Rebels, the animated televisual tale of the Rebel Alliance’s early days, has now been confirmed to reach screens worldwide on 3 October. If you have access to Watch Disney’s website or app, you can watch the opening episode as early as 29 September.

Launching the series will be Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion, an hour-long special which will serve to introduce the characters and themes of the show, which takes place five years before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

Created by The Clone Wars’ Dave Filoni with help from X-Men: Days Of Future Past’s Simon Kinberg, »

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Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. casts Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird

6 hours ago

Friday Night Lights and Legion actress Adrianne Palicki joins Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The cast of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to grow as the McU-set show moves closer to its second season.

Joining other new additions Kyle MacLachlan, Lucy Lawless, Reed Diamond and Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki has now been confirmed for the role of Bobbi Morse, otherwise known as Mockingbird.

A familiar name to comic book fans, who had previously been hinted in a video at San Diego Comic-Con, Bobbi Morse is a spy with exceptional fighting skills, who has teamed up with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers many times in comics history. She’s been romantically involved with Hawkeye in print, too.

Adrianne Palicki will make her Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. debut in season two episode five, possibly on the opposing team to Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson (to start with).

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Johnny Depp lined up for Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers

6 hours ago

Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers will star Johnny Depp. And the movie will also feature their daughters.

Kevin Smith's next movie, Tusk, is set to arrive in Us cinemas next month. But he's already deep into his next film project, which goes by the name of Yoga Hosers.

Described as the second film in Smith's True North Trilogy of Canada-set films, Yoga Hosers tells the story of a pair of 15-year old girls who team up with a legendary manhunter, to battle an ancient evil. In Smith's words, "people always ask me 'Are you ever going to make a comic book movie?' This is it - but instead of yet another dude saving the day, our antiheroes are the most feared and formidable creatures man has ever encountered: two 15-year old girls".

Johnny Depp is to take on the role of the aforementioned manhunter. The two 15-year old girls, »

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Latest Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide to be the last

7 hours ago

After over 40 years, Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide is to come to an end...

Most movie enthusiasts have had a good, meaty book of film reviews for Christmas at least once in their lives, and it's a fair bet that many of us have enjoyed a copy of Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide. Since its first publication back in 1969, the guide soon became an annual fixture. But no longer.

It's been confirmed that the 2015 edition of the Leonard Maltin Movie Guide, which is set to be published next month, will be the last. You can probably guess the reason why.

One of the contributors to the book, Joe Leydon, wrote that "with ready access to information on the internet, our readership has diminished at an alarming rate". He went on to add that "when a growing number of people believe that everything should be free, it's impossible to support a »

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First trailer for Jason Reitman's Men, Women And Children

7 hours ago

Adam Sandler goes serious and bearded in Jason Reitman's new film, Men, Women And Children...

Jason Reitman's latest movie, Labor Day, may not have quite hit the mark in the way some of the director's more recent fare has (it did feature some fine pie, though), but his next film perhaps holds more promise. Men, Women And Children is an adaptation of Chad Kultgen's book, and Reitman has assembled quite a cast for his movie take on it.

As such, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Emma Thompson, Adam Sandler and J K Simmons line up for this one, and we've got both a synopsis and first trailer for the film. So let's do them in order, synopsis first...

Men, Women & Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, »

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Benedict Cumberbatch to voice Shere Khan in The Jungle Book

7 hours ago

The voice of Benedict Cumberbatch is being lent to Andy Serkis' upcoming film of The Jungle Book...

There are, as you may already know, two new films of The Jungle Book currently in the works. One of them is being directed by Jon Favreau for Disney, and we'll get to see that first. It's due in 2015. Warner Bros, however, has its own take on the story coming, that Andy Serkis is making his directorial debut with.

Working from a script from Callie Kloves, Serkis' film isn't quite as far along the casting process as Favreau's. However, he's landed a useful name to voice the villanous tiger, Shere Khan.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who's also lent his voice to the upcoming The Penguins Of Madagascar, is to take on the role. Again, it's his voice that's being used, although given Serkis' beliefs on performance capture, it's likely that he'll at least have »

- simonbrew

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Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For review

7 hours ago

Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller being Sin City back to the screen in A Dame To Kill For. Here's Duncan's review...

One of the many pitfalls of being an enthusiastic movie geek is having to wait vast amounts of time for a sequel. Already this year we've had comic book movies such as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier leaving us hanging on for more, as they both ended (as is the Marvel way) with a set up for the next instalment. Waiting can be a strangely exhausting game. And now that Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has finally been unleashed after so many false starts and promised release dates that failed to materialise, it's hard to believe it's actually here, nine years after the first film.

Nearly a decade ago, back in 2005, Sin City was a breath of fresh, white-blood filled air. With its swaggering stylistics, »

- simonbrew

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Marvel's Ant-Man: first official image

20 hours ago

As filming gets under way on Ant-Man, Marvel releases the first official image. Take a look here...

As we reported earlier today, Ant-Man has managed to ride out its bumpy path to production, and went before cameras over the last couple of days or so. We learned that the core cast of Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly have been joined by Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Abby Ryder Forston, Michael Pena, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, John Slattery and Gregg Turkington, and that it's all being shot, for the most part, in Atlanta Georgia.

Peyton Reed is now the director, replacing Edgar Wright, and Marvel will no doubt be hoping that Ant-Man's worst troubles are behind it; unless the release date changes, Reed has less than a year to get the movie ready before its release next summer.

Until then, Marvel has released an official image from the production, »

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Doctor Who series 8 episode synopses

19 August 2014 4:26 AM, PDT

Steven Moffat has provided a synopsis and quotes for each episode of Doctor Who's new series. Read them all here...

Warning: contains plot details.

We have Steven Moffat, the Radio Times' latest issue, and Blogtor Who to thank for these nifty synopses of, and quotes from, all twelve new episodes of Doctor Who (the titles, writer and director info for which were revealed here, yesterday). 

Fill your boots below...

1. Deep Breath "Who frowned me this face?"

Writer: Steven Moffat

Director: Ben Wheatley

A slaughterhouse restaurant and a buried spaceship lead The Doctor into a confrontation with a long-forgotten foe...

2. Into The Dalek "Imagine the worst thing in the universe, and then don't bother because you're looking at it right now. This is evil refined as engineering."

Writer: Phil Ford and Steven Moffat

Director: Ben Wheatley

In the dying days of a bitter war, a beleaguered army has one last »

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Under The Dome season 2 episode 8 review: Awakening

19 August 2014 4:14 AM, PDT

Under The Dome’s cyber-thriller reboot appears to be paying dividends. Here’s Frances’ review of Awakening…

This review contains spoilers.

2.8 Awakening

After a viewer-shedding half-season of bonkers visions, mystery dead girls and egg-based shenanigans, Under The Dome has chosen to shake off the weirdness and proceed in much more generic fashion. The result is an instantly more watchable show - one in which characters remote-hack into the secrets of shady corporations and disguise themselves as government scientists rather than battle biblical plagues and argue themselves blue in the face over what an egg is thinking.

By leaving the dome and slotting its characters into a ready-made cyber-thriller though, has Under The Dome lost something?

Not really. As they say, you can’t lose something you never had. What made Under The Dome such a disappointment early on was the speed at which it wasted its enormous potential as satisfying sci-fi drama. »

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Frustrating games in videogame history

19 August 2014 3:57 AM, PDT

From the 1980s to the 21st century, Jamie takes us on a guided tour of the most frustrating videogames he's encountered so far...

I want to take you on a journey through a few decades of game-playing frustration, name-checking the titles that have most made me want to kick a sleeping puppy in the face: games that only a heart surgeon would have the dexterity and patience to complete; games so disgustingly unfair and evil that even Satan beholds their exquisitely cruel construction with envy, kicking himself that he didn’t think of them first.

(Disclaimer: no actual puppies were harmed in the making of this article)

Now for another couple of disclaimers: pointless I know, because nobody actually reads these introductions, right? I believe it’s traditional to skip the rest of this article and head to the comments’ section below filled with boundless and unquenchable rage. (If you »

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Batman #34 review

19 August 2014 1:53 AM, PDT

Scott Snyder, Gerry Duggan and Greg Capullo bring us a Batman adventure of two halves...

Three years down the line from launching The New 52 and to pretty much noone's surprise, Scott Snyder's run on Batman has stood out as the best book in DC's line. Unfortunately new readers that missed #1 way back in September 2011 have had a pretty tough time of jumping onto this book - through Court of Owls, City of Owls and Death in the Family Snyder has been working within big, expansive arcs. So coming of the back of Snyder's year long Zero Year arc (maybe my favorite work ever written by Snyder) DC has thrown in a simple one shot for #34, bring Batman back to the present day.

Snyder and regular artist Greg Capullo take an issue off, with Gerry Duggan writing this issue's script (from a story by both Duggan and Snyder) and art by Matteo Scalera. »

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The Strain episode 6 review: Occultation

19 August 2014 1:33 AM, PDT

Has The Strain dug itself into a creative hole? Here's Billy's review of Occultation...

This review contains spoilers.

1.6 Occultation

It’s a cliché of the horror drama that solid advice given honestly is inherently ignored. But then part of me started telling myself to walk away from this clunker after the second episode, and yet here I still am, rolling with the punches. Except these aren’t the sort of punches that send you reeling. They are body blows as the show chooses to have soapy moments that really don’t contribute to the overall narrative, other than to embedded it deeper in a creative morass.

The first scene we’re given where Thomas has a snack didn’t show anything we didn’t already know about him or the vampires. But that was electrifying compared with what came afterwards with Ephraim’s ex-wife and her perfect family life in Queens. »

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The death of Robin Williams, and a call to be better

19 August 2014 12:15 AM, PDT

The tragedy surrounding Robin Williams' passing was made worse by crass reporting in some sectors of the media, Simon writes...

A week or so after the sad news broke, many remain in shock over the death of Robin Williams. The much-loved actor and comedian died at the age of 63, having taken his own life. I can't begin to imagine the depths of despair that he must have fallen into in order to do such a thing, and for his close friends and family, the last few days must have been utterly unbearable. My heart truly goes out to them. I never knew the man, and I was shocked to the core. How they felt I can't begin to comprehend.

I can only dearly hope that the majority of them at least managed to avoid certain quarters of the internet on Tuesday 12th August 2014 though, and the tabloid headlines the following day. »

- ryanlambie

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NBC producing The Devil’s Advocate TV adaptation

18 August 2014 11:52 PM, PDT

The Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino starring film The Devil’s Advocate is getting the telly treatment.

As has been rather comprehensively chronicled on this site, we have seen many films being made into TV series in recent years. From the success of Fargo (which we discussed here) to the bizarre decision to revive Legion through a follow-up series Dominion (we reviewed the pilot, here) , nothing seems to be off-limits for a TV reboot.

Following in the footsteps of MTV’s Scream and HBO’s Westworld, NBC are now looking to grab a slice of the film-adaptation pie with a new version of The Devil’s Advocate.

The filmic version, which starred Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino, is a difficult act to follow, Having grossed $153m and picked up the Saturn Award for Best Horror Film back in 1997. It is, also, a hoot.

As with the original, the new version »

- rleane

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Teen Wolf season 4 episode 9 review: Perishable

18 August 2014 11:37 PM, PDT

Jennifer Lynch directs another impressive episode of Teen Wolf this week. Here's Ron's review of Perishable...

This review contains spoilers.

4.9 Perishable

With a show like Teen Wolf, you can never be sure who is dead and who isn't dead. Gerard took werewolf claws to the belly, crawled off, and somehow reappeared for a few episodes in season 3A when Allison needed a spiritual adviser. Kate Argent died and returned as a were-jaguar. Scott, Stiles, and Allison all returned from the dead once upon a time, though Allison returned to re-death in season 3B. Is it all that surprising that Parrish gets burned alive by Lou Ferrigno Jr.'s Deputy Haigh in the opening moments of Perishable before returning, covered in ashes but otherwise unharmed? Not so much.

However, what was surprising was the return of Meredith Walker, everyone's favorite creepy Banshee, as a crucial character in the Teen Wolf universe. »

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Trailer arrives for Homeland season 4

18 August 2014 11:32 PM, PDT

Here's a look at the new season of Homeland, with plenty of action...

Fans of Homeland have been waiting since December for more episodes from the CIA-set duplcitious drama.

Now, we've got a trailer to help up those excitement levels in preperation for the show's fourth season, which hits screens this Autumn. 

Feauting explosions, exposition and a near-exclusive focus on Claire Danes' Carrie after her relocation to the Middle East, it looks set to be an action-packed season. Here's the trailer...

Homeland returns to Us screens on October 5th. More news as we hear it.


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