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Humans renewed for series 2

15 hours ago

Channel 4 and AMC have ordered a further eight episodes of sci-fi drama Humans, which concludes in the UK this Sunday...

Grand news, this. Humans, which is primed to conclude its first series on Channel 4 this Sunday night, is officially returning for a second series in 2016.

The sci-fi drama, set in a parallel present in which humanoid robots known as 'Synths' have revolutionised every area of society from industry to care-giving to sex, has proved to be one of Channel 4's biggest success stories.

Spooks writers Sam Vincent and Jon Brackley adapted their series from the Swedish original, Real Humans, which aired its own second series in October 2013. A third run is said to be in the pipeline for the Scandinavian show, but as yet, hasn't officially been confirmed.

Kudos starts production on the second eight-episode series of Humans, made in tandem with Us cable channel AMC, next year. »

- louisamellor

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Mr Robot episode 6 review: eps1.5_br4ve-trave1er.asf

19 hours ago

Failure is infinitely more interesting to watch than success, as this week’s tense, surprising episode of Mr Robot shows…

This review contains spoilers.

1.6 eps1.5_br4ve-trave1er.asf

You have to hand it to Mr Robot; it understands the deal with stakes. Like a parent who knows they have to follow through with a punishment or any future threats become meaningless, the show couldn’t let Elliot keep winning impossible games. At some point, he had to lose.

But did he have to lose through Shayla? It’s 2015. The disappointingly hack trick of slaughtering the lead’s girl to motivate/punish him is so widely critiqued there are entire sites devoted to it. You’d think this smart, knowing show would do better to avoid the obvious.

Shayla’s entire trajectory on the show, from her first entrance to winding up dead in the trunk of a car, felt stale. »

- louisamellor

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David Fincher’s HBO Utopia remake hits problems

21 hours ago

HBO’s Utopia remake and new comedy show Video Synchronicity – both involving David Fincher – have hit some hefty delays…

When we heard that David Fincher and Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn were working on a HBO remake of Channel 4's Utopia, we were fairly excited. Fincher’s other HBO project - Video Synchronicity, a comedy series about the music video industry – also sounded potentially brilliant. Now, though, Fincher’s collaborations with HBO have both hit roadblocks.

With Video Synchronicity, the problem is apparently with the scripts. The show's production halted abruptly in June, and now we've found out why. Michael LombardoHBO’s programming big cheese - said this to The Hollywood Reporter yesterday:

“When we both saw the third and fourth [episodes, of Video Synchronicity], we realised we needed to go back and do some work on the scripts. David’s attention at that point — he is someone who likes to be hands on, »

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Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3: Constance Zimmer signs up for villainous role

22 hours ago

Constance Zimmer will be taking villain duties in the upcoming third season of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

There’s not a huge amount of info available about her character, but Entertainment Weekly has broken the news that Constance Zimmer (House Of Cards, Entourage, UnREAL, Grey’s Anatomy) will take villain duties in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3.

We’re told that Zimmer will appear in the season 3 premiere episode, which picks up ‘a few months after the events of the finale.’ We’ve also heard that she’s ‘more than a match’ for Coulson.

It’s no secret at this stage that Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 will take inspirations from the Secret Warriors comics, and – if we had to guess – will probably echo the beats of Captain America: Civil War when that comes out in May (just in time for the S.H.I.E.L.D. finale). Perhaps, then, Zimmer will »

- rleane

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Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp review

22 hours ago

Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper and roughly a million other stars go back to Camp Firewood in Netflix's latest comedy series...

It’s been a long road back to Camp Firewood.

It seems that ever since the release of the original Wet Hot American Summer movie back in 2001, writers David Wain and Michael Showalter have been teasing the idea of a reunion. However, given that the film featured a cast which included Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd - each only a fraction as famous at the time as they are now - the idea fast became a dangled carrot which seemed to get further and further from anyone’s grasp. It was going to take a Goliath to make it happen.

Enter Netflix, who in January announced (following a long period of speculation) that it would be stumping up the cash to get the band back together. »

- louisamellor

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Scream episode 5 review: Exposed

22 hours ago

At the halfway point of its first season, the Scream TV series needs to pick up the pace and get slashin'...

This review contains spoilers.

1.5 Exposed

Before I get into this week’s plot--in which plenty is indeed exposed--i’m happy to say I just heard that there is going to be a season two for Scream. I don’t know what this means for the current slasher plot, as now it doesn’t necessarily have to be resolved by the end of the season--and we don’t know yet how many teens we’ll have left by then.

Of course, we’ve gone for two weeks now with nary a splatter, so I Hope there won’t be too many teens left, anyway. This week, we learn some more sinister secrets, the revelation of which will hopefully have significant bearing on the current action, or at least come to »

- louisamellor

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Wonder Woman and Justice League shooting dates revealed

23 hours ago

Gal Gadot will be arriving in London to shoot the Wonder Woman movie later this year...

With Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice in the proverbial can, and with Suicide Squad shooting until September, work is now well underway on the DC movie universe. And as it turns out, two of Warner Bros' and DC's next comic book adaptations are heading to production in the next year.

First up will be Wonder Woman, that's going to shoot in the UK. Production will begin in the autumn of this year. Director Patty Jenkins is currently in pre-production on the movie, which will star Gal Gadot. We'd imagine that Wonder Woman will shoot until early 2016.

Then Zack Snyder will be back on set in 2016 for his pair of Justice League movies. Production on those will be starting in spring 2016, and we'd imagine - although it's not been confirmed - that the two »

- simonbrew

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Ivan Reitman: "There is only one new Ghostbusters movie"

23 hours ago

That Ghostbusters film with Channing Tatum involved? Ivan Reitman appears to have denied its very existence...

Yesterday, we reported on a second possible new Ghostbusters film, that's been chatted about for a little while now. This is the one that Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo were involved with, and that screenwriter Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) had been working on. Furthermore, Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt had been linked with starring in the film.

In yesterday's update, Pearce revealed that he had come up with an idea for a Ghostbusters film, that would have a mixed gender team, and had a "gigantic bold idea" at the heart of it. Given his commitments to co-writing and co-directing upcoming Lego project The Billion Brick Race, Pearce also said that "I've only written a bible" for the new movie, and that he finished his work on the project »

- simonbrew

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Daniel Radcliffe set for new FBI thriller

23 hours ago

Based on a true story, Daniel Radcliffe looks set to lead the cast of new thriller, Imperium...

We next see Daniel Radcliffe on the big screen in the UK in Judd Apatow's incoming comedy Trainwreck, and his big role this year is as Igor in Paul McGuigan's upcoming movie, Victor Frankenstein. He's also shot a role in the Now You See Me sequel, Now You See Me: The Second Act, due next year.

The ever-busy Radcliffe is adding another project to his slate too, with the news that he's tackling the upcoming FBI thriller, Imperium.

In the movie, based on real life events, Radcliffe is playing the role of an FBI agent who goes uncover, to try and prevent white supremacists from putting together a dirty bomb. Michael Green, who the movie will be based on, has co-written the script with Daniel Ragussis. Ragussis will be making his feature directing debut with Imperium. »

- simonbrew

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Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp: new trailer

23 hours ago

Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch and Joel Edgerton star in Black Mass. Here's the new trailer...

Arriving in cinemas in early autumn is Black Mass, a film that tells the story of crime boss Whitey Bulger. What makes Bulger's story particularly interesting was that he was working as an FBI informant at the same time he was committing his terrible crimes.

The film is going to centre on Bulger, played by Johnny Depp, and FBI agent John Connolly, played by Joel Edgerton. Also in the cast are Corey Stoll, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson and Jesse Plemons. Crazy Heart and Out Of The Furnace director Scott Cooper is helming this one.

A new trailer for the film has landed too, and we've got that for you right here...

And here's the new (Us) poster too...

The movie has a September release date in the Us, but we're not getting it in the UK until Friday 13th November. »

- simonbrew

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Geeks Vs Loneliness: a word about weight

30 July 2015 10:41 PM, PDT

If you're battling with weight, then hopefully, there's a tip or two here that can help...

Welcome to our Geeks Vs Loneliness series. If this is the first of these articles you've clicked on, just a few quick things. Firstly: hello! Secondly, the idea behind them is that we just have a chat about things that may be bothering or affecting you, or someone you know. Thirdly, we try and come up with a couple of tips. Fourthly, we slip a bad movie or TV-released pun in there somewhere. Fourthly, we encourage you all to chat openly, without fear of nasty internet people, in the comments.

So then, a topic I've been putting off: weight.

I've always struggled with weight, and the articles I always hated reading were from someone who had managed to lose all their weight, and were being heralded as brave for telling their story. That's genuinely »

- simonbrew

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Raiders! The Making Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made review

30 July 2015 10:18 PM, PDT

The story of the Raiders Of The Lost Ark fan film is brought brilliantly to life in this new documentary...

I love fan films. I remember the very first fan film I ever saw: Hardware Wars (a Star Wars spoof). I’ve been hooked ever since. They’ve come a long way since then, some of them nowadays boasting a production value that almost rivals Hollywood productions. When I watch, for example, the Piano Guys’ Cello Wars (which in essence, is still a fan film), I’m amazed how much fan films have evolved, but my favorites remain the older ones, like Closet Cases Of The Nerd Kind (who can forget those singing mailboxes?).

But while some fan films of that era were happy to simply parody blockbuster movies, in 1982, two kids from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Chris Strompolos (11 years old) and Eric Zala (12 years old) set our to produce a »

- simonbrew

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The Strain season 2 episode 3 review: Fort Defiance

30 July 2015 6:48 AM, PDT

It's not saying much, but this week's episode of The Strain was arguably its best yet...

This review contains spoilers.

2.3 Fort Defiance

There wasn’t a very high water mark to breach, but Fort Defiance was probably the best episode this season, and better than most of the last. Why? Because it didn’t get bogged down in any flashback subplot with minimal reference to the present, and it kept things moving along rather nicely for a portion of the running time.

However it starts with the staple of B-Movie horror, gross stupidity, when two of the dumbest cops in NY bump into Bolivar dragging his bag of consecrated earth.

Everyone else in the tri-state area seemed clued into the threat, but these two bozos must have spent the last week in a donut shop to get so easily dispatched.

From here, we flip neatly between Ephraim and Nora’s experiments, »

- louisamellor

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Pretty Little Liars season 6 episode 8 review: FrAmed

30 July 2015 6:42 AM, PDT

With just three weeks before its big reveal, Pretty Little Liars season 6 is driving headlong towards its conclusion...

This review contains spoilers.

6.8 FrAmed

We've all been watching this show for so long, unravelling its mysteries, getting frustrated and delighting in its madness, that it's inherently strange for A to be common knowledge.

Seeing Hanna brazenly talk to her mother about Charles while walking down the street, or seeing news reports about these “five Rosewood teens” and their ordeal, changes the entire DNA of Pretty Little Liars right before it's changed again by the big reveal and the time jump. But this is a show that's driving headlong towards its conclusion and, for a show with mythology this dense, that takes some boldness.

FrAmed, believe it or not, is a very strong Aria episode. The show has previously been so sparse of strong Aria storylines, such is the mess that was and is Ezria, »

- louisamellor

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The CW developing "gritty" adaptation of er, Little Women

30 July 2015 5:05 AM, PDT

Louisa M. Alcott's Little Women is ripe for a gritty, dystopian TV adaptation according to the folk over at The CW...

We're yet to be reliably convinced that this isn't a leg-pull on a global scale, but are reporting on this one so that you, dear reader, can share in our puzzlement.

Little Women, the nineteenth century Louisa M. Alcott novel about a group of sisters struggling to adapt to a change in fortunes following their father going away to war, is in development for TV. That in itself comes as no surprise, the story of Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and their Marmee has already been adapted for the screen several times.

No, the surprising part is the direction in which Us network The CW is planning to take the March girls.

According to Deadline, the show would be a "hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation [...] in which disparate half-sisters Jo, Meg, »

- louisamellor

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Scream renewed for season 2 by MTV

30 July 2015 4:39 AM, PDT

MTV's Scream series has been officially renewed for a second season...

A second season for MTV's Scream series, based on the Craven/Williamson meta horror franchise, was mooted some weeks back at San Diego Comic-Con, but lacklustre ratings have since dangled a question mark over the possibility of renewal.

That question mark dangles no more, as MTV has snipped it off using, er, the scissors of renewal. It's been officially confirmed that Scream will return for another season in summer 2016. 

The official press bumf has producer Bob Weinstein promising "even more scares, surprises, romance and of course kills" in the forthcoming second run. That'll be music to the ears of our Us reviewer, who's finding more and more to enjoy about the self-aware show each week.

We still await news of a UK broadcaster for this one, and will keep you posted should any broadcaster this side of the Pond snap it up. »

- louisamellor

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Animator makes stunning 3D tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

30 July 2015 3:14 AM, PDT

The films of Hayao Miyazaki, including Spirited Away, Ponyo and Princess Mononoke, are celebrated by a fellow animator's short film...

Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki may be retired (though he is working on a short film to be shown at his Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo), but the influence of his magical films still remains. French animator Dono has created a heartfelt tribute to Miyazaki's films, from the pre-Ghibli Castle Of Cagliostro to his swansong, The Wind Rises.

Blending original 2D elements from Miyazaki's films with his own Ghibli-inspired 3D environments, it's a celebration of the characters and landscapes the Japanese master created. What's particularly noteworthy is just how well all these disparate characters and worlds - the light  fable Spirited Away, the harder-edged fantasy of Princess Mononoke - all blend together into one coherent sequence.

Topped off with Joe Hisaishi's music, it's a beguiling celebration of one of Japan's greatest storytellers. »

- ryanlambie

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Pang Adventures announced for console, PC and mobile

30 July 2015 1:34 AM, PDT

Classic platform shooter series Pang is getting a new entry courtesy of Dotemu and Pastagames. Step forward Pang Adventures...

Well, here's a strange coincidence. Only the other week, we paid a return visit to the classic arcade game Pang, released in 1990 and variously known as Buster Bros (in America) and Pomping World (in Japan). Just when we thought, with a touch of melancholy, that we'd probably seen the last of the Pang games, along comes the news that a new game, Pang Adventures, is being developed by DotEmu and Pastagames.

If our somewhat shaky French reading ability hasn't failed us, Pang Adventures is a collaboration between those two french stuidos, and will be a "totally new version, approved by Mitchell Corporation, the studio that developed the original game." The platform-puzzler will be developed for "consoles, PC and mobile", though which specific console platforms it'll appear on hasn't been revealed.

Pang »

- ryanlambie

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The Walking Dead season 6: new characters confirmed, images released

30 July 2015 1:08 AM, PDT

Ethan Embry and Merritt Wever have joined the cast of The Walking Dead. We’ve got all the info on their characters, here…

If you payed close attention to every announcement that came out of San Diego Comic-Con, you’ll know that some more new faces have joined The Walking Dead season 6. Namely, Emmy-winning actress Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie, a small role in Birdman) and Ethan Embry (seen recently in Netflix’s Grace And Frakie, also popped up in the Harold & Kumar-verse, and Once Upon A Time).

Today, we can flesh out our knowledge of them a bit (shoehorned flesh reference intended). Wever will play Dr. Denise Cloyd – a medic in Alexandria, and a character straight from the comics. Here’s the first picture of the good doctor…

Embry will embody the character of Carter, an amalgam of different people from the comics. His constituent parts have been described as »

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Ash Vs Evil Dead: Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi discuss return

30 July 2015 12:32 AM, PDT

Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi told San Diego Comic-Con all about their new series, Ash Vs Evil Dead...

You don’t need us to tell you that Ash Vs Evil Dead is a very exciting prospect for fans of gore and guffaws, not least for reuniting Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell for a continuation of the very same series that made a lot of us love them in the first place.

Does Mr Campbell share our enthusiasm? It looks like it. Speaking at San Diego Comic-Con, he described the experience as “great! […] Very exciting. Weird though. I mean really weird. Putting stumps back on, getting covered in blood again — which reminded me how much I hate fake blood. I had not been covered in blood in a long time and I was like, ‘Aw shit, this is what it is.’”

Sam Raimi then detailed the plot: “The story starts 30 years »

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