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Charlie Day and Burn Gorman set for Pacific Rim 2

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Guillermo del Toro confirms that both Charlie Day and Burn Gorman will be back for the Pacific Rim sequel.

Guillermo del Toro's next feature film - now that his horror movie, Crimson Peak, is in the proverbial can - will be Pacific Rim 2. The movie is currently due in 2017, with an April 7th release date. And in a new interview with Collider, del Toro has been chatting a little about the project.

Specifically, he's confirmed that Burn Gorman and Charlie Day are both set to reprise their roles from the original Pacific Rim in this one. "It's quite a different movie from the first one", del Toro admitted, adding that "I think two of our main characters like in the first one are Burn and Charlie".

"They are probably the guys I have the most fun writing along with Hannibal Chau [Mr Ron Perlman], so from a purely selfish drive, I »

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Justice League Dark script done, awaits Warner Bros decision

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Guillermo del Toro's mooted film of Justice League Dark might just be at a pivotal point of its development. Over to you, Warner Bros...

When Warner Bros announced its slate of DC movies a month or two back, there were a couple of notable omissions. The big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman for one, which Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jack Thorne and David S Goyer are all involved with in various roles. The explanation for it not being part of the announcement is that Sandman was published under the Vertigo imprint, rather than the DC name. Vertigo movies are being dealt with separately by Warner Bros.

Then there's Justice League Dark, which came out under the DC Comics banner, but has no shortage of Vertigo characters in it. The film take on it has been known about since 2013, and it's going under the working title of Dark Universe.

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Blade Runner 2: Ridley Scott won't direct, Harrison Ford will appear

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Harrison Ford will return for Blade Runner 2, but Ridley Scott will be handing the job of directing the film over to someone else...

Ridley Scott is a man whose slate of projects never seems to dwindle, and inevitably, he can't get around to directing them all himself. His latest movie, Exocus: Gods And Kings, arrives in cinemas next month, and then he's straight off to make his next, the adaptation of Andy Weir's excellent book The Martian (that Matt Damon will star in).

As a consequence of that, it'd been assumed that he'll be handing directing duties of Prometheus 2 over to someone else. But as it turns out, he's not going to be directing the mooted Blade Runner 2 either.

Scott has been involved with the project, developing the film alongside Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original). "We talked at length about what it could be, and came up »

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Plans afoot to expand The Hunger Games movie franchise

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Once the Mockingjay movies are done, there may yet be more The Hunger Games movies...

It's often forgotten that Lionsgate pretty much bet the house on making the first The Hunger Games film. It reportedly scraped the budget together in part by trimming back a whole bunch of films it had in production at the time, and was eventually rewarded with one of the bigger movie series on the planet right now. At the time of writing, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 has nearly $300m in the bank worldwide after just under a week.

Director Francis Lawrence, who has made the last two The Hunger Games films, now has the job of getting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 ready for this time next year. But even though that's the point where Suzanne Collins' books come to an end, it doesn't mean the movies will.

Chatting to MTV, »

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Matthew McConaughey set to join The Stand

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The big budget movie take on Stephen King's The Stand might just have Matthew McConaughey on board...

At the end of last week, we learned that The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone is looking to split his big screen take on Stephen King's The Stand into four movies. Warner Bros is backing the project, and it sounds as though the films are inching torwards production.

Nat Wolff is thus far the only cast member we know about, and he's been given a role that's new in the screen version of The Stand. But it looks increasingly likely that Matthew McConaughey will sign up to play Randall Flagg, the key villain role in the project.

His name has popped up before in association with the movies, but The Guardian is reporting that he's now tipped to take the pivotal role of Flagg. Flagg is a cowboy who »

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Dark Souls II: Scholar Of The First Sin trailer

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Dark Souls II will make the jump to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next year, along with new content for both generations...

Yep, it's a game barely out of nappies, but Dark Souls II is being given the current gen treatment nonetheless, which is quickly becoming the norm it seems. From Software and Namco Bandai have revealed Dark Souls II: Scholar Of The First Sin, which will be a Goty-style re-release that packages the original game with all of its Dlc.

Of course, the major benefit here is the game's re-release on current gen, meaning that it'll benefit from enhanced graphics and improved frame rate. The game will also include extra content above and beyond the Dlc, including a new vendor and quest, as well as balancing and online tweaks.

The compilation won't be released solely for current gen, though, and will also be available for last-gen, and will benefit from extra content too, »

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What we learned from the Jurassic World trailer

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Jurassic Park 4 has a lot of respect for Jurassic Park 1: we break down the trailer for the new movie right here...

Arriving earlier than planned - it had been earmarked for the end of the week - was the first trailer for Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World. Judging by the reaction we've been reading online, the trailer seems to have gone down really rather well too, and it put across a film that mixes in reverence to what's gone before, with some new ideas. Those new ideas are the cause of a little division, so we figured it was worth digging into the trailer a little deeper to work out just what it told us.

Obviously, there's a lot more still to find out, but here are some of our key discoveries thus far...

People are still sending small children to an island full of dangerous creatures

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Does Jurassic World have velociraptor racing in it?

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The first trailer for Jurassic World’s landed. But does its final shot hint at a weird sport on Isla Nublar...?

Arriving two days early, the trailer for Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World plunges us back into the most dangerous theme park imaginable.

So far, the web’s been alight with discussions of the sequel’s nods to the original Jurassic Park from 1993 - that loving shot of running dinosaurs, Bryce Dallas Howard clutching a distress flare in a similar fashion to Jeff Goldblum - and the knowing way a prehistoric sea creature leaps up and devours a Jaws-like shark.

There’s one particular shot in the Jurassic World trailer that has us really intrigued, and it’s the last one. In the dead of night, we see a set of metal doors open, and several velociraptors erupt from the darkness and run along next to Chris Pratt, who’s riding a motorcycle. »

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First trailer lands for Pan, starring Hugh Jackman

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Peter Pan returns to the big screen next summer in Pan. Here's the first trailer...

Landing at exactly the same time as the Jurassic World trailer was hardly ideal, but Warner Bros nonetheless has a promising summer film of its own up its sleeve. We're talking about Pan, the latest telling of the Peter Pan story, which stars Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Garrett Hedlund and Rooney Mara.

The film, directed by Joe Wright, will tell the story of Peter Pan's origins, with Levi Miller taking on the title role.

Pan is due for release in UK cinemas next July, and here's the first trailer for it...

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Movies Trailer Simon Brew Pan 25 Nov 2014 - 17:09 Peter PanJoe WrightLevi MillerHugh Jackman »

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Want to see what Cumberbatch and Freeman look like in the Sherlock Special?

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Here's what Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are going to look like in the Sherlock 2015 Special...

Two exciting snaps originating from Sherlock producer Sue Vertue's Twitter account arrived online today.

The first? Here it is: a pic of the script for Sherlock's forthcoming 2015 Special episode, accompanied by this message "This is what we've been doing today! Later on a pic of Sherlock and John as they'll appear in the Special #221back":

The second? The promised picture of Sherlock and John "as they'll appear in the Special", along with the hashtags: #221back #Sherlock #notkidding

So there we have it. Is the Special a period piece? Are the pair going back to Conan Doyle's era for a bold, one-off historical adventure? Or have the detective duo simply developed an interest in Cosplay? Either way, Martin Freeman (who famously disliked his The Empty Hearse moustache), should be thrilled with that soup-strainer. »

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First trailer lands for Jurassic World

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Catch the first footage from Jurassic Park 4 - Jurassic World - in the new trailer, that's just landed...

So then, the story so far. The fourth Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic World, arrives in cinemas next summer, on 12th June 2015 in the UK. If you live in Belgium, Luxembourg or France then you've hit the jackpot, as it's out on the 10th there. But for the rest of us, it's the 12th. So let's go with that.

Colin Trevorrow is directing, landing the job off the back of his excellent debut feature, Safety Not Guaranteed. And he's brought together a cast that includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson (not the BBC's political editor, as we confirmed here) and Irrfan Khan. Bd Wong is the only returnee from previous Jurassic Park films that we know of.

The film is also comfortably one of those we're most looking forward to (it scored very, »

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How the Phantom Menace teaser trailer became a cinematic event

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In November 1998, Star Wars fans were queuing up to see The Phantom Menace trailer in cinemas. Ryan looks at how a teaser became an event...

Murmurs of anticipation in the pitch black theatre. Excited shuffles of feet. Then the word "Lucasfilm" sparkles up on the screen, and the audience goes wild. "Yeah!" someone exclaims at the back of the room, as though they'd just spotted an old best friend they hadn't seen in a decade.

It's November 1998, and for many Star Wars fans, this is the moment they've been waiting the best part of five years to see: their first glimpse of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Ever since George Lucas had announced his return to the Star Wars universe, in an October 1993 issue of Vanity Fair, anticipation had slowly been building for the new movie. And here, finally, was a first look at what Lucas had in store. »

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111 things we learned about Sherlock from the series 3 DVDs

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Discarded plots, quotes from canon, Martin Freeman's hatred of Watson's moustache... Here's a long list of Sherlock series 3 trivia...

Released this month, the collector’s edition Sherlock series 3 DVDs are crammed with nerd succour, from the episodes one and three commentaries by Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue and Una Stubbs, to behind-the-scenes featurettes, falling-over and dancing outtakes, footage from episode read-throughs, a deleted scene in which Lars Mikkelsen licks Benedict Cumberbatch, technical special effects gubbins, clips from the only existing television interview with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and - we almost forgot - the series itself.

For Sherlock fans who haven’t yet had the pleasure, we’ve ploughed through all the bonus material on the discs, turning up the odd bit of trivia treasure as we did so. Find out below about Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat's plans for Sherlock to teach Mary the violin, Benedict Cumberbatch »

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The Vampire Diaries season 6 episode 8 review: Fade Into You

25 November 2014 1:13 AM, PST

This week's Vampire Diaries features a family dysfunctional enough to rival the Mikaelsons. Here's Caroline's review of Fade Into You...

This review contains spoilers.

6.8 Fade Into You

The Vampire Diaries does twisted magical families really well – the last one they gave us are now living it up in New Orleans on their own show, and Fade Into You introduced us to another – the Gemini coven. It's hard to be more dysfunctional than the Mikaelsons, but they might actually give them a good run for their money.

But first, 'Friendsgiving', the uber-organised yet pretty half-arsed on the guest list (where the heck were Jeremy and Matt?) Thanksgiving dinner set up by Caroline on one of her post-argument fits of separation anxiety. Vampire Diaries doesn't usually theme its parties around a particular holiday, oweing to the fact that only about two years has passed since season one, so it was safe to »

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Images appear from Black Mirror Christmas special

24 November 2014 11:40 PM, PST

Here’s the first look at Jon Hamm starring in Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror Christmas special…

Farewell Don Draper, hello dark allegorical tale of Christmas woe. Mad Men star Jon Hamm, as you may already know, is set to appear in the 2014 Black Mirror Christmas special, airing on the 16th of December on Channel 4.

"Its dark humour and intelligent observation of our society and values hooked me deeply as a viewer and I'm honoured that Charlie and the rest of the creative team have asked me to participate in wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas," said Mr Hamm.

Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin are also set to appear. Here’s some pictures that landed online today…

The Black Mirror Christmas special will air on Channel 4 on Tuesday the 16th of December at 9pm.

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Doctor Who Christmas special gets a title and an image

24 November 2014 11:20 PM, PST

Last Christmas will be the name of the Doctor Who Christmas adventure. We’ve got a picture, too…

When thinking about Doctor Who Christmas episodes, the first thing that springs to mind for this writer is David Tennant cowering from a deadly tree.

In the years hence, the festive season and Whovian culture have become inseparably intertwined, with such adventures including regenerations, tragic doomed romance (more than once) and even an Australian pop star.

This year, it seems Mr Steven Moffat will be taking inspiration from the charts as Russell T Davies once did – the 2014 Christmas adventure will be entitled Last Christmas.

It’s unclear whether the Doctor will be giving either of his two hearts to anyone, but you can be sure that, if he does, it will be given away the very next day.

Here’s a new pic from the episode too…

Don't be fooled by the title, »

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Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Kelly Reilly join True Detective

24 November 2014 11:07 PM, PST

It’s official – Taylor Kitsch will be starring in True Detective season 2, Rachel McAdams and Kelly Reilly are joining too.

We’ve known for a while that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn would star in True Detective season 2, the former as a corrupt cop and the latter as a big baddie. Now, the rest of the main cast has been confirmed.

Former Gambit Taylor Kitsch will be playing another of the detectives, as is Rachel McAdams.

Kitsch’s character Paul Woodrugh is a war veteran and motorcyclist. McAdams’ Ani Besserides is a Sherrif ‘whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves.’

Kelly Reilly has also signed up, and will play Jordan, a failed actress and wife to Vaughn’s career criminal Frank.

Here are the new additions (in order of Kitsch, McAdams, Reilly)...

More news on True Detective as we detect it. Arf.

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Frank Grillo on Captain America: Civil War

24 November 2014 10:43 PM, PST

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War is set to shake things up a little. Frank Grillo has been talking about where he fits into the film...

This article contains potential spoilers for Captain America: Civil War.

Earlier this month, the news broke that Daniel Bruhl was joiningthe cast of Captain America: Civil War. Bruhl is expected to play a villain in the movie, but reports continue to suggest that he won't be the main foe of the piece. That honour goes to Frank Grillo, who will be reprising the role of Brock Rumlow in the new film. Only this time, he'll transform into the villain Crossbones.

Readers of certain comic books will be only too aware of the significance the character of Crossbones has in Captain America's life, and Grillo has been chatting to Entertainment Weekly about what lies ahead.

He told it that his work in this year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier »

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Wonder Woman: Michelle MacLaren signs up to direct

24 November 2014 10:39 PM, PST

It's definite: Breaking Bad's Michelle MacLaren will be directing the standalone Wonder Woman movie...

Warner Bros has chosen who it wants to direct its upcoming standalone Wonder Woman film, and - as had been speculated - it's Michelle MacLaren who's got the job.

MacLaren is best known to date for some of her excellent work on the TV show Breaking Bad, a programme that she also served as an executive producer on. She's also directed for shows such as The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones in recent years. Wonder Woman will mark her feature directing debut.

Gal Gadot will be playing the title role in the film, having debuted the character (or she will have done by then) in 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. MacLaren will need to have Wonder Woman ready for release on 23rd June 2017.

That gives her some time to work with the project's writers, »

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James Gunn: shared universe movie model is "flawed"

24 November 2014 10:35 PM, PST

Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn argues that some shared universes may be getting in the way of making a great film...

Over the past few months, more and more studios, following the success of Marvel. have been trying to muscle their way into the shared cinematic universe business. So, as well as the likes of X-Men and DC, there's Universal trying to apply it to its classic monsters, and more recently, reports that Warner Bros is up to the same trick with its planned King Arthur movie series (the studio is rumoured to have up to six films in mind).

James Gunn, the director of last summer's Guardians Of The Galaxy, wants to call bullshit on it all though. In fact, he has, in a post over on his Facebook page. Under the header 'Carts before horses & Hollywood's new love of shared universes', Gunn declares that "I'm a »

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