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James Bond: Tom Hiddleston said to be “in advanced talks” for role

27 May 2016 11:15 AM, PDT

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Daniel Craig out, Tom Hiddleston in? Changes may well be afoot in the world of James Bond 007...

There’s still a fair amount of salt that needs to be taken for the time being where James Bond rumours are concerned. However, with it looking reasonably likely that Daniel Craig has donned the tuxedo for the last time following Spectre, the odds on Tom Hiddleston becoming 007 continue to shorten.Now comes a report that Hiddleston is “in advanced talks” for the role. It’s popped up at Birth Movies Death, but there’s a certainty in their language that suggests there may be something to this. It reports that talks with Hiddleston have already taken place, but that things are being kept under wraps. As for its sources, it’s citing unnamed people “close to Tom Hiddleston”.

It’s little secret that Hiddleston would be keen on the »

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The Musketeers series 3 episode 1 review: Spoils Of War

27 May 2016 6:19 AM, PDT

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The Musketeers returns for its third and final series with a table-setting episode that introduces two deliciously bad new villains...

This review contains spoilers. Read our spoiler-free review, here.

3.1 Spoils Of War

The Musketeers are back for their final season and the show opens big, in every sense. Yes, it has an impressive-looking battle but it’s also big in the sense of its scope. This opener packs in an awful lot of elements as it ties up loose ends from the previous season, reintroduces us to the main characters and then sets out its stall for the season ahead. In sixty minutes that’s an ambitious ask and one that it almost manages to pull off as the inevitable scrum to pack it all in means that some parts feel a little rushed. Look no further than Aramis’ introduction which, given time and maybe pushed a little further into the season, »

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Alien: Covenant - new official image emerges

27 May 2016 2:51 AM, PDT

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A new image from the production of Alien: Covenant introduces Katherine Waterston's leading character...

Ridley Scott's space horror saga will continue with next year's Alien: Covenant, a sequel to 2012's Prometheus and a prequel to 1979's Alien. Reintroducing Michael Fassbender's steel-eyed synthetic David and bringing in a new ship full of doomed explorers, Covenant is the latest of three planned prequels to Scott's 70s classic. 

With filming currently underway in New Zealand, 20th Century Fox has put out a new image to get us in the astral terror mood - and it's certainly more interesting than the iron on badge picture we got back in April. The image comes from a monitor on the shoot itself, and gives us a first look at Katherine Waterstone's character, Daniels - who we're told is the film's protagonist. 

For your viewing pleasure, here's a cropped version of »

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Sense8 season 2: co-creator Lilly Wachowski departs

27 May 2016 1:32 AM, PDT

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Lana Wachowski will be running Netflix's Sense8 season 2 solo as co-creator Lilly takes a break...

Change is afoot behind the scenes of Netflix's Sense8 season 2.

Jamie Clayton, an actor in the trippy sci-fi show, has announced that Lilly Wachowski has departed season two. Clayton told Buzzfeed that Lilly, who who co-created the series with sister Lana and J. Michael Straczynski, "needed to take some time off".

That means Lana Wachowski will be taking on showrunning duties solo, a role Clayton stressed she was more than equipped to do, calling her "a superwoman" and "an absolute force."

The news comes following the departure of season one's Aml Ameen, who played Nairobi bus driver Capheus, after a difference in creative opinion. The role of Capheus has not been written out of season two, and Toby Onwumere will be picking up Ameen's reins.

Read more on Sense8 season one, here. »

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X-Men: Apocalypse – Bryan Singer confirms no alternate cut

26 May 2016 10:51 PM, PDT

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Don't expect any equivalent of the Rogue Cut with X-Men: Apocalypse, in spite of the many deleted scenes...

The last X-Men film, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, infamously cut out the character of Rogue from the theatrical release of the movie, adding Anna Paquin’s performance back for the Rogue Cut, that premiered on DVD and Blu-ray.

X-Men: Apocalypse, which finally heads to Us cinemas this weekend, is a similarly long movie, and one that also has a character cut out. Jubilee, as played by Lana Condor, appears fleetingly in the movie, but her extended role was a casualty of the need to get the movie’s running time down.

That said, don’t go expecting an X-Men: Apocalypse – Jubilee Cut. In fact, don’t go expecting any director’s or extended cut at all. Bryan Singer, chatting to Fandango, has confirmed “there will be nothing like »

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Thor: Mel Gibson turned down the Odin role

26 May 2016 8:15 PM, PDT

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Mel Gibson reveals that he was once offered Anthony Hopkins' role in Marvel's Thor movies...

In a new interview with The Guardian, from the Cannes Film Festival, Mel Gibson has revealed that he was asked at one stage to join the Marvel cinematic universe.

Gibson was promoting his new B-move, angry dad-actioner Blood Father. And when asked if he had ever been approached about a superhero film, Gibson responds, “yeah, long time ago, to play Thor’s dad. But I didn’t do it”. If true, Gibson is talking about Anthony Hopkins' role as Odin in the Thor films.

Early reviews for the troubled actor-director's Blood Father have been positive, and the movie is set to arrive in cinemas later this year.

The Guardian 

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Daniel Craig to star in Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky

26 May 2016 4:45 PM, PDT

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Steven Soderbergh's Nascar-set action thriller is to be led by Daniel Craig...

Steven Soderbergh's return to feature movie directing has landed a strong cast, with the news that Daniel Craig will be headlining Logan Lucky.

According to Deadline, Craig will be costarring with Katherine Heigl, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Channing Tatum, and Riley Keough in the high-speed crime thriller about brothers who conspire to shake up a Nascar race by committing an almost unthinkable heist. Few details about the undercover plot that has been let out of the gate so far.

Logan Lucky is a new starting line for Soderbergh, who had previously said to THR in 2015 that “I don’t have an interest in making another theatrical film unless my attitude changes or the business changes…film is increasingly fear-based in its decision-making, and that’s not a good base to be creative".

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Dwayne Johnson now set for Die Hard-style movie

26 May 2016 12:15 PM, PDT

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The Rock is set to headline a film being described as 'Die Hard in China'...

The man who clearly never sleeps, Mr Dwayne Johnson has yet another movie project to add to his ultra-crowded slate. He’s set to reunite with director Rawson Marshall Thurber, the helmer of the incoming comedy Central Intelligence (in which Johnson stars with Kevin Hart) for a film that’s being described as 'Die Hard in China'.

Straight away, that sounds better than Die Hard in Russia. That didn’t turn out too well.

Back to business: Legendary has won a bidding war for the thus-far unnamed project, that Thurber is also set to write. Universal will distribute the movie.

The Die Hard in China-esque project is being shaped as a vehicle for Johnson, and will zero in on the idea of one man against extraordinary circumstances. We have no idea as »

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Power Rangers: plans afoot for up to 7 movies

26 May 2016 11:15 AM, PDT

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Next year's Power Rangers movie is set to be the first of many...

Right now, the reboot of the Power Rangers movie franchise is shooting, under the stewardship of director Dean Israelite. But lest any of us be in any doubt as to Lionsgate’s ambitions for this series, CEO Jon Feltheimer has confirmed that many sequels are in the offing.“We are really really excited about the Power Rangers movie”, he told Variety. “We could see doing five or six of seven”, he added.

Crikey: who does he think he is? James Cameron with his Avatar sequels?!

Joking aside, there’s the small matter of the first Power Rangers movie, which arrives in cinemas on March 24th 2017. If that hits big, you’d best make some room on your shelves for a sizeable boxset in around 15 years’ time….

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25 underappreciated family movies of the last 20 years

26 May 2016 8:09 AM, PDT

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From Flushed Away and Hunchback to Titan A.E. and Sky High - the family movies that don't get the love they deserve...

When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar. 

A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »

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Fear The Walking Dead season 2 episode 7 review: Shiva

26 May 2016 1:50 AM, PDT

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The group is forced to separate in the latest episode of The Walking Dead prequel, Fear The Walking Dead...

This review contains spoilers.

2.7 Shiva

One of the things The Walking Dead does every season is scatter the survivors to the four winds for mid-season finales, then they bring them back together over the course of the next half of the season. Taking a page from Hershel's farm once again, Fear The Walking Dead ends the episode with the cast scattered around the Mexican countryside. On one side, there are zombies. On the other side, angry workers looking to get revenge for their dead relatives. In the middle, as always, Victor Strand and his allies, who find themselves on the outs after wreaking a little havoc in the supposed safe zone.

The cracks appeared almost immediately. After all, Celia worked pretty hard at extracting Nick, the most vulnerable one of the group, »

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The 100 season 3: trauma, free-will and perverse instantiation

26 May 2016 1:37 AM, PDT

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The 100's fan-dividing third season zoomed in on the show's fascination with free will and individual agency...

We all know that The 100 season three had its ups and downs. Some fans have turned away completely while others had felt compelled to hold on more tightly than ever. It's become obvious than ever that The 100 isn't a show you can watch casually, and that can be a blessing or a curse when it comes to an audience’s faith in you.

But I would argue that this has been the show's best season, which I would not have thought possible after a second run that surprised and delighted me to such an extent.

This was the year that The 100 really dove into its sci-fi roots, mixing ancient tradition and fantasy with ideas of artificial intelligence and virtual cityscapes with an elegance that other shows should take note of. »

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The Musketeers series 3 episode 1 spoiler-free review

26 May 2016 1:22 AM, PDT

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The Musketeers returns for its third and final series on Saturday the 28th of May with a confident, entertaining opener...

If you're reading this than maybe you, like me, felt a Musketeer-shaped hole in the Beeb’s New Year line-up. Fortunately, there was no need to fear cancellation as it was always going to be a question of ‘when’, not ‘if’ as filming of the forthcoming season had been no secret. The question was, despite the wait, was this season going to be better than the last (which was pretty decent by anyone’s standards) and how were the showrunners going to keep things fresh?

Based on episode one of the new run, I can say with some confidence that the show seems to have grown in all the right ways.

It opens big and picks up from where the last season finished (albeit four years later »

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CBS cancels Limitless TV show

25 May 2016 11:53 PM, PDT

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After one season CBS has pulled the plug on Limitless, the telly sequel to the Bradley Cooper movie...

We're hearing today that CBS has opted to cancel its Limitless TV series. The televisual follow-up to Bradley Cooper’s 2011 movie will not return for a second season.

Limitless showrunner Craig Sweeny broke the news himself, via Twitter, and also took the time to nix any rumours that the show could move to a different network/platform...

I'm truly sad to report that #Limitless will not continue on any platform. Thanks so much to everyone who watched.

Craig Sweeny (@CraigSweeny) May 25, 2016

The official reasons for this cancellation haven’t been stated publicly, but ratings could well have played a part. The show’s on-the-night American ratings started at 9.86 million for the pilot episode, but by the 22nd and final episode of the season they had dropped down to 5.71 million. »

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Fast & Furious: Dwayne Johnson spin-off latest

25 May 2016 10:07 PM, PDT

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Dwayne Johnson will reprise the role of Hobbs in Fast & Furious 8 - and his spin-off movie is still active...

The state of play with Dwayne Johnson's diary right now? He's just wrapped on Baywatch, he's about to embark on the press tour for Central Intelligence, and then he's off to shoot Jumanji. He's expected to do a bit of filming for Fast & Furious 8 as well, where he'll reprise the role of Hobbs.

Last year, though, there was some chatter about a possible spin-off movie for the character. And producer Hiram Garcia has certainly done little to douse the flames in a new interview with Comic Book.

"Hobbs was one of the first characters we merged together on", he recalled, "and when Fast approached [Dwayne Johnson], telling him about the character they wanted to create, [Johnson] and I were able to sit down and craft this guy that we would »

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National Treasure 3 still alive, writers "fact-checking"

25 May 2016 9:56 PM, PDT

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Nicolas Cage gives an update on the status of National Treasure 3...

It's been a long, long time now since the second National Treasure movie, National Treasure: Book Of Secrets. The film, headlined of course by Nicolas Cage, made it into cinemas in 2007, and since then, there's been regular chatter about a National Treasure 3.

Crucially, though, there's been no National Treasure 3.

That said, producer Jerry Bruckheimer regularly insists that the film is in the works, and in a new interview, Nicolas Cage too has revealed that it's still being worked on.

Chatting to EW about the status of the project, he said that "I haven’t really heard anything about that. I do know that those scripts are very difficult to write, because there has to be some credibility in terms of the facts and fact-checking, because it was relying on historical events".

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Revenge Of The Jedi: rare trailer surfaces online

25 May 2016 2:15 PM, PDT

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From the time when Return Of The Jedi was still called Revenge Of The Jedi, a very rare Star Wars trailer has reappeared...

This post has a spoiler for the ending of The Empire Strikes Back

Oscars.org has dropped quite the goodie onto the internet for those Star Wars fans who not only love the lore but also the history behind the making and promotion of the movies. Unless you were in a UK cinema in 1982, you've probably never seen this brief teaser for the third Star Wars film, which at the time was still going by the title of Revenge Of The Jedi...

There aren't even any live-action shots of the film. Instead, the teaser only shows a couple of stills from the movie, one of which spoils the return of Han Solo after being frozen in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back. I guess »

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Peaky Blinders renewed for series 4 and 5

25 May 2016 9:27 AM, PDT

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BBC Two has given the terrific Peaky Blinders a double commission. The Shelbys will officially return for series four and five...

Excellent news: the BBC is bringing Peaky Blinders back for two further series after the conclusion of its third run.

The 1920s gangster story starring Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson is currently airing its third series on BBC Two and is expected to start filming series four in 2017, with number five on the way after that.

There's no word on whether series five is planned to be the series' final outing, but few can argue that it would represent a decent number of episodes after which to say goodbye to the show. Creator Steven Knight has previously revealed plans to take the Shelbys all the way up to the outbreak of the Second World War, which would mean covering some serious time distance over the next two runs. »

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Morgan trailer: new sci-fi film from Luke Scott

25 May 2016 9:15 AM, PDT

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Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy and Rose Leslie star in promising-looking sci-fi movie Morgan. Here's the first trailer.

Imagine a world without science fiction. Much of the progress we’ve seen in technology and human relations came from ideas people gleaned from Star Trek. Now imagine a world where no scientists have seen science fiction and are doomed to make mistakes they could have avoided if only they had a streaming movie service. Even their own fathers. The new trailer for 20th Century Fox’s Morgan shows that Ridley Scott’s son is probing the tech manual.

The upcoming science fiction thriller Morgan is the feature film directorial debut of Luke Scott, who has been busy making commercials. It was produced by his father. The screenplay was written by Seth W Owen.

"You'll see now, how happy we can be", Morgan promises. And here's the first trailer...

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The Little Mermaid next in line for Disney's live action treatment

25 May 2016 9:15 AM, PDT

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In the week the first Beauty And The Beast trailer hits, a new report suggests Disney is working on a live action The Little Mermaid...

Ah, best add another to the list. Disney has no shortage of live action movies based on its animated movies lined up - Pete's Dragon is next, later this year, with Beauty And The Beast early next - and it's now investigating another.

The Little Mermaid, arguably the movie the sparked the 80s and 90s second golden period for Disney animation in earnest, is now being discussed as a potential live action project. This one's in its infancy thus far, with Deadline reporting that Disney has been chatting with producers about the project, one or two of whom who are strongly connected to the studio. They all renamed unnamed thus far, though.

There's also the small matter of a competing The Little Mermaid project, »

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