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Why the best one-off characters belong to Asterix

13 hours ago

Aliya Whiteley Nov 17, 2017

As Asterix And The Chariot Race goes on sale, we take a look at the series' wonderful one-off characters...

If you’re a fan of the Asterix books – and the latest, Asterix And The Chariot Race is available now - and somebody asks you why, you might find yourself talking about the gleeful, tongue-in-cheek sense of humour, or the iconic colourful illustrations. A big part of its ongoing success must belong to the main characters who live in that nameless indomitable Gaulish village - for me, it’s Obelix in particular. I’ve always loved Obelix, who can eat an entire roast boar in a second and carry a menhir on one finger, yet has a deeply sensitive side and falls in love far too easily. I also really look forward to those adventures where the pirates appear, led by Redbeard, and inevitably get shipwrecked after a »

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Spider-Man: Homecoming clip – plotting the future of the series

14 hours ago

Den Of Geek Nov 17, 2017

Get a glimpse at the Spider-Man: Homecoming extras, in this clip that looks ahead for the series...

This clip contains a spoiler for Spider-Man: Homecoming

With Spider-Man: Homecoming arriving on disc at the start of next week, we’ve got our paws on a taste of one of the features that’ll be included on some of the Blu-ray and 4K versions. 

Here’s the clip…


Spider-Man: Homecoming lands on DVD, Blu-ray and Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray on Monday. It’s available on digital HD now.


Homecoming clip – plotting the future of the series


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Sky's Now TV and passes drop to £12.49 in Black Friday deals

14 hours ago

Den Of Geek Nov 17, 2017

Typically, the Now TV box costs £14.99 to buy outright with passes ranging from £2.99 to £33.99

Sky's original Now TV is still the best way to watch Sky TV without the costly subscription and now the streaming box is even cheaper thanks to Black Friday 2017 and Argos. 

As part of the Argos Black Friday deals, you can get the Now TV box with a choice of passes depending on whether you're after films, or want access to more family-friendly channels, from £12.49.

Typically, the standard Now TV box costs £14.99 to buy outright. An Entertainment Pass normally costs £7.99 a month, a Sky Cinema Pass is £9.99 a month, a Kids Pass is priced at £2.99 a month and a Sky Sports Pass starts at £6.99. The three former packages all come with a 14-day trial and all of the passes can be cancelled at any time without paying a termination fee

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Best deals at Game in 2017: The best Black Friday deals you can snap up at Game

16 hours ago

Den Of Geek Nov 17, 2017

All the cheapest and best games you can buy from Game this Black Friday

Game is a rather sizeable games retailer and, in that position, you’d expect it to offer up massive savings and games deals around. With Black Friday on the horizon, Game has started to drop some of its prices in anticipation and our chums at Alphr have decided it’s best to round them all up to help you sift through the rubbish they might bring to the top of the pile.

Game already has a Black Friday page ready and raring to go, and it’s looking like they’re going to be starting all of their deals on Thursday 23 November, just ahead of Black Friday itself.

The page details how Game will be offering up console offers, game bundles and accessories. It’s also using the same page to push its Game Reward card too, »

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The Mercy: first trailer for Colin Firth & Rachel Weisz's latest

17 hours ago

Simon Brew Nov 17, 2017

From the director of The Theory Of Everything comes The Mercy. Here's the first trailer...

Heading into UK cinemas on February 9th 2018 is The Mercy, the new film from The Theory Of Everything director James Marsh. Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz headline this one, and we've got the first trailer and an official synopsis to bring to you.

We'd best get down to work, then. Trailer first...

And here's the synopsis...

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Railway Man), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife, »

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StartUp has been renewed for season 3

19 hours ago

Kirsten Howard Nov 17, 2017

Martin Freeman, Ron Perlman and Adam Brody will all be back for a third season of StartUp, it's been confirmed...

"StartUp? Remind me again?" 

"Well, it's a tech-y crime show with Martin Freeman..."

"Martin Freeman!"

"Yes, and Ron Perlman..."

"Ron Perlman!"

"Yes, it's on Crackle."

"I see. Is this why I've forgotten about it?"

"Possibly, but you can also watch it on Amazon Prime, if that helps. StartUp is Crackle's crown jewel, and they've just announced it'll be back for a 10-episode third season next year."

"Is it even any good?"

"It's quite entertaining, yes."

"Well, ok then."

Indeed, Deadline brought word this week from the StartUp team that the show won't be going anywhere.

“We are excited to open the writers room and partner with Crackle for season three of StartUp,” said creator Ben Ketai in a statement. “This past season was exciting, with nods »

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Star Wars Battlefront 2: EA turns off microtransactions

21 hours ago

Ryan Lambie Nov 17, 2017

The controversial loot boxes have vanished from Star Wars Battlefront 2 - at least for now...

In what might otherwise be the biggest game of autumn 2017, the run up to Star Wars Battlefront II's launch has been so far overshadowed by the introduction of microtransactions. With EA Dice's sequel to its hit 2015 shooter, the firm made the controversial decision to add loot boxes to the mix - desireable items like playable characters and craft essentially have to be unlocked with in-game currency, Crystals, which can be purchased with real-world money.

A backlash has grown ever since EA began trialing the game just over a month ago, with detractors arguing that players willing to shell out for loot boxes will have a tactical advantage over those that don't. 

Then, mere hours before its launch today (that's the 17th November), EA's responded to the wave of bad feeling by shutting »

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The Batman: Jake Gyllenhaal’s name is now in the mix

23 hours ago

Simon Brew Nov 17, 2017

Will Ben Affleck continue as Batman? If not, the casting rumour mill is already underway for his replacement...

Watching Justice League – and this is spoiler-free! – it’s hard to warm too much to Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman/Bruce Wayne, a character whose job increasing seems to be about joining the character dots. Fighting crime? Let’s just say it’s become less grounded that it was.

We seem to be at the stage where few people now expect Affleck to hang around in the Batman role for too much longer, and we wouldn’t stick half a jar of coffee on him headlining Matt Reeves’ upcoming standalone Batman feature, The Batman. Once mooted as project that Affleck would star in and direct, the smart money seems now – despite denials from producer Charles Roven – that the role will be recast in time for the film. We »

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The Flash movie could now feature Batman

16 November 2017 10:07 PM, PST

Mike Cecchini Nov 17, 2017

The Flash movie will adapt one of the most famous and controversial Flash storylines of all time: Flashpoint.

After Justice League, fans are likely to want to see more of Ezra Miller as Barry AllenThe Flash movie will adapt, in some form, the Flashpoint story by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert. In it, Barry learns that his mother wasn't murdered by his father, but by an evil speedster named Eobard Thawne. Barry goes back in time to prevent the murder (and thus keep his father out of prison), and when he returns to the present, he finds that time has changed dramatically.

“What fans understand when they hear Flashpoint,” Ezra Miller told Entertainment Weekly, “would be almost like hearing a word like ‘Crisis.’ We start to understand that our precious DC universe will inevitably be torn asunder to an endless, headache-inducing fabric of multiversality. The DC Hyper-Extended Multiverse, »

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Justice League: what did you think?

16 November 2017 9:49 PM, PST

Den Of Geek Nov 17, 2017

A place for spoiler-filled chat about the new Justice League movie...

Now playing in cinemas around the world as of today is the uniting of DC’s mightiest heroes, Justice League. The film is expected to do at least $300m of business on its opening weekend around the planet, and the critical response so far has been on the not great to middling side.

But what did you think? We’ve opened up this post for spoiler-filled discussion about the movie. Please, therefore, note that if you head into the comments below, the spoilers are likely to begin very quickly.

Be excellent to each other, and happy chatting…!


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Arrow season 6 episode 6 review: Promises Kept

16 November 2017 9:09 PM, PST

Delia Harrington Nov 17, 2017

Arrow focuses on a father and son relationship in this sadly rather low-stakes episode. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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6.5 Promises Kept

This week's episode of Arrow felt a bit perfunctory and low-stakes all around since Slade has stepped right into Malcolm Merlyn's story beats as the deadly dad whose motives you can never trust 100 per cent. (Albeit a less murder-y one.) With the flashbacks to a post-Lian Yu Slade, many mentions of Mirakuru, and the generic Eastern European setting, this all feels a bit like retreading old ground.

Team Arrow mostly rides the bench yet again, the cost of a still-large cast, even after some pruning. The villain of the week is forgettable aside from making John Diggle's secrets finally catch up to him. »

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Gotham season 4 episode 9 review: Let Them Eat Pie

16 November 2017 8:09 PM, PST

Marc Buxton Nov 17, 2017

Things take a horrific turn as James Gordon and the Penguin face Gotham’s greatest horror to date- Professor Pyg. Spoilers...

This review contains spoilers.

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4.9 Let Them Eat Pie

What in the name of Bill Finger did I just watch? Years ago, when I first heard that DC was doing a show based on the adventures of a young James Gordon, I never thought I’d see that series morph into a hardcore horror drama that out-gored Ryan Murphy and American Horror Story. But that’s exactly what we get this week as Gotham went full-on gross-out terror in James Gordon’s climatic confrontation with Professor Pyg.

I think most Gotham fans are on the Jerome train as far as the most popular villain of the series is concerned, »

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Catch-22 series in the works from George Clooney

16 November 2017 8:09 PM, PST

Kayti Burt Kirsten Howard Nov 17, 2017

A six-episode series based on the 1961 novel Catch-22 will mark George Clooney's return to television...

George Clooney is returning to television. The former E.R. star will be directing and starring in a limited series based on Joseph Keller's satirical World War II novel Catch-22.

According to The Hollywood Reporter,  Catch-22 will be written by Luke Davies (Lion) and David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) and will run for six episodes. It's a joint venture of Paramount Television and Anonymous (who also collaborated on 13 Reasons Why and Berlin Station), but the project does not have a network yet. THR reports the series will be shopped to prospective outlets in December.

Catch-22, considered one of the most influential books of the 20th century, follows the exploits of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forse B-25 bombardier, and his fellow airmen as they struggle to maintain their »

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Stripes is becoming a TV show

16 November 2017 5:09 PM, PST

David Crow Kirsten Howard Nov 17, 2017

Stripes, the Bill Murray comedy classic, is getting a single-camera sitcom on CBS...

In the race to create more content for television and film that echoes back to nostalgic properties, it was inevitable that one day it would be Stripes’ turn. CBS announced late Thursday that the comedy classic from Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis, and the irreplaceable Bill Murray at the top of his lethargic disinterest is getting a television series.

Indeed, as revealed via Deadline, Stripes will be a single-camera comedy for CBS (so more Young Sheldon and less Big Bang) and will of course be a workplace comedy of sorts about the United States military. The project is being developed by the production company Whitest Kids U’Know, with Trevor Moore, Sam Brown, and Zach Creggar writing the script. Meanwhile Reitman, fresh off producing the Ghostbusters remake last year, will both be an »

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Frontier season 2: first trailer

16 November 2017 3:09 PM, PST

David Crow Kirsten Howard Nov 17, 2017

Watch the new trailer for Frontier's second season right here...

While Jason Momoa’s Netflix and Discovery Channel Canada television series is entering its second season, we suspect that a lot more people will be watching when it premieres on Netflix next week. After all, they’ve got a post-Justice League Aquaman attached to Frontier season 2, aye?

In the new trailer for the series, Jason Momoa is back as Delcan Harp, a part-Irish, part-Cree outlaw. He continues his one-man war against the Hudson Bay Company’s monopoly on the fur trade in Canada, and as he fights the good fight, violence and all sorts of snowy slaughter are set to occur.

The series is a historical drama set in the 1700s, co-created by Brad Peyton, Rob Blackie, and Peter Blackie. It also stars Landon Liboiron, Zoe Boyle, Christian McKay, Evan Jonigkeit, Shawn Doyle, »

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Messiah: Netflix orders new faith-based series

16 November 2017 12:09 PM, PST

David Crow Kirsten Howard Nov 17, 2017

At Netflix, Messiah will chronicle the world's reaction to a man thousands call "the Messiah" emerging from the Middle East...

The Word of God is good. It is also very lucrative. Ever since the days of silent films, the Bible has been big business in Hollywood. And as we travel ever further into 'peak television’s' new era of streaming, that one constant remains. However, the officially greenlit series Messiah, at least on its premise, promises to be a challenging new take on faith-based content.

First announced as in-development last spring, Netflix officially ordered a 10-episode series of Messiah yesterday, which is likely to be a controversial and highly publicised series when it eventually drops. Created by Michael Petroni, who has developed the project with producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the series looks to provocatively consider the emergence (or reemergence?) of a figure claiming »

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New X-Men spin-off starring James Franco in development

16 November 2017 11:09 AM, PST

John Saavedra Nov 17, 2017

James Franco will star as Multiple Man in a new X-Men solo film!

James Franco is set to play Jamie Madrox aka Multiple Man in a new standalone X-Men movie. The film is being written by Wonder Woman screenwriter Allan Heinberg and produced by Simon Kinberg, who is currently also directing X-Men: Dark Phoenix. No release date has been set for this film, but we assume it's still a ways away as its currently in the early stages of development. 

The character choice is interesting as he's not exactly as popular of a name as, say, the usual mutants. In case you don't know, he's indeed named Multiple Man because he can instantly create duplicates of himself. While Jamie was originally a minor character, his story was better established in Peter David's X-Factor run from the 1990s, which incorporated many lesser known heroes from the larger X-Men mythos. »

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The Strangers: Prey At Night trailer

16 November 2017 11:09 AM, PST

Joseph Baxter Nov 17, 2017

Horror sequel The Strangers: Prey At Night stars Christina Hendricks as a woman whose family is terrorised by masked misfits.

The Strangers arrived in 2008 as an insular, tonally-terrifying, horror film outing, centering on a young couple (Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman,) who are stalked in her remotely-located childhood summer home by three masked assailants. While it divided audiences, the film’s back-to-basics plot on a microscopic $9 million budget proved to be a successful formula, grossing $82.39 million worldwide.

Now, nearly a decade later, after having crossed major dilatory hurdles, the long-awaited sequel, The Strangers: Prey at Night, is nigh.

The Strangers: Prey Tt Night trailer taps the spirit of the original film, expanding its setting to trailer park, where, once again, a family find themselves the fixated target of three masked maniacs. This time, however, the ordeal is suffered by Cindy (Christina Hendricks), husband Luke (Lewis Pullman »

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Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool review

16 November 2017 9:53 AM, PST

Annette Bening and Jamie Bell give standout performances in Films Stars Don't Die In Liverpool. Here's our review...

Peter Turner is a man with quite a story. His memoir, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, tells the tale of how he, as a young man, befriended and struck up a relationship with Academy Award-winning screen siren Gloria Grahame in her later years. And, as the title suggests, this unlikely coming together occurred in the north west of England.

It’s a story that’s been adapted for the screen by Matt Greenhalgh, under the direction of Paul McGuigan. And the subsequent film proves to be an affectionate, warm, moving picture, about Turner and Grahame’s lives intersecting, with the latter in the apparent twilight of her career, treading the boards in theatre. It’s when she’s on stage one night that she collapses, and puts in a call to Turner, »

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Justice League and the dangers of extensive reshoots

16 November 2017 7:36 AM, PST

Ryan Lambie Nov 17, 2017

They're pricey, and can prove to be a huge risk. In the wake of Justice League, we look at the rise of extensive reshoots...

Nb: the following contains very mild spoilers for Justice League, but nothing you couldn't glean from the trailers.

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You only have to look at the news that came out of the Warner-dc camp to see how plans for its Justice League team-up movie changed over time. Only two years ago - a relatively brief window, in blockbuster filmmaking terms - the studio announced that Justice League would comprise two parts, one scheduled for release in the autumn of 2017 and the second slated for the summer of 2019.

One year later, director Zack Snyder revealed that the plan had changed somewhat: the two Justice League movies would be stand-alone, »

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