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Watch: Mario Is Invading the Real World in These Fun Short Films

15 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Combining two of our favorite things, vintage Nintendo and cats, a YouTube user by the name of Mr. TV Cow has cast his saucy black-and-white kitty in a real life Super Mario Bros. video for our amusement. The frisky feline saunters around outside collecting coins, dodging turtle shells and sucking up the superpowers of the Starman. The special effects are fun, and we kind of wish Super Mario Cat were a real thing now. It’d be a hell of a lot better than the 1993 live-action adaptation of the video game that starred poor Bob Hoskins as Mario and John Leguizamo as his partner in crime, Luigi. Cats already believe that they’re "1-Up" on humans, so we shouldn’t inflate their egos, but watch this supercute short, and try to deny the adorbs. [Spotted via...

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Dr Who: films of Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy

15 April 2014 2:13 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Alex Westthorp 16 Apr 2014 - 07:00

Alex's trek through the film roles of actors who've played the Doctor reaches Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy...

Read the previous part in this series, Doctor Who: the film careers of Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker, here.

In March 1981, as he made his Doctor Who debut, Peter Davison was already one the best known faces on British television. Not only was he the star of both a BBC and an ITV sitcom - Sink Or Swim and Holding The Fort - but as the young and slightly reckless Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great And Small, about the often humorous cases of Yorkshire vet James Herriot and his colleagues, he had cemented his stardom. The part led, indirectly, to his casting as the venerable Time Lord.

The recently installed Doctor Who producer, John Nathan-Turner, had been the Production Unit Manager on »

- louisamellor

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6 Actors That Could Replace Hugh Jackman as 'The Wolverine'

20 March 2014 2:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This past Sunday, The Wolverine director James Mangold revealed on Twitter that 20th Century Fox plans to shoot Wolverine 3 shortly after X-Men: Apocalypse wraps. The catch is, Hugh Jackman, who has played the character in seven movies over the span of fifteen years, might not return. As of yet, he is not even confirmed for X-Men: Apocalypse. What does this mean for the franchise? Well, according to Mangold, Wolverine will go on with or without the actor. Like James Bond before him, Logan is a character that will continue to live on the silver screen, just like he has in the comic books and the movie storyline itself, no matter who is swinging those antimantium claws. So, who might replace Jackman, an actor who unquestionably owns the role and is synonymous with it at this point?

Today, we look at 6 actors that could pull it off.

After all, Hugh was »

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Adeel Akhtar Is Smee in Joe Wright's 'Peter Pan' Adaptation

13 March 2014 6:28 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just one day after Rooney Mara entered negotiations to play Tiger Lily in Pan, Adeel Akhtar has joined the cast as Smee.

The project puts a new spin on author J.M. Barrie's beloved Peter Pan, with young Peter being whisked away to Neverland for the first time, leading the locals in a rebellion against the nefarious pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). Garrett Hedlund stars as Captain Hook, who starts out as an ally to young Peter Pan, before turning to his nefarious ways. Smee, who was portrayed by Bob Hoskins in Steven Spielberg's 1991 adaptation Hook, is the right-hand man to Hook. The producers still have not cast Peter Pan at this time.

Our report from yesterday revealed that director Joe Wright is setting up a multi-cultural cast, in an effort to challenge the audience's pre-conceived notions of these classic characters. Jason Fuchs wrote the script, with Greg Berlanti, Paul Webster and Sarah Schechter producing. »

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J.K. Simmons in Talks to Join Terminator: Genesis; Aubrey Plaza to Play the Lead in Hal Hartley’s Dark Comedy Ned Rifle; Adeel Akhtar to Play Smee in Pan

13 March 2014 4:25 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Here's the latest casting information for the following films: J.K. Simmons is in talks to join Alan Taylor's Terminator: Genesis, starring Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  The film opens July 1, 2015. Aubrey Plaza is set to lead Hal Hartley's dark comedy, Ned Rifle. Adeel Akhtar will play Smee to Garrett Hedlund's Hook in Joe Wright's Pan. Hit the jump for more on each project. First up from Heat Vision is news that Simmons is in talks to join Terminator: Genesis, the reboot of the popular sci-fi franchise about a cyborg assassin from a war-torn future where mankind fights back against machines.  Emilia Clarke stars as Sarah Connor, the target of the Terminator in the original film since she was the mother of resistance fighter, John Connor, who is played by Jason Clarke in this version.  Courtney plays Kyle Reese, a time-traveling freedom fighter »

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Joe Wright's Pan Finds Its 'Smee' In Four Lions' Adeel Akhtar

13 March 2014 3:42 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The Wrap report that Four Lions star Adeel Akhtar will join Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, and (possibly) Rooney Mara in Joe Wright's take on the origins of Peter Pan and his pals. Akhtar will play Smee; right hand man to Captain Hook (Hedlund) who was played previously in live-action by Bob Hoskins in Steven Spielberg's Hook. This version of the classic story will focus on a young London boy who is spirited away to Neverland, where he will begin his journey to become the legendary "Pan". The script was written by Jason Fuchs and will be produced by Greg Berlanti. We recently found out that Pan took Man Of Steel 2's original release date of July 17, 2015. »

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Garrett Hedlund's Captain Hook Finds His Smee in ‘Four Lions’ Star Adeel Akhtar (Exclusive)

13 March 2014 3:36 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In keeping with the multi-racial Neverland that director Joe Wright envisions, “Four Lions” star Adeel Akhtar has been cast as Smee in Warner Bros.’ big-budget tentpole “Pan,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. The film will star Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard and Garrett Hedlund as Captain Hook, while Rooney Mara is in negotiations to play Tiger Lily. Smee is a pirate who serves as Captain Hook's right-hand man. He was portrayed by Bob Hoskins in Steven Spielberg's “Hook.” Also read: ‘Four Lions’ Star Riz Ahmed to Join Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Nightcrawler’ (Exclusive) “Pan” tells the untold story of how a young. »

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Outside Bet

7 March 2014 2:24 AM, PST | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

A pub syndicate of Cockney newspaper workers pools its cash to buy a thoroughbred jumper in this nostalgic British comedy starring a rich array of old UK stagers. Bob Hoskins, Jenny Agutter and Rita Tushingham are among the seasoned thoroughbreds in a jolly run-out that tips a rose-tinted hat at the end of the print unions, saloon bar singalongs and the sounds of the Eighties. Worth a flutter. »

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit Deleted Scene - “The Pig Head Sequence”

4 March 2014 9:00 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

I'm a huge fan of Robert Zemeckis' Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I've seen the movie countless times over the years, but until today I've never heard of the pig head sequence. The scene was fully completed, but was eventually cut from the film. The scene features Eddie Valient (Bob Hoskins) with a giant toon pig head.

The scene offers up an explanation as to why Eddie awkwardly comes into his office to meet Jessica Rabbit. He's shirtless, wearing a tie, and drying himself off in the final cut of the film. Before he came out he was actually washing off his giant cartoon pig head in the sower.

There's a behind the scenes video that shows the scene and how it was made. It's actually included in the special features of the DVD, but I just never watched it until it popped up online. SFX supervisor Ken Ralston talked about the scene saying, »

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Hook: Rufio actor Dante Basco recreates fight scene

28 February 2014 8:31 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dante Basco has recreated a fight scene from Hook.

The actor, who portrayed Rufio in Steven Spielberg's 1991 Peter Pan sequel, joined CineFix's Homemade Videos for the re-enactment.

Spielberg's critical and commercial flop starred Robin Williams as a grown Peter Pan who has forgotten about Neverland until events conspire to return him there.

Julia Roberts, Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Smith and Bob Hoskins also featured in the film.

Basco's other roles include providing the voice of Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender, as well as working on the sequel The Legend of Korra.

Homemade Videos has previously delivered recreations of Iron Man 3, Star Wars, Terminator 2 and The Matrix. »

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2010

26 February 2014 2:57 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 05:54

Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2010, and another 25 overlooked gems...

By 2010, Hollywood’s obsession with 3D movies was in full swing. James Cameron’s Avatar may have given audiences a taste of what the cutting edge of stereoscope could look like, but it has to be said that the movies ushered into cinemas in its wake were a decidedly mixed bunch. Toy Story 3's 3D was extraordinarily effective, yet Clash Of The Titans looked like a blurry mess. How To Train Your Dragon came to life in its flying sequences, but the less said about the horribly murky Last Airbender, the better.

Unless we’re mistaken, none of the movies on this list were shot or released in 3D, and few of them did particularly stellar business. A few got a certain amount of critical acclaim, »

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Malcolm Tierney obituary

21 February 2014 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stage and screen actor who excelled in playing authority figures and appeared in TV shows such as Brookside and Lovejoy

Malcolm Tierney, who has died aged 75 of pulmonary fibrosis, was a reliable and versatile supporting actor for 50 years, familiar to television audiences as the cigar-smoking, bullying villain Tommy McArdle in Brookside, nasty Charlie Gimbert in Lovejoy and smoothie Geoffrey Ellsworth-Smythe in David Nobbs's A Bit of a Do, a Yorkshire small-town comedy chronicle starring David Jason and Gwen Taylor.

Always serious and quietly spoken offstage, with glinting blue eyes and a steady, cruel gaze that served him well as authority figures on screen, Tierney was a working-class Mancunian who became a core member of the Workers' Revolutionary party in the 1970s. He never wavered in his socialist beliefs, even when the Wrp imploded ("That's all in my past now," he said), and always opposed restricted entry to the actors' union, »

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Malcolm Tierney obituary

21 February 2014 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stage and screen actor who excelled in playing authority figures and appeared in TV shows such as Brookside and Lovejoy

Malcolm Tierney, who has died aged 75 of pulmonary fibrosis, was a reliable and versatile supporting actor for 50 years, familiar to television audiences as the cigar-smoking, bullying villain Tommy McArdle in Brookside, nasty Charlie Gimbert in Lovejoy and smoothie Geoffrey Ellsworth-Smythe in David Nobbs's A Bit of a Do, a Yorkshire small-town comedy chronicle starring David Jason and Gwen Taylor.

Always serious and quietly spoken offstage, with glinting blue eyes and a steady, cruel gaze that served him well as authority figures on screen, Tierney was a working-class Mancunian who became a core member of the Workers' Revolutionary party in the 1970s. He never wavered in his socialist beliefs, even when the Wrp imploded ("That's all in my past now," he said), and always opposed restricted entry to the actors' union, »

- Michael Coveney, Vanessa Redgrave

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Helen Mirren criticises British television for rising female body count

15 February 2014 4:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

On eve of receiving highest Bafta honour, actress hits out at increasing number of TV murder victims who are young women

On the eve of the awards ceremony where she will receive the British film industry's highest honour tonight – a Bafta fellowship, from Prince WilliamDame Helen Mirren has criticised the growing number of dead women in British television drama.

Mirren told the Observer that she agreed with the playwright David Hare's recent complaints about the bloodthirsty nature of most drama on British TV, saying there was a clear sexual divide when it came to the corpses. "Most of those bodies are young women," she said.

Hare had spoken out against the number of murder victims on television at the launch of the second of his Worricker trilogy of films last week. "I can't personally stand the body count in contemporary drama. I just think it's ridiculous," he said. »

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Helen Mirren criticises British television for rising female body count

15 February 2014 4:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

On eve of receiving highest Bafta honour, actress hits out at increasing number of TV murder victims who are young women

On the eve of the awards ceremony where she will receive the British film industry's highest honour tonight – a Bafta fellowship, from Prince WilliamDame Helen Mirren has criticised the growing number of dead women in British television drama.

Mirren told the Observer that she agreed with the playwright David Hare's recent complaints about the bloodthirsty nature of most drama on British TV, saying there was a clear sexual divide when it came to the corpses. "Most of those bodies are young women," she said.

Hare had spoken out against the number of murder victims on television at the launch of the second of his Worricker trilogy of films last week. "I can't personally stand the body count in contemporary drama. I just think it's ridiculous," he said. »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2008

12 February 2014 4:14 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:39

Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2008 - another great year for lesser-seen gems...

For some, 2008 will be memorable as the year of The Dark Knight, with its astonishingly unhinged turn from the late Heath Ledger. Alternatively, it could be remembered as the year a legion Indiana Jones fans left cinemas glum-faced, having sat through Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.

Elsewhere, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang and danced on a Greek island in Mamma Mia!, while Will Smith played an alcoholic superhero in Hancock. But as usual, 2008 offered plenty of watchable movies outside the top 10, which is where we swoop in - like Hancock after a bottle of gin.

So as usual, here's our selection of 25 underappreciated films from the year 2008 - starting with a British horror film starring Michael Fassbender...

25. Eden Lake

James Watkins had written »

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Animated Exeter, The Room: this week's new film events

7 February 2014 11:50 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Animated Exeter | Valentine's Day | Future Cinema Presents Who Framed Roger Rabbit | The Room

Animated Exeter

There's as much to do as there is to see at this animation fest, especially for young people. They can devise their own Moshi Monsters (Exeter Phoenix, 16 Feb) and Mike The Knight animations (Exeter Cathedral, 17 Feb), learn how to work with stop-motion, 2D cutouts, software programmes and iPads, all with advice from the likes of creatives from Aardman. A visit from the National Film Board Of Canada brings fresh and classic work, including a Norman McLaren workshop (Exeter Phoenix, 20 Feb), while onscreen there are shorts programmes, many of them made by and aimed at the young, plus recent features such as Frozen, Wolf Children and From Up On Poppy Hill.

Various venues, Mon to 22 Feb

Valentine's Day, Nationwide

You could play it safe this Friday with the reissued Sleepless In Seattle, but the culture-savant, sunglasses-after-dark »

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Helen Mirren to receive Bafta fellowship

27 January 2014 5:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Oscar-winning actor hails news of award as 'the greatest professional honour I can imagine'

Helen Mirren will be honoured with a Bafta fellowship at the annual awards ceremony next month.

Mirren, who has won four Baftas and been nominated for prizes on a further seven occasions, follows in the footsteps of Hollywood luminaries such as Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Christopher Lee and Martin Scorsese. Bugsy Malone, Fame and Mississippi Burning director Alan Parker was handed the fellowship, the highest honour bestowed by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, at last year's ceremony.

Mirren said: "This is the greatest professional honour I can imagine, certainly one I never dreamt of as a schoolgirl in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. To join that list of legendary names is overwhelming."

Bafta chairman John Willis said: "Dame Helen Mirren receives the fellowship as one of »

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Outside Bet Movie Review, Trailer, Pictures & News

22 January 2014 9:36 AM, PST | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

A Cockney pub syndicate of newspaper workers pools its cash to buy a thoroughbred jumper in this nostalgic British comedy starring a rich array of old UK stagers. Bob Hoskins, Jenny Agutter and Rita Tushingham are the seasoned front runners in a jolly run-out that tips a rose-tinted hat at the end of the print unions, saloon bar singalongs and the sounds of the Eighties. »

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2005

15 January 2014 7:12 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 16 Jan 2014 - 06:20

Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 2005...

It's underappreciated films time again, and this week, we delve deep into the year 2005 - a collection of months dominated by the likes of Star Wars: Episode III, another Harry Potter, Steven Spielberg's War Of The Worlds, Peter Jackson's King Kong, and CG family movie Madagascar.

It was also the year Pierce Brosnan formally bowed out of his role as James Bond, and Martin Scorsese's The Aviator was hyped to win the director his first Oscar, but didn't. Still, the contents of this list received nothing like the acclaim of The Aviator, nor the financial pickings of a Star Wars or Harry Potter. As ever, we've focused on 25 films which we think deserve a bit more love.

So with apologies to »

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