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Robin Of Sherwood: looking back at a modern TV classic

Llinos Cathryn Thomas Aug 5, 2016

Thirty years since it ended, we revisit much-loved 80s historical fantasy series Robin Of Sherwood...

The Robin Hood legend has been retold in countless ways, but one of the most memorable of modern times is Richard Carpenter’s hugely influential 1980s imagining, telling the story of Sherwood’s band of outlaws with a combination of realism and luminous fantasy with its roots in British folklore.

Made by Htv in association with production company Goldcrest Films (which was also behind Chariots Of Fire and Gandhi), its 26 episodes ran on ITV from 1984 to 1986, garnering a positive critical reception and inspiring a fan following that’s still enthusiastically active today.

Much of the success of the show was down to the spot-on casting and the chemistry between the performers. Michael Praed’s charismatic-yet-otherworldly presence as Robin was the perfect match for the show’s aesthetic, and the more down-to-earth Little John,
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Sequel Bits: ‘Blade Runner 2′, ‘Bourne 5′, ‘Transformers 5′, ‘Jack Reacher 2′, ‘The Conjuring 2′, ‘Robocop 2′

  • Slash Film
Sequel Bits: ‘Blade Runner 2′, ‘Bourne 5′, ‘Transformers 5′, ‘Jack Reacher 2′, ‘The Conjuring 2′, ‘Robocop 2′
After the jump: Voice actor Mark Ryan debunks a recent Transformers 5 rumor Denis Villeneuve addresses Blade Runner‘s biggest mystery Fantastic Beasts‘ Eddie Redmayne doesn’t want to “let everybody down” The horror in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials almost got it rated R Bryan Cranston and Frankie Muniz want a Malcolm in the Middle reunion Robocop 2 […]

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Transformers 5 Plot Details Revealed

It has yet to be confirmed, but Michael Bay will likely return to direct the fifth "Transformers" movie, which will also bring back Mark Wahlberg to star. We already know that there's a room of writers working on future "Transformers" sequels and spin-offs, and now we have a few details about "Transformers 5." Spoilers Ahead: While speaking at a UK convention, voice actor Mark Ryan (Jetfire, Lockdown) revealed that Cade Yeager (Wahlberg), the Dinobots and a few Autobots will come together to stop a threat on Earth. Optimus Prime will hed into outer space to hunt down the creators of his race, the Quintessons, something that will lead him to meet up with Unicron. Ryan went on to say that "Transformers 5" will begin shooting early next year.
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Transformers 5 Will Go In One Of These Two Directions

While no one will ever hail the Transformers franchise for having a complex story, the series has always managed to distill the action down to a simple formula: humans have become embroiled in the ancient battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons. Actors and characters have been switched out over time, but every Transformers movie invariably revolves around these two factions of shape-shifting robots duking it out on Earth. Now it seems that with the coming Transformers 5 will deviate from that formula, and feature dual storylines that take the franchise in a new direction. According to The Christian Post, at the recent Wings and Wheels convention located in the United Kingdom, actor Mark Ryan . who has lent his voice to numerous Autobots and Decepticons over the years . revealed that the upcoming fifth installment to the franchise will have two separate storylines. The first will feel familiar to longtime fans of
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Spoilers: Surprising New Plot Details Revealed For Transformers 5

Despite the usual denials, Michael Bay is expected to return to helm the fifth Transformers movie, a release which will no doubt once again earn well over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. With a writers room assembled earlier this year, production will no doubt ramp up soon, but it seems the basic premise has already been decided upon. Talking at a convention in the UK recently, voice actor Mark Ryan (Jetfire, Lockdown) revealed that the plan is to have Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and the Dinobots - with a few Autobots thrown in for good measure - assemble to tackle an impending threat on Earth, while Optimus Prime will head into outer space to hunt down the creators of his race, the Quintessons, something which will see him reportedly meet up with Unicron. It's the latter storyline which looks set to lead into some of those planned spinoffs, and
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Transformers 5 to introduce Unicron?

Like or hate them, the Transformers movies have made some serious money over the years. The last two movies made over $1 billion at the box office, with last year’s Transformers: Age of Extinction being the only movie that year to join the illustrious club. There’s been plenty of rumours floating around that the next movie in the series could see the Autobots venturing into outer space, and a new tidbit from the weekend suggests we could also see Unicron being introduced as well.

Bmd are reporting that Transformers 5 will have not one, but two plot threads. One of which will see Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and the Dinobots on earth, and the other focusing on Optimus Prime heading into space to discover Unicron.

These rumours have come from Mark Ryan, who voiced Jetfire and Lockdown in the previous movie, and is reportedly what he was telling people
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Transformers 5 Could See Optimus Prime Meet His Maker; Dinobots To Return

Having assembled a dedicated brain trust to nudge the franchise toward a new era, Paramount Pictures is evidently gunning to diversify its Transformers universe – a universe that has been widely derided hitherto for being anything but. That could all be about to change with Transformers 5, though, with various spinoffs and offshoots said to be incubating in development.

Shared cinematic universes quickly became the hot new trend once Marvel had established its trailblazing juggernaut, and though other studios have jumped on the bandwagon as a knee-jerk reaction, there is genuine potential for the Transformers universe to develop into a multi-faceted and, crucially, profitable movie machine. To date, Paramount has enlisted a burgeoning ensemble of crack writers for the task, including Zak Penn, Robert Kirkman, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Andrew Barrer, Gabrial Ferrari, Christina Hodson, Lindsey Beer, Ken Nolan and Geneva Robertson-Dworet.

Their mission starts with Transformers 5, and over the
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"Transformers 5" To Offer Dual Storylines?

  • Dark Horizons
With Michael Bay finishing up work on his Benghazi movie "13 Hours," talk swirling around a fifth "Transformers" movie is about to ramp up. As we know, a writers room was specially assembled in recent months to help in crafting the screenplay for the film.

Now, voice actor Mark Ryan has reportedly revealed that the upcoming film will go in two distinct directions. Ryan, who voiced the characters of Jetfire in the second and Lockdown in the fourth film, appeared at the UK's Wings and Wheels convention where he said the first storyline will follow Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) as he and both the Dinobots and some of the Autobots set out to save Earth from an impending threat.

The second will lay the groundwork for the future of the franchise which will focus more on the Autobots and Decepticons themselves. In that second storyline, Optimus Prime heads into space to
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'Transformers 5' Story May Split in Two Directions

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'Transformers 5' Story May Split in Two Directions
The rumor machine behind Transformers 5 probably won't kick into high gear until after 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi hits theaters early next year. Right now, director Michael Bay is focusing all of his energy on that true-life action drama. In the meantime, a writers' room full of stellar talent led by Akiva Goldsman is concocting the prefect screenplay for Transformers 5, which will hopefully get the okay from Michael Bay. One of the voice actors behind the franchise has opened up just a tiny little bit about what we can expect. And according to Mark Ryan, we're going to see this latest adventure split into two distinct directions.

Mark Ryan has voiced Jetfire in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and returned to voice Lockdown in Transformers: Age of Extinction. Speaking during the "Wings and Wheels" convention in the United Kingdom, he explained that Transformers 5 will go down two very separate roads.
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Review: The Phantom of the Opera (Blu-ray)

  • DailyDead
Growing up, I was a huge Freddy Krueger fan. I had also become infatuated with Gaston Leroux’s novel, The Phantom of the Opera, which made me a pretty easy mark for Dwight H. Little’s (Halloween 4) 1989 film based on the popular work of fiction. Focusing more on the horror contained within Leroux’s original story, this version is a wickedly ghastly and blood-soaked tale of obsession that allows Robert Englund the room to do what he does best as a performer- go nuts. And after recently checking out the Scream Factory Blu-ray, it was great to see just how well Little’s inventive adaptation has held up over time and how much fun the film still remains, despite its age.

In this Phantom of the Opera, Jill Schoelen portrays an aspiring singer by the name of Christine Day who gets knocked unconscious during an audition, an event that mysteriously
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Bluray Review: Black Sails: The Complete First Season

Who would’ve thought that a show produced by Platinum Dunes about the ins and outs of the pirate life would be so great? When the Starz show Black Sails was first announced, like many others, the first thought that came to mind for me was “um..nope”. Following that sentiment, the TV series based two decades before the events of Treasure Island quickly faded from my mind, until the good folks at Anchor Bay sent me a copy of the first season to check out. I had a few hours to spare, and popped that baby in, ready to shrug and be impartial to what would play out in front of me…until it happened. The unthinkable happened. I found myself hooked, leading to binge watching the entire 8-episode first season in two days.

The show, led by The Machine‘s Toby Stephens as Flint, the captain of the Walrus,
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For Your Consideration: Paramount campaigning for a Best Picture nod for Transformers: Age of Extinction

It’s the highest-grossing movie of the year, so it must be good, right? Well, that seems to be the view of Paramount Pictures, who are campaigning for a Best Picture nomination for Michael Bay’s critically-derided Transformers sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction with a ‘For Your Consideration’ ad for the upcoming Academy Awards. And it seems the studio has ambitions of racking up a Titanic-like haul of nominations…

So, it’s already made the shortlist for Best Visual Effects… how many nominations do you think Paramount will manage to secure for Transformers: Age of Extinction?

Transformers: Age of Extinction sees Michael Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver (Lost) and T.J. Miller (She’s Out
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Fmtv – Marvel’s new movie and Batman v Superman set photos in the Movie Newsgasm!

In this week’s episode of Flickering Myth TV’s Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys takes a look at what Marvel Studios’ next big movie might be, the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set photos, Jason Momoa officially announced as Aquaman, Michael Bay leaving the Transformers franchise and the already-announced sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Somebody call Vanilla Ice!

For all that and more, watch this week’s Movie Newsgasm below…

Fmtv will be back next week with another installment of Movie Myths and Movie Newsgasm. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe here. See below for more information on the films discussed…

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on March 25th 2016, with Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) alongside Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman,
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Transformers: Age of Extinction is the first movie of 2014 to hit a billion at the box office

As Marvel celebrates another huge opening for Guardians of the Galaxy, with the film pulling in a hefty $160 million debut at the global box office, Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has hit a landmark, with the fourth instalment in the blockbuster Transformers franchise becoming the first movie of 2014 to cross $1 billion worldwide. Age of Extinction has earned $241.1 million domestically and $763.8 million from international markets for a combined gross of $1.004 billion to date, which makes it the second-biggest earner of the series behind Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1.123 billion), as well as the eighteenth-highest grossing movie of all time.

Transformers: Age of Extinction sees Michael Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver
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Transformers: Age of Extinction heading to $900 million worldwide

It may have lost top spot at the box office to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has pushed its worldwide haul to a whopping $886 million this weekend, further extending its lead as the highest-grossing movie of the year as well as surpassing the $709. million of the original Transformers and the $836.3 million of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. A billion looks all but assured for Age of Extinction, while the franchise high of $1.123 billion set by Transformers: Dark of the Moon is certainly an achievable target.

Transformers: Age of Extinction sees Michael Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver (Lost) and T.J. Miller (She’s Out of
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Watch Fmtv Movie Newsgasm #3 – Batman v Superman, Jurassic World and Transformers updates!

In this week’s episode of Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys looks at the alleged ‘leaked script’ of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (read our breakdown of it here), reveals which former-Superman is joining the cast of Arrow, has a tantalising first dinosaur glimpse of Jurassic Park sequel, Jurassic World, and sees how well those other, more mechanical dinosaurs are doing in Transformers: Age of Extinction. Here’s a clue: box office record-breakingly well.

That’s all the biggest film stories of the week in one easy-to-digest Movie Newsgasm video! Call a friend directly after to impress them with your new-found knowledge (it won’t annoy them, honest). Watch the video below…

Fmtv will be back next week with another installment of Movie Myths and Movie Newsgasm. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe here. And see below for more information on the films discussed…

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
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Transformers: Age of Extinction concept art of unused Transformers

Prior to the production of Transformers: Age of Extinction, there was a deal in place between Paramount and motor vehicle company Polaris for them to create Transformers based off their machines. These would have included ATVs, snowmobiles etc. For whatever reason, the deal didn’t go through and the characters were scrapped.

Michael Hirtz (via Cbm) has now shared some of his concepts for what those Transformers would have looked like. They also write, “he informs us that these robots would’ve been relatively small as compared to the normal-sized Transformers. Somewhere around 8-10ft max, based on the types of vehicles Polaris manufactures. Hritz’s designs also do a great job of incorporating the look of Polaris’ vehicles by ‘exposing shocks and linkages, using roll-cages and vehicle structure, aggressive/colorful forms floating over blacked-out mechanical parts.’”

See the images below:

Transformers: Age of Extinction is currently out in North America
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Transformers: Age of Extinction breaks Chinese box office records

It’s been top of the Us box office for two weeks and it looks to be taking the crown from Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie when it’s officially released here in the UK this Friday, but it looks like Transformers: Age of Extinction has broken new ground in China already, knocking Avatar from its box office record spot.

The film has grossed RMB740 million ($119.8 million) in its opening week to combine with the RMB628 million ($101.7 million) it took in its opening weekend. That gives Transformers: Age of Extinction a 10-day total of RMB1.37 billion ($221.9 million).

Avatar‘s has held the box office record since its release in 2009. The press release given to Flickering Myth also states that the Chinese currency is appreciated more, which means it has made more dollars per Rmb than James Cameron’s movie.

Paramount are yet to confirm these figures.

The movie has also way-surpassed its predecessor,
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The Flickering Myth Podcast – Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

The Flickering Myth Podcast is more than meets the eye….

Perhaps the most critic proof franchise in the history of cinema is back with a bang as Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has landed! The movie has made nearly $600 million worldwide in around 10 days which is a staggering achievement, but what did our writers think?

In what is perhaps our most hotly-debated podcast in recent memory, Flickering Myth co-editor Luke Owen is joined by staff writers Amon Warmann, Anthony Stokes, Rohan Morbey and Scott Davis to discuss Transformers: Age of Extinction – what was good, what was bad, laughing at product placement and the “Bayhem” and asking why there was a joke about statutory rape in a movie made to sell toys for children.

Warning – this podcast contains strong language, strong opinions and some spoilers.

You can read our three – count ‘em Three – ★ reviews of Transformers: Age of Extinction here,
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Movie Review – Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

Transformers: Age of Extinction, 2014.

Directed by Michael Bay.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Victoria Summer, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver and Li Bingbing and featuring the voice talents of Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, John Goodman, Ken Watanabe and Mark Ryan.

Synopsis:

An automobile mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down the Autobots – and a paranoid government official – on them.

During my screening of Transformers: Age Of Extinction I could hear a man a few rows away from me talking out loud. I looked over and saw he was telling the kid behind him to stop kicking his chair; the kid didn’t hear him at first so he spoke a bit loud and the message was understood. It dawned on me at this point that this brief dialogue between two strangers had captivated my attention in a way the action on screen had failed
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