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In Defence Of... Ben Affleck's Daredevil

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The critical and commercial success of Marvel's Netflix show has given the character of Daredevil a new lease of life, with a confirmed second series, a co-lead spot in the upcoming super-team show The Defenders and a possibility that the character could one day make an appearance in the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that in mind, it's time to re-appraise the character's first big-screen outing – writer-director Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil, starring Ben Affleck. Is it really as bad as its reputation suggests?

Released in 2003 (the same year as Ang Lee's Hulk and Bryan Singer's X2, though it was first out of the gate), Daredevil took more than $102 million at the Us box office and just $76 million outside the Us, for a worldwide total of $179 million. Despite more than doubling its budget it was perceived as a flop, especially alongside the likes of Spider-Man and X-Men, whose successes »


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Ian McKellen's Mr Holmes is being sued by Sherlock Holmes creator's estate

11 hours ago

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's estate is suing Miramax, Roadside Attractions and director Bill Condon over the upcoming Mr Holmes.

The film stars Ian McKellen as an elderly Sherlock Holmes who travels to Japan in an attempt to solve a 50-year-old cold case - however, the lawsuit claims that Sherlock Holmes creator Conan Doyle's heirs still own the rights to the detective's days in retirement.

Mr Holmes was adapted from the 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, which is also named in the lawsuit, The Wrap reports.

The estate claims that Cullin appropriated elements of a late Sherlock Holmes story - The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier - making the ensuing novel and film adaptation in breach of copyright.

In a statement, Benjamin Allison, an attorney with Sutin Thayer & Brown, which represents the estate, said: "There's clearly a lot of creativity in the book - »


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See the new Fantastic Four's incredible powers in the superhero reboot's teaser

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A brand new look at the super-powered heroes in Fantastic Four is the highlight of a MovieTickets advert.

The television teaser sees two military leaders advertising the ticketing website while watching clips from the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.

Human Torch (Michael B Jordan) demonstrates his famous 'flame on' power, Mr Fantastic (Miles Teller) stretches to incredible lengths, the Invisible Woman (Kate Mara) vanishes on command, and The Thing (Jamie Bell) mainly looks menacing.

Director Josh Trank's reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise re-envisions the heroes as having their physiology changed during an accidental teleportation to an alternate universe.

The film also portrays the classic Marvel Comics villain Dr Doom as an anti-social programmer played by Toby Kebbell.

Reaction to the re-envisioning thus far has been mixed among Marvel Comics devotees, with star Kate Mara admitting that she's been confused by Fantastic Four's pre-release publicity.

"I was very surprised at first, »


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Bill Paxton is more than ready to take part in Alien 5: "You need to have Hudson"

15 hours ago

Bill Paxton is ready to battle Xenomorphs one more time in director Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5, if asked.

It has already been confirmed that Sigourney Weaver will reprise her role as Ripley, while Michael Biehn is also expected to be back as Corporal Dwayne Hicks.

Paxton admitted to Entertainment Weekly that he is not entirely familiar with Blomkamp's plans for Alien 5, but would be interested in coming back as his Aliens character Private William Hudson.

"I mean, if you're going to bring Hicks back, you've got to have Hudson," he declared.

Blomkamp has previously described his movie as a direct sequel to Aliens, although he has stressed that it will not ignore events in the later films either.

Alien 5 is currently scheduled to premiere in 2016. »


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The Fault in Our Stars gets a dark comedy twist in new Me & Earl & the Dying Girl trailer

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The Fault in Our Stars gets a darkly comic twist in the movie adaptation of Jesse Andrews's novel Me & Earl & the Dying Girl.

Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann) is an awkward Pittsburgh high school student whose dreary life changes forever when he's pushed into comforting a dying classmate named Rachel (Olivia Cooke).

The aspiring filmmaker Greg and his best friend Earl (Ronald Cyler II) decide that the best way to help Rachel through her final months is to make her the star of their next movie.

Andrews has adapted his debut novel for the big screen, with directing duties going to American Horror Story's Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

The film took the prestigious Us Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier in the year.

The ensemble cast for the comedy includes Connie Britton, SNL's Molly Shannon, Nick Offerman and The Walking Dead star Jon Bernthal.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: From Bollywood royalty to queen of Cannes

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has taken over Cannes. The word on the Croisette is that the world's most beautiful woman is in town, and everyone wants to get a glimpse of her.

The locals lining up against the barriers of the red carpet outside the Palais des Festivals peer into the glittering world of the stars who descend en masse on their otherwise sleepy, seaside town. They tell me in their lilting French accents: "We don't know much about Bollywood, but we've come to see the beautiful woman from India, Aishwarya."

They may not have seen her movies, but the French people know and love Aishwarya and have embraced her as their own. Cannes has been unfaltering in waging a love affair with Aishwarya that has lasted 13 years, and today that romance is in full bloom. When she takes to the red carpet, it's as if the whole city has come to a standstill. »


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Luke Mitchell and Jason Ritter mastermind the worst heist ever in 7 Minutes trailer

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Luke Mitchell and Jason Ritter mastermind the worst heist ever in the trailer for 7 Minutes.

The duo and Zane Holtz (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) play three friends who have no choice but to mount a daring heist when they lose a drug dealer's expensive stash.

When they decide to rob a local business under the threat of retaliation from their spurned dealer, their plan goes horribly wrong.

Hollywood legend Kris Kristofferson, Leven Rambin (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) and Joel Murray (Mad Men) appear alongside the young robbers in 7 Minutes.

A Us release is planned for 7 Minutes on June 26.

There has been no announced release date for the film in the UK yet. »


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Keanu Reeves's one-night stand is pure torture in new trailer for Eli Roth's Knock, Knock

19 hours ago

A one-night stand with two beautiful young women becomes absolute torture for Keanu Reeves in the trailer for Knock, Knock.

Director and co-writer Eli Roth's horror film casts Reeves as family man Evan Webber, who gives in to his passion when two beautiful girls come knocking on a rainy night.

A totally bodacious interview with Keanu Reeves

With his wife and children away, Evan becomes the victim of a devious trap by Karen (Ignacia Allamand) and Genesis (Lorenza Izzo) to test his fidelity to his family.

The two girls brutally torture Evan, destroy his beautiful home and threaten to end his life, all because he failed their test of loyalty.

Guillermo Amoedo (Aftershock) and Nicolás López (Santos) teamed up with Roth on the screenplay for Knock, Knock.

Knock, Knock opens on June 26 in the UK. A Us release date has not been set. »


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Reese Witherspoon will play Tinker Bell in Disney's new live-action movie Tink

19 hours ago

In what may be one of Disney's best-matched castings to date, Reese Witherspoon is to play Tinker Bell in a new film.

Tink, which will focus on the story of Peter Pan's fairy companion, is the latest classic from the animation studio to be given the live-action treatment.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Witherspoon will also produce the feature alongside Bruna Papandrea, her partner at production banner Pacific Standard.

Finding Dory writer Victoria Strouse is currently penning the script, but as yet there is no director attached to the project.

The movie is thought to be following in the footsteps of Disney's Sleeping Beauty spin-off Maleficent in that it will portray the untold story of the lead character.

The studio is currently producing a live-action Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson) and is also developing similar adaptations of classics Dumbo, Pinocchio and Winnie the Pooh.

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The swords are drawn as bloodthirsty Michael Fassbender goes to war in new Macbeth clip

19 hours ago

Michael Fassbender's sword is drawn and he is out for blood in the first of two new clips from Macbeth.

A brief scene from director Justin Kurzel's adaptation of the Shakespeare play sees Fassbender's warrior lead an army of troops into battle.

Michael Fassbender on playing Macbeth: 'I hope I did it justice'

The scene juxtaposes full-speed charging from the soldiers with slow-motion shots of the two armies colliding for the first time.

Fassbender's re-telling of Macbeth sees him play the title character, a warrior who is brought down by his own lust for power.

His supporting cast for the war epic includes Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth.

Macbeth: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard in first posters

Kurzel's movie is currently being screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Macbeth opens on October 2 in the UK. A Us »


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Watch out - Jurassic World's new dinosaur Indominus Rex hatches in brand new teaser

20 hours ago

There will no celebrations for this baby's arrival, as the dangerous new dinosaur Indominus Rex hatches in a Jurassic World television promo.

Director Colin Trevorrow's direct sequel to 1993's Jurassic Park introduces a genetically-modified dinosaur, who is bigger, faster and smarter than other species.

A brand new television teaser for the upcoming movie hints at the danger ahead as the creature pries its way out of an egg.

Set 22 years after the original movie, Velociraptor trainer Chris Pratt and park manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) have to lead an evacuation from Isla Nublar when dinosaurs break free at the theme park.

Jurassic World also brings back the T-Rex from Jurassic Park to terrify the tourists, in addition to introducing the Indominus Rex.

Richard Attenborough narrates exciting new Jurassic World trailer

InGen Technologies takes centre stage in new Jurassic World teaser video

Jurassic World will hit cinemas on June »


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It's Schwarzenegger vs Schwarzenegger in crazy new teaser for Terminator Genisys

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It's double vision as Arnold Schwarzenegger takes on his younger self in a brand new teaser for Terminator Genisys.

A fresh promo for the upcoming science fiction epic begins with the current-day Terminator in hand-to-hand combat with a younger T-800 model.

The newest entry in the Terminator series is based around Skynet sending assassins back to the past to change the events of the first film.

It's up to time traveller Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and the Terminator to stop the merciless T-1000 (Lee Byung-hun) from securing victory for the machines over humanity.

This will be Schwarzenegger's return to the film series, having passed on being involved in Terminator Salvation.

Which of Arnold Schwarzenegger's movies is his favourite? The answer might surprise you

He recently joked in a television interview about skipping out on the last movie, quipping: "Thank God [I passed], it sucked!"

Terminator Genisys opens »


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Poltergeist review: Dismal remake delivers snores not shivers

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Director: Gil Kenan; Screenwriter: David Lindsay-Abaire; Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedi Clements, Jared Harris; Running time: 93 mins; Certificate: 15

If familiarity breeds contempt then overfamiliarity brings boredom. This lazy, unimaginative remake of horror classic Poltergeist supplies snores instead of shudders and inertia instead of intrigue, failing to muster any significant fresh ideas or sustain any tension.

Moving into a property built on an ancient burial ground is a marginally more doomed accommodation arrangement than a flatshare with Katie Hopkins and Perez Hilton. As per its predecessor's plot, the 2015 version positions a wholesome American family in this precarious scenario and unleashes a procession of progressively supernatural proceedings on them.

Whereas Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper's original transfixed viewers with its imaginative sense of dread and foreboding atmosphere, Gil Kenan's remake spectacularly fails to instill a sense of jeopardy despite some smart camerawork and solid performances from all the leads, »


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11 things you may not know about Tomorrowland star Britt Robertson

21 hours ago

Although she may not be the most well-known name in Tomorrowland, here at Digital Spy we think Britt Robertson is a star in the making.

With Disney's Tomorrowland opening in cinemas across the country today (May 22), here are 11 facts about the actress which you perhaps didn't know.

1. Britt comes from a Big family.

Brittany Leanna Robertson is the oldest of seven children - talk about sibling rivalries! With three half-siblings on her mum's side and three on her dad's side, growing up in the Robertson family sounds like it could have been quite hectic. No wonder Britt moved out at 14, to search for her fame in Hollywood.

2. She acts way younger than her age.

Pardon the cliché, but in Tomorrowland, Britt literally does act younger than her age, playing a 15-year-old character despite actually being 25.

Speaking about the drastic age difference, she said: "If I can play 15 when I am »


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20th Century Fox home movies such as X-Men: Days of Future Past will now support Uhd and Hdr

22 May 2015 6:25 AM, PDT

20th Century Fox has announced that its future home releases will support Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic Range technology.

This will include enhanced versions of recent releases X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Maze Runner, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fox is the first movie studio to embrace Hdr Uhd content, but streaming services Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video are supporting the standard.

Hdr video delivers imagery with increased contrast, improved picture quality, and greater luminance extremes, but there are few TVs on the market that fully utilise it.

Samsung's JS9 and JS8 series sets were among the first to include native Hdr, while select Oled and 4K displays from LG and Sony also support the standard.

Meanwhile, the Blu-ray Disc Association has confirmed that Ultra HD Blu-rays with Hdr support will begin arriving this summer. »


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20th Century Fox's future home releases will support Uhd and Hdr

22 May 2015 6:25 AM, PDT

20th Century Fox has announced that its future home releases will support Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic Range technology.

This will include enhanced versions of recent releases X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Maze Runner, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fox is the first movie studio to embrace Hdr Uhd content, but streaming services Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video are supporting the standard.

Hdr video delivers imagery with increased contrast, improved picture quality, and greater luminance extremes, but there are few TVs on the market that fully utilise it.

Samsung's JS9 and JS8 series sets were among the first to include native Hdr, while select Oled and 4K displays from LG and Sony also support the standard.

Meanwhile, the Blu-ray Disc Association has confirmed that Ultra HD Blu-rays with Hdr support will begin arriving this summer. »


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Dwayne Johnson breaks world selfie record at San Andreas premiere

22 May 2015 2:27 AM, PDT

Dwayne Johnson is now officially the selfie king.

The wrestler and actor broke the Guinness World Record for the most amount of selfies in three minutes at the world premiere of San Andreas in London last night (May 21).

We just set a New Guinness World Record for most self portraits (selfies) taken in record time (yup, a selfie world record exists and your arm gets a helluva workout). World Premiere of San Andreas and rewriting the record books all in one night. #MicDropBoom #NewSelfieKing #London #SanAndreasWorldTour May 29th.

A video posted by therock (@therock) on May 21, 2015 at 3:42pm Pdt

The Rock had to take more than 75 pictures, and each photo had to be in focus and feature the head and shoulders of each companion.

After his attempt, a Guinness official looked at the photos before announcing that Johnson had actually taken 105 eligible selfies.

Following the premiere, Johnson told the »


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Re-Viewed: Mad Max - How does the 1979 original compare to Fury Road?

22 May 2015 2:26 AM, PDT

As Mad Max: Fury Road spews out thrills and soaks up acclaim in cinemas around the globe, now is a fitting time to revisit cinema's first encounter with the angst-ridden Antipodean way back in 1979. Set "a few years from now", it's an unsettling and unpredictable experience, full of creeping psychological tension and striking vehicular devastation. Both the dystopian world and the central character we initially see are different in many ways to what is currently wowing audiences, while being essentially the same in tone and spirit.

While Fury Road achieves that remarkable feat of being a faithful continuation of the character and original trilogy while working as a standalone entity too, knowing Max's background adds valuable insight. Is it any wonder why he is so resistant to forming any emotional bonds with characters like Charlize Theron's Furiosa given that he once had to scrape what was left of his »


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Elijah Wood and Alison Pill fight infected school kids in Cooties trailer

22 May 2015 1:14 AM, PDT

Elijah Wood and Alison Pill battle against a playground virus in a trailer for Cooties.

The comedy horror follows a group of teachers who find themselves under siege in their school when a food virus turns the children into monsters.

The teachers have to go to extreme lengths to avoid the cooties outbreak, which leaves the kids with zombie-like symptoms.

Cooties also stars The Office's Rainn Wilson and 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer, as well as Jorgé Garcia, Nasim Pedrad and Leigh Whannell.

Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion directed the film, with a screenplay from Whannell and Ian Brennan.

Cooties will be released on September 18 in select cinemas and on demand. »


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Cobie Smulders forms a bond with a pregnant student in Unexpected trailer

21 May 2015 4:43 PM, PDT

Pregnancy forces Cobie Smulders to re-evaluate her life in a trailer for Unexpected.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron actress portrays a teacher whose surprise pregnancy leads her to question her future as both a mother and a teacher.

High school teacher Samantha Abbott (Smulders) is helped through her pregnancy by developing a bond with student Jasmine (Gail Bean), who is also expecting a baby.

The drama also stars Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern as Samantha's mother, while Anders Holm is the teacher's husband.

Unexpected comes from Empire Builder director Kris Swanberg.

A cinema release is planned in the Us for July 24. A UK release is yet to be set. »


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