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Ricki and the Flash review: Meryl Streep goes from Iron Lady to Iron Maiden

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Meryl Streep goes from Iron Lady to Iron Maiden in Ricki and the Flash, starring as an ageing rocker whose emotional baggage starts to weigh heavy.

Diablo Cody penned the script, following a theme of grownups acting like kids and vice versa (with credits including Juno and Young Adult) and it is Streep's natural warm glow that keeps the eponymous Ricki from seeming too cool and self-indulgent. And she has a pretty good rock voice, too.

Leather-clad and draped in chains and wild hair, Ricki will not be tamed, but her chaotic life translates to a rather unruly script by Cody that director Jonathan Demme struggles to iron out. It's sometimes fun and sometimes a bit awkward beginning with Ricki's grand introduction, on stage at a not-so-happening bar in the San Fernando Valley. Dreams of performing at Madison Square Garden with her band, The Flash, are long behind her, but »


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Force Friday: Geek out with these Star Wars The Force Awakens toy unboxing videos

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Happy Force Friday - we've found the toys you're looking for!

Brand new merchandise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been unveiled through a live unboxing event spanning 18 hours, 15 cities and 12 countries.

If you've missed out then fear not, because below are highlights showing off the latest Star Wars toys in all their glory. Time to start scribbling these down on your Christmas list...

Lego Millennium Falcon and Bb-8

Probably the two toys we want the most. An incredibly detailed Falcon (more info here) and a Bb-8 you can control through your iPhone.

The Bladebuilder Lightsaber Jedi Master Playset

There are more than 100 different combinations in this set, meaning wannabe Jedis can go beyond the regular lightsaber design and start assembling their own Darth Maul-style dual-blade or Kylo Ren-inspired crossguard.

Aren't you a little short to be a Stormtrooper?

Meet Kylo Ren and the First Order Stormtroopers, available in 48" and 31" editions. »


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Jason Momoa cast in lumberjack thriller Braven

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Jason Momoa has been cast in new lumberjack thriller Braven.

The former Game of Thrones star is set to play the lead role in the upcoming action thriller, with Lin Oeding on board as the film's stunt coordinator.

In Braven, Momoa plays a logger who lives on the border between Canada and the Us. He's forced to defend his family and home when he's confronted by a group of drug runners.

The movie is based on an original story by Mike Nilon and written by Thomas Pa'a Sibbett.

Momoa is set to appear as Aquaman in the Justice League franchise films, and will reprise the role for in a standalone movie Aquaman, due for release in 2018.

Oeding's works include the recent box office success Straight Outta Compton, as well as The Dark Knight Rises and True Blood. »


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Force Friday: Spot the spoilers in these Star Wars The Force Awakens Lego sets

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As part of the day-long Star Wars: The Force Awakens toy unveiling known as Force Friday, the world has enjoyed closer looks at four key Lego sets - potentially revealing eyebrow-raising plot spoilers.

Initially seen back in July, these sets could, of course, be part of Disney and Lego's ongoing plan to fool eagle-eyed fans, with similar Ant-Man and Iron Man 3 sets purposefully leading the presumptuous astray.

Still, if you're willing to get overly nerdy about Episode VII through the medium of small plastic bricks, join us on a journey through time and space.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Lego Millennium Falcon

Key detail: Bad guys "Tasu Leech" and his co-conspirator "Kanjiclub Gang Member". Sounds like an awesome club - perhaps even better than the cantina. Also, they're carrying old-fashioned muskets that appear to be firing green lasers. Neat!

Side note: Is that a hydrospanner? Because that would be great. »


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Tom Hardy brought his dog Woody to the Legend premiere and it was adorable

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Tom Hardy might be the star in Legend, but it was his adorable dog who stole the show at last night's London premiere.

Woody had a grand time as Hardy's date, posing for pictures and chasing pigeons down the blue carpet.

The golden labrador really is his best pal, as he was frequently spotted snuggling up to the cuddly dog in between takes while filming the gangster film.

In fact, all that hanging around on set meant Woody got his name in lights at the end credits.

"He was a good dog – we gave him a credit in the film," director Brian Helgeland told Radio Times at the film's premiere. "He got a special thanks – we didn't have any producer credits left to give out, so…"

Hardy is playing both Ronnie and Reggie Kray in the upcoming Brian Helgeland thriller, based on the infamous twin brothers who ruled over the »


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Selena Gomez is joining the Zac Efron and Seth Rogen frat party in Bad Neighbours 2

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Selena Gomez appears to have joined the cast of Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising.

There's been no official announcement but she's been spotted on set in a party scene, so there's a fair chance she's one of the titular sorority.

The plot is being kept under wraps, but Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne and Dave Franco are all back reprising the roles from the first film, while Chloë Grace Moretz has been cast as the head of the sorority.

The original - known as just Neighbors in the Us - grossed $269 million and told the story of a couple battling to deal with the fraternity that moves in next door.

Andrew Jay Cohen is writing the update, with Rogen and Evan Goldberg producing and Nicholas Stoller returning as director.

Gomez's previous film credits include Spring Breakers and lending her voice to Hotel Transylvania and its upcoming sequel.

Net year, »


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The latest trailer for Colin Farrell's new sci-fi comedy The Lobster is truly weird

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The latest trailer for Colin Farrell's new science fiction comedy The Lobster is utterly bizarre.

The Lobster takes place in a dystopian future, where select adults are given 45 days to find a mate or face being turned into a wild animal.

Farrell's shy David is on a tight time clock to find 'the one' – but the woman (Rachel Weisz) he's most drawn to might be out of bounds.

The Lobster impressed critics at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, earning a Jury Prize.

Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos brings together an international cast, including Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Léa Seydoux (Spectre), John C Reilly (Chicago) and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall).

The Lobster opens in UK cinemas on October 16. »


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C-3Po actor Anthony Daniels says Star Wars: The Force Awakens is more enjoyable than 'bleak and cold' prequels

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C-3Po actor Anthony Daniels is pulling no punches in criticising George Lucas's infamous Star Wars prequels and sharing the downside of working for Disney.

Daniels is reprising his role as the loveable droid in director Jj Abrams's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first in a new trilogy to begin this holiday season.

Everything we know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including trailers, cast, release date and spoilers

Speaking to The Guardian, the actor rather candidly discussed Abrams's decision to use practical sets rather than solely rely on CGI for Episode VII.

"George has changed a lot over the years but I think he finds it slightly hard to collaborate," Daniels said. "He made decisions that I believe might have been better discussed with other people. Jj is more collaborative. He likes to listen."

The star then said of Lucas's CGI prequels: "The effects are clever but pointless. »


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Sam Smith isn't recording the new James Bond theme: "That's definitely not me"

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Sam Smith has reiterated that he is not recording the new Bond theme.

The singer was among those rumoured to be working on a track for upcoming film Spectre, but has said he's "definitely not" involved.

007 contenders for Spectre's theme song: Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith and the rest

When asked by BBC Radio 2's Jo Whiley earlier today (September 3) about the next Bond theme, Smith replied: "That's not me. That's definitely not me."

He went on to say: "I've still got loads to do, I've got an Australia tour, but I kind of finish in December which is great, it gives me a chance to be in London, be in my home and go out with my friends."

Ellie Goulding keeps dropping Spectre teasers: Singer leaves Abbey Road Studios shaken and stirred

Despite Ellie Goulding being the favourite to sing Spectre's theme, bookmakers suspended betting following one punter's »


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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie ride or die on Christmas Eve in The Night Before teaser

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It's ride or die for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie in the freakishly festive trailer for The Night Before.

The trio turn Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem on its head for a New York City adventure filled with karaoke, lots of drinking… and even a little cocaine.

50/50's Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen team up to play friends of a budding Hollywood superstar (Mackie), who reunite for a night of merry debauchery.

Before the night is over, Gordon-Levitt will be impersonating Miley Cyrus and poor Rogen is vomiting in the middle of a Christmas mass.

50/50's Jonathan Levine has worked with Gordon-Levitt and Rogen once again for a film co-written by Seth's producing partner Evan Goldberg.

Last Christmas, Goldberg and Rogen caused an international incident with their controversial parody of North Korea in The Interview.

The Night Before is likely to cause a little less controversy when it »


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New Spectre poster sees Daniel Craig's 007 channel James Bond classics Goldfinger and Live and Let Die

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A chilling new poster for Daniel Craig's next James Bond movie Spectre channels Goldfinger and Live and Let Die.

007 has his Walther Ppk at the ready - and he very well might need it judging by that spooky character lurking in the background.

Everything we know about Spectre including spoilers, trailers and the latest rumours

With a skeleton-style facemask and top hat, it's hard not to draw comparisons with Live and Let Die's voodoo-themed baddie Baron Samedi.

We know that Spectre will continue Skyfall's journey into Bond's past - particularly his connection to the elusive Spectre terrorist Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz).

There has been rampant speculation among Bond fans that Franz Oberhauser is a cover or codename for Spectre leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld, in spite of a denial from Waltz.

Easter eggs, homages and talking points: 8 coolest things you didn't spot in the Spectre trailer

"That rumour started on the internet, »


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Gerard Butler is leading Mark Williams's directorial debut The Headhunter's Calling

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Gerard Butler is taking a break from action blockbusters to sign up for understated drama The Headhunter's Calling.

The 300 star will lead the directorial debut from Flawless and Malice In Wonderland producer Mark Williams, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The drama focuses on Butler's high-flying headhunter, who is forced to reconsider his work-life balance after his son is taken seriously ill.

Voltage Pictures will attempt to find a buyer for the film - which is written by The Judge's Bill Dubuque - at the Toronto Film Festival later this month.

Elsewhere, Butler is starring in Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen as a hard-as-nails Us agent.

London Has Fallen will hit cinemas in January 2016. Watch Butler talk about Olympus Has Fallen with Digital Spy below: »


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The Transporter Refuelled review: Ed Skrein channels his inner Jason Statham for misfiring action reboot

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Newcomer Ed Skrein is Jason Statham - sorry, Frank Martin - in this reboot of Luc Besson's Transporter franchise. Full of the fights, fast cars and clunky one-liners fans have come to expect from a series that once saw its hero deflect a rocket with a tea tray*, it works on paper, but not in practice.

Transporter Refuelled's problems lie not in the joyful silliness of watching a muscular Uber driver elaborately dislocate goons' jaws, but in the Stathlessness of it all. Though intellectual property law might call "Frank Martin" a character that exists outside of The Stath™, it's the Guy Ritchie veteran's charm, confidence and world-weary delivery that somehow make Mr Martin special, and try as he might, Skrein can't keep up.

The plot doesn't help, but then the Transporter plots never helped anyone. Take any of the previous three films and the titular gruff punch merchant will »


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Check out this awesome Godzilla cloud: Could it possibly be real?

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A steady rumbling is felt throughout the green hills. A mighty roar can be heard. Is that… Godzilla?!

No, this is not Skull Island or downtown Tokyo - it's apparently a stretch of highway in Massachusetts where someone snapped a cloud that bears a striking resemblance to the one-and-only King of the Monsters.

Spotted #godzilla #elnino today in Massachusetts. Via Jay Albert

Posted by Brad Panovich Meteorologist on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Meteorologist Brad Panovich caused a bit of a sensation on Facebook earlier this week by sharing what some claimed to be a real picture of the lizard-shaped cloud.

No word yet on whether the picture is legitimate (we assume it's not) - although if it starts chomping up passers-by along the Eastern seaboard, we'll probably have a better indication.

All we need now is a Rodan-sized tornado or some Mothra smog to justify us intensely shouting at the sky: "Let. »

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Bette Midler wants to play Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer's mum in their new film

3 September 2015 9:06 AM, PDT

Bette Midler is angling for a role as Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer's mother in their upcoming movie.

After bonding over a mutual love of Hampton holidays and Billy Joel last month, Lawrence and Schumer announced that they are collaborating on a screenplay.

Now, Midler - a self-confessed fan of Lawrence - is nominating herself for a part.

"Hmm, who could play their mother?" she wrote on Twitter. "She'd have to be Divine!"

Amy Schumer & Jennifer Lawrence are co-writing a screenplay about sisters. Hmm, who could play their mother? She'd have to be Divine!

Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 1, 2015

Oscar winner Lawrence and Trainwreck star Schumer are playing sisters in the project - but no other details have been released so far.

"We're almost done writing," Lawrence recently said. "It just flowed out of us. We've got about 100 pages right now.

"Amy and I were creatively made for each other. »


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Straight Outta Compton may get a Welcome To Death Row "sequel" but without the music rights

3 September 2015 8:59 AM, PDT

Nwa biopic Straight Outta Compton has proven to be hugely successful at the box office, and now studios could be looking to cash in with a sequel.

Apa is reportedly shopping the re-issued 2001 documentary Welcome to Death Row as a possible follow-up to the film, despite the doc not possessing necessary music rights.

A Straight Outta Compton sequel is apparently already planned

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apa has put together a package that includes the film and a book of the same name.

Welcome to Death Row focuses on the years immediately after the rise of Nwa, which saw the likes of Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur experience hugely successful careers.

The documentary's writer and director S Leigh Savidge also played a significant part in the story development for Straight Outta Compton.

Watch a trailer for Welcome to Death Row below: »


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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse gets a (relatively) safe for work trailer

3 September 2015 8:23 AM, PDT

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse has received a new boob- and (mainly) gore-free trailer.

An X-rated Red Band preview for Tye Sheridan's horror comedy landed last month, and now a relatively safe for work trailer has arrived.

The film sees the fate of the human race put in the hands of three teenage Scouts and a cocktail waitress (Sarah Dumont), after a sleepy town in the Us suffers an infestation of killer zombies.

The horror comedy comes from Christopher B Landon, the writer of Disturbia and last year's Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.

As well as X-Men star Sheridan, Patrick Schwarzenegger, David Koechner and Cloris Leachman all appear in the film, which was shot last summer in Los Angeles.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse opens on October 30 in the Us and on November 6 in the UK. »


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Mark Ruffalo reveals that The Hulk was cut out of Captain America: Civil War

3 September 2015 8:03 AM, PDT

If you were thinking Mark Ruffalo's take on the Hulk was going to appear in Marvel's upcoming superhero mash-up Captain America: Civil War, think again.

Speaking to BadTaste.It, translated via Superhero Hype, Ruffalo revealed that Hulk "was in the script" but ended up being cut out because his comeback story was too big to fit in the film.

"The reason is too great to be revealed in this movie (Civil War)," he said.

"I was in the script but then they removed my character. They don't want to reveal where is he and why. I don't even know if Hulk will be back soon.

"They want to keep the revelation of what happened a secret, because it is something really big."

The last time the world saw the Hulk, at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, he was - spoiler alert - going off the grid to keep himself, »


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Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Bb-8 droid comes to life with incredible phone-controlled robot toy

3 September 2015 7:39 AM, PDT

The cutest robot in this or any other galaxy, Bb-8 has been one of the stand-out characters from all the Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage seen so far - and now you can own him.

Well, you can own a miniature toy version of him, anyway - all thanks to the very clever people at Sphero, who've also released this very impressive video to accompany their announcement.

If you've watched that and not thought "I want one", then you are one of very few, with merchandise critics - yes, they exist - already calling it "the must-have Christmas gift of 2015".

What makes this little bucket of bolts so special - aside from the rolling-about-on-its-ball thing - is its "adaptive personality".

Controlled with an app on your phone, Bb-8 shows a range of expressions as you play with him, even perking up at voice commands or going on patrol around your Tattooine homestead house. »


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Director Cary Fukunaga explains why his remake of Stephen King's It didn't work out

3 September 2015 5:41 AM, PDT

Cary Fukunaga departed from the movie remake of Stephen King's It over creative reasons, the director has revealed.

Fukunaga - who directed the first season of True Detective - told Variety that studio New Line wanted a very different movie to what he was pitching.

"I was trying to make an unconventional horror film," Fukunaga said. "It didn't fit into the algorithm of what they knew they could spend and make money back on based on not offending their standard genre audience.

"Our budget was perfectly fine. We were always hovering at the $32 million mark, which was their budget. It was the creative that we were really battling.

"It was two movies. They didn't care about that. In the first movie, what I was trying to do was an elevated horror film with actual characters. They didn't want any characters. They wanted archetypes and scares.

"I wrote the script. They »


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