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Doctor Who 8.10 Blog: In The Forest Of The Night [Contains Spoilers]

43 minutes ago

Writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce

Director: Sheree Folkson

Starring: Peter Capaldi, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Samuel Anderson, Abigail Eames

The Story: Clara, Danny and a gaggle of schoolchildren step outside a London museum and into a forest that has seemingly covered the planet overnight. Only one small girl seems to have any idea what’s going on, as wolves and tigers run amok in the capital and the Doctor fears the worst…

The Verdict:

Another week, another Doctor Who episode with very little Doctor. Once again, the show is relegated to Clara-and-the-rest status, as Capaldi’s companion joins partner Danny Pink on a school trip. Quite why an English and Maths teacher are taking children on a history trip is never revealed, but then Series 8 hasn’t really boasted the most watertight scripts.

Anyway, the gang leave the anonymous museum in Trafalgar Square to find a forest has bloomed overnight – an idea which »

- Chris Wharfe

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The Amazing World of Gumball: Season One DVD Review

4 hours ago

Creator: Ben Bocquelet

Stars: Dan Russell, Logan Grove, Kwesi Boakye, Teresa Gallagher, Kerry Shale, Kyla Rae Kowalewski, Sandra Dickinson

Running Time: 138 minutes

Certificate: PG

‘Cartoons aren’t what they used to be…’ is the usual ringing endorsement for the younger generations’ animation. We long for the classics that graced the Cartoon Network channel, such as; Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and Cow and Chicken. So quick we are to sneer at the cartoons on offer nowadays. However, there are few gems to entice an older viewer, the likes of Regular Show, Adventure Time and The Amazing World of Gumball.

From its unique visual concoction of traditional animation, puppets, CGI, 8-bit sprites, or even live action (which is also used for the backdrop of the show), the show is defiantly a treat to watch. The visual textures add dimension and intrigue into a world filled with bright energetic oddball characters. »

- Ciham Messouki

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Grave Halloween DVD Review

4 hours ago

Director: Steven R. Monroe.

Starring: Kaitlyn Leeb, Cassi Thomson, Dejan Loyola, Graham Wardle, Jesse Wheeler, Tom Stevens, Jeffrey Ballard, Hiro Kanagawa.

Running Time: 89 minutes

Certificate: 18

Grave Halloween? With a title like that you just know you’re in for double the horror. Add to that the fact it all takes place in Suicide Forest, and you’ll be asking “What could possibly go wrong?” In I Spit On Your Grave remake director, Steven R. Monroe’s made for TV movie in the Us, we get an uneven, but not completely unrewarding horror, that pretty much lives up to its cheesy title.

Kaitlyn Leeb plays Maiko, a young Japanese woman who was adopted by an American family long ago. Now living in Japan, she discovers her birth mother committed suicide in a famous suicide spot, and takes along some of her film student pals to document a pilgrimage to recover the body. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Lff 2014: Fury Press Conference Report

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Writer/director David Ayer joined his Fury cast Michael Peña, Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf and Jon Bernthal for the film’s press conference ahead of the closing night gala screening at this year’s London Film Festival. The panel certainly had plenty to discuss, including their commitment to the roles and the personal impact the film had on the people involved.

‘I just wanted to make a film that spotlighted the moral hazards, the psychic hazards, of war itself and the impression it leaves on the human soul,’ said Ayer, adding that this is not your average war film. ‘This is about a family,’ he said. ‘It’s a character study.’

Pitt (and, also, the rest of the cast) clearly went above and beyond for this project, researching tank life and war stories. Pitt explained that he read a book called On Killing to help prepare and received »

- Amanda Keats

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Christian Bale Confirmed In Steve Jobs Biopic

7 hours ago

Christian Bale will definitely be playing late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming biopic.

Screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network) revealed that Bale is first choice for the role.

Sorkin is a master of rapid dialogue. He cut his teeth in theatre, penning the stage play A Few Good Men, which he later adapted into the smash movie of the same name, starring Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise and Demi Moore.

The project should be in safe hands with Sorkin. His adaptation of Mark Zuckerberg’s story (from the book by Ben Mezrich) won a plethora of awards and nominations, as well as critical praise. This time, he’s working with Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography about Jobs.

Source: Bloomberg »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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The Babadook Review

11 hours ago

Director: Jennifer Kent

Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 94 minutes

Synopsis: One evening a young mother (Davis) and her son (Wiseman) find a mysterious children’s book, ‘Mister Babadook”. Once read their world starts to get very strange; is Mister Babadook more than a work of fiction?

Motherhood is never easy, especially when your husband dies taking you to the delivery room. This sorry fate is the burden that single mother Amelia is living with. Six years on and she is still struggling to process the traumatic event, and her son Samuel has become quite the handful. Fixated on the idea of monsters -a phase most children normally grow out of – Samuel sees them everywhere and fears for the life of his mother. His anxiety leads to him refusing to sleep, which in turn means that mum can’t sleep either. Samuel is also extremely clingy and needy »

- Kat Smith

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Win ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ On Blu-Ray!

24 October 2014 12:35 PM, PDT

To celebrate the release of the excellent X-men: Days Of Future Past on DVD and Blu-ray, we’ve got two on Blu-ray giveaway!

We also wanted to bring to your attention that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, with a world exclusive, have unveiled an 18ft Sentinel, the only one built for the filming of X-men: Days Of Future Past. Standing tall on a plinth at The O2, it was greeted by hoards of X-Men fans in fancy dress.

A short video revealing the Sentinel’s installation at The O2 and its fantastic public reaction can be viewed below:

In celebration of the film’s Digital HD release to Buy & Keep in Sky Store and subsequently on 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on 10th November, the Sentinel will wow passers-by for two weeks as part of an interactive X-Men experience that also includes state of the art augmented reality, and an »

- Dan Bullock

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Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell And More Join James Franco In ‘Zeroville’

24 October 2014 12:26 PM, PDT

The cast on the in-production James Franco starrer Zeroville – the film that features Franco with tattooed, shaved head – has just got a hell of a lot bigger. Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Dave Franco, Jacki Weaver, Horatio Sanz, Joey King, and Megan Fox have all joined the movie, which is based on Steve Erickson novel that was first published in 2007.

The film revolves around Franco’s character; a movie fan who travels to Hollywood in the 1960s.

Rogen will apparently play a young John Milius-type character in the film (named Viking Man), but we’ve not been told who any of the other new additions will be playing.

Here’s the full plot, courtesy of WikiPedia:

Ike Jerome, a 24-year-old architecture student inspired by the few films he has seen, rides the bus into Hollywood. Jerome is almost autistic (later, his friend dubs him a “cineautistic »

- Paul Heath

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Head ‘Into the Woods’ With Meryl Streep & More In New Featurette

24 October 2014 12:20 PM, PDT

If I’m honest, I don’t always ‘get’ musicals and although I understand their place – I get easily distracted if they’re on. However, Into The Woods is definitely an exception and I’ve never been as excited to see something really impressive up on the big screen, despite initial reservations. What’s turned my doubt into positive thoughts is the whole cast and team putting Sondheim’s superb fantasy together.

It’s been confirmed there will changes from the stage version into the final film but these have been written by Sondheim himself. There’s a wonderful looking design going on and the cast all look like they fit the role, that includes perfect casting for Johnny Depp as the Wolf and James Corden as the Baker. Alongside those two, is a top A-List cast that includes Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Pine.

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- Dan Bullock

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Take Your First Look At The ‘Dad’s Army’ Movie

24 October 2014 11:51 AM, PDT

I must admit that I cringed a little when news reached us that they were going to turn classic British sitcom Dad’s Army into a motion picture in 2015, but after seeing these first images from the film, I feel more than a touch of nostalgia and excitement in my anticipation for it.

The film stars Bill Nighy as Wilson, Catherine Zeta Jones (pictured) as Rose, Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones, Michael Gambon as Godfrey, Blake Harrison as Pike, Danny Mays as Walker, and Bill Paterson as Fraser. Sarah Lancashire, Alison Steadman , Mark Gatiss , Annette Crosbie, Felicity Montagu, Julia Foster, Holli Dempse, Oliver Tobias and Emily Atack also appear.

Here’s the plot.

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army.  But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. »

- Paul Heath

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First Trailer For British Sci-Fi Flick ‘Last Scout’

24 October 2014 11:39 AM, PDT

We’re always bang up for supporting and celebrating British film, and here’s an interesting new trailer for one from director Simon Phillips and writer Paul Tanter. Here’s a bit more about the plot from the producers.

In 2065, a devastating nuclear war between America and China renders planet Earth uninhabitable. Those with access to commercial and private spacecraft escape the planet and the two sides each decide to search for a new home. Seven years into their journe,. the crew of The Pegasus and the ship itself are tired and reaching breaking point. As they approach the system containing the planet they must survey, they discover another ship may have already beaten them to it. As they debate whether to board the other ship or continue with their mission, their lives, and the fate of humanity itself, hangs in the balance. Due a 2015 release, The Last Scout is »

- Paul Heath

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A Female Director To Helm ‘Wonder Woman?’

24 October 2014 11:22 AM, PDT

So, we know that a Wonder Woman movies is due in 2017, but the big news today is that Warner Bros. are apparently looking for a female director to helm it. The news comes via The Hollywood Reporter, who said the following in an article on their website:

“Warners also is opting for strong directors, tapping David Ayer (Fury) for Suicide Squad and seeking a female helmer for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman”.

We know that David Ayer is definitely up for 2016’s Suicide Squad, but a female director for Wonder Woman? Well, that’s great news. I’m not going to sit here and speculate as to whom could be up for the job, but the names Patty Jenkins, Kathryn Bigalow and even Breaking Bad director Michelle MacLaren mentioned in various reports across the web.

These all sounds like a blinding examples to us.

Gal Gadot will reprise her role »

- Paul Heath

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Love, Rosie Review

24 October 2014 6:30 AM, PDT

Director: Christian Ditter

Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Christian Cooke, Tamsin Egerton, Suki Waterhouse, Jaime Winstone

Certificate: 15

Running time: 102 minutes

Synopsis: Rosie (Collins) and Alex (Claflin) have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn’t possibly be right for one another…or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies.

Adapted from the Cecelia Ahern novel ‘Where Rainbows End’, Love, Rosie is a decade-spanning romantic comedy about friendship, true love and bad timing. For those about to give up there, although it’s admittedly a concept with about as much originality as most boy-meets-girl scenarios, Love, Rosie has several key elements working in its’ favour allowing it to flourish.

The first of these is the screenplay, courtesy of Juliette Towhidi, whose other big screen credit is as co-writer of 2003’s tale of golden oldies Calendar Girls. »

- Victoria Bull

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Exclusive Look At The ‘Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For’ Box-Set

24 October 2014 4:02 AM, PDT

One of the most anticipated sequels of the past few years arrives on the home entertainment platforms in December, and Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For looks like a hell of release.

Perfect for Christmas, the deluxe Sin City box set includes copies of both Sin City and the recently released Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For on Blu-ray & DVD, alongside movie posters, specially commissioned playing cards, sticker sheets and a limited edition “Basin City” steel street sign.

Released in 2005, Sin City shook the Hollywood landscape with it’s unique comic-book inspired noir styling and all-star cast. Fastforward to 2014 and co-directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodrigues reunited with Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Eva Green, Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to make A Dame To Kill For, the massively anticipated follow-up.

Take a look at our exclusive look at the box set below.

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- Paul Heath

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1984 Retrospective: Amadeus

24 October 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

1984. The year that even the Olympics went to Hollywood is easily one of the greatest years in film history. 1984 is also the year that this writer was born…well, only just (my birthday is 31st December). This of course means that this is the year that I turn the big 3-0. Whilst having a mini wallow/mid-life breakdown I realised that many iconic movies came out during this year, meaning that they too turn 30.  The year saw the likes of The Terminator, Ghostbusters, Splash, The Karate Kid, Police Academy and Gremlins welcomed into the world and our hearts. Having grown-up alongside many of these titles I decided to perform an in-depth look into the films that shaped 1984 to see how they are holding up three decades later.

For the most part this retrospective series has focussed on the film that raked in the cash at the box office, or have »

- Kat Smith

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Poster

23 October 2014 11:34 PM, PDT

Here’s the latest poster for the final film in the trilogy based on a single book. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies will pick up where the last film left off, as we saw dragon, Smaug (thank god I don’t have to pronounce it in type), head towards a small town on a course of destruction. It will also probably tie up some bits and bobs between this trilogy and Lord Of The Rings. The latest poster just seems to be clips and stills from the film, Photoshopped on a canvas with little imagination. Which is a bit if a shame. What’s even more of a shame is the fact the film will still try and pass off Hfr as if it was a thing. Hfr (High Frame Rate), still makes films look incredibly tacky and cheap, even big budget productions like this.

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- Luke Ryan Baldock

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J.K. Rowling Destroys Incorrect Article With Hilarious Tweets

23 October 2014 9:58 AM, PDT

J.K. Rowling doesn’t tend to take to Twitter unless she really has something to say, so it’s always a complete delight when she pops up with that incredible writerly charm of hers, compacted beautifully into 140 characters (or, in this case, 280).

This morning, the beloved Harry Potter author (who now also writes crime fiction under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith) took to Twitter to address an article she’d spotted which suggested that she had just handed in a new ‘romantic novel’ to her publishers – something she rather strongly denies.

Here’s the explanation:

There’s a story in today’s Mail that I was in a London bar on Monday ‘celebrating’ handing in a ‘romantic novel’ to my publishers…

J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 22, 2014

Her reaction is superb, and really gets to the point in just two tweets.

1) I haven’t handed in Any kind of novel to my publishers. »

- Amanda Keats

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Watch: Air Hobbit Safety Video

23 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT

Flying. They say it’s statistically the safest way to travel, though it’s also the only way to travel that starts with safety instructions. Over the last few years the safety demonstrations have moved on from being your team of flight attendants pointing to things and inflating life-jackets, with airlines producing safety videos instead. Most companies are trying to offer a unique and memorable spin to their videos but they’ve all got a way to go if they want to beat Air New Zealand.

Air New Zealand have today released a new in-flight safety video with a distinctly Middle-Earth flavour. The short video sees two fanatical Lord Of The Rings fans transported to the fantasy realm where their air stewards are waiting to brief them. The video obviously comes just in time to remind people that the last Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies is soon to be released, »

- Kat Smith

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Win ‘Once Upon A Time In America’ On Blu-ray!

23 October 2014 5:00 AM, PDT

Sergio Leone’s original vision for his tour-de-force Once Upon A Time In America is now available in the UK with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s (Wbhe) Blu-ray™ and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ release of the Extended Director’s Cut.

This 251-minute cut was a restoration funded by The Film Foundation, the film preservation organisation founded by Martin Scorsese, and its partner Gucci. The restored footage has been returned to the film three decades after its theatrical release, deepening the characters and enlarging the work of its astonishing cast: Robert De Niro and James Woods as lifelong pals and crime kingpins, Tuesday Weld, Joe Pesci, Jennifer Connelly, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams and Louise Fletcher. The latter three are showcased in recovered scenes.

Available to order on Amazon today:  http://amzn.to/1yHh4xG

© 1983 The Ladd Company. All Rights Reserved.

To be in with a chance of winning this stunning Blu-ray, »

- Dan Bullock

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Scary Tales – A ‘Babadook’ Feature

23 October 2014 3:00 AM, PDT

When words are written and stories are told,

You will have the ears of the young and old.

You can thrill, you can brighten,

You can sadden, you can frighten.

The latter will ring both stoic and true,

It’s those scary stories that will stick with you.

Those stories of creatures and horror and fear,

Will be the ones that lurk when the moon draws near.

So we recommend you these dark cinematic treats,

From 1 until 10, you’ll find it quite complete.

So press on dear reader, won’t you have a look,

At these films to celebrate the release of The Babadook…

Suspiria

From the mind of Argento, the Giallo king,

Comes the tale of Suzy Bannion, a most curious thing.

With ballet in her heart and dreams of success,

That led her to Munich and the witches nest.

This creepy thriller from ’77,

Will send horror fans to celluloid heaven. »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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