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Homeland Season 2 Blog: Episode 2.8 I’ll Fly Away •Spoilers•

25 November 2012 2:05 PM, PST

Director: Michael Cuesta

Writer: Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen

Breakdown: Dana, struggling to come to terms with the hit and run, escapes the Brody family home to Mike’s. Here she stays and with Mike in tow, attempts to apologise to the deceased’s daughter instead learning her intentions are more focused on the insurance payout than justice for her mother. During an emotional phone call home Dana informs Jess that the reason Brody stopped her reporting the incident to the Police was Carrie.

Brody hits breaking point as he and Jess butt heads over his work with the CIA. Following a huge row he meets Roya Hammad and angrily informs her he is out and has had enough. Sensing his withdrawal Carrie takes him off grid to a safe house where they ‘reacquaint’ whilst under hidden surveillance – audio only, they aren’t perverts. The following morning Brody calls, and apologises »

- Sam Carey

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Us Weekend Box-Office: Record Breaking Thanksgiving!

25 November 2012 1:36 PM, PST

As we all know, Thursday was Thanksgiving Day in the good old USA, and with it always comes a flurry of big releases, and with that, big box-office. This was the case this weekend, and it all proved to be one of the most successful movie-going Thanksgiving weekends in the North American territories ever. Over a five-day period, the movies playing in Na cinemas made a huge $288 million, which smashed the previous record holder, 2009′s Thanksgiving period, which banked $268.6m. Of course, it helped that both a Twilight sequel, and a Bond movie were involved in the proceedings, with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 holding on to the top spot for a second week with $43m in takings, and the 23rd 007 adventure making another $36 million over the three days. Lincoln also showed good form making $25m and the number three spot.

The disappointing news of the weekend was the »

- Paul Heath

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Win! Men Behaving Badly – 20th Anniversary The Complete Collection On DVD

25 November 2012 12:00 PM, PST

Wahey mates! The “greatest sitcom in the BBC’s history” and a true benchmark for every sitcom that followed, the sharp, brilliantly observant and consistently laugh-out-loud funny Men Behaving Badly is available now on DVD in a fantastic 20th Anniversary collection that, for the first time, brings together every episode of all six classic series along with the four specials and the rarely-seen Comic Relief sketches.

Men Behaving Badly was a staple in the diet of any bloke growing up in the 1990s as Gary (Martin Clunes) and Tony (Neil Morrissey) made us all equally laugh and cringe with their mad antics. It was deservedly voted the best sitcom in the BBC’s history at the corporation’s 60th anniversary celebrations, the truly classic Men Behaving Badly still stands as one of the funniest TV series of all time, thanks in no small part to Simon Nye’s brilliant writing. »

- Dan Bullock

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The Art of Rise of the Guardians Book Review

25 November 2012 6:00 AM, PST

Explore the art from the DreamWorks film – its evolution from drawing-board concept to the final product on the silver screen!

Author: Ramin Zahed, plus a foreword and preface by Alec Baldwin and William Joyce

Publisher: Titan Books

Length: 156 pages

Binding: Hardback

Rrp: £24.99

What’s good: fantastical full colour illustrations, thorough notes and a real insight into the design process

What’s not so good: those interested in animation may want more technical detail

Rise Of The Guardians (November 2012) is DreamWorks’ latest addition to their CGI catalogue of films. Based on a series of children’s books by American author William Joyce, the story explores the worlds of the various Guardians (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman, voiced by Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman and Isla Fisher – the Sandman doesn’t speak), who are fighting to stop the Boogeyman (Pitch) destroying childhood. And if this book’s anything to go by, »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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Win! A Bundle Of Acclaimed Scandinavian Drama With The Hunt

25 November 2012 5:00 AM, PST

To mark the release of the much anticipated drama The Hunt in cinemas November 30th, we’ve got some of the best Scandinavian drama from the small screen for you to win!

The lucky winner will get their hands on Seasons 1 & 2 of The Killing, and the first seasons of both The Bridge, and Borgen – all three Danish dramas have won acclaim on British screens. The Hunt continues this fine tradition on the silver screen, with Mads Mikkelsen (winner of best actor at Cannes in this role) starring as a teacher whose life is shattered by an innocent lie.

Following a tough divorce, 40-year-old Lucas is starting to pull his life back together again. He has a new girlfriend, a new job, and is in the process of re-establishing his relationship with his teenage son Marcus. However one passing remark threatens Lucas’s newfound stability. One of the children he looks »

- Dan Bullock

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‘Les Miserables’ Has First Screening Two Days After Film Is Finished

25 November 2012 4:00 AM, PST

Talk about cutting it fine! The highly anticipated Les Miserables had its first screenings on Friday, and when director Tom Hooper came on stage to introduced the film to the audience at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall he admitted that he had only stopped working on the film at 2am Wednesday morning. As it was Thanksgiving weekend, a first for the director, he also told the crowd what he was thankful for. ”I’m grateful that I finished it (the film), I’m grateful to the thousands of people who have been on this journey, particularly the wonderful cast and I’m grateful to Victor Hugo, who unfortunately can’t be with us.”

The film’s first screening was a huge success, ending in a huge standing ovation.

source: The Hollywood Reporter


- Lucy Cave

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Thn Gift Ideas: Be Your Own Bond With Firebox Gadgets!

25 November 2012 2:00 AM, PST

We’re a big fan of Firebox, they have amazingly awesome items and to be quite honest…we pretty much want everything. However, as the gods of wages aren’t rewarding everyone with pockets of endless funds and the fact that after Skyfall, we all want to be 007 again, we’ve put together a range of gadgets that everyone should either own or pick up for a great gift.

First up, one for the Diy lovers or should we say, the secret agent needing to strip back some wires and stop something bad kicking off, it’s this Swiss Army (Pen) Knife that’s a 12-in-1 Tool Pen and an absolute bargain at £9.99. But what does it do? Well, here you go: it’s a hole puncher; a stainless steel file; a short cutting blade; a flat screwdriver; a wire sleeve remover/small nail remover; an ear pick; a long »

- Dan Bullock

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‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ Thanksgiving Viral Images Carve Up Link To Tobe Hooper’s Classic!

25 November 2012 1:41 AM, PST

Tobe Hooper’s career may not have had the highs after his first film as other directors in the horror genre, but The Texas Chainsaw Massacre certainly made a lasting impression and is still considered a masterpiece of shock. After his own awful follow-up starring Dennis Hopper and further sequels, reboots and remakes, none came close to that gritty, controversial classic that saw the lunatic Leatherface and family first tear-up the screen.

The 4th January 2013 brings a direct sequel (the first since 1986), to the intense original which sees a long distant relative of the Sawyer’s travel to Texas to claim what she understands to be the familiar empty abode and abattoir, that once housed the human butcher and his cannibalistic clan. Naturally, a buzz heard in the distance isn’t too far away…

Here we have a number of viral images from John Luessonhop’s Texas Chainsaw 3D, which »

- Craig Hunter

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The Walking Dead Series Blog 3.6: Hounded (Contains Spoilers):

24 November 2012 1:43 PM, PST

Written By: Scott M. Gimple

Directed By: Dan Attias

The Story: Michonne goes on the run, with a bloodthirsty Merle in hot pursuit, leading to an encounter with Glenn and Maggie.  Meanwhile, Andrea hops into bed with the Governor, and Rick starts receiving phone calls from the dead…!

The Verdict: A major improvement on last week’s episode, ‘Hounded’ is another character driven episode that is light on revelations or major shake-ups, but big on build-up.

Following on from last week’s final moments (Rick answering a ringing phone), the episode cleverly throws us a curveball, leading us fanboys to believe that this story isn’t the one we thought we were going to see (the one from the comics where Rick starts talking to his dead wife on the phone).  Writer Scott M. Gimple cleverly subverts the audience’s expectations, before hitting us with the big reveal.  Fans of »

- Matt Dennis

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Ted DVD Review

24 November 2012 11:30 AM, PST

Director: Seth MacFarlane

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Giovanni Ribisi, Aedin Mincks

Running Time: 109 minutes – extended edition

Certificate: 15

Extras: None

Going from TV to movie comedy is a difficult transition. It often leads to unnecessary story arcs, a bloated running time, and an over reliance on cameos – all of which apply to Ted, Seth MacFarlane’s directorial debut.

John Bennett (Wahlberg) is a loner, struggling for friends at school his parents buy him a teddy bear –inventively named Ted (MacFarlane). John’s wish that Ted come alive is granted by the gods. Insert profanity, sexual innuendo, and the kind of subtlety of which Michael Bay would certainly approve. John grows up, settles with Lori (Kunis), and finally separates from Ted… or so Lori hopes.

Ted is what you’d expect, and want, from Seth MacFarlane. He hasn’t strayed from the popular Family Guy formula, and whilst this »

- Sam Carey

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Ben Mendelsohn Joins Gosling’s Directorial Debut ‘How To Catch A Monster’

24 November 2012 8:00 AM, PST

He has been a supporting player since his move to Hollywood with roles in Killer Elite, Trespass and The Dark Knight Rises but intense Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn deserves so much more after impressing with his devastatingly chilling character ‘Pope’ in Animal Kingdom. He gave another terrific turn recently in Andrew Dominik’s politically-charged gangster thriller Killing Them Softly (released this Friday in the Us), opposite Brad Pitt and Scoot McNairy and now he’s off to another dark place with Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, How To Catch A Monster.

Mendelsohn, who is also part of the cast for Gosling-led crime-thriller The Place Beyond The Pines, will co-star with Mad Men and Drive’s Christina Hendricks who’ll take the lead of Billy. The plot centres around her as a single mother, who along with her teen son, discovers a mysterious underwater city where they must solve a puzzle to stay alive. »

- Craig Hunter

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Ninja Scroll DVD Review

24 November 2012 6:00 AM, PST

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Starring:  Koichi Yamadera, Emi Shinohara, Takeshi Aono, Daisuke Gori, Toshihiko Seki,

 Running Time: 87 minutes

Certificate: 18

Ninja Scroll was one of the first animes to slap me in the face and scream “Never Give Up On Cartoons You Handsome Devil”, and I never did. Fast approaching its 20th anniversary, Ninja Scroll was one of the animes to storm into western culture and mark its territory. With grotesque but not overused gore, sex, and characters undergoing real moral conundrums, this was a cartoon that demanded respect…otherwise it would probably slice your face open.

It all begins with an incredible scene that captures the tone of the film perfectly. A ninja is accosted by a gang, only for them to be shown who’s boss. One of the gang bursts from a suit constructed of wood, which places this film firmly in the realms of imagination. There are simple »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Sneak Behind-The-Scenes Of ‘Horns’ With Daniel Radcliffe!

24 November 2012 5:45 AM, PST

Joe Hill’s acclaimed gothic-horror novel Horns, is being brought to the screen by The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha 3D director Alexandre Aja. Daniel Radcliffe takes the lead of Ig Perrish, a man coming to terms with the rape and murder of his girlfriend – with suspicion pointing in his direction. That suspicion is even more prevalent when he awakens one morning to find he’s sprouted a pair of demonic ‘horns’ that come with a mysterious supernatural power all of their own.

The film is currently shooting in British Columbia and we have a first look at some behind-the-scenes footage, as well as an Et Canada interview with The Women In Black and former Harry Potter actor about this devilish new role.

Horns co-stars Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, James Remar, Kelli Garner and Max Minghella, and it’s expected later next year.

Source: Et Canada


- Craig Hunter

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UK Trailer For ‘Safe Haven’

24 November 2012 4:00 AM, PST

Now, don’t get me wrong – I, like most women, loved The Notebook (I’m looking at you, Mr Gosling) – but I’m not such a fan of Nicholas Sparks’ other novel adaptations (including Dear John and The Last Song). However, my opinion doesn’t stop film studios from adapting the books…and there’s another one on the way.

Safe Haven, starring Josh Duhamel (Alex) and Julianne Hough (Katie), focuses on Katie’s struggles to adapt to her new home and tiny town. Things start to look up when she bumps into Alex, a widowed father-of-two who befriends his new neighbour. But when Katie’s past catches up with her, it’s up to Alex to show her what true love is. Directed by Lasse Hallström (What’S Eating Gilbert Grape?), the film co-stars David Lyons (Eat Pray Love) and Cobie Smulders (Avengers Assemble).

It seems studios have picked »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Hunted Series 1 DVD Review

24 November 2012 3:30 AM, PST

Creator: Frank Spotnitz

Starring: Melissa George, Stephen Dillane, Adam Rayner, Patrick Malahide, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Morven Christie, Lex Shrapnell, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tom Beard, Oscar Kennedy, Scott Handy, Indira Varma, David Sterne,

 Running Time: 464 minutes

Certificate: 15

Hunted has just finished its run on BBC 1 and unfortunately it has already been dropped by the BBC due to its poor performance. Perhaps a spy show taking place around the same time as the release of James Bond film Skyfall wasn’t a great idea. However, Hunted is a fantastically crafted show that easily rivals the best of Bourne, Bond, or Ethan Hunt.

Hunted follows Sam Hunter (George), a woman who works for a private espionage company. Right here we see a major difference from many spy related films and shows. The spies work for a company and not their government, making them more mercenaries for hire. It’s an interesting spin for as we hope our heroes succeed, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Fascinating 15 Minute New Post-Production Video For ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

24 November 2012 3:01 AM, PST

Director Peter Jackson is one of the few filmmakers who likes to keep his fans constantly up to date with all aspects of the ‘making-of‘ process, especially one that involves J.R.R Tolkien’s world of Middle-earth. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of Jackson’s new trilogy that reunites many of his actors and characters from his Lord Of The Rings adventures. Martin Freeman takes the title role of the eventful and younger Bilbo Baggins, the hairy-footed hero destined for greater things outside The Shire in the prequel to the groundbreaking Oscar-winning fantasy trio.

We have the latest production video giving us an insight at just what stage Jackson and editors, along with his team of visual-effects supervisors are now at. It comes with a first look at some all-new footage as well, take a look!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will burst onto cinema screens »

- Craig Hunter

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Brand New TV Spot For Buzzed-About ‘Sightseers’

24 November 2012 3:00 AM, PST

Having garnered seven award nominations at the British Independent Film Awards and received numerous reviews singing its praises, Sightseers is not one to miss. Add in that it’s directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List) and produced by Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead), it’s no surprise that this was very popular at recent film festivals.

Steve Oram (It’S All Gone Pete Tong, The Mighty Boosh) and Alice Lowe (This Is Jinsy, Hot Fuzz) star as Chris and Tina, a new couple who want to get to know each other properly. Chris decides to show Tina everything he loves about his weird little world (including numerous museums and UK ‘landmarks’) by travelling with her up and down the country in his caravan. However, things don’t go to plan when the couple encounter teenagers, litter and pre-booked only caravan parks. Add in Tina’s mother and it may »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Thn’s Gift Ideas: Titan Merchandise Doctor Who Mini Titan Vinyl Figures!

24 November 2012 2:00 AM, PST

If you need some inspired inspiration or potential possibilities, we’re here to throw some thoughts your way to try and help clear those present-idea cobwebs! Today, we’re proud to present Titan Merchandise! They’re still relative newcomers to the scene but you’ll find them already putting together an a massive amalgamation of merchandise for the likes of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Kick-ass, 2000Ad, Hammer Horror, Marvel Comics and more!

They’re just about to release their first wave of Doctor Who vinyl figures and so, we thought we’d get you in on the secret. The iconic show has always produced a wide variety of collectibles but these Mini Titan Vinyl Figures are extra special and a unique collaboration between the BBC and Titan Merchandise for the world’s favorite space-and-time-traveling adventurer.

You’ll find this 16-character set, based on the BBC’s hit television series Doctor Who, »

- Dan Bullock

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‘Despicable Me 2′ Gets An Early Thanksgiving Teaser Trailer

23 November 2012 10:12 AM, PST

Sometimes I wish that movie studios would calm the bloody heck down and let us busy film site writers and former moviegoers catch up with films that are already out there. I remember the days when I used to actually get time to go out and see movies. These days it’s hours hunched over a laptop in a Starbucks pretending it’s your office fiddling with code, putting together funny sentences and designing layouts just to bring you the best bloody website there is. I remember looking forward to a Friday evening queueing to see the latest releases. Them were indeed the days.

The point of all of this is the simple fact that I am still yet to see the original Despicable Me, and already we are being presented with a teaser trailer for the sequel, Despicable Me 2, which hits cinemas next Summer.

This funny little promo was »

- Paul Heath

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Susan Boyle: The Movie Is Definitely On The Way

23 November 2012 9:57 AM, PST


Forget all your talk of Star Wars, Man Of Steel, Robocop etc, this is the movie news of the year so far! Fox Searchlight have acquired the rights to bring a biopic of former Britain’s Got Talent almuni Susan Boyle to the big screen. The planned film will be partly based on the Boyle musical ‘I Dreamed A Dream,’ which started off as a touring production’ in the UK earlier on this year to ‘critical acclaim.’ It hits Australia and the West End of London in 2013, but the film version will not be far behind according to Deadline.

Lucas Webb snapped up the life rights to Susan Boyle, and the project is said to be ‘front and centre’ at the indie arm of Fox. Expect it to go into production once Webb has hired a writer for the film (no one is on board as yet).

Obviously, there is »

- Paul Heath

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