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Poster, trailer and images from ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’

30 December 2012 3:25 PM, PST

Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance is back behind the camera for The Place Beyond the Pines, which explores the consequences of motorcycle rider Luke’s fateful decision to commit a crime to support his child. The film reunites Cianfrance with with his Blue Valentine star Ryan Gosling, who appears in the film alongside Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Mahershala Ali, Emory Cohen, Dane DeHaan, Gabe Fazio, Bruce Greenwood, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn and Harris Yulin.

The Place Beyond the Pines is released on March 29th in the Us and April 13th here in the UK.

A mysterious and mythical motorcycle racer, Luke, (Ryan Gosling) drives out of a traveling carnival globe of death and whizzes through the backstreets of Schenectady, New York, desperately trying to connect with a former lover, Romina, (Eva Mendes) who recently and secretly gave birth to the stunt rider’s son. In an attempt to provide for his new family, »

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Toy Review: Tmnt Action Figures – Leonardo, Raphael & Donatello

30 December 2012 3:00 PM, PST

Flair/Playmates brand new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (based on the new cartoon series from Nickelodeon) are finally now available from toy stores, supermarkets and other high-street retailers across the UK. Having already reviewed Michaelangelo and Shredder (check out that review here), I take a look at the rest of the iconic heroes – Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set in present day New York City, from the glittering towers of Manhattan to the dark depths of the sewers, and follows the adventures of four humanoid turtles and a six-foot-tall rat, Master Splinter. One day, while living a life in seclusion with his four pet turtles, the once human Splinter encountered a mysterious green ooze that covered him and his pets. Overcome by the mutagen, he was transformed into a rat and his four pets became humanoid turtles. Fearing persecution from humans, he brought the Turtles underground and raised them, »

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Listen Now: A GeekCast Radio Network Update

30 December 2012 12:05 PM, PST

Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. As usual here’s our weekly look at the podcasts from Gcrn, with descriptions and links to each and every one for your audio/visual pleasure!

Gcr – Special Episode – TFG1?s 2012 Trip

This might be the most personal podcast series TFG1Mike has ever done. It is the first ever Gcr spinoff series. Here the adventure of flying back hom to Boston, then driving back to Louisville. TFG1Mike introduces you to his mom Kathy.

Gcr – Special Episode – The Holiday Diary

This was something that TFG1Mike got in an email about twelve years ago. He did not write it, nor does he take credit for it. Enjoy! Read The Story here Happy Holidays from The Gcrn.

Gcr – Special Episode – Rock Sugar’s Don’t Stop The Santa Man »

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BrickBox TV Review: Lego Star Wars Ucs B-wing Starfighter

29 December 2012 2:12 PM, PST

BrickBox TV reviews the new Lego Star Wars Ucs B-wing Starfighter, Set No. 10227

Now you can experience the ultimate B-wing Starfighter from the Star Wars galaxy like never before. This fantastic model features everything you would expect from our premium collector range, including rotating, self-levelling cockpit and realistic wing configurations for landing and flight. And when you’re finished battling in the skies above Endor or helping to restore freedom in the galaxy, place this highly detailed B-wing Starfighter on its own dedicated display stand and fact plaque.

Lego Star Wars Ucs B-wing Starfighter, Set No. 10227

Price is £169.99 UK, $199.99 USA, $249.99 Canada, €199.99 Europe, $349.99 Australia.

Measures 26″ (66cm) wide and 15″ (38cm) high in flight configuration, and 17″ (43cm) high on display stand.

BrickBox TV on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thebrickboxtv?ref=hl

BrickBox TV on Twitter: http://twitter.com/BrickBoxTV »

- Guest

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Phil’s Top 10 Films of 2012

29 December 2012 4:14 AM, PST

Well here it is. After hinting at some of the films on Twitter and promising that this will be unlike any top ten you see this year, I’ve finally compiled my Top 10 films of 2012. However, I originally compiled my list before seeing Pitch Perfect, which I felt Had to be included in this list; therefore my choices for ninth and tenth film on the list now share tenth place.

I’ve also included a hell of a lot of honorable mentions (enough to take this up to a Top 25 if I had included them all), three of which are short films. Three short films which happen to be the best I’ve seen in years and give some of the feature-length films released this year a run for their money. Consider everything on this list a recommendation of the highest order…

The Top 10 in full:

10) =Big Miracle / Dragon Eyes »

- Phil

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Mondo Squallido – Episode 23: Last House on the Beach

29 December 2012 3:16 AM, PST

Today we are going to the beach with a title that is a play on Last House Of The Left even though that was released 6 years earlier. This isn’t just a cheap, Euro knock off, this is it’s own, dark, depraved film. Starring Ray Lovelock and Florinda Bolkan and boasting a beast of score from Roberto Pregadio, you know you are in for an experience. So let’s get on with the show!

IMDb: http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0078235/

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzRjwcjmDoI »

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Those Video Guys: “Talking Who” – Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Panel

29 December 2012 3:00 AM, PST

At Starfury Midnight Doctor Who convention Elisar Cabrera, co-host of Talking Who and Cameron K McEwan blogger from Blogtor Who discussed with fans at the convention their hopes and dreams for the 50th anniversary.

This video was recorded December 15th 2012 at Starfury. Visit Starfury at http://www.starfury.co.uk

Follow Tvg on Twitter @ThoseVideoGuysTV

Like Tvg on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thosevideoguys »

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Fantastic anti-piracy PSA/trailer for ‘John Dies at the End’

28 December 2012 2:47 PM, PST

Here’s a fantastic new PSA/trailer for the VOD release of Phantasm director Don Coscarelli’s new film John Dies at the End, which is based on the web serial turned book by David Wong, aka Cracked.com’s senior editor Jason Pargin. Check out my John Dies at the End review, and look out for the film in Top 10 of 2012 this weekend.

On the street, they call it “soy sauce.” It’s a paranormal, psychoactive drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. Its users drift across time and dimensions, but some who come back are devoid of all humanity. While most of Earth’s inhabitants remain blissfully oblivious to its threat. Make no mistake, an otherworldly invasion is under way, and mankind needs to be saved. Enter John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. How can these guys possibly »

- Phil

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Bright Eyes, Long Lashes Reviews: Seven Psychopaths & The Man With the Iron Fists

28 December 2012 1:47 PM, PST

Our resident video reviewer Leah, aka Bright Eyes Long Lashes, is back once again for yet more video reviews this time she’s taking a look at not one but two movies – Seven Psychopaths and The Man With the Iron Fists.

Check out Leah on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Brighteyeslonglashes

Tweet Leah:

http://twitter.com/LeahHather

Become a Fan:

http://www.facebook.com/LeahHather »

- Guest

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First Look: Uncanny Avengers #3

28 December 2012 11:23 AM, PST

Here’s your first look at Uncanny Avengers #3 from the creative team of Rick Remender and John Cassaday. Just as the Red Skull uses his new powers to incite violence against mutants across the globe, the Scarlet Witch and Rogue make a terrible discovery that will haunt him forever! Can the Uncanny Avengers stop the Skull And his feared S-Men in time?

Uncanny Avengers #3 (OCT120587)

Written by Rick Remender

Art & Cover by John Cassaday

On-sale – 1/23/13 »

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Maahin’s Top 10 Films of 2012

28 December 2012 4:18 AM, PST

This year’s list was hard to make up, more for deciding what would go where, rather than what would make the list. A few of them will probably feature on a lot of Top 10 lists this year, one or two definitely won’t. It has been a good year for films though, and there were a fair few that could have made the list, which I will mention at the end, but there were some that surprised me with how much I would enjoy them.

And so the list is:

10. Moonrise Kingdom 

Wes Anderson’s adorable and a little eccentric comedy about young love is easily one of the loveliest and funniest films of the year. It is so odd, it’s almost genius, and the kids that play the leads, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, are excellent.

9. Pitch Perfect

I absolutely loved Pitch Perfect, even though it was advertised as Bridesmaids meets Ted, »

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First Look: Iron Man #6

27 December 2012 2:35 PM, PST

This February, Tony Stark soars into space in your first look at Iron Man #6, kicking off the all-new arc “God-Killer” by the creative team of writer Kieron Gillen and artist Greg Land.

Suit up for an all-new, all-different direction for the Armored Avenger as he’s branded guilty for a crime he didn’t know he committed! Just when he thought the events of Avengers Vs. X-Men and the seeming death of the Phoenix Force was in the rear view mirror – Iron Man’s first trip into space with his new suit of armor may end in the flames that he thought were extinguished!

Iron Man #6 (DEC120600)

Written by Kieron Gillen

Pencils and Cover by Greg Land

Foc – 1/14/13, On Sale – 2/6/2013 »

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New image of Idris Elba and Rink Kikuchi in ‘Pacific Rim’

27 December 2012 12:29 PM, PST

Set in 2025 Pacific Rim, which is directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) from a script by Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans), stars Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky, Willem Dafoe, Ron Perlman and Max Martini. Coming courtesy of Emileeid, here’s a brand new image of Idris Elba and Rink Kikuchi in the movie which is scheduled for release on July 12th 2013.

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, »

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Watch the first four minutes of zombedy ‘Warm Bodies’

27 December 2012 11:53 AM, PST

Here’s the first four minutes from zombedy Warm Bodies, courtesy of Fandango. The film comes from director Jonathan Levine who previously directed the well-received 2006 horror flick All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, and the 2008 with drug-drama The Wackness, and more recently the cancer-comedy 50/50. Warm Bodies, which stars Nicholas Hoult, Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton and Dave Franco, is set for a Us release on February 1st, with the UK following on February 8th 2013.

Zombies love people, especially their brains. But R (Nicholas Hoult) is different. He’s alive inside, unlike the hundreds of other grunting, drooling undead—all victims of a recent plague that drove the remaining survivors into a heavily guarded city. Now the Zombies roam about an airport terminal, searching for human prey and living in fear of the vicious Boneys, the next undead incarnation.One day, R and his best friend M lumber toward the city in search of food. »

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New TV spot for ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ wishes you a Happy New Year

27 December 2012 8:42 AM, PST

Lionsgate have released a new TV spot, entitled “Happy New Year”, for director John Luessenhop’s (Takers) Texas Chainsaw 3D. The Seventh entry in the long-running franchise and a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 original, the film is set for release on January 4th, 2013. Texas Chainsaw 3D stars  Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Tremaine “Trey Songz” Neverson, Scott Eastwood, Tania Raymonde, Shaun Sipos, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, James MacDonald, Thom Barry, Paul Rae, Richard Riehle, Bill Moseley and Gunnar Hansen. A direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic, ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,’ ’Texas Chainsaw 3D’ is set in the same universe as that film, decades later.

Lionsgate’s Texas Chainsaw 3D continues the legendary story of the homicidal Sawyer family, picking up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace.  The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, »

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First TV spot for ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’

27 December 2012 5:37 AM, PST

Here’s the first TV spot for A Good Day To Die Hard, the Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney starring fifth installment in the Die Hard franchise, which also stars Sebastian Koch, Yulia Snigir, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco, Megalyn Echikunwoke, and Anne Vyalitsyna and is directed by John Moore (Max Payne).

A Good Day To Die Hard, aka Die Hard 5, is set for release on February 14th 2013.

Since the first Die Hard in 1988, John McClane has found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the skills and attitude to always be the last man standing, making him enemy #1 for terrorists the world over. Now, McClane faces his greatest challenge ever, this time on an international stage, when his estranged son Jack is caught up in the daring prison escape of a rogue Russian leader, and father and son McClane must work together to keep each other alive »

- Phil

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Jack’s Top 10 Films of 2012

27 December 2012 3:01 AM, PST

I saw far fewer films this year than last and I’ve spent far less time deliberating over my top 10 too. That said, whereas last year I knew my number one film almost straight away, I’m more inclined to suggest that the order of this list isn’t too important.

1) The Divide

A bleak, mean-spirited and rather misanthropic view of humanity to be sure, but this post-apocalyptic thriller delivered tension and social commentary in spades. It was also, at times very, very blackly funny.

2) Chronicle

I didn’t expect to like this half as much as I did. Sure, the found footage thing is boring and unnecessary, but where Chronicle really succeeds is in its commitment to its central premise: if real teenagers got super-powers, chances are they’d use them to dick around with. Convincing special effects and some genuine moments of excitement help too.

3) Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson »

- Jack Kirby

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Blu-ray Review: Berberian Sound Studio

27 December 2012 2:01 AM, PST

Berberian Sound Studio

Review by Andrew McArthur

Stars: Toby Jones, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Susanna Cappellaro, Cosimo Fusco, Layla Amir | Written and Directed by Peter Strickland

Director Peter Strickland (Katalin Varga) presents us with the truly unsettling look at the power of sound in his latest feature, the Toby Jones led, Berberian Sound Studio. Set in the 1970s, the film follows British sound technician, Gilderoy, as he works in Italy on a gruesome horror film.  Soon Gilderoy’s work on this dark feature slowly begins to bleed into his everyday life.

Berberian Sound Studio is certainly not a horror film, instead more of a psychological thriller reminiscent of Hammer Films “Mini-Hitchcocks”. This completely absorbing and brooding drama manages to be unsettling, rather than scary. Strickland’s direction immediately emphasises a sense of foreboding, with the distinctive use of the sounds created in the studio capturing Gilderoy’s troubling mental state.

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Review: Rise of the Guardians – The Video Game (PS3)

26 December 2012 2:38 PM, PST

Licensed titles are that rare breed of video game. 9 out of 10 are terrible but every now and again one sneaks through the cracks and actually turns out to be a great game. Sadly for fans of the movie (of which I am one) Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game is most definitely the former.

Based on the animated film of the same name, in Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game you play as one of the classic childhood legends, including: North (aka Santa Claus), Tooth (aka the Tooth Fairy), Bunnymund (aka the Easter Bunny), Sandman, and Jack Frost; each with their own set of upgradable and extraordinary abilities – including power-ups such as weapon upgrades for your character, unique new abilities including special combat moves like a snowball attack, summoning a swarm of miniature tooth fairies and more, that will help you take on the evil spirit “Pitch” and his infectious nightmares. »

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Jack’s Top 10 Albums of 2012

26 December 2012 11:43 AM, PST

After listening to the same old bands as I always have and next to no new music last year, I resolved to change that in 2012. These Top 10 choices are based on what I listened to most according to Last.fm with a little tweaking.

1) Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror

Sledge hammer noise-pop with big-arse guitar riffs, pounding drums, sunny and lush vocals and some stupidly catchy melodies. Why this incredible duo aren’t the biggest band in the world, I have no idea. Best Track – Demons

2) Purity Rings – Shrines

Ambient and intimate synth-based pop soundscapes that manage to simultaneously sound sparse and expansive. Intelligent and soothing work. Best Track – Belispeak

3) Murder By Death – Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon

The alt-country act continues to mature magnificently on their sixth album. Perhaps more understated than their previous albums, but the song-writing has come on in leaps and bounds. Best Track – I Came Around »

- Jack Kirby

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