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First trailer for Black Sea, starring Jude Law

3 hours ago

Jude Law goes Scottish and searches for Nazi gold in the forthcoming thriller, Black Sea. Here's the first trailer...

Director Kevin Macdonald has a varied range of films behind him, from the documentary One Day In September to the dramas The Last King Of Scotland and How I Live Now. Black Sea marks another change of pace: described as an adventure thriller, it stars Jude Law as a submarine captain who leads a furtive mission to find sunken Nazi gold on the sea floor. As the group nears their shiny prize, they begin to turn on each other, with murderous results.

Law, replete with Scottish accent, is joined by a great cast, including Ben Mendelsohn, Michael Smiley, David Threlfall and Scoot McNairy. Macdonald's direction looks tense and claustrophobic, while the plot has a hint of The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre about it.

Black Sea is out in UK cinemas on the 5th December. »

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Forever episode 3 review: The Fountain Of Youth

7 hours ago

Forever trundles along entertainingly enough in its third episode, but needs to stop patronising its audience. Here's Billy's review...

This review contains spoilers.

1.3 The Fountain Of Youth

It’s not taken long, but I’ve started to worry about Forever, because of a few odd idiosyncrasies it’s manifesting. The one that’s most striking is that it can’t seem to let five minutes go by without someone making a comment to Henry about living forever, whereupon Ioan Gruffudd is called on to make a knowing look. Once an episode I’d accept, but repeatedly? I can only conclude that those writing it aren’t confident that their viewers will remember the main tenet of the show for longer than a few minutes, and therefore need to keep banging that drum to keep them in the loop.

That’s a shame, because the idea behind this particular episode, i. »

- louisamellor

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Zach Braff developing pilot for Self Promotion, his new comedy TV series

10 hours ago

Returning to the small screen, Scrubs-star-turned-director Zach Braff will direct Self Promotion for MTV…

Even though Zach Braff's funding methods for feature project Wish I Was Here garnered some less-than-positive feedback, the film itself was generally well received. As such, Mr Zach Braff is jumping straight back into the director’s chair. This time, for a TV show.

Braff of course built his comedy reputation on the small screen, playing Jd in NBC’s Scrubs for eight years. Now, he will develop Self Promotion for MTV.

Dubbed a dark comedy, Self Promotion is the story of “overworked assistant Katie Preston who discovers that her dragon lady boss is missing (or worse).”

Sources tell us that “things get messy fast, with Katie, believing she’ll be the prime suspect, covering up the crime scene. She starts calling the shots in her boss’s “absence,” and goes full CSI to »

- rleane

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Selfie episode 1 review: Pilot

10 hours ago

Karen Gillan stars in Selfie, a modern sitcom take on Pygmalion. Here's what Patrick made of the first episode...

Eliza Dooley is the colleague from hell. She’s the smug, gaudy co-worker who lives in a symbiotic relationship with her phone and spends more time commenting on Instagram or Tweeting her feelings than interacting with the world. When Eliza struts into her workplace, a pharmaceuticals company, she dribbles out a line of text-speak to the baffled receptionist. Into Eliza’s work enters Henry Higgs, a sniffy, uptight technophobe who managed to amend and enhance the reputation of the company much to the delight of its boss. After a particularly embarrassing moment in which two bulging bags of vomit explode onto Eliza’s trendy skirt in front of all her colleagues, she resolves to improve her own image, enlisting a surprisingly willing Henry to help her (“I can transform this vapid, »

- louisamellor

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Is The Simpsons relying too heavily on gimmicks?

10 hours ago

The Simpsons' media gimmicks, crossovers and auteur couch gags have become a bigger story than the show itself over the last few years...

Warning: contains spoilers for this week's episodes of The Simpsons and Family Guy.

“It's not selling out, it's co-branding. Co-branding!”

So says Homer Simpson in the throes of a feverish nightmare at the beginning of Brick Like Me, the 550th episode of The Simpsons, which then unfolds mostly in a Lego version of Springfield.

It's a cute way to start an episode that uses an exercise in product placement to tell a story about parenting and creativity, which is mirrored at the end of that story when the episode acknowledges how The Lego Movie did the exact same thing a few months earlier.

Such meta-textual hat-tipping may be appreciated by more pernickety fans of The Simpsons, (it's also telling that the antagonist of Brick Like Me »

- louisamellor

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Dominic Cooper is definitely returning for Agent Carter

10 hours ago

Howard Stark, as portrayed by Dominic Cooper, will be an Agent Carter regular…

One from the ‘we thought that was official already’ pile today – Dominic Cooper will definitely be returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (well, its TV wing) in his role as Howard Stark.

He will reprise the part of Iron Man’s dad, which he originally played in Captain America: The First Avenger, in the Agent Carter series which is set to bridge the mid-season gap of the (so far hugely enjoyable) second run of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. later this year.

The official synopsis for the series has long referenced that “Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark”, so this one won’t come as a surprise to many of you.

However, you can’t help but be impressed by the talent Marvel Studios have coerced onto a telly show, with Peggy Carter, »

- rleane

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Doctor Who series 8: lots of images for Kill The Moon

10 hours ago

Spacesuits, spacesuits and more spacesuits - here's some stills from Doctor Who series 8's Kill The Moon...

It's time once more for that weekly tradition - the BBC releasing heaps of images from this Saturday's Doctor Who. We can pore over them, speculate and prepare mentally for this weekend's Tardis outing. 

Up this week is Kill The Moon, which looks set to be one of the scariest episodes in a while. Some familiar spacesuits, and faces, appear in the pics. Have a look for yourself...

Kill The Moon airs this Saturday on BBC One. Find our spoiler-free review here.

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- rleane

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Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 episode 2 review: Heavy Is The Head

10 hours ago

Does Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. understand what its strengths are? Here's James review of Heavy Is The Head...

This review contains spoilers.

2.2 Heavy Is The Head

After a surprisingly strong opener, it wasn't a complete shock to see Agents Of Shield backslide a little this week. We're still well above the quality of last season, but the return of overstretched CGI, a focus on irresolvable long-form mysteries and zero-jeopardy action sequences seems to suggest that Agents Of Shield hasn't quite figured out what its strengths are.

That's not to say I don't want to know what's wrong with Coulson's brain. Quite the contrary. But with this episode reintroducing Raina and tying Coulson's delusions to the obelisk, I get the distinct impression that we're going to be stuck with Automatic Writing Theatre for the long haul. Let's just hope it's not another Tahiti, where mentioning the subplot once an episode was »

- louisamellor

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I Am Legend getting a reboot

11 hours ago

Warner Bros has given up trying to make a sequel or prequel to the Will Smith-headlined I Am Legend. It's going for a reboot instead.

This story contains - or implies at least - a spoiler for I Am Legend.

It's been just six years since the Will Smith-headlined take on I Am Legend proved to be a monster hit in cinemas. Since then, Warner Bros has been dabbled with how to make a sequel to the film which, er, isn't narratively the easiest thing to do given what happens in the first movie. At one stage it was going down the prequel route, but it couldn't find a way to make it work.

So it's hatched a new plan: it's going for a reboot. Hurray.

A new take on I Am Legend is being put together, using as its basis a screenplay for a film that was »

- simonbrew

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Janusz Kaminski's next film: Indiana Jones 5?

11 hours ago

Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski's next film is apparently going to be Indiana Jones 5. That's what it says here...

Yep, we know the rule too. If you read a news story and it has a question mark in it, then chances are it's not something that's likely to happen. But bear with us on this.

At some point in the future, another Indiana Jones film will happen. It seems fairly certain, given that Disney paid extra to pay the theatrical rights to the series from Paramount, and there are occasional murmurings too that a new movie is on the horizon. Harrison Ford for one has always refused to rule out one last hurrah.

Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, a long-time Steven Spielberg collaborator, is part of a new online course that Variety has put together for aspiring filmmakers. As such, he'll be one of the people presenting a bunch of online instructional videos. »

- simonbrew

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Adam Sandler making four movies exclusively for Netflix

11 hours ago

"I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only. Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks", Adam Sandler says. Sigh.

For those who were once fans of Adam Sandler, the last few years have not been good. Comfortably the purveyor of the laziest streak of mainstream Hollywood comedies in recent times, Sandler has been giving the impression of a man who's as interested in his own films of late as some of the audience. Once a name almost guaranteed to give you a hit, his box office powers - outside of Grown Ups 2 - have been in decline of late.

But don't worry: the man will not be starving. Firstly, promisingly, he's signed up for a couple of dramas. And now? He's inked a deal with Netflix, that'll see him make four movies exclusively for the streaming service (which presumably won't be in cinemas as a result, guttingly).

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- simonbrew

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Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 starts shooting in February

11 hours ago

The Australian government lures Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, starring Johnny Depp, to Oz. The price of doing so? $21.6m...

Well, it's definite. Johnny Depp is going to be reprising the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, which is heading into cinemas in 2017. And we now learn that the shoot will take place in Queensland, Australia, beginning early next year.

Principal photography is expected to begin in February, and Senator Brandis, Federal Minister For The Arts in Australia, announced that "the Australian Government is delighted to have secured high-profile movie franchise Pirates Of The Caribbean to film in Australia with a contribution of $21.6 million". That's not a bad piece of change, which he declared to be "Australia's largest ever contribution to the financing of a major film".

For those wanting to argue, not entirely unreasonably, as to whether governments should be investing in major studio blockbuster movies, »

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Daniel Radcliffe joining Now You See Me 2

11 hours ago

Michael Caine will have Daniel Radcliffe as a son in Now You See Me 2, which shoots in London later this year...

The fine folks over at HeyUGuys picked up a nice story last night, as they discovered that the soon-to-shoot sequel to Now You See Me has added Daniel Radcliffe to its cast.

It gleamed the news from Michael Caine, who was asked what he was up to next. "There's a sequel to Now You See Me and we're shooting in London", he told the site. "And my son is Harry Potter! I thought it'd be funny, me and Daniel Radcliffe, as father and son".

Jon M Chu is taking over director duties from Louis Leterrier for Now You See Me 2, which has been scheduled for a summer 2016 release. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo and Isla Fisher are all expected to return.

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Ethan Hawke Doctor Strange link debunked

11 hours ago

Joaquin Phoenix may yet be playing Doctor Strange in Marvel and Scott Derrickson's upcoming movie. It seems Ethan Hawke isn't.

Hmmm. We're still firmly in the 'pinch of salt' stage of casting rumours for Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange film. Joaquin Phoenix has been the apparent leading candidate for the title role for the past few months now, but no announcements regarding casting have thus far been made.

A rumour sprung up yesterday, however, that suggested Ethan Hawke was now in the frame for the film. We're huge fans of Ethan Hawke here - we've written about his commitment to genre cinema before - but the story was swiftly debunked. However, Hawke - who worked with Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson on Sinister - does admit in an interview with MTV that he'd be interested.

More specifically, he said that were Scott Derrickson to call and offer him the role, »

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Robert Downey Jr teases Iron Man 4 return

11 hours ago

Will Robert Downey Jr return for Marvel's Iron Man 4? Well, possibly...

For some time now, the position on a fourth Iron Man movie has been that there isn't one. Iron Man 3 rounded that trilogy off, and while we're going to see the character in Avengers: Age Of Ultron and whatever The Avengers 3 ends up being called, Iron Man 4 seemed to be missing from Marvel's schedule.

Yet in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Downey Jr has gone from saying that a fourth film won't be happening, to something just a little more cryptic. "I'm sure we'll ride that thing. You've got to surf that all the way into shore", he said.

Nope, we're not sure what he's going on about either.

Still, he continued: "I think I was at the forefront of something that was coming into being, and I think it has carried me as much as I have informed it. »

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October Ps Plus and Xbox Games with Gold

12 hours ago

The free games for October have been revealed for service subscribers, and here are the details...

Now we're in October, the next month of free content for Sony and Microsoft's online services has been revealed, with the PS4 finally getting a long-awaited high octane title.

PlayStation Plus owners will get a selection of free games as always, with the PS4 getting not two, but three free games, thanks to the arrival of Driveclub, which has been added to the lineup of free games in the Ps Plus Edition. This features 10 cars, 11 tracks and all the game modes. Along with this comes Dust: An Elysian Tale, and Spelunky, rounding off a decent offering of free goodies.

The PS3's free titles will be graced by Rocksteady's debut Batman outing, Arkham Asylum, and side-scrolling retro combat in Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles Of Mystara. The Ps Vita gets Pix The Cat, and RPG, Rainbow Moon. »

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The final trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar

23 hours ago

Get one last look at Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, which is giving Matthew McConaughey some decisions to make...

We're just over a month away from the release of Christopher Nolan's next film, Interstellar. Whilst still shrouded in a degree of mystery, the film - revealed earlier this week to be Nolan's longest - is known to involve wormholes, Matthew McConaughey and, well, see for yourself. The final trailer for the movie has just landed, and it confirms that the film will arrive on IMAX screens two days early.

The film thus lands in the UK on November 7th, but by the sounds of it, you might get a chance to enjoy it on fireworks night. More on Interstellar in due course. In the meantime, here's the final trailer for what might be Christopher Nolan's most ambitious film to date.

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- simonbrew

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The key things we learned from the Taken 3 trailer

1 October 2014 7:49 AM, PDT

The violence, plot and gift choices of Taken 3 come under Ryan's FBI-grade trailer analysis...

We've learned quite a few things about retired CIA veteran Bryan Mills during the course of the previous two Taken movies: his skill with guns. His love for his wife and daughter. His ability to turn just about anything into a torture device. Our biggest take-away from the Taken franchise, though, is that Mills is a man of extraordinary emotional resilience.

In the first Taken, his daughter was kidnapped, so Mills did what any father would do: killed everyone in Paris until the daughter turned up again. In Taken 2, both he and his wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) are the ones who are kidnapped, leaving daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) to run around Istanbul throwing hand grenades off the roofs of buildings.

Eventually, Mills - thanks to the cunning use of a tiny, tiny mobile phone hidden »

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The Big Bang Theory season 8 episode 3 review: The First Pitch Insufficiency

1 October 2014 6:09 AM, PDT

The Big Bang Theory renews itself with the slightest of changes this week. Here's Caroline's review of The First Pitch Insufficiency...

This review contains spoilers.

8.3 The First Pitch Insufficiency

As divisive as The Big Bang Theory has become over the years, or as aggravating as some of its quirks now are, the show has always justified its continued success with the way it treats its characters and the relationships between them. When things first started to feel a bit stale, we were treated to two new female characters thrown into the mix and, even now that all four of the original guys are paired up, it somehow always finds new stories to tell with them.

One thing that I’ll always appreciate the show for is the way Penny and Leonard have been portrayed. Penny may have started off as the ditsy blonde to Leonard’s socially awkward nerd-guy-next-door, but »

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Doctor Who series 8: Kill The Moon spoiler-free review

1 October 2014 5:05 AM, PDT

A brilliantly unnerving Who episode featuring stand-out performances. Here's our spoiler-free look at Kill The Moon...

Brilliant. We may as well get to the point quickly. Kill The Moon is brilliant.

It's the first Doctor Who story to be penned by Peter Harness and the first Doctor Who story to be directed by Paul Wilmshurst. Both leave an indelible mark on Kill The Moon, that makes you wish that Steven Moffat had them on instant speed dial.

The setup is established in a Blink-esque message to Earth from Clara pre-credits. There's a big decision to make. There are 45 minutes to make it. If you make the wrong choice, basically everybody dies. So no pressure.

As you might guess, it involves the moon - although in an episode that would be tremendously easy to spoil, we're playing safer than ever in this spoiler-free piece. Furthermore, we get young Courtney in the »

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