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Hannibal season 2 episode 7 review: Yakimono

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Review Laura Akers 17 Apr 2014 - 09:16

Some of the characters in Hannibal are acting pretty stupid, for such supposedly smart people. Here's Laura's review...

This review contains spoilers.

2.7 Yakimono

Hannibal is a show about smart characters.

We know that there are many kinds of intelligence, and Bryan Fuller’s series represents several of them. There’s Katz, Zeller, and Price - all clearly keen at critically evaluating evidence. They may not know what that evidence means, but they are rarely wrong about what it says. Then there’s the craven but quite cunning Freddie Lounds. You obviously do not stay in her line of business without being particularly skilled at reading people and determining what weakness will be most effective to exploit. There’s Will's ability to pick so much up from so little trace and imagine not just what happened but why. And of course, the intellect driving so »

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Benedict Cumberbatch offered role of Ian Fleming

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News Simon Brew 17 Apr 2014 - 06:45

The creator of James Bond, Ian Fleming, might just be played by Benedict Cumberbatch in an upcoming biopic...

What's that? You think it's been a little too long since the last Benedict Cumberbatch casting rumour, and you fancy another? Ah, right you are.

The planned biopic of Ian Fleming, the man of course who created James Bond 007, has had one or two bumps over the past few years. At one stage, Duncan Jones was set to direct, until his commitment to the Warcraft movie ruled out his involvement. However, the project - based on the 2009 biography of Fleming written by Andrew Lycett - is still going. And now Benedict Cumberbatch has been linked with the lead role.

The Tracking Board reports the he's been offered the part of Ian Fleming, although that's still a little way away from him accepting it and things moving forward. »

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First poster for The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington

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Poster Simon Brew 17 Apr 2014 - 06:42

Denzel Washington is The Equalizer - and we've got the first poster to prove it...

Were we betting people, which we're not since the whole Peter Capaldi/One Direction thing, we'd put a pound or two on a trailer for The Equalizer being imminent. This is the big screen take on the TV show, which sees Denzel Washington in the lead role, and Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen, Training Day) directing.

The Equalizer is a film in which Sony has sufficient confidence to get a screenplay moving for a sequel. For the purposes of now though, it's the first official poster for the film. You can see that below...

The Equalizer is currently scheduled for release in September, with Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo co-starring.

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Robin Williams returning for Mrs Doubtfire 2

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News Simon Brew 17 Apr 2014 - 06:37

The long-mooted sequel to Mrs Doubtfire is happening, with both Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus returning...

Just last week, we ran a piece looking at the new Hollywood trend of belated sequels to popular films. If we've have just held fire a little longer, it seems that we could have added Mrs Doubtfire 2 to the list.

Work is now underway on a follow-up to the 1993 smash hit, and Robin Williams is attached to reprise one of his most popular roles. Furthermore, director Chris Columbus is set to return as well.

Mrs Doubtfire 2 is being penned by David Berenbaum, who wrote the script for Elf. And whilst chat about a new Mrs Doubtfire film has appeared before - a previous attempt fizzled out just over a decade ago - this seems to be the first time that Robin Williams and Chris Columbus have warmed to the idea. »

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has X-Men post-credits scene

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News Simon Brew 17 Apr 2014 - 06:34

Yep, you read that right: Sony's new Spider-Man movie has a promo for Fox's new X-Men movie...

Well, this is a bit different. The press print of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that we saw last week didn't have a post-credits sting on it, so we popped back to see the film yesterday on its UK release. And whilst it had one on that, it turns out it wasn't for a future Spider-Man project. Instead, the sting at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is actually for X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

Whilst both Marvel properties, Spider-Man and X-Men films are under the stewardship of Sony and Fox respectively, and as such, this is something of a curious move.

The sting features Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Havok (Lucas Till), Toad (Evan Jonigkeit) and William Stryker (Josh Helman). It's not a mistake though: it turns out »

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Jerry Bruckheimer on Beverly Hills Cop 4 & Pirates 5

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News Simon Brew 17 Apr 2014 - 06:31

Both Beverly Hills Cop 4 and Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 are to start shooting this year, it seems...

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is juggling, not for the first time, a plate of sequels at the moment. Top Gun 2 is gradually edging forward, but there's also the small matter of Beverly Hills Cop 4 and Pirates Of The Caribbean 5.

In a new interview with Bloomberg TV, Bruckheimer have an update on both, and it looks as if Beverly Hills Cop 4 - which seems to still have Brett Ratner attached to direct - is front of the queue.

"We're in the process of getting the script finished", Bruckheimer said. "Paramount is very excited about making it. Eddie's very excited. Brett Ratner's excited about doing it. So I think we're moving forward. Hopefully we'll start the end of summer, beginning of fall, and get rolling on it. »

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Director Patrick Hughes on the Us remake of The Raid

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News Glen Chapman 17 Apr 2014 - 07:01

The director of the English language take on The Raid, Patrick Hughes, has been chatting about the film...

With The Raid 2 currently out in cinemas, offering a distinctly different approach to its predecessor, news has started to filter through about further Raid movies. And one of those is the Us remake, which is being helmed by The Expendables 3 and Red Hill director Patrick Hughes.

Hughes has provided an update on The Raid remake from the set of The Expendables 3, telling Coming Soon that "we have a really, really interesting take on that film, One thing, obviously the original just blew my mind and I was fortunate enough to catch up with Gareth Evans in La at the premiere of The Raid 2. The thing that blew my mind with that film was the aesthetics and the fight sequences but also the simplicity of the premise, »

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The Americans renewed for season 3

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News Louisa Mellor 16 Apr 2014 - 17:48

FX has ordered a third season of ace spy drama, The Americans...

Thirteen brand new episodes of The Americans are coming to FX in 2015, thanks to an early third season renewal for the eighties-set spy drama.

Set in the early Reagan era, The Americans stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as the Jennings, two Soviet Kgb officers posing as an all-American married couple whose allegiances to their country and to one another, are continually being tested. There's sex, violence, and Phil Collins in the first season, so if that isn't recommendation enough, we don't know what is. 

FX is currently halfway through airing season two, which is maintaining an average audience of approximately 1.4 million a week.

Read about why you should watch The Americans season one, here.


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Endeavour series 2 episode 3 review: Sway

17 hours ago

Review Gem Wheeler 16 Apr 2014 - 17:29

Morse is on the scent of serial killer in the latest episode of Endeavour. Here's Gem's review of Sway...

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2.3 Sway

A serial killer is stalking Oxford in autumn 1966, and Vivienne Haldane, wife of an eminent physicist at the university, is the latest victim. Morse quickly establishes a pattern to the murders; apart from the fact that all three dead women were found with a particular brand of expensive silk stocking, ‘Le Minou Noir’, around their necks, each was married, but has had her wedding ring removed by the killer. Pathologist Dr DeBryn finds that Mrs Haldane had had intercourse not long before her death, but it was certainly not with husband Rufus (Michael Thomas), from whom she had long been estranged. The hunt is on for a murderer with a type: married women who he seduces and kills, for reasons »

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Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 18 review: Providence

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Review James Hunt 16 Apr 2014 - 17:16

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is finally moving in the right direction. Here's James' review of Providence...

This review contains spoilers.

1.18 Providence

Here's the thing I want to know about Agents Of Shield: if they were capable of writing a good episode, why didn't they start seventeen episodes ago?

Still, in the wake of the events of last episode/Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Agents Of Shield has finally got a mission statement you can actually define: they're rebuilding Shield to combat Hydra. This is a hugely encouraging development, because while "protecting the world from weird stuff" might be a laudable goal, it's so general (and overused) as to be wholly uninspiring. This new structure is one I can get behind, because it's something we haven't really seen before: FBI, CIA and other acronym organisations can't really be dismantled, but fictional ones? That's another matter entirely. »

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The things action movie heroes get up to on their days off

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Feature Ryan Lambie 17 Apr 2014 - 06:28

What do the film characters of Schwarzenegger, Van Damme, Stallone, Norris et al get up to in the non-action bit of an action movie? Er...

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When asked what he did between acting jobs, Robert Duvall once said, "Hobbies, hobbies and more hobbies." This is fair enough because, to quote James Bond, "everybody needs a hobby." Bond himself has all kinds of things to do in his spare time: playing Baccarat and Poker, talking to exotic ladies and drinking Martinis. For all we know, Bond might also be into origami and bell ringing.

The question is, what do other action heroes get up to when they're not shooting bad guys, blowing up trucks or rescuing their daughters from Val Verde? In most movies, we never find out. But in very, »

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Bates Motel episode 7 review: Presumed Innocent

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Review Michael Noble 16 Apr 2014 - 11:56

Patience and restraint are two of Bates Motel's chief virtues. Here's Michael's review of another steady episode...

This review contains spoilers.

2.7 Presumed Innocent

One of the aspects of Bates Motel that I enjoy the most is the (relatively) low bodycount. For a show that centres on a serial killer, albeit one who is still very much serving his apprenticeship, there is an admirable restraint in the way it portrays Norman's steady descent into infamy. It’s testament to the smartness of the show’s writers that they focus on the character’s situation and changing emotional circumstances rather than attempting to shock the viewer with ever more gruesomely inventive (and grimly implausible) murder scenes. This is shown both narratively, such as in the presentation of Norman’s fugue states (and his loved ones’ failure to understand them) and structurally, such as in this »

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The Last Of Us: Remastered coming in June

16 April 2014 1:00 AM, PDT

News Aaron Birch 16 Apr 2014 - 08:53

The release date for The Last of Us on PS4 has been outed, if not officially...

Its existence was leaked ahead of time, then confirmed, and now the release date of the PS4 incarnation of The Last of Us has been apparently outed by several retailers.

Us retailers Best Buy, GameFly and Target have listed the remastered edition of the award-winning Naughty Dog adventure for release on June 20, with pre-orders now available. The sites include official box art, as well as listings for pre-order exclusives, such as in-game boosts to crafting, healing, and reload speeds, as well as new player skins.

Australian retailer, MightyApe has also listed the title, but has a release date of June 13, which is a week earlier than the Us release. This is listed as an estimated date, though.

The Last of Us: Remastered will boast full 1080p resolution, enhanced »

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The Bletchley Circle cancelled

16 April 2014 12:37 AM, PDT

News Louisa Mellor 16 Apr 2014 - 06:55

ITV has cancelled its 1950s codebreakers drama, Bletchley Circle...

We may not have covered The Bletchley Circle on this site, but any show whose official Twitter handle is @ladynerds surely falls under the protection of our geek umbrella.

After two short seasons, ITV's women-led 1950s-set codebreakers drama has been cancelled. The series starred Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachel Stirling, Sophie Rundle and Julie Graham as former WWII Bletchley Park codebreakers, using their considerable nous in post-war civilian life to solve crimes.

A four-episode second series of the drama ran earlier this year, and despite it hanging on to an average of 4.9 million viewers each week, ITV appears to have called time on the female investigators. The Twitter response to the cancellation has been characterised by disappointment, with messages displaying quite understandable "There are obviously already too many women geniuses being awesome on TV" frustration. 

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Glimpse Amy Acker in Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. teaser

15 April 2014 11:56 PM, PDT

News Louisa Mellor 16 Apr 2014 - 06:45

Coulson's Cellist, played by Amy Acker, is coming to Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and here's a first look...

First mentioned in The Avengers, Agent Coulson's cellist girlfriend, Audrey, is finally going to be introduced to the gang in Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Amy Acker is the Whedonverse actor playing her in episode nineteen, The Only Light In The Darkness, airing in the Us next week.

Here's the episode teaser, featuring a wee glimpse of Acker as Audrey, and with bonus Patton Oswalt too.

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Orphan Black season 2 UK start date

15 April 2014 11:38 PM, PDT

News Louisa Mellor 16 Apr 2014 - 07:21

Orphan Black's second season starts on BBC Three on Wednesday the 30th of April in the UK...

Time was we in the UK had to wait for overseas drama to arrive on our shores, months certainly, sometimes years. Now, more often than not, it's a week or two tops, or even no time at all, as in the recently simulcast Game Of Thrones season four opener when you couldn't even fit a Rizla paper between the Us and UK start dates.

Orphan Black, one of last year's hit geek imports, is the latest show to benefit from reduced lag time between continents. The sci-fi action comedy drama is coming back to BBC Three in its 10pm slot just a week and a half after the Us premiere. Orphan Black season two arrives in the Us on Saturday the 19th of April, followed up »

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The Following season 2 episode 13 review: The Reaping

15 April 2014 11:21 PM, PDT

Review Ron Hogan 16 Apr 2014 - 07:15

The Following comes to the violent confrontation it's been building towards all season...

This review contains spoilers.

2.13 The Reaping

Throughout the season, The Following has been building to something. Basically, they've been threatening a clash of cults. Joe's cult versus Lily's cult versus the FBI and Ryan's little cult of followers (Max and Mike and sometimes Claire). It's been teased, hinted at, and outright planned by certain parties on the show, but it has finally come to fruition, and it's as bananas as you would expect from this particular show.

There's been a relatively slow confluence of events to lead up to the big throw-down. Ryan followed the killers from the college and dropped his phone. Joe calls Lily, who traces the call and figures out where Korban is located. Lily hires a mercenary, who rents a car, which the FBI tracks. When they »

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Matt Smith on Doctor Who: "the best storytelling was in series 5"

15 April 2014 11:17 PM, PDT

News Simon Brew 16 Apr 2014 - 07:17

Matt Smith has been looking back at his Doctor Who years, and has picked his favourite series from his run...

Matt Smith appeared at the Wizard World Comic Con over the weekend, and was talking about his work in Doctor Who. In particular, he was quizzed as to what era was his favourite from his time on the show.

"For me, the best storytelling was in series five", Smith said. "It had great adventure and great clarity, and I loved the whole idea about the Pandorica and the Big Bang. It was the one I connected with most".

Smith continued, admitting that "looking back, I think some of my best work was in my first series, because I was actually taking real risks and that was a real moment". And his favourite speech? "I think it has to be when I was talking to »

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Paul Walker's brothers to help finish Fast & Furious 7

15 April 2014 10:49 PM, PDT

News Simon Brew 16 Apr 2014 - 06:49

Universal has enlisted help from Paul Walker's brothers in finishing Fast & Furious 7...

Production is back underway on Fast & Furious 7, after the hiatus that followed the death of Paui Walker at the end of November last year. The film's release date has moved back to April 2015, and Fast & Furious 7 has been restructured and rewritten slightly to allow the film to be finished, and also to allow a fitting retirement for Walker's character.

Universal has issued a statement overnight too, which confirms that it's enlisting the help if Walker's brothers, Caleb and Cody, to help with the movie. The statement reads thus:

The Fast & Furious saga is about family. The characters are connected by the bond of family, and it is how all of us who have worked together for more than thirteen years feel about each other. It certainly defines how we feel about our fans. »

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Channing Tatum confirms meet about X-Men spin-off, Gambit

15 April 2014 10:47 PM, PDT

News Simon Brew 16 Apr 2014 - 06:47

Channing Tatum's interest in playing Gambit is no surprise. That he's had a meeting about playing the role in the X-Men spin-off, though...

Just days after one of the producers of the assorted X-Men films -Laura Shuler Donner - revealed that individual spin-off movies were now actively being pursued by 20th Century Fox, the identity of one of them potentially becomes clearer.

Shuler Donner had said that Gambit was one of the potential spin-offs that were being looked at, and at the MTV Movie Awards over the weekend, it turns out that Channing Tatum restated his interest in the role. In fact, more than that, he revealed he's already met Shuler Donner about it.

Chatting to MTV, Tatum said that "I met with Lauren Shuler Donner. And I would love it. Gambit is really the only X-Man I’ve ever loved. I mean I’ve loved them all, »

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