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Deadpool, and the rise of a certain audience member

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Have you spotted the person who laughs just a little too loud at the nerdy jokes yet?

Minor spoilers for Deadpool here (one or two of the jokes, specifically)

As glamorous and glitzy as I like to pretend my life is, the truth is a little different. As such, instead of settling into one of those posh press preview screenings of Deadpool in London, I went to watch it the opening day at the Empire Cinema in Rubery. It’s a very pleasant and friendly multiplex, and I do recommend it. The pick and mix there is deadly. In a good way.

Anyway, Deadpool is a film that happily serves up a few snacks for those who know their comic book movie legacy. There are nudges, winks, X-Men namedrops, all that sort of that. And what I discovered is that the film is something of a way »

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Transformers 5, 6 and 7 release dates confirmed

12 February 2016 8:21 AM, PST

The Transformers are going to be arriving annually, starting in 2017.

Well, we're getting three Transformers films in three years starting in 2017. And, we'd imagine, this is just the beginning.

Michael Bay has already confirmed that he's going to direct one of them - Transformers 5 - and then he plans to hand the series over to someone else. Paramount has an aggressive plan for a movie universe of Transformers features, and the announcement of three release dates suggests that the series is going to move to an annual schedule.

Transformers 5 is now confirmed in the U.S. for June 23, 2017. Then, Transformers 6 will follow on June 8, 2018. Transformers 7, meanwhile, will follow on June 28, 2019. June, it seems, will be Transformers month for the next few years. We'd imagine the UK release dates will mirror their Us counterparts.

We don't know yet who's directing Transformers 6 and Transformers 7, but we'll keep you posted. »


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Castle season 8 episode 9 review: Tone Death

12 February 2016 7:21 AM, PST

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Despite an engaging musical side, this Castle season 8 return hasn't fixed any of the show's problem with its two leads' relationship...

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8.9 Tone Death

This week, Castle returned from a long midseason hiatus with episode Tone Death. I’d love to say that the showrunners used this long break in order to fix the series after what was a disastrous first half of season eight. Instead, I am forced to report that, while this week’s mystery was fine—about average for the show—when it comes to what has been truly wrong about Castle, the new dynamic between Rick and Kate, this week’s Castle episode, Tone Death should more appropriately have been titled “Tone Deaf.”  More on that in a moment.

This week’s story revolves around the murder of a young woman, Robin King, recently released from prison and rebuilding her life. »

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Agent Carter season 2 episode 5 review: The Atomic Job

12 February 2016 5:54 AM, PST

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Even if its plot stopped moving altogether, hanging out with Agent Carter's hugely fun characters would be attraction enough...

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2.5 The Atomic Job

Everyone loves a heist, and that goes double for the Marvel Universe. Agent Carter’s might not quite be on the scale of Ant-Man’s (in more ways than one) but with a pair of atomic bombs at the heart of it, you can’t argue that it’s not high stakes.

More than any other week, this one shows that the ensemble cast of Agent Carter is one of its biggest strengths. Adding new field agents in the form of Rose and Samberly – unconventional though they are – simply added to the amazing screwball tone the series has been nailing since its return. It worked because they weren’t just there for the ride – they had their own jokes and dynamic as well. »

- louisamellor

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Stan Lee’s Lucky Man episode 4 review

12 February 2016 5:12 AM, PST

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Is it time to lose patience with Stan Lee’s Lucky Man? Its logic-missing fourth episode suggests so…

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After three weeks of making the kind of excuses for Stan Lee’s Lucky Man an optimistic parent might make for a underachieving kid ( “he’s not stupid, he’s spirited”, “we can’t all be Einstein!”), it’s time to concede defeat. When dumb fun stops being fun, what are you left with?

An episode like this, is the answer. An hour filled with characters doing things that make frustratingly little sense.

As a rule, I’m not a fan of the ‘how did he get from St James’s Park to London Bridge without changing tube trains??!’ approach to film and TV criticism, which finds delight in pointing out banal inconsistencies with real life. We’re being told stories, not encyclopaedia entries.

That said: Lordy, »

- louisamellor

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Better Call Saul season 2: Switch spoiler-free review

12 February 2016 4:14 AM, PST

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Better Call Saul returns for season 2 brimming with imagination and confidence. Here's our spoiler-free season 2 opener review...

Neither spin-offs nor prequels have the greatest reputation, and considering the track record of both in recent years it’s not hard to see why. Prequels often seem pointless, bringing nothing new to the table other than solving mysteries nobody wanted to see solved, while spin-offs have the almost impossible task of giving people more of what they liked about an original property while forging a new path that works in different ways. But with the track record of Vince Gilligan’s masterful work on Breaking Bad, there was never much trepidation for Better Call Saul and what early doubts there were about the show were swiftly assuaged by a follow-up that managed to be recognisably linked to its predecessor in ways both visual and thematic, all the while telling »

- louisamellor

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Quantum Break: PC version confirmed, new trailer released

12 February 2016 1:28 AM, PST

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From the creators of Max Payne and Alan Wake comes the ambitious new action game Quantum Break. New trailer and PC details within...

Remedy Entertainment, who previously brought us Max Payne and Alan Wake, are expecting big things from its latest third-person action game, Quantum Break. As well as the game itself, there's an accompanying digital TV show that will not only provide additional details about the game's backstory, but also allow players to choose what happens at the end of each episode; it's said that choices made in the game will affect the show and vice versa.

It's the kind of high concept that doesn't come cheap, particularly when you have actors like Game Of Thrones' Aidan Gillen and Lost's Dominic Monaghan in the mix. It's now been confirmed that Quantum Break is coming to PC as well as Xbox One (it was once »

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Master Of None: season 2 of Aziz Ansari’s Netflix comedy ordered

12 February 2016 1:08 AM, PST

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Mr Aziz Ansari will return to Netflix for season 2 of his comedy series, Master Of None

Netflix’s impressive run of original content continues. It’s not all about shady politicians and Marvel superheroes, either – the streaming service can do comedy as well. For example, Netflix has now ordered a second season of Aziz Ansari’s series Master Of None.

Mr Ansari tweeted this little video to break the news…

Master of None Season 2 coming 2017. Thanks for all the support everyone!! pic.twitter.com/LSxo7dEVQ1

Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) February 11, 2016

We’d expect Ansari to be joined by a whole host of returning co-stars (and maybe even some new faces) in season 2 of the show, which will continue to chronicle the life of Dev - a 30-something actor who’s lost his way somewhat. 

Season 1 is on Netflix now, if you need to catch up. Season 2 will »

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Lego Star Wars animated series coming to Disney Xd

12 February 2016 12:56 AM, PST

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Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, following a family of scavengers and their scrapes with the Empire, is on its way to Disney Xd…

Given the continued success of Star Wars Rebels, it’s no surprise that Disney Xd keep looking for new Star Wars shows to screen. Last summer the network had Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales, and now it's pressing ahead with Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. 

This new show will follow a family of scavengers, who – in true Lego fashion – rebuild smashed-up old spaceships into snazzy new ones. We’re told that, when the youngest member of this family stumbles across something called ‘the Kyber Saber’, the Empire are quick to take an interest.

So, it’s clear that The Freemaker Adventures takes place during the height of Imperial oppression. Exactly when within the movie timeline it's set remains unclear. Perhaps »

- rleane

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Jason Statham’s secret movie photo gallery

12 February 2016 12:21 AM, PST

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The mighty Jason Statham in Grease? The Avengers? Star Wars? We might just have too much time on our hands...

It’s little secret that we’re fans of The Statham at the Den Of Geek Shed (Tm), and we’re always on the lookout for new projects and films involving the great man.

Turns out that The Stath has had a richer history in the movies than many seem to give him credit for. From his surprise cameo in Grease, to a way to make Star Wars: The Force Awakens an even finer production, just click on the image gallery above, and see what the man has been up to.

The Statham’s next film, Mechanic: Resurrection, lands in August. We will, of course, be there.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit with health & safety charges

11 February 2016 10:57 PM, PST

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Remember Harrison Ford's broken leg on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? It's resulted in four charges...

You may remember that, during the shoot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the summer of 2014, Harrison Ford had an accident. News broke that the star had broken his leg when he was hit by a hydraulic metal door, while shooting on the set of the Millennium Falcon.

The film’s schedule was rejiggled to allow Ford to recuperate, and that seemed to be that.

Only it isn’t. Foodles Production UK, the company that Disney set up for the purposes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (Hse) in the UK.

There are four charges in all, relating – as the BBC reports – to breaches of health and safety. The case is set to be heard in High »

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xXx 3: first story details revealed

11 February 2016 10:34 PM, PST

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xXx 3 is now called xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage. And here's what it's about...

Vin Diesel is warming up for the Fast & Furious 8 shoot later this year by returning to the role of Xander Cage in a third xXx film. He’s shooting the film right now, under the stewardship of director D J Caruso.

The first synopsis for the movie has now been released, and it would be fair to say that it doesn’t sound like a radical reworking of the series. Here’s how it reads…

The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. »

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Hardcore Henry: first trailer for first person action movie

11 February 2016 10:32 PM, PST

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An action film with an identity of its own – it’s very much worth watching the trailer for Hardcore Henry…

Blimey. If you’re fed up of conventional action movies, or films that try and follow a pretty similar template, then Hardcore Henry very much has you in mind.

The movie, which arrives in the UK on April 8th, is about a man brought back to life by his wife. From that point forwards, his life becomes something of a first person shooter, and… well, take a look at the first trailer for the movie…

A bit different, right?

Here’s the synopsis too…

Strap in. Hardcore Henry is one of the most unflinchingly original wild-rides to hit the big screen in a long time: You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. »

- simonbrew

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Criminal: first trailer for Ryan Reynolds & Kevin Costner thriller

11 February 2016 10:30 PM, PST

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Criminal is an incoming thriller starring Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Tommy Lee Jones and Gal Gadot. Here's the trailer.

Ryan Reynolds, right now, is riding high off the back of Deadpool, which is playing in cinemas from this weekend. Kevin Costner, meanwhile, is someone we have devoted many thousands of words of this site too, and will continue to do so.

They lead the cast of upcoming thriller Criminal, which also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman and Gal Gadot. That’s comfortably one of our favourite casting line ups of the year.

The movie arrives in cinemas in April, and we’ve got the first trailer and a synopsis right here. So we’d best get to work…

And here's that synopsis...

The story of the right man in the wrong body. In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, »

- simonbrew

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Pretty Little Liars season 6 episodes 14 & 15 review: New Guys, New Lies & Do Not Disturb

11 February 2016 9:45 AM, PST

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Watching the Liars interact and finally gain some control over their lives is the real fun of Pretty Little Liars' time jump...

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6.14 New Guys, New Lies & 6.16 Do Not Disturb

Let's talk about the new 'A', or whatever it is we're calling them now. The new big bad of season 6B and beyond is a little bit rubbish, and I'm not entirely sure whether that's intentional or not. Maybe it's a generational thing, and younger Pretty Little Liars fans love the new emoji texts, or maybe we're not supposed to think this person measures up to either Mona or Charlotte in threat-level or cleverness.

They also appear to be one step behind in a way their predecessors never were, with the Liars' efforts to turn things around on their new tormentor actually appearing to work. Yes, Caleb is a whiz on the computer »

- louisamellor

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The Flash season 2 episode 13 review: Welcome To Earth-2

11 February 2016 8:23 AM, PST

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The Flash goes multiverse mad in season 2's latest episode, which shows different versions of Barry, Iris, Joe and more...

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2.13 Welcome To Earth-2

If we're judging The Flash by the standards of other television shows, which is honestly a foolish thing to do, the relatively swift introduction of the multiverse appeared at first to be a convenient cover for a lot of the time-travel shenanigans it was attempting to pull off.

Was it just a way for the show to have its cake and eat it - as with the death of Harrison Wells not actually leading to the absence of Harrison Wells – or a legitimate tactic to open up more storytelling opportunities?

Welcome to Earth-2 is where that question is answered, at least in terms of the current season. The Flash has always put fun and entertainment pretty far up its list of priorities and, »

- louisamellor

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11 sentimental and nerdy details hidden in TV show sets

11 February 2016 7:58 AM, PST

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Did you spot the photo of Amy Poehler in Liz Lemon’s 30 Rock office? Or the Han Solo model in Firefly?

Surrounding your workspace with more clutter than a mid-noughties Myspace page is one way to assert individualism inside a bland corporate identity. It tells the world, ‘I’m not a number, I’m a free man! A free man overly fond of Pikachu!’ It can also be an act of mild rebellion, akin to leaving out the short and skinny bit of your school tie instead of the long, fat bit of your school tie that the man wants to see.

And then there’s sentimental desk décor, the talismans from loved ones from which you draw daily strength, reminding you why you shackled yourself to the capitalist cart horse in the first place. These are the photos, drawings and poorly made pottery items that prove you exist outside of work, »

- louisamellor

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Geeks Vs Loneliness: judging other people

11 February 2016 2:51 AM, PST

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Just a quick word about why it might be worth cutting people just a little more slack...

Welcome to our Geeks Vs Loneliness spot, where we aim to chat about issues, problems, challenges and general stuff that may just be making life tough. Hopefully, somewhere along the line, we can come up with a helpful suggestion or two as well. You never know.

This week, we’re looking at passing snap judgements on people. Don’t worry if this one’s not your bag. There’s lots of Star Wars articles on the site and stuff!

Anyway.

A friend of mine told me a story last week. They were watching a performance, and come the end, the audience erupted with applause. She didn’t. She sat there, not clapping. She’d loved what she’s seen, and she’d found the show quite wonderful, but she still didn’t clap. »

- simonbrew

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Thunderbirds Are Go: launching on Amazon in the Us; 4 new series ordered

11 February 2016 2:19 AM, PST

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4 x 13-episode series of animated revival Thunderbirds Are Go are on their way to Amazon...

2015 saw the revival of Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds in new animated series, Thunderbirds Are Go. The first twenty-six episode series aired in two chunks on ITV here in the UK, with a second run already announced and planned for broadcast in late 2016.

Now Amazon has jumped aboard Thunderbird One as a collaborating partner on the new episodes. According to the latest press release, the streaming service has ordered four new thirteen-part series (which makes it an additional twenty-six episodes to those already announced by ITV, by our maths).

The show's voice cast, which went down well with fans in early reviews, includes Rosamund Pike (as who else but Lady Penelope), alongside David Graham, Rasmus Hardiker, Kayvan Novak, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Angel Coulby and David Menkin.

Amazon Video has also been confirmed as the Us home of the series, »

- louisamellor

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Supergirl episode 13 review: For The Girl Who Has Everything

11 February 2016 1:41 AM, PST

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The latest Supergirl episode explores what Kara lost before coming to Earth, and is one of the show's strongest yet...

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1.13 For The Girl Who Has Everything

The producers of Supergirl made a lot of the fact that Kara is an immigrant before the show premiered and, although this element hasn't been exactly ignored since then, it hasn't been a particular focus either. Kara's relationship with her family is complicated primarily because, while she certainly considers the Danvers as kin, she has a whole other family that she knew, loved and lost.

This isn't like Superman and the Kents, who raised him from a toddler to adulthood. Kara is always going to be split between two cultures, separated from both by the time she spent away.

So Krypton and its inhabitants are a trigger for our heroine that the show should be careful about pulling. »

- louisamellor

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