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Atlantis series 2 episode 9 review: The Gorgon's Gaze

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This week's Atlantis episode, The Gorgon's Gaze, leaves the viewer wanting more thanks to its collection of great performances...

This review contains spoilers.

2.9 The Gorgon's Gaze

Let's start, as ever, with a recap of this week's action. 

With Pasiphae now in a position of power, the Gods have warned that they are angry and have spoken through new Oracle, Cassandra. Unhappy with the condemnation of her actions, Pasiphae is advised that the solution is clear - get Ariadne to pass on the crown and kill the young queen.

There's little joy in the heroes' camp, either, as Jason, Pythagoras and Medusa fight inner turmoil as they realise the insurmountable task they face if they wish to save Ariadne and the fate of Atlantis.

Refusing to break under pressure, Ariadne fears for her life as Pasiphae threatens her body, then her life, with Medea using her knowledge of the dark arts to torture the queen, »

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Arrow season 3 episode 20 review: The Fallen

24 April 2015 7:43 AM, PDT

Stephen Amell's performance is Arrow's saving grace in the face of season three's increasingly nonsensical season arc...

This review contains spoilers.

3.20 The Fallen

Arrow killing Thea in order to get Oliver to join the league is tedious for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s just another instance of Thea being a completely passive character simply there to further her brother’s storyline and, secondly, it’s possibly the most forced way to end this awkward, meandering dance the show’s been doing all year in order to get Oliver into the black hood.

And, while it’s nice that the episode didn’t keep up the facade of Thea actually being permanently dead for too long, the moments in which Oliver thought this was the case were probably the only remotely effecting parts. Really, Stephen Amell is doing a remarkable job this season, managing to make every »

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Native American actors quit Adam Sandler's Netflix film

24 April 2015 5:56 AM, PDT

Nine actors have walked off the set of Adam Sandler's The Ridiculous Six, calling it "totally disrespectful".

The first of the four films that Adam Sandler is making for Netflix, The Ridiculous Six, has been hit by reports that actors have quit the production mid-shoot.

It seems that nine Native American actors have quit The Ridiculous Six, calling it "totally disrespectful" of Apache culture.

Loren Anthony is one of the nine, and he told the AP that " Right from the get-go, it didn't feel right. But we it let it go". However, he added that "once we found out more about the script, we felt it was totally disrespectful to elders and Native women".

Apparently, characters in the film go by names such as Beaver's Breath and No Bra. Adam Sandler has co-penned the script for the new film himself.

Netflix has defended The Ridiculous Six, arguing that the »

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YouTube video puts the colour back into Man Of Steel

24 April 2015 2:07 AM, PDT

YouTube channel VideoLab adjusts the colour levels on Zack Snyder's desaturated Man Of Steel. See the results within...

A muted colour palette wasn't necessarily the greatest of Man Of Steel's problems, but it's fair to say that one of the first questions on my lips when I emerged from the local multiplex in 2013 was, "Shouldn't Superman's suit been a bit more, I don't know, blue and red?"

(Admittedly, my memory of this event is hazy. It's possible I just asked whether the pub was still open.)

Anyway, YouTube channel VideoLab has attempted to work out what Man Of Steel might have looked like if its colours hadn't been so heavily desaturated. The results of their re-grade are quite dramatic - the skies are a California blue instead of a Skegness grey, and, yes, Superman's suit is a pleasing blue and red once again.

Take a look for yourself below, »

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops III - new teaser trailer

24 April 2015 1:28 AM, PDT

There's a new teaser for Call Of Duty Black Ops III ahead of its big reveal this Sunday. And here it is...

The Call Of Duty franchise continues its gradual slide into sci-fi territory with this year's Black Ops III. That's what we've learned from the new teaser trailer below, which introduces us to a near-future world where genetically-modified soldiers are the norm.

As others have already pointed out, there's more than a whiff of Deus Ex to the teaser, with its body augmentations and other cybernetic gizmos. It doesn't let us see anything of the game itself but it does give a hint to the story Treyarch are preparing to tell.

We're hoping that we'll get a look at Black Ops III's gameplay in the official reveal, which is set to take place on the 26th April. We'll bring you more on the shooter sequel when we get it. »

- ryanlambie

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Another Robin Hood TV series, The Outlaw Chronicles, in development

24 April 2015 1:11 AM, PDT

As well as the BBC series, there’s now another TV take on Robin Hood on the way (based on The Outlaw Chronicles books)…

We’ve reported before on the Robin Hood: Origins movie that is in the works with Lionsgate and Leonardo DiCaprio’s company. There’s also the BBC America TV series Nottingham (with its bizarre premise) in development.

Now, there’s another Robin Hood project on the way – a TV series from FremantleMedia (specifically their North American branch), based on The Outlaw Chronicles novels by British author Angus Donald.

FremantleMedia is a bit of a behemoth, with everything from The Bill to The X-Factor - and Wizards Vs. Aliens, on a geekier note – coming from their UK team. We’d expect this series to be a bigger budget affair, though, to be honest, if the American market is the target.

Michael Koyves – who’s dabbled in the Middle Ages before, »

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Telltale to make games with Marvel Entertainment

24 April 2015 12:59 AM, PDT

The makers of the hit Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones games is to join forces with Marvel Entertainment, it's announced...

The last time we heard anything from Telltale Games, the makers of hugely popular adventures like The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones, they'd signed a deal with Lionsgate to make a kind of TV series-videogame hybrid.

It's now been announced that the developer has signed a new deal with Marvel, with the first games set to appear in 2017. According to Polygon's Michael McWhertor, who attended an event in San Francisco where the plans were announced, the games will look "eye-popping" and "sexy" - so says Marvel Games' creative director Bill Roseman.

At this early stage, we don't yet know what characters the Telltale-Marvel games will take, or even what platforms they'll be developed for. But going on Telltale's previous track record, it's probably safe to assume we'll be »

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Gotham season 1: final episodes trailer teases Batcave

24 April 2015 12:38 AM, PDT

Baddies, Batcaves and, um, ballistics feature in this new trailer for Gotham season 1’s concluding episodes…

‘See… How… It… All… Ends’, Gotham’s new trailer tells us. If there was a small print that said ‘until the already-confirmed season 2 comes out,’ we missed it.

Yes, we’re sure there will be multiple plot strands left hanging after Gotham season 1’s final episodes, if the show intends to have a lifespan anywhere near its closest comparison point, Smallville.

However, this trailer is still good fun, recapping the events of the season so far before laying down some hefty teases.

An Adam West-style Batcave entrance? Fish got a haircut? See these whopping revelations for yourself here…

How much do you bet that the Batcave opening is the final shot of the season, and that we actually have to tune in next year (same Bat-channel, etc) for the pay-off?

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Mad Max: the spectacular gameplay trailer

24 April 2015 12:36 AM, PDT

Avalanche Studios' Mad Max game is out in September. Here's a look at its potentially spectacular open-world gameplay...

From Avalanche Studios, the creators of the Just Cause series, comes a literal sandbox game. Mad Max is an open-world recreation of the dusty, violent world of the film series, offering up a  sun-bleached desert where warring factions clash over the last drops of oil.

If, like us, you've been a bit cynical about Mad Max's chances of being a decent game until now, then you may want to check out the gameplay trailer below. From the quality of its landscapes to the variety of stuff to do, Mad Max looks like a real cut above your usual half-hearted videogame tie-in.

Having been stripped of everything you own, you have to fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic environment, looking for food, acquiring armour, and most importantly, trying to find an all-important car. »

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 adds Tyler Perry

23 April 2015 11:40 PM, PDT

Tyler Perry is to play Baxter Stockman in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.

The cast of the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 has a fresh addition to it, with the news that Tyler Perry has been added to the film.

Perry is to take on the role of Baxter Stockman in the new film, who - as Turtles fans will know - is the man who invented the Mousers. The Mousers, in turn, hunt down the Turtles. So that suggests a direction for the new movie.

Stockman did appear in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, but very, very briefly. He was seen in a flashback sequence, played by K Todd Freeman.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is set for release on June 3rd 2016. Earth To Echo's David Green is directing this time around.


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Black Mass: first trailer for Johnny Depp crime drama

23 April 2015 11:30 PM, PDT

Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch star in the upcoming Black Mass. Here's the first trailer...

Telling the story of 'one of the most notorious gangsters in U.S. history', Black Mass will be bringing the tale of Whitey Bulger to cinemas later this year.

Bulger was an Irish mobster who collaborated with the FBI in the 1970s, with the aim of taking down the Italian mob. The film will chart just what happened, and how things, er, didn't quite go to plan.

Johnny Depp takes on the role of Whitey in the movie, with Joel Edgerton playing the FBI's John Connolly. Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, Sienna Miller and Adam Scott are also in the cast, with Crazy Heart's Scott Cooper directing.

The film is scheduled for release in cinemas this coming September. And here's the first trailer for it...

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Star Wars: Rogue One adding Riz Ahmed and Sam Claflin

23 April 2015 11:18 PM, PDT

Gareth Edwards' Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One continues to expand its cast...

Casting has been underway on the next Star Wars film after The Force Awakens - that'd be Star Wars: Rogue One - ahead of its release in December 2016.

Production on Rogue One begins this summer, with Godzilla and Monsters director Gareth Edwards in charge. He's working on a script from Chris Weitz and Gary Whitta.

So far, we know that Felicity Jones has been confirmed in the lead role of Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One (to give it its proper name). Furthermore, Ben Mendelsohn has also been rumoured to be appearing.

And now we can add two more names to the speculation list.

Firstly, there's Riz Ahmed, of Four Lions and Nightcrawler fame. And then there's Sam Claflin, who's popped up in The Hunger Games and Snow White And The Huntsman. Here they are...

As you might expect, »

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Fast & Furious 8 confirmed for April 2017

23 April 2015 10:58 PM, PDT

It's definite: the next Fast & Furious film will be in 2017, Vin Diesel has revealed...

And they keep on coming. Even though this summer's Fast & Furious 7 suggested a place to take a breather for the series, Universal - buoyed by a box office take of $1.1bn and growing - is quickly getting Fast & Furious 8 onto the grid.

Vin Diesel took to the stage at CinemaCon in the Us yesterday, and confirmed that the new movie would be in cinemas on April 14th 2017. We're assuming from that that Diesel will be returning, and he's already hinted at a bigger role for Kurt Russell at least in the next movie. It's also rumoured to have a New York setting, at least in part.

Fast & Furious 7 is currently the seventh biggest grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office, and by distance Universal's top grossing movie.

It's unclear as of »

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The Mummy, Warcraft, Pacific Rim 2, Fifty Shades release dates

23 April 2015 10:55 PM, PDT

The Fifty Shades sequels, Duncan Jones' Warcraft and Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim sequel all have new release dates...

Universal Pictures has changed around release dates for a bunch of its big upcoming movies. So without further ado, let's start with Duncan Jones' upcoming Warcraft movie.

The film, which is widely hoped to break the videogame movie curse, had already been put back from December 2015 to get it out of the way of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now though, it's being moved into a high summer slot, as the film will arrive on June 10th 2016.

Then, a blockbuster that had been planned for 2016 is moving back to 2017. That'd be The Mummy reboot, that Alex Kurtzman is set to produce and direct. Its release moves from June 2016 to March 24th 2017 (where it'll arrive just ahead of Fast & Furious 8).

Pacific Rim 2, which had been scheduled for »

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Inside No. 9 series 2 episode 5 review: Nana's Party

23 April 2015 9:20 AM, PDT

What’s more horrifying than vampires, psychos, or zombies? Family gatherings, as we saw in this week’s Inside No. 9...

This review contains spoilers.

2.5 Nana's Party

This week’s episode of Inside No. 9, the second of this series to be directed by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, took as its setting something that’s bound to induce a shiver down most spines – a family birthday party. The kind of enforced fun where only one person, at the most, actually wants to be there, and every hug between family members (hardly) hides years of petty resentments. Pemberton and Shearsmith have picked some incredibly scary places for both series one and two – a housebreak, a creepy old mansion, a locked wardrobe – but Nana’s Party shows that the domestic is what’s really dangerous, and a person’s loved ones can be the cruellest.

Following a harried paramedic to the »

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Ultron and the meaning of robots and AI in modern Sf movies

23 April 2015 8:08 AM, PDT

Age Of Ultron is about evil AI, and Ex Machina’s about a sentient robot. Ryan explores the link between these and other modern Sf films.

It’s an idea as old as literature itself: a lifeform is created, only for it to behave in a way its maker hadn’t anticipated - and sometimes with fatal consequences.

Writer-director Joss Whedon has drawn attention to the parallels between Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein and Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the latest opus in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In Whedon’s reading of Marvel comics lore, Bruce Banner and Tony Stark create Ultron - an artificial intelligence intended as a global defence program, but instead turns against the Avengers and humanity in general.

Brought to life by a peformance-captured James Spader, Ultron’s a charismatic example of a recent wave of AI characters in the movies. We’ve seen sentient, mutant »

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The Simpsons' top 30 movie references

23 April 2015 6:10 AM, PDT

The Simpsons has pastiched hundreds of movies in its time. From Hitchcock to Kubrick to Disney, we select our top 30 favourites...

The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.

Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »

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The Flash episode 19 review: Who Is Harrison Wells?

23 April 2015 6:02 AM, PDT

This week's Smallville-influenced episode of The Flash is a light-hearted hoot that really shows off its cast's comedy chops...

This review contains spoilers.

1.19 Who Is Harrison Wells?

The Flash has always been a bit like Smallville, in tone as well as in its willingness to have fun with easily-defeatable baddies with silly powers, but Who Is Harrison Wells? really, really went there. It was one of the first episodes to truly embrace the humorous potential of the show’s concept, as well as the comedy timing of its collective cast. The result? It’s a hoot, a lot more so than similar episodes of the aforementioned series.

The question in the title actually only makes up a third of the episode, as Cisco and Joe head to Starling City to find out what really happened after Wells’ car accident. It’s the first time either show has crossed over »

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The Dead Lands: new trailer for a great action film

23 April 2015 5:17 AM, PDT

One-of-a-kind action adventure film The Dead Lands is out in the UK in May. Here's a new trailer...

Here's an action film with a refreshingly different look and feel. Set in an unspecified time in New Zealand's history, it's about a young warrior (James Rolleston) and his search for the villains who killed his father and ransacked his village. The hero's journey takes him into the darkest reaches of the country, the Dead Lands of the film's title, where he encounters a fearsome, cannibalistic "monster" (Lawrence Makoare).

We caught The Dead Lands, directed by Toa Fraser, last year as part of the London Film Festival, and we were riveted by its otherworldly cinematography and brutally exciting fight scenes. 

The Dead Lands has also been praised by the likes of James Cameron and Peter Jackson; Cameron described it as "far more than just a great action movie - it's great cinema. »

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Capcom unveils new iOS game, Ghostbusters: Puzzle Fighter

23 April 2015 4:15 AM, PDT

There's a new Ghostbusters game on the way. But don't get too excited - it's another match-three puzzle game...

Flying in the face of the convention that games based on movies are usually terrible, the batting average of Ghostbusters spin-offs is quite good. The Real Ghostbusters arcade machine from the 80s was fun, and there was a really good Mega Drive game based on Ghostbusters II, released in 1990.

Then there was Ghostbusters: The Video Game from 2009, which created an entertaining 3D action game based around the spook-catching concept, and contained the likes of Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray among its voice cast.

Capcom's now adding to the line of Ghostbusters games with Ghostbusters: Puzzle Fighter for iOS. Yes, as the title implies, it's yet another match-three puzzler, RPG and card-game hybrid, arriving in the wake of things like Puzzles & Dragons and its numerous spin-offs (including the Mario one »

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