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Assassin's Creed: Unity season pass Dlc now free

4 hours ago

As an apology to gamers for a troubled launch, Ubisoft has axed Assassin's Creed: Unity's season pass...

Although my own personal experience with the latest Assassin's Creed during review was obviously less fraught with bugs and issues as most (reflected in my overall score), I've not been immune to the various glitches found in Unity, especially the inconsistent frame rate. On top of the many thorough hours put into review, I've since seen a few more glitches, and whilst I still enjoy the game, it's easy to see why so many are annoyed. Unity really needed some more time in development to iron out the issues, and Ubisoft has realised that the hard way.

Already up to its third patch, the latest of which fixes some 300+ issues, Assassin's Creed: Unity may soon get to the state it should have left the studio in, but for many the damage has been done. »

- aaronbirch

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Exclusive-ish: new poster for Kingsman: The Secret Service

16 hours ago

We've got our hands on a new poster for Matthew Vaughn's film of Kingsman: The Secret Service. See it here...

The first comic book movie treat of 2015 is set to be Kingsman: The Secret Service. It's based on the comic book by Mark Millar, and the film is directed by Matthew Vaughn (who previously brought Millar's Kick-Ass to the screen). The film stars Colin Firth - in his most action-packed role to date - along with Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Hamill and Jack Davenport.

It also boasts a potentially star-making role from Tarom Egerton as 'Eggsy', who undergoes the special training required to become a Kingsman (think a James Bond-esque school, but more brutal). 

The James Bond tones to the film continue with this exclusive poster, that we've got our paws (haw haw) on here. You can find it below, and the film itself arrives on »

- simonbrew

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Gotham episode 10 review: Lovecraft

16 hours ago

We bid adieu to Gotham for this year with an episode that reveals what a bad-ass butler Alfred really is...

This review contains spoilers.

1.10 Lovecraft

Holy mid-season cliff-hanger, Batman! This week’s Gotham ended the first half of the show’s debut run (to return next year) on a confident footing, pulling together all its narrative strands with a rare all-inclusive plot. As such, there wasn’t much room for performances to stand out, but the plot was solid enough to hold it all together.

After a Wayne Manor gardener met a cruel fate, we were met with young Bruce balancing on beams, and another charming look at how the camaraderie between Gotham’s central weirdo kids could go on to define them both as adults. For once, this scene of Bruce training didn’t seem forced. The same could be said of his roof-jumping sequence, which riffed on a »

- louisamellor

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The Originals season 2 episode 8 review: The Brothers That Care Forgot

17 hours ago

There's a Mikaelson family reunion in this week's instalment of The Originals. Here's Caroline's review...

This review contains spoilers.

2.8 The Brothers That Care Forgot

Hey Rebekah, we missed you! Please stick around, The Originals is a better show with you in it.

Yes, this episode contained the long-awaited return of the blondest Mikaelson with baby Hope in tow, and it was a reminder of just how much The Originals lost when she drove away from town last season. There were plenty of great characters to pick up the slack, and Hayley’s personality certainly benefitted from the requirement to be a new female lead, but there’s something Claire Holt gives to that character that just can’t be replaced.

But despite the fanfare, Rebekah was actually a very small part of a great episode – one that kind of had the entire generation of originals working on the same team for the first time. »

- louisamellor

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Sleepy Hollow season 2 episode 10 review: Magnum Opus

21 hours ago

The Mills sisters revisit their past in this week's Sleepy Hollow. Here's Holly's review of an identity-themed episode...

This review contains spoilers.

2.10 Magnum Opus

This week’s Sleepy Hollow is all about identity - Ichabod’s, Abbie’s, Abe’s, even the show’s itself. From the very first episode of the series, we’ve seen this journey with Ichabod, beginning with his emergence from the earth and continuing throughout his fish-out-of-water navigation of the new world. This journey, of course, is hijacked by the necessity of preventing the coming apocalypse.

Until recent episodes, his has been the most fleshed-out backstory. And it’s been enough, to say the least - the guy was already pretty interesting in his own time, what with all the turncoating and conspiring with our founding fathers. His turbulent relationships, as well, were a colonial soap opera. The constant flashbacks to his earlier life have »

- louisamellor

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Game Of Thrones: new website launches mysterious The Sight tie-in

23 hours ago

HBO wants to give Game Of Thrones insider knowledge straight to your inbox – but what could it be leading towards?

The team behind Game Of Thrones have launched a new website project, presumably in preparation for releasing some season 5 teases when the time comes.

Unlike most tie-in websites, that come and go without much thought, HBO is clearly keen to spread the word about ThreeEyedRaven.com, which promises to give you The Sight (as in, the strange premonitions of a warg) directly into your Twitter or SMS inbox.

The website was launched through a brief trailer on the Game Of Thrones Twitter feed, using a prominent line of dialogue from season 3. See here.

We don’t know about you, but we’ve signed up for The Sight and will be sure to pass on any strange dreams or preminitions it gives us. You can sign up for yourself here.

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- rleane

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Trailer lands for The Flash and Arrow crossover episode

23 hours ago

Who would win in a fight between The Arrow and The Flash? Prepare to find out...

Since Oliver Queen popped up in the debut episode of The Flash, a full-blown crossover has been an inevitability.

It's a relief then that the resultant episode, a two-parter dubbed Flash Vs. Arrow, doesn't look forced at all. In fact, it seems to have loads of laughs, heaps of action and an exciting one-on-one showdown. 

You can watch the trailer here, if you like...

The episode's first part airs on the 2nd of December. 

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TV News Rob Leane The Flash 26 Nov 2014 - 08:45 the flash season 1Arrow season 3flash vs. arrow See related Colton Haynes interview: Arrow season 3, new DC characters Arrow season 3 episode 7 review: Draw Back Your Bow The Flash episode 6 review: The Flash »

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Charlie Day and Burn Gorman set for Pacific Rim 2

25 November 2014 10:45 PM, PST

Guillermo del Toro confirms that both Charlie Day and Burn Gorman will be back for the Pacific Rim sequel.

Guillermo del Toro's next feature film - now that his horror movie, Crimson Peak, is in the proverbial can - will be Pacific Rim 2. The movie is currently due in 2017, with an April 7th release date. And in a new interview with Collider, del Toro has been chatting a little about the project.

Specifically, he's confirmed that Burn Gorman and Charlie Day are both set to reprise their roles from the original Pacific Rim in this one. "It's quite a different movie from the first one", del Toro admitted, adding that "I think two of our main characters like in the first one are Burn and Charlie".

"They are probably the guys I have the most fun writing along with Hannibal Chau [Mr Ron Perlman], so from a purely selfish drive, I »

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Justice League Dark script done, awaits Warner Bros decision

25 November 2014 10:42 PM, PST

Guillermo del Toro's mooted film of Justice League Dark might just be at a pivotal point of its development. Over to you, Warner Bros...

When Warner Bros announced its slate of DC movies a month or two back, there were a couple of notable omissions. The big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman for one, which Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jack Thorne and David S Goyer are all involved with in various roles. The explanation for it not being part of the announcement is that Sandman was published under the Vertigo imprint, rather than the DC name. Vertigo movies are being dealt with separately by Warner Bros.

Then there's Justice League Dark, which came out under the DC Comics banner, but has no shortage of Vertigo characters in it. The film take on it has been known about since 2013, and it's going under the working title of Dark Universe.

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Blade Runner 2: Ridley Scott won't direct, Harrison Ford will appear

25 November 2014 10:37 PM, PST

Harrison Ford will return for Blade Runner 2, but Ridley Scott will be handing the job of directing the film over to someone else...

Ridley Scott is a man whose slate of projects never seems to dwindle, and inevitably, he can't get around to directing them all himself. His latest movie, Exocus: Gods And Kings, arrives in cinemas next month, and then he's straight off to make his next, the adaptation of Andy Weir's excellent book The Martian (that Matt Damon will star in).

As a consequence of that, it'd been assumed that he'll be handing directing duties of Prometheus 2 over to someone else. But as it turns out, he's not going to be directing the mooted Blade Runner 2 either.

Scott has been involved with the project, developing the film alongside Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original). "We talked at length about what it could be, and came up »

- simonbrew

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Plans afoot to expand The Hunger Games movie franchise

25 November 2014 10:28 PM, PST

Once the Mockingjay movies are done, there may yet be more The Hunger Games movies...

It's often forgotten that Lionsgate pretty much bet the house on making the first The Hunger Games film. It reportedly scraped the budget together in part by trimming back a whole bunch of films it had in production at the time, and was eventually rewarded with one of the bigger movie series on the planet right now. At the time of writing, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 has nearly $300m in the bank worldwide after just under a week.

Director Francis Lawrence, who has made the last two The Hunger Games films, now has the job of getting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 ready for this time next year. But even though that's the point where Suzanne Collins' books come to an end, it doesn't mean the movies will.

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Matthew McConaughey set to join The Stand

25 November 2014 10:25 PM, PST

The big budget movie take on Stephen King's The Stand might just have Matthew McConaughey on board...

At the end of last week, we learned that The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone is looking to split his big screen take on Stephen King's The Stand into four movies. Warner Bros is backing the project, and it sounds as though the films are inching torwards production.

Nat Wolff is thus far the only cast member we know about, and he's been given a role that's new in the screen version of The Stand. But it looks increasingly likely that Matthew McConaughey will sign up to play Randall Flagg, the key villain role in the project.

His name has popped up before in association with the movies, but The Guardian is reporting that he's now tipped to take the pivotal role of Flagg. Flagg is a cowboy who »

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Dark Souls II: Scholar Of The First Sin trailer

25 November 2014 6:07 PM, PST

Dark Souls II will make the jump to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next year, along with new content for both generations...

Yep, it's a game barely out of nappies, but Dark Souls II is being given the current gen treatment nonetheless, which is quickly becoming the norm it seems. From Software and Namco Bandai have revealed Dark Souls II: Scholar Of The First Sin, which will be a Goty-style re-release that packages the original game with all of its Dlc.

Of course, the major benefit here is the game's re-release on current gen, meaning that it'll benefit from enhanced graphics and improved frame rate. The game will also include extra content above and beyond the Dlc, including a new vendor and quest, as well as balancing and online tweaks.

The compilation won't be released solely for current gen, though, and will also be available for last-gen, and will benefit from extra content too, »

- aaronbirch

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What we learned from the Jurassic World trailer

25 November 2014 2:29 PM, PST

Jurassic Park 4 has a lot of respect for Jurassic Park 1: we break down the trailer for the new movie right here...

Arriving earlier than planned - it had been earmarked for the end of the week - was the first trailer for Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World. Judging by the reaction we've been reading online, the trailer seems to have gone down really rather well too, and it put across a film that mixes in reverence to what's gone before, with some new ideas. Those new ideas are the cause of a little division, so we figured it was worth digging into the trailer a little deeper to work out just what it told us.

Obviously, there's a lot more still to find out, but here are some of our key discoveries thus far...

People are still sending small children to an island full of dangerous creatures

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Does Jurassic World have velociraptor racing in it?

25 November 2014 1:08 PM, PST

The first trailer for Jurassic World’s landed. But does its final shot hint at a weird sport on Isla Nublar...?

Arriving two days early, the trailer for Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World plunges us back into the most dangerous theme park imaginable.

So far, the web’s been alight with discussions of the sequel’s nods to the original Jurassic Park from 1993 - that loving shot of running dinosaurs, Bryce Dallas Howard clutching a distress flare in a similar fashion to Jeff Goldblum - and the knowing way a prehistoric sea creature leaps up and devours a Jaws-like shark.

There’s one particular shot in the Jurassic World trailer that has us really intrigued, and it’s the last one. In the dead of night, we see a set of metal doors open, and several velociraptors erupt from the darkness and run along next to Chris Pratt, who’s riding a motorcycle. »

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First trailer lands for Pan, starring Hugh Jackman

25 November 2014 9:09 AM, PST

Peter Pan returns to the big screen next summer in Pan. Here's the first trailer...

Landing at exactly the same time as the Jurassic World trailer was hardly ideal, but Warner Bros nonetheless has a promising summer film of its own up its sleeve. We're talking about Pan, the latest telling of the Peter Pan story, which stars Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Garrett Hedlund and Rooney Mara.

The film, directed by Joe Wright, will tell the story of Peter Pan's origins, with Levi Miller taking on the title role.

Pan is due for release in UK cinemas next July, and here's the first trailer for it...

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Movies Trailer Simon Brew Pan 25 Nov 2014 - 17:09 Peter PanJoe WrightLevi MillerHugh Jackman »

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Want to see what Cumberbatch and Freeman look like in the Sherlock Special?

25 November 2014 8:52 AM, PST

Here's what Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are going to look like in the Sherlock 2015 Special...

Two exciting snaps originating from Sherlock producer Sue Vertue's Twitter account arrived online today.

The first? Here it is: a pic of the script for Sherlock's forthcoming 2015 Special episode, accompanied by this message "This is what we've been doing today! Later on a pic of Sherlock and John as they'll appear in the Special #221back":

The second? The promised picture of Sherlock and John "as they'll appear in the Special", along with the hashtags: #221back #Sherlock #notkidding

So there we have it. Is the Special a period piece? Are the pair going back to Conan Doyle's era for a bold, one-off historical adventure? Or have the detective duo simply developed an interest in Cosplay? Either way, Martin Freeman (who famously disliked his The Empty Hearse moustache), should be thrilled with that soup-strainer. »

- louisamellor

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First trailer lands for Jurassic World

25 November 2014 6:43 AM, PST

Catch the first footage from Jurassic Park 4 - Jurassic World - in the new trailer, that's just landed...

So then, the story so far. The fourth Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic World, arrives in cinemas next summer, on 12th June 2015 in the UK. If you live in Belgium, Luxembourg or France then you've hit the jackpot, as it's out on the 10th there. But for the rest of us, it's the 12th. So let's go with that.

Colin Trevorrow is directing, landing the job off the back of his excellent debut feature, Safety Not Guaranteed. And he's brought together a cast that includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson (not the BBC's political editor, as we confirmed here) and Irrfan Khan. Bd Wong is the only returnee from previous Jurassic Park films that we know of.

The film is also comfortably one of those we're most looking forward to (it scored very, »

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How the Phantom Menace teaser trailer became a cinematic event

25 November 2014 5:52 AM, PST

In November 1998, Star Wars fans were queuing up to see The Phantom Menace trailer in cinemas. Ryan looks at how a teaser became an event...

Murmurs of anticipation in the pitch black theatre. Excited shuffles of feet. Then the word "Lucasfilm" sparkles up on the screen, and the audience goes wild. "Yeah!" someone exclaims at the back of the room, as though they'd just spotted an old best friend they hadn't seen in a decade.

It's November 1998, and for many Star Wars fans, this is the moment they've been waiting the best part of five years to see: their first glimpse of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Ever since George Lucas had announced his return to the Star Wars universe, in an October 1993 issue of Vanity Fair, anticipation had slowly been building for the new movie. And here, finally, was a first look at what Lucas had in store. »

- ryanlambie

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111 things we learned about Sherlock from the series 3 DVDs

25 November 2014 3:44 AM, PST

Discarded plots, quotes from canon, Martin Freeman's hatred of Watson's moustache... Here's a long list of Sherlock series 3 trivia...

Released this month, the collector’s edition Sherlock series 3 DVDs are crammed with nerd succour, from the episodes one and three commentaries by Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue and Una Stubbs, to behind-the-scenes featurettes, falling-over and dancing outtakes, footage from episode read-throughs, a deleted scene in which Lars Mikkelsen licks Benedict Cumberbatch, technical special effects gubbins, clips from the only existing television interview with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and - we almost forgot - the series itself.

For Sherlock fans who haven’t yet had the pleasure, we’ve ploughed through all the bonus material on the discs, turning up the odd bit of trivia treasure as we did so. Find out below about Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat's plans for Sherlock to teach Mary the violin, Benedict Cumberbatch »

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