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The Legend Of Korra season 4 episodes 12 & 13 review: Day Of The Colossus & The Last Stand

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The Legend Of Korra comes to a final end with two fantastic episodes...

This review contains spoilers.

4.12 Day Of The Colossus & 4.13 The Last Stand

In the series finale of Legend Of Korra, everyone gets their moment to shine.

Finales are tricky things. They're both a story in their own right as well as a summation of everything the writers want to say. Even more so with Legend Of Korra, which is itself a finale of the Avatar universe. Barring another spin off (which I do not see happening, given the way Korra has performed and been treated by the network), this is the last thing the writers are giving us in this entire world.

That's a lot to ask of even a double-length episode, but I genuinely believe Korra gave us the best finale we could have asked of it. Everyone gets their moment to shine, from Meelo coming up »

- sarahd

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Atlantis series 2 episode 6 review: The Grey Sisters

19 December 2014 8:48 AM, PST

Atlantis delivers yet another strong episode in series two. Can it keep up this momentum?

This review contains spoilers. 

2.6 The Grey Sisters

Let's recap this week's action.

Jason is infuriated and hunting down Medea for her attempt to kill Ariadne. As he chases her through the forest, he's unable to catch her and threatens instead to kill her.

After chasing down but failing to capture Medea, Jason makes it clear that he will kill her but, with the Queen's life in danger, he, Hercules and Pythagoras return to Atlantis, passing Ariadne into the care of The Oracle.

As Hercules drowns his sorrows in food, he discusses the loss of Euridice with Orpheus, the elder intent on retrieving his love... even if it means a trip to Hades. "Where there's love, there's always a way," he says, cryptically.

Though it appears that the Queen may be recovering, it soon becomes clear »

- louisamellor

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The 100 season 2 episode 8 review: Spacewalker

19 December 2014 8:44 AM, PST

The 100 may well be one of the best sci-fi shows currently on the air. If you gave up on it early on, now's the time to catch up...

This review contains spoilers.

2.8 Spacewalker

Having one of your main characters kill 18 people in a single scene is something a show like The 100 can’t really come back from. Murphy was one thing (though the show doesn’t let us forget), smothering a couple of sickly redshirts after being captured and tortured by the Grounders, but what Finn did was painted as a much more loaded act from the moment it happened.

He killed a bunch of the ‘opposition’ in the middle of a war that didn’t need to begin in the first place, and his panicked response to Clarke possibly being in danger is what led everyone to the precarious, dangerous place they occupy in this mid-season finale.

And so, »

- louisamellor

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Ripper Street season 3 episode 7 review: Live Free, Live True

19 December 2014 8:41 AM, PST

Ripper Street's women are centre stage in the penultimate episode of season three...

This review contains spoilers.

3.7 Live Free, Live True

After the brilliant episode last week, Ripper Street finds itself once again roaming the streets of Whitechapel. A pharmacist is found dead in his shop, bludgeoned to death and with money stuffed down into his throat. It turns out the man had been moonlighting as an abortionist, dosing women with a concoction designed to induce miscarriage, but with a heavy risk of poisoning. Whilst this is going on, Susan faces her own problems as a contractor goes back on his deal with her and then claims she hasn't the ability to deal with the men's world of business.

I've mentioned it several times across this series, but the writing of the show has really improved when it comes to exploring the historical context by showing it, rather than telling the audience about it. »

- louisamellor

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Kiefer Sutherland: the end of the road for 24?

19 December 2014 2:15 AM, PST

Is this the end of 24? "I don't see going back to it" says Jack Bauer himself Kiefer Sutherland.

For better, for worse, a fair few folk still tuned in to watch 24: Live Another Day. As such, Kiefer Sutherland has been fielding questions about the possibility for futher adventures for Jack Bauer.

Speaking to The Telegraph, he was pretty quick to shoot down any rumours.

“Me, I don’t see going back to it," he claimed. "We had set out to do 12 episodes to end the show and deal with some of the past history of the show. It was also an irresistible opportunity to go shoot in England. So for all of those reasons it made sense to do that last season.”

“But I think I said the same thing at the end of season 8 so I would hate to be held to that,” he also added. Meaning, of course, »

- rleane

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American Horror Story Freak Show: First footage of Neil Patrick Harris

19 December 2014 2:02 AM, PST

Prepare for flirting, magic and a whole lot of blood - here's our first glimpse of Neil Patrick Harris in American Horror Story...

Oscars host, sit-com charmer and Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway remaker Neil Patrick Harris is coming to the horror anthology show American Horror Story.

He will star in the current season, subtitled Freak Show, as the new owner of said show. Today we got our first glimpse of his character and, to be honest, it's already looking very interesting. See for yourself...

American Horror Story returns on 7 January on FX.

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- rleane

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Doctor Who series 9: first episode title revealed

19 December 2014 1:50 AM, PST

Ready to see some magic in Doctor Who? Series 9's opener could be the episode for you...

Before we've even got this year's Christmas special out of the way, and before series 9 has even begun filming, we've now learned the name for the opening episode to Doctor Who series 9.

It will be, as was revealed at the press screening of Last Christmas this week, The Magician's Apprentice. A reference perhaps to the series 8 moment where Capaldi's Doctor lamented that his attempt at a 'minimalist' look had turned out a bit magician-y.

And is it just us (it could well be), but doesn't that sound a little like an introducing-a-new-companion sort of title?

That is pure rampant speculation on our part, though. After Moffat's Davies-era-esque Father Christmas coda from Death In Heaven, there's a chance we might find out a little more about series 9 at the end of the festive spectacular next week. »

- rleane

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American Horror Story Freak Show episode 10 review: Orphans

18 December 2014 11:41 PM, PST

Naomi Grossman's performance as Pepper is nothing short of extraordinary in this week's American Horror Story, Orphans...

This review contains spoilers.

4.10 Orphans

On a show full of great characters and stunning transformations, none of them is as impressive as the hours of makeup it must take to change Naomi Grossman into Pepper the pinhead. Ms Grossman is a very cute, appealing girl, and when you look at her next to Pepper—even with a shaved head—it's tough to reconcile that these two are in fact the same person. It's stunning work, but perhaps more stunning than Grossman's transformation is her staggering acting ability. She doesn't speak much in either season she's featured, but Pepper is an indelible presence who steals focus in every scene she's in, and it's all thanks to the actress behind the makeup.

No more is that on display than in Orphans. This is the »

- louisamellor

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: James Gunn on writing Thanos

18 December 2014 11:22 PM, PST

James Gunn on why the Guardians Of The Galaxy movie didn't need Thanos, but the Marvel cinematic universe did.

This article contains spoilers for Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Writer and director James Gunn is, as you more than likely well know, the man who's given Marvel perhaps its most unexpected hit to date, Guardians Of The Galaxy. The film has taken over $700m worldwide, and a sequel is already in the works.

Now, in a new chat with Vulture, Gunn has been talking about the pressure on him to get the character of Thanos right in the first Guardians Of The Galaxy movie. He told the site that the pressure came "because you’re setting up this gigantic character that, in one way, isn’t really a part of your movie. His presence doesn’t really serve being in Guardians, and having Thanos be in that scene was more helpful »

- simonbrew

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Paramount pulls Team America theatrical availability

18 December 2014 11:13 PM, PST

Looking to see Team America: World Police instead of The Interview? Well you can't. That's been pulled now as well.

Well, things aren't getting better. In a week that's already seen the release of the film The Interview cancelled by Sony, and a further North Korean-set thriller starring Steve Carell fall apart, now it seems that the theatrical rights to Team America: World Police have been pulled.

Led by the Alamo Drafthouse, a few cinemas in the Us started booking Team America: World Police to play in place of The Interview. But Paramount Pictures has now withdrawn permission to screen the film, even though it's not one that the cyberterrorists behind the Sony hack had objected to. The fact that Team America has been around for ten years and counting, and that there was no threat against it, seems to matter not a jot.

Back when the first threats against »

- simonbrew

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Transformers: Mark Wahlberg committed to "a couple more"

18 December 2014 11:06 PM, PST

Mark Wahlberg is on board for Transformers 5, and says "something tells me we'll be on the set soon".

The biggest box office hit of the year on planet Earth has been Michael Bay's Transformers: Age Of Extinction. The widely-maligned Transformers 4 may have seen its Us takings fall after the previous film, but the fact that it was such a huge hit in China helped power it to a $1.087bn gross. Second place Guardians Of The Galaxy sits a long way behind on $772m worldwide.

While on the promotional trail for his new film, The Gambler, Mark Wahlberg was asked if his appearance in Transformers: Age Of Extinction was to be his only one. Or would he be returning for Transformers 5?

"Yeah, I committed to doing a couple more", he confirmed to MTV. As for when? "I can't speak for Mr Bay, but something tells me we'll »

- simonbrew

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Jurassic World: director Colin Trevorrow on his dinosaurs

18 December 2014 11:01 PM, PST

Colin Trevorrow explains why he's not making a copy of the earlier Jurassic Park films with Jurassic World...

This piece contains a very mild spoiler for Jurassic World.

If you've seen the trailer for next summer's Jurassic Park sequel, Jurassic World, then you'll already know that one of the big new additions to the dinosaur line-up this time is a newly-minted dinosaur species. The so-called D-Rex takes its place alongside the more familiar dinos in the park, and it was broadly hinted at in the first trailer for the movie, that landed three weeks ago.

Director Colin Trevorrow has been talking about the new creation in a new interview at Entertainment Weekly, and he said that "there are dinosaurs and there's the other - there's this thing that is not one of them, that is not of them".

He added that "there's a lot of bold new ideas in this movie, »

- simonbrew

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Annie review

18 December 2014 10:26 PM, PST

We sent our resident Annie nerd to watch the new version, that stars Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. She wasn't impressed.

A remake of the 1982 big screen version of the Broadway musical, Annie began its life as another project for the Smith children (Will Smith bought the rights so his daughter Willow could star). However, delays made her too old for the role and she was replaced by Beasts Of The Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis, and this is where unfortunately the good news ends for this surprisingly bland, unemotional musical extravaganza.

The story set-up starts as you would expect little Annie (no longer referred to as an orphan but rather a foster child) is waiting for her parents to return, living in a girl’s home run by the drunk and disillusioned Miss. Hannigan (Cameron Diaz – more on her later). One day she literally runs into Will »

- simonbrew

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Minecraft: Story Mode announced

18 December 2014 7:10 PM, PST

Telltale Games is bringing Minecraft fans a new adventure next year...

It would seem as though no popular licence is immune to the Telltale magic, and the adventure game experts have now turned their eyes to Mojang's massive hit, Minecraft.

It's been announced that Telltale is working on a new adventure, Minecraft: Story Mode, which will be an episodic jaunt through the world of Minecraft that will feature characters and themes from the sandbox game, woven into a new story-driven adventure.

The team plans to try and make the game as Minecraft-like as possible, and has taken heavy influence from the Minecraft community, as well as the original title.

Some features were also revealed. Here's what they said:

• Mojang is collaborating with Telltale and members of the community to make Minecraft: Story Mode as Minecrafty as possible.

• The first episode will be released some time in 2015, and will be available on Xbox consoles, »

- aaronbirch

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Why The Interview's withdrawal sets a worrying precedent

18 December 2014 11:47 AM, PST

With Sony announcing that it has "no plans" to release The Interview, we look at what it might mean for the future of filmmaking...

A few months ago, the unfolding furore surrounding Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's comedy The Interview probably seemed quite funny.

The film, about a TV host (played by James Franco) and his producer (Rogen) who are instructed by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, enraged the country's government. It was, North Korea's foreign ministry spokesman said, "an act of war."

"Making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated," read a statement from a North Korean news agency. "If the Us administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken."

When the story emerged in June, Seth Rogen didn't seem particularly worried. »

- ryanlambie

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The top 10 films of 2014: Under The Skin

18 December 2014 8:01 AM, PST

Here's why Under The Skin, from director Jonathan Glazer, was one of the best films we saw this year...

Over the past few weeks, Den of Geek writers have been voting for their favourite films of the year. In 10th place is operatic gangster action banquet, The Raid 2. Here's why...

9. Under The Skin

In Under the Skin, Scarlett Johansson is a man eater. I was going to say 'literally', but it’s not really quite eating, at least not as we know it.

I know of two idioms that use the words ‘under the skin,’ and each is very useful in talking about Jonathan Glazer’s remarkable picture.

First, there’s that notion we typically summon for what annoys or bedevils us, things that create an itch you can’t scratch, that ‘get under your skin.’ In this movie, it’s images that you can’t unsee, sounds you can’t unhear, »

- simonbrew

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Letters: Iain M Banks, Star Trek, Shield and TV shows

18 December 2014 7:26 AM, PST

Our final letters page of the year! So: are our Star Trek: The Next Generation lookbacks returning? And do we hate The Mentalist?

Welcome to our final letters page of the year! What started as a bit of a daft idea in the pub - starting a letters page on a website - bizarrely seems to have worked. As such, we shall be retreating to the pub far more often in 2015 to think of more daft ideas. Nothing could possibly go wrong with that plan.

For now? Here's our final selection of your missives for 2014. And thank you for supporting this, one of our daftest ventures to date...

Iain M Banks Books

I'm not much of a bookworm, but when I am, I got a lot of time for Iain M Banks books.  

I chanced upon your interview with Dougray Scott from October last year, where it is mentioned that »

- simonbrew

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Doctor Who: Last Christmas spoiler-free review

18 December 2014 7:18 AM, PST

This year's Doctor Who Christmas Special is a surprisingly scary festive tale with an exemplary cast. Here's our spoiler-free review...

Tradition once upon a time apparently suggested that the Doctor Who Christmas special was a slightly softer beast than usual. That it was put together fully in the knowledge that it'd be watched by people who had consumed no small amount of food, and in many cases also enjoyed a beverage or two. A beverage with a percentage figure on the side of the bottle. As such, with one or two notable exceptions, the specials have had a slightly different feel.

Last Christmas, though, could effectively be classed as episode 13 of the series just gone. That's what it pretty much is of course, but specifically it's a lot less standalone than we've had in recent years. That's not to say it doesn't work as a one-off episode, but it's also »

- louisamellor

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Syfy's Ascension review

18 December 2014 7:05 AM, PST

Syfy forgot to add any science or characters to character-driven science-fiction show Ascension, a space drama that failed to launch...

This review contains spoilers.

If you’ve spent the sort of money that Ascension cost to make, and employed some of the actors in it, you’d think that would go hand-in-hand with a plan of sorts. But having seen Ascension there appeared to be no plan other than to come up with a unbelievable, nay preposterous idea and then hope that somewhere in production something magical might happen. It didn’t.

And Syfy knew that a while ago. Which is why they suddenly switched broadcast from a planned six single episode weeks, to double episodes on successive nights. They also moved the start date, which is a shame because the original one is still referenced in the trailer. I can only conclude that having seen this abysmal show, they »

- louisamellor

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Jim Carrey interview: Dumb And Dumber, comedy & more

18 December 2014 6:19 AM, PST

Mr Jim Carrey on why he returned to make Dumb And Dumber To, and what his ambition with Ace Ventura was...

I think some critics have rather underestimated Jim Carrey, and his very skilled approach to outwardly silly schtick. Not only has he made a lot of films with interesting themes and subtexts, Carrey also works hard to give even his stupidest dumbest characters the right comic attitudes, bringing them to life with deliberate effect.

Carrey has rarely returned to the same role, but it seemed inevitable that Lloyd Christmas would come back again, one day. But why now? What needed to be done to get Dumb And Dumber To right? And what does Carrey think all this messing around is actually about, anyway?

We had a little chat last month, about those ideas and more.

Comedy is subjective.

It sure is.

So who is in your mind? Who are you targeting this at? »

- simonbrew

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