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Daredevil episode 9 viewing notes: Speak Of The Devil

11 hours ago

Do heroes kill? The writers of Daredevil are giving that question its due weighty consideration. Here are our episode 9 viewing notes...

With the whole series of Daredevil now available on Netflix, the race is on to reach the ending before someone spoils it for you. But that presents us with a problem. How do we approach reviews? It's not much use speculating about the future of the series when it's available at a moment's notice, but watching the whole thing in one go for a single review is impractical for anyone with a day job and personal relationships to maintain – to say nothing of how difficult it is to critically appraise 12 hours of television if you don't savour the instalments properly.

That's why, instead of traditional reviews, we're trying something new. An episode-by-episode unpicking of the show, looking at its techniques, characters and use of the source material. Call them annotations, »

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Christopher Eccleston on why he quit Doctor Who

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Christopher Eccleston has been talking more about why he did Doctor Who, and why he left the programme so soon...

Christopher Eccleston's stint in the Tardis lasted just 13 episodes back in 2005, when the actor quit the role, in turn making way for David Tennant. He's talked in the past about not wanted to be seen in just one role, and that he has no plans to reprise the role of the Doctor.

Now, in two new interviews to promote the ITV show Safe House, he's revealed more about why he quit Doctor Who so soon.

"I'd had enough", he told the Daily Record. "I wanted to do it my way, they wanted something else. We were never going to compromise, so it was best to be straight about it and just go".

"It's very easy to stay in one job and make that your comfort zone", he added, "and »

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Daredevil episode 8 viewing notes: Shadows In The Glass

18 April 2015 10:47 AM, PDT

Daredevil delivers a Kingpin origin episode as good as any fan could hope for. Here are James' Shadows In The Glass viewing notes...

With the whole series of Daredevil now available on Netflix, the race is on to reach the ending before someone spoils it for you. But that presents us with a problem. How do we approach reviews? It's not much use speculating about the future of the series when it's available at a moment's notice, but watching the whole thing in one go for a single review is impractical for anyone with a day job and personal relationships to maintain – to say nothing of how difficult it is to critically appraise 12 hours of television if you don't savour the instalments properly.

That's why, instead of traditional reviews, we're trying something new. An episode-by-episode unpicking of the show, looking at its techniques, characters and use of the source material. »

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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice - analysing the trailer

18 April 2015 12:14 AM, PDT

Here's what we learned from the first trailer for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

This article contains potential Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice spoilers.

In case you missed the internet crack open like the fiery pits of Apokolips, the new Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice trailer is here, and it is quite the serious affair. Never before have fans seen the Dark Knight and Man of Steel share the same screen in live-action, but this trailer delivers exactly that plus plenty of clues for what to expect from the 2016 superhero grudge match.

So let’s get into analysing the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer...

Right off the bat, it appears we’re one step closer into the grounded aesthetic of Man Of Steel and about five removed. The first thing we hear is a media onslaught of talking heads judging whether we can trust an »

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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice trailer

17 April 2015 11:54 PM, PDT

The first trailer for Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice has landed. So it's time to meet Ben Affleck's Batman...

Update: You can find our analysis of the trailer here.

Well, plans change. The original idea was for the maiden trailer for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice to arrive on Monday. However, a pirated version started spreading across the internet yesterday (picked up by Variety, of all places), and thus Warner Bros has changed its plans.

Here then is the first promo for Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, that arrives in cinemas in March 2016. In it, we get to see Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne/Batman properly for the first time, and if anything, the focus seems to be more on him than Henry Cavill's returning Superman.

Here's the trailer - see what you make of this...

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Daredevil episode 7 viewing notes: Stick

17 April 2015 6:15 AM, PDT

Marvel's Daredevil gets into Stick's mythology in episode 7, and does not leave James disappointed. Here are his viewing notes...

With the whole series of Daredevil now available on Netflix, the race is on to reach the ending before someone spoils it for you. But that presents us with a problem. How do we approach reviews? It's not much use speculating about the future of the series when it's available at a moment's notice, but watching the whole thing in one go for a single review is impractical for anyone with a day job and personal relationships to maintain – to say nothing of how difficult it is to critically appraise 12 hours of television if you don't savour the instalments properly.

That's why, instead of traditional reviews, we're trying something new. An episode-by-episode unpicking of the show, looking at its techniques, characters and use of the source material. Call them annotations, call them show notes, »

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The Musketeers: showrunner quits before series 3

17 April 2015 5:55 AM, PDT

The BBC’s The Musketeers will have to cope without its showrunner Adrian Hodges for its already-confirmed third series…

Here’s an interesting one – Adrian Hodges, creator and showrunner for the BBC’s The Musketeers, won't be signing on for the third series.

A third run for the family-friendly historical action drama has already been confirmed by the BBC (we can expect it early next year, if previous broadcast dates are anything to go by), but Hodges has ruled himself out for a return.

Our friends at Geek Syndicate got the scoop on the matter, with a quote from the man himself explaining his reason for leaving his own show:

“I just felt that after the last season I was totally knackered. I love the show but it had been a very intensive two…well four years really and what I didn’t want to go was go straight into developing a new season. »

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Arrow season 3 episode 19 review: Broken Arrow

17 April 2015 5:46 AM, PDT

This week's episode changes the game for Arrow, which is intensifying in the run-up to the season 3 finale...

This review contains spoilers.

3.19 Broken Arrow

Even though he’s been around since the first season, Roy Harper hasn’t had a lot of love either from the audience or Arrow itself. He doesn’t get the ire that’s reserved for Laurel, or the determined defence that Diggle inspires, but he’s always just been kind of around. He’s had an episode or two to develop, but none of it stuck. It feels like he’s been readying himself for this episode since he was introduced.

Because we now know that Colton Haynes was always supposed to exit as a regular cast member after two years of service, and his relegation to the background of Team Arrow now makes more and less sense at the same time.

Yes, he’s »

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Supernatural season 10 episode 17 review: Inside Man

17 April 2015 5:40 AM, PDT

Supernatural welcomes a fan-favourite character back into the fold this week, as Sam and Cas get desperate for a lead...

This review contains spoilers.

10.17 Inside Man

Dean's condition is worsening as his dreams torture him with Cain's revelation that Dean's story will end with killing Sam. Growing increasingly desperate for any kind of lead, Sam and Cas reach out to heaven for help, hoping to access Metatron and his knowledge about the Mark. When that proves to be a bust, they call on an old friend for help to break him out. One seance later and Sam is back in touch with Bobby, wiling away his hours in his own personal heaven, but now employed in busting out Metatron. Meanwhile, Rowena starts to move in on Dean when he takes himself off to a bar, determined to wipe him out to prevent Crowley from going soft.

The return of a »

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Supernatural season 10 episode 18 review: Book Of The Damned

17 April 2015 5:36 AM, PDT

Felicia Day's Charlie shines head and shoulders above Supernatural's current crop of female characters...

This review contains spoilers.

10.18 Book Of The Damned

Last time, we had Bobby back with Sam and Cas for a heavenly jailbreak to try and find a way to stop the Mark of Cain destroying Dean; this week, it's Charlie's turn. Having found the Book of the Damned, Charlie's being tracked around the world and manages to get hold of the boys when she hits Des Moines. With Rowena's recent revelation that the Mark is a curse, coupled with Charlie's knowledge that the Book can create and undo any damnation in existence. Cas and Metatron are also on the road to find Cas' grace and restore it to him, but the Scribe keeps on stalling and seems more interested in Alanis Morissette and waffles.

Not only to we get Charlie back, we also got »

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Atlantis series 2 episode 8 review: The Madness Of Hercules

17 April 2015 5:30 AM, PDT

Atlantis is indubitably stronger than it was in series one, but cancellation means it won't get a chance to capitalise on that success...

This review contains spoilers.

2.8 The Madness Of Hercules

The Madness Of Hercules deals with the aftermath of The Oracle's death, Medusa's return and the arrest of Jason, sentenced to death by the corrupt Melas and unable to speak to his beloved Ariadne, who is suffering in silence and trying to maintain some form of order in an Atlantis without an Oracle.

As Jason languishes behind bars, the friends are divided. Hercules goes on the search for his lost love, the Gorgon Medusa, and must comfort her as she struggles with her actions. Seemingly cured, she’s the one person who can free Jason, but only by sacrificing her own life.

With Ariadne unable to do anything to prevent the execution of her love, Cilix and Melas, two of her closest advisers, »

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Elementary season 3 episode 20 review: A Stitch In Time

17 April 2015 3:43 AM, PDT

Elementary always sides with the lunatics, which is just how we like it. Here's our review of this week's fun, varied episode...

This review contains spoilers.

3.19 A Stitch In Time

This week’s case was a picnic. A hamper full of Elementary entertainment. The episode may not have pushed along any arcs or provided new insights into our leads - no addiction, grieving, or relationship stuff here - but it was chock-full of diverting twists.

A Stitch In Time bound together elements from multiple genres into one fun Katamari of intrigue. A murder investigation became a ghost mystery, then a cyber-thriller, ending finally on the sort of wealthy white-collar criminal that Elementary repeatedly takes as its target.

Anyone who pays attention to the show would have fingered Colin Eisley for the perp from our first glimpse of that original Picasso. Eat the rich, says Elementary, well, the ones only interested in getting richer, »

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Update: Star Wars: Battlefront - reveal trailer

17 April 2015 2:00 AM, PDT

EA has Star Wars: Battlefront coming out this year, and here's the brand new reveal trailer to prove it...

Update: As promised, the reveal trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront has arrived. With it, news emerges that it'll be multiplayer only, will allow a maximum of 40 players at once, and will let us switch between first- and third-person perspectives at will.

Given that Battlefront arrives just one month before The Force Awakens, there's a certain amount of expactation surrounding the game, and it certainly looks as though EA have pushed the boat out when it comes to budget. If this is what a current-gen Star Wars game looks like, then we're very happy indeed.

Star Wars: Battlefront is out on the 17th November for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Original story follows:

We're still cooing over the latest trailer from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which appeared »

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Arrow season 3: producers discuss big spoilery change

17 April 2015 12:35 AM, PDT

Up-to-date with Arrow? You can get some behind the scenes info on that big spoilery thing here, if you like…

If you’ve not watched this week’s Arrow yet, there’s still a good chance you had the shock change spoiled for you by overzealous sharing in certain corners of the internet yesterday morning.

We’ve erred on the side of caution here, regardless, and have given you a day to watch Broken Arrow before digging into the revelations within the episode.

Also, we’re going to employ our spoiler squirrel Daphne (who’s had bit of time off recently) as a last line of defence against pesky plot details.

Last chance: if you haven’t seen Broken Arrow yet, you won't want to scroll past our vigilant squirrel…

So, Roy/Colton Haynes has left Arrow. In a bit of a The Dark Knight Rises-y way, he »

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The Gallows: trailer for new horror movie

16 April 2015 10:59 PM, PDT

Stage a school play at your peril, in the new horror movie The Gallows. Here's the first trailer...

Blumhouse Productions, the outfit behind movies such as Paranormal Activity, Insidious and The Purge films, has a new horror landing in cinemas this summer.

This one goes by the name of The Gallows, and it's from writer-directors Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff. The movie is set 20 years after an ill-fated high school play, where the lead actor died. For some reason, the students decide to try and stage the play again on the tragedy's anniversary. You will not be surprised one jot to learn that the fit soon begins to hit the shan.

A trailer for the film was released overnight, and you can see it right here...

The Gallows arrives in Us cinemas in July. We get it here in the UK in September.

Follow our Twitter feed for faster news and bad jokes right here. »

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The Joker: Jared Leto teases his new look

16 April 2015 10:54 PM, PDT

The green hair and the smeared red lipstick is present and correct, as Jared Leto teases his Joker...

Warner Bros has lots of new takes on DC Comics characters arriving on the big screen these coming years. And it's tended to reveal them through official Twitter accounts of Zack Snyder, and in the case of the Batmobile for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, through a tie-in promotion to a camera.

In the case of the latest glimpse of The Joker in David Ayer's Suicide Squad film, actor Jared Leto has teased his latest look via a Snapchat picture. It's obviously not quite the finished article, but the green hair and the smeared lipstick is already in place, as you can see below...

Anyway, we thought you might like to see that pic. Hence this article.

Suicide Squad moves into production shortly, and it'll also see Will Smith, Viola Davis, »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - analysing the second trailer

16 April 2015 4:58 PM, PDT

Following the second teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we apply our caffeine-addled minds to what it all means...

There are some stories that have sidled their way into our popular consciousness so comfortingly that it's difficult to imagine modern culture without them. Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard Of Oz are two examples. Star Wars, I'd argue, is a third.

That Star Wars' characters, music and designs are a part of our pop cultural furniture goes some way to explain why, even after 38 years and three not-exactly-classic prequels, fan devotion to the franchise remains undimmed.

It was moving to watch the live feed of the celebration in Anaheim, California, where hundreds of the faithful had gathered to celebrate all things Star Wars. As easy as it is to be cynical about a multi-million dollar franchise designed to have us hungrily buying up box-sets and merchandise, there's »

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Ryan Gosling to star in Blade Runner 2

16 April 2015 12:53 PM, PDT

Harrison Ford will be joined by Ryan Gosling in Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner sequel...

The sequel to Blade Runner continues to gther pace, and the latest news on the project is that Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in the film.

Already on board is Harrison Ford, who will be reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Meanwhile, Denis Villeneueve (Prisoners) has signed on the dotted line to direct the long-mooted sequel.

Where Gosling fits in to a new Blade Runner movie remains to be seen, and given that shooting doesn't start until summer 2016, we might not find out for a while, either.

Ridley Scott is attached to executive produce, and Blade Runner 2 is set to take place many decades after the original film. Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have come up with the script for this one.

We're guessing that Blade Runner 2 will be arriving in 2018, and maybe »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - the new trailer

16 April 2015 9:49 AM, PDT

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens out later this year, a new, two-minute trailer has arrived. Take a look right here...

You don't need us to tell you that there's an awful lot riding on the reception of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first Star Wars entry in a decade, the first movie since Disney acquired Lucasfilm, and the first without the direct involvement of creator George Lucas, its success is intended to usher in a new age of sequels and spin-offs.

From what we've seen and heard so far, it's clear that director Jj Abrams is fully aware of the load on his shoulders; his canny use of social media, with teasing images and videos, has given eager fans a glimpse behind the scenes. He's spoken of his intention to remain true to the spirit of the Original Trilogy by using physical props and sets rather »

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Inside No. 9 series 2 episode 4: Cold Comfort review

16 April 2015 8:21 AM, PDT

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton write, act, And direct this week’s Inside No. 9 ‘whodunit’ with a difference...

This review contains spoilers.

2.4 Cold Comfort

“This one is something you don’t usually see. We did long takes, sometimes up to five or six minutes long, which don’t cut, so each take had to be perfect […] It’ll either be really tense or really boring…”

Steve Pemberton on Cold Comfort

A whole episode filmed CCTV-style with script-writing, acting and directing duties being wrangled by show creators Pemberton and Shearsmith simultaneously? This was never going to be boring. In this week’s tension-filled playlet Cold Comfort we were dropped into booth number 9 of call centre Comfort Support Line with new volunteer Andy (Pemberton) as he’s trained up to provide a sympathetic ear over the phone. Co-workers walking past the fixed security camera at his desk include fellow volunteers Liz »

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