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Universal set to retire Paul Walker's character in Fast & Furious 7

5 January 2014 4:26 AM, PST

News Glen Chapman 6 Jan 2014 - 06:25

According to the latest reports, it appears that Paul Walker's Brian O'Connor will be retired in Fast & Furious 7...

The tragic death of Paul Walker last year led, understandably, to the lengthy delay of Fast & Furious 7, a franchise sequel originally due for release this spring.

Since that sad event, there's been much speculation as to how Universal will handle the absence of a character who's been key to the Fast series since its inception. It now appears that the character will be retired, giving fans a sense of closure while remaining sensitive to the sad events of last December. Director James Wan and writer Chris Morgan will rewrite certain scenes of the existing script to accommodate the changes, with the eight month delay allowing for the new sequences to be shot.

Walker shot a number of scenes prior to his death, so he will still feature in some capacity, »

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Sherlock series 3 episode 2 review: The Sign Of Three

4 January 2014 5:12 AM, PST

Review Louisa Mellor 5 Jan 2014 - 22:00

The Sign Of Three is a frenetic comedy outing for Sherlock Holmes, more rom-com than crime fiction…

This review contains spoilers.

1.3 The Sign Of Three

The Sign Of Three proved what Sherlock’s writers have been saying in interviews all year: that theirs isn’t a detective show but a show about a detective.

An extremely funny detective, as it happens. Tot up every big laugh of Sherlock’s seven previous episodes - blanket, Bee Gees, bed sheet, deerstalker, “punch me in the face”, “he fell out of a window”, harpoon, doggers, “bollocks!” - and you’ll barely equal the gag total in this single outing. The Sign Of Three was a broad comedy with a relationship at its heart, or to give it its proper title, a rom-com.

No strangers to the wedding comedy genre, how might the British viewing public feel about »

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Bates Motel season 2 casting news and start date

3 January 2014 9:23 AM, PST

News Michael Noble 3 Jan 2014 - 17:24

The Bates Motel will be reopening on the 3rd of March in the Us...

When it debuted last year, Bates Motel quickly established itself as a rather pleasant surprise. Rebooting a landmark Hollywood property is a risky enterprise, but showrunner Carlton Cuse achieved it by keeping just a couple of key elements from the original Psycho franchise and adding plenty of original elements to create an effective potboiler that was brim-full of creepiness.

He may be looking at repeating the trick with season two, which will debut on the A&E network on the third of March and sometime after that on the Universal channel in the UK. New additons to the cast include Michael Vartan and Rebecca Creskoff as brother and sister George and Christine, who befriend Norma Bates. Kenny Johnson, who some of you may remember as Lem from The Shield, will »

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In defence of 'monster of the week' episodes

3 January 2014 8:29 AM, PST

Feature Juliette Harrisson 6 Jan 2014 - 07:00

While TV shows nowadays tend to concentrate on building complex mythologies, what's wrong with the odd one-off monster?

There was a time when the Monster of the Week was the standard format for genre television. There might be some character development across the series, but from week to week each plot stood alone and the audience didn’t need to have seen the previous week’s episode to understand a new story. There were exceptions and special cases of course. Classic Doctor Who was serialised, and some shows like The Prisoner, while largely following a distinct narrative each week, also incorporated ongoing plot progression, an ongoing story arc. But for the most part, you could tune in to a show a month after you last saw it and still know what was going on.

Due to a variety of factors including the increasing popularity »

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Spike Jonze Interview: Her, Joaquin Phoenix, Expendables 4

3 January 2014 6:59 AM, PST

Interview Matt Edwards 3 Jan 2014 - 15:03

With his new film, Her, out in the UK this week, Spike Jonze chats about directing Joaquin Phoenix, his Expendables 4 plot idea, and more...

Let me get this right out of the way: I did not want to leave at the end of this interview. I wanted to stay and talk to Spike Jonze some more. There are a few reasons for this. One is that Spike Jonze has had a long, interesting career. There’s a lot to ask him about. He’s directed so many notable music videos, some great feature films (Being John Malkovich and Where The Wild Things Are) and has been a part of the Jackass team since its inception.

Then, there’s that Spike Jonze is so much fun to talk to. Eloquent, friendly, enthusiastic and inspiring. This may rank amongst the most unprofessional things said on Den »

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The 10 underrated film performances of 2013

3 January 2014 5:55 AM, PST

Top 10 Mark Harrison 6 Jan 2014 - 06:29

As ever, some spectacular performances were overlooked in last year's rush of movie releases. Here's Mark's pick of the most underrated...

Here on Den Of Geek, It's become something of a tradition that when the end of the year rolls around, and the big awards bodies almost determinedly overlook genre cinema, and that we compile a list of the underrated and underappreciated performances by actors in the last cinematic year.

We've tried to pick out turns that either went unnoticed in most reviews, or simply should have gotten more praise. It's less about the great performances that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences are sure to overlook, than it is about giving praise where it's due.

It's unusual that this is either the most wide-open race in a while, or there aren't nearly enough people talking about who will definitely win »

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The Big Bang Theory season 7 episode 12 review: The Hesitation Ramification

3 January 2014 5:47 AM, PST

Review Juliette Harrisson 3 Jan 2014 - 13:43

Is The Big Bang Theory stuck on repeat? Here's Juliette's review of its first episode of the year...

This review contains spoilers.

7.12 The Hesitation Ramification

Stop me if this sounds familiar: in this week’s The Big Bang Theory, Raj and Stuart try and fail to talk to attractive girls, Sheldon misses the point of something in trying to analyse it scientifically, and Penny and Leonard’s relationship is in trouble because Leonard can’t stop himself from saying brutally honest, utterly tactless things. He’s a lot more like Sheldon than he realises.

As the above summary implies, this episode has the distinct feeling of a show stuck on repeat. We’ve said before that it’s in the nature of a sitcom to change slowly if at all, to maintain a status quo for as long as possible because without the ‘situation’ that defines it, »

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Community season 5 episodes 1 & 2 review: Repilot & Introduction To Teaching

3 January 2014 4:40 AM, PST

Review Juliette Harrisson 3 Jan 2014 - 12:37

Community is back with Dan Harmon at the helm. Juliette checks out season five's opening double-bill...

This review contains spoilers.

5.1 Repilot & 5.2 Introduction To Teaching 

Previously behind the scenes at Community: creator Dan Harmon and regular Chevy Chase fell out spectacularly, Harmon was fired, a shortened season four went out without him, Chase left before filming was finished, despite one or two decent episodes season four was critically panned, then to everyone’s complete shock an equally short season five without Chase was ordered, Dan Harmon was re-hired and there was much rejoicing, it was announced that Donald Glover would only appear in less than half the season, and everyone was sad again. Phew.

There is a general consensus that the rot set in for Community during the universally derided season four, but there’s a case to be made that the shark hove »

- louisamellor

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American Hustle review

3 January 2014 1:00 AM, PST

Review Mark Harrison 3 Jan 2014 - 09:00

Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence assemble for American Hustle. Here's Mark's review of David O Russell's comedy drama...

“Some of this actually happened.”

So begins American Hustle, a decidedly cheeky crime caper that's a lot funnier than it looks. Working from a script that topped the Black List of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood a few years back, (under the title American Bullshit) director David O Russell has rounded up a bunch of comic book characters (Batman, Lois Lane, Rocket Raccoon, Hawkeye and Mystique all feature) and set out to lampoon the Abscam scandal - an FBI-led sting operation designed to unmask corrupt public officials.

In this fictionalised version of events, set in New York in 1978, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) is a conman who falls for Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) and becomes involved in a lucrative embezzling scheme with her, while »

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Rumour: Hayley Atwell signed up for Agent Carter spin-off

3 January 2014 12:51 AM, PST

News Louisa Mellor 3 Jan 2014 - 08:31

Nothing's official as yet, but the rumour mill suggests that a Hayley Atwell-starring Peggy Carter TV series is pressing ahead...

The source on this one may be wobbly at the moment, hence the 'rumour' headline, but it's certainly not a stretch to believe. After the popularity of Marvel's Agent Carter one-shot featuring Hayley Atwell, talk of a Captain America spin-off TV series for the character and actress began, and now some are suggesting the deal has been done.

Atwell (Captain America: The First AvengerBlack Mirror) made positive noises about the prospect back in October, telling Digital Spy, "The one-shot was so successful, the fanbase were like, 'We want more of Peggy! I think Marvel probably take that very seriously, and it's certainly something I would be a part of doing. I'd be interested to show different sides of Peggy". The Mirror, without a source, »

- louisamellor

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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones review

3 January 2014 12:39 AM, PST

Review Mark Harrison 3 Jan 2014 - 08:39

More spookiness occurs in a spin-off from the Paranormal Activity series. Here's Mark's review of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones...

Last year came and went without any progression of the Paranormal Activity behemoth in cinemas. There was a teaser for this “Latin-American oriented” spin-off in the credits of 2012's Paranormal Activity 4, but it was pushed back from its original release date to the now-lucrative horror month of January.

And so, The Marked Ones serves as the series' first offering of 2014, with Paranormal Activity 5 to follow on its traditional Halloween-ish release date. The filmmakers have described the spin-off as a “cousin” to the series' main storyline, set within the same universe.

In the tradition of introducing new characters in each instalment, our protagonists are Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) and Hector, (Jorge Diaz) two teens who film themselves dicking around in their apartment complex in Oxnard, »

- ryanlambie

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New trailer for HBO's True Detective

3 January 2014 12:24 AM, PST

Trailer Louisa Mellor 3 Jan 2014 - 07:41

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson star in HBO's new 8-part crime drama, starting on the 12th of January in the Us...

With Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey in the lead roles, and Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre's Cary Fukunaga directing, HBO drama True Detective's ingredients are recommendation enough to put this on your 'to watch' list, before we even come to the rapturous reviews early episodes have garnered from Us critics.

Set in South Louisiana, it's the tale of two detectives, Martin Hart (Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (McConaughey) investigating an extraordinary murder in 1995, spliced with 2012 interviews revisiting their work on the case. Expect the reliability of memory and the relativity of truth to play key roles.

If all goes to plan, True Detective, which starts on HBO on Sunday the 12th of January, will continue as an anthology series, each season telling »

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New The Walking Dead season 4 poster

3 January 2014 12:15 AM, PST

Poster Louisa Mellor 3 Jan 2014 - 07:48

Carl Grimes is centre stage in this new poster for the second half of The Walking Dead's fourth season...

The growing dysfunction of Carl Grimes (no, not an R&B album title), has turned Rick's son into one of The Walking Dead's most surprisingly watchable characters.

The boy voted most likely to penetrate zombie eye-holes with a crowbar in his high school yearbook - if, that is, he had a high school or any peers - and whose adolescence has been plagued by unimaginable trauma and violence, is now centre stage in this new season four poster. Don't look back? Sage advice...

The Walking Dead season four returns to AMC on Sunday the 9th of February in the Us.

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The Raid 2: Barandal - first full trailer

3 January 2014 12:11 AM, PST

Trailer Ryan Lambie 3 Jan 2014 - 08:11

Director Gareth Evans follows up his stunning 2011 martial arts flick The Raid with the sequel, Barandal. Here's the first full trailer...

We appreciate that we're late with this one due to our festive break, but we couldn't resist posting the latest trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal in case any of you happened to miss it.

This is director Gareth Evans' sequel, of course, to his startlingly brilliant 2011 film The Raid, which introduced many of us to the Indonesian martial art, silat, and the seemingly superhuman abilities of its lead star, Iko Uwais.

In The Raid 2: Berandal, the first film's claustrophobic violence spills out into the wider city of Jakarta, with Uwais' cop Rama going undercover to combat organised crime. As you'd expect, a considerable amount of fighting and assorted mayhem ensues, and once again, we're immediately struck by just how good »

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Web series Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist gets a poster

2 January 2014 11:42 PM, PST

Poster Ryan Lambie 3 Jan 2014 - 07:42

There's a web series based on Capcom's Street Fighter games coming out this year. Here's a handsome poster to remind us...

Capcom's hit videogame series Street Fighter hasn't exactly had the most classy track record on the silver screen. The 1994 film, which starred Jead-Claude Van Damme in his action star pomp alongside Kylie Minogue and Raul Julia, was the kind of amiably daft film we always seem to find while sleepily flicking through the TV channels after the pub's closed. The 2009 film Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li wasn't terribly good, but it did have the benefit of having Michael Clarke Duncan in the role of Balrog.

The web series Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist, although very much a low-budget labour of love, promises to do a better job of rendering the games' characters in flesh-and-blood form. It arrives on the back of the success of Street Fighter: Legacy, »

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Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man: international trailer

2 January 2014 11:09 PM, PST

Trailer Ryan Lambie 3 Jan 2014 - 07:09

Control and The American director Anton Corbijn's adaptation of John le Carre's A Most Wanted Man gets its debut trailer...

Fun fact: Dutch photographer and director Anton Corbijn's first name is Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard. We'd love to see that printed on a business card.

Anyway, Corbijn's two feature films, Control (based on the life of Ian Curtis) and The American (based on George Clooney's secret life as an assassin in Italy) were atmospheric, well-made and beautiful to look at, and the same clearly holds true for his new movie, A Most Wanted Man.

Based on the 2008 John le Carre novel of the same name, it's a thriller about money laundering and terrorism, with Rachel McAdams playing a young human rights lawyer who follows up a former Chechen prisoner's claim that he's due a huge inheritance stored in a Hamburg bank. »

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The Veronica Mars movie gets a trailer

2 January 2014 10:41 PM, PST

Trailer Ryan Lambie 3 Jan 2014 - 06:41

Kristen Bell returns to her role as a private investigator in the forthcoming Veronica Mars movie - and here's a new trailer to prove it...

As a gage of lingering fan affection, the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign was a huge success. Soaring past its initial goal within its first day, screenwriter Rob Thomas' movie project ultimately accumulated $5.7m, meaning that, almost seven years after the TV series abruptly finished in 2007, viewers could finally look forward to a proper conclusion.

Nine months or so on, and here's the first trailer for the forthcoming Veronica Mars film, which sees Kristen Bell reprise her role as the former high school detective. There are returning faces, some unexpected cameos, and a new murder to solve in Veronica's hometown, Neptune. And who knows? If the film's a success, maybe this won't be the last we've seen of Bell's »

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The Last Of Us for PS4?

2 January 2014 7:14 PM, PST

News Aaron Birch 3 Jan 2014 - 03:10

Naughty Dog may be working on a PS4 Uncharted, but could The Last of Us be migrated to PS4?

Although it's by no means a certainty, it would appear there's a small chance that 2013 PS3 hit, The Last of Us, could be released on PS4. In a community Q&A session on the European PlayStation Blog, Naughty Dog's community manager, Eric Monacelli, fielded questions, including those about a possible PS4 version of The Last of Us.

When asked if those who have moved over to PS4, missing out on PS3 may be able to play The critically acclaimed title, Monacelli replied, “We’re just getting our Naughty Dog engine up and running on PS4 as we work on the next Uncharted project. We will see what the future brings! :).”

Of course, it's no admission that the game will arrive on the latest Sony console, »

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The 12 finest movie villains of 2013

2 January 2014 10:29 AM, PST

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 3 Jan 2014 - 07:52

They made us boo and hiss, and maybe made us like them a little bit, too. Here's our rundown of our favourite 2013 movie villains...

Nb: The following contains spoilers. If you stumble on an entry for a film you haven't seen yet, you're advised to skip to the next one.

We love them, we hate them, and sometimes, we love to hate them. Villains are the driving force of just about every story, and there was no shortage of great ones in 2013's movies. Whether they were violent and weapon waving, or quiet and slyly insinuating, last year's films were full of great antagonists of every sort.

You're sure to have some of your own ideas over who deserved to be listed among 2013's best baddies (so feel free to add yours in the comments, as ever), and honourable mentions  should »

- ryanlambie

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Sherlock’s fall, The Empty Hearse, and magic tricks

2 January 2014 9:10 AM, PST

Feature Louisa Mellor 3 Jan 2014 - 07:00

Now that The Empty Hearse has aired, we look at how it coped with the final problem: how Sherlock Holmes survived the fall…

Warning: Sherlock spoilers.

Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called "The Pledge". The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called "The Turn". The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough »

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