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Better Call Saul arrives in November

12 January 2014 3:43 PM, PST

News Michael Noble 13 Jan 2014 - 06:04

It's been confirmed that the Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul, will air on AMC in November 2014...

This is very good news. AMC has announced that Better Call Saul, its eagerly anticipated Breaking Bad spin-off, will appear in November.

The show, which has been described by its producers as a prequel, will focus on criminal, that’s criminal, lawyer Saul Goodman, who was one of the standout characters in Breaking Bad. The parent show’s creator Vince Gilligan will act as producer while his colleague Peter Gould is expected to take the showrunner’s seat. The actor and comedian will return as the dodgy lawyer himself.

As we reported in December, the show will appear on Netflix in the UK just a few hours after its Us broadcast. We don’t have any direct comment on this delivery model. We’re just saying it »

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Mad Men season seven start date

12 January 2014 3:22 PM, PST

News Michael Noble 13 Jan 2014 - 06:11

Mad Men’s final season will start on Sunday the 13th of April on AMC...

Partners are requested in the Conference Room immediately. AMC has announced that the seventh season of Mad Men will debut on Sunday the 13th of April. 

The days of the show may be numbered, but there’s still fourteen gloriously boozy episodes to go yet. Fans will recall the recent announcement that the final season will, like AMC stablemate Breaking Bad, be split over two years. Season seven part one will run this spring, while part two is planned to follow in 2015.

We await news of a UK air date, but if things follow the season six model over here then Sky subscribers will be able to see it just days after our Us chums on Sky Atlantic. 

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Sherlock series 3 finale review: His Last Vow

12 January 2014 11:28 AM, PST

Review Louisa Mellor 12 Jan 2014 - 22:00

Sherlock’s series 3 finale is a surprise-packed, cleverly written story with a terrific villain. Here’s our spoiler-filled review…

This review contains major spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.

3.3 His Last Vow

Let’s divvy up the winnings then, who had ‘rogue Secret Service assassin living under an assumed identity’ in the Mary Morstan sweepstakes?

Wrapping His Last Vow around the newly arrived Mrs Watson, taking her from ally to foe and back again, was a satisfying and thrilling end to Sherlock’s third series. Forget delaying gratification, this was revelation after twist after revelation after twist (with helicopters, shootings, and Bond villains to boot). Anyone wondering where the plot and jeopardy had gone in the previous two episodes now has their answer: it was all here, waiting to make a big showbiz entrance.

What worked so well about the Mary revelation is that it changed everything and nothing. »

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Jesse Plemons linked to Star Wars: Episode VII

12 January 2014 5:44 AM, PST

News Glen Chapman 13 Jan 2014 - 06:43

Rumours suggest Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons may have been lined up to play a member of the Skywalker clan in Jj Abrams' new Star Wars film

Now this is an interesting rumour for the casting of Star Wars: Episode VII; it appears as though Jesse Plemons is being targeted for a key role in the film. Plemons is an immensely talented young actor, as well as someone who bears enough of a resemblance to Mark Hamill to convincingly pass as a member of the Skywalker family. His catalogue of work to date shows he has the range to play either side of the force, or indeed a combination of both.

Recently he's best known for playing (creepy) Todd in Breaking Bad, and he's has also appeared in the critically acclaimed The Master. His big break came in the TV series of Friday Night Lights »

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Stephen Dillane on The Tunnel and Game Of Thrones

10 January 2014 9:37 AM, PST

Interview Rob Smedley 13 Jan 2014 - 06:25

We chat to Stephen Dillane about playing Game Of Thrones' Stannis Baratheon and The Tunnel's Karl Roebuck...

Pardon our French here, but from the moment you start talking to Stephen Dillane you realise this is a man who doesn't do bullshit. No equivocation, no meandering; he's thoughtful in his answers but straightforward. A professional. It's quite a contrast to his unintimidating, more laid-back character in Sky Atlantic's subterranean remake of The Bridge, The Tunnel.

Dillane plays Dci Karl Roebuck, the British cop assigned to work with the glacial Captain Ellie Wasserman (Euro star Clémence Poésy) of the French police when – 'sacre bleu!' - a body is found at the exact halfway point of The Channel Tunnel. What follows is a twisty-turny tale of suspense, cross-continental commuting, and people staring in horror at computer screens, as Roebuck and Wasserman leap back and »

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Revolution season 2 episode 10 review: The Three Amigos

10 January 2014 9:14 AM, PST

Review Billy Grifter 10 Jan 2014 - 16:23

Regrettably, Revolution's version of The Three Amigos does not contain Steve Martin, Chevy Chase or even Martin short...

This review contains spoilers.

2.10 The Three Amigos

There was me thinking I’d seen the last of turkey, and then Revolution came back.

What The Three Amigos reminded me of most is how far from the original premise this show has wandered. Because people have entirely given up even mentioning the power outage issue and their focus is decidedly south of the border.

Our three Amigos in this instance are Miles, Rachel and Bass, who head to Mexico to hang out with Bass’s long lost son. It’s as simple and as dumb as that statement makes it sound, as when you leave people for decades they’re invariably either not where you left them or the same person when you come back.

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The Big Bang Theory season 7 episode 13 review: The Occupation Recalibration

10 January 2014 9:02 AM, PST

Review Juliette Harrisson 10 Jan 2014 - 16:58

Bringing the supporting cast centre-stage works wonders for the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory...

This review contains spoilers.

7.13 The Occupation Recalibration

I was pretty harsh on The Big Bang Theory last week. I’m happy to say this week’s outing was much stronger and seems to be moving the show out of the cycle it appeared to have got stuck in last episode – with one glaring exception that may or may not be resolved in the weeks to come.

The two B plots of this episode (it’s hard to say which was more slight) were structured according to the successful formula the show has adopted for much of this season – one old and generally fruitful pairing (Howard and Raj, with the addition of Amy) and one fresh, new pairing. Bernadette and Stuart is a great idea, purely on the basis »

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Community season 5 episode 3 review: Basic Intergluteal Numesmatics

10 January 2014 8:57 AM, PST

Review Caroline Preece 10 Jan 2014 - 16:51

Community is back to its old high concept tricks with a David Fincher-themed episode. Here's Caroline's review...

This review contains spoilers.

5.3 Basic Intergluteal Numesmatics

Last week’s ‘re-pilot-ing’ of Community was a reassuring return to form for a show that had experienced more problems that almost anything else on the air over the past couple of years, but there’s still a definite sense that fans can’t rest easy just yet. Despite the presence of Dan Harmon back in his creator’s chair, the countdown to Donald Glover’s equally troubling departure has begun and, while it might be wiser to just sit back and enjoy the final hours of Troy and Abed, that’s easier said than done.

Thank God then, that Basic Intergluteal Numismatics was another solid instalment of the show that, through a few creative choices, managed to quell »

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The Wolf Of Wall Street & Scorsese's confrontational films

10 January 2014 7:02 AM, PST

Feature Ryan Lambie 13 Jan 2014 - 06:56

With The Wolf Of Wall Street in cinemas now, Ryan looks at how Martin Scorsese's drama fits into his confrontational style of filmmaking...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for The Wolf Of Wall Street.

There are numerous ways you can react to a situation that makes you angry. You can try to ignore it. You can respond to it with equal aggression. Or, like Martin Scorsese does with his latest film, The Wolf Of Wall Street, you can mock it savagely.

In terms of satire, The Wolf Of Wall Street is akin to two great works from the 60s - Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22 (1961), and Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (1964). All three approach a dark subject matter with cutting, ironic humour. Catch-22 depicts war as collective insanity, where young men cheerfully go to die while their superiors squabble over rank and medals. »

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Marvel's One Shot All Hail The King brings back Mandarin: first details

9 January 2014 11:27 PM, PST

News Ryan Lambie 10 Jan 2014 - 07:27

Iron Man 3's controversial Mandarin gets his own Marvel One Shot in All Hail The King. First details and pictures here...

Nb: This post contains spoilers for Iron Man 3

Shane Black and Drew Pearce's handling of The Mandarin may have been one of the most controversial aspects of last summer's Iron Man 3, but Marvel's next One Shot will see Ben Kingsley reprise the role one more time.

The 14-minute short will be part of the extras on Thor: The Dark World's Blu-ray disc, and will provide a brief coda to the events of Iron Man 3, according to Entertainment Weekly.

It'll see Kingsley's Mandarin (or to give him his real name, Trevor Slattery) in Seagate maximum security prison and held to account for his actions in Iron Man 3 - namely, pretending to be the leader of The Ten Rings group. »

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Boardwalk Empire ending after season 5

9 January 2014 10:58 PM, PST

News Louisa Mellor 10 Jan 2014 - 06:53

HBO has confirmed that season 5 of Terence Winter's superlative Boardwalk Empire will be its last...

Boardwalk Empire, it's been confirmed, returns to HBO in September 2014 with what will be its fifth and final season.

Creator Terence Winter had this to say on the announcement: "After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we’ve decided to wrap up the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion.”

It's regrettable for fans that Steve Buscemi-starring prohibition-era drama is bowing out after next year, especially after what was arguably the show's greatest season, but five is at least a decent run. It didn't do Breaking Bad any harm to say its goodbyes at that point.

More on season five as it arrives.

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Game Of Thrones season 4 start date

9 January 2014 10:43 PM, PST

News Louisa Mellor 10 Jan 2014 - 06:40

It's official: Game Of Thrones' fourth season will start on Sunday the 6th of April on HBO...

Diaries/electronic personal organisers/mind palaces at the ready! Here's a date you're going to want to record: Sunday the 6th of April. That's when our Us chums can sit down with a cup of Dornish wine* and enjoy Game Of Thrones' season four debut on HBO.

The news was confirmed by the cable and satellite network at yesterday's Television Critics Association.

A UK air date is yet to be announced, but if it follows last year's pattern, Sky subscribers can expect to wait only days before seeing the new episodes over here. We'll keep you posted. 

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Take a look at some of the new faces joining Game Of Thrones for season four, here.

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Watch The Simpsons' tribute to Studio Ghibli

9 January 2014 10:40 PM, PST

Viral Video Ryan Lambie 10 Jan 2014 - 06:40

The Simpsons pays tribute to animator Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli in its next episode. Take a look at the preview video within...

When Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement last month, it was a sad month for the film industry and animation as an artform. But the animation house he co-founded with Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli, lives on, and in the UK, we still have Miyazaki's final movie to look forward to - the period drama The Wind Rises.

The makers of The Simpsons pays a warm tribute to the Miyazaki's work in the next episode, which airs this Sunday in America. The context of the scene, which you can watch below, isn't exactly clear - Homer's drunk as usual, but who's the chap with him? - but that hardly matters. The fun's in spotting all the references to Studio Ghibli's classic movies. »

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New image reveals Quicksilver in X-Men: Days Of Future Past

9 January 2014 10:18 PM, PST

News Ryan Lambie 10 Jan 2014 - 06:18

Want to see what Quicksilver will look like in this year's X-Men: Days Of Future Past? Then look no further...

This May's Days Of Future Past promises to bring us a veritable banquet of X-Men characters, with Bryan Singer's sequel telling a potentially complicated story straddling two separate timelines. And among the familiar returning faces, with the original trilogy's Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Storm (Halle Berry), and Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) meeting up with X-Men: First Class's Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult), there are a few new characters, too.

One of them is Quicksilver, who's a longstanding member of X-Men lore (he first appeared in the fourth issue of The X-Men way back in 1964) but hasn't yet appeared on the silver screen. All that will change this summer, when Evan Peters, who previously appeared in 2010's Kick-Ass and TV's American Horror Story, »

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Far Cry Classic coming to Xbla and Psn

9 January 2014 9:04 PM, PST

News Aaron Birch 10 Jan 2014 - 04:59

A HD revamp of the original Far Cry is coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 next month...

Ubisoft recently announced Far Cry: The Wild Expedition, which is a compilation of the first three Far Cry games, along with the standalone Dlc, Blood Dragon. The collection includes the original, previously PC-only Far Cry (not the mediocre Instincts version console owners were given) in a new HD format. The package will retail for £29.99 and releases on February 14 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

What if you've already got Far Cry 2, 3 and Blood Dragon, though? As a console-owning series fan, that's most likely. Well, don't fret, as Ubisoft has also announced that the HD version of the original Far Cry will also be made available via Xbla and Psn for £7.99. Hoorah!

The new HD version isn't a simple visual touch up, according to Ubisoft, and it also features new foliage tech, »

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Halo 5 concept art, details incoming

9 January 2014 8:41 PM, PST

News Aaron Birch 10 Jan 2014 - 04:39

Some new concept art for Halo 5 has been revealed, with more details promised in the near future...

343 Industries' Josh Holmes has posted a new piece of Halo 5 concept art on the Halo Waypoint blog. The post announced the new art director for the title, Nicolas “Sparth” Bouvier, who replaces the departing Kenneth Scott. He also welcomed the new creative director, Tim Longo.

The new concept art comes courtesy of the new art director, who previously worked as lead concept artist, with Holmes stating that it's “an early exploration of a new location that features prominently in a little game project we’re tinkering with.”

Holmes also confirmed that more information about the game would be with us soon. "We showed a hint of what we have in store at E3 last year and we're excited to share more in the not-so-distant future.” He continued, »

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Luke Evans talks about starring in The Crow reboot

9 January 2014 12:03 PM, PST

News Glen Chapman 10 Jan 2014 - 06:19

The star of The Crow reboot, Luke Evans, has been chatting about the forthcoming film, and here's what he had to say...

With his recent role in The Desolation Of Smaug under his belt, Luke Evans is an actor whose profile is on the rise. He's put in solid work for years, but a number of the roles that he has in the pipeline could propel him to household name status - which is deserved, after he gleefully unleashed a military tank on innocent road users as the villain in Fast & Furious 6 last year.

One such name-making project is the reboot of The Crow, though many will take a negative attitude to it, given that it's another remake or reboot of a beloved property. But like RoboCop, it's also a reboot of a beloved property that has spawned a number of, shall we say, »

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Transcendence and the return of the 90s cyber thriller

9 January 2014 9:45 AM, PST

Feature Ryan Lambie 10 Jan 2014 - 15:08

With tech thriller Transcendence out this year, Hollywood seems to be revisiting its 90s fascination with virtual reality, Ryan writes...

Like seasons, hairstyles and fashion, genre popularity in Hollywood runs in cycles. Historical epics have faded in and out of favour since the 1930s, for example, and appear to be on the rise again, with Ridley Scott’s Exodus, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and two movies based on the Hercules legend all on the horizon. It's not just historical epics making a comeback, either. With Wally Pfister's directorial debut Transcendence, we could be in for a mini revival of the cyber thrillers of the 1990s.

If you don't know anything about Transcendence yet, you can catch up with the first trailer here. Briefly, it's about a scientist (Johnny Depp) who's killed by terrorists shortly after completing some groundbreaking research into machine intelligence. Grief stricken, »

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The James Clayton Column: The serious & sombre movie season guide

9 January 2014 5:26 AM, PST

Feature James Clayton 10 Jan 2014 - 06:24

The new year brings with it a wave of sombre dramas. James provides a solemn guide to these serious movies...

Real talk: it's high time you wiped that silly smile of your face, sunshine. We're in serious and sombre season and a cheery disposition is inappropriate during this difficult period. Please show some respectful decorum and put on your best po-face. Act accordingly, for these are grave times and we're grappling with grave issues.

Now that you've adopted the expression of an Easter Island statue you're ready to trip off to the cinema and watch all the sobering films that are being screened. Indeed, if you look at the release schedule for the next few weeks you'll found that there are a lot of solemn affairs on the slate and making their way into movie houses to exert an ominous presence. Expect much »

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Steven Moffat confirms plans for Sherlock series 4 and 5

9 January 2014 1:43 AM, PST

News Louisa Mellor 9 Jan 2014 - 09:41

Sherlock series three may be ending, but series four and five are on their way...

Fret not, those of you worrying about Sherlock's imminent disappearance from Sunday nights (oh, series three, we hardly knew you!), because Sherlock is confirmed to be returning.

We've known series four was a sure thing for some time now, but it's reassuring to hear it straight from the horse's mouth. By horse, we mean Sue Vertue of course, the wonderful producer who channels the show's collective talents and actually makes it happen. 

Vertue confirmed the news at Bafta's preview screening of His Last Vow, namely that series four is a dead cert, and series five, while not yet commissioned, has already been planned out. Here's what co-creator and writer Steven Moffat told the audience:

“Rather excitingly, Mark [Gatiss] and I, for no particular reason, we just got out of »

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