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Mindhorn: Simon Farnaby reflects on the film’s box office

2 hours ago

Simon Brew Nov 21, 2017

Mindhorn earned good reviews, but struggled at the box office. Simon Farnaby reflects on the comedy...

A comedy treat that flew under many people’s radars earlier this year was Mindhorn, that starred Julian Barratt as a seemingly washed-up actor coasting off his old role as a TV detective, who gets dragged into a serial killer case.

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Barratt penned the screenplay with Simon Farnaby, the latter of whom co-wrote Paddington 2 and is now working on the upcoming adaptation of The Magic Faraway Tree. And chatting to this very organ, Farnaby admitted that the commercial struggle of Mindhorn came as a blow.

“We were pretty disappointed with Mindhorn, because people didn’t actually go and see it”, he said, when pondering the film. “So the »

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Gambit: Lizzy Caplan set for female lead

2 hours ago

Simon Brew Nov 21, 2017

Channing Tatum looks set to be joined by Lizzy Caplan in the long-mooted X-Men spin-off, Gambit...

There are fresh signs of life in the X-Men spin-off Gambit, that for a long time has had Channing Tatum attached in the lead role. More recently, Gore Verbinski has joined the project as the latest director to try and get it over the line, and it appears as though he’s having some success. The film is now moving ahead with its casting, and looks to have found its female lead.

Lizzy Caplan is in talks for the role, although details of just what that role is haven’t been released. The best guess thus far is it’s the part of Bella Donna Boudreax, leader of the guild of assassins. That's not been confirmed, though.

The film is currently due in cinemas in February of 2019. Expect filming to begin early next year. »

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Murder On The Orient Express follow-up on the way

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Simon Brew Nov 21, 2017

Kenneth Branagh's take on Hercule Poirot looks set to return in a Murder On The Orient Express sequel...

20th Century Fox seems happy with the reaction to and performance of Kenneth Branagh’s film of Murder On The Orient Express. So much so that it’s put into motion a further adventure for Poirot on the big screen.

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Michael Green has been hired again to pen a screenplay, this time of Agatha Christie’s Death On The Nile. Slightly teased in the movie, the intention is clearly to get Kenneth Branagh back to reprise the role of Hercule Poirot. That said, he’s the part of the puzzle that’s not yet in place. No deal has been struck as of yet for his return. »

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Henry Cavill is contracted for one more Superman movie

12 hours ago

Joseph Baxter Simon Brew Nov 21, 2017

Superman actor Henry Cavill updates on the status of his contract, hinting that a more “feel-good” movie appearance is next.

Justice League spoilers lie ahead.

While Justice League‘s $96 million weekend Us debut may have fallen a little below Warner Bros' wishes, it did still prove there's commercial mileage in the series. Further, it re-established Henry Cavill as Superman on the big screen. Given that there had been reports of a possible Man Of Steel 2, it's now opened up a different path for the blue tights man.

And now, actor Henry Cavill has hinted at a more sanguine Superman for the future.

Speaking to The La Times, Cavill reveals that he is currently contracted for one more Superman movie appearance. While he did not specify if it will be fulfilled in Justice League 2 (which, as far as we know, is still on the table, »

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Call Of Duty: WWII review

13 hours ago

Call Of Duty heads back to its roots and finds form as it does so. Here's our look at Call Of Duty: WWII...

In the interests of full disclosure I should admit that I’m not a huge Call Of Duty fan. Actually, that’s not entirely accurate; it’s more a case of not having been a Cod fan for a while, a good while, in fact. If I’m brutally honest, the last Call Of Duty that I really enjoyed was Black Ops in 2010, and the last instalment that truly blew me away was the first Modern Warfare back in 2007!

I started to lose interest in the series when it decided to push beyond historical and contemporary battlegrounds in favour of futuristic landscapes and environments. That’s not to say that I have an issue with futuristic Fps games – I thought last year’s Doom reboot was a riot, »

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Westworld: 50 things we learned from the season 1 Blu-ray extras

17 hours ago

Louisa Mellor Nov 21, 2017

The Westworld creators talk imagery, metaphor and nerdy details in season one’s Blu ray special features…

This feature contains Westworld season one spoilers.

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While it aired, the first season of Westworld could hardly have been more closely scrutinised for clues, twists and Easter Eggs. Between sites like this one and lengthy Reddit threads, fans went through Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s sci-fi drama with a fine-toothed comb.

The result of that careful work by fans meant that by the game-changing finale, most of Westworld’s secrets had been laid bare. Many fan theories had been proved correct. Nods to the 1973 film and to Michael Crichton’s other famous theme park story had all been exposed. When the DVD and Blu-ray release arrived at »

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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - in praise of a profound and moving documentary

19 hours ago

Ryan Lambie Nov 21, 2017

A documentary about Jim Carrey's method antics on the set of Man On The Moon turns out to be a profound and moving must-see, Ryan writes...

Why bother? It's a question occasionally worth levelling at the 'Method' - an immersive, all-consuming kind of acting created by the filmmaker and actor Konstantin Stanislavski. At its best, method acting brings us searing, self-searching performances like Robert De Niro's famous turns in Taxi Driver or Raging Bull.

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On the other hand, method acting can sometimes come across as needy and attention-seeking or, perhaps worst of all, a bit of a waste of time. For David Ayer's Suicide Squad, actor Jared Leto reportedly got so embroiled in his character, The Joker, that he started sending the »

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The Big Bang Theory season 11 episode 8 review: The Tesla Recoil

19 hours ago

Caroline Preece Nov 20, 2017

Bad behaviour abounds in the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory. Spoilers ahead in our review of The Tesla Recoil...

This review contains spoilers.

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11.8 The Tesla Recoil

At this point in The Big Bang Theory’s life, it’d be hard to build a solid defence of any of the characters. At one point or another they’ve all acted like terrible people, and for once The Tesla Recoil sees the show really lean into that and exploit it not just for laughs, but also for drama.

I can see how this episode might be infuriating for a certain quadrant of the audience, but for me it felt more honest and - as a result - funny than a more traditionally light-hearted instalment.

When »

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Justice League, Batman's Knightmare & the future of the Dceu

19 hours ago

Mark Harrison Nov 21, 2017

A spoiler-y look at Batman Vs Superman, Justice League, and Batman's 'Knightmare'...

This article contains spoilers for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Justice League.

One of the most surreal and oft-discussed scenes in Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice comes around an hour into the film, when Bruce Wayne nods off at his desk in the Batcave. The five minute sequence that follows, dubbed 'the Knightmare' (but not the Citv gameshow), is the sum of all Bruce's fears about Superman, showing a dystopian future that could have foreshadowed the future of the DC cinematic universe.

However, these plans have been significantly changed over the course of the 20 months between the release of Batman V Superman and its follow-up, Justice League, by a combination of the vitriolic reception of the former, a frantic course correction on the latter and the real life »

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The Magic Faraway Tree is heading to the movies

22 hours ago

Simon Brew Nov 20, 2017

Simon Farnaby is to script the first movie adaption of Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree

With its bank account flush following its success with Paddington and Paddington 2, StudioCanal has greenlit a major film adaptation of Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree. Incredibly, it’s not been the source for a film before.

Simon Farnaby, co-writer of Paddington 2 and part of the Horrible Histories and Yonderland ensemble, is penning the screenplay for the film. In the official press announcement, he says “The Magic Faraway Tree books are a firework display of the imagination. The pages are lit up with wonderful characters, humour, peril and adventure. Most homes have a well worn jam fingerprinted volume somewhere on their shelves. I’m very much looking forward to bringing the likes of the Old Saucepan Man and Dame Washalot to the big screen for fans both old and new”.

Expect, »

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Sony Black Friday deals: huge PS4 Pro and Psvr discounts

22 hours ago

Alphr Nov 20, 2017

Sony officially drops PS4 Pro bundles to below £300 as Black Friday deals start

Sony has officially dropped the price of the PS4 Pro below £300 with two official Black Friday bundles both coming in £50 under the console’s launch price with two games.

For just £299.99, you can pick up either a PS4 Pro with Call of Duty: WWII and FIFA 18 or snap up a Glacier White PS4 Pro with Gt Sport and Call of Duty: WWII. The deal can be found at participating retailers. Expect Argos, John Lewis and Game to offer up both console bundles in due time – as of right now, Amazon is the only retailer selling one of these bundles.

Alongside the PS4 Pro discounts, Sony is also bringing down the price of PlayStation Plus from £50 to £37.49. As Ps Plus subscriptions stack, it’s a great time to stock up on your subscription if you want »

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The Punisher episode 4 review & nerdy spots: Resupply

23 hours ago

James Hunt Nov 20, 2017

Netflix's The Punisher series finally starts to feel like the comic book version of the character in episode 4. Spoilers ahead...

The standalone Marvel-Netflix Punisher show has finally dropped, and once again we’re doing daily write ups of every episode, highlighting the influences, in-jokes, reference points and Easter eggs we spotted, as well as a few thoughts on the show itself.

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As usual feel free to discuss whether you’re watching along or you’ve seen it all, but please don’t spoil future episodes for anyone in the comments.

This review contains spoilers.

Ooh. This is a little more like it. Frank and Micro working together has created an interesting dynamic for a show that was previously very interior. Frank’s after a soldier, »

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The Walking Dead season 8 episode 5 review: The Big Scary U

20 November 2017 12:19 AM, PST

Ron Hogan Nov 20, 2017

The Walking Dead season 8's talented cast are the stars of its latest episode, The Big Scary U. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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8.5 The Big Scary U

Negan has been the show's longest-running villain, and there's a reason for that. Negan is one of the more popular characters from the comic book continuity, he's played by one of the better actors on the show, and he's running a massive network of thugs and murderers who keep the kinder communities under his thumb and keep his Saviors well stocked up on pickles and ammunition. He's also the only person holding that organisation together, and without Negan's presence, the Saviors will return to what they were prior to his arrival—squabbling gangs shooting »

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A Wrinkle In Time: the first trailer

19 November 2017 10:08 PM, PST

Simon Brew Nov 20, 2017

Ava DuVernay is directing the screen adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time - and Disney has hopes for a big hit. Here's the trailer...

One of the few non-franchise films that Disney is backing at the moment is the upcoming screen adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel, A Wrinkle In Time. The film’s screenplay has been penned by Frozen director Jennifer Lee, and Ava DuVernay has directed the movie.

In front of the camera? Quite a cast. You get Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Zach Galifianakis, amongst others.

A full trailer for the movie has now landed too, along with the synopsis for the film. Let’s do the trailer first…

And here’s the synopsis….

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic »

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The Incredibles 2: the first trailer

19 November 2017 10:02 PM, PST

Simon Brew Nov 20, 2017

The first footage from Pixar's The Incredibles 2 has landed...

Comfortably one of our most anticipated films of 2018 is Brad Bird’s long, long waited sequel to The Incredibles.

Heading to cinemas in the summer of 2018, the new film unites the voice talent of the original, and adds some new recruits. As such, Holly Hunter, Craig T Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L Jackson and John Ratzenberger are amongst the line-up. The screenplay has been penned by Bird himself too, and we’ve finally got our first official glimpse at the movie.

Here, then, is the first trailer for The Incredibles 2. Core story details remain thin on the ground, but feast your eyes on this promo and see what’s in store…


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Jeffrey Tambor has quit Transparent

19 November 2017 8:09 PM, PST

Alec Bojalad Nov 20, 2017

Jeffrey Tambor has announced that he will be leaving his leading role on Transparent after harassment claims made against him...

Jeffrey Tambor has announced he will be leaving his role as matriarch Maura Pfefferman on Amazon's critically acclaimed drama Transparent following at least two separate claims of sexual harassment that have been made against him.

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In a statement to Deadline, Tambor citied a "politicised atmosphere" as the reason for his autonomous departure. 

"Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” Tambor said. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago. I’ve already made clear my deep regret if »

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Outlander season 3 episode 10 review: Heaven And Earth

19 November 2017 6:09 PM, PST

Kayti Burt Nov 20, 2017

Claire goes to desperate measures to return to her true love in the latest Outlander season 3 episode. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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3.10 Heaven And Earth

In any other show, jumping off a ship into the dark ocean would be the craziest thing one romantic lead has done for another. On Outlander, it's like #15 on the list. Basically, it's just another Thursday in the love story of Jamie and Claire.

Heaven And Earth told a story we've seen before — Claire proving her mettle as a doctor in a time that desperately needs her — but boy does Outlander tell this story well. After being more or less kidnapped at the end of last week's episode, Claire sets herself about the task of containing »

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