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Doctor Who series 8: Time Heist spoiler-free review

17 September 2014 12:49 AM, PDT

Doctor Who continues its finest run of form for years with Steve Thompson's Time Heist. Here's our spoiler-free review...

It's no real secret that Steve Thompson's pair of Doctor Who stories thus far have been fairly bumpily received. In particular, The Curse Of The Black Spot seemed to run out of steam long before the end, and was arguably the weakest entry in series 6. Series 7's Journey To The Centre Of The Tardis was better, but still attracted a few grumbles.

However, he's on far firmer footing with his latest adventure, as Doctor Who continues its finest run of form since series 5 with Time Heist. As the title suggests, it involves a heist, and a bit of time work.

Co-authored with Steven Moffat, Time Heist in fact sees Doctor Who take a step or two towards Mission: Impossible territory, as the pre-credits sequence lands the Doctor and »

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John Travolta defends Battlefield Earth

16 September 2014 11:35 PM, PDT

John Travolta admits he has no regrets over Battlefield Earth, and would do it all again...

The knives were firmly out for John Travolta's long-cherished passion project, Battlefield Earth, when it landed in cinemas in 1999. Eyed as the first in a multiple-part adaptation of the source material, with Roger Christian directing, the project attracted negative attention from the off for being an adaptation of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard's book. It would be fair to say that, while it has merits, the end movie probably didn't help either.

In an interesting new interview over at The Daily Beast, however, Travolta has stood by the film. When asked if he regretted it, he adamantly replied "no way, are you kidding? Why would I ever regret that?"

He continued, saying that "I had the power to do whatever I wanted and I chose to do a book that I thought was »

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Tom Hiddleson joins Skull Island, Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing

16 September 2014 11:23 PM, PDT

The King Kong origin story adds Tom Hiddleston to its cast, and finds a director...

One of the big upcoming projects on the slate of Legendary is its King Kong origin story, Skull Island. Announced at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year, the film is heading to cinemas in November 2016, with Max Borenstein penning the original screenplay for the film.

Now we learn of a couple of key new personnel additions. In front of the camera, Skull Island has lured in Tom Hiddleston to play the lead (having just finished work on Ben Wheatley's adaptation of J G Ballard's High-Rise). It's busy times for Hiddleston, as he's also set to play Hank Williams in the biopic I Saw The Light.

Meanwhile, directing Skull Island will be Jordan Vogt-Roberts. He helmed the terrific The Kings Of Summer, and is also attached to direct Metal Gear Solid for Sony. We're assuming »

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Anthony Daniels on C-3P0 and Star Wars: Episode VII

16 September 2014 11:20 PM, PDT

Anthony Daniels will take on the role of C-3P0 again in Jj Abrams' new Star Wars film. But he did at first say no...

Returning once again to play C-3P0 in Jj Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII is Anthony Daniels. Since he first took on the role back in the original Star Wars, he's appeared in both of George Lucas' Star Wars trilogies. And now, Abrams has him back on set again.

But it wasn't always so. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Daniels revealed that he initially turned a return to the role. down. "When Jj Abrams rang to ask me about filming Episode VII, one of the first things he said after he told me how wonderful I was - and that didn't take long - but then he said 'would you be interested in being in the film just doing the voice? »

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Trailer lands for Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey

16 September 2014 11:19 PM, PDT

Martin Clunes and Catherine Tate headline the third Nativity film. Here's the full trailer...

Heading to cinemas this November is the final part of the Nativity trilogy, which once again sees the return of Marc Wootton's Mr Poppy. There's no Martin Freeman or David Tennant this time though, but instead Martin Clunes and Catherine Tate join the series. We also get a flash mob competition, a trip to New York, and some jumpers.

The film arrives in cinemas on November 14th, with Debbie Isitt once more writing and directing. Furthermore, the full trailer for the film has been released. Here's what's in store...

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Arrow casts Nick Tarabay as Captain Boomerang for The Flash crossover

16 September 2014 11:16 PM, PDT

Spartacus and Believe alumnus Nick Tarabay is joining Arrow for a The Flash crossover, as villain Captain Boomerang.

With Arrow's seasons running to 23 episodes, there’s never a shortage of villains. Now a new name has been added to the ranks for season 3, alongside Matt Nable’s Ra’s al Ghul, Rila Fukushima’s Katana and more.

We’ve learnt that Nick Tarabay will appear in two episodes as Digger Harkness, better known to comic book readers as Captain Boomerang, traditionally a baddy for The Flash to deal with.

Hence why his second episode (episode eight of Arrow season three) will be a two-hour crossover event with The Flash, with Captain Boomerang as the main threat. Expect to see some actual boomerangs, as that name isn’t traditionally figurative.

You might recognise the man throwing things at our two heroes, as Tarabay has popped in various geek-friendly projects over the last few years. »

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Fox developing pilot for DC Comics’ Lucifer series

16 September 2014 10:57 PM, PDT

Yet another television series is added to the DC slate as a Lucifer pilot enters production…

We really are amazed about the number of televisual plates DC is spinning at the moment with Arrow, The Flash, Constantine and Gotham all hitting our screens this autumn, as well as rumoured Titans and Supergirl series apparently entering development. We’re still sceptical about that last one though, having not heard anything through official means.

Now, we’ve received word that Fox is potentially housing a Lucifer series for DC, with a pilot episode currently being pulled together by Warner Bros.

If reports are to be believed, Californication creator Tom Kapinos and Warner Bros. TV are working on the project together.

Like Constantine, Lucifer comics are published under DC’s riskier Vertigo imprint. The DC version of Lucifer began life as a supporting character in The Sandman, but we wouldn’t expect to »

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Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 teaser hints at new mysteries

16 September 2014 10:39 PM, PDT

Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson gives Skye a mission in this new Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 clip…

The return of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. to Us screens is now under a week away. As such, we’ve been seeing more and more of the show popping up in teasers and promo images.

Today we’re given a clip which hints at the new mysteries of the show – the truth behind Patton Oswalt’s characters, some futile techno-wizardry and a bulletproof assassin.

It seems like Agent Triplett has become a regular member of the team too, which we’re all in favour of. Here’s the clip…

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns in the Us on 23 September, with Channel 4 still not releasing a British release date. More news as we hear it. 


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Bloodborne alpha invitations emerge

16 September 2014 8:45 PM, PDT

Some Psn users are being sent invites to participate in the alpha test of Bloodborne...

If you're a Dark Souls fan, and you've got a bit of luck on your side, you may well be getting an invite to take part in the alpha test of Bloodborne, the next game being worked on by From Software, creator of the Demon's/Dark Souls series.

If you're one of these few, you'll get an email that reads as follows.

“Your skill and dedication have been recognized, you have been selected for a chance to join the exclusive Bloodborne Alpha Test!

“Please note that completing this enrolment form does not guarantee a place on this Alpha Test.

“Invitations are at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's (Scee's) discretion. Unless you are successful, we will not contact you regarding this Alpha Test. By completing this form you agree to the Public Beta Trial Agreement. Enrolment »

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The evolution of the TV virus thriller

16 September 2014 6:32 AM, PDT

As Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain comes to the UK, we look back at how TV’s virus thrillers have mutated over the decades…

It was much so simpler when they’d just kill you. Once upon a time, viruses in TV dramas were straightforward slaughterers. The flu of 1975’s Survivors, for instance, cut a swathe through the UK, leaving well-spoken corpses wherever it went. Once infected, you’d cough, start sweating, and then drop dead - unless you numbered amongst the lucky immune, in which case it was time to brush up on your scouting badge survival skills and attempt to make your way in a post-plague world.

Nowadays, TV’s infected aren’t given anything like such an easy time of it. After the coughing, sweating, lurching - and often, dying - stage, more often than not, the virus transforms you. You mutate into something monstrous, one »

- louisamellor

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Under The Dome season 2 episode 12 review: Turn

16 September 2014 5:51 AM, PDT

Under The Dome’s penultimate season 2 episode is like a compilation of all its maddest bits. Here’s Frances’ review…

This review contains spoilers.

2.12 Turn

This week, the people of Chester’s Mill were facing a problem that can’t be solved by a Surface Tablet, Julia’s Prius, or Rebecca Pine and her can of magic lima beans: the threat of cancellation. In a last-ditch attempt to bring viewers flocking back to their TV screens like so many magnetised Monarch butterflies, Turn threw everything it had into the mix, and the result was an episode so unimprovably stupid, you just couldn’t look away.

To wit, the dialogue from this week’s pre-credits scene:

Joe: It’s contracting!

Norrie: You mean it’s shrinking?

Joe: It keeps starting and stopping!

Rebecca: At least the dome stopped spinning and inverting the atmosphere and that’s why the temperature’s warmed up. »

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Boardwalk Empire season 5 episode 2 review: The Good Listener

16 September 2014 3:06 AM, PDT

What is the connection between money and death? Maybe Nucky knows. Here's Michael's review of this week's Boardwalk Empire...

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5.2 The Good Listener

According to some estimates, a little over 8 million people were unemployed in the Us in 1931, which was around 15 per cent of the workforce. This figure does not include Al Capone’s harassed accountant, who, on the evidence of the colossal pile of cash in front of him, has more than enough work to cope with. Times may have been hard for many people in America, but Al Capone is living in a golden age. His exploits have brought him not only riches, but also fame as the Variety interviewer’s questions make clear. ‘Do you get fan mail?’ he asks, somewhat redundantly. Of course he does. And from all over the world too.

Of the three significant interviews in this episode, it’s the »

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A Walk Among The Tombstones review

16 September 2014 2:43 AM, PDT

Liam Neeson plays a New York detective in A Walk Among The Tombstones. Here's Simon's review of a halfway decent thriller...

It starts well. Liam Neeson, with facial hair, is knocking back his customary two shots and a coffee. It's morning, he's a New York cop, it's 1991, and he's sat in a bar where the light bleaches the windows. Suddenly, he's chasing down bad guys. Things happen. It's all framed really well, the film grabs your attention, and then? Afraid so. It spends the next two hours very gently letting it go.

Post-credits, the action moves forward to 1999, which director Scott Frank signifies time and time again with reference to the Y2K millennium bug. He notes it so many times you end up convinced it must be a brilliant plot device. It isn't. It's a bludgeoning reminder of the year the film is set in, that underpins the many »

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Ms Marvel issue 8 review

16 September 2014 2:30 AM, PDT

Ms Marvel hits its eighth issue, and it's a great one, Will writes...

"That's half of heroing. Noticing things."

Ms Marvel has been one of this year's breakout titles - if you're not been reading it, hit those back issue bins and make that right. I'm going to try and hold back my blatant gushing during this review (you can pretty much read that in my review for Ms Marvel #7) and just take a look at this great comic book.

For those who did read my review of #7, you may remember I was not so keen on that particular issue, feeling that after such a strong run it lacked the emotional punch I've come to expect from this book. #8 more than makes up for that, and delivers one of this runs strongest offerings yet. 

Following up on her short team up with Wolverine, Kamala Khan is now searching for The »

- ryanlambie

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Ms Marvel #8 review

16 September 2014 2:22 AM, PDT

Now this is more like it. Will salutes an excellent issue of Ms Marvel...

"That's half of heroing. Noticing things".

Ms Marvel has been one of this year's breakout titles - if you're not been reading it, hit those back issue bins and make that right. I'm going to try and hold back my blatant gushing during this review (you can pretty much read that in my review for Ms. Marvel #7, here) and just take a look at this great comic book. For those who did read my review of #7, you may remember I was not so keen on that particular issue, feeling that after such a strong run it lacked the emotional punch I've come to expect from this book. #8 more than makes up for that, and delivers one of this run's strongest offerings yet.

Following up on her short team up with Wolverine, Kamala Khan is now searching »

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Looking back at Back To The Future Part III

16 September 2014 1:52 AM, PDT

Back To The Future Part III isn't the most popular film in the trilogy. But Simon argues this sci-fi western deserves more love...

I don't think I'm going out on much of a limb by saying that, in general, Back To The Future Part III is the least talked about film in the trilogy. It shouldn't be, in my personal view, but it's the one that generally puts technology on the back burner, introduces a love story, and visually is the most different.

Personally, I've never thought the labelling of Back To The Future Part III as the least liked film in the series - as some have - is particular fair, though. My 10-year old would go even further. It's his favourite of the lot.


So why then do some not warm to it as much? Well, let's deal with that, before I go onto the film in more detail. »

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Why Back To The Future IV never happened

16 September 2014 1:17 AM, PDT

Despite the success of the Back To The Future trilogy, a sequel never appeared. And that's no bad thing, Simon writes...

The postponement of the upcoming Back To The Future musical to 2016 was revealed a few weeks ago, meaning that the show won't now hit the West End in time for the 30th anniversary of the original movie. Still, with a Lego DeLorean released a year or two back, and the recent Secret Cinema events, there's no shortage of affection and ongoing love for the Back To The Future trilogy. So much so that some well paid movie executive, you'd imagine, has raised the possibility of a reboot/remake/sequel on the big screen.

So why has it never happened?

The most obvious answer for this, although it's not a response that Hollywood tends to heed too much, is that narratively the story is told. What else do we really »

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The Strain episode 10 review: Loved Ones

16 September 2014 1:16 AM, PDT

Billy struggles to care for The Strain's main character focus this week. Here's his review of Loved Ones...

This review contains spoilers.

1.10 Loved Ones

When a TV series or movie comes along that’s based on another medium, like a book, I don’t generally read it. Firstly, because they often intentionally differ and they can confuse me accordingly. And, if there are significant plot twists that are maintained, I don’t want them spoilt for me before time.

But I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that I should have read The Strain, because I’d have been better prepared for the sort of disappointment that greeted me in episode ten.

What is really beginning to annoy me with this show is that they present totally unlikeable characters, and then at some point suddenly expect the audience to admire or care about them, for no appreciable good reason.

The »

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High Moon review

16 September 2014 1:05 AM, PDT

Ron doesn't see why Syfy's fun, good-looking sci-fi pilot, High Moon, didn't make it to series. There's plenty here to enjoy...

Once upon a time, you couldn't sneeze in the summer without hitting some sort of made-for-tv movie. Sometimes, they'd be specially made for the purpose of airing. Sometimes, they'd just be unused pilots that happened to be edited into a two-hour block to fill a little airtime. For every The Night Stalker, there was a Steel Magnolias, K-9 And Company, or a Riding With Death (which went on to fame via Mystery Science Theater 3000). In other words, the TV movie pilot doesn't always work out all that well. However, you have to give SyFy credit for trying to make something out of nothing with High Moon, the television pilot version of John Christopher's novel The Lotus Caves.

In the not-too-distant future, the moon has become the new »

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Amanda Pays to reprise classic role in new The Flash series

15 September 2014 11:08 PM, PDT

Amanda Pays will be returning as Dr McGee in new TV version of The Flash

Here’s some good news for fans of the classic early-nineties TV version of The Flash.

As well as the confirmation a few months ago that former Barry Allen actor John Wesley Shipp will be returning to play Henry, father to Grant Gustin’s new Barry, we’ve now heard that another cast-member from the old guard will be joining the shiny new show.

Amanda Pays will reprise her role as Dr Tina McGee in the upcoming The Flash series. Formerly her character was a genetics expert, an ally to The Flash and a love interest to Barry.

We can expect the geneticist skills to remain, but maybe not the rest of that description. Certainly not the last part.

All we know about the new version of Tina thus far is that she’ll work »

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