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The Crystal Maze 2017 episode 1 review
19 hours ago
Louisa Mellor Jun 23, 2017
The Crystal Maze is back with a new Maze Master, a new Futuristic Zone, and all the fun of the original...
You can question TV’s current Rosebud-like obsession with stuff that used to make us happy as kids all you like; the truth is that watching Richard Ayoade being wry to people dressed like ghostbusters is just good medicine. Watching Richard Ayoade in salmon pink corduroy being wry to minor celebrities dressed like ghostbusters is excellent medicine.
Throw in some diverting games and theme music that instantly lifts the spirits and you’ve got a remedy that gives you an hour (or, forty-five minutes not including ads) in which to forget the world’s parlous state and feel once again like a kid balancing a »
Metroid: Samus Returns is getting a stunning Legacy Edition
23 June 2017 1:22 AM, PDT
Ryan Lambie Jun 23, 2017
The forthcoming Metroid: Samus Returns for 3Ds is getting a superb-looking Legacy Edition, which comes loaded with extras...
After years of wondering when Nintendo was going to do something exciting with the Metroid property again, this year's E3 saw the surprise announcement of two games in the franchise. For Switch owners, there's the prospect of Metroid Prime 4 - a series we thought had fallen by the wayside, if we're being honest - while for the 3Ds, we'll be getting Metroid: Samus Returns.
In some respects, it's Samus Returns that's the most exciting of the two, since it's a return to the classic free-roaming 2D platforming action of the 80s and 90s - or the Metroidvania genre, as all the cool kids refer to it these days. »
Fargo season 3 episode 4 review: The Narrow Escape Problem
23 June 2017 12:42 AM, PDT
Michael Noble Jun 23, 2017
Is there any escape in Fargo season 3? Here's our spoiler-filled review of episode 4...
This review contains spoilers.
3.4 The Narrow Escape Problem
The narrow escape problem is a term borrowed from biology that refers to a particle that is confined to a bounded domain, but which has a narrow window through which it can escape. Calculating the mean escape time is the the problem that our intrepid biologists seek to solve. (Before you start wondering whether I cribbed that from Wikipedia, let me tell you that yes, that’s exactly what I did and I freely admit so here in a vain effort to indemnify myself against accusations of cheating. You can correct me in the comments). What I can tell you is that, for the admitted layperson, »
Dean Cain still wants Lois & Clark season 5
23 June 2017 12:00 AM, PDT
Rob Leane Jun 23, 2017
We're living in the age of the belated TV show comeback, with the likes of The X-Files, Twin Peaks, Gilmore Girls, Arrested Development and Full House getting revivals many years after their original runs.
"Well, you know what, we ended our show after four seasons in a weird way because we’re supposed to do a fifth season," Cain told 7 News Sydney.
"Teri [Hatcher] got pregnant in between and couldn’t work on that fifth season, »
The Orville, Gotham, The Gifted & more get premiere dates
22 June 2017 11:40 PM, PDT
Rob Leane Jun 23, 2017
Here's Fox's fall 2017 schedule, featuring return dates for Gotham, Lethal Weapon, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Lucifer and more...
Fox - the American network - has announced its slate of autumn premiere dates for this year.
We now know when Gotham, Lethal Weapon, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Lucifer will return, and when the X-Men TV show The Gifted and Seth MacFarlane's sci-fi comedy The Orville will premiere for the first time.
Here's the list of dates, courtesy of Cbr...
Sunday, Sept. 10
Sunday, Sept. 17
Tuesday, Sept. 26
8:00-9:00: Lethal Weapon (Season Two Premiere)
9:00-9:30: The Mick »
Blade Runner: Ridley Scott interested in more sequels
22 June 2017 10:49 PM, PDT
Simon Brew Jun 23, 2017
With his third Alien movie, Alien: Covenant, spluttering a little at the box office this summer, that’s put some doubt on plans to start work on a further Alien adventure next year. Not that Ridley Scott’s slate will be empty whether the movie presses ahead of not. He’s also producing the new Blade Runner film, that arrives in cinemas later this year, and has now hinted that more Blade Runner sequels might be on the way once that movie is out.
“You know what, George has always proved that. Of course there’s always something. George Lucas. You know, and the way he’s handled Star Wars has been spectacular. It’s what I’ve been trying to do to really evolve Alien, because in those days I wasn’t into making sequels, but now suddenly you realize, ‘well, that’s stupid.’ I’ll use the word ‘duh’ again, right? You’d better get into sequels, duh. So, that’s in a way what I’ve been doing”.
The interview was to mark the 35th birthday of the original Blade Runner film, and whether a third film in the series follows will clearly depend on how well Blade Runner 2049 – that Denis Villeneuve is directing – goes down. The film arrives in October…
World War Z 2: David Fincher is definitely directing
22 June 2017 10:41 PM, PDT
Simon Brew Jun 23, 2017
Ever since it became clear that director Marc Foster and star/producer Brad Ptt didn’t get on when making the first World War Z movie, it was certain that any sequel would need a change of helmer. That’s not been the easiest of processes, though, as an assortment of faces have been linked with the film – with J A Bayona even signing on to make it at one point – before ultimately moving on.
A few months ago came the first hint though that David Fincher might be interested. Fincher, who’s worked with Pitt on Seven, Fight Club and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, hasn’t made a film since Gone Girl, although he’s had a fair amount of small screen work that he's been focusing on.
However, Paramount Pictures boss Jim Gianopulos has now confirmed that David Fincher is indeed working on the new World War Z movie. Chatting to The Hollywood Reporter, he said that the film was “in advanced development”, and that David Fincher was directing, with Brad Pitt returning to star.
The current release date for World War Z 2 is unknown, but it’s likely to arrive in cinemas in 2019. Production is expected to begin early next year.
Colin Trevorrow interview: Book Of Henry, Jurassic World 2 & Star Wars
22 June 2017 10:21 PM, PDT
Caroline Preece Jun 23, 2017
Since the brilliant Safety Not Guaranteed’s release in 2012, Colin Trevorrow has been a name very familiar to those of us on this site. Cut to 2017, and the writer/director has not only been behind the second highest grossing film of 2015 with Jurassic World, but he’s also been given the coveted keys to the Star Wars franchise.
We spoke to him about his new film Book Of Henry, and what we can expect from him in the future.
What first drew you to this script for The Book Of Henry?
I think it was, as a parent I couldn’t look away from the ideas that are woven into it. That sense that this child is looking at someone in a tremendous position of power and has that righteous sense of right and wrong, good and evil.
Apathy is the worst possible thing and yet deep beneath all of his intelligence is a child and children will often lean into violence as a solution and they’re wrong to do that. We live in a world right now where our fears as parents are heightened because it’s such a dangerous place and I found that this movie dealt with so many of the ideas that I feel right now as a parent in a way that was at times jarring and at times shocking, but ultimately if you’re willing to go with it, extremely satisfying.
I read that you wanted to do this movie before Jurassic World, and you deferred it?
I didn’t know if it was going to come back - I told the producers that I would come back and do the film and they didn’t necessarily believe me. There was even another director that was working on it for a little while, but ultimately when I became available again, so was the screenplay and I had this window between when I had to start working on Jurassic World 2. My deep instinct was that I wanted to try this and see whether I could bring this story to a screen in a way that would be as satisfying as I think it could be.
You’re part of a group of directors that’s sprung up over the last few years, who’ve made a really well-received indie movie before being given the reigns to a huge blockbuster like Jurassic World - how was it initially go from that scale to something so massive?
In retrospect, I’m not sure if it’s the best idea to give these giant franchises to filmmakers after one film, not because they can’t do it - we can all do it - but I don’t know if there’s a series of movies that would have come between that first and second movie that the audience deserves to see. I don’t know that if Quentin Tarantino had been given Bond after doing Reservoir Dogs, we would have had Pulp Fiction.
So there are a lot of voices in my generation who I think are just brilliant, who are wanting to take pretty different, risky moves and form voices that would give them a body of work. So, while I wouldn’t call it a negative, if there’s anything about this process that might be robbing the audience of anything it’s that we’re missing out on a set of original movies that would otherwise be made. There was that sense of a responsibility to make original movies, which is what made me want to go and do [Book Of Henry].
I don’t have the ability to see my life beyond the next film that I’m going to do. I may just walk into the ocean and never return, so I don’t know. I’m going to give this everything that I have and we’ll see if I have anything left.
In terms of Book Of Henry, you’ve spoken about casting the kids - you’ve struck gold with all three of them - how was it working with them. Obviously you also worked with young actors on Jurassic World…
I talk to kids the same way that I talk to adults. I’m very straightforward and we talk about the uncomfortable issues that are in the film. People would be surprised how easy it is to talk with kids about some of those issues - they’re more comfortable with it than the adults are at times. But as long as we can have a conversation about how we are feeling in any given moment I try to get out from behind the camera and have those conversations with every actor.
Anything you see in any movie that I make - anything anyone does - is a result of the conversations that we’ve had. I’m not barking orders at them from behind the camera.
Can you talk a little bit about the decision to shoot on 35mm?
Not only did we shoot on 35mm but we shot 3 perf 35mm, so we’re exposing a little bit less and it’s allowing the film to have a certain kind of warmth and a classicism that I think is important for the film. I needed the movie to feel like your memories, and I think that the way John shot it, it really does feel like we unearthed it from the ground, like something that was made in 1985 and we’re just projecting it now.
I’d like to talk about Safety Not Guaranteed - I rewatched it the other day and it struck me even more the second time how much the film is about regret and how different people deal with it, was that something that was important to you when you made it?
Absolutely. I remember at the time people being somewhat confused about Jake Johnson’s role and his story, but that’s my favourite part now as I get a little older and look back and see the emotional time travel story he’s going on while Aubrey is going on this very literal time travel track. The movie becomes more powerful to me as I age and see the value of regret and wishing you could go back and make a different decision.
What Mark [Duplass] brought to that movie was crucial - that performance could have been completely different and potentially derail the whole thing and it gave me that much more of a respect for what an actor/writer can give to something. Because actors are writers, and [it’s important to] give actors the freedom to define their characters and contribute their little piece to the story.
In this film, Jaden [Lieberher] especially came to it with a very clear idea of what he was going to do. You see how a character like Henry could be precocious to the point of just being obnoxious and you wouldn’t care what happened to him. I found that Jaden tapped into the emotional intelligence of that character in a way that made him truly someone you cared about and you wanted to go on this journey with.
He’s not in Jurassic World 2 for the same reason that any other actor would be excluded from a movie. Unless we can find a genuine, organic way to make it not seem like he’s just in it because he was a great character in a previous film. It doesn’t mean he’ll never be back, and I’ve had conversations with almost all of the actors going back to the previous films about how important their legacies are to these movies and yet also how important it is to continuously change and evolve them into something new.
Because Jurassic is not a forever franchise in a traditional way. If it’s going to be something that continues to exist it has to be earned on a movie by movie basis. The reason why I didn’t want to direct it myself, why I brought in J.A. Bayona and why in our screenwriting decisions we’ve taken it into a very different direction that’s much more character based than previous films, is all from that need to constantly evolve and change.
All I can say is that it’s been thus far just a tremendously creatively fulfilling experience to be able to immerse myself in these characters that I love and these new characters that are being created, and I’m working with a group of people who have a perspective on this story that’s vital. All of these storytellers are working together to make an emotionally resonant film.
Colin Trevorrow, thank you very much.
The Book Of Henry is in UK cinemas now. »
John Carpenter to pen new Big Trouble In Little China comics series
22 June 2017 8:46 AM, PDT
Kirsten Howard Jun 22, 2017
Forget old man Logan, old man Jack is about to make a very welcome appearance in a new comics series co-written by John Carpenter.
We're big fans of John Carpenter's 80s cult classic Big Trouble In Little China around these parts (and pretty much every movie Kurt Russell's been in, to be fair) so we're delighted to hear that the director will be heavily involved in a brand new Jack Burton-flavoured comics series launching this September.
Carpenter has had a bit of involvement with previous Big Trouble comics, but this new series will see him co-write a completely different story for Boom! Studios, as Jack Burton takes one final ride in the Pork Chop Express many decades on from the original movie.
Saw 8 is renamed Jigsaw
22 June 2017 8:17 AM, PDT
Tony Sokol Jun 23, 2017
All the bloody pieces are fitting into place as Saw: Legacy is retitled Jigsaw.
The producers of the Saw franchise have confirmed a name change for the upcoming revival of the series. Saw 8 will be called Jigsaw when it cuts its way to theatrical release later this year. Saw 8 was being produced under the working title Saw: Legacy. Jigsaw, of course, is death trap serial killer John Kramer’s (Tobin Bell) nickname.
The new title suggests that this could be a new beginning for the Saw franchise, Jigsaw will be set ten years after the end of the previous film, and an official synopsis for the movie has been released too. It reads:
Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise,” reads the official synopsis for Jigsaw. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade. Or has an apprentice picked up the mantle of Jigsaw, perhaps even someone inside the investigation?”
Jigsaw has been directed by Michael and Peter Spierig from a screenplay by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger. Tobin Bell plays the now title role. The film also stars Mandela Van Peebles, Laura Vandervoort, Brittany Allen, Callum Keith Rennie, Matt Passmore, Hannah Emily Anderson, Josiah Black, Shaquan Lewis, Michael Boisvert, and James Gomez.
Jigsaw is currently in post-production. It will hit cinemas at the end of October.
The Crystal Maze 2017: the long journey to bringing it back
22 June 2017 4:29 AM, PDT
Louisa Mellor Jun 23, 2017
It took a seven-year quest and a lot of hard work to bring The Crystal Maze back to television. Here’s how it happened…
It’s seven a.m. and Neale Simpson is pushing a Henry Hoover around the reception of The Crystal Maze Experience in Islington. He and his team have been at work for over thirty-six hours, during which time he’s overseen the installation and removal of a television production crew in a space emphatically not designed for shooting TV. He is, by his own admission, “feeling delirious through a heady combination of lack of sleep and our having managed to film the show.”
First trailer: Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman
22 June 2017 4:17 AM, PDT
Don Kaye Jun 23, 2017
He's played Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up, and now Chadwick Boseman is tackling another notable figure in history: Thurgood Marshall, the man who went on to become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice of the United States.
The movie in question is called Marshall and the first trailer for it has arrived. The film chronicles pivotal events in the early life of Marshall when he was a lawyer for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in America. Here's the official synopsis:
Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, Marshall, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days – a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder.
Marshall is directed by Reginald Hudlin, who has helmed films like Boomerang and The Great White Hype but was also, among other things, president of entertainment at Bet for three years. Hudlin also wrote Marvel's Black Panther comic book series from 2005 to 2008, a run that included the wedding of Black Panther and Storm, and of course Boseman is now playing the Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with his solo feature coming out in February.
Marshall is out October 13 in Us cinemas, although a UK release has yet to be confirmed. Watch the trailer below:
Video of Marshall - Official Trailer - In Theaters October »
Prime Suspect 1973 will not return for second series
22 June 2017 12:34 AM, PDT
Rob Leane Jun 22, 2017
Prime Suspect 1973 will be remembered as a one-series wonder, as ITV opts not to renew it...
Prime Suspect 1973, essentially, has been cancelled. ITV has announced its decision not to press ahead with a second series, despite having nothing but nice things to say about the show, its performance and its ratings.
The series, as you surely already know, is a prequel to the Helen Mirren-starring Prime Suspect, which ran on and off from 1991 to 2006. The prequel show is based on a novel entitled Tennison, which was penned by the original series' scribe Lynda La Plante.
Regarding the decision not to press ahead with Prime Suspect 1973 series 2, an ITV spokesperson said this to Digital Spy...
"We are grateful to Lynda La Plante for »
Doctor Who series 10: World Enough And Time spoiler-free review
21 June 2017 10:17 PM, PDT
Simon Brew Jun 23, 2017
World Enough And Time sees Doctor Who series 10 right back on form. Here's our spoiler-free review...
10.11 World Enough And Time
I really liked that a lot.
The penultimate episode of Doctor Who series 10, World Enough And Time, kicks off with a pre-credits sequence that was cut from very early previews of the episode, but was reinstated for the version I saw. I won’t spoil it, I just thought it was the least interesting bit of the episode. It’s telling, though, that the spoilers come fast and furious in this one. Just a quick reiteration that I don’t write little hints or subtexts or teases into these reviews. Anything you pick up on along those lines is purely accidental.
Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson circling new Netflix movie
21 June 2017 10:02 PM, PDT
Simon Brew Jun 22, 2017
It’s a project that’s been around a long time this one, at one stage a possible vehicle for Robert Redford and Paul Newman. The current guise of the film will be directed by John Lee Hancock, who previously wrote the Kevin Costner-headlined A Perfect World, and directed The Founder and Saving Mr Banks.
Hancock has re-written the script too, from an earlier draft by John Dusco.
Transformers: The Last Knight facing big box office challenge
21 June 2017 9:57 PM, PDT
Simon Brew Jun 22, 2017
The first numbers coming in for Transformers: The Last Knight suggest franchise fatigue is setting in...
The film’s Us box office was already expected to fall short of any movie in the series to date, but its opening day ticket sales of $15m in the Us are by some distance the lowest the films have enjoyed so far. To put it into context, the original film sold $27.9m of tickets in America on its opening day, and that had been the series low to this point.
Already, there had been expectations that across its first five days, Transformers: The Last Knight would be looking at around $70m in takings, again well down on previous films. Now, though, those predictions – and they are just that – are being revised downwards towards $63-65m. It’s very unlikely that Transformers: The Last Knight will match the box office gross of the last film, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, in America (and that movie in turn was down on its predecessor).
But then here’s a franchise where the American box office has become less and less relevant. Transformers: Age Of Extinction took less money in the Us and UK that its predecessor, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, but it also coined in $300m from China, which saw it become the latest Transformers film to cross $1bn at the global box office.
This one will need a similar performance again to keep things in and around the $1bn mark. Conversely, just as a Transformers movie universe is launching comes the signs that the film franchise is shedding its audience. We’ll have a clearer idea of whether that’s definitely the case by the other side of the weekend.
Transformers: The Last Knight is playing in cinemas around the world as of right now…
Game Of Thrones season 7: new trailer breakdown and analysis
21 June 2017 1:17 PM, PDT
David Crow Jun 22, 2017
We break down the second Game of Thrones Season 7 trailer, figuring out who is fighting whom... and who might just be teaming up!
Warning: contains spoilers for Game Of Thrones season 6.
Thank the gods old and new, the Seven and the weirwood. Hell, maybe even throw a little praise R'hllor’s way while we’re at it! Because even that fiery demon god seemed chill with giving us a second full Game of Thrones season 7 trailer. And considering how mum HBO and the showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been this year, we didn’t even expect that!
Spider-Man movie spin-offs to include Kraven and Mysterio
21 June 2017 11:17 AM, PDT
Mike Cecchini Jun 22, 2017
You want standalone movies for lots of different Spider-Man villains? Sony has you covered.
When news broke two years ago that Marvel Studios and Sony had reached an agreement to 'share' Spider-Man, allowing them to co-produce Spidey films that exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there was a fair amount of rejoicing. Spidey was back where he belonged, and audiences were spared the shared Spider-Man spinoff movie universe that Sony had unconvincingly weaved into The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
At various points in time, a Venom solo movie was in development, and the immediate plan was to get a Sinister Six film together, focusing on a number of villains who had been teased in the aforementioned The Amazing Spider-Man sequel. But just because we're weeks away from the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which, at least from the trailers, looks like a return to form for Spidey and friends, Sony never really gave up hope that they had a shared universe of their own in the making.
With that in mind, we're about to get a Ruben Fleischer directed Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy. Then, Gina Prince-Bythewood will direct Silver & Black, focusing on Spidey supporting characters Silver Sable and the Black Cat. These seem like reasonable projects, as they're all characters worth trying to get off the ground whether or not Peter Parker makes an appearance.
But now a report from THR indicates that Sony wants even more. They're also considering solo movies for Spidey villains Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio. While these are both classic Spidey villains created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, neither has the appeal or cult following of a character like Venom, and both might just seem somewhat naked without a web-slinger to face off with.
It's presumably early on the projects at the moment, and we'll bring you more details as we have them...
Uncharted: Naughty Dog's plans for the series' future
21 June 2017 10:17 AM, PDT
Matthew Byrd Jun 22, 2017
Uncharted: Lost Legacy's creative director believes that the franchise's world is brimming with interesting stories...
While Naughty Dog still insists that we've seen the last of Nathan Drake in the Uncharted universe, they're stopping short of confirming that they intend to end the Uncharted franchise any time soon.
"...to say the Uncharted world is done... I doubt that highly," said Uncharted: The Lost Legacy creative director Shaun Escayg in an interview with Eurogamer.
Escayg believes that there are interesting characters in the world the team built through the first four Uncharted games to justify a series of side-stories similar to the one featured in Lost Legacy.
"This thieving world is huge. There's so many characters," said Escayg. "Even before we settled on this particular story we were exploring Sullivan, »
Mondo poster for Rakka released
21 June 2017 10:17 AM, PDT
David Crow Jun 22, 2017
Mondo is one of the last companies out there dedicated to proving that hand-drawn movie posters are still an art form, and you don’t need to look much further proof than this exclusive look at their gnarly work for Rakka. As an experimental short film that director Neill Blomkamp developed with Sigourney Weaver as his star when Alien 5 stalled, Rakka is an impressive bit of retro art unto itself, and the new Mondo poster just exemplifies the weirdness that comes with alien weeds burying a human skull.
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