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Jerry Doyle 1956 - 2016

18 hours ago

Louisa Mellor Jul 29, 2016

Bablyon 5's Jerry Doyle, who played Michael Garibaldi on the show, has sadly passed away at the age of 60

Sad, sad news today. Actor and radio host Jerry Doyle, fondly remembered in these parts for playing chief of security Michael Garibaldi in Babylon 5, has passed away.

Doyle played Chief Warrant Officer Garibaldi on the sci-fi show throughout its run, first appearing in 1993 TV movie Bablylon 5: The Gathering. His other small-screen appearances included guest spots in HomefrontRenegadeSliders and NYPD Blue. It was as the host of a nationally syndicated radio show that he found an enthusiastic audience in recent years.

His family made the announcement via his Facebook page, informing followers that the cause of his death was as yet unknown. A flood of tributes is steadily arriving there, many of them from fans praising his wit, thoughtfulness and kindness.

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Bill Clinton took time off "to watch all six Police Academy movies"

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Ryan Lambie Jul 29, 2016

Former president Bill Clinton reveals that he took "a couple of days off" to watch six Police Academy movies back to back...

"Why do you think I took you to see all those Police Academy movies? For fun?" Homer once raged at Bart in the Simpsons episode, Marge Be Not Proud. "Well, I didn't hear anyone laughing, did you?"

As it turns out, it wasn't just Homer Simpson who took time out to watch Police Academy movies with his offspring. Speaking at the Democratic National Convention earlier this week, former Us President Bill Clinton revealed that, while he was still in office, he'd taken some time off work to watch Police Academy movies with his daughter Chelsea.

"Truth is, we [wife Hillary and I] rarely disagreed on parenting," Clinton said in a speech, "although she did believe that I had gone a little over the top when I took a couple »

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Vivean Gray 1924 - 2016

29 July 2016 12:59 AM, PDT

Louisa Mellor Jul 29, 2016

Actor Vivean Gray, fondly remembered as Mrs Mangel in soap Neighbours, has passed away at the age of 92...

Vivean Gray, the British-born actor whose Australian on-screen career stretched from the 1960s to the 1980s has passed away, aged 92.

Gray will be remembered for early recurring roles in Melbourne-set television programmes Homicide and Division 4, her cinematic role in Peter Weir's eerie 1975 film Picnic At Hanging Rock, a stint in soap The Sullivans and Prisoner: Cell Block H  and of course, for playing Nell Mangel in Neighbours.

Gray's time on Neighbours was short in comparison to that of some actors who've spent decades on Ramsay Street. She played local curtain-twitcher Mrs Mangel for just two years between 1986 and 1988. Those years though, were Neighbours' boom period here in the UK. Ask anyone over thirty who watched television in the eighties, and they'll remember her fondly.

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Mary Poppins Returns adds Meryl Streep to cast

28 July 2016 10:27 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Jul 29, 2016

Emily Blunt will be joined by Meryl Streep in Mary Poppins Returns...

The new Mary Poppins film - Mary Poppins Returns - is getting closer to filming, and the cast for the project continues to expand.

Already in place? Emily Blunt, who will be stepping into the role made famous on screen by the peerless Julie Andrews. Lin Manuel-Miranda has also already been cast.

Now? Meryl Streep is said to be in talks to take on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. She’s not signed on the dotted line just yet, but we’d imagine in this case it’s just a matter of time.

It’ll be something of an Into The Woods reunion too. Rob Marshall directed that movie, as well as Mary Poppins Returns. And both Streep and Blunt featured in Into The Woods as well.

Mary Poppins Returns arrives in cinemas »

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Fan-made StarCraft RPG enters open beta

28 July 2016 2:15 PM, PDT

Matthew Byrd Jul 29, 2016

It's been a long time coming, but this ambitious StarCraft project will finally see the light of day...

It's not often that a potential multi-million dollar Mmo game based on a major franchise is cancelled, picked up by fans, crowd-funded following a complicated and lengthy legal process, and actually becomes something playable, but that appears to be the case for this multiplayer StarCraft RPG.

Developer Upheaval Arts has announced that they are finally ready to release an open beta for the long-awaited StarCraft Universe. This beta will be accessible to all qualifying KickStarter backers who supported the game's initial crowd-funding campaign as well as all qualifying backers that donate to the project's current Indiegogo drive. 

To celebrate the release of this beta, Upheaval Arts has created a cinematic trailer in the style of previous StarCraft trailers:

You can also see what the game will actually play like »

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Nintendo reports higher than anticipated quarterly losses

28 July 2016 2:15 PM, PDT

Matthew Byrd Jul 29, 2016

Pokemon Go is still doing well, but Nintendo's last fiscal quarter wasn't as strong as previously believed...

While most recent news concerning the finances of Nintendo have been centered around the staggering revenue numbers of Pokemon Go, recently revealed quarterly reports suggests that the rest of the company many not be doing quite as well as had previously been suspected. 

Nintendo has announced that they suffered a 5.1 billion yen (which is around $49 million) loss during their most recent fiscal quarter. While a loss was not entirely unforeseen by financial analysts, the exact number is a bit of a shock as it was previously suspected to be around the 4 billion yen mark instead. 

The reasons behind this loss are pretty much the same as they have been for Nintendo's other recently reported quarterly losses in that their major product lines just are not selling nearly as much as the company needs them to. »

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Life Is Strange is being adapted for television

28 July 2016 1:15 PM, PDT

Matthew Byrd Jul 29, 2016

The terrific computer game Life Is Strange is to become a live action TV show...

Legendary Entertainment has announced that they have acquired the rights to Square Enix's 2015 adventure game series Life Is Strange and intend to turn it into a live-action television show. 

Details are still emerging regarding the specifics of the agreement, but it is known that dj2 Entertainment (who are currently involved in a few video game-related projects including a Sonic The Hedgehog movie) will be lending a hand with the show's production. Currently, this adaptation does not have an estimated release date, but it will be made available for digital streaming services upon release. 

IGN recently spoke with Michael Koch (the co-creator of Life is Strange) regarding this upcoming adaptation in an effort to understand how the show will fit in with the Life Is Strange games and how it will handle key »

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Angus MacLane interview: directing Finding Dory

28 July 2016 11:52 AM, PDT

Simon Brew Jul 29, 2016

The co-director of Finding Dory on making the film. Plus, he recommends an awful lot of movies to watch...

From working as an animator on A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2, through to directing shorts such as Burn-e and Toy Story Of Terror, Angus MacLane has worked his way up through his career at Pixar. So much so, that he’s now making his feature co-directing debut on Finding Dory, that lands in UK cinemas today.

He spared us some time for a chat – and it’s worth staying to the end where he starts firing out film recommendations….

I first spoke to you eight or nine years ago when you were talking about Wall-e, that you were supervising animator. And you told me then of an eight-year old who asked you a question about that film at a Q&A. And I do think »

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Finding Dory review

28 July 2016 11:37 AM, PDT

Simon Brew Published Date  Friday, July 29, 2016 - 05:34

Belated sequels haven’t been having the best of times of late. Follow-ups to the likes of Dumb And Dumber, Zoolander and Anchorman have either spluttered at the box office, or failed to capture what made the original films work. Even those that have succeeded – Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World – have nailed their colours firmly to the proverbial masts of the original movies.

Finding Dory, though, arrives in the UK off the back of an enormous level of success in the Us. And whilst it’s arguably not the equal of the charming and quite wonderful Finding Nemo, there’s an awful lot to like here.

Chiefly, Dory. The focus of Finding Dory, co-written and co-directed by Andrew Stanton (who was the driving force behind Finding Nemo), is on her, voiced once again by Ellen DeGeneres. Dory is a regal blue tang fish, »

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The Great Wall: Matt Damon fights monsters in new trailer

28 July 2016 10:15 AM, PDT

Kayti Burt Jul 29, 2016

Matt Damon stars in Zhang Yimou's telling of the building of The Great Wall Of China. With a big monster, too.

From director Zhang Yimou, the man behind Hero, House Of Flying Daggers and the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics comes a new revisionist retelling of the building of The Great Wall of China. And it might just be something special.

The Great Wall will be Yimou's first English-language film, and is said to be the biggest Chinese-American film collaboration ever. The self-described 3D science fantasy adventure-monster period action film obviously has a lot going for it. Past its visionary director and cross-cultural pedigree, it also boasts an all-star cast including Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, Pablo Pascal, Andy Lau, Lu Han, Eddie Peng, and Jing Tian.

The first trailer for the film has just been released, and it's chock-full of interesting, gorgeous visuals. As one might predict from the subject matter, »

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Rocketeer reboot in the works at Disney

28 July 2016 9:22 AM, PDT

Ryan Lambie Jul 28, 2016

Much-loved 90s action adventure Rocketeer is getting the reboot treatment at Disney, a report suggests...

The Rocketeer wasn't a huge hit when it came out in 1991, but Joe Johnston's action adventure has gained a loyal and enthusiastic following in the 25 years since. The news we're about to share may therefore generatea mixed response: The Hollywood Reporter has broken the story that a reboot is in the works at Disney.

Reportedly taking place six years after the events of the original movie, the Rocketeer reboot will introduce a new central character - a black, female pilot who takes up the Rocketeer mantle when the original hero, Cliff Secord, goes mysteriously missing. 

The new movie's being overseen by producer Brigham Taylor, whose Jungle Book live-action film, directed by Jon Favreau, proved to be a recent critical and financial hit. We don't yet know who'll director even star, since »

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Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge: the first trailer

28 July 2016 9:15 AM, PDT

Tony Sokol Jul 29, 2016

Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of a soldier who became a hero without firing a single bullet. Here's the first trailer...

Lionsgate has unveiled the first Hacksaw Ridge trailer, Mel Gibson‘s World War II drama about a conscientious objector in battle. It's the first film that Gibson has directed since the hugely-underappreciated Apocalypto in 2006.

The film stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, a conscientious collaborator who was drafted into World War II at age 23. The Seventh Day Adventist refused to bear arms and became an Army medic. President Harry S Truman presented Doss with a commendation for bravery on November 1, 1945.

Hacksaw Ridge also stars Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Richard Roxburgh and Vince Vaughn.

Here's the official synopsis:

Hacksaw Ridge is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. »

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Collections: how to avoid a hobby becoming a problem

28 July 2016 5:32 AM, PDT

Alex Westthorp Jul 29, 2016

A few tips on what to do if your geek merchandise and DVD/Blu-ray collections run the risk of getting out of hand...

How do you cope when your prized memorabilia turns from a healthy collection of a few hundred items into an obsession of Guinness Book of Records proportions? With Star Wars and Doctor Who collections now making said Guinness Book of Records, by nature of their perceived uniqueness and sheer range, we look at what constitutes a collection which is of some merit, as opposed to just a few hundred things many people may have. And how do you spot when that innocent set of artefacts has outgrown its purpose and threatens to overtake your home and your life?

So, you've grown up with a TV series or film franchise and for many years you've collected the related merchandise. Not that you've needed much encouragement, »

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Mr Robot season 2 episode 4 review: Init1

28 July 2016 5:15 AM, PDT

Alec Bojalad Jul 28, 2016

Elliot plays a game of chess against himself in the latest instalment of Mr Robot. Here's our spoiler-filled review...

This review contains spoilers.

2.4 Init1

For a moment there it really looked like we would see who knocked on that damn door.

init1.asec* begins with what appears to be the end of last season but in reality is a flashback to a particular Halloween. Darlene knocks on Elliot’s door wearing the now infamous fSociety mask. Elliot tries to send her off as he usually does but she intimates that she cannot be alone.

*Rather confusingly titled for the computer illiterate. I naturally assumed the phonetic episode title was to read “In It” before Darlene reveals that the first computer command Elliot taught her was “init1”

So brother and sister spend Halloween watching one of their favorite movies from childhood, the slasher Careful Massacre Of The Bourgeoisie. »

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Geeks Vs Loneliness: 19 positive things that have happened this week

28 July 2016 3:09 AM, PDT

Simon Brew Jul 29, 2016

Looking for something to offset all the downbeat news around at the moment? Then how about starting here...

Last week, in Geeks Vs Loneliness, we asked you for stories of human goodness, positivity and general niceness that have happened in the last week or two. Given that the newspapers would have us believe that all life is awful right now, we wanted to use Geeks Vs Loneliness this week to shine a light on the many good things that happen week in week out, that nobody really seems to talk about.

You did not disappoint. Here are 19 random, small, wonderful little things that have happened in the last week or two. Keep adding your own in the comments too please…

We thus salute:

1             Sophie, the barista in Costa Coffee near where Jane Roberts lives, who always has nice things to say about people’s T-shirts.

2             Den Of Geek reader Mike Grace, »

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Black Mirror series 3 premiere date announced

28 July 2016 2:23 AM, PDT

Louisa Mellor Jul 28, 2016

The third series of unsettling tech anthology series Black Mirror will be released on Netflix on Friday the 21st of October...

As if 2016 wasn't delivering enough unsettling real-world events, six new episodes of disturbing tech-based anthology series Black Mirror are on their way this autumn.

Fancy indulging in the most potentially traumatising 'binge-watch' of all time? Then fill your (existentially perturbed) boots. Black Mirror, formerly a Channel 4 property, is now a Netflix joint, which means that the third series will be released in its entirety on the same day.

That day is Friday the 21st of October. You have been warned.

Netflix has also released some episode titles and casting info for the third series, as you can see below:

San Junipero features Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis in an episode directed by Owen Harris

Shut Up and Dance features Jerome Flynn and Alex Lawther in »

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Peep Show: another Us remake in development

28 July 2016 12:16 AM, PDT

Louisa Mellor Jul 28, 2016

Starz is remaking Peep Show again, but this time with the involvement of original creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong...

What is the Us equivalent of Croydon? Us cable network Starz is about to find out, as it's developing a new American remake of Peep Show.

I say 'new' in reference to this entirely charmless Us pilot from 2005 starring The Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki. That one made the mistake of not involving the UK series creators, losing the PoV trick and thinking that Mark Corrigan's chief character trait was wearing a tie.

The Starz attempt, promisingly, has pulled in original creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong to act as consulting producers on the show. They won't be showrunning it though, that honour goes to Wilfred and Son Of Zorn's Eli Jorne.

Here's what Bain and Armstrong say about the project:

“We are hugely relieved »

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Ash vs Evil Dead: 12 things we learned from Sdcc

27 July 2016 10:15 PM, PDT

David Crow Jul 28, 2016

Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Rob Tapert, and more on Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2...

This article is from Den Of Geek Us.

Every San Diego Comic-Con offers a different experience and a unique hue to its vintage. Thus it’s impossible to rank one Sdcc adventure over another, yet there are moments at each that stand tall. And running into Bruce Campbell and friends on several occasions this past week while they were promoting Ash vs Evil Dead season 2 certainly qualifies as a hard-to-top highlight.

Indeed, we were able to catch up with Groovy Bruce’s even groovier chin, as well as at different points Rob Tapert, who is executive producer on Ash vs Evil Dead, and fellow cast members Lucy Lawless, Dana DeLorenzo, and Ray Santiago, during a roundtable interview and the season 2 premiere screening. During it all, we learned some pretty nifty details about what »

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Split: first trailer for M Night Shyamalan’s latest

27 July 2016 10:12 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Jul 28, 2016

James McAvoy stars as a man with multiple personalities in M Night Shyamalan’s Split. Here’s the new trailer…

We remain fans of M Night Shyamalan’s last film, The Visit, a playful horror that the writer/director clearly had a ball making. He’s stayed in the world of low budget productions for his next project too (working again with Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions). And that film is Split, a movie that stars James McAvoy as a man who is suffering from multiple personality disorder. To the point where he has 23 personalities.

The film lands in cinemas early next year, and we’ve got a first trailer and a full synopsis. As tradition dictates, we shall do them in turn. Here’s the trailer…

And here’s the synopsis…

While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, »

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Justice League Dark: first footage in new extended trailer

27 July 2016 10:03 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Jul 28, 2016

The extended promo for DC Animation's take on Justice League Dark...

For some time, the plan with Justice League Dark was to make it a live action movie. Guillermo del Toro was attached to direct, but it looks as if plans for that particular project have petered out, at least for the time being.

Instead, Justice League Dark is finding its home as a DC animated film, and the first footage from it was debuted at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend. It brings together the supernatural collection of heroes and anti-heroes, in the shape of Constantine, Swamp Thing, Black Orchid, Zatanna and more.

The footage that debuted also brought in Batman and Superman, and as you’ll see, storyboards are filling in some of the gaps right now.

There are still plans, incidentally, to make Justice League Dark into a feature film. But it might just »

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