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Mr Robot episode 10 review: eps1.9_zer0-day.avi

4 September 2015 7:16 AM, PDT

Mr Robot concludes its first season with a teasingly inconclusive but satisfying finale. Bring on season two…

This review contains spoilers.

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Three days is a long time in cyber-hacking. Since we last saw our unreliable narrator, the global economy has been brought to the brink of collapse. Not that Elliot remembers how, why, or indeed, whether he’s responsible.

After the Darlene and Tyler Dad-en revelations of previous episodes, I doubted whether Mr Robot had saved enough mysteries for its upcoming second season. Trust in creator Sam Esmail, is the lesson learnt. After this teasingly inconclusive finale, written and directed by Esmail, it’s clear that there are more than enough question marks dangling for Mr Robot’s return.

Zero Day may not have given many decisive answers, but it did provide a satisfying sense that everything on this show is done for a reason. The »

- louisamellor

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Scream episode 10 review: Revelations

4 September 2015 4:05 AM, PDT

Silly, gruesome, and self-referencing, Scream's first season has our reviewer impatient for the show's return. Spoilers...

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1.10 Revelations

Wes Craven’s death is not something I can dwell upon here, yet it’s also not something I can ignore in writing about the finale of the first season of a show that wouldn’t be around without him. Indeed, in at least an indirect way, a lot of us wouldn’t be here--”here” being all about tropey, sometimes campy, classic horror--without Mr. Craven. Though its executive producer, he didn’t really have his hands in Scream the TV series much, as I understand it, but his legacy gave us everything that was good about it. So, I’ll just say thanks, Mr. Craven. You’ve scared me my whole life, or at least since I was a little kid watching A Nightmare On Elm Street without permission, »

- louisamellor

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Legend review

4 September 2015 3:05 AM, PDT

Tom Hardy turns in a fearsome dual performance as the Kray twins in Legend. Here's Ryan's review of an excellent gangster movie...

With a constant sense of impending violence, writer-director Brian Helgeland's Legend cuts to the core of life as a gangster: accepting this particular line of work requires not just a capacity to maim and steal, but also to deal with the ever-present possibility of a knife in the back.

Tom Hardy is on top form as the Kray twins - the most famous gangsters in 1960s London. At first, we’re led to believe that they collectively represent the light and dark of an ordinary person: Reggie's tough yet suave and witty, Ron unhinged and monstrous. We soon learn that they’re actually far more similar in temperament than their outward appearances imply.

Helgeland, the screenwriter of, among other things, La Confidential and director of Payback and A Knight's Tale, »

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Torchwood audio: first clip of John Barrowman's Captain Jack comeback

4 September 2015 1:19 AM, PDT

Captain Jack Harkness returns for Big Finish's audio adventure Torchwood: The Conspiracy. Here's the first clip of him back in action...

While he may not be getting a televised comeback like River Song (for the time being), we're still very excited about Captain Jack Harkness' return to the world of Doctor Who. Well, the world of its anagram spin-off, Torchwood, that is. 

John Barrowman has reprised his iconic coat-wearing role for a new audio adventure titled The Conspiracy. Here's the synopsis...

“Captain Jack Harkness has always had his suspicions about the Committee. And now Wilson is also talking about the Committee. Apparently the world really is under the control of alien lizards. That’s what Wilson says. People have died, disasters have been staged, the suspicious have disappeared. It’s outrageous. Only Jack knows that Wilson is right. The Committee has arrived.”

And here, as promised, is the first »

- rleane

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The Gamechangers: first trailer for Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton's Grand Theft Auto TV drama

4 September 2015 1:02 AM, PDT

"This is beyond what film can do," says Daniel Radcliffe in this new BBC Two drama about the early days of Grand Theft Auto...

It's no secret that the incredibly lucrative gaming series Grand Theft Auto has batted away controversy since its very early days. However, that's a story that we've not seen fictionalised - until now.

And with the geek-friendly cast of Daniel Radcliffe (as creator Sam Houser) going up against Bill Paxton (as anti-gta lawyer Jack Thompson), there are plenty of reasons to be excited for BBC Two's The Gamechangers.

The first trailer for this televised dramatisation has landed online today. Here it is...

The Gamechangers begins on BBC Two on Tuesday the 15th of September at 9pm. 

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Arrow season 4: Diggle's superhero costume revealed

4 September 2015 12:46 AM, PDT

After years of running about fighting crime with his face on show, Arrow's Diggle finally gets a superhero outfit...

Mr John Diggle - a man so selfless and bad-ass that he fought crime pretty much non-stop for three years without bothering to don a superhero costume, come up with a cool name for himself, or generally go looking for any credit. To be fair, he had a lot of other stuff going on. 

If you're reading this article, you'll probably be glad to hear that he'll finally put on a super suit in Arrow season 4, taking Oliver's advice from last season's finale. Here's the first image...

The internet is hotly discussing which DC Comics superhero mantle David Ramsay's Diggle might be taking up. And no, Magneto isn't a very helpful suggestion. The front-runners at the moment are shield-wielding Guardian or his fellow helmet-wearer Gangbuster.

Send your guesses on the back of a postcard, »

- rleane

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Geeks Vs Loneliness: just being there

3 September 2015 11:41 PM, PDT

If you know someone facing troubling times, a quick word on why being there matters so much.

Most of our Geeks Vs Loneliness articles have been aimed primarily at those directly facing some of the issues, problems, diseases and troubles that we’ve talked about these past months (there are links to a bunch of our previous pieces down at the bottom there). The point of this series is to hopefully offer some useful tips for those facing tough times, and an open forum in the comments underneath to talk to other human beings about what we’ve been chatting about.

This week, though, we wanted to turn the attention on those of you who know someone going through tough times, no matter what struggles they face. As always, we don’t proclaim to have a magic wand, and we suspect you find it equally frustrating that you don’t either. »

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“There will be a new Dredd film”, says John Wagner

3 September 2015 11:35 PM, PDT

A Karl Urban-headlined Dredd sequel is a long shot - but Judge Dredd is still likely to return on screen, argues John Wagner.

The chances of an official, fully-fledged film sequel to 2012’s Dredd have all but been extinguished over the past years, with even a strong campaign failing to persuade anyone to stump up the necessary $40m or so to make the project happen. As such, Karl Urban’s days as Ol’ Stoney Face seem done and dusted, no matter how keen the actor is to reprise the role.

But still, just because one Dredd adventure is over, another may yet begin. And on Facebook. Judge Dredd co-creator John Wagner has suggested that more Dredd will eventually arrive on the big screen.

“There will be a new Dredd film”, he posted on Facebook, “it’s just a question of when”.

That was pretty much the same line that »

- simonbrew

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Spectre: new poster for next James Bond film

3 September 2015 11:29 PM, PDT

Daniel Craig is poised for action as James Bond 007 on the new poster for Spectre

Just over a month now until the release of the 24th James Bond adventure, Spectre. Daniel Craig is playing 007 for the fourth time, with Sam Mendes returning to direct, following the enormous success of Skyfall.

A new poster for the movie has just been released, with Mr Craig looking, er, happy and upbeat here. He’s standing in front of Dia de los muertos imagery, in reference to the sequence that’s set to kick the film off. Here’s the poster…

Spectre arrives in UK cinemas on October 26th, and in the Us on November 6th. More on the film shortly…

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Captain America: Civil War budget row led to Marvel changes

3 September 2015 11:27 PM, PDT

It seems that the ballooning budget of Captain America: Civil War was behind changes at Marvel Studios...

Earlier in the week, we reported the news that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, widely credited with masterminding the slate of films that make up the Marvel cinematic universe, had broken free of Ike Perlmutter. Perlmutter is the CEO of Marvel Entertainment, and has a reputation for being on the, er, ‘frugal’ side. Until now, he’s the man Feige has been reporting into, but thanks to changes this week, his new direct boss is Alan Horn, head of Disney Studios.

Furthermore, news has followed that Marvel’s creative committee has been disbanded. This committee was made up of people from Marvel’s assorted divisions, and has been having its input on creative and business decisions. It appears to have wielded a fair amount of control.

That Feige no longer has to report »

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Captain America, Marvel and where Hulk fits in

3 September 2015 11:21 PM, PDT

Mark Ruffalo has been chatting about Marvel’s plans for his Hulk…

A slight spoiler for Captain America: Civil War lies ahead

We’ve only seen Mark Ruffalo as Hulk in two films so far, but he’s very much left us thirsting for more. Earlier in the year, Ruffalo revealed that there was a slight rights issue that’s prevented Marvel from pursuing a solo Hulk adventure. That said, there have also been suggestions that Marvel remains unkeen on a solo Hulk movie, and would rather weave the character into other movies.

Which makes Captain America: Civil War a prime candidate for another appearance. However, after rumours that Ruffalo would be included into a film that looks – from a distance – like an extension of an Avengers movie, it turns out he’ll be absent from Captain America 3 after all.

As he explained to BadTaste.it, “the reason is »

- simonbrew

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron blooper reel released

3 September 2015 11:17 PM, PDT

A few behind the scenes chuckles from Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age Of Ultron....

This video contains spoilers for Avengers: Age Of Ultron

With Avengers: Age Of Ultron arriving on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK the week after next (although not until October in the Us), Disney has begun teasing the release of Joss Whedon’s huge hit movie. On the disc is a blooper reel, and that’s been released in advance. So we thought you may like to see it.

Note that if you haven’t seen Avengers: Age Of Ultron, you might want to give the following clip a miss, given that it spoils something that comes later on in the movie. But without further ado…

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Mad Max PlayStation 4 review

3 September 2015 10:16 PM, PDT

Fury Road has revitalised Mad Max, and now the Aussie icon returns for more in his self-titled videogame...

Timing. It's a very important aspect of many professions, and it can be something that makes or breaks many a company in terms of well-timed releases. I say this as Mad Max unfortunately falls foul here, despite being a decent game. I fear Mad Max will suffer greatly due to its same day release with Metal Gear Solid V. Both are large, open world adventures, both are big licenses, but only one will likely reap the most success, and let's face it, few titles can compete with Metal Gear, regardless of their license. I'm fairly certain which way gamers with limited budgets will go.

So, it's into this ill-timed release slot that Mad Max finds itself, and this is a shame as the game is actually pretty decent, if not amazing. Based »

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Celebrating the early days of Cbbc’s Broom Cupboard

3 September 2015 8:03 AM, PDT

To mark Cbbc’s thirtieth birthday, we delve into the Broom Cupboard to salute some cherished childhood memories…

On the afternoon of the 9th of September 1985, UK children were introduced to their new big brother. Phillip Schofield, a vision in a side-parting, a geometric print jumper and a beaming smile, arrived in the Children’s BBC Broom Cupboard to babysit the nation’s kids for an hour and a half every weekday.

Schofield’s job was to ferry us through the post-school slump and drop us off at Neighbours no later than 5.35pm. He let us watch cartoons, wished us happy birthday, praised our felt-tip drawings of Jimbo and the Jet Set, and never once told us off for eating too many packs of salt and vinegar Chipsticks before tea.

After Phillip came Debbie Flint, who was awesome because her earrings didn’t match, and then Andy Crane, who taught »

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American Horror Story: Hotel UK premiere date confirmed

3 September 2015 1:27 AM, PDT

American Horror Story: Hotel will reach UK screens on Tuesday the 20th of October, on Fox…

Just a brief American Horror Story update, this – the start date for the new series has been announced. In the UK, the new run will commence on Tuesday the 20th of October. That's after it begins airing in the Us on Wednesday the 7th of October.

This comes after the release of loads of promotional images, which we compiled for you here. As you probably already know, the new season is subtitled Hotel, and Lady Gaga is the big famous guest star this time around, following in the footsteps of Neil Patrick Harris before her.

Ms Gaga will portray Elizabeth, the owner of the eponymous hotel. Also in the cast are newcomers Matt Bomer, Naomi Campbell and Max Greenfield. Returnees include Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Chloe Sevigny. »

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Nickelodeon pondering comebacks for Rugrats, Hey Arnold! and more

3 September 2015 1:11 AM, PDT

Hey football-head! Have you heard that Nickelodeon might be reviving a bunch old shows? Well, they're thinking about it...

Cards on the table, here – this is one of those news stories that is clearly born from a fairly small statement. There’s only a nucleus of an idea here, but if it comes to fruition we could be seeing comebacks for some beloved children’s programming.

Nickelodeon’s content president Russell Hicks said this to Variety: “We are looking at our library to bring back ideas, shows that were loved, in a fresh new way.”

Variety went on to extrapolate that “the network might seek to experiment with retooled versions of classics that could include Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, You Can’t Do That On Television or Victorious.”

These could be series revivals, or another sort of come back, according to the report. The Rugrats are no strangers to the big screen, »

- rleane

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Marvel's Luke Cage: detective Misty Knight joining the show?

3 September 2015 12:50 AM, PDT

The cast is slowly coming together for Marvel's Luke Cage series. It includes Simone Missick, who could well be playing Misty Knight...

Marvel and Netflix's Luke Cage series seems a long way off, not least because Jessica Jones - the next team-up between the studio and the streaming service - hasn't even reached our screens yet. However, that hasn't stopped the powers-that-be from releasing some casting information for Luke Cage's show.

The most interesting of these announcements is the addition of Simone Missick - previously seen in Black Card, Everything I Did Wrong In My 20s and A Taste Of Romance - to the cast. According to Marvel, she'll play Missy, "a woman with a strong sense of justice."

Deadline have been quick to report that she's actually playing Misty Knight. This has been echoed on Missick's IMDb page.

A Marvel Comics hero in her own right, Misty is »

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Hannibal season 3 episode 13 review: The Wrath Of The Lamb

3 September 2015 12:47 AM, PDT

Hannibal's central love story draws to a magnificent close in its season three finale. Here's Laura's review of The Wrath Of The Lamb...

This review contains spoilers.

3.13 The Wrath Of The Lamb

There are some who want to label Hannibal a love story. And maybe they are right about that. But inevitably, they want to add the proviso “Not your average love story” or some other qualifying statement. And that’s where I have to part company.

When we talk about love stories, we inevitably mean stories about falling in love, those first twinges of longing that build into a need that seems to overwhelm both parties. We almost never mean stories about loving someone. The two are not the same, and difference is pretty basic. In the film Creator (1985), Peter O’Toole’s Dr. Harry Wolper gives us the “Love Formula.” Count the number of times in a »

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iZombie season 2: trailer lands online

3 September 2015 12:17 AM, PDT

"What I wouldn't give for a piece of your brain" laments Liv in the latest promo for iZombie season 2...

iZombie won itself a second season order pretty fast, which tells you a fair bit about The CW's confidence in the show. As you would expect, then, the whole gang are back for season 2, with Rose McIver's brain-eating Liv remaining the centrepiece of the show. 

Today a trailer has ambled in, heavily emphasising comedy above horror.

Here's the teaser...

iZombie returns to The CW on Tuesday the 6th of October.

We'll bring you more news as it happens.

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Jack Reacher 2 confirmed for 2016

2 September 2015 10:35 PM, PDT

Next up for Tom Cruise? He's going to film Jack Reacher 2, which is due in October 2016...

As had been speculated just a few weeks ago, Tom Cruise is indeed returning to the role of Jack Reacher for his next project. Buoyed by the $480m global box office take thus far for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Paramount and Skydance are pressing ahead with the Reacher sequel, which this time is adapted from Lee Child's book Never Go Back.

There's a new director this time around too, with The Last Samurai's Ed Zwick helming the new adventure. And we have a release date, too. Jack Reacher 2 is set to land in cinemas on October 21st 2016. That means it'll arrive before a film Cruise has already shot. He wrapped work on Doug Liman's new movie Mena a few weeks back, but that's not set for release until »

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