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Bates Motel season 3 episode 7 review: The Last Supper

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Bates Motel delivers its best episode this season in the ominously titled The Last Supper...

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3.7 The Last Supper

A title like The Last Supper is pretty damn ominous. Knowing it going in to the episode creates certain expectations, and in the build-up to the final dinner scene the tension just kept mounting. But as the makeshift family at the heart of the show sit and eat together it became clear that the title was a promise; but not for this episode. Because even without any explicit set-up for the chaos to come, the feeling that this may be the last moment of peace for these characters weighed heavily over the final minutes. And as Norman enters his mother’s room and caressed her as she slept, I started to think that maybe this was a chance for us to breathe before whatever comes next.

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- louisamellor

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Gotham episode 20 review: Under The Knife

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Gotham finally found a way to successfully juggle multiple arcs this week, as the Ogre investigation continues…

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1.20 Under The Knife

Holy predictable revelation, Batman! For the first time, I’m inclined to say that Gotham is firing on all cylinders, perhaps with the ‘shock’ twist of ‘the Ogre had plastic surgery!’ being the only exception. That was signposted fairly blatantly, after all.

Elsewhere, though, it finally felt like the multiple strands and arcs of Gotham were finally gelling into a cohesive whole: Jim and Bullock are investigating the Ogre, Jim is trying to protect Leigh, the Ogre is actually targeting Barbara, he seduces her at the Wayne Charity Ball, where Bruce is also in attendance subtly stealing safe keys from a board member, with the help of the morally questionable Selina Kyle.

Meanwhile, with all these distractions going on, The Riddler and The Penguin are inching closer to fully-fledged villainy, »

- louisamellor

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Halo 5: Guardians - new trailer shows Spartan Locke

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A new trailer for Halo 5: Guardians shows new character Spartan Locke doing lots of jumping and shooting. Take a look...

We may have been getting in a lather about Star Wars: Battlefront over the past couple of days, but it's by no means the only big sci-fi shooter coming out this autumn - there's also that seldom-discussed indie title Halo 5: Guardians to consider.

The latest trailer for the game focuses on Spartan Locke, a new "elite manhunter" who fights for the Unsc, but whose allegiance is currently obscure. Is he a friend or foe of Master Chief? The answer to that question is likely to be kept back as a reveal in the game itself.

Allegiances aside, the trailer below gives us a look at the athletic Spartan Locke in action; his glowing armour and rocket-powered athleticism reminds us a bit of the sorely-underrated third-person shooter, Vanquish. »

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Alan Wake 2 could still happen says Remedy

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In a new interview, developer Remedy has revealed that a sequel to Alan Wake is still a "possibility"...

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Finland's Remedy Entertainment has created some great games in its time, including the first two Max Payne games and the 2010 survival horror, Alan Wake.

Remedy's now working on Quantum Break, its third-person shooter for the Xbox One which also marries up to a live-action TV series. After that, the studio's creative director Sam Lake has revealed to Polygon, Remedy could be starting work on a sequel to Alan Wake.

“We are in a place where we are starting to look into the future and starting to have discussions about what is next,” Lake said. “Among other things, we are discussing the possibility of an Alan Wake sequel with multiple partners, but nothing has been decided. I would love to do that. It feels that time has »

- ryanlambie

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Star Wars: Battlefront - first developer diary

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The first developer diary for Star Wars: Battlefront gives a brief behind the scenes look at EA's shooter...

Odd things, developer diaries. Sometimes, they give us a look at the creative process behind our most anticipated games. At others, they feel more like extended adverts with a bit of commentary over the top.

EA Dice's first developer diary for the eagerly-awaited Star Wars: Battlefront leans more towards the latter category, if we're being honest, but there are a couple of things that make it worth two-and-a-bit minutes of your time. First, it shows just how much access the design team got when Lucasfilm opened up its Star Wars archives - not only did they get to handle and photograph original props from the series, but also things like matt paintings - one shot sees Dice's guys taking pictures of the original Death Star.

The diary also gives us »

- ryanlambie

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The X-Files: Mitch Pileggi to return for new season

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Mitch Pileggi, who appeared in 88 episodes of The X-Files as Walter Skinner, has been confirmed for a return…

Not a huge amount was known about the new X-Files episodes when the upcoming event series was announced. Beyond the involvement of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, we didn’t know much at all about the cast.

Now, though, another familiar face has joined the ranks – Mitch Pileggi, reprising the role of Walter Skinner, boss to the main duo and occasional annoyance too.

The show wouldn’t be the same with out him, seeing as he is the only other character besides Mulder and Scully to appear in all nine seasons. He also popped up in both movies and the short-lived X-Files spin-off The Lone Gunmen. Outside of The X-Files, he’s also been seen in Supernatural, Dallas and Grey’s Anatomy.

He broke the news on Twitter, saying he was “very »

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Daredevil episode 11 viewing notes: The Path Of The Righteous

4 hours ago

Daredevil's episode 11 cliffhanger makes us glad for Netflix. Who could wait a week to see what happens next?

With the whole series of Daredevil now available on Netflix, the race is on to reach the ending before someone spoils it for you. But that presents us with a problem. How do we approach reviews? It's not much use speculating about the future of the series when it's available at a moment's notice, but watching the whole thing in one go for a single review is impractical for anyone with a day job and personal relationships to maintain – to say nothing of how difficult it is to critically appraise 12 hours of television if you don't savour the instalments properly.

That's why, instead of traditional reviews, we're trying something new. An episode-by-episode unpicking of the show, looking at its techniques, characters and use of the source material. Call them annotations, call them show notes, »

- louisamellor

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Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off: Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood to star

4 hours ago

Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood, Aka Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter, could well jump ship to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s spin-off…

When we reported on the news of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s in-development spin-off show, our best guess was a show revolving around ‘the real S.H.I.E.L.D.’, the second branch of post-Winter Soldier spies to be doing their own thing in the absence of Nick Fury, who have been established in recent weeks.

Now, we’re lead to believe that Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood could be the starring players, which does sort of support our theory. The duo play Bobbi Morse (Aka Mockingbird) and Lance Hunter (Aka the coolest guy in the current team, sorry Coulson).

We’ve seen both of them attend meetings at ‘real S.H.I.E.L.D.’ HQ in recent weeks, though Lance was much less up »

- rleane

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The Entity remake to be overseen by The Conjuring team

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James Wan will produce a new take on The Entity, along with his The Conjuring producing partner Roy Lee.

This week's new remake to add to the list is a fresh take on Sidney Furie's 1983 horror flick, The Entity.

The original film starred Barbara Hershey, and was based on the novel by Frank De Felitta. In the movie, Hershey plays a woman attacked by a supernatural entity, with Ron Silver taking on the role of the doctor who thinks she's inflicted damage on herself.

The new take on the movie is to be produced by James Wan, who's directed The Conjuring, Insidious and Fast & Furious 7. Joining him on producer duties is Roy Lee, whilst Chad and Carey Hayes have been signed up to pen the new screenplay.

It's unclear as of yet who's going to direct the new film, or when to expect the new The Entity. But »

- simonbrew

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Lego: new release dates for three upcoming movies

6 hours ago

The Lego Batman movie will lead Warner Bros' upcoming Lego film slate: but not until 2017 now...

Warner Bros has updated the release dates of three of its upcoming Lego movies, and as part and parcel of that, it's put back the Lego Ninjago film from 2016 to 2017.

As things stand, the next Lego film we're going to get will now be Lego Batman. It's being directed by Chris McKay, and will feature the vocal talents of Will Arnett. It's going to be released on February 10th 2017.

Next up? That'll be the aforementioned Ninjago film. Charlie Bean (Tron: Uprising) is directing this one, from a screenplay by Dan and Kevin Hageman. Warner Bros has set a September 22nd 2017 date for it.

Then there's The Lego Movie Sequel, that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are returning to write. This time, Rob Schrab (Community) is directing, and the film has come forward a week »

- simonbrew

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Transformers 5 now expected in 2017, movie universe definite

6 hours ago

The next Transformers film may be running a little later than originally planned - but those movie universe rumours appear to be true.

As more Transformers films arrive, the reviews have been getting increasingly hostile. And yet the box office takings have remained powerful (and that's quite the understatement), with the hugely maligned Transformers: Age Of Extinction crossing the $1bn mark at the worldwide box office (aided by $300m from Chinese cinemas).

It's been a certainty for some time that Transformers 5 was on the way, and more recently, it's been revealed that Paramount is developing a Transformers movie universe too. Brian Goldner, the president and CEO of Hasbro, has given an update too, as part and parcel of his latest financial reports.

"Our plan right now with the studio and filmmakers, you may have read something about some writers being hired", he said. "We have in fact brought in »

- simonbrew

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Warner Bros delays Pan movie to October

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Hugh Jackman and Levi Miller star in Pan - but you can't see the film for a few more months now...

The first big movie schedule shuffle ahead of a busy summer for blockbusters has taken place, and it's Warner Bros that's moved one of its tentpole features back.

The studio has poured no shortage of change into Joe Wright's upcoming Peter Pan prequel, Pan. The film stars Levi Miller in the title role, alongside Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara and Garret Hedlund. And Pan had originally been scheduled to open opposite Pixels, Paper Town, Southpaw and The Vatican Diaries in the Us, on July 24th.

Warner Bros instead is going to be releasing the movie on October 9th, pushing it back two and a half months. The competition is a little lighter there, although it'll still have to contend with Danny Boyle's Steve Job biopic.

The change in »

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Alex Gibney's Scientology documentary now won't screen in UK

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Sky Atlantic puts on hold plans to screen Alex Gibney's Going Clear movie, about the church of Scientology.

Earlier this year, HBO in the Us screened - to sizeable ratings - Alex Gibney's documentary on the church of Scientology, Going Clear. The plan had then been for Sky Atlantic to screen the documentary in the UK, but news reaches us that those plans have now been scrapped.

The problem is the same one that led to the book the film is based on, by Lawrence Wright, not being published in the UK back in 2013. And it relates to the 2013 Defamation Act, that Northern Ireland is not subject to (it's being held up in the Northern Ireland assembly). As a result of that, and because - as The Observer reports - "Sky is unable to differentiate its signal between regions", it means that it would be "potentially exposed to »

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13 British comedy stars lured to Hollywood in the 1990s

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Hollywood went hunting for lots of British comedy talent in the 1990s - and lured the likes of Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson...

For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.

Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...

Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians

Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »

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Safe House episode 1 review

19 hours ago

Misdirection is a hand played throughout Safe House, which is elevated by a fascinating cast and strong direction...

This review contains spoilers.

From ITV comes yet another Monday night drama to add to their roster of impressive output in recent times.

Safe House, from writer Michael Crompton (who recently penned ITV’s excellent Code of A Killer), sees Christopher Eccleston play ex-policeman Robert who has left the force behind him with his wife Katy, played by Marsha Thomason, for a quiet life in the beauty and tranquility, not to mention solitude, of the Lake District.

We quickly discover Robert left the police due to the the execution of a witness he was protecting, an event which continues to haunt him. He’s visited by his former colleague and friend Dci Mark Maxwell, Paterson Joseph, with a proposition for the couple.

Keen to “rehabilitate” his friend Robert, Mark suggests that the »

- louisamellor

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Orphan Black season 3 episode 1 review: The Weight Of This Combination

20 hours ago

Tatiana Maslany is still nothing short of remarkable, as Orphan Black makes a strong start to its third season...

This review contains spoilers.

3.1 The Weight Of This Combination

Welcome back, Clone Club! After a long hiatus, Orphan Black has finally returned to us in the form of Tatiana Maslany continuing to act circles over every major acting award winner in recent history.

Surprise, surprise, everybody: Rachel may have lost her eye, but not her life. Unfortunately, she's still out of operation as she recovers, and Delphine needs her for an important meeting with her superiors. It turns out that Rachel has been plotting to kill all the other clones, and only Rachel can stop it. Which, naturally means that it's time for Tatiana Maslany to prove she's one of the greatest actresses alive by playing Sarah-as-Rachel and Alison-as-Sarah to absolute perfection.

Sometimes I forget that half the main cast of »

- louisamellor

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The Vampire Diaries season 6 episode 18 review: I Could Never Love Like That

20 hours ago

Elena's endgame kicks into motion with the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries...

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6.18 I Could Never Love Like That

Suddenly the timing of the announcement that Nina Dobrev would be leaving The Vampire Diaries makes a lot of sense. If it had come after this episode, I Could Never Love Like That, Elena’s emotional arc would have had far less weight to it and, knowing that there’s a ticking clock on her character, it’s hard not to speculate.

Will she end up taking the cure, and skipping town either out of compulsion or through her own choice? It’s certainly the option being posed here, but it’s not the only route the show could decide to go down. Notably, this is really the first time since season four that we’ve focused on Elena’s regrets after becoming a vampire – the possible »

- louisamellor

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Mad Men season 7 episode 10 review: The Forecast

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Mad Men’s writing and direction continue to be first-class as its final season moves towards an endgame for Don Draper...

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7.10 The Forecast

What happens next? Don Draper was canvassing opinion in this week’s future anxiety-themed episode of Mad Men, and failing to find a satisfying answer. While 1970 America was asking itself what the new decade meant, its fictional analogue in the sharp suit was staring out of a window pondering the same question.

No matter who Don asked to do his “what we want from the future” homework, nobody could provide him with a good enough answer. The man signing million dollar cheques and sitting in an office decorated with awards scoffed at their material dreams of bigger accounts and personal fame. “And then?” was his repeated refrain. When you’ve got the dream job, made the cash, bought the Jaguar or the Hershey »

- louisamellor

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The Golden Compass: what went wrong?

21 hours ago

With fantasy franchises having been so popular in recent years, why did Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series stop before it got going?

A much beloved trilogy of fantasy novels, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials was much praised for its rich, imaginative fantasy world, nuanced and ambiguous characters and powerful anti-religious themes. Critically acclaimed, award-laden bestsellers with a young heroine in the form of Lyra Bellacqua, the trilogy seemed an obvious choice to follow Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings and become a blockbuster movie series.

New Line bought the rights after bringing Lord Of The Rings to the screen, hoping for a similar success. The two stories are very different High Fantasies though, and The Golden Compass contains concepts less familiar to audiences than wizards, monsters and swordplay. His Dark Materials was also occasionally categorised in shops as a children’s book, unlike Lord Of The Rings. »

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Jurassic World: the full trailer

21 hours ago

A brand new trailer for Jurassic World, starring Chris Pratt and a lot of dinosaurs. Including the D-Rex...

Ah, we're excited. It's been 14 years since the last Jurassic Park film, and so we've been looking forward to the gates reopening for some time now. They do so in the shape of Jurassic World, which arrives in cinemas on June 11th in the UK (and June 12th in the Us).

Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) is in the director's chair this time, and his cast is led by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. We've already had one teaser for the new film, but here's the new, more detailed trailer for Jurassic World. Which we suspect you've darted straight to without reading this words. We fully understand this.

Here's the trailer...

And here are the new posters that have appeared over the past few days too.

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