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Utopia series 2 episode 3 review

9 hours ago

Paul Ready's Hit man Lee comes to the fore in Utopia’s latest mystery and violence-filled episode…

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Of the many riddles we’ve been set by Utopia’s Sphinx-like second series, one is yet to be asked: what’s Lee’s story? Episode three belonged to Paul Ready’s hit man in the acid yellow suit, but unlike Arby and Jessica, we still don’t know the first thing about his origins. Some mysteries, we suppose, need to be saved for a potential third series – if, that is, Lee survives for that long on Arby’s shit list.

The sharp-suited psycho opened the episode by committing the most unfazed, unflappable TV murder since Lorne Malvo left our screens. Lee’s soft-spoken, genial approach to villainy is pure Utopia; comical, nasty and unsettling. Never one to rush, even with a gun pointed at his head »

- louisamellor

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The Strain episode 2 review: The Box

17 hours ago

The Strain still isn't doing much for Billy in week two. Here's his review of The Box...

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1.2 The Box

First, I must apologise for the first review of this show, where I failed to grasp that the cheesiness at points it was fully intentional. Perhaps in my defence, it wasn’t consistently so, and I’ve not read the source material which I’m told is more patently B-Movie. With that in mind I approached the second helping of The Strain with a more open perspective, yet didn’t find it any more enjoyable.

Why? Because whatever story they’ve got to tell about modern day vampires, they’re not exactly rushing to present it. To say that The Box progressed at a glacial pace suggests it moved much more briskly than it actually did.

The opening sequence introduced a new character, Vasiliy Fet, who »

- louisamellor

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The Simpsons marathon set to break world record

17 hours ago

Fxx to broadcast all 522 episodes of The Simpsons (and the movie) next month…

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Prepare your shorts for eating, your Bartman’s for doing and your cows for not having, because FX’s new comedy-based channel Fxx is unleashing an insanely long marathon of The Simpsons next month.

Kicking off on August 21, all 522 episodes from the show’s 25 seasons will be played back to back, only letting up at the 400 mark to squeeze in 2007’s The Simpson’s Movie.

If you’re wondering how long watching the whole thing in an epic televisual binge would take, you’d better start booking time of work, because the answer is about ten days – the marathon will wrap up with the most recent episode The Yellow Badge Of Cowardge on September 1.

With The Simpsons truly a cultural landmark, and a huge part of many people’s growing up, it’s great to see »

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Frank Grillo confirms he's doing Death Wish remake

18 hours ago

Joe Carnahan's remake of Death Wish seems to be back on. Frank Grillo has an update...

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Frank Grillo is currently riding high at the Us box office for the second time this summer, courtesy of The Purge: Anarchy. Having also popped up in Captain America: The Winter Soldier - ahead of appearances in more Marvel movies - he's busy, and enjoying well deserved success.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Grillo about The Purge: Anarchy, and you can read the full piece here.

In the course of that interview, he talked about working with director Joe Carnahan on The Grey. And he revealed that they're reteaming again for the long-mooted remake of Death Wish. "Carnahan and I became friends", he told us. "We’re going to do Death Wish together. Death Wish has an amazing script. That’s kind of tied up with Fox. He’s got a film called White Jazz, »

- simonbrew

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Chris Wood joins The Vampire Diaries

18 hours ago

Actor Chris Wood jumps diary-based ships from The Carrie Diaries to The Vampire Diaries

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In a curious move, title-wise at least, Chris Wood (who you may or may not recognise as The Carrie Diaries’ heartthrob playwright Adam Weaver), has now landed a role in The Vampire Diaries.

Wood, who’s also had one-off parts in Girls and Major Crimes, will play the recurring role of deceptively normal-seeming Kai, who is purported to have a blend of instability and angst under his cool exterior.

It seems like a decent fit for Wood’s skill-set, especially seeing as his Carrie Diaries role saw him play a loveable sensitive dude with some personal losses and emotional trauma lurking under the surface.

The Vampire Diaries returns stateside in early October this year, with Wood’s Kai first set to appear in episode three.

It’s unclear whether Wood’s love for diaries could »

- rleane

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Steven Moffat teases Doctor Who series 8

18 hours ago

More serious. Consequences. And no Doctor-companion crush. Steven Moffat has been teasing Doctor Who series 8...

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Well, the new issue of SFX sounds like it's going to be fun. It goes on sale tomorrow (with collectors' covers, apparently), and the fine folks there have begun teasing their big new interview with Steven Moffat about the return of Doctor Who.

Specifically chatting about incoming Doctor Peter Capaldi, Moffat revealed that "he’s not as immediately approachable and he’s not necessarily looking for your approval. I would like to restore the sense that when he says ‘Wait here, I’ll be back’ you really hope he’ll be back, but you’re not absolutely convinced… What he’s not doing is reassuring you very much".

The impact of that is set to be felt by Clara too. "from a Doctor she could sort of control, because he had a crush on her, »

- simonbrew

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New Boardwalk Empire season 5 trailer

20 hours ago

Boardwalk Empire's fifth and final season promises a reckoning. Here's the latest season five teaser...

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"Baby girl, Jesus was wrong"

So says a distinctly crumpled-looking Chalky White in this latest Boardwalk Empire season five teaser. It's goodbye to crisp suits, shiny shoes and custom wet shaves in this new Depression-era season, and hello to shaggy beards and regret.

A shortened eight-episode run of Boardwalk Empire will bring Terence Winter's bootlegging drama to a close this autumn. Seven years have passed since the end of season four and the beginning of season five, taking the action all the way to 1931, when an awful lot of water has passed under the bridge for Nucky Thompson and co.

Boardwalk Empire season five starts on HBO in the Us on Sunday the 7th of September.

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- louisamellor

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Lucy Lawless joins Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

20 hours ago

Spartacus, BSG and Xena's Lucy Lawless has joined Marvel's Agents Of Shield for its second season...

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That noise you can hear? It's Lucy Lawless, somewhere in an L.A. mansion, repeatedly shouting "House!", because she's finally filled up her geek TV bingo card.

After winning geekdom's heart with her name-making role in Xena: Warrior Princess, Lawless went on to parts in The X-Files (just a small one), Battlestar Galactica (a pretty big one), and Spartacus: War Of The Damned (a major one), and memorably dropping in on Curb Your Enthusiasm to play herself along the way.

Now, Lawless is stepping on to the Helicarrier with a role in Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two. Who she'll be playing, and for how long, is being kept under wraps for now, but expect that question to be asked and ummed about during this week's Sdcc.

Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns »

- louisamellor

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First poster for The Walking Dead season 5

20 hours ago

AMC has released the first official poster for The Walking Dead season 5...

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Like the first cuckoo signalling the arrival of spring, the first new Walking Dead poster signals the arrival of San Diego Comic-Con.

Attendees of Sdcc can expect to see the banner below decorating everything from Hall H to bus stops over the next week.

Character-wise, reading from left to right, we have Rick and Carl Grimes, Michonne and Daryl, Glenn and Maggie and new-ish-comer Sgt. Abraham Ford, all inside that Terminus container and poised for a fight...

Read more about The Walking Dead season five on Den Of Geek, here.

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- louisamellor

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FX renews Louie for season 5

21 hours ago

Louis C.K.'s inventive, surprising Louie is returning to FX next year with a shortened seven-episode season...

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When you have a talent like Louis C.K. on your books, you do two things: keep him there, and give him free rein. That's been FX's philosophy over the past few years of Louie, the often surreal, always surprising semi-autobiographical show from comedy auteur, Louis C.K., which has just been renewed for season five.

That approach isn't necessarily the most commercial - the most recent season of Louie returned lower ratings than ever in the Us - but it's one that keeps the talent, critics, and loyal fans happy. 

Louie will return to FX in 2015 for a shortened seven-episode fifth season. Don't expect it to get any less wierd or insightful, we predict. Half the episodes surely means double the strange brilliance per episode.

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- louisamellor

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Fargo renewed for season 2 with new cast and characters

21 hours ago

FX's acclaimed Fargo will be returning for a second season with a new story, new cast, new time frame and new characters...

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This news is bittersweet for Fargo fans. First the sweet bit: after the FX show received a stonking eighteen Emmy nominations, the network has ordered a further ten episodes of Fargo due to air next year. Hooray, hallulujah and so on.

Now comes the bitter part: words has it that it's going to be all-change for season one's cast and characters. That means no Billy Bob Thornton, no Martin Freeman, no Colin Hanks, and no Alison Tolman. Aw jeez, seems the appropriate response.

FX's CEO John Landgraf was full of praise for Noah Hawley's "audacious, bordering on hubristic riff on [his] favourite Coen brothers film", which he called "nothing short of breathtaking". Asked why season one's cast couldn't come back in different roles in the style of American Horror Story: Coven, »

- louisamellor

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Teen Wolf season 4 episode 5 review: I.E.D.

21 hours ago

Teen Wolf continues to be clever, funny and surprisingly adept. Here's Ron's review of I.E.D...

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4.5 I.E.D.

On one hand, there's a lacrosse scrimmage between Liam's old school and his new school. It's also Kira's first night on the lacrosse team and Scott and Stiles are both actually attempting to pay attention to school this year, since they're juniors now and need to actually keep their grades up if they want to go to a college that isn't Beacon Hills Tech. Of course, it's hard to focus on training a new Beta in the ways of lycanthropy when there's yet another group of powerful assassins on the loose in your hometown and local supernaturals are finding themselves chopped down with tomahawks, blown up with mines, and beheaded with weird heat filament garottes.

There are still teenager concerns to be dealt with, but »

- louisamellor

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Falling Skies season 4 episode 5 review: Mind Wars

21 hours ago

Falling Skies season 4 continues to fall into the 'good, but not great' category. Here's Ron's review of Mind Wars...

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4.5 Mind Wars

In life, there are things you have to do and there are things you must do. The difference between the two can be subtle on the surface, but to the person making the decision, the gulf is incalculably vast and painful to bridge. With things you must do, it's simply a matter of survival. With things you have to do, it's a matter of duty, honour, and protecting those you care about. Revenge, as it turns out, is neither of these things, and it's the duty of all survivors in the Falling Skies universe to learn the difference and act accordingly, because that's what separates those who survive by any means necessary from those who survive with a little bit of basic human dignity. »

- louisamellor

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Kevin Feige on Black Panther, female superhero movie

21 hours ago

Kevin Feige on Iron Man 4, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and a female-led superhero movie...

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The press tour for Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy movie is well underway, and as such, Kevin Feige - the head honcho at the studio - has been answering lots of questions.

For instance, he's done an interesting new interview with Collider, where he first of all confirmed that he knows exactly what the five new movies that were recently dated through to 2019 are. He's not telling just yet, outside of confirming that Thor 3 and Captain America 3 are being developed. He's also confirmed that, contrary to rumour, the role of Doctor Strange hasn't been cast yet, although that may change by the time of Comic-Con at the weekend, as it sounds as though contracts are being sorted.

He also said "anything's a possibility" when quizzed about getting Robert Downey Jr back for Iron Man »

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Roberto Orci on Powers Rangers: I won't ruin your franchise

21 hours ago

A quick Power Rangers movie reboot update, as Roberto Orci talks about getting Saban's blessing to press ahead with the film...

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Amongst the collection of projects that Roberto Orci is juggling right now (of which the next Star Trek film is one) is an overseeing role on the reboot of the Power Rangers movie series. He's developing the plot for the film, which will the be written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (who worked together on X-Men: First Class).

He's since been chatting to IGN about the project, and revealed that "One of the first things we did was learn and read...They have 600 pages of research that they have on their stuff. We read through the synopsis of everything they did and we are actually taking into account quite a bit of the canon in a real way. We're not just a leave it behind reboot".

He »

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New trailer: Ethan Hawke in time travel film Predestination

22 hours ago

The Daybreakers team reunite for an upcoming sci-fi thriller by the name of Predestination. Here's the trailer...

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Ethan Hawke's continued commitment to genre movies, as we discussed in the past here, continues with his latest picture, Predestination. This one's from Michael and Peter Spierig, who last helmed Daybreakers, that also starred Hawke.

Here, he plays a Temporal Agent, who's been sent on a collection of tightly-woven time travel journeys, "designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity". The film picks up with his final assignment, and the need to track down the one criminal who has thus far evaded him.

A trailer for the movie has dropped, ahead of its debut in Australian cinemas at the end of August. We've no UK date yet, sadly...

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- simonbrew

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New posters: Jurassic World, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

22 hours ago

New promo art for Jurassic World and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Right here!

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A pair of new movie posters landed overnight, and we thought that you might be interested in seeing them. Assuming that you haven't seen them somewhere else on the internet first, but that's the risk we take here on a daily basis. Thus: we're going in.

Firstly, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has dropped some new promo artwork for the film over on his Twitter feed. It's a special poster put together by Mark Englert, that's going to be available at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend. We checked, and it's definitely not going to be available in Halesowen, England. So this is the closest most of us will get...

And then there's a new poster for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which arrives in the Us in early August, although we don't get it here until October. »

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Dark Souls II receives mammoth update ahead of Dlc

22 hours ago

Dark Souls II's first Dlc is due today, and a new patch has addressed a huge list of issues...

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The first Dlc for Dark Souls II, Crown of the Sunken King, has probably landed by the time you read this, and accompanying it is a huge update that fixes and tweaks a massive range of features.

You can see the full list below (and it's some list), but highlights include a limit to the amount of souls a player can earn whilst fighting invaders, and the removal of healing abilities during any form of PvP, a common annoyance for those who follow Dark Souls' community created honour system of no healing during a fight.

A good portion of the update deals with balancing, making changes to weapons damage, armour effectiveness, and spells. Some items have been changed too, such as the very handy Gower's Ring of Protection, which has been weakened, »

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Are CG characters now the main attraction in blockbusters?

21 July 2014 8:07 AM, PDT

Mark wonders whether we're now at the point where CG characters matter more than human ones to Hollywood...

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This article contains spoilers for Godzilla and Transformers: Age Of Extinction. Also, there are some mild spoilers for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, but nothing you haven’t seen in the trailers.

In the last decade or so, computer generated characters have taken a quantum leap forward in blockbuster cinema. You can probably mark the transition around the time that Yoda went from being a Jim Henson creation to a digitally rendered sprite in Star Wars: Episode II, but bigger technological leaps have followed, particularly in performance capture.

Andy Serkis has been a big ambassador for this, earning a reputation as a Boris Karloff figure for the digital age in the process and a loyal core of fans who still insist that he deserved an Oscar for his turn »

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Jj Abrams unveils an X-Wing from Star Wars: Episode VII

21 July 2014 7:07 AM, PDT

As he launches Star Wars: Force For Change, Jj Abrams reveals one of Episode VII's X-Wings...

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The team behind the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII are doing some lovely stuff to use the attention on their movie to highlight other things. This time, Jj Abrams has delivered a video message from the set of the new film, announcing a new initiative called Star Wars: Force For Change. The aim of it is to help find solutions some of the world's biggest problems.

The first initiative then is to raise funds and awareness for Unicef's Innovation Labs. You can donate here, and here's Jj Abrams' video message - which just happens to feature an X-Wing from Star Wars: Episode VII...

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