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Doctor Who series 9: geeky spots in Under The Lake

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Toby Whithouse's Under The lake is packed with references, from a 7th Doctor story through to Star Trek. Here's what we spotted...

This article contains lots and lots of spoilers for Under The Lake.

Under The Lake may not be the Dalek-filled continuity fest of the last couple of weeks, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t set our geek senses tingling. Here’s everything we were able to spot, from the obvious references to the slightly tenuous connections, from this week’s episode...

Ghosts From The Past

Under The Lake is a perfect example of what’s commonly referred to as a ‘base under siege’ story. These were a staple of the classic series, particularly during the Patrick Troughton era, not least because they meant the ever-stretched production team could save on the set budget. The first proper base-under-siege tale was William Hartnell’s final story, The Tenth Planet, »

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Thor: Ragnarok has its director

2 October 2015 1:30 PM, PDT

Taika Waititi, director of What We Did In The Shadows, is set to land the Thor 3 job...

Well, Kevin Feige and Marvel promised that announcements about Thor 3 and Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 would be on the way this side of Christmas. It looks like they're going to make good on that pledge.

Thor: Ragnarok is due to go into production next year, and it's the next upcoming Marvel project that doesn't have a director attached to it. Well, it didn't. Now it looks like it has.

Taika Waititi, who co-wrote and helmed the sublime vampire comedy What We Do In The Shadows, is reported to be in negotiations to direct Thor 3 for Marvel. He's emerged as the top choice amongst a shortlist that included Rob Letterman (Gulliver's Travels), Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball) and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).

Waititi is a surprising but very welcome choice, and he'll »

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Doctor Who series 9: Under The Lake review

2 October 2015 8:50 AM, PDT

A base under siege, a Peter Andre reference, and a cracking slice of old-style Doctor Who. It's our spoiler-filled review of Under The Lake.

This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.

9.3 Under The Lake

"This safety message was brought to you by Vector Petroleum"

Right then. There’s an isolated base, with a diverse crew on board. There’s a threat, from which there’s no obvious sign of escape. There are corridors, which are set to be run down with as much determination as you would expect. And there’s the arrival of the Doctor and his companion, just as the fit is hitting the shan.

What do you mean you’ve seen it all before?

"You actually poo-pooed the ghost theory?"

For his first Doctor Who episode following series 7’s middling A Town Called Mercy, Being Human creator Toby Whithouse has dug deep into the stylings of classic Doctor Who. »

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Nickelodeon Splat: 1990s nostalgia channel launching next week

2 October 2015 1:24 AM, PDT

For American audiences only, Nickelodeon is launching a new channel – Splat – purely focused on 1990s kids programming…

We reported recently that Nickelodeon was considering bringing back some old shows. New versions of Hey, Arnold! and Rugrats were being discussed, among others.

Now, it seems that Nickelodeon are trying to gauge what kind of audience there is for 1990s nostalgia before pushing ahead with producing any new content – they’re launching a channel specifically dedicated to re-runs of 1990s classic kids shows.

Going by the name Nickelodeon Splat, this new channel is launching on Monday the 5th of October, and will run from 10pm to 6am Est. At the moment, the channel is only going to launch in America.

Get your football-shaped heads and gallons of orange soda at the ready, because they’ll be screening repeats of all these shows:

All That, The Angry Beavers, Are You Afraid Of The Dark? »

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Serial: Lord and Miller bringing popular podcast to TV

2 October 2015 1:09 AM, PDT

The non-fiction Serial podcast will get the TV treatment with the help of Phil Lord and Chris Miller

It’s not just comic books, popular novels and established film properties that can get TV adaptations - now even podcasts are fair game. And no, this isn’t the high budget HBO version of Geeks Say Things! that we’ve all been waiting for.

Fox 21 Television Studios are working with the immensely busy Phil Lord and Chris Miller on bringing Serial – the hugely popular non-fiction podcast – to the televisual realm.

Season 1 of weekly podcast – a spin-off from the radio program This American Life – was a global phenomenon, investigating the murder of Hae Min Lee, and whether her boyfriend Adnan Masud Syed was wrongly convicted of the crime in 1999.

The TV show won’t bring these real-life events to the screen, though. Instead, the plan is “to create a cable series based »

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American Horror Story: Hotel - watch the creepy credits sequence here

2 October 2015 12:51 AM, PDT

Prepare to petrified of hotels - the chilling opening credits for American Horror Story: Hotel have landed online...

As you probably already know, the sixth season of American Horror Story has the theme of Hotel, and will be toplined by a certain Lady Gaga

The show reaches American screens on Wednesday the 7th of October, on FX. Here in the UK, Fox UK will screen the first episode on Tuesday the 20th of October.

Before that, you can have a look at the creepy credits sequence right here...

More as we hear it.

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Watchmen: HBO considering TV show

2 October 2015 12:43 AM, PDT

HBO has met with Zack Snyder about the possibility of bringing Alan Moore's Watchmen comic to the small screen...

Here’s an exciting one – HBO is in ‘preliminary discussions’ regarding a Watchmen TV show.

Collider broke the news, posting that Zack Snyder had met with HBO to talk about the comic book project. Snyder is keen to re-enter the world of Alan Moore’s comic - after his 2009 film - it would seem.

There’s no word yet on whether the show would be a remake of his film, a prequel or a sequel. There’s narrative potential in all three possibilities, so it’s hard even to speculate.

Our best bet would be a prequel that shows how the brightly coloured heroes fell from grace. That could be interesting. Before Watchmen – the 2012 prequel comic, which ran for 37 issues – could be a basis for that kind of idea. That being said, »

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Revisiting Star Trek Tng: Night Terrors

2 October 2015 12:15 AM, PDT

James' weekly Star Trek: Tng look-backs reach Night Terrors, feat. Deanna Troi in a series of unconvincing dream sequences...

This review contains spoilers.

4.17 Night Terrors

The Enterprise encounters the Brattain, a small Starfleet science vessel which went missing a few weeks ago adrift in orbit around a binary star. Upon entering the ship, they find that everyone on board is dead, many of them having managed to die right at their stations. Although they’re clearly freaked out by this grim parody of their day-to-day lives, the Enterprise’s crew manages to find one crew member alive: a catatonic Betazoid named Hagan.

Back on the Enterprise, things start to get a bit twitchy. Troi spends a lot of time trying to speak to Hagan telepathically, but he’s just repeating nonsense words. The Enterprise’s top nerds try to figure out why the Brattain’s engines don’t work, but can’t. »

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The Walk review

1 October 2015 11:17 PM, PDT

Robert Zemeckis' new film, The Walk, might just churn your stomach. For good reasons...

Whether it really happened or was just turn-of-the-century PR spin, the story about the audience running away in panic from the film of an approaching train at an 1896 Lumière brothers screening is an irresistible one. Not because it lets us smirk at the naiveté of the past, but as the first instance of an audience colluding in cinema’s essential lie.

If those Parisians ran away from a flickering black and white image soundtracked only by the clack-clack-clack of the projector, they didn’t do it for self-preservation; they did it as willing players in a thrilling game. The train wasn’t real. They knew the train wasn’t real. And yet, perhaps, they ran.

A century and change later, visual effects pioneer Robert Zemeckis has pulled the same impressive stunt. In The Walk, his »

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George Miller on the current status of his DC movie talks

1 October 2015 11:13 PM, PDT

George Miller has been linked with doing a DC comic book movie - and so we asked him what was happening...

On Monday, the truly exceptional Mad Max Fury Road will be released to UK audiences on DVD and Blu-ray. This has brought Doctor George Miller back onto the junket circuit, where I was lucky enough to sit down with him for a very enjoyable chat.

Ahead of the full transcript of our conversation, here's the excerpt that pertains to DC Universe superhero films. I know this has been the subject of much online business of late, not least a story on this very website. It was that story, in fact, that I brought up with Miller.


The website I'm representing here today ran a story that said you were discussing a superhero film with Warner Bros. Were they near the mark there, or way off the mark?

They »

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Captain Marvel: Kevin Feige gives update on film, casting

1 October 2015 11:08 PM, PDT

There's going to be no casting announcement for Captain Marvel this side of Christmas for a start...

Had Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon gone with the original plan, then we’d know the identity by now of the person playing Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel on the big screen. Originally set to appear at the end of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the decision was made instead to not introduce the character there, but rather explore her origins elsewhere in the Marvel cinematic universe.

As such, Captain Marvel’s movie is currently set for November 2018, and thus it’s not been at the top of the list of the studio’s priorities. But it is being actively worked on. That said, Kevin Feige has now revealed it’s going to be a while before we find out who’s taking on that title role.

Chatting to MTV, he said that “there won »

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Terminator franchise now “on hold indefinitely”

1 October 2015 11:03 PM, PDT

It looks like Terminator Genisys may indeed have done major damage to plans for a new Terminator trilogy...

If all had gone to plan, then this summer’s Terminator: Genisys, directed by Alan Taylor, would have been the catalyst for a new trilogy of films in the series. Genisys directly teased the next installment, and the like of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Matt Smith were contracted to star in it.

But all did not go to plan.

Terminator: Genisys attracted, with good reason, some of the most savage reviews of the summer, and the $150m blockbuster (not including marketing) didn’t break the $100m mark in the Us. More recently, it’s proved a hit in China, although Paramount gets a lower percentage of the ticket take there. But still, its global box office take of $440m (a quarter of which came from China) could have been enough for Terminator: Genisys 2 to happen. »

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Ghostbusters: now there’s an animated movie in the works

1 October 2015 11:00 PM, PDT

Make that three Ghostbusters films currently in gestation, as Ivan Reitman is set to produce a new animated film...

Sony looks to have added another Ghostbusters film to its upcoming roster, with the news that the studio is also planning an animated adventure.

Currently, director Paul Feig is in post-production on his new Ghostbusters movie, which arrives in cinemas next July. That one stars Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Kirsten Wiig and Chris Hemsworth.

There remains talk too of a second live action Ghostbusters film, that Drew Pearce had put together a story outline for, and had attracted at one stage the interest of Channing Tatum. Joe and Anthony Russo had been mooted to oversee that, but given their commitments to the Marvel cinematic universe until 2019, getting time in their schedule can't be easy.

Still, while that one works itself out, Sony Pictures Animation is getting to work on a new animated Ghostbusters film, »

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Kingsman 2 set for 2016 shoot

1 October 2015 10:57 PM, PDT

Taron Egerton starts shooting Robin Hood: Origins in February. Unless there's a clash with Kingsman: The Secret Service 2...

One of the surprise hits of the year has been director Matthew Vaughn’s big screen comic book movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service. The fact that it was a strong film wasn’t a surprise, rather that it took over $410m at the global box office. Very few saw that coming.

Unsurprisingly, 20th Century Fox soon after began to press for a sequel. Furthermore, Vaughn himself confirmed that he was going to make one. He’s thus been working on the screenplay for the next film with Jane Goldman.

Vaughn had said that Kingsman 2 wouldn’t be his next movie, and that he was likely to schedule another project in-between. However, the crammed schedule of Kingsman star Taron Egerton may be leading to a change of plan.

Egerton is contractually locked down to make Kingsman follow-ups, »

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Geeks Vs Loneliness: dealing with tiredness

1 October 2015 10:50 PM, PDT

A few tips for those of you who are feeling constantly tired and out of energy, and aren't sure why...

The usual primer for new readers to this series. The idea is that we talk about problems that some or many of us are facing, and come up with a few suggestions that may help. There’s no magic wand, just an acceptance that no matter how brave a face we all put on life, there’s often plenty of challenges going on behind the scenes.

This week, we’re going to have a quick chat about tiredness.

Back when we started this series of articles all those months ago, we kicked off with a piece about sleep hygiene. It came about because of the difficulty many of us have in simply getting a good night’s sleep, and talked about approaches to trying to do so.

That article can be found right here. »

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Doctor Who: new BBC Three spin-off "Class" announced

1 October 2015 12:16 PM, PDT

BBC Three has ordered a new 8 x 45 minute Doctor Who spin-off set in Coal Hill School, written by Patrick Ness, to film and air in 2016...

The wait is over. After an evening of fans drumming their fingers and speculating wildly following some world-class teasing from the official BBC Doctor Who Twitter account, we finally know what the "Huge #DoctorWho news" is.

A new Doctor Who spin-off is on its way.

Coming to BBC Three in 2016 are eight forty-five minute episodes of a new teen-focused series, Class, which is to be set in contemporary London, Coal Hill school to be precise.

Class is being written by author Patrick Ness (the Chaos Walking trilogy, A Monster Calls), making his television debut.

Steven Moffat, who'll be executive-producing along with Brian Minchin and Ness, describes the show as follows: "This is growing up in modern Britain - but with monsters!".

In the official bumf, »

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Scream Queens episode 3 review: Chainsaw

1 October 2015 1:41 AM, PDT

Scream Queens' campy combination of comedy and horror continues at a lick in episode two, Chainsaw...

This review contains spoilers.

1.3 Chainsaw

Scream Queens' first week was a culture shock, a barmy helter-skelter of an opener that lay its cards firmly on the table. We're watching a satire that blends together comedy and horror, and episode two, Chainsaw, continues to prove that Scream Queens is capable of both a good joke and a good murder. While the pilot and Hell Week strived for a gag-a-minute rate and as many gory deaths as possible, Chainsaw reels things in a little.

For starters, we only got one death and it was a bit of a cheat. While Ariana Grande's Chanel #2, 'Deaf Taylor Swift', Ms Bean and Shondell all bit the dust last week in gruesome faction, Chainsaw saw Wallace University's newest mascot, Coney, fall victim to the Red Devil. »

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There's a Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock colouring book

1 October 2015 1:05 AM, PDT

Sherlock has got his own colouring book! Sherlock: The Mind Palace lets you draw all over Benedict Cumberbatch's face...

Ever wanted to colour in Benedict Cumberbatch's face?

Well, now you can. The BBC has launched Sherlock: The Mind Palace which promises 'a colouring adventure' to all those who choose to buy it.

It's probably the perfect Christmas stocking filler for the Cumber-fan in all of us. If you have massive rectangular stockings, that is.

You'll get 'over 50 intricate pieces of artwork' which allow you to 'recreate classic scenes' and 'illuminate the fascinating world of Sherlock with the power of your imagination.'

Mike Collins - penciller of Panini's Doctor Who Magazine, and regular Doctor Who graphic novel artist - has drawn The Mind Palace. 

Here's the cover... 

It's out on Thursday the 5th of November, and will cost £9.99.

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Gotham season 2: Jerome threatens his dad in new clip

1 October 2015 12:52 AM, PDT

Cameron Monaghan gets even more Joker-y in this clip from Gotham season 2's The Last Laugh...

He's quick becoming our favourite thing about Gotham, and he's only appeared in three episodes so far. We're talking, of course, about Cameron Monaghan's potential proto-Joker Jerome. 

A clip from season 2 episode 3, The Last Laugh, has popped up online. It showcases Jerome at his cackling, intimidating best, as he has a little chat with his neglectful father (last seen in season 1's The Blind Fortune-Teller).

Here it is...

Gotham airs on Fox - in the USA - on Monday nights. In the UK, we're not getting it until 2016.


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How Avengers: Age Of Ultron was originally to end

30 September 2015 10:36 PM, PDT

Captain Marvel wasn't the only omission from the end of Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age Of Ultron...

Spoiler warning: this story contains a spoiler for the end of Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

There's been quite a lot of chatter in recent months about what didn't make it into the final cut of Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Certainly it seems as though Whedon didn't get his own final cut of the movie, but also, there was talk around the time of the movie's release that Captain Marvel was due to make her debut alongside the other Avengers.

Joss Whedon had previously revealed that the plan was to insert her into the end of the film once an actress had been cast in the role, but that plan was changed. Kevin Feige, for one, argued that he didn't want to introduce Captain Marvel without doing some of her origin story first. »

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