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CHiPs (2017) review

24 March 2017 8:16 AM, PDT

Michael Pena co-stars in an action-comedy flick based on the 70s TV show, CHiPs. A must see? Well, no...

There are some stories that deserve to be told and retold - handed down through generation after generation, from campfire tales through to the era of TV and cinema and far beyond. Whether they're related in the pages of a book or projected on a movie screen, these stories speak to the essence of what makes us human: our histories, our friendships, our fears and desires. CHiPs, based on the 70s TV show about two motorcycle cops in California, is not one of those stories.

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Michael Peña stars as a trigger-happy FBI agent from Miami who, »

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Iron Fist episode 7 viewing notes: Felling Tree With Roots

24 March 2017 1:28 AM, PDT

James Hunt Mar 24, 2017

At this stage, Iron Fist could benefit from a little less of the Meachums and a little more mythology...

These viewing notes contain spoilers.

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Iron Fist, the fourth and final member of the Defenders, has finally made his debut. As with previous Netflix series, we’ll be reviewing an episode a day highlighting the characters, reference points and easter eggs we spotted. Feel free to read along as you watch too, but please don’t spoil future episodes for anyone in the comments!

After last episode showed a hint of purpose, this one felt absolutely rudderless. Stuff just happened, and there was no great feeling that any of it made sense. The »

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Three Billboards trailer, from director of In Bruges

23 March 2017 11:47 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Mar 24, 2017

In Bruges director Martin McDonagh returns with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Here's the red band trailer...

When we interviewed writer/director Martin McDonagh for his last movie, Seven Psychopaths, he told us a couple of key things. Firstly, that he only makes a film every three or four years. Secondly, he knew what his next project was going to be, and that it was going to have a comma in the title.

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That film is Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and it sees McDonagh steering a cast that includes Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. It’s a mix of drama and black comedy, about McDormand’s character trying to »

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Rotten Tomatoes is “destruction of our business”, says Brett Ratner

23 March 2017 2:45 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Mar 24, 2017

Brett Ratner on Rotten Tomatoes, and the damage it did Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice...

Brett Ratner has certainly been on the wrong side of movie criticism across his career as a director, but with his producer hat on, he’s been involved in some really quite special productions. Films such as The Revenant, Black Mass and Woody Allen: A Documentary have had Ratner’s involvement, through his RatPac Entertainment label. He was also an investor in last year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. It appears to be the reaction to the latter that's particularly irked him.

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Still, he’s in an interesting position to give his views on the movie business, »

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Dumbo: production slightly delayed, shoot starts May

23 March 2017 9:47 AM, PDT

Simon Brew Mar 24, 2017

Exclusive: Tim Burton's Dumbo movie is set to start shooting a little later than scheduled...

With Mary Poppins Returns currently filming in London, the next of Disney live action takes on one of its classics turns out to be not far behind.

Pre-production work is underway on the live action take on Dumbo, that Tim Burton is directing for the studio. However, the production was originally set to start filming this month, but there’s now been a slight delay. Presumably this is related to the fact that Disney and Burton haven’t locked down one of the key roles in the movie, given that Will Smith opted not to join the film.

The new start date for the film? The crew have been told that it’s at the end of May, which is when Burton and his cast – that already includes Danny DeVito, and »

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Resident Evil 7 was nearly Resident Evil 6-style action game

23 March 2017 8:17 AM, PDT

Matthew Byrd Mar 24, 2017

Were it not for the influence of a series producer, Resident Evil 7 would have been very different...

Many people - ourselves included - praised Resident Evil 7 for its bold reimagining of the franchise's conventions. While far from perfect, the Resident Evil 7 certainly invoked the franchise's glory days more than Resident Evil 6 ever did. 

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The success of the latest Resident Evil makes it that much more strange to hear that Capcom originally intended for Resident Evil 7 to continue the cinematic action style they had established with Resident Evil 6.

In a new documentary detailing the development process of Resident Evil 7, producer Masachika Kawata says that the Resident Evil 7 team began the game's development with »

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Zelda: Breath Of The Wild - the design philosophy that makes it a classic

23 March 2017 7:16 AM, PDT

Ryan Lambie Mar 24, 2017

What separates Zelda: Breath Of The Wild from other open-world games? Its design philosophy, as Ryan explains...

When Nintendo made the decision to take its long-running Zelda franchise into open-world territory, the risks were clear. By doing so, the Japanese firm faced the possibility that its new game would be compared to some of the finest examples of the sandbox genre: Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption, even Minecraft.

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By changing its tried and trusted - and on occasion ground-breaking - Zelda formula, Breath Of The Wild could have wound up looking ordinary; a derivative amalgam of elements previously introduced by western developers like Rockstar and Bethesda, albeit »

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The Last Kingdom series 2 episode 2 review

23 March 2017 7:05 AM, PDT

Louisa Mellor Mar 23, 2017

The Last Kingdom is fast becoming the most entertaining hours of the week’s TV, even if it is impossible to remember everyone’s names…

This review contains spoilers.

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Fortune’s a fickle thing in The Last Kingdom. Last week we watched a man go from slave to king; this week we watched our hero go from lord to slave. Gullible parvenu Guthred listened to the devil on his shoulder instead of the long-haired peacock on his other shoulder and packed Uhtred, son of Uhtred, and Halig, son of a gun, off to captivity.

Guthred really should have taken the precaution of a series one iPlayer catch-up before putting the Lord of Bebbanburg in a cage. »

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How often should you descale your kettle?

23 March 2017 3:57 AM, PDT

Simon Brew Mar 24, 2017

It's worth making sure that your kettle is looked after. Some tips right here...

Without our trusty water heating droid, Den Of Geek’s early mornings would be even trickier than they tend to be already. In a world where friends come and go, Eric the Kettle has been a constant companion, ever since the sad and tragic demise of his predecessor, Bridget.

But one of the reasons that Eric has lasted a good five years and counting is maintenance. Granted, we could just go to our local supermarket that we won’t name lest you think this is an advertorial, and replace Eric once he starts to get old. But we’re attached to the little fella.

So: how often does Eric, and his kin, need descaling?

Firstly, it depends on the softness or hardness of the water in your area. The best indicator is a simple visual inspection. »

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Zombieland 2 script is ready and in place

22 March 2017 11:08 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Mar 23, 2017

Zombieland 2 has personnel in place, and a screenplay ready. It just needs the greenlight from Sony...

With their latest project, Life, arriving in UK cinemas tomorrow, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been on the interview trail for the movie. And in a chat with Comicbook.com, the duo have confirmed that Zombieland 2 – another project they’ve been trying to get off the ground – is very much at the forefront of their minds.

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They confirmed that the film is in active development, adding that “we’re trying to get it going. All of our cast have read the script and love it”.

“Ruben [Fleischer, the director of the original] is signed on. It’s just »

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Power Rangers: five sequels planned

22 March 2017 11:05 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Mar 23, 2017

If the new Power Rangers movie hits big, then story work on Power Rangers 2 begins this weekend...

Tomorrow, the reboot of Power Rangers finally lands in cinemas worldwide. The movie, directed by Dean Isrealite, has picked up quite a breadth of reviews (we enjoyed it ourselves), is projected to have an opening weekend in the $30-40m mark in the Us, and the film’s non-us performance is clearly going to be pivotal to the movie franchise’s future. And quite a future is being prepared for.

For in a new interview, the man behind the original Power Rangers series, Haim Saban, has confirmed that a prolonged movie franchise has been mapped out.

“We already have a six-movie story arc”, he told Variety. “If this film is as successful as I hope, on March 24, on March 25 we’ll have the first story meeting for movie number two”.

Thus, »

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Arrow season 5 episode 17 review: Kapiushon

22 March 2017 9:17 PM, PDT

Tyler McCarthy Mar 23, 2017

Arrow finally figures out how to do flashbacks right in its latest season 5 episode, Kapiushon...

This review contains spoilersl

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5.17 Kapiushon

I’ll be the first to say that, for four long seasons, the flashbacks on Arrow have not been my favourite part of the show. Yes, meeting Slade Wilson was fun, but they’ve been an unfocused and often shoehorned-in mess for the most part. However, with the gimmick on its final year, the true tragedy of the show seems to be that it has just hit its stride in terms of knowing how to tell these stories.

Last year was the most egregious example, when Oliver meandered on Lian Yu and »

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Legion episode 7 review: Chapter Seven

22 March 2017 8:17 PM, PDT

Nick Harley Mar 23, 2017

The penultimate episode of Legion's first season answers burning questions and provides unexpected twists. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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1.7 Chapter Seven

After episode seven ended, hardcore fans of Legion’s source material could be heard screaming “I told you so!” as loud as the voices in David Haller’s head. Amahl Farouk, The Shadow King, has been officially confirmed as the main antagonist of the season, as hinted at by the name of David’s imaginary dog from his childhood. We also learned that Legion is staying true to the comics and that Professor Charles Xavier, whose wheelchair is briefly glimpsed, is David’s true father. Fans of the comics »

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Spider-Man: Black Cat/Silver Sable spin-off also planned

22 March 2017 6:17 PM, PDT

David Crow Mar 23, 2017

A new Spider-Man spinoff starring Black Cat and Silver Sable is in development at Sony. The creator of X-23 is writing it.

As with the revelation last week that a Venom spinoff was back on at Sony Pictures, the studio is still making the best of their Spider-Man license, as it was revealed late Wednesday that a Black Cat and Silver Sable spinoff from the web-head franchise was being turned into a priority by the studio.

Previously, it was unclear how far Sony came in pursuing a Black Cat movie, but now the answer indicates… pretty darn close. Indeed, THR broke that Sony has tapped Christopher Yost to rewrite a previous existing script for the project. Furthermore, the script he is reworking is one turned in by Lisa Joy, who recently co-created a little genre show you might have heard about: Westworld.

This project has apparently been long in the works, »

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Geeks Vs Loneliness: feeling useless

22 March 2017 3:14 PM, PDT

Den Of Geek Mar 24, 2017

A few words for those feeling that nothing they do matters, or makes any difference...

With all the best intentions in the world, there are moments in everyone’s life – sometimes, a lot more than moments – when we just feel useless. It might be a feeling of barely being productive. Even worse, it might be a feeling of genuinely being no use to the world whatsoever. That nothing we do makes any kind of difference, and we convince ourselves that nobody cares.

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In very extreme cases, we end up convincing ourselves that the world would be a better place if we weren’t in it.

And, as with every Geeks Vs Loneliness piece that we write, »

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Brie Larson to play first Us female presidential nominee

22 March 2017 1:17 PM, PDT

Tony Sokol Mar 23, 2017

Brie Larson is to take on the title role in the upcoming biopic, Victoria Woodhull.

Brie Larson will star as the first female candidate for the presidency of the United States in Victoria Woodhull, an upcoming film for Amazon.

The screenplay will be written by Ben Kopit, who penned Warner Bros’ upcoming film Libertine, which will be directed by Brett Ratner.  Larson will produce the film alongside Whalerock IndustriesLloyd Braun and Andrew Mittman will produce alongside the actress. Woodward will executive produce.

Larson, who won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her work in Room (2015), can currently be seen Kong: Skull Island, which co-stars Tom Hiddleston, and The Glass Castle, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. She is also featured in Free Fire, directed by Ben Wheatley, which will hit cinemas in the end of the month. She's got the role of Captain Marvel »

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Classic games consoles available to buy now

22 March 2017 12:29 PM, PDT

Rob Leane Mar 24, 2017

Many retro games consoles are available on Amazon now. These ones, if you want to get all specific about it...

Old games! Everyone loves old games. But you can't play old games without a classic games console to go with them. Shh. No. Don't mention ports or remakes or downloads. Go with me here. 

There's something undeniably cool about having a retro gaming system on your shelf, and some of those old pixelated games are still very fun to play. Multiplayer ones are particularly great for social gatherings, if you're into that sort of thing.

So, if you'd like to bring some classic consoles back into your home (or maybe play one for the first time, if you're a young 'un), read on to find out what our chums at Amazon have to offer...

A quick note before we begin: clicking the links in this article helps to support our site, »

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Marvel's Iron Fist episode 6 viewing notes: Immortal Emerges From Cave

22 March 2017 9:35 AM, PDT

James Hunt Mar 23, 2017

Immortal Emerges From Cave is Iron Fist's strongest episode yet and evidence that the show is finally coming together...

These viewing notes contain spoilers.

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Iron Fist, the fourth and final member of the Defenders, has finally made his debut. As with previous Netflix series, we’ll be reviewing an episode a day highlighting the characters, reference points and easter eggs we spotted. Feel free to read along as you watch too, but please don’t spoil future episodes for anyone in the comments!

This episode is the one where the generally uninspired fight sequences really hurt the episode, given that it’s structured around Danny fighting in a “tournament”. That said, I »

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Captain Underpants: the first trailer

22 March 2017 9:17 AM, PDT

Simon Brew Mar 23, 2017

Captain Underpants is being adapted for the big screen with Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, and more. Here's everything else.

DreamWorks Animation has a pair of movies out this year, with The Boss Baby heading into cinemas in two weeks’ time. Ahead of the release of that, the studio has released the trailer for its next project, the first big screen adaptation of Dav Pilkey’s hugely successful Captain Underpants novels.

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David Soren, who helmed Turbo, is steering the ship on this one, and his cast includes Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele and Kristen Schaal. Nicholas Stoller has put together the screenplay.

The movie lands in Us cinemas on June 2nd, »

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Mass Effect's hidden Kirk/Picard morality system

22 March 2017 5:17 AM, PDT

Matthew Byrd Mar 23, 2017

How does Mass Effect's morality system Star Trek's most famous captains? Matthew explains...

Confession time: I haven’t enjoyed a BioWare morality system since Knights Of The Old Republic.

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I know, I know. You’re saying that my perception of Knights Of The Old Republic’s morality system is bolstered by nostalgia. Well, at least I hope that’s what you’re saying. Otherwise, you’re probably just calling me an idiot.

To be certain, KotOR’s morality system is best viewed through rose-tinted glasses. Its simplified take on good versus evil (as represented by the light side and dark side) doesn’t exactly force you to do much soul searching. »

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