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Donnie Darko sequel: Jake Gyllenhaal is up for it

2 hours ago

Kirsten Howard Mar 30, 2017

Following director Richard Kelly's announcement that he's ready to make a new sequel to Donnie Darko, star Jake Gyllenhaal weighs in...

He was bound to get asked the question eventually, and now we have an answer.

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Yes, Jake Gyllenhaal has finally addressed the very real possibility of making a sequel to the 2001 cult classic Donnie Darko, which helped his star rise rapidly to the A-list.

Earlier in the year, the time-traveling head-scratcher of a film's director Richard Kelly had been touring a brand new 4K restoration of Darko when he made some rather surprising comments about revisiting the mind-bending universe, causing a lot of fans to respond with some extremely vocal mixed reactions.

"I think there’s something much bigger and more ambitious to do in that universe, »

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The Secret World to become a free-to-play RPG

4 hours ago

Ryan Lambie Mar 30, 2017

Funcom's Mmo The Secret World is getting a major revamp, as it becomes a free-to-play RPG...

Launched in 2012, The Secret World had such an intriguing premise that we almost wished it wasn't wrapped up in the trappings of a typical Mmo. Set in an alternate version of the present, it's about a trio of clandestine organisations charged with protecting the planet from supernatural monsters. In other words, it's like Men In Black written by Hp Lovecraft.

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Despite some great ideas and a novel approach to relating its unfolding plot, The Secret World was knocked back a bit by its iffy combat system and Mmorpg trappings that never quite gelled with what could have been a more focused single-player adventure game. This might be why »

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Marvel's Iron Fist episode 11 viewing notes: Lead Horse Back To Stable

5 hours ago

James Hunt Mar 30, 2017

Iron Fist's inconsistencies make it difficult to get a firm grip on the plot or character. Spoilers ahead...

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!

It looks like episode eleven is the closest we’ll get to an origin episode of Iron Fist, offering us glimpses of K’un L’un’s entrance and a slight hint of the dragon that Danny beat to get his powers. »

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Aliens: new audiobook prequel on the way

5 hours ago

Rob Leane Mar 30, 2017

Audible is releasing River Of Pain, an audiobook set between Alien and Aliens, in April....

Audible are getting in on the expanding-the-world-of-Alien game. The audiobook giants have a new project on the way (its second venture into the world of Alien), which will cover a different era to Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant film.

Covenant takes place after Prometheus but before Alien, while Audible's incoming audiobook is set after the original Alien but before James Cameron's Aliens.

Audible has put together an audio adaptation of Alien: River Of Pain, a 2014 novel by Christopher Golden.

Here's the official synopsis of the book, which explores the origins of Newt and what happened while Ripley was travelling back to Earth...

"When Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, she learns that the planet Lv-426 — now called Acheron — has been colonized. But Lv-426 is where Ripley and the crew of »

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Akira remake: Warner Bros eyeing Get Out director

7 hours ago

Simon Brew Mar 30, 2017

Jordan Peele is reportedly in the running to direct the live action take on Akira...

The long-in-gestation live action remake of Akira might just get a substantial boost this weekend, if the Paramount-backed new take on Ghost In The Shell hits box office gold. A Hollywood version of Akira has been under discussion for some time now, with Warner Bros getting close at one stage, then backing away over the cost of the project. The closest it got saw director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) in the director’s chair, with Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart set to star, before the plug was pulled late in the day.

Now, though, Warner Bros looks like it’s having another go at getting the project together, and a new report suggests that Jordan Peele is the studio’s top choice to direct the movie. Peele is the man behind the superb Get Out, »

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Mission: Impossible 6 definitely loses Jeremy Renner

7 hours ago

Simon Brew Mar 30, 2017

Tom Cruise returns for Mission: Impossible 6 - but Jeremy Renner won't be along this time...

The cast is now locked down, it seems, for Mission: Impossible 6, that’s going to start shooting this summer, ahead of its release on July 27th 2018. But there’s going to be one notable absentee.

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Jeremy Renner, who joined the series with the fourth film, Ghost Protocol, was reported earlier in the year to be struggling with dates for the new Mission: Impossible. That’s due to filming clashes with the Avengers: Infinity War films. It’s now been confirmed that Renner is missing from the cast list for the new movie.

It’s an interesting move, because Paramount reportedly wanted him cast in the first place »

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The writers who pretended to be Seth Rogen

7 hours ago

Simon Brew Mar 30, 2017

Two screenwriters came up with a plan to get their script noticed: they put Seth Rogen's name on the front. Here's what happened...

A pair of screenwriters, trying to get a break in Hollywood, have taken an unusual step to try to do so. They’ve pretended to be Seth Rogen.

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Jonathan Witz and Jeremy Spektor, a pair of 20-something Los Angeles-based writers, put together a screenplay called The Kosher Nostra, that they got some good positive initial feedback from. The problem? They couldn’t get the right people in Hollywood to read it. The pair wanted the likes of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco and Aziz Ansari to take roles in the movie, naming characters after them. But the script didn't make it to them. »

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Dredd heading to 4K

7 hours ago

Simon Brew Mar 30, 2017

Dredd is chosen by Lionsgate to be one of its earliest Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray releases. Details here...

It’s a small thing, but for those still flying the flag for 2012’s Dredd movie, every little helps.

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For as it turns out, it’s in the first couple of hundred films to make its way to the fledgling Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray. We’ve got Lionsgate in the Us to thank for that. The firm hardly did a sterling job selling the movie on its original release in the States, but it’s announced the 4K disc version – perhaps as a nod to the following the Dredd has enjoyed on home formats – for release in early June.

Sadly, this is a Us-only release. The »

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Die Hard: how the miniature effects were done

7 hours ago

Simon Brew Mar 30, 2017

From the elevator explosion to recreating Nakatomi Plaza, here's a video that explores the clever miniature effects of Die Hard...

Here’s a video you may not have seen, that we’ve just found on our Die Hard travels. It looks at how the miniature effects were put together for the original Die Hard movie, and we thought you might like to see it.

In the video, Patrick Mcclung and Tom Griep chat about working on the film, and how they put together a smaller version of Nakatomi Plaza. There’s quite a lot of behind the scenes photography in here too, and the pair throw fresh light on the helicopter sequence in the movie, for instance. That, and how the elevator shaft explosion was done.

Take a look…

The interview is a deleted scene from a 2011 documentary, Sense Of Scale, that looks at model making in the film industry. »

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Arrow season 5 episode 18 review: Disbanded

10 hours ago

Tyler McCarthy Mar 30, 2017

Arrow delivered another strong episode as the Prometheus chess game reaches a fever pitch...

This review contains spoilers.

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5.18 Disbanded

After last week’s psychologically thrilling romp, the gang on Arrow dealt heavily with the consequences of their leader’s mental manipulation. In the ongoing battle for Oliver Queen’s soul, it was a tug-of-war between the hero’s best friend and his fifth greatest enemy yet.

After Adrian Chase, also known as Prometheus, captured Green Arrow and got him to confess to being nothing more than a murderous animal, the hero thought things were over. However, the psychotic Chase arrived in his boss’ office to twist the knife a little further. After pinning the murder of his wife on Green Arrow, Chase is about »

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Ben Wheatley interview: Free Fire, Minecraft, Statham

17 hours ago

Rob Leane Mar 30, 2017

Free Fire director Ben Wheatley chatted to us about the film, Martin Scorsese, Freakshift and his Jason Statham double-bill theory...

We have a lot of love for Ben Wheatley here at Geek Towers. His films, from Kill List to the star-studded ilk of High Rise, never fail to impress. And on TV, he directed the stellar opening episodes of Peter Capaldi’s stint on Doctor Who.

And now he’s brought us Free Fire, a thrilling close-confines shootout movie which plonks Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Sam Riley and more in a warehouse full of semi-automatic and lets chaos ensue.

Wheatley wrote the script for Free Fire with his wife and writing partner Amy Jump, having been inspired by an FBI incident report from the 1980s. The mighty Mr Martin Scorsese was involved in the movie as an executive producer.

The resultant film is »

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Resident Evil 7: Capcom explains The Shining's influence

18 hours ago

Matthew Byrd Mar 30, 2017

The Shining's two Jacks served as the basis for one of Resident Evil's greatest villains.

When citing Resident Evil 7's film influences, people quickly rattle off names like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Evil Dead. While each of those films - and more like them - certainly helped to shape Resident Evil 7's tone and environment, the game's developers looked beyond the grindhouse when it came time to design the principal characters.

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In the latest episode of the Resident Evil 7 development documentary series, scenario director Morimasa Sato names another legendary horror film as one of his biggest influences. 

"I've always been a big Stephen King fan," says Sato. "The Shining is a big inspiration for me. In fact, the two Jacks in that film, »

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The Walking Dead: who's going to die in the season 7 finale?

19 hours ago

Duncan Bowles Mar 30, 2017

As The Walking Dead season 7 finale approaches, who's going to bite the dust this time? Spoilers and speculation ahead...

This feature contains season seven spoilers.

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Terrifyingly, we’re nearly at the end of yet another season of The Walking Dead, as it seems like only yesterday that speculation was rife as to which cast member’s contract had come to an end thanks to Negan’s baseball bat. Since the fateful events that night, season seven has slowly been building to a full blown war against The Saviors and everyone knows that war equals casualties. So as various characters embark on suicide missions, defect and come mentally unravelled, we thought it timely to look at who is most likely to fall in battle (or »

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Santa Clarita Diet season 2 confirmed by Netflix

20 hours ago

Joseph Baxter Mar 30, 2017

Santa Clarita Diet season 2 is a go at Netflix with a confirmed renewal of the horror-comedy series.

Netflix won't be falling off the wagon with Santa Clarita Diet. The horror-comedy series, unveiled earlier this year with a series of conceptual promos, may have arrived as a bizarre and random genre amalgam of irreverent comedies with the ubiquitous trope of zombies, but it has apparently managed to make enough of a quantifiable impression with streaming audiences to justify the greenlighting of a second helping.

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Netflix announced the renewal with – what else? – a quirky promo video. While short on specifics, the announced premiere of Santa Clarita Diet season 2 has been (vaguely, for now,) designated for 2018.

Santa Clarita Diet debuted its 10-episode inaugural season on February 3, showcasing »

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Robert Rodriguez to direct Ugly Dolls animated movie

20 hours ago

Tony Sokol Mar 30, 2017

As well as Escape From New York, Robert Rodriguez has a new animated movie on his slate...

Move over Babo, Ice-Bat, and Wedgehead. A new ugly has arrived. Robert Rodriguez is making his first animated feature, Ugly Dolls, based on the plush toy franchise from Pretty Ugly. The film will launch Stx Entertainment’s family and animation division.

The director of El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, From Dusk Till Dawn, Sin City, and the Spy Kids franchise, will write, direct, and produce Ugly Dolls through his Troublemaker Studios, it was announced during Stx’s presentation at CinemaCon.

The animated version of the video game Angry Birds made more than $300 million for Sony last year. Ugly Dolls might be the start of a new franchise for Rodriguez and Stx Entertainment, especially if it does similar business. The film will be produced by Stx, with »

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Grimm season 6 episode 12 review: Zerstorer Shrugged

29 March 2017 3:04 AM, PDT

Christine Horton Mar 29, 2017

Grimm's penultimate ever episode sets the stage for an emotional finale...

This review contains spoilers.

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6.12 Zerstorer Shrugged

Here we are – the penultimate episode of Grimm, setting us up for the big showdown with Nick throwing down with an ancient demon in a bid to prevent the end of days.

The writers threw a lot at us, including a returning favourite, the death of others (maybe), a showdown with the Zerstorer, and a potential explanation as to the Stick of Destiny’s powers.

First things first – Diana pulled Nick and Eve back through the portal without realising the Zerstorer planned to hitch a lift back to Portland too. It appears that his plan was to target Eve, knowing Nick would follow, and eventually lead them to potential child-bride Diana. »

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Marvel's Iron Fist episode 10 viewing notes: Black Tiger Steals Heart

29 March 2017 12:22 AM, PDT

James Hunt Mar 29, 2017

A new character peps things up in the latest episode of Marvel's Iron Fist, Black Tiger Steals Heart...

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!

There was some interesting stuff in this episode, not least the twist with Colleen which was reasonably interesting (if more or less exactly what I was expecting based on stuff set up in earlier episodes). The appearance of Davos also gave us »

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Michael Bay wanted for Hunting El Chapo movie

28 March 2017 11:08 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Mar 29, 2017

When he's done with Transformers, Michael Bay already has an offer for a new film coming his way...

With Michael Bay set to wrap up his work on Transformers movies in the coming months thanks to the release of Transformers: The Last Knight, studios are targeting him to take on projects for them. One such studio is Sony, which has picked up the screen rights to the book Hunting El Chapo, written by Cole Merrell and Douglas Century.

The book tells the story of the DEA official (Cole Merrell, although that name is a pseudonym) who led the hunt for Mexican drug cartel leader El Chapo. El Chapo managed to avoid capture for over ten years, before he was finally caught and transported to the Us.

Sony overcame a few competitors to snatch up the book rights, and one of those was Michael Bay himself. As such, »

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Spider-Man: Marvel & Sony deal could end after Homecoming 2

28 March 2017 10:34 PM, PDT

Mar 29, 2017

Spider-Man's time in the Marvel cinematic universe may just have a time cap on it...

As soon as Spider-Man gets going in the Marvel cinematic universe, his time, in theory at least, could be up. The upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming and its already-announced sequel are part of a deal between Sony and Marvel, that see the two firms coming together on Spider-Man movies. Sony took this option following its disappointment with its The Amazing Spider-Man reboots.

As we’ve seen in the past week, though, Sony still holds the screen rights to Spider-Man, to the point where it’s spinning out characters such as Venom and Black Cat into standalone movies. What’s more, producer and former boss of Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal, seems to have suggested that the deal between Sony and Marvel for Spider-Man movies is finite, and only covering one more standalone film.

Chatting to Cosmic Book News, »

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Jumanji remake has new title, fresh details emerge

28 March 2017 10:29 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Mar 29, 2017

The new take on Jumanji, headlined by Dwayne Johnson, won't involve a board game this time around...

The upcoming Jumanji reboot/sequel/remake is now in post production, and boasts a cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Kevin Hart. The project has been fighting against the fact that the original movie is a cherished film for many, and Johnson for one has been keen to stress that they’re honouring the memory of that film, and not aiming to trample all over it.

As it turns out, the new movie is doing a few different things. The focus this time, it’s been revealed, won’t be on an ancient board game. Rather, at the heart of the story in the new version is a video game where the four leads are avatars as such, representing four high school teenagers. Said teenagers are in detention, »

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