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The Last Kingdom series 2 episode 2 review

13 hours ago

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. It didn’t »

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Zombieland 2 script is ready and in place

21 hours ago

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 a matter of making our cast deals »

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Power Rangers: five sequels planned

21 hours ago

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 hours ago

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 learned magic for the first time. It »

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Legion episode 7 review: Chapter Seven

23 hours ago

Nick Harley Mar 23, 2017

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

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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 and the overall X-Men universe are probably »

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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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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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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 thought it was the strongest yet and »

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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, although we have to »

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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. If you’d like to follow the path of the Jedi, »

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Marvel's Iron Fist episode 5 viewing notes: Under Leaf Pluck Lotus

22 March 2017 2:16 AM, PDT

James Hunt Mar 22, 2017

Iron Fist is currently veering between being a soap opera boardroom drama and a generic Netflix Marvel action series...

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!

Ouch. Just when I thought Iron Fist had turned a corner, the cold open - sexy women pitching synthetic heroin to potential buyers - bordered on cringeworthy. After that things got a little better, but the »

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The Big Bang Theory renewed for two more seasons

22 March 2017 1:27 AM, PDT

Rob Leane Mar 22, 2017

It's official: The Big Bang Theory will return for its 11th and 12th seasons. Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch are still in negotiations...

In a piece of not particularly surprising news, we've learned that The Big Bang Theory has been renewed. CBS has struck a deal with most of the cast - as well as creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, and showrunner Steve Molaro - to bring the show back for two more seasons. Yep, The Big Bang Theory season 11 and season 12 are on their way to our screens.

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The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, and offered an updated answer to one of the internet's favourite questions: how much do the cast of The Big Bang Theory get paid? »

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Beauty & The Beast: Disney to explore spin-offs and prequels

21 March 2017 11:16 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Mar 22, 2017

Disney is looking at further Beauty & The Beast movies, but there won't be a direct Beauty & The Beast 2...

Disney’s live action take on Beauty & The Beast – directed by Bill Condon – should have smashed through the $500m worldwide box office barrier in the next day or two. Furthermore, by the end of the weekend, it should have overtaken Logan to become the biggest release of the year, in sheer cash terms.

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Disney wasn’t shy about exploring further Beauty & The Beast movies in what we affectionately know as its ‘not very good sequels that went straight to video’ era (Nvgstwstv for short), with the likes of Beauty & The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas. And it sounds as though it’s »

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The Parent Agency: David Baddiel gives update on film

21 March 2017 10:55 PM, PDT

Brendon Connelly Mar 22, 2017

David Baddiel's The Parent Agency is going to Hollywood, and Baddiel is battling through script drafts with Fox...

Last week, David Baddiel stopped by Oxford's wonderful Story Museum for a chat about his Shelf Life with Nicollette Jones, the Sunday Times reviewer of Childrens' Books. For Jones this was quite a normal night of work – she has hosted many successful talks and Q&A sessions for the Story Museum, to the point that they both seem incredibly lucky to have found one another. For Baddiel, however, it all seemed something more like a normal night off.

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Which is to say, from start to finish, Baddiel was at ease, chatty, fearless in simply striking up conversation with members of the audience. »

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Power Rangers review

21 March 2017 10:33 PM, PDT

The Power Rangers reboot has problems, certainly, but it's a whole lot of fun. Here's our review...

I’ll lay my cards on the table: I’m a Power Rangers fan. From the moment I first saw it, it ensnared me; when I wasn’t watching Power Rangers I was out with friends playing Power Rangers. And it’s never really left me - whilst I can’t say I’ve seen even half of the output after around 1997, I’ve kept it close to my heart.

That said, there’s a bit of a negative perception around the franchise; for everyone who remembers it fondly, there’s someone else who remembers it as a campy load of rubbish. And that may explain why Power Rangers - Lionsgate’s reboot of the franchise for the Marvel Studios generation - is afraid to be a Power Rangers film. Barring a giddy-yet-traumatic pre-credits sequence, »

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Legends Of Tomorrow season 2 episode 15 review: Fellowship Of The Spear

21 March 2017 8:17 PM, PDT

Jim Dandy Mar 22, 2017

Legends Of Tomorrow goes to World War I for a whole boatload of Lord Of The Rings references and jokes...

This review contains spoilers.

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2. 15 Fellowship Of The Spear

It’s weird, Legends Of Tomorrow has been on such a hot streak lately that an episode that was just okay feels like a disappointment. I am probably being a little tough on it, but after several instalments that didn’t even slip for a minute, this one’s problems were magnified because of it.

Part of the problem is how plot-driven the episode is. Legends is moving into the endgame for the season, so there’s a lot of going from A to B this week, and the plot movement »

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The Flash season 3 episode 17 review: Duet

21 March 2017 7:17 PM, PDT

Mike Cecchini Mar 22, 2017

The long awaited Flash and Supergirl musical episode is here!

This review contains spoilers.

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3.17 Duet

I hate musicals. I never watched Glee. I only thought Once More With Feeling was okay. I like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend in theory but haven't watched since midway through the first season. I fell asleep trying to watch La La Land and the odds of me giving it another chance are directly proportional to whether or not my parents want to watch it when I'm visiting them. Needless to say, I'm not the target audience for Duet.

And, I mean, it's cool if you are. It's just that despite the countless hours that I, too, spent as a child watching musicals with my parents, it's »

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Terminator: franchise has “incredible bright future”, producer insists

21 March 2017 6:17 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Mar 22, 2017

Terminator Genisys' sequel has been abandoned - but there are big plans for Terminator movies ahead, it seems...

Just yesterday, we were reporting the news that Terminator 6 – the follow-on from Terminator Genisys – had been abandoned, and that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s commitment to the series is now over. Schwarzenegger and the Terminator series are seemingly done.

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But the Terminator series itself isn’t. Producer David Ellison, of production company Skydance, was one of those who helped shepherd Terminator Gensys to the screen. And in a new interview, he’s hinted that happier times are ahead.

“I will say we have resolved the future of the franchise and believe me it’s an incredibly bright future”, he told Collider. »

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Ghostbusters: more films coming, confirms Ivan Reitman

21 March 2017 5:17 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Mar 22, 2017

The Ghostbusters movie universe is alive, undead, and well, according to Ivan Reitman.

Last year’s Ghostbusters movie, from director Paul Feig, had a fair number of fans, a fair number of detractors, but ultimately, not enough dollars at the box office to instantly get a sequel going. Plans for more films have been on the quiet side ever since.

Yet that doesn’t mean that the Ghostbusters movie universe is over. Far from it, if Ivan Reitman – who directed the first two films, and was involved in last year's – is anything to go by. He’s been chatting to io9, and has confirmed that the planned big screen animated Ghostbusters movie that was revealed a year or two ago is still active. Furthermore, more live action movies are on the way.

"We jumped into an animated film [after the last movie] and we are developing live-action films" he confirmed. “I »

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Falling DVD & Blu-ray sales, and an era passing

21 March 2017 2:58 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Mar 23, 2017

As DVD and Blu-ray sales fall, it's no longer certain that films will get a disc release. So what's happening?

Let’s start with a statistic.

In 2013, Hotel Transylvania shifted 1,029,614 copies on Blu-ray disc in the Us alone. A hefty number, yet the animated hit – which has thus far spawned one sequel, with another on the way – was only the 23rd best-selling Blu-ray release of the year in America that year, just trailing titles such as Turbo, Rise Of The Guardians, Django Unchained and Life Of Pi.

2013 was arguably the peak year for Blu-ray sales, with 23 individual titles selling a million copies or more in the Us. The best-selling of all, Despicable Me 2, shifted 4.6m copies alone, and many more overseas. On the DVD format, meanwhile, 45 different films sold a million units in America in 2013, including another 2.7m copies of Hotel Transylvania.

In recent years, however, »

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