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Sons of Anarchy Season 5 - Episode 2 Review - 'Authority Vested'

17 February 2013 3:43 PM, PST

Paul Risker reviews the second episode of Sons of Anarchy season give...

Entrenchment, networking and uncertainty… Three words most apt to describe the latest episode of Sons of Anarchy.

Void of the poetic motion that graced the opening of episode one, ‘Authority Vested’ the second episode of the fifth season of Sons of Anarchy feels more reminiscent of the slow burn nature of the preceding season that built to a thunderous crescendo. That is not to say that it is without some high octane action orientated drama - Nero and Jax’s high speed chase with the Niner’s, and the emotional drama as the Cold War between Tara and Gemma lingers on. 'Authority Vested' sits as a stepping stone episode, and as we have come to expect from Sons of Anarchy, these episodes are comfortable stepping stones because even in such moments, they are never anything less than compelling, »

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New Fast & Furious 6 poster, Fast & Furious 7 bad guy revealed?

17 February 2013 3:42 PM, PST

We've already seen one poster for Fast & Furious 6 featuring Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto, and now Universal Pictures has released another, this time featuring Paul Walker's former FBI agent Brian O'Conner, which you can check out right here:

Meanwhile, AintItCoolNews is claiming to have uncovered the identity of the villain in the Next sequel, Fast & Furious 7, with the site reporting that Brit action star Jason Statham (The Expendables 2, Parker) is set to make a cameo appearance in this sixth instalment, which would then set him up as the antagonist for Fast Seven, or whatever it's going to be called. Of course nothing is confirmed at this point, but if you're interested in finding out how they claim Statham will fit into the series, then head on over to AICN for their potentially spoilery report.

Fast & Furious 6 is set for release on May 24th, with a cast that includes franchise veterans Dwayne Johnson, »

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Spinning a Great Yarn: Colleen Atwood talks about Snow White and the Huntsman

17 February 2013 5:32 AM, PST

Trevor Hogg chats with Academy Award winner Colleen Atwood about her Oscar nominated costume design work on Snow White and the Huntsman...

Contending for an Oscar is nothing new for Colleen Atwood (The Silence of the Lambs) who has won three Academy Awards and received her 10th nomination for Snow White and the Huntsman (2012); the veteran costume designer who frequently collaborates with Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland) and Rob Marshall (Chicago) was already familiar with first-time director Rupert Sanders.  “I knew Rupert from commercials so it wasn’t working with a stranger.  We had a good rapport and lots of laughs.”   The reinterpretation of the story about a princess who escapes her evil Queen stepmother and seeks to reclaim her kingdom is closer to Brothers Grimm version than the classic animated film made by Disney in 1937.  “He wanted a dark fairy tale world loosely based on 11th to 12th century with texture and style. »

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Giveaway - Win The Six Million Dollar Man Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD

17 February 2013 1:32 AM, PST

Digitally re-mastered and restored, The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 1 and The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 2 comes to DVD here in the UK on February 25th, and to celebrate the release we're offering three readers the chance to win both seasons courtesy of the lovely people at Fabulous Films and Fremantle Media Enterprises. Read on for a synopsis, and details of how to enter the competition...

When Colonel Steve Austin (Lee Majors) barely survives the devastating crash of an experimental Nasa aircraft, his shattered body is rebuilt using bionics, a secret new medical technology developed for the U.S. government by Dr. Rudy Wells. Outfitted with atomic-powered bionic legs, an arm, and an eye, Austin is now "better, stronger, faster" than he was before. Austin's enhanced abilities are put to the test as he is sent on dangerous and covert missions for the government's Osi division, under »

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Movie Review - A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

16 February 2013 5:25 AM, PST

A Good Day to Die Hard, 2013.

Directed by John Moore

Starring Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

 

Synopsis:

An old man looks for his son in Russia, who's a spy in the centre of a massive political conspiracy.

The best thing about A Good Day to Sigh Hard is that it knows not to cram too much stuff into its action scenes, like plot, and character, and basic spatial awareness. Because it distracts you from what you really wanna see, the Booms and the Crashes. What the film does so wonderfully is reduce all that boring stuff to the most miniscule level, so characters don't do anything more than drive cars and fire guns, and the plot is simple variations of Vehicles Hitting Each Other. And even if you miss a Boom or a Crash because you were too excited by another Boom or Crash - it's Ok! »

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Setting the Stage for Kill Shakespeare: The Tide of Blood #1

16 February 2013 2:06 AM, PST

Returning from the initial 12 issue Shakespearean mash-up series is the original creative team of co-writers Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col, and artist Andy Belanger; they will be beginning a new 5 issue miniseries with Kill Shakespeare: The Tide of Blood #1. The official Idw Publishing synopsis reads:

In the new adventure Shakespeare’s greatest heroes (Hamlet, Juliet, Romeo, Othello, Miranda) embark on a journey to a forbidden island to save the world from the deranged “master of books”, Prospero. The island is filled with cannibals, magic and madness – as well as ghosts from the pasts of many characters.

“It’s a dream come true to continue to tell stories in the Kill Shakespeare universe,” said McCreery. “We have such a vast and deep sandbox of characters to play with from Shakespeare and our fans constantly let us know which ones they want to see next. The entire fan response has been overwhelming. »

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Henry Cavill talks Man of Steel and Justice League

16 February 2013 1:16 AM, PST

As part of the summer blockbuster preview in the latest issue of Total Film (via Cbm), Henry Cavill has briefly spoken about donning the cape as Superman in Zack Snyder's hotly anticipated reboot Man of Steel, as well as touching upon Warner Bros. planned DC team-up Justice League.

"This is not a movie about Zack Snyder directing something, or Henry Cavill playing a character..." said Cavill, presumably remaining in character as Clark Kent during the interview, as opposed to referring to himself in the third person. "It's a selfless movie about a character who is going through what he is going through. He wants to do the right thing, but he's fallible, like the rest of us. He messes up, and that makes us love him more."

It's been widely reported that WB plans to use Man of Steel to launch a shared DC universe, with Cavill's Superman then »

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Jason Momoa in negotiations to join Guardians of the Galaxy as Drax the Destroyer

16 February 2013 1:15 AM, PST

Not content with dropping a major Star Wars scoop earlier today, Latino Review has now turned its attention to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to report that Jason Momoa has entered talks with Marvel Studios about joining the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy in the role of Drax the Destroyer. Momoa tested for the role earlier this week in London, following which he was apparently offered the part and is now in negotiations with the studio (although according to The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kitt, an official offer is yet to have been made).

Momoa is best known for his role as the Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo on HBO's Game of Thrones, while his other TV credits include Baywatch and Stargate Atlantis. However, his movie career is yet to really shift into gear, having headlined the poorly-received 2011 Conan the Barbarian remake, as well as starring alongside Sylvester Stallone as the villain »

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Rupert Grint suiting up for Super Clyde TV pilot

15 February 2013 4:33 PM, PST

The CW has Arrow, ABC is developing Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D., and now CBS is looking to get in on the superhero act with Super Clyde, a new single-camera comedy pilot from Greg Garcia, the creator-producer of shows such as Yes, Dear, My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harry Potter star Ron Weasley Rupert Grint has signed on to star as the title character, who is described as a "well-meaning and sweet yet slightly neurotic guy who never really feels like he fits in." THR goes on to offer the following plot synopsis:

"The avid comic book reader considers himself a borderline agoraphobic with mild-to-severe anxiety issues who wishes he were a superhero himself. When Clyde gets a $100,000-a-month inheritance from his long-dead eccentric Uncle Bill, he decides that the cash will be his secret superpower and will use it only »

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Spider-Man gets to have his 50th Anniversary cake and eat it too

15 February 2013 3:21 PM, PST

No, we are not talking about the Superior Spider-Man finally being able to spin a web and get Mary Jane Watson into bed with him.  To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wall Crawler, Buddy from the TLC hit series Cake Boss heads to headquarters of Marvel Entertainment to bake a culinary monument for the occasion. 

  

For those who want to witness the event themselves, the episode will air on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 9/8C. »

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Peter Dinklage joins X-Men: Days of Future Past as the main bad guy

15 February 2013 11:48 AM, PST

Over the past couple of months we've seen plenty of familiar faces signing on to reprise their roles in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, and now the film has secured its first newcomer to the X-Men universe with Singer revealing via Twitter that Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage has joined the cast of the forthcoming mutant sequel.

While early speculation leaned towards Dinklage playing the character of Puck, a super-powered dwarf and member of the Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight, Variety is claiming that the Golden Globe-winner will instead portray the film's primary antagonist. Of course, with the film set to incorporate time travel, it's unclear whether the main bad guy will feature in the 1970s, or the alternate future where Sentinels rule the United States.

Update - According to MTV Geek, Dinklage could be portraying Bolivar Trask, the creator of the Sentinels, who was previously »

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Comic Book Review - Batman #17

15 February 2013 10:05 AM, PST

Martin Deer reviews the latest issue of Batman, featuring the conclusion of Death of the Family...

"Death of the Family comes to a close as The Joker's plan reaches its climax."

My own personal synopsis would include the words "huge" and "let down" prior to 'climax'. I've been a big fan of this run by Snyder - Court and Night of the Owls too - and this Joker has been terrific to read. He has been at his most despicable, his most deplorable and with the way things were building I was expecting - as had been teased - some game changing, momentousness event that would rock the Bat-family to its core. But it failed to live up to the hype quite frankly.

We'll get to specifics later in a spoilers section below, but let's leave that for the moment.

The issue for the most part is enjoyable, as the »

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The Following - Episode 4 Review

15 February 2013 8:51 AM, PST

Matt Smith reviews the latest episode of The Following...

So, another week, another episode. It’s not getting old, but it feels kind of routine now (especially as I’ve noticed I begin most reviews of The Following with ‘So...’). I can’t remember my life before Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy were in it, butting heads as they tried to outdo one another.

Routine’s one of those tough things to look at, because you’re in there now. You just can’t stop. A routine’s like a habit, except it’s in the morning normally. On the surface, routine’s kind of like tradition in a way, except routine offers a little more comfort. Gathering outside the huge house of a woman who waves is tradition, drinking some tea in the morning is routine. I might be loading my argument, but one of those is obviously stranger than the others. »

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Idw will be releasing Best of EC Comics Artist’s Edition

15 February 2013 7:49 AM, PST

Measuring 15" x 22", The Best of EC Comics Artist Edition, Volume One will feature works from the likes of Al Williamson, Harvey Kurtzman, Bernie Krigstein, and Johnny Craig as well as an art gallery of classic covers which includes Weird Science-Fantasy #29 by Frank Frazetta.

"It's no secret that I am a serious EC lover," says Artist's Editions editor Scott Dunbier. "I can honestly say that this volume will feature some of the most beloved and remembered EC stories of all time!”  Complicating the project was the fact that a lot of the original art for the EC stories being auctioned off during the early 1980s.  “Tracking down these treasures is a major undertaking since the stories are widely scattered among multiple collectors, but fortunately we have been able to unearth some of the truly best stories to come out of EC,” says Dunbier.  “The book will present readers with a »

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J.J. Abrams / Alfonso Cuarón NBC drama pilot Believe casts co-lead

15 February 2013 4:07 AM, PST

J.J. Abrams never seems to have too much on his plate. Not content with helming arguably two of the biggest franchises in cinematic history in Star Trek and Star Wars, his new TV pilot with Oscar nominated filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men) is gathering pace.

According to Deadline, Jake McLaughlin (Savages) is set to star in the Abrams/Cuarón collaboration Believe. The new NBC pilot, written by Cuarón and Mark Friedman, is about the unlikely relationship between Bo - a girl in possession of a great gift / powers, which will come into their own in seven years - and Tate (McLaughlin), the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down. Cuarón is directing the pilot, and he is also executive producing with Friedman, Abrams and Bryan Burk.

McLaughlin has appeared in Super 8, a previous J.J. Abrams project, and he can »

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New posters for Iron Man 3, Oblivion and Jurassic Park 3D

14 February 2013 11:31 PM, PST

It may only be February, but 2013's blockbuster season will soon be upon us, and today has seen the arrival of new posters for two of this year's big budget offerings, as well as the 3D rerelease of an old favourite. First up is Iron Man 3, with Marvel Studios releasing a new character poster for the first Phase Two offering featuring Don Cheadle's James Rhodes in his War Machine / Iron Patriot armor:

Iron Man 3 is set for release on April 26th in the UK and May 3rd in North America, with a cast that includes the returning Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Jon Favreau alongside Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomers Guy Pearce (Prometheus), Ben Kingsley (Hugo), Rebecca Hall (The Town) and James Badge Dale (The Lone Ranger).

Hot on the heels of today's second trailer comes a brand new poster for Oblivion, which sees Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher »

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Amazing Spider-Man #700 gets a Superior cover with third printing

14 February 2013 7:42 PM, PST

The issue which sees Doctor Octopus takeover the mind and body of Peter Parker to become the Superior Spider-Man is set to get a third printing and new look by artist Giuseppe Camuncoli.  If you are curious to see what Camuncoli has conjured for Amazing Spider-Man #700 here is the Third Printing Variant courtesy of Marvel.

Amazing Spider-Man #700 Third Printing Variant goes on sale March 27, 2013. »

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Special Features - The Most Inappropriate Valentine's Day Movies

14 February 2013 4:02 PM, PST

Helen Murdoch presents the most inappropriate Valentine's Day movies...

We’re at that time of year once again where the high street is littered with heart sharped balloons, teddy bears, chocolate and so on. If you’re planning to stay in and watch a movie remember to choose wisely. We’ve compiled a list of 5 of the worst films you could watch with your date on Valentine’s Day; you've been warned...

Blue Valentine (2010, dir. Derek Cianfrance)

There’s never been a more beautiful film about the disillusion of a relationship then Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine. Charting the peaks and troughs of Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams’ relationship, Blue Valentine is a phenomenal film but definitely not one to watch for a romantic evening. Especially if you’re a new couple, as this film although exceptional will make you question what is the point of having any kind of relationship. »

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New Ultimate Spider-Man clip featuring The Sinister Six

14 February 2013 3:59 PM, PST

Season two of Ultimate Spider-Man has been building towards the arrival of the Sinister Six, and this week's episode marks their arrival as Spidey finds himself up against six of his most dangerous foes in The Beetle, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, The Lizard and The Rhino - along with the bad guys' mystery team member, Doctor Octopus. Here's the episode summary, along with a new clip from 'The Sinister Six'...

Ultimate Heroes. Ultimate Villains. Ultimate Responsibility. Spider-Man must lead his team of teen heroes against the greatest assembly of super villains the world has ever seen!  Season Two of the hit series Ultimate Spider-man continues as Spider-Man is trapped alone face to face against his greatest fear -- the Sinister Six! Can Spidey make it out in one piece against The Lizard, Electro, The Rhino, Kraven, The Beetle and Doctor Octopus?

Don't miss the next amazing episode of Ultimate Spider-man »

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A new red band trailer for Danny Boyle's Trance

14 February 2013 3:34 PM, PST

Fox Searchlight Pictures has released a new red band trailer for Trance, the latest directorial effort from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire). Based upon the 2001 TV movie of the same name by Joe Ahearne (Doctor Who), the mind-bending heist thriller has been scripted by Ahearne and Boyle's regular collaborator John Hodge (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting) and sees James McAvoy's (X-Men: First Class) starring alongside Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) and Rosario Dawson (Sin City). Here's the official synopsis:

"Fine art auctioneer Simon (McAvoy), in league with a gang led by underworld boss Franck (Cassel), plots the audacious theft of a masterpiece by Goya from a major public auction. When Simon double-crosses the gang during the robbery, Franck retaliates violently and knocks him unconscious. In the aftermath of the heist, Simon sticks stubbornly - and perhaps shrewdly - to his claim that the violent trauma has left him with no »

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