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Doubling Down on Disappointment: Pacific Rim 2

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Anghus Houvouras on Legendary Pictures’ decision to double down on Pacific Rim 2

$400 million. That’s the line. The threshold your movie has to cross in order for your big budget studio tent-pole film to be considered for a franchise. The veritable break-even number for films that in this risk averse studio system will warrant consideration for another installment.

The recent announcement that Pacific Rim is going to get a sequel was something of a surprise seeing how the first film was seen as a disappointment. In the United States the film barely cracked the the $100 million mark. Internationally, it fared better bringing the worldwide total to $400 million. Given the movies’ sizable budget and P.R. campaign, the movie didn’t recover its initial investment. It was by no means a bomb, but you couldn’t exactly call it a hit either. It was an average film with an average performance, »

- Anghus Houvouras

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Michael Douglas confirms Ant-Man for Comic-Con, talks Edgar Wright’s departure

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As has become customary over the past few years, Marvel Studios’ Hall H presentation looks set to be one of the highlights of the San Diego Comic-Con International later this month. Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron are sure to feature heavily, and now Michael Douglas has confirmed to Collider that he’ll be in attendance as part of the panel for Ant-Man. The Phase Three offering has had its share of troubles, and Douglas also went on to share his thoughts on the departure of director Edgar Wright (The World’s End):

“[Edgar] is a wonderful talent. It was very disappointing, yeah. It was a big disappointment and more so for him because he had a lot of years invested and he was really the one initially who got them to even consider it, you know, the screenplay that he wrote. I’m not the producer »

- Gary Collinson

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Robbie Amell to play Firestorm in The Flash

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Robbie Amell, star of The Tomorrow People and cousin of Arrow’s Stephen Amell, has signed on to play Ronnie Raymond – a.k.a. Firestorm – in the upcoming Arrow spin-off The Flash.

Geoff Johns, Andrew Kreisberg and myself designed the pilot and series to include Ronnie (aka Firestorm) — and to actually have someone with Robbie’s talent playing the role is beyond exciting,” executive producer Greg Berlanti tells Variety. “We can’t wait for viewers and fans of the character to check it out.”

“I’m so excited to join forces with Greg Berlanti and The CW again on The Flash,” added Amell. “Being brought into the DC Universe is a dream, I can’t wait to get started!”

Amell will debut in the third episode of the show, with his character ” a maintenance worker at S.T.A.R. Labs and Dr. Caitlin Snow’s fiancé, plays an integral »

- Gary Collinson

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First look at Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in A Slight Trick of the Mind

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Ian McKellen has released the first image of himself as Sherlock Holmes in the upcoming movie A Slight Trick of the Mind directed by Bill Condon. The movie is based on the novel of the same name which follows the aged Holmes as he looks back on a case that is over 50 years old. The film is set in 1948 and follows Holmes at the age of 93.

According to Ian Mckellen’s website, filming began on July 5th and the film is due out some time in 2015 but as of yet there is no release date. Laura Linney has also been cast and will be playing Holmes’ housekeeper.

McKellen will join the ranks of more than 70 actors who have played the role over the last century over many different mediums. Currently Benedict Cumberbatch plays the character in Sherlock on the BBC, Jonny Lee Miller on CBS’ show Elementary and Robert Downey Jr. »

- Gary Collinson

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Transformers: Age of Extinction crosses $600 million at the global box office

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The box office juggernaut that is Transformers: Age of Extinction just keeps on rolling. One day after becoming China’s highest-grossing movie ever, the Michael Bay-directed sequel has now passed the $600 million mark worldwide, with a domestic haul of $185 million and an international take of $421.2 million giving the film a whopping $606.5 million already. It’s surely only a matter of time before Age of Extinction overtakes Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past to become the biggest earner of the year so far, and at this stage it looks all but assured that it will go on to become the first billion dollar release of 2014.

Transformers: Age of Extinction is out now, with Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer »

- Gary Collinson

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Sneak peek TV spot for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Ahead of its North American release this Friday, 20th Century Fox has given us another look at the hotly-anticipated simian sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes thanks to a new ‘sneak peek’ TV spot, which you can see below…

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves (Let Me In) and sees Rise of the Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis returning as Caesar alongside Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Keri Russell (Mission: Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans »

- Gary Collinson

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Thief movie reportedly in the works

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Thief is the latest big game franchise to be adapted into a movie, if a report from The Tracking Board is to be believed.

Vertigo Films and Prime Universe are developing the film, while Adrian Askarieh and Roy Lee are set to produce it. The two of them are also in charge of another game adaptation coming soon – Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Askarieh has worked on game adaptations before, having released Hitman in 2007, while currently working on a reboot.

The publication doesn’t mention the plot of the reported Thief movie, but you can expect main character Garrett to have an important role of some kind. The Thief series began in 1998 with Thief: The Dark Project, which was followed by two more games. The latest instalment in the franchise, simply named Thief, was released for the newest set of consoles – amongst a myriad of other platforms – to mixed reviews.

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- Tom Powter

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Battleborn is the new game from Borderlands devs

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Gearbox, the team behind the much-loved Borderlands, have revealed their first game for the next generation – Battleborn, a first person Moba.

Battleborn appears to be an attempt at mixing the styles of League of Legends with something akin to Team Fortress 2. Gearbox’s Borderlands was already an interesting experiment, a mix of first person shooting and RPG elements, so they aren’t new to their weird and wonderful gameplay combinations.

Only being released on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, Game Informer explain the ins and outs of the portion they got to play. A 5v5 game mode called ‘Incursion’, which essentially saw the fusion of shooter gameplay with the strategy of top-down PC MOBAs. Battleborn also has a five player co-operative campaign, but details on that are unknown at the moment.

Thanks to the diverse settings incorporated in Battleborn, there will be a plethora of colourful and intricate heroes for players to use, »

- Tom Powter

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Wii U outselling PS4 in Japan

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Nintendo’s struggling console, the Wii U, has outsold the new PlayStation 4 for two weeks in a row in their home country of Japan.

According to the Media Create charts for the week of June 30th to July 6th, Nintendo’s console sold 9.961 units while selling 10,653 the week before. Respectively, the PlayStation 4, which launched only recently in February, only managed to sell 7,786 units and 8,059 the week before. Strangely, Nintendo managed this while having only one game – Mario Kart 8 – in the top 20. Sony won three spots, all of which totalled above Mario Kart 8 for the week.

While Nintendo’s lead is peculiar, especially considering the PlayStation brand generally fares well in Japan, it could be explained by a lack of Japanese-focused content on the PlayStation. As well as this, Mario Kart 8 has immense selling power. The low console sales in general however could be due to Japan’s increasing interest in the handheld market, »

- Tom Powter

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Sigourney Weaver reuniting with Alien cast for Alien: Isolation

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Sigourney Weaver is to reprise her signature role as Ellen Ripley – albeit in video game form – with the actress set to reunite with the cast of Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic for a pre-order bonus pack for the upcoming Alien: Isolation. Weaver will be joined by Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronic Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett) and Yaphet Kotto (Parker), all of whom have recorded new dialogue for the game, and will have their likenesses appear in bonus levels. Here’s a shot of the crew of the Nostromo…

The original crew will feature in two missions: ‘Crew Expendable’, which takes place after the death of Brett and gives gamers the choice of playing as Ripley, Dallas or Parker; and ‘Last Survivor’, which Ripley has to activate the self-destruct on the ship and make it to the Narcissus in order to escape the alien. Check out the trailer here, courtesy of IGN… »

- Gary Collinson

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New TV spot for Batman prequel series Gotham

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We’ve already seen one TV spot that gave us a peek at the villains of the upcoming Batman prequel series Gotham [which you can see here], and now Fox has debuted another, this time focussing on the character of Detective Jim Gordon, played by Ben McKenzie; check it out below…

Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker.

Gotham is set to air in the Fall, with Ben McKenzie (The O.C.) starring as »

- Gary Collinson

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TV Review – The 100, Episode 1

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Luke Owen reviews the first episode of The 100…

Adaptations of novels aimed towards teenage audiences are usually criticised for three things – a lack of pace, a lack of subtly and a lack of build. There is much to be said about The 100, the new Us drama shown here in the UK on E4, and it really falls into those three categories. The first episode has no pace, it’s as subtle as a kick to the groin and it builds about as well as a Lego set with half of its pieces missing.

Set in a futuristic world in which the survivors of the human race live on a station in space because the Earth was destroyed by nuclear fallout, 100 teenage prisoners are sent down to their former home planet to see if it’s safe for the rest of civilisation to return. Within no time at all, alliances are formed, »

- Luke Owen

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First Look at Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner #1

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As the supernatural saga crafted by Stephen King about a gunslinger in search of a tower becomes a trilogy of movies bridged by a HBO TV series, The Dark Tower will also be getting the graphic novel treatment courtesy of Marvel.  Assigned with the task of adapting the second volume of the eight-part series where the actions shifts from the Western frontier of Mid-World to the urban crime of New York City are writers Peter David and Robin Furth, artist Piotr Kowalski and colourist Nick Filardi.

Eddie Dean grows into a troubled young man gifted with the ability to open doors to other worlds. Can he survive family tragedy, a haunting addiction, and the deadly forces that conspire to stop him from challenging the Man in Black? Eddie faces trials and tribulations at every turn – and the badlands of Mid-World can’t hold a candle to the dangers of Brooklyn in the 1960s! »

- Trevor Hogg

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AMC releases details of The Walking Dead panel for San Diego Comic-Con

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With a first trailer for season five of The Walking Dead set to premiere at the San Diego Comic-Con later this month, AMC has now revealed details of the cast and crew panel that is set to take place in Hall H on Friday, July 25th between 12.20pm and 2.20pm.

Set to take part in a Q&A moderated by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick are executive producer and showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert, executive producer and special make-up effects supervisor Greg Nicotero and cast members Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman and Michael Cudlitz.

In addition to the panel, the cast will be holding an autograph session between 1.50pm and 2.50pm on the Friday at booth #4237.

The post AMC releases details of The Walking Dead panel for San Diego Comic-Con appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Gary Collinson

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Movie Review – The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013)

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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Sweden: Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann), 2013.

Directed by Felix Herngren.

Starring Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, Mia Skäringer and Alan Ford.

Synopsis:

Explosives expert Allan Karlsson, goes on the run from his retirement home during his 100th Birthday party. This Swedish comedy details the adventures of Allan’s life and as it turns out, this is just another escapade in Allan’s long life.

Felix Herngren’s adaptation of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared could have been excellent. The book plays out like a Swedish Forrest Gump; a sure-fire success one might think, but unfortunately the film barely sparks before falling flat on its face. A promising start is followed by a lacklustre middle and, for fans of the book, will end with pure disappointment.

The story follows an old Swedish man named »

- Gary Collinson

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Comic Book Review – Star Trek #35

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Villordsutch reviews Star Trek #35….

“The Q Gambit” begins here! The crew of the new Star Trek film franchise encounters the classic Trek villain Q for the first time, only in this all-new 6-part galaxy-spanning adventure developed in association with screenwriter/producer Roberto Orci! The mischievous Q sends James T. Kirk on quest that will see the Enterprise joining forces with familiar faces from Star Trek lore, beginning with the crew of a certain space station…

Reading this I felt slightly like a spoilt child, which as a fully grown up 39 year old man (with a certificate from his mum to prove it) was a very immature feeling to have wash over me.  The child-like glee arrived when I was reassured by an omnipresent alien that my Trek timeline, the one I’d grown up with, still existed in an alternative universe and this current usurper isn’t the be all and end all. »

- Villordsutch

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HorrorShow.TV moving to home video with the release of The Woman

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Big news for our friends at HorrorShow.TV as they announced today they’re moving to the home video market after acquiring the UK physical distribution rights of The Woman, directed by Lucky McKee. The movie will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray with limited edition steelbooks on August 18th with a brand new commentary recorded by McKee, whose All Cheerleaders Die will premiere at this year’s FrightFest.

Here’s the press release:

Commenting on the VOD platform’s new venture, TheHorrorShow.TV’s David Hughes said, “Having celebrated our site’s first birthday by uploading our 200th horror film, we are hugely excited about this new acquisition, which heralds our entry into the physical market with a lavish all-formats edition of Lucky McKee’s brilliant 2011 horror film, The Woman. Of course, TheHorrorShow.TV is primarily a digital platform, but the physical side of film distribution shows no signs of slowing down, »

- Luke Owen

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Marty McFly’s Hoverboard, Batmobile and more go under the hammer

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With over 300 movie props estimated at £1 million, wouldn’t you like to own a piece of film history? Then get yourself down to London for a huge auction with props including Marty McFly’s Hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II.

Here’s the press release:

Marty McFly’s Hoverboard and one of Willy Wonka’s Golden Tickets are set to feature in the most exciting sale of its kind in London this autumn – and you won’t need to own a golden ticket to grab a glimpse of the blockbuster props up for grabs.

The live Vue Entertainment and Prop Store auction will see over 300 items and more than £1 million worth of original film memorabilia going under the hammer in October. Members of the public will be able to get up close and personal with some of the most valuable and iconic pieces on offer via a free »

- Luke Owen

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First poster and a couple of images from V/H/S: Viral

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The third (and final) part of the found footage anthology series V/H/S: Viral will be hitting VOD and a few cinema screens in October and November of this year and we now have our first look at the poster and a couple of images.

Joining the series in the director’s chair this time around is Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), Marcel Sarmiento (ABCs of Death segment “D is for Dogfight“), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side), Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Spring, Wrecked) and Todd Lincoln (The Apparition).

Check out the poster and images below.

V/H/S: Viral is released on VOD on October 23rd and in select cinemas on November 21st.

The post First poster and a couple of images from V/H/S: Viral appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Luke Owen

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Comic Book Review – 2000Ad Prog #1889

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Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad’s Prog #1889…

Borag thungg, Earthlets! This week’s Prog has drugged-up boogeymen, sensitive reptilian aliens, clockwork universes and magical words! But first – Amazon. Or, at least, an Amazon parody in the returning Sinister Dexter. The fictional company is called Congo. Subtlety, be damned.

New artist Jake Lynch’s black and white pencils have a wonderfully 90s grunge to them, slightly tweaking the strip’s monochrome adventures as drawn previously by Smudge. The Amazon gag feels inconsequential, though, and the plot seems to be snagged in its snare. The overall arc of the current Sinister Dexter story has been going on for a while, and it’s about time Dan Abnett started getting to the point.

Speaking of a ‘point,’ aren’t the monsters’ teeth in The Name of the Law sharp? This Future Shock from Eddie Robson and Nick Dyer is neatly contained, its premise being »

- Oliver Davis

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