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Stephen King expects The Dark Tower to happen with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey

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Last year, Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer’s planned adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower dragged itself out of development hell, with Sony and Media Rights Capital picking up the ambitious project and setting Nikolaj Arcel (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) to direct.

In the past few months we’ve heard that Matthew McConaughey has been offered the role of the villainous Man in Black, a.k.a. Randall Flagg, with Idris Elba said to be up for the lead, the gunslinger Roland Deschain, and with the cast seemingly coming together, author King has told Rolling Stone that he believes the project is finally moving forward.

“It looks to me like it’s more likely than not it’ll happen at this point. Let’s put it that way. I can’t say with any certainty. I know that they’re trying to make deals with these actors [and] with Sony. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Jackie Earle Haley joins AMC’s Preacher as Odin Quincannon

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Watchmen star Jackie Earle Haley has signed on for a six-episode guest role in AMC’s upcoming Preacher adaptation in the role of the depraved, meat-loving villain Odin Quincannon, Entertainment Weekly has revealed.

The character is described as “a small, decrepit man with the unscrupulous iron will necessary to be the most powerful man in Annville County, Texas. The chief employer in town, Odin runs Quincannon Meat & Power, a 125-year-old family-operated slaughterhouse business.”

See Also: Watch the first trailer for Preacher

Based on the twisted and popular ‘90s comic book franchise of the same name, “Preacher,” created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, is the story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse, his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) embark on a journey to, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will “definitely” star in Bad Boys 3

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After years of speculation, Sony officially set a release date for Bad Boys 3 last August (along with Bad Boys 4), although there was no word on whether stars Martin Lawrence and Will Smith would be returning for the next instalment.

Well, we now have confirmation direct from Smith himself, with the star revealing on BBC Radio 1 (via Complex) that: “I saw Martin [Lawrence] a few weeks ago. haven’t seen him for about two years. We just looked at each other. We hugged. In that moment, we knew we were making another Bad Boys. We’re definitely doing another one.”

Bad Boys 3 is scheduled to hit cinemas on February 17th 2017, with Joe Carnahan (The Grey) thought to be on board as director. Meanwhile, Sony also has Bad Boys 4 lined up for July 3rd 2019.

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- Amie Cranswick

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Movie Review – Exposed (2016)

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Exposed, 2016.

Directed by Declan Dale.

Starring Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas, Big Daddy Kane, Christopher McDonald, and Mira Sorvino.

Synopsis:

A police detective investigates the truth behind his partner’s death. The mysterious case reveals disturbing police corruption and a dangerous secret involving an unlikely young woman.

“The writer/director fought to have his name legally removed from the movie.” – IMDb Trivia

The fun little piece of information stated above is true, and really tells you everything you need to know about Exposed, which is a mystery of sorts attempting to explore police corruption, religion, and sexual assault. The problem is that everything is so incomprehensible and incoherent, that nothing ever makes sense. It’s no wonder why the man behind everything fought the law to replace the credits with a pseudonym. You would too if you were the human being that conjured up this shit.

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- Robert Kojder

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Why 2016 is a ‘make or break’ year for comic book movies

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Anghus Houvouras on 2016 being a “make or break” year for comic book movies…

2016 is a pivotal year for the comic book movie, and maybe not for the reasons you think.

Not just because Warner Bros. finally arrives to the party with their shared cinematic universe. And not because we’re seeing more second class characters getting their own feature films. Hollywood has dipped into the dollar bins before trying to make big screen successes out of second tier characters like Swamp Thing, Jonah Hex, Elektra, and The Punisher with varying degrees of success. In the case of those four examples, ‘success’ is merely referencing the fact that the movies were financed, produced, and released. Creatively they were toilet bowl expeditions looking to see who could make their way deepest into the drain and the public was all too eager to flush.

Deadpool arrives in theaters this weekend and the stakes have never been higher. »

- Anghus Houvouras

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book set for release in July

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Harry Potter fans rejoice! The official Pottermore website has announced that the eighth story in the beloved series – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II – will be published on July 31st.

The book is set to include the script for the upcoming London stage play at the time of opening and will be published as a Special Rehearsal Edition, followed by a Definitive Collector’s Edition at a future date.

“As the U.S. print publisher, Scholastic introduced Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World to American readers nearly 20 years ago and experienced firsthand the anticipation and excitement of the publication of each of the books over the years,” states Ellie Berger, president of Scholastic Trade. “We are thrilled to publish Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this summer.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II by Jack Thorne is a play based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, »

- Gary Collinson

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First trailer and images for The Purge: Election Year

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Universal Pictures has released the first trailer and images for writer-director James DeMonaco’s third instalment in The Purge series – now titled The Purge: Election Year. Check them out below…

 

Expanding upon the explosive universe introduced in the sleeper hits that have earned $200 million at the worldwide box office, Universal PicturesThe Purge: Election Year reveals the next terrifying chapter of 12 hours of anarchy that is sanctioned annually by the New Founders of America.

Once again returning to collaborate with DeMonaco are the series’ producers: Blumhouse ProductionsJason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious and Sinister series), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Ouija), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).

The Purge: Election Year is set for release on July 1st in the States and on July 15th in the UK.

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- Amie Cranswick

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Filming underway on Star Wars: Episode VIII

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It’s release date may have been pushed back seven months to December 2017, but filming is now officially underway on Star Wars: Episode VIII, with Disney’s Bob Iger making the announcement today during the studio’s quarterly earnings call.

“There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products,” said Iger (via EW). “Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theaters December 2017. And production of Star Wars: Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun.”

See Also: Rumour: Ewan McGregor in talks to play Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode VIII

Iger also went on to give a brief update on the Anthology movie Star Wars: Rogue One, which is set for release this December: “Filming of Rogue One is virtually completed and we absolutely love what we’ve seen so far. »

- Gary Collinson

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New images from the Eli Roth-produced Cabin Fever remake

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Ahead of its release this Friday, eight new images have arrived online for Travis Zariwny’s remake of Eli Roth’s 2002 horror Cabin Fever. Check them out below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Cabin Fever remake

 

Executive producer Eli Roth presents this reboot of his instant classic gorefest, which features all new characters and all new kills. This story is familiar: fresh out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the woods for one last week of partying- only to become snacks for a gruesome, flesh-eating virus. What’s surprising are the ingenious new deaths, which offer a fresh spin on a horror-comedy milestone. With Gage Golightly (Teen Wolf) and Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3). 

Cabin Fever is set for release on February 12th and stars Gage Golightly (Teen Wolf), Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3), Samuel Davis (From Dusk Till Dawn), Matthew Daddario »

- Amie Cranswick

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The Flash Season 2 Episode 13 Review – ‘Welcome to Earth-2′

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Jessie Robertson reviews the thirteenth episode of The Flash season 2…

I got no spit- that is the thing that happens before any truly scary moment, such as hunting a massive great white shark or jumping into a portal to another Earth.

Tonight’s episode was so filled with Easter Eggs, hints, and crazy connections, I almost just want to vamp about every single one we saw instead of talking about the actual plot of this episode! The Flash has been slow jogging the last few weeks but this was a full-out sprint breaking walls and anything in its way! The group sends Harry, Barry and Cisco over to Earth 2 to try and help reclaim Jesse from Zoom. Once they arrive, Cisco realizes there’s a different frequency to Earth-2 and his Vibe goggles won’t work. Barry gets the bright idea to kidnap E-2 Barry and disguise himself as him to investigate further. »

- Jessie Robertson

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Agent Carter Season 2 Episode 5 Review – ‘The Atomic Job’

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Amy Richau reviews the fifth episode of Agent Carter season 2…

“I need an atomic bomb.”

In Agent Carter’s fifth episode “The Atomic Job” Whitney Frost is the one desperate to get her hands on an atomic bomb, while Peggy, Sousa, and Jarvis are of course determined to stop her.

Both Frost and scientist Jason Wilkes discover in this episode that zero matter will move through glass, and in fact out of dead corpses, to reunite with the zero matter inside their own bodies. Wilkes manages to become “whole” again – as opposed to his previous ghostly figure – but that change also appears to come at quite a price.

Both Peggy and Whitney find themselves going after the same things in “The Atomic Job” and have a brief but frightening confrontation. Whitney is surrounded by everly increasing violent thugs, while Peggy convinces Sousa to add his agent-secretary Rose (Lesley Boone) and the goofy scientist Dr. »

- Amy Richau

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Comic Book Review – The Walking Dead #151

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Zeb Larson reviews The Walking Dead #151…

Call to Arms.

In contrast to issue #150, a lot is going on this time around. All of it is in a sense organization: Rick is trying to reorient his people to meet this latest threat.  There aren’t a lot of twists in this issue, nor is the action particularly heart-pounding. That said, it does a good job in setting the scene for what will come. Furthermore, I like the increasingly political nature of The Walking Dead as people start to form little villages and proto-states. I will be discussing spoilers from here on out.

Rick has started the process of training a zombie-killing army. Fans of World War Z will likely enjoy the pseudo-Napoleonic tactics being employed here: massed formations, aimed shots, disciplined fire control. Though it gets out of hand with the rookies and Rick’s weaknesses as a front-line combatant are revealed, »

- Zeb Larson

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Gotham TV Podcast: Season 2 Episode 5 – “Scarification”

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The Gotham TV Podcast team dive into a city of crime…

We’re delighted to be back with our Gotham S02E05 Scarification Podcast our first brand new episode of 2016. In an episode full of blurred vision, flashbacks, fire and severed limbs we discuss our top five points and sneak in a few fire related puns. Click the link to listen to the podcast.

Synopsis for our Gotham Scarification Podcast – Gotham Season 2 Episode 5.

As the Alpha Unit of the Gotham City Police Department go after Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and his money; Penguin is still being blackmailed by Theo Galavan (James Frain) and sent running around Gotham under Galavan’s orders as he is tasked with setting fire to a series of high profile buildings that are linked by a single landlord – Wayne Enterprises. However a light shines on Galavan’s true motivs, as he looks to reignite an ancient »

- Luke Owen

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Cinematic trailer for Street Fighter V

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Ahead of its release next week, Capcom has debuted a new cinematic trailer for the hotly-anticipated Street Fighter V, which you can watch right here…

The legendary fighting franchise returns with Street Fighter V! Powered by Unreal Engine 4technology, stunning visuals depict the next generation of World Warriors in unprecedented detail, while exciting and accessible battle mechanics deliver endless fighting fun that both beginners and veterans can enjoy. Challenge friends online, or compete for fame and glory on the Capcom Pro Tour.

Street Fighter V will be released exclusively for the PlayStation 4 and PC. Through a strategic partnership between Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Capcom, the next generation Street Fighter experience will offer cross-platform play that will unite fans into a centralized player base for the first time ever. The path to greatness begins here: Rise Up!

Street Fighter V is due for release on February 16th.

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- Gary Collinson

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Rocket League arrives on the Xbox One this February

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Back in December we told you that the rather excellent Rocket League was coming to the Xbox One in 2016. Well, we can now tell you the date has been set and you will be able to download it via ID@Xbox on February 17th!

The fast-paced, Metal-twisting, football frenzied game – from Psyonix – already has 11 million players across both Steam and the PS4 and now with the Xbox One community coming on board this is going to explode!

Rocket League has been fully optimized for Xbox One, delivering the same excellent content, upgrades, and features found in both the PS4 and Steam versions, but comes jam-packed with exclusives and bonuses from new cars to antennas, wheels, and rocket trails.

The Xbox One version of Rocket League includes:

Exclusive Battle-Cars:16 Cars + 2 Xbox One Exclusives (the Halo “HogSticker,” an alternate version of the Warthog, and the Gears of War “Armadillo”) Garage Customization items: More than 400 different pieces, »

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Screen Junkies targets Scott Pilgrim vs. the World with latest Honest Trailer

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In the latest video by the folks over at Screen Junkies, Edgar Wright’s critically acclaimed Scott Pilgrim vs. the World gets the Honest Trailer treatment. Screen Junkies pokes fun at a couple aspects of the film, including the offbeat and occasionally hipster-like characters, as well as the pure ridiculousness of the visual style and story.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World underperformed at the box office when it was released in 2010, only taking in a little over $47 million on a $60 million budget, but many of those who saw it fell in love with the graphic novel adaptation. In the years since, the film has become a cult classic with a decent amount of people finally discovering it.

Michael Cera starred as Scott Pilgrim and was joined by a now star-studded cast comprised of such actors as Mary Elizabeth WinsteadKieran CulkinEllen WongAlison PillAnna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Aubrey Plaza, »

- Justin Cook

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New U.S. trailer for The Lobster starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz

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Released here in the UK back in October, The Lobster is finally set to open in the States next month, and a new U.S. trailer has arrived online, which we have for you here…

See Also: Read our reviews for The Lobster here, here and here

In a dystopian near future, single people are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days or are transformed into animals and released into the woods.

The Lobster is set for release on March 11th in the States and features a cast that includes Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Ashley Jensen, Olivia Colman, Ben Whishaw, Jessica Barden and Roger Ashton-Griffiths.

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- Amie Cranswick

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5 More Movies That Would Make Perfect Video Slots

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Reading through the Euro Palace blog I’ve stumbled upon an article which talks about how some movies would make great video slot machines. No wonder they have chosen the slots as a topic – Euro Palace specializes in real money games, and slot machines are the games of choice at such venues. They’ve chosen The Bucket List, any James Bond movie, Mortal Kombat, Kick-Ass and Pulp Fiction for their list. Their reasons are plausible, and they are right – any of the above would make a great slot machine. But let me add five more to the list – hoping for developers to listen. So, here is my five cents, well, erm, movies.

1. Ocean’s Eleven

What better source of inspiration for a video slot machine than a story about a gang robbing three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously? The movie has the visuals and the selection of movie stars to make a perfect video slot, »

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The Fantasticast #165 – Fantastic Four #140 – Annihilus Revealed!

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Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

Namor’s Onesie

Hello, and welcome to episode 165 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

It’s a triple-comic week on the Fantasticast. First up, the main event, Fantastic Four #140, which pulls together just about every unresolved plot line since Jack Kirby left the book. Where did Agatha Harkness go? What’s going on with Franklin’s glowing eyes? Will Sue and Reed ever reunite? Thanks to the return of our favourite buck-toothed, armour-clad insectoid ruler of the Negative Zone, a »

- Luke Owen

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Amy Schumer to tackle serious role alongside Miles Teller in Thank You for Your Service

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Actress and comedian Amy Schumer has just signed on to join the cast of the upcoming drama Thank You for Your Service in what will be her first serious role. 

The DreamWorks film, which is based on the book of the same title by journalist David Finkel, stars Miles Teller (Fantastic Four) as Adam Schumann, a man who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (Ptsd) after coming home from the war in Iraq. 

In 2015, Schumer wrote and starred in the Golden Globe-nominated comedy Trainwreck, which, considering its $35 million budget, became a massive financial successful, bringing in around $140 million. Not only did she continue to show off her comedic chops in the film, but she also proved to the audience that she could handle the film’s more dramatic scenes as well.

Thank You for Your Service is being written and directed by American Sniper screenwriter Jason Hall and features a cast »

- Justin Cook

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