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The Interview grosses over $15 million from VOD

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It may not have enjoyed quite the box office success that a wide Christmas Day release could have brought, but Sony’s controversial comedy The Interview has become the studio’s biggest VOD release of all time following its arrival on YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft Xbox on Tuesday evening, with the film pulling in over $15 million from sales and rentals by close of play yesterday.

“We worked hard to get the film out there by Christmas day,” said Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures president of worldwide distribution, in an interview with Variety. “It was such a whirlwind to get it done that it kind of amazes me that we were able to make it happen.”

In addition to its VOD revenue, The Seth Rogen / James Franco comedy has earned close to $3 million from theaters since Christmas Day, which is impressive considering major theater chains refused to carry the film, leaving »

- Gary Collinson

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Concept art from unmade Bioshock movie

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Back in 2008, Universal Pictures was developing a Bioshock movie based on the popular video game, which was to be helmed by Gore Verbinski. Unfortunately due to budget issues Verbinski dropped out and was replaced by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. When that happened the game creator Ken Levine stepped in and pulled the plug on the project as he did not think the new director was a good fit.

The film was in development for some time before the plug was pulled and this allowed for some concept art to be drawn up. Kasra Farahani, who has done production design for such films as Thor, Avatar and Star Trek: Into Darkness, has unveiled some of the said artwork for the unmade movie, which you can see here…

Are you disappointed that we never got to see the Bioshock movie?

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- Thomas Roach

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Vin Diesel teases role in Marvel’s Inhumans again

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Vin Diesel recently starred in Guardians of the Galaxy as the humanoid tree Groot. Following his casting in the film, it was revealed that Diesel had been in contention for another Marvel role, although there was no word on the mystery project. However, Diesel has since made several references to the Inhumans, leading to speculation that he could be set to feature in the Phase Three. Now he’s at it again, posting the following image to Facebook…

Diesel actually confirmed his role in Guardians of the Galaxy before Marvel made it official, so there’s a chance that he could have already reached a deal to appear in the 2018 release. Previous speculation has pointed to Diesel possibly playing Black Bolt, who is the leader of the Inhumans, whilst others have suggested that he may provide the voice and motion capture for the character of Lockjaw, who works as the »

- Thomas Roach

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Movie Review – American Sniper (2014)

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American Sniper, 2014.

Directed by Clint Eastwood.

Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Cory Hardrict, Jake McDorman, Kyle Gallner, Luke Grimes and Sam Jaeger.


Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

American Sniper is kind of terrible. Awful in a way that is almost shocking. A pointless, utterly worthless endeavor that is only salvaged by a fantastic performance from star Bradley Cooper. And it’s not terrible because it’s a jingoistic or insultingly patriotic (which it is). It’s terrible because Clint Eastwood has told the most threadbare of stories. The movie is ultimately about nothing, and the ending is downright insulting. I’m going to be getting into some major spoiler territory ahead, »

- Anghus Houvouras

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Terry Crews congratulates Mike Colter on his casting as Luke Cage

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Last week it was announced that Mike Colter (American Horror Story: Coven) has been cast as Luke Cage in Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series A.K.A. Jessica Jones, and now Terry Crews – who had expressed an interest in portaying the character – has taken to his Who Say account to praise the casting:

“Congratulations to my man Mike Colter for being cast as Luke Cage! A brilliant actor for one of my favorite superheroes ever! Love him!”

Mike Colter will first appear as Luke Cage in A.K.A. Jessica Jones, which stars Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) in the title role, before headlining his own miniseries soon after.

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- Thomas Roach

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Check out the new trailer for It Follows

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The first U.S. trailer for writer-director David Robert Mitchell’s (The Myth Of The American Sleepover) festival hit It Follows has arrived online, and we have it for you below after the official synopsis…

For 19-year-­old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.

It Follows will screen at Sundance in January, and opens in the UK on February 27th. Also featuring in the cast are Keir Gilchrist, Jake Weary, Daniel Zovatto, Olivia Luccardi and Lile Sepe.

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- Gary Collinson

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Idris Elba responds to James Bond casting talk

14 hours ago

A couple of weeks ago a leaked email from Sony indicated that studio co-chairman Amy Pascal wanted Britsh star Idris Elba (Luther, Thor: The Dark World) to take on the role of James Bond, and now the actor has responded to the speculation – and the criticism from the likes of Us talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who feel that Bond should be played by a white actor…

Isn't 007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I've got a shot! Happy New year people. pic.twitter.com/3g9lAl2Uo3

Idris Elba (@idriselba) December 27, 2014

Elba has previously admitted that he’d accept the role of 007 if offered, so it seems we may have found Daniel Craig’s successor, if Amy Pascal gets her way…

Production is currently underway on the 24th Bond film, Spectre, with Skyfall helmer Sam Mendes directing a cast that includes returning stars Daniel Craig as James Bond, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, »

- Gary Collinson

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Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars movie rumoured to centre on Han Solo, with Aaron Paul linked to star

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Back in November we heard a rumour from SlashFilm suggesting that the plot for Gareth EdwardsStar Wars standable film would centre on a group of bounty hunters tasked with stealing the plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star.

Well, a completely contradictory report has now surfaced over at fan site Making Star Wars, who are claiming that one of their sources of “legit” information on Star Wars: The Force Awakens has discovered that the Godzilla helmer’s film will in fact feature Han Solo, and that Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) is looking to be attached “in some fashion” (although they stop short of linking him to Han).

So, it looks like we’re entering the speculation stage on the 2016 release, which means we can no doubt look forward to months of dubious casting and plot rumours before we hear anything official from Lucasfilm and Disney. »

- Gary Collinson

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Constantine Season 1 Episode 8 Review – ‘The Saint of Last Resorts’

16 hours ago

Martin Carr reviews the eighth episode of Constantine

This review leaves me with a distinct sense of having missed the boat. Other opinions have been jamming up the internet for at least two weeks now, so you might rightly ask yourself what I bring to the table. Well if discussions about Christian iconography, far flung South American sorcerers and biblical references fail to float your boat, then nothing obviously.

With this ambitious opening gambit and relocation to a more audience friendly time slot Stateside, it would seem the #SaveConstantine campaign may be finally getting somewhere. However the twenty five percent ratings jump probably had more to do with good writing, an engaging storyline and characters which gave Matt Ryan more to do than stand around pontificating about a raising darkness.

By introducing Anne Marie Flynn to upset the natural order producers have done more than disrupt an established routine. This old flame, »

- Gary Collinson

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The Callow Way – The Global Box Office in 2014

17 hours ago

This week Neil Calloway looks at what made money in 2014, and what to expect at your local multiplex in 2015…

What’s the highest grossing film of 2014? I’d have guessed Guardians of the Galaxy, and with regard to Us box office, I’d have been correct. Internationally however, the highest grossing film of 2014 is Transformers: Age of Extinction. That’s right, no film has made more money at the global box office than the fourth film in a Michael Bay franchise that’s based on a series of toys released thirty years ago. It has also become the tenth highest grossing film of all time, so let’s not worry about Hollywood running out of ideas and playing safe with franchises that appeal to only a small percentage of the population, because the new Transformers movie made over a billion.

Of the top twenty films at the global box office this year, »

- Neil Calloway

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Movie Review – Big Eyes (2014)

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Big Eyes, 2014.

Directed by Tim Burton.

Starring Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Danny Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Krysten Ritter and Terence Stamp.


A drama about the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

What are expectations if not there to be subverted? Many of our favourite film makers’ work comes with expectations (rightly or wrongly) of how their films will look and a standard to which they should be held, but throughout the work of Tim Burton has come a figurative checklist from which the director has formed the foundations of a highly successful career. Visuals styles influenced from German Expressionism and quirky or downright weird characters, paired with a fondness for miniature and model work and exceptional set design have helped create the term ‘Burtonesque’ which »

- Gary Collinson

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Second Opinion – The Interview (2014)

20 hours ago

The Interview, 2014.

Directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen.

Starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park, Timothy Simons and Charles Rahi Chun.


Dave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show “Skylark Tonight.” When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.

Judd Apatow is kind of like my John Hughes. Superbad came out right around the time I was in high school and sparked my interest in film. Out of the Apatow crew, the one who resonated with me the most was Seth Rogen.

After a string of hits like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Superbad and Pineapple Express, Rogen’s career became a little muddled with mediocre entries like The Green Hornet. Then he and Evan Goldberg came out with This Is the End, »

- Gary Collinson

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Playstation Now will come to non-Sony devices in 2015

20 hours ago

Sony’s streaming service, Playstation Now, is currently limited to Sony devices including the Playstation consoles and Bravia TVs. However, that is going to change in 2015 as the service expands.

Playstation Now is to become available on third-party devices in 2015, starting with Samsung Smart TVs. Sony and Samsung announced the partnership, which will bring Ps Now to select Samsung Smart TVs in the United States and Canada, in the first half of 2015. It will be available as an app that can be downloaded through the Samsung Smart Hub.

Sony executive Masayasu Ito said: “Since we first introduced PlayStation Now at CES 2014, our vision has been to open the world of PlayStation to the masses by offering the service on the devices they use every day.

“Partnering with Samsung is a key step toward realizing this vision, as we can reach a broader audience of consumers who may not own a »

- Tom Powter

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Resident Evil HD to support Cross-Buy, but only if you pre-order

20 hours ago

Resident Evil is getting an upcoming HD remake on both the PS3 and PS4 and will support cross-buy, meaning if you buy it on one system, you can play it on the other.

However, Capcom and Sony have also announced that there will be a catch – you can only get cross-buy on the $20 game if you preorder it from the Playstation Network and live in North America. You also receive an exclusive theme along with the cross-buy versions of the game.

The Resident Evil remake also supports the pre-loading function, meaning eager gamers can download it early and play it the moment the game becomes available.

The HD remake is a high-defintion version of the 2002 Gamecube version, which in itself was a remake of the 1996 original. The game will run at 1080p on both PS4 and Xbox One.

The game will be released on January 20th, 2015 and is also coming to Xbox 360 and PC. »

- Tom Powter

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New clip from Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner

22 hours ago

A new clip has arrived online from the upcoming historical drama The Water Diviner, which marks the directorial debut of Russell Crowe. Check it out below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for The Water Diviner

Starring Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) and Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion, Quantum Of Solace), The Water Diviner is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish Officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons. The Water Diviner is an extraordinary tale of love, hope and heroism. »

- Gary Collinson

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Why Batman may not get a solo movie in the DC Cinematic Universe

27 December 2014 8:50 AM, PST

Thomas Roach on why Batman may not get a solo movie in the DC Cinematic Universe…

When it was revealed that The Dark Knight would appear in the follow-up to Man of Steel, fans were super excited at the concept of seeing Batman and Superman in the same movie. Ben Affleck’s casting received some backlash, but since then it seems that a lot of people have got over the fact and are happy to give Affleck a chance. However, there’s been no official announcement of a solo Batman movie, so could that mean the character will be restricted to ensemble pieces and supporting roles in the DC Cinematic Universe?

Following Warner’s DC announcement, it was said that solo Batman and Superman movies were being developed, but this was prompted by complaints by fans about the two heroes being absent from the slate. When WB announced its line »

- Thomas Roach

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Funko announces new licenses for 2015

27 December 2014 7:11 AM, PST

Funko, the company behind the popular Pop! Vinyl, ReAction and Legacy lines, have announced a slate of new releases for 2015, including new licenses such as The A-Team, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Fight Club, Shaun of the Dead and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Via Toy News International, here’s what we can expect over the next 12 months…

Pop! Vinyl figures

– A-Team

Star Wars Episode 7

– Sesame Street

Shaun of the Dead

Hot Fuzz

– Dodgeball

– Bob’s Burgers

– Clueless

– Flight Club

Galaxy Quest

Kung Fu Panda

– Pocahontas

Tokyo Ghoul

Fairy Tail

– Soul Eater

– Naruto

– Death Note

– Bleach

Sailor Moon

ReAction 3.75″ Figures

– Aliens Featuring a Queen

– A-Team

– Fifth Element

– Tomorrowland

– Rocky Horror Picture Show

V for Vendetta

– Munsters

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

– E.T.

– Big Lebowski

Fight Club

Big Trouble in Little China

– Scarface

Legacy 6″ Figures:

– Rocketeer

– Firefly

– Game of Thrones Wave 3

– Evolve

– Fall Out

– Skyrim

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- Gary Collinson

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The Week in Spandex – Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel, Luke Cage, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Shazam, The Sinister Six and more

27 December 2014 2:59 AM, PST

In this edition of the internet’s longest-running weekly superhero news roundup, we look at Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Iron Man 4, Agent Carter, Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Sinister Six, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Shazam, Gotham, The Flash, Constantine and more…

Well, here we are at the final Week in Spandex of 2014 (Happy New Year to one and all!), and it’s been another great year for the superhero genre on both the big and small screen (okay, maybe not for Spider-Man fans…), as the year’s four big superhero movies all surpassed $700 million at the global box office (with a suprise box office champion in Guardians of the Galaxy), and DC launched three new shows in Gotham, The Flash and Constantine. And of course there’s plenty to look forward to in 2015 too, »

- Gary Collinson

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Is Iron Man 4 closer than we think?

27 December 2014 2:44 AM, PST

Thomas Roach on whether Iron Man 4 is closer than we think…

A few days ago Robert Downey Jr. took to his Facebook page and teased us with Iron Man 4. With Phase Three having been announced a few months back there was no sign of a fourth Iron Man movie, but it was revealed that Robert Downey Jr would appear in Captain America: Civil War. People have suggested that the adaptation of Civil War would require two films rather than one, and as Iron Man is such a big character, he should not be reduced to the villain but have his own movie to show his side of the story.

Marvel has stated that it may produce three films a year going forward, but 2016 currently only has two. Captain America: Civil War is set for release in May 2016 and Doctor Strange is set for a November 2016 release. With a seven month »

- Thomas Roach

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New trailer for Dragon Blade starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody

27 December 2014 2:25 AM, PST

A new trailer for the historial epic Dragon Blade has arrived online, which you can check out below…

Directed by Daniel Lee (Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon), the film centres on a Roman general who teams up with a former military commander enslaved for a crime he didn’t commit as they attempt to protect a trade route from China to the West.

Dragon Blade sees Jackie Chan (Rush Hour), John Cusack (Maps to the Stars), Adrien Brody (The Grand Budapest Hotel) leading a cast that also includes Peng Lin (Fen Shou Da Ren), Si Won Choi (Athena: Goddess of War), Lorie Pester (Gates of the Sun) Vanness Wu (Gui Mi) and Sharni Vinson (You’re Next).

Dragon Blade is set for release in China on February 18th, with a U.S. and U.K. date yet to be revealed.

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- Gary Collinson

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