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Tomorrowland: 25 Easter Eggs, References & In-Jokes

13 hours ago

Disney

Tomorrowland might not have wowed critics, or pulled in major numbers at the box office (that has more to do with a marketing campaign that was more John Carter than Toy Story than anything else), but it has some great moments. Yes, it’s wayward and yes it doesn’t quite feel like it fits, but it’s an admirable attempt to stem the tide of cynical and pessimistic sci-fi films.

And at least the agenda to try and be optimistic is a courageous move. It’s just a shame that it’s hamstrung by a bit of a hokey script, and that few will accept the spirit of the film as it’s intended.

As Brad Bird said pre-release, the film actually demands multiple viewings: it is, like one of its key settings, a memorabilia store. Though that is actually where most of the Easter Eggs are to »

- Simon Gallagher

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New Report On Brock Lesnar’s WWE Contract Resigning

15 hours ago

Damian Dovarganes/AP

Back in March, former Ufc heavyweight champion and then WWE champion Brock Lesnar appeared on Espn’s SportsCenter in Los Angeles to make his decision between continuing his WWE career or returning to the Ufc publicly known. For Lesnar, it was his version of LeBron Jame’s “The Decision” – only done in a much more conventional, and frankly respectful (to the fans and organizations involved) way. It was March 24th, just prior to WrestleMania 31, and two worlds, two fanbases, were waiting for the answer.

In the end, Lesnar chose to resign with the WWE, closing the door on mixed martial arts for good – but it was not an easy decision, something that has now been highlighted by a behind the scenes look at Lesnar’s appearance on SportsCenter, published today by Mma Junkie and citing former Ufc Head of Public Relations Jennifer Wenk – who had previously worked with Lesnar, »

- Jay Anderson

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WWE Nxt Added To Aftershock Music Festival In October

15 hours ago

WWE.com

The WWE Nxt brand continues to grow as they were announced as part of the Aftershock music festival in Sacramento, California on October 24 & 25. It’s a different kind of venue for WWE’s developmental system that is growing as an alternative WWE show.

The last time WWE Nxt was in Sacramento was during WrestleMania weekend when they drew an impressive crowd of 5,000 people for a Friday night show.

Its interesting to note that in the WWE.com release about the show, they didn’t mention current Nxt champion Kevin Owens. It’s very possible that Owens might only be on the WWE main roster by that point, so that’s why they failed to mention him even though he would be one of the biggest names if he was there.

The graphic they used features current Nxt Champion Sasha Banks, top diva Charlotte and one of the top male wrestlers Finn Balor. »

- John Canton

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11 Most Outrageously Sweary Rants In Movie History

16 hours ago

Gramercy Pictures

Every actor desires that moment in the spotlight where they can really show off their craft, delivering a performance which is intense, engaging, enrapturing and one which thoroughly immerses the audience into the essence of the character they’re playing.

Sometimes these moments are quiet and reflective, or loaded with tension beneath whispered words. At other times they’re explosive and dynamic, with the actor fully embodying the passion of the moment. It’s a rarity for an actor to come along who can pull this off as well as cinema’s greatest stars, but when they do it’s a reminder of the magic of movies.

Sometimes, however, it’s far more fun to see an actor throwing themselves into a good old rant, hurling expletives left, right and centre as they rage away, flecks of spittle flying towards the screen with each word. It might not »

- Andrew Dilks

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11 Most Outrageously Sweary Rants In Movie History

16 hours ago

Gramercy Pictures

Every actor desires that moment in the spotlight where they can really show off their craft, delivering a performance which is intense, engaging, enrapturing and one which thoroughly immerses the audience into the essence of the character they’re playing.

Sometimes these moments are quiet and reflective, or loaded with tension beneath whispered words. At other times they’re explosive and dynamic, with the actor fully embodying the passion of the moment. It’s a rarity for an actor to come along who can pull this off as well as cinema’s greatest stars, but when they do it’s a reminder of the magic of movies.

Sometimes, however, it’s far more fun to see an actor throwing themselves into a good old rant, hurling expletives left, right and centre as they rage away, flecks of spittle flying towards the screen with each word. It might not »

- Andrew Dilks

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Christy Hemme Quits Tna Wrestling

16 hours ago

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Christy Hemme has quit Tna and the sport of professional wrestling, reports PWInsider.

She has been with the company since 2006 in a number of different roles but reports say she’s leaving because of an incredible job opportunity outside of the wrestling business.

Hemme joined Tna when she was fresh off winning the WWE Divas Search in 2004, after a noteworthy stint with WWE that lasted less than two years. She found a home in Tna first as a manager and then as a regular wrestler. A neck injury sidelined her, though, so she transitioned to being a backstage interviewer in 2009 and later, ring announcer. Hemme gave birth to her first child (a daughter) in January, so she’s heading on a different path in her life.

In addition to those on screen roles, Hemme also worked with the creative team, going over the looks of certain wrestlers and in »

- John Canton

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Game Of Thrones: 5 Ups And 5 Downs From The Gift

16 hours ago

HBO

Game of Thrones is fast-approaching the end of its current run, and The Gift gives us the best installment of the season so far.

The show has spent the majority of its fifth season assembling its pieces on the board, and now it is has moved them all nicely into place for the final few episodes.

The show continues to deliver in the quieter scenes, and excel in the character pairings it has invested time in over this season and throughout its history. Meanwhile, as it moves further away from the books, it gives us moments that can be totally unexpected, or where we’ve no idea what will happen next.

That said, the show is still having some struggles with a couple of storylines that don’t appear to be going anywhere, while for the second week in a row the fight choreography isn’t quite up to the expected standard. »

- James Hunt

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10 Weirdest Super Magic Nazi Zombies In Cinema

16 hours ago

Marvel Studios

The Second World War has contributed richly to the darkest veins of modern popular culture. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki arguably gave rise to the entirety of post-war Japanese fantasy fiction and cinema, while many have argued that the appalling history of the Holocaust sits like a ghost at the table of every filmmaker of the latter 20th century.

And then there’s the Nazis themselves, the great villains of modern history – and of modern cinematic history. Indiana Jones was never as good as when he faced off against the forces of evil in the form of the implacable soldiers of the Führer. Their perennial depiction as a faceless, inhuman, irredeemable legion allows them to occupy the same space in a story as zombies, robot armies and armoured alien invaders: Xeroxed cannon fodder for the heroes to whale on indiscriminately. It’s not considered to be gratuitous »

- Ben Cooke

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X-Men: New Mutants – 10 Things You Need To Know

16 hours ago

Marvel Comics

Fox cannot be stopped. After getting their mojo back (note: unrelated to Mojo, long-time Marvel villain who runs deadly reality shows on a far-off planet named for him) with regards to the X-Men films, they’ve since announced a plethora of follow-ups to surprise hit X-Men: Days Of Future Past. First up, direct sequel X-Men: Apocalypse with Bryan Singer behind the camera again.

After that, though, they’re expanding into all sorts of spin-offs. Wolverine’s getting a third solo film – apparently Hugh Jackman’s last turn as Logan – and Deadpool will finally get the movie Ryan Reynolds has been waiting for. Channing Tatum, meanwhile, is going to play Cajun nuisance Gambit in his headlining flick.

Most recently – and most intriguingly – amongst the studio’s recent announcements was that they’d be making a New Mutants film. Everyone was predicting an X-related TV series in the near future, »

- Tom Baker

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28 Wtf Moments From WWE Raw (May 25)

17 hours ago

WWE.com

This was as crucial an episode of Raw as they come.

Following the unparalleled success of Nxt Takeover Unstoppable it was paramount that Raw put on a show to assert itself as the premier show in the company. Not that it would ever come into question in the mainstream stakes, Raw is in dangerous territory at the moment in the eyes of pure professional wrestling fans.

There’s little doubting Nxt puts on a far more compelling show and that a lot of the content seen on a Monday night pales in significance. Then again it is harder to fill three hours of television every week than it is to fill one hour and a pay per view held once every blue moon.

The reviews of the developmental territory’s show have gone through the roof and left those writing Raw undoubtedly sweating and looking over their collective shoulders somewhat. »

- Ross Tweddell

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The Witcher 3: 12 Crucial Tips & Tricks The Game Doesn’t Tell You

17 hours ago

CD Projekt

How many hours in are you on CD Projekt Red’s Skyrim-tackling masterpiece?

Of course, comparing Geralt of Rivia’s adventures to that of the Dragonborn is the same as going from Game of Thrones to Lord of the Rings, but the realisation is the same; these are two phenomenally intricate fantasy worlds, the former of each offering a considerably dark take on the genre than most.

It’s not until you really get stuck into Witcher 3 that the core gameplay loop of tackling quests, fending off random encounters and indulging in suitably weighty cutscenes starts to sink in. Soon that pack of wolves that had your shins for breakfast at the opening of the game taste the business end of a blade you’ve crafted after hours of finding just the right materials, and not long thereafter you’ll most likely partake in a quest or three »

- Scott Tailford

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Samoa Joe Working Ring Of Honor TV Tapings

17 hours ago

WWE.com

Samoa Joe is headed back to Ring of Honor for a TV taping on Saturday June 20th. It was announced by Roh that Joe will team up with current Iwgp Heavyweight Champion Aj Styles to take on the Roh Tag Team Champions The Addiction, who are comprised of Christopher Daniels and Kazarian.

The unique contract that Samoa Joe has with WWE has been the talk of the online wrestling world for the past week. He debuted on WWE Nxt last Wednesday, then worked the Nxt tapings the next night and we found out that his deal will allow him to work for other wrestling companies. Today we found out that not only can he work for a company like Ring of Honor, but he’ll be on their TV show as well. One night earlier, Roh will have their Best in the World PPV on June 19 that Joe is not a part of. »

- John Canton

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Did Ronda Rousey Let Slip A Key Plotline In Her WWE Return?

17 hours ago

WWE.com

Ronda Rousey continues to be linked to the world of the WWE. This past Monday on Raw, her name was brought up once more in a segment with Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, in which they appeared back stage with the cast of Entourage, in which Rousey appears. When Rousey’s name was brought up, the actors talked about Rousey’s arm bar prowess, and it was pointed out that Steph had been at Rousey’s mercy – something that did not sit well with The Authority heads.

Well, there’s likely an end game here to the WWE continually linking Rousey’s name to their product, and that goes beyond a simple film promotion. They very much want the Ufc champion back for WrestleMania 32, and now Rousey, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, may have let a key plot point slip: mainly, that Dana White’s »

- Jay Anderson

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10 Terrible Episodes That Almost Ruined Great TV Shows

19 hours ago

Fox

Very few shows are perfect. Unlike films, which aren’t released to us until they’re totally complete, television is a medium that’s constantly being made up on the fly. That can lead to true brilliance, but it also means writers have to fill up hours upon hours of screen time, and that can sometimes get pretty difficult. 

In shows with dozens or even hundreds of episodes, it’s natural that one or two will fail to meet our expectations. Sometimes, the writers try some sort of gimmick that just doesn’t really land the way it should. Other times, in a season of 22 episodes, the writers are forced to stall, and the result is a seriously lame hour that is just a huge waste of our time. Then of course there’s the series finales that are so bad, they manage to retroactively ruin great shows in »

- Brendan Morrow

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WWE Hall Of Famer Kevin Nash Wants Retirement Match

20 hours ago

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Kevin Nash has noted on Twitter that he is keen to have a retirement match. The 2015 WWE Hall Of Famer, who turns 56 in July, has put out the idea of a WWE Network documentary series that could follow his training for the final match of his career.

He posted the following on Twitter at the culmination of last night’s Raw;

Would love to do a real retirement match. With a build up on the Network training, like a 24/7 HBO deal. WWE put me out of my misery

Kevin Nash (@RealKevinNash) May 26, 2015

Nash is known for having a sense of humor, so he could be joking about this although most likely he’s being serious. As the Magic Mike movies have shown, he’s still in great shape and often works weekend independent shows.

A documentary showing his training leading up to one final match would be really cool to see. »

- John Canton

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12 Candidates To Become Newcastle Head Coach

20 hours ago

Owen Humphreys/Pa Wire

Newcastle United have been without a permanent head coach ever since Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace at the turn of the year – and they are still no closer to naming his long-term successor.

John Carver, Pardew’s assistant, was first placed in caretaker charge before being named interim head coach for the second-half of the Premier League season – and the Geordie oversaw a disastrous spell as the Magpies plummeted down the table and only avoided relegation on the final day of the season.

Despite this, Carver still maintains that he desperately wants the job on a permanent basis, even declaring (in a tongue-in-cheek manner) that he believes he is the “best coach in the Premier League”.

With Real Madrid assistant boss Paul Clement looking likely to be named new Derby County manager, former Rams boss Steve McClaren has once again been linked to the Magpies job. »

- Chris Waugh

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13 Mind Blowing Facts About The WWE Elimination Chamber

20 hours ago

wwe.com

The Elimination Chamber has always been a solid draw for the WWE. The decision to retire the show in 2014 always seemed a little odd, with reports that it wouldn’t be returning due to large production costs. Apparently the cost of transporting the chamber was deemed too excessive.

But just a year and a bit later, the Elimination Chamber is back. It returns this weekend as a bonus show, in an effort by WWE to retain Network subscribers.

The match is sold on its viciousness, with the idea that the metal floors and chain walls offer outrageous brutality. Chamber matches are also typical for someone being smashed through the ‘glass’ pods. Another aspect is wrestlers doing high flying moves off the chamber ceilings.

On top of this entertainment is the drama side, with wrestlers entering the matches at specific intervals. All of these aspects combined have made for »

- Grahame Herbert

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Will Smith

20 hours ago

John Locher/AP

With fans all very excited for Will Smith’s role in the up-and-coming Suicide Squad film release, it seems fitting to delve a little deeper into the actors life to find out a few things about him that even the hardcore fans amongst you might not already know.

Will Smith, born Willard Carroll ‘Will’ Smith Jr in 1968, has seen his career grow from being a moderately successful rap artist into what Newsweek described as “the most powerful actor in Hollywood”. Having enjoyed success in television, film and music, Will Smith is held dear in many of our hearts, namely for his role in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and since then, for many award winning big screen productions.

Will Smith was ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes; as of 2014, 17 of the 21 films in which he has had leading roles have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $100 million each, »

- Rachel Bailey

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10 Problems Only Girls Who Hang Out With Guys Will Understand

21 hours ago

Warner Bros.

Let’s just clear up a couple of myths: no, she is not a lesbian, and no, she is not working her way around them all on the regs. Being a girl who hangs out with predominantly guys means that sometimes you have to make a few things clear so that people don’t get the wrong idea about you.

Hanging out with a group of men does not mean you also don’t socialise with females. Chances are, you’ve got a thriving social life, with both guys and girls. Perhaps you just prefer the company of men to avoid the inevitable situations that come up with girls. Like bitchiness. Or possessive relationships. Maybe your group of guys are more reliable than any girlfriends you might have had. Or perhaps your personality traits just fit in a little better with those of men, rather than women.

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- Rachel Bailey

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Bloodborne: 10 Legitimate Complaints Fans Can’t Ignore

21 hours ago

FromSoftware

Let’s get this out of the way before the gripes start; Bloodborne is an amazing game. It’s definitely an early favourite to win Game Of The Year amongst countless awarding bodies and websites, and it’s easy to see why. 

The game has proven itself to be more than just “another Dark Souls”, as its fast-paced, hard-as-nails aggressive attacking strategies counter the more defensive and calculated play of yesteryear. Yharnam and the rest of the game’s backdrops are absolutely gorgeous to behold, and the game is soaked in cryptic lore that brings the player in and doesn’t let them go. 

Overall, it’s a must-play.

All that said, it is still far, far from perfect. Some pretty unforgivable things sprung up at launch back in late March, stopping people from fully appreciating what was on offer. At one point glitches allowed people to duplicate money indefinitely, »

- Ed B Quinn

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