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Jungle review

Daniel Radcliffe stars in Jungle, a true story of survival. But is it any good?

Daniel Radcliffe is doing an accent. That’s the first thing that grabs your attention in Jungle, which opens with the brave British actor intoning an opening narration over a blank screen. He introduces the themes of adventure and exploration, explaining why his character will venture into the Amazon rainforest a bit later on.

It’s not the most remarkable opening, but it’ll do. And that same sentiment could sum up the film that follows. Jungle is another survival film about a young man who’s way out of his depth. Straight of the gate, it’s got a fair bit to prove if it wants to stand out from the pack.

The film’s ‘based on a true story’ tag is its Usp. Radcliffe plays the real-life Israeli explorer Yossi Ghinsberg, who, at
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Firefly to Futurama: the cancelled TV shows you are still angry about

Our writers nominated My So-Called Life and Utopia as the best shows killed before their time. Now, our readers share theirs

After our writers listed the best TV programmes cut down in their prime by foolish and short-sighted network bosses, our readers responded in kind.

Some of these shows lasted a few years, only to be cancelled just as they were beginning to make sense of their various narrative strands.

Police Squad! In Color.

Cancelled after a measly six episodes, it remains an utter joy, not just for its relentless stream of jokes but the absolutely straight face with which it was played by Leslie Nielsen and Alan North.

Great premise. Angels, flesh-eating ghosts and teenage shit. Dark, unsettling and beautifully comic. Leads all excellent and there was something special and sparkly about Daniel Kaluuya from the off.

Then there was Carnivàle which ran for just two seasons 2003-2005 – first episode set a record for an original series – four more series were planned running from post depression America to the after effects of Hiroshima – too strong for the powers that were and so the show was cancelled. Check out Carnivàle and the American grotesque (2015).

Trevor's World of Sport. Fabulously witty writing from Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkins

Outcasts. First serious Sci-Fi attempt on the BBC in god knows how long, featuring a doomed Earth, religious cultists, and unknown alien presence, racism, and many other interesting plot threads and what did they do?

Well they changed the timeslot and even air date every bloody week and then cancelled it due to low viewers.

Almost Human - Karl Urban as an amputee cop with a robot partner (Michael Ealy). Featured Mackenzie Crook as a tech boffin.

Second Chance - Rob Kazinsky as a genetically "reborn" younger version of a murdered corrupt ex-sheriff.

Farscape. Great show that was supposed to run for five series but got binned at the end of series four. Fan complaints got a "miniseries" made to tie up the loose ends but it was a bit crap. A really good, weird, grown-up scfi show. With evil Muppets in it (it was made by Jim Henson's son)..

'The Hour', which BBC cancelled in 2012, had huge potential and an excellent cast. Never understood why it stopped after 2 very good 'seasons' (awful Americanism). Romola Garia, Ben Wilshire, Dominic West....it stood out as outstanding, thoughtful television.

Futurama. Better than the Simpsons and canned at exactly the wrong moment when the audience was about to be allowed the technology to start paying for it

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Syfy Renews The Expanse for a 13-Episode Third Season

In addition to announcing a fourth and final season of 12 Monkeys, Syfy also renewed The Expanse for a 13-episode third season that will debut in 2018.

Press Release: New York – March 16, 2017 – Syfy today announced a Season 3 pickup of The Expanse, the drama series called the “best sci-fi show on TV” by io9 and recognized for “transforming TV” by Wired. The 13-episode third season will premiere on Syfy in 2018. From Alcon Television Group, The Expanse is currently airing new Season 2 episodes every Wednesday at 10/9c on Syfy.

The Expanse is a gorgeous, thrilling, emotional series that has quite simply raised the bar for science fiction on television,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We, along with the fans, are looking forward to continuing the journey with our partners at Alcon Television Group and the series’ brilliant cast and crew.”

The Expanse unfolds across a colonized galaxy 200 years in the future,
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‘The Expanse’ Renewed for Season 3 at Syfy

‘The Expanse’ Renewed for Season 3 at Syfy
Syfy’s “The Expanse” has been renewed for season three, Variety has learned.

The sci-fi series will get another 13-episode season, to premiere in 2018. Season two, currently airing on Wednesdays on the NBCUniversal-owned cable net, has drawn reasonable critical praise, if not necessarily a massive linear audience. Its current season average is a 0.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 600,000 viewers in Nielsen’s Live+Same Day Ratings.

The story unfolds across a colonized galaxy 200 years in the future, when two strangers become unwittingly swept up in a vast conspiracy. Based on the New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,” written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey), “The Expanse” stars Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham and Frankie Adams.

“‘The Expanse’ is a gorgeous, thrilling, emotional series that has quite simply raised the bar for science fiction on television,” said
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Rapid Round with the founders of prosthetics powerhouse Odd Studio

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Damian Martin and.Adam Johansen.

The founders of prosthetics and creature effects house Odd Studio, Adam Johansen and Damian Martin, have worked on everything from 'Farscape' to 'Pacific Rim: Maelstrom'. They talk to Harry Windsor about their partnership.

How did you guys meet?

Adam: We meet in .98 on the first season of Farscape. Damian and myself were among the first Aussies to join Jim Henson's crew and the only ones to do all four seasons. It was a fantastic series to work on, with so much creature effects and prosthetic work, and an invaluable experience for all involved, making new aliens and creatures on a weekly basis for four years. We both ended up working on productions like Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones and Revenge of The Sith, the Matrix films and a few others in between Farscape seasons. We worked very well
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First look at Spielbergian ‘My Pet Dinosaur’

Its always an absolute pleasure to wake up to a cheeky email from our good friends in La-la-Land about a new movie they would like us to check out. Today was no different when we received a trailer for My Pet Dinosaur. Accompanying the trailer were phrases like “Spielbergian” or “E.T meets Pixar” says the Hollywood Reporter, and well I am totally going to check that trailer out. And you can too below:

When a boy finds the remnants of a failed military experiment his troubled town is plunged further into chaos as he accidentally makes a new friend.

I think My Pet Dinosaur looks great and definitely has a ton of potential to be a great 2017 family film not to be missed. There is a hugely endearing quality to the trailer that does instantly draw comparisons to movies like E.T, 2016s Pete’s Dragon or dare I
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Aftrs bestows honorary degrees on Lester Bostock and David White

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(L-r): Aftrs CEO Neil Peplow, Lester Bostock, Aftrs Chair Julianne Schultz and David White.

Indigenous media pioneer Lester Bostock and Academy Award winning sound designer David White have been awarded honorary degrees (Doctor of Arts) from Aftrs.

Previous honorary degree recipients include Darren Dale, Phillip Noyce, George Miller, Baz Luhrmann, John Edwards and Jan Chapman.

Bostock, commonly known as .Uncle Lester., is a filmmaker, mentor, advocate and Bundjalung Elder. He was one of the founding members of Black Theatre in the 1970s and helped to form Radio Redfern, now Koori Radio, in the 80s. He was the first Aboriginal presenter on Sbs Radio and was part of the first Aboriginal program team on Sbs Television with Rhoda Roberts.

His experience as an associate producer on Lousy Little Sixpence (1983) resulted in him pushing for film and television training for Indigenous people. He has written policies and protocols on filming in
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The Expanse Season 2 Trailer Teases the Start of Galactic War

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"Earth, Mars, and the asteroid belt are on the verge of war" in the official trailer for Expanse Season 2, premiering February 8th on Syfy.

Previous Press Release:new York – Dec. 31, 2015 – Syfy announced today that it has renewed its critically-acclaimed series The Expanse for a second season. The 13-episode second season from Alcon Television Group is expected to air in early 2017.

"The Expanse is firing on all cylinders creatively, building a passionate fan base among viewers and critics alike, and delivering on Syfy’s promise of smart, provocative science fiction entertainment. We can’t wait to see where the story takes us in season two,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy and Chiller.

Currently airing on Syfy Tuesdays at 10Pm Et/Pt, The Expanse has garnered strong multiplatform viewership since its December 14 debut, with 4.5 million viewers sampling the first episode on Syfy.com, On Demand and digital outlets prior to the series’ linear premiere,
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Aimc 2016 wraps up with awards for Sam Neill, Anthony Buckley, Sue Milliken

Sam Neill, Sue Milliken, Anthony Buckley (Photo credit: Peter Jackson).

The 71st Australian International Movie Convention wrapped last week, with a delegation of just over 1,000 converging on the Gold Coast for the five-night-four-day convention.

Seven features screened at Aimc, including three Australian films: Don.t Tell — attended by cast members Jack Thompson Am, Rachel Griffiths, Sara West, Gyton Grantley, Martin Sacks and Robert Coleby; Jasper Jones — introduced by director Rachel Perkins; and Transmission's Oscar contender Lion — attended by mother and son Sue and Saroo Brierley, on whose story the film is based.

Sam Neill followed in the footsteps of Jack Thompson, winning the Aimc Lifetime Achievement award, and used the occassion to read out amusing testimonials from the likes of Bryan Brown, Rob Sitch and John Cleese congratulating him on his award..

Neill.s Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi watched on, fresh from the set of Thor: Ragnarok,
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Aimc 2016 wraps up with awards for Sam Neill, Tony Buckley, Sue Milliken

Sam Neill, Sue Milliken, Anthony Buckley (Photo credit: Peter Jackson).

The 71st Australian International Movie Convention wrapped last week, with a delegation of just over 1,000 converging on the Gold Coast for the five-night-four-day convention.

Seven features screened at Aimc, including three Australian films: Don.t Tell — attended by cast members Jack Thompson Am, Rachel Griffiths, Sara West, Gyton Grantley, Martin Sacks and Robert Coleby; Jasper Jones — introduced by director Rachel Perkins; and Transmission's Oscar contender Lion — attended by mother and son Sue and Saroo Brierley, on whose story the film is based.

Sam Neill followed in the footsteps of Jack Thompson, winning the Aimc Lifetime Achievement award, and used the occassion to read out amusing testimonials from the likes of Bryan Brown, Rob Sitch and John Cleese congratulating him on his award..

Neill.s Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi watched on, fresh from the set of Thor: Ragnarok,
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Stars Align For Dragon Con’S 30th Anniversary

Guests from Star Trek, Rogue One, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Who, Marvel’s Daredevil and other top television shows and movies shine brightly at Dragon Con.

William Shatner, Karl Urban, Alan Tudyk, Alex Kingston, Jack Gleeson, and Charlie Cox lead a long list of television and movie stars coming to Atlanta to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, science fiction, and gaming convention.

Shatner, best known as Capt. Kirk from the original Star Trek series, and Urban, who plays Dr. McCoy in the movie franchise reboot, will help Dragon Con mark 50 years of Star Trek.

Brian Henson, puppeteer and son of the late Jim Henson, will be among the top puppetry guests. Henson will talk about the 30th anniversary ofLabyrinth, the fantasy movie featuring David Bowie, Jennifer Connolly, and a large cast of Jim Henson’s creations.
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Star Trek Continues continues with E06: “Come Not Between the Dragons”

Hooray!

I don’t recall ever hearing an Australian accent on the U.S.S. Enterprise, which you would expect if crew members are hailing from all over planet Earth. So that’s a nice touch. And of course that Aussie crew member here is played by Farscape’s Gigi Edgley, for that extra geek kick.

Catch up with Episodes 1 and 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, and Episode 5.
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Tomorrow When the War Began bows April 23 on ABC3, debuts trailer

Tomorrow When the War Began, the series based on John Marsden's novels, premieres April 23 at 7:30pm on ABC3.

The six-part adventure series tells the story of a group of young Australian friends on the run from a foreign invasion force.

The unsuspecting Australian military is quickly overwhelmed and none of Australia.s allies are willing to risk possible nuclear war to come to our aid.

Veterans Sibylla Budd, Deborah Mailman, James Stewart and Alison Bell are joined by relative newcomers Molly Daniels, Narek Arman, Jon Prasida, Madeleine Clunies-Ross, Madeleine Madden, Andrew Creer, Fantine Banulski and Keith Purcell.

Daniels plays Ellie, the heroine of the books. The young actor starred in two seasons of ABC3's You're Skitting Me, as well as Very Small Business, Party Tricks and The Librarians.

An Ambience Entertainment Production in association with ABC3, Screen Australia and FilmVictoria, the show is produced by Michael Boughen
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Photo: Containment Cast Is Trapped During Viral Outbreak in CW Thriller

Photo: Containment Cast Is Trapped During Viral Outbreak in CW Thriller
Enjoy the clean, pretty state of affairs in TVLine’s exclusive Containment cast photo, because things definitely aren’t going to stay that way behind that quarantine fence in the bloody CW series.

VideosContainment Trailer: Julie Plec’s New Series Is a Killer

Premiering after The Flash on Tuesday, April 19, executive producer Julie Plec’s intense medical thriller explores what happens when an extremely deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, isolating half of the ensemble (seen below) from the rest of the city. In the process, lovers are separated, a conspiracy is born and Kai from Vampire Diaries trades magic for anger issues.
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Stargate Sg-1: was longevity its curse?

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After a strong start, 10 seasons and multiple spin-offs took Stargate Sg-1 further and further away from its original premise...

I’ve recently had time to catch-up on the staple of afternoon television when I was a lad, Stargate Sg-1. First launched in 1997, it ran for ten seasons and it’s aged surprisingly well, in no small part due to it being heavily character-driven and fairly horror-focussed for its first two runs. This is most likely thanks to its first five seasons airing on sex-and-guts cable channel Showtime, while its later seasons aired the more clean-cut Syfy channel in the Us. All in all, it’s rip-roaring sci-fi; the kind of ‘explore and fight with interesting plots and great character arcs’ storytelling that filled the void left by successive Star Trek series which never quite captured the wonder of the unknown in the way that the Original Series or The Next Generation did.
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Guy Pearce to reunite with Priscilla's Stephan Elliott on Flammable Children

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Guy Pearce in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Guy Pearce will reunite with his Priscilla writer-director, Stephan Elliott, on Flammable Children, a comedy set in Dee Why in the 1970's.

WestEnd Films have acquired worldwide rights and are currently shopping the film at Berlin's Efm.

Looking for Grace's Radha Mitchell is also onboard, with more cast members to be announced..

The film will be made by Jamie Hilton's See Pictures, and produced by Hilton and Prisicilla producer Al Clark.

Set in 1975, Flammable Children begins with a 200-ton blue whale getting washed up on the local beach. The local kids think it.s the biggest thing ever. Behind closed doors, their mums and dads celebrate in their own special way - by joining the sexual revolution and throwing a wife-swapping key party. It.s all about to go spectacularly wrong..

According to Variety, the film will
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‘The Expanse’ Gets Season 2 on Syfy

‘The Expanse’ Gets Season 2 on Syfy
Syfy has given a second season to “The Expanse” and is increasing the episode order from 10 to 13 for the futuristic mystery’s sophomore turn, Variety has learned.

The Alcon Television Group series gained traction from an online debut in November that brought in 4.5 million viewers before its official premiere on Dec. 14 on Syfy. The first three episodes that have aired on Syfy have brought in an average 1.6 million P2+ linear viewers (L3).

“‘The Expanse’ is firing on all cylinders creatively, building a passionate fan base among viewers and critics alike, and delivering on Syfy’s promise of smart, provocative science fiction entertainment. We can’t wait to see where the story takes us in season two,” said Dave Howe, president of Syfy and Chiller.

Set 200 years in the future, “The Expanse” stars Thomas Jane and Steven Strait as a hardened detective and a rogue ship captain whose unlikely alliance may
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New Us sci-fi, fantasy and horror shows for 2016

From comic-book adaptations to sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Here are the new geek-skewed shows coming to Us TV in 2016...

The world of TV has never been so crowded and, at the same time, geeks have never had it so good. As saturated as the big screen is with superhero films and sprawling shared universes, that mentality has well and truly bled onto the small screen too.

So there’s a lot of comic-book adaptations coming up in 2016 from Marvel, DC and others, but genre TV is represented across the board with science-fiction, fantasy and horror represented at pretty much every network and cable channel in the Us.

Here's some of the geek TV that will be making its way to us from the Us next year.

Aka Jessica Jones (Netflix)

Part of Netflix’s own connected slice of the McU, there has been a lot of confusion over when we
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Tweeks: Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum

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Last summer at San Diego Comic Con, we got to sit on the bridge of the Enterprise and learn a little bit about the concept for the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum. Just in the beginning stages, it sounded pretty cool, but when we caught up with the Huston Huddleston the museum’s founder at WonderCon to talk about the progress we were blown away.

Set to open later this year at an existing Los Angeles museum, the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum has plans to open its own location eventually. This location will feature a space ship restaurant, as well as a museum that will house a hall of cars, a hall of space ships, a hall of robots, and a ginormous store where you can buy everything from Harry Potter wands to Sonic Screwdrivers. It will also have sections for all the movies and shows in the genre. And there will
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