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Baywatch review: Dir. Seth Gordon

23 May 2017 12:01 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Baywatch review: Can Efron and The Rock transform this product of the 90s into something more substantial for today’s audience?

Baywatch review by Luke Ryan Baldock.

Baywatch review

For anyone in their early 30s, you probably spent many a Saturday evening watching Stars in Their Eyes and Gladiators. Fun, entertaining shows for all the family. However, if you were even earlier to the punch, you’d also have enjoyed one of the most ridiculous yet rewarding shows of its (or any) time. From the opening bars of the power ballad theme tune, to slow motion running of red swimsuited women, Baywatch just took all the glamour and sex appeal of the sunny beach, and threw in nonsense plots regarding crimes, danger, and probably cyber attacks (I don’t know I stopped watching long before its 2001 cancellation). Now, since it’s been 16 years – and Hollywood loves a brand name – let »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Alien: Covenant - big spoilery questions answered

3 May 2017 7:37 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie May 17, 2017

So Alien: Covenant. What was that all about then? Spoiler alert, as we delve into some of its lingering questions...

Nb: This article contains copious Prometheus and Alien: Covenant spoilers.

If you've seen Alien: Covenant, then you'll know by now that it's a very different beast from its predecessor, Prometheus. Where the last Alien prequel was as stately as an ocean-going liner, Covenant moves about like an out-of-control racing car. Once all the atmosphere-building's out of the way and the latest ship full of explorers lands on the ironically-named planet, Paradise, things go wrong with breathtaking speed.

In essence, it's the story of humans - led by the resourceful Daniels (Katherine Waterstone) - versus the crazed synthetic scientist David (Michael Fassbender, with his accents) and an army of ghoulish monsters. There's copious blood, teeth and ooze, and more than a few lingering questions to address.

So with one final warning for spoilers, »

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Harry Hill is back! And he's showing aliens how funny humans can be

2 March 2017 5:09 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

For his new quiz, Hill is creating a showreel to convince aliens that humankind is too hilarious to be destroyed – and he’s finally at his daft genius best again

Ahead of the launch of Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule, there seemed a risk that Harry Hill’s TV Burp – his multi Bafta-winning exercise in comic but lethal television criticism – might come to be seen as the only treatment that perfectly fitted the demented comic genius of the former NHS doctor who has taken shirt neck-sizes into previously uncharted territory.

Since Hill ended TV Burp, there has been a movie, a children’s show (Shark Infested Custard), a musical about Simon Cowell (I Can’t Sing!), comedy albums, books, and a stint as presenter of Stars in Their Eyes. In each of these projects, it remained intermittently clear that a strange genius was at work, but none of them »

- Mark Lawson

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