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The Week in Spandex – San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Edition

25 July 2016 4:35 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Here’s a special Sdcc edition of The Week in Spandex, wrapping up all the superhero news from Comic-Con 2016…

Unless you’ve been residing under a rock these past few days, you’ll be all too aware that the San Diego Comic-Con has been taking place across the Pond, bringing us a host of superhero goodies. Both DC Films and Marvel Studios had big plans for Hall H on Saturday, and both delivered plenty of treats for fans in attendance, as well as us at home. So much so in fact that this is an abridged version of The Week in Spandex, as A) it would take me a week to write it, and B) after churning out a couple of hundred posts over the past few days, I really need my bed. Anyway, here’s a recap of all the big news, and do let us know your thoughts on this year’s Con… »

- Gary Collinson

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Degrassi: Next Class Returns: Grade the Racially Charged Season Premiere

22 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Degrassi: Next Class‘ Frankie Hollingsworth may be a lot of things — including a reluctant participant in a child pornography ring — but is she racist?

PhotosDegrassi‘s Top 17 Couples, Ranked: Eclare vs. Fimogen and More

She is if you ask the ladies of Northern Tech, whose predominately African-American volleyball team didn’t take too kindly to Frankie and Co.’s prank on the Season 2 premiere, a giant poster depicting members of the Northern Tech team as zoo animals.

I’m also concerned about how this will affect Frankie’s friendship with Shay, who was against retaliating in the first place. (The »

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Marc Alan Fishman: Gazing Beyond the Gender Gap

16 July 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

By the time this column posts, I will have seen the new Ghostbusters flick from the Freaks and Geeks guru Paul Feig. I have chosen to see the film based not on any lingering love of the first two incarnations of the franchise (but put a pin in that until next week). I am not seeing it because of any particular love of the paranormal. And I’m especially not seeing it because a who’s-who of amazingly funny women are starring in it.

I’m seeing it because it looks like a fun flick to shut my chattering brain off for a couple of hours. Maybe giggle and marvel at some special effects in the process.

Meanwhile I also saw this week that Iron Man will be played by a black woman in some upcoming issues of the series. I’ve literally no doubt that the move isn’t permanent. »

- Marc Alan Fishman

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Which superhero should Matt Damon play in Ben Affleck's Batman movie?

15 July 2016 9:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The main man of the Jason Bourne movies would make a very strange Robin, but there are plenty of other superpowered stars in the DC Comics firmament

Matt Damon once said the only superhero he would ever consider playing was Marvel’s Daredevil, and only if Christopher Nolan agreed to direct. But that was before best pal Ben Affleck was handed the keys to the Batmobile.

Speaking at the UK premiere of Jason Bourne, Damon revealed he would consider pulling on the spandex provided Affleck made the offer, and didn’t go snagging the best role for himself. Which got us thinking about how the 45-year-old Oscar-winner would fit into the all-new DC expanded universe if his friend ever makes the call. Here are five colourful comic book titans that might just suit Damon down to the ground.

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- Ben Child

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Matt Damon would jump at a superhero role… if Ben Affleck directs

13 July 2016 10:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

During the premiere of his new film Jason Bourne, Matt Damon was asked – for about the 100th time – if he has any interest in portraying a superhero on the big screen.

Previously Damon had suggested that he’d like to take on the role of Daredevil if Christopher Nolan was directing, and now he’s revealed that he’d jump at the chance of playing a superhero… if his good buddy Ben Affleck was behind the camera.

““I’d consider anything with the right director, but I can’t imagine there are any superheroes left, I think they’re all taken at this moment,” Damon told Irish Examiner. “If [Ben] was directing me, I’d jump on it in a New York minute. I’d love to work with Ben.”

Well, as it happens, Ben Affleck does have a superhero project on his upcoming slate, as he’s set to direct »

- Gary Collinson

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The Week in Movies – new Suicide Squad international trailer! Justice League casting rumours! New Rogue One trailer next week and more…

10 July 2016 1:47 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the new international trailer for Suicide Squad – featuring new footage of The Joker – a bunch of casting rumours for Justice League, we’re getting a new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story next week, and much, much more…

The Week in Movies is an excerpt from the weekly Flickering Myth Super Newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every Sunday.

Here, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man represents your childhood.

Tomorrow, Monday 11th July, marks the release of Sony’s all-female reboot/remake/ill-advised-resuscitation of the beloved 1984 paranormal comedy Ghostbusters. But much like 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four last summer, it’s a film haunted by a studio’s most dreaded foe…troubled production rumours!

They crossed the streams.

The original film’s director, Ivan Reitman, is said to have been cut out of the creative decisions. »

- Oli Davis

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Colin Farrell, Michiel Huisman and Charles Dance rumoured for Justice League

7 July 2016 3:03 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Now, be sure to take this with a healthy pinch of salt, but according to rumours, Colin Farrell (True Detective) is in talks to join the cast of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, alongside a couple of Game of Thrones stars in Michiel Huisman and Charles Dance.

The reports come by way of CutTheCrapTV and Wayne Enterprises, neither of which appear to have any track record with casting scoops, and as yet there’s been no corroboration from any other reliable, proven sources.

This isn’t the first time that Farrell – who played Bullseye in the 2003 Daredevil movie –  has been linked to a DC role, with a rumour back in November of last year suggesting he was in the frame to play John Constantine in the Justice League Dark movie.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, »

- Gary Collinson

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Kevin Smith Will Helm Episode Of The Flash Season 3

5 July 2016 3:11 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Writer-director Kevin Smith, the all-round comic book expert that has tossed his proverbial hat into the ring to helm installments of Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and even Daredevil, has confirmed plans to direct an episode of The Flash season 3.

Soon after giving his two cents on the potential introduction of Onomatopoeia in Arrow, Smith revealed that come September, he’ll take the reins of the seventh episode of the upcoming season.

Smith, who drew praise for helming last season’s “The Runaway Dinosaur,” is certainly well versed in all things Barry Allen, and it’ll be interesting to see how things stand by the time episode seven rolls around, particularly with the introduction of the Flashpoint arc.

Whatever the case, here’s what Kevin Smith told Den of Geek in a recent interview.

“I know I’m going back to The Flash, first week of September, to direct episode 7 of »

- Michael Briers

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Kevin Smith To Return For "The Flash" S3

5 July 2016 1:06 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Following his successful stint directing 'The Runaway Dinosaur' episode of this past season of "The Flash," Kevin Smith is set to return to helm another episode of the series for its upcoming third season - one that's set to tackle the mother of all DC Comics storylines - "Flashpoint".

Smith has previously said his work on "The Flash" is his all-time favourite filming gig, and so his return isn't much of a surprise. His previous episode was semi-standalone, set mostly within the Speed Force as Barry (Grant Gustin) comes to term with his powers. Whether that's the case with the next episode is unclear, but speaking with Den of Geek he says:

"I know I'm going back to The Flash, first week of September, to direct episode 7 of season 3. Still haven't heard anything back from Arrow. You know, I wish, it would be amazing because I would love to write »

- Garth Franklin

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The Evolution of Colin Farrell: From ‘Tigerland’ to ‘The Lobster’ (Photos)

29 June 2016 11:07 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ballykissangel” (1998-99) Colin Farrell‘s big break came playing villager Danny Byrne in the Irish TV series   “Tigerland” (2000) In his first U.S. starring role, Farrell played a draftee in 1971 going through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, aka Louisiana’s infamous Tigerland, the last stop for soldiers heading to Vietnam.   “American Outlaws” (2001) The Dublin-born actor got his first big exposure with American audiences playing Jesse James in 2001’s “American Outlaws”   “Minority Report” (2002) Farrell sealed his movie star status when he co-starred with Tom Cruise in 2002 Steven Spielberg film, “Minority Report”   “Daredevil” (2003) He went on to shave his head for »

- Joe Otterson

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What DC/Warner Bros has Gotten Right Before Marvel Has

27 June 2016 1:17 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Over the past three months DC/WB has seen a plethora of critics put every decision under a microscope and dissect everything wrong with the Dceu.  From the tone of Man of Steel, the appointment of Zach Snyder as the lead of Dceu, the casting of Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot as Batman and Wonder Woman, the interpretation of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and the decision and style of Doomsday.  I am probably missing some more critiques that are out there but you all understand my point that there is plenty that Warner Bros., Zach Snyder, and DC have to fix before Justice League.  With all of those issues there is one that DC and Warner Bros. got right and did so before Marvel and that would be the incorporation of strong female leads in the Dceu. 

Since Jennifer Lawrence breakthrough performance as Katniss Everdeen we have seen women »

- Michael Connally

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Gameplay footage from the cancelled Daredevil: The Man Without Fear video game

27 June 2016 11:48 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back around the time of Ben Affleck’s Daredevil movie, developer 5000ft had licensed the rights to the Man Without Fear from Marvel, and was hard at work on an open-world adventure set in Hell’s Kitchen, which would have been released on PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC.

Sadly, the game ran into trouble and was ultimately shelved, never seeing the light of day. However, the folks at DidYouKnowGaming? have put together a video charting the history of the game – titled Daredevil: The Man Without Fear – which includes gameplay footage, along with concept art for the supporting characters and villains who would have featured alongside Matt Murdock. Check it out here…

Are you disappointed that the game was cancelled? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…


- Gary Collinson

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Ben Affleck Not Happy With The Script for the Solo 'Batman' Movie

21 June 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Fool me once...or twice... Ben Affleck is busy in production on Justice League, where he is functioning as both one of the leads and an executive producer. The actor has taken on a larger role in Warner Brothers' DC Cinematic Universe following his turn as Batman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the shake-ups in the wake of that film's release. Perhaps most notably he's set to star in and direct WB's solo Batman movie from a script he's co-writing with DC Films' Geoff Johns, but he won't do so until he thinks it'll be one he can be proud of.  Good for him. A group of reporters recently visited the set of Justice League where Affleck was present to give an update on the progress on the Batman movie. IGN reports that when asked about a release, Affleck conceded that he's not yet ready to move forward, »

- Roth Cornet

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Happy Birthday, Prince William! 5 Times the Future King Proved He Knows How to Have Fun

21 June 2016 5:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ever since we saw Prince William busting some hip-shaking moves in a grass skirt back in 2012, we knew the future heir to the throne had a (usually guarded) wild side. So, on the occasion of his 34th birthday on Tuesday - which a source says he'll be spending privately with his family after returning from a soccer match he's attending tonight in France - we're revisiting some of his more goofy, less princely ways: The Force Is Strong in HimA self-described "huge fan" of Star Wars, William grabbed a light saber (Luke Skywalker's to be exact) and dueled with Prince Harry »

- Monique Jessen, @moniquejessen

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Will Marvel Have More Than One Spider-Man in the McU?

14 June 2016 4:55 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In a year where Marvel Studios will be releasing a sequel to the wildly popular Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok, which will wrap up the Thor trilogy with Mark Ruffalo's Hulk along for the ride, somehow, all eyes seem to be elsewhere. Spider-Man: Homecoming is also coming out next year and after Tom Holland killed it as Spidey in Captain America: Civil War, it is more than understandable. But Holland may not be the lone webslinger in the McU.

It was announced recently by Deadline that Community star Donald Glover is joinging the first Spider-Man movie that will be part of the McU in an unspecified role. Though, any Marvel fan worth their salt has a damn good idea who he may be playing. Yes, speculation is already running rampant that Glover will be playing the Ultimate Universe version of Spider-Man, Miles Morales. If that turns out to be true, that would mean that at some point, there will be more than one Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But how likely is it? Well, let's take a look at the possible evidence.

Glover has been circling Spider-Man for ages now. There was a massive fan campaign to get him to play the character back when Sony was in the process of doing their Amazing Spider-Man reboot. Glover was way behind the idea but ultimately it went to Andrew Garfield. In addition, he has been providing the voice for Miles Morales in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated TV series, so he already has a strong familiarity with the character.

For those who may not know, Miles Morales took up the Spider-Man mantle in the Ultimate Marvel Universe (which takes place outside of the main Marvel Comics Universe) following the death of Peter Parker. He is a young kid of African American and Hispanic descent and has powers similar to Parker's Spider-Man, but with some differences. The character first appeared in 2011 and quickly became a huge hit with fans and there has been demand to see him on the big screen pretty much from the get go.

Glover being cast is surely raising some flags in favor of Morales finally coming to the big screen, and his casting seems to really fit what Marvel seems to be doing with Spider-Man: Homecoming. So far, it seems to be a pretty diverse cast of both young and old and it looks like it won't be just a bunch of white people running around in Queens, New York. However, given Glover's history with the character of Mile Morales, it seems very unlikely that Marvel would ignore that entirely. They are smart.

Parker and Morales have met in the comics, so there is definitely precedent for the characters sharing some time fighting crime. Plus, Kevin Feige and Co. really need to find a way to make Homecoming and Spidey in general different enough to have us not feel fatigue from the various reboots the property has gone through in a relatively short period of time. Adding a second Spider-Man to the mix would be a way to do that and fans would be likely very excited about Morales joining up with The Avengers.

Lastly, if we are grasping at straws for evidence here, in the first season of Daredevil on Netflix, Foggy Nelson did make a reference to a "Morales" who worked at the law firm he and Matt Murdock worked at. There is almost no way that was a complete coincidence. The only glaring problem is that Glover is 32 and the character of Miles Morales is much younger, at least in the comic books. Perhaps Glover will be Miles' dad? Uncle? Both of whom play a role in the comics.

It seems like Miles Morales is an eventuality for the McU, but we just don't know if he will ever share the screen with Peter Parker. Rumors are circulating that the 2018 Sony animated Spider-Man movie will feature Morales, but that has yet to be confirmed. If Marvel is building to a Sinister Six movie down the line, which evidence suggests they may be, than planting the seeds to have Parker and Morales take on Doc Ock and the gang together could be a really cool way to go with. We will have to wait and see when Spider-Man: Homecoming drops on July 7, 2017. »

- MovieWeb

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Mallrats 2 is now a 10-episode TV series

13 June 2016 1:01 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Mallrats 2 - Aka Mallbrats - is no longer heading to cinemas. Instead, it'll be a 10-part TV show...

You may have seen this slice of news over the weekend, but it still seems worthy of discussion. Kevin Smith’s planned sequel to Mallrats is no longer destined for cinemas. Instead, it’ll be a ten episode TV series.

“We started reconfiguring the idea of doing Mallrats not as a film but as a series, and Universal and I are just about to close our deal to do Mallrats the series,” Smith revealed during an interview on Philadelphia’s Wmmr radio station.

He added: “Then we take it out into the world and find a home for it. So, instead of doing a Mallrats movie, I’m going to do 10 episodes of a Mallrats series.”

Smith headed to Twitter shortly afterwards to confirm the news, and also hinted that his directorial gig on The Flash season 2 played a part in this reconfiguration of Mallrats 2...

Thanks to @CW_TheFlash, I've started setting up shop in scripted TV! First up: #BuckarooBanzai. Next up, #Mallrats! https://t.co/G4Nc4GqcXl

— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) June 10, 2016

Apparently, Philadelphia’s Exton Square Mall is the planned location for the series’ shoot. First, though, Smith and Universal must find a network to sign up as the broadcaster. 

Smith’s Mallrats 2 movie script was previously going by the title Mallbrats. We’ll have to wait and see if that’s still the title when the project reaches our telly screens.

In other Kevin Smith news, the writer-director has also expressed an interest in directing either Daredevil or The Defenders for Marvel Studios/Netflix.

We’ll keep you posted as Smith’s manifold projects continue to develop.

EW / Wmmr

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John Travolta: examining his recent straight to DVD movies

12 June 2016 2:24 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




We check out the John Travolta films that have been bypassing cinemas over the past few years...

In the days leading up to writing this article, which will cover a recent period in which he’s made a bunch of films that have quickly drifted to DVD or VOD, I had to stop and ask myself a genuine question: how do I actually feel about John Travolta?

The answer that rose from the depths of my coal-black, hell-bound soul was weirdly surprising. Brushing aside his personal life – which is not worth getting into here – I found I had nothing but good feelings surrounding his work as an actor.

I grew up with Carrie, Grease, Look Who’s Talking and perhaps his best film, Brian De Palma’s Blow Out. I also grew up with some of his clunkers, like the Look Who’s Talking sequels and 80s concept comedy The Experts. He’s been acting since before I was born, so he’s always been in the background of my pop culture landscape – working solidly for more than 40 years.

Over those decades, his catalogue has defied explanation. He seems to unapologetically pick whatever he feels moved to be a part of regardless of criticism and, goddamn it, there’s something inherently admirable about that. Unlike, say, Bruce Willis, he doesn’t seem happy with doing just a couple of days work on a shoot in a smaller part; more often he will choose to be the star, or at least have equal-ish screen time – even if the project isn’t boasting a huge budget or a big name director. When Pulp Fiction thrust him back into the mainstream, he was still picking up stuff like Phenomenon and Michael in the following years.

I can confidently say that I’ve never seen the man actively 'phone in' a performance and even when he’s overcooked it, there’s usually a decent reason. I mean, if you find yourself on the set of Face/Off going up against The Cage, you’re gonna need to fight fire with fire. Even in Battlefield Earth, he was at least trying.

But in the last half decade we’ve found ourselves in a deeper Travolta trough than we’ve ever been in before. His films aren’t quite cutting the mustard in the industry like they used to and, after a run of flops that have seen him drift back into television with an impressive turn as Robert Shapiro in The People V. O.J. Simpson, I find myself wondering 'will Travolta ever be big business again?'

So, I took a look at four of the films that Travolta’s worked on in the last few years - each of which has effectively gone straight to DVD (save for a few days in a cinema) - to see if anything’s slipped under our radar that needs a boost…

The Forger (2014)

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 7% IMDb Rating – 5.7/10

In The Forger, John Travolta is a man serving a prison sentence who makes a call to get out of it early so he can spend more time with his dying son. In exchange for help with bribing the judge to release him early, John’s expected to help forge a Monet for his erstwhile crime boss, played by Hell On WheelsAnson Mount.

As the film casually flits between the forge/heist story and the bonding relationship between John and his son, it’s a testament to director Philip Martin - who comes from a TV background where he’s learnt his trade by helping to bring Prime Suspect and Wallander crime stories to life – that it isn’t a complete disaster. In someone else’s hands, it very well could have been.

Instead, The Forger has a delicate touch and a lot of the shots are interesting and unexpected without being jarring. It flows very smoothly and there’s an undercurrent of genuine love stemming from Travolta’s performance. After losing his own son, making a film about losing a son might have been cathartic and definitely quite close to the bone. I don’t want to read too much into Travolta’s choices, because that way madness lies, but it does really come across as though he cared about this one.

The Forger’s family scenes - with Travolta’s son Tye Sheridan and father Christopher Plummer - play really well, and while the tone of these scenes doesn’t gel with the heist elements of the plot, there’s good stuff here.

Overall, there’s not quite enough substance to sail the whole thing smoothly down the river, but it’s not bad by any stretch and the reviews have been a little harsh on what is actually a perfectly average film. No, you won’t watch it again, but neither will you probably regret watching it in the first place.

Criminal Activities (2015)

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 47% IMDb Rating – 5.8/10

Hoo boy, that title. That’s the worst title. I can’t imagine anyone involved could have wanted it. It’s maybe the most generic title I’ve ever seen. It’s so bad that even when I picked up the DVD, looked at the cover and saw that Michael Pitt (Hannibal, Boardwalk Empire) and Dan Stevens (The Guest, The Guest, The Guest) were Travolta’s co-stars in this, I still felt like I was drowning in the beigeness of it.

The film itself - Jackie Earle Haley's directorial debut - is an unfortunate mess. The plot, such as it is, involves Michael, Dan and the rest of the lads from their childhood gang borrowing money from a mob boss (Travolta) to invest in some sure-fire stocks that immediately collapse, leaving them out of pocket and in John’s. To pay off the debt, he wants them to kidnap a guy, because that guy’s friend kidnapped someone else. It’s convoluted and makes little sense, due to the fact that there’s a big twist coming at the end which will clarify most, if not all of it.

The actors are doing wayyy too much in the film - directed by an actor who clearly wants the actors to have room to act - and therein lies the fundamental problem. Apart from a great turn by Edi Gathegi (Gone Baby Gone, X-Men: First Class, Crank) it’s impossible to point a finger at anyone else in the cast and say 'yep, you, good job' because there’s just too much going on.

The twist is actually decent, but everything leading up to it is a headache. Working on a low budget, most of the scenes are dialogue-heavy, arduous and reliant on excessive coverage – so what you end up with is a film where a load of dudes sit in a room together and shout and swear at each other a lot. I wanted to take that final twist aside, buy it a drink, hug it, and reassure it that it deserved better.

I’m afraid to say there’s not much here to recommend, which is ironic given that it’s had the most positive reviews of the bunch.

I Am Wrath (2016)

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 13% IMDb Rating – 5.2/10

I Am Wrath is the worst film of these four by a long chalk.

Here, John stars as a man who decides payback is needed when his wife (Rebecca de Mornay) is killed before his eyes. That’s really all there is, plot-wise. See, it turns out he’s a man with a very particular set of skills and yada yada yada off he goes.

The script - written by Paul 'nope, nothing you’ve heard of' Sloan - is so very, very bad. I am going to tell you how bad it is, so you don’t think I’m just whistlin’ Dixie here:

During his wife’s funeral, John tells the priest that he’s an atheist after the priest gives him a bible in his time of need. Later, Travolta flings this bible across the room angrily. He then stops, pulls a full Joey Tribbiani 'smell-the-fart', slowly approaches the discarded bible, picks it up and reads a line about wrath with the dumbest revelatory expression on his face as the music builds. He sees this as a sign that he should become wrath, despite his earlier insistence that he thinks religion is total garbage.

Later, when asked who he is, Travolta looks determinedly into a mirror and says “I am wrath” – he said the name of the movie you guys! Holy shit. Honestly, I could not believe how hackneyed the whole thing was, not to mention bizarre - the film regularly abandons its serious 'violence begets violence' tone whenever John’s Bff Christopher Meloni turns up, suddenly becoming a jokey buddy comedy.

This was hard to get through. Please avoid it at all costs, for there is nothing here to keep you warm at night.

Killing Season (2013)

Rotten Tomatoes Score – 11% IMDb Rating – 5.4/10

De Niro and Travolta – together at last?

Well, the opening sequence gives us a bit of background on the reason we’re all here. Something bad happened during the Bosnian War that will bring our two main dudes together for some serious vengeance. The sequence is sepia, because past, and ohhhhh god, here comes the present…

It’s at this point that we discover that John is going to attempt an Eastern European accent. It is Not Good. It is not John Malkovich in Rounders, but it is Not Good and we are stuck with it for the duration.

His facial hair during this first scene is also completely ridiculous. I can’t adequately describe how bonkers it is, but try to imagine a werewolf that can only grow stubble carefully shaving a circle into its face. It’s a relief to find that they decided to tone this down for the rest of the film - he looks more like he’s wearing a black chinstrap from then on.

Despite the accent and the questionable chin beard, it’s a lot easier to buy Travolta as a man on a mission of vengeance during Killing Season than it was during I Am Wrath. He’s obviously jazzed to be working with De Niro and he’s knuckled down to bounce off him, keeping it low-key and making an effort not to overdo it.

As a result of this equilibrium, we also get a glimpse of a pre-Meet The Parents De Niro - which is very much welcomed, sweet lord - and the two men head into the second act ready to take each other on, hunt each other down and resolve those Bosnian sins of the past in the most violent way possible.

The script - by proposed Tomb Raider reboot scribe Evan Daugherty - occasionally stumbles, but is solid enough. The direction is fine. It’s fine. It’s probably Mark Steven Johnson’s best film (but when his other major films are Daredevil and Ghost Rider, that’s not exactly a gush) and as the two leads hunt and trap each other, a lot of Predator love oozes out of the frame. Unfortunately, this is not Predator, but you could do worse on an evening than to sit through this instead (if you don’t own Predator).

…Oh my god you guys. We should totally watch Predator right now.

Until next time, and until the next rebirth of Mr Travolta, I bid you adieu.

Next time: the straight to DVD movies of John Cusack

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Arrow season 5: first trailer shows vigilantes in training

6 June 2016 1:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Jul 25, 2016

The first trailer for Arrow season 5 features Ollie putting Wild Dog and Mr Terrific through the wringer...

This first trailer for Arrow season 5 was released at San Diego Comic-Con. It shows Echo Kullum's Curtis in training to become(we assume) Mr Terrific, as per the comics. It also gives us our first glimpse of Rick Gonzalez as the newbie vigilante Wild Dog. Here's the clip...

Arrow season 5 start date

Arrow will return to The CW on Wednesday the 5th of October. We'll let you know Sky's UK air date when we hear it.

We’ll bring you more Arrow news as it happens. In the meantime, we've got loads of cast info on page 2 of this article...

Arrow season 5 image

The shirtlessness begins! Oliver Queen/Green Arrow actor Stephen Amell has taken to Twitter to share the first image from the set of Arrow season 5. It »

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Comic Book Reviews: Marvel Round Up Week

2 June 2016 6:22 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Here are some Marvel Comics I got to read for the week of May 25.

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Totally Awesome Hulk #6

Story: Greg Pak Art: Mike Choi Colors: Andrew Crossley

Review: Greg Pak turns in another fun chapter in the “Chulks” life, as Amadeus experiences the fun “misunderstanding/fight/team up against villain” encounter with Thor. Last issue Hulk was brainwashed into doing something pretty bad for Enchantress and now he must make things right. The story loosely ties into the struggles Thor is going through in her own book at the moment with Malekith nicely, and I enjoyed the continuity there. Mike Choi continues to deliver some absolutely spectacular art and really is a stand out to keep an eye on, along with the beautiful colors by Andrew Crossley. The series continues to be entertaining and nice departure from the old “Hulk Smash” story lines. »

- Jeremy Scully

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From Must-See TV to Peak TV: 20 Years of covering television

2 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you were a TV critic from 1956 to 1976, you would have witnessed some big changes in the business: the rise and fall of the Western as the dominant primetime genre, or the color TV boom, or CBS' shift from silly rural comedies to socially conscious ones like All in the Family and M*A*S*H. If you covered the beat from 1976 to 1996, you would have written about Hill Street Blues and its many imitators, the classic years of SNL, and the early days of original cable programming. Almost any 20-year span would give you a front row seat to enormous artistic and technological change. As of this week, I've been professionally writing about television for exactly 20 years(*), and it's safe to say that the only two-decade period that featured a more radical transformation in how television was made and consumed would be back when the medium was first introduced into America's living rooms. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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