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All the big news from Sony’s Paris Games Week conference

27 October 2015 7:04 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It’s Paris Games Week. Sony shunned Gamescom earlier in the year due to its proximity to E3, giving Microsoft the chance to fire off a few shots in the console war without reply. Now the roles are reversed and Sony gets to stand on the stage and give a conference knowing that Microsoft won’t have much of a presence to counter with. With Gamescom traditionally being a pretty big deal for Sony, this likely won’t just be a throwaway show. Expect an E3-style conference with a more European slant; less dollars and cents, and probably a few slightly more out there ideas.

Sony shows have been interesting lately since, in stark contrast to Microsoft, we have very little idea what any of their first and second party studios are actually doing. It’s been very quiet on that front from Sony, so there could very well »

- John Cal McCormick

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Are Health Tests Really a Good Idea? review – a scientific look deep into Michael Mosley’s future

12 August 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Mosley undergoes a raft of health tests from a bowel scope to a heart scan to genetic screening. Some are worthwhile, others of dubious benefit – and one is positively shocking

I wish I knew what it looked like up Michael Mosley’s bum. Yay! I’m just about to find out. He’s kindly sharing his bowel scope with us, on Horizon special Are Health Tests Really a Good Idea? (BBC2). Makes an alternative to The Great British Bake Off on BBC1. A bowel scope is like a colonoscopy, only less adventurous: it only goes 40-50cm or so in/up. Here goes, then: deep breath in Michael, now breathe slowly out, and up we go …

“Here is your beautiful rectum,” says friendly Maggie, the nurse consultant, looking at the screen. “Blimey, that enema did the business, didn’t it,” says Michael. A relief to everyone.

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- Sam Wollaston

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Is binge drinking that bad? Horizon's doctor finds out by having 21 shots of vodka

20 May 2015 10:10 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Binge drinking is bad, and you shouldn't do it. You really shouldn't. As well as the long-term risk of liver and heart damage, there are the immediate risks of drunken accidents and alcohol poisoning.

BBC Two's Horizon just wanted to make sure, though. Under strict medical supervision, Dr Xand Van Tulleken drank 21 shots of vodka.

This unaired clip from the upcoming episode shows what happened.

Warning: Do Not Do This Yourself. It Is Very Dangerous. Really.

"How bad can our drinking pattern be for our health? Doctors and genetically identical twins Chris and Xand van Tulleken want to find out," reads the blurb.

"With the current drinking guidelines under review, the twins embark on self-experimentation to see the effects of different drinking patterns on their health.

"With Chris drinking 21 units spread evenly across the week and Xand having his 21 in single weekly binges, how will their bodies differ after a month? »

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Wednesday’s best TV

19 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Men go meat-hunting in The Island With Bear Grylls, finding work is hard work in The Job Centre and Horizon asks, Is Binge Drinking Really That Bad? Plus NYPD detective Kate’s wedding is scuppered in Castle and Inspector George Gently confronts the bovver boys

It’s Christmas Eve 1969 and Martin Shaw’s grumpy copper knows who’s been naughty or nice. Investigating the aftermath of a bank job points Gently and sidekick Bacchus toward the local skinhead scene, where former Shameless tearaway Jody Latham lords it over a gang of bovver boys in braces and oxblood DMs. With Sten guns, car stunts and a skanking soundtrack, this action-packed episode ends the seventh series on a high, though it remains unclear whether George will return for some 1970s adventures. Graeme Virtue

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- Graeme Virtue, David Stubbs, Ben Arnold, Jack Seale, Ali Catterall and Hannah Verdier

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Iceberg Interactive Games on Sale Until Sunday

14 May 2015 4:10 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Iceberg Interactive has announced a large Steam sale up to 80% off! Check them out!

From now until Sunday May 17th, 2015 Iceberg Interactive games are on sale.

The Cool As Ice Bundle is available for $24.99 (80% off). It contains StarDrive, Starpoint Gemini 2, Horizon, Gas Guzzlers Extreme and Nuclear Dawn.

Along with this sale they have also announced the following:

Adam’s Venture Episode 1: The Search For The Lost Garden - $1.24 (75% discount) Adam’s Venture Episode 2: Solomon’s Secret - $1.24 (75% discount) Adam’s Venture Episode 3: Revelations - $1.24 (75% discount) Adam’s Venture Pack - $3.24 (75% discount) Armada 2526 - $3.74 (75% discount) Armada 2526 Gold Edition - $4.99 (75% discount) Dark Fall: Lost Souls - $3.24 (75% discount) Dark Matter - $2.49 (75% discount) Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder - $1.99 (75% discount) Darkness Within 2: The Dark Lineage Director’s Cut Edition - $2.49 (75% discount) Gas Guzzlers Extreme: $6.24 (75% discount) Gas Guzzlers Extreme: Full Metal Frenzy - $1.24 (75% discount) Gas Guzzlers Extreme: Full Metal »

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Sue Perkins for new BBC Two documentary series Himalaya

21 April 2015 10:20 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sue Perkins has been confirmed for new BBC Two documentary series Himalaya.

The comedian and presenter will host the show, travelling across the South Asian mountain range over the course of the series.

Himalaya with Sue Perkins is among a host of newly commissioned BBC Two documentaries.

Also confirmed is This World - Children of the Gaza War, which takes a closer look at the lives of young people affected by conflicts in the Middle East.

Elsewhere, Britian's Forgotten Slave Owners will focus on the UK's dark history of slavery, while Let Us Entertain You will chronicle popular culture in post-war Britain.

Other newly commissioned history documentaries include Professor Mary Beard's Meet the Roman Empire and Neil Oliver and Alice Roberts' Celts.

New documentary The Detectives follows a specialised Greater Manchester Police unit as they attempt to tackle sex offences, while Horizon: Cosmic Dawn explores the moment »

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Monday’s best TV

8 March 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Conan Doyle tracks the horse-ripper in Arthur & George, life gets tougher in 10,000Bc and Horizon unravels The Mystery Of Murder. Plus: Vic and Bosh get creative in House Of Fools and David Attenborough celebrates the salamander

Episode two of ITV’s Sherlock-adjacent drama, based on true events and loosely adapted from the 2005 Julian Barnes novel. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Martin Clunes, with convincing Scottish burr and semi-convincing moustache) continues his investigation into the conviction of solicitor George Edalji (Arsher Ali) for a series of grisly horse rippings. With the aid of his faithful secretary Woodie (Charles Edwards), Doyle looks for fresh leads in the village of Great Wyrley, causing friction with the local coppers. Graeme Virtue

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- Graeme Virtue, Ali Catterall, Jonathan Wright, Ben Arnold, Hannah J Davies, Mark Jones and Rachel Aroesti

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How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Simpsons and Disney Mickey Mouse win big at the 42nd annual Annie Awards

1 February 2015 9:46 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The 42nd annual Annie Awards took place on Saturday night, with DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 bagging six honours including Best Animated Feature and Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production. The top TV honour – Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production – went to Fox’s The Simpsons, while Disney Micky Mouse picked up five awards.

Here’s the full list of nominations, with the winners highlighted in bold and red…

Animated feature

Big Hero 6″ – Walt Disney Animation Studios

Cheatin'” – Plymptoons Studio

How to Train Your Dragon 2″ – DreamWorks Animation

Song of the Sea” – Gkids/Cartoon Saloon

The Book of Life” – Reel FX

The Boxtrolls” – Focus Features/Laika

The Lego Movie” – Warner Bros. Pictures

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” – Gkids/Studio Ghibli

Animated special production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” – Voyager Pictures LLC

“Dawn of the Dragon Racers” – DreamWorks Animation

How Murray Saved Christmas” – Universal Television »

- Gary Collinson

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DVD/Bluray Review: Supernova

11 January 2015 1:59 PM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Scream Factory has been releasing a pretty steady amount of hits when it comes to releasing some genuinely great (and most of the time, beloved) long lost, out of print or just fan favorite films from the ’70s/’80s and all of the way up to films of today. Most of the time, the releases are warranted and fans celebrate getting HD transfers of films they hold dear…most of the time.

Fast forward to Supernova, the James Spader and Angela Bassett-led 2000 sci-fi horror film that was marred by multiple directors, editors, reshoots and eventually the miracle of being released, given its circumstances. While most genre fans might pass on this one, it’s an interesting release from a company that always has some nifty tricks up their sleeves, even if said tricks is releasing one of the most confusingly studio-tampered films of all time.

Supernova (2000)

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- Jerry Smith

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