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The young Camelot mob make their final exit tonight. Let's hope for an ending to remember …
Christmas Eve in the kingdom of Camelot, and an old prophet has said to his servant that King Arthur won't see another one. Yes, tonight sees the end of Merlin, BBC1's epic retelling of the Arthurian Legend. After five series, the Smallville-inspired tale of the young adventures of the Camelot mob is bowing out with a final flourish, broadcast at the heart of the Beeb's festive schedules. Plenty of us will be sad to see it go.
Back when nobody was sure whether Merlin would work, creator Johnny Capps spoke openly of a five-year plan, as if to politely ask the audience to stay with his vision. At that point the show wasn't up to much, as Stuart Heritage wrote some weeks ago: the Camelot 90210 premise was a handsome but daft exercise in capers-of-the-week, »
- Dan Martin
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Well, how about that. For the past seven days, myself and countless other fans were left wondering just how the writing team on Merlin could ever possibly match the turn of Mordred in The Drawing Of The Dark. How could any writer hope to accomplish such a feat in the midst of such worthy competition? By bringing us a penultimate episode that truly delivers on so many promises of the show, that’s how. It’s hard to think of anything more we could have asked of The Diamond Of The Day Part 1, and for those whispering the words “magic reveal” in my ears, the Next Time trailer should be evidence enough that the big shocks do not end here. Writing this review becomes simple in many ways, then, because speaking to the praises of this week’s adventure is incredibly easy- what’s difficult is just knowing when to stop! »
- Tom Buxton
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
If ever we needed proof that the final battle of Camlann is well and truly on its way to the small screen in the remaining fortnight of Merlin’s final season of broadcasting, then The Drawing Of The Dark was most certainly it. For weeks now, we’ve had teasers and hints aplenty at the terrible war that will ensue across the kingdom in the two-part finale The Diamond Of The Day, and indeed the corruptible Mordred’s role within it. It’s now, though, that we see the rumours and rumblings reach their incredible satisfying crescendo.
The Drawing Of The Dark mirrors the previous Season Five highlight The Disir not only in its increased focus on the Mordred arc, but additionally in its posing of an intense moral dilemma for the regular cast to deal with. Admittedly, Angel Coulby’s Gwen was relegated to dinner »
- Tom Buxton
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From the studio behind 2010.s Tangled and this year.s Wreck-it Ralph, Walt Disney Animation Studios has released this first look at the concept art from Frozen, the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna.s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
- Michelle McCue
Bunnies have a long and distinguished track record on film. Help us to identify their bounciest moments in the headlights
This week's clip joint is by Declan McKenna, who blogs at www.thefastpictureshow.com.
When it comes to animals on the big screen, people always rave about the cute, funny ones, like the puppies and kittens, or the wild, exotic ones, like the elephants and komodo dragons. However, these species tend to be typecast in movies and few display the versatility exhibited by the humble rabbit. There is no film genre the rabbit is not comfortable in, and this willingness to push new acting boundaries has resulted in a long and distinguished track record in cinema. To illustrate their range, this clip joint intends to give selected rabbits their moment in the headlights. So, be vewwy, vewwy quiet as we hunt down a few of my favourite bunny moments on film. »
- Guardian readers, Adam Boult
Joel Edgerton began making a name for himself with supporting appearances in the Star Wars prequels, King Arthur and Smokin’ Aces. He’s since established himself as an actor with a machismo, yet emotive, presence in such recent films as Animal Kingdom, Warrior and The Thing; similarly, he plays a Seal squadron team leader in next week’s Zero Dark Thirty and is going to show up as brutish Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby next May.
That’s why Edgerton is a favored candidate on the shortlist for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy; though, he has fierce competition in the form of Lee Pace (who’s auditioning for the role of rugged human pilot Star-Lord this week). Meanwhile, Edgerton has entered negotiations for another film altogether: the western Jane Got a Gun.
Click to continue reading Joel Edgerton Joining Portman and Fassbender for ‘Jane »
- Sandy Schaefer
"Playing for Keeps" is not playing well for critics. And not just most critics. TheWrap's Alonso Duralde described Gerard Butler's new rom-com soccer movie as "dreadful" and even went as far as to call it an "extended penalty kick to the groin." Apparently many of his colleagues (at least 50 of them) agree because the movie has garnered a zero-percent rating on critics aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Ouch. That rating puts it in line with other not-so classic films, including "In the Army Now," "A Kid in King Arthur's Court" and "Highlander II: The Quickening." It »
- Greg Gilman
Hugh Jackman has agreed to reprise his role of Wolverine in X Men: Days of Future Past. This is the third actor from director Bryan Singer’s first two X Men films to sign on after both Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen agreed to come back as well. Days of Future Past remains one of the most popular stories from comic books, released as a two-part stand-alone story in 1981. It deals with a dystopian alternative future (so popular now, but revolutionary then) in which mutants are incarcerated in internment camps. An older Kitty Pryde transfers her mind into the younger, present-day Kitty Pryde, who brings the X-Men to prevent a fatal moment in history which triggers anti-mutant hysteria. This plot line can allow the return of actors from X Men (2000) and X2: X Men United (2003), and I wonder how many other actors Singer can persuade into coming back –Famke Jannsen? »
Walt Disney Animation Studios (Wdas) taps Jennifer Lee to join Chris Buck at the helm of its 53rd full-length animated feature Frozen, which is slated for the big screen on Nov. 27, 2013. Lee, who has contributed to the film.s screenplay, is one of the screenplay writers of this year.s hit arcade-hopping adventure .Wreck-It Ralph.”
Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, Frozen is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna.s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. »
- Michelle McCue
Tune in alert for Curtain Upon Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy airing Tuesday, January 1 at 9:30 p.m. on PBS, from Thirteen's Great Performances. From Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, and from Fanny Brice to Barbra Streisand, the film explores the phenomenon of how Jewish-American songwriters created a uniquely American art form. From PBS As Sir Robin carols merrily to King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot, "In any great adventure, if you don't want to lose...you won't succeed on Broadway if you don't have any Jews." Eric Idle's cheeky lyric, which unfailingly generated knowing guffaws from Broadway audiences, proves to be more than a little grounded in truth, as Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy convincingly attests. This new 90-minute documentary »
- April MacIntyre
TV fantasy drama Merlin is to end after five years with a two-part Christmas special, it's been announced.
The decision came from the producers, with BBC1 bosses saying they would miss the show in the Saturday night schedule.
Arguably the reimagined Arthurian adventure is beginning to run its course, although the arrival of Alexander Vlahos as the enigmatic Mordred at least breathed new life into the stories.
There's only so much we can endure from Bradley James's witless, boorish King Arthur whose reign of stupidity has not only been absent of growth or change but has prevented the development of Colin Morgan's Merlin (aided in his struggles by Richard Wilson's excellent Gaius). Katie McGrath's Morgana has also been relegated to snarling repetitively on »
- David Bentley
Fans of the hit BBC One Fantasy Drama Merlin will be both joyful and sad to learn that the current series of the show will be its last. Joyful because the show is getting a proper ending and not being cancelled, sad because it’s the last we’ll see of the excellent saga of young Merlin. The show will end at Christmas with a special two-part finale.
Co-Creators and Executive Producers, Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy confirm the current series will be the last: “This is the series where the storylines truly reach their apex. We always felt the story of the legend was best told across five series, leading to a spectacular finale that draws on the best known elements of this much-loved story and brings to a conclusion the battle for Camelot. We’d like to thank the amazing cast and crew for their professionalism and dedication, »
- Matt Dennis
Merlin will soon hang up its cape.
The popular BBC drama - based on the iconic title character and a young King Arthur - will conclude after its upcoming fifth season, the network announced this morning.
"This is the series where the storylines truly reach their apex," said producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy in a statement. "We always felt the story of the legend was best told across five series, leading to a spectacular finale that draws on the best known elements of this much-loved story and brings to a conclusion the battle for Camelot."
Merlin Season 5 Promo
Added Capps and Murphy:
"We'd like to thank the amazing cast and crew for their professionalism and dedication, the BBC, Fme and all of our partners globally for their incredible support and encouragement across the last five series. But chiefly, our thanks go to Merlin's remarkable and loyal audience around »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
The BBC have opted not to continue their family fantasy series "Merlin".
The show, following a young King Arthur (Bradley James) and his put-upon wizard servant Merlin (Colin Morgan), is currently two-thirds of the way through airing its fifth and now final season. The show pulls in almost seven million viewers each week in the UK alone.
The news isn't a major surprise as the decision was apparently made a while back by co-creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy who say the story will reportedly come to a "natural and dramatic end" with the two-part finale on December 29th.
Murphy says this current season "is where the storylines truly reach their apex. We always felt the story of the legend was best told across five series, leading to a spectacular finale that draws on the best-known elements of this much-loved story and brings to a conclusion the battle for Camelot. »
- Garth Franklin
The UK's family-friendly fantasy drama "Merlin," about the legendary wizard and a young King Arthur, will end after the fifth season. BBC One has confirmed that Series 5 will bring the show to a "natural and dramatic end" with a two-part finale set to air in the UK at Christmas.
For American viewers, the fifth season premieres Friday, Jan. 4 at 10 p.m. Est on SyFy. According to a press release, the decision to conclude the series was made by co-creators and executive producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, not by the network.
In a statement, Capps and Murphy write, "This is the series where the storylines truly reach their apex. We always felt the story of the legend was best told across five series, leading to a spectacular finale that draws on the best known elements of this much-loved story and brings to a conclusion the battle for Camelot."
They continue, »
Merlin as we know it will not be returning to our Saturday teatime screens, and I for one am quite upset
After five years, Merlin is about to bite the dust. Despite hopes that the series would be renewed for a sixth year, it has been announced that the show will wrap up with a two-part story at Christmas. There may be films or spinoffs after that, which could either continue the story or reboot it completely, but that's beside the point. Merlin as we know it won't be coming back, and I for one am quite upset.
- Stuart Heritage
by Ryan Rigley
As if Guillermo del Toro isn't already busy enough, the critically adored filmmaker is rumored to be in the mix for "Heaven Sent," a movie that would take the best supernatural characters from DC Comics lore and put them in one adventure, not unlike the "Justice League Dark" comic books.
Del Toro himself has expressed his hopes to make such a movie, though nothing is official just yet. Still, while we're waiting to see if "Heaven Sent" comes to pass, now's as good a time as any to look at some of the DC Comics heroes who might find their way into the film.
Check out our "Heaven Sent" dream team below the jump!
Arguably the most recognizable of the DC supernatural characters, Swamp Thing was originally a man named Alex Olsen who was transformed into a vegetable-like creature after being caught in a huge lab explosion. »
- Splash Page Team
Keira Knightley appears topless on the cover of the December issue of Allure magazine (pictured). The actress explained that she's not shy about going topless because her breasts are "so small" that it doesn't even matter. "Sex scenes in films - I'm quite rigorous about what gets exposed," she explained. "No bottom half. I don't mind exposing my t*ts because they're so small . people really aren't that interested." Knightley went on to say that movie posters will often try to make her breasts look much bigger. And while usually she's fine with that, she didn't like how the Photoshop work on the "King Arthur" poster (see below). "They always [draw] in my boobs. I was only angry [because] for the 'King Arthur' poster, they gave me these strange droopy t*ts," she said. "I thought, if you're going to make fantasy breasts, at least make perky breasts." "King Arthur »
Keira Knightley has spoken of her annoyance at her breasts being photoshopped for movie posters. The Anna Karenina actress recalled an edited version of the King Arthur poster giving her bigger breasts, which she described as "saggy". "I was only angry when they were really, really droopy," she told Allure. "For King Arthur, for a poster, they gave me these really strange droopy tits. A... I don't have tits anyway and B... they digitally made them, and I thought, 'Whoaaa!'" She added: "It's my face on that poster. I thought, 'Well, if you're going to make me fantasy breasts, at least make perky breasts'." (more) »
- By Tom Eames
Keira Knightley goes topless in the December issue of Allure , and addresses all those rumors that she's anorexic: On nudity in her film roles : "I'm quite rigorous about what gets exposed. No bottom half! I don't mind exposing my tits because they're so small—people really aren't that interested!" On those small breasts : “They always pencil in my boobs. I was only angry when they were really droopy. For King Arthur , for a poster, they gave me these really strange droopy tits," she says . "I thought, well if you’re going to make me fantasy breasts, at least make perky breasts. »
- Evann Gastaldo
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