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Doctor Who series 9: geeky spots in Heaven Sent

27 November 2015 6:51 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Spoilers! Here are our geeky spots and viewing notes for Doctor Who series 9: Heaven Sent...

The Doctor has managed to escape the Veil, but he can never escape the glut of callbacks, references and increasingly tenuous similarities to older episodes or other franchises entirely. So with that in mind, here are our viewing notes for episode 11… Past experience tells us you’ve probably spotted something we haven’t, so please feel free to leave it in the comments!

The Long Way Round

The flies surrounding the Veil are the least deadly of the flies the Doctor has encountered on his travels; in 1964’s Planet Of Giants, the first Doctor’s companions Ian and Barbara, shrunk to miniscule size, were menaced by a regular housefly almost their size. And in 1973’s The Green Death, aka ‘The one with the giant maggots’, the third Doctor and Unit were »

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8 Harry Potter Moments That Are So Much Better In The Book

26 November 2015 9:43 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Movie fans have heard it all before. The books are better! The books are better! It probably gets a little bit tiring after a while, but there’s a reason book-lovers are so vocally passionate about their favourite stories.

I could spend hours listing reasons here, from things like improved characterization to deeper, more rewarding plots and sub-plots, the list would truly drag on and on. But the truth is, it’s tough to completely explain what it is about books that often make them so much more personal, rewarding experiences. My advice to anyone who is sick of hearing about how much better the books are would be this: give reading a shot! You never know, you might actually like it.

That being said, throughout the Harry Potter series there are some very clear examples of times when the books are just better. Film, while a consistently surprising, »

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32 videogames that brought actors back to iconic roles

19 November 2015 1:21 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




From Ghostbusters 3 to a Firefly reunion, videogames are doing what movies can't...

Tie-in video games are nothing new in the moviemaking or televisual world. Through these spin-off products, we can play out adventures featuring our favourite characters without having to leave the house.

Most of the time, though, said characters don’t sound quite right. For financial reasons, you’ll often see a different voice cast step in to replace the overly expensive stars from the original film or TV version. Admittedly, these stand-ins do a very good job from time to time. But you can always tell the difference.

Sometimes, though, providing a rare treat for fans, actors can be convinced – by money, passion or a good script - to reprise their iconic film or TV characters once more for a video game adventure. Here are 32 games that featured instances of this incredibly fun phenomenon… »

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These 7 Magical Creatures May Star in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

6 November 2015 5:05 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

After months of not knowing much (or really, anything) about "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," Entertainment Weekly busted open the floodgates this week with tons of scoop about the hotly-anticipated "Harry Potter" prequel. Now, the magazine has shared even more intel about the types of titular creatures audiences can expect to see onscreen.

"Fantastic Beasts" centers around magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), who travels the globe collecting and chronicling magical creatures for his textbook (which also shares its name with the flick). According to EW, the film is still in production and the list of beasts is still being finalized, but there are currently seven creatures that are considered likely to appear in the finished film.

They include beasts first mentioned in J.K. Rowling's "Potter" books, as well as those featured in her 2001 version of the "Fantastic Beasts" book -- but EW says that "there might even »

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'Fantastic Beasts' Begins Filming

17 August 2015 12:51 PM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" has begun principal photography in England.

Shooting on the movie, which is set in the same world as J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, is filming in Leavesden, UK. The movie will follow Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, "the wizarding world’s preeminent magizoologist, who stops in New York following his travels to find and document magical creatures," according to a description of the project from the studio.

David Yates, who directed "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 & 2," "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," and "Harry Potter ...

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Starts Shooting

17 August 2015 8:46 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

It hasn't been turned back into Hogwarts, but Leavesden Studios is now officially a wizarding world once again. Shooting on the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is underway, with director David Yates (every Potter since The Order Of The Phoenix) conducting the magic as before. Usual alumni David Heyman, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram are producing, as is Jk Rowling, who also wrote the screenplay.As you probably already know, Eddie Redmayne has nabbed the lead as Newt Scamander, the magizoologist on a mission to document the magical world's peculiar creatures. On a trip to New York, he meets several characters, including Colin Farrell's wizard Graves.Other encounters along the way will include Katherine Waterston as Tina; Alison Sudol as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Dan Fogler as Jacob; Ezra Miller as Credence; Samantha Morton as Mary Lou; Jenn Murray as Chastity; and young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty. »

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As Jk Rowling turns 50, here's Harry Potter's 8 movie adventures ranked from worst to best

31 July 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jk Rowling has been winning at life so consistently lately that her 50th birthday - which is today, July 31 (a birthday she shares with Harry himself) - feels like even more of a cause for celebration than it already would. To mark the conclusion of Rowling's fifth decade, Digital Spy is taking on the challenge of ranking the Harry Potter movies in order from worst to best.

How will Christopher Columbus stack up against Mike Newell? Will Alfonso Cuarón's much-praised single instalment outrank David Yates's four later Potter movies? Read on to find out...

Additional writing by Simon Reynolds

8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Lacking the 'brand new franchise' sheen and the sheer sense of wonder that Philosopher's Stone had, Christopher Columbus's second outing was always going to come up slightly short. But his sentimental approach really rubs up awkwardly against Chamber's sinister central mystery, »

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UK TV ratings: Prized Apart dips to 2.5 million viewers on BBC One

28 June 2015 4:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb

Prized Apart dipped slightly to 2.5 million last night (June 27), according to overnight figures.

The BBC One show averaged 2.48m (17.6%) from 7pm, before The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins earned 3.53m (21.1%).

Casualty treated 3.99m from 8.55pm, and The John Bishop Show appealed to 2.76m (16.7%) afterwards.

On BBC Two, a Dad's Army repeat entertained 1.16m (6.6%). Coverage of Glastonbury and Kanye West's headline set appealed to 1.04m (9.1%) from 9.30pm.

ITV aired Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from 7pm, which was enjoyed by 2.21m (13.9%).

On Channel 4, Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages fell to 904k (5.5%) from 8pm. The film Taken 2 then averaged 1.7m (9.8%).

Channel 5's latest Big Brother highlights took 877k (4.8%) in the 9pm hour.

On the multichannels, Paloma Faith's Glastonbury performance managed 807k (4.9%) from 8pm on BBC Four. »

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36 major blockbusters and why they never got made

11 June 2015 6:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...

This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator

If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...

1. Airframe

The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.

So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »

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Time Machine: Burton and Bonham Carter Sporting Matching Hairdos on the Oscars' Red Carpet

24 April 2015 7:44 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »

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Harry Potter: ranking the films in order of quality

4 February 2015 12:19 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We head back to Hogwarts, and try and sort out the Harry Potter films. Is Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets the best one, then?

This article contains spoilers for the Harry Potter movies.

The Harry Potter films didn’t need to be good.

The books were already a phenomenon. Only Twilight and Dan Brown’s novels have resulted in midnight openings at bookshops across the world in recent years, and when you look at their film adaptations (Angels And Demons grossed nearly $500 million worldwide, despite being Angels And Demons), it’s clear: the Harry Potter films didn’t actually have to try that hard to be a success.

Across eight films, they told the story of death-magnet legend boy Harry Potter and his loyal flame-locked sidekick Ron as they courted whimsical oblivion on a roughly yearly basis, getting rescued repeatedly by Girl Guide/Wikipedia hybrid Hermione Granger. They »

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Notebook's 7th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2014

5 January 2015 10:08 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?

Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.

All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »

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