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Last Stitch Goodnight now available on Playstation 4 and PC

Thanks to its successful kickstarter indie developer, Well Bred Rhino, have announced the release of their side scrolling action adventure, Last Stitch Goodnight, on Playstation 4 and PC via Steam. A new launch trailer for the game has been released and can be watched below…

Last Stitch Goodnight is a side scrolling action adventure that finds players captured by a mad scientist who wants to discover the origin of life by carrying out a bit of human experimentation. By fighting through a variety of enemies including trained soldiers, deranged experiments and office temps players must escape from this mad scientist’s lair. However, fighting is only part of what players will need to do to escape, quick thinking and using weapons as tools will also be required to get past the many puzzles.

“Last Stitch Goodnight is a six year long passion project born from a love of games, a love of story,
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Doctor Who: leaks, secrecy and publicity

Mark Harrison Apr 12, 2017

The balance of secrecy and publicity is a tricky one for Doctor Who to keep, but spoilers are simply a question of manners...

This article contains no spoilers for the forthcoming tenth series of Doctor Who. However, the comments section may discuss recently revealed plot details.

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Patrick Troughton, the character actor, has been chosen by the BBC to replace William Hartnell as Doctor Who in the children's television serial.”

This is how the Manchester Guardian reported the first ever regeneration of Doctor Who's lead character, in a news in brief column published back in 1966. There's no way of overstating how media coverage of the show has changed in the last 50 years, but the last two casting announcements
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‘Doctor Who’: Three Must-Have Books to Prepare You for ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’

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‘Doctor Who’: Three Must-Have Books to Prepare You for ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’
Doctor Who” fans have something exciting to celebrate this holiday season: After a year-long break, the BBC series is back for a Christmas special titled, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.” Airing on Christmas Day on BBC America, the superhero-themed episode will follow the Doctor as he teams up with a mysterious vigilantek The Ghost (Justin Chatwin), and a reporter (Charity Wakefield) to save New York City. What’s more festive than that?

To hold you over until it airs, here are three books every fan should have in their collection.

“‘Doctor Who’: A History of Humankind: The Doctor’s Official Guide”

Through his billions of years of time travel, the Doctor has met some of history’s most famous figures. This guide gives his honest (perhaps, at times, too honest) take on all of those important people.

$16.45 @ Amazon

“‘Doctor Who’: Character Encyclopedia”

Created in full collaboration with the producers of “Doctor Who,
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Emmys 2016: How ‘Black Sails’ Battled an Epic Hurricane With Visual and Sound Effects

Emmys 2016: How ‘Black Sails’ Battled an Epic Hurricane With Visual and Sound Effects
Starz’s pirate drama “Black Sails” has already won the Emmy, in its first season, for supporting VFX. But the show outdid itself this season, creating a hurricane that took the effects to a new level of craftsmanship. “Black Sails,” the “Treasure Island” prequel created by Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine (starring Toby Stephens as Captain Flint) featured a breathtaking 18-minute, 250-shot sequence that was also enhanced by the sound editing, which grabbed a nom as well.

CG water was the biggest challenge, creating liquid that was believable yet drove the animation of the ship as an integration of elements. The VFX was mostly done by Digital Domain with assistance from Ilp (additional sails) and Crazy Horse Effects (matte painting).

“We looked at live-action footage of water in storms to study the multiple elements: the swells, the surface turbulence and white spray,” said production VFX supervisor Erik Henry. “Then
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Doctor Who: 60 things we learned from The Writer's Tale

To end a week celebrating New Who's 10th birthday, here's a bumper list of Doctor Who titbits from Russell T Davies' The Writer's Tale...

We’ve touched on why The Writer’s Tale, the 2008 (expanded in 2010) compendium of correspondence between Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies and journalist Benjamin Cook, deserves a space on your bookshelf here.

In short, The Writer’s Tale is both a screenwriting masterclass and an unparalleled look behind the scenes of new Doctor Who. As well as following the production triumphs and emergencies as the show lurches “from one crisis to another”, it lets you witness story ideas being created in the wild. See pivotal Doctor Who moments tottering unsurely out of Davies’ mind like new-born giraffes and watch them transform into sleek, galloping beasts of majesty! Think of it like a classy David Attenborough doc on storytelling, with bonus David Tennant photos and chat about Tony from Skins.
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Doctor Who: what Russell T Davies would change about Rose

In June 2009, in brilliant Doctor Who correspondence book The Writer’s Tale, Russell T Davies reflected on series 1 opener, Rose…

Anyone with an interest in screenwriting and/or Doctor Who most likely already has a copy of A Writer’s Tale, a book composed of Russell T. Davies and Benjamin Cook’s email correspondence over Davies’ final two years as the Doctor Who showrunner. If they haven’t, then they need one. It’s that simple.

Of the many things A Writer’s Tale has to offer (how often does an opportunity come along to follow the million-miles-a-minute whirr of a creative brain commenting on its workings with honesty and humour?), one gem in particular is contained in the final pages of its extended 2010 reprint.

In 2009, just as Davies was packing up to move to La after handing over the reins to the BBC series, Cook asked him to re-watch Rose four years on,
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Doctor Who: 10 Things You Never Knew About Series 4 Of NuWho

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You’d think Russell T Davies went into the fourth series of resurrected Doctor Who brimming with confidence. A daft sci-fi show which had only ever enjoyed a cult following brought back from the brink and propelled into a three-series streak of mainstream popularity under his pen. Newborn spin offs had expanded the Whoniverse and found success in their own rights, uniting old and new fan alike. This quirky relic of a bygone era now dominating Saturday evenings as BBC One’s flagship show. Surely, he must’ve felt, Russell T Davies could do no wrong! Actually, it’s a little more complicated than that.

Luckily for us, Davies entered into a near-daily dialogue with young journalist and Doctor Who Magazine contributor Benjamin Cook from February 2007 onwards, detailing his time orchestrating the Whoniverse. By this point, he was easing Torchwood into a second series and kicking off the Sarah
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New Form’s Second Round Of Short Films Includes Wong Fu, Lisa Schwartz

In October 2014, New Form Digital--the studio run by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Discovery Communications--produced 14 short films across YouTube. Each short was helmed by a different channel or content creator, and the result was a diverse selection that spanned from comedy to horror to sci-fi.

Now, New Form is looking to spotlight ten more filmmaking from the YouTube community and beyond. At Digital Entertainment World, it announced the second round of its Incubator Series and revealed the creators who will participate.

As with the first round of Incubator projects, the list of YouTubers collaborating with New Form is a mixed bag. Some, like Wong Fu Productions and Lisa Schwartz, are hugely successful YouTubers with seven-digit subscriber counts and nine-digit view counts. Others, like Ben Cook and Emily Diana Ruth, run comparatively smaller YouTube operations.

All the participants can be seen in a short teaser video provided by New Form.
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Syfy/Alcon Expand the Cast for The Expanse with Steven Strait and Shohreh Aghdashloo

"The Expanse," a new Syfy/Alcon TV project we've been keeping a close eye on, just got even more interesting with word of two new cast members. Read on for the details, and look for more as it comes.

From the Press Release:

Syfy and Alcon TV have announced that Steven Strait (pictured; "Magic City") and Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo ("House of Saddam," House of Sand and Fog) will star in "The Expanse," the new 10-episode space opera based on the international best-selling book series, premiering on Syfy in 2015.

Strait plays Holden, an officer on the ice-carrying freighter the Canterbury. Holden is a natural leader who's not sure he wants responsibility, but who will soon have no choice when he is drawn into a dangerous plot. Aghdashloo portrays Chrisjen Avasarala, a smart and passionate member of a political family legacy who has risen high in the ranks
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Syfy’s ‘The Expanse’ Ordered to Series

Syfy’s ‘The Expanse’ Ordered to Series
Syfy has ordered the “space opera” project “The Expanse” straight to series.

Set 200 years in the future, the 10-episode thriller follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.

The Expanse” is the first series order for producer Alcon Television.

Scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby will exec produce the project. Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Company will also exec produce. The two developed the original pitch with Ostby and Fergus.

The series is based on the New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,” written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franch. Both will also serve as producers.

Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will serve as executive producers with Sharon Hall, and Alcon
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Syfy Greenlights Another New Series: Space Opera The Expanse

Syfy continues to ramp up its slate of new scripted dramas with a straight-to-series order for space opera project "The Expanse," based on the book series by James S.A. Corey, it was announced today by Syfy President Dave Howe.

The 10-episode order is Syfy’s boldest new series commitment to date. "The Expanse" is produced by Alcon Television Group (Atg), a division of Alcon Entertainment, and marks the company’s first series order.

"The Expanse" does sound a lot more sci-fi than horror so we probably won't be covering it much more but thought fans of the books would certainly be interested in the news about the series, which follows.

Related Story: Syfy Announces Two New Series: "Z Nation" with Zombies and "Olympus" with Gods and Monsters

Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men, Iron Man) wrote the pilot and will
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Experimenta India unveils line up

Experimenta India unveils line up
Experimenta India, International Festival of Moving Image Art, India’s only film festival dedicated to experimental films has unveiled the line-up for its 8th edition. This year the festival will showcase more than 50 films from Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Canada, Germany, Brazil, UK and India.

Kannada film Samskara, directed by Pattabhi Rama Reddy, will open the festival. The film is based on a story of the same name by U.R. Ananthamurthy. A 35mm print of the film received from the Arsenal Institut For Film And Video, a film archive in Berlin, will be showcased at the festival.

Nineteen films will compete in the International Competition section with nine of them coming from India. The Indian films selected are Black Pot Movement by Chaoba Thiyam, Nayi Kheti by Pallavi Paul, Blood Earth by Kush Badhwar, Pulse by Anuradha Chandra, Weapons of Mass Destruction by Payal Kapadia, Mount Song by Shambhavi Kaul,
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Exclusive Interview With YouTube Sensation Hazel Hayes

You don’t need to be told yet again you how YouTube has changed the course of our lives and modern society in just under a decade. And you certainly don’t need to be told that the landscape of television and film has been changed by the internet, what with streaming and independent distribution changing how we watch film and the fact that the likes of Netflix and Amazon are producing their own original content like House of Cards and Arrested Development.

YouTube launched Comedy Week to much fanfare recently, but it received a mixed reception since seemed like it was trying to recreate television by rehashing old favourites and promoting itself with big-name stars like Ricky Gervais and Arnold Schwarzengger. YouTube is still young, but it is its own unique thing- it should be developing what it does now, not trying to fit into the mold of an

YouTube UK: 20 of Britain's most popular online video bloggers

From the creators of the Tyler Lautner six-pack workout and sunny pop promos to a cheerful consumer of roadkill

1 Ninebrassmonkeys

Benjamin Cook

Stats 106,000 subscribers, 1.7m views

Who is he? The 30-year-old Cook only posted his first YouTube video on his Ninebrassmonkeys channel in December last year, but his multi-part documentary series, Becoming YouTube, has already become a sensation. Featuring interviews with many of the individuals in this list – Charlie McDonnell, Alex Day and so on – it entertainingly captures the spirit of the movement. "The first YouTuber I discovered was a guy called crabstickz and it was just a whole treasure trove of awesome," he says.

Pitch The official chronicler of Britain's YouTube generation. His style owes a debt to Charlie Brooker, but this is intelligent and professional film-making. His project will ultimately amount to 12 episodes and more than three hours of video content.

Signature video Anatomy of a YouTuber, Cook's debut video,
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YouTube superstars: the generation taking on TV – and winning

The revolution will not be televised but who cares? It's already online, as a new wave of young 'YouTubers' threaten traditional TV with their sharp video blogs and direct interaction with their millions of mostly teenage fans

The moment I realised I was middle-aged came at 4.25pm on a Monday a month or so ago. I was at the BFI on London's Southbank and had just watched a 15-minute documentary called Becoming YouTube, made by a young film-maker called Benjamin Cook. Cook, who has postbox-red hair and a painful-looking piercing in his lower lip, was now on stage in discussion with four fellow YouTubers, all in their early 20s. I had no idea who they were but I was in a minority of one. Among them, the five have almost 4m registered fans ('subscribers' to their YouTube channels) around the world, and millions more are intimately familiar with their work and lives.
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Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Clip from Darren Bousman's 11-11-11

Darren Bousman's 11-11-11 hits DVD on April 24th, and in anticipation of the release, distributor Big Air Studios has provided us with an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the flick's special features! Wear your seatbelts!

Special features on the disc will include a commentary, making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and more.

Timothy Gibbs (Witchboard 2), Michael Landes (Final Destination 2, Possession), Wendy Glenn ("Nip/Tuck"), Lluis Soler, Ángela Rosal, Brendan Price (Dagon), Salomé Jimenez, Benjamin Cook, and Montse Alcoverro star.

Read our 11-11-11 review here!

Synopsis:

After the tragic death of his wife and child, famed American author Joseph Crone travels from the United States to Barcelona, Spain, to reunite with his estranged brother, Samuel, and dying father, Richard. However, fate has a different plan for Joseph as his life becomes plagued with strange happenings and the constant sightings of the number 11. Curiosity quickly turns to obsession, and Joseph soon
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Watch a Clip from 11-11-11 with Commentary by Darren Bousman

Darren Bousman's 11-11-11 hits DVD on April 24th, and in anticipation of the release, distributor Big Air Studios has provided us with a clip from the film complete with commentary by the director in which he addresses both his critics and the timely issue of Internet piracy.

In addition to the commentary, special features on the disc will include a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and more.

Timothy Gibbs (Witchboard 2), Michael Landes (Final Destination 2, Possession), Wendy Glenn ("Nip/Tuck"), Lluis Soler, Ángela Rosal, Brendan Price (Dagon), Salomé Jimenez, Benjamin Cook, and Montse Alcoverro star.

Read our 11-11-11 review here!

Synopsis:

After the tragic death of his wife and child, famed American author Joseph Crone travels from the United States to Barcelona, Spain, to reunite with his estranged brother, Samuel, and dying father, Richard. However, fate has a different plan for Joseph as his life becomes plagued with
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New Release Plan For Bousman's Religious Horror '11-11-11'

New Release Plan For Bousman's Religious Horror '11-11-11'
Big Air Studios has announced a new release plan for 11-11-11, Darren Lynn Bousman's take at a Biblical apocalypse that opened in limited theaters on November 11. Look for the flick to hit VOD on March 6 with a DVD release on April 24. Special features will include a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and more. Timothy Gibbs, Michael Landes, Wendy Glenn, Lluis Soler, Ángela Rosal, Brendan Price, Salomé Jimenez, Benjamin Cook and Montse Alcoverro all star. Bousman directed Saw II-IV, Repo! and Mother's Day, is currently in post on The Barrens. "After the tragic death of his wife and child, famed American author Joseph Crone travels from the United States to Barcelona, Spain to reunite with his estranged brother Samuel and dying father, Richard..."
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11-11-11 Coming to VOD in March and DVD in April

That wait is nearly over for Darren Bousman's latest fear flick 11-11-11 to come home in some capacity, and its first stop will be VOD! Read on for the scoop.

Look for the flick to hit VOD on March 6th with a DVD release on April 24th. Special features will include a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and more.

Timothy Gibbs (Witchboard 2), Michael Landes (Final Destination 2, Possession), Wendy Glenn ("Nip/Tuck"), Lluis Soler, Ángela Rosal, Brendan Price (Dagon), Salomé Jimenez, Benjamin Cook, and Montse Alcoverro star.

Read our 11-11-11 review here!

Synopsis:

After the tragic death of his wife and child, famed American author Joseph Crone travels from the United States to Barcelona, Spain, to reunite with his estranged brother, Samuel, and dying father, Richard. However, fate has a different plan for Joseph as his life becomes plagued with strange happenings and the constant sightings of the
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Marvelous Darlings: Single Life

If you’ve heard of this, it’s probably because you heard Fucked Up guitarist Ben Cook is a part of it. That much is true. Depending on what websites you read, you may have also heard that this band, Marvelous Darlings, brandishes “Yellow Pills-worthy hooks shot through with an extra dose of snottiness” or is “killer shit” that “walks the lines between garage, powerpop, and punk.” That last statement is true, about the line-walking, but the hooks are largely absent, and that’s a major problem. A cursory glance at the finest purveyors of this type of music, from Gentleman Jesse to...
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