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Supernatural season 13 episode 7 review: War Of The Worlds
24 November 2017 1:11 AM, PST
Bridget Lamonica Nov 24, 2017
An episode of unexpected reunions pits everyone – Heaven, Hell, hunters and alternate Earth – against each other. Spoilers ahead...
This review contains spoilers.
13.7 War Of The Worlds
This season's episodes like to start going in one direction and then take a left turn. This is a compliment, being that I felt I had the Supernatural formula down pat. A little surprise goes a long way when you're this deep into a show's mythology.
Asmodeus' character is finally more developed in this episode, where he got a few scenes to sink his teeth into. The fourth and final Knight of Hell is one personified by a suave, charming and gentile Southerner, complete with drawl and all. His plantation owner's suit is out of touch with the times, »
Journeyman: first trailer for Paddy Considine’s latest
23 November 2017 11:45 PM, PST
Simon Brew Nov 24, 2017
This looks really, really good. Paddy Considine has directed one film thus far, the superb Tyrannosaur. For his second, Journeyman, he’s telling the story of a boxer who collapses after a particularly bruising fight, and consequently has to fight to regain his speech, his relationships, and his life.
Here’s the trailer first…
And here’s the synopsis…
Journeyman tells the story of middleweight boxing champion Matty Burton (Paddy Considine). After winning a punishing title defense on points, Matty collapses at home. The journey towards regaining his speech, movement and memory will be the toughest fight he’ll ever face, and the prize could not be greater, for »
Valerian 2: sequel is still possible, says Luc Besson
23 November 2017 11:15 PM, PST
Simon Brew Nov 24, 2017
Limited box office returns haven't out Luc Besson off wanting to make Valerian 2...
It didn’t enjoy the best run at the box office over the summer, but director Luc Besson remains bullish about the future of the Valerian movie series. Ahead of the release of the first film, Besson had revealed he had extensive plans for sequels. It seems that the muted box office returns have not put him off.
It has changed his ambitions a little, though. In an interview with Collider, Besson reckons that a sequel is still possible, but that the next film can be a lot cheaper to make.
“The price depends on the story”, he said. “The story of the second one is less expensive. The third one is almost the same than the first. But it depends on the story, the price doesn’t go up because you want to. »
Arrow season 6 episode 7 review: Thanksgiving
23 November 2017 7:09 PM, PST
Delia Harrington Nov 24, 2017
This uneven Thanksgiving episode of Arrow is stuffed with surprises. Spoilers ahead in our review...
This review contains spoilers.
This uneven effort from Arrow crams about every holiday episode trope it can into 44 minutes. Turkey puns, a head-tilting cameo, and two highly anticipated developments. Happy sweeps, folks! Ultimately, the positives like Thea's return and seeing Oliver back in the hood were good enough to keep things moving, and holiday episodes are graded on a curve, right?
Oliver was taken down a peg. Everything about his arrest was pretty bogus, from his perp walk occurring during a Thanksgiving food drive, to the iPad they used to scan his fingerprints. Would the scrum of reporters ever be treated to both the arrest and booking? »
Battle Of The Sexes review
23 November 2017 12:38 PM, PST
It’s hard for a film about gender equality released in 2017 to escape the context of the real world and the fighting that’s still necessary. Battle Of The Sexes could easily have come across, by accident or not, too worthy or like a watered-down history lesson, but instead the film is an admirably warm and light hearted drama that cares as much about its characters as their position in our collectively-written narrative.
Chronicling the rivalry between champion tennis player Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and self-styled ‘male chauvinist pig’ Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), Battle Of The Sexes takes place in the ‘70s at a time when women’s tennis was very much looked down upon by the wider public. When Riggs challenges King to a match, the contest grows to represent a much larger, and universal, »
Andy Serkis interview: War For The Planet Of The Apes
23 November 2017 8:02 AM, PST
Brendon Connelly Nov 24, 2017
Now that the Caesar trilogy of Planet Of The Apes movies has been completed, and War For The the Planet Of The Apes is about to join the others on Blu-ray, it's going to be entirely possible, and extremely tempting, to sit down and watch the character's entire journey in a single session. Well, I say 'extremely tempting' - I actually mean completely inevitable.
I met up with Serkis to discuss the release of War For The Planet Of The Apes, and thought we could use the session to track his performance of Caesar across an entire lifetime. I was also interested in some under-discussed potential and practices of performance capture. Here's how our conversation went. Strictly speaking, there are spoilers ahead.
Now we're at the end of a trilogy, »
Black Friday Lego deals: Get 20% off Star Wars, Ninjago, Marvel and more in the Brick Friday event
23 November 2017 6:54 AM, PST
Alphr Nov 23, 2017
The deals have been divided into days, with the first deals going live today
If you’ve got kids, or even adults who are young at heart, there is no better gift than Lego.
From Star Wars to DC Comics, Marvel and even Frozen, there’s likely to be a set to suit anyones tastes and hobbies, and for five days, starting today, many of these sets are available directly from Lego with at least 20% off in what is being called Lego's Brick Friday and Cyber Monday event.
The deals have been divided into days, with the first deals going live today. As a result, the 20% won’t show on the Rrp until the day that particular deal goes live - and the deals run for that day only where listed. Some sets will then be available for the full five days, and others will have more than 20% off. »
Amazon Black Friday deals: Today's TV, PS4, Xbox, Bond and Lightning deals
23 November 2017 4:37 AM, PST
Elizabeth Donoghue Nov 24, 2017
Great deals on TVs, consoles and Bond
Black Friday is here! Whether you love it or loathe it, there are some pretty excellent deals happening today that we have kindly rounded up for your perusal/purchase. So why not
From 13.50 today you can get the Logan 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD for £13.88! It was £33.99 so that's a discount of 59%, wowzers.
Binge watch Sunnydale's finest as Buffy the Vampire Slayer Complete Seasons 1-7 DVDs are £24.10 - they were £ 149.99 so you're saving a massive 84%. Better be quick!
The Nintendo Switch Grey: with Mario Rabbids Was £ 375.00 Now £ 279.99.
The It Crowd - Complete Series 1-4 on DVD was £ 39.99 and is Now £10.90.
The Merc with a Mouth is available to take home as Deadpool 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Uv Copy is now just £14.53, it was £33.99.
PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox deals
Get your hands on an Oculus Rift + Touch »
The Bridge: final series to air on BBC Two in 2018
23 November 2017 2:05 AM, PST
Kirsten Howard Nov 23, 2017
The Beeb have secured the fourth and final series of The Bridge, it was announced today.
The smash hit Scandi drama will be moving to BBC Two in 2018 for one last showdown of Saga Norén and her leather trousers vs. the world.
Sofia Helin and Thure Lindhart will both reprise their roles as Saga and Henrik "in a heart-stopping concluding case that tests their very special relationship to its limits both professionally and personally" and our hearts are already pounding with the unbearable tension of it all.
"It is obviously very sad to say goodbye to Saga after four incredible seasons, but our talented writers, »
Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys coming to BBC Radio 4
23 November 2017 12:31 AM, PST
Louisa Mellor Nov 23, 2017
Like satsumas and hangovers, the annual BBC Radio 4 Neil Gaiman drama has established itself as an essential festive tradition. Following its 2013 Neverwhere dramatisation, Radio 4 brought us Good Omens, Stardust, and How The Marquis Got His Coat Back, as well as featuring The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains as a book of the week, all at Christmastime.
This year’s Xmas radio drama will be Anansi Boys, adapted from Neil Gaiman’s 2005 novel. It’s the story of two estranged brothers, gods, magic, African folk tales, and spiders. The first of the six episodes is due to air on December the 25th. »
New Gerry Anderson-inspired sci-fi film launches crowdfund campaign
22 November 2017 10:05 PM, PST
Nov 23, 2017
Now this looks really interesting. Matthew Teevan is a filmmaker who’s worked primarily in animation for the bulk of his career, working on films such as The Prince Of Egypt, The Book Of Life, Gnomeo & Juliet and more. But he’s now turning his attention to a project of his own, one inspired by the likes of Gerry Anderson and Derek Meddings.
He’s crowdfunding Ultraquest, a 30 minute mix of live action and visual effects. It’s an ambitious project he’s put together, and some of the pre-production artwork gives an idea of the detail he’s gone to. But he needs your help and support.
Teevan is trying to raise the £25,000 he needs to realise the film, and he’s around 10% of the way there, with a fortnight to go. »
Flight Of The Navigator: Neill Blomkamp teases possible remake
22 November 2017 9:55 PM, PST
Simon Brew Nov 23, 2017
The long-mooted remake of Flight Of The Navigator looks like it's back on...
A remake of Flight Of The Navigator, the 1986 sci-fi movie about a 12 year old boy who disappears for eight years and suddenly returns, has been on the Hollywood cards for some time.
Colin Trevorrow, director of Jurassic World, was once working on the project, but admitted back in 2015 that it’d “moved on”. But now comes the news that District 9 director Neill Blomkamp appears to be involved.
Over the last few months, Blomkamp has been taken the covers off his Oats Studios, that’s been showcasing a series of impressive short movies. But now, on his Twitter account, he’s teased that a feature is on the way too. »
Mr Robot season 3 episode 7 review: Fredrick & Tanya
22 November 2017 8:09 PM, PST
Alec Bojalad Nov 23, 2017
The Dark Army strikes back on an upsetting, excellent episode of Mr Robot. Spoilers ahead in our review...
This review contains spoilers.
3.7 Fredrick & Tanya
“They’re actually going to get away with this,” Dom whispers to herself at the end of Fredrick & Tanya.
She’s right. The Dark Army is going to get away with it. Whiterose has achieved her precious annexation of the Congo. 71 E Corp buildings have been destroyed, along with at least 4,000 people dead. Elliot and Mr Robot are defeated, their people’s revolution is torn to ribbons, each one of those ribbons picked up to be co-opted by yet another 1% puppet master. Trenton and Mobely are dead, framed for the E Corp building attacks. Angela is a time-travelling vegetable. »
Godless review: Netflix's must-watch Western
22 November 2017 6:09 PM, PST
Chris Longo Nov 23, 2017
Netflix’s new six-part series Godless is a captivating take on the Western genre. Here's our spoiler-free review...
In the gun-slinging Old West of Netflix’s new six-part series Godless, the most piercing weapon a man could wield is the empty promise of religion. Settlers and profit-seekers might believe in manifest destiny, but in a land ruled by the ruthless, prayers will go unanswered. Absent a higher power, the townsfolk of Godless live in fear of a figure who uses blunt intimidation to his advantage. And there’s no one more up for the task than Jeff Daniels, who plays a gruff, one-armed madman named Frank Griffin.
John Landis’ American Werewolf in London Sequel revealed
22 November 2017 1:09 PM, PST
David Crow Nov 23, 2017
An American Werewolf in London is one the seminal horror movies of the 1980s, if not all-time. The only lycanthrope film that’s able to stand shoulder to shoulder with The Wolf Man, this 1981 macabre masterwork married 80s sarcasm with Gothic thrills. It is also a movie that writer-director John Landis penned as a teenager about a decade before its release - and obviously had nothing to do with its belated 1997 sequel, An American Werewolf in Paris.
Still, it’s widely known that Landis pitched a version of the An American Werewolf in London sequel that was never used, and now he is opening up on what exactly that movie would have looked like. Speaking with author Paul Davis for his new book, Beware the »
Joss Whedon is still working on the Batgirl movie
22 November 2017 12:09 PM, PST
Mike Cecchini Nov 23, 2017
Last night, a rumour surfaced that Joss Whedon had been removed from writing/directing duties on the Batgirl movie, that's being planned by DC. The rationale is that there was backlash because of Justice League's disappointing box-office performance. This information is completely false, and I can confirm that Joss Whedon is not only still making the Batgirl movie, he's currently working on it.
I have spoken with individuals close to both Whedon and the project and can confirm that this information is false. Joss Whedon is currently writing the script for Batgirl and will also serve as both director and producer. As of this writing, nobody has been cast as Batgirl, but it would be cool to see Jk Simmons reprise his Justice League role as Commissioner Gordon.
The rising cost of retro gaming
22 November 2017 10:01 AM, PST
Ryan Lambie Nov 23, 2017
Collecting retro videogames is fun, but depending on what system you’re into, it’s getting increasingly expensive...
Some of videogame history’s most eye-catching stories are reliably about failed software and hardware and catastrophic sales.
One of the earliest fables in the medium’s brief history surrounded the tie-in game for E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial - a game whose supply so outstripped demand that copies of it were famously buried in the New Mexico desert. Or, to cite a more recent example, the flailing attempt to create a British console to rival the Nintendo Entertainment System - the infamous Amstrad GX4000, which sold a few thousand units and then apologetically vanished. Or Nintendo’s first, deeply weird stereoscopic experiment, the Virtual Boy, »
Peaky Blinders series 4 episode 2 review
22 November 2017 9:32 AM, PST
Louisa Mellor Nov 22, 2017
Peaky Blinders series 4 introduces yet more threats to a grieving Shelby family in a terrific plot and character-building episode…
This review contains spoilers.
Fighting in Wwi changed the Shelby men, but true to the age, they rarely talk about it. We see the legacy left by War on Tommy and Arthur, but hardly glimpse the thing itself. We’re shown the bonds between its survivors—Tommy’s protection of Danny Whizz-bang (to whom all this trouble with the Italians goes back) and his implicit trust of the tunnel-digging clay-kickers last series—but war stories? No.
It can’t be a coincidence then, that with the Peaky Blinders waging war between themselves, and with Tommy leading an army against the mafia, we’re finally »
The slow demise of Blu-ray 3D
22 November 2017 9:08 AM, PST
Simon Brew Nov 22, 2017
The 3D Blu-ray format is facing an uncertain future, as demand for 3D in the home falls...
If you head to your local HMV this week (should you have one), then a glimpse at the best-selling discs chart will see something that might soon become something of a rarity. For alongside the DVD and Blu-ray releases of Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3 is a Blu-ray 3D version. Interestingly, Disney has opted not to mirror the Us and release an Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray edition, but to stick with 3D as its premium format for the release.
But Disney is proving to be something of an exception to the rule. Whilst 3D continues to battle on in cinemas, with sufficient support still in the pipeline from enough blockbuster movies to justify premium priced screenings, it’s been a different story in the home. Reflecting the fact that more »
Review embargoes: what are they, and do they help?
22 November 2017 6:58 AM, PST
Simon Brew Nov 23, 2017
You may have read about review embargoes on big movies. But what are they, and how do they actually work?
If you’re social media inclined, then you may see ahead of the release of big movies a conversation going on as to when the ‘review embargo’ is going to drop. Furthermore, the timing of a review embargo then has a habit of being translated into an audit of how confident a studio is of a particular production.
But built into this is an inherent assumption about what embargoes are, and what they’re for. Appreciating, therefore, that many of you will know lots of this already, I did think it was worth mapping out the ins and outs of the embargo, and just who it’s for. Because it’s one of those things where one size doesn’t really fit all.
A review embargo is, »
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