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Wormwood: first trailer for new Netflix thriller

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Alec Bojalad Kirsten Howard Dec 10, 2017

Wormwood, a 6-part true crime thriller with some documentary elements, has received an intriguing first look..

In the 'reality is stranger than fiction' files, no story may be more surreal and unbelievable than the CIA's Mk-ultra experiments. 

The American government's effort into LSD, mind control and many other nefarious, arguably supernatural endeavors has made a good backdrop for many a science fiction story. Now, with the help of Netflix's massive true crime industrial complex, the real story of Mk-ultra will be in the spotlight. 

Wormwood is a six-part true crime series about the death of a CIA employee Dr. Frank Olson. The series will explore the causes of Olson's mysterious death by blending fact and fiction and combining documentary elements with a scripted narrative, starring Peter Sarsgaard.

The first official trailer for the show gives us an idea of just what that will look like. »

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Welcome To Night Vale TV series on the way

9 December 2017 10:10 AM, PST

Alec Bojalad Dec 10, 2017

FX will be bringing popular horror podcast Welcome To Night Vale to the small screen...

Podcasts have taken another step towards rightful world domination, as FX has announced it's struck a deal to develop the popular Welcome To Night Vale podcast as a TV series. 

Sony Pictures Television wlll produce the show for FX and Gennifer Hutchison (producer on Better Call Saul) will be brought in to shepherd the podcast to television.

It won't be an easy task as Welcome To Night Vale is one of the more delightfully unfilmable podcasts in the medium.

The podcast launched in 2012 and immediately became one of the biggest and most novel hits. Ostensibly a horror show, Night Vale operates as a sort of Prairie Home Companion by way of Stephen King. Each episode is a radio broadcast hosted by the myterious Cecil, who details the mysterious goings-on in the creepy desert town of Night Vale. »

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Alita: Battle Angel - the first trailer

9 December 2017 3:17 AM, PST

Ryan Lambie Dec 9, 2017

From director Robert Rodriguez comes one of next year's big sci-fi films. Here's the first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel...

It's been a long time coming, with Alita: Battle Angel moving around on James Cameron's to-do list for what feels like decades, but finally, the sci-fi action flick is coming to cinemas courtesy of director Robert Rodriguez

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Battle Angel hails from Japan, where the successful manga spawned a 90s anime adaptation. It tells the story of a cyborg heroine, Gally, who's rescued from a scrapheap by a kindly scientist. A confused innocent in a violent cyberpunk world, Battle Angel follows the athletic heroine as she searches for the secret of her own past. »

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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle review

8 December 2017 7:14 AM, PST

The new Jumanji film is a very pleasant surprise. Here's our review...

90s nostalgia culture is upon us and, like it or not, one of the first targets of this new era is family adventure movie Jumanji. It’s a tricky one to get right even disregarding the pressure to do right by the late Robin Williams, but Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle manages to deliver two hours that are way more fun and inventive than they needed to be.

When ‘nerd’ Spencer (Alex Wolff), ‘jock’ Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), ‘princess’ Bethany (Madison Iseman) and ‘weirdo’ Martha (Morgan Turner) are all given detention, they discover an old games console in the school basement. Eager to avoid the actual job at hand (endlessly removing staples from old magazines), they turn it on to find old 90s video game, Jumanji.

Choosing their characters - Dr Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson), Moose Finbar (Kevin Hart »

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Breaking: Nice biscuits are coconut flavoured, it's revealed

8 December 2017 5:04 AM, PST

Ryan Lambie Dec 8, 2017

Those innocent-looking Nice biscuits? They contain coconut, we've learned...

Even in a year filled with startling news, this latest piece of information has left us reeling. Nice biscuits, mainstay of coffee mornings and teabreaks the world over, have coconut in them. 

The revelation comes from writer Becca Magnus, who told us, "I've just discovered that Nice biscuits are supposed to be coconut flavour, so my mind is pretty blown on the biscuit front."

Further investigation by Den Of Geek has revealed that Nice biscuits, which date back to the 19th century, do indeed contain coconut - even though it's scientifically proven that the baked product doesn't taste even remotely taste of coconut. 

According to biscuit manufacturer Huntley and Palmer's website, the typical batch of Nice biscuits contain 75 grams of coconut to 250 grams of sugar and 570 grams of plain flour. Hill Biscuits, a manufacturer of biscuits since 1855, states »

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Lethal Weapon 5 is “inches away” from the go-ahead

8 December 2017 12:34 AM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 8, 2017

Richard Donner is to return to direct Lethal Weapon 5, and he confirms a story is in place...

With the spin-off TV series now up to season two, you may have assumed that any chance of bringing the Lethal Weapon series back to the big screen was now gone. But in a new podcast interview with director Richard Donner, he’s revealed that not only is Lethal Weapon 5 an active project, but “as of right now, we are inches away from getting the go-ahead”.

Donner was a guest on the Spocklight Star Trek podcast, and the conversation drifted, around the 41 minute mark, to a possible Lethal Weapon 5. Which is when Donner dropped his story.

“It’s a story I came up with with Channing Gibson, the writer who wrote 4, and I’m just having to work it out with the studio. If everybody steps up and we all get together, »

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Arrow season 6 episode 9 review: Irreconcilable Differences

7 December 2017 11:10 PM, PST

Delia Harrington Dec 8, 2017

Oliver is his own worst enemy in the mid-season finale of Arrow. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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6.9 Irreconcilable Differences

Oliver is his own worst enemy (and Felicity doesn't help) in the mid-season finale of Arrow. This episode follows an unusual pattern for one containing a wedding - it's dispensed with early on so that the real business of the episode can get underway, rather than being the moment of celebration and reflection at the end.

The wedding is mostly useful for allowing characters to point out how weird it was for Ollie and Felicity to get married in the way they did, and for the CW to display how little it understands about weddings. »

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Why 2017 was the year of Stephen King on screen

7 December 2017 10:50 PM, PST

Ryan Lambie Dec 8, 2017

As The Dark Tower heads to disc, we take a look back at a screen year that's been big for Stephen King adaptations...

In the late 60s and early 1970s, a new generation of horror storytellers brought the genre out of the past and into the troubled, turbulent present. In cinemas, such directors as George A Romero, Tobe Hooper and David Cronenberg ushered in a new age of modern, fleshier horror, where the images were disturbing and the capes and castles of old Dracula and Frankenstein movies were entirely absent.

Over in the literary world, such writers as Ira Levin (Rosemary's Baby) and William Peter Batty (The Exorcist) were injecting creating a similarly seismic impact, sparking a pulp horror boom that would last until well into the 1980s. Few authors, however, have enjoyed the fame or the sheer longevity of Stephen King. Still in his 20s when his first novel, »

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix – new details and first images

7 December 2017 10:39 PM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 8, 2017

The first details and pictures have landed for X-Men: Dark Phoenix...

20th Century Fox has begun to take the wraps off its third of three X-Men movies that it currently has on its 2018 release slate. The film in question is X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is being directed by long-time X-Men producer and scribe, Simon Kinberg.

It promises something of a sea change for the comic book franchise that continually reinvents itself, with the series set to go into space in the new movie. Sophie Turner is playing Jean Grey, who will play a pivotal part in the film. Also in the cast are returnees James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tye Sheridan and Alexandra Shipp.

The big new addition to the cast is Jessica Chastain, who will be playing a thus-far unnamed shapeshifter in the movie. And Entertainment Weekly has now premiered a host of »

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Justice League disappointment leading to DC movie shake-up

7 December 2017 10:35 PM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 8, 2017

Behind the scenes changes are coming following the release of Justice League...

Warner Bros continues to lick its wounds over the well-below-expected critical and commercial performance of its big blockbuster hope, Justice League. And the film’s performance is now having ramifications for studio personnel.

Jon Berg, who has been heading up the comic book movie production division at Warner Bros, is set to leave his job to instead work on other Warner Bros projects. Berg had asked to move on from the post to become a hands-on producer, and that request has been granted.

Warner Bros is also now believed to be considering bringing its comic book movie slate under the stewardship of the main studio team, rather than a separate DC division. However, Variety reports that it’s looking for a new person to run its DC films. Geoff Johns is set to continue as »

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The Batman: Matt Reeves reportedly wanting to recast the Dark Knight

7 December 2017 10:32 PM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 8, 2017

A new report suggests that director Matt Reeves wants a new Batman for his upcoming standalone film...

Ben Affleck has given a series of vague-ish answers to questions surrounding his commitment to the future of playing Batman on the big screen. And the reason why may be becoming more apparent.

Affleck is said to have a five-film contract to portray Bruce Wayne/Batman, and Variety reports that it’s expected he’ll make at least one more appearance. He’s expected to appear in the standalone The Flash movie. But according to Variety’s sources, the director of the upcoming standalone Batman movie – Matt Reeves – “is said to want to cast the role with fresh talent”.

Reeves hasn’t said this himself, it’s important to note, but it does tie to the ongoing narrative that Affleck is looking to exit the Batman role in the near future. »

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Star Trek: Quentin Tarantino pushing for R-rated movie

7 December 2017 10:27 PM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 8, 2017

Quentin Tarantino is looking to direct a Star Trek film now - on condition it has an R-rating...

Things are moving fast in the world of Star Trek movies again, ever since news broke that Quentin Tarantino had pitched a Trek film idea to Jj Abrams. Abrams liked it, Paramount seems to like it, and Tarantino has now presented it to a writers’ room of scribes, and they seem to like it too.

The room was said to include Mark L Smith, Drew Pearce and Lindsey Beer, with the view of one of them landing the job of turning Tarantino’s idea into a screenplay. Deadline reports that Smith, who penned The Revenant, is the running favourite at the moment.

Furthermore, it’s revealed that Tarantino is insisting that the eventual film carry an R rating, a condition that both Paramount Pictures and Jj Abrams have ceded to. »

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Gotham season 4 episode 11 review: Queen Takes Knight

7 December 2017 9:10 PM, PST

Marc Buxton Dec 8, 2017

There's a major casuality in the war between the Falcones and the Penguin in Gotham's satisfying midseason finale. Spoilers...

This review contains spoilers.

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4.11 Queen Takes Knight

Ever since Gotham began a few years ago, the Penguin has really been the centrepiece of the drama. Gotham has always been rather chaotic with many diverse storylines competing for plot time, some good, some the opposite of good (I’m looking at you Theo Galvan arc). With all that said, anything involving the Penguin usually equals quality or at least a damn good time, and this week’s winter finale of Gotham was no different.

This week, Gotham features the conclusion of the gang war between Sofia Falcone and Oswald Cobblepot. »

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Supernatural season 13 episode 9 review: The Bad Place

7 December 2017 8:10 PM, PST

Bridget Lamonica Dec 8, 2017

The midseason finale of Supernatural ends at a perfect, cinematic moment that had us on the edge of our seats! Spoilers...

This review contains spoilers.

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13.9 The Bad Place

It’s the mid-season finale, and Supernatural did not hold anything back.

This was a great way to go into a long break—with fans wanting more. Not only did we finally reunite Jack and the Winchesters, but the episode simply had beautiful cinematography. A lot of care was put into the visuals of this episode, so I’m going to share what I noticed.

How do you keep a fresh visual style in a long-running show? You mix it up. In this episode, we saw »

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Revisiting A Matter Of Life And Death

7 December 2017 12:53 PM, PST

Rachel Meaden Dec 8, 2017

It’s 71 years old and considered one of the best British films ever made. Rachel takes a look at the wonderful A Matter Of Life And Death.

This article contains spoilers for A Matter Of Life And Death

It never made sense to me that they changed the title of A Matter Of Life And Death for American cinemas (it was thought that Us audiences wouldn’t go and see a film with the word ‘death’ in the title); Stairway To Heaven feels wrong for a couple of reasons. Not to be pedantic but technically it’s an escalator, also it’s never explicitly referred to as 'Heaven' in the movie. But mainly, it's far too imposing a title. Part of the film does explore the afterlife (and it doesn't get much more imposing than that...), but what's so brilliant about A Matter Of Life And Death »

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Dying Light is getting a Battle Royale mode

7 December 2017 12:10 PM, PST

Matthew Byrd Dec 8, 2017

Zombie action opus Dying Light is getting in on the Battle Royale action - full details here...

Zombie game Dying Light will be the next title to incorporate a Battle Royale mode. 

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Next year, developer Techland will release a Dying Light expansion called Bad Blood that will add a brand-new PvP mode to the game. The studio stated that this mode was designed to address numerous requests they received from fans regarding a new way to enjoy Dying Light's PvP elements. 

Their response will come in the form of what they describe as a nod to the "recent popularity of the Battle Royale genre among the survival horror fans." Unlike other popular PvP modes, »

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Tomb Raider: Square Enix announces next game in the series

7 December 2017 12:10 PM, PST

Matthew Byrd Dec 8, 2017

Lara Croft will return...eventually, as Square Enix announces the next Tomb Raider game...

Square Enix has confirmed they are developing the next game in the Tomb Raider franchise. 

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"A new Tomb Raider game is coming," reads a brief statement on the Tomb Raider Twitter account. "Driven by our goal of putting our fans first, we want you to know that it won't be long between the official reveal and when you can play. Our journey will begin with a major event in 2018. We simply can't wait to take you on Lara Croft's defining adventure."

That message seems to indicate the next Tomb Raider title might not be quite that far off. While »

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Entebbe : first trailer for new film from Narcos director

7 December 2017 12:10 PM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 8, 2017

A historical plane hijacking serves as the inspiration for Entebbe, which stars Daniel Brühl and Rosamund Pike.

Arriving in cinemas in the spring of 2018 is Entebbe, a new film from director Jose Padilha. Padilha has most recently been directing the TV show Narcos, but is also known too for the likes of the brilliant Elite Squad, and the RoboCop reboot.

Entebbe, known as 7 Days In Entebbe in the Us, heads into cinemas in March, and boasts a cast that includes Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Ben Schnetzer, Lior Ashkenazi, and Denis Ménochet .

The plot is inspired by the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight on the way from Tel Aviv to Paris, and tells the story of the rescue mission that followed.

The first trailer for the movie – penned by ’71 writer Gregory Burke – has now landed. And it looks like this…

More on the movie as we hear it… »

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Why Annihilation going straight to Netflix matters

7 December 2017 8:10 AM, PST

Ryan Lambie Dec 8, 2017

Alex Garland’s next movie, Annihilation, will bypass cinemas altogether in the UK. A few thoughts on why that matters...

Only a few days ago, we placed Annihilation at the top of our most anticipated films of 2018 list. First, because it’s the next film from Alex Garland, the novelist and screenwriter who made a stunning feature debut with 2015’s Ex Machina - a taut, superbly-made sci-fi drama about the increasingly blurry area between human and sentient machine. Second, it’s a studio film that isn’t part of some huge multi-million dollar franchise - rather, it’s based on a Nebula-winning sci-fi novel by Jeff VanderMeer. And finally, just look at the cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac. It has the hallmarks of a smart, potentially great genre film.

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Geeks Vs Loneliness: you might not know other people’s stories

7 December 2017 2:05 AM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 8, 2017

Comparing yourself to others is all well and good - but it's not realistic...

A very warm welcome to Geeks Vs Loneliness, our spot on the site where we try and have a natter about things that may be affecting you, and/or people around you. Not everything we write is going to be of use to everyone, but our aim is that over the many articles in this series, that you find something that is of use to you. We hope so, anyway.

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This week, I want to natter about unrealistic comparisons, something that’s bubbled to the top of my head following a few independent conversations with people over the past few weeks. »

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