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The Bridge: final series to air on BBC Two in 2018

2 hours ago

Kirsten Howard Nov 23, 2017

BBC Four's highest rated drama, The Bridge, will move to BBC Two next year for its fourth and final series...

The Beeb have secured the fourth and final series of The Bridge, it was announced today. 

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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, Hans and Camilla have an extraordinary end in store for viewers," remarked Bridge creator Anders Landstrom. »

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Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys coming to BBC Radio 4

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Louisa Mellor Nov 23, 2017

Lenny Henry stars in the voice cast for this year's 6-part Christmas BBC Radio 4 Neil Gaiman drama, Anansi Boys

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.

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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.

Dirk Maggs has adapted the dramatisation, with Allegra Mcilroy producing a cast that boasts excellent geek credentials. »

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New Gerry Anderson-inspired sci-fi film launches crowdfund campaign

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Nov 23, 2017

Inspired by Gerry Anderson, Derek Meddings and Irwin Allen comes Ultraquest. And here's how you can help get it going...

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. »

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Flight Of The Navigator: Neill Blomkamp teases possible remake

7 hours ago

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.

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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. And, well, see for yourself…

So for clarity on @oatsstudios shorts, people are asking for part 2's of certain films, »

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Mr Robot season 3 episode 7 review: Fredrick & Tanya

8 hours ago

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.

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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. It’s all over.

Even Philip Price, who until this episode we would have delighted in seeing defeated, »

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Godless review: Netflix's must-watch Western

10 hours ago

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.

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The series comes from Scott Frank, who co-wrote Logan, and follows outlaw Frank Griffin as he tracks another outlaw named Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell), a former member of his pack, who »

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John Landis’ American Werewolf in London Sequel revealed

15 hours ago

David Crow Nov 23, 2017

John Landis revealed his original plans for the An American Werewolf in London sequel, which included the entire original cast coming back.

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 »

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Joss Whedon is still working on the Batgirl movie

16 hours ago

Mike Cecchini Nov 23, 2017

The Dceu is alive and well, and Joss Whedon is still writing and directing the Batgirl movie.

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.

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The rising cost of retro gaming

18 hours ago

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.

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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, which was continued after less than one year and widespread reports of nagging headaches.

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Peaky Blinders series 4 episode 2 review

19 hours ago

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.

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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 taken back to hear a tale about what happened to the boys in France.

Tommy’s »

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Review embargoes: what are they, and do they help?

21 hours ago

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.

The basics

A review embargo is, »

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Best Black Friday Star Wars deals

22 hours ago

Alphr Nov 22, 2017

More deals than you can shake an ewok at

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away there was no such thing as Black Friday. I mean, the Rebel Alliance had their hands full trying to overthrow the Galactic Empire and weren’t ideally placed to assess whether saving 30% on toothbrushes was a good deal or if they’d just got deal blindness in a fit of bargain-induced madness. Not even considering that toothbrushes have yet to be introduced into the full Star Wars universe, given only certain aliens seem to have teeth.

Where was I? Oh yeah, Star Wars deals. Black Friday may not exist on Tatooine or Dagobah, but it is here on Earth. Here are the best Star Wars Black Friday bargains:

Assorted Propel Battle Drones (was £199.99, now £119.99)

Jon loved Propel’s Star Wars drones when he reviewed them back in September, but there was one little problem. »

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Doctor Who: free Christmas Special previews in the North

23 hours ago

Louisa Mellor Nov 23, 2017

BBC North is putting on free Doctor Who Christmas Special preview screenings for fans. Apply for tickets here…

Lots of planets have a north, and ours (specifically the north of the UK) is about to get a treat. No, it’s not all about London this festive season.

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BBC North is giving viewers in Hartlepool, York, Hull, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Salford, Durham and Bradford the chance to see the Doctor Who Xmas Special, Twice Upon A Christmas, over a week before it goes out on December the 25th.

According to the official press bumf, the last few moments of the Christmas Who episode won’t be shown at the public screenings but will be “kept as a surprise until the BBC One broadcast on Christmas Day.”

There will, however, be an opportunity for attendees to pose for posh photos “on »

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Best Friend From Heaven: dogs, weddings - a perfect trailer

23 hours ago

Ryan Lambie Nov 22, 2017

Can the spirit of a dog force its former master to get married? Here's an astounding trailer for Best Friend From Heaven...

There's far too much cynicism in the world these days. So thank goodness, then, for wholesome films like Best Friend From Heaven - the forthcoming romantic comedy about a woman, her dead dog, and its ghost's attempts to get her hitched.

Wait, what?

We'll let the official synopsis explain:

When a tragic accident takes the life of her dog, Tara is forced to cancel her wedding. With a little help from above, their small town rallies together to make sure these two are able to have the wedding of their dreams.

Yes, it's heart-warming stuff, alright, at least once you get past the bit where the dog's tragically flattened by a car while chasing a squirrel. Once the canine's up in heaven, it's laughs all the way down, »

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The Punisher episode 7 review & nerdy spots: Crosshairs

22 November 2017 4:42 AM, PST

James Hunt Nov 23, 2017

The Punisher gets bleak in episode seven, Crosshairs. Spoilers ahead in our review...

The standalone Marvel-Netflix Punisher show has finally dropped, and once again we’re doing daily write ups of every episode, highlighting the influences, in-jokes, reference points and Easter eggs we spotted, as well as a few thoughts on the show itself.

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As usual, feel free to discuss whether you’re watching along or you’ve seen it all, but please don’t spoil future episodes for anyone in the comments.

This review contains spoilers.

Hey, that was a good ending. I did wonder if Frank was going to easily take out Agent Orange and be left with a five-episode coda where he takes on some even Bigger bad guy, but it turns out: not so much. Whatever happens next, I suspect Frank’s not going to »

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Peaky Blinders series 4: Tommy has “atrophied emotionally”

22 November 2017 3:33 AM, PST

Louisa Mellor Nov 22, 2017

Isolated, ageing and without the one person he trusts most, Tommy Shelby isn't in a good way in series 4, says Cillian Murphy...

Warning: contains spoilers for Peaky Blinders series 4 episode 1.

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“Tommy packs things away,” says Cillian Murphy. “He’s a really, really complicated man emotionally and he doesn’t deal with stuff.”

“He doesn’t spend money on therapy, that’s for sure. He packs everything away so then it comes out how it shouldn’t come out, or he just drinks a lot of whisky. He self-medicates. He doesn’t really emotionally process things properly.”

Losing Grace in series three put Tommy’s emotional development in reverse, says Murphy at the series four press launch. “Any progress he’d made emotionally through being married and through her, he’s gone back. Whatever opening up or defrosting of his »

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The Punisher episode 6 review & nerdy spots: The Judas Goat

22 November 2017 12:30 AM, PST

James Hunt Nov 22, 2017

The Punisher's supporting cast come to the fore in the latest episode, The Judas Goat. Spoilers ahead in our review...

The standalone Marvel-Netflix Punisher show has finally dropped, and once again we’re doing daily write ups of every episode, highlighting the influences, in-jokes, reference points and Easter eggs we spotted, as well as a few thoughts on the show itself.

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As usual feel free to discuss whether you’re watching along or you’ve seen it all, but please don’t spoil future episodes for anyone in the comments.

This review contains spoilers.

Ah yes, it’s the customary episode of the Marvel-Netflix show where one of the leads spends some time unconscious on a table while the supporting cast perform radical surgery. There’s a rumour that Netflix have algorithms that help people write shows based on what’s popular, »

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Ingrid Goes West review

22 November 2017 12:24 AM, PST

Audrey Plaza headlines Ingrid Goes West, that's in UK cinemas now. Here's our review...

There's a clever bit of storytelling early on in Ingrid Goes West, an Instagram social satire, in which Aubrey Plaza's Ingrid Thorburn double taps images on her feed to like them. We're shown this just once, but the act of her staring blankly at her screen and emotionlessly giving the heart to everything she sees goes on for the duration, less like an addiction and more like muscle memory. That incessant tap tap sound effect is the scary heartbeat underlying this dark comedy.

Right after that first time though, she gets out of her car, tearfully gatecrashes a wedding reception and pepper sprays the bride for not inviting her. It transpires that they're not even real life friends, and somewhere in Ingrid's grief over the recent loss of her mother, she's started to invest more »

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Avatar 2: James Cameron on the tech challenge facing the film

21 November 2017 10:09 PM, PST

Simon Brew Nov 22, 2017

James Cameron has been chatting about the technical problems of shooting Avatar 2's underwater sequences...

Production is finally underway on James Cameron’s quartet of Avatar sequels, that are set to keep him busy for the next seven to eight years. For some time it’s been known that Avatar 2 in particular would explore the underwater side of the planet Pandora. And Cameron, in a new interview, has opened up about just what technical problems that’s presented when doing motion capture work underwater.

“It’s never been done before”, he confirmed to Collider, “and it’s very tricky because our motion capture system, like most motion capture systems, is what they call optical base, meaning that it uses markers that are photographed with hundreds of cameras”.

He added that “the problem with water is not the underwater part, but the interface between the air and the water, »

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Justice League 2, and possible ways forward

21 November 2017 10:09 PM, PST

Mike Cecchini Nov 23, 2017

Justice League 2 might take some time to get off the ground, but we outline some possible scenarios that could help.

The box office numbers on Justice League are in, and the prognosis isn't good. Not only did what should have been the crown jewel in the Dceu fail to crack $100 million in its opening weekend in America, its final numbers may see it losing between $50 and $100 million for Warner Bros, according to some reports. But just because Justice League is off to a rocky start, it is far from the end of the Dceu.

It's going to be a difficult road, though. We're likely to lose Ben Affleck as Batman sooner than later, and with nothing else on the Dceu calendar for him at the moment, we may have seen the last of Henry Cavill's Superman, too (although we're holding out hope he does at least one more, »

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