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Short Film Review – Idira

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Idira, 2017.

Written and Directed by Leila Bartell.

Starring Cheryl Whitney, Pinakin I. Barot, and Daniel Ryves.

At Flickering Myth we’ve never been averse to showcasing new talent and often of course, fledgling film-makers cut their teeth in short films. Last week at the Curzon in Victoria, a new short was premièred, called Idira. Written and directed by model/actress, Leila Bartell, the film is a timely tale which tells the story of a young girl being kept as a slave.

On the surface, through ignorant eyes, one might say the notion of a young woman kept against her will as a live-in servant in modern day England, sounds far fetched. The sad reality of course, is that it is all too real a scenario. Idira is the tale of a slave (Cheryl Whitney), whose only escape is in recalling her happier times before being trapped in a life of subservience. »

- Tom Jolliffe

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The Fantasticast #257 – Marvel Two-in-One #29 – Two Against Hydra

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Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

Bruce Forsyth is… The Master of Kung-Fu!

Hello, and welcome to episode 257 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

Groetjes uit Nederland! And I totally had to Google Translate that… Yes, the Big Move ™ is over, and Steve is ensconced in a small town in the south of The Netherlands, with only a few issues of Marvel Two-in-One for company. Luckily, one of these is Marvel Two-in-One #29, in which Shang-Chi and The Thing team up to beat up Hydra agents beneath the streets of London. »

- Gary Collinson

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Sally Potter’s The Party gets a Us poster and trailer

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A Us poster and trailer have arrived online for Sally Potter’s dark comedy The Party which stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, and Timothy Spall; take a look below…

In Sally Potter’s new dark comedy The Party, Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is hosting an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension, while her husband, Bill (Timothy Spall), seems preoccupied. Janet’s acerbic best friend, April (Patricia Clarkson) arrives and others follow, some with their own dramatic news to share, but an announcement by Bill provokes a series of revelations that gradually unravel the sophisticated soiree, and a night that began with champagne may end with gunplay.

The Party is set for release on February 16th in the States. »

- Amie Cranswick

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ThinkGeek’s Transformers G1 Ultra Magnus available now

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Think Geek has announced the release of its exclusive Transformers G1 Ultra Magnus figure. The collectible is limited to 500 pieces and is available to buy now, priced at $389.99; take a look at the official promotional images here…

Magnus will never admit it, but he is a strong and dependable ally. He has garnered respect on both sides of the battlefield and is truly a force to be reckoned with all the while believing he is nothing but a simple soldier. That being said, he does recognize he’s an above average fighter and is more than willing to throw himself at multiple enemies. He’s the Autobot that can be blown up and keep on trucking. Literally. Because he’s a truck.

Take home one of the Autobots’ most courageous fighters, Ultra Magnus. He is fully poseable with almost 60 points of articulation and comes with Led illuminating features. He stands »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘The Negative Zone War’ beings in X-Men: Gold #16, check out a preview here

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The new story arc ‘The Negative Zone War’ kicks off this Wednesday in X-Men Gold #16, and you can take a look at a preview of the issue here courtesy of Marvel Comics

The Dartayus Odyssey Part 1! Invaders from deep within The Negative Zone have come to reclaim one of their own… And they’re taking one of The X-men with them!

X-Men: Gold #16 is out on November 22nd, priced $3.99. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Viz Media launching Splatoon manga series

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Viz Media has announced that it is expanding its catalog of manga titles based on popular Nintendo video game properties with the launch of Splatoon this December from creator Sankichi Hinodeya.

In Splatoon, the Turf Wars have started in Inkopolis, and the team that inks the most ground will be crowned the winner! Goggles and Team Blue are ranked lower than their competitors. But with some teamwork and a touch of creativity, they might just leave their mark!

“The Splatoon manga is super fun and expands the video game’s wacky world and storyline into a series that readers of all ages can enjoy,” says Joel Enos, Editor. “Whether you’ve played the Splatoon games or are new to the series, you can can join the adventure in Inkopolis this December!”

Splatoon will be published on a quarterly basis beginning December 12th. »

- Gary Collinson

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Octorock: The Zelda Metal Ep pays tribute to Legend of Zelda

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For a true fan of any franchise it is about more than just playing every game, it’s about admiring the artwork, a devotion to the characters and a love for the soundtracks and tributes.  With that said, fans of The Legend of Zelda series will be excited to hear that Seattle-based videogame music publisher, Materia Collective, have released Octorock: The Zelda Metal Ep, a collection of music from several Zelda games by arranger and guitarist Joel Kent.

Octorock: The Zelda Metal Ep features arrangements from Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Wind Waker, and Skyward Sword and captures some of the greatest moments from those games with excellent guitar riffs and shredding.

The track list for Octorock: The Zelda Metal Ep is:

01. The Lost Woods (Ocarina of Time)

02. Dragon Roost Island (Wind Waker)

03. Stone Tower (Majora’s Mask)

04. Ballad of the Sky Goddess (Skyward Sword)

“I’ve been a »

- Andrew Newton

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The First Doctor meets The Twelfth Doctor in sneak peek at the Doctor Who Christmas Special ‘Twice Upon a Time’

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With a little over a month to go until the Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Special airs, BBC has released a sneak peek preview of ‘Twice Upon a Time’ which sees the First Doctor (David Bradley) entering the Twelfth Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) Tardis along with Mark Gatiss’ The Captain; take a look below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for the Doctor Who Christmas Special – ‘Twice Upon a Time

“Two Doctors stranded in a forbidding snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. And a British army captain seemingly destined to die in the First World War, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor’s story. This is the magical last chapter in the Twelfth Doctor’s epic adventure. He must face his past to decide his future. And the Doctor will realise the resilience of humanity, discovering hope in his darkest frozen moment. It’s the end of an era. »

- Amie Cranswick

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New posters for Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World

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With reshoots currently underway in order to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer, Sony has released two new posters for director Ridley Scott’s upcoming drama All the Money in the World, spotlighting its revamp cast; take a look at the posters here…

See Also: Let’s Not Kid Ourselves Why Kevin Spacey Has Been Cut From Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World

All The Money In The World follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom.

When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals »

- Amie Cranswick

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Disney unveils a new poster and teaser for A Wrinkle in Time

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With a new trailer set to debut this Sunday at the Ama’s, Disney has released a new trailer for Ava DuVernay’s upcoming fantasy A Wrinkle in Time; take a look below…

“Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.”

Update: And here’s a new teaser trailer…

All-new! You heard the lady! Be a warrior! Happy Friday! pic.twitter.com/GXKFHEA2pR

Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 17, 2017

A Wrinkle in Time is set for release on April 6th, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi TV spot features new dialogue between Rey and Luke

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We’re less than a month away from the hugely-anticipated release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and today has brought us an extended TV spot for the film, which features some new dialogue between Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker and Daisy Ridley’s Rey, including a reference to Luke’s failure training Ben Solo, a.k.a. Kylo Ren. Check it out here…

See Also: Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Oscar Isaac stresses that Poe Dameron is not the next Han Solo

See Also: New illustrated poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set for release on December 14th in the UK »

- Gary Collinson

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Viz Media releasing Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke Picture Books

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Viz Media has announced that it is set to release two new Studio Ghibli Picture Books this December, capture the magic of the legendary studio’s animated films Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke with easy-to-read text and full-color pictures taken direct from the films, presented in a family-friendly oversized hardcover format.

The legends were true! Somewhere high in the clouds, human beings have again set foot on the floating island of Laputa, for centuries a peaceful, parklike ruin, tended only by its silent, faithful robots. But just behind Pazu and Sheeta are soldiers from the aerial dreadnought Goliath—who have captured Dola and her pirate crew, and are now looting the gold and jewels of the Castle in the Sky for themselves! But the man who guided them there, Muska, has his eyes on power, not money—and he alone knows how to activate the castle’s ancient »

- Gary Collinson

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Kenneth Branagh discusses the pressure on the first Thor movie

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Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok has come in for heaps of praise for its change in direction, taking the Thor franchise fully into the realm of cosmic comedy. However, it’s easy to forget now that, at the time of its release, the first Thor movie also marked a huge tonal shift for the fledgling Marvel Cinematic Universe, introducing cosmic elements after the Earth-based adventures of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.

During an interview with Uproxx to promote his latest film Murder on the Orient Express, Thor director Kenneth Branagh spoke about the pressure on the first movie:

“Remember, there were only two pictures in the Marvel Universe. Iron Man, genius, the first one. Hulk hadn’t worked as they’d hoped. And then number three, it was sink or swim before Captain America and then suddenly, oh, it was fine after that. No question that Kevin Feige used to say to me, »

- Gary Collinson

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon both auditioned for Robin in Tim Burton’s Batman

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Last year, Ben Affleck donned the cape and cowl as the DC Extended Universe’s incarnation of The Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, reprising the role for Suicide Squad and this weekend’s big release Justice League.

However, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel, Affleck has revealed that he could have made his DC debut almost thirty years prior, with both he and his pal Matt Damon having auditioned for the role of Robin the Boy Wonder in 1989’s Batman from director Tim Burton. Here’s Affleck talking about their auditions…

The character of Robin was ultimately deleted from the script, with Marlon Wayans signing on for the role in Batman Returns, only for the part to be cut once again. Chris O’Donnell eventually portrayed Dick Grayson alongside Val Kilmer in Batman Forever, and returned opposite George Clooney in Batman & Robin.

See Also: Matt Reeves reportedly eyeing »

- Gary Collinson

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Stephen Amell on Arrow name-dropping Bruce Wayne

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Last month, The CW got tongues wagging about a possible Batman appearance in the Arrowverse when Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen name-dropped Bruce Wayne in an episode of Arrow, and now the actor has revealed how it was his idea to make reference to Oliver’s fellow billionaire vigilante, as well as discussing how he got the go-ahead from the top brass at Warner Bros. and DC.

“The original version of the script, which came out just before Comic-Con, was just Oliver referencing a famous name,” states Amell. “I can’t even remember what the placeholder was; I think it might have been Justin Bieber. And I looked at it and thought to myself, ‘This a cool opportunity.’ I talked to Greg Berlanti about it, and Greg said ‘I think it would behoove you to go straight to Geoff Johns and just simply ask. You’ll have better luck than »

- Gary Collinson

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The Incredibles 2 trailer will be released on Saturday

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In news that will excite plenty of people, Disney-Pixar will be releasing the trailer for The Incredibles 2 tomorrow, Saturday, November 18th.

Disney made the announcement via Twitter with a short video. Disney doesn’t say what time exactly the trailer will be dropping, but it will premier during Espn’s coverage of College Gameday tomorrow, much like the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Check out the teaser here…

Tomorrow. Espn @CollegeGameDay. pic.twitter.com/AdNYukEqR0

Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) November 17, 2017

Story details have been scarce, but the sequel will centre around Elastigirl, once again played by Holly Hunter, and will reportedly pick up right from the ending of 2004’s The Incredibles. The film will feature the return of Craig T. Nelson as Mr. Incredible as well as Samuel L. Jackson as their faithful friend Frozone and Sarah Vowell as their daughter Violet. Meanwhile, Huck Milner will portray their son Dash, »

- Ricky Church

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Music Puzzle available free on Android and iOS

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Video game studio Tagwizz has announced the release of Music Puzzle, a free music-based game for Android and iOS which challenges players  to rebuild musical tracks from various parts with voices and various instruments: guitars, drums, keyboards, and even unusual ones such as congas and the tambourine.

Different game modes and challenges will provide hours of gameplay with iconic songs. The first songs available for the release are:

James Blunt – You’re Beautiful – 15 puzzles – Difficulty: Intermediate Starsailor – Four to the Floor – 14 puzzles – Difficulty: Intermediate The Pointer Sisters – I’m So Excited – 15 puzzles – Difficulty: Intermediate

Take a look at the trailer here…

Music Puzzle is available now from the App Store and Google Play. »

- Gary Collinson

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Sony wins race for Quentin Tarantino’s Manson Family film, working title revealed

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Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures has won the hotly contested race to finance and distribute Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Manson Family film, for which the working title has now been revealed as #9.

Beyond the announcement and the temp title, which presumably refers to the fact that it’s the director’s ninth film (and, potentially, Manson’s fascination with Chapter 9 of the Book of Revelation and the ‘Revolution 9′ track from The Beatles’ White Album?), little else has been unveiled.

#9 will be an ensemble piece, with Tarantino having had conversations with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Tom Cruise, as well as his well publicised desire to have Margot Robbie play the role of Sharon Tate.

Focusing on the infamous Hollywood hills murders, #9 will reportedly “explore the tragedy and cultural phenomenon of Manson, his followers and the famous victims of their cult violence.”

See Also: Tom Cruise In Talks For Tarantino »

- Matt Rodgers

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Preview of WWE #11

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WWE #11 is out this coming Wednesday, and we have a preview of the issue for you here courtesy of Boom! Studios; check it out…

See Also: Comic Book Review- WWE Survivor Series Special #1

Roman Reigns battles the Wyatt Family and only one is left standing—but what do Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have to say about it?

WWE #11 is out on November 22nd, priced $3.99. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Warner Bros. reportedly concerned that Justice League could open lower than Thor: Ragnarok

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The sixth and final superhero movie of 2017 hit cinemas today, as Warner Bros. assembles its greatest heroes for the DC team-up movie Justice League.

It’s the second superhero movie we’ve had in recent weeks after Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, and according to THR, executives at Warner Bros. are apparently sweating over Justice League’s opening weekend, being concerned that it may fail to outperform its Marvel rival.

“If a B character from Marvel shut downs and outperforms the A team from DC, that’s an embarrassment,” the trade quotes an insider at the studio. “It’s going to be a stressful weekend for some [Warners] execs.”

See Also: Read our reviews of Justice League here and here.

Thor: Ragnarok opened to $122.7 million domestically, while Justice League is said to be tracking between $110 million and $120 million – although as we’ve seen on numerous occasions, tracking is often wide of the mark. »

- Gary Collinson

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