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Two more Guillermo del Toro projects on the way

5 hours ago

Nick Harley Dec 13, 2017

Following The Shape Of Water, Guillermo del Toro has lined up a pair of new film to add to his slate...

With The Shape of Water earning rave reviews and racking up seven Golden Globe nominations, Fox Searchlight is raring to get back into bed with director Guillermo del Toro, pushing two of his gestating projects into development, according to Variety.  

Though the sale of 20th Century Fox to Disney is looming and the future of Fox Searchlight could be up in the air, the studio is nonetheless in negotiations with Scott Cooper (Hostiles) to direct the del Toro-produced supernatural film Antlers. Apparently, the two are fans of each other and were eager to collaborate on a project.

In other del Toro news, the prolific director has laid out plans to write and direct a remake of the 1947 carnival-set thriller Nightmare Alley.

“I am delighted to continue »

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Venom: Woody Harrelson reportedly in talks to join the film

7 hours ago

Chris Longo Dec 13, 2017

Woody Harrelson could be joining Tom Hardy in the the Spider-Man spinoff, Venom...

Woody Harrelson can’t escape the blockbuster franchises. The actor is in talks with Sony about an undisclosed role in the upcoming Venom film, according to THR.

If Harrelson does sign on, he’ll join a cast that already has some major starpower in Tom Hardy, who will play the titular character in the Spider-Man spinoff, as well as Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, and Jenny Slate. Harrelson would be reuniting with director Ruben Fleischer, who helmed the 2009 hit action-comedy Zombieland, in which Harrelson starred alongside Jesse Eisenberg.  

Harrelson has been a magnet for blockbusters lately. He starred in War for the Planet of the Apes, has a role in the Han Solo Star Wars spinoff, and appeared in four Hunger Games films. Recently, he’s received praise for his turn in Oscar contender Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, »

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The Den of Geek Christmas 2017 UK TV and radio guide

7 hours ago

Louisa Mellor Dec 13, 2017

We’ve taken a highlighter to this year’s Christmas and New Year TV schedules and circled what we’ll be watching this festive season…

Amid the cosy repeats and cranberry-stuffed cookery shows on TV over the next few weeks are a few gems. There’s no Sherlock or Charlie Brooker’s TV Wipe this year, but there are plenty of treats, not least the return of The League Of Gentlemen for a three-part anniversary series and Peter Capaldi’s last hurrah in the Tardis in the Doctor Who Christmas episode.

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Over on Netflix, six new episodes of Black Mirror are coming to usher in the New Year, two days into which we welcome the return of Reece Shearsmith »

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The Dark Tower adaptation: what’s in it for the fans?

13 hours ago

Dan Cooper Dec 13, 2017

Easter eggs, nods to the broader Stephen King world and more: we look again at The Dark Tower movie...

This feature contains major spoilers for both The Dark Tower movie and novels.

There’s an old adage in the film industry that you’ve probably come across if you’ve listened to enough podcasts or watched a few interviews with those in the business, a familiar nugget of received wisdom that most filmmakers will elicit, perhaps with a contemplative shrug, or maybe whilst wearing a pained grimace of world-wearied experience: nobody sets out to make a muddled movie. In the case of the eagerly-awaited Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower, there’s no arguing that like virtually all movie projects in existence (and perhaps even more than most), the genesis of this film was undoubtedly rooted in love.

So let's examine the adaptation process so that fans »

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi review

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Cinema's biggest space saga returns with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Here's our spoiler-free review of Episode VIII...

Nb: The following assumes you've seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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One of the refrains in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, writer-director Rian Johnson's sequel to 2015's The Force Awakens, is that we have to let go of the past in order to move forward. Kylo Ren, still licking his wounds from the last movie,  says as much at least once. So too does Luke Skywalker, disillusioned and curmudgeonly on the planet Ahch-To, and fixed on placing his Jedi past behind him. But it's also a sentiment that extends to the movie itself - Johnson's Star Wars sequel feels like a sustained »

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The Alternativity: Danny Boyle and Banksy team up for new film

20 hours ago

Kirsten Howard Dec 12, 2017

This week, BBC Two will air the story of an alternative nativity performance, directed by Danny Boyle at Banksy's request...

A new hour-long documentary will arrive this week on BBC Two that promises to put a curious spin on your typical nativity performance.

The Alternativity will see Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle travel to Bethlehem to put on a perfomance of the birth of Jesus Christ in the carpark of Banksy's The Walled Off Hotel, which the legendary graffiti artist opened in March of this year. It's a fairly dangerous part of the world, under Israeli occupation and overlooked by a huge security wall. Checkpoints control roads in and out of the area. Banksy's hotel is located just down the road from Manger Square, which many believe is the place where Jesus was actually born.

After Banksy asked Boyle to come and help him put on the nativity play, »

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Victoria has been renewed for series 3

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Kirsten Howard Dec 12, 2017

Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes will both return for a third series of ITV's popular royal drama Victoria, it's been announced...

It's official: Victoria will be back for a third series on ITV.

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Series 3 of the lavish show, a ratings hit for the broadcaster, will see both Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and Tom Hughes (Paula) return to their roles as Victoria and Albert respectively sometime in 2018, we'd imagine.

Creator Daisy Goodwin has been teasing events to come for the royals. “Series three will start in 1848 which was a hugely dramatic and eventful time for both the royal family and Europe, with revolutions on the continent and uncertainty around the monarchy. Viewers can expect more drama than ever before in the third series. »

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Logan’s director on Disney potentially buying Fox

11 December 2017 10:01 PM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 12, 2017

James Mangold sounds a note of caution about Disney potentially buying up Fox's film assets...

More and more it looks as though Disney is set to buy up the film side of 20th Century Fox, which would put the likes of the X-Men movies under the stewardship of Marvel Studios.

The best X-Men film in recent times has arguably been this year’s Logan, starring Hugh Jackman. Whilst Jackman has been keen for Wolverine to move under the wing of Disney, Logan director James Mangold is striking a more cautious note.

“If they’re actually changing their mandate, if what they’re supposed to do alters, that would be sad to me because it just means less movies”, he told Deadline.

“The real thing that happens when you make a movie rated R, behind the scenes, is that the studio has to adjust to the reality that »

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Darth Vader: biopic of David Prowse on the way

11 December 2017 7:10 PM, PST

Nick Harley Dec 12, 2017

Strongman will focus on the man inside of Vader's suit, bodybuilder David Prowse.

David Prowse’s connection to the Star Wars universe is impressive. Most impressive. As the man that physically embodied Darth Vader inside of that iconic black getup, Prowse was a part of a team including James Earl Jones, Sebastian Shaw, and Bob Anderson that brought one of cinema’s most famous villains to life in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Yet, Prowse’s “eccentric” behavior led to him being banned by George Lucas himself from attending official Star Wars conventions. Despite the controversy, Prowse will find himself as the subject of the upcoming biopic, Strongman.

Strongman was written by Nicholas Jacobson-Larson and Dalton Leeb (The Well) and earned a spot on this year’s Black List, a Hollywood-curated list that chronicles the best unproduced screenplays of the year.

Chronicling his journey from champion weightlifter »

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Detective Pikachu release confirmed for summer 2019

11 December 2017 6:10 PM, PST

Chris Longo Dec 12, 2017

The legendary Pokémon will get its own movie in 2019.

The most famous rodent since Mickey Mouse is set for its own feature film. The live-action Detective Pikachu movie, based on the 2016 Pokémon video game Great Detective Pikachu, will hit cinemas in the Us on May 10th 2019. The UK release is likely to be around there too.

Last week, it was reported that Ryan Reynolds would star (in motion capture) as Pikachu. The cast includes Justice Smith (Get Down), who will co-star as a kid looking for his missing father, and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies), a "sassy journalist" who helps Smith's character and Detective Pikachu on the case. Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is set to direct. Legendary Entertainment is producing the film, with Universal Picture distributing it.

The Pokémon franchise took on newfound relevance in 2016 with the release of the mobile app Pokémon Go. The mainstream phenomenon of »

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Justice League filmed scenes with Superman in black costume

11 December 2017 1:10 PM, PST

Mike Cecchini Dec 12, 2017

We might have missed our chance to see Superman in the black and silver costume in Justice League, but scenes were filmed...

Spoilers for Justice League lie ahead

The Justice League autopsy continues. One of the many questions surrounding the film in the wake of its release is why Superman's journey from 'rose from the dead on the wrong side of the crypt' to 'actually this is pretty much the Superman we've wanted on screen for the last 30 years' seemed a little abbreviated. After all, in the comics, when Superman died at the spikey hands of Doomsday, he didn't return to primary coloured and caped glory right away. Instead, he spent a little time in a black and silver Kryptonian regeneration suit before getting back into full costume.

Henry Cavill even stirred up fans early in the filming of Justice League with an Instagram post that may »

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Keith Chegwin: 1957-2017

11 December 2017 6:43 AM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 11, 2017

Keith Chegwin has died, it's been announced, aged just 60 years old.

Some very, very sad news to report. Keith Chegwin has died at the age of 60. He had been suffering from a lung illness from some time.

I grew up in an era when Chegwin was omnipresent on children’s television, courtesy of his lively work on the likes of The Multicoloured Swap Shop and Saturday Superstore. In truth, I was a bit of an avid Cheggers Plays Pop fan, a show that the man himself admitted came with an often quite 'lively' audience.

He came to television after his early days in acting, and would take to it quickly. Furthermore, he was a man brimming with ideas of his own, and keen to push formats and ideas.

For me personally, he was also the first person I ever interviewed for this site. I’ve never had »

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The Big Bang Theory season 11 episode 10 review: The Confidence Erosion

11 December 2017 5:54 AM, PST

Caroline Preece Dec 11, 2017

The latest episode of The Big Bang Theory tackles dramatic issues that feel true to the characters and stays funny too...

This review contains spoilers.

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11.10 The Confidence Erosion

Regardless of our expectations of the genre, the best and most popular sitcoms tend to be those that evolve. This might in tiny, incremental ways or with huge strides like Monica and Chandler’s relationship on Friends, but, while these shows are comforting in their repetitiveness and reluctance to really challenge their audience, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be bold every so often.

The Confidence Erosion is an episode that attempts to address some big things in the universe of The Big Bang Theory. We know that »

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Someone watched Bee Movie 357 times on Netflix in 2017

11 December 2017 2:59 AM, PST

Kirsten Howard Dec 11, 2017

Shout out to the UK subscriber who watched Bee Movie 357 times this year. Your dedication has been duly noted by Netflix...

Bee Movie, the 2007 animated meme generator, has a very committed UK fan. Someone so enamoured by the adventures of Barry B. Benson, that in 2017 they were willing to spend 32,487 minutes of their time rewatching the film on Netflix.

Netflix, for their part, did not want this devotion to go unsung, so this week they specifically acknowledged the bee-witched viewer and created a little buzz (I'm sorry) surrounding the, er, achievement, by including the factoid in their 2017 'Year In Review'.

The Jerry Seinfeld-starring flick could have been consumed once a day, or for almost 24 days continuously. No one knows, as the streaming giant are naturally keeping the person's identity anonymous, and further details under wraps.

Oh, and Netflix also released a bunch of Top 10 lists, but »

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Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection out in 2018

11 December 2017 1:56 AM, PST

Ryan Lambie Dec 11, 2017

Capcom's classic Street Fighter series is getting a special bundle for Xbox One, PS4, PC and Switch next year...

Readers of a certain age may remember when the world went crazy for Street Fighter II in the early 1990s. The arcade machines were seemingly ubiquitous. Some Super Nintendo owners were so keen to get their hands on the game, they were willing to pay extraordinary prices for a Japanese import. 

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In all the hoopla, most gamers barely stopped to what on earth happened to the original Street Fighter - Capcom's okay-ish brawler released in 1988 to relatively little fanfare. These days, Street Fighter 1, which in its early arcade incarnation came with big punchable rubber buttons, is best »

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The Walking Dead season 8 episode 8 review: How It's Gotta Be

11 December 2017 12:05 AM, PST

Ron Hogan Dec 11, 2017

Here's our review of The Walking Dead's extended-length mid-season finale. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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8.8 How It's Gotta Be

There's rarely a reason for a television show to go longer than its typical running time. If it's a show like Game Of Thrones, who are making miniature movies and trying to cram a significant amount of material into a shorter amount of time, it makes sense. If you're a show like The Walking Dead, there's not a lot of need to go past the usual running time because there's going to be plenty of opportunities to tell the rest of the story in future episodes. The Walking Dead has been on eight seasons at this point, »

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Spider-Man: first trailer for new big screen animated movie

10 December 2017 10:53 PM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 11, 2017

Miles Morales heads to the big screen in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Here's the first trailer...

Arriving in cinemas in December 2018 is a brand new Spider-Man film – and one that’s taking a different turn to the main line of Marvel movies.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is a full animated movie, that’s going to see Spider-Man in the guise of Miles Morales rather than Peter Parker. The movie is being overseen by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (and they’ve co-written the script), with Bob Perischetti and Peter Ramsey directing.

Shameik Moore leads the voice cast as Miles Morales/Spider-Man.

A first trailer for the movie has now been released too, to give a flavour of what’s in store. And it looks like this…

More on the movie as we get it…

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Outlander season 3 episode 13 review: Eye Of The Storm

10 December 2017 6:10 PM, PST

Kayti Burt Dec 11, 2017

Outlander's season 3 finale is a breakneck adventure that sees Claire and Geillis' final showdown. Spoilers...

This review contains spoilers.

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3.13 Eye Of The Storm

The second half of Outlander Season 3 has been a bit of a mixed bag. While it's been thrilling to see the show take on a new location as it took to the open seas, it's been defined by a frantic aimlessness. This show is at its best when its characters are working towards a believable, relatable, and hard-won goal. It's why the first part of Season 3 worked so well. It was all about Jamie and Claire learning to live without the other, and it wasn't easy.

Once they were reunited, the show was less focused »

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