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Noel Clarke is finally entitled to royalties from Adulthood, 9 years on

2 hours ago

Simon Brew Dec 15, 2017

Nine years after its release, Noel Clarke reveals that his box office topping movie, Adulthood, is only now earning him royalties.

If you’re looking for insight into just how the movie business works, then consider Noel Clarke’s box office hit, Adulthood. The film is the middle part of the Hood trilogy, and marked Clarke’s feature debut as a director. He also penned the script, and took a lead role in the film.

It was a hit, too. The movie got to number one at the box office in the UK, grossing over £3m on its UK cinema release in 2008. It’s been a good seller on disc since, too, as well as notching up regularly TV showings.

The low budget movie, though, has apparently only just now hit the financial targets required for Clarke to get royalties from its success. It’s taken nearly a decade to get there. »

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48 Hrs is getting a remake

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Simon Brew Dec 15, 2017

The Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte-headlined 48 Hrs is getting a remake...

Things have been quiet on the remake news front for a while, but rest assured, Hollywood is still trawling the archives for fodder. It’s now settled on the Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte-headlined mismatched partners movie 48 Hrs, where a convict and a cop are put together to catch cop killers. Oh, and they have 48 hours to do it.

The original (directed by Walter Hill, of course) is strong, its follow-up – Another 48 Hrs – less so. But now Benny and Josh Safdie (the duo behind Good Time) have been hired by Paramount to remake the movie.

The screenplay will be written by Jerrod Carmichael, Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein. No release date has been confirmed yet, and it’s not clear if Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte will have any involvement at all. Our guess? »

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Exclusive: DreamWorks’ Monkeys Of Mumbai: what happened?

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Simon Brew Dec 15, 2017

Director Kevin Lima tells us how DreamWorks' Monkeys Of Mumbai fell apart - and we've got some never-seen exclusive artwork.

Following his huge success with Enchanted, director Kevin Lima developed several projects, but the closest to date one of them has come to happening is the planned DreamWorks musical, Monkeys Of Mumbai.

Originally entitled Mumbai Musical, the film was announced, and DreamWorks Animation – prior to its sale to Comcast (Universal's parent company) – had invested a lot into it. And then, in 2014, the plug was pulled.

But just what happened? And how close did it come to happening?

“It came very close”, Kevin Lima told me. “We were just going into production, we were just starting animation. I’d been working on it for two and a half years. All the songs were written. Stephen Schwartz and A R Rahman. We were just ready to start”.

He added »

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Hannah Marks & Dylan Sprouse to star in Banana Split

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Kayti Burt Dec 15, 2017

Dirk Gently star Hannah Marks has co-written the script and will star in new indie comedy, Banana Split...

Hannah Marks is one of the many standouts in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency where she stars as punk rock wizard Amanda Brotzman. Now, the young actress is expanding her portfolio, co-writing the script for Banana Split, an upcoming indie comedy currently filming in Syracuse.

According to Deadline, Marks will star alongside The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody star Dylan Sprouse (aka the Sprouse twin not on Riverdale) and If I Stay's Liana Liberato. The film will be the feature debut for Ben Kasulke, who has an extensive resume as a cinematographer on such projects as Safety Not Guaranteed and the TV show Review. The film will be fully financed by American High, a new company from Mickey Liddell and Jeremy Garelick.

Banana Split will follow »

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Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray: recommended discs for Christmas

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Den Of Geek Dec 15, 2017

The 4K disc market is slowly expanding - and here are some of the latest highlights...

Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray hasn’t enjoyed close to the success of the DVD or the Blu-ray format, but it’s quietly building itself a niche amongst those who want the highest possible definition physical format. Furthermore, the last few months have seen a growing number of new and catalogue releases, and we’re rounding up some of the highlights here.

Spider-Man legacy boxset

You get five films for your money in this posh box of Spider-Man movies. Sam Raimi’s original trilogy, and Marc Webb’s less-well-received The Amazing Spider-Man films. Sony hasn’t skimped here, either. You get alternative cuts of Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 here alongside the theatrical editions, and some new extras too. A booklet is included in the box, which is a limited edition, »

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Geeks Vs Loneliness: feeling not good enough

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Den Of Geek Dec 15, 2017

A few words on the times when we just feel we're not up to standard...

Welcome to Geeks Vs Loneliness, our regular spot on the site where we chat about stuff that may be affecting you, or people you know. Not every piece we write is applicable to every person, but our hope is that over the course of the series of pieces we’ve run, there’s something that’s of use to you. Here’s hoping.

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This week, we want to have a quick natter about simply not feeling good enough.

It’s a tough one, this. About the kind of feelings that undercut a lot of what we do on a day to day basis. The feeling that, as a human being, you’re simply not good enough at stuff. »

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Sally Phillips interview: Ferdinand, Taskmaster, Smack The Pony, Veep

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Louisa Mellor Dec 15, 2017

We chatted to actor and writer Sally Phillips about comedy, European accents, special cuddles, writing films and more...

“I’m quite keen to meet a Finnish shaman, have you seen them?” asks Sally Phillips three minutes into an interview that’s supposed to be about her role in new family animation Ferdinand. Scrolling through her phone, she presents me with a photograph of a fearsome looking woman with Prue from Blade Runner eye make-up, wearing an elaborate headdress and holding a tambourine.

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“Look at the expression! Very, very miserable, tambourine, excellent eye make-up” says Phillips, delighted. “I play a character who looks a bit like that in Zapped! and I did something else recently where they painted a black chicken on one eye. I thought, well, it’s slowly, slowly happening, »

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi - what do you think?

13 December 2017 10:27 PM, PST

Den Of Geek Dec 14, 2017

A place for spoiler-filled chat for Star Wars: The Last Jedi...

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has begun its rollout into cinemas worldwide, and we're opening up this post for spoiler-filled chat about the movie. Head to the comments if you want to natter about the film, but please do so fully aware that all bets are off where spoilers are concerned.

Last warning: scroll below the spoiler squirrel, and you're on your own...!

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Annihilation: Alex Garland director on his film heading to Netflix

13 December 2017 10:07 PM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 14, 2017

Alex Garland has been sharing his thoughts on his new movie, Annihilation, being dropped from a UK cinema release late in the day.

Last week, we got the sudden and not very happy news that Alex Garland’s second film as director, Annihilation, is being sent to Netflix in most places of the world, rather than getting its planned cinema release.

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The move was apparently due to a battle between producers and Paramount Pictures, and in the end, the latter will only release Annihilation on cinemas screens in the USA, Canada and China. Elsewhere, it’ll go to Netflix less than three weeks after its Us cinema bow.

Garland, who previously directed the Oscar-winning Ex Machina, has been chatting for the first time about the news. And it sounds as »

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Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 To Paris – the first trailer

13 December 2017 10:04 PM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 14, 2017

Here's the trailer for Clint Eastwood's new movie, The 15:17 To Paris, that lands in the UK early in 2018...

As always, Clint Eastwood has been busy over the year making another film, and his latest, The 15:17 To Paris, has now been given a February 9th 2018 release date in the UK. Furthermore a first trailer or the movie has been released, along with an official synopsis.

We’ll do them in turn. Here’s the trailer first…

And here’s the synopsis…

From Clint Eastwood comes “The 15:17 to Paris,” which tells the real-life story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a high-speed railway ride.

In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans travelling through Europe. »

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Robert Downey Jr headlining new Doctor Dolittle film

13 December 2017 10:01 PM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 14, 2017

The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle is to star Robert Downey Jr and Jim Broadbent...

The character of Doctor Dolittle hasn’t been seen on the big screen since the pair of hit Eddie Murphy movies nearly 20 years ago. But Dolittle is on his way back, and this time, in the guise of Robert Downey Jr. 

The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle is the name of the new project, with Stephen Gaghan penning the script and directing (he won a Best Screenplay Oscar for his Syriana screenplay). He’s assembled a cast that’s just added Jim Broadbent to its ranks in an unnamed role. Harry Collett is also co-starring, and Universal Pictures is picking up the tab for the movie.

No release date has been announced yet, but we’re expecting the movie to head into production in 2018.

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Vikings season 5 episode 4 review: The Plan

13 December 2017 7:10 PM, PST

Dave Vitagliano Dec 14, 2017

Lagertha forms an alliance with Ubbe, and Ivar holds the Saxons at bay in a thrilling episode of Vikings...

This review contains spoilers.

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5.4 The Plan

“I didn’t come here to make peace. I came here to make trouble.”

This is one of those instances that after a period of intense action, Vikings wisely steps away and takes a moment to breathe as each of the major players reevaluate their individual situations and make plans to strike out in new directions. While the overall intent of the story arcs remains the same, The Plan sets out to remind viewers that these are men and women of action, and once again manages to provide a reasonable amount of attention to each.

With five stories to tell, forty-three minutes is not a »

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Riverdale season 2 episode 9 review: Silent Night, Deadly Night

13 December 2017 6:10 PM, PST

Chris Cummins Dec 14, 2017

Here's our review of Riverdale's mid-season finale. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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2.9 Silent Night, Deadly Night.

The Black Hood is dead. Long live the Black Hood.

With Riverdale not returning until the middle of next month, the mid-season finale was seemingly custom-made to keep people talking in the interim. Mission accomplished then, as there is a lot to chew on here. The biggest revelation was that Joseph Conway/Mr. Svenson was himself the Black Hood, punishing the town for their sins to restore the cosmic justice that he unbalanced after causing a lynch mob to bury an innocent man alive years earlier.

Or is he?

My gut feeling is that Svenson is a bit of a nine-fingered red herring here and there's another killer still roaming the streets. First off, »

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Prison Break season 6 might be happening after all

13 December 2017 2:05 PM, PST

Shamus Kelley Kirsten Howard Dec 13, 2017

It looks like Michael and Lincoln will be breaking out again...

At the end of Prison Break season 5 everything seemed wrapped up. However fans, as always, were hungry for more. There were even little teases that another season could be happening.

Well, thanks to a post on star Dominic Purcell's Instagram, we've gotten our first word that season 6 of Prison Break is "in the works"...

@prisonbreak #prisonbreak 6. In the works.

A post shared by Dominicpurcell (@dominicpurcell) on Dec 12, 2017 at 7:15pm Pst

Now, "in the works" could mean a lot of things. Fox hasn't made an announcement for it, so perhaps Purcell is just referring to the first talks of what the sixth season could contain. Still, it's the most hopeful sign fans have had since the end of fifth season. 

After season five aired, Wentworth Miller gave his own idea to The Hollywood »

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Destiny 2: Bungie pledges to fix Dlc issues

13 December 2017 11:10 AM, PST

Matthew Byrd Dec 14, 2017

Bungie has implemented a series of fixes for Destiny 2, but do they address the real problem?

Bungie is apologising yet again for Destiny 2 design decisions that have sparked mass outrage from the game's community. 

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If you haven't been keeping up with Destiny 2, you first need to know that the recent Curse of Osiris Dlc actually prevents some players who haven't purchased the Dlc from accessing content that the game shipped with. Namely, the prestige versions of the game's Raid and weekly Nightfall strikes are no longer available to vanilla Destiny 2 players because Curse of Osiris raised the level cap required to play those.

That's especially damaging in the case of the Nightfall rotation. Those who haven't purchased the Destiny 2 expansion will not be able to access certain weeks of Nightfall »

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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery mobile RPG announced

13 December 2017 11:10 AM, PST

Matthew Byrd Dec 14, 2017

Wizards on your smartphone: mobile RPG Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is in the works...

We already told you about developer Niantic's upcoming Harry Potter Ar game, but it seems that's not the only mobile return to Hogwarts in the works.

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Developer Jam City has announced that they are working on a new Harry Potter mobile game called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Unlike Niantic's app, this mobile game will play out like an RPG. 

Specifically, it will ask you to create a character, embark upon a journey that spans several years at Hogwarts, and "participate in all of the magical classes and activities they have come to love like Defence Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Duelling Club, and more." The game will also reportedly feature many of the professors from the books, »

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Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time spoiler-free review

13 December 2017 10:10 AM, PST

Simon Brew Dec 13, 2017

Here's our spoiler-free look at the Doctor Who Christmas special, Twice Upon A Time...

This review is spoiler-free. It talks about, at most, stuff that's been revealed in promo photos, but not more than that.

Twice Upon A Time

Really rather special, this one. Appreciating that pretty much everyone knows where Steven Moffat’s final Doctor Who story – Twice Upon A Time – has to ultimately end (an ending that was sliced off the press preview), the journey the story takes is really quite something.

It kicks off, of all things, with the kind of recap that only Doctor Who could get away with, before resuming where things were left at the end The Doctor Falls. Two DoctorsDavid Bradley as the first Doctor, Peter Capaldi as the incumbent – holding off their own regeneration. Neither willing to succumb to the change and uncertainty that lies ahead.

In the »

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Kristen Chenoweth to star in Death Becomes Her musical

13 December 2017 10:10 AM, PST

Kayti Burt Dec 14, 2017

Universal is developing a stage musical adaptation of the Robert Zemeckis black comedy Death Becomes Her...

The line between film and musical theatre is becoming ever thinner, with news of a much-loved movie heading to the stages of Broadway.

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Universal just announced that its live theatre division, Universal Theatrical Group, is partnering with Kristen Chenoweth to develop a Broadway musical adaptation of the film Death Becomes Her, the 1992 Robert Zemeckis black comedy about two stage actresses who drink a magical potion that promises to give them eternal youth, but actually turns them into the undead.

The film was written by Martin Donovan & David Koepp, and starred Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, and Bruce Willis, and grossed $149 million worldwide on a $55 million budget. According to Deadline, Chenoweth would play Madeline, the role »

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Mr. Robot renewed for season 4

13 December 2017 10:10 AM, PST

Chris Longo Kirsten Howard Dec 13, 2017

USA Network has given the green light for a fourth season of Mr. Robot...

Ahead of the Mr. Robot season 3 finale, USA Network has confirmed the show’s fate: season 4 has been officially confirmed, leaving hackers everywhere to rejoice.

The hit drama has been a critical win for the network since the beginning. Stars Rami Malek and Christian Slater have received numerous award nominations, including an Emmy win for Malek for Best Actor in 2016.

Mr. Robot also stars Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström, Grace Gummer, Michael Cristofer, and Bd Wong. Actor Bobby Cannavale has received praise after joining the cast as a regular for season three. The show was created by Sam Esmail, who posted to his Instagram to make the announcement:

Calm down everyone. #MrRobot season_4.0 writers' room is officially open for business.

A post shared by Sam Esmail (@samesmail) on Dec 13, 2017 at »

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Jennifer Lawrence joins Luca Guadagnino's Burial Rites

13 December 2017 9:10 AM, PST

Kayti Burt Dec 14, 2017

Jennifer Lawrence is teaming up with the Call Me By Your Name director for the story of an Icelandic murderer in 1830.

Jennifer Lawrence has joined director Luca Guadagnino's Burial Rites, a true-crime drama about the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland, based on the book by Hannah Kent. Guadagnino's romance Call Me By Your Name is one of this year's Oscar frontrunners and has already stirred up quite some word of mouth.

According to Variety, Burial Rites will follow the story of Icelandic servant Agnes Magnusdottir, played by Lawrence, after being sentenced to death for killing two men and setting their home on fire in 1830. Agnes was the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland, and the story will take place during the final winter of Agnes' life. As she waits confirmation of her death sentence on an isolated farm, Agnes gets to »

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