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Seth Rogen to play Walter Cronkite in Newsflash

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Deadline is reporting that Seth Rogen has signed on to play legendary American newsman Walter Cronkite in Newsflash, the next project for director David Gordon Green (Stronger), which has been scripted by Ben Jacoby (The First Omen).

According to the site, the movie takes place on November 22nd, 1963, the day of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and revolves around CBS newsman Cronkite, his producer Don Hewitt, their boss Jim Aubrey, and Dan Rather, a young reporter who happened to be in Texas at the time of the assassination. The story will play out in real time as Cronkite and his team attempt to filter all the unverified information and swirling rumors and find the truth that was conveyed to American public on the fateful day.

Although Rogen and Green are the only names attached to the project at present, the report goes on to state that the filmmakers »

- Gary Collinson

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WWE Clash of Champions Predictions

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Liam Hoofe with his predictions for this Sunday’s WWE Clash of Champions Event…

WWE will give us its final pay-per-view event of the year this Sunday night when WWE SmackDown presents ‘Clash of Champions.’ The event, an old WCW favourite, will see every one of SmackDown’s titles defended and will be a big indication of who will be heading into WrestleMania season with gold around their waist. The company has been fairly consistent with their events this year so can Clash of Champions see out 2017 quite nicely? Let’s take a look at each match and predict who is walking away victorious Sunday night.

Pre-Show: Zack Ryder Vs Mojo Rawley 

Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley have done very little to build this feud since the duo broke up on SmackDown a few weeks back. With it being the only match on the pre-show, though, it will likely get »

- Liam Hoofe

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Video Game Review – Yooka-Laylee on Nintendo Switch

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Sam Thorne reviews Yooka-Laylee…

You’ve got to feel a little bad for Playtonic games. The studio formed from several former key players at Rare during their golden years launched an insanely successful kickstarter campaign, to fund a spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie, but only received lukewarm praise at best. To make matters worse, they missed their chance to get their 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee on the Nintendo Switch while the software library was still relatively scarce, now with the dawn of Super Mario Odyssey, it seems unlikely that Yooka-Laylee will receive even a tiny fraction of the sales and attention that it would had otherwise. Nevertheless, let’s take a look.

Getting straight to it, Yooka-Laylee is a great port that functions well on Switch, plays smoothly and looks great in both docked and handheld mode. The initial delays for the game were due to the Unity engine not co-operating well with Switch, »

- Sam Thorne

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Second Opinion – Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi, 2017

Written and Directed by Rian Johnson.

Starring Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio del Toro, Billie Lourd, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, Jimmy Vee, Tim Rose, Warwick Davis, Hermione Corfield and Veronica Ngo.

Synopsis:

Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.

One of the big complaints about Star Wars: The Force Awakens was that it felt like an old band having one last run with a new singer (say, Queen for example). They played the old hits, the stuck to the same chord structures and they didn’t try anything too new in case people just wanted to hear the favourites again. »

- Luke Owen

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Universal has crossed the $5 billion mark at the global box office for 2017

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Universal has arrived at the significant mark of $5 billion at the global box office.

We reported last week that Warner Bros. had managed to eclipse the impressive $5 billion figure at the global box office, and now their rival studio, Universal, has also achieved the feat.

This is the second time in Universal’s 105 year history that they have reached $5 billion in a year and has managed to do so thanks to monster hits like The Fate of the Furious and Despicable Me 3.

The total includes $1.605 billion domestically and $3.398 billion internationally, helping Universal join Warner Bros. and Disney at the box office milestone.

The Fate of the Furious was Universal’s biggest draw with $1.23 billion worldwide, which happens to be the 11th highest grossing figure of all time and is only the sixth film to cross $1 billion at the international box office (outside North America).

Despicable Me also pitched in »

- Samuel Brace

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Joel David Moore to direct remake of Korean horror-thriller Hide and Seek

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Cj Entertainment has announced that Joel David Moore (Avatar, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) has been tapped to direct the company’s remake of the 2013 hit Korean social horror-thriller Hide and Seek.

Moore, who most recently directed the dramedy Youth in Oregon starring Frank Langella, Billy Crudup and Christina Applegate, will write an adapted feature English-language screenplay for Hide and Seek in addition to directing.

The film is described as a social horror-thriller that builds upon themes related to the widening gap between the upper 1% and the lower class. It follows a man searching for his long-lost brother who stumbles upon a secret world of squatters living in the homes of unsuspecting tenants – a revelation that becomes all the more menacing when his home becomes the next target.

Hide and Seek is a sharp, sophisticated thriller that created a lasting imprint on me,” said Joel David Moore. “I wanted to »

- Gary Collinson

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Jim Broadbent joins Robert Downey Jr. in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle

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According to Variety, Jim Broadbent has signed on to star alongside Robert Downey Jr, and Dunkirk’s Harry Collett in Universal’s The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.

The film, based upon Hugh Lofting’s classic character, is being directed by Stephen Gaghan (Gold), who has penned the script from an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd.

Downey is set to take on the title role of the physician who opts to treat animals as he is able to communicate with them. As yet, there’s no word as to Broadbent’s role.

The character of Doctor Dolittle was previously portrayed by Rex Harrison in the 1967 musical Doctor Dolittle, while Eddie Murphy took on the role for the 1998 film and its 2001 sequel.

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle is set for release on April 12th 2019.

The post Jim Broadbent joins Robert Downey Jr. in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Gary Collinson

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Second Opinion – Brigsby Bear (2017)

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Brigsby Bear. 2017.

Directed by Dave McCary.

Starring Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jane AdamsBeck Bennett, Claire Danes, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Greg Kinnear, Kate Lyn Sheil, Ryan Simpkins, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, and Andy Samberg.

Synopsis:

Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James’s life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself. 

If you only saw the opening ten minutes of Brigsby Bear, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it was some kind of bizarre, post-apocalyptic survival drama. There’s an underground bunker with equations scrawled on the walls, gas masks, and animatronic animals scattered beyond the confines of the dugout. However, though the film is certainly bizarre, a post-apocalyptic drama it is not. Rather, it is a heart-warming comedy about a man-child trying to make his way in a world that he knows nothing about. »

- James Turner

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Luca Guadagnino to direct Jennifer Lawrence in Burial Rites

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Fresh off the critical success of his latest film Call Me by Your Name, Variety is reporting that Luca Guadagnino is set to team up with Jennifer Lawrence for the true-crime drama Burial Rites, Variety has revealed.

Based on Hannah Kent’s 2013 novel, Burial Rites will see Lawrence producing, as well as starring as Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman publicly executed in Iceland in 1830 for the murder of two men. The film will take place “as Agnes awaits confirmation of her death sentence by the high court, a period of time that finds her reluctantly forging emotional and romantic bonds, while reflecting on her supposed crimes.”

“Luca is a rare talent. His movies capture an exquisite sense of place inextricably linked to the emotional state of the complex characters he creates,” said TriStar president Hannah Minghella. “I can’t imagine a more thrilling partnership than Luca and Jennifer coming together »

- Gary Collinson

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New Dlc released for Warhammer 40,000 Space Wolf – The Saga of the Great Awakening

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HeroCraft has announced the release of new Dlc for Warhammer 40,000 Space Wolf – The Saga of the Great Awakening – which includes 10 story missions, new enemies, new weapons and equipment, as well as new development levels for the main character and his squadmates, improved graphic quality, and added over 25 special achievements.

The Necrons have awakened! They long for death of all living things, and the Space Wolves led by Valgard Twice-Slain are the only ones who can stop this ancient bane! The new Dlc includes:

– 10 exciting story missions and over 20 hours of gameplay;

– Necrons, a terrifying new enemy with unique tactics and abilities;

– 5 new enemy classes and 4 exclusive bosses;

– new development levels for squadmates and new armour upgrades for the main hero;

– over 40 new weapons and other equippable items;

– new achievements.

Check out some screenshots here, and click on any for hi-res versions…

 

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- Gary Collinson

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Guillermo del Toro has lined up Nightmare Alley as a future project

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Guillermo del Toro is looking to the future and has lined up another directorial project.

While he may be celebrating all the awards buzz being generated by his latest movie, The Shape of Water, del Toro does have an eye on the future. Variety has confirmed that the del Toro produced Antlers could be gaining Scott Cooper as a director, with Searchlight and Cooper currently in negotiations.

Guillermo del Toro is also arranging a new directing role, now attached to write and direct a remake of the 1947 Fox movie Nightmare Alley. Variety suggests that this won’t be his next project, however, as del Toro is still to write the film’s script.

“I am delighted to continue the producing partnership that has been forged with Fox Searchlight during the making of The Shape of Water,” del Toro said in a statement. “Nancy, Steve, David and Matthew and the entire »

- Samuel Brace

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Marvel unveils new event Infinity Countdown

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This March, Gerry Duggan (All-New Guardians of the Galaxy) and Aaron Kuder (All-New Guardians of the Galaxy) are bringing you a spectacular, huge Infinity tale that will lead to an even greater story – and one that will impact the entire Marvel Universe – with Infinity Countdown. Check out the cover artwork to Infinity Countdown Prime #1 and Infinity Countdown #1 (of 5) here…

“As we worked on the Infinity Stones’ story, it became clear the story was much bigger than we could contain in the Guardians of the Galaxy series,” said editor Jordan D. White. “It starts with the Guardians, but the story extends out into the entire Marvel Universe, with stones popping up in some Very surprising places. Countdown is the next step in the story…but as the name implies, it’s leading to something even greater.”

The Infinity Stones, thought to be lost forever, have suddenly reappeared — bringing with them the »

- Gary Collinson

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Marvel’s Kevin Feige says future Avengers movies will take place in space

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Although Marvel is keeping its Phase Four plans tightly under wraps, we do know that the studio plans on delving further into the cosmic universe post-Avengers 4, with Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn helping Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige to help shape this side of the McU.

Well, it seems this cosmic emphasis won’t just apply to the likes of the Guardians and Thor, as Feige has revealed at Brazil’s Comic-Con Experience that future Avengers movies will see Earth’s Mightiest Heroes venturing into outer space.

“If the Avengers survive, we will see more films with them in space,” said Feige (via Talkies Network). “I love and would like to see more films in space.”

It is expected that the McU will receive a major shake up after Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel, with characters such as Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel coming to the forefront. »

- Gary Collinson

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Physical edition of sci-fi platformer Shiny arrives in February

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If, like me, you prefer boxed editions of games to digital downloads then you may be happy to hear that publishers 1C and Soedesco have announced that the boxed edition of Shiny will be available for the Playstation 4 on the 27th February 2018.  Developed by Garage 227 Shiny provides plenty of family friendly platforming fun.  Watch the new trailer below…

In Shiny players take the role of Kramer 227, a little robot out to help his friends.  As Kramer 227 players must travel through levels to harvest energy and rescue all the other robots before their planet is destroyed.  As well as obstacles to overcome players will need to manage the energy levels of Kramer and his robot friends.

Shiny features:

Entertaining yet non-violent, platforming fun. Twenty extensive levels to explore. Robots will require energy to survive so manage your energy levels. Cool power-ups can be found along the way which can be utilised to help save the planet. »

- Andrew Newton

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Woody Harrelson in talks for Venom, set photos see Tom Hardy performing motorcycle stunt

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It looks like Woody Harrelson is set to follow up his role in the galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story by joining the Marvel universe – well, the Sony one, at least – with Variety reporting that the actor is in talks to join the Venom solo movie.

Although details are scarce, it’s said that Harrelson is up for the role of a henchman, presumably to Riz Ahmed’s (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) villain, rumoured to be that of Carnage. Given that Venom is taking inspiration from the Lethal Protector story arc, it’s possible that we could see Harrelson with his own symbiote.

See Also: Venom teaser poster from Brazil’s Comic-Con Experience

Meanwhile, thanks to Atlanta Filming, we also have a look at some new spy photos from the set of the filming featuring Tom Hardy performing a motorcycle stunt as Eddie Brock. »

- Gary Collinson

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Colton Haynes to return to Arrow for short arc

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When Arrow returns in January, it will also feature a returning face to the series. The CW has announced that Colton Haynes will reprise his role as Roy Harper/Arsenal for a brief time in the show’s sixth season.

Haynes had a recurring role in Arrow‘s first season before being upgraded to a regular in the second and third. He left the show, though, after his contract was up in the third season and Roy faked his death. He briefly appeared as a guest in the fourth season, but has not been seen in any of the CW/DC shows since.

“We’re thrilled to announce that Colton Haynes will be reprising his role as Roy Harper for a short arc on Arrow this year,” executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle said. “Roy is called back to Star City to help resolve an urgent matter with high stakes for the team. »

- Ricky Church

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson “apologizes” for the Porgs

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Much like the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi and Jar Jar Binks in A Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Porgs have been dividing fans ever since we got our first glimpse of the Ahch-To inhabitants in the film’s promotional material.

And now with just hours to go until the hotly-anticipated film begins rolling out into cinemas, director Rian Johnson has offering a tongue-in-cheek “apology” for the furry little creatures during an interview with Rolling Stone, where he explained how his idea for the Porgs came about.

“When we first scouted Skellig Michael, the island where we shot Luke’s stuff, it was covered in puffins,” said Johnson. “It’s a bird sanctuary, actually. So there were all these adorable little puffins all over the island. It was first just like, ‘Ok, let’s come up with the Star Wars version of that.’ Also, I knew »

- Gary Collinson

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Jeremy Renner teases his Hawkeye Avengers 4 costume as Gwyneth Paltrow shares spoilery behind the scenes video

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Jeremy Renner has teased an image of what looks to be his Hawkeye/Ronin costume for Avengers 4 and Gwyneth Paltrow has had a spoiler-filled behind the scenes video deleted.

The question of just who is going to turn up in Avengers 4, or rather, who will survive Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, is one that is asked often. Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is a character that will be showing up however, and the actor has shared on Instagram a shot of himself in costume (prior spy photos have indicated that he’ll be getting a brand new suit as he moves over to his Ronin persona).

The shadowy photo was posted along with the caption: “Costume on point today … what do you think?”

 

Meanwhile, Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Pepper Potts in the McU, may have just given away a pretty big spoiler regarding her character in Avengers 4.

In an Instagram video, »

- Samuel Brace

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Jason Momoa says Aquaman is “on the edges of society” at the start of solo movie

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Aquaman actor Jason Momoa has spoken about the character’s frame of mind at the beginning of his solo movie.

Now that Justice League is out of the way, the future of the Dceu has become the focus, with much of it centring on characters like Jason Momoa’s Aquaman.

Aquman did feature in Justice League but the character also has his own solo movie on the way. In Justice League: The Art of the Film – an inside peek at how the Dceu movie was made – Momoa said the following (via Screen Rant) about what the character is going through at the start of the Aquaman movie:

“When we find Arthur, he’s hiding on the edges of society. He knows what his power is, but he doesn’t know how to channel it. He hasn’t accepted himself as king. He’s been running from both sides, human and Antlantean, »

- Samuel Brace

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Are franchise blockbusters too big to fail?

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Anghus Houvouras on whether franchise blockbusters are too big to fail…

Sequels, prequels and reboots. Hollywood is in love with the familiar because more often than not it’s a safe bet. This year’s monumental blockbuster clusterfuck Justice League is proof of that. Can you think of a big studio film more maligned? More inherently flawed at a fundamental level? It was the product of short-term thinking and absolutely baffling choices from a studio realizing a creative vision can’t be hacked and slashed into existence.

And yet, in spite of a long laundry list of poor decisions and questionable calls, Justice League will end up losing around $100 million. In comparison, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is projected to lose almost $150 million. Justice League wasn’t just an unmitigated disaster. It was a franchise stress test. Proof that these familiar characters are the safest bet in blockbuster cinema. »

- Anghus Houvouras

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