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Nerd Buy: Dorbz Sci-Fi Series

22 September 2017 8:43 AM, PDT

Funko have announced a new range of Sci-Fi themed Dorbz, coming to UK stores in December: including Alien, Star Trek, Tron and more! Check them out below:

Dorbz: Sci Fi Series – Alien

Fox Entertainment’s classic films Alien is now joining Dorbz! The Dorbz’s Science Fiction series features the titular Alien from the Alien Franchise. Look for the Alien chase piece – featuring spattered blood… a true rarity of 1-in-6!

Dorbz: Sci Fi Series – Predator

Fox Entertainment’s classic film Predator is now joining Dorbz! The Dorbz’s Science Fiction series features an array of creepy yet adorable characters! The lineup features the powerful Predator with his super-human strength.

Dorbz: Sci Fi Series – Tron

This series also features some Disney classics with an adorable new take. Characters from the classic movie Tron – featuring Tron and Sark! Look for the glow chase version of Tron, with a rarity of 1-in-6!

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- Phil Wheat

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‘Maximum Security’ DVD Review

22 September 2017 8:01 AM, PDT

Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Corbin Bernsen, Louis Mandylor, Jocelyn Osorio, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Eddie J. Fernandez, David Fernandez Jr., Luis Gatica, Steven Dell, Mauricio Mendoza, Geoffrey Ross | Written by Benjamin Budd, Scott Windhauser | Directed by R. Ellis Frazier

Jack (Lundgren) is a former CIA contractor who now oversees a team of elite thieves. One night in a small Mexican town, they flawlessly execute an intricate heist. On the way to a lucrative payout the Mexican authorities suddenly apprehend them. When the authorities bring them in, Jack finds himself face-to-face with Agent Price (Bernsen), his former CIA handler. Agent Price informs Jack that he s being sent to La Muerte, a high-tech, impenetrable fortress. La Muerte operates as a black site for high profile detainees from Mexico’s war against the Cartels. No one knows where it is…or that it even exists, and those who enter do not leave the facility alive. »

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Five cast images from Netflix’s ‘Godless’

22 September 2017 7:41 AM, PDT

A seven-part epic western from Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated screenwriter and director Scott Frank, and Academy Award-winner Steven Soderbergh, Godless – starring Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery, and Jack O’Connell – comes to Netflix November 22nd 2017.

Notorious criminal Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels) and his gang of outlaws are on a mission of revenge against Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell), a son-like protégé who betrayed the brotherhood. While on the run, Roy seeks refuge with hardened widower Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery), an outcast herself, in a worn-down, isolated mining town of La Belle, Nm – governed mainly by women. When word reaches La Belle that Griffin is headed their way, the town bands together to defend against the murderous gang in a lawless western frontier.

The Godless cast also includes: Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie, The Walking Dead), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones, Love Actually), Jeremy Bobb (The Knick), Scoot McNairy (Batman vs. Superman: »

- Phil Wheat

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PQube announce Us/EU release of ‘GalGun 2′

22 September 2017 7:03 AM, PDT

In 2016, GalGun: Double Peace changed the world forever. There was moe as far as the eye could see, as gamers were shooting their love everywhere, but then, the stark coldness of reality set in. Real life is not kawaii enough, they lamented. I want to go back to the Doki-Doki zone, they said. Well, PQube and Inti Creates have announced that the time has come to prepare your bodies once again. The most feel-good shooter of all time makes its return with the announcement of GalGun 2, coming to Europe and North America in Q1, 2018 for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Prepare to have your senses assaulted with gorgeous moe action and experience the next level of GalGun magic. Featuring new characters and new mechanics, GalGun 2 takes one small step for man and one giant leap for moe-kind:

Suck up pesky demons with the trusty “Demon Sweeper” sidearm! – Separate demons from the »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Undead: Night of the Living Dead & Return of the Living Dead’ Book Review

22 September 2017 6:01 AM, PDT

Undead by John Russo is a book of two halves. The first half is the novelisation of Night of the Living Dead and the second part is the novelisation of the first concept for Return of the Living Dead. This is interesting to read as it’s totally different than the movie it became. This version of Return was more of a follow on from Night of the Living Dead and had a more serious tone.

Night of the Living Dead is an easy read as it’s very familiar to anybody who has seen the movie. Having been attacked by a zombie while visiting a graveyard with her brother Barbara is chased to a farm house where she is joined by others to form a group to defend themselves against the zombie onslaught. Although a good story I did find that the novelisation as with the movie tended to drag on. »

- Paul Metcalf

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Four new images from ‘Happy Death Day’

22 September 2017 5:21 AM, PDT

Blumhouse (Split, Get Out, Whiplash) produces an “original and inventive rewinding thriller” in Happy Death Day, in which a college student (Jessica Rothe) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.  Er… original and inventive? Maybe not. Has anyone at Blumhouse seen Blood Punch?

Happy Death Day is directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and written by Scott Lobdell and Landon. The film also stars Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, and Laura Clifton. If you haven’t seen the trailer and poster yet, you can check them out right here.

Happy Death Day is released in cinemas on Friday 13th October (of course!) »

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New film festival to launch in ‘Twin Peaks’ town

22 September 2017 4:41 AM, PDT

August 2018 will see the arrival of a brand new destination genre festival in the scenic town of North Bend, Washington, with a focus on standout vanguard programming. Best known as the original shooting location for cult-hit and recently rebirthed Twin Peaks, North Bend will be home to the North Bend Film Festival from August 23rd to the 26th. Using the town’s fantastical and mysterious energy that once inspired David Lynch, the festival will set out to fill the void of programming for the progressive audiences in the Pacific Northwest, and to provide a platform for emerging filmmakers. Working directly with the town of North Bend, Nbff will be an event for the local community, Northwest creatives, and national genre film industry to enjoy together.

The fest’s homebase will be the North Bend Theatre, the town’s beautiful art-deco cinema built in 1941, with additional events spread out to historic »

- Phil Wheat

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Ten Best: Phone Scenes in Movies

22 September 2017 4:06 AM, PDT

To celebrate today’s release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – available in stores from today – here’s a list of the Ten Best phone scenes in movies, showcasing some of the most famous telephone calls ever made.

Pillow Talk (1959)

A man and woman share a telephone line and despise each other, but when he sees the woman for the first time and immediately falls for her, he has fun by romancing her with his voice disguised. Pillow Talk was the first of three movies in which Doris Day and Rock Hudson starred together and was named by the National Film Registry for being ‘culturally, historically and aesthetically’ significant.

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

The 1989 American romantic comedy starring Billy Crystal (Harry) and Meg Ryan (Sally) raised the question: ‘Can men and women ever just be friends’? Grossing a total of $92.2 million at the box office, the film’s plot focuses »

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‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice’ comes to iOS and Android

22 September 2017 3:21 AM, PDT

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice the sixth edition to the epic Ace Attorney series is now available for iOS and Android devices. This full-length game is packed to the brim with all-new mysteries and unforgettable courtroom drama.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice sees Phoenix in a brand new location: a courtroom situated in the Kingdom of Khura’in, origin of the Kurain Channeling Technique, where mysterious séance trials decide the fate of all defendants. Brand new to the series is the Divination Séance gameplay mechanic that allows the player to revisit the last moments of a victim’s life. Players must fight to unravel the discrepancies and contradictions between the Royal Priestess’s Insight and what is shown in the séance. Meanwhile, defense attorney Apollo Justice faces his own challenges holding down the fort at the Wright Anything Agency, as he takes on a case that will have explosive implications. »

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The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ get a new teammate!

22 September 2017 2:40 AM, PDT

They’re earth’s mightiest heroes – in space, and beyond! And the Guardians are adding a new member to their team that will make them mightier, as one of Marvel’s best-loved heroes will make the biggest impact when he debuts in All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #12

The Guardians have been tasked with some wacky and big adventures while doing the Grandmaster’s bidding, which includes stealing from The Collector – and Star-Lord even accidentally destroyed one of his favorite mix-tapes. Now, as they prepare for their Legacy arc The Infinity Quest, they’ll have to team up with the group that has been on their tails – the Nova Corps – as well as one ex-Avenger if they want to keep the universe safe.

Who exactly is this Avenger? One of the five Marvel superstars on this cover should give you a hint…

All-new Guardians Of The Galaxy #12

Written by Gerry Duggan »

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Interview: Daniel Draper talks ‘Dennis Skinner: Nature Of The Beast’

22 September 2017 2:01 AM, PDT

Host Stuart Wright talks with documentary writer/director Daniel Draper about his debut feature Dennis Skinner: Nature Of The Beast. A portrait of the committed socialist, trade unionist and Labour politician Dennis Skinner, the film traces his rise as a political icon and examines his hinterland.

Autumn/Winter 2017… It’s screening at national, regional and community cinemas up and down the UK. See website for nearest to you www.dennisskinnerfilm.co.uk

Follow Daniel Draper @Rocky_Sullivan_ and @DSkinnerFilm »

- Stuart Wright

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Production wraps on ‘Tales of Frankenstein’

21 September 2017 11:57 AM, PDT

Production has just wrapped in Los Angeles on the horror film Tales of Frankenstein, starring Game of Death’s Mel Novak and Wolverine creator Len Wein in his final film. The movie is based upon four of writer-director Donald F. Glut’s (The Empire Strikes Back novel) short stories published in his book of the same name:

“My Creation, My Beloved,” (a deformed descendant of Victor Frankenstein creates the perfect man and woman), “Crawler from the Grave,” (another Frankenstein descendant’s disembodied, plague-infected arm returns from the grave for revenge), “Madhouse of Death” (a private detective winds up in an old dark house filled with loonies…and a gorilla) and “Dr. Karnstein’s Creation,” (a mad doctor creates a monster in vampire-haunted Transylvania – with gruesomely unexpected results).

Tales of Frankenstein also stars Jerry Lacy (TV’s Dark Shadows), Ann Robinson (War of the Worlds), Beverly Washburn (Old Yeller), John Blyth Barrymore, »

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‘American Horror Story – Cult 7×03: Neighbours from Hell’ Review

21 September 2017 10:01 AM, PDT

If I was to write that American Horror Story: Cult is a brave show to air on television, I’m sure many would say “no, it just sucks.” The thing is with this year’s choice of subject, which has a focus more on the psychological, it is going to divide viewers. This is a year that is definitely trying to mess with anybody who chooses to watch it. The question is going to be, is the risk worth it?

After the shooting, last week Ally (Sarah Paulson) finds herself exonerated from any blame for her actions. This doesn’t make everybody happy though as Ally and Ivy (Alison Pill) find out when they find protests outside their restaurant. With Kai (Evan Peters) showing support for Ally though, just what is he up to?

This week’s episode managed to at first confuse me as to what it was trying to achieve, »

- Paul Metcalf

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‘Mantis Burn Racing’ coming to the Switch

21 September 2017 9:21 AM, PDT

UK based indie developer and publisher, VooFoo Studios, have announced that their award-nominated top-down racing game, Mantis Burn Racing, is coming soon to the Nintendo Switch.

Mantis Burn Racing is a visually stunning, action-packed top-down racing game that combines real-world ‘fun’ physics with intuitive controls in highly competitive ‘one-more-go’ style races that players of all ages and abilities can enjoy. Prove your race skills in 5 unique classes of vehicles over an extensive 11-season career with multiple challenges in fast, frenetic, bumper-to-bumper races where winning is everything!

From the press release:

“Mantis Burn Racing’s addictive pick-up-and-play style game play has already been very well received on PS4, Xbox One and Steam” said Mark Williams, Technology Director at VooFoo Studios. “The game’s broad appeal and addictive couch multiplayer make it a great fit for the Nintendo audience and we can’t wait to give Switch players the chance to play »

- Kat Wheat

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New trailer and image from action thriller ‘The Commuter’

21 September 2017 8:41 AM, PDT

StudioCanal have released a new trailer and first image for The Commuter – the latest action-thriller thriller from director Jaume Collet-Serra, which reunites him with his Unknown and Non-Stop star Liam Neeson, who appears in the film alongside Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Sam Neill.

Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman, Michael, on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers.

The Commuter is relased in cinemas on 19th January 2018. »

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From VHS to VOD #4

21 September 2017 8:01 AM, PDT

We’ve covered plenty of obscure films available on iTunes in previous From VHS to VOD columns but Apple’s digital service is not the only VOD service making waves into the strange and obscure – there’s plenty of odd, unseen and unreleased (well unreleased on disc formats) films available on Amazon Video.

Unlike iTunes, a lot of the more obscure titles are only available for streaming rather than purchase, though the wide variety of films you don’t, and probably won’t see elsewhere makes up for that. Like iTunes there are some truly obscure films hidden away in the depths of Amazon’s vast collection of movies. Some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form!

So, with that said here’s highlight some of the best (well, »

- Phil Wheat

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Marvel announce more ‘Marvel Legacy’ creative teams

21 September 2017 7:28 AM, PDT

Marvel have announced another selection of titles that will make up the Marvel Legacy relaunch, including The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel and Generation X. Check out the cover artwork, creative teams and (re)numbering chart for Gen X below:

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #27: The Forbidden Pla-nut Part 1

Written by Ryan North

Art by Erica Henderson

Ms Marvel #25: Teenage Wasteland Part 1

Written by G. Willow Wilson

Art by Nico Leon

Generation X #85: Og Gen X Part 1

Written by Christina Strain

Art by Amilcar Pinna »

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Tokyo Games Show 2017: ‘Left Alive’ Announcement Trailer

21 September 2017 6:41 AM, PDT

Left Alive is a brand-new survival action shooter coming, courtesy of Square Enix, to PlayStation 4 and Steam in 2018… Veteran developers, Toshifumi Nabeshima (director, Armored Core series), Yoji Shinkawa (character designer, Metal Gear series), and Takayuki Yanase (mech designer, Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Xenoblade Chronicles X) join forces to create Left Alive’s dark and gritty world.

Check out the announcement trailer and screenshots from the game below: »

- Kat Wheat

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‘Death Fighter’ Review

21 September 2017 6:01 AM, PDT

Stars: Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, Matt Mullins, Joe Lewis, Chiranan Manochaem, Jawed El Berni, Gigi Velicitat, Yuhkoh Matsuguchi, Prasit Suanphaka, Wirat Kemklad | Written by Lawrence Riggins | Directed by Toby Russell

Originally filmed as White Tiger back in 2012, Russell’s film apparently sat in legal limbo until Vision Films, thankfully, picked the film up for release as the newly monikered Death Fighter.

The final film to feature the late Joe Lewis (Jaguar Lives, Force Five) who was – Fyi – one of only 5 men to ever defeat Chuck Norris in combat, Death Fighter is headlined by Matt Mullins (Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight, Mortal Kombat: Legacy) as a young American cop who witnesses his mentor’s murder in a trade deal gone wrong and finds himself on the wrong side of the law in Thailand. With a bounty on his head, he teams up with a mercenary (Wilson), out to settle a score of his own, »

- Phil Wheat

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PQube announce release of ‘Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition’

21 September 2017 5:21 AM, PDT

PQube have announced that they will be releasing the Ultimate Edition of WayForward’s critically acclaimed action-platformer, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, in Europe on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in 2018.

The Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition includes the original game along with The Pirate Queen’s Quest, and the upcoming Friends Mode and Costumes Mode Dlc; and featuring full HD for the first time, with gorgeously animated hand drawn graphics that brings the magical world of Sequin Land to life in ways never seen before!

As the defender of Scuttle Town, Shantae has defeated steam-powered pirates, sinister undead and a military takeover in a bid to keep her home town safe, but now, the sassy half-genie must rise to the occasion once again as the Queen of the Seven Seas, Risky Boots, plots to steal a newly discovered limitless source of power.

The Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition is coming both physically »

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