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The Child In Time review

22 September 2017 2:21 PM, PDT

Louisa Mellor Sep 24, 2017

The BBC adaptation of Ian McEwan’s The Child In Time is a sensitively told story about resilience. Spoilers ahead…

This review contains spoilers.

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“Keep breathing”. The final words from Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in A Child In Time are a summary of its message. Through trauma and though loss, the film urges, keep going. Keep breathing.

When their three year old daughter Kate goes missing from a busy supermarket, central characters Stephen and Julie (Cumberbatch and Kelly Macdonald) suffer the kind of loss from which recovery seems impossible. Kate is never found and her fate is never told. She spends the film both alive and dead, a presence and an absence.

The Child In Time though, isn’t Kate’s story; it’s Stephen’s. And it’s resolutely a story about emotional resilience, »

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The Mask: extra nerdy facts about the 1990s Jim Carrey hit

22 September 2017 7:49 AM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 24, 2017

The Mask started life as a horror movie - but it'd turn into the film that made Jim Carrey a flat-out movie star...

Summer 1994 was an unpredictable time at the box office for Hollywood studios. The year before, Jurassic Park had smashed box office records, but twelve months on, films such as The Flintstones and Beverly Hills Cop 3 were struggling to emulate its success. There were some solid hits: The Client, Maverick and True Lies, for instance. But there was also a sense of things changing. The big money of summer 1994 was being taken by sleeper successes such as Forrest Gump and Speed.

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In the midst of this, though, emerged two brand new movie stars.

In February 1994, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective had introduced the world properly to Jim Carrey on the big screen, »

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Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams episode 2 review: Impossible Planet

22 September 2017 3:56 AM, PDT

Louisa Mellor Sep 24, 2017

The second story in the Electric Dreams anthology series takes us into space with mixed results…

This review contains spoilers.

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1.2 Impossible Planet

Like trousers with an elasticated waist, sci-fi is naturally forgiving of flab. As a genre, it stretches comfortably over excess and accommodates unattractive lumps. Tale full of high-reaching themes but no convincing characters? Stick a robot in it, give everyone tosser haircuts and job done. Have a ponderous philosophical point to make but can’t quite join up your story elements? Set it on a spaceship, call it literary sci-fi and nobody will notice.

They will notice, of course, because what’s being described above is bad sci-fi. Disappointingly, Impossible Planet, the second instalment in the Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams anthology series, is closer to that than the good stuff. »

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Unbreakable actors join M Night Shyamalan’s Glass

21 September 2017 10:44 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 22, 2017

Two supporting players from Unbreakable will be reprising their roles in the upcoming Glass..

M Night Shyamalan is about to start filming work on Glass, which will be a follow-up of sorts to his 2000 hit, Unbreakable. The movie already has a cast that sees Bruce Willis reprising the role of David Dunn, whilst Samuel L Jackson is back as well. Furthermore, James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy are also in the ensemble this time.

The last fresh casting news we had on the movie was a week or two back, when we learned that Sarah Paulson was being added to the film. Now, though, we also hear that Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard, both of whom featured in Unbreakable, will be returning for the new movie too.

Production begins imminently on the film, which has a release date of January 2019. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more… »

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Isle Of Dogs: first trailer for Wes Anderson’s latest

21 September 2017 10:39 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 22, 2017

Wes Anderson goes back to stop motion animation for the first time since Fantastic Mr Fox. Meet Isle Of Dogs...

For his new movie, director Wes Anderson is returning to stop motion animation for the first time since his Roald Dahl adaptation, Fantastic Mr Fox. In this case, the new film is Isle Of Dogs, which arrives in cinemas early-ish next year. A first trailer and a synopsis have now been released.

Here, then, is the trailer for the new movie…

As for the synopsis…

Isle Of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, »

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Gotham season 4 episode 1 review: Pax Penguina

21 September 2017 6:14 PM, PDT

Kayti Burt Sep 22, 2017

Gotham's Season 4 premiere brings up some interesting questions about crime and justice... and addresses none of them.

This review contains spoilers.

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4.1 Pax Penguina

When we catch back up with the Gotham crew in the Season 4 premiere, it has been three months since the events of the Season 3 finale. And guess what? Crime is at an all-time low. Huzzah! Gotham is saved! 

This is in no small part to the crime licensing program Penguin has implemented across the city. If you don't have a licence to commit a crime (which, depicted here, seem to be mostly robberies) and you go ahead and try to anyway, then Penguin will sic Victor Zsasz on you. If you do have a licence, rob away!

You have to hand it to Penguin. He has done »

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BoJack Horseman has been renewed for season 5

21 September 2017 11:14 AM, PDT

Joseph Baxter Sep 22, 2017

BoJack Horseman season 5 is officially happening, as Netflix renews its acclaimed animated series...

Fans of animated alcoholic anthropomorphic equines have a reason to celebrate, since Netflix’s ultra-irreverent, sometimes-satirical, animated series BoJack Horseman just nabbed itself a renewal for season 5.

Netflix made BoJack Horseman's fifth season official today in a fourth-wall-breaking, typically BoJack Horseman kind of way, citing the assertions of its message-bombarding 'Clingy Execs' to make the announcement, accompanied by a video.

The announcement arrives less than two weeks after season 4 made its debut on September 8. The season 5 renewal, tellingly, comes as the still-fresh fourth season currently carries a 96% approval on Rotten Tomatoes.

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BoJack Horseman (@BoJackHorseman) September 21, 2017

BoJack Horseman launched in 2014, depicting the ambivalent, alcohol-addled title character as a horse (Will Arnett) who formerly starred in a hit TV sitcom in the 1990s, as he muddles his way through post-stardom life. »

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Amityville: The Awakening heads to Google Play for free

21 September 2017 11:14 AM, PDT

David Crow Sep 22, 2017

The long belated release of Amityville: The Awakening, with Bella Thorne and Jennifer Jason Leigh, is upon you... and it's free?

Horror revivals are all the rage right now. And why shouldn’t they be? Warner Bros. and New Line’s new take on the Ballad of Pennywise in It has dominated the September box office in a big way. So maybe there’s hope yet for Jigsaw and Leatherface this October? (Granted, neither can bust a move like ol’ Pennywise can.) But forget about monsters. Demonic houses and wrecked real estate also wants in on the action, hence Amityville: The Awakening is finally having its release.

Yep, this horror feature from Dimensions Films and Blumhouse Productions has moved around the release calendar more times than a possessed kitchen chair making its witching hour rounds. Yet the Bella Thorne starring horror revival is getting a belated premiere… »

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Resident Evil 7: Not A Hero Dlc trailer

21 September 2017 9:14 AM, PDT

Matthew Byrd Sep 22, 2017

Our first look at Resident Evil 7's long-awaited Dlc release - here's the trailer for Not a Hero...

Good news! Capcom has finally released a gameplay trailer for Resident Evil 7's previously delayed Dlc release, Not A Hero. 

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Fair warning: This trailer contains a pretty detailed look at the upcoming add-on. If you're looking to remain entirely spoiler-free, you may want to avert your eyes.

As previously noted, Not A Hero will star Chris Redfield on a mission to clean up the sizeable mess that the final events of Resident Evil 7 caused. 

Based on the footage revealed thus far, it seems that Not A Hero is going to be much more action-oriented than the base game was. Not A Hero's Ui even resembles one you might find in a more traditional action-oriented game. »

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Square Enix want to bring Final Fantasy 15 to Nintendo Switch

21 September 2017 9:14 AM, PDT

Matthew Byrd Sep 22, 2017

Director Hajime Tabata wants to find a way to make Final Fantasy 15 work on the Nintendo Switch...

If Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata has his way, Switch owners will be able to play the latest Final Fantasy game on Nintendo's hit console. 

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The question is whether or not the Switch version of Final Fantasy 15 will be a full port of the game or a reimagined experience tailor-made for the Switch's features. 

"We're actually doing very specific technical investigations into what's possible at the moment," Tabata told Eurogamer. "Where we are at the moment - we've completed those tests and have worked out where the ground lies. We're currently in the middle of the discussion and debate about what we should be doing, and how to realise that on the Switch. »

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Geeks Vs Loneliness: finding (and keeping) confidence for writing

21 September 2017 2:45 AM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 22, 2017

A few words for those of you who find yourselves stuck in a creative rut...

A friend of mine has always wanted to write. To even get them to the keys of a computer, with a blank word processing page right in front of them, has taken them a mental effort to get there. To then get words out of their head, onto the screen, in any kind of logical order that they’re then proud of? It felt and feels insurmountable.

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But, even people who struggle with confidence, and giving things a go, occasionally have a day of light. And on that day, words spilled out. A page of text that they felt was theirs had been produced. All was going well. Then they showed it to someone.

They showed it to a friend, »

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The Joker origins movie screenplay nearly ready

20 September 2017 10:08 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 21, 2017

Warner Bros might just have its Joker origins movie ready to film next year at this rate...

It looks like news broke of the planned The Joker origins movie that Warner Bros is setting up long after work had actually begun on the film. This is the movie that won’t feature Jared Leto as The Joker (although he will be back in at least two films, including Suicide Squad 2), will be overseen by Martin Scorsese in some capacity, and that The Hangover’s Todd Phillips is set to direct.

Furthermore, it looks like the project may be on the fast track.

Variety is reporting that the screenplay for the movie is expected to be handed over to Warner Bros next week. It’s a fair assumption that the studio will want to do some tinkering work with it, and the script that lands may, of course, »

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New British animation studio inks major 20th Century Fox deal

20 September 2017 9:58 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 21, 2017

Locksmith Animation will be making animated movies for 20th Century Fox in London...

We’ve been following the story of Locksmith Animation for some time now. The company was set up in 2014 to make high end CG animated features in the UK. The people behind it are long-time Aardman producer Julie Lockhart, Arthur Christmas writer/director Sarah Smith and Elisabeth Murdoch.

Previously, it looked as if Locksmith was going to making its film for Paramount Pictures. But yesterday, it was announced that the studio had entered into a deal with 20th Century Fox. This makes sense, too. Fox’s agreement to distribute DreamWorks Animation movies came to an end with the wonderful Captain Underpants, and whilst it still has a pipeline of films through Blue Sky Studios – Ferdinand is next – it has capacity for more movies on its slate.

Locksmith Animation will thus be aiming to release »

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Avatar sequels finally start filming next week

20 September 2017 9:45 PM, PDT

Simon Brew Sep 21, 2017

James Cameron confirms that filming will finally start on his quartet of Avatar sequels this coming Monday...

They’ve been a very, very long time coming, but writer/director James Cameron will finally start filming his four Avatar sequels next week.

A start date of September 25th has been confirmed by Cameron, with the technology required now fully in place, and pre-production complete. The cast for the new films includes Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang. Avatar 2 is due in cinemas in December 2020, and then the films will come fairly constantly until we get the final planned movie – Avatar 4 – in 2025.

More news on the films as we get it, of course. But it may yet be a bit of a wait…

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Mark Strong interview - Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Stardust, Kick-Ass

20 September 2017 12:51 PM, PDT

Duncan Bowles Sep 21, 2017

Mark Strong chats to us about Kingsman 2, reuniting with Matthew Vaughn, and the brilliant Stardust...

Spoilers for Sherlock Holmes and Kick-Ass 2 lie ahead. We've also marked a bit in big red letters where we talk about a specific Kingsman 2 spoiler.

While Matthew Vaughn has been the director responsible for a string of fantastic movies, his talisman in front of the camera and a core part of his cinematic journey since Stardust, is Mark Strong. As the superbly villainous (or some might say driven) Septimus, a character just as mesmerising dead or alive, Strong imbued him with a roguish evil that really made him stand out in a packed and stellar cast line-up. His next project with Vaughn saw him take up arms (and fists) against a teenage due in Kick-Ass, doling out a new definition of ‘Daddy issues’ yet giving Frank D’Amico a »

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Sabrina The Teenage Witch series in the works

20 September 2017 12:14 PM, PDT

John Saavedra Sep 21, 2017

The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina is coming to The CW in 2018, as a companion series to Riverdale...

File this under amazing news: Sabrina the Teenage Witch is getting her own series on The CW from the people who brought you the fantastic Riverdale, which is basically the world of Archie via Twin Peaks and Gossip Girl. The series is fittingly called The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, which is also the name of the best horror comic currently being published by Archie Horror. It is amazing, and if this show is anything like that spooky, dark book, this show is on the right track. 

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Anyway, objectivity and all that. 

Based on Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack's aforementioned comic, the series will tell the story of Sabrina's occult origins. The dark coming-of-age story deals with horror, »

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New Game Of Thrones spin-off in development

20 September 2017 12:14 PM, PDT

David Crow Sep 21, 2017

The fifth Game Of Thrones prequel spin-off has been confirmed...

HBO has been coy up until now about whether George R.R. Martin was accurate when he blogged that a fifth Game Of Thrones spinoff was in development, but now EW is confirming it as a definite, and Bryan Cogman is writing the project.

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As per EW, the fan-respected Game Of Thrones writer and producer has been attached for months to an unnamed project set in the world of Westeros, and he’s working closely with Martin himself to bring it to fruition. When and where the series would take place in the vast universe created by Martin’s 'A Song Of Ice And Fire' is a complete mystery, however it will almost certainly be a prequel, as the other four projects in development are. »

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Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck gets a trailer

20 September 2017 12:14 PM, PDT

David Crow Sep 21, 2017

Todd Haynes' next film, Wonderstruck, has a new trailer featuring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams.

We’re living in a brave new world of moviemaking when some of the year's best films have been released by either Amazon Studios (The Lost City Of Z and The Big Sick) or Netflix (Okja). That number might also soon increase since Amazon Studios is partnering with Todd Haynes, the Oscar nominated writer-director of Far From Heaven and Carol. Indeed, one needs to look no further than the first trailer for Wonderstruck to get an idea of the potential inherent in his next project.

Set to debut later this year at the New York Film Festival, Wonderstruck is the anticipated adaptation of Brian Selzick’s New York Times best-selling book (Selzick also wrote the screenplay for the movie). In Wonderstruck, the narrative will transition between two complementary but seemingly separated stories. »

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Benedict Cumberbatch interview: The Child In Time

20 September 2017 11:50 AM, PDT

Caroline Preece Sep 21, 2017

In July, we had a brief roundtable chat with Benedict Cumberbatch about producing and starring in The Child In Time...

The first television adaptation of Ian McEwan’s work, the BBC’s upcoming TV movie version of award-winning novel The Child In Time will also mark the first outing for Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch as producer with his company, SunnyMarch.

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Set in present day rather than the 80s setting of the novel, The Child in Time follows children’s author Stephen Lewis (Cumberbatch) as he struggles to come to terms with and move forward from the disappearance of his daughter two years earlier. His marriage to wife Julie (Kelly Macdonald) crumbling and left alone by his friends Charles (Stephen Campbell Moore) and Thelma (Saskia Reeves), Stephen must reckon with the nature of grief, »

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CODumentary review

20 September 2017 11:46 AM, PDT

A new documentary charts the history of the Call Of Duty videogames. Here's our review...

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The Call Of Duty videogame series is, as gamers will attest, a juggernaut. It attracts revenues akin to those of blockbuster movies, cost about as much to make, and every year, queues of people turn up for a midnight opening to get their hands on the new release. Not bad for a franchise that started in 2003, and has now become one of the very biggest videogaming - and entertainment - series on the planet.

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In that 14 years, though, it’s a game series that’s had its fair share of bumps, and the release of CODumentary – essentially a fan-made, unofficial exploration of the franchise – is a welcome one. It’s from writer-director Jonathan Beales, and his film »

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