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Star Wars Battlefront II campaign length revealed

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One of the big complaints about Star Wars Battlefront was the lack of a single player campaign mode, but that’s something EA has rectified with the upcoming sequel Star Wars Battlefront II, including a new mode which puts us into the shoes of Iden Versio, an Imperial special forces commando out for revenge against the Rebellion following the death of Emperor Palpatine.

During the week, EA unveiled a new trailer and screenshots showcasing the single player mode, and now producer David Robillard of Motive Studios, one of the game’s developers, has revealed to Press Start how long we can expect the campaign to last.

“We thought that around 5-7, maybe 8 hours is probably a good amount of time,” said Robillard. “We wanted to stay very driven towards the Star Wars fantasy that the players are going to experience and not have it be drawn out.”

What do you make of that campaign length? »

- Gary Collinson

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Blade Runner 2049’s Sylvia Hoeks joins The Girl in the Spider’s Web

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Last month it was announced that The Crown’s Claire Foy has been cast as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Spider’s Web, and now comes word from Variety that Blade Runner 2049 star Sylvia Hoeks has signed on to play Lisbeth’s evil twin sister Camilla.

Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe) is directing the film, which will reboot Sony’s Millennium franchise following the 2011 adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The script has been written by Alvarez, Jay Basu and Steven Knight, from David Lagercrantz’s novel of the same name.

Dutch actress Hoeks portrayed Luv in Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, and will next be seen in the Luc Besson scripted action thriller Renegades alongside Sullivan Stapleton, J.K. Simmons and Charlie Bewley.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is set for release on October 5th 2018. »

- Gary Collinson

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Darkest Hour gets a series of character posters

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With just a month to go until it arrives in Us cinemas, five character posters have been released for the upcoming biographical drama Darkest Hour featuring Gary Oldman as Winston ChurchillKristin Scott Thomas as Clementine Churchill, Ben Mendelsohn as King George VILily James as Elizabeth Layton, and Stephen Dillane as Viscount Halifax; check them out here…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Darkest Hour here

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the »

- Amie Cranswick

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Official synopsis released for Dwayne Johnson’s Skyscraper

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Universal Pictures has released the official synopsis for Skyscraper, the upcoming Dwayne Johnson action thriller, which reunites The Rock with his Central Intelligence director Rawshall Marshall Thurber. Check it out here…

Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford, who now assesses security for skyscrapers.  On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it.  A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line.

Skyscraper is set for release on July 13th 2018, and sees Johnson joined in the cast by Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber, Byron Mann, Hannah Quinlivan, Noah Taylor, Roland Møller and Chin Han. »

- Gary Collinson

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Terminator 6 will start shooting in March

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Last month it was officially announced that Tim Miller (Deadpool) is set to direct a Terminator reboot, which is being produced by James Cameron and will serve as a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, with both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton returning to the cast.

Well, thanks to production tracking site My Entertainment World (via Omega Underground), we now have word that filming on the currently-untitled movie is set to get underway in March 2018, and the project will shoot in Hungary and Spain.

Although details are being kept under wraps, we do know that the new movie will “embrace” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s age, as well as introducing a new young female lead. Given that production is seemingly only a few months away, expect to hear more news on the project soon.

See Also: James Cameron says Terminator 6 views the later sequels as “a bad dream”

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- Gary Collinson

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October Horrors 2017 Day 22 – Angel Heart (1987)

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Angel Heart, 1987.

Directed by Alan Parker.

Starring Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, and Charlotte Rampling.

Synopsis:

It’s 1955, and New York-based private investigator Harry Angel is hired by the mysterious businessmen Louis Cyphre to track down Johnny Favourite, an elusive lounge singer who owes Cyphre a very large debt. As he investigates, Angel finds himself embroiled in a dark mystery of violence, murder, and mysticism, with the hunt for Favourite leaving many bodies in its wake.

With its dodgy dames, greasy gumshoes, dimly lit alleys, and jazzy booze soaked mysteries, noir is simply one of the coolest and most fascinating genres ever to have existed.

Noir while fascinating on its own is, in my view, at its most engaging and interesting when writers and directors try to mix it with other genres. An easy example to point to would be Ridley Scott’s melding of noir with science »

- Graeme Robertson

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Exclusive Interview: Gerard Butler on Geostorm, Gods of Egypt and more

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Ahead of its theatrical release this past week, Flickering Myth’s Thomas Harris caught up with leading man Gerard Butler to discuss his role in the Dean Devlin-directed disaster film Geostorm, as well as his last blockbuster outing in Gods of Egypt. Check out the interview below, or watch it over on our YouTube channel…

See Also: Exclusive Interview: Jim Sturgess discusses Geostorm, Across the Universe and more

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it.

Geostorm is out now and features a cast that includes Gerard Butler, »

- Gary Collinson

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The Week in Star Wars – Han Solo movie gets a title, The Last Jedi tracking huge opening weekend, “Evil” Luke Skywalker theories and more

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Your weekend edition of The Week in Star Wars features a big update from the Han Solo spin-off movie, The Last Jedi’s box office tracking (and new images), Mark Hamill talking fan theories and much more…

We’ll kick off this week’s edition of The Week in Star Wars with news from the Han Solo movie camp, with Ron Howard announcing on Twitter that production has wrapped on the spin-off outing. Not only that, but he revealed the official title is now Solo: A Star Wars Story. No real surprises there…

…Moving over to Star Wars: The Last Jedi now, and some new promo art was released which offered a first look at the space horses, and a new image of Laura Dern’s Admiral Holdo was also released…

…Following the latest trailer for The Last Jedi, several fans have started theories about whether or not Luke Skywalker »

- Luke Owen

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The Dark Tower TV series will be a complete reboot, says Stephen King

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Sony’s big screen adaptation of The Dark Tower may have been a critical and commercial failure, but it seems that the planned TV series Wizard and Glass remains a possibility – although as author Stephen King has revealed to Vulture, should this move ahead, it will likely be a complete reboot with no ties to the feature film.

“The major challenge was to do a film based on a series of books that’s really long, about 3,000 pages,” said King. “The other part of it was the decision to do a PG-13 feature adaptation of books that are extremely violent and deal with violent behavior in a fairly graphic way. That was something that had to be overcome, although I’ve gotta say, I thought [screenwriter] Akiva Goldsman did a terrific job in taking a central part of the book and turning it into what I thought was a pretty good movie. »

- Gary Collinson

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CBS developing Magnum P.I. reboot

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Deadline is reporting that CBS has given a pilot production commitment to Magnum P.I., a reboot of the classic U.S. television series starring Tom Selleck. Peter Lenkov is overseeing the project, having successfully revived both Hawaii Five-o and MacGyver., and is penning ths cript with Hawaii Five-o co-showrunner Eric Guggenheim.

The site reports that the new series “follows Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy Seal who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. With help from fellow vets Theodore “Tc” Calvin and Orville “Rick” Wright, as well as that of disavowed former Mi:6 agent Juliet Higgins, Magnum takes on the cases no one else will, helping those who have no one else to turn to.”

Last year, ABC announced that it was developing its own Magnum P.I. sequel from John Rogers (Leverage) and Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), which woudl have followed »

- Gary Collinson

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Why David Fincher Is Right And Wrong About Marvel

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Neil Calloway asks whether making movies for Marvel is what directors want…

David Fincher has become the latest director to stick his oar in and have a slight pop at Marvel studios. Nothing surprising there, it’s sort of his job to fly the flag for grown up drama and it’s certainly his job to get the word out about his new Netflix show. It won’t harm Marvel Studios at all; at the moment it looks like nothing will damage that juggernaut.

It’s sort of what indie film-makers do now; slag off comic book movies, and retain the moral high ground in a way that only a man who used to direct Paula Abdul and Madonna videos can. Of course, there’s a reason we should listen to David Fincher when he talks about young directors and the dangers they face when helming a big film; he’s been there. »

- Neil Calloway

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Arnold Schwarzenegger expects Twins sequel Triplets to shoot next year

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It looks like the James Cameron-produced Terminator reboot may not be the only one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s past glories he’ll be revisiting next year, as the action icon has confirmed to Business Insider that he expects the long-rumoured Twins sequel Triplets to shoot in 2018.

“I had a conversation yesterday with my agent and he said that the script will be finished in 14 days,” said Schwarzenegger during a promotional interview for his new film Killing Gunther. “Ivan Reitman is extremely happy with what he’s seen so far, he just wants to make a few tweaks, so that’s music to my ears. I think sometime beginning of next year we can shoot the film. Everyone is happy to do this movie.”

The Twins sequel was first announced back in 2012, with Schwarzenegger’s Julius and Danny DeVito’s Vincent set to be joined by a third brother, played by Eddie Murphy. »

- Gary Collinson

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Iron Man 3’s Ty Simpkins returning for Avengers 4

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Over the past few weeks we’ve had several Marvel superheroes confirmed for the cast of the currently in production Avengers 4, and now we have word of a supporting character set to make his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with IMDb reporting that Ty Simpkins is set to reprise his Iron Man 3 role as Harley Keener.

The now 16-year-old Simpkins played the young tech genius in the last Iron Man solo movie, and reportedly signed a three-film deal with Marvel at the time, prompting speculation that his character could go on to become a superhero character in his own right, perhaps as a version of Nova, or even a successor to Tony Stark as Iron Man.

Given that Avengers 4 is set to mark an end and a new beginning for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, perhaps Simpkins’ Harley is being prepped for a bigger role in Phase Four?

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- Gary Collinson

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Movie Review – The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer, 2017.

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Bill Camp, and Alicia Silverstone.

Synopsis:

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Hitchcockian horror and Greek tragedy emanate from beginning to end in The Killing of a Sacred Deer, the latest dementedly fucked up yet simultaneously darkly humorous film from Yorgos Lanthimos (2015’s The Lobster and Dogtooth). It’s clear from the get-go that the auteur isn’t concerned with characters that behave authentically or grounded realism, as certain key elements of the plot are intentionally not explained whatsoever. Any explanation would just be silly anyway and distract from the heavy psychological trauma burdening the idyllic, well-off family at the film’s center, »

- Robert Kojder

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film gets a title and synopsis

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Focus Features has revealed the official title of Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film as Phantom Thread.

The drama sees the acclaimed director reunite with his There Will Be blood star Daniel Day-Lewis (in what will be the three-time Oscar winner’s finale role before his retirement), alongside Lesley Manville, Camilla Rutherford, and Vicky Krieps.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he »

- Amie Cranswick

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Giveaway – Win Your Name on DVD

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Take home the body-swapping romance that captivated the world with the highly anticipated release of “Your Name”. Critically acclaimed and as beautifully written as it is animated, this spellbinding story of love and youth is the perfect gift for the anime or film fan in your life. Read on for details of how to win yourself a copy on DVD…

“One thing is certain. If we see each other, we’ll know.”

Mitsuha (Mone Kamishiraishi) and Taki (Ryunosuke Kamiki) have never met, but when the frustrated country girl wishes of a life in the big city, they will forge a connection both unexplainable and unforgettable.

In their dreams, the two swap lives, cultures and genders as they learn more about, and grow closer to, each other. What was once a shock becomes a joy-filled double life, but what will happen when they discover the red string of fate tying them together? »

- Gary Collinson

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Prime 1 Studio’s Batman: Arkham Knight Joker collectible statue available to pre-order

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Sideshow has released a batch of promotional images for Prime 1 Studio’s Joker statue which is based on the appearance of the Clown Prince of Crime in Batman: Arkham Knight. The DC collectible is limited to 800 pieces and is available to pre-order now, priced at $999; take a look at the images here…

See Also: Pre-order via Sideshow Collectibles

Sideshow and Prime 1 Studio are proud to present The Joker from Batman: Arkham Knight. The Joker was an insane, homicidal supervillain, and the arch nemesis of Batman. His white skin, green hair and blood red lips belied the chaotic nature that underlay his cartoonish appearance. The extremely intelligent self-styled “Clown Prince of Crime” had no superpowers beyond a capacity for incredible violence and a skill at creating deadly mayhem, and frequently concocted elaborate schemes to entrap his nemesis. He serves as the main antagonist of Arkham Origins and Arkham Asylum, is one »

- Amie Cranswick

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QC Entertainment and Good Universe snap up Max Landis horror Decon

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Deadline is reporting that QC Entertainment and Good Universe are teaming up to finance and produce Decon, a horror penned by Max Landis (Chronicle, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency).

The project, which is set to begin production early in the new year, revolves around a young medical prodigy who is pushed to the mental, physical and emotional brink over the course of one night, after joining an elite team of doctors that treat the rarest, most gruesome and dangerous illnesses on Earth.

“Max and his wildly imaginative original screenplay are the type of bold storyteller and storytelling we passionately discover and make at QC,” said QC’s McKittrick and Mansfield. “We can’t wait to make this film with him and our partners at Good Universe.”

Landis’ latest film Bright, which he has written and produced, is set for release this December. He is also attached to direct a »

- Gary Collinson

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Comic Book Review – Optimus Prime: First Strike #1

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Ricky Church reviews Optimus Prime: First Strike #1…

Its not unusual for a big comic book event to have several tie-in issues to the main series, telling companion stories with some of the supporting characters to either help expand the event’s scope or fill in some gaps. What is unusual, however, is to have an issue flash back to the very beginning of the event just after the penultimate issue has come out. That is the case with Optimus Prime: First Strike #1 as it takes place just before and during First Strike #1, showing some different events than the first issue.

In that way, Optimus Prime: First Strike #1 somewhat fails as a tie-in issue. It doesn’t really show anything new from Baron Ironblood’s opening salvo against Cybertron, at least with how it relates to the title character. The issue goes into Optimus Prime’s hopes for the peaceful co-existence »

- Ricky Church

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Gerard Butler says Angel Has Fallen is the series’ Logan

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Back in October it was announced that Gerard Butler is set to return as Secret Service agent Mike Banning for Angel Has Fallen, a sequel to the hit action films Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen, and in an interview with Cinema Blend to promote his new film Geostorm, Butler has revealed that the third movie is set to deliver a more character-focussed story, similar to that of this year’s Logan.

“You know, it’s fun to watch a city falling or the White House falling, and it’s fun to watch it again, and you go ‘what?’ The joke would be, ‘What’s next? Tokyo?’ Ok. So let’s take it in another direction and go inner world, and it just feels a little more surprising. It was almost like Logan was to Wolverine, is our Angel Has Fallen was to the first two.”

See Also: Exclusive Interview: Gerard Butler on Geostorm, »

- Gary Collinson

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