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The first glimpse of Tintin and two clips from Super 8

The first glimpse of Tintin and two clips from Super 8

When I heard that they were making a mo-cap adaptation of Hergé’s Tintin, I was dubious like so many others. Do modern audiences even like the source material? But the pedigree of talent involved is impressive – the first chapter is directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson and written by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish. Something tells me […]

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Charlie Brooker gazes into ‘Black Mirror’

Charlie Brooker gazes into ‘Black Mirror’

Charlie Brooker will be turning his misanthropic talents to a brand-spanking new TV programme called Black Mirror for Channel 4. After his superlative zombie-horror Dead Set, it’s nice to see Brooker is honing his gift for scriptwriting and barbed dialogue once more, but what’s more exciting is the fact that Black Mirror has been described as a ‘satirical drama for the social media […]

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Yabba, Dabba, D’oh! Seth MacFarlane reboots The Flintstones

Yabba, Dabba, D’oh! Seth MacFarlane reboots The Flintstones

The last time Bedrock’s cartoon family appeared on the big screen, we got the Steven Spielberg-produced, John Goodman-starring The Flintstones, which was such a colossal failure that it more or less killed the property. But it appears that Fred and Barney will be returning to both multiplex and television screens via Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. 

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AWESOME ALBUMS #2: Black Sabbath – Sabotage (1975)

AWESOME ALBUMS #2: Black Sabbath – Sabotage (1975)
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THE EDITORIAL: One Day (To Avoid the Cinema)

THE EDITORIAL: One Day (To Avoid the Cinema)

It’s a bit of a faux pas for a bloke to talk about romantic comedies, but the movie adaptation of David Nicholls’ bestselling book One Day hits the cinema this autumn. Unfortunately, I’m expecting it to arrive with a whimper, not a bang, as I’ve seen the movie trailer and have concluded it looks like it’s going to be complete […]

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MOVIE/TV ROUND-UP: Cancellations, Scorsese & Von Trier, Penn & Bale, Malick’s Tree of Life, Straw Dogs, Cars 2

MOVIE/TV ROUND-UP: Cancellations, Scorsese & Von Trier, Penn & Bale, Malick’s Tree of Life, Straw Dogs, Cars 2

The topics this week: Reboots, remakes, sequels and unlikely collaborations. Let’s start with the televisual side of things. ABC have cancelled the popular V, which was a rehash of the cult 80’s series. I’m guessing the alien invasion epic was just too costly for the network to produce. I never gave it a chance despite the presence of Firefly‘s Morena Baccarin. […]

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Xbox fanboys still laughing it up at Sony and PSN’s expense

Xbox fanboys still laughing it up at Sony and PSN’s expense

UPDATE: PSN now appears to be operational again. Original article follows. The PlayStation Network is still down. While I don’t pretend to know the specifics of how the PSN was hacked, what I do know is that the constant squabbling between Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, and the general ferocity of competition between them, is nothing compared to what gamers have had to endure. Especially […]

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Witness the last days of Black Flag in this full-length documentary

Witness the last days of Black Flag in this full-length documentary

Few bands are as synonymous with a genre as Black Flag. The hardcore punks defined that sound with their 1981 classic Damaged, and despite constant personnel changes – Greg Ginn being the only constant member – their music has stood the test of time. You might not understand their appeal, but you should be able to chart the influence they […]

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Trailer Trash #1: The Stuff (1985)

Trailer Trash #1: The Stuff (1985)

So this is what happens when you get the munchies really bad. This oddball “horror” film from indie legend Larry Cohen (It’s Alive) might have the distinction of Paul Sorvino and Danny Aiello in the cast, but it’s 100% grindhouse grot. The synopsis on IMDb is somewhat brilliant: “Weird yummy goo erupts from the earth and is discovered by a couple […]

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Anton Yelchin is a lost boy in the Fright Night remake trailer

Anton Yelchin is a lost boy in the Fright Night remake trailer

Well, this a rarity: A remake that appears to be anything but. Fright Night is ostensibly a rehash of Tom Holland’s cult 80’s classic, but the 2011 upgrade doesn’t seem to have much in common, minus the title and a few similarities. Which is odd – do most people remember or even revere the original?

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