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The Stargate Universe movie bites the dust…along with the franchise?

The Stargate Universe movie bites the dust…along with the franchise?

The success of the Stargate brand has always been a mystery. The original, Roland Emmerich-directed blockbuster possessed some great ideas; some original, some stolen wholesale from Erich von Däniken. It might be flawed but the film remains the highpoint of the franchise. Within that core framework was the potential for a hundred stories…and after a few hundred episodes, crossing three different series, […]

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Game of Thrones makes UK début!

Game of Thrones makes UK début!

Well, it’s bloody arrived… at last. After billboards galore and intriguing teaser trailers – owing to an incessant marketing drive by Rupert Murdoch’s footsoldiers – Game of Thrones finally graces our screens on Sky Atlantic HD in the UK tonight. Set in a fictional medieval-esque world, it features Sean Bean playing a character called Eddard Stark, who looks and sounds […]

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That Silent Hill sequel gets a plot…

That Silent Hill sequel gets a plot…

In the pantheon of video game adaptations, 2006’s Silent Hill is easily one of the more reputable. Creepy, well-shot but not necessarily memorable, the film bypassed lukewarm reviews to make almost $100 million in the States. Given such numbers, it’s surprising how long it has taken for Silent Hill: Revelation to rear its Pyramid Head. The plot sounds derivative enough:  “For […]

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Hanks and HBO summon the Gods

Hanks and HBO summon the Gods

HBO is trying to land the rights to Neil Gaiman’s post-modern fantasy novel American Gods, which seemed to win every award going in 2002. With Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (Band of Brothers) nurturing the project there is a high possibility that the network will get their way. Details are scarce but Gaiman is attached to co-write the pilot script with acclaimed cinematographer Robert Richardson […]

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Does music have value?

Does music have value?

It isn’t often that you hear a successful musician singing the praises of illegal downloading but that’s just what Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold has been telling the Sunday Times. Stating that “music has no inherent value”, Pecknold believes that file-sharing allows today’s acts to sample as much music as possible and “that it will only make music richer as a platform. [Downloading] […]

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Wii-writing the future

Wii-writing the future

It was only a matter of time before Nintendo leaped into the HD realm. Not long after the launch of their phenomenally-popular 3DS, the company have revealed plans to unveil a successor to the much-loved Wii. With Microsoft and Sony exploiting the Wii’s motion-control gimmick to varying degrees of success, the Mario camp was beginning to look outdated. Ironically, the 360 […]

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The Foos prove they aren’t pretenders…

The Foos prove they aren’t pretenders…

Heard the new Foo Fighters record yet? Wasting Light displays the long-running arena rockers at their best, finally reclaiming the fury of their 90’s highpoint The Colour and the Shape. Currently no. 1 on the album chart, the band decided to record a full, televised concert as part of CBS’s Live on Letterman series. The complete set-list is now online […]

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It’s a Wilde, Wilde west in the 2nd Cowboys & Aliens trailer

It’s a Wilde, Wilde west in the 2nd Cowboys & Aliens trailer

In a summer season that is overburdened with reboots, remakes and sequels, Cowboys & Aliens is starting to look like a bastion of originality. Director Jon Favreau, relinquished from the Iron Man series, seems to possess the right tone for this genre mishmash. With Spielberg listed as an exec-producer and a cast headed by Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, there’s […]

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There and back again…

There and back again…

This day was inevitable: The Hobbit has finally entered production. What was beginning to seem like a pipe-dream following MGM’s financial woes and Guillermo del Toro’s unfortunate exit, is now a living, breathing reality. Peter Jackson has returned to Middle-earth, taking to the web to provide us with a behind-the-scenes blog. For fans of the trilogy there’s a few pangs of nostalgia as Jackson […]

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The apes rise (and tackle helicopters) in the first trailer!

The apes rise (and tackle helicopters) in the first trailer!

It’s difficult to say who the target audience is for Fox’s latest franchise reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Is it a prequel to the ageing series which started in 1968, or an off-shoot of Tim Burton’s hilarious and misjudged remake? The debut trailer fails to provide an answer, although why the film exists at all is perhaps […]

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