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Your No-Bullsh*t Guide To Whether Or Not Jeremy Corbyn Is A ‘Communist Collaborator’

Jeremy Corbyn is a secret Communist who would sell out Britain for a few quid to pursue his dream of turning the UK into East Germany.

At least that’s the impression you might get from a number of newspapers, Tory MPs and political commentators over the last week, following an intital report in the Sun.

Thursday’s SUN: “Corbyn And The Commie Spy” #bbcpapers #tomorrowspaperstoday (via @AllieHBNews)pic.twitter.com/r39NqGLDkb
The most solid accusation levelled at Corbyn came from former MI6 Chief, Richard Dearlove, who told the Sun: “Either Jeremy Corbyn was incredibly naïve or he knew exactly what was happening to him, so he was complicit in all this.”

Since then a number of front pages have been plastered with headlines using less-than-subtle language to suggest Corbyn was always more loyal to Lenin than the Union Jack.

These claims are a ridiculous smear and entirely false. The former Czechoslovak agent Jan Sarkocy’s account of his meetings with Jeremy was false 30 years ago, is false now and has no credibility whatsoever. pic.twitter.com/qKMiyLaxbe

February 16, 2018
WHAT’S THE LATEST?

The Telegraph and Daily Mail were still leading with the story on Tuesday, reporting on comments made by Theresa May calling for the Labour leader to be “open and transparent” about the matter.

The front page of tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph: ‘Corbyn urged to reveal his Stasi file’ #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/cPg0u5MOEj
Tuesday’s Daily MAIL: “Time To Be Open, Comrade Corbyn” #bbcpapers #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/Kn1RI34zLv
SO WHAT’S CORBYN HIDING?

When you actually dig down through all of the reports, not very much – if anything.

Let’s start at the beginning.

THE SOURCES

The stories rely on two sources – documents publicly available in the Czech Security Service Archive and the 65-year-old former spy, Jan Sarkocy, the man Corbyn is said to have been approached by.

Intriguingly, they contradict each other.

THE DOCUMENTS

The files held in the Czech Security Service Archive outline attempts by Czech intelligence to make contact with Corbyn and obtain information from him.

They include passages such as:

Corbyn, Labour MP of the House of Commons of the British Parliament, contact initiated 25.11.1986. Let’s approach carefully as Labour MPs are also under control of the British intelligence service. He seems to be the right person for fulfilling the task and giving information. Behaviour is reserved and courteous, however, occasionally explosive (when speaking in defence of human rights), though the performance is calm and collected
The documents do not mention Corbyn handing over any information or receiving any kind of payment but appear to be proof an attempt was made to make contact with the now-Labour leader.

And no-one is denying that happened – Corbyn has admitted meeting Sarkocy but was under the impression he was a diplomat.

THE SPY

Forget what the Sun, Mail and Telegraph printed about Jan Sarkocy, it’s what they didn’t print that is important.

None of them has not reported three key claims he made in an interview with Slovakia’s best-selling tabloid newspaper, Nový Čas.

When asked about the information Corbyn gave him, he said:

I’ll tell you this. I knew what Thatcher would have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and what she would wear next day.
THE PROFESSOR

Professor Anthony Glees, from the University of Buckingham, is the expert quoted in the original Sun piece and historically, he’s not exactly been a fan of Corbyn.

He has said Corbyn’s Labour will “turn the UK into East Germany”.

Your Brexit gives Corbyn & McDonnell their only real chance to turn the UK into East Germany. Well done. https://t.co/nKcKETLuoa
Rob. Stunned. Loyalty used to be our secret weapon. Brexit will aid Corbyn in turning us into East Germany. You didn’t listen to me. https://t.co/CTAxgHzBFV

Svetlana Ptacnikova, Director of the Czech Security Service Archive and expert on the very documents that form the basis for the accusations, has told the BBC:
She added: “The files we have on him are kept in a folder that starts with the identification number one.

“Secret collaborators were allocated folders that start with the number four. If he had been successfully recruited as an informer, then his person of interest file would have been closed, and a new one would have been opened, and that would have started with the number four.

“He stayed in that basic category – and in fact he’s still described as that, as a person of interest, in the final report issued by the StB agent shortly before he [the agent] was expelled from the UK.”

So there you have it. But the damage has already been done – those who already had a dislike of Corbyn will double-down on their beliefs now.

If any true Labour supporters vote for Corbyn the traitor who could be the downfall of the U K ,you yourselves would be classed the same as him and would have to live with that stain on your character . https://t.co/CzBilFZRty

February 20, 2018
THE FALLOUT

Speaking on Tuesday at the EEF Manufacturing conference about Brexit and the City, Corbyn was quizzed by reporters about allegations that his office has dismissed as a “ridiculous smear”.

A reporter from the Daily Mail asked: “Mr Corbyn, you say you want these business leaders to put their trust in you to run the country how can they do that when serious questions remain about your past?

“And will you give permission for your Stasi file to be released to help clear things up?

In his first public remarks on the claims, a clearly irritated Corbyn replied: “Thanks for your question, I’m very sorry that the Daily Mail has reduced itself to reproducing some nonsense that was written in The Sun beforehand.”

But The Sun’s journalists are not giving up, and it remains to be seen if they have any more documents from any more countries about ‘Comrade Corbyn’.

Jeremy Corbyn describes The Sun’s reporting of his links to a Czech intelligence officer as “nonsense”, but again does not deny holding 4 different meetings with him, or explain why they happened.

February 20, 2018
Daft question from @stephbreakfast to Corbyn: “Are you a Czech spy?” A very rare chance to hold someone who revels in avoiding scrutiny to account and the BBC turn it into a joke? It’s very simple: why did Corbyn hand information about MI5 to a representative of a hostile state?

February 20, 2018
BUT CORBYN WASN’T FINISHED THERE

In a personal video message following the encounter at the EEF conference, Corbyn initial made light of the allegations saying: “In the last few days, The Sun, The Mail, The Telegraph and The Express have all gone a little bit James Bond.

“In the last few days, The Sun, The Mail, The Telegraph and The Express have all gone a little bit James Bond,” he said.

“They’ve found a former Czechoslovakian spy whose claims are increasingly wild and entirely false.

“He seems to believe I kept him informed about what Margaret Thatcher had for breakfast and says he was responsible for either Live Aid or the Mandela Concert – or maybe both.”

But the main thrust of the message was to criticise newspapers, attacking their owners as “billionaire tax exiles” and warning them “change is coming”.

“At the moment, much of our press isn’t very free at all,” he said. “In fact it’s controlled by billionaire tax exiles, who are determined to dodge paying their fair share for our vital public services.

“The General Election showed the media barons are losing their influence and social media means their bad old habits are becoming less and less relevant.

“But instead of learning these lessons they’re continuing to resort to lies and smears. Their readers – you, all of us – deserve so much better. Well, we’ve got news for them: change is coming.”

AND IN A SIGN THE BACK AND FORTH WILL CONTINUE …

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Our top 40 movies to see in 2018


Simon Brew
Ryan Lambie

Feb 20, 2018

Rampage! Skyscraper! Fighting With My Family…! And those are just films with The Rock in. There’s so much more to come in 2018…

If 2017 was something of a bumper year for film, then there’s plenty to suggest that 2018 will also be something rather special. So much so, in fact, that we’ve expanded our preview list to 40, and still couldn’t fit everything in.

Here, though, is a slice of what lies ahead…

40. Venom

Sony is finally launching its spin-off collection of Spider-Man movies in 2018, with three films currently planned at the time of writing. The first of those is Venom, that sees Tom Hardy taking the lead role (rather than Topher Grace, who played the character not entirely successfully in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3). Ruben Fleischer, still best known for Zombieland, is directing, and it’s already been confirmed that we’re getting an R-rated film. Fingers crossed this one works out…

39. Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks The Internet

The first Wreck-It Ralph was a joy, and the second has reunited the creative team behind it, this time promising that the John C Reilly-voiced Ralph will play havoc with the internet. Rich Moore, who won an Oscar for co-directing the brilliant Zootropolis, is helming this one again (along with Phil Johnston). It’ll take place six years after the original film, and it’s the first direct sequel to a Disney animated movie to hit the big screen since The Rescuers Down Under (we don’t count The Jungle Book 2. Its origins weren’t as a theatrical film).

38. Halloween

Another Halloween movie? Yes, there have been more disappointing entries than good ones, but like some other films on this list, it’s the people behind the movie that leave us intrigued. First, let’s look at the premise: this latest reboot is a direct sequel to the 1978 original that started it all, and Jamie Lee Curtis will even be reprising her role as Laurie Strode, a character doomed to live in the shadow of Michael Myers, the seemingly omnipresent masked killer. Then we have the director and co-writer: David Gordon Green, whose dramas, which include George Washington, All The Real Girls and Joe, have been nothing short of wonderful. If nothing else, we’re excited to see what he can do to breathe new life into an ageing slasher franchise.

37. Aquaman

Somewhere on the proverbial cutting room floor is an awful lot more footage of Jason Momoa as Aquaman than we got in the Justice League movie. But where was in there showed promise. Momoa has a clear screen presence, and the intriguing appointment of James Wan to direct the movie is a promising choice.

Not much, at the time of writing, is known about the film, but it’s the sole DC Extended Universe project on the 2018 release schedule. Warner Bros will be looking for a Wonder Woman-size success.

36. A Wrinkle In Time

A passion project for Frozen writer/director Jennifer Lee, she’s adapted Madeleine L’Englethe’s novel, with Ava DuVernay directing. Disney has pumped a nine figure budget into the production too, with a high profile cast including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. It’s a much-loved book and it looks like we’re getting a lavish film version. Given how sequel and franchise-driven Disney’s theatrical slate tends to be, this is a very welcome production. Looking forward to it.

35. The Purge 4: The First Purge

For us, The Purge 2 remains the franchise highlight, but there’s there’s still plenty of scope in James DeMonaco’s horror-dystopian premise, where crime is suspended for 12 terrifying hours each year. This fourth entry will take place before the other movies, and will give an idea of how the Purge became one of America’s big cultural events, like Black Friday but with more beatings and blunt instruments. We know that DeMonaco’s written the film for one Gerard McMurray to direct and, as per the synopsis, we will “witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.” Expect lots of gore and icy social commentary.

34. Fighting With My Family

Stephen Merchant has spent much of this year putting together his first film as solo director. Entitled Fighting With My Family, he’s co-written the screenplay, and attracted a cast that mixes quality British talent – Merchant, Nick Frost – with notable names from American productions, including Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey and Vince Vaughn. The film follows the story of a former wrestler, who goes around the country playing at small venues. All the while, his children dream of joining WWE. Could be fun, this one. And it’s the first of three Dwayne Johnson films we’re going to talk about…

33. Tomb Raider

The last two Tomb Raider films were forgettable, and yes, we know all about the curse of videogame-to-movie adaptations. But Roar Uthaug, the Norwegian director behind this latest attempt at a Lara Croft adventure, impressed us with The Wave – an intense disaster film with some surprisingly good effects for a non-Hollywood movie, and Alicia Vikander, a great actress, should make for a convincing Croft. Tomb Raider will take its cue from the more recent rebooted videogames, so expect a rough-and-tumble story of survival rather than the two-fisted gunplay of old.

32. Bumblebee

After more than a decade, we’re about to get a Transformers movie that isn’t directed by Michael Bay (though he will remain installed as a producer). Instead, this will be the live-action debut of Travis Knight, previously best known for his stop-motion animated films – including 2016’s superb Kubo And The Two Strings. Although he didn’t direct them all, the features Knight oversaw at Laika are full of great characters and simple, humane stories – if you haven’t seen them already, check out Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls for evidence. We’re hoping some of that will rub off on Bumblebee, an 80s-set spin-off about a teenage girl (Hailee Steinfeld) and her best friend, who happens to be a giant alien robot that can turn into a VW Beetle. We’re willing this one to be more than a slam-bang spectacle. Don’t let us down, Travis.

31. Bohemian Rhapsody

A film that feels like it’s under a cloud at the moment, with director Bryan Singer now having been fired from the production. We’ve yet to find out who the studio will replace him with, and whether it will affect the targeted release date.

Lots of very good people are still involved in the film, though, a biopic of the late Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury. Rami Malek is taking on the role of Mercury in the film, in a production that’s long been in gestation (Sacha Baron Cohen was going to star at one point). Currently, it’s still scheduled for Christmas 2018…

30. Rampage

Videogames are a minor running theme among 2018’s big movies. As if Tomb Raider, Ready Player One and Wreck-It Ralph 2 weren’t enough, here’s a slightly more left-field option: an adaptation of Bally Midway’s 80s arcade game, Rampage. The original’s premise saw three ordinary humans transformed into three giant monsters ‘inspired’ by classic moives, so there’s a King-Kong clone, a giant lizard, and a towering werewolf. The aim of the game was, basically to knock down skyscrapers and punch tanks – the perfect fodder for an effects-filled Hollywood movie, really. Brad Peyton (San Andreas) is the director charged with giving the premise a plot, while the cast is led by the indomitable Dwayne Johnson.

29. Skyscraper

Along with Den Of Geek pin-up Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson is still flying the flag for big action movies, and Skyscraper sounds like another throwback to the genre’s 80s heyday. Johnson plays Will Ford, an ex-Fed who’s framed for setting ablaze the world’s tallest building; Ford goes on the run and, hoping to clear his name, resolves to track down the true culprits. If you’re concerned this one will take itself too seriously, bear in mind that it’s written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, who previously brought us the downright hilarious Dodgeball and We’re The Millers. We’re guessing Skyscraper won’t be the most subtle film we’ll see in 2018, but we’ll wager that it’s going to be a lot of fun.

28. Slender Man

Horror movies have long drawn from myths and urban legends for their story ideas – the most famous one, perhaps, is The Hook, which formed the basis of a dozen slasher movies. But where are the modern urban legends and myths? Why, on the internet, of course. Creepypastas, those short, creepy stories that make their way around the web, have been chilling readers to the bone for years – and Slender Man is arguably one of the most famous tales to emerge from that modern phenomenon. A tall, thin, wraith-like figure, the Slender Man’s appearance often prefaces a disappearance or some other dreadful event; beyond that, his motivations and origins remain obscure, even if we know who first dreamed up the myth back in 2009 – an internet dweller named Eric Knudsen. Director Sylvain White (The Losers) is behind the movie; done right, it could turn a familiar meme into a terrifying cinema experience.

27. Red Sparrow

Jennifer Lawrence reunites with the director of the last three Hunger Games movies, Francis Lawrence, for this one. It’s a spy thriller based on the book by Jason Matthews, that also features in its cast Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling and Jeremy Irons. Lawrence, J plays a Russian intelligence officer on the tail of an American mole (figuratively, not literally). But does she, too, become a double agent? Good question. But as we’ve not read the book or seen the film, we can’t tell you. Still, it looks like a good, grown-up thriller this. It’s due in March.

26. Creed 2

A film that’s increasingly, on the surface at least, looking like a companion piece to Rocky IV as it is a straight sequel to the Academy Award-nominated Creed.

Michael B Jordan returns in the role of Adonis Creed, with Sylvester Stallone playing Rocky Balboa for the eighth time on screen. This time, Dolph Lundgren is back as Ivan Drago too, and Drago Jr is set to be a character in the movie. Stallone has written and will direct.

25. The Cloverfield Paradox

Last year, 10 Cloverfield Lane came out of nowhere as a kind of stealth sequel: a contained and quietly effective spin-off set within the same universe as the old Cloverfield kaiju flick. Producer JJ Abrams is up to the same old tricks with The Cloverfield Paradox, in which a group of astronauts (among the cast: Daniel Bruhl, Chris O’Dowd and David Oyelowo – an eclectic cast and no mistake) are left stuck on the International Space Station when good old planet Earth unexpectedly vanishes. Just what does this have to do with giant monsters tearing up North America? We were looking forward to finding out.

The movie shrugged off its cinema release date – at one time confirmed for April – and went straight to Netflix in February. We’ll be seeing a lot more of that sort of thing in the future, we reckon.

Here’s our review

24. Isle Of Dogs

Wes Anderson’s last foray into stop-motion, Fantastic Mister Fox, was an absolute joy, and his latest looks just as strange and delightful. It’s set in a future Japan where a strange epidemic has left its canine population quarantined on their own island (so no, British readers, it’s not set in the East End of London), and concerns a young boy’s attempts to get his pet dog back. The animation looks absolutely stunning, and, as with previous Anderson films, the cast is star-studded: listen out for Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, F Murray Abraham and, as ever, Bill Murray among the voices.

23. Mary Poppins Returns

It’s been a long time coming, but Disney is finally exploring more of P L Travers’ Mary Poppins books, in a sequel to one of its most beloved films. Emily Blunt is taking on the role from Julie Andrews, with Into The Woods and Chicago helmer Rob Marshall on directing duties. Dick Van Dyke and Julie Walters will both be making appearances in the movie too. It’s due in December 2018.

22. Mission: Impossible 6

Despite their vintage, the Mission: Impossible movies have remained remarkably fresh, with each entry balancing high-tech thrills and Tom Cruise’s penchant for high-wire stunts. Here, Cruise again teams with Ilsa Faust for another globe-trotting adventure, while Christopher McQuarrie – who wrote and directed the entertaining Rogue Nation – is overseeing all the mayhem. Our one lingering criticism of the Mission: Impossible franchise is that its villains tend to get drowned out by all the pace and spectacle. If this sixth entry can give Ethan Hunt a worthwhile antagonist, it could be a real winner.

21. Pacific Rim: Uprising

Guillermo del Toro’s producing rather than directing this sequel to the Mexican master’s robots-versus-monsters flick, but we’re still rather excited about it. The sequel follows a new generation of monster fighters, led by John Boyega as Jake Pentecost – the son of Idris Elba’s apocalypse-cancelling John – as a new threat against humanity emerges. The original was colourful and guileless, like a Saturday morning cartoon writ large; from what we’ve seen so far, Uprising captures the same larger-than-life spirit.

20. Mary And The Witch’s Flower

In 2015, several animators, among them producer Yoshiaki Nishimura, left Studio Ghibli to set up their own company, Studio Ponoc. Mary And The Witch’s Flower is its debut, based on The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who previously brought us the charming Arietty and When Marnie Was There during his last few years at Ghibli. His latest was well received when it opened in Japan this year, and the aniamtion looks as captivating as we’ve come to expect. Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent are among the English dub’s voice cast.

19. X-Men: The New Mutants

Deadpool and Logan proved to 20th Century Fox that there’s gold in pushing towards the more adult corners of the Marvel universe, and the studio looks as though it’s forging into horror territory with The New Mutants. Directed by Josh Boone and starring Anya Taylor-Joy (who was great in the similarly sinister Split and The Witch), it’s about five youths just coming into their mutant powers – and the nightmarish forces they have to confront in the process.

Comic book fans may be divided over the Blumhouse-esque treatment of the property, but we’re quite intrigued by what appear to be the use of practical effects to generate shocks, at least in the footage we’ve seen so far. Deadpool and Logan were among the best X-Men movies yet; here’s hoping The New Mutants follows a similar run of form.

Unfortunately, we’ve recently heard that this has been pushed back to February 2019, so we’re in for a much longer wait to see if this is any good.

18. Solo: A Star Wars Story

The behind-the-scenes dramas on this second Star Wars spin-off are well documented, with seasoned hand Ron Howard stepping in to take over from the ousted Phil Lord and Chris Miller. How that turbulent history will affect this latest tale remains to be seen, but let’s face it, the hefty reshoots didn’t show too badly in 2016’s surprisingly effective Rogue One. This movie is, of course, Han Solo: The Younger Years, with Alden Ehrenreich stepping into Harrison Ford’s space shoes as the Star Wars universe’s most famous smuggler. Chewbacca and a young Lando Calrissian (played by the great Donald Glover) are along for the ride, while Woody Harrelson will no doubt provide some dramatic heft. His character, Beckett, is described as Han’s mentor; we’re willing to bet that he turns out to be a bit of a scary sort before the story’s out.

17. Boy Erased

Here’s one that may be creeping under many people’s radars. It’s the second film as director from Joel Edgerton. His first, The Gift, was one of the best mainstream thrillers in recent year. His new movie, Boy Erased, is adapted from the book by Garrard Conley (Edgerton has penned the screenplay), and tells the chilling story of a Baptist preacher’s son, forced to take part in a church-backed ‘gay conversion programme’.

Joining Edgerton in the cast are Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman and Xavier Dolan. Given the taut approach Edgerton brought to The Gift, this is firmly one to look out for.

16. Ready Player One

Nostalgia-filled sci-fi romp Ready Player One was a hugely popular debut for author Ernest Cline – so much so that the movie adaptation has no less a talent than Steven Spielberg at the helm. In essence, the story’s a treasure hunt, set in a virtual world that provides an escape from the grim reality of Earth in 2045. Even if you weren’t all that enamoured with Cline’s deep dive into 1980s nerd culture, the pedigree behind the movie is certainly eye-catching: Alan Silvestri’s providing the soundtrack, Janusz Kaminiski’s handling the photographic side of things, while the cast includes Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn and geek favourite Simon Pegg.

15. Alita: Battle Angel

Once upon a time, this adaptation of the popular manga and anime was James Cameron’s pet project, but with the Avatar franchise beckoning, the director turned it over to Robert Rodriguez. Maze Runner actress Roza Salazar will star as Alita, the cyborg heroine of the title, who navigates her way through a cyberpunk future of violent sports and fatherly scientists. The budget is a startling $200 million – a whopping sum for relatively unknown property lacking big stars to splash on the poster – so this one will need some strong word-of-mouth to compete in a busy summer. Still, Rodriguez has the technical skill and stylistic sense to pull off a movie like this, and he has a strong creative ally in Cameron.

14. Chris Morris movie

It turns out that Chris Morris, he of Brassed Eye, has already shot his second feature film. His first, the biting black comedy Four Lions, was released back in 2010. His second was shot in the US and the Caribbean over the summer of 2017, and features Anna Kendrick amongst its ensemble.

We don’t have a title for the film at the moment, nor a release date. Just the promise that it arrives in 2018, and that one of the best comedy talents the UK has produced in recent times is back making material.

13. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

A crucial film in the plans for Jurassic Park/World domination. The most successful Jurassic Park films, the first and fourth, have relied on the idea of a theme park going out of control. Films two and three danced on the sidelines of that, and didn’t fare as well.

With Jurassic World reportedly kickstarting a trilogy at least, though, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom needs to take the series into genuinely new territory. The smart hire here looks like director J A Bayona, last responsible for the stunning A Monster Calls. He’s directing a script from Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, with Chris Pine and Bryce Dallas Howard leading the cast. Jeff Goldblum is back as Ian Malcolm in this one, too. The film arrives in June. Don’t bet against it being one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. Again.

12. The Predator

It’s high time we had a really good Predator movie, and we’re banking on Shane Black – who directs and co-writes with his old friend Fred Dekker – to deliver the goods. Boyd Holbrook and Olivia Munn lead a cast of misfit soldiers and mercenaries who hunt a group of bloodthirsty alien hunters across an American suburb. At the time of writing, specifics are being kept under wraps – we don’t yet know whether it’ll be set at Christmas, like Black’s other films – but the pedigree alone is keeping our excitement level buoyed up.

11. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

You probably know all about the long, troubled history of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote – director Terry Gilliam’s passion project that almost came to life with Johnny Depp in the lead 17 years ago, before spectacularly falling apart mid-production. Unperturbed, Gilliam’s battled to get the film back on the rails ever since – and now, finally, the film’s in the can and the fantasy-adventure, now starring Adam Driver, is on the cusp of release. A sequel, of sorts, to Cervantes’ classic novel, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote sounds like pure, unfettered Gilliam: strange characters, warped humour, and delirious flights of fancy.

10. Deadpool 2

In a year drenched with comic book movies, this is the highlight on paper of the three that are X-Men-tinged. Ryan Reynolds reprises the role of foul-mouthed merc Deadpool, this time with whatever shackles that were on firmly taken off. There was some early fallout on this one, with director Tim Miller leaving the project due to ‘creative differences’ with Ryan Reynolds. John Wick co-director David Leitch has stepped in instead.

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick pen the script again, and the cast features Morena Baccarin, T J Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Josh Brolin and Jack Kesy. Expect megamoney to be made.

9. Dragged Across Concrete

Two films into his career, and S Craig Zahler is firmly on our must-watch directors list. Both Bone Tomahawk and this year’s Brawl In Cell Block 99 have been astounding pieces of work, on which Zahler has penned the script, and kept the budget at a level where he has control.

Film three? Already in the can. It’s Dragged Across Concrete, reuniting him with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Carpenter, and adding Mel Gibson to the mix. It’s a film about police brutality, and the antics of an old time police officer presumably getting too old for this shit (Gibson), and his younger partner (Vaughn).

In Zahler’s hands, expect something uncompromising, brutal, and quite possibly brilliant…

8. Avengers: Infinity War

It seems the end is nigh for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in its current guide, with Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige confirming that the Avengers film after this one will wrap up the main storylines. Infinity War, from Captain America: Civil War helmers the Russo brothers, promises to build up to something really rather special.

As you probably know, the gang’s pretty much all here for this one, that’ll deal with the escalating stakes of the MCU. Hopefully, it’ll be more The Avengers than Avengers: Age Of Ultron, too. Hugely looking forward to this one…

7. The Meg

If ever you wondered if we have moments where we behave as grown-ups, just see how we resisted the urge to put The Meg at the top of this list. Regular readers will need no telling just how intense that urge was.

The Meg, chums, is the film where Jason Statham – and this is not a drill – does battle with a 75 foot sea creature, and has to, as per the synopsis for the movie, save the ocean.

It’s the first adaptation of the book series from Steve Alten, with – it gets better – While You Were Sleeping and Cool Runnings director Jon Turteltaub behind the camera. Jessica McNamee, Li Bingbing, Ruby Rose and Rainn Wilson co-star with The Statham.

Battle commences in August. Our ticket for this was sold when we first heard the first syllable about it.

6. The Irishman

It’s unclear whether this one will get a theatrical release at all, but it’s hard to be a movie fan and not be excited about the reunion of talent the long-mooted The Irishman represents. Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese for a start, back working together on a film for the first time since Casino. Then, Joe Pesci has been coaxed out of semi-retirement. Al Pacino is on board. Harvey Keitel is in there. Anna Paquin. Jack Huston, Bobby Cannavale. It’s a hell of a list. The film is a mob drama, as De Niro’s Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran tells the story of how he got involved in the murder of Jimmy Hoffa.

It’s 50/50 whether we’ll see this in cinemas next year. Netflix is set to premiere it on their service in 2019, but we’d wager it’ll get an Oscar-qualifying big screen outing at the end of 2018. Hope so.

5. Black Panther

In a year bursting with comic book movies, it’s what director Ryan Coogler could do with Black Panther than had us as excited as any. Coogler’s astonishing work with Rocky spin-off Creed landed him the job of this one, and Chadwick Boseman also impressively debuted the character of T’Challa/Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. Freed from the need to do a film’s worth of establishing work, this set the scene for what could well have been the comic book movie to beat.

Amongst the supporting cast were Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis. It’s the first of three Marvel cinematic universe movies in 2018, and th one we were most looking forward to.

Here’s our review

4. The Incredibles 2

Whilst Fox dallies over what to do with its film rights to Fantastic Four, writer/director Brad Bird has headed back to animation (following Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland) for a follow-up to the best Fantastic Four movie to date. The Incredibles, then, is one of Pixar’s best, and the sequel will build on the idea of a film of superpowered humans.

Set to pick up straight after the first movie, this time there’s a new villain to battle, but also, growing problems at home. If the new film balances that with the skill, humanity and sheer comedy of the first, then we’re in for something very, very special indeed. Again.

3. Early Man

It’s telling that in a year when The Incredibles 2 is listed, there’d still be one animated movie we’d place higher in our anticipated movies list. But then director Nick Park hadn’t made a movie since 2005’s Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, and hadn’t directed since 2008’s Wallace & Gromit short, A Matter Of Loaf And Death.

That he’d back directing, and introducing a whole new bunch of characters too, was a very big deal for us. The film in question was Early Man, a new stop motion animated venture that used the considerable skillset of Aardman to take us back to caveman and cavewoman times. This time, there was an adventure that involved football, fighting and lots and lots of comedy. All from a director whose mantelpiece heaves under the weight of Oscar gold. Don’t bet against him having to nip to Ikea for a new shelf…

Here’s our review.

2. The Happytime Murders

This looks amazing. Brian Henson hasn’t directed a feature film since Muppet Treasure Island, and has instead spent his time on his more grown-up puppet show, Puppet Up!

For his return to cinema directing? It’s The Happytime Murders, a fabulous looking project set in a world where puppets live alongside humans. Promising to be a dark tale, the world ignites when a puppet private eye goes on the hunt for a serial killer. One who is, one by one, taking out members of a hit 80s television show, The Happytime Gang.

Amongst the human cast are Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph and Elizabeth Banks. Bill Barretta, a long-time Henson collaborator, is amongst the puppet team.

Currently set for release in August 2018, this looks really very, very special indeed…

1. Annihilation

We have to confess that we haven’t yet read the Jeff VanderMeer novel on which this movie’s based, but there’s a very good reason for sticking Annihilation on this list: Alex Garland.

Already a novelist and screenwriter of considerable acclaim, following such offerings as The Beach and the hugely influential 28 Days Later, Garland broke into directing with his stunning debut, Ex Machina. Annihilation‘s another genre film, a sci-fi thriller starring Natalie Portman as a biologist on the hunt for her husband in an area beset by environmental disaster. Oscar Isaac’s the missing husband, while Jennifer Jason Leigh plays a psychologist.

It promises to be astounding this, and in a year with some real treats ahead, this is the one that just about squeezes to the top of the list. Unfortunately, we may not get to see it on the big screen, as it looks like it’s going straight to Netflix here in the UK.

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Sons Of Anarchy: more spin-offs in the works


Kirsten Howard

Feb 20, 2018

Mayans MC won’t be the only Sons Of Anarchy spin-off hitting our screens soon, if Kurt Sutter gets his way…

With the first Sons Of Anarchy spin-off series, Mayans MC, revving up to hit FX in the next few months, fans of the original show might be content with knowing the story will still move forward without the central character of Jax Teller, the role that launched star Charlie Hunnam on to bigger things.

But it appears there’s a bigger vision at play in the mind of creator Kurt Sutter, who’s keen for two more series to get off the ground in the future – a sequel and prequel to the original Sons Of Anarchy.

In an interview on actor Tom Arnold’s podcast 100% Honest, which was recorded last year but has recently re-emerged via Unilad, Sutter laid out his plans for all four of the Sons of Anarchy series he has in the works:

“I have a sense of ‘Sons’ being four chapters. If ‘Sons’ was the first chapter than I see the Mayans as the second chapter. [The new show is] present day, it’s after the death of Jax Teller.”

Sutter went on to outline his plans for the prequel series, The First 9:

“I think at some point we’ll find a way to shine a little light on perhaps on John Teller’s manuscript, if the Mayans, if we’re lucky enough to continue and then what I would do is not directly but I would use that as a potential launching point to do the prequel.

The First 9 — it would begin in Vietnam with John Teller and Piney Winston and it would be about them coming back to America and ideally to do each episode have a new member join but end it at the end of that so that maybe at that point Gemma’s there but it’s before Jax is born.

I don’t want to step on the mythology that we know but we kind of lay track to the beginning and then stop.”

The ubiquitous creator, who will grace the big screen for the first time as an actor in Doug Liman’s new film Chaos Walking later this year, then described a further sequel series for the pod:

“Perhaps thinking ahead at some point, if any of us are still alive, there might be a series of events that takes us down the line into the future that perhaps sets up some kind of dynamic for Jax’s sons to become aware of who [their] dad was and things like that.”

It seems that for Sons Of Anarchy fans, there could be plenty of motorcycle madness lying ahead.

More as we have it.

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His Dark Materials TV series: production to get underway soon


Kirsten Howard

Feb 20, 2018

The BBC’s long-awaited adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is finally inching forward again…

The BBC have had their eight-part adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy in the works for such a long while, but it finally looks as though we’ll be seeing some imminent movement on the series.

Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, who run Bad Wolf Productions, have been hard at work on adapting Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery Of Witches, which is due to air later this year on Sky, but as filming wrapped on that mammoth series, the pair turned their attention to their next big project, and their plans were music to our ears…

If earnest work on His Dark Materials is next on the company’s slate, it’ll have been a long time coming. Indeed, since the project was first announced all the way back in 2015, Pullman himself has written a new Book Of Dust trilogy, with the first novel arriving last October. 

We’ll bring you more as we have it, of course, but we could still be waiting a while for this one to emerge.

His Dark Materials TV series: start date

Producer Jane Tranter planned for pre-production on the series to start all the way back in the autumn of 2016, and there is no current start date for the show. At one point, Philip Pullman revealed that the TV show was still very much in its planning stages, but that “things are moving steadily and well.” He then added that it is “a very big project” and it “needs a great deal of planning.”

Hey, we say take all the time you need to get this right.

His Dark Materials TV series: synopsis

Here’s the official BBC synopsis: 

“His Dark Materials is one of the supreme works of imaginative fiction for both children and adults published in the 20th century. Northern Lights introduces Lyra, an orphan, who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. In The Subtle Knife she is joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds and leads to a thrilling conclusion in The Amber Spyglass.”

His Dark Materials TV series: cast and crew

BBC One has announced who will be adapting the His Dark Materials trilogy for its forthcoming television series. Jack Thorne, the writer of The FadesSkinsThis Is England and more is your man.

Here’s the Tweet confirming the news:

And here’s what Mr Thorne had to say on the matter: 

“It is such an honour and a privilege to be given this opportunity to delve into Philip Pullman’s world. What I always loved about Bad Wolf’s intentions with this project was the notion of sounding every note. The His Dark Materials trilogy are vast and glorious books full of beautiful characters and I’m going to work as hard as I can to try and do justice to them.”

When the series was first announced back in 2015, Dakota Blue Richards – who starred in movie outing The Golden Compass – said she would love to come back and play a part in the show, albeit not as the younger Lyra Belacqua. In the years since, Richards has been asked if she will indeed return to the universe, but is no closer to finding out if that will be the case.

“In some ways, I wish I’d never said anything about it,” she admitted to Digital Spy. “I’m wary of what I say about it, because I don’t want to give the impression that I am [in it] and then I’m not.”

Richards went on to provide an update on the pre-production progress of His Dark Materials, mentioning that her old part is currently being cast.

“There’s been talk, but it’s out of my hands, really. I’d love it, but I’m not holding out for it. If it does happen great and if it doesn’t happen, I’ve got my own stuff going on. Their production is so far away from the point of being made – they’re casting the kids [Lyra and Will Parry] at the moment and that’s obviously the biggest job for them.”

Despite being tentative about ruling out her own involvment in the series, the actress seems unsure if she should embrace her natural ties with the character.

“I can’t imagine that they’d actually want me involved. I think they want very much to do their own thing, which is understandable. If I was in their position, I would probably feel that way too,” Richards mused. “That being said, it was a very long time ago and I don’t feel like I’m the same person now – so personally, I don’t see any reason why I couldn’t be at least considered for any of those roles, just in my own right as an actor. But also know that a lot of people see me as ‘the girl from The Golden Compass‘ and as great an experience as that was, that’s always something that will be hanging over me throughout my career.”

A planned 2017 premiere date slipped away from the Beeb, as writer Jack Thorne (The Fades, Skins) turned up at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival last April and confirmed that the series is still in the realms of pre-production.

“It’s at an exciting point where we’re just throwing things at the page and trying to work out what works and what doesn’t,” Thorne told RadioTimes.com. “I mean, the most important thing is being loyal to the books, and trying to tell those books as well as we possibly can.”

Thorne went on to detail the extent of his approach to bringing the books to life on the small screen. “The advantage of television is we can slow down. In the film and on stage they had so much plot to get through, so much plot to churn through, whereas we’ve got the luxury of having time to get to know [lead character] Lyra, and spend time in her world.”

It seems that the writer is determined to get his His Dark Materials series as close to perfect as possible, given that he’s a huge fan of the source material.

“The thing is that as a writer you want to do the things you love, and it happens that other people love the stuff that I love too. You realise that you’ve got a responsibility not to let them down, but you’re really excited about being given the opportunity to play in that amazing, amazing world. I mean, Phillip is…every single page, you learn something new. He’s a beautiful and incredible writer.” 

His Dark Materials TV series: episodes

The first series will comprise eight episodes, with the expectation to continue into further series. In fact, a report from Walesonline stating that “The deal will see forty episodes shot across five series” suggests that a multi-series deal has been done to tell the entirety of Pullman’s story.

Pullman’s trilogy has previously been adapted for film, radio and theatre, but this will be the first TV version of its world. This marks the first commission from Gardner and Tranter’s production company, Bad Wolf, as well as New Line’s first foray into UK television.

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The Cry: first pic of Jenna Coleman in new BBC series


Kirsten Howard

Feb 20, 2018

Jenna Coleman and Ewen Leslie will travel to Australia in new BBC One drama The Cry, but heartbreak awaits. Details…

BBC One are now in the thick of adapting Helen FitzGerald’s bestselling novel The Cry for television. The new series, starring Jenna Coleman (Victoria) and Ewen Leslie (Top Of The Lake) is now filming in Scotland and Australia, and the first pictures (above and below) have now been released. 

Written by Jacquelin Perske and directed by Glendyn Ivin, the forthcoming drama series looks set to take us on a heartbreaking emotional rollercoaster – tissues at the ready for this one, it looks like.

Here’s The Cry‘s recently-released synopsis, so you can get a better idea of what to expect…

Joanna (Coleman) and her husband Alistair (Leslie), travel with their baby from Scotland to Australia to see Alistair’s mother, Elizabeth (Gonet) and to fight for custody of Alistair’s daughter Chloe (Kavenagh) against his Australian ex-wife Alexandra (Keddie). However, when they arrive in Australia, Joanna and Alistair are forced to face an unthinkable tragedy that changes their lives and their marriage forever. It is the catalyst for a journey into the disintegrating psychology of a young woman, exposing the myths and truths of motherhood.

“We’re very excited to have started filming in Australia and to have such an incredible array of Australian talent joining Jenna and Ewen, topped off with some of Scotland’s most accomplished actors,” said Elizabeth Kilgarriff, BBC Drama Senior Commissioning Editor, and Gaynor Holmes, BBC Drama Commissioning Executive, in a statement. “Watching them bring Helen FitzGerald’s gripping, page-turner novel and Jacquelin Perske’s wonderful scripts to life is a joy and we can’t wait for BBC One audiences to see The Cry.

Executive producer Claire Mundell added “I am delighted to have such a talented cast joining Jenna, Ewen and the team. It’s so exciting to have such brilliant Scottish actors as Stella and Sophie joining our absolutely stellar Australian cast Asher, Alex, Markell and Shareena and to tell this thrilling story which spans the two countries. The start of shooting marks an incredible moment for our company as we start production on what is a truly international drama with Scottish roots. We could not be more thrilled to be shooting the show in the incredible Australian light of Melbourne, and contrasting that with the beautiful West End of Glasgow.”

More as we have it.

The Cry air date

Four episodes of The Cry will arrive on BBC One later this year. We’ll bring you an exact date when we get one.

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This Time With Alan Partridge: Lynn set to return


Kirsten Howard

Feb 20, 2018

Steve Coogan is bringing Alan Partridge back to the BBC with a brand new series, and Felicity Montagu will be at his side…

Last August, Steve Coogan revealed he was writing a new Alan Partridge series for the BBC, and we had word last week that production had begun on 6 new half-hour episodes, that are set to air later on this year. Yes, a quarter-century after he first appeared on the Beeb, Partridge will return in This Time With Alan Partridge. 

This week, Coogan also confirmed that Felicity Montagu will be back as Alan’s long-suffering assistant, Lynn. The comedian announced Montagu’s return at BBC Worldwide’s Showcase in Liverpool at a TV comedy panel.

The actress, who just recently popped up in the acclaimed series The End Of The F***ing World, will reprise the role of Lynn after previously appearing in two classic series of I’m Alan Partridge and later in the Alan Partridge movie, Alpha Papa.

Here are some details on the forthcoming series, to sink your teeth into until it arrives:

The show will see Alan (Steve Coogan) handed a career lifeline – the chance to stand in (temporarily) as co-host on This Time, an evening weekday magazine show.

His first return to live television since his 90s chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You was cancelled after a guest was fatally shot on air, This Time is the perfect shop window for a man of Alan’s gravitas and will, or should, see him finally recognised as one of the heavyweight broadcasters of his era.

The show itself is a heady mix of consumer affairs, current affairs, viewer interaction, highbrow interview and lightweight froth; very much the sweet spots for a man whose CV boasts over two decades of weekday local radio. And with an array of diverse subjects on the agenda, it promises the perfect fit for a man whose broadcasting style has been described as ‘equidistant between chitchat and analysis.’

Filming got underway recently on the series, where Partridge’s co-host will be none other than Susannah Fielding (Black Mirror, Doctor Who) playing a character called Jennie Gresham, in a sort of The One Show format that promises to be even more insane than the real thing (hard to imagine right now, to be honest, but we trust Coogan’s got a fair few tricks up his sleeve, here). Tim Key will also be returning as Simon in the new run!

Coogan’s written This Time with Neil and Rob Gibbons, and we’ll be sure to bring you all the series’ developments as they happen.

This Time With Alan Partridge air date

Right now, we only know that This Time will premiere “later this year”, but we’ll update you as soon as we have more info.

This Time With Alan Partridge original announcement

It seemed that there was one way the BBC would allow the beleaguered spoof presenter back on their channels – as a hard Brexit supporter with controversial opinions. And in an era where campaigners are fighting a long battle to keep the likes of Hopkins and Farage away from open ears, his ratings could be better than ever.

Creator Steve Coogan confirmed Partridge’s forthcoming return to the BBC in August 2017 in an interview with pro-Remain newspaper The New European. A ‘voice of Brexit’ who would have definitely voted Leave, Coogan thought it likely that Partridge would experience a career revival ’round about now.

“It’s conceivable,” Coogan mused at the time. “Because in this age of Brexit, they [the BBC] might think they need to get in touch with the ‘Little Englanders’ they ignore. Alan would have voted Brexit for sure. Hard Brexit, given the choice. He’s a Brexiteer because the Daily Mail told him to be.”

Coogan went on to admit that while Partridge is “inept” he’s “honest and well-intentioned”, adding “He tries not to be sexist, then is sexist. He’s the kind of person, a bit like my dad, who tries to impress but it comes out wrong.”

Coogan was eyeing a spring 2018 premiere back then. “That’s going to be tough. It’s always difficult to make good comedy. You always have to work really hard at it. The standard of the comedy on Partridge is so high, that you have to match it, or people go, ‘Oh, they’ve lost it.’ So, you are making a rod for your own back. But that’s good, because you have to do good stuff, and people like it, and they go, ‘Oh! That’s brilliant.'”

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The Walking Dead season 8 episode 9: new preview images


Kirsten Howard

Feb 20, 2018

Hoo boy, just a quick flick through these new Walking Dead promo pics had us in bits. We are not ready for this…

Every week, this’ll be where we’ll keep all the preview goodies for the next episode of TWD, including trailers, images, new info and perhaps a few of the spoilers we see kicking around – don’t worry, though, we’ll mark them clearly so you have a chance to skip ’em.

Today we’ve got a stack of new preview pictures from The Walking Dead‘s midseason premiere. You can have a look through them by clicking on the main image up there, that’ll start up our gallery, but beware: FEELINGS.

TOO MANY FEELINGS.

A new synopsis dropped for the second half of season 8 last month. It promises the explosive continuation of the war between Rick and Negan:

All out war has had a devastating impact on every person involved. The communities themselves are fractured. Alexandria has been destroyed, the Hilltop finds themselves pinned, and the Kingdom is shattered — half of them dead, the other half controlled by the Saviors.

At the very centre — Rick, having been distracted by the conflict, has just returned home to learn that Carl, who heroically shepherded the Alexandrians to safety during Negan’s attack, has been bitten by a walker. Once his sole motivation in this otherwise stark existence, Rick is forced to deal with this reality. Carl has always been a beacon of hope, a symbol for the remaining thread of humanity — lessons that the survivors around him would be wise to take with them as this war surges onward.

But Rick isn’t the only person who’s living in peril. Aaron and Enid are in a dire situation at Oceanside — unclear if they’re in friendly territory, or if they’ve just made new enemies. Father Gabriel will do his part in attempting to smuggle Dr. Carson safely back to the Hilltop and a pregnant Maggie is wrestling with the many moral gray areas that come with leadership during war. In a standoff with the Saviors, she must decide how to proceed with the dozens of POW lives she’s currently in control of, as well as new complications that come with being a leader.

In addition to the war, Negan continues to deal with struggles within his ranks as workers, traitors, and others’ thirst for power cause conflict at the Sanctuary. Having gifted the Saviors a major victory, Eugene’s loyalty is repeatedly tested as new obstacles present themselves.

As all-out-war consumes us, the line between good and evil continues to blur. People fighting for what they believe in. Everybody working together for something bigger — to feel safe and have a world worth living in.

Blimey.

Here’s the trailer for episode 9…

The Walking Dead season 8 release date

The Walking Dead season 8 will return in the US on Sunday the 25th of February on AMC, and here in the UK on FOX on Monday the 26th of February.

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We have more news on the next page, including news, cast info and ratings…

The Walking Dead season 8 poster and trailer

Ahead of the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, AMC released a snazzy poster/key art thingy…

Here’s the big trailer we had after SDCC earlier in the year….

The Walking Dead season 8 showrunner

Also, it sounds a lot like showrunner Scott M. Gimple has been taking on board some of the criticisms of season 7.

Namely, Gimple seems to be reacting to the common complaint that season 7 was a slow, stagnating affair, where all the cool characters stayed in separate locations for far too long. 

Gimple said this to EW, a few months back…

“By virtue of the fact that the narrative has turned into one of pretty intense conflict, […] it’s going to affect the structure in ways that make it a bit more kinetic, a bit more breakneck — shifting away from entire stories in one episode, and sort of fractured over several episodes, with little pieces of each story coming together.”

He also promised that “things are going to move, and possibly not have the kind of deep dives into characters in single episodes, but rather laying out the pieces as we go on.”

Sounds good to us! And if you’re reading, Mr Gimple, could we please have some more tiger action? Weekly maulings for characters we don’t like, perhaps? That would be nice.

The Walking Dead season 8 cast

TV Line is reporting that Steven Ogg, Katelyn Nacon, and Pollyanna McIntosh have been upgraded to ‘season regulars’ for the upcoming season of AMC’s zombie drama. 

In case you’re not familiar with the names, let us fill you in: Steven Ogg plays Negan’s right hand man Simon, who spends most of his time bullying The Hilltop; Katelyn Nacon plays Enid, who’s developing a romantic relationship of sorts with Carl; and Pollyanna McIntosh plays Jadis, leader of the ‘garbage people’ known as The Scavengers.

Those three have been promoted from ‘guest star’ status and will be on our screens a lot more in season 8. 

In a recent interview with Australian radio station Triple J, Chandler Riggs took some time out to discuss the road ahead for The Walking Dead, and season 8 sounds like it’s going to be quite the massacre. 

The actor, who plays Carl (or Coral, if you’re nasty) Grimes on AMC’s hit show, teased just a little of what to expect when the show returns next month.

“Season 7 was all about building up and getting everyone ready to fight against Negan, and this season there’s going to be lots of explosions, lots of killing, a lot more Negan,” said Riggs. “Yeah, lots of fighting, lots of cool stuff. It’s really, really fun this season.”

At the ripe old age of 18 (weep), Riggs is a dab hand at suffering through the carnage of The Walking Dead, but he’s got a bit of sympathy left for those who haven’t been around since before puberty hit.

“We’ve had a few characters this season who I feel so bad for, because they’re coming in in the midst of all the war and the craziness with the explosions and everything. Yeah, I mean I definitely feel like an OG or a veteran because I’ve been on since I was 10. I still love it. I still have so much fun doing it. Especially in the last few seasons, getting to do more and more with my character and interactions with the other characters. It’s been really, really awesome.”

The Walking Dead season 8 renewal

It was confirmed back in October 2016 that The Walking Dead season 8 will be coming to AMC in autumn 2017. The news wasn’t exactly surprising, given the ratings lure the show continues to have and the very chatty online fanbase it attracts.

“Eeny, meeny, miny, more,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios in a statement released by AMC. “What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, Scott M. Gimple and some of the hardest-working people in television to bring The Walking Dead to the fans. And, most important, thanks to those fans for breathing life into this remarkable series right along with us.”

Gimple himself, the current showrunner, has now come forth to tease the new season, following the dramatic finale of The Walking Dead season 7.

In conversation with Chris Hardwick on The Talking Dead (which EW reported online), Gimple was asked to tease the next season of the zombie-stuffed hit show. Here’s what he offered… 

“Every year you ask me that question […] I say it’s going to be bigger, it’s going to be more intense. I say these things and I’ve meant them every year and I think we’ve actually accomplished that. This year, same thing. More intense. The first 4 episodes will melt people’s minds and break their televisions.”

Yikes, that does sound pretty intense. Of course, we’re all expecting the ‘All Out War’ arc from the comics to come into play now, with Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes and Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan engaging in a massive conflict. Only one of them has a tiger on their side, which seems a bit unfair. Poor Negan. 

The Walking Dead season 8 story

Executive producer Robert Kirkman appeared at a panel during the Television Critics Association summer press tour this past weekend to reveal a bit about what we can expect when the show returns for season 8.

It’s a little early, but we all know it’s the all-out war story,” Kirkman said. “So in season 8 we’re trying to do a more fast-paced season, a more action-packed season, really focusing on momentum, and we feel like over the first seven seasons we kind of set all of the characters into place, and now it’s time to break them to a certain extent.”

And after the season 8 trailer had fans clamouring to discover why a much-older and greyer-of-beard Rick featured, Kirkman was reluctant to expose the timeline of the forthcoming season…

Scott Gimple will give me very harsh words if I were to comment on that in any way, but you’re supposed to be talking about that, and that is an intriguing tidbit that we did throw out there on purpose,” he said. “We’re hoping that people continue to question how that fits into the storyline and what it is. Comic book fans know where a scene that kind of looked like that would fall, but it also doesn’t seem like we would be getting to that just yet. You’ll just have to see.”

There’s certainly a lot to play for in season 8, with various storylines coming to a head and resistance on the rise.

“We’ve got all these different factions, all these different locations, we’ve got the Hilltop, we’ve got the Sanctuary, and I think [we’re] getting all these people together and continuing to expand the scale in a cool way, but really using all these pieces to their fullest,” he said. “We’ve spent a lot of time setting these characters up, and now we’re going to bash them against each other and see what happens. One of the things that really keeps The Walking Dead going is that every season feels like a different show. As we start to show more promotional material, and as you guys get to see episodes, you’ll see this is another continuation of that, this is a very fresh take on the world of The Walking Dead, and we’re going to be breaking a lot of new ground this season.”

If you’re avoiding all things The Walking Dead-related, go no further, as an official synopsis has also been released for season 8.

Here it is…

“Last season, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be.

Feeling powerless under Negan’s rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn’t be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors.

This season, Rick brings “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless — but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.

Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it’s not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom — Negan and the Saviors’ grip on this world may finally be coming to an end.”

Spoilers coming up for those not caught up on the most recent episodes of The Walking Dead….!

Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman has been chatting at the recent Walker Stalker Cruise Q&A panel about Carl’s showstopping bite during the first half of the eighth season, and since he’s, as the kids say, “a messy so-and-so who lives for drama” (they don’t say “so-and-so” tho), he’s thrown out the possibility that the poor kid won’t in fact meet his end when the show returns later this month.

“He’s not dead yet,” Kirkman teased. “He might not die. You never know. But I think if, were that to happen, I think that it would have some interesting ramifications on Rick, that I think would energise and really kind of set things in motion in a really interesting way leading to the resolution of All Out War in a way that will make for a very exciting back half to season 8, so I think it’s going to be really cool.”

Kirkman also went on to discuss the character’s demise in relation to how the comic plays out in the future.

“As far as whether or not I think it’s going to change things for the comic in a way that is detrimental to the show, I definitely don’t,” he explained. “I think that there’s a lot of great stuff from the comic that will be adapted into the show in season 9 or beyond. Comic book fans might be excited about the possibility of the Whisperers showing up in the show. I’m not confirming that, but I definitely would not rule it out.”

Ah, Robert…don’t ever change. Or do! It’s emotionally healthy.

Since Chandler Riggs, who plays Coral in the show, and outgoing showrunner Scott Gimple have both pretty much confirmed the death of the character at this point, we can probably just chalk this up to Kirkman being Kirkman, but we’ll keep one eye open just in case.

The Walking Dead season 8 ratings

The Walking Dead season 8 is off to a very rough start. Three weeks into the season, the show has seen notably low viewership numbers as well as a ratings low on review score aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. In fact, last Sunday’s episode, ‘Monsters,’ is the lowest rated episode 3 in the series’ history, sitting at a rotten 52%. 

Previous episode 3s have performed much more formidably. Even last year’s painful-to-watch ‘The Cell,’ which was basically an hour of Daryl eating dog food sandwiches and listening to that terrible ‘Easy Street’ song, scored a 76% on the Tomatometer (at the time, this was the lowest episode 3 score in series history). The low scores may very well mark a decline in the show’s storytelling. 

You can see the show’s steady decline in terms of its fandom, too. The Walking Dead‘s numbers haven’t been this bad since season 2. ‘Monsters’ had 8.52 million viewers. ‘The Cell’ had 11.72 million viewers. Season 6 episode 3, ‘Thank You,’ the episode in which AMC fake-killed Glenn, had 13.14 million viewers. The show’s lowest third episode is season 1’s ‘Tell It to the Frogs,’ with 5.07 million viewers. 

It’s safe to say The Walking Dead has fallen quite a bit from last year’s highly-anticipated season premiere, which enjoyed 17.03 million viewers, the second most-watched episode in the series’ history. Yes, it’s normal for a show’s numbers to start to fall over the years, but The Walking Dead is plummeting at an alarming rate. 

It doesn’t help that the season’s current ‘All Out War’ arc isn’t exactly captivating audiences. What was supposed to be an action-packed confrontation between Rick and Negan’s forces has turned out to be a pretty stale start to the season.

The problem might not completely lie with the way the show’s being written, though. AMC might also carry some of the blame for the way the show delivers its stories. According to Forbes, The Walking Dead had a budget of $3.4 million per episode in season 1, which was cut down in subsequent seasons to $2.75 million per episode. While the show has risen in popularity over the years, AMC has never increased The Walking Dead‘s budget. With its ever-growing cast of characters, the show might be spreading itself incredibly too thin to produce quality episodes. 

The decline comes just as AMC CEO Josh Sapan teased that The Walking Dead could be around for several more decades.

“The use of the word ‘franchise,’ we don’t take lightly,” said Sapan during a conference call with Wall Street analysts. “It’s not a sloppy or casual word. We’ve studied the best. Some have been around 30, 40, 50 years. We have a chance for a lot of life in the franchise.”

Sapan’s comments also echo Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s sentiment towards the series. Kirkman has said that he’s not ready to close out the comic book series any time soon and that he was “very hopeful [the TV series] will last to Season 10 and beyond.”

Back in January, Kirkman wrote in the comic’s letter section that the show currently had enough material to last until at least season 12. 

“It took us 6 seasons to get to 100,” Kirkman wrote. “It won’t take us 6 years to get to 200 and that will take us to season … TWELVE. And we’ll still be ahead of the show at that point.”

As of this writing, the comic is currently on issue #173 and counting.

While 50 years of The Walking Dead on television wasn’t even remotely likely in the first place, the show might not even reach a tiny fraction of that if its numbers continue to decline as they have. Not even Kirkman’s proposed season 12. Mind you, the show’s numbers are still great when compared to other programs populating Sunday nights, but that cushion could very well be gone by the time season nine comes around. 

Like Rick Grimes would say, The Walking Dead must do what it can to survive.

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Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2 out for Nintendo Switch in May


Ryan Lambie

Feb 20, 2018

All 10 Mega Man games are coming to the Nintendo Switch in May, in a special two-part collection…

After years in the creative wilderness, Capcom’s finally giving Mega Man some love this year, with Mega Man 11 arriving later in 2018 – a belated gift for the Blue Bomber’s 30th anniversary.

Before all that, Nintendo Switch owners will be able to catch up on all 10 of the mainline Mega Man games in a special two-part collection, out in May. Simply called Mega Man Legacy Collection and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, they’ll contain straight ports of the 8-bit and 16-bit originals, plus a few extra modern creature comforts, like the ability to rewind your mistakes, a challenge mode and an online leaderboard. 

The collections will be available as separate digital releases or as a special retail version – oddly, this will contain a cartridge fror the first Legacy Collection, but only a download code for the second installment. Exactly why Capcom couldn’t package both collections on one cartridge for the physical release isn’t clear. Still, buying a boxed copy does come with one extra perk – a special 30th anniversary Mega Man cleaning cloth. 

The trailer below shows off the collection in a bit more detail, and also reveals that, if you have one of those old Mega Man amiibos lying around, you’ll be able to use it to unlock some exclusive additional in-game challenges.

Mega Man Legacy Collection and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 launch on the 22nd May 2018.

Nintendo Life

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Legends of Tomorrow season 3 episode 12 trailer and synopsis


Kirsten Howard
Rob Leane
Jim Dandy
Kayti Burt

Feb 20, 2018

Here’s a look ahead at the next episode of Legends Of Tomorrow’s third season…

If you’re keeping up with all things Legends Of Tomorrow season three, well then! So are we. Every week we’ll have all the promo gubbins you need for the next episode, and we’ll try to mark any spoilers so you don’t get in too deep.

The third season of Legends Of Tomorrow is back up and running again. Here’s the trailer for the next episode, ‘The Curse Of The Earth Totem’…

And here’s the synopsis…

When Sara (Caity Lotz) decides to take some private time, the Legends pursue a lead on the whereabouts of the long-lost Earth Totem. Without Sara’s knowledge, the Legends find themselves in 1717 to hunt for Blackbeard’s long-lost treasure, but in true Legends fashion things go awry. Meanwhile, Ray (Brandon Routh) feels guilty about something he has done and tries to make amends, which lands him in even bigger trouble.

With a few of our other fave DC shows on a mid-season break, that means we can concentrate on some of Legends’ more important details, like Constantine and…er, well, Constantine, and when he might be back. 

Such is the demand for further Matt Ryan appearances in the series, that Warner Bros got on the horn to Comic Book and exclusively revealed that the actor will reprise the role of the dashing antihero in episode 15 of the current run, which is entitled ‘Necromancing The Stone’ (we see what they did there). It’s set to air on 19th March in the US.

The CW have also released a trailer for the entire back half of season 3. Have a watch below…

Legends Of Tomorrow season 3 release date

Legends Of Tomorrow season 3 resumed on 12th February in the US. In the UK, Sky1 will start airing it a bit later.

We’ll bring you more news as it happens. Meanwhile, flick over to page 2 now for loads of other details about season 3…

Legends Of Tomorrow season 3 cast

Legends Of Tomorrow is adding a few fresh faces for its third season. The latest addition is Titanic, Back To The Future, The Phantom, Twin Peaks and Zoolander alum (plus Empire Magazine advice columnist) Billy Zane.

Zane will guest star as the legendary showman (and sometime author/politician/businessman/philanthropist) P.T. Barnum, presumably in an episode that takes place in 19th century America.

“Obviously, we couldn’t resist putting Victor Garber and Billy Zane back on screen for the first time since the Titanic”, exec producer Phil Klemperer told Entertainment Weekly, before going into more detail about the casting and the role…

“I’ve wanted to bring Billy onto Legends every since I saw him in a friend’s comedy pilot. I’m not sure that people know how funny Billy is, although we cast him as P.T. Barnum because we knew that he would be able to find the soul beneath the larger-than-life showman. Truth is, Barnum never said ‘there’s a sucker born every minute.’ He was less a conman, more the father of modern advertising. A guy who made things ‘go viral’ before that was a thing. Sure, in one sense, he’s the villain of our story, but in another, he’s just a guy who wants to put on a good show. Anyone who works in TV can relate to that, right?! Anyway, Billy seemed like the perfect guy to get that duality.

“The thing about history books is that they turn famous people into 2-D characters. This season on Legends, we want to meet other famous figures from history, people like Barnum, people we think we know, so that we can find the aspects of them, the parts of their story, that the history books left out — we want to bring history to life by infusing it with heart, humor, and total absurdity (often at the same time).”

Tala Ashe – seen previously in Odyssey, Smash, Law & Order and As The World Turns – has also joined the cast. She will play the DC Comics character Zari Adrianna Tomaz (aka the superhero Isis).

CBR shared this description, coupling their own extensive knowledge with some official press spiel…

Ashe’s character is described by the network as a Muslim-American woman from the year 2030 who lives in a world of contradictions: “Technology has brought about incredible change in her future — too bad human nature hasn’t kept pace. Fear, prejudice and a lack of care for the planet have forced Zari to become a “‘grey hat hacktivist.’ A computer nerd with a wry, combative attitude. A woman living a double life who doesn’t realize that she has secret, latent powers derived from an ancient, mystical source.”

Isis, of course, is the Egyptian goddess of love (among other things). DC has long had an interest in the character, across both TV and comics.

Fans of 1970s superhero telly may remember that Joanna Cameron played a version of the character in CBS’s The Secrets Of Isis. Therein, the character was a science teacher named Andrea Thomas, who gained ‘the powers of Isis’ from an ancient Egyptian amulet.

Erica Durance also played Isis on TV, during Smallville, when an amulet possessed Lois Lane. I’m sure you can see an amulet-based pattern emerging here.

Jes Macallan (Mistresses) is set to play Special Agent Ava Sharpe in season 3 of the DC show, “a hard working agent for a secret branch of the Federal Government”, announced Deadline, describing the character as “very smart and incredibly ambitious and always believes she is the smartest person in the room. She is often quite ruthless in obtaining her goals and her drive for perfection has left many discarded friendships (and relationships) in her wake.”

The actress will be joining the rest of the current Legends team, which includes Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Arthur Darvill and Dominic Purcell. Previously, another season 3 regular – Tala Ashe – also joined the cast.

We’ve learned that in the grand tradition of Spartacus actors joining the ever-expanding Arrowverse, Simon Merrells will be appearing in season 3 when the team travel to ancient Rome to right some time-related wrongs..

“We start out in 2017, obviously,” confirmed executive producer Phil Klemmer, “but we’re going to take a trip back to Ancient Rome. We’re going to have Simon Merrells — he played Julius Ceaser’s [patron Crassus] on Spartacus — who’s going to be playing Julius Ceasar on our show.”

Ah, he should be able to slide into that quite easily, then! Here he is, a dab hand…

Gorilla Grodd will also be giving everyone a hard time in season 3. “It will be a version of him that we have not met yet on any of the shows. It will be the most evolved and powerful form of Grodd. We’re actually breaking the episode now.” 

Spoilers ahead for Legends Of Tomorrow season 3!

John Constantine, the scumbag street magician integral to the DC magical universe, star of a cancelled-too-soon live action show, and recent fan-favourite Arrowverse guest star, will be returning to The CW’s DC television hub on an episode of Legends Of Tomorrow this season.

ComicBook.com broke the news that Matt Ryan will be reprising the live action role sometime during Legends Of Tomorrow season 3. Legends is known for mining the deepest corners of the weird DC universe – it is, after all, home to Commander Steel, the Time Masters, and the Legion of Doom from Super Friends, a show that canonically existed within the Legends universe. Picking up Constantine, whose only other appearance on the CW shows was to resurrect Sara on Arrow, makes perfect sense, particularly in light of the addition of Zari Adrianna Tomaz, Black Adam’s wife, for this season.

Executive producer Marc Guggenheim has been teasing Constantine’s arrival in the tenth episode of Legends Of Tomorrow‘s new season, taking to his Twitter account to provide a behind the scenes snap of Matt Ryan in action with Brandon Routh…

To which Matt Ryan responded with…

Guggenheim also gave us a peak at the script for the episode, which appears to be entitled ‘Daddy Darhkest’…

We can’t wait for this particular appearance as fans of all things Constantine!

Our US chums were part of a group of TV reporters who visited the Legends Of Tomorrow set a while back, and one of the most-anticipated and discussed topics was Constantine’s upcoming appearance on the show.

Matt Ryan will be reprising his role as the chainsmoking, bisexual demonologist as part of a two-episode arc that began in the midseason finale.

“I’ve gotten to work with Matt before on Arrow, but I think I was pretty much possessed the whole time,” said Caity Lotz (Sara), who is referring to the time Constantine popped up on Arrow season 4 to save a recently-resurrected Sara’s soul. “He is a fabulous actor. We had so much fun on set.”

How will Sara respond to the demand Constantine made in the final moments of the Legends midseason finale that he return the favour of her saved soul by helping him out?

“I mean he is like this really cocky guy who thinks he is the ‘ish,'” said Lotz. “I think Sara throws him for a loop because he thinks he is all impressive but then she is like [makes attack noises] takes everybody down. Yeah, I think they are friends. They like each other.”

How will other Waverider crew members react to Constantine’s arrival on the ship? Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Amaya/Vixen) notes that he has “a different kind of male presence,” which “shakes everyone up.” For Nate and, in particular, his complicated relationship with Amaya, this results in some jealousy.

“There’s quite a fun dynamic with Nate as well,” teased Richardson-Sellers. “He gets a little bit jealous … I think just his ballsy sort of energy and his skills that he has. Amaya definitely admires that, and loves the fact that he’s so gung-ho about everything. She looks up to him, definitely.”

John Noble, who you might remember as the best part of Fringe, or the best part of Superman Unbound, or the best part of Arkham Knight, was just revealed as the voice of this season’s big bad in Legends Of Tomorrow. 

“That’s the big mythology of the season and what makes Mallus cool at this stage of everyone’s viewing experience is that right now he is just a name and is this whisper,” Legends Of Tomorrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim told EW. Mallus has so far resurrected Kuasa, sister to present-day Vixen and descendent of the show’s Amaya. He’s also slated to bring Neal McDonough’s Damien Dahrk back later this season.

Noble was most recently seen on Elementary as Sherlock’s father, and Sleepy Hollow as the Horseman Of War.

In a recent interview with Hidden Remote out of SDCC, Brandon Routh talked about how his character Ray Palmer will be working to improve the way the team runs in the future.

“In the second episode we find out about the invention that he’s been working on which helps in that episode and throughout the season in helping maintain the inaccurisms that they have so that they can better deal with them,” he revealed. “I think Ray’s going to be getting back into his inventing roots a lot more this season and creating things that can help the team.”

But a new member of the team will be creating friction with Ray – the grey hat hacktivist from 2030, Zari, played by Tala Ashe.

“I think they’re going to not see eye-to-eye. That’s definitely going to be their dynamic for a while,” teased Routh. “They both have opposite views about life and how technology can affect change and I look forward to that. I look forward to Ray having some one-on-one scenes. Often times our show’s so big that they have huge group scenes and fight stuff, so it’d be nice to have just a one-on-one scene.” 

Here’s the whole interview…

We recently found out that Victor Garber, one half of Firestorm on Legends Of Tomorrow, will be departing the show sometime in the current third season, according to a report in Deadline.

Garber, who was a Tony-nominated theatre actor long before he ventured into televised nerdery, is leaving the show to join Bernadette Peters to lead the Broadway revival of Hello Dolly! His departure has been known for some time, and it’s being reported that the crew has planned for him to leave. 

Garber began in the role of Professor Stein on The Flash, where he was paired with Robbie Amell’s Ronnie Raymond to form Firestorm the Nuclear Man: a gestalt hero who could rearrange matter at an atomic level, but mostly flew and shot fire from his hands. Amell wasn’t able to join the cast of Legends, so he was written off and replaced by Jefferson Jackson, played by Franz Drameh.

Keiynan Lonsdale’s character on The Flash, Wally West, a.k.a. Kid Flash, is about to go from forgotten sidekick to literal legend. That’s because EW is reporting that the yellow-suited speedster will soon join the time-travelling superteam of Legends Of Tomorrow.   

Indeed, after The Flash saw the hero’s young brother-in-law and Flash-in-training essentially complete his character arc, transformed and trained into the hero he always aspired to become, he was left with little to do but twiddle his thumbs at super-speed once Barry returned from his hiatus in the Speed Force. Thus, after an appearance in December’s “Crisis on Earth X” crossover, Wally was abruptly pulled from the series, with the excuse of him going on a sojourn to Cambodia.

Here’s a first look image of Lonsdale alongside Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Vixen in costume…

It’s about to go %uD83D%uDC47… #kidflash is an official member #LegendsOfTomorrow … @keiynanlonsdale @maisiersellers

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While Legends Of Tomorrow will make its midseason return in February with episode 10 (replacing Supergirl, which will go on hiatus), the Legends debut of Wally West/Kid Flash will occur on the following week in episode 11, which airs on February 19th. He will reportedly join the team in an official capacity in episode 13, which airs on March 5. As executive producer Phil Klemmer explains of the addition in a statement:

“We loved working with Keiynan in our series premiere — the episode in which we learned that in between seasons 2 and 3 he had been fighting crime in Central City with Nick Zano’s Nate Heywood. So, when his character stepped away from Flash to go on walkabout, after being dumped and feeling somewhat estranged from his family and team, we knew that Wally West would fit in perfectly on Legends.”

While the titular team of Legends Of Tomorrow has showcased numerous iterations in its three-season existence, The CW series – currently in a mid-season hiatus – left off with its largest vacancy yet, with the exit of dual-person hero Firestorm, with Victor Garber’s Professor Martin Stein killed off and Franz Drameh’s Jefferson “Jax” Jackson leaving the team. However, besides the teased addition of Matt Ryan’s John Constantine, the addition of Kid Flash is an exciting prospect for the evolution of the ever-evolving team. Moreover, it’s the perfect place for Kid Flash to do his thing, since the first half of The Flash season 4 has proven that there’s no room for two speedsters on a single show

As Klemmer further elaborates:

“Our show is about a collection of unlikely heroes who all began their journeys questioning who they are and where they belong — only to find those answers while traveling through time and having wacky adventures. So now, Wally West is not only back in the company of old friends from the Arrowverse, he’s fighting alongside a former enemy and career arsonist Mick Rory/Dom Purcell. By the end of this season, Wally will learn that the Legends have a different definition of what it means to be a hero.”

Legends Of Tomorrow season 3 plot

As you can see below, the official Legends Of Tomorrow season 3 synopsis spells out how the show is going to work now that the Waverider crew have screwed up time…

After the defeat of Eobard Thawne and his equally nefarious Legion of Doom, the Legends face a new threat created by their actions at the end of last season. In revisiting a moment in time that they had already participated in, they have essentially fractured the timeline and created anachronisms — a scattering of people, animals, and objects all across time!

Our team must find a way to return all the anachronisms to their original timelines before the time stream falls apart. But before our Legends can jump back into action, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) and his newly established Time Bureau call their methods into question.

With the Time Bureau effectively the new sheriffs in town, the Legends disband — until Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) discovers one of them in the middle of his well-deserved vacation in Aruba.

Seeing this as an opportunity to continue their time travelling heroics, Sara (Caity Lotz) wastes no time in getting the Legends back together. We reunite with billionaire inventor Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), the unconventional historian-turned-superhero Nick Heywood (Nick Zano), and Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh), who together form the meta-human Firestorm.

Once reunited, the Legends will challenge the Time Bureau’s authority over the timeline and insist that however messy their methods may be, some problems are beyond the Bureau’s capabilities. Some problems can only be fixed by Legends.

Based on the characters from DC, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Phil Klemmer and Sarah Schechter.

So, it looks like Rip will be getting a new band of time buddies, causing the Legends to spread around the globe (again) as their atonement for mucking up history so massively. Their decision to interact with their younger selves has caused anachronisms, which sound to use like the new ‘aberrations’.

Long-time Prison Break bros and real-life brothers from another mother Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller will continue to share the screen when Legends Of Tomorrow returns for the back half of its third season in February, and an unexpected (but somewhat entirely expected) new wave(rider) of romantic feelings might be bubbling up between new team player John Constantine and alt-Leonard Snart Citizen Cold.

Purcell recently had a chat with Nerdist about fresh flirtations amidst the characters in season 3, and got us all intrigued for a potential love story we could certainly find a little time for.

“Well, Trenchcoat [Constantine] has just arrived and I’ve only had one scene with him, and that was last week,” Purcell explained. “He was hitting on Wentworth’s character. Isn’t Constantine bisexual? And it was all too much for Rory [Heatwave], so he just kind of walked out. Rory watching Citizen Cold and Trenchcoat flirt with one another was like too much for Rory, so he just f***ing got out of there. That’s what I remember doing. It’s all too much! Too much information! Which makes it really funny. The scene is hysterical. We were all just on the floor laughing, so it’s all done in good fun.”

Dominic, please don’t toy with us on this, because we are here for it.

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Super Mario Encyclopedia coming out in October


Matthew Byrd

Feb 20, 2018

Dark Horse Publishing looks to turn the history of Mario into a coffee table tome with the Super Mario Encyclopedia…

Dark Horse Publishing is teaming up with Nintendo to create an encyclopedia that details the design of the Super Mario series. 

The Super Mario Encyclopedia‘s coverage extends from the 1985 release of Super Mario Bros. for the NES to the release of 2015’s Super Mario 3D World. While that sadly means that Super Mario Odyssey will not be covered in-depth by the book – it may warrant a mention – this encyclopedia still figures to provide an in-depth look at the franchise. 

Included within its 256 pages are detailed character descriptions, maps of the various level designs, a history of pro tricks and game glitches, collectible guides, fond memories from some of the games’ creators, and much more. It sounds like the final product may be a bit more artwork intensive than information heavy, but given the beauty of Nintendo’s design – and the undeniable appeal of a coffee table book – that might not be a bad thing at all.

The encyclopedia will release on October 23rd. It will retail for $39.99 and should be available via most major outlets. There’s no word on whether or not Dark Horse also plans to release a special edition of the Super Mario Encylopedia.

This isn’t the first time that Dark Horse and Nintendo have joined forces. You may recall that Dark Horse is responsible for the recent Legend Of Zelda volumes that detailed the development and design of those games via developer’s notes, drawings, maps, and more. Those collections were praised for their details, artwork, and general entertainment value. The collector’s edition of one of the volumes was even designed to resemble a classic Zelda NES cartridge. 

It’s usually pretty easy to recommend these books to Nintendo fans and collectors. At the very least, it should help tide you over during this terrible point in life known as the time between new Mario games. 

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