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Exclusive trailer for the Scream! & Misty Halloween special from Rebellion

Rebellion, the publishers of 2000Ad the galaxy’s greatest comic, have announced that after thirty years sealed in a long-forgotten crypt, both Scream! & Misty have now risen from the dark beyond. Now becoming one comic which is set to arrive this October – for a Halloween Special – at a newsagent near you. Checkout the exclusive trailer below, as well as the synopsis for each of the tales within this special edition release…

Considered as two standout classic titles from the glory days of Ipc Publishing, the Scream! & Misty Halloween Special will resurrect fan-favourite strips from both titles, including The 13th Floor, The Dracula File and The Sentinels. Featuring the works of both writers and artists including Guy Adams, Henry Flint, Hannah Berry and Simon Coleby.

The 13th Floor

Built in the eighties, Maxwell Tower was then a state-of-the art tower block controlled by a sentient computer called Max. Programmed to serve and protect his residents,
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Random Roles: ’90s It Girl Gretchen Mol still misses her Boardwalk Empire character

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.

The actor: Gretchen Mol had a quicker ascent to fame than most. Coming into acting from a brief but successful modeling career, she quickly established herself, moving from strong but small roles in Abel Ferrara films to major supporting roles in movies like Rounders and The Thirteenth Floor. Her biggest acclaim came in 2005 for her lead performance in The Notorious Bettie Page, and she’s since continued to work steadily in film and television, most notably for five seasons as Gillian Darmody on Boardwalk Empire. Mol graciously reminisced with us about being a working New York actor, the macho atmosphere on 3:10 To Yuma, and throwing water in Steve Buscemi’s face—on camera, of course ...
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Memorial Day Weekend Box Office Sinks to Lowest Point Since 1999

Memorial Day Weekend Box Office Sinks to Lowest Point Since 1999
Disney is celebrating another box office win this weekend with its swashbuckling adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. It is coming away with an easy win, earning $77 million over the four-day holiday weekend. That debut also continues a downward box office trend for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, with the last installment, 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, debuting with $90.1 million in this same weekend frame back in 2011. A new report reveals that this weekend as a whole marks the lowest Memorial Day weekend gross since 1999, when the first Star Wars prequel, The Phantom Menace reigned supreme.

Variety reports that the total box office earnings for this weekend add up to $172.3 million, which is the lowest Memorial Day box office since the $142.5 million total from the Memorial Day four-day frame in 1999, when The Phantom Menace, in its second weekend in theaters, easily won
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From The Phantom Menace to Masters of the Universe: 10 great posters for terrible films

From The Phantom Menace to Masters of the Universe: 10 great posters for terrible films
Movie posters are there to sell the movie. But some of them sell the movie too well, making you think a bad film will be a really, really good one.

To celebrate those rare moments when the publicity succeeds where the movie doesn't, here are just ten examples of great posters for terrible films.

1. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 57%

The teaser poster for the second coming of Star Wars was screaming-in-the-street exciting when it first hit bus stop billboards. Intriguingly, there's no mention of hyper-annoying sidekicks or intergalactic tax systems anywhere on it. Hmm.

2. Cobra (1986)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 13%

So masculine it made men pregnant, the poster for action disasterpiece Cobra drips with virility. Alas, the film dripped with so much blood that the first cut earned an X rating, forcing reshoots that made an already preposterous plot crumple like a crisp packet in Sly's massive manly fists.
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50 forgotten sci-fi films from the 1990s

We may remember Independence Day, The Matrix, The Phantom Menace. But what about these forgotten 90s sci-fi films? And are any worth seeing?

Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.

But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.

So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck,
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The Rise of A.I. in Sci-Fi

Every decade has their cinematic science fiction obsessions which speak to its concerns of the age; in the 1950s films such as Earth vs. The Flying Saucers and Them! capitalised on fears of alien invasion and nuclear proliferation. In the 1960s films like Barbarella and Ikarie Xb-1 captured the hopes and dangers of space exploration while in the 1970s Silent Running and A Boy and His Dog showed a growing concern for the environment and a mistrust of governments resulting in dystopian futures. Then in the 1980s it was the exploration of inner space with the boundaries of the human mind and body being crossed and redrawn with films like Altered States and the cinema of David Cronenberg. The 1990s ushered in an obsession with apocalyptic imagery and alternate realities with Dark City and The Thirteenth Floor amongst many others.

Through these decades of cinematic science fiction, the concept of
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Writers' Guild shortlist unveiled

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Writers' Guild shortlist unveiled
Filth, Pride and Philomena among film nominees; awards take place on Jan 19 in London.

Sandi Toksvig will present the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain annual Awards at Riba, in London, on Jan 19, 2015.

In the two film categories, Pride (Stephen Beresford), The Selfish Giant (Clio Barnard) and Starred Up (Jonathan Asser) are up for Best First Screenplay, while Filth (Jon S Baird), Metro Manila (Sean Ellis & Frank E Flowers) and Philomena (Jeff Pope & Steve Coogan) will compete for Best Screenplay.

TV programmes up for awards include Line of Duty (Jed Mercurio), Peaky Blinders (Steven Knight), The Great Train Robbery (Chris Chibnall) and House of Fools (Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer).

A special award for outstanding contribution to writing and writers will be presented on the night.

Full shortlist

TV Drama – Long Form

Line of Duty (Jed Mercurio), Happy Valley (Sally Wainwright), Peaky Blinders (Steven Knight)

TV Drama – Short Form

The Great Train Robbery (Chris Chibnall), Turks & Caicos (David Hare), [link
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BitTorrent’s First Web Series Will Be (Legally) Available In 2015

BitTorrent is out to prove it’s not all about illegal downloads and questionable sharing ethics. The tech company is releasing its first original web series called Children of the Machine in fall 2015. Directed by Marco Weber (producer of The Thirteenth Floor and Unthinkable), Children of the Machine is a sci-fi series set in the year 2031. It chronicles the lives of a society where humans must work together to survive after androids start dominating. Children of the Machine will be available for download exclusively on BitTorrent. According to AdWeek, Weber chose to release his upcoming series on the data-sharing website because its male-dominated, 170+ million user base was exactly the type of audience he was looking for. "This is a science fiction show catered to the typical tech-savvy, male-dominated audience," Weber said. "We're not trying to launch a romantic comedy, so the concept of this show moved us toward BitTorrent."

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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 2

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We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.

2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best.
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Summer Movies Flashback 1999: 'South Park' surprise and scathing 'Star Wars' reactions

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Summer Movies Flashback 1999: 'South Park' surprise and scathing 'Star Wars' reactions
Our continuing look back at some of the biggest summers we've lived through takes us back 15 years to one of the best recent movie seasons overall. In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1999. It was the summer I became Moriarty. To be fair, I had been contributing to Ain't It Cool for a little while already by that point, and I had been slowly but surely embracing the potential of the website and the audience that I was reaching. I had already taken a few trips to Austin, including a memorable stay at the third Quentin Tarantino Film Festival,
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Cinedigm and Rapid Eye Films Announce New Genre Arm

The times they are a changing, kids! And as technology advances so does the means of getting our entertainment. The latest announcement comes courtesy of Cinedigm and Rapid Eye Films who are looking to increase their genre output. Read on for details.

From the Press Release

Cinedigm Corp. (Nasdaq: Cidm) and Rapid Eye Film announced today they have entered into a multi-picture distribution and production output deal for North America encompassing 15 films. Rapid Eye Film (Ref) will produce, co-produce or acquire three to four genre-centric films per year. Cinedigm will handle the theatrical and home entertainment release and distribution strategy for each picture, with Ref producing and managing the marketing.

The deal provides Ref guaranteed distribution for the films across all platforms, and provides Cinedigm a steady slate of independent genre films, including science fiction and suspense thrillers. Cinedigm will be involved in all stages of production.

Filmmaker Marco Weber
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Wizards Vs Aliens renewed for series 3

News Louisa Mellor 3 Mar 2014 - 11:42

Cbbc has ordered a third series of the terrific Wizards Vs Aliens...

Cbbc has several jewels in its crown, Wolfblood, The Dumping Ground,  Wizards Vs Aliens, Vic ReevesThe Ministry Of Curious Stuff, and of course, the dearly departed Horrible Histories and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Amongst the very best is Wizards Vs Aliens, the only children's series to win a place in our 'Best TV episodes of 2013' writers' poll, for outstanding instalment, The Thirteenth Floor.

Great news then, that Wizards Vs Aliens, like Wolfblood before it, has been renewed for a third series. The sci-fi fantasy was created by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford and follows the story of young wizard Tom and his scientifically inclined friend Benny, and their adventures fighting magic-stealing alien race The Nekross.

Series three will find Tom and Benny "face to face with a new
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HBO’s True Detective Releases A New Clip From Episode Two

HBO has released another clip from the second instalment of True Detective’s first season. This bit comes at the end of the episode when Rust and Cohle discover the mysterious burnt down church. This scene is a prime example of how True Detective at times, dances a fine line within the established confines of the horror genre, and the police procedural. Apart form the beautiful Louisiana setting, I especially love the cinematography by Adam Arkapaw (Top of the Lake, Snowtown) accompanied by the music courtesy of The 13th Floor Elevators.

Watch new episodes of True Detective every Sunday at 9Pm, only on HBO – and don’t forget to list to our Darkness Becomes You podcast, dedicated entirely to the series. We release new episodes every week, no later than Wednesday night.

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Transcendence and the return of the 90s cyber thriller

Feature Ryan Lambie 10 Jan 2014 - 15:08

With tech thriller Transcendence out this year, Hollywood seems to be revisiting its 90s fascination with virtual reality, Ryan writes...

Like seasons, hairstyles and fashion, genre popularity in Hollywood runs in cycles. Historical epics have faded in and out of favour since the 1930s, for example, and appear to be on the rise again, with Ridley Scott’s Exodus, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and two movies based on the Hercules legend all on the horizon. It's not just historical epics making a comeback, either. With Wally Pfister's directorial debut Transcendence, we could be in for a mini revival of the cyber thrillers of the 1990s.

If you don't know anything about Transcendence yet, you can catch up with the first trailer here. Briefly, it's about a scientist (Johnny Depp) who's killed by terrorists shortly after completing some groundbreaking research into machine intelligence. Grief stricken,
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The Top TV episodes of 2013

Odd List Den Of Geek 20 Dec 2013 - 07:00

As nominated by Den of Geek writers, here are our favourite individual TV episodes of 2013…

Contains mild spoilers for some episodes.

A fortnight ago, Den of Geek's writers were asked to channel their inner Rob Gordon and select their top five favourite TV episodes of 2013 so far (anything airing in the second half of December wouldn't be eligible). Now, after much arduous mathematics and tallying up, the results are in.

So broad was the range of nominations, we've bumped up the top ten to a top fifteen this year, and included a bonus extra list at the end of every programme that appeared on the writers' lists of personal favourites.

Here we are then, the Den of Geek writers' favourite fifteen TV episodes of 2013...

15. Arrow – Sacrifice

What our reviewer said:

"But this was as entertaining and satisfying a finale as Arrow could ever have delivered,
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Phil Ford on Wizards Vs Aliens and The Sarah-Jane Adventures

Interview James Peaty 3 Dec 2013 - 06:52

We interview Phil Ford about Wizards vs Aliens, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Russell T Davies, Doctor Who and more...

This time last year, we had a chat to Wizards vs Aliens writer Phil Ford about the new show's first season. Now, one year on, we're back to talk about season 2 - in particular, what Phil learned from the show's first season, how it felt to incorporate scripts originally written for The Sarah Jane Adventures into the show, and what's next...

This article contains very mild hints of spoilers for the Wizards vs. Aliens episode, The Thirteenth Floor

The second series of Wizards vs Aliens is drawing to a close on Cbbc. How happy are you with this year's batch of episodes?

I couldn’t be happier. It’s the old thing… you do the first series and it works and then you think: ‘How
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The top 30 underappreciated films of 1999

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51

The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...

The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.

Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many,
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Wizards Vs Aliens series 2 launch report

Feature James Peaty 28 Oct 2013 - 06:44

Starting today on Cbbc, James reports back from the second series launch of Russell T Davies and Phil Ford's Wizards Vs Aliens...

Despite its undoubted behind-the-scenes pedigree, it would be fair to suggest that Russell T Davies and Phil Ford’s Wizards vs Aliens struggled to find its feet during its maiden series on Cbbc last year.

Weighed down by a far heavier expositional burden than the team’s previous effort, The Sarah Jane Adventures, ever had to contend with, it wasn’t until the final weeks of its first run that WvA truly seemed to find its feet and deliver satisfying and compelling stories in its own right.

However, despite the show finally managing to deliver on its obvious potential the question remained: would WvA’s second season be able to maintain that progress? While it’s too early to deliver a definitive answer,
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Top 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies (1990s - 2010s)

"Never send a human to do a machine's job."

When Star Wars (now titled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) debuted in May of 1977, it forever changed sci-fi — and Hollywood’s perception of the genre — with its epic fantasy story and groundbreaking technology. It quickly became the highest grossing movie of all time and garnered numerous accolades, winning six of the ten Academy Awards categories for which it was nominated. Star Wars continually ranks near the top of just about every movie list category out there, including our own recent Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970’s and ‘80s, as voted by you, the Reelz.com readers.

The long-awaited prequel trilogy that was launched in May of 1999 with Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was a huge success for Lucasfilm, but, even though it boasted far superior special effects, it failed to make the same sort of impact on moviegoers as the original.
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Cinedigm, Voltage Pictures Strike 5-Film Deal with Marco Weber's Rapid Eye Films

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Cinedigm and Voltage Pictures have entered a three-year, five-film deal with new genre label Rapid Eye Film whereby Cinedigm will distribute the films domestically and Voltage will sell the international rights, the companies announced on Monday. Veteran German producer Marco Weber (left) founded Rapid Eye to develop, finance and produce films. In the past, he has produced films such as the sci-fi thriller "The Thirteenth Floor" and the coming-of-age drama "Igby Goes Down." This new deal begins with "Unraveling," a sci-fi thriller Weber wrote and will direct. Now casting, the film will
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