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ITV Announces 'Beowulf' Series, But Could It Challenge 'Game Of Thrones'?

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Television will soon be getting a lot more medieval, as ITV has announced a new thirteen-part series based on the epic poem 'Beowulf', set to begin filming in April of next year. Described as “a western set in the Dark Ages of Britain’s mythic past,” the fantasy adventure will be looking challenge HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ as the most action packed series on television.

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In a press release, ITV said the first episode of the series would see the hero Beowulf who, “after spending many years wandering as a mercenary warrior, returns to Herot to pay his respects to the recently deceased Thane, Hrothgar - the man who raised him. But when Herot is attacked by the terrifying monster Grendl, Beowulf has no choice but to hunt it down, winning favour with Herot’s new female Thane, and the wider community, in the process.”

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Sean Bean Cast In New ITV Drama 'The Frankenstein Chronicles'

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Sean Bean has been cast in a new ITV drama based on Mary Shelley’s classic work, ‘Frankenstein’. ‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’ will be a six part series which will see Bean play Inspector John Marlott, described as an “extraordinary hero”. The rest of the cast for the project, which will begin shooting in January, is yet to be announced.

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The drama will begin with Marlott, a man who “doesn’t know the meaning of fear”, being recruited by Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel, beginning a new terrifying journey. While contemplating his recent successful arrest of opium smugglers, Marlott then spots the mutilated body of a dead child washed up on the shore and soon begins tracking the diabolical perpetrator.

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From Cleaning Toilets To Intergalactic Royalty: Jupiter Ascending [Trailer + Pictures]

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The new trailer for the forthcoming sci-fi movie Jupiter Ascending - written and directed by the Wachowskis, who brought us The Matrix, and starring Mila Kunis, Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne - has appeared online.

Jupiter AscendingCleaning toilets must seem like a universe away... 

Jupiter Ascending features Jupiter (Mila Kunis) as a cleaner who just might hold the keys to the universe. “You are in for a surprise when you find out what I do for a living”, Jupiter says. Unbeknown to her, evil intergalactic forces want her dead, prompting genetically engineered, former super-soldier Caine (Channing Tatum) to come down to earth and save her. 

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'Jupiter Ascending': The Wachowski's Futuristic Slingshot Into Space [Trailer + Pictures]

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If you haven't already been swept along by the long run up of excitement building for the Wachowski's new sci-fi film, Jupiter Ascending, allow us to acquaint you with what looks set to be the biggest space blockbuster of the year. Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth and Eddie Redmayne all star in this futuristic adventure.

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'Jupiter Ascending' Is The Wachowski's New Sci-Fi Set To Make Waves This Summer.

Kunis takes centre-stage as Jupiter Jones, a janitor who spends each day going through the motions without realising she may just be the most special person on Earth. It is revealed that she was born under a unique night sky in which the stars were arranged to foretell Jupiter's destiny; that is, the biologically ordained usurper of the Queen of the Universe.

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The Five Most Shocking TV Deaths

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The shocking death of Allison Argent in last night’s Teen Wolf has got us thinking, are none of our beloved characters safe? If we look back at some of our favourite shows it turns out that no, they aren’t!

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It's Official: Telltale 'Game Of Thrones' Video Game Out In 2014

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Everyone’s favourite fantasy drama Game of Thrones is finding its way to consoles, PCs and – we assume – Macs, once more. It’s happening via the highly rated Telltale Games in 2014. Rumors of the game have been circling for just over a month now, but the company behind The Walking Dead game have confirmed 2014 will see George R.R Martin’s famous books reimagined into a game.

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"We'll be taking advantage of all the fiction to make something great," said Telltale CEO Dan Connors during the announcement at the VGX 2013 awards show. "We're just really getting into it right now and thinking about characters — who has the most at stake, who has the biggest impact on the world." (Verge)

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Video Game Of Thrones? Telltale Have It Covered, Apparently

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It looks like Telltale are on a mission to grab the coolest licenses for themselves. Reports suggest the celebrated developer is in talks for a game based on George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones.

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The news comes from IGN in a report that cites multiple unnamed sources. It’s currently unknown which version of the epic fantasy series will be reimagined onto an interactive format. Of course, the series is called Song of Ice with the first book entitled Game of Thrones, so perhaps we’ll see a story from the very beginning. Maybe even a sequel?

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Millie Mackintosh Has Dress Nightmare On BAFTA's Red Carpet [Pictures]

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Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh had a nightmare from start to finish during her BAFTA's red-carpet arrival on Sunday evening (May 12, 2013). The 23-year-old reality star wore a pretty stunning looking Sass & Bide black dress, though the waist-high slits proved problematic as the wind and rain battered the Royal Festival Hall in London.

"I'm wearing Sass & Bide, first time I've worn a Sass & Bide dress. I'm a little bit worried about walking in it because it's slit up to here. But I love the dress, and it's quite a different look from what I did last year," she told The Sun on the red-carpet. Millie, who is engaged to rapper Professor Green, was attending the show to support her E4 show which was nominated for Best Reality and Constructed Factual Programme. And guess what. It won!

The result was a little controversial, though Alan Carr beat Ant and Dec to best entertainment performance for Chatty Man, so anything's possible at the BAFTAs. Elsewhere, James Bond actor Ben Whishaw won leading actor for his performance in Richard II (The Hollow Crown), beating out Sean Bean and theatre legend Derek Jacobi, while Sheridan Smith won lead actress for Mrs Biggs ahead of Sienna Miller and Rebecca Hall. However, the night belonged to revered actress Olivia Colman, who won the BAFTA for both supporting actress (Accused) and female performance in a comedy programme (Twenty Twelve).

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BAFTA Rightly Snubs Downton Abbey In Favour Of Accused, The Girl, Last Tango

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This year's BAFTA nominations is a pretty well rounded list, favouring Jimmy McGovern's superb 'Accused' series, the Sienna Miller starring 'The Girl' and 'Last Tango In Halifax,' a drama about elderly sweethearts reuniting through the internet. Notable by its absence though was Downton Abbey, which rightfully failed to secure a single nomination after a dreadful season that, at best, got lukewarm reviews and at worse was ridiculed by critics.

Instead it was the Derek Jacobi starring 'Last Tango' and Jimmy McGovern's Accused that led the way, while comedy Twenty Twelve and the Olympics coverage received four nominations each. In the acting categories, Sean Bean was nominated for his excellent turn as transvestite Tracie in Accused, while Jacobi got a nod for Tango. Sienna Miller, as Tippi Hedren, and Anne Reid were both nominated for Best Actress, while the Best Supporting Actress gong should go to either Imelda Staunton or Sarah Lancashire.

Though American audiences are seemingly all too happy to eat up whatever Julian Fellowes scribbles down for Downton Abbey, many critics were unhappy with the storytelling and farfetched shockers in season three, including when popular character Matthew died in a car crash. Fellowes took the opportunity to defend his work when speaking with the New York Times. "Most of the soap operas always use the Christmas special to kill huge quantities of their characters. So they have trams coming off their rails, or cars slamming into each other or burning buildings. It's a general clear-out," he said.

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Sienna Miller, Sean Bean (and Alan Partridge) Amongst BAFTA Nominees

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Sienna Miller, Imelda Staunton, Peter Capaldi and Sarah Lancashire are among the nominees for the 2013 television BAFTAs. London based actress Miller - a star on both sides of the Atlantic - gets the nod for her role as Tipi Hedren in the BBC's Alfred Hitchcock drama The Girl, which scooped four nominations in total. Staunton received a best supporting actress nomination, also for The Girl, while Lancashire was rewarded for her performance in the romantic-drama Last Tango in Halifax.

Peter Capaldi is up for best actor for BBC Two's recently-axed 1950's drama The Hour, though also for his role as the foul-mouthed spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker in political comedy The Thick Of It. The latter nomination - for best male performance in a comedy programme - will see Capaldi pitted against Steve Coogan's return as Alan Partridge in Welcome To The Place Of My Life, as well as Inbetweeners star Greg Davies. 

Elsewhere in the acting categories, Sheridan Smith received her first BAFTA nomination for her portrayal as Mrs Biggs, in the true story of the wife of the Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs, and Rebecca Hall was nominated for Parade's End. Sean Bean is nominated for his performance as transvestite Tracie in Accused, the BBC drama series which follows people accused of crimes as they await the verdict. Bean's performance was clearly one of the stand-out turns of the year and he won best actor for the role at the Royal Television Society Awards in March. 

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Sit Back, Open Up A Game Of Thrones Beer, And Guard The Wall

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While Contact Music preach sensible practise surrounding alcohol, we can't think of anything better than cracking open a Game Of Thrones Beer, popping season 3 on (when it's released) and drinking to glory. 

The blonde ale from Ommegang brewery will be "crafted to directly tie into themes and nuances of the medieval-like fantasy realm of Westeros and the surrounding kingdoms," according to a company press release. Larry Bennett, head of PR and Creative Services for Ommegang, has been speaking to Paste mag about the formation of this partnership with HBO. "From our point of view of having to brew a Game of Thrones beer... well, it's a very dark and stormy series, and we discussed if we should start with a dark beer to compliment that aspect," he explained, "But, we decided against that in favor of starting with something a little more tap-friendly, a little more customer friendly, and work our way into it. So, we came up with the blonde ale, but, of course, at 6.5 percent, our blonde is still a relatively strong beer. With the future offerings, we may end up going stronger and darker, with lots of different characteristics."

Game of Thrones, starring Sean Bean, is one of the more recent additions to HBO's impressive roster, and was renewed for a third season by April 10, 2012. Production began in July 2012, and the season will premiere on March 31, 2013. 

Age Of Heroes Trailer

Corporal Rains is a young yet committed soldier, when his unit is ambushed behind enemy lines, Rain's formulates a plan to lead his men to safety but when he returns to safe territory he's imprisoned in military prison for insubordination. The only person who sees potential in the willing recruit is a man by the name of Captain Jones, he offers Rain's a way out of prison if he joins his new elite task force, the 30 Commando unit.

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Black Death Trailer

In 1348 the many people of England were struck down by the plague that swept the length and breadth of the island. Knight Ulrich was one of the greatest fighters of the time and when he learnt of a small village untouched by the deadly illness, he tasked himself, a band of soldiers and a young monk to discover their secret and hunt down a powerful sorcerer thought to be able to bring the dead back to life.

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Troy Review

"War is young men dying and old men talking," bellows one Greek leader following a mighty clash in Troy. He might as well be talking about the movie itself. Director Wolfgang Petersen heaps handfuls of clashing titans together with dry speeches on historic nobility. He ends up with a handsome yet long-winded restaging of the war waged between Greece and the warriors of Troy over the hand of lovely Helen (Diane Kruger, a nondescript mixture of Leelee Sobieski and Natalie Portman).

Troy leaves the talking to its triumvirate of Hollywood royalty - Brian Cox, Brendan Gleeson, and Peter O'Toole. The dying is left up to the chiseled and marketable studs - Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, and Brad Pitt. Whenever a member of the veteran trio interacts with a member of the other on screen, it creates a mismatch of talent not even a Trojan Horse could overcome.

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The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring Review

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You think Harry Potter had expectations? It's a beloved book, sure, but it was published in 1997. In 10 years it will be as forgotten as The Bridges of Madison County. But J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings series dates all the way back to 1937 (when The Hobbit was published), and it's taken all these decades for someone to even attempt a live-action recreation of the trilogy of books. And not without reason.

How do you satisfy a legion of fans, some of whom have been waiting almost 65 years to see their absolute favorite work of literature put to film? More often than not, you don't, and though Peter Jackson's production of The Lord of the Rings is painstakingly faithful and earnest, it is almost a foregone conclusion that the movie will never quite be good enough for the obsessed fans (see also the 1978 animated Lord), just is it will be far too obtuse for those who haven't read the books.

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The Island Review

If you're going to clone someone, Scarlett Johansson is a damn good choice. But putting Scarlett in an action movie -- and dying her hair blonde? You can't be serious.

I am serious. And while The Island isn't exactly a great film, the case for Johansson as action starlet has been made, handily.

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Bravo Two Zero Review

They were an elite unit of the SAS, eight Brits sent behind enemy lines in Iraq to knock out Saddam Hussein's Scud missiles -- facing incredible odds, wearing 210-pound packs, out of touch with HQ, facing bad weather, going uphill both ways.

And I just can't bring myself to care.

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Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring Review


In the entire three hours of the audacious, transporting, spectacularly cinematic first "Lord of the Rings" installment, there are only two very brief moments that don't come across as being 100-percent a part of the mystical, dark and magical realm of Middle Earth.

These moments are not because of bad performances (there aren't any), negligent directing or special effects gaffes. In fact, from the digitally dialed-down stature of the actors playing hobbits to the frightfully demonic hoards of living-dead orcs (minions of the supernaturally evil antagonist), the effects are seamless.

These moments of doubt are merely scenes that take place in such plain locations (e.g. a non-descript river bed) that they seem far too familiar and Earthly in a movie of underground troll cities, ominous mountains called Doom, idyllic ancient forest hamlets of immortal elves, and hobbit's homes burrowed into impossibly green hillsides.

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Equilibrium Review


The worst theatrically released sci-fi flick since "Battlefield Earth," "Equilibrium" is so blatantly derivative as to be insulting, so absurdly hackneyed it's hard to believe it's sincere, so full of scenery-chomping it's a wonder the actors don't weigh 300 lbs. by the closing credits -- and as a result it's such a laugh riot that it may well be the funniest movie of 2002.

The plot -- brazenly pillaged from "Fahrenheit 451," "1984" and "Brave New World" -- concerns a high-ranking government "Cleric" named John Preston (chisel-featured Christian Bale), a ruthless and deadly law enforcer in a "Metropolis"-styled dystopian future where emotions (and by extension, music, art, poetry, etc.) have been outlawed.

The populace takes twice-daily doses of a stupefacient called Prozium, but when passionless Preston misses a couple injections, has a confusing day of emerging feelings, then finds himself staring into the big brown eyes of a cute little puppy he's supposed to kill during a raid on a "sense offender" hideout (insert shots of famous paintings being torched with a flame-thrower here), he...just...can' it.

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