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  • SDCC: Top Gun and Tom Cruise finally go ‘Maverick’…

    “I feel the need – the need for speed…” is probably one of cinema’s best-known movie taglines and 1986’s Top Gun has, in many ways, remained a benchmark for a certain type of cinema. The Tom Cruise vehicle was the kind of testosterone, high-risks story that combines the bonafide...
  • Thor 4, Akira 0?: Taika Waititi to return to MCU…

    For some time, New Zealand-born director Taika Waititi’s name has been associated with the much-discussed live-action version of cult eastern sci-fi epic Akira – originally the manga story and then as an ambitious animated film released in 1988.  Though no names had been announced, it was known Waititi was...
  • For Her Eyes Only? Bond 25’s 007 to be black and female… but…

    007 to be black and female??? Yes it’s the kind of click-bait news designed to cause much gnashing of teeth and angst among the die-hard party-faithful who haven’t actually read the important specific detail beyond that headline… For several years there’s been talk about the next Bond being black...
  • Knives Out: Look who’s gone and dunnit?

    It takes a certain kind of film to have  James Bond take on the combined forces of Captain America and General Zod… When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel...
  • Black Mirror: ‘Ashley’ is a tale of Algorithm and Blues…

    Rachel is at that awkward age where she’s deciding whether fitting in to school-life and having friends is the most or least important to her. She tries not to care what others think but is still tempted to take paper in the talent show to prove something to herself....
  • Hard Wayne: Warners’ approves Pattinson for Batman trilogy…

    Last week, the internet scuttlebutt was that Robert Pattinson had been cast as Bruce Wayne for director Matt Reeves’ latest reboot of DC/Warners‘ key superhero. Then there was some backtracking as it appeared he was, more accurately, high on a shortlist which also included the likes of X-Men/Tolkien‘s Nicholas...
  • Netflix + Cello: Not ‘Perfection’ but well-orchestrated guilty pleasure…

    Charlotte (Allison Williams) could have been one of the world’s greatest cello-players, studying under the elite and demanding mentorship of Anton Bachoff (Steven Weber) at his exclusive musical academy. However her mother’s illness draws her away from that life and for well over a decade she becomes her mother’s...
  • HBO: Goodbye Westeros, Hello Westworld…

    For a series that keeps reinventing ways to explore its core-programming, Westworld‘s third season looks set to do the same with a teaser trailer that debuted alongside the finale of HBO‘s other world-building epic, Game of Thrones.  Yet both shows could still be defined with the former’s well-worn phrase...
  • Schwarzenegger assaulted at South African event…

    It’s sometimes noted that famous actors have an entourage and security that may seem overwhelming and out of proportion. But sometimes there are moments that show why such are needed – because while a majority of people attend promotional events to meet their favourite stars, some come for less...