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Doctor Who series 10: Empress Of Mars review

Simon Brew Jun 10, 2017

Mark Gatiss pens Doctor Who series 10 episode 9, as we head off to the red planet in Empress Of Mars...

This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.

10.9 Empress Of Mars

“Is this Neil Armstrong?”

Now that’s how to end a Doctor Who episode.

Following what had been a fairly enjoyable 40-odd minutes, Mark Gatiss demonstrated again his underappreciated love of adding in a classic Who reference to his stories, by having a good chunk of the audience scrambling for their Peladon DVDs. The appearance of Alpha Centauri – voiced again by Ysanne Churchman! – was just the kind of surprise that I thought the show had lost the ability to keep. A small addition, but one that both gives long-time fans an added grin, and also gives the impression that the universe ticks along whether the Doctor is visiting or not.

If Alpha Centauri is entirely new to you,
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Breaking: Setback for Kangna Ranaut as Rani of Jhansi is being made as an international film by another producer

Breaking: Setback for Kangna Ranaut as Rani of Jhansi is being made as an international film by another producer
It is Kangna Ranaut versus Devika Bhise in two rival films based on the wars and conflicts of the Jhansi Ki Rani. There is some disheartening news for Kangna Ranaut, the new Queen of Jhansi in town. Her attempts to play the ultimate Warrior Queen in a film to be directed by Telugu cinema’s ace-directorRead More

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Free Comic Book Day 2017 Silver Sponsor titles revealed

Last week we brought you details of the twelve Gold Sponsor comics set to be available free of charge this May as part of Free Comic Book Day, and now we have details on the remaining 38 Silver Sponsor comics! Click on any of the covers for hi-res versions…

“We’re thrilled to see the range of titles with this year’s Free Comic Book Day,” said Free Comic Book Day spokesperson Michael Moccio. “Free Comic Book Day is one of the most celebrated days in the industry. When so many people introduce family and friends to comics and their local comic shop for the first time, it’s important the titles reflect that varied interests of people coming to stores. We believe this is going to be one of the best Free Comic Book Days yet and we’re excited for everyone to experience it!”

Here’s the full list
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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels: More Young Ned and 7 More Spin-Offs We’d Like to See

‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels: More Young Ned and 7 More Spin-Offs We’d Like to See
Having “Game of Thrones” win another 12 Emmys is a bittersweet high for fans who are simultaneously reminded that their favorite show is coming to an end in two short seasons. This anticipatory mourning has created renewed interest in life after “Game of Thrones” — not through the power of the Red God — but by hoping that HBO will green light a spin-off.

As George R.R. Martin teased at the Emmys, he has “thousands of pages of fake history” set in the world of Westeros and the adjacent Essos, ripe for adaptation. This is not news to readers of his novels, who are often sidetracked by his long passages of fully realized historical context. And since “Game of Thrones” series creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss have tried to keep flashbacks and exposition at a minimum, there’s still a wealth of stories that haven’t been represented on the screen.

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Roland Emmerich's (More Creative) Predecessor: Lang Was Early Cinema's Foremost Master of Spectacles

'Die Nibelungen: Siegfried': Paul Richter as the dragon-slaying hero of medieval Germanic mythology. 'Die Nibelungen': Enthralling silent classic despite complex plot and countless characters Based on the medieval epic poem Nibelungenlied, itself inspired by the early medieval Germanic saga about the Burgundian royal family, Fritz Lang's two-part Die Nibelungen is one of those movies I can enjoy many times without ever really understanding who's who and what's what. After all, the semi-historical, fantasy/adventure epic is packed with intrigue, treachery, deceit, hatred, murder, and sex. And that's just the basic plotline. As seen in Kino's definitive two-disc edition, artistically and cinematically speaking Die Nibelungen contains some of the greatest visual compositions I've ever seen. Filmed mostly in long shots that frame the imaginative sets and high ceilings, each static shot is meticulously composed with such symmetry and balance that, even though Die Nibelungen takes the viewer through a mythical fantasia,
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History announces premiere date and cast for Barbarians Rising

History has announced that its eight-part docudrama Barbarians Rising – which charts the rise and fall of the Roman Empire – is set to premiere in the States on June 6th, before making its way to the UK in June.

Deadline reports that “the series chronicles a wave of rebellions against absolute power by those the Roman Empire called “barbarians” – tribes they viewed as beyond the fringe of civilization that lived a brutish and violent existence. But these also were men and women who launched epic struggles that shaped the world to come with a centuries-long fight to defeat the sprawling empire.”

The cast of Barbarians Rising includes “Nicholas Pinnock as Hannibal, who vowed a blood oath at age 9 to destroy Rome; Ben Batt as Spartacus, the slave-turned-rebel who led a barbarian revolt; Kirsty Mitchell as Boudica, the avenging Celtic warrior queen; Tom Hopper as Arminius, the son of Germany surrendered to Rome; Emil Hostina as Attila,
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Lucy Lawless doesn’t expect to have a role in ‘Xena’ reboot

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Lucy Lawless doesn’t expect to have a role in ‘Xena’ reboot
We all know the “Xena” reboot is happening — in as much as any reboot bandied about to take the pulse of public interest can be considered happening. NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt confirmed as much last month. But since the idea is still in its infancy, no one seems to know how Lucy Lawless will fit in. Den of Geek recently spoke to Ms. Lawless about her role in the upcoming “Ash vs. Evil Dead” series, but the question of reviving the Warrior Princess soon came up. Ms. Lawless was not optimistic about her return to the iconic leather miniskirt. “No one really dies! Screw her head back on, it’s a bit wonky, and she’s got a really bad attitude since she’s been in a box for 20 years. […] I’m probably not up for that gig. I can’t imagine how you could tell the story with me
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The Heroes vs Vilains Bugle: First Blood! It's Xena vs Hannibal at the Top!

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The Heroes vs Vilains Bugle: First Blood! It's Xena vs Hannibal at the Top!
And they’re off! We are just 48 hours into Hitifx’s Second Annual March Madness Tournament of Heroes vs. Villains, and the races are already heating up. The champions of each of the four divisions are back on the field defending their titles, and the returning gaints are mostly looking strong. Some newcomers however have come charging out of the gate looking ready to go all the way. Across the field, we’ve got some very tough battles brewing. In the Movie Heroes division, Batman is the heavy favorite against longshot private dick Philip Marlowe, and fans are turning out in force to prop up The Dark Knight. But Marlowe is a saavy player who may just be waiting for his moment. He’s had decades to build up a following: will Marlowe’s people come to the rescue? Elsewhere in the division, a couple of match-ups that looked lopsided
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Can S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Brilliance Trump Hydra's Magnificence? Lucy Lawless Previews the Season 2 Opener

When last we tuned into Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the titular organization had crumbled, its name disgraced, assets depleted. In the wake of a Hydra-fueled onslaught, Nick Fury (guest star Samuel L. Jackson) resurfaced to appoint Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) as Director, so that he might rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D..

To do that, Coulson and his bruised team of agents will need the occasional helping hand — the first of which, as Season 2 opens this Tuesday (ABC, 9/8c), belongs to genre-tv queen Lucy Lawless.

Related Fall TV Spoilerpalooza: Exclusive Scoop on 42 Returning Favorites, Including S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Alex Kingston: 'Lady Macbeth freaked me out'

When Alex Kingston landed the infamous role, strange things began happening. She talks to Kira Cochrane about sleepwalking, the chances of a gay Doctor Who – and why America thought she was black

The moment Alex Kingston really started to worry about playing Lady Macbeth – and all the unwelcome spirits the play is said to stir up – was when her 12-year-old daughter, Salome, began sleepwalking. In the days before Kingston left her home in Los Angeles for rehearsals in the UK, Salome asked to share her bed – and every time she got stuck into the script, her daughter's sleep was disturbed. "If I was doing something else, or my mind was somewhere else, she would sleep," says Kingston. "But if I started thinking about the text, or working on it, she would start sleepwalking. It began to freak me out."

To quell her nerves, Kingston bought crystals, and is now sleeping with them beneath her pillow.
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Is Brit Emily Blunt’s American Accent Better Than Her British Accent?

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Is Brit Emily Blunt’s American Accent Better Than Her British Accent?
Born in London, Emily Blunt is as British as she is great: quite. And as a proper British person, she grew up speaking the Queen’s English. However, then she started acting and things went, as she might’ve once said, arse over tits. Her British accent grew less British and her American accent grew more American. This year, in the four movies she has starred in, her transformation officially crossed a line — her American accent is now so believable that she sounds positively barmy when she attempts to do otherwise. Let’s track the ten-year shift:Project: Warrior Queen (2003)Part: Isolda/BritishAccent: Blunt's first film role and she sounds quite British. This is magnified by the fact that the dialogue is delivered in that overly formal style that telegraphs, “This took place a long time ago when people spoke fancy.” Project: The “Death on the Nile” episode of Agatha Christie
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Blu-ray Review: ‘Superman vs. The Elite’ Delivers the Goods for Comic Fans

Chicago – It always takes a few minutes for viewers to adjust their eyes to the stiff, herky-jerky movements of characters in a direct-to-video animated film from DC Comics. “Superman vs. The Elite” opens with a cheeseball caricature of the Man of Steel headlining an outdated kiddie cartoon. It’s pretty silly, but at least the satirical characters are far more expressive than the “real” Superman once he rears his blandly noble head.

Yet as soon as I was ready to write off this seemingly disposable release, it won me over with its witty banter, topical themes and a villain who could prove to be a real showstopper if he was brought to the big screen. If Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Superman” reboot is a solid hit, then I suggest that studios consider Joe Kelly’s Action Comics yarn, “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?” as source material for the sequel.
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Three Superman Vs. the Elite Blu-ray Clips

Three Superman Vs. the Elite Blu-ray Clips
Warner Home Video has released three clips from Superman Vs. the Elite, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 12. George Newbern and Pauley Perrette star as Superman and Lois Lane in this DC Comics Premiere Movie, where the Man of Steel has to deal with a new breed of heroes dubbed The Elite. Check out these scenes from the upcoming animated adventure.

Superman vs The Elite - The Hat

Superman vs The Elite - Menagerie

Superman vs The Elite - Coldcast

In Superman Vs. the Elite, Superman's effectiveness as a super hero comes into question when a new group of super powerful crusaders, known as "The Elite," appear on the scene. As super heroes, the Elite know no bounds, and are more than willing to kill, even on a massive scale, to stop villainy -- putting them on a collision course with the ever-ethical, yet preferably non-lethal Man of Steel.
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Emily Blunt tipped to join Hollywood A-list

The London-born actress, currently starring in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, is poised to break through into the big time this year, say industry-watchers

Just as Emily Blunt hits UK screens this week in her biggest role to date, a string of movies coming out in the United States look set to catapult her to the Kate Winslet category of stardom.

The 29-year-old, who stars in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen with Ewan McGregor, co-stars with Bruce Willis, Jason Segel and Colin Firth in three forthcoming movies, while she is negotiating to appear opposite Tom Cruise in All You Need Is Kill, a potential sci-fi blockbuster, and to play Nora Charles in a remake of The Thin Man starring Johnny Depp, according to Variety.

Blunt will be appearing in cinemas again soon, alongside Segel in a romantic comedy, The Five-Year Engagement, about a couple who have promised to marry each
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Win a Huge BBC America Holiday Prize Pack from SciFi Mafia

Here’s great holiday news: our good friends over at BBC America have given us a ridiculously generous and wonderful prize pack to give away to one of our lucky readers. We want it for ourselves, but since we have to give it away, we hope you win! This prize pack includes Doctor Who Series Six, Part 1 & Series Six, Part 2, The Hour, BBC Holiday Gift Set, a Doctor Who Tardis Mini Set, Doctor Who Suit Shirt, Doctor Who Talking Pen, and a Guinness Baseball Cap. No, we’re not kidding.

Check out all the details on the prizes, and learn how to enter for your chance to win below, and good luck!

SciFiMafia.com & BBC America Holiday Prize Pack

Doctor Who: Series 6 Part 1

Starring: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston

Directed by: Julian Simpson, Toby Haynes, Jeremy Webb, Richard Clark

Written by: Steven Moffat, Matthew Graham, Neil Gaiman
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Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan

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One of the goals of the Cannonball Read is to honor AlabamaPink. Today marks the second anniversary of the loss of our Warrior Queen, and so I have chosen to re-post one of the reviews she wrote for the original Cannonball Read. Cheers, Miss Pink.--Tu.

Whenever I force The Mister to stop in the middle of reading whatever 19th Century seafaring novel he has in his hands so that I can read aloud a passage from my book, it usually means that my aforementioned book is pretty darn humorous. The more often I stop him is directly proportional to the book's overall hilarity. Now when I can't get through the passage I'm trying to read because I keep cracking up so bad the words coming out of my mouth sound something like "Ebid sheee. Iah. Ebid. Bwaw!", well you get the picture.

Apathy and Other Small Victories did inspire
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Emily Blunt Regrets Skipping University

Emily Blunt regrets not going to university. The British actress, who landed her first movie role in "Boudica" aged 20, thinks by skipping higher education she missed out on the chance to learn about life and make mistakes away from the public eye.

"I just wish I'd had that experience and that time to really mess up, and to be around fellow people who had no idea that they were throwing caution to the wind," she said.

The 28-year-old screen beauty, who is married to actor John Krasinski and was previously engaged to Michael Buble, admits she has made bad decisions trying to keep up with other stars, and is grateful to have settled down with someone who makes her feel fulfilled.

"When you're attempting to grow up at an accelerated rate, in order to have some kind of acceptance among your peers, I think you're dancing as fast as you can sometimes,
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Emily Blunt 'has university regrets'

Emily Blunt 'has university regrets'
Emily Blunt has revealed that she wishes she'd had the experience of going to university. The actress, who starred in her first movie role aged 20 in Boudica, admitted that she missed her opportunity to "mess up" away from the public eye. She told The Times: "I just wish I'd had that experience and that time to really mess up, and to be around fellow people who had no idea that they were throwing caution to the wind." The 28-year-old, who is married to actor John Krasinski and previously dated Michael Bublé, said that she now feels "fulfilled" and is happy that she found (more)
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Blu-Ray Monday: March 1st, 2011

Your Weekly Source for Blu-Ray and DVD Release News

Another big week for Blu-Ray, this time loaded with fresh new films. Danny Boyle’s Oscar-contender 127 Hours debuts and is certain to have viewers cringing, but also feeling incredibly uplifted. Disney’s beloved animated classic Bambi steps out from the woods and into your home viewing library; and Steven Soderbergh’s adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s Out Of Sight is now visible. Cher and Christina put on the glitz and get risque in the hit musical Burlesque, and if you’re a big fan, go to Best Buy for their exclusive version including Burlesque corsets. Blue Underground is giving Harry Kumel’s stylish 70′s vampire flick Daughters Of Darkness a Blu-Ray day pass, while the Pirate Of The Caribbean unite to bring force in numbers to your home-viewing experience.

Blu-Ray for Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 James Franco in Danny Boyle’s
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Jack Black's Gulliver's Travels: beat a Swift retreat?

Jonathan Swift's satire has been much-admired over the centuries. But did you ever feel there was something missing? Was it Guitar Hero?

Even though it's one of the most widely-adapted books of all time – spawning cartoons, radio plays, French turn of the century silent films, strange Russian pro-Communist puppetry adaptations and mid-1990s Ted Danson vehicles to name but a few – you could argue that nobody has ever been able to fully capture the spirit of Jonathan Swift's sprawling 1726 masterpiece Gulliver's Travels. Either the political invective is traded for hollow spectacle, or Gulliver's rudderless descent into misanthropy is glossed over or, as is often the case, the last three quarters of the book are dismissed entirely.

But fear no more, because this Christmas Jack Black will once and for all become the definitive Lemuel Gulliver. Yes, he might be primarily known for shouting and waggling his slapstick eyebrows around,
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