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R.I.P. Gene Wilder

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 18 hours, 28 mins ago

Actor Gene Wilder - best known for portraying Roald Dahl's beloved character Willy Wonka, has died aged 83.

 

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Riding to fame in the early 1970's with 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' and collaborations with Director Mel Brooks in 'Blazzing Saddles' and 'Young Frankenstein' (which Wilder also co-wrote), Wilder last appeared on screen in the comedy series 'Will and Grace' in 2003 which bagged the actor an Emmy.

 

Wilder was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1989, and passed away due to Alzheimer's complications yesterday aged 83.

Rovio developing 'Angry Birds Movie' sequel

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 16 hours ago

Far from the cynical cash grab I was fearing, this year's 'Angry Birds Movie' turned out to be a pretty damn good animated adventure which had appeal for all age groups. And while it grossed far less than other recent animated smash hits such as 'Minions', 'Frozen' and 'Zootopia', it's respectable $350 million worldwide take from a $75 million production budget has ensured that the Birds will fly again.

 

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According to HitFix, Rovio CEO Kati Levoranta said "we have started planning the sequel to The Angry Birds Movie" which basically just confirms something we already knew - that Rovio love money. But based on the amount of time it took to get the first film up and running, it could be a number of years before another film hits cinemas and who knows what apps will be the range - or if anyone's still playing 'Angry Birds' at all.

KFC denies leak of 11 secret herbs and spices recipe

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 17 hours ago

KFC's blend of 11 herbs and spices have tantalised junk food junkies across the world for decades and served as the company's most valuable intellectual property, so it's no wonder that many have tried to crack the recipe. Many have gotten close, but not quite there. So when The Chicago Tribune posted a recipe given to them by Joe Ledington, the nephew of Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders which was located in a 70 year old scrapbook and which convincingly passed the taste test, the internet exploded. KFC at home? What a time to live. But KFC have tried to shoot the whole thing down.

 

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According to a KFC statement posted by The Telegraph, KFC have denied the recipe is the real deal saying "many people have made these claims over the years and no one has been accurate - this one isn't either". The company holds that the original 1940 recipe handwritten by Sanders is locked up in a safe encased in two feet of concrete and monitored by extensive video and motion detection surveillance systems.

 

Of course, there's no reason that the newly discovered recipe simply be a duplicate? You can't keep your secrets forever, not in this day and age.

'Suicide Squad' creator blasts film critics

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 4 days, 14 hours ago

Despite disappointing critics across the world, 'Suicide Squad' has been an unmitigated box office success, passing a $500 million haul mark in just 13 days, and well on the way to $600 million. And at the end of the day - that's all that matters.

 

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Speaking out against the bad press, Suicide Squad comic creator John Ostrander said "First of all, I want to say I am not disparaging any of the critics. I do have problems - whether it's the Squad or not - when a critic comes in with an agenda already. They are not looking at the movie for what it is. I have read several of the reviews that were just fine, even not that keen on it. As long as they were looking at it honestly, that's fine. When somebody comes in with an attitude, "I'm sick of superhero movies," "I am not going to give them a break," "it has to be a masterpiece to get a good word out of me," I don't think that's right or fair. There were plenty of fans who did not like it, and well that's fine and they are right to their opinion even if they are wrong. I know the box office isn't an arbiter of what's good or bad, but you have to take a look at how much money Squad has made so far. I think it has done really well."

 

Warner has two major DC Comics films set for release in 2017, including 'Wonder Woman' and 'Justice League'.

Japanese PM appears as Super Mario for Olympics closing

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

The Rio Olympics have closed in a spectacular ceremony, topped off with an apperance by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as gaming's most famous celebrity - Super Mario!

 

 

Nintendo's character was introduced during the closing ceremony in a short CG animated cameo showing the character warping into a pipe, before Abe himself emerged as Mario on stage replete with his iconic blue and red overalls. An incredibly well executed gag, which is a nice touch for the gaming friendly country.

 

With the Rio games over, Tokyo will be the next house the Olympics Games in 2020.

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Elaborate $800 Middle Earth Blu-ray boxset incoming

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Now that the whole Peter Jackson Middle-Earth saga is complete (well, until they come out with the 'The Silmarillion' .. .kidding it will never happen), Warner Bros can finally release that huge Blu-ray boxset that fans have always wanted.

 

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So up for pre-order today is the 30 disc 'Middle-Earth' Ultimate Blu-ray Collection, which rounds up all three 'Lord of the Rings' extended edition trilogy, 'The Hobbit' extended edition trilogy with dozens of extra feature discs equaling hundreds of hours of extra features. The price tag? A credit card busting $799. But it does come with a "spectacular 100-page sketch-style book" as well as "six stunning faux leather books and a collectible Hobbit-style wood shelf", so there's that.

 

The 'Middle-Earth' Ultimate Blu-ray Collection hits shelves on October 4 - just in time for Christmas.

'MacGyver' TV reboot gets first trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Last year we bought you the news that the CBS Network were pursuing a TV reboot for the classic 80's series 'MacGyver', and they've delivered. Well, they've delivered something, but I'm not sure it's MacGyver!

 

 

Starring Lucas Till in the role made famous by Richard Dean Anderson, the new series finds MacGyver as the creator of a "clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives".

 

The series is set to hit screens later this year.

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60's 'Batman' cast return for animated adventure

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Well this is a huge treat for fans of the original 1960's 'Batman' series. Original stars Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar are set to reprise their roles as Batman, Robin and Catwoman in a new animated film!

 

 

Releasing its first trailer today, 'Batman: The Return of the Caped Crusaders' will be the first time in decades that members of the original cast have returned to the role which made the characters a worldwide success, and celebrates 50 years since the original show hit screens. The animated film is also set to return the classic villains Joker, Riddler, Penguin, although there's no word on who will perform their voice roles after the actors who originally portrayed them have since passed away.

 

'Batman: The Return of the Caped Crusaders' will be available to purchase digitally in October, and on Blu-ray in November.

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TV's 'Mr. Robot' renewed for third season

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Fans of TV's 'Mr. Robot', listen up - this isn't a hack. The future of your favourite series has been secured by USA Networks.

 

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Currently broadcasting its second season, the hacker drama 'Mr. Robot' has been renewed for a third season according to Deadline Hollywood, which is due to air in 2017. Speaking on the announcement, Chris McCumber, the President of Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable said "We couldn't be more proud of Mr. Robot, a series that has pushed boundaries, captured the cultural zeitgeist, and been honored as one of the best dramas on television. Midway through its second season, Mr. Robot continues to break new ground and open up new opportunities for the network."

 

The main cast, including leads Rami Malek and Christian Slater are all expected to return - but will the full cast make it to the end of the season? We'll just have to keep watching!

Disney prepping live-action 'Little Mermaid' film

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Walt Disney are digging deep to exploit their catalogue of beloved animated classics such as 'Cinderella', 'Alice In Wonderland', Beauty and the Beast' and 'Dumbo', and today they've confirmed the development of another. God help them if they ruin it.

 

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Deadline Hollywood have confirmed the studio is moving ahead with a live action feature based on the 1989 hit 'The Little Mermaid'. Broadway writer Lin-Manuel Miranda will join forces with songwriter Alan Menken who penned the original songs for the animated film. Miranda is said to be a big fan of the film, naming his child Sebastian after the film's main character.

 

It's still very early in development, with a script not yet written and no casting announcements yet made. On the latter, I'll give them so free advice - make sure she has red hair.

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