This Week Behind the Scenes (Aug 2-8)

@MarkCTinker - Even with beautiful late afternoon light most of us will never look this good. #ChicagoPD @sophiabush - Ha!
@MarkCTinker – Even with beautiful late afternoon light most of us will never look this good. #ChicagoPD
@sophiabush – Ha!

Waiting all summer long for your favourite shows to come back in the fall can feel like forever.  But with the magic of twitter lots of actors are now posting set selfies to give us all a little sneak peek on what they’re working on.  The best of this week includes Chicago PD, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Kingdom and Kevin Bacon suggesting his wife bring home her Brooklyn Nine-Nine costume.

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Simon’s Best Games And Movies Of The Year


It’s time to interrupt the endless barrage of Christmas calories

that I seem intent on shoving down my throat as quickly as possible

seriously, it’s like Gluttony Man in Se7en

but I don’t have my body tied down,

my arms are wilfully ladling anything alcoholic or sweet or tasty into my mouth

like it’s going out of fashion

to round up what I think have been my personal favourite games and movies of 2013.

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Review: The World’s End


*The World’s End has been released in the UK a full month before North America, so here’s a review from our UK office to get you suitably excited!*

You know that time in your life when you just left school? Do you remember when alcohol was something to be celebrated and experimented with, as were sex, drugs and music? It felt like you could do anything, right? Well Gary King can remember that time all too well, and while the rest of his friends may have moved on to have jobs, wives and families, he finds himself striving for those halcyon days. And so he decides to get his gang back together to undertake a legendary pub crawl in their childhood town. 12 pubs. 12 pints. What could possibly go wrong?

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Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek INto Darkness

So, time to talk about [another of my most anticipated films]( I am a life long Star Trek fan. Let’s just get that out of the way right now. When I was a kid I watched The Original Series. When it debuted on TV I watched Every episode of Next Generaion, Deep Space Nine and even Voyager despite all it’s problems. Enterprise, I am of the opinion, got cancelled just when it had gotten really good. I’ve seen every movie multiple times and, perhaps most relevant to what I am about to say, I really liked JJ Abrams 2009 reboot of the franchise.

Yes, it has problems. Hell, the whole plot falls apart if you pay more than a cursory amount of attention to the details, but it has that certain extra _je ne said quo is_ that makes me forget all this as I watch it. Despite it’s ridiculousness it sucks me in and I enjoy it every time.

Naturally I was excited for a sequel and today we got one. So how is it? It’s… well it’s something.

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Star Trek INto Darkness


All joking aside, this is looking good although perhaps a little predictable. Clearly looks like the bad guy gets the better of Kirk due to Kirks arrogance which ends disastrous consequences and then has to fight back from a place of defeat with perhaps these help of his friends and colleagues.

None of this is a bad thing necessarily, that could be an amazing movie. It is well worn material though so we’ll have to see.

Then again, they might be leading me to think that so that they can hit me with something totally different. Either way, seriously, is it 17th May yet????

The Worlds End moved up to August

The World's End

Good news everyone! The Worlds End US release date has been moved up two months! So sayeth director Edgar Wright:

This is nothing but good news. Puts is square in summer popcorn relaese time rather than autumn oscar contenders and “things we didn’t know what to do with” times.

More good news for one of my [most anticipated of the year](