Three Flavour Cornetto Trilogy Screenings

To celebrate the imminent release of the hugely anticipated The World’s End, Universal have teamed up with Vue Cinemas to host the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy screenings!

Starting on July 18th at 7.30pm, audiences will be treated to special screenings of Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, and finally a first viewing of The World’s End at midnight.

This exciting event will be taking place at selected Vue cinemas across the country.

Further information can be found here.

Director, Edgar Wright took a special shine to our very own Gerrod when we caught up with him a few weeks ago.

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Check out our podcast reviews on Shaun of the dead and Hot Fuzz

The Lone Ranger-Lego poster

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From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humour, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

You can view the trailer here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLX8xfPuWNQ

Doctor Who rumour

There’s a rumour doing the rounds that an email was “accidentally” sent from BBC worldwide to employees confirming that series 8 will consist of 12 episodes (including the 2014 Christmas special) and feature a new Doctor.
The series is said to air in August 2014. Which, if true would mean Matt Smith is going at Christmas and a 15 month gap between series 7 and series 8.

A reduced episode run would make sense. The split was budgetary and hasn’t proved popular. Luther, Merlin and Being Human all had their episodes reduced in their hight of popularity.

An official announcement is being made by the BBC, at midnight.

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NINE WORLDS GEEKFEST CELEBRATES GEEK CULTURE IN LONDON.

Described as a the mutant hybrid of a science fiction convention crossed with a TED talks conference, Nine Worlds Geekfest will bring together hordes of UK geeks for a 3-day celebration of geek culture on August 9-11, 2013 in London, UK.

As well as including the core elements of traditional science fiction conventions like literature and film, Nine Worlds seeks to broaden the scope of geekery to include many aspects of popular science and technology, while dispensing with the whole celeb photo and signing machine that turns many sci-fi events into all-day queuing marathons. As co-organiser Ludi Valentine explains, “Our guests are the writers, and creators, and scientists, the people who make awesome things happen, people with amazing stories to tell, and cool stuff to show you.”

Guests include over a dozen big names in UK Sci-Fi & Fantasy lit, like Kim Newman, Ben Aaronovitch, Charlie Stross and Catherine Banner and lots of Sci-Fi TV writers. On the acting side, we’ve got Chris Barrie (Red Dwarf), a couple of Harry Potter actors and a few Doctor Who/Torchwood actors. And we’ve got people like Rhianna Pratchett (creator of the new Tomb Raider game), Kieron Gillen (Marvel Comics author) and lots of scientists, filmmakers, artists and academics.

The Nine Worlds team has reached out to fandom organisations and niche conventions from around the country to put together a slate of content tracks covering many aspects of geek fandom.

Nine Worlds has organisations like the Victorian Steampunk Society (which run the world’s largest Steampunk event, Weekend at the Asylum) running a Steampunk track. London on Board (a 2000+ member board gaming society) is running a non-stop gaming and play testing of new games. Skeptic Magazine is running a full track of talks about Skepticism and the Royal Observatory is running a Space Exploration track. Durham University is sending their Harry Potter Studies instructors to lecture about Harry Potter academia. And lots more — even got smaller organisations like BUCK, fans of My Little Pony, are showing off their fandom.

The event also has a team of dedicated organisers who’ve managed fan content at other events on topics like Game of Thrones, Role Playing Games, Comics, Tolkien, Video Games, Doctor Who, Fanfic, Knitting and over a dozen more. Nine Worlds will also be host to the UK’s first academic conference on Geek Culture, with scholars gathering from around the country to discuss everything from Hacktivism to Alien Ecologies. And with dedicated Geek Feminism and Queer Fandom content tracks, Nine Worlds aims to be welcoming to groups that often feel excluded by traditional sci-fi conventions.

Nine Worlds will also have lots of entertainment running throughout the event, including themed social spaces, a sci-fi film festival, live-action quidditch, a steampunk ceilidh, lots of open board and role playing games, live music, Nerf War, comedians, magicians, an intergalactic casino, weekend-long LARP’s and social/party gaming.

Nine Worlds grew out of the organisers’ bafflement over why London doesn’t sport the kind of large-scale geek gatherings that exist in other parts of the world. Co-organiser Erich Schultz says, “As huge sci-fi fans ourselves, we and our friends been going for years to the massive American residential conventions like Dragon*Con and San Diego ComicCon. And we keep asking ourselves, ‘why doesn’t anything that cool exist in London?'”

In March 2013 Nine Worlds ran a Kickstarter fundraising drive that was 232% oversubscribed and raised £23,000 (the second most successful convention launch in Kickstarter’s history), demonstrating the huge interest for an event of this kind in London.

Nine Worlds Geekfest will run in two huge conference hotels near Heathrow Airport, on August 9-11 2013. Early Bird tickets are on sale for £75 until May 31.

Nine Worlds Geekfest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thenineworlds
Twitter: https://twitter.com/london_geekfest
Internet: http://www.nineworlds.co.uk/
Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nineworlds/nine-worlds-geekfest-an-u…

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Bad News, everyone

Futurama has been cancelled (again). Comedy Central have announced that the 13 episode series airing in June, will be the last.
The show returned with great success after it’s initial cancellation, by fox in 2003, but it seems that the momentum could to be maintained.

The shows co-creator and executive producer David X. Cohen added
“If this is indeed the end of Futurama, it’s a fantastic finish to a good, long run,”.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles named number one new property

Since their return to TV screens in October 2012 in Nickelodeon’s new animated series, Turtle fever has swept the UK. Latest figures now reveal that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are the official Number 1 new property.

An integral part of the Turtle phenomenon, the hugely popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures are 3rd Action Figure Brand YTD following outstanding 2013 sales.
Firmly cementing their place as the number one choice for kids, the Turtle figures also held onto their position as top of the Action Figure Super Category after another phenomenal month. The Action figures were also the 7th bestselling line by value in the total toy market.

Having made it into fifth position in the Super Category, the innovative PowerFX figures have proved a huge hit with kids across the country. Due to the exceptional popularity, the figures will continue to feature as part of the Autumn/Winter collection in a bid to meet consumer demand. The range extension will supported by continued TV advertising.

Indicating high demand and unprecedented popularity for the entire Turtles range, the whole GP Flair, Turtles line performed exceptionally well. In the Accessories and Playsets category the toys claim three of the top five spots with the hugely popular Shell Raiser reigning in pole position for the second consecutive month. It’s also evident that kids are continuing to enjoy bringing their favourite Turtle to life with imaginative play, as the Ninja Combat Gear is once again 1st in the Role Play category.

Nic Aldridge, Marketing Director at Flair Leisure Products, comment: “We are absolutely thrilled with the latest set of results, which clearly show that the Turtles toys really are beginning to dominate the UK toy market. With the TV series now on ITV and CITV, we foresee the popularity gaining considerable pace as the Turtles are introduced to a whole new audience.

“As we prepare to extend the toy range even further with a number of new waves of product launches throughout the year, these latest results have given us every confidence that Turtles’ popularity will continue to soar as the phenomenon continues.”

Dexter spin-off?

It was officially announced last week that series 8 of Dexter will be the last. But, David Nevins, the president 20130422-163323.jpgof showtime has explained that it could return as a spin-off, he stated that there were no active plans but “all options on the table”.

With Dexter being Showtime’s flagship show, it’s not surprising that a spin-off is being considered.
It’s been rumoured that any spin-off would focus on Deb, but I think that’s far too predictable. If I were in charge, I’d give the spin-off to Quinn. He’s an established character, likeable yet flawed and not afraid to bend the rules.

Would you be interested in seeing a Dexter spin-off? Who should be the lead character?

Dexter returns in the US at the end of June.

Check out our interview with David “Angel Batista” Zayas.

Villains return

Classic series villains, The Zygon’s are returning to Doctor Who for the 50th anniversary special. The creators haven’t fully appeared since the Tom Baker series, Terror of the Zygon’s. the appeared briefly in The Pandorica opens and we’re mentioned in the power of three.
Older who fans and Big Finish listeners will remember that the Zygon’s are shape-shifters, able to replicate any living thing they desire.

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It has also been announced that Joanna Page, will also be staring in the anniversary special.

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