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Dune director says Marvel films ‘turn us into zombies’

The epic science-fiction adventure Dune hits cinemas in October and introduces viewers to the Atreides family for the first time since 1984. Director Denis Villeneuve has kept to his directing style, and attempted to make the sci-fi experience as cinematically pleasing as possible.

In a recent interview, Villeneuve was asked about director Martin Scorsese’s comments about the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Scorsese infamously said he “didn’t think [Marvel movies were] cinema.” He went on: “I was asked a question about Marvel movies. I answered it. I said that I’ve tried to watch a few of them and that they’re not for me, that they seem to me to be closer to theme parks than they are to movies as I’ve known and loved them throughout my life.”

Villeneuve, who has won three Oscars for his sci-fi movies Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival, agreed with this sentiment.

He explained: “Perhaps the problem is that we are in front of too many Marvel movies that are nothing more than a cut and paste of others.”

He added: “Perhaps these types of movies have turned us into zombies a bit.” (Via El Mundo)

READ MORE: Dune director reveals what he cut out of the film – ‘It is painful’

Despite his comments about the Marvel series, Villeneuve added: “But big and expensive movies of great value there are many today. I don’t feel capable of being pessimistic at all.”

The Sicario director also touched upon the relevance of big-budget films in cinema and their connection to politics.

He mused: “Just think of the golden age of Hollywood to see that commercial films can make a different artistic proposal and, therefore, political.

“I have never felt like a loss or an impediment to have a generous budget to do what I wanted to do. Upside down.”

Villeneuve added: “Who said that a movie on a big budget can’t be artistically relevant at the same time? I am currently thinking of people like Christopher Nolan or Alfonso Cuarón.”

Dune fans have been left a little worried of late because of Villeneuve’s decision to split the Dune story in half. 

The events of Dune reportedly only span 50 percent of Frank Herbert’s original 1965 novel.

If Dune is not successful at the box office, and doesn’t get another film, the story will never be completed.

Thankfully, it looks like the international release of Dune has been extremely successful.

The film was recently in some parts of the world, including France, Russia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden, to a great first weekend.

As reported by Deadline, Dune earned a staggering $36.8 million at the box office over the first few days of its release.

$3.6 million of that revenue was delivered through IMAX over 142 screens worldwide.

The biggest markets in the world, the UK and the US, have yet to open the film.

This means the box office number will likely continue to increase over the next few months.

Dune hits cinemas October 21, 2021.


Published at Mon, 20 Sep 2021 11:10:15 +0000

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Iron Man replacement teased by Marvel star – ‘He’s a good leader’

The final scenes of Avengers Endgame were truly saddening for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only did Captain America bring his own journey to an end after travelling back in time to spend his life with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), but Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) was also killed off after using the Infinity Stones against Thanos (Josh Brolin). With the two main warriors gone, there is a power vacuum in the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – but that may have changed with the arrival of the Eternals.

The Eternals hits cinemas later this year and introduces the titular aliens who have sculpted humanity over centuries.

Included in the line-up of the Eternals is Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden as Ikaris.

In a new interview, Madden responded to whether Ikaris could take over in Avengers 5.

He replied: “I don’t know. I know that he’s a good leader and a good soldier. If those are two traits that you need to lead the Avengers, then he has them.” (Via TotalFilm)

READ MORE: Eternals: How are the Guardians of the Galaxy connected to Eternals?

Madden went on to add: “But I wouldn’t be able to predict that.”

This is the second time Ikaris’ leadership has been called into question, and the film hasn’t even been released yet.

In the Disney movie’s first trailer one of the characters asked who would lead the Avengers now Captain Rogers and Iron Man had gone.

With a shrug, Ikaris responded: “I could lead them?” starting a ripple of laughter through the room.

Each of the superpowered aliens must fight the Deviants and stop them from destroying humanity.

Considering the film will include a global threat, the Avengers could indeed arrive on the scene to help.

One person who may also help the Eternals is Kit Harington’s character, Dane Whitman.

Historically, Whitman eventually becomes a hero known as Black Knight.

Harington recently revealed, however, before taking the role of the Black Knight hero, he was offered the spot of another Marvel hero.

He revealed: “You know, the comic-book and superhero world has called once before, and I didn’t like the role and the part and the time to do it. So I turned it down.

“And then this one [in Eternals] felt right to me. I liked that the character they were offering was not necessarily an Eternal. He was human. I did like that.

“I felt that I could do something with that, that he came with all these human faults. So it was the character that drew me to it, as well as it being the MCU, and how exciting.”

Eternals hits cinemas on November 5.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe films are available on Disney Plus.


Published at Mon, 20 Sep 2021 08:29:19 +0000

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Johnny Depp played ‘deeply insecure character’ because of their similarities to himself

Johnny Depp is best known for playing Captain Jack Sparrow in the Disney franchise Pirates of the Caribbean, but before that he spent a lot of time working with famed abstract director Tim Burton. Not only was he the titular hero in the director’s seminal picture, Edward Scissorhands, he also played Willy Wonka in his 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory reboot. In the same year, Depp played Victor Van Dort in Burton’s animated love film Corpse Bride.

Although Depp was eager to sign up to Burton’s new film, he explained how the character was a huge draw as well.

He said in 2005: “Well, he felt like a guy that I knew. When I read it, he didn’t feel all that dissimilar from other characters that I’ve played for time.”

A lot of this, he revealed, came down to his own attributes.

Victor is a nervous man doing what his parents tell him in order to just get through life.  

Depp explained: “It was just the base emotional feeling. A bumbling, deeply insecure nervous character… a lot like me in life.”

READ MORE: Pirates of the Caribbean ‘reboot being developed by Disney’

Depp expanded on this notion in another interview, where he was asked about any similarities he had with Victor. He replied: “Yeah, the feeling of failure, I suppose, the feeling of being inept, unable to be understood.

“That’s a pretty consistent theme in a lot of people’s lives. It’s like Victor, kind of, represented in the same way Edward Scissorhands of not feeling comfortable of feeling in life, that universal feeling we all drag around with us for the rest of our days.”

Depp has always been an actor who welcomes the more intricate characters in cinema.

The aforementioned Edward Scissorhands showed him dealing with a great deal of internal turmoil.

Depp continued: “So I read it and loved it, but it somehow didn’t occur to me that we were going to be doing it at the same time.”

He also explained how he would finish filming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the day before going to record Victor’s voice lines in the evening.

Because of this extremely rushed schedule, Depp was forced to improvise on Victor’s distinctive voice.

He recalled: “I thought it was going to be like months down the road so I would have some time later to prepare for the character.”

Depp laughed: “So you could imagine my surprise when, as I was very, very focused on Wonka, Tim arrives on set and says: ‘Hey, you know, maybe tonight we’ll go and record some of Corpse Bride.’

“I didn’t know what the guy was going to sound like or anything. Good fun though!”

Corpse Bride is available on Netflix now.


Published at Mon, 20 Sep 2021 06:23:00 +0000

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Xbox Series X stock: Best Buy and Microsoft restock news, PS5 coming next

Xbox Series X stock is hard to come by in the UK right now, although there are alternatives.

While the Xbox Series X remains unavailable, you can still grab an Xbox Series S.

Microsoft’s secondary console rarely falls out of stock and can be found at Very, Amazon and Currys.

It can also be found on the Microsoft Store, which remains one of the best places to check for Xbox Series X stock in the UK.

The Xbox Series S shares the same games as the Series X but comes with some notable drawbacks.

A statement from Microsoft addresses these, telling gamers before they buy one: “Both consoles deliver next-generation capabilities powered by the Xbox Velocity Architecture, such as faster loading, the ability to seamlessly switch between multiple games with Quick Resume, richer and more dynamic worlds, and frame rates up to 120fps.

“The primary difference between the two consoles is that the Xbox Series X displays games at native 4K, comes equipped with a UHD Blu-ray Disc player, and 1 TB of customised SSD storage.

“Xbox Series S is designed for disc-free gaming at 1440p (with the ability to upmarket to 4K), with a customised 512GB SSD. And, of course, they’re priced differently.

“Both consoles have the option to expand available customised storage via the Seagate Storage Expansion Card.”

There has been no word on when the next restock will take place or how many consoles will be made available.

Big stock updates usually included thousands of consoles to buy but there is never enough to keep up with demand.

There has been no word yet whether there will be Xbox Series X arriving around the same time or if gamers will have to wait until October.

If everything arrives as predicted, between September 21 and September 23 will be your best chance at buying a PS5 this week.

The news has been shared by PS5 Stock UK – a reliable stock tracker account on Twitter – which is known for providing the best guides on what’s happening next.

The message posted on Twitter by PS5 Stock UK reads: “The release date for the bundle listings on GAME’s site has been updated to 30/09/21, indicating an online restock between 21st-23rd September.”

There is even a link available to view the upcoming PS5 bundles, which includes multiple choices.

The option to buy just the console is available, but that bundle is expected to sell out the fastest.

Published at Mon, 20 Sep 2021 04:04:27 +0000

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James Bond: Idris Elba spotted in unearthed reactions to Pierce Brosnan’s GoldenEye WATCH

Before Daniel Craig became James Bond, Pierce Brosnan bagged the role, debuting in 1995’s GoldenEye. And now unearthed reactions to the then-new 007 have seen Idris Elba spotted giving his take on the film. At the end of the clip, the future Hollywood star chimed in with his friend.

Referring to Timothy Dalton, his friend said: “Better than the last one.”

Before a 23-year-old Elba said of Brosnan: “He’s got the charm and he’s got all the looks, y’know what I mean?

“And he’s fit, he’s strong and blah, blah, blah. Yeah he’s alright, he’s alright.”

An undiscovered actor at the time, today the 49-year-old is one of the bookies’ favourites to be the next Bond.

READ MORE: James Bond movies watching order: From Dr No to No Time To Die

Interestingly, Brosnan himself has backed Elba to be the next Bond after Craig.

Speaking with People, the 68-year-old said: “Idris Elba comes to mind. Idris is such a powerful presence and such a great former voice tensity. He would be magnificent.

Brosnan went on to star in three more Bond movies in Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.

Meanwhile, No Time To Die hits UK cinemas on September 30, 2021.

Published at Sun, 19 Sep 2021 15:26:00 +0000

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Vanguard beta end date: When does free open beta end on PS4 and Xbox?

Activision has announced that they have extended this weekend’s Call of Duty Vanguard open beta.

This means that gamers won’t need to count down until closing time on Monday and will instead have longer to enjoy the multiplayer action.

No reason has been shared for the change, but it will be a welcome one for those currently smashing through WW2-themed multiplayer matches.

And for those who might not have joined up yet, Activision has made it very easy to join this week’s open beta event.

No pre-order of the full game is necessary, and there are no limitations on what platform you can play on.

There are also no restrictions tied to subscriptions, so you won’t need Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus to join in on the action on consoles.

Those who have downloaded the Beta will be able to cross-launch into it via Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Call of Duty: Warzone, or Modern Warfare from the main menu for any of those games.

Simply move your joystick or mouse to the far left “blade” of this main menu, and you will be able to launch into the Vanguard Beta. Alternatively, you can launch into the application directly without needing to go into any of the three full Call of Duty experiences.


Activision has confirmed that the Call of Duty Vanguard open beta will now end on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Servers are scheduled to close down at 6pm BST, so it’s still worth downloading the beta and joining in.

No further extensions of the deadline are expected, so this will be the last time you can test out Vanguard before it hits shelves in November.

As the name suggests, crossplay will be active through the Beta’s second weekend, allowing you to play with friends so long as you have each other’s Activision IDs to party up across platforms.

A message from Activision adds: “Following its installation, start up the Beta application and follow the first button prompt to be taken through a quick first-time settings and agreements menu series.

“You can always visit the settings menu before, during, or after a match to readjust these basic and more complex options, such as Automatic Sprint, Deadzone sliders, Motion Blur within the world, and even Hit Marker Sound Effects (e.g. Classic, for those Call of Duty veterans who want some nostalgia).”

Published at Sun, 19 Sep 2021 19:09:59 +0000

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Where is Xur today? Destiny 2 Xur location and weapons list

Xur is back on the scene in Destiny 2, and Guardians can find him quickly if they look in the correct location.

Skipping the standard list of places he hides, this week’s Xur location has been confirmed in The Tower.

This means heading down to the Hangar and checking all the latest wares that are being offered until the Weekly Reset.

Not needing to check all the other locations is a big boost for gamers this week, as Xur will be leaving the game at 6pm BST on Tuesday, September 21.


The Xur location for September 19 has been identified as hanging out in The Tower on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

To find the correct place, you need to head over to the Hangar and locate the back stairs.

This is where Xur will be standing, offering a number of Exotic and Legendary items.

There are also some great armour options this week for those who are playing the correct character.

Xur is currently selling these items until the weekly reset on September 21:


  • Merciless Energy Fusion Rifle for 29 Legendary Shards
  • Shards of Galanor Hunter Gauntlets for 23 Legendary Shards
  • One-Eyed Mask Titan Helmet for 23 Legendary Shards
  • Geomag Stabilizers Warlock Leg Armor for 23 Legendary Shards


  • Dire Promise Primary Hand Cannon for 50 Legendary Shards & 1000 Glimmer
  • Escape Velocity Primary Submachine Gun for 50 Legendary Shards & 1000 Glimmer
  • IKELOS SMG Energy Submachine Gun for 50 Legendary Shards & 1000 Glimmer
  • Main Ingredient Energy Fusion Rifle for 50 Legendary Shards & 1000 Glimmer
  • Truth Teller Energy Grenade Launcher for 50 Legendary Shards & 1000 Glimmer
  • Steel Sybil Z-14 Heavy Sword for 50 Legendary Shards & 1000 Glimmer
  • Bottom Dollar Energy Hand Cannon for 50 Legendary Shards & 1000 Glimmer
  • ARMOUR: Xur is selling Wild Hunt armour for 50 Legendary Shards & 1000 Glimmer.

For anyone who has forgotten, Legendary Shards used by Xur are remnants of powerful items used to improve gear or trade for other stuff.

It should also be noted that Xur will be dropping items similar in power level to your character.

And another part of Xur that is new to the latest version of Destiny 2 is that he now drops Cipher Quests for free.

The Quest will reward you with an exotic Cipher, and last week included completing 21 Strikes or winning the same number of Crucible or Gambit matches.

Xur will be leaving Destiny 2 later this week and will be back with new loot and weapons on September 24.

Published at Sun, 19 Sep 2021 17:52:45 +0000

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PS4 News: 9.00 console warning, GTA 6 release update, PlayStation Plus

Gamers have reported problems with the latest PS4 update, with the new firmware patch available to download.

And the bad news is that the issues appear to have continued into the weekend, with some still unable to complete their installation, while others have been left with a console that can’t function properly.

The update weighs in at less than a GB but reportedly includes some major issues that can cause consoles to become unusable.

The first warning sign is that your PS4 console runs more slowly after installation and is followed by problems with being unable to access the PlayStation Store or switch menus without rebooting your gaming device.

PlayStation owners have been discussing the issues online, with one user reporting:

“WARNING! This update just bricked my console? Immediately after restarting after the update, I get the PlayStation logo, and then the blue light on the console pulses for about a minute before the console shuts down.

“Tried doing the 30 seconds unplug followed by rebuilding the database, but it does the same thing.”

This post was followed up with an update that included the news that the affected user could boot the console after re-downloading and installing the update in Safe Mode.

It’s been almost eight years since GTA 5 was first released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2013, and fans are currently in the midst of the longest wait ever for a new numbered entry in the Grand Theft Auto series.

And, according to a notable insider, the wait for the reveal of GTA 6 is going to go on for a few more years.

That’s according to Tom Henderson, a leaker known for his COD and Battlefield leaks, who in a new video online said the reveal of GTA 6 could be happening in 2023.

Henderson made the claims about the GTA 6 reveal as the leaker responded to a viewer asking if the new GTA game could get announced in 2022.

Responding in the latest episode of the Gold Gold podcast, Henderson explained: “I doubt it. I think it’s 2023. It seems like we are going to get GTA 5 [Expanded and Enhanced] this year, then next year we’ll get an announcement for the Trilogy as well as a release for the trilogy.

“Then I’d expect 2023, we’d get the GTA 6 reveal and then like I just said, it wouldn’t surprise me if we get some kind of delay with that as well. 2025 seems like the earliest we will get that released”.

And gamers have made an intriguing argument suggesting that Hell Let Loose will be included in the PS Plus October 2021 lineup, although it won’t be available for those on PS4.

The first is that Hell Let Loose will be released on October 5, 2021, on PS5 consoles. That’s a notable date, as it’s when the new PlayStation Plus games will be launched for gamers to download.

Again, this could be related to something else, but as Sony would be missing out on PlayStation Store sales, it would make sense that they would do this to avoid having to release refunds later on.

The other thing noted by gamers is that Hell Let Loose can be played on PS5 right now as part of an open beta that can’t be found on other console platforms.

Fans will have to wait at least another week before finding out everything planned for PlayStation Plus in October.

Published at Sun, 19 Sep 2021 16:37:03 +0000

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Elvis Presley: Was Jimmy ‘Orion’ Ellis The King’s half-brother? The startling evidence

While another said: “There’s no resemblance to Elvis whatsoever, but there is to Vernon.

“Vernon Presley and Jimmy Ellis look like the same person. I could see the same look, the same hairline, the same ears.

“The same. It was just…can that be a coincidence, to have this vocal? I don’t know.”

One friend of Orion’s claimed they had seen Jimmy’s birth certificate, saying: “I remember it was from the state of Mississippi and it said mother, Gladys Bell.”

Published at Sun, 19 Sep 2021 14:11:00 +0000

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Avengers Endgame stars ‘in floods of tears’ reading Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 script

In just a couple of years, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 is due to hit cinemas. Marvel fans last saw the crew of misfits in Avengers Endgame and we’re next due to see them feature in Thor Love and Thunder in 2022. And apparently, James Gunn’s long-awaited threequel is going to be something of a tear-jerker according to its stars.

Nebula star Karen Gillan and Mantis actress Pom Klementieff, who both appeared in Avengers Endgame, have read the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 script and shared their reaction.

Speaking with Yahoo, Gillan said: “We read it in the same room together, and then looked at each other and we were in floods of tears… so emotional.

“You’re learning more about existing characters and on a deeper level. I’m really excited at exploring Nebula, post-Thanos.”

Aside from this, Gunn himself has teased that major deaths could take place in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.

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Back in August, Gunn compared how he treated characters death in The Suicide Squad to his Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

He told Entertainment Tonight: “There’s a much bigger sense of danger for all of our characters [in The Suicide Squad] because we know all of them could die.

“Whereas in Guardians, yes, obviously I killed Yondu, I killed the big original Groot, but it isn’t the same thing.

“We know most of them are going to make it out alive. At least for two movies.”

Gunn plans to direct both the special and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 back-to-back.

As for the rest of this year, there’s Eternals releasing in November, followed by Spider-Man No Way Home a month later.

While on Disney+ there’s the Hawkeye series, which has a Christmas theme, and Ms Marvel to look forward to.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 hits cinemas on May 5, 2023.


Published at Sun, 19 Sep 2021 11:49:00 +0000

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