Star Wars: The Bad Batch episode 1 review: "Deftly handles the Order 66 retread"
Star Wars: The Bad Batch episode 1 review: "Deftly handles the Order 66 retread"From the opening moments, Star Wars: The Bad Batch feels like an extension of the final season of The Clone Wars. After the Lucasfilm and Star Wars logos flash across the screen, the voice of Clone Wars narrator Tom Kane bursts forth, as we're treated to never-before-seen (in animation) scenes from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Even the title of this first Bad Batch episode – "Aftermath" – points to a direct continuation of the events we saw at the end of The Clone Wars season 7, when Order 66 instigated the fall of the Republic.
New concept art for Neill Blomkamp’s unmade Alien sequel – AKA Alien 5 – has surfaced. Honestly? It’s made us a little sad the movie never got made. © Provided by Total Film Alien 5 concept art
As featured on artist Geoffrey Thoorens’ portfolio page, there are a series of concepts that feature Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley returning to fight what appears to be a xenomorph queen, as well as an overview of the movie’s world, character designs, and even a returning face from the classic Alien movies. Take a gander below, and find the rest of the images here.
Gallery: 17 actors you forgot were in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) (Total Film)
17 actors you forgot were in the MCU, from Doctor Who alumni to Shazam
Reeling off the leading lights of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is almost second nature at this point. The likes of Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., and Chris Hemsworth are ingrained in our cultural consciousness as much as the heroes they portray. Every Hollywood superstar now wants a bite of that Marvel apple, with the likes of Angelina Jolie stepping up for Marvel Phase 4 as part of The Eternals.
But what about the forgotten faces of the MCU? The actors who ended up finding fame or fortune elsewhere or had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo appearance before exiting stage right, never to be seen in a comic book caper again – what about them? Here at GamesRadar, we’ve rounded up 17 actors you forgot were in the MCU, including Doctor Who legends, Game of Thrones villains, and even one of DC’s best and brightest superheroes.
Demonic trailer teases Neill Blomkamp's new supernatural sci-fi horror
The Chappie and District 9 director returns with a terrifying new movieNot giving too much away, is it? That initial tease sets the tone nicely, introducing Carly Pope (Elysium) as a woman who appears to be participating in a voluntary virtual study of some sort. Upon entering this alternate reality, she encounters strange shifting landscapes and summons a demonic entity with rather large claws.
David Bradley (Captain America: The First Avenger)
Perhaps best known for his turn as the cantankerous, backstabbing Walder Frey in Game of Thrones, the instigator of the Red Wedding also has a minor role to play in Captain America: The First Avenger as guardian of the Tesseract.
Unfortunately for Bradley’s character, Red Skull eventually tracks down the mystical container, which houses the Space Stone, and kills him. Not content with ticking off the MCU and Game of Thrones on his heaving franchise checklist, the English actor also appeared in Harry Potter as Argus Filch and Doctor Who as the First Doctor in the Peter Capaldi’s final episode in 2017.
Natalie Dormer (Captain America: The First Avenger)
Serving as Captain America’s canonical first kiss in the MCU (how’s that for an extremely specific quiz question?), Natalie Dormer’s Lorraine only had a bit-part to play in The First Avenger, in which she tried to seduce an uncomfortable Steve Rogers. Peggy – of course – eventually saves the embarrassed Cap. Dormer, meanwhile, would go on to bigger and better things, as the scheming queen Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones.
6 new Disney Plus, HBO Max, Netflix, and Amazon Prime movies and shows to stream this weekend
From a fright-fest to a Disney Princess adventure, here's everything you should be streaming this weekendFor the binge-watchers out there, Sweet Tooth and DOM are both streaming all their episodes this weekend on Netflix and Amazon Prime, respectively – and if you're in the mood to settle down with something new every week, The Bad Batch is releasing a fresh episode every Friday on Disney Plus. So, without further ado, scroll on to check out our roundup of the best new movies and TV shows to stream this weekend.
Community cast (Various)
The Russos never forget their friends. Having seen great success as directors of Community, the directing duo managed to squeeze in a few cameos from the show in their MCU movies.
Danny Pudi (Abed) has a walk-on role as a helpful SHIELD worker in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Greendale’s very own Dean, Jim Rash, appears in Captain America: Civil War as a MIT staff member. Avengers: Endgame rounds out some more of the cast, with Ken Jeong playing the security attendant who lets Scott Lang out of the lockup, and Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley) plays a SHIELD agent back in the 1970s causing trouble for a snooping Cap. Community’s most favourite son, meanwhile, can be seen later on in this list…
Zachary Levi (Thor: The Dark World)
Shazam himself is part of the MCU. Well, not quite, but the actor who plays Billy Batson, Zachary Levi, appears as Fandral in Thor: The Dark World. Confusingly, the star (who is perhaps best known for his breakout role in Chuck) was originally cast in the first Thor, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. His replacement, Joshua Dallas, couldn’t do the sequel due to, you guessed it, scheduling conflicts. Levi made one final appearance in Thor: Ragnarok, being killed off by Cate Blanchett’s Hela. What a way to go.
Kate Mara (Iron Man 2)
Kate Mara, who would later go on to appear as Sue Richards in the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot, dipped her toe into the superhero waters with Iron Man 2. In the superhero sequel, she plays a U.S. Marshal who hands a subpoena to a distracted Tony Stark and… that’s it. A far cry from her later starmaking performance as Zoe Barnes in House of Cards.
Sylvester Stallone (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)
Yo, Guardians, we did it! In perhaps the MCU’s best cameo, the star of Rocky, Rambo, and countless other classic movies, appears in the Guardians sequel as one of the leaders of the Ravagers, Yondu’s old crew. Unfortunately, the gang – which also includes another member on this list – haven’t appeared again after reuniting in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but you can never keep Stallone down for the count.
Jurassic Park's Sam Neill leads new alien show Invasion
"Hold on to your humanity."Consisting of 10 episodes, the sci-fi epic – appropriately titled Invasion – is written and produced by The Martian and X-Men's Simon Kinberg, as well as Hunters' David Weil.
Michelle Yeoh (Guardians of the Galaxy 2)
Michelle Yeoh has been killing it on screens for decades now, from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, all the way up to Star Trek Discovery. She doesn’t look like she suffers fools gladly in her brief MCU appearance, either. Yeoh plays an ex-Ravager (and wife of Sylvester Stallone’s character) and finds herself teaming up with her old comrades for a spin-off in the stars that we’ll probably never get to see.
Nathan Fillion (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Another Guardians cameo appearance from someone who knows their way around a spaceship. Nathan Fillion made his name in Firefly, though even the most dedicated fans of the Serenity would be hard-pressed to recognise Fillion. He voices the blue-skinned inmate who gets forcibly picked up by the nose during the prison sequence.
Olivia Munn (Iron Man 2)
To put Olivia Munn in such a sparse role in the MCU feels like a disservice – but that was the case for Iron Man 2. She was originally cast as a prominent fling of Tony Stark’s, and that got downgraded further to the role of newscaster during the movie’s opening at the Stark Expo. Munn caught the superhero bug, however, and went on to play Psylocke in X-Men Apocalypse.
The School for Good and Evil: Here's your first look at Paul Feig's fantasy Netflix adaptation
The School for Good and Evil is set to debut on Netflix in 2022, but ahead of its release we take a peek at its coven of witchesThis latest teen adaptation for Netflix is based on the novels by Soman Chainani, a fantasy series set at a school which takes regular kids and trains them to become fairytale heroes and villains. Paul Feig directs the movie which revolves around two best friends who enroll at the school only to find their ambitions thwarted. Sophie (Sophia Anne Caruso) a wannabe princess, gets dumped at the School for Evil school, and Agatha (Sofia Wylie) who wants to be bad, is placed at the School for Good. Ah, that ole chestnut.
Harry Dean Stanton (The Avengers)
A bonafide movie legend, the late Harry Dean Stanton starred in everything from Alien, to The Godfather Part II, to the Green Mile. In 2012’s The Avengers, Stanton plays a security guard who befriends Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner after he falls through an abandoned warehouse. The pair briefly chat in one of the movie’s quieter scenes, with Stanton’s character nudging Banner into meeting up with Tony Stark.
Donald Glover (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
It’s not often you can forget Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, aka Troy in Community, yet his bit-part in Spider-Man: Homecoming (playing Miles Morales’ uncle, Aaron Davis, no less) swung on by without much consequence. Whether this loose thread will get picked up again in future Spidey sequels remains to be seen, though it would be a shame to see such the talented singer-turned-actor consigned to just a handful of lines.
Martin Starr (various)
Remember the geeky bespectacled kid in Judd Apatow’s cult comedy series, Freaks and Geeks? He went on to play, uhh, a geeky college student in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. In a fantastic retcon, that character becomes the teacher that escorts Peter Parker’s class around Europe in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Jenna Coleman (Captain America: The First Avenger)
Doctor Who fans will instantly recognise Jenna Coleman from her turn as the Time Lord’s assistant Clara Oswald. She’s a little harder to pick out in the first Captain America, though, as she’s gone in a flash and only has a few lines. Coleman plays Bucky Barnes’ date, Connie, and appears very briefly during a scene at the Stark Expo.
Ross Marquand (Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame)
The Red Skull changed actors in the near-decade between The First Avenger and Avengers: Infinity War. Hugo Weaving took his leave and in came Ross Marquand. The difference between the pair is almost indistinguishable, so it’s no surprise when many were left surprised that it was actually The Walking Dead’s Aaron caked underneath all that makeup.
It goes without saying – this looks beautiful. The Alien franchise may have left the Nostromo long ago, but District 9 director Blomkamp would have seemingly given the series a new, greener, lease of life for the sequel’s artistic direction. There is a luscious ecosystem in a couple of scenes, almost reminiscent of Avatar, with towering alien structures in others.
That best of both worlds approach is also present in some of the other pieces of the Alien 5 concept art. Marrying the action-first mantra of Aliens with the horror-heavy style of the original Alien, there’s a lot to like about the creative direction of a movie that was first announced in 2015 but soon entered development limbo.
It would have brought back Hicks, too, who died (or not, depending on whether you count the video games as canon) in Alien 3. Alien 5 would also have seen a slight redesign for the androids, with their bald heads and sterile look curiously drawing parallels to Alien: Isolation’s Working Joes.
Unfortunately, Alien 5 will never see the light of day. Following Alien 5's cancellation, Ridley Scott instead took the series forward with prequels Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. Meanwhile, Blomkamp has moved on to pastures new and has a new horror movie, Demonic, in the works. An Alien TV show is also on the way, as announced during December’s Disney Investor’s Day. The series is coming to FX with Fargo’s Noah Hawley acting as showrunner. Alien director Ridley Scott will also be involved.
If you’re desperate for some scares, check out our hair-raising curated lists that are sure to send shivers down your spine: these are the best horror movies and best movies on Shudder.
Sinn Fein call on UK Government to move Irish language laws through Westminster .
With Stormont on the brink of collapse, Mary Lou McDonald said the introduction of Irish language legislation is “the only way to resolve the issue.”The clock is ticking on the future of Stormont’s powersharing Executive following the resignation of Arlene Foster as first minister.