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New recruits Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor- Johnson assemble for Whedon’s superhero sequel.

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Disney meets David Lynch in this ambitious slice of guerilla filmmaking.

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“I get to be a grounded badass,” says Age Of Ultron’s Elizabeth Olsen

T hey may have started life as mutants, but as Wanda Maximoff said in the

Avengers Origins: The Scarlet Witch &

Quicksilver miniseries: “We might finally find ourselves a place where we belong. With the Avengers.” The reality-warping witch and her speedster sibling Pietro,

aka Quicksilver, were teased at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, pipping X-Men: Days Of Future Past to the post. Played by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the twins were locked up in dank prison cells. Her character is far from weak though, as Olsen explained in Flaunt magazine: “Doing things like [Avengers: Age Of Ultron], I’ve noticed I’ve felt really confident recently. I get to be very confident physically all day. I get to be a kind of grounded badass. And if that’s rubbing off on me, then that’s fun.” Their abilities were a major draw for director Joss Whedon. He admitted that one of the problems he had with the first film was that everyone had “punchy powers”, so he couldn’t pass on the chance to freshen up the franchise. He also teased that the twins will be a potential point of conflict for the group of superheroes: “They represent the part

of the world that wouldn’t necessarily agree with the Avengers,” he told IGN. “So they’re not there to make things easier. I’m not putting any characters in the movie that will make things easier.” Both were raised in Eastern Europe and estranged from their biological father in the comics, and subsequently fell into the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants before being inducted into the Avengers. It looks as though the movie will follow a similar format, but with the Brotherhood traded for HYDRA. We already know that monocle-clad Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) is involved. In the mid-credit sequence, he declared:

“This isn’t the age of spies. This is not even the age of heroes. This is the age of miracles… and there’s nothing more horrifying than a miracle,” hinting at what these mutants will be known as. But the main villain will be the robot Ultron (James Spader), joined by Paul Bettany – the voice of Tony Stark’s AI system Jarvis in the Iron Man movies – as The Vision. In the panels, he’s created by Ultron to destroy the Avengers, but turns against his master. Vision eventually married Scarlet Witch, but it’s unlikely that their story will progress that far unless the Time Gem appears. This particular

Infinity Gem has the power to stop, slow down or speed up time, and lets the possessor see into the past and future. Other stones include the Soul, Mind and Reality gems, as we’ve already seen Power (Aether) and Space (Tesseract). These stones are sought by Thanos for the Infinity Gauntlet (last seen in Thor). They give the wearer god-like abilities – as depicted in the 1991 comic by writer Jim Starlin and artists George Pérez and Ron Lim – and it looks like this will inspire Phase 3. Marvel president Kevin Feige told Screenrant as much in a recent interview: “Fans of the comics could surmise that all of this is leading somewhere,” he said. “That Joss’ decision to have Thanos turn around and smile for the audience at the end of Avengers was always the plan.” As we know, the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes the source material seriously, so it’s no surprise that Olsen has been swotting up. The 25-year-old actress told The Mary Sue that she’s having a field day reading the comics: “And not even just the comics, but a whole condensed history of every single thing that ever happens in the comics.”

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We caught our first glimpse of Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver in the post-credits sequence of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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He’s got the hair and the coat, but we ask the spirits just how much NBC’s new supernatural show draws from the DC comics

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RAVENSCAR

The trailer opens at the gates of Ravenscar Psychiatric Facility for the Mentally Deranged, where John Constantine spent two years receiving questionable treatment after an attempted exorcism in Newcastle went wrong (more on that later).

GUARDIAN ANGELS

Harold Perrineau appears as an angel named Manny, who reveals that “something is coming.” Angels are traditionally less of a presence than demons in the comics; Manny’s role could have more to do with providing the other side of the evil coin, or maybe playing a similar role to Tilda Swinton’s Gabriel in the film version.

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Manny helpfully reminds Constantine that he lost his soul when he lost a girl to hell during an exorcism gone wrong. This is taken straight from the comic-book character’s origin, when the young Constantine summoned Nergal, a powerful demon, to destroy the one possessing young Astra Logue. Nergal sent both the demon and the girl to hell, and Constantine went straight to Ravenscar.

THE LOOK

In terms of appearance, this is definitely the Constantine that we’re familiar with. He’s got the blonde hair and brown overcoat – all that’s missing is the chain-smoking, although he does have a lighter. He looks like he’s stepped right out of the comic-book, but his accent is questionable.

FLAME HANDS

It’s nice to see Constantine using a bit of magic in the trailer, although the flame hands have really become more of a staple since the character’s New 52 incarnation, helping to provide the launch covers with a bit of iconic imagery.

THE MAN

Matt Ryan might have the look down, but the sarcastic dialogue isn’t quite as convincing. One or two slightly sharp asides aside (“I hate to put on airs”), this Constantine looks like a reluctant hero rather than a self-interested magician who mostly does the right thing because he can get something out of it. Here’s hoping we see a bit more of the rakishness of the rake at the gates of hell.

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Sansa Stark talks inspirations, survival tricks and her dream death

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1 Play to win

The most important rule in Game Of Thrones is that no one is safe. With that in mind, every character needs to adapt to survive, and Sophie Turner tells us that Sansa has been developing her own survival skills. “I think she’s a badass in a very different way,” she tells us.“She’s like a sponge that’s been absorbing everything she’s heard from Cersei and Margaery, and she’s put on a facade for this past year, and she’s finally going to drop that and begin to manipulate some people.”

2 Learn from the best

Three years at King’s Landing has taught Sansa a lot, and despite spending time with master manipulator Tyrion Lannister, Turner reveals that her inspirations lie elsewhere.“I’d like to say Margaery, because we have the same sort of strategy. Cersei is just outwardly vile, whereas Margaery very much puts on a facade of a sweet, innocent girl, and then she’s scheming… and Sansa has learnt, especially in this new season, how to use her femininity to get what she wants: to seduce.”

3 It’s not about love

Unlike some of her colleagues, Turner doesn’t have the luxury of playing a character that fans of the books love. “I don’t have that,” she laughs. “I get a lot of ‘you’re so stupid’ and ‘I hate you a lot’. Written in blood. ‘I hate you. Die.’ I’d like to be someone like Joffrey. Sansa is more kind of you hate her, but I want people to love her, but with Joffrey it’s universally agreed that people hate him. I’d like to be truly hated.”

4 Know your history

Although Game Of Thrones is a giant smash hit now, Turner tells us that it could have all been very different. “When we did the pilot, apparently the pilot was fairly bad,” she reveals. “It wasn’t enjoyable. We had to reshoot basically all of it because it was really bad. And then apparently HBO was willing to say no, but here we are, and thank goodness they didn’t.”

5 Have an exit strategy

We’ve had red weddings and purple weddings, beheadings and golden crowns. There are very few deaths on Game Of Thrones that aren’t memorable, and when it comes to a potential exit for Sansa, Turner tells us that she doesn’t want to go quietly. “I’d want a whole episode dedicated to my death. Is she gonna go? ‘Oh no, I feel a bit, ugh no.’ I feel like that would be nice. Something that would really drag out. For a few seasons.”

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The title alone hints at a super- powered punch-up between the Caped Crusader and the Big Blue Boy Scout, but director Zack Snyder has pretty much confirmed it. In an interview with Forbes, he revealed what an influence Frank Miller’s

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The Dark Knight Returns storyline has been: “It was that book that made me say, ‘Gosh, you know this could be an amazing film.’ I wasn’t sure exactly how that would manifest itself, but you know you dream when you’re a kid and you’re

Our first look at Batman’s mode of transport…

in college, ‘God, if one day I could make a Batman movie, that would be awesome!’” The seminal comic saw Superman as a government agent, ordered to kill Batman in a fight that pits technical genius against god-like gifts.

CYBORG IS CAST

Teased in Man Of Steel with several nods to STAR Labs, Variety has confirmed the casting of relative unknown Ray Fisher as Vic Stone, aka Cyborg, in Zack Snyder’s Batman Vs Superman. One of DC’s most high-profile man-made superhumans, Stone was reconstructed by his scientist father with enhanced strength and endurance, in addition to an array of cybernetic functions such as a sonic canon. Best known as a member of the Teen Titans, Cyborg was reintroduced as a member of the Justice League in 2011’s New 52 relaunch, and Variety reports a source’s claim that he’ll have “a much more significant role as Warner and DC develop more films related to the Justice League universe.”

The superheroes are celebrating their 75th anniversary: last year it was Superman; this year Batman, and by the time the Man Of Steel sequel hits cinemas it will be Wonder Woman’s birthday too. If fans embrace Gal Gadot’s incarnation of the character in Batman Vs Superman and Justice League, she could be rewarded with her own solo outing, according to Warner Bros’ president of worldwide marketing Sue Kroll: “That is our hope,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “With the right script, that could be viable. The world is ready for her.”

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It’s official: we’re getting a Justice League movie, and Zack Synder is directing. The Avengers Assemble-style team-up will recruit some members in the Man Of Steel sequel, with Henry Cavill’s Superman joined by Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. Other

recently announced characters include Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Alfred (Jeremy Irons). But with Green Lantern a flop and The Flash preoccupied with TV, that leaves Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter. Here’s the line-up so far

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WONDER WOMAN WILL BE ‘RELEVANT’

One of the major failings of David E Kelley’s Wonder Woman TV pilot was that costume. Garish, tacky and oh-so-shiny, it was slammed by fans and critics alike, so the movie version has a lot of wrongs to right. Chatting to The Wrap, costume designer Michael Wilkinson revealed that he’s looking at how the character has been presented on-screen

in the past, and in the comic- books and graphic novels:“We process it all and then we work out what is right for our film,” he said. “We try and create a Wonder Woman that’s relevant for today’s audiences.” Asked if he thought the Wonder Woman costume was practical for a superhero, Wilkinson gave a revealing answer as to the type of look we

could be getting. “Absolutely!” he enthused. “I mean, you just have to look at the gladiators from ancient Rome, they did their thing in little loin clothes and shield… It works for Thor, it works for 300, so let’s see what happens.” Sounds to us like the look Diana adopted for Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s critically acclaimed New 52 reboot.

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Ben Affleck may have the jawline for the batmask, but the rest of the suit will need filling out. He’s already hitting the gym hard with his trainer Rehan Jalali, who revealed the physique they’re aiming for: “Big, muscular, yet lean and good body symmetry! Going for the real-life superhero look!” The celebrity nutritionist also tweeted (@SixPackDietPlan) that all is going to plan on the pectorals: “Update: Batman is getting large! He’s working very hard!” Meanwhile, Affleck’s co-star Gal Gadot is undertaking a gruelling regime of kung fu, kickboxing and sword fighting in preparation for becoming Wonder Woman.

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With the recasting of the Dark Knight, expect to toss out everything Christopher Nolan’s Bat-trilogy taught you. Speaking to the LA Times, Zack Snyder promised to “explode” the mythology that the fans know and love. “[The movie] literally takes the Man Of Steel and Batman universes and explodes them. You’re not as tied to the mythology,” he said. “In Man Of Steel, we had to create an origin story, a mythology, and there’s a lot of energy into that – which we love doing, don’t get me wrong. But when you think about how fun it is – now that you’ve got these characters – to now let ’em loose. That’s fun!”

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IN MEMORIAM

HR GIGER

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Remembering the creator of Alien WORDS JONATHAN HATFULL

T he brilliant artist, designer and visionary HR Giger, responsible for the design of Ridley Scott’s Alien and inspiring countless

other filmmakers and artists, has died at the age of 74. Giger gained worldwide recognition as a result of his Xenomorph, which earned him an Oscar in 1980. His career was already well underway, having produced his book Necronomicon in 1977, and he had been hired to work on Alejandro Jodorowsky’s abandoned version of Dune. It would be the Alien, however, that became imprinted on pop culture’s consciousness. “I am very saddened to hear of Giger’s passing,” Scott told TIME. “I think back on how committed

and passionate he was, and then consequently all the security we built up around his ‘lock-up’ studios at Shepperton. I was the only one allowed the honour of going in, and I absolutely enjoyed every hour I spent with him there. He was a real artist and great eccentric – a true original, but above all he was a really nice man. He will be missed.” Giger’s biomechanical designs would continue to be used in future Alien films, although they would rarely be as challenging and nightmarish as his original concepts. Whether it was creating album covers for the likes of Deborah Harry, Danzig, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and the Dead Kennedys, or inspiring cyberpunk writers like William Gibson, Giger’s influence can be seen

in every corner of pop culture. From Clive Barker to Event Horizon all the way up to Scott’s Prometheus, he is one of cinema’s defining visionaries. From organic machines to slime- covered alien creatures, Giger’s work is challenging, beguiling and utterly unforgettable. The old adage that an artist has achieved greatness once his or her name is used with an ‘-esque’ to describe others’ work rings very true with this groundbreaking figure. There’s no mistaking a Giger creation, and his work will continue to inspire (and give nightmares to) generations of filmmakers and filmgoers to come.

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Three things we’ve learnt about the Days Of Future Past follow-up

1 THERE’S NO FANTASTIC FOUR

Despite earlier rumours of 20th

Century Fox’s shared Marvel movie

universe, writer/producer Simon Kinberg

revealed to DigitalSpy that “Fantastic Four has never lived in the X-Men world […] if there were mutants in that world [the Fantastic Four] wouldn’t be that fantastic.”

A NEW HOPE

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THE CAST

After months of speculation, the cast for Star Wars: Episode VII was finally confirmed as the stars and filmmakers gathered in London for a table read. Alongside the expected returns of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker – and the previously rumoured casting of Girls star Adam Driver – this new adventure will star genre veteran Andy Serkis, John Boyega (Attack The Block), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd ), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and the great Max von Sydow, while newcomer Daisy Ridley will take a starring role. “It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life once again,” said JJ Abrams. The production responded to a criticism about the lack of gender balance with a confirmation that casting has not been completed.

THE EXPANDED UNIVERSE

The news that the greater expanded universe would not be treated as canon may have been greeted by fury and desperation in some corners of the internet, but the revelation is less severe than you might think. Firstly, it doesn’t mean the new films won’t be taking material from the novels, comics and TV series; they just won’t be beholden to over 30-odd years of increasingly impenetrable history. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, it means that everything from here on out is canon, from the animated series to the novels, which brings us to our next point…

THE BOOKS

Lucasfilm has announced a new series of tie-in novels to be released over the next few months, the first of which ties directly into upcoming animated series Star Wars:

Rebels. A New Dawn, by John Jackson Miller, is described as “Set prior to the events of the forthcoming animated series Star Wars: Rebels, this novel tells the story of how two of the lead characters of the series, Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla, came to cross paths.” Future novels also include Tarkin, Heir To The Jedi and Lord Of The Sith, to be released in November, January and March respectively.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be released on 18 December 2015.

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GAMBIT GETS RETCONNED

After his appearance/ruination in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Louisiana

native Channing Tatum has been revealed to be joining the returning First

Class-era cast and the new-look teen Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops (as we revealed last issue) as the fan-favourite ragin’ Cajun’. As if the ending of Days Of Future Past wasn’t enough, this is even more evidence that Origins has been retconned out of existence…

More details emerge from

3 IT’S SHOOTING BACK-TO-BACK WITH WOLVERINE 2

Producer and X-Men powerhouse Lauren Schuler Donner has revealed that X-Men:

Apocalypse could be shooting back-to- back with James Mangold’s sequel to The Wolverine – suggesting that Hugh Jackman is still on team in a big way as Marvel’s mutants enter the 1980s.

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“I did Ripley as part of the Alien because that’s how I see the film,” explains Godmachine in the book. “Without Ripley [in the film] it would just be a good monster, but with Ripley it becomes something else.”

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BLADE RUNNER

“I listened to the score as I worked, and it struck me that the owl was this part that wouldn’t fade into the background, it was on the soundtrack and it was Rachel’s entrance.”

POSTERS GO UNDERGROUND

Close up on the cult poster art of Godmachine

I t’s easy to lament the absence of classic poster art from a movie’s marketing campaign, but just because it’s underground it doesn’t mean it’s dead. Inspired by an eclectic mix of fantasy artists, from 2000 AD favourite Simon Bisley to the late, great HR Giger and the classic, dreamlike visions of Gustav Klimt and Aubrey Beardsley, the dark and delirious compositions of Welsh-based talent Godmachine have graced everything from T-shirts and limited-edition prints to BMXs and skate decks. Best known for his work in fashion and music, Godmachine has also reinvented a number of cult movie posters for one-off screenings, and all of those shown here are collected in The Art Of Godmachine hardcover. This is just the tip of the iceberg, however, with the artist also having reanimated Class Of Nuke ‘Em High, Tales From The Crypt, Donnie Darko, Return Of The Living Dead and Dark Crystal in his unmistakably lurid and nightmarish style.

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PREDATOR

“After talking to all my friends about what they remember most about Predator, the consensus was ‘When he rips out his spine.’”

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FINAL MOMENTS

It’s finally curtains for Warehouse 13.

CLOSING THE DOORS

Stars speak out on the end of Warehouse 13

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A fter five years of being one of the most consistently underrated sci-fi shows on air, Warehouse 13 is closing its doors. However, while

the all-too-brief fifth season is its last, the stars of the show are pleased at how they’ve gone out. “We started off knowing that we were finishing,” explains Saul Rubinek, who played Warehouse chief Artie Nielsen. “A lot of people don’t have the luxury of that – they are cut off at the knees, and so are the fans. Syfy fought really hard for us to be able to have a proper closing.”

Warehouse 13 relied on its dedicated fanbase, who had their work cut out

for them keeping track of the show’s scheduling. “We all felt that we shouldn’t have been on at 10pm in our fourth season, and that was just unfortunate,” Rubinek tells us. “We’re probably an 8pm show, even though we were at 9pm. We were a family show. You could be ten-years old or 90 and get something out of this show.” It’s the family friendly appeal that both Rubinek and Ashmore believe will be the show’s lasting legacy. “We’re really proud of that,” enthuses Rubinek. “And

I think that there are a lot of families out

there as the years go on that will discover that they’ve got a great funny interesting show that the whole family can watch. We felt very grateful that we’ve had five great years of doing the show, and our fans are wonderful and have been incredibly supportive.” Though the show may be over, star Aaron Ashmore (the intuitive Steve Jinks) believes it will continue to live on. “I think it is a show that’s really rewatchable,” Ashmore tells us. “[With] Netflix and all these other places and ways that shows can stay alive, whereas before, if – when they went off the air, they’re kind of gone. So hopefully people will continue to rewatch it, and also new people will tune in on Netflix and keep

it alive.”

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1 THERE IS A WAR COMING

Oswald Cobblepot warns Gordon that “There will be chaos… rivers of blood in the streets!” in what feels like a callback to the Joker’s warnings in The Dark Knight.

2 JIM GORDON IS DANGEROUS

Ben McKenzie’s got crazy eyes and sts of fury as the war veteran lays down the law. “You’ve got a little danger in your eye,” observes mob boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith). Let’s hope so.

3 Donal Logue is the perfect fit for

Gordon’s rough-and-ready mentor; a loose cannon who’s there to remind his protégé that it’s not always easy

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It will be interesting to see how this version of Catwoman fits into the Gotham universe.

to do the right thing. “This is not a city for nice guys.”

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Young Jim Gordon, meet young Bruce Wayne. We know that the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne is the catalyst for nearly everything in the Batman universe, and this vow is a colossal moment.

5 Although the only villainous

voice we hear is the Penguin’s, we get our first look at young Catwoman, Riddler and Poison Ivy. We’re especially intrigued to see how Selina Kyle will fit into Bruce’s life.

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VFX king Christian Manz on why samurai fantasy 47 Ronin deserved better

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A fter around three years in a well-publicised troubled

production period, Carl Rinsch’s Keanu Reeves- led samurai fantasy epic 47 Ronin arrived in cinemas last year, grossing less than $40 million in the US from an estimated budget of $175 million. “It was a little gutting, the reaction it got on release,” remembers VFX supervisor Christian Manz. “But I really don’t think it’s the movie that it’s been painted to be.” The veteran of such high-profile series

as Harry Potter and The Chronicles Of Narnia, Manz tells us that the blend of classical Japanese mythology with Western elements had always been the intention. “I’d read a script of the movie about two or three years beforehand,” he tells us. “And it was even more down that route. But yes, the idea from the beginning was that it would be a movie set in the Japan of your imagination from that time period, and that it would involve Japanese mythology.”

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Japanese art and culture that drew Manz

to the project. “I’ve always loved things like the Studio Ghibli Miyazaki movies,” he enthuses. “And trying to bring that Japanese non-Western ideal to the movie… what attracted me to the script was that it wasn’t very Hollywood. Carl was after artists to work on the movie rather than coming up with the norm, and that’s always a challenge.”

A case in point was Rinko Kikuchi’s

character, with the Pacific Rim star stealing the show as a shapeshifting witch. “The moving hair tendrils came from a Japanese print that showed a witch with her hair holding chopsticks, and with a mouth at the back of her hair. That we didn’t do because we thought that it would look a bit too crazy!” However, a change to her character meant that the team had to work hard to retain the Studio Ghibli spirit. “Eventually, it was determined that we would also turn her into a dragon,” he remembers. “We really wanted it to be a Japanese dragon – we were really homaging Haku

in Spirited Away. There was maybe a

want from some areas: ‘Let’s have it breathe fire,’ and we were saying ‘No, no, it’s Japanese,’ so therefore we had the idea that it manipulates the fire lanterns to blow fire magically at Kai; it doesn’t breathe fire itself. Just to really try and not do Dragonheart!” Now that the negative publicity surrounding the film has died down, Manz hopes that the intended target audience will find this odd blend of

cultures and homages. “I really hope so, because one, I think it’s a very beautiful- looking movie, and I think it will become

a bit of a cult thing later on. It was always difficult dealing with what is a true story. “We were very aware all the way through – ‘God, if the Japanese did a film with a dragon in Robin Hood, what would we think?’ – but we were trying to stay very true to the Japanese mythology. I think the performances are amazing, and it’s got a good solid story. This movie has

a very definite audience, and hopefully they’ll find it.”

47 Ronin is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.

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Batman, Mike Carey, Marie Severin and more in Uncanny Comics issue 4

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ears, spreading news of awesome comics from the rooftops of Gotham City. This issue, Uncanny Comics gets to the dark roots of current DC Comics sensation Scott Snyder, speaks to Lucifer creator Mike Carey about his new creator- owned project, and uncovers the incredible career of Marie Severin, the first lady of Marvel, who Stan Lee eulogise with, “Calling Marie the best woman artist in

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the business is an injustice. Marie was one of the best artists in the business, period.” Elsewhere in the world’s finest digital comics magazine, we gather together an incredible feast of retro reviews, must-read new release and the usual helping of Silver Age strangeness, Golden Age grandeur, Bronze Age brilliance and Modern Age might for your reading pleasure!

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“I’m a big StarWars fan, and I have an ongoing project

called‘Star Wars:The Latex Saga’, which consists of myself and my friend at Kitty Kems Photography producing latex cosplay shoots.This came about when I decided I wanted to do a latex cosplay of R2-D2, then I was lucky to be given the chance to do more by Shhh! Couture Latex, who contacted me asking me if I was interested in cosplaying in their Stormtrooper creation. “There was no way I was going

to say no to the opportunity to do a Stormtrooper cosplay with

my signature latex twists! This has led on to me doing Boba Fett, Slave Leia, Chewbacca (yes it’s possible) and C3P0 – all in latex. “I guess my ‘play’ aspect comes with going outside the box and not always going for accurate cosplay (though I do do them, I promise – check out my Harley Quinn, Slave Leia and Leeloo Dallas), I tend to play more with the creative boundaries.”

2 THE HAIR & MAKE-UP

“I have to be honest, there is not much to say on it, as I am

only wearing liquid eyeliner and mascara. As for the hair, I just was really determined to get blonde/white hair, so I could channel my inner Targaryen.”

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“I was very lucky to borrow this from my friend Abi.

It’s an eFx from Star Wars:

Episode IV – A New Hope. I wish it was my own; it was an absolute joy to be able to use it for the shoot, and it has urged me to save more pennies aside so I can get my own from eFx. However, every bit of money I end up saving goes on my Harley Quinn collection…”

TRIVIA THERE HAVE BEEN STAR WARS CELEBRATION EVENTS IN THE USA, EUROPE AND JAPAN.

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“The material is latex, and was made by Shh! Couture

Latex. Everything is custom- made – latex is best when made to measure – so there is no way to get the fit wrong unless you provide incorrect measurements or misjudge your patterns. “Honestly, I don’t view my cosplays as sexy; I view them as a latex-clad derp, playing superheroes and slightly thinking outside the box. Cosplay is all about having fun and cosplaying

things you love – whether it results in an accurate rendition or your own little twist!”

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The story behind Dawn’s biggest fan-pleasing story element

O ne of the coolest elements that came out in the trailers for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes was the reveal of Caesar and other apes on horseback – a direct reference to the original

Planet Of The Apes, in which the first shot audiences were given of apes was gorillas on horseback. “That was all Matt Reeves,” enthuses producer Dylan Clark. “I remember when we were in that location and looking at these giant doors – this was a walkthrough of the sets. Matt put his hands up, spread them apart and made this noise [whinnying] as the doors were opening, and then he pointed and said, ‘Apes! Apes on fucking horses! Can you see it?’ And the idea was awesome.” Adds a gleeful Reeves,“We didn’t have the normal amount of prep time you’d have for a movie of this scale, so I barely did any pre-viz. There was no time for it. But we had that set, and I was literally working with [screenwriter] Mark Bomback to reconceive that sequence from the original where the apes show up. We were on set and I said, ‘God, wouldn’t it be great if you saw Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman seeing the apes from above and below? If we could just have the huge doors open and there are the apes on horseback just waiting for them.’ I said,‘Sounds like a trailer, doesn’t it?’ And they used it as a trailer moment! Which just added to the surreal nature of this whole project for him. “I remember when I was doing this,” Reeves states, “and JJ Abrams was getting ready to

do Star Wars. We basically said that if anybody ever told us when we were kids – we met when we were 13 and used to make 8mm movies together – that one day he would be making a Star Wars film and I would be making a Planet Of The Apes film, I think our heads would have exploded.”

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The apes on horseback provides a nod to the iconic original film.

Planet Of The Apes franchise – the big thing about the metaphor – is that it’s supposed to be ‘what if the animals took over?’ But we are animals. Seeing what Andy Serkis did as Caesar and the way that Weta realised him, and connecting that to my son, made this whole experience connect with me on a very personal level. Seeing that child come into being – that’s what I was interested in seeing in the apes.” For producer Dylan Clark, a guiding force behind the relaunched franchise from the beginning, the films are also symbolic of the very real fact that the world is coming down around us and that we are, in essence, the instigators of our own demise. “I remember when we were making Rise,” says Clark, “[director] Rupert Wyatt and I were in some airport, and it was right during the BP oil spill in the Gulf, and I said that what was amazing to me is that these arseholes can find out exactly from an engineering and technical standpoint how to put pipes all the way down there and drill into oil, yet they don’t have a mechanism to turn it off. That is

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mankind right there, and that’s what fed into Rise. We liked the idea of some scientist pushing a virus this way to try to eradicate Alzheimer’s. I get that that’s something scientists would do if they could, but of course, in this case they push the genie so far out of the bottle that they can’t put it back in. Like I said, that’s mankind, and that’s why these movies work.” In Dawn, which takes place a decade after the events of the first film, Caesar (Andy Serkis) had led his fellow apes into something of an idyllic existence, as they’ve been building their society from the ground up. Believing that humanity has been wiped out by the aforementioned virus, they are stunned to discover a band of human survivors (played by, among others, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Kodi Smit-McPhee). A fragile peace is reached between them, but it proves to be short-lived as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that, according to the studio, “will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.” The answer to that one is fairly obvious.

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“THE LAST FILM WAS ABOUT CAESAR BECOMING A LEADER, AND THIS FILM IS ABOUT HIM COMING TO GRIPS WITH EXACTLY HOW TO BE THE MOST EFFECTIVE LEADER HE CAN BE”

MARK BOMBACK

Jason Clarke plays Malcolm, the leader of the surviving humans.

W HEN DAWN WAS PUT INTO DEVELOPMENT, IT WAS EXPECTED THAT WYATT WOULD BE RETURNING AS DIRECTOR, AND THAT RICK JAFFA AND

Amanda Silver from Rise would be scripting. Indeed, the process started that way, but changed relatively quickly, largely because of the speed at which Fox wanted the film in theatres. At about the same time that Reeves was brought aboard, he was joined by writer Mark Bomback, who explains that early on the script had much more of a focus on the human characters. While he understood the rationale of such an approach, he didn’t necessarily agree with it. “A viral apocalypse is such a traumatic thing that the instinct is to have empathy with the survivors and invest yourself very fully in their story,” Bomback proposes, “and then the apes became a problem they were contending with. That’s how the first drafts were going. Matt’s take, which for me was a revelation, said, ‘No, it should be the apes’ story, and the humans are the problems that the apes are contending with.’ And what we really ended up with is that it’s both of their

stories, which each one is providing not necessarily an antagonist, but a dilemma for the other side to deal with. In repositioning the storyline to an ape point of view, it did two things. One, it made it fresh and original and unlike anything that preceded it, and two, it capitalised on how tremendously effective the Caesar plot was in Rise. Everyone who is a fan of that film, at least in my experience, got most excited in those moments where you saw Caesar become a leader, and really sort of being the catalyst for everything that’s going to unfold in the world of the planet of the apes. And rather than having him just be a character in the story, let’s continue on Caesar’s journey. “As a result,” he elaborates, “everything in the story is in relation to what’s happening for Caesar. In the last film it was about Caesar becoming a leader, and in this film it’s about him coming to grips with exactly how to be the most effective leader he can be. He has a huge sense of responsibility towards these apes; they are his family now, and he has, in a sense, led them out of captivity and into the wilderness. All

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What iconic monuments have been bashed in by sci-fi?

STATUE OF LIBERTY

Location: New York, USA Built: 1886 Destroyed in: Planet Of The Apes (1968), Ghostbusters (1984), Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987), Independence Day (1996), Deep Impact (1998), A Man Called Hero (1999), Cloverfield (2008), Oblivion (2013)

BIG BEN

Location: London, United Kingdom Built: 1859 Destroyed: Gorgo (1961), Independence Day (1996), The Avengers (1998), Reign of Fire (2002), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), V For Vendetta (2005), GI Joe: Retaliation (2013)

EIFFEL TOWER

Location: Paris, France Built: 1889 Destroyed in: The War Of The Worlds (1953), Independence Day (1996), Mars Attacks! (1996), Armageddon (1998), GI Joe: The Rise Of Cobra (2009)

BROOKLYN BRIDGE

Location: New York, USA Built: 1883 Destroyed in: Godzilla (1998), Deep Impact (1998), I Am Legend (2007), Cloverfield (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT

Location: Washington, DC, USA Built: 1885 Destroyed in: Earth Vs the Flying Saucers

(1956), Superman II (1980), Mars Attacks! (1996),

2012 (2012)

MOUNT RUSHMORE

Location: Mount Rushmore, South Dakota Built: 1941 Destroyed in: Superman II (1980), Mars Attacks! (1996)

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Location: Washington, DC, USA Built: 1800

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he wants to do is deliver on the promise he’s made to them: to give them a society that’s worthy of, for lack of a better word, their new species. They’re not simply apes; they’re this new generation of apes that have a human communication to them that had never existed on the planet before, so the question, really, is what is the best way for that society to thrive? All of which falls on Caesar.” Clark describes the society as a kingdom, and this film as having an ape point of view, largely because Caesar and his people have no idea initially that any humans have survived the virus. “Their society,” he explains, “is a majestic place, and it’s working. It’s pushing forward with the growth of a new civilisation.

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There’s architecture, there’s design, there’s creativity. Caesar has created a home, and it’s beautiful because we know that – emotionally – it’s been earned. We know what they’ve been through. And Caesar is the great patriarch, but of course, this is a movie where conflicts occur; where humans and apes are forced to deal with each other. And thus begins a really hard journey for Caesar to navigate, because humans can’t be trusted completely.” Feeling a need to ignore the fact that audiences would be aware that there were humans in the film from its marketing, Reeves wanted to begin Dawn with the notion that this was a world with apes as the dominant species, and that there were no humans. “In the beginning, we watch them in their

tribal phase,” he reveals. “It’s like 2001: A Space Odyssey, only instead of seeing the

dawn of man, we’re seeing the dawn of apes. I just thought that would be incredibly exciting. It would also be terrifying to watch

because they’re so primal, but then we get into their souls and start to connect to them

emotionally. And then you realise what’s at stake: this world that matters to them, these relationships that matter. That Caesar is not only a patriarch and father to the apes, but he’s literally a father. He’s got a son, a wife, and all of the things that matter to all of us. Then we realise that there are some humans left, and it’s a question of survival. I thought that this was the moment where you could explore whether or not – and we know it doesn’t work out in the end – this could have been a planet of humans and apes if they could find a way to live together; where tolerance could have worked out. What’s going to undo that? “I thought that would be a great story, a grand, epic Western where the question of violence lives under every scene, but at the same time it’s got heart. In that sense, it’s not about, ‘Here are the apes, let’s destroy them,’ or ‘Here are the humans, let’s go destroy them.’ It’s like, ‘Hey, we’re both trying to survive. Can we do that together, or does one have to destroy the other in order to survive?’ It’s like we’re on a razor’s edge, and the stakes on both sides are very emotional.” Whether ape or human, it was important, explains Bomback, that there be a sense of reality and society (to whatever degree is possible) for each. “In this film, you’re still in the experience with Caesar, but now also this much

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Production designer James Chinlund on building a world without man

What drew you to the project? As a production designer, I am most excited about the opportunity to enter a world I have never experienced before and explore its rules and mechanics. When I travel for work, I have this opportunity in a practical way of going into a new city, meeting the people who live there and seeing how their world functions. This translates to the visual side of my job as well in that each film requires its own set of rules that define the world visually. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes was simply an incredible opportunity to define a world no one has ever seen before, to think like an ape and extrapolate how they would define their burgeoning civilisation, setting the launching point for a new world. It’s one of the most unique opportunities I can imagine!

From a production design point of view, Rise was pretty much set in our real world. What did the ten-year leap forward in time afford you in terms of design? Since we last saw the world in Rise, Earth has gone through a tremendous transformation. The idea that humans have been almost entirely eliminated from the planet allowed us to explore what might happen if the Earth was allowed time to heal itself. Our research led us to realise that the natural world would quite quickly start attacking the constructions of man and degrading them: streets paved in plant life, wildlife moving back into the cities, etc. I was super-excited about the visual potential of these ideas and being able to represent a human world being erased by nature as the apes began the process of carving out their own world within it.

What were the nature of the creative conversations between you and Matt Reeves?

Matt came at the film with the most ferocious intensity, and was such an inspiring energy for me to be around. From our very first moments of conversation, it was clear that we were locked in the pursuit of an epic yet entirely grounded look at the world through the eyes of the apes. We wanted every stitch of film to feel plausible and based on a logic that seamlessly wove itself through the fabric of the movie. Narratively and in the construction of the story, Matt was relentless in bringing

a ‘humanity’ to the apes, a complete

representation of their emotional life and the

structures that defined their civilisation. This challenged me to meet his effort in the visual construction of their world, really assuming the mind of the apes and trying to define their world in a truthful and grounded way. Hopefully, we have created an epic representation of a world at the tipping point, being handed back to nature at the end of the reign of man – a visual representation of the end of the world as we know it and the birth of

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“CAESAR HAS CREATED A HOME, AND IT’S BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT – EMOTIONALLY – IT’S BEEN EARNED” DYLAN CLARK

Writer Mark Bomback teases the third film in the franchise

O n some level, throughout the production of Rise and Dawn – and no doubt it will continue with 2016’s

third entry – there has been the feeling on the part of the filmmakers that these movies will inevitably lead to the world of 1968’s Planet Of The Apes. Not in terms of story, but in the ultimate disposition of apes and humans on the food chain. “We’re trying to get back to the franchise a little bit more in tone,” says writer Mark Bomback, “and it’s tricky. In some ways, in Dawn we left the immediately recognisable presence of the last film, and now we are in this sort of alternate future. Even though it’s the immediate future, that landscape lends itself a little more easily to the spectacle of the franchise. “What we’re trying to do – and it remains to be seen if we’re successful – is find our way back to the world of the 1968 film, not necessarily in its specifics, but in the notion that the apes will evolve to that state of culture and that humans will be subject to them. So in this film we were very conscious of that type of iconography. The trick, which I think we were successful at, is making it feel relatable to the Planet Of The

Apes that everyone knows, but also to the film that just preceded it. “It feels like a logical and organic extension of what was going on, but at the same time it doesn’t feel like too big of a leap to get to that place. On the flipside, you start to have a sense of where they’re going to wind up.”

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larger group that we introduced in the last film, like Rocket, Maurice and Koba

– who, next to Caesar, is probably the

most interesting character in the film. He’s certainly the most complex next to Caesar, if not as complex.” As originally developed in the early days of Dawn, there would have been something of a civil war brewing between the apes, with Caesar on one side and Koba on the other. Ultimately, that idea was jettisoned in favour of something else that the filmmakers thought would have more resonance. “When we meet Caesar and Koba in this film, one of the surprises is they’ve become almost like brothers,” says Bomback. “Which, if you’re making any assumptions about Koba’s personality, you’ll be surprised by. What I think their brotherhood up to this point of the films shows is just how brilliant a leader Caesar has been. He could take someone like Koba, who was clearly damaged in Rise, and take

great strides in repairing his psychology by giving him this ape community. So ideally, their brotherhood will be a testimony to Caesar’s effectiveness as a leader when the film begins. I mean, there is a way to tell a story where you sort of go to the immediate place that the last film took you, but when we’re moving forward ten years a lot of things can happen. “To me as a filmgoer,” he adds, “I love those kinds of surprises where the assumptions I make about certain characters are upended right out of the gate. And I think the most successful TV series are doing this as well, where you’ll enter a new season and be very surprised how characters have evolved since the last time you’ve seen

them. Think about everyone’s life – a lot can happen in a year, so in ten years there are

a lot of things that are happening, and part

of the fun of entering Dawn is that guessing

By the point, the apes have their own functioning society.

game of what we are going to learn about how things have evolved. I think the way

Matt divulges that information in the first 10 or 15 minutes of the film is spectacular. There are a lot of little steps in walking you through just how much it has changed for the apes, and I think it’s totally immersive. For me personally, one movie that was in my head when I began working on it was Apocalypto, where it was so immersive and it’s a brand new culture that you find yourself understanding in a way that’s gratifying, because you would assume it would be foreign to you. I hope a similar experience is in the beginning of Dawn, where you are immersed in the ape society, and again, step by step you start to realise how specific, unique and ape-centric a world they’ve built for themselves.”

C OMING INTO THAT WORLD, OF COURSE, ARE THE AFOREMENTIONED HUMAN SURVIVORS. JASON CLARKE’S MALCOLM HAS A BACKGROUND IN ENGINEERING AND

architecture from his time when he was a citizen of a normal world. Alongside him is Gary Oldman’s Dreyfus, a former chief of police in San Francisco. “The two of them,” Bomback observes, “have managed to co-found a community of survivors after years and years of terrible strife and all sorts of horrific breakdowns in terms of human society. So in a sense there’s a mirroring going on in terms of Caesar and his allies and how Dreyfus and Malcolm rely on each other. Malcolm is romantically involved with Ellie, played by Keri Russell, who was a nurse who was very active with the CDC when the virus first broke out.

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Malcolm has a child named Alexander from his wife, who is long dead, and there’s the notion that Alexander is the thing that’s allowed Malcolm to regain his sanity through the viral apocalypse. He became the thing Malcolm was doing this for – to create a future for his son, who witnessed one of the worst things imaginable: the virus that took his mother and everyone else. So there’s a lot of reliance on the people you trust and love to forge ahead and make a new civilisation on both sides.” When each side becomes aware of the other, the age-old question emerges: is this world big enough for the both of them? Moreover, to what extent do old suspicions, prejudices and deep-seeded animosities on both sides guide them? “Don’t forget,” points out the writer, “the humans blame the apes for the fact that they lost everyone. All they know is that a band of apes escaped and suddenly everyone started to die. So there’s a real deep level of mistrust on both sides; the view that the other is an immediate threat to their survival, and really, both sides are existing with the mindset that

Dawn chronicles Caesar’s rise as leader of the apes.

survival is paramount. There is nothing more important than survival, and they will stop at nothing.” For Reeves, one of his intentions for the film was to imbue it with a sense of optimism, despite the fatalism that has been an earmark of this series since the day Charlton Heston’s George Taylor collapsed before the remains of the Statue of Liberty at the conclusion of the 1968 original. “One of the central questions of the story is ‘Can we avoid violence?’” he says. “The thing is, we have to fight against violence – against that part of our nature – but at the same time it is a part of our nature. That battle is always going to be an ebb and flow. There’s this doomed aspect of things that live under all of the Planet Of The Apes movies. There’s also this kind of very poignant and powerful will to fight against that sort of fatalism: the idea that we can somehow rise above that. There are some moments in this movie where you see the connection between humans and apes, and it becomes very poignant, because you see ways where it could work. That’s what makes the story

Matt Reeves reveals the Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes we could have seen

A s originally conceived, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes was going to feature the ape society evolved far beyond where it had been at the conclusion of Rise.

“I’m not sure what the original timeframe was,” says Matt Reeves, “but the apes’ level of articulation was incredibly advanced. It was a lot more in the spirit of where things get to if you were imagining this would lead, in some kind of weird parallel way, back to the 1968 film. It wasn’t quite that far, but pretty far along. They were pretty eloquent. I wanted them to be eloquent in instinctual expression, but not in their verbal abilities. “What I loved about that first movie was watching Andy Serkis as Caesar think, putting things together, feeling the emotion welling within him and him trying to find a way to deal with it all. I think the idea of skipping all of that is to miss what is delicious about it. We all know where it ends up – it becomes Planet Of The

Apes – so then the journey is how do we get there? That’s what I was interested in; it was like, ‘Guys, take your time with it,’ and they were on board with that, thankfully.”

emotional, because if you didn’t have that, it would just be relentlessly grim, and you would just indulge in either the destruction of the humans or the apes. I thought the story is so resonant and powerful in that it really only works when you see the connection as well as the disconnection. That sense of doom lives under everything, but at the same time there’s also this sense of yearning for it to work. “This is going to sound very lofty,” Reeves concludes with a laugh, “but when you think of three-act structure with a beginning, middle and end, the reason it resonates with us is that our lives are a beginning, middle and an end. The redemption comes through moments of meaningfulness, for the moments of connection. Our film’s trajectory is towards the original Planet Of The Apes, but along the way it’s about the connections that are made, the relationships that matter and the things that are worth fighting for, even in the face of destruction.”

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes will be released in cinemas on 17 July.

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THE EVOLUTION

CHARTING

THE SERIES

ACROSS

SOCIETY

BIG MOVIE

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

// These gorilla enforcers are the muscle behind the apes’ rule. Charlton Heston and his team’s illusion of having found a new Garden of Eden is shattered when the soldiers arrive to break up the party. Not only do these damn dirty apes have modern weapons; they’re also on horseback, rounding up the hapless humans with brutal efficiency to be taken into slavery. Later films would continue to use gorillas as the muscle for the more thoughtful apes, while Beneath The Planet Of The Apes’ primary antagonist would be the gorilla General Ursus, with his controversial opinion that the only good human is a dead human.

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// Chimpanzees are the Planet Of The Apes series’ doctors and scientists, as their keen intellects probe the mystery of Charlton Heston’s astronaut. Chief among these intellectual simians is the kindly Doctor Zira, played by Kim Hunter, who is fascinated by Taylor’s apparent intelligence. She and fiancé Cornelius are scientists first and foremost, and they’re prepared to put Taylor through some very demeaning procedures until he reveals his ability to talk. Finally, they help him on his mission to find the Forbidden Zone, and despite his being so damn ugly, she gives him a kiss goodbye. Later sequels continued to explore her good nature, and even gave her a child.

// The hierarchy of the original Planet Of The Apes films reaches its pinnacle with the Orangutans, the politicians who govern this society. Both a scientist and one of the most prominent figures in the religious system, Dr Zaius’ wisdom and reasonable demeanour mask a willingness to do whatever it takes to conceal the truth. He knows exactly what is in the Forbidden Zone and how important it is that Taylor, Zira and Cornelius don’t find it. His maliciousness goes as far as lobotomising Taylor’s fellow astronauts and accusing the chimpanzees of heresy. He may occasionally be conflicted, but he’s a firm believer that humans are an evil to be kept subordinate.

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Damn Dirty Apes!

// Tim Burton’s adaptation of Planet Of The Apes may have been a colossal mess, but there’s no denying the fact that there was a well-thought out ape hierarchy and society to be found, from Tim Roth’s vicious General Thade and Paul Giamatti’s sneaky human trader to Helena Bonham Carter’s flirty human rights activist. Still, there’s really no explanation for the film’s finale, in which Mark Wahlberg’s astronaut returns to Earth, only to find that it’s now a Planet of the Apes too. If the statue of monkey Abraham Lincoln wasn’t enough, there’s an armed Gorilla Police Department there to drive the point home.

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// After Tim Burton’s nightmare, the clock was reset with Rupert Wyatt’s excellent Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, which brought the series back to the present with

a new scenario for the simian takeover. James Franco’s

brilliant young scientist Will Rodman is working on a cure

for Alzheimer’s in an attempt to save his father, and his experiments on chimpanzee Bright Eyes lead to her child

Caesar inheriting her intelligence. Will takes baby Caesar home, where he learns sign language, as well as forming

a bond with Will and his father. When Caesar’s violent

temper leads to him being sent to a cruel primate facility, the stage is set for his escape and uprising.

// It’s been ten years since the events in San Francisco took place, and Caesar has continued to grow into his role as the leader of the ape revolution. A fragile truce between humans and apes hangs in the balance as Caesar must decide on what the best course of action is for his people. Not only is he the leader of his clan; he’s also now a husband and father, having married chimpanzee Cornelia (Judy Greer). Will his affection for humanity help or hinder him? The trailer shows the character on horseback in a thrilling callback to the original series, suggesting that this could be the film in which everything changes.

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Ape City

PLANET OF THE APES (1968)

Do you want to explore a society that is completely different to our own? Things don’t get much more different than the dizzyingly unique Planet of the Apes! This is perfect for anyone looking to lose themselves in a foreign culture and learn about who they are in the process (we’re looking at you, gap year students). Anyone approaching this experience with an air of superiority won’t get the most out of it, and we would advise you to make sure that the locals recognise you as intelligent as soon as possible, as there is a chance that you will be incarcerated and threatened with castration. However, if you’re looking for your razor’s edge experience, look no further.

BUY: This isn’t really a holiday for big spenders, but if you’re looking for alternative fashions you can accessorise with a fine leather necklace that’s definitely not a collar. EAT: Vegetarians are welcome in Ape City, as you’ll find many of the human residents working in the fields to supply their rulers with delicious local produce. SEE: Don’t go without popping into Ape City’s Natural History Museum, where you’ll be sure to find any of your party who couldn’t keep up. DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT: You simply must take a scenic horseback ride to the Forbidden Zone. You might just be surprised by what you find. PACK: Bring a pen and paper, and a packet of throat sweets. If you lose your voice, these will be vital for proving your intelligence. BEWARE: Apes on horseback. Don’t waste time asking how this happened; just run.

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A Visitor’s Guide To The Post-Apocalypse

Keep an eye out for tinned food.

Ruined America

THE ROAD (2009)

Have you ever wanted to really get to the heart of America’s heartland without worrying about hordes of tourists ruining the atmosphere? Do you wish you could show your son the country without him going on about videogames and how bored he is? The ruined landscape of these United States provides the perfect opportunity for some father-son (or daughter) bonding, as you’ll be relying on each other to survive. The ash-coated landscape is just stunning to look at, and you’ll work on your wilderness skills as you break into houses, avoid cannibal gangs and ponder the morality of forcing a lone thief to strip. After all, it’s just you and him out there, carrying the fire.

BUY: Pray you find a single can of Coca-Cola. Your kids won’t have had it before, and the simple joy of those sweet, sweet bubbles will move you both to tears. EAT: Eat whatever you can find.Tinned goods are like gold dust here, but if we’re being honest, the important thing is making sure that you aren’t on the menu. SEE: Gaze upon the burnt-out ruins of civilisation. Forests, cities… everything burned, and it’s really quite beautiful to look at. DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT: You have to get to the coast; everything depends on getting to the coast. PACK: A gun is useful but loud, so we’d recommend a knife or bow to avoid attracting roving gangs. BEWARE: Cannibals. We really can’t stress this enough. Don’t accept help from them, and be really careful when going into basements.

It’s best not to get in the native apes’ bad books.

Remember, you’re the one carrying the fire.

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Monroeville Mall

DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978)

When there’s no more room in hell, there’s really nothing else to do except hole up in a secure and well-stocked location, and where better than the mall? This holiday package is the perfect choice for all the shopaholics out there – why should the end of the world mean that you shouldn’t treat yourself? Granted, you’ll have to purge the mall of the all the undead customers, but once that’s taken care of you’ll have until the end of the world to enjoy all the consumerist joys America has to offer. Just forget about what’s going on outside – unless, of course, the zombies get in. Don’t let them get in.

BUY: Grab whatever you want! Hit the mall and go on a shopping spree – no one’s going to stop you! Just make sure you close the doors behind you. EAT: There’s no shortage of dining options, but obviously you’re going to want to get on the perishables first; that’s just common sense. SEE: It’s worth going up to the roof and taking a look at the ever-growing zombie horde desperately trying to get in. Quite a sight. PACK: You’ll be able to find most of what you need in the mall, but we’d recommend taking a gun with you. Also, fuel for the chopper. DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT: Taking a dramatic pause to decide whether it’s worth escaping. Your friends will be all the more happy to see you, BEWARE: Pointing out the zombies seems a bit too obvious, so we’d ask you to beware of roving gangs looking for a place to crash. They’ll ruin everything.

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Hole yourself up in the mall for a true taste of the zombie apocalypse.

Mad Max Rockatansky is a reliable source of protection.

The Outback

MAD MAX 2 (1981)

When it comes to ruined desert landscapes, there’s this assumption that America is the best place to go. Wrong. If you want to embrace wide-open spaces and infinite speed possibilities then hit the Outback. For a reasonable fee, we can get you on a package tour with our very own Road Warrior, Mr ‘Mad’ Max Rockatansky. If you’re looking for a survivalist thrill, there’s a good chance you’ll run into the Humungus and his Marauders. Max will take you on the ride of your life for as long as you’ve got enough gas.

BUY: Don’t skimp when buying Max’s protection. He’s a mean son of a bitch, but he’ll get the job done. EAT: Haute cuisine isn’t exactly the order of the day here, so get in touch with your inner animal by chowing down on some quality tinned dog food. SEE: There’s not a lot of variety when it comes to the vast open expanse of the Outback, but it’s certainly something you must see before you die. PACK: Bring gasoline. If you run out of gas, you die. DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT: You have to get into at least one good car chase. It’s the highlight of any of Mad Max’s tours, and we can’t recommend it highly enough. BEWARE: Every guidebook will tell you to watch out for the Marauders, and with good reason.They’ll never stop chasing you.

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The Reaper virus has made Scotland a no-go area.

Quarantined

Scotland

DOOMSDAY (2008)

The Reaper virus was one of the darkest chapters in Britain’s history, but we’re quite confident that’s all over now. Scotland may have been cordoned off by a new Hadrian’s Wall, but that makes this thrilling survival adventure all the more challenging. You’ll be taken across the border in an APC and over to Glasgow, where the whole thing began. Make your way across the Eighties gangland of the city centre, brave the medieval kingdom of the Highlands and get in a good car chase as you rush to make your helicopter out. The whole experience is so exotic you’ll swear you’re in South Africa, not Scotland.

BUY: Information. You’ll know next to nothing about your environment before entry, so it’s worth shelling out to find out where you’re going. EAT: Stick to the rations you’re given. The locals might try to sell you barbecued meat, but trust us, you don’t want it. SEE: He’s an unpredictable fellow, but there’s no denying that gang leader Sol puts on a hell of a show, and he’s got a killer playlist. DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT: Putting your hand-to-hand combat skills to the test in Dr Kane’s combat arena! BEWARE: The people left on the other side of the wall might have survived the virus, but we’d encourage carrying a bottle of anti-bac. You don’t want it.

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FIRST AID KIT

PASSPORT

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redundant to even

perhaps, and it seems

5 There’s always a very short window

in which you can get

mention it, but do you

out of the impending

really want to be the one

apocalypse through

in the post-apocalypse

civilised, bureaucratic

who forgot to bring the first-aid kit?

channels, so be sure to keep your papers handy.

KENDAL MINT CAKE

PENKNIFE

2 If it can get you up mountains then it can get you through

6 There are few tools in your post- apocalyptic survival

the apocalypse. Any energy-rich sugary snack would probably do, in fairness, but we’d go for the Kendal Mint Cake every time.

pack that are more useful than the trusty penknife. All those tinned goods won’t be any good to anyone if you can’t open the bloody things.

FLARE GUN

SUNBLOCK

3 It’s absolutely imperative that you and your team

7 Even if you’re one of those people who claims they don’t

stick together, so keep

burn, trust us; you’re

sight of each other with your flare gun. It can also be used to shoot

going to want to cover up in the ultraviolet furnace that is the

a

cannibal in the face

post-apocalyptic

if

necessary.

desert landscape.

TWO-WAY RADIO

4 If you absolutely must split up, keep in touch with a two-way

radio. It’s particularly handy if you’re in the process of trying to locate fellow survivors who might have found safe haven.

GEIGER COUNTER

8 You’ve made

it through the

blast and waited

patiently for the fall- out to be over, but only the foolish would leave the bunker without a Geiger counter in their backpack.

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Future France

DELICATESSEN (1991)

Don’t let the apocalypse put you off taking that trip to France you always dreamt of; dig out that phrase book and pack your appetite! Granted, France isn’t quite the destination it once was, and finding accommodation is going to be tricky, but there are rooms available if you can earn your keep. We’d recommend looking at local businesses – like a butcher’s shop, for example. There’s a really great sense of community to be found, as everyone pitches in to make sure that there’s food on the table. We would recommend that vegetarians look elsewhere, as you might find yourself on the dinner menu.

BUY: Sadly in this day and age, you’re going to be spending most of your Euros on a place to stay and something to eat. Don’t ask what the meat is. EAT: There’s not a lot of food to go round, so we’d suggest eating what you’re given.Vegetarians are always welcome to try the sewer. SEE: The economic crisis means that many entertainers offer their talents in exchange for room and board. Louison’s clown show is certainly worth checking out. DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT: If you’re looking for a thrill, we’d recommend heading underground for a chance to meet rebel vegetarians the Troglodistes. BEWARE: We hate to have to say this, but if your new landlord seems a little too pleased to see you, he might be planning to murder and eat you.

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The Domed City

LOGAN’S RUN (1976)

If you’re looking to enjoy the post-apocalypse with attractive pleasure-seekers such as yourself, we recommend this beautiful underground metropolis. Here, you can relax and enjoy yourself, safe in the knowledge than you won’t find anyone over the age of 30 to put a dampener on your good time. If, for whatever reason, you find the confines of the subterranean city stifling, then you can always go outside and explore the ruins of Washington DC. Just a word of

It’s very much out with the old in the Domed City.

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warning: we have been advised that there is a trouble-making faction who call themselves ‘Runners’, so if you see anyone sprinting who looks as though they might almost be 30, please alert the authorities.

BUY: Jewellery lovers will have a tremendous time, and we’ve seen a few local residents sporting beautiful ankh pendants. EAT: Food is provided by the helpful robot Box. Fish, plankton, sea greens – protein from the sea!

SEE: The Carrousel ceremony

is certainly something to behold;

a beautiful combination of light

and sound that will help you to forget that it’s essentially all about death.

DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT: If you’re in shape, we would definitely recommend the thrill of chasing down a Runner. BEWARE: Do make sure that your 30th birthday doesn’t fall on one

of your holiday dates. That would

be unfortunate.

Pacific Playland

ZOMBIELAND (2009)

The zombie plague happened, and it’s safe to say that we weren’t ready for it. Still, if you’ve made it this far, it’s safe to assume that you’ve got a set of rules for your own survival, so why not put them to the test and have some fun? Zombieland is the ultimate adventure for action junkies, with an entire nation of undead flesh eaters waiting for you to shoot, run over or set on fire. So gas up your 4x4, grab your incredibly illegal firearms and make sure you’ve got your checklist with you. We also recommend Zombieland for team-building exercises, as facing the end of the world is always more fun in a group.

BUY: We mean ‘buy’ in the metaphorical sense, but it’s worth earning the trust of a teammate. Trust us when we say that you’re going to want some backup. EAT: It’s important to stay buzzing and alert as you make your way through Zombieland, so the high- sugar content of Twinkies is the best choice. SEE: The fairground joys of Pacific Playland have only been slightly diminished by the infestation of zombies, but the thrills have doubled! DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT: Paying a visit to the homes of Hollywood’s best and brightest. You never know who you’ll run into… BEWARE: This might sound like a no-brainer, but if you’re going to wear zombie make-up to blend in, make sure your whole team knows about it.

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Snowpiercer

SNOWPIERCER (2013)

Earth has been locked in a never- ending deep freeze, but there’s one holiday that never goes out of style: the long-distance train journey. Forget the Orient Express; Snowpiercer will take you on a never-ending trip around the globe, and once you’re on, you’ll never want to get off! The operators have two different packages available, and we would suggest that those who can afford it shell out a little extra for a first-class ticket. You’ll have fine dining, wildlife, relaxation and recreation facilities, while lower class does frankly leave a lot to be desired.

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With the end of days upon us, it’s vital to know your place in society, and there’s only a slight chance of a rebellion taking the entire train. Hail benevolent Wilford!

BUY: If you can afford it, most of the pleasures you enjoyed before the apocalypse are still available, and recreational drug Kronol is very more-ish. EAT: First class passengers can enjoy fresh sushi once a year, while those in the back of the train are given gelatinous green protein bars. Mmm…

SEE: History nuts might be interested in the documentary detailing Wilford’s grand design, otherwise we’d simply recommend gazing out at the frozen planet. DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT:

You must pay a visit to the engine room. You’ll find what you’re looking for – and more besides. BEWARE: Keep an eye on your kids, as the upper class passengers have been known to arrive in the rear and snatch adorable young children.

Deserted New York

I AM LEGEND (2007)

We’ve all pushed through the bustling city streets and wished that all those annoying commuters and tourists would simply vanish. Now, thanks to a cancer cure gone horribly wrong, New York City is all yours. The virus may have ravaged the Big Apple, but you can make the most of it. Speed through the streets in a bright red sports car, hit golf balls all the way down to Central Park or simply take a relaxing stroll with your trusty dog at your side. If you’re a loner looking for a rambling holiday with a difference, this urban explorer package is a must.

Like Will Smith’s Robert Neville, you can find some previous alone time in New York.

BUY: The shops will all be deserted, but if you’re really desperate you can always strike up a conversation with a mannequin. No judgments. EAT: Sadly, the great cuisine of New York City is off the table, so you will be on canned goods rather than pizza, but you’re a survivor, right? SEE: Loneliness can take its toll, so we would recommend bringing a few DVDs or Blu-rays with you.Watching something like Shrek can really turn a day around. DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT: This package is more about soaking up the atmosphere than any specific single experience, so just make sure you really appreciate your isolation. BEWARE: Make sure you lock all your doors and windows tight; they come for you at night.

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BIG MOVIE

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

I KNEW NICOLA PELTZ WOULD BE A PAIN IN MY ASS

MARK WAHLBERG

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T RANSFORMERS ARE ONE SET OF TOYS THAT ARE WORTH MORE MONEY OUTSIDE OF THE BOX THAN IF THEY WERE LEFT IN MINT CONDITION – MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MORE, IN FACT. WHEN THE MAN WHO ENGINEERED ARMAGEDDON (1998) BEGAN PLAYING WITH OVERSIZED SENTIENT ROBOTS, IT SEEMED LIKE THE PERFECT COMBUSTION OF RAW TESTOSTERONE, CHILDHOOD NOSTALGIA AND CARS TO MAKE YOUR ENGINE PURR. NO MATTER HOW MANY

critics tried to cut the franchise down in its (Optimus) prime, Michael Bay carried on playing in the sandpit regardless. Not all of the toy parts are left intact, however; Megan Fox became the first casualty following a public spat where she likened Bay’s directing style to that of Adolf Hitler, and now Bumblebee’s bestie, Shia LaBeouf, is out of the picture. His contract was up, and the franchise needed a new lick of paint after shoddy third outing Dark Of The Moon. Speaking to The Inquirer, Bay explained: “I wanted to do one more. I knew that the only way to make it work out was to reinvent the whole thing. There’s a reason why we have a new cast – it’s in the script. Originally, the studio said, ‘Let’s just do it with another kid.’ I said, ‘No, because everyone’s going to compare that kid to Shia, who’s like magic lightning in a bottle. He’s one of a kind!” Hoping to reignite that spark for fans is Mark Wahlberg, who plays Cade Yeager, a mechanic and loving father who’s trying to do right by his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz from TV’s Bates Motel). “He repairs things for money, but he’s an aspiring inventor on the side,” explains Wahlberg. “He’s invented a lot that he thought was going to be the ‘next great thing’, and they didn’t

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AGE OF EXTINCTION ON HOWMICHAEL BAY PUSHED THEM TO THE EDGE ON THE BIGGEST MOVIE OF 2014 AND WHY WORKING WITH A SWEARING TEDDY PREPARED HIM FOR MEETING OPTIMUS PRIME…

turn out that way, but he continues to try. His dream is to be able to pull himself out of financial trouble and send his daughter to college, and all these things that seem to be impossible to accomplish.The writers really took the time introducing a whole new set of characters and circumstances, and they spent a lot of time getting the script right and nailing that emotional anchor of the movie.” The human cast is not the only shake-up in Age Of Extinction. While Dark Of The Moon earned over $1 billion worldwide – the sixth highest-grossing movie of all time – toy sales were dwindling. According to TFW2005, Hasbro president and CEO/ Transformers producer Brian Goldner said it was because the robotic line-up had stayed the same. This could be the reason why Age Of Extinction will feature Dinobots battling alongside the fearless leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen), along with trusted lieutenant Bumblebee and brave medic Ratchet (Robert Foxworth), who all survived the battle of Chicago, among others yet to be revealed. The planet Cybertron wasn’t so lucky, however. When the space bridge collapsed, it destroyed the Autobot’s homeworld in the process, leaving them stranded on Earth, where they’re no longer welcome. Humanity’s hatred of these city-squishers has forced them to go into hiding, and the fourth film picks up in present-day Texas, where Cade is wheeling a beat-up Freightliner Cab-over engine Class 8 truck into his barn. But those spray- painted flames are familiar, and Kelsey Grammer’s counter- intelligence agent Harold Attinger thinks so too, prompting

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him to order a bunch of federal agents to go after Optimus Prime. Cinemagoers might smirk at the idea of a bunch of puny humans going a mano-a-machino, but they have a super-sized secret weapon up their sleeve: Galvatron. In past incarnations, this character was usually an evolved version of Megatron, and the Decepticon leader’s recent destruction has sparked rumours that he’ll be resurrected in this movie.

H E WON’T BE THE ONLY G1 ROBOT TO BE REVIVED. THE ANCIENT DINOBOTS ARE SET TO MAKE THEIR FIRST APPEARANCE IN THE FRANCHISE, INCLUDING T-REX GRIMLOCK, TWO-HEADED PTERANODON SWOOP (RENAMED STRAFE) AND TRICERATOPS SLAG (RECHRISTENED SLUG,

for obvious reasons). If the new toyline is any indication, it looks like they’ll be joined by the controversial original creations of Scorn (Spinosaurus) and Slash (Velociraptor), and some of the beasts may even give the Autobots a ride into battle. From the recent footage, however, it seems that Grimlock will take some persuading. Unsurprisingly, his earth-shaking showdown with Optimus is one of the most anticipated sequences of the movie. It seems we just can’t get enough of watching colossal robots beat the nuts and bolts out of each other, “And why not? I do,” Wahlberg weighs in. “It’s very entertaining to me. But especially with this movie, because I think the story is something I can relate to, and these are the kind of characters that I like to root for. There’s the ordinary guy who has probably never been in a fight, who grew up in Texas playing football, but now he’s thrust into this situation where he’s having to battle and shoot guns, and he’s starting to dig it!” Behind the scenes, however, it was a different story. “I am not the daredevil, or as reckless as I used to be,” he admits. “Standing on the roof of a building in Hong Kong, 20 storeys up, standing on the ledge and Michael is going, ‘Run faster!’ And I’m like, ‘Dude!’ They are throwing stuff at me and Michael is saying, ‘Throw more shit at him!’ I am like, ‘Dude!’ I’m laying on the wall in between takes and looking back at Titus Welliver, looking like he would also rather be anywhere else in the world.” But on screen, Welliver [Lost’s Man in Black] will be putting on his best poker face as the villainous Savoy, a Navy Seal whose job is to destroy all Transformers. He’s also the guy in trailer who points a gun to Tessa’s face in front of her father. “There was such a strong emphasis on the connection between the father and his daughter, and this everyday, regular guy, willing to do anything to keep his daughter alive,” Wahlberg continues. “I think that’s something people can relate to – I certainly can. I have a ten-year-old daughter who is growing up way too fast. I just felt like Michael [Bay] and I had a great bond, and he trusted me to do my thing, and he gave me a really interesting character to play.” The star has actually known his on-screen daughter, played by 19-year-old Nicola Peltz, for most of her teenage life: “I’ve had a relationship with her father and the rest of her family for some time, so I knew we

The number of deaths in Michael Bay’s movies

THE ISLAND

(2005)

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THE ROCK

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BAD BOYS

(1995)

MICHAEL BAY SAID, ‘THROW MORE SHIT AT HIM!’

MARK WAHLBERG

BAD BOYS II

(2003)

PEARL HARBOR

(2001)

Mark Wahlberg plays an inventor struggling to provide for his daughter (Nicola Peltz).

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Optimus Prime starts the film in hiding, like the rest of the Autobots.

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Bates Motel’s Nicola Peltz on stepping into Megan Fox’s high heels

Which is your favourite Transformer? Bumblebee. Definitely. I love Bumblebee. If I was an Autobot, I would definitely want to be friends with him. He seems so cool. He has a young kid attitude. He just seems like the cool kid on the block.

The movies traditionally have action figures of the main characters. Are you going to have one? I hope so, that would be really cool. Then put me in Bumblebee. That would be sick; just a little me and Bumblebee.

How did your six brothers react when you got this movie? My little brothers were very excited. My older brothers are very disappointed that Megan Fox is not still in it. That’s for sure. They were like, ‘Are you going to be in it with Megan? Megan or Rosie?’ They just wanted them to be in it. I was like, ‘No.’ They are all huge Megan fans.

You seem to be in most of the action sequences – were any of them particularly harrowing for you? There were definitely tricky moments, but I used to play ice hockey, so I love the whole athletic side of it. I wanted to do as much and as many of the stunts as I could, and Michael [Bay] wanted us to. We were really high up in the air, and I love heights, so I had so much fun. But Mark was scared.

Was there any reluctance on your part to sign on for three movies in this franchise? No, it was a very easy decision. I was so excited, so hopefully I will still be in the next two.

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THIS GUY IS WILLING TO DO ANYTHING TO KEEP HIS DAUGHTER ALIVE

MARK WAHLBERG

Jack Reynor on having Marky Mark as an on- screen father-in-law

Can you say how this film differs from the other films in the series? It’s eight years after the previous film, and it is definitely a sequel. We have a nice triangle dynamic between myself, Mark [Wahlberg] and Nicola [Peltz], which grounds the film in a very human story. The way the Autobots relate to humans, and even each other, is very different from the way they did in the previous series. The Autobots are very different Transformers.

Can you describe what the human story is? In Mark Wahlberg’s character’s household, they have a no-dating rule. He just really wants his daughter to focus on school and not go out with anybody, especially not an Irish race-car driver. My character is in this secret relationship with her, until the point where she and her father get into some trouble and it forces my character to rescue them, and disclose the fact that I am her boyfriend. Obviously, that means that Mark’s character and mine have quite a tentative relationship throughout the course of the film.

Are all the Transformers cars in this one? Most of them are cars. Then, of course, we have Optimus, who has always been a truck, and on top of that there is one Autobot in this one who is an APC, an armoured personnel carrier, and he is a really fun and interesting Autobot.

Did you have to get into shape for the role? Mark generally has a gym in his room, so I would go in at 5.30am sometimes, and find myself sitting on the ground doing 45lb barbell set-ups. There is nobody like Mark when it comes to physically preparing for a role.

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Expect all-sparks to fly in this fourth Transformers outing.

It’s in his garage that Cade first meets a beaten-up Optimus Prime.

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Peltz stars off the back of an impressive turn in Bates Motel.

The biggest booms in Michael Bay’s film reel

PEARL HARBOR (2001)

Bay’s attack on this culturally significant event may have been off-target storywise, but the bombs set the screen on fire. EXPLOSION RATING:

BAD BOYS II (2003)

A Cuban mansion goes kaboom in the Will Smith starrer, straight-up actioner, but the best bit is the bystander screaming,“Oh my God!” EXPLOSION RATING:

ARMAGEDDON (1998)

A gargoyle on Notre Dame looks on as Paris is obliterated by a meteorite in what is arguably one of the coolest effects shots of all time. EXPLOSION RATING:

THE ROCK (1996)

Nicolas Cage signals that the threat has passed, but the pilot has already dropped the bomb, and blows Alcatraz to kingdom come. EXPLOSION RATING:

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would have great chemistry and that she would be a pain in my ass and give me crap when I am not in the mood for it – she is feisty.” This a quality she shares with her character, who makes her father tear his hair out by wearing tiny shorts and secretly dating race car driver Shane Dyson (Jack Reynor). She’s no oiled Megan Fox or pouting Rosie Huntington-Whiteley though, according to

the actress: “Tessa is younger – about 16 or 17 – and there is such a beautiful father/daughter story to it,” says Peltz. “She is definitely the more responsible one, but she has an overprotective dad. She

is a strong girl and has a lot of guts, and she is outspoken. To have

that dynamic with Mark was a lot of fun. She has a beautiful arc in the film.” Wahlberg is used to sharing the camera with feisty co-stars, having worked on the fuzzy, foul-mouthed comedy Ted. It also prepared him for performing with the Transformers, imagining their presence while acting against a green screen: “I couldn’t have done either of these movies 15 years ago, because I would have been uncomfortable not performing opposite somebody,” he says. “But I really embraced the idea in Ted, not having to deal with other actors, so that was a beautiful discovery I made there. So I felt completely comfortable, and I knew Michael [Bay] had my back, so all we did was just focus on making everything as realistic as possible between us, and if we could believe that the audience would believe us, then everything else would magically and seamlessly appear.”

T HE DIRECTOR IS KNOWN FOR HIS LOVE OF EXTREME EFFECTS, AMERICAN PATRIOTISM (JUST COUNT THOSE STARS-’N’-STRIPES IN THE TRAILER), SLOW-MO ACTION AND SUNSET-TIMED EXPLOSIONS – AN AESTHETIC BEST KNOWN AS BAYHEM. NOT ALL ACTORS APPRECIATE HIS DARING,

however, as Megan Fox told Wonderland magazine: “Shia [LaBeouf] and I almost die when we make a Transformers movie. He has you do some really insane things that insurance would never let you do.” And despite Wahlberg’s clear rapport with Bay – having worked with him on last year’s ’roid rage movie Pain & Gain – he wasn’t ashamed to admit that he feared for his life on at least one occasion: “Dangling from a building is not my favourite thing in the world,” he says.

“There is a little tiny cable, and you have a little clip on you too, but

if you fall, you will drop 10, 12 feet and smack into the wall, and you

will scream like a fucking baby until they pull you up. It gives you the

feeling in your stomach that before I never would have had. Before I

had four kids, and was successful and had a reason to live, I wouldn’t have given a shit.” “There were explosives all over the place, and you were running everywhere,” adds co-star Peltz. “Michael [Bay] is such a hands-on director, and he expects 110 per cent from you. We are acting against

a pole, and he just brings them these robots to life, and you can

see how much heart he gives them. He clearly cares about these movies, which is why they are so good.” But we all thought Bay had had his fill of the franchise after the third instalment, just like Peter Jackson before he returned to Middle-Earth for The Hobbit trilogy.

In the end, Bay couldn’t bear to have someone else take hold of the megaphone. “I thought I was done,” he conceded in an interview with the Huffington Post. “Then the ride came out [at Universal Studios Hollywood] and the two-and-a-half-hour lines. And then you’re thinking, ‘Oh my God, someone’s going to take this over’. So I’m thinking that if I do this last one, we set it on a new footing, we change a lot of things, but we keep the history of the three in place. We broaden it so it can be set up and be carried on – it would have a better chance for survival, I guess.” And the main star – aside from Optimus Prime, of course – rates its chances: “Michael promised me it would be a very different, stand- alone movie, which it absolutely is,” says Wahlberg. “It is bigger and better than the other three [films] combined. This will be the biggest movie of 2014.”

Transformers: Age Of Extinction will be released on 10 July.

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ONE OF THE FEW UNASHAMEDLY SCI-FI SERIALS ON TV, RACHEL NICHOLS’ TIME-TWISTING COP-SHOW CONTINUUM KEEPS EVOLVING INTO ITS THIRD SEASON, SHADOWING THE CONTROVERSY OF NSA LEAKS AND THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT. WE TALK TO THE CREATOR AND CAST ABOUT WHAT THE FUTURE HAS IN STORE AND HOW WE CAN CHANGE IT…

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its first season had been a necessary compromise to get it on the air. A year later, we’re back in Vancouver halfway through the filming of Season Three, and from what we see, the Canadian sci- fi series is now on a very different path. “This season, it was really more about where we want these characters to end up, as opposed to what we want to happen,” Barry tells us in his small office behind the show’s downtown sound stages. “I think for the first two years you could say that the circumstances were driving the characters. Now, we have the characters driving the circumstances, which is where you always want a show to get to.”

The sets we visit this year are in a building used by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada’s equivalent of the BBC. One room is dressed up like a bunker with an odd mix of modern and retro technology. The most prominent object is a chair that looks like something a psychotic dentist might have used in the Fifties. Another soundstage houses the lab where teenage tech genius Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen) spent Season Two creating a surveillance system to rival the one in Person Of Interest and reconstructing the time-travel device that is central to the show’s mythology. “We are always looking at the pros and cons of technology in general,” Barry tells us after the set tour. “In Season Three we’re using Alec’s expansion as a way to debate the

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new products that are coming into our lives in the next few years. What are we giving up in order to use them? What are we not aware of? What are we aware of? What are the ways those technologies can be exploited without our knowledge, and how will it change us in a societal way?” Recent controversies around NSA snooping and the Heartbleed bug make the cost of technological progress a topical subject. It is one of several that have been progressively woven around Continuum’s action-orientated premise over the past three seasons. In the series premiere, a group of terrorists calling themselves Liber8 escapes execution in the year 2077 by travelling back to the present day. The terrorists are hotly pursued by Kiera Cameron, a Vancouver police officer played by

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Alias alumnus Rachel Nichols. Cameron teams up with present-day detective Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster), and for much of Season One the pair tries to stop Liber8’s increasingly violent anti-corporation agenda. Yet, what starts as essentially a cop show with genre on the fringe subsequently evolves into a smart blend of sci-fi and socially relevant references with guns and gadgets as the gloss. “Where the world’s heading right now, the number one issues would be technology, innovation and how that’s going to change our future,” observes star Stephen Lobo when we speak to him at a chilly location shoot in a park overlooking Vancouver’s port. “Individual rights and privacy – that’s all over the place – and corporate interests and the one per cent and how we treat each other when it comes to money. Add to that environmentalism – which we did cover initially, and they might bring back – and that covers all the major issues that we’re dealing with.” Lobo plays manipulative ex-Liber8 member Matthew Kellog, who becomes rich in the present day. He then uses his money to set up the lab for Sadler in order to keep tabs on the young man’s progress. Sadler’s older self (played by The X-Files favourite William B Davis) will invent the time machine Liber8’s members use to avoid

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STEPHEN LOBO

There could be a change of dynamic coming up for Carlos and Kiera.

the death sentence. By rebuilding the device from pieces brought back by the terrorists, young Alec hopes to return Kiera to her

family in 2077 and reset the timeline. Kellog has a soft spot for Kiera, but his reasons for helping aren’t altruistic. He’s not alone in that regard, Lobo tells us, especially in Season Three. “In the question of moral versus immoral, I think Kellog is an amoral character who will function in a way that is towards his goals,” Lobo says. “Sometimes,

I think his behaviour could be interpreted

as good, but he’s not doing it necessarily for good’s sake. You see a lot more of that with

a lot of different characters as the series has progressed. Everybody becomes grey. It’s been there since the beginning, but it does come up more and more.”

L OBO SINGLES OUT ALEC AS A PARTICULAR EXAMPLE OF THIS. WHEN WE MEET THE YOUNG SADLER IN THE FIRST SEASON HE IS AN AWKWARD NERD. AS HE MATURES,

however, his youthful optimism about progress makes his growing awareness of the marvels he can create potentially dangerous. “Narratively, Alec represents the need for human expansion, for growth, to go into uncharted territory, in this case technologically,” says Lobo’s co-star and genre veteran Lexa Doig (Andromeda, Stargate SG-1, The 4400), who is also on

Season Two saw Liber8’s Kagame sacrifice himself.

location. Doig is here to film a rare scene involving Kellog and her character, Liber8 leader Sonya Valentine. “But also he has a moral compass that he’s trying to navigate, so he owns that sense of responsibility and he’s trying to do the right thing. So you have him as the youth, but he’s endowed with intelligence, power and a desire to create a vision. Then he’s also aware of the potential end, of what Alec Sadler is, and he’s got to be truthful to himself. In that way he’s a mirror

to human nature. It’s almost like if he doesn’t move forward he’s got to shoot himself in the head.” Alec’s circumstances are made particularly precarious by his complicated relationship with his brother, Julian Randol. Randol is initially used by Liber8 in 2012, and then goes on to lead his own revo