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After an absence of three decades Mad Max returns on 15 May 2015 with Mad Max: Fury Road.

From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary Mad Max franchise, comes Mad Max: Fury Road, a return to the world of Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannised by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) assumes the role of Max Rockatansky from Mel Gibson. Supporting cast includes Oscar winner Charlize Theron (Monster, Prometheus), Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon).

More information on Mad Max: Fury Road can be found at the official Facebook page and website.

Mad Max Fury Road teaser


The Mockingjay lives…

Together as one. Panem today. Panem tomorrow. Panem forever.

The title of the forthcoming Batman/Superman film has been officially announced as Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be a sequel to 2013’s Superman reboot Man of Steel and the second instalment in the creation of a DC Cinematic Universe to rival the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is due to be released on 6 May 2016.

Batman vs Superman-Dawn of Justice


As anticipation for Avengers: Age of Ultron builds here’s Black Widow, Captain America,  Hawkeye, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor (together with the villainous Loki) beautifully rendered as cats by artist Jenny Parks. Check out more of her work here

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The smart money had been on 4th May (“May the fourth”) bringing the long-awaited announcement of the cast for Star Wars: Episode VII. But it’s here. Now! And the long circulating rumours are true! The core cast of the original Star Wars trilogy are back!

Perhaps getting the old gang back together is seen as the only way to properly apologise for the dire prequel trilogy…

Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) will be joined by actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. 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. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

Star Wars Episode VII cast

Here’s the final trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which arrives in UK cinemas on 22 May 2014. And they’ve thrown in a version of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir to remind everyone of the film’s 1970s setting.

In X-Men: Days of Future Past. the X-Men ensemble across two time periods to fight a war for the survival of the species. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle to change the past in order to save our future.

X-Men Days of Future Past

Writer's BlockUndoubtedly there’s irony inherent in writing about writer’s block…

Once upon a time writing flowed easily from the brain and onto this blog. The Musings on Bond at 50 series, the Doctor Who and Sherlock reviews. Scribbled my notes in my notepad, collate them and craft hundreds and thousands of words around them. People liked my “musings”. My Musings got my noticed by HI! Magazine (now regenerated into The Geek Agenda) and I was invited to ramble on about Doctor Who and other geeky issues on their website.

Now it’s all a bit of a mess…

For the last few months it’s become increasingly difficult to craft the thoughts into appealing, informative and knowledgeable articles. I’ve just about gotten away with it but it’s become more and more difficult. The moment of realisation that I’m having serious trouble came during this last week when I tried to write about The Empty Hearse, the first episode of Sherlock‘s third series. I had notes and thoughts. I started writing. It looked ok. I compared the nascent work to the previous reviews of Sherlock that I’d written. The few hundred words that I’d crafted about The Empty Hearse were complete shit. Disorganised tirade of rubbish. Directionless nonsense infected with poor grammar. Deleted for all eternity. I want to write about the return of Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson in their three new adventures but it’s not going to happen for a while. Hopefully there will be disappointment that my views won’t be heard.

(For the record The Empty Hearse is basically Sherlock Holmes meets V For Vendetta with a hint of the London Underground scenes from Skyfall. And it cheated the audience by not revealing a definitive explanation for Sherlock’s survival).

The drop in quality has coincided with being diagnosed with bipolar disorder II and the prescribing of medication for the illness. The quetiapine leaves me excessively fatigued at times and all too often my creative process is completely fogged. Part of me really wants to dump the medication and get the writing mojo back. But I have a medical condition that requires treatment and I’d be a complete idiot to ignore the advice of my psychiatrist. All the same the temptation of getting creative juices flowing fully once again is hugely tempting.

At present I’ve also got musings on An Adventure in Space and Time and The Time of the Doctor (“brilliantly nostalgic” and “incoherently shit” respectively) to get done. I managed to do reviews of those for The Geek Agenda so hopefully I can get something comprehensible done in the near future by building and adapting. There’s load of information and knowledge trapped in my little grey cells. Ask me for data and I’d be able to pour it out. I just can’t be creative with it.

I’m not reading enough at present (hardly anything in fact) so perhaps a key element in getting the brain flowing effectively is to get the creativity of others inside my head. There’s Neil Gaiman’s complete Sandman (10 weighty “re-mastered” volumes in a shiny slipcase) awaiting my attention. There’s also several instalments of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games trilogy demanding my attention.

I love writing. Writing is a release I need.