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Ten most anticipated titles of 2014 – Part 2 | Opinion | Entertainment

2014 ones to watch pt2That’s right, we ran out of space to fit in ten before – there’s just so much to talk about. In case you missed it, have a read of the first five things we are excited about this year, then take a look at another five below. After that you may go, or if you’re feeling really interactive you can leave a comment with what yours are.

X-Men: Days of Future Past – 22 May

X-Men: Days of Future PastIs more always better? We aren’t so sure. It definitely made Spider-Man 3 messy and is history is threatening to repeat itself with the second remake (see part one). That said, it’s difficult to bet against the pedigree of the cast involved with X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Promising new-ish talent in the form of Evan Peters as Quicksilver and rising star Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, while old guard like Hugh Jackman (born to be Wolverine) bring some gravitas to proceedings and knights of the realm Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart bringing up the rear.

Of course this time roles are doubled up, as both Michael Fassbender and McKellen take on the iconic role of Magneto and make uneasy alliance with James McAvoy and Stewart’s Professor X.

To say that this is an anticipated title would be an understatement. Original film series helmsman Bryan Singer is back and there’s some fantastic writers on board as well, with so many great characters, special effects and action sequences to come – what can go wrong? If the trailer is anything to go by we are in for a treat.

House of Cards: Series 2 – 14 February

The first of two multimedia TV choices on this list, both significant for different reasons. Last year House of Cards was Netflix’s first real foray into the world of original programming, and thanks to its success a handful of shows, both established and brand new, have followed suit. Now they have to do it again to prove that it’s not just a one-trick pony or a fluke – a second series is serious business.

The show isn’t strictly original, since it’s a remake of a UK show, but I think given the differences between attitudes and political systems in the two countries it can stand alone with its head held high. Kevin Spacey nails the part of Frank Underwood expertly, so much so that he gained a number of award nominations, but, alas, only a (well-deserved) Golden Globe win for Spacey’s co-star Robin Wright. Netflix will want to improve on that this time around, to prove that they ‘count’ in the big leagues.

Since the scrabble up the political ladder was vicious and frantic at times in series one, viewers won’t want Frank’s journey to get too easy this time around. All the episodes drop in at once on Valentine’s Day, will they make enough impact to tear people away from their loved ones?

The Halo TV Series – TBA

HaloThe Xbox One announcement was undoubtedly a multimedia entertainment affair, rather than a reveal of ‘a games console’. Microsoft had their sights set on something greater, and still do. Filming a TV series though, takes time, and with collaborator Steven Spielberg working on other TV projects as producer his time is sure to be in high demand.

The potential of this show is what makes it such an exciting prospect though. The Halo 4: Forward  Unto Dawn web series demonstrated fantastic production values and, crucially, a compelling story which wasn’t over-reliant on the games – a very difficult balance to get right.

The expectation from series fans is high, and as one of Microsoft’s key exclusives, they will definitely want to take the time they need to get it right first time. Particularly considering all the flack they got in 2013 for various PR mis-steps.

The potential of the concept is huge though, and there’s a lot to play for. A massive captive audience and exclusive delivery platform just waiting to get going, while the interplay between the show and the game series itself, which is also keeping its audience hungry. MS have an opportunity to make a bold statement about what they can achieve in multimedia. It might not come this year in the end, but there is sure to be more revealed by the end of the year.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – March 28

Captain America: The Winter SoldierPoor Cap. Thanks to merely his name, his origin story wasn’t as well received in the UK as it was in his homeland. Luckily he has another chance with The Winter Soldier, and early forecasts are looking extremely promising.

The character established in the first film had a surprisingly deep arc compared to his fellow Avengers, and as such was short-changed by critics. In this instalment the trailer paints a very compelling picture.

Cap is still working with SHIELD, including Nick Fury and Black Widow, and is beginning to question the motives and methods of this highly destructive organisation. Not a gritty superhero story like The Dark Knight trilogy, but a very personal story which explores his character – albeit with some explosions thrown in for good measure.

Directing are little-known pair Anthony and Joe Russo, who are sure to bring their own spin to proceedings, while the rest of the crew are equally unknown to the Marvel film universe, meaning the film has that mixture of excitement and fear you often find with an unknown quantity.

The next Google Nexus tablet – TBA

Google Nexus 10 2 concept imageGoogle have been making strides over the past few months, buying up companies left and right and making progress with both software and concept hardware such as Google Glass, but since the release of the Google Nexus 7, things have been quiet in the tablet division.

The advertising for Google Play as the place to get your music, films and TV shows has seen a marked increase, giving the softest of indications that the next logical step on their tablet journey may be coming.

Another patent deal with Samsung done and dusted in the smartphones division means there’s a few more patents to play with and since there has been a lot of expectation for a more specced iPad or wearable tech. At the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES), product launches from Google were conspicuous by their absence and after Apple’s shares took a tumble on the back of less-than-overwhelming sales performance – now is the time to strike.

The technology needed isn’t a million miles ahead of the excellent Google Nexus 10, produced by Samsung, with its screen in particular going down well and generally performance stacking up to the equivalent offering from Apple. To really turn heads though, they will need to go further. Does that mean a Nexus 11? Time, as ever, will tell, but there’s potential there for the taking.

The ones to watch: Watch Dogs, Titanfall, Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Division, The Fray – Helios, Rancid’s new album, Robocop, 300: Rise of an Empire, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Steam Machines, Oculus Rift, Hannibal and Game of Thrones.
James Michael Parry

How to be a serial killer (on TV) | Feature | Television

DexterSince it’s almost Halloween* we thought it would be fun to turn our thoughts to the darkness within, namely the serial killers of the silver screen and what we can learn from their successes and failures.

(*Disclaimer – Depending on when this is actually being read it may or may not be Halloween, This Is Entertainment makes no apologies for diminished enjoyment of the following editorial. Also, killing people is bad, so no, you may not try this at home.)

From Dexter to Hannibal, Red John to Henry Grace, there are many killers at large on the box and all of them have their own methods, motives and characteristics which help them succeed, or lead to their downfall.

Keep your friends closer

DexterAll serial killers have something in common, aside from just being murderers, in that the act of taking a life has a purpose.

It might be because they ‘need’ to kill, it might be because they enjoy it or because they want to show everyone how clever they are. Regardless of how they feel about killing, almost all need a cover story to maintain the appearance of a ‘normal’ life.

For Dexter Morgan, the titular anti-hero of Dexter (Michael C. Hall), his cover comes both in the form of his job and his sister Debra. Staying close to Debra is what helps to hide Dexter’s darkness from the rest of the world.

In this year’s TV adaptation of Red Dragon – Hannibal – the character of Hannibal Lecter remains hidden by getting close to the person most likely to find him.

The impression of the person they are, the disguise, is almost as important as their true self. This is one thing you must master, to be in with any chance at all.

Don’t bite off more than you chew

The MentalistWhen killers worlds start to unravel is when they are trying to do too many things at once.

A pretty important tip for any budding serial killer is to only try to take out one victim at a time.

Some of the hairiest situation for Dexter have been when he has to kill another person to cover up the first murder.

Control is very important for these sociopathic personalities, and as soon as things start to get out of hand, you will quickly see them get more brutal and frantic.

Make sure you have a plan and stick to it, even if that voice in your head says differently.

Be wary of exploring new things

Colin Hanks in DexterWith an incapability to feel genuine emotion, there is always a temptation for serial killers to yearn after what they cannot have.

Often from their perspective, things like love, attachment, family are all distractions which make things more complicated, and hold little worth in the long run.

In reality the success at which these aspects can offer value varies greatly, but bigger social topics such as religion, addiction, celebrity have numerous new experiences and possibilities attached to them.

However tempting it might be to believe that these things can give you a way out, don’t be fooled – for a serial killer, almost everything comes back to secrets.

Always get rid of the evidence

Criminal MindsIf you don’t fancy eating them, make sure you are well-versed in how one might go and hide a body, since the past is always poised to come back to haunt you at any moment in unexpected ways.

It may be much to have a wide array of recipes to cater for whatever organ you fancy cooking up that particular day, but you do have to have a system. Do you keep everything together? Store it for a while or dispose of it all at once?

There’s no absolute certain way to not have bodies traced back to you, but some care and patience goes a long way. After all, there’s more than enough CSI-type shows looking for your DNA.

Don’t get caught

Dexter caught by DebLearning how the police work, or even steering the investigation yourself, are sure-fire ways to stay ahead of the game.

Of course, the more you learn, the more they have to learn to catch up and the harder the job of remaining hidden becomes.

Never get sucked into sacrificing anything for anyone but yourself, in the end it’s you against the world. If a few more people have to die to get you out of a situation then what’s a few more bodies? What’s one more?

Dr Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelsen)Obviously, the way to really survive is to make it on TV. There you can be immortalised for years to come with all of your great achievements laid out. The reason that serial killers continue to be popular, even rooted for and loved despite being horrible, evil people, is because they fascinate us.

It is difficult to understand or appreciate why or how someone would be so destructive as to dissect so many people’s lives. Not being able to feel emotions that we all experience daily for ridiculous things – that rush of fear as you almost slip on the way down the stairs for example – serial killers are something which we all in some ways admire, even at the same time as being appalled by them.

You can’t imagine rooting for Darth Vader or Skelator in quite the same way as you want these people to get away with it. In many ways it’s the birthplace of ‘the lovable villain’. Can you imagine the attendees at Comic Con cheering Loki if it wasn’t for Tom Hiddleston’s charisma and charm?

Will Graham, Hannibal (2013)Perhaps this is also where the love for Halloween itself comes from. The excitement and the fun of mocking the darkness and the evil with chocolate treats and silly costumes makes it all seem less frightening and less horrific, when really if you look closer and see the truth of what it represents you would run for your life.

So the next time you think it would just be easier to kill everyone and be done with it, throwing morals and reason out the window in favour of a simpler life of black and white, good and evil. But remember, in the end, it isn’t quite so simple as that.

What are your top tips? Leave a comment below, but be careful not to give away too much…

James Michael Parry