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TNT has unveiled a new two-minute trailer and key art for the upcoming second season of the blockbuster hit The Last Ship.

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Based on William Brinkley’s popular novel, The Last Ship chronicles a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James avoided falling victim to the devastating tragedy. But now, Captain Tom Chandler (series star Eric Dane) and his crew must confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few remaining survivors.

Here is the Season 2 trailer:

The Last Ship is slated to launch its second season on Sunday, June 21, with a two-hour premiere at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

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LeapFrog recently released the LeapPad3 Learning Tablet, and here is our review.

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What’s in the Box?

The box contains the LeapPad3, a charger, a cable and some instructions and guides.

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The LeapPad3 also comes with the following:

• Music Player plus 10 songs
• Pet Pad Party
• Pet Chat
• Photo Fun Ultra
• 5 Utility Apps
• Choice of 1 App Download

A Closer Look

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Final Thoughts

The LeapPad3 is designed to provide a safe and fun experience for children aged 3 – 9 years old. If you had a previous LeapPad then you will notice that the LeapPad3 has been redesigned. It sleeker, lighter, has a quad-core processor and Wi-Fi and is designed to be handled by children, meaning LeapFrog have drop tested it so that if you drop it, unlike an iPad, it won’t shatter!

You get around 6 hours of constant use on the battery, and the LeapPad3 can be charged either from the charger or via USB (so you can charge it on the go).

The screen is a very clear 5” touchscreen and I found it to be very responsive.

And don’t worry about children seeing inappropriate content when surfing the web on the LeapPad3 as it uses LeapSearch powered by Zui. What that means is that only content that is appropriate is displayed, and that content has been approved by “learning experts”, so after watching that Sesame Street video you don’t have to worry about something else being shown!

There are well over 700 games and apps available for the LeapPad3, including games, eBooks and videos, so there should be something for everyone, and the games actually adapt to your child’s learning level.

You can even link up two LeapPad3’s using Pet Chat and Pet Pad Party, both of which are including with the LeapPad3, giving your child hours of fun, and you hours of peace and quiet.

There is also a 2MP front and rear camera which works well, and even the ability to record video at 480p. There is 4GB of on-board memory too.

The LeapPad3 works with both PC and Mac and is very easy to set up and use.

The LeapFrog LeapPad3 retails for £89.99 but as usual look around for a good deal. The LeapPad3 comes in either Green or Pink.

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Learn more from the LeapFrog website.

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To celebrate the release of FAST & FURIOUS 7 in IMAX, our friends at IMAX have kindly given us a model car to give away.

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Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Fast & Furious 7.  James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favourites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. 

They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell.  Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan. 

How to enter to win

To be in with a chance of winning this model car, enter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Usual contest rules apply, and the winner will be selected at random. This contest is open to the UK only – sorry!

The contest ends at 12.00AM on Tuesday 7th April, and Fast and Furious 7 is released in the cinema April 3rd.

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IMAX® is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation

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Last year Gaijin unleashed Gaizilla on the world – a giant snail that plagued players on the dev server. So this morning sitting in my inbox was a lovely post about some new content the developer will be adding to the game. Or not.

As you can see this is indeed something to take seriously. You can’t deny the unbelievable effort put into designing these things! Even when joking Gaijin make a detailed vehicle. Just to back the story up I was provided with these amazing picture that completely and unquestionably prove that these things existed.

 

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You have to admit that for a joke these things look pretty damn cool!

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Is anyone kind of thinking, maybe they’d like a go in one? Sure it’s ridiculous and would ruin the game but they are kind of cool. Anyway happy April Fools from Gaijin.

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To celebrate the release of FAST & FURIOUS 7 in IMAX, our friends at IMAX have kindly given us three pairs of tickets to see the film at your nearest IMAX cinema.

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Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Fast & Furious 7.  James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favourites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. 

They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell.  Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan. 

How to enter to win

To be in with a chance of winning these tickets simply enter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Usual contest rules apply, and the winner will be selected at random. This contest is open to the UK only – sorry!

The contest ends at 12.00AM on Tuesday 7th April, and Fast and Furious 7 is released in the cinema April 3rd.

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Copyright Line: © 2015. Universal Studios.

IMAX® is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation

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Not long now to wait for Mortal Kombat X from NeatherRealm Studios, and I recently got to talk to Hans Lo about the newly announcement features, including the mobile game.

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Mortal Kombat X is NetherRealm Studios’ next highly anticipated installment in its legendary, critically acclaimed fighting game franchise that propels the iconic franchise into a new generation. The game combines cinematic presentation with all new gameplay to deliver the most brutal Kombat experience ever, offering a new fully-connected experience that launches players into a persistent online contest where every fight matters in a global battle for supremacy.  For the first time, Mortal Kombat X gives players the ability to choose from multiple variations of each character impacting both strategy and fighting style. Players step into an original story showcasing some of the game’s most prolific characters including Scorpion and Sub-Zero, while introducing new challengers that represent the forces of good and evil and tie the tale together.

New and Klassic Characters: Featuring Klassics such as Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden and Kano, as well as new characters such as Cassie Cage, Kotal Kahn, Ferra-Torr and D’Vorah, the roster will include fan favorites where both good and evil must battle it out.

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Character Variations: Mortal Kombat X offers three different versions for each playable character, all of which have their own fighting style, special moves, abilities and strategies. The Variation that players choose affects the style and overall strategy by which the game is played.

Epic, Cinematic Storyline: A deep story mode continues up to 25 years after the events of 2011’s Mortal Kombat and advances the dark tale – introducing new characters such as Cassie Cage, daughter of fan favorites Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage.

Visceral Kombat: Mortal Kombat X introduces the next evolution of fighting with the return of X-ray and Finishing Moves that showcase brutal battles like never before with enhanced graphics and animations.

Over to Hans, and there some new gameplay showing the mobile game, and it’s good:

Mortal Kombat X will be released in April 14th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.

Which is your favourite Mortal Kombat character? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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WD have expanded its suite of network attached storage (NAS) solutions with four new products that address the increasing demands for content storage, management, protection and streaming among prosumers, creative professionals and small businesses.

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The My Cloud Expert Series includes My Cloud EX2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud EX4100 (four-bay) high-performance NAS systems designed from the ground up for creative professionals and prosumers who need to reliably save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data. Powered by the latest version of the dual-core Marvell ARMADA processor, these two new additions to the Expert Series offer top of their class read/write speeds for simultaneous, high-performance HD media streaming with up to 24 TB of storage capacity.

The new My Cloud Business Series includes My Cloud DL2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud DL4100 (four-bay) high-performance NAS systems built to provide the reliability, security and scalability small business customers need. Powered by Intel® Atom™ dual-core processors with up to 24 TB of storage capacity, the My Cloud Business Series runs on the acclaimed Linux-based WD My Cloud operating software (OS).

My Cloud Expert Series

For photographers, videographers, graphic designers and other creative professionals adapting to ever increasing file sizes, from RAW images and 4K video footage, the new My Cloud Expert Series products include the latest and fastest dual-core Marvell ARMADA 385 and 388 processors for high-performance media streaming, provide up to 24 TB of storage and the ability to keep files safe, secure and accessible from anywhere. The robust data management and security features let customers select their preferred methods for managing, sharing and protecting their most important movies, photos, music and digital files.

The included WD Red drives can be configured using multiple RAID options (model dependent) including RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 JBOD and spanning modes. Customers can use their My Cloud Expert Series products to centralise and back up all of their computers and notebooks with WD SmartWare Pro software for PC users, and with the Apple Time Machine backup software for Mac users.

My Cloud Expert Series products can also serve as a digital entertainment hub, seamlessly streaming movies and music to any DLNA/UPnP certified multimedia device such as gaming consoles, smart TVs and WD TV Live media players. The Twonky, DLNA-certified media server and iTunes server make for simple streaming of large movie and music libraries.

Additionally, the integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and P2P download server provide advanced data serving options. Customers can also customise their My Cloud Expert series NAS, monitor system health, manage users and energy saving features with the My Cloud dashboard, as well as use a suite of third party apps, including aMule, Icecast, Transmission, DVBlink, SqueezeCenter and more.

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My Cloud Business Series

The all-new My Cloud Business Series solutions allow small businesses to centralise and protect their data in the workplace and provide employees with secure access to critical data from anywhere. Powered by the latest Intel Atom dual core processor, with RAM up to 2GB, and data storage capacity up to 24 TB, small businesses have the performance and scalability, to meet their business needs.

Secure access, protection and backup of data for small businesses is critical. Offering AES 256-bit volume encryption and multiple RAID options (RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD and spanning modes), the My Cloud Business Series offers small businesses multiple options to secure and protect their data. Customers can also use their My Cloud Business Series products to back up all of their computers with WD SmartWare™ Pro software for PC users and Apple® Time Machine® support for Mac users. My Cloud Business Series products can also backup themselves, either to another My Cloud in a different location or to cloud services such as Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive. Users can also use the one-touch USB 3.0 copy button to automatically copy data from an external USB storage device onto the NAS.

The My Cloud Business Series products feature many business-ready capabilities including iSCSI target and initiator, replication and file synchronisation, integrated FTP, WebDAV server, SSH Shell, and Microsoft Active Directory support. Additionally there are enterprise-class redundancies such as dual power supply ports with fail over, dual Gigabit Ethernet and UPS support. The My Cloud Business Series also provides memory expansion up to 6GB, and scalable storage through dual NICs or USB.

My Cloud Business Series products are available in several capacity options. The My Cloud DL2100 (two-bay) is available diskless or with 4 TB, 8 TB or 12 TB capacities. The My Cloud DL4100 (four-bay) is available diskless or with 8 TB, 16 TB or 24 TB capacities. With Easy-Slide-Drive technology, My Cloud Business Series customers can easily install or hot-swap drives in seconds, without the need for a screwdriver, toolkit or trays.

Anywhere Access

The award-winning WD My Cloud mobile app provides anywhere access to the entire My Cloud product family. With the WD My Cloud mobile app users can easily view photos, stream video and share, save and manage files from anywhere on their iOS and Android devices. The mobile app makes file sharing and collaborating simple, allowing customers to easily email files, share files as a link and print and open files with third party apps. The WD My Cloud mobile app also integrates major public cloud services so that customers can easily transfer files from their Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive public cloud accounts.

Availability

The My Cloud Expert Series and My Cloud Business Series products will be available through selected WD channel partners including retailers in store and online, e-tailers, distributors, authorised resellers and at the wdstore.co.uk.

The My Cloud Business Series is currently available online at wdstore.co.uk and the My Cloud Expert Series and My Cloud Business Series will be available with our channel partners in March.

Warranty

The My Cloud Expert Series and Business Series products come with a 3-year limited warranty for the populated products and a 2-year limited warranty for the diskless products. Terms and conditions of WD’s limited warranty may be found at support.wdc.com/warranty.

Pricing

My Cloud EX2100 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

MSRP for My Cloud EX2100 NAS is £239.00 for the diskless unit, £399.00 for 4 TB, £539.00 for 8 TB and £709.00 for 12 TB.

My Cloud EX4100 MSRP

MSRP for My Cloud EX4100 NAS is £359.00 for the diskless unit, £699.00 for 8 TB, £999.00 for 16 TB and £1,399.00 for 24 TB

My Cloud DL2100 MSRP

MSRP for My Cloud DL2100 NAS is £329.00 for the diskless unit, £499.00 for 4 TB, £609.00 for 8 TB and £829.00 for 12 TB.

My Cloud DL4100 MSRP

MSRP for My Cloud DL4100 NAS is £499.00 for the diskless unit, £799.00 for 8 TB, £1,099.00 for 16 TB and £1,419.00 for 24 TB.

The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the App Store and Google Play.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc, the first DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Packed to the brim with content, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc includes four new, epic multiplayer maps, access to the versatile AE4 directed energy assault rifle, the AE4 Widowmaker custom variant plus an exciting all-new cooperative mode called Exo Zombies.

Havoc’s new cooperative experience, Exo Zombies, features a story told through the eyes of four employees of the Atlas Corporation. Played by a celebrity cast consisting of John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire, RED, Burn After Reading), Bill Paxton (Aliens, Titanic, Edge of Tomorrow), Rose McGowan (Planet Terror, Scream), and Jon Bernthal (Fury, The Wolf of Wall Street), Exo Zombies ushers in a new breed of zombies and a truly unique experience in the Havoc DLC Pack.

To celebrate the release of Havoc on PlayStation, we’ve decided to round up our top 10 examples of zombies in popular culture!

10. Warm Bodies

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9. World War Z

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8. Michael Jackson in Thriller

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7. 28 Days Later

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6. Night of the Living Dead

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5. Dawn of the Dead

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4. Call of Duty: World at War

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3. Shaun of the Dead

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2. Exo Zombies in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc

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1. The Walking Dead

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For the latest intel, check out: www.callofduty.com, www.facebook.com/callofduty, www.youtube.com/callofduty or follow @CallofDuty on Twitter and Instagram.

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To celebrate the release of Dolphin Tale 2 on DVD and Blu-ray, we have a Q&A with star Harry Connick Jr.

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Believe in the spirit of friendship, the strength of family and the power of hope when DOLPHIN TALE 2, inspired by a true story, is available to own first on digital HD from February 2nd 2015 and makes a splash onto Blu-ray and DVD on February 16th 2015 .

Winter, the world’s most extraordinary dolphin returns in the charming and heartwarming sequel to DOLPHIN TALE. This time, Clearwater Marine Aquarium must find Winter a new companion, or risk loosing Winter to another Aquarium forever.

Directed by Charles Martin Smith (Dolphin Tale, Air Bud), DOLPHIN TALE 2 sees return performances from the entire main cast of DOLPHIN TALE led by Oscar winner Morgan Freeman (The Lego Movie, Lucy) as the creator of Winter’s prosthetic tail, Dr. Cameron McCarthy; Harry Connick Jr (Dolphin Tale, Angels Sing) as head of the Clearwater Marine Hospital team, Dr. Clay Haskett; Nathan Gamble (Marley & Me, Beyond The Heavens) as Winter’s owner and trusted companion, Nelson Sawyer; Ashley Judd (Divergent, Olympus Has Fallen) as Sawyer’s mother, Lorraine Nelson; and Kris Kristofferson (San Patricios, 7 Minutes) as Reed Haskett, Dr. Clay’s father.

It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson (Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life.

Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only pool-mate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins’ social behaviour requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium.

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QUESTION: Are you starting to feel like an honorary citizen in Clearwater, Florida?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: It is a great part of the world. Just being in Clearwater again and driving past the aquarium, I realized how much time I’ve spent here doing these films. And it’s just an incredible part of the world.

QUESTION: What kind of response did you get from fans after the first one and did that affect your decision to do the second one?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: It didn’t matter about the fan response with regard to doing it again. I mean, even if it had been poorly received or people didn’t like it, there probably would have been a reason behind it. But if it were exactly the movie that it was and people didn’t like it, I would have come back and done it again anyway, just for lots of reasons. It was just a great filming experience, working with Charles [director Charles Martin Smith], who’s really a brilliant guy and a pleasure to be around, working with the rest of the cast, being at CMA [Clearwater Marine Aquarium], all of those things really contributed to this being, I’d probably say, the best filming experience I’ve ever had. It was just great.

And people really like it. What’s interesting to me is as you go through your career in the entertainment business, new people are being born and growing up and becoming teenagers and young adults and a lot of the people that came to know me through Dolphin Tale, they have no idea that I do anything else— but it’s not a bad thing. It’s cool.

QUESTION: Is that because you’ve been doing more in front of the camera and less in music?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: Not really. I’m still making records and touring and stuff. If you happen to cross somebody’s path in a certain way, Dolphin Tale reached a lot of people, but maybe those people don’t go see me on tour, buy my records or watch TV or anything like that. So, I’m not doing any more acting than I was doing 20 years ago, but it kind of ebbs and flows with regard to how people are introduced to you, you know.

QUESTION: Harry, one of the things I love about this movie it shows our interdependency—animal life, human life. What it is you take from Dolphin Tale?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: My trainer tells me all the time, when I’m complaining, ‘Oh, I don’t want to do another set or whatever.’ He always says, ‘No mind. Just do it. Just be quiet and do it. You’re going to get through it; you’re not going to die. Don’t think about it. Just do it.’

And there’s something about Winter… Obviously, she’s not a human being, so she doesn’t think about things the way we think about them, but it is what it is. This is what life gave her, and there’s something inspirational about watching a creature that has a mind that’s different in the way that we know it. This is the cards that were dealt to her, and what else you going to do?

Life is really like that, as we all know. There are certain things that are just wonderful about life and certain things that are not wonderful. And what are you going to do about it? You have to accept things with grace and with dignity and move through them. And that’s something that you’re reminded of when you see, especially Winter. I call it DWI – ‘Deal With It.’ [Laughs]

QUESTION: Is it easier to step in the shoes of a character you’ve already played? What is the preparation process for you on this film?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: Well I did a pretty considerable amount of research the first time around, because I really wanted to know who this guy was. The second one was, obviously, much easier, because I had done it before. What was really strange is that it was almost the exact same set of circumstances as the first one. I mean, even the volunteers at CMA were pretty much the same, same set, same city, same cast. So, it was very easy to kind of remind myself of what that was.

But for the first one, I went and interviewed marine biologists and marine veterinarians, just anything I could to try. I watched how they looked. But the second time was a lot easier.

QUESTION: At the end of the film, you see a lot of the actual footage of the events that are pretty accurately portrayed in the film. How much were you trying to remain accurate? And where did you have room to embellish and make it your own?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: Well, this is really Charles Martin Smith’s area. He is a brilliant, brilliant guy. And every single nuance of what happened in real life was thoroughly considered with regard to how it was going to be dramatized in the film. Nothing was not fully considered. So, that’s really about him as a character. You knew you were working within the realm of what’s on the page. Was I able to manipulate things and do things? Sure. He’s a great actor’s director, too.

But that’s really him. Many times, I would say I didn’t know what happened in real life and what didn’t happen, and he was extremely knowledgeable about every detail. Because as an actor you need to understand everything. So I’d say, ‘Did this happen?’ He’d say, ‘Oh, yeah,’ or ‘No, this happened.’

Sometimes you’d be on set and you wouldn’t know who was hired as an extra or a cast member and who was actually on the scene when it went down. We’d be standing out in the water with people with CMA costumes on or the kind of costumes with gear, and many times they were the people who actually did the rescue work. Sometimes they would be actors or whatever, but it was a weird kind of altered reality.

But that’s Charlie. He did a great job with that. It’s really hard to do, too. It’s easy to chalk it up as a family film, but it’s very complex to walk that line between what really happened and what didn’t.

QUESTION: Were you in attendance at the wrap party in 2011 when Hope was rescued?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: Oh, yes, I was. That was crazy because we had been through this wonderful emotional journey with the entire filmmaking experience and with the animals and stuff. W were at the wrap party and there was this bustling and people were coming in with cell phones and pictures of Hope, who had been rescued. It was just another nod to that weird line between what really happened and making movies, because as we’re celebrating the wrap of the film, 24/7, these guys are still doing what they have to do.

They’re not messing around. I mean, this is a religion to these people. And it’s just constantly going on. That’s something that I hope continues to get out to people that see the movie. It was crazy, the fact that they did it, and then, a couple years later, when I saw the script, I said, ‘Man, I don’t know about doing this. What you going to do?’ I mean, how could you possibly tell the story in a different way? And then I read it and thought, ‘Oh, wow. It’s really cool.’ So that was an exciting night.

QUESTION: Did anybody toss around the idea of a sequel that night?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: No. I remember when I first heard it, Broderick [Johnson], one of our Alcon producers, said, ‘They’re talking about doing a second one.’ And I actually laughed. I said, ‘Man, you’ve got to be kidding.’ I thought it was a joke, really. And then I read the script and I’m like, ‘Holy crap.’ Charlie is , really smart, man. I mean, this is, in some ways, better than the first one, I think.

QUESTION: Did you offer any advice to the kids in the movie, Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: They’re incredible, and I love them very much. I love both of them and know them really well. And Cozi, who’s a very serious musician and very talented, we have a great relationship because she wants me to critique her. And I do. It’s not about being hard on her, but it’s just about being honest. She’ll say, ‘What do you think about this?’ And I’ll say, ‘Listen, I think this is great, and here’s what I think you need to work on.’ And she’s like a sponge. I mean, she’s so brilliant, so smart, and I’ve told her before, ‘I’m not being tough on you. I just don’t want to waste your time. I want to tell you what the real deal is.’ And she’s tough. She gets it. And she works on it.

QUESTION: She sounds good in that song at the end.

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: That’s the tip of the iceberg. She’s a musical freak. [Laughs] No, I’m serious. She is really a very touched young lady. You have no idea how talented she is. Crazy talented.

QUESTION: We understand why you came back. Why do you think everybody was so keen to get back on board for the sequel?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: I think it was just the incredible filmmaking experience. It really was. You can take the subject matter of the movie, you can break it down into scenes that you’re really looking forward to doing. But when you look at it like as a package deal, you have to get on a plane, you have to come down, you have to block out a big chunk of your life. It’s a time commitment. It’s a great thing, but it’s a lifestyle. And a lot of boxes have to be checked off before you say, ‘That’s really what I want to do. I want to be away from my family, I want to stay up until four in the morning, whatever.’ It’s a commitment to make.

But it was such a great experience. It was just such a positive experience. That’s why everybody came back, because everybody loves each other. It’s a beautiful part of the world. You’re talking about a subject matter that everybody can relate to. So, it’s just a great experience.

QUESTION: Did you get in the tank with Winter?

HARRY CONNICK, JR.: Yeah. That was cool. And swimming with the dolphins versus really interacting with Winter and the other animals was a completely different thing. I have done that before like in situations where you can go and be in the same vicinity as them, but when you’re actually working one-on-one with Winter, it blows that other stuff away.

DOLPHIN TALE 2 IS AVAILBLE ON BLU-RAY AND DVD ON 16TH FEBRUARY 2015

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To celebrate the release of What If? on Blu-ray and DVD, we have a Q&A with Daniel Radcliffe.

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Daniel Radcliffe stars in the refreshingly hilarious WHAT IF?, where boy-meets-girl, but in this instance the girl already has a boyfriend. This Valentine’s Day, don’t miss the heart-warming comedy that takes on the classic romantic quandary of whether men and women can ever really be “just” friends, as WHAT IF? arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on 9th February 2015, courtesy of Entertainment One.

This uplifting story features stellar performances from Daniel Radcliffe (The Harry Potter Saga, Woman In Black) as medical school dropout and single man Wallace; Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) as Wallace’s best friend Chantry; Rafe Spall (Life Of Pi, I Give It A Year) as Chantry’s long term boyfriend Ben; Adam Driver (Inside Llewyn Davis, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Wallace’s roommate Allan; and
Mackenzie Davis (That Awkward Moment) as Allan’s girlfriend Nicole.

WHAT IF? follows the life of Wallace (Radcliffe), a medical school dropout who has been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner, Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Kazan), an animator who lives with her long term boyfriend Ben (Spall).

Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. But there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder: what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?

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Daniel Radcliffe has been acting since the age of 9, when he played the young David Copperfield opposite Maggie Smith in the BBC’s 1999 adaptation of the classic Dickens story.

But it was in 2001, when Radcliffe was cast as the titular boy wizard of HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE that he became an internationally recognised movie star. Eight feature films, adapted from the seven novels by JK Rowling, were to follow, grossing more than $7bn at the global box office.

With roles in DECEMBER BOYS and MY BOY JACK Radcliffe proved he was no one-trick pony. But it was his 2007 turn on stage – in Thea Sharrock’s West End revival of Peter Shaffer’s play EQUUS – that established Radcliffe as a serious young actor. Then 17, Radcliffe earned rave reviews for his haunting turn as Alan Strang, a role that required him to disrobe. The actor was nominated for a Drama Desk award for Best Actor when the play transferred to Broadway in 2009.

Since the final chapter of HARRY POTTER was released, Radcliffe has shown an extraordinary range and talent for choosing diverse projects. His first post-POTTER role on the big screen was in James Watkins’s feature film adaptation of the classic ghost story THE WOMAN IN BLACK. With a script by Jane Goldman, Radcliffe’s performance helped THE WOMAN IN BLACK earn more than $125m globally.

Radcliffe brought three films to the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. He starred as Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas’s KILL YOUR DARLINGS; played the role of Ig in Alex Aja’s adaptation of Joe Hill’s HORNS; and starred opposite Zoe Kazan in WHAT IF, from Elan Mastai’s script and directed by Michael Dowse.

On stage, he starred in a revival of the musical hit HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING on Broadway, and played the title role in Martin McDonagh’s THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN in the West End. He will reprise his role when the production relocates to Broadway in April 2014.

He has just completed work alongside James McAvoy in a retelling of the FRANKENSTEIN story. Ahead of the cinema release of WHAT IF, Radcliffe sits down to discuss the film.

What shape was WHAT IF in when you joined? Was Michael Dowse on board as director?

Michael was very much on board, and when I got the script it came with a letter from him saying why he wanted me to play the part and why he thought I’d be good for it. And then I read the script and we spoke shortly afterwards. I became attached because I absolutely wanted to do it.

Then it was just a matter of finding the girl to play Chantry. We needed somebody that, as well as being obviously very charming and funny, was also really, really smart, because her character is. And Zoe Kazan is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met – forget just actress or actor, she’s one of the brightest overall. So that made working with her really easy, because she just responds to any and everything you can give her.

How long did the search take?

I don’t think there would have been more than three months between me becoming attached and us getting ready to start filming. So it was quite a quick process with this one, and once Zoe had read it and loved it – and she just had RUBY SPARKS coming out – there was no need to look anywhere else, obviously. She was our girl.

The script was on the Black List of hot screenplays – when it came to you was it in the shape it is now? Was it tailored much?

It was pretty much in the same shape that it is now. The only differences were that, at one point, the latter part of the film that takes place in Ireland was supposed to take place in South America. But Ireland is very friendly to films, so we switched it to Ireland. Other than that, it was very much the same. Little changes in terms of dialogue were made, but there were no major story changes or anything like that.

The moment I knew I was going to do the script was on page two, when Wallace is correcting Chantry on her pronunciation of a word, and I was just like, “Ah, I’m that guy.” [laughs] I definitely responded to that a lot.

I responded to how clever it was and how much heart it had also. There’s always a danger in films like this that it can end up being 90 minutes of people being witty with each other, amounting to something a little bit soulless, and actually our film does have a huge amount of soul. I really think it’ll make you very happy. It’s a happy-making film when you leave it, which is a hard thing to do without resorting to cheap tricks.

Despite what happens between Chantry and Wallace, the film seems very clear that of course men and women can be friends. How do you think it strikes that balance?

That’s the thing about the film, because I think there are two separate issues. Because of this film, people have started asking me whether men and women can be friends. And of course the answer is yes. I’m friends with lots of women who I have no intentions to sleep with. There is also the question of whether men and women who are incredibly sexually attracted to each other can just be friends. That’s a much harder issue, and much more difficult to deal with. That’s the issue that is present in the film. I think it’s a very outmoded thing now – the idea that men and women can’t be friends. I think it’s fallen by the wayside now.

What were your first conversations with Michael like? Was it essential the two of you had chemistry?

Yes, and it was also about finding out what kind of film he wants to make. And that’s a hard thing to quantify or to talk about. Michael referenced a lot of other films. He was referencing movies like IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT and WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. They were big touchstones for us, because it’s all about how the relationships are built through banter, and through actually being kind of insulting to one another at first, and taking the piss.

We also talked about the way he wanted to make the film. Michael said he wanted to film a lot of these scenes in wide shots and just let the audience watch the characters rather than cutting into close coverage. He stuck to this beautifully – because normally directors say things like this and then it all goes to hell once they see a cooler shot. He does that a lot in the film – it feels like he tries to stay in the wide for as long as possible – so that rather than telling you what you need to see of these characters, he’s just observing the story. That’s the joy of this film: you get to observe the very intimate beginnings of a relationship in a really fun way and you get to live them vicariously again through these character.

Wallace is a med school dropout, which plays nicely into the film. Rom-com jobs often seem plucked out of the air; was it nice to have that specificity for him?

[laughs] Well, I think, for Wallace you could probably pick a job out of the air for him, to be honest, but with Chantry I actually really love that she’s a woman in a film with a job, and you see her doing her job a lot. She’s not just a girl who turns up and has loads of time to go around worrying about men. She has a job, which she has to go to. It’s not the point of the movie, it’s just a fact of the movie, and I think Elan Mastai is a very good writer who takes those kinds of things into account. Elan, by the way, is the guy who is kissing my ex-girlfriend in the film.

That said, the med-school dropout thing brilliantly comes to the fore a couple of times when people sustain injuries that he is suddenly expected to deal with.

He causes quite a few of them.

Yeah, actually, he does! That’s one of my favourite moments in the film, because it’s generally such a wordy film, and then we treat ourselves to this moment of utter slapstick halfway through.

It’s a real Buster Keaton moment.

Yes, absolutely. And it’s one of those great jokes like Peter Sellers spinning the globe. You know what he’s going to do – you know he’s going to put his hand on it and fall over. It’s a similar joke; just before it happens you know exactly what’s going to happen, and then it does and you still laugh. They’re the best kind. Why else would you have them open the window if someone wasn’t going to fall through it? It’s a great moment.

Adam Driver is off to Star Wars next. Is it hard keeping a straight face during takes with him?

Adam Driver is one of the most hilarious improvisers I’ve ever met. I don’t have extensive comedy experience, but some of the lines he was throwing out take after take after take, it was a real struggle. One of the things I got better at on this film was just learning not to laugh on camera, because he would regularly say stuff that would make me want to go. My favourite one, and I think it’s in the movie, was when he’s watching old people play Bowls and he shouts at one of them, “You couldn’t find that stone if it was in your kidney.” [laughs] He’s amazing, and a really interesting guy, as well. He was in the marines, he runs a charity organisation and he’s just a very interesting, smart dude.

What’s Toronto like to work in?

I filmed two films in Canada last year – one in Toronto and one in Vancouver – and they were both just a pleasure to work on. Canadians are really friendly and really polite. They’re everything their international reputation says they will be. I had a great time there. I ate really badly – lots of poutine, which is chips in gravy, cheese and bacon. It was a really fun place to work.

Talking of eating badly, one of the highlights of the film is the Fool’s Gold sandwich. Did you try it?

Fool’s Gold was amazing. For anyone that doesn’t know, it’s a very large sandwich with a lot of peanut butter, jam and bacon inside it, and it is delicious. They obviously made some on set for the montage in which it’s being made in the movie. And I don’t understand why, but me and one other guy were excited to try it and everyone else was being very healthy and, frankly, gutless about it. Everyone should have tried it. It was lovely.

You also went to Dublin with the film?

I got to go across to Dublin, for one of shooting. I just got punched down some stairs and then had to run a bit. It was lovely to be there though – it’s always a pleasure to go to Ireland and Dublin’s a great city. Dublin has a brief cameo, but it really is shown beautifully in the film. This film uses the locations it has really well. That was a lovely shoot, and I got to work with the wonderful Oona Chaplin, who got to step over me and make sure I wasn’t dead. And get punched down stairs by Rafe Spall.

What If? is available on Blu-ray and DVD now, courtesy of Entertainment One.

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