It's Offical: Matt Smith Leaving Dr. Who After 2013 Christmas Special
It's official. Matt Smith is leaving Dr. Who after the 2013 Christmas special. The BBC reports that Smith, who is 30, has decided it's time to hang up his sonic screwdriver. Matt took over from David Tennant, who played the 10th Doctor and was our favorite doctor of the new series.
Matt said in a statement: "Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show. I'm incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I'm incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years."
"Your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number 11, who I might add is not done yet - I'm back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special. "It's been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the Tardis for a spell with 'the ginger, the nose and the impossible one'. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys. Matt."
Show runner Steven Moffat issued a statement praising Matt's portrayal of the 11th doctor saying, "Every day, on every episode, in every set of rushes, Matt Smith surprised me. The way he'd turn a line, or spin on his heels, or make something funny, or out of nowhere make me cry - I just never knew what was coming next."
Moffat continued, "The Doctor can be clown and hero - often at the same time - and Matt rose to both challenges magnificently. And even better than that, given the pressures of this extraordinary show, he is one of the nicest and hardest-working people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Whatever we threw at him - sometimes literally - his behaviour was always worthy of the Doctor."
Let the speculation begin. Who will be the next Doctor to pilot the TARDIS around the universe?
Posted on June 1, 2013
Actress Jane Levy talked to Empire magazine about Evil Dead. Evil Dead won its weekend and went on to make over $54 million in theaters. Jane says it was the most physical and hardest job she thinks she'll ever have. She says it was "like torture." She says the makeup was so intricate they had to do touch-ups between sets. She says it was much tougher than her role as Tessa Altman on the comedy Suburgatory by "light years." Take a look:
Photo: Kristy Griffin/Evil Dead LLC
Posted on May 26, 2013
SFWA Announces 2012 Nebula Award Winners
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the winners of the 2012 Nebula Awards. The winners were announced at a banquet held in San Jose, Calif. Kim Stanley Robinson won the novel award this year for 2313. Here is a list of the winners:
Posted on May 21, 2013
Trailer for Riddick Starring Vin Diesel and Katee Sackhoff
Here is the trailer for Riddick starring Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable and Katee Sackhoff. It has taken forever for the third movie in the series to appear, but it's finally hear. The series began with Pitch Black (2000) and The Chronicles Of Riddick (2004). This third film is is written and directed by David Twohy, who helmed the last film. Richard B. Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-soaked planet that appears to have no life. Naturally, it's filled with predators. Knowing that his only way off the planet is to lure in some mercenaries who want to capture him he activates his emergency beacon. The mercs show up, but get more than they bargained for. Take a look:
Photo: Universal Pictures
Posted on May 15, 2013
Trailer for NBC's Dracula Starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
Here is the trailer for the new NBC drama Dracula which stars Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Victoria Smurfit, Thomas Kretschmann, Jessica De Gouw, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Nonso Anozie (Xaro Xhoan Daxos on Game of Thrones), and Katie McGrath (Morgana on Merlin). The producers of Downton Abbey tackle the myth of Dracula in this British co-production. Rhys-Meyers plays Dracula who arrives in London in the 19th century pretending to be American entrepreneur Alan Grayson who wants to bring modersn science to the Victorian age. But really, he's there to destroy those that killed his love years ago. When he meets a woman that appears to be the reincarnation of his lost love, things get tricky. The production values look lavish and we'll be interested to see where Daniel Knauf (Carnival) takes us. Take a look:
Posted on May 13, 2013
Zach Galifianakis Stars in SNL's Game of Game of Thrones Skit
Zach Galifianakis plays of diehard Game of Thrones fan in SNL's Game of Game of Thrones skit. Zach dressed up as a dragon for the role. Zach's character Duncan does not get the questions he expected. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister) even made an appearance in the skit. Take a look:
Photo: Dana Edelson/NBC
Posted on May 6, 2013
Pacific Rim WonderCon Trailer Released
Guillermo del Toro has shared some new footage of Pacific Rim. The film was originally intended only for WonderCon. Guillermo del Toro writes, "This was originally intended for only WonderCon, but after listening to so many of you asking for more of the movie online, I think it's time for me to show you more footage. Enjoy, my friends!"
The trailer shows humanity initially failing to fight off the enormous alien menace, even with the Jaegers, massive robots operated by human pilots. The film will arrive in theaters on July 12. Take a look:
Posted on April 30, 2013
Willie Nelson Auditions for Gandalf in The Hobbit 2
Ian McKellen is the last actor one would consider replacing in the Hobbit films, but here is Willie Nelson auditioning as Gandalf for The Hobbit films in a video from Conan. Nelson alters some of Gandalf's famous lines. Willie then says, "So that's it Peter. You can hire me and fire that Ian McKellen guy. He's a good actor, but hell I'm Willie Nelson."
Take a look:
Posted on April 29, 2013
New Star Wars Movie Every Summer Starting in 2015
Disney is planning to unleash numerous Star Wars films after acquiring Lucasfilm. Comingsoon.ent reports that Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm announced at CinemaCon in Las Vegas that they plan to launch a new Star Wars film every year starting in 2015. The films will alternate between episode films from the trilogy and standalone films. The standalone films are expected to focus on a single character. How long they continue to make new Star Wars films every single year probably depends on box office and disc sales.
J.J. Abrams is directing the first film, Star Wars: Episode VII, which arrives in theaters in summer 2015. Rolling Stone reports that Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill had all signed on for a new film before the sale to Lucasflim.
Posted on April 22, 2013
2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist Announced
The shortlist for the 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award has been announced. Here is the list:
The U.K. science fiction award is presented for the best science fiction novel of the year. It selected from a shortlist of novels whose UK first edition was published in the previous calendar year. The winner of the award will be announced Wednesday, May 1st at Sci-Fi-London.
Posted on April 16, 2013
Brian Francis Slattery Wins 2013 Philip K. Dick Award
Lost Everything by Brian Francis Slattery is the winner of the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award. The award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for a science fiction novel published in paperback original form in the United States. The announcement was made at Norwescon 36, in SeaTac, Washington. Lost Everything is a post-apocalyptic thriller is published by Tor Books. The setting is a future America that has been savaged by war and climate change.
Lovestar by Andri Snær Magnason (Seven Stories Press) was awarded a special citation. You can see the full list of nominees here.
Photo: Tor Books
Posted on April 11, 2013
Trailer for Carrie Starring Chloe Grace Moretz
Here is the full length trailer for Carrie starring Chloe Grace Moretz. The film is a remake of the 1976 classic film version of the Stephen King novel about a girl whose telekinetic powers cause full blown destruction at a truly epic high school prom. In this version, Julianne Moore plays Carrie's mentally unstable, religiously obsessed mother. Judy Greer, Ansel Elgort, and Alex Russell also star. The theme of bullying in high school resonates just as much today as it did in 1976. The original is a great film. Certainly the special effects will be better in this version. The film hits theaters on October 18th. Take a look:
Photo: Sony Pictures
Posted on April 5, 2013
George Takei Announces Role in New Star Wars Film
George Takei announced on his Facebook page that he has been case in the new Star Wars film. He also shared a picture of himself holding a lightsaber.
Friends, I am thrilled to announce that I'll be starring in the Star Wars reboot directed by JJ Abrams. I'll be playing Master Ceti Maru, a member of the Jedi High Council. The new film, entitled "Star Wars: Galactic Empire," is greenlit and will begin filming sometime early next year. It is truly a moment for The Star Alliance. Thanks to all my fans for their decades of support
Takei posted the message today, which is April Fool's Day, so he may be fooling everyone. We think he should be cast in the film as a Jedi.
Photo: George Takei
Posted on April 1, 2013
Oblivion Featurette: the Creation of the Bubble Ship
In this featurette from the Oblivion set director Joseph Kosinski talks about building a full bubble ship for the film. stars Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko filmed their scenes in the full ship, as well as in a separate, rotating cockpit which they used for the flight scenes. The cockpit rotates and moves like a real ship: the back of the ship and the outside environment are then added in using cgi. The ship was constructed, then disassembled and sent to the set, where the crew had to reassemble it. That looked like quite a task. Take a look:
Photo: Universal Pictures
Posted on March 29, 2013
Shatner Fights the Gorn in Awesome New Ad For Star Trek Game
NAMCO Bandai Games just released an awesome new ad for the new game, Star Trek: The Video Game. The Gorn are the main adversaries in the game, so it made perfect sense to have Bill Shatner star in the ads. Shatner is playing the new game and complains that he keeps getting killed. The camera pans out to see who he's playing with -- it's the original Gorn from the classic episode "Arena." They reenact their original fight choreography -- only a bit slower as they are getting on up there in years. It's hilarious. In the game, the Gorn are much scarier than a guy in a lizard costume. But the original is still pretty cool. The games hits stores on April 23, 2013 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Take a look:
Photo: Paramount Pictures Corporation
Posted on March 28, 2013