Saturday, January 03, 2009

Doctor Who news: Matt Smith is the Eleventh Doctor. The 26-year-old British actor, who previously appeared with former Who companion Billie Piper in two telefilms based on Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart novels and an episode of The Secret Diary of a Call Girl, will be the youngest actor to portray the Doctor. He’ll appear in the final David Tennant special in early 2010 for a regeneration scene, followed by taking over fulltime in the fifth season later in the year.

I had really hoped that Paterson Joseph would get the role. New showrunner Steven Moffat and BBC Wales’ Head of Drama Piers Wenger obviously believe that Smith’s the right choice, and I’ll trust their judgment for now. Wenger is quoted as knowing Smith “was the one" as soon as he saw his audition, further saying “it was abundantly clear that he had that 'Doctor-ness' about him…you are either the Doctor or you are not." I’ll give Moffat and Wenger this, it’s a choice out of left field. The bookmakers and tabloids were completely off the mark.

As a fan since Tom Baker’s days as the Fourth Doctor, I’ve seen new actors come and go as the Doctor. I don’t think the BBC has made a wrong choice yet. Not even Colin Baker, whose Sixth Doctor was more a victim of questionable writing. I look forward to meeting the Eleventh Doctor (see photo below).


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What happens when you cross werewolves with Sex and the City? The FOX network is developing a television show about four female friends in the big city who happen to be werewolves. The title? Bitches. The creator of the show is X2 and Superman Returns co-writer Michael Dougherty, with former Pushing Daisies writers/producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts also involved in developing it.

After a court ruling that 20th Century Fox owns the film rights to Watchmen, the planned March release of the film is in question because it was produced by Warner Bros. Fox wants an injunction against the film being released by WB. I'm sure at some point a settlement will be reached giving cash and a cut of the profits to Fox, but I don't know how much of a delay that will create.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader looks like it won't get made any time soon after Disney pulled out its financial backing. This year's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian was deemed a box office failure after it brought in only half of what 2005's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe did. Walden Media will try to find another studio to back the third film.

For once it's not director M. Night Shyamalan's twist endings that are making people upset. His live action film Avatar: The Last Airbender is being criticized for replacing the Asian characters in the original animated series with an all-white cast.

The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress added several genre films to its list of culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films meriting preservation: 1933's The Invisible Man (directed by James Whale), 1957's The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (special effects by Ray Harryhausen), and 1984's The Terminator (directed by James Cameron).

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