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Doctor Who: the film careers of Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi

4 June 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Alex's series looking back at the film careers of actors who've played the Doctor finishes with Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi...

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Read the previous part in this series: the film careers of Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, here.

By 2009, the new version of Doctor Who had become not only an integral part of Saturday night television and a huge Christmas ratings winner but also an international success all over again. David Tennant, who had played the Time Lord since 2005 and was, arguably, more popular than any Doctor since the mighty Tom Baker hung up his scarf in 1981, had announced his resignation from the part he loved in October 2008. Many wondered how the incoming showrunner, Steven Moffat, would follow Tennant and what kind of show would emerge.

Tennant spent much of 2009 on stage in Hamlet and was only able to devote small amounts of time to Doctor Who. Occasional specials »

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Win a Copy of The Machine Along With a Signed Poster

26 May 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The official Blu-ray and DVD release of Caradog James' The Machine is heading our way, and right now we have your chance to score a Blu-ray copy of the film along with a poster signed by star Caity Lotz. Get to clickin'!

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at contests@dreadcentral.com including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end on at 12:01 Am Pt on June 16th.

The Machine will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on June 17, 2014.

Toby Stephens (Die Another Day), Caity Lotz (The Pact, "Arrow," "Mad Men"), and Denis Lawson (Star Wars, Local Hero) star.

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Britain is in a Cold War with a new enemy, and the Ministry of Defense is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) provides the answer with his creation, »

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Original 'Star Wars' Actor Turns Down 'Episode VII,' Says It Would Have 'Bored' Him

13 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Star Wars: Episode VII" is set to feature a bunch of familiar faces from the original trilogy, including Luke (Mark Hamill), Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han (Harrison Ford), R2-D2 (Kenny Baker), C-3Po (Anthony Daniels), and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew). But one actor who played a supporting character in the series claims he was asked to join the new trilogy -- and turned down the part because he was bored by the concept.

Denis Lawson, who played X-Wing pilot and Rebel leader Wedge Antilles in "Star Wars: A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi," revealed in a new interview that filmmakers did indeed reach out to him about reprising his role for "Episode VII," but he wasn't interested.

"I'm not going to do that," Lawson told the U.K.'s The Courier when the subject of "Star Wars" was broached. "They asked me but it just would have bored me. »

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Original 'Star Wars' Actor Turns Down 'Episode VII,' Says It Would Have 'Bored' Him

13 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Star Wars: Episode VII" is set to feature a bunch of familiar faces from the original trilogy, including Luke (Mark Hamill), Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han (Harrison Ford), R2-D2 (Kenny Baker), C-3Po (Anthony Daniels), and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew). But one actor who played a supporting character in the series claims he was asked to join the new trilogy -- and turned down the part because he was bored by the concept.

Denis Lawson, who played X-Wing pilot and Rebel leader Wedge Antilles in "Star Wars: A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi," revealed in a new interview that filmmakers did indeed reach out to him about reprising his role for "Episode VII," but he wasn't interested.

"I'm not going to do that," Lawson told the U.K.'s The Courier when the subject of "Star Wars" was broached. "They asked me but it just would have bored me. »

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Star Wars 7: Wedge Antilles actor declines 'boring' return

13 May 2014 3:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Star Wars actor Denis Lawson has revealed that he turned down an appearance in Episode VII.

The actor - who played X-Wing fighter pilot Wedge Antilles in the original trilogy - declined an offer to reprise his role in Jj Abrams's hotly anticipated sequel.

"I'm not going to do that," Lawson told The Courier. "They asked me but it just would have bored me."

Lawson - who is uncle to prequel trilogy star Ewan McGregor - has previously said he would only be interested in a role that was larger than his original appearances.

The actor's career has mainly focused on television, including stints on Holby City and Parade's End.

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker are confirmed to be returning to Disney's sci-fi franchise, along with several newcomers including Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Andy Serkis.

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Denis Lawson turns down Wedge Antilles return for Star Wars: Episode VII

12 May 2014 11:31 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last month, Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams gave us a taste of which returning characters we can expect to see when we return to a galaxy far, far away in 2015 for Star Wars: Episode VII, announcing that Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) will all be back for the first chapter of Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy.

There are of course a few noticeable absentees from the last – see Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian – and while we can probably expect a few more returnees, one character who definitely won’t be back is Wedge Antilles, famed X-Wing pilot and veteran of the attacks on both Death Stars. Despite suggesting recently that he’d be up for a return in an extended role, if the script and price were right, actor Denis Lawson – uncle »

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Wedge Antilles Not Coming Back for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

12 May 2014 3:53 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Denis Lawson has had a long career as an actor, but he's probably best known to most as Wedge Antilles, a Rebel pilot that appeared in all three of George Lucas' original Star Wars films. Of course, it isn't as if Wedge is a character often discussed, which makes writing about him a little odd, especially dedicating an entire headline to his character whom we've now learned won't return to the play the character in Star Wars: Episode VII. So why write about himc Well... Lawson was actually approached to reprise Wedge once again in the new film to be directed by J.J. Abrams though he tells The Courier, "I'm not going to do that... They asked me but it just would have bored me." Personally, I find that interesting. There are no other reasons given for why he passed, but I have to assume it wasn't a large »

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Wedge Antilles Actor Says He Passed On 'Star Wars 7,' Lando Calrissian Appears In 'Star Wars Rebels' As Consolation Prize

12 May 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Wedge Antilles is perhaps one of the most beloved minor characters in the original “Star Wars” universe. The rebel pilot and friend of Luke Skywalker appeared in all three of the original George Lucas films, survived the original successful attack on the Death Star, the defense of the Rebel base on Hoth, and along with Lando Calrissian piloting the Millennium Falcon, was one of the lead pilots instrumental in taking down the Death Star for a third time in “Return Of The Jedi.” Presumably he got promoted and was one of the Generals later on once peace was restored to the galaxy. So will he appear in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII”? Nope, and that’s by choice. Evidently someone in the 'Episode 7' camp reached out and asked actor Dennis Lawson, who played Wedge in the series, if he’d like to return/show up in the new series. »

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Wedge Antilles Not Returning To "Star Wars"

12 May 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

It looks like one of the minor players in the original "Star Wars" trilogy will Not be coming back.

Denis Lawson, who played Rebel Alliance pilot Wedge Antilles in all three of the original films, has revealed that he will not be returning for J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII".

The character has earned a cult following over the years, and in fact Abrams offered Lawson a part. However, the actor turned down the offer. He explained to The Courier:

"I'm not going to do that....They asked me but it just would have bored me."

Lawson, who reprised the role in a 2001 "Star Wars" video game, had previously stated he would only return for 'Episode VII' if he was offered a substantially bigger role than his part in the first three films.

Lawson has another connection to the "Star Wars" universe - in real life his nephew is »

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The Machine Running Perfectly at Home

12 May 2014 1:24 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The official Blu-ray and DVD release of Caradog James' The Machine is heading our way, and we have a look at the home video artwork. Press the power button, sit back, and hope that this automated terror delivers the horror goodies!

The Machine will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on June 17, 2014.

Toby Stephens (Die Another Day), Caity Lotz (The Pact, "Mad Men"), and Denis Lawson (Star Wars, Local Hero) star. Look for more on this one soon!

Synopsis

Britain is in a Cold War with a new enemy, and the Ministry of Defense is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) provides the answer with his creation, ‘The Machine’ - an android with unrivaled physical and processing skills. When a programming glitch causes an early prototype to destroy his lab, McCarthy enlists artificial intelligence expert Ava (Caity Lotz) to help him harness »

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Wedge Antilles Won't Return in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

12 May 2014 12:50 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While Star Wars: Episode VII will reunite Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia on screen for the first time in over thirty years, another important member of the Rebel Alliance has declined to appear in the film. Sorry, Wedge Antilles fans, but actor Denis Lawson does not want to participate in the sequel.

Denis Lawson appeared in all three original Star Wars movies, helping destroy the Death Star in 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, defeating the At-ATs on Hoth in 1980's Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, and leading Lando Calrissian to victory during the climactic fight at the end of 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. The character has a huge cult following, and is considered an important part of the overall story arc. Director J.J. Abrams wanted Denis Lawson to return as part of the ensemble cast, »

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Wedge Antilles Won’t Be Back For ‘Star Wars Episode VII’

12 May 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

When Return of the Jedi ends, the whole gang is there: Luke, Leia, Han, Lando, Chewbacca, C-3Po, R2-D2, even Hayden Christensen, via the “magic” of Special Editions. There’s also a very special X-Wing pilot: Wedge Antilles, played by Denis Lawson. The Rebel pilot has been with the Rebellion longer than most of the main characters, […]

The post Wedge Antilles Won’t Be Back For ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ appeared first on /Film. »

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Film Review: ‘The Machine’

23 April 2014 10:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British sci-fier “The Machine” lands somewhere between “Blade Runner” and “Her” as a portrait of near-future humanity developing, and possibly being displaced by, beings of artificial intelligence. Closer to “Her” in its musing on human/machine connectivity, while also incorporating the dystopian and action-thriller aspects of “Blade Runner” and its ilk, albeit on a much smaller scale, the pic will divide fantasy fans, some of whom will give it props for breaking somewhat from genre formula, while others will be disappointed by the largely budgetary limits of its imagination. Its theatrical opening April 25 on one Los Angeles screen (following its Stateside VOD launch), amid a gradual international rollout, will serve best in raising awareness for home-format sales.

Opening text informs that a new Cold War between China and the West has resulted in “the deepest recession in history.” While the proles presumably starve (we never see much of the outside »

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The Machine Attempts to Reboot Sci-Fi A.I.

22 April 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

The perils of creating artificial intelligence have long been a sci-fi preoccupation, and The Machine brings little new to the subject save for an ominously ambiguous conclusion about the consequences of making computers more advanced than their human masters.

In a future marked by a cold war between China and the West, "genius" scientist Vincent (Toby Stephens) searches for a way to cure his brain-damaged daughter via his government research injecting implants into injured soldiers. When his colleague Ava (Caity Lotz) is murdered, he resurrects her as an android whose dawning consciousness offers hope for Vincent's little girl but strikes villainous bigwig Thomson (Denis Lawson) as a pesky obstacle to turning robo-Ava into a servile killing machine.

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The Machine | Review

21 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Imitation of Life: James’ Sci-Fi Thriller Plumbs Dark Recesses of A.I.

While its ingenious ideas are sometimes marred by obvious budgetary limitations, director Caradog W. James’ second feature, The Machine is a highly enjoyable and brooding sci-fi flick in the philosophical vein of Blade Runner, with a smattering of other similarly minded or styled classics, such as Lang’s Metropolis heavy on its mind. Even though it sometimes looks like a film that seems tailor made for the Syfy Channel, James still manages to create an appropriate atmosphere with its cavernous, dimly lit underground bunkers. An arresting and ambient score reminiscent of Vangelis and early John Carpenter is complimentary to its simple yet hypnotic spell.

In the not too distant future, the UK seems to be languishing in the throes of the preapocalypse as the Western world is heavily engaged in a Cold War with China. The government »

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Exclusive Clip from the Sci-Fi Thriller The Machine

17 April 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

We've got a fun clip from an extremely cool-looking sci-fi film called The Machine to share with you today. We posted a trailer for the movie a few months back, which you can check out here in case you missed it. The clip we have features a team of programmers testing out some advanced prosthetics on a man who is given new arms and hands.  

The film was written and directed by Caradog W. James and stars Toby Stephens, Caity LotzDenis Lawson, Sam HazeldinePooneh Hajimohammadi, and John Paul Macleod.

Set in the near-future Britain, two computer programmers fall in love as they create the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence, designed to help humanity. But things go terribly wrong when the British Government steals their breakthrough and teaches it to become a robotic weapon. 

The movie is currently available on VOD and will be released in theaters April 25th! »

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The Machine Movie Review

17 April 2014 3:05 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: The Machine Director: Caradog W. James Starring: Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson Running time: 91 Minutes, Rate R, In theaters 04.25.14 Vincent (Toby Stephens), a reclusive computer programmer is running a sham competition, promising a huge grant to any programmer that can come up with a form of artificial intelligence after his own program to rehabilitate soldiers with brain injuries fails with horrific results.  A woman named Ava (Caity Lotz) comes to him with her own design, a program that is self aware. After being told the grant is actually a job interview, she decides to take it anyway. Together they form a bond and he popes they  [ Read More ]

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'The Machine' Clip: Ava Learns to Dance | Exclusive

14 April 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Set in the near-future Britain, two computer programmers fall in love as they create the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence, designed to help humanity. But things go terribly wrong when the British Government steals their breakthrough and teaches it to become a robotic weapon. The Machine is written and directed by new filmmaker Caradog W. James and stars Caity Lotz in a breakthrough role as "Ava" the machine alongside Toby Stephens as the other computer programmer. Check out our exclusive clip, where Ava learns how to dance, then be sure to see the movie in theaters April 25.

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The Machine comes to theaters April 25th, 2014 and stars Caity Lotz, Toby Stephens, Sam Hazeldine, Pooneh Hajimohammadi, »

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‘The Machine’ Review

24 March 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Toby StephensCaity Lotz, Sam Hazeldine, Denis Lawson, Lee Nicholas Harris, Pooneh Hajimohammadi, John Stylianou, Sule Rimi | Written and Directed by Caradog W. James

Robots fascinate us, just think of a movie or book that looks at the nature of robotics and you’ll be able to come up with at least one.  The Machine is a film that appears to focus on robots, and one of the main characters is in fact just that.  Underneath this though is an interesting look at Artificial Intelligence and the question of when does a machine become classed as a living being?

With the UK and China stuck in a cold war where the race for technological supremacy is the key to gaining advantage two doctors are given the task to build an artificial intelligence capable of being self-aware.  Vincent (Stephens) and Ava (Lotz) attempt to create this for the good of humanity, »

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Starred Up, Labor Day, Yves Saint Laurent: this week's new films

22 March 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Starred Up | Labor Day | Yves Saint Laurent | Gbf | The Robber | The Machine | Salvo | The Unknown Known | A Long Way Down

Starred Up (18)

(David Mackenzie, 2013, UK) Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend. 106 mins

We've seen enough prison movies to know the drill, but this is closer to A Prophet than The Great Escape – a bracing mix of brutal thriller, institutional critique and complex character drama. Conviction is key, both in the day-to-day details and the natural performances, particularly O'Connell – a young offender violent enough to be housed with the grown-ups, including his own father. It feels like things could kick off with every scene.

Labor Day (12A)

(Jason Reitman, 2013, Us) Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith. 111 mins

The Juno director tries nuanced domestic drama – and it doesn't really suit him. Erotic tremors are a given when Brolin's escaped convict shacks up with Winslet's lonely single mum, but you'll need to park your disbelief. »

- Steve Rose

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