'The Day of the Doctor' - the BBC sci-fi drama's 50th special - was described by the writer as "the first step on the next journey, guaranteeing the 100th anniversary".
"Matt [Smith] and David [Tennant] got on so well and their interaction on-screen is a sublime double act," Moffat said.
"It was eye twisting at times. You don't quite realise how these two men have become hard wired into your brain as the Doctor."
"John is... one of the most distinguished actors this country has produced and has now become part of Doctor Who mythology," he hinted.
'The Day of the Doctor' will be simulcast globally and »
Titan Comics has announced a world-first English translation of the acclaimed French comic Snowpiercer in a pair of graphic novels hitting stores in early 2014 ahead of the Us release of the film. We have details and an early look right here!
Written by the late Jacques Lob, winner of the Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême, and Benjamin Legrand, the author of numerous thriller novels, screenplays, and comic scripts, Snowpiercer is illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette, who has worked across a variety of projects and genres, from science fiction comics to children’s cartoons – including adaptations of Voltaire’s Candide and Homer’s Odyssey.
Look for Snowpiercer Volume 1: The Escape on January 29, 2014, with Volume 2: The Explorers following on February 25, 2014.
The thrilling original graphic novels have been adapted into an astounding new film directed by Joon-ho Bong (The Host), starring Chris Evans (Captain America), Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World »
- Debi Moore
The decision of some Swedish cinemas to vet what they show using the test should be applauded with caution – its creator had satire in mind, and its enforcers may yet be motivated by money
With its excellent health care, superb state-sponsored child-minding provision, and greener-than-Kermit environmental policies, Sweden is practically a metonym for social progressiveness; the canary in the coalmine for putting politically correct policies into practice. It therefore comes as no surprise that cinemas in Stockholm are the first in the world to make gender representation a factor in an unofficial ratings system, pledging to give an A rating to films that pass the Bechdel test. So should feminists and other folk of a liberal minded persuasion round the world be throwing their copies of The Second Sex in the air with joy, and blessing the Swedes' hand-knitted socks?
The Bechdel test was invented in the mid-1980s when »
- Leslie Felperin
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 7 Nov 2013 - 07:02
Our journey through the half-remembered, underappreciated films of the 1990s continues. Here, we look to 1997...
Dominated by the box office behemoth that was James Cameron's Titanic, 1997 was a year of high drama and outlandish special effects. The Lost World: Jurassic Park brought with it a new batch of genetically revived dinosaurs, George Lucas dug his original Star Wars trilogy out of the cupboard and added new (controversial) computer-generated sequences, while Nicolas Cage and John Travolta did impressions of one another and fired guns in John Woo's delirious action movie, Face/Off.
It was a varied year for movies, for sure, particularly by 21st century standards; it's difficult to imagine a British feel-good comedy about amateur male strippers (The Full Monty) getting into the year's 10 highest grossing films these days. But among all those winners, there had to be some »
I cannot wait to see Gravity. James Cameron has said it is the best space film he has ever seen and, seeing how successful the film has been in the Us, I’m inclined to believe the mad old solo-submarining geezer. From the moment I saw the first trailer for it before The Wolverine back in August, there has been no film I have anticipated more. Except The Hobbit, but that’s a given and can therefore be excluded.
The concept of characters stranded in space with nothing but their space suits to protect them from the void outside fascinates me. I love films in which a single character or a small group of characters become isolated and trapped in a seemingly inescapable situation, as they allow for an exploration of the human nature in an honest and realistic way that other films cannot. These films range from the positive and uplifting, »
- Tom Durbin
The Rome film Festival (November 8-17) is once again offering on-stage conversations ("Movie Talks") with an impressive list of actors and directors. This year Jonathan Demme, Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Spike Jonze, John Hurt, Álex de la Iglesia and Italian comedian Checco Zalone will meet the audience, and get the chance to talk about their relationships with cinema, commenting on their most significant film scenes and answering questions from the audience.Full schedule below.Saturday, November 9 - 4pm Sala PetrassiJohn Hurtmoderated by Sandra Hebron and Mario SestiJohn Hurt, amazing protagonist of four decades of cinema, has been directed by Alan Parker (Midnight Express, 1977), Ridley Scott (Alien, 1979), David Lynch (The Elephant Man, 1980), Michael Cimino (Heaven's Gate, 1980), Sam Peckinpah (Osterman Weekend, 1983), Gus Van Sant (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, 1993), Robert Zemeckis (Contact, 1997). He also starred in big budget productions such as, Harry »
- Beth Hanna
This week sees the UK release of Gravity. Written and directed by Alfonzo Cuarón, the mind behind Children Of Men, Gravity stars A-listers Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The film has been both a box-office and critically acclaimed success.
The film joins Dr Ryan Stone (Bullock) on her first space expedition aboard the Space Shuttle Explorer. Ryan is joined on her mission by veteran astronaut Max Kowalski (Clooney). The two person crew encounter problems whilst completing a routine spacewalk to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
All the commotion about the film has got us at Thn thinking about all things space-related. Yesterday James Story contemplated the idea of space itself and how it is portrayed within the world of film. Today I take us through some of the more iconic space explorers all of which started their journey on Earth.
Captain Steve Hiller
As Seen In: Independence Day.
Played By: Will Smith. »
- Kat Smith
‘In space no one can hear you scream’ is arguably the most memorable tagline in film history. Taken from Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror Alien (1979), it describes the isolation and futility that man is faced with when staring in to the abyss that lies beyond our planet. Gravity reinforces this maxim in its opening titles, which state ‘space is impossible’. However, director Alfonso Cuarón’s film will leave you with so little air in your lungs that you may have trouble breathing let alone screaming. Such is its immersive nature.
Much has been written about the technological innovation behind this tale of a rookie astronaut struggling to survive after being set adrift in space. Yet for all its effects wizardry – which aids in putting viewers within the film, especially through the expert use of point-of-view (Pov) shots – Gravity offers a relatively simple take on the human will to endure in the face of tragedy. »
The wait is over! After countless festival screenings and a blockbuster debut Stateside, Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity is finally initiating its landing sequence for UK shores. The Sandra Bullock-George Clooney thriller has already been declared the greatest space film ever made by a certain James Cameron, and it's following in a long line of movie masterpieces that have embraced the infinite celestial darkness.
Digital Spy takes a look at 9 space movies we think are essential viewing ahead of Gravity's release on November 8. Before you read on, it's best to establish the ground rules: these are all films that in some way feature men, women or robots of Earth exploring space. Star Wars is strictly fantasy so doesn't make the list and Moon misses out because, well, it mostly takes place on the moon!
Our pre-Gravity recommendations (in no particular order) and where to watch them are as follows. »
With Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender currently on the promotional trail with his all-star crime thriller The Counsellor, it’s reignited talk of a sequel to his Alien prequel Prometheus. Earlier in the week we learned from Scott that the film was in the process of being written. A new draft is being penned by Transcendence scribe Jack Paglen. Now the question has been put to Fassbender about a return as demented droid David and a re-teaming with the legendary director, which is expected to commence production once his biblical epic Exodus and Blade Runner sequel are out of the way.
Check out Fassbender’s surprisingly excited response:
Source: Yahoo! Movies UK
The post Fassbender Welcomes ‘Prometheus 2′ Delay appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Craig Hunter
Hot off the release of his futuristic take on classism in Elysium, Neill Blomkamp’s (pictured above) Chappie has started gathering it’s cast. Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital are producing the new sci-fi flick that’s already begun production in South Africa. Today we have a nice little synopsis and casting round up for you. Picture this:
After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot.
Very interesting indeed! And here’s the line up! First up we have (pictured above from left to right) Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) and Sigourney Weaver (Alien) in our major (unnamed) lead roles along with Dev Patel (The Last Airbender).
- Jess Orso
I don't know how many times I've recommended people buy the Alien Anthology on Blu-ray, but it consistently goes on sale at Amazon and it is a truly fantastic set (read my review here) and it's again on sale today at Amazon for only $19.49 (buy it here). The set, of course, includes Alien, Aliens, Alien3 and Alien Resurrection plus loads of bonus features. Here's a snippet from my review of the set: I can't find anything bad to say about this release. I don't have a single complaint or concern. Fox has put together an impressive package that will not only stand out on your shelf, but simply shimmers on your screen. I would wager very few people will have the stamina to get through all of the bonus material in the first month of ownership, giving you plenty to come back for when you somehow manage to pull yourself away from the films themselves. »
- Brad Brevet
Follow-up to much-hyped sci-fi blockbuster now finished, according to director of original film
• Prometheus: ten key questions
Scott, 75, said the script by Jack Paglen was finished and described his return to science fiction on the 2012 film as a "great experience". "Prometheus 2 is written," he said. "I have already got the next two films ready to go. That will be 2014, 2015."
"I thought I'd left science-fiction for too long, that I had better climb back in. Prometheus was a great experience for me. Chasing number two, we can start evolving the grand idea."
- Ben Child
The good news, as revealed by Scott in an interview with Empire, is that Jack Paglen is finished with the screenplay for Prometheus 2. The bad news? Ridley's not going to get around to making it until 2016, at the very earliest.
"Prometheus 2 is written," he told Empire. "[But] I have already got the next two films ready to go. That will be 2014, 2015…"
What does this mean? It means that Scott has got a lot on his plate right now, and he simply has no room for Prometheus 2 at the moment. For now, we're just going to have to wait. A long, long time.
Scott will produce again through his Scott Free banner though »
- John Squires
It’s that wonderful, frightful, cool and creepy time of year again, when everything including the leaves on the trees are dying and our taste buds are craving sugary sweets and pies made from the guts of our jack-o-lanterns. It’s October, which means Halloween is nearly upon us! Get you costumes completed, your home haunts constructed and your candy collected for trick’r treaters, because you have to make time to watch some of the scariest movies this time of year.
In an effort to assist you in your cinematic scare-fest, we’ve come up with a list of the scariest movies to watch on Halloween… with one caveat. We have excluded virtually all “slasher” flicks. Why? Well, let’s just say we all know them, we all love them on some level, but really… don’t we all want something more in our scary movies? In honor of »
- Movie Geeks
Ridley Scott’s back on form with more ambiguous and disheartening news. Speaking with Empire, the tired director confirmed that the sequel to Prometheus has already been penned and that there’s really nothing we can do to stop it now:
Scott didn’t clarify when it might move into production so it could be a while before we get the sequel to the clumsy Alien tie-in that no-one is eagerly awaiting. He spoke instead about two new projects set for 2014 and 2015, one being the biblical epic Exodus:
“I have already got the next two films ready to go. That will be 2014, 2015…”
As well as those two upcoming features, Scott mentioned that another unnecessary sequel was in the works in the form of Blade Runner 2:
“Yeah, we »
- James Byiers
Looking for suggestions of what to watch this Halloween night? Well, the Internet Movie Database may just have the exact recipe you're looking for to add a heaping helping of spooky to your evening!
"Not long after the Rubik's cube was introduced to Americans came this tale of a different kind of puzzle box, the kind you really don't want to solve...or open. While the creepy Cenobites promise their victims eternity in a world of pleasure, pain and suffering, we only get see the pain and suffering part of that guarantee, underscored by the demon Pinhead's assurance that, in his words, "We'll Tear Your Soul Apaaaaart."
2. "The X-Files" episode "Home"
"There are many episodes of "The X-Files" that will keep a person up at night, but "Home" took the show's queasiness factor to new levels of ickiness by liberally playing with the horror trope of backwoods murderous maniacs. »
- Uncle Creepy
What was your first time like? Relax, I’ll go first to make things easier. I was eleven and staying over at a friend’s house for the night. That was the night I enjoyed my first horror movie – Salem’s Lot.
My buddy and I were worried the noise from the television might get too loud and bring his mom into the room and that would have ended our entertainment for the evening. So we had the volume on very low, which meant we had to get very close to the TV.
We tucked our legs underneath the cart the TV was sitting on and leaned in to watch David Soul and company get very suspicious of the newcomer that had come to town with our backs leaning against the bed. We both played it tough when the vampire action started up. Granted, the floating Danny Glick tapping on »
- Steven Gahm
Between the release of his latest film The Counselor, TV movie The Vatican, his biblical epic Exodus, the Untitled Blade Runner Sequel, and a multitude of producing projects, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Ridley Scott had forgotten all about his plans for a sequel to last year's Alien prequel Prometheus. Well, he hasn't.
Speaking at a press conference for The Counselor, Scott briefly touched upon the sci-fi sequel, starting that, "Prometheus is being written right now. Number two." The last we heard screenwriter Jack Paglen (Transcendence) was penning the script, while both Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past) are expected to return as Elizabeth Shaw and the android David search for answers from the Engineers.
Despite a mixed reception from fans and critics, Prometheus was a solid hit at the box-office, pulling in just over $400 million globally, and has »
- Gary Collinson
While we anxiously await the return of Spooker Washington and his Halloween picks this year, IMDb (the 'self-proclaimed' authoritarian voice on movies and TV) have revealed their top 13 must-see movies and TV episodes to watch this Halloween, as selected by their own team of experts. From sinister classics like Hellraiser (which we included in our own classic horror movies list), The Shining and Alien, to family fare like It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, the diverse list covers a spectrum of genres and tones. Also included among the (un)lucky 13 are episodes of The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as a documentary on the history of witchcraft called Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages*. And if that wasn't enough, our own Spooker Washington has chimed in with alternative picks in case you've already seen these.
Not long after the Rubik's cube was introduced to Americans came »
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