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While speculation rages about how much substance there is to talk of a big screen Doctor Who movie, we've decided to offer our casting services...
Settle down, now. Give your gnashing teeth a rest, and just admit that even if the prospect of Harry Potter director David Yates doing a big-screen reboot of Doctor Who drives you to distraction, you've still thought about it. Admit that you've considered who the Doctor would be in a big Hollywood-backed reboot.
Completely disregarding the argument about whether a new cinematic continuity is a good idea or not, any Whovian is going to have considered the idea before yesterday's scoop. As we're obviously all agreed that Christopher Walken should voice the Daleks (because that would be incredible), we've rounded up some of our favourites to take on the controls of the Tardis.
There are a few caveats to the list, naturally. It wouldn't be »
Fans hungry for updates on The Hobbit, the upcoming prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, director and co-writer Peter Jackson has been made the production process as transparent as possible, having released three production video blogs so far on his Facebook page.
The latest video focuses on the 3-D aspect of the prequel, which will arrive in two-parts — 2012's An Unexpected Journey and 2013's There and Back Again. While this is certainly the most technically-focused blog that Jackson has released so far, there's also footage of Martin Freeman (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Office) as Bilbo Baggins, the role he takes over from Ian Holm, and Elijah Wood viewing playback footage in 3-D while dressed as Frodo. There's also footage of Hugo Weaving as Elrond, as well as Ian McKellen dressed as Gandalf with the entire company of dwarves.
Next Showing: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens Dec. »
- Ryan Gowland
 One of the killer features in Apple's new iPhone 4S is a virtual personal assistant program named Siri. The new software, which is built into the core operating system, allows users to ask questions or create tasks using natural speech. The engineers at Apple have also included a bunch of cool Easter eggs in the results. For example, when Siri is asked “What’s the best phone?” it says, “Wait… there are other phones?” or when a person says "I love you" to Siri, she responds, "I hope you don't say that to those other mobile phones, [Name]". When you ask her what her name is, she responds "My name is Siri, but you already knew that." If you ask who made Siri, she responds "Like it says on the box, I was designed by Apple in California." And this is only the beginning of a list of funny responses that »
- Peter Sciretta
A new UK poster and red-band (restricted rating) trailer have been sent over.
Here's the official description.
When the world's most irresponsible babysitter takes three of the world's worst kids on an unforgettable overnight adventure through the streets of New York City, it's anyone's guess who's going to make it home in one piece.
Starring Jonah Hill (Knocked Up, Get Him To The Greek) and Sam Rockwell (Moon, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), The Sitter is a new level of twisted and debauched hilarity from the director of Pineapple Express, David Gordon Green.
- David Bentley
The man known to his mum as Dante Smith will start calling himself Yasiin next year
Mos Def is to retire his long-time performing alias at the end of this year. "It's time to expand and move on," the rapper said, explaining that he will start calling himself Yasiin.
"I'm actually doing it," Mos Def told MTV. "That's it. Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated over the years, it's a name that the streets taught me, a figure of speech that was given to me by the culture and by my environment, and I feel I've done quite a bit with that name. [But] it's time to expand and move on."
This is a big change for the musician and actor, born Dante Smith. Even his earliest releases, as a member of Urban Thermo Dynamics, most definitely bore his nickname. "Yes, Mos Def is the handle," he »
- Sean Michaels
When British actor Martin Freeman (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Office) was cast as Bilbo Baggins in director Peter Jackson's two-part adaptation of The Hobbit, it seemed like a great move for the Lord of the Rings prequel. Jackson recently revealed to The La Times that, while Freeman wasn't the only actor who auditioned for the role, there was "simply nobody else" who could play the part.
[Freeman] is fantastic and there is simply nobody else for the job. We couldn’t find anyone who was better than him. He is simply fantastic.
Freeman is so good, apparently, that Jackson was willing to schedule in a month long break in production, a break documented in Jackson's second video blog about the shoot. During that "break", Freeman went back to England to act in another series of Sherlock for the BBC (co-starring with Benedict Cumberbatch, who will also feature »
- Ryan Gowland
Martin Freeman must be perfect for the role, because Peter Jackson maneuvered his filming schedule to accommodate the actors other gig a role in BBC Sherlock series. Jackson filmed as many scenes that didn't include Bilbo during that span, but once that well had run dry Jackson shut down the film for several weeks til Freeman could get back to the New Zealand set. American audiences are familiar with Freeman as he had a key role in Love Actually and the starring role in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. And now he will be taking on the role of Bilbo Baggins, which was played by Ian Holm in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. But don't worry about Ian being replaced by Martin, Ian will be making a cameo in the film. Peter Jackson:“He is fantastic and there is simply nobody else for the job. We couldn »
Hothead Games has announced that it is creating an interactive Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Previously thought to be a game based on Douglas Adams's works, the studio is instead creating an interactive version of the guide itself. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy promises to include all of the important information on towels, vogons, Milliways, Babel Fish and Pan-Galactic Gargle
Blasters that one should need in daily intergalactic travels. "We really focused on taking existing Guide entries and presenting them in a new, (more) »
- By Scott Nichols
We have an exclusive clip from Pyscoville. Pyscoville is a horror comedy that was a smash television hit in the UK and was nominated for the British Comedy Award.is now making it’s way to the Us. Psychoville will premiere on Fearnet August 2, 2011 at 10:30 Pm Est. The series will continue to air on Tuesday nights at 10:30pm. Psychoville stars: Reece Shearsmith (Shaun of the Dead ), Steve Pemberton (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and Daniel Kaluuya (Johnny English Reborn). Pyscoville has a diverse set of 5 characters that are from different parts of England and will have to confront >> »
Composer for many television comedy shows and half of the cult duo Raw Sex
Simon Brint, who has taken his own life aged 60, was a composer and the musical interpreter for a generation of comedians. He was also half of the cult comedy duo Raw Sex, and a celebrated nonconformist. Although he was never particularly happy in the limelight, he was known to many through the music he composed, for television comedy – a long list of shows, including The Comic Strip Presents ..., French & Saunders, Bottom, Absolutely Fabulous, Alexei Sayle's Stuff, The Lenny Henry Show, The Ruby Wax Show, The Mary Whitehouse Experience and A Bit of Fry & Laurie; for the long-running drama series London's Burning and Monarch of the Glen; and even for Blue Peter, a reworking of the theme tune that was used on the show between 1989 and 1994.
It was while he was working regularly at the Blitz »
Most geeks know the number 42 as Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything in Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. And if that's the case, Jackie Robinson is the Ultimate Question. Robinson was the first African American Major League Baseball player and is the only player to have his number, 42, universally retired throughout Major League Baseball (at least it will be when Mariano Rivera stops saving games for the Yankees) as well as his own day celebrated throughout the sport. He is one of the most important sports figures in history and his struggle and triumph is ripe for dramatization. Legendary Pictures, hot off another rousing financial success with The Hangover Part II, has announced that they're working with the family of the sports and civil rights icon on an official biopic based on Robinson's life that will be written and directed by Brian Helgeland. »
- Germain Lussier
Do you know where your towel is? Have you spent any portion of today walking around with a towel? If so, I received some potentially very exciting news in my email inbox this morning. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, Don't Panic. Hothead Games has just announced that they're working on a new game based on Douglas Adams' beloved "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" book series. Surely great news for you froods out there.
Ok, so maybe you're so unfortunate that you've never read "The Hitchhiker's Guide." All this talk of towels and froods might have your eyes going criss-cross, so here's a quick explanation: Douglas Adams' series – which began as a BBC radio broadcast and was later adapted into five books, a mini-series, and movie – is one of the single greatest bits of science fiction ever created. The primary story follows the intergalactic exploits of Arthur Dent, »
- Matt Clark
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is being adapted into a video game by Hothead Games. The Canadian-based development team, which is known for its library of digital releases, will be working with Megadodo Publications to bring the Hitchhiker's game to life. A press release for the title did not reveal a launch date or platform details, but said that it "will be available not only on your planet but also (more) »
- By Liam Martin
The lovable silliness of Douglas Adams has an enduring appeal that will keep people looking for their towels for years to come
Do you know where your towel is? If so, you're a hoopy frood, my friend. If not, don't panic. You had better find it quickly, because today is the 10th Towel Day, on which fans carry around towels in honour of the late science fiction great Douglas Adams.
If that sounds strange to you, well, you clearly don't spend very much time around science fiction fans. Towel Day is a reference to Adams's much-loved The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series and books, in which we learn that a towel is the single most helpful item an interstellar traveller can possess, useful as a weapon, blindfold or sail, for a start. There's a curious but unassailable logic in the thinking that "any man who can hitch the »
- Chally Kacelnik
For any J.R.R. Tolkien enthusiast, Facebook has - in recent months - become a Shire to their humble demands. Not only has the social media giant become a first port of call for rumour, speculation and general fan-based chat but, thanks to The Hobbit's director - Peter Jackson - it has become the holy grail of up-to-date content. In a move that is sure to have the Twitter generation positively seething, Jackson is using his Facebook page to update fans and press alike to the latest developments of his Hobbit adaptation, earning him a cool 262,904 followers in the process.
To date, Jackson has revealed some of the film's biggest changes on the Facebook page - from his decision to shoot in 48fps (as opposed to the industry standard of 24) right through to his regular addition of cast members, with the likes of Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy film, »
Rapper/actor Mos Def is the latest piece of casting to join Showtime's upcoming season 6 production of 'Dexter'. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Mos Def -below ('Be Kind, Rewind', 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy') will join the cast along with the previously announced casting of Colin Hanks ('King Kong', 'Untraceable') and are both set to play baddies! Yep that's right folks, Hanks is set to play a character named Travis, 'Dexter's main nemesis and a highly intelligent ancient artifacts expert who is linked to a series of grisly murders in Miami.'. And Mos Def will be playing 'a hardened ex-con who claims to have found religion yet seems to continually find himself surrounded by violence. Dexter will reveal the truth of who he really is.' I for one love the series and cannot wait for for season 6! »
With his quirky sense of humor combined with a unique take on life in outer space, Adams remains on our list of all-time favorite science fiction novelists. In honor of his memory, we've decided to take a look back at Hollywood's best attempt to bring his best-selling book to the big screen: the 2005 adaptation of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
Though it's not a universally adored adaptation -- though there's something appropriate to that fact -- we'd be lying if we said we didn't appreciate the effort involved with "Hitchhiker." After the jump, we'll tell you everything we loved about that movie, from saving "The Hobbit" to making Alan Rickman cute and cuddly.
Let's face it, »
- Terri Schwartz
'Lost' serial by Hitchhiker's Guide author will be published next March
Adams wrote three series of Doctor Who in the late 1970s, when he was in his twenties and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was first airing as a BBC radio comedy. Shada was intended as a six-part drama to finish off the 17th season, with Tom Baker in the role of the Doctor.
The story features the Time Lord coming to Earth with assistant Romana (Lalla Ward) to visit Professor Chronotis, who has absconded from Gallifrey, the Doctor's home planet, and now lives quietly at Cambridge college St Cedd's. (The Doctor: "When I was on the river I heard the strange babble of inhuman voices, didn't you, Romana?" Professor Chronotis: "Oh, probably undergraduates talking to each other, »
- Benedicte Page
"The Hobbit" was quickly becoming one of those projects that would only exist in Middle Earth's oral history. Everything was going so smoothly in 2008 when Guillermo del Toro stepped up to direct the proposed two "Hobbit" films. Two years later, he jumps ship, and it became a studio mess, with financers MGM in a state of near-bankruptcy. Finally, Peter Jackson stepped up to direct, everything again in place, the money finally realizing itself, a 2011 start date...and then what happens? The man gets a perforated ulcer.
Well, Gandalf can finally stop shaking his fist at the sky -- according to Peter Jackson's Official Facebook Page (via FilmShaft), "The Hobbit" is officially in full swing, and to prove it, the director has posted two pictures of himself in a very familiar Hobbiton location.
The two films have yet to be officially announced or named, but we do know they will »
- Matt Patches
Normally, the landmarks and accomplishments memorialized in this space focus specifically on events within the United States, but today is different, mostly because there's an excellent excuse to post the awesomely adorable video below. On this day in 1999, Blur took the number one spot on the album chart in the United Kingdom with 13, netting them their fourth number one in the U.K. in the '90s. Only two other artists managed to match that feat: R.E.M. and, inexplicably, Simply Red. It's a great notch in the belt for Blur, especially considering their early decade rivalry with Oasis (who probably would have had four chart-topping albums in the '90s if they only were able to get it together enough to release four albums).
13 was Blur's follow-up to their huge self-titled album from 1997, which contained the still-massive hit "Song 2" (or, as it's known in football stadiums all over the world, »
- Kyle Anderson
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