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Over the weekend I started to read Stephen King’s new book, 11/22/63: A Novel. I’m not very far into it, as King writes long and I like to luxuriate in his enjoyment at having a story to tell and his great affection for his characters. And also, I have things to do.
It’s a time-travel story, and so far it’s set in 1958. I was five years old then (King was 11), and some of my memories of that time are clear. As he describes children playing in Maine, I remember what it was like for me in Ohio.
We played Cowboys and Indians, Cops and Robbers. We played House, and School. None of us had Barbies yet, but we had stuffed animals so we could play Zoo. We made mud pies. We played Kick the Can and had squirt gun fights (see above re: Cowboys and Indians, »
- Mike Gold
The gang here at the Doctor Who podcast for Sound on Sight wrap up our look at Christmas Secials past with the swan song of both the Rusell T. Davies and the David Tennant era of Who. Join Eric Mendoza, Lindsay Wood, Beverly Brown and Derek Gladu as we review the 2009 two parter “The End of Time.”
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- Derek Gladu
To recap, the network ordered the 90-minute pilot back in the spring of 2010. It was filmed in September in Toronto and, in December, Syfy decided to pick up Alphas instead, and to tweak Three Inches into a half-hour because the two were conceptually similar.
Six months went by with no news, and then in July word came from James' Fb page that Syfy would not be giving Three Inches a full season, but that the pilot would air eventually. Well, that's tonight.
Here is the synopsis, from ScienceFiction.com:
In Three Inches, professional daydreamer and underachiever, Walter Spackman (Noah Reid) is struck by lightning, and develops a unique “super” power — the ability to move any object using just his mind… but only a distance of three inches. »
While it has been known for quite some time that Matt Smith would continue playing the Doctor on Doctor Who during the seventh series, the recent announcement that the current companions, played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darville, would depart after Series 7 has brought in to question whether Smith will leave as well. It certainly is a natural thing to wonder, with the previous Doctor leaving after four years on the job. However, Smith dosen’t appear to be having the same feelings David Tennant had when he was the Doctor.
According to Metro, Smith admitted on The Graham Norton Show that he has no plans to leave Doctor Who, saying he loves playing the Doctor and would continue past Series 7. He is sad that Gillan, his best mate, will be leaving, but feels her story has pretty much reached its conclusion. »
- Brody Gibson
Companions Amy and Rory may be on their way out on "Doctor Who," but the Doctor himself says he has no plans to leave the show anytime soon.
Matt Smith was a guest on "The Graham Norton Show" over the weekend and told Norton that he won't be following Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, who play Amy and Rory on the series, out the door. Executive producer Steven Moffat said earlier this month that the Ponds would leave at the end of the next season, and the Doctor would find a new companion.
Smith, on the other hand, says he's "very happy to stay. I love it and love making the show."
"I'll miss Karen because she's my best mate," Smith adds. "She's mad as a box of cats, but she's a firecracker."
Smith is under contract for 14 more episodes of "Doctor Who," which will likely take the show through »
Forgive the obvious introduction, but: the Doctor is in, and will remain in for the foreseeable future.
Following the news that Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill - Amy Pond and Rory Williams, respectively - will be exiting Doctor Who after its upcoming 11th season, star Matt Smith was asked about his status on The Graham Norton Show this week and replied:
"I am very happy to stay. I love it and love making the show."
Smith added that he's very sad to see Gillian go, but he's known about her departure for "awhile" and "there comes a time when a story reaches its conclusion, and the essence of the show is that it constantly reinvents itself."
But it won't have to do so without its main attraction, not any time soon: Smith will appear in at least 14 more episodes of the BBC smash, which will carry him through the beginning of 2013 at the earliest. »
- email@example.com (TV Fanatic Staff)
Just because The Doctor's companions are saying farewell, that doesn't mean Doctor Who's titular character will be going through a regeneration anytime soon.
Following the news that Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, who play companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams, would exit the show after the upcoming season, 11th Doctor Matt Smith set the record straight on whether he'd be following them off the series...
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- Natalie Abrams
British drama had an ambitious but somewhat uneven year – while the Scandanavians produced a surprise hit. But what were your favourites?
It would be pushing it to suggest that 2011 was a landmark year for drama but viewers were certainly not badly served, with some fine new work emerging from both the UK and abroad.
In Britain, BBC2 led the field, in part thanks to the much-trumpeted extra investment that gave us The Crimson Petal and the White, The Shadow Line, The Night Watch and The Hour. A line-up that the BBC should rightly be proud of, but perhaps placed too much emphasis on.
Of that line-up, it was The Crimson Petal that played best for me, with Romola Garai capturing my attention as Sugar far more than she did as The Hour's Bel Rowley. Lucinda Coxon's adaptation of Michael Faber's novel was beautifully judged, with Chris O'Dowd a revelation as William Rackham. »
- Vicky Frost
Well, folks, 2011 is officially in the can, and surprisingly it wasn't such a horrendous year. It was definitely better than 2010, which was a huge step up from the putrid 2009. We laughed, we applauded, we were left dumbstruck, and of course we were infuriated. Read on for our cheers and jeers!
Now, with a fresh movie-watching start before us, we're taking our usual yearly look back at the good, the bad, the Wtf, and everything in between.
And don't be lazy by just reading along! Get off of your asses and give us your lists in the comments section below. We wanna hear from you if only to compare notes. Lots and lots of notes.
Speaking of notes, the most common complaint we've heard over the years is that we don't have one definitive list representing Dread Central as a whole so for 2011 we dropped everyone's choices in the blender, hit puree, »
- Uncle Creepy
"Doctor Who" is still a Christmas tradition in the United Kingdom, but definitely not as much as it used to be. "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe," which guest-starred popular character actress Claire Skinner, captured just 8.9 million viewers, according to preliminary figures released by the BBC. While that may have made it the third most-watched program in Britain on Christmas Day, it shows a definite decline in Christmas specials for the franchise in recent years. Although the numbers are still early and are subject to change, the latest "Doctor Who" outing finished 27 percent behind last year's "A Christmas Carol" with Harry Potter's Michael Gambon. The audience was 11 percent smaller than those who tuned in to see David Tennant's penultimate episode "The End of Time" in »
Do you think you're a "Doctor Who" super fan? You say you have all the sonic screwdrivers out there and you yell "Geronimo" at every opportunity? You call perplexing situations all "wibbly wobbly timey wimey" and tell people that "bow ties are cool." Well, all that put together is still not enough to rival one Glasgow fan who turned her house into a Tardis.
For you non-Whovians, Tardis stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space. It's the vehicle with which the Doctor travels through time and space and is shaped like a 1960's blue police box. It's also what the door to Erica Quinn's home looks like. Mirror reports that she even matched the paint color from the original police box that still exists at the corner of Glasgow's Botanic Gardens, not far from her home.
In addition to the Tardis door, Quinn has life-sized cardboard cutouts of the »
Six days ago one of England's tabloids got some attention fwhen they ran a quote attributed to Dame Helen Mirren, the 67-year-old actress of The Debt, Red, Prime Suspect and Best Actress Oscar-winner for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. Why? Because she wants to be the main Time Lord in Doctor Who.
"I would like to play the new female Doctor Who. I don't want to just be his sidekick," Mirren is quoted as telling the gossip section of The Daily Star. Strangely enough even for a tabloid, there's no accompaning background story for the Mirren quote; it's just there, published by the paper, with no reason given as to why Mirren was talking about her interest in Doctor Who.
I had hoped that once the story was picked up and travelled around the Internet, someone would follow up with Mirren and find out more. Alas, »
- Patrick Sauriol
In the sixth season of the current Doctor Who series, the eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) return to find lots of new thrills, incredible monsters, and pulse-pounding adventures.
The first seven episodes were broadcast during the spring of this year and the season finished in October. For the first time, some of the episodes were shot in the United States.
The season continues the story from series five, investigating the mysterious Silence that caused the Tardis to explode. The guest cast includes Suranne Jones, David Walliams, Hugh Bonneville, Mark Sheppard, James Corden, and Simon Callow -- returning in his role as Charles Dickens after six years.
Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series has been released on DVD and includes all of the thrilling episodes. The six disc set also includes additional scenes, »
Third year in a row that the BBC1 soap has been the most-watched Christmas Day television programme
Despite much speculation that Downton would take the Christmas ratings crown when the two went head to head at 9pm, EastEnders won the battle with a dose of the traditional Albert Square yuletide revelation and explosive tragedy.
It was the third year in a row that the BBC1 soap has been the most-watched Christmas Day television programme.
The increased competition from ITV meant that EastEnders viewing figures were down on last year from 11.4m to 9.9m.
It is believed to be the first time since records began that the top-rated Christmas television programme has failed to break the 10m viewers mark.
Before the rise of digital channels, more than 20 million regularly tuned »
- Tara Conlan
Chicago – The holidays are a perfect time to remember some of 2011’s great entertainment events, and one of them was the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, which took place August 11th-14th. Celebrities such as Anthony Michael Hall, Lou Gossett Jr., LeVar Burton, Peter Tork and Bruce Campbell were there.
HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce turned his lens to the event, and captured the following slide show. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.
Comicon1: Anthony Michael Hall, star of ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘Sixteen Candles’ Comicon2: Mimi Rogers of ‘The Rapture’ and ‘World Poker Tour’ Comicon3: Oscar Winner Lou Gossett Jr. of ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ Comicon4: Vivica A. Fox of ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Comicon5: Hey, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
I’m having a good case of writer’s block today.
You know how a few weeks ago I talked about what it’s like to be a writer? One thing I didn’t mention was the awfulness of staring at a blank screen – or a blank piece of paper for those who still use a typewriter, and yes, they are out there – without a clue in the universe of what you’re going to write about.
That’s when procrastination sets in.
After a half-hour, or maybe even an hour, of sitting at the computer and absolutely nothing is coming, I suddenly realize that the bathroom really needs to be cleaned. I gather up the Comet Bathroom Cleaner and the Sos and go to it, attacking the bathtub and the toilet, the sink and the floor. I Windex the mirror. Then I decide to rearrange the shelves. Then I »
- Mindy Newell
Happy Holidays, Whovians!
Man, it feels like it’s been a while even though “The Wedding of River Song”, the last episode of the sixth season of Doctor Who aired in October. And it looks like it’s going to be a long time before the seventh season airs in both the United Kingdom and the United States — in late 2012, if we’re led to believe — and with less Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill). Things are a-changing in the Tardis.
In the meantime, Steven Moffat and company were kind enough to churn out another Christmas special — entitled “The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe” — to tidy us over until next Fall. And while the episode wasn’t as masterful as last year’s “A Christmas Carol” — It Starred Michael “Professor Dumbledore” Gambon For Goodness’ Sake! — it still packed an emotional wallop that was on par with many of »
- Mo Fathelbab
Doctor Who, 2011 Christmas Special, “The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe”
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Farren Blackburn
Aired Christmas at 9pm (Et) on BBC America
This week, on Doctor Who: The Arwell family’s Christmas present from the Doctor goes predictably awry
Since its return in 2005, Doctor Who has established a tradition of its yearly Christmas specials. They’ve been varyingly successful over the years, with 2010’s excellent twist on A Christmas Carol the clear standout of the bunch. This year, showrunner Steven Moffat put a Whovian twist on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and, while certain elements work well, the episode’s lack of character development and unearned sentimentalism bring down its promising premise.
One of the biggest problems with the episode is its lack of focus or narrative throughlines. After a brief prologue establishing the family, both before and during the war, we shift to following the Doctor, »
- Kate Kulzick
Each year, Doctor Who fans receive a very special gift underneath their proverbial television viewing tree – and this year is no exception! For the second time since taking the series over from Russell T. Davies, Moffat presents us with his interpretation of what a Doctor Who Christmas special should be.
While Davies gave us fantastical adventures like “Voyage of the Damned”, “The Next Doctor”, and David Tennant’s two-part sendoff “The End of Time,” Moffat made the decision when taking over the series, to transition these seasonal television events into programming that celebrates the surrounding holiday fare – which is contrary to Davies’ proclivity towards attempting grand-scale storytelling, of which their success often varied from year to year.
This year’s Christmas special, “The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe,” which is loosely based on C.S. Lewis’ fantasy ...
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- Anthony Ocasio
Even a murder trial couldn't blight Christmas for one ordinary country-house family
Ah, it is Bates's big moment in Downton Abbey (ITV1, Christmas Day): his murder trial. Things haven't gone well. Many of the household members who have come along to help the defence, or just to lend support – "the bucking-up brigade", as Mrs Isobel Crawley calls them – have got themselves into a frightful muddle and ended up basically testifying against him. Mrs Crawley was one letter out. And now the jury finds him …
Guilty! The judge puts on the black cap, Bates is to be taken to a place of execution where he will be hanged by the neck until he's dead … Oh, happy days! If anyone deserves to be hanged by the neck until he's dead, it's Bates. Ok, so perhaps not for the murder he almost certainly didn't commit, but for his insufferable decency, and for being a sycophantic little worm. »
- Sam Wollaston
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