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How exactly does one explain Torchwood? It’s a bit like Doctor Who’s grown-up, bawdy, gay cousin, the one who has outgrown ice warriors and is now more interested in playing with murderous purple sex gases, which should fully explain why we love it so.
Torchwood follows Captain Jack Harkness, the immortal, omnisexual, badass leading man of our fantasies; his dryly sarcastic, perfect boy toy Ianto; feisty, empathetic Gwen; and some other Ok people as they track down alien life on Earth and arm the human race against the future.
More than giving us the Jack/Ianto power couple, which would have been enough, I love Torchwood for its blend of the deep, the devastating, the exciting, and the completely ridiculous, for its understanding that there is as much value in over-the-top sex aliens as in legitimate explorations of the nature of death and for its comfort in mixing these ideas together. »
- Spencer Barnes
People just never learn. I mean never, man. No matter how many movies they see or how many stories they hear, they still trudge out into the jungle as if they have any business being there. Still, thank the video gods that they do. If not we'd be bored, and natural selection is so much fun!
Below you'll find the first set of stills and artwork for Adam Spinks' The Expedition, starring Ben Loyd-Holmes (Skyfall, "Da Vinci’s Demons," "Torchwood"), Neil Newbon ("Holby City," "Hollyoaks"), Sarah MacDonnell ("Secret Diary of a Call Girl," Montana), Ernesto Cantu (World War Z), and Daniel Caren (The Girl Is Mime, The Hike) as well as Simon Burbage (Pulp: The Movie) and Dolores Reynals.
A research team led by a renowned and respected professor embark on an expedition deep within the Amazon to study vulnerable and endangered species. However, after a series of strange events, »
- Uncle Creepy
Review Dave Adamson 2 Nov 2013 - 21:10
Has Atlantis reached a turning point? Here's Dave's review of its best episode yet...
This review contains spoilers.
1.6 The Song of the Sirens
The episode starts with plenty of flesh on show… belonging to Hercules, as he wrestles The Destroyer and, despite a valiant effort, is defeated by the man mountain.
Hercules, it seems, is still smitten on Medusa, much to the concern of Jason and Pythagoras. They fear it is a foolish dream and that his heart may be broken, through no fault of the oblivious girl. As they share these fears, they are unaware that it is they who are breaking Hercules heart, as he overhears every word.
The Oracle calls upon Jason, as her dreams foretell a danger that is approaching, a woman lurking in darkness. Meanwhile, Hercules seeks freedom from his feelings, taking the advice of a trader who sends »
London – Altitude Film Sales, the U.K. division of the British company set up by Will Clarke, will land at this year's American Film Market with five projects on its slate, including the big screen version of the BAFTA-winning TV hit Spooks. Named Spooks: The Greater Good, the big-screen version is produced by Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine Pictures and Kudos and is set to shoot in 2014. The film will be directed by Bharat Nalluri, the original director of the TV series, as well as primetime dramas (Torchwood, Hustle) and the Golden Globe-nominated HBO movie Tsunami: The
- Stuart Kemp
Feature Laura Akers 29 Oct 2013 - 07:00
A couple of years ago, I was wandering around San Diego Comic-Con when I stumbled across a signing going on at the California Browncoats table. There sat Jane Espenson - writer for wonderful treats like Buffy, Battlestar Galactica, Torchwood, and Once Upon a Time - with two young men. I sidled up to one of the guys and asked what the signing was for. Husbands, he told me, a webseries comedy about marriage equality.
The three of them agreed to an interview (how could I pass up an opportunity to interview Espenson on one of her new projects?) and we talked about their plans for the show they were just about to shoot. Set just after marriage equality becomes law across the entire United States (and thus still, »
We got a look at the first poster when it surfaced back in the spring. And we can now go one better with the first trailer to share, teasing plenty of action coming our way soon.
On Christmas Eve a group of ruthless masked terrorists kidnap the Prime Minister’s daughter, fortifying themselves in an underground car park rigged with explosives. Crack Sas operative Chris Lowe and his team are sent in and must take the building one level at a time.
Tom Benedict Knight (Kick-Ass 2) leads the cast alongside Simon Phillips (The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan), Christina Bellavia, Ewan Ross (The Fall of The Essex Boys), Ben Loyd-Holmes (Torchwood), Lorraine Stanley (London to Brighton), Kye Loren, and Zara Phythian (Alien Uprising).
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- Kenji Lloyd
The project takes place at the end of the Civil War and centers on Belle Barlowe (Ambrose), a mother of three who attempts to defend her family’s land by any means necessary. When the corrupt bank that runs their town pushes Belle into becoming an outlaw, the stakes become personal, setting off a chain of events that force her to question whether it’s better to be good or to survive. »
- Michael Ausiello
I’m still in utter amazement at Revolution’s turnaround.
"There Will Be Blood" continued to prove how different of an animal Revolution Season 2 is in comparison to the slow motion train wreck last season turned out to be.
Comedy, action, humor and drama seamlessly blended together in this entirely new show. No longer suffocating under the weight of its self-imposed mythology and territorially tensions, Revolution is now free to go back to telling emotionally compelling story with its unique premise.
Charlie, one of the biggest headaches of Season 1, is now a young woman full of funny quips, sarcastic glances - and a lot of butt kicking. She’s not quite up to speed with the hand-to-hand combat in comparison to her archery, but when lines as brilliantly scathing as the following come out of her mouth, it's all good:
Well, then you're even dumber than you look, which believe me makes you seriously dumb. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick McHatton)
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- Megan Masters
Longmire & The Glades
A&E's "Longmire" and "The Glades" wrapped their second and fourth seasons respectively with season best ratings. Neither show has been officially renewed as of yet.
"Longmire" closed with 4.4 million total viewers, up on the 3.7 million viewers the show has been averaging this season. "The Glades" closed with 3.4 million total viewers, up on the season average of 2.6 million viewers. [Source: The Live Feed]
Phifer plays Dre, a successful business mogul and clothing company founder who hires Marty (Don Cheadle) to help expand his empire. [Source: Deadline]
FX have confirmed an October 9th premiere date for the third »
- Garth Franklin
The official teaser for Zack Parker’s Indiana-produced indie chiller Proxy has hit the web courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. The film will have its world premiere at the 38th Toronto Film Festival as part of the Vanguard section on September 10th, 2013. The follow-up to the Parker’s critically acclaimed Scalene stars Alexia Rasmussen (Mary Not Seen), Alexa Havins (Torchwood), Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie’s Halloween) and Joe Swanberg (You’re Next). Longtime Tiff programmer Colin Geddes said: Be warned: Proxy begins with some deeply disturbing content, but this immensely challenging thriller will reward audiences who stick with it as it delves into very dark territory and confronts...
- Nick Martin
Before Cinemax could perfect the equation of sensuality and brutality, it committed to a formula that overdid the former while still offering plenty of the latter. It’s still kind of weird that it did so by co-opting Strike Back, an already existent British TV show, and then upped the per-episode sex quota and added an American co-protagonist, but that’s just how it goes. Starz did the same thing with Torchwood: Miracle Day, and it didn’t work nearly as well as Strike Back has for Cinemax. And that’s the hard truth: for all the show’s flaws and the writers’ apparent inability to work the sex into the stories organically (at least most of the time), it’s still an enjoyable romp that fills a hole left by the departure of shows like Fox's 24 and CBS's The Unit.
- Lex Walker
For all of those who missed the 2011 run of the Saturn-award nominated series "Torchwood: Miracle Day," a miracle of sorts has occurred: The show will re-air this fall on BBC America. "Torchwood" premiered in 2007 and was Bbca's most watched program of the year. The "Doctor Who" spinoff was created by Russell T. Davies and starred John Barrowman as the immortal Capt. Jack Harkness. Barrowman was most recently seen by American audiences as villainous Malcolm Merlyn on The CW's "Arrow." "Miracle Day" is technically the fourth season of the show. It adds an American element, introducing CIA agents Esther Drummond and Rex Matheson (portrayed by Alexa Havins and Mekhi Phifer) to series veterans Harkness and Gwen Cooper »
In an interview with The Express, veteran actor Bill Nighy shared that he was contacted to play the Tardis-traveling Time Lord for the latest series of Doctor Who but turned the offer down. “I will say that I was approached,” said Nighy to The Express. “But I didn’t want to be the Doctor. No disrespect to Doctor Who or anything, I just think that it comes with too much baggage.”
- Maricela Gonzalez
Doctor Why Him?
It’s always a delight to see a famous/infamous part go to a familiar actor. When I watched Season 3′s “The Runaway Bride,” my roommate prefaced it by saying that Catherine Tate was a Hugely popular comedienne in Britain and her appearance on the show was thrilling, exhilarating, even a little scary. Now that I have watched The Catherine Tate Show, I have an understanding of why that might be.
The same holds true for Peter Capaldi. I’m sure that some people in the audience were clapping just because they respected that he was taking on such an important role, but there had to be Vicar of Dibley fans and people who loved to hear Malcolm Tucker spew the f-word every few seconds in The Thick of It. I personally got excited because he was one of the major players in my favorite Whoverse serials: Torchwood: Children of Earth. »
- Kaki Olsen
It has never been easy being a Whovian. Historically it places you in a level of nerdery that is outside the circles of Star Wars or Star Trek fans, comic book readers and Dungeons & Dragons role players. Even in a time where geek chic is the norm, most “normal” people can’t wrap their heads around a centuries old time traveler who never kills anyone, never has sex, and just happens to turn into a completely new person every few years. Well, that last one isn’t very easy for us, either. Just when you’ve gone a few series of everyone debating why the latest incarnation of our favorite Gallifreyan is or isn’t as good as his predecessor, suddenly the current actor announces that they are leaving and we’re suddenly heading straight into the debates of who would be the best choice for the next Doctor.
Dear Mr. Capaldi,
Greetings! On behalf of the Whovian fandom, or at least the small corner I’m allowed to call myself Editor of, I’d like to say welcome back to the fold! You’ve guest starred on an episode in Series 4, and you’ve even played a baddie in Torchwood: Children of Earth, but like Colin Baker, Freema Agyeman, and Karen Gillan before you – you’ve been invited into a more permanent seat in the Tardis. Namely, the Pilot’s seat.
As fun as it looks, it’s a tough gig in all sorts of ways: mainly, you’ll be doing little else besides working on Doctor Who for the extent of your tenure. Still, as a humble fan, I’d like to give you some notes on what I’ve been seeing on the Internet, and what I believe you can do to help fans acclimate to your presence. »
- Mike Reyes
Peter Capaldi is the Twelfth Doctor. I think he’s an inspired choice. A veteran of television and a life long fan of Doctor Who (like David Tennant) to boot. If you watched Sunday’s live show announcing the actor as the Twelfth Doctor, there was a clip from the Radio Times where Peter wrote into at the age of fifteen, congratulating the BBC on a splendid 10th anniversary celebration and hoping that there would be a similar focus on the 25th. How right he was.
When it was first announced that Matt Smith was leaving, I was gutted. In fact, I wrote about why there was still so much more to come from his incarnation of the Doctor. However something happened the moment that Peter Capaldi was announced. I was excited by the choice and intrigued by the performance he would bring to the role of the Doctor. And that says something. »
- Baz Greenland
News that Peter Capaldi is the Twelfth Doctor in "Doctor Who" is the main headline that came out of the live special announcing the newest Doctor. Overall, the special was the type of fluff reserved for basketball players announcing where they will next take their talents: Thirty seconds of news took up nearly thirty minutes of airtime, which was filled with breathless analysis from people with varying degrees of connection to the show's overall history. The two primary individuals most closely associated with the latest incarnation of The Doctor-Matt Smith and Steven Moffat-spoke only in pre-recorded bits, ostensibly to allow Capaldi as much limelight as possible and also to avoid any fanatical viewer that might have rushed the stage in joy/anger.
But honestly, by the time Capaldi was announced, The Boob Tube Dude had all but resolved to never watch the show again.
On the surface, it's »
We now know that Peter Capaldi will play the twelfth Doctor. Capaldi is a familiar face if you’re a fan of The Thick of It, Skins or The Hour. He also appeared in Torchwood: Children of Earth as well as the “Fires of Pompeii” episode of Doctor Who. Caputi’s a great actor and it’s hard to complain about his casting. Still, I wish they didn’t joke about the possibility of the Doctor being played by a woman in the lead-up. I’m fine if they’re going to keep casting straight, white, male actors in the role but I wish they wouldn’t pretend they might do something different before doing the same thing.
- Lyle Masaki
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