Archive for March, 2010
BBC America just announced that the new stars of Doctor Who, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, along with showrunner Steven Moffat, will appear in New York City to promote the new series with press interviews and a series of events. The launch kicks off on April 12, with a Paley Center for Media and BAFTA East Coast member screening and discussion moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s senior writer Clark Collis. On April 14, fans can join Matt, Karen and Steven at the Village East Cinema for the official premiere screening followed immediately by a Q&A moderated by USA Today’s pop culture columnist Whitney Matheson, author of the Pop Candy blog. The Village East screening will take place at 7pm, and is open to the public and seating is on a first-come, first served basis on the day of the event.
I haven’t watched it yet as I was out trying to prevent Lake New England from encroaching further into my house, but I’ve seen from friends on Facebook that many Lost fans were not happy that ABC kept putting up a big red “V” and a countdown clock during the show, blocking some key information. It also didn’t help that the Boston affiliate ran a crawler about the weather situation, blocking the English translations…but even producer Damon Lindelof wasn’t happy. Update: Stephen Colbert had a funny take on it…see below.
Here are a couple more looks at the upcoming new series of Doctor Who, including the first few moments of the next episode….
Although he may not really be responsible, screenwriter J.D. Shapiro (Robin Hood: Men In Tights) is apologizing for the “suckiest movie ever” – that is, Battlefield Earth. “It wasn’t as I intended — promise,” he says. “No one sets out to make a train wreck. Actually, comparing it to a train wreck isn’t really fair to train wrecks, because people actually want to watch those.” Read the whole article – it’s quite amusing. Now, can I get those brain cells back, please?
It certainly could use a lot of expansion, but they’ve got a good start: MADATOMS has a funny little chart which shows the differences between fans of Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, Avatar and Lost.
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy will finally get the high-definition treatment it deserves on April 6th ([sfs=999]pre-order NOW![/sfs] – also available for download and OnDemand on the same date), but we has the Precious in our grubby little hands, we do…and we can says we loves the Precious…yes…except we’s wants it to be the extended Precious…
It was brief and has since been changed, but the Grand Opening date for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure, which was supposed to be announced tomorrow, March 25th, was leaked on the park’s own web site as being June 18th. However, it appears that it will “soft open” on May 28th as USO has already started offering packages with arrivals that start on that date. Update 3/25: And its official…see the press release below.
AMC’s re-invention of The Prisoner finds its way onto DVD tomorrow, so I spent some time this weekend with the DVD set to not only see how it looks, but also if it might make more sense on a second viewing…after all, it probably took several viewings of the original to figure out some of it, especially the final episode which is still debated to this day…
Doctor Who returns to the U.S. on BBC America on April 17th at 9pm ET, featuring new Doctor Matt Smith and his new companion, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan). To celebrate, BBC America is going to air an extended version of the episode with limited commercial interruption. Can’t wait? Well you can catch the trailer again below, and you can also follow news on the official BBC America Facebook and Twitter pages, or the official BBC America Doctor Who web page.
Updated: The new trailer is show below now…the link originally sent was for the old one.
Neil Patrick Harris, although seeming both noncommittal and certain, believes that Dr. Horrible will return as a full-length movie, which has been worked on by the Whedon crew for a while now but no specifics.