The 12th Doctor is In
It looks like the wait is over, friends. After today’s live broadcast, the BBC has finally confirmed that Peter Capaldi will play the Doctor’s twelfth regeneration, even though he is, regrettably, not a ginger.
Capaldi is no stranger to Doctor Who. Not only is he a self-proclaimed fan, having written letters about Doctor Who to the news broadcast Radio Times in his youth, but he has also made a previous appearance on the show as Caecilius in season four’s “The Fires of Pompeii”.
Jenna Louise-Coleman will stay on as the ever-engaging Clara, helping to gently ease fans into the newest season. I, for one, am highly intrigued to see what kind of direction the show will take once our newest Doctor encounters the barrage of obstacles that the universe has in store for him.
Now, I’ve already seen quite a few complaints cropping up about his age, and honestly, friends, that depresses me. While it’s true that Capaldi is the oldest actor to portray the Doctor since William Hartnell, I see no reason why he couldn’t take up the reigns and truly make the role his own, regardless of how old he is. Might I mentioned that far fewer complaints were cast when Matt Smith became the 11th incarnation at age 27, making him the youngest actor to ever accept the role? Regardless, I think it’s high time that fans took a step back from their misconceived perceptions and accepted the fact that we won’t know a thing about the 12th Doctor until we see him in action, whenever that may be.
Independent of all criticisms and praise, Capaldi is, more than anything, completely beside himself with joy. “Being asked to play the Doctor is an amazing privilege,” he said. “Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can’t wait to get started.”
Truly, I think my favorite part of this entire announcement is the way in which Capaldi first learned that he had received the role. He’d been shooting in Prague, filming the BBC’s Three Muskateers, and missed the original call informing him that he’d gotten the part. Finally, an assistant was able to deliver the good news to him, and the first thing she said was: “Hello, Doctor.”
Bad News, Everyone: Futurama Gets Cancelled, Again
Forgive me if I’m a bit late to the news, but you can chalk it up to the fact that I’ve been in mourning since I learned that Futurama is getting canned for the second time. Matt Groening and David X. Cohen’s science fiction/comedy powerhouse has faced the slaughter before, of course — Fox gave them the boot back in 2003, and though Comedy Central was a faithful ally from 2009 until 2013, it’s still a shame to see the show blasted into orbit.
The show-runners hope to see Futurama picked up by a different network once the current season ends on September 4th, but I think it’s time for them to turn their attention towards, well, the future. Streaming entertainment has recently garnered a great deal of positive attention, and who can deny it? Subscriptions to Netflix and Hulu have shot through the roof in recent years, and, with the latest trend of stream-exclusive content ala House of Cards and the upcoming season of Arrested Development, it’s a wonder that Futurama isn’t looking for a more permanent home on the streaming circuit.
Only time will tell what happens to one of the most hysterically witty television shows of our generation. Until we learn more, I’ll just have to content myself with watching hours of reruns in my pajamas, crying over Jurassic Bark like a small, unattended child.
Release Dates for New Star Wars Films Announced
There isn’t much that we know in regards to the upcoming Star Wars sequels, and something tells me it’ll be a little while longer before we even get a glimpse of what the newest names behind the series have in store. We’ve got J. J. Abrams slated to direct and Michael Arndt on the script, but aside from the confirmation of a few old friends, there isn’t all that much to go on. Disney intends to reward us for our patience, however; during this years Cinemacon, the company announced that fans should expect Episode VII as early as the summer of 2015.
With subsequent releases of Episodes VIII and IX set to follow in 2017 and 2019, Disney promises to fill the time in between with standalone films which would potentially focus on fan favorites such as Yoda, Boba Fett, and Han Solo. Of course, the subjects of the one-offs are purely speculation at this point, but I wouldn’t mind a little more back story with my Episode sandwich.
This begs the question of whether or not Disney can keep up enough momentum to make each film as memorable as (almost) every other iteration in the series. I’m sure there isn’t a fan amongst you that can complain about a steady diet of well-polished sci-fi, but if Disney’s untimely assassination of LucasArts is any indication, you can bet I’ll be waiting around for the upcoming flicks with my fingers crossed, hoping I won’t have to tell the next generation of movie-goers about that time I spent $90 to watch a series of six disappointing misadventures starring characters I once loved and cherished. All I’m saying is: Disney, don’t let me down.
David Tennant and Billie Piper Return for 50th Anniversary Special
BBC News has confirmed that Doctor Who's most beloved iteration and his trusty companion, Rose, will be returning for the shows fiftieth anniversary episode, set to air on November 23rd. Acclaimed actor John Hurt is said to be making a guest appearance in the episode, as well.
The episode is being penned by showrunner Steven Moffat and directed by Nick Hurran. Tennant and Piper are set to star alongside the current Doctor, Matt Smith, and his latest companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman, with shooting rumored to start around April 1st.
There’s still much to learn about how Rose and Ten’s story will weave into the fold of the current season, or even how the anniversary episode will fall in line with the rest of the show. Even still, I’m aching to know just what kind of adventures The Doctor will get into next, and if Tennant’s involvement is any indication, then all I have to say is: allons-y!
Gareth Edwards Gives Us a Glimpse at Godzilla
It feels like years since we last heard anything about the upcoming Godzilla reboot, but it seems that our patience has finally been rewarded. Friends, say hello to the very first set images from Gareth Edward’s upcoming blockbuster.
Okay so, admittedly, they’re a little underwhelming. Save for a vague idea of the setting (a Japanese airport), a demolished aircraft, and a hint towards some military interference, it’s hard to get a real sense of the film from anything in these photographs. It’s understandable, of course, considering it was only the first day on set. But Edwards was kind enough to record a brief video after, what he described to be, “a very long shoot”, to greet his fans and tease them further.
It seems we’re that much closer to knowing what the acclaimed director has in store for this lofty franchise. Till then, I’ll be tracking it’s every move, much like Matthew Broderick in the 1998 iteration, only slightly less pathetic.
Halo 4 “Forward Unto Dawn” spaceship variations.
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Pacific Rim (2013)
Here’s the latest crop of photos from Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming sci-fi spectacle, Pacific Rim. Early screenings of the film generated a fairly positive buzz around the net, including a wonderful nod from Looper director, Rian Johnson: “Go into Pacific Rim preparing to be transmogrified into a 12 year old. And then to pee your pants with joy. I love it so much.”
I hear ya, Mr. Johnson. There is a strong, powerful love for this film growing within me. With little more than kick-ass trailers and a bevy of production photos to go on, I’m truly hoping that Del Toro can show the world just how a modern monster film should be made, and with nary a lukewarm review in sight, it seems that the famed director will do just that.
Pacific Rim crashes into theaters on July 11th.