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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

River Song Will Be Returning To Doctor Who This Christmas

Given that Steven Moffat is (thankfully) still at the helm of Doctor Who, it seemed like only a matter of time before Alex Kingston's time traveling wife of the Doctor, River Song, would return in order to reunite with her other half. I'm not the biggest River Song fan, as I've felt the character has suffered from increasingly diminished returns since her quite good debut. Though, a big problem I had was Kingston's absolute lack of chemistry with former lead actor Matt Smith. Perhaps that will be lessened a bit with Peter Capaldi to bounce off of. 

Here's the full BBC announcement of the character's upcoming return this Christmas:

It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Time traveller River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas.
Day one of filming the eleventh Doctor Who Christmas special starts this week and is written by Lead Writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, produced by Nikki Wilson and directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Sherlock).
River Song made her first Doctor Who appearance in 2008 in ‘Silence in the Library’ and ‘Forest of the Dead’ and has appeared in 15 episodes to date.
Award winning Alex Kingston comments on her reappearance, “To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special. Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humour and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September? Why not!”
Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, adds, “Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who - and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song? The last time the Doctor saw her she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time...”
The witty line-up of guest cast joining Alex for a magical adventure on the TARDIS will be announced over the coming months.
The BBC Cymru Wales produced drama will return to BBC One on Saturday, 19 September with a 12 episode series, followed by the Christmas special on Friday 25 December.
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Tony Todd Cast As The Voice Of Zoom On 'The Flash'

Candyman star Tony Todd, who isn't wholly unfamiliar with DC projects, having played a one episode "freak of the week" role on Smallville over a decade ago and more recently portraying the voice of Icon on Young Justice, will now be joining the cast of The Flash for its second season as the the voice of its newest major threat: Zoom.

Per Variety, the villain's first appearance will coincide with the arrival of Jay Garrick in the new season's second episode: "Flash of Two Worlds".

Andrew Kreisberg, executive producer of the series, spoke to the outlet about why Todd was their go-to choice for this new version of Zoom:
Last year, with the Reverse-Flash, we just modulated Tom Cavanagh’s voice, and this year we wanted to do something a little bit different. Part of the mystery of the season is who or what is underneath the Zoom outfit, and so we wanted to do something like James Earl Jones as Darth Vader — this iconic voice coming out of this mask. Last year, we thought of the Reverse-Flash as a speed warrior; this year, Zoom is like a speed demon, and no one does demon-voice better than Tony Todd.
But how will Zoom differ physically from Reverse Flash/Eobard Thawne? Kreisberg made mention of one eye-catching detail:
The Zoom outfit is much more organic than the Reverse-Flash suit. In a way, it’s hard to tell if it is a suit or alive… There’s no skin showing, for all you know there’s a robot underneath, or dark energy.
In addition, the report details that the identity of Zoom will be drawn out significantly more than last year's Harrison Wells reveal, which occurred at the midway point of the first season.

I'm curious how they'll be able to differentiate the actual motivations of Zoom and Reverse Flash, especially with Tom Cavanagh still appearing this season in some form or another. The characters in the comics are very different, of course, but much of Hunter Zolomon's motivation seemed to get grafted a bit onto Wells.

Outside of the next season of Fargo, this might be the television series I'm most looking forward to in the Fall.
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Best Covers of the Week, Vol. 89

8House #3
by Xurxo G. Penalta
The level of detail here is simply superb, and the contrast in color is really nice. This one is about as intriguing as covers get!

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of Three: The Lady of Shadows #1
by Nimit Malavia

While it also wins the award for most unnecessarily long title, this cover is pretty fantastic. It’s gory and unnervingly erotic, with a lot of interesting design elements going on. Certainly one of the most eye-catching on stands this week.

Aliens Vampirella #1
by Gabriel Hardman

Hartman is really excellent at riding a fine line between realism and impressionism, and it makes for a seriously cool cover here. The perspective also lends the image a sense of being immense!
Dark Corridor #2
by Rich Tommaso

I love when a cover takes this sort of classic approach, opting to sort of tell a story in silent montage style. Gorgeous and wonderful!
Detective Comics #44
by Cliff Chiang

Oh my God, who would not read this ongoing series? The retro style, framing, and beautiful colors make this one a shoe-in, and one of my favorites of the year so far!

Material #4
by Tom Muller
Material and Muller continue to put out some of the most unique covers in comics today. This one evokes such a strong sense of animal rage; interesting to stress a tone or mood rather than a preview of events in the story.

Miracle man by Gaiman and Buckingham #1
by Mark Buckingham
This is just so beautiful! So many wonderful elements, from the fantastic design and layout, the mixed media 3d bit that adds depth, the typography…really well done.

Plutona #1
by Emi Lenox
Lenox has a style that is very complementary to Lemire’s, which should make this series quite interesting. But the cover: the character work is very nice, and the purple watercolor background really adds a sense of ominous mystery to the scene.

Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #3
by Yasmine Putri
This one is about as fun as they come. From the Earth-as-a-bomb concept to the great facial cartooning to the exaggerative exclamation points, it pops with sensationalism.

That's it for this week. What did I miss? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook!
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Watch: 3 Different Red Dragon Interpretations Are Intercut in "Recovering the Mindset"

In honor of Hannibal's finale tomorrow night, Commercial editor Matthew Morettini has intercut the three different adaptations of Thomas Harris' first Hannibal Lecter novel. Between Michael Mann's Manhunter, Brett Ratner's Red Dragon, and the current Bryan Fuller run Hannibal series which is now covering the events of the book proper; Morettini's editing wizardry gives you a great look at how faithful all three were to perhaps the book's best scene: Will Graham visiting the imprisoned Lecter.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mads Mikkelsen In Talks For Doctor Strange

I seem to recall a few years back that Marvel Studios was really hot on getting Mads Mikkelsen on-board with one of their productions, to the point where he was cast as Malekith in Thor: The Dark World, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with the then-debuting Hannibal.

Given what Christopher Eccleston went through on that troubled production, he surely made the right decision.

Nonetheless, Marvel still wants to be in the Mads business, as Variety is now reporting that the studio has entered into talks with the actor for a villainous role in Doctor Strange.

There's no indication yet on just what role that might be, and Baron Mordo is already being played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, but given the guesses I've seen online, we're likely looking at Dormammu. If that ends up being the case, hopefully Marvel will find a way to utilize the actor a good deal better than they managed with Malekith (seriously, anyone could have been under that makeup).

He would join an already impressive cast that includes Benedict CumberbatchTilda Swinton, Ejiofor, with rumors also circulating around Rachel McAdams for a part as well.

A great Mikkelsen film worth seeing: The Hunt, which is available on Netflix. I also quite like Valhalla Rising, but that's got a much more narrow appeal.

Doctor Strange opens on November 4, 2016.
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Michael Fassbender Gears Up For Assassin's Creed

Opening December 21st of NEXT YEAR (sheesh) here's the first look at Michael Fassbender all dressed up for Assassin's Creed. A movie that is definitely going to happen, finally...long after anyone still cares about the games. Marion Cotillard is on board too, so that's better! Here's the new official synopsis:

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mr. Robot Finale Delayed In Wake Of Virginia Tragedy

Mr. Robot, USA's mind-bending hacker drama, has been one of my favorite first seasons of a television series ever. As Todd VanDerWerff put it, and I agree, this might be the most assured first season since Mad Men's initial bow. It's made Sam Esmail a much talked about creative force and Rami Malek has attained a whole new level of leading man fame.

Tonight's originally scheduled finale is a highly anticipated episode given the revelations of last week's offering. But due to the horrific events that occurred in Virginia this morning, the USA Network will be delaying the episode until next Wednesday (9/2) at 10 pm, offering the following statement:

The previously filmed season finale of Mr. Robot contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today’s tragic events in Virginia. Out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers, we are postponing tonight’s episode. Our thoughts go out to all those affected during this difficult time.

An understandable decision in that it displays not only respect for the victims of this tragedy, but it also lessens the immediate audience association, as unintentional as it may be. There's more to life than a television series. Be excellent to each other! 
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