Thursday, August 15, 2013

Important Update

Due to updates, there will be no more posts until next Thursday, stay tuned!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Look which black actor was almost Who's Eleventh Doctor instead of Matt Smith

A few days ago, Neil Gaiman revealed that a black actor had been offered the role of the Doctor on Who. Now we may have a name.

According to The Mirror—so please take this with a grain (or bucket) of salt—inside sources on the show have revealed that actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (some of you may recall him as the main bad guy on Joss Whedon’s Serenity, among many, many other roles) was offered the role of the Eleventh Time Lord (not the Twelfth) and declined the life-changing part because terms could not be agreed upon.

They claim that Matt Smith would never have gotten the role if Ejiofor had agreed to a deal back in 2009.

Now this follows a recent reveal, in the wake of the casting of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, from fantasy author and sometimes Doctor Who writer (the magnificent "The Doctor's Wife" and "Nightmare in Silver") Neil Gaiman that a black actor had almost been cast in the role of the beloved Time Lord.

This is what Gaiman has said regarding the possibilies of casting a black Doctor, revealing that it almost happened:

“Of course. (I thought I’d said that I was disappointed that it didn’t happen this time, and that there are some amazing actors out there. I was rather disappointed that Paterson Joseph didn’t get it last time, although I’ve loved Matt’s Eleven.) And yes, I have no doubt there will be. (I know one black actor who was already offered the part of the Doctor, and who turned it down.) Just as there will be a female Doctor.”
So, not Paterson Joseph as Gaiman mentioned, then. (And if The Mirror is right, of course.)

In the wake of Neil Gaiman’s comments, the Mirror reveals it has contacted several sources who claimed they were “100 percent confident” it was Ejiofor. However, the actor’s agents have not returned their calls, while the BBC has said that it was “pure speculation” to use Ejiofor’s name.

As for the casting of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, the BBC—as well as Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat—have made it quite clear he was their first choice for the role of the Doctor.

In the meanwhile, Gaiman has apparently backtracked by claiming he has no inside knowledge of the casting process, saying: "No, [the black actor] didn't turn down the role of the Twelfth Doctor. There have been many Doctors cast over the years." The important thing here being Doctor number twelve.

What do you think? Do you believe there’s any truth to the story that Chiwetel Ejiofor might have been the first choice for the role of the Eleventh Doctor?

via Blastr

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Top Ten Movies That Critics Hated More Than The Lone Ranger (But Which Succeeded Anyways)

A lot of speculation circles around whether or not bad critic reviews can lead to a failed blockbuster film.

So it started this week, when actors Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski started on American critics for their treatment of The Lone Ranger, claiming that the media was "gunning for" the ever since news of the budget woes were publicized, saying that critics were "reviewing the budget" instead of the movie, and that critics had made up their minds about the film as soon as they heard that Depp, Verbinski and Bruckheimer were working on it together, and that the movie didn't get the love that it should have because it was "original". Then future Transformers 4 star Mark Wahlberg claimed that the media is now "targeting" blockbusters, while also pointing a finger at the studios for spending too much money on effects-driven films that "pull the wool over the audience's eyes."

While critics reviews are definitely a factor in how a film does in the box office, they do not guarantee the film will do really well or really badly. And just to prove this, we've collected the top ten films that got worse reviews than The Lone Ranger, but still managed to do well in the box office.

1. The Last Air Bender 

2.Resident Evil: The Afterlife 3D

3.Bedtime Stories

4. Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters

5. The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor

6. The Smurfs

7. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

8. The Twilight Saga: New Moon 

9. Underworld: Awakening

10. Alien Vs Predator 


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CBS Gives Series Order to ‘Extant,’ A Sci-Fi Show from Steven Spielberg

Right now CBS and Steven Spielberg are enjoying the success of their series adaptation of “Under the Dome.” While the venture was originally supposed to be a limited series, a second season has already been ordered to keep the story based on Stephen King’s book alive. Now the network and Spielberg are re teaming for another sci-fi series.

THR reports CBS has already given a series order to “Extant,” a dramatic sci-fi thriller series from Amblin Entertainment that follows a female astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history.

Much like “Under the Dome,” this new series is made for the summer, something that Spielberg has become accustomed to since his series “Falling Skies” also airs in the same season on TNT. CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler says:

“Extant is a very original concept with layers of humanity, mystery and surprise that reveal itself throughout the script. Our partnership with Amblin for Under the Dome showed that viewers respond to high-quality event programming in the summer. We look forward to building on that with Extant and offering CBS audiences another high-concept, unique event for summer television.”

“Under the Dome” was also picked up straight to series, which doesn’t seem like that much of a feat with someone like Steven Spielberg attached, but with another summer program booked, CBS is really making waves towards having big original series airing all year long as opposed to the standard schedule from fall to spring with a break over winter. Plus, it’s important to note that this is another limited series, which has become all the rage at all networks, and makes it easier for fans to stick around and not get bored with longer seasons.

In 2014, Spielberg will have four series on the air with the second and fourth seasons of “Under the Dome” and “Falling Skies” respectively, and also another new drama series called “Lucky 7,” an adaptation of British drama “The Syndicate,” which follows seven employees of a service station in Queens whose lives are changed in unexpected ways when they win a lottery jackpot. Sounds like it could have flares of ABC’s “Six Degrees” but with less melodrama.

(Via Geeknation)
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