Early Catching Fire Photos

The sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, started shooting earlier this month, and from the looks of these set photos, it would appear the filming is starting with some area action — even though the production is in Atlanta, not Kauai. Well, they must be doing non-water, non-jungle scenes.

Here we see a behind-the-scenes photo of Jena Malone, who plays Johanna Mason. Looking good, Jena!

But no one is worried about her; the big concern for fandom is the colorless Sam Claflin taking on the role of Finnick Odair, the charismatic and dashing victor beloved by many a reader. He may look the part, but can he handle the acting?
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DOCTOR WHO cast introduce ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’

“Not everybody is going to get out alive. I know I’ve said that before, and I’ve lied. I’m not lying this time.”

With those words, show-runner Steven Moffat chills the blood of DOCTOR WHO fans everywhere.  Tonight, we will witness a parting of the ways (so to speak) for the Doctor and the Ponds — with fatal results. I think it might be a little sad.

This first clip shows Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Steven and Caro Skinner all praising the execution of the episode. (Try to ignore the cheesy music; not sure why they did that…)

This next clip is more about the Angels…

If you want to see what Karen and Arthur meant by the Angels being back in a “BIIIIIIIIIIIGGGG way,” check out the story at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America.

DOCTOR WHO 7.4: “The Power of Three”

I thought I knew what to expect from this episode: The Doctor bunks with Amy and Rory; hijinks ensue. Well, not quite. For one, the Doctor didn’t really live with the Ponds, the way he did with Craig and Sophie in “The Lodger.” However, that may have been a smart decision to avoid a “been there, done that” feel to the story.

What we got instead was a story of how two long-serving companions have matured not only as space/time travelers, but to the point of deciding to “leave the nest” and the Doctor, and establish their own life together, with jobs and human friends and non-expired food. And we learned just how lonely the Doctor is, and a little about why he travels so much.
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Last Trailer for ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’

By now, you know the drill: the TARDIS crew are in Manhattan — and so are the Weeping Angels. And they want Rory.

This is the story of the final adventure for the Doctor and the Ponds, Amy and Rory. It’s going to be so sad.

I usually say how much I cannot wait for the show to premiere, but in this case… I sort of wish Saturday would never come. Especially the 9 p.m. hour…

Another Look at ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’

Here’s a second clip teasing “The Angels Take Manhattan,” this weekend’s fall finale of DOCTOR WHO, in which the Ponds leave the TARDIS for the final time.

This particular clip looks very menacing, with lots of darkness and scary images of the Weeping Angels, and we get the sense that it’s all focusing on Rory (Arthur Darvill).

If the Weeping Angels are coming for him, things don’t look promising for the Last Centurion…

 

 

First Peek at ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’

Here is a look at the final adventure for the Doctor, Amy and Rory as one of the best TARDIS crews ever, “The Angels Take Manhattan.” It’s not spoilery, but does give a flavor of the episode. This is from BBC One, so not a lot of folks here in the Colonies have seen it.

Catch the Doctor’s final journey with the Ponds on Saturday at 9 p.m. on BBC America.

Is This Animated ‘Looper’ Trailer Truly Loopy?

The wait is almost over for Rian Johnson’s time-traveling mind-bender Looper (It opens Friday), but the producers are determined to make that wait seem as long as possible by introducing a unique animated trailer for the flick.

I know that anyone without prior knowledge of the film will not be able to make heads or tails of this trailer, but by incorporating a lot of different animation styles and constant motion and conflict, the wordless trailer gives the impression of a wild action movie with stunning visuals. I hope the real thing turns out to be just as good as this makes it look. I can hardly wait for the weekend!