DOCTOR WHO Earns a Prestigious Peabody


The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication presented a Peabody to DOCTOR WHO this week, recognizing its ageless contribution to television — which seems particularly appropriate this year, as the show celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The citation read:

“Seemingly immortal, 50-years-old and still running, this engaging, imaginative sci-fi/fantasy series is awarded an Institutional Peabody for evolving with technology and the times like nothing else in the known television universe.”

The George Foster Peabody Awards recognize distinguished achievement in the broadcast arts and it is the most highbrow, distinguished and prestigious award in American media. It was accepted Monday night (May 20) on behalf of the program by executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat as well as stars Matt Smith (the Doctor) and Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara).

Europa Report Is On the Horizon at Last

Remember Europa Report? Back in December, when I first mentioned it, a 30-second teaser made it look like an srty, promising film that tries to treat travel within out solar system in a realistic manner. But now that we have a full-length trailer, the movie is looking more like a standard astronaut horror movie.

Yeah, despite featuring Sharlto Copley (District 9), Europa Report looks a lot more cheesy now, since it seems to be employing the ol’ “astronauts possessed by incorporeal aliens” gimmick.

I hope that someday humans land on a planet that is not occupied by strange lifeforms that just happen to be perfectly suited for taking over the minds of Homo sapiens. I hate it when that happens. And it serves a Luddite point of view.

Anyway, I’m sure I’ll end up watching this, even if I wait for Blu-ray. It opens in theaters June 27.

First Look at J-Law Reprising Mystique!

Mystique001This is what Hollywood “It Girl” Jennifer Lawrence will look like in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Director Bryan Singer Tweeted this photo of J-Law getting a makeup touch-up on the Montreal set of the latest X-Men movie. Eagle-eyed fans who… erm, study the photo closely will be hard-pressed to notice the difference in Jennifer’s costuming from X-Men: First Class, but there is a big one: In her first outing as the mutant shapeshifter, Jennifer wore little more than blue body makeup and strategically-placed bits of latex — but this time, she is donning a body stocking that gives the illusion of the same minimal coverage.

The reason for the switch is not some newfound modesty on the part of the newly-minted Oscar winner; no, it’s simply a concession to reduce her time in the makeup chair — reportedly six hours for First Class.

Zoë Saldana on Guardians of the Galaxy

zoestidZoë Saldana took some out from promoting Star Trek Into Darkness to offer up a few words about her next potential deep-space franchise, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, in which she will play a green-skinned assassin called Gamora. (Assuming the character follows the lead of the comic book, that is…)

About the movie and her character, Zoë said:

“It feels unique, but it doesn’t feel like it hasn’t been done before. I love the levity in the script and I like the casting of it. I’ve been a fan of Chris Pratt and I think that his gifted, natural comedic timing might come in handy to play someone like Star-Lord.

“I’m in the process right now of the evolution of conceiving Gamora’s look. It’s exciting! We’re trying to work out comfort also because, you know that I definitely want to be involved in the stunt-doing of my character.”

Guardians of the Galaxy is set to be released on Aug. 1, 2014.

BBC Makes Series 8 Officially Official

steemomazzaWe fans already knew as much, thanks to Steven Moffat and Matt Smith, but the BBC finally formally announced that there will be an eighth series of DOCTOR WHO along with a 2013 Christmas Special.

The Beeb made the announcement on its website:

“We’re delighted to confirm a new series of Doctor Who has been commissioned and the show’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, has revealed he’s already plotting a brand new run of adventures for the Doctor.”

It’s also good news that Moffat will be back in the driver’s seat — and that something special is planned for the Christmas episode:

“Given that this year’s Christmas Special will be rounding off such a spectacular year we’re sure it will kick off the Doctor’s next half century in style!  But that’s not all. Big plans are being put in place that will well and truly celebrate the Doctor’s half-centenary.  Make sure you check back for some exciting announcements!”

Hmmm… could the Christmas Special see a gathering of all the incarnations of the Doctor? Christmas with the 11 Doctors? It would be just like Moffat to divert attention with the 50th anniversary story and then blindside us with the story we thought we were being denied…