Recovery of Missing DOCTOR WHO shows a Hoax?

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“Marco Polo”

That rumored recovered trove of lost DOCTOR WHO episodes may turn out to be false for the most heartbreaking and painful of reasons: The whole thing may be a hoax. Yes, a hoax. What kind of a sadist would derive pleasure from pretending to hold episodes of an old TV show?

As I wrote about last week, a long-running rumor that a large number of missing episodes from the shows first six years became substantial enough for reputable outlets to report on it. I stress now (as I did last week) that these reports were and continue to be only rumors… and the latest developments strongly indicate there may be no truth to those stories. Although, due to the very nature of this “news,” even the denials are technically rumors of denials.

Worst of all is the extent of the hoax (if it is a hoax). It now turns out that 90 of the missing 106 episodes were said to be among the episodes recovered! 90 — leaving just 16 elusive installments. The exact number of found episodes was left out of website reports last weeks, as were the specific stories involved. That gigantic number of recovered episodes — again, 90! — is a red flag itself; almost the whole kit-and-caboodle returned in one fell swoop? Talk about wish fulfillment! That sounds totally too good to be true.

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New Riddick Trailer: More Action — and French Subtitles!

This international trailer for Riddick doubles-down on the action with lots of new footage and a better looks at some of the new monsters. This clip also makes the movie look like Pitch Black 2 — which would not be a bad thing in my book at all…

Riddick, starring Vin Diesel, opens Sept. 6 (in the USA).

Have Many Lost DOCTOR WHO Serials Just Been Recovered?

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“The Macra Terror”

With this being the 50th anniversary of the launch of DOCTOR WHO, a lot of fans had wishes and dreams for how the milestone would be celebrated, with many (most?) invested in the hope that there would be a very special episode filmed using all of the surviving actors to create a multi-Doctor story to air on Nov. 23. With those hopes now dashed — although I am certain the story that will air will be a lot of fun — many fans despaired of a seeing a “proper” celebration.

But now comes word — and I cannot stress strongly enough that this is all just rumor at this point — that the BBC may have uncovered a huge trove of missing episodes in Africa, where they were sold into syndication in the late 1960s and ’70s. And by huge, I mean lots of episodes. Supposedly even full serials that were lost when the BBC either junked the masters or recorded over existing tapes. The story is that an “eccentric” broadcast engineer who loved science fiction took a lot of DW tapes into his personal custody for “safekeeping” — a move that turned out to be more necessary than he could ever have dreamed.
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Spidey vs. the Hippo— er, Make That Rhino

I just stumbled upon these images of Andrew Garfield and Paul Giamatti taken during filming of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The photos show a fight scene between Spidey and a villain called the Rhino. The baddie will be a CGI construct, so Giamatti is lashed into the practical elements of the suit that will be gussied up later by the whiz kidz with the fancy computers.

According to a witness, the battle scene sees Spider-Man grab a megaphone to taunt Rhino as “a mechanized hippopotamus.” (That sounds like a very in-character taunt to me!) The spider-sequel opens May 2, 2014.

Karen Gillan’s Romantic Romp

This post is a little different: a look at a trailer for a romantic comedy. But this rom-com is special, because it stars the adorable Karen Gillan, best-known to the world as DOCTOR WHO’s Amelia Pond.

Karen left the series last year to strike out on her own, and the result is Not Another Happy Ending, in which she plays Jane Lockhart, a best-selling debut novelist who suffers writer’s block on her second novel.

Next up for Karen is next year’s release of the horror film Oculus (with BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Katee Sackhoff), and she is just about to start shooting Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy, in which she was cast against type to play a villainess! (Word is circulating that she will play the bounty-hunting angel Angela, but that character is not part of the Guardians mythos.)

Not Another Happy Ending premieres at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 30. Hopefully will get an American release, even if it’s just on Blu-ray.

First ‘Desolation of Smaug’ Trailer

The first trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has unspooled, and unsurprisingly, it is practically desolate of dragons. Oh, sure, there’s lots of shots of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) notching arrows and threatening to shoot people in the face from point-blank range, but he’s not even supposed to be in this movie.

Yeah, as you can see, we see as little of Smaug as possible. C’mon, you don’t think director Peter Jackson is going to give us the money shot on some random June afternoon, more than six months before his movie premieres, do you? I’m surprised we see as much of the blacked-out beastie as we do.

As for the rest of the footage… well, I see story elements that were in the book (like the dwarves in the barrels), but the rest of it looks like lots of running around to kill time. In other words, it looks a lot like The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

A Blasted ‘Desolation of Smaug’ Teaser Poster

hobbitsmaugAt first blush i was underwhelmed by this image promoting the latest chapter in director Peter Jackson‘s Middle Earth epic. I felt like it was just an overly elaborate art shot designed to showcase how much effort went into crafting styrofoam rocks (though I guess those are probably CGI rocks) and set design.

But after looking it over for a while, I think I like it now. Now it radiates loneliness and how insignificant Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) must feel in the blasted, seemingly lifeless territory of Smaug, the dragon.

And just look at how Smaug has… well, sterilized the landscape. I’m sure there will be many more such teaser images — and equally sure we will not see Smaug in any of them.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens Dec. 13.

DOCTOR WHO 7.13: “The Name of the Doctor”

namedoctor01“What I did, I did without choice, in the name of peace and sanity.”

“But not in the name of the Doctor!”

— The Doctor and… the Doctor?

At last, the Doctor’s greatest secret is revealed. Not his name, or the reason he left Gallifrey — but rather that he has been hiding an entire persona, apparently even from himself.

That never-before-seen face (John Hurt’s face, to be precise) was hidden way down deep at the bottom of the Doctor’s mind, and now Clara knows about it. The reveal of a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor has shattering repercussions — only the very least being the potential renumbering of the faces we’ve already seen.
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Kick-Ass 3 Will Occupy Us Until Kick-Ass 2

kickass3I am really looking forward to the release of the Kick-Ass 2 movie on Aug. 16, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz, but until then the story of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl continues on the comic page with today’s release of Kick-Ass 3 from co-creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

There will be six interlocking covers on the first issue that combine to form a team image of Justice Forever with a message spelled out along the bottom of each issue.
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