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Catherine Tate to be new Doctor Who companion

July 7th, 2007

Catherine Tate who played the role of Donna, the runaway bride from the 2006 Christmas special, will play Doctor Who’s newest companion in the BBC’s upcoming fourth season of Doctor Who.

Freema Agyeman who took over the role of Who’s companion from Billie Piper for the fourth season, will return in the middle of the coming season.

Tate will join star David Tennant for the complete 13-week run of the new season, which is due to begin filming in Cardiff, Wales, later this month.

The fourth season of Doctor Who is due to debut on BBC One in spring 2008. A Christmas special starring Tennant and Australian pop diva Kylie Minogue will air in December in the United Kingdom.

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Jason Dohring to join Moonlight

June 30th, 2007

Jason Dohring is going to star in supernatural CBS series, Moonlight. He will play the role of an ancient Vampire called Josef.

In the pilot of the show, Dohring’s character was played by 60 year old actor, Rade Serbedzija as opposed to Dohring at 25 which showed that the concept of his character has changed somewhat.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dohring will play the role of ancient vampire Josef in the supernatural CBS series, which is produced by Warner Bros and Silver Pictures.

Jason Dohring recently played the role of Veronica Mars’ boyfriend Logan on the now-cancelled drama.

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Joss Whedon Auctions a Private Dinner For Charity

June 30th, 2007

Joss Whedon, the man behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly is auctioning off five seats at a private dinner with him in aid of Equality Now, a charity that promotes equal rights for and fights violence and discrimination against women around the world.

Its an incredible opportunity for fans to get closer to Whedon and pester him with questions without fear of restraining orders.

“For three hours, Joss gets to be your biggest fan,” Whedon writes on his official auction page on eBay.

The dinner is being sponsored by Dark Horse Comics, which is currently publishing Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer season-eight comic series, and MySpace.com. Auction Cause is handling the auction.

The auction will also feature other items, including a watch and autographed comics. The auction will start on July 2.

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James Marsters to guest star in Torchwood role

June 26th, 2007

GallifreyOne Web site reports that Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast member James Marsters will guest star in the second season of the BBC’s Torchwood. Torchwood, which is an spin-off of the popular Doctor Who will see Marsters star alongside John Barrowman who plays the lead.

GallifreyOne Web site reported, citing JamesMarstersLive offered no details about Marsters’ appearance. Marsters’ former Buffy castmate, Anthony Stewart Head, made a guest appearance on Doctor Who.

Marsters has previously appeared as a guest star in Smallville, playing Dr. Milton Fine.

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Indiana Jones Video Hits the net

June 26th, 2007

IndianaJones.com has posted video of the first day of shooting on the upcoming fourth Indiana Jones movie.

Production began on June 18 in New Mexico. Director Steven Spielberg appears in the brief video, which also shows executive producer George Lucas. The action from the first day involves a vintage Army vehicle and a ’50s-style hot rod.

Old Harrison Ford doesn’t look too bad as an Old Indy even though he’s older than Connery was when he starred in The Holy Grail and hopefully he won’t break anything too important while on set.

Indy 4 is planned for worldwide release on May 22, 2008.

Check out the video here: http://www.indianajones.com

Captain America is next to get big screen treatment

June 16th, 2007

Scifiwire is reporting that the next Marvel Comic book hero to get the big screen treatment will be Captain America, the Patriotic super soldier best known for his shield.

Kevin Feige, president of production for Marvel Studios and producer of the upcoming Iron Man movie, revealed that the company’s next independently financed project will be a version of Captain America, which would mix a period story with a modern-day one.

“We’ll have to play with Captain America as being a patriotic propaganda machine on one hand but also being a very human Steve Rogers, … [an] interesting, fascinating hero in his own right,” Feige told reporters on the set of Iron Man, which is in production in Playa Vista, Calif.

Is the script they’re developing a period piece? “Right now what we’re developing would be about half and half,” Feige said.

Feige said that Captain America will aim for a PG-13 rating, like Iron Man. The comic studio has brought on writer David Self (Road to Perdition) to draft a screenplay. A director will be announced soon, Feige said. Production is expected to begin in a year.

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No Connery for Indy 4

June 9th, 2007

Sean Connery will not star in Indy 4. The actor is apparently enjoying retirement too much to do the film. In a statement posted on the official Indiana Jones Web site, Connery said that he will not be reprising his role as Henry Jones, Father of Indiana Jones.

“I get asked the question so often, I thought it best to make an announcement,” the 76-year-old actor said. “I thought long and hard about it, and if anything could have pulled me out of retirement, it would have been an Indiana Jones film. I love working with [director] Steven [Spielberg] and [producer] George [Lucas], and it goes without saying that it is an honor to have Harrison [Ford] as my son. But in the end, retirement is just too damned much fun.”

Indiana Jones 4 is currently in preproduction and will co-star Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone and John Hurt.

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Jericho is back

June 9th, 2007

Fan power can be very powerful indeed and nothing showed what disgruntled fans and tons of peanuts can do more than when CBS cancelled Jericho.

The show set in a town that survived a series of nuclear detonations across the US has cancelled due to disappointing viewing figures even though the show opened to positive reviews and high viewing figures. It is thought that some of the lost viewers went to American Idol.

Fans of the show bombarded CBS with emails and the tons of peanuts that fans have sent to the network to protest its earlier cancellation, a campaign that CBS credited for its change of heart.

Jericho has now been renewed for another seven episodes, to air sometime mid-season. Nina Tassler, president, CBS Entertainment, made the announcement on the official Jericho message board on June 6.

CBS offered no date or timeslot for the show’s return. But it said that it would rebroadcast Jericho reruns over the summer, stream them online and release the first season on DVD on Sept. 25. The network also plans on “continuing the story of Jericho in the digital world until the new episodes return,” Tassler wrote. “We will let you know specifics when we have them so you can pass them on.”

Tassler added: “Please stop sending us nuts :)

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Stan Lee joins Disney

June 9th, 2007

The renowned comic book character creator, Stan Lee has signed a deal to work with Disney on yet more superhero characters.

Best known for his work in creating the Spider-Man franchise as well as The Fantastic Four, Lee will create more superheroes for Disney such as Doubleman, El Lobo and Nightbird, with another 20 heroes in early development stages and another 40 waiting in the concept stage.

It could be a good deal for Disney as Superheroe movies have been doing incredibly well in recent years with the X-Men and Fantastic Four films have taken over £1.8bn since release, and films of Iron Man, Thor and Nick Fury are reportedly all in production.

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Mini Tank Modeled After Jabba the Hut’s Sail Barge

June 8th, 2007

Every once in awhile I’ll find something really random or weird on Amazon.com (can you say Mongolian Goat Hide Pillow?). But I think that a personal land cruiser/tank named after a giant ‘ass’ takes the cake.

The JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser is a custom made tank modeled after Jabba’s Sail Barge from Star Wars. The exterior is a steel shell with a rust patina. Remember this is a “tank” so there’s lots of protective armor like fixed slats protecting the windows, and a unique industrial-strength rubberized flexible skirt that shields and protects the wheels to within an inch of the ground, while still allowing for enough flex to give clearance over bumpy and uneven terrain.

And if you wouldn’t be noticed enough just by driving around in a mini tank, the Donk features lots of exterior lighting. We’re talking head and tail lights, turn signal lights, trim lighting, and underbody lighting (did they have ground effects on Tatooine).

Don’t forget to bring your iPod while you’re cruising around in the Donk. Inside there’s a 400 watt premium sound system with PA system that you can use to blast sound outside the vehicle.

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