Benedict Cumberbatch Rules Himself out of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and DOCTOR WHO

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According to Benedict Cumberbatch Star Wars and Doctor Who are two franchises he won’t be a part of in the near future.  For Star Wars: Episode VII, fronted by his Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams, it wasn’t for lack of trying on Cumberbatch’s part.  It appears as though he would have liked a part in in the highly anticipated film, but, alas, he will not appear on the casting sheet.  Cumberbatch was rumored to have a role in the film quite a few months ago, but we’ve yet to hear any official word (ie, from the studio itself) one way or the other.  As for Doctor Who, it certainly sounds as if Cumberbatch has a zero level of interest in ever joining the franchise.  Honest truths or studio spin?  You make the call after the jump.

Indie Spotlight: THE INSPECTOR CHRONICLES Movie – The Second Season of “Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time”

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If you’re a fan of Doctor Who and/or the Inspector Spacetime parody seen on Community, there’s a good chance you checked out the first season of “Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time.”  Building off of their success, the Inspector team has upped the ante and turned their second season into a feature film, titled The Inspector Chronicles: Untitled Motion Picture About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time.  Series creator Travis Richey returns in the title role in a feature that also stars Sylvester McCoy, Robert Picardo, Chase Masterson, Mayim Bialik, Eric Loya, and Carrie Keranen.  Hit the jump to see how you can help The Inspector Chronicles movie get off the ground!

Toy Fair: Over 250 Pictures From Convention Floor Including FROZEN, BREAKING BAD, DOCTOR WHO, SONS OF ANARCHY, ANCHORMAN 2, and More

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As someone with a major soft spot for Funko products, their booth at Toy Fair 2014 was a standout.  The company came with dozens of brand new items including The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy bobble heads, and POP! collections for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ghostbusters, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and more.

Mattel showed off new Hot Wheels and Frozen products while Mezco Toyz previewed brand new pieces for Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad including a variety of six-inch Walter Whites (Bryan Cranston), a replication of the infamous pink teddy bear, and Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Clay (Ron Perlman) figurines. Underground Toys had a huge assortment of Doctor Who products while Cryptozoic Entertainment put some of their new trading card series on display.  We even caught the Khaleesi trying to sell some dragon eggs (or rather, paperweights) on the convention center floor.  We also got a look at toy lines for Anchorman 2, Axe Cop, Daft Punk, and so much more.  We snapped over 250 photos while walking around, so you can see Toy Fair for yourself after the jump.

Director Ben Wheatley Talks A FIELD IN ENGLAND, His Film Influences, Working on DOCTOR WHO, HIGH RISE, and More

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Ben Wheatley’s filmography defies easy categorization.  With just four films under his belt, Wheatley has directed a dysfunctional family mobster melodrama (Down Terrace), a hitman cult horror tragedy (Kill List) and a romantic serial-killer comedy (Sightseers).  His latest, A Field In England (released last year in the UK, Friday here in the US), is perhaps his oddest amalgamation yet: a psychedelic supernatural wartime period piece, harkening back to the experimental genre pictures of English provocateur Ken Russell.  In a (well…) field in England, four war deserters are taken captive by an alchemist and forced to search for a buried treasure.  As the characters descend into petty grievance and madness, the film itself begins to mirror their mental state, the reality of what’s on screen coming into question.  It’s another strong heady entry from Wheatley, who has rightly been heralded as one of the best new English filmmakers today.

In the following interview with Wheatley, he discusses the resurgence of artsploitation films, Ken Russell’s The Devils and accolades from Martin Scorsese & Nicolas Roeg. In addition Wheatley, currently shooting the first two episodes of the upcoming Doctor Who season, gives updates on his next motion picture High Rise and his (supposed) American film debut Freakshift.  For the full interview, hit the jump.  A Field in England opens in the U.S. on February 7th.

DOCTOR WHO Alert! First Look at Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Time Lord

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In Peter Capaldi’s own words, his version of the title character of BBC’s Doctor Who is “100 per cent Rebel Time Lord.”  This newly released image shows off the Twelfth Time Lord’s new look, which is a great  teaser for fans with only a casual interest in the series, as well as those planning to get their cosplay costumes as authentic as possible for the upcoming convention year.  The first episode of the eighth series of Doctor Who began earlier this month, just after the successful premiere of the series’ Christmas special, in which Capaldi first appeared.

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First Look at Peter Capaldi in Costume as Filming on DOCTOR WHO Series 8 Begins

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Production has officially begun on the eighth series of Doctor Who, complete with an entirely new Doctor.  Peter Capaldi steps into the titular role recently vacated by Matt Smith, and BBC has released the first image of Capaldi in full costume alongside co-star Jenna Coleman.  The first episode of series eight was written by showrunner Steven Moffat, while the second was penned by Phil Ford; both are being directed by Kill List and Sightseers helmer Ben Wheatley.  Speaking about his first day of filming, Capaldi said, “New job, first day, slightly nervous.  Just like the Doctor, I’m emerging from the TARDIS into a whole other world.”

Filming on Doctor Who will continue in Cardiff until August 2014.  Hit the jump to check out the first image and to read remarks from the show’s crew regarding the new series.

Trailer, Images, and Posters for DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special THE TIME OF THE DOCTOR

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BBC America has released the first trailer and a collection of images and posters for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special The Time of the Doctor.  The episode will mark star Matt Smith’s last appearance as The Doctor before he hands off the role to new Doctor Peter Capaldi.  Preceding the special will be a farewell documentary titled Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith, narrated by Alex Kingston and featuring interviews with numerous castmates, writers, producers, and guest stars. All this to say that if you’re a Who fan, you’re probably going to want to set aside some time (or your DVR) this coming Christmas Day.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and images.  Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith airs on BBC America December 25th at 8pm ET, immediately followed by the Christmas special The Time of the Doctor.

Celebrate 50 Years of DOCTOR WHO with this Video Game Easter Egg Hunt

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Doctor Who is well known for traveling across space and time, but how about appearing across different media?  We just celebrated Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary with a simulcast special last weekend.  Now, some intrepid gamers have scoured some 30 years worth of video games to tease out Doctor Who Easter eggs that range from the obvious to the obscure.  The only thing more foreign to me than this collection of video games is the history and mythology of the good doctor himself, but fans of the long-running show should enjoy the trip down memory lane regardless.  Hit the jump to check it out.

First 2 Clips from ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES; Ron Burgundy Shills for TSN and Doesn’t Understand DOCTOR WHO

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The first two clips from Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues have been released along with a couple spots of Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) shilling for Canada’s The Sports Network (TSN) and having a “Who’s on First” conversation about Doctor Who.  The clips are about as silly as you’d expect.  One clip has Ron being unable to understand an Australian accent and the other has him commenting on the scent of a rival anchor’s poop.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and TV spots.  The film also stars Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Meagan Good, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison FordAnchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th.

Watch Teasers for SHERLOCK Season 3, DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special, and ORPHAN BLACK Season 2

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The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor was simulcast in over 200 countries today, creating a nice opportunity to air teasers for other fine British productions.  Naturally, there was a 10-second promo for the Doctor Who Christmas special which promised “Silence Will Fall” and a visit to the planet Trenzalore.  There were also slightly longer 30-second promos for Sherlock season 3 and Orphan Black season 2. Given where the previous season left off, the Sherlock clip opens on a tombstone that reads “Sherlock Holmes” before reassuring fans with the hashtag #sherlocklives.  The Orphan Black clip reveals the April 19, 2014 premiere date, then retreats as a distraught Tatiana Maslany stalks toward the camera.

Sherlock returns to PBS January 19.  Peter Capaldi will be fully revealed as the new Doctor on December 25.  Watch the teasers after the jump.

Jenna Coleman Talks DOCTOR WHO: THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR, the 50th Anniversary, What She’ll Miss About Working With Matt Smith, Future Projects, and More

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In honoring the legacy of the longest-running and most successful sci-fi series in history, the groundbreaking television event, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special, brings together the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith and the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, with companion Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt, and sees them embarking on their greatest adventure across space and time.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Jenna Coleman talked about what it’s been like to play Clara, how determined she is to embrace and enjoy the experience, how emotional it got towards the end of Matt Smith’s run as the Eleventh Doctor, how amazing it is to be a part of the iconic series during its 50th anniversary, what she’ll miss most about working with Matt Smith, when she learned what Clara’s story arc would be, filming her episodes out of order, what she thinks would most surprise fans about the way the show is shot, her favorite episodes, and what she’d most like to have from the set.  She also talked about the type of questions fans ask her, her experience on Captain America, what attracted her to Death Comes to Pemberley, and the type of roles she’d like to do, in the future.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Check Out Matt Ferguson’s Series of DOCTOR WHO Silhouette Prints

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Doctor Who premiered on the BBC November 23, 1963 and launched an everlasting, beloved sci-fi franchise.  The 50th anniversary is Saturday, and to commemorate, the 3D special Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor will be simulcast to over 200 countries.  The last two Doctors, Matt Smith and David Tennant, star alongside John Hurt (playing another Doctor!), Jenna Coleman, and Billie Piper.

To coincide with the special, Matt Ferguson created a series of 11 posters with a silhouette of all the Doctors.  Check them out and find out how to buy after the jump.

Trailer for DOCTOR WHO: THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR, Starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt, Airing November 23rd

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We’re two weeks away from the worldwide simulcast debut of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor.  To mark the occasion, we’re bringing you the newly released trailer for the special, which will air on the BBC America November 23rd.  While there’s no sign of the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, just yet, the trailer does feature stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt.  What are you waiting for?  Hit the jump to check it out!

Director Richard Curtis Talks ABOUT TIME, Deleted Scenes, Retiring from Directing, Writing an Episode of DOCTOR WHO, and More

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From writer/director Richard Curtis (Love Actually), About Time is charming, endearing, heart-warming and, at times, a real tear-jerker.  The story follows Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), whose father (Bill Nighy) tells him, at the age of 21, that the men in their family have always had the ability to travel through time.  He can’t change history, but he can make his world, and the life that he shares with his beautiful girlfriend Mary (Rachel McAdams), a better place.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Richard Curtis talked about why he waited to make this film, editing it down from a three-hour cut, the casting process for the lead roles, how challenging it was to set a scene in a restaurant that serves in complete darkness, and whether this will really be his last film as a director.  He also talked about the two projects he’s written since this – Esio Trot for the BBC, with Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench, and Trash, directed by Stephen Daldry – and how he ended up writing the “Vincent and the Doctor” episode of Doctor Who.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

KILL LIST Director Ben Wheatley to Helm First Two Episodes of the New Season of DOCTOR WHO

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Doctor Who fans could be in for more than one shock when the new season begins.  They’ll already have to adjust to the new Doctor played by Peter Capaldi, and now there’s an unusual choice behind the camera for the first two episodes.  According to Screen Daily, Ben Wheatley, the director behind the gruesomely violent Kill List and the darkly hilarious Sightseers, will helm the first two episodes of the new season.  I’ve only watched a couple episodes, but they didn’t strike me as something that would invite a scene where the Doctor would graphically break apart someone’s face with a sonic screwdriver.  For the Doctor Who fans, is this a plausible scenario?

The new season of Doctor Who will begin filming in December for a fall 2014 premiere.  Wheatley is also attached to the HBO drama series Silk Road, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High Rise, and his first U.S. feature, Freakshift, which is “about a band of misfits who hunt down and kill nocturnal monsters.”

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