Monthly Archives: March 2013

An announcement from the BBC:

Doctor Who : David Tenant & Billie Piper

David Tennant and Billie Piper to return for blockbuster celebrations with John Hurt also confirmed.

The BBC has today revealed some of the all-star cast that will mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.  David Tennant and Billie Piper will join current Doctor and companion, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, while John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alien, Harry Potter) will also co-star.

Last seen as the Doctor on January 1st 2010, this will be the first time Tennant has reprised his role as the Tenth Doctor.  During his reign as the Time Lord, Tennant appeared in three series as well as several specials.  He was first revealed as the Doctor in the 2005 series finale, ‘The Parting of the Ways’.

Meanwhile Billie Piper, who played companion Rose Tyler for two series following the reboot in 2005, will appear in the show for the first time since featuring in Tennant’s last episode, ‘The End of Time’ in 2010.

Also confirmed to join the cast is John Hurt who will also co-star in the 3D anniversary special that will form part of blockbuster celebrations, set to take over the BBC.  Produced by BBC Cymru Wales for BBC One, the 50th anniversary will be written by Steven Moffat and Directed by Nick Hurran.

Filming for the 50th anniversary starts this week.  Meanwhile a brand new series starts on BBC ONE today (30 March) at 6:15pm for a run of eight epic episodes, which officially introduces the Doctor’s newest companion, Clara Oswald, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Jean Grey

Jean Grey

MTV interviewed Hugh Jackman and it’s clear he’s very passionate about this movie. Here are a few highlights of that interview:

It’s dear to [Marvel’s] hearts. It’s one of the most intriguing, interesting, and actually one of the most dominant parts of the comic book lore, Wolverine in Japan or the Japanese Saga or the Samurai Saga, it’s been called,I think it is, from the very first ‘X-Men’ movie I did in 1999, I saw this comic book and I remember saying to Lauren Shuler Donner, our producer, ‘This is a great movie.”

About the villian Viper, played by Svetlana Khodchenkova:

Viper is a badass, for someone who plays Wolverine, who is pretty badass. … She’s not your girl next door. You’re going to end up kind of loving every minute she has on screen.

Is Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) making a cameo appearance?

There’s no doubt that the most important relationship in his life is — we’ve seen through the movies — is his relationship with Jean Grey. Yes, we saw her die at the end of ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ but in this movie, she has a presence, which I think is vital to the movie, particularly for him confronting the most difficult thing within himself.

“This September, two classic game franchises get the zombie treatment from creator Robert Kirkman’s best-selling Eisner Award-winning comic book series.”

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (March 27, 2013) — Zombies are massing to make a run at your real estate and they’re bent on world domination in updated takes on the classic game franchises, Monopoly and Risk. Brought to you by USAopoly—and available exclusively from Diamond Comic Distributors— MONOPOLY: The Walking Dead Survival Edition and RISK: The Walking Dead Survival Edition games are both slated for a September 2013 release.  Kirkman’s groundbreaking  The Walking Dead  graphic novels were #1 in sales for the past two years.

“We’re extremely excited to be working with USAopoly and Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics in what promises to be two great games that are destined to be bestsellers for retailers,” said Bill Schanes, Diamond’s VP-Purchasing.

WDRisk Monopoly - Walking Dead Edition

Despite its post-apocalyptic setting, MONOPOLY: The Walking Dead Survival Edition (Diamond Item Code: APR132229: SRP: 39.99) delivers classic Monopoly wheeling and dealing game play.  Players vie for, and then must fortify, the prime real estate and resources that will sustain their lives. There’s only one victor that will outlast the others – whether living or undead – when all is said and done. This completely customized game features six collectible tokens, optional speed play and a fight to the finish!

Risk - Walking Dead Edition

In RISK: The Walking Dead Survival Edition (Diamond Item Code: APR132230: SRP: $49.99) it’s a fun, new twist on classic Risk game play.  USAopoly will debut a brand new map set in the southeast region of the United States where players battle and scavenge for their very lives. Contending for survival at every turn, gamers must not only fend off attacks from the living who compete for precious, limited resources upon which their survival depends , but they also must maintain their self-preservation from the unrelenting hordes of the undead that would feast upon them. A new deck of “Supply Cards” will add strategy, fun and flavor to this classic tabletop game.  Gamers can expect a fast-paced game of attrition and survival, where this time—the last man standing wins!

Both games are offered for pre-order in Diamond’s April PREVIEWS catalog, which hits the shelves of comic book shops on March 28th. To pre-order the games, find a comic shop near you at www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook. Retailers interested in purchasing the games are encouraged to contact Diamond’s New Accounts Department at newaccounts@diamondcomics.com or via phone at 800-45-COMIC.

Poster

Poster

Disney just announced today that there will be an Iron Man exhibit at Disneyland’s Innoventions in Tomorrowland:

Beginning April 13, Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries will give Disneyland park guests the chance to see Tony Stark’s Hall of Armor, featuring Iron Man suits Mark I-VII – the same suits featured in “Iron Man 3.” And you will even be able to virtually “suit up,” yourself! Through simulation technology, guests will be able to see what it’s like to operate the latest pieces of the Mark 42 Iron Man armor, even getting the chance to test out its infamous repulsor blasts.

It's a Small WorldLOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney says a disabled man was awarded $8,000 by Disneyland after the “It’s A Small World” ride broke, stranding him for a half hour while the theme song played continuously.

Lawyer David Geffen says Jose Martinez didn’t medically stabilize for three hours after the ride broke down in 2009.

Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said the Anaheim theme park believes it provided appropriate assistance during the incident, and is disappointed that the court did not fully agree.

Geffen says Martinez uses a wheelchair, suffers from panic attacks and high blood pressure, which was aggravated by a need to urinate.

Geffen says half the award ordered Friday is for pain and suffering, and the rest is for a violation of disability law. Brown says the violation has been addressed.

It’s back. Secret City Geek Lab was privileged to be a part of the Course of the Force Relay last year and hopefully we’ll be able to do it again.

Nerdist Industries And Lucasfilm’s Course Of The Force Returns For An Epic Second Journey July 9-16
Lightsaber Relay Strikes the California Coast
From Skywalker Ranch To San Diego Comic-Con International

SAN FRANCISCO, March 27, 2013: On the heels of last year’s monumental, first-of-its-kind event, Course of the Force, the lightsaber run that captivated the attention of Star Wars fans around the world, is returning July 9th–16th, 2013. Kicking off at the famed Skywalker Ranch, participants will continue the relay run down through San Francisco with several stops along the California coastline before reaching the finish line— arriving just in time for the start of the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con® International convention. Nerdist Industries’ founder Chris Hardwick will be back to host the event, with city-stops along the way featuring “Conivals” where fans can celebrate their love of the Saga with live entertainment, expo booths, giveaways and much more.

“Our plan to run at Comic-Con screaming with a lightsaber worked beyond our wildest dreams. People showed up! Lots of them! In cosplay! And we were able to grant more than 1000 wishes for Make-A-Wish!” said Chris Hardwick. “Last year we started in Santa Monica, this year, Marin, and hopefully next year Tatooine.”

Course of the Force has reteamed with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® chapters of Greater Bay, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego with 100 percent of all runner registration proceeds benefiting the charity. In 2012, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® had a strong presence during the inaugural event, with Make-A-Wish kids participating in the opening and closing ceremonies of Course of the Force and running in the event.

Given the overwhelming response to the 2012 relay, this year’s event is expanding and will cover nearly 500 miles; at the end of the route, Course of the Force will be hosting activities at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego during San Diego Comic-Con International from July 18th-20th.

Highlights from last year’s 136-mile Course of the Force lightsaber run featured a caravan of costumed runners, Jabba the Hutt’s Sail Barge and two Yoda-fied RVs traveling down the Pacific Coast Highway.

In addition to helping grant wishes, participants of Course of the Force will run quarter-mile segments down the California coast, passing off the official Course of the Force lightsaber. Registration is now open at http://www.starwars.com/courseoftheforce. Each relay spot is $150, which includes a customized Hasbro lightsaber, exclusive Course of the Force swag bag and the experience of a lifetime. Runners are encouraged to be creative and wear their best Star Wars gear.

All Course of the Force video content will be distributed via Starwars.com athttp://www.starwars.com/courseoftheforce and hosted on the Nerdist YouTube channel athttp://www.youtube.com/Nerdist.

For more information on Course of the Force, visithttp://www.starwars.com/courseoftheforce.

Independence DayCan you believe it’s been 17 years since aliens blew up the White House? Original producer/direct Roland Emmerich talks to Entertainment Weekly about the development of a two-part sequel to this blockbuster movie.

The films take place 20 years after the original, when a distress call sent by the first wave of aliens finally brings reinforcements to Earth. The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back and they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.

It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. [Humans] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane.

The first one ends on a little success, but only enough to give the humans hope. And then in the second one they free themselves again [from the aliens].

 

Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian

Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian

Marvel.com has an extensive interview with Guy Pearce about his role as Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3 in theaters May 3.

Killian is an interesting character as he’s somebody who came into this world with a number of physical disabilities. He’s never been able to accept those limitations though and has spent most of his life trying to overcome them in any way he can. His tenacity and blind determination in fighting for a better life are seen by some as irritating, as he often comes across as obnoxious. He just won’t accept the cards he was dealt, and being as intelligent as he is, has real drive to change and become a different person.

So we find him at the start of the film in a flashback and we see the ambitious, almost annoying, guy that he is.  He takes opportunities to try and latch onto people like Tony Stark. So you see this very ambitious character and you see him later on in the film having made a change, and Tony and the other people that have met him early on kind of go, “How did this happen? How did he do this?” But he’s a dangerous character. He wants to become all-powerful. That’s sort of a driving force with him and Tony Stark realizes eventually what this guy is capable of.

Regarding the Pepper, Tony, Aldrich love triangle:

When Killian started his organization A.I.M., however many years ago, Pepper was somebody whom he employed to work there. Obviously, from the outset he was very keen on her. She’s smart, she’s attractive, she’s a great girl. But Killian was someone that she was never interested in. When we meet Killian early on in the film, everything about him is unappealing on some kind of level and she always kept him at arm’s length. Then years later when he goes to her to basically look for funding and to get her involved again, she’s completely taken aback by how charming he is and how wonderful he now looks, plus his attitude’s changed. So she is kind of taken by him; she doesn’t quite know what’s happening to her and her reaction to him. And obviously, she and Tony Stark have a relationship, so this causes a little rift between those two.

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