Thursday, July 31, 2014

BBC America Theatrical Events to Launch Doctor Who's 8th Season


Season Launches with Live Pre-Show and Post-Show Hosted by Chris Hardwick on BBC AMERICA on August 23

12 Midnight Theatrical Events in 12 Cities on August 23

Theatrical Events in Over 550 Theaters Across the U.S. on August 25

New York – July 31, 2014 – It’s a new beginning for the iconic series that explores all of space and time, as award-winning actor Peter Capaldi takes on the role of the mysterious time traveler, the Doctor. BBC AMERICA will launch Peter Capaldi’s first season of Doctor Who with special programming on the channel and theatrical events across the country with Fathom Events. The new season of Doctor Who premieres Saturday, August 23, 8:00pm ET on BBC AMERICA. (Trailer, Photos)

Announced today, comedian and Doctor Who superfan Chris Hardwick will host Doctor Who: Live Pre-Show at 7:30pm ET and Doctor Who: After Who Live at 11:00pm ET following the premiere of Intruders on August 23. The pre-show and post-show will feature an array of guests in the studio including writer and actor Mark Gatiss along with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.

Doctor Who’s feature-length season premiere episode, Deep Breath, is a pulse-racing adventure through Victorian London. Directed by Ben Wheatley and written by Steven Moffat, the episode stars Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald, Neve McIntosh as Madame Vastra, Catrin Stewart as Jenny Flint and Dan Starkey as Strax.

In the lead up to Doctor Who’s new season, BBC AMERICA will premiere a series of specials including Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion on Saturday, August 16, 9:00pm ET followed by The Real History of Science Fiction: Time at 10:00pm ET and Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord on Monday, August 18, 10:00pm ET. The Doctor Who Takeover Week marathon will kick off Monday, August 18, 8:00am ET. Starting August 6, will give fans a chance to vote for their favorite Doctor Who episodes - the top selections of this “Make Your Own Sunday” poll will run in a BBC AMERICA marathon on Sunday, August 24.

Theatrical Events Across the U.S. - August 23 and August 25

Announced today, BBC AMERICA and Fathom Events are teaming up again for two days of theatrical screening events of Doctor Who Season Premiere: Deep Breath in the U.S. This electrifying episode will be shown in select cinemas across the U.S. and will also include 15 minutes of cinema exclusive bonus content.

On Saturday, August 23 at midnight, there will be 12 theatrical events in 12 cities at 12am/midnight to celebrate the launch of the new season. More information will be announced on August 5 at

On Monday, August 25, the celebration goes nationwide with two showings at 7:00pm and 9:30pm (local time). The event will be presented in more than 550 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. Tickets are now available for Doctor Who Season Premiere: Deep Breath at participating theater box offices and online at 

For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

About Doctor Who:
Ahead of the new season premiere, Doctor Who: The World Tour will see the stars visiting seven cities across five continents in 12 days to publicize the upcoming season. Details about the New York visit on August 14 will be announced in the coming days. More information on the itinerary for Cardiff (UK), London (UK), Seoul (South Korea), Sydney (Australia), Mexico City (Mexico) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) is available on 

Doctor Who is BBC AMERICA’s highest-rated series, has set social media records and received numerous awards including last year’s Institutional Peabody Award. The series has enjoyed success off-air with more than 10 million DVDs and 8 million action figures sold globally and is the BBC’s top series on iTunes in the U.S. and UK. Doctor Who is a BBC Wales production for BBC One and distributed by BBC Worldwide.

Doctor Who Season 8 Official Photos

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

'Hercules" Review: Dwayne Johnson Muscles Into Summer

Can you smell what the Herc is cooking?
Hercules lost a fight to a girl.

Well, at the box office anyway. "Lucy," starring Scarlett Johansson, triumphed over Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend. The brainy "Lucy" brought in $44 million, compared to the brawny "Hercules" collecting $29 million.

We gave "Lucy" a glowing review a few days back. But that doesn't mean we are here to disparage "Hercules."

Far from it. "Hercules" is a highly enjoyable summer flick. It just doesn't pretend to require a Mensa-level IQ to get lost in its 98 minutes of action. In fact, it doesn't even take its own mythology too seriously. One of the running gags is whether Hercules really is the Son of Zeus. Or does he just have a good publicity agent (storyteller Iolaus, portrayed by Reece Ritchie)?

Women Who Kick Ass Panel - SDCC 2014

Orphan Black Panel SDCC 2014 with Tatiana Maslany

There are three parts to the panel but this is the one that is getting the most hits for some really good reasons.  In addition to getting a special actress award from the fan club, The Clone Club, Tatiana Maslany hears from a fan with a special story.

Marvel v DC Movie Release Dates

So many movies coming out from Marvel and DC - lets take a look.  Obviously most of these dates are subject to change, especially movies further out.  I am uncertain of the accuracy of these dates as different web sites list different dates and some of the more official sites don't seem to be updated.

Color Key
Marvel Studios
Fox-Sony - Marvel Product

DC is staying away from Marvel until 2016!!

August 1 - Guardians of the Galaxy


May 1 - The Avengers - Age of Ultron

June 19 - Fantastic Four reboot

July 17 - Ant-Man


May 6 - Captain America 3
DC comes out swinging in 2016 - one of the May 6 movies needs to move

May 6 - Batman v Superman

May 27 - The X-Men - Apocalypse

July 18 - Doctor Strange

July - Shazam

November 11 - The Sinister Six

December - Sandman


DC may have the upper hand in 2017
May 5 - Unannounced Marvel Studios (Thor 3?)

May - Justice League

July 28 - Guardians of the Galaxy 2

July - Wonder Woman

November 3 - Unannounced Marvel Studios

December - Green Lantern - Flash

TBD - Wolverine sequel

TBD - Fantastic Four sequel

Marvel will come back in 2018 and dominate

May 4 - The Avengers 3

May - Man of Steel 2

July 6 - Unannounced Marvel Studios

November 2 - Unannounced Marvel Studios

TBD - The Amazing Spider-Man 3


May 3 - Unannounced Marvel Studios

I will be interested in seeing what happens in May 2016.  The Batman v Superman movie is going to be huge and important to this entire plan for DC.  They cannot go up against the established Captain America.  Both films will suffer in the end and DC has more riding on this than Marvel.  Expect DC to move to April or June.

Later in 2016 the battle of the unknowns will be interesting as well.  If Batman v Superman sets up Shazam and Sandman properly then we should see some big hits.  Marvel's next new superhero introduction won't be a given by any stretch.

2017 will have three big DC movies and Marvel may counter with some heavy hitters of their own.  It would appear that Guardians is going to be a huge hit in 2014 and so should do well again.  It depends on what Marvel has in store for the rest of its films in 2017.

2018 should be all Marvel even with Man of Steel 2 there. Still, if DC has managed to have duplicated Marvel's success then by 2018 there could be more DC movies in the works.

I don't expect any battles per say but if both franchises give each other a little distance, both should do well.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Godzilla 2 Details from SDCC 2014

More info about the Godzilla sequel includes what monsters will be appearing in the film. Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah will be in the movie.

Great news - let's hope Godzilla is in the movie this time!!