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TV Review: Doctor Who 10.1 “The Pilot”
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Doctor Who 10.1 The Pilot BBC

Doctor Who
Season 10, Episode 1 “The Pilot”
Directed by Lawrence Gough
Written by Steven Moffat
Starring Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Stephanie Hyam
BBC America
Air date: April 15, 2017

At last, at last, Doctor Who returns to the airwaves regularly for the first time since December 2015! The long wait is over. We finally get to see Peter Capaldi kick off his last season playing the Doctor. We also start to find out what Steven Moffat has in store for his sixth and final tour through the Doctor Who universe. To top it off, we are introduced to new companion Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie. The result is fairly wonderful introduction to a textured new companion, told with a grace and charm that highlights the strengths of the show.

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Max Landis To Remake ‘An American Werewolf In London’
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Max Landis to Remake An American Werewolf in London

Another day another story about a remake. News of these remakes are not entirely unexpected as the well of original stories has practically run dry. Most would agree that today’s remakes are poor if not nauseating reflections of the original.

So just imagine how An American Werewolf in London fans are feeling when they heard that Max Landis will write and direct the remake. More on the story below.

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New Trailer For Netflix’s Queen Elizabeth Series ‘The Crown’
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Netflix's The Crown

Back in January we saw a pair of sizzle reels for a couple of Netflix’s upcoming original titles, The Crown and The Get Down…which would also work as a single title people would be curious to learn more about.

The Get Down has already been released, but The Crown still has a little over a month before its arrival. Until then, Netflix has released a new trailer for the series, which follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II beginning in 1947.

Continue below to watch the new trailer.

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Trailers For Netflix Series ‘The Crown,’ and ‘The Get Down’
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Netflix's The Crown

Netflix has released trailers for a pair of their upcoming series, titled The Crown and The Get Down.

The Crown is created by Peter Morgan, who has previously worked on the scripts for The Queen, The Last King of Scotland, The Other Boleyn Girl, Frost/Nixon, The Damned United, Rush, and others. It’s a biographical story about the British royal family. The Get Down is created by Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, Australia, and The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann and Shawn Ryan, who’s credited as creator/showrunner or producer on series like The Shield, Last Resort, The Unit, Lie to Me, and Terriers.

You can see who’s starring in the two series and watch the trailers below.

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Book Review: Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds
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Doctor Who Impossible Worlds title Harper Collins

Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds
Hardcover | Kindle
by Stephen Nicholas and Mike Tucker
Harper Design | Dey Street Books | HarperCollins Publishers
Release Date: October 27, 2015

Attics can be wonderful, beautiful things. Sometimes they are repositories of worthless junk, but more often they have such wonderful stories to tell. They are full of boxes. Some contain toys from childhood. Others hold certificates, pictures, and correspondence. Still others contain mementos and heirlooms of events both obscure and infamous. There are such stories to be learned, if one can only gain entry and do some research.

That is how it could be for Doctor Who. With 52 years now passed since the show began production, what stories can its artifacts and ephemera tell us? We know the exoteric truths of the show’s production from its primary artifacts — the episodes produced by and shown on the BBC. Surely, there must be more than that. What were the stories, the images, the ideas that never made it onto those tapes? What did time or budget make impossible? What was merely deemed to be poor creative choice?

These are the motivating themes of a new book, Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds by Stephen Nicholas and Mike Tucker. It proposes to take us into the Doctor Who production design department to show how the core ideas of the series transformed from imagination to television drama for over 50 years. In this, it succeeds more than it fails and provides the reader with some rich visual insight into the history of Doctor Who.

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First U.S. Trailer For ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Bennet Sisters

Earlier this month, the UK Trailer was released for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the upcoming film adapted from the Quirk Books title of the same name.

Now, Sony Pictures has released the U.S. trailer for the film, which is a take on Jane Austen’s literary classic Pride and Prejudice, and centers on the Bennett sisters — Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) — and their zombie-killing abilities in Regency-era England.

Watch the new trailer here below, and check out the new movie poster.

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Book Review: Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters by Justin Richards
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Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters
Hardcover | Kindle
by Justin Richards
Harper Design | HarperCollins Publishers
Release date: September 29, 2015

Ahhh, what would it mean to know the mind of a Time Lord? It must be something to know what a Time Lord saw. There must be wit! There must be wisdom! There must be an ambivalence, a humor about the mundane moments. There must be perspective that comes from the understanding of time and history as a sometimes malleable thing. So, we are presented with a book called Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters. What does it tell us?

In the end, it doesn’t tell us much. It tries to create a narrative of Doctor Who history that is approachable for younger television viewers. The actual history of the show is far more complex than that, due to reasons that have little to do with good storytelling. The full-color hardcover title does little to weave together all the historical threads of the Doctor’s lives. Instead, the book’s best appeal is to provide both older and younger viewers with an excellent photo collage of the entire history of Doctor Who. That, I think, is what will keep readers coming back to this book.

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First Trailer For ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’
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The first trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the upcoming film based on the Seth Grahame-Smith novel of the same name, has been released.

Watch the trailer, which is the UK version, here below. The U.S. version, which likely won’t be much different, is scheduled to be released very soon.

The story, based on the horror mash-up from Quirk Books, is a take on Jane Austen’s Regency classic Pride and Prejudice, centering on the Bennett sisters — Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse).

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New Images From ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Released
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Bennet Sisters

Last October, we got the first look at main stars of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s horror-classics mash-up of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. That first photo featured the Bennett sisters — Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) — ready to do battle against zombies in pre-Victorian-era England.

Now, new images from the upcoming film have been released via EW. Check them out here below in the image gallery.

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Movie Review: Terminator Genisys
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Terminator Genisys Movie Review

Terminator Genisys
Director: Alan Taylor
Screenwriters: Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Lee Byung-hun, Matt Smith, J. K. Simmons
Paramount Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 119 Minutes
Release Date: July 1, 2015

“Hasta la vista…”

Directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), Terminator Genisys is the fifth film in the Terminator series. It’s also the franchise’s nadir — just in case you thought it couldn’t get any worse than Jonathan Mostow’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) or McG’s Terminator Salvation (2009).

In the year 2029, John Connor (Jason Clarke) leads the human resistance against the machines. Here’s the thing about this franchise that boggles my mind: why do studios and screenwriters insist on making this goddamn series about Future John Connor™?

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