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‘The Elder Scrolls Online’ Gets An Excellent Voice Cast Including John Cleese, Bill Nighy, Kate Beckinsale
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If you’re excited to explore the ultimate Elder Scrolls open world map in The Elder Scrolls Online, that excitement is about to be elevated. Because the game isn’t just about exploring a massive map that includes previous game locations visited in Morrowind, Oblivion, and most recently, Skyrim. It also includes a story and plenty of quests, which of course means voice actors are necessary.

Bethesda Softworks has announced the official voice cast for The Elder Scrolls Online, which is being developed by ZeniMax Online Studios, and it is an impressive line up. You can see who’s on board, who they’re voicing, and watch a cool video of some of the actors talking about and recording lines for the game below.

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Blu-ray Review: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Blu-rayHarry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Blu-ray Combo | DVD | On Demand
Directed by David Yates
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Warner Home Video
Release date: April 15, 2011

The tale of the wizard Harry Potter and his struggle against the evil Lord Voldemort has nearly reached its end in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the first of a two-part finale for the film franchise. The Harry Potter movies have come a long way in the 10 years since the first offering, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, when Harry was just a little boy and Voldemort was merely a named to be feared and never spoken. As Harry and his loyal friends grew older, the franchise got darker, with this latest one being the darkest and most frightening one of all.

Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) power has grown strong and, as always, his one focus in life is to kill Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), the boy who lived, the Chosen One, the one destined to bring about his downfall. Thanks to his friends and powerful allies, Harry has managed to either stay hidden from the dark lord or escape his clutches whenever they’ve battled. But unlike the previous installments, in The Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the wizard world itself has grown dark, too. Voldemort’s Death Eaters and other minions and loyal subjects have taken over the government with a mission to rule over the Muggle — non-magical — world and subjugate all Muggles and Muggle-born wizards and witches. No one is safe under this regime, so Harry and his friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) are forced to go underground on their own while searching for the hidden Horcruxes, the magical artifacts that house pieces of Voldemort’s soul that the trio must figure out how to destroy.

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TARDISblend 18: A Christmas Carol
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A Christmas CarolFollowing the broadcast of the Doctor Who Christmas Special, the TARDISblend returns, as we not only review A Christmas Carol, but discuss the new teaser trailer for Doctor Who Series 6, and discover a couple of bits and pieces you may have missed!

To kick off the show, we dissect the new trailer, discussing the elements we enjoyed seeing the most, and then highlight a couple of minor pieces of footage included in the trailer that connect to a stand-alone episode in Series 5 called The Lodger. We dive into reviewing A Christmas Carol, and examine the excellent performance of Michael Gambon in the show.

Later, we review some of the related Doctor Who news floating around the web — including information about new cast members for Torchwood, and a free Doctor Who e-book released by the BBC.

See below for the podcast player to listen to TARDISblend Episode 18.

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Watch Now: Inside Look Of ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special
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Doctor Who: A Christmas CarolThe Doctor Who Christmas Special is only a few weeks away, and BBC America are continuing promotion of A Christmas Carol with the release of a short video featuring cast members Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill discussing the special and the guests acting in the show.

View the “inside-look” video below.

Directed by Toby Haynes, the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special picks up where Series 5 left off, and also features Michael Gambon and Katherine Jenkins.

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol will air on both the BBC in the UK and BBC America in the USA on December 25.

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‘Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol’ DVD & Blu-ray Details
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Doctor Who: A Christmas CarolIt hasn’t even aired on television yet, but BBC has announced that Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 15, 2011.

The Christmas special premieres on BBC AMERICA on Christmas Day at 9PM EST in both the U.S. and the UK, making it the first time the series has aired in both places on the same day [read ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special To Air In The US On Christmas Day].

In this tale, inspired by the Charles Dickens holiday classic, Matt Smith returns as the 11th Doctor with Karen Gillan as his companion along with special guest stars Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) and opera diva Katherine Jenkins.

The DVD and Blu-ray will include bonus features such as the behind-the-scenes feature Doctor Who Confidential and the live concert, Doctor Who at the Proms 2010, featuring stars Smith, Gillan and Arthur Darvill as hosts.

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Watch Now: Official Trailer For ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special
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Doctor WhoBBC America has finally released the official trailer for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special. Entitled Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, the trailer indicates that the storyline seems to emulate the classic Dickens tale of the same name.

Scroll down to watch the full trailer.

A Christmas Carol features Matt Smith continuing his journey as the Eleventh Doctor, along with his time-traveling companions, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams. The adventure has been penned by show runner Steven Moffat who has previously stated that this year’s special will be the most “Christmassy Christmas special ever“.

Directed by Toby Haynes, the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special picks up where Series 5 left off, and also features Michael Gambon (otherwise recognized as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series) who, according to the TARDIS Index File, will be playing a character named Kazran. Additionally, Katherine Jenkins joins the cast playing an as-of-yet unspecified role.

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‘Doctor Who’ Filming In America For Season 6
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Doctor WhoAfter setting record-breaking ratings on BBC America, the Doctor Who cast and crew will film a two-part story on American soil for the first time in the show’s history, announced BBC.

Those trying to deduce what the story could be about might start by looking for anything significant that might have happened in a Utah desert during the 1960s. The Doctor, Amy, and Rory start their adventure in Utah and end up in The Oval Office itself, which means one of four different U.S. presidents could make an appearance: Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, or Richard Nixon.

“The Doctor has visited every weird and wonderful planet you can imagine, so he was bound get round to America eventually! And of course every Doctor Who fan will be jumping up and down and saying he’s been in America before. But not for real, not on location — and not with a story like this one! Oh, you wait!” said showrunner Steven Moffat, who will write the two-parter.

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Blu-ray Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox
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Fantastic Mr. Fox Blu-ray DVDFantastic Mr. Fox
Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Directed by Wes Anderson
Starring George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Wallace Wolodarsky, Jason Schwartzman, Eric Chase Anderson
20th Century Fox
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010

I’ve never been a big Wes Anderson fan. The films I have seen from the filmmaker have been too quirky for my tastes, the kind of quirk that crosses the line between adorable and just plain weird. Anderson definitely makes the kinds of films where I would deem it mandatory to find out precisely what type of experience you’re in for before seeing them, because if you don’t you could end up thinking someone switched films on you leaving you lost and bewildered. Keeping that in mind, I think Fantastic Mr. Fox just might be my favorite Wes Anderson film to date.

Based on the children’s novel of the same name by Roald Dahl, the story is about Mr. Fox (George Clooney) and how he outwits his farmer neighbors, stealing their food right from under their noses. Anderson stated that he signed on because Roald Dahl was one of his heroes, so he had a strong personal connection in making the film. I’ve not had the pleasure of reading the book, but while doing some research I learned that the story the book covers would amount to the second act of the film. New scenes were apparently added by Anderson to serve for the film’s beginning and end.

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Movie Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox
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Fantastic Mr. Fox movie posterFantastic Mr. Fox
Directed by Wes Anderson
Voiced by George Clooney, Bill Murray, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Wallace Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker
Release date: November 25, 2009

My relationship with the movies of Wes Anderson can best be described as strained, to say the least. I have a sympathetic ear for the dysfunction he makes his characters wallow in each movie, but aren’t they all really just singing the same song?; that a family, no matter how damaged and quirky, can get through anything as long as they stick together? He has a definitive style, but more and more I get the impression that he is really telling a variation of the same story and trying to hide it by out-weirding the last one. Considering it to be my loudest objection to his movies, I find it curious that one of the biggest compliments I can give Fantastic Mr. Fox is that it feels like a Wes Anderson movie.

The children’s novel by Roald Dahl that the movie is based on is pretty straightforward. Mr. Fox steals chickens, turkeys, and cider from three wealthy nearby farmers. The farmers band together to try to ambush and kill him. He escapes with his family but ends up trapped and starving. After a spell he hatches a plan to create an underground safe haven and steal from them again out from under their noses while they wait for him to emerge.

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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Directed by David Yates
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Helena Bonham Carter
Rated PG
Release Date: July 15, 2009

With each new Harry Potter movie, one must prepare themselves to be deafened by the cries of the divide. People either want the movies to follow the books page for bloody page or they want a standalone movie that they can enjoy outright. At this stage in the game I’m afraid neither one is fully possible.

Before you walk into Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, you have to decide what it is you want out of it before you will be allowed to enjoy it for whatever it is you are looking for. The movie lover in me wants to be able to look at this or any film in the series as a singular unit and enjoy it for what it is and for what it accomplishes — as a film — but I am also a realist. The problem with this approach is that you are dealing with a canon of material that, to me, makes this an unattainable request. If you were dealing with a series of movies that simply involved central characters with a new story each time you might have a better shot at it, but the complete story of Harry Potter was told by way of seven books; each adding more layers and revealing more of the story as it goes along. You are almost forced to enjoy the arc rather than the individual pieces.

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