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Ben Affleck is sure having a love affair with the comic books these days. After taking the role as the caped crusader in the upcoming Batman/Superman film, the actor/director is teaming up with his old buddy Matt Damon to bring another comic series to the big screen. The dynamic duo is producing a film version of Ed Brubraker’s comic book Sleeper. A couple of television writers, Shawn Ryan and David Wiener (from The Shield and The Killing respectively) will pen the screenplay.
Sleeper follows a secret operative who losses his sense of pain and gains a Wolverine-esque healing factor from an alien artifact that allows him to bounce back after otherwise grave injuries. He can also pass his powers on to other people.
However, it seems that Affleck will too busy backing this picture and zip-lining through Gotham to make time for other things, including a remake of the critically-acclaimed French thriller Tell No One. Affleck dropped his directorial position on the remake all the way back in August, but that project has just now found a new helmer in the form of Warrior director Gavin O'Connor. Tell No One's dense and layered thrills would have benefited from Affleck's deft directoral hand; it's doubly a shame that Affleck couldn't find the time for the film since it would have reunited him with Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio. But hopefully Terrio and O'Connor can do the film's remake justice.
In a vote by Britain's RadioTimes.com, David Tennant one the honor of the most popular doctor, capturing 56% of the vote. His long-time companion Rose (Billie Piper) was fittingly voted the best companion.
This vote suggests a nostalgia for a Doctor Who that was not so long ago. Tennant was the Doctor from 2005 to 2010, and he preceded an era in which the sci-fi show has wavered. Under Steven Moffat's writing, Matt Smith's doctor, and the memorable companionship of Rory and Amy Pond, Doctor Who has had some great moments, but its most recent episodes have been among the show's weakest. Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman), the current companion, only managed a ninth place finish, and the last season has seemed to be a long string of unremarkable and uncohesive episodes. Perhaps, as RadioTimes.com editor Tim Glandfield said, the appearance of Tennant and Piper in the 50th anniversary special is a much needed return.
"It's clear from the results of our poll that they define a golden era of Doctor Who and helped introduce a whole new generation to the show - how fitting that they'll be reunited next week for the 50th anniversary special."
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special is just days from hitting our eyeballs. And, with five decades of history to mine, it has the potential to bring back dozens of familiar faces (or voices). It won't be a shock to see Billie Piper, whose involvement was announced months ago and has figured prominently in the excitement-building PR campaign. Piper is heavily responsible for the success of the modern series, as new audiences were introduced to the traveling Time Lord and the TARDIS through the eyes of shopgirl Rose Tyler back in 2005. Based on the cryptic trailers for the special, fans have begun to wonder if Piper is even playing the Rose we know and love in this new story. For the sake of this list, we'll assume that she is, though we fully understand how futile it is to try to predict Doctor Who. Right or wrong, here are five reasons to rejoice over the return of Rose Tyler:
1. It's Rose freakin' Tyler.Every Whovian has a favorite companion, but there's no denying the role that Rose Tyler played in grounding the modern series. She was the perfect doorway into this bizarre world for newbies, a normal girl who possessed huge stores of bravery and compassion.
2. We can catch up with Rose and TenToo.When last we saw Rose, she was sucking face on a beach with her half-human clone Doctor. What have they been up to over in the alternate universe? Is it kids and game nights and bagged lunches, or have they kept on running and getting into trouble? Bets on the latter.
3. It's time for Rose to meet Eleven.She's known two of his faces already; we've been craving a meeting between Rose and Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor. And considering he's the same man who gave up the love of his life for her own sake, we expect some good old fashioned angst.
4. She'll huff and puff and blow your house down.Remember when Rose absorbed the time vortex and disintegrated the Daleks and saved the Doctor and made Jack Harkness immortal without even knowing it? That was awesome. There's a moment in the 50th trailer where her eyes glow like Bad Wolf Rose, so fingers crossed we'll see this badassery again.
5. David Tennant and Billie Piper, you guys.Chemistry like this can't be manufactured, folks. And we really had so few episodes with the perfect pairing of Rose Tyler and the Tenth Doctor. It will do hearts good to see these two together again.
And one reason to fear it.
1. Steven MoffatWhile her creator Russell T. Davies had great affection for Rose Tyler, the current showrunner has gone on record calling the companion a "needy girlfriend." Do we really want our beloved Rose in those hands? Be kind to her, Steven. Or at least fair.
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After experimenting with a batch of newcomers like Josh Hutcherson and Lady Gaga, Saturday Night Live is returning to a mill of tried and true favorites to round out the rest of the year.
Actor and Achorman 2 star Paul Rudd is set to host the December 7 episode with musical guest One Direction. This will be Rudd's third time hosting SNL. His last hosting gig was in 2010 when he appeared alongside musical guest Paul McCartney. Next, actor John Goodman will be returning as host on the December 14 episode. Goodman will make his return after a long hiatus from hosting duty. The actor has hosted SNL a lofty 12 times, but hasn't appeared on the sketch show since 2001. Goodman's musical guest will be the rockers Kings of Leon.
Finally, the December 21 Christmas episode will feature host Jimmy Fallon and musical guest Justin Timberlake. Fallon, a former member of the SNL cast, is the current host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and is slated to take over Tonight Show duties from Jay Leno in February. This will mark Timberlake's fifth appearance as a musical guest on the program.
Former Doctor Who star Tom Baker has risked the wrath of TV bosses by confirming rumours he is set to return to the sci-fi show for the highly-anticipated 50th anniversary special. The Day Of The Doctor episode will mark 50 years since the cult sci-fi show first hit the small screen and it will feature the final appearance of outgoing Time Lord Matt Smith and the introduction of his replacement, Peter Capaldi.
Former Doctor David Tennant will also make an appearance, and now Baker has revealed he is also set to return to the show.
He tells Huffingtonpost.com, "I am in the special. I'm not supposed to tell you that, but I tell you that very willingly and specifically; the BBC told me not to tell anybody but I'm telling you straightaway (sic)."
Baker calls his return to the franchise "the high spot" of his career and the "loveliest professional experience" of his life.
BBC bosses behind the TV special have gone to great lengths to keep the plot secret, and a representative for the corporation refused to confirm or deny Baker's return, saying, "Anything is possible in Doctor Who. But nothing is certain."
Baker was the fourth Doctor Who and played the role from 1974 to 1981.
The Day Of The Doctor airs in the U.K. on 23 November (13) and it will be broadcast in 76 other countries simultaneously to avoid plot leaks. It will also be beamed straight into cinemas in a number of countries.
Celebrity illusionist David Blaine had rapper Kanye West, Woody Harrelson and Will Smith and his family recoiling in horror during a U.S. TV special after putting an ice pick through his hand without drawing blood. The magician took his show to celebrities' homes and performed mind-bending tricks right in front of them, and one particular stunt had West, Harrelson, the Smiths and Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul speechless.
At the start of the David Blaine: Real or Magic show, which aired on Tuesday night (19Nov13), the illusionist had West and Harrelson's stomachs churning as he slowly stuck a sharp pick through his hand, with the end of the blade poking out through the other side - much to his celebrity fans' shock. He then asked West to pull out the ice pick and examine his uninjured hand for himself, as Harrelson looked on.
Blaine repeated the same stunt with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith as their children, Willow and Jaden, watched intently, while he did it again with Cranston and Paul - and they were all left stunned.
Later in the programme, Blaine showed the trick to a doctor, who expressed his amazement at the illusion and joked that there was a "simple explanation" to the cause: "He has no blood running through his veins!"
However, Blaine admitted that not every ice pick trick has gone to plan after working on the stunt for 10 years.
He confessed, "I brushed a nerve the other day and my hand was like, frozen for three days."
During the TV special, Blaine also had germaphobe director Woody Allen averting his eyes as he downed a glass of water and swallowed two goldfish - only to bring them back up hours later, alive and well.
He also surprised Katy Perry by producing a small alligator out of her empty purse, and played card tricks on Harrison Ford, pop star Psy, actress Olivia Wilde and her fiance Jason Sudekis, among others.
While everyone is gearing up for the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who, “The Day of the Doctor,” a battle rages between the fans of the television series and it revolves around one simple question: who is the best Doctor? Since the show was rebooted in 2005, there have been three doctors: Nine, Ten, and Eleven. But there is no consensus as to which regeneration of the iconic British character is the best, and that’s okay because, to us, they’re all fantastic.
Christopher Eccleston as Nine
Although he was only in Doctor Who for a single season, Eccleston shined as the Doctor. However, many people skip Nine and go straight to Ten because Ten is extremely popular. (Don’t skip Nine, skipping Nine is for squares.)
David Tennant as Ten
When most people talk about the newer version of Doctor Who, most associate the show with Tennant’s regeneration as the Tenth Doctor. He stuck around the show from 2005 all the way through 2010. He is the favored Doctor and fans all around the globe — us included — are happy he’s back in his striped suit for the anniversary special.
Matt Smith as Eleven
The newest and youngest version of the Doctor is also a fan favorite. From his love of bowties and fezzes (bowties are cool!) to his description of himself as a madman with a box, what’s not to love about Eleven? We’ll be sad to see him go when the Doctor regenerates once again in the Christmas special this year, but we’re happy to welcome Peter Capaldi to the Doctor Who family.
Dame Helen Mirren has won another award for playing The Queen. The great Brit, who picked up a Best Actress Oscar in 2007 for portraying the top royal in The Queen, was named Best Actress at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday (17Nov13) - this time for her performance in West End stage play The Audience.
Othello co-stars Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear were both honoured with Best Actor trophies for their performances as Othello and Iago, while Dame Maggie Smith and Andrew Lloyd-Webber received special awards at the Savoy Hotel gala.
The Downton Abbey star was feted with the Evening Standard Theatre Icon Award, while impresario Lloyd-Webber was recognised for his contribution to musical theatre.
There were also accolades for Kevin Spacey, who was honoured for his work at London's Old Vic theatre, and to funnyman and author David Walliams for his performance as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along was named 2013's Best Musical, while director Lucy Kirkwood picked up the Best Play award for Chimerica.
The event was hosted by Homeland star Damian Lewis.
David Tennant has been named Britain's favourite ever Time Lord ahead of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary celebrations. The Scot played the time-travelling Doctor between 2005 and 2010 and has topped a poll by RadioTimes.com to find viewers' most beloved incarnation of the cult TV figure.
He gained 56 per cent of the vote, followed by current Time Lord Matt Smith, who will be stepping down later this year (13) to make way for the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
In third was Tom Baker, who played the character from 1974 to 1981, fourth went to Christopher Eccleston, who only lasted one run when the show was rebooted in 2005. The top five was rounded out by 1960s Doctor Who Patrick Troughton.
Meanwhile Tennant's sidekick, Billie Piper, was named as best companion, followed by Elisabeth Sladen and Catherine Tate.
A 50th anniversary special will air in the U.K. later this month (Nov13).
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If you could hop in a time machine, travel back to 2004, and tell the producers of the original Anchorman that their film would become the most omnipresent cinematic property of 2013, just how long would it take them to stop laughing before calling the insane asylum? Improbable as it may be, Anchorman has somehow rode a steady wave of Internet memes and oft-repeated quotes from a modest box-office hit into a legitimate comedy mega-franchise, with companies from Jockey to Chrysler using the moustachioed, scotch-swilling dufus, Ron Burgundy to sell everything from colored briefs to Dodge Durangos. The graduation from everyday film to film franchise isnt complete without some possible spin-off news.
Director Adam McKay has said in an interview with Collider that he is planning a new G-rated Anchorman installment that follows Ron Burgundy's son, Walter Burgundy, and the family dog Baxter. The speculative project would detail the young Burgundy's adventures while his father Ron is away. This spin-off is a completely zany idea that fits right into the mad cap lapse in logic that the Anchorman films thrive on. So what G-rated adventures could Walter Burgundy and Baxter be up to? Why don’t we take some uneducated guesses.
Walter Burgundy commits a hostile takeover of his grade school's news program.Ron Burgundy's son isn't nearly as goofy and harmless as his dad. While he does take after his dad's love of '70s suits and his extreme fondness for facial hair (his moustache is mighty impressive for a grade-schooler), he has far more in common with another famous Walter from Albuquerque. He still possesses his father's intense love for local televised journalism, but he would rather see San Diego Elementary quivering under his boot than move up the ranks in the journalism world the slow way. Welcome your new overlord, San Diego!
Walter and Baxter fight the news programs from other schools.Just like the legendary scene in the first Anchorman, we imagine that Walter and Baxter will get into a street fight with the news programs from other elementary schools, but this fight will probably have fewer tridents and grenades, and more wedgies and purple-nurples. Cameos from Wes Mantooth Jr. and a tiny Tim Robbins, perhaps?
Walter and Baxter look for loveThe grade school news game can get pretty lonely. Tired of drowning his sorrows in a couple fingers of apple juice each night, Walter rallies Baxter to go out and find love. The two hit the streets of San Diego to impress the pretty fourth graders. Good thing Ron Burgundy taught his son a thing or two about the most seductive instrument of them all: the jazz flute.