A special 50th anniversary episode of cult sci-fi TV show Doctor Who will be screened simultaneously around the world to avoid spoiling the plot for fans. The Time Lord first appeared on the small screen in 1963, and to mark his milestone this year (13), producers have shot a birthday episode featuring current star Matt Smith, new castmember John Hurt, former Doctor David Tennant and his onscreen assistant Billie Piper.
The anniversary special is to be screened in the U.K. on 23 November (13), and it will be broadcast at the same time in cities including Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia to avoid ruining the storyline for fans overseas, according to British newspaper The Sun.
Rapper Gillie Da Kid will play Tupac Shakur in an upcoming biopic abut Death Row Records founder Marion 'Suge' Knight. The On My Dip star will make his movie mark in Ving Rhames and Steven Seagal's upcoming movie Force of Execution, but he is readying himself to portray the slain hip-hop icon.
He tells AllHipHop.com, "Just know I'm going to transform like Will Smith did when he played Ali. We already know I'm 'G'd' (good) enough to play 'Pac, that was never a question after they put a little make up on me. I been in the gym. I'm trying to put on a little 10 pounds real quick."
Details about director Antoine Fuqua's film are scarce, but there is a budget in place and a finished script.
Gillie says, "Definitely got a budget in place for that right now, so I'm just waiting to find out when we shooting."
Doctor Who star Matt Smith celebrated the TV show's 50th anniversary in style by hosting a special BBC Proms concert in London on Saturday (13Jul13). Smith, the most recent Time Lord, was joined by his co-star Jenna Coleman, who plays his sidekick Clara, at the Royal Albert Hall to mark five decades of the hit sci-fi drama.
He told the audience, "One of the great joys of playing this extraordinary, legendary Time Lord is the support and knowledge and love and brilliance of the fans - you really make the show what it is."
The duo introduced conductor Ben Foster, who led the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Philharmonic Choir through a series of Doctor Who classic tracks as legendary villains - including Daleks, Whispermen and a Weeping Angel - terrified the audience.
Actor Peter Davison, the fifth Doctor, and Carole Ann Ford, who played the first companion Susan in 1963, also appeared at the event to introduce some of the musical segments.
The concert was the first of two special Doctor Who Proms - the second took place on Sunday (14Jul13) - which will be broadcast as part of the show's 50th anniversary celebrations in November (13).
Smith announced his decision to bow out as the 11th Doctor Who in June (13) and will leave the programme at the end of the year (13).
A new West End production of black comedy The Ladykillers starring Ralf Little and Simon Day has raised a laugh among U.K. theatre critics after opening in the British capital this week (beg08Jul13). The Royle Family star Little, Gregory's Girl actor John Gordon Sinclair and Shakespeare in Love's Day are among the ensemble cast in the new show which also includes theatre veterans Con O'Neill, Chris McCalphy and Angela Thorne.
The play, about a group of criminals who pose as amateur musicians to take a room in the house of an eccentric old lady, opened at London's Vaudeville Theatre on Tuesday (09Jul13) and it convinced even the toughest critics to crack a smile.
Charles Spencer of Britain's Daily Telegraph insists the new production, adapted for the stage by Father Ted writer Graham Linehan, is "even funnier" than the original 1955 movie on which it is based.
He writes, "The great thing about the film is that it is at times genuinely chilling as well as hilarious... (This) hugely enjoyable stage production... never quite matches the creepiness of the original. I would venture to suggest, however, that it is even funnier than the movie."
The Guardian's Michael Billington praises the show's move into "slapstick" comedy, while Mark Shenton of industry publication The Stage describes the production as a "giddy summer delight that provides plenty of good reasons for theatregoers to go indoors again" and he also praises the "stellar cast" and "infinite skills" of the actors.
The opening night audience was packed full of famous faces including actress Sheridan Smith and Spooks star Rupert Penry-Jones, who turned out to support his mother Angela Thorne, as well as comedienne Victoria Wood and Simon Day's The Fast Show co-star Paul Whitehouse.
Current Doctor Who star Matt Smith is to unite with past Time Lords including Tom Baker and Sylvester Mccoy at an event in London to mark the cult TV show's 50th anniversary. The actors will all appear at the 50th anniversary celebration event in the British capital in November (13), along with another former Doctor Who Colin Baker.
The convention will run over three days and feature question-and-answer sessions with cast members, a special effects display from the show's resident expert Danny Hargreaves, and masterclasses with Doctor Who's 'monster choreographer' Ailsa Burke.
The event will run from 22-24 November (13) at London's ExCeL exhibition centre, coinciding with the screening of the show's anniversary episode on 23 November (13).
The special installment will reportedly feature new castmember John Hurt as well as a reappearance by former Time Lord David Tennant and his onscreen assistant Billie Piper.
Kris Kross star Chris 'mac Daddy' Kelly died from a drug overdose, a coroner has ruled. The rapper was pronounced dead at a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia on 1 May (13) after he was found unresponsive at his home in the city.
An autopsy was carried out the next day (02May13) and now officials at the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office in Atlanta, Georgia has ruled drugs as the official cause of death following the return of toxicology results.
Kelly struggled with substance abuse for years, and reportedly used both cocaine and heroin on the eve of his passing.
His death came three months after Kelly reunited with his Kriss Kross bandmate Chris 'Daddy Mac' Smith in February (13) for a special concert to mark the 20th anniversary of producer Jermaine Dupri's label So So Def Recordings, the company the duo was signed to at the height of their fame in the early 1990s.
Bond star Ben Whishaw is adamant speculation linking him to a role in Doctor Who is wide of the mark because he is out of the running for the job. The 32 year old made his debut as gadget master Q in the last 007 movie, 2012's Skyfall, and online gossip has suggested he will be joining another British institution, cult sci-fi TV show Doctor Who to take over from current Time Lord Matt Smith.
However, Whishaw is adamant he is not among the actors in line to play the doctor, telling Britain's Daily Mail, "It's not going to be me. But I don't mind - I don't think you can be Q and Doctor Who. It would be a bit wrong."
Smith will leave the popular TV show at the end of the year (13) and speculation is rife about who will replace him, with bookmakers in Britain recently backing another James Bond star, Rory Kinnear, as favourite.
Rocker Andrew W.K. brought MTV's O Music Awards to a close with a bang on Thursday (20Jun13) when he set a new world record by drumming for 24 hours straight. The She Is Beautiful hitmaker set up his kit in the Oakley store in New York City's Times Square on Wednesday (19Jun13) with the aim to smash the current record for Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store.
During his exhausting stint the rocker was joined by guest drummers including Questlove, Chad Smith and Zac Hanson.
The challenge coincided with the O Music Awards, which celebrates the best in digital music, and the determined drummer finally reached the 24-hour mark on Thursday evening.
Andrew W.K. also won the Must-Follow Artist prize after smashing the record, alongside Joe Jonas, who picked up Best Artist Instagram, Jack White, who went home with the Analog Genius trophy, and Yoko Ono, who is now the proud owner of the Digital Genius Award.
Other recipients of O Music Awards included Linkin Park (Best Interactive Video for Lost in the Echo) and Avicii (Most Inspiring Fan Outreach).
The National Geographic Channel has been releasing a series of photos from their November TV movie Killing Kennedy, each worthy of Zapruder-like scrutiny. First, they gave us Rob Lowe as JFK. And now they've given us our first glimpse of Ginnifer Goodwin as Jackie. With her hair styled into that iconic coif, she's pretty much the spitting image of the former First Lady. Of course, she's following in the footsteps of many, many actresses before her, like Jaclyn Smith in the 1981 TV movie Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Katie Holmes in 2011's controversial mini-series The Kennedys, and Minka Kelly in this coming August's The Butler. Check out the photo of Goodwin as Jackie O. (in her pre-O. days) below and see how she compares to others who've played her.
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After a record-breaking Memorial Day weekend for the industry, Universal's Fast & Furious 6 makes it two in a row at the top of the box office chart with a second weekend gross of $34.5 million against a 65% drop (Fast Five dropped 62% in its second weekend). With $170.4 million already in the bank after just ten days of release in North America (and $480.6 million globally), the film is an unqualified blockbuster success.
Lionsgate/Summit's magic crime caper film Now You See Me, blew away all box office projections (which put it in the mid to high teen millions range) with a much better than expected $28 million! A terrific marketing campaign by Summit (much like their success on Warm Bodies back in Feb.), made this one a surprise over-performer! An original concept and a great release date didn't hurt either. Featuring a terrific ensemble cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, and Mark Ruffalo, this unique and original drama clearly found an audience with those looking for something different than the usual summer fare.Will Smith throws his summer movie hat in the box office ring with the existential sc-fi movie After Earth from Sony Pictures. The film co-stars Smith's son Jaden Smith who starred in the 2010 hit The Karate Kid. Director M. Night Shyamalan, who has as many detractors as fans, is nonetheless an exciting filmmaker with a distinctive vision. $27 million placed it in the third spot.Fourth place is a tie with Fox's animated Epic in its second weekend and Paramount's Star Trek: Into Darkness in its third weekend of release both reporting a Friday through Sunday gross of $16.4 million.Back for its second weekend, Warner Bros. The Hangover Part III lands in sixth place taking in $15.93 million and $88 million to date in N. America. Of course, Iron Man 3 remains a factor even in its fifth weekend with $8 million in seventh place and is now the fifth highest grossing film worldwide of all time with $1,180 million!
Top Movies for Weekend of May 31 - June 2 (Estimates)1. Fast & Furious 6 - $34.5M gross - 3,686 theaters - $9,370 avg. per theater - $170.4M YTD - Universal2. Now You See Me - $28.05M gross - 2,925 theaters - $9,590 avg. per theater - $28.05M YTD - Lionsgate3. After Earth - 27.0M gross - 3,401 theaters - $7,939 avg. per theater - $27.0M YTD - Sony4. Epic - $16.4M gross - 3,894 theaters - $4,212 avg. per theater - $65.2M YTD - Fox5. Star Trek: Into Darkness - $16.4M gross - 3,585 theaters - $4,575 avg. per theater - $181.1M YTD - Paramount6. The Hangover Part III - $15.9M gross - 3,565 theaters - $4,468 avg. per theater - $88.0M YTD - Warner Bros.7. Iron Man 3 - $8.0M gross - 2,895 theaters - $2,765 avg. per theater - $384.7M YTD - DisneyFollow Paul Dergarabedian on Twitter @PDergarabedian | Follow Hollywood.com on Twitter @hollywood_com
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