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It's big enough news that this genuine Van Gogh recently emerged from a Norwegian guy's attic, but now Doctor Who fans have spotted a familiar blue box in the left corner of the painting.
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In an iconic Who episode, the Doctor (Matt Smith) meets Vincent Van Gogh (Tony Curran), who is plagued by a monster that only he can see. After dealing with the monster, Amy and the Doctor bring the underappreciated Van Gogh into the present day to see the modern response to his much-lauded paintings. In the show, Van Gogh dedicates "Vase With 12 Sunflowers" to Amy, but it appears that he dedicated another to the blue police box that helped him learn the value of his work. Watch a clip, including a guest appearance by Bill Nighy, from the show here.
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A host of British acting greats have come together to recreate a modern version of Leonardo Da Vinci's biblical painting The Last Supper. Robert Powell, who played Jesus Christ in 1970s mini-series Jesus of Nazareth, takes centre stage in the picture, with Colin Firth on his right and Julie Walters, the only woman in the it, at his left, taking the place of Mary Magdalene.
Other stars recreating the roles of Jesus' apostles are Sir Michael Gambon, Simon Callow, Tom Conti, Peter Eyre, Anthony Andrews, Steven Berkoff, Tim Pigott-Smith, John Alderton and Sir Antony Sher.
Photographer Alistair Morrison, who recreated the 15th Century masterpiece, says, "My first two choices were Robert Powell who had to be Jesus, recreating the famous role played in Franco Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth, and Julie Walters, who was asked to play Mary Magdalene and they both readily agreed. Their enthusiasm and influence helped to bring together this outstanding group of actors."
Prints of the piece, dubbed Actors' Last Supper, will go on sale at the National Portrait Gallery in London, with a percentage of profits going towards new collections.
The Terminator reboot has a fight on its hands after film bosses held it back to go head-to-head with the highly-anticipated Independence Day sequel. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back to reprise his iconic role as the killing machine in the new installments of the blockbuster franchise, which was scheduled to hit cinemas in June, 2015.
However, Paramount executives have decided to move the film's release date, setting it back to July, 2015, meaning it will open just two days before Independence Day 2 hits the big screen.
Earlier this month (Sep13), director Roland Emmerich revealed he is hoping to persuade Will Smith to come back onboard as Captain Steven Hiller in the follow-up to the 1996 hit.
He told DigitalSpy.com, "I sometimes say no, Will Smith will not be in it because he didn't want to do it at first. Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. Anything can happen."
Original stars Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum have already been confirmed for the sequel.
Nature always finds a way, or maybe movie studios do. Jurassic Park 4, a movie that has probably been in development since the crustaceous period, is finally showing signs of progress. Universal studios has announced that the long-awaited sequel in the Jurassic Park series will be titled Jurassic World, and will be released in 3D on June 12, 2015, a summer already jam-packed with seemingly every other blockbuster film series. Colin Trevorrow, director of the Indie sci-fi dramedy Safety not Guaranteed, is set to direct his own script. Steven Speilberg is producing the film. The new title, Jurassic World, suggests that the prehistoric terror will not be confined to one park or island, but will be more of a global threat. Will velociraptors be threatening a celluloid London, New York, and Seattle?
There hasn’t been a Jurassic Park film in over ten years, so fans are surely hungry for more dinosaur action, but what will the dinosaurs in the new film look like? Over the past decade, the rumor mill has been spinning with all manner of crazy ideas including humanoid dinosaurs with pants and mercernary dinosaurs with guns. Hopefully the studios have settled on a design that's a little less insane and a little more classic Spielberg.
It is worrying, however, that the summer of 2015 is already crammed with big blockbuster releases from several studios. Jurassic World will be competing with Assassin’s Creed, Terminator, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman/Superman, Ant-man, and the possible release of Star Wars: Episode 7. Will Jurassic Park stand out from the crowd, or does it stand the chance of being cannibalized?
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Will Smith is revisiting plans for a sequel to his 1996 blockbuster Independence Day, according to the movie's director. Roland Emmerich reveals he has a meeting set up with the Men in Black star, and hopes to persuade him to reprise his role as Captain Steven Hiller in the film.
In an interview with DigitalSpy.com, he says, "I sometimes say no, Will Smith will not be in it because he didn't want to do it at first. Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. Anything can happen."
Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum have already been confirmed for the project.
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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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Departing Doctor Who star Matt Smith is intrigued to find out how the sci-fi series' creator Steven Moffat will deal with his missing hair. The British actor recently shaved off his famous TV hairstyle and now sports a tidy crop, and he's encouraging Moffat to devise a plotline that explains his new look.
He tells WENN, "The coif will be there for the finale in some way, shape, or form, but I think it could be quite funny to have the bald hair. I think you could have, like, that Macaulay Culkin scene in Home Alone when he, like, slaps on the aftershave - I think the Doctor could sort of wake up and be like, 'Ah!'
"I'm sure Steven will come up with something. He'll come up with something clever."
Smith will hand over the keys to Doctor Who's Tardis after starring in this year's (13) Christmas special.
Stars of hit U.S. sitcom That '70S Show have paid tribute to Lisa Robin Kelly, who died on Wednesday (14Aug13) after a long battle with alcohol addiction. The 43-year-old actress is believed to have suffered a fatal cardiac arrest at a rehab facility in California, just two days after she admitted herself to the clinic in a bid to tackle her long-running alcoholism.
Kelly's former colleagues have now spoken out to pay their respects to the star, who played Laurie Foreman in the show.
Kurtwood Smith, who played her onscreen father Red in the popular comedy, released a statement, which reads, "I am so sorry to hear about Lisa's passing away. I know the last 10 years have been such a difficult struggle for her but I will always remember the lovely, funny and very talented young lady I worked with."
Danny Masterson, who portrayed Steven Hyde on the series, took to Twitter to write, "Terrible, awful news. Brilliant on 70s.... See u (sic) next time LRK, kisses. RIP Lisa Robin Kelly aka Laurie Foreman."
Former child star Mackenzie Phillips, who has battled her own addiction demons in the past, also paid tribute, insisting she saw comparisons between herself and Kelly.
She tweeted: "Rest in Peace Lisa Robin Kelly. So so sad I didn't know Lisa, but in a way, she is me. And I am her. There is a solution."
Motley Crue star Nikki Sixx has also offered his condolences online, tweeting about the evils of alcohol abuse: "RIP. Sadly actress Lisa Robin Kelly has passed away after a major battle w/ (with) alcoholism.This disease is a evil monster. AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). Sobriety."
Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat has justified his decision not to cast a woman in the TV show's lead role, insisting female fans in particular did not want the Time Lord to change gender. Bosses behind the hit sci-fi series spent the last few months searching for a replacement for current star Matt Smith, who is due to step down at the end of the year (13), before announcing The Thick of It actor Peter Capaldi had landed the job.
However, there were calls for an actress to be cast as the first female Doctor Who, with Hollywood star Dame Helen Mirren among the most high-profile campaigners urging producers to choose a woman, but Moffat is adamant fans wouldn't want to watch a Time Lady.
He says, "It's absolutely narratively possible (that the Doctor could be a woman) and when it's the right decision, maybe we'll do it. It didn't feel right to me, right now. I didn't feel enough people wanted it. Oddly enough most people who said they were dead against it - and I know I'll get into trouble for saying this - were women. (They were) saying, 'No, no, don't make him a woman!'"
Scottish actor Peter Capaldi was flooded with relief when he was finally announced as the new Doctor Who on Sunday (04Aug13) as he hated lying to his family about the role. The World War Z star auditioned for the highly coveted job in secret at the home of executive producer Steven Moffat, and he felt terrible keeping the news from his young daughter Cecily as she longed to see her father as the Time Lord.
Speaking on BBC special Doctor Who Live, he said, "It's so wonderful not to keep the secret any longer. For a while I couldn't tell my daughter and she was looking at people linked to the show and was getting rather upset that nobody was mentioning me. I just had to say, 'Rise above it, darling'."
Capaldi discovered he had won the part while filming in Prague, Czech Republic but missed the important call as his cell phone was on silent, adding, "It was my dear agent, I returned the call and she said 'Hello Doctor' and I just laughed. And I haven't stopped laughing since."
Capaldi will take over as the 12th Time Lord on the popular British TV series after current Doctor Who Matt Smith steps down following the upcoming Christmas special.