British broadcasting standards officials have declined to launch a full investigation into complaints about a kiss between same-sex characters on the season premiere of cult sci-fi drama Doctor Who. Actor Peter Capaldi made his debut as the Time Lord in Deep Breath, the first episode of series eight, which aired in the U.S. and U.K. last weekend (23-24Aug14), but some viewers took issue with a scene featuring a lingering kiss between lizard-woman Madame Vastra, played by Neve McIntosh, and her human wife Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart).
Six fans officially lodged their dismay at the "gratuitous" and "unnecessary" footage with watchdogs.
However, Ofcom bosses have dismissed the case and a statement issued to Britain's The Independent newspaper reads: "Having assessed the complaints, we can confirm that they do not raise issues warranting further investigation.
"Our rules do not discriminate between scenes involving opposite sex and same sex couples."
Actor, producer and director William Greaves has died at the age of 87. The filmmaker passed away on Monday (25Aug14) in his native New York after suffering from a long illness.
Greaves began his career in entertainment as an actor with the American Negro Theatre, alongside fellow members Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier and appeared in films such as 1949's Lost Boundaries and 1974's Lost in the Stars.
He was also known for co-hosting and executive producing groundbreaking 1960s TV news show Black Journal, which won him an Emmy Award in 1970.
He moved away from acting after becoming frustrated by the lack of opportunities for black stars and relocated to Canada, where he became a documentary-maker, covering topics including the civil rights movement and boxing great Muhammad Ali's 1971 championship bout against Joe Frazier, in a 1975 film titled Ali, the Fighter.
He also made the comedy Symbiopyschotaxiplasm: Take One, about a director facing a backlash from his cast and crew. The 1960s film was only released in 2005, but has since become a cult favourite.
Sharon Tate's sister has opened up about the tragic actress' horrific murder 45 years after her death, confessing she will never get over the pain of losing her. Debra Tate was just 16 when the pregnant Valley of the Dolls star was slain by convicted mass murderer Charles Manson and his cult of followers in August, 1969, and she admits she still has difficulty coming to terms with Sharon's death.
She tells America's People magazine, "It's hard to determine if it's a dream or if you're awake.
"The ones that are left behind are victims as much as the actual victims. We are here to suffer for years and years to come."
Debra, now 61, has become an outspoken campaigner for victims' rights and she credits the tragedy with giving her a new purpose in life, saying, "It made me what I am."
She has also made a point to attend every parole hearing for her sister's murderers in a bid to keep them behind bars, and even though their pleas for freedom force her to "relive it all", she insists she finds satisfaction in ensuring "these people stay in prison for the rest of their lives".
She adds, "The people that we lost in this historical event were real, and they had lives and families. They're sorely missed."
Cult leader Manson was denied parole for the 12th time in 2012, when California prison officials ruled he still posed too great a danger to the public to be released.
Debra recently released a photo book dedicated to her sister's life, titled Sharon Tate: Recollection, which featured an introduction written by the late actress' director widower, Roman Polanski.
Sin City creator Frank Milleris thrilled his 300 graphic novel has forced Iranians to rewrite history. The comic book, which inspired director Zack Snyder's cult film, landed Miller a lifetime ban from Iran after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called it "an act of cultural and psychological warfare".
But joking about his "fatwa" in a new Playboy interview, Miller admits he's happy the Iranians got upset about the book and film.
He explains, "What I love is that I actually made the Iranian government change its historical policy toward Persia. It went from despising the empire of Persia to all of a sudden loving it, after 300.
"Persia had been a globe-spanning empire, then Muhammad came along and changed the mentality and rewrote all the histories. Iran's days of empire are long gone, and they were just looking for something to get p**sed off about."
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"There's always a possibility. Seriously, no teasing. About every 5 years it comes up. I've never read a script. It seems that recently in the last year, there's been more talk of it than usual from the likes of Corey Feldman and Richard Donner. But that's as far as it's gone for me. I don't know how I feel about a sequel, given that I love the original movie so much."
Josh Brolin assures fans of his cult 1985 film The Goonies there's always the chance of a sequel.
Cult duo The Knife have announced plans to split once their European tour commitments are complete. The Swedish siblings will call it quits after performing two U.K. shows in November (14).
Band member Karin Dreijer Andersson, who formed the group with her brother Olof in 1999, tells Dazeddigital.com, "When we finish the tour now in November, we will close down, it's our last tour. We don't have any obligations to continue, it should only and always be for fun."
The Knife released their first album in 2001 and the duo's last record, Shaking the Habitual, came out last year (13).
Cult group Interpol are to play an upcoming gig inside an ancient Egyptian temple. The band will perform a tour warm-up show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur - a 2,000-year-old temple that was built by the Romans.
"It's like a cat sanctuary, they have their own room, they have their own couches. We have huge balls of yarn that are obscene, like I had them custom made for my cats... I'm starting a cat cult. You can be in it and all you have to do is you have to be a cat for me... In SkyMall (airline shopping service) they have this toilet for your cat... It doesn't work." Eccentric pop star Kesha is obsessed with cats.
Self-confessed Star Trek fanatic Mira Sorvino was left starstruck on Thursday (14Aug14) after a surprise meeting with veteran franchise star George Takei. The actors were both guests on U.S. breakfast show Today, and Takei was brought out from backstage to greet Sorvino after she showed off her sci-fi knowledge of the cult series.