He is, or was, my Doctor. Number 10, swirling through space and time like a mad man possessed by both purpose and whimsy. He was that, and then David Tennant walked out of the TARDIS and away from the hordes of nerds and geeks and whovians — he had had enough, it was time to put it all aside, “so sorry, ta-ta”, he didn’t want to be typecast.
In Tennant’s absence the show has survived, but not thrived — trading gravitas for moments of over-caffeinated silliness. Oh sure, Matt Smith has had his shining moments, as has new show-runner Steven Moffat, and last season was a momentous step in the right direction, but it just isn’t as deep and this Doctor doesn’t seem to feel so much as he riffs and observes what feeling would be like. That’s a judgment mostly levied against Moffat though, not Tennant’s thoroughly adequate replacement. It also isn’t a judgment against Tennant, one can’t really blame him for the new direction or for leaving. The desire to set out and make something more out of a career is understandable, and it is, after all, Tennant’s career and his life, but he never had a chance of out running Doctor Who and sometimes it doesn’t really feel like he’s even trying.
Let me explain, a career as and after Doctor Who seems to be something akin to the TARDIS itself, it really is bigger on the inside. See, every project done before or after serving as “The Doctor” surely finds itself fighting for the second line of a biography and that’s because the first line is invariably occupied by the phrase, “best known as the Doctor”.
So, what has Tennant done to try and fill in the space underneath his time as “The Doctor”? Not nearly enough — sure Fright Night, his biggest attempt at US stardom (if you discount the un-aired pilot, Rex is Not Your Lawyer that he did for NBC) was fun and better than most people said it was, but lets be honest — Tennant was simply playing “Goth Doctor Who” in that, down to his trademark “Wehll”.
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It’s pretty obviouse Darth Vader is Star Wars‘ counterpart to the Grinch. And once you edit it together all nicely like OneMinuteGalatica has, well, then there’s no denying it. In fact, I hear the real reason he didn’t survive is because his heart grew three sizes that day, and therefor could no longer be contained inside his suit. (The Mary Sue)
Nope. Turns out the rumor from earlier today that director Craig Gillespie had left Lionsgate’s film adaption of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is false. Which is a good bit of news in a long list of bad news bears the film has had to endure.
Gillespie is developing the zombie-Austen novel by Seth Grahame-Smith with screenwriter Marti Noxon. The two collaborated on Fright Night which met fairly positive reviews. Does this speak to how they’ll fair in adapting PPZ? Is there a role they could cast David Tennant in? The fans need to know!
Craig Gillespie‘s remake of the 1985 cult classic, Fright Night opens this weekend. So of course, in good ‘ole promotional fashion the internet has been inundated with clips. Collected here for your viewing pleasure (or displeasure, I dunno, vampires might not be your thing) is a bunch of clips which have been released this week.
In this cavalcade of clips, available below the cut, you’ll see David Tennant as a vampire-slaying badass, Colin Farrel as the smarmy vamp in an awesome red band clip, as well as Toni Collete playing cool mom to Anton Yelchin.
Admit it, you think Colin Ferrell is one sexy sumbitch and you know it. Why not indulge yourself with him and his fellow castmates as part of their Fright Night panel in Hall H. You don’t get any exclusive scenes or special footage though, just the actors, writer Martin Noxon and director Craig Gillespie talking about of the 2011 remake. Thankfully nobody was bitten before the start of the panel.
Thanks once again to Trailer Addict for recording the panel, fangs off to you gang.
If you discuss the new Fright Night in different social circles, for example a group of nerds and a group of non-nerds, you’re going to find different aspects of this film mentioned. For instance, a group of non-nerds may comment on what a sexy vamp Colin Farrel is (barf) or maybe that they’re totally done with vampire movies. The most likely response form the group of nerds will be, “David Tennant!! OMG! SQUEE!! DOCTOR WHOOOO! I LURVE HIM!!” Or something along those lines. And it doesn’t matter the gender of said nerd, we all are freakin’ adore David Tennant.
Funny then, how Tennant has been barely featured in the trailers. At least now with these new character posters we get a decent look at his vampire huntin’ magician, Peter Vincent. Check out the gallery below.
Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all–he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right– yet no one, including Charlie’s mom (Toni Collette), seems to notice! After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone that he’s telling the truth, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.
Last night the MTV movie awards was taking names, handing out rewards and trying to make Jason Sudeikis funny to an audience outside of America. While they didn’t do so well with Jason, they just nailed it with a real treat of an award show and sweet sneak peak looks at this year’s hottest movies. Now you’ve already seen the Twilight: Breaking Dawn we posted earlier, but we only touched on a piece of the movie trailer pie. In this round up we take at look at a the final Harry Potter movie, another new trailer to Rise of The planet of the Apes and a trip to the R-rated Fright Night.
We’re off to the movies
For the ladies that love their men rocking glasses and sweet scars we have a look at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. This clip teases the big Harry-Voldemort face-off that’s been hinted straight from the get go. Warning to those with sensitive eyes this scene below is a major spoiler of what’s to come.
The Fright Night remake from Craig Gillespie is only months away, so consider this the first of many clips coming our way. It will be released in 3D and stars Colin Farrel, Anton Yelchin, David Tennant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Toni Collete and will be released August 13th. I really hope this one lives up to the original, maybe with a little less camp. But it does need to be funny, which this clip and the trailer haven’t shown.
Here’s the film’s synopsis if you’re not familiar,
Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all—he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—and everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Toni Collette), doesn’t notice. After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone that he’s telling the truth, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.
See, even the synopsis mentions comedy, so where’s the funny!?
This sneak peak features Jerry (Farrel), the vampire next door, giving a reality check to Charlie (Yelchin).
I don’t know if Farrel’s vamp can stand up to Chris Sarandon’s, but he does come off as really creepy, so win? Of course, we’re all waiting for some footage of Tennant as Peter Vincent. It’s completely different from Roddy McDowell’s role, but who cares, it’s David Tennant, as nerds we’re going to love him.
DreamWorks Pictures has just released the online trailer and poster (above) for its new upcoming film Fright Night. The movie is set to release in theaters August 19 in 2D and 3D. Now for those of you who have no idea what Fright Night is about, here’s a quick synopsis from IGN:
“Charlie Brewster (Yelchin) finally has it all going on: he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the most coveted girl in his high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend. But trouble arrives when Jerry (Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—but everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Collette), doesn’t notice. After observing some very strange activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on the neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.”
After watching the trailer, this in NO way looks like a comedy. The scenes with Jerry (Farrell) are quite disturbing and really build up the creep vibe, but that just makes him a creepy neighbor with a fetish not a vampire. The cliché cross, and garlic refrences for keeping vampires away were sprinkled within the trailer, and Charlie’s mom and girlfriend try to escape the vampire while their getaway cars get hit by a motorcycle is rather eye popping. Even though the drama and hot teens would sidetrack anyone, here’s the reality check. Why the hell we are making another “Vampire” film, and why are we “remaking” a 1980’s horror classic. Haven’t they heard the phrase “Don’t fix what isn’t broken”? I mean yeah the trailer for the remake is nice, but I already have to deal with vamps that walk during the daytime and are complete douche bags with *cough* Twilight *cough*. Stop with the vampire movies already! Get a new monster! Create something original! I mean they could just start using their brains, and tap into that creepy creative juice that made us fear things that’d go bump in the night. For goodness sake the only good original horror movies I’ve seen in the past couple years are Paranormal Activity, Orphan, and IT. (I’m open to horror movie suggestions, by the way.) All I have left to say on this new/old movie is that if you get your jollies off of watching vampires day and night go ahead and watch the movie. If you’re like me and are tired of vamp films riddled with teenage angst don’t even bother wasting your time watching the trailer.
News on the remake of 1985 American horror flick Fright Night is about to pick up faster then a Vegas magic show. Stills for the Craig Gillespie take have begun to surface online and they look simply fantastic. Among these stills was a shot of former Doctor Who star David Tennant looking like a certain magician that needs to be taken down a peg or two with a baseball bat (talking to you Chris Angel). Looking like his promotional banner the now Las Vegas/British magician Peter Vincent looks right for the R rated film. Maybe they’ll pull a rabbit out of a hat in this movie (now that’s magic).
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