Following Gary Ross‘ decision to move on from the current blockbuster that is The Hunger Games, a tournament of sorts was held to find a new director. Actually, Lionsgate just wrote a list and started asking around. Anyway, after weeks of talks between directors, the studio has finally come to an official decision.

I am Legend director Francis Lawrence was confirmed by whisper before, but it’s all, like,  official now…

Read the full press release (after the jump)  for Francis’ response to his new gig below:


Yes, in eleven days the 11th Doctor will again hop in the TARDIS, hopefully joined by Amy and Rory, to start filming another season of adventures in time and space. The BBC’s official Doctor Who site made the announcement filming on the seventh season would begin on February 20th. They’ll also be shooting in a new studio, the BBC Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff, which officially opens in March.

In addition to the shooting date, the Beeb have also confirmed the show’s first director and some writers working on this season.

The first director will be Saul Metzstein (Upstairs Downstairs), with executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat joining new EP Caroline Skinner and producer Marcus Wilson on the production team.

The writers are Toby Whithouse, the creator of BBC’s Being Human and writer of Who episodes “School Reunion,” “The Vampires of Venice,” and “The God Complex,” and Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall, who has previously written “42” and the two-parter “The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood.”

Literally as I’m typing this I’m shaking with excitement, or possibly too much caffeine, but I’ll err on the side of it’s a case Who-citement! Wow, did I really just go there? I am too caffeinated.

Blastr is also reporting on more Moffat teases, adding to hints he already teased us with in the  foreward for The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular. In an interview with The University Observer Moffat talked about the exit of the Pond’s,

I’m writing that right now, the big Rory and Amy heartbreaking finale. It will be quite heartbreaking. I think you’ll be in trouble watching it.

We just had our official day commencing pre-production on Doctor Who, so as for knowing when it’s actually going to be shown is a little bit optimistic. But we’ll definitely show it, and I’m pretty sure it will be the autumn.

Dammit, Moffat! I’m tearing up just reading this. The Pond’s farewell is going to be too much to handle!

Are you pumped for Doctor Who to begin filming? The sooner they start the sooner things leak, right?

All right, secondly, have you heard of Wholock? The emerging fandom obsessed with the possibility of a crossover between Steven Moffat’s two popular series, Doctor Who and Sherlock. Sherlock, if you’re unaware, is Moffat and Mark Gattis’ fabulous modern adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. They’re kind of big deal at the moment, what with their involvement in The Hobbit and Cumberbatch’s mysterious role in Star Trek 2.

The Wholock fandom is blowing up right now and already has an impressive of amount of fanfiction and fanart. Here we’re sharing the next step in fandom, the fan trailer. This is an amazingly well-done trailer for a movie about the meeting of the England’s greatest detective with her favorite Time Lord. Tell us what you think!

Source: BBC America’s Anglophenia via The Mary Sue, (2)

Must Watch: The Spielberg Face

You’re not a big name director unless you got some gimmicky trademark. Here’s a few famous captains of cinema who have either visually inserted something into their films, or done something cute with the camera as a physical symbol of recognition. Tarantino – foot fetish. John Woo – doves. Micheal Bay -360 shots. Scorsese -camera squeeze. Do these kinds artistic signatures hold any relevance to their films? Some yes, some no. Tarantino loves feet (doesn’t everybody?), nothing more to it than that. But it the case of someone like Steven Spielberg, his particular artistic stamp visually expresses a characters “oh shit” moment, where words would otherwise fail. I’m referring to The Spielberg Face. I don’t want to make the glass shatter on you or anything, but if you haven’t noticed by now, Spielberg has a thing for faces. If there is a significant moment in a film, he’ll zoom into a character(s) face while they give a thousand-mile, doe-eyed, stare. That awestruck moment is something the character, or us the audience, will never forget. Now, I would leave it at that, but our cinemaphile friends  Fandor have a new 10-minute video essay on the subject:

“If there is one recurring image that defines the cinema of Steven Spielberg, it is The Spielberg Face. Eyes open, staring in wordless wonder in a moment where time stands still. But above all, a child-like surrender in the act of watching, both theirs and ours. It’s as if their total submission to what they are seeing mirrors our own.”

Over the course of 10 minutes, writer and producer Kevin B. Lee explores the full depth of this gaze technique. It’s a well thought out, well articulated, examination at what has helped defined Spielberg’s nearly 40-year career as a director.

Check it out below:

Source: Blastr

The Sundance Film Festival was yet another turning point in the career of Jersey Boy turned Hollywood director Kevin Smith (Clerks of course being the first). His new film Red State has been getting a lot of buzz and good reviews. Not only because it’s out of Kevin’s normal directorial range (His first attempt at Horror. Well, second… if you count Jersey Girl), but he bought the rights to his own movie. Since then he’s taken the film across America with special one night showings, bringing cast members to selected cities and answering questions following every showing. It’s amazing that he’s pulled off such a successful grassroots campaign, but it can only go so far. Now Smith has a backing to distribute Red State to the masses.

Deadline has reported that Lionsgate has obtained the rights to distribute the independent horror film. Smith will keep the theatrical rights to the film, as he did make the movie, but Lionsgate pretty much has rights to everything else. So it could very well mean that we might end up seeing a few late night commercials as the film gets set for it’s release on DVD.

Here is IMDb’s synopsis of it:

Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.

And here’s the trailer:

Kevin Smith’s Red State hits DVD shelves everywhere October 19, 2011

Via: Geek Tyrant