It’s a very busy time in the X-Men movie universe: Deadpool comes out on DVD and Blu-ray in a couple of weeks, X-Men: Apocalypse will be in theaters in less than a month now, and Wolverine 3, or Untitled Wolverine Sequel if you like, will begin principal photography soon. Really soon. Strange then that we still don’t know too much about it. Well here’s another piece of semi-ambiguous news, a well-known English actor has just been cast in the film, and all we know about his character is vague description. Richard E. Grant is joining the cast of Wolverine 3 as “mad-scientist type.” (more…)
Yowzah! What a finale! Hope you don’t mind going absolutely bonkers waiting until November 23rd, amirite? For an episode that suffered an awful lot of hype, “The Name of The Doctor” no only withstood it, but completely twisted our expectations. Like a good episode of Steven Moffat-penned Doctor Who should. Moffat has stumbled in the past and I’ll be the first to admit he’s the king of convolution, but in this finale he managed to not only rewrite all of Who history, but at the same time, leave it completely untouched. An impressive feat, indeed. I’m sure most you of sat there, staring at your television screen, mouth agape, just stunned as the credits rolled. And there’s no better compliment than our stunned silence.
But I’ve had time to sit and digest, and I’m not one for keeping quiet. First off, Clara, the “impossible girl.” The mystery surrounding her has hung like a shadow over this entire season. From the moment she appeared in “Asylum of the Daleks” – another absolute shocker that left us all scratching our heads and wondering how and why the new companion was appearing now, before The Ponds had even made their exit – to her role in “The Snowmen”, all the way to this opening montage. What a way to start! It’s a sequence I know Classic Whovians will be picking over again and again. It’s a sequence I made sure to watch more than a few times, because holy shit! There’s Clara and the First Doctor, and the Sixth, and the Fourth, the Fifth, the Second, the Third, and the Seventh! I mean, how is this possible!?
Sad news from Britain today with word reaching our shores that acclaimed actor Richard Griffiths passed away due to complications during heart surgery at the age of 65. Although Griffiths had a rich and accomplished life as an actor, he will be forever known to audiences of all ages for being the overbearing Muggle relative of one of the world’s most famous wizards.
Griffiths got his start in British TV in the 1970s, and soon made his way to films that got him attention from American audiences, movies like Superman II, Ragtime, Chariots of Fire and Ghandi. Griffiths continued to work steadily in TV, film and theater for the next 20 years including critically-acclaimed roles in the film Whitenail & I, and the series A Kind of Living and Pie in the Sky. “My beloved Uncle Monty Richard Griffiths died last night. Chin-Chin my dear friend,” wrote Griffiths Whitenail co-star Richard E. Grant last night on Twitter.
But the new millennium would bring Griffiths even bigger worldwide fame being cast as Harry Potter’s mean Uncle Vernon in the first seven Harry Potter films. “Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. I was proud to know him,” said Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe. Griffiths also starred alongside Radcliffe in the latter’s West End stage debut in Equus. “Any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence,” he added.
In non-nerdy roles, Griffiths earned a rare honor in 2006 when he received both a Tony and an Oliver for his performance as the charming history teacher Hector in the play The History Boys. He also filled the role to critical acclaim in the movie based on the play. “Richard Griffiths wasn’t only one of the most loved and recognizable British actors – he was also one of the very greatest,” said Sir Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre. “His performance in The History Boys was quite overwhelming: a masterpiece of wit, delicacy, mischief and desolation, often simultaneously.
“His anecdotes were legendary. They were, literally, endless. They would go on for hours, apparently without destination, constantly side-splitting.”
And despite his heart issues, Griffiths stayed busy. He starred on stage in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys with Danny DeVito last year and he appeared in film in the World War I drama PrivatePeaceful.
The current Entertainment Weekly features a ton great Doctor Who stuff, not least of which is an essay from Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson expressing his love of the series as well what he’d take as payment to direct an episode. That’s right, Peter fuckin’ Jackson has interest in directing an episode of Doctor Who. Last fall was when we first heard this, and since then it’s been nothing but coy “maybes” from Jackson and Who showrunner, Steven Moffat. Almost like they’re hiding something, hmm…
Anyway, in EW Jackson has again expressed interest in directing an episode of Who, writing,
They don’t even have to pay me, but I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-colored Daleks. They must have a spare one (hint, hint).
See, he needs a gold one to go with his pair of silvers, pictured above. He’s kind of a Whovian, having been a fan for years, watching the series almost since it began broadcasting.
Of course, EW couldn’t let this go without asking Moffat to comment on the development, to which he said,
You’d never get any information like that out of me!
We’re theoretically on board for anything provided we’ve got a great story.
Okay, that’s better you snarky, British bastard. What do you think guys? Could we see a Jackson directed episode of Doctor Who in the near future? Say, before Moffat and Matt Smith leave? Is this something you’d even been excited about?
All right, on to the next bit of Doctor Who news, which is a little spoilery. It seems the BBC have inexplicably released a spoiler for “The Bells of St. John.” Oops. It’s a casting reveal slip-up. Not as bad as say, had they let it out Jenna-Louise Coleman was appearing in “The Asylum of the Daleks,” but something I’m sure was meant to be a surprise. Hit the jump to find out!
Richard E. Grant is no stanger to Doctor Who having played the Doctor in the animated short, Scream of the Shalka, as well as the Comic Relief special, The Curse of the Fatal Death, but now he’ll learn what it’s like to square off against the Timelord when he plays the villain in the upcoming Christmas Special. It’s set to begin filming next week in Cardiff at BBC Wales’ studio.
Hmm, I wonder if the entire special will be shot inside the studio or if there’ll be some location shooting? If there’s no location shooting I wouldn’t expect to see any pictures or video from the set, which has become pretty expected as of late.
Grant is joined by Tom Ward, star of BBC One’s in Silent Witness, obviously in addition to Matt Smith and his new companion, Jenna-Lousie Coleman who makes her debut in the Christmas Special.
Here’s the official press release:
Filming of 2012′s Doctor Who Christmas episode starts this week with two big film and television stars joining the show.
Richard E Grant, actor, author and director, has starred in over 80 film and television hits including Withnail And I, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jack & Sarah, Gosford Park and The Iron Lady.
On joining the show, Richard says: “I played Doctor Who in the digital animated Scream Of The Shalka and I’m honoured to be in the Christmas Special.”
Tom Ward, who has starred in BBC One’s in Silent Witness as Harry Cunningham since 2002 also joins the Doctor, played by Matt Smith, and his new companion played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.
It is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein. It will be shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales’ studios.
Doctor Who is coming soon to BBC One and the Christmas Special will be followed by a further eight episodes next year.
And if you’ve never seen the Comic Relief special, The Curse of the Fatal Death, I implore you to stop what you’re doing at take 20 minutes to watch it. The cast features some of Britain’s comedy greats including Rowan Atkinson, Richard E Grant, Hugh Grant, Jonathan Pryce and Joanna Lumley. You can thank me later.