Doctor Who-related news abound this week.
While the Doctor Who team are hard at work on the hyped up 50th anniversary special, the royal family decided to spend their break visiting the set. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall stood face to face with the Doctor’s iconic (and ever so slightly hilarious) foe – the Daleks. Not only that, Prince Charles also took over one Dalek, to speak the infamous, terrifying word: “Exterminate!”
The royals looked a bit less formal on the DW set.
Meanwhile, this week has been almost bursting with Who-related news, with actor John Barrowman, who played captain Jack Harkness on the show making a happy announcement of his own. Last Tuesday, July 2, the actor got married to his longtime partner Scott Gill. The pair tied the knot after 20 years of waiting. The ceremony took place mere days after the American Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, in essence rejecting a federal ban on same-sex marriage. In light of the exciting news, Barrowman even posted a celebratory video, Us Weekly reports.
Ethan and Jaden are two street kids with a close knit group of friends, Amy, Tim, Rebecca and Brian, who they enjoy spending time with at the Old Garage youth centre in their town run by Gina. However, the small venue has become more of a problem than a necessary building in the eyes of the council who wish to demolish it unless they can cough up enough cash to own it. In an attempt to raise a few pounds, Ethan and Jaden put forward an idea to Gina; to put on acts in a show and sell tickets. Initially sceptical at first, the worried Gina soon allows them free reign as they audition a variety of talent from martial artists to BMXers and skateboarders as well as a several street dancers. Will the kids manage to save their beloved centre, or will their only inspiration for their passions be bulldozed to the ground despite all their efforts?
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The upcoming 50th anniversary of legendary British sci-fi series 'Doctor Who' has sent a flurry of fervent excitement through fans everywhere who are now spending every waking hour wondering what producers could possibly have dreamt up for this milestone celebration. Rumours have been flying around everywhere suggesting jaw dropping twists and major reunions (some of which are frankly impossible) and it is true to say that everyone is hoping for it to be their favourite 'Doctor Who' story ever.
There are, at least, some definite confirmations about what we can expect for the upcoming anniversary show. On November 23rd 2013 (that's precisely 50 years on from the airing of the first ever episode 'An Unearthly Child') a special 3D show will be aired on BBC HD and in cinemas. It's a rather apt way of celebrating 50 years; by using our own technological advances on a show full of gadgetry. Lead writer Steven Moffat told the Guardian: 'Technology has finally caught up with 'Doctor Who' and your television is now bigger on the inside' - making a reference, of course, to the Doctor's TARDIS; a police box spaceship that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
Blistering writing, directing and acting hold us firmly in our seats as this procedural drama snakes its way to a riveting action finale. Although it's sometimes not easy to know whether director Bigelow and writer Boal are celebrating or criticising the way America has conducted itself on the world stage in its war on terrorism. Clearly the characters believe that these dodgy methods are essential tools in their job. But the film cleverly respects and challenges our own views on the issues.
The story begins with the events of 9/11, after which the CIA is determined to track down Osama bin Laden. Spearheading the search is tenacious analyst Maya (Chastain), who works with her colleague Dan (Clarke) to interrogate prisoners and mobilise their team (including Ehle and Perrineau) to action. Their bosses (Chandler and Strong), the CIA director (Gandolfini) and the national security advisor (Dillane) offer support and challenges. And eventually they get approval to illegally send a black-op team into bin Laden's suspected hide-out in Pakistan.
It's astonishing that Boal and Bigelow have managed to tell this true story without taking sides. They have been criticised for possibly using classified details or for depicting torture as an interrogation tool, but the facts can't be denied just because we don't like them. And your attitude going in will probably colour how you feel about the movie: some will find this a story of triumph while others will be troubled by the methods it depicts. Either way, it's impossible to ignore the film's urgency as it pulls us into a fascinating story.
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John Barrowman has vowed to continue performing in the Jack and the Beanstalk panto in Glasgow, after he suffered a fall during a matinee performance, the Scottish Daily Record reports.
Barrowman fell from a horse – a live one that is, not your average panto horse, during the pantomime performance, which also features quirky Scottish comedy characters the Krankies.
The Torchwood star was taken to hospital after the incident, which happened at the SECC Clyde Auditorium but his injuries were not deemed to be serious, the BBC reports. A spokeswoman for SECC told the Daily Record “After a good night's sleep, he felt able to carry on. He was bruised, but recovered and will perform for the rest of the run until it finishes on Sunday. We're all delighted. He's a trouper.” This isn’t the first time that a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk has been at the centre of an onstage accident. Back in 2004, Janette Tough (better known as ‘Wee Jimmy Krankie’ fell from a beanstalk prop and was almost killed. It sort of makes you wonder why they’re doing it again. Looks as though Barrowman isn’t the only ‘trouper’ in the cast.
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Performing Jack and the Beanstalk in Glasgow, John Barrowmen suffered a fall from a live horse leaving him injured, The BBC reports. The Doctor Who and Torchwood star was taken to hospital from the SECC Clyde Auditorium as a precautionary method. His injuries were not serious.
An SECC spokeswoman said: "During today's matinee performance of Jack and the Beanstalk, John Barrowman suffered an injury on stage and has been taken to hospital as a precaution. His understudy, Greg Barrowman, has already stepped in to finish the rest of the show." She added: "John Barrowman is completely fine. He is just a little bit bruised." In a similar accident, during the same show, Janette Tough, "Wee Jimmy" Krankie, was almost killed in an on-stage in 2004. She suffered a fractured skull after falling from a mechanical beanstalk at the Pavilion Theatre.
Barrowman recently revealed to The L.A Times that he would be "disappointed" if Captain Jack Harkness doesn't return to Doctor Who for the show's 50th anniversary. "I haven't been asked. I would love to [come back to Doctor Who] if they ask me," he stressed. He went on to say: "[Arrow producer] Andrew Kreisberg has already said if they want me in the 50th anniversary, he will give me the time off to do it. But it's not up to me."
John Barrowman has been starring as Jack as part of Jack and the Beanstalk in a theatre in Glasgow, however, a brief moment of tragedy befell a performance recently when Barrowman fell of a horse and had to be taken to hospital.
An spokeswoman for the theatre said: "During today's matinee performance of Jack and the Beanstalk, John Barrowman suffered an injury on stage and has been taken to hospital as a precaution... His understudy, Greg Barrowman, has already stepped in to finish the rest of the show."
American Barrowman has appeared in pantos Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasglow for the past three years, although the last two years have gone by event free and saw him play Aladdin and Robinson Crusoe previously. The Jack and the Beanstalk production seems a little cursed, as Janette Tough, who appeared in it in 2004, fell from the beanstalk and suffered a fractured skull.
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"This is one of those avant-garde things, is it?" says a droll, dubious and dying Cole Porter (Kevin Kline) as he sits in an empty theater at the beginning of "De-Lovely," watching his life pass before his eyes on the stage, in a production conducted by an enigmatic, ironic, ethereal director named Gabe (Jonathan Pryce).
The answer to his question is a delighted "yes." This film is an imaginative, deconstructionist, celebratory musical biography woven together from elements of theater, meta-cinema, chamber drama and Porter's own MGM musicals with gratifying -- if deliberately glossy -- results.
Kline opens the picture as a frail but feisty old man (the age makeup is remarkable) who, as he watches his own story unfold, is alternatively tickled ("Oh, look, it's an opening number!"), critical ("He'd never wear that! Change it."), fondly reminiscent and pained by regret. And the actor also plays the younger Porter in the bulk of the picture, which has a merry, dreamlike quality to its stop-and-start interactions with the elderly Porter and his theatrical spirit guide.
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11th March, 1967