Zack Snyder steps down from Justice League

Batman V Superman Director Zack Snyder is stepping away from Justice League, which is currently in post-production.

Snyder is taking the break to be with his family after his daughter’s tragic death.

Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter

“I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me.”

Snyder’s wife, Deborah Snyder, a producer on Justice League, will also be taking a break,

Joss Whedon will be taking over the upcoming re-shoots for Justice League.

The death of Snyder’s 20-year old daughter had been kept secret and Snyder planned to throw himself into work, however he feels it’s best to step back from the project and focus on family.

He added:

“In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was way through it. The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all consuming. And in the last two months I’ve come to the realisation …I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”

Justice League is still set for its November 17th release.

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Pearl Mackie discusses the possibility of staying on for series 11

In an interview with ITV’s this morning, earlier today. Pearl Mackie was asked about her experience as part of team-TARDIS. When asked by Eamon Holmes, about Peter Capaldi’s departure by and whether she would like to stay on for series 11. She said:

“I don’t know, I mean it’s not up to me. Peter is such a wonderful Doctor, and I think the dynamic that he and I have playing The Doctor and Bill together is something that really works. That’s not to say it wouldn’t work with a different Doctor. But, yeah, it’s always a new adjustment, getting a new Doctor. Inevitably the dynamic is different because your different actors. And different characters.”


Pearl has quickly endeared herself to critics and fans alike, with some already dubbing the the best companion of the Nu-Who era. It certainly would be a shame to see her depart after one series. 

ILLUSTRATED BY RUSSELL T DAVIES, BBC BOOKS ACQUIRE UNIQUE COLLECTION OF DOCTOR WHO VERSE

Now, this looks interesting. BBC Books Publishing Director Albert DePetrillo has acquired Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred, the very first collection of Time Lord verse. BBC Books have world rights, with North American rights sold to HarperCollins.

A gentle and humorous riff on the classic Now We Are Six, this is a collection of charming, funny and whimsical poems that celebrate the joys, sorrows, and wonders of Time Lord life.


Written by author James Goss, the book features illustrations by former Doctor Who Executive Producer Russell T Davies – his first role as an illustrator, using the comic artist skills he developed in his youth.

James Goss said:

“BBC Books have carefully baited an irresistible trap to lure people into reading poetry. Russell’s beautiful illustrations make this the most charming Doctor Who book there’s ever been (and I’m including that magical first Doctor Who book you discovered as a child). The poems have been a delight to work on. Who could resist retelling the fiendish Daleks’ Masterplan in verse, or finding bizarre and ludicrous rhymes for monster names?”

Russell T Davies added:

“I’ve been drawing for Doctor Who long before I was writing it, so it was like time-travel for me, voyaging back to that young scribbler who used to cover his school desk with Daleks!”

Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred will publish in hardback on 14th September, two weeks before National Poetry Day on 28th September.

It can be ordered here.

Thorpe Park announces discounted tickets for 18-24 year olds who register to vote

We don’t really do political posts here at Bad Wilf, however, this one is just too cool not to share.

In a bid to encourage the younger generation to hit the polls on June 8th, Thorpe Park will be offering anyone aged 18-24 the chance to purchase entrance tickets for £20 if they can prove they have registered to vote.

 Dominic Jones, Divisional Director at Thorpe Park, said:

  We often hear young people are disengaged from politics, but a large number of our guests have shown an interest in politics, world events and social issues. However there are still a large number abstaining from voting in political elections.  Young people are just as concerned about the financial future as any other person.

The Park encourages their young audience to send in suggestions to the political leaders as part of their #YVC campaign, Your Vote Counts. They will be collating all videos submitted on social media by guests and sending them to political party leaders.

To find out more visit: https://www.thorpepark.com/election

 

Trailer-War for the planet of the Apes

Below is the epic new trailer for War for the planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel.  After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.  As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.


The movie stars Woody Harrelson (Cheers), Steve Zahn (Captain Fantastic), Terry Notary (Kong: Skull Island, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Karin Konoval (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). 

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES is released in UK cinemas July 14 2017.

The Tenth Doctor and Rose to return!

David Tennant and Billie Piper are reprising their roles of the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler, respectively. For three new Doctor Who audio dramas from Big Finish Productions.

Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery said:

“Getting David and Billie back together was definitely on my bucket list – two wonderful actors who created an era of Doctor Who which is so fondly remembered and brought a different aspect of the relationship between the Doctor and his companion to the fore – love, both platonic and unrequited. It’s great to have the Tenth Doctor and Rose back again!”

Nicholas Briggs added:

“It was such a special time for me, working with Billie and David on the TV show and it is such an honour to revisit it with them on audio.”

The set opens with Attack of the Zaross by John Dorney, in which an alien invasion of Earth isn’t quite what it appears to be – Camille Coduri guest stars as Jackie Tyler.

In the second adventure, Sword of the Chevalier by Guy Adams, the Doctor and Rose arrive in Slough in 1791 and encounter Chevalier D’Eon, an enigmatic ex-spy who has lived his life as a woman. Together they must fend off alien slavers, who have come to Earth to abduct valuable humans.

Finally, in Cold Vengeance by Matt Fitton, the TARDIS arrives on Coldstar, a vast frozen food asteroid in deep space. But there is something sinister defrosting in the network of storage units… the Doctor’s old enemies the Ice Warriors! Nicholas Briggs plays Ice Lord Hasskor and Warrior Slaan.

The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Volume 2 is released in November 2017.

Series 5 of Torchwood announced

File this under excited, series 5 of Torchwood is happening. Sort of….

The audio production company, Big Finish announced today, they’re working on the official fifth series of Torchwood. Torchwood:Aliens among us, will follow the events of Miracle Day, the Torchwood team is reunited, and Captain Jack, Gwen and Rhys are joined by new characters co-created and overseen by Russell T Davies.

In this series, Captain Jack and Gwen Cooper have restarted Torchwood in Cardiff, home of the original Torchwood Three. But it’s in a very different Cardiff. Something terrible’s happened to the city. With every day getting darker, will Torchwood need to adopt a whole new approach?


Starring John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen, Tom Price, Paul Clayton, Alexandria Riley and Sam Béart, Jonny Green. Torchwood: Aliens Among Us continues the TV series that fans love worldwide.

Producer of Torchwood Season 5, James Goss said:

“Russell’s been wonderfully involved in the continuation of Torchwood. We came up with some characters and ideas, he very kindly, very politely said ‘Marvellous, but no. Howabout…?’. And that’s what lead to Jack and Gwen being joined by Mr Colchester (Paul Clayton), Ng (Alexandria Riley), Tyler (Jonny Green) and the enigmatic Orr (Sam Béart). Who are they? What part do they have to play in the future of Torchwood? And can they save Cardiff from an invasion that’s already been lost?”

“This is an ambitious series for Big Finish – an entire season of Torchwood! There are some great scripts by some new writers, but there are also some familiar old faces – of course Rhys and Andy are in it, but there’ll be a few other surprises, including an appearance by someone who just has to be, has to be dead…”

This new series of Torchwood will be released in three boxsets, the first being out in August. Torchwood Series 5.2 will follow in October and 5.3 will complete the season in the new year.

The episode titles for Series 5.1 (out in August) are:

EPISODE 1: Changes Everything
EPISODE 2: Aliens & Sex & Chips & Gravy
EPISODE 3: Orr by Juno Dawson
EPISODE 4: Superiority Complex by AK Benedict

All three sets can be pre-ordered via the Big Finish website.

The series 1-4 Torchwood box set can be purchased on Amazon

Nerd Block reveals an item from their first Doctor Who block

The Tenth Doctor has fiercely battled his way into the mini-TARDIS, to be delievered right to your door.

 

The first release will see a 6.5″ Tenth Doctor figure with battle-worn decor, inspired by The End Of Time Part 2, which can only be found in this exclusive block.


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