The Light of September

A maritime audio drama with a science fiction twist from the makers of Minister of Chance and Death Comes to Time.

Episode 2 is out today! Hear The Long Light Shakes in your browser or subscribe to all episodes in iTunes or Android.

Writer/director Dan Freeman’s research on England’s south coast included sound effect recordings that bring the research vessel to life. The voice talent pulled together give nice aural contrast to the proceedings as well.

Returning to the mic from the Minister of Chance cast are Sylvester McCoy, Tamsin Greig, Jed Brophy, Stuart Fox, Simon Hickson and Richard Oliver.

They’re joined by Laura Cayouette (Django Unchained, Friends), Robert Picardo (Stargate, Star Trek), Thorbjørn Harr and Gorge Blagden (Vikings), Karim Saleh (Iron Man 2), Heida Reed (Vampyre Nation), Julian Seager (Poldark) and Tuppence Middleton (Sense8).

As with previous series this production is powered by you and I. Help unlock Episode 3 at the website for The Light of September.

Episodes

1. Breakfast on Venus: a ten-minute stroll aboard the Royal Research Ship Venus as May Sutherland (Tuppence Middleton) joins the crew. Her look round culminates in a, erm, memorable encounter with Engineer Allan (Sylvester McCoy).

2. The Long Light Shakes: on the poop deck of the RRS Venus, Lorraine (Laura Cayouette) and May peer up at the International Space Station as it prepares to launch a faster-than-light vehicle. Yeah, Noel (Karim Saleh) thinks that’s ridiculous too.

How day of the Doctor would have looked with Eccleston 

We all know that Christopher Eccleston declined to take part in the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who. But, up until now we didn’t exactly know how the ninth Doctor would have fit in to the story. 

Luckily for us bleeding cool have unearthed some early concept art, with Christopher Eccleston in place of Sir John Hurt. 

What’s interesting is that had Eccleston appeared, Billie Piper wouldn’t have. Instead the moment would have taken the image of a young girl. 

   
    
   

Matt LeBlanc confirmed as new Top Gear co-host

Here’s something I didn’t see coming, the BBC has announced today that former Friends star Matt LeBlanc has joined Top Gear, and will serve as a co-host to Chris Evans (not that one) when the show returns for its 23rd series in May.

LeBlanc said:

“As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I’m honoured and excited to be a part of this iconic show’s new chapter. What a thrill!”

Evans added:

“Matt’s a lifelong fellow petrolhead and I’m thrilled he’s joining Top Gear. Acting out our craziest car notions on screen is a dream job and I know we’ll both be debating some epic road trip ideas. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been up to on screen later this year.”

LeBlanc is undeniably a left field choice, but a pretty smart one. Not only is he a global household name, he also knows his cars and, he holds the record for the fastest-ever lap time on ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’. On top of all that, he also a presented a spin-off special, Top Gear: The Races.

The Flash/Supergirl crossover has been confirmed 

There’s been talks about a possible crossover between The Flash and Supergirl ever since Supergirl was announced. Well, now it’s been confirmed that the crossover between the two shows is actually going to happen.

American network, CW announced today that The Flash star Grant Gustin will guest star in an episode of Supergirl and that episode is set to air in the US on March 28th.

As of yet, plot details are very thin on the ground but I suspect this will involve Barry travelling to an alternate Earth.

Really really. Flash is about to meet Supergirl. @melissabenoist

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Executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg had this to say:

“We are so incredibly excited to announce something that we have dreamed of happening since we started making ‘Supergirl’ – The Flash and Supergirl are teaming up! We want to thank Grant Gustin for making the time to come visit (on top of his already immense workload) and all of the folks at CBS, The CW, Warner Bros. and DC for working this out. And finally thanks to the fans and journalists who have kept asking for this to happen. It is our pleasure and hope to create an episode worthy of everyone’s enthusiasm and support.”

The Force Awakens Lego Game on the way

I absolutely adore the Lego games, my kids and I have hours of fun playing these games and since The Force Awakens was first announced, we wondered if we would see a Lego Game. Well, today Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm announced there will indeed be a game based on the movie. I can’t wait, check out the trailer below.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens marks the triumphant return of the No. 1 LEGO videogame franchise and immerses fans in the new Star Wars adventure like never before. Players can relive the epic action from the blockbuster film in a way that only LEGO can offer, featuring all of the storylines from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, retold through the clever and witty LEGO lens. The game will also feature exclusive playable content that takes players on adventures between Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, providing additional insight about the new movie and its characters.

GAME FEATURES:

• Relive the Blockbuster Action – Blast off into a new and improved LEGO Star Wars experience that takes fans deeper into the new film than any other game, retold through the clever and witty LEGO lens.

• Exclusive New Story Levels – Experience untold adventures set before Star Wars: The Force Awakens through exclusive new story levels that takes place between Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and the new film.

• Variety of Characters, Vehicles & Locations – Play as all of the heroic characters from the movie, including Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and BB-8, as well as Kylo Ren, General Hux and Captain Phasma, while exploring iconic Star Wars locales, such as Jakku and the Starkiller Base, and utilizing a multitude of vehicles along the way.

• Build… and Rebuild – Through the enhanced “Multi-Builds” system, players must choose from multiple building options – to puzzle solve, or just for fun – all advancing the game in different ways.

• Experience the Galaxy Like Never Before – Experience the thrill of high-speed, action-packed flight gameplay like never before, including arena-based battles and dogfights in space.

• Exciting New Blaster Battles – Use your surroundings as cover during intense blaster battles and drive back the relentless First Order.

• More “I” in A.I. – Enemy fighters can now build using LEGO bricks to support their fellow Stormtroopers, calling in air support, reinforcements or heavy artillery – taking the fight to the Resistance with the power of LEGO!

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on June 28th.

Listen to our podcast on The Force Awakens.

Pride and prejudice and zombies red carpet report

The stars of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies took to the West End yesterday, to premiere the film.

The movie is based on the 2009 book of the same name, it sees the classic Jane Austen story get a fresh a twist, Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is now a kick-ass  Zombie Slayer.

Former Time lord, Matt Smith (Mr. Collins) spoke about his reaction when he was approached for the project:

“You kinda go, Pride and prejudice and what? Say what? But then I read it and saw it was a really good adaptation and the cast inovled were really strong. So, yeah. It was a right old laugh”.

Lilly James added:

“I thought this sounds awful, you can’t put zombies into Jane Austen, then I read it and I was totally into it. Making the film was so much fun”

Charles Dance, who plays Mr Bennet, said he doesn’t think Austen fans will be offended by the adaptaion.

“I don’t think that even the most ardent admires of Jane Austen, would be offended by it. It’s done with great affection, and [it’s] very entertaining and we had an awful lot of fun making it and I hope everyone who watches it, has as much fun as we did.”

 

Pride and Prejudice and zombies will be released in UK cinemas across the UK & Ireland on Thursday 11th February 2016.

 

Destination Star Trek Europe heading to Birmingham to Celebrate 50 Years

The premier Star Trek fan event in Europe, will once again open its doors to thousands of Star Trek enthusiasts from across the universe for  a three-day celebration of Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary. Set for October 7-9 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England, Destination Star Trek Europe will pay tribute to the characters and stories that have inspired generations of fans, joining a year of celebrations in honour of this milestone year for the franchise.

Destination Star Trek Europe, under license by CBS Consumer Products, will offer fans the opportunity to meet cast and crew, explore interactive exhibits, learn about Star Trek’s impact on science, space and technology, and enjoy parties fit for a golden anniversary.
The legendary William Shatner (Captain Kirk), will headline the event and be joined by Christopher Lloyd (Commander Kruge), Walter Koenig (Chekov), Jonathan Frakes (William Riker), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashir), Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax) and Nicole de Boer (Ezri Dax). Additional guests will be revealed in the coming months.

In addition to autographs, photos and panels, fans will be able to take command of the bridge on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 or NCC-1701-D, investigate a Borg hive, take charge of a Klingon bird-of-prey, explore a shuttlecraft, and see original props and costumes in the Destination Star Trek Museum.

Tickets are now available at www.DestinationStarTrek.com

“For five decades, Star Trek has influenced the world around us through its voyages to the Final Frontier,” said event organiser, Mark Woollard. “Destination Star Trek Europe will honour the series’ impact and celebrate its legions of fans that are inspired to boldly go where no one has gone before.”

Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016. Born from the mind of Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek series debuted on September 8, 1966 and aired for three seasons — a short run that belied the influence it would have for generations. Launching the careers of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, the series also broke new ground in storytelling and cultural mores providing a progressive look at topics including race relations, global politics, the environment, and more. It spawned five more television series and 13 feature films spanning the course of half a century.

Beyond its impact on the entertainment landscape, Star Trek has also inspired some of the greatest minds steering the direction of our modern world and sparking the biggest technological advancements of our time such as the cell phone, universal translator, smart watch, tablet, sonogram, and countless other inventions. Those who cite Star Trek as an influence on their lives include Stephen Hawking, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Elon Musk, and countless others.

Destination Star Trek Europe is organised by Massive Events, in association with Showmasters and Media 10.

Ricky Whittle cast as Shadow Moon

US cable network Starz is working on an adaptation of American Gods, by Neil Gaiman and they’ve just cast their lead. Ricky Whittle will play the shows hero, Shadow Moon. Whittle is probably best known for his work on Hollyoaks.

Neil Gaiman said:

“I’m thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable. The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun. American Gods is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be Coming to America. I’m delighted Ricky will get to embody Shadow. Now the fun starts.”

American Gods is set to air in late 2016.