Jodie Whittaker talks about Doctor Who’s filming schedule

In an excerpt released by The Two shot podcast, Jodie Whittaker talks about the challenges of the Doctor Who filming schedule.

It’s rewardingly hard because every night you go home and the next day is your big day as well. That’s the bit I’m not used to. I’m used to going in and it being like Monday and Tuesday are pretty light. I’m not in Wednesday or Thursday and Friday is a big day. And this, every day’s the big day and for nine months. I’ve never done that. I’m sure it’s happened to lots of people, it’s just never happened to me. I think that was overwhelming, was I gonna always be on top of my lines? It’s the lines that are the hardest part.

The full interview will be released on Thursday morning. The podcast can be found here.

Lionsgate to re-release 6 legendary titles

Lionsgate UK will release legendary titles AMERICAN PSYCHO, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, THE EXPENDABLES, THE EXPENDABLES 2, WARRIOR, and 3:10 TO YUMA on newly remastered 4K Ultra HD with incredible extras on 15 October. In addition, the stunning new edition of AMERICAN PSYCHO includes never-before-heard commentary from director Mary Harron, recorded in 2018. See below for full details for each release.

AMERICAN PSYCHO 4K UHD + BLU-RAY™

Special features:

• AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR MARY HARRON (RECORDED IN 2018 – 4K ONLY)

• AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH WRITER GUINEVERE TURNER

• DELETED SCENES WITH OPTIONAL DIRECTOR COMMENTARY

• AMERICAN PSYCHO: FROM BOOK TO SCREEN

• THE ’80S: DOWNTOWN

It’s 1987 and Patrick Bateman (Academy Award Winner® Christian Bale) is living the American dream. He has a great job, he’s handsome, he’s athletic and has the attention of many beautiful women. However, Patrick has a dark secret that he keeps hidden from those around him; Patrick is a psychopath. Dissatisfied with his charmed life, Patrick spends his evenings prowling the streets looking for victims; whether they are his business associates or strangers he meets in passing, he makes no distinction. Cultivating his serial killer persona as much as his yuppie lifestyle, the two sides of Patrick’s life soon begin to merge and he begins to wonder where one side of his life ends and the other begins. Also starring Academy Award Nominee® Willem Dafoe, Academy Award Winner® Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Samantha Mathis, and Academy Award Winner® Reese Witherspoon.

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS 4K UHD + BLU-RAY™

Special features:

• AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH WRITER/DIRECTOR DREW GODDARD & WRITER/PRODUCER JOSS WHEDON

• WE ARE NOT WHO WE ARE: MAKING THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

• PRIMAL TERROR: VISUAL EFFECTS

• AN ARMY OF NIGHTMARES: MAKE-UP & ANIMATRONIC EFFECTS

• THE SECRET SECRET STASH

• WONDERCON Q&A

• THEATRICAL TRAILER

• IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS BONUSVIEW™ MODE (BLU-RAY™ ONLY)

A rambunctious group of five college friends steals away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror-movie behaviour, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even controlling, every move the terrified kids make! With their efforts continually thwarted by an all-powerful “eye in the sky,” do they have any chance of escape?

THE EXPENDABLES 4K UHD + BLU-RAY™

Disc 1 – 4K Ultra HD (Movie only)

Disc 2 – Blu-Ray™ (Movie and special features):

• AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR SYLVESTER STALLONE

• BONUSVIEW™ – THE EXPENDABLES: ULTIMATE RECON MODE

• “FROM THE ASHES: POST PRODUCTION” DOCUMENTARY

• DELETED SCENE

• GAG REEL

• MARKETING ARCHIVE

Sylvester Stallone stars as Barney Ross, leader of The Expendables, a tight-knit team of skilled combat vets turned mercenaries. Hired by a powerful covert operator, the team jets off to a small South American country to overthrow a ruthless dictator. Once there, they find themselves caught in a deadly web of deceit and betrayal. Using every weapon at their disposal, they set out to save the innocent and punish the guilty in this blistering action-packed thriller.

THE EXPENDABLES 2 4K UHD + BLU-RAY™

Disc 1 – 4K Ultra HD (Movie only)

Disc 2 – Blu-Ray™ (Movie and special features):

• AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR SIMON WEST

• GODS OF WAR: ASSEMBLING EARTH’S MIGHTIEST ANTIHEROES

• ON THE ASSAULT: THE REAL-LIFE WEAPONRY OF THE EXPENDABLES

• DELETED SCENES

• GAG REEL

The Expendables are back in a sequel that J. Rentilly of MensHealth.com calls “a high-octane adventure with non-stop action!” The team signs on for a mission that looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But things quickly go wrong, and one of their own is killed by a psychotic terrorist-for-hire. Hell-bent on payback, they cut a swath of destruction through enemy territory and wreak havoc upon their opponents. In the midst of the mayhem, they must also shut down an unexpected threat in the nick of time – preventing five tons of weapons-grade plutonium from falling into the wrong hands.

WARRIOR 4K UHD + BLU-RAY™

Special features:

• “REDEMPTION: BRINGING WARRIOR TO LIFE” DOCUMENTARY

• PHILOSOPHY IN COMBAT: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS STRATEGY

• SIMPLY BELIEVE: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES “MASK” LEWIS, JR.

• CHEAP SHOTS: GAG REEL

• BROTHER VS. BROTHER: ANATOMY OF THE FIGHT

• THE DINER: DELETED SCENE WITH TOM HARDY AND NICK NOLTE (WITH OPTIONAL COMMENTARY)

• AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH WRITER-DIRECTOR GAVIN O’CONNOR, COWRITER ANTHONY TAMBAKIS, EDITOR JOHN GILROY, AND ACTOR JOEL EDGERTON

• FULL CONTACT: BLU-RAY™ ENHANCED VIEWING MODE — AN IN-DEPTH ORIGINAL AND PERSONAL LOOK AT WARRIOR WITH THE CAST AND CREW (BLU-RAY™ ONLY)

An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns home and enlists his father, a recovering alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. Tommy’s estranged brother Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to provide for his family as a public school teacher, also enters the competition. Set on a collision course with each other, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense winner-take-all battle of their lives.

3:10 TO YUMA 4K UHD + BLU-RAY™

Special features:

• AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR JAMES MANGOLD

• “3:10 TO SCORE” FEATURETTE

• “SEA TO SHINING SEA” DOCUMENTARY

• “A CONVERSATION WITH ELMORE LEONARD” FEATURETTE

• “THE GUNS OF YUMA” FEATURETTE

• HISTORICAL TIMELINE OF THE WEST (BLU-RAY™ ONLY)

• INSIDE YUMA: AN EXCLUSIVE BLU-RAY™ DISC INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE

• “DESTINATION YUMA” MAKING-OF DOCUMENTARY

• “AN EPIC EXPLORED” FEATURETTE

• “OUTLAWS, GANGS, AND POSSES” DOCUMENTARY

• DELETED SCENES

Infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Bale) volunteers to deliver him alive to the “3:10 to Yuma,” a train that will take the killer to trial. But with Wade’s outfit on their trail – and dangers at every turn – the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey towards each man’s destiny.

RIP Gary Kurtz

Gary Kurtz, Star Wars producer passed away on Sunday the 23rd of September at 4.47pm after living with Cancer for the last year.

  In the 70s and 80s Gary Kurtz was a young film maker that revolutionized the Hollywood film industry at its core with his films like Star Wars, American Graffiti and The Empire Strikes Back. The agreements he closed altered the balance of power from the film studio to the directors and producers so they could, for the first time, make the films how they wanted to make them and control the process of the art of filmmaking.

  In the mid 1960s Gary Kurtz was assistant director on a Monte Hellman western, Ride in the Whirlwind, starring Jack Nicholson, and went on to work on Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet with Basil Rathbone and Queen of Blood, with John Saxon, Basil Rathbone, and Dennis Hopper, and then on to another Monte Hellman western, The Shooting, starring Warren Oates and Jack Nicholson, and finally wore multiple hats as production manager, assistant director, and editor on the Harry Dean Stanton film The Hostage.

Then in 1966 Gary Kurtz joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he served his country in Vietnam. This led him toexperiences in his life that would later directly influence his film making skills and story telling ethos.

  After leaving military service, Gary Kurtz moved into studio pictures, and became associate producer on Chandler and Two-Lane Blacktop with Monte Hellman for Universal Pictures, both in 1971. Kurtz’s well-rounded skills in directing, editing, producing and storytelling made him the perfect partner for the young upcoming George Lucas when they first met through Francis Ford Coppola in 1971. This meeting led to a collaboration of these two film makers that lasted over a decade.

  Gary Kurtz studied religion extensively in his early years. In the early stages of development on “Star Wars” he suggested to Lucas that he might give the film a sufficiently universal religion to help to give it more depth.  That led to Kurtz working on the “Star Wars” screenplay and developing “The Force” which would go on to influence generations of fans.  Lucasfilm was born under their banner, and went on to make some of Hollywood’s most successful films of all time.

  Gary Kurtz developed a good relationship with Universal Pictures off the back of Two-Lane Blacktop in 1971. Following that, George Lucas and Gary Kurtz brought a two-film deal to Universal for American Graffiti and a sci-fi film that was to be Star Wars. American Graffiti was a low budget movie and cost only $777K which was less than Kurtz’s last movie Two-Lane Blacktop at $850K, but American Graffiti went on to take $140 Million world wide which made it the lowest cost to highest profit ratio film of all time and that record held until The Blair Witch Project in 1999.  Kurtz now 33 years old went into re-negotiations with Universal Pictures to make the the second of the two film deal which was to be the Star Wars film. In the end Universal passed on the project because the script was not fully developed.

  Gary Kurtz later closed a deal with 20th Century Fox to make Star Wars for $11 million, and off the back of this Kurtz and Lucas set up the Star Wars Corporation. Gary Kurtz became Vice President of the corporation looking after the development of the film and also the film’s other assets such as merchandising rights and products. Star Wars was to become a troublesome production which was complicated to finish. It pushed special effects technology and the art of filmmaking to the limit.

  In order to finish the film on time, Kurtz set up a second unit and directed many pick up shots, most of the cockpit dog fighting scenes, and most of the Star Wars opening scene interior fight sequences on Princess Leia’s ship. He then went back to the US to work on the special effects miniature unit at ILM as they were struggling to complete many of the shots that were promised in England. At this point, George Lucas was not confident that they had a film to release, but in the end Star Wars was finally finished and unleashed to the world on May 25, 1977 and became one of the biggest films of all time bringing in over 1.1 Billion Dollars.

  Kurtz and Lucas carried on their partnership but they both started to have desires to make different sequels to the successful films they had already released. So, it was decided that Gary Kurtz would make the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back and that Lucas would make the sequel to American Graffiti, More American Graffiti. Gary Kurtz would join up with long time friend Irvin Kershner to direct Empire, the film again pushed all limitations in filmmaking technology.  The film had twice the number of sets that the first Star Wars film did and a budget match of  $18,000,000.

  Gary chose to film in icy Norway where he had served out his basic training in the U.S. Marine Corps. They filmed there during Norway’s coldest weather in over 25 years. The production then came back to its UK home in Elstree Studios, but disaster struck when the the large sound stage there caught fire during Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. Gary Kurtz again just got on with what was needed to make the film happen and negotiated with the studio to have a new soundstage built using Lucasfilm funding. The agreement allowed them to use the stage rent free and once the filming of Empire was completed the new soundstage was to be sold back to the studio. This saved on the production budget and only pushed the filming back by a few days. In the end, the film, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was released on June 20th 1980.

At this time Gary Kurtz started to feel that Lucasfilm had become too corporate as he often said there were too many suits in the production office that was supposed to be full of artistic people. That started to damage the strength of the Lucas / Kurtz partnership. Gary Kurtz was asked to produce Revenge of the Jedi (Return of The Jedi) and turned it down as he felt the script was too limited and that most of what was in the script had already been seen in the first two films (i.e. Another Death Star and the sand planet). He had worked on the Star Wars films for many years now and wanted to continue with changing the direction of filmmaking.

  Kurtz was living in the UK at this point and had made several interesting filmmaking friends there.  He had been talking to Jim Henson about a big film featuring only puppets. This felt like a real challenge to him, which is exactly what he was searching for, so he joined up with Jim Henson to produce and second unit direct The Dark Crystal, a technical filmmaking masterpiece.

  Gary Kurtz’s next big film was again not going to be easy. A long time friend, Walter Murch, had written the screenplay and was to Direct Return to Oz. Gary Kurtz Executive Produced it and it was critically acclaimed for its technical achievements with the room of mirrors. It was a very dark twist on the world of Oz and was released June 21st of 1985.

  Gary Kurtz went on to produce more films such as Slipstream (1989) with Mark Hamill, The Steal (1995), 5-25-77 (2007) and stayed working in the industry developing projects around the world including the far east and China up until his death, at the age of 78.

  Gary Kurtz was considered by many as a pioneer in the film industry and a master of the art of filmmaking. He found any opportunity to share his expansive knowledge of the film industry with budding filmmakers and those seeking knowledge. He was a real humanitarian and a gentleman; some have said that he is one of the gentlest souls in the film profession, modest and humble, and a very unique man.

  Gary Kurtz’s art left lasting impressions on generations of adults and children across the world. We have him to thank for these wonderful memories that he made for us all. Gary Kurtz helped to create the force and it is with us always.

  Gary Kurtz left behind Clare Gabriel ,Tiffany Kurtz, Melissa Kurtz, and Dylan Kurtz. Our thoughts are with his family.

 

New Doctor Who trailer

BBC America have just released a new trailer for series 11 of Doctor Who. It looks like the fun is back in the show.

Episode 1 is titled ‘The woman who fell to Earth’.

Synopsis:

We don’t get aliens in Sheffield. In a South Yorkshire city, Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O’Brien are about to have their lives changed forever, as a mysterious woman, unable to remember her own name, falls from the night sky. Can they believe a word she says? And can she help solve the strange events taking place across the city?

Doctor Who returns Sunday, October 7th. BBC1.

Missy to get her own audio series

Big Finish announced today that Missy will be getting her own audio range.

Michelle Gomez, who played the Doctor’s best friend and wicked enemy, Missy will be reprising her role in some brand new audio adventures from Big Finish Productions made in arrangement with BBC Studios.

Throughout her time on Doctor Who, Missy – an evil incarnation in the guise of a Victorian nanny – was a delightful devil, at one point sentenced to death for terrible crimes against the universe. And now we get the chance to hear more of what she is really capable of.

These new adventures see an unleashed Missy bringing the universe to wrack and ruin. We can’t wait for its release in February 2019!

Michelle Gomez told us about letting Missy loose on the people of the universe:

“I was very excited to return to Missy’s world via the medium of audio because along the way I’ve always had a lot of fun with Missy; her voices and her rhythms. I absolutely love capturing it and distilling it down to the word on the page.

I’m absolutely delighted! She’s such a ridiculously brilliant character, and hopefully that earns her that moment in the spotlight. To find myself centre stage with these Missy adventures is thrilling – I’m very grateful.”

And (whilst evading the Doctor’s clutches) Missy will encounter another enemy of her ‘boyfriend’ as she crosses paths with the Meddling Monk played by Rufus Hound.

David Richardson, producer of these adventures added:

“Missy’s own series is just like the Time Lady herself – anarchic, funny, unpredictable and wildly imaginative. It’s absolutely glorious to have Michelle returning to the character at Big Finish, and our recording days have been filled with so much laughter.

And we haven’t even met face to face yet! Michelle’s busy filming the new Sabrina series in Vancouver for Netflix and so we’ve been pairing studios down the line; Michelle thousands of miles away while we’re in London synched up with her. It’s been a joy to make. And just wait until you hear the collaboration of Missy and the Meddling Monk!”

Missy is available for pre-order now ahead of its release in February 2019 at £23 on CD or £20 on download from www.bigfinish.com and will remain at this price until general release when it will be available for £35 on CD or £30 on download.

Paul Feig doesn’t think Spy 2 will happen

Spy is an incredibly funny movie, which paved a new direction for Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham. The film went light on the fat jokes, and instead focused on McCarthy’s comedic talent, whilst Jason Statham played the straight man. It was a lot of fun and fans have long wanted a sequel. But, apparently Fox aren’t keen. Director Paul Feig, told the Happy sad confused podcast:

They’re on the third Kingsman movie, I love the Kingsman movies, that’s the same studio. They made more money than we did, but we didn’t not make money. We made pretty good money. We made $235 million worldwide, that’s pretty good on a $65 million budget—you always wish it was higher. But yeah, they just didn’t wanna do it, and now the moment may be passed, I don’t know. But I’m really proud of it.

I’m assuming Feig’s mention of the Kingsman films, is him saying the studio already have a successful spy franchise. So won’t invest in another. It’s a shame, I would’ve loved another outing.

 

Doctor Who series 11 airdate confirmed

After months of speculation, The BBC has confirmed today the new series of Doctor Who is moving to Sunday evenings. Series 11 will debut in the UK on Sunday 7th October.

The move to Sunday evenings is seen as a controversial choice, by some fans.  Saturday nights has been home to Doctor Who, since its return in 2005. Previously, the only times the series has been shown on a Sunday was for two episodes shown on Christmas Day and the David Tennant special, The Waters of Mars.

The switch means that Doctor Who will avoid ITV’s X Factor.  A timeslot has yet to confirmed, but my money is on it being broadcast between Countryfile and the Strictly Come Dancing Results show.

Chris Chibnall said:

New Doctor, new home! Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is about to burst into Sunday nights — and make the end of the weekend so much more exciting. Get everybody’s homework done, sort out your Monday clothes, then grab some special Sunday night popcorn, and settle down with all of the family for Sunday night adventures across space and time. (Also, move the sofa away from the wall so parents can hide behind it during the scary bits). The Thirteenth Doctor is falling from the sky and it’s going to be a blast.

LEGO® DC Super-Villains Season Pass Revealed

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed today the LEGO® DC Super-Villains Season Pass which will provide players with exciting add-on game content inspired by a wide range of DC movies, live action and animated TV series, and comics. The Season Pass will feature six Level Packs and four Character Packs, including two Aquaman Movie Level Packs inspired by the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film, Aquaman, in theaters nationwide on 2nd December and two Shazam! Movie Level Packs inspired by the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film Shazam! in theaters nationwide April 2019.

The DC Super Heroes TV Series Character Pack and DC Super-Villains TV Series Character Pack will add favorites from Warner Bros. Television, including DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Black Lightning TV series. Additional packs include the DC Films Character Pack, plus Batman: The Animated Series Level Pack and Young Justice Level Pack inspired by the Warner Bros. Animation series.

The Season Pass is part of the LEGO DC Super-Villains Deluxe Edition which features the main game and immediate access to the DC Super Villains: TV Series Character Pack. An exclusive LEGO minifigure, Lex Luthor Superman, also comes with the physical version of the Deluxe Edition, while digital consumers will receive the Justice League Dark Character Pack, inspired by the comic book series Justice League Dark.  The Deluxe Edition is now available for pre-order exclusively at GAME in the UK and at GameStop in Ireland for £59.99. The Season Pass will also be available separately at £11.99.

 

LEGO DC Super-Villains is the first LEGO game to put players at the center of a villain-centric adventure giving them the abiity to create and play as their own DC Super-Villain throughout the game. Their character becomes the center of the story, while teaming up with an iconic variety of villains to adventure through the hilarious and original story written in collaboration with DC. LEGO DC Super-Villains will be available 19th October for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One X®, Nintendo Switch™, and PC.

For more game information, visit chaos-is-coming.wbgames.com and follow the official LEGO DC Super-Villains social channels on Facebook and YouTube, and @LEGODCGAME on Instagram and Twitter.

 

Sheridan Smith returning to Big Finish!

After last weeks Twitter tease, Big Finish has confirmed that Sheridan Smith will be reprising her role, as Lucie Miller in four new adventures with the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) in an exciting new box-set, due for release next year.

Lucie started her journey with the Eighth Doctor back in 2007 and was an instant hit with fans.  She went on to feature in three more series alongside Paul McGann, until she left in 2011. Fans have been demanding she come back, ever since.

Big Finish executive producer, Nicholas Briggs said:

We’ve always had it in mind to bring back Lucie, we only let her go in the first place because we could see Sheridan’s stratospheric career path approaching.But thanks to Big Finish producer Ian Atkins, we discovered that Sheridan was really keen to return. And so, script editor Alan Barnes (who created Lucie in the first place), producer Scott Handcock and I started devising The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller.”

Lucie Miller’s further adventures are:

The Dalek Trap by Nicholas Briggs
The Revolution Game by Alice Cavender
The House on the Edge of Chaos by Eddie Robson
Island of the Fendahl by Alan Barnes

The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller, which includes four adventures and a disc of extended extras, will also be released in July 2019 and can be pre-ordered now for £25 on CD or £20 on download, only available from Big Finish.

Price: £9.99

Doctor Who Season 19 to get Limited Edition Blu-ray

BBC Studios have announced Doctor Who Season 19 will be the next release in the Doctor Who: The Collection range.

Season 19 is Peter Davison’s first outing as the Fifth Doctor. The set will be released on the 19th November 2018, as a collector’s edition limited run. This boxset follows the success of Tom Baker’s first season; which sold out in a matter of days.

The Limited Edition Blu-ray includes brand new ‘Special Features’ exclusive to this set including;

    Five new ‘Making-Of’ documentaries for Castrovalva, Four To Doomsday, Black Orchid, Earthshock and Time-Flight.
    Surround sound mixes for Kinda and Earthshock, an Extended Version of Black Orchid Part One
    Rare studio footage from Castrovalva, Four To Doomsday, Earthshock and Time-Flight.
    Updated special effects for Castrovalva, seven more editions of Behind The Sofa and a newly-shot one-hour interview Peter Davison In Conversation with Matthew Sweet, and much more.

The eight-disc box set also includes the Peter Davison/David Tennant mini-episode Time Crash, plus hours of extensive special features previously released on DVD.