NTA Winners

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Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch were amongst the winners at The National TV Awards last night.
The full list of winners are below.

Factual Entertainment

Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

Entertainment Programme

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

Documentary Series

Educating Yorkshire

Newcomer

Khali Best, EastEnders

Drama Performance

Matt Smith, Doctor Who

Daytime

This Morning

Comedy

Mrs Brown’s Boys

Serial Drama Performance

Julie Hesmondhalgh, Coronation Street

TV Detective

Benedict Cumberbatch

Entertainment Presenter

Ant & Dec

Drama

Doctor Who

Serial Drama

Coronation Street

Talent Show

Strictly Come Dancing

Landmark

Ant & Dec

First picture of Capaldi as the Doctor

Filming started today on the first episode of series 8 of Doctor Who. Below is the first picture of Peter Capaldi as The Doctor.

Here’s what the BBC had to say.

“The new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, stepped on set today for his first full day of filming as production begins on series 8 of the hit BBC show.

10.2 million tuned-in on Christmas Day to get their first glimpse of Capaldi in one of TV’s most iconic roles in the festive special ‘The Time of the Doctor’, which saw Matt Smith hang-up his bow tie after 4 years in the role.

Capaldi was revealed as the Doctor in a live BBC One show in August, after months of speculation about the next Doctor’s identity.

Arriving on set in Cardiff to begin filming, Peter Capaldi said:

“New job, first day, slightly nervous. Just like the Doctor, I’m emerging from the TARDIS into a whole other world.”

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, added:

“First the eyebrows! Then, at Christmas, the face! Coming soon, the whole Doctor. In the Cardiff studios, the Capaldi era begins.

The first episode of series 8 has been written by Steven Moffat with the second episode by Phil Ford. These are the first episodes that Peter will film and are directed by Ben Wheatley.
This move shatters the tradition of filming the new Doctor, they normally film the fourth and fifth episodes first.

The series is expected to air in August.

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Boba Fett movie confirmed

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The movie universe was surprised last year, when Disney bought Lucasfilm and the rights to the Star Wars franchise. They announced they would be producing five new films, three would be a continuation of the saga, but there would also be two stand alone spin-off’s based on established characters in the Star Wars universe.

A Yoda movie was the first rumored prospect for spin-off; but yesterday it was confirmed that Bounty Hunter Boba Fett would be getting his own movie.
It’s a safe choice to make, Bobba is a beloved character amongst Star Wars fans.
Lawrence Kasdan has apparently been hired to write and Jon Schnepp to direct.

Another rumour floating around is that Disney are interested in a Han Solo movie, set between Revenge of the Sith and A new hope. This rumour may actually hold a little weight, a teenage Han was cast for Revenge of the Sith but the character was cut before filming began, due to running time.

Also this week came the news that Marvel (also owned by Disney) would be producing a new range of Star Wars comics.

Doctor Who news

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Today at the final BFI screening celebrating 50-years of Doctor Who, show runner Steven Moffat revealed that series 8 will not be split and that the full 13 episodes will air consecutively. The news will be welcomed by fans who have felt that the split series has been to the shows detriment.
Series 8 is expected to air in August 2014 and will see Peter Capaldi pick up the search for Gallifrey, with Jenna Coleman as his companion.
How do you feel about the news? Let us know below.

Doctor Who triumphs at box office

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After taking an impressive £1.8million at the UK box office the fiftieth anniversary special of Doctor Who has made an impressive $4.8million.
The specially filmed 3D special played in 660 US cinemas on Monday.
In Australia it made $1.5M (AU).

After only being open for one day, Day of the Doctor globally racked up £6.5million and is currently second place in the US film charts.

With the success of this, I’d say a Doctor Who movie is pretty much guaranteed.

The Defenders

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Netflix and Disney have struck a deal
with ABC to co-produce four Marvel superheroes TV series, to be streamed exclusively on Netflix.
The first series’ will be Daredevil, followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage.
The four serialised storyline’s will culminate in an Avengers-style superhero team-up, which will take place in a Netflix original film called The Defenders.
As ABC is involved there is always the possibility of an agents of shield cross-over.

I’m excited by this news, Netflix has a fairly great track record and producing original content.
However the series I most want to see is The Punisher, let’s just hope that happens.

Jim Gordon origin series in the works

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Gotham Central is a long running comic book, about the police department in Gotham city. Fans have long called for a tv series and, with Marvel’s agents of shield launching it seems that fox have listened. Sort of.
The American network have committed to making a tv series about the origins of Commissioner Gordon.

The series will be written by Bruno Heller, former show runner for The Mentalist.
Warner Bros and DC have been in the television business before, with the long running Smallville and now CW’s Arrow, so it will be interesting to see how/if this ties in to the DC universe that’s being built up by Zack Snyder.

Not much is known about the storyline this early on, but a brief description for the series says that in addition to showing the history behind Gordon, it will focus on the villains of Gotham City.

Check out our podcasts on Man of steel and The Dark Knight trilogy.

Batfleck speaks

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Yesterday, Ben Affleck appeared on ‘Late night with Jimmy Fallon’ (American chat show). He discussed his casting and the internets reaction to it.

Affleck said on playing Batman.
“It’s so awesome, I’m so excited. They called me up and said, ‘Do you want to do this?’ And I said ‘I’m not 25, are you sure?’ And they said, ‘Come down, we want to show you what we’re doing.’ And it was incredible.

“Zack [Snyder] is directing it and he’s got this incredible take on it. Obviously he can’t do what Chris [Nolan] and Christian [Bale] did – those movies are amazing – so he wants to do something different but still in keeping with that. And I thought, ‘This is a brilliant way to do this, I really know how to hook into this.’”

On the Internet reaction.
“Before I accepted, they wanted to be sure I was ready. So, they showed me the reaction that-well, I won’t say their names, but other actors have received with their casting. I thought, I’m tough, I handle shit! I clicked online after it was announced and the first comment said Noooooooooooooooo!”

Batman Vs Superman is scheduled to open in July 2015.

Watch the full interview below.

Jurassic World

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After being in development hell for a number of years, Universal Pictures have finally announced the film title and release date for the third sequel in the Jurassic Park franchise . Jurassic World will arrive, in 3D on June 12th, 2015.
Colin Trevorrow will direct the film and Steven Spielberg will act as producer.