To say that I am a fan of the British sci-fi show “Doctor Who” would be and understatement. Not only do I have “DW” viewing parties at my apartment, I own a sonic screwdriver, I’ve eaten fish fingers and custard (a “DW” inside joke), I waited for hours to get a glimpse of the show’s stars when they shot an episode in New York, and I even traveled to London to go to the “Doctor Who Experience.” Despite some missteps (cough, “Daleks in Manhattan,” cough), “Doctor” Who won my heart(s) long ago, and I keep coming back for more adventures in that blue box.
But then I saw the promo art for season seven in which the titular character of the show, the Doctor, looks darkly determined while carrying his unconscious companion Amy in his arms. (“DW” has always referred to the people who travel with the Doctor as “companions.”) If my life were a preview for a romantic comedy, this would have been the moment you heard the sound effect of a record scratching to a stop. What the what?! Is “DW” really going there? Portraying Amy as merely a victim for the Doctor to save?
It gave me pause, and it made me think about the way the show has portrayed (or betrayed) its female characters in the past. Keep reading »
What fresh hell is this? It appears that wee Corey Feldman lookalike and dub step perpetrator Skrillex is set to star in a remake of “The Crow.” The cursed 1994 film starring Brandon Lee is probably as well known for Lee’s accidental on-set death as it is for being a cult-fave among comic book fans. There’s been four additional “Crow” films since the original, but most have been straight to video. Bradley Cooper was originally supposed to star in the remake, but dropped out. So now Skrillex is set to star in the film, despite the fact that he’s got no prior acting experience, so obviously this is going to end really well. [Mix Mag]
UPDATE: According to a rep for the studio we spoke with, they have not offered the role to Skrillex and have yet to cast anyone in the remake. Phew.
Have you heard of Dreama Walker? If you haven’t you will soon. That’s because Dreama is the star of the new indie flick “Compliance,” where she stars as Becky, a fast food employee who unwittingly gets caught up in a prank call scam. Her performance is delicate, naturalistic and very, very good.
If you miss her in “Compliance” (which don’t — it’s definitely worth seeing), you can also catch her in the ABC sitcom “Don’t Trust The B— In Apartment 23,” and in the upcoming movies “The Kitchen” and “Chlorine.”
So what should you know about Dreama?
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As we’ve already told you, season two of “American Horror Story” takes place in an asylum, and Entertainment Weekly’s newly posted exclusive pics confirm that I am probably going to need to watch while wearing an adult diaper. Scary nun! Check out a few more pics here.
Following the conviction of three members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, two additional members have fled the country, fearing arrest for their participation in the band’s punk prayer performance at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Church. Last week, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (above), Mariya Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich were sentenced to two years in prison for the crime of “hooliganism.” Their punk prayer performance criticized Vladimir Putin and Kirill I, the Moscow Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Pussy Riot wore their trademark face-covering balaclavas during the performance, which made police only able to identify and thus arrest three of the five participating members.
In a statement posted to their Twitter over the weekend, Pussy Riot cheered, “In connection with the search, our two participants have successfully left the country! They are recruiting foreign feminists for new actions!” Pyotr Verzilov — husband of imprisoned member Tolokonnikova — told the press, “They are in a safe place beyond the reach of the Russian police.” [Huffington Post]
I do appreciate the convenience of having a personal toilet nearby at all times, but toilet bikes just seem a little excessive. Japanese toilet manufacturer TOTO introduced the latest in motorcycle/toilet technology with their “Toilet Bike Neo.”
The eco-friendly motorcycle, with a built-in custom toilet, runs on bio-fuel from animal “discharge” or “waste water,” which I’m assuming is the nice way to say pee and poop. And I don’t think the toilet actually talks like it does in the commercial, although that could be fun. Right now, it’s just a prototype designed to promote awareness about bathroom emissions and water conservation. So you can’t purchase yours just yet. [National Post]