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Steven Spielberg named as Executive Producer of HALO: The TV Series

Microsoft held the big reveal of their new console, Xbox One, last night. They’re showed off the impressive new hardware and features of the console, and in the middle of game announcements they dropped a bombshell:

A live action Halo TV series is coming, and it’s produced by Steven Spielberg. What’s more, they’re claiming it’ll be a “premium” show, on a par with Game of Thrones.



That’s big news. Peter Jackson was trying to get a Halo movie off the ground, but it proved too expensive. Now it’s coming to TV? The good news here is that, as far as I can tell, Halo is largely a blank slate. It’s about as willfully generic a property as I can recall. The lead character doesn’t even have a name. But that generic quality gives the show a lot of leeway to be interesting and to bring us some fun sci-fi combat. I’m thinking this is probably going to be a reboot of Space: Above and Beyond, mostly.

The bad news: Spielberg. I know that seems like great news, but if you look at Spielberg’s TV producing credits lately they’re not so triumphant: Falling Skies, Smash, The River, Terra Nova. These are not good shows. I don’t know if it’s coincidence or what (I can’t imagine Spielberg is too involved in any of these, on a day to day basis), but the precedent is clear. Don’t have Spielberg produce your TV show.

More information is surely forthcoming. I wonder if this will be shopped to cable networks or broadcast or Netflix or what. With Microsoft’s emphasis on rounded entertainment with the Xbox One it would be pretty amazing if the show was on demand only through the Xbox. That could be a game changer.

Steven Spielberg named as Executive Producer of HALO: The TV Series

Microsoft held the big reveal of their new console, Xbox One, last night. They’re showed off the impressive new hardware and features of the console, and in the middle of game announcements they dropped a bombshell:

A live action Halo TV series is coming, and it’s produced by Steven Spielberg. What’s more, they’re claiming it’ll be a “premium” show, on a par with Game of Thrones.

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Doctor Who: Matt Smith and David Tennant tease “another character” in 50th anniversary

Billed as a thank you to fans for keeping Doctor Who’s secrets, the BBC has released a clip of the tenth and eleventh (well, as it stands, er, stood… appreciating that we don’t know… as long as… I mean, supposing that… oh, I give up) Doctors chummily discussing what it’s like to be the face of the show, and how their characters rub along together in the 50th anniversary special.

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Coulson Is Alive And Well In First AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Promo

I feel like none of us are really prepared for how amazing Marvel’s upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be. We love Marvel, we trust Joss Whedon (and the people he trusts), and we’ve never really seen a television show that can expand upon and feed into an ongoing movie universe. How is this not totally exciting?

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Fun ZOMBIELAND Trailer For Fun-Looking ZOMBIELAND Pilot

Mr. Television hit it big with the nasty, depressing, gory, and occasionally grating antics of The Walking Dead, so now it’s time to try the fun version with a television adaptation of 2009’s comedy Zombieland.

Instead of Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Little Miss Sunshine, the Zombieland pilot stars lower-grade replacements Tyler Ross, Kirk Ward, Maiara Walsh, and Little Orphan Annie. Instead of Bill Murray, this crew shot up Treat Williams.

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Source: slashfilm.com

Peter Jackson Wants To Direct An Upcoming DOCTOR WHO Episode

EW has a brief interview with Peter Jackson in which he makes explicit his desire to someday direct an episode of Doctor Who. You might assume the BBC doesn’t have enough cash to pay a crazy popular guy like Jackson for the job, but he claims he’ll do it for the price of one Dalek. That’s kind of cute until the article later reveals that he already owns two of the iconic Doctor Who villains, and he suddenly just looks greedy.

Like most people who make the show but few who actually watch the show, Jackson is a massive Who fan who has been watching from nearly the beginning of the show’s 50 years of scaring the shit out of children and blind dates alike. He has apparently spoken with Doctor Who head honcho Steven Moffat about bringing this idea to fruition, so he’s really not kidding around. When asked what he thought of Peter Jackson directing an episode of Doctor Who, Moffat just held up a sign that said “piss off.”



This isn’t really news or anything, but it’s fun to speculate on what a Peter Jackson episode of Doctor Who might look like. I think he’d do a good job, and the show’s tone would bring out Jackson’s long dormant goofy side. Also: Brevity. It might be like visiting an old friend.

Jackson’s a busy guy, but it seems like his Hobbit and Tintin duties can be done on a laptop at this point. Maybe he does have the time to slip off for a brief Doctor Who shoot. Moffat better not let him direct a Neil Giaman script though, as the resulting fangasm would send a sizable percentage of Doctor Who’s viewing audience into early (and some not so early) graves.

Peter Jackson Wants To Direct An Upcoming DOCTOR WHO Episode

EW has a brief interview with Peter Jackson in which he makes explicit his desire to someday direct an episode of Doctor Who. You might assume the BBC doesn’t have enough cash to pay a crazy popular guy like Jackson for the job, but he claims he’ll do it for the price of one Dalek. That’s kind of cute until the article later reveals that he already owns two of the iconic Doctor Who villains, and he suddenly just looks greedy.

Like most people who make the show but few who actually watch the show, Jackson is a massive Who fan who has been watching from nearly the beginning of the show’s 50 years of scaring the shit out of children and blind dates alike. He has apparently spoken with Doctor Who head honcho Steven Moffat about bringing this idea to fruition, so he’s really not kidding around. When asked what he thought of Peter Jackson directing an episode of Doctor Who, Moffat just held up a sign that said “piss off.”

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Source: insidetv.ew.com

Doctor Who: BBC responds to Matt Smith quitting rumours

The last time showrunner Steven Moffat was asked how long incumbent Doctor Matt Smith would remain in the role, he snapped back with a cheerily brisk “Forever. For the rest of time”. There’s the slightest chance, you know, that he wasn’t telling the truth…

Of course he wasn’t. If there’s one thing more certain than death, taxes, and repetition of the phrase “Doctor Who?” in the new episodes, it’s that Matt Smith won’t be the Doctor forever. The Sun, amongst others, is keen for us to think that his departure will come sooner rather than later, namely, after the 2013 Christmas special. The newspaper ran a story suggesting that “Insiders say the festive special will be Matt’s last outing as The Doctor”, citing Smith’s ambition to break into Hollywood as his reason for bowing out after a four year stint.



The BBC was quick to respond to the story, and had this to say:


  Sorry folks but even we don’t know what’s going to happen at Christmas. It’s not been written yet! But Matt loves the show and is to start filming the unmissable 50th anniversary, and the new series starting on Easter Saturday.


It’s not exactly a denial, and neither was Smith’s answer to the question posed by Jonathan Ross last week, “I am very happy doing it. I do the anniversary special, then the Christmas special. At the moment it’s 2013 and we will see what 2014 holds.”

Doctor Who: BBC responds to Matt Smith quitting rumours

The last time showrunner Steven Moffat was asked how long incumbent Doctor Matt Smith would remain in the role, he snapped back with a cheerily brisk “Forever. For the rest of time”. There’s the slightest chance, you know, that he wasn’t telling the truth…

Of course he wasn’t. If there’s one thing more certain than death, taxes, and repetition of the phrase “Doctor Who?” in the new episodes, it’s that Matt Smith won’t be the Doctor forever. The Sun, amongst others, is keen for us to think that his departure will come sooner rather than later, namely, after the 2013 Christmas special. The newspaper ran a story suggesting that “Insiders say the festive special will be Matt’s last outing as The Doctor”, citing Smith’s ambition to break into Hollywood as his reason for bowing out after a four year stint.

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Source: thesun.co.uk

DOCTOR WHO SERIES 7 PART 2 Trailer Raises Excitement For New Half Season

You guys! It’s only two weeks until Doctor Who returns with the first of eight episodes. BBC America has posted the newest trailer for Series 7B, and it looks like it’ll be a doozy. Lots of creepy monsters, including Cybermen, which actually look threatening, are included, as well as quick glimpses of guest stars Dougray Scott and David Warner. The focal point is, of course, the mystery surrounding Clara Oswin Oswald, the girl who has already [REDACTED] twice. So, Amy was the girl who didn’t make sense and Clara is the impossible girl… I think it’s all just a metaphor for the Doctor not being able to understand women.

The BBC has also released synopses for the first four episodes. Avoid if you don’t like spoilers.

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