Congratulations and Best Wishes Kate and William

God Bless. William shines like his mother, God Bless her soul. May the couple have a long and happy life together.

Prince William is joined by his girlfriend Kate Middleton at the wedding of Captain Nicholas Van Cutsem and Alice Hadden-Paton in London, August 2009. Photo by Ikon Pictures Ltd. / Rex Features

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April 28, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Celebrities, Popular Culture. 5 comments.

Dr Who companion Elisabeth Sladen (3rd Dr Who companion, Sarah Jane Adventures) has died, God Bless

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R.I.P. Elisabeth Sladen (1948-2011) – Sarah Jane Smith

Courtesy of MrTARDISReviews:

One of the most beloved companions through time and space has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

R.I.P. Elisabeth Sladen. You will never be forgotten.

*Information from the BBC Press Office*

It is with much sadness that we can announce Elisabeth Sladen, the much-loved actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and CBBC’s The Sarah Jane Adventures, passed away this morning. She was 63.

Lis first appeared as Sarah Jane in Doctor Who in 1973 alongside the Third Doctor Jon Pertwee and stayed for three and half seasons working alongside Jon and the Fourth Doctor Tom Baker. She returned to the role on numerous occasions over the years and, in 2007, was given her own spin-off series on CBBC – The Sarah Jane Adventures – where she would appear alongside new Doctors David Tennant and Matt Smith.

The Sarah Jane Adventures brought Lis a whole new generation of fans who grew up to love her alien-busting adventures. The series was hugely popular with fans young and old and won this year’s RTS Award for best children’s drama.

Controller of CBBC Damian Kavanagh said tonight: “I’m deeply saddened and shocked by the news of Lis’ untimely death. Lis brought joy, excitement and a sense of wonder to her many fans in her role as Sarah Jane Smith. She was adored by our young audience and I know all of them will miss her as much as I will.”

The creator of The Sarah Jane Adventures Russell T Davies said: “I absolutely loved Lis. She was funny and cheeky and clever and just simply wonderful. The universe was lucky to have Sarah Jane Smith; the world was lucky to have Lis.”

Steven Moffat, Doctor Who’s Lead Writer and Executive Producer said: “‘Never meet your heroes’ wise people say. They weren’t thinking of Lis Sladen.

“Sarah Jane Smith was everybody’s hero when I was younger, and as brave and funny and brilliant as people only ever are in stories. But many years later, when I met the real Sarah Jane – Lis Sladen herself – she was exactly as any child ever have wanted her to be. Kind and gentle and clever; and a ferociously talented actress, of course, but in that perfectly English unassuming way.

“There are a blessed few who can carry a whole television show on their talent and charisma – but I can’t think of one other who’s done it quite so politely. I once showed my son Joshua an old episode of Doctor Who, in which Lis appeared. “But that’s Sarah Jane,” he said, confused “In old Doctor Who. From years ago. How come she always look exactly the same?” It’s not a comfort today, of course, but children will still be saying that fifty years from now.”

Keith Jones, Director, BBC Cymru Wales, said: “The Sarah Jane Adventures has been one of the most successful children’s programmes on television in recent years – and without Elisabeth Sladen it would not have happened. A brilliant presence on screen and on set, she brought the excitement and energy of the Doctor Who family of programmes, of which we are very proud at BBC Wales, to a whole new generation. She will be missed by all at BBC Wales who worked with her.”

Roger Carey, who represented Lis for many years, said. “She was not just a client, but a dear friend. She was so positive about life and her natural energy was intoxicating. She couldn’t believe her luck when her career was resurrected in her own series.”

Lis had been suffering from cancer. She leaves behind a husband, actor Brian Miller, and her daughter, Sadie.

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April 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

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April 28, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Suspense. Comments off.

Doctor Who – Inside the TARDIS

Doctor Who –  Inside The TARDIS – BBC America – featuring Julie Gardner, Russell T Davies and David Tennant

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December 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi. Comments off.

PGA honors Joss Whedon with the Vanguard Award

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I cannot wait to see ‘Cabin in the Woods’. Our previous posts on Joss, Dr Horrible, Cabin in the Woods, Firefly (and the dreaded, sometimes great, mostly crxpulent, Dollhouse) here.

I want to see what Joss created when he was let loose on classic horror!

Variety:

The Producers Guild of America has selected Joss Whedon as the recipient of its Vanguard Award, which recognizes achievements in new media and technology.The kudo will be presented at the 21st Annual PGA Awards ceremony on Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Palladium.

Whedon is a producer, writer, director, and creator for TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Firefly,” and “Dollhouse” with film scripts including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Toy Story,” “Alien Resurrection” and “Titan A.E.” He’s penned the comic book series “Fray” and created and produced Internet series “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog.”

“The Cabin in the Woods,” a feature he co-wrote with Drew Goddard, is currently in post-production and will be released in 2011 by MGM.

…”Joss Whedon has mastered the art of melding the newest technology with inspired storytelling, truly exemplifying the spirit of the Vanguard Award,” said David Friendly and Laurence Mark, co-chairs of the PGA Awards.

November 24, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, graphic art, Horror, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

‘The Wolfman’ – A Look Inside Featurette

Our previous posts on the new Wolfman here

Courtesy of HollywoodStreams

November 24, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Film, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

Brooks Brothers introduces ‘Mad Men Edition’ suit

I know a LOT of people who love this suit. Variety has more:

Brooks Brothers carries the Mad Men Edition suit, with costume designer Janie Bryant clearly credited…Bryant’s deal with Brooks Brothers has given her fellow designers some hope for the future.

“I’m certain, wisely, the producers saw that it was an advantage, not a disadvantage, to have to a costume designer linked to the clothing line — to use the costume designer for publicity,” Appel says. “It’s such a win-win. Who knows the character better than the costume designer?”

“Janie Bryant is the exception to the rule,” Lawrence adds.” That is a grand step forward.”

In the past, audiences would see a film because the costumes were created by superstars Adrian, Theadora Van Runkle, Helen Rose or Edith Head….

I LOVE all the clothes Edith Head designed in every film she worked on!

…Style guru Cameron Silver concludes: “Because Janie Bryant is getting personal acclaim right now, other studios might see the opportunity to make money. Studios have forgotten that they could be developing household names for their costume designers.”

Edith Head Designer, and Grace Kelly in Rear Window. When do we ladies get some of these incredible clothes remade! This may not work with Team Obama's new 'lower standard of living for the US consumer'!!

November 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Film, Popular Culture. Comments off.

Et tu Scooby? UK ‘expert’ says ‘those pesky kids’ make children more violent….

I remember a time when Eddie Izzard proclaimed Scooby Doo the ‘Faust of American culture’ and said it was our pass in the world at large! Now the UK ‘experts’ want to slap an R rating on ole Scoob! Next they will have he and Shaggy exercising to set a good example and they’ll limit their calorie consumption (no pizza for Scooby and Shaggy?).

Telegraph:

Dr Karen Pfeffer, a senior lecturer at Lincoln University, said that risky behaviour which would normally lead to injury is rarely shown to have negative consequences in cartoons.

WOW! Really BREAKING NEW GROUND over there in the Uk eh?

She claims to have found evidence that there children who watch violent programmes are more likely to engage in risky behaviour and injure themselves.

Dr Pfeffer, who is also an international mentor for the World Health Organisation, will address the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents this week and call for children’s television programmes, particularly live action programmes, to carry ratings for parents to make informed choices for their children.

Among the programmes she deemed to contain the most risky behaviour were Scooby-Doo, Batman, X-Men and Ben 10.

“I have looked at whether television’s portrayal of risky behaviour affects children and have found evidence of children imitating dangerous TV behaviours, evidence of a positive correlation between amount of TV viewing and injury rates and evidence that TV viewing can affect children’s perceptions of risk,” she said.

“The problem is that these characters engage in risky behaviours and experience great violence but the negative consequences of dangerous behaviour are usually not portrayed..

Hey Scooby and  Shaggy have a VERY HEALTHY sense of SELF PRESERVATION! They run like crazy at ANY sign of trouble!

And this ‘expert’  throws in some gender bias too, just because! Hey has anyone told her the TeleTubbies are promoting a gay culture?! LOL!

..“TV provides dangerous role models for children, especially boys. It is recommended that children’s television programmes, particularly live action programmes, include ratings for parents on the portrayal of injury content. This would assist parents to make informed decisions.”

Dr Pfeffer’s paper, Risk and injury portrayal in boys’ and girls’ favourite television programmes, will be published later this month.

November 8, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Art, Comedy, Education, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Film, graphic art, Politics, Popular Culture, Saturday Morning Cartoons. 1 comment.

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