Doctor Who’s New Doctor May Be Announced Sooner Rather Than Later

Doctor WhoWell that was much faster than anyone expected. It was barely a week ago that we learned that Matt Smith will not return to the BBC’s long-running sci-fi adventure Doctor Who. Filling a role this big usually takes some time, but we may find out who will play the twelfth Doctor sooner rather than later.

Sources have told Starburst Magazine that an unnamed Sunday newspaper intended to release the name of the next Doctor tomorrow, before the BBC had a chance to announce it. There had been a rumor that in order to prevent being scooped in such a manner, the network would reveal the identity of the next Time Lord tonight. However, the BBC now says no announcement is planned. They don’t say, however, whether that unnamed Sunday paper actually has the goods.

Smith will return for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special later this year, and also pop up in the annual Christmas Special, but that’s it, you’ve already seen the last of him in regular rotation.


Mars Wearing An Ice Hat

Martian Ice CapIn this picture Mars appears to be wearing a hat, only a cold hat, one that will do nothing to keep your head warm. This is not hat at all, rather a photograph of the polar ice cap that covers the northern most reaches of the Red Planet.

The image is a mosaic compiled from 57 individual stills taken by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express Orbiter. Captured by a high-resolution stereo camera, the pieces of this puzzle were selected from those taken throughout the craft’s mission, soaring over the poles at an altitude of between 300 and 500 km. And it just so happens that we’re celebrating the tenth anniversary of the launch this year, so, party.


Denzel Washington To Play Familier Role In Post Apocalyptic Shovel Ready

Denzel Washington Book of EliDenzel Washington plays a pretty convincing badass. Just check out movies like Training Day and Ricochet for some concrete proof. Now it appears that he’s may ply his ass kicking trade in the upcoming science fiction film Shovel Ready for Warner Bros. That’s also happens to be a damn good title for a futuristic tough guy movie.

Deadline reports that the Oscar-winner is in early talks for the role. Based on the yet-to-be-released novel by New York Times Magazine editor Adam Sternbergh, Shovel Ready is set in the bombed-out New York City of the near future. Washington would play a hitman-for-hire who is contracted to be the bodyguard for the young daughter of a crazy ass evangelical preacher. You can bet that even this hardened, grizzled assassin can’t resist the charms of this particular little girl. They’re going to become unlikely friends and everyone will hug.


Guess What? The Hunky Guy In Divergent Is A Hunk

Theo James DivergentIf Summit Entertainment has anything to say about it, Neil Burger’s (Limitless) upcoming sci-fi film Divergent will be the next Hunger Games. The young adult novel by Veronica Roth certainly has all of the elements in place that are hot right now: a dystopian future, a tough, strong-willed female protagonist, a surprising amount of brutal violence, and a hunky leading man. Roth’s book is a huge seller, so a favorable box office take seems probable. But it never hurts to stack the deck in your favor, and today brings us the first look at a new photo of Theo James, who plays Tobias “Four” Eaton in the film.


Elysium Image Features Matt Damon Preparing For Cyborg Battle

Max Vs. KrugerThink about it. If Sony didn’t push back Elysium from its initial March release date to an August one, we probably would’ve seen Neill Blompkamp’s latest already and eagerly awaited its Blu-ray/DVD release by now. But as it stands, Elysium is ready to hit theaters in two short months and will hopefully be the centerpiece of a very science fiction heavy summer movie season. To build anticipation for the sci-fi social allegory, Sony released a new image showcasing Max Da Costa (Matt Damon) wearing a robotic exoskeleton getting ready to kick some ass.


Why Is James Gunn Hanging Out With A Raccoon?

James Gunn with real raccoon
While production on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t due to begin until the end of the month, the film’s writer and director James Gunn is busy trying to nail down the cosmic team of peacekeepers. With the casting of Chris Pratt as the leader of the superhero team Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as the deadliest woman in the galaxy Gamora, and Dave Bautista as the resurrected Drax The Destroyer, there is still a big question mark surrounding who would play the team’s non-humanoid members, namely the treelike alien Groot and the anthropomorphized raccoon Rocket Raccoon.