Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, And Chris Pratt Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is absolutely everywhere right now. There are segments about it on the evening news, people I barely knew in high school are posting videos on their Facebook pages and calling out their friends, and, of course, loads of celebrities are getting in on the act. We’ve reached the point where there has become a backlash, and that backlash has even gotten big enough that there’s a backlash against the backlash. How quickly the whole phenomenon has grown and spread, and the way it’s evolved, is fascinating. So we have to write about this at least once, and who better to get us to do that than Star Trek: The Next Generation lead, and Professor X himself, Patrick Stewart, who has one of the best videos yet. But he’s not the only member of team sci-fi doing this.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard is not the only celebrity to try to get out of dousing himself with cold, cold water, though it looks like he’s going to make a sizeable donation. At least we hope that’s why he’s got his checkbook out, otherwise he’s just kind of a dick, and he’s never come across as one before, so why start now?

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Ian McKellen Voicing The Snowmen In Doctor Who Christmas Special

Ian McKellen has already become an indelible part of two geek-loved universes — via the X-Men and Lord of the Rings movies — and this holiday season he’ll be putting his stamp on yet another one. He’ll be voicing the titular villain in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, entitled “The Snowmen.”

McKellen’s involvement was confirmed by the folks at Den of Geek, but we don’t have any other details at this point. There are obviously many Snowmen, hence the title, so it’s not clear if McKellen will be lending his pipes to all of them, or just to their “leader” or what-have-you. Either way, it doesn’t sound like the British actor will be physically appearing in the special. Unless they sneak him into a clever cameo in the background, which I wouldn’t put past them.

The episode was penned by showrunner Steven Moffat, and will feature our first proper introduction to the Doctor’s new companion, Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman). Not counting the actress’ appearance in the season opener, “Asylum of the Daleks,” a role I’m sure will be explained later in the season…

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