Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Listen leaves us scared of lonely silence

As we tie up the fourth instalment of series eight for BBC's Doctor Who, we are 
once again shown sound reason to proclaim Steve Moffat as Lord of television 
time-travelling lore.

Through the timey-wimey twists and tangles of Moffat's layered writing, we are 
led on a tight narrative thread, which not only describes the continued 
character development of companion Clara, but also dives deeply into the 
deconstruction of the Doctor, which does seem to play a prominent theme in 
Capaldi's turn in the role.

And with this deconstruction, we see the construction of this seasons definitive 
doctor. Not the quirky and energized persona of Smith's previous carnation, but 
a more morose man, seasoned and torn from over one thousand years on the 
battlefields of Trenzelor.

The story begins with The Doctor alone and reflective, excitedly describing his 
most recent musings on monstrous evolution. And what a monster The Doctor has 
imagined for us. Perhaps the personification of fear itself.

Moffat poetically illustrates how he is able to draw upon his warped imagination 
and skillfully create a monster of the week villain with the same memorable 
uniqueness, equal to, and arguably more frightening, than previous ghouls like 
The Weeping Angels and the Confessional Priests from the Order of the Silence.

But this time the monster is all the more horrific, because for all intents, the 
creature doesn't really exist and only takes shape in the viewers imagination 
and never on screen.

The Doctor plays a propelling role to entangle Clara in her own time wise 
dilemma. In the tone of another of Moffat's most loved master pieces, "Blink", 
our tale of The Doctor's inner terror is held in place by the gravity of a 
touching love story generations in the making.

As fear is The Doctor's monster of focus, Clara must wrestle her own fear of 
intimacy by starting to hear Danny Pink as a romantic interest, and by listening 
to her own inner voice plans a disastrous lunch date. Shortly following the 
date, a series of TARDIS allowed events let's her see Dan as not only a current 
love interest, but also a child afraid of what may lie under the bed and a 
distant relative, whom The Doctor found afraid and alone at the very end of the 
universe due to his own time travel mishap.

But the real twist of this Clara driven drama beats in the hearts of The Doctor 
and a hidden childhood memory, bringing to life the lonely fear of The Doctor 
and anyone who dares to silently listen.

by John SMITH

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Six Winners will Win a Trip to LA to Walk the Red Carpet at the Hollywood Premiere
of Disney’s “BIG HERO 6” and Go Behind the Scenes of Walt Disney Animation Studios

LOS ANGELES (September 17, 2014) –XPRIZE has joined forces with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Disney Corporate Citizenship for today’s launch of a nationwide video contest designed to find the real-life counterparts to the animated heroes that will soon burst onto the big screen in “BIG HERO 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure from Disney opening November 7, 2014.

The DISNEY BIG HERO 6 – XPRIZE CHALLENGE invites young people between the ages of 8 and 17 to harness their creativity and come up with innovative ideas to tackle the world’s biggest challenges using science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics. 

The six winners, the real-life “Big Hero 6,” will travel to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet at the film’s Hollywood premiere in early November, go behind the scenes and meet the creative minds at both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, join a special “Visioneering™” experience at XPRIZE headquarters, plus other prizes.

Video Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation. Twenty (20) finalists will be selected based on the highest scores resulting from preliminary scoring by XPRIZE judges.  In mid October, a panel of luminary S.T.E.A.M. expert judges will evaluate the twenty finalists’ submissions and six (6) winners will be selected through a combination of the expert judges’ scores and public voting results.

Said Walt Disney Animation Studios President Ed Catmull, “We are thrilled to work with XPRIZE to find real-life young heroes whose desire is to tackle the world’s great challenges. It’s an honor for all of us at Walt Disney Animation Studios to welcome them at our Studio and at the premiere of “Big Hero 6.”

“The young people who win this contest will be real-world heroes, ready and willing to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing our world today,” said Trish Halamandaris, senior vice president marketing & communications at XPRIZE. “The XPRIZE Foundation is excited to be conducting this competition that challenges young people to be bold, creative and smart, and to dare to think big. We believe that solutions to the problems facing humanity can come from anyone, anywhere, and one of these kids just might come up with an idea that can truly change the world.”

In addition to the trip to Los Angeles, the six winners will receive reimbursement for one (1) Contestant registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2014-2015 in the US or Canada, and a Special littleBits® NASA Space Kit and cloudBit™ Starter Kit.

The contest is open for submissions from September 17, 2014, to October 12, 2014. 

Participating kids will compete in two divisions: Junior Division (8-12 years of age), and Senior Division (13–17 years of age). All entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge. Registration details are available at xprizechallenge.org/bighero6.  

The video submissions may involve a short story, sculpture, drawing, model, robot or whatever method best communicates the idea in the most creative way (please see Official Rules for further details, restrictions and limitations). They will be scored on how well they explain the problem, show their solution, and explain what they learned and the impact their idea would have on themselves and the world. The more creative and engaging their presentation is, the better their chance of winning.

Supporting XPRIZE Partners include FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), littleBits Electronics and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Challenge registration and video submissions start September 17, 2014, and end October 12, 2014.  Public Voting will start October 15, 2014 and end October 19, 2014. Open to legal residents of US and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are ages 8 through 17 before September 17, 2014.  Parental consent is required.  Travel must occur on November 2-6, 2014 (or such other dates designated by Sponsor).  For details, restrictions, and limitations and to enter, please visit Official Rules at: xprizechallenge.org/bighero6. Sole Sponsor: XPRIZE.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014. For more information, check out www.Disney.com/BigHero6, like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/DisneyBigHero6, and follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DisneyAnimation.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

MOCKINGJAY - Katniss Rebel Warrior Teaser Poster

This morning, the Katniss Rebel Warrior Teaser Poster for THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1 debuted exclusively in the official mobile application – ‘Our Leader the Mockingjay’.

Download the ‘Our Leader the Mockingjay’ application here to see all the Rebel Warrior posters and get alerts for future correspondence from District 13: http://OurLeaderTheMockingjay.Co.in



THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY ­PART 1 opens nationwide November 21, 2014!

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

Lionsgate presents, a Color Force / Lionsgate production, a Francis Lawrence film.

Cast (Character): Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Julianne Moore (President Coin), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee), Jeffrey Wright (Beetee), Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), with Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), and Donald Sutherland (President Snow)    

Directed by: Francis Lawrence           
Screenplay by: Danny Strong and Peter Craig                 
Based upon the novel “Mockingjay” by: Suzanne Collins  

Official Twitter Page:  https://twitter.com/thehungergames
Official YouTube Page: http://hungrgam.es/together

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BIG HERO 6 New Clip!

Get a first look at Walt Disney Animation Studios' next feature film BIG HERO 6 with this special 2-minute sneak peek!

BIG HERO 6 opens in theatres November 7, 2014!




BURBANK, Calif. (Sept. 2, 2014) From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes the new animated short “Frozen Fever,” welcoming back to the big screen Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and, of course, the one-and-only Olaf.

Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and produced by Peter Del Vecho, with an all-new original song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, “Frozen Fever” marks the first project reuniting the Oscar®-winning original team from Disney’s “Frozen.”

The announcement was first made within the ABC Television Network special “The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic,” which aired September 2. The special also featured the world television debut of a scene from the new action comedy adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6,” as well as a sneak peek at the upcoming season of the ABC series “Once Upon A Time.”

In “Frozen Fever,” it's Anna's birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa's icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.

The short debuts Spring 2015.

The first look clip from Disney/Pixar’s new short LAVA


Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, “LAVA” is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.

From Pixar Animation Studios, director James Ford Murphy and producer Andrea Warren, “LAVA” opens in theaters on June 19, 2015, in front of “Inside Out.”