Print

New Doctor Who: Bow-ties are not cool

Written by Sharon Eberson on .

 

2014NewWhoCostumeThe new Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, has decided on a look that sets him somewhat apart from predecessor Matt Smith: no bow-tie, no tweed, no fez.

 

BBC America describes the new look: Sporting a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt as well as black Doc Marten shoes, the look was created by Doctor Who costume designer Howard Burden. 

 

He's woven the future from the cloth of the past," Capaldi said. "Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 percent Rebel Time Lord.” 

 

Said executive producer Steven Moffat: “New Doctor, new era, and of course new clothes. Monsters of the universe, the vacation is over - Capaldi is suited and booted and coming to get you!”

 

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.
Print

Chiller's 'Monkey Paw' press kit wonderfully weird

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

photo 10

Back in the day, say, the 1990s, a television press kit might consist of a VHS tape or DVD, maybe a folder of glossy photos and information about the show.

Some screeners are still sent to critics in no-frills packaging. But there is a growing trend among some of the networks that's wildly imaginative, particularly for sci-fi and fantasy shows. A fairly large box arrived at the Post-Gazette before the holidays, bearing episodes of Syfy's "Being Human," tucked in with a bottle of Bloody Mary Mix, a drinking glass, herbal tea and Altoids mints.

MonkeysPaw Stalked webSyfy also sent screeners for its horror show, "Helix," in boxes embedded with heavy plastic helix designs, some dark liquid rolling around the DNA strand. Syfy's "Face Off" has packaged screeners with makeup kits and one season, a set of stick-on decorations like the Colorforms we played with as kids.

But the best of the bunch might be the press kit for "The Monkey's Paw," an original movie set to debut tonight at 9 on Chiller (which is owned by NBCUniversal, same as Syfy). Based on W.W. Jacobs' classic tale that warns "be careful what you wish," it's a cautionary tale about a man who is granted three wishes and finds nothing but grief.

The press kit is a grey, hardbound book of "grim rhymes." The concept and design are by Luke Watkins, with creepy limericks by Eve Penzer and black-and-white sketches by David Lupton. 

A couple of examples:

 

MonkeysPaw Stranded web"Demetri loved Madeline heaps

And he wished he could have her for keeps

But his heartfelt confession

Caused a dangerous obsession

Now she stands at his bed as he sleeps."

 

"Stefan made a wish to be free.

And to live in a home by the sea

But above the Pacific

His wish wasn't specific

And so lost in the ocean he'll be."

 

Chiller is carried in the Pittsburgh area on Verizon FiOS, DISH Network and DirectTV.

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.
Print

Jimmy Fallon earned a pass from Saturday Night Live director Don Roy King

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

Directing live television often requires split-second decisions. In the case of “Saturday Night Live,” director Don Roy King, the Pittsburgh native deals with actors who have improv skills -- but woe to anyone who breaks from the script.

 

“The overriding [rule] is that Lorne [executive producer Michaels], as a writer himself, believes this is a writers’ show, and what’s written comes first...

 

“When an actor breaks character, it might be funny. It might even be funnier. But it undermines the purpose and the thread, the flow line of the sketch.

“Lorne is very strongly opposed to those moments and discourages anyone from breaking.”

NUP 159712 0035 380x276Still, there are exceptions.

Jimmy Fallon, notorious for cracking up on camera when he was a cast member, hosted the December 21 Christmas show. In a spoof of “Family Feud,” he played "The Big Bang Theory's" Sheldon, with musical guest Justin Timberlake doing the “Late Night” version of Jimmy Fallon.

Watching Timberlake-as-Fallon, Fallon began to laugh as he ducked behind a prop.

Despite the policy not to point a camera at such offense, Mr. Fallon’s good-natured reputation for giggling allowed him to get away with it. King ordered a quick shot of the real Fallon, bent over with laughter.

There also was a practical aspect to his decision: “If you’re sitting at home and hear the audience laughing... clearly laughing at Jimmy Fallon breaking up and sliding behind a lectern, then that’s the time you’ve got to break away from the sketch and let the people at home in on what’s happening in the room,” King said. 

"It's based on my vision to put the home audience in the studio."

Emmy Award-winner King was honored Jan. 24 with a Directors Guild of America Award in the category of Variety/Talk/News/Sports -- Regularly Schedule Program. The win was for "SNL" with Justin Timberlake as host. He will be speaking Feb. 5 at the University of Pittsburgh's Frick Fine Arts building as part of the Steeltown Spotlight Series

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.
Print

Oscar nominee Joe Letteri on creating "The Hobbit's" Smaug

Written by Sharon Eberson on .

hobbitJoe

AFP Photo 

The team behind the creation of Smaug: From left, Eric Saindon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Jackson and Joe Letteri.

WETA visual effects wizard Joe Letteri, a proud Aliquippa native and four-time Oscar winner, earned his eighth nomination yesterday for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." He shares the nomination with colleagues Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White. 

In a statement, Letteri said, "It is a great honour to be recognized by the Academy for our continuing journey through Middle-earth. It was a special highlight to be able to work with Peter Jackson and Benedict Cumberbatch to bring Tolkien's great dragon Smaug to the screen."

There's one more "Hobbit" film to go, "There and Back Again," and he is also visual effects supervisor for DC's "Batman vs. Superman" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

 

 

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.
Print

EW's "Gone Girl" cover is a real killer

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

Well played, Entertainment Weekly.

Perhaps taking advantage of the fact that "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn is a former staff writer, the magazine is graced with a dead-on cover photo for its 2014 preview issue this week.

gonegirl 2 285x380David Fincher, who is directing the Twentieth Century Fox film, photographed stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike on an autopsy table. Fans of the best-selling novel about a marriage poisoned by secrets and lies might question what exactly Fincher is saying here, but an EW.com item states "even if you've already read the novel, you may still be surprised by the movie's curve balls."

Fincher would not dare mess with Flynn's deliciously twisted plot, would he? EW also notes the director felt too wedded to the source material in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," so, it's anyone's guess where Nick and Amy Dunne wind up.

That said, it's an amazing photograph, toe tag, and all. Amazing Amy, indeed. The film is set for an October release.

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.