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Peter Capaldi is leaving Doctor Who

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Peter Capaldi has announced he’ll be stepping down as Doctor Who in twelve months.

Capaldi first stepped into the TARDIS in 2013, and will leave the iconic role in the 2017 Christmas special after three incredible seasons on BBC AMERICA’s hit sci-fi drama.

The announcement came tonight on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show; speaking about the upcoming series this Spring he exclusively revealed the next season of the world’s longest running sci-fi show will be his last.

Peter Capaldi said: “One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best. From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.”

Capaldi was unveiled to the nation as the Twelfth Doctor during a special live television event on BBC One. Peter’s Time Lord has been much loved and critically acclaimed, with season nine featuring some of the best reviewed performances and episodes of recent series. In particular, his anti-war speech in ‘The Zygon Inversion,’ and his solo appearance in the one-hander, ‘Heaven Sent,’ have been widely acclaimed as among the finest performances by anyone in the role of the Doctor. Under his reign the show has expanded globally. He took the series on a World Tour and has drawn record ratings in America, Canada, and Latin America. The highly anticipated 10th season returns to BBC AMERICA Saturday, April 15th at 9/8c.

Peter Capaldi’s final series also marks writer and executive producer Steven Moffat’s last so promises to be unmissable event television.

Steven Moffat, writer and executive producer said: “For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi. I could not have imagined that one day we’d be standing on the TARDIS together. Like Peter, I’m facing up to leaving the best job I’ll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best, and kindest and cleverest of men, makes the saddest of endings a little sweeter. But hey, it’s a long way from over. Peters’ amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come. Monsters of the universe, be on your guard – Capaldi’s not done with you yet!”

Peter will be joined in season 10 by new companion Pearl Mackie (Bill), and Matt Lucas (Nardole) with guest appearances to come from David Suchet and Michelle Gomez. He has starred alongside Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald, Alex Kingston as River Song, Ingrid Oliver as Osgood, as well as Keeley Hawes, Tom Riley, Frank Skinner, Maisie Williams, Joivan Wade and many more. Peter’s Doctor has fought Daleks and Davros, Cybermen, Zygons, new monsters like the Veil and old foes the Time Lords.

Brian Minchin, Executive Producer said: “Peter Capaldi is an extraordinary Doctor and has taken the show to amazing places. Although I’m sad he has decided to move on in 2018, I’m delighted that we have one final series with Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat. I know what they’re planning and it’s going to be incredible.”

Capaldi will return in the next season for 12 episodes in April, followed by the Christmas Special when the regeneration will take place.

He replaced Matt Smith as the Twelfth Doctor. He first appeared in “Doctor Who” in 2008, playing Caecilius in the episode “The Fires of Pompeii.”

BBC AMERICA’s new “Doctor Who” spin-off, “Class”, comes from award-winning YA writer and executive producer, Patrick Ness (“A Monster Calls”), and is executive produced by Moffat and Minchin.

Following the season 10 premiere, the new eight-part series will follow four Coal Hill School students who have hidden secrets and desires, navigate a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence. Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. Time travelling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow.

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A League of Their Own 2 in the works?

Original writer reveals there’s a story for a follow-up

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Hot on the heels of Geena Davis’s enthusiastic response a few days ago when asked whether she’d be down for a sequel to her ’90s gem “A League of Their Own”, Kelly Candaele, who came up with the story for the 1992 money-spinner, reveals he’s keen too.

Candaele, whose mother Helen Callaghan played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, tells The L.A Times that there’s even a story for one.

In his take, Dottie (Davis’s character) would be coaching a high school girls softball team.

“It’s set around 1990 so the impact of Title IX, which allowed women equal access to athletic opportunities, is taking hold. Through a series of events, Dottie ends up coaching a high school girls softball team — taking over from a nitwit male coach. She recruits three of her former teammates – including Kit — to help her out. It’s really a story about how older women teach younger women about life lessons during some difficult social changes. Of course the title is “There’s No Crying in Baseball.”

No word if the story has yet caught the eye or interest of studio execs yet (and at last count, seems they were doing a TV reboot instead).

Candaele’s documentary, also titled “A League of Their Own”, and about his mother’s years as a professional baseball player in the 1940s, was awarded an Emmy as part of a public television series. He would later go on to write the story for the Columbia Pictures movie, which Penny Marshall helmed. In addition to Davis, the film starred Tom Hanks, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna, Tracey Reiner, Ann Cusack and Jon Lovitz.

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Will Rufus be recast in Bill & Ted 3?

Alex Winter, one-half of Wild Stallions, answers the question

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Alex Winter, one-half of Wild Stallions, took to Twitter today to denounce rumors that George Carlin’s character Rufus might be recast of the upcoming third “Bill & Ted” movie.

Carlin, who played the memorable time-traveling guide in the original films with Winter and co-star Keanu Reeves, sadly passed away in 2008.

Rather than fill the role with another actor (as one punter below suggests), “Bill & Ted Face the Music” will likely play homage to Carlin and his character but not fill the slot.

One face from the earlier films – well, the sequel – will be back for another go-round : William Sadler is returning as ‘Death’.

The film, which will reportedly see Bill & Ted having to write the greatest song ever, one that will save ‘the universe’, will open nationwide on Aug. 21, 2020.

Production is set to begin this summer on the film with Dean Parisot at the helm.

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Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker new images, new info, new hope!

 A Hutt’s allotment of “Star Wars” ‘portions’ arrived this morning!

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A Hutt’s allotment of “Star Wars” ‘portions’ arrived this morning with the reveal of some gorgeous new imagery, info and an all-encompass article on “The Rise of Skywalker” – from the pages of Vanity Fair.

In addition to the glittering assortment of images below – that’s Keri Russell under the helmet, by the way; doesn’t she look killer!?! – the article also gives us out first looks at Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant’s characters, as well as the return of some welcome favorites (Luke! Lando!).  Per the article, JJ Abrams-fave Russell is Zorri Bliss, a scoundrel posing in the Thieves’ Quarter of the snow-dusted world Kijimi, Ackie is rebel warrior Jannah who, atop an orbak, helps lead the charge against the ‘baddies’, while Oscar nominee Grant is new First Order employee Allegiant General Pryde.

Sources at Disney confirm for the outlet that the Knights of Ren (pictured below) appear in the movie. “And then he had been forging this maybe-bond with Rey,” Adam Driver, back as the iniquitous Kylo Ren, says, “and it kind of ends with the question in the air: is he going to pursue that relationship, or when the door of her ship goes up, does that also close that camaraderie that they were maybe forming?”

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Anthony Daniels’ C-3P0, a character that has appeared in every “Star Wars” film since 1977’s “A New Hope”, has a surprising arc in the film by sounds.

Daniels tells the magazine that the opinionated droif does something in this movie that surprises everybody—but he wouldn’t say what. “He keeps his clothes on. It’s not like he suddenly does this thing, but …”

There’s also the return of Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Callrisian, last seen partying with the Ewoks in “Return of the Jedi”.

“He’s a survivor. It’s expediency for him,” Williams says. “You know, he was thrown into a situation which he didn’t look for and he had to try to figure out how to deal with an entity which is more than just a human.” And, he adds, with the weary air of somebody who has spent way too much time justifying the behavior of a fictional character, “nobody died!”

The article, which also states that it picks up about a year after the events of “The Last Jedi” (gives everyone time to warm up after spending so much time on the ice), states Billie Lourd insisted on having more scenes with her late mother Carrie Fisher.

“And so, there are moments where they’re talking; there are moments where they’re touching,” Abrams says. “There are moments in this movie where Carrie is there, and I really do feel there is an element of the uncanny, spiritual, you know, classic Carrie, that it would have happened this way, because somehow it worked. And I never thought it would.”

The article can be found here.

“Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker” opens December 20.

 

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