Space-iest Stories of the Week

by Eleni 21. November 2014 10:00

1. Atlantis is back! Here's a fun video from behind the scenes. BBC reporter John McGuire got to wander the not-so-lost sound stage of Atlantis, where he talks to series stars Jack Donnelly (Jason), Robert Emms (Pythagoras), Sarah Parish (Pasiphae), and Aiysha Hart (Ariadne).

2. And after watching the Atlantis series premiere—which you can do right here, if you haven't already—we're left with a big question: who is Medea? Zap2it wondered the same thing—so they put together this poll asking if she is good or evil.

3. The Librarians, a new series premiering December 7 at 8e 5p on Space, will follow a group of talented misfits who team up to protect the world from dangerous magical influences. You can click here to check out our interview with Canadian actor Lindy Booth—who plays a synesthetic math whiz—or head over to Starpulse to read up on the show in depth.

4. It's official: Peter Capaldi will return to Doctor Who next season. Jenna Coleman, however, is still a question mark: at a recent launch event for the DVD release of the eighth season, Steven Moffat told The Hollywood Reporter that Clara was unconfirmed. Which is Doctor Who code for "maybe, maybe not, it's possible but it might not happen but we're not tell you anything."

5. Speaking of Jenna Coleman, Radio Times asked the actor to name her favourite Doctor—and she refused to say either Matt Smith or Peter Capaldi. Instead, she opted for a more diplomatic—read: less troublemaking—answer, saying she loves both David Tennant and Tom Baker.

6. Holy crap! Wayyyy back in the '90s, Peter Capaldi turned down the opportunity to audition to play the Doctor. Apparently he had the chance to try out for the eighth doctor—a role that eventually went to Paul McGann—in the 1996 TV film Doctor Who, but turned it down because he didn't think he'd get the part. "I loved the show so much that I didn't want to ever have anything to do with it unless it was going to be me," Capaldi says.

7. Orphan Black already has a lot of hot dudes. There's Cal. There's Paul. There's Mark/whoever else Ari Millen is about to play. There's Felix. And of course, there's Donny. And it was just announced via the show's twitter account that Justin Chatwin will be joining the cast. No word yet on what he character will be—or if he'll be showing his butt onscreen.

8. In other Orphan Black news: it was announced this week that the comic will be released in February. That means you've got a couple months to wait before you can read it—but you can check out the cover art right here.

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Q&A with The Librarians’ Lindy Booth

by Eleni 20. November 2014 14:56

Forget prim, bespectacled, nose-in-Dickens librarians. The librarians in The Librarians are danger-flirting mischief-makers with one goal: to protect the world from evil—and enchanted—influences. This new magical adventure show, which premieres December 7 at 8e 5p, stars Noah Wylie as Flynn Carsen—aka The Librarian, aka The Person in Charge of Making Sure Magic Doesn't Fall into The Wrong Hands. Flynn is used to acting alone (the show is based on a series of made-for-TV films, which also starred Wylie as Flynn), but he's about to get some backup. For this reboot of the franchise, the now-not-so-solo agent teams up with a group of ragtag—yet highly skilled—fellow librarians.

One of which is Canada-born actor Lindy Booth. She plays Cassandra Cillian, a synesthete who can solve complex math problems in her head—and smell her breakfast at the same time. In advance of the series' premiere, we talked to Booth about her multi-sensory role, her multi-talented castmates, and why libraries are anything but dull.

Space: Can you tell us a bit about your character and why she's been fun to play?

Lindy Booth: Cassandra is a synesthete—which is part of the reason that I wanted to play this character, because there are so many layers to her and so many interesting ways she can look at the world. She sees numbers as colours, she hears science as musical notes, when she does math she smells things. All her senses are all over the place, and she also has a photographic memory and a brain tumour. As a result of all of these things, she's basically grown up feeling like a freak. So I look forward to peeling all of the layers of this and watching her grow, because you're watching someone who thought their life was over being given a second chance. She jumps right in with full enthusiasm, even though she has no idea what she's doing.

Flynn has been working solo for a while, by the end of episode two, a team is definitely in place. What’s the vibe like on set with your fellow librarians?

One of my favourite things about this show—and it's true of the characters and of the actors who play them—is that we are a ragtag bunch of people. You would not lump these characters or these actors together on just any old show. We are from all over the place, we are all different ages, we all have different skill sets. And amazingly, we all started working really well off of each other. Just like on the show, everyone's skill set brings something new to the table. And it was amazing to watch how quickly the librarians formed their team, and how quickly we formed our team of actors, too.

What’s it like working with Noah Wylie as your head librarian?

Working with Noah is a dream come true for me. He's probably the most talented actor I've ever worked with. And he's so brilliant in this character. We walked on day one and it was just "go," because Noah set the bar so high. His character is so strong in his mind and in his body that we all just had to catch up. You had to raise your game just to be on the same set as him, because was a full-fledged, fully fleshed-out character immediately. There was no slacking off for the rest of us.

How did you prepare to play a synesthete? Did you do a lot of research?

I spoke to a couple people who actually have varying forms of synesthesia. It was interesting just to hear them talk about how normal it is in their life—it's almost like they see things on another level. The more I read about people's different extreme versions of it, and realized that Cassandra had all of these, I tried to picture what it would be like. And so I started thinking about places that are overwhelming to your senses. The one that really stuck out to me was a funhouse at an amusement park. The crowd, the music, the sounds, the flashing lights, the smells of all the different foods and people—it's designed to manipulate your senses and make you feel uneasy.

What makes a library a fun setting for an adventure show?

I'm a nerd, I admit it. I love a good library. I love the possibility of opening a book. I love the sense of adventure that turning the first page of any book can be. And I think it's a great metaphor for what the show actually is. Every episode is, "Okay, here we go. What's it going to be? Where are we going and what are we going to do this time?" I think a lot of people see a library as stuffy and boring. But the possibility in a library, to me, is endless. And there's something deeply romantic about a beautiful library. Our set designers made this incredible set for us to work on that was all real books. So you could literally walk around the library and pick a book off the shelf.

If you could have one magic power, what would it be?

I'm afraid of heights—deathly afraid of heights—but I feel like I would love to be able to fly. I think being able to fly, a) would conquer my fear of heights, but b) wouldn’t it just be beautiful? I mean, first of all, it would make travel so much easier with no airport. And you'd get an amazing view all the time of everything. I would totally pick flying. Also I'm a terrible driver.

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Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

by Eleni 20. November 2014 11:28
Katniss has escaped the arena—but she's still playing the game. Although The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trades the games' staged battlefield for Panem's real-life stage of war, the tactics are similar: choose your allies carefully, choose your attacks wisely, and look pretty while you're doing it. The latest Hunger Games instalment marks an expansion in scope from the first two films, venturing further into Katniss' inner world and her volatile surroundings. Plus, she now shoots arrows that can blow stuff up.

When we're first reunited with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), she's struggling to adjust to life deep underground in the bunkers of District 13. Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) want her to be the poster girl for the rebellion against President Snow—but Katniss isn't sure she can trust these people. Do they actually care about her? Or do they just want to use her? She's also furious that they didn't rescue Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) from the games. And it doesn’t help that he keeps appearing in televised interviews looking more and more gaunt.

As Katniss— reluctantly—becomes more accustomed to the role of spokesperson, it becomes clear that the most effective weapons in this war aren't bombs or guns, but messages. The previous Hunger Games movies showed how Snow used the media to manipulate his image, and now Katniss is forced to employ the same methods to advance her own case. And this very much a film about her inner conflict: while Mockingjay – Part 1 delivers its share of explosions and big-payoff speeches, it's more about Katniss coming to terms with situation than Katniss kicking ass. (We'll probably have to wait for Part 2 for that.)

Mockingjay – Part 1, as with the first two films, finds humour and tension in its secondary characters. Donald Sutherland continues his fancy-pants reign as president of Panem, this time matched by Julianne Moore as the drab-in-appearance but feisty-in-ideas Alma Coin, the grey-haired leader of the uprising. Alma's approach is no-nonsense—a stark contrast to Snow's evil jibber-jabber.

Also making a fun return: Elizabeth Banks as Effie, who's been stripped of her wigs and relegated to a jumpsuited life in District 13 (she grudgingly makes her new look work), and Stanley Tucci as the spray-tanned/purple-haired talk-show host Caesar Flickerman, who appears via televised interview segments with Peeta. He's still as glittery and maniacal as ever.

But Mockingjay's focus is Katniss: her trauma, her anger, her uncertainty. While Katniss' insistent concern for Peeta may be getting a little old—hasn't he always kind of held her back?—Jennifer Lawrence's performance brings enough from-the-belly conviction to sell her character's ongoing care for her teammate. Offscreen, Lawrence's appeal lies largely in her intelligence—and by translating that intelligence to the big screen, she transforms The Hunger Games into thoughtful blockbuster entertainment.

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Orphan Black comic release date and cover art

by Neil 19. November 2014 15:40

We know it’s been a looong time since you’ve gotten your last Orphan Black fix, so here’s something to tide you over until the third season premieres in 2015. Last July, we blogged about the forthcoming Orphan Black comic book series, and today we’ve finally got plenty more to say about that. (Thanks for the tip, Comic Book Resources!) Here are the facts to go along with some groovy artwork.

Issue number one is headed for comic book shelves February 2015, and it’s written by showrunners John Fawcett and Graeme Manson. We’ve also got an admittedly-not-very-revealing description below:

Sarah's life was changed dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looked just like her. Sarah learned that, not only were she and the woman clones, but there were others just like them, and dangerous factions at work set on capturing them all. Now, the mysterious world of Orphan Black widens, with new layers of the conspiracy being peeled back in this miniseries by co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson!

Here’s more deets on some of the subscription rad Variant features:

Orphan Black co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett expands on the saga with all-new material exclusive to the comic books!
•Includes clues and Easter eggs for the highly anticipated third season.
•Each issue will explore the life of a different clone, starting with Sarah!
•Art this issue provided by Szymon Kudranski (Spawn, Detective Comics)!
•The first issue includes eight covers, each depicting Sarah with another clone or Felix!
•Variant Cover by Nick Runge!

In the near-ish future you can also pick up the Complete Box Set, housed in a collectable box and including all eight standard covers.

Ok, now you can check out the cover art.

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Read the Interstellar prequel comic right now

by Neil 19. November 2014 10:42

If you’ve somehow managed to still not catch Interstellar in theatres—what are you, weird?— this news probably won’t be of much value. However, if you’re a normal person and have seen Interstellar on the big screen, you’ve come to the right place.

With the help of the good folks at Wired, Interstellar writer-director Christopher Nolan teamed up with award-winning comic artist Sean Gordon Murphy to tell the story of Dr. Mann (we’re still not telling you who plays him, even if the main blog image kiiinda gives it away) and the Lazarus Missions.

Titled “Absolute Zero,” the seven-page comic takes place on that barren, icy planet where Mann is later awoken by Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and his fellow space travelers.

Read the whole thing right here, and then maybe why not check out our review of Interstellar?

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Atlantis Season Premiere Quiz Time

by Space.ca 18. November 2014 15:25

On this week's Atlantis: Ariadne declares war on Pasiphae (or what is the other way around?), a thief infiltrates the palace, and Jason does some thieving of his own. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of the latest ep!

 

 

 

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Capaldi will be back for Doctor Who’s ninth season

by Neil 17. November 2014 15:55

It was just announced that Peter Capaldi will be resuming his role as the Twelfth Doctor for at least one more season. The news came from showrunner Steven Moffat, who confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter at a Doctor Who DVD event that Capaldi’s overall run as the Time Lord will at the very least span two seasons.

Howwwevvver, Moffat did not comment as to whether or not the Doctor’s current companion, Clara Oswald (played by Jenna Coleman), will stick around post-Christmas.

Another fun bit of news at the event came from Capaldi himself, who said he was originally asked to audition for the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 TV movie reboot. That role obviously went to Paul McGann. "I loved it so much that I didn’t want to have the disappointment of going for something that I would never get,” Capaldi confessed.

As if anyone could resist those captivating eyes?

 

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5 sweet things to watch on Space this week

by Space.ca 17. November 2014 14:19

1. Grimm (Monday 10e 7p)

In addition to a goofy Bon Jovi reference, this week's episode of Grimm—titled "Dyin' on a Prayer"—will feature a slimy monster made from clay. We don't know what it will look like, but we're hoping it will be shaped like a giant vase. Or maybe a teapot. In any case, it kills people. Also: Nick has a breakthrough in the quest to reclaim his powers.

2. Real Humans (Wednesday 9e 6p)

Don't spend this Wednesday with your real-life friends or family—spend it with Real Humans. This acclaimed Swedish show asks: what happens when you introduce a breed of gorgeous, lifelike androids into regular society? The answer: a boost to the service workforce, some titillating (if slightly off-putting) human-bot romantic dalliances, and lots of head-bending satire on the place of machines in contemporary society. Think A.I. meets Desperate Housewives.

3. Z Nation (Friday 10e 7p)

The two groups of Z Nation survivors unite at an all-female commune—which initially seems like paradise. Then someone ends up dead, and paradise turns to crap. What we don't know is who dies—a Z Nation regular or a commune member?—or how they meet their end. (Is the death Z-related? Or maybe it's caused by a stray bullet? Or something else entirely?) All we know is that the outcome is not pretty.

4. Atlantis (Saturday 9e 6p)

Atlantis wasted no time to launch a war. In this week's episode, Pasiphae unleashes 40,000 men on the city. And following the theft of the Palladium—a sacred statue said to protect Atlantis from harm—she could very well win the day. Jason would usually be Ariadne's knight-in-a-burlap-tunic. Except he's trapped in a cave gushing blood from a wound in his leg. Also, there's a Cyclops is chasing after him.

5. Immortals (Saturday 10e 7p)

And because Atlantis isn't enough Ancient Greece for one night, you can stick around and catch Immortals (at 10e 7p. Loosely based on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, the film stars Henry Cavill, Frieda Pinto and many other good-looking people in golden armour, all on a quest to win the war (over something we're not 100 per cent sure of) while looking hunky at the same time. Watch the trailer below!

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Atlantis Season Premiere: A New Dawn

by Eleni 17. November 2014 11:43

We'd heard that the second season of Atlantis would have a much darker tone than the first. And from the opening minutes of this weekend's season premiere, things were already feeling moody and tense.

Here's where we're at when the episode begins. Although King Minos had recovered from Pasiphae's poison by the end of last season, he's now dead. And his body has barely had the chance to cook on a pyre before Pasiphae declares war on Ariadne. The princess may have been docile last season, but now that she's queen, she's ready to fight.

Battle is raging in a nearby town. Jason, Pythagoras and Hercules arrive at the house of Lord Sarpedon, and inform him that Ariadne sent them to his rescue. Hercules and Pythagoras were nervous to fight last season—but they don't hesitate to draw their swords as the team leads Sarpedon through the town's besieged streets. The biggest change this year may be Hercules' persona: he used to be a goof, but now he's the one scolding Jason for "playing the hero."

Despite Jason's last-minute rescues, they get Sarpedon to Atlantis, where Ariadne says she's very happy to see him. Apparently Sarpedon had some beef with her dad, but he's now happy to serve.

Or is he? Alone in his room, Sarpedon unlocks his chest. Curled inside is Medea, a beautiful young woman holding a knife. "Everything is ready," he tells her.

Medea sneaks through the palace until she finds the vault. She's after a particular trophy: the Palladium, an ancient statue with some serious-muscle powers. It's been said—by Pasiphae, earlier in the episode—that if the statue is within Atlantis' walls, the city will never fall. As soon as Medea touches the trophy, an earthquake starts rumbling through Atlantis.

Medea makes a run for it, and is pursued by a team of guards. They chase her to the edge of the palace walls. Medea jumps (actually, she does a flip—cause that's how she rolls), and is picked up by a giant bird before her body smashes on the rocks below.

Ariadne asks Jason & co. to retrieve the Palladium, and they agree. But before heading on their quest, Jason makes a pit stop at the oracle's candlelit abode. She gives him a vision of the future. It's bleak: he sees a city burning, Pasiphae looking smug, a ship with the word ARGO printed on its side, and Ariadne screaming "noooo" with blood on her hands.

The oracle says Jason can stop this fate if he embraces his destiny. Whatever that means. Quit being so cryptic, lady!

As they make their way to the Colchian encampment, Jason & co. are attacked in the woods. They easily kill the soldiers, with Pythagoras and Hercules demonstrating some serious new swordfighting skills. When the skirmish is done, however, one man is left alive and unarmed. He begs for his life. Jason says he can't kill an unarmed man—but Pythagoras and Hercules agree that they might jeopardize their mission if they let him live. Pythagoras tries to do the deed, but he can't. So they send the man back to his hometown.

Medea's accomplice is captured and tortured in a cell in the palace. Sarpedon—who is leading this whole infiltration—visits him. The accomplice explains that he didn't give away any secrets of their mission. "You are loyal," Sarpedon says. Then kills him anyway.

Jason, Pythagoras and Hercules arrive at Pasiphae's base. When night falls, they silently enter and sneak to her tent. Once Pasiphae has stepped out, they take down her guards and start poking around. It doesn't take long to find a locked chest with the Palladium inside. Pythagoras almost gets killed while keeping watch outside, but they eventually make a fun escape via catapult. All in all, pretty easy!

Except not. As they escape across the rocky hills, they're attacked by a group of Pasiphae's men. The sword-fighting part goes well—they easily take out the soldiers. But as they're about to move on, Jason takes an arrow in the leg. It's the guy from the woods! The one whose life they spared. Who is apparently a total jerk.

Jason can barely walk, so Pythagoras and Hercules have to carry him the rest of the way—including across a very rickety rope bridge. Before Pasiphae's men catch up, they traverse the bridge and cut it down, taking refuge in a nearby cave. But that doesn't stop Pasiphae. Using her witchy powers, she causes the hill to collapse, blocking the entrance to the cave with rocks.

Which means the Palladium can't be returned to Atlantis. Which means Pasiphae's men—40,000 of them—can launch their attack.

We're only one episode in, but Atlantis is definitely playing with more serious tones than last season. While Pasiphae was always a jerk, it's Ariadne who's showing some much-needed strength this time around. We're also curious to learn more about Medea. Who is she? Despite stealing the Palladium, she doesn't seem totally on team Pasiphae. Plus, she's got cool style.

Click here to watch this week's premiere!

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Space-iest Stories of the Week

by Eleni 14. November 2014 13:54

1. If you've seen the teaser for the Doctor Who Christmas special, you know that Santa will be visiting Who fans on December 25. So what presents are you going to ask for? Check out PCMag's list of "19 Great Gifts for Doctor Who Fans" for ideas, including a Tardis-shaped safe, a desktop Dalek, and some cool bowties.

2. This isn't some shoddy, made-in-a-basement-by-a-12-year-old Lego reenactment of Matt Smith regeneration into Peter Capaldi. YouTube user BlobVanDam has made a sleek—and adorable!—CGI version of that fateful scene.

3. "I'll be back," Michelle Gomez told Doctor Who Magazine following last week's finale. (Read about it on Den of Geek.) Guess that clears up Missy's final zap: she was teleporting, not getting incinerated. Unless Gomez is messing with us.

4. Over at Digital Spy, you can read a fun roundup of a recent Doctor Who panel discussion for the Royal Television Society, during which Steven Moffat offered behind-the-scenes insights into the last season. Topics include: casting Michelle Gomez as Missy (a no-brainer), a potential Sherlock-Doctor Who crossover (not going to happen), and future companions (which don't necessarily have to be a young, present-day woman).

5. And on that note, Hypable made this list of Doctor Who companion ideas for season nine—none of which are young women.

6. What's new about the second season of Atlantis? Everything, according to the cast. "In every single way they could change it, I think they have," series star Jack Donnelly (Jason) explained during a press conference. According to Donnelly and his castmates, the new season will be darker and more layered, with more focus on the human drama and less focus on CGI monsters. Read more at Den of Geek.

7. "I’d have to take a break from killing people. I’d need a bathtub and a glass of champagne!" That's Z Nation star Kellita Smith, who plays the show's zombie-busting ringleader Roberta Warren, in a recent interview for Examiner.com. While her character has taken the apocalypse in stride, Smith says she's not the brain-smashing type.

8. "Slightly cheesy but hugely entertaining." This is how the Cape Breton Post's Ken MacLeod sums up Z Nation, which he says is his favourite zombie program. And in an opinion column last week, he explained why Z Nation is must-watch-right-away TV, while The Walking Dead is more of a save-it-for-later thing.

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