Space-iest stories of the week

by Eleni 24. October 2014 16:24

1. This is contentious. For their ongoing Character Combat contest, Hypable is pitting Doctor Who's Clara Oswald against Orphan Black's Sarah Manning. It's a tough choice: Sarah's got the eyeliner, but Clara's got the TARDIS.

2. Another week, another elaborate Doctor Who–themed proposal. This one involved building a life-sized TARDIS. "If she would have said no I was going to have a beautiful blue bonfire that night," the groom-to-be wrote on Reddit.

3. In celebration of the release of 12 Doctor, 12 Stories, an anthology of 12 short Doctor Who–inspired stories written by 12 bestselling artists, The Guardian published this gallery of 12 stylized book jackets celebrating all 12 Doctors' actual jackets.

4. "A Doctor Who pitch meeting is fairly banal really." That's Jamie Mathieson, writer of the season eight episodes "Mummy on the Orient Express" and "Flatline," at the top of his in-depth interview for Den of Geek. Somehow we don’t believe him.

5. Tatiana Maslany is adding another role to her roster. Next spring—long after production on Orphan Black season three has wrapped—Maslany will star in a new play by Neil LaBute called "The Way We Get By." This will mark her New York theatre debut. And she'll only be playing one character.

6. During a podcast with TV, eh?'s Anthony Marco, Bitten creator Daegan Fryklind called her series "a mafia show but instead of the Sopranos you've got werewolves." Give it a listen to learn more insights into season two—including what to expect from the finale.

7. In conjunction with the premiere of Grimm season four, a brewery in Portland has begun producing a beer inspired by the series. It's called Wesen Wiezen, and it's apparently very low in bitterness.

8. And duh, there's going to be a Sharknado 3.

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Our fave Face Off looks from this season

by Eleni 24. October 2014 14:49

It all ends this Tuesday. After weeks of fairies, mutants and monsters, Cig, Dina and Drew will attempt to out-sculpt each other to the tune of $100,000. The seventh season of Face Off has been a fun one: not only did we see some very cool designs, we also saw George prance around in short-shorts. So before next week's finale, we decided to revisit some of best looks from the past season.

In episode two, Cig and George established themselves as not-to-be-messed with contenders by making this not-to-be-messed with fatso gangster. The judges especially appreciated that their character's girth was proportionally realistic.

During the next episode, the artists had to make Incan-inspired aliens. Or was it the other way around? In any case, Stella's extraterrestrial interpretation of Lord Shiva's mate bagged her an early win.

Skipping ahead a couple episodes to the endangered animal hybrid challenge, here's Damien's furry/feathery coatimundi-tawny owl fusion.

And in the next episode, Stella and Dina collaborated on this adorable/terrifying Oz-born flying monkey who fell down the rabbit hole into Wonderland.

For the horror movie challenge, George scored himself his first solo win with this shot-in-the-head ex girlfriend. Or sorry, "Axe Girlfriend"—as his fake horror movie was called.

Episode nine was around the time Dina started proving herself almost-unbeatable. Here's her incredibly intricate sexy snake.

The clown challenge was a personal favourite. And Cig's dripping skeletor was absolutely atrocious—in a great way.

While Sasha's Annabelle-esque clown-doll went for subtler—but beautifully executed—creeps.

This pic of Drew's teenaged emo fawn makes us laugh. Could he be less impressed to be half-man, half-goat?

In episode 12, Dina made an Aphrodite. It was gorgeous.

Cig was nervous about doing a "pretty" challenge, but ended up designing the prettiest makeup in the bunch for episode 13's fairy challenge. After five top looks, he finally earned his first solo win with this ice sprite.

And for the big, giant monster challenge, Dina's big, giant preying mantis clobbered everyone else's big, giant monsters.

Tune in Tuesday at 9e 6p to see the season finale of Face Off. And click here to watch season seven eps!


Meet the stars of 2001: A Space Odyssey

by Neil 24. October 2014 10:00

Hello, Dave. You’re looking well today. We’ve got big news: from now until Monday at midnight, you and a guest could win tickets to see Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science fiction masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, restored for the big screen in Toronto November 1. You didn’t think that was all, did you? We’re also giving you the chance to meet and greet, in the flesh, two stars of the film, Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood.

If you live on Earth, you’ve probably seen 2001: A Space Odyssey in some form or another.  Good for you, but we think you should maaaaybe see arguably the greatest motion picture of all time in a proper cinema. It’s also a good excuse to stop by Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lighbox to check out their Stanley Kubrick Exhibition, which runs October 31 till January 25. More on that here.

Don't tell HAL, but entering this contest is even easier than opening the pod bay doors. All you have to do is email your name, address, age, ten digit day and evening telephone numbers to Just a heads up for all you non-Torontonians: this doesn't include travel to our fair city.

Check out the full rules and regs here, and “May the force be wi—nope, wrong movie.


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A first-timer watches Doctor Who: "The Doctor's Daughter"

by Eleni 23. October 2014 16:41

The Doctor's spawn reflects his genetic makeup pretty accurately: two hearts, spunky, smiles in the fishy face of danger. Oh, and good-looking—very good-looking. Considering the Doctor's conspicuous grudge against soldiers in the current season, I was surprised to learn that his own spawn was born to fight. If he could accept a military predisposition in his own kin, when is he going to warm up to Danny? But that's a complaint for another day.

Let's go back to season four, when Martha, Donna and the Doctor have been suddenly shipped to the planet Messaline. There, a soldier shoves the Doctor's arm into a big machine for "processing." A few scrapes and jolts later, Jenny is born. She enters the world as a full-grown, machine-gun-shooting woman, and immediately leads a scrimmage against the Hath, a species of fish-headed humanoids with home the regular-headed humans have been fighting a generations-long war. The Doctor is initially reluctant to accept Jenny as his offspring—particularly since she's a designed killer—but over the course of the episode they come to understand each other's perspectives.

The Doctor has never had a warm-and-fuzzy approach to the concept of family, so it was surprising to learn that he'd been a father before Jenny. I had always assumed he was bored by the idea of family—too much responsibility, too much being-tied-down. But now I wonder if he rejected the concept because it's too painful to consider. He's lonely in the TARDIS—but perhaps he has decided that solitude is better than risking a further sense of loss. Of course, he does grieve his lost companions—remember how much he moped over Rose?—but that cannot compare to the loss of a child.

This episode also had one of the most shocking moments I've seen so far on Doctor Who: the Doctor holding a gun to the head of General Cobb. Not only was this gesture completely out of character, it also felt distinctly human. Time Lords do not fight with guns—especially not scrappy pistols like the one the Doctor was using. Those are the tools of a more lowly species. After a tense standoff, the Doctor lowers his weapon. "I never would," he says—but there's a sense that he could. Even the fact of him holding the gun to a man's head—threatening him, wielding force over a helpless creature—is an abuse of force beyond what we usually see from the Doctor. That scene felt like a glimpse of how easy it could be for him to snap.

I'm also intrigued by the real-life genetic entanglements here. Actor Georgia Moffett, who played Jenny, is the daughter of Peter Davison, who played the fifth Doctor. And after shooting this episode, she married David Tennant, with whom she now has two children. So their gene pools have some kind of entanglement, onscreen and off.

Also, a small note on Donna. At the end of the episode, she tells Martha that she plans to travel with the Doctor forever. Somehow, this seemed like an absurd statement. Even if some sort of disaster didn't get in the way, it's hard to imagine a regular-human companion having the stamina to kick around with the Doctor for more than a couple of seasons. Donna's words also felt like a foreshadowing of bad things to come. I know she leaves at the end of this season—but I don't know what pushes her over the edge. Something tells me it won't be good.


Real Humans explores the bond between man and machine

by Neil 23. October 2014 16:23

We all know what you’re going to be watching Saturday, November 8. Really, you need a refresher? You’ll be watching the SEASON FINALE of Doctor Who. Obviously.

But aaafter watching the season finale of Doctor Who, we’ll be airing the SERIES PREMIERE of Real Humans, a Swedish sci-fi series set in a parallel world in which humanoid robots, or “hubots,” act as labourers and servants. The 10-episode, one-hour series explores what can happen when human workers, friends, parents, and even lovers, are replaced with robots.

Word of warning, the show will be subtitled for English audiences, because dubbing is lame and beneath you. Sorry, more warning: the show premieres November 8 at 10e 7p, right after Doctor Who, but subsequent hour-long eps will air back-to-back Wednesdays beginning at 9e 6p.

Here’s more official deets from our PR humans:

In Real Humans, new technology and advancements in the field of science have made it possible to manufacture The Human Robot (hubot), a kind of mechanized servant that is so similar to a real human, it can often be considered a perfectly good substitute. While the hubot was created to make life easier and more efficient for humans, it’s also given rise to new dilemmas including thorny legal and humanitarian questions such as who is responsible for hubot actions and misdemeanors, and what their labour and personal rights are. As an ever-growing number of people form relationships with hubots, the boundaries between human and machine become blurred thus challenging humanity on what it means to be ‘human.’

In the premiere of Real Humans, Leo (Andreas Wilson) and Niska (Eva Röse) lead a group of rogue hubots who are fighting for their freedom. During an escape, Mimi (Lisette Pagler) disappears and Leo leaves the group to find her. At the same time, the Engman family decides to buy a used hubot, which has unexpected consequences for the entire family. Warehouse foreman Roger’s (Leif Andrée) life has begun coming apart at the seams. After his wife leaves him for her hubot, and all of his human coworkers have been replaced, Roger joins a resistance movement. Behind the everyday façade, something nasty is brewing.

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First Avengers 2 trailer! That is all

by Neil 23. October 2014 10:46
The stupidly-anticipated sequel to the third highest-grossing film of all time was released last night and, as expected, it’s pretty damn epic. Marvel’s (and Joss Whedon’s!) The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron isn’t out until May 2015, but the trailer doesn’t shy away from showing off a wide array of highlights, like new heroes Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armour, and, most importantly, the wicked-evil Ultron, voiced by none other than cool cat James Spader.

Actually, the song playing throughout the trailer—a slowed-down rendering of Pinocchio’s “I’ve Got No Strings”—might even the best part. At the very least, watching that Disney classic will never be quite the same.

Alright, alright, enough jibber-jabber. The glorious trailer pretty much speaks for itself. Enjoy!

Now have a look at the far-less-revealing first official poster:


Face Off: "Creature Carnage"

by Eleni 22. October 2014 15:39

"Don't hold anything back because it's now or never," McKenzie told the remaining four contestants at the top of yesterday's episode. With only one challenge standing between them and the finale, it was time to go big or go home—literally. This week, they had to make giant monsters.


The artists meet McKenzie at DC Stages in downtown Los Angeles, where she is standing in front of a rack containing a variety of fake newspapers. On each of their front pages, there's a headline announcing a huge, city-destroying catastrophe at the hands (or paws/claws) of a huge, city-destroying creature. Their task this week: make their own King Kong-ish monster inspired by the headline on whichever newspaper they select. Cig—who loves big gross things—said he might pass out from excitement.

Here's how their choices broke down:

Dina: Inspired by the headline "Mantis Preys on Paris," she is making a preying mantis who ate so many of her mates that she grew to Godzilla-size.

Cig: His headline is "Yeti Crab Crushes Kremlin," so he is making a crab-yeti hybrid that grew out of the Chernobyl disaster.

Drew: His newspaper reads "Giant Sloth Slashes Shanghai." So he needs to make a giant sloth that isn't cute at all.

George: And George got "Deadly Squid Destroys Dubai." So he's making a mutant squid.


Everyone did great! Before the finale, the judges usually go easy on the critiques. Meaning they cuddled up to each of these monsters.

Halfway through making his sloth, Drew decided to scrap hair work in favour of a full-torso burn. And while the judges thought his charred skin could have been better executed, they appreciated the fine work on this not-too-cute sloth face. "You've created something that feels successful within this challenge," said Glenn, who was especially impressed with Drew's combination of techniques. Neville agreed. "The way the sculpture and the design sustains the character is what's really beautiful about this," he said.

Despite his enthusiasm for the challenge, Cig didn't quite pull off the yeti-crab hybrid. Lois said the face was lovely—particularly in profile—but Neville said it looked more like a bumblebee than a crab. Glenn liked the look for this specific challenge, because it felt like something from a classic Japanese creature movie.

Even though George's squid came out goofy, Glenn appreciated that he was "swinging for the fences"—and he was also "heavily approving of the Sarlacc pit of a stomach." Neville loved the profile, and complimented George for being a "pretty fantastic sculpture and technician." And while Lois recognized that George's work was poorly executed, she was so charmed by his squid that she was willing to forgive technicalities. "He looks as if he was a plaything from Doctor Who," she said.

And Dina scored her fifth win of the season. "It's lovely work," said Lois, who dug how Dina hid the model's eyeholes in the face sculpt. Neville pointed out that each inch of the character had been addressed in some way. "Everything is so well-fitting and so well executed," he said.


After a few rocky weeks, George was denied a finale spot. It's a shame, since he was one of the most likeable contestants this season. But his floppy squid suit: not so likeable.


For the finale, the contestants must make two knights: one representing death and one representing life. (Appropriately spooky for right before Halloween.) Cig and Drew are both great, but we're on team Dina. Not only has she done consistent, gorgeous work all season—she also seems totally cool.

Watch the episode here!


Town of the Living Dead: "A Zombie Baby Is Born" and "Don't Mess with the Money-Maker"

by Eleni 22. October 2014 13:34

This week's big stunt: a zombie baby! It's a tad more DIY than the CG zombie baby that wrought havoc in the series premiere of Z Nation. But it's still gross.

Tina is responsible for zombifying the baby. She buys a doll, gets out a hammer, and makes it look freaky. (While her daughter Katie cradles her real-life baby granddaughter a few feet away.) "I'm pretty sure that Michael bay and some of the other directors do not put this much thought into a shot and how it's pulled off," Tina says a little later.

But a zombie baby isn't the freakiest thing this episode. Bryan has to do a kiss scene with Katie, and he's very nervous about it. Fortunately, his wife is an "esthetititician" and can give him a calming facial.

On set during kiss day, Terry and Laura try to ease Bryan's nerves by demonstrating how easy it is to make out. But it just scares him even more.

Finally, the moment of smooch has arrived. Bryan's losing it. Katie, who's all strapped into a prosthetic pregnancy belly, just looks annoyed. But Bryan pulls it off: the kiss—which is honestly just a peck—goes off without a slobber. "Rachel McAdams, if you're watching. Come on, I'm ready," Bryan says.

Meanwhile, Gary is at Studio 16, the local TV station, doing volunteer work with Ben Farley, the local nut (who is also John's friend). Apparently the studio has agreed to let Thr33 Days Dead use their space in exchange for volunteer hours. Seems like a simple deal, right? Except Ben keeps interrupting a talk show—while they are shooting—to ask if the host or guest want coffee. And after the shoot, he tries to recruit the "hot" guest to be a sexy zombie.

The TV producer is horrified. Which means they don't get to use the space.

And back on set, they still have to capture Katie's zombie baby birth scene—which goes off more or less smoothly. The baby launches from her stomach into a bloody mess on the couch.

Tina has to act in the next episode, and some prep is in order. Laura gives her a boot camp-esque zombie training session. And since Tina also wants to lose a few pounds for her scene, she goes on a hilariously misguided interpretation of the paleo diet that involves only eating chicken wings.

With Tina tied up with her acting gig/diet, Laura and Chase go to city hall to try to smooth-talk their way into permission to shoot at the cemetery. The priggish City Hall rep is not too keen—but she says if they buy a grave, they can use the land. Only problem, it's $600.

Time for Tina's scene! It's a serious one. She plays a zombie mom who gets shot by her son. (Played by Gary.) "It's gut-wrenching," John says.

Next up: cemetery day. Tina forked over the money for a grave, so they're free to shoot on the premises. But they have to get the scene done quick, because there are mourners around who don't need their reflections disturbed by a bunch of zombie groans. Unfortunately, it's hard to work efficiently when Ben Farley is in the scene. And with only one chance to nail a complicated blood-gun effect, Farley blows it.

So they have to re-shoot the next day in Tina's backyard. This time, they make sure Ben gets drenched. And the shot works! Even if Ben barfs right after. "You suck at taking directions, but you're a good puker," Tina says.

Next week on Town of the Living Dead: Chase's mom gets over-protective and Terry gets set up on an awkward date. And in the meantime, you can follow @Thr33DaysDead on Twitter!

Watch both episodes here!!


Toronto After Dark goes sci-fi with Time Lapse

by Eleni 21. October 2014 17:12

You find out your old-man neighbour has been spying on you: every day, he takes a Polaroid of you and your roommates in your living room. Except the photo isn't from that moment: it depicts events that will happen 24 hours into the future. So how do you react? Freaking out would be appropriate. But for the broke-and-directionless twentysomethings in Time Lapse, a tense and original thriller playing tonight at Toronto After Dark, the only response is to get opportunistic.

Finn is a struggling artist. He's got the fuddy-duddy glasses and the suspenders—but it's been months since he laid brush to canvas. To make ends meet, he works as the building manager at a complex of bungalows where he lives with his girlfriend, Callie, and their lovably obnoxious best bud Jasper. After learning that Mr. Bezzerides, an elderly tenant, was late on his rent, the gang goes to check on him—and discovers a very peculiar project. Mr. Bezzerides' walls are covered with Polaroids of Finn and his friends. And in front of the window, there's a weird, heavy-looking contraption, which spits out a new photo every day at 8pm. A photo of tomorrow.

Almost immediately, each of the roommates finds a way to use the photos to their advantage: Jasper makes a fortune at dog racing (since he can tell himself the results in advance), Finn finally starts painting (since he can work off already-completed paintings he sees in the photos), and Callie just enjoys the ride. But the fun turns dangerous when Jasper's bookie starts to suspect foul play. And the photos don't help, since they start depicting strange, upsetting scenes that the friends feel obligated to act out.

Although Time Lapse wrangles some loopy subject matter, director Bradley King keeps the story tight and more or less straightforward—the action is never weighed down with pie-in-the-sky pontificating on the nature of time. Instead, King goes for suspense. Almost the entire film takes place in three settings—the roommates' apartment, Mr. Bezzerides' apartment, and a nasty-smelling storage unit—which heightens a slow-burn sense of claustrophobia as the friends become increasingly imprisoned and manipulated by their own futures depicted in the Polaroids. And while the roommates get a snapshot of their fates, you'll have a hard time predicting this film's twists.

Toronto After Dark runs until October 24 at the Scotiabank Theatre. Click here to view the full schedule or purchase tickets. Check out the trailer and poster below:

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Doctor Who Quiz Time: "Flatline"

by 21. October 2014 15:07

On this week's Doctor Who: the Doctor gets trapped in a tiny TARDIS, Clara plays Time Lord for a day, and Danny gets stood up for lunch. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of the latest episode!