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Westworld TV series to debut in October

On the day HBO confirmed the end of Game of Thrones, it threw us a bone by announcing the premiere date of new scifi series Westworld.

The one-hour drama kicks off a ten-episode season in the US on Sunday 2 October at 9pm (ET/PT).

Westworld is based on the iconic ’70s film starring Yul Brynner (watch both trailers below), which in turn was based on the Michael “Jurassic Park” Crichton novel.

The basic plot is the worst day ever for Alton Towers’ PR office after Worf forgets to turn the safety protocols back on after a particularly challenging holodeck workout with Lore and the Final Five pre-switch-on.

It was created for television by Jonathan Nolan (“Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight,” “Person of Interest”) and Lisa Joy (“Pushing Daisies,” “Burn Notice”), both of whom are executive producing and writing, with Nolan also directing.

In true HBO fashion Westworld boasts a knockout cast: Ed Harris as the evil Man in Black, plus Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.

Excited much?



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Doctor Who 8: The Cybermen Are Back!

Peter Capaldi takes on the Cybermen in Doctor Who Series/Season 8

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BBC Pictures

Panic not, shoppers of Cardiff: you’re not being invaded by cyborgs from another planet. Just a lot of Scots people and a camera crew. As this excellent photo gallery from Wales Online shows, Series/Season 8 of Doctor Who will see the new Doctor  surrounded by his ancient foes, the Cybermen.

Although the Doctor’s companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) is reportedly absent, the Doctor does have the assistance of plucky U.N.I.T. boffin Kate Lethbridge-Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) and the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere (Green Wing and Bad Education star Michelle Gomez, pictured).

The Cybermen first had children leaping behind the sofa in 1966 and have been through several changes of image and voice since then. Modern Cybermen are considerably bigger, buffer and more intimidating than their somewhat squishy progenitors. Sadly, due to the untimely demise of Head Cyborg Roger Lloyd-Pack these Cybermen will doubtless be in search of a new voice, but there’s been no word yet on who will provide it.

Check out the BBC’s new oh-so-short teaser trailer for Doctor Who Series/Season 8 below. Excited much?

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William Shatner, Karl Urban, Bruce Greenwood To Headline Destination Star Trek 3 In London

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Star Trek fans! It’s time to fluff up the Tribble and dig out the party pants.

It’s been announced that huge names from all the Star Trek franchises will be heading to London in October for Destination Star Trek 3. William Shatner, Karl Urban and Bruce Greenwood will be headlining the three-day Trek fest and a host of other stars will also be appearing.

But that’s not all. In news to melt your plastic pointy ears, Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy will be beaming down to chat to fans via a live video link.

Shatner, Urban and Greenwood will be appearing on stage and will be available for photograph and autograph opportunities throughout the weekend with fans.

The event will also host a special Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion moderated by William Shatner. Fans will get the chance to be photographed on the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D bridge with stars including Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis and Gates McFadden.

But that’s still not all. Sirtis and McFadden will be joined by some of the other leading women of Star Trek including Nichelle Nichols, Denise Crosby, Alice Krige and Jeri Ryan (form an orderly queue lycra fans).

And, if you’ve ever wanted to dance in the holodeck to the smooth sounds of Vegas crooner Vic Fontaine, you’re in luck. Sci fi god James Time Tunnel Darren will be performing in character at one of the after-parties.

Excited much? Stay tuned for updates. Click here to get the full line-up and book tickets.

My Day With the Trekkies: Destination Star Trek 1

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Goodbye Supernatural, Hello Farscape?

The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company

Sky Living’s decision to drop Supernatural has been causing a fair amount of teeth-gnashing over at TVClaw Towers. (We don’t watch Cougar Town anymore so meh to that.)

However, Winchester fans, fret ye not: The CW is searching even now for an alternative UK home for the show. Stay tuned for updates.

Perhaps the Sam ‘n Dean-sized hole can be filled by some John Crichton action? The frelling awesome Farscape will soon be back on screens. Pick TV is airing the ground-breaking sci fi series from the beginning, starting 21 April at 7pm.

How do we know this? It is courtesy of the bods over at GeekTown who maintain a list of UK air dates for US and UK shows.

If you’ve never seen Farscape before, give it a go. The stylish precursor to Ronald D. Moore’s reimagined Battlestar Galactica, Farscape has it all: comedy, drama, action, sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. And a lot of shiny black leather. Like, a lot.

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Professor Brian Cox Explores The Science of Doctor Who: Trailer

“I’ve just seen it. It’s great.” — “But I haven’t given it yet.”

The Doctor Who 50th anniversary festivities continue apace ahead of “The Day of the Doctor” and Peter Capaldi’s debut as The Doctor.

Physicist Professor Brian Cox is the latest famous face to enter the TARDIS. Check out this trailer for his one-off BBC2 lecture exploring the science of Doctor Who.

Enjoy!

The Science of Doctor Who airs on BBC2 on 14 November at 9pm

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Your Chance to be in Star Wars: Episode VII? Open Casting Call

Calling all aspiring, good-looking, young actors: your big break could be days away

Want to be the next Mark Hamill or Carrie Fisher? Then check out this open casting call.

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Posted on Twitter by casting agent Claire Curry (a.k.a. @UKopencall), the flyer says the search is on for “lead roles for a Disney film.”

However, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive and decided that actually it’s an open casting call for Star Wars: Episode VII instead.

Location scouting, production design, casting and costume design are already underway on the new Star Wars film. Shooting is scheduled to begin Spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios for an expected 2015 release.

Casting calls will be taking place across the UK and Ireland in the next few weeks, with pit stops in a number of cities. First up is Bristol, then Glasgow, Manchester, London and Dublin.

Don’t waste your money on a train ticket if you’re not attractive though. Candidates for the lead roles “Must be beautiful/handsome, smart and athletic.”

Good luck!

Star Wars: Episode VII Script Update: Michael Arndt Is Out, Lawrence Kasdan And J.J. Abrams Are In

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Doctor Who: 50 Years Trailer

The clock is counting down to the Peter Capaldi era so here’s a look back at 50 years of Doctor Who courtesy of the BBC. Enjoy!

And who do you think is worthy of being named Ultimate Doctor Who Villain?

Nominees:

Cybermen

Daleks

The Silence

The Master

Silurians

Ood

Judoon

Ice Warriors

Weeping Angels

Clockwork Droids

Cast your vote here.

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