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POPCAST Dispatch 10: Fictional Dogs And Steely Men

We’re back with a brand new episode! Mike and Joe discuss the new Superman film, Man of Steel! After that the guys talk about the season 3 premiere of Wilfred before talking to Wilfred himself, Jason Gann! We talk about the show and get a very special story about “semen ants”. Yes, really. What are you still reading this for, go listen NOW!

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POPCAST Dispatch 09: Going International

Your new favorite podcast is back after a week off! We get cosmopolitan this week as Michael and Joe welcome special guest John Mosby from Impact Online to talk about Matt Smith’s imminent departure from Doctor Who. After that we talk about our latest favorite returning series and then the meltdown of the Internet over a fictional wedding. All that and a tease of things to come on the latest POPCAST Dispatch!

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Matt Smith To Leave Doctor Who At Christmas

282194-high_res-doctor-whoThe BBC is today announcing that Matt Smith is to leave Doctor Who after four incredible years on the hit show. Matt first stepped into the TARDIS in 2010 and will leave the role at the end of this year after starring in the unmissable 50th Anniversary in November and regenerating in the Christmas special. During his time as the Doctor, Matt has reached over 30 million unique UK viewers and his incarnation has seen the show go truly global. He was also the first actor to be nominated for a BAFTA in the role. Doctor Who is BBC AMERICA’s highest-rated series and premieres as part of the channel’s Supernatural Saturday programming block.

Matt quickly won over fans to be voted Best Actor by Readers of Doctor Who Magazine for the 2010 season. He also received a nod for his first series at the National Television Awards, before winning the Most Popular Male Drama Performance award in 2012. Matt has played one of the biggest roles in TV with over 77 million fans in the UK, US and Australia alone!

Matt Smith says: “Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show. I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realize all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.

Having Steven Moffat as showrunner write such varied, funny, mind-bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. It’s been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven, he’s a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.

The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before, your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number Eleven, who I might add is not done yet, I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special!

It’s been an honor to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with ‘the ginger, the nose and the impossible one’. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys. Matt.”

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, says: “Every day, on every episode, in every set of rushes, Matt Smith surprised me: the way he’d turn a line, or spin on his heels, or make something funny, or out of nowhere make me cry, I just never knew what was coming next. The Doctor can be clown and hero, often at the same time, and Matt rose to both challenges magnificently. And even better than that, given the pressures of this extraordinary show, he is one of the nicest and hardest-working people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Whatever we threw at him – sometimes literally – his behavior was always worthy of the Doctor.

But great actors always know when it’s time for the curtain call, so this Christmas prepare for your hearts to break, as we say goodbye to number Eleven. Thank you Matt – bow ties were never cooler.

Of course, this isn’t the end of the story, because now the search begins. Somewhere out there right now – all unknowing, just going about their business – is someone who’s about to become the Doctor. A life is going to change, and Doctor Who will be born all over again! After 50 years, that’s still so exciting!”

Having starred alongside three different companions, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and most recently Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Matt’s Doctor has fought Daleks and Cybermen, as well as Weeping Angels in New York. Regularly heard shouting ‘run’ and ‘Geronimo’, through Matt’s Doctor fans have been introduced to a new culinary combination – fish fingers and custard!

Matt’s spectacular exit is yet to be revealed and will be kept tightly under wraps. He will return to BBC AMERICA in the unmissable 50th anniversary episode on Saturday, November 23, 2013 – TUNE IN!

David S. Goyer Talks About Da Vinci’s Demons…And Batman

It only took airing one episode of Da Vinci’s Demons to insure a second season pick-up of the new STARZ series. Is it that good? Yes. Everything about Demons is rich and beautiful; the script, the costumes, the scenery and the men…I mean, the actors, all is well done and very well thought out. But that’s to be expected when the show runner is someone as creative as David S. Goyer. Goyer is a triple threat; writer, director and producer. Anyone who can bring to life Blade, The Dark Knight Batman Trilogy and the upcoming Man of Steel can take on a historical figure, even if it is the genius Leonardo da Vinci.

The second season of Da Vinci’s Demons just started production this month in Wales, but Goyer doesn’t seem to think it will be hard to keep the series going for several seasons. The era in which da Vinci lived is a rich period of history and a lot was going on in the world and not just in Renaissance Florence. Demons has already tackled Vlad The Impaler, better known to most as the historical prototype of Dracula, who actually was a contemporary of da Vinci’s. Did they ever meet? Who knows, but it does make a great story. And as for inventions, most people are only aware of a few of the incredible things da Vinci actually created.

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“One of the conceits of the show is supposedly da Vinci had 13,000 notebook pages when he died,” Goyer says. “And within a year or so of his death about 7,000 of those pages went missing. And so all of the great works or inventions that we know of, like the machine gun and the submarine, and things like that, they exist within those 6,000 pages.

“I’ve never done anything historical or period before,” Goyer continues. “But in this case with da Vinci there was a lot of research. But it really wasn’t that difficult because he’s kind of super hero-y anyway. There’s so many legends that have grown up around da Vinci, and there’s so many tall tales about him. People have said that aside from Christ, he’s the most recognized historical figure in the world. So in that regard, my approach to it was not dissimilar to adapting Batman or Superman. But obviously we did a lot more historical research.

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“One of the things that was interesting when I was studying da Vinci is that there are some parallels to Batman,” Goyer admits. “He had big father issues; you know, missing parent. Obviously, both obsessed with flight. Both had these sort of formative horrific incidents where they were trapped in caves. Or in Batman’s case a well. There was one that da Vinci wrote about in his own journals when he was 13 where something happened in the cave. We don’t know exactly what. He sketched it and he said that, something horrific happened to him in a cave. And that’s something that we explore in this show.

“I also thought it was interesting that Bob Kane, the creator of Batman, originally based Batman’s cape on da Vinci’s glider. So there sort of two figures that have always been kind of inextricably linked.”

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Only two more episodes to go – Friday, on STARZ – “The Hierophant” – May 31 and “The Lovers” – June 7