Articles by
SBGLA

Website:

Twitter:

Unfinished ‘Doctor Who’ Story ‘Shada’ Regenerates on DVD!

Posted on October 12th, 2017 at 9:50 am by    

Tom Baker & Co. have returned to complete an unfinished Fourth Doctor story—36 years after it was abandoned.

Written by Douglas Adams, “Shada” was intended for broadcast as the final serial of the 1979-80 season.

But union strikes interrupted filming, leaving only fragments of a fable—ironically, one of Baker’s “favorite” Doctor Who tales, according to BBC.

“I have many fond memories of shooting the location scenes in Cambridge, and it was disappointing not to finish the story in studio,” he said.

Now, nearly four decades later, BBC Worldwide is set to release a two-disc version that blends original footage with new color animations and voiceovers by OG cast members Tom Baker and Lalla Ward (who played companion Romana II).

“I’m so glad [BBC] have found a way to bring fans a complete visual version,” Baker added.

The narrative revolves around the planet Shada, where Time Lords have built a high-security prison for some of the universe’s most dangerous criminals. Think DC Comics’ Iron Heights Penitentiary, but with Daleks, Cybermen, and Zygons.

Trouble begins brewing when Skagra (from the planet Dronoid) resolves to visit Shada, where he will extract inmates’ felonious knowledge. In an effort to find the hidden world, he calls upon a Time Lord, masquerading on Earth as Professor Chronotis at St. Cedd’s College in Cambridge, who, in turn, calls on his old friend and protege, the Doctor. 

Location filming and the first of three studio sessions were completed as scheduled in 1979. But the second studio block was bollixed up by a technicians’ dispute at the broadcasting company; the strike ended in time for the third recording session, but was shelved to make way for Christmas programming. 

Despite attempts by new Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner to resume the episodes—scheduled for air Jan. 19-Feb. 23, 1980—production of “Shada” was formally dropped that summer.

If the title sounds familiar, it’s because a number of versions have already been issued.

The BBC finally completed the story with new effects, a score, and linking narration by Baker; six shortened episodes were given a 111-minute VHS release in 1992.

In 2003, the broadcaster commissioned Big Finish to remake “Shada” as a 40th-anniversary audio play, joining Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor with original cast members Ward and John Leeson (as the voice of K9).

Elements of the story, meanwhile, were recycled by Douglas Adams in his novel “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” (readers might remember Professor Chronotis and his time machine). BBC Books later published a novelization of the serial, penned by Gareth Roberts.

And, come Nov. 24, “Shada” will be released as a digital download, available Dec. 4 in the UK on DVD (£19.99/$26.37) and Blu-ray (£24.99/$32.97 or £39.39/$51.97 for the illustrated Steelbook).

Share Button

JJ Abrams announced as new director for Star Wars: Episode IX!

Posted on October 12th, 2017 at 9:15 am by    

JJ Abrams, who helped reboot the franchise with Star Wars: The Force Awakens will direct the upcoming movie.

Abrams’ appointment comes after the exit of former director Colin Trevorrow. Oo-er!

He will direct the film and co-write it with Chris Terrio.

The news was announced by Disney and Lucasfilm in a statement on Tuesday.

Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, said: “With The Force Awakens, JJ delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy.”

Trevorrow left the film after it was claimed he couldn’t see “eye to eye” with Disney in regards to the script of the last instalment of the trilogy.

He exited before pre-production got any further underway.

It was originally planned that production on the film would begin in February 2018, however it is not still clear if that will go ahead.

Force Awakens and Rogue One were both box office hits, so Abrams has got a high standard to meet for the next film.

It is rumoured that Mark Hamill will take on the role of Luke Skywalker in the film.

Meanwhile Andy Serkis and Lupita Nyong’o are also suggested to appear.

The film is currently scheduled to be released on May 24, 2019. 

Share Button

Neighbours Star Olympia Valance CONFIRMS Dates with 1D’s Niall Horan!

Posted on October 5th, 2017 at 7:27 am by    

AUSSIE actress Olympia Valance has enjoyed a string of secret dates with One Direction star Niall Horan.

Following an Instagram picture that got fans speculating about a romance last month, Valance who plays Paige Smith on the Australian soap, has confirmed that she has been on a number of dates with the Mullingar native.

In an exclusive interview, Valance said: “We’ve known each other for a couple of years now. He obviously spends a lot of time in Australia with his cousins.

“We’ve been messaging ever since and yeah we have hung out together a bit.

“We are quite close. I see him when I come to London and he sees me when he’s in Oz.”

However, despite their on-off dating, Olympia, who is a brand ambassador for lingerie range Gossard, has admitted she’s STILL single – after splitting from her boyfriend of 15 months Greg Cannell in February this year.

She said: “I am single at the moment. I’ve been single pretty much all this year and it’s been really nice.

“I’ve always had problems being on my own before and now I’m actually like, I really love this and just not having anyone to answer to.”

Also, Horan, who is a frequent visitor down under as he has family in Australia, recently told Notion magazine that he has little time for dating as he has been so busy with his new album.

“I’ve been so busy between studios,’ Niall explained. ‘The album was long days, as we were recording everything live full band.”

“We’ re talking 11-12 hour days, every day which is like work, studio, home, bed, eat, you know – I have no time for Tinder!”

Oo-er!

Share Button

From Batman to FATMAN…? Christian Bale Piles on the Pounds For Film Role!

Posted on October 5th, 2017 at 4:59 am by    

Who ate all the pies??! I guess now we know…

Christian Bale is known for being a method actor often going to the extreme to achieve authenticity in his big screen roles… And if this picture is anything to go by the 43-year-old Batman star is at it again as he has piles on the pounds for his latest film part.

The British hunk says he’s been “eating pies” to play former US Vice President Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s upcoming biopic Backseat.

The production hasn’t begun filming yet, but Bale revealed his new build and bleached eyebrows on the red carpet for the premiere of his latest movie Hostiles at the Toronto International Film Festival.

He looked much fuller in the face as he smiled for the cameras.

His new curvier frame was disguised by an all-black outfit as he posed happily with his wife of 17 years, Sibi Blazic.

She matched his outfit in a black lace dress, teamed with a pretty curled hairstyle.

Bale, famous for his dramatic shapeshifting over his long career has gone to great lengths to make his film parts authentic for his audience, he famously dropped down to just 120 pounds for his role in 2004 thriller The Machinist.

In the film he played Trevor Reznik, a man who suffers from insomnia so severe that its takes toll on his weight and mental health.

Straight after, Bale then gained 70 pounds for his role in Batman Begins.

Wow, he really goes the extra mile, doesn’t he?

Backseat is currently in pre-production, with a release date not yet set.

Share Button

David and Victoria Beckham Spend Mega Bucks on Rural Retreat!

Posted on September 28th, 2017 at 8:34 am by    

David and Victoria Beckham – the showbiz power couple known as ‘Posh & Becks’ are constructing a two-tiered rural retreat outdoor space at their new $7.5 million dollars (£6 million pounds) Oxfordshire home.

The pair are spending thousands building an intruder-proof fortress garden in the grounds of the mansion in south-west England, forking out plenty of cash on their orchard, which will feature 23 different types of tree.

The Beckhams will hire a team of gardeners who will spend three days a week looking after the trees, including nine apple trees, eight cherry trees, and a plum tree, which could be ideal if their celebrity chef pal Gordon Ramsay fancied popping round to cook up an apple crumble.

According to Mail Online, the Landscape Design Statement says: “The proposed planting design aims to tie in with the surrounding landscape, using many native wildflowers interspersed amongst grasses… the materials used across the site will be sensitive to the heritage nature of the property, reflective of what is on site and in the surrounding vernacular.”

Beckham is known for his ball skills having previously captained the England soccer side, but he will be able to practice a whole new ball game soon because he has been granted planning permission for a 60ft croquet lawn.

What’s more, the Beckhams’ outdoor space will feature two vegetable patches and a natural swimming pool within a courtyard to ensure it will not be spotted from the road.

Marcus Barnett, a Chelsea Flower Show-winning gardener, has been enlisted to transform the plush pad’s outside area.

He will create two gardens, one containing wild grass surrounded by a massive hedge and another where the natural pool will live.

The outdoor space will no doubt go down well with the Beckhams’ kids, Brooklyn, 18, Romeo, 15, Cruz, 12, and six-year-old Harper, who have been known to enjoy a game of football now and then.

Oo-er!

Share Button

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Sparks Secret Wedding Rumours After Instagram Post!

Posted on September 28th, 2017 at 7:41 am by    

SUPERMODEL Rosie Huntington-Whiteley sent fans into a frenzy after she posted an Instagram selfie which shows her wearing two rings on her wedding finger sparking sparks rumours she’s married  British Hollywood superstar Jason Statham in secret .

Oo-er!

Rosie has been with the actor for seven years and they announced their engagement last year, she gave birth to the couple’s first child in June but now, this instagrm pic has everyone wondering if the glamorous pair secretly tied the knot?

The image, posted while enjoying a drink while on a break during a photoshoot shows the stunning 30-year-old model model sipping from a plastic cup while someone holds up her hair. A silver band can be seen underneath her engagement ring. She captioned the shot with an avocado emoji.

Staring straight into the camera as she pulls her best pout, a stylist can be glimpsed teasing out Rosie’s trademark long blonde hair. 

Clasping a plastic cup strategically, the model shows off a quote printed on the receptacle’s blank label, which reads: “Timing is everything, whether it’s love, sex, or avacados.”

But, it wasn’t the saucy and slightly leading phrase that caught her followers’ attention, as two diamond-studded sparklers on her ring finger were plain to see.

However, neither Jason or Rosie have replied to or given rise to the rumours, but some of her eagle-eyed fans noticed that she was wearing a diamond band as well as her impressive engagement ring on her left hand.

One commented: “Two rings on her wedding finger!”

“They got married?! I thought they were just engaged,” another asked.

A third said: “Is that a wedding ring set?”

Two wedding rings on her finger!’ wrote one fan, while another commented: ‘They got married?! I thought they were just engaged.’ One user was quick to congratulate the star on her ‘wedding’ saying: ‘You got married? Awwweee,said another.

Share Button

George Michael Fans Thrilled After Release of New Single!

Posted on September 21st, 2017 at 8:33 am by    

George Michael fans were rejoicing last night after the release of his new single – ‘Fantasy.’

 The new track remixed by Nile Rodgers using a B-side from Michael’s ‘Freedom 90′ single – has been branded “a masterpiece”.

Nile admitted having “mixed feelings” working on the track, just months after Michael’s death.

He said: “This process was extremely emotional for me.”

Reaction to the mix has been largely positive, with people calling it “uplifting” and “simply beautiful”.

‘Fantasy’ was one of the first songs George wrote after the monumental success of his Faith album in 1989 when he was becoming frustrated by the trappings of fame.

He abandoned the single’s poppy style and reinvented himself with a more plaintive sound on 1990’s Listen Without Prejudice. But, according to George’s manager David Austin, the singer revisited ‘Fantasy’ last year.

Austin told Radio 2’s Chris Evans: “George phoned up Nile Rodgers, his good pal, in early 2016 because the two of them have always spoken the same musical language, and Nile has reworked the record.”

The remix – which features new guitar and vocal hooks – came after George’s sisters Melanie and Yioda revealed they planned to continue their brother’s legacy through “his extraordinarily beautiful music”.

Fantasy will feature on a deluxe version of Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 / MTV Unplugged, out October 20.

Share Button

Flipping Heck! Mark Wright and Margot Robbie Have Something in Common…

Posted on September 21st, 2017 at 8:14 am by    

LA’s new Brit arrival, ‘Towie’ TV favourite Mark Wright beamed with delight during his recent encounter with Hollywood actress Margot Robbie, who got hitched in a hush-hush ceremony in December.

The hunk has been stateside this past few months re-launching his career in the U.S and if this snap is anything to go by, all seems to be going swimmingly well!

I reported how the pretty Australian blonde, 27, ‘confirmed’ her marriage to British director Tom Ackerley with a cheeky snap showing her flashing her diamond ring on her wedding finger following the ceremony.

In a similar style, Mark, who is happily married to former Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan, chose to give fans a glimpse of his chunky marital band in their hilarious Instagram image.

Suicide Squad leading lady Margot looked stylish in a pretty pink blouse and left her blonde hair ion loose, natural waves for their catch-up.

She was captured sitting at a table while Mark, dressed in a blue jumper, sidled up behind her.

Flashing identical beaming smiles, they stuck their wedding fingers up for the shot which Mark captioned: “When you join in with @margotrobbie to recreate THAT iconic pic.” Oo-er!

Fans were left in stitches at the mirror image, with one commenting: “Hhahahahahaha omg.”

Another put: “You’re taking the biscuit now geez 😂 great to see you doing so well mate x” while a third quipped: “She’s got bigger fingers than you Mark.”

Share Button