'Potter' director Yates working on 'Doctor Who' film
November 15th, 2011
06:21 PM ET

'Potter' director Yates working on 'Doctor Who' film

As "Doctor Who" enjoys a revival on the small screen, "Harry Potter" director David Yates is working to bring the classic BBC series to the movies, reports Variety.

Yates has announced that he's developing the project with the BBC, which aired the sci-fi show from 1963 to 1989. In 2005, "Doctor Who" returned, and currently stars Matt Smith.

BBC America, which airs "Doctor. Who" Stateside, tweeted Monday, "A Doctor Who feature film remains in development w/ BBC Worldwide Productions in LA. As of yet no script, cast or production crew in place."

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Steampunk: Twisting history, crafting community
Dr. Q and steampunk musicians Abney Park at the Great New England Steampunk Exhibition
November 15th, 2011
04:25 PM ET

Steampunk: Twisting history, crafting community

For devotees of Steampunk, the most appealing aspect of the community is that there’s no set of rules dictating the right way to participate.

But this fact also poses its own thorny line of questioning for outsiders: Just what is Steampunk?

Glimpses of this aesthetic can be seen in Hayao Miyazaki’s anime masterpiece “Howl’s Moving Castle,” Philip Pullman’s legendary “His Dark Materials” book trilogy, and the recent Robert Downey Jr. re-imagining of “Sherlock Holmes” – There are as many definitions as there are Steampunks.

So says Dr. Q, one of the leading luminaries of the scene.

Q is the founder of the Artifice Club, the premiere Steampunk collective in the southeast U.S.

“I think both as an aesthetic and a subculture, it’s a growing cultural movement. Since it has no set rules, and it has no formal structure – what you can or cannot do – it’s at this wonderful, all-encompassing crossroads,” he said in an interview during the Mechanical Masquerade, which Artifice Club sponsored this year.

A Steampunk costume ball that happens once a year in Atlanta, Georgia,  the Mechanical Masquerade is an opportunity for fans of the genre to commune and celebrate neo-Victoriana fashion, like-minded sensibilities and what would really happen if steam powered the gadgets that make life easier.

“Whether you’re an artist, or a musician, or a writer, or just someone who enjoys dressing up in costume, Steampunk accepts all kinds, all shapes, all flavors, and allows for an individual’s interpretation,” he said.

A DJ by trade, Dr. Q has been a heavy presence at Steampunk conventions for the last two years. The Mechanical Masquerade was a casual and lighthearted affair with an inclusive vibe, but Q is anything but casual. FULL POST

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Forget books, GoBZRK
November 15th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

Forget books, GoBZRK

When Brandon Trudel first saw mentions of “Nexus Humanus,” an organization that promises to “create sustainable happiness, one life at a time” on Twitter, he had no idea he was about to be pulled deep down inside an alternate reality and the world of BZRK.

Trudel knew it was an Alternate Reality Game (ARG), but he had never seen one styled quite like this. It was only his second ARG experience, but what kept him coming back to this one was “the weirdness.”

A steady stream of YouTube videos, curious clues and puzzles began to feed in from the four different websites: Death or Madness, the Society Twins, Nexus Humanus and GoBZRK.

Trudel spent at least ten hours a day, alongside an online community of friends, helping out the characters that had been brought to life through these sites. They were tasked with solving the riddles presented by BZRK, a nano-guerilla group opposing a power-mad duo intent on using nanotechnology to control humanity.

If this were a novel, Trudel says he wouldn’t be interested.

The 20-year-old computer science major lives on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, not through books. But this universe that author Michael Grant , publisher Egmont and entertainment studio The Shadow Gang have teamed up to create has Trudel excited for “BZRK,” the book that began it all. FULL POST

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