["David Tennant is to stand down as Doctor Who, after becoming one of the most popular Time Lords in the history of the BBC science fiction show. Tennant stepped into the Tardis in 2005, and will leave the role after four special episodes are broadcast next year. He made the announcement after winning the outstanding drama performance prize at the National Television Awards. "When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won't be with me," he said. "Now don't make me cry," he added. "I love this part, and I love this show so much that if I don't take a deep breath and move on now I never will, and you'll be wheeling me out of the Tardis in my bath chair.""]
["Very few plays make it onto film these days, and even fewer stage musicals. But there was a time when the studios depended seriously on Broadway as a source for its prestige productions. (There's been a curious flipflop in the past two decades with the B movie - action films and action comedies - now being given the lavish adornments once reserved for message/Oscar films exclusively.) Hollywood had such an unquenchable need to film plays that even stage productions that were flops and folded quickly (but were not necessarily bad) quickly became movies. To name a few..."]
3. The latest episode of Aaron Aradillas' Back By Midnight (also embedded above) is dedicated to The New World: Extended Cut. Guests include production designer Jack Fisk and HND Editor Emeritus Matt Zoller Seitz. Aaron also offers a tribute to our late, lamented friend and colleague Andrew Johnston.
["[T]onally and aesthetically the film falls somwhere between [Good Will Hunting and [My Own Private Idaho]," suggests the Playlist. "Yes, it's certainly Gus Van Sant's most classical and straight-forward work since the aforementioned Boston prodigy drama, but Milk is executed without sacrificing his signature stamp - there's subtle and little flourishes of his creative filmmaking touches that we haven't seen since his Drugstore Cowboy and Idaho days."]
["Turning your clock back on Sunday may be good for your heart. Swedish researchers looked at 20 years of records and discovered that the number of heart attacks dipped on the Monday after clocks were set back an hour, possibly because people got an extra hour of sleep. But moving clocks forward in the spring appeared to have the opposite effect. There were more heart attacks during the week after the start of daylight saving time, particularly on the first three days of the week."]
Quote of the Day: Anaïs Nin
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
Image of the Day (click to enlarge): Gaston La Touche's "The Relics," from wood s lot.
Clip of the Day: Rex Reed tells the truth.
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