Matt Smith’s Malcolm McDowell Cosplay

Hey, c’mon, doesn’t he look like McDowell in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE? Huh? Huh?

Matt Smith as Malcolm McDowell

Uh-oh, this doesn’t mean Matt’s gonna grow up and play evil alte cockers all the time, does it?

Not Matt Smith Malcolm McDowell

And here’s what Matt was all dressed up for – the 2012 Comic-Con DOCTOR WHO Question & Answer:

Erik Bork Screenwriting Webinar

We just learned that Erik Bork, writer-producer on the HBO miniseries BAND OF BROTHERS and FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, is holding a webinar on “Creating Original Series Ideas and Writing Spec Pilots” on August 1, 2012.

We don’t know Erik, and he doesn’t know us, but the two HBO projects won him two Emmys and two Golden Globes so he probably knows his stuff. Ergo, we recommend him.

You can get more info, and sign up, at the Writers Store. Oh, and tell ’em TVWriter™ sent you. (No, that won’t do anything special for you, but, who knows, maybe it’ll, oh, let’s say maybe it’ll “reflect well” on us.

And if you do go, let us know how it went!

Robert Downey Jr. Enjoys Comic-Con

A drug counselor friend of ours says that addicts  “lose” all the years in which they’re addicted. Get too attached to your drug of choice at, say 8, and if/when you ever get out of a successful rehab (say at 42), your emotional age will still be 8.  Which isn’t necessarily a negative…especially if you’re an actor:

Episodes You Must See to Truly Appreciate BREAKING BAD

From creator Vince Gilligan’s lips to our ears:

‘Breaking Bad’: 11 episodes you need to watch, with suggestions from creator Vince Gilligan
by Rick Porter

“Pilot”/”Cat’s in the Bag …”/”… and the Bag’s in the River”: Gilligan suggests watching the first three episodes of the series in one shot, as it introduces Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) dilemma — stricken with cancer, the high-school chemistry teacher decides to start cooking meth to earn extra money for his family — and “kind of set up who Walt is.”

“If you’re not into it by the third episode, it’s not for you,” he says. “No harm, no foul, and move on. That’s my best advice.”

“4 Days Out”: A Gilligan pick, the ninth episode of Season 2 (pictured above) finds Walt and his meth-cooking partner Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) stuck in the desert after the battery in their RV dies during a marathon cook. It’s a great look at what is becoming a very complicated relationship between these two unlikely partners.

“Phoenix”: Season 2’s penultimate episode is one where the show’s title really begins to manifest itself: Walt has a chance to help a dying woman but doesn’t take it. He’s horrified by what he’s done, but you can practically see him doing a cost-benefit analysis in his head as the situation unfolds.

“No Mas”: The third-season premiere is another of Gilligan’s favorites. The opening sequence alone, following two mysterious men literally crawling through the desert, is worth the price of admission and signals that Walt’s world is about to get much bigger and much more complicated.

“Half Measures”/”Full Measure”/”Box Cutter”: The final two episodes of Season 3 and the opener of Season 4 essentially tell one big story, with Walt and Jesse desperately working to get out from under Gus Fring’s (Giancarlo Esposito) thumb. Taken together, they’re also a master class in hold-your-breath storytelling.

“Problem Dog”: Episode 7 of Season 4 finds Walt hatching a plan to kill Gus, with Jesse as the triggerman; Gus trying to split Walt and Jesse by bringing Jesse into his confidence; and Walt’s DEA agent brother-in-law, Hank (Dean Norris), getting closer and closer to putting the pieces together. Norris gives a spellbinding summary of his case to close the episode.

“Face Off”: The (literally) explosive Season 4 finale puts Walt in a very different place from where he started the show and sets up the coming season, which picks up more or less immediately afterward.

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Friendly reminder: BREAKING BAD comes back for its final season tonight at 10 pm Eastern Time on AMC, although way too many of us won’t get to see it.

Superman shows up at Comic Con

Well hello there, Henry.

by Kathy Fuller

‘Man Of Steel’ Footage Debuts At Comic-Con As Zach Snyder Introduces Superman Actor Henry Cavill
by Sandy Cohen 

SAN DIEGO — There are lots of people dressed like Superman at Comic-Con, but the real guy – or at least the actor playing him in the latest Superman film – made a surprise appearance at the fan festival.

“Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder presented new footage from the film on Saturday and introduced star Henry Cavill to an audience of more than 6,000 fans.

The British actor said “it’s a dream come true” to play the iconic superhero, but confessed “it is pretty intense.”

The footage showed Clark Kent as a boy and Cavill in his super suit, along with glimpses of co-stars Amy Adams and Russell Crowe.

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After seeing the dreadful IMMORTALS the other day, this makes the fan gurl in me very happy. Nice supporting cast, Christopher Nolan as producer…it gives me hope, people! And as for that pesky Batman v. Superman question? I think you know my answer.

EDITED BY LB TO ADD: io9 has an equally interesting report on MAN OF STEEL, emphasizing “a more alienated Superman…someone who has felt different all his life, and is rebelling against society.” FWIW, I love this take. Because I love Superman and think that anything that can be done to make his character more interesting to our current, saturated society, should be.

I also confess to being a major Zack Snyder fan because of something that makes so many other fans furious: He had the courage to take that dumb squid out of WATCHMEN. (Yeah, I know – I’m ready for the angry email/comments to arrive.)