The Doctor arrives in Minecraft

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BBC Worldwide have announced that the award-winning virtual world game Minecraft is to receive a visit from the Doctor from September.

DOCTOR WHO COMES TO MINECRAFT ON XBOX

BBC Worldwide are delighted to announce a deal with Microsoft Studios and Mojang which will bring Doctor Who - the world’s longest running science fiction drama – to ‘Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition’.

From September 2014, Minecraft players will have access to a range of Doctor Who assets which will allow them to change their avatar to resemble their favourite characters from the show. The first pack will include a character inspired by the Twelfth Doctor as well as five other Doctors, each of their on-screen companions and some of the Doctor’s most well known adverseries including his arch-nemeses, the Daleks.

The Twelfth Doctor on Minecraft (Credit: BBC Worldwide) The Daleks on Minecraft (Credit: BBC Worldwide)

Rikesh Desai, Digital Entertainment and Games Director at BBC Worldwide says:
We’re constantly looking for new and innovative ways to bring Doctor Who content to our loyal fans. Working collaboratively with Microsoft, we’ve created an exciting new product which will allow Doctor Who fans to create their own brand new adventures in the heart of the iconic world of Minecraft.
The deal will bring more packs as time goes on, introducing many of the most recognisable characters from the past 50 years of Doctor Who. Each skin pack will feature at least six Doctors and will be released regularly following the broadcast of the first episode.

Minecraft is one of the fastest selling Xbox game of all time with over 13 million sales to date. The deal to bring Doctor Who to Minecraft builds on BBC Worldwide’s successful partnership with Microsoft, which has seen Microsoft publish Forza racing games complete with Top Gear themed challenges and features.

Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew, players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.

It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.

Available on over 84 million Xbox devices worldwide.

Packs will be available to purchase by players from the XBox Game Store, with the first pack priced at £1.99/€2.85/$2.99/$2.95AUS.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Declassified

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Agents of SHIELD Declassified

I’ve had my hands on this book for a few weeks now and while I had the opportunity to flick through it quickly when I first got it it’s taken till now for me to be able to sit down and give it my full attention.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Declassified is a must have for any fan of the show, no.. really, I’m not just saying that!

To start, it is a very nicely presented book the same size as the “Art Of…” series of books that have been released for each of the Marvel movies which is great for anyone collecting those, but rather than simply being an art book Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Declassified is much more.

The book comes in a nice slip case with the main title logo on the front and the S.H.I.E.L.D./Hydra logo from one of the “Art of the Level 7″ posters on the back.  The design and layout of the book itself fits well with the look and feel of the show.

In addition to art work and photography featured throughout, the book is jam packed full of interesting information about the series. There are profiles on each of the characters, details of various technology featured in the show, information about each episode, show history, music, crew profiles and more!

Agents of SHIELD DeclassifiedEach episode has a feature that spans several pages and includes basic details, a “Mission Briefing” summary, “Field-Op Notes” which include interesting trivia like connections with comic roots and “Running Behavioral Observations”.  Writer of the book Troy Benjamin takes readers on a journey through each episode and includes discussion with cast and crew and covers topics like writing, comic tie ins, visual effects and set building.

One of the features I really appreciate is the profiles for behind the scenes crew. The crew working behind the scenes rarely get the recognition they deserve so it’s nice to learn about those working behind the camera including people in the fields of makeup, casting, sound, scripts, stunts and so on.

I had high expectations for this book from the moment I heard about it but I’m delighted to say its more detailed and interesting than I had anticipated and a thoroughly enjoyable read. There sheer volume of information in this book will keep readers engaged for hours, this is definitely a must have for any fan of the show. I look forward with anticipation to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Declassified books for the coming seasons!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Declassified is a 240 page large format book written by Troy Benjamin and designed by Nelson Ribeiro with cover art by Geoffrey Mandel.

Additional Note: While I can’t compare it to the earlier “Art of” books, I have taken a look at the Art of Captain America The Winter Soldier and I was very disappointed with the overall quality of that book. Many of the images were dark and some of them were surprisingly poor quality. I didn’t find this issue with any of the content in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Declassified.

DUELING REVIEW: Bob’s Burgers #1

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Whedon shows Hawkeye how it's done in new Avengers images

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Nick Fury may have been in charge of the Avengers at one point, but it's still Joss Whedon who's the real boss.

Empire magazine has unveiled a handful of new images from the production of The Avengers: Age of Ultron to go along with an article on the movie published in this month's issue. The most striking of those images shows writer/director Joss Whedon giving Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) a quick lesson in how to fire his bow.

Avengers 2 Renner Whedon

We don't know anything about the scene, but I think it's safe to assume it involves a battle with Ultron and his Iron Legion army of killer androids. We've also heard for a while now that Hawkeye is going to play a bigger role in this movie than he did in the first one, so we're looking forward to seeing what Whedon has cooked up for Clint Barton.

You can read comments by Whedon and producer Kevin Feige from the accompanying article here -- in which they discuss choosing Ultron as the villain and deploying Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) Hulkbuster armor -- but in the meantime there are two more photos to peruse, one of science bros Stark and Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and the other of the two new members of the team, Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).

Hopefully we'll get to see more before The Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives on the distant date of May 1, 2015.

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Winter Soldier director hints that Captain America 3 could be the last one

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo are making the rounds in anticipation of the Sept. 9 home release of Marvel’s hit superhero flick, and they’ve revealed some very interesting tidbits about Captain America 3, including the fact that it could be the last entry in that particular franchise...which might seem like a strange thing to say given the massive financial success of the second entry in said series.

Speaking to MTV News, who asked if Captain America 3 would be the last one a la Iron Man 3, Anthony Russo had this to say:

"It is a hard question to answer because it gets to the specific of where the narratives are going. I will say this: yes, for satisfying storytelling, you want a beginning, middle and end. That’s the natural arc that we all thrive off of in narrative." He continued, "The great thing about the Marvel universe, just like the publishing, it’s a very vast, inter-connected universe, where characters will have their rise and fall, so to speak, and hand off to other characters,” Anthony Russo said. “As the cinematic universe moves forward, you may start to see the cinematic universe adopt that same pattern, as the publishing has, where there’s closure with some characters and new beginnings with other characters. How those hand-offs are made is always part of the fun."

Well, that's not THAT surprising since we already sort of expected the Captain America movies to be a trilogy — especially considering the fact that Chris Evans has signed on for six flicks: namely Cap 1, 2 and 3 and Avengers 1, 2 and 3. If, and we mean if, Sebastian Stan, who plays Steve Rogers's (Chris Evans) BFF Bucky Barnes (aka the titular Winter Soldier) and has signed on the dotted line for nine movies, becomes the next Captain America, it would be the start of a new Captain America franchise.

But, moving on.

Speaking to Movies.com, the directors also teased the storyline for Cap 3:

"We just got another incredible draft from the writers and are very excited about the film," Anthony Russo told Movies.com. "I can't divulge who is going to be in the film, but I think the fans are going to freak out when they hear about it."

Freak out, eh? Color us intrigued. About Stan’s awesome Winter Soldier, the co-director added:

"The relationship between Cap and the Winter Soldier was never resolved at the end of the last movie. Thinking about where that relationship can go is a piece of the puzzle for us for sure. That character is a wonderfully, beautifully tragic figure in the sense of is he the world's most feared assassin or is he the world's longest serving POW. Is he innocent by reason of insanity or the equivalent of it because he's been mind controlled or is he irredeemable? Is he ever going to be acceptable to Cap again as the friend that he used to be before he was the Winter Soldier? These are very philosophical, emotional questions that pique our interest and definitely form one layer of the next movie."

As for the rumored appearance of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, or any other Avenger for that matter — including Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow (who was an integral part of Winter Soldier), both directors remained tight-lipped, with Anthony Russo only offering this:

"As far as where else we want to take the character, we just want to keep moving Cap forward," says Anthony. "We wanted to push the character forward into the modern age with The Winter Soldier, and we want to keep pushing the character forward. We always want to be true to who Captain America is, but we want to surprise people about where he can go and what he's capable of. That's about as specific as I can get about where we might take him."

Captain America 3 is set to be released in theatres on May 6, 2016.

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Extended clips reveal more footage from Who's upcoming Dalek episode

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This Saturday, it's Peter Capaldi versus the Daleks, and we've got an extended look at what's in store.

Rumor has it that the BBC didn't want to bring the classic Who villains back this season, after getting plenty of mileage out of them last year in the Time War-centric 50th anniversary special "Day of the Doctor" and the 2013 Christmas special "Time of the Doctor." Capaldi's been a fan of the legendary pepper pots from Skaro since he was a kid, though, and reportedly lobbied producers to get an episode where he'd face them. This week, in his second Who story, he gets his wish with "Into the Dalek."

Here's the official BBC synopsis for the episode:

A Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship, and only the Doctor can help them now… with the Doctor facing his greatest enemy, he needs Clara by his side.

Confronted with a decision that could change the Daleks forever he is forced to examine his conscience. Will he find the answer to the question, am I a good man?

Those who watched Capaldi's premiere episode, "Deep Breath," last Saturday saw a brief trailer for "Into the Dalek" at the end, and a few weeks ago an interview with Capaldi also featured a couple of very brief snippets of footage from the episode. Now, those snippets of footage have turned into extended clips, and while they're still brief, they give us a closer look at the themes the episode will explore. 

The first clip includes a bit of footage that's been going around ever since the first trailer for the series arrived: Sitting beside Clara in the TARDIS, the Doctor asks her if he's a good man. The second clip is more plot-centric, and features a Dalek that's malfunctioned in a very interesting way. It also reveals that Capaldi's Doctor still isn't very concerned with remembering names during a nice little comedic walk-and-talk scene.

Check out the clips below.

"Into the Dalek" premieres Saturday at 9/8C on BBC America.

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12 classic horror locations (where you can actually stay)

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The Haunting

Ettington Park Hotel provided the grounds and exterior shots for this extremely scary 1963 horror film. Located in Ettington, Warwickshire, the location was provided by a local group of haunted house enthusiasts. In fact, several of the actors expressed fear when they learned they would actually be staying on location. We recommend all horror buffs stay there, especially the dead ones who are shopping around for a good place to haunt.

Lost Highway

The hotel featured towards the end of this David Lynch gem is the Amargosa Hotel in Death Valley, California. The Lost Highway, itself, runs nearby; it's California State Highway 127. The hotel has been the center of many haunting rumors, including demonic possession and being stricken with the inability to comprehend movie plots.

Suicide Forest

Aokigahara Forest is a real place that has provided the setting for many horror films. One such upcoming film, Sea of Trees, features Matthew McConaughey contemplating suicide in one of the darkest forests on Earth. His character isn't alone, as hundreds of people have chosen this particular forest as a location in which to commit suicide. You can sleep there, and if you walk far enough, you will undoubtedly come across a corpse. We imagine there's not too much of a threat from animal predators, because they've probably gotten really lazy.

Vertigo

Hitchcock's Vertigo plays on a continuous loop in the lobby of this San Francisco hotel. At the time of filming, the hotel was known as the York. The hotel, itself, is quite welcoming, and assures visitors that "While Hitchcock was known as a the Master of Suspense, guests will rarely be left waiting for anything." 

Lizzie Borden B&B

The people who run this quaint bed and breakfast are on the same page as we are: Horror tourism can be great. On a crisp morning in 1892, a man and wife were murdered with an axe. Their daughter, who lived at home at the time, was the main suspect, but ultimately acquitted. After a hundred years or so, the house was bought and turned into a bed and breakfast. You can even stay in the room where the bloody murder happened, although the rug has been replaced. Or, at least, we hope the rug has been replaced.

Friday the 13th

This classic horror camp is only open for Boy Scout summer vacations. But if you're a scout and you live in the area, we strongly recommend visiting the area where Jason's mother killed a bunch of teens. You can finally earn that "mass murderer self defense" badge.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Sure RHPS isn't straight horror, but who wouldn't want to stay here? The campy horror send up was filmed almost entirely at the Oakley Court in Windsor, London. Because it adjoins a film studio, the Oakley found itself a regular setting for horror films. Not only was Rocky Horror filmed there, but the Oakley also became home to the horror films The Reptile, The Brides of Dracula, The Plague of the Zombies, And Now the Screaming Starts!, Vampyres, and The Old Dark House

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

This horror sequel is set at a resort in the Bahamas, although filming took place in Mexico, specifically at the El Tecuan Marina Resort Costalagree in Jalisco. Your Mexican resort vacation can feature visits to many of the places where Ben Willis slashed up people with a hook. You can even simulate what it feels like to get stabbed in the stomach with a hook simply by drinking the tap water.

Twin Peaks

The breathtaking waterfall hotel in the opening credits of Twin Peaks is the Salish Lodge and Spa in Washington. Nothing else about the lodge, however, was used for the show. For a more authentic Twin Peaks experience, we recommend the Kiana Lodge, on the banks of the Puget Sound. This hotel was used for interior shots throughout the pilot. Not only was this hotel used as the interior of the Great Northern, it was also used for Josie, Pete, and Catherine's house. The sitting room was used for both the Horne dining room and Benjamin Horne's office. It makes a great place to vacation with your family, and the demons that may or may not be possessing them.

The Shining

Known as the Overlook in Stephen King's classic novel, this hotel is actually called the Stanley in real life. Located in Colorado, the site offers panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. Although King's stay there inspired his classic tale, the Kubrik adaptation did not feature footage of the hotel. Despite this, Kubrick's The Shining is shown on a continuous loop on the hotel's closed circuit television. 

The location is not without its own share of ghost stories. Staff often hear parties in the empty ballroom. Guest report seeing ghosts and finding valuables missing, although we wonder how much of that is paranormal, and how much is hotel workers actually stealing stuff and blaming ghosts. 

Wolf Creek

This grindhouse film was set at the Wolfe Creek meteorological crater in Wolfe Creek, Australia. Although all of the scenes were filmed in a different location, that location was also the site of a grisly murder. We're honestly surprised at the increase in backpacker murders in Australia, it would seem like people wandering around Aussie wilderness don't need any more help meeting an untimely demise.

The Innkeepers

While the hotel in the film was closing, the place where it was shot is still taking guests. The movie, about a 1800s ghost that haunts the inn where she died, was shot primarily on location at the Yankee Pedlar Inn. This Connecticut lodge saw all of the primary stars of The Innkeepers live in its rooms during filming. That might have actually been scary, actors get really frightening when you pull them away from their trailers.

Around the World in Twelve Days with the Twelfth Doctor

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The BBC has released a video highlighting the Doctor Who world Tour.

Meanwhile Reetu Kabra, a publicist for BBC Worldwide who set up international press coverage for the new series has been telling the BBC staff magazine, Ariel, about her highlights of the trip.
Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and the TARDIS at the historic Bosingak bell at the National Museum of Korea.  (Doctor Who World Tour - Seoul) (Credit: BBC Worldwide)Seoul

The Korean fans came out in full force as we stepped off the plane with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman reaching veritable rock star status.

More than 1,000 people attended the screening - tickets sold out in two minutes - and gave Peter and Jenna treats such as ornamental silk fans, luxury boxes of ginseng and, as expected, heaps of fan-made art. In return, Peter and Jenna greeted their audience in Korean on stage, while the media hung on their every word, frantically typing on their mind-boggling keyboards.
Credit: BBC WorldwideSydney

Our photo call at the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge attracted fans and paparazzi alike with many of the national newspapers running picture stories the following day.

It's odd to think that most British people go to Australia for the holiday of a lifetime, yet our team was there for 48 hours. We had little time to soak up the city and the jet lag was starting to creep in. But most of us got selfies with the Opera House.
Credit: BBC WorldwideNew York

The American screening took place at the iconic Ziegfeld Theatre in midtown Manhattan. A vintage yellow taxi brought the cast to the venue where photographers snapped them on a Tardis-Blue carpet. As the event began, the crowd raised their sonic screwdrivers and cheered. One fan even screamed The first Italian Doctor!

After the press rounds, we eventually made it to the Top of the Rock - the Rockefeller Centre - where we did a photo shoot against the iconic New York skyline.
Credit: BBC WorldwideMexico City

On arrival at the airport, dozens of fans greeted us with sombreros, singing made-up DW-related songs in Spanish. We could feel the warmth, physically and emotionally, of Latin America. Of all the events we put together for the world tour, the crowd in Mexico were, in my opinion, the most receptive and loudest. It was also the biggest event of the tour with more than 3,000 fans.

The morning after our arrival, a group of fans congregated outside our hotel. As I stood outside watching them, one of them actually came up to me and said "I follow you on Twitter - thank you so much for coming to Mexico". At that point, I really started to feel that we as a group - cast and crew - were connecting with fans whom we previously had little idea about. They were so immensely grateful for our visit that we couldn't help but feel overwhelmed.
Credit: BBC WorldwideRio de Janeiro

The Brazilian press had already been warmed up earlier in the year by a visit from Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss, so their appetites were whetted and ready for Peter, Jenna and Steven's arrival.

Following a successful press conference, the final screening was attended by 2,000 Brazilian fans, with Peter high-fiving people as he walked past. The morning of our departure was probably one of the most surreal of the trip - our team visited the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio.
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