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Doctor Who: Biggest Questions After Jodie Whittaker’s First Episode

Warning! SPOILERS for the Doctor Who season 11 premiere ahead!

The new season of Doctor Who finally arrived and now the world has had their first taste of Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor. The episode, “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” is exciting, scary, action-packed, and surprisingly emotional – all the elements that make up a great Doctor Who episode. It’s a brand new era for the 50+ year-old sci-fi series, and it’s only just getting started.

Along with a new Doctor, there’s a whole new cast of characters joining Whitaker on the adventure. This cast is also the most diverse cast Doctor Who has ever had, which feels like the right choice for this new era of Who, and that diversity exists both on screen and off, with season 11 including the first writers of color in the show’s history. For a television series that can go anywhere and do just about anything, it’s about time Doctor Who began branching out and including new voices.

Related: Doctor Who Season 11 Premiere Early Reviews Praise Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor

Now that the world has seen the 13th Doctor’s first episode and gotten a taste of the show’s new direction, we have a few questions that we’re very interested to see answered in the upcoming season.

  • This Page: Why Did the TARDIS Abandon The Doctor?
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Why Did The TARDIS Abandon The Doctor?

When the Doctor began regenerating from 12 into 13, the TARDIS also began to change. The console room exploded and the Doctor went tumbling out the doors. As she fell to Earth, the Doctor could only watch as the TARDIS dematerialized – abandoning her. And while the TARDIS is known to be a temperamental old thing, it doesn’t usually strand the Doctor without good reason. So where has it gone? And why?

The next episode of Doctor Who will probably reveal where the TARDIS ended up, but it could be a little while before we get a full explanation for why it disappeared in the first place. One reason might be that the TARDIS simply doesn’t care for this new version of the Doctor. As far as we know, this is the first time the Doctor has regenerated into a woman. Maybe the TARDIS just doesn’t recognize her? Or is more fond of men? Those would be rather silly explanations for why the TARDIS acted the way it did, but they aren’t entirely out of the realm of possibility.

It’s more likely, however, that the TARDIS is malfunctioning. This could be happening either as a result of the regeneration (the TARDIS also went haywire when 10 regenerated into 11) or because it’s been tampered with somehow. Whatever the reason, it’ll be up to The Doctor to reunite with her TARDIS, and in doing so, the show may just reveal more about the special bond between The Doctor and her best traveling companion.

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How Powerful Is The New Sonic Screwdriver?

The 13th Doctor isn’t only without her TARDIS in the Doctor Who season 11 premiere – she’s also without her trusty sonic screwdriver. But the Doctor is very clever, and a bit of tinkerer. With a few parts from an alien transportation pod and some Sheffield steel, she constructs her own sonic screwdriver. Well, it’s more than a screwdriver, as fans already know, but with her building her sonic screwdriver instead of receiving one from the TARDIS we have to wonder… how is it different from previous screwdivers?

In the episode, the screwdriver already appears to have a few short circuits, sparking when the Doctor first reveals it. But then, as the episode continues, it more or less performs it’s job as it should. So will the fact that this screwdriver is handcrafted from arguably lesser quality materials than a typical sonic device (sorry Sheffield steel, you just aren’t that high tech) affect how powerful it is? And more importantly, will this screwdriver work on wood?

Related: Doctor Who Season 11 Premiere Video: Jodie Whittaker Arrives On Earth

Who Will Rescue The Doctor?

At the end of the episode, as the Doctor is attempting to transport herself to the planet where her TARDIS wound up, she manages to send not just herself but Ryan, Yaz, and Graham as well. And she doesn’t actually transport them to a planet, but rather into outer space, where they’re left floating in the vacuum.

Of course, the previews for next week’s episode already reveal they’ll be rescued, but by who? The obvious guess is that it’s the other people seen on the planet in that preview. Their outfits  appear to be space suits or a uniform, suggesting they’re a crew of some sort. They may also be military, which isn’t going to sit well with the Doctor at all. Just how they rescue The Doctor and her new companions from an icy death in space remains to be seen, but perhaps the bigger question we should be asking is – why were they transported to space in the first place?

The Doctor said the signal came from the TARDIS, but there is no TARDIS where they are. And though initially it appeared as if the TARDIS abandoned the Doctor, maybe it was actually stolen? A stolen TARDIS isn’t the same as it being lost, and it would mean someone is trying to keep the Doctor away from it – in which case, season 11 might see the Doctor searching the galaxy for her TARDIS. It’s a little unlikely given that the reveal of a new TARDIS interior is almost as big of a deal as a new Doctor, but it would be an interesting twist on the typical formula. And besides, it isn’t as if the Doctor hasn’t been without their TARDIS before.

Next: Doctor Who Season 11: New Cast & Character Guide

Doctor Who season 11 continues next Sunday with ‘The Ghost Monument’ at 8pm/7c on BBC America.



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2018-10-07 04:10:37 – Sarah Moran

How To Watch UFC 229: McGregor vs Khabib Online

UFC 229: Khabib vs McGregor is set to begin later today at 9pm EST on Saturday, October 6, 2018, and if you’re not attending the fights in person at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, you’ll be joining the millions around the world watching to see McGregor’s first fight since Mayweather – against a fighter he hated enough to attack a bus, risking his career.

Pay-per-view pricing seems reasonable in comparison to paying a door charge at a sports bar. And with MMAFighting reporting paydays of $3 million and $2 million for McGregor and Khabib, respectively, in anticipation of the pay-per-view numbers they’ll bring in… it’ll be packed everywhere tonight. So here are a few options to watch the big fight at home and/or with family and friends!

Where can I order and watch UFC 229 Fights Online?

On Cable TV you can order McGregor vs. Khabib from a range of providers, so head to that link to find your own and order ahead of time. If you prefer to watch the fight on your computer, you can order UFC 229 directly through the company’s website, then choose to view it on a wide range of streaming devices – Xbox One, Apple TV, amazon Fire TV, iPod, iPod Touch, iPad, Roku, Android, Chromecast, and select Smart TVs. Check out UFC’s website for a full guide to supported devices.

How much does the fight cost to watch?

Purchasing UFC 229 will cost $54.99 for SD, and $64.99 for HD in the United States, and as usual, buyers have the option to buy the pay-per-view with an added 6-month trial of the UFC Fight Pass for $91.96. The Fight Pass grants access to the preliminary fights throughout the day.

When does the McGregor-Khabib Fight Actually Start?

There’s a full evening of fights in store for UFC fans, with the prelims beginning at 6:30pm EST through the Fight Pass, and local stations. With 7 fights planned in the prelims, followed by 5 more on the main card starting at 10pm EST, that puts the start of the Khabib-McGregor fight no earlier than 12am EST. Best get settled in to enjoy the other fights in store, which we’ll list here for convenience.

Fight Pass Exclusive Prelims

  • Ryan LaFlare vs Tony Martin (Welterweight)
  • Gray Maynard vs Nik Lentz (Lightweight)
  • Lina Lansberg vs Yana Kunitskaya (Women’s Bantamweight)

Prelims (Local Broadcasts)

  • Scott Holtzman vs Alan Patrick (Lightweight)
  • Aspen Ladd vs Tonya Evinger (Women’s Featherweight)
  • Vicente Luque vs Jalin Turner (Welterweight)
  • Sergio Pettis vs Jussier Formiga (Flyweight)

Main Card (PPV Only)

  • Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig (Women’s Strawweight)
  • Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov (Heavyweight)
  • Ovince Saint Preux vs Dominick Reyes (Light Heavyweight)
  • Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis (Lightweight)
  • ***Championship: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor***

Are there other ways to watch the Khabib v  s McGregor fight?

Absolutely. Since McGregor’s last fight against Floyd Mayweather racked up close to 3 million illegal viewers, searching social media for unauthorized livestreams will probably turn up a feed eventually. The other way is setting up a digital livestream through a program like Kodi, but that’s for the advanced, risk-seeking UFC fan – and will take some time to set up if you’re not familiar. Here are some tips to setting that up for online viewing. But remember: if you’re not paying for it, what you’re doing is probably illegal!

More: McGregor-Mayweather Fight Made Box Office’s Top 10

Source: UFC, MMAFighting



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2018-10-06 01:10:12 – Andrew Dyce

Mortal Engines Footage Description: First 25 Minutes Debuts At NYCC

Following The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Peter Jackson returns as a producer on Mortal Engines, and at the movie’s New York Comic Con panel, the first 25 minutes of footage debuted; we offer a brief breakdown of what’s included.

Adapted from Philip Reeve’s novel of the same name, Mortal Engines takes place in a futuristic world where cities are moving beasts that roam the world searching for fuel to keep moving. Meanwhile, smaller also mobile towns have become the prey of larger city-states like London. The film follows Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), a fugitive with a deadly grudge against London’s Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving). Hester runs across historian Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) as she attempts to defeat Valentine and protect smaller cities and towns from the insatiable hunger that is London.

Related: Mortal Engines Trailer #2 Debuts At NYCC

Ahead of the film’s release in December, Jackson, Mortal Engines director Christian Rivers and members of the cast appeared on a panel at NYCC. Prior to a Q&A with the cast and filmmakers during the Mortal Engines NYCC panel, Andy Serkis presented the first 25 minutes of the movie. Much of the opening footage focused on building out the world of Mortal Engines. The film kicks off with an opening monologue setting the stage for the post-apocalyptic world (what Jackson refers to as a “post-post-apocalyptic” world) following the 60-Minute War that destroyed society as we know it.

After the voiceover, viewers get to meet Hester, who’s on a cliff and spots the approaching predator city of London. Once she sees the oncoming, mobile city, Hester runs back to a grouping of smaller, mobile towns that break apart and start running from London. Hester is stuck on one town that can’t seem to get its engines started and winds up being the “prey” pursued by London. The town flees across the open land, which Jackson referred to as “the great hunting ground” (essentially, where Europe used to be). The chase sequence continues for much of the opening, as the smaller town is chased by London and attempts to lose the larger city-state amid some foothills. While the sequence is filled with tension, the town is eventually caught by London and “ingested.”

On board London, Tom meets Katherine Valentine (Leila George) at the London Museum, where he shows her some of the artifacts he’s collected to help with her research into the 60-Minute War. Tom shows Katherine a video of a pre-war city being destroyed using some kind of quantum technology. Then, Tom reveals he’s been collecting similarly dangerous technology, some of which has been stolen. Once London ingests the smaller town, Tom is tasked with going down to sort through it for valuable artifacts, and he’s accompanied by Katherine. There, they meet Thaddeus, but Hester is lurking in the crowd of people moving from the town into London. When she has a moment, she attempts to assassinate Thaddeus, but she’s stopped by Tom and has to flee.

The final sequence of the footage screened includes a foot chase through the ingested mining town as Hester runs from Tom and Thaddeus (though the latter is following more slowly due to the injury Hester inflicted). Hester flees from Tom through the town as it’s being destroyed by massive saws and metal jaws. Eventually, she reaches a platform that overlooks a tunnel out of London and she jumps. Tom catches her and Hester tells him to ask Thaddeus about her mother, revealing that Thaddeus murdered her mother. Then she forces Tom to drop her and when Tom does mention to Thaddeus what Hester said, Thaddeus pushes Tom down the tunnel and out of London.

Altogether, the footage shown at NYCC for Mortal Engines introduced an expansive world akin to that of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit with sweeping, beautiful visuals. It remains to be seen if Mortal Engines turns out to be a massive blockbuster success on par with the trilogies for which Jackson is most well known. But, with Jackson on board as a producer and Rivers at the helm, it’s clear Mortal Engines will provide some stunning sequences for moviegoers – which they’ll get to see when the film hits theaters in December.

Next: The Biggest Changes Mortal Engines Makes to the Book



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2018-10-05 12:10:02 – Molly Freeman

Searching Review: John Cho Shines In Suspenseful Tech Thriller



Searching is a suspenseful drama, buoyed by its innovative filmmaking style and collection of strong performances by its leads.

Premiering at Sundance earlier this year, the new thriller Searching is now playing in theaters nationwide. Marking the debut of director Aneesh Chagnaty (who also wrote the script), the film is noteworthy for the way in which it tells its story. Searching is set almost entirely on electronic screens, illustrating how technology is an integral part of our lives – for better or worse. That could run the risk of becoming a simple gimmick to make its tried-and-true premise more “modern” for today’s audiences, but the end result is something far more than a simple experiment. Searching is a suspenseful drama, buoyed by its innovative filmmaking style and collection of strong performances by its leads.

David Kim (John Cho) and his wife Pam (Sara Sohn) are two loving parents to their daughter Margot (Michelle La). Over the course of Margot’s childhood, the family chronicles their adventures on their computer, with photos and videos commemorating Margot’s first days of school, her piano lessons, and other special occasions. However, right before Margot begins high school, the Kims are rocked by a tragedy and struggle to adjust to their new lives in the aftermath.

On a night when Margot stays late at a friend’s house for a study group, David falls asleep before she gets back home. The following day, David becomes troubled when Margot doesn’t respond to any of his messages. Filing a missing persons report, David joins forces with Detective Vick (Debra Messing), and the two work together to uncover any clues they possibly can – including whatever’s stored in Margot’s laptop – in an effort to find Margot, before something terrible happens.

As indicated above, Searching is told via computer and smartphone screens, a device that helps elevate the final product. The decision to have the mystery unfold through the devices that consume our everyday existence helps complement the movie’s themes about personal connections and the dangers (and benefits) of technology. Chagnaty never feels limited by working on this canvas, keeping the proceedings visually engaging throughout Searching’s taut runtime and making something mundane like a web search feel very dramatic. There are some neat tricks on display (see: the “sleep screen” transitions to indicate it’s a new day), and the technology component helps Searching feel fresh and unique, despite the on-paper setup (teenage daughter disappears) being familiar.

Searching isn’t just an exercise for a showy new style. It helps greatly that Cho gives one of his finest performances as David. One does not need to be a parent to empathize with his character, with the actor brilliantly portraying the desperation of the situation. What makes Cho’s turn stand out even more is that he has an opportunity to explore various sides of David, taking part in some actions that are morally questionable (but justifiable from his point of view), forcing the audience to contemplate what they would do if they were going through the same thing. Cho has to do much of the heavy lifting and carries Searching on his shoulders, proving he’s a more-than-capable leading man.

With much of the focus on David’s predicament and search for Margot, the supporting cast has less to do by comparison, but are still solid in their parts. Messing is a strong authoritarian presence as Vick, serving as a nice foil for the increasingly concerned and despondent David. The two stars play off each other nicely, despite most of their interactions taking place through FaceTime video chats. Joseph Lee is also good as Peter, David’s stoner brother, who has more layers than one might initially think. As for La’s Margot, she is a little more than just a human MacGuffin, as there are important moments of character shading that clue the audience into the kind of person Margot is. Admittedly, La doesn’t have the biggest role, but she makes for a convincing teenager in her brief scenes.

Even if Searching didn’t make effective use of its technology angle, the core story would still work due to Chagnaty’s script, which packs an emotional punch from its first moments and never holds back. It’s hard to not get caught up in the mystery, and viewers should have fun trying to piece together all the evidence as it comes in. Chagnaty does a solid job keeping viewers on their toes, weaving in several possible leads relatively seamlessly so Searching never feels predictable. In some respects, it actually subverts certain tropes with its twists, making it all the more satisfying an experience.

In the end, Searching is a most pleasant surprise at the tail end of summer, serving up a gripping narrative and an outside-the-box concept that works in spades. Chagnaty announces himself as a director to watch, and it’ll be interesting to see where his filmmaking career goes from here. For those looking for a reprieve from the bigger studio tentpoles of the past few months or something creative to bide the time until the Oscar hopefuls start popping up in theaters, Searching is definitely one to check out on the big screen.

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Searching is now playing in U.S. theaters. It runs 102 minutes and is rated PG-13 for thematic content, some drug and sexual references, and for language.

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John Cho Interview: Searching



John Cho is an actor best known for his comedic roles, especially in the Harold & Kumar and American Pie franchises. He has gotten action roles like Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek film series.  Now, Cho gets to show off his dramatic side in his newest film Searching. He plays David Kim, a father whose daughter goes missing at college.  Told mostly from the point-of-view of smartphones and computer screens, Cho pushes himself as an actor in this thriller.

Screen Rant: John, amazing job on this film. You guys started off, give me this Up moment from like the Pixar film in it, and then it just kind of breaks down from there. This film has a lot to do with technology, but its core and its heart, it’s about a father and what he would do a for his daughter. How far he’d go for his daughter. Why did this story resonate with you?

John Cho: First of all, the character was someone I could really, really easily relate to. Soon as your wife gets pregnant, you start worrying.  That worrying muscle is born and before your kids born. And it never really lets up. So, I get that. I was really excited about doing… contributing to this genre, make, playing in this particular sandbox. Because I hadn’t done this kind of movie, hadn’t done a thriller. I like them. They’re making less and less of them. And so, that was the real pull for me.

Screen Rant: It was crazy, because watching this film, I almost felt like I was almost living it with you.  And at times, during particular times in the film, you also, not only as an actor, but you’re also kind of playing a camera operator in a lot of scenes too. How difficult was that as an actor? Because you’re trained not to look at a camera. And in this film, you’re almost trained to have to look at a camera. So, how difficult was that for you?

John Cho: It was just weird. I mean, it was unsettling because I’m just doing everything the opposite of what I typically do. So, I just didn’t get a real rhythm going and I think maybe some of the discomfort was probably useful. I just didn’t have any handles to hold onto while making this movie. Yeah, it was unusual.

Screen Rant: Another part of this film that I really enjoyed was the story’s pretty deep. So, when you first opened the script and started reading through it, and you knew kind of what it was, what was your first initial reactions to that?

John Cho: I mean, there was a lot of huh, what, how? And the ending, I didn’t see coming. Did you see coming?

Screen Rant: No. But when you start seeing pieces click together and you can almost hear our audience be like, oh! It was those audible gasps.

John Cho: Yeah. So, for me, I said, all we have to do is advance the story. I didn’t sweat my acting that much, because I thought this story so good. All we have to do is stay true to… just tell the story. It’s a great who-done-it.

Screen Rant: Right, right, right. I mean, the story also touches on the downside of social media and technology, but also the helpfulness of it as well. What do you want people to take away from that?

John Cho: I don’t know if I’m trying to put anything out there, but for me I came to the realization that I’m online a lot more than I was willing to admit.  We’re just… I just thought it wasn’t online that much, but if you add up those minutes, it’s just, it’s a lot very quickly.

Screen Rant: A lot of self-reflection on this guy too once after seeing the movie.

John Cho: Oh yeah?

Screen Rant: A little bit. So, just changing gears for a second. A couple of weeks ago I was talking to Simon Pegg and he’s really –

John Cho: Who’s that? [playing confused]

Screen Rant: Your buddy Simon Pegg from Star Trek.

John Cho: That doesn’t ring a bell.

Screen Rant: He talked about how excited he was to for Star Trek 4. And now I know the Quintin Tarantino is a possibly doing a Star Trek? Where would you want to see that franchise go?

John Cho: Listen, the answer, it sounds trite, but goes where it always does. Which is, comment on the world we’re living in. Give us hope for… I feel like Star Trek appeals to the better angels that are in our nature. And…is that the phrase better angels in our nature?

Screen Rant: It is now.

John Cho: It is now. And so, I think it appeals to the best in humanity. And so, I’m sure wherever it goes it will be thinking about where we are as a people and how we can get better. And that is what I love about Star Trek.

MORE: Watch The Searching Trailer



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Does Searching Have An After-Credits Scene?



Searching is a cutting-edge movie that tells its story entirely from within a computer – is it forward-thinking enough to include an after-credits scene?

Directed by Aneesh Chaganty and produced using Timur Bekmambetov’s groundbreaking Screenlife technology, Searching is a missing person drama told from the computer screen of increasingly-panicked father David Kim (John Cho). His daughter, Margot, disappears unexpectedly one night and through some very modern sleuthing (think a Facebook-Gmail-Hotmail password thread) begins to discover her darker-than-expected actions and create a personal list of subjects. The killer reveal is pretty twisted, something we’ll explore properly in our comprehensive ending explainer. For now, we’re interested in what comes after that end.

Watch: Searching Movie Trailer

If you’re waiting at the end of the movie and are unsure whether there’ll be anything extra hidden, you needn’t worry: Searching doesn’t have an after-credits scene. As always, the credits do highlight all the work put into the obviously rather technical film so are worth sitting through, but there’s no stinger scene to see.

It would have been rather easy for Searching to slip a final coda in given the medium of the film; a further text conversation or Skype chat would be easy enough, while an ambling Facebook search would certainly be a humorous way to present how computers are used most of the time. Of course, this isn’t exactly a Marvel film, so a further sting isn’t required, and it could break up the rather heartfelt note the film otherwise ends on.

Indeed, it’s not like a post-credits scene would be setting up a Searching 2. While the film has received strong reviews since it debuted at Sundance 2018, the story doesn’t really lend itself to more adventures – Margot’s disappearance is resolved and David is able to move on. Any further conflict on this scale would inevitably feel contrived.

That doesn’t mean this will be the last time you see a computer on screen. Unfriended: Dark Web is still in theaters, and Bekmambetov has made clear he intends Screenlife to be his future as a producer. Given the success of Searching, it wouldn’t be out of the question to expect Chaganty or Cho to return for more.

Next: Movies We’re Looking Forward To In August 2018



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