News: ‘Doctor Who Adventure Calendar’ Released Today; ‘Inside the Mind of Leonardo 3D’ Coming Soon

Hard to believe it’s the first day of December, which means 2014 is about to end. And what a year it’s been in the world of “Doctor Who,” complete with a new Doctor! Peter Capaldi is coming back for seasons 9 and 10 but there are so many conflicting reports about whether Jenna Coleman will reprise her role as Clara Oswald. It’s likely that the answer won’t be revealed until the Christmas special. While you wait, you can check out the “Adventure Calendar” which was just launched today on the BBC website. It’s based on the concept of the Advent Calendar, each day featuring a short segment on the behind-the-scenes scoop about the upcoming holiday program.

If you’re in the United States, keep watching out for the special screenings of “Inside the Mind of Leonardo 3D,” directed by Julian Jones. Peter Capaldi plays the Renaissance artist and genius, performing his monologues straight from the words of da Vinci himself. There are also plenty of stereoscopic computer effects aimed at bringing to life many of the drawings from the artist’s private journals; hence the 3D platform of the film. With such a combination of concepts, the project seems to be an intriguing and novel undertaking. The new spin is certainly welcome in a world of “straight” documentaries and Hollywood blockbusters that approach history in a dry manner or worse yet, too sensationally (in the name of generating interest or “artistic license”).

Unfortunately, the initial screening dates across selected cities were pushed back from December 5th to the 19th. I’ll be posting an in-depth review of this fantastic documentary when it finally comes out. If you’re not within range of the theaters, there may be an opportunity to attend a screening at one of the upcoming film festivals in 2015. It seems likely that more of Capaldi’s previous work will cross over to our shores, given the popularity of “Doctor Who.” And what an exciting prospect that would be!

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