By: Associated Press
Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer fight for justice in their upcoming film, "The Lone Ranger," but their ancestors did it for real.
Genealogy research website Ancestry.com revealed Wednesday the two actors descend from historic American freedom fighters.
Hammer plays the Lone Ranger and Depp portrays his Native American sidekick, Tonto. Yet the site's historians discovered that it's Hammer with the native roots. The 26-year-old actor is a descendent of Cherokee leader and peace advocate Chief Kanagatucko, who was known as "Old Hop" or "Stalking Turkey" because of his age and gait.
Researchers said Depp's eighth great-grandmother was Elizabeth Key, the first slave in the American colonies to sue for her freedom and win. It happened in 1656 in Virginia, where some of Depp's ancestors have lived since the early 1600s.
Truth, Justice and a 7/11 nearby. That says Superman/America!
By: Gere Iverson - MSTv
This new millennium has brought a whirlwind of changes to our ever shrinking world. Changes, ranging from the microscopic to technologies to ease our daily life trials, can now add the determent of the once mighty protector of Earth to the continuous assault of new progresses.
Can it be true? Yes, unfortunately it is.
However strange, it seems the 21th century will be known for being the days when the noble man of steel, Superman, was considered a menace to the human race - and actively pursued as such.
And just as strange, for the times we currently live in, these actions seem to make perfect sense. Or at least, this is what the producers of the new film, "Man of Steel," would have you believe.
In this Friday's worldwide release of the new film, Superman will finally be given a "reality check" for his place in a much more jaded and distrustful world.
Questions will be asked of those living within the film world, (and to the moviegoers likewise), as to how the world would react to a being, living among us, with powers and abilities capable of making him a world power unto himself.
Would this being be considered a terrorist? Would he be hunted down as a constant threat to national, if not worldwide security? These are fair questions considering one of the most intense scenes involves Superman being handcuffed and under military arrest, by his own choice.
Issues like this which will be explored and addressed in this newest trek into the varied 75 year history of Superman. And in a sense, the tackling of these issues seems way overdue in any medium.
Ever since his creation in 1938, this strange visitor from another planet was just kind of "accepted" into the world, albeit fictional, at face value. Despite Superman being an individual capable of throwing people, or ocean-liners, around at a whim, no one was ever shown distrustful of him, or running in abject terror from him using his abilities.
In addition, even once his alien origins were reveled, it seemed a simple smile and an "oath" to help humans with matters they couldn't address for themselves, was enough to keep mankind placated.
Well, we three-dimensional beings all know that a world like that just wouldn't exist. And its the more realistic possibilities concerning a being of inconceivable power, walking among us, that will be touched on in the new film.
Henry Cavill, the newest wearer of the "S" insignia believes Superman, in the real world, would be absolutely terrifying to the public. He says, "In the previous movies, it was just kind of accepted that he was a superhuman, but what would happen if this dude really did exist? If he was discovered, he would probably be put in a room and experimented on."
With justifiable feelings, Cavill exclaims that his version of Clark Kent/Superman begins very low-key and nondescript. At the beginning, this version is just a drifter trying to find his place in the world. His Clark doesn't wear glasses, work at The Daily Planet or have the familiar blue and red tights convenient to do a quick -save the day- change. The movie seeks to portray Clark Kent/Superman as a lonely outcast and someone with somewhat of an identity crisis. But, don't expect a revisit of the Batman/Dark Knight pathos to play out here.
"It's just a more realistically realized version of Superman. We tried to apply logic to the story. He lives in our world. That's it. It's a straightforward protocol. We put him in our world without it being a joke. If we had made it a little lighter, it would feel like Superman of the past," said film director Zach Snyder.
This Kent/Superman lives in a very jaded and immediate world where information produces on cue. In response, producers and directors of the film did away with the clumsy and wimpy Clark of days past.
This Clark had to be more cautious in protecting himself from discovery. He begins by working odd jobs all over the world - while still serving as a silent protector - based on the values and principals instilled in him by his adoptive parents.
And even more differences have been added to more ground the character in reality. Scenes of Clark seeking solace in a church, Clark/Kal-El's questioning of his loyalties amid Earth's invasion by his people and his finding of his innate "humanity" and a sense of acceptance are all explored within the film.
Even the relationship between Lois and Clark/Superman is explored slightly differently in this newest take. Lane, played by Amy Adams, still retains her aggressive, confident female markers. But unlike previous incarnations, she finds that Superman needs her, ofttimes more than she needs him.
"The dynamic is a little different," says Adams. "I loved how this relationship between Clark and Lois allowed for a subtle chemistry and mutual respect to develop. And I just thought there was something different to be explored within their relationship that we're able to touch on a little bit in this film. She believes him, and that's really rare for Lois. There's an authenticity there."
But will all these changes transition to moviegoers acceptance and box-office gold? Warner Bros hopes so as fans worldwide wait for the June 14th release.
Warner Bros hopes that this film will launch a film franchise for them; much like Marvel did with last year's Avengers and the cinematic universe leading up to it. But, will this newer, more actualized feeling of a benevolent, all-powerful alien being here to help humanity, change all our set memories and allow us to accept a more contemporary and relevant Superman?
I, for one don't think Warner Bros is alone in being fairly confident that will happen.
Matt Smith, just before his iconic run as the 11th
Reproduced from: BBCNewsbeat
As soon as Matt Smith announced he would be leaving Doctor Who, speculation started on who would be the next actor to take on the iconic role.
Current favourite at the bookmakers is Ben Daniels, at 4-1.
He has previously starred in the Netflix remake of House of Cards as well as Merlin and Law and Order: UK.
Other favourites include Him and Her actor Russell Tovey, Rory Kinnear from Skyfall and Ben Whishaw who also starred in the Bond movie as Q.
Olivia Coleman: 1st female Doctor?
Fellow Peep Show star, Olivia Coleman, who has just won two Bafta awards, is one of the women suggested to be the first female Doctor.
Jenny Colgan, who wrote the official Doctor Who novel, told the Today programme: "Anything is possible with casting.
"I love the fact that a woman is all we have to speculate about now. If they cast an actor of colour, nobody would even bat an eye, so I think the woman thing is the only thing left for people to get curious about."
Thomas Williams says, "whoever is the new doctor needs to be unknown. New to the scene and not a current personality!"
A lot of people want to see the return of David Tennant. While others think Idris Elba, Olivia Colman, Rob Sharpe or even Russell Brand would be brilliant choices.
Matt Smith's "spectacular" exit is yet to be revealed and producers say it will stay "under wraps".
They have confirmed he will return to BBC One screens in the 50th anniversary episode on Saturday 23 November.
He stands ready to protect humanity
By: Conner James - MSTv
The summer movie event of 2013, "Man of Steel" will hit theaters world-wide on June 14th. And Warner Bros has, for the most part, been very secretive about reveling too many details about the film. That is, until today.
The studio has just released a 13-minute "Man of Steel" featurette. The mini-documentary shows action segments not yet seen, interviews and behind the scenes footage.
In this all-new revision of the classic character, Superman takes a cue from the current comics and continuity aspects of from the past 25 years.
In the film, a young Clark Kent discovers is not of this Earth; and as such, is gifted with powers and abilities beyond mortal men. Growing up as an outcast and loner, young Kent journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do.
However his origins find him first and Kent realizes the hero in him must reveal itself. If he is to save the world that adopted and accepted him from annihilation, Kent must become a Superman and the symbol of hope for all mankind.
The new movie, directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), will be opening on June 14th. In the meantime, enjoy the mini-feature below.