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October 7, 2013 | By David Ng
Patrick Bateman, the homicidal Wall Street executive of Bret Easton Ellis' ultra-gory novel "American Psycho," was memorably played by Christian Bale in the 2000 movie adaptation. For the coming stage musical version, producers have cast another British actor -- Matt Smith, the most recent star of the enduring BBC television series "Doctor Who. " The "American Psycho" musical is set to debut at London's Almeida Theatre in December. Duncan Sheik has written the music, while playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has penned the adaptation.
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November 24, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below. Before we begin, I should say that there will be a lot of spoilers ahead and also not a lot of technical explanation. The 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who,” the world's longest-running science-fiction series - in this timeline and universe, at least - has come and gone, leaving in its wake “The Day of the Doctor,” a brand-new episode full of old friends and fresh possibilities to dream on and discuss. The next-to-last episode to feature Matt Smith in the ever-revolving, ever-evolving role of the regenerating, time-space-traveling Time Lord, it also offered a brief glimpse of his successor, Peter Capaldi - the 12th or 13th Doctor, depending on how you figure it. PHOTOS: A first look at 'Day of the Doctor' It was simulcast Saturday in 75 countries around the world and shown theatrically (in 3D)
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July 25, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The 12 th Doctor in “Doctor Who's” 50-year history still hasn't been selected, but if the search keeps going, it's always possible Matt Smith may change his mind. Smith, who plays the 11 th Doctor on the long-running fantasy series, arrived alongside current companion Jenna Coleman and producer Marcus Wilson at BBC America's TCA panel on Thursday morning. And lots of questions revolved around Smith's decision earlier this year to step down from the role after four years.
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October 7, 2013 | By David Ng
Patrick Bateman, the homicidal Wall Street executive of Bret Easton Ellis' ultra-gory novel "American Psycho," was memorably played by Christian Bale in the 2000 movie adaptation. For the coming stage musical version, producers have cast another British actor -- Matt Smith, the most recent star of the enduring BBC television series "Doctor Who. " The "American Psycho" musical is set to debut at London's Almeida Theatre in December. Duncan Sheik has written the music, while playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has penned the adaptation.
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January 6, 2009 | Associated Press
The BBC says little-known actor Matt Smith will take over the title role in the long-running sci-fi series "Doctor Who." The 26-year-old is the 11th actor to star in one of Britain's most popular TV shows -- and the youngest. Smith has appeared on the London stage and starred in the political TV drama "Party Animals," but is a relative unknown. The new role will make him a major star in Britain, where "Doctor Who" regularly draws 10 million viewers per episode. Current star David Tennant plans to leave the show after four special episodes this year.
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April 17, 2010 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
That necessity is the mother of invention is nowhere more evident than in science fiction, where invention regularly breaks the bounds of what's possible in order to accomplish what's necessary. ( If we reverse the polarity on the atomic thruster terminals, Captain, maybe we can get this microwave oven started again .) In the case of the long-running sci-fi adventure series " Doctor Who," a cult hit here and a national phenomenon at home in the U.K., the practical matter of replacing the lead actor inspired what has become the hallmark of the series, and of the character: The Doctor dies, then regenerates: the same man but different; a different man, but the same.
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January 5, 1995 | LYNN SMITH, Lynn Smith is a staff writer for the Times' Life & Style section.
In "The Jungle Book," Disney's live-action version of the Rudyard Kipling classic, the Indian boy Mowgli grows up among jungle animals and must learn about love, greed and firearms after the British colonialists discover him as a totally buff and sensitive young man. (Rated PG) * They've seen the Disney cartoon. They've even read the book. But three friends agreed the live-action movie version, complete with real elephants, tigers and bears, tops them all.
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November 24, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below. Before we begin, I should say that there will be a lot of spoilers ahead and also not a lot of technical explanation. The 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who,” the world's longest-running science-fiction series - in this timeline and universe, at least - has come and gone, leaving in its wake “The Day of the Doctor,” a brand-new episode full of old friends and fresh possibilities to dream on and discuss. The next-to-last episode to feature Matt Smith in the ever-revolving, ever-evolving role of the regenerating, time-space-traveling Time Lord, it also offered a brief glimpse of his successor, Peter Capaldi - the 12th or 13th Doctor, depending on how you figure it. PHOTOS: A first look at 'Day of the Doctor' It was simulcast Saturday in 75 countries around the world and shown theatrically (in 3D)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1997
"A Latino, Yes, but Not From Inside LAPD" (Column Left, March 20) ironically brings out the problem in Los Angeles and more specifically surrounding the hiring of a high-profile official. Why is it that the next police chief has to be Latino? Should we not be looking for the best candidate possible regardless of race? We need to look beyond color and choose based on character, experience and a solid plan for a safer Los Angeles. MATT SMITH Manhattan Beach Since the decision was made not to extend Chief Willie Williams' contract, can't we find one sensible and intelligent person to end the bickering among all the parties involved?
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August 7, 2013 | By Scott Collins
This just goes to show that if you give "Doctor Who" fans something they want to see, they'll come out for it, even on a Sunday afternoon in August. BBC America's "Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor" -- a 2 p.m. special formally introducing Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the next star of the perennial sci-fi series -- was the No. 1 telecast Sunday across social media (not including sports).  It didn't do too badly in the TV ratings, either. "Doctor Who Live" scored 895,000 total viewers, according to Nielsen.
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August 7, 2013 | By Scott Collins
This just goes to show that if you give "Doctor Who" fans something they want to see, they'll come out for it, even on a Sunday afternoon in August. BBC America's "Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor" -- a 2 p.m. special formally introducing Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the next star of the perennial sci-fi series -- was the No. 1 telecast Sunday across social media (not including sports).  It didn't do too badly in the TV ratings, either. "Doctor Who Live" scored 895,000 total viewers, according to Nielsen.
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August 6, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
There is a new Doctor nearly in town: The 55-year-old Scots actor Peter Capaldi, best known this side of the Atlantic for Armando Iannucci's BBC series "The Thick of It" (loosely the model for HBO's "Veep") and film spinoff "In the Loop," and, going back some, for Bill Forsyth's "Local Hero," has been named as the next star of "Doctor Who," succeeding current Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith. (If you aren't familiar with the franchise, every new Doctor is identical with the last; only the actors change.)
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August 5, 2013 | By Chris Lee
On Sunday night, when Scottish-born actor Peter Capaldi was revealed to be taking over the magic screwdriver to portray Doctor Who in the cultishly popular BBC sci-fi series of the same name, many American fans greeted the news with some confusion. Doctor who ? Replacing Matt Smith, the on-call Doctor since 2009, Capaldi arrives as the oldest actor to portray the Time Lord since William Hartnell first embodied Doctor Who on British TV in 1963. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club Moviegoing audiences may have most recently caught Capaldi, 55, portraying a medical professional with a different relationship to the Hippocratic oath -- an actual doctor for the WHO  -- a World Health Organization medic in the Brad Pitt zombie thriller “World War Z.” And American audiences will have further chance to acquaint themselves with the Scottsman's on-screen mien through his high profile supporting roles in such films as the Wikileaks biopic “The Fifth Estate” and the Angelina Jolie fairy tale fantasy “Maleficent.” But Capaldi -- who won a 1995 Academy Award for live action short for “Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life,” which he directed - - casts a long shadow in British film.
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August 4, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
And the new Doctor is ... Peter Capaldi. The 55-year-old Scottish actor will assume the beloved "Doctor Who" role from Matt Smith. The much-anticipated announcement was made Sunday during a live presentation, "Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor" on BBC America and BBC One. A gaggle of interviews with Smith and lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat comprised the half-hour special before the big reveal was made -- wreaking havoc on Twitter....
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July 25, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The 12 th Doctor in “Doctor Who's” 50-year history still hasn't been selected, but if the search keeps going, it's always possible Matt Smith may change his mind. Smith, who plays the 11 th Doctor on the long-running fantasy series, arrived alongside current companion Jenna Coleman and producer Marcus Wilson at BBC America's TCA panel on Thursday morning. And lots of questions revolved around Smith's decision earlier this year to step down from the role after four years.
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July 3, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
No, this photo isn't from some horrfying alternate reality. It's our reality, but don't worry. The Daleks haven't actually taken the royal family hostage. Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, paid a visit to the Wales set of "Doctor Who" on Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Doctor. And apparently, the prince revealed himself to be quite the Whovian himself, at least according to Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor. "Showing them how to fly the TARDIS was a real treat and something I never thought I would be doing when I first took the role," Smith said.
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April 17, 2010
SERIES Doctor Who: The newly regenerated Doctor (Matt Smith) along with his trusted companion, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), must save the world in less than 20 minutes from galactic police officer known as the Atraxi in the season premiere (6 and 9 p.m. BBC America). The Graham Norton Show: The series returns for a new season with guests Christina Ricci; Ricky Gervais; Stephen Merchant and Pixie Lott (7:10 and 10:10 p.m. BBC America)
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March 29, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The first episode of the second half of the seventh series of the reborn "Doctor Who" - which I can't help thinking of as the first episode of the eighth series of the reborn "Doctor Who" following a very short seventh season, a Christmas episode and a 2 1/2-minute online prequel - lands in our corner of space-time Saturday, via BBC America. "The Bells of Saint John" finds 11th Doctor Matt Smith living among monks in the 13th century as he meditates on the mystery of Clara Oswin Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman)
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April 22, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The Doctor is (back) in. The second season of the adventures of the 11th Doctor — which is also, officially, the sixth series of the post-16-year-TV-hiatus 21st-century "Doctor Who," if you don't count a year of "specials" — begins Saturday on BBC America, with an emphasis on the "America. " It has been a while — whatever "a while" means in the curlicue chronologies of this time-twisting show — since the Doctor (Matt Smith) has run with recent and future traveling companions Amy (Karen Gillan)
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