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Take Chances with the Heart: Six Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week

By Cindy Davis | Lists | September 15, 2013 |

By Cindy Davis | Lists | September 15, 2013 |

It’s Important Stuff Sunday!

6. NASA Launched a Rocket with an Unintended Stowaway.


The unmanned takeoff of Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) this past Friday was captured on film, and lo and behold, a last minute evacuee was spied flying through the air (NASA’s photo team confirmed authenticity of its photo). We can only hope he landed softly?

5. Peter Davison’s Participation in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Was Confirmed.


Five himself leaked the news in response to a question about the November 23rd special “The Day of the Doctor,” saying he’ll be “…making an appearance somewhere over that period of time but I can’t reveal in what. I can’t reveal anything specific about it. I’m not allowed to. It is a big year for the show and we’re all doing our bit for it. Trust me.” Davison joins Eleven, Ten and…Eight and a Half?

4. A Couple of Strong-Arms Made Their Next Moves.

Michael Shannon Signed on to 99 Homes


Shannon joins Andrew Garfield in what sounds like Shannon’s usual offbeat kind of film; Garfield is a man evicted from his foreclosed home who ends up working for the slimy broker (Shannon) that evicted him. Garfield’s desperate situation puts him in league with the enemy, and lured into committing the same corrupt acts as this man he detests. Here’s hoping there’s some twisty justice to the thing, and Garfield finds a way to pay Shannon’s broker back. Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, Man Push Cart) wrote the script and directs. 99 Homes is set for a 2014 release.

Mark Strong Joined The Imitation Game


Headhunters director Morten Tyldum takes on the story of mathematician and master codebreaker, Alan Turing—aka the “father of computer science.” Man for all film seasons, Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play Turing; he’s surrounded by a brilliant cast including Charles Dance, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and now, Strong—who’ll says he’s playing “the guy who knows everything.” Shit, I’d pay just to watch this group sitting around, drinking tea; the Turing story is just icing on my popcorn cake. Additionally, news broke Saturday that Clint Mansell (Noah, Stoker, Black Swan, The Wrestler, Pi, Requiem for a Dream) will score the film.

3. Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson Re-teamed.


Sir Ben and Lady Patricia share chemistry that sticks. The pair co-starred as lovers in Elegy; this time, it may take a little longer to fall into bed together. Learning to Drive features Clarkson as book critic Wendy, who’s blindsided by her husband leaving her for another woman. As if that’s not bummer enough, Wendy has to head to school because she doesn’t know how to drive a car. Listen, I get the whole I live in the city and I don’t need a car thing, but come on now—at least acquire that skill just in case. Or, you could get a hot foreigner (Kingsley) to teach you…Oooh, I get it now. Learning to Drive is directed by Isabel Coixet (Elegy) and scheduled for release October 15, 2014.

2. The Film Adaptation of My Favorite Book Rounded out Its Cast. (I Frantically Breathed into a Paper Bag.)


Whydotheyhavetomakeamovieoutofeverything? Somebody hold me? *taking more deep breaths* So, yeah; The Little Prince voice cast is good: Jeff Bridges, James Franco, Paul Giamatti, Benicio Del Toro, Rachel McAdams, Albert Brooks, Mackenzie Foy and possibly, Marion Cotillard as the rose. But…the Kung Fu Panda director? Is that supposed to make me feel better? (It doesn’t.) My dad gave me a copy when I was a kid, and I read it over and over until my heart was completely infused with it. I have carried it with me throughout my life; through different countries, shared the book with friends and loves and passed it on to my own children, quietly reminding myself that someday I will have to let them go. To have this beautiful book translated to anything less than perfection might break my heart.

You know, if Studio Ghibli were involved in this I might be able to breathe just a tiny bit easier, but as things stand, I still cannot.

1. We Got a Sneak Peek at the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Premiere Episode.

Have a looksie at Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson chatting up Ming Na’s Melinda May; then plant yourself by the telly until its September 24th premiere.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) would be mighty impressed if you got the lyric connection without Googling.