<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:37:50 -0400 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:37:50 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Secretly Wed in France]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:13:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jolie-pitt-450506160.jpg

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Correns, France, a spokesman for the couple said, The Associated Press reported.

Jolie, 39, and Pitt, 50, tied the knot in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends, according to the AP. Their six children participated in the wedding.

Jolie walked the aisle with her eldest sons Maddox and Pax. Zahara and Vivienne threw petals. Shiloh and Knox served as ring bearers, the spokesman told the AP.

The wedding comes after years of speculation on when the couple would officially tie the knot. Both had publicly said that they planned to but also insisted that they wouldn't marry unless the nation's laws allowed all couples to marry.

In the early days of her career, Jolie was known as much for her wild ways as for her work onscreen. In recent years she made the transition from hedonist to humanitarian by speaking publicly about pressing global issues and through her work as a special envoy on refugee issues for the United Nations.

Jolie surprised fans and industry insiders when she announced in early 2013 that she had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene the made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer. She made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored for the New York Times under the headline “My Medical Choice,” and revealed she had completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts.

The “Tomb Raider” actress wrote the she made the choice with thoughts of her six children after watching her own mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, die too young from cancer. Bertrand died in January 2007.

She also wrote that Pitt was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Southern California for "every minute of the surgeries.”

Advocates for same-sex marriage, Pitt and Jolie publicly stated they would not wed until all couples were granted the same rights. But pressure from their six children to see their parents walk down the aisle eventually swayed the couple and they announced their engagement in 2012.

“I am getting more pressure from my kids, and it is something I want to do within their lifetime, but I also feel like the time has come,” Pitt told People in November 2012. "We've had a family, we've raised the kids," Pitt added. "I am surprised how much [marriage] meant to me once you had that."

The newlyweds became involved after they appeared together in the big screen spy caper “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” in 2005. Pitt had previously dated his “Seven” co-star Gwyneth Paltrow from 1994 to 1997. He was famously married to “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston.

Pitt and Aniston met in 1998 and were married in a much publicized ceremony in Malibu in 2000. They announced their decision to split in January 2005, with Aniston filing for divorce two months later citing “irreconcilable differences.”

Jolie, the daughter of Hollywood star Jon Voight, was awarded the best supporting actress Academy Award for her role in “Girl, Interrupted.” This is her third marriage. She was married to her “Hackers” co-star Jonny Lee Miller from 1996 to 1999. Jolie wore black rubber pants and white T-shirt to her nuptials with Miller.

After a two month courtship, Jolie married actor Billy Bob Thornton in 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They met on the set of “Pushing Tin.” Jolie and Thornton announced the adoption of a son from Cambodia in March 2002, but separated three moths later. Their divorce was finalized in 2003.

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<![CDATA[Classic Hollywood Couples Then and Now]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:53:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/edtScreen+Shot+2014-08-13+at+1.14.26+PM.jpg Timeless couples of Hollywood]]> <![CDATA[Celebrity Hookups: Jolie, Pitt Tie the Knot ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:16:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/edtAP340261768390.jpg Check out which celebrities are hooking up.

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<![CDATA[Calling "Friends" Fans: Central Perk Coming to NYC]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:03:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Central-Perk-Friends-Orange-Couch-Seating-Area.jpg

If you were hunting for a Manhattan coffee shop to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the premiere of “Friends,” you needn’t search any longer.

That’s because Warner Bros. announced that it and Eight O’Clock Coffee are recreating Central Perk in a popup location in Soho next month in honor of Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe’s first TV appearances in 1994. 

The studio said that fans of the show will be able to visit for free cups of coffee and will be able to see props from the show in the coffee shop’s front windows.

Inside, fans can plop on the actual orange couch that was featured so prominently in the show. The actor who portrayed Gunther, the shop’s bright-haired barista, will also make several scheduled appearances throughout the month, and there will be weekly musical performances of Phoebe’s improvised songs, including “Smelly Cat.”

There will also be several giveaways over the course of the month, the studio said, and an area will be set up so fans can buy "Friends"-themed merchandise.

The coffee shop will open at the corner of Lafayette and Broome streets on Sept. 17 and will be open daily until Oct. 18.



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<![CDATA[Best and Worst Dressed: 2014 Emmy Awards]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:26:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/emmy-red-carpet-454162970_10.jpg From Lena Dunham's feathered ensemble to the many ruby red gowns, check out the best and worst dressed celebs on the 2014 Emmys red carpet.

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<![CDATA[MTV VMAs: Red Carpet Best and Worst Dressed]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:13:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/454100874.jpg All the hottest (and weirdest) looks from the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards' red carpet.

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<![CDATA[Handler’s Star-Studded Exit From Late-Night]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:06:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Handler-Bye.jpg

On Tuesday night, Chelsea Handler received a star-studded goodbye on the series finale of “Chelsea Lately.”

The episode began with her recurring shower bit, this time featuring Ellen DeGeneres. The daytime talk show host asked why she was never a guest on Handler’s show.

“Is it because I’m a lesbian?” DeGeneres asked.

“I didn’t even know that you were a lesbian,” Handler said. “I thought you were married to Ryan Seacrest.”

Then, actresses Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock and Mary McCormack gave Handler an intervention.

McCormack insinuated that her plans with Netflix were code for a stint in rehab, Aniston said Handler had a "foul smelling body," and Bullock told the comedian she wasn't funny.

Wrapping up the episode, a slew of celebrities sang a song for Handler’s exit. Gwen Stefani, Vanessa Hugdens, Fergie, Avril Lavigne, Miley Cyrus, Gerard Butler, Alanis Morissette and many more helped deliver the tune.

Lastly, Handler gave a heartfelt goodbye to conclude her seven-year run on the program.

"I never really got a good chance to be serious and say 'thank you,' and I want you to know that I am grateful for this career, thank you very much,” Handler said. "I'll see you on Netflix!"

Handler is slated to host a Netflix talk show that is set to begin early 2016, The Associated Press reported.

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<![CDATA[Silverman Shows "Liquid Pot" Pen on Emmys Red Carpet]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:05:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Silverman-Rancic.png

Sarah Silverman showed off her “liquid pot” pen on the Emmys red carpet, catching E! host Giuliana Rancic off guard.

First, Rancic said to Silverman as a compliment, "Hey, you're dressed like a nominee."

Silverman replied, “Why did you put the microphone in front of me, you didn't say a question, you’re just like 'hey you're a nominee.'”

Rancic then looked through the comedienne’s clutch and discovered the pen.

"This is my pot. Liquid pot," Silverman said.

“OK, moving on,” Rancic said.

Marijuana is legal in California with a valid medical marijuana prescription.

Silverman later told reporters that she was not stoned at the Emmys, saying she had "pot for later in my purse," Bloomberg News reported.

On Monday, Silverman won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for her HBO standup special “Sarah Silverman: We Are Magic.” 

“I like to have a puff at appropriate times,” Silverman reportedly said backstage after the win.

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<![CDATA[Emmys: Hottest After Parties]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:45:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/AP751245028862.jpg Your favorite stars mixing and mingling off the red carpet.

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<![CDATA[Emmys' Moving Goodbye to Robin Williams ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:05:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/emmys-454167062_10.jpg

Billy Crystal aptly played the straight man to Robin Williams for one last time at Monday’s Emmy Awards, offering a eulogy by turns gently humorous, poignant and poetic as he remembered his pal and sometimes stage partner as “the brightest star in a comedy galaxy.”

“He made us laugh – hard,” Crystal said, before clips rolled reminding us how Williams could make us laugh until it hurt by using a mere scarf as an on-ramp to a riffing frenzy.

Crystal’s understated homage marked a fitting tribute to a hyper-verbal comedic force of nature who left us too soon on August 11 at age 63. The tribute also came in a fitting setting: on television’s biggest night. Even if Williams achieved his greatest success in the movies, his career hatched on TV when he burst out of the egg as the eccentric alien Mork three dozen years ago.

Williams’ debut on "Happy Days" and subsequent run on "Mork & Mindy" introduced a mass audience to his fast-paced brand of comedy that was dazzling, even a bit subversive, and packed with rapid-fire made-for-TV pop culture references. It also was on TV where Williams' selflessness came through most with the "Comedy Relief" specials he co-hosted with Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg.

While a handful of Williams movies have yet to be released, his television career ended earlier this year with the cancellation of CBS' "The Crazy Ones," a promising show that perhaps would have been given more time to develop in a past, more forgiving media era.

Amid the shocking news of his death two weeks ago, television quickly became the natural, primary place to mourn and celebrate Williams, as talents he influenced like Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers offered emotional salutes on their late night shows.

But the tributes packed even more power coming from peers like Crystal and David Letterman, who spoke for Williams fans around the world when he said on "Late Show" last week,  "Beyond being a very talented man and a good friend and a gentleman, I am sorry I – like everybody else – had no idea that the man was in pain and that the man was suffering.”

Crystal struck a similar personal note Monday night, testifying as a witness to the brilliance of a comedy great who shared his life and joy, if not his pain, with legions of admirers.

“As genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you can imagine – supportive, protective, loving,” Crystal said. “It’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives.”

Williams’ star, he said, will shine on: “The glow will be so bright, it will warm your heart, it will make your eyes glisten and you’ll think to yourself: ‘Robin Williams, what a concept’” – a subtle play on the title of Williams’ classic comedy album “Reality…What a Concept.”

Crystal, who has played before world audiences as an Oscars host, succeeded in his most solemn and toughest mission – bringing a bittersweet smile to millions with a moving tribute that leaves us with an even greater sense of sadness for Williams' loss and a greater appreciation for the laughter he gave us.

 

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[2014 Emmy Awards: The Best Moments]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:45:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/matthew-emmy-AP399525668921_0.jpg Check out the top moments from the 2014 Emmy Awards hosted by Seth Meyers.

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<![CDATA["Mad Men" Writer Rides Bike to Emmys]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:57:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/140825-emmys-tom-smuts.jpg

"Mad Men's" Emmy-nominated writer-producer Tom Smuts peddled his bicycle about 16 miles to the awards show Monday.

Smuts, accompanied by a small group of cyclists, rode his bike in a jacket and tie from his home in Santa Monica to the 66th Primetime Emmys at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. He hoped the hour-and-a-half journey would help him avoid rush-hour traffic and raise awareness for the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition.

"I'm riding my bike to the Emmys to show that LA is a biking city - let's go!" he said in a video posted to Instagram.

His wife joined him - in a dress on a white bike - for the last leg of the trip.

When Smuts arrived, he carried his bicycle helmet onto the red carpet.

The group used #CicLAEmmys and #Bike2Emmys on Instagram and Twitter to document the trip.

AMC's "Mad Men" was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series.

Kim Baldonado and Hetty Chang contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Drew Barrymore’s Half-Sister Died From Overdose: ME]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:37:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Jessica-Barrymore-scene-pic.jpg

The half-sister of movie star Drew Barrymore was killed by acute drug and alcohol intoxication, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office announced Monday.

Jessica Barrymore, 47, had alcohol, methamphetamine, methadone (an opioid), tramadol (a narcotic-like pain reliever) and noriazepam (a Valium metabolite) in her system when she died, the medical examiner says.

Her manner of death is considered an accident.

Jessica’s body was discovered in her car along Hoover Avenue in National City on July 29. Neighbors had noticed the car parked strangely and called police to investigate.

When emergency crews responded, they confirmed she died without trying to revive her.

Drew Barrymore released a statement after learning about her half-sister’s passing, saying “Although I only met her briefly, I wish her and her loved ones as much peace as possible and I'm so incredibly sorry for their loss.”

The woman were related through their father, John Drew Barrymore Jr., who had four children through several marriages.

He and Drew’s mother Jaid were married for 13 years.

Jessica’s mother, actress Nina Wayne, had several minor television roles in the 1960s.

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<![CDATA[Emmys 2014: The Social Awards Show]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:30:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP364396985042.jpg

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<![CDATA[MTV Video Music Awards: Best Moments]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:55:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/454110238.jpg The biggest and most outrageous moments from the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

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<![CDATA[Young Jeezy Arrested in SoCal]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:00:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/08252014-jeezy-mug.jpg

Rapper Young Jeezy has been arrested in Southern California on weapons charges by police investigating a deadly shooting at Wiz Khalifa's Friday night concert in the Bay Area, police said Monday.

The rapper, whose real name is Jay Jenkins, was arrested along with five other people after Irvine police officers executed a search warrant on his tour bus Sunday night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine.

Also arrested were Kena Marshall, Peter Maynard, David Kuniansky-Altman, William Gilmore and Alexa Beason, police said.

A publicist for Young Jeezy could not immediately be reached Monday.

The six arrests follow Friday's deadly shooting of a man backstage at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, where Wiz Khalifa and Jeezy both performed Friday.

At 11:05 p.m. Friday, police responded to many calls about shots fired at the concert venue at 1 Amphitheatre Parkway. Eric Johnson, 38, of Orinda, was pronounced dead at a hospital after being shot multiple times, police said.

NBC Bay Area spoke to a man Monday night who has been working backstage at local venues for many years. He did not want his identity revealed, and he said if you have the right pass--a guest, VIP, or working crew pass--the backstage is all yours.

"I would say more often than not, no one is back there to make sure the correct people are back there," he said.

"They can walk through that back gate undeterred," he added.

Security at many venues, including Shoreline Amphitheatre, is provided by private security, not the local police department.

No one has been arrested in connection with Johnson's death, according to police.

Young Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa were on the road together as part of the Under the Influence of Music tour.

Mountain View police are requesting assistance from any witnesses to Friday's shooting, including those with any video, photos of the shooting or the moments leading up to it in the backstage area of Shoreline, police said.

Bay City News contributed to this report.
 



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<![CDATA[Latest Celeb Pics: Panic! At the Disco and More]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:05:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/454238728.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Marion "Suge" Knight Among Wounded at Nightclub Party]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:35:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/edt-165122701.jpg

Former Death Row Records head Marion "Suge" Knight was one of three people wounded during an early morning shooting at a West Hollywood nightclub, Los Angeles County Sheriffs Officials confirmed to NBC News.

The shooting was reported at 1:40 a.m. Sunday during what was billed in media reports as a pre-VMA party hosted by singer Chris Brown at the club located in the 9000 block of Sunset Boulevard.

People who said they were inside the club heard up to five gunshots.

Investigators said Knight was shot just minutes after arriving. He was able to walk out on his own.

Sources told the NBC4 I-Team that Knight was shot several times in the abdominal area. He was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Officials described the injuries to Knight as "non-life-threatening" and said he is recovering after undergoing surgery.

A man and a woman also were wounded but they were not mediately identified.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting are under investigation but authorities were not getting much cooperation from witnesses, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's official said.

It was not clear if investigators have any strong leads.

There were no arrests.

Jane Yamamoto contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Wiz Khalifa Show Canceled After Bay Area Shooting]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:57:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Wiz-Khalifa-Sued-By-Pa-Rapper.jpg

Saturday night's Wiz Khalifa show at Chula Vista's Sleep Train Amphitheatre in San Diego was canceled in the wake of a fatal shooting at Friday night's show at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif.

A Live Nation spokeswoman for Sleep Train Amphitheatre released the following statement Saturday afternoon:

"Due to an active investigation at the Shoreline Amphitheatre stemming from an incident after last night's performance, tonight’s Under the Influence of Music Tour show in Chula Vista, Calif., has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. Ticket holders should return to the point of purchase for a refund.

We abhor violence of any kind. We continue to cooperate with authorities in their investigation into last night's isolated incident, and any further inquiries need to be directed to the Mountain View Police.

Fans who purchased [tickets] through LiveNation.com or Ticketmaster.com will be automatically refunded and do not need to take any further action. If you purchased tickets at the venue box office, you may return tickets for a full refund starting Monday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Refunds will be issued via the original method of payment.""

At 2:50 p.m. Saturday, Khalifa posted via his official Twitter account:

It was quickly followed a minute later with another statement:

Mountain View police spokeswoman Shino Tanaka told The Associated Press that the shooting happened backstage at the popular Silicon Valley venue, where Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa performed Friday night. The unidentified 38-year-old man died at a local hospital Saturday after being shot multiple times during the show.

Police rushed to the outdoor venue after receiving multiple calls that shots had been fired, but officers are still looking for a male suspect believed to be in his 20s. They are asking concertgoers for photos or videos that might provide clues.

Tanaka told KTVU-TV that authorities didn't yet know how a gun made it into the amphitheatre, where patrons undergo security screening.

The immensely popular rapper rose to prominence after hitting the Hot Rap Tracks charts in 2008 with his song "Say Yeah" and broke out worldwide after his 2010 single "Black and Yellow" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His latest album, "Blacc Hollywood," was released on Aug. 19 and features guest appearances by Juicy J, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Nas and Nicki Minaj.
 



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<![CDATA[Amy Sedaris Does CPR on "The Tonight Show" ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:24:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-08-23+at+3.59.16+AM.png

Amy Sedaris stopped by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to talk about her new Netflix series and to show off her CPR skills.

Sedaris, who is the voice of a cat in an animated show “Bojack Horseman,” told Fallon that she is now CPR certified and wanted to demonstrate how it's done. 

“I have a certificate and everything,” the comedian actress said. “I was teacher’s pet.”

With dummies set up on stage, Sedaris started to explain what to do if someone is going into cardiac arrest. She ordered a member of The Roots band to call 911 and Fallon to get an automated external defibrillator (AED) kit.

“I’m the best chance you’ve got to be alive right now,” she said as she knelt on the table to do compressions.

“How about children? Kids grab something to put in their mouth and they're choking,” Fallon asked.

That's when the "Broad City” star set up a scenario of eating a chicken dinner, explaining that the “bones, chicken gizzards and feathers” are choking hazards.

"What you're going to do is really pump it out," Sedaris said as she started compressions and then squeeled as the "gizzard" spilled out of the dummy.

"Pluck you, chicken," she joked.

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<![CDATA[Fallon Channels Dr. Phil to Counsel Guests]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:11:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-08-23+at+2.14.16+AM.png After making a marriage joke in his monologue, Jimmy Fallon got a couple's reaction from the crowd and did a Dr. Phil impression while giving advice. ]]> <![CDATA[Time for a New "Doctor Who"]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:08:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DOCTOR-WHO_1_BBCA-Bugged.jpg

Just over a year ago, the BBC revealed the next resident of the TARDIS to the world amid fanfare usually reserved for the revelation of the next resident of the Vatican.

The Aug. 4, 2013, announcement of veteran Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor didn't spur any smoke, but lit a fire of anticipation that's grown into a geek-fanned inferno with his full-fledged BBC America debut set for Saturday on "Doctor Who."

The new Time Lord’s arrival carries a steep challenge to live up to the hype – as well as to the legacy of the storied British science fiction series a half-century after its debut and nine years into its internationally popular modern revival.

Capaldi's Doctor, judging from press interviews with the show’s creative team and preview snippets, is shaping up as a tougher, more caustic world-saver than his recent forerunners. Which isn't a bad thing: We may just be getting a Doctor made for our times.

At 56, Capaldi is considerably older than his three predecessors – Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith – whose Doctors boasted boyish good looks and tendencies, to differing degrees, toward quirk and sentiment. Capaldi's interpretation holds the promise of shaking up an already generally unpredictable show. With the universe in the shape it's in, perhaps we need a Doctor who gets the job done with less human handholding and more sonic screwdriver wielding.

"I don't think I know who The Doctor is anymore" Clara Oswald, the latest of The Doctor’s human companions, notes in a preview of Saturday’s eighth season premiere.

Not that The Doctor can ever be heartless: After all, he has two of them, the brilliant creative stroke that's allowed the character to "regenerate" into new forms over the last 2,000 or so years – and nearly 51 years of actors coming and going.

Capaldi is old enough to have grown up watching the original series, which ran from 1963 to 1989, tracing the time and space travels of the high-energy interstellar do-gooder. The same can be said for Steve Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the writers most responsible for giving the series new life while holding onto the old-school edition’s spirit with a Dalek-like tenacity.

Only, well, time will tell whether Capaldi can capture the hearts of this generation of "Doctor Who" fans. Check out a trailer as the new Doctor prepares to begin making house calls: 

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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