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Royal Mail to release 'Doctor Who' stamps

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Sure, bow ties are cool, but stamps are even cooler.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, Britain’s Royal Mail is releasing a series of stamps featuring the 11 actors who have held the title role, the British postal service announced Wednesday. Everyone from William Hartnell, who first portrayed the Doctor from 1963-66, to Matt Smith, the current star, will be included.

And don’t forget about those pesky foes: Daleks, Oods, Weeping Angels, and a Cyberman will all get their due on a miniature sheet with Second Class stamps, along with a stamp featuring the Doctor’s time travel machine, TARDIS.
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'The Scream' to go on display at MoMa

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Expressionist agony, meet the Big Apple.

Starting in October, Edvard Munch’s 1895 painting The Scream will go on display at the Museum of Modern Art for six months, AP reports.  This is one of four versions of the painting Munch made between 1893 and 1910, and the only one that is privately owned (the rest are in Norwegian museums).  It sold at Sotheby’s in May to an anonymous patron for $120 million, making it the most expensive piece of art ever sold at auction.  This will mark the first time it has ever been publicly displayed in New York.

By now as much a staple of pop culture as an art fixture, The Scream has been imitated, parodied, and referenced by everyone from Andy Warhol to Wes Craven to BBC’s Dr. Who.  It is also an especially hot-ticket item among art thieves: in 1994 and 2004, other versions of the painting were stolen from Norway’s National Gallery and Munch Museum, respectively.

The exhibit will run from Oct. 24 to April 29.

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PopWatch Planner: 'True Blood' season ends, but the political season kicks off. Plus: Alanis, 'Lawless', and more!

We’re nearing the end of the dog days of summer, which means it’s time for summer finales, fall TV on the horizon, the political conventions getting underway, and (soon) a coveted Labor Day off. This week has True Blood wrapping up in all its gore, Alanis putting out a new jam, and Doctor Who kicking off its seventh BBC America season (but actually its 50th year on TV – wow). Have a great week!

SUNDAY
True Blood season 5 finale, 9 p.m., HBO

True Blood’s fifth season has been gory, creepy, and intense – with more sups, more death, and loads of flashbacks. Will we find out what the deal is finally with Lafayette and all those spirits? Will the Vampire wars come to a head? Will Bill and Eric emerge as friends or mortal (er, immortal) enemies? True Blood season 5 wraps Sunday, so get your mind reading skills in shape.

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HULK VS. THE 'DOCTOR WHO' PANEL VS. AMERICA!

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AS HULK WAITS FOR THE DOCTOR WHO PANEL IN HALL H TO START, THERE IS ONE NAGGING THOUGHT BUZZING AROUND HULK’S BRAIN: WE LIVE IN THE AGE OF SUPERHEROES.

WITH MOVIES LIKE THE AVENGERS AND THE DARK KNIGHT RISES DOMINATING THE MOVIE LANDSCAPE, WE ARE BEGINNING TO ACCEPT THE REALITY THAT SUPERHEROES ARE NO LONGER JUST A MERE PART OF OUR FORMAL CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT. NOR ARE THEY JUST A MERE PART OF OUR ADULT MOVIE-GOING DISPOSITION. INSTEAD, SUPERHEROES HAVE BECOME OUTRIGHT FIXTURES OF OUR CULTURAL MYTHOS; PART OF THE FABRIC OF OUR VALUES AND INTRINSIC TO OUR COLLECTIVE IDENTITY (WHAT’S NEXT? COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS WRITING FILM CRITICISM?). AND BECAUSE OF THIS PRESENCE, THE KINDS OF HEROES THAT RESONATE WITH US CANNOT HELP BUT SAY A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT OUR OWN VALUES. FOR INSTANCE, THERE IS A PART OF HULK THAT CANNOT HELP BUT WORRY ABOUT CULTURAL FIXATION ON THE DESIRE FOR A “GRITTY” AND “REALISTIC” VERSION OF BATMAN. HULK LOVES BATMAN TOO AND PERFECTLY UNDERSTANDS THAT A FAN WOULD WANT A FRANCHISE TO GROW WITH THEIR MORE ADULT SENSIBILITIES. THIS WOULD BE FINE IF THE PURPOSE WAS TO CREATE A SENSE O DISTANCE AND FEEL MORE LIKE A CHARACTER EXAMINATION, WHICH WOULD THEN REFLECTS BACK ON OURSELVES. THIS KIND OF APPROACH IS THE VERY BEST OF WHAT THE “ADULT” TREATMENT OF SUPERHEROES CAN DO. AND THERE ARE CERTAINLY TIMES THAT NOLAN’S THE DARK KNIGHT REACHES THESE HEIGHTS AND PROVIDES A TRULY INTERESTING CONCEPT. BUT ON THE WHOLE, THAT MISSION IS SO COMPLICATED BY THE FACT THAT THESE ADULT SENSIBILITIES ARE STILL SO INEXORABLY TIED TO THE “BEAT UP THE BAD GUYS” CATHARTIC AIMS OF THE GENRE THAT IT SIMPLY UNDOES ANY MORE INTELLECTUAL AIMS. IN ESSENCE, IT MAKES THE DESIRE FOR GRITTY FEEL GROSS.  TRULY, THE KINDS OF SUPERHEROES WE EMBRACE CAN ACTUALLY REVEAL OURSELVES.  AND BECAUSE OF THIS HULK CANNOT LIE AND HAS TO ADMIT THAT THERE IS A PART OF HULK THAT WAS RELIEVED WHEN THE AVENGERS RESONATED SO DEEPLY WITH AUDIENCES. NOT JUST BECAUSE THE FILM IS HUMANE, FUNNY, AND ALL-TOGETHER GREAT, BUT BECAUSE IT SHOWED THAT “GRITTY REALISM” MAY NOT BE WHAT AMERICANS ARE DESPERATELY ACHING FOR AFTER ALL.

SO JUST WHAT IN THE HECK DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH DOCTOR WHO?

EVERYTHING.

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