Roundup: A New BBC Film Role for ‘Doctor Who’ Star Matt Smith

 Doctor Who star Matt Smith is a man of many roles and coming up shortly is his performance in the BBC television drama, Christopher and His Kind. The 90-minute film is based on British-American novelist Christopher Isherwood's autobiography of the same title, and Smith will portray Isherwood.

Our favorite Time Lord recently chatted with the press about his approach to the role, a man who endured many hardships stemmed from a strained relationship with his mother, Kathleen (played by Lindsay Duncan) and living in a repressive English society. Isherwood eventually escaped to the decadent Berlin cabaret scene of the early 1930s. Years later, he ventured to California, where he met and resided with his life partner, Don Bachardy. Smith explained that he visited Bachardy in preparation for the part.

"I went to meet Don who was very charming and inviting, and he said to me that one of Christopher's most memorable qualities was the fact that he was very quiet and very at ease," Smith revealed. "I think it's very ambitious as a piece of filmmaking. I'm very grateful for them giving me the platform and the opportunity to do it."

He added, "I think that's one of the things about being an actor, you can be anything!"

Christopher and His Kind, also starring Toby Jones, Douglas Booth, Pip Carter, and Imogen Poots, is slated to debut on BBC2 during the fall/winter season. (Digital Spy)

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In other news:

– Don't you just love all of the good tidings that come along with the holiday season? Well, we have an early prezzie for ya. British boyband JLS (Jack the Lad Swing) is gearing up to join James Corden for a Christmas special on ITV1.

The Mirror reports that the Gavin & Stacey funnyman, who is prepping for fatherhood, will be behind the camera, while JLS will act and sing in several scenes. The festive comedy hour is set to appear ahead of the 2010 X Factor semi-final.

"James got his team to refine some of the sketches, and come up with a few comedy platinum ideas of their own," said a source. "Very loosely it'll be Little Britain meets with An Audience With meets You've Been Framed, plus there's going to be a surprise, big-name act singing with the band."

– Welsh-born West End actor Luke Evans will play opposite John Cusack in the forthcoming Edgar Allen Poe revisionist tale, The Raven. The handsome thespian, who currently stars in the Stephen Frears-directed Tamara Drewe, has been cast as a detective who syncs up with the eccentric poet to find a serial killer who's allegedly kidnapped Poe's fiancée. Filming is already underway in Eastern Europe. (Deadline)

– Brit rocker and Gwen Stefani's main man Gavin Rossdale has battled constant suggestions that he had a relationship with Boy George's one time ex and inspiring British singer, Marilyn, for over 15 years. Talking with Details, the father of two comes clean on why he never addressed it in the first place.

"I think at the outset there was a sort of fear—that was right at the beginning of Bush, and I didn't want it to be part of it," said Rossdale. "It felt like a cheap shot, so I was like, "I'm not getting involved." I've never wanted to appear closed about it. It's not something I've talked about really because it's always been in the glare of a tabloid world. It's just one of those things: Move on. When you're 17, Jesus Christ. I don't think there's anything strange about any form of—you're learning about life. It's a part of growing up. That's it. No more, no less."

– Man the X Factor drama just doesn't stop. Fans are still outraged at the early dismissal of Zimbabwean-born hopeful Gamu Zhengu and her possible deportation. Now, 24-year-old Katie Waissel is saying she might quit the show after a "bullying campaign" has been set up against her. The blonde singer was apparently in tears following Monday night’s performance and a show source informed The Daily Mail, "Katie is on the brink — she's a drama queen at the best of times — but she just feels like she can’t go on.” All X Factor diehards, I want to hear from you on this! And what did you think of her version of Queen's "We Are the Champions?"

New dad Noel Gallagher seems to be enjoying life away from Oasis. He hasn't played guitar in months and fancies finding a way to get a hotel suite named in his honor. Sounds like him. Anyhow, the famed guitarist is also entertaining himself with the idea of playing with footballer Carlos Tevez. The Manchester City captain once had a band in his native Argentina and Gallagher thinks it'd be a fine idea to jam. "If he ever wants to bust the guitar out and do a bit, I'm always available," Gallagher said. (The Sun)

by MacKenzie Wilson

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