Actor Matt Smith has defended taking on the role of a gay character in upcoming film based on Robert Mapplethorpe. "... to me, it doesn't matter if you're gay or straight. That has no bearing on whether you should get the part." Matt continued: "Where does it stop? Like, do we then say, do we apply that logic to going, 'OK, I've got a part, and it's playing a brother, and he's addicted to heroin.' "Do we then go to people that have only taken heroin?"
Henry Grabar: Critics will whine, as they always do, that high-speed rail can't pay for itself. But neither do highways or airports, especially when you account for their enormous externalities. What makes the failure in California so frustrating is not that it was crazy to suggest the train could sharply curtail California's intercity air travel -- but that it might have, if we'd done it right.
Media in South America have been reporting on a falling meteor that was observed by the citizens of Venezuela. The number of meteorites and the exact crash site is still being investigated. Some believe that the object fell to earth from a cloud of debris that accompanied the asteroid (89959) 2002 NT7, which approached Earth on 1 February and coincided with a fall of objects in Cuba. Others believe it to be related to 2019 asteroid CB2, which also came close to Earth this weekend.
Democrat Stacey Abrams received widespread acclaim for her televised response to Donald Trump's State of the Union speech Tuesday night and it turns out she calmed herself by watching several episodes of Doctor Who prior to going in front of the camera. "I watched about three episodes of Doctor Who and just kind of chilled out," she said, detailing her pre-speech prep. Abrams later clarified her position on which is her favorite Doctor via Twitter, while also establishing her old school Doctor Who credentials. "Tom Baker remains the one Doctor to rule them all," she wrote.
In a recent podcast with David Tennant, 63 year old Whoopi Goldberg revealed that she once pitched an American version of the iconic television series, set in New York and starring herself. "I wanted to be the first female Doctor Who," Goldberg told Tennant. "We [Americans] don't have that character who is traveling through dimension and time ... The idea of that just so made me happy, but they were like, 'Um, no.' So it's like, 'Okay. I'm cool. I understand.'"