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Sporadic updates for the next week

by on Nov.30, 2010, under Sci-Fi Storm

I will have limited access to update the site itself for the next week, but I will have Twitter access – although I may not have much to post as I will be very busy with other business…however, you’ll probably get a few tweets and pics perhaps from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter again…although I expect it to be far more crowded this time, and I’ve heard that an open bar and dessert buffet is NOT standard. 🙁

So follow “scifistorm” on Twitter, or wait for the tweets to show up here (although I haven’t yet figured out why they seem to take an extra day to show up in some cases…)


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Buffy producer joins Torchwood; debut date rumblings

by on Nov.30, 2010, under Television

Although Starz Entertainment hasn’t mentioned when they plan to air the upcoming U.S.-produced season of Torchwood, there are rumblings that it could be July. In the meantime, former Buffy The Vampire Slayer producer (among other Whendonverse shows) Kelly Manners has signed on as a producer of Torchwood. So Captain Jack fans may still have several months to wait…if you need your John Barrowman fix, check out I’d Do Anything, the Andrew Lloyd Webber singing/talent competition airing on BBC America where he is a judge. Just don’t look it up on Wikipedia – its actually two and a half years old, and the article contains spoilers.


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Being Human series premiere preview: “I Am Different”

by on Nov.30, 2010, under Television

At last! Here is a preview of the U.S. version of Being Human, which premieres on Syfy on January 17th at 9PM ET/8PM CT.

Being Human follows three paranormal roommates: a ghost (Meagan Rath), a vampire (Sam Witwer) and a werewolf (Sam Huntington) and their difficulties with living double lives.
(continue reading…)


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Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series is Amazon’s Deal Of The Day

by on Nov.30, 2010, under Video/DVD

Got an email from Amazon this morning. Today only (November 30th), the Gold Box Deal Of The Day is Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series. The Blu-ray is being offered at $119.99, and the DVD set is $80.99 – both at 60% off the list price. This is a great deal if you don’t already have it, or know someone who could use it as a Christmas gift!


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Marc Singer to appear in V

by on Nov.29, 2010, under Television

Marc Singer, who starred as Marc Donovan in the original V mini-series, will appear in the 10th and final episode of the second season of the rebooted V series on ABC. He is playing an all-new character by the name of Lars Tremont, a member of a top-secret global organization consisting of military and government officials who do not believe what the Visitors are saying.

Marc’s V co-star Jane Badler is already joining the show, playing Anna’s mother, named Diana – her character’s name in the original. She debuts in the season premiere, which airs January 4th. However, the two do not share and scenes, so if you are hoping for an on-screen reunion, watch the second season to get the ratings up and hope for a third season…


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Ice Quake: Syfy’s holiday family disaster movie

by on Nov.29, 2010, under Television

Perhaps to lighten the mood after the sad news of last night/this morning, Syfy tweeted a press release for an upcoming TV movie – at least, I hope it was to lighten the mood – I at least got a chuckle: “CATACLYSMIC METHANE-FUELED EARTHQUAKES THREATEN EARTH’S SURVIVAL IN CHRISTMAS AND FAMILY THEMED SYFY SATURDAY ORIGINAL MOVIE ICE QUAKE” Nothing says family togetherness during the holidays like a good end-of-the-world TV movie…

But seriously, Ice Quake airs on Syfy on Saturday, December 11th, at 9PM ET. Brendan Fehr (CSI Miami) and Victor Garber (Alias) are featured, and also has Sharon Taylor and Ryan Grantham from Riese: Kingdom Falling.


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The Hobbit filmed for 3D with RED EPIC digital camera

by on Nov.29, 2010, under Movies

Peter Jackson will be filming The Hobbit for 3D, and he will be doing it with the brand new RED EPIC camera, the successor to the successful RED One digital camera. The EPIC will have a “5k” resolution, which means the horizontal resolution will exceed 5,000 pixels (the EPIC is reportedly 5120×2700). By comparison, “1080p” for your standard HD TV is 1920×1080. This allows for better theater projection resolutions and also allows for limited digital zooming to reframe shots without re-shoots.

The size of the EPIC makes it far more practical for 3D filming, where they have to mount two cameras together to get the stereoscopic view. Dual mounted Panavision cameras are quite heavy and bulky.


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Passings: Leslie Neilsen, Irvin Kershner

by on Nov.29, 2010, under Obituaries

Actor Leslie Neilsen, best known for his slapstick comedies but also famous in SF fandom for his serious turn as Commander J.J. Adams in the classic 1956 movie Forbidden Planet, passed away at the age of 84 due to complications from pneumonia, according to his family Sunday.

Irvin Kershner, director of The Empire Strikes Back among various movies and TV series, has also passed away at the age of 87.


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Peter Davison joining the cast of Law & Order: UK

by on Nov.27, 2010, under Television

Fifth Doctor Peter Davison will join former Tenth Doctor companion Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones) and Jamie Bamber (Lee Adama, Battlestar Galactica) on the cast of ITV’s Law & Order: UK, the British version of the long running NBC franchise. Davison will play Henry Sharpe, the new head of the CSP, during the upcoming fourth series now currently filming.


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Deathly Hallows, Part 2 will be “like a war film”

by on Nov.27, 2010, under Movies

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) recently spoke with Reuters about both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Regarding the slow pace of the first part, Radcliffe said, “In (Harry Potter) seven … people keep talking about ‘Oh it’s an action movie’ (but) … this is so sedate compared to what the next one is going to be like. The next film, because you’ve had all the plot set up already, you can just kind of enjoy the insanity of all the action.”

When asked about Rupert Grint describing Part 2 as a “war movie”, Radcliffe retorted, “They’ve all stolen my line! My pitch (for Deathly Hallows 1 and 2) was that it’s a road movie that turns into a heist movie that turns into a war film. I was saying it to Rupert and Emma (Watson) the other day. Damn it! The last movie is going to be really, really fast-paced and a load of action in it and it is like a war film. If we had done this book in one film, the stuff that would have got cut is most of this film. For me that is the most interesting part of the story, because it’s where the characters develop and change.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 will be released on July 15th, 2011.

See the whole interview here.


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