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Lucas does it again – more revisions to Star Wars

by on Aug.31, 2011, under Movies, Video/DVD

First, there was the Special Editions. Then there were the DVD versions. And now, with the upcoming Blu-ray release on September 16th, we’ve got another version.

One change we can understand – in The Phantom Menace Yoda was a puppet (much like his previous two appearances), but compared to Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith where he was CGI he just looks wrong. So now he’s been redone as CGI and looks TONS better. Take a look:
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Showtime, Spielberg, King announce Under The Dome series

by on Aug.30, 2011, under Television

This sounds interesting…Showtime has signed on for a project with Stephen Spielberg (who seems to be involved in a lot of TV projects lately) and Steven King for a TV series based on King’s 2009 novel, Under The Dome, produced by DreamWorks Television.

The premise of the book is that the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine suddenly finds itself inside a domed force field, cut off from the outside world. The inhabitants are then forced to find a way to survive.

Wasn’t there an Outer Limits episode with a similar story?


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Boxleitner says Tron 3 a “done deal”?

by on Aug.29, 2011, under Movies

No one at Disney is saying a word, but Bruce Boxleitner is. While signing autographs at the recent D23 Expo in Anaheim, the actor who played the title character said that Tron 3 is “already a done deal…it’s already in the works.” He even said that it would likely come out in 2013, but stepped back a bit and said it takes a while to make a movie. 2013 seems rather ambitious for something that the only thing we know about is that it has a writer (David DiGilio, Eight Below).

Before then, we definitely get the animated Tron: Uprising next year, and they might want feedback on that before a full green light on production.


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A sneak peek at Hunger Games

by on Aug.29, 2011, under Movies

If you missed the MTV Music Awards (yes, they still have those…) where they showed the official sneak peek of the highly anticipated The Hunger Games movie, based on the bestselling first book of a trilogy by Suzanne Collins, here’s your chance! See the very first glimpse at how the adaptation of the Suzanne Collins’ bestseller will be brought to life on the big screen on March 23, 2012! The Hunger Games is directed by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) and features an all-star cast including Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: First Class ), Josh Hutcherson (Red Dawn), Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song), Woody Harrelson (Zombieland), Elizabeth Banks (Our Idiot Brother), Donald Sutherland (Horrible Bosses) and Lenny Kravitz.

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss (Lawrence) is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy (Harrelson). If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.


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Pitch to be made for new Star Trek series?

by on Aug.26, 2011, under Television

Many have tried, none have succeeded: With such heavy hitters are Bryan Singer, William Shatner and JMS supposedly associated with Star Trek series that went nowhere, does a small production company stand a chance? We’ll see, as David Foster of 1947 Entertainment, which has a number of things in development, is apparently readying a pitch to CBS for a post-Voyager series in the old continuity, according to this interview with owner David Foster.

Interestingly, this series has been in development since 2006 under the code name S.E.T.I. (the acronym used by the real-life Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence project), between David Foster and the late Kevin Severson.

So it will be interesting to see if given the J.J. Abrams “new continuity” if there is room for a TV series in the “old continuity”.


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Malcolm McDowell, Nicholas Lea and more in Syfy’s Philadelphia Experiment

by on Aug.25, 2011, under Television

James Hibberd reports (and Syfy confirms) that actors Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Star Trek: Generations, Entourage), Nicholas Lea (V, Kyle XY), Michael Paré (Virgin Suicides, The Philadelphia Experiment), Gina Holden (Saw 3D, Final Destination, Flash Gordon), along with Ryan Robbins and Emilie Ullerup from Syfy’s Sanctuary, have joined the cast of Syfy’s update to The Philadelphia Experiment.

Based on the urban legend that an experiment in radar masking conducted by the U.S. Navy not only rendered the U.S.S. Eldridge invisible but actually temporarily transported it elsewhere, and was previously made into a 1984 movie (which starred Paré), Syfy’s remake updates it for the present day. Lea is the hero in this version, with Paré as a henchman for the film’s villain, and McDowell as the chief scientist of the original experiment.

It is expected to air in 2012.


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Syfy “Powerful Mondays” Sneak peeks for Aug. 29th

by on Aug.24, 2011, under Television

Here are the preview’s for next Monday’s Syfy “Powerful Mondays” lineup, starting at 8PM ET…oh, and Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager) joins the cast of Warehouse 13 for four episodes! In Monday’s episode “The 40th Floor,” Mulgrew plays “Jane,” a Regent of Warehouse 13 who becomes vitally important to the survival of the Warehouse, while revealing a complex past with one of the agents. As the war on the Regents continues, Jane must make a bold decision that has far-reaching impact on both the Warehouse and the team.

Also guest starring will be Sasha Roiz (Grimm, Caprica), who will return as the sinister Marcus Diamond.
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The 7th series of Doctor Who WILL all air in 2012

by on Aug.24, 2011, under Television

Remember the reports that the 7th series of Doctor Who wouldn’t all be shown in 2012, or hat budget constraints would reduce the number of episodes? Well, as part of a larger interview with The Daily Beast, executive producer Steven Moffat addressed that very specifically: “Absolute nonsense. First of all, we are airing in 2012. The only thing that’s happening is that we’re moving a bit later…There’s lots of reasons for that that will become clear quite soon…It is certainly not a reduced episode count. Do you think the BBC would really let that happen? With an average audience of 10 million?…Doctor Who’s international profile is huge. It’s never been more successful. You’re not going to reduce a show like this. The opposite is going to happen, in fact.”


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Another sneak peek at Summer Glau guest starring in tonight’s Alphas

by on Aug.22, 2011, under Television

Here is another sneak peek at tonight’s Alphas episode, “Catch and Release”, which focuses on guest star Summer Glau. In the clip, Skylar (Glau) is startled as she catches a glimpse of a team infiltrating her lab. She swiftly pulls all that she’ll need to leave including a robotic flying insect. She packs her bags and heads out just before the team covered in all black and armed enter the building. One member of the team meets eye-to-eye with her right before the building explodes. Watch the clip and be sure to tune in to Syfy at 10/9c tonight.
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2011 Hugo Award winners

by on Aug.21, 2011, under Awards, Conventions

The 2011 Hugo Awards were given out this past weekend a Revelation, the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention. Here is a list of the winners:
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