Archive for May, 2012
In next Monday’s Lost Girl, Bo and Kenzi investigate a strip club where the dancers are all Fae. Tune in to Syfy at 10/9c!
Twentieth Century Fox is looking to it’s science fiction past for it’s future, with a re-release and sequels.
Today the studio announced that after the success of the re-release of Titanic in 3D (which made $344 million worldwide), they would give the same 3D treatment to Independence Day, looking to release that July 3rd, 2013. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters will be released on August 16th, and for the holidays a movie based on the TV series/live show Walking With Dinosaurs will be released December 20th.
Then, in 2014, Fox plans to take the Spring to Summer season starting with the Steven Spielberg directed Robopocalypse on April 25th; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, on May 23rd (Memorial Day); and the next currently-untitled X-Men movie, on July 18th.
The first season of Syfy’s Alphas will be released on DVD (no Blu-ray at this time) on July 17th, 2012.
Brought together to form one extraordinary team of “Alphas” – people whose unique brain anomalies imbue them with superhuman mental and physical abilities – five seemingly ordinary citizens must take the law into their own hands while working within the government to investigate a new brand of baffling crime. An action-packed thriller starring an electrifying cast led by Primetime Emmy Award® winner and Academy Award® nominee David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum) and guest starring sci-fi icons Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation), discover a new breed of superheroes in Alphas.
Could John Carter be causing other studios to turn a more critical eye on their big budget actioners? It seems that way, with Paramount pushing back the release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation by 9 months. The studio’s original claim was to make a 3D version, but not many bought that as the sole excuse. And now it seems that there is a lot more behind the delay.
Despite having started the marketing ball rolling months ago, and getting all the merchandise in place for the original June 29th release date, it appears that poor testing results on the film has them looking at it again, to the point they may want to completely rework the story.
One item appears to be the plan to kill off Duke Hauser at the beginning of the film. Hauser is played by Channing Tatum, who is suddenly seen as a big box office draw. Killing him off early would mean seriously limiting his draw for the film. Of course, delays and re-shoots are going to cost more – more money for Paramount to potentially lose if it doesn’t solve the problem – and as John Carter showed – let the public know they’ve solved the problem.
It seems that George Lucas is finally ready to give it up and go back to making films like he used to, like he’s been saying for years.
In an upcoming issue of British magazine Empire, TheForce.net reports that in an interview Lucas said, “I’m moving away from the company, I’m moving away from all my businesses, I’m finishing all my obligations and I’m going to retire to my garage with my saw and hammer and build hobby movies. I’ve always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theatres.”
Still, we don’t know if he will really follow through this time. But at least there is hope that there won’t be any further revised versions of Star Wars…
In next Monday’s Eureka, Fargo is convinced that Holly is still inside the Matrix computer, but the DOD is determined to wipe the hard drive clean-losing Dr. Marten forever. Tune in to Syfy at 9/8c and see what happens!
In an interview with The Telegraph, British actor Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the rebooted Star Trek movies, talked a bit about fellow Brit actor Benedict Cumberbatch and his role in the upcoming Star Trek sequel – which has long been rumored to be Khan Noonian Singh, the role originated in the original series and masterfully reprised in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan by Ricardo Montalban.
“It’s not Khan,” Pegg says, however. And apparently, he’s annoyed at the whole matter. “That’s a myth. Everyone’s saying it is, but it’s not…I think people just want to have a scoop. It annoys me – it’s beyond the point to just ferret around for spoilers all the time to try to be the first to break them.”
As for the actual character, he can’t say much, but he does say he’s “not just another disgruntled alien. It’s a really interesting… sort of… thing.” Which just piques our curiosity that much further.
Here is an updated video of the opening of Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood – with captions in case you didn’t know who some of the people were.
We made a long-awaited update to the Sci-Fi TV Store today…quite a few upcoming releases in July.
On July 10th, Season 3 of Warehouse 13 is released on DVD only. Also on that day, the next two classic Doctor Who releases come out: “The Krotons” featuring Patrick Troughton, and “Death to the Daleks”, featuring Jon Pertwee.
On July 24th, the first full season of Star Trek: The Next Generation is released on Blu-ray.
And then on August 14th, two more classic Doctor Who episodes are released: The special edition of “Spearhead From Space” featuring the debut of Jon Pertwee, and “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy” featuring Sylvester McCoy.
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This weekend marks the 35th anniversary of the original release of Star Wars, later known as Star Wars Episode VI: A New Hope.
I remember when it came out, when I was 8 years old. I also remember not seeing it for a while afterwards. My parent’s work scheduled often didn’t allow going to the movies too frequently, along with taking care of my then two-year-old sister. And for weeks, lines would wrap around our little two-theater cinema behind the shopping center, which only gave one theater to the movie despite the lines. I remember friends having the first one or two series of trading cards before I actually got to see the movie. This was tough on an 8 year old SF fanatic who could tell you the plots of every episode of Star Trek within 20 seconds of the teaser act, loved Space: 1999 and would sit down with his dad to watch any SF we could find.