Archive for July, 2003
Galactica, Buck Rogers stuff up for auction
by Doc on Jul.30, 2003, under General News
Looks like Glen Larson’s garage sale. eBay is going to have a live auction tomorrow (7/31) of various Sci-Fi memorabilia – mostly stuff from Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century costumes and props, including a full Twiki costume and a full Cylon costume – two expected to get the most money ($40k for Twiki). There is a fairly complete set of Erin Gray’s costumes. There are a few other items, like Cyclop’s visor from X-Men and Mystique’s wig and – well, a couple of prosthetic appliances…
Update: I missed the fact that the link points to the 4th of 8 pages – going backwards I found the true top-dollar item: Superman George Reeve’s costume (complete) – expected to reach up to $150k.
Jeremiah without JMS?
by Doc on Jul.29, 2003, under Television
I really should have posted this last week, but I’ve been working odd hours and such and have had very little time. Back on July 24th, JMS posted to rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated on UseNet after a report in the Pulse about his talk at ComicCon said that he didn’t intend to return to Jeremiah if it is renewed for a third season. Apparently it is not the network this time, like with TNT and Crusade, but the studio (MGM) being intrusive. I don’t know how intrusive MGM has been with Stargate SG-1 – things seem to work well there. My concern is whether Joe may be burning too many bridges…first TNT, then Top Cow, now MGM…
Paul Darrow get’s Blake’s 7 rights; mini-series planned
by Doc on Jul.28, 2003, under Television
BBC News is reporting that actor Paul Darrow, who played Avon in the original Blake’s 7 series, has obtained the rights to the series from the widow of creator Terry Nation (also famous for creating the Daleks). A new mini-series is planned with Darrow probably the only original actor returning, and is to take place 25 years after the series. A budget is set for $5-6M (a fortune compared to what the series probably got) and is aimed for Spring 2005. I hope somehow they bring back the Liberator. A ship where the crew doesn’t even know its capabilities and its aggravating computer are what made the series for me…
by Doc on Jul.25, 2003, under General News
I though I posted this yesterday, but I must not have saved it. I’ve made a few updates to the SciFi Storm Store, including things like the latest Doctor Who releases, The Two Towers Extended Editions, and Zena: Warrior Princess Season 2. Check it out and pre-order today!
Mini-Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
by Doc on Jul.21, 2003, under Books
I actually finished it a while ago, but I’m finally typing in a mini-review for the fifth and largest of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. In summation, I think it is probably the best book of all 5, even though it pretty much crams in every character ever mentioned before that wasn’t dead, but that didn’t stop Nearly-Headless Nick anyways…
Possible Farscape miniseries?
by Doc on Jul.18, 2003, under Television
Rumors are starting to gather. Apparently, the Jim Henson Company is doing some pre-production for a possible 4 hour Farscape miniseries to continue on where the “To be continued” series finale left off. The Hensons didn’t confirm it specifically, but they are “commited to grow the property”.
Stargate SG-1 Season 8 to be announced?
by Doc on Jul.17, 2003, under Television
Well, it looks like the SCI FI Channel still believes that Science Fiction has a place on their network. Recent reports that SFC was so pleased with the ratings for Stargate SG-1 that they went straight into talks for another season seem to have come to a conclusion, as Gateworld is reporting that next week’s TV Guide will feature the show on the cover with a picture of RDA and Michael Shanks and the line “Forget Trek! Stargate SG-1 is now sci-fi’s biggest hit! (Get ready for an underwater spin-off, too)”, the latter in reference to the proposed spin-off, Stargate: Altantis. It apparently will also act as the official announcement, as the official site and SFC are quiet so far.
Update 7/22: Everything was pretty much confirmed over the weekend at Comic Con, and the TV Guide issue is out. One thing I didn’t see mentioned before – a “beloved” character will die.
Firefly movie in the works…
by Doc on Jul.15, 2003, under Movies
Not exactly earth-shattering news, but Joss Whedon has confirmed that he is working on a Firefly feature script, and is close to a deal on the production, contingent on the script and the original cast returning. He also confirmed that the future DVD release will include the three unaired episodes as well as the gag reel and more extras.
Matrix Reloaded on DVD before Revolutions hits theaters
by Doc on Jul.15, 2003, under General News
Good news for me, since I wasn’t able to catch it in theaters – The DVD and VHS for The Matrix Reloaded hit shelves with a street price of $22 on Oct. 14th, just a few weeks before the theatrical release of The Matrix Revolutions.
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller series on DVD
by Doc on Jul.13, 2003, under General News
In 1987, Henson Associates, in conjunction with HBO and TVS (UK) produced a short-lived anthology series called The Storyteller based on the folk tales of Anthony Minghella (with e Tolkien-esque feel), considered one of Jim Henson’s finest achievements. Now, the entire nine-episode run will be available on DVD on August 26th – for an pretty low price (MSRP $24.95 – Amazon currently lists at $18.71). Some SCI FI fans may notice some genre actors in guest roles, including Jason Carter (Babylon 5) and Jan Chappell (Blake’s 7).