Archive for August, 2003
The 2003 Hugo awards were given out at Torcon 3 this weekend. No suprise, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers took Best Long Form Dramatic Presentation. Buffy took Short Form for the episode “Conversations With Dead People”, and Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer won Best Novel. Get the full winners list from the Torcon web site.
lorien1 writes “‘Babylon 5’ Still Flying High
By Martin Sieff
UPI Senior News Analyst
Published 4/30/2003 10:28 PM
WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) — Is “Babylon 5” the finest science fiction television series of all time? Obviously not quite, with the “Classic Star Trek” of the 1960s and Rod Serling’s wonderful, magical “Twilight Zone” still around. But the best sci-fi TV series of the past 30 years? For that, you should well consider it.” Read More for the whole article. Nice to see mainstream press, especially amid the success of the DVDs and Jerry Doyle’s push for a return.
It appears that Lorraine Heggessey, the current controller at BBC1, wants to bring Doctor Who back. The roadblock right now according to her is a “complicated” rights issue (perhaps Fox still has a stake in it?), although the article goes on to say that the only known issue is that some of the writers, like the late Terry Nation, owned rights to certain characters, like Nation’s Daleks, which I’m sure would be a must.
Nick Pollotta writes ” Unfortunately, due to a snafu at the printers, the Fantasy/Humor novel, “That Darn Squid God” will not be released until October 2003.
Sorry for the delay.
Nick Pollotta, www.NickPollotta.com
John Betancourt, www.WildsidePress.com
“(That Darn Squid God) Rewrites literary history, remodels London worse than the Blitz, and convinces that it is wise never to deny the supremacy of British womanhood! What more can you ask?” ANALOG
The upcoming theatrical re-release of 1979’s Alien will include a never-before-seen scene, which will apparently show the ultimate fate of the Nostromo crewmembers. According to Ridley Scott, the scene was originally removed to improve the pacing of the movie, but “now, looking at it, I thought, ‘Well, actually, it doesn’t.'”.
In case you haven’t seen the extended versions of Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers (and why not? Well, OK, The Two Towers isn’t out yet) or if you enjoy sitting through a four-hour film, New Line is releasing the extended edition to theaters in the two weeks prior to the December 17th premiere of The Return of the King, one each week.
Well, at least this is more believable than the Marilyn Manson rumor. Johnny Depp (recently in Pirates of the Carribean) has apparently met with director Tim Burton about starring as Willy Wonka in Burton’s version of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
BaronMoritani writes “Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune’s Chani, Barbara Kodetova interviewed at the Landsraad Dune site.
In her second interview with the Landsraad Dune site, Ms. Kodetova discusses her feelings reuniting with her Dune cast, her current and future projects, and her family.
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It’s finally going to happen. Production on the Red Dwarf feature film will finally in October, according to the report on Dark Horizons. Overall I felt Series 8 lacked something that made the show good – hopefully the film can bring it back, whatever it is. But can a film based on a show sprung from an established series with a cult following get the mainstream dollar in the States?