Archive for September, 2005
The creator of my favorite web comics, Real Life, had the opportunity to attend the LA Premiere of Serenity. You can read his account on the main page (at least until it bumps into the archives). This goes to show that some people understand and enjoy fandom. Skip back to Wednesday’s comic for a couple of comics related to it. I was offered attendance, but I was on the wrong side of the country, and too busy… 🙁
Ian Failes writes “Hi, thought you might be interested in this interview about Serenity’s visual effects:
“WARNING This DVD may cause SEVERE nostalgia for 1973! Side effects include laughter, amusement and fun. Best when taken with cereal..” Thus says the label on the wrapper. If you’re old enough to remember this show, or young and curious, click Read More and read about Sigmund and the Sea Monsters: The Complete First Season.
I’m not sure what the criteria exactly was (I sure wouldn’t place some of the shows where they were), but Boston.com is running Boston.com’s Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Shows of All Time. Some surprises – the new Battlestar Galactica took the Number 2 spot – and could have been #1 if it wasn’t so new. And Babylon 5 gets some recognition (which often seems lost on the media) at the appropriate #5 spot. Of course there were omissions – Farscape is notably nowhere to be found.
If you’re my age, you remember pretty much anything made by Sid and Marty Krofft with a special kind of fondness. Forget the hokiness, the bad special effects, the talking hats – you can’t help become a child again when these are on. The latest to get the DVD treatment is Sigmund and the Sea Monsters: The Complete First Season from 1973, starring Johnny Whitaker (Family Affair) and Mark Wickes (Sister Act) and several salads gone wrong – err, “sea monsters”. Read More for part of the press release, and I should have a review soon. Also, I’ve reorganized the Sci-Fi TV Store to create a “Krofft Shows” section and moved “Land of the Lost” there.
Universal Studios Hollywood will be hosting the Serenity Fan Fest this Saturday, September 24th from 2pm-4pm. Creator Joss Whedon and cast members Summer Glau (River Tam), Adam Baldwin (Jayne Cobb), Morena Baccarin (Inara Serra) will be there, along with special effects and prop exhibits. It is free with regular admission, and all you Browncoats get a discount. Serenity opens on the 30th.
All but one of the crew of the Firefly are signed for two sequels – assuming Serenity proves to be a hit. Only Nathan Fillion (Capt. Malcolm Reynolds) wouldn’t confirm if he was signed, although Joss Whedon (creator/writer/director) said the entire cast was likely to return.
Moviefone is offering the latest trailer for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In it you’ll see the arrival of the other schools, Viktor Krum, Fleur Delacour and Cho Chang, plus clips of the Tri-Wizard Tournament and what appears to be scenes from the Quidditch World Cup.
Robert Wise, the Oscar winning director probably best known to SF fans as having directed Star Trek: The Motion Picture and The Day The Earth Stood Still, but having directed many hits on various genres such as The Sound of Music and West Side Story, died of heart failure Sept. 14th at the age of 91 – which he just celebrated this past Saturday.
Pendragon Pictures writes “As Tom Cruise’s WAR OF THE WORLDS exits the theaters,
the only true movie adaptation of the H.G. Wells
classic novel, produced by Pendragon Pictures,
continues enjoying strong DVD sales in the U.S. and
Canada. Now, Pendragon Pictures announces the international
release of the Director’s Cut of H.G. WELLS’ THE WAR
OF THE WORLDS.” Read More for the full press release.