Archive for July, 2006
OK, this week is the beginning of SCI FI Channel’s Summer half-season, with the return of SCI FI Friday shows Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis (Battlestar Galactica won’t return until October), but also some old and new programs: James Cameron’s Dark Angel will get a rerun-run Mondays starting tonight, and new original series Eureka starts Tuesday, July 18th. Read More for a synopsis of the show.
Disney must be ecstatic. The sequel Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest, broke both the single-day opening record with $55 million (Star Wars Episode III had opened at $50M), but whalloped previous weekend weekend record holder Spider-Man ($114.8M) with an estimated take of $132M. Even producer Jerry Bruckheimer didn’t figure on that much, expecting something closer to The Da Vinci Code ($77M).
Updates will be sporadic for the next week or so. If there is earth-shattering news, and I have the ability, I will update, but I am in need of some serious R&R, so I’ll see you all next week sometime.
James Cameron plans to keep busy. He’s got two planned trilogies in the pipeline. First up is the long-rumored “Project 880”, which is currently title Avatar, but that may change. All that is mentioned about it is a “planet-hopping future”. Then there is the Battle Angel franchise, based on the popular manga series. He plans to make the first movie of each first, and if one or both makes money, continue with them.
I can see this will be a busy Who news week. The BBC has announced the next companion for the Doctor, and it will be Freema Agyeman, who just appeared in “Army of Ghosts” as Adeola, but she won’t be playing that character. Instead, she will play Martha Jones, but that’s all we know right now. Freema will join in Series 3, and will not appear in this year’s Christmas special (there is a surprise being saved for that). It’s not the first time that an actor appeared on the show before becoming a different regular character – Nicholas Courtney and Lalla Ward appeared as different characters before their well-known personas – and even Colin Baker played the Doctor after appearing in one episode in a previous season.
Today is the U.S. release of Doctor Who: The Complete First Series, and I was able to get a copy for review. For a long-standing Whovian like myself, this was very eagerly awaited. And all I can say is: Buy it. Now. If you haven’t seen it, you don’t know what you are missing. Read More if you want to know more about it. And lets hope we don’t have to wait so long for Series 2.
Gen X Press writes ““Daughters of Digital Alchemy” is a 48-page hardbound book featuring the art of popular fantasy and horror artist Jason Beam.
His frenetically detailed illustrations and unique style have established him as a prevailing artist in the digital medium. His award-winning work has been featured prominently in the fantasy, science fiction and horror genres for nearly a decade. Viewers to the website will also get a sneak peek at Jason Beam’s newest completed work, a barbarian femme fatale styled piece titled ‘Hellrider’.” Read More for more details. Update: Fixed truncated title – not sure what the original submitted title was. Another thing which will be fixed in the new software.