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Archive for May, 2008

Davies steps down from Doctor Who; Moffat take charge

by on May.20, 2008, under Television

Russell T. Davies, has has been rumored, will step down as producer of Doctor Who, and writer Steven Moffat, who has written some of the best (and scariest) episodes, will take charge. This season he’s penned the two parter “Silence In The Library/Forest Of The Dead”, which is next up in the U.K. (although there is a week’s break this coming weekend due to the Eurovision Song Contest) and stars Alex Kingston, who U.S. viewers might recognize as Dr. Elizabeth Corday on ER. Moffat has been racking up BAFTA awards, having just received another one for the episode “Blink”, and also just completed the first screenplay for Tintin (based on a Belgian comic-strip hero), which Steven Spielberg will turn into a Dreamworks film.

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Changing roles on Atlantis

by on May.19, 2008, under Television

The upcoming fifth season of Stargate: Atlantis has a few personnel changes in store, although they are mostly expected. Robert Picardo (Richard Woolsey) takes over as the expedition commander, replacing Amanda Tapping (Colonel Samantha Carter), who is concentrating on her upcoming series Sanctuary; Jewel Staite (Dr. Jennifer Keller) has been promoted to regular cast member (she was a “recurring” cast member); Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett) will apparently be unfrozen at some point during the season for five episodes; Tori Higgenson (Dr. Elizabeth Weir) is definitely not appearing in Season 5; and Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex) is looking at life beyond Stargate: Atlantis after the next season…

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Frank Herbert among School Yearbooks of the Rich and Famous

by on May.16, 2008, under Books

Scott Laming writes “Just in time for graduation

AbeBooks has just revealed the 10 most expensive yearbooks ever sold a copy of Frank Herbert’s high school annual was in second place behind a William Faulkner annual. All the details are in this link: llectible-yearbooks.shtml

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Fox goes with Fringe, Dollhouse; will air with less commercials

by on May.16, 2008, under Television

Fox has added J.J. Abrams Fringe and Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse to its schedule, and also announced that both of these shows would be shown with reduced commercials (and thus the shows will be longer). The Hollywood Reporter has some previews you can see of these shows.

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Crystal Skulls special on the SCI FI Channel Sunday

by on May.15, 2008, under Television

The SCI FI Channel will air a special that ties in to the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. Called “Mystery of the Crystal Skulls”, it is hosted by Lester Holt (Today) and looks into the origins of the mysterious relic. Read More for a full description of the program, and a preview video (also on our YouTube Channel). “Mystery of the Crystal Skulls” airs this Sunday (5/18) at 9PM ET.

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Galactica videos reminders

by on May.15, 2008, under Television

Just a reminder: Our YouTube Channel is being updated every week with new videos provided by NBC/Universal. There are “What the frak happened on BSG?” recaps for the last several episodes, and a preview for tomorrow night’s episode, “Guess What’s Coming To Dinner, Part 1” (available shortly).

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Jackson and Del Toro host Hobbit chat

by on May.15, 2008, under Movies

On Saturday, May 24th, at 4PM ET, you can join Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro online for a chat about The Hobbit films. Online registration is required. The chat is being hosted by Weta, the special effects group responsible for The Lord Of The Rings.

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Retro Review: Star Maidens

by on May.14, 2008, under Television

I’ve been threatening to do this review for a while, and I’m pretty sure few of you have seen or even remember this show, but since I remember even the most useless of trivia, I hunted down this show to watch it again. Star Maidens can probably be summed up with: Only in the 70s…

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Caprica, Eureka, Revolution castings

by on May.12, 2008, under Television

It’d definitely Casting Call season. Several more casting announcements have been made regarding the upcoming Caprica, and the returning Eureka: Eric Stoltz (The Butterfly Effect, Mask) will play Daniel Graystone on Caprica, a tech wizard who is perhaps the creator of the Cylons; Alessandra Toressani (Malcolm In The Middle) plays his daughter Zoe. Also, Frances Fisher (Titanic) will join Eureka as a “fixer” coming in to fix Global Dynamics – and perhaps provide a love interest for Carter. Lastly, Peter Fonda (Escape From L.A.) joins the cast of the SCI FI Channel pilot Revolution as the patriarch of the family that rules the planet.

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Some ReBoot news coming?

by on May.11, 2008, under Television

I haven’t heard anything since last July, but it appears that something is happening with the planned remake of ReBoot: A new official site is up, with a front page bearing a countdown and “Coming Soon”. Looks like we’ll find out in a little more than 18 days…

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