Archive for November 29th, 2010
Marc Singer, who starred as Marc Donovan in the original V mini-series, will appear in the 10th and final episode of the second season of the rebooted V series on ABC. He is playing an all-new character by the name of Lars Tremont, a member of a top-secret global organization consisting of military and government officials who do not believe what the Visitors are saying.
Marc’s V co-star Jane Badler is already joining the show, playing Anna’s mother, named Diana – her character’s name in the original. She debuts in the season premiere, which airs January 4th. However, the two do not share and scenes, so if you are hoping for an on-screen reunion, watch the second season to get the ratings up and hope for a third season…
Perhaps to lighten the mood after the sad news of last night/this morning, Syfy tweeted a press release for an upcoming TV movie – at least, I hope it was to lighten the mood – I at least got a chuckle: “CATACLYSMIC METHANE-FUELED EARTHQUAKES THREATEN EARTH’S SURVIVAL IN CHRISTMAS AND FAMILY THEMED SYFY SATURDAY ORIGINAL MOVIE ICE QUAKE” Nothing says family togetherness during the holidays like a good end-of-the-world TV movie…
But seriously, Ice Quake airs on Syfy on Saturday, December 11th, at 9PM ET. Brendan Fehr (CSI Miami) and Victor Garber (Alias) are featured, and also has Sharon Taylor and Ryan Grantham from Riese: Kingdom Falling.
Peter Jackson will be filming The Hobbit for 3D, and he will be doing it with the brand new RED EPIC camera, the successor to the successful RED One digital camera. The EPIC will have a “5k” resolution, which means the horizontal resolution will exceed 5,000 pixels (the EPIC is reportedly 5120×2700). By comparison, “1080p” for your standard HD TV is 1920×1080. This allows for better theater projection resolutions and also allows for limited digital zooming to reframe shots without re-shoots.
The size of the EPIC makes it far more practical for 3D filming, where they have to mount two cameras together to get the stereoscopic view. Dual mounted Panavision cameras are quite heavy and bulky.
Actor Leslie Neilsen, best known for his slapstick comedies but also famous in SF fandom for his serious turn as Commander J.J. Adams in the classic 1956 movie Forbidden Planet, passed away at the age of 84 due to complications from pneumonia, according to his family Sunday.
Irvin Kershner, director of The Empire Strikes Back among various movies and TV series, has also passed away at the age of 87.