Archive for February 23rd, 2011
Being Human recap and preview: “I See Your True Colors…And That’s Why I Hate You”
by Doc on Feb.23, 2011, under Television
In the next sneak peek clip of the all-new episode of Being Human, Josh sits down with his Dad to discuss the current state of the family by bringing humor to the table, but screams for his father to not psychoanalyze him and just simply talk. In the heat of the moment the doorbell rings and Josh steps away from the chaos to answer it only to find Aidan at his doorstep. In an attempt to convince Josh that he can help, Josh tries to explain to his Mom that Aidan is just passing though and must be moving along. Unfortunately, for Josh, his roommate is invited to dinner instead. Watch the clip and tune in on Monday at 9/8c on Syfy to see if Aidan can really come to the rescue or if he just makes it all worse.
And below that, check out the recap clip of last week’s “It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Wrong”.
An American version of Space Battleship Yamato/Star Blazers?
by Doc on Feb.23, 2011, under Movies, Television
The Japanese live-action version of the anime series Space Battleship Yamato (known as Star Blazers in the US) has torn up the box office in Japan – but there has been no word of a US release, dubbed or otherwise. But Deadline is reporting that an American live-action version is in the works. David Ellison, through his Skydance Productions (which financed True Grit), is negotiating the rights, and plans to hire Christopher McQuarrie to write the script. What is interesting is the article says that Star Blazers was “based on” the original Space Battleship Yamato – it was really an edited/dubbed version, with mostly only minor changes for the American audience (like rather than glorify a Japanese WWII battleship, they re-christened the ship the Argo from Greek mythology, and to tone down some of the more adult themes and Japanese patriotism), but the article makes it seem more like two independent but similar productions.
I wouldn’t mind seeing a dubbed version of the Japanese version though…I’m not sure I could sit through a feature-length visual eye-fest while having to keep reading subtitles…
Doctor Who‘s Brigadier passed away
by Doc on Feb.23, 2011, under Obituaries, Television
We are deeply saddened to learn that actor Nicholas Courtney, who for years was best known for his role first as Colonel and then as Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, known simply as “The Brigadier”, passed away yesterday at the age of 81.
Courtney was the only actor to work with all seven of the Doctor’s original incarnations, including William Hartnell (as another character), and Hartnell’s lookalike replacement for “The Five Doctors”, Richard Hurndall, as The Brigadier (his appearance with Colin Baker was for the charity special “Dimensions In Time”), and worked with the later incarnations (except Christopher Eccleston) through many Big Finish audio adventures. A fan favorite, he was often at the top of polls of classic characters that people would like to see appear in the revived series, and he did make an appearance as the Brigadier in an episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures in 2008.
He is survived by his wife and two children. He was 81.