Archive for April, 2011
Well, the long simmering rumors that David Tennant will join the cast of The hobbit have taken a hit again, with Peter Jackson announcing on Facebook that Lee Pace (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) will take the role of King Thranduil. Simultaneously he announced that Kiwi actor Dean O’Gorman (Young Hercules) will take over the role of Fili after Rob Kazinsky dropped out of the role.
Mind you, they still haven’t said Tennant hasn’t been given a different role, so I’m sure rumors will still run…
First learned this from a tweet from Wende Doohan, Jimmy Doohan’s widow – William Campbell, best known to Star Trek fans for his fanciful Liberace-like performance of Trelane in “The Squire of Gothos” as well as Klingon captain Koloth in “The Trouble With Tribbles” (a role he reprised on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s episode, “Blood Oath”), passed away peacefully yesterday evening after a long illness.
Looks like Ender’s Game, the short story that became a novel that became a series by Orson Scott Card, last seen at Warner Bros. as a potential movie, is now headed to Summit Entertainment and appears to be on the fast track to begin production early next year. Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is set to direct, with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (via their K/O Paper Products company) and Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough (Odd Lot), along with Card and Lynn Hendee (The Tempest) as producers.
It appears that they are eying this to be the next Harry Potter-esque franchise with an epic story aimed at the younger audience.
Dimension Films has preemptively purchased a spec script entitled The Greys from writer Adam Cohen and from producing partners Sean and Bryan Furst (Daybreakers) , and F. Javier Gutierrez (Before The Fall) is attached to direct. It is being billed as a SF thriller – but the plot is being kept as mysterious as the Greys themselves so far.
Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company (TWC), made the announcement. “We are thrilled to be collaborating on this exciting script with Adam Cohen, Radar Pictures and The Fursts,” said Weinstein. “As a fan, I have wanted to work with F. Javier Gutierrez for some time and am happy to join forces on his English language directorial debut.”
Sean and Bryan Furst are producing in partnership with Radar Pictures’ Ted Field and Mike Weber. Overseeing for Dimension Films are SVP of Production, Matthew Stein and VP of Production and Creative Affairs, Matthew Signer.
“We’re energized by the incredible level of passion Bob Weinstein and Dimension have shown for Adam Cohen’s thrilling script and for the talented F. Javier Gutierrez, and we all feel it’s that kind of passion that makes for an ideal filmmaking partner,” said the producers.
You’ll hear more about Falling Skies by the end of the weekend, but a very interesting package arrived today. Inside was a satchel…and inside that was a newspaper – well, the front page of the “Boston News”, proclaiming that “WE ARE NOT ALONE!” and that massive ships have appeared over major cities. Sounds like the beginning of many movies – but this is just the very beginning for the upcoming Falling Skies series on TNT, from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Also inside was a DVD case that looks like what I’d expect from an “ultimate platinum collector’s edition” DVD release with the pilot and another episode, and even a guide to the characters.
On the satchel was also a placard, which on the back reads, “If you had to start over, what would you bring?”
Falling Skies will air over 8 weeks, starting with the two-hour premiere on June 19th at 9PM ET/PT.
Expect some insight into the series soon…but no spoilers. Update: You can now read our First Look at Falling Skies article.
In the next sneak peek clip of an all-new episode of Sanctuary, Henry enters Will’s room with the intention of asking for a favor. Henry knows all about Will’s new power after a transformation. Henry points out that a chandelier had a light bulb go out, and he’s relying on Will to replace it. Will obliges to the request and all of a sudden uses his new abilities to start scaling the wall. However, once he’s well above the ground and looking to make his next move, the sun shines through the windows and it takes a dramatic affect on Will. Watch the clip and tune in on Monday at 10/9c on Syfy to see if Will’s new power causes more pain than help.
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Doctor Who isn’t up for a BAFTA award this year, but the Doctor himself is – or rather, Matt Smith – apparently the first time that the actor playing the Doctor has been nominated. The competition is fierce though, and there is a significant SF presence, as the Drama Series category includes Being Human, Misfits, the Who-esque Sherlock, and Downton Abbey.
Smith also faces competition in the Leading Actor from Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Jim Broadbent (Any Human Heart, but no stranger to the Doctor – he played the role very temporarily in a comedy short – or Harry Potter fans), and Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie).
Other related noms were Lauren Socha (Misfits) for Leading Actress and Martin Freeman (Sherlock) for Supporting Actor. Misfits was also nominated for New Media.
The BAFTA awards take place May 22nd.
In the next sneak peek clip of the all-new episode of Stargate Universe, a swarm of drones are in pursuit of the Destiny and quickly approaching. The team couldn’t see them on their radar when they popped up from behind a planet. They are trying to reach a star but they also need to refuel. Watch the clip and tune in on Monday at 9/8c only on Syfy to see if they are able to escape, go straight through, or if they succumb to the firing of the drones.
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The debut of Doctor Who‘s sixth series (since the return) was apparently a ratings win in the U.S. for BBC America, where it broke the cable network’s viewership record, bringing in 1.28 million viewers and a 0.92 rating in the 25-54 demographic. The previous record was the fifth series debut last year.
However, in the UK the ratings on the BBC were actually down significantly, losing 1.5 million viewers compared to the 5th series debut, bringing in 6.4 million viewers. Why? The weather, apparently…it was a nice sunny day, and Who airs in the early evening.
The list of Hugo Award nominees for 2011 are out, and will be given out at the 69th World Science Fiction Convention, taking place at Renovation in Reno, Nevada, August 17th-21st, 2011.
The full list is given below: