Archive for November, 2011
According to a tweet from SF writer Robert J. Sawyer, along with a great many other tweets, as well as some independent reports, fantasy writer Anne McCaffrey, best known for her Dragonriders of Pern series of books, passed away yesterday at the age of 85.
Update: Media Bistro/GalleyCat confirmed it with Random House, her publisher.
When Lucasfilm obtained the domain name “StarWarsIdentities.com” (along with preemptively grabbing the typo’d StarWarsIdentites.com and sw-id.com), speculation ran rampant about the new mystery project, ranging from a new game or expansion to Star Wars: Galaxies, a new series of movies or a TV show, etc. My own thoughts would have been something less grand but marketable – actual ID cards to show your citizenship in the Republic (or Empire, or Rebel membership…). But it seems we were all wrong.
This one is a bit different though. Instead of being just a traveling exhibit of props, etc. like has been done in the past, this is more about the characters, and what what defines them. It explores three aspects of an identity: “the origins of the characters, the influences that shape them, and the choices they make during their life.” It also includes an “interactive quest”, allowing a guest to create their own Star Wars identity incorporating fictional elements with their own, creating their own unique character (so wait, I wasn’t entirely wrong… 🙂 )
The exhibit will be at the Montreal Science Centre from April 19 through September 16, 2012, with tickets already on sale via StarWarsIdentities.com.
Sanctuary gets musical this week!
Magnus and Will study the brain of an abnormal and notice a high number of synapses firing off and come to the conclusion that she can only communicate through music. They enter the room and Magnus begins asking her a question through song when Abby, the abnormal, looks at Will and asks why he looks worried. Magnus quickly proceeds to tell her that she’s been at the Sanctuary for a few days and she responds wondering if there is something they’re not telling her. Finding it quite odd, Will says that this is all insane and Abby looks at him and asks what he just said and gives a blank stare. Tune-in to an all new episode this Friday at 10/9c as Sanctuary turns musical!
My wife is participating in a “virtual fair” fundraiser for Give Kids the World Village in Florida. This organization brings terminally ill children and their families to the Disney area! We are trying to raise a million dollars for this wonderful organization.
If you need any books for your children or friends, please consider checking out her website. She will be donating up to 45% of her profit to this amazing charity! There are 12 other vendors that are also donating proceeds to this charity. Feel free to order from any of the charities!
Check out the preview below of the 2011 Christmas Special episode of Doctor Who, entitled “The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe”. And if the title hasn’t clued you in – yes, there is a definite Narnia theme to it (much like last year was a bit of The Christmas Carol…) (video courtesy of DoctorWhoTV)
Catch the Doctor Who sketch from this year’s Children In Need special, where the Doctor literally gives the shirt off his back to raise money…(courtesy DoctorWhoTV)
Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a The Rock) has signed on to star in an adaptation of [asin=0982750781]The Monster Hunter’s Survival Guide[/asin], a comic book miniseries created by John Paul Russ.
Johnson has a been a very busy boy lately…after some apparent time off, he’s revived both his Hollywood and wrestling careers, currently working on G.I. Joe 2 and is headlining Wrestlemania XXVIII.
The Monster Hunter’s Survival Guide is being produced by Simon Kinberg (Elysium, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) under his Genre Films shingle.
David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), who was attached last year to direct the long-developing Disney 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea prequel movie about Captain Nemo and his creating of the Nautilus, looks to be teaming up with his Se7en screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker (The Wolfman) to take the latest pass on the script.
The project has been in development for years, as Disney has been trying to find a way to bring back Captain Nemo, whether it be a remake of its own classic film or a new story. Disney had previously scuttled a version being developed by McG.
Here is a new sneak peek for the upcoming second season, Being Human, called “Epic Buzzkill”. We see Aidan burying someone or something and in the next shot it appears that Aidan has gone back on his oath not to feed upon humans. Sally, now able to interact with other physical objects, begins to “experiment” with her new found ability, while Josh informs her that the three of them can’t just go around doing whatever they want just because it feels good, to which Sally calls him an epic buzzkill. A montage of scenes from the upcoming season follows with a central theme of temptation for everyone involved.
Being Human returns on Syfy on January 16th at 9PM ET.
Catch a preview below for tonight’s episode of Sanctuary, “Icebreaker”, and then see the actors answer questions on their favorite moments in Season 4!
Henry and a team from the UK Sanctuary are investigating why the original crew on an icebreaker in the Bering Sea seem to have killed one another when suddenly, they hear noises coming from outside. The team readies their guns then Magnus and Will burst through the door. Will goes off on a lecture about Magnus and her flying skills after an apparently bumpy ride to the icebreaker. Ending his lecture, he notices the bodies and Henry fills them in on the details. We also learn that the Abnormals on the ship tore each other apart as well. Tune-in to the all new episode this Friday and watch as the team split up and decide to search the whole ship for clues.