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Archive for January, 2012

Could Fringe continue even if canceled?

by on Jan.26, 2012, under Television

Fox still hasn’t announced its intentions regarding Fringe, although a lot of people are expecting the network to cancel the show after entertainment president Kevin Reilly’s statement that “We lose a lot of money on the show.” But Joshua Jackson, who plays Peter Bishop on the show, thinks it could live on after cancelation. “They’ve talked about maybe going off network with it, too,” he said of the possibilities. “The TV landscape is a different place than it used to be, so it might not be death.”

The TV landscape is VERY different. Gone are the days where a big budget show might survive in first-run syndication, and cable networks don’t seem to be quite up to the same level for production costs, although they are closing in. But if your loyal fan base is strong enough, there still seems to be alternative media outlets, including the Buffy route: tell the rest of the story in comics.

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Tribute video for Elisabeth Sladen

by on Jan.25, 2012, under Television

This video aired on the CBBC last year, but I hadn’t seen it until now…it’s a moving tribute to Elisabeth Sladen called “My Sarah Jane”, featuring bits from the stars of Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures, along with clips of Sarah Jane Smith.
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Oscar nominations roundup

by on Jan.25, 2012, under Awards, Movies

Well, it wasn’t the greatest news for genre features this year, despite a lot of hopes…if you followed the nominations (or my tweets), you know that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 got the snub for Best Picture despite the 10-film field (the closest to a genre film was Hugo), while the Academy again shows they don’t know how to deal with motion-capture performances and ignored Andy Serkis yet again for his work in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. But what did garner nominations?
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Being Human preview: “All Out of Blood”

by on Jan.25, 2012, under Television

In this preview for next Monday’s Being Human, we see Josh, Nora and Sally in a vacant storage unit where they discuss their location for their next werewolf transformation. Josh’s plan for them to be video taped during the process has Nora skeptical but assures Nora that he’s only trying his best to find out how they both can be treated and be cured from this werwolf disease. Watch and all-new sneak peek of Being Human and see as the couple confronts their first werewolf change together. Tune in at 9/8c Monday, January 30th on Syfy.
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Trailer for Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock game

by on Jan.24, 2012, under Games

The first trailer for the upcoming game Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock, based on the TV series, is out and you can watch it below. From the trailer you can see you’ll face not only the Daleks and Cybermen, but the modern Silurians and even The Silence! Plus River Song tags along as the Doctor’s companion…the game appears to be something like a platform game, from the gameplay I could see.

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock is expected to be released in March 2012 (and I’m hearing it will be available in the U.S. as well, but don’t have a specific date yet). It will be available only on the PS3, Playstation Vita and PC platforms.
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Merlin preview: “Aithusa”

by on Jan.24, 2012, under Television

In this preview for the upcoming episode, “Aithusa”, Merlin, Arthur and the Knights of Camelot are under the attack by an unknown enemy. One of his men gets hit in the leg and the army struggles to find a plan of attack, when suddenly Merlin spots the attacker over the ledge above. He signals Arthur and quickly makes a move while Merlin uses magic to throw the enemy’s weapon out from his hands. Tune-in to an all-new episode of Merlin this Friday at 10/9c on Syfy as an enigmatic stranger appears with a magical secret that could change Camelot forever.
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Review of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno

by on Jan.24, 2012, under Books

Our friends over at TheThunderChild have posted a new review by Damon Blalack on the latest Star Wars novel, Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno: Damon Blalack, author of the Clone Wars Examiner column, has written an exhaustive study of the new novel by James Lucarno, Darth Plagueis. All fans of the book series will enjoy reading this insightful account. Read it here.

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Star Wars Uncut: The entire movie, stitched from pieces

by on Jan.23, 2012, under Movies, Video/DVD

Like a quilt, sometimes you can take all the little pieces and stitch them together as a work of art…well, it may depend on your definition of art, but this is undeniably neat. In 2009 Casey Pugh took to the internet with an idea – take the entire movie of Star Wars: A New Hope, and remake it – in 15 second increments, crowd-source style. And now it’s available in its entirety online! Each piece was done by someone else, showing a wide range of ideas, from serious to tacky, from CGI to live action, from hand animation to puppets and dolls, from low budget to…well, I’m not sure it ever taxed someone’s wallet. But still, the result is entertaining…
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Dick Tufeld, voice over artist and voice of the Robot in Lost in Space, 1926-2012

by on Jan.23, 2012, under Obituaries, Television

Dick Tufeld, who many will remember as the booming voice behind the Rambler-Crane series B9 Robot in the original Lost in Space series and the 1998 movie, passed away yesterday at the age of 86.

Tufeld’s voice wasn’t only heard by Lost in Space fans – he started in radio in 1950 for the American Broadcast Company and an announcer, and went on to become a familar narrator and voice actor as well, often providing voice over talents on many programs for Disney and other studios and networks, and even doing TV news for a time.

Bill Mumy, who along with Jonathan Harris played against the Robot frequently, said on Facebook, Dick Tufeld was a really cool guy. He’s reunited with his wife Adrian now. R.I.P. Dick. You will be missed bigtime..

One last, “Danger, Will Robinson…”

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Merlin: The Complete Third Season DVD review

by on Jan.22, 2012, under Television, Video/DVD

[sfs=1188]Merlin: The Complete Third Season[/sfs] was released on DVD by BBC this past week, just as the fourth series picks up on Syfy. The third series picks up a year after Morgana disappeared and the Great Dragon had ravaged Camelot before Merlin’s newly gained Dragonlord powers stopped him. Morgana’s disappearance has left Uther distraught while all his forces look for her. She is found, and appears to even forgive Merlin – but her schemes have not changed, and if anything, are more daring as she attempts to take the throne for herself with the help of Morgause (who we see more in this series). In the meantime, Arthur sees more in Gwen, which could be dangerous for her, while Lancelot returns and we are introduced to Gwaine, Percival, and Elyan (Gwen’s brother) who become Knights of Camelot. Throughout the season, we see Morgana and Morgause plot and scheme to take over Camelot, but others also have plans to murder Uther and take the crown.
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