Archive for December, 2013
I know it is late in the shopping season – I’ve been uber-busy this year, but you might still have time…here are a few of the things we like out there…most of which we’ve purchased!
With three science-fiction-loving girls in my house, there was never much in the way of appropriate clothing you could get for them for gifts…until about four years ago. Today, their wardrobes and my wallet seem to be aimed at Her Universe, founded by an actual Jedi – the voice of Ahsoka Tano, Ashley Eckstein. Covering not just Star Wars, but Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Star Trek, and Syfy programs, clothing and other merchandise specially made for women with awesome designs abound. And you can also get items at ThinkGeek and Hot Topic (in the stores as well!) Still no merchandise for men…yet.
For the men at least, if you are a fan of Warehouse 13, did you know that star Eddie McClintock, who plays Agent Pete Lattimer, is an artist? For the last few seasons he’s designed and sold T-shirts for the show, and the final season T-shirt is not only available for sale, but you can GET IT SIGNED BY HIM for free! It may be too late for Christmas, but who doesn’t like an extra gift after the holidays? And while you are at it, check out his original artwork for sale.
Speaking of ThinkGeek – I’m not a coffee drinker, but I do like a hot cup of tea, and I can be a bit of a tea snob. More recently I’ve delved into the realm of loose leaf teas, but they can be difficult to use – I’ve got two of those round mesh tea infusers (including a Mickey head one I picked up at WDW), but if you’re dealing with fine cut tea, they never really seem to close properly and you get pieces of tea in your drink. But then I found this TARDIS tea infuser, which looks perfect. I haven’t tried it yet because it’s a Christmas gift to myself, but the design looks to be just what I want – fill from the top, fine holes on the bottom…problem solved.
The latest project from Christopher Nolan is Interstellar, due out on November 7th, 2014…all we know from the plot is:
A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
From the teaser, we don’t know much else, but it does give a forlorn look at the state of our current exploration into space…but it almost seems as if there is hope that this movie might inspire a new wave of exploration, perhaps?
In any case, we’re intrigued…
After a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex inexplicably begin to receive strange, encoded messages on their cell phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they go to their parents and the authorities. When everyone around them refuses to take the messages seriously, the three embark on a secret adventure to crack the code and follow it to its source. But taking matters into their own hands gets the trio in way over their heads when they discover a mysterious being from another world who desperately needs their help. The epic, suspenseful and exciting journey that follows will change all of their lives forever.
Earth to Echo releases on April 25th, 2014
This movie has me intrigued…at first blush, it seems part Groundhog Day, part Starship Troopers, but I sense an interesting plot line somehow…
Edge of Tomorrow is based on the Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. It stars Tom Cruise as Lt. Col. Bill Cage, a non-combat officer pressed into combat in a losing battle to fight off an alien attack on Earth. Undertrained and killed quickly, he suddenly awakes back at training, and relives it all again, and dies again, only to wake back up, for some reason in a time loop. He finds Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who experiences the same thing. The two of them take advantage of the loop to increase training, becoming better and better…possibly enough to change the results of the battle…
In the season finale of Haven, William continues with his plan to turn Audrey back into her original self, meanwhile the rest of the gang find out that some doors are better left unopened.
Tune in Friday at 10/9c on Syfy for “The Lighthouse”…and don’t forget the bonus videos below!
Hmm…seems as though that the Doctor may be regenerating, but he isn’t taking it lying down…
“The Time of the Doctor” airs at 9/8c on BBC America, and 8/7c on Space in Canada, on December 25th.
Here is another short trailer for Helix, which premieres Friday, January 10th, at 10/9c on Syfy.
With the new year come new seasons of some of our favorite shows, and first up are the return of Lost Girl and Being Human on January 10th, returning to the Monday night drama lineup. Lost Girl moves up to the 8/7c time slot, followed by Being Human at 9/8c, and the recently acquired series Bitten at 10/9c.
Check out the season preview videos for Lost Girl and Being Human below…
In a further consolidation of distribution and marketing rights from studios it has acquired in recent years, Disney has reached an agreement with Paramount to acquire the rights for any future Indiana Jones films – not that they’ve announced any plans for them.
Paramount retains the distribution rights for the existing films and will receive a cut of future ones.
Disney and Paramount reached similar agreements over Iron Man 3 and The Avengers after Disney acquired Marvel.
Now with Lucasfilm, Disney will produce, distribute and market all future Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. Does this mean we will see more Indy? Well, right now Disney seems to have all of the Lucasfilm guns aimed at Star Wars Episode VII as well as a couple ancillary Star Wars films and a new upcoming animated series, Star Wars: Rebels, and they haven’t announced anything for the future of Indy, but it seems an unusual deal if Disney didn’t plan on doing something, since it only applies to future productions. So it seems likely we’ll be hearing something in the near future…