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On the menu tonight:
On this science fiction podcast, we will be interviewing Jared Formby from the Trekcast Podcast, the Hey Star Trek Blog, and the Ferengi from the Star Trek Experience. We’ll also be talking about the launch of Caprica, Avatar’s success, and a SciFi underwater Western called Dark Life, and a lastly we’ll be talking about the Surrogates DVD release.
Promos this Week:
- Farpoint Con – Meet up. Let us know if you are going.
- Beta Testing Star Trek Online – Miles
- Retrospectives – Farscape – Kevin Batchelder from The Scapecast
- Kevin Bachelder from Tuning into SciFi TV and many other podcasts gives us the five most overlooked genre shows.
Trivia Question from last week: (will run for two weeks.)
Question: What do Star Trek Voyager, BSG & Heroes all have in common?
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Five Minutes of SciFi News in Five Minutes
Our initial thoughts on Caprica. James Marsters will appear in the March 5 episode of Syfy’s Caprica.
It’s official: As expected, James Cameron’s Avatar on Monday officially pulled ahead of Cameron’s other big movie, about some boat, to become the biggest-grossing movie of ALL TIME.
BoxOfficeMojo reported that Avatar‘s worldwide gross now stands at $1.859 billion, compared to Titanic‘s $1.843 billion. Avatar‘s Monday gross was $3.2 million domestic and an estimated $16.9 million foreign, which put it over the top…
The worldwide crown isn’t adjusted for inflation, and Avatar‘s high grosses were certainly boosted by higher ticket prices overall and especially for 3-D and IMAX screenings. (Check BoxOfficeMojo for the full list of inflation-adjusted grosses.)
So if you haven’t seen Avatar yet, you’re the only one.
The Screen Actors Guild gave out its awards on Saturday, and familiar non-sci-fi films took home the big acting prizes, while Star Trek beat out Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, among other films, for stunt ensemble in a motion picture. 24 nabbed stunt ensemble in a television series.
Non-sci-fi awards went to Inglourious Basterds for best ensemble cast in a motion picture, Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart, Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side, Michael C. Hall for Dexter and Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife.
In other award news, sci-fi ruled the Golden Reel nominations, which are given out by the Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild for excellence in music, dialogue, ADR, sound effects and foley categories. Avatar and Star Trek scooped up three nominations each, 2012 snatched two, and Watchmen received one. The animated features 9, Coraline and Up also copped one nomination each.
For television Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica and Fox’s Fringe grabbed three nominations, along with CBS’s CSI. Syfy’s Warehouse 13 took two noms, while HBO’s True Blood, ABC’s Lost and Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space got one.
The Golden Reel awards will be handed out on Jan. 22.
Vampire movies, space adventures: What we need is a good underwater sci-fi movie, like The Abyss or Leviathan.
Kidding about Leviathan.
But we are in for another soggy sci-fi tale now that Gotham Group has optioned Dark Life, based on a book by Kat Falls, Variety reports:
Book will be published in May by Scholastic, which won the rights and inked a two-book deal after making a preemptive bid on the manuscript. Foreign publishing rights to the book, which generated considerable buzz in the pub world pre-sale, have been sold in six languages.
“Dark Life” is set in a near-future world in which rising ocean levels and natural catastrophes have led some people to homestead on the ocean floor. Story centers on an underwater teenage boy and a surface girl who join forces to uncover a government conspiracy.
This futuristic western sounds a bit like a wet Little House on the Prairie meets City of Ember meets The Little Mermaid, doesn’t it?
Surrogates DVD is now out.
The SciFi Five in Five
Jared Formby’s Top SciFi Moments:
1. Death of Spock
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger in the canal in Terminator 2.
3. Opening the hatch in Lost
4. Radha Mitchell trying to control the machine in Pitch Black
5. Sigourny Weaver in the machine
Kevin Batchelder’s Top Five Most Over-looked TV Shows:
1. The Middleman
2. Blood Ties
3. Blade the Series
4. Dresden Files
5. Charlie Jade
Where listeners could send in an MP3 mentioning their 5 fave SciFi movies, books, tv shows etc and in under 5 mins. We’ll play them at the end of the show.