February 4th, 2011 by Scott
SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 91
Our Interview with Ivan Doan from Overturn.
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On the menu tonight:
- Interview with Ivan Doan, creator of the Overturn Web Series
- Our Batman Trivia Winner
- Shore Leave and Farpoint
- Think Nimoy is retired? Think again….
- A Supernatural Cop Pilot from Ron D. Moore
- Adama has been cast
- SyFy snags The Mercury Men Web Series
- We have a new Superman
- Battle LA
- Ender’s Game has been scripted
- What is this Endhiran Raduz is talking about?
- Release dates for Avatar 2 & 3
- Leviathan Chronicle News
- Lucas’s Leia hologram becomes a reality
- All-Star Superman
- The Human Torch dies
- This Week In Star Trek: Shatner Sings Black Sabbath
- The SciFi Five in Five comes from Colin in England – his favorite SciFi Ships
Trivia Question: Which villains were original in the 1966 Batman TV series?
The Prize: An autographed copy of The Essential Batman Encyclopedia
Answer: King Tut
Winner: Don B.
If you are a fan of Star Trek, then chances are you’ve seen Trekkies and Trekkies 2. Now, despite your personal thoughts of the movies, I’m sure we can all agree that the fans they featured on these films are some of the most devoted and heartfelt fans Star Trek has. One featured fan in particular, Daryl Frazetti, has become a good friend of ours here at Subspace Communique. You probably remember Daryl from both Trekkies and Trekkies 2 as the guy that dressed cats in costumes. He often reminisces about that time in his life and laughs that his naive younger self thought that would be a great way to pick up chicks. Although, we aren’t sure of the number of dates the costumed cats procured for our friend, we are sure that that bit of notoriety got him noticed within the educational community and allowed him to begin teaching courses, part time, relating to the Anthropology of Star Trek (among others). He’s even writing a book about the subject that will be released in the near future…heck, if you read our site you may even be part of the book if you took the survey he was running several months back.
Now, Daryl needs our help! Daryl has Spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which a bone (vertebra) in the lower part of the spine slips forward and onto a bone below it. His case is actually spondylolisthesis with an L6, missing 2 discs (the slippage may be greater than 1-2 degrees) stenosis, and a crushed L5 nerve. And if this wasn’t enough, because of his spinal condition he recently slipped, fell, fractured and dislocated his knee. In light of the back condition and now his knee/leg injury he’s barely able to move around his apartment and not at all able to drive himself to work, errands or medical appointments.
Now the kicker, unfortunately, his part time teaching gig doesn’t come with insurance. As you can imagine, medical bills, medication and paying for rides to campus (41 miles away) add up quickly. With a part time job he’s been turned down for government help and without the government help he may lose the job. It’s a vicious circle. But here’s where we fans come in. We can rally around Daryl and show him the support that he would get if he were living in the 24th century; only right here and now!
We’ve set up a Fundraiser PayPal account for Daryl and we’re asking all of you who are able, to help out this fellow Trek fan in need. (You can use a credit card or make a donation directly from your own PayPal account). Anything you are able to donate will help him out greatly! Nothing is too small or too large. At this moment in time his most pressing needs are for driving assistance (gas and rides) and for medical expenses, in particular prescriptions and a specialized MRI that alone costs over $800.
These needs/figures may not sound like a lot, but to him it would mean the world. And knowing that Star Trek fans have rallied to his aide would lift his spirits, which physical pain and exhaustion have so lowered. As we’ve said before in other articles and posts; this is what Star Trek is all about…people helping people!
We fellow Trek fans know the meaning of community spirit and helping a fellow human being in need. Let’s show the world galaxy universe that Trek fans have the biggest hearts of all! Let’s help Daryl!!
Christopher Gabriel suffers from constant terrifying nightmares. These dreams have been coming since childhood, and all his life Chris tries to understand this disease, but no doctors or books give answers. Suddenly, an unknown group of people kidnaps him and conducts a number of strange and cruel experiments on him. At first, it looks like one of his nightmares has come true, but gradually, he begins to realize that they know something important about him. Chris also feels that something changes in him… But he does not know yet that he will never get back to his ordinary life because his real life is only beginning…
The Main Course:
Leonard Nimoy reveals William Bell will return to Fringe
Even though the Star Trek veteran had claimed that he was retiring from acting after playing the Vulcan ambassador and the Massive Dynamics founder for J.J. Abrams, it seems like the lure of sci-fi is just too hard for the septuagenarian to resist.
Taking to Twitter, as Nimoy is wont to do, he let it slip that his time as an universe-hopping genius might not be over:
It’s welcome news for Fringe fans, as the show seems to be pulling out every stop it has to make it a must-watch on Friday nights.
by TrekMovie.com Staff
Veteran Star Trek writer/producer (and Battlestar Galactica re-imagineer) Ron Moore may be headed to network TV with a new genre show. NBC has announced they have picked up a pilot order for Precinct 17, a supernatural police drama written and produced by Moore.
NBC Orders Magical Cop Pilot From Ron Moore
According to Daily Variety, NBC has given a pilot order to Precinct 17, a a supernatural-themed police drama written and executive produced by Next Gen and DS9 vet Ron Moore. The Sony Pictures project is described as:
an ensemble drama in the “Hill Street Blues” vein, albeit set in the town of Excelsior, where magic and supernatural elements rule over science.
Moore also has a Coast Guard drama titled The McCulloch in development at NBC and a reboot of Wild Wild West at CBS, so there may be more coming from Moore this pilot season
‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome’ Casts Key Young Adama Role
The iconic commander of the ‘Battlestar Galactica’ fleet, who was played by Edward James Olmos in the Syfy series of the same name, will be played in the upcoming ‘Blood and Chrome’ prequel by Luke Pasqualino from the U.K. version of ‘Skins,’ according to EW.
‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome,’ a backdoor pilot for a possible young Adama series, chronicles the character’s entry into the ongoing Cylon War. ‘Husker’ Adama is itching to get in the fight, but in ‘Blood and Chrome,’ he’ll be paired with Coker, an officer who has served on the front lines and wants nothing more than to be done with fighting. Coker will be played by Ben Cotton, EW reports.
As I reported in this October story about ‘Blood and Chrome,’ the pilot, which was written by ‘BSG’ writer Michael Taylor, will go into production this year, but it’s not clear if it will air in 2011 or in early 2012.
“This is very much an action-adventure, war series,” Syfy’s president of programming, Mark Stern, said then. “This is definitely dealing with people who are fighting the fight … As you hope ‘Battlestar’ would do, it kind of comments on that process a little bit… but not in a preachy way, not in an issues-oriented way, not in a hitting-you-over-the-head way. Really, the fabric and the canvas of the series are people in the fight and what they grapple with when it comes to each other and what they grapple with when it comes to the enemy they’re fighting.”
According to the Syfy site Blastr, young Adama is “a recent Academy graduate who finds himself assigned to the newest Battlestar in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly finds himself at odds with Coker (Cotton), the battle-weary officer to whom he reports. With 45 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle just as much as Adama craves the start of it. Though they clash at first, the two men forge an unlikely bond when a routine mission turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.”
Update on Thursday, Jan. 27: I just received the official press release about the casting from Syfy. Here it is:
“Syfy has announced that Luke Pasqualino (Skins – UK) and Ben Cotton (Hellcats, Riese) have been cast in Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, the highly anticipated 2-hour pilot. The all-new chapter in the Battlestar saga unfolds in the thick of the 10th year of the first Cylon war, as the battle between humans and a sentient robot race rages across the 12 colonial worlds.
“Pasqualino will star as the young, talented fighter pilot William Adama, a recent Academy graduate who finds himself assigned to the newest Battlestar in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly finds himself at odds with Coker (Cotton), the battle-weary officer to whom he reports. With 45 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle just as much as Adama craves the start of it. Though they clash at first, the two men forge an unlikely bond when a routine mission turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.
“From the award-winning producers of Battlestar Galactica, this new action-packed chapter of the BSG canon was written by Michael Taylor from a story by David Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle. David Eick will serve as executive producer. Universal Cable Productions will produce the 2-hour pilot with Syfy, utilizing cutting edge CGI and virtual technology.”
Shades of Sanctuary and Riese!
The home of Eureka and Warehouse 13, Syfy has ordered a new, 10-part science-fiction web series called The Mercury Men, according to mediabistro.com.
“It is a modern web series that hearkens back to Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers,” Craig Engler, senior VP of Syfy Digital, said. “It is black and white, there is a ray-gun, there is a brain in a jar, and you don’t see brains in jars anymore!”
Just what is The Mercury Men?
It’s a web series is from Christopher Preksta, who also created the Streamy-winning web series Captain Blasto. Each episode lasts around seven minutes.
Syfy has had successful experiences in the past moving web programming into their network. For instance, Riese: Kingdom Falling has racked up over 1.3 million views since it launched at the end of October.
“The first thing we learned from Riese is that this online stuff works,” Engler said. “[Web series] are getting much better. The production quality is fantastic. If you look at Riese, it is amazing, if you look at Mercury Men, it is amazing in an entirely different way.”
Although no premiere date has yet been chosen, the network is currently looking at which of its current television programs would work well with Mercury Men. “By tying the launch of a web series to a TV event like a season premiere or finale, Syfy can market the program to millions of already-engaged viewers,” the site reports.
“The obvious pairing for it would probably Eureka,” Engler said. “It has a very big retro feel to it. It has a lot of retro-futurism, which is what Mercury Men is really about.”
Check out a clip from the series below:
Henry Cavill is the new ‘Superman’
One by one, American superheros are being co-opted by the Brits.
Deadline reports that actor Henry Cavill, perhaps best known for playing Charles Brandon on Showtime’s “The Tudors,” has landed the dream gig of playing Clark Kent and Superman in Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures’ upcoming reboot of the franchise.
Director Zack Snyder has this to say on their choice: “In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen. I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.”
Since deciding to go in a different direction from the previous reboot starring Brandon Routh, it had been assumed that this new Superman would star an actor around 30-years-old. Cavill turns 28 in May of 2011.
Later this year, he’ll also be seen in “The Immortals,” in which he plays Greek warrior Theseus, and conspiracy thriller “The Cold Light of Day.”
Battle: Los Angeles
Plot Summary: For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world – Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world’s great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It’s up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered before.
We knew Wolverine: Origins director Gavin Hood was attached to a big-screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, but now the word is that Star Trek/Fringe scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are shopping the script around Hollywood.
On Friday, Kurtzman tweeted, “Ender’s Game! Us(K/O), Oddlot, and Gavin Hood taking his amazing script to the town! Who wants some?” An Ender’s Game film has been in development for a while now (Wolfgang Petersen was attached to the project at one point), but having the writing team behind Transformers and J.J, Abrams’ Star Trek on board will likely assuage any worries that a film version of Card’s award-winning novel won’t be marketable.
The Only Sci-Fi Movie You Need to Watch for the Rest of Your Life – … I was exhausted by the third minute 🙂 cheers, Raduz
Let me share something special with you. This is Endhiran, a Bollywood action flick. It’s like Terminator, The Matrix, and Transformers combined, but better. Or, as Jesus summarized, “an orgy of absurdity that not even Michael Bay can match.”
It’s definitely absurd. More absurd than it looked in the trailer, which was already pretty absurd. And for some reason, this compilation clip is dubbed in Russian, but I guess I wouldn’t want it any other way. Update: A reader writes in with two important facts. 1) Robot is, in fact, a Kollywood movie (Tamil, whereas Bollywood is Hindi) and 2) it was the most expensive Indian movie ever made. Of course it was! [YouTube]
Ready for Avatar 2 and 3? James Cameron announces release dates
If you’ve been paying attention, you know James Cameron has been talking up a return to the world of Pandora for two Avatar sequels almost since the day the original premiered. But what we didn’t know is WHEN. Until today …
You’ll have a few more years to wait for the Na’vi trilogy, though: Cameron says that, although the two sequels will be filmed together, the release dates aren’t until Christmas 2014 and Christmas 2015.
Cameron has kept the plot close to his chest. However, he told EW that some characters will be returning. “Basically, if you survived the first film, you get to be in the second film, at least in some form.”
One thing’s for sure: some percentage of the presumably-massive Avatar sequel gross will go to charity. “Fox has partnered with me to donate a chunk of the profits to environmental causes that are at the heart of the Avatar world,” says the director. “I didn’t want to make more Avatar movies without a grander plan in place.”
Now that the Na’vi have repelled the human invaders and Jake has become the chief of the Omaticaya clan, what do you think is in store for our heroes in the upcoming movies?
The trailer for DC Universe’s animated feature ‘All-Star Superman’ indicates that it will be something of a departure from Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s award-winning comic series.
Last week we brought you a first look at DC Universe’s next upcoming animated feature, All-Star Superman, based on the award-winning series from writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely.
Today, courtesy of MTV, we have the first trailer for All-Star Superman, and my initial impression is that we’re going to be getting an animated feature that honors the themes of Morrison and Quitely’s series, while simultaneously taking some “creative liberties” for the sake of the animated feature format.
If you aren’t familiar with the source material, All-Star Superman was a twelve-issue comic book series that ran between 2005 and 2008. The premise was that Superman, while on a mission in the sun, is tricked by Lex Luthor into absorbing too much of the solar radiation that powers him, resulting in a slow breakdown and conversion of his cells into “solar-radio consciousness.” With only a year left to live, Superman creates a bucket list of ten accomplishments he wants to achieve before his demise, and sets out to fulfill them. Defeating an approaching planet of Bizarros, teaching Luthor a sense of humanity and giving Lois Lane superpowers for a day are just some of the highlights of The Man of Steel’s quest.
Check out the trailer for All-Star Superman below:
Those who have read All-Star Superman are surely wondering (as I am) how the filmmakers at DCU hoped to convert this story into an animated feature. Every issue of the comic was meant to serve as a deep mediation on the nature of Superman’s character, and although there was an over-arching storyline, each issue of the comic (except for one two-part story) was presented as its own complete standalone tale. Not exactly fertile ground for an 80-minute animated action movie.
But an 80-minute action movie is exactly what that trailer indicates DCU is going with. The whole Lex Luthor scheme that bookended the All-Star Superman comic series appears (Note: “appears”) to have been streamlined into being the main focus of the plot, with the quests Superman undertakes during his last year of life tossed in as little asides and fillers to fatten up the middle. I’m usually a big fan of DCU’s animated works, but if my speculation about All-Star Superman is correct, I’m going to disappointed. After all, not EVERY great comic book storyline needs to be converted to film. Great pieces of writing are usually great pieces of writing for a reason.
James Denton (Desperate Housewives), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Anthony LaPaglia will be voicing Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively. Ed Asner (Up) and Francis Conroy (Six Feet Under) will play Perry White and Ma Kent, while Linda Cardellini (ER), Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy) and Matthew Gray Gubler (500 Days of Summer) will also lend their voices.
Longtime DC Universe Guru Bruce Timm will be producing and Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths writer/director team Dwayne McDuffie and Sam Liu will be onboard as well.
You can catch All-Star Superman on DVD/Blu-ray in Spring 2011.
R2-D2’s Princess Leia ‘Help me, Obi-Wan!’ hologram is now REAL
While George Lucas has been busy creating a bazillion different special editions, scientists have gone ahead and done something truly special by making an important Star Wars moment real—specifically, that holographic projection of Princess Leia that uttered the famous line “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”
As reported in New Scientist:
Bove’s group started with an array of 16 low-resolution infrared cameras, spaced evenly along a metre-long line. Computer processing combined the images to generate the data needed for the 3D holographic projector at the rate of 15 frames per second. The next step came in late December when they bought their first Kinect, and hacked the camera system made by PrimeSense of Israel, which records three-dimensional profiles by projecting a grid of laser light onto a scene. This approach, called structured light, yields resolution of 640 by 480 pixels, three times higher than each infrared camera. That was good enough to record the holographic Princess Leia scene shown here.
Check out the result below.
Yeah, it’s a bit fuzzy. But still, we somehow feel compelled to go to her rescue …
How about you?
‘Fantastic Four’ death: Human Torch, one Marvel’s first superheroes, dies
By Ethan Sacks
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Tuesday, January 25th 2011, 7:03 AM
The Human Torch makes his final stand in epic issue of ‘Fantasic Four.’
In the most shocking death to hit the comic book industry since – well, the publisher knocked off Captain America four years ago – the fiery Johnny Storm goes out in a blaze of glory saving his young niece and nephew from an army of insect creatures in Fantastic Four #587, in stores Wednesday.
It’s the end of an era dating back to November 1961 when writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby first launched the Fantastic Four and changed the medium as the first real superheroes to have the same character flaws as their readers.
The fiery and immature Johnny — played by Chris Evans in two movies and voiced by Bill Murray in a ’70s radio series — always seemed to leap before he looked. Fans have nervously awaited this issue for several months as Marvel publicized that one of the team — which includes The Torch’s sister, the aptly-named Invisible Woman, her husband, the elastic scientist Mr. Fantastic and the human rock-pile, The Thing — wouldn’t make it past this issue.
Jonathan Hickman, the current writer of the series, says it wasn’t easy to extinguish a comic book legend.
“Johnny kind of represents a childlike idealism within the group,” Hickman told the News. “And the story that we wanted to tell going forward from my first issue on the book and where I would like to end up, there came a point in the story where it served us to eliminate what was an eternal source of optimism in the world.”
Fans can also be optimistic that The Human torch will eventually return. Comics have a long history of killing off heroes – victims of either a good story or a good sales ploy. Captain America came back two and a half years after his demise and Superman didn’t slow down much after his much ballyhooed death in 1993.
Robert Branch, 33, videographer from the Bronx and a Fantastic Four fan was just relieved that it wasn’t The Thing. (Branch keeps a statue of his favorite hero on his office desk.) He wasn’t particularly surprised that The Human Torch was the one to go.
“You’re surprised it hasn’t happened yet, because he’s a hot head – literally,” said Branch. “He’s the least interesting to me. But sometimes you don’t miss them until they’re gone.
“It’s great that they take away the toys for a while and it makes you appreciate them.”
But the Fantastic Four isn’t just any old superheroes – they are an actual family that bickers with each other almost as much as they do with super-villains – and it remains to be seen if the team can stay together long as the Fantastic Three.
“It’s a story about a family and we lose a family member and we’ve all experienced someone in our life who’s died or we all will,” said Hickman. “It becomes that much more powerful so it’s a table missing a leg and of course it’s unstable, it’s rickety. That’s kind of the point. Is it going to stay up or is it going to fall down?”
The night before the news broke, life-long Fantastic Four fan Patrick Edmund, an artist from Brooklyn, paced Jim Hanley‘s Universe, a comic book store in Midtown Manhattan, unsure of which member of the super team he could handle losing.
“It’s hard, I’d be hurting no matter who dies,” said Edmund, 43. “But I’d buy the book and see who would step up and [fill the void]. Whatever happens you have to see how they’re going to roll with it.”
This Week in Star Trek: TWIST
At this point in human civilization, “Shatner” needs to become a verb. What does it mean to “Shatner” a thing?
Until the brainiacs at the OED can come up with something better, how about: “The process by which one can transform a pre-existing cultural artifact and thus make it at once retro yet infused with a hipster sensibility that is trendy to the unique picosecond in which it is transformed.”
Priceline comercials, lounge-lizard takes on Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” cop dramas in the form of T.J. Hooker, lawyer dramas, even Twitter feeds have been Shatnered into the sitcom Sh*t My Dad Says. Now Shatner is working with shredmeister/guitar god Zakk Wylde, former axe-man for Ozzy and Black Label Society, on a new album to come out later this year called Seeking Major Tom, a collection of rock covers for which the former Captain Kirk will be doing vocals.
Which rock standards? Well, according to the guys at FEARnet, one of the songs will be Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man.” Another will be Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” We can only assume that, given the album’s title and the outer-space-defined career of Shatner, David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and “Ashes to Ashes” might be candidates for Shatnering, too.
Check out the video below, for footage of the laying down of tracks for Shatner’s version of “Iron Man.”
Not since Quebec’s greatest son gave voice to the absinthe-soaked spleen of Charles Baudelaire on the 1968 album The Transformed Man have the frail organs of human hearing been faced with such an awesome prospect of Shatner-esque magnificence.
So what do you think? Will this album eclipse forever the legacies of Leonard Nimoy’s “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins,” or his cover of “Proud Mary”? Or will this just be a curiosity, like Paul Anka’s Rock Swings album, which featured, among other things, a cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”? Or will it be destined for bargain bins along with Pat Boone’s In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy, which featured covers of Ozzy’s “Crazy Train” and Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water”?
As previously reported, producer JJ Abrams is awaiting the script for the 2012 Star Trek sequel, before deciding if he will also direct the film. However that isn’t stopping others involved from weighing in. Star Trek’s new Checkov Anton Yelchin says it would be “bizarre” without JJ Abrams in the director’s chair. And co-writer Roberto Orci says he is trying to solicit Steven Spielberg to help convince Abrams.
Yelchin “doesn’t know anything” about Trek sequel – but wants Abrams back
Speaking to MTV at the Sundance Film Festival, Anton Yelchin says “I really don’t know anything” about the next Star Trek movie, which should start shooting this summer, but Yelchin is sure that he would like to see JJ Abrams return to the director’s chair. The actor notes it would be “very, very bizarre to do it without him.”
SciFi Five in Five
Colin from England shares his top five SciFi Ships
5) Battlestar Galactica, nothing overly fancy just get the job done, a design that makes sense for a carrier.
4) Minbari Cruiser, it just looks mean and a little bit fish like.
3) Hammerhead attack fighter from space above and beyond, I like this because it is a design that you believe humans would do. Functional and packing a punch. Take a shark add wings and sharpen it’s teeth.
2) Naboo Cruiser, I like the Polished Silver finish and the sound was cool.
1) Now this was hard it was bound to be trek, due to my bias but which one. The Defiant is a pocket battleship, the galaxy a flying city, which in the finale had a cloak and a spinal lance. But for me it has to be the original Enterprise, the ship that started the dream.
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