June 17th, 2012 by Scott
SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 136
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Music at the end of this week’s episode is the first single from Apeface and Crumplezone’s second space-rap record entitled “Escape To Mizar 5”. The full 16-track album is due out this Summer and will feature a 12 page comic book which tells the story behind the record. With the help of an accompanying 12 page comic book, A&C take the listener along with them as they arrive on Mizar 5, a prison colony/red light district, and take over the planet’s crime syndicate from the ground up. It’s a journey which is part Scarface, part Star Trek, and all parts fresh. For more information on Apeface and Crumplezone, please visit their Facebook page.
- Interview: Dylann Bobei from Pieces the Series
- Trivia: New trivia and a chance to win Michael Hogan
- TV News: Nimoy lets us know what to expect from William Bell in Fringe S5
- Movie News: Transformer 4 news. Warner Bros will make more superhero movies and World War Z news.
- PodioBook Review: We’re Alive by KC Weyland
- TWIST: Michael Dorn pitching Worf-centric Trek , Lindeolof talks ST 2
- SciFi Five in Five: 5 Top Star Wars Gadgets
Question: Name an actor on BSG who played 2 different characters. Clue. Not a cylon.
Prize: A Michael Hogan signed print.
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Ray Bradbury Passes
15 Fictional Spacecrafts We’d Like to Call Home
Congratulations to Ryan Robbins and Christopher Heyerdahl
On Saturday, May 26, 2012 the Leo Awards were presented in Vancouver, BC. The Leos are presented by The Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia and celebrate the achievements of the British Columbia film and television industry.
This year’s Leo Awards were hosted by past Shore Leave Guest Amanda Tapping and her Sanctuary Co-Star Robin Dunne. This year’s winners include upcoming Shore Leave 34 Guest Ryan Robbins and Shore Leave 31 guest Christopher Heyerdahl – who have recently been working together again on the AMC series Hell On Wheels. Congratulations!
Nimoy lets us know what to expect from William Bell in Fringe S5
The character of William Bell has come a long way in four seasons of Fox’s Fringe, and acting legend Leonard Nimoy says his latest persona (probably) isn’t quite finished yet. So what can we expect from the maddest scientist of all in the show’s fifth and final season?
Nimoy said he was intrigued by William Bell’s story arc at the end of season four, which enticed him to come back for a surprising (and awesome) cameo as the puppet master behind the season’s Big Bad.
“It was explained to me that we’re opening up a whole world, and William Bell is being recreated as something else. He’s in another universe and has taken on other characteristics. There were challenges in the character itself that were attractive to me. I could play aspects that I haven’t played in a long time, so it was very welcoming to me.”
If J.J. Abrams’ plan for William Bell is as exciting for season five, Nimoy said he would definitely consider coming back for the final year—just to see how things evolve for the less “rational” version of Bell.
“It will depend on what they have in mind for the character. There are a lot of issues that have to be dealt with, but we’ll be talking,” he said. “The William Bell character started as a very intelligent and rational character. I think he’s still very, very intelligent, but I’m not quite so sure that he’s rational anymore.”
Transformers 4 Will Be Michael Bay’s Last; Will Feature Redesigned Robots and New Cast
Back in February, producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura confirmed that director Michael Bay (Pain and Gain) would be directing the upcoming fourth installment of the Transformers franchise for Paramount Pictures.
The director recently told the LATimes that:
“the fourth film will include some redesign of the robots and an entirely new cast. He also said it will be his last and set the franchise up ‘for the next guy.’”
The as yet Untitled Transformers Sequel (Reboot) is slated to hit theaters on June 29, 2014.
Warner Bros. Pictures to Bring More DC Comics Heroes to the Big Screen
Just last week, we brought you the news about Warner Bros. Pictures hiring Will Beall, writer of Gangster Squad, and the forthcoming remake of Logan’s Run to pen the script that will finally unite the Justice League onscreen, and earlier today, we told you about Green Lantern co-writer Michael Goldenberg being hired to pen a Wonder Woman script for the studio.
Now, Variety reports that The Flash, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Lobo, Suicide Squad, and Shazam are all also in the pipeline for the big-screen treatment. While we knew definitively that The Flash and Lobo would be getting movies (at some point), the rest of the list is either brand new or previously long-shot rumors from way-back.
Along those hero films, and deciding how to reboot Batman post-Christopher Nolan, the folks at DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures are also reportedly trying to figure out whether or not to bring back Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern in a sequel, or reboot the franchise in a completely new way.
Damon Lindelof to Rescue Brad Pitt’s WORLD WAR Z
Back in January, we told you that Brad Pitt and Paramount Pictures’ film adaptation of Max Brook’s novel, World War Z, has trilogy and thus franchise potential. Since then, there have been problems with this production. The film is due for a series of reshoots over a period of several weeks causing Paramount to push back the premiere date from this upcoming holiday season to the summer blockbuster season in 2013.
According to THR, Paramount has brought in Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, Lost) to save the film. Lindelof will be re-working on the third act of World War Z with reshoots to begin this fall.
World War Z stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a worker at the United Nations Post-War Commission, who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. The film also stars Mireille Enos (The Killing) as Pitt’s character’s wife, Daniella Kertesz in her feature film debut, James Badge Dale (The Departed) and Matthew Fox (Lost). World War Z is directed by Marc Forster with script was written by Matthew Michael Carnahan (State of Play).
World War Z is slated to hit theaters on June 21, 201
This week in Star Trek:
Michael Dorn pitching Worf-centric Trek pic: Here’s what we know
Though J.J. Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek franchise may be getting all the attention these days, there are still a few other, beloved crews drifting around the galaxy—and Star Trek: The Next Generation star Michael Dorn (Worf) thinks we’re long past due to check back in with everyone’s favorite Klingon.
Dorn is pitching a Worf-centric, low-budget Trek film that will pick up with Worf captaining a Federation ship. He’s writing the script himself and says he’s shooting for a darker, edgier take on the traditional Next Generation style.
“He is out there in the front lines basically chasing terrorists,” Dorn told Trek Movie. “I think we will have some of our Star Trek people in it, but mostly new characters. It will be interwoven into the fabric of Star Trek. And also what are we going through right now?”
When asked if he thought his direct-to-DVD idea would be confusing, considering Abrams’ new take on the franchise, Dorn said he believes his film could only help build the overall Trek buzz.
“Who wouldn’t want to have this kind of thing going on? It is going to help their movie. The fans aren’t going ‘We are going to see this movie, but we aren’t going to go see the big movie in the theater,'” he said. “I have [a] couple meetings I want to do before [meeting with CBS]. First with Rick Berman, who produced all of our shows, just to see what he thinks. Then my manager. And I know people at Syfy. And I’ll just start gathering information. If anything happens it is going to be next year, because I have a bunch of stuff to do this year. I have already started writing the script, and excuse my language, but it’s @#$!-ing great.”
Admittedly, Dorn’s idea is still in the early stages, and there’s no telling if it can even get a green light. But it does sound fairly cool. What do you think?
Screenwriter Damon Lindelof Talks The Difference Between ST:1 & ST:2
Star Trek 2 Producer / Screenwriter Damon Lindelof Talks The Difference Between ST:1 & ST:2
Star Trek 2 wrapped production early last month and now heading into post production and its eventual release May 17th, 2013. During publicity rounds for Prometheus, ST:2 Producer & Co-writer Damon Lindelof recently stat down with IGN to talk about the new film and its difference from the first JJ-verse movie.
IGN: What’s going to set Star Trek 2 apart from the original?
Lindelof: I think that the first one was in a lot of ways an origin story. It was about how the crew comes together and a love story between how Kirk met Spock. How this emotional guy who thinks only with his heart befriends this logical guy who thinks only with his mind. And this next movie is about what it’s like now that these people are a crew.
IGN: How is Captain Kirk different this time around?
Lindelof: Kirk is now in the Captain’s chair, for the first time, not having shanghaied it. And he has to learn how to manage his responsibilities as a captain with these friendships and relationships that he’s forming with these people around him. And I think also we’re introducing what is a very cool and nuanced force of antagonism that’s a little different from the first movie, which was just a steaming Romulan ball of rage that needs to be stopped at all costs.
IGN: So who is that villain?
Lindelof: Are you insane? I’m not going to tell you that!
Star Trek 2 hits screens worldwide next May.