SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 149
Our Interview with Jane Wiedlin
(The Go-Gos and Star Trek IV)
From Shore Leave 34
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- Interview: Jane Wiedlin (Go Go’s & Star Trek IV)
- Trivia: Win Kate Mulgrew
- TV News: Ratings Highlights, Fringe Trailers
- Movie News: New Mad Max Movie
- Podio Book Review: The Heavenfield
- Special Interest: Star Wars Speeder Bike almost a reality.
- TWIST: New Star Trek Pod Cast produced by Rod Roddenberry, Larry Nemecek releases past interviews on CD
- SciFi Five in Five: 10 Movies we should rewind.
Trivia: In the context of the episodes of Warehouse 13 that aired on 2/13 and 2/20, what does it have in common with Stargate Universe? (Hint: IMDB is your friend if you don’t watch Warehouse 13)
Prize: An Autographed copy of Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway)
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Teen Wolf (MTV)
1.72 million viewers/0.7
As we near its season-two finale, Teen Wolf continues to show consistent strength. It broke even in ratings score this week and picked up a few viewers. We’ll see if the finale gives it a boost, but even if it doesn’t this show has held steady and is already on its way to a third season.
Warehouse 13 (Syfy)
1.63 million viewers/0.6
After a big dip between weeks one and two, Warehouse 13 broke even in the third week of its fourth season. It’s almost half a million viewers down from where it was this time last season, but don’t count this show out yet. These numbers definitely aren’t weak.
1.37 million viewers/0.6
Alphas picked up a tenth of a ratings point and basically broke even in viewers this week. Like Warehouse 13, it’s not where it was last year, but that ratings score is definitely strong for a show with a viewership this size.
THURSDAYLost Girl (Syfy)
1.17 million viewers/0.4
Four weeks into its new Friday night timeslot, Lost Girl is doing well. Not only is it putting up higher numbers than it was for many of its recent Monday nights, but it’s performing much more consistently. As we near the season-two finale, this looks like a good move by Syfy.
True Blood (HBO)
4.49 million viewers/2.6
True Blood dropped a tenth of a ratings point but still ruled Sunday night. With just two episodes left (and preseason football to contend with) until it ends its year, we’ll see if it can hold on to that crown for the rest of season five.
Falling Skies (TNT)
3.46 million viewers/1.3
Falling Skies broke even in ratings but picked up a few viewers, and its numbers were good enough to earn it a strong third place finish Sunday night. The season finale is next week, and as we look forward to season three we’ll also be finding out if this show can pull off a big ratings finish.
MUST SEE: TWO Brand New Teaser Trailers for Season 5 of FRINGE
WOW, four teaser trailers in two days, and from my three favorite TV shows? You shouldn’t have! But thank you, TV gods, thank you! Yesterday was American Horror Story: Asylum, earlier today was Doctor Who, and now we have TWO from our beloved Fringe. And like the other two shows’ teasers, these do not disappoint. The first is for the season in general, the second is said to be for the season premiere:
Principal Photography On MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Is Officially Underway
Production on director George Miller‘s long-awaited film, Mad Max: Fury Road began early last month, but the production company has now announced the official start of principal photography on the film, and dropped a press release that includes character names and a brief synopsis from the director.
Check it out below!
Principal photography began 9 July on the dystopian action adventure “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a Kennedy Miller Mitchell production written and directed by “Mad Max” creator and Academy Award(R) winner George Miller (“Happy Feet”). The film will be presented by Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Village Roadshow Pictures. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
“Mad Max: Fury Road”–the fourth in the franchise’s history–stars Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) in the title role of Max Rockatansky, alongside Oscar(R) winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”, “Prometheus”) as Imperator Furiosa.
According to Miller, “Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived.”
“Mad Max: Fury Road” also stars Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class”) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (“Mad Max,” “Sleeping Beauty”) as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones (“Conan the Barbarian”) as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoe Kravitz (“X-Men: First Class”) plays Toast, Riley Keough (“Magic Mike”) is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) is Splendid. They are joined by supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile, both of whom are making their big screen debuts. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior.
The cast is rounded out by well-known Australian actors John Howard, Richard Carter, supermodel Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer and Melita Jurisic.
Miller is directing the film from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller also produces the film, along with longtime producing partner, Oscar(R) nominee Doug Mitchell (“Babe,” “Happy Feet”), and P.J. Voeten. Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Academy Award(R)-winning director of photography John Seale (“The English Patient”); action unit director and stunt coordinator Guy Norris (“Australia”); editor Margaret Sixel (“Happy Feet”); production designer Colin Gibson (“Babe”); Oscar(R)-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (“A Room with a View”); and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt (“Knowing”).
Shooting on “Mad Max: Fury Road” is taking place in Africa with the support of the Australian government. Originally slated to be shot in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, the production was forced to relocate due to severe flooding, rendering the Australian landscape unsuitable for the film. The rain turned the area into an oasis instead of the post-apocalyptic terrain that is the setting for Max’s world.
Mad Max: Fury Road starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Megan Gale, Hugh Keays-Byrne and Nathan Jones, currently has no official release date.
Special Interest: Video:
Company develops REAL Star Wars speeder bikes hovercraft
Video: Company develops REAL Star Wars speeder bikes hovercraft
Of all the cool tech to pop up in the Star Wars series, the speeder bikes from the epic Episode VI: Return of the Jedi chase scene are some of the coolest. They’re fast, dangerous and pure hovercraft fiction. (Well, maybe not that last one for much longer.)
A California-based company called Aerofex seems to think it’s figured out how to actually make a two-duct rotor hovercraft work. The design originated in the 1960s, but it was never perfected to provide actual usability for a rider.
Enter Aerofex, who added knee-level control bars to the system, and their prototype has actually worked pretty well in the first round of tests.
The only problem? The company still has a lot of testing to do, and at the moment they’ve capped human flights at 15 feet high and 30 mph—though the bike can apparently move about as fast as a helicopter in the right environment.
Early stages or not, Aerofex founder Mark De Roche believes the hover vehicle has the potential to be the “next big thing” in personal transportation. He said via Yahoo:
“Think of it as lowering the threshold of flight, down to the domain of ATV’s (all-terrain vehicles) … It essentially captures the translations between the two in three axis (pitch, roll and yaw), and activates the aerodynamic controls required to counter the movement — which lines the vehicle back up with the pilot. Since [the pilot's] balancing movements are instinctive and constant, it plays out quite effortlessly to him.”
So when can you get one of these bad boys and live out your Return of the Jedi fantasies? The company has drone testing scheduled through the end of 2013, so it’ll be at least 2014-2015 before these could actually be available to the general public.
But it definitely looks worth the wait:
This week in Star Trek:
Rod Roddenberry Talks Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast
A brand new podcast has hit the cyber “airwaves” recently and is set to examine every single episode of Star Trek. The best part about the new show is that it’s a Roddenberry Entertainment production. Mission Log, hosted by DVD Geeks’ John Champion and “Mac OS Ken” Ken Ray, will start with the TOS pilot “The Cage” and run all the way through the final episode of Enterprise.
With the new episode launched last week, we got the chance to ask executive producer Rod Roddenberry a few questions about the new show.
SSC: It seems that the podcast will be a continuation of the themes explored in Trek Nation. What else can Trek fans expect from the new show?
RR: In many respects the podcast is an extension of my journey documented in Trek Nation. I always wanted the opportunity to examine the philosophy of each Star Trek episode from the Roddenberry perspective and get to the core of what has been inspiring fans for decades. I’m excited fans will be able to explore these themes with me.
SSC: Will you be hosting the podcast? If not, who will be, and will you be joining them from time to time?
RR: Veteran podcasters and Star Trek aficionados John Champion and Ken Ray will host the show, and I’m definitely looking forward to being a guest on the show from time to time. John and Ken will offer a balanced yet critical analysis of the underlying themes, metaphors and subtexts intertwined in each Star Trek episode. They’ll dialogue around the plot points, principles and philosophies of Star Trek and how it relates to humanity both during its original airings and today. There will be plenty of wit and humor to balance their analysis. John and Ken are very entertaining, sometimes agreeing and sometimes disagreeing, but always looking at multiple perspectives.
SSC: Can we expect any sound clips or media from the Roddenberry archives?
RR: The podcast will feature items from the Roddenberry archives. I’ve offered up some rare historic resources I found in my family’s archive, such as my father’s handwritten notes on original scripts.
SSC: What can Trek fans expect on each episode?
RR: The podcast will examine each episode of the Star Trek TV series’ starting with the series pilot, “The Cage,” and progress sequentially through the final season of Enterprise and include all animated productions and movies in between.
Be sure to check out the official website for Mission log, where you can download each episode as they're made available. You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes.
Larry Nemecek Presents TREKLAND: On Speaker “Future Voices, Passed”
The digital age has brought us a wealth of supplemental material about Star Trek. But no one has spent more face time with the franchise’s actors and creators than “Dr. Trek” himself, Larry Nemecek.
Now, in the first disc of “TREKLAND: On Speaker,” Larry digs into his archives for interviews with Trek luminaries who have since left us. “Future Voices, Passed” offers never-before-heard material with Michael Piller, Mark Lenard, Jerry Fleck, and Bob Justman.
We had the pleasure here at Trek.fm of working with Larry on the project, as our publisher, Christopher Jones, designed the album packaging and worked on the audio along with Ted Peterson.
Larry offered the first disc as an exclusive at Star Trek Las Vegas earlier this month. The special con edition was limited to 50 discs.
For those interested who could not make it to STLV, Larry is making some additional copies available for purchase by mail. If you’re interested in picking up these rare interviews, drop Larry a line of over on his website larrynemecek.com.
Sci Fi 5@5:
Jen from NY
And as for my five of five rematch movies you guy’s should do is, Galaxy Quest, either Star Trek 3 & or 4, & does Big Trouble in Little China count as a scifi/fantasy movie?! I guess they have it as Action/Adventure/Comedy?! Back to the Future or I could be their for Terminator 2! These are some really tough choices cause they are all so good. I also just wanted to add another Five of Five movie picks, just cause it is so hard to choose from! But here are some other Sci fi movie 5 of 5; The Fifth Element, Flash Gordon, Space balls, young Frankenstein, & Ghostbusters!