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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 170 – Our Interview with Lee Arenberg (Grumpy from Once Upon a Time and Pintel from the Pirates of the Caribbean)

by on Apr.23, 2013, under Podcast Notes

SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 170

Our Interview with Lee Arenberg

(Grumpy from Once Upon a Time and

Pintel from the Pirates of the Caribbean)

 

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Menu:

Interview: Lee Arenberg (Grumpy from Once Upon a Time and Pintel from the Pirates of the Caribbean)
New Trivia:
 In Trivia this week, win more awesome Star Trek loot!
TV News: 1st trailer for BSG producer Ron Moore’s new Syfy series Helix; Defiance Rocks the Rating
Movie News:  New Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer
TWIST:   Yet ANOTHER Star Trek Trailer; TREK AUTHORS NOMINATED FOR AWARDS
SciFi 5 in 5 :  Great Fifth Element Quotes

Trivia:

Trivia Question: Peter Weller is in the new Star Trek Into Darkness movie. What other Star Trek project did he guest star in?

The Prize: A signed Lee Arrenberg print and 100 Star Trek Commemorative Comic

You will have until April 29th to send us your answers. Please include the code word mentioned in the first 15 minutes of the show. Send your answer with your mailing address to scifidinerpodcast@gmail.com, call us at 18885084343, or DM us on Twitter at @scifidiner. Make sure you include your e-mail with all entries! Only one entry per person.   The SciFi Diner is not responsible for any injuries occurring if you secretly decide to go all shiny and dress in a browncoat and walk into your local bar.

Promos:

Megapodzilla Podcast

PromLiber8 a Continuum Podcast

TV News:

Ron Moore’s new series Helix.

Something really, really creepy is going on in the first teaser trailer for Ronald D. Moore’s (Battlestar Galactica) new Syfy series Helix.

The network has revealed the first peek at Moore’s The Thing-esque series, which follows a team of several dozen scientists working at a large Arctic research facility. The scientists apparently stumble upon something that could potentially destroy the world, leading to “a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation.”

The teaser sets the scene, with a slow pan through the snowy landscape offering a peek at the research base. We then cut to a pristine, white-washed research lab, where a scientist takes off his mask to reveal … something creepy leaking off his face.

What is that black ooze? We don’t know, but we really want to find out.

The series is set to debut later this year. While we wait, check out the trailer below:

http://www.blastr.com/2013-4-16/1st-trailer-bsg-producer-ron-moores-new-syfy-series-helix

 

Movie News:  

New Hunger Games: Catching Fire Trailer

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyPnQw_Lqds&feature=share

 

This Week in Star Trek:

The final full-length trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness has been released, featuring a ton of new footage—including the confrontation that leads to the Enterprise crashing back down to Earth.

Abrams has been peeling back more and more with each passing trailer, and this one shows off a whole lot. It’s mostly focused on Benedict Cumberbatch’s mysterious baddie John Harrison, and Kirk’s (Chris Pine) quest for vengeance after he takes out a Starfleet office in London.

We get to see a face-off between the Enterprise and Harrison’s ship, and the good guys are obviously outmanned. Anyone worried about those first few trailers being too Earth-bound, worry no longer. This film looks to be packed with deep-space action.

The new footage also includes some new hints at Cumberbatch’s true identity (Khan?), so give us your best guess below.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens May 17.  Watch the trailer below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nRI4fftGB4

TREK AUTHORS NOMINATED FOR AWARDS

Two popular Star Trek authors have been nominated for Scribe Awards.

The Scribe Awards, which recognize excellence in the field of writing for media tie-in franchises, are presented by The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW).

The authors nominated are Greg Cox and David Mack.

Cox was nominated in the Original Novel category for Star Trek: The Rings of Time; an original series story about a dilithium mining colony on Skagway, a moon of Klondike-6, which is threatened by the disintegration of Klondike-6′s rings.

Mack was nominated for Star Trek: The Next Generation – Cold Equations, Book 1: The Persistence of Memory. In The Persistence of Memory, Data’s android brother B-4 has been stolen and Captain Picard and his crew need to find out the reason why and by whom B-4 was stolen.

The Scribe Awards winners will be announced in July at the San Diego Comic-Con.

Congratulations to both Cox and Mack for their nominations.

SciFi 5 at 5 

5. Police: Are you classified as human?

Korben Dallas: Negative, I am a meat popsicle

4. Zorg: I don’t like warriors. Too narrow-minded, no subtlety. And worse, they fight for hopeless causes. Honor? Huh! Honor’s killed millions of people, it hasn’t saved a single one.

3. Leeloo: I don’t know love. I was built to protect not to love, so there is no use for me other than this.

2. DJ Ruby Rhod: What’s wrong with you? What you screamin’ for? Every 5 minutes there’s somethin’, a bomb or somethin’. I’m leavin’. bzzzz.

1.Priest Vito Cornelius: You’re a monster, Zorg.

Zorg: I know.

 

 

 

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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 59 – Our Interview With Science Fiction Author Richard C. White.

by on May.06, 2010, under Podcast Notes

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On the menu tonight:

Tonight on menu, we serve up an interview with Richard C. White author of various writings in the Trek and Comic Book Universe. Listener feedback. We give away a signed print from Lee Arenberg in our trivia this week.  We’ll talk about LOTS clarifications, Fringes News, Batman 3 and Star Trek 12 news, Dr. Horrible BluRay, Flash Forward Thoughts, SyFys the Phantom, Starman Movie, Jonah Hex Trailer, and Slave Leia Bikini Car Wash    Miles gives us “This Week in Star Trek” what we’re calling TWIST. SciFi Five in Five by Richard C. White.

Show News:

  • Listener feedback:
  • > So, I’d like to listen to your recent episode concerning Farscape

    > (ep55), but I see your podcast is only available in m4a format.

    > Seeing as I have a non-Apple MP3 player, I’ll have to convert the

    > file. And yes, I’ve already loaded it onto the player, and it’s not

    > recognized.

    >

    > Not sure why you’ve chosen this format – I listen to 6-8 podcasts

    > per week and they are ALL available as MP3s (TWiT, Slice of Scifi,

    > Babylon Podcast, Scapecast, etc).

    >

    > I don’t currently have a program to convert it, so we’ll see how

    > much time & effort it is.

    > Jim Bassett

  • The ways they can access our podcast: iTunes, Zune, mp3, mp4 – why mp4?
  • Chris from subspace Commonique has been pimping us this week:
  • http://subspacecomms.com/content/2010/04/29/lee-arenberg-weeks-scifi-diner-podcast
  • http://geekblips.dailyradar.com/story/lee-arenberg-on-this-week-s-scifi-diner-podcast/

Trivia:

This Week’s Trivia:

Prize: A signed Lee Arenberg Pirate’s of the Caribbean print

Question: What Star Wars Episode 1 City was first mentioned in a Timothy Zahn novel?

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Podcast Promos:

Tuning into SciFi TV

Lostcasting with Wayne and Dan

The Main Course:

TV News:

Legend of the Seeker Canceled: Kevin B UPDATE – all news via him – thanks…

Kevin says:

Rather than using my comment it might be better and easier to just
point to this posting from our blog…

Earlier today (Monday) Entertainment Weekly reporter Michael Ausiello posted the following on his blog…

Legend of the Seeker Canceled

Hey, fans of Legend of the Seeker: You know that 11th hour stay of execution you were hoping for? Well, you can stop hoping now — I’m hearing from multiple sources that the cult fave has been axed.

The outlook had been bleak since last March, when many of Tribune Station Group’s markets dropped the syndicated series, which had been developed from Terry Goodkind’s fantasy novels by Hercules/Xena producers Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert. ABC Studios, which produces it, kept shopping it around. But, I’m told, they found no takers. So, after two action-packed seasons, Legend is history.

http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2010/04/26/legend-of-the-seeker-canceled/

Michael Ausiello is a very well respected and popular entertainment industry reporter who is usually accurate with his news items. However, please keep in mind that until we hear something official from ABC/Disney this report is just a well substantiated rumor.

We will be recording our regular weekly podcast later tonight and like most of you we’re waiting to find out exactly where things stand.

** IMPORTANT UPDATES **

Legend of the Seeker producer Mike Sussman posted an important message on his Twitter account. Check out what it said here.

Bridget Regan also posted something on her Twitter account and you can see what she said here.

This is a very good post for those folks who haven’t watched the series…

Farewell, Legend Of The Seeker: A Eulogy
The search for the Stone of Tears may lead to actual weeping.

This has not been a good couple of years for fans of sci-fi and fantasy. Sadly, The Legend of the SeekerTerminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Dollhouse in the ranks of shows that reached their second seasons only to be unjustly canceled just as they really started to work their mojo. now joins

LEGEND OF THE SEEKER Fans to Buy a “Thank You/Please Reconsider” Ad in
a Trade Publication

Flash Forward – Guais Balter the crazy man!

“FlashForward” …. Gabriel McDow (2 episodes, 2010)
Course Correction (2010)
The Garden of Forking Paths (2010)

SyFy just announced that our four-hour movie event of The Phantom will air on Sunday, June 20 from 7-11pm.Do we care?  Am I coming down too hard on Syfy?

Fringe interview with Leonard Nimoy (FINALE SPOILERS – click with caution!)

Awesome Leonard Nimoy totally spoils Fringe finale!

 

As Fox’s sci-fi series Fringe builds to the second-season finale, it looks like the pieces are falling together for a major resolution of the William Bell/Walter Bishop storyline, and guest star Leonard Nimoy offered us a preview of the fireworks in an interview.

We sat down with the 79-year-old acting legend with a couple of other reporters during a visit to the set of Fringe last month in Vancouver, Canada. Following is an edited version of our complete interview with Nimoy, with lots of spoilers! (The two-part season finale, “Over There,” airs May 13 and 20.)

Fringe airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

It seems like the last two seasons have pointed toward either a meeting with or confrontation with William Bell.

Nimoy: Very perceptive. (Laughs.)

And I’m not sure whether or not this season resolves the whole story involving William Bell or what he means to the main characters.

Nimoy: There will be a major confrontation. I’ll call it a confrontation between the two characters. We saw just a little snippet of it the last time I was here, where I was doing brain surgery on him. But now we will see, we will see them spend some time together in a dramatic setting, a dramatic situation where we will get some more information about their [relationship], an overview of their relationship. The past, what they were doing, what they were trying to do, how it has affected the universes, both universes. And, truthfully, they have feelings about each other now. They have stuff to work out with each other. In fact, there’s a moment I’ll tell you about where they start to get into it, and Olivia says, “Hey, work it out some other time.” (Laughs.) We have some other stuff to deal with, which is I think a terrific moment. We will see that. We’ll see it happen.

 

Will we see key scenes between William Bell and some of the other characters besides Walter?

Nimoy: We will see other characters with William Bell in this work, but essentially the character stuff will be between William Bell and Walter. The other stuff will have to do with the plot and action.

The show’s been picked up for a third season.

Nimoy: How about that? That’s great.

Does that mean that your character might return in the third season?

Nimoy: I have no idea about any future plans. I answer the phone, particularly when J.J. Abrams calls me. “OK, I have to answer the phone.” (Laughs.)

You alluded to some personal fighting between William and Walter. Would that have anything to do with relationships with possibly the same woman?

Nimoy: Possibly with women? Oh, what an interesting question. Wow, where did you get that? Is there some hint of that someplace?

Personally I have a theory. Nina might be a connecting link …

Nimoy: Oh, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah. That’s interesting. It is, it’s interesting.

Is there anything about William Bell that you can identify with, or what aspects of him are you most fond of?

Nimoy: I don’t think I’m an awful lot like William Bell. William is kind of what we refer to in our culture as a master of the universe. A guy who has accomplished extraordinary things. He’s kind of the Paul Allen of those guys. Scientific genius as well as an extraordinarily successful businessman. A rare combination. I don’t fit that mold. … I’m a character actor, and I’m trying to find my way through this process. As an actor learning how to play this guy, we’ve developed little bits and pieces of him so far, and there will be more developed now. I can’t say that I actually relate to him. But I do understand, when I play the dialogue, I understand where he’s coming from. That’s a matter of, just kind of an intellectual understanding of what he’s dealing with.

 

In the April 1st episode, which we’ve seen, “Peter,” we see a younger Walter and we also see an alternate-universe Walter. Is there any suggestion of either a younger William Bell or an alternate one?

Nimoy: We will get some information in [the season finale] episode about the William Bell on this side, the younger William Bell on this side. There will be some information given.

And what about the alternate William Bell, or maybe there isn’t an alternate?

Nimoy: Well, that’s what I’m talking about. The alternate William Bell. On the side that William Bell is on now, there was an alternate William Bell. And we’ll find out what his story is all about in this episode. Am I clear about that? (Laughs.) Or am I definitely trying to confuse you? What am I trying to do here? I’m not trying to confuse. I’m doing the best I can. Fringe is a very complicated show, which is one of the things that makes it so successful. It’s intriguing, constantly intriguing. There’s no question you can answer in any definitive way that doesn’t lead to another question. (Laughs.) So that’s where we are. We’re having a good time. …

How many days are you working on this final episode?

Nimoy: A total of three or four days this week, and then I come back for another three or four days. … Much more involvement than in the past, yeah.

How do you feel your understanding of the character has evolved since that first meeting with Olivia to this now? What’s your grasp of William Bell now?

Nimoy: Good question. Again, my grasp of where William Bell is now is given to me by the dialogue on the pages in these two scripts. It’s the things that I say to people about myself as William Bell. It’s the things I tell them about myself. And always there seems to be this question about whether or not you believe what I’m telling people about myself. He says specifically to Olivia, “I know you have reason not to trust me.” I’ve said that to her before. “But you’re going to have to. So take your choice. Either way, away from me and go your own way, or listen to me and try to take something from what I’m saying that’s useful to you.” And I think that’s the fun of the character. We have to decide whether you want to trust him or not and see what evolves. These scripts give us a couple of twists and turns where we wonder if we’ve been had by William Bell, which is great.

Are we going to learn what motivates William Bell?

Nimoy: Yeah, I think you’ll get more about what he’s after.

In the “Peter” episode, we’ve seen Walter finding a cure for Peter. And William is just this interesting scientist, and he’s always off somewhere. I’m curious what drives him.

Nimoy: I think you’ll get more of that in these episodes, yeah. You’re right. There hasn’t been much of that. There’s been sort of situational stuff rather than motivational. But I think you’ll get some of that in these two episodes, yeah.

 

John Noble, who plays Walter Bishop, is an actor who …

Nimoy: John Noble is a fearsome actor. What else you want to say? (Laughs.) Fearsome. He’s also a very tall guy. OK, what?

What’s your interaction with him? Has it been fun playing these meaty scenes with him?

Nimoy: I’ve only played one very brief scene with him where he’s totally under control. He was on a gurney, and I’m about to operate on his brain. We don’t have to stand toe to toe on that one.

Walter and William have this rich backstory. How do you go about developing that kind of history with the actor?

Nimoy: Well, it’s different on the page. It’s on the page. We don’t make it up. It’s pretty clearly defined. Walter says his piece, and I say mine. And I say, “Hey, just a minute,” and I say, “What about you?” We have that kind of cross-examination of each other, and I think you’ll find it interesting. I hope you will.

The first-season finale had the twin towers. What was your response when you got that script and the reveal?

Nimoy: I thought that was very interesting and really kind of daring contemporary television to pull in that story. To pull that event into this TV story, I thought, was very innovative and daring, frankly. “Wow, that’s OK. This is serious.” … You know, it’s not easy to use that kind of stuff without seeming somehow exploitive. But I thought they did it very, very well.

 

Movie News:

Warner Bros. Developing A ‘Starman’ Movie?

Another DC superhero may take flight on the big screen.

According to Pajiba, Warner Bros. and Lin Productions may be collaborating on an adaptation of “Starman.” While the rumor is currently unconfirmed, the story states that the project is being produced by Daniel Lin (“Sherlock Holmes”) and Gregory Noveck (“Jonah Hex”).

 

The first Starman was created in 1941 by artist Jack Burnley along with editors Whit Ellsworth, Murray Boltinoff, Jack Schiff, Mort Weisinger, and Bernie Breslauer. While the rumor doesn’t state which version of Starman would be featured in the film, it does say that the character used will “wield a gravity rod, have energy powers, and likely be able to fly.”

Over the nearly 70 years since the first appearance of Starman, there have been several DC characters to use that name. The first was Ted Knight — a founding member of JSA who recently made a cameo in the “Absolute Justice” episode of “Smallville.”

Knight was followed by Mikaal Tomas, a blue-skinned alien prince who used the Starman name as he defended the Earth against his war-like people in the ’70s, Will Payton — the Starman throughout most of the ’80s, Prince Gavyn, another alien prince whose exploits took place in outer space and the current Starman, who was featured in the “Justice Society” ongoing series.

However, the most popular incarnation to date is James Robinson’s “Starman” from the ’90s, which featured Jack Knight — the son of the original Starman — who was thrust into the role following the murder of his brother. Jack Knight’s struggle to maintain a normal life while eschewing traditional superhero trappings (like wearing a bright costume) helped the series find a fan following and established Robinson’s “Starman” as one of the most “human” superheroes in the entire DC universe.

JONAH HEX: Official Trailer Is Online!

Now the trailer itself for the film starring Josh Brolin, Megan Fox and John Malkovich has made it’s way online and you can check it out below.  BROYLES is in it!

 

“Batman 3” set for July 20th 2012 – two weeks after new Spidey, three weeks after Star Trek 2

 

Warner Bros. Pictures has announced a July 20th 2012 release date for the upcoming third “Batman” feature following on from 2005’s “Batman Begins” and 2008’s “The Dark Knight”.

The date is no major surprise – ‘Dark Knight’ opened July 18th 2008 while director Chris Nolan’s upcoming thriller “Inception” opens July 16th this year and both are day-and-date international releases which the next “Batman” is extremely likely to be. Warners didn’t confirm that Nolan was returning with the announcement, only the date itself was revealed.

The July 20th date puts the opening two weeks after Sony’s “Spider-Man” reboot on July 3rd and three weeks after Paramount’s “Star Trek” sequel on June 29th. Marvel’s high-profile “The Avengers” also opens earlier that Summer on May 4th.

IESB added to the report indicating that the studio’s planned upcoming “Superman” reboot is targeting a Christmas 2012 release and adds a more dubious but interesting claim of tying in it, “Green Lantern” and the existing Nolan “Batman” films much like Marvel is doing with “The Avengers”.

 

DVD News

DR. HORRIBLE Comes To Blu-Ray In Glorious High Definition

Here is the low down on what special features are included in the Blu-Ray edition:

  • Cast and crew commentaries
  • “Commentary! The Musical” (Quite possibly one of the best commentaries on any DVD!)
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Evil League of Evil video applications submitted by fans
  • Three Easter eggs: blooper reel, rehearsal footage, and interviews with the members of the Evil League of Evil

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” is forty-two minutes of musical genius with a whopping ninety-two minutes of special features! Buy it on Blu-Ray (pre-order for $13.99) or if you’d rather, the DVD version sells for $10.99.

Misc News.

From Kevin – Everything That’s Right In The World: A Slave Leia Bikini Carwash For Charity

Ummm ok….8^)

TWIST

Shatner

http://trekmovie.com/2010/05/02/william-shatner-talks-star-trek-sequel-governor-general-buzz-new-sitcom/

Anew Fan film – Star Trek Phoenix

Scott’s Star Trek The Next Generation First Disc Thoughts
Farpoint
Bones as admiral nice touch – DeForest Kelly

Welsey son enters the bridge
The jelly fish at Farpoint…
Shuttle craft bones comment — the fact that he wouldn’t use the transporter
The other starship The Hood

Ep 2

The Naked Now
There was a young lady from Venus whose body was shaped like a – Data

Ep 3

Code of honor
Girl on girl action – fight

Scifi 5 in 5

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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 58 – Our Interview With Lee Arenberg from Once Upon a Time, Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Trek.

by on Apr.29, 2010, under Podcast Notes

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Are you going to see Iron Man 2?  let us know what you think?

On the menu tonight:

Tonight on menu, we serve up a wonderful interview with Lee Arenberg from the three Pirates of the Caribbean movies and Star Trek.  We give away a signed print by him in our trivia this week. Plus we’ll be revealing who won the Guild print signed by Felicia Day.  We’ll be sharing some future interviews and about Shore Leave 32. In news, Legend of the Seeker is CANCELED.  We’ll talk about Riverworld, the 3D Alien Prequals, The Green Lantern Movie, Avatar DVD news, and Dayton Ward’s new book “Counterstrike.” Miles gives us “This Week in Star Trek” what we’re calling TWIST.  We round out the show with Kevin Bachelder from Tuning into SciFi TV giving us his SciFi Five in Five.

The Interview:

We sat down with Lee Arenberg at the Farpoint Con in Maryland.  He shared about many things including his thoughts on the acting industry, his work on Star Trek, and of course his work in the three Pirates of the Caribbean movies.  Below is a little write up from his website:

Lee Arenberg has the remarkable ability to morph himself into frightening aliens, twisted psychotherapists, lascivious entertainment executives and everything in between. Most frequently referred to as a character actor, Arenberg maintains a flourishing acting career — almost 20 years spanning television, stage and film.

He received many accolades for his part of Pintel in The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl. Pirates, which was the highest grossing live-action movie of 2003, is now out on DVD. Lee’s Diary of a Pirate is a special feature on Disc 2, along with the blooper reel and other special features.

Lee has appeared in more than 30 movies, including Cradle Will Rock, Robocop 3, Waterworld, Bob Roberts, The Apocalypse, Cross My Heart and others including fantasty adventure feature Dungeons & Dragons.

Currently shooting the sequels (yes, that’s plural) to POTC, Lee appears in the animated feature Happily N’Ever After with Sarah Michelle Gellar, George Carlin, Freddie Prinze Jr and Sigourney Weaver, due to be released later this year.

Show News:

  • Our site should look better on the iphone/itouch – thanks Keven Bachelder
  • ShoreLeave 32 – If your gonna be there, we want to know!

Trivia:

Last Week’s Trivia:

Prize: A signed Felicia Day Guild Print

Question: In Dr. Horrible Sing-Along-Blog, Felicia Day’s Character is called Penny. After she dies, how does the newspaper refer to her?

Winner: Frank Vlastnik

This Week’s Trivia:

Prize: A signed Lee Arenberg Pirate’s of the Caribbean print

Question: What Star Wars Episode 1 City was first mentioned in a Timothy Zahn novel?

You will have two weeks to answer this question.  Send your answer with your mailing address to scifidinerpodcast@gmail.com, call us at 18885084343, or DM us on Twitter at @scifidiner.

Podcast Promos:

The Gamma Quadrant

Fringecasting with Wayne and Dan

 

The Main Course:

TV News:

Riverworld on Syfy – we comment…

Legend of the Seeker Canceled: Kevin B talks

Sorry, Legend of the Seeker fans — after two seasons, Seeker has been cancelled.  The syndicated series, from Spiderman‘s Sam Raimi, was based on the Sword of Truth book series from Terry Goodkind and starred Craig Horner as the titular Seeker.  The show suffered what turned out to be a fatal blow last month when Tribune Company decided not to renew their deal and air a third season due to low ratings.  A majority of the stations that carried Seeker were owned by Tribune, and apparently Seeker‘s producers, ABC Studios, were not able to find sufficient replacements or a cable network to pick the show up.

YOUNG JUSTICE

YOUNG JUSTICE is an all-new series produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based upon the characters from DC Comics. In YOUNG JUSTICE, being a teenager means proving yourself over and over – to peers, parents, teachers, mentors and, ultimately, to yourself. But what if you’re not just a normal teenager? What if you’re a teenage super hero? How much harder will it be to prove yourself in a world of super powers, super villains and super secrets? Are you ready to come of age in such a world? Are you ready for life or death rites of passage? Are you ready to join the ranks of the great heroes and prove you’re worthy of the Justice League? The members of Young Justice—Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis—are about to find out.

“There’s much more to come from DC Entertainment,” said Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer. “This is just the beginning.”

Movie News:

New Airbender trailer makes the film look amazing!:

The trailer highlights some of the film’s fantastical visual effects, including a glimpse at the giant white furry “sky bison” Appa, as well as Aang (Noah Ringer) and his power over the four elements of air, fire, earth and water.

Last Airbender is based on the animated TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender. It also stars Nicole Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel and Aasif Mandvi and opens on July 2.

What do you think?

Ridley Scott Talks 3D ‘Alien’ Prequels – News in Film (blog)

Ridley Scott has confirmed he’s filming a prequel to Alien, he’s doing it in 3D, and he’s considering more than one.

Here’s a quick recap: a year ago, word got out Fox was working on a prequel to Scott’s 1978 sci-fi classic Alien with his involvement as a producer.  Then, after some convincing, he was also confirmed as the director from a script by Jon Spaihts.

Last week, Scott spoke with MTV and revealed a slew of details on the project, which he says is in its “fourth draft.”  He told them the film will take place in 2085, about 30 years before Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) encounters the slimy creatures.

Specifically they want to explore the origin of the “space jockey” from the original, which was basically a pilot discovered by the crew with his rib cage splayed out.  It’ll also discuss terraforming, or planting life on other planets in hopes of fostering a livable environment.  The main character will be a woman, though Ripley wasn’t born yet for this story so they’ll be searching for a fresh badass female to fight aliens.

Finally, Scott said they may be creating an entirely new look for the extra terrestrial antagonists, but unfortunately didn’t elaborate further on what sort of design to expect.  It’s difficult to imagine them replacing the sleek, iconic creates from the originals though.

At the press junket for Robin Hood, Scott told journalists (including Collider) he’s thinking two prequels, but focusing only on the first untitled Alien prequel for now.  “At the moment I’m just trying to get the first one out,” he said.  Scott will also be shooting this in 3D, but the darkened setting presents a problem they’ll be fixing in post-production.

Is anyone else getting a Star Wars prequels vibe off of this?  It’s very similar.  A filmmaker is revisiting his biggest franchise in order to flesh out the most minute details of the series and he’s bringing along the latest technology to do it.  Plus, like Star Wars, the original holds up extremely well as one of the best sci-fi films ever.  I want to believe Scott is still capable of great things, but I can’t be the only skeptic out there.

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DVD News

‘Avatar’ Sets DVD & Blu-ray Records

Fox issued a press release announcing Avatar is the fast-selling Blu-ray of all-time, selling 2.7 million Blus in just four days (The Dark Knight has sold 2.5 million units total).  The sci-fi epic has sold over 6.7 million discs so far, already outselling The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

Original article from April 23:

20th Century Fox celebrated a record-shattering first day of sales Thursday for the 2D DVD and Blu-ray release of Avatar.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, James Cameron’s sci-fi epic sold 1.5 million copies of the Blu-ray disc, topping The Dark Knight’s previous record of 600,000 Blus on its shelf date in December 2008.  Retailers reportedly sold out of 60% of their inventory on average.

Official sales numbers have not been released yet, but an early industry estimate puts the total units sold well north of 4 million, which is the record-breaking figure The Twilight Saga: New Moonits first two days. moved during

The 2D, bare bones version of Avatar contained zero extras and only the theatrical cut of the film.  Yet it’s already on pace to easily become the highest selling title in 2010 (New Moon sits at approximately 6.5 million units since March).  Cameron has promised a special edition in November with additional footage and the usual goodies, which should contribute to smashing that record too.  A 3-D Blu-ray won’t be available until 2011 while the studio holds out for 3D home video technology to become more prevalent and Blu-ray technology to match theatrical quality.

Is it any surprise that the highest grossing movie of all-time — $2.71 billion worldwide, $745M domestic — would set records when it was released on home video?  Twi-Hards are rabidly devoted (one of them bit me), but they’re a small fraction of the fan base Cameron created with his first Pandoran adventure.  Yes, first.  He’s already talking about the sequels.

Total Lifetime Grosses

Domestic:

$746,365,137

27.5%

Foreign:

$1,967,000,000

72.5%


 

= Worldwide:

$2,713,365,137

 

 

Misc News.

Counterstrike by Dayton Ward released today.

COUNTERSTRIKE When the alien war engulfing a distant planet spilled to Earth through a network of hidden portals, humankind was plunged into an apocalyptic, generations-old conflict between the Plysserians and the Chodrecai. Now, months after Earth’s most powerful military forces formed a tenuous alliance with the Plysserians and countered a devastating, three-pronged Chodrecai offensive, alien survivors continue to wreak havoc on a shell-shocked Earth. Martial law and civil unrest run rampant. Resistance cells and pockets of Chodrecai sympathizers are gathering strength. And two U.S. Marines—Sergeant Major Simon DiCarlo and Sergeant Belinda Russell— remain trapped on the alien planet of Jontashreena. Now, as human and Plysserian scientists and engineers race to unlock the intergalactic portals and harvest alien technology, Earth prepares for the most explosive battle for its existence. Joining the war effort are recruits like young Colin Laney, who will advance from Marine boot camp to the forefront of a massive invasion on alien terrain—with the fate of two worlds hanging in the balance.

About the Author

Dayton Ward served for eleven years in the U.S. Marine Corps before discovering the private sector and the piles of cash to be made there as a software engineer. He got his start in professional writing by placing stories in each of Pocket Books’ first three Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthologies. He is the author of dozens of Star Trek novels, many written in collaboration with coauthor Kevin Dilmore. He recently penned a tie-in to the cult classic television series The 4400, and is currently at work on a new Star Trek novel to be released in Fall 2010.

Though he currently lives in Kansas City with his wife, Michi, he is a Florida native and still maintains a torrid long-distance romance with his beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Readers interested in contacting Dayton or learning more about his writing, or who simply need proof that their website is cooler and better looking, are encouraged to venture to his Internet cobweb collection at www.daytonward.com.

Starpol The website for the series is as folllows – http://audio.starpol.net

BATMAN Live Stage Show Being Prepped By Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. and DC Comics are planning a Batman, Live stage show. According to THR, the show is not a musical but a touring arena production targeted at children and families. The script for the show is being penned by Alan Burnett and Stan Berkowitz, the writers behind various animated Batman and Superman TV series and the show will produced by the team who made Walking With Dinosaurs into a touring event..

No tour dates have been confirmed, but it may roll out in 2012 following the release of Christopher Nolan’s sequel to The Dark Knight.

This Week in Star Trek

 

Scifi 5 in 5

Kevin Bachelder shares his thoughts on the top five SciFi Genre TV shows of this season.  What do you think?  Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know?

  1. Lost
  2. Legend of the Seeker
  3. Supernatural
  4. Fringe
  5. Chuck

 

 

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