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Scifi Diner Podcast Ep. 18 – SciFi Tackles Corporatism; A New Buffy & Tomb Raider Movie, Dollhouse Plus Much, Much More.


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Reflections on the past episode and the cars.

Starship Farragut’s “A Rock and a Hard Place” Wins Award at Film Festival

WASHINGTON, DC, June 1, 2009 — Starship Farragut, an independent film project based on the original series of Star Trek, won “Best Fan Film of 2009” at the Wrath of Con science fiction conference and film festival in Panama City Beach, Florida. Starship Farragut won the award for it latest film, “A Rock and a Hard Place,” and last year, won the same award for its second film, “For Want of a Nail.”

Film Synopsis: Captain Carter (John Broughton), despite objections from Chief Engineer Smithfield (Holly Bednar), decides to on a planetary survey mission with an old flame. Things are not as they seem, and they soon realized that they not the only ones interested in the planet. Other noteworthy performances by D.D. Hatcher (Lt. Commander Bishop), Eddie Lao (Klingon Borok), and Jamie Hanna (Klingon Commander). Special acknowledgements to Director Mark Hildebrand, Assistant Director Eric Lund, Director of Photography Michael Bednar, original musical score by Hetoreyn, sound by Bill Bame and Ralph Miller, and visual effects by NEO f/x.

“We’re honored to have been selected as Best Fan Film of 2009,” said John Broughton, creator and Executive Producer of the series. “This film has outstanding special effects, the debut of a full-scale shuttlecraft interior set, and fight scenes choreographed by renowned Hollywood stunt choreographer, Leslie Hoffman. With each film effort, we explore new filmmaking aspects with the goal of bringing Classic Trek…Now.”

Mike Bednar, Vice President of Farragut Films and Producer of the Starship Farragut project attended the event, stating, “The fan friendly approach to this project clearly differentiates us from other Internet film projects. We’re constantly receiving fan adulation for the quality of our film efforts and for providing the films for free.” Farragut’s 17-minute episode competed against other fan films at the three-day convention and film festival. The film may be downloaded free at

Last year, Farragut Films debuted films three and four, “Just Passing Through” and “A Rock and a Hard Place.” Recently, Farragut Films unveiled Studio One in St. Marys, GA where the interior ship sets are located. Work is progressing on the remaining full 360 degree bridge set, which will be completed by 12/31/09. The project’s fifth and next episodic film will begin pre-production this fall with filming in early 2010 timeframe. In addition, NEO f/x’s production of Starship Farragut – The Animated Episodes will soon be released and features the voices of the Farragut crew in addition to well-known Star Trek guest stars, such as Tim Russ, Chase Masterson, and Chris Doohan (son of James “Scotty” Doohan). The project’s films may be downloaded free at

Trivia Question for this next week/Giveaway:

This week we will be giving away a copy of the book Star Trek Movie Novelization by Alan Dean Foster. These books always tell a bit more than the movie does. For example, did you know the Farragut was destroyed during the attack on Vulcan? In order to win this copy, you need to correctly answer this week’s trivia question. If we receive more than one correct answer, we will draw straws, pull names out of a hat or Miles and I will play Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine the winner. 8^)

For our trivia question this week:

Ever heard of a little thing called a Taser?  It is an acronym for what?

Call (206) 600-4824, e-mail, or contact Scott and Miles on Twitter with your answers!

Last week’s trivia winner:

Question: From the original “V” Miniseries, who was the female lead visitor? Give both her real name and her character name.

Answer: Jane Badler played Diana

Winner: Kevin Kresge

He won a copy of the novel Parapsyko by Daniel J. Bohanick –

SciFi News:

Warehouse 13 Warehouse 13 will premiere July 7 with a two-hour pilot at 9 p.m. ET/PT.


Stargate Atlantis star Joe Flanigan will appear in SCI FI Channel’s upcoming Warehouse 13, as will former Battlestar Galactica cast members Tricia Helfer, Michael Hogan and Mark Sheppard, SCI FI announced.

Other guest stars include Gossip Girl’s James Naughton; Roger Rees of Cheers; Eureka’s Joe Morton, Erica Cerra and Niall Matter; and Ivan Sergei from Crossing Jordan.


The Dollhouse

Joss Whedon told Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello that he’s trying to get his former Firefly star Summer Glau on Fox’s Dollhouse in its second season, but not in a role you might expect.

“Summer would be perfect to play an active, but she’s done that [type of role] a lot,” Whedon told Ausiello. “I’d rather see her play someone who talks too much. The most fun I have is when I get somebody who’s good and comfortable at doing something, and then I make them do something else. Summer said to me, ‘I would like to play a normal girl before I die of extreme old age.’”

‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot Will Be A Prequel

“We’re rebooting Lara Croft as well, [we’re] real excited,” Lin said. “It’s a great origin story that we’re going to tell, a very character oriented…I would say more realistic [film] than the past Lara Croft movies.”

Lin confirmed that there have been no casting decisions made but that the new film will be an origin story.

Will Angelina Jolie be back?

Lin says they will be seeking a younger actress to play the role of Lara Croft.

Will the new film have full on action?

“It’s not full on action,” Lin says. “I would say its like Terminator…its character driven action. You know I think for me the Lara Croft games and movies have gone a little too action oriented. I wanted to have action but with character.”

The Tomb Raider reboot, which as yet has not been given a title, is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2012.

A New ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ Feature Film

Original Buffy the Vampire Slayer director Fran Rubel Kuzui is getting ready with Vertigo Entertainment to make a second Buffy feature film.

Fran Rubel Kuzui directed the first movie starring Kristy Swanson as Buffy and served as Executive Producer on both Joss Whedon’s television series and its spinoff series Angel.

As far as connections go that’s about it. Word is Joss Whedon probably won’t be involved and neither will any of the characters from the TV series – although the filmmakers haven’t yet ruled out Whedon’s involvement.

Kuzui and Vertigo are planning on completely restarting the story line so that it doesn’t infringe upon Whedon’s buffy-verse apart from retaining the basic premise: that each generation has its own vampire slayer to protect it. They also plan to go darker with the new incarnation and start an all new franchise.

Sam Rockwell’s sci-fi thriller film Moonsounds like Life Hutch by Harlan Ellison

We’ve got an exclusive clip from Moon, the upcoming sci–fi thriller film starring Sam Rockwell.

The Duncan Jones-directed film centers on a solitary astronaut stationed on the moon to mine the precious gas that holds the key to reversing the Earth’s energy crisis. He slowly begins to lose his grasp on reality as his assignment nears an end. The film also stars Kevin Spacey, who provides the voice of a robot companion, and Kaya Scodelario as Rockwell’s wife, Eve.


Columbia developing Barry Sonnenfeld’s Tom Swift movie


Columbia Pictures has nabbed Swift, a pitch by Barry Sonnenfeld and Ben David Grabinski, which is described as a re-imagining of the boys’ sci-fi Tom Swift adventure novels, Variety reported.

The project is being developed as a Sonnenfeld directing vehicle.

The Tom Swift character first appeared in a series of books that launched in 1910. The original books were outlined by Edward Stratemeyer, written by ghostwriters and credited to pseudonym Victor Appleton.

Star Trek’s fourth weekend:

Star Trek continued to have legs, coming in at fifth place, with $12.8 million for the weekend, raising its domestic total to $209.5 million, becoming the first 2009 release to cross the $200 million mark and outselling Monsters vs. Aliens to become the highest-grossing movie so far this year. Over the weekend Star Trek edged its worldwide gross to $301.5M ($209.5M US domestic + $92M foreign box office).

J.J. ABrams’ hit film now not only sits in the no.1 spot as the highest grossing film of 2009 but has also entered the all time top 100 list for highest grossing films in the US.

Presently Star Trek sits at no.81 behind Back to the Future ($210.6M) and will probably surpass Back to the Future once the final weekend’s figures are in. You can also expect it to climb much higher in the list as the next 14 highest grossing films are separated by less than $10M.

Star Trek still has a way to go to enter the top 100 highest grossing films of all time. The 100th highest grossing film is Sex and the City with $415.3M. It could still do it, however, as the film continues to generate sound takings worldwide and has yet to be released in three major markets: Hong Kong (4 June), India (12 June) and one of the top grossing foreign markets in the world, Mexico (5 June).

Denzel’s sci-fi Book of Eli – January 2010

The movie also stars Gary Oldman

Warner Brothers describes The Book of Eli this way: Washington plays a lone warrior named Eli who fights his way across the desolate wasteland of near-future America to realize his destiny and deliver the knowledge in a book that can bring civilization back from the brink of destruction and save the future of humanity.

On The Main Menu:

Wollymittens asked: Do you think the remake of “V” is a reaction to the increasing corporatism our society is dealing with at the moment? Like 1984?

What other Scifi movies/tv shows that deal with the increasing corporatism of society and fight against it?

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