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Scifi Diner Podcast Ep. 31 (iPod) Our Top Five Scifi Movies of All Time; Our Interview with Jonathan Scheck


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Tonight’s Agenda: We interview Jonathan Sheck from Prom Night and Quarantine, share out top five science fiction movies of all time, share scifi news covering the Disney/Marvel deal, the blockbuster summer, the Fantastic Four reboot, the Twilight Saga, Warehouse 13, Star Trek, Astro Boy, and the Stargate Universe.

The Trivia Question for Next Week:

The Prize: This week we are giving away a copy of Season 3 of Smallville.

Question: In the Smallville television series, what was the name of the school newspaper that Clark and Chloe ran?


The Torch


Ben Martin

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In Warehouse 13, what did Artie Make Claudia write as her punishment?

SciFi News:

News Flash: (quick headlines)

  • Summer 2009 Sets US Box Office Record Eight of the ten top-grossing films are genre fare, with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen taking first place, followed by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Pixar’s Up. The coming Labor Day weekend may add as much as $100 million to the summer’s final tally. The following summer movie totals, current up through August 30, come via Box Office Mojo .
  1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Gross: $399,416,040
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Gross: $294,258,075
  3. Up Gross: $289,639,811
  4. The Hangover Gross: $270,237,753
  5. Star Trek Gross: $256,673,273
  6. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Gross: $193,250,211
  7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine Gross: $179,863,544
  8. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Gross: $176,461,908
  9. The Proposal Gross: $160,154,402
  10. Angels & Demons Gross: $133,375,846
  • Fox rebooting Fantastic Four

    Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has been tapped to reboot the Fantastic Four movie franchise for Fox, bringing the FF into the same camp of rebooted Marvel heroes that the Punisher and the Hulk belong to, Variety reports.

    Goldsman will be acting as producer on the reboot. Michael Greene, veteran scripter of shows like Jack & Bobby, Smallville, Heroes and the upcoming Green Lantern movie, will write the screenplay.

    Fox has produced two films featuring the Fantastic Four so far, 2005’s Fantastic Four and 2007’s 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Both were directed by Barbershop helmer Tim Story and were noteworthy for having a fairly lighthearted tone in a superhero movie market dominated by the likes of The Dark Knight and the fairly grim X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

    Aside for winning an Oscar for his screenplay for Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind, Goldsman is known for producing films such as Constantine, I Am Legend and the upcoming adaptation of DC Comics’ Jonah Hex. He also gained some infamy for writing the generally reviled Batman & Robin.

    No word yet if this reboot will bring the FF into the same movie continuity shared by Iron Man, the Hulk and Nick Fury, as has been established in the “tags” following Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.

  • Warehouse 13 ratings set another Syfy record

    Warehouse 13 continues to set rating records for Syfy. The show’s sixth episode, “Burnout,” which aired on Aug. 11, was the most watched series telecast in the network’s 17-year history, with a total viewership of 4.4 million.

    The previous record for the most-watched series telecast on Syfy had been the fifth episode of Warehouse 13, aired the previous week.

    More than 1 million of the 4.4 million total viewership came via DVR playback.

    The six episodes of Warehouse 13 broadcast to that date, including full Live + 7 DVR data, all rank in the top 10 most watched series telecasts ever on Syfy.

    In head-to-head competition in the 9 p.m. (ET/PT) time slot, Warehouse 13 outperformed TNT’s Hawthorne by +24 percent in Adults 25-54, +11 percent in total viewers, and +9 percent in Adults 18-49.

    Warehouse 13 follows two Secret Service agents who find themselves abruptly transferred to a massive, top-secret storage facility in windswept South Dakota that houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and supernatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. government. The Warehouse’s caretaker, Artie (Saul Rubinek), charges Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) with chasing down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects to cache at the Warehouse, as well as helping him to control the warehouse itself.

    Warehouse 13 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, only on Syfy.

  • Tron: Legacy release date set for Dec. 17, 2010

    Walt Disney will be releasing Tron: Legacy, its highly anticipated 3-D sequel to Tron, on Dec. 17, 2010, the studio confirmed today.

    The follow-up to the 1982 cult classic is directed by Joseph Kosinski, who is making his feature debut with the film. Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner return from the first film, which was released in the summer of 1982. Bridges and Boxleitner will be joined in Tron: Legacy by Garrett Hedlund, Michael Sheen, John Hurt, Olivia Wilde, James Frain and Beau Garrett.

    Currently scheduled for release on the same date are The Green Hornet, The Smurfs and Yogi Bear.

  • Star Trek returns to IMAX for a two-week limited engagement

    If you missed seeing Star Trek when it played in IMAX theaters last May for a limited two-week run, now’s your chance to catch it on the big screen—and we mean the really big screen. J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster reboot will relaunch this Friday… into more than 89 IMAX theatres for an additional two-week limited engagement.

    Check local theater listings” or visit for theaters and showtimes.

  • Twilight Saga: New Moon tickets on sale now

    In a move that will make the blood of certain fans sing, Carmike Cinemas is now offering tickets to the midnight, Nov. 19, showings of The Twilight Saga: New Moon at 63 of the chain’s 247 theaters, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

    The move might be part of a new trend to sell tickets to highly anticipated movies months in advance of their release, as is evidenced by what some experts are calling the “healthy” ticket sales of James Cameron’s SF film Avatar, which opens on Dec. 18.

    The advance tickets to New Moon can be ordered through the online site Fandango. The early screenings will take place at Carmike theaters in small-to-medium markets, such as Fort Wayne, Ind., Winston-Salem, N.C., and Des Moines, Iowa.

    The Twilight Saga: New Moon opens in wide release on Nov. 20, 2009.

  • Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight most pirated fiction of 2009

    The books in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series were the most-downloaded novels on BitTorrent this year and the only fiction to make the top 10 list, according to the site Freakbits. The other books on the list were either sexual in nature (The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amazing Sex) or craft-related (Solar House—A Guide for the Solar Designer).

    The complete list is:

    1. Kama Sutra2. Adobe Photoshop Secrets

    3. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amazing Sex

    4. The Lost Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

    5. Solar House—A Guide for the Solar Designer

    6. Before Pornography—Erotic Writing In Early Modern England

    7. Twilight—Complete Series

    8. How To Get Anyone To Say YES—The Science of Influence

    9. Nude Photography—The Art and the Craft

    10. Fix It—How to Do All Those Little Repair Jobs Around the Home

    According to the site, each (e)book on its list was downloaded between 100,000 and 250,000 times.

  • R-rated Terminator Salvation coming to Blu-ray/DVD

    Remember that McG told SCI FI Wire that he shot an R-rated version of Terminator Salvation, which was eventually released as a PG-13 movie?

    Well, looks like the harder, more violent and boob-laden version will see the light of day, according to a report on

    The MPAA has released its e-mail list of latest films to get an official rating, and on that list is Terminator Salvation—Director’s Cut, which is apparently coming to Blu-ray and DVD at some point soon.

    Here’s the MPAA note:

    Rated for some violence and brief nudity.NOTE: EDITED VERSION. CONTENT IS DIFFERENT FROM PG-13 VERSION, BULLETIN NO. 2067 (4/29/09)

  • Watch the new Astro Boy trailer, see the new poster

    Check out the newly released trailer for Astro Boy, which hits theaters Oct. 23. Like the original manga and TV series, the new English-language movie centers on the origins of the robot boy who was created by a scientist who had lost his real son.

    Freddie Highmore voices Astro, and Kristen Bell voices Cora, a street urchin who befriends him.

    You can also see the new, final one-sheet after the jump.

  • Disney buys Marvel for $4 billion

    The Disney Company is buying Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in cash and stocks, according to an AP report published in USA Today.

    In a statement made to the New York Times, Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter said that “Disney is the perfect home for Marvel’s fantastic library of characters given its proven ability to expand content creation and licensing businesses.” And even though Perlmutter will continue to oversee Marvel properties after the buyout, just how Disney will be the “perfect home” for characters like the Punisher and Kick-Ass remains to be seen.

    With this deal, Disney will have ownership of Marvel’s library of more than 5,000 characters, including such icons as the Fantastic Four, the Hulk and such huge box-office powerhouses as the X-Men, Wolverine, Iron Man and Spider-Man.

    Robert Iger of Disney also told the Times, “We believe that adding Marvel to Disney’s unique portfolio of brands provides significant opportunities for long-term growth and value creation.”

    As of this writing, Marvel shareholders still need to approve the purchase.

Main Topic of Discussion Tonight:

Top Five Scifi/Fantasy Movies (no superhero movies)

Miles: 1. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan 2. Terminator 1 13. Serenity 4. Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back 5. Total Recall

Tom: 1. WallE 2. Transformers II 3. Independence Day 4. Fifth Element 5. Demolition Man

Scott: 1. The Matrix 2. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 3. Lord of the Rings Trilogy (They function as one film) 4. Contact 5. Star Trek 11

Our Interview:

In our science fiction interview, we chat with Jonathan Sheck who was in Quarantine and Prom Night. He also acted in the Tom Hank’s movie “That Thing You Do.”

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  1. Scott September 7, 2009 — Post Author

    Ok this is interesting…so posted the fact that Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight was among the most pirated books of the year. I posted the entire top ten of which half were sex or porn related…I almost immediately got spam saying “Come here! We have erotic DVDs.” I, of course, blocked it.

  2. Herne September 9, 2009

    You totally left out “Logan’s Run,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the original “Planet of the Apes.” Does Ghostbusters fall under SciFi? Ghostbusters I… and Blade Runner… of course.

  3. Scott September 10, 2009 — Post Author

    Its true…all the one’s you mentioned could have been on my list…perhaps should have been….Each of the movies you mentioned certainly had an impact on the SciFi community and industry in their time. I think of 2001 Space Odyssey, which I have seen twice though out my life. One time in 10th grade and then again just last year. Its amazing how current movies pay homage to that Kubrick film. Certainly ID4 did, Zoolander, and many many others I am sure I am forgetting. I don’t know if I ever saw Logan’s Run, although Miles probably did, and I haven’t seen the original “Planet of the Apes” either. Those are the reasons they didn’t make my list. Ghostbusters was good (I am assuming you mean the first one.), though not one I have watched more than once, and that was during my mispent youth. 8^) Bladerunner, of course is a classic, though a slower movie like 2001 by today’s standards. Thanks for commenting, my Twitter friend.


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