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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.

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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!


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?

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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 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.

Green Lantern Movie

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.

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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

Starpol The website for the series is as folllows –

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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