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On the menu tonight:

  • Interview with Steve Wilson of Prometheus Radio Theatre
  • The Trivia Challenge
  • Leviathan Chronicle News
  • Heavenfield News
  • The Fringe Joke
  • Bear McCreary’s Gamer Christmas Carol
  • SyFy Likes Alphas
  • Transformers Trailer
  • Real Steel Trailer
  • The Iron Man Sequel
  • Thor Trailer
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean sequels
  • Superman/Shazam: The Return of the Black Adam
  • Twist:
  • Jen’s Empire SciFi Five in Five


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The Interview:

Steven H. Wilson, founder of Prometheus Radio Theater, has written scripts for DC Comics’ Star Trek (TOS) and Warlord series. A longtime Baltimore SF fan, he founded the Farpoint Convention in 1993, has published and been published in a number of fanzines, and was a director, writer and actor for the late, lamented Cheap Treks repertory group.

The Main Course:

Podio Drama News:

Welcome to the Special Edition Episodes for The Leviathan Chronicles!

Special Edition Episodes

Welcome to the Special Edition Episodes for The Leviathan Chronicles!

Each of these audio drama podcasts is available for sale and immediate download for your listening pleasure.

These episodes are related to the main Leviathan storyline and give you a deeper look into some of the backstory and characters that you know and love.  It also provides a sneak peek into what to expect in Season 2.  All episodes are full audio drama productions with original soundtracks, amazing sound effects, and incredible cast of actors.

These episodes really help us offset the substantial production costs of The Leviathan Chronicles.  Remember that all of the actors, musicians and sound engineers are paid so your support of Leviathan is greatly appreciated.

Everyone involved in the production of The Leviathan Chronicles is incredibly proud of these podcasts.  Thank you for supporting us.

You guys rock.

The Heavenfield: First full day on recording Book 3 – You can check on the Progress Here

TV News

Fringe’s 1st Friday night episode an inside joke for Firefly fans

When it was announced Fringe would be moving to Friday nights, fans feared the worst, while the producers of the show tried to spin the news in their favor, calling it a GOOD thing.

But as the title the creators gave the series’ first Friday night episode shows, they’re well aware of why that night of the week has become known as the place TV goes to die.

The title—which was revealed at the same time it was announced that the show would start airing Friday nights on Jan. 21, one week earlier than we were told previously—will be …

(Get ready for it.)

… “Firefly.”

(Get it?)

Firefly is but one of many series supposedly deep-sixed by the cursed Friday night “death slot,” and the fact the writers gave a nod to one of the previous scheduling victims shows they recognize the challenge they’re in for.

There doesn’t seem to be any other Firefly homage in the episode—which has Christopher Lloyd guest-starring as one of Walter Bishop’s musical heroes—but you know we’ll be watching to make sure!

How the Nerd Stole Christmas

Posted by Bear McCreary on December 11th, 2010

My newest score, a special holiday treat for you all, just went online a few days ago.  I collaborated with the supremely funny James Rolfe (a.k.a The Angry Video Game Nerd) and scored his final game review for 2010, “How the Nerd Stole Christmas:”

Syfy orders 11 episodes of superhero action series Alphas

Remember the Syfy pilot we reported on more than a year ago, about ordinary citizens who gain extraordinary abilities? Well, Syfy must have been impressed by what it saw, because Alphas just got the green light for 11 episodes in addition to that 90-minute pilot.

Here’s how an earlier Syfy press release described the series:

Alphas follows a team of ordinary citizens whose brain anomalies imbue them with extraordinary mental and physical abilities. Taking the law into their own hands, the unlikely team, led by Dr. Lee Rosen (David Strathairn) investigates cases that suggest other Alpha activity to uncover what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon have not been able or willing to solve. These gifted individuals must balance their quirky personalities and disparate backgrounds with their not always visible powers as they work to solve crimes, stop the ticking time bomb and catch the enemy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck) headlines the cast which also includes Warren Christie, Malik Yoba, Laura Mennell, Ryan Cartwright and Azita Ghanizada. Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica) guest stars in the pilot.

Filming will begin early next year in Toronto, and the series will debut next summer.

Movie News:

1st trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon: ‘We are not alone’


The first teaser trailer for Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon just launched, to make the movie’s July 1, 2011 3-D debut seem even further away. We suddenly want to see more of the Autobot/ Decepticon war right NOW!

1st trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon: \'We are not alone\'

To remind you of what we’re all in for, here’s the official synopsis:

“The Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons, who are determined to avenge their defeat in 2009’s Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. In this new movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. There’s new characters too, including a new villain in the form of Shockwave, a longtime Transformers character who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth.”

Transformers: Dark of the Moon stars Shia LeBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, John Malkovich and John Turturro.

We wanted to let you know about this as soon as we could, even though we can’t embed the trailer yet. But you can head on over to Apple and watch it right now.

REAL STEEL: First Trailer for Hugh Jackman’s Robot Brawler Movie

Check out the first trailer for the Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) directed film, Real Steel. According to DreamWorks, which stars Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand, Anthony Mackie, Hope Davis, Olga Fonda, Karl Yune and James Rebhorn.

Hugh Jackman stars as a former boxer who gets one last shot at the title when he teams up with his long-lost son (Dakota Goyo) to train an unusual robot for the upcoming Real Steel World Championship.


A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

Real Steel is slated to hit U.S. and U.K. theaters on October 7th, 2011.

Iron Man 3 will be a sequel to Avengers, Thor and Captain America

Jon Favreau sees his third outing with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark—due out on May 3, 2013—to be the one Marvel film to bind them all.

Even though Favreau’s not entirely sure what directors Joss Whedon, Kenneth Branagh and Joe Johnston have in store for The Avengers, Thor or Captain America—”I’ve talked to Kenneth Branagh … I had a conversation with Joss Whedon in passing, giving him my two cents about the film”—Favreau believes that he’s poised to put a bow on this phase of Marvel’s movies:

“In theory, Iron Man 3 is going to be a sequel or continuation of Thor, Hulk, Captain America, and Avengers.”

It’s sort of fitting for Marvel to let Favreau close what one can only assume is chapter one of this Marvel Movie Initiative. After all, when you go to the prom, you leave with the girl that brung you.

Marvel unleashes EPIC long-awaited Thor trailer!

Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures just released the new teaser trailer for Thor—and it’s epic!

The movie, directed by Kenneth Branagh, arrives in theaters on May 6, 2011, and stars Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder, Anthony Hopkins as his father Odin, Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Natalie Portman as Thor’s human love interest, Jane Foster. Thor will be shown in converted 3-D, which we hope is done well, and 2-D in selected theaters (we just might go for that ourselves).

Fans who attended Comic-Con this past summer will notice that a lot of the footage is recycled from the six-minute presentation that Marvel gave at that event. But it still looks awesome! You’ll see Thor getting thrown out of Asgard, Thor kicking a bunch of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents’ butts, battles between the Asgardians and the Fr—never mind, just watch the thing!

Disney to film 5th and 6th installment of Pirates series – from io9

Disney to film 5th and 6th installment of Pirates seriesIt looks like your grandchildren will be watching Pirates of Caribbean sequels. Disney is looking into making a fifth and sixth film back-to-back.

Don’t throw out your pirate costumes. They won’t be going out of style for some time. Disney is riding the Pirates of the Caribbean series until the tip of the mainmast disappears below the water. Not only will there be a fourth film in the series, On Stranger Tides, there will probably be two more movies after it. The scoop comes courtesy of Hitfix, which writes:

Disney has begun quietly telling cast and crew to set aside a major block of time in the very near future so they can shoot “Pirates 5” and “Pirates 6.” And, yes, once again, they will be shooting them back-to-back as one giant film, and then they’ll release them as two films.

There are no details about these movies just yet, so allow me to speculate. The fifth movie will be four hours long. The sixth movie will be eight. In neither movie will you get a single frame in which Johnny Depp is vertical. Orlando Bloom will be replaced with a potted plant. In the fifth movie Elizabeth Swann will become an unstoppable ninja-pirate combination. In the sixth she will ascend to heaven on a cloud of golden light and start dueling with angels.

DVD News:

DC Showcase: Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam featureing some of the voice talents of James Garner and Jerry McConnel and Dankica McKeller

Superman finds a foe who may be too powerful even for him to defeat in the murderous Black Adam. Fortunately, Black Adam’s real target is the Earth’s Mightiest Mortal–Captain Marvel.


Star Trek DS9’s Alexander Siddig On Returning To Scifi “This Is Just Like Coming Home”

Star Trek DS9's Alexander Siddig On Returning To Scifi "This Is Just Like Coming Home"

All of you know Alexander Siddig as our kindly Dr. Julian Bashir aboard Deep Space Nine, but Alexander has had quite a film career after leaving the sick bay. From serious film roles in “Syriana” & “Kingdom of Heaven” to scifi / fantasy films “like Clash of the Titans” & “Reign of Fire”, Alexander has yet to make a permanent move back to the small screen & episodic TV, until now. Starting early next year you’ll be able to catch Alexander in the ITV series “Primeval”. Launching in season 4 (or series 4, as the British say) he’ll be joining and running the ARC as Phillip Burton. Not familiar with “Primeval”? The show follows a team of five scientists tasked with investigating the appearance of temporal anomalies across Great Britain through which prehistoric and futuristic creatures enter the present.

In a recent interview with UnrealityTV, Alexander gives a brief synopsis of his character as well as his thoughts on returning to the episodic scifi genre.

You’re new to Primeval with a brand new character. What can you tell us about Philip?

Philip is one of those guys who donates loads of money to a political party and gets a peerage or something. He’s clearly really close to the political powers-that-be, so he’s their representative on Earth. But he’s an entrepreneur; a scientific entrepreneur to be exact. He’s invented loads of stuff and become a billionaire as a result. He sees the ARC as his new playground. And he’s coming to play.

How do the established members of the ARC react to him?

Ben Miller’s character is quietly tolerant of him, because there’s a touch of the Labrador about Lester. Philip sees him as a domesticated animal, so he kind of eats him for lunch. Obviously Connor is a little bit different and Philip targets him and starts to groom him. He realises how important Connor could be, and he sees him as kind of a genius. Philip really starts to encourage him and sees him as a real hope for the future. Of course, Abby is pretty annoyed about that. I don’t think Philip really knows why and maybe it’s because he’s taken her boyfriend away, or maybe she thinks his suits are too well pressed.

You are a Star Trek alumni. Are you pleased to be back on genre TV? Do you tend to gravitate towards it?

I’ve been sort of avoiding it for a long time, so this is just like coming home. I grew up on genre sets and that audience is one I know and love. We get on well. I’m very comfortable on genre TV, and I just love the inventiveness. The dashing around from reality to heightened reality. You can also do fun things with characters, and stuff you couldn’t do on kitchen sink TV.

Life After Trek Podcast Episode 6 Featuring Natalija Nogulich

We’re pleased to announce the sixth episode of our “Life After Trek” podcast, featuring Natalija Nogulich. Since you’re reading this post here, I’m sure you all know Natalija for her character of Admiral Nechayev on Star Trek the Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. Her strong and heartfelt portrayal of this memorable character has endeared her to Trek fans everywhere, but did you know that she is also an author? In our interview we here all about her new book called “One Woman’s War” tentatively set for release in the spring of 2011, as well as her current endeavors and her thoughts on the Admiral.

Scifi Five In Five

Jen’s Top five Empire Strikes Back Moments:

  1. Luke in Training
  2. Luke in Wampa cave
  3. Luke in Tantan
  4. Han and Leia kiss
  5. Luke and father revelation

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