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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 102 – Mike Schilling Takes Us Behind The Scenes Of A Con And Talks Shore Leave 33

SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 102

Mike Schilling Takes Us Behind The Scenes Of A Con

And Talks Shore Leave 33


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On the menu tonight:

  • An Interview with Mike Schilling, from the Shore Leave Convention
  • FOX Fall Premiere dates from Fringe and Terra Nova
  • The Green Lantern TV Show
  • Fringe Season Four: Like a reboot?
  • Eliza Dushku gets interactive
  • Transformers 3 Gets Early Opening at Imax
  • Transformers 3 will be the greatest 3d film ever
  • Harlan Ellison in the SciFi Hall of Fame
  • The Death of Peter Parker
  • This week In Star Trek
  • SciFi Five in Five with Colin: Five inventions because of Star Trek


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Podcast Promos:

Our interview:

Mike Schilling is in charge of publicity at Shore Leave 33. Shore Leave is a fan-run Science Fiction media convention held annually on the second weekend of July at Marriott’s Hunt Valley Inn. The convention features appearances by actors and writers from a broad variety of TV shows and movies ranging from current hits to classic favorites.

TV News:

Premiere dates – Thanks to Kevin Bachelder

Fringe return date as 9/23 and the debut

of Terra Nova as 9/26…

That Green Lantern TV show will probably be better than the movie

The Green Lantern movie has opened to negative reviews and a mediocre box-office take. But fans of the comic book can take heart: That big-screen adaptation isn’t the last we’ll see of Hal Jordan.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series should be appearing on the Cartoon Network on Sept. 5, 2011, at 8 p.m.. We have a trailer for it below.

When you look at the 30-second clip, your first thought is probably “Hey, this looks like it’s just for kids.” True, it’s aimed at children. But if it has any of the epic struggles that include descending into insanity, the destruction of planets and betrayal from your mentors—in other words, the elements that make Green Lantern great—then it should find a loyal following of all ages.

We do have one particular nit to pick: Hal Jordan is the series’ main character. We love you, Hal, but maybe other Green Lanterns, like Kyle Rayner, should get a shot at fame?


Confused by Fringe? Don’t be. Season 4 will be ‘like a new pilot’


The season finale of Fringe flipped the script on everything we thought we knew about the show. Certain people came together, others disappeared, and we were left with one hell of a cliffhanger. And according to the show’s producers, next season will bring even more changes.

Fringe producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel H. Wyman recently spilled the beans about what we can expect from season four. “Without revealing anything, we have some really—we have some things we’re very excited about. We’re bringing back some characters who were among our favorites,” Pinkner shared.

From that statement alone we already know who one of the favorites is—Agent Lincoln Lee! It was confirmed shortly after the finale that he was coming back as a series regular. Aside from him, we think Charlie definitely has a shot at returning. There’s a lot of potential characters that can be used from both sides.

And if you’ve always wanted to watch the show but felt like you were too late, you’re in luck! Pinkner and Wyman have devised a plan to rope you in without making you feel dumb or confused.

“We’ve had a lot of people say ‘We love the promos; we want to figure out time to watch’, but not everyone has time to sit down and watch [three full] seasons, so we tried to make this [fourth] season like a new pilot. We did that a little bit last season, too, but it will just be an entry point for people to come in who haven’t seen everything.”

How do you feel about that? With a certain someone being wiped from the face of the earth, we definitely understand the concept of a new beginning. Plus, with the joining of the two universes, they have to find some way to start over and make everything mesh.

Even though the producers and writers have a huge job on their hands, they don’t feel intimidated or pressured by fans. Pinkner said, “I truly believe they’re going to love [the resolution from the season finale], and they’ll understand it. We have smart fans. They won’t be disappointed.”

Hmmm, are you confident about this?

Eliza Dushku’s Torchwood spinoff now includes interactive gameplay

We’ve known for a while that Torchwood: Miracle Day would be supplemented with an animated motion comic series for the Web, featuring the voices of Eliza Dushku, John Barrowman and Eve Myles. It turns out that Torchwood: Web of Lies is more than that—it’s also a game, available on iTunes.

MTV writes that this game “will consist of 10 three-minute chapters … in bundles of three for ninety-nine cents.” Players can also purchase the whole series for $2.99.

The press release, also from MTV, reads:

Torchwood: Web of Lies is an episodic interactive experience for iOS that fuses together motion comic and gameplay elements to tell an original and digitally exclusive Torchwood story. Players will participate in a parallel storyline to Torchwood: Miracle Day that includes lead characters Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper—voiced by John Barrowman and Eve Myles.Torchwood: Web of Lies runs alongside weekly premieres of Torchwood: Miracle Day, providing fans with a way to engage in the world of Torchwood between episodes. It reveals a past day in the lives of Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper—a day they’ve both forgotten. The events of that day fuel a modern day conspiracy-laced treasure hunt, as Holly Mokri, voiced by Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Tru Calling, Buffy The Vampire Slayer), labors to uncover the secrets of Miracle Day. Each week a new episode unlocks, allowing players to access another piece of original motion comic narrative and game which ties into and extends plot developments of the show, as well as providing new twists in its own narrative.

Do you understand it? Because we’re not sure we do. We have so many questions, and not enough answers.

Questions like:

♦ How will the app relate to the Web series?

♦ What kind of gameplay does this involve, and how do you win?

♦ Will Web of Lies also become available for AndroidOS?

♦ This isn’t just some excuse to cull $3 off of each viewer, is it?

But then there’s another question that may be the most important one of all:

♦ Do we get to play Eliza Dushku?

Movie News

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Opening Early in IMAX

Paramount Pictures has announced that its upcoming Transformers: Dark of the Moon will begin showing in IMAX 3D at 9pm on June 28th nationwide.  This will allow fans to see the film before the national roll out beginning at 12AM on June 29th.
“Michael Bay has created an incredibly engaging and immersive 3D experience with this latest movie, one that will undoubtedly be among the most entertaining movie going experiences of the summer,” said Paramount’s Vice Chairman Rob Moore in a press release, “Providing fans an opportunity to see it early in 3D is a great way to kick off the movie’s opening.”

Here’s what we know about the plot: When a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present, it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that even the Transformer alone won’t be able to stop it.

The film, directed by Michael Bay, stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, Julie White with John Malkovich and Frances McDormand.

Will you be seeing it early in IMAX?

Shia LaBeouf swears Transformers 3 is ‘the greatest 3-D film ever’

Michael Bay has yet to take his explosive action films into the third dimension—until next week, that is. Not only will this be the first in the Transformers franchise to go 3-D but, according to its star, it will also be the “greatest 3-D film ever.” Really.

Says LaBeouf, “We took the 3-D cameras out of the Avatar stages and put them on the head of a dude jumping out of a plane in Chicago while a building is exploding. For real. Four or five dudes actually. It’s the greatest 3-D film ever made.”

Now some of you out there might be thinking “Hey, 3-D is swell and all, but what about the story?” Yes, it’s true, Transformers has picked up something of a reputation for getting convoluted, especially during its enormous robot-infused action sequences. In Dark of the Moon, the fights will be bigger than ever but, according to LaBeouf, we won’t get confused.

“You don’t breathe for the last hour. There’s just no letup, but it’s also not completely overwhelming and disconnected, as the second movie was. You didn’t know what was fighting what or where you were geography-wise. There was no way to be able to tell a story, whereas this is very Black Hawk Down action. The geography is very clear. There’s only four or five dudes you need to be following. The enemy is very clear. The second movie was so … complicated. The best movies are simple.”

So—are you more likely to shell out the extra coins to see Transformers in 3-D now? Or are you thinking the guy singing Bay’s praises might be a little bit biased?

Comic News:

Marvel Comics KILLS Peter Parker (but Spider-Man will live on)


Oh my God! They killed Spidey! It’s true. More than 10 years ago, writer Brian Michael Bendis brought Ultimate Spider-Man into the world, and today he’s taken him out. According to Bendis, this isn’t temporary, either. Is there a future for a Spider-Man without Peter Parker?

Before we talk about the future, though, let’s talk about the here and now. With today’s release of Ultimate Spider-Man #160, we see the end of the unironically titled Death of Spider-Man series. Here’s what you need to know—the Green Goblin, having escaped from S.H.I.E.L.D., makes an attempt on Aunt May and Mary Jane’s life, only to have Peter make the ultimate sacrifice. Says Bendis, “We had talked about what Spider-Man meant and what it could mean and what kind of new stories you could tell. If he died saving Aunt May like he couldn’t save Uncle Ben, then you really had something.”

What Bendis has done is something that you don’t often see a writer accomplish in comics—tell a character’s life story from start to finish. Bendis wasn’t unemotional when the end came, either: “Listen, I sat there typing this thing with tears in my eyes like a big baby! I went upstairs to my wife, and I go, ‘I am so embarrassed. I think I’ve literally been crying for 45 minutes.’ I’ve had real things happen in my life I didn’t cry about, and yet I’m crying about this.”

This may be the end for Peter Parker, but it’s not the end for Spider-Man. According to editor Axel Alonso, “There’s going to be a brand-new Spider-Man in a brand-new costume”. Who will be the new webbed crusader? We’ll have to wait until August, when Ultimate Comics Fallout is released.

The big question is, would you read a Spider-Man story without Peter Parker?

(via The New York Post)

Misc. News

Science fiction writer Harlan Ellison to be inducted into Hall of Fame

By Chris Kokenes, CNN
June 22, 2011 3:09 p.m. EDT
  • Ellison, 77, has been writing for 55 years
  • Writer was influential in “new wave” that was character-driven
  • He is a best-seller who is unknown by many readers, experts say
  • Ellison has several new projects about to be released

New York (CNN) — Renowned speculative fiction writer Harlan Ellison is about to be inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, recognizing a career that has spanned more than five decades in which he’s made contributions to literature, television and film.

Called one of the “great living American short story writers” by the Washington Post, Ellison will be honored at the Hall of Fame event Saturday in Seattle.

The award, coming 55 years after Ellison began his writing career, celebrates the achievements of a writer who has nearly done it all; collecting 10 Hugo awards, three Nebula awards, 18 Locus Poll awards, the Bradbury award, six Bram Stoker awards, the Edgar Allan Poe award and two George Melies film awards.

Ellison, 77, won’t be at the ceremony and has asked author Neil Gaiman to accept the award on his behalf. Editor Gardner Dozois and artists Vincent Di Fate and Jean “Moebius” Giraud will also be honored at the weekend-long event.

Ellison, who had been extremely ill for several months, said in a telephone interview that he’s in the “last stages of something.”

“And I don’t have a cold,” he sarcastically noted.

Founded in 1996, the Hall of Fame has honored science fiction’s giants, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ursula K. Le Guin, Isaac Asimov, Gene Roddenberry and Ridley Scott. As part of the ceremony, inductees’ laser-etched images on the glowing Hall of Fame permanent display are unveiled.

Brooks Peck, curator of the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction museum, says the decision to induct Ellison wasn’t a difficult one.

“He was always very encouraging of young writers, plus he had a big personality which people really enjoy,” Peck said.

“Harlan Ellison was very influential in the new wave era of science fiction in the late 1960s and 1970s when the genre changed from the traditional science fiction of hard science and adventure stories to writing that took up social consciousness, exploring the soft sciences of psychology and sociology and where the prose became more experimental,” Peck added. “The new wave brought things back down to earth and became more character-centric.”

Born in Cleveland in 1934, Ellison moved to New York City in 1955, publishing more than 100 short stories and articles, then his first novel, “Web in the City” (1958) about street gangs in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn.

Ellison’s works have sold millions of copies and been translated into more than 40 languages.

Ellison’s most recognized works include “Deathbird Stories,” “Strange Wine,” “Approaching Oblivion,” “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream,” “Love Ain’t Nothing But Sex Misspelled,” “Ellison Wonderland,” “Memos from Purgatory,” “Shatterday” and “Stalking the Nightmare.”

Fans of the original science fiction TV classic series “Star Trek” know Ellison as the author of one of the most critically acclaimed episodes, “The City on the Edge of Forever,” which featured Joan Collins.

Ellison, who still uses several Olympia typewriters to do his work and says he despises the Internet because it’s “killing books,” has several projects ready for release.

He wouldn’t pick any favorites from his own work.

“I love them all. Even the lame ones. I am proud of them all,” he said.

And yet for all of Ellison’s accomplishments, he is considered by some to be one of America’s most prolific best-selling authors who remains unknown by many readers.

Gordon Van Gelder, editor and publisher of Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine, the second-oldest continuously running science fiction magazine in the U.S., says Ellison was always far from a mainstream writer.

Ellison made his first sale to that magazine in 1961 and was a major contributor in the late 1960s before writing a film column for years.

“At his core I’d call him a fabulist,” Van Gelder said. “He wasn’t one to write science fiction in a traditional vein.”

Van Gelder likens Ellison’s early work to that of the English science fiction writer, Michael Moorcock, who in the 1960s as editor of the science fiction magazine New Worlds helped usher in a new wave of writing for the genre.

“What differentiated Harlan’s work was the intensity,” Van Gelder said. “The vividness of the imagination.”

TWIST (This Week In Star Trek):

Star Trek’s Walter Koenig To Receive Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

By Captain Pyke

Star Trek's Walter Koenig To Receive Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame

In breaking news today, Walter Koenig will finally & deservedly receive a star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Walter is the last of the TOS main cast to receive a star on “The Walk”, for which he had been previously passed over despite a wide-spread fan run internet campaign. All we can say is congratulations to our favorite Russian navigator. It’s been a long time coming, but we’re glad you finally get your dues. You can also check out our interview with Walter here, plus his official website.

Also included in the Television category are “Batman” star Adam West, “One Day at a Time” co-star Valerie Bertinelli, “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, “CSI: SVU” co-star Mariska Hargitay, “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Patricia Heaton, and “CSI” / “China Beach” co-star Marg Helgenberger.

On a side note, “Star Trek: Generations” co-star Malcolm McDowell will be receiving a star for the Motion Pictures category.

Check out the full details from the Hollywood Walk of Fame press release below.

HOLLYWOOD, CA. June 21, 2011 —A new group of entertainment professionals in Motion Pictures, Television, Radio and Recording have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it was announced today by the Walk of Fame Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. These individuals were chosen from among hundreds of nominations to the committee at a meeting held on June 17, 2011 and ratified by the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

The Walk of Fame recipients for the year 2012 are:

Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Scarlett Johansson, John Lasseter, Malcolm McDowell, Sumner Redstone, Kate Winslet and Richard Burton (posthumous)

Valerie Bertinelli, Matt Groening, Mariska Hargitay, Patricia Heaton, Marg Helgenberger, Walter Koenig, and Adam West

Pepe Aguilar, AMERICA, Boyz II Men, Hal David, David Foster, Vince Gill, Jennifer Lopez, Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Barry White (posthumous)

Ellen K.

“The committee has selected a fabulous slate of stars to add sparkle and luster to the Hollywood Walk of Fame over the next year, as well as to generate a once-in-a-lifetime Hollywood experience for many of the visitors who stop by when their favorite personalities are having their stars placed in the world-famous sidewalk of the stars,” said John Pavlik, chair of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Selection Committee.


No Shat In Star Trek XII. According To The Man Himself

By Captain Pyke

No Shat In Star Trek XII. According To The Man Himself

Even though William Shatner desperately wanted to be in J.J. Abrams first film in the Star Trek reboot, he’s officially announced that he won’t be in Star Trek XII either. At the 2011 Calgary Comic Expo, Shatner was asked if he would make an appearance in the next installment in the J.J.-verse.

The Shat revealed; “I have become an acquaintance of J.J. as of late but I’m afraid no.. no I will not be in Star Trek 2 I’m afraid.” There is to say though, that all things can change. And really, it’s not unusual for Bill to stir a little controversy to shed light on a topic.

Would we like to see Kirk Prime in Star Trek XII? Sure. If you really think about it, The Shat makes any film better. I mean, check out “Big Bad Mama” or “Kingdom of the Spiders” for proof.

J.J., if you’re reading this, find a small role for The Shat. You did it for Nokia…

Star Trek Movie Universe Comic Series Coming In September – To Reenvision Classic TOS Episodes

by Mark Martinez

Today brings exciting news for Trek comics fans and fans of the 2009 Star Trek movie. IDW has announced their first ongoing monthly Star Trek series and it will take place in the new movie universe with new twists on stories from the original Star Trek series. Details below.

New Star Trek movie comic series kicks off in September

IDW is once again working with Star Trek co-writer/producer Roberto Orci on Star Trek comics tied to the 2009 Star Trek movie, but this time they will be telling stories set after the movie. According to IDW the new Star Trek comic book series will “explore the vast implications of the alternate timeline created by the film in a new, monthly, ongoing comics series.”

In a release Orci said of the series:

Movies cost money. Lots and lots of money. But comics give us unlimited budgets to take the crew of the Enterprise farther than they’ve ever been. Join us!

The new ongoing “Star Trek” comic series promises to continue the adventures of the new USS Enterprise with the new crew as they “embark on missions that re-imagine the stories from the original television series, along with new threats and characters never seen before.” Issue #1 due in September will kick things off with a new vision of the original Star Trek series second pilot “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

The new “Star Trek” series will be written by Mike Johnson (Star Trek: Countdown, Nero) who will be working under the creative direction of Roberto Orci. Artwork will be provided by Stephen Molnar and covers for issue #1 will be provided by Tim Bradstreet and David Messina.

Star Trek #1 cover (click to enlarge)

This new “Star Trek” series will be IDW’s first ongoing series for the license, as to date they have done mini-series, usually around four issues each. This will be the first ongoing Star Trek comic series since one published by Marvel  (under the Paramount
Comics) imprint 15 years ago.

And this series will also be the first extended universe stories from in the new movie universe after the events of the Star Trek film. While there have been comic and novel adaptations and a number of comic books and young adult novels tied to the new movie, those were all set during or before the film. As noted by IDW editor Scott Dunbier “Finally, new STAR TREK comics that showcase the new Enterprise crew. The only thing more fun than reading them is editing them!”

The debut issue will also feature a golden ticket promotion, with more details to come shortly from IDW. In addition to the two covers from Tim Bradstreet and David Messina, STAR TREK #1 will feature four rare photo covers and a super rare cover signed by Orci and Johnson. (IDW notes readers should talk to their local retailer about the photo and signed covers).

STAR TREK #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in September.

The SciFi Five in Five:

Hi guys
I thought I would do a five in five for you, so,
Five in five; five actual inventions because of trek.
1) mobile phones. The inventor saw Kirks communicator, looked at his cordless phone and thought I wonder.
2) compressed air injections, inspired by the hypo spray. At present similar to a glue gun in appearance but getting smaller. The inventor was aiming to make life easier for diabetics.
3) teleporter Australian scientists have so far teleported a photon using a laser across there lab.
4) tablet computers, most designers of these devices credit the padd in trek.
5) warp research, a team of scientists have now proved warp is theoretically possible. Alas we cannot generate enough energy at our present level. But not that long ago we could not break the sound barrier.
This also does not cover the plethora of people who are now scientist, or involved in space industry because of trek. Who knows what they will come up with in the future.

Live long and podcast(c)




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