SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 106
Our Interview With David Niall Wilson
from Crossroads Press and The Scattered Earth Saga
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* An Interview with David Niall Wilson and the Scattered Earth Saga
* New Trivia
* Fringe News
* Total Recall Stand Still
* Star Wars Gang Style
* Voltron to the Big Screen
* San Diego Comicon protest
* Mercury Men released
* Falling Skies is NOT Falling
* Televixen’s bid to become Dehner
* Rod Rodenberry’s Trek Nation
* J.P. Harvey brings us his top 5 shows he watched when he was a kid in the SciFi Five in Five
Our Interview with David Niall Wilson
David Niall Wilson has been writing and publishing horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction since the mid-eighties. An ordained minister, once President of the Horror Writer’s Association and multiple recipient of the Bram Stoker Award, his novels include Maelstrom, The Mote in Andrea’s Eye, Deep Blue, the Grails Covenant Trilogy, Star Trek Voyager: Chrysalis, Except You Go Through Shadow, This is My Blood, Ancient Eyes, On the Third Day, The Orffyreus Wheel, and Vintage Soul – Book One of the DeChance Chronicles. The Stargate Atlantis novel “Brimstone,” written with Patricia Lee Macomber is his most recent. He has over 150 short stories published in anthologies, magazines, and five collections, the most recent of which were “Defining Moments” published in 2007 by WFC Award winning Sarob Press, and the currently available “Ennui & Other States of Madness,” from Dark Regions Press. His work has appeared in and is due out in various anthologies and magazines. David lives and loves with Patricia Lee Macomber in the historic William R. White House in Hertford, NC with their children, Billy, Zach, Zane, and Katie, and occasionally their genius college daughter Stephanie.
David is CEO and founder of Crossroad Press, a cutting edge digital publishing company specializing in electronic novels, collections, and non-fiction, as well as unabridged audiobooks. Find more about Crossroad Press either at the Crossroad Press Blog, The Crossroad Press online store, or the Digital Drive-in, a blog filled with reviews, interviews, podcasts, video clips and more.
Joe Flanigan on Fringe
Total recall Frustrating Canadian Drivers including The Herne
A futuristic car from the movie shoot sits on Lower Jarvis with the production crew of Total Recall. Lake Shore Blvd. is closed for the next two days from Jarvis to Parliament for the movie shoot.Rene Johnston/Toronto Star
Last year’s news that the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi flick Total Recall would be remade was greeted with a healthy dose of skepticism by critics and fans.
You can add some Toronto drivers to that list of naysayers.
On Monday, motorists on Lake Shore Blvd. were greeted by a sign warning them to “expect major delays” because the road was closed between Parliament and Jarvis Sts. Police blocked the road because Total Recall, starring Colin Farrell in Schwarzenegger’s old role, was filming there.
Visibly irritated motorists were forced to detour to the Esplanade, which was jam-packed heading west, or head south to Queens Quay, which cause gridlock there and on Lower Jarvis St. as cars made their way back north.
The closure lasted from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will happen again on Tuesday.
Movies filming on location are a regular sight in Toronto, but it’s rare for a major road to be completely shut down for a shoot.
Total Recall is a rare production, though — the largest in Toronto’s history with a reported $200 million budget. That surpasses 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, which cost $150 million to make.
Ontario Film Commissioner Donna Zuchlinski said productions that size employ an average of 500 local workers per day and help stimulate the economy in other ways.
“We’re close to a billion-dollar industry,” she said. “Sometimes it is necessary . . . to temporarily inconvenience people like this.”
Toronto Film & Television Office manager Eric Jensen said the city issues filming permits free, but production companies have to cover the costs the city incurs by closing public spaces. He said he didn’t know how much it would cost to use a major road for two days.
The film office handles producers’ requests for street space, but the city’s transportation department decides whether to grant them.
Jacqueline White, manager of traffic operations for Toronto and East York, said the film’s producers originally asked for a longer stretch of Lake Shore Blvd. and more filming days, but were allotted this stretch to keep detours available. She added it’s best to only close major roads for filming on weekends, but that didn’t work with Total Recall’s shooting schedule.
Some of the film’s cast members were doing some early promotion at San Diego’s Comic-Con International convention last weekend.
Most of the filming for Total Recall is happening at Pinewood Studios in the Port Lands, but shooting has also occurred at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the University of Toronto’s Knox College and Scarborough campus. Filming started in May and is expected to wrap in September.
The film, directed by Len Wiseman, stars Farrell, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale and Bryan Cranston. It’s due in theatres on Aug. 3, 2012.
Star Wars Street Gang Style
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Voltron swoops to the big screen
Activate interlock! Dynotherms connected! Infracells up! Mega thrusters are go! Hot on the heels of the launch of the new animated series Voltron Force, inspired by the 1980s show, comes news of a live action Voltron movie – its makers clearly hoping it will ape the success of the Transformers franchise.
Relativity Media, the company behind films such as The Social Network and 3:10 from Yuma, has gained the rights to the animated series Voltron: Defender of the Universe, first released in the US in 1984, itself based on the Japanese anime properties Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV.
The script will be written by Thomas Dean Donnelly (Conan the Barbarian) and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara) and Relativity’s partner, Atlas Entertainment, will oversee the project, which will be produced by Charles Roven (The Dark Knight) and Richard Suckle (The International), along with Kickstart Entertainment’s Jason Netter (Wanted).
World Events Productions’ Ted Koplar, producer of the new Voltron Force will executive produce.
In Voltron, an elite battle force defends the fate of mankind in the spectacular action adventure. Five young warriors are responsible for the future of the galaxy when they become pilots of a battalion of ultra-high-tech Robot Lions, powerful vessels with the ability to join together to form a fearsome mega-weapon known as “Voltron”.
The original series has been described as an “international pop-culture hit” that has garnered a large following over the last 25 years, the original series selling over 300,000 DVDs in the US alone, and spawning plenty of spin-off merchandise. The new Voltron Force became Nicktoon’s highest-rated debut ever last month in the US, with tie-in merchandise already announced, including toys from Mattel, kid’s graphic novels from VIZ Media and comics from Dynamic Forces. THQ which will also produce video games based on the Voltron franchise.
“For nearly three decades, Voltron has captured the minds of a nostalgically loyal and rabid fan base and has long been considered a hotly-pursued project,” notes Relativity Media’s President of Worldwide Production Tucker Tooley. “We’re beyond excited World Event Productions and Atlas Entertainment have placed their trust and faith in Relativity to bring this coveted property to the big screen, and usher in a new generation of devoted fans.” Tooley added, “With Chuck and Richard’s experience producing tentpoles, they are the perfect producers to bring this potential franchise to theaters.”
Roven, co-founder, Atlas Entertainment said, “It’s incredibly gratifying to officially announce the development of the live-action Voltron movie this week, given its recent resurgence.”
“I know there’s been a lot of rumors and speculation about this movie,” added Richard Suckle, “so it’s great to finally confirm to all the Voltron fans everywhere that we’re coming for them.”
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SciFi Five in Five –
JP Harvey – My Five Favorite “Modern” SciFi TV Shows:
1. Battle Star Galactica
4. Dr. Who