SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 110
Our Interview With Aaron Pope and Jim Cirile from
the Liberator Project with Lou Ferrigno and Michael Dorn
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The Music at the end of this week’s show is from Ghostbusters.
* Our Interview with Aaron Pope director/co-writer & JIM CIRILE co-writer of Liberator
* Our New Trivia
* TV News: Trek invades Warehouse 13 & more. Eliza Dushku stand up for Hayden Pantierre
* Movie News: Dan Aykroyd Drops Significant Ghostbusters 3 Details and the new Superman Costume
* DVD/Blu ray news: Greenlantern Release and Lucas is at it again with the Blu Rays
* Image of the Day. BSG pic that inspired a wedding pic.
* The SciFi Five in Five with J.P. Harvey
TV THIS WEEK: Trek invades Warehouse 13, MTV’s zombies and more!
Also this week, the space race is on for the Astraeus candidates on Eureka, Nina and Hicks run into a heavenly Alpha on Alphas, the TAPS team takes on an abandoned nursing home on Ghost Hunters, Bender becomes god-like on Futurama, Ryan has a decision to make on Wilfred, Torchwood’s about to have a really bad day on Torchwood: Miracle Day, Cristian de la Fuente is seeing double on Haven, the Doctor has to deal with monsters on Doctor Who, and the witch and the vampire war comes to a head on True Blood.
Here’s what we have to look forward to this week on sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and spy-fi TV.
Eliza Dushku slams newspaper as ‘parasite’ after Hayden Panettiere attack
Heroesstar Hayden Panettiere got buried in snark by a UK newspaper last week because she was charging fans for autographs at a con, even though it’s pretty much standard practice these days. And Eliza Dushku wasn’t going to let them get away with it!After the Daily Mailwrote an article about a Toronto con, making it look as if Panettiere was desperate for cash and charging for autographs due to lack of work, Dushku wrote:
Dear Sir,I write to you because the piece of your paper that concerns me was anonymous. The piece was 27th August titled “Are times that tough Hayden?” ridiculing and attacking the actor Hayden Panettiere for participating in a Toronto Expo fan gathering where fans are charged money (Oh shock! Oh shame!) in exchange for autographs, signed pictures, and the chance for a bit of face time with their favorite celebrity.
My dear editor, how does Hayden’s action differ from what you do for much of the content of your “news” paper? There we have celebrities exchanging their name (sometimes willy-nilly, no permission asked), their time, and their pictures in exchange for a bit of publicity for their work. At least the fan shows (such as the current Toronto Expo one) are honest and up front about the exchange. In addition, at these shows both fans and celebrities get some precious small contact with each other as real people. Your paper does not provide that value.
Yes, you will have to tell me where you think you get off attempting to diminish a young actor who is attempting to reach out to fans in one of the only practical ways provided by the entertainment industry, an industry your paper is a part of and largely dependent on.
It is particularly shoddy that the author scoffs at Hayden’s lack of “Harry Potter” or “Spiderman” fame while leaving himself unnamed as “Daily Mail Reporter.” Talk about being a parasite! Does Daily Mail Reporter want to shoot down Hayden’s career, just at it’s beginning, and then take a salary for doing so. Seriously, Sir, for shame.
What do you make of all this? Which side is in the right? Or is the truth somewhere in between?
14 sci-fi and fantasy gangsters you definitely don’t want to cross
Where there’s crime, there’s undoubtedly someone looking to capitalize on it, and sci-fi and fantasy is rife with shady characters ready to take their cut, teach someone a lesson or order a hit on those who cross them and their organizations.
Here’s 14 members of the criminal underworld from all types of other worlds.
Lord Petyr (Littlefinger) Baelish
From: Game of Thrones
Portrayed by: Aidan Gillen
“Distrusting me is the best thing you can do.” Littlefinger, a player within King’s Landing, has his hands in many pots, from the court of the king to brothels within the city. Master of Coin for the King’s court, gained through a calculated rise to power, Baelish helped to spark the War of the Five Kings through his planning and lies. Feigning a friendship and offering his advice towards Eddard Stark, he betrayed the new King’s Hand to his death to topple the regime.
Portrayed by: Mark Shepherd
“And you’re what? Petty thief with delusions of standing? Sad, little king of a sad, little hill.” Hailing from the Titan Colony, Badger made a name for himself as a local boss on the world of Persephone. If it’s being transported, Badger wants a part, and a cut, and he’s dealt with everything from illegal salvage, black market cattle herds and quite a bit more. It’s best to stay on his good side: it’s suspected that he plays both sides of the game when it suits him.
From: Batman Begins
Portrayed by: Tom Wilkinson
Gotham city is rotting from its core, leaving the entire city at the hands of the criminal underworld. At the top of the pecking order is Carmine Falcone. While a known gangster, the city was never able to be bring him to justice because of corruption and fear. Drug running, petty theft and robbery, Falcone’s in charge of it all. Cross him, and he wouldn’t hesitate to drop you in front of an audience of police officers, judges and business people. You can’t buy that type of power.
Donbot, Francis X. ‘Clamps’ Clampotso, Joey Mousepad
Portrayed by: Maurice LaMarche and John DiMaggio
Get a load of the ball bearings on these guys. New New York’s legendary Robot Mafia (the three of them) concerned themselves entirely with corrupting local robotic unions and other debaucheries. Insult them, and they make people and robots who cross them disappear, all the while cavorting with highly public figures, ranging from Calculon to the Robot Devil. They don’t like witnesses: they get the clamps! Clamps!
Portrayed by: Mark Strong
As one of New York’s major drug bosses, Frank D’Amico commands an impressive operation: drugs and wholesale murder. The key to all that? Being as ruthless as possible, by going out and killing someone dressed up as a superhero in broad daylight to broadcasting the severe beating and almost execution of two on the internet. Cross him, and he’ll cut your fingers off. With a heavy duty bolt cutter. Then he’ll shoot you.
Jabba Desilijic Tiure
From: Star Wars
Portrayed by: Larry Ward (voice)
Chuba! One of the most powerful crime lords in the galaxy, Jabba the Hutt’s operations and influence spans much of the galaxy. An army of smugglers and mercenaries at his disposal, he’s cornered the market for gambling, spice and corruption from the Republic to the Galactic Empire. Cross him and he’ll either feed you to one of his favored pets, or keep you around as an art piece in his lair.
From: The Matrix Reloaded
Portrayed by: Lambert Wilson
An old program residing within the Matrix, the Merovingian’s described himself as a simple trafficker of Information, surrounded by deadly and resilient programs to carry out his orders. He seems to run an underground movement within the Matrix, trafficking programs out of the matrix, often in exchange for something. Cause, and effect.
From: Stargate SG-1
Portrayed by: Eric Steinberg
A ruthless crime lord in the universe, Netan deals with Kassa distribution and other crimes with his small fleet of Ha’tak ships. He was known for killing off even his lieutenants amongst his organization, taking down anyone who gets in his way. Faced with problems from Earth’s Stargate unit SG-1, he put out a bounty on the unit, which ultimately backfired when the bounty hunter he hired killed him.
Portrayed by: Michael Fairman
What is gossip? People talking: Niska has a reputation for his brutal and violent means for keeping people in line. Aboard his own space station, he has a small army of criminals at his disposal, ranging from enforcement to pharmaceutical theft, subcontracting at times, paying very well up front. However, he’s eager to turn his reputation from talk into fact, showing off his wife’s nephew to Serenity‘s crew to keep them in line. He’s also not content with killing someone once: he’s willing to keep them going for days before he’s satisfied.
From: District 9
Portrayed by: Eugene Khumbanyiwa
Obsessed with alien technology, Obesandjo and his organization set up shop after the establishment of the prawn refuge in South Africa, District 9. Specializing in weapons, ruthless in his dealings, he’s the top man, despite lacking the use of his legs. His obsession with alien weaponry has brought him to the point of consuming Prawn body parts, believing he’d be able to absorb their abilities.
From: Battlestar Galactica
Portrayed by: Bill Duke
The top of the food chain in the Colonial Fleet’s black market, Phelan drives the underground economy, getting people what they need in stressful times, making a good living for himself and his men. Dealing with contraband supplies, theft, child prostitution and murder, he operated with impunity amongst the colonial fleet, going as far to kill Pegasus Commander Jack Fisk when the officer attempted to go back on his deal with the crime lord.
From: The Dark Knight
Portrayed by: Eric Roberts
After Carmine Falcone was toppled by The Batman in Gotham City, Sal Marioni rose to power. His charisma brought about a loyal following with underlings, deep into the city’s government. As the city government began to close in after the appointment of Harvey Dent as Gotham’s DA, Maroni’s hold on the city through the mob was loosened only after joining forces with the Joker, before running afoul of the Batman and a newly insane Harvey Dent/Two face.
Portrayed by: Sasha Roiz
A member of the Ha’la’tha gang, Sam Adama operates as a main enforcer for the group. Orphaned at a young age, Sam ended up on Caprica, where he worked to hold on to his Tauron heritage. There, he worked as an assassin and enforcer, occasionally pulling a big job like helping his brother to steal proprietary technology from the Vergis Corporation. He’s not above getting political either: when rebellion struck on Tauron, he became heavily involved.
Portrayed by: Michael Clarke Duncan
The alter ego of Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin is completely in charge of crime in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. With a long history of crime behind him, starting as an enforcer and working his way up to the top of the food chain, he maintained a duel persona, a corporate boss on one hand, crime boss on the other. He didn’t hesitate to kill his own men as they tried to leave his organization, and sent an assassin after Matt Murdock/Daredevil, only to get his legs broken in the process. The funny thing is, he couldn’t reveal who the Daredevil really was without admitting he was beaten up by a blind man.
Dan Aykroyd Drops Significant Ghostbusters 3 Details
After years of rumors, it appears that Ghostbuster 3 is finally moving forward and will likely do so with or without Bill Murray’s involvement. Dan Aykroyd appeared on The Dennis Miller Show to discuss the project, dropping specific details about the sequel, hinting that the plan is to film in Spring of 2012 no matter what happens casting-wise.
“Yes, we will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray,” he says, “That is our hope. We have an excellent script. What we have to remember is that ‘Ghostbusters’ is bigger than any one component, although Billy was absolutely the lead and contributive to it in a massive way, as was the director and Harold [Ramis], myself and Sigourney [Weaver]. The concept is much larger than any individual role and the promise of ‘Ghostbusters 3’ is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood.”
The comedian also confirmed reports that the plot will revolve around a new generation of Ghostbusters and hinted at the states of his and Ramis’ characters.
“My character, Ray, is now blind in one eye and can’t drive the cadillac,” he says, “He’s got a bad knee and can’t carry the packs… Egon is too large to get into the harness. We need young blood and that’s the promise. We’re gonna hand it to a new generation.”
As for who might be cast as the new characters, Aykroyd says that, while no decision has been made, he does have a fondness for one piece of prospective casting.
“I like this guy Matthew Gray Gubler from the ‘Criminal Minds’ show,” he adds, “But there’s going to be a casting. We’re going to see everyone that wants to do it. We’re going to need… three guys and a young woman.”
Check back soon for more details on Ghostbuster 3 as they develop.
‘Man of Steel’ Set Photos Reveal Henry Cavill’s Superman Costume Changes (Photos)
UPDATED: New pictures posted online reveal a revamped superhero look.
Superman has a brand-new costume and thanks to newly released images from the set of Man of Steel, fans are getting their first chance to study it in detail.
The new costume, worn by actor Henry Cavill, appears to be keeping in line with the revised version of the character soon to be seen in DC Comics’ reboots of the Action Comics and Superman series next month. The red briefs and yellow belt are gone; replaced by blue briefs. And from the looks of the photos, the omnipresent red cape is now optional.
A previous photo of the Man of Steel was released earlier in August, but the image was dim and moody and didn’t give fans a sense of what the costume would look like in action.
Warner Bros.’ Superman reboot began filming outside of Chicago in early August and since then, several photos from the set — turning Plano, Illinois into Smallville — have been posted on a fan Facebook page.
Green Lantern Hitting Blu-ray and DVD on Oct. 14
Source: Warner Home Video
August 30, 2011
Nooooo! Lucas messes with Vader’s lines in Return of the Jedi
First it was Greedo firing first against Han Solo, then Yoda’s puppet is sadly replaced by CGI, now Vader is being forced against his will to bellow his trademark cry as the Emperor tortures poor Luke. Stop the insanity!George Lucas, as lord commander of all denizens in the Star Wars universe, is at it again for the Sept. 16 release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray set. He’s inserted two instances of dialogue unheard in the original Return of the Jedi. Why? Because he can.Not content with the continuity between one trilogy and the next, Lucas continues his fiddling march toward digital perfection by altering more scenes to the detriment of the films. It was bad enough hearing Vader’s pathetic howl of woe at the end of Episode III. Well, it’s back in black with a vengeance.
In the climactic Episode VI scene, Vader stands impotent to the Emperor’s crackling lightning-storm assault of his son Luke, The internal conflict seethes within him until, in a SILENT moment of brute strength and paternal love, he hoists Emperor Palpatine over his head and chucks him into the abyss. His decision to triumph over his blackened heart needs no emphasizing underscore. Two-year-olds comprehend his dilemma and need no further explanation. Now he screams “NO”—twice!
And a second audio change has been discovered, the switching of Ben Kenobi’s Krayt dragon call in Star Wars during the Tusken Raider trashing of Luke’s landspeeder. The 2004 edition altered it from a dewback’s wail to a shriller alarm. Huh?
Here are the leaked audio clips synched with existing video of both. Check out the needless aberrations …
This endless manipulation to account for every imaginable continuity error or emotional motivation is something that will be debated for decades. Lucas began these alterations with the 1997 special-edition release of Star Wars: A New Hope at a cost of $10 million. Its original budget was only $11 million in 1976! The changes continued to appease political correctness, trilogy flow errors and his sense of completing the films as he intended and envisioned, even though he only directed one of the first three Star Wars movies.
Destruction of the organic nature of the holy trilogies seems to be causing a major disruption in the Force, namely the galaxy of fans who are being robbed of viewing the films as they were presented in the theaters, products of their time, glories and gaffes and all. This incessant polishing and tweaking brings to mind shades of the superstitious Sara Winchester and the endless construction of her obsessive Winchester Mystery House. What do the spirits foretell for the Lucas Empire?
There’s a disconnection somewhere. We like the puppets, we like the disco-era explosions in space. They’re an integral part of the nostalgia and the natural fabric of the film, the imperfect connection that surrounds us and penetrates us like Obi-Wan’s hokey religion.
Lucas claims the other, older versions will disappear, leaving only these DVD versions for people to remember 100 years from now. What about our generations, the ones that etched Star Wars into our collective culture and made many rich beyond belief?
The nine-disc Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray box set will offer full 1080p video presentations of the films, DTS-HD Master Audio 6.1 surround tracks and more than 40 hours of special features, including never-before-seen content from the legendary Lucasfilm archives. No doubt the collection will be an instant success and the must-have HD goodie of the year.
Some changes are a necessary good. Okay, the revamped Wampa creature was bloody cool in The Empire Strikes Back. No argument there. But there must be some limit to the madness. Some restraint for the sake of the children … and adults.
What do you think? Should Vader stay mute, or turn up his iron lung and display his emotions? (Even conflicted Dark Lords need to vent sometimes.)
Image of the Day:
BSG inspired wedding pic.
This Week in Star Trek
More Information on the Mosaic to Celebrate Star Trek’s 45th Anniversary
September 8th marks the 45th anniversary of Star Trek hitting the airwaves and to commemorate this momentous occasion fans can submit images to be a part of three official mosaics, which will portray Captain Kirk, the U.S.S. Enterprise, and Spock.
The mosaics will then be turned into limited edition prints by Fan Mosaics, which will be hosting the event. To be included in this historic compilation, fans must visit the website at midnight September 8th. Fans can choose whether to submit to one image or the Deluxe Edition Set, which includes all three. The price for doing so covers the image upload, the 24” by 36” mosaic print(s) of choice, and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
As we previously reported, 2,500 fans may submit to and own each individual print, while 1,701 may submit to and own the Deluxe Edition set.
Thousands have already signed up for a reminder email from the site. So those who wish to participate should keep vigilant in order to be a part of Star Trek history.
Visit Fan Mosaics online at FanMosaics.com.
SciFi Five in Five
1. Blade Runner
2. Star Wars
3. The Empire Strikes Back
4. The Matrix (Trilogy)
5. eXistenZ (another one I’m not sure is technically Sci Fi, but I consider it to be)