SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 112
Our Interview with John Mierau
Author of the Podiobook Asunder
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- Our interview with John Mierau
- New Trivia:
- TV News: Joe Flanagan guest stars on this week’s Fringe; Amanda Tapping talks Sanctuary & the charity she supports.
- Movie News: Milla Jovovich talks about Resident Evil : Retribution
- All around SciFi interest: 8 great sci-fi movie car chases guaranteed to get your pulse racing
- DVD Blu Ray News: Captain America release
- TWIST: William Shatner says Star Trek is better than Star Wars; Director of new Star Trek movie confirmed
- Sci Fi 5 at 5
JOHN MIERAU is a wordsmith and storyteller. A scifi & fantasy hack. A family man. A net culture guy. I’m here to spin stories & share what I love. Audio fiction. Ebooks. Other ideas. I’m here to entertain. Physics & reality bent as needed. Enjoy!
Joe Flanigan will guest star in the episode “Neither Here Nor There,” playing a character named Robert Danzig. Here’s how the network describes the story (beware of spoilers):
The fourth season begins one week after Peter vanished, and as the two universes maintain an uneasy alliance, Lincoln Lee helps the Fringe team on a shape-shifting investigation that hits close to home.
The episode will air on FOX in the United States on Friday, September 23 at 9/8c.
Former Stargate actress Amanda Tapping paid a visit to the Canadian morning show Urban Rush recently, chatting about the new season of Sanctuary (starting in October on Syfy and SPACE). She also talked up her participation in an important charity that is close to the Sanctuary family, “Once Upon A Cure” — raising money with its first annual gala event in Vancouver (Saturday, September 24 at 6 p.m.) to find a cure for Hunter Syndrome.
Other members of the Stargate family are involved as well, including Robert Carlyle, Paul McGillion, David DeLuise, and others. The charity is also hosting a stellar series of auctions happening right now, including lunches with Amanda, with David Hewlett and wife Jane Loughman, with Atlantis‘s Jewel Staite and Paul McGillion, props, signed photos and posters, and much more.
Check out the 9-minute video below, and visit OnceUponACure.com to learn more!
Milla Jovovich Confirms and Reveals New Details on RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION
On her Twitter page, Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich revealed and confirmed new details on the next film in the franchise, Resident Evil: Retribution. Jovovich confirmed the rumor that Leon Kennedy and Barry Burton will make their first appearances in the series and they’ll be joined by Ada Wong, who appeared in the video games Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 4, and The Darkside Chronicles. Jovovich also announced that Chris Redfield (Wentworth Miller), Claire Redfield (Ali Larter), and K-Mart (Spencer Locke) won’t return but Sienna Guillory will reprise her role as Jill Valentine. Shawn Roberts will also return to play the villainous Albert Wesker. Principal photography is set to begin on October 16th.
Hit the jump for some potentially spoilery details on the upcoming sequel. Resident Evil: Retribution is due out in 3D on September 14, 2012.
Caution – Potential Spoilers Ahead:
Chris, Claire, and K-Mart won’t return because they’ve been abducted by the Umbrella Corporation. Also, fans should expect an epic fight between Alice (Jovovich) and Jill.
The actress also said her husband and the film’s director Paul W.S. Anderson has a massive chase scene planned for Retribution:
the red square sequence is THE MOST COMPLICATED CHASE SCENE PAUL HAS EVER PLANNED FOR! ITS GONNA BE EPIC!
its gonna be SIIIIICK!! paul leaves the production meeting reeling from the logistical complications off how 2 shoot them!!
we’ll b the 1st movie 2 hve a chase scene in a rolls royce which we will get shot up, but still runs cause they’re awesome!
Finally, Jovovich says she hopes to make a sixth Resident Evil that brings all the major characters together, which hints that all of the new characters will survive Retribution.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Release Date: July 22, 2011 (3D/2D theaters)
Studio: Paramount Pictures, Marvel Studios
Director: Joe Johnston
Screenwriter: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Starring: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke, Stanley Tucci
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action)
Official Website: CaptainAmerica.com
Review: 7.5/10 rating
DVD Review: Not Available
DVD: Not Available
Movie Poster: One-Sheet | Poster | International Poster | Teaser
Production Stills: View here
Plot Summary: “Captain America: The First Avenger” focuses on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving.)
All around Sci Fi interest:
8 great sci-fi movie car chases guaranteed to get your pulse racing
The crime thriller Drive (which opens today) manages to overcome its lackluster direction and acting to deliver some outstanding, pulse-pounding car chases—and those exciting scenes led us to thoughts of similar moments in sci-fi movies.While not as common as in their action-genre brethren, sci-fi has produced its own unique brand of thrilling car chase. Here are some of the very best and most exciting.
The Road Warrior
Prior to the 1980s, the sci-fi car chase was primarily limited to the cult classic Death Race 2000 (1975) and Mad Max (1979). While both movies successfully aped the car chase mania that infused the era’s crime films, neither produced a memorable scene akin to those found in Bullitt or The French Connection. It wasn’t until the Mad Max sequel, The Road Warrior (1981), that the truly great sci-fi film car chase was born. During the finale, in order to save the settlers, the antihero Max pilots a tanker full of gas. A gang of murderous marauders, fronted by The Humongous, attack him from cars, trucks and motorcycles.
James Cameron successfully integrated the intensity of the 1970s crime film within the numerous chases in The Terminator (1984). None typified this better than the scene of the Terminator atop a motorcycle, guns blazing, chasing Sarah Connor and Reese through the streets of L.A.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
For the 1991 sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Cameron moved beyond the standard car chase, practically reinventing it. This scene of the terrified John Connor zooming on a motorbike while being pursued by the T-1000 in a semi ranks high among the reasons cited for the belief that this movie is superior to its predecessor.
The Fifth Element
One of the more enjoyable sci-fi films of the 1990s, The Fifth Element (1997) featured a zany, multi-tiered flying cab chase. Using vehicle and architectural designs by the legendary Moebius, the scene leaps straight from the best pages of Heavy Metal. Shortly after meeting the mysterious LeeLoo, puzzled cabbie Korben Dallas attempts to elude several pursuers, including the police and dangerous thugs.
The disappointing Matrix Reloaded (2003) offered a sensational, creative and lengthy freeway scene featuring multiple martial-arts sequences, car crashes and numerous displays of superheroics. Sadly, the inane deus ex machina ending almost ruined the entire experience.
The fairly typical high-octane, balls-to-the-wall, check-your-brain-at-the-door Michael Bay production, The Island (2005) featured an intense if illogical chase. The scene includes an 18-wheeler laden with train wheels (what’s up with sci-fi movies and large trucks?), police cars, helicopters, flying cycles and tons of destruction.
The Dark Knight
The current money-making superhero film champion, Christopher Nolan’s second Batman story The Dark Knight (2008), garnered almost unanimous praise and numerous award nominations. Beyond the brilliant script, excellent cast and superior direction, the movie delivered the best superhero movie car chase ever. After the Joker threatens Harvey Dent’s life, the Gotham police attempt to safely transport the D.A. in an armored car. The Joker attacks the vehicle and (of course) Batman shows up.
Director Patrick Lussier’s love note to the over-the-top car and horror films of B-movie impresario Roger Corman, Drive Angry (2011) delivers gratuitous amounts of violence, explosions, nudity and, of course, cars. As expected car chases abound, but with only one truly memorable sequence. And that largely due to its enjoyable, tongue-in-cheek nod to the rampant misuse of slow motion in most Hollywood action films.
As with the action thriller, an exciting, well-done car chase alone doesn’t make for an excellent movie, but it can make the difference between just good and absolutely amazing or even bad to mediocre. At the very least, these scenes often lead to a fun cinematic outing.
What are some of your favorites?
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This Week in Star Trek :
“Star Wars Is Derivative Of Star Trek” & Trek Is “Better”; Plus Other Awesome Things Said By William Shatner
In an attempt to start flaming troll wars on the interwebs and making geeks’ heads explode, William Shatner (aka Sir Billiam. Yes were still shooting for that internet meme) posted another one of his tongue-in-cheek videos to youtube. This time? The age old battle: Star Trek vs. Star Wars. Not only did The Shat say that Star Wars is derivative of Star Trek, he went on to point out that Star Trek had better looking women and stories. He did mention though, that Captain Kirk and Princess Leia would be “the perfect union” between Trek & Wars.
“Star Trek had relationships and conflict among the relationships… and stories that involved humanity and philosophical questions… Star Wars was special effects.” The Shat continues “Not only was the television show more humane and dealt with more human principles than Star Wars, but now Star Trek has even more special effects than Star Wars.”
See, this is why we love Sir Billiam (uh-huh). He loves stirring the internet pot and speaking his mind. Of course, you can probably take this with a grain of salt. After all, The Shat is a master at building controversy into publicity. He is a mad genius in that way.
JJ Abrams Confirmed to Direct Star Trek 2
By TrekNews | September 14, 2011
Speculation that JJ Abrams would return to direct the sequel to his 2009 Star Trek film have been running rampant in recent months. Hollywood insiders and fans alike assumed he would return. However, Abrams wouldn’t completely commit to the project.
In news first confirmed by New York Magazine‘s Vulture, pre-production for the film is currently underway with the script scheduled to be complete by the end of September and filming to begin this winter.
The 2009 film’s stars, including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho are all set to return as well.
Sci Fi Five at Five:
Miles’ shout out to 5 random Sci Fi Babes of current Sci Fi Genre.
5. Allison Scagliotti of Warehouse 13
4. Anna Torv of Fringe
3. Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory
2. Summer Glau of Firefly, Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Cape. Most recently seen on Alphas
1. Amanda Tapping of Sanctuary and the Stargate shows.