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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 165a – Joss Whedon on Avengers 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Iron Man 3 Trailer, and Why LeVar Burton calls ‘bull$#%!’ on J.J. Abrams.

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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 165a

Joss Whedon on Avengers 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past,

The Iron Man 3 Trailer, and Why LeVar Burton calls

‘bull$#%!’ on J.J. Abrams.




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New Trivia: In Trivia this week, you have a chance to win some awesome Star Trek loot!
TV News:  Tim Curry the voice of Palpatine on SW Clone Wars; Catching up with Jewel Staite on a Blastr article.
Movie News:  The Iron Man Three Trailer; Whedon on Avengers 2, and X-Men: Days of Future Past news.
TWIST:   Why Star Trek: TNG’s LeVar Burton calls ‘bull$#%!’ on J.J. Abrams
SciFi 5 in 5 :  Colin, from Trek News and Views, brings us his more anticipated films.



Trivia Question: We know Tony Amendolo for his work on Stargate SG1 & now recently Continuum. What Star Trek sereis did Tony Amendolo guest star in?

The Prize: The Star Trek 12 Poster plus the latest Star Trek: Faragut DVD

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TV News:

Clone Wars’ Palpatine is gonna be played by Tim Curry? Awesome!

Dan Roth

There’s no crime in giving yourself over to pleasure. Or, in this case, the Dark Side.

Ian Abercrombie has been the voice for Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious for quite some time, and his passing left not only a hole in the hearts of Star Wars fans, but a huge gap in the Clone Wars itself. Without Abercrombie, who could play the most sinister of sinister villains from a galaxy far, far away?

Supervising director for the cartoon series Dave Filoni took the task of recasting the role tremendously seriously and came up with an absolutely perfect replacement ­­ Tim Curry.

We had an extensive search to find a new voice for Palpatine. It wasn’t just a matter of finding an actor who could to recreate lines from the films. We needed someone to deliver a performance that could stand alongside what Ian McDiarmid and Ian Abercrombie created as this legendary Star Wars character. At the end of the day, there is little question that bringing in an actor of Tim’s caliber was perfect for Chancellor Palpatine.

We have to say that we wholeheartedly approve. Curry has played so many baddies to camp perfection over the decades that we’ve lost count. Curry is set to debut this coming Saturday in the season
finale. While we’re still sad about the loss of Abercrombie, but we’re still excited to see what new flavor Curry will bring to the role

Jewel Staite reveals funniest Stargate/Firefly cast member + more!

Which Stargate/Firefly cast member was funniest off­camera?

David Hewlett was unintentionally funny because he would whine and get really grumpy when he got hungry, and I find his grumpy demeanour to be my favorite demeanour. Seriously, next time you see him, try starving him: you’ll laugh your ass off. Nathan Fillion was the court jester who would do just about anything for a laugh (and always got one outta me ­­ still does), but I always found Morena Baccarin to be unexpectedly, hilariously dry. Mostly because she was really uncomfortable in what they made her wear all the time, and when she’s uncomfortable, she’s pretty grumpy. Grumps make me laugh. That grumpy cat thing circulating all over the Internet is a daily source of amusement for me. Did you see him dressed as the Pope? Hahahahahaha I need a job.


IronMan 3 Trailer



Joss Whedon has recently been talking about plans for the second Avengers movie and has expressed his excitement about the script for the movie.

In a brief chat to Digital Spy posted yesterday the writer/producer/director confirmed that he has the sequel’s story fully outlined, and has been given more free rein to focus on character dynamics than in The Avengers.

“I have a greater opportunity to dig into the relationships in the second one,” he explained, “and that’s what’s really exciting about it for me.”
During a recent press event to promote his next movie project, which is a new spin on Shakespeare’s comedy ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. Whedon revealed that he’ll be going into deeper detail with the Avengers characters in

the next film.

The cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past just keeps getting bigger and more brilliant as the weeks go on.

Today, we have the official announcement that Halle Berry WILL be reprising her role as Storm for the

movie! She follows Omar Sy (The Intouchables) who was announced to be joining the cast this past


The director of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer, announced the casting of Omar Syand Halle
Berry via Twitter much like he did for Peter Dinklage which we reported on here a few weeks ago.
Halle Berry, Omar Sy and Peter Dinklage join the already established cast of Patrick Stewart as

Charles Xavier, Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde, Anna Paquin as Rogue, Ian McKellen as Magneto, Shawn

Ashmore as Iceman, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine,Michael Fassbender as
(younger) Magneto, James McAvoy as (younger) Charles Xavier andJennifer Lawrence as Mystique.

This movie sure look larger than life. I had to check that list three times to make sure I had not
forgotten anyone. Some how I’m sure it’s still incomplete. We’ll be sure and keep you posted on the
latest news for X-Men: Days of Future Past.
X-Men: Days of Future Past directed by Bryan Singer and starring Halle Berry, Omar Sy,Peter
Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Ian McKellen, Shawn Ashmore,Nicholas Hoult,
Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Jennifer Lawrence is slated to hit
theaters on July 18th, 2014.


Why Star Trek: TNG’s LeVar Burton calls ‘bull$#%!’ on J.J. Abrams
Nathalie Caron

Star Trek: The Next Generation’s LeVar Burton seems to have some issues against the man who brought Star Trek back into our lives so spectacularly and successfully.

In an interview with the Toronto Sun, the TNG actor and director, who starred as Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge on both the USS Enterprise­D and then the USS Enterprise­E for seven seasons and four subsequent movies had this to say about Abrams and his take on the Trek franchise (and we’re including those darn lens flares):

“(Abrams’ Star Trek) was a great movie, and he brought a whole new generation to Trek. But I’m a little disquieted by things I hear coming out of his camp, things like he would like to be remembered as the only Trek—which would discount everything before he got there.

“There’s ‘breaking the canon,’ which he did (by re­inventing Star Trek’s timeline). But there’s also honouring the canon. And to pretend to be the only one is really egocentric and immature.

“I just came from a conference in San Francisco with Advanced Micro Devices, and they’re working on

technology towards building a holodeck. That was Next Generation. And that’s part of what Star Trek has brought to the culture. So when JJ Abrams says, There should be no Star Trek except the one I make,’ I call bulls­­­, J.J.”

Maybe we’ve been living in a frozen cave somewhere on Delta Vega, but it’s the first time we hear that J.J. Abrams (and his entourage) would apparently like his Star Trek to be remembered as the only Trek—discounting everything else that happened before he took the tired franchise into his hands and breathed new life into it.

But then again, it’s probable Burton is privy to things we’re not …
However, if what Burton says is true, and Abrams allegedly wants his Star Trek film be the only one that counts in Star Trek history, well then, that isn’t right and probably wouldn’t sit very well with a whole bunch of Trekkies/Trekkers this side of the Alpha Quadrant now, would it?

Plus, we’ve to say that we’re actually surprised by Burton’s statement, because Roberto Orci, one of Trek’s writers, is a MAJOR, fervant Star Trek fan. So yeah, color us puzzled and green like an Orion slave girl.

Still, what do you guys think about all that, do you believe there could be any truth to this?
(Toronto Sun via Trek Web)

Sci Fi 5 in 5 From Colin

1) Oblivion starring Tom cruise, set in the future where Tom is to all intents a salvage merchant 2) Iron man 3 ” is it the man or the suit”

3) Star Trek Into Darkness: the second film in the reboot, redoes the second film in the original…..or does it

4) World War Z just when you thought zombies had been done to death
5) The Wolverine I hope they get this right, the Japanese story holds so much promise but will it deliver.

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