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14 items from 2014


First look at Thunderbirds Are Go's Tracy Island

25 July 2014 3:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The first official look at Tracy Island in new series Thunderbirds Are Go has been released at Comic-Con...

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Released as part of today's Thunderbirds Sdcc panel is this first shot of the Tracy family home, Tracy Island, from forthcoming ITV series Thunderbirds Are Go.

At this distance, there's no clear sign of the retractable swimming pool but the familiar palm trees and exotic location are all present and correct. 

It's enough to make you want to get your Blue Peter papier mache version out of the loft... 

2015 will mark both fifty years of Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds and the debut of the new reboot, to be created "using a unique mix of CG animation and live-action model sets".

Read more about Thunderbirds Are Go on Den Of Geek, here.

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The jarring nostalgia of kids' TV reboots

22 June 2014 6:28 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

How likely is the current crop of kids' TV reboots, from Danger Mouse to The Clangers, Morph and more, to harm your childhood memories?

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The period June 9th to 15th 2014 was an unpleasant raid on the collective VHS cassette memory of our youth. Not only did Eric Hill, the creator of Spot the Dog, pass away, but so too did Casey Kasem, who for forty years had been the voice of Scooby-Doo's snack wingman Shaggy. Francis Matthews, the stiff upper lip behind Captain Scarlet's stiff puppet lip, departed to be with a different angel squadron. And before that Earth lost Rik Mayall, who performed the best Jackanory ever. Sorry Prince Charles. He did.

So if you felt a part of your formative years had suddenly melted away like a Funny Feet ice cream abandoned on a see-saw, then that's perfectly normal. It's always sad and strangely personal »

- louisamellor

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First look at Thunderbird 1 from Thunderbirds are Go!

19 June 2014 9:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In 2015 it will be the 50th anniversary of the late Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds and to coincide with this release ITV is bringing to our screens Thunderbirds are Go!. Today the first image of Thunderbird 1 from the very talented people over at the Weta Workshop was revealed to the world, as you can see Weta are keeping it very close with the 1960’s Thunderbirds model by the original designer Derek Meddings; clearly Weta are real fans and knew it was near-to-perfect already….

Jamie Anderson, Managing Director of Anderson Entertainment, today welcomed the first look at Thunderbird 1 and said: “I know lots of them are massive fans of the original Thunderbirds and we’re all really looking forward to seeing what they come up with for the remaining craft as well as the series itself. Next year marks the 50th Anniversary of Thunderbirds so it’s great to see ITV joining »

- Villordsutch

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9 movies that prove why nostalgia isn't always a good thing

18 June 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Remember that thing you loved from your childhood? It's coming back. We're not talking specifics here, we're talking everything.

New movies or TV shows revolving around everything from Scooby Doo to Ninja Turtles, Danger Mouse and Bananaman are on the horizon - you could accuse producers of running out of new ideas, but how long before they run out of old ideas?

Nostalgia can give you a warm and fuzzy feeling, but sometimes it isn't always a good thing. Digital Spy suggests 9 instances when looking back to the past resulted in a questionable present:

The Saint (1997)

A movie adaptation of popular TV series The Saint had been mooted for some time. It finally limped into cinemas in 1997 with Val Kilmer as Simon Templar - he was no Roger Moore, but let's face it, who is?

The film, which is a relatively low-key (if somewhat eccentric) spy caper, suffered because it »

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9 movies that prove why nostalgia isn't always a good thing

18 June 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Remember that thing you loved from your childhood? It's coming back. We're not talking specifics here, we're talking everything.

New movies or TV shows revolving around everything from Scooby Doo to Ninja Turtles, Danger Mouse and Bananaman are on the horizon - you could accuse producers of running out of new ideas, but how long before they run out of old ideas?

Nostalgia can give you a warm and fuzzy feeling, but sometimes it isn't always a good thing. Digital Spy suggests 9 instances when looking back to the past resulted in a questionable present:

The Saint (1997)

A movie adaptation of popular TV series The Saint had been mooted for some time. It finally limped into cinemas in 1997 with Val Kilmer as Simon Templar - he was no Roger Moore, but let's face it, who is?

The film, which is a relatively low-key (if somewhat eccentric) spy caper, suffered because it »

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Captain Scarlet revisited: Francis Matthews' iconic hero 47 years later

17 June 2014 7:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Over the weekend, it was confirmed that Francis Matthews - a prolific and respected actor, star of stage and screen - had sadly died, aged 86.

As Captain Scarlet - the hero of Gerry Anderson's '60s 'Supermarionation' series - Matthews was one of the iconic voices of this writer's childhood.

To mark his passing, the Week in Geek revisits the first episode of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons - first broadcast on UK television almost 50 years ago.

"The finger is on the trigger - about to unleash a force with terrible powers, beyond the comprehension of man. This force we shall know as… The Mysterons."

It's not your average science fiction children's series that opens with a moody and atmospheric crawl into a dark and dirty alley, where a lone gunman sprays bullets before being felled by return fire.

But Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons was far from your »

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Francis Matthews, actor who voiced Captain Scarlet, dies aged 86

15 June 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor with a varied career, best known for his part in Gerry Anderson's follow-up puppet series to the Thunderbirds

Francis Matthews, the voice of Captain Scarlet in the TV series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, has died after a short illness. He was 86.

He had a varied acting career but will perhaps be best remembered for his clipped English officer-class delivery in the title role to the 1960s follow-up puppet series to the Thunderbirds. As the opening credits announced: "This man will be our hero for fate will make him indestructible Captain Scarlet."

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First look at new Thunderbirds Are Go!

12 June 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It has been in production for some time now, but we now have our first look at the reboot to Gerry Anderson’s classic TV show Thunderbirds.

Sadly, it’s just a glimpse of Thunderbird 2 and an invitation to the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas where, we imagine, we’ll get more images.

See the image below:

From the press release:

Fifty years after its television debut the iconic series is back in production featuring a talented cast led by Rosamund Pike (The World’s End, Gone Girl) as Lady Penelope and David Graham (Thunderbirds 1965) reprising his role as chauffeur and International Rescue agent Parker.

Debuting on ITV in 2015 this re-invention of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s much-loved series will be produced using an innovative mix of CGI animation and live-action miniature sets.

Unstoppable inventor Brains will be voiced by Kayvan Novak (Fonejacker, Facejacker) whilst Tracy brothers Gordon and John »

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First Glimpse of 'Thunderbirds Are Go"

12 June 2014 9:22 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Remember the British TV series from the 1960s, Thunderbirds? The puppet, action, sci-fi epic series holds a special place in the heart of a certain generation and now the folks from ITV Studios are hoping for it to catch on with an all-new audience. The series is going to be relaunched in 2015, with the name Thunderbirds Are Go, and they've tapped Weta to handle the effects for the update- which will use a combination of miniature sets and CG characters. The original was filmed using a technique that creator Gerry Anderson called Super Mario Nation (I like that!)...oh wait, I'm sorry. That's Supermarionation.

While no official images have been released of the characters, sets, or the new visual aesthetic, this invitation from ITV does give the world it's first look:

Fifty years after its television debut the iconic series is back in production featuring a talented cast led by »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Blu-ray Release: Thunderbirds Are Go / Thunderbird 6

19 May 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: May 13, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Screen Media

Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) and Thunderbird 6 (1968), the cinematic evolution of Gerry Anderson’s hugely popular British Sixties TV series, Thunderbirds, arrive on Blu-ray for the very first time courtesy of Twilight Time.

The Thunderbirds were a mix of puppetry (via the patented Supermarionation process, which allowed synchronization of dialogue with marionette movement), sci-fi futurism, action-adventure, and undeniably fabulous Sixties-era design. The feature films Thunderbirds Are Go and Thunderbird 6 weave tales of the adventures of the Tracy Family, a father and five sons who, with the assistance of the glamorous British agent Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward, run International Rescue, an elite team who roam the globe—and beyond—in a humanitarian effort to help their fellow men.

The Blu-ray edition of the Thunderbird films includes the following features:

-Isolated score track

-Audio commentary with film historians Jeff Bond and Nick Redman

-Audio »

- Laurence

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Terrahawks returning with Big Finish

19 April 2014 6:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Kate Kestrel (left), Hawkeye (right); bottom row (left to right): Ninestein, Hiro, Mary

Today Anderson Entertainment (founded by the late great Gerry Anderson MBE) announced that Terrahawks, Gerry Anderson and Christopher Burr’s 1983 cult TV series, would be making its return with production company and publisher Big Finish for eight brand new audio episodes. Big Finish is best known for their audio adaptations of cult hits like Doctor Who and Blake’s 7.

Some thirty years after the original Terrahawks production ended on TV the original cast members are returning, with Jeremy Hitchen (Ninestein, Hiro, It-Star), Robbie Stevens (101, Hawkeye, Yung-Star) and Denise Bryer (Zelda and Mary Falconer).

As Jamie Anderson, Gerry’s son and Managing Director of Anderson Entertainment says, “39 episodes were originally produced of this hit TV series which had over 9 million viewers each week, with development of another series underway when production ceased in 1984.  We’ll be using »

- Villordsutch

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‘Apocalypse Kiss’ Review

25 March 2014 2:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: D.C. Douglas, Carmela Hayslett, Tom Detrik, Tammy Jean, Tom Atkins, Michael Berryman, Lloyd Kaufman, Steve Blum, Bonnie Loev, Brian Anthony Wilson | Written and Directed by Christian Jude Grillo

I’ll freely admit there was a heavy dose of trepidation going into Apocalypse Kiss. You see I’ve had the “pleasure” of watching one of writer/director Christian Jude Grillo’s films (Deer Crossing aka Wasteland) before and it wasn’t the greatest of experiences… But just like you should never judge a book by its cover I feel you should never judge a filmmaker from just one film, even if that film was a complete shambles. Grillo’s previous effort was a backwoods thriller, a poor mans Texas Chainsaw Massacre if you will but this time out Grillo aims his sights higher, bringing us a dystopian vision of a city in ruin, controlled by corrupt politicians and evil corporations. »

- Phil Wheat

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Interview: A conversation with comic book artist Chris Burnham

19 January 2014 12:15 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Villordsutch chats with comic book artist Chris Burnham about his work on Batman Incorporated and his upcoming projects, including the creator-owned horror title Nameless with Grant Morrison....

Villordsutch: An easy question to start the ball rolling; which comic are you reading at the moment and is it any good?

Chris Burnham: 2000Ad on my iPad. The new Judge Dredd serial, Titan, is especially good. Judges who have gone rogue are shipped off to a prison on Saturn's moon Titan, and Dreddy has to lead a secret raid on the place to discover why all communication with the joint has mysteriously been cut off. Henry Flint is The 2000Ad artist of the last decade or so, and Rob Williams is doing a bang-up job of adding enough wrinkles and complications to make this simple set up sing. Good shit.

V: With your name now firmly stamped in Batman (if not »

- Gary Collinson

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Sherlock Series Blog 3.1: The Empty Hearse [Contains Spoilers]

2 January 2014 12:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Written By: Mark Gatiss

Director: Jeremy Lovering

The Story: Sherlock Holmes returns from the dead…

The Verdict: Two years ago, a nation was left on tenterhooks as Sherlock Holmes seemingly leapt to his death, only to turn up again on screen a few minutes later alive and well, unbeknownst to his grief stricken friend John Watson. Online fandom exploded, imploded, then exploded again, as fans debated back and forth their theories as to how the super sleuth survived. Expectation grew and grew, as the months turned into years…

Creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat clearly knew that no matter what their solution would be, it wouldn’t satisfy all of the Sherlock fanbase, no matter how audacious or clever it was. Something entirely unexpected would be required so as to lessen the weight of expectation. Their eventual decision to tease the audience with several possible, if a little crazy and highly improbable, »

- Matt Dennis

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