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The fate of comedy "The Interview" is looking grim, after Sony has canceled domestic and international theatrical release this week. The James Franco and Seth Rogen-starrer had been in the works for half a decade. In it, a tabloid news show host and his producer are roped into an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un via the urging of the FBI. While the plot sounds somewhat serious, it looped its way through plenty of weiner and butthole jokes, and also grounded its digs in North Korean propaganda, the criminal dehumanization of its people and the un-deifying of its Dear Leader (through dick and butt jokes, of course, plus violence). But cutting down a tyrannical world leader is no new feat, of course. "South Park" and "Looney Tunes" took down Kim Jong-Il and Hitler in cartoons. "Arrested Development," "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" brought abroad baddies to their knees for the small screen. »
- Katie Hasty, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Daniel Fienberg
Despite the fact we’ve barely seen any promotional material, never mind a single piece of footage (although that might change in a couple of hours), Citv has announced that it has renewed the upcoming Thunderbirds Are Go! for a second series, ordering an additional 26 episodes of the upcoming CG revamp of Gerry Anderson’s classic TV show.
See Also: Why We Should (And Shouldn’t) Be Worried About Thunderbirds Are Go!
“I am delighted to confirm that a second series of Thunderbirds Are Go has been commissioned for Citv,” states Jamila Metran, Citv Head of Programming. “We are so excited for the launch of our reboot of the iconic children’s show and look forward to bringing the adventures of the five Tracy brothers to our audiences in 2015.”
- Gary Collinson
Fred McNamara on why we should (and shouldn’t) be worried about Thunderbirds Are Go!…
There’s a certain website that’s got a countdown timer on it. As of this piece being written, there are 2 days, 5 hours, and 4 minutes left before whatever blasts off actually blasts off, and Lord knows what time we’ll be on once this piece is published. It’s called thunderbirds.com, and you can view it here. It’s the latest piece of viral marketing for the half-cgi/half-model remake of Thunderbirds entitled Thunderbirds Are Go!.
Whatever the website reveals, those behind the website, and the show’s production, appear to have the spirit of the series down to the last letter. That feeling of excitement when something extraordinary is about to happen is a common feeling for those who watch the original 1960’s Supermarionation extravaganza.
So should we be worried that such a »
- Gary Collinson
Terrahawks may not be as famous as Gerry Anderson's other TV shows, such as Thunderbirds or Stingray, but some readers (British ones especially) are likely to have fond memories of the 80s sci-fi adventure series. Featuring some quite advanced (for the time) marionettes, Terrahawks saw a task force led by Doctor Ninestein clash with a race of alien androids headed up by the cackling Zelda.
It was all good, clean - if occasionally quite grotesque - fun, and we seem to recall that the toys which emerged in the series' wake were really nicely done.
At any rate, the festive episode A Christmas Miracle has appeared on the Gerry Anderson YouTube channel. For some of us, it's the first time we've seen this notoriously hard to track down series in ages, and while it's inevitably looking its age, »
Christmas is a time for giving and the makers of Terrahawks have decided to make a Christmas episode available for free on YouTube.
The episode, 'A Christmas Miracle', will be available on YouTube until January 10 and has been digitally cleaned and re-mastered.
The video also features two new specially created parody advertisements, and further Terrahawks treats are expected in the New Year.
A new spin-off animated web series titled Zeroids vs Cubes will launch from Anderson Entertainment and Ido Design and Animation, featuring the robots from the original series.
Jamie Anderson, son of Terrahawks co-creator Gerry Anderson said: "We wanted to bring some Yuletide cheer to Terrahawks fans around the world in advance of Big Finish's April 2015 release of a brand new Terrahawks audio series featuring eight new episodes with three members of the original cast.
"We're also releasing a free Christmas track with Big Finish - Zelda's Night Before Christmas. »
This will make all Terrahawks fans very happy as Anderson Entertainment are giving an early Christmas present with the free release of the Terrahawks Christmas Special – A Christmas Miracle – online via YouTube for 30 days from December 10th. The episode has been digitally cleaned and re-mastered and features two new specially created parody advertisements. However this episode will only be available until January 10th 2015.
Jamie Anderson, Managing Director of Anderson Entertainment and son of Gerry Anderson, MBE, says, “We wanted to bring some Yuletide cheer to Terrahawks fans around the world in advance of Big Finish’s April 2015 release of a brand new Terrahawks audio series featuring eight new episodes with three members of the original cast. We’re also releasing a free Christmas track with Big Finish – Zelda’s Night Before Christmas”.
When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth. As Cybermen. See what he did there? The Master is back, and has been working on this plot for Quite a long time. Some old friends return for the fight, we say goodbye (for now, anyway) to some others, and oh goodness, were there still surprises. I don’t know why you’d be reading this recap before you saw the episode, but if you are, don’t. Because it makes much more sense to know about the…
Death In Heaven
Directed by Rachel Talalay
As things rather ended in the moment last week, this week’s adventure starts just the same. Clara, when discovered by the newly minted Cyberman, takes the lessons she’s learned throughout the year and put them to use – she lies through her teeth. She claims to be The Doctor, »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
8.12 Death In Heaven
"Nethersphere's just a cool name we came up with during a spitball"
Well, for a start, you have to feel sorry for Sanjeev Bhaskar. His joy when he landed a role in the Doctor Who finale proved to come with a sting. Turns out he was barely in Death In Heaven for more than a minute or two of screen time, before he was sucked out of an aeroplane window. Them's the breaks, a phrase we've no intention of ever using again.
Mind you, he was in good company. How many times have we got to the end of a series of Doctor Who, and bemoaned the fact that the show was too protective of its characters? That not »
"I would really love to do an origin story of Thunderbirds," he revealed. "An audience today is much more interested in canon and the wider universe that surrounds these shows, so I think something like that would be really fantastic."
Anderson added that he would be keen to make the series on audio with Big Finish, having already collaborated with the company - best known for its Doctor Who series - on an upcoming series of Terrahawks plays.
However, any such series would rely on permission from ITV, which currently owns the rights to many of Gerry Anderson's projects.
"I know that is something I would love »
So prolific was Anderson that he left a wealth of unrealised ideas behind - and now his son Jamie is determined to make one such project a reality.
Firestorm follow Storm Force, an elite organisation formed to combat terrorist threats. Previously produced as an anime series in 2003, the new version will be a more faithful adaptation of Anderson's original concepts.
A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to fund a pilot, and with just 10 days remaining, Digital Spy spoke to Jamie Anderson - director of Anderson Entertainment - about his plans for a series and how Firestorm compares to his father's classic shows.
How did the idea come about to redevelop Firestorm and use Kickstarter to fund the project?
"In the period after Dad's funeral, we were talking »
By Adrian Smith
(The following pertains to the UK, Region 2 releases)
Like Walt Disney before him, Gerry Anderson's name became a brand identifier in itself, a mark of quality. It is impossible to hear his name without automatically thinking of puppets on strings, whizzing spaceships and secret island hideouts. In tribute to Anderson, who sadly passed away two years ago before the completion of this documentary, Filmed in Supermarionation presents a brilliantly detailed history of his working life. The film is full of archival material detailing just how difficult it was bringing life to those puppets, along with interviews with many of those who worked alongside Anderson, most notably his wife and long-standing collaborator Sylvia who also provided the voice of Lady Penelope.
The documentary revisits some of the original studios that Anderson and his crew used and new footage is shot in Supermarionation (Gerry Anderson's term to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
This week sees the release of Filmed In Supermarionation, a definitive documentary looking at the golden years of Gerry Anderson and his signature puppet shows: Thunderbirds, Stingray, Joe 90 and more. Since these action-packed puppet shows played a key role in the childhoods of at least three generations, we thought it appropriate to look at what we learned from Anderson’s iconic series. Here is a list of the top 10 things you need to know about the art itself.
1. Supermarionation (a portmanteau of ‘super’, ‘marionette’ and ‘animation’) is a puppetry technique devised in the 1960s by British production company AP Films. It was used extensively in the company’s numerous Gerry and Sylvia Anderson-produced action-adventure series, the most famous of which was Thunderbirds. The term was coined by Gerry Anderson, possibly in imitation of ‘Dynamation’, Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion technique. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
★★★☆☆'The Swinging Sixties. Great Britain. Slough'. Perhaps not the most enticing sequence of title cards, but one that gives a perfect indication of the dry humour and charm of this nostalgic and affectionate look at the team that brought us the likes of Captain Scarlet, Stingray and Thunderbirds. For director Stephen La Rivière, this is obviously a work of immense love as he adapts his book, Filmed in Supermarionation: A History of the Future (2014). The doc features extensive interviews with the late Gerry Anderson and all his major collaborators, including his wife and business partner Sylvia Anderson, who also voiced Lady Penelope - perhaps their most iconic creation ("Our Emma Peel", as one of the puppeteers calls her).
- CineVue UK
To mark the 20th anniversary of Space Precinct, Kyle takes a walk down Demeter City's memory lane to explore the show's highs and lows…
Cops in space. It's a neat idea, right? The concept is rich with potential, but it's surprising just how underused it's been. Gerry Anderson first approached it back in 1986, when he made a pilot for Space Police, which failed to sell and so remained unaired. The show starred Shane Rimmer (the voice of Scott Tracy in Anderson's Thunderbirds), and followed the exploits of a human cop working amongst aliens. For whatever reason, this incarnation of the show never saw the light of day, and remained buried for eight years.
In 1994, the series resurfaced with a new title, new actors, new aliens, and a less comedic tone. Space Precinct 2040 was a standard police show – crimes are committed; our plucky heroes chase the perps down – but transferred to Demeter City, »
Gerry Anderson's 'lost' series Firestorm has reached its initial target on Kickstarter.
Fans have raised the minimum of £49,000 - in less than 96 hours - in support of the project, based on concepts from the Thunderbirds creator.
The Firestorm campaign is now intent on reaching its 'stretch goal' of £135,000 over the next 27 days, in order to produce a 22-minute pilot.
The next target would be £342,000 to fund a full 45-minute feature episode, made with a new filming technique called 'Ultramarionation' - a combination of puppetry, practical effects, physical props and sets, and model miniatures.
Jamie Anderson - Managing Director of Anderson Entertainment and son of Gerry Anderson - said: "The worldwide support for Firestorm from Gerry Anderson fans has been fantastic. With a fair wind and a bit more luck, Firestorm will be on your TV screen in the very near future!"
Firestorm will follow Storm Force, an organisation formed to combat terrorist threats, »
With so many TV shows being cancelled after a season or two, it’s perhaps not surprising that those that keep going long enough to reach a significant milestone often want to mark the occasion in some way. Such celebratory episodes usually feature plenty of nods, in-jokes and references to past episodes and characters (frequently involving special guest stars from the show’s past returning in some form) and tend to be either light, sometimes metafictional comedy episodes, or extremely dramatic game-changers following which the show may never be the same again. If you’re not crying with laughter, you’ll probably be weeping at the emotional trauma inflicted by the story.
With Supernatural’s 200th episode coming up (fans have been promised a meta episode, brought to you by the show »
ITV and Weta Digital have unveiled a new photo from "Thunderbirds Are Go," the upcoming CG-animated/live action series reboot of the classic franchise. The members of International Rescue Crew can be seen from behind in this shot which is part of a promotional tie-in for the show's presence during next week's 16th Ble Expo in London.
Speaking of "Thunderbirds," the original show's creator Gerry Anderson had a son named Jamie who has taken up his father's mantle and launched a Kickstarter campaign to shoot a new adventure show using puppets. Head to that page for more information.
Source: Film Divider »
- Garth Franklin
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds, ITV is bringing International Rescue back to the small screen for a new animated series from Weta Workshop entitled Thunderbirds Are Go!, and thanks to Film Divider we’ve got some first look character artwork for the show featuring Tracy brothers Scott, Virgil, Alan, Gordon and John. Check it out…
The image above was created as a teaser for next week’s 16th Ble Expo in London, so expect to see more from Thunderbirds Are Go! then.
Thunderbirds Are Go! is set to air on Citv next year, with a voice cast that includes Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), David Graham (Thunderbirds), Kayvan Novak (Facejacker), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones), Rasmus Hardiker (Lead Balloon), Sandra Dickinson (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Andrew Williams (Foyle’s War), Angel Coulby (Merlin) and Adjoa Andoh (Doctor Who).
The post First look »
- Gary Collinson
Anderson Productions has launched a Kickstarter campaign today to fund production of a pilot for Gerry Anderson’s FireStorm, a new adventure series in the tradition of the original Anderson series like Thunderbirds and Stingray. Only hours after its start, the campaign has already been 25% funded of its initial goal.
Once funded, the pilot will be filmed in “Ultramationation”, described as a new hybrid process “using a combination of puppetry, practical effects, physical props and sets, and model miniatures”. Fans of iconic Gerry Anderson shows like Space: 1999, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, UFO and Thunderbirds will be able to back the project to help fund the pilot episode in return for special limited edition rewards from props and collector edition DVDs, to set visits and film credits.
Originally developed by Gerry and his business partner John Needham, the project originally became a Japanese animated series produced in 2003. The new series starts from scratch, »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Firestorm has been developed from Anderson's original synopsis and story outline documents.
The series would follow Storm Force, an organisation formed to combat terrorist threats, including the group known as Black Orchid.
An anime version of the project was previously produced and aired across Japan and South East Asia in 2003.
Fans who help fund the new Firestorm pilot episode will receive special limited edition rewards, from props and collector edition DVDs, to set visits and film credits.
Once the Kickstarter campaign reaches its target, a pilot episode will be made with a new filming technique called 'Ultramarionation' - a combination of puppetry, practical effects, physical props and sets, and model miniatures.
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