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4 items from 2011

Win a Huge BBC America Holiday Prize Pack from SciFi Mafia

5 December 2011 3:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Here’s great holiday news: our good friends over at BBC America have given us a ridiculously generous and wonderful prize pack to give away to one of our lucky readers. We want it for ourselves, but since we have to give it away, we hope you win! This prize pack includes Doctor Who Series Six, Part 1 & Series Six, Part 2, The Hour, BBC Holiday Gift Set, a Doctor Who Tardis Mini Set, Doctor Who Suit Shirt, Doctor Who Talking Pen, and a Guinness Baseball Cap. No, we’re not kidding.

Check out all the details on the prizes, and learn how to enter for your chance to win below, and good luck! & BBC America Holiday Prize Pack

Doctor Who: Series 6 Part 1

Starring: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston

Directed by: Julian Simpson, Toby Haynes, Jeremy Webb, Richard Clark

Written by: Steven Moffat, Matthew Graham, Neil Gaiman »

- Erin Willard

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Mark Hall obituary

20 November 2011 10:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Animator whose TV cartoon series created with his friend Brian Cosgrove included Danger Mouse and The Wind in the Willows

When Mark Hall, who has died of cancer aged 75, teamed up in a new company with Brian Cosgrove, a fellow graphic designer from Granada Television, they ventured on a path that led to the production of hugely popular, well-crafted children's series such as Danger Mouse and The Wind in the Willows. Cosgrove Hall Productions became one of Europe's most successful animation studios.

The pair's chalk-and-cheese personalities and complementary skills were a critical factor. Hall was calm and quietly spoken, with a talent for running the business and model-animation, while Cosgrove was slightly more temperamental and an expert cartoonist.

"Part of our success is that we argue like crazy, but always for the right things," Hall told the journalist Fiona McClymont in 2002. "Our roles overlap, which caused problems in the beginning. »

- Anthony Hayward

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Retro Review: Taste the Blood of Dracula

21 August 2011 12:02 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A merchant witnesses the death of Dracula and scoops up some of his remains, his cloak and an amulet for safe keeping. Years later a trio of respectable gentlemen who are fed up of their bourgeois lifestyle decide to indulge in a bit of black arts.

They meet up with Lord Courtley, one of Dracula’s disciples and together they set about resurrecting the Count. But during the ceremony the gentlemen lose their nerve and bottle it but are unaware that Count Dracula has been brought back to life anyway. Dracula sets out to get revenge on them by targeting their children.

The late 60′s and early 70′s was a testing time for Hammer. With 1968′s Night of the Living Dead bringing a more realistic and downright scary approach to horror, The Exorcist just around the corner and their own films becoming stagnant after hardly changing their formula since the late 50′s, »

- Andrew Smith

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Wallace & Gromit digital comic is a cracking success

24 June 2011 5:43 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

The Wallace & Gromit digital comic has a hit a million downloads worldwide, publishers Titan have announced.

The comic was launched as a free iPhone app in November 2009 and has taken the charts by storm, hitting No1 in the UK, Us and Canada free books app store and No3 overall in the free apps chart.

Titan comics editor Andrew James said: "We are really proud that we are the first UK comics publisher to get a million downloads on iTunes, but we aren't stopping there. The new Titan Comics app for iPhone and iPad demonstrates our cutting-edge technology and our diverse range of top-quality comics."

To celebrate this, Titan is releasing new Wallace & Gromit comic adventures via its iPhone and iPad app, including the Wallace & Gromit daily strips originally printed in The Sun.

To download the free app, go to the iTunes store then search Titan Comics.

Wallace & Gromit are the »

- David Bentley

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