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Maria Howell to Play Seeder in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Last week we got word that E. Roger Mitchell would be portraying District 11 tribute Chaff in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and now we know who's playing his partner, Seeder. Read on for the details, and look for more soon. Just 13 more tributes to go!

The part of Seeder has gone to Maria Howell, an actor, singer, and voiceover artist.

Per The Hunger Games on Facebook, Howell has appeared in Lifetime’s hit shows “Army Wives” and “Drop Dead Diva”, The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries”, Fox’s “Past Life”, and more as well as the acclaimed theatrical release The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock. She now joins the regular cast of the TV series “Revolution,” airing this fall on NBC.

Throughout her singing career, she has shared the musical stage with legendary artists like Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles, and Earl Klugh. After a very successful stint in Asia,
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Cast to Reunite at Calgary Expo

2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation. For those of us who were around back then, there was genuine concern that it would only air for one season, so we taped, on videocassettes on our VCRs (ask your parents), every episode just in case each one would only air once. Happily we were wrong, and the series went on for a total of seven seasons, not to mention being the basis for four Star Trek movies.

In honor of the anniversary, the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo will have a number of special events, the biggest of which will be “Star Trek Tng EXPOsed,” a panel featuring all nine of the original cast members. Tickets go on sale soon; here’s the press release:

Original Cast Of Star Trek: The Next Generation® will be coming together for a special reunion at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo April 27-29, 2012 in Calgary,
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Early Buzz: ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

Early Buzz: ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’
[1] Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon premiered this week at the Moscow Film Festival, and the first reviews have begun to appear online. What did people think of the film? Was it better than Revenge of the Fallen? Does it surpass the first film? Is this the first live-action film worth seeing in 3D since Avatar? I've compiled links to the first wave of reviews, and printed excerpts after the jump. Harry Knowles on AICN [2]: "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon is simply the best film of the franchise – by a great deal." .... "this film is astonishing to watch in 3D. Easily the best 3D since Avatar - and in many respects I think it is superior." ... "Personally, I'm looking forward to checking out the 3D again - that last hour is just jaw-dropping." ... "After I saw the film, my brain felt tired. Not from great thoughts, but
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Read Michael Bay’s Projectionist Plea For ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon,’ But Will It Deliver?

The internet was abuzz last week when Michael Bay took it upon himself to coerce and instruct projectionists to present his blockbuster baby Transformers: Dark of the Moon in the highest brightness possible. The director and his crew seem to be spewing every chance about its technical merits. Its star Shia Labeouf (who is known for saying whatever audiences want to hear) told the La Times that “it’s the greatest 3-D film ever made.” Is he lying or could this be true after the abysmal Revenge of the Fallen?

The review embargo lifts tomorrow (when I’ll be seeing it), but I’ve rounded up any impressions I could get my hands on below. Deadline also has the actual letter Bay sent to projectionists. Check it out below, followed by impressions of the film.

Before we get to those reviews and impressions, Michael Bay has also posted a letter
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Space Set to Bring Hi-Def Sci-fi to Canadian Fans from July

The Space channel is Canada's specialty channel for sci-fi, fantasy and horror entertainment.

Canada’s specialty channel Space is about to sharpen up the summer for sci-fi fans in the country that brought us Stargate, Sanctuary and Riese (among other fine genre fare) when it debuts in HD on July 6. The announcement was made in a press release today.

“Space fans can celebrate the long-anticipated launch of Space HD, one of many new Bell Media HD specialty services currently or soon-to-be on offer,” said Rick Brace, President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production at Bell Media. “We’re thrilled to start the roll-out of HD programming with the highly anticipated launch of Torchwood: Miracle Day and some of the other series and movies from the channel’s engaging Summer lineup.”

Space HD will mirror the entire Space schedule. In addition to Torchwood, which debuts on Space on Saturday, July 9 at 9pm,
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Shatner Tells Fans He’s Not in the Next ‘Star Trek’

William Shatner at the 2011 Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo (image copyright Michael Simpson)

With much mystery still surrounding the follow-up to J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot (we khan’t bring ourselves to call it Star Trek 2), one question that keeps going around is whether William Shatner will be making an appearance as the original (or should that be alternate?) James T. Kirk.

‘No,’ is the word from the man himself. Shatner said as much during a Q&A session hosted by Canada’s Space channel at last weekend’s Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. He was answering a fan’s question about whether he thought he would be in the next movie.

“I’ve become an acquaintance of J.J. Abrams—what a talented guy—and he never mentioned, ‘Get yourself ready; you’re going to be in the next movie,’… [So] no.”

Earlier in the session Shatner commented on his
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Video: Sandman's Neil Gaiman Talks Dr Who "Doctor's Wife!"

At WonderCon Teddy Wilson interviewed Neil Gaiman about his upcoming Dr Who episode “The Doctor’s Wife” which is the fourth episode from Season 6. Gaiman and Dr Who fans now have details from this special episode. "In my episode I got to be really proud because I got to write scenes where Matt got to be vulnerable and I got to write scenes in which Matt got to be disturbed and upset and experience things that The Doctor doesn't normally get to experience and Matt breaks your heart, he's just wonderful." LEEE777 - This I've got to say is the one episode I'm really looking forward to in this new BBC series of Dr Who.
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Sir George Shearing obituary

One of the great jazz pianists and bandleaders, he wrote Lullaby of Birdland

The pianist George Shearing, who has died aged 91 of heart failure, was the first postwar British jazz musician to move permanently to the Us and build a solid career there, effectively clearing the way for a host of other players to follow the same path. This was in 1947, at a time when Shearing and his countrymen, prevented by a Musicians' Union embargo from hearing the best American musicians in person, tended to regard these stars as supermen, wearing out their recordings, yet never imagining that it might be possible to perform alongside them in New York. However, Shearing put such negative thoughts aside and took the decision to emigrate.

His success was speedy and spectacular. By 1949, he had hit on the formula that brought him worldwide fame and colossal record sales, forming his quintet, later a sextet,
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Listen Now: A GeekCast Radio Network Update

Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our new “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. Each week we bring you the highlights from Gcrn, with descriptions and links to each and every episode.

Tooncast Episode 73 – C.O.P.S.

Fight Crime in a Future Time….. join Mike and Kevin as they talk about the Law Enforcement in Empire City…..In The Future!! Listen Now.

Tooncast Episode 74 – Popeye

In Episode 74 of ToonCast we have a kidnapping potential future rapist cartoon character, with a ho that beats up on the guy that eats weed from a can marked Spinach. Listen Now.

The Beast Unleashed Podcast Episode 23

In the 23rd episode of Tbu the guys really are in their darkest hour. Should religion be in Transformers? Listen in and hear our thoughts and bare in mind that everyone has a choice. This time around we talk
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TV News: 'Innerspace' Premieres on Oct. 2

From a press release

Stargate Universe (Sgu) star Louis Ferreira and Executive Producer Brad Wright drop by Space studios to celebrate inaugural episode of Sgu and INNERSPACEPlus, exclusive on-set interviews with Stargate Universe stars Robert Carlyle, Brian Smith and many more!

Innerspace. In Your Space.

Toronto, On (September 24, 2009) – Buckle your seatbelts Canada as Space shifts into high-gear with the premiere of Innerspace, a fast-paced, 30-minute, late-night entertainment show. Starting Friday Oct. 2, every Tuesday to Friday at 11 p.m. Et, host Ajay Fry with Natasha Eloi and Teddy Wilson rant and rave as they recall moments from Space’s signature prime-time series. Along with guest interviews and viewer feedback, Innerspace previews and promotes the hottest Sci-Fi events, movies, books, video games, collectibles, comics, music and tech gadgets.

From comic books to vampires, aliens to the paranormal, Sci-Fi and the supernatural have become an integral part of mainstream culture. Beyond the post-show banter,
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