6 items from 2011
 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 : "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 »
- Peter Sciretta
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 »
- Jordan Raup
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, »
- 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 »
- Michael Simpson
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. »
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, »
- Peter Vacher
6 items from 2011
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