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‘Interstellar’ Looks to Join a Short List of Space-Related Films to Garner Best Picture Oscar Noms

31 October 2014 12:31 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar is hoping to join Guardians of the Galaxy, another space-related film, at the top of the box office after it opens Nov. 5 and could garner a best picture Oscar nomination. In the trailer, Matthew McConaughey‘s character says, “We used to look up in the sky and wonder at our place in the stars; now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt,” so one wonders how often the Academy looks skyward for best picture nominees and if voting members have set a precedent for space films to do well at the Oscars. Though many of the voting members came of age when President John F. Kennedy said we were going to put the first man on the moon, only six space-related films have been nominated for best picture: Gravity (2013), District 9 (2009), Avatar (2009), Apollo 13 (1995), The Right Stuff »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Interview – Gabe Ibáñez talks Autómata

24 September 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

david j. moore talks to Gabe Ibáñez, director of Autómata

One of the very best films of 2014 is Gabe Ibanez’s Autómata, a science fictional tale set in a post-apocalyptic environment where just over 20 million people are left after solar flares and solar radiation have decimated the planet. Most of humanity resides in dark, crowded, and dank cities where robots have been created to help humans in the rebuilding of our world. But there’s a new problem arising: the robots are evolving and becoming self-aware. The film stars Antonio Banderas as an insurance investigator named Jacq Vaucan, who witnesses firsthand the dawn of a new era. Here, director Gabe Ibanez, talks about his film and its apocalyptic themes.

david j. moore: Can you talk a little bit about why you decided to set Autómata in a post-apocalyptic Earth where the sun had destroyed much of the planet?

Gabe Ibáñez: To be honest, »

- Gary Collinson

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The evolution of the TV virus thriller

16 September 2014 6:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain comes to the UK, we look back at how TV’s virus thrillers have mutated over the decades…

It was much so simpler when they’d just kill you. Once upon a time, viruses in TV dramas were straightforward slaughterers. The flu of 1975’s Survivors, for instance, cut a swathe through the UK, leaving well-spoken corpses wherever it went. Once infected, you’d cough, start sweating, and then drop dead - unless you numbered amongst the lucky immune, in which case it was time to brush up on your scouting badge survival skills and attempt to make your way in a post-plague world.

Nowadays, TV’s infected aren’t given anything like such an easy time of it. After the coughing, sweating, lurching - and often, dying - stage, more often than not, the virus transforms you. You mutate into something monstrous, one »

- louisamellor

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Human vs. Alien Films: The Must-Sees

12 July 2014 7:37 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.

This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films.  The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.

Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.

Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.

Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).

Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »

- Terek Puckett

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Back to Andromeda

29 June 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

By David S. Schow

Hall:  “Where’s the library?”

Dutton:  “No need for books — everything’s in the computer.”

One of the few regrets of my adult life is that I never got to meet Michael Crichton, who died too young, November 2008.  Eminently emulatable, he had conquered publishing, film and television and remains a personal hero.  I was hooked from the moment my father returned from his Arctic DEWLine duties bearing a paperback first printing of The Andromeda Strain, which I plowed through while in high school.  Then immediately re-read, and re-read again.

I still have that paperback.

Subsequently I devoured everything Crichton wrote — the “John Lange” potboilers written to pay his way through medical school; the landmark A Case of Need (written as “Jeffrey Hudson;” a stingingly strong pro-choice novel done prior to the Roe v. Wade decision); even the dope fantasia Dealing, written with his brother as “Michael Douglas. »

- TFH Team

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‘Helix: Season 1′ DVD Review

29 June 2014 7:39 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Billy Campbell, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kyra Zagorsky, Mark Ghanimé, Jordan Hayes, Meegwun Fairbrother, Neil Napier, Luciana Carro, Chimwemwe Miller | Created by Cameron Porsandeh | Produced by Ronald D. Moore

Helix, the latest series from Ronald D. Moore (creator of Battlestar Galactica), follows a team of scientists from the Centres for Disease Control who travel to a research facility in the Arctic to investigate a potential outbreak of disease. While there, they find themselves stuck in a life-or-death situation that could decide the fate of the future of mankind.

I’ll be honest, I never really got Ronald Moore’s version of Battlestar Galactica – for me the show was all about the huge adventure of space, not the small arguments between the humans exploring the cast galaxies. I was obviously in the minority as the show had, and still has, a very vocal following amongst fans. I was hoping that this latest sci-fi show, »

- Phil Wheat

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Trailers from Hell and Oren Peli Catch 'The Andromeda Strain'

27 June 2014 4:06 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Today on Trailers from Hell, "Paranormal Activity" writer/director Oren Peli appraises Robert Wise's understated 1971 diseased panic film "The Andromeda Strain." A small town in New Mexico is decimated by an alien organism in Robert Wise's "The Andromeda Strain," based on the first book by Michael Crichton to be brought to the screen. Though Wise's film was advertised as a wall-to-wall nail-biter ("The suspense will last a lifetime!") the movie is largely inert with a buttoned-down cast (including Arthur Hill and David Wayne) that only adds to the general lethargy. The comparatively mild scenes of violence and nudity caused some to question the film's "G" rating in 1971. »

- Trailers From Hell

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The Andromeda Strain

26 June 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A small town in New Mexico is decimated by an alien organism in Robert Wise's The Andromeda Strain, based on the first book by Michael Crichton (Westworld, Jurassic Park) to be brought to the screen. Though Wise's film was advertised as a wall-to-wall nail-biter ("The suspense will last a lifetime!") the movie is largely inert with a buttoned-down cast (including Arthur Hill and David Wayne) that only adds to the general lethargy. The comparatively mild scenes of violence and nudity caused some to question the film's "G" rating in 1971.

The post The Andromeda Strain appeared first on Trailers From Hell.

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The CW Announces Season Finale Dates and May Event Series Labyrinth

27 February 2014 11:00 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

One of the most Our Kind of Shows-friendly networks, The CW, has done us a few more favors, bless ‘em. They’ve given us not only the dates for the season finales of all Our Kind of Shows that they broadcast – that’s Arrow, The Tomorrow People, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Star-Crossed, and The 100 – but tacked on a new one as a bonus!

Well, it’s not a new series, but Labyrinth is a four-hour miniseries, and it stars so many familiar faces. The War Doctor! The Winter Soldier! Draco Malfoy! Defiance‘s Datak Tarr! Winter’s Tale‘s Beverly! More info about that below, along with the season finale dates and times. The SciFi Mafia Calendar (see the Calendar tab above) has also been updated.

The CW Sets Season Finale Dates And Kicks Off Summer With Four-hour Event Series “LabyrinthLabyrinth Makes Its Broadcast Television Premiere Across Two Nights on Thursday, »

- Erin Willard

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Lauren Ashley Carter Joins with Mickey Keating for Pod

14 February 2014 2:49 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

If you missed last year's Jugface, then do yourself a favor... fix that Immediately. Once you do, you'll be equally as excited as we are for the new film from Mickey Keating (Ritual) entitled Pod. Read on for details.

Styd got the earlier word that Keating has cast Jugface star Lauren Ashley Carter (pictured) for his latest foray into terror. She will be joining Ritual star Dean Cates, who will appear in the film with Brian Morvant.

According to Shock, the film is being described as an ensemble family drama that goes horrifically awry in the snowy confines of an isolated lake house. Keating tells the site, "It's a paranoid and violent nod to the original 'Twilight Zone' series, Frankenheimer's Manchurian Candidate, and The Andromeda Strain." Sign us up!

Morgan White, William Day-Frank, and Sean Fowler are serving as producers. Eleanor West and Benjamin Wright co-produce.

More soon! »

- Uncle Creepy

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R.I.P. Character Actor Richard Bull

4 February 2014 10:24 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The prolific TV actor who played the hen-pecked shopkeeper on Little House On The Prairie has died. Richard Bull died Monday of pneumonia in Calabasas, CA. He was 89. He played general store owner Nels Oleson for all of the NBC drama’s nine seasons and in three telefilms during the 1980s. But his busy small-screen career dates back to the mid-1950s, appearing in episodes of more than 100 shows. Bull’s resume includes such classic series as Perry Mason, The Fugitive, The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched, Hawaii Five-o, Mission: Impossible, The Streets Of San Francisco, Lou Grant, Knots Landing, Hill Street Blues and ER — all the way through to Starz’s Boss in 2011. The Zion, Ill., native also appeared on the big screen in pics including High Plains Drifter, The Parallax View, The Andromeda Strain, The Thomas Crown Affair and the 2008 Larry the Cable Guy comedy Witless Protection. Related: In »

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Richard Bull, ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star, Dies at 89

4 February 2014 5:34 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Character actor Richard Bull, who was best known for his role as Nels Oleson on “Little House on the Prairie,” died Monday in Calabasas, Calif. He was 89.

Aside from starring in “Little House” during its nine-season run from 1974-1983, Bull also had a recurring role as Doc in the 1960s adventure show “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.” His other TV stints included “Streets of San Francisco,” “Barnaby Jones,” “Gomer Pyle” and “Hill Street Blues.” He also appeared in the films “The Andromeda Strain” and “High Plains Drifter.”

Born in Zion, Ill. in 1924, Bull began his career as a stage actor at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

Actress Alison Arngrim, who played Bull’s daughter Nellie Olseon on “Little House,” said Bull shared characteristics with his onscreen counterpart.

“Today we lost my TV ‘Pa,’ the wonderful Richard Bull,” Arngrim said in a statement. “In real life, he was just as kind, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Richard Bull, ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star, Dies at 89

4 February 2014 5:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Character actor Richard Bull, who was best known for his role as Nels Oleson on “Little House on the Prairie,” died Monday in Calabasas, Calif. He was 89.

Aside from starring in “Little House” during its nine-season run from 1974-1983, Bull also had a recurring role as Doc in the 1960s adventure show “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.” His other TV stints included “Streets of San Francisco,” “Barnaby Jones,” “Gomer Pyle” and “Hill Street Blues.” He also appeared in the films “The Andromeda Strain” and “High Plains Drifter.”

Born in Zion, Ill. in 1924, Bull began his career as a stage actor at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

Actress Alison Arngrim, who played Bull’s daughter Nellie Olseon on “Little House,” said Bull shared characteristics with his onscreen counterpart.

“Today we lost my TV ‘Pa,’ the wonderful Richard Bull,” Arngrim said in a statement. “In real life, he was just as kind, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Richard Bull, ‘Little House On The Prairie’ Star, Dies At 89

4 February 2014 11:29 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

So sad! Richard Bull, who was known for his role as shopkeeper Nels Oleson on the 1974-1983 show ‘Little House on the Prairie’, died on Feb. 4 at age 89.

Richard Bull‘s former Little House on the Prairie co-star Melissa Gilbert took to Twitter to announce his death, saying, “This man will be missed.” Richard’s cause of death has not been released.

Richard Bull Dead — ‘Little House On The Prairie’ Actor Dies At 89

Richard is survived by his wife of 66 years, actress Barbara Collentine, whom he married in 1948. Richard had been living with Barbara in his hometown of Chicago before his death, although he died in Calabasas, Calif. at the Motion Picture Television Fund campus. Richard’s Little House co-stars took to Twitter to remember him after learning about his death on Feb. 4.

Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder on the show, tweeted:

This man will be missed. Goodbye »

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films to stream: UK week of Jan 27

27 January 2014 6:37 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix, blinkbox, and Curzon on Demand.

new to stream

Winter’s Bone: Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as a determined Ozarks teen struggling to keep her family together amidst crushing poverty [at Netflix] In the House (Dans la maison): as a black comedy, this never quite catches fire, though there is some mild amusement to be found in its social satire [my review] [at Netflix]

classic comedies

Annie Hall: Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning Best Picture is painful, raw, nakedly personal, and absolutely hilarious [my review] [at Netflix] Clerks: Kevin Smith’s first film is an indie groundbreaker, a slacker classic, and still very funny [at Netflix]

classic science fiction

The Andromeda Strain: an alien virus infects a small Earth town in this slow-burn 1971 thriller [at Netflix] War of the Worlds: Martians invade Earth in 1953; visually one of the »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Helix episodes 1 & 2 review: Pilot & Vector

12 January 2014 10:48 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Billy Grifter 13 Jan 2014 - 06:47

Billy checks out Syfy's newest thriller, Helix, created by Battlestar Galactica's Ron D. Moore...

This review contains spoilers.

1.1 Pilot & 1.2 Vector

After sitting through the pilot of Syfy's new thriller Helix, I really wasn’t sure if those behind it found the whole exercise a personal massive joke, or this was seriously the best ideas they could come up with. The two pilot episodes welded into a single screening provide both highs and lows along with the occasional scare and a little mystery along the way.

The show laid its paper-thin premise down in the previously aired first fifteen minutes. Nasty goings on in an Arctic research facility attract the attentions of the Us Cdc (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), which despatches their best people in the form of Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell, The Rocketeer), his ex-wife Dr. Julia Walker (Kyra Zagorsky), other infection control experts along with, »

- louisamellor

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TV Review: Syfy’s ‘Helix,’ ‘Bitten’

8 January 2014 6:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Syfy kicks off the year with two new dramas, one brimming with darkness and ambition, the other simply looking determined to prove the Canadians needn’t rely on CW to export youth-oriented supernatural fare aimed at the “Twilight” set. If there’s one to watch, it’s “Helix,” overseen by “Battlestar Galactica’s” Ronald D. Moore, which vaguely echoes “The Andromeda Strain” and taps into not-entirely-unfounded fears about biological tinkering running amok. Mildly fun but less appealing, there’s “Bitten,” starring Laura Vandervoort, an actress so out-of-this-world gorgeous people keep casting her as something other than human – Supergirl, a “V,” and now the only female werewolf.

Giving a much-needed boost to both science and government bureaucrats, “Helix” stars Billy Campbell as Dr. Alan Farragut, the leader of the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s outbreak field team, who, along with his ex-wife (Kyla Zagorsky), is summoned to a private research facility, »

- Brian Lowry

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Interview: Billy Campbell of Syfy’s “Helix”

2 January 2014 10:20 AM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

“I kind of think of this show as a mashup of The Andromeda Strain, John Carpenter’s The Thing and The Walking Dead,” Billy Campbell tells me of his new Syfy series Helix, premiering Jan. 10. Prior to the interview, watching the pilot, that is almost exactly what I thought about this 13-episode thriller (except, for me, parts of the show called to mind 28 Days Later more so than The Walking Dead). Helix does indeed combine classic sci-fi elements from those titles — a disease outbreak, a group of people at a fairly claustrophobic, remote Arctic outpost, and, eventually, at … Continue reading →

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- Jeff Pfeiffer

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