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Ryan Lambie interview: science fiction, cinema, Moviedrome and more

Simon Brew Feb 16, 2018

We chat to Ryan Lambie about Moviedrome, sci-fi cinema, his new book, and a little bit of Doctor Who...

Never let it be said that this website would never, ultimately, eat itself and disappear up its own backside at the same time. Our much-loved deputy editor, Mr Ryan Lambie, has gone and written a book about his love of science fiction cinema. Thus, we decided to take the opportunity to give him a bit of a grilling, and put him through the terror and hell of a Den Of Geek interview. Honestly, chums, I’ve been waiting for a moment like this since I first met the man, over a decade ago.

Here, then, is Ryan on The Geek's Guide to Sf Cinema, the films that changed his life, and Jason Statham

Firstly, congratulations on your book, that I gather is available at from lots of posh booksellers.
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The Classic Influences of Star Wars

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Although Star Wars today has become much more than just a movie, there was a time when it was nothing more than a risky business proposition. This is a look at how classic film and cultural changes helped that original film blossom into the most popular and profitable film-based franchise in history.

Let me take you back to a time before midichlorians and Gungans. Before lightsabers and tie fighters. This is a time when Death Star could have referred to a Shuriken, and Skywalker was the nickname for future NBA Hall of famer David Thompson. It was 1973 and George Lucas began writing the script for what would become Star Wars, later Episode IV: A New Hope. At this time, Lucas had completed filming his second feature film, American Graffiti, which would become a hit. His first feature film was 1971’s Thx-1138, a dystopian sci-fi, and a flop in theaters. However,
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"Silent Running" 45Th Anniversary Screening, L.A., December 13

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By Todd Garbarini

Douglas Trumbull’s 1972 film Silent Running celebrates its 45th anniversary with a special screening at Laemmle's Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles. Starring Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, and Ron Rifkin, the G-rated film runs 89 minutes and is being showcased on the big screen in a rare opportunity.

Please Note: Director Douglas Trumbull and Producer Michael Gruskoff are scheduled to appear in person for a Q & A following the screening.

From the press release:

Silent Running (1972)

45th Anniversary Screening

Wednesday, December 13, at 7:30pm at the Ahrya Fine Arts

Q&A with Special Guests Director Douglas Trumbull and Producer Michael Gruskoff

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 45th anniversary screening of the groundbreaking sci-fi movie Silent Running which marked the directorial debut of special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull. Set 100 years in the future, the prophetic script by Deric Washburn, Michael Cimino, and Steven Bochco
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S.H.I.E.L.D. Boss: Season 5's Space Odyssey Is the 'Craziest Roller Coaster Adventure We Could Think Of'

S.H.I.E.L.D. Boss: Season 5's Space Odyssey Is the 'Craziest Roller Coaster Adventure We Could Think Of'
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. find themselves thrust into the great unknown when Season 5 of the ABC series blasts off tonight at 8/7c with a two-hour premiere.

Ok, maybe the outer space environs aren’t unknown to everybody.

RelatedAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Dove Cameron Teases Mystery Role

Simmons, for one, “is thinking, ‘I’ve done this before! How did I end up here again?’ Like, that’s just clumsy,” Elizabeth Henstridge shared with a laugh during our visit to the set this week. “Once, you know… that’s just the experience. But two is just stupidity.”

Even so, the
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What Do New Star Wars Characters Bring to The Last Jedi?

What Do New Star Wars Characters Bring to The Last Jedi?
With the countdown towards Star Wars: The Last Jedi continuing, two new images have surfaced, featuring a new look at Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) and Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern). While both actresses couldn't reveal much about their characters, Kelly Marie Tran did reveal that John Boyega, who returns as Finn, is "very funny" while teasing that there was some improvising that they could do during production. Laura Dern, however, had a more cryptic statement about all of the new characters. Here's what she had to say below.

"The new people will either be leading or misleading the heroes."

This new report comes just after a new Star Wars: The Last Jedi poster was released, and with just one month until the highly-anticipated sequel hits theaters, it remains unclear how many more details about these new characters, and every other character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will be released.
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The Last Word on ‘Passengers’

I’m David Baruffi, and as always, I have the Last Word…., on ‘Passengers‘.

I can see why there’s been a lot of negative criticism against Morten Tyldem‘s latest, ‘Passengers‘, but…- there’s something here. There really is, and I’m not sure people are necessarily reading the film right. Every negative, and most positive reviews I see, seem to be focusing in on the romance aspect of the movie, as though this is some, sprawling romantic epic, colliding with an incredible-looking stylized sci-fi film. It looks like ‘2001: A Space Odyssey‘ but it feels like ‘Titanic‘, or tries to kinda thing. As somebody who’s never thought ‘Titanic‘ was any good to begin with, I didn’t see the romance like that at all.

Let’s start at the beginning. In the future, a company has started colonizing a new planet and now there’s some
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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind at 40 – an Appreciation

Article by Dane Eric Marti

Sometimes a film will speak directly to a person in an audience: A preternatural, unearthly tendril of luminous light tapping you on the shoulder, a benevolent yet mysterious voice reminding you of an obligation, or a musical, colorful Dream Message entering your eyes and speaking to your soul with wonder, awe and truth. Like other Art forms, film can do amazing things.

For me, there are definitely a few choice films of overwhelming, pristine power. Yet one cinematic work is not just great, deeply special to me: ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind.’ Directed by the Wonderkind, Steven Spielberg, directly after his landmark suspense-adventure film, ‘Jaws’.

Now, his new flick, released in 1977, also dealt with the fantastic, with riveting moments of terror… but its endgame was something quite dissimilar.

I think it would take either a first-rate Psychologist or an Exorcist with a lot of
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The Ghost Update arrives for Subnautica on PC

Unknown Worlds Entertainment have announced the release of their latest update for their hit survival game Subnautica on the PC. The Ghost Update enables players to cure infection, disable the Precursor Array, upgrades the Cyclops and escape terrifying Ghost Leviathans. A new trailer has been released to accompany the update and can be watched below…

The Ghost Update introduces the terrifying and deadly Ghost Leviathan into the waters. This new beast can be found swimming in the waters around the Void, Grand Reef and the Lost River and are extremely aggressive creatures. It goes without saying that it is best to stay away from these monstrous creatures.

As well as the Ghost Leviathan, there are also Baby Emperors. These creatures are found on the other side of the teleporter and gradually grow and spawn across the world. These creatures are particularly useful for the Enzyme Balls they leave behind which
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Voice of the Deep Update now available for Subnautica

Unknown Worlds Entertainment have announced that their latest update for their hit survival game Subnautica is now available. Titled Voice of the Deep, this latest update comes with a whole host of additions and improvements, which you can find in the trailer below…

This latest update will allow players to explore the expansive Precursor Primary Containment Facility and within lay the answers as to who built such a large structure. This facility has plenty of chambers and rooms to explore and many items to discover but more importantly it introduces new chapters into the lore of Subnautica. Living deep within the facility is the Emperor Leviathan, this immense creature has a great interest in the player but whether it wants to be friend or foe is something to find out.

Another Precursor mystery for players to solve are the sudden appearance of pipes scattered through the world. These pipes are both ingesting and discharging large volumes of water and Peepers. What are these pipes and why is their an abundance of Peepers? These mysteries wait to be solved.

Players will also have the opportunity to locate and explore a new lifepod as Lifepod 7 is introduced into the game. Containing an eclectic mix or loot this pod will prove valuable to anyone who can find it.

Unknown Worlds have listened to players for this update as they introduce Silent Running 2.0 for the Cyclops. Equipped with stronger shields and larger energy reserves, the Cyclops can now have its engine shut down to provide complete silence and a safe haven. Once Silent Running has been activated there will be a short cool down period.

This update gives the Pda a massive overhaul. The brand new interface will provide players with detailed information about undersea flora and fauna plus there have also been changes made to the icons.

Other improvements included in this update include batteries and power cells now charging to the appropriate levels, airtanks no longer stackable and a brand new airtank with triple capacity.

This update will also be coming to the Xbox One.
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Win Tickets to the BAFTA VFX All-Nighter

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Author: Competitions

To mark the release of Special Effects classics Overnighter on 29th April, we’ve been given 2 pairs of tickets to the event to give away.

Our all-night screening extravaganza celebrating the work of some of the earliest nominees of our special effects award. There will be a specially curated food and beverage menu for guests. Silent Running (89 mins), Tron (96 mins), Poltergeist (116 mins), and E.T (115 mins). Book tickets here.

Please note: This competition is open to UK residents only

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Small Print

Open to UK residents only The competition will close 24th April 2017 at 23.59 GMT The winner will be picked at random from entries received No cash alternative is available

The usual T&Cs can be found here. Good Luck!

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From a Sweet East London Bakery to the ‘Most Terrifying Place’ in the City: See Goldfrapp’s London City Guide

If the Harry Potter studio tour isn’t quite your idea of a perfect day in London, consider the favorite haunts of the city’s hippest new tour guides: the electronic music duo Goldfrapp.

Vocalist and keyboardist Alison Goldfrapp has called the neighborhood of East London home for 10 years. “I love it,” she says. “It’s the longest time I’ve ever lived in one area. London, although it’s changing rapidly, in my view, is still a wonderful mix of people from all walks of life and age groups. Around where I live is no exception.” It should come
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Close Encounters and its pre-release secrecy

Ryan Lambie Mar 14, 2017

Steven Spielberg's follow-up to Jaws was shrouded in mystery. Ryan looks back at Close Encounters' hush-hush production...

Shortly after the release of X-Men spin-off Logan in March, director James Mangold took to Twitter to vent is frustration about the clamour of interest surrounding his new movie - specifically, whether or not it had a post-credits scene.

See related Lee Unkrich interview: Pixar, Toy Story 3, sequels and scary characters

"People wonder why I care," a clearly agitated Mangold wrote. "I care 'cause filmmakers now make films under crippling security because of parasitic gossip. Makes movies worse."

While it's certainly true that the internet allows rumours and leaks to swirl around the planet with unprecedented speed, filmmakers' desire for secrecy is far from new. The more directors and studios try to keep their upcoming projects away from the public gaze, the more intent the film press
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70s Rewind: The Other, Sun-dappled Horror in Hiding

A few weeks before five men were arrested for breaking and entering into Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972. the film version of Tom Tryon's popular novel The Other was released in U.S. theaters. Soon enough, the country would be embroiled in a political controversy that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon, but in the film world, all was (relatively) quiet. The month before, William Friedkin's The French Connection was presented with five Academy Awards, including Best Picture; "Theme from Shaft" took home the Oscar for Best Song. The year's early releases included Cabaret, Silent Running, What's Up, Doc?, Slaughterhouse-Five, Pink Flamingos, Fritz the Cat, and The Godfather; the latter dominated the box office when it...

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In memoriam: the film stars and directors we lost in 2016

In memoriam: the film stars and directors we lost in 2016
We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.Hector BabencoArgentine-born Brazilian director Hector Babenco died on July 13 at 70-years-old.He found international success with Brazilian slum drama Pixote (1981), going on to make Kiss Of

We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.

Hector Babenco

Argentine-born Brazilian director Hector Babenco died on July 13 at 70-years-old.

He found international success with Brazilian slum drama Pixote (1981), going on to make Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1985), for which he earned a best director Oscar nominee and William Hurt earned an Oscar win for best actor.

Babenco went on to direct Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson in Ironweed (1987) and Tom Berenger and John Lithgow in At Play In The Fields Of The Lord (1991).

After undergoing cancer treatment in the 1990s, he returned to the director’s chair for films including Brazilian prison
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Passengers review

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence on a spaceship with Michael Sheen serving the drinks. We take a look at the sci-fi romance, Passengers...

It’s not a very scintillating title, Passengers, is it? Especially for a film about a kilometre-long ship hurtling through space with the two romantic leads trapped inside it. Love’s Labour's Lost In Space might have suited it better, had Futurama not beaten screenwriter Jon Spaihts to the punch by about 17 years. So Passengers it is: the latest film from Norwegian director Mortum Tyldum, who previously brought us the superb Jo Nesbo-adapted thriller Headhunters and Oscar-nominated Alan Turing drama, The Imitation Game.

See related Jonathan Creek review: The Clue Of The Savant's Thumb Alan Davies interview: Jonathan Creek, Qi, "Creek Geeks" & more... Rik Mayall interview: Jonathan Creek, Bottom, Hooligan's Island, & more... Sheridan Smith interview: Jonathan Creek & more... David Renwick interview: Jonathan Creek, One Foot In The Grave,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Turkey Shoot (1982)

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Dystopia! What a place to be. Well, except when people are mulched to feed an over populated society (Soylent Green) or killed at the age of 30 to control it (Logan’s Run); and in the case of Turkey Shoot (1982), hunted for sport by society’s elite. Come to think of it, Dystopia is kind of a bummer.

Released in its native Australia in October, Turkey Shoot wouldn’t see the light of day in the U.S. until September of ’83 under the title Escape 2000. Both titles work; the former playing into the more lurid elements, while the latter highlights the cut rate sci-fi angle. And it’s the swirling combination of the two that gives this sucker its punch. Turkey Shoot is A class exploitation with a down under smile.

Travel with me to the near future of 1995. (The “near future”, in filmmaking terms, means the viewer is treated
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Beyond He-Man and She-Ra: celebrating the Filmation legacy

Andrew Younger Sep 2, 2016

Tarzan, Space Sentinels, The New Adventures Of Batman, Flash Gordon, Bravestarr and more, as we salute Filmation...

For a child of the 1970s and 80s, nothing readied you for a half hour of quality entertainment quite like the Filmation logo. Immortalised by their phenomenal success with He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, and its spin off She-Ra: Princess Of Power, Filmation produced some of the most fondly remembered animated series to grace the small screen.

Over a period of 26 years - in tandem with classic Doctor Who funnily enough - the company's writers, artists and producers delivered a staggering amount of programming. While naysayers point to Filmation's penchant for reusing a stockpile of rotoscoped body movements, or the heavy handedness of its moralising and educational content - children on the other hand, thrilled to an irresistible mixture of action, adventure and superhuman heroes.

Now something of a lost art form,
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Visual-Effects Pioneer Douglas Trumbull on ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ Digital Innovations

Visual-Effects Pioneer Douglas Trumbull on ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ Digital Innovations
Visual-effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull first appeared in Variety on Dec. 17, 1968, in a review of the sex satire “Candy,” for which he created two outer-space sequences. His other movie credit that year was more memorable: “2001: A Space Odyssey,” on which he was one of the masterminds behind the groundbreaking special effects.

Trumbull — also known for his effects work on such films as “Blade Runner” and “The Tree of Life,” and for directing 1972’s influential “Silent Running” — continues to push the boundaries of filmmaking, working on digital innovations and theater design as part of his ongoing quest to create a new and immersive experience for moviegoers. He spoke recently with Variety about how he got his career off the ground by working on the Stanley Kubrick classic.

Your father worked on the effects on “The Wizard of Oz.” Was he an influence on your VFX work?

No, by the time I was born,
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Michael Cimino, Controversial Director Of "The Deer Hunter" And "Heaven's Gate", Dead At 77

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Cimino and star Kris Kristofferson on the set of the ill-fated production of "Heaven's Gate".

 

By Lee Pfeiffer

Michael Cimino, whose fast rise to royalty in Hollywood was matched only by the sudden demise of his career, has died at age 77. He was born in Long Island and entered the film business with his first success as the co-writer of the 1973 Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry sequel "Magnum Force". (He had previously written the screenplay for the sci-fi cult film "Silent Running" starring Bruce Dern.) Eastwood was suitably impressed and gave Cimino the opportunity to make his directorial debut with the buddy crime caper "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot". Released in 1974, the film was a hit and helped launch Jeff Bridges to stardom with the Oscar nomination he received. In 1978 Cimino released his ambitious Vietnam War epic "The Deer Hunter" starring Robert De Niro and newcomer Meryl Streep. The politics of the big
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‘The Deer Hunter’ director Michael Cimino dies aged 77

Michael Cimino, the director who brought us such classics as The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate has died at the age of 77.

Cimino directed eight films during his career. His debut was the Clint Eastwood-led Thunderbolt and Lightfoot in 1974, followed by The Deer Hunter just four years later in 1978. Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken starred in the Vietnam movie which garnered five Oscars including Best Film the following year. The film is most famous for its often replicated Russian roulette sequence.

Cimino went on to direct Year Of The Dragon, The Sicilian (also with Walken), Desperate Hours, The Sunchaser and a segment in the 2011 ensemble piece To Each His Own Cinema. Cimino also wrote the Dirty Harry movie Magnum Force and Douglas Trumball’s cult classic Silent Running.

No cause of death has been released, though Cimino’s body was said to have been found
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