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I’m having a good case of writer’s block today.
You know how a few weeks ago I talked about what it’s like to be a writer? One thing I didn’t mention was the awfulness of staring at a blank screen – or a blank piece of paper for those who still use a typewriter, and yes, they are out there – without a clue in the universe of what you’re going to write about.
That’s when procrastination sets in.
After a half-hour, or maybe even an hour, of sitting at the computer and absolutely nothing is coming, I suddenly realize that the bathroom really needs to be cleaned. I gather up the Comet Bathroom Cleaner and the Sos and go to it, attacking the bathtub and the toilet, the sink and the floor. I Windex the mirror. Then I decide to rearrange the shelves. Then I »
- Mindy Newell
Bryan Singer has been having a rough time getting directorial projects off the ground since Superman Returns failed to be the franchise re-starter Warner Bros. wanted it to be. His proposed remakes of Logan's Run, Excalibur and Battlestar Galactica all struggled to get a final green light (though the later is apparently still a viable project), but fortunately for Singer fans we finally do have a trailer for a new film from the director of The Usual Suspects and X-Men 1 and 2. It's called Jack the Giant Killer and it's exactly what the title is selling; a new retelling of the classic Jack and the Beanstalk tale. From Apple: "Jack the Giant Killer" tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a...
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Bryan Singer has been having a rough time getting directorial projects off the ground since Superman Returns failed to be the franchise re-starter Warner Bros. wanted it to be. His proposed remakes of Logan's Run, Excalibur and Battlestar Galactica all struggled to get a final green light (though the later is apparently still a viable project), but fortunately for Singer fans we finally do have a trailer for a new film from the director of The Usual Suspects and X-Men 1 and 2. It's called Jack the Giant Killer and it's exactly what the title is selling; a new retelling of the classic Jack and the Beanstalk tale. From Apple: "Jack the Giant Killer" tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between...
- Peter Hall
Since Star Trek first began airing 45 years ago, it has provided us with a whole host of intriguing villains. Some of them were very forgettable but others, ah, the others. Across 11 movies and 6 TV series’ there are some that really stand out and are usually involved in the best stories.
To celebrate the apparently imminent casting of Benicio Del Toro as the main villain in J.J. Abrams’ much anticipated Star Trek sequel, we run down our favourite ten villains in Star Trek lore, hopefully as an indicator and reminder to Abrams about what makes a great Trek villain.
Here’s the top ten!
10. Commander Sela
Tasha Yar’s daughter had, even by Trek standards, a somewhat unique origin. Her mother wasn’t the Yar that we’re all familiar with, but rather was one from an alternate universe.
Despite her half-human nature, Sela managed to slither her way up the »
- Chris Swanson
James has a performance in mind at his show in London this December that requires the acting talents of several people from the audience.
This is his only European event this year and he says he is determined to make it extra special. See my earlier article for more information and go to www.jamesmarsterslive.com for booking details.
In the run-up to the festive date, we had chance for an exclusive Q&A with James, where he shared his thoughts on the films and shows in which he's appeared - including Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Caprica, Torchwood and Smallville - as well as revealing his sci-fi favourites.
- David Bentley
The planned cinematic take on Battlestar Galactica seems to be attracting a lot of flack. But is that entirely fair, we wonder?
Usually, each and every week, we report on at least one story that tends to get quite fired up reactions. The week before last, it was the announcement that the fifth Die Hard movie is to be called A Good Day To Die Hard, which generated a mixture of surprise, guffaws, WTFs and the occasional ‘I quite like it’. But guffaws, mainly.
Last week, though, it was the news that the proposed movie take on Battlestar Galactica appears to be firmly back on the radar. It’s resurfaced because director Bryan Singer, currently hard at work on Jack The Giant Killer, is no longer working on a planned remake of Excalibur. And that means that Battlestar Galactica, a project he’s been linked with for some time, has gone up his to-do list. »
A remake of director John Boorman's 1981 take on the King Arthur Legend, Excalibur, has been in the works since 2009, with director Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns) attached to helm the project. Singer took a break from putting the finishing touches on his next directorial effort, Jack the Giant Killer, and spoke to SFX at the Sitges Film Festival, only to reveal that his Excalibur remake was no more.
Yeah, unfortunately it is no longer going to happen. I was really enthused to do it. I’m a fan of John Boorman’s movie and it was my intention to get it going after Jack The Giant Killer was completed. The project was with Warner Bros. and what happened is that another King Arthur project was brought to them during that time. Basically, it was just more ready to go into production than ours was. That is why our version »
- Ryan Gowland
Bryan Singer had a chance to be the man responsible for finally giving "Battlestar Galactica" the modern relaunch it long deserved, but Sept. 11, 2001 got in the way. Now the director behind the X-Men revival and the failed Superman film revival is determined to bring his vision of "Battlestar Galactica" to the big screen. It's moved up on Singer's priority list after Warner Bros. cancelled his attempt at a King Arthur big screen adaptation tentatively titled "Excalibur." "Yeah, unfortunately it is no longer going to happen," Singer recently told SFX magazine. "I was really enthused to do it. I'm a a fan of John Boorman's movie, and it was my intention to get it going after 'Jack the Giant Killer' was completed." However, Warner Bros. had multiple King Arthur projects going at once, »
Rob Zombie has let slip some more details regarding The Lords of Salem . "With only 9 days to go until cameras roll on The Lords Of Salem I thought it was time to let another cast member out into the wild. Richard Lynch has signed on to play Reverend John Hawthorne another key player in the saga of The Lords. He along with Judge Mather get down to some serious business. Christ, these two are the heroes? Richard been in some classic films over the years such as Scarecrow, The Seven-Ups, God Told Me To, The Ninth Configuration and Serpico, You will also remember him as the world's scariest principle in Halloween 2007. Richard has appeared in dozens of TV staples such as Baretta, Police Woman, Bionic Woman, Starsky and Hutch, Battlestar Galactica and The A-Team." »
It’s hard to believe, but starting in 1947 (Howdy Doody), with very few exceptions, there has been at least one Western on TV every season. In 1984, the genre took the year off (probably due to Little House fatigue), and there was some downtime after Deadwood ended and before Justified premiered (2007-2009), but other than those four years, some form of Western, be it traditional, revisionist, steampunk, or sci-fi hybrid, has always graced our screens. Here is a brief rundown of the history and trends of the Western in American television.
In the 1950s and 60s, Westerns ruled the air. There were at least 98 distinct shows during the 50s and 89 in the 60s. In 1959, there were 26 Westerns during primetime alone, and keep in mind that these were the days of three-channel TV. Shows such as The Lone Ranger, Have Gun—Will Travel, and Maverick were huge hits and Gunsmoke and Bonanza premiered and became decade-spanning institutions. »
- Kate Kulzick
2Nd Update: Universal Pictures co-chairman Donna Langley felt that Gregory Noveck was a self-starter who'll be able to get Syfy Films up and running quick enough to have a couple of films ready for release in 2012. Now, the studio isn't looking for the division to make feature versions of Mansquito or Sharktopus, Piranhaconda or Snowmageddon, some of the pics being programmed for the network. The model will be more in the Paranormal Activity mode, or Syfy projects like Battlestar Galactica and the miniseries Taken, with Noveck taking advantage of being able to make films in the $15 million-$25 million budget range. From a distance, it didn't seem as though Noveck was able to get DC Comics' film productions going beyond the Batman and Superman franchises. But Syfy president Mark Stern said the network collaborated with him on TV projects and that he worked closely on Batman, Watchmen and the Green Lantern franchises. »
- MIKE FLEMING
Star Trek fever is starting to grip us here at Obsessed With Film as the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ impossibly brilliant 2009 franchise reboot gears up to film this summer. Add to that, soon our very own Simon Gallagher will beam up an essay on his own desire to see a new Star Trek TV show put into production and what he hopes it might revolve around. As coincidence would have it, this may turn out to be perfect timing as Trek Movie (thanks to /film for passing on the link) have gotten their hands on an actual Star Trek TV proposal for a show that might have been but sadly wasn’t.
If you’ve been following Trek Movie closely lately then you will have no doubt heard Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jonathan Frakes talk about a show that X-Men and Superman Returns director Bryan Singer had been »
- Matt Holmes
 A little while back, Star Trek: The Next Generation actor and director Jonathan Frakes revealed that director Bryan Singer (X-Men) once had a pitch for a Star Trek television show that never came to fruition. Singer is a well-known Trek fan, and thanks to some string-pulling by X-Men and Star Trek star Patrick Stewart, has even appeared in an uncredited role on Star Trek: Nemesis. Recently, more details have come to light about Singer's failed Star Trek proposal. Read on after the jump to fantasize about what could've been. According to an in-depth story over at TrekMovie, back in 2005, Singer was having dinner with screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and director Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise) when the three of them got to talking about the idea of pitching a new Star Trek series to fill the gap left by Star Trek: Enterprise, which had just been cancelled. Burnett »
- Angie Han
As he tends to do, Warren Ellis offered up his thoughts on Muammar Gaddafi this morning, and he summed up the Libyan leader's response to protests there better than anyone else in the Twitter Report feed.
Although there was some lighter buzz today about the Kevin Costner "Superman" reports, the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony trade and the Facebook Breakup Notifier app, Libya and the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, definitely dominated discussion. Thoughts on all of these topics and the lasting legacy of "Spider-Man 3" await you after the jump.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is your Twitter Report for February 22, 2011.
@warrenellis Gadaffi's speech seems to boil down to "Everyone is on drugs except me. Also I am Batman."
-Warren Ellis, Writer ("Planetary," "Transmetropolitan")
-Vito Delsante, Writer ("Fchs," "Stuck")
@Templesmith Hope »
- Brian Warmoth
Rare artefacts, replicas and costumes from past and present sci-fi and superhero movies will be on display in a new exhibition.
Running from tomorrow (February 19) until September 4, Sci-Fi at the Movies will showcase some of the most popular and iconic superheroes and villains from films such as Star Wars, E.T., Harry Potter, Aliens, Batman, Spider-Man and Superman.
This exhibition, at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, south Warwickshire, will showcase these iconic characters complete with weaponry and costumes and offers an insight into film history and movie trivia.
All the items are on loan from the private collection of Skywalkers Promotions and would not normally be available for public view.
Visitors will be able to wander through six different zones. The Creature Zone will display creatures from the friendly E.T. to the rebellious Gremlins. Replicas of the famous crew uniforms will be displayed in the Star Trek Zone. »
- David Bentley
Grant McCune, one of the five Oscar winners for Best Visual Effects for the original Star Wars, passed away this week at the age of 67. The father of two, who specialized in models and miniatures, got his start working for Steven Spielberg on Jaws before working on Star Wars all the way up through Sylvester Stallone's Rambo in 2008. Read more after the jump. McCune was the chief model maker  on the miniature and optical effects unit for Star Wars: A New Hope, for which he won his Oscar. He was also nominated for an Oscar for his work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture and contributed to the original Battlestar Galactica before becoming a partner at Apogee Productions. There, he did work in animation on Caddyshack, Big, Spaceballs and Die Hard before starting his own company called Grant McCune Design. For that company, McCune supervised model and miniature »
- Germain Lussier
16 items from 2011
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