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Strike Back Origins airs Friday at 10Pm on Cinemax.
- Bags Hooper
On TV this Wednesday: The League closes its season with a double play; Revolution and Svu take a break; The Middle celebrates Turkey Day; and you can check out of CSI, but you can never leave. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Arrow (The CW) | The Count (Fringe‘s Seth Gabel) returns to infect hundreds of people – including Diggle and Ada Donner — with a mysterious illness. Meanwhile, Moira’s trial begins and Felicity walks into a trap.
8 pm The Middle »
- Kimberly Roots
This weekend (November 23rd & 24th) sees the McM Comic Con and Memorabilia show take place at the NEC in Birmingham. We’ll be there on the Saturday, checking out what’s happening at one of the UK’s biggest conventions. If you haven’t grabbed a ticket yet, what are you waiting for? Ok, ok, so some of you may still be undecided, so let me tempt you with a rundown of just some highlights of the guests attending the event this weekend…
Red Dwarf Reunion – Chris Barrie (Arnold Rimmer); Hattie Hayridge (Holly); Danny John-Jules (The Cat) and Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) from much-loved British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf. Quadrophenia Reunion – Stars Phil Daniels (Jimmy); Toyah Willcox (Monkey) and Daniel Peacock (Danny) celebrate the ultimate mod movie, based on The Who’s 1973 rock opera.
- Phil Wheat
There are nearly seven hundred live-action episodes of the Star Trek franchise. If you watched them all back to back, it’d take you more than twenty one days before you get to the end. Although if I were you, I’d skip the last episode of Enterprise.
So with that many episodes of the series developed, it is unsurprising that a significant number of episodes went undeveloped. During various periods of the shows, the producers allowed unsolicited scripts to be sent in for consideration and a handful of those were made. At least one online reviewer was flown out to pitch story ideas for Star Trek: Voyager (incidentally – hey, new series producers, I’m over here!).
But seriously, Star Trek has had some famous episodes and storylines go unproduced. Some end up being reworked and reworked until they become something different (Deep Space Nine’s Time’s Orphan episode »
- Brian Chapman
Given the number of characters in the Star Trek franchise, it can come as no surprise that a vast number of actors have been considered for roles at one point or another. Because of certain castings, entire characters have been re-written to fit their new actors. In fact, I’m pretty sure that with the exception of Enterprise, the producers have had an actor in mind for the Captain of each Star Trek series and subsequently went with someone else. A couple of these are documented in this list, but for example, Alexander Siddig (then going by the name of Siddig El-Fadil) was actually the first choice actor to play Commander Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It was only when they decided he was too young that they offered him the part of Doctor Julian Bashir and started looking for a new leading man.
Some of these »
- Brian Chapman
Published by Titan Books | Format: Paperback, 176pp | Rrp £14.99
Before the proliferation of the internet, and more importantly before I ever had access to my own PC, companion books to TV shows were my bread-and-butter. I had loads (mainly bought through the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club – what ever happened to them?): The X-Files, Buffy, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and more; and they were, at the time, besides the awesome TV Zone magazine, the only way to get official episode guides to your favourite television shows. But now, some twenty-odd years later, we have instant access to the kinds of information that we never thought possible – including episodes guides sites, fan sites and even the official web pages of whichever happens to be your TV show of choice.
So how do official companion book stack up now, in the face of such an information overload online? »
- Phil Wheat
The Star Trek universe is in flux right now. On the one hand we have the classic series, the movies that followed, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine et al. On the other we have J.J. Abrams new take on the Trek mythos with the big screen Star Trek and its recent follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness. Its a division of old and new… Yet in the world of literature it seems old Trek still reigns and its to those hardcore Trekkers out there that still lean to the old Roddenberry days that Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years will appeal.
Seemingly inspired by the recent Star Wars books The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force and Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side, Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years is an “in universe” history of Star Trek complete with excerpts from Starfleet records, chronicling the pivotal »
- Phil Wheat
Review James Hunt 1 Nov 2013 - 06:58
James' Star Trek Tng season 2 look-back ends on a truly inept, poorly conceived clip show...
This review contains spoilers.
2.22 Shades of Gray
The moon landing. The fall of the Berlin wall. The first 3D broadcast of the Queen's Speech. TV has been the medium through which we've experienced some of history's most important events. Mainly those that have happened in the last 60-70 years, admittedly, but let's not let that dull the wonder. The powerful simplicity of electromagnetic signals transmitting sound and images around the globe using naught but an orbital network of multi-million dollar satellites cannot be denied.
Which brings us to the big question: where were You the first time you felt so much contempt towards Shades of Gray that you switched your TV off in disgust and went to do something else with your life instead?
The episode begins with Riker »
This weekend, the exceptional 12 Years a Slave began its initial expansion into wider release. Currently, the Steve McQueen film is playing in 123 theaters around the country, so a lot of people are just getting the chance to enjoy its brilliant performances and to be horrified by its most powerful scenes. When they exit the cinema, while wiping the tears from their eyes and attempting to rid their throats of the lump that’s been lodged there for at least half an hour, audiences are going to be curious about who Lupita Nyong’o is and where they’ve seen Chiwetel Ejiofor before. They’ll also be interested to know that they’ve just watched a remake, of sorts. 12 Years a Slave still has a ways to go before it reaches the mainstream, Middle America mall crowds. But when it does end up on a few thousand screens and watched by millions more, this »
- Christopher Campbell
Recently you saw me set out the 10 Rules The New Star Trek Show Must Follow, and now I’m going to suggest who I think could be brought back in that series.
We’ve all got our ideas about who should be in the new Star Trek series, when it gets made (because let’s be honest, the franchise makes too much money in the cinema for CBS to continue to avoid creating a new television show). Even the likes of Rolling Stone magazine have suggested that the show returns to its TV roots with a new series featuring the crew of The Next Generation – using the same actors no less.
But really, if you’re going to go that route then why stop at only using those characters? In the same time period you have the characters from both Deep Space Nine and Voyager – all of whom would be »
- Brian Chapman
Starz have sent along the first image of Scottish actor Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in their upcoming Outlander currently filming on location in Scotland. The original series adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international bestselling novels will air on Starz in 2014. The show is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore of Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate »
Adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling books, which has sold more than 25 million copies and graced the New York Times best-seller list six times, Outlander will premiere on Starz next year. [Press Release] Beverly Hills, Calif., October 16, 2013 – Starz in association with Sony Pictures Television has announced today that Lotte Verbeek (“The Borgias,” Left) will play the role of Geillis Duncan in the original series “Outlander.” The series, adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling books by Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”), is currently filming on location in Scotland and is set to premiere on Starz in 2014. The “Outlander” series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history »
- Pietro Filipponi
If you know and love the Outlander books, you know how important and “interesting” Geillis Duncan is to the 18th-century portion of the time travelling fantasy. If you’re new, suffice to say she is a prominent character, and is thought to be a witch. You’ll see. Today Starz announced that the part has gone to Lotte Verbeek, and wow does she look Scottish, even though she’s from the Netherlands.
Before we get to the details, however, we need to show you this. Production began last week on the Outlander, and to mark the occasion Starz released this photo of Outlander executive producer Ronald D. Moore (Helix, Battlestar Galactica), along with the quote, “Day One and the battle is joined. We fight to do justice to the material and the fans. We’ll return with our targes or on them.”
Syfy clearly missed an opportunity by not having Mr. »
- Erin Willard
As I wrote in January, with the release this Friday of the long awaited 12 Years A Slave, I thought it would be worth it to remind ourselves of the first filmed version of the book that Steve McQueen’s upcoming drama is based on. That’s right, 12 Years A Slave is actually the second film version of Solomon Northrup’s 1953 autobiographical book; the first being the 1984 TV movie, Solomon Northup's Odyssey, starring Avery Brooks (Spencer for Hire, A Man Called Hawk, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) in the role of Northrup.It was the last film to be directed by the legendary renaissance man (film director/photographer/composer, and more) Gordon Parks, who passed away in »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 10 Oct 2013 - 03:27
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1993...
What a year 1993 was. It saw the release of Star Fox on the Super Nintendo. Bill Clinton became president. Season three of Deep Space Nine premiered on Us television. UK politician Douglas Hurd visited Argentina. Cyndi Lauper released her album Hat Full Of Stars.
Aside from those earth shattering events, we'll probably remember 1993, in cinema terms, as the year Jurassic Park dominated the box office like an angry Tyrannosaurus. A true phenomenon, its profits doubled those of the second most watched film in 1993 cinemas, Mrs Doubtfire, and almost three times as much as the movie below that - the Harrison Ford thriller, The Fugitive.
But as ever, there was so much more to the 1993 movie landscape than dinosaurs and Robin Williams dressed as an old woman. »
Fans of Guillermo del Toro will get a better look into the mind of the visionary filmmaker when Cabinet of Curiosities is released. The extensive book will be available later this month and includes notes and drawings from del Toro’s private journals and filmmaking diaries. We have details on what you can expect from the book and an official trailer for the upcoming release:
“For more than two decades, writer-director Guillermo del Toro has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own. From his first feature-length film, the modern classic Cronos, to his best-selling novels, to his latest movie Pacific Rim, del Toro has proven himself to be a one-of-a-kind creative visionary able to bring his singular sensibility equally to Hollywood blockbusters such as Hellboy and to more personal projects such as the Oscar–winning Pan’s Labyrinth. Now comes a gift and gorgeous »
- Jonathan James
If there's one filmmaker whose mind I'd most like to spend a vacation inside, it's without a doubt Guillermo del Toro. And this October, we're all going to get the chance to do that. Read on for all the details about the upcoming book Cabinet of Curiosities!
From the Press Release
For more than two decades, writer-director Guillermo del Toro has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own. From his first feature-length film, the modern classic Cronos, to his best-selling novels, to his latest movie Pacific Rim, del Toro has proven himself to be a one-of-a-kind creative visionary able to bring his singular sensibility equally to Hollywood blockbusters such as Hellboy and to more personal projects such as the Oscar–winning Pan’s Labyrinth. Now comes a gift and gorgeous keepsake for his legions of fans: Guillermo Del Toro Cabinet Of Curiosties: My Notebooks, »
- John Squires
For more than two decades, writer-director Guillermo del Toro has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own. From his first feature-length film, the modern classic Cronos, to his best-selling novels, to his latest movie Pacific Rim, del Toro has proven himself to be a one-of-a-kind creative visionary able to bring his singular sensibility equally to Hollywood blockbusters such as Hellboy and to more personal projects such as the Oscar–winning Pan’s Labyrinth.
Now comes a gift and gorgeous keepsake for his legions of fans: Guillermo Del Toro Cabinet Of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions (Harper Design; On Sale October 29, 2013: $60.00, 256 pages; Isbn: 978-0-06-208284-8), a lavishly illustrated book that is an intimate look into one of the most imaginative minds of this century.
- Michelle McCue
Though there's seven weeks to go, the just released advanced tickets for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" are being snapped up like hotcakes.
Ticket sales for the film represented 70% of sales on Tuesday on Fandango and is outpacing the company's presales of all previous wide releases this far out before a release date. The film represented 54% of sales on fellow ticketing service Movietickets.com.
There's also three new photos from the film up at EW. [Source: THR]
"The Devil's Double" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" star Dominic Cooper is the latest name rumored for the title role in the Freddie Mercury biopic scripted by Peter Morgan. [Source: Latino Review]
Sneak preview screenings of Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" are set to take place this Saturday (Oct 5th) in over 800 theaters around the country, several days ahead of its official Oct 11th release.
Tom Hanks stars in »
- Garth Franklin
Odd List Shiromi Arserio 3 Oct 2013 - 07:00
Shiromi talks us through ten of the least expected sci-fi crossovers in the geek TV world...
Who would win in a fight? The crew of Babylon 5 or the crew of Deep Space Nine? While often reserved for the realm of fan fiction, two established franchises crossing over does happen from time to time. Typically you'll see this when the properties are owned by the same company, like Superman meeting Batman. While other times it's an intentional crossover of two very different properties like Star Trek characters crossing over into the X-Men universe. Yes, you read that right.
This list is devoted to the top franchise crossovers. I've tried to steer clear from shows that obviously exist in the same universe, like Tng characters showing up on DS9, or Buffy appearing on Angel, and instead focus on crossovers from separate franchises. Some of »
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