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In the decade preceding the release of Star Wars, the space opera was moving in an interesting direction. After the space race and John F. Kennedy’s promise of a new frontier motivated things like Star Trek and 2001: A Space Oddysey to imagine space exploration as a potential vehicle for scientific enlightenment and international understanding, the petty differences of the past being obliterated (and militaristic ambitions belittled by) by new comprehension of the vastness of space. But if Space: 1999 is any indication, Kubrick’s antecedents were less interested in the profound ideas that he was speculating about and more interested in his taste in brightly colored and highly utilitarian furniture (which doesn’t look all that different from the decoration in highly mod films like Blow-up). From Gerry Anderson, creator of swinging puppet adventure Thunderbirds, comes Space: 1999, a show that looks to boldly go where Star Trek went before, »
- Anders Nelson
In the decade preceding the release of Star Wars, the space opera was moving in an interesting direction. After the space race and John F. Kennedy’s promise of a new frontier motivated things like Star Trek and 2001: A Space Oddysey to imagine space exploration as a potential vehicle for scientific enlightenment and international understanding, the petty differences of the past being obliterated (and militaristic ambitions belittled by) by new comprehension of the vastness of space. But if Space:1999 is any indication, Kubrick’s antecedents were less interested in the profound ideas that he was speculating about and more interested in his taste in brightly colored and highly utilitarian furniture (which doesn’t look all that different from the decoration in highly mod films like Blow-up). From Gerry Anderson, creator of swinging puppet adventure Thunderbirds, comes Space:1999, a show that looks to boldly go where Star Trek went before, »
- Anders Nelson
I am both terrified and super-excited about The Dark Tower in equal measures. On the one hand, I’m on cloud nine over Universal and NBC (not HBO as I originally wrote!) collaborating on an unprecedented adaptation of Stephen King’s magnum opus fantasy series that will result in three full length feature films, and two television seasons covering King’s seven book tome and expanded comics universe.
The ambitions of the production match the ambitions of King’s novels and it just feels like the right way to handle the dense material. On the other hand, I am nervous as hell about the creative team behind this one.
Whereas I do genuinely like Ron Howard as a filmmaker and he has a better hit ratio over misfires, I can’t help but think he works much better with non-fiction, character driven and grounded universes (Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, Cinderella Man »
- Matt Holmes
Well, it was a good couple of weeks prior, with a bountiful amount of new shows and finales. Now we've hit a cold spell, but worry not as two new shows are braving the frost to keep us toasty with auto-generated warmth via laughter.
First, Jimmy Carr performs for us in our very own front rooms in a taped tour from London earlier this year. He's never let us down before and there's always more to come, as we learned in our interview here. This private living room gig takes place on Tuesday, November 16th on Channel 4 at 10:00pm. Heckle all you like. He won't mind a bit. And you may be chuckling enough to lose the Snuggie.
The straggler of the week is »
Happy birthday to Best Actress winner Joan Fontaine (Suspicion, 1941), also known as the second Mrs. DeWinter. She turns 93 years young today. What on earth was she thinking about when she won the Oscar. This photo to your left fascinates me on account of "who knows?" It seems so much more candid than many Oscar night photos.
I keep the following "still with us!" list, not from any morbid curiousity but from a genuine happiness that some legendary screen stars are still walking the earth even though most of them aren't walking the screens these days. This year has been rough with the losses so maybe I'm going to stop keep this list. My heart was in the right place! We want the following to know that their past accomplishments are acknowledged by new generations.
The Oldest Living Oscar Nominees
All of them were born before the movies even had sound! »
- NATHANIEL R
This is one of those films which was caught up in the flurry of late nineties CG infused sci-fi adventures (like the another WB Blu-ray recently released – Mars Attacks!) which looked impressive on release in 1998 but has not weathered well at all. That said, it remains one of those films which I often think of revisiting.
The problem with this is that the film is not good, and the reason I find myself wanting to give it another go is that it is forgetful in the extreme, therefore its faults of design and narrative and shortcomings of script and execution are fresh and new every time I decide to re-watch it. The new Blu-ray release of Stephen Hopkins’ film allows me to revisit all these problems in shiny high definition.
Let’s do positives. The transfer looks good, but not great and the commentaries (with Hopkins and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman), deleted scenes, »
- Jon Lyus
8pm, Channel 4
Channel 4's answer to BBC3's Don't Tell the Bride. It's effectively Don't Tell Either of Them as a bunch of experts (planner, stylist, hairdresser etc) design themed weddings for 50 couples whose only input is a wish list, sent in advance of their big day. They arrive at the titular manor house, get kitted out and shoved down the aisle, all in 15 minutes of screen time. We're talking four satisfying, sugary hits in an hour. All the fireworks at once. That conveyor belt on The Generation Game, just with weddings on. Oh, we so do.
Kids In Care
At any given moment, there are approximately 60,000 children being raised by the British state and a total of 90,000 pass through the care system in an average year. This Panorama »
- Julia Raeside, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Will Hodgkinson, Phelim O'Neill
There are both rational and irrational reasons for hating the prequel trilogy. With the rise of Red Letter Media, that internet phenomenon that has made a name shit-talking the Star Trek: Next Generations films, and The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, there is a more present sense of disappointment with the Lucas empire- but it’s something that has been haunting Lucas about a couple days after people started seeing Tpm and word set in. But as not great as the prequels were, there’s other reasons to be bummed about those films besides just fan service. Until he made the prequel trilogy, George Lucas had a stunning cinematic record as a director. His first film Thx 1138 is a classic, and deserves to be appreciated. Another reason to be disappointed is that he led the way for films like Lost in Space, the 1998 warm-up for the prequel trilogy. »
- Andre Dellamorte
In a surprising move, distinctly voiced veteran character actor Jared Harris has apparently been offered the role of Professor Moriarty in the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" sequel at Warner Bros. Pictures reports Latino Review (and later confirmed by Deadline).
The 49-year-old British actor, son of the legendary Richard Harris ("Harry Potter," "Gladiator"), has seemingly beat out bigger name actors like Daniel Day Lewis, Brad Pitt and Russell Crowe who've all been rumoured for the villain role. Harris has acted and won various awards for his work on stage, in television and across many independent and mainstream movies over the past two decades.
His most notable roles of late have been as Lane Pryce on "Mad Men", the first season's main antagonist David Jones Roberts on "Fringe", the indomitable Captain Mike in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", and as Andy Warhol in "I Shot Andy Warhol".
His other credits include "Igby Goes Down, »
- Garth Franklin
The fine folks over at Warner Bros. provided us with a great set of six sci-fi movies just released on Blu-ray to give away to one of our lucky readers. The films contained in this Sci-Fi Six Pack include – Forbidden Planet, Mars Attacks!, Thx 1138 Director’s Cut, Lost In Space, A Scanner Darkly, and Matrix Reloaded.
Check out the press release below, along with details on each film. Find out which of our lucky readers scored these great Blu-ray discs from Warner Bros. and SciFiMafia.com at the bottom of this page!
Six Sci-fi Action Favorites Debut On
Blu-ray Disc™ For The First Time
Thx 1138 Director’S Cut
A wave of six science fiction action favorites are blasting onto Blu-ray Disc for the first time on September 7, 2010. Presented by Warner Home Video, each film has been »
- Jason Moore
Lost in space, low on supplies and morale, ready for in-fighting to do them all in at any moment, the reluctant crew of the Defiant searches for a way home and a means to survive the far reaches of space. This is the overarching story of Stargate Universe. A different direction for the Stargate franchise, it’s the characters (and thusly, the performances) that bring this series to life. More after the jump:
Stargate Universe primer:
A coalition of science and military forces must find a way to not only co-exist, but survive, when they find themselves transported to an aged spacecraft (the Destiny) on the outer edges of space. This is what happens when you dial an extra chevron at a Stargate. Because of the distance separating Destiny and Earth, the crew uses communication stones that shift a person’s consciousness across the vast reaches of space. This gives »
The sci-fi space epic isn’t an uncommon phenomena and, as you probably know, two of the most lucrative franchises of all time fall in the genre. But for every Star Trek or Star Wars you have countless films that don’t measure up or, even worse, put the genre to shame. It really is the norm these days, and the great standalone sci-fi space films like The Fifth Element are few and far between. Now let’s take a closer look at Star Trek, the first sci-fi television serial turned film. Smashing success doesn’t begin to describe the situation, and so the adaptation of similar serials shouldn’t have taken quite as long to follow suit. But follow they did and eventually the classic Lost in Space got its shot, and it doesn’t miss entirely.
It starts by flexing its muscles with a respectably shot space battle »
- Lex Walker
Chicago – Warner Brothers recently unveiled a slate of science fiction films, many of which are making their debut on Blu-ray or are being made available on their own for the first time. Check out the HD releases of “Forbidden Planet,” “Lost in Space,” “Mars Attacks!,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” “A Scanner Darkly,” and “Thx 1138: Director’s Cut.”
Obviously, the collection of WB sci-fi hits features six films from different eras and with wildly varying levels of quality but at least five of the releases offer something worth checking out and a couple could arguably be called must-owns (except, sadly, none include new special features for those who already own the standard DVD and are considering an upgrade), especially for fans of the genre. Sci-fi has always been a genre that fits well with the brilliance of 1080p, so consider an upgrade on one or all of the six catalog releases now on shelves. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Deadline are repoting this morning on what appears to an unprecedented deal between Universal Pictures, NBC/Universal Television, director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and author Stephen King for a feature and television adaptation of King’s acclaimed series of novels, The Dark Tower.
Deadline reports that it has taken several months of negotiations, with both Universal and Warner Bros interested in the property, but now Universal have clinched it and will move ahead with their elaborate plans. Ron Howard will direct the initial feature film, as well as the first season of the television series that will follow quickly afterwards. Brian Grazer, Howard’s producing partner at Imagine Entertainment, will produce the project and Akiva Goldsmith will draw up the script.
If Deadline are correct in their report, then “ambitious” is the word for this project. The Dark Tower is a series of novels about Roland Deschain, the last-surviving »
- Dave Roper
Well, I've been reporting on it for what seems like forever, but it now appears this past April's announcement Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road would take on Stephen King's epic "Dark Tower" series and turn it into a film trilogy is coming to pass.
In a press release, Universal announced Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television Entertainment have acquired the rights to produce three films and a television series based on the seven novels, short stories and comic books that make up King's The Dark Tower series. Ron Howard will direct the first film and the first season of the television series, which will be written by Goldsman.
King is quoted in the release saying, "I've been waiting for the right team to bring the characters and stories in these books to film and TV viewers around the world. Ron, Akiva, Brian along with Universal and NBC have a »
- Brad Brevet
Universal has announced plans to make a film trilogy and television series out of Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower book series with Ron Howard set to direct the first film. An adaptation of The Dark Tower has long been in the works with J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindeloff attempting to tackle the project for a few years before giving up last year. A few months passed before we got news that Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman had gotten the rights from King and were either planning a trilogy of films or a film that would be followed by a TV series.
Now, we have news of what exactly the plan is going to be. Hit the jump for the full details along with the press release.
The plan is that the first film in the trilogy will be immediately followed by a television series that will bridge the second film. »
- Ramses Flores
Our good friends over at Warner Bros. have provided us with a great set of six sci-fi movies just released on Blu-ray to give away to one of our lucky readers. The films contained in this Sci-Fi Six Pack include – Forbidden Planet, Mars Attacks!, Thx 1138 Director’s Cut, Lost In Space, A Scanner Darkly, and Matrix Reloaded.
Check out the press release below, including details on each film and instructions on how to enter for your chance to win!
Six Sci-fi Action Favorites Debut On
Blu-ray Disc™ For The First Time
Thx 1138 Director’S Cut
A wave of six science fiction action favorites are blasting onto Blu-ray Disc for the first time on September 7, 2010. Presented by Warner Home Video, each film has been selected to showcase the stunning technical brilliance of Blu-ray™, with its crisp sound and spectacularly vibrant colors, »
- Jason Moore
I took a sabbatical last week, mostly since there wasn’t much hitting shelves worth talking about. Now I’ve returned to get hyped over pretty awesome movies. Hit the jump to see what’s hit DVD and Blu-ray in the last two weeks:
Grab ‘Em Right Away:
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Why Should you buy this? It’s the best fantasy action film in the last decade. Matthew Vaughn was able to take the style of films like The Princess Bride and bring it back for children of today to enjoy. It has one of my favourite De Niro characters of the last decade as well. It’s hard for me to put into words how much this movie makes me smile every time I watch it. »
- Andrew Robinson
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A Scanner Darkly / Thx 1138 / Lost in Space / Mars Attacks! / Matrix Reloaded / Forbidden Planet We'll begin with a very cool group of films Warner Home Video is releasing on Blu-ray today. The only one of these six I have not seen is Lost in Space and that's primarily thanks to the fact I haven't heard anything good about it. Additionally, A Scanner Darkly and George Lucas's Thx 1138 did nothing for me when I first saw them, though with this Blu-ray I am certainly going to give Thx 1138 a second chance.
Despite the negativity it often receives, I personally really like Matrix Reloaded, but I am assuming most of the people that agree with me on that have already bought the complete Matrix trilogy on Blu-ray. Or, perhaps you're not a fan of Revolutions (and let's be honest, »
- Brad Brevet
I should have loved Lost in Space when it debuted on CBS in the fall of 1965. At seven, I was the prime audience for this family adventure about the Robinsons and friends who are literally, hurtling through uncharted territory. Instead, I never warmed up to the show and much preferred ABC’s Batman when that arrived in January 1966. I found the science fiction lacking, the acting over-the-top, and the robot one of the few interesting aspects.
I think I would have preferred the Irwin Allen series had the villainous aspect of Dr. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris) remained, rather than using him as a comic foil. Regardless, the series had its following which has led to various revivals as an animated series and even a Bill Mumy-scripted comic during the 1990s. A feature film adaptation seemed inevitable and that’s what we received in 1998. Now, the movie is making its »
- Robert Greenberger
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