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'Fringe': Will the J.J. Abrams sci-fi series achieve geek glory this season? Plus: Parallel world-palooza!

23 September 2010 1:45 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Fringe begins its third season tonight, and the time has come for J.J. Abrams’ erratically awesome freaks-and-geeks fest to become consistently awesome and fulfill its long-teased promise of becoming TV’s coolest, craziest, most creatively audacious cult pop thingie. Lost and Heroes are gone. FlashForward fizzled out. I never got aboard the Supernatural bandwagon — and I jumped off the Smallville bandwagon a long time ago. The Event has potential (I’ve seen the next two episodes—they’re strong), but Fringe has the pole position. The show has the goods for a great run. The braintrust installed by Abrams and »

- Jeff Jensen

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Possible Worlds reveals Chloe, Arctic Blast & The Trotsky in line-up!

20 July 2010 1:53 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

One of the coolest film festivals in Australia is Possible Worlds -- Sydney's Canadian Film Festival -- which always manages to attract some interesting and high profile Canadian films for their Australian and, occasionally, world premieres.

This year is no different, and they have just unveiled their full program, which includes Australian premiere of the Julianne Moore/Liam Neeson psychological thriller Chloe, and the world premieres of Brian Trenchard-Smith's sci-fi thriller Arctic Blast and the Margaret Atwood documentary In The Wake of The Flood.

Here's the full press release:

The fantastic program for Possible Worlds, Sydney's Canadian Film Festival has been announced and is showcasing the best new films made in Canada from August 2 to August 8 in a number of Sydney venues including Dendy Opera Quays and Dendy Newtown.

 The dynamic program is filled with a mixture of intelligent and entertaining events including premiere screenings, filmmaker Q&A's, industry talks and parties. »

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Arctic Blast to premiere at Canadian fest

20 June 2010 8:31 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Brian Trenchard-Smith’s sci-fi/action/thriller Arctic Blast will premiere at the Possible Worlds Canadian Film Festival in Sydney on August 4.

The film is an Australian-Canadian co-production shot in Tasmania. The executive producer is Antony I. Ginnane, whose distribution venture Ifm/Filmways is set to release the film in Australia/New Zealand.

The other executive producers are Tom Berry (Montreal-based Premiere Bobine) and Pierre David (Imagination Worldwide)

In Arctic Blast, a solar eclipse sends a colossal blast of super-chilled air towards the earth, setting off a catastrophic chain of events that threatens to engulf the world in ice. As Coastal Australia undergoes mass evacuation, physicist Jack Tate races to find a solution while protecting his family.

The Possible Worlds festival will take place August 2-8 in Sydney. »

- Miguel Gonzalez

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“We Need to talk About Kevin” starts filming this week

23 April 2010 4:19 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Production begins this week in Connecticut on the psychological thriller We Need To Talk About Kevin, which is being directed by acclaimed filmmaker Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar) and produced by Jennifer Fox (Michael Clayton, The Informant!), Luc Roeg (Mr. Nice) and Robert Salerno (21 Grams). We Need To Talk About Kevin was written by Ramsay and Rory Kinnear based on the novel by Lionel Shriver. The film stars Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller. Presented by BBC Films and the UK Film Council in association with Footprint Investments Llp, Caemhan Partnership Llp and Lipsync Productions, the film is an Independent / Jennifer Fox production in association with Artina Films and Forward Films. The announcement was made today by Independent, who also holds the international rights to the film.

The film was developed by BBC Films¹ Creative Director Christine Langan (The Damned United, Bright Star) with Paula Jalfon (In The Loop, »

- Staff

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Sundance Channel gets Canuck go ahead

1 March 2010 2:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Toronto -- Sundance Channel on Monday finally got round protectionist barriers to launch in Canada under a licensing agreement with Rainbow Media Holdings.

Sundance Channel Canada broke out of the gates here with a screening of Quebec director Robert Lepage's 2000 indie feature "Possible Worlds," which starred Tilda Swinton and Sean McCann.

To circumvent barriers to entry for the U.S. service, Canadian broadcaster Corus Entertainment rebranded its former Drive-In Classics cable channel as a Canadianized Sundance Channel with a schedule built around six programming blocks of genre-focused movies and TV series.

The Sundance Channel, which launched in 1996, in 2001 was denied entry into the Canadian market by the Crtc on grounds it would compete with existing Canadian movie channels. »

- By Etan Vlessing

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Veteran Sci-Fi Writer William Tenn is Dead

15 February 2010 1:37 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Philip Klass wrote numerous science fiction short stories under the pen name William Tenn. He frequently employed satire and humor in his tales of time travel, futuristic technology, and alien contact.

Klass was born in London, England, on May 9, 1920, and moved to New York City with his family as an infant.  He served as a combat engineer in Europe with the U.S. Army during World War II, and worked as a technical writer and editor after his discharge in 1945.

He submitted stories under numerous pen names, and achieved fame with the pseudonym William Tenn.  His first science fiction story, Alexander the Bait, saw print in the pages of the Astounding Science Fiction pulp magazine in 1946, while he was employed by Bell Labs.  Astounding also published his next story, the satirical tale of a futuristic Christmas gift gone wrong, Child’s Play, in 1947.

Over the next two decades Tenn wrote »

- Harris Lentz

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