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All This Has Happened Before: The 15th Anniversary of Battlestar Galactica

Ricky Church on Battlestar Galactica

In today’s climate of film and television, its pretty common for an old property to be rebooted or remade for a modern audience. The last several years have seen it done so many times with various series or films, from Batman, Lethal Weapon, Magnum P.I., The Jungle Book and Twin Peaks, reboots have been a dime and dozen and often not lived up to the original. But flashback to 2003 when they weren’t as common. One classic 1970s series was remade into something more serious and gritty, but with powerful characters, stories and themes. That show was Battlestar Galactica, which premiered with its miniseries 15 years ago today.

The original 70s series of Battlestar followed a ragtag group of humans on the verge of extinction after the Cylons, a race of robotic beings, launched a surprise attack on humanity and largely wiped out the population.
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Sci Fi Fidelity Podcast: Nightflyers, Mars, Counterpart

Michael Ahr Dave Vitagliano Dec 7, 2018

In the December edition of the podcast, we discuss epic space battles, Nightflyers, and Mars plus a Counterpart interview with Justin Marks.

Our monthly genre television podcast, Sci Fi Fidelity, is back for the December 2018 edition! Each month, Mike and Dave turn up the volume on shows in the science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, and horror fields that deserve your attention. Also included in each podcast is a discussion of a topic of particular interest and an interview with some of the creative talent behind the shows we love.

In our final super-sized podcast before the new year brings a new weekly format, we start our discussion with our favorite space battles ranging from the civil war of Babylon 5 to the sneaky maneuvers in The Expanse. Also included in our list are Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Andromeda, and Firefly.

Our show topics this
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Bill Duke Remembers the Theater Training That Helped Him

  • Variety
Bill Duke Remembers the Theater Training That Helped Him
Since Bill Duke the Sundance Special Jury-prize winning film “The Killing Floor” (1984), the multi-hyphenate talent has rarely been out of sight on screens big and small.

In the ’90s, Duke directed acclaimed crime films focused on black themes and characters, including the Cannes Fest competitor “A Rage in Harlem”; “Hoodlum,” with an enviable cast that included Laurence Fishburne, Queen Latifah and Cicely Tyson; and the Spirit Award-nommed “Deep Cover.”

Duke, one of TV’s most-in-demand character actors, has racked up dozens of credits in shows ranging from “Battlestar Galactica” to “Lost.” His big-screen directors include Steven Soderbergh, Paul Schrader, Jim Sheridan and the legendary Sam Fuller, who once assessed Duke as “the best film director in America today.”

Duke’s autobiography, “Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career on Screen and Behind the Camera,” was published last month, but Duke was first noted in Variety for his role in the 1972 ABC Afterschool Special,
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Nightflyers Review (Spoiler Free)

Nightflyers is an imperfect but worthy George R.R. Martin adaptation and another win for Syfy.

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This is a spoiler-free review.

Let me begin by confessing that I am a huge fan of The Expanse, both the book and the TV series. With that one show, the Syfy Channel raised their profile dramatically among hard science fiction geeks and elevated their programming back to Battlestar Galactica levels. With their newest offering in the genre, Nightflyers, they are poised to do it again. If, that is, the show can achieve enough momentum to break orbit instead of backsliding into the gravity well of schlock.

Before we go any further, we need to be very clear: potential viewers surfing the internet for reviews will hear the inevitable comparison to the 1997 film Event Horizon. It is an easy leap to make, lest we forget that Nightflyers was originally a Locus Award winning novella published in 1980 by George R.
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The Office: 20 Things That Make No Sense About Dwight And Angela’s Relationship

There is no doubt that there were many office romances on the U.S. sitcom The Office. Throughout its nine seasons, everyone seemed to go through relationships, some of which seemed to be short flings, while other characters ended up getting married. The show also featured a fair share of breakup storylines, which were often at the expense of the show’s main character Michael Scott.

While the show often focused on the love story of Pam and Jim, there was another couple that often doesn’t get enough credit; Dwight and Angela. The couple had a complicated relationship from the start and both of them had vastly different personalities. Dwight, often the victim of pranks pulled by Jim, was seen as the weird guy in the office who was into karate, farming, and, of course, Battlestar Galactica. Angela, on the other hand, loved nothing more than her cats and
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Comic Con Scotland: For the Love of 80s – Event Report

The weekend of November 10th-11th saw some of team Nerdly make the 3-hour trek up to Edinburgh for the inaugural Comic Con Scotland event which, given the guest list, had also been dubbed “For the Love of 80s.” Not really surprising also given that this convention was put on by the folks at Monopoly Events – who also run For the Love of SciFi and For the Love of Horror out of Manchester’s Bowlers Exhibition Centre.

The big draw for this event was the plethora of 80s superstars who were in attendance: Lou Ferrigno, David Hasslehoff, Streethawk’s Rex Smith, Dirk Benedict, Gremlins’ Zach Galligan, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Ray Parker Jr. who wrote the theme tune for Ghostbusters, and many more. There were also a number of props and vehicles from 80s franchises to take photos of – the A-Team van, Kitt fron Knight Rider, the bikes from both
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Us sale for Cjz’s ‘My Life is Murder’

‘My Life is Murder’

Cjz’s mystery-drama My Life is Murder starring Lucy Lawless will make its Us debut on Acorn TV, North America’s largest streaming service focused on British and international programming, following its broadcast premiere on Network 10 next year.

Lawless, who is well known in the Us for her roles in Spartacus, Ash vs Evil Dead, Parks and Recreation, Battlestar Galactica and Xena: Warrior Princess, plays private investigator Alexa Crowe, who uncovers the truth behind the most baffling of crimes.

The 10-part series set in Melbourne was developed in-house at Cjz, The writing team includes Peter Gawler (Wolf Creek), Tim Pye (The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Ainslie Clouston (Playing for Keeps), Matt Ford (House Husbands), Monica Zanetti (Sisters) and Paul Bennett (House of Hancock).

Dcd Rights sold the series, which was co-funded by Screen Australia and Film Victoria, to Acorn TV, which is home to numerous Australian
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‘The Big Bang Theory': 23 Most Memorable Guest Stars, From Stephen Hawking to Carrie Fisher (Photos)

  • The Wrap
‘The Big Bang Theory': 23 Most Memorable Guest Stars, From Stephen Hawking to Carrie Fisher (Photos)
This week it was revealed that the upcoming 12th season of “The Big Bang Theory” will be its last. So you can bet that in their final go-around, the show will try to recruit just about every guest star in the galaxy. But of course after over 250 episodes so far, the show has already had a nerd’s fantasy of astronauts, physicists and Spock. Ahead of its final season, we decided to look at some of the show’s most memorable cameos. While Bob Newhart, Christine Baranski, Judy Greer, Jack McBrayer and more have had memorable guest appearances in other roles, this list is devoted to instances in which the stars have played themselves on the show. Excelsior!

Buzz Aldrin

The famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin rattled off three different candy-themed space puns to some disappointed trick-or-treaters in his brief cameo. “I’ve been on the moon,” Aldrin said. “What have you done?
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The Neverending Story: Has Hollywood’s Reboot Obsession Gone Too Far?

The Neverending Story: Has Hollywood’s Reboot Obsession Gone Too Far?
What is dead may never die.

This is a religious oath recited often by the people of the Iron Islands on Game of Thrones. It is also increasingly the guiding ethos of Hollywood development, where any familiar title, no matter how sacrosanct it might have once seemed, is ripe for a sequel, a prequel, a reboot or all of the above. This includes Game of Thrones itself, which is due to end next year but has a prequel in active development, and several other potential spinoffs waiting in the wings
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Ryan Kwanten & Kodi Smit-McPhee Lead Oz Climate Change Thriller ‘2067’; Shoot Underway; Kew Inks North America Deal

  • Deadline
Ryan Kwanten & Kodi Smit-McPhee Lead Oz Climate Change Thriller ‘2067’; Shoot Underway; Kew Inks North America Deal
Exclusive: Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (X-Men Apocalypse) lead cast in climate-change sci-fi-thriller 2067, which is now underway in Australia.

Also starring are Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires), Aaron Glenane (Killing Ground), Damian Walshe-Howling (Mystery Road), Leeanna Walsman (Safe Harbour), Finn Little (Storm Boy) and Oz newcomers Sana’a Shaik and Matt Testro.

Seth Larney (Tombiruo) is writing and directing the feature which will see humans looking to the future for answers after the planet’s forests, wildlife and plants are ravaged by climate change. Producing are Lisa Shaunessy (Killing Ground) through her Arcadia production banner, and Kate Croser of Kojo Entertainment.

Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, is handling international sales, excluding Australia and New Zealand where Umbrella Entertainment has distribution rights. Shout! Studios has acquired all North American rights. The film started principal photography at Adelaide Studios, South Australia on November 3.

Australian Government funding and investment
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Best Geeky TV Shows and Movies to Stream Online

Alec Bojalad Nov 24, 2018

Finding the geekiest streaming movies and TV shows are easy using Caavo's search. We have some suggestions...

Editor's note: This article is sponsored by Caavo. Illustration by Hannah Kneisley.

Streaming platforms can be overwhelming when you consider the vast amount of entertainment choices at our fingertips. Too much choice can lead to option paralysis, where the mind is frozen by information overload. It can all feel a bit impersonal too, compared to the days when your DVD or VHS collections were perfectly organized to your tastes. Now your favorite films and shows are scattered across dozens of platforms, accessible only on remotes and controllers that routinely get lost in your living room.

The solution is a new product called Caavo, which is designed to put all of your content in one convenient place. The hardware acts as a single control center for your entertainment system, allowing just
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365Flicks Podcast: Episode 120 – Heading to Scotland Comic Con

Here’s the latest episode of the 365Flicks podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on Libsyn, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

365Flicks Podcast: Episode 120 – Heading to Scotland Comic Con: For The Love of 80s

Kev and Ruby jump into the booth to let everyone that the lads are heading to Scotland Comic Con For the Love of 80s next weekend Nov 10 – 11th to see some of there favourite stars and icons of the 80s. That’s right Edinburgh will be graced by a whole host of legends including “The Hoff” himself. Flash Gordon’s Sam Jones. A bunch of the Battlestar Galactica including Dirk Benedict. Zach Galligan w/ Gizmo. Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson and theme tune singer Ray Parker Jr. Wrestling icon Bret the Hitman Hart and many many more.
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When TV Shows Reinvent Themselves: How Much is Too Much?

Juliette Harrisson Nov 7, 2018

When a TV show moves away from its core concept, it can either relight the spark or snuff it out completely...

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

The last thing any showrunner of a long-running TV series wants is for their show to turn stale. Episode after episode after episode for years and years of nothing but the same thing will soon have audiences turning off. So surely the answer is to keep the show fresh, right? Mix things up a bit, change things around a bit, maybe even reboot the show and send it in a new direction? That’ll keep audiences happy!

Well, maybe. Rebooting or reinventing a show is a delicate thing, and there’s always a risk that audiences will simply long for the glory days when the show felt like the series they fell in love with. Shows that move
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Preview of Battlestar Galactica Classic #1

Dynamite Entertainment celebrates the 40th anniversary of Battlestar Galactica this week with the launch of the new limited series Battlestar Galactica Classic, and you can take a look at a preview of the first issue here…

The remains of humanity have been fleeing the Cylon menace — until now! Joined by another, second fleet of fugitives, Commander Adama sees the opportunity to strike back. Can he continue chasing an Earth that may be a myth, when the chance for victory is real? Plus: the treacherous Count Baltar returns in this miniseries timed for Battlestar Galactica’s 40th anniversary year, written by New York Times bestselling author and comics writer John Jackson Miller and drawn by Daniel Hdr (Red Sonja)!

Battlestar Galactica Classic #1 is out on November 7th, priced $3.99.

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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’: An Epic Spellbinding Guide to All the Horror References, Episode by Episode

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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’: An Epic Spellbinding Guide to All the Horror References, Episode by Episode
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from Season 1 of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”]

A love of horror runs in series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s blood, and it comes out in “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” his dark take on the classic Archie Comics title “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” In adapting his comic book for Netflix, he discussed some of those horror influences with Lee Toland Krieger, who would be setting the tone of the series by directing the first two episodes.

“He arranged a screening of clips from some of our favorite movies,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “The three great witch movies are ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ Dario Argento’s ‘Suspiria,’ and Robert Eggers’ movie ‘The Witch,’ that came out a few years ago. And then even more recently, Ti West’s movie, ‘House of the Devil,’ and Oz Perkins’ ‘The Blackcoat’s Daughter,’ starring Kiernan [Shipka] actually. In terms of devil movies, we talked about ‘The Omen,’ we talked about ‘The Exorcist,’ the
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New ‘Killer Klowns from Outer Space’ and ‘Critters’ Movies in the Works at SyFy

In recent years, SyFy has become known for their intentionally abysmal programming efforts such as the Sharknado franchise and other monster movies. But they’ve also been responsible for praiseworthy efforts like Battlestar Galactica, The Expanse, Channel Zero and the upcoming Nightflyers and Deadly Class. That makes us wonder just what to expect from their most […]

The post New ‘Killer Klowns from Outer Space’ and ‘Critters’ Movies in the Works at SyFy appeared first on /Film.
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Ranking The Entire Halloween Franchise From Worst To Best

Shaun Munro ranks the Halloween franchise from worst to best…

In the vein of just about every popular, decades-old horror movie franchise, the eleven-film Halloween series is a rollercoaster ride of good, bad and very, very weird.

There’s the classic original of course, the increasingly silly and inane run of sequels, the desperate attempt to reinvigorate it, and finally, a more dignified, modest re-tooling of the franchise with the new 2018 Halloween.

Quality be-damned, Halloween is at least one of the more interesting mainstream horror series out there, introducing enough strange new ideas – many of them horribly executed, in fairness – that it’s hard to say it’s just done the same old thing every single time.

Needless to say, only hardcore slasher fans will likely bring themselves to barrel through Michael Myers’ entire back catalogue, but it certainly makes for an entertaining refresher course in just how daft these
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The Many Victims of Halloween’s Michael Myers

Halloween Victims of Michael Myers

It’s been forty years since Michael Myers first slashed his way through Haddonfield. This Friday sees his shape return to UK cinema screens to once more slowly creep around and kill a plethora of fresh bodies. The new film may technically be the ninth film in the franchise (eleventh if you include Rob Zombies remakes), but it is actually a direct sequel to the original, ignoring events from Halloween II to Resurrection. This wipes out the massive bulk of Myers’ impressive kill count, and over the years he’s murdered some very familiar faces. In a bid to make sure that we don’t forget these unfortunate souls, we’ve compiled a list of some of Michael’s most famous victims and prey.

Paul Rudd Halloween Victims of Michael Myers

He may now be famous for his work in the comedy world, and for
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The Good Place Season 3 Episode 3: The Snowplow

On a superb The Good Place, Michael and Janet try to snowplow the brainy bunch to success while Eleanor learns something about herself.

This The Good Place review contains spoilers.

The Good Place Season 3 Episode 3

Since Battlestar Galactica’s stunning season 2 finale back in 2006, time jumps have been a useful tool for TV dramas looking to shake things up. Battlestar Galactica’s spiritual successor (and concurrently airing peer for the most part), Lost, pulled off a bravura time jump in its equally stunning season 3 finale. Mad Men made it its business to rapidly travel forward in time between each season. Breaking Bad executed a months long time jump in the span of one “Crystal Blue Persuasion” scored montage. The Walking Dead, now in its darkest creative hour, even opted for a time jump of its own this season to help put the sins of the show’s past behind it.
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Outlander Season 4: Sexual Violence in the #MeToo Era

Kayti Burt Oct 7, 2018

At New York Comic Con, one fan asked about the show's history of representing sexual violence in the #MeToo era.

Outlander was at New York Comic Con to screen the Season 4 premiere, as well as tease what's to come in the new season.

While most of the night was lighthearted and exuberant, the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden got a bit more sober when one brave fan asked about the discussion of non-consensual sex that appeared in the Season 4 premiere between Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Ian (John Bell), as well as the show's history of representing sexual violence in the #MeToo era.

"How do you feel about what is happening in our country right now?" asked the fan, after summarizing the characters' respective histories as survivors of sexual assault.

It's a valid question—one that shouldn't be seen as hostile or combative, but was, it seemed,
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