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Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
« Reply #60 on: March 27, 2013, 09:07:44 am »
Atlantic Rim made me laugh. I know how the Big Studios feel about The Asylum and I can only imagine how furious they are right now. As for The Colony, my interest is definitely piqued.
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« Reply #61 on: April 28, 2013, 05:03:02 am »
Babylon 5's J. Michael Stracynski explains why most TV scifi is awful



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Talking to Slashdot, Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski delivers a thundering indictment of network execs' attitudes to science fiction on television:

    The problem is that the networks still don’t take SF seriously, or even feel threatened by it. I’ve had executives say that a space-show doesn’t work because people don’t care about what happens to characters in space, it has to be on earth or nobody’ll be interested. I’ve had them say “you can do whatever you want, it’s scifi, it doesn’t have to make sense.” Because it’s SF they always think that somehow or other The Fate Of The World has to be at stake. If you’re doing a drama, no one suggests that solving the relationship problems of the murder has to save the world, but they feel that it has to be that way if you’re writing SF, which is why it’s also so often the rule in SF movies. It’s absolutely crazy-making. 2001, one of the most classic SF motion pictures of all time, could never get made today. Not a chance. Too cerebral, they’d say. Not enough action. All the crowdsourcing in the world won’t rewire the neurons engaged in that kind of thinking.

    I keep waiting for a paradigm shift to happen that will let network and studio execs see that SF is the same as any other genre in terms of how you approach it – logically, character based, with challenging ideas and forward thinking – but I worry that it might never happen in my lifetime.

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« Reply #62 on: May 07, 2013, 10:00:21 am »
I grew up with this man's visions...  :'(

[R.I.P.] Ray Harryhausen 1920 – 2013



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Some sad news this morning as the family of Ray Harryhausen has confirmed that the pioneering special effects legend has died at the age of 92. It’s impossible to overstate the impact Harryhausen had on motion pictures, not only did he revolutionize stop motion animation, but the aesthetic he brought to his models was always note perfect – tonally matching the project we has working on like a second skin.

The Harryhausen family issued the following statement on their Facebook page, “The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator. He was a multi-award winner which includes a special Oscar and BAFTA. Ray’s influence on today’s film makers was enormous, with luminaries; Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the UK’s own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations.”

Harryhausen’s work can be seen in films like Mighty Joe Young, It Came From Beneath The Sea, Mysterious Island, Jason And The Argonauts and of course Clash Of The Titans. His influence can be felt everywhere from The Lord Of The Rings to the junkyard skeleton fight in Dream Warriors.

Let’s hope the news of his passing and the consideration of his legacy reignites the attention to character and detail he held so dear. 1981′s Clash Of The Titans may not be a perfect movie, but his work in that is exceedingly memorable. Can you say the same about the visual effects in the remake? We need more visionaries like this and, just as importantly, we need an environment in which they can thrive.
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« Reply #63 on: May 07, 2013, 05:28:24 pm »
RIP, Ray.
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« Reply #64 on: May 07, 2013, 05:44:58 pm »
The only way I could explain this one to my mom was to point out that the restaurant in Monsters Inc is named after him.

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« Reply #65 on: May 16, 2013, 09:52:29 am »
Atlantic Rim Trailer

Hey, despite zero thought into this except a direct steal from the upcoming Pacific Rim, they did put this together quite fast.

I would have to guess this kicked into gear after Del Toro's first trailer. There is just way to many similarities going on here.

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Atlantic Rim may look like lawsuit bait after the last year’s legal woes The Asylum had over their Battleship and Hobbit mockbusters. It better not because it also looks pretty damn cool if you’re like me and believe you can never have enough movies about giant robots battling giant monsters.

Now that I think about it, “to fight monsters we created monsters” could almost be The Asylum’s mantra when it comes to competing all these years in a marketplace dominated by big Hollywood blockbusters.

When the floor of the Atlantic Ocean rips open, flooding the East Coast with giant monsters, Academy Award nominee Graham Greene recruits ex-"Baywatch" lifeguard David Chokachi to join Naughty by Nature’s Anthony “Treach” Criss and 100 Ghost Street: The Return of Richard Speck’s Jackie Moore in piloting giant robots built to protect the world from these monstrous menaces. If Atlantic Rim has a sense of humor about its origins, one of the giant robots will be named “Toro”.

Piloting the film is Jared Cohn, director of The Asylum’s first-ever theatrical release Hold Your Breath.

The role of the East Coast of the United States is played by the Gulf Coast’s Pensacola, Florida, the actual location where the movie was shot.

Though the trailer and artwork bills the movie as Atlantic Rim, according to Amazon and all other retailers, the film Asylum is releasing to Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD on July 9th - three days before the opening of Pacific Rim - sports the lackluster alternate title Attack from Beneath. I’m hoping that’s going to change back to Atlantic Rim because if you’re going to go full-on mockbuster, then you might as well go all the way with it. Go big or go extinct, right?

Can’t wait to see what mockbuster they come up with for next year’s Godzilla reboot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPMbb5d9InA
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« Reply #66 on: May 16, 2013, 10:03:25 am »
I'm honestly amazed that they didn't think to put Iron Man into the story as well, instead of making the Iron Man suit Tony Stark builds giant robot ("for something like that to work, it'd have to be pretty huge") just before SeaDragonZilla there attacks.

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« Reply #67 on: May 16, 2013, 10:12:51 am »
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I'm honestly amazed that they didn't think to put Iron Man into the story as well, instead of making the Iron Man suit Tony Stark builds giant robot ("for something like that to work, it'd have to be pretty huge") just before SeaDragonZilla there attacks.

Maybe you could somehow get paid by Sy-Fy for that story development. I believe they consider just about anything.

They (Sy-Fy) are so laughable, I now cringe telling folks I like sci-fi. "No, no, no... not Sy-Fy channel stuff. Real sci-fi."

Is that an oxymoron.... real sci-fi?
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« Reply #68 on: May 16, 2013, 12:43:33 pm »
I have quite a bit of this in my head now since I read this right before going on my walk.

* Three Robots?  Call 'em "Foxtrot," "Tango," and "Whiskey."  Figure out why.

* You could have the psych evaluation scene from Armageddon in there, for sure, especially if you have a Tony Stark character ("you're getting three robots for the price of two because I get to pilot one, so we really don't need to be here, just sign my thing.  Go on.  Right there.  Do the loopy loop with your pen...")

* I have this picture in my head of the three robots lumbering out of the ocean mid-conversation, having to walk back to base after getting their underwater tethers snapped in battle.

* You got a team of three including a hot soldier babe?  Gotta do the swimsuit scene from Stealth.

* Also, if you have a hot Lt babe:
Stark: Hey Sloan, how about you and I have our own private debriefing.
Sloan: Forget it, Stark.
Stark: Okay, how about you, private? You think robotics are the only thing I experimented with in grad school?

* Battle in the desert.  I just hear "Stark" singing to himself "I was walking through the desert on a horse with no name, it felt good to get out of the rain..." before the monster pops out of the ground and the Channing Tatum character unloads a zillion rounds into it, causing all the blood and guts to spatter on the Stark robot.

* Final great big battle could have the military having made dozens of F-22 style robots.  "I gotta call my lawyer when this is done."

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« Reply #69 on: May 16, 2013, 07:35:52 pm »
That's rather good.
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« Reply #70 on: June 07, 2013, 09:48:02 am »
Roland Emmerich To Battle Aliens Again In ‘Emergence’



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Roland Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment has acquired Emergence, a pitch for a large scale contemporary science fiction film by scribe Nic Kelman, says Deadline.

Emmerich, pictured, plans to direct the film, which is a new take on an alien invasion story containing hot-button science elements.

Emmerich’s track record, going back to Independence Day, 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow, is to come to the marketplace with a script, a budget, a start date, and his commitment to direct. And studios like Fox and Sony have responded by paying huge sums against extravagant back ends because they could see the whole picture and it enabled them to slot an event film right into their slates. Emmerich’s big-scale movies almost always become big hits globally.

Emmerich has other projects in the pipeline that are further along, including Singularity and an adaptation of the Isaac Asimov sci-fi classic Foundation, so it’s unclear which movie will be next. He has also been in the mix on sequels to Independence Day.
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« Reply #71 on: June 23, 2013, 09:06:37 am »
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« Reply #72 on: June 28, 2013, 10:11:49 am »
I had no idea Card was like that....

Orson Scott Card Conspicuously Missing From ENDER’S GAME Comic Con Panel

How do you overshadow the fact that Harrison Ford is coming to Comic Con in support of his new movie Ender's Game? By keeping the author of the original novel, scifi legend Orson Scott Card, off the panel. In fact, check out this press release, presented complete:

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Summit Entertainment will showcase the studio's highly anticipated film event ENDER'S GAME at Comic-Con 2013, presenting never-before-seen new footage, appearances by cast members and filmmakers, and several massive, interactive fan events. A full slate of activities related to the film to be unveiled at this year's Comic-Con, including:

Hall H Panel - The studio's panel on Thursday, July 18th will feature ENDER'S GAME filmmakers and cast, including producer Bob Orci, director Gavin Hood, and cast members Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin.

Exclusive Fan Experience - Attendees will be able to visit an elaborate, specially constructed ENDER'S GAME exhibit outside of the Hilton Gaslamp, featuring 8 unique rooms representing the most iconic environments of Ender's world, complete with original film props and set pieces used in the movie.  Throughout the experience, attendees will be able to see exclusive film footage on LED screens, interact with new digital content, integrate photos of themselves into the highly anticipated Battle Room, and register to win a home make over.

Convention Floor Booth - Summit Entertainment's booth located within the Grand Hall will highlight ENDER'S GAME footage. Premium promotional items will be distributed to the 120,000 attendees walking the convention floor, and booth visitors will be given the opportunity to win "fast passes" to the ENDER'S Game Exclusive Fan Experience, granting them entry without having to wait in line.

ENDERS GAME Film Information:

Based on the best-selling, award winning novel, ENDER'S GAME is an epic adventure directed by Gavin Hood starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford. In the near future, a hostile alien race has attacked Earth. In preparation for the next attack, the humans begin training only the best students to find their future leader. Ender Wiggin, a shy, but strategically brilliant young man is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters the training, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. He is soon ordained as the military's next great hope and is charged to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.

OddLot Entertainment, K/O Paper Products, and Digital Domain are production partners on the film, with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman producing via their K/O Paper Products banner, Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough producing via OddLot Entertainment, along with Orson Scott Card and Lynn Hendee.

 The only time Orscon Scott Card is mentioned is right at the end, where they probably legally have to include him.

Why is Card so absent? Probably because the Supreme Court just knocked down the Defense of Marriage Act, opening the door to gay marriage in America, and Card is a vociferous anti-gay marriage bigot. Like, actual human scum on the subject. He has the kind of anger towards the issue you often find in politicians who are busted sucking dick in airport bathrooms. Card's been the source of a lot of controversy online lately, especially after DC Comics hired him to write a Superman comic - and then immediately scrapped his work when fans were outraged.

It's important to note that Card is a big deal in the world of scifi lit, so his absence is honestly notable. And it's smart - somebody's going to wait in line at the mic in Hall H to ask Card a gay rights question - probably a gay person. That's the worst kind of buzz for the movie, because there's no way Card's reply will be heartwarming or decent.

Summit is less worried about having Bob Orci on the panel, despite the fact that he believes 9/11 was an inside job and that his first tweet in the wake of the Boston bombing on April 15th was to cast blame at the government. For whatever reason these grotesque views haven't aroused the ire of the internet... but then again if the internet can't quite seem to get angry over the guy's horrible movies, why would they get angry over his disturbing political views?
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« Reply #73 on: July 11, 2013, 05:55:23 am »
SHARKNADO



Get the Tums® out folks, because if you sit down to watch Sharknado tonight on SyFy, you are going to be fed a lot of cheese. Cheese sandwiched between more cheese. In the sci-fi community, the buzz for this flick has been rather rampant for the last month or two. In my younger days I was proud of admitting to watching and enjoying the cheesiest of movies. Apparently I was alone, because the SyFy channel is totally saturated in the stuff. I’ve read where they are constantly trying to outdo themselves in providing eye rolling entertainment. There’s a negative side to that, by putting quality Sci-Fi in the backseat.

Back to the cheese. SyFy at least embraces their goal with passion. They typically have theme days and today is no different. It’s all kinds of sharks. Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, Malibu Shark Attack, Sharktopus, Swamp Shark, Super Shark, Sharknado, 2-Headed Shark Attack, Shark Zone (what? No Sand Shark?)

You get the idea.

So strap in and watch the ridiculous nature of imaginative minds on a tight budget. Yes, for some these kinds of movies are a waste of their time. But for those that get the tongue in cheek, enjoy.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwsqFR5bh6Q
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« Reply #74 on: July 11, 2013, 06:05:38 am »
With a name and plot like that, how can you not want to watch it? If I remember to do so, I will definitely be checking this out. What time does it air? Any repeats in case I miss it?
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