Monday, August 3, 2015

Doctor Who is Going To Be On The Big Screen

Doctor Who coming to a Theater near you

This is not a new idea, but it is an interesting one, where the BBC Is Putting Doctor Who On The Big Screen at a theater near you!

That's right, Doctor Who on the big screen.

BBC and Fathom Events believe they may have a good thing with the idea of bringing Doctor Who to the movie theater screening world.

I've seen TV shows try this before, but not with much success, but Fathom has been doing these little quirky screenings with movie classics and other events and considering they keep happening, it must be enough of a success with these folks to keep the ideas coming.

And to be honest, how often can you actually get a chance to see a TV character on the big screen? Right???

Prometheus 2 To Start Filming in early 2016

 Prometheus 2 To Begin Filming
Well, if you thought the first Prometheus film was challenging, annoying, stupid or what not, don't worry, you'll have a second film to scoff at. If you liked the film, then you should be happy to know more is coming. (Though I am confused about this bit of press, considering Neill Blomkamp is developing an Alien remake with Fox too.)

Word on the street is that Ridley Scott is plotting to start filming the sequel (or prequel sequel) in January of 2016.

Prometheus 2 so far has Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace slotted to reprise their roles of the android with alternative plans, and one of the stupidest f*ing scientists you have ever seen on the planet... or well, now out in space.

Prometheus starred  Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron.

Rapace got everyone else killed off so she could star in the sequel... OK, that was just a funny, but it is being reported by some that this film did make the most money of any of the Alien movies out there. Then again, looking at tickets sold vs money made, it is not so black and white.

Continuum Season 4 Premiere Date Announced by Syfy

Holy CRAP, I've got Continuum news!!!

Continuum Season 4 Premiere Date Announced

If you can remember far enough back, (Jun 2014) the final moments of the third season of Continuum on Syfy channel had some form of future soldiers show up in a big flash! I know...  it's been forever.


Syfy has announced the date for the fourth and final season of Continuum and it will return on Friday, Sept. 11th, slated for the 11pm slot.  (You know, just in case there was interest, let's pack the show into an obscure hour of the week.)

The show was created and written by Simon Barry.

The series stars Rachel Nichols (Star Trek, GI Joe The Rise of Cobra, Conan the Barbarian), Victor Webster (Mutant X, Surrogates), Erik Knudson (Scott Pilgrim vs The World), Stephen Lobo (Arctic Air), Lexa Doig (Andromeda), Roger Cross (X-Men 2, Chronicles of Riddick, The Strain, Dark Matter), Brian Markinson, Ryan Robbins, Mike Dupod and a slew of others.

"A detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver and searching for ruthless criminals from the future."

Continuum, at least in my mind, is a great premise. Yes it is another time travelling kind of series, where a group of people go back in time and the battle ensues between the group of bad people and the one good cop who got sucked back in time with them.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956) A Cinema Static Classic Reflection

This movie review originally posted to and now sits among our Classic Reflections reviews.

To me, Forbidden Planet is one of the greatest science fiction movies put together. I rank it such by a combination of when it was made, how it was made and the story it tells.  It tells a tale of scientific achievement and the flaws that can come from an overly enthusiastic use of science. It has a compelling story of what space exploration could do for humanity with a fantastic sense of the future and yet, reminds us that no matter the time, human flaws can still thwart technology and all good intentions.  It was based loosely on William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Forbidden Planet takes place in the 22nd Century, and the cruiser C57D has been in flight from Earth for a year, on their way to the planet Altair.  Their purpose is to try and locate survivors from a an earlier trip into this sector of space some 20 years prior, known as the Bellerophon expedition.

Upon entering orbit, they are contacted by one of the original crew members from the expedition and the ship is told that the survivors on the planet do not need anything and are given a gentle warning that they cannot be guaranteed any safety if they land on the planet.

Walter Pidgeon and Robby the Robot

From there, the crew meets Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), his daughter and Robby the Robot.  They learn about  the Krell civilization and the incredible technology they’ve left behind.

Technology that has its own side effects when used.

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As a film goes, one of the amazing aspects of the movie is that the special effects from the 1956 movie can stand up pretty decently to any viewing today. Sometimes you can watch an old sci if movie and view it with the understanding of that effects are not what we’re used to and come to accept it for the hour or two while watching this older movie.  This movie does not need an excuses while watching it.  It is amazing what they did in that movie.  From some simple yet thematically delivered effects to a few pretty decent visuals, the movie really does demonstrate what “movie magic” is all about.  The blend of story, effect and the imagination being engaged.

Jonny Quest, Agents of SHIELD, Walking Dead Movie and Casting News

Yes, there's movie news on that Jonny Quest from the old cartoons on Saturday mornings, plus some casting news from ABCs Agents of SHIELD and AMCs The Walking Dead...

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Jonny Quest

Jonny Quest movie in early development stages

Yes, Jonny Quest. I said it, because this franchise is stepping out of the TV cartoon landscape and getting the live-action treatment.

Robert Rodriguez, the man heralding this plan, says it won't be like Spy Kids, in as that franchise was aimed at the younger audience, but will in fact, be pointed at the older skewing audience.

(Rodriguez calls Spy Kids "James Bond-meets-Roald Dahl, with surreal Willy Wonka-esque characters." Which actually had me thinking that's what Tim Burton did to all his Batman movie bad guys!!! But it is OK what he says about Spy Kids... that was his project too.)


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Agents of SHIELD

Agents of SHIELD casting news

If you liked it when Blair Underwood showed up on Agents of SHIELD, as, of all things, May's ex, well guess what!? No, really, guess?

Ryan Robbins Casting News: He Is Joining The Cast of Arrow

Ryan Robbins joins the cast of Arrow

For the Ryan Robbins fans out there:

The CW has snagged Ryan Robbins to join the cast of Arrow. His new role is to play the character named Conklin. Conklin is the latest new bad guy that will show up in the series, but alas, the bad guy will be a "flash back" bad guy.

Genre fans should easily recognize the Robbins. He has 109 television credits to his name, amongst them, is Syfy's Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, Reise, Caprica, Sanctuary, and Continuum. But he's also snagged work off the Syfy channel, most notably in AMC's The Killing and TNT's Falling Skies!

Is Person Of Interest Getting Cancelled?

Is Person of Interest getting itself cancelled?

Is Person of Interest in danger of being cancelled? It could be, considering how they only have a 13-episode season coming up instead of their usual 23-episode count season.

No one knows for sure if it will be their last season or not but to be honest, if you think about it, when a network cuts your episode season in half, that can't be good!

But what CBS has done if this turns out to be their last season is give show creator and producer Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight films, the upcoming Westworld series) a chance to finish the story or at least end the story at a decent point when it is cancelled.

As you may recall, last season saw some huge events take place, with Samaritan rising, the Machine "fell," Det. Carter badgering Reese (in his head?), and a few other eye-openers.

They're calling the upcoming 13-count season a quick, action-packed season, with The Machine being possibly brought back by Finch, Finch might skip some safeguards the old Machine had installed. As in, giving it more autonomy that Rott always asked for, for it.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Trailer Announcements, Previews and Stupid Updates for Deadpool, The Blacklist and Fantastic Four

Apparently we're getting TWO trailers for Deadpool next week, I've got some The Blacklist news and a stupid ass bit about casting in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.

More Deadlpool trailers coming


For those of you interested in the sarcastic-ass of a hero, supposedly two trailers are coming out next week. Probably one serious, one snarky.

The leaked SDCC trailer floating around out there (I don't post leaked crap) did absolutely nothing for me as far as generating interest in the Deadpool movie.

Remember how snarky Ryan Reynolds was in Green Lantern? If you thought that was over-the-top, the teaser clip from SDCC made his GL persona look like a somber funeral home director.

It was way too over-the-top, predictable and forced snark. At least that's what I got from the 30 or 60 seconds of clip I watched. Now maybe this translated in the comics, because we can put our own imagined voice to a character, but it's a fine line of a balancing act when it comes to casting and delivery.

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The Blacklist casting news

The Blacklist

Admittedly, as far as basic networks go, The Blacklist is probably one of my favorite shows. It's got a snarky and smart good/bad guy in Reddington, played so marvelously by James Spader, and one victim of an FBI agent in the guise of agent Keene, played by Megan Boone. BTW, Boone grows on you and does a great job in her role. (I say victim because Red just plays the FBI like his own personal flute.)

True Detective, Top Gear, Game of Thrones News Bits

How many seasons are we getting of Game of Thrones, what golden gig did the Top Gear team end up getting and a wee bit of a perspective micro-review on HBOs True Detective.


eight plus seasons of Game of Thrones?

Game of Thrones

HBO is eyeballing a potential eight-season run with Game of Thrones, though the chief exec of HBO is actually hoping for a ten-year run, minimum.

To milk out that potential ten-year run, the network is not adverse to developing a prequel of sorts to the present running story.

Martin is going to be busy!

[imdb GoT news]

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Jon Snow

Speaking of Jon Snow, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo touched on the character's apparent demise and the fan desire that he rise from the apparent dead.

Lombardo said

Dead is dead is dead. He be dead. Everything I’ve seen, heard and read, [the character in question] is indeed dead.

So his appearing on set a few weeks ago was probably to shoot some funeral scenes for that dead guy. Then again, how many genre shows do we know where people die and it only seems to be a temporary status, like a bad flu?

Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Skeet Ulrich News

We have casting news for Skeet Ulrich, an update on Spider-Man's appearance in Captain America Civil War, and what big name has been cast in the upcoming Wonder Woman movie.

Skeet Ulrich lands a role on ABC
Skeet Ulrich

If you're a Skeet Ulrich fan, I have good news for you. Skeet has landed a recurring gig on the ABC Family network series, Stay.

Stay is a thriller of sorts.


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Spider-Man in Civil War movie news


Despite all the media hoopla over the last few months of casting and filming about Spider-Man in the upcoming Captain America movie, it has now "been confirmed" that Spider-Man will be appearing in Captain America: Civil War.


But don't get too excited about the wall-crawler having too big of a part, because the quote goes like this:

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