Thursday, December 9, 2010

Avatar meets Eminem in a crazy Mac vs PC music video

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I've seen different uses of the Avatar themes and costumes, but none of it was tech related; until now.



From the video description: "Parallels free trial http://parallels.com/desktop - This is a spoof of Eminem's "Not Afraid" set in a Microsoft-inspired office and an Apple-inspired Avatar world. Look out for "Mech-Steve" Ballmer and "Navi-Steve" Jobs going head-to-head!"

This is one of the more original uses of the Na'vi outfits. Has anyone seen any other original Avatar themed videos?

Friday, September 17, 2010

SyFy did not Kill the SF Genre (But it is digging the grave!)

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This post is another guest post by Twitter user Keith, aka @webdivemaster. This post is Keith's Commentary.


Science Fiction used to be a great hallmark for television viewers in one form or another, but in recent times has seen a steady decline in quality and durability in the markets, making it seem as though the purer form of the genre has been buried at last.

Only 5 years ago one could see many of the best and worst of Science Fiction over the span of months, to include the likes of many of the best classics.

Classics... Yes, the genre includes such programs as Twilight Zone, and Outer Limits, but unless you were born in the newest millennium, you have probably had the chance to see these episodes at least twice, and probably have seen a lot of them if you were born in this millennium. Lets get to the root of the genres' classics, big and small...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Guide to Writing Your Own Alien Language!

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How to write the next great alien language

From J.R.R. Tolkien's elvish language to Marc Orkand's Klingon language, science fiction has featured many interesting foreign languages. 

In case you ever wanted to create your own language, io9 has posted a guide on How You Can Write the Next Great Alien Language.

Is anyone planning on making their own language anytime soon?

Monday, June 28, 2010

How Syfy Decides What Movie To Make Next (graph)

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I received this from my friend Keith aka @webdivemaster. It's a pretty funny look into how predictable Syfy's saturday night movies are. They just have to spin the wheels and see which movie to make.

(Click the Image for a full size version)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New International Trailer for Robert Rodriguez's Predators Movie

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IGN uploaded the latest International trailer for the upcoming Predators movie, coming out July 9th.

Take a preview below!

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has this to say on the subject of Daleks...

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What do you get then your Hitchhiker gets caught up in the world of Doctor Who? Why, of course you get an entry in the Hitchhiker's Guide for Daleks!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Guest Blog: SyFy's Summer Line-up Review [Syfy Needs Scifi: Day 3]

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Today's post in this week's special focus is another post from @Scifigeek follower @webdive master.

Today's topic: SyFy's Summer Line-up Review

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

What is your favorite part of the Syfy Channel? [Syfy Needs Scifi: Day 2]

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Today is day 2 of Syfy Needs Scifi Week, and we have a new poll on the blog that is asking: What is your favorite part of the Syfy Channel?

The poll is located on the left sidebar on every page on the blog.

The poll will end midnight (PST) on June 14th, so you have plenty of time. Be sure to invite your friends to vote in the poll! 

Monday, June 7, 2010

Decline and Fall of Sci-Fi on Television (or why I want the Sci-Fi channel back!) [Syfy Needs Scifi: Day 1]

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Science Fiction Geek Fans - today on the blog is going to be a special week, titled "Syfy Needs Scifi"!  This week is dedicated to spreading awareness and gaining support to tell the Syfy channel "We want SCIFI on the Syfy SciFi channel! We don't care about your silly name change."

To start the week off, we have a special guest blog post by Twitter user @webdivemaster.

Decline and Fall of Sci-Fi on Television
(or why I want the Sci-Fi channel back!)
by @webdivemaster

Monday, May 31, 2010

10 Awesome Futuristic/Scifi Weapons that Could Be Coming Soon

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Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. and many science fiction shows have been known for including the military as a main fixture in the storyline. The Stargate series come to mind first when I think of science fiction and military: (Thanks for the video link @TheRealMirCat)


Most all of our technological advancements come from the military. So what new futuristic/scifi technology can we look forward to seeing soon? Here are 10 that we might be seeing soon.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

LOST - the end is near! Collection of LOST movies/graphics

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Tonight is the culmination of 6 years of television in which a show entertained, amused, humored, and freaking drove us crazy the whole time.

It's crazy how a show can be so entertaining, yet not tell you exactly what's going on. The show is titled "LOST" after all. If the viewers weren't LOST, I'd almost feel let down, because the show didn't live up to the title.

I've included in this post a bunch of my favorite LOST graphics and movies.  It's a nice trip through memory lane.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Wash from Firefly (Alan Tudyk) gets a role in Transformers 3!

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Wait, WHAT?! I don't know how I feel about this. On one hand I really want to see Wash in Transformers, but I also dread seeing him in a horrible role at the expense of Michael Bay. We saw Transformers 2, and we know it sucked, and I'd hate to have Alan reach an increase in popularity through a horrible role in the movie. Alan could pull off whatever role he gets, I just hope it's a good one!

From TheWrap:
"Firefly" star Alan Tudyk has been cast in "Transformers 3," Paramount Pictures confirmed to TheWrap.
The studio is currently keeping Tudyk's role in the sequel under wraps, as well as the film's general plot.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"15 Things you didn't know about Star Trek" Infographic - although I hope you knew most of them!

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[Click the image to the left to view the infographic]

This text is accompanying the beautifully made infographic on the left. It's a great visual about Star Trek (on a series level), and may have a few facts you don't know about the great TV and Movie series.

A larger version can be seen at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2010/05/09/15-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-star-trek/ as the image seems to want to stay smaller than the original. :\

(Please excuse this text VPNNSDEVAAMB)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Preview of next week's Doctor Who "Amy's Choice"

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Fastest and Funniest LEGO Star Wars story ever told [video]

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Released yesterday for Star Wars day, this fan video is nothing short of awesome. It's a summary of the original 3 Star Wars movies, in 2 minutes and 13 seconds.

It took 3 months to make the video, all on a 3' x 3' table in his room!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

PlayOn's Sci-Fi Contest

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PlayOn is doing a contest in honor of all the Sci-Fi content available online for streaming.
Head over to http://www.playon.tv/lp/scificontest and enter for a chance to win a PS3, Netflix for a year and a lifetime subscription of PlayOn.

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PlayOn lets you watch your favorite content from the SciFi channel on your Xbox360, PS3, or Wii and stream all your favorite sci-fi straight to your TV!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Poll: What do you think about Matt Smith as the Doctor

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Now that we have seen Matt Smith play the Doctor in the latest season of Doctor Who, what do you think? Take the poll below




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Monday, April 26, 2010

5 sneak-peek scenes from Iron Man 2!

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We just got ahold of these 5 sneak-peek clips from the upcoming Iron Man 2 movie. I'm pretty excited for the upcoming movie, because I really enjoyed the first one, however it IS movie #2 in the series. Sequels have a much higher percentage for sucking, rather than being good; but I'm optimistic for Iron Man 2.

Take a look at the clips below - what do you think? "Sequel Suck" or Awesome?

Iron Man 2 opens May 7th.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Fox has decided NOT to pursue a U.S. version of the UK cult hit Torchwood. The show is saved!

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FOX, the station known for killing awesome scifi shows is NOT going to be making a US Torchwood spinoff!

This is great news for Torchwood fans.

HollywoodReporter.com reports:
The network was developing a stateside version of the "Doctor Who" spinoff, a prospect which divided fans.


“BBC Worldwide Productions and the FOX Broadcasting Company have mutually agreed not to progress together with a 13-episode serialized 'Torchwood' format," said BBC Worldwide in a statement. "We are currently in discussion with several interested networks.”


As to that last part, BBC Worldwide executive vp of programming and production Jane Tranter reiterated that a U.S. version was still making progress.
"It's very much ongoing and very much alive," Tranter said.
Also, fans shouldn't hope for/worry about a U.S. edition "Doctor Who," whose recent season premiere just set a ratings record on BBC America.


"It may well be confusing to have a British Doctor and an American Doctor at the same time," she said. "There is only one Doctor, so I don't see that happening."

Let's hope a proper channel can pick this up instead!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Joss Whedon to direct The Avengers: Confirmed!

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Marvel is in the final stages of hiring Joss Whedon on as the director of the new Avengers movie! This has been rumored since April 1st (where many thought it was a joke) but that no longer seems to be the case.

From the article: I'm told Marvel Studios is in final negotiations for Buffy the Vampire Slayer series architect Joss Whedon to direct Marvel Studios' The Avengers. That's the fast-tracked film that would amount to an all-star team of Marvel superheros, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), as well as SHIELD leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Other signature superheros will likely be involved, but I've listed the actors in active superhero duty.


This is pretty exciting news for Joss and Marvel fans!

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Chart graphs the animal movie possibilities SyFy can make! [parody chart]

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If you haven't been following the @ScifiGeeks Twitter account, you haven't heard the recent joking that has been taking place at SyFy's expense. The "scifi" channel has been coming out with all sorts of BAD movies, like giant shark-octopus creatures that eat people... something like that.

Myself (and other true scifi fans) haven't been paying attention to these movies, but today, SciFi Wire, one of the blogs for SyFy posted the chart to the left - laying out all the possibilities that SyFy can make movies of.
I was confused for a second... SyFy's OWN BLOG is making fun of the movies that the channel is making?! What exactly is going on over there? Are they TRYING to make SyFy a laughing stock? 

CLICK the picture for the full chart!

What do you think?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

AVATAR DANCES IN FERNGULLY'S DUNE [Movie Comparison Chart]

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Remember the "scifi geek reference chart" from a while back? The same people are at it again - this time comparing Avatar to... well, every other movie it copied.

Ok, they all have similar plots, but we still can enjoy them all for what they are, right?

AVATAR DANCES IN FERNGULLY'S DUNE [Chart]

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Resident Evil 4: Afterlife Movie Trailer

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Check out the trailer for the newest Resident Evil movie - Resident Evil: Afterlife. It looks very action packed (no surprise) but also scifi based.

What do you think of the trailer?

8-bit Dr. Horrible - Amazing recreation of Act 1 of Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog

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This would have been an AWESOME NES game! Unfortunately, it's not a game, but a flash video reinterpretation of what a Dr. Horrible game might look like (someone should start making one!!).

8-bit NPH, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day? Yes please! Video is below.





From the Youtube video:
An 8-bit interpretation of "Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog" as a theoretical Nintendo game.

All music, sound effects, graphics and animation for "Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Game" were created by me as a tribute to Dr. Horrible (by Joss Whedon) and the NES.

To watch the animation in high quality and to download the complete 8-bit soundtrack in mp3 format, please visit http://www.doctoroctoroc.com/8-bit-dr...

Programs used in the creation of this animation:
Graphics: Adobe Photoshop
Animation: Adobe Flash
Sequencing: FL Studio
Instruments: NES+MidiNES
Mastering: Adobe Soundbooth
Sound Effects: SFXR

For more information on the creation of the "8-Bit Dr. Horrible" project, feel free to email me: doc@doctoroctoroc.com

Monday, March 29, 2010

First 43 seconds of Doctor Who season 5 - Watch now!

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Can't wait until Doctor Who season 5 premiers April 17th on BBC America? Check out the first 43 seconds of the show below!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Hot Tub Time Machine

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While it might not exactly be considered a science fiction film, Hot Tub Time Machine does involve some time travel. If your looking for a guilty pleasure this weekend, check out the HTTM. It's pretty much what you would expect, it's funny and I loved the concept of re-living the 80's. While seeing the movie, there are a few scenes in the 80's that make me think to myself...."what the hell did people do before cell phones and text messaging". While I wouldn't want to give up my tech gadgets to go back to the 80's it was kind of funny to see it played out thru the characters of the Hot Tub Time Machine.

Here were some of my favorite lines
Dude is rockin a cassette player


Create Twittagra

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A third Firefly actor will guest-star on Warehouse 13! This time it's Gina Torres (Zoe)

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I'm starting to think the writers and producers of Warehouse 13 have a strong liking for Joss Whedon's Firefly/Serenity.

In addition to Kaylee (Jewel Staite) and Sean Maher (Simon Tam), Gina Torres (Zoe) will be the third Firefly actor to guest-star on the SyFy channel original show which returns in July.

Read the full press release below:
SYFY LOADS WAREHOUSE 13 WITH EXCITING NEW GUEST STARS The Second Season of the Channel's Most Successful Series Ever Will Feature Firefly Alums Jewel Staite and Sean Maher, Gina Torres as well as Philip Winchester (Crusoe), Paula Garces (Defying Gravity)
New York, NY - March 25, 2010 - Warehouse 13, the most successful series in Syfy history, today announced that Gina Torres will join Firefly alums Jewel Staite and Sean Maher as guest stars during the second season, which kicks off in July. The series is currently in production in Toronto.
Philip Winchester (Crusoe) and Paula Garces (Defying Gravity) will also appear as guest stars this year.
Torres and Garces' roles are both love interests for Pete (Eddie McClintock)
Torres, who portrayed "Zoe Washburne" in Firefly, plays "Kate," an agent from Pete's past.
Garces, who played "Paula Morales" in Defying Gravity and "Officer Tina Hanlon" in The Shield, assumes the recurring role of "Kelly," a sexy, spunky, headstrong veterinarian in the Warehouse town of Univille who catches Pete's eye.
In the episode featuring Philip Winchester ("Jack Chase" in Alice), Pete and Myka discover an object in the Warehouse town of Univille is transmitting increasingly dangerous scenes from old Hollywood movies. Winchester plays 1950s matinee idol "Raymond St. James," the star of these movies, in roles which include a Cowboy, a Marine, a Gladiator and a Mad Scientist.
Warehouse 13 follows two Secret Service agents who find themselves abruptly transferred to a massive, top-secret storage facility in windswept South Dakota which houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and supernatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. government. The Warehouse's caretaker Artie (Saul Rubinek) charges Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) with chasing down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects to cache at the Warehouse, as well as helping him to control the Warehouse itself.
In its first season, Warehouse 13 became the all-time Syfy leader in total viewers (4.1 million), Adults 25-54 (2.1 million) and Household ratings (2.9), as measured by 7-Day DVR data.
Warehouse 13 is produced for Syfy by Universal Cable Productions. Jack Kenny (The Book of Daniel) returns as showrunner.

Monday, March 22, 2010

New teaser trailer for the new Doctor Who with Matt Smith

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Doctor Who fans are anxious to see how Matt Smith will fill the shoes of David Tennant as the new Doctor, and now you all get to see the newest teaser trailer released by BBC America for the April 17th debut.

Check out the trailer and leave your thoughts in the comments section!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog 2 might be a movie! according to Neil Patrick Harris

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According to an MTV.com interview with Neil Patrick Harris (aka Dr. Horrible):
"Apparently they're making a 'Dr. Horrible' sequel—a feature film, I hope," laughed Harris. "I hope they cast me in it—we'll see."


"That's their plan," he reiterated when asked whether a feature-film was indeed the preferred format for the sequel. "I don't know of what scale. They're talking all options, because they made the first 'Dr. Horrible' in five days on no budget at all—that was its intention."

A Dr. Horrible movie would be  EPIC! 

Here's the full interview where you can see the news for yourself!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tiniest U.S.S. Enterprise EVER! 1-billionth-scale model of the ship

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This model of the U.S.S Enterprise is the smallest, ever!

Yes, it's got a couple mis-formed sections, but it's 8.8 microns! Wow!
8.8 microns is the size of a human red blood cell. That's how big, err small, this model is.

From Screenrant:
Back in 2003, Takayuki Hoshino and Shinji Matsui of the Himeji Institute of Technology in Japan created a one-of-a-kind scale model of the Star Trek Starship Enterprise NCC-1701D.
What made the model so unique? It was made of phenanthrene gas and it was exactly 8.8 microns long. For a sense of scale, one micron is 1,000th of a millimeter.
I don't think we'll be seeing another model beat this record anytime soon!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ongoing Poll: Vote now: Who is the best Male Scifi Actor from the past decade? (1 day poll)

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Sorry for the delay to those who follow via RSS and don't follow either the Facebook or Twitter accounts.

I started hosting random scifi polls on Twitter, and we're underway on the second poll so far.

Who is the best Male Scifi actor from the past decade?
The poll ends in under 12 hours, so don't delay in voting! Future polls will probably be for several days, and I'll be keeping track of the winners here on the blog.

Last week's poll (#1): Best female scifi actor from the last decade. Winner: Amanda Tapping

Monday, March 15, 2010

Summer Glau joins NBC's new superhero show "The Cape"

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Summer Glau has been around TV a lot, going from Angel, to Firefly/Serenity, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dollhouse... and now will be making her way to NBC via a new pilot for "The Cape".

Yes, NBC is doing another superhero show.
 

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news:
"In the pilot, directed by Simon West, a former cop (David Lyons) is set up as a criminal and becomes a masked hero, the Cape, to clear his name.
Glau will play Orwell, a cute and intrepid investigative blogger who fearlessly goes after corrupt cops and costumed bad guys."

What does this mean for Heroes? Is NBC looking for a replacement for their show that dropped dramatically in ratings this last season? I still believe NBC can capture a strong scifi/superhero audience (look at Chuck for example), but will "The Cape" be it?

Do you think NBC can recover in the scifi scene with this new pilot? Are you excited to see Summer Glau again? I am!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Battlestar Galactica Online MMO in the works!

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Frakkin' awesome! Fidgit reports that Norwegian game developer Artplant is building Battlestar Galactica Online for massively multiplayer online gaming publisher Bigpoint.

"Leading [MMO publisher Bigpoint's] product slate for 2010 will be Battlestar Galactica Online, a tactical space combat and adventure MMOG based upon Syfy's Battlestar Galactica series. The game, inspired by one of the most popular science fiction series in television history, will launch worldwide exclusively this fall on Syfy.com for a 30 day period. The Unity co-developed MMOG will offer state of the art graphics that can be played directly in an Internet browser.

Players will be able to choose to play as cylons or humans in a constant struggle to control the universe or just survive its perils. A blend of tactical space combat, exploration, and mission-based gameplay will provide a diverse experience. The dramatic missions will define the game's overall storyline, enabling the player to delve into mysteries of the Battlestar universe. Battlestar Galactica Online will create a new standard for web games, with beautiful 3d graphics and innovative game mechanics bringing a new level of game play to browser based MMOG. Assets from the television production will be integrated into the game to deliver an even more authentic experience."

Definitely awesome! I can't wait to see how this progresses, and what it looks like. I've played some browser based games (Quake Live) and they're really good with 3D graphics and everything I'd expect from a game. Hopefully this will be the same!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Disney World turns monorails into Tron light cycles

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To help promote Disney's upcoming Tron Legacy movie, they are repainting the monorails as light cycles from the movie!

From Disney: "The transformed trains will be visible on the Epcot monorail line as early as this month. And if you look close, you'll notice that the design of the futuristic motorcycle-like vehicles from the upcoming film Tron: Legacy also includes walls of trailing colored light."



So far there's no news on if Disneyland in California will receive the same Tron treatment.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New Tron Legacy Teaser Trailer

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A new trailer for Tron Legacy has been posted below, and it looks really awesome.

You can also watch the trailer here if you want to see a higher-res version.




Bruce Boxleitner plays Alan Bradley
Jeff Bridges plays the new Clu
Olivia Wilde plays Quorra

Tron Legacy opens on Dec. 17

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Make your own "Ice-Planet" dessert like River Tam eats on Firefly

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Remember River Tam's attempt to eat the dessert on a string called an "Ice-Planet"?


Well I just came across a recipe where someone actually made one!

But wait, wouldn't it melt and be really messy? That's what I thought, but the article explains otherwise: "What’s so great about this dessert, is that is it super fun to eat. There are several methods to consumption. You can try to bite the planet from the side (never getting much); lick the planet (which yields little, but is less messy); or attack from the southern pole (which is most effective because the gravity of Earth-that-is is helping the process)."

You know you want to try it! Check it out at the link below:

Neil Patrick Harris is starting his next project...

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...but it's not Dr. Horrible. :(

Taken from SciFiWire: "Because hosting the Tony Awards and the Emmy Awards, starring in a hit sitcom and channeling a singing supervillain apparently aren't enough for Neil Patrick Harris, the actor just signed on to star in Smurfs: The Movie, according to deadline.com."

I REALLY hope that this will not prevent work from being done on the next Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

WHY NEIL, WHY SMURFS?!

(sorry to anyone who got really excited at the headline. I won't let you down like this again!)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Firefly's Kaylee (Jewel Staite) will (guest?) star on Warehouse 13

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Do you miss seeing the adorable Jewel Staite on TV? Jewel just tweeted from her Twitter Account that she will be filling in a role on Warehouse 13!

@JewelStaite Got offered a lovely role on Warehouse 13. Wish I could tell you more. All I can say is, you Browncoats are gonna freak.

Exciting news? Definitely! It'll be exciting to see exactly what role this will be, but I see her personality fitting well with the show and current crew.

Let's hope it's not just a special guest on one episode!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Joss Whedon working with Eliza Dushku on Feature Film

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From SciFiWire: Do you miss Dollhouse already? Well fans might get another combo of Whedon + Eliza Dushku soon! While attending Discovery's Life premiere in Los Angeles, Eliza confirmed that she and Joss Whedon are working on a feature film, but won't release any details.

"I would say that we would [be working on something new very soon]," Eliza told Hollywood Life.com. “I think we’re going to work on a kickass feature together that we’ve been thinking about for a few years.”

Dushku also admitted she might star in the upcoming Ghostbusters movie, because she's friends with Dan Aykroyd, who has been trying to bring her on board.

More Eliza and Whedon? Sign me up!

What Will - And Won't - Be Revealed In Lost's Final Episodes

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From io9: "At last night's panel, part of the 27th annual William S. Paley Television Festival in LA, the show's creators talked about what a Disney - which owns ABC, the network that Lost airs on - park Lost ride would be like (Damon Lindelof imagined "a dark room in which you spin around repeatedly before getting hit in the face"), potential spin-offs (Writer Eddy Kitsis joked about a show about a real estate broker trying to sell property on the island) and an unexpected attitude towards post-finale publicity: Co-Showrunner Carlton Cuse told the audience that they do not plan to comment on the finale once it's been broadcast."

They also teased a lot about questions we're still waiting on answers to - and what will and won't be answered in the finale.

Without spoilers, some of the questions are...
  • Will we learn why women can't have babies on the island?
  • Will we see Walt again?
  • Will we learn if Desmond was really on the plane?
  • Was Jacob telling the truth when he said someone was coming to the island?
Want to know if these questions will get answers? [obvious spoiler warning] ANSWERS + Full Article

James Cameron doesn't want next movie to be called "Avatar 2", offers different title.

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via SciFiWire: "Certainly I don't want to call it Avatar 2," Cameron said at the Visual Effects Society Awards ceremony in Century City, Calif., on Sunday, where he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. "He's not an avatar anymore, is he? Maybe we'll call it Na'vi."

It makes sense to me, although from a marketing standpoint you already have everything set with Avatar already. Maybe instead they could name it "Avatar 2: Rise of the Na'vi"? Sounds similar to how Hollywood has been naming their movies as of late.


Cameron went on to talk about the angle of the new movie, putting more weight on the culture by saying, "I think we can see that there's a greater receptivity to it on the part of the audience than certainly the studio originally imagined. We pared back on it a fair bit in the first film, and I think we can go farther in that direction and not alienate people."

What do you think they should name the next Avatar?

Star Wars foosball table built ENTIRELY out of LEGO bricks!

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Not to be outdone by the LEGO Stargate Panorama, flickr user -2x4- built a functional foosball table ENTIRELY out of LEGO pieces and using Star Wars figurines for the men!

This is not a normal foosball table size, but as a huge foosball fan (I could beat you, and yes I'd put money on it!) I wish I had that on my desk right now.

I don't know how long it took for him to build this, but this is on the top of my current geek wishlist!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Stunning LEGO Stargate Panorama created by 15 Year Old

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This, my friends is how LEGO creations should be. Amazing, majestic, and magnificent.
Fifteen year old Sven Junga is a very talented guy, and is the creator of the highly detailed LEGO version of the Daedalus from Stargate Atlantis - including an awesome diorama of the surrounding ship landing area!

:O  I never was this good with LEGO blocks. I would not be surprised if LEGO HQ offered him a job to come design creations for them soon. He has more LEGO creations in his Flicker Gallery [link], such as this bonus, the Star Trek Voyager - LEGO edition.
 

Serenity "flies again" - Video of Firefly ship's "Big Damn Replica" & Now Shipping

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Remember the  Serenity Keychain from a while back? Well the same company has been making a larger scale, VERY detailed replica of Serenity. We've got the video of the $2,495 replica below, with flashing lights and all! They're now shipping the replica, in case anyone seriously is ordering one. Store Link
"From the Press Release: The First and Only Studio Scale, Film-Quality Replica of the Firefly-Class Transport, Serenity Celebrated by millions of fans around the world, the titular ship of Joss Whedon's visionary movie masterpiece, Serenity, has existed in all its glory in digital form only - until now.
More than three years in the making, Serenity - The Big Damn Replica, has been painstakingly crafted to be absolutely screen-accurate in every aspect. Unlike most ships from science fiction, Serenity was designed from the ground up to be as realistic as possible, from her floor plan to her construction, using real-world components and manufacturing processes. As one of her creators observed, the idea was to make Serenity so real, fans could see themselves walking her decks. With such a sense of place and familiarity, viewers would never feel lost in this Firefly-Class Transport.
Some of the features of Serenity - The Big Damn Replica:
* One big boat. Our Serenity measures 19"x12"x7", or 1:180 scale. (display stand adds 4.5")
* Incredible complexity.The kit used to build Serenity consists of more than 250 parts, including resin, brass, aluminum and laser-cut acrylic. Many of the parts are custom-cut by hand, just for your replica.
* Film-quality build. Some 30 different colors, including flat and metallic paint, are used in the ship's multilayer paint job.
* Spitting image.Weathering, wear and other painting effects are used to exactly mirror the movie version of ship.
* Superior components. Surfaces are crafted to simulate real-world materials - metal, ceramic, even the mirrored surfaces of the solar panels.
* No decals. All graphics on Serenity are painted on by hand, even Serenity's logo.
* SFX Edition.Serenity - The Big Damn Replica incorporates some 32 lighting effects, including static, flashing, strobe and chase lights.
* Signature Edition. Nathan Fillion, Captain Mal himself, will be signing the builder's plaque that comes with each Big Damn Replica.
* Wireless remote. The SFX Edition replica includes a wireless remote control to operate lights with a special button for activating "hard burn." Lighting system automatically shuts down after 15 minutes to help protect the both the lights and model.

* Cool display. Serenity's display base/diorama looks like a landing pad straight out of The Verse. It comes with an acrylic cradle that shows Serenity in flight. Standard configuration features Inara's shuttle taking off while the other shuttle is docked in its bay. (If you prefer a different configuration, please make note of it in the "Special Requests" field above*).
* Big Damn Heroes.Crew members can be seen on the bridge.
* Pro Prop Crate. Each Serenity is shipped in custom-cut foam and stored in a hand-built wooden apple crate, just like what the pros use to safeguard their props.
* Jason Palmer Exclusive Art Print. Jason Palmer, one of the premier portrait artists working in entertainment today, was so taken with our girl that he's creating an special art print of Serenity only available with the Big Damn Replica.


Options available for customization* include:
* Engines pose (Crazy Ivan, anyone?)
* Shuttles in-flight or docked.
* Reactor shutters open or closed.
* Other special requests
Although every Artisan replica we make is, in a real sense, an edition of one, we understand having an edition number is very important to collectors. That's why we've set the edition size for Serenity - The Big Damn Replica at just 1,000 ships total."



I thought that was a particularly odd music choice. I personally would rather have used the Firefly theme.


Is anyone reading this going to buy one? Does anyone have that kinda of extra cash laying around? Unfortunately, I don't. I would love this on my desk at home, work, anywhere.

For more details: Full Press Release

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Doctor Who is coming back in April on BBC America

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From the Full Press Release: "The U.S. will finally get to see Matt Smith, the youngest Doctor ever and the 11th incarnation, as Doctor Who returns on BBC America, the network announced today. The BAFTA-winning drama will make its U.S. premiere on Saturday, April 17, not long after the U.K. broadcast."
The BBC Press release also said: "Doctor Who, BBC AMERICA's highest rated series ever, continues its tradition of rebooting with new lead actors and creative team. Matt Smith debuts as the new, Eleventh incarnation of the famous Time Lord alongside a new traveling companion, the enigmatic Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).

Traveling both through time and space, the new series has the mysterious Doctor and Amy Pond together exploring sixteenth century Venice, France during the 1890s and the United Kingdom in the far future, now an entire nation floating in space. The first three episodes of the 13-episode series have been confirmed as The Eleventh Hour, written by Steven Moffat, The Beast Below, also by Moffat and Victory of the Daleks by Mark Gatiss."
It's great news to see that this will be getting an American audience, without having to download it via the internet!

John Barrowman's new Doctor Who song! "The Doctor and I" (preview)

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Torchwood's John Barrowman is coming out with a new Doctor-themed song you can preview below
What's On Stage reports: The song, "The Doctor and I," is a variation of "The Wizard and I" from the musical Wicked, and deals with Barrowman's Captain Jack and his relationship with the Doctor.

The song is a bonus track on Barrowman's upcoming solo album.
Barrowman explains, "I first sang this version of the song at a concert in Wales for, amongst others, David Tennant and Russell T Davies, and they loved it ... We've given it new lyrics to make the song relevant to Captain Jack and his relationship with the Doctor. It's quirky, it's funny and it's really good. I'm terribly proud of it."
Barrowman's album comes out on March 1 on iTunes.


The Doctor & I - 1'30'' by lucidonline

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Admiral Ackbar as a University Mascot? It's a trap!

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According to Zap2It, students at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) are considering making Star Wars' Admiral Ackbar their new mascot.

The school wants the rebel leader from Return of the Jedi to replace Colonel Reb, a controversial figure, who was retired in 2003.

The student mascot committee will get the final vote, but George Lucas would also have to sign on to the idea as well, or somebody's gonna sue.

Coolest mascot ever? I think so.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Stargate Universe producer Robert Cooper Nominated for WGC Award for his work on "Time"

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Sometimes it's evident what episodes in a series are the best. With Stargate Universe, many fans agree that "Time" is one of the best episodes so far.
From the article, "The WGC Screenwriting Awards honours excellence in screenwriting and will celebrate the winning words of 2009 on April 19 at the 14th Annual WGC Screenwriting Awards held in Toronto.

This year, more than 148 scripts vied for the judges’ attentions. The entries have been narrowed to 43 finalist scripts across 11 categories, including screenwriting for feature film, episodic half-hour and one-hour, documentary film and more. In all, 76 screenwriters are up for awards. The winners will be announced at the 2010 WGC Screenwriting Awards on Monday, April 19, 2010, at Maro in Liberty Village, Toronto. Several special awards, including the WGC Showrunner Award, will also be handed out at the event."

I definitely think Robert Cooper deserves this award, and hope he writes more of the remaining Stargate Universe episodes. I really enjoyed "Time" and I hope the show's creators take this nomination as a hint!