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  • Is "Black Mirror" Truly a Modern Twilight Zone?

    03/16/2018 12:56:22 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 44 replies
    You’ve surely gotten the memo by now. As a fan of The Twilight Zone, you’re supposed to be head over heels for Black Mirror. I wish I could join the chorus. I don’t mean the show is without merit. It’s well-produced, acted and directed. It has some intriguing storylines. But it’s no Twilight Zone for the 21st century. Sure, it’s an anthology with fantasy/sci-fi touches. But it’s also incredibly pessimistic...Yes, TZ had its share of downbeat endings (hello, Henry Bemis). And it’s true that Serling didn’t shrink from showing us the dark side of human nature (“The Shelter” and “The...
  • Kirk or Picard? Jeff Bezos Picks His Favorite 'Star Trek' Captain

    03/13/2018 5:04:46 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 68 replies ^ | March 12, 2018 07:57pm ET | Tariq Malik
    Captain Jean-Luc Picard rules. So says Jeff Bezos. The Blue Origin founder apparently sides firmly with Sir Patrick Stewart's portrayal of Picard from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" when picking the best starship captain from the "Star Trek" franchise. Of course, that may be because Bezos hung out with Stewart at a recent event "Kirk or Picard? Picard!" Bezos wrote on Twitter Saturday (March 10)...
  • A Wrinkle in Time Sells the Cult of Oprah

    03/09/2018 5:05:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | March 9, 2018 | Armond White
    What are you?” a stupefied child asks the apparition standing overhead in A Wrinkle in Time. And Oprah Winfrey answers back, “I am a part of the universe!” Oprah’s fame has cost her the transparency to be a believable actress (which she so movingly was in Jonathan Demme’s Beloved), yet she achieves godhead in A Wrinkle in Time, a Disney film devoted to pagan self- worship. It is the second phase of Disney’s black-enslavement program this year (following Black Panther), and black female Ava DuVernay joins Oprah as director of this big-screen secular parable.
  • Is ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ in Trouble, Bound for Second Place in Box Office Debut?

    03/07/2018 11:32:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    The Wrap ^ | March 6, 2018 | Jeremy Fuster
    When “Black Panther” made its record-smashing $201 million start last month, it was expected that it would easily keep the No. 1 spot at the box office until Disney released its next film, Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time.” But as the adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s famous science fantasy novel gets ready to enter theaters on 3,980 screens this weekend, that expectation may have been premature. When tracking for “A Wrinkle in Time” first came out three weeks ago, opening weekend estimates were set at approximately $35 million against a production budget of at least $103 million, according to California...
  • Arizona State University ("Doomsday Clock") Professor accused of sexual misconduct

    02/23/2018 8:29:18 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 13 replies ^ | Feb 23, 2018 |
    ... Lawrence Krauss, a foundation professor at the university's School of Earth and Space Exploration has been accused of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior by multiple women over the last decade....
  • He Became A Celebrity For Putting Science Before God. Now Lawrence Krauss Faces Allegations [tr]

    02/23/2018 6:02:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | February 22, 2018 | Peter Aldhous, Azeen Ghorayshi, and Virginia Hughes
    When Melody Hensley first met Lawrence Krauss, she was a 29-year-old makeup artist at a department store, and he was one of her intellectual idols. She ran an atheist website in her spare time and had just started volunteering for the Center for Inquiry (CFI), a nonprofit group committed to promoting science and reason above faith. She was hoping to build a career in the burgeoning “skeptics” movement, and Krauss was one of its brightest luminaries. At a CFI event in November 2006, Krauss asked Hensley for her card, and later, as she was leaving, asked her if she was...
  • Daughter of famed sci-fi author reveals sexual horrors she suffered growing up in LGBT home

    02/08/2018 9:07:11 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 98 replies ^ | February 8, 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    February 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The daughter of famed science fiction author Marion Zimmer Bradley has written an autobiographical account revealing the horrors of growing up in a home raised by LGBT parents who repeatedly sexually abused her and her brothers. “I have heard all the customary protestations. ‘Your parents were evil because they were evil, not because they were gay,’ but I disagree,” writes Moira Greyland in her new book, The Last Closet: The Dark Side of Avalon. “The underlying problem is a philosophical one that is based on beliefs that are not only common to gay culture but...
  • ‘V The Movie’ Coming From Original Creator Kenneth Johnson And Desilu Studios

    02/11/2018 6:18:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | February 10, 2018 | Bruce Haring
    Sci-fi classic vehicle V is being revived as a film by Desilu Studios, with the new version of the former TV series written and directed by the original ’80s series creator, Kenneth Johnson. Called V The Movie, the film’s casting and a release date are not yet determined. It will be produced by John Hermansen and Barry Opper.
  • ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Teaser Surprises Super Bowl Audiences

    02/05/2018 6:36:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | February 4, 2018 | Anthony D'Alessandro and Dino-Ray Ramos
    Since Disney has taken ownership of Lucasfilm, the studio hasn’t used the Super Bowl as a launch pad for Star Wars movies. Until today. Taking everyone by surprise without any forewarning, Disney dropped a teaser for its Memorial Day opener spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story directed by Ron Howard. Consider this a tease to the teaser trailer which officially blasts off tomorrow during Good Morning America. There was an assumption among fanboys that Disney would drop this during the Winter Olympics, but here it is, the first 38 seconds of Solo.
  • Altered Carbon - Netfilx new sci-fi sreaming series

    02/03/2018 7:44:16 PM PST · by Bender2 · 44 replies
    Altered Carbon 1-houe 2018 Sci-Fi Netflix Streaming Series Set in a future where consciousness is digitized and stored, a prisoner returns to life in a new body and must solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom. Joel Kinnaman as Takeshi Kovacs Martha Higareda as Kristin Ortega Antonio Marziale as Isaac Bancroft Kristin Lehman as Miriam Bancroft Chris Conner as Poe Dichen Lachman as Reileen Kawahara
  • Thomas Edison’s Forgotten Sci-Fi Novel

    01/10/2018 11:43:30 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | JANUARY 3, 2018 | Greg Daugherty
    By feeding his visions for the future to a well-regarded contemporary, the prolific inventor offered a peek into his brilliant mindThomas Edison’s Forgotten Sci-Fi Novel By feeding his visions for the future to a well-regarded contemporary, the prolific inventor offered a peek into his brilliant mind image: Thomas Alva Edison thinking at his desk Thomas Edison’s ideas fed the story that would become In the Deep of Time. (RTRO / Alamy Stock Photo) By Greg Daugherty SMITHSONIAN.COM JANUARY 3, 2018 5373914744 When Thomas Edison died in 1931, he held more than 1,000 patents in the United States alone. He...
  • Stir the Pot by warpcordova

    01/08/2018 2:30:54 PM PST · by tbw2 · 7 replies
    Mad Genius Club Blog ^ | 01/05/2018 | warpcordova
    Note: This is not my blog. The Science Fiction Writer's Association has been purging itself of conservative and libertarian authors for years after the Sad Puppies movement tried to challenge the use of "social justice" messaging as a factor in deciding Hugo nominees. Now they've doubled down by: * banning Hispanic science fiction author Jon Del Arroz from Worldcon * the head of SFWA publicly criticizing Moira Greyland, daughter of Marion Zimmer Bradley and Walter Breen, after her book on her sexual abuse and the sex crimes of both her parents came out * the active purging of conservatives from...
  • ‘Black Mirror’: ‘Metalhead’ David Slade on the Influences Behind the Most Terrifying Episode

    01/02/2018 2:34:49 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 20 replies
    IndieWire ^ | 1/2/18 | Steve Greene
    David Slade knew that for the story to work, the predatory robot had to be a realistic threat for both audience and prey. The effective other half of a horror two-hander, the faceless, nameless robot had to convey all the dread of future where all forms of life were under attack. “We very quickly came to the idea in the backstory of what the robot was and how it’s made, that it would probably be a piece of military hardware. That it wouldn’t have generalized artificial intelligence, but it would have enough artificial intelligence to problem solve and that it...
  • Dominic Frontiere, Composer for ‘The Outer Limits,’ ‘The Flying Nun,’ Dies at 86

    12/26/2017 10:57:56 AM PST · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    Variety ^ | December 23, 2017 | Jon Burlingame
    Dominic Frontiere, Emmy-winning composer of such classic TV themes as “The Outer Limits,” “The Flying Nun” and “The Rat Patrol,” died Thursday in Tesuque, N.M. He was 86. Frontiere was a fixture on the film- and TV-music scene throughout the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, composing hundreds of hours of music, mostly for TV but also for films including “Hang ‘Em High,” “Cancel My Reservation,” “Hammersmith Is Out,” “Freebie and the Bean,” and “The Aviator.” He won a Golden Globe award for his score for “The Stunt Man” in 1980.
  • Bizarre film of Omarosa surfaces amid White House exit

    12/17/2017 12:02:33 PM PST · by Governor Dinwiddie · 27 replies
    Page Six ^ | December 16, 2017 | Oli Coleman
    As Omarosa Manigault Newman exits her job in the White House, a bizarre video showing her less, er, stateswomanly side has emerged. A pop-culture polymath sent Page Six a link to “Soul Sistahs,” an ultra-camp, hyper-kitsch, uber-low-budget 10-minute sci-fi short film. While the plot is virtually incomprehensible, as far as we can tell it focuses on an intergalactic yenta in a housecoat who kidnaps Omarosa in an attempt to steal Donald Trump’s hair as part of a difficult-to-understand get-rich-quick scheme. The mini-flick was made back in 2006 — two years after Omarosa shot to fame on Trump’s NBC show “The...
  • Inside the Navy’s Nerdfest

    12/03/2017 6:57:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 3, 2017 | Bill McMorris
    The debriefing was as vicious as you'd expect it to be, the Navy commander methodic in his dissection of one of the greatest failures in military history. The massive loss of life and strategic capabilities were inevitable once the officers of history's greatest military force allowed large sections of the region to "develop into a safe haven" for lawlessness and terrorism, "the perfect environment to allow a rebellion to grow." "Once maritime dominance is established, resistance from shore rarely stops," says Cmdr. BJ Armstrong. "Without small ships to run intercept the blockade was simply a dismal failure." Armstrong, an academy...
  • Forbidden Planet's Robby the Robot becomes world's most expensive piece of classic [tr]

    11/22/2017 10:04:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 22, 2017 | Charlie Moore
    Robby the Robot from sci-fi film Forbidden Planet has become the world's most expensive piece of classic movie memorabilia after selling for more than $5million. The seven-foot robot which has metal claws, a domed head and speaks 188 languages, starred in the 1956 film as the servant of Dr Morbius on Altair IV - known as the Forbidden Planet. The robot was auctioned by Bonhams New York for a world record price $5,375,000 in the TCM Presents* Out of This World! auction.
  • The Doctor will see you now! BBC unveils FIRST LOOK at glam Jodie Whittaker as the new Time [tr]

    11/09/2017 8:06:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 9, 2017 | Andrew Bullock
    They made the historic announcement earlier this year that the new Doctor Who will be a woman for the first time, played by Broadchurch actress Jodie Whittaker. And now - just over a month until she will make her first appearance in this year's Christmas Special - the BBC have unveiled a teaser image of the new Time Lord strutting out of the famous TARDIS. The image shows Jodie stepping across a meadow of flowers, the time machine in the backdrop, with the sun rising slowly from the hills in the background.
  • Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams TV series

    10/07/2017 1:39:28 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | October 7, 2017
    Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams is a British made science fiction anthology TV series based on the works of Philip K. Dick. It is currently being shown in the UK on Channel 4. Amazon Video will begin showing in the US sometime in 2018. Here is the trailer: Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – Official Trailer [HD] | Amazon Video References: WikipediaIMDb Articles: ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ 1st Trailer Asks What It Is To Be Human? – NY Comic-Con Explore Philip K. Dick's crazy futures in 'Electric Dreams' trailer Holy Crap, the Philip K. Dick Electric Dreams TV Series...
  • Impeccably cool Blade Runner 2049 is a ravishing visual feast: EW review

    09/29/2017 9:06:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | September 29, 2017 | Leah Greenblatt
    Even 35 years after the release of the original Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s future feels like an invention modern cinema is still trying to catch up to. Other movies’ notions of nuclear-blasted dystopias or whiz-bang Jetsons kitsch seem to pale next to the haunting, soulful specificity of his vision: the Fritz Lang-meets-’40s-noir metropolis; the paranoid-android flair; the deeply un-sci-fi moments of melancholy. It was enough in some scenes just to watch the smoke curl from Sean Young’s cigarette, or follow the dust drifting through a bleached-white sunbeam.