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  • Box-Office Preview: 'Solo' Headed for Lowest Opening of Disney 'Star Wars' Movies

    05/24/2018 5:13:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 49 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | May 23, 2018 | Pamela McClintock
    If all goes well, a young Han Solo and his band of outcasts will take out Captain Jack Sparrow and set a new Memorial Day weekend record at the box office. Disney and Lucasfilm's spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story is tracking to open to $130 million to $150 million over the long holiday weekend, with $130 million being on the low end of expectations. To date, the Memorial Day weekend record-holder for the top domestic launch is 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End with $139.8 million, not adjusted for inflation.
  • Is anyone really desperate to see Solo: A Star Wars Story?

    05/22/2018 6:01:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 72 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | May 22, 2018 | Tom Beasley
    This week marks the release of a new Star Wars movie, focusing on arguably the most loved character in the history of the franchise – swashbuckling cosmic bad-boy Han Solo. Everything about Solo: A Star Wars Story suggests it should be steaming into cinemas on the back of a roaring hype train, but that’s not so. Compared with the rabid fan anticipation that preceded The Force Awakens in 2015 and last year’s divisive The Last Jedi, the publicity build-up to Solo is muted, like Chewbacca with a sore throat.
  • Has everyone gone insane? Conservative and libertarian authors getting kicked out of conventions.

    05/16/2018 12:40:12 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 39 replies
    A Pius Geek blog ^ | 05/16/2018 | Declan Finn
    A list of conventions that have banned science fiction authors - including some they'd put on panels - and the history of what is going on.
  • Pros and Cons of Various Methods of Interstellar Travel

    05/14/2018 11:08:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Matt Williams
    It’s a staple of science fiction.... the idea of sending out spaceships with colonists and transplanting the seed of humanity among the stars. Between discovering new worlds, becoming an interstellar species, and maybe even finding extra-terrestrial civilizations, the dream of spreading beyond the Solar System is one that can’t become reality soon enough! For decades, scientists have contemplated how humanity might one-day reach achieve this lofty goal. And the range of concepts they have come up with present a whole lot of pros and cons. These pros and cons were raised in a recent study by Martin Braddock, a member...
  • Michael Anderson, ‘Logan’s Run’ and ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ Director, Dies at 98

    04/29/2018 5:25:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    MSM ^ | April 28, 2019 | Thom Grier
    Michael Anderson, the British filmmaker who directed the 1956 Oscar Best Picture winner "Around the World in 80 Days," died on April 25 at age 98, the Times of London reported. In a storied career that spanned decades, Anderson also won acclaim for the 1955 WWII film "The Dam Busters" as well as 1976's influential sci-fi movie "Logan's Run," about a dystopian future in which everyone is killed off when they reach the age of 30.
  • Did Star Wars Jump the Shark Or Was It Devoured by Parasites?

    04/23/2018 4:11:24 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 76 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | 04/23/2018 | Tamara Wilhite
    I like both Star Wars and Star Trek. I’ve seen all of the Star Wars and Star Trek movies, and while watching the kids, even saw a number of Clone Wars cartoon episodes. I’ve seen most episodes of Star Trek, every series, though I’ve barely been able to watch Star Trek: Discovery except the Mirror Universe episodes. I say this so that my criticism is not mistaken for “you just don’t like the franchises.” And I think modern politics and shifts in storytelling are hurting both science fiction universes.
  • Tim O'Connor, Star on 'Peyton Place' and 'Buck Rogers,' Dies at 90

    04/13/2018 3:57:19 PM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 12, 2018 | Mike Barnes
    Tim O'Connor, the busy character actor who portrayed Elliot Carson, Mia Farrow's father and Dorothy Malone's husband, on more than 400 episodes of the 1960s ABC primetime soap Peyton Place, has died. He was 90. O'Connor died April 5 at his home in Nevada City, California, The Union newspaper reported. O'Connor also starred as Dr. Elias Huer on the 1979-81 NBC sci-fi series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, starring Gil Gerard, and on a memorable 1975 episode of All in the Family, he guest-starred as a former sweetheart of Edith's (Jean Stapleton) from Scranton, Pennsylvania, who's interested in rekindling...
  • War Of The Worlds: Eleanor Tomlinson and Rafe Spall slip into Victorian garb as they shoot [tr]

    04/12/2018 5:14:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 12, 2018 | Julia Pritchard
    It was announced last year that the novel, which is one of the best-selling sci-fi works of all time, was being adapted for a British television. And filming well and truly got under way for War Of The Worlds on Wednesday, as stars Eleanor Tomlinson and Rafe Spall were spotted on set in Cheshire. The Poldark actress, 25, slipped into Victorian garb to transform into her character Amy, while her on-screen husband Rafe, 35, shot a number of more dramatic scenes, surrounded by fire and smoke.
  • The 50 Best Moments in Sci-Fi History

    04/09/2018 10:47:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | April 9, 2018 | Darren Orf
    These are all the moments that made our favorite films truly memorable.
  • The Crossing (Science Fiction TV series)

    04/03/2018 4:45:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | April 3, 2018
    A new science fiction series, The Crossing, debuted on ABC last night. From Wikipedia: The Crossing is an American science fiction thriller series that airs on ABC. The series debuted on April 2, 2018. On March 20, 2018, ABC released the pilot episode on their website. The series is filmed in British Columbia, Canada. Refugees fleeing a war start showing up to seek asylum in an American town—but the refugees claim to be from America, 180 years in the future. Moreover, at least one of the refugees exhibits apparently superhuman powers that make her a threat.Watch the pilot episode online....
  • Why '2001: A Space Odyssey' is still fascinating at 50

    04/03/2018 6:01:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    SF Gate ^ | April 1, 2018 | Mike Moffitt
    Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the original release of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," a seminal film in motion picture history and one that has awed — and confused — thousands over the years. "2001" is often credited with paving the way for science-fiction films that took a realistic approach to depicting the future. A few decent sci-fi dramas were made before Kubrick's space exploration story — "Forbidden Planet" and "The Incredible Shrinking Man" come to mind — but most were strictly B-movie pulp with low production values. After "2001" came "Silent Running," "Star Wars", "Alien" and "Aliens",...
  • 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 · 69 replies
    space.com ^ | 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
    ktar.com ^ | Feb 23, 2018 | ktar.com
    ... 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
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | 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.