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... the final movie roster, which now consists of just five members including, 1) Superman, 2) Batman, 3) Green Lantern, 4) Wonder Woman, 5) The Flash!

http://latino-review.com/2013/01/24/exclusive-meet-final-5-members-justice-league-final-cut/

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Press Releases / Why Santa must die? (free #ebook)
« on: December 23, 2012, 09:59:24 AM »
Brilliant story and fab art - love it - thanks for sharing!!

 ;D

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News / Re: Stephen Hunt's epic scifi tale now free on Kindle USA.
« on: November 05, 2012, 01:06:05 PM »
Really enjoyed the first and second novella in this series. My big question. When is the third book coming out? I need my fix.

 :o

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Apple's damn webmasters have written in code to figure out how tall your browser window is, then make the site's design just big enough to push the apology out of your view and make you scroll to see it.

http://boingboing.net/2012/11/04/slippery-web-designers-at-appl.html

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News / Iron Man 3: Image Of The Mandarin!
« on: November 04, 2012, 04:00:22 AM »
Marvel has released a second, better, clearer image of (Sir) Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, and this time we can see his Rings Of Power!

http://www.sfx.co.uk/2012/11/02/iron-man-3-new-better-image-of-the-mandarin/

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News / Mass shooting at Batman premiere in Colorado.
« on: July 20, 2012, 03:00:45 AM »
A masked gunman has opened fire on patrons at a cinema in the US screening the new Batman film. There are unconfirmed reports of 10 dead and at least 20 injured in the shooting at at a shopping mall in Aurora, Colorado.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/mass-shooting-at-batman-premiere-in-colorado/story-fnd134gw-1226431167005

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News / Karen Gillan groped me in the Tardis!
« on: July 19, 2012, 10:53:20 AM »
Matt Smith talks about their tearful final Doctor Who scene. Cheeky Karen pinched his bottom and tried to canoodle with Matt as they filmed her exit as sidekick Amy Pond

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/karen-gillan-doctor-who-exit-1148885

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Syfy’s Alphas has lined up a slew of guest stars for Season 2, including cult favorite Summer Glau, The Lord of the Rings vet Sean Astin and NCIS‘ Lauren Holly.

http://tvline.com/2012/07/05/alphas-season-2-glau-astin-holly/

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News / Space Command.
« on: June 18, 2012, 11:54:53 AM »
Space Command,” a new and original feature film series from award-winning writer/producer Marc Scott Zicree, Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Doug Drexler and digital film pioneer Neil Johnson is poised to enter new territory in the field of science fiction film making.  A grassroots financing effort – coordinated exclusively through the crowd-funding site Kickstarter – has generated more than twice the initial budget required to produce the two-hour maiden voyage of the new series.  All accomplished in under a month.

“It all started with an experience I had writing and collaborating on a fan-produced Star Trek episode called World Enough and Time,” explained Mr. Zicree.  “That episode was nominated for Hugo and Nebula awards – the first independent project ever nominated for those awards.”

“Our production costs on that episode were just around $100,000 and I realized that we had the tools we needed to go up against larger, studio-produced shows – and that we could succeed,” said Mr. Zicree.  “If we had the right friends, the right heart and the right talent, we could make something that could stand the test of time.”

Mr. Zicree and his producing partners turned to crowd-funding website Kickstarter.com to generate the funds necessary to bring their idea for a new sci-fi television series to life.  This grassroots effort met the $75,000 goal set to fund the pilot episode in just over three days.  Backers have now raised over $150,000 and Mr. Zicree promises every penny will be seen on the screen.

“Every dollar we raise goes right into the production to make Space Command that much bigger, better and delivered faster,” claims Mr. Zicree on the project’s Kickstarter page.  “It’s a big, epic story and we have many great surprises for you.”

In fact, Space Command’s nearly 2,000 backers have been pleasantly surprised over the past month with daily updates on the project’s progress, special rewards for providing support and a nearly constant stream of encouragement from Mr. Zicree and Mr. Drexler.

“Our goal now is to reach a half million dollars and beyond,” writes Mr. Zicree.  With over a month to go before the social media-driven campaign ends, its clear the production team at Space Command thinks they have a chance of reaching their new, ambitious target.  If they do, it will be one of the most successful film and video projects funded through Kickstarter.com.

Endorsements for Space Command have been collected from the likes of Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, Lost), Neil Gaiman (Sandman, American Gods, Dr. Who, Coraline), Glen Mazzara (Walking Dead), Jane Espenson (Game of Thrones), Hugo Award-winning author David Brin and Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy).

“We’re thrilled to have support from so many of our Hollywood friends,” said Mr. Zicree.  “A number of leading writers, producers and directors in the sci-fi world are working on the project, along with actors, special effects artists, and designers from some of the biggest movies and TV shows of the last twenty years, including STAR WARS, HARRY POTTER and THE AVENGERS.”

Space Command’s Kickstarter campaign closes on July 14th. You can learn more about Space Command by visiting www.spacecommandmovie.com

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News / Planet Baen Ebook Game Ready to Launch.
« on: June 18, 2012, 11:53:06 AM »
Planet Baen is set to launch June 15, 2012.  Planet Baen is a revolutionary web-based game from Baen Books which encourages players to earn free ebooks by playing. The Facebook-integrated game allows players to create a settlement on a planet on the galactic frontier.  The player chooses the political and economic orientation of the settlement and then attempts to develop the colony, while earning free ebook coupons in the process.

“It’s a book you select,” says Baen Books publisher Toni Weisskopf.  “No conditions, no requirements for you to buy anything else.”

Players can continue to earn ebook coupons as they move up the levels in the game.
“Our aim with Planet Baen is completely and utterly subversive—to get players to read,” Weisskopf adds.  “We hope a player will stop playing, read and enjoy the book they’ve earned, buy all the other books in a series, then come back to the game and play some more.”

Baen Books is distributed by Simon and Schuster and known for its story-oriented approach to science fiction and fantasy by such authors as David Weber, John Ringo, Mercedes Lackey, and Larry Correia.  Baen plans to add features and exclusive fare from its well-known authors as the game develops that will “unlock” as players move up in the game.

“We’re also developing a print and ebook shared-world anthology based on settings and characters we’ve created for the game,” says Baen editor Tony Daniel.  “We’re very excited about developing what we think will be a rich and on-going connection between online gaming and ebooks.”

Players can sign up to play the game and begin earning free ebooks at Planetbaen.com beginning June 15, 2012.

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The July meeting of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group is proud to host publisher Jo Fletcher. Jo has been one of the most popular quests at the BSFG in times past when she was a senior editor for Gollancz’s lines of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Since her last visit Jo has set up her own independent publisher business and we expect Jo to give another fascinating talk on this new subject.
 
Jo Fletcher Books specialises in publishing a wide range of fantastic fiction and publishes a variety of authors, including Charlaine Harris, creator of the Sookie Stackhouse books.
 
So why not come and meet her at our meeting? Jo is sure to give a fascinating talk and insight into editing and publishing fantastic fiction.
 
The meeting is on 13th June at the Briar Rose Hotel on Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham; this venue is just 5 minutes walk from New Street Station and handy for all bus routes. The meeting opens its doors at 7:30 p.m.
 
The group itself has many members of all ages, and between them the membership has an enormous wealth of knowledge of literary SF, as well as films, television, etc. If you want to know about a particular author or book, the BSFG is unlikely not to be able to help you! Just let us know you are a first timer when you turn up and any member will be happy to introduce to the committee and make you feel as welcome as we can…
 
www.birminghamsfgroup.org.uk
 

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News / Peter Jackson sees Hobbits everywhere?
« on: June 18, 2012, 04:56:42 AM »
Either deploying a brilliant strategy to spur excitement for his forthcoming adaptation of The Hobbit or completely losing his grip on reality, filmmaker Peter Jackson told reporters Sunday about the many hobbits with whom he enjoys personal friendships.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/peter-jackson-opens-up-about-his-personal-hobbit-f,28487/

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Press Releases / Flesh returns to 2000 AD.
« on: March 13, 2012, 06:20:34 AM »
Time-travelling cowboys and murderous lizards are rampaging back into the pages of 2000 AD, as Flesh returns!
 
One of the all-time classic strips from early 2000 AD, Flesh made a thrilling, blood-splattering return to the weekly British anthology title last year after a hiatus of more than 30 years.
 
Created by Pat Mills (Marshal Law, Sláine: The Horned God) and Spanish artist Boix, Flesh: Midnight Cowboys follows on from the first series, with black and white artwork from series regular James McKay.
 
Last year’s Flesh: Texas was the long-awaited sequel to the much-loved original Flesh – part of the line-up in the very first issue of 2000 AD in 1977.
 
The new series debuts in Prog 1774, on sale in the UK on 14th March, online on 21st March, and in North America from 28th March.
 
Flesh: Midnight Cowboys premieres with a riotous wraparound cover by 2000 AD legend Mark Harrison.

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Fans of The Walking Dead are in for a zombielicious treat at the MCM Birmingham Comic Con with stars Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride and Madison Lintz all confirmed for the 31 March - 1 April 2012 show.

Chandler plays Carl Grimes, the son of Kentucky police officer Rick and his wife Lori, in AMC's hit TV series based on Robert Kirkman's Eisner Award-winning zombie apocalypse comics. Meanwhile Melissa plays Carol Peletier, wife of abusive bully Ed, and Madison plays their 12-year-old daughter Sophia.

Currently on its second season with a third already confirmed, The Walking Dead has met with critical acclaim as well as public success, scooping an Emmy and being nominated for Best Television Drama Series at the Golden Globes and Best New Series at the Writers Guild of America Awards.

Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride and Madison Lintz will be meeting fans at the MCM Birmingham Comic Con on the weekend of 31 March - 1 April. The brand new Birmingham Comic Con will run alongside the long-established Memorabilia show at the NEC - there's no need to choose between them, though, as ticket holders for either event will have access to the other show free of charge!

To buy tickets to the MCM Birmingham Comic Con and Memorabilia Birmingham, visit: https://www.mcmexpostore.com/store/

For more about MCM Birmingham Comic Con and Memorabilia Birmingham, visit: http://www.birminghamcomiccon.com/ and http://www.memorabilia.co.uk/

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The winners of the Romanian Galileo Awards 2012 (Premiile Galileo), voted by the subscribers of Galileo Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine, were announced on Sunday. Here's the list of the winners:

Best F&SF Book Award (novel or short fiction collection published by a Romanian author in 2011): the novel DEMNET by DAN DOBOS, published by MediaTech in October 2011
   
Best F&SF Short Fiction Award (short fiction published by a Romanian author in 2011): novella "POVESTEA LUI CALISTRAT HADIMBU DIN VIZIRENI, UCIS MISELESTE DE NENICUL RAUL COLENTINA INTR-UN HAN DE LA MARGINEA BUCURESTILOR" by MICHAEL HAULICA, first published in the STEAMPUNK: A DOUA REVOLUTIE anthology, edited by Adrian Craciun, Millennium Books, March 2011 (approximate translation of the title: „The story of Calistrat Hadimbu from Vizireni, cowardly killed by master Raul Colentina in an inn on the outskirts of Bucharest")
   
Best F&SF Anthology Award (an original anthology containing stories by Romanian authors, published in 2011): STEAMPUNK: A DOUA REVOLUTIE edited by ADRIAN CRACIUN, Millennium Books, March 2011 (translation of the title: STEAMPUNK: THE SECOND REVOLUTION)

In addition to the subscribers voted awards, the staff of Galileo Magazine and Millennium Books has also announced this year's recipient of the Galileo Award for life-time achievement: Romanian writer LIVIU RADU, "for the extraordinary stories that he has given and that he keeps giving us".

The Galileo Awards Ceremony will take place on March 18th, during the Final Frontier II Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Fair in Bucharest. Each of the winners will receive a cash prize of 500 lei and the Galileo trophy.

Here's a link to the official announcement, on the Galileo Online page: http://revista-galileo.ro/premiile-galileo-2012-2/

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