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News / Going once, going twice... KA-POW! Batmobile sold for $4.2m.
« on: January 21, 2013, 12:54:38 AM »
Original car used by the caped crusader in classic 1960s TV series snapped up in Arizona auction.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/20/batman-batmobile-sold-auction-4-2m

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News / M. Night Shyamalan's movie, After Earth
« on: July 03, 2012, 02:12:13 AM »
M. Night Shyamalan has released details of his new film, After Earth, with Will Smith and son Jaden.

Sounds interesting. I'm sure there was an Archie the Robot plot-arc in the comics years ago that sounded very similiar to this plot kernel...

"In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith).

When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai's craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance."

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News / 3 years in jail for Zena Warrior Princess?
« on: June 15, 2012, 04:10:21 AM »
Lucy Lawless could face up to 3 years in jail for her part in a green protest now she has pleaded guilty. Sounds a bit harsh for free speech, no?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/13/lucy-lawless-pleads-guilty-greenpeace-arctic-oil_n_1595395.html

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News / Brent Spiner signs up for Warehouse 13!
« on: June 14, 2012, 09:46:14 AM »
TV Guide Magazine has learned that Spiner will join the Syfy series for at least six episodes as Brother Adrian, leader of a top-secret sect known as the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Black Diamond.

http://www.tvguide.com/News/Star-Trek-Spiner-Warehouse13-1048834.aspx?rss=news&partnerid=spi&profileid=05

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News / Fringe season 5 news: The Observers.
« on: May 30, 2012, 09:10:03 AM »
Season 5 to focus on the fascist Observer-led future of 2036 glimpsed in the season four episode Letters Of Transit.

http://www.sfx.co.uk/2012/05/28/fringe-season-5-news-the-observers/

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News / Economist Paul Krugman is a hard-core science fiction fan!
« on: May 30, 2012, 07:00:48 AM »
Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has been a fan of science fiction since he was a teenager.

http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/05/paul-krugman-geeks-guide-galaxy/

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News / Wrath Of The Titans reviewed.
« on: March 30, 2012, 06:04:36 AM »
Just so you know straight off: Wrath Of The Titans is better than the first film. Not much better, mind you – Clash was an overblown, messy clunker with terrible 3D that just about redeemed itself with a decent Kraken.

http://www.sfx.co.uk/2012/03/30/wrath-of-the-titans-review/

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News / Big budget Dr Who film on the way
« on: November 14, 2011, 02:33:02 PM »
David Yates, the director behind Harry Potter, has just got the green light from the BBC to make a new Doctor Who film, with Jane Tranter of BBC Worldwide in the co-pilot seat.

"Russell T. Davies and then Steven Moffat have done their own transformations, which were fantastic, but we have to put that aside and start from scratch," Yates said today to Variety (see http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118046098?categoryid=13&cs=1), no doubt putting the fear of god in Dr Who fans across many dimensions and centuries, adding, rather worringly, "We want a British sensibility, but having said that, Steve Kloves wrote the Potter films and captured that British sensibility perfectly, so we are looking at American writers too."

Hmmm. Well, the last big money movie version for the Doctor sucked like a Dyson. Will this be any different?

Time and timelords will tell.

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Press Releases / Marple with Julia McKenzie is coming back (as in 'Miss')
« on: November 14, 2011, 10:51:36 AM »
ITV has told us that stage and television actress Julia McKenzie is to return to her role as Miss Marple. Three Marple films including Caribbean Mystery have been commissioned from ITV Studios and Agatha Christie Ltd. 

A Caribbean Mystery will be the first film to be shot during the summer of 2012 with two further films Endless Night and The Seven Dials Mystery produced during the autumn of 2012.  A Caribbean Mystery finds Miss Marple far from St Mary Mead, staying in a luxurious hotel in the tropics.  Fellow guest Major Palgrave dies shortly in suspicious circumstances and Miss Marple must find his killer…

As Miss Marple, Julia McKenzie’s tour de force performance perfectly captures Agatha Christie’s iconic detective, the apparently sweet natured spinster who secretly has a razor sharp mind of detection.

 “It’s a huge privilege for me to play Miss Marple,” said Julia.  “After such a successful career I was content to play guest roles, but then Marple came along.  How could I not play her?  I love her shrewd intelligence, and yet she has a warmth and a sweetness that is so disarming. I find it stimulating watching how her insights into human nature can unlock big complex mysteries.  I’m delighted to be back,” added Julia.
The new Marple films have been commissioned by ITV’s Drama Commissioning team Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes.

“We love re-visiting Marple because we know how much the ITV1 audience appreciate a good murder mystery,” said Laura.  “Its great news that Julia is to reprise a role she’s very much made her own.  With Julia at the helm, we know we’ll attract another stellar cast to appear alongside her.” 

Damien Timmer, executive producer commented, “We’re delighted to be producing three new Marple films for the ITV1 audience. We all adore working with Julia – she’s a consummate professional and she has the character of Jane Marple crafted to perfection.”

Michele Buck, executive producer concluded, “We fully intend to maintain our reputation for adapting Agatha Christie’s fascinating stories to the highest standard and attracting a first rate guest cast.”

Mathew Prichard, Chairman of Agatha Christie Limited and Agatha Christie’s grandson said: “We look forward to three more Marple films with Julia McKenzie playing Miss Marple.  These three are classic Christie stories and will be a treat for audiences all over the world.”

The Marple stories are co-produced by ITV Studios and Agatha Christie Ltd. Mammoth Screen’s Michele Buck and Damien Timmer executive produce Marple on behalf of ITV Studios.  Mathew Prichard is executive producer on behalf of Agatha Christie Ltd. 
ITV Studios Global Entertainment holds international distribution rights.

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Press Releases / More Poirot films coming... David Suchet happy
« on: November 14, 2011, 08:04:26 AM »
ITV is delighted to announce that David Suchet will return to his role as Hercule Poirot and complete Agatha Christie’s canon of stories about the fastidious and brilliant Belgian detective.

The films, based on the remaining Poirot novels and short stories yet to be filmed, have been commissioned from ITV Studios and Agatha Christie Ltd. 

The Poirot films which will go into production during 2012 are:

Labours of Hercules;
Dead Man’s Folly;
The Big Four;
Elephants Can Remember;
Curtain.

Curtain is Poirot’s last case in which an arthritic and immobilised Poirot calls on his old friend Captain Hastings for assistance as they return to the scene of their first case, Styles Court, to try to prevent an imminent murder. 

David Suchet has often spoken about his ambition to film all the Poirot stories. He has worn the moustachioed Belgian sleuth's polished spats very successfully for 22 years and starred in a total of 65 films including the iconic and best known title Murder on the Orient Express, which broadcast on ITV1 during Christmas 2010. 

The Clocks, the latest Poirot film from ITV, will broadcast this Christmas and will star David, alongside an exciting cast including Phil Daniels as Inspector Hardcastle,  Jaime Winstone, Tom Burke, Lesley Sharp, Geoffrey Palmer and Beatie Edney and the late Anna Massey.
Filmed in London and Dover, The Clocks is adapted by Stewart Harcourt, directed by Charles Palmer and the producer is Karen Thrussell.
After nearly two decades, Poirot continues to rate consistently highly and is sold all around the world to over 40 countries.

“I’m more than delighted to be reprising my role as Poirot.  It’s been my life’s ambition to bring this amazing canon of works to completion on ITV,” said David.  “Poirot is a brilliant, yet profoundly complicated character and I’ve always loved playing him.  He’s considerate, with a love of elegance and precision, but he is also so maddeningly frustrating to play as he’s so vain and pedantic! What endears me to him the most is his endless love of people," added David. “And for all his faults he is one of the greatest listeners in literature.  I’ve been so fortunate to play him.”

The Poirot films have been commissioned for ITV by Drama Commissioning team Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes.

“Poirot is without doubt one of fiction’s finest detectives and we’re thrilled to welcome him back to ITV1 with his refined approach to crime-fighting, “said Laura.  We’re equally delighted that David has agreed to play him in the final Poirot films for the ITV1 audience and immensely privileged to be producing Curtain.”

Damien Timmer says: “The audience’s admiration for the character of Poirot has never faltered since ITV began producing the Christie stories in 1989.  I’m thrilled we can repay this loyalty by producing these films for ITV1.  In keeping with the tradition of Poirot we hope to attract a stellar cast which will make each film unique in the history of television drama.” 

Added Michele Buck: “We can promise the final five Poirot films will be a fitting tribute to a much-loved literary character.  When the ending comes it’ll be very dramatic and incredibly emotional. We’ve been on a remarkable journey with Poirot.”

Mathew Prichard, Chairman of Agatha Christie Limited and Agatha Christie’s grandson said: “It is tremendous to renew our partnership with ITV and David Suchet as Poirot, and these five films will be a magnificent climax to over 20 years of David’s portrayal of Hercule Poirot.”

The Poirot stories are co-produced by ITV Studios, Agatha Christie Ltd, and US network WGBH.  Michele Buck and Damien Timmer, the Joint Managing Directors of leading drama independent Mammoth Screen, makers of forthcoming Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour and Monroe series 2, both for ITV1,  executive produce Poirot on behalf of ITV Studios.  Rebecca Eaton is executive producer for WGBH, with David Suchet as associate producer.  Mathew Prichard will also executive produce the new films on behalf of Agatha Christie Ltd.

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Jackelian chat / Did you predict that the laws of physics are variable?
« on: September 10, 2010, 12:46:37 AM »
Hi Steve

There's a news story appearing all over the internet about how the laws of physics appear to be different in different parts of the cosmos. You can see it over at http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19429-laws-of-physics-may-change-across-the-universe.html but it's in a lot of different places (it was on the BCC news on TV this morning too).

I seem to remember reading a novel you wrote - it was on the now defunct Rocket e-book reader platform - a space opera-style thing in the style of an Alastair Reynolds book, in which you featured heavily a universe where the laws of physics were different in different places around the galaxy.

I couldnt see any mention of it on your home page now, although I am sure it was there. Can you remind me what it was called and if you wrote it or am I confusing you with another author here?

Jen

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Discuss movies & TV series / Scifi movies that got it right
« on: March 22, 2010, 04:05:37 AM »
Can anyone think of any old science fiction movies where the predictions made actually came true?

Some of the ones based on HG Wells' novels come close, but a lot were way out...

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