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Finally! #Stargate coming back to life with film trilogy reboot! | Blastr

Finally! Stargate coming back to life with film trilogy reboot!

Trent Moore Thursday, September 5, 2013 – 4:14pm

A whole lot of sci-fi fans have been bummed ever since the most recent Stargate series, Universe, went off the air a few years ago. Well, we have some good news: The franchise is coming back to the big screen.

But it won’t be a continuation of Stargate SG-1, Atlantis or Universe. Heck, it won’t even be connected to the original 1994 film that started it all. Get ready for a reboot.

Director Roland Emmerich has revealed that he is prepping a trilogy of new Stargate films meant to reboot the franchise. Originally Emmerich had envisioned Stargate as the first part of a trilogy — but MGM opted to make Stargate SG-1 instead, which ran for a decade and led to the two additional TV spinoffs.

Now that the franchise has been dormant a few years, Emmerich decided it was time to come back and give it another shot. Though the rebooted trilogy could borrow from some of his original plans, Emmerich was quick to point out that the new films will not be connected to the original Stargate film, noting “the actors look totally different … it would not work.”

The films will almost certainly not connect to the SG-1 universe, either, since Emmerich has never really been a huge fan of the small-screen version of the franchise. To this day, he maintains it is not a “canon” continuation from his film.

Here’s what he told Digital Spy:

“We went to MGM, who has the rights, and proposed to them to do a sequel, but as a reboot… and reboot it as a movie and then do three parts. Pretty soon we’ll have to look for a writer and start.”

via Finally! Stargate coming back to life with film trilogy reboot | Blastr.


Micro Book Review: “No Pandas” by Stephen Dunkley

I found Stephen’s writing style refreshing and akin to one of my personal all time favorite authors. Reading very much like Douglas Adam’s work, No Panda’s has a style of it’s own, wrapped up in a truly unique story line.
Angels, Dragons, Manticore and Dryads… a world within a World. 

Below is an except from the book:


There was a problem with the dodos.

The coelacanth had been great. They were one of the major success stories of the Endangered Creatures Programme. The last school of them in the wild had been captured and shipped to the breeding tanks at the zoo, and after many years of intensive care they were able to be released back into the wild. One by one, very carefully, in areas near deep water so as not to raise any suspicions, so that when the local fishermen might happen to catch the odd one or two and the so-called experts on them were jetted out, then they would be able to take one look at the deep water and proclaim that the species was never really extinct, but merely hiding. Yes, that was it, they were hiding, deep down. Very deep water that, you know. Hiding. Yes. They’d swum down really deep under the sea and stayed there. Because that made far more sense than admitting that someone who claimed to be an expert in an extinct species, who had never seen a real one to study but had had to make educated guesses from fossilized corpses, was wrong.

Now the species, once thought to be extinct, was again making its mark on the planet. Once more, coelacanth were starting to become a regular sight, tangled up in fishermen’s nets, gasping for air and slowly suffocating for the cameras.

The dodos, however, were a problem.

It took much trial and error to breed coelacanth. They weren’t much for ‘getting it on’, as it were. They weren’t much for getting off the tank bed to do anything at all, in fact. All they seemed to want to do all day was lounge around watching the world go by. Not all that unlike some of the humans really. Wake up, slob around for a bit, have breakfast, a bit more slobbing, a spot of lunch, an afternoon nap, some more slobbing, and then supper and sleep. Yes, very much like the humans really.

But after intensive research and note-taking, the keepers were eventually able to get them to breed in captivity. The coelacanth that is, not the humans. That was still against the rules.

The dodos were, in fact, a major problem.

“We’ve had a new arrival for the manticore, bringing us back up to twenty-three in London now.”

Jerry hated these weekly reports, but what with one thing and another, the Programme was now too large for hands-on management by anything less than a dedicated team of thirty or so senior keepers. The section heads were arranged in his office, finishing off their by now lukewarm drinks and not wanting to be the one to take the last biscuit. The meetings were one of those necessities that had to be dealt with. The Programme now had over two hundred staff from more than ten different species, caring for a further forty species. Then there were the outreach projects, the veterinary projects, and the whole area of marketing and publicity to deal with. Not to promote the Programme; quite the opposite in fact. It all added up to too much to do on the old ad-hoc basis of mentioning things in passing. The meetings had to be formal, but surely they didn’t have to be such a chore?

“Which brings us once more to the dodos,” the head of avians continued.

“Christ, how many are there now?”

“Nineteen thousand, four hundred and eighty-six.”

The problem was, the dodos wouldn’t stop breeding.

Stephen is an active member for the h2g2 community. His wife, who is a professional editor, edited the book. You can use the link below to see more.

via No Pandas : Dodos.

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Marvels Agents of SHIELD: 10 teasers about Joss Whedons comic hit – Agents of SHIELD News – TV – Digital Spy

Marvel’s ‘Agents of SHIELD’: 10 teasers about Joss Whedon’s comic hit

Published Tuesday, Sep 24 2013, 9:41am EDT  |  By   
It’s the TV event that comic book fans have been waiting for – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD premieres tonight (September 24) on ABC in the US, with Channel 4 giving the series its UK debut on Friday (September 27) at 8pm.

But are you eager for a few tasty teasers from the show’s blockbuster pilot episode – co-written by Avengers director Joss Whedon? Then dig in below…

'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' poster


Marvel’s ‘Agents of SHIELD’

1. Let’s get this out of the way – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is fantastic. Like The Avengers, it’s a near-perfect blend of Marvel action and Whedon wit.

2. The SHIELD pilot wraps up some loose ends from one of Marvel’s big-screen blockbusters.

3. Coulson (Clark Gregg) loves dark corners…

4. One veteran from the Whedonverse – Firefly‘s Ron Glass – pops up in a guest role.

5. Coulson lives – but how? Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) might be holding all the cards.

6. That mysterious character played by J August Richards? Not Luke Cage!

7. Shannon Lucio – recently cast on Supernatural – plays a young woman who has a big impact on the life of Richards’s character.

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Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling Team Up for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Film Series! –

Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling Team Up for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Film Series!


Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

September 12, 2013

Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expanded creative partnership with world-renowned, best-selling author J.K. Rowling. At the center of the partnership is a new film series from Rowling’s world of witches and wizards, inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. The announcement was made by Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be an original story and will mark Rowling’s screenwriting debut. It is planned as the first picture in a new film series. Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans.

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film,” said Rowling. “I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

“We are incredibly honored that Jo has chosen to partner with Warner Bros. on this exciting new exploration of the world of wizardry which has been tremendously successful across all of our businesses,” said Tsujihara. “She is an extraordinary writer, who ignited a reading revolution around the world, which then became an unprecedented film phenomenon. We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us.”

via Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling Team Up for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Film Series! –


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Sundance Channel Acquires Zombie Film “The Returned.”


Series to Premiere on Sundance Channel on Halloween at 9PM ET/PT


"Les Revenants" from the eight-part French series which the US broadcast is based.

“Les Revenants” from the eight-part French series which the US broadcast is based.


New York – September 10, 2013  Sundance Channel announced today that it has acquired US broadcast rights to the supernatural drama “The Returned” from Music Box Films.

The eight-part French series distributed by Zodiak Rights was created by Fabrice Gobert and is based on the feature film “Les Revenants” by Robin Campillo.  It will premiere on Sundance Channel on Halloween, Thursday, October 31st at 9PM ET/PT. It will air every Thursday night at 9PM.

The critically received series was a smash hit for France’s Canal+ and the UK’s Channel 4. The New York Times recently profiled outstanding foreign drama series and pronounced it “fresh and unexpected.” The Independent wrote “’The Returned” is actually one of the greatest, creepiest, most compelling shows brought to TV screens in 2013,” and The Daily Telegraph commented, “Probably the most stylish thing you’ll see on TV this year.

“We decided to take zombies to a new and utterly original level— we made them French!” stated Sarah Barnett, President of Sundance Channel. “‘The Returned’ is smart entertainment that shocks and entertains at every turn. We think our audience will love how this series grounds the supernatural in deeply human emotions.”

In an idyllic French mountain town, a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they don’t know yet is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. As they struggle to reintegrate with their families and past lovers, buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality.  But it seems they are not the only ones to have returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past. The series was produced by Caroline Benjo, Jimmy Desmarais and Carole Scotta from Haut et Court.

“‘The Returned’ epitomizes the very best of the crop of outstanding international television productions finding its way onto US screens,” says William Schopf, President of Music Box Films. “We couldn’t be more excited about working with our partners at the Sundance Channel to introduce this extraordinary series to American audiences.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring this phenomenal series to the North American audience”, says Marc Nowak, General Manager Zodiak Rights (Paris). “This is a sign the U.S. TV market is opening up to French drama and that the independent production and distribution companies need to continue to innovate and create original fiction to succeed internationally.”

“We are proud that Sundance Channel chose ‘The Returned’ for their audience,” says Caroline Benjo, Haut et Court producer. “Sundance Channel represents a landmark in independent programming, airing bold and innovative TV projects from all over the world. We couldn’t have dreamt being in better hands.”

Following on the heels of Emmy®-nominated “Top of the Lake” and critically acclaimed original scripted series “Rectify,” “The Returned” marks a continued commitment by Sundance Channel to offer daring original entertainment. This series precedes the debut of the network’s second fully owned original scripted series, “The Red Road,” in 2014. The channel will also premiere a second season of the critically-acclaimed “Rectify,” as well as the original mini-series “The Honourable Woman,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and co-produced with BBC Worldwide.


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World Of Warcraft Might Go Free-To-Play, Blizzard Says

World Of Warcraft Might Go Free-To-Play, Blizzard SaysAuthor: Pete Haaspublished: 2013-08-22


World of Warcraft, the biggest subscription-based MMORPG in the world, could eventually shed its monthly fees. Game director Tom Chilton said in a new interview that the game might be free-to-play someday.

“I definitely think that free-to-play MMOs will be around for a very long time,” Chilton said in a chat with NowGamer. “At some point its possible that World of Warcraft could end up being free-to-play, but I do think there’s always room for there to be subscription games.”

Chilton added that a monthly subscription can be a good value for some MMOs. A gamer could play WoW for dozens of hours in a month. When you consider the amount of time spent in-game, the $15 monthly subscription doesn’t seem so unreasonable. What happens when players arent spending dozens of hour a month in your game, though? What happens when they finish all the quests or raids? The onus is in the developers to keep creating new content to keep these subscribers. Chilton says that developers of subscriber-based MMOs like WoW will have to release new content on a steadier basis to keep the monthly fees palatable to gamers.

“I do think that as time goes on subscription MMOs might evolve toward becoming a little bit more dynamic and making sure that within that month time span it feels like new events and new episodes happen to keep it fresh,”

Chilton said. Yesterday, ZeniMax Online Studios confirmed that their upcoming MMO Elder Scrolls Online will require a monthly subscription. Their plan is pretty much what Chilton suggests: release new content every 4-6 weeks. Well see if they can stick to that pace and whether it will be enough to keep players paying the monthly fee after their first 30 days are up.

Read the entire article at: World Of Warcraft Might Go Free-To-Play, Blizzard Says.


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Worf TV Series | The Mary Sue


by Susana Polo | 11:03 am, August 21st, 2013

We first learned about Michael Dorn‘s efforts to get a Worf-centered Star Trek movie or television show into development nearly a year ago, and even though nothing has come of it yet, Dorn is still optimistic.

Last September Dorn said he’d been contacted by “several individuals” interested in making a movie about a post-Next Generation Worf, the captain of his own Federation starship.

“Interestingly enough it has gotten traction. I was very surprised, I was on a movie not too long ago, where one of the producers was basically lobbying to be part of it,” said Dorn. “Like I said, in this business you never know and I’ve been through pitching things and I never want to do that again [laughs]. It’s pretty brutal, but definitely I think once again, if Paramount or CBS or anybody thinks this is a viable thing, they’ll jump on it.”

Dorn gave J.J. Abrams‘ hold over the franchise as one roadblock the project would have to clear, and a Worf movie does seem a bit like an odd choice for a company that’s pretty heavily invested in an alternate timeline version of the universe that takes place both a generation before and in a place with a completely different visual aesthetic than Next Generation. Still, a year later, Dorn is still hoping it will happen, and talking about it as a television series rather than a movie. He told HuffPo:

Last year there was interest and I talked to a couple producers and we actually had pitch meeting with Paramount and CBS. Business things got in the way in terms of the JJ Abrams movie coming out and CBS/Paramount and their relationship with JJ Abrams. I don’t think they wanted to step on his toes by putting a new series on, but it’s not dead yet. I’ve finished the script and hopefully someone will take a look at this and say ‘we can do this.’

While I’m not personally certain that Star Trek returning to television is something that’s in the cards right now, I’d love to see it happen, and I’d love to see it happen in a way that wasn’t based on Abrams’ Star Trek.

(HuffPo via Blastr, top pic via Flickr.)

via Worf TV Series | The Mary Sue.


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