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Date: Saturday, 2013 Jun 22, 18:08 GMT | Message # 16
Date: Sunday, 2013 Jun 23, 03:47 GMT | Message # 17
what ticks joss whedon off. lack of super heroine films `pisses off` joss whedon. joss whedon is well known for creating strong female characters, most notably buffy, the vampire slayer. but just because he has had success with such characters, it doesnt mean that he wants to be the only one to do so and the fact that there doesnt seem to be anyone else who has followed his lead has him upset. whedon expressed his displeasure with a studio system that doesnt see the profit in putting a female superhero on the big screen. my daughter watched the avengers and was like, `my favorite characters were the black widow and maria hill` and i thought, yeah, of course they were, i have no doubt that part of whedon`s irritation stems from his working on a wonder woman film for warner brothers that never got made. given that whedon has confirmed that the super heroine scarlet witch will be in avengers 2, perhaps that will inspire more filmmakers, and more importantly more film studios, to not have their female characters be token sidekicks but at the forefront of the action.
Date: Friday, 2013 Sep 13, 00:09 GMT | Message # 18
Earth`s Population Approaching 7 Billion, Can The Planet Sustain Humanity. The World population is about to hit 7 billion people. That`s significantly less than what `Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek` predicted back in the 17th century when he estimated there were about 13.4 billion people on earth. A number we now believe was closer to half a billion at the time. Human population is always going up, although some events like the Black Plague have lead to minor declines, and that rate has increased exponentially in the decades since `Leeuwenhoek` first contemplated the number of people milling about on the planet, In the early 1900`s we reached 2 billion, and less than a century later we`re hitting 7 billion, That means for the first time ever there are humans who have lived through not just a doubling of human population, but some even witness a tripling. National Geographic has an in-depth look at what the population explosion means to the planet. The year long study on human population includes a detailed analysis of the history of human accounting, and a look at how the planet may or may not be able to handle the 9.1 billion that`s expected to exist by 2045. What it all comes down to is that the planet can handle any number of us humans, it`s how much we consume that is the issue. people living longer lives, a central issue in the fantastic `Albert Brooks` novel 2030, is just one of the ways mankind is sticking around using up more resources. We can`t expect to stop that, but there are only so many fossil fuels to be used. The NatGeo piece is a fascinating read, with a look at many sides to the issue. It even brings to mind the many dystopian sci-fi stories Where population control is a real problem. Could we be facing our own dystopian future, or will human ingenuity win out.
Date: Thursday, 2013 Oct 24, 02:37 GMT | Message # 19
Michael Crichton Would Have Turned 71. Today In Science And Science Fiction. Michael Crichton is one of those writers in the same camp as Philip K. Dick or Stephen King. Its not that their style or material is similar at all, but rather that Hollywood has gone gaga over it throughout the years, How Gaga/ Here`s a list of movies and miniseries adapted from Crichton`s books, The Andromeda Strain, The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery, Jurassic Park and its sequels, Rising Sun, Disclosure, Congo, Sphere, Coma, The 13th Warrior, and Timeline, And I`m sure I missed a few, Just as with Dick and King, most of those adaptations are forgettable, with a few true gems sprinkled among them, Still, Crichton is definitely one of the writers who had a huge impact on movies in the latter half of the 20th century, and without him we wouldn`t have gotten `Steven Spielberg`s` Jurassic Park, so we`ve got to thank the guy for that, Hell, he even wrote and directed Westworld in 1973, Crichton was born on this day in 1942, and passed away on November 4, 2008.
Date: Tuesday, 2013 Nov 05, 02:41 GMT | Message # 20
I found an old interesting article from november 3rd, 2009, Joss Whedon"s "Terminator" Offer Falls Short. Joss Whedon"s bid to buy the Terminator franchise for $10,000 looks likely to fall flat - the sellers are asking for $70 million for the rights to the sci-fi series. The Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator wrote an open letter to Halcyon Co. bosses after learning they were auctioning the franchise as part of the company"s bankruptcy process. Offering the five-figure sum, he proclaimed, "I loved the movies, even the later movies, I loved the mythology, I loved the TV show (The Sarah Connor Chronicles) - like, really loved. Not for pretend." However, Halcyon chiefs are hoping for a figure 7,000 times higher when the rights go under the hammer in January, and are determined to make a profit on the $30 million they paid for the franchise in 2003. Spokesperson Kevin Schultz tells Daily Variety, "This is a unique asset - the only Hollywood tent pole asset that"s not owned by a studio. We have a property that has made three times the box office of the four (Teenage Mutant Ninja) Turtles films." The last installment, Terminator Salvation, cost $200 million to make and took an estimated $371 million worldwide. The offer was a bit short surely it wasn"t a joke was it ?.
Date: Thursday, 2013 Nov 07, 02:30 GMT | Message # 21
Blockbuster Video Is Dead Last 300 Stores To Close And Mail Service To End. But now only the memories remain, Blockbuster was killed by Netflix and the rise of on-demand, and now the last 300 stores will close and its mail service will end. Hit the jump for more, When Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy in September 2010, it was bought by DISH Network. According to the Chicago Tribune, DISH will keep the Blockbuster brand alive " by focusing on streaming and on-demand services currently offered to customers" Nevertheless, the Blockbuster video era as we know it has come to a close. It was inevitable, and I"m surprised it hadn"t already happened. And it makes me a bit wistful. I know Blockbuster was far from perfect, and I complained about them on a regular basis when they were open. However, the disappearance of rental stores has highlighted the dearth of options and immediate satisfaction of seeing a particular movie. on-demand and Netflix Instant have plenty of movies, and yet their selection still seems limited. Search for 20 movies you want to see on Netflix Instant, and I"ll bet at least half of them are only available on DVD. If you want to rent a DVD of some classic and/or obscure title you probably won"t get it with Netflix Instant. It"s a sign of the times unfortunately.
Date: Friday, 2013 Nov 22, 03:40 GMT | Message # 22
Hugh Jackman Has Skin Cancer Removed. Seems that even Wolverine isn"t impervious to the sun, actor Hugh Jackman revealed today he had some skin cancer removed from his nose. Jackman credits his wife Deborra-Lee Furness for spotting the issue, telling him to get a strange spot in his schnoz checked out by a doctor, Good thing he did, turns out the "Mark" was skin cancer and had to be dealt with. The actor revealed the recent surgery on his Instagram, posting a photo of himself with a bandaged nose and writing, "Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a basil cell carcinoma. Please don"t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!" You heard the man, don"t forget to use sunscreen,
Date: Thursday, 2014 Feb 13, 01:04 GMT | Message # 29
"Vampire Diaries," "Originals," and "Drop Dead Diva," Shut Down Production Over Georgia Storm
The catastrophic Atlanta ice storm has left thousands without power - including the production of three high-profile TV series.
The CW"s The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, both of which film in Atlanta, have shut down production due to the winter storm that is passing through the northern part of the metropolitan area.
The storm is expected to worsen through Wednesday, with travel becoming functionally impossible, according to the National Weather Service. However, the two shows are only expected to miss one day of production. Yet the same can"t be said for a certain cable series.
Lifetime"s Drop Dead Diva, which also films in Atlanta, has shut down production for both Wednesday and Thursday. Lifetime"s Devious Maids also films in Atlanta,
All the best to the people of Georgia during this terrible storm!
Date: Monday, 2014 Feb 24, 01:41 GMT | Message # 30
Spain Will Get A Star Trek Theme Park In 2015
Do you have plans for your next big vacation? Well, If you"re looking for an international getaway with some serious geek overtones, we have a destination that you definitely have to consider. We"re talking about a new Star Trek-centric theme park in Spain that is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.
According to StarTrek.com, Plaza Futura will be a part of Paramount Park Murcia, which is located approximately 270 miles southeast of Madrid on the mediterranean coast at Alhama de Murcia. From the description this is going to be one hell of a destination. Broken up into a bunch of different sections, the new addition is going to have a little bit of everything. It will feature everything from condos, hotels, and offices, to shopping centers, restaurants, a casino and nightclubs, and even a convention center. And then there"s the actual theme park.
From a large square designed to resemble something from the Trek universe, you"ll be able access the Starfleet Spain recruiting center, in case you want to sign up to take a jaunt around space on a Federation starship. There will also be a 3D simulator that will allow visitors to experience what such an intergalactic trip might look like, and it looks a little bit like an updated Star Tours from Disneyland in the 1980s.
The most fun portion of this park promises to be the Warp Speed roller coaster. No only will the ride soar to incredible heights and reach warp speeds, It will also feature several loops to simulate evasive maneuvers, and a trip through a Wormhole. In reality the Wormhole is just a segment of the ride that goes underground, but still, when was the last time a roller coaster took you through a pretend Wormhole? That sounds like a pretty good time to us.