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robboDate: Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014, 02:28 | Message # 241
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# 240  Great article. I wonder is science fiction becoming a no-go zone. that the viewers are just simply not interested anymore. not unless their is just too much choice at the moment. Poor RoboCop $21.5 million Ooch!
 
robboDate: Thursday, 20 Feb 2014, 01:23 | Message # 242
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Superheroes Who Really Should Have Had A Movie By Now /  Flash ( DC Comics )

After Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, the Flash is in the next level of heroes in terms of popularity when it comes to DC Comics and the Justice League. He"s there with guys like the Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow and Green Lantern.

And yet the Green Lantern got a movie and Flash didn"t? strange.

The reason this is so odd is that Flash"s power is far more relatable than Green Lantern. Every comic book fan has dreamt of being super-fast. Being able to create energy constructs? Not so much.

The Flash has, of course, appeared in live action before - in a 1979 live-action television special called Legends of the Superheroes, in his own titular 1990 television series and the Bart Allen incarnation of the character (more often referred to as "Impulse") appeared more recently as a regular in the Smallville television series.

Essentially, given the characters who already have their own movies from DC Comics - particularly fellow Justice League member Green Lantern - it really is surprising that Flash has missed out thus far.

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robboDate: Monday, 24 Feb 2014, 01:02 | Message # 243
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Farscape"s Justin Monjo Wrote A Script For A New Movie

When Rockne S. O"Bannon"s cult sci-fi series Farscape was abruptly cancelled in 2002 after season number four, it left fans in the lurch. The season concluded on one hell of a cliffhanger, and since that"s also where the show wrapped up, there were a lot of people out there looking for a sense of closure. And as it turns out, that just might happen, in movie form. Prolific Australian writer Justin Monjo has written a new script, and the wheels may be starting to move forward.

How many times have we heard this same story over the years? Despite a hardcore, dedicated fan base that lived and breathed the series, the network formerly known as the Sci-Fi Channel, pulled the plug. It would take a rather long time to list all of the sci-fi shows that have met an early grave. At the time Farscape got the axe, the network cited a combination of declining ratings and increasing production costs. There was the obligatory fan outrage and grassroots push to bring the show back, Which resulted in the mini-series The Peacekeeper Wars, Which helped wrap things up.

The Sydney-based Monjo"s script is described by Inside Film as a "spin-off" and will be directed by Brian Henson, for his Jim Henson Productions. These are the same people that produced Farscape for Australia"s Nine Network.

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robboDate: Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014, 02:17 | Message # 244
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Breaking Bad, Angel, More: 5 US Shows That Got A Rough Ride In The UK

It takes hit US series an average of 95 days to reach the UK, a new study suggests, and many are still calling for that gap to narrow.

But maybe we should just learn to be grateful when a show produced by our American cousins reaches these shores unedited and in a decent time-slot?

Not all Yank shows have been so lucky - here"s a few poor unfortunates that were shunted from slot-to-slot, from channel-to-channel and (in some cases) dropped altogether.

Breaking Bad

It"s a crime that a TV drama as masterful as Breaking Bad never found a home on UK television. Early episodes aired sporadically on 5USA and FX - now FOX - but both channels eventually gave Walter White the old heave-ho.

Thank goodness then for Netflix, which - as the show"s exclusive UK home - made episodes available to subscribers mere hours after US transmission.

Angel

Angel was always pitched as a more adult spinoff from Buffy so quite why Channel 4 thought the early evening was a suitable slot for the David Boreanaz drama is anyone"s guess.

Cut to ribbons to fit pre-watershed regulations, then shunted to a graveyard slot, Angel was soon dropped altogether.

Parenthood

The exploits of the Braverman clan - by turns hilarious, heartwarming and tearjerking - have aired for five seasons on NBC in the US, but Parenthood is currently without a broadcaster in the UK.

5* previously held the rights, but put the show on hiatus midway through its second season and, when it returned to UK screens, Parenthood was demoted from primetime to a daytime slot Yikes.

White Collar

Poor Neal Caffrey - Matt Bomer"s charming con-man has been bounced around the schedules like a pinball.

White Collar got its UK debut on Sky Living but when it opted out of picking up more episodes, it was Alibi who stepped up to air the second and third season.

But last year, Alibi also cut ties and the show was cast adrift a second time, robbing UK Collar fans of their chance to see future seasons.

Archer

Sterling Archer"s mission to infiltrate the UK has gone poorly. Archer originally aired on 5* and while scheduling was a little haphazard, the spy spoof clung to a slot around 10pm or 11pm for its first three seasons.

No such look for season four. Shifted to sister channel 5USA after two episodes, Archer aired on a different day each week and in the early hours of the morning. Shabby treatment for ISIS"s top operative.

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robboDate: Thursday, 27 Feb 2014, 00:30 | Message # 245
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The CW Sets "Arrow" And "Supernatural" Finale Dates For May, Among Others

A few weeks ago, The CW surprised us all with early guaranteed renewals for our personal favorites "Arrow" and "Supernatural" as well as "The Vampire Diaries" and freshman offerings "The Originals" and "Reign" Not all of the network"s series have been guaranteed additional seasons, but we at least have exact dates for their impending finales!

According to the network, the as-yet-unrenewed "Tomorrow People" will close up shop first with a May 5 finale, while "Arrow" season 2 will come to a close on May 14, the same week that features finales for new entry "Star-Crossed,"The Originals,"Reign,"The Vampire Diaries." and "Hart of Dixie" on their respective nights.

Closing out the pack will be "Supernatural" season 9 with a May 20 finale, though new sci-fi tale "The 100" will premiere just one day before on May 19, wrapping up all the way down the line to June 11.

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chrisdvanne_Date: Thursday, 27 Feb 2014, 14:55 | Message # 246
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Six Sci-Fi Shows We'd Love to See Back Onscreen, at IGN

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The news that Heroes is returning to TV screens in the shape of Heroes Reborn sent the geek community into meltdown this week. Fans of the show were overjoyed that the superhero series was being resurrected, but even more felt like the show died a deserved death and that NBC should leave well enough alone.
But the announcement got us thinking about other science-fiction shows that we’d like to have back. Programmes that were cancelled too soon, had more of a story to tell, or featured Summer Glau. So the following are six of the best in IGN's opinion, but we want to hear your suggestions too, so let us know your sci-fi picks in the comments below.


Lots of love for Summer Glau in this article, inwhich no less than 3 Summer Glau shows are listed, namely Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Alphas.


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robboDate: Friday, 28 Feb 2014, 22:19 | Message # 247
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Breaking: WB Reveals First Photo Of Grant Gustin As "The Flash"

After months of anticipation - including a two "Arrow" episodes introducing the character last fall -  The CW"s "The Flash" pilot is set to begin production next week, and in advance of that, Warner Bros. Television has released the first photo of star Grant Gustin in costume as the iconic DC Comics superhero.

Though the photo only shows Gustin"s head, what"s revealed certainly appears to be a faithful adaptation of the character"s recognizable and enduring appearance, albeit a darker shade of red than most comic book portrayals. In the two "Arrow" episodes featuring Gustin, he only appeared as The Flash"s civilian identity, Barry Allen.

WB Reveals First Photo Of Grant Gustin As 'The Flash'

"Arrow" Team Calls Grant Gustin "The Perfect Flash"

The Flash costume was designed by Colleen Atwood, a three-time Academy Award-winner who also designed Stephen Amell"s "Arrow" costume. "The Flash" pilot, in contention for a series spot on The CW"s 2014-2015 schedule, is executive produced by "Arrow" vets Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter, directed by Nutter and written by Berlanti,  Kreisberg and DC chief creative officer and former long-time "Flash" comic book writer Geoff Johns.

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robboDate: Tuesday, 04 Mar 2014, 21:50 | Message # 248
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Fox"s "Almost Human" Switches Off With Low Rating

Almost Human"s first season finale isn"t adding up to higher renewal odds.

The robot-cops freshman drama delivered a series-low rating for its 13th and final episode of the season Monday night, with 5.6 million viewers ans a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. That"s down a tenth of a point from last week for a show that was already in the red on our Death Watch list to begin with. This hasn"t been a good season for cyber-cop thrillers - CBS" Intelligence was even lower, with 5.3 million viewers and a 1.2 rating.

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chrisdvanne_Date: Wednesday, 05 Mar 2014, 00:10 | Message # 249
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Six Sci-Fi Shows We'd Love to See Back Onscreen
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Almost Human"s first season finale isn"t adding up to higher renewal odds.


Traditionally, season finale tended to attract more viewers than other episodes. From my observations, this is not the case anymore, reflecting the fact that TV watchers's behaviours have evolved a lot recently.

This also shows that Nielsen ratings fail to give a proper image of the audience.


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robboDate: Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014, 02:42 | Message # 250
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10 Hugely Underrated Fantasy TV Shows From The Last Decade /  1. The Fades ( 2011 - 2012 )

The Fades is a British supernatural miniseries which won a Bafta for best drama series but inexplicably wasn"t ordered for a second season. Instead, we got six excellent episodes notable for their striking imagery, complex mythology, and fantastic performances. Iain de Caestecker plays Paul, a teenager who can see ghosts called Fades and who soon finds himself caught in a battle which may lead to the apocalypse. The storyline unfolds slowly over six hours as other Angelics like Paul are introduced and the bodies pile up in a small town.

Daniel Kaluuya is alternately witty and heartbreaking as Paul"s best friend Mac, and Game of Throne"s Joe Dempsie plays the villain with much-needed charisma. The cast includes several alumni of the British series Skins, also created by Jack Thorne, and The Fades borrows that show"s unsanitised portrayal of teenagers but doesn"t commit the same excesses, Mac and Paul"s friendship in particular is genuine and instantly believable. Natalie Dormer also pops up, if you"re a fan.

The series does end with a hook for the never-realised second season, but it won"t ruin your enjoyment of this excellent fantasy horror. It"s gruesome when it wants to be and emotional when it has to be, and it deserves to be remembered as a quality entry in the genre.

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robboDate: Thursday, 13 Mar 2014, 02:39 | Message # 251
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Claire Holt No Longer A Series Regular On "The Originals"

And then there were two.

EW has confirmed that Tuesday night was Claire Holt"s last episode as a series regular on The Originals,
meaning the Original sister has officially left the building, at least in some capacity.

Holt no longer being a regular leaves the door open for her to guest star in future recurring arcs, even as early as sometime later this season,
we"re told. However, as of right now, nothing is certain in terms of her potential return.

Both Holt and executive producer Julie Plec are set to attend the PaleyFest panel on March 22. Hmm strange decision!

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robboDate: Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014, 04:11 | Message # 252
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The Internet Is Shocked As SyFy Will Actually Air A Science Fiction Show

Look, we all know how much the SyFy channel sucks. I mean it really sucks. It"s not even a Sci-Fi channel anymore. But this November the temperature in hell will freeze as the channel will actually air a show based on a space ship. What is this? Bizarro World?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, it"ll be a six-hour limited series titled "Ascension" and it has a seriously awesome plot.

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Part Battlestar and part Downton Abbey, Ascension takes place on a century-long space shuttle journey, where hundreds of men, women and children left Earth behind at the start of the Cold War. Nearly 50 years after their covert 1963 mission launched with the intention of colonizing a new world, a young woman is mysteriously murdered, prompting the population to question the nature of the mission as they near the point of no return.


That sounds pretty awesome. I"ll be watching it for sure.

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Syfy plans to premiere Ascension in November and air it through December.
 
robboDate: Saturday, 22 Mar 2014, 00:35 | Message # 253
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Farscape Returns To UK Television On Sky"s Free-To-Air Pick TV

Farscape is to air on Sky"s free-to-air channel Pick TV.

The cult sci-fi drama"s four seasons - comprising 88 hour-long episodes - will start airing next month.

Farscape movie "not out of the question" says Rockne S O"Bannon.

Pick TV is not believed to have the rights to follow-up mini-series The Peacekeeper Wars.

Farscape - which starred Ben Browder as astronaut John Crichton - was originally broadcast by BBC Two in the UK.

Justin Monjo - who penned 14 episodes - recently revealed that he is developing a new Farscape movie with Brian Henson of Jim Henson Productions - exec producer on the original series.

The planned film would be set several years after The Peacekeeper Wars and would follow the 19-year-old son of Crichton and Claudia Black"s Aeryn Sun.

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robboDate: Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014, 02:10 | Message # 254
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Mother"s Day: 10 Most Iconic Movie Mums /  1.  Sarah Connor - The Terminator

This one barely needs spelling out, does it? Sarah Connor may well be the best-known mother in cinema, and for extremely good reason. Not only is she mother to humanity"s future saviour, John Connor, she does her fair share of saving it herself in both The Terminator and T2: Judgement Day because, as we all know, if you"re waiting for a man to turn up and do a job then you might as well just do it yourself.

Linda Hamilton plays Connor with an emotional authenticity in both movies that allows her transformation from innocent civilian to warrior woman to play as completely believable (well, at least in the context of a film about time-travelling robots) and she"s given plenty of cinematic moments in which to shine, from her first triumph against Arnie"s Terminator to her tooled-up desert persona.

Connor"s legacy is such that she even had a TV show named after her in The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and she"s definitely notable for her absence in the inferior sequels Terminator 3 and Salvation, proving that an unstoppable killing machine doesn"t make a Terminator movie, a woman with boundless courage and nerves of steel does.

(sorry I no it"s a bit late).

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robboDate: Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014, 22:58 | Message # 255
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Why All New Schwarzenegger Movies Feel Like Pseudo Sequels Of Old Schwarzenegger Movies

Most aging movie stars today seem content on doing sequels to their long ago hits. Sylvester Stallone with further installments of Rocky and Rambo, Bruce Willis with Die Hard, Harrison Ford with Indiana Jones (especially now that certain rumors have been denied), everyone who"ll be returning for the next Star Wars installment. And Arnold Schwarzenegger might be joining them, given that there"s talk of him returning to the Terminator, Conan and Twins properties. But aside from the Terminator franchise, he has never been one for sequels (I don"t count his Expendables work yet, as they"re not really his movies), and even with that series he basically opted out of the last one, although part of the reason was because he was busy with his new career as Governor of California.

Now that he"s back in action, there"s been an easy inclination to compare his new movies to his old. It"s understandable, as we"re curious if he"s still got what he had in those "80s blockbusters we love. It"s not that different than what we do with his peers, comparing those guys" new sequels to the start of the franchise and other prior installments. our associative minds may want to to align the tendencies and look for heyday Schwarzenegger movies that most relate to the current releases, as if these new movies are sequels, too.

I did it with his first real starring vehicle since leaving office, noting in my review a link between his characters in The Last Stand and Raw Deal. I pulled more of a stretch when my mind went to The Running Man as the closest precursor to Escape Plan (another movie I consider primarily Stallone"s, not Schwarzenegger"s). And now with Sabotage I immediately thought of Commando as well as Collateral Damage, even if the parallels are pretty slight. I might as well also mention The Villain/Cactus Jack because one sequence has him wearing a cowboy hat. I think the best way to put it is, rather than going for specifics, that the new movies feel like pseudo sequels to Schwarzenegger"s old movies in general.

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