Neil Gaiman on his upcoming Doctor Who episode, “The Doctor’s Wife.”

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May 14, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, graphic art, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

Dr Who companion Elisabeth Sladen (3rd Dr Who companion, Sarah Jane Adventures) has died, God Bless

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R.I.P. Elisabeth Sladen (1948-2011) – Sarah Jane Smith

Courtesy of MrTARDISReviews:

One of the most beloved companions through time and space has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

R.I.P. Elisabeth Sladen. You will never be forgotten.

*Information from the BBC Press Office*

It is with much sadness that we can announce Elisabeth Sladen, the much-loved actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and CBBC’s The Sarah Jane Adventures, passed away this morning. She was 63.

Lis first appeared as Sarah Jane in Doctor Who in 1973 alongside the Third Doctor Jon Pertwee and stayed for three and half seasons working alongside Jon and the Fourth Doctor Tom Baker. She returned to the role on numerous occasions over the years and, in 2007, was given her own spin-off series on CBBC – The Sarah Jane Adventures – where she would appear alongside new Doctors David Tennant and Matt Smith.

The Sarah Jane Adventures brought Lis a whole new generation of fans who grew up to love her alien-busting adventures. The series was hugely popular with fans young and old and won this year’s RTS Award for best children’s drama.

Controller of CBBC Damian Kavanagh said tonight: “I’m deeply saddened and shocked by the news of Lis’ untimely death. Lis brought joy, excitement and a sense of wonder to her many fans in her role as Sarah Jane Smith. She was adored by our young audience and I know all of them will miss her as much as I will.”

The creator of The Sarah Jane Adventures Russell T Davies said: “I absolutely loved Lis. She was funny and cheeky and clever and just simply wonderful. The universe was lucky to have Sarah Jane Smith; the world was lucky to have Lis.”

Steven Moffat, Doctor Who’s Lead Writer and Executive Producer said: “‘Never meet your heroes’ wise people say. They weren’t thinking of Lis Sladen.

“Sarah Jane Smith was everybody’s hero when I was younger, and as brave and funny and brilliant as people only ever are in stories. But many years later, when I met the real Sarah Jane – Lis Sladen herself – she was exactly as any child ever have wanted her to be. Kind and gentle and clever; and a ferociously talented actress, of course, but in that perfectly English unassuming way.

“There are a blessed few who can carry a whole television show on their talent and charisma – but I can’t think of one other who’s done it quite so politely. I once showed my son Joshua an old episode of Doctor Who, in which Lis appeared. “But that’s Sarah Jane,” he said, confused “In old Doctor Who. From years ago. How come she always look exactly the same?” It’s not a comfort today, of course, but children will still be saying that fifty years from now.”

Keith Jones, Director, BBC Cymru Wales, said: “The Sarah Jane Adventures has been one of the most successful children’s programmes on television in recent years – and without Elisabeth Sladen it would not have happened. A brilliant presence on screen and on set, she brought the excitement and energy of the Doctor Who family of programmes, of which we are very proud at BBC Wales, to a whole new generation. She will be missed by all at BBC Wales who worked with her.”

Roger Carey, who represented Lis for many years, said. “She was not just a client, but a dear friend. She was so positive about life and her natural energy was intoxicating. She couldn’t believe her luck when her career was resurrected in her own series.”

Lis had been suffering from cancer. She leaves behind a husband, actor Brian Miller, and her daughter, Sadie.

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April 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

Update: Anne Francis passes away, God Bless. ‘The After Hours’ Twilight Zone – RHPS- Science Fiction-Double Feature

Update: Anne’s awesome Twilight Zone episode ‘The After Hours’ in which she is a mannequin, 6/10/60 added.

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Thank you for years of fun films Anne. God Bless.

THR:Anne Francis, who played the first female detective to be featured in a weekly TV series in 1965’s Honey West, died Sunday of complications of pancreatic cancer at a retirement home in Santa Barbara, the Los Angeles Times reported, She was 80.

Francis also starred in the 1956 science-fiction classic Forbidden Planet and had roles in more than 30 movies, including Bad Day at Black Rock; Battle Cry; Blackboard Jungle; The Hired Gun; Don’t Go Near the Water; Brainstorm; Funny Girl; and Hook, Line and Sinker….

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January 3, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Film, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi. Comments off.

‘Game of Thrones’ 10 Minute Preview

Our previous post on casting of the HBO series here.
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December 6, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . American Literature, Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Suspense. 1 comment.

‘Cowboys & Aliens’ Trailer

Courtesy of Dreamworks Pictures and ClevverMovies

Cowboys & Aliens hits theaters on July 29th, 2011.

Cast: Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Noah Ringer, Sam Rockwell, Ana de la Reguera, Clancy Brown, Heavy D, Jon Favreau, Paul Dano, Abigail Spencer, Keith Carradine, Adam Beach

1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents-townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors-all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

Cowboys & Aliens trailer courtesy Dreamworks Pictures.

November 18, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Suspense. Comments off.

YGN: ‘Kick-Ass’ Review: Brutal, Bloody, Brilliant…

By Matt and Nat, follow them at YourGeekNews/BSGcast:

We couldn’t have been more blown away by Kick-Ass. A top-notch story, great performances, incredible humour and a surprisingly meaty film-going experience were disguised as a goofy superhero comedy by Lionsgate’s one-dimensional advertizing campaign. If you haven’t seen Kick-Ass, and you can take some gruesome violence and potty-mouthed humour, you owe yourself a night out at the movies to let Matthew Vaughn and Mark Millar Kick your Ass!

April 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Art, Comedy, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, graphic art, Horror, Popular Culture, Sci Fi. Comments off.

Dragon*Con 2009: Diana Gabaldon on the appeal of a man in a kilt…

Yay Outlander series! We were lucky enough to meet Diana Gabaldon at a book signing several years ago, a lovely and incredibly talented person.

Courtesy of brianaaaron

Diana on the upcoming graphic art release of a new Outlander story with some previews of the artwork and on meeting the real (and towering, lol) Scots of Clans MacKenzie and Fraser..

On the inspiration for the storyline-and the role an old episode of Dr Who played!

The latest in the INCREDIBLE series ‘An Echo in the Bone’ will be released September 22nd!

800+ pages of Gabaldon awesomeness available September 22nd!

800+ pages of Gabaldon awesomeness available September 22nd!

Amazon:

With stunning cameos of historical characters from Benedict Arnold to Benjamin Franklin, An Echo in the Bone is a soaring masterpiece of imagination, insight, character, and adventure–a novel that echoes in the mind long after the last page is turned.

Product Description
Diana Gabaldon’s brilliant storytelling has captivated millions of readers in her bestselling and award-winning Outlander saga. Now, in An Echo in the Bone, the enormously anticipated seventh volume, Gabaldon continues the extraordinary story of the eighteenth-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his twentieth-century time-traveling wife, Claire Randall.

Jamie Fraser, former Jacobite and reluctant rebel, is already certain of three things about the American rebellion: The Americans will win, fighting on the side of victory is no guarantee of survival, and he’d rather die than have to face his illegitimate son–a young lieutenant in the British army–across the barrel of a gun.

Claire Randall knows that the Americans will win, too, but not what the ultimate price may be. That price won’t include Jamie’s life or his happiness, though–not if she has anything to say about it.

Meanwhile, in the relative safety of the twentieth century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter, Brianna, and her husband, Roger MacKenzie, have resettled in a historic Scottish home where, across a chasm of two centuries, the unfolding drama of Brianna’s parents’ story comes to life through Claire’s letters. The fragile pages reveal Claire’s love for battle-scarred Jamie Fraser and their flight from North Carolina to the high seas, where they encounter privateers and ocean battles–as Brianna and Roger search for clues not only to Claire’s fate but to their own. Because the future of the MacKenzie family in the Highlands is mysteriously, irrevocably, and intimately entwined with life and death in war-torn colonial America.

Excerpts of her latest work after the break:

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September 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Art, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, graphic art, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

2008 Nebula Award Winners…

Courtesy of MaryRobinette:  Joss Whedon accepts the Bradbury Award from Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America at the 2009 Nebula Award ceremony.

The Nebula Awards website here

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America website here

And check out LOCUS online here

Read the list of past winners here (also serves as a great list to summer reading for any titles you may have missed)

  • 2009 Award Honorees
  • A. J. Budrys — Solstice Award
  • M.J. Engh — Author Emerita
  • Marty Greenberg — Solstice Award
  • Harry Harrison — Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master
  • Joss Whedon — Ray Bradbury Award
  • Kate Wilhelm — Solstice Award

SciFiWire:

The Nebula Awards are presented annually by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. This year’s winners were:

Best Novel: Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin

Best Novella: “The Spacetime Pool” by Catherine Asaro

Best Novelette: “Pride and Prometheus” by John Kessel

Best Short Story: “Trophy Wives” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Script: WALL-E, screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

Andre Norton Award: Flora’s Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room) by Ysabeau S. Wilce

April 27, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

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