May your bellies be full with no indigestion and may your hearts be full with the love of others near and far.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
ELYSIUM visual effects supervisor, Peter Muyzer, will be participating in a Google Hangout on Wednesday 12/4 from 10 AM PST – 11AM PST, during which he will discuss the making of the film from a visual effects perspective.
ELYSIUM visual effects supervisor, Peter Muyzer, will be participating in a Google Hangout on Wednesday 12/4 from 10 AM PST – 11AM PST, during which he will discuss the making of the film from a visual effects perspective. The hangout will be streamed live from the Autodesk University 2013 conference in Las Vegas, “moderated” by Autodesk’s Maurice Patel. Note: Autodesk is the software program used to create some of the visual effects in the film.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because of what it means. It is not about exchanging gifts, dressing up in a costume and giving out candy, etc. It is about being thankful for what you have and sharing that with those you love close and far. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I updated to Kit Kat last night and I love it. At this point I think the only thing iOS has over Android is it is still a bit more intuitive. It is still the easiest to use for the techno-phobic, but the leaps Android has made in the last two years alone are something the code writers at Google and the Developers who assist with testing the product should be proud of. You all made Android the world's leading mobile operating system and Google, do not let success blind you from the reason why people are converting to Android. You found a niche others overlooked and created the fabulous Nexus 7 at a price people could afford. Right now what is hurting Apple is that it has forgotten again what made people like it and still prices things unrealistically high for a product that has less value over time than a car. They call a car that is twenty years old a classic. They'll call a tablet that is twenty years old a paperweight.
Keep up the good work, but don 't let greed blind you. Keep it at $200 dollars. No one can argue against value.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
SYFY KICKS OFF JANUARY 2014 WITH SEVEN NEW AND RETURNING ORIGINAL SERIES INCLUDING…
HELIX FROM RONALD D. MOORE (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA)
FIRST WEEKLY LIVE SERIES BROADCAST OPPOSITE WORLDS, A “PAST vs. FUTURE” COMPETITION REALITY PROGRAM
SUPERNATURAL DRAMABITTEN JOINS ALL-NEW SEASONS OF BEING HUMAN AND LOST GIRL MONDAYS 8-11PM
SEASON SIX OF REALITY HITFACE OFF PLUS NEW EPISODES OF GHOST HUNTERS
NEW YORK – November 22, 2013 – Syfywill kick off 2014 with seven new and returning original series in January including Helix from Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) – a two episode premiere with limited commercial interruptions airing on Friday, January 10 at 10/9c – and Opposite Worlds, the competition reality event – the channel’s first weekly live series broadcast – debuting on Tuesday, January 21 at 10/9c.
The new supernatural drama Bitten will join Being Human and Lost Girl on Mondays beginning January 13 (Lost Girlat 8/7c, Being Human at 9/8c and Bitten at 10/9c).
Rounding out the new year’s blockbuster line-up are the Season 6 premiere of hit competition reality series Face Off(Tuesday, January 14 at 9/8c) plus gripping new episodes of Ghost Hunters(Wednesday, January 22 at 9/8c).
As always, Syfy will ring in 2014 with its annual New Year’s Twilight Zonemarathon beginning December 31 and concluding on New Year’s Day.
SYFY’S JANUARY 2014 PREMIERE SCHEDULE (All Times ET/PT)
HELIX (TWO EPISODE PREMIERE) FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 AT 10PM
Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to the high-tech research facility, Arctic BioSystems, to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation. However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel.
Billy Campbell (Killing Lincoln, The Killing) stars as Dr. Alan Farragut, leader of the Centers for Disease Control outbreak field team called upon to investigate and control a potential outbreak. Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin) also stars as Dr. Hiroshi Hatake, director of Arctic BioSystems and its mysterious viral research program.
Helix also stars Kyra Zagorsky (Supernatural) as Dr. Julia Walker; Mark Ghanimé (Emily Owens, M.D.) as Major Sergio Balleseros; Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street) as Dr. Sarah Jordan; Meegwun Fairbrother as Daniel Aerov; Catherine Lemieux (White House Down) as Dr. Doreen Boyle, and Neil Napier (Riddick) as Dr. Peter Farragut.
Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica,Outlander), Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files) who is also showrunner, and Lynda Obst (Contact, Sleepless in Seattle) are Executive Producers. The 13-episode series is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Prolific director and producer Jeffrey Reiner (Friday NightLights) directed the premiere episode, which was written by creator and co-executive producer, Cameron Porsandeh.
OPPOSITE WORLDS TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 AT 10PM
An all-new reality series pitting contestants in a past vs. future competition - featuring a live social experiment - Opposite Worldswill run for 12 episodes over six weeks (two episodes per week), with the second weekly episode featuring a live element (a first for a Syfy reality series).
In Opposite Worlds, 14 people from all walks of life face off in opposing teams that live in a house separated into two distinctly different worlds: one past and one future, each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Adding to the drama is a glass wall dividing the house into the two environments, allowing the teams to watch, envy and dread each other's every move. Every week, as cast members compete in a series of fast-paced challenges, viewers will be asked to participate in real time on social media and affect the outcome of each player's fate.
Opposite Worlds will be Executive Produced by JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Brant Pinvidic and Adam Kaloustian for Eyeworks USA. The series is based on the hit Chilean format, Mundos Opuestos, originally broadcast on Canal 13 and distributed by Banijay International.
BITTEN MONDAY, JANUARY 13 AT 10PM
Based on the New York Times best-sellingWomen of the Otherworld novels by Kelley Armstrong, the 13-episode Bitten is an emotionally charged supernatural thriller starring Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, Ted) as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence.
Desperate to escape both a world she never wanted to be part of and the man who turned her into a werewolf, Elena (Vandervoort) has abandoned her Pack and taken refuge in a new city. There, she works as a photographer and hides her werewolf existence from her new boyfriend. When bodies start turning up in her Pack’s backyard, Elena finds herself back at Stonehaven, the werewolves’ ancestral domain. Torn between two worlds and two loves, she quickly realizes that – when push comes to shove – she’ll stop at nothing to defend her Pack.
Bitten also stars Greg Bryk (A History of Violence) as werewolf Pack “Alpha” Jeremy Danvers, Greyston Holt (Alcatraz) as Elena’s werewolf ex-boyfriend Clayton Danvers, and Paul Greene (The Client List) as Elena’s current beau, Philip McAdams.
Bitten is produced by No Equal Entertainment, Hoodwink Entertainment, and eOne in association with Space and Bell Media, with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund and Cogeco Program Development Fund and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Executive producers include J.B. Sugar for No Equal Entertainment, Patrick Banister and John Barbisan for Hoodwink Entertainment and Tecca Crosby, John Morayniss, and Margaret O’Brien for eOne. Daegan Fryklind and Grant Rosenberg are Executive Producers and co-showrunners.
LOST GIRL (SEASON 4 PREMIERE) MONDAY, JANUARY 13 AT 8PM
This season on Lost Girl, fate casts a wide shadow over the Fae world. With Bo’s (Anna Silk) return, the lines between Dark and Light Fae are blurred, causing her embark on a journey of discovery. Bo and company will ultimately realize that, regardless of the challenges and enemies they face, they’re stronger when they confront them together. George Takei (Star Trek) and Ali Liebert (Bomb Girls) are among the new season’s guest stars.
Lost Girl also stars Ksenia Solo as Kenzi, Bo's human sidekick and street-smart confidante; Kris Holden-Ried as Dyson, the shape shifting homicide detective and noble warrior of the Light Fae; Zoie Palmer as Lauren, the brilliant human doctor who competes with Dyson for Bo’s affection; Rick Howland as Trick, Bo’s grandfather and the ancient and mysterious Blood King, and K.C. Collins as Hale, Dyson’s partner and a Light Fae siren born of noble blood.Paul Amos returns as the ever devious Dark Fae Mesmer, Vex, and Emmanuelle Vaugier reprises her role as the evil Dark Fae leader, The Morrigan.
Lost Girl was developed by Prodigy Pictures, in association with Shaw Media and Showcase. Executive Producers are Jay Firestone and Emily Andras. Vanessa Piazza and Wendy Grean are producers.Lost Girl is produced with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian cable industry, and with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit Program.
BEING HUMAN (SEASON 4 PREMIERE) MONDAY, JANUARY 13 AT 9PM
Season 4 of Being Human picks up four months from last season’s shocking finale and, for Aidan, Sally, Josh and Nora, the past is about to come back to haunt them!
Aidan (Sam Witwer) and Nora (Kristen Hager) struggle to save Josh (Sam Huntington), who is trapped in his wolf form. At the same time, an unbelievable visitor collides with Aidan, forcing him to make impossible choices between the people he loves the most. Meanwhile, Sally (Meaghan Rath), having been dragged down into her death spot by Witch Donna (guest star Amy Aquino), finds herself trapped and at the mercy of her foe, but Sally’s newly imbued magical powers could change everything.
Executive Producers are Michael Prupas, Anna Fricke (Men in Trees, Everwood), who is also writer and showrunner, Stefan Pleszczynski, and Rob Pursey & Toby Whithouse. Irene Litinsky is series producer.
FACE OFF (SEASON 6 PREMIERE) TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 AT 9PM
The critically-acclaimed hit reality competition series Face Off returns for a sixth season by introducing 14 new makeup artists in what will be Face Off’sboldest season yet. In the new season, the contestants will face extreme challenges that will inspire them to create the most magnificent characters and creatures inFace Off history.
Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. As a member of the multi-generational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, actress McKenzie Westmore brings expertise to her role as host of the series. Some of SFX world’s most celebrated figures judge the competition – multiple Academy-Award winner Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean), industry veteran Glenn Hetrick (CSI: New York, Heroes, Legion), and creature designer Neville Page (Avatar,Prometheus). World-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (Star Trek) serves as the contestant mentor.
Face Off is a production of Mission Control Media with Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Derek Atherton serving as Executive Producers.
GHOST HUNTERS (ALL-NEW EPISODES) WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 AT 9PM
Ghost Hunters, Syfy’s longest-running unscripted series, returns with brand new investigations this winter. For its first episode back, TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society), led by Jason Hawes, heads to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania as the town commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Gettysburg. There, the team collects impressive paranormal evidence at a variety of locations.
Other famed sites getting the Ghost Hunters treatment this season include Buffalo and Erie County’s Naval & Military Park, Historic Jordan Springs in Winchester, Virginia and Belle Grove Plantation in King George, Virginia. Ghost Hunters is produced for Syfy by Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Studios (The Ultimate Fighter, Fast N' Loud, Wicked Tuna).Piligian and Mike Nichols are Executive Producers, along with Tom Thayer and Alan David.
THE ideal Whovian guide to fifty years of Doctor Who with top 10 lists, family trees, charts, and details about all the characters
THE WHO’S WHO OF DOCTOR WHO:
A WHOVIAN GUIDE TO FRIENDS, FOES, VILLIANS, MONSTERS, AND COMPANIONS TO THE GOOD DOCTOR
By Cameron K. McEwan Illustrations by AndrewSkilleter
The Who's Who of Doctor Who is the must-have handbook exploring the dynamic cast of characters in Doctor Who over the past half century. With a heavy focus on the past three doctors, including Matt Smith, author Cameron K. McEwan explores thetumultuous relationships between characters, their loyalties, and of course, how they collide with each doctor.
Discover details about the intimate relationships between the characters, their loyalties, their betrayals, and of course how they collide with the good Doctor through time. Chapters such as "Unseen Enemies," "Celebrity Cameos," "Unnamed Aliens," "Double Acts," "Teams," and "Frenemies" represent just a sampling of all that is included. McEwan is the author of the popular blogBlogtor Who and this new book includes his popular "Top 10" lists citing the best and worst moments all focusing on popular characters over the years. Also included is a Doctor Who Family Tree as well as charts citing monster success rate and other notable character events through the years.
THE WHO’S WHO OF DOCTOR WHO has over 300 entries from companions to friends to aliens and villians, and loaded with photos from fifty years of Doctor Who. In addition, the book features illustrations by Andrew Skilleter, the preeminent Doctor Who artist, for over twenty years creating book and video covers and more. The whole Whovian universe is here—the Weeping Angles, River Song, the Master, and of course, the dreaded DALEKS.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cameron K. McEwan is the man behindBlogtor Who, a fan site dedicated to Doctor Who. Started in 2007,Blogtor Who is now one of the most popular Doctor Who blogs in the world; McEwan regularly makes appearances at Doctor Who conventions, hosting panels and interviews. He also writes for Den of Geek, Cult Box, and The Huffington Post as well as being part of the team that created the Doctor Who documentary Who’s Changing.
ABOUT THE ILLUTRATOR: Andrew Skilleter is an English illustrator best known for his professional association with Doctor Who between 1979 and 1995. He has illustrated hundreds of covers across numerous genres including media including books, DVDs, calendars and magazines. He also wrote and illustrated Blacklight: The Doctor Who Art of Andew Skilleter
THE WHO’S WHO OF DOCTOR WHO:
A WHOVIAN GUIDE TO FRIENDS, FOES, VILLIANS, MONSTERS, AND COMPANIONS TO THE GOOD DOCTOR
By Cameron K. McEwan
Illustrations by Andrew Skilleter
Published January 2, 2013
$27.99 US, $30.99 CAN
Thursday, November 21, 2013
METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER TO BE RELEASED ON DVD, BLU-RAY, 3D BLU-RAY, DIGITALLY, AND VIA VIDEO ON DEMAND ON JANUARY 28TH
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
It wasn't what they wanted to see. Even for those involved in the terrible activities, but they saw it nevertheless.
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Monday, November 18, 2013
Rest In Peace Sydney Field. If you ever took a screenwriting class or aspired to write for the big screen then odds are you read his signature books. They are as iconic to film writers as The Elements of Style, Grammar, and Editing. Thank you.
A reader tweeted me,
@Final_Arbiter_ like the idea of a Department Of Wellbeing - it can't be far off
Thank you. It's not...
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
"The scientific picture of the world is inadequate for the simple reason that science deals with only certain aspects of experience in certain contexts. All of this is quite clearly understood by the more philosophically minded men of science, but most others tend to accept the world picture as implicit in the theories of science as a complete and exhaustive account of reality."
From The Final Arbiter
By Mark Rivera.
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Thurs, Nov. 14
7 pm - RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH VOL. 1 - Lloyd Kaufman - US Premiere - Opening Night Gala
Friday, Nov. 15
7 pm - PINUP DOLLS ON ICE - Geoff Klein and Melissa Mira
9:40 pm - BANSHEE CHAPTER - Director Blair Erickson and Producer Corey Moosa - East Coast Premiere
9:40 pm - PIECES OF TALENT - Joe Stauffer - New York Premiere
Sat, Nov. 16
12:00 noon - THE GAUNTLET - Matt Escandari, Director - New York Premiere
5:15 pm - PLAY DEAD - Shade Rupe, Co-Director - Manhattan Premiere
7 pm - MISCHIEF NIGHT - Travis Baker, Director - World Premiere
Sun, Nov. 17
12:00 noon - MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH - Don Thacker
3:00 pm - FOUND - Scott Schirmer - New York Premiere
6:30 pm - CONTRACTED - Eric England - East Coast Premiere - Gala Closing Night Film