Thursday, June 29, 2017

43rd Annual Saturn Awards winners



TWinners Include Westworld, The Walking Dead, Riverdale and Outlander;” “Bionic Man” Lee Majors, Akiva Goldsman

Among Special Achievement Honorees



BURBANK, Calif. – June 28, 2016 – The 43rd Annual Saturn Awards celebrated the best and the brightest in genre entertainment tonight, with Lucasfilm/Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Storycapturing three statuettes in the Film Category, tying with Paramount’s science fiction thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane. One of the entertainment industry’s most highly-anticipated evenings, the yearly gathering of the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films also bestowed Saturn gold to such television favorites (and previous Saturn Award vets) as AMC’s The Walking Dead,HBO’s “Westworld,” CW’s “Riverdale” and “Supergirl” and Starz’ “Outlander.” Hosted by fan favorite Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2), the festivities took place at the legendary Castaway in Burbank, California.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story won Best Science Fiction Film,Best Director (Gareth Edwards), and Best Special Effects (John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel, Neil Corbould), while the psychological thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane nabbed Best Actress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Best Supporting Actor (John Goodman) honors in addition to Best Thriller Film. Two Saturn Awards each went to Marvel’s mind-bending epic Doctor Strange(Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture; Best Supporting Actress Tilda Swinton), Disney’s The BFG (Best Production Design Rick Carter & Robert Stromberg and Best Editing Michael Kahn), and Lionsgate’s La La Land (Best Independent Film and Best Music Justin Hurwitz). Additional film winners include Best Horror Film to Don’t Breathe (Screen Gems/Sony), Disney’s The Jungle Book for Best Fantasy Film, the space race saga Hidden Figures (Fox) tapped as Best Action/Adventure Film, Pixar/Disney’s Finding Doryhooked Best Animated Film and Amazon/Magnolia’s The Handmaiden for Best International Film. Ryan Reynolds’ crowd-pleasing performance as the ultra-sarcastic superhero Deadpool won for Best Actor, with Tom Holland’s appearance as everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War earning recognition for Best Performance by a Younger Actor.

The small screen always scores big at the Saturn Awards and tonight was no exception. The unstoppable walkers of AMC’s global TV phenomenoThe Walking Dead proved just as invincible last night, garnering three Saturn Awards for Best Horror TV Series, Best Actor on Television (Andrew Lincoln), and Best Guest Star on Television (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). HBO’s Westworld 21st century reboot outdrew the competition for two awards: Best Science Fiction TV Series and Best Supporting Actor on Television (Ed Harris). In a rare tie, Best New Media TV Series was split between Marvel’s Luke Cage and the retro hit Stranger Things, both on Netflix. 2017 also saw a new Saturn Award inaugurated in the Television category: Best Animated TV Series, won by Disney XD/Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars Rebels.” Other acting winners in the Television categories include Candace Patton (CW’s The Flash) for Best Supporting Actress on Television, and Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) for Best Younger TV Actor.

Lee Majors, cherished by millions of fans as the iconic “Bionic Man” from the 1970s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man”,received the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by his fellow co-star Bruce Campbell from the cult favorite Starz series “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” For a career spanning almost a quarter century, Oscar-winning writer/producer/director Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) was cited with the rarely given Visionary Award. The Filmmakers Showcase Award was presented the writing/producing team Rick Silver and Amanda Jaffe, for their continuing support and contributions to high quality genre entertainment including the critically-acclaimed Apes film series reboots (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and this summer’s upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes), Jurassic World, and Disney’s live-action MulanThe outrageous and irreverent Heavy Metal Magazine – celebrating its 40th anniversary this year – won a Special Recognition Award and KJ Apa of the CW’s “Riverdale” received the Breakthrough Performance Award.





The full list of winners at the 43rd Annual Saturn Awards:


Best Science Fiction FilmRogue One: A Star Wars Story(Lucasfilm / Walt Disney Studios)

Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture:  Doctor Strange(Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)

Best Fantasy Film:  The Jungle Book (Walt Disney Studios)

Best Horror FilmDon’t Breathe (Screen Gems/Sony)

Best Action/Adventure FilmHidden Figures (Fox)

Best Thriller Film:  10 Cloverfield Lane (Paramount)

Best International Film:  The Handmaiden  (Amazon / Magnolia)
Best Animated Film:  Finding Dory (Pixar / Walt Disney Studios)
Best Independent Film:  La La Land (Lionsgate)


Best Actor: Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)

Best Actress:  Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane)

Best Supporting Actor:  John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Best Supporting Actress:   Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor:  Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War)


Best Director: Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

Best Writing:  Eric Heisserer (Arrival)

Best Production DesignRick Carter & Robert Stromberg(The BFG)

Best Editing:  Michael Kahn (The BFG)

Best Music:  Justin Hurwitz (La La Land)

Best Costume: Colleen Atwood (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)

Best Make-UpMonica Huppert Joel Harlow (Star Trek Beyond)

Best Special Effects:  John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel, Neil Corbould (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)



Best Science Fiction TV SeriesWestworld (HBO)

Best Horror TV SeriesThe Walking Dead (AMC)

Best Action/Thriller TV SeriesRiverdale (The CW)

Best Fantasy TV SeriesOutlander (Starz)
Best Presentation on Television:  11.22.63 (Hulu)

Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series: Supergirl (The CW)

Best New Media TV Series:  Marvel’s Luke Cage (tie)  & Stranger Things (Netflix)

Best Animated TV Series*:  Star Wars Rebels  (Disney XD/Lucasfilm)

Best Actor on Television:  Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead)  

Best Actress on Television:  Melissa Benoist (Supergirl)

Best Supporting Actor on Television: Ed Harris (Westworld)

Best Supporting Actress on Television: Candice Patton (The Flash)

Best Younger TV Actor: Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)

Best Guest Star on Television: Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead)


Best DVD/BD Collection Release: Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection (Universal)

Best DVD/BD Television Series Release: Hannibal: The Complete Series Collection (Lionsgate)

Best DVD/BD Classic Film Release: Time After Time(Warner Archives)

Best DVD/BD Special Edition:  Phantasm Remastered (Well Go USA)

Best DVD/BD ReleaseTales of Halloween (Epic Pictures)

Best Local Stage Production:  A View From the Bridge(Ahmanson Theatre)



The Life Career Award: Lee Majors

The Visionary Award: Akiva Goldsman
The Filmmakers Showcase Award:  Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver
Special Recognition Award:  Heavy Metal Magazine
The Breakthrough Performance Award: KJ Apa (Riverdale)


(*) Inaugural Award for category


For more information about the Saturn Awards and the Academyof Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, visit, and @SaturnAwards1 



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Alan Moore's Show Pieces On Shudder! (6/29)

Tomorrow, Shudder is releasing all chapters of Show Pieces. From writer Alan Moore (The Watchmen, The Killing Joke, V for Vendett), this anthology thriller is the first work by Alan Moore written specifically for the screen and features Moore himself appearing in character on screen.


Show Pieces (trailer) From the mind of legendary writer Alan Moore (creator of WatchmenV For Vendetta and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and acclaimed photographer and director Mitch Jenkins comes the multi-layered film anthologyShow Pieces. The five chapters of Show Pieces creates a tapestry of madness and murderous misdeeds intersecting to form an original noir thriller.


  • From Alan Moore (Watchmen, V For Vendetta, From Hell) and director Mitch Jenkins
  • Alan Moore¹s first work written for the screen and brought to life with his creativity
  • Available exclusively on Shudder June 29






Fifth Deluxe Edition Of The Manga Series Based On The Classic Nintendo Video Game Property Debuts This Summer


San Francisco, CA, June 28, 2017 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, invites manga readers and adventure fans to enjoy creator Akira Himekawa’s classic THE LEGEND OF ZELDA story in a whole new way with the release of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: FOUR SWORDS –LEGENDARY EDITION– on July 11th.


The LEGENDARY EDITIONS adapt Akira Himekawa’s 10-volume manga series based on the classic Nintendo®role playing, puzzle-solving, action video game into a line of deluxe omnibus 2-in-1 editions that each feature new cover art and color illustrations. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: FOUR SWORDS –LEGENDARY EDITION– is the fifth release in the LEGENDARY EDITION series. FOUR SWORDS is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry a print MSRP of $17.99 U.S. / $24.99 CAN. 


In FOUR SWORDS, Link finds himself broken into four different versions of himself – Green, Red, Blue and Violet Link – and pitted against a fifth, the malevolent Shadow Link who has kidnapped Princess Zelda. The Links must find the Four Sword, the only thing that can combine them so that they are strong enough to stop Shadow Link and save the princess – and the world!


“The latest volume of our LEGENDARY EDITIONS tells the classic FOUR SWORDS story arc,” says Joel Enos, Senior Editor. “Whether it’s the first or fifth volume of the LEGENDARY EDITION that you pick up, all fans will enjoy Link’s enduring and timeless adventures in these deluxe editions filled with bonuses and extras!”


THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga series was created by Akira Himekawa, which is the pen name of two women known simply as A. Honda and S. Nagano. The pair created THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga series which was inspired by several games and story arcs in the Zelda video game series. They have created a variety of manga adventures, which are published by VIZ Media, featuring Link and the popular video game world of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA, including OCARINA OF TIMEORACLE OF SEASONSFOUR SWORDS and more.




Readers also are invited to enjoy VIZ Media’s THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS, the latest and ongoing manga series based on the beloved Nintendo® video game with story and artwork also created by Akira Himekawa.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

T2 Trainspotting Blu-ray Disc Review

T2 Trainspotting  is the long awaited sequel to Danny Boyle’s 1996 breakout feature film Trainspotting, which launched the careers of Ewan MacGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle, all of whom returned to reprise their respective roles as Renton, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie. The film is a loose adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s sequel novel Porno as well as touches upon elements of the original Trainspotting novel as well. Screenwriter John Hodge also returned along with a great deal of other actors from the previous film who include Shirley Henderson, James Cosmo, Kelly Macdonald, Eileen Nichols, and Kevin McKidd in archival footage. Those who are expecting a retread of Trainspotting may be disappointed. This is not a nihilistic film and most of the leads are old enough to play the parents to their original characters in the first film and that is an important point to keep in mind. Those who are going to not consider watching this film because they think it is going to be a movie about middle aged junkies are doing themselves a disservice because that is not at all what T2 Trainspotting is about.

While it definitely helps to be familiar with the memorable characters of the original, T2 Trainspotting stands well on it’s own too though I think this movie will resonate a lot more with people who saw the first film as well as older people who are just reaching that point where they no longer feel immortal and the bad things that can happen are what happens to other people because the future is no longer seemingly all ahead of them. T2 Trainspotting is about coming home to your family and or your friends and frenemies alike. It is about the strength of childhood friendships because as the feature film version of Stephen King’s The Body entitled Stand By Me eloquently stated and I am paraphrasing here, “I never have had friends like the ones I had when I was young. Does anyone?” Like the Talking Heads song “Once In A Lifetime” states, “This is not my beautiful Wife. This is not my beautiful house. This is not my beautiful car.” The present is not how any of the characters expected their lives to turn out. Renton, who has been living in Amsterdam since the events of the first film, has suffered a type of heart attack and now has a stent in his cardio system. Renton has also been laid off from his job and his wife is divorcing him. Sick Boy is dating a prostitute he uses to the extort “Johns” in order to save money to turn his failing pub into shady sauna spa. Spud is a junkie and is on the verge of committing suicide when Renton saves his life while Begbie finds a way to flee imprisonment following another denial of parole and he desires to avenge himself upon Renton for stealing the money at the end of the first film. 

How each of these characters find some kind of redemption without candy coating is what the film’s ultimate plot is about. If the message of the first film was based upon the anti addiction slogan popularized by Wham in the 1980s, “Choose Life,” the ultimate message of T2 Trainspotting is literally plastered in large words across the screen at the end and those words read, “Be Moved.” Another interesting component of this sequel is that after twenty years, the cast and crew as well as the reuniting between Filmmaker Danny Boyle and Actor Ewan MacGregor for the first time since A Life Less Ordinary is a homecoming of sorts since none of these actors have appeared on screen together as far as I know since the original Trainspotting and I never knew this until watching the cast and Director interview included on the Blu-ray that Johnny Lee Miller and Ewan MacGregor have known each other since they were kids despite the places their respective careers have taken them. In the interview (24:49) Boyle, Miller, MacGregor and Carlisle have a lively discussion of the characters and where the are now as it related to their personal lives. Bremner has a brief introduction, but is not a participant despite an image of him being placed on a table so he could be there in spirit while he was off working on another project. I never knew Bremner played the lead in the stage play version of Trainspotting and he made Spud his own with ease during the transition from the stage production to the feature film. Of all of the cast members that have been consistently working since the original film, I think I have seen Bremner in more films than I have anyone else perhaps because of his ability to whole heartedly inhabit character roles and bring a kind of naive or innocent quality to them, that I can only guess must be a part of Bremner personal character when he is not working.

This interview is supported by a feature length audio commentary with Screenwriter John Hodge and Director Danny Boyle where they discuss the development of the film, the decision to use the T2 Trainspotting as the release title rather than something like Trainspotting 2. It has as much to do with the film’s main characters as it does marketing. Discussing the psychology of the characters as well as location shooting and cinematic language used to convey things quickly with minimal exposition as well as the use of visual language to explore things spoken and unspoken to illicit an emotional response proves why Danny Boyle is arguably one of the best working filmmakers on both sides of the Atlantic with his unique ability to switch from one genre to the next with every film he makes.

Also included are a reel of 29 deleted scenes presented in full 1080p HD with 2-Channel Audio (30:11) and I have to state after seeing the deleted scenes that I agree with every editorial decision made by the filmmakers. A reel of trailers that also play before the main menu appears includes previews for the fifth Underworld feature film (2:36,) Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2:37), the new CGI Resident Evil movie coming soon (1:38) Spider-Man: Home Coming (2:17) as well as Red Band trailers for Life (1:47), and Rough Night (2:32). Within the Blu-ray BD case is an insert containing a limited time only redeemable Ultraviolet Digital Copy of T2 Trainspotting.

The picture quality on the 1080p full HD Blu-ray is spot on and is complemented well by the English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Soundtrack. A French Language Dubbed DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Soundtrack as well as English and French Language Descriptive Audio Tracks and English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired, English Subtitles for the filmmaker Audio Commentary Track and French and Spanish Language Subtitles are also encoded as options. There is a total of 16 scene selections and the interactive menus are easy to navigate. 

T2 Trainspotting is available on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and DVD, but sold separately and the film is also available on various Digital streaming platforms now courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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