Few composers have built as illustrious a resume as John Barry, dead at 77, who won four Oscars over the course of his 40-odd-year career. While he might’ve gotten accolades for scores like Dances With Wolves, Out of Africa and Body Heat, his work on such films as Black Hole, King Kong and various Bond flicks are still a wonder to behold.
British actor Henry Cavill is going up, up and away.
This undated photo provided by Warner Bros. shows actor Henry Cavill. Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 that Cavill has won the coveted role of Superman, the iconic superhero.
Cavill will star as Superman (and, obviously, Clark Kent) in the next installment of the movie franchise. Warner Bros. Pictures announced the casting Sunday.
The film is to be directed by “300″ director Zack Snyder, who says in a statement Cavill is “the perfect choice to don the cape and ‘S’ shield.”
No title has been announced for the film, which is intended to reboot the franchise after its latest incarnation fizzled. The 2006 movie “Superman Returns” was directed by Bryan Singer and starred Brandon Routh as the Man of Steel.
Cavill is relatively unknown. He had been considered for the blockbuster roles of Batman, James Bond and even the previous version of Superman. He co-starred on Showtime’s “The Tudors.”
Warner Bros. is targeting December 2012 for release.
Who was the first captain of Star Trek’s U.S.S. Enterprise? And—was the Enterprise even the ship’s name? You can find out all this and more by reading creator Gene Roddenberry’s original pitch for his now-classic series.
Attention Star Trek fans and collectors—to your wallets! PPW Toys is about to release Mr. Potato Head versions of beloved Star Trek TOS characters, starting with the great Shat himself, Captain James T. Kirk, and his good ol’ pal (OK, make that enemy), the Klingon Kor.
According to Toyexplosion, the Star Trek line of Mr. Potato Head figures (which will also include lines for The Wizard of Oz and The Three Stooges) will be released at Toy Fair 2011.
But what about the rest of the original starship Enterprise crew? Don’t worry! Not only will we get to play with Captain Kirk and Kor, but we’ll also get the chance to play with other characters as well, allowing for a full-blast Star Trek experience.
If you’ve been thinking the ‘snowpocalypse’ and ‘snowmageddon’ storms that have hit the eastern United States have been bad, here are 17 worlds from around the galaxy that should leave you feeling better about a little snow.
We realize these are only the—ahem—tip of the iceberg as far as frozen planets go, and there are many, many more, but they should be be enough to remind you that things could have been much worse.
This weeks show we will be taking a look at what happens when Dinosaurs roam the streets of modern day England in the TV show Primeval. Then later we will be having Marc Ballard on to get an early preview of all the upcoming Comic City Conventions.
Join us for another fun filled podcast that we like to call Episode 44 – Time Traveling Dinosaurs, Who Would of Thunk it?
Table of Contents
0:00:00 Intro / Welcome
0:03:31 Rants & Raves – Comic Shop Visits & Support / Colin Firth – Doctor Who /The Comic Code /The Walking Dead Video Game
0:20:38 The Geek Seat w/ Chris Cummings
1:03:55 Marc Ballard of Comic City Conventions
1:27:24 Show Close
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German researchers have built an anthropomorphic robot hand that can endure collisions with hard objects and even strikes from a hammer without breaking into pieces.
In designing the new hand system, researchers at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, part of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), focused on robustness. They may have just built the toughest robot hand yet.
The DLR hand has the shape and size of a human hand, with five articulated fingers powered by a web of 38 tendons, each connected to an individual motor on the forearm.
Working with writer J. Michael Straczynski, artist Shane Davis introduced readers to a whole new take on Superman last year with the hugely successful graphic novel, Superman: Earth One.
Although the project was originally announced as a series of books, the future of the format hinged on that first volume. But the release of the graphic novel was such a success that Co-Publisher Dan DiDio told Newsarama the bookstore market is something the publisher is exploring for other DC characters.
We’ll have to wait just a little bit longer for the gossip, set photos and spoilers that will inevitably come out of The Hobbit, because Peter Jackson has been hospitalized, delaying the production.
Jackson is suffering from a perforated ulcer and has undergone surgery to repair it. According to a statement from his production, as reported by Deadline magazine, his recovery shouldn’t delay the film for long: “Sir Peter’s surgery is not expected to impact on his directing commitment to The Hobbit beyond a slight delay to the start of filming.” It just seems for some reason this project is totally cursed. Thoughts?
The guys at the Prop Store of London know that the stories behind sci-fi props can sometimes be as fascinating as the props themselves. That’s why they’ll be popping up on Blastr from time to time, taking a look at the untold stories of some amazing objects from movies and TV—such as the Nostromo spaceship from Alien, which was left under a tarp on a driveway for two decades until it was rescued and restored.
It’s impossible to say where modern sci-fi might be without Ridley Scott’s Alien. At the center of the seminal 1979 film was not only the psycho-sexual design of H. R. Giger, but also the space tug upon which ninety percent of the film took place: The Nostromo.