Regardless of what you thought about the winners, the losers or the relative quality of the show itself, the 2011 Oscars did, in fact, happen. While this year’s big sci-fi hope, Inception, didn’t do as well as we’d have liked, there were still things to please—or infuriate—sci-fi fans.
On this weeks show we get con reports from various contributors with their thoughts on Conooga, Trek Trax Atlanta, and The Gallifrey 22 Convention out in Los Angeles. Come strap in for another fun filled podcast that we like to call Episode 48: ESO’s All Convention Episode
Table of Contents
0:00:00 Intro / Welcome
0:03:11 Rants & Raves – Passing of Dwayne McDuffey & Nicholas Courtney
0:14:38 The Geek Seat w/ Sean Taylor
0:28:28 Canooga Report w/ Sean Taylor
0:38:15 Trek Trax Report w/ Mike Gordon & Alan Siler
0:49:33 Gallifrey 22 Report w/ Lewis Bailey
1:12:47 Metropolis Comic Con Preview w/ Marc Ballard & Bobby Nash
1:21:32 ESO Quick Picks
1:26:24 Show Close
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FX has greenlit the pilot for Powers, an adaptation of the long-running comic series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.
The announcement was made tonight on Twitter by John Soldberg, the cable network’s senior vice president of public relations, who revealed the pilot will be directed by executive producer Michael Dinner (Justified, Sons of Anarchy). The script is by Charles “Chic” Eglee, former executive producer of The Walking Dead and veteran of such television series as Murder One, The Shield and Dexter.
According to Heat Vision, The Lord of the Rings alumnus Viggo Mortensen is said to be a “person of interest” for the role of General Zod. Sources say that Mortensen’s name tops the list, but there might be a problem: He’s been negotiating to star in another film, Snow White and the Huntsman, and unless that deal falls through or his schedule can be worked out to shoot both films, Zod might be out of reach.
There have been no official talks with Mortensen yet, and while there are other actors being considered for the role, he is said to be the favorite. Mortensen is the second actor to be connected with Superman this week, following the news a few days ago that Kevin Costner was a possible candidate to play Jonathan Kent. British actor Henry Cavill has already been signed to play Superman/Clark Kent.
Last season’s Doctor Who episode, “The Lodger,” was one funny piece of sci-fi television. It was helped along by the sweet and sympathetic character of Craig Owens, played by James Corden—and if you liked him, too, you’re gonna love the fact that the BBC has just confirmed that the character will be returning for series six.
John Scalzi’s epic science fiction novel Old Man’s War is coming to the big screen, and has a big name attached to direct it.
Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has bought the rights to Old Man’s War, the first in a four-book series by Scalzi, and has attached Wolfgang Petersen as the director. Petersen’s last film, 2006′s Poseidon, didn’t exactly rock anyone’s boat, but the man’s previous credits include both blockbusters and solid action thrillers like Troy, The Perfect Storm, Air Force One, In The Line of Fire and the classic World War II German submarine drama that put him on the map, Das Boot.
It’s been a long time coming, but the Wookiee co-pilot will make an appearance on the season finale of Cartoon Network’s Clone Wars series, and Peter Mayhew—the man behind the mask—was instrumental in bringing the walking carpet to life.
The reason it took so long for Chewie to make it to Clone Wars had nothing to do with resistance on anyone’s part. In fact, supervising director Dave Filoni has wanted to include history’s most famous Wookiee—who is over 200 years old by the time he helps destroy the first Death Star—in his sweeping drama for a while. But technology got in the way. See What he told Entertainment Weekly
In comic books, if you get zapped by a particle accelerator, you’re turned into a superhero. But if you get zapped by one in the real world, you die, right? That’s the way it’s supposed to work out, but a Russian researcher stuck his head into a running particle accelerator and, amazingly, lived!
Anatoli Petrovich Bugorski, a scientist working on the Soviet particle accelerator the synchrotron U-70 at the Institute for High Energy Physics in Protvino leaned over a piece of equipment in 1978 and accidentally stuck his head through part of the accelerator that the proton beam was running through. He felt no pain, but saw a flash “brighter than a thousand suns.”
Nicholas Courtney, known to and beloved by Doctor Who fans worldwide as Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, one of the longest-serving co-stars of the series who appeared opposite five television Doctors, has died, aged 81.
His first brush with Doctor Who was to be as Space Security Agent Bret Vyon in the First Doctor epic The Daleks’ Master Plan. For Doctor Who fans, of course, he will always be remembered as UNIT stalwart Lethbridge-Stewart. Originally slated to play Captain Knight in the Second Doctor adventure The Web Of Fear, he was ‘promoted’ to the role of Colonel by director Douglas Camfield when original actor David Langton pulled out, and returned a year as a newly promoted Brigadier in The Invasion, a role he was to become associated with for over forty years! Appearing as one of the main characters throughout the Third Doctor’s incarnation, he was then to appear with every other classic series Doctor, both during the television show’s original run and through the Big Finish audio adventures. Mentioned a number of times in the revived series of Doctor Who, he was to appear once more in character in 2008 as Sir Alistair in spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures.
He is survived by his wife Karen, his son Philip and daughter Bella.
Dwayne McDuffie, who wrote comic books for Marvel and DC and founded his own publishing company before crossing over to television and animation, has died. He was 49.
The Detroit native died Monday, a day after his birthday, DC Comics said. His cause and place of death weren’t immediately known.
McDuffie wrote comics for the New York-based DC and Marvel, including runs on Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, the Fantastic Four and the Justice League of America. He also penned several animated television shows and features, including the just-released “All-Star Superman” as well as “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths” and the animated TV series “Static Shock” and “Ben 10: Alien Force.”