Earth Station One Episode 77: The Summer’s Over & Torchwood is Done, What’s Next??

Earth Station One Episode 77 - Fall 2011 TV PreviewWith Summer Coming to end and most of us recovering still from our stint at Dragon*Con we thought it would be a perfect time to review how we did with our Summer Movie predictions, and then talk about what new fall TV shows we are looking forward to this year. Then, we take a look at this week’s episode of Doctor Who, ‘The Girl Who Waited’. You would think that would be enough for one week episode but then we will be talking about the final episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day, did it live up to our expectations? We will have to see.

Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: The Summer’s Over & Torchwood is Done, What’s Next?? Continue reading

Spielberg won’t ‘go Lucas,’ will release original E.T. on Blu-Ray

ET not going Lucas on Blu-RayBy Marc Bernardin, Source:

At an event celebrating Raiders of the Lost Ark’s 30th anniversary, Steven Spielberg revealed that when it comes to his genre masterpieces, fans will be able to get the versions they fell in love with.

On the heels of the uproar over George Lucas’ ongoing mission to alter, tweak, twist and warp his Star Wars films, Spielberg took the opportunity while doing a Q&A after the L.A. Times Hero Complex screening of Raiders to set the record straight, as far as retroactively changing his films is concerned. Continue reading

‘Creature’ Breaks Box Office Records, And Not In A Good Way

Meet the lowest grossing movie.. EVER!!!By Lucas Kavner, Source: The Huffington Post

If a movie opens, and nobody is around to see it, does it make any money?

“Creature,” a low-budget horror film from first-time director Fred Andrews, was independently financed and released last weekend nationwide. An average of six people watched each showing across the country, giving the film the fifth lowest opening weekend box office gross on record for a film in nationwide release, with a total of $331,000 in ticket sales. Box Office Mojo noted that it’s the worst opening in box office history for a film that opened in more than 1,500 theaters.

It’s likely you’ve never even heard of “Creature,” and that’s probably because there were no print or television advertisements, and most of the marketing was carried out guerrilla-style, according to the New York Times, with ads on Fandango and horror film site, Bloody Disgusting. Continue reading

Star Trek: TNG getting HD conversion even though it’s impossible

Star Trek TNGBy Evan Ackerman,

Star Trek: The Next Generation is one of the very few shows that I would personally fork over a bunch of money to own in HD on Blu-ray, as soon as they get around to it. There’s just one problem with my awesome plan: an HD conversion of the TNG episodes simply can’t be done.

The issue with converting TNG to high def is that while all of the actors were filmed at a quality that’s just dandy for HD, all of the editing and post-production work, which includes every single special effect, was done on standard definition video. This means that there is no higher definition source for much of the TNG material, and the only way to create an HD version of the series is to go back and completely re-do every single freakin’ special effect by hand. Continue reading