Transmissions From Atlantis Episode 4

Fresh off our invasion of Earth Station One – we’re back on the underwater continent with prisoners! Mike Faber, creator of Earth Station One, joins us for an interview during our Transmissions Received segment. We also review Disney/Pixar’s new hit animated movie, Brave.

Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan has reached 30 years. We talk about our favorite moments in Khan and discuss the original crew movie franchise in general.

We do an autopsy on Sanctuary, we put Eureka in hospice and we lament the decline of Sci-Fi Channel since it became SYFY.

We asked the questions – Why did John Carter fail and Why do you hate Walking Dead’s little Huck Finn, Carl?

News of the weird gives us another example of the oncoming Zombie Apocalypse while letting you know that we may also have an Alien and Vampire Apocalypses as well!

More after the jump!
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How Avengers gave a 1,000 percent box office boost to John Carter

John Carter is being helped along by the Avengers.. how so??By Matthew Jackson, Source: Blastr.com

Hey, remember John Carter? It’s the movie that lost as much money as The Avengers just made in three days. But Disney’s epic sci-fi bomb saw a dramatic jump in box office revenue last weekend, and it’s all thanks to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

The weekend before The Avengers was released, John Carter ranked 38th in domestic box office, thanks to the few theaters that were still screening it. After The Avengers’ opening weekend it jumped to 12th and saw a week-to-week increase in revenue of over 1,000 percent, raking in $1.5 million two months after it debuted to extremely disappointing numbers. Continue reading

Movie review: ‘John Carter’

By Ashley Bergner
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There’s no doubt “John Carter” was a major gamble for Disney. The film had a massive budget (reportedly $250 million) it will have to make back through ticket sales, and the project has been mired in “production hell” since 1931 (yes, you read that right). However, it finally hit theaters this weekend, and I found it to be an enjoyable ride. The film will appeal most to those who are fans of science fiction and fantasy in general, and the special effects really are mind-blowing.

“John Carter” is based on a novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs in the early 1900s about a Civil War veteran who finds himself transported to Mars (the planet is called “Barsoom” by the natives who live there; in Burroughs’ tale, Mars has both an atmosphere and water). Carter gets caught up in a war between the various cultures on the planet and helps to unite the oppressed peoples of Barsoom against a conquering warlord. Continue reading

With 2 weeks to go, here’s what Disney’s doing to save John Carter

John Carter Movie already in troubleBy Matthew Jackson, Source: Blaster.com

With just two weeks to go until its March 9 premiere, Disney’s $250 million John Carter is in trouble. Tracking shows low interest and little awareness, trailers don’t make much sense to people who don’t already know the story, and time is running out. But Disney isn’t about to just let all that money and talent go down the drain, so how can they rescue their Martian epic?

If you know the source material, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic A Princess of Mars, you’ve probably already made up your mind about whether you’re seeing the flick. That means you’re not Disney’s problem. Disney’s problem is the millions of up-for-grabs moviegoers who either don’t know what the flick is or just don’t care. This late in the game, the flick needs much more buzz than it has, and Disney’s trying to make up some serious ground.

But how did things get this bad in this first place? How does a film this massive get in such a marketing mess? Continue reading

New Pulp’s Table Talk – What’s in a Translation?

After a week away to recharge the batteries, the Table Talk Team returns to New Pulp with a brand new and exciting topic. And they even brought along a couple of friends. This week, Barry Reese, Bobby Nash and Mike Bullock are joined in the conversation by New Pulpers Tommy Hancock and Van Allen Plexico as the guys discuss translating pulp characters into other mediums.

New Pulp’s Table Talk – What’s in a Translation? is now available at http://www.newpulpfiction.com or at the direct link: http://www.newpulpfiction.com/2011/11/table-talk-whats-in-translation.html

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John Carter has to earn HOW MUCH to get a sequel?!

Long shot for John Carter SequelBy Carol Pinchefsky, Source: Blastr.com

John Carter—formerly John Carter of Mars—is the upcoming movie based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ epic tale of an Earthman who was suddenly transported to Mars, aka Barsoom. We’ve been looking forward to this movie for quite some time, and we’ve especially hoped that it would warrant a series.

But it looks as if that might not be in the cards.

According to NYMag, director Andrew Stanton wants to turn John Carter into a trilogy. However, production company Disney will only say yes to further films if John Carter is a goose that lays golden eggs.

How much gold are we talking about? $700 million, that’s how much.

$700 million is quite a bit of cash, even for Disney. Currently, only 45 movies in the History of Ever have earned more. It’s such a high number that we can’t imagine John Carter hitting it. Continue reading

‘John Carter Of Mars’ Will Be A ‘Historically Accurate Martian Film,’ Says Director Andrew Stanton

John Carter is going to be historical acurate.. HUH!!?

Andrew Stanton, the director of Pixar’s WALL-E, Finding Nemo and A Bug’s Life, is getting out of the animation studio and working on his first live-action movie, the upcoming John Carter of Mars. And he’s taking his job seriously. Almost too seriously.

When asked about the look of the movie, he told MTV, “I really tried to make it its own thing. I really tried to make a very historically accurate Martian film, if that makes sense.” HUH?!?!

See the interview here