- Netflix Offering $1 Million to the first person who designs software to improve their recommendations system
- Hayao Miyazaki starting production of an all-new animated feature slated for a 2008 release
- NBC greenlights “Deadline”, a conspiracy thriller in the style of “24”, only told in reverse, a la Memento
Movie Talk: Zhang Yimou’s martial arts epic fantasy The Curse of the Golden Flower is a real favorite for the foreign-language Oscar. The film stars Yun-Fat Chow, Jay Chou and Li Gong, and chronicles the ill-fated love affair between an imperial bodyguard and the princess he is sworn to protect. A prince takes the lovers on a dangerous journey where royal family secrets are revealed and martial arts battles ensue. The movie should be in theaters around the globe in December 2006.
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TV Talk: SciFi Channel’s “Eureka” has been a steady ratings winner for 11-straight weeks and its season finale was one of the highest for SCI FI. Because of the surprise hit, network president Bonnie Hammer has decided to change her programming strategy for next season and follow the highly charged and successful model currently used by the USA Network, which features such hits as “The 4400,” “The Dead Zone” and “Psych.” SciFi Fridays, already a ratings winner will remain untouched, however, Hammer plans on adding another night of scripted original series, keeping “Eureka” in its winning Tuesday night slot for its second season next year.
Interview: Legendary SF fan and horror movie memorabilia collector Forrest J Ackerman joins Michael and Summer to tell us about the golden age of monster movies. He regales us with his recollections of meeting the famous actors who brought the monsters to life, the Golden Age studio heads, how Vampirella came to be, his opinions on what Hollywood’s calling horror these days, and more.
You can read his latest literary contribution, the foreward to MONSTERS: A Celebration of the Classics from Universal Studios, a coffee table retrospective that every horror/monster movie fan should check out.
Future Talk: What’s Coming Up?
- Universal Pictures has hired director Mark Pellington to adapt the Ken Kalfus short story “Night and Day You Are the One” for the big screen.
- Scottish actor James McAvoy tapped to play the lead in the film adaptation of Top Cow’s comic “Wanted”, the story of a band of super-villains who join together to kill off all existing superheroes.
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