- Paramount announced that the official theatrical release date for J.J. Abrams’ production of “Star Trek: XI” will be December 25, 2008
- BitTorrent has gone commercial… renaming itself The BitTorrent Entertainment Network, it is now offering up the new and latest in film and video entertainment at $3.99 per download, while TV shows will run $1.99 per episode. Older films, and they didn’t specify what they consider old, will cost you $2.99 a pop and everything downloaded is only viewable for 24 hours from the time of the download.
- Sony Picture’s huge SFX unit called Imageworks will be moving a large part of its special effects movie work into India. They recently acquired 51% control over FrameFlow, one of India’s biggest visual effects and animation studios. FrameFlow will change its name to Imageworks India once the deal is finalized.
- update: The site mentioned as being similar to Stranger Things was It’s All In Your Hands, and their first series, titled “Satacracy 88”
- Sam treats us to a review of the movie “Planetfall”. He thinks it missed the mark on its attempts at being campy or satirical.
- David Cronenberg’s 1980 classic “Scanners,” will be getting a remake by director Darren Lynn Bousmann. The film will be updated for the 21st Century, but apart from that it will still feature a storyline that revolves around a scientist who infiltrates an underground movement of people with bizarre telepathic abilities who are being used as lethal weapons of destruction.
- The second Hellboy animated full-feature film “Hellboy: Blood and Iron,” directed by our friend Tad Stones, will air on the Cartoon Network this March 17th at 7PM ET/PT.
- The Japanese vampire anime “Blood+” and will be brought to Western audiences via Adult Swim on cable.
“Blood+” first premiered in 2000 in Japan as “Blood: The Last Vampire” and was an immediate hit show. These 50 one-half hour episodes are the original one’s aired in Japan and will be dubbed in English for the Western audience.
Interview: We have a full house today, with Michael, Summer and Tim Adamec on hand for this one. Many of the creative forces behind “Stargate” have teamed up to create something that just didn’t fit on television. Damian Kindler, Martin Wood, John Smith and Amanda Tapping are bringing Sanctuary to fruition, and we’ll be talking to all of them in time.
What started out as a writing sample grew into an intriguing pilot for a show that needed to come to life. But what do you do with a show that needs to live away from the constrictions of studio oversight? Put it on the Internet for the masses to see!
Future Talk: “The Spiderwick Chronicles” was a best selling series of books written by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. It’s now being adapted for the big screen, and Holly Black and John Sayles have written the script. Mark Waters will direct, and the film will star David Strathaim, Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, Mary Louise Parker and Nick Nolte. Look for it in theaters on February 15, 2008.
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