Slice of SciFi #142: Joe Boudrie, Program Director of Phoenix Comicon


In The News:

  • A new big, long-necked dinosaur that lumbered across the Antarctic 190 million years ago has been unearthed and identified.
  • The Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP) has created a money clock that keeps track of income lost by WGA members since the start of the strike.
  • Marvel has announced that the first chapter of “Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born” is now available online for free viewing on their Marvel Website.
  • Movie Talk:

  • Actor Jeff Bridges, who will soon be seen in “Iron Man,” has been acting for 45 years and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. However, he has indicated that the key to his success hasn’t been finding just the right roles to play, but doing nothing!
  • “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem,” which premiered last month, closed out the Earthbound chapter of the popular film franchise. The end of the movie sets up for a likely third film that will be set entirely in outer space.
  • Special Segment: Trampas Whiteman offers up a film review of “The Golden Compass.”

    TV Talk: Another of the now defunct “The 4400″ actors, Garret Dillahunt, has moved over to the new Fox show “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” Dillahunt has taken over the role of the evil Terminator named Cormartie originally played by Owain Yeoman in the pilot episode.

    Interview: Mike, Brian and Tim talk with Joe Boudrie, the program director for the upcoming Phoenix Comicon. This major event will showcase well known actors from “Star Trek,” “Star Wars,” and the world of anime and comics. It will feature a huge 18,000 square foot Vendors Hall and for the first time, our own FarPoint Media will be headlined at the Con’s new Podcast Venue. The Phoenix Comicon takes place January 25-27, 2008.

    Future Talk:

  • On March 27, 2009 a DreamWorks Animation film based on the 1980’s horror comic book series “Rex Havoc and the Ass-Kickers of the Fantastic” will be adapted for the big screen.
  • Ben Stiller returns to his museum night guard duties on May 22, 2009 with a sequel to his surprise hit “Night At the Museum” movie. This time he will be guarding the famed Smithsonian Institute as it comes alive once the doors are locked-down for the night.
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    1. says

      Sorry if my review of Golden Compass sounded a bit harsh. My best friend and I went to see Golden Compass, and we both left with the same sense of it. We could follow along, but the plot didn’t naturally flow.

      If it’s any consolation, I would go to see a sequel and I’m curious what the novel version is like.

      Got another review in the works, and this one is more positive.

    2. says

      Whoa, having problems downloading the file via Podcast Ready. Couldn’t connect yesterday, and it’s taking huge amounts of time to download today. Whazzup?

    3. says

      on and off server issues…it is being worked on..progress is slow…computers are wonderful things — when they work correctly. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    4. Chris in Finland says

      So, I’m downloading the episode here because iTunes only gave me 4 minutes 27 seconds of stuff… noticed this before, is it common?

    5. says

      No, but over the last several weeks we have been having some serious server issues that we are working out and continue to hope to have all those ironed out soon.

    6. Mike from Miami says

      I downloaded it last night and played it this morning, but the show cuts off at about 44 minutes. I guess the download got interrupted. I’m trying again, and is… very… slow :)

    7. MARIA says

      I see what you mean Trampas about the several plot lines in GOLDEN COMPASS. However, this didn’t bother me. Now i do als have to preface i have not yet read the books. But I got the sense that, knowing there were more movies to come, that they would come together just fine. I liked the animals turning into dust after they died. It was a kids movie too- they did a great job keeping pretty low on gory violence (minus the jaw snapping scene, which was still completely non-bloody) while still communicating what it wanted to. I saw it when it came out, and thats been a little while, but i dont remember having any problems with scene transitions. I also didnt have any problem with the special effects. I loved the animals and the air ships. We left discussing plots and symbolism and trying to guess what the next films will cover and how. I still loved it, thought it was fun and thought provoking while remaining a good kids movie too.
      I can see what you mean in your review and i appreciate it. Im not offended by it or anything. But i kind of expected going into it that there would be things that would only be explained as the movies followed eachother. I suppose thats what makes the many plots lines work-they will become more unified and also deeper as the movies comes out. Again, I must read the novels.

    8. says

      I didn’t think Trampas’s review was harsh. It sounded fair to me. It reminded me of Gene Siskel in a way. Now there was a film critic. They don’t make ’em like him anymore. Nowadays you get the feeling that some critics live in fear of seeing a movie they actually like because they made their names in the business by being brutal.