New Episodes of “Smallville,” “Supernatural” Thursday

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After having a huge night in the ratings last week, “Smallville” and “Supernatural” continue their seasons this week with all new episodes, Thursday on the CW. SMALLVILLE” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) — Episode: “Abyss” BRAINIAC ERASES CHLOE’S MEMORY — Brainiac begins removing Chloe’s (Allison Mack) memories one by one until the only person she remembers […]

Your Heart Could Power Future Pacemakers

A team of British scientists announced today they’ve discovered a way to create pacemakers that draw power from the heart according to Rueters.   Using a microgenerator powered by heartbeats, the team produced nearly 17 percent of the electricity needed to run an artificial pacemaker. A new generation of pacemakers using the technology could result in […]

“Captain America” Finds a Director

While it doesn’t have a script or a star yet, “The First Avenger: Captain America” has a director.  Joe Johnson has signed on to direct the Marvel Studios production about the shield-slinging superhero according to the Hollywood Reporter. Marvel is currently taking pitches for the movie and is expected to hire a screenwriter in the […]

“Jetpack Dreams”

“Having come of age in the Star Wars era, I’m part of the post-moon-landing, post-World’s Fairs generation, and thus was once very certain that by no later than the year 2000 we would most definitely be living in the future. And in that glorious future, we would have long ago traded in our dirt-streaked Hyundais […]

ABC sets return date for “Lost”

The fifth season of “Lost” is coming sooner rather than later according to the Hollywood Reporter. Season five will kick-off on Wednesday, January 21 at 9 p.m. EST with a two-hour season-premiere episode.  The series will then settle into its regular time-slot of Wednesdays at 9 p.m. with the episode on January 28th and run […]

Atari to release Ghostbuster, Riddick sequels

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Two popular franchises are coming to a game console near year. Atari has purchased the rights to publish a sequel to “The Chronicles of Riddick” and a new “GhostBusters” game. Both projects were initially developed by Vivendi Games. However, when Vivendi was bought-out by Activision Blizzard this summer, the games were put on the back […]

Russo Review — “Kung Fu Panda”

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Reviewed by: Joe Russo (Film Critic & SoSF Contributor) Actors: Jack Black, David Cross, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman Director: John Stevenson Number of discs: 1 Rating: PG Studio: Dreamworks Animated DVD Release Date: November 8, 2008 Run Time: 88 minutes Russo Rating: 8/10 Mixes the fun of martial arts with the […]

“Madagascar 2″ Opens Big

Hollywood had another solid weekend at the box-office according to preliminary results.  The big winner of the weekend was DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagasar: Escape 2 Africa,” taking in $63.5 million this weekend.  The box-office take was $10 million more than expert projected Friday. Coming in second was another new movie, the R-rated comedy “Role Models.”  The […]

Fuller Open to Returning to “Heroes”

In this week’s Slice of SciFi, we discussed the possibility that writer Bryan Fuller might return to “Heroes.” Earlier this week, the series terminated writers Jeph Loeb and Jesse Alexander, leading many fans to wonder what’s next for NBC’s highest-rated scripted series. Immediate fan speculation began to swirl around Fuller, who wrote for “Heroes” in […]

Russo Review — “The Polar Express 3-D”

Reviewed by: Joe Russo (Film Critic & SoSF Contributor) Actors: Tom Hanks, Leslie Zemeckis, Eddie Deezen, Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari Director: Robert Zemeckis Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, 3D, Widescreen Language: English Subtitles: English, French, Spanish Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Number of discs: 1 Rating: PG Studio: Warner Home Video DVD Release Date: October […]

Smith, Spielberg in Talks for “Oldboy.”

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A couple of weeks ago, we brought you news that Will Smith had helped secure the rights for a live-action remake of the popular Japanese anime movie, “Old Boy.” Now comes news that the film is on the fast track and director Steven Spielberg is is negotations to direct the film with Smith playing a […]

Russo Review — “Role Models”

Reviewed by: Joe Russo (Film Critic & SoSF Contributor) Actors: Kyle Schmid, Mark J. Gibbon, Nicki Lynn Aycox, Laura Jordan, Nick Zano Director: Davis Wain Rating: R Studio: Universal Pictures Release Date: November 7, 2008 Run Time: 99 minutes Russo Rating: 8/10 Thoroughly entertaining from start to finish, Role Models is comedic ingenuity at its […]

Fox Announces Mid-Season Schedule

Many Joss Whedon fans may be feeling deja vu when they hear when his latest series will air on Fox.   The highly anticipated mid-season replacement, “Dollhouse” will air on Friday evenings at 9 p.m. EST starting on February 13.   Fox is creating a block of sci-fi programming on Friday evenings and will move “Terminator: The […]

New “Trek” Film Will Have Burger King Tie-In

Next year’s “Star Trek” will feature a licensing tie-in with the fast-food chain Burger King according to TrekMovie. Burger King confirmed the tie-in earlier this week during their quarterly investor conference call. CEO John Chidsey stated “we believe our movie lineup with The Pink Panther, Star Trek, and Transformers will resonate with super fans and super […]