Submissions for Best Animated Picture

Fourteen animated features have been submitted for this year’s Best Animated Picture Oscar according to the Hollywood Reporter. The contenders are “Bolt,” “Delgo,” “Dragon Hunters,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Igor,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” “$9.99,” “The Sky Crawlers,” “Sword of the Stranger,” “The Tale of Despereaux,” “Waltz With Bashir” “WALL-E” and […]

ABC Unveils Mid-Season Strategy

Yesterday, we reported the return date for ABC’s “Lost.”  Now comes news on how the alphabet network plans to shuffle it’s mid-season schedule. According to the Hollywood Reporter, ABC is considering swapping the days for “Private Practice” and freshman series, “Life on Mars.”   “Practice” would move to Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST and “Mars would […]

Russo Review — “Firefly” The Complete Series Blu-Ray


Reviewed by: Joe Russo (Film Critic & SoSF Contributor) Actors: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen Language: English Subtitles: English, French, Spanish Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Number of discs: 3 Rating: Not Rated Studio: 20th Century Fox DVD Release Date: November 11, […]

New Episodes of “Smallville,” “Supernatural” Thursday


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


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”


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 […]