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  • Liberty Island Celebrates LIBERTY IN FICTION

    07/04/2018 4:30:25 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 1 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | 07/03/2018 | Liberty Island Staff
    Liberty Island Magazine is a conservative/libertarian science fiction site with a wealth of short stories and non-fiction articles. Liberty Island Celebrates LIBERTY IN FICTION
  • Harlan Ellison, Iconic Sci-Fi Writer, Passes Away at 84

    06/28/2018 1:52:19 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 68 replies ^ | June 28, 2028 | Stephen Gerding
    Harlan Ellison, one of the most influential sci-fi writers of the twentieth century, passed away today in his sleep. He was 84 years old. Christine Valada, the widow of the late Len Wein and a friend of Harlan and his wife Susan, officially announced the author’s passing on Twitter. “Susan Ellison has asked me to announce the passing of writer Harlan Ellison, in his sleep, earlier today,” Valada wrote. “For a brief time I was here, and for a brief time, I mattered.”—HE, 1934-2018. Arrangements for a celebration of his life are pending.
  • Report: Disney Eager to Fire Kathleen Kennedy for Destroying ‘Star Wars’

    06/28/2018 7:19:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 116 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 27, 2018 | John Nolte
    Disney is eager to fire and replace Kathleen Kennedy over her disastrous handling of the Star Wars franchise, reports Grace Randolph of Beyond the Trailer. The left-leaning trades –Deadline, the Hollywood Reporter, and Variety, etc. — continue to willfully drop the ball when it comes to intelligent and honest reporting on Disney’s imploding Star Wars franchise. This means their readers cannot trust them for accurate and objective information. If a single one of these outlets has shown the moral courage to accurately reporting on the fan revolt against the left-wing turn the franchise has taken with Kennedy at the wheel,...
  • Google does it again (Stop using it, please)

    06/22/2018 8:15:54 AM PDT · by Celerity · 40 replies
    google ^ | 6/22/18 | Celerity
    "By writing black female protagonists into science fiction, and bringing her acute appraisal of real-world power structures to bear on the imaginary worlds she created, Butler became an early pillar of the subgenre and aesthetic known as Afrofuturism. (Kara Walker cites her as an inspiration; and, as Hilton Als has pointed out, Butler is the “dominant artistic force” in Beyoncé’s visual album “Lemonade.”) In the ongoing contest over which dystopian classic is most applicable to our time, Kellyanne Conway made a strong case for George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” when she used the phrase “alternative facts” and sent the novel to...
  • Are We Suffering from 'Star Wars' Fatigue?

    06/13/2018 6:07:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 11, 2018 | Chris Queen
    I've been a fan of Star Wars from the start. I was only four when the first movie came out, but I remember getting a watch with C-3PO and R2-D2 on it for Christmas in 1977. It's still the most memorable gift from my childhood. I have vivid memories of going to see the original trilogy, both in the original runs and in re-releases. I suffered through the prequels. And my siblings and I have introduced Star Wars love to a new generation through the new films and Disney World visits.
  • ‘Solo’ A No-Go Due To “Poor Marketing,” Not Franchise Fatigue, Analyst Says

    06/05/2018 6:21:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 91 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | June 4, 2018 | Dade Hayes
    Solo: A Star Wars Story has mustered only $264 million at the worldwide box office, but one prominent voice on Wall Street blames the misfire on “poor marketing,” not a larger issue with the franchise. Doug Creutz, a veteran media analyst at Cowen, issued a report to investors that reaffirmed his “market perform” rating on Disney shares. While the report is based on his financial view of the company, it allows the analyst a chance to wade directly into the pop-culture waters to offer his take on why Solo stumbled. Point by point, the report knocks down some of the...
  • Ranking All 10 Star Wars Movies Worst to Best

    05/31/2018 7:11:40 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 130 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 30, 2018 | Durbania
    Now that I've had time to think about Solo: A Star Wars Story, it's time to rank all 10 live action Star Wars movies worst to best. How would you rank the Star Wars movies?
  • Will Soft 'Solo' Box Office Cause Disney to Rethink 'Star Wars' Strategy?

    05/28/2018 9:07:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | May 28, 2018 | Pamela McClintock
    Lucasfilm and Disney are facing a moment of reckoning. Over Memorial Day weekend, they were jolted when Solo: A Star Wars Story battled hard to hit $100 million domestically and bombed overseas with $65 million. The film badly trailed the launch of fellow stand-alone pic Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which debuted to $155 million domestically in 2016 on its way to topping $1.056 billion globally. At its current rate, Solo may not gross much more than $400 million all in.
  • ‘Solo’ Currently Flying Low For Disney ‘Star Wars’ Opening With $105M-$115M 4-Day

    05/25/2018 3:05:07 PM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | May 26, 2018 | Anthony D'Alessandro
    UPDATED, 10:47AM: Industry estimates this morning are pegging around $33M today for Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story with a $80M-$90M three-day and $105M-$115M play over four days. That’s a very early read on opening figures, which do not come from Disney. We could see a different picture by tonight. We hear that exit polls showed a four-out-five stars and that there should be a promising turnout by boys tomorrow.
  • Box-Office Preview: 'Solo' Headed for Lowest Opening of Disney 'Star Wars' Movies

    05/24/2018 5:13:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 68 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | May 23, 2018 | Pamela McClintock
    If all goes well, a young Han Solo and his band of outcasts will take out Captain Jack Sparrow and set a new Memorial Day weekend record at the box office. Disney and Lucasfilm's spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story is tracking to open to $130 million to $150 million over the long holiday weekend, with $130 million being on the low end of expectations. To date, the Memorial Day weekend record-holder for the top domestic launch is 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End with $139.8 million, not adjusted for inflation.
  • Is anyone really desperate to see Solo: A Star Wars Story?

    05/22/2018 6:01:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 78 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | May 22, 2018 | Tom Beasley
    This week marks the release of a new Star Wars movie, focusing on arguably the most loved character in the history of the franchise – swashbuckling cosmic bad-boy Han Solo. Everything about Solo: A Star Wars Story suggests it should be steaming into cinemas on the back of a roaring hype train, but that’s not so. Compared with the rabid fan anticipation that preceded The Force Awakens in 2015 and last year’s divisive The Last Jedi, the publicity build-up to Solo is muted, like Chewbacca with a sore throat.
  • Has everyone gone insane? Conservative and libertarian authors getting kicked out of conventions.

    05/16/2018 12:40:12 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 39 replies
    A Pius Geek blog ^ | 05/16/2018 | Declan Finn
    A list of conventions that have banned science fiction authors - including some they'd put on panels - and the history of what is going on.
  • Pros and Cons of Various Methods of Interstellar Travel

    05/14/2018 11:08:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies ^ | Matt Williams
    It’s a staple of science fiction.... the idea of sending out spaceships with colonists and transplanting the seed of humanity among the stars. Between discovering new worlds, becoming an interstellar species, and maybe even finding extra-terrestrial civilizations, the dream of spreading beyond the Solar System is one that can’t become reality soon enough! For decades, scientists have contemplated how humanity might one-day reach achieve this lofty goal. And the range of concepts they have come up with present a whole lot of pros and cons. These pros and cons were raised in a recent study by Martin Braddock, a member...
  • Michael Anderson, ‘Logan’s Run’ and ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ Director, Dies at 98

    04/29/2018 5:25:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    MSM ^ | April 28, 2019 | Thom Grier
    Michael Anderson, the British filmmaker who directed the 1956 Oscar Best Picture winner "Around the World in 80 Days," died on April 25 at age 98, the Times of London reported. In a storied career that spanned decades, Anderson also won acclaim for the 1955 WWII film "The Dam Busters" as well as 1976's influential sci-fi movie "Logan's Run," about a dystopian future in which everyone is killed off when they reach the age of 30.
  • Did Star Wars Jump the Shark Or Was It Devoured by Parasites?

    04/23/2018 4:11:24 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 76 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | 04/23/2018 | Tamara Wilhite
    I like both Star Wars and Star Trek. I’ve seen all of the Star Wars and Star Trek movies, and while watching the kids, even saw a number of Clone Wars cartoon episodes. I’ve seen most episodes of Star Trek, every series, though I’ve barely been able to watch Star Trek: Discovery except the Mirror Universe episodes. I say this so that my criticism is not mistaken for “you just don’t like the franchises.” And I think modern politics and shifts in storytelling are hurting both science fiction universes.
  • Tim O'Connor, Star on 'Peyton Place' and 'Buck Rogers,' Dies at 90

    04/13/2018 3:57:19 PM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 12, 2018 | Mike Barnes
    Tim O'Connor, the busy character actor who portrayed Elliot Carson, Mia Farrow's father and Dorothy Malone's husband, on more than 400 episodes of the 1960s ABC primetime soap Peyton Place, has died. He was 90. O'Connor died April 5 at his home in Nevada City, California, The Union newspaper reported. O'Connor also starred as Dr. Elias Huer on the 1979-81 NBC sci-fi series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, starring Gil Gerard, and on a memorable 1975 episode of All in the Family, he guest-starred as a former sweetheart of Edith's (Jean Stapleton) from Scranton, Pennsylvania, who's interested in rekindling...
  • War Of The Worlds: Eleanor Tomlinson and Rafe Spall slip into Victorian garb as they shoot [tr]

    04/12/2018 5:14:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 12, 2018 | Julia Pritchard
    It was announced last year that the novel, which is one of the best-selling sci-fi works of all time, was being adapted for a British television. And filming well and truly got under way for War Of The Worlds on Wednesday, as stars Eleanor Tomlinson and Rafe Spall were spotted on set in Cheshire. The Poldark actress, 25, slipped into Victorian garb to transform into her character Amy, while her on-screen husband Rafe, 35, shot a number of more dramatic scenes, surrounded by fire and smoke.
  • The 50 Best Moments in Sci-Fi History

    04/09/2018 10:47:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | April 9, 2018 | Darren Orf
    These are all the moments that made our favorite films truly memorable.
  • The Crossing (Science Fiction TV series)

    04/03/2018 4:45:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | April 3, 2018
    A new science fiction series, The Crossing, debuted on ABC last night. From Wikipedia: The Crossing is an American science fiction thriller series that airs on ABC. The series debuted on April 2, 2018. On March 20, 2018, ABC released the pilot episode on their website. The series is filmed in British Columbia, Canada. Refugees fleeing a war start showing up to seek asylum in an American town—but the refugees claim to be from America, 180 years in the future. Moreover, at least one of the refugees exhibits apparently superhuman powers that make her a threat.Watch the pilot episode online....
  • Why '2001: A Space Odyssey' is still fascinating at 50

    04/03/2018 6:01:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    SF Gate ^ | April 1, 2018 | Mike Moffitt
    Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the original release of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," a seminal film in motion picture history and one that has awed — and confused — thousands over the years. "2001" is often credited with paving the way for science-fiction films that took a realistic approach to depicting the future. A few decent sci-fi dramas were made before Kubrick's space exploration story — "Forbidden Planet" and "The Incredible Shrinking Man" come to mind — but most were strictly B-movie pulp with low production values. After "2001" came "Silent Running," "Star Wars", "Alien" and "Aliens",...