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May
23

‘The Empire Strikes Back’ for charity

Han Solo, Chewie and Lando reunite for the 30th anniversary charity screening of “The Empire Strikes Back” on May 21, 2010. Read more about the yearlong Lucasfilm yearlong charity campaign called The Empire Gives Back at LA Times.

Check out some of the photos of the event, courtesy of Monsters & Critics.

Darth Vader inspects the troops of Imperial Army. EPA/LAVANDEIRA JR

The troops of Imperial Army march at the Obradoiro square in Santiago Compostela Galicia, Spain.

Billy Dee Williams and Harrison Ford © Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

Peter Mayhew and Harrison Ford. © Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

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May
17

Heroes scoop: Cast members disagree on movie

Sylar (my favorite character) and prey

First of all, like all fans, I want to start off with an official R.I.P. Heroes. I fell in love with the show in season 1, and though it took a few interesting twists and turns, I’ve remained a fan ever since.

Though countless blogs and magazines continue to speculate whether or not NBC will wrap up the Heroes plot via a two-hour film, I had the opportunity to ask one cast member (last night) who said, “there isn’t going to be a movie.” He notes that NBC ditched the mere thought of a season 5 because, well, it cost too much money to produce the show. Why would they spend money on a film?

Entertainment Weekly gives us an exclusive interview with Greg Grunberg (a.k.a. Matt Parkman) who still has high hopes that the fans will get their wish of a proper ending.

I guess that means… we wait!

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Mar
31

Best mode of transportation: The Spaceship

On a daily basis, I hear my friends talk about what car they’d love to drive. A BMW this or that. I don’t know about you, but there’s another form of transportation I’d kill to take to work every day: a spaceship!

In lieu of fans everywhere that agree, here’s a look at some of the coolest, creepiest, and funniest spaceships to ever to grace TV and film.

U.S.S. Enterprise (Star Trek)

Matt Jeffries original design

The original bridge

The new Enterprise (by Ryan Church)

The new bridge

Check out more panoramic views of the new bridge on Sci Fi Scoop.

If you’re one of those people that loves a behind the scenes look at the architecture of such a ship, check out the blueprints for almost every Star Trek ship to date!

The Galactica (Battlestar Galactica)

The Galactica

Original concepts for the bridge

Here’s an interesting article and breakdown of these first two ships: Starship Enterprise vs. Battlestar Galactica: Who would win?

Cylon Raider (Battlestar Galactica)

Cylon Raider

Death Star (Star Wars)

Though technically a space station, this moon-shaped creation needs to be on the list!

Escape from the Death Star (by Geoff Hutchins)

The Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)

The Millennium Falcon

Millenium Falcon Lego version

The Tardis (Dr. Who)

The Tardis (aka English phone booth)

Interior of the Tardis (yes, much larger on the inside!)

Winnebago Eagle V (Spaceballs)

Winnebago Eagle V

Borg Cube (Star Trek)

Borg Cube

Shadow Vessel (Babylon 5)

This one is for those of you who love spiders.

Shadow Vessel (very creepy)

Serenity (Firefly)

The coolest part about this ship is that, when it’s taking off, the lighted back end makes it look like (you guessed it) a firefly!

Serenity

The Mothership (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)

The Mothership

Detailed model of The Mothership

Stargate Atlantis

Though the exterior is also cool, it’s the gate room that makes the ships in any Stargate series unique!

Stargate Atlantis gate room

Aries 1B Earth-Moon Shuttle (2001: A Space Odyssey)

Aries 1B Earth-Moon shuttle

How to make a spaceship

For anyone wondering how you can make your own spaceship at home, the Browncoats show you how to build a spaceship on a budget.

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Mar
30

We are of peace. Always.

By Kristen Nedopak  //  Film & TV, Science Fiction  //  Comments Off on We are of peace. Always.

Sci-fi fans across the planet are eagerly awaiting the arrival of episode 5 of the remake V (short for visitors) that will air on ABC tonight. If you haven’t seen the show, it’s a fine new addition to the list of TV series out there with aliens masked in human bodies and a plot to take over the world. You know, the usual.

Watch the trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnNjRaBj3zs

More on V

Check out full episodes on TV.com!

View photos of the show and cast on IMDB.

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Mar
29

Geek Pajama Party web series

What’s got incredibly hot chicks dressed as your favorite sci-fi and fantasy characters, a room full of geeks, and is hosted by yours truly? The new Geek Pajama Party web series!

Kristen Nedopak & Admiral Ackbar host the Geek Pajama Party

Tune in for the funniest, sexiest, craziest show in the galaxy as your gorgeous host Lisa celebrates the 18th birthday of DAKOTA FANNING with the Geeks! Segment 2 of this ASTONISHING episode includes “SPOILERS,” featuring secrets from this summer’s upcoming blockbusters, “LANDO CALRISSIAN’S GUIDE TO THE FEMALE ORGASM,” “WHAT’S IN LISA’S WORMHOLE,” and DAKOTA FANNING, live in person, to celebrate her birthday with the Geeks!

Part 1:

Part 2:

More fun!

http://www.geekpajamaparty.com
http://www.jonandal.com
http://www.urbanarchipelagofilms.com

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Mar
23

Clash of the Titans: In memory and anticipation

By Kristen Nedopak  //  Film & TV, Props & Set, Visual Art  //  6 Comments

Clash of the Titans original poster

When I was in grade school, I remember getting an assignment to write a report on any person, place, or thing from history. Being the fantasy fanatic I was, I chose the Pegasus. Funny, though I was quite obsessed with Gods and Goddesses of Greek mythology, I was more excited to illustrate the book cover showing the creature in all it’s glory (or what my artistic skills could produce at the time; and they were actually pretty darn good, even back then).

So it wasn’t a surprise that, along with so many other mythology and fantasy enthusiasts, I loved the original 1981 film Clash of the Titans. Even with its slightly cheesy special effects, it’s still a favorite in my mind.

As most of the world knows, they’re coming out with a remake in 2010. I don’t fully trust that it’ll top the original (yes, I’m one of those people who always love the originals more), but what I am looking forward to are the special effects! With today’s technology and talent, this new film will, well, kick the original’s ass in that department.

The films, old and new

For anyone who hasn’t seen it, here’s the trailer to the original:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVcT5YWBzq8

Here’s the trailer for the 2010 remake:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6CJenNMsb4

Who’s playing who?

It’s always fun to compare actors from the past to the modern day versions of characters:

Laurence Olivier as Zeus

Liam Neeson as Zeus

Harry Hamlin as Perseus

Sam Worthington as Perseus

Jack Gwillim as Poseidon

Danny Huston as Poseidon

Judi Bowker as Andromeda

Alexa Davalos as Andromeda

And of course, though Hades wasn’t in the original as far as I recall, I look forward to Ralph Fiennes interpretation of the character in the new film:

Ralph Fiennes as Hades

And the creatures!

Medusa - original

Medusa - updated

Kraken - original

Kraken - updated

Scorpion - original

Scorpion - updated

Who’s missing?

Aeromental provides a great article documenting what monsters are missing, along with many still frames from the new film.

Fan art

Check out some of the Clash characters and scenes by über talented artists:

Zeus by Genzoman

Poseidon by Genzoman

Hades by Genzoman

Kraken by Vegas Mike

Perseus by Jordan Ross

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Mar
21

Kick ass sci-fi shorts

I was perusing YouTube for some fascinating sci-fi films, shorts, animations, and whatever else I could find. Here are a few that I thought kicked ass!

Space Doodles

This first video was created by my own production company PUCKER as part of our first season of comedic (and often raunchy) shorts. Yes, that’s me in purple! More at: PUCKER.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5qOblDqz1g

Aliens Vs. Coffee machine

A really well done sci-fi a nimation by Henrik Bjerregaard Clausen. More at: aniBOOM.

Leap

A science-fiction short film about a young man who accidentally discovers that he can travel between two parallel worlds. You can check out the Visual Effects Breakdown in this video.

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Mar
18

Wheel of Time: Best fantasy series ever

Death Dealer by Frank Frazetta

When I tell people I’m a huge fantasy nerd and frequent reader, the first question that comes up is, “have you read the The Wheel of Time series?” My lightning-quick response is, “Hells yeah!” (Note: I generally salivate by just thinking of these books). If my boyfriend happens to be around when the question arises, he’ll laugh because he knows just how much I obsess over this series. Picture he and I hanging in our back yard, drinking coffee, and discussing our passions. He talks cars and I talk WOT (when I’m in midst of reading the series). The two of us usually have no idea what the other is talking about, though I did finally get him to read Eye of the World.

After my brother-in-law turned me onto the series years ago, I’ve read (or shall I say listened to; I do books on mp3) each one of the first eleven books several times. Book 12 just came out, so I’ve only got one read in. I want to go on record right now to say that The Wheel of Time is arguably the best epic fantasy series of all time. It combines everything I adore about good stories: fantasy, magic, mythical and dangerous creatures, and two major topics I think every good fantasy series should have: politics and a struggle for power. Yes, yes, I’ve read The Lord of the Rings series too, and oddly found the books a little slow. Perhaps it’s because I watched the movies first and they are brilliant on so many levels.

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Haven’t read this series? Robert Jordan has been writing WOT since 1984 until his death. (Yes, I cried when I heard the news!) At that point Brandon Sanderson took over to complete the final three books of the series, and has done an extraordinary job with book 12: The Gathering Storm. By the way, I’m also reading Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy, another great series.

Jordan’s WOT series is one of the reasons I started this blog. There are hundreds of thousands of fans, like me, who spend hours a day scouring the Internet for news, art, and discussions about the WOT, and I wanted to continue to honor this incredible and still flourishing work of art.

Coming soon!

Moiraine Damodred by Seamas Gallagher

As most fans know, Universal Pictures acquired the movie rights to Eye of the World in August 2008, and the movie is set to start filming in 2011 (produced by Red Eagle Entertainment). So I thought it’d be fun to write, shoot, and produce a short scene from the film for fans! Per the suggestions made by WOT fans on a my blog post Which WOT character am I, I’ll be playing the role of Aes Sedai Moiraine Damodred (pictured to the right). It’ll be more of a “making of,” and we’ll document the entire process from start to finish… for fans!

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