2016 Locus Awards Winners

2016 Locus Awards Winners

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the 2016 Locus Awards. on Saturday, June 25, 2016 during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA.

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

FANTASY NOVEL

YOUNG ADULT BOOK

FIRST NOVEL

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GAME OF THRONES producers confirm fewer than 15 episodes left

Posted on the Wertzone, June 28

http://thewertzone.blogspot.ca/2016/06/game-of-thrones-producers-confirm-less.html

GAME OF THRONES producers confirm fewer than 15 episodes left

Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss have confirmed that there are, at best, 15 episodes of the series left, and possibly as few as 13.

Benioff and Weiss have been talking for a while now about ending the series with two shortened seasons, with a clear preference for a seventh season next year of seven episodes and then a final season in 2018 with six episodes. This would allow them to focus and concentrate more resources, finances and filming time on the events of these episodes, which are expected to be huge in scale and scope. HBO’s preference appears to be for at least two full 10-episode seasons and clearly discussions have been going on for some time over a solution. Last month HBO renewed Game of Thrones for a seventh season, but not an eighth, leading to speculation that perhaps they were even discussing a larger-than-normal seventh season, perhaps airing later in the year to conclude the series in one go. However, this seemed unlikely as HBO would prefer two event seasons in two subsequent financial years, especially as they don’t have a new series on the drawing board likely to replace Game of Thrones in the zeitgeist.

HBO has yet to officially comment on how many episodes will be in the seventh season. With that writing of the scripts for the seventh season already complete and filming due to start in a couple of weeks, this will have been finalised some time ago, so it’s just a question of when they want to confirm it.

Some Trailers and stuff

  1.  Dr Okun’s back
  2.  Westworld teaser
  3. New theme music for Ghostbusters
  4. Final Star Trek Beyond Trailer

 

  1. HE’S BAAACK. ScienceFiction.com explains how Dr. Okun’s been down for the count almost as long as Captain America – “Okun’s Razor: New ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ Featurette Explains The Return Of Dr. Okum”.

Of course, the alien attacked the doctor and took over his mind, using him to communicate with the other people outside the laboratory, and the encounter ended with men having to shoot the alien before it hurt the president, all of which left Dr. Okun comatose on the floor.

According to the new featurette released, Dr. Okun did not actually die that day. Apparently he was just left in a vegetative state, a coma, for the past twenty years, leaving him prime to be woken up by contact with new alien minds as the aliens return in the new film.

 

2) WESTWORLD TEASER TRAILER. Westworld is coming to HBO in October 2016.

3)  Yahoo! Movies describes the Ghostbusters theme remake.

Paul Feig’s reboot of Ghostbusters gives everything a full redo — including, it turns out, the classic, catchy, campy theme song by Ray Parker Jr. The theme song as revamped by Fall Out Boy with Missy Elliott, released this morning (hear it above), abandons the bright pop past in favor of a darker guitar-heavy dose of alternative/mid-2000s emo angst. Be prepared to hear this song in various Hot Topics for the next couple of weeks/months/years.

Not that my opinion counts for much, but I HATE IT ! Have a listen, what do you think?

4) Final Star Trek Beyond Trailer

Star Trek Beyond is coming to theatres July 22.

Axanar, Star Trek, Paramount Guidelines

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Guidlines for making Star Trek fan films
Axanar publishes more trailers
Thanks to the Fernster for the link to the guidelines for Star Trek fanfilms.
CBS and Paramount Pictures are big believers in reasonable fan fiction and fan creativity, and, in particular, want amateur fan filmmakers to showcase their passion for Star Trek.  Therefore, CBS and Paramount Pictures will not object to, or take legal action against, Star Trek fan productions that are non-professional and amateur and meet the following guidelines…
Read the Guidelines here:

Back in May, Abrams made comments that led fans to believe the case had been dropped, but  in fact, litigation continues. The Axamonitor site ran an in-depth analysis of the studios’ latest filing with the court.

In spite of this, Axanar is still blissfully going ahead. The following is an excerpt from the article on Space.com: http://www.space.com/33259-star-trek-axanar-trailer-released-amid-lawsuit.html

Published on Jun 23, 2016

This is the SECOND of THREE exclusive teaser trailers for AXANAR, concentrating on the Klingon side of the conflict. Richard Hatch, in character as the Klingon Warlord “Kharn the Undying,” provides the voice over.

Director Robert Meyer Burnett created this trailer from visual effects and voice-overs produced in December before the lawsuit was filed. He declined to answer legal questions about the production but said he hopes the story can move forward soon.

After the fan-made production raised $600,000 on Kickstarter and was planned to be released in 2016, production was halted after CBS and Paramount Pictures filed suit in California in December 2015. The suit alleges that the production violates several “Star Trek” copyrights, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fans are allowed to make their own “Star Trek” fan art and fan fiction, as long as those works follow guidelines set by CBS and Paramount Pictures. The companies recently announced a new list of “Guidelines for Avoiding Objections.” The list includes an introductory paragraph which states: “CBS and Paramount Pictures are big believers in reasonable fan fiction and fan creativity, and, in particular, want amateur fan filmmakers to showcase their passion for Star Trek.”

“We are continuing settlement talks, and the discovery process is well underway,” Erin Ranahan, a Winston & Strawn attorney representing filmmaker Axanar Productions, wrote in an email to Space.com. “We hope that the lawsuit will be resolved before the need to file any further motions with the court.”

 

STOP MOTION DINOSAURS

The Alex Film Society will show The Lost World (1925) on Sunday, July 10th at 2:00 p.m. at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.

The Lost World posterWhen Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was not writing Sherlock Holmes stories, he often wrote history, fantasy, adventure and science-fiction tales. One of his most successful novels was The Lost World, the story of adventurers who find a South American plateau – where time stopped 65 million years ago – inhabited by dinosaurs.

In 1912, when the book was published, movies were still in their infancy and technology wasn’t available to do the fantastic story justice, but by 1925, Willis O’Brien had begun to perfect stop motion, a form of animation that would allow him and his small team to bring these long dead creatures to life, blending them convincingly with real actors. It created a sensation when people saw, for the first time, believable prehistoric creatures on the screen, and remains a cinematic milestone today.

Featuring some of the biggest stars of the silent era, including Wallace Beery, Bessie Love and Lewis Stone, as well as no less than a dozen different species of dinosaur, our print of The Lost World is a fully restored version from the George Eastman House collection. Famed composer and pianist Alexander Rannie will accompany the film with the musical score that was written for the original release.

Preservation funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and Hugh Hefner.

Independence Day, on June 24th?

Here’s what was wrong with the first Independence Day, in under six minutes. Coke? And again, Coke?? Gosh, if the ships were that big, I could see them from my backyard telescope, from under a street lamp. I hope they do better in Resurgence, And I expect reviews from everyone in time for the next WARP!

Anton Yelchin death officially ruled an accident

LA County coroner’s office has confirmed the cause of the Star Trek actor’s death while Fiat Chrysler continues to investigate any vehicular malfunction.

The death of Anton Yelchin has been officially ruled as an accident by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

The 27-year-old actor, known for roles in Star Trek and Green Room, died after his car rolled down his driveway and pinned him against a security fence. The coroner confirmed that the cause of death was “blunt traumatic asphyxia” and estimated that his injuries would have killed him in under a minute.

An investigation has been launched by Fiat Chrysler as Yelchin’s car, a 2015 Jeep Cherokee, had been recalled due to a “rollaway risk”, according to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Drivers erroneously concluding that their vehicle’s transmission is in the ‘park’ position may be struck by the vehicle and injured if they attempt to get out of the vehicle while the engine is running and the parking brake is not engaged,” the organisation said in a report about the problem.

More than 850,000 vehicles have been involved in the initial investigation about the issue, according to CBS News.

Yelchin’s death has led to tributes from across the industry, including his Star Trek director JJ Abrams who called him “brilliant … kind … funny as hell, and supremely talented” and his Alpha Dog co-star Justin Timberlake who tweeted that he was a “genius actor” and an “amazing human being”. A number of Yelchin’s films are yet to be released, including this summer’s Star Trek Beyond and thriller Thoroughbred.

INDEPENDENCE DAY

We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.