Never Tell Me The Odds! How A Bet With George Lucas Made Steven Spielberg Millions From ‘Star Wars’

Posted by Admin - March 31st, 2014

20130211-george-lucas-306x-1360601228We all know now how successful Star Wars has been, but once upon a time, Saga creator George Lucas wasn’t so sure that it would find an audience. According to his friend and fellow blockbuster movie director Steven Spielberg, Lucas was so convinced that Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope would be a flop that he offered to trade 2.5% of profit earned from the film for 2.5% profit from Spielberg’s own soon to be released science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The future would show that neither man had anything to worry about: Both films were successful, but A New Hope would soon outpace Close Encounters and become one of the biggest box office hits of all time.

Lucky for Spielberg, he took Lucas up on his trade, and according to an article published by Business Insider, that decision has probably netted him million and counting from the film.

Read the full story at Business Insider!


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Andy Serkis Talks ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ and ‘The Jungle Book’

Posted by Admin - March 30th, 2014

The fine folks at Collider managed to grab famed motion-capture actor Andy Serkis to discuss his role as Caesar in the new Planet of the Apes sequel as well as his directorial debut with a new adaptation of The Jungle Book. Check it out!


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No, There’s Not Going To Be An Indiana Jones Reboot

Posted by Admin - March 27th, 2014

6The crew at Latino Review broke a story – or rather started a rumor – that everyone’s two-fisted archaeologist was about to receive a Hollywood makeover: Yep, that’s right, an Indiana Jones reboot, supposedly starring Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy) as the new Indy. It was all the rage on the web for about four hours today, until the rumor was quashed by Huffington Post, among other publications:

Because not every big casting rumor involves “Star Wars: Episode VII,” Latino Review reports that Bradley Cooper is on a wish list of names to replace Harrison Ford in the “Indiana Jones” franchise. According to the site, which previously broke news about Cooper voicing Rocket Raccoon in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” it’s still unclear if the fifth Indiana Jones film will feature Ford as the adventuring professor or a new actor picking up the baton, a la the James Bond franchise.

UPDATE: According to a source close to the production, Cooper is not under consideration to star and there are no plans to reboot the franchise with another actor. HuffPost Entertainment has also contacted representatives for Cooper and “Indiana Jones” producer Frank Marshall for official comment on the casting rumor. This post will be updated again if they respond.

I’m not super crazy about the idea of an Indiana Jones reboot. I have pretty good memories of (most of) the original films, and Indy is one of those roles that Harrison Ford just owned. I don’t think I’d be interested in seeing a new one. I could see movies starring an actor playing a younger Indy, but a complete reboot? No thanks.

I think we dodged a bullet here. What about you?


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‘Prometheus’ Sequel Confirmed

Posted by Admin - March 25th, 2014

prometheus1yearPrometheus has to have been one of the most divisive science fiction films to have been released in the last five or ten years. Most people either loved it or hated it with few falling anywhere between. Well, get ready to slug it out with your friends again: “Multiple sources” have told industry site The Wrap that Prometheus 2 will be heading into production soon, with an expected release date of sometime in March 2016.

According to The Wrap, Michael Fassbender will be returning to reprise his role as “David”, the synthetic human beheaded by one of the series’ Engineers. If you recall, David’s head was still functioning at the end of the film when it and Noomi Rapace took off for the Engineer homeworld. The big twist is – presuming that The Wrap’s sources are trustworthy – that Fassbender will be playing multiple Davids. The same sources are quoted as saying that Green Lantern script writer Michael Green will be rewriting a draft script originally authored by Jack Paglen, and that the next movie is going to be scarier and closer to Alien in tone.

What do you think? Will you be seeing the movie?


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Brilliant Teacher Threatens to Spoil ‘Game of Thrones’ for Misbehaving Students

Posted by Admin - March 23rd, 2014

Detention, demerits, or extra homework? Forget them. This German math teacher really knows how to get his students’ attention: by threatening them with A Game of Thrones spoilers. And it wasn’t an idle threat, either. Evidently this teacher is a fan of the series and has read all of the books. I’m assuming his students haven’t.

Via Metro:

One day while teaching in a noisy classroom, the educator asked who watched Game of Thrones, to which the majority raised their hands.

‘Well, I’ve read all the books,’ he told them. ‘If there is too much noise, I will write the name of the dead on the board. They are enough to fill the whole year and I can even describe how they die,’ reports nieuwsblad.be.

Read the rest at Metro. No Spoilers!


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50 Page Fridays: Cleve Lamison

Posted by Admin - March 22nd, 2014

Every Friday, we here @ Del Rey Spectra will place a 50 page excerpt of a selected title on Suvudu. Whether it is science fiction, epic fantasy, alternate history, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal, the possibilities are endless.

This week we’ve featured the first 50 pages of Cleve Lamison’s debut, FULL-BLOOD, HALF-BREED. In this hard-hitting debut, two young men divided by an intense hatred—yet marked with a common destiny—have the power to save the world . . . or destroy it.

Check out the synopsis here:

It’s been two thousand years since the bastard spawn of the god Creador lost their war to enslave humankind, transforming the Thirteen Kingdoms into a violent world where the martial arts are exalted as sacred gifts from the gods—and honor is won through arena blood sport.

Paladin Del Darkdragón, a sixteen-year-old warrior-in-training, is a “half-breed.” His battle against pure-blood bullies like Fox the Runt has forced him to master the four fighting forms. But when he blends them, he is condemned as a heretic by authorities and banished from the training temples. Seeking redemption, he enrolls in the arena games, savage trials that end in death.

This year’s games mask an old plot driven by a new prophet. With a horde of Creador’s Bastards and an army of fanatics led by Fox the Runt at his command, the Prophet will bend the world to his will or burn it to ash.

Paladin faces an impossible choice: redeem his honor in a fight he can’t hope to survive, or abandon his loved ones to perish in the sweeping holy war consuming the Kingdoms.

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We hope you enjoy this excerpt of Full-Blood, Half-Breed by Cleve Lamison!

Full-Blood, Half-Breed by Cleve Lamison by Random House Publishing Group


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George R.R. Martin Talks HBO and ‘Winds of Winter’ Contingency Plans in Vanity Fair

Posted by Admin - March 19th, 2014

Vanity Fair has a great interview with A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin that you’ve got to read. Martin discusses whether HBO’s A Game of Thrones makes him feel rushed to finish the next book, The Winds of Winter, and his contingency plans for just in case he’s still not done by the time HBO finishes adapting the most recent book in the series: 2011′s A Dance with Dragons.

Snippet:

“The season that’s about to debut covers the second half of the third book. The third book [A Storm of Swords] was so long that it had to be split into two. But there are two more books beyond that, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. A Dance with Dragons is itself a book that’s as big as A Storm of Swords. So there’s potentially three more seasons there, between Feast and Dance, if they split into two the way they did [with Storms]. Now, Feast and Dance take place simultaneously. So you can’t do Feast and then Dance the way I did. You can combine them and do it chronologically. And it’s my hope that they’ll do it that way and then, long before they catch up with me, I’ll have published The Winds of Winter, which’ll give me another couple years. It might be tight on the last book, A Dream of Spring, as they juggernaut forward.”

Plus, Martin addresses how the public’s perception of science fiction and fantasy as a legitimate literary genre has changed over the decades and whether or not one must be damaged in some way to be an artist. It’s a long interview and very informative if you’re a fan of Martin and his work.

Click here to read the full interview.


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SyFy Channel Executive VP: “…We’re Back and We Care About Sci-Fi”

Posted by Admin - March 14th, 2014

PHvf6lEANnmQyD_3_mAn article by The Hollywood Reporter’s Michael O’Connell says that we’re going to be seeing some big, ambitious, and very cool changes in the very near future at the SyFy Channel. Get ready for fewer campy flicks like Sharknado and Frankenfish and more original, thought-provoking series along the lines of Battlestar Galactica.

O’Connell reports that parent company NBC Universal has given SyFy channel management a mandate to produce content that can compete with shows like The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and Game of Thrones – all successful, award-winning programs that clearly demonstrate that sci-fi and fantasy programming can stand on its own merits.

The channel’s executive VP of original content, Bill McGoldrick acknowledged that the channel had lost its place as the home for sci-fi entertainment, but hopes that original content will bring fans back to the channel:

“That’s the way to send a message in a big way that we’re back and we care about sci-fi,” he says. “There is enormous pressure to get that back, because we used to own it. And we’re going to own it again.”

Among the original content planned for the channel is a miniseries titled Ascension that takes place aboard a generation ship fleeing an Earth in the grips of a Cold War. Rumors suggest a November launch for the new series.

That sounds like great news to me, but if you’re a fan of the channel’s “guilty pleasure” creature features (Don’t worry – you’re not alone!), take heart: SyFy will continue to release them – just not as many. And yes, there’s another Snarknado movie in the works…

Read the full story at THR.


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Guy Does One Man A Capella Version of ‘Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!’ Nintendo Game Theme

Posted by Admin - March 8th, 2014

Check out YouTuber Smooth McGroove’s absolutely solid a capella rendition of the theme from the classic Nintendo video game “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!” Apparently, video game themes are his specialty. Check out the rest of his videos here.

Here’s the original theme if you’d like to compare the two:


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Tracy Hickman on the Creation of the Dragonlance Saga

Posted by Admin - March 7th, 2014

Dragonlance_Adventures_1987_book_coverIf you’re a fan of Laura and Tracy Hickman’s Dragonlance novels, adventures, or games, then you might find this look at the birth of the franchise very interesting. Written by Tracy Hickman, the piece revisits the early conceptualization of the Dragonlance setting…

Here’s a snippet. Read the rest at TRHickman.com:

It is a truth in life that to make our dreams come true, we often have to conquer some pretty mundane territory. In 1983 the problem facing Harold Johnson and I was not how to create the extraordinary vision of Dragonlance … but how to get the company we worked for, TSR, Inc., to approve and back the project.

Nothing like it had ever been attempted before: a series of twelve interconnected adventure modules. We knew it would require a level of commitment from the company that had never been possible before. The company was expanding and diversifying at the time which put a strain on the available resources and meant increasing competition between the newly established divisions for toys, miniatures, brand products and ‘Endless Quest’ books.

So we decided to keep our entire project a secret.

I gave Dragonlance a code name: Project Overlord. I took the name from the code name that had been used for the D-Day landings in Normandy in World War II. It seemed fitting to me: a decisive battle that had required unprecedented planning. Then the next thing we did was to arrange a meeting with all of the TSR art staff … without the knowledge of the company outside of work. Larry Elmore volunteered his basement in the evening and there, with Larry, Keith Parkinson, Jeff Easley and a host of others. Harold and I told them about Dragonlance, something of the story and how we wanted to create something unique, fresh and new.


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