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Well Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, There's Good News: Three Sci-Fi Bits That Don't Induce Suicide

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | March 8, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | March 8, 2012 |

Usually I end up calling posts of groups of small bits of trade news some variation of “Why I Drink Part [something witty]” or “Because the Universe Hates You,” but this time to my eternal satisfaction and bewilderment, I actually found good news. I’m sure this is just a strategic move by a malicious universe, designed only to raise my hopes in order to make my tears that much more bitter. But hey, take what we can get, right?

First up, Ben Browder of “Farscape” and “Stargate: SG1” fame will be guest starring in the third episode of the next season of “Doctor Who,” in an episode set in the American old west. Browder plays the same character in every role, but I like that character quite a bit so I approve. Are you not familiar with his credentials as a thespian? Here’s a shameless plug:

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(source: SFX)

Second, Topher Grace increased six sizes in my estimation by not only being disgusted by the Star Wars prequels, which is a mandatory minimum of good taste, but by doing something about it. He recut the six hours of childhood killing into an 85 minute cut with a new opening screen crawl and screened it “privately” to a group of fifty people that conveniently included a journalist. Word is that it was an incredible improvement, which is believable because less shit is generally better than more shit. The biggest cuts? Basically the entirety of Episode 1, and every sight of Jar-Jar. No word yet on how much Lucas will sue for, but Charlie Sheen did call the FBI because he thought it was another snuff film.

(source: Blastr)

Finally, Ridley Scott continues to drive science fiction hearts aflutter by releasing tasty glimpses of Prometheus. After last week’s faux corporate speech by Guy Pearce as the founder and namesake of Weyland Industries, there is now an entire official Weyland Industries website. It’s got some nifty bits to it, most particularly this new shot of what looks like either some sort of fancy navigation thing, or possibly Mass Effect 4:


I’m happy for the moment, and it feels so strange that I think I’m getting a rash.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.