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Buckaroo Banzai Sequel?! Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League April 25, 2013

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Remember Backaroo Banzai? yeah that one..with Peter Weller.

At the end of the credits we were promised a Sequel and now nearly 30 years later the director of the original flick is still giving us hope.

In an interview with moviefone director W.D. Richter
I believe MGM owns the theatrical rights. The other big insanity for ‘Buckaroo’ is that the paper trail for the rights is almost impossible to follow. Warner Bros. wants to do an adult animated version of ‘Buckaroo.’ PolyGram sold it to MGM as a big bundle — all these films move around. And then, finally, you’re sitting at a studio that you found out purchased part of someone’s library and they are reluctant to do anything with the title because they don’t know for a fact that David Begleman, who was a notorious double dealer, might not have sold the international rights in perpetuity to some guy in Bangkok.

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J J Abrams ADMITS he’s Still a Star Trek Newbie and Hasn’t seen all the Shows April 24, 2013

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WTF is this dickwad doing managing the Star Trek movies? srsly? You hired this J J Abrams guy?

In an interview in Playboy (yes that playboy), Abrams admits how little he knows about Trek.

Well, I haven’t seen every episode of every version of every Star Trek series, but I’m sure there are many more places to go. What’s great about doing another origin story is that it’s all about anticipating the Star Trek world we know is to come. You can play with who Spock and Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise were before they were Spock and Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise. It’s a kind of tease.

 

Superman Man of Steel Trailer 3 is SUPER April 24, 2013

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Kneel Before Zod!

Futurama Will Be Back – and Comedy Central Cancellation can Kiss My Shiny….. April 24, 2013

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The morons that run Comedy Central are killing Futurama – but hey after the morons at Fox first killed the series.. we’re thankfull we got another few good years.

and hey this isn’t necessarily the end – though there is a spoiler out there that claims that the Comedy Central finale of Futurama will be awesome..

SPOILER ALERT:

..the series finale, which features a wedding between Fry and Leela, is “a tasteful, emotional gorefest,” he raves. “There’s a lot of death but there’s also a lot of time travel, so that makes for an interesting combination.” Adds Groening: “It’s a really satisfying ending. It’s an epic ending. If indeed it’s the ending.”

Proof the Force is with Open Source: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy are now GPLv2 April 4, 2013

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The whole point of Open Source software is that code is free and open and there is no lockin. It also means that if there is a dead project or company, it doesn’t mean that a given application is dead.

This week Disney closed down LucasArts – meaning all LucasArts games are essentially dead… well not all of them The Force is with Open Source and Jedi Knight.

The prime dev studio behind Jedi Academy and Jedi Outcast has open sourced the source code behind those two projects under the open source GPLv2 license.

That’s right those two epic games are now GPLv2 meaning ANYONE can look at the code and build their own…kinda/sorta.

While the code is open source, the images and sound (big parts of that game) are not. So as a learning tool on how to build a Jedi Knight game this is invaluable stuff..and who knows maybe it will lead to Jedi Resurrection on Linux on day too.

The source code for Jedi outcast is available here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/jedioutcast/ and http://sourceforge.net/projects/jediacademy/

 

Disney Destoying LucasArts – hundreds unemployed, games cancelled #fudisney April 3, 2013

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Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 8.35.13 PM Disney really doesn’t like parts of the Star Wars Universe.

First they destroyed the Clone Wars, ending the series before its time.

Now Disney is closing down LucasArts. That’s right the main production house behind some of the best games ever made is being shutdown by the house the mouse built.

“After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we’ve had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.”

Iain Banks is Dying April 3, 2013

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terrible news broke today…

Iain Banks disclosed that he has terminal cancer.

We’ve been huge fans of Banks here on ShowMeSciFi ever since we first read Consider Phelbas, we’ve inhaled everything he’s written since then.

Banks’ approach to SciFi is unique, his voice authentic and his stories are beyond compare. Our thoughts and best wishes go to out to this titan of SciFi during his final days.

Here’s a brief excerpt from Banks’ statement

I first thought something might be wrong when I developed a sore back in late January, but put this down to the fact I’d started writing at the beginning of the month and so was crouched over a keyboard all day. When it hadn’t gone away by mid-February, I went to my GP, who spotted that I had jaundice. Blood tests, an ultrasound scan and then a CT scan revealed the full extent of the grisly truth by the start of March.

I have cancer. It started in my gall bladder, has infected both lobes of my liver and probably also my pancreas and some lymph nodes, plus one tumour is massed around a group of major blood vessels in the same volume, effectively ruling out any chance of surgery to remove the tumours either in the short or long term.

http://www.iain-banks.net/2013/04/03/a-personal-statement-from-iain-banks/

Star Trek the Video Game: William Shatner vs the Gorn- HILARIOUS!! April 1, 2013

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J J Abrams in his infinite wisdom DID NOT include William Shatner in his reboot of Star Trek – but that’s not stopping the makers of the new Star Trek video from including Shatner in a new promo.

Shattner parodies himself in this clip (and for good measure we’ve put the classic 1967 clip of his first encounter with the gorn too!)

the new game is set for official release on April 26th 2013

 

and the classic episode bit that is being parodied:

Matt Smith will be Doctor Who in 2014 April 1, 2013

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Here at ShowMeSciFi.com, we’ve been Matt Smith fans from Day one and his first episode as a Doctor Who (Eleventh Hour)

He’s funnier than David Tennant.

He’s tough.

He’s cerebral.

He’s got real charisma.

oh and he’ll also be the Doctor deep into 2014 too.

Stephen King’s Under the Dome Set for 13 week Run on CBS starting in June April 1, 2013

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Screen Shot 2013-04-01 at 10.42.29 PM What happens when an otherwise normal town is cut off from the rest of civilization by an unknown dome?

That’s what Stephen King’s book Under the Dome: A Novel
released in 2010 is all about

Now that book is being translated into a 13 week mini-series for CBS set to debut in June.

Looks interesting but seriously 13 weeks? I don’t think so. this isn’t Dark Tower it’s just one novel and it’s not worth 13 weeks…

Peter Jackson STOLE a Mug from the Colbert Show – and other Revelations from the Desolation of Smaug April 1, 2013

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hobbit-desolationofsmaugThe hype cycle for part 2 of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy is now gearing up.

The new film has the title, “The Desolation of Smaug”

As part of the PR push, Jackson has pushed out a video talking about the film, which has a whole lot of amazing insights. One of the best segments for us was a video question from Stephen Colbert who asked if there would be proper differentiation to show the different groups of Elves. Jackson’s answer — Yes.

Jackson also revealed that he ‘walked out of Colbert’s studio’ with a mug that might not have been his..

Star Trek Into Darkness Official New Look Trailer – Not an April Fools Joke? (but we wish it were) April 1, 2013

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ST13-PosterNo, we haven’t been terribly excited by what we seen so far for the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness movie.

We’ve got the former Starfleet officer gone rogue and overtones of a Khan like nemesis.

We’ve got the Starship Enterprise NCC-1701 falling from the skies (again) to crash into the San Francisco area (how many times do we need to see this good ship crash?)

We have a human-centric cast with no clue that the Federation is much larger than humans.

oh

and no Klingons.

that’s right

NO KRIFING KLINGONS.

Usually at this point of a movie release cycle (less than 8 wks to go) the trailers get really interesting. After all, the trailer is the studio’s opportunity to get the best 30-90 seconds of the movie into a snippet.

The latest Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer is out today – April 1st – but apparently it’s not a joke. It’s just a sad testament to the lack of direction and dedication to the Star Trek mythos

watch for yourself: