GSFN 35 Balls of Steel

GSFN Show 35: Balls of Steel

Four years in the making. Yes we’re back! Drew and Skip return with episode 35 of the Gay Sci-Fi Nerds Podcast Show.

You guys will have to forgive and also bear with us as we try to get back into the swing of this.

This episode is our thoughts on the latest Superman movie from director Zack Synder, Man of Steel. Did Henry Cavill do it for us, is Amy Adams’s Lois Lane the most galactically stupid woman in the universe and is Michael Shannon’s General Zod modelled on tadpoles? And did anyone else notice the Phantom Zone pods looked like massive rocket powered dildos!?

Who knows? Who cares? And thanks for listening.

S.H.I.E.L.D.

Sci-fi shots: Doctor Who, S.H.I.E.L.D., True Blood and Chris Carter

Daily digest of some of the sci-fi and fantasy news that’s caught our eye including: Returning Doctor Who companions and Chris Carter returning with a new sci-fi series.

Chris Carter back with new series

Chris Carter is developing a new sci-fi series called The After.

“[A] thriller which revolves around a mysterious, unexplained event. In the vein of The X Files, The After incorporates elements of science fiction, suspense, and real-world fear and paranoia. “Chris has woven his mythology magic within a very human, grounded story about the moment when we realize all of our worst fears about the world and its future,” said Georgeville CEO Marc Rosen, who co-founded the company earlier this year with Leon Clarance of Motion Picture Capital, the financing arm of Reliance Entertainment.”

Carter is one of those writers I thought would have several series out there, so I’m excited to see what he comes up with after such a long break.

Rutger Hauer joins True Blood season 6 cast

Rutger Hauer is going to play another vampire, this time in season 6 of True Blood. Seems like he’s going to feature quite a bit and may be the next big bad.

S.H.I.E.L.D. TV characters revealed

The characters for Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV characters have been revealed.

SKYE: This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident – with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.

AGENT GRANT WARD: Quite the physical specimen and “cool under fire,” he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He’s a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.

AGENT ALTHEA RICE: Also known as “The Calvary,” this hard-core soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.

AGENT LEO FITZ and AGENT JEMMA SIMMONS: These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies – she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.

All sounds like the classic group dynamics that Whedon is famous for. I can’t wait for this to air.

Former Doctor Who companion hints at return for 50th anniversary

Noel Clarke, who played Mickey Smith has hinted his character may return for the 50th anniversary special for Doctor Who. Given his character is married to Freema Agyeman’s Martha Jones, is it possible she will return too? Guess we just have to and see.

Carrie Fisher coke nail

Sci-fi shots: Bond, Predators, Terminators and Mummy sequels

Daily digest of some of the sci-fi and fantasy news that’s caught our eye including: Benedict Cumberbatch in Bond 24; Predators and Terminator sequels; coke-head Carrie Fisher (love her); and a new Mummy film.

Benedict Cumberbatch, the next Bond villain?

Bond producers are looking to lock down Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain in Bond 24.

Predators and Terminator sequels unlikely

First up: Predators. The 2010 Robert Rodriguez sequel starring Adrien Brody was a pretty darn good flick, and a return to form for a franchise that had gotten off the rails as of late.

According to Robert Rodriguez, director of the 2010 movie Predators, a recent shake-up at 20th Century Fox has likely derailed any chances for a seque anytime soon – “We were thinking about it. I don’t know, I’ll have to talk to them. They just had a regime change over there – we’ll see what happens.”

And Arnold Schwarzenegger recently told Empire, “I think (producer) Megan Ellison owns the rights to ‘Terminator 16,’ or whatever it is. They have been trying to put a script together but I’ve not seen it, so I’ve no idea. There’s nothing on the drawing board at this point. Nothing on the plan.”

So it looks like neither franchise will be making it back onto the big screen for some foreseeable time.

J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron to team up for new pilot

J.J. Abrams is set to produce a possible new show for NBC. Alfonso Cuaron, director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, will co-write and direct the pilot. The as yet untitled pilot is about a girl with special powers that will grow over seven years, and the man who is broken out of prison to protect her until then.

Carrie Fisher on cocaine while filming Star Wars

Carrie Fisher has been quite open about her drug past while working on the Star Wars trilogy. Circulating the web this week, is this fun fact – you can actually see evidence of it in The Return of the Jedi. Check out her first finger on co-star Harrison Ford’s shoulder.

In other interviews Carrie Fishers has given over the years, she recalls partaking in drug taking with members of the Star Wars cast on the Hoth set.

Len Wiseman to direct ‘The Mummy‘ remake for 2014

Producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jon Spaihts, with Universal are bringing The Mummy back to the big screen after the successful franchise starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz .

The trio have chosen Len Wiseman to direct the remake, and this time The Mummy will have a modern setting.

When I first heard Universal was relaunching this, that is the image that popped into my head, the period tale, the old monster, but when Bob and Alex pitched it, there was a great new take and approach, and a very different mummy as well. It’s a darker twist on the material, a scarier version.

Matt Smith to appear at MCM London

Matt Smith will be appearing at MCM Expo London Comic Con at ExCel on Friday 26 October. The Eleventh Doctor will be at the MCM theatre, chatting about all things Doctor Who and launching the new Doctor Who Series 7, Part 1 DVD (released 29th October). It will also be streamed online for any fans that can’t make it.

Weekend tickets cost £29 and include entry into Friday’s preview show which is when Matt Smith will be attending. For tickets and more info see www.londonexpo.com/faq/tickets/

Looper animated trailer

Looper animated trailer

A very cool animated trailer for Rian Johnson’s sci-fi thriller Looper.

In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson and also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels. Ram Bergman and James D. Stern produce.

Directed by Rian Johnson Looper stars Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano and Jeff Daniels.

Looper opens in the UK on the 28th of September 2012.

SHIELDED Adam Levermore

S.H.I.E.L.D.E.D. a fan made job application for S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series

Adam Levermore’s cheeky fan made video job application S.H.I.E.L.D.E.D. for the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series.

The stated goal of this short film is to catch the eye of the production designer for the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, and hopefully be so impressive that hiring me is a no-brainer. I realized, though, that it’s much more than that. The finished piece wound up being so high-quality that it stands alone as a spotlight for my design work. I designed all the art elements of the piece, from the ID badges to the dossiers to the copy of the Daily Bugle to the “Employee of the Month” plaque for Maria Hill. I even drew Nick Fury’s right-side-only drawing of the Avengers. Everything that isn’t part of the building or being worn by the actors was my design work, and I think it really shows what I can do to bring a unified, coherent feel to a fictional world. No matter what the project is, if you’re watching this piece with an eye towards hiring me, I think you’ll come away with a really good idea of the value I bring to the table.

Somebody, give him the job already!

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