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“Spock’s Brain” is widely believed to be the worst episode of the original Star Trek ever. One would think that a condensed version could only be better. One would be right.
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This toungue-in-cheek video is a greta way to punk Star Trek noobs…

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Austin Basis plays JT on the hit CW show, BEAUTY & THE BEAST, and I was thrilled to be able to ask him about the show, acting, and more!

A complete bio for Austin can be found at his website.


Kristin Centorcelli: You play JT Forbes, a scientist and childhood friend of Vincent Keller (the “Beast”) on BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Will you tell us more about the show and your character? What kind of prep have you had to do for the role?
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TRAILER: SyFy’s 12 Monkeys

SyFy seems to be on a mission to shed some of it’s, well, less than stellar reputation with regards to quality SF on its network. They’ve recently announced series based on S.A. Corey’s Expanse novels, John Scalzi’s The Ghost Brigades and a “re-imagining” of Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys. Below is the trailer for SyFy’s version.
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William Ritter lives and teaches in Springfield, Oregon. The Sherlock Holmes–style adventure Jackaby is his first novel. He began writing Jackaby in the middle of the night when his son was still an infant. After getting up to care for him, Will would lie awake, his mind creating rich worlds and fantasies—such as the one in New Fiddleham. Follow William at his website and on Twitter as @Willothewords.

Doctor Who Distilled

by William Ritter

Your fervent, occasionally unhealthy enthusiasm for Doctor Who has finally piqued the interest of your last non-Whovian friends. You’ve been scribbling “Bad Wolf” in the margins of their history books for years, freaking them out by staring unblinkingly at every stone angel you see, and answering their legitimate questions, such as “What have you done with all of my left shoes?” with a cheeky “Spoilers!” Well, congratulations, all of your hard work has finally paid off—they’ve reached out an arm and given you the chance to pull them aboard the TARDIS!

One problem—that big Peter Capaldi party you’ve been planning is right around the corner! Your Whovian hold-out doesn’t have time to sit down and start from the beginning! You need to cherry-pick the best of the best. (Trust me, don’t leave them to their own devices. My brother-in-law tried “giving it a go” three times on network television. By pure chance he got “The Girl in the Fireplace” EVERY time. He is a fan now, but he’s developed a Pavlovian response and weeps uncontrollable whenever he hears the opening credits.) I don’t recommend starting a newbie with the classic series either—not because it isn’t worthy, but because fine wine is wasted on an unrefined palate. So where to begin?

Without further ado, because I know you’ve got darling little Dalek cupcakes and Cybermuffins to bake before the big day, here is Doctor Who Distilled. In just 5 hours of screen time, these episodes showcase the breadth of Doctor Who. They feature Eccleston, Tennant, Smith, and Hurt’s incarnations of The Doctor, and introduce viewers to Rose, Martha, Donna, Amy, Rory, Jack, River, and Clara.
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Looks like some interesting things are in store for the upcoming season of The Walking Dead.

Here’s the Season 5 trailer that premiered at ComicCon…
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Deadline in reporting that Amazon has ordered a pilot episode for a drama series based on Philip K. Dick’s famous alternate history novel The Man In The High Castle. The book posits an alternate history in which Germany won World War II and now occupies the United States.

The order went to Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free, who owns the rights. The script is being written by former X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz.

This is not the first news of this novel being adapted. Back in 2013, it was being reported that the SyFy channel was interested in adapting the series, but that apparently went nowhere. Now, Amazon has expressed an interest in the adaptation. Time will tell if actually pans out this time.

What fans really wanna know, can two Star Fleet offciers share a starship…without driving each other crazy?

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So this is happening: Phineas & Ferb take on Star Wars.

Premieres this Saturday, July 26th at 9 PM on Disney Channel. I’m crossing my lightsabers that this is better than the Marvel mashup they did a long time ago in a galaxy far away…

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Here’s an extended look at the upcoming BBC drama Intruders, based on the Michael Marshall Smith novel…a book I’ve been wanting to read, but now have to read. Thanks, BBC!

The series is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. It stars John Simm (Doctor Who), Mira Sorvino, James Frain and Millie Brown.

Jack Whelan (John Simm), a former LAPD cop with a troubled and violent history, finds the quiet idyllic life he has crafted with his wife, Amy (Mira Sorvino) shattered when she goes missing. While Jack is consumed with an investigation, which threatens his very core, a sinister agent named Richard Shepherd (James Frain) is embarking on a series of lethal executions. Meanwhile, a distraught little girl named Madison (Millie Brown) runs away from home into a world of danger.

Here’s the trailer…

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This Summer, readers are once again reminded that Stephen King is one of the most popular authors of our time. If you haven’t seen his new book, Mr. Mercedes, on bookstore shelves, you are either not paying attention or not going to the bookstore. Meanwhile, television viewers are enjoying the second season of Under the Dome, the adaptation of his 2009 novel of the same name.

Head on over to Kirkus Reviews to read Part 2 of The Stephen King Edition of Book-to-TV/Film Adaptations, in which I cover the short fiction adaptations!

The source of this video is not known, but I suspect it came from Aweseomeland.

My favorite part: When the Dalek calls Doctor Who a bastard.

“Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho”

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Hollywood Still Loves Stephen King

It’s probably obvious that prolific bestselling authors have a greater chance of seeing their work adapted for television and film. And you probably know that prolific author Stephen King has already had a large handful of his novels and stories adapted. What you might not guess is that that particular well has not yet run dry and even when it does, Hollywood is perfectly content with producing second adaptations of the horror-masters work. This is evidenced by this latest roundup of speculative fiction adaptations, which focuses on upcoming films based on the works of Stephen King.

Head on over to Kirkus Reviews to read Read Them Now, Watch Them Later: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Adaptation Watch – The Stephen King Edition!

Star Trek: Axanar

Here’s a treat for Star Trek fans…

The kickstarted film Star Trek: Axanar shows an early chapter in Federation history. The documentary style of this trailer, titled Prelude To Axanar, highlights the beginnings of the first peace between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire. Star Trek Axanar stars Richard Hatch, Tony Todd, Gary Graham and Kate Vernon.

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Here’s the trailer for To Be Takei, a documentary about Star Trek‘s George Takei and what led him to become a geek icon.

To Be Takei premieres August 22 in theaters and on iTunes.

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It’s a slow day in the Hall of Justice. What better time for Batman to teach his young ward how to save someone’s life?

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Made. Of. Win.

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In case you haven’t been watching it, The Wil Wheaton Project is a treat. It’s essentially Talk Soup for geeks and it’s more funny than not.

For example, in this week’s episode, there was the following mash-up of Game of Thrones and The Brady Bunch

Spoilers ahead!
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The Hollywood Reporter is, er, reporting that Robert Charles Wilson’s Hugo Award-winning science fiction thriller Spin is being adapted for television by Universal Cable Productions, who acquires the television rights. Producers attached to the project are Rob Morrow (best known for his acting roles in Northern Exposure and Quiz Show) and Olympus Pictures’ Leslie Urdang (Beginners, Rabbit Hole). No actors or network has been named as being attached to the project.

The story focuses on the lives of three childhood friends against the backdrop of the Earth being seemingly and inexplicably enclosed in an artificial barrier that blocks humans from seeing any stars besides the sun. NASA learns that time is traveling a billion times faster outside of the barrier and civilization on Earth will last another five years before the sun expands and consumes the planet.

Here’s a look at what Star Wars might have looked like as an 80′s-style anime…

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