Being Human – 8 Part Second Series Announced!

Being Human - Image (c) BBC/Todd Antony
Being Human - Image (c) BBC/Todd Antony
Good news everyone! Being Human series 2 will happen. Missed series 1 – well you have really missed out. Catch it on DVD. (Being Human Series 1 DVD)

Being Human is the the critically acclaimed hit BBC Three drama (yes BBC three Drama – and it is really good!), chronicling the somewhat complicated lives of a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost living in modern-day Bristol, made by Touchpaper Television, part of the RDF Media Group, has been recommissioned for another eight-part series. The writeup like this makes it seem bad, but it is a quality 5/5 scifi drama series

The first series ends (dramatically) this Sunday (1st March).

Starring Russell Tovey (Little Dorrit, Doctor Who, The History Boys) Lenora Crichlow (Sugar Rush, Doctor Who) and Aidan Turner (The Clinic (strangely not Doctor Who)), Being Human attracted a high of over one million viewers and rave reviews. If they put it on BBC1 this could be a big mainstream hit!

Being Human has also enjoyed multiplatform success, being the most watched programme on BBC iPlayer for its first two episodes, as well becoming one of the best performing BBC websites.

Danny Cohen, Controller BBC Three, says: “I’m thrilled that we are recommissioning Being Human. It’s hugely popular with young viewers and earned great critical acclaim at the same time.

“It’s also a very important staging-post in the successful development of home-grown young drama on BBC Three.” Being Human is written by Toby Whithouse (Torchwood, Doctor Who), produced by Matthew Bouch (The Sarah Jane Adventures, Being Human pilot), directed by Toby Haynes (M.I. High, Spooks Code 9), Alex Pillai (Wire In The Blood) and Colin Teague (Torchwood, Doctor Who), and executive produced by Rob Pursey, Touchpaper Television (City Of Vice, Sold) and Julie Gardner, Head of Drama for BBC Wales.

Congratulations to them all – they deserve it.

Saw V (five) DVD and Blu Ray Release

Saw 5 bluray Cover - High Definition gore and blood
Saw 5 bluray Cover - High Definition gore and blood

A late night Horror treat for you as we give you DVD / Blu Ray details of the latest in horror / torcher-porn series SAW.

SAW V EXTREME EDITION with more shock and gore than ever seen before will be available to purchase on DVD and Blu-ray along with the highly anticipated SAW GOREOLOGY which includes all the iconic films from the original SAW through to the latest instalment SAW V, a must for any horror fan ?.there will be blood!

The SAW film series has managed to ratchet up tension and invention with each successive film, while jangling millions of nerves worldwide. Surpassing Freddie and Jason, the SAW series is now the most successful horror franchise, both theatrically and on DVD in movie history, taking in over $500 million in worldwide box office and sales exceeding 23 million units on DVD.
In the fifth instalment, Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the Jigsaw legacy. However, when his secret is threatened, Hoffman must go on the hunt to eliminate all loose ends.

Look out for all 5 films packages together under the delightful banner of the SAW GOREOLOGY

DVD Special Features:
Special Features: Audio commentary with producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg and Executive Producers Peter Block and
Jason Constantine
Audio Commentary with Director David Hackl and First Assistant Director Steve Webb
The Coffin Trap
The Pendulum Trap
Slicing the Cube
The Fatal Five
Cube Trap

Repo! The Genetic Opera

Repo! The Genetic Opera - A must if you want to see Paris Hilton?s face fall off and Sarah Brightman claw her eyes out.
Repo! The Genetic Opera - A must if you want to see Paris Hilton?s face fall off and Sarah Brightman claw her eyes out.

What more can a man take in a film, Blood, gore, horror, music, Antony Head and Sarah Brightman?

Err Paris Hilton anyone, well no actually, the best thing she did for the cinema was get impaled on an iron spike in House Of Wax

This is a complete mishmash of stuff and it might just work.

Must-resist-comparing-to-Rocky-Horror.

Ok, resisted, well what ist ist about I hear you ask, the basic plot is:

In the year 2056 ? the not so distant future ? an epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a saviour emerges: GeneCo, a biotech company that offers organ transplants? for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by villainous Repo Men (Anthony Stewart Head).

In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs and murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl (Alexa Vega) searches for the cure to her own rare disease as well as information about her family?s mysterious history. After being sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, she is unable to turn back, as all of her questions will be answered at the wildly anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera.

Don?t think it will exactly be the classic of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (blast done it now) but should definitly be worth a look.

Repo! The Genetic Opera sings its way onto DVD and Blu-Ray on 9th March 2009

Big Finish – May Release Schedule

Enemy of the Daleks - Click To Order
Enemy of the Daleks - Click To Order
DOCTOR WHO: THE COMPANION CHRONICLES ? 3.11 THE MAHOGANY MURDERERS
Trevor Baxter and Christopher Benjamin recreate their roles of Professor Litefoot and
Henry Gordon Jago that they first played opposite Tom Baker?s Doctor in the classic Doctor Who adventure, The Talons of Weng-Chiang in 1977 Order From SHOPSCIFI.co.uk

DOCTOR WHO 121. ENEMY OF THE DALEKS
A new adventure in time and space for the Seventh Doctor and his companions Ace and Hex.
Bliss used to be a paradise planet. The Galapagos Islands of space. But when the TARDIS brings the Doctor, Ace and Hex to Bliss, it?s been over-run with ironweed plants, and the air is heavy with the stench
of burnt silk and static electricity.
Worse, the Daleks are coming, on the trail of a lost patrol of starship troopers. Holed up in the Roarke
279 research facility, Lieutenant Beth Stokes is preparing her last stand against the invaders.
But there?s a secret on Bliss, a secret guarded by the obsessive Professor Shimura?
This time, could it be the Daleks need saving? Order From SHOPSCIFI.co.uk

DOCTOR WHO: THE EIGHTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES ? 3.3 THE BEAST OF ORLOK

A new adventure in time and space for the Eighth Doctor and his companion, Lucie.
With fangs like splinters, claws like knives, the Beast of Orlok gobbles lives.
With brimstone breath and eyes aglow, he’ll eat your soul – to Hell you’ll go!
Germany, 1827. The town of Orlok is under a curse, haunted by the memory of a spate of grisly murders that shattered the community twenty years before. At the time, townsfolk blamed the legendary Beast of Orlok, a nightmarish creature from medieval folklore.
And now, it seems, the Beast has returned. As the killings begin again, the people of Orlok are understandably suspicious of two strangers newly arrived in their midst. The Doctor and Lucie must face
their darkest fears as they find themselves plunged into a decidedly grim fairytale Order From SHOPSCIFI.co.uk

IRIS WILDTHYME ? 2.4 THE PANDA INVASION
A new adventure for eccentric adventurer, Iris Wildthyme and her companion, Panda in their time travelling London double-decker bus!
San Francisco, New Year?s Eve, 1999
She?s back, and it?s about? gin!
When an unconscious Iris Wildthyme is rushed into a San Francisco hospital on New Year?s Eve 1999, hunky doctor George Strangeways? life is turned upside down.
As the world prepares to party its way into the next millennium, a space time rift opens above the Golden Gate Bridge ? where an old fashioned London bus has appeared? As the rift spills untold horrors from other dimensions into our world, Iris has just one question: where the ?eck is Panda?! Order From SHOPSCIFI.co.uk

ROBIN HOOD ? 1.3 FRIENDLY FIRE
Robin is horrified when a young villager is killed during a skirmish with Gisborne and his men ? and the arrow in the boy?s back is one of his own. As an angry mob of villagers descends on Sherwood, Robin refuses to fight on if innocent people are in danger. Shunned by the people he has sworn to protect, Robin is taken to Nottingham Castle by Gisborne. But Tuck, convinced that Robin is not to blame, attempts a daring rescue mission to clear the outlaw?s name and convince him to take up his bow once more. For how else will free men rally to the legend of Robin Hood?

A dramatic reading by David Harewood, who plays Tuck in the hit BBC TV/Tiger Aspect series.
Order From SHOPSCIFI.co.uk

STARGATE SG-1 ? 2.1 FIRST PRIME
The first in the second series of original, partiallydramatised stories based on Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, read by members of the original cast.
Christopher Judge reprises his popular role of Teal?s which he played Stargate SG-1 TV series
Featuring Noel Clarke (Mickey in the new Doctor Who TV series)

Order From SHOPSCIFI.co.uk

Dragonball: Evolution Movie UK

Dragonball Evolution Movie Poster - Click for more
Dragonball Evolution Movie Poster - Click for more
Dragonball: Evolution is a live action movie based on the popular Japanese Manga created by Akira Toriyama, whose work spawned best selling graphic novels, video games and a phenomenally successful television series. The live action adventure centers on the heroic Goku, a powerful warrior who discovers his inner strength and protects the Earth from an evil rogue bent on dominating the Universe and controlling the mystical objects from which the film takes its name.

Directed by James Wong (Final Destination, X Files) and starring Justin Chatwin as Goku, James Masters (Buffy, Torchwood), Chow Yun-Fat,

Note that the release date of this movie has now been pushed back to the 8th April 2009.

Future Cinema Watchmen Event

Watchmen Movie Poster
Watchmen Movie Poster

Quickly some WATCHMEN news, I know a lot are excited for when Watchmen comes to the cinema in the UK next month.

Just had news of an event which will be the first chance to see this WATCHMEN adaptation ahead of its UK release.

FUTURE CINEMA presents a spectacular WATCHMEN event which will take place in London on 5th MARCH 2009.

Under the archways in London’s cavernous SeOne Club FUTURE CINEMA will blend cinema, music, live performance and thearter and transport the audience into an alternate 1950s New York, where WATCHMEN characters such as Dr Manhattan, The Comedian and Rorschach?will come to life.

From the visionary director of 300, Zack Synder, WATCHMEN depicts a complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society. The ?Doomsday Clock? ? which charts the USA?s tension with the Soviet Union ? is permanently set at five minutes to midnight.

The WATCHMEN graphic novel, originally published by DC Comics, rewrote the rules of the comic and established a literary precedent for the art form, becoming one of Time Magazine’s ?100 Best English Language Novels from 1923 to the Present.?

The FUTURE CINEMA team of performers, installation artists and set designers will capture the true spirit of both the original graphic novel and the new blockbuster film, creating a truly interactive experience. The event also boasts a very exciting surprise performance from one of the UK?s hottest bands.

Tickets for the event go on sale from 11.55pm on WEDNESDAY 18th FEBRUARY 2009 from www.futurecinema.co.uk/watchmen. The clock is ticking?.

Tremors ? Another Victim Of The Credit Crunch?

Tremors
Tremors

Last weekend it came to the time where we had to pick the evenings DVD (having young children we cannot get out as much as we would like) the pick of the evening was the monster movie classic from 1990 ? Tremors.

The film follows Val (Kevin Bacon) and Earl (Fred Ward) and … oh if you don’t know already just BUY THE FILM ? you will thank me for it.

Love the film and all its sequels, Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) makes the movies (Scifi Channel when are you going to show the TV series again ? it hasn’t yet been released on DVD?).

Any way after 90 minutes of graboid fun, I ended up looking up the career of the fantastic Victor Wong who played shop owner Walter Chang, (this is an annoying habit I have ? consulting the IMDB right after watching a film, sometimes I have the IMDB primed and ready whilst watching a DVD ? Sad eh.). Whilst on the ?portal of all film knowledge? I found the entry fro Tremors 5! (aka Tremors V: The Thunder from Down Under) I knew that this had been in development hell for a long while, but the page had its status update as ANNOUNCED and dated Christmas Eve 2008. WOW I thought were they actually going to do it? A Tremors film every 5 years is about right on schedule.

Checking the official production company website I saw no mentions of the project. So I took the next step and emailed writer/producer SS Wilson. I got a reply that read:

While there was indeed a plan afoot to make it recently, the plan ran aground along with world’s financial woes. Universal has once again “shelved” the script.

Yes, the story, which we’d dearly love to do one day, follows Burt to Australia where Graboids have surfaced once again, along with other surprises.

Very sad news. Although I did diss remakes and reimaginings the other week, this would have been a continuation of a very strong series, and a very strong lead character in the guise of Burt Gummer (Michael Gross).

All is not quiet on the Stampeed Prodcutions side of things, fingers crossed we will still see NIGHT CREW surface

Night Crew is a fast-moving monster tale full of quirky characters, scary moments, and laugh-out-loud humor, but this time in an urban setting. The script is fine-tuned in budget and concept.

Bit like Tremors In The City then?

The Tremors film series should survive, in one form or another.

Any one want to put their hands in their pockets and chip in a couple of pounds/dollars/yen/euro ? would only take about 20 million of us?

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel

Anna Faris (left) Chris O Dowd (right)
Anna Faris (left) Chris O Dowd (right)

The strapline for this time travel film sounds very much like an updated version of a VERY old joke…

Three men walk into a bar; two geeks and a cynic.

But the story does start with three ordinary blokes who all have aspirations and hopes for an exciting and better future. They’re stuck in tiresome jobs, with little prospect. They are frustrated and life on the whole appears placid.
They’re just about to sit down and proceed to have an average night out in their local pub, a couple of beers, a bit of banter and putting the world to rights (as we all do). There’s no reason to suspect anything strange is just about to happen.

The first of the geeks, Ray, has a known obsession on time travel, so when he is approached by Cassie, a woman who claims to be from the future, he naturally suspects a joke from his companions.

The second geek, Toby, is obsessed with movies, and upon hearing Ray’s story of the woman from the future, of course assumes that Ray is pitching him a movie plot. And Pete, the cynic, naturally does not believe a word of Ray’s, until he by chance stumbles through a time leak into the future of the bar (as you do). Which happens to comprise full of corpses, including his own.

This activates a series of inadvertent trips to and fro through time, during which our heroes frantically try to avoid multiple earlier versions of themselves, to avoid creating a time paradox, in an attempt to unravel the mystery of just who is trying to kill them and why.

When Ray and Cassie get together in the garden and the world spins back on its axis, everything is back to how it should be. Or is it? When Ray mentions the other woman he met in the bar, Millie, to Cassie all hell breaks loose… Serious questions are raised, such as; exactly what are the golden rules of timetravel? What exactly is a paradox? And whats really so bad about ceasing to exist? Whose round is it? Is the sell-by date on a packet of crisps really that important? And most importantly of all, can Ray get it on with Cassie, the woman from the future?

British comedians Chris ODowd (“The IT Crowd”), Marc Wootton (“High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman”) and Dean Lennox Kelly ( Dr Who – The Shakespeare Code where he played Shakespeare) star with Anna Faris (far to many Scary Movie films) for Gareth Carrivick ( Vicar of Dibley, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Beautiful People – to name a few) who is making his feature directorial debut and a script from first time feature writer Jamie Mathieson.

FAQ ABOUT TIME TRAVEL was filmed at Pinewood Studios and on location in Buckinghamshire and Middlesex.

Watchmen, Video Footage and New Content

Over the course of the next month unseen footage appear in this Retro TV Set (Check out the ceefax!!!) this allows scifind readers to see the videos before everyone else.

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UK Sci-Fi Channel in HD

London, 26 January, 2009 – NBC Universal Global Networks today announced the launch of a high definition (HD) simulcast version of its popular SCI FI channel, the UK?s only dedicated science fiction and fantasy network. SCI FI HD will begin broadcasting this evening on Sky+HD, the UK?s most comprehensive HD service.

?We are thrilled to introduce SCI FI HD in the UK? said Laurence Dawkin-Jones, UK Managing Director for NBC Universal Global Networks. ?Our SCI FI audience is early adopting, highly discerning and strongly loyal consumers of science fiction and it is a natural evolution of the SCI FI brand to offer them such high quality targeted programming. Out of our four channel brands in the UK, including Hallmark, Diva TV and Movies24, SCI FI is the natural choice to be our first brand in the UK to launch in HD.?

SCI FI HD subscribers will find the channel at position 214 in the EPG. Key highlights they can enjoy throughout 2009 will include:

– Eli Stone: the exclusive Season 2 UK premiere boasts Sigourney Weaver?s first ever TV acting role as well as Katie Holmes singing and dancing as a sexy showgirl. British singer Seal also makes an appearance as himself;

– Tin Man: The star-studded Wizard Of Oz inspired mini-series was nominated for a staggering nine EMMY Awards and promises to take viewers on an out of this world journey beyond the yellow brick road;

– Sanctuary: the popular, special-effects laden fantasy series will bring to life an impressive collection of weird and wonderful creations on the channel from February 12;

– HD movie exclusives: a plethora of film titles will make their high definition debut, including Roger Corman?s $10 million CGI-fest CYCLOPS and the SCI FI channel original production BA?AL: THE STORM GOD, starring Jeremy London.

?Launching SCI FI in HD on Sky is an important move forward for our ongoing international channels expansion strategy. HD has been and will continue to be a major focus for Global Networks, following our first successful HD launch in France over a year ago?, commented Roma Khanna, President, Global Networks & Digital Initiatives at NBC Universal. ?HD is a core part of our strategy of rapid expansion as we grow from our current 70 channels to over 90 channels in the next year. HD offers our subscribers the best premium viewing experience as they engage with our world class brands.?

Hilary Perchard, Director of Product Management for BSkyB, said: ?We are delighted to welcome SCI FI HD to our ever expanding Sky+HD channel line up. SCI FI HD will be our 31st high definition channel and add even more choice and quality to the Sky+HD experience. Be it sports, movies, entertainment, drama or documentaries, our customers can enjoy the intensity and richness of HD whatever their interests and passions.?

Sky+HD is the UK?s most comprehensive HD service with 31 channels offering over 11,000 hours of true HD content each month, nearly 50 times the HD output of any other platform. Launched in May 2006, it is Sky?s fastest ever growing additional TV product with over half a million Sky homes now enjoying the richness and intensity of high definition TV and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.

SCI FI Channel boasts a successful mix of first run smash hit US dramas, exclusive UK movie premieres and timeless cult favourites.

Mythbusters – Mega Movie Myths

Mythbusters - Mega Movie Myths
Mythbusters - Mega Movie Myths

I have resisted this long – but no longer…

Yes I am talking about my Mythbusters Obsession not making a big splash on scifind. Aside from a couple of minor references I haven’t come out as a huge mythbusters fan!

I found the program last year and I must admit to being hooked (like really miffed when The Discovery Channel made a big show of the new series and proceeded to just show the first 3 episodes!)

The mix of science and urban legends is fantastic, basically they test out the friend of a friend stories and then see if they can replicate the circumstances and then results.

The other big field they test out are TV and Movie myths. Yes they have had a McGyver special and a Jaws special for example.

Now this DVD release compiles some of the best movie myths they have encountered so far (I do hope that this turns out to be volume 1).

From swinging samurais and blasting shotguns to jumping cars and ejector seats, join Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman and the rest of the “Mythbusters” team as they debunk, decode and demystify pop culture’s most baffling movie myths and legends. Using modern-day science, they put some of Hollywood’s biggest scenes the test, separating the real from the really out there.

Watch with excitement as Grant throws himself off a building in order to see whether an awning would have provided Indiana Jones an adequate safety net in the “Temple of Doom”. The team go to extraordinary lengths to find out whether a sword can in fact cut another sword in half and Adam and Jamie attempt to emulate the “Dukes of Hazard’s” General Lee by jumping a car 175ft, landing it on all four wheels and driving away unscathed!

With many more movie myths still to uncover, you had better hold onto your popcorn as this is one wild ride!

Bruce Campbell Is Back Battling Evil Dead

Bruce Cambell is Bruce Cambell
Bruce Campbell is Bruce Campbell

Think Bruce Campbell, think Ash from The Evil Dead, You may think Elvis from Bubba Ho-Tep, maybe Autolycus from Xena. (Does anyone remember Brisco County Jnr?)
Now hear the name Bruce Cambell, you will be thinking BRUCE CAMBELL as he now stars as himself in My Name Is Bruce

Produced by, directed by and starring Bruce Campbell and written by Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica; Smallville; Timecop; The Mask), MY NAME IS BRUCE sees the B Movie Horror hero doing what he does best ? demon slaying ? in his own inimitable style. It may sound like business as usual for Bruce, but there’s a catch. This time it’s for real!

Bruce Campbell is a womanizing, booze-addled B-movie star, who bears nothing but contempt for his loyal fans. This is of course the character Bruce, not the real one. When reckless teenager and Bruce-obsessive, Jeff Graham (Taylor Sharpe), accidentally awakens the ancient evil spirit and Chinese protector of the dead (and bean curd!), Guan-di, in the small mining town of Gold Lick, Oregon, he can think of only one man capable of preventing the demon from wiping out the town’s entire population. Forced by circumstance to take desperate measures, Jeff takes it upon himself to kidnap his idol and delivers him to the townsfolk of Gold Lick. Believing the whole scenario to be part of birthday prank arranged by his agent (Ted Raimi, in one of three roles), Bruce gamely plays along, not least because he sees it as an opportunity to try out his charms on Jeff’s hot mom while consuming plenty of free liquor. The star’s willingness to play along soon changes, however, when he finally confronts Guan-di and discovers the demon isn’t just some harmless stunt guy in a rubber suit!

Adding to the film’s appeal, both for audiences and himself, in producing it Bruce has surrounded himself with a host of his and Sam Raimi’s longtime friends and associates from their Evil Dead days onwards, including stars Ted Raimi (the Spider-Man trilogy; The Grudge; Army Of Darkness), Ellen Sandweiss (The Evil Dead) and Danny Hicks (Spider-Man 2; Darkman; Maniac Cop; Evil Dead II) and composer Joseph LoDuca (the Evil Dead trilogy; Man With The Screaming Brain).

Undeniably the ultimate Bruce Campbell movie, MY NAME IS BRUCE is a hilarious horror-comedy romp that playfully pokes fun at Campbell’s movie oeuvre to date and is packed with plenty of fan-pleasing farce, slapstick, self-referential in-jokes and some classic Bruce one-liners.

MY NAME IS BRUCE (cert. 15) will be released on DVD (?19.99) and Blu-ray (?19.99) by Anchor Bay Entertainment on 2nd March 2009. Prior to the DVD release the film will receive a limited theatrical release from 13th February 2009.

Extra features:

DVD:

* Feature commentary with Bruce Campbell and Mike Richardson
* Heart of Dorkness – The Making of My Name is Bruce (approx 60min)
* The Cavealien 2 – trailer
* Love Birds – Piece about the relationship between Danny Hick and Tim
Quill’s characters
* Waxing Philosophical with Bruce or “Bruce on…” (4 segments)
* Awkward Moments with Kif (2 segments)
* Kif’s Korner – The making of real fake posters

Blue-Ray:

* Feature commentary with Bruce Campbell and Mike Richardson
* Heart of Dorkness – The Making of My Name is Bruce (approx 60min)
* Beyond Inside the Cave – Making of Cavealien 2
* The Cavealien 2 – trailer
* Love Birds – Piece about the relationship between Danny Hick and Tim
Quill’s characters.
* Waxing Philosophical with Bruce or “Bruce on…” (4 segments)
* Awkward Moments with Kif (2 segments)
* Kif’s Korner – The making of real fake posters
* Easter Eggs
* Poster Gallery