Bleeding Steel: Jackie Chan Does Scifi – Video

Special Forces agent Lin Dong (Jackie Chan) becomes embroiled in a high-tech conspiracy as he attempts to protect a crucial witness. Just as he gets closer to discovering the truth, Lin Dong is lucky to escape with his life when he is pursued by a mysterious and heavily-armed militia. The secret remains buried until the publication of an epic sci-fi novel, packed with disturbing parallels to the past events, forcing the conspiracy back to the surface.

Bleeding Steel is available for digital download from 5th November.

New Science Fiction TV Channel in UK

Why A New SciFi TV Channel?

With the HUGE amount of choice for our screens a little curated content is still desired. Yes the on demand services (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and their ilk) are great, but still lack that communal feel of people watching the same program at the same time allowing for a watercooler moment in discussion or a live discussion via social media during. A channel showing a consistent level of content with a specific target in mind that people can either follow all day, or dip into at specific times during the day knowing that they will be entertained or informed about things that are of interest to them.

What Is It About?

Obviously being to afford the likes of Star Trek, Doctor Who et all would be well beyond the first stage of this new UK SciFi Channel. But there are a lot of classic shows that have widely been ignored by the likes of (UK) Netflix and Amazon Prime.

I have a fairly specific timetable of shows in mind

Weekdays

Morning

10am – 12 noon
– well no one is up before 10am are they? then are they? This time of day would see a mix of ‘Daytime TV’ classics. Top, Sci-Fi tie in epoisodes of lifestyle programs like Pawn Stars, Toy Hunter, Auction Hunters etc.

Noon to 1pm
You have got to have your lunch time news. Pulled from the entertainment section and relayed by a mixture of the best Scifi vloggers and news and interviews from the producers themselves.

Afternoons

1pm to 3pm
Classic afternoon drama. Favouring TV programs like The Prisoner, Blakes 7, The Survivors, Randle and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Invisible Man (David McCullum version)

3pm to 5pm
Childrens TV. Starting with classics like He Man, Classic Spider-Man and Hulk, along with 1990s X Men. And a good dose of Gerry Anderson Supermarionation with Captain Scarlet Sting Ray and Joe 90 leading the pack. This would be followed with more drama, a mix of things like Chockey, Kappatoo, Archers Goon, Demon Headmaster, Dark Season and the often excellent Australian childrens SciFi dramas like Girl From Tomorrow.

5pm to 6pm
Tea Time Game Show.
Obviously we are not talking the likes of ‘Tipping Point’ or ‘Pointless’ (though there might be place for Scifi themed celebrity specials). But we are talking about things like Go 8 Bit from DAVE and our first possible original production of a comedy scifi panel show. Possibly a reboot of the 1997 TV Game Show Space Cadets starring Greg Proops, Bill Bailey and Craig Charles.

Evenings

6pm to 9pm

Evening Drama. Ideally would be programs like The Prisoner, Sapphire and Steel, The X Files, Buffy The Vampire Slayer etc. More likely though would be a mix of quality web series like Cops And Monsters.

9pm  to Close 

Evening Movie – would be a movie with Science Fiction connections, from the 50s, 60s and 70s ( inclusing the likes of Ray Harry Hausen, Hammer and Amacus) a big splash of the 1980s scifi movies and other cult movies up to the present day.

 

Saturdays

The weekends would have a different feel to the week, though blocks of the same sort of programs may appear.

Possibly starting even later on a Saturday. Firstly – classic Saturday Morning cartoons, Dungeons and Dragons etc.

This would be followed by an omnibus of the weeks news and comment.

After noon game.  This would be a table top game coverage. Either of particular Tournaments or events or a full 2 hour battle rep from one on the amazing Table Top gaming youtubers like Ash Barker, The BattleHammer, Beasts Of War or T&G Productions

Following that there would be highlights and results from events all around the country.

In the evening there would be family drama (The A Team anyone?) and a movie.

Ideally there would be another original production in the 7-9pm slot with a family friendly TV show. Hard not to say things like SciFi takes on Saturday Night Takeaway or The Generation Game.

 

Sundays.

Sports in the morning, though we are not talking the likes of Trans World Sports (from the 90s) or Ski Sunday.

Sundays would be a day of eSports action.

For those not in the know, eSports refers to competitive Video Games. As with the table top aspect there are a huge number of events to be covered and there are tousands of Twitch and Youtube games that pull in thousands of viewers.

A personal preference would be to see Go8Bit’s Steve McNeil host a show that pulled in both his own twitch streams and introduces the best of the rest.

Afternoon would be a similar though incorperate the worlds of Cyber Sports and other geekery events. This would be thinks like Drone Racing. Robo Sports and most importantly Robot Wars (which we have just found out has lost it’s home at the BBC).

 

Conclusion?

So this is just bunch of random thoughts. Something I would love to see done, but even on  relying on Youtubers, repeats and other low cost content provision would be a much more demanding bill that I would hope to raise using Crowd Funding.

Setup costs would obviously include equipment, broadcast licence, legal fees, program acquisition, staffing, etc.

A (very) brief look at the state of independent TV in the UK shows very few real independent TV channels, as often even the niche channels are owned by much bigger companies.

I would be interested to know an ballpark figure on what this would cost – I will update this post if I ever get any further in looking.

I would also be interested in your thoughts on this. You can send them to @scifind on twitter.

 

 

Featured Image Credit.

Tina Rataj-Berard

Scifi Sitcom Brain Storm

Occasionally I have known to blurt out creative ideas on twitter, and the one that keeps coming back to me is writing a Scifi Sitcom.

Now these have been done, most notability with Red Dwarf, but I was looking for a Time Travel Twist.

I have just had a quick pen and pencil draft of of a pilot, but it reads back as a poor Steven Moffatt Episode of Doctor Who. (Not to say that Steven Moffatt’s Doctor Who is poor, just this plot seems a bit like a duff episode).

I know a lot of the Doctor Who of late has had a LOT of humour, but I was looking at a 6 episode 30 minute laugh-a-thon scifi idea. Which could allow character development.

Now what style?

I had thought a bit Basil Fawlty in a time machine, with some nice time travel paradox farce.
Or a Police Squad / Airplane / Naked Gun style comedy packed with in jokes, sight gags and breaking of the third wall.

I had a quick thought about casting and came up with 2 names Al Murray and Richard Herring. I have been stalking Richard on Twitter for a while, as I was a huge fan of his work for the past 20+ years.

Apparently Richard Herring does have a multiverse comedy in the works (very much look forward to it). But I still get a Pub-Landlord-as-The-Doctor style sketch going through my head. Now obliviously I don’t want to be so brash as to hijack an existing character and work it into a Doctor Who spoof. But I still like the idea of having Al Murray as the Time Travelling comedic lead. Bumbling through time ala Frank Drebin.

A few things I would need to do to take this to the next level, I am no stranger to writing comedy (I submitted many sketches and a sitcom pilot to the BBC back in the early 1990s) but I am a big stranger to getting it commissioned.

First step. Work on my characters and a loose 6 episode story arc with lots of laughs and get a pilot of episode one written.

I will post updates here.

NEW Genre Magazine On Horizon

SFBuzz Preview Magazine.
SFBuzz Preview Magazine.

All the pieces are in place, a new dawn is coming. SFBuzz Magazine will live!

What is SFBuzz Magazine?

SFBuzz Magazine‘s mission is to create a monthly Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror fiction magazine, available online for tablets, Smart phones, PC and Mac The magazine will include; Features written by genre authors; Interviews with genre authors, games and movie makers; Original short fiction, unpublished in other places. Familiar names and the opportunity to find something new.

We have a preview magazine already – please see here –

http://issuu.com/scifind/docs/sfbuzz-magazine-alpha-april-2013

This is only a tiny fraction of the finished product.
The ongoing magazine will be made up of a mix of 4 (or more) science fiction / horror or fantasy short stories, features exploring the genres and their fans. There will also be interviews with writers, film makers, games makers and all other players in the industry. The content will be produced by established writers in the genre. The full magazine will be around 80 pages, full colour PDF.

Who Is Involved?

Brian Edwards

Brian founded Scifind.com after university, studying Molecular Biology and Genetics. Brian’s adventures in the lab rekindled his love of science fiction and led indirectly to him deciding to form his own online marketing company. Scifind followed and now he spends his time working on Scifind.com and most importantly, the SF Buzz. As the editor and founder, Brian is responsible for the magazine’s direction and vision. He tweets too much @scifind

Alasdair Stuart

This man is mega cool – deep breath – he is a freelance genre fiction journalist who writes regularly for SFX, Bleeding Cool, How It Works, Neo, Comic Heroes and Scifind.com.

He also hosts the Parsec-award winning podcast Pseudopod and co-hosts it’s sister show, Escape Pod as well as working as an RPG module designer, most recently for the Cubicle 7 Primeval RPG. – phew.

Follow @AlasdairStuart

Helen Armfield

A journalist/writer/broadcaster since 1991 (then specialising in magic, music & tech) Helen moved into copywriting & running her own clothing company.

Recently she shifted her focus to reviews and fiction; now bringing her experiences in print & broadcasting (& her little blue pencil) to bear on a lifelong love of science fiction. (she still does all the other things & rather more, as she likes eating & has a shoe habit to maintain)

Neil Gardner

Starting in local BBC & commercial radio as a technician & working his way up to programme controller, Neil has worked in professional radio for 24 years. He is a multiple award-winning radio writer & director, Radio producer & editor; & has over 150 audiobook titles to his name.

Neil has a love of sci-fi and comedy, is a regular contributor to Scifind.com & has written the Bumper Book of Ficts illustrated by one Robert Rankin!

Alan Baxter

He is the author of the contemporary dark fantasy thriller novels, RealmShift and MageSign; & over 40 short stories which have appeared in a variety of journals & anthologies.

Follow @AlanBaxter

Please find more information on the project here – http://www.sfbuzz.com.

Titan Maximum – Time to punch the f**k out of it!!

The creators of Robot Chicken are here to prove that leaving the fate of the world in the hands of idiot kids really ain?t that good a plan?

Revolver Entertainment are proud to present the DVD release of the all new Adult Swim show, Titan Maximum, Season 1, available August 30th, at ?19.99 RRP.

From Robot Chicken Creator Seth Green, Titan Maximum has been a huge hit in the US and is now screening on FX in the UK.

When a once peaceful solar system is threatened by a genocidal madman, TITAN FORCE FIVE commanding the mighty TITAN MAXIMUM are humanity’s only hope for survival. It’s robo-bashing, laser-blasting, monkey-flying, sometimes naked spacefaring action and adventure as only the creators of Emmy award winning ROBOT CHICKEN can deliver!

Meet Titan Maximum?s Misfit space jockeys?

Palmer: Dashing, dark, dreamy and cool. Guys are impressed by Palmer?s heroic feats of derring-do, and girls want to run their fingers through his spiky anime hair. Palmer is effortless excellence?the ace of his fighter squadron before getting drafted into the elite of all elites – Titan Force Five.

Sasha: about as subtle as a sonic boom; she?s the perfect storm of qualities that make tabloid editors wet themselves with excitement. A sultry knockout, the daughter of Titan?s President and a pilot in the legendary Titan Force Five.

Jodi: Cheerful and determined, a workhorse hellbent on improving herself in every way. The flip side of that driven nature is the private doubt Jodi suffers that she?s not good enough and never will be.

Willie: Palmers younger brother, Willie, is a lifelong super-nerd who?s suddenly living the dream. One day, he?s just another recluse in his parents? basement reading comic books, the next, he?s practically a real live superhero, and teammates with Sasha, with whom he?s desperately infatuated.

Leon: The former Titan Force Five monkey butler, Leon is a graduate of the Military Primate Training Academy, which places highly skilled monkeys into exceptionally crappy jobs for zero pay, so humans don?t have to do them. Leon cannot?or perhaps will not?speak English, and communicates almost entirely with contemptuous stares and occasional eye-rolls.

Titan Maximum Season 1 contains all 9 original episodes from the hit show plus 45 mins of bonus features, Anatomy of a Sequence, Behind the Scenes, Crew Mugshots, Deleted Animatics, Table Read.

Watch the trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcYKbMTCRoY

SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival April 2010

The 9th SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival?s programme is announced today with a stellar line-up, including over 40 features, 25 shorts and standout special events, live panel discussions and workshops. Under the banner of ?Life in 2050? SCI-FI-LONDON will take place from Wednesday 28th April to Monday 3rd May 2010 at the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus with satellite events taking place at the Curzon Soho, The Royal College of Surgeons, BFI Southbank and Proud Central Gallery.

The festival opens on 28th April with genetic sci-fi horror SPLICE written and directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Cypher), exec produced by Guillermo del Toro (Pan?s Labyrinth, Hellboy) and staring Adrien Brody (The Pianist, King Kong). This controversial film about DNA splicing won rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival so you don?t want to miss its London debut. Closing the festival on 3rd May is atmospheric space thriller from Switzerland, CARGO, helmed by first time feature directors Ivan Engler and Ralph Etter. A film lauded in early reviews as a sci-fi epic in the making, it will receive its UK premiere at the festival.

On opening night the festival will play host to the Arthur C Clarke Awards 2010, the annual event that awards a prize to the best science fiction novel of 2009. This year the winner will receive a cheque for ?2010. SCI-FI-LONDON will also announce the winner of their 48 Hour Film Challenge which took place in London from 10th-12th April and the winning film will be screened at the opening gala.

For the 2010 festival SCI-FI-LONDON boasts a further 12 UK premieres from exciting new Sci-Fi filmmakers across the globe. From the US comes black comedy DRONES, indie alien flick EARTHLING, Sci-Fi Rom-Com TIMER, Vincenzo Natali?s offbeat charmer NOTHING as well as the debut feature from Sandy Collora HUNTER PREY, who made the legendary fan film BATMAN: DEAD END. You can also catch a sneak peek of the Philip K. Dick adaptation RADIO FREE ALBERMUTH staring Alanis Morrisette before its official premiere in the States.
From Mexico there?s clone actioner DEPOSITARIOS and dystopian drama 2033, and from Hungary the surreal thriller ONE and TRANSMISSION – a meditation on a world where all technology has failed. Other features playing include Belgium mockumentary VAMPIRES, futuristic visions from Australia in ERASER CHILDREN and the concept of a ?virtual country? is explored in France?s 8th WONDERLAND.

The ?Focus on Poland? strand, supported by the Polish Cultural Institute, will celebrate classic Polish Sci-Fi. Films include the landmark TEST PILOTA PIRXA (1978), the Szulkin masterpiece GOLEM (1980) and a rare opportunity to see the dark sci-fi based on the Stanislaw Lem novel THE HOSPITAL OF TRANSFIGURATION (1979). The season will be introduced and discussed by novelist and designer Andrzej Klimowski.

On Friday 30th April Curzon Midnight Movies and SCI-FI-LONDON will present Sexed-Up Sci-Fi, a night of themed cocktails, live music and screening of the ultimate cult sci-fi, BARBARELLA at the Curzon Soho. The party will continue at the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus on Saturday 1st May when Bollywood does sci-fi in LOVE STORY 2050 – an all-singing, all-dancing sci-fi musical extravaganza featuring special effects from Weta. Free Indian snacks will be provided in the intermission.

For the first time SCI-FI-LONDON will be hosting a unique art exhibit as part of the festival. LIFE IN 2050 is a contemporary art exhibition at Proud Central Gallery where SCI-FI-LONDON and graphic design studio Transmission has set the dial to 40 years from now and commissioned 22 exciting artists to each create thought provoking and original work. It launches on April 22nd www.life-in-2050.com

SCI-FI-LONDON has a strong tradition of spectacular All-Nighter events and 2010 is no exception! The Starcraft II All-Nighter (SCREAMERS/INDEPENDENCE DAY/THE ABYSS/STARSHIP TROOPERS) celebrates the release of Blizzard?s ?Starcraft II ? The Wings of Liberty? with movies full of mecha, monsters and macho dialogue and the Comedy All-Nighter (SALUTE OF THE JUGGER/ALIEN FACTOR/THE UNEARTHLY/FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS) brings together some of the worst films ever made with live comedy and entertainment from the best in London stand-up talent. The Japan Alive All-Nighter (TOKYO GORE SCHOOL/ KAMUI/TAJOMURI/CHANBARA STRIPTEASE) features four live-action treats to get your blood boiling and the ever popular Manga All-Nighter (REDLINE/BLEACH II/FATE/STAY NIGHT/MUSASHI) is guaranteed to be a sell-out. All events take place on Saturday 1st May and include complimentary refreshments and special giveaways on the night.

SCI-FI-LONDON will offer a number of FREE events at the festival including a screening of Spielberg?s MINORITY REPORT and children?s screening of the Doctor Who classic DALEKS INVASION EARTH 2150AD. On May 1st The Royal College of Surgeon?s will host a free Film Treatment Workshop and BFI Southbank will encourage budding comic writers to create a ?Manga Mash-up?.

For the full festival programme visit www.sci-fi-london.com

The SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival runs from Wednesday 28th April to Monday 3rd May 2010
Tickets can be booked online at www.sci-fi-london.com or by telephone on: 0871 220 6000

Pandorum

Pandorum DVD Cover
Pandorum DVD Cover

Pandorum is a scifi movie starring Eddie Rouse, Dennis Quaid, Cung Le, Norman Reedus and Ben Foster. The cast is good, the special effects are excellent and the story is good, so why do I feel short changed after seeing the film.

The story follows the awakening of crew members from hypersleep and their disorientation is met with mutants. It is a case of fighting for their lives as they try to remember who they are and what their mission is. To get a flavour of what the film is aiming for you should see Event Horison and Sunshine first. It is this sort of comparison that really puts this film into the shade.

This is one of those films that may have really spun you with the twisty ending – which stands well if not for the fact I personally had just about had enough of the film by the end. The dark corridors, mutants, combat sequences try to drag the viewer along instead of sweeping them along for the ride.

This would have been a much better film with a slight shift of focus. Maybe with a change of writer or director it may have been much better.

That said, worth a look. Just don’t expect too much.

“V” The Series 2009 – US TV Review

Review of the new V TV series first shown in the USA last week and to be shown in the new year by the Scifi Channel UK. This review is by Dave follow him on twitter

SPOILER ALERT

The following review contains elements of the plot you may want to not know untill you watch the series.

The highly anticipated ?V? can best be explained in two words- wasted potential. What the show contains in production value and special effects, it lacks in story development, characterization, and pacing. Perhaps the showrunners felt that there was enough prior knowledge from the original series to spare them the need to establish this new incarnation. In my opinion, they were mistaken. Still, the show looks great, and the acting is serviceable?though a strong, veteran character actor would help anchor the show, like Edward James Olmos did for Battlestar Galactica. However, any positive points are overshadowed by its flawed writing and directing.

From the very opening, the plot moves swiftly and passionlessly through several stock characters and storylines. These boilerplate components could easily work if they were allowed to develop. Instead, the premise is robbed of its potential drama and tension by a rushed, slapdash script. In the first episode alone, humans encounter alien intelligent life for the first time with the same emotion as a crowd watching the Macy?s day parade; the V are revealed as reptilian infiltrators; an FBI agent finds out a terrorist cell is actually a Visitor resistance group, that her agent is an alien, and that her son is obsessed with the Visitors. All of this in 44 minutes! And that?s just one story line. Other side stories follow a doubtful priest, a Visitor-turned-resistance fighter who just wants a normal life, a conflicted news anchor, and the aforementioned FBI agent?s son falling for a V girl. I repeat: all this was established in one episode. All of these storyline are rich with dramatic potential which is stripped in favor of a glossy, face-paced, by-the-numbers approach. Only Scott Wolf?s reporter storyline maintains its potential mainly because the storyline is put on the far backburner, allowing the internal tension of Wolf?s character to percolate in the viewer?s mind.

More disappointing than all this is the fact that this premise could have easily been constructed as a multi-layered metaphor for American interventionism, the War on Terror, or our apathetic, media-saturated culture.

And maybe it will over the course of the show. Maybe there are bigger story lines down the road. Maybe these early plot points that I wish were fleshed out are merely starting points for well-developed, textured narratives. Maybe. I?m not giving up on the show, of course. Not yet. Many shows have a slow start, especially when facing high expectations. If it doesn?t, I can always pin my hopes to the new Prisoner series starting next week.

V – The 2009 Miniseries

The highly-anticipated, visually stunning series launches in the UK on the SCIFI channel next year. If you are like me and cannot wait – stick with scifind and we will being you news as we get it.

If you are like me and loved the original 1980’s style invasion series, be sure to check it out on DVD

Simultaneously appearing over every major city in the world, the Vs soon build up a devoted following as they offer to share advanced technology. A handful of cynics, however, believe the Vs may actually hide a more malevolent agenda.

V stars Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), Scott Wolf (Party of Five), Morris Chestnut (Boyz in the Hood), Joel Gretsch (The 4400), Lourdes Benedicto (24), Logan Huffman (America), Laura Vandervoort (Smallville) and Morena Baccarin (Firefly).

?V is one of the most highly anticipated series of the year ? and we can?t think of a better place to showcase it and whet fans? appetites then at MCM Expo ? where we know it?s going to go down an absolute storm,? said SCI FI?s James Newton, Head of Channels, Universal Networks International.

?Like millions of other people I watched the original V and can?t forget those jaw-dropping moments which managed to chill a generation. Who can?t forget the rat eating scene or the lizard-tongued baby?

?Audiences will be left equally gripped by this brand new series and anyone seeing our exclusive preview at the convention will be on tenterhooks until the full season launch on SCI FI next year,? added James, who will be introducing the preview and hosting panel discussions across the weekend.

Easter Scifi / Fantsay TV

OkSet your video / Sky Plus if you are away this Easter weekend.

NEW Red Dwarf: Back To Earth part 1 Yeah – bout time Grant Naylor DAVE TV Channel 9pm Friday

DOCTOR WHOPlanet Of The Dead One of David’s last :( Saturday 6.45 Saturday

Robin Hood Series 3 continues- right after the good Doctor, 7:45 (love this, check out the audios)

Also over on ITV Primeval series 3 continues

More NEW Red Dwarf: Back To Earth pt 2? 9pm DAVE – followed by SMEG UPS

Sunday: Skellig Sky One (more info)

Sunday 9pm Red Dwarf: Back To Earth pt3 9pm DAVE – followed by Making Of.

Oh Miss any of this – see right/below to get the DVDs