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 Independence Day 2, 3: Coming Soon
id4Independence Day 2 and 3 are coming: Will Smith on board

Yes, not one, but two sequels to Roland Emmerich's 1996 alien invasion blockbuster Independence Day are apparently in the works. IESB claims that 20th Century Fox is developing two films to be shot back-to-back, both with Will Smith in the lead. Apparently one of the main reasons there hasn’t been a sequel to the original movie was Will Smith’s request for a larger share of the profits. According to IESB's source, he will now get $20 million up front as well as part of the gross takings. Fox can now offer more as they are swimming in the massive financial returns reaped from James Cameron's Avatar.

If true, this is bad news for the already delayed Asimov Foundation trilogy: it’s likely Roland Emmerich will direct the Independance Day film after his latest film Anonymous about the life of William Shakespeare, delaying the Foundation start date even further.

Given recent studio obsessions with the 3D technology, there's no doubt that if the two films are going ahead, they'll both be in 3D - whether Emmerich or Smith want them to be in 3D or not.

This is still marked as a rumour, so we'll let you know when (and if!) it’s confirmed.


Source: http://sciencefictionworld.com

Posted by Z Monday, May 23, 2011 (21:13:49)

 Dr Who's Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) Dies
Sarah JaneLiverpool-born actress Elisabeth Sladen, who stared in the Doctor Who spin-off series from 2007 in CBBC show The Sarah Jane Adventures has sadly died aged 63, Sladen originally appeared as Doctor Who's assistant Sarah Jane Smith in the classic series between 1973 and 1976 with Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.

Elisabeth Sladen had been battling cancer for some time and leaves actor husband Brian Miller and daughter Sadie. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13137674






Quote:
A BBC spokesman said: "It is with much sadness that we can announce Elisabeth Sladen, the much-loved actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and CBBC's The Sarah Jane Adventures, passed away this morning."

John Barrowman, who co-starred with Sladen when she returned to Doctor Who in 2006, paid tribute to the star via micro-blogging site Twitter. br>
"I loved my time on the Tardis with her. I am proud to have worked with such an icon of the sci-fi world," he wrote.

"Your Doctor Who family are very sad and will miss you and your beautiful smile. She was a delight. Can't tell you how sad I am."

Russell T Davies, creator of The Sarah Jane Adventures, said: "I absolutely loved Lis. She was funny and cheeky and clever and just simply wonderful. The universe was lucky to have Sarah Jane Smith, the world was lucky to have Lis."

Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat said she had been a "ferociously talented actress".

'''Never meet your heroes', wise people say. They weren't thinking of Lis Sladen," he added.

"Sarah Jane Smith was everybody's hero when I was younger, and as brave and funny and brilliant as people only ever are in stories.

"But many years later when I met the real Sarah Jane - Lis Sladen herself - she was exactly as any child ever have wanted her to be. Kind and gentle and clever and a ferociously talented actress, of course, but in that perfectly English unassuming way."

Sladen began her career as an assistant stage manager at the Liverpool playhouse.

Her first role on stage was playing a corpse, and she made her screen debut in the 1965 film Ferry Cross the Mersey as an extra.

Her first role leading role was Desdemona in Othello, before the actress landed the role of a barmaid in Coronation Street for six episodes.

She has also appeared in several other hit TV shows, including Z-Cars, Public Eye, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em and Special Branch.

But it was her role in Doctor Who that gained her the most recognition.

Sladen first appeared as Sarah Jane alongside the third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, and stayed for three-and-a-half series, also working with Pertwee's successor, Tom Baker.

Her character, a journalist, was renowned for being inquisitive and stronger than some of the Doctor's other assistants.

After her time in the Tardis, Sladen returned to her native Liverpool where she worked in theatre.

She reprised her Doctor Who role on several occasions over the years and was given her own spin-off series on CBBC in 2007, in which she appeared with the most recent two Doctors, David Tennant and Matt Smith.

In 2006, ahead of rejoining Doctor Who, Sladen said of the show: "I think it has lovely layers and I'd defend the programme to anyone.

"I'm very emotionally part of that programme and I think a lot of the people who worked on it are. You used to love going to work every day."

CBBC controller Damian Kavanagh said he was "deeply saddened and shocked by the news of Lis's untimely death".

"Lis brought joy, excitement and a sense of wonder to her many fans in her role as Sarah Jane Smith. She was adored by our young audience and I know all of them will miss her as much as I will," he said.

Keith Jones, the director of BBC Wales, which makes The Sarah Jane Adventures, said: "The Sarah Jane Adventures has been one of the most successful children's programmes on television in recent years - and without Elisabeth Sladen it would not have happened.

"A brilliant presence on screen and on set, she brought the excitement and energy of the Doctor Who family of programmes, of which we are very proud at BBC Wales, to a whole new generation. She will be missed by all at BBC Wales who worked with her."

Sladen's agent Roger Carey described her as a "dear friend".

He said: "She was so positive about life and her natural energy was intoxicating. She couldn't believe her luck when her career was resurrected in her own series."

Doctor Who returns on Saturday and a spokeswoman for the show said that "something suitable is being planned" as a tribute to the late actress.



Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13137674

Posted by Z Sunday, April 24, 2011 (23:26:31)

 Falling Skies - two minute trailer
Falling SkiesFALLING SKIES opens in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force.

At the center of the series is Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), a Boston history professor whose family has been torn apart. His wife was killed in the initial attack, and one of his three sons has been captured. Determined to get his son back and to ensure the safety of his other two sons, Tom must put his extensive knowledge of military history to the test as one of the leaders of the resistance movement known as the 2nd Mass, because of their location in Boston, Mass. They are constantly trying to gain intelligence about the aliens in order to one day outsmart and overtake them and hopefully rebuild their lives.

Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) co-stars as Anne Glass, a pediatrician who works with the surviving children to help them cope with the traumatic upheaval in their lives. Will Patton (Armageddon, TNT's Into the West) plays a fierce leader of the resistance, Weaver. The series also stars Drew Roy (Secretariat) as Hal, Tom's oldest son and a growing fighter in the resistance movement; Maxim Knight (Brothers & Sisters) as Matt, Tom's youngest son; Connor Jessup (The Saddle Club) as Ben, Tom's son who was captured by aliens; and Seychelle Gabriel (Weeds) as Lourdes, an orphaned teenager who helps Anne in the group's makeshift medical clinic. Colin Cunningham (Living in Your Car) is John Pope, the leader of an outlaw motorcycle gang and Sarah Carter (Shark) is Margaret, a wary survivor of Pope's gang.

FALLING SKIES focuses on the resilience of the survivors and their determination to maintain their humanity when all else has been destroyed. It is a tale of endurance, commitment and courage in which everyday people are called upon to become heroes. They may be outmatched, outnumbered and outgunned, but nothing can beat the human spirit. Most of all, the series is about the ties that bind people together in the most difficult of circumstances.
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 We are going to be 20 years old!
ukscifiJan 1st 2012 - Changes.

The Contact form has been disabled - Contact can only be made via Email (keith@ukscifi.net)

Progress with the new site has been slow due to myself with a long term illness however this year I hope to make some changes and get back into developing this site.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of UKScifi.net I plan to upgrade the site from Dragonfly Cms to something completely new and modern.

I began the site on my old Amiga2000 as a server box back in October 1991 in the hope of building a community for people with the same interests as me in early Internet applications, Scifi films and television programs

The server started out as a BBS board (Gopher server), IRC, FTP and Telnet communications.


Then we took to building a website with other types of web services and five website redesigns later we found our way to Dragonfly csm.

We have had technical problems in the past with Dragonfly's mysql database that lead to the loss of some content, but with the new site I hope to bring all of this back.

I am looking for individuals to help me rebuild the community. If you would like to make a contribution please contact me on here by emailing keith(AT)ukscifi(DOT)net

I would like not just to have Scifi but real science topics on the site like the science behind what we see on our TV screens and what has made it from scifi in the past to what we have in reality today.

More importantly to me I would like this site to be a place for fans to call their own and decide where this site goes maybe for another 20 years.
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 Falling Skies
Falling SkiesUS TV Network TNT has released a new Falling Skies TV promo/trailer and also the first poster. Pretty nice poster, right? Enjoy!



It is way to early to ponder the UK release date however the show does look interesting.

Other News: 16 Aug 2010:

Season 2 of Falling skies has been given the green light and production has already begun.

Posted by Z Friday, March 25, 2011 (10:26:41)

 Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome: Production Begins
BattleStar Lets just hope Syfy does not frak this one up like they did with Caprica. Other than that I am just hoping it's a good pilot with a good story. Will you watch this show, if the pilot gets picked up?

SYFY BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME LAUNCHES

2-Hour Pilot Chronicles Young William Adama's Adventures in First Cylon War

Lili Bordan Joins Luke Pasqualino and Ben Cotton in the Cast

NEW YORK February 10, 2011 Production has begun in Vancouver on Syfy's highly anticipated 2-hour pilot, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, the all-new chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga. Universal Cable Productions will produce The Event with Syfy utilizing cutting edge CGI and virtual technology.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful Battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly find himself at odds with Coker (Ben Cotton), the battle-weary officer to whom he reports. With 47 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle just as much as Adama craves the start of it. Though they clash at first, the two men forge an unlikely bond when a routine mission turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.

Joining Pasqualino and Cotton in the cast is Lili Bordan, who will play Dr. Beka Kelly, a Ph.D. who worked for Graystone Industries that created the Cylon robots. Currently assigned to a secret military mission, Beka and Adama quickly establish a rapport.

From the award-winning producers of Battlestar Galactica, this new action-packed chapter of the BSG canon was written by Michael Taylor form a story by David Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle and directed by Jonas Pate. David Eick, Jonas Pate and Michael Taylor will serve as executive producers.

Source: http://thevoiceoftv.com/blog/battlestar-galactica-blood-chrome-production-begins-on-two-hour-pilot/30824

Written by: snoop [11th Feb 11, 10:18]

Posted by Z Sunday, February 13, 2011 (06:44:23)

 The Sci Fi Guys Become Primeval With Series Creators
With 2010 now confined to the past, The Sci Fi Guys return this week with the first show of the new decade featuring (in association with The London Expo) the series creators, writers and producers of the hit ITV drama, Primeval, Tim Haines and Adrian Hodges.

In this exclusive panel from last Octobers London MCM Expo event, Tim and Adrian talk about the shows fourth season (Now showing on ITV1), what fans can expect from it, the changes that they will see and maybe even a few plot hints.

The guys will also be revealing the final nominations for the Shirtie awards and revealing the brand new voting method and how to use it, that has been designed exclusively for this year awards.

The anarchy begins at the usual time of 8pm (For those in the UK) on Wednesday 5th January live from www.dtrn.co.uk with the guys also discussing all of the weekâ??s news and giving their opinions and much more. Listeners can also interact live with the guys via the shows show twitter feed which can be found at www.twitter.com/thescifiguys or they can join the forums and use all the new features which include a chat function, at www.dtrn.co.uk/smf.


DTRN Press Office
Source: http://www.dtrn.co.uk/smf

Posted by Z Tuesday, January 04, 2011 (11:59:44)

 Robot Actress Geminoid F Debuts in Japan
Robotics: ScienceX-Seti, Meeting a life like Robot is a dream for me, Looking around the net finding this today just blows me away.

Source: www.thaindian.com


Nov 12 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The acting debut of a life like robot in Japan has received terrific reviews from the audience, but not so much from its co-star. The Geminoid F is a copy of a woman around the age of twenty, with long brown hair, and brown eyes. It can smile or frown, and played the part in a stage show featuring the story of a woman who was suffering from an illness which would kill her.

The robot actress was said to have had a calm voice that was a bit mechanical. The show, Sayonara, or Goodbye was directed by Oriza Hirata, a Japanese director, at the Tokyo Art Festival, and featured the robot actress alongside a human actress, American Bryerly Long. She didnt seem really thrilled by the experience, and stated, I kind of feel like I'm alone on stage. There is a bit of distance [and not] a human presence.


Japanese hospitals test robotic nurse Actroid-F


Some Japanese hospitals are testing a robotic nurse called Actroid-F.

Actroid-F, which is the handiwork of Kokoro, looks so real that the Guinness World Record has tagged it as the first true android.

The robotic nurse is meant to provide patients a heightened sense of security as they spend some time on their hospital beds. The robot is pleasant looking and they only sit beside the patient as the patient undergoes various tests in the hospital.

The maker of the robot, Kokoro has done a great job on the robot and with the exception of its plastic looking skin; the machine proves that it is just a matter of time that the androids are here with us.

It is hoped the job of nurses are not taken over by these robots. As it is developed further, lets hope this can only consolidate the work of the human nurses and not come to add to the high unemployment rate the world is seeing.

Other than that factor, the Actroid-F is welcomed into our planet and lets hope it develops to do more than it has been designed to do and give more patients the needed support and companionship they need on their hospital bed.

The director stated, It wont be that a robot replaces human beings on a drama stage, its more as if a new type of actor has emerged in the theatrical world.

The android actually plays the part of an android. Ms Longs character is suffering from the illness, and the robot recites poetry to the dying girl, after being hired by her parents to be her caregiver. The parents then abandon the girl, leaving her to the androids care.


Posted by Z Saturday, November 13, 2010 (11:52:35)

 Scifi Shorts


Is 'Medium' Cancelled?

CBS has cut 'Medium's' season 7 episode order to 13 episodes?.

According to Rumours, CBS has not cancelled the Patricia Arquette series at all, Season 8 still looks promising as US viewer ratings are strong, So I guess we will see.

The long running successful series has done well in syndication on Lifetime (US) and is averaging more than 6 million viewers on Fridays at 8PM, Mediums run on the BBC2 channel here has also been doing well.

This is not the first time 'Medium' has faced the axe as the series originated on NBC, It's last season on NBC averaged 8.45 million viewers and this makes me wonder. How many million viewers are needed to keep a good show running?

When NBC cancelled it, CBS scooped it up and paired it with 'Ghost Whisperer' on Fridays. During season 6, 'Medium' aired Fridays at 9PM ET and averaged 7.79 million viewers.

CBS played a similar game with 'Numb3rs,' another Friday drama. The network cut its episode order to 13 before cancelling it last May.

Once the 13 episodes of 'Medium' are finished what is next?.
via @Syfy on twitter: No Season 2 of Caprica

We appreciate all the support that fans have shown for Caprica and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the amazing team that has been committed to this fine series. Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, Caprica has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season. The remaining first run episodes of Caprica will be removed from the schedule as of next Tuesday, November 2. The final 5 eps will be re-scheduled to air at a to be announced time in the first quarter of 2011, & will conclude the run of the series.

Thanks again to all the awesome fans who watched and supported the show, and to the AMAZING cast and crew.

Battlestar prequel to star a young Adama during first Cylon war

We saw how the Battlestar Galactica saga ended, and now with Caprica, we're seeing how it began. But what about that part in the middle, when Cmdr. William Adama was only a rookie Viper pilot during the first Cylon war? Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, a new two-hour pilot from Syfy, is about to take us there.

Here's Syfy's official press release:

SYFY GREENLIGHTS BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME 2-Hour Pilot Chronicles Young William Adama's Adventures in First Cylon War

New York, NY - October 22, 2010 - Syfy is readying an exciting all-new chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga with a greenlight for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome from Executive Producer David Eick, it was announced today by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Syfy and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions. Universal Cable Productions will produce the 2-hour pilot with Syfy utilizing cutting edge CGI and virtual technology.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, a sentient robotic race, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a brash rookie viper pilot enters the fray. Ensign William Adama, barely in his 20's and a recent Academy graduate, finds himself assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet... the Galactica. The talented but hot-headed risk-taker soon finds himself leading a dangerous top secret mission that, if successful, will turn the tide of the decade long war in favor of the desperate fleet.

"The 'Galactica' universe as re-imagined by Ron Moore and David Eick is rich with possibilities and backstory," said Mark Stern. "We jumped at the chance to revisit the William Adama character and explore this exciting chapter in the BSG narrative which falls between the events of the original series and the prequel, 'Caprica,' currently airing on Syfy."

"While maintaining the themes of politics, social propaganda, and the timeless question: what does it mean to be human? - 'Blood & Chrome' will also return us to the authentic, relentless depiction of combat and the agony and ecstasy of human-Cylon war, which was the hallmark of 'Battlestar Galactica's' early seasons," said David Eick.

Michael Taylor wrote the teleplay from a story by Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle.

Posted by Z Saturday, October 30, 2010 (20:54:15)

 Touchwood Season 4!
TorchwoodThe Doctor Who spin-off show has been given the green light after the BBC secured US funding.

John Barrowman and Eve Myles are to return for a fourth series of the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, after the BBC securing funding from the US cable network Starz Entertainment.

Barrowman, as Captain Jack Harkness, and Myles, as Gwen Cooper, will be working along with new cast members on the new 10-part series with a team of writers led by Torchwood's creator, Russell T Davies.

The new series will be a three-way co-production between BBC Wales, which made the previous series, Starz and the corporation's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, which distributes the show.

Torchwood has previously been shot on location in and around BBC Wales's Cardiff base. The new series will feature location filming in the US and around the world and is being made by BBC Worldwide Productions.

The first series of the sci-fi drama drama was broadcast on BBC3 in late 2006, with the second run shifting to BBC2 when it was transmitted in early 2008. The third series aired on BBC1 in July last year as a five-part mini-series, Children of Earth, stripped across consecutive nights.

Starz is the US broadcaster behind Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the graphic retelling of the Roman slave revolt story that has just started airing in the UK on Bravo.

The new Torchwood series will be executive-produced by Davies and the Los Angeles-based BBC Worldwide Productions executives Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner.

Torchwood was commissioned by BBC1's controller, Jay Hunt; Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama; and Chris Albrecht, Starz president and chief executive.
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