Dragon-Themed Writers and Illustrators of the Future Award April 2

{All images courtesy Steve Moyer Public Relations and Galaxy Press.}

It’s time again for tales of dragons and spaceships. Next Sunday, April 2, are the the 33rd Annual L. Ron Hubbard Writers & Illustrators of the Future Achievement Awards.

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Honoring 12 writers and illustrators for their excellence in science fiction and fantasy, the awards are presented by Galaxy Press and Author Services, Inc. Each of the writers and illustrators are quarterly winners. Additionally, there will be a grand prize winner for each: the Golden Pen Award for the Writers of the Future Contest, and the Golden Quill Award for the winner of the Illustrators of the Future Contest.

Started in 1983, the contest was created to inspire more beginning writers to help break into the industry. It was so successful that the Illustrators award was created in 1988. Each year, the winners are invited to a week-long workshop that ends in the awards ceremony, which is also where the winning entries are released into a published anthology. The success of the program is apparent: since starting, the writing winners have published 1,150 novels and 4,450 short stories, producing 32 New York Times bestsellers. Meanwhile, the illustrators have produced over 4,500 illustrations, 356 comic books, and produced visually to 36 television shows and 46 movies.

Writers and Illustrator of the Future Awards trophies.

The event this year is themed ‘medieval fantasy’, and as such there will be a 12-foot long dragon head included in the red carpet. Dress code is listed as black tie-optional or medieval fantasy formal. The keynote speaker this year will be Pat Henry, the president and co-founder of Dragon*Con, Pat Henry. The awards will also have performances from EMCirque, and will also have artists Rob Prior and Larry Elmore create a painting from scratch. Finally, this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to author Mike Resnick, author of 62 novels and over 250 short stories, and editor of over 40 anthologies.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, the event is free and open to the public. It will be at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, and doors open at 5:30 pm, with the event starting at 6:30 pm. Following the show, there will be a book signing by the winning writers and illustrators.

The event will once again be livestreamed on the Writers of the Future website, starting at 6:30 pm PST. (Prior award ceremonies are available to view on the Writers of the Future YouTube channel.

For more information about the awards, and to RSVP if you want to attend, visit the Writers of the Future Award website.

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DOCTOR WHO Series 10 Premiere in Cinemas

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It’s time to meet the new companion. The 10th season of Doctor Who will be premiering on BBC America on April 15. In celebration of the Time Lord gracing our screens once more, Fathom Events will be screening the episode in cinemas on April 17 and 19.

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This will will be Peter Capaldi’s last series as the Doctor, as well as the last with Steven Moffat as showrunner. As fans know, Chris Chibnall will be taking over for the show for the 11th series. Chibnall is no stranger to Who: he wrote several episodes of the series between series 3 and 7 and was the head writer of Torchwood for series 1 and 2. Chibnall is still searching for Capaldi’s successor.

As for the series 10 premiere, we’ll also see the return of Matt Lucas as Nardole, as well as the first appearance of the new companion, Bill (Pearl Mackie). We know very little of the new companion, although there are some hints in the trailer. (I personally see more than a casual similarity to Classic Who companion Ace.)

But have no fear: if you attend the Fathom Event screening, there are some special features. One is the feature Becoming the Companion, which follows Mackie from the London stage through the TARDIS, and includes exclusive interviews with Mackie, Capaldi, and Moffat.

Are we ready to go to Class?

Additionally, the cinema screening will also include the first episode of the new spinoff Class, set to premiere on BBC America on April 15 as well. This first episode includes a guest appearance as Capaldi as the Doctor. Class, for those who aren’t familiar, focuses on five students at the somewhat infamous Coal Hill Academy. The show premiered on BBC in December of 2016, and the tone is somewhat between the kid-friendly Sarah Jane Adventures and the more adult Torchwood.

If you buy the tickets through Atom Tickets, you will receive three free Doctor Who digital comic books from Titan Comics and ComiXology, delivered to purchasing e-mail address on event date. For more information, including a list of theaters, visit the Fathom Events website.

 

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RiffTrax Live’s Next Show — SAMURAI COP — in April

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No, it’s not a cop who’s also a samurai, but actually a cop NAMED Samurai (Mathew Karedas) — well, nicknamed it, anyway. He and his truly epic hair have come to the City of Angels to fight the Katana, a gang interested in leading the drug trade.

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Bad fight scenes, camera mugging, and more are just a hint of why the crew of RiffTrax decided to make this their first live event for 2017.

“It’s hard to say exactly what makes Samurai Cop a favorite to us and our audience,” said Michael J. Nelson in the press release. “Maybe the fact that the title character is not a samurai — not even a little. It could also be the terrible black wig he wears for half the scenes in the movie and tries to pass off as real hair. Whatever the reason it must be seen to be believed.”

Samurai Cop is the 24th time RiffTrax has partnered with Fathom Events to share the live event in cinema screens across the nation. It will be broadcast live on April 13, with a rebroadcast on April 18. The crew currently has two more shows planned for 2017: a Summer Shorts Beach Party on June 15, and a’super secret mystery title’ scheduled for August 17 that will be determined once their current Kickstarter ends (scheduled to end in three days as of the time of this article).

For tickets and a list of participating theatres, visit the Fathom Events website.

 

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G33K Out: LOGAN Composer Marco Beltrami

[Header photo courtesy Marco Beltrami’s Facebook page.]

Episode 21: Logan Composer Marco Beltrami

Marco Beltrami is no stranger to composing movies in the sci fi and superhero world. His first major breakthrough was doing the score for Wes Craven’s Scream, and you may recognize his music from such genre favorites as Hellboy, Mimic, The Faculty, and even worked with Philip Glass for the 2015 version of Fantastic Four. He’s been nominated for an Oscar for his scores for both 3:10 to Yuma and The Hurt Locker.

In early March, I had the opportunity to interview him over the phone about his latest project Logan, the latest — and possibly last — Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman.

Basic show notes:

  • Running time is 16 minutes, 55 seconds.
  • The main interview was recorded on March 8, 2017.
  • For more information about Marco Beltrami, visit his website.
  • Logan opened March 3, and the soundtrack is available to stream via Spotify (see playlist below).
  • Mid-show plug is from playwright Pete Bakely. who I not only wrote a spotlight on, but who was also a guest on my other podcast, Stage Savvy.
  • Theme music is “Schoolyard Haze”, by Jari Pitkanen, available via the Free Music Archive.
  • This podcast is released under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike license.
  • Interested in hearing other episodes of G33K Out? Check them out here.

And now, time to geek out.

 

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A New(ish) John Williams CD Release

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If there’s one partnership that every geek is a fan of, it’s probably the one between director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams. According to this list on Wikipedia, the two have partnered 28 times and counting. In fact, all but two of Spielberg’s films have had a score by Williams. Additionally, Williams has a record 50 nominations from the Academy Awards for his composing, 15 of which are for scores from films directed by Spielberg.

On March 17, Sony Classical will be releasing a new compilation set. John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection is a three-CD set with a bonus DVD.

The first two CDs are a repeat of previous releases: one of them The Spielberg/Williams Collaboration from 1991 and the other Williams on Williams: The Classic Spielberg Scores from 1995. Both CDs were recorded with the Boston Pops Orchestra and include music from everything from their first collaboration, Sugarland Express in 1974, to Jurassic Park in 1993.

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“I was very happy with the fact that when I was music director of Boston Pops, we were able to record a lot of the music that I’d written for Steven’s films,” Williams says in the press release about these two. “So I said to him, ‘Steven, wouldn’t it be great if we could complete the Sony collection and put in all the things that we didn’t have when the last disc was recorded, this time with our great orchestra here in Los Angeles?’  To which Steven responded, ‘This is a great idea. Let’s do it!'”

The third CD was recorded in 2016, and features the first release of brand new recordings from some of Spielberg’s later movies, including Lincoln, The BFG, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and more.

The DVD is a copy of the new documentary Steven Spielberg & John Williams: The Adventure Continues. Directed by Laurent Bouzereau, a film historian who’s been covering Spielberg’s work for over 20 years.

You can pre-order the set over at Amazon.com, and hear “Marion’s Theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark” and see an excerpt from the documentary over at The Hollywood Reporter‘s article on the release.

 

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MST3K to Partner with Dark Horse Comics

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As you are no doubt aware, cult classic Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K for short) is back. After an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, show creator Joel Hodgson has wrangled a new cast (including Jonah Ray, Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, among others) and secured the show to broadcast on Netflix starting April 14.

The cast of the rebooted ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’. Photo courtesy the MST3K website.

Well, into every new show, a little transmedia must fall. In February, Dark Horse Comics announced that they would be partnering with the rebooted show for a new comic series, and various related products. “I first encountered the show in 1992,” says Dark Horse’s vice president of publishing Randy Stradley in the announcement, “and immediately fell in love with both the concept and the characters. I began inquiring about the license in 1993, and now — a mere 24 years later — we have Comics Sign!”

Stay tuned to Dark Horse Comics for more information about that partnership, and check out MST3K’s official site for more information about the show.

 

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BBC iPlayer Goes Vegan with Futuristic ‘Carnage’

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When we look back at some of the cultural norms of the day, most of us shake our head and think, “How could people think that way?” For vegetarians and vegans, they believe that society will soon feel the same way about eating meat.

British comedian Simon Amstell (former host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks) has developed a feature-length film that is set in the year 2067, and is a comedic take on the concept. The concept is that in this far off time, the youth have to deal with the horror that the older generation willingly killed animals to eat. It’s a comedic take on the topic, and combines archive footage with original drama.

Simon Amstell

According to the press release from the BBC, the film was commissioned last year by Victoria Jay, head of content for the BBC iPlayer. “In a culture obsessed by what’s on our plates,” Jay states in the release,”Simon Amstell’s film Carnage imaginatively challenges our attitude towards eating meat, fish and cheese triangles. Prepare to never look at your dinner the same way again.”

The film will star Martin Freeman, Joanna Lumley, Dame Eileen Atkins, Lindsay Duncan, Alex Lawther, Gemma Jones, Linda Basset, Mawaan Rizwan and John Macmillan.

BBC Studios, the company behind Carnage, is set to become a wholly-owned subsidiary in April, with the goal of having programs specific to the iPlayer as well as other broadcasters and customers. It will release on the iPlayer on March 19.

 

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G33K Out: WonderCon 2016 – Streaming Success Panel

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Episode 20: Wondercon 2016 – Streaming Panel

In my last G33K Out podcast, I brought out my interviews from one of the panels at WonderCon 2016, “High Scorers Panel: Star Composers of the Video Game World”. While at the press room for that, I also had the chance to talk with some of the people at another panel, “Streaming Success: Behind-the-Scenes of Your Favorite Binge Worthy Shows”.

The panel discussed the original content of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, and some of the people that work on the various shows produced by them. My associate Hope Donoghue and I first talked to James (“Jimmy”) Levine and Sean Callery, composers of American Horror Story and Marvel’s Jessica Jones respectively. Since it was with the High Scorers Panel, I first assumed they were on that panel and asked about their work composing for video games. We then talked to David Van Dyke, VFX producer and (at the time) vice president of Shade VFX (he’s now president), where he’s worked on a variety of genre media, but most notably Marvel’s Daredevil.

As with the last interview, due to the press set up, any time I talked, the mic was not in front of me most of the time.

Basic show notes:

  • Running time is 23 minutes.
  • The main interview was recorded on March 25, 2016.
  • To see all of our coverage of WonderCon 2016, visit this link.
  • Mid-show plug is from Jimmy Matlosz, cinematographer and guest on episode.
  • Theme music is “Schoolyard Haze”, by Jari Pitkanen, available via the Free Music Archive.
  • This podcast is released under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike license.
  • Interested in hearing other episodes of G33K Out? Check them out here.

And now, time to geek out.

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Movie Review: DREAMING PURPLE NEON is Delightfully Awful

{Header photo used courtesy the Dreaming Purple Neon Facebook page.}

Dreaming Purple Neon
Written and directed by Todd Sheets
Produced by Extreme Entertainment
Copyright 2016

This post was also published on Angie’s website, Contents May Vary

First off, a full disclosure: I am good friends with one of the film’s stars, Jack McCord. I’ve directed him, worked with him as an actor, and even interviewed him back in 2011 when I was volunteering for KC Stage Magazine. So, I attended this Los Angeles premiere of Dreaming Purple Neon more to support him and less as an unbiased critic. And I admit: part of the fun of watching this film was reminiscing on all the Kansas City-based locations that were used in the production of this. It was like going back without the hassle of flying.

So, with that in mind, I really didn’t know what to expect from the movie before seeing it. When writer/director Todd Sheets introduced the film, he talked about how this was a callback and an homage to the types of horror movies you got in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Lots of gore, little plot, and buckets of fun.

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The plot, such as it is, follows two storylines. On one, we have Catriona (Millie Milan), working for two gangsters – Tyrone (Ricky Farr) and Ray (Antwoine Steele), who come straight out of Blaxploitation films. After seeing them kill someone, she takes their drugs (the ‘dreaming purple neon’ of the title) and their guns and goes to visit her friend Denise (Eli DeGeer), who’s interning with a dentist (Nick Randol), to figure out what to do. The second plotline involves the owner of the building Denise works at, Cyrus (Jack McCord), who is delving into something dark. Denise’s ex, Dallas (Jeremy Edwards) is also back in town, trying to make things work. Of course, all of these plots come together in a way that is only possible in a horror film.

With shoutouts to Evil Dead and similar movies, Dreaming Purple Neon is right up there with Troma movies on the ‘hilariously bad’ front. From decisions that make no sense to effects that are special in all the wrong ways, once it gets underway, I couldn’t help but enjoy the movie. The acting is over the top, but at just the right level of campiness. It crosses the line twice, coming right back to bite you in your privates, and uses every horror trope in the book in a delightfully fun way. Once I sat back and acknowledged the inherent silliness of the plot, the film was a delightful (and somewhat needed) distraction from the real world.

Cast and crew of ‘Dreaming Purple Neon’. Photo by Angie Fiedler Sutton.

But head’s up: this one is definitely for adults only, as there’s more nudity than you can shake a … well, you get the idea. There’s also some sexual violence on both genders, and so much swearing, Samuel L. Jackson would blush.

The film is set for theatrical distribution in the summer of 2017. More information can be found a the official website.

 

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MAN AT ARMS Coming to the El Rey Network

{All images used courtesy the Sword and the Stone Facebook page.}

Are you a fan of the weapons you see in fantasy movies and in video games? Wish you could see a real working version of the Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts or Wolverine’s claws from X-Men? Then you may have come across the web series Man at Arms.

Hosted by master blacksmith Tony Swatton, founder of Sword and the Stone shop in Burbank, the series started in 2013, and was a weekly show with Swatton forging various fictional weapons – and then testing them in the real world. It has been immensely popular, with the channel having over 5 million subscribers with an average 1.5 million views per episode.

Some of the weapons from the Sword and the Stone shop.

On January 13, the El Rey Network (also home to From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) announced that they are partnering with DEFY Media to bring the series to their network. The order is for eight one-hour episodes, and will be the same format as the web series.

The general manager Daniel Tibbets, in the press release, noted that the move (alongside another unscripted show, Rite of Passage) is geared toward their audience. “As we expand our slate of original programming,” Tibbets stated in the press release, “we are looking for series that are reflective of the interests, hobbies, and lives of our audience.”

The show will premiere in the first half of 2017. For more information on the current series, you can either visit the AWE Me YouTube channel or visit the Sword and the Stone’s website.

 

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G33K Out: WonderCon 2016 – High Scorers Panel

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Episode 19: Wondercon 2016 – High Scorers Panel

(Episode 18 was NOT posted on SciFi4Me, as it was not genre related. It was an interview with cinematographer Jimmy Matlosz.)

Last March, I attended WonderCon here in Los Angeles. We covered it here, and I had a lot more content that I never had time to do anything with.

One such item was a chance to meet up with some of the guys that were on the “High Scorers Panel: Star Composers of the Video Game World”. The panel was, obviously, music composers for video games talking about their work. I managed to get a chance to interview some of them before the panel. I first talked to Gordy Haab (Star Wars: Battlefront, Star Wars: The Old Republic, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct) and Niels Bye Nielsen (Hitman, Ratchet & Clank Series), and then I talked to Bill Brown (Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, Captain America: Super Soldier, Lineage II) and John Kaefer (Quantum Break).

Head’s up: due to the press set up, any time I talked, the mic was not in front of me. I bumped up my audio as much as possible, but it’s still pretty noticeable.

And now, time to geek out.

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QUANTUM LEAP DVD/Blu-ray Release

Time travelers of the early ’90s, rejoice! Sam Beckett will finally be leaping to a Blu-ray player near you! The anthology science fiction show Quantum Leap is getting a re-release on DVD and a first ever release on Blu-ray on February 7, 2017.

Originally airing on NBC from 1989 to 1993 for a total of five seasons, Quantum Leap was created by Donald P. Bellisario, and starred Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett, a scientist who created a way to travel in time. Originally set to be just an observer, he unfortunately gets ‘stuck’ in the past as one of the people in history. Whether it’s just his mind or his whole body that was ‘leaping’ is up to much debate among fans, as the evidence changed depending on the episode.

He finds out that he can’t ‘leap’ out of the situation until he somehow ‘fixes’ history (“putting things right that once went wrong”). This fixing of history is helped through a hologram of the project observer, Al Calavicci (Dean Stockwell). Sam keeps leaping, being led by what the fans humorously nicknamed GTFW (God, time, fate, whatever), hoping that each time will be what is needed for him to get home. In an extremely controversial series finale, Sam does not leap home.

Image courtesy Mill Creek Entertainment.

In the release announcement, as a way to put right something that once went wrong, Mill Creek Entertainment stated that “The vast majority of the ORIGINAL MUSIC has been restored for our release!” Much of the music from the series had been replaced in its initial VHS and DVD release, most notably a vital scene with Al dealing with the fact that his first ex-wife had declared him dead while he was MIA in Vietnam. Many fans (myself included) were upset by this change, and so are rejoicing that this sounds like it has been resolved. No news if the DVDs or Blu-rays will have any special features, either in commentaries from Bakula or Stockwell or in ‘behind the scenes’ material.

The premise of the series, while based on time travel, was less science fiction and more straight drama, using the format to cover things from racial tension to Vietnam. What science was involved in the how and why of Sam’s leaping was hand waved away as ‘future technology’, as it took place in the ‘far off future’ of 1995. As the premise technically changed from week to week, it was really only Bakula and Stockwell in the show, with Bakula doing most of the work. The show used Bakula’s theatre background extensively, having him sing multiple times (they even released a soundtrack!).

The show received 17 awards over its five seasons, from Emmys to Golden Globes to Quality TV Awards. And in 2004 and 2007, TV Guide ranked it 15 and 19 retrospectively on their list of “Top Cult Shows Ever”. The show continued on in book and comic format, and there are continued rumors of the show being revisited or rebooted in today’s nostalgia craze.

The new release will be on 18 discs, and run for $99.95 for the Blu-ray and $69.98 for the DVD. You can pre-order either on Amazon.com.

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory Celebrates 80 Years with Free 2017 Calendar

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a vital part of our space program. They are celebrating their 80th anniversary, and they want you to celebrate their history with them.

On October 31, 1936, the first rockets were tested by seven men, mostly grad students out of Caltech, who would go on to found JPL.

Helical beam antennas from 1951.
Helical beam antennas from 1951.

Sponsored by the U.S. Army and officially named in 1944 (almost 14 years prior to NASA’s founding in July 1958), JPL was initially founded to develop rocket technology and missile systems in response to German V-2 rockets.

The connection between the space race and the Cold War is well documented, and JPL’s first years are heavily steeped in that connection, and included building Explorer 1 in response to Sputnik. NASA’s forming caused JPL to be transferred to this new agency, and the organization switched to focusing more on the payloads of the rockets, placing the lab at the center of the space race.

Unlike other government agencies, JPL is structured as a federally funded research agency, and so is staffed by Caltech employees rather than government employees.

As part of their 80th anniversary, JPL has released a free 2017 calendar you can download, filled with photos from both JPL and NASA, and including anniversaries and events. They also have an interactive timeline of JPL’s biggest moments. You can access both of these, as well as more history of JPL, over on the JPL website. JPL has regular open houses, and I hope to attend one myself one day now that I’m in Los Angeles.

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PRINCESS MONONOKE Screens In Theatres for 20th Anniversary

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The nostalgia trips continue with Fathom Events, as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of Studio Ghibli’s classic animated feature Princess Mononoke.

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Released in Japan in July 1997, and in the U.S. in October 1999, the movie was a critical and financial box office success in Japan. Distributed by Miramax (before Pixar/Disney started their partnership), it didn’t get much box office in theatres, but became a cult sensation on video and is one of the movies that made Studio Ghibli a household name.

Set in the late Muromachi period of Japan, Princess Mononoke follows prince Ashitaka, cursed by a demon that was attacking his village. He heads into the forest for a cure, and meets Princess Mononoke, who was raised by wolves and is fighting her own battle to save her home and the forest spirits and animal gods who live there. Darker than most Studio Ghibli films, the film covers the environmental theme of the fight between nature and civilization.

In partnership with Fathom Events, the film will screen in cinemas on two nights, and like their screening of Spirited Away, one is subtitled and one is dubbed in English. (The English dubbed version was adapted with help by Neil Gaiman.) Additionally, as usual, the cinema screening will have extra: a music video never released in the US will also be included. “On Your Mark”, by Japanese rock duo Chage & Aska, was released in 1994, and the video was written and directed by Miyazaki as a side project while having writer’s block with Princess Mononoke.

Princess Mononoke screens January 5 (the subtitled version) and January 9 (English-dubbed) at 7 pm local time. For more information, including a list of theatres that are showing it and to buy tickets, visit the Fathom Events website.

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The Muppets Revive PIGS IN SPACE

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So, there’s a new version of a classic science fiction television series that was popular in the 1970s, which has a female lead and dangers both old and new.

No, I’m not talking Star Trek: Discovery, but rather the classic Muppet skit “Pigs in Space”.

Originally debuting in the second season of the classic The Muppet Show television show, the sketches were primarily intended as a parody of Star Trek, with additional nods to the space serials from the 1930s. Following the adventures of the ship USS Swinetrek, the cast/crew included Captain Link Hogthrob, Dr. Julius Strangepork, and of course the always excellent Miss Piggy as the first mate.

It became one of the more popular sketches of the TV show, and appeared in 32 episodes over the remaining four seasons of the show. In fact, the show was so popular, the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia were greeted by the Pigs in Space team twice (thanks, Muppet Wiki!). They apparently had a video game, an animated version, were revived as “Deep Dish Nine” on Muppets Tonight, and even had a comic book adaptation.

Earlier this month, The Muppets YouTube Channel (which, despite the cancellation of The Muppets on ABC, does continue putting up content) dropped a three minute video return of the crew after 20 years. With a joke toward Alien, the video was a fun return to the humor of the show.

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However, it seemed like a one time thing. Like all the skits on The Muppet Show, there was no indication that anything more would come of the characters. However, on December 16, the channel dropped another video.

https://youtu.be/SN0wK-wXqY0

Will there be more? With the return of Star Wars and Star Trek to our media landscape, it’s a good bet the Muppets will have plenty to work with.

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