Next month we’ll be saying our goodbyes to the Eleventh Doctor, actor Matt Smith, as he shares one last adventure with his predecessor and prepares to regenerate into Peter Capaldi for the Christmas special. As with many a Doctor before him, Smith proved a controversial pick at first, with some claiming he was too young, and others pointing out the incontrovertible fact that he was not, in fact, David Tennant. Still, many of the skeptics (including myself) eventually warmed to his “old man in a young body” routine and enjoyed many a fine adventure with him. Smith was born on this day in 1982, and GFR congratulates him on another successful journey around the sun.
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Gravity‘s recent box office success proves that people are interested in space-set disasters, probably because it’s been quite a few years since such a tragedy struck in real life. Do you remember where you were on January 28, 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger met its disastrous end over the Atlantic Ocean? The Challenger Disaster, Science Channel’s first foray into scripted programming, will allow viewers to experience a dramatized version of the events when it airs on November 16th. In an effort to get the film out to an even wider audience, Discovery Channel will be simulcasting the film, which was co-produced by the BBC, at 9 p.m. Given Discovery still occasionally airs things that are about science and space, it’s a good move for everyone involved.
This year, Science Channel has averaged around 304,000 viewers, with 117,000 in key demographics, while Discovery Channel is getting around 1.3 million viewers, with 660,000 in the 18-49 set. Surely, the increase in viewers still equals to numbers much smaller than many hit dramas on other cable stations, but it’s a big one percentage-wise, and this film should definitely get more viewers than the averages. I’m going to watch it on Science Channel because I like an underdog.
With all the healthcare hullabaloo taking over the public consciousness as of late, people are in dire need of more easily accessible personal medical testing. And there’s no better place to look for potential future tech than Star Trek, that bastion of advanced concepts. Illinois resident Howard Leventhal, 56, recently claimed he’d created a device similar to the all-in-one tricorder used in the classic series, but instead of actually showing anyone the product or what he said it could do, he blindly milked a ton of money out of investors before getting caught by an undercover agent posing as another potential buyer. Too bad he didn’t have a mocked-up Enterprise to allow himself a hasty getaway.
Last year, Leventhal contacted executives at the Fort Lauderdale company Paragon Financial Group, Inc. claiming that he was owed upwards of $4 million from Health Canada, saying the agency had previously agreed to buy his “McCoy Home Health Tablet” device that he’d created through his company Neovision USA. The product was described as such in a document Leventhal provided: “Heltheo’s McCoy Home Health Tablet, named after the fictional Dr. Leonard McCoy of TV’s Star Trek series, is designed as a platform to maximize the patient benefits through broadband-augmented in-home telemedicine.” It doesn’t quite sound too good to be true, but rather too bullshitty to be real.
We’ve all heard that old chestnut about a picture being worth a thousand words. By that count this article should be worth around 10,000 words, which maybe explains why I’m feeling so winded all of a sudden. Thankfully, even though the gorgeous images in this post can largely speak for themselves, somebody’s got to put them in context and actually tell you who made them, so I, the lowly middle man, soldier on.
When we last left the jaunty band of zombie-apocalypse survivors in AMC’s The Walking Dead, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) was getting sucked back into his role as the-guy-who-has-to-make-horrible-decisions, and Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) discovered two burned bodies in the prison yard. Overall, things weren’t looking particularly rosy between this, a plague tearing through their ranks, and walkers about to crash through the fences. Will this week’s installment, “Isolation,” find them in less dire straights? Read on to find out.
With the recent news that Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams will be taking over screenwriting duties on Star Wars: Episode VII, it is believed that the pair will start the writing process over from page one. If that’s the case, then George Lucas’ original outline and Michael Arndt’s screenplay might be thrown out for something fresh. There are new reports that suggest Harrison Ford’s Han Solo might have an extended role in the sequel trilogy that goes beyond just a cameo appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII.
According to Jedi News, Disney and Lucasfilm are looking to sign Harrison Ford for a multi-picture deal that extends past Episode VII into the other films in the sequel trilogy. Apparently, Ford agreed to Han Solo’s new story arc through the new saga with a caveat that he would reprise another character in the Lucasfilm universe, Indiana Jones.
It’s no secret that Ford holds Indy in higher esteem than the space smuggler Han Solo. In fact, Ford is itching to don the fedora again in Indiana Jones 5. If a deal can be reached between Ford and Disney/Lucasfilm, we could expect to see a new Indiana Jones movie by the end of 2016. According to Jedi News: