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2013 Saturn Award Nominees Include Ender’s Game, Riddick, And More

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GravityBullockAnytime the Academy Awards rolls around, there’s usually an outcry from fans that not enough genre films are recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Luckily, this year the movie that has the most nominations is Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, but even if the Academy doesn’t give science fiction the respect it deserves, there are several long-standing and prestigious awards focused specifically on honoring genre material. Last night we posted the Nebula Award nominations, and now the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced its nominees for the 40th annual Saturn Awards.

Unsurprisingly, Gravity is a front-runner for the Saturns as well, earning eight nominations including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Actress for Sandra Bullock, Best Supporting Actor for George Clooney, and Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón. Gravity is tied with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for the most nominations. Some of the other nominees for Best Science Fiction Film are Ender’s Game, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pacific Rim, Riddick, and Star Trek Into Darkness.

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Falling Skies Premieres Season Four Footage At New York Comic-Con

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The fourth season of TNT’s Falling Skies is still nearly a year away, but it’s never too early to start stirring up interest in the fan base. And when it comes to stirring up fans, a good convention appearance will often be just what the doctor ordered. (As opposed to just what the Doctor ordered, which is fish sticks and custard.) Falling Skies did just that this past weekend at New York Comic-Con, teasing the crowd with footage from the next season, which won’t premiere until next summer. Thankfully they also posted it to Facebook, so you can check it out above.

So, things were looking pretty good for a while there, what with the shoulder-mounted badass gun taking down one of the Espheni structures in a very satisfying manner. But then there’s the fire and the screaming and the kids in the Hitler youth outfits and suddenly I’ve got a bad feeling about this and that’s not even the right fictional universe.

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Falling Skies Teaser Reveals First Look At Season Four, Plus The Premiere’s Title

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TNT’s Falling Skies is scheduled to return next summer for a fourth season, officially making the show one of the most frustratingly mediocre genre shows ever to reach that milestone. Each season the show has moments that hint it might be about to become something truly special, but that leap in quality never seems to come. Or at least it hasn’t so far. Who knows, maybe season four will be the year it finally hits its stride.

Production has begun on Falling Skies’ fourth season, and the folks at TV Guide have exclusively premiered the above teaser as the very first look at the show’s next season. Given that we’re still a good nine months away from the next season premiere, there isn’t much to grab hold of in the footage, primarily just shots of them filming outdoors and the crew talking about how year four will be the best season yet. (We can but hope.)

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Falling Skies Gets A Fourth Season

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Falling SkiesIt’s amazing and also kind of terrifying to watch aliens land in the city you currently call home. That, not Dr. Carter, Steven Spielberg, or even the notion of “harnessing” children (kidding!) is what initially pulled me into Falling Skies.

The show has had its ups and downs, suffering at times from the same type of talkiness as The Walking Dead, but on the whole it’s been fun alien invasion television. And it’ll be back for a fourth season.

TNT, in conjunction with DreamWorks Television, has ordered a 10-episode fourth season of the show. Turns out Falling Skies, which I didn’t expect to make it past one season given its summertime TNT status (and, honestly, I have trouble watching Noah Wyle), is the most watched non-reality summer TV show on basic cable for adults. People love aliens! Especially when they attack!

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X-Files Reunion And Falling Skies Panel Coming To Comic-Con

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UPDATE: The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog has confirmed that David Duchovny will indeed be reuniting on state with Gillian Anderson for the X-Files panel.

“When it comes to the San Diego Comic-Con, you really have to twist some arms to get anybody to attend. I mean, it’s just a bunch of rotten garage-sale-destined toys and previews for movies and games that no one will ever see or play. And the seven guys who are there are dressed up as the most obscure characters from some movie you’ve never heard of.” Thanks for listening, guys. That was my monologue for the Stirspeach play About Last Opposite Night. Stirspeach = Shakespear(e). (I realize I’m reaching.)

Not only is Comic-Con one of the most rabidly sought-out events that pop culture has to offer, but it’s one that never fails to produce exclusive promotions and panels. TNT’s Falling Skies is bringing its cast and crew to San Diego. It sounds like an alien-ridden good time, but we’re honestly not turning our heads that quickly for it. But a TV Guide panel involving an X-Files reunion to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the show’s premiere? We may have collective neck strain.

Since we’ve just got the good news out there — X-Files reunion! — we might as well get to the bad and the weird news. David Duchovny hasn’t yet been confirmed to appear. But given that TV Guide broke the news in its own ad, there’s a good chance not all the details behind this reunion have been worked out. Fans can expect to see creator Chris Carter, star Gillian Anderson, series writer/producer and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, and writer/producers David Amann, Howard Gordon, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, John Shiban, and Jim Wong. Check out the ad below. Pink, right?

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Falling Skies Showrunner Talks About Departing The Series And Adding Hellboy’s Doug Jones

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CochiseWe here at GFR have had a love/hate relationship with TNT’s Spielberg-produced alien-invasion series Falling Skies. Over the course of its two seasons, it’s had moments that hinted at greatness, but they were all too often sandwiched between mediocrity. It’s back now for a third season, but one of the guys who had been steering the ship up to now is departing the show just as it has the potential to get interesting. But we can’t fault showrunner Remi Aubuchon too much…he’s leaving to write science fiction novels.

Speaking to Collider, Aubuchon opened up about his decision to leave the show to chase a dream he’s had for years:

It was excruciating. I’m not getting any younger, and I’ve had this life-long dream of wanting to write science fiction novels. The unfortunate thing that I figured out is that, when you’re a showrunner, that’s all you can do. I just felt like, if I was going to do that, now was the time. I have a strong affection for the people I worked with and for the show itself. Maybe if I were 20 years younger, I wouldn’t care and I would just keep going, but I really feel I need to pursue this road.