TNFF Vol. 70, Nos. 2-4

A new, combined three-issue zine put out by the N3F. It is the last issue edited by Heath Row.

From the table of contents:

  • Remembering Joanna Russ, by Jon D. Swartz
  • N3F History: ‘What is Science Fiction Fandom?’, by Jon Swartz
  • Member Spotlight: Damon Knight, by Jon Swartz
  • What About Area 51? by Jeffrey Redmond
  • Vonda N. McIntyre: Math and Media Tie-Ins by Heath Row
  • China Miéville: Hostage to Fortune by Holly Wilson
  • Along with the zine’s signature reviews and an artist spotlight on Jose Sanchez.

A public version is available at eFanzines.com at the following link: http://efanzines.com/NFFF/e-Fan-26.pdf

The below video is the trailer for the upcoming Ridley Scott film, Promethues, which started out as a prequel to the Alien series, but morphed into an re-imagining of the universe Scott created in 1979.

The clip features space ships, space and what looks like alien attacks. And a Hollywood A-List cast.

NOTE: The audio is a “tinny” due to the fact that this is apparently a pirated version of the trailer.

Cast shown in the clip includes:

  • Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) Denmark version, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) as Elizabeth Shaw
  • Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, 300, Hex) as the android, David
  • Logan Marshall-Green (24, The O.C.) as Charlie Holloway
  • Idris Elba (Thor, Ultraviolet) as Janek
  • Charlize Theron (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Road, Æon Flux, Hancock) as Meredith Vickers
  • Sean Harris (The Borgias) as Fifield

The below video is the first full trailer for the upcoming Ridley Scott film, Prometheus, which started out as a prequel to the Alien series, but morphed into an re-imagining of a first contact story in the universe Scott created in 1979. It was released by the studio today.

Scott said that when he made the original Alien and Blade Runner, his concern was a world eventually owned and controlled by corporations. As he was working on Prometheus, he said his 30-years-old fears have been supplanted by something far more sinister. It’s that fear that this new film addresses.

The clip features space ships, space and what looks like an infection by alien genetic engineering gone awry … with a Hollywood A-List cast.

FROM 20th Century Fox:

In the distant future, two superpowers control Earth and fight each other for all the solar system’s natural resources. When one side dispatches a team to a distant planet to terraform it for human colonization, the team discovers an indigenous race of bio-mechanoid killers.

Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Genre: Science Fiction
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace
Release Date: June 8, 2012

Cast shown in the clip includes:

  • Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) Denmark version, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) as Elizabeth Shaw
  • Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, 300, Hex) as the android, David
  • Logan Marshall-Green (24, The O.C.) as Charlie Holloway
  • Idris Elba (Thor, Ultraviolet) as Janek
  • Charlize Theron (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Road, Æon Flux, Hancock) as Meredith Vickers
  • Sean Harris (The Borgias) as Fifield

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The first trailer for Dark Shadows, the big-screen adaptation of the 1970s campy cult gothic soap opera was released this weekend by Warner Bros. The movie is set to open in the U.S. on May 11.

Johnny Depp has coveted playing the role of the romantically doomed vampire Barnabas Collins for years and used his considerable Hollywood heft to get this project green lighted.

A collaboration of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, the film is a period comedy set in 1972 – equal parts Beetlejuice and Austin Powers, it’s 100% campy comedy.

Joining Depp in starring roles are Eva Green (The Golden Compass, Casino Royale, Camelot) as the witch, Angelique Bouchard, Michelle Pfeiffer (Stardust, Witches of Eastwick, Wolf) as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Jonny Lee Miller (Æon Flux, Eli Stone, Dexter) as Roger Collins, Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter series, Alice in Wonderland, Sweeny Todd) as Dr. Julia Hoffman, and Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Shutter Island) as Willie Loomis.

Actors with Cameo parts in the film include Christopher Lee and Alice Cooper.

 

Press release from the studio below:

FROM WARNER BROS.

In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family.

Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet–or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine.

The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green).

A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972.

He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.

Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath).

The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.

Plot Spoliers

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, with a screenplay by Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 23.5 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following. It has spent more than 160 consecutive weeks/more than three consecutive years to date on The New York Times bestseller list since its publication in September 2008, and has also appeared consistently on USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.

This 10-minute clip released by Disney is from the beginning of the movie, showing a fictionalized tale of how Edgar Rice Burroughs’ story was inspired by the tale of a real-life friend.

From Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”—a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

Created in 2010 by co-directors Kimberly Knoll and YungHan Chang, two students at San Jose State university, the short animated film No Robots (the full video included below) is such high-quality visual storytelling, it’s hard to believe it was made by students.

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“This is my first animation project,” YungHan Chang said in a blog post. The native of Taiwan is studying film and animation at SJSU.

“We gathered a big group of our friends at San Jose State, and together we made this film happen,” Knoll said on her own blog. “It took 6 months to complete.”

Although a director on this piece, her passion lies in drawing the background settings in animated stories – creating the rooms that are filled by the story. “ Unfortunately as a director, I didn’t have much time to contribute much artwork for the movie,” she said.

The one scene she did create was the scene before the final credits. “This scene was the most difficult to color, because I had to make it warm and inviting while sticking with the overall color scheme of the film, green. I decided to go for the blue-green light of the exterior and split compliment for the interior,” she said.

One of the artists who worked with Knoll on the backgrounds was fellow student, Joe Tirasuwan. “ I had a chance to work on the backgrounds of the film. Pencil and painted by myself,” he said, using colors as decided by Knoll. His work, and others’, is included in the gallery at the bottom of this article.

“I was in charge of color and lighting, and leading the over all look of the animation, along with the production designers Tim Tang and Corwin Herse-Woo,” Knoll said. “This was the first time Corwin (production designer) and I had ever done a color script and it was one of the most challenging aspects of the film.”

Being an artist and coordinating a team of other artists presented unexpected challenges for Knoll.

“We created the rough color guides on the top left, and as production began, we realized that the color guides were not clear enough for the background artists. Since we had a few artists for each act, the color between shots were not congruent,” She said. “To tie all the shots together, I painted over each background to clearly define the pattern of the colors and the light.”

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In a large apartment high above the city lives our couple. They’re in love. She’s a painter, he’s a successful actor. Just a normal afternoon – except that this isn’t a normal afternoon, for them or anyone else. Because tomorrow, at 4:44 am, give or take a few seconds, the world will come to an end far more rapidly than even the worst doomsayer could have imagined. The final meltdown will come not without warnings, but with no means of escape. There will be no survivors. As always, there are those who, as their last cigarette is being lit and the blindfold tightened, will still hope against hope for some kind of reprieve. For a miracle. Not our two lovers. They – like the majority of the Earth’s population – have accepted their fate: the world is going to end.

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, with a screenplay by Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 23.5 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following. It has spent more than 160 consecutive weeks/more than three consecutive years to date on The New York Times bestseller list since its publication in September 2008, and has also appeared consistently on USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.