Posted by: da_nibbler | March 22, 2009

The Weekly Breakdown (March 22)

To publish a post one should hit PUBLISH and not SAVE. Lesson learned.

Sorry about the rather weak apology for the lateness of, by now, last week’s The Weekly Breakdown. But welcome back nonetheless.

Just in case you have never read one, in The Weekly Breakdown I summarize the stories, news and events of the past week that caught my attention. From big announcements to small details about films, television shows, games etc this is the big cleanup of my news vault.

If you have any news items that you think would fit our blog feel free to email us (check ABOUT for email address). Now onto the content of this weeks The Weekly Breakdown

This week in The Weekly Breakdown:
New Terminator Salvation posters and website updates, Time got to see Avatar footage, Saw VI news, latest casting choice changed on Burn Notice, first look at the cast of Stargate Universe, Battlestar Galactica goes UN and Elizabeth Mitchell might be Lost forever.

New Terminator Salvation posters and website updates:

Sony Pictures has updated their official website for Terminator Salvation, one of the most highly-anticipated films of the year. You can view many new photos, get new downloads (wallpapers, screensavers and more) and play a game when you go to this section of the site.

The McG-directed film stars Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood and opens in North America on May 21.

If that is not enough Terminator Salvation seems to be undergoing the same crazy and over-the-top poster campaign that Watchmen had to endure. Utter visual overkill with two more posters. I have lost count how many that makes it now. Have a look.

Time got to see Avatar footage:

Time Magazine writer Josh Quittner got a chance to see footage from James Cameron’s highly-anticipated Avatar, to be released December 18.

The sci-fi action-adventure stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Peter Mensah, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, Stephen Lang and Matt Gerald.

Here are a few excerpts from his article:

“More than a thousand people have worked on it, at a cost in excess of $300 million, and it represents digital filmmaking’s bleeding edge. Cameron wrote the treatment for it in 1995 as a way to push his digital-production company to its limits. The movie pioneers two unrelated technologies–e-motion capture, which uses images from tiny cameras rigged to actors’ heads to replicate their expressions, and digital 3-D.

Avatar is filmed in the old “Spruce Goose” hangar, the 16,000-sq.-ft. space where Howard Hughes built his wooden airplane. The film is set in the future, and most of the action takes place on a mythical planet, Pandora. The actors work in an empty studio; Pandora’s lush jungle-aquatic environment is computer-generated in New Zealand by Jackson’s special-effects company, Weta Digital, and added later.

I couldn’t tell what was real and what was animated–even knowing that the 9-ft.-tall blue, dappled dude couldn’t possibly be real. The scenes were so startling and absorbing that the following morning, I had the peculiar sensation of wanting to return there, as if Pandora were real.

Cameron wasn’t surprised. One theory, he says, is that 3-D viewing “is so close to a real experience that it actually triggers memory creation in a way that 2-D viewing doesn’t.” His own theory is that stereoscopic viewing uses more neurons. That’s possible. After watching all that 3-D, I was a bit wiped out. I was also totally entertained.”

More Amanda and even more violence in Saw VI:

Who thought the Saw series had gutted its last victim in Saw V think again. As feared the successful franchise will be back, probably around Halloween as usual, with yet another installment in its gory series. The news was released at the official Saw website. Here an excerpt:

“Shawnee Smith [aka Amanda] is in Saw VI. There are several new characters. Also, this movie is a lot more violent than the previous five. Lastly, we have traps that pit victims against each other like the opening of Saw V. Could be the best script yet!”

The film is about to begin shooting in Toronto on March 30 and scheduled to hit theaters on October 23.

More casting changes on Burn Notice:

According to Ausiello the latest casting choices have already been changed around on the set of Burn Notice. Due to health reasons Jennifer Esposito had to drop out of her role as Michael Weston’s new arch nemesis. Moon Bloodgood, now famous for her hopefully great part in Terminator Salvation, has stepped in to replace her.

Production of Burn Notice‘s third season started last week and the first new episodes should hit our screens in summer.

First look at the cast of Stargate Universe:

In case you weren’t watching the series finale of Battlestar Galactica Friday night (and I honestly can’t think of a good excuse for that at all) you might have missed the 30-second-promo for the new Stargate Universe series. But fear not, my fellow scifi fans, cos awesome little me has found the clip and embedded it for your viewing pleasure below.

To give you an even better look at the new cast check out this pic here.

Battlestar Galactica UN Panel went well:

Tuesday saw an interesting event taking place at the United Nations where an invitation-only audience got to witness a panel featuring Battlestar Galactica stars Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell and producers Ron Moore and David Eick discussing four major issues concerning the UN that have been covered by the Battlestar Galactica series with a few UN panelists and Whoopi Goldberg moderating.

Some interesting (=cool) facts about the panel. The audience watched the panel from 12 sections corresponding to the 12 Colonies of Kobol and at one point Edward James Olmos told the UN to stop using race as a dividing classification between people. He turned to some high school students that somehow managed to get an invitation and said: “Adults will never be able to stop using the word race as a cultural determinant. There is only one race. The human race. SO SAY WE ALL!” To which the audience responded: “SO SAY WE ALL!!!” No more words needed.

If you want to read about everything that was covered go here. It is an interesting read and should not be missed.

Lost‘s Elizabeth Mitchell found V:

According to Ausiello Lost actress Elizabeth Mitchell has just been cast in the pilot for the relaunch of scifi classic series V. Whether that means she will forever be lost to Lost remains to be seen. Apparently she is just billed as a guest star on V, but given the news that several people will die on Lost this season the rumor mill is grinding like crazy.

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