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'Firefly,' 'Blade Runner' Top Sci Fi 'Visions For Tomorrow' Poll

June 17th, 2008 11:40am EDT
Firefly
SCI FI's Visions For Tomorrow conducted a "Top Things To Read, Watch, And Do To Save The World" online poll to discover which works of science fiction film, television, and literature resonate most with people and the courses of action they inspire. Visions for Tomorrow is a public affairs initiative utilizing the power of science fiction to positively impact the future.

As evidenced by the nearly 20,000 who cast their vote, science fiction's influence on popular culture is undeniable. Crowning the lists are: Blade Runner, the film depicting a dystopian Los Angeles in the year 2019; Ge...
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Most Underrated & Overrated Celebrity Couples

June 13th, 2008 9:54am EDT
Danny DeVito & Rhea Perlman
These days it seems celebrity couples are the most fascinating things on Earth. Real news like wars, famine, genocide, elections, etc. all take a back seat to the coupling habits of the rich and famous. It could be a desire for peons to feel they are part of the scene, or maybe just a general nosiness of the American public. Whatever the case, the flashbulbs are constantly blinding these famous pairs.

It seems whenever anybody with some level of fame decides to become romantically involved with another semi-star it's front page news. When two megawatt stars collide, then the result i...
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The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters L Through Z

May 29th, 2008 10:45am EDT
Danny Trejo
Throughout cinematic history, there has been a plethora of actors that, for some reason or another, never become a household name. So here is a cheat sheet of sorts, a brief encyclopedia on "That Guy." Part Two: Letters L-Z. If you missed the first installment, you can check it out here.

Stubborn General or Muslim, Harry Lennix

Lennix played Lock, the unbelieving general in Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. He appeared in short bursts in TV shows such as Diagnosis Murder and ER before a longer stay on Commander in Chief. He played a Moor in Titus and a Muslim in 24. He is currently s...
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Most Underrated & Overrated HBO Shows

May 23rd, 2008 10:17am EDT
Big Love
For the last two decades, HBO has been considered the gold standard for television quality. The network routinely receives more Emmy nominations than any of its competitors, despite fielding a drastically smaller roster of programming.

HBO practically reinvented what could be done on the small screen. Each episode now had the same production values as a feature film, and the way the pay network could deal with risqué content led to a wide array of groundbreaking programming.

A quick glance at the roster of original shows produced by HBO over its first 25 years is almost like look...
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The 3 Most Underrated & Overrated 'Lost' Mysteries

April 24th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Lost
By this time viewers know the drill. When "Lost" returns on Thursday evening it will treat its audience by answering a few of the mysteries that have been mystifying it for so long. Of course, the answers will only lead to new questions, and new mysteries will develop.

It is this endless enigmatic cycle that drives viewers to follow the show with precise obsession, pouring over each detail of an episode like Sherlock Holmes. It is also the reason why a site like Lostpedia.com ranks in the top 5,000 most visited sites in the world.

What the creators of "Lost" have done is truly a...
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8 Sexy Redheads Who Leave Us Hot & Bothered

March 28th, 2008 12:00pm EDT
Amy Adams
Despite recent rumors that redheads are going extinct, they're here to stay. According to new research from Germany, they also have more sex than their blonde and brunette counterparts. Who needs blondes and brunettes when we have redheads to help us start a fire? Here are a few who leave us feeling all hot and bothered:

The Veterans: Seasoned redheaded beauties who've paved the way. "Veteran" is in no way a negative term here, it's an accolade. We're paying homage.

Marcia Cross

Age: 46

Notable Work: "Desperate Housewives," "Everwood," "Seinfeld," "Melrose Place," "K...
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Out Of This World: Top Alien-Centric TV Shows

March 18th, 2008 2:33pm EDT
Farscape
TV has often succeeded with shows that focus on the fish out of water. Whether it's an awkward youth in high school or a maverick attorney/police officer, nothing provides the character depth that new circumstances and surroundings can provide.

In some cases a character's defining trait might be minor (a hair color or accent), but in other situations it becomes more important - like, perhaps, being from another world.

Not counting sci-fi heavyweights such as Star Trek and The X-Files, the following shows provide a rich tapestry of different cultures and societies. That's right, ...
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Will Work For Fame: Celebrities' First Jobs

March 12th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Cindy Crawford
The "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," singer Mary J. Blige, was goofing around in a mall as a teenager making a demo in a karaoke booth. Anchorman Stone Phillips was waiting tables. Supermodel Cindy Crawford was a college freshman shucking corn at a fair in Illinois.

We've all heard countless stories of ways ordinary people were plucked from obscurity and catapulted into stardom. Still, let's be real: Mary, Cindy and Stone are the exception, not the rule. So, how many random gigs did most celebrities weather on the rocky path to fame?

Nothing wrong with a little guyliner...

Johnny De...
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TV On DVD Recommendation: 'Twin Peaks'

February 29th, 2008 1:53pm EST
Twin Peaks
After a week off for Oscar madness it's time to get back into the TV on DVD recommendations. This week I'd like to invite you to check out one of the strangest worlds ever created for television. The small town of Twin Peaks, Washington holds many small mysteries and one very large one that holds the town captive.

That large story revolves around the brutal murder of the town's homecoming queen, Laura Palmer, and the attempted murder of her friend Ronette Polaski. The crime brings FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle McLachlan in one of the most sublime performances you'll ever see) to the tr...
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In The End: Worst Series Finales

February 21st, 2008 1:11pm EST
X-Files
The series finale. There is nothing quite like it in television. It is perfectly normal, of course, to expect something magical when you are watching your favorite series come to an end. Still, at the end of the day it is what happens in between the pilot and the finale, and not the finale itself that should matter.

That being said, it's still fun to champion some finales and ridicule others. Here are some of the worst:

Roseanne (1988-1997)

The whole final season of this groundbreaking series was dreadful from soup to nuts. The beautiful work of the first eight years wa...
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The Ultimate TV Lineup: 'Star Trek,' 'Cheers,' 'Buffy' & Much More

January 29th, 2008 2:58pm EST
Get Smart
Imagine this: through some temporal anomaly, rift in the space time continuum, or other such unique phenomenon, we are transported to an alternate reality. This new world is strikingly similar to our own, with one major exception. The television industry.

In this time-compressed universe, every show in the history of television is currently in production. All original actors/writers/producers are alive. Each show is exactly as it was in its prime, although the number of episodes in each show's original run is irrelevant.

In this brave new world, where every series is in ex...
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The Stars Of 'Cheers' & 'Married...With Children:' Where Are They Now?

January 16th, 2008 11:19am EST
Married…With Children
In the 80s, viewers tuned in to two series that featured some of the most popular theme songs on television: "Married...With Children" and "Cheers." What happened to the stars of these popular shows?

Cheers (1982-93)

Who can forget the words from the opening sequence: Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got/Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot/Wouldn't you like to get away?

For 11 great years we watched regulars Carla (Rhea Pearlman), Norm (George Wendt), Cliff (John Ratzenberger) and Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) come into the Cheers ...
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Comic-To-Film Dream Casts: Miley Cyrus As Spider-Girl & More

January 14th, 2008 10:17am EST
Miley Cyrus
Comic book movies have steadily crept into mainstream media, and with the addition of some extremely popular fantasy-based television shows like "Lost" and "Heroes," the strange and unfamiliar are becoming more widely accepted.

I've been a long-time fan of comics, mini-series and graphic novels, and seeing some of my favorite characters live on the big screen can be both exhilarating and horrifying. It is just a matter of time before most of them are made into movies, and because of this I put forth a modest proposal for a few dream casting and origin/first movie plot choices. In some...
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Upcoming Comic Book Films Worth Checking Out, Part 2

January 11th, 2008 12:03pm EST
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (July 11)

This is a sequel to the first "Hellboy" and is based off an enormously well received series created by Dark Horse Comics. Hellboy is the greatest supernatural detective and blends many aspects of classical horror and magic with a uniquely dry sense of humor.

The first movie was moderately popular, and the DVD sales were positive enough that a sequel was given the green light. It will be directed again by Guillermo del Toro, and star Ron Perlman as Hellboy, Selma Blair as Liz, and Doug Jones as Abe Sapien.

"Hellboy" has always been a f...
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Need Something To Watch? Check Out BBC America (They Have More Than Funny Accents)

January 4th, 2008 12:59pm EST
Torchwood
Oh these cold winter months. In years past we could warm ourselves with the knowledge that our favorite shows would return in the new year and provide us with solid entertainment until May. Unfortunately all that changed this year.

With the Writers Guild of America still on the picket lines, faithful television watchers must look elsewhere for new entertainment. This means venturing into the uncharted realm of expanded digital cable. Nestled within this wasteland of depravity and cooking shows lies BBC America. Is it a beacon of light in the darkness? We'd like to think that it is. So...
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Starpulse Holiday Gift Guide: TV Goodies

November 23rd, 2007 12:19pm EST
Gilmore Girls
With no end to the writer’s strike in sight, viewers are going to be stuck with dozens of repeats and reality shows. Blech. One way to battle the TV blues is to turn to DVDs for entertainment. The holidays are quickly approaching, so it’s perfect timing to watch, buy, or put on your wish list some of your favorite TV shows while waiting for new episodes to air.

DVDs:

Have you had a chance to catch the new CBS drama “Moonlight?” If you’re a new vampire voyeur, or a longtime fan of the fanged persuasion, the “Angel” 30-disc collector’s DVD set is a must-see. The collection feature...
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Starpulse Names The Best Sci-Fi On TV

November 6th, 2007 10:38am EST
Heroes
While most of us might enjoy watching a good primetime drama show like "Law & Order," "CSI" or "Grey's Anatomy" we cannot forget that there are also some amazing sci-fi shows currently playing on television.

Current Sci-Fi

One of those wonders is "Stargate Atlantis" (Sci-Fi channel, Friday 10/9central) which is a spin off of "Stargate SG-1." The show has run for four seasons and has been renewed for yet another thrilling fifth season. As the team of explorers gets used to their new leader Col. Samantha Carter, who has been reassigned from "SG-1," we also see them in continued tur...
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New TV On DVD, Nov. 6

November 6th, 2007 8:00am EST
X-Files
As the holidays approach, shoppers may want to think about purchasing the complete series of their favorite TV shows. Out this week: Full House the complete series, King of Queens the complete series, The X-Files the complete series, and season nine of Seinfeld.
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Chip Davis, aka Mannheim Steamroller, Releases 'Halloween Music 2'

October 26th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Mannheim Steamroller
Mannheim Steamroller composer and founder Chip Davis has done it again. After hitting the #1 spot on the Billboard charts with 2003's Halloween, his first foray into the nation's second biggest retail holiday, Chip is continuing his holiday takeover with a new 3-disc set that includes a 13-track music disc, a brand new sound effects CD, and in true over-the-top Steamroller style, a DVD complete with a new "Creatures of the Night" dance (a.k.a. "Thriller" meets "The Macarena") created specially for Mannheim Steamroller.

Halloween 2 features new digital takes of traditional Halloween fa...
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Sci Fi Greenlights 'X-Files' & 'Indiana Jones'-Type Series

October 25th, 2007 1:15pm EDT
X-Files
SCI FI just announced plans for a two-hour pilot called "Warehouse 13." Part X-Files, part Raiders of the Lost Ark, and part Moonlighting, this new one-hour dramedy is slated to begin production in December with an eye toward a summer 2008 premiere.

After saving the life of the President, two FBI agents find themselves abruptly "promoted" and relocated to windswept South Dakota. Their new top-secret location is Warehouse 13 a massive, secret storage facility that houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and supernatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. gov...
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Enter These Spooky Starpulse Contests & Win Horrifying Prizes!

October 23rd, 2007 12:16pm EDT
1408
Horror films. Ghoulish DVD collections. Spine-tingling posters. Starpulse is giving away these and other scary items in honor of Halloween. Check out the following prizes:

* Win a copy of Hostel: Part II on DVD. Three winners will receive a copy of the DVD as well as a 'Hostel: Part II - Unrated' poster signed by director Eli Roth.

* Win one of five copies of The Tripper. Prepare for a killer trip! It's the dawning of the age of bloodshed as a homicidal maniac with an obsession for Ronald Reagan wreaks havoc upon a group of bohemians in the horror satire The Tripper.

* Ni...
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Best TV Shows You Aren't Watching, Part 1

October 3rd, 2007 11:25am EDT
Supernatural
It's hard to imagine with the multitude of shows on network and cable television and the increasing use of DVRs that there's something good out there that you aren't watching. Surely, the number of hours logged on your TiVo would suggest otherwise.

But on that channel that you don't really watch or sandwiched between megahits CSI and Grey's Anatomy, there's some hidden gems that maybe you haven't given a chance.

One such hidden gem, sandwiched in the most competitive time slot of the week, airs Thursdays on The CW at 9 p.m. The CW was formed partially out of the remnants of The ...
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David Duchovny And Sigourney Weaver Star In 'The TV Set'; Coming To DVD Sept. 25

August 29th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
The TV Set
CENTURY CITY, Calif. - A smart, brisk and engaging comedy chronicling the perilous journey of an idealistic television writer as he tries to steer his pilot to a coveted spot on the prime-time television schedule, The TV Set bows on DVD September 25 from Fox Home Entertainment.

Hysterically smart, the black comedy from television writer and director Jake Kasdan (Orange County, Freaks and Geeks) "gets high ratings for razor sharp writing and direction and a wonderful ensemble delivering terrific comic performances" (Maxim). David Duchovny (The X-Files, Trust The Man) stars as writer M...
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Season 3 Of The Fan Favorite Sci-Fi Series 'Stargate: Atlantis' Surfaces On DVD Sept. 18

August 29th, 2007 8:15pm EDT
Stargate: Atlantis
Los Angeles, CA - From the longest consecutively running sci-fi series ever, Stargate SG-1, comes its thrilling spin-off, Stargate: Atlantis Season 3, splashing onto DVD on September 18 from MGM Home Entertainment. For the first time MGM is releasing the complete previous season of "Stargate: Atlantis" on DVD before the premiere of the next season allowing fans to catch up on their favorite episodes. Set in the lost city of Atlantis in the Pegasus Galaxy built millions of years ago by the most advanced race in the Stargate Universe, an adventurous expedition ensues, overflowing...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 9

August 9th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Rhona Mitra
Happy Birthday to "The Da Vinci Code" actress Audrey Tautou (1978), The Number 23 actress Rhona Mitra (1976), "The Practice" actress Jessica Capshaw (1976), Colombian singer Juanes (1972), Carolina Hurricane Rod Brind'Amour (1970), "Munich" actor Eric Bana (1968), "X-Files" actress Gillian Anderson (1968), football and baseball star Deion Sanders (1967), Canadian hockey star Brett Hull (1964), notorious singer/actress Whitney Houston (1963), Movie/TV actress Melanie Griffith (1957), actor Sam Elliott (1944), baseball player Tommie Agee (1942; d. 2001), and "Jaws" actor Robert Shaw (1927; d....
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 7

August 7th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Charlize Theron
Happy Birthday to Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta (1978), "Aeon Flux" star Charlize Theron (1975), "Lost" actor Harold Perrineau (1963), "X-Files" star David Duchovny (1960), Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson (1958), actor David Rasche (1944), singer B.J. Thomas (1942), perfect New York Yankee Don Larsen (1929), actress Ann Harding (1901; d. 1981), and French composer Guillaume Dufay (1400; d. 1474).
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R.L. Stine's 'The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It' All-New Spooky Fare For The Entire Family

July 2nd, 2007 7:00pm EDT
The Haunting Hour
The newest thrill ride from Goosebumps author R.L. Stine will keep parents and kids on the edge of their seats this Halloween season when R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It comes exclusively to DVD September 4, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment and The Hatchery LLC. The latest entry in Universal's highly-successful made for DVD events, R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It features a sizzling young cast that tweens and their families will love, including Emily Osment (Hannah Montana, Spy Kids), Cody Linley (Hannah Montana, Hoot) and Brittany C...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 9

August 9th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Gillian Anderson
Happy Birthday to "The Da Vinci Code" actress Audrey Tautou (1978), English actress Rhona Mitra (1976), "The Practice" actress Jessica Capshaw (1976), Colombian singer Juanes (1972), Carolina Hurricane Rod Brind'Amour (1970), "Munich" actor Eric Bana (1968), "X-Files" actress Gillian Anderson (1968), football and baseball star Deion Sanders (1967), Canadian hockey star Brett Hull (1964), notorious singer/actress Whitney Houston (1963), Movie/TV actress Melanie Griffith (1957), actor Sam Elliott (1944), baseball player Tommie Agee (1942; d. 2001), and "Jaws" actor Robert Shaw (1927; d. 1978)...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 7

August 7th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Charlize Theron
Happy Birthday to Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta (1978), "Aeon Flux" star Charlize Theron (1975), "Lost" actor Harold Perrineau (1963), "X-Files" star David Duchovny (1960), Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson (1958), actor David Rasche (1944), singer B.J. Thomas (1942), perfect New York Yankee Don Larsen (1929), actress Ann Harding (1901; d. 1981), and French composer Guillaume Dufay (1400; d. 1474).
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Gillian Anderson Divorces After Two Years

April 24th, 2006 9:39am EDT
Gillian Anderson
Former X Files star Gillian Anderson is getting divorced. The actress - who is best known for playing Agent Dana Scully in the cult TV show - and photojournalist and filmmaker Julian Ozanne have called time on their marriage after less than two years.

A statement from the pair's solicitors, Schillings, said: "Gillian Anderson and her husband Julian Ozanne are saddened to announce that their marriage is at an end and they are in the process of separating.

"At this difficult time they request that their privacy is respected. There will be no further comment." The couple have been li...
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