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In Part 1 of “The Most Famous Robots That Never Lived” we talked about three of the most influential robots in pop culture history; the T-800 from The Terminator, Rosie from The Jetsons, and the robot from Lost in Space. Today we take a look at four more such robots.

Star Wars: C-3PO,R2D2

C-3PO and R2D2 from Star Wars
This robotic odd couple brought some comic relief to the epic sci-fi franchise, and in the process became two of the most famous robots in entertainment history. C-3PO is the uptight straight man, while R2 is the zany little guy who only speaks in beeps and whirrs. The two did their part to bring down the Empire, with more than a few great one-liners and classic moments in the process.

Kitt from the TV Series Knight Rider

KITT from Knight Rider
It is because of this robot that a generation of young boys grew up desperately wanting a talking Pontiac Firebird. The Knight Industries Two Thousand, better known as KITT, was chock full of gadgets to help Michael Knight stop crime in its tracks — and swoop the ladies off their feet.

Hal 3000

HAL9000 from 2001, A Space Odyssey
HAL is one of the best movie villains ever, even though he is just an ever-present, all-knowing red eye. He is one of the first film examples of technology gone wrong, of a machine that takes matters — and lives — into its own hands. Though soft spoken and kindly (and a good chess player), HAL has other plans in store for the crew of astronauts venturing to Jupiter.

This guest post was written by Kellen Graham, part-time robot enthusiast and full-time phlebotomist and whose writing has also appeared on onlineclasses.net.

 

Terminator

What a couple of weeks for the Terminator series! Two weeks ago Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed that he would be starring in a new Terminator movie, and then the rumors started flying! Included in the mix of rumors are such things as Arnold portraying a human character — and an ally of the Connor’s family, the movie would take place in the way past before even Sarah Connor is born, and the biggest rumor of all is that we’d be seeing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (aka the franchise savior) as a new Terminator that would be facing off head to head with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the new sci-fi action movie. We did not get confirmation of any of the wild rumors today, but we definitely got a bit more information of the new Terminator film… ah, make that films!

Paramount Pictures has announced that they are teaming up with Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures on a rebooted and stand-alone Terminator trilogy, the first of which will be released on June 26, 2015. Joining the team of the new film are producers Megan Ellison (Lawless, Zero Dark Thirty, Killing Them Softly), and David Ellison (Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, Jack Reacher, World War Z), and screenwriters Laeta Kalorgridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (D.rive Angry). There is no word yet on Arnold or The Rock’s involvement, but with how fast Paramount is moving forward with the project I wouldn’t be surprised to hear a director announcement followed by some casting news. Could we get some information as early as the San Diego Comic Con?

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For much of the 20th century, humans were fascinated with the prospect of artificial beings that could think and act on their own. Robots were featured prominently in many favorite television shows and films. They are helpful, often hysterical characters with personality, or soulless machines bent on destroying their creators. Either way, they’re pretty cool. Here are our picks for some of the most famous robots ever featured in fictional film and television.

Rosie from The Jetsons

Rosie from The Jetsons
This lovable cartoon robot had all the quirks of a middle-aged maid — which she basically was, in robot form. An older model that the Jetsons would never trade in for a new model, she dutifully served George, Jane, Judy and Elroy over the series’ entirety, but only appeared in two episodes in the first season in 1962. A strong disciplinarian with a sweetheart side, this robot is the rock of the animated human family.

The Robot from Lost in Space
The unnamed robot from the popular 60s sci-fi series is most famous for saying the show’s best known line: “Danger Will Robinson!” The Class M-3 Model B9, General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot had many human characteristics, such a laughing, making fun of humans, and playing the guitar. It was also the best friend of 9-year old robotics genius Will Robinson, for whom it would always keep a watchful eye.

T-800 Arnold Terminator

The T-800 from Terminator
This is the role that defined Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career. First a terrifying, seemingly unstoppable villain, then a kick-butt good guy, the Terminator wowed audiences with its special effects. And it spouted some of the most famous lines in film history: “I’ll be back” and “Hasta la vista, baby.”

This guest post was written by Kellen Graham, part-time robot enthusiast and full-time phlebotomist and whose writing has also appeared on onlineclasses.net.

 

Welcome to an all new edition of The Pit! Things have been a bit slow on the site lately, but will be gaining steam over the new few weeks. So, what is interesting this week in the world of entertainment?

  • Have you checked out the trailer for the Jodie Foster directed flick The Beaver, which stars Foster and Mel Gibson, in his first role since… losing his mind. The movie’s description sounds pretty engaging, “…story about a man on a journey to re-discover his family and re-start his life. Plagued by his own demons, Walter Black was once a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can’t seem to get himself back on track…until a beaver hand puppet enters his life.” Check out the trailer over here. Sadly for Foster, the movie keeps getting pushed back. It was originally going to come out in mid March, before getting pushed to April, and now May.
  • Has Die Hard 5 found its director? Deadline is reporting that big time commercial director Noam Murro, who also helmed the 2008 flick Smart People with Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Ellen Page, will be directing a script from Skip Woods. I’m not familiar with Murro’s commercial work (apparently his Halo stuff is pretty amazing), but having Woods write the script doesn’t give me much confidence in the sequel. Woods is credited with the terrible screenplays for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The A-Team, and Hitman.  I do want to see John McClane return. And what do we have to do to get Reginald VelJohnson back in the mix?
  • Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi epic Prometheus has added Charlize Theron to a cast that already includes Noomi Rapace and the new Megneto Michael Fassbender. So, this movie was supposed to be the Alien prequel… is it still tied to Alien, or is it now something else?
  • This Monday on Jeopardy past champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter face off against the super IBM computer known as Watson. Will they be able to stop the destruction of the future as seen by way to smart robots in the Terminator? I’m putting my money on the computer.
  • Visitor Poll: What kind of television deal do you have? Do you have an Optimized Cable Company or use satellite? Sound off in the comments. Depending on how you are connected, you’ll have to know where to get accessories like a VGA cable or USB cables. Thanks!
Posted on February 12th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on The Pit: The Beaver, Die Hard 5, Jeopardy & More!
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The summer television season is in full swing and with that comes a crop of new shows! Here are three new shows that you can check out online (via 141tv’s Free Video Guide).


From USA Network comes Covert Affairs, starring Coyote Ugly‘s Piper Perabo as CIA trainee Annie Walker who is called up to be a full agent more than a month before her training is finished. Does Walker have special skills that the CIA needs? Or is there something (or someone) in her past who they are after?

The series co-stars Christopher Gorham, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Kari Matchett, and Anne Dudek.

You can check out the pilot episode here.


The SyFy channel’s newest series is based on Stephen King’s novella The Colorado Kid, and stars Emily Rose as Audrey Parker, an FBI agent with a lost past who arrives in Haven, Maine on a case involving people with supernatural abilities.  As the breakout of people with uncanny abilities spreads, Parker must keep it in check while also finding links to her own mysterious past…

The series co-stars Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour.

You can watch the first episode, Welcome to Haven, by clicking here.


From ABC Family comes this new series which is a “funny, heartbreaking and provocative” look at the lives of teenagers and the staff at a weight-loss camp.  Nikki Blonsky, from Hairspray, stars as Willamina, a young woman whose sardonic and rebellious nature causes problems for some, but helps other teenagers at the camp express and feel good about themselves.

You can watch one episode of the series here.

SyFy Taffany Gibson Movie

The SyFy Channel has created movies with a lot of epic battles, there was Lorenzo Lamas vs Raptors, who could forget David Hasselhoff vs Anacondas, and how about Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus? Well, now the network is bringing us an epic battle of ex-pop icons, Debbie Gibson vs Tiffany! Okay, so they will not be playing ex-pop icons that are out of control and eating people, but they will be fighting against each other!

The movie is Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, and the line has been drawn in the sand and Gibson and Tiffany have chosen sides.  Gibson will be portraying a fanatical animal-rights activist in the side of the Mega Python, while Tiffany will be an an overzealous park ranger who is backing the Gatoroid!  Which fight would you prefer to watch? The giant snake vs giant gator or Gibson vs Tiffany? Or Tiffany vs the giant snake or Gibson vs the giant gator?

This movie is hot off the announcement that SyFy is letting fans craft an upcoming creature flick. Mega Python vs. Gatoroid is being helmed by Mary Lambert, who crafted the creepy Stephen King adaptation Pet Sematary, and its sequel along with the forgettable straight to DVD horror sequel Urban Legends: Bloody Mary. This marks the first SyFy creature feature to be directed by a woman director, and she seems like a decent choice.  The flick is produced by Asylum, who brought us the enjoyable Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, and such classic rip-off films as Transmorphers, 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and 100 Million BC.

Excited for the new SyFy flicks? Wondering where Lorenzo Lamas is in the announcements? Sound off below!

SyFy Original Movie

Ever watch a movie on the SyFy channel and think to yourself, “I could have done that better” or “I have so many ideas that would make a great SyFy movie”? I know I have. Heck, I’ve even started scripting a spec SyFy original movie. I love the subgenre of b-movies that have been formed from the network (especially from its Sci-Fi Channel hayday).

Okay, so SyFy isn’t going to give you buckets of cash to go out and make your own “Lorenco Lamas gets attacked by dinofish” movie, but they are letting viewers help make the decisions for a new film. The network is teaming up with IGN and opening a new website, B Movie Mogul, where fans can come and vote and pitch ideas for the new movie.  They are promising that everything from the monsters, costumes, title, taglines, dialogue, and even character deaths will be decided by fans.  The website will begin on Friday, and we’ll post the link when it is up in our comments section.

The first voting stage is pretty cool, what should the overall concept be for the film be? Would you prefer a 2010 apocalypse story, a Bermuda Triangle-set creature feature or a Roswell, N.M.-set alien movie?  My vote is going toward the 2010 apocalypse story.

I really love this concept, and when all is said and done, we’ll have a fan crafted two-hour SyFy “original” movie. And for this one, we’ll have no one to blame for how bad it is besides ourselves.

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Posted on June 22nd, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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