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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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I recently watched the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi thriller Inception, and I honestly have no idea what it is about. Dream invasion and manipulation? Mind-f#&$ing? Visually it looks amazing, and it is Nolan, so I’m there. A few new character posters have been released. This first one features Leonardo DiCaprio…

Inception

And this next one is of Joseph Gordon-Levitt…

Inception, Christopher Nolan

The rest of the film’s stellar cast includes Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Sir Michael Caine.  What do you think about the posters? Excited about Nolan’s next flick?

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit it, I’ve been a bit obsessed with movie posters recently. In my defense, the Iron Man 2 and The Wolfman posters were completely badass, as is this International poster for James Cameron’s Avatar.

Avatar Poster

The epic sci-fi film comes out in 16 days! While I’m excited at the idea of having a new James Cameron film in theaters, I can’t seem to get excited about Avatar itself.  The trailers were good, but didn’t blow me away. On my computer screen it all looks a bit cartoony, and I haven’t seen enough to convince me otherwise. Were my expectations to high to begin with? I will be seeing this in theaters (and in 3D) on the weekend of the 18th, I just hope it surprises me.

The Pit, My Hollywood Dream Column

It has been a while since I posted The Pit and things have been pretty slow recently (with the TV season ending and are any films even shooting?). Here is a new and slightly beefy-er edition of The Pit. Enjoy!

  • It is official! Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni will both be returning for the 11th season of Law & Order: SVU. Unlike the other Law & Orders, I can’t imagine SVU without Hargitay and Meloni. Their characters and chemistry separate SVU from the Criminal Intent and the original L&O.
  • Awesome awesome awesome Lost news! We’ll be getting a full extra hour in the sixth (and final) season! The producers felt that they needed a little extra time to tell the whole story. I’m game for how ever much time they need.
  • The hip hop magazine Vibe will be closing its doors, according to the New York Times, and the recession is to blame. Or is it another sign of the print medium dying?
  • Will Dimension Films be remaking or franchising An American Werewolf in London? While I wouldn’t mind seeing another semi sequel like An American Werewold in Paris, I’d hate it if they just tried to remake the original.  Not only does it hold up well with time, but it’d be impossible to improve it, so what would be the point?
  • It has been a while since I’ve reported any 90210 news (and sadly it looks like neither Dylan nor Brandon will be coming back next season), Abercrombie and Fitch model Trevor Donovan has been cast as Teddy, a pretty boy tennis player and son of a movie star. Could he be the guy driving the car that witnessed Annie run over something in the season finale? We’ll find out on September 8th, when the second season of 90210 begins.
  • Speaking about casting, I really like the idea of Noah Wyle leading a group of soldiers and survivors against an unknown alien force in Steven Spielberg and TNT’s upcoming sci-fi series.  Between this and V, it looks like aliens are battling vampires for the entertainment monster spotlight.

Leopold Keber from LOOM sent me this trailer for their independent film, Tartarus, and it blew me away. The teaser is visually interesting and completely engaging. I can’t wait to see more. The film itself is an alien invasion mystery/thriller that is based in 18th century Imperial Austria.

To check out a second trailer to the film and watch a few production diaries, head over to the group’s YouTube page (note: the videos are in German).

Sleeper Movie PosterCinespia is hosting a free screening of Woody Allen’s sci-fi romantic comedy, “Sleeper”. The screening is part of their summer Cemetery Screenings at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

The screening is on Saturday, May 30th. The gates open at 6:30pm with djs Mahssa and Joel Black spinning music before the film starts at 8pm. While it is a “free Screening”, they ask for a 10 dollar donation at the door. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles.

The event’s official description: “One of Allen’s early masterpieces, Sleeper is the master comedians lovable, goofy and downright entertaining foray into science fiction, A health food store owner is frozen and brought back to life in the future by radicals in order to help them overthrow an oppressive government. The man from the past wanders off on his own, however, and begins to explore a brave new world, hilarious and strange, as only Allen’s vision could provide. Also starring a young and lovely Diane Keaton.”

For more information, you can out Cinespia’s official website.

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