Friday, September 30, 2011

Does Bond have a new Femme Fatale?

Rumors abound that French actress Berenice Marlohe has landed the role of the new Bond girl for the yet untitled 23rd James Bond film.  It's a story I've been watching all day yet it still hasn't actually been confirmed.  The story was originally reported by Twitch Film but even as 2 hours ago, as I type this, there has been no actual confirmation from the actress or her representatives.

Judging by the above picture she seems perfect for the role.  However her resume has been generally limited to TV and is only just been trying to make her mark in the movies.

It's not the first time we've seen a French actress in a Bond film.  As far back as 1965 actress Claudine Auger played "Dominque" in Thunderball.

As recently as 2006 we had actress Eva Green (a personal favorite) in Casino Royale where she played Vesper Lynd. (I might add, Ms. Green completed a terrific turn as Morgan Le Fay in Camelot and is due next in the film iteration of Dark Shadows.)

Another favorite of mine is actress Sophie Marceau.  Marceau was featured in the Bond film, "The World is Not Enough" as Elektra King.  I was hoping Marceau would land the role of Sophie Neveu in 2006's "The Da Vinci Code" but the role went to another French actress Audrey Tautou.  (Tautou was spot on in the movie, "Dirty Pretty Things", 2002.)

So, Ms Marhole has quite a bit to live up to, I wish her the best but first of all I wish she would be confirmed!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Science Fiction, Reality and the Flying Wing

Kizoa slideshow: Flying Wings & Science Fiction - Slideshow

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with aircraft.  I don't know when or where it originally started but it has seemingly always been there.  I've been going to airshows since I was a child and I go to them still.  I've collected a small library of books on the subject and I continue to add to it.

For me it is one of my enduring passions  and there is nothing better than combining that with another passion, science fiction.  I was reminded of this "crossover passion" when I saw some concept art by Nathan Schroeder.   Mr. Schroeder did some work for the Captain America film and part of that work includes a magnificent rendition of a Nazi Flying wing.  It is a sight to behold and you can see it in the slide show above.

The Nazis had indeed been experimenting with the Flying Wing concept and a photograph of one of their concepts is also pictured above albeit at a much smaller scale than Schroeder's vision.

After the Second World War ended many of the Nazi aviation experts joined the U.S. effort to develop such vehicles of the sky.  The first large scale prototype to take flight was the YB-35 by Northrup aircraft.  It used propellers as it's propulsion system.  Not too long after that Northrup flight tested the YB-49 that incorporated jet engines.  It became an instant media darling and test footage of it's first flight was edited into the 1953 classic, The War of the Worlds.  I distinctly remember Gene Barry's character calling out the approach of the bomber and everyone crouched to the ground in anticipation of the terrible blast.

Of course it didn't work and I remember how disappointed I was as a kid watching this,  "What, the flying wing and the atom bomb couldn't stop the Martians, we're doomed?"   Fortunately, by the end of the movie everything had turned out all right.  As the narrator told us,

"After all that men could do had failed, the Martians were destroyed and humanity was saved by the littlest things, which God, in His wisdom, had put upon this Earth."

Amen to that!  I can't tell how old I was when I first saw this movie on TV but I was greatly relieved.  Sadly, though, the YB-49 never made it into production and suffered an awful crash.

Many years later Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade came out.  A flying wing was featured in that movie too.  Once again an invention of the Nazis.  This one was propeller driven and I thought how cool is that!?  (Flying Wing cool, Nazis uncool.)  At that point the only place you could find a flying wing was in the movies or in the imagination of that little boy now grown up.

Northrup aircraft would change all that.  As the story goes, an aging and infirmed Jack Northrup was wheeled into a secret facility where he was shown the plans for the B2 Stealth bomber.  As tears welled in his eyes he said, "Now I know why God has kept me alive all these years."

To this day  that story brings tears to my eyes all well.  To see your dreams come true is a wonderful thing.

I still haven't seen a Stealth bomber at an airshow and no doubt I'll see it again on TV or the movies before I do.  But it is one of my dreams and how cool is that!

The Navy's new dream, the X-47B

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

First Vital Clue to Observers Origin?

Could this be the first vital clue to the origins of the Observers? In the first episode of season 4 of Fringe we see our favorite Observer, September, telekinetically charge a piece of equipment he needs for his "memory eraser". Later in the same episode we see one of the new translucent shape shifters telekinetically set a page aflame. Is there a connection here? 

We may have just seen where the Observers get their start. It may take many decades or it may not but I am thinking that these translucent shape shifter will eventually evolve into what we now know as the Observers. Telekinesis may be just the first step of their evolution. As they progress, reading thoughts and shifting through time may come next. Oddly enough, the Observers would have the ability too bear witness to their own origins and choose to interfere or manipulate themselves at will!

What do you think, do these new shape shifters eventually become the Observers?
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Restrictions Lifted!

Unbeknownst to me my poor little humble blog had restrictions attached to it putting a limit on who could leave comments.

No More!

Special access has been granted (to everyone) who would like to leave a comment.  Please be decent but please reply away!  I know my fellow Fringe-0-philes must have been frustrated.  No more than me.  I'd love to hear what you have to say.

Thanks and sorry! 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

My Little Pony and Star Wars???

Thanks go to io9, the greatest sci-fi site site out there for sharing this.

Fringe throwing in the towel with it's sense of humor?

Lest you thought Fringe was throwing in the towel with its sense of humor this new season.  Think again.

Fringe gave its fans something to chuckle about again last Friday night when a presumably nude Walter stood behind an examination table.  Walter is famous (infamous?) for celebrating "naked Tuesdays".  With a new season Fringe here I'm sure we are all wondering if that tradition would continue or perhaps be expanded upon.

Ah, I think the writers were having a little fun with us.  TheFringePodcast chat room gasped and laughed when Walter appeared behind the table.  As he slowly moved away from the table it was revealed he was wearing a towel.

Oh shucks!  I mean, phew!  Me thinks the writers were teasing us a little with this "reveal".   I guess we'll have to wait to see if the tradition continues for Walter.  With this little tease the writers are going to keep us on our toes.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fringe & The Modern Prometheus

I thought last night's season 4 premier had a distinctive Dr. Frankenstein vibe to it.    What with the translucent shape-shifters injecting themselves and watching Walter re-animate a dead dove in the same manner, it set off alarm bells for me.  (You know, the kind of alarm bell that sounds when when your monster is ready from his castle top lightning strike.)

I cite "The Modern Prometheus" in my post title because that is the little known subtitle to Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein".   Prometheus himself brought fire to man and Dr. Frankenstein ventured to bring life to the dead.  Both of them meant with dire consequences and suffered similar fates as they took on the purview of the gods or God.  

You may recall much was made of Walters "relationship" with God last season and as time progressed he increasingly sought God's forgiveness for his transgressions.  With this new timeline sans Peter (his rock) Bishop it seems all of this has vanished and Walter is longer penitent.  

As for Walternate, he was never much for penitence.  His monsters continue to roam freely in the Blue universe and he shows no responsibility for his inventions.  At least Dr. Frankenstein went to the ends of the Earth to right his wrong.

I'm willing to guess these new translucent shape-shifters are a false flag however.  There is no proof Walternate is directly responsible for this latest iteration of shifters.  They could be rogue shape-shifters seeking to extend their lives much like last years sought to lead normal lives.  Ultimately though, they belong to him.

I thought it was interesting that Walter remarked during the flight of re-animated dove,"No, no, no, it's still quite dead."  Uh -oh and gulp!  Still dead?  Here's where Walter separates himself from Frankenstein.  At least Frankensein could proclaim, "It's alive!"  

So where is Walter going with this?  How does this portend for all the bodies the Fringe Division is keeping on ice.  Will Walter seek re-animate them too?  If so, it is a good thing Lincoln Lee got the remains of his partner back.  If he hadn't he may have his dead partner running around in his boxers late for work again.

Friday, September 23, 2011

It's Crunch Time on Fringe Friday!

Waaay back in July I asked the question on The Fringe Podcast blog if we will see Peter in episode one of season four of Fringe.  Well tonight's the night we find out!  And when I say we I mean the viewing audience not necessarily the show's characters.  For myself, I am saying yes and if you check the Fringe Podcast blog you will see some terrific answers.  Many by those who are active in the live chat room and the twitter verse.

One of my more far out theories is that Peter is in a universe of his own creation yet utterly alone in it.  Everything else is there just not the people!  Maybe that is what the promo picture above is getting at.  The geodesic dome that Peter is standing in front of represents his "bubble" universe of which he is the population of one.  OK, an Observer or two may stop by to harass and confuse him.  Poor Peter!

It'll be fun to find out.  See you there tonight!

(Um, our universe, not Peter's.)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Phew! Barnabas Collins looks like a Vampire!

A heavy sigh of relief was exhaled by the collective fandom of the classic TV series Dark Shadows today.  Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are collaborating on a movie version of this daytime gem and recently photos were leaked of Depp on set.  To put it bluntly he looked like Michael Jackson.  Love him or hate him,  Barnabas Collins (played by Depp) is not supposed to be channeling Michael Jackson.

Below is the group shot released by Entertainment Weekly.

We fans of Dark Shadows can breath a sigh of relief.  Or if you are a Vampire no breathing is required (or possible) just be happy!

The Orange Universe. (Minor Spoiler!)

One of the fun things to come out of the recent press conference with Wyman and Pinker is the tease that the opening title sequence will be in orange to start the new season.  Sometimes its the little things that make Fringe so much fun.  Easter eggs, pop culture references and call backs to other shows (X-Files).  The Fringe writers keep us on our toes as we not only get wrapped up in the mythology but chase the little clues and cookie crumbs along the way.

The significance of the orange title sequence according to Wyman and Pinker is that it stands for a universe without Peter.  Something they refer to as "a new chapter".  In my thinking, any change in the timeline represents a new universe as time and space are the same thing.  

So let's have a little fun with this.  When I first heard of the orange title sequence I thought of oranges and kidded myself, "They must be shooting on location in Florida."  But then I thought, of Peter directly and the old nursery rhyme, "Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater".

Pumpkins are orange too yes?  And what is the significant line to that little poem?

"Had a wife an couldn't keep her"

Now doesn't that sound like the season three finale of Fringe where the future Peter had to bury his wife.

Wouldn't that be a fun little Easter Egg to kick off the new season.  These writers are pretty clever so I'm making it my call that the orange title sequence was inspired by that old rhyme.  What do you think, a clever clue and nice way to kick off the Fall ?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The got some big news today!

Follow this link to the awesome news.  No wait, I'm from New England, the "wicked awesome" news!

Anna Torv, Babe on the Beach?

Anna Torv appears in the most recent issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.  She's part of a nice article where Rolling Stones covers their picks for some of the most interesting characters for this Fall season of TV.  I don't have an issue with the pick, it's the picture that accompanies it.  A bit cheesecake I'd sayHasn't she moved beyond that?  Yes, she is beautiful, but I would have thought her career was past that point.  Maybe its just the picture Rolling Stone picked or maybe Anna's agent picked it out.  What do you all think?

Here's the online link to the article.  The "babe" picture is in the magazine.

Seth Gabel and the "Original Universe"

Seth Gabel gives an interview to the L.A. Times as reported by "Digital Spy".   In it her refers to the "Original Universe".  He must mean the "Blue Universe".  Hey, he's a newbie so we can cut him some slack.  There is evidence or speculation that the "Red" universe may actually have been there first. OK, it may be a "chicken or egg" argument.  Hopefully we will find out this season, that would add a twist!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Favorite Emmy Night Picture

This is my favorite picture of Anna Torv from Sunday night's Emmy ceremony.  She looks terrific of course and I am hoping the exposure from that night will garner her some of the Emmy attention she deserves for next year's awards.