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There was a time when Sean Young was the craziest lady in Hollywood.

Her antics pale in the face of current day LA madness, but she did star in a couple of films that will be long remembered.

One of them is, of course, sci-fi classic Bladerunner.

Young has posted Polaroids from the time of the shoot - they're fantastic although her cast-mates do look a little worried!

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Made me laugh!

God I miss Lost though. TV just isn't the same is it?

THE lead character was a man nearing 40 who still attracted young girls by snapping his fingers and saying 'Aaayy!'.

It doesn't sound too cool in theory and, indeed, he started out wearing a rather unsexy anorak.

But give him a leather jacket and a motorbike, and The Fonz became hip. Who else could get jukeboxes to work just by hitting them?

'Ello Bruce, got a new motor?

By Alison Jones on Jun 24, 11 08:40 PM


BATMOBILE_3_LIGHT.JPGThe brand new Batmobile, specially designed for the BATMAN LIVE world arena tour, has been unveiled.

Based on DC Comics characters and stories, the extravagant live-action spectacle comes Birmingham's NIA on August 17, before it goes on tour to Europe and North America.

The aerodynamic, beautifully crafted and brand new Batmobile has been designed especially for the show by Professor Gordon Murray, the creative brains behind cars driven by some of the most successful teams in the world for Formula One racing, as well as the famous McLaren F1 road car.

Professor Murray said of his company's involvement, "We have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to apply advanced materials and concepts to create a truly unique take on one of the world's most iconic vehicles."

Acrobats suspended in the air, fighting henchmen and dramatic scenery are all part of the BATMAN LIVE experience - the show rolling into Birmingham in a colossal 17 trucks, with a 100ft video wall, a cast made up of talented actors, performers and acrobats, and a crew of 86 on the road.

retouched01.JPGCreative Director Anthony Van Laast said: "We are in rehearsals now and seeing all the elements of the production come together - automation, programming for the flying sequences, , acrobatic training, fight choreography, music composition. This is a thrilling point when all the creative team gets to see their ideas brought to life."

BATMAN LIVE will be at Birmingham's NIA on August 17 - 21, for a run of eight shows. Tickets are priced at £20, £30 and £35 (subject to booking and transaction fees) and are available now from The Ticket Factory at www.theticketfactory.com or 0844 338 8000.

By Roz Laws

Cast: Connor Paolo, Nick Damici, Kelly McGillis, Michael Cerveris, Danielle Harris

PLOT: Vampires have taken over the world. In a post-apocalyptic America, teenager Martin's (Paolo) family is wiped out but he's rescued by a man known simply as Mister (Damici). The older mentor teaches him how to kill the vampires with a stake through their hearts. Taciturn Mister is very proactive when it comes to the bloodsuckers, not waiting for them to attack - he sets traps and relishes in collecting their fangs as trophies.

The pair head north to New Eden, aka Canada, picking up people along the way including a nun (an almost unrecognisable McGillis) and a pregnant girl (Harris). They also have to fight cannibals and religious zealots led by Cerveris, who want to "feed the unfaithful to the children of salvation".

GOOD POINTS: It's quite scary in places and well shot, with some clever moments and good lines.

BAD POINTS: We've seen this all before in countless other films.

SHOULD I SEE IT? Yes, if you like vampire films this is one of the better ones.


Calling all Jedi-wannabes. It is time to dig out the lightsabre and hyperspeed it along to the Heritage Motor Centre for the weekend of July 9 and 10, when there will be an attempt at the Guinness World Record for the largest Light Sabre battle.

You can either bring along your own weapon or make one on the day and join in.

The record attempt is part of a sci-fi weekend at the centre, when visitors can enjoy close encounters with some of the stars of movie and TV classics of the genre.

On the Saturday, Colin Baker, the sixth Doctor Who, Mark Silk, the voice actor in Star Wars for Aks Moe, and Rusty Goffe, who played Jawa in Star Wars Episode IV, will be attending.

Kenny Baker-R2D2 low res.jpgOn the Sunday R2D2, aka Kenny Baker, Mike Edmunds, who played an Ewok, and Rusty will be there to meet and greet fans.

A "Sci-Fi at the Movies" exhibition will feature original weapons, artefacts and costumes from films, on loan from the private collection of Skywalker Promotions.

Dave Matthews from the Creaky Cauldron, Stratford-upon-Avon's unofficial wizard, will be hosting special workshops over the two days where children can learn how to make a wand, how to create spells and how to be a wizard or witch.Dave Matthews, Creaky Cauldron l.jpg

Dave will also be running an old fashioned, fully functioning apothecary using a selection of traditional herbs, roots and incense.

In addition, there will be special exhibits, tours, quizzes, story-telling, fancy dress competitions and craft activities. Visitors are encouraged to come in fancy dress and have their photo taken with the characters and celebrities. They can also watch a selection of movies in the cinema and buy official sci-fi merchandise.

There will be sci-fi fun throughout the summer holidays as well with the 'Sci-Fi at the Movies' exhibition, daily quizzes and other activities, including family craft activity Thursdays, running from July 23-Sept 4.

There is no extra charge for the sci-fi events as it is all included in the standard museum entry fees which are £11 for adults and £8 for children aged five to 16. Under-fives get in free. Concessions are priced at £9 and a family ticket is £34.

For more information visit the website at www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk 

RICK McCallum, the producer of the second Star Wars trilogy, has clarified claims that there are 50 hours of film for the much talked about Star Wars TV series.

He points out that there are fifty hours of script, rather than footage.

More worryingly, he states that Lucas-Film would not be ready to start production for at least three years, and possibly longer than that.
It gets worse.

With the current state of the TV industry he is unsure whether it will ever see the light of the day:

"Network television and cable television as we know it are implodin so we're not really sure that in five years' time we can release a dramatic one-hour episode because it's all reality TV now."

If it does go ahead fans can expect something a little different.

"Basically, it is like The Godfather; it's the Empire slowly building up its power base around the galaxy. It's about what happens in Coruscant, which is the major capital," says McCallum.

"It's about a group of underground bosses who live there and control drugs
and prostitution."

May the Force be with him, then.

Cast: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Juno Temple, Roxanne Mesquida

PLOT: It's a little hard to say what this odd film is about - think Donnie Darko but with more sex. College student Smith (Dekker) is bisexual, fancying his surfer dude roommate Thor (Zylka) but also enjoying romps with London (Temple).

Events take a surreal turn with the arrival of sinister people wearing animal masks and mention of a cult. "I think something freaky is going on," says Smith. No kidding!

GOOD POINTS: The script contains smart and witty, if frank, lines. The cool cast are good-looking, if prone to wearing silly hats - Temple sports a fez while Smith's beret is more Frank Spencer than Che Guevara.

BAD POINTS: It all gets rather silly by the end. It's weird enough without the subplot involving psychic powers and lesbian witches.

SHOULD I SEE IT? Perhaps. It's bonkers but still oddly compelling.

By Roz Laws

Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence

PLOT: Walter (Gibson), the head of a toy company, is a "hopelessly depressed individual" who feels worthless. He tries to kill himself after patient wife Meredith (Foster) finally asks him to leave. But he's saved by a beaver hand puppet he finds in the rubbish, who he starts holding conversations with. Then he refuses to talk to anyone as himself, only as The Beaver, handing them a card stating he's "under the care of a prescription puppet" and explaining "It's very big in Sweden".

His younger son loves the new, fun dad, but older Porter (Yelchin), who's also romancing Norah (Lawrence), isn't won over. His worst fear is turning into his father. Meredith worries that Walter can never take The Beaver off, even during sex.

GOOD POINTS: There are some great performances. It's a shame that Gibson seems such an objectionable man, coming out with racist comments, as we forget what a fine actor he is. He's lucky he has friends like Foster who has cast him in the first film she's directed in 16 years.

BAD POINTS: The Beaver talks in a strange, rather off-putting blend of Cockney and Australian.

SHOULD I SEE IT? Absolutely. It's an interesting exploration of mental illness, quite dark in places but also funny and touching.

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Authors

Paul Cole

Paul Cole - Paul Cole - Lost, Torchwood, Sci-fi, Dr Who and anything worth getting the Anorak on for

Steve Wollaston

Steve Wollaston - Wookie-loving Star Wars fanatic with a love of all things Dharma and sci-fi. Our resident You-Tube trawler.

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith - Would-be scientist who can't add up. Believes Sisko is the best captain and Ronald D Moore is some sort of god.

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