Friday, March 31, 2006

Ender's Game Update!

Finally, after over a year without news, there are new developments on the status of the movie. Basically, OSC is back to writing the script:

In an exciting new development, Warner Brothers and Orson Scott Card have extended their option on the film version of Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, with Card himself writing a new draft of the screenplay.


Don't ask about dates or casting, though. Card says, "There can't be a schedule of any kind until there's a script. And we can't cast the kids till we have a schedule, since they have a way of growing older as the months and years go by. If and when we settle on a viable script and get a working schedule, THEN you'll see announcements about timing and casting."

Blah de blah de blah. Same thing we've been hearing for years now.

Read all of it here

Alien Autopsy Trailer

A comedy about how, in 1995, two guys from England fooled the world by creating a fake alien autopsy video. I remember watching this on FOX, hosted by Star Trek: TNG's Jonathan Frakes. Did I think it was real then? Nope, but I thought it was a fun time and this looks even better.

Check out the trailer

The official site has strange games and other goodies

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Book Review - Koontz and Life Expectancy

In my younger days, I was never a Dean Kootnz fan. I saw the film version of Watchers and then read the book. I enjoyed both. Then I started picking up some of his others, but I never got the same jolt that King, Rice, or the old time Horror novelists gave me. So, I gave up.

Then, in the fall of last year, I picked up The Taking on audio book from the local library. I make a lot of long trips and the premise looked interesting. By this time I had falsely convinced myself that Koontz only had one premise: weird experiments go awol and hunt humans. I had left Intensity out of the equation as a nice break from the same old.

But, The Taking was a left field retelling of War of the Worlds that kept me enthralled through out. It just kept knocking me for a loop with every new chapter.

After The Taking I moved on to Odd Thomas. Listening to Odd tell his very personal story about how he speaks to the dead and can see the forces of evil when they are gathering. How he is compelled to intervene even at great personal cost. Where The Taking made me contemplate the fate of the world, Odd Thomas hit me close to home. I found myself deeply moved by Odd and his burden in a way that no other horror novel had ever done.

I then moved to Velocity, the story of Billy Wiles, a small town bar tender who finds a note on his car forcing him to choose which person a psychopath will kill next. Orson Scott Card wrote a great review of this pulse bouncing thriller over at his site so I will send you there for some interesting insight.

Now, these works are a renaissance for Koontz that I always hope, but I fear a little will end. This is the feeling that I had when picking up my latest Koontz read, Life Expectancy. There were a lot of things that turned me away from this book. The jacket cover was too cutesy, the premise seemed a little mundane, but the biggest thing was that it took place over a span of years.

All the other books I just mentioned were edge of your seat thrillers that started and stopped in the span of hours or days. Life Expectancy, where in Jimmy Tock, on the night of his birth receives a prophecy that he will have five horrible days in his lifetime, takes place over years. Where my belief that Koontz overused his premises stopped me from reading him long ago, now the belief that breaking his style would ruin his winning streak overwhelmed me.

I found Life Expectancy to be very different from his other works, but still riveting and at many times genuinely funny. Koontz portrays Jimmy Tock and his family with loving ease in the eyes of overwhelming adversity. These people know that their lives could be threatened or ended, they even know the days, but they still find the time to celebrate each other.

Koontz always injects his stories with wit, but here he is genuinely humorous. I laughed much more than I jumped during this read. At the one liners, at the well drawn characters, and most of all in the mad cap situations that one could only chalk up to dumb luck if not for the prophecies forecasting it all.

If you have never read Koontz, or have not checked in with him in a while, pick up any of these novels. Each will keep you on the edge of your seat, gasping or laughing, and always wanting more.

Monday, March 27, 2006

An American Haunting Trailer

I just caught the trailer for An American Haunting. A horror/period film that jumps back and forth from 1818 and modern day to tell the classic haunting story of the Bell Witch. Based on the book The Bell Witch: An American Haunting by Brent Monahan.

The trailer looks like a nice spook fest without a lot of gore. I love period pieces (when they are done right) and this one looks nice.

Check it out HERE.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Reshoots for Snakes on a Plane

Because of all the internet buzz about Samuel L. Jackson's new movie Snakes on a Plane, IMD is reporting that the movie went in for reshoots. These shoots are changing the rating from PG-13 to R by adding:
more gore, more deaths, more nudity and more snakes to the finished product.
Are people really interested in this movie for anything more than making fun of it? I will be interested to see the actual turn out at the box office.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Five Fists of Science Preview

Matt Fraction has a 22 page preview of the new Graphic Novel, The Five Fists of Science that he publishing at Image Comics with Steven Sanders.

The plot:

True story: in 1899, Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla decided to end war forever. With Twain's connections and Tesla's inventions, they went into business, selling world peace.

So what happened?

Only now can the tale be told-- in which Twain and Tesla collided with Edison and Morgan, an evil science cabal merging the Black Arts and the Industrial Age. Turn of the century New York City sets the stage for a titanic battle over the very fate of the mankind.

The preview looks great and Fraction's Last of the Independents is one of my favorite gaphic novels.

Download the preview via Fractions Blog.

Oldman will be in Potter V

I never really had any doubt, but it I was preparing my Cruciatus Curse for WB execs, just in case.

Via SciFi Wire

Man, Wikipedia has a great write up on The Unforgivable Curses.

Monday, March 20, 2006

New documentary High Score

I just caught the trailer for the documentary High Score, which follows Bill Carlton on his quest to beat the highest score ever recorded on the classic Atari arcade game Missle Command. This movie looks great. It reminds me of staying up all night with my nintendo trying to beat every game that came my way.

Check out the Trailer

Sunday, March 19, 2006

New Slither Clip Online

I can't be the only one who can't wait to see Nathan (Mal Reynolds) Fillion in his new movie Slither. Horror has a new clip. The effects get a little gross so be prepared.

Check it out HERE

Star Trek Online Dating Site

This should probably go on our other blog, but we can't forget the love needs of all the Star Trek fans out there who take the time to read No Blasters. Trek calls itself
a 100% free online community and SciFi personals site for science fiction lovers.

Though I am not in need of a date, I checked out the scene. I was a little disturbed by the guy asking for Trek/vampire slash fiction, but for the most part it seemed like a cool place to talk sci fi, make friends, and maybe just make an interstellar love connection.

We're back and I was bitten by a werewolf on vacation!

Ok, that was a little white lie about the werewolf bite, but No Blasters is back home after a week of fun in the Tennessee sun that was way too short. What happened while we were away? Way too much!!

One thing that got me howling at the moon was the announcement that Universal is bringing back The Wolf Man with Benicio Del Toro in Lon Chaney Jr's shoes. Some big shoes to fill, but Del Toro (who has more Wolf Man memorabilia than me) could be the man to do it. And, Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en and Sleepy Hollow) in the writing role guarantees that the story will be a little more grizzly than the 1941 version.

Now, if we can only get my favorite—The Creature from the Black Lagoon—to come out of retirement. That would be movie magic!

More at Sci Fire Wire

Monday, March 13, 2006


We're on vacation in places where the internet is shockingly absent! We'll be back this weekend with a few reviews, some news, and many rants! In the meantime, try not to tell me the plot for the final BSG of the season and go see The Hills Have Eyes.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Coming Soon - Stardust and Giver

Woo hoo! Neil Gaiman's Stardust is going to be made into a movie with Rober Deniro and Michelle Pheiffer.

The book is being brought to the screen for Paramount by Matthew Vaughn, a friend of Gaiman's who co-wrote the screenplay with Jane Goldman; Vaughn has quietly put together quite a cast for his film. The evil witch/pirate duo will be played by Michelle Pfeiffer and one Robert De Niro, while the much-coveted (according to Reuters, many screen tests were required to cast the part) role of Yvaine was won by Claire Danes. Filling out the cast are Sienna Miller, as the girlfriend, and some guy named Charlie Cox, who will play Tristan.

More here

Also, one of my favorite books as a child, The Giver, is being turned into a movie:

Vadim Perelman has signed on to adapt and direct Lois Lowry's Newbery Award-winning novel "The Giver" for 20th Century Fox and Walden Media. The story centers on Jonas, a 12-year-old boy living in an idyllic future society where all memory of human history has been erased. His life is thrown into turmoil when he is designated to inherit the role of the Giver -- the sole keeper of the vast range of human emotions.

More here.

I can't wait for either!

via Looking Closer blog

Stephen King's Cell heading for the big screen.

Sci Fi Wire
reported this morning that "Dimension Films has acquired rights to Stephen King's latest novel Cell and has set Eli Roth (Hostel) to direct." Roth hasn't really won me over as a horror directer yet, but this might be the one that gets me.

I haven't gotten a chance to read Cell yet, but I love King's work and the newest is on it is on my short list, so a review should be in the near future.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

New Hills Have Eyes clip makes me ready to hit the theatre

A new clip of The Hills Have Eyes called "box of limbs" went up on and I have to say, it looks pretty grusome. Of course, for horror buffs, that is a good thing.

Check it out HERE

New X-men 3 trailer! Is the Dark Pheonix Rising?

A full trailer for X-men: The Last Stand has hit the net, and it looks amazing. I think this one will sway anyone on the fence about Brett Ratner's take on the series.

Check it out HERE

Monday, March 06, 2006

Who Takes the Oscars Seriously?

Especially when the best movie of 2005 wasn't nominated for anything.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Review - Ultimate Avengers DVD

The first in a line of direct-to-video movies that Marvel Comics will make with Lion Gate Films, Ultimate Avengers is a nice introduction to Marvel's heavy hitting team.

Nick Fury of SHIELD, a special branch of the US military, fearing a resurgence of an alien force that America fought off during WWII with the help of Captain America, gathers together a team of super heroes including Iron Man, Thor, Wasp, Giant (Ant) Man, and rather reluctantly, The Hulk.

The storyline is rather simplistic, but the interaction of the team and the fight scenes are worth the rental price. The final battle includes a fight between The Hulk and Thor that is classic. Why is The Hulk fighting Thor? You will have to watch to find out.

The script of Ultimate Avengers relies heavily on Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch's Ultimates series of comic books. If you have not read his series and you are looking for some quality superhero reading check out the trades. Though the movie lacks the fullness of Millar's humor and extreme attitude, the movie is a nice Saturday morning retelling.

The animation is a mix of classic and CGI that blends pretty seamlessly throughout. Unless you are a huge Avengers fan I would not recommend running out and buying this one, but it is a cool rental.

No Blasters rating: 3 of 5 stars

New Whedon Interview at Empire

Here at No Blasters, we like to feel that we are the biggest Joss Whedon geeks in the galaxy, but the good folks over at Empire Magazine give us a run for our money.

Empire has a new interview with Joss talking about some things we have heard before, no plans for Serenity sequels, no regrets about Wash and, some things we have been wanting to hear,
I can tell you that the film will be about introducing you to Wonder Woman. She'll be wearing the outfit and there will be the bracelets, the golden lasso and Greek gods. She comes from a civilisation where she's rather perfect, so she's the opposite to Buffy in many ways, but she's going through an adolescent rite of passage because she's new to the world.

Comic book fans rejoice, Wonder Woman will stay classic! Have I mentioned that our resident Greek would be perfect in the role!

Read the Full Interview

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Review - Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys

This is how Anansi Boys was made:

In a large saucepan, add one part "American Gods".
Then add "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season 5 episode The Replacement, and stir.

Bring mixture to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove from fire and chill. After mixture has chilled, add a pinch of Caribbean spirit, and a dollop of British humor.

Enjoy while vacationing on a Carribean island.

Fat Charlie Nancy is a bit of a loser, and it isn't unil he attends his father's funeral that he finds out that he has a brother, Spider. When Spider visits him in London and causes trouble for Fat Charlie, he decides to take matters into his own hands.

The basic plot is a little well-worn, but the story is greatly entertaining, so we don't care. Plus the characters are vivid and their motivations are believable.

"American Gods" is my favorite Neil Gaiman book, but this one is in the top 3.

I listened to the audio version, read by Lenny Henry, and I recommend it for endless car rides during summer vacation.

No Blasters rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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