#BadLipReading put out another funny #StarWars spoof last month, this one based on the battle on Hoth from #EmpireStrikesBack (#StarWarsV):
#RIP: the incredible #SciFi & #Fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin has died at the age of 88. She wrote more than 20 novels (including her acclaimed novel “The Left Hand of Darkness” & the #Earthsea series), as well as a dozen books of poetry, over 100 short stories (collected in multiple volumes), seven collections of essays, 13 books for children & five volumes of translation, including the Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu and selected poems by the Chilean Nobel Prize winner Gabriela Mistral. He works also include a guide for writers.
Her novels were translated into more than 40 languages and often delved into themes of sorcery & dragons, or spaceships & planetary conflict. Her novels include the following:
From the Earthsea series:
- “A Wizard of Earthsea”, 1968 (Lewis Caroll Shelf Award list in 1979)
- “The Tombs of Atuan”, 1971 (Newbery Silver Medal Award)
- “The Farthest Shore”, 1972 (National Book Award)
- “Tehanu: the Last Book of Earthsea”, 1990 (Nebula Award)
- “Tales from Earthsea”, 2001
- “The Other Wind”, 2001 (World Fantasy Award)
From the Hainish science fiction series:
- “Rocannons World”, 1966
- “Planet of Exile”, 1966
- “City of Illusions”, 1967
- “The Left Hand of Darkness”, 1969 (Hugo Award, Nebula Award)
- “The Dispossessed”, 1974 (Nebula Award)
- “The Word for World is Forest”, 1976 (Hugo Award)
- “Four Ways to Forgiveness”, 1995
- “The Telling”, 2000
- “The Lathe of Heaven”, 1971
- “The Winds of Twelve Quarters”, 1975
- “Orsinian Tales”, 1976
- “The Eye of the Heron”, 1978
- “The Beginning Place”, 1980
- “The Compass Rose”, 1982
- “Always Coming Home”, 1985
- “Searoad: Chronicles of Klatsand”, 1991
- “Animals of the Western Shore”, 2004-2007 (Nebula Award)
- “Lavinia”, 2008
This is a more complete bibliography.
Author Stephen King tweeted: “Usula K. LeGuin, one of the greats, has passed. Not just a science fiction writer; a literary icon. Godspeed into the galaxy.”
Author Neil Gaiman tweeted: “I just learned that Ursula K. Le Guin has died. Her words are always with us. Some of them are written on my soul. I miss her as a glorious funny prickly person, & I miss her as the deepest and smartest of the writers, too. Still honoured I got to do this:”
He was referring to presenting Ursula K. Le Guin with a lifetime achievement award at the 2014 National Book Awards:
Our deepest condolences to her family, friends & fans. May she rest in peace.
Here’s the trailer for the season finale of “#StarWars Rebels”! #StarWarsRebels
While “#StarWars VIII: #TheLastJedi” has done financially well in the U.S. & many other countries, that’s not the case in China where 92% of theaters have pulled it only after 7 days after it debuted and is believed to be unprecedented. Moviegoers in China have simply rejected the film: its earnings for its opening weekend are very poor: the movie only made $27-million and an additional $7-million since for a total of $34-million.
To date, “The Last Jedi” has earned over $1.238-billion worldwide making it the 11th highest grossing film of all time. In the U.S., the movie has earned nearly $583-million, making it the 6th highest grossing film in the U.S.
Here’s the latest trailer released a few days ago for the upcoming #Marvel movie #BlackPanther, which is opening in theaters next month on Feb. 15, 2018:
Fox has moved the release dates of several movies. #Deadpool fans will be happy that “Deadpool 2” has moved up 2 weeks to May 18, 2018 from June 1, 2018. This places the movie 1 week ahead of “Solo: A #StarWars Story”.
The release date for #TheNewMutants has also been moved back by 10 months to Feb. 22, 2019 from April 13, 2018. #Gambit is also being moved back 4 months from Feb. 14, 2019 to June 7, 2019.
Neither actor Ryan Reynolds or director David Leitch have commented about the allegations that Miller has denied. Miller portrays the friend of Wade Wilson / Deadpool (played by Reynolds) named Weasel.
Miller was accused of sexual abuse by an anonymous woman who gave an interview to The Daily Beast that was published December 19.
Actor Donnelly Rhodes died on Jan. 8, 2018 at the age of 80. He was born on Dec. 4, 1937. He played Dr. Sherman Cottle in #BattlestarGalactica, Grandpa Flynn in #TronLegacy, Father Simon / Mr. Shaw in #Supernatural, Agent Smith in #TheFlash, Milash in #Smallville, Gen. Eiger / Senator in #TheOuterLimits, & much much more. Fans of the sitcom #Soap will remember him as Dutch Leitner.
Our condolences to his family, friends & fans. May he rest in peace. So say we all.
#RIP: actor Jon Paul Steuer has died at the age of 33. He was the 1st actor to portray Alexander Rozhenko (Worf’s son) in #StarTrek #TNG. He was also known as the musician Jonny P. Jewels in Portland, OR, where he formed the band Soda Pop Kids. Our condolences to his family, friends & fans. May he rest in peace.
It’s that time of year when we remember & honor the #SciFi & #Fantasy actors & celebrities that we lost in 2017. They and their legacies will never be forgotten.
The sci-fi & fantasy franchises that experienced loss in 2017 are listed below:
- Babylon 5
- Battlestar Galactica
- Doctor Who
- Harry Potter
- Iron Man
- Six Million Dollar Man
- Space 1999
- Star Trek
- Star Wars
- True Blood
Our condolences to all of the families, friends & fans of the following actors & celebrities that we lost in 2017.
Miguel Ferrer (died on Jan. 19, 2017 at age 61). He played a First Officer in #StarTrek III, Bob Morton in #RoboCop, VP Rodriquez in #IronMan, & more.
John Hurt (died on Jan. 25, 2017 at age 77). He played Kane in #Alien, Mr. Ollivander in #HarryPotter, the “War Doctor” in #DoctorWho, himself in #Spaceballs & more. He celebrated his 77th birthday only 5 days ago. The 2-time Oscar-nominated actor was battling cancer. One of his best roles was as #TheElephantMan. He also starred in a film adaptation of George Orwell’s book #1984. Sir John Hurt is sorely missed.
Richard Hatch (died on Feb. 8, 2017 at age 71). He played Captain Apollo in the original 1978-1979 #BattlestarGalactica TV series. He then came back in the 2004-2009 series as the politician Tom Zarek. He also appeared in a variety of other TV shows & movies. He is deeply missed.
Bill Paxton (died on Feb. 25, 2017 at age 61). He played Jeff Tracy in #Thunderbirds, Jerry Lambert in #Predator2, Private Hudson in #Aliens, punk leader in #Terminator, John Garrett in #AgentsOfSHIELD, & much more, such as his roles in #Apollo13, #WeirdScience, #Twister & more.
Lawrence Montaigne (died on Mar. 19, 2017 at age 86). He played Decius / Stonn in #StarTrek #TOS, Dr. Aquila in #CityBeneathTheSea, Mr. Glee in #Batman, Dr. Braddock in #VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea, Capt. Alvarado / Yellow Elk in #TheTimeTunnel, & more.
Powers Boothe (died on May 14, 2017 at the age of 68). He played Gideon Malick in #AgentsOfSHIELD, a World Security Council member in #Avengers & much more.
Roger Moore (died on May 23, 2017 at age 89). He played James Bond / Agent 007 in #Moonraker (& in 6 other movies), & much more.
Adam West (died on June 9, 2017 at age 88). He played the original #Batman & more!
Stephen Furst (died on June 17, 2017 at age 63). He played Vir Cotto in #Babylon5 & much more, including the character in Flounder in the comedy #AnimalHouse.
Martin Landau (1928-2017) died on July 16, 2017. He played Cmdr. John Koenig in #Space1999, Rollin Hand / Miguel Cordova / Gen. Rio Dominguez in #MissionImpossible, Peter Van Garrett in #SleepyHollow & much more. He also won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the 1994 movie “Ed Wood”, as well as 2 other Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor in other films. He won numerous other awards, including a Golden Globe for “Mission Impossible”.
John Heard (1945-2017) died on July 21. He played Cmdr. Barry Garner in #BattlestarGalactica & more, including playing Peter McCallister in “Home Alone”.
Robert Hardy died at 91 on August 3, 2017. He played Cornelius Fudge in #HarryPotter & was in #BuckRogersInThe25thCentury, #GawainAndTheGreenKnight & much more.
Haruo Nakajima has died at 88 on Aug. 7, 2017. He played the iconic kaiju monster #Godzilla in 14 different films between 1954 & 1973:
- Godzilla Raids Again
- Godzilla, King Of the Monsters
- King Kong vs. Godzilla
- Mothra vs. Godzilla
- Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
- Invasion of Astro Monster
- Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster
- Son of Godzilla
- Destroy All Monsters
- All Monsters Attack
- Godzilla vs. Hedorah
- Godzilla vs. Gigan
- Godzilla vs. Megalon (stock footage)
He also played several background characters in multiple movies; Kiylu / Police Captain / Kemur Man II / Jirass / Gabora / Nerongo in #Ultraman; King Kong in #KingKongEscapes; Gaira in #WarOfTheGargantuas; Baragon in #DestroyAllMonsters & #FrankensteinConquersTheWorld; Matango in #Marango (#AttackOfTheMushroomPeople); Magma in #Gorath; head of Mothra larva in #Mothra; Moguera in #TheMysterians; Rodan in #Rodan; & much more.
Richard Anderson (1926-2017) died on August 31. He played Oscar Goldman in #SixMillionDollarMan & #BionicWoman; Chief Quinn in #ForbiddenPlanet; & more.
Comic book author Len Wein died on Sept. 10, 2017 at the age of 69. He co-created D.C.’s #SwampThing & #Marvel’s #Wolverine; helped revive the #XMen & edited the #Watchmen.
Harry Dean Stanton died on Sept. 15, 2017 at the age of 91. He played Brett in #Alien, a security guard in #TheAvengers & much more, including Carl Rodd in #TwinPeaks.
Former football star turned actor Bernie Casey died on Sept. 19, 2017 at the age of 78. He played Cmdr. Calvin Hudson in #StarTrek #DS9, Derek Cranston in #Babylon5, Admiral Vanalden in #SeaQuest2032, Major Jeff Spender in #TheMartianChronicles & much more, including U.N. Jefferson in #RevengeOfTheNerds.
Alfie Curtis died on Dec. 26, 2017 at the age of 87. Born on July 28, 1930, he is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Evazan in “#StarWars IV: #ANewHope” in the iconic cantina scene, where he says, “I have the death sentence on 12 systems!”. He also played the milkman in the Oscar-winning movie #TheElephantMan in 1980.
May they all rest in peace.