91st Academy Award Nominees

The 2018 #Oscar nominees have been announced and eight #SciFi & #Fantasy films have been nominated in multiple categories, including for “Best Picture”!

The eight sci-fi & fantasy films that have received at least one nomination are as follows:

  • #AvengersInfinityWar
  • #BlackPanther
  • #ChristopherRobin
  • #IsleOfDogs
  • #MaryPoppinsReturns
  • #ReadyPlayerOne
  • “#Solo: A #StarWars Story”
  • “#SpiderMan: Into the Spider-Verse”

Award Categories Breakdown

For Best Animated Film:

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

For Costume Design:

  • Black Panther (Ruth Carter)
  • Mary Poppins Returns (Sandy Powell)

For Music (Original Score):

  • Black Panther (Ludwig Goransso)
  • Isle of Dogs (Alexandre Desplat)
  • Mary Poppins Returns (Marc Shaiman)

For Music (Original Song):

  • “All the Stars” from Black Panther
  • “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns

For Best Picture:

  • Black Panther

For Production Design:

  • Black Panther (Production Design: Hannah Beachler; Set Decoration: Jay Hart)
  • Mary Poppins Returns (Production Design: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim)

For Sound Mixing:

  • Black Panther (Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin)

For Visual Effects:

  • Avengers: Infinity War (Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick)
  • Christopher Robin (Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould)
  • Ready Player One (Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and David Shirk)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy)

Total Number of Nominations for Each Film

Here’s how many nominations each sci-fi & fantasy film received:

  • Black Panther: 6
  • Mary Poppins Returns: 4
  • Avengers: Infinity War: 1
  • Christopher Robin: 1
  • Isle of Dogs: 1
  • Ready Player One: 1
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story: 1
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: 1

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EA Cancels Another “Star Wars” Video Game

#ElectronicArts (#EA) has canceled development of an open-world #StarWars game, which they had originally announced when they had also announced the shutdown of #VisceralGames back in 2017. The video game that had been under development at Visceral, codenamed #Ragtag and under the helm of Amy Henning, was being partially developed at EA’s offices in Vancouver, Canada. After the closure of Visceral, EA Vancouver totally rebooted the Ragtag project and transformed it into the open-world Star Wars game that EA was more interested in. Some of the art assets developed for Ragtag were all that was kept of Ragtag for the open-world game. (EA Vancouver handles support for a variety of the publisher’s games, including FIFA and Battlefront.)

Unlike Ragtag, EA had not shown any of EA Vancouver’s open-world Star Wars game publicly. EA talked about it when they announced Visceral’s demise. “It has become clear that to deliver an experience that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come, we needed to pivot the design,” the company said at the time. “A development team from across EA Worldwide Studios will take over development of this game, led by a team from EA Vancouver that has already been working on the project.”

EA had codenamed the open-world Star Wars game as #Orca, which would have involved playing as a scoundrel or bounty hunter who could explore various open-world planets and work with different factions across the Star Wars universe.

According to insiders, EA canceled Orca so that it could instead focus on a smaller-scale Star Wars project that they could release sooner, possibly late 2020, which coincides with possible new next-generation game consoles will be released.

Reaction to the game’s cancelation has been largely negative, including from “Rogue One” writer Gary Whitta, who said,

“It has been catastrophically mismanaged. If I were Disney, I’d be fucking furious. I saw a bunch of that game, and it looked terrific. It would have been Star Wars Uncharted.”

EA’s record with Star Wars video games is certainly mixed. While Battlefront was good, Battlefront II became highly controversial when news of EA’s micro-transactions built into the expensive game infuriated the gaming community. Only time will tell how the community reacts to the future games.

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Comic Books Legend George Pérez Announces Retirement

#ComicBooks legend George Pérez has announced his retirement from comics. In a letter published on Facebook, the artist wrote,

“While I know it’s been no secret that I’ve been dealing with a myriad number of health issues (diabetes, heart ailments, vision issues, etc.), they have indeed have [sic] forced me to, for all intents and purposes, formally retire from the business of creating new comic stories.”

Pérez went on to to announce he will no longer be completing commissions, and that 2019 will be his final year making a full slate of convention appearances. He currently plans to continue to attend DragonCon and FetishCon annually.

Pérez closed his letter with the following:

“I’ve had a wonderfully good run doing exactly what I have wanted to do since I was a child. Now I can sit back and watch the stuff I helped create entertain whole new generations. That’s a pretty nice legacy to look back on.”

Pérez’ extensive works during his long career include the following:

For #MarvelComics:

  • The Avengers
  • Fantastic Four
  • Man-Wolf
  • The Inhumans
  • The Infinity Gauntlet
  • Sachs and Violens
  • Hulk: Future Imperfect

For #DCComics:

  • The New Teen Titans
  • Nightwing (co-creator)
  • Justice League of America
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths
  • Superman
  • Batman
  • Wonder Woman (relaunched series and introduced the Greek mythology into the character for the first time)
  • The New Titans
  • Deathstroke
  • War of the Gods
  • Silver Surfer
  • Justice Society of America
  • The Brave and the Bold
  • Infinite Crisis
  • Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds
  • Green Arrow
  • World’s Finest

For #MalibuComics:

  • Break-thru
  • Ultraforce

For #ToppsComics:

  • Jurassic Park

For #GorillaComics, #EventComics & #CrossGen:

  • Crimson Plague (creator)
  • CrossGen Chronicles
  • Solus

For #BOOMStudios:

  • Sirens

We wish George Pérez a wonderful retirement and thank him for all of his contributions to comic books, science fiction & fantasy!

George Pérez

George Pérez

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Toxic Fans Strike Again: Film Critic Receives Death Threats over “Aquaman” Review

#ToxicFans have struck again. But, this time, it has nothing to do with #StarWars. This time, it’s toxic fans of the #DCComics-based film #Aquaman. The recipient of the toxic fans’ online anger (which includes death threats to herself and to her family) is a professional film critic. Her crime in the eyes of the toxic fans? She dared to write a negative review for “Aquaman”.

The recipient of the toxic fans online outrage and harassment is film critic Mara Reinstein. She is a contributor to the publication “US Weekly”, she’s a “Top Critic” on the website #RottenTomatoes, and she operates her own website. Toxic fans have not only harassed her on those sites, they tracked her down to her personal social media accounts and began to attack her there as well: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Not everyone who sees a film is going to like it and when it comes to film critics, critiquing films and publicizing their opinions is their job. Harassment and death threats are never okay.

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Paramount Has Reportedly Shelved “Star Trek IV”

In not-so-good news for #StarTrek fans, #Paramount has reportedly shelved plans for #StarTrekIV. Contributing factors appear to include:

  • Poor box office revenue for “Star Trek Beyond”, the third film.
  • Contract negotiations with Captain Kirk star Chris Pine (and Chris Hemsworth, who played his father George in the 2009 reboot) collapsed around August, 2018, which we reported about.
  • Attached director S.J. Clarkson has moved on to direct the upcoming>Game Of Thrones prequel pilot.

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RIP William Morgan Sheppard

#RIP: actor William Morgan Sheppard has died at the age of 86. He played a Vulcan science minister in the #StarTrek reboot, Qatai in #Voyager, Rura Penthe Klingon commander in #TheUndiscoveredCountry, Dr. Ira Graves in #TNG; Warleader G’Sten / the soul hunter in #Babylon5; Capt. Witwhicky in #Tranformers; Old Canton Delaware in #DoctorWho; Blank Reg in #MaxHeadroom; the professor in #SeaQuest2032; Gooshie the miner in #QuantumLeap; Merrill in #Charmed; & much more, including a lot of voice work for animated productions & video games.

Our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace.

William Morgan Sheppard (1932-2019)

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2018 Sci-fi & Fantasy Artist Deaths

Once again we come to that time of year when we remember & honor those #SciFi & #Fantasy artists that we lost over the past year. 2018 has proven to be a rather deadly year as the deaths began on Jan 1 and continued through to Dec. 30. A total of 25 deaths were recorded, making it a much higher number of deaths than the past 2 years.

While these artists may be gone, their legacies will never be forgotten.

The sci-fi & fantasy franchises impacted by these deaths are listed below. A lot more different franchises were touched this year than in past ones that we have recorded.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Babylon 5
  • Batman
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Bewitched
  • Big
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  • D.C. Comics (Batman, The Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman)
  • Doctor Who
  • Earthsea
  • Earth Final Conflict
  • Fantasy Island
  • Godzilla
  • Harry Potter
  • I Dream of Jeannie
  • Marvel Comics (Ant-Man, Black Panther, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-man, Thor, X-Men)
  • Mork & Mindy
  • RoboCop
  • Sid & Marty Krofft (Bugaloos, Lidsville, Pufnstuf)
  • Six Million Dollar Man
  • Space 1999
  • Spirited Away
  • Star Trek
  • Star Wars
  • Total Recall
  • Tron
  • V
  • The Wizard of Oz

Our condolences to all of the families, friends & fans of the following artists that we lost in 2018.

January

Jon Paul Steuer died on Jan. 1 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.

Jon Paul Steuer

Jon Paul Steuer (1984-2018)

Donnelly Rhodes (1937-2018) died at age 80 on Jan. 8, 2018. 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.

Donnelly Rhodes

Donnelly Rhodes (1937-2018)

Acclaimed #SciFi & #Fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) has died at the age of 88 on Jan. 23, 2018. 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

Miscellaneous:

  • “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

 

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018)

February

Actor Mickey Jones died on Feb. 7, 2018 at the age of 76. He played Chris Farber in #V, Donzo in #Galactica1980, trucker in #Starman, burly miner in #TotalRecall, & more.

Mickey Jones

Mickey Jones (1941-2018)

Actor Reg E. Cathey died on Feb. 9, 2018 at age 59. He played Morag in #StarTrek #TNG, Dr. Franklin Storm in #FantasticFour (2015), & much more.

Reg E. Cathey

Reg E. Cathey (1958-2018)

March

David Ogden Stiers (1942-2018) died at age 75 on Mar. 3, 2018. He played Timicin in #StarTrek #TNG, Oberoth in #StargateAtlantis, Kamaji (voice, English version) in #SpiritedAway, the announcer (voice) in #THX1138, & much more, including a lot more voice work. He also played the character Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester, III in the long-running sitcom #MASH.

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers (1942-2018)

Brilliant physicist & cosmologist Sir Stephen Hawking (Jan. 8, 1942 – Mar. 14, 2018) passed away at the age of 76. He played himself in #StarTrek #TNG, #BigBangTheory & more.

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

Debbie Lee Carrington (1959-2018) died on March 24, 2018 at the age of 58. She played Romba Ewok in “#StarWars VI: #ReturnOfTheJedi”, a drone in #InvadersFromMars, Thumbelina in #TotalRecall, Emperor Penguin in #BatmanReturns, alien father in #MenInBlack, a creature in #BuffyTheVampireSlayer, & much more.

Debbie Lee Carrington

Debbie Lee Carrington (1959-2018)

April

Actor Tim O’Connor died on April 5, 2018 at the age of 90. He played Dr. Elias Huer in #BuckRogersInThe25thCentury, Ambassador Briam in #StarTrek #TNG, Andros / Col. Robert Elliot in #WonderWoman, Kogen in #Sssssss, Paul Tanner / voice in enemy helmet / Maj. Clint Anderson in #TheOuterLimits, Col. Sloane in #TheTwilightZone, & more.

Tim O'Conner

Tim O’Conner (1927-2018)

Verne Troyer died on April 21, 2018 at the age of 49. While he played Griphook in “#HarryPotter and the #SorcerorsStone“, he will likely be mostly remembered for playing Mini-Me in the #AustinPowers films.

Verne Troyer

Verne Troyer (1969-2018)

May

Actress Margot Kidder died at the age of 69 on May 13, 2018. She played Lois Lane in #Superman & appeared in #EarthFinalConflict, #Smallville & much more.

Margot Kidder

Margot Kidder (1948-2018)

Actor Jerry Maren has died at 98 on May 24, 2018. He was the world’s last living Munchkin from #TheWizardOfOz, having played a member of the Lollipop Guild (the green one). He also played a gremlin in #Bewitched, a child ape in #PlanetOfTheApes, Boris / Rah-Rah in #Lidsville, & had uncredited roles in #Tron, #Spaceballs; & much more.

Jerry Maren

Jerry Maren (1920-2018)

June

#ScienceFiction author Harlan Ellison died on June 28, 2018 at the age of 84. He wrote the Emmy Award-winning #StarTrek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever”. He was also a creative consultant on #Babylon5 and wrote 2 of its episodes, as well as #TheTwilightZone TV series and #TheSixthSense TV series. (He also wrote several Twilight Zone episodes.) He also created the short-lived TV series #TheStarlost under the name “Cordwainer Bird” and wrote one of its episodes. He also wrote several comic book issues of #Daredevil along with an issue of Detective Comics, and contributed ideas to several #Avengers stories written by Roy Thomas. He also curated Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor, a comic book anthology series which adapted his short stories.

Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison (1934-2018)

Steve Ditko, the comic-book writer & illustrator who co-created #SpiderMan with Stan Lee in 1961, died at age 90 at the end of June, 2018. He was born on Nov. 2, 1927. Spider-Man’s look — the costume, the web-shooters, the red and blue design — all came from Ditko. Spider-Man first appeared in Amazing Fantasy No. 15. and was an unexpected hit, which lead to the spin-off The Amazing Spider-Man. Ditko also helped create such Spider-Man characters as Doctor Octopus, Sandman, the Lizard and Green Goblin.

In 1963, Ditko created Doctor Strange, who debuted in Strange Tales No. 110. Ditko continued on that series until issue No. 146 in 1966.

After a dispute with Stan Lee in 1967, Ditko left Marvel Comics and worked for DC Comics and several others before returning to Marvel in 1979. where he worked on Machine Man and the Micronauts. Among his last creations was Squirrel Girl in 1992.

During his period away from Marvel, Ditko created Mr. A in 1967. He also created The Question, Hawk and Dove and the Creeper for DC Comics.

Steve Ditko

Steve Ditko (1927-2018)

August

Actor Fredd Wayne died at the age of 93. He played Benjamin Franklin in #Bewitched; Ben Franklin in #Voyagers; J.J. MacConnell in #WonderWoman (TV series); Paul Malloy / Barney Kamener in #TheTwilightZone; & more.

Fredd Wayne

Fredd Wayne (1924-2018)

September

Actor Bill Daily died on Sept. 4, 2018 at the age of 91. He will likely be best remembered for his portrayal of Major Roger Healy in the 1960’s fantasy sitcom #IDreamOfJeannie, as well as his for being in 140 episodes of the “The Bob Newhart Show”.

Bill Daily

Bill Daily (1927-2018)

Legendary actor Burt Reynolds died at the age of 82 on Sept. 6, 2018. Born Feb. 11, 1936, most of his work was not in #SciFi or #fantasy, but he did play Rocky Rhodes in an episode of #TheTwilightZone, and Mentor in two #UniversalSoldier TV movies.

Burt Reynolds also turned down the opportunity to portray Han Solo in #StarWars: the role was offered to him before Harrison Ford. While Burt Reynolds said later that he regretted not taking the role, it is interesting to speculate how different the “Star Wars” franchise would be had he been part of it.

We will, however, acknowledge some of his other works for which he will likely always be remembered:

  • Quint in “Gunsmoke” (1962-1065).
  • Lewis in “Deliverance” (1972).
  • Paul Crewe in “The Longest Yard” (1974).
  • The Bandit in “Smokey and the Bandit” (1977).
  • J. J. McClure in “Cannonball Run” (1981).
  • Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd in “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (1982).
Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds (1936-2018)

Actress Zienia Merton died on Sept. 14, 2018 at the age of 72. She played Sandra Benes in #Space1999, Ping-Cho in #DoctorWho & more, a registrar in #TheSarahJaneAdventures, a teacher in #Dinotopia, and much more.

Zienia Merton

Zienia Merton (1945-2018)

October

Actress Celeste Yarnall died at the age of 74. She played Yeoman Martha Landon in #StarTrek #TOS, a student nurse in #Bewitched, Miss Devine in #TheWildWildWest, & more.

Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall (1944-2018)

November

Actor Douglas Rain died on Nov. 12, 2018 at the age of 90. He voiced the computer HAL-9000 in #2001ASpaceOdyssey, and later reprised the role in #2010TheYearWeMadeContact. He also voiced several robot butlers & the evil computer in the sci-fi comedy #Sleeper, & more.

Douglas Rain

Douglas Rain (1928-2018)

#MarvelComics legend Stan Lee died on Nov. 12, 2018 at the age of 95. In addition to the many cameo appearances he in Marvel films, he the co-created  a significant number of Marvel characters, including:

  • #BlackPanther
  • #SpiderMan
  • #XMen
  • #Thor (The Mighty Thor)
  • #IronMan
  • #FantasticFour
  • #IncredibleHulk
  • #Daredevil
  • #AntMan
  • #DoctorStrange
  • And many more.

His huge impact on the worlds of science fiction, fantasy & comic books will never be forgotten.

Stan Lee

Stan Lee (1922-2018)

December

Actor Ken Berry died on Dec. 1, 2018 at the age of 85. He played 7 different characters in 7 episodes of #FantasyIsland, Frank in #TheCatFromOuterSpace, and much more, including numerous roles in multiple TV sitcoms.

Ken Berry

Ken Berry (1933-2018)

Actress & director Penny Marshall died on Dec. 17, 2018. She played Laverne DeFazio in #MorkAndMindy, and directed the movie #Big, among her many accomplishments.

Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall (1943-2018)

Composer & lyricist Norman Gimbel died on Dec. 28, 2018 at the age of 91. He composed music & song lyrics used in a significant number of films & TV series, including (but not limited to) “V for Vendetta”, #Logan, #WonderWoman (TV series), #Pufnstuf, #DarkCity, #TheLastAmericanHero, #TheBugaloos, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, and much more. Many of his credits are for the use of the song “The Girl from Ipanema”, for which Gimbel wrote the English lyrics. The song has been used in the following films & TV series (but not limited to): #PacificRimUprising, “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”, #MyLittlePony, #TheBigBangTheory, #TheInvasion, #TheCatInTheHat, #IDreamOfJeannie, and more.

Norman Gimbel

Norman Gimbel (1927-2018)

Actress Dame June Whitfield has died at the age of 93. While mostly a comedic actress, she appeared in 2 episodes of #DoctorWho as Minnie Hooper; but she’ll likely be remembered primarily for portraying the mother of Edina Monsoon in the British TV sitcom #AbsolutelyFabulous (#AbFab).

June Whitfield

June Whitfield (1925-2018)