RIP Harlan Ellison

#RIP #ScienceFiction author Harlan Ellison, who 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.

May he rest in peace.

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Harlan Ellison (1934-2018)

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“Babylon 5” Revival Unlikely According to its Creator

During an extended series of tweets on yesterday evening, #Babylon5 creator J. Michael Straczynski stated that his award winning sci-fi series’ current television rights holder (Warner Bros.) has no intention of either doing anything with the license themselves or allowing anyone else to do anything with it either.

This is in stark contrast to J. Michael Straczynski’s optimism that he’d had 4 years ago at San Diego Comic Con (2014) when he told an audience that he was looking to do a feature film as a reboot with new actors.

Unfortunately, while J. Michael Straczinski owns the film rights to “Babylon 5”, no studio has expressed interest in filming a movie without the accompanying television rights that Warner Bros. is unwilling to license.

Warner Bros. execs unwillingness to budge on the “Babylon 5” TV rights license may stem from a longstanding grudge related to a now defunct TV network called PTEN upon which B5 originally aired and which some WB execs were not permitted to play with even though WB was a part owner of the network.

Sadly this is simply bad news for fans of the B5 franchise.

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RIP Roy Dotrice

#RIP: actor Roy Dotrice has died at age 94. He played Hallyne in #GameOfThrones, Commissioner Simmonds in #Space1999, Benson (voice) in #Saturn3, the Elder in #Earth2, Frederick Lantz in #Babylon5, & much more, including a lot of voice work in animated TV series. His non-sci-fi & non-fantasy work included playing Leopold Mozart in #Amadeus and he was also a well known stage actor & won a Tony Award for his work in the revival of “A Moon for the Misbegotten”. May he rest in peace.

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Roy Dotrice (1923 – 2017)

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RIP Bernie Casey

#RIP: former football star turned actor Bernie Casey has died at 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. Our condolences to his family, friends & fans. May he rest in peace.

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Bernie Casey (1939-2017)

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2016 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Celebrity Deaths

The number of deaths among celebrities in 2016 has seemed quite high and the #SciFi & #Fantasy genres haven’t been immune as the year began with 2 significant deaths, continued from there and is ending with even more significant deaths. The affected franchises include #StarWars, #HarryPotter, #StarTrek, #Babylon5, #Thunderbirds, #Bewitched & more. Listed below are some of the beloved celebrities that have been lost in 2016. May they all rest in peace.

David Bowie (Jan. 8, 1947 – Jan. 10, 2016)

A very gifted musician, singer & composer, David Bowie also acted and played the character Jareth in #Labyrinth among others.

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Alan Rickman (Feb. 21, 1946 – Jan. 14, 2016)

The very gifted actor Alan Rickman will forever be remembered for playing the character Sevurus Snape in #HarryPotter. He also played Alexander Dane / Dr. Lazarus in #GalaxyQuest & much, much more. “By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged!” His untimely passing earlier this year remains a source of sadness for many. He will never be forgotten.

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Alethea McGrath (Jun. 1, 1920 – Feb. 9, 2016)

The Australian actress will likely be best remembered as the Jedi Temple librarian Jocasta Nu in “#StarWars: #AttackOfTheClones”, but did other works.

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Drew Henley (1940 – Feb. 14, 2016)

Drew Henley is likely best known for portraying the X-Wing pilot known only as “Red Leader” in “#StarWars: #ANewHope”. Unused footage of him from this film was used in “#RogueOne: A Star Wars Story”, which opened in theaters on Dec. 16, 2016. He also appeared in #Space1999, Gerry Anderson’s #UFO & more.

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Lee Reherman (Jul. 4, 1966 – Feb. 29, 2016)

Among his various works. Lee Reherman played the uniformed mercenary in “#StarTrek Into Darkness” who gets sucked into space when Scotty blows open the airlock.

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Sylvia Anderson (Mar. 25, 1927 – Mar. 15, 2016)

Sylvia Anderson co-created many works with her former deceased husband Gerry Anderson, including #Thunderbirds, #CaptainScarletVsTheMysterons, #UFO, #Space1999, #Stingray, #Joe90 & more! She was the voice for Lady Penelope in Thunderbirds.

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Erik Bauersfeld (Jun. 28, 1922 – Apr. 3, 2016)

Erik Bauersfeld voiced Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna in #StarWars & more. His most famous line was, “It’s a trap!”

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Buck Kartalian (Aug. 13, 1922 – May 24, 2016)

Buck Kartalian portrayed the ape Julius in #PlanetOfTheApes and was also in “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes”, as well as the #Batman TV series, #TheMunsters, #VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea & more.

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Janet Waldo (Feb. 4, 1920 – Jun. 12, 2016)

Among her many works, Janet Waldo voiced the character of Judy Jetson in #TheJetsons, as well as Princess Susan in #BattleOfThePlanets.

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Anton Yelchin (Mar. 11, 1989 – Jun. 19, 2016)

The tragic accidental death of Anton Yelchin cut short what would’ve likely been a very long & brilliant acting career. He will forever be remembered for his portrayal of the character Chekov in the #StarTrek reboot.

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Jerry Doyle (Jul. 16, 1956 – Jul. 27, 2016)

Among his many works, Jerry Doyle played the character Michael Garibaldi in #Babylon5.

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Barry Jenner (Jan. 14, 1941 – Aug. 9, 2016)

Barry Jenner played the character Admiral Ross in “#StarTrek #DS9” and more.

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Kenny Baker (Aug. 24, 1934 – Aug. 13, 2016)

Kenny Baker will always be remembered for playing the droid character R2-D2 in #StarWars. He also played the character Paploo in “Star Wars”, as well as Fidget in #TimeBandits, a dwarf in #FlashGordon & much more!

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Gene Wilder (Jun. 11, 1933 – Aug. 29, 2016)

Gene Wilder was a brilliant actor. He played Willy Wonka in #WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory, Dr. Frankenstein in #YoungFrankenstein & was in many other films, including #BlazingSaddles, #SilverStreak, #TheWorldsGreatestLover, #StirCrazy & much more!

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Hazel Douglas (Nov. 2, 1923 – Sept. 8, 2016)

Among her many works that began in 1947, Hazel Douglas portrayed Bathilda Bagshot in “#HarryPotter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”.

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Tony Swartz (Sept. 24, 1943 – Sept. 27, 2016)

Tony Swartz played Flight Sergeant Jolly in the original #BattlestarGalactica TV, & more.

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Bernard Fox (May 11, 1927 – Dec. 14, 2016)

Bernard Fox may be best well known for his portrayal of Doctor Bombay in the TV series Bewitched, but he had many other roles.

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Liz Smith (Dec. 11, 1921 – Dec. 24, 2016)

Among her many works, Liz Smith played Grandma Georgina in #CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory (2005). She was also in the 1999 TV movie #AChristmasCarol, which starred Patrick Stewart as Ebeneezer Scrooge. She’ll also be remembered as the bizarre cook Letitia Cropley in the British comedy #TheVicarOfDibley and for many other works.

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George Michael (Jun. 25, 1963 – Dec. 25, 2016)

The world-renowned singer George Michael is included here because his music was a favorite of the character Deadpool & used in the #Deadpool movie.

 

Carrie Fisher (Oct. 21, 1956 – Dec. 27, 2016)

The legendary actress Carrie Fisher portrayed the pivotal #StarWars character Princess Leia Organa in the original trilogy, then reprised the role in “#StarWarsVII: #TheForceAwakens”. She had completed filming for the next installment, #StarWarsVIII, which won’t be released in theaters until Dec., 2017.

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Debbie Reynolds (Apr. 1, 1932 – Dec. 28, 2016)

The mother of Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds was a well-known actress who was too overcome with grief over the death of her daughter the day before.

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