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October 21, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
It's not exactly almost time for "Almost Human. " Fox has pushed back the premiere date for the sci-fi drama. The futuristic series, created by J.H. Wyman ("Fringe") and featuring TV and film power player J.J. Abrams as an executive producer, was originally scheduled to launch Nov. 4. But things have since been reset. The network is now making a two-night event out of the drama's premiere on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 17 and 18, to, as the network says, take advantage of the NFL doubleheader lead-in that Sunday - its premiere will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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April 17, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Though its plot and premise are pure science fiction, "Transcendence" goes pleasingly against the genre grain. A story of the possible perils and pleasures of artificial intelligence that stars Johnny Depp, "Transcendence's" ideas are at least as involving as its images, if not more so. And as written by Jack Paglen and directed by Wally Pfister, this film is intent on not limiting itself to simplistic questions of pure good and evil. As "Transcendence's" narrative of the battle between pro and anti-technology forces unfolds, justice is done to the complicated factors at play here.
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August 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The Sci Fi Channel has pulled the plug on "Stargate SG-1," but there still might be life ahead for the series. Sci Fi said it would not order further episodes of the show, now in its 10th season. The cable channel, however, has booked a fourth season of "Stargate: Atlantis," a spinoff that premiered in 2004. The final 10 episodes of "Stargate SG-1," which logged its 200th episode Friday, will air next year on Sci Fi. MGM, which produces the show, is hoping to dock it on another channel.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Shortly before he began shooting his new artificial-intelligence thriller "Transcendence" last year, filmmaker Wally Pfister flew Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz, a pair of UC Berkeley scientists, to his office in Los Angeles. Professional consultants are common on Hollywood movies, but they're not usually this advanced - Carmena studies neuroscience and Maharbiz is a nanotechnology specialist - and even fewer go deep into the weeds with directors. For ‎10 hours, the men pored over the script with the intensity of lab researchers on the verge of a major discovery.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2003 | By a Times Staff Writer
Vivendi Universal's Sci Fi Channel will pull movies starring actor Arnold Schwarzenegger until after his Oct. 7 bid to become California's next governor, the channel said Thursday. Sci Fi's move comes one day after FX, owned by News Corp., decided to take Schwarzenegger movies off the air until after the election, and as other cable channels mulled over whether they should follow suit.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2004 | Jonathan Taylor, Times Staff Writer
With his new film "The Village" coming out, filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan and the Sci Fi Channel may have hoped to create the type of unconventional marketing stunts that made "The Blair Witch Project" a phenomenon five years ago. Instead, the cable network has been forced to admit that the "unauthorized documentary" it aired Sunday night on Shyamalan's "buried secret" was part of an elaborate hoax gone awry.
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August 2, 2008 | Choire Sicha, Special to The Times
Like a grandparent's birthday, the Sci Fi Channel's fourth season finale for "Doctor Who" reeled back in its children. Characters from the cult hit show's two BBC spinoffs, "Torchwood" and "The Sarah Jane Adventures," pitched in to help the Doctor (well, two-and-a-half Doctors, really! Long story!) save the whole universe from certain doom.
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December 7, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Boucher is a Times staff writer.
The end is in sight for "Battlestar Galactica" and the beleaguered humans of the 12 Twelve Colonies aren't the only ones fretting about their survival -- there are also the executives at Sci Fi, the cable channel that has ridden "Galactica" as its esteemed flagship, who will now have to carry on without her. The final 10 episodes of "Battlestar" begin Jan.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2007 | Denise Martin, Special to The Times
For a while, things looked iffy for "Battlestar Galactica." After the Sci Fi Channel last month moved the third-season drama about a human resistance movement against an occupying race of robots from Friday nights to Sunday nights in an attempt to goose ratings, viewership remained stagnant. The network has ruled, however, that the show won't live by numbers alone: The Sci Fi Channel is expected to announce today that it has renewed the series for a fourth season.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Can two alien cultures coexist in one writers room? Sci Fi is entering a brave new world by teaming television writers with video-game designers to create a franchise that is both a television series and a massive multiplayer game on the Internet -- more than that, the fans who play the game will actually help shape the show's story arc with their virtual exploits.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
To truly get "Under the Skin," it's helpful to come in with no preconceptions, no expectations, and just give yourself over to the primal ooze of the experience filmmaker Jonathan Glazer has created and Scarlett Johansson has made brilliantly, unnervingly real. Watching this film feels like a genesis moment - of sci-fi fable, of filmmaking, of performance - with all the ambiguity and excitement that implies. It's as if director and star have gone into some alien space to discover what embodies a person, exposing the interior dynamic of psyche and soul and its relationship to the exterior.
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March 27, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"The Matrix" creators Andy and Lana Wachowski have a new chosen one: Mila Kunis, star of the upcoming sci-fi spectacle "Jupiter Ascending. " The latest trailer for the movie, which you can watch above, introduces Kunis' character, Jupiter Jones, who like Keanu Reeves' Neo in "The Matrix" trilogy is an ordinary person who gets caught up in a battle for the fate of humanity. Though Jupiter toils her days away cleaning other people's houses, her genetic signature in fact marks her as intergalactic royalty.
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February 13, 2014 | By Elizabeth Hand
Marcel Theroux takes identity theft to a new level in "Strange Bodies," a literary science fiction novel as entertaining as it is thought-provoking and disturbing. The author of four previous novels, Theroux was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the U.K.'s Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction for his last book, the dystopian western "Far North," demonstrating his skill at reaching mainstream and genre audiences alike. "Strange Bodies" has a marvelously audacious hook - a contemporary reimagining of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," with one of the titans of English literature standing in for the monster.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
After an atomic apocalypse, only 10 people out of a group of 21 can live in a specially outfitted bunker for a year, at which point they will restart civilization as we know it. Which 10 would you pick - and why? This is the set-up of "After the Dark," an unusually creative and ambitious film of ideas that offers so much more than its forgettable title and sensationalized publicity may imply. Impressively written and directed by John Huddles, this existential sci-fi thriller follows a so-called thought experiment in which one Mr. Zimit (James D'Arcy)
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January 10, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
If you're suffering Hollywood career doubts and need a little advice, there are worse people you could turn to than Christopher Nolan. That's the situation Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister found himself in several years ago when he debated making the high-concept science-fiction film "Transcendence" his directorial debut. Pfister had shot all but one of Nolan's movies and had worked closely with the helmer on his superhero tentpoles. But Pfister wasn't convinced that this script, with its big ideas and action pieces and a budget that would eventually approach $100 million, was the right fit for him. "I told Chris, 'I think it's a good project.
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December 25, 2013 | By Chris Lee
In "47 Ronin," Keanu Reeves portrays the leader of a band of ronin - masterless samurai in 18th-century Japan who must suffer the indignity of having no one to lead them in battle. Turns out that plot line provides an apt metaphor for the period 3-D sci-fi epic's problem-plagued odyssey to the screen. "47 Ronin" arrived in theaters Christmas Day as one of the most troubled movie productions in recent memory, as well as one of 2013's most spectacular flops-in-the-making. According to pre-release awareness surveys, the revenge thriller, which cost at least $175 million to produce, is on track to earn around $20 million in its opening five days.
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October 17, 2004 | Kate O'Hare, Special to The Times
"We made this thing called ... hang on," executive producer and writer David Kemper says. "I always get it wrong. 'Fire Escape?' It stars Benji something." In case you can't guess from Kemper's attitude, the mood is pretty easygoing among the cast and crew of "Farscape" (he was close), the outer-space saga that was supposed to be dead.
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April 29, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Though "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" has been off the air for seven years, Emma Caulfield is still pursued by fans of the sci-fi-horror series, in which she played the role of the former vengeance demon Anya. "It's crazy," says the 37-year-old actress. "The fans are very awesome. But they never really refer to me by my name — ever. I had a fan come up to me once and said they had just had a baby and named their daughter after me. I said, ‘Oh God, that's sweet. It's a good name.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
That old space-time conundrum - can we change the past or future without unforeseen consequences in the present? - receives an effective workout in "11 A.M. " The countdown thriller, with its undersea laboratory, wormholes, artificial black holes and a time machine named Trotsky, won't alter the fabric of sci-fi storytelling, but as South Korea's first time-travel movie, it's a winning gambit. Director Kim Hyun-seok, who until now has worked chiefly in romantic comedy, deploys visual effects and low-key performances in an efficiently told, character-driven exploration of immortality, hubris and human folly.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
AMC is looking to the past and the future in the hopes of finding its next "Walking Dead" or "Breaking Bad. " The network announced on Monday it was ordering two new pilots: "Knifeman," set in 18th century London and "Galyntine," set in a post-apocalyptic future. "Knifeman," written by "Friday Night Lights" writers Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, follows the exploits of hard-living London doctor John Tattersal, who runs a surgical practice on the sly out of his home and isn't above a little grave-robbing to harvest organs for extra cash.
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