In the news…15-19 June 2009

It’s almost over for another week. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and you may be in an office for another five hours, but it can’t be all that bad when the weekend is just around the corner. Unless you work weekends, in which case, you have our condolences. But fear not! Veteran … Continued

1110330_57736617It’s almost over for another week. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and you may be in an office for another five hours, but it can’t be all that bad when the weekend is just around the corner. Unless you work weekends, in which case, you have our condolences.

But fear not! Veteran end-of-the-week pub trip survivor Michael O’Connor is here to keep you occupied midway through this minefield of a day, with a round-up of the week’s major headlines.

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itv1-primeval-season-3-rolling-gallery-episode-1-mar09-gallery-8-300x1911Primeval gets cancelled– A big hole in MCM Expo’s programming schedule is certainly going to be felt this year, now that the Hannah Spearritt career relauncher ITV science-fiction extravaganza Primeval has been cancelled. Did you know that they filmed here in Bournemouth once? That’s right, down on the beach. It’s the only thing that’s happened here for decades.

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captain_america-thumb-400x546-219x3001Captain America to live on – The Cap is back! Mind you, did anyone really doubt that he wouldn’t be? It was a pretty gutsy move by Marvel to kill off an enduring symbol of the American spirit, freedom, justice, liberty and all that jazz, but come on people. This is the world of comics! Nobody stays dead here, unless you’re a member of Section 8.

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timthumb1Watch 12 minutes of Virtuality– Ron ‘Battlestar’ Moore’s long-awaited science-fiction project, fresh from the spiked torture pit of the Fox boardroom, is finally being aired, and we get 12 minutes of lousily cut footage to watch. It’s not poor per se, just confusing, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau seems like he’s forgotten his prescription. Have a gander, see what you think.

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timthumb-1War Of The Words goes global – How’s this for good craic? SciFiNow has teamed up with the lovely ladies and gentlemen over at Tor to offer you lucky, lucky people the chance to get your own SF novel published. And I’m jealous, because I’m not eligible. The best part about it though is that we’ve bowed to criticisms of British imperialism, and opened it up worldwide. Happy now?

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indiana_jones_and_the_kingdom_of_the_crystal_skull_movie_image_harrison_ford__1_-279x3001Indy 5 on the way– Oh, let’s just ignore the jokes about lead-lined fridges and aliens, they’re vaguely depressing and done to death anyway. They’ve announced Indy 5, I couldn’t care less. In fact, I’d quite like to see them being chased by a large boulder myself. Either way, that’s it from me this week. Enjoy Guinness o’clock, and I’ll see you at the same time in seven days.