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    Recorded on Sunday 26th June 2006 with SadGeezer, Newkate, Headgehog and Faldor.

    It was the week of fire! When Superman Returned, when a Rolling Stone played Jonnie’s dad. We found out that JMS nearly put his foot in it again and Futurama got a new future. This and more all rolled up in another science fiction video show – Welcome to SadCAST 5

    After the last riotous upload (SadCAST#3) we decided to concentrate on Sci Fi News this week..

    Superman Returns: A new direction:- In Superman Returns, the Man of Steel (Brandon Routh) returns to Earth from a mysterious five-year absence to discover that many things have changed. The changes will also play out in any sequels. To be released on – June 30th 2006 Initial previews are good. Donload preview at:
    See a review of the film here:

    Pirates of the Caribean: Rolling Stoned Stoner to play Depp’s dad!:- The next installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, is scheduled for release on July 7, along with original cast members Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Keira Knightley, as well as Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards as the father of Depp’s character.

    Piper Quits Doctor Who:- The BBC has confirmed that Billie Piper will be leaving Doctor Who at the end of season two currently airing in the UK. She’s played the Doctor’s traveling companion Rose Tyler since the beginning of the revived series, but will exit in the season two finale. Also: British tabloid The Sun is reporting from “insider” sources on who the next Doctor Who companion will be. Freema Agyeman, who appeared in the British series Casualty, The Bill, Silent Witness and Crossroads, will reportedly be in the last two episodes of the current series, and join full-time with the third series. She went to Middlesex University then studied at Radford University in Virginia.

    Billie Piper is currently filming the BBC’s adaptation of multi award-winning writer Philip Pullman’s The Ruby In The Smoke in which she plays the title role, Sally Lockhart.

    Dr Who doing well in the US:- SCI FI Channel is reporting that Doctor Who has boosted Friday ratings for the channel by 54% viewership over the same time last year. (Note that the regular SCI FI Friday lineup would have still been in reruns last year). No mention if they will pick up the second series for the fall break. The first series just completed last Friday. News from Sci Fi Storm:

    OR Maybe not! IGN reports probably no season 2! “sources tell IGNFF, Sci Fi Channel has already had a chance at the new series and passed after viewing some of the completed episodes. Some of the executives at the network found the series somewhat lacking and didn’t think it would fit into the network’s schedule, which already has a number of series, mini-series and films in development. ”

    JMS (John Michael Strasinsky of Babylon 5 fame) and Zabel wanted to re-boot Star Trek! :- Its a treatment by Bryce Zabel and JMS for a reboot of star trek submited to paramount in 2004, an interesting article to read. some interesting ideas in there with a mystery race and DNA coding but nothing we havent seen on TNG or B5. See the article at:

    Excerpt from the article: “Admittedly, it takes a lot of nerve to offer to resurrect the “Star Trek” franchise when nobody has asked you to do that, but that’s just what prolific writer/producer J. Michael Straczynski and I did back in 2004. We were working together on a network pitch for a limited series, “Cult”, and we started talking about the state of the Trek universe and, before we could stop ourselves, we’d banged out a 14-page treatment called “Star Trek: Re-Boot the Universe.” Actually though, Zabel and JMS didn’t get anywhere – the NEW Star Trek movie has gone to J.J. Abrams (Mission Impossible 3)From Variety Mag.”Paramount is breathing life into its “Star Trek” franchise by setting J.J. Abrams to produce and direct the 11th “Trek” feature, aiming for a 2008 release. Damon LindelofDamon Lindelof and Bryan Burk, Abrams’ producing team from “Lost,” also will produce the yet-to-be-titled feature. Project, to be penned by Abrams and “MI3” scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, will center on the early days of seminal “Trek” characters James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet Academy and first outer space mission.”

    Cars: Most popular film currently in the US:- Early numbers show that the latest Disney/Pixar venture, Cars, took in $60.1 million on the weekend, shaping up to be the third-best Disney/Pixar opening, beating out Monsters, Inc.. Last week’s winner, The Break Up, still managed $20.5 million, with X-Men: The Last Stand, $15.5M; The Omen, $15.45M; Over the Hedge, $10.3M.

    Locus awards for the best Sci Fi books :- The Locus Awards were presented at the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, Washington on 18th June 2006. The Awards are selected by the readers of Locus (probably the number 1 book magazine website) and could vote for any item published last year.
    1. Best Science Fiction Novel: Accelerando, by Charles Stross
    2. Best Fantasy Novel: Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman
    3. Best First Novel: Hammered/Scardown/Worldwired, by Elizabeth Bear
    4. Best Short Story: “Sunbird,” by Neil Gaiman
    5. Best Art Book: Spectrum 12: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy & Arnie Fenner, eds.

    Faldor did an excellent review of Starwrek, in the Pirkinning

    The Big news is that Futurama is back! Comedy Central have agreed to produce 13 more Futurama episodes slated for 2008 (this in addition to the 4 DVD movies which have already been agreed.

    SadCAST#5 is now available in iTunes or via the link in the right column on the home page. (Uplaoded to the server at 11.30pm GMT)

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