Keanu stars in "Day Earth Stood Still" remake, sadly

August 30, 2007

In 1951, when Michael Rennie embodied the alien Klaatu in Robert Wise’s The Day the Earth Stood Still he brought sensitivity and nuance to the role of a herald trying to understand humanity’s better nature, while delivering a warning to governments not to take their appetite for war into space, or else face Earth’s destruction from otherworldly forces.

Born out of the aftermath of atomic bombs dropped on Japan to end World War II and the start of the Cold War, the film stands as an iconic and prophetic protest against violence, politics, technology for the sake of waging war, and possible global annihilation over petty ideological conflicts. It is a message film whose message is still relevant today. Day is widely recognized one of the greatest science fiction films of all time, if not THE best (box office withstanding).

This week Twentieth Century Fox announced its plans to go The Invasion route and inflict another unnecessary and inferior update on moviegoers. For their remake of Day they have elected to totally miscast Keanu Reeves in the role of Klaatu, an actor capable of delivering as much depth and subtlety as IKEA furniture and who best sums up emotion with a dazed telegraphed “Whoa!” Perhaps Fox thinks classic means “not-franchisable-if-it’s-not-in-color.”

Let’s us hope the studio hires a director gifted enough to overcome the limitations of its leading man, or at least the sense to convert Keanu’s footage to CGI and animate over him. It could be that Fox is taking its cue from “Transformers,” sinking the budget into special effects and betting that a really cool CGI robot Gort will be the true star.

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August 19, 2007

This is one of the first designs for a poster. It is still available in the imaginedworlds shop for purchase on mugs, postcards, and a framed wall poster.

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Sci-Fi On-Demand Channel ‘Illusion’ Launches in October

August 18, 2007

Illusion On-Demand, the first and only dedicated science fiction and fantasy on-demand channel is launching nation-wide this October.

Illusion On-Demand say in a press release this week that the channel will offer a wide variety of programming which includes live-action premieres, award-winning films, anime and news, Illusion wants to define the new face of Sci-Fi culture.

Launching with a library of over 300 programming hours, Illusion is confident that Sci-Fi lovers will find a new top destination on their VOD lineup.

Now and Then, Here and There
Included in Illusion’s initial lineup fans will find the acclaimed anime series “Now and Then, Here and There”, VOD premieres of several BBC series including “Strange”, a monthly selection of camp in the form of the “Troma Creature Feature” and the original roundtable discussion series “Analog: The Science of Fiction” moderated by editors of the renowned Analog: Science Fiction and Fact magazine. Also included in the initial lineup will be award-winning features, shorts, mini-series and the first shows on television dedicated comic book news and interviews.

Dekker Dreyer, president of Illusion, explains what makes Illusion On-Demand unique, “When my partners and I imagined an all sci-fi /fantasy VOD network we really had to work backwards. We decided that our programming needed to have a good mix of premieres, exciting movies, but all the while celebrating the classics. The sci-fi audience is very smart, and my partners and I have taken great care to program a diverse lineup that fans will really enjoy.”

Illusion’s respect for the fans and the people that made the genre great can be seen in the special events they’ve been a part of as they’ve built up to the coming Fall launch; events such as their recent tie-in with Hero Initiative and The CGC which brought fans together with industry legend Stan Lee on an Illusion-sponsored yacht during San Diego Comic Con. The event benefitted comic creators in need.

For the latest news about Illusion visit the official website, An upgraded site with Illusion’s lineup and web exclusives will be launching in early September.

Illusion will be launching free to the consumer in millions of homes via carriers like Verizon Fios on October 1st, 2007. Call your local cable operator to find out if Illusion will be available in your area.


August 14, 2007

Jay Carvajal started out writing screenplays over ten years ago and continues to do so today. He is a lifelong comic book reader and is currently adapting several of his screenplays into comic book format.

His company, Cinemacomics, publishes quality comic books with a cinematic feel to them. The stories are self contained and run for as many issues as needed to tell the tale. Jay collaborates with truly talented artists and his several titles are accomplished with style, originality and great passion for the graphic medium.

“A sequel will always be a possibility if there is fan interest and a story to be told that will be as entertaining as the first,” says Jay.

During the coming years, Westerns, Sci-fi, and everything in between will be published at Cinemacomics and all will have a beginning, middle, and an end to each story.


August 13, 2007

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