Tag: science fiction

Outstanding Behind-the-Scenes Production Images from Star Wars

Outstanding Behind-the-Scenes Production Images from Star Wars

Movies
I love behind the scenes movie stuff, particularly anything to do with the classic Star Wars trilogy. So imagine my joy when I stumbled upon this great crop of images taken during the filming of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. Most of these images are instantly identifiable, while a few will test your love of a galaxy far, far away. Click on any image for the full-size version.
Dig This Collection of Star Wars Masks and Helmets

Dig This Collection of Star Wars Masks and Helmets

Auction Finds, Movies
Once more from the farthest reaches of the internet, I bring you cool Star Wars stuff. This time, it's a gallery Star Wars masks and helmets used in the original trilogy. Most of these closeup pictures were taken within the last few years or so, so you have to expect some visible wear and tear. Still, they're fascinating documents that went into the magic of the first three films. Up first is a snowtrooper helmet from The Empire Strikes Back. Bet you never knew they had green eyepieces! Also from The Empire Strikes Back, here's an original Ugnaught foam latex mask. You remember the Ugnaughts as the little pig people who worked in Cloud City and helped prep the carbonite machine for Han Solo. Here are three different angles of a regular ol' Stormtrooper helmet, worn during ...
Coming Soon to Saturday Serials — King of the Rocket Men!

Coming Soon to Saturday Serials — King of the Rocket Men!

Movies
I hadn't intended to take a seven-month break from my Saturday Serials posts, but that's just the way it happens sometimes. But inspiration has struck and so very soon I'll be bringing another classic movie serial your way. This one was released eight years after the Batman serial I brought you last summer. It's King of the Rocket Men, released in the summer of 1949 by Republic Pictures. It stars Tristram Coffin as Jeff King, aka Rocket Man. It also co-stars Mae Clarke as Glenda Thomas. Check out the pair from this period publicity still: So as you can see, ray guns and jet packs will be the order of the day with King of the Rocket Men. Join me here soon to get started on the action, won't you? And in the meantime, you can catch up on all the chapters of the 1943 Batman serial here.
These 1980s Star Trek Illustrations Are My Favorite Things Ever

These 1980s Star Trek Illustrations Are My Favorite Things Ever

Funny Stuff, Internet
Sometimes, my friends, fate smiles upon you. Such was the case for me recently when I stumbled upon a series of 1980s Star Trek illustrations in chalk pastel, some of which I will now share with you. Credit for these goes to artist Doug Little, who apparently produced these for commemorative posters around the time of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Enough chit chat, let's boldly go. By the way, I've saved the best for last. Awww. Posing for the sweetest prom photo I've ever seen are Dr. McCoy and the salt creature from the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Man Trap." Yes, this is Khan and Gonzo. And Gonzo is holding a yo-yo that actually says, "Khan Is a Yo-Yo." Let that seep for a few minutes. Of course! All we had to do to figure out what was on the mi...
Four Hilarious Star Wars Photos from The Empire Strikes Back

Four Hilarious Star Wars Photos from The Empire Strikes Back

Movies
I know at least one or two of these gag shots taken during the filming of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back have been floating around the internet for awhile, but some of them are new to me. These photos feature Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) hamming it up in poses both playful and, um, provocative.
20 Great Sci-Fi Movie Posters from the 1950s

20 Great Sci-Fi Movie Posters from the 1950s

Ephemera, Featured Posts, Movies
So many of you have enjoyed my gallery of great horror movie posters from the '80s, I thought I'd try on some posters from the golden age of science fiction (the 1950s) for size. Enjoy, and keep watching the skies! #1 The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 #2 Attack of the 50 Foot Woman 1958 #3 The Astounding She-Monster 1957 #4 Them! 1954 #5 The Atomic Man (U.K.: Timeslip) 1955 (more…)
GFS Home Movies — Halloween III: Season of the Witch

GFS Home Movies — Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Movies
To understand just how large a failure Halloween III: Season of the Witch was, first consider the premise. An evil scientist/company owner seeks to use a vaguely mystical and ancient pagan technology to kill millions of children wearing Halloween masks. Now say that out loud. Sounds awful, doesn't it? And yet this was the story that John Carpenter and Debra Hill ostensibly signed off on for the third installment in Carpenter's legendary Halloween horror series. Look, bonus points to Carpenter and Hill for boldly moving away from what was already becoming a tired genre -- the slasher film. It's hard to imagine now, but their 1978 original was just that -- original. And the sequel, while not nearly as groundbreaking, was almost as good. But by 1982 it was already clear that Hollywood stud
Fall TV Preview Madness! (CBS, 1966)

Fall TV Preview Madness! (CBS, 1966)

TV & Radio
In Fall TV Preview Madness, I present a network television schedule preview special from the distant past. We see the good, bad, and ugly for a network's entire upcoming fall slate. I’m counting down the days until the Fall 2012 television season gets underway the only way I know how — by bringing you network promos for TV seasons long gone. Today’s preview is for CBS’s 1966 Fall TV season. Your host for this preview is Garry Moore, a long-time fixture on The Eye. You'll see stars this fall on CBS! (* denotes new series.) Sunday 7pm -- Lassie (1954 - 1971) 7:30pm* -- It's About Time (Starring Frank Aletta, Jack Mullaney, and Imogene Coca; ended after 26 episodes.) 8pm -- The Ed Sullivan Show (1948 - 1971) 9pm* -- The Garry Moore Show (Ended after 19 episodes.) 10pm