Source: C/Net.com Syd Mead, the visionary artist who worked on classic films such as Tron & Blade Runner, died on Monday, December 30, 2019, of complications due to lymphoma cancer. He was 86.
Mead’s art department credits include Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Aliens,Timecop, Mission: Impossible III, Elysium and Tomorrowland. He also appeared in numerous documentaries over the years.
Born on July 18, 1933, in Minneapolis, Mead did a stint in the Army former landing work as a designer for the likes of Ford Motor Co and Philips Electronics and later as a “futurist” for companies including Chrysler and Sony.
But he is most famous for his work as a concept artist on some of history’s most visually impressive films.After working with Robert Wise as a production illustrator on Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1978, Mead teamed up with Ridley Scott on Blade Runner, with Steven Lisberger on his designs for the light cycles in Tron, and with James Cameron on his creative concepts for the U.S.S. Sulaco in Aliens. His work was featured in such films as 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Short Circuit and Mission to Mars. He also supplied designs for the Japanese anime films Yamato 2520 and Turn A.
He won the 2016 Visionary Award from the Visual Effects Society and the 2018 Art Directors Guild Award for fantasy film for Blade Runner 2049. He also was nominated in that ADG Awards category for Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium in 2013.
In 2018, Mead published his autobiography, A Future Remembered.
Mead is survived by a sister and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are pending for a private “Celebration of Life” service at Forest Lawn in Glendale.
The Rhode Island Science Fiction Club Holiday Party this year is a Harry Potter themed potluck party, so bring any dishes either British inspired or Potter inspired, and a beverage. The party will be December 14, 2019, 6 to 10 PM, in the downstairs meeting room in Fr. Lawless Hall behind St. Benedict's Church, accessible via Transit St off of Beach Ave or West Shore Rd.
We'll also do a "Sneaky Slytherin" Gift Exchange for those who wish to participate. You can bring a new, wrapped, sci-fi/fantasy related gift up to $10 in value. They DO NOT have to be Harry Potter themed, (but some members would not be against that, either). We'll have more fun activities too.
Please bring a non-perishable food item for the church pantry as a way of paying it forward to those in need. RSVP to email@example.com if attending.
Here are some links for ideas for Harry Potter related dishes.
Source: Scoop magazine
Two months after the premiere of its second season, DC Universe has announced a season 3 for the superhero series.
The show’s second season kicked off with Dick Grayson reviving the team – Gar/Beast Boy, Rachel/Raven, and Jason Todd/Robin – and moving them to San Francisco. The Titans’ resurrection also brought Slade Wilson/Deathstroke out of retirement with one goal – destroying the team.
New episodes of Titans are available every Friday on DC Universe. The third season is expected to debut in fall 2020.
HBO has ordered a 10 episode season of a new series, 'House of the Dragon.' This Game of Thrones prequel takes place 300 years before the original series, and will focus on “the beginning of the end for House Targaryen.”
‘House of the Dragon’ was co-created by Martin and Ryan J. Condal (‘Colony’), based on a rejected spin-off proposal from ‘GoT’ producer Bryan Cogman. (He has since moved over to Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ series.) Martin’s book ‘Fire & Blood’ serves as the blueprint.
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