Rain Wilson, best known as Dwight Schrute on the NBC show 'The Office', has been cast in the role of Harry Mudd in the new Star Trek Discovery series.
The show's official Twitter feed announced the role: Casting News: #StarTrekDiscovery adds @rainnwilson to its roster as Harry Mudd, first seen in the original television series! pic.twitter.com/4Ov9DrFVM3
Since the series takes place in the Prime timeline (not the Kelvin timeline depicted in the recent movies), this is a re-casting from the role's original actor, Roger Carmel. Carmel played Harry Mudd in both the 1960's live-action, and well as the 70's animated series.
CBS has yet to announce an updated debut date for Star Trek:Discovery.
The Bradford Exchange company offers a number of unique Star Wars related merchandise, and this is their latest offering: a Yoda Lamp. Here's the website description:
Jedi Master Yoda Desk Lamp
Sculptural cold-cast bronze Yoda™ base with hand-applied finishes. Cloth shade with golden interior, Jedi Order Logo and Yoda's inspiring words.
Measures 22" H
You can buy it outright for $179.99, or break up payments in installments of around $44.
Here's the link: www.bradfordexchange.com
After a long battle with brain cancer, legendary artist Bernie Wrightson has passed away.
Bernie “Berni” Wrightson (born October 27, 1948, Baltimore, Maryland, USA) was an American artist known for his horror illustrations and comic books.
He received training in art from reading comics, particularly those of EC, as well as through a correspondence course from the Famous Artists School. In 1966, Wrightson began working for The Baltimore Sun newspaper as an illustrator. The following year, after meeting artist Frank Frazetta at a comic-book convention in New York City, he was inspired to produce his own stories. In 1968, he showed copies of his sequential art to DC Comics editor Dick Giordano and was given a freelance assignment. Wrightson began spelling his name “Berni” in his professional work to distinguish himself from an Olympic diver named Bernie Wrightson, but later restored the final E to his name.
His first professional comic work appeared in House of Mystery #179 in 1968. He continued to work on a variety of mystery and anthology titles for both DC and its principal rival, Marvel Comics. In 1971, with writer Len Wein, Wrightson co-created the muck creature Swamp Thing for DC. He also co-created Destiny, later to become famous in the work of Neil Gaiman. By 1974 he had left DC to work at Warren Publishing who were publishing black-and-white horror-comics magazines. There he produced a series of original work as well as adaptations of stories by H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. In 1975, Wrightson joined with fellow artists Jeff Jones, Michael Kaluta, and Barry Windsor-Smith to form “The Studio,” a shared loft in Manhattan where the group would pursue creative products outside the constraints of comic book commercialism. Though he continued to produce sequential art, Wrightson at this time began producing artwork for numerous posters, prints, calendars, and coloring books.
Wrightson spent seven years drawing approximately 50 detailed pen-and-ink illustrations to accompany an edition of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, which the artist considers among his most personal work. Wrightson drew the poster for the Stephen King-penned horror film Creepshow, as well as illustrating the comic book adaptation of the film. This led to several other collaborations with King, including illustrations for the novella “Cycle of the Werewolf,” the restored edition of King’s apocalyptic horror epic, “The Stand,” and art for the hardcover editions of “From a Buick 8” and “Dark Tower V.” Wrightson has contributed album covers for a number of bands, including Meat Loaf. The “Captain Sternn” segment of the animated film Heavy Metal is based on the character created by Wrightson for his award-winning short comic series of the same name. Characters he worked on included Spiderman, Batman and The Punisher, and he provided painted covers for the DC comics Nevermore and Toe Tags, among many others. Recent works include Frankenstein Alive Alive, Dead She Said , the Ghoul and Doc Macabre (IDW Publishing) all co-created with esteemed horror author Steve Niles, and several print/poster/sketchbooks series produced by Nakatomi.
As a conceptual artist, Bernie worked on many movies, particularly in the horror genre: well-known films include Ghostbusters, The Faculty, Galaxy Quest, Spiderman, and George Romero’s Land of the Dead, and Frank Darabont’s Stephen King film The Mist.
Bernie lived in Austin, Texas with his wife Liz and two corgis – Mortimer and Maximillian. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John and Jeffrey, one stepson, Thomas Adamson, and countless friends and fans. A celebration of his life is planned for later this year.
Actor Bill Paxton died on February 25, 2017, from complications following heart surgery. He was 61. Paxton's 45+ film credits include Aliens (which earned him a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor), Terminator, Twister, and more.
His TV credits include the HBO series Big Love, Hatfields & Mccoys, and he had a brief run on ABC's Agents of SHIELD. He leaves a wife and two children.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Here's a link to the article: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-telescope-reveals-largest-batch-of-earth-size-habitable-zone-planets-around.
So maybe some day, we'll be traveling around the 'Verse' ala Firefly, in the Trappist-1 system. Shiny!
As reported at a panel last month at the Television Critics Association, FOX President of Entertainment David Madden suggested he’d be open to bringing the series 'Firefly' back on the condition that Joss Whedon himself was on board. That may sound like a sure thing to the ears of some fans, but Madden also noted that Whedon’s been busy with a film career in recent years, and Fillion threw water on the idea as recently as last year, saying that one season was “enough.”
Still, it's nice to know that Fox sees potential profit from bringing back the much-beloved Space Western. If Fox DOES bring back Firefly, perhaps it could be as a reboot, with a new crew and ship. Fans have made Indy films in this genre over the years, with mixed results, but it would be great to see the Firefly/Serenity universe on the screen again. In the meantime, Dark Horse is doing a pretty decent job with their Firefly comic series, and the 'Can't Stop the Serenity' fundraising campaign for Women's Rights continues.
Actor Richard Hatch, best know for his role as Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica series, died on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at the age of 71. That role earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a television series – drama. He portrayed a different character, Tom Zarek, in the 2003 reimagined series.
After beginning his career Off Broadway, Hatch’s acting career took off after landing a role on the soap opera “All My Children” in 1971. His additional TV credits include guest roles in a number of ’70s and ’80s favorites, including “CHiPs,” “Fantasy Island,” “Dynasty,” “Murder She Wrote,” “The Love Boat,” “T.J. Hooker,” “Baywatch,” and “MacGyver.” He also wrote five original “Battlestar” novels and became a popular fixture at Comic Book and sci-fi events for fans. The Sci Fi Journal crew interviewed him at RICC a few years ago, and he was most gracious and enthusiastic.
Actor Peter Capaldi is leaving the role of Dr. Who at the end of Season 10. Here's a link to the BBC story: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38805151
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