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August 2nd, 2010

J.J. Abrams and his production company Bad Robot recently announced that they would produce a movie version of Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel, Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett's 2009 graphic novel that follows the adventures of mankind's first robot.

Outlaw Productions' Deborah Newmyer, who brought Boilerplate to Bad Robot, will produce the project. Here's the description of the project from THR:

"Boilerplate" purports to tell the story of the world's first robot, who, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fought alongside Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia, journeyed to the South Pole and was involved in the silent movie business before disappearing on the battlefields of World War I.

Guinan initially wrote Boilerplate as a graphic novel, but the character eventually gained popularity on his own website, where the author would post images of the old timey 'bot digitally added into historical photos. Guinan told Comic Book Resources last year:

The graphic novel fell through, but I pursued the web site and started adding to it. It started getting attention[...] It started to get strange when I started to get letters from people who were involved in robotics or history and asking me for more information.



Dragon*Con - Sept. 3-6, Atlanta, GA

This is your one-month-out planning post for Dragon*Con!  (Here's a link to the first post.)  I'll repost one week before the 'con itself for final planning purposes.  I'll try to remember to also comment in the weekly meetup post with a link to this post, but others should feel free to do so as well as I'll probably forget about half the time ;)

New news!  TPTB are planning to try to break the Guinness world record for the most people dressed in Star Trek costumes -- info here!

Announced guests as of August 2 (subject to change, and Garrett is apparently working on some Super Sekrit Guest thing -- someone who's never been to 'con before...)
  • Rene Auberjonois
  • Robert Beltran
  • Avery Brooks
  • LeVar Burton
  • James Cawley
  • Denise Crosby
  • John DeLancie
  • Keith R.A. DeCandido (krad )
  • Michelle Forbes
  • Jonathan Frakes
  • J.G. Hertzler
  • Cheralyn Lambeth
  • Paul McGillion
  • Robert Duncan McNeil
  • Robert O'Reilly
  • Carlos Pedraza
  • Mark A. Sheppard
  • Josepha Sherman
  • Armin Shimerman
  • Marina Sirtis
  • Brent Spiner
  • Garrett Wang (also in his first year as TrekTrack director!)
Shenanigan ideas:
  • Photo shoot(s)
  • Meeting up to attend various Trek panels together
  • Return of the room party chez starlady42 (featuring Green-Blooded Hobgoblins)
  • ??? (ideas?!? post 'em!)
This will be my thirteenth year on Dragon*Con staff, so if you've never been (or even if you have) and you have questions, feel free to ask.  There's also the dragoncon  community if you're interested in other perspectives.  Also, if you're interested in being on staff (staffers work 25 hours in exchange for free entry [first-time staff also pay a much-reduced entry fee]), let me know -- I can't guarantee anything, but I can put you in touch with some folks.  Working the 'con is fun, if tiring, and you get to see everything from a unique angle. :)

Looking forward to seeing some of you there -- we had fun last year and hope you'll join us this year!

Is it too early to think of Christmas?

I was at the mall yesterday and noticed some awesome Hallmark ornaments including this one:

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It even plays that amazing fight music! My only gripe (other than the price which is around $35 CDN) is that the dirt doesn't seem to be very sparkly at all. :(

TrekMovie.com has info on some of the other ornaments Hallmark has including an Enterprise and Kirk.
Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto checks out the Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merchant of Venice in Central Park, New York City on Sunday (August 1). Also spotted at the show: Woody Harrelson, Mila Kunis, and Emma Stone.

Stripey McLegs indeed!Collapse )




This is the weekly post where members can plan meetups for movies, conventions, and misc events.

Just specify the city/country you're in and link to a post in your personal journal where your neighbors can plan the meetup with you. or else check out the list of communities dedicated to these meet-ups  under hereCollapse )

For upcoming Star Trek related conventions check here.


For those of you who were able to document your meetups, please post your pics and recaps here, or better yet link to a post in your own LJ so that the comment pages here don't break the internet.

Last week, lots of GQMF's had photos, videos and EPICNESS stories to share from the San Diego Comic Con, including KU, ZQ, JJ, Bruce Greenwood, Wil Wheaton, Levar Burton, Brett Spiner and William Shatner. Plus a lot of awesome Klingon street signs cosplayers. What?

Even if you didn't take any pictures, please feel free to recount the awesomeness of meeting with other GQMF's, any funny conversations or accidental meeting of other Star Trek geeks fans. lol

Do it!

Obviously, there will be some details of the script that may or may not be 'spoilers' but it also gives a better sense of what it's about.

From ScriptShadow:

Margin Call

Genre: Thriller
Premise: The 12 hours leading up to a corporate investment firm’s downfall.
About: Shooting in New York City right now, this film stars Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Demi Moore, and Stanley Tucci (talk about a cast!). Not much is known about the writer-director, JC Chandor, who, along with his producers, were able to secure funding for the film during the Cannes Film Festival. Before this, Chandor completed one short film and worked in the sound department on another. Welcome to what happens when you write a great script!
Writer: JC Chandor
Details: 92 pages – July 13, 2009 draft (This is an early draft of the script. The situations, characters, and plot may change significantly by the time of the film's release. This is not a definitive statement about the project, but rather an analysis of this unique draft as it pertains to the craft of screenwriting).

Quinto plays Peter

Full review from Script ShadowCollapse )

If you're interested in scripts for yet-to-be-released films, ScriptShadow is a cool blog to follow. Obviously, a movie is more than just its screenplay but it does show you what films have high potential.

FYI, if anyone wants a copy of the script, shoot me a message!

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