Monday, April 29, 2013

The Best Super Bowl Commercial 2013


Here are this year's (thus far) best commercials. I think that the last one got banned…and ones you've watched all of these commercials let’s see if you remember what they are about?
 
 
 

Sci-Fi Air Show


Here is something different for all the science fiction fans. For more information follow link: http://www.scifiairshow.com/
 
 

Friday, April 26, 2013

NASTRAGULL – VENDORS


Here is an up-dated list of vendors that have my book for sale. Several other stores in Sweden also have the book available.

The Science Fiction Book Store

Science Fiction Bokhandeln. (In Swedish) 

They have stores in Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö. This company have many different products; books, games movies etc. If you don’t live in Sweden but can’t find what you are looking for in your own region then you should definitely check out the Swedish Science Fiction Store.  

http://www.sfbok.se/asp/artikel.asp?VolumeID=124221

http://www.sfbok.se/  

Science Fiction Bokhandeln

Västerlånggatan 48, Stockholm
Postadress: Box 2300 103 17 Stockholm
E-mail: fragor@sfbok.se  Tel: 08/21 50 52


Göteborgsbutiken
Östra larmgatan 16, Göteborg
E-mail: goteborg@sfbok.se  Tel: 031/13 06 70


Malmöbutiken
Storgatan 41, Malmö
E-mail: malmo@sfbok.se  Tel: 040/23 05 20


Book Store – Ystad (Ystad Bokhandeln)

Book Store – Trelleborg (Trelleborg Bokhandeln)

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Starlog


Before the internet era the best resource for science fiction entertainment was more or less through magazines. The best one – in my opinion – was Starlog.
“Starlog has produced books, videos, science fiction conventions, trivia books, and more. It has also had a number of foreign editions, including in Japan, Germany, France, The UK, Brazil, and Australia.”
It was very difficult to find Starlog magazines in Sweden back in the 70’s and 80’s and whenever one did it was like Christmas. The articles about the behind the scene features were always my favourite and some of the ads…to my parents dismay…
Starlog was a monthly science-fiction film magazine published by Starlog Group Inc. The magazine was created by publishers Kerry O'Quinn and Norman Jacobs. O'Quinn was the magazine's editor while Jacobs ran the business side of things, dealing with typesetters, engravers and printers. They got their start in publishing creating a soap opera magazine. In the mid-1970s, O'Quinn and high school friend David Houston talked about creating a magazine that would cover science fiction films and television programs.
As of December 2008, the official website at Starlog.com had ceased to operate. In March 2009, Starlog became a sister site to Fangoria magazine's official site, with a new url tied to Fangoria. Simultaneously, production was halted on issue #375, May 2009. New content began to appear on the Starlog website on April 7, 2009, after the site returned to its original Starlog.com domain. The folding of the print edition was officially announced on April 8, with the unpublished issue promised in the near future as a web-only publication. However, the website has since shut down.” (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starlog)
 


 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Dealmakers - Entertainment

Dealmakers Will Target Entertainment Firms As Hunger For Content Grows: Forecast


“This will be a good year for content creators to put themselves on the block, researchers at PwC project today in a report about likely M&A activity in 2013. Corporate and private equity firms will be looking to bulk up on entertainment, driven in part by tech companies’ need for content that provides “a level of security on prospective cash flows,” the analysis says. Entertainment, media and communications companies “are ahead of the pack in pursuing deals, partnerships and joint ventures to address the accelerated pace of change in consumer behavior,” says PwC U.S. entertainment and media deals partner Bart Spiegel. “Media companies are investing in robust content-management systems and dynamic analytics to not only operate efficiently but also to take advantage of new opportunities.” Some buyers will want entertainment to serve growing overseas markets led by the so-called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). PwC’s bullish forecast follows a robust year for dealmakers: There were 40 film/content transactions last year with a collective value of $9B — including Disney’s $4.1B acquisition of Lucasfilm — the report says. That’s up from 2011, when the industry had 39 deals valued at $1.1B. Forecasters also expect to see additional deals in cable (with buyers attracted to systems’ broadband services), broadcasting (another way to secure distribution) and publishing (Time Warner and Tribune are preparing to sell assets).”  By DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor | Monday April 22, 2013

Planet of the Apes Part Two

The film “Rise of the Apes” from 2011 was never officially declared a remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. But it’s very similar. A great film and I hope to see more of them in this “new” saga.

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) 


Director: J. Lee Thompson
Writers: Paul Dehn, Pierre Boulle (characters)
 
Storyline
Cornelius and Zira's son Caesar leads apes to revolution in this installment of the apes saga. Dogs and cats have been wiped out by a plague and now apes are household pets that are treated like slaves. Caesar has the intelligence to fight this oppression. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068408/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
 
 
Rise of the Planets of the Apes (2011)
 
 

Director: Rupert Wyatt
Storyline
At the story's heart is Caesar (Andy Serkis), a chimpanzee who gains human-like intelligence and emotions from an experimental drug. Raised like a child by the drug's creator, Will Rodman (James Franco) and a primatologist Caroline Aranha (Freida Pinto), Caesar ultimately finds himself taken from the humans he loves and imprisoned in an ape sanctuary in San Bruno. Seeking justice for his fellow inmates, Caesar gives the fellow apes the same drug that he inherited. He then assembles a simian army and escapes the sanctuary - putting man and ape on a collision course that could change the planet forever. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1318514/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
 
 

Jeff Wayne - Comedian

There are many talented comedians around the world today and the best comedian that sticks out most is definitely Jeff Wayne. Just like Mel Brooks only Jeff Wayne can get away with some of the most outrages jokes. http://www.jeffbigdaddywayne.com/

 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Planet of the Apes


It was at my first science fiction/book convention in Copenhagen/Denmark back in 79-80 that I saw the Planet of the Apes for the first time. It’s one of the great experiences and memories that have followed me through my life.
Several films and a television show were produced and I don’t recall that any of them were ever aired on television or on the big screen back in the 80’s in Sweden. Needless to say that the entertainment and television wasn’t the best in my country back then…haven’t changed much since…
This film demonstrates how - genius - the production crew produced this film, creatively and especially with the make-up.
Many toys were made back then and new ones can be found today at most science-fiction and toys conventions.
 
 
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Writers: Michael Wilson (screenplay), Rod Serling

Storyline


Taylor and two other astronauts come out of deep hibernation to find that their ship has crashed. Escaping with little more than clothes they find that they have landed on a planet where men are pre-lingual and uncivilized while apes have learned speech and technology. Taylor is captured and taken to the city of the apes after damaging his throat so that he is silent and cannot communicate with the apes.
 
 
The first remake was released in 2001 and it was an entertaining movie with a lot of good special effects, however, overall it lacked the extra "edge" that the original movie had.
 
 
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Director: Tim Burton
 
Storyline
It is the year 2029: Astronaut Leo Davidson boards a pod cruiser on a Space Station for a "routine" reconnaissance mission. But an abrupt detour through a space time wormhole lands him on a strange planet where talking apes rule over the human race. With the help of a sympathetic chimpanzee activist named Ari and a small band of human rebels, Leo leads the effort to evade the advancing Gorilla Army led by General Thade and his most trusted warrior Attar. Now the race is on to reach a sacred temple within the planet's Forbidden Zone to discover the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the key to its future.
 
 

TOYS
 
 
 
 
 

 



Song for the Day - Harry Potter

For all the Harry Potter fans...


Viacom Appeals



By DOMINIC PATTEN | Thursday April 18, 2013

Even though it suffered the second loss in three years on the same multimillion-dollar copyright suit against YouTubeViacom today said it plans to appeal the latest ruling against it. “This ruling ignores the opinions of the higher courts and completely disregards the rights of creative artists. We continue to believe that a jury should
 
 
weigh the facts of this case and the overwhelming evidence that YouTube willfully infringed on our rights, and we intend to appeal the decision,” said the company in a statement after a U.S. District court judge in New York granted YouTube yet another favorable summary judgment today. “The Clerk shall enter judgment that defendants are protected by the safe-harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act from all of plaintiffs’ copyright infringement claims and accordingly dismissing the complaint, the costs and disbursements to defendants according to law,” Judge Louise Stanton wrote Thursday (read it here).

Even with plans to appeal, this second verse sounds a lot like the first. Viacom lost a previous summary judgment in the case back in July 2010 on the suit, which it instigated in 2007. Among its many provisions, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act offers legal protection from liability to an unwitting website from infringement that its users may perform. Almost two years later, the plaintiffs then got a second swing at the video-sharing website thanks to the Appeals Court in April of last year ruling that YouTube hadn’t adequately proven it was actually entitled to the protection of the DMCA. The Appeals Court also noted it believed that in fact YouTube did know its users were putting up Viacom-owned material on the site. Unfortunately for Viacom, the judge, who delivered a similar ruling back in 2010, thought the system worked just fine and that YouTube had done all it needs to do in this case. “In 2007 Viacom itself gave such notice to YouTube of infringements by some 100,000 videos, which were taken down by YouTube by the next business day. Thus, the burden of showing that YouTube knew or was aware of the specific infringements of the works in suit cannot be shifted to YouTube to disprove,” Stanton noted in the ruling.

Six years after Viacom and others first filed the suit the fact is nowadays YouTube is an important component in the promotion of any media company’s properties – including Viacom. Today’s ruling comes just over two weeks after YouTube asked the judge in court to toss the case. “Once Viacom’s flawed view of the law is rejected, the existing record establishes that YouTube is entitled to summary judgment on the applicability of the DMCA safe harbor with respect to all of Viacom’s clips-in-suit,” YouTube’s lawyers said on April 2. Viacom is represented by former Solicitor General Theodore Olson as well as his colleague Matthew McGilll of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Paul Smith, William Hohengarten, Scott Wilkens, Matthew Hellman and Susan J. Kohlmann of Jenner & Block are also working for the company as is Stuart J. Baskin of Shearman and Sterling. YouTube/Google is represented by Andrew H. Schapiro of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan as well as by David H. Kramer, Michael H. Rubin and Bart E. Volkmer of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and by A. John P. Mancini and Brian M. Willen of Mayer Brown.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/04/viacom-to-appeal-latest-youtube-copyright-infringement-suit-loss/
 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Russian Author


When I first heard about Nick Perumov and his books based on one of my favorite author, J.R.R. Tolkien’s - Lord of the Rings saga, I had my doubts. It’s a major on taking and I think Perumov did a great job with the first book (I haven’t read all of them because it’s difficult to find a translated version in English or Swedish.)

The first book: Эльфийский Клинок (Elven Blade) is well written with a great story and setting that takes place in middle earth about 300 years after the original story. Perumov’s author’s voice has been criticized some by others, but I think over all it’s moving on fine. If you are a “Ring-fan” I recommend this book.