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‘Starship Troopers,’ the Unlikely Cult Franchise: Would You Like to Know More?

‘Starship Troopers,’ the Unlikely Cult Franchise: Would You Like to Know More?
Depending on how cute you get with your math, there are no less than four separate universes focused upon Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. First, of course, came the original novel itself, then the 1997 blockbuster film by Paul Verhoeven. From there, things get a little dicier. There was Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles, an animated […]

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Ron Thornton, Star Trek visual effects legend, has died

Den Of Geek Nov 24, 2016

Ron Thornton – who worked on Bablyon 5, Star Trek, Spaceballs and more – has sadly passed away.

We have some sad news to pass: visual effects pioneer Ron Thornton has passed away after a lengthy battle with illness.

Thornton began his career working in special effects for Doctor Who and Blake’s 7, and went on to forge an impressive path through the world of visual effects. He worked on sixty-five episodes of Babylon 5 (through his company, Foundation Imaging), seven of Star Trek: Enterprise, and seventeen of Star Trek: Voyager (on which he co-created Species 8472 and worked on the famous crash landing scene from Timeless, which earned an Emmy nomination).

His visual effects prowess was also implemented on Star Trek: Nemesis, Starship Troopers: The Series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, the 2005 version of Captain Scarlet and the 2001 directors edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. He worked in models and miniatures,
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Phantasm: Ravager Photos Reveal the Tall Man, Reggie

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Phantasm: Ravager Photos Reveal the Tall Man, Reggie
Earlier this month, Well Go USA released a new poster for the highly-anticipated horror sequel, Phantasm: Ravager, which will bring the beloved franchise to a close when it hits theaters on October 7. Today we have new photos which give us a better look at The Tall Man, played by Angus Scrimm, along with Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) and Reggie (Reggie Banister). This film marks the final performance of Angus Scrimm, who passed away in January at the age of 89. He had already long completed his work on the film, which wrapped principal photography back in March 2014.

For 37 years, audiences have followed small town friends Reggie, Mike, and Jody in their quest to stop the evil, dimension-hopping schemes of The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm in his final performance) and his armada of killer Sentinel Spheres. Now, Don Coscarelli's acclaimed horror/sci-fi Phantasm franchise comes to a close in a truly epic finale,
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Phantasm: Ravager Poster Brings Back Reggie to the Franchise

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Phantasm: Ravager Poster Brings Back Reggie to the Franchise
As fans impatiently await the arrival of the final Phantasm film, Phantasm: Ravager, Well Go USA has debuted a brand new poster. This one-sheet teases the "final game" played by the iconic Tall Man, as fans get ready for the release in limited theaters on October 7. It isn't known how many theaters it will play in, but it will also be released on Digital HD that same day, along with Phantasm: Remastered, a high-definition remastered version of the original 1979 classic, that was overseen by director Don Coscarelli and J.J. Abrams.

Phantasm: Ravager is an all-new film that brings one of cinema's longest-running franchises (36 years!) without a reboot to a close, with Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) and Reggie (Reggie Banister) teaming up to confront the dimension-hopping Tall Man (Angus Scrimm, in his final role) once and for all.&#160Angus Scrimm passed away in January at the age of 89. He had
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The Tall Man Returns in 'Phantasm: Ravager' Trailer!

The Tall Man Returns in 'Phantasm: Ravager' Trailer!
It's been 16 long years since Phantasm IV: Oblivion debuted in 1998, with its cliffhanger ending that many worried might never be resolved. Today, we have some exciting news for Phantasm fans with the release of the first trailer and poster for Phantasm: Ravager, the final entry in this franchise starring Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister and A. Michael Baldwin. Take a look at the trailer and poster, then read on for more details about this sequel, which has been shot in secret for the past two years.

Filmmaker Don Coscarelli announced today that Phantasm: Ravager, the long-awaited fifth and final entry in his classic horror Phantasm series, has completed principal photography. The original Phantasm was a worldwide critical and box office smash, spawning a huge cult of fans around the world and three well received sequels.

For the first time in the franchise's history, a new director is helming the production,
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No Losing Hearts To These Starship Troopers: Reboot To Be Less Violent

People are always wary when it comes to remakes, so it seems a bit of a kick in the nether regions to hear that the Starship Troopers reboot will be less violent. It’s been a bit Paul Verhoeven Remake crazy around these parts lately with news on Robocop and Total Recall remakes coming thick and fast. Starship Troopers was based on a novel written by Robert A. Heinlein. The film would go on to spawn two direct-to-video sequels and also a cartoon series.

Speaking with ‘Empire’ magazine, producer of the upcoming Total Recall remake, Toby Jaffe, said the reboot would be less violent over budgetary concerns.

‘The more expensive a film is, the harder it is now to make it that violent. With [Total Recall] in particular, we made a conscious choice to keep it tonally closer to something like Minority Report. It gives the studio, and us as producers, the
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'Starship Troopers: Invasion' Trailer: One-Eyed Johnny Rico Just Can't Kill 'em All, Plus See Denise Richards' Carmen Animated

The first trailer for Starship Troopers: Invasion didn't do much but show off one of the various power suits used in the movie. This new teaser trailer, however, gives us a pretty decent idea of what director Shinji Aramaki is bringing to the world of space marines and arachnoids that Paul Verhoeven brought to life for the first time on the big screen 15 years ago. Unsurprisingly, Invasion doesn't look wildly different from Aramki's biggest film to date, the 2004 anime Appleseed, only a bit more industrial and a little less cartoony. Some fans may not like the aesthetic, but at least it's not quite as bubbly and stiff as Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles. Since the trailer doesn't give us a clear look at the story or the characters, we turn to the...

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Kline in Touchstone, Dis deals

Writer-producer Jeff Kline has inked a new two-year development deal with Touchstone TV and a separate pact with Walt Disney Television Animation. Kline, who co-created and executive produced last year's short-lived ABC/Touchstone drama That Was Then, has long straddled the worlds of live-action primetime series and animated fare for younger viewers. On the animation side, Kline has spent the past eight years based at Sony and Columbia TriStar TV, where he executive produced such Saturday-morning hits as Jackie Chan Adventures, Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles, Men in Black: The Series and HBO Family's adaptation of the classic Harold and the Purple Crayon.

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