Paint, Pen, and Pixel Call for Art

Christopher J Garcia and Steven H Silver have announced a new fanzine, Paint, Pen, and Pixel to showcase the excellent artwork done by fan artists. They are asking for fan artists to send us a piece of original, unpublished artwork to be included, along with contact information. The fanzine will be in an electronic format and either horizontal or vertical artwork is welcome. The submission deadline is February 15 with the goal of publishing the fanzine on March 1.

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7 Days of Chicon Sale

Chicon 7 has announced a 7 Days of Chicon sale to run from December 20 to 26 inclusive. During this time, full adult attending memberships will be discounted $15 to $180 and Young Adult Memberships will be discounted $10 to $90. Family memberships will also be discounted during this time. Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, will be held in Chicago from August 30 – September 3, 2012.

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Obituary: Eduardo Barreto

Comic artist Eduardo Barreto (b.1954) died on December 15. Barreto, from Uruguay, worked on titles including Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, The New Teen Titans, and his last work, DC Retroactive The 70’s: Superman, published earlier this year. Also in 2011, Barreto became the artist for the Sunday The Phantom comic strip.

Obituary: Joe Simon

Comic author Joe Simon (b.1913) died on December 14. Simon co-created Captain America along with Jack Kirby. The two men created numerous characters in the 1940s and helped pioneer both the romance and horror comics fields. Simon was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1999.

Golden Globe Nominees

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the nominees for the Golden Globe Awards Awards. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Best Picture: Drama

  • The Descendants
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • The Ides of March
  • Moneyball
  • War Horse

Best Picture: Comedy or Musical

  • 50/50
  • The Artist
  • Bridesmaids
  • Midnight in Paris
  • My Week With Marilyn

Best Director

  • Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris
  • George Clooney The Ides of March
  • Michel Hazanavicius The Artist
  • Alexander Payne The Descendants
  • Martin Scorsese Hugo

Best Actor: Comedy or Musical

  • Jean Dujardin in The Artist
  • Brendan Gleeson in The Guard
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 50/50
  • Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris

Best Animated Film

  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Cars 2
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango

Best Screenplay

  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • The Ides of March
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball

Best Supporting Actor, TV Series, Mini-Series, or Movie

  • Peter Dinklange in Game of Thrones
  • Paul Giamatti in Too Big to Fail
  • Guy Pearce in Mildred Pierce
  • Tim Robbins in Cinema Verite
  • Eric Stonestreet in Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress, TV Series, Mini-Series, or Movie

  • Jessica Lange in American Horror Story
  • Kelly Macdonald in Boardwalk Empire
  • Maggie Smith in Downtown Abbey (Masterpiece)
  • Sofia Vergara in Modern Family
  • Evan Rachel Wood in Mildred Pierce

Best Actor, TV Comedy

  • Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock
  • David Duchovny in Californication
  • Johnny Galecki in The Big Bang Theory
  • Thomas Jane in Hung
  • Matt LeBlanc in Episodes

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SAG Award Nominations

The Screen Actor’s Guild has announced the nominees for the SAG Awards. Science fiction and fantasy have been mostly overlooked this year, but categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

  • The Artist
  • Bridesmaids
  • The Descendants
  • Midnight in Paris
  • The Help

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

  • Kathy Bates in Harry’s Law
  • Glenn Close in Damages
  • Jessica Lange in American Horror Story
  • Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife
  • Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • Breaking Bad
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Dexter
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Wife

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • 30 Rock
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Glee
  • Modern Family
  • The Office

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Critics Choice Nominations Announced

The Critics Choice Award nominations have been announced. The awards, which have been given out for sixteen years, will be presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association on January 12.

Best Picture

  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • Drive
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball
  • The Tree of Life
  • War Horse

Best Supporting Actor

  • Kenneth Branagh in My Week With Marilyn
  • Albert Brooks in Drive
  • Nick Nolte in Warrior
  • Patton Oswalt in Young Adult
  • Christopher Plummer in Beginners
  • Andrew Serkis in Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Best Young Actor/Actress

  • Asa Butterfield in Hugo
  • Elle Fanning in Super 8
  • Thomas Horn in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • Ezra Miller in We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Saoirse Ronan in Hanna
  • Shailene Woodley in The Descendants

Best Director

  • Stephen Daldry for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
  • Alexander Payne for The Descendants
  • Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive
  • Martin Scorsese for Hugo
  • Steven Spielberg for War Horse

Best Original Screenplay

  • The Artist, written by Michel Hazanavicius
  • 50/50, written by Will Reiser
  • Midnight in Paris, written by Woody Allen
  • Win Win, Screenplay by Tom McCarthy, Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni
  • Young Adult, written by Diablo Cody

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • The Descendants, written by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, written by Eric Roth
  • The Help, written by Tate Taylor
  • Hugo, written by John Logan
  • Moneyball, written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin

Best Art Direction

  • The Artist, Production Designer: Laurence Bennett, Art Director: Gregory S. Hooper
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Production Designer: Stuart Craig, Set Decorator: Stephenie McMillan
  • Hugo, Production Designer: Dante Ferretti, Set Decorator: Francesca Lo Schiavo
  • The Tree of Life, Production Designer: Jack Fisk, Art Director: David Crank
  • War Horse, Production Designer: Rick Carter, Set Decorator: Lee Sandales

Best Cinematography

  • The Artist, Guillaume Schiffman
  • Drive, Newton Thomas Sigel
  • Hugo, Robert Richardson
  • The Tree of Life, Emmanuel Lubezki
  • War Horse, Janusz Kaminski

Best Costume Design

  • The Artist, Mark Bridges
  • The Help, Sharen Davis
  • Hugo, Sandy Powell
  • Jane Eyre, Michael O’Connor
  • My Week With Marilyn, Jill Taylor

Best Editing

  • The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius and Anne-Sophie Bion
  • Drive, Matthew Newman
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
  • Hugo, Thelma Schoonmaker
  • War Horse, Michael Kahn

Best Makeup

  • Albert Nobbs
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • The Iron Lady
  • J. Edgar
  • My Week With Marilyn

Best Song

  • “Hello Hello,” performed by Elton John and Lady Gaga/written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, from Gnomeo & Juliet
  • “Life’s a Happy Song,” performed by Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie, from The Muppets
  • “The Living Proof,” performed by Mary J. Blige/written by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman and Harvey Mason, Jr. from The Help
  • “Man or Muppet,” performed by Jason Segel and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie, from The Muppets
  • “Pictures in My Head,” performed by Kermit and the Muppets/written by Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis and Chen Neeman, from The Muppets

Best Score

  • The Artist, by Ludovic Bource
  • Drive, by Cliff Martinez
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
  • Hugo, by Howard Shore
  • War Horse, by John Williams

Best Sound

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Hugo
  • Super 8
  • The Tree of Life
  • War Horse

Best Visual Effects

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Hugo
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Super 8
  • The Tree of Life

Best Animated Feature

  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango

Best Action Movie

  • Drive
  • Fast Five
  • Hanna
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Super 8

Best Comedy

  • Bridesmaids
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • Horrible Bosses
  • Midnight in Paris
  • The Muppets

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Obituary: Gianluca Casseri

Italian author Gianluca Casseri (b.1961) killed himself on December 14 after murdering two Senegalese immigrants to Italy and wounding three others. His shooting spree led to a march by the Florentine Senegalese community. Casseri wrote the fantasy novel The Key of Chaos. He also wrote an academic paper about Dracula folklore and was the editor of a magazine about fantasy and horror fiction and comics.

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Obituary: Thomas J. Bassler

Author Thomas J. Bassler (b.1932), who wrote science fiction as T. J. Bass died on December 13. Bass’s two novels, Half Past Human and The Godwhale were both nominated for the Nebula Award. In addition, Bass published a handful of short stories. A doctor, Bassler was an early proponent of the use of Marathon-running for health purposes.

Obituary: Russell Hoban

Author Russell Hoban (b.1925) died on December 13. Hoban’s novel Riddley Walker won the John W. Campbell, Jr. Award and the Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award, it was also nominated for the Nebula Award. His novels covered a range of genres, including science fiction, historical fiction, magic realism, and fantasy.