Peter Jackson has announced that his film adaptation of The Hobbit will be a trilogy. Jackson had hinted at the possibility earlier in July at the International Comic Con, but only officially announced his decision on his Facebook page today. Although it is unclear how he will stretch the film to three features, he has been very clear about incorporating ideas from Tolkien’s appendices into the story of The Hobbit. The three films will be released in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
The Saturn Awards for science fiction and film were presented on July 26 by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films. The Academy was founded in 1972.
- Best Science Fiction Film: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
- Best Fantasy Film: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2
- Best Horror/Thriller Film: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
- Best Action/Adventure Film: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
- Best Actor: Michael Shannon for Take Shelter
- Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst for Melancholia
- Best Supporting Actor: Andy Serkis for Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
- Best Supporting Actress: Emily Blunt for The Adjustment Bureau
- Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Joel Courtney for Super 8
- Best Director: J.J. Abrams for Super 8
- Best Writing: Jeff Nichols for Take Shelter
- Best Music: Michael Giacchino for Super 8
- Best Editor: Paul Hirsch for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
- Best Production Design: Dante Ferretti for Hugo
- Best Costume: Alexandra Byrne for Thor
- Best Make-Up: Dave Elsey, Fran Needham, Conor O’Sullivan for X-Men: First Class
- Best Special Effects: Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, R. Christopher White, and Daniel Barrett for Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
- Best International Film: The Skin I Live In
- Best Animated Film: Puss in Boots
- Best Network Television Series: Fringe
- Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: Breaking Bad
- Best Television Presentation: The Walking Dead
- Best Youth-Oriented Television Series: Teen Wolf
- Best Actor on Television: Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad
- Best Actress on Television: Anna Torv for Fringe
- Best Supporting Actor on Television: Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad
- Best Supporting Actress on Television: Michelle Forbes for The Killing
- Best Guest Star on Television: Tom Skerritt for Leverage
Home Entertainment Awards
- Best DVD/BD Release: (tie) Atlas Shrugged, Part One and The Perfect Host
- Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release: Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis
- Best DVD/BD Collection Release: Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection
- Best DVD/BD Television Series Release: Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena
Special Achievement Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films
- The Life Career Award: Frank Oz
- The Life Career Award: James Remar
- The Filmmakers Showcase Award: Drew Goddard
- The Milestone Award: The Simpsons
- The Innovator Award: Robert Kirkman
- The Appreciation Award: Jeffrey Ross (for hosting the Saturn Awards)
San Diego has announced that they will no longer be bidding to host SMOFCon in 2014, citing potential plans for holding a different event the following year. After the San Diego announcement, Colorado Springs announced plans to bid for SMOFCon in 2015.
Following complaints of harassment, the Readercon board has announced they are banning René Walling from attending for a period of two years. The board has deviated from its previously published policy of instituting a lifetime ban against harassers (established in 2008) due to their belief that Walling is regretful of the incident. Walling was the co-chair of Anticipation in 2009 and writes for Tor.com. Many fans and authors have proclaimed disappointment and anger over the board’s decision to deviate from their stated policy.
Eastern Kentucky University is seeking a candidate with an MFA or PhD in creative writing to teach one six-credit, online workshop in science fiction and fantasy (with a live/synchronous component) during the Fall 2012 semester. The job would begin on August 20, 2012.
Actress Mary Tamm (b.1950) died on July 26, eighteen months after being diagnosed with cancer. Tamm is best known for creating the role of the Time Lord Romana during the Key to Time arc of Doctor Who. She also appeared in several Big Finish audio productions.
Actor Chad Everett (b.1936) died on July 24. Best known for his work on Medical Center, Everett also appeared on an episode of Journey to the Unknown, and in the films Airplane 2: The Sequel, Journey to Midnight, and the remake of Psycho.
The Philip K. Dick Festival will be held at San Francisco State University the weekend of Sept 22-23, 2012. Jonathan Lethem, who edited the Library of America’s three volume edition of Philip K. Dick will be the festival’s guest of honor. The festival will cost $35 for a single day or $50 for the weekend.
Swedish authors Karin Tidbeck and Nene Ormes have been named the recipients of the World SF Travel Fund, which will permit the two women to travel to Toronto, Canada to attend this year’s World Fantasy Convention, with additional assistance from Cheeky Frawg Books, run by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. The selection board was comprised of Lauren Beukes, Aliette de Bodard, Nnedi Okorafor, Ekaterina Sedia, and Charles Tan. Lavie Tidhar and Sean Wallace administer the fund.
Astronaut Sally Ride (b.1951) died on July 23. In 1983, Ride became the first American woman (and youngest at that time) astronaut to fly into space when she flew on Challenger flight STS-7. Prior to that she worked on the development of the shuttle’s robotic arm. She flew on Challenger again in 1984 and was in training for a third flight when Challenger explored. Ride left NASA in 1987 and taught physics. In 2003, she served on the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Board.