Jay Lake Kickstarters Cause Paypal Freeze and Apology

Two kickstarters to benefit Jay Lake, one to help pay the production costs to finish the documentary Lakeside, the other to pay the cost to sequence Lake’s geneome for further study, met with such great success, the latter raising $10,000 in less than five hours, that Paypal froze Lake’s account due to the sudden influx of donations. Due to a Twitter campaign, Paypal quickly rectified the situation and made arrangements to donate to the Kickstarters as well. Lake has been battling cancer since he was first diagnosed in 2008.

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Obituary: Ned Wertimer

Actor Ned Wertimer (b.1923) died on January 2. Wertimer may be best known for his role as the doorman on The Jeffersons. He also appeared on multiple episodes of I Dream of Jeannie, in the film The Strongest Man in the World, an episode of Mork & Mindy, and the film Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. His final role was a small part in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

Academy Award Nominees

The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards have been announced and winners will be presented on February 24. Despite a big year at the box office for genre films such as The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, genre does not appear in any of the major categories. Nine films were nominated in the Best Picture category. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Animated Feature Film

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • ParaNorman
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Wreck-It Ralph

Short Film Animated

  • Adam and Dog
  • Fresh Guacamole
  • Head over Heels
  • Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
  • Paperman

Costume Design

  • Jacqueline Durran for Anna Karenina
  • Paco Delgado for Les Misérables
  • Joanna Johnston for Lincoln
  • Eiko Ishioka for Mirror Mirror
  • Colleen Atwood for Snow White and the Huntsman

Makeup and Hair Styling

  • Howard Berger, Peter Montagna, and Martin Samuel for Hitchcock
  • Peter “Swords” King, Rick Findlater, and Tami Lane for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell for Les Miséables

Production Design

  • Sarah Greenwood & Katie Spencer for Anna Karenina
  • Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, and Simon Bright for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Eve Stewart and Anna Lynch-Robinson for Les Misérables
  • David Gropman and Anna Pinnock for Life of Pi
  • Rick Carter & Jim Erickson for Lincoln

Visual Effects

  • Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, and R. Christopher White for The Hobbit: And Unexpected Journey
  • Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocherson, Erik-Jan De Boer, and Donald R. Elliott for Life of Pi
  • Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, and Dan Sudick for Marvel’s The Avengers
  • Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley, and Martin Hill for Prometheus
  • Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould, and Michael Dawson for Snow White and the Huntsman

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People’s Choice Awards

Genre shows and films, as well as actors who often appear in genre works, were very successful at the People’s Choice Awards on January 9. Below is a listing of winners of genre interest.

  • Favorite Movie: The Hunger Games
  • Favorite Movie Actor: Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Favorite Movie Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
  • Favorite Action Film: The Hunger Games
  • Favorite Action Movie Star: Chris Hemsworth
  • Favorite Face of Heroism: Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games
  • Favorite Movie Franchise: The Hunger Games
  • Favorite Movie Superhero: Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man
  • Favorite On-Screen Chemistry: Jennifer Lawrence/Josh Hutcherson/Liam Hemsworth in The Hunger Games
  • Favorite Movie Fan Following: Twihards
  • Favorite Network TV Comedy: The Big Bang Theory
  • Favorite Premium Cable TV Show: True Blood
  • Favorite TV Crime Drama: Castle
  • Favorite SF/Fantasy TV Show: Supernatural
  • Favorite Network TV Drama Actor: Nathan Fillion
  • Favorite TV Fan Following: SPNFamily Supernatural
  • Favorite New TV Drama: Beauty and the Beast

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Philip K. Dick Nominees

The nominees for the Philip K. Dick Award, presented annually for best paperback original book by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust, have been announced. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 29 at Norwescon 36 in Seatac, WA.

  • Blueprints of the Afterlife, by Ryan Boudinot
  • Harmony, by Keith Brooke
  • Helix Wars, by Eric Brown
  • The Not Yet, by Moira Crone
  • Fountains of Age, by Nancy Kress
  • Lovestar, by Andri Snær Magnason
  • Lost Everything, by Brian Francis Slattery

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Golden Raspberry Nominees

The 33rd annual Razzie Award nominations have been announced. The Razzies are given for the worst films to hit theatres in a given year. The nominations are announced the day before the Oscar nominations are announced and the awards are presented the night before the Oscars are presented. Below is a complete listing of nominees.
Worst Picture

  • Battleship
  • Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
  • That’s My Boy
  • A Thousand Words
  • Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Worst Actress

  • Katherine Heigl in One For The Money
  • Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil #5: Retribution
  • Tyler Perry (In Drag) in Madea’s Witless Protection
  • Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman & Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
  • Barbra Streisand in Guilt Trip

Worst Actor

  • Nicolas Cage in Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance & Seeking Justice
  • Eddie Murphy in A Thousand Words
  • Robert Pattinson in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
  • Tyler Perry (Not in Drag) in Alex Cross & Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds
  • Adam Sandler in That’s My Boy

Worst Supporting Actress

  • Jessica Biel in Playing For Keeps & Total Recall
  • Brooklyn Decker in Battleship & What To Expect When You’re Expecting
  • Ashley Green in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
  • Jennifer Lopez in What to Expect When You’re Expecting
  • Rihanna in Battleship

Worst Supporting Actor

  • David Hasselhoff (as “Himself”) in Pirannha 3-DD
  • Taylor Lautner in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
  • Liam Neeson in Battleship & Wrath of the Titans
  • Nick Swardson in That’s My Boy
  • Vanilla Ice (as “Himself”) in That’s My Boy

Worst Screen Couple

  • Any Combination of Two Cast Members from Jersey Shore in The Three Stooges
  • Mackenzie Foy (as “Little Renesmee”) & Taylor Lautner in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
  • Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
  • Tyler Perry & His Drag Get-Up in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witless Protection
  • Adam Sandler and either Leighton Meester, Andy Samberg, or Susan Sarandon in That’s My Boy

Worst Director

  • Sean Anders for That’s My Boy
  • Peter Berg for Battleship
  • Bill Condon for Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
  • Tyler Perry for Good Deeds & Madea’s Witless Protection
  • John Putch for Atlas Shrugged: Part II

Worst Screen Ensemble

  • The Entire Cast of Battleship
  • The Entire Cast of Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
  • The Entire Cast of That’s My Boy
  • The Entire Cast of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
  • The Entire Cast of Madea’s Witless Protection

Worst Screenplay

  • Atlas Shrugged: Part II
  • Battleship
  • That’s My Boy
  • A Thousand Words
  • Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

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Obituary: David R. Ellis

Director David R. Ellis (b.1952) died on January 7. Ellis got his start as an actor appearing in The Strongest Man in the World and and episode of The New Adventures of Wonder Woman. By the mid-1970s, he had become a stuntman, with work on Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and V. More recently, he has worked as a director, helming Final Destination 2, The Final Destination, and Snakes on a Plane.

Sawyer Receives Royal Medal

Robert J. Sawyer has been named a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Medal was established to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession. Recipients must have been alive on the Queen’s jubilee date, be a Canadian citizen, and have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.

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Obituary: John N. Marx

Dr. John N. Marx (b.1937) died on December 13. Marx turned his passion for science fiction into a profession, creating Marx Books in 1977, through which he sold some of the 80,000 volumes in his collection. From 1967 through 2004, he taught at Texas Tech University.

Aeon 2013 Contest

The 2013 Aeon Award, sponsored by Albedo One is open to submissions through November 30, 2013. The contest is open to writers from all nationalities for stories of up to 10,000 words long, that are previously unpublished in English. Grand Prize is €1000 and publication in Albedo One. Second and third place prizes are €200 and €100 and publication in Albedo One. The contest has been run annually since 2004.

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