Scribe Nominees

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers has announced the nominees for the 2014 Scribe Awards, presented for the best in tie-in fiction from 2013. The winners will be announced in July at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Novel Adapted

  • Man of Steel, by Greg Cox
  • Pacific Rim, by Alex Irvine
  • 47 Ronin, by Joan D. Vinge

General Novel Original

  • Murder She Wrote: Close-Up on Murder, by Donald Bain
  • The Executioner: Sleeping Dragons, by Michael A. Black
  • Mr. Monk Helps Himself, by Hy Conrad
  • Leverage: The Bestseller Job, by Greg Cox
  • Leverage: The Zoo Job, by Keith R. A. DeCandido

Speculative Novel Original

  • Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox, by Christa Faust
  • Supernatural: Fresh Meat, by Alice Henderson
  • Star Wars: Kenobi, by John Jackson Miller
  • Supernatural: The Roads Not Taken, by Tim Waggoner
  • Star Trek: From History’s Shadow, by Dayton Ward

Short Stories

  • “The Dark Hollows of Memory,” by David Annandale (Warhammer 40,000)
  • “Locks and Keys,” by Jennifer Brozek (Shadowrun)
  • “So Long, Chief,” by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane (Mike Hammer)
  • “Savior,” by Michael Jan Friedman (After Earth)
  • “Redemption,” by Robert Greenberger (After Earth)
  • “Mirror Image,” by Christine M. Thompson (Star Trek)

Young Adult

  • Kevin, by Paul Kupperberg
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, by Stacia Deutsch
  • The Croods, by Tracey West


  • Dark Shadows: The Phantom Bride, by Mark Thomas Passmore
  • Dark Shadows: The Flip Side, by Cody Quijano-Schell
  • Blake’s 7: The Armageddon Storm, by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright

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Obituary: Dane Witherspoon

Actor Dane Witherspoon (b.1957) died on March 29. Witherspoon was best known for his role on the soap opera Santa Barbara, but also appeared in the science fiction films Seedpeople and Asteroid. He was married to his first wife, Robin Wright, when she was filming The Princess Bride.

Obituary: Kate O’Mara

Actress Kate O’Mara (b.1939) died on March 30. O’Mara is best known to science fiction fans for her portrayal of The Rani, a Time Lord, in two Doctor Who serials. Other genre roles included Adam Adamant Lives!, The Avengers, The Vampire Lovers, and The Horror of Frankenstein. O’Mara was best known outside the genre for her role on Dynasty.

Obituary: Derek Martinus

Director Derek Martinus (b.1931) died on March 27. Martinus directed numerous episodes of Doctor Who, beginning with Galaxy 4, the first serial of the third season, and ending with Spearhead from Space, the first serial of the seventh season. He went on to direct episodes of Z Cars and Blake’s 7.

Obituary: Lorenzo Semple, Jr.

Screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr. (b.1923 died on March 28, one day after his 91st birthday. Semple wrote screenplays for Papillon, Never Say Never Again, the 1976 King Kong and the 1980 Flash Gordon among other projects. He may have been best known for his role in creating and writing for the 1960s television show Batman. Semple wrote the first four episodes and the series’ Bible, acted as a consultant for the rest of the series, and came up with the idea of the graphics indicating fights, named everything Bat-whatever, and came up with Robin’s Holy ___ catch phrase.

Obituary: Ken Utsui

Japanese actor Ken Utsui (b.1931) died on March 14. Utsui is best known for portraying Starman in a series of films in the 1960s, beginning with Invaders from Space. Prior to that he played the title character in six films in the Super Giant series beginning with Sûpâ jaiantsu.

Obituary: Patrice Wymore

Actress Patrice Wymore (b.1926) died on March 22. Wymore’s only genre credit was the horror film Chamber of Horrors, but she got her start in Vaudeville and made several films. In 1950, she married Errol Flynn, becoming his third, and final wife.

Obituary: James Rebhorn

Actor James Rebhorn (b.1948) died on March 21. Rebhorn appeared in numerous films and television shows, including many of genre interested including Independence Day, Real Steel, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. Over the course of a fifty year career, he also appeared as a regular on several television series.

Obituary: Richard Coogan

Actor Richard Coogan (b.1914) died on March 12, less than a month before his 100th birthday. In 1949, Coogan was cast in the lead role for Captain Video and His Video Rangers, which shot live in New York while Coogan was appearing on Broadway in Diamond Lil during the evenings. Coogan left the show in 1950, citing low budgets and poor scripts, and was replaced by Al Hodge. Coogan also appeared on the Westerns The Californians and Laramie.

MTV Movie Nominees

The nominees for this year’s MTV Movie Awards have been announced. Winners are selected by votes of fans on the MTV website and the winners will be announced on April 13 by Conan O’Brien on a televised broadcast. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Movie of the Year

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • American Hustle
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Female Performance

  • Amy Adams for American Hustle
  • Jennifer Aniston for We’re the Millers
  • Sandra Bullock for Gravity
  • Jennifer Lawrence for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave

Best Male Performance

  • Bradley Cooper for American Hustle
  • Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave
  • Josh Hutcherson for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

Best Fight

  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell vs. James Marsden vs. Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Kanye West vs. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler vs. Jim Carrey and Marion Cotillard vs. Will Smith vs. Liam Neeson and John C. Reilly vs. Greg Kinnear
  • Identity Thief, Jason Bateman vs. Melissa McCarthy
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs. Orcs
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Sam Claflin vs. Mutant Monkeys
  • This is the End, Jonah Hill vs. James Franco and Seth Rogen

Best Scared-as-S**t Performance

  • Rose Byrne for Insidious: Chapter 2
  • Jessica Chastain for Mama
  • Vera Farmiga for The Conjuring
  • Ethan Hawke for The Purge
  • Brad Pitt for World War Z

Best Shirtless Performance

  • Jennifer Aniston for We’re the Millers
  • Sam Claflin for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Zac Efron for That Awkward Moment
  • Chris Hemsworth for Thor: The Dark World

Best Villain

  • Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips
  • Benedict Cumberbatch for Star Trek into Darkness
  • Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave
  • Mila Kunis for Oz The Great and Powerful
  • Donald Sutherland for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best On-Screen Transformation

  • Christian Bale for American Hustle
  • Elizabeth Banks for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Orlando Bloom for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club
  • Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

Best Cameo Performance

  • Robert De Niro for American Hustle
  • Amy Poehler and Tina Fey for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  • Kanye West for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  • Joan Rivers for Iron Man 3
  • Rihanna for This is the End

Best Hero

  • Henry Cavill as Clark Kent for Man of Steel
  • Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man for Iron Man 3
  • Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor for Thor: The Dark World
  • Channing Tatum as John Cale for White House Down

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