Golden Globe Nominations

The Golden Globe nominations were announced on December 15. The awards, which are given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be presented on January 17. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Best motion picture, drama

  • Avatar
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
  • Up in the Air

Best animated feature film

  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  • Coraline
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Up

Best screenplay, motion picture

  • District 9, by Neill Blomkamp
  • The Hurt Locker, by Terri Tatchell and Mark Boal
  • It’s Complicated, by Nancy Meyers
  • Up in the Air, by Jason Reitman
  • Inglourious Basterds, by Sheldon Turner and Quentin Tarantino

Best director, motion picture

  • The Hurt Locker, by Kathryn Bigelow
  • Avatar, by James Cameron
  • Invictus, by Clint Eastwood
  • Up in the Air, by Jason Reitman
  • Inglourious Basterds, by Quentin Tarantino

Best TV series, drama

  • Big Love
  • Dexter
  • House
  • Mad Men
  • True Blood

Best performance by an actor in a TV series, drama

  • Simon Baker in The Mentalist
  • Michael C. Hall in Dexter
  • Jon Hamm in Mad Men
  • Hugh Laurie in House
  • Bill Paxton in Big Love

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Haldeman Named Grand Master

Joe Haldeman has been named the next SFWA Damon Knight Grand Master. Haldeman, whose novels include The Forever War, Forever Peace, Camouflage, and many others, will receive the honor at the Nebula Award Weekend Florida, from May 21-23, 2010. Haldeman will be the 27th Grand Master. He is also a former President of SFWA.

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WGA Award Nominees

The Writers Guild of America has announced the nominees for its annual Awards, to be presented on February 20 in New York and Los Angeles. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Drama Series

  • Breaking Bad
  • Dexter
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Lost
  • Mad Men

Episodic Drama

  • “Broken, Part 1 and Part 2” (House), Written by Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner & David Foster & David Shore
  • “Come, Ye Saints” (Big Love), Written by Melanie Marnich
  • “The Grown Ups” (Mad Men), Written by Brett Johnson and Matthew Weiner
  • “Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency” (Mad Men), Written by Robin Veith and Matthew Weiner
  • “I Will Rise Up” (True Blood), Written by Nancy Oliver
  • “Phoenix” (Breaking Bad), Written by John Shiban

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Obituary: Irving Tripp

Artist Irving Tripp (b.1921) died on November 27. Tripp is best known as the illustrator of the comic Little Lulu. He began working on comics in 1941, four months before taking a leave of absence during World War II. He returned to Dell Comics in 1946 and remained there until his retirement in 1982. he began working on Little Lulu in 1949. He also worked on comic book version of Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, and Dumbo.

Obituary: Paul Naschy

Spanish actor Paul Naschy (b.1934) died on November 30. Born Jacinto Molina Alvarez, he changed his name at the request of a German film distributor. Naschy appeared in nearly one hundred films, many of them horror films, including La marca del Hombre-lobo, El retorno de Walpurgis, El aullido del diablo. In addition, Naschy wrote, directed, and produced.

Peter Watts in Border Dispute

Science fiction author Peter Watts was stopped by US border guards on his way home to Canada on December 8 and beaten and pepper-sprayed before being arrested. Watts faces a felony rap for assaulting a federal officer, which can carry a two year prison sentence and a lifetime ban from the United States. A legal defense fund has been set up to aid Watts in his defense.

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Obituary: Janet Fox

Author Janet Fox (b.1940) died on September 21. Fox began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1970s with “The Materialist” for The Magazine of Horror. In the 1990s, she wrote five of the books in the “Scorpio”series using the name Alex McDonough. A collection of her short fiction, A Witch’s Dozen, was released in 2003. From 1984 though 2003, Fox served as editor of Scavenger’s Newsletter, a ‘zine devoted to tracking the fiction market.

Obituary: Gene Barry

Actor Gene Barry (b.1919) died on December 9. Barry is best known in SF circles for starring in the 1953 version of War of the Worlds. He also had a bit role in the 2005 version of the film. Barry appeared in two episodes of Science Fiction Theatre, three episodes of Fantasy Island, and an episode of the 1980s version of The Twilight Zone. He may have been best known, however, for his roles as Bat Masterson on the show of that title and Amos Burke in Burke’s Law.

Frazetta Art Theft

Artist Frank Frazetta’s son, Alphonse Frank Frazetta, was arrested on December 9 while trying to steal approximately $20 million of his father’s art from the family museum. The younger Frazetta, who was helped by two men, one of them operating a backhoe, claimed he had permission to remove the artwork, an allegation denied by his father. A dispute over the artwork arose shortly after the death of Ellie Frazetta earlier this year.

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The Rappaport Agency Closing

Jenny Rappaport has announced that she will be closing the Rappaport Agency at the end of 2009 due to the current economic conditions. Some of her clients include John Joseph Adams, Ted Kosmatka, and Anne Harris.

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