Producer Elmo Williams (b.1913) died on November 25. Williams worked as a film editor on the Disney film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with non-genre work on High Noon and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome. He also worked as a producer for Tales of the Vikings and Tora! Tora! Tora!. He received an Oscar nomination for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and won the Oscar for High Noon.
Actor Rex Reason (b.1928) died on November 19. While Reason may be best known for his roles in various Westerns, he also appeared in the science fiction classic This Island Earth and the horror film The Creature Walks Among Us.
Premiere Props will be auctioning off more than 500 movie props, including many from science fiction films including Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Iron Man, Men in Black, and The Dark Knight Rises. The auction will take place in El Segundo, CA on December 12 beginning at 11 AM with on-line and phone bidding and proxies allowed.
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Graphic designer Michael C. Gross (b.1945) died on November 16. Gross is best known for his design of the logo for Ghostbusters. He also designed the National Lampoon cover which featured the caption “If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This Dog.” Gross also produced both Ghostbusters films as well as Heavy Metal. He received Emmy nominations for his work on SCTV Network, Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas, and The Real Ghostbusters.
Amazon Studios has announced plans to develop a television series based on Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series. Bradley wrote more than 25 books and short stories and edited several anthologies set in the Darkover world. The series has also inspired its own conventions. The series is being developed by IM Global Television with Ilene Kahn Power and Elizabeth Stanley attached as executive producers.
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Actor Gunnar Hansen (b.1947) died on November 7. Hansen’s most famous role was his debut as Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He went on to appear in numerous other low budget horror films, including Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Chainsaw Sally, and Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre.
Car designer George Barris (b.1925) died on November 5. Barris is best known for designing the 1966 Batmobile and went on to design custom cars for The Munsters and The Beverly Hillbillies. Barris bought the Lincoln Futura which was the base for the Batmobile for $1 and spent about $15,000 to run it into the iconic car. In 2013, he sold the original Batmobile for $4.2 million.
Actor Charles Herbert (b.1948) died on October 31. Herbert appeared in the original The Fly, The Colossus of New York, and episodes of The Twilight Zone, Men Into Space, and The Outer Limits.
Screenwriter Melissa Mathison (b.1950) died on November 4. Mathison is best known for writing the film E.T.: The Extraterrestrial. She also wrote the second section of The Twilight Zone: The Movie, The BFG, and The Indian in the Cupboard. Non-genre film credits include work as a location scout for The Godfather: Part II and as an executive assistant on Apocalypse Now. From 1983-2004, she was married to Harrison Ford.
The Prix Utopiales winners were announced at the Nantes Utopiales Festival International de Science-Fiction. The awards carry a prize of €3000 and are presented for works produced by Europeans and published in French in the year of eligibility. The Julia Verlanger Prize is a literary award established in 1986 which honors science fiction and fantasy novels.
- Prix Julia Verlanger: Lum’en, by Laurent Genefort
- Prix Extraordinaire: Manchu
- Prix du meilleur scénario de jeux de rôle: Un prophète, (for the game Cthulhu by Pierre Jean-Marc Choserot
- Prix du meilleur jeu vidéo réalisé à la Game Jam: Button Factory, by Samuel Bouchet, Pierre Chabiland, Rémi Gourrierec, and Louis Godart
- Prix de la meilleure bande dessinée de science-fiction: Les Ogres-Dieux, edited by Hubert and Bertrand Gatignol
- Prix du Jury – compétition internationale de courts métrages: World of Tomorrow, by Don Hertzfeldt
- Prix du public – compétition internationale de courts métrages: Juliet, by Marc-Henri Boulier
- Prix Canal+ – compétition internationale de courts-métrages: Portal to Hell!!!, by Vivieno Caldinelli
- Grand Prix du Jury – compétition internationale de longs métrages: Évolution, by Lucile Hadzihalilovic
- Prix Syfy du public – compétition internationale de longs métrages: Moonwalkers, by Antoine Bardou-Jacquet
- Prix Utopiales Européen Jeunesse: Humains, by Matt Haig; translated by Valérie Le Plouhinec
- Prix Utopiales Européen: L’Autre Ville, by Michal Ajvaz; translated by Benoît Meunier
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