Fringe at the Paley Center for Media - From my perspective

      Email Post       7/02/2014 12:46:00 PM      

On a recent trip to L.A., I had the (intended) opportunity to visit the Paley Center for Media. The current exhibition features Warner Bros.Television Out of the Box, presenting costumes, props, scripts, and more from iconic TV shows, past and present. Let's take a look, shall we!

Almost Human premieres this Sunday and Monday

      Email Post       11/15/2013 12:45:00 PM      



The new FOX Sc-fi drama Almost Human begins its two-night series premiere this Sunday and Monday (11/17 & 11/18) at 8:00 pm (7:00 pm central).

The show, brought to you by the creators of Fringe - J.J. Abrams, J.H. Wyman, Brad Anderson, et. al - is a mix of Fringe, Robocop, and Blade Runner. You can read the official description after the break.

I've seen the Pilot episode, and really liked it. It will feel very familiar to Fringe fans, almost what we would have gotten if Fringe had stayed in the future.

While we won't be blogging about Almost Human here, please check out out Almost Human Wiki at AlmostHumanWiki.com.

Also, if you have any suggestions for a good Almost Human blog, please leave them in the comments!


Fringe Panel at Dragon*Con 2013

      Email Post       9/16/2013 04:08:00 PM      

Lincoln, Astrid, & September at DragonCon 2013
Michael Cerveris, Jasika Nicole & Seth Gabel participated in a Fringe panel at this year's Dragon*Con.

"The actors answer a full hour of fan questions about their time on the show, the fate of Gene the cow, what it was like behind the scenes, their future plans, and much more. At the end of the panel they are asked to choose between Star Wars and Star Trek, and Seth’s answer is hilarious!"

The entire audio is available at GoldenSpiralMedia.com


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TV Guide: JH Wyman on Fringe Finale and Almost Human

      Email Post       7/20/2013 10:52:00 AM      


TV Guide has an interview with Fringe executive producer J.H. Wyman, which was done before the Almost Human panel at Comic-Con. Wyman discusses Walter's ultimate fate on Fringe and the White Tulip that Peter receives in the series finale:
In the series finale, Walter (John Noble) sacrificed himself by traveling to the future with September's son so that the Observers would never invade the past. In the closing moments, we saw the series flash-back to the day in the park when The Observers originally invaded, but this time, they don't show up. Peter (Joshua Jackson), Olivia (Anna Torv) and young Etta are able to go home as a family.

Though a touching swan song, Fringe fans still lamented the fact that Walter didn't get to be part of the happy family. "I'll make you not sad," Wyman tells TVGuide.com. "Walter is only happy when his brain is being challenged. Walter went to the future, and how do you know he didn't find a way back once again?"

Wyman notes that he meant for Peter's expression when he received the "white tulip" letter from Walter to be ambiguous. Did he recognize it or not? "Maybe someday there will be a Fringe movie and I'll explain some of the things that I want to explain, but I also wanted to let people make their own opinion. I wanted it to be as special to each person individually and let them make their own assumptions and live with it. I have a lot of story I can tell still and I love those characters so much."

Check out the rest of the interview for his comments on his new show Almost Human.

BTW, I have seen the pilot for Almost Human, and it has a very Fringe vibe, and it looks like it could be one of my new favorite shows!

Fringe at the 39th Annual Saturn Awards

      Email Post       7/01/2013 12:28:00 AM      


On June 26th, 2013 The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films held the 39th Annual Saturn Awards.
I was reading through the history of the Saturn Awards and at one point they were actually broadcast. It's too bad they have not done that in a while. It was so worth it being in the ballroom and watching the whole ceremony. 

Fringe Stars Will Appear on "Almost Human"

      Email Post       6/28/2013 05:06:00 PM      


IGN has a interview with Fringe executive producer Joel Wyman about his new show "Almost Human". Wyman promises that Fringe actors will appear on the new J.J. Abrams show:
I can guarantee you that we’re going to see Fringe actors. I miss all of them so much, and we’ve been keeping in touch. Anything I can do -- it’s just got to be worthy of them, because they’re all in my heart. I want to write them great stuff and make sure they come out with a big bang.
For the rest of the interview, visit IGN.com

Are you planning on watching "Almost Human"?

Fringe: What Would You Ask JJ Abrams or Lance Reddick?

      Email Post       6/16/2013 05:51:00 PM      

The 39th Annual Saturn Awards are on June 26, and Fringe is nominated for 6 awards:
  • Best Network Television Series
  • Best Actor (Joshua Jackson)
  • Best Actress (Anna Torv)
  • Best Supporting Actor (John Noble)
  • Best Guest Starring Role In A Series (Blair Brown)
  • Best Guest Starring Role In A Series (Lance Reddick)
Our own Cortexifan will be there LIVE on the Red Carpet, interviewing whoever comes down the line.

We know for sure that JJ Abrams and Lance Reddick will be attending, but there could be more Fringies as well.

Is there anything you still want to know about Fringe? Post your questions in the comments and we'll try to get as many answered as possible!

Fringe Season 5 Soundtrack Available On iTunes

      Email Post       6/13/2013 04:26:00 PM      

While the release of the Fringe Season 5 Soundtrack CD (do people still buy CDs?) is still over a week away (June 25), the entire album is available for download on iTunes for $9.99. The 24 tracks can also be purchased individually for 99¢ each.

Official Description:

FRINGE — the supernatural sci-fi crime drama from J.J. Abrams — is back for its fifth and final spellbinding season. The year is 2036. The Observers have become ruthless rulers, limiting free will and speech, and are slowly poisoning Earth’s atmosphere so that only their own kind can survive. All is not lost, however. A series of videotapes, preserved in amber, hold detailed plans for overthrowing the Observers and restoring the planet and its people. The Fringe team will undertake the most important mission of all time: retrieve the tapes, follow their clues, decipher the code, and prepare for the battle to save humanity. Join Fringe scientist Walter Bishop, FBI agent Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop, and Olivia and Peter’s now-grown daughter, Henrietta, for 13 episodes filled with struggles, surprises and sacrifices in this explosive and emotional final season.

Composer Chris Tilton hangs on to the FRINGE musical reins for the series’ epic finale and delivers some of his finest and most dramatic scoring yet.



Holy Naked Tuesday! The Fringemunks release first Season 3 song in almost 2 years

      Email Post       5/29/2013 01:26:00 AM      

Twenty months have passed since David Wu's Fringemunks last released a song recap of a Fringe Season 3 episode.  Twenty.  The wait is over, and a new song (a parody of Mumford & Sons' "The Cave") is available for you to hear.

That's not to say that these twenty months were unproductive.  The Fringemunks, after all, did release seventeen Season 4 songs, three Season 5 songs, a contest entry song, and a Christmas album all in that time span.

So why the delay with Season 3 songs, of which only three remain?

"It might be part psychological, part difficulty, part indifference" says Wu, who now only needs to complete song recaps for episodes "Reciprocity," "LSD," and the season finale "The Day We Died" to finish the Season 3 album.

Of the 100 total Fringe episodes, this new release - "Epis. 3.20: 6:02 AM EST" - is the 82nd song recap.  Although it recaps a 2011 episode, Wu uses the musical and lyrical sensibility that he has been employing in more recent material.  "It has to reflect how I feel about the episode now, because we are in the 'now', and we're no longer in the past," says Wu.  "And it works for this song.  It is from Walter's point of view, and he has changed.  He is crying.  Instruments in his head are different and more profound and direct."

With lyrics such as Last year, I received a sign from Thee / a white tulip You sent to me / I believed you had forgiven me, the Fringemunks are at their most spiritual - complete with fanfare horns, subtle organs, and banjo-like steel guitar meshing together in the song's instrumental backdrop.  And yet amidst the spiritual content, there is the comedy.  I bumped into Olivia, who screwed Peter the previous night, goes one of the earlier lyric lines.  It is a nod to the other Season 3 songs, while also showing that the project isn't afraid to go where most lyricists don't care to venture.  "Whatever the case, there's no way I would have written these same lyrics two years ago," says Wu.

The Fringemunks started off with a buzz in Fall 2008, just a few weeks into Fringe's five-season run, but now each new song is lucky to get a few "likes" and "shares" on Facebook, or even retweets on Twitter.

"These are lean times for Fringe fan projects, now that the show is over," Wu admits.  "But with this new song release, and the 18 remaining, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and still a lot of great music to make and lyrics to write for this project.  And being that fan projects are now a bit thin, this means that the Fringemunks likely obtain more of a percentage of the audience, albeit a smaller cumulative amount."

The project almost came to an end after Season 3 broadcasts ended.  "At the time," says Wu, "the series' end was not defined, so I knew that committing further to The Fringemunks would mean that it would put a damper on the rest of my side music career as long as there were unreleased songs.  It reached a boiling point, when I said 'forget it.'"

In early Fall 2011, Wu in fact announced the project's retirement, to the dismay of many.  But this retirement was short-lived, as Wu devised a plan for the Season 4 songs.  "Basically I was going to parody the entire White Album (the nickname for the Beatles' eponymous 1968 album), in order.  The season premiere would be - and was - a parody of 'Back in the U.S.S.R.,' while the finale would have parodied 'Revolution 9' and 'Goodnight.'  It was a crazy idea, abandoned after four songs - but it saved the project.  And the 4 songs are among the best, even if the subject matter wasn't the greatest."

Yet all the while, the Season 3 episodes remained on the shelf.  "I always knew I wanted to finish them," says Wu, "but I just wasn't in the mood at the time."  But now, with only three songs remaining from that middle season, the album's stock is up.
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Click here to listen to the new song, "Epis. 3.20: 6:02 AM EST."


Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox (Novel #1) by Christa Faust

      Email Post       5/14/2013 02:30:00 PM      

The new novel Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox has just been released today as a paperback or for Kindle:
Critically acclaimed Fringe explores new cases with endless impossibilities. Set in Boston, the FBI's Fringe Division started when Special Agent Olivia Dunham enlisted institutionalized "fringe" scientist Walter Bishop and his globe-trotting, jack-of-all-trades son, Peter, to help in investigations that defy all human logic - and the laws of nature. The first in an all-new series of tie-in novels!

The author, Christa Faust, has written tie-ins to Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Twilight Zone amongst others. Her most recent novel Money Shot for Hard Case Crime won the Crimespree Award and was nominated for several others — a sequel is forthcoming. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and loves vintage shoes and noir cinema.
Amazon has a preview of the first 3 chapters available free.

Faust will be writing at least two more Fringe novels: Fringe - The Burning Man (Novel #2) and Fringe - Sins of the Father (novel #3), both of which are available for pre-order on Amazon.com.


Bloopers From Fringe Season 5

      Email Post       5/08/2013 10:51:00 AM      


Here is the "Unusual Side Effects: Gag Reel" video from the Fringe Season 5 extras.

Win Fringe Season 5 on Blu-ray!

      Email Post       5/07/2013 03:35:00 PM      



To celebrate the release of Fringe: The Complete Fifth And Final Season on DVD and Blu-ray, Warner Bros. is having a sweepstakes, giving away a Lenovo Yoga 11 tablet/computer and 15 copies of Fringe Season 5 on Blu-ray.

The enter click the image above, or visit FringeSweeps.com.
 

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