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Speculative Fiction Movies Dominate top 25

Get your copy of The Dark Knight on DVD and help support the project IMDB presented their top 25 searched for films of 2008.  They wanted to go for a ranking that was not based on box-office performance or critical assessments.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how many speculative fiction movies were on the list.

  1. The Dark Knight (2008)
  2. Twilight (2008)
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
  4. TR2N (2011) Tron 2, I still don’t really care for the name
  5. The Expendables (2010)
  6. Iron Man (2008)
  7. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
  8. No Country for Old Men (2007)
  9. Juno (2007)
  10. Transformers (2007)
  11. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  12. There Will Be Blood (2007)
  13. Sex and the City (2008)
  14. Into the Wild (2007)
  15. Superbad (2008)
  16. Cloverfield (2008)
  17. Terminator Salvation (2009)
  18. Wanted (2008)
  19. Dragonball (2009)
  20. Quantum of Solace (2008)
  21. The Departed (2006)
  22. Star Trek (2009) This is J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek
  23. The Godfather (1972)
  24. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
  25. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

SF moves took up 60% of the chart with only 1/3 of those movies being ones that have not been released yet.

I find these search reports to be fascinating like a snap shot of what is on peoples minds and what they are curious about.

(via IMDB)

DVD Releases: December 2nd, 2008

  • Wanted:  I love this movie James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, and Morgan Freeman.  With tight action, mystery, and plot twists it’s a great example of what an SF Action film should be.  A definite owner.  You can read my full review at Exploring: Wanted
  • The X-Files: I Want to Believe: I want to believe is a good crime drama, thriller movie.  It is well written.  The beginning sets up a suspenseful mood and tension.  This is carried with an appropriate pace for this type of film through to a textbook ending that was nice but not extraordinary.  For Fans it would be a definite owner but for your first experience I would suggest renting it to make sure it fits your tastes.  Read my full review at Exploring X-Files: I want to believeThe X-Files: I Want to Believe (Special Edition)
  • Step Brothers:  The speculative aspect of this movie is weak at best, I find all of Will Ferral’s movies to be stupid yet having said that about 1/2 of them are hilarious and worth a great laugh and the other 1/2 are offensive and not worth wasting ones time on.  I heard bad things about it and had great concerns when it hit the theater.  I challenged the community to explain to me why this would be a great movie and no one could so far.  That is why I would not even recommend renting it.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian:  Based on the flawed book lacking imagination I have not even wasted my time on this one.

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Favorite Songs from 1995

I don’t usually give in to memes like this, but when I saw it on Jadielady’s blog, I thought it looked like fun.  The rules are simple:

A) Go to Music Outfitters B) Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year C) Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you hate and underline or italicize your favorite. Do nothing to the ones you don’t remember (or don’t care about)

1. Gangsta's Paradise, Coolio 2. Waterfalls, TLC 3. Creep, TLC 4. Kiss From A Rose, Seal 5. On Bended Knee, Boyz II Men 6. Another Night, Real McCoy 7. Fantasy, Mariah Carey 8. Take A Bow, Madonna 9. Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days), Monica 10. This Is How We Do It, Montell Jordan 11. I Know, Dionne Farris 12. Water Runs Dry, Boyz II Men 13. Freak Like Me, Adina Howard 14. Run-Around, Blues Traveler 15. I Can Love You Like That, All-4-One 16. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?, Bryan Adams 17. Always, Bon Jovi 18. Boombastic/In The Summertime, Shaggy 19. Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Nicki French 20. You Gotta Be, Des'ree 21. You Are Not Alone, Michael Jackson 22. Hold My Hand, Hootie and The Blowfish 23. One More Chance-Stay With Me, Notorious B.I.G. 24. Here Comes The Hotstepper, Ini Kamoze 25. Candy Rain, Soul For Real 26. Let Her, w Hootie and The Blowfish 27. I Believe, Blessid Union Of Souls 28. Red Light Special, TLC 29. Runaway, Janet Jackson 30. Strong Enough, Sheryl Crow 31. Colors Of The Wind, Vanessa Williams 32. Someone To Love, Jon B. 33. Only Wanna Be With You, Hootie and The Blowfish 34. If You Love Me, Brownstone 35. In The House Of Stone And Light, Martin Page 36. I Got 5 On It, Luniz 37. Baby, Brandy 38. Run Away, Real McCoy 39. As I Lay Me Down, Sophie B. Hawkins 40. He's Mine, Mokenstef 41. December, Collective Soul 42. I'll Be There For You-You're All I Need To Get By, Method Man-Mary J. Blige 43. Shy Guy, Diana King 44. I'm The Only One, Melissa Etheridge 45. Every Little Thing I Do, Soul For Real 46. Before I Let You Go, BLACKstreet 47. Big Poppa/Warning, Notorious B.I.G. 48. Sukiyaki, 4 P.M. 49. I Wanna Be Down, Brandy 50. I'll Make Love To You, Boyz II Men 51. Dear Mama/Old School, 2Pac 52. Hold On, Jamie Walters 53. Keep Their Heads Ringin', Dr. Dre 54. The Rhythm Of The Night, Corona 55. Roll To Me, Del Amitri 56. Scream/Childhood, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson 57. Freek'n You, Jodeci 58. I Wish, Skee-lo 59. Believe, Elton John 60. Carnival, Natalie Merchant 61. You Don't Know How It Feels, Tom Petty 62. Back For Good, Take That 63. Tootsee Roll, 69 Boyz 64. You Want This-70's Love Groove, Janet Jackson 65. Tell Me, Groove Theory 66. Can't You See, Total 67. All I Wanna Do, Sheryl Crow 68. This Lil' Game We Play, Subway 69. Come And Get Your Love, Real McCoy 70. This Ain't A Love Song, Bon Jovi 71. Secret, Madonna 72. Player's Anthem, Junior M.A.F.I.A. 73. Feel Me Flow, Naughty By Nature 74. Every Day Of The Week, Jade 75. The Sweetest Days, Vanessa Williams 76. Short Dick Man, 20 Fingers Featuring Gillette 77. Brokenhearted, Brandy 78. No More "I Love You's", Annie Lennox 79. You Used To Love Me, Faith Evans 80. Constantly, Immature 81. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me, U2 82. 100% Pure Love, Crystal Waters 83. Ask Of You, Raphael Saadiq 84. Sugar Hill, Az 85. Good, Better Than Ezra 86. Brown Sugar, D'angelo 87. Turn The Beat Around, Gloria Estefan 88. 'Til You Do Me Right, After 7 89. 1st Of Tha Month, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 90. Like The Way I Do If I Wanted To, Melissa Etheridge 91. I Live My Life For You, Firehouse 92. Dream About You-Funky Melody, Stevie B 93. Cotton Eye Joe, Rednex 94. Thank You, Boyz II Men 95. I'll Stand By You, Pretenders 96. I Miss You, N II U 97. Give It 2 You, Da Brat 98. Best Friend, Brandy 99. Misery, Soul Asylum 100. Can't Stop Lovin' You, Van Halen

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Exploring: Wanted

Review of:  Wanted Overall Rating: 10 A+

Wanted was absolutely amazing!  I highly recommend watching it multiple times.  They consistently avoided taking a cheep shot, in plot twists, fight scenes, even at the end of the movie when they could have snuck in a cheep shot they didn't.  The movie was so well done that I left the theater not wanting for anything because I was so satisfied.  Wanted can now join the ranks of Iron Man as this years second outstanding movie.

The Plot / Story: Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is offered the opportunity to seek revenge in the murder of his father, who was an assassin. Gibson is invited by his father’s partner, Sloan (Morgan Freeman), to follow in his father’s footsteps.  Sloan’s second-in-command (Angelina Jolie) mentors Gibson training him in the arts and secrets of the fraternity.

Likes

  1. An action movie that maintained an immaculate reality throughout the movie.  It had blood and death but was done in an artful manner that neither repulsed the audience away from the screen nor did it try to pull you in.
  2. The premise is well delivered and intriguing.  There were many fascinating concepts put forth like: how they select the targets to be assassinated, the source of their powers, and trusting ones instincts.
  3. Has a nice sense of play about it's self.  This was nice for the serious nature of the film allowing a levity that didn't cross over into silliness.
  4. The overall movie experience is a fun, exciting ride that delivered tight action at a captivating pace.
  5. although it is a movie about assassins it still maintained a sense of justice and morality that was not preachy.  The wicked were punished.  Everyone had a solid believable motivation striving to do the right thing while trying to discern right from wrong.
  6. The soundtrack was well executed, did not overpower the movie, and enhanced the experience of the scene.  I really enjoyed the use of Trent Reznor's song Danny Elfman - Wanted (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - The Little Things.
  7. The plot twists were well executed.
  8. The acting was well delivered.
  9. Wanted is the first time since the matrix that had a consistently artful use of the slow motion camera that made sense within the context of what was going on within the story and helped to enhance the action.

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. The set up took a while:  This is a concern that some may find problematic with the film but I still enjoyed.  They established the lead, the setting, made me really care about his situation and just when I was about to think this is taking a while the story and action exploded.
  2. The movie had a training montage.  This may bother some who are watching it but I doubt many will even realize it is in there.  I found even the training montage was entertaining, not hackneyed, made sense and I did not even realize that I watched a training montage until a day latter.
  3. Main character narrates the film:  some may take issue with it because it allows the main character to directly address the audience as an audience watching a film rather then creating a sense of being in the moment.  I felt that they pulled the narration moments off brilliantly giving us a look into the psychology behind the main characters motivations with out breaching the immaculate reality of the moment.

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Theater or Renter: Wanted

The Plot / Story: Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is offered the opportunity to seek revenge in the murder of his father, who was an assassin. Gibson is invited by his father’s partner, Sloan (Morgan Freeman), to follow in his father’s footsteps.[2] Sloan’s second-in-command (Angelina Jolie) mentors Gibson,[3] who follows the death orders issued by the Fates, weavers who read individuals’ destinies in fabrics produced by mystical looms (via wikipedia).

I gave the trailer a 5 out of 5.  It looks awesome!  From the first trailer where they show Angelina Jolie scoops up James McAvoy with an open door and a speeding car to the more recent Trailer showing the incredible car stunt just to get positioned to shoot the guy through the sun roof of a moving limousine. I really enjoy watching the trailers and find myself getting excited

This will be a theater for me, I'm very excited to see Wanted.  I expect this to be a wild and fun action ride.  The effects look really nice and the cast is outstanding.

For more information about and to see the trailer for Wanted read the Theater or Renter: June post.  Get your copy on DVD

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Theater or Renter: June 2008

It's time once again for our favorite game "Theater Or Renter?" Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then Put in your comments below the trailer: does the trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

For June we have eight movies: Mongol, Kung Fu Panda, The Incredible Hulk, The Happening, Get Smart, The Love Guru, WALL·E, Wanted

Mongol:

Mongol the movie Watch The Theatrical Trailer

Release Date: June 6th

Listed as: Drama, History

Studio: Picturehouse Entertainment

Director: Sergei Bodrov

Written by: Sergei Bodrov with Arif Aliyev

Produced by: Sergei Selyanov, Anton Melnik, and Bulat Galimgereyev

Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Amadu Mamadakov, Khulan Chuluun

The Plot / Story: Mongol looks at the life and legend of Genghis Khan. It follows Temudgin from his perilous childhood through to his adulthood and the battle that sealed his destiny as Genghis Kahn. (The Official Site)

Kung Fu Panda:

Kung Fu PandaWatch The Trailer

Release Date: June 6th

Listed as: Animation, Action, Comedy, Family

Studio: DreamWorks Animation

Director: Mark Osborne John Stevenson

Written by: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger

Stars: Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie

The Plot / Story: Kung Fu Panda is about Po (Jack Black) who is a panda bear that is recruited by a team of Kung Fu masters to help protect the Valley of Peace from an evil snow leopard. (The Official Site) get your copy here

The Incredible Hulk:

Watch The Trailer

Release Date: June 13th

Listed as: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Superhero Flix

Studio: Marvel Enterprises

Director: Universal Pictures

Produced by:

Written by: Zak Penn, Edward Norton

Stars: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt

The Plot / Story: The Incredible Hulk, also known as Hulk 2, is a tale about Bruce Banner the Geneticist and his quest for a cure for a condition that turns him into a raging monster known as the Hulk that lives within him. The military wants to learn how to control the Hulk and use Bruce's research to create super soldiers. In the end they only create an even more deadly monster known as The Abomination. Even though this is the second in the recent Hulk series they are not ignoring the original nor continuing events put forth in that film. (The Official Site)

The Happening:

The HappeningWatch The Trailer

Release Date: June 13th

Listed as: Drama, Sci-Fi

Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Produced by:

Written by: M. Night Shyamalan

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo

The Plot / Story: Philadelphia high school science teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and other people begin encountering breakdowns in human behavior in major American cities that lead to chilling deaths that seem to be willing suicides committed by the victims. Appearing to be a disease of some sort, the victims undergo a series of steps: loss of speech, followed by disorientation, and the third step is "fatal." Moore flees from the crisis into Pennsylvania farmlands with his estranged wife Alma (Zooey Deschanel), math teacher friend Julian (John Leguizamo), and his daughter Jess (Ashlyn Sanchez) (via Wikipedai). (via Wikipedai) (The Official Site)

Get Smart:

Get Smart Watch The Trailer

Release Date: June 20th

Listed as: Action, Comedy

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Director: Peter Segal

Produced by: Alex Gartner, Charles Roven, Andrew Lazar

Written by: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember

Stars: Steve Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwane Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp, James Caan

The Plot / Story: Control agent Maxwell Smart (Carrell) is sent on his first mission which is to stop KAOS in their latest plot for world domination. Agent 99 (Hathaway) is sent with him to keep Maxwell Smart out of trouble. (The Official Site) Get your copy of Get Smart here

The Love Guru:

The Love GuruWatch The Trailer

Release Date: June 20th

Listed as: Comedy

Studio: Paramount Pictures

Director: Marco Schnabel

Produced by: Mike Myers, Gary Barber

Written by: Graham Gordy, Mike Myers

Stars: Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake

The Plot / Story: Pitka (Meyers) an American raised outside of his country by gurus devotes his life to helping troubled couples. He returns to the States to get into the self-help business. He uses unorthodox methods to resolve his first challenge which is to settle the romantic troubles of a professional hockey player (Malco) whose wife left him for a rival lover (Timberlake) before the NHL Stanley Cup. (The Official Site)

WALL·E:

WALL E Watch The Trailer

Release Date: June 27th

Listed as: Action, Comedy, Family, Romance, Sci-Fi

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Pixar

Director: Andrew Stanton

Produced by: Jim Morris, John Lasseter, Lindsey Collins

Written by: Andrew Stanton

Stars: Ben Burtt, Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy

The Plot / Story: According to John Lasseter:

WALL-E is the story of the last little robot on Earth. He is a robot and his programming was to help clean up. You see, it's set way in the future. Through consumerism, rampant, unchecked consumerism, the Earth was covered with trash. And to clean up, everyone had to leave Earth and set in place millions of these little robots that went around to clean up the trash and make Earth habitable again.

Well, the cleanup program failed with the exception of this one little robot and he's left on Earth doing his duty all alone. He doesn't know he can't stop working. But it's not a story about science fiction. It's a love story, because, you see, WALL·E falls in love with EVE, a robot from a probe that comes down to recover the last plant left on Earth, which curious little Wall-E has picked up. He absolutely falls in love with her.

(The Official Site)

Wanted:

Wanted_film_posterWatch The Trailer

Release Date: June 27th

Listed as: Action, Thriller

Studio: Picturehouse Entertainment

Director: Timur Bekmambetov

Produced by: Marc Platt, Jason Netter, Jim Lemley

Written by: Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Chris Morgan, Dean Georgaris

Stars: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Thomas Kretschmann, Angelina Jolie

The Plot / Story: Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is offered the opportunity to seek revenge in the murder of his father, who was an assassin. Gibson is invited by his father's partner, Sloan (Morgan Freeman), to follow in his father's footsteps.[2] Sloan's second-in-command (Angelina Jolie) mentors Gibson,[3] who follows the death orders issued by the Fates, weavers who read individuals' destinies in fabrics produced by mystical looms (via wikipedia). (The Official Site)

Project:Shadow 2007 December Newsletter

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Are you concerned about keeping up to date on the latest Speculative Fiction, Culture, and Tech news? Would you like to talk with other like minded fans of sci-fi fantasy and horror? Then join us at the Project Shadow HQ at  http://hq.projectshadow.com/where you can share with us your favorite finds or talk about your latest fascination. The conversation is here!

 

KILLER REVIEW  

***Eric received a great write up for his novel Legends of the Jade Moon Book One: Liquid Sky here is an excerpt for your enjoyment.

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...What we have here is indeed science fiction ala Dune, though less detailed but just as vividly portrayed. Dorsett deserves praise for the execution of a story less intimidating for one more inclined to read other genres which require far less brain power to understand, breaks through those barriers and develops a narrative which renders a glossary needless and pretty much explains itself as is without asserting its vast mythology in explanatory rhetoric.

I enjoyed the damn thing. I think C.E. Dorsett is one powerhouse of imagination, inspired obviously by the greats of his craft. Liquid Sky is full of mysticism and spirituality, of themes centered on the search for one’s inner self and the meaning of the universe around him, where a youthful monk with adopted parents finds himself catapulted into an interstellar journey fueled by the death of the one he called Father and driven at odds by the results of saving him, by mysterious truth-sayers who aren’t what they seem and personal intuition telling him he’s destined to amount to something greater than himself and the savior of worlds. Ianus’ adventures and intrigue are entertaining and don’t smother us in the sort of over-explanation I’d read in other novels like this one. Liquid Sky is an extremely intelligent, very readable and delightful piece of work, and I’m glad to recommend it...

 

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MOON SPOTTING

***Brian posted a review of the Story Black Moon Rising here is a copy of it.

Wow! This is a great story!   5 stars (must own)

The story picks up from where we left off with Adir Radd in the hospital tortured by his visions of the future. I was caught up in Adir’s haunting vision.  It is written so viscerally I could almost hear the screams and smell the stink coming off of the battle field. This heart felt tale took me through the events and choices that led Dov Lavan to become the famed villain I knew him to be from reading Liquid Sky: Legends of the Jade Moon http://astore.amazon.com/projectshadow/detail/0595369162/.  The choices and motivations of Dov were very compelling. Reading his tale turned him into a compassionate and sad character. I could empathize with his frustrations and found myself thinking that if I were caught up in the same situation I would probably make the same choices. The conclusion was extremely rewarding even though I knew how the story would end I still found myself shocked, surprised and brought to tears with a beautiful, rewarding ending. To be cliché for a minute I literally laughed, cringed and cried while reading this.

Dark Moon Rising is the second installment of C. E. Dorsett’s Fates Harrow series which covers three historical characters in the Barren’s End setting. Their tale was first told in the book Liquid Sky: Legends of the Jade Moon but from the Jade Moon’s perspective.

In this episode Dov Lavan fears loosing his friends and culture, longing to save the ones he cares about he takes on a new master who promises to help him lead his people into a safer future. Dov rises to power, forming a new group, encouraging others to join him and stand for freedom. But, his childhood friends Tien Shaa and Adir Radd are concerned with the fire in Dov’s rhetoric, so they set out to try and stop the coming war.

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Matt gets a great write up in on the pod.net (http://rurl.org/box): Community member Matthew Wayne Selznick received a great write up that talked about all of his current projects. The article highlighted Matthew's DIY ethic and podcast Writers Talking. This is a great article, if you haven't read it yet check it out at (http://rurl.org/box). If you have some news you would like to share with us then log into the HQ and share it we would love to hear about it.

Release information for next episode of Fates Harrow, Black Moon Rising: The next episode of Fates Harrow, Black Moon Rising is finished and shall be published through the amazon shorts program any day now. Sorry we can't give you any more information as to a specific date. You can get your copy through the Project:Shadow store and if you haven't already you can get the other episodes Deus Ex Machina, and Night Terror.

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Share your opinion on the newest forum discussion: Who's at fault for all of the remakes we see today. In the discussion we want to take a look at why or what cause has lead us to seeing so many remakes and rehashing and why there isn't a lot of new projects being produced? Is it the producers fault. It is easier to invest money into a known project that has an established audience. It is easier to market and sell something that already has a known franchise behind it because for the most part if it is already established all you need to do is mention the franchise and the audience will try it and buy it. Is it the consumers fault. As consumers how do we find out what is new? How do we find out what is good? Are we lazy or do not have enough time to seek out and or try new things. Do we not have enough money to buy into new things only to have them turn out bad and are not willing to risk our money on something that is not established Is it the fault of too much stuff because there is too much new stuff coming out so the only way to be heard and discovered is to ride in on the franchise of something already established.

National Novel Writing Month: This is National Novel Writing Month! Throughout the month of November writers sign up to try and write 50,000 words in 30 days. It's a great exercise and a lot of fun. If you are signed up and are feverishly writing away stop in the HQ and share your experience with us.

C.E. Dorsett is doing a video blog for National Novel Writing Month in November: Eric is working on writing a novel this month for National Novel Writing Month. If you would like to follow along and see how he is doing then catch his video blog at ProjectShadow.com

We Love Net Flix! We have been a member of Netflix for more than five years now and it is great! Before that we would spend one to three hours in the video store every Friday looking and trying to decide what video we wanted to rent (a large chunk of this time was spent trying to remember what videos were out that we wanted to see), spend all that money on the rentals, and then have to go through the hassle of trying to watch and return the video so that we would not get charged a late fee. This terrible experience was flipped with Netflix. Now we have a list of videos that we want to see set up. Whenever we see a trailer for a movie or show that we want to rent we just add it to our list and when it gets released to dvd about a year latter the video just arrives! Now every week we get excited waiting for the mail to arrive so that we can see what new videos arrive. We watch them when we get time to watch them. Then when we are done watching it (in some cases this can take several weeks to accomplish partially due to some hectic event that takes up all of our time and in some situations it's because we end up watching it over and over again) we just drop it in the mail. If you don't already use Netflix then go to the ProjectShadow store get signed up!

Listen Live, daily, to our new podcast Project:Shadow Informant: We are doing a live podcast Monday through Friday at 1:30 est on talk shue (http://rurl.org/a8j). You can also stream the podcast or download it. On the Project:Shadow Informant we cover news and topics related to the speculative fiction culture. Its great fun and a nice way to keep up as per what is going on, join us!

Share your favorite video clip with the group: We now have 76 videos available to members at the ProjectShadow HQ that have been shared to us by members of the groups. Its a great way to share your great finds with everyone and also a great way to catch the coolest, neatest new videos that are out.

Chapters 2 & 3 are up on the liquid sky erratta! Yes the next two chapters are done and available for members to read and share their input. The new fixes are really looking great and takes the reading experience of Liquid Sky to a whole new level.

Have you uploaded your fun photos yet? We now have 98 photos available for the members to enjoy on the HQ. If you have some fun photos that you would love to share with the group then go to the HQ and add them.

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Guilty and Cheap

Tomorrow is my mother's birthday.  I spent most of the day today with her.  She wanted a necklace, so I got her one that she liked, and that I can afford.  Now I feel like cheapskate 'cause I couldn't afford to get her anything nicer.

I feel like this a lot.  My budgets have been tight, and I am not able to be as extravagant as I would like.  I know I shouldn't feel sad, and yes, I know it is the thought that counts, but I cannot help it.

O, well, It is just a quirk in being me.

(from my HQ blog)

New Mission Greatest Hits 2 CD Set Released

C.E. Dorsett The Mission has released a two disc greatest hits anthology called the Phonograph Years, Fans of the Mission or any other dark wave/gothic music have to get a copy of this and celebrate the brilliance of the Mission.

As well as writing the comprehensive sleeve notes Wayne was also heavily involved, in collaboration with Universal, in the final selection of the tracks for this anthology. Highlights being a newly unearthed gem in ‘Diamond Cuts Diamond’, a song the band recorded during the ‘Carved In Sand’ sessions that has never before been released in any form whatsoever, and ‘Hands across The Ocean’, a radically different version of the song that was eventually released as a single. A completely over-the-top live version of ‘Blood Brother’ from 1988 and a demo of ‘Belief’ produced by Mike Fraser. And a fair few versions of the more popular and more well known tunes are appearing on CD for the very first time. We think it’s something any Mission fan would definetly want in their CD collection. And released, again by Universal, a week later on March 20th, is the Mission film/documentary ‘Waves Upon The Sand’. This is the film that has only until now been available on VHS and follows the band during the ‘Carved In Sand’ album period, on tour and in the studio. This is coupled on DVD with the live film that was recorded and released, again only previously on VHS, as ‘Crusade’ in 1986. This DVD will sell at mid-price. And again, a must have for all Mission fans and available to pre-order from Amazon.com.

The Mission Anthology - The Phonogram Years


CD1: 1. Serpent’s Kiss 2. Garden Of Delight (Extended) 3. Like A Hurricane 4. Crystal Ocean (7” edit version) Never before released on CD. 5. Shelter From The Storm (Janice Long BBC session version) 6. Stay With Me (7” edit version) 7. Blood Brother (Recorded live at The Astoria, London, March 1988) Never before released 8. And The Dance Goes On….. 9. Wasteland (7” edit version) 10. Severina (7” edit version) 11. Tomorrow Never Knows (amphetamix) Only available previously on CD on Japanese import. 12. Beyond The Pale (7” edit version) 13. Kingdom Come (Janice Long BBC session version) 14. Tower Of Strength (Bombay Mix edit) 15. For Ever More


CD2: 1. Amelia (Live from the Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, May 1990) 2. Into The Blue (7” edit version) 3. Butterfly On A Wheel (7” edit version) 4. Deliverance (Sorcerer’s Mix) 5. Belief (Mike Fraser produced demo) 6. Grapes Of Wrath (Demo) 7. Hands Across The Ocean (Tim Palmer produced demo) 8. Diamond Cuts Diamond (Tim Palmer produced demo) 9. Bird Of Passage 10. Metal Guru 11. Never Again (7” edit version) 12. Shades Of Green (Utah Saints 7” remix) 13. Trail Of Scarlet (Sitar Mix) 14. Like A Child Again (7” edit version) 15. Afterglow (Full length Olympic version)


A short extract from the sleevnotes written by Wayne:

BLOOD BROTHER (Live at The Astoria, London, March 1988) Originally seeing life as the ‘b’ side on the ‘Stay With Me’ single, I wrote this in response to a song that The Cult had recorded for a Radio 1 session in which Ian Astbury gives me a name check. Can’t now remember the name of that song. Our first tour in January 1986 had been as special guests on The Cult’s ‘Love’ European tour. This version was recorded during our 7 sold out nights at The Astoria during the‘Children’ tour. My vocals are a little rough but I think this captures perfectly the band at this time. It’s big, noisy, confident and arrogant, melodramatic and megalomaniacal, and completely glorious. Never before released.

BUTTERFLY ON A WHEEL (7” edit) This was the first single of the new decade, the 90’s, released on 1st January. One of our more popular and evergreen tunes, this was a song that I wrote for Julianne of All About Eve. I remember when we’d finished mixing it at Swanyard Studio we played it to Charlie Eyre. He sat in the middle of the big SSL mixing desk and listened to the song blaring out of the big studio monitors and when it had ended he swung around in his chair with a tear in his eye and said, just like George Martin did to The Beatles after they’d recorded ‘Please, Please Me’, ‘Well boys, you’ve just made your first no. 1 record’. Of course, history decreed a different fate for us compared to The Beatles but the song did eventually make it to No. 1.….. In South Africa.

BELIEF (Mike Fraser version) Before we commenced recording the ‘Carved In Sand’ album with Tim Palmer again producing we tried recording with a few other producers/engineers, one of which was Mike Fraser. Mike was a lovely, genial Canadian that generally worked out of the Little Mountain Studio in Vancouver. Mike’s credits had included Aeorsmith, The Cult, and Metallica amongst others. It was suggested that to achieve some commercial success in the USA we should use a producer/engineer with a working knowledge of that elusive American ‘big rock’ radio sound. Now, I’m not particulary a fan of any of the aforementioned bands or American ‘big rock’ but the lure of the yankee dollar was very hard to resist at that time and in our pursuit of global dominance we recorded this version of ‘Belief’ with Mike. The recording took place in London, can’t remember which studio, and then I flew with Mike to Vancouver for a few days to mix the track at Little Mountain. It actually now sounds a lot better to me than I remember and working with Mike was a good experience, I liked him a lot. But I didn’t think it was the right decision to work with a North American for that album. I wanted to retain the little ‘Britishness’ that we still had left. And whilst I think Tim Palmer did a great job I used to often wonder, what if? This version has never before been released.

DIAMOND CUTS DIAMOND (Tim Palmer produced demo) This is another song that was recorded as a demo for the ‘Carved In Sand’ album and discarded. It’s very wordy and obviously a work in progress and easy to see why we did reject it but it stands testament to the wealth of material we had accumulated for that album. We ended up having enough completed material (that we were happy with) for two albums and released ‘Grains Of Sand’ some 6 months or so after the release of ‘Carved’. Actually, hearing this now again after all these years I do really like the guitars on the outro (Mission).

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Seven good Catholics Stand up to Bishop

C.E. Dorsett To be upfront and honest with you, this is why I left the Catholic Church. My beliefs remain Catholic even though the church has gone batty. Just wanted to reveal my bias up front.

Seven members of the board of Catholic Charities of Boston resigned Wednesday to protest bishops' effort to prohibit same-sex couples from adopting from Catholic social service agencies.

We “cannot participate in an effort to pursue legal permission to discriminate against Massachusetts citizens who want to play their part in building strong families,” the seven members said in a written statement (Gay.com).

How can the Church actively work to stop LGBT people from adopting? What legal or ethical grounds could they possibly have? I am going to hold my tongue on this and go say a Rosary for this Bishop and the errant church. I salute these seven board members, they are truly on the side of the angels.

Seven good Catholics Stand up to Bishop

C.E. Dorsett To be upfront and honest with you, this is why I left the Catholic Church. My beliefs remain Catholic even though the church has gone batty. Just wanted to reveal my bias up front.

Seven members of the board of Catholic Charities of Boston resigned Wednesday to protest bishops' effort to prohibit same-sex couples from adopting from Catholic social service agencies.

We “cannot participate in an effort to pursue legal permission to discriminate against Massachusetts citizens who want to play their part in building strong families,” the seven members said in a written statement (Gay.com).

How can the Church actively work to stop LGBT people from adopting? What legal or ethical grounds could they possibly have? I am going to hold my tongue on this and go say a Rosary for this Bishop and the errant church. I salute these seven board members, they are truly on the side of the angels.

When you take the Eye off the Prize

  Ayman al-Zawahri, Bin Laden's number one man has released a new tape {see story} claiming emanate victory in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It is a subtle reminder that the threat from those who really attacked us is still real, and growing.  We can only hope that this diversion in Iraq will not lead to major attack in the United States.  If they keep with their pattern, there will be a major attack in 2 to 6 months (November 9 to March 9).There was an attack in Indonesia {see story}.    My heart goes out to those who died in today's attack.

  I was on the Randi Rhodes Show today...

...and boy did I make a fool out of myself.  I called in to the Randi Rhodes Show {show} {her site} today.  I prepared what I wanted to say, but when she said, "Eric in Poplar Bluff..." I just lost my train to thought.  I got to say most of what I wanted to, but I was so star-struck...  I have met quite a few celebrities.  She is the only one I have ever had that happen.

Stage fright is one thing, and when you add being in the presence with true greatness... I could just die.    It was good to speak out.  Now, if only there was a way to get a radio station in Cape.