Tuesday 18 December Link-a-Mania

Heroes' star is on the Game
Heroes heartthrob Milo Ventimiglia (Peter, the sponge mutant) has bagged himself a role in an SF thriller called Game, according to Coming Soon . He cryptically reveals that he plays, "A very interesting futuristic character that's not necessarily in control of himself," in the futuristic flick, written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the team behind the high octane madness that was Crank. It stars Gerard Butler, and sounds like an internage-age spin on Tron, with players trapped inside multiplayer on-line games.

Watchmen Artist Likes What He See
The official site for the Watchmen movie has a brief set report from the original comic strip's artists Dave Gibbons, who gushes, "I'm overwhelmed by the depth and detail of what I'm seeing." There's also a shot of Dave in front of a saggy Dollar Bill costume... with its fatal cape.

Resurrecting Kirk
We may yet see Kirk in the next Trek movie, though the possibility is becoming less likely as the film enters full production. In an interview with Sci Fi Wire the film's co-scripter Roberto Orci reveals that, "We are still hoping to find a way... One of the difficulties that was brought up and discussed with Shatner when we all met him and pitched him ideas is that Trek fans are sticklers for their canon. Unfortunately, Kirk was killed in Star Trek VII." Which, to be frank, is an excuse so bobbins when it comes to SF (in which characters are rsurrected, exhumed and recreated all the time) it sounds more like a negotiating tactic. Trouble is, with the writers' strike still going strong, and the film now shooting, even if they do find a way to include Kirk, there's no-one available to rewrite the script. Hey, we're sure Shatner can improv.

Less Reality, More Who
In a survey run by the BBC Trust viewers have slammed the Corporation's reliance on reality and makeover shows while praising Doctor Who for being a "genuine alternative" and an example of a fresh take on old idea, reports The Guardian . University Challenge, The Antiques Roadshow and The Apprentice and Strictly Come Dancing were also given the thumbs up. No mention of Hyperdrive.

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