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X Files Star Gillian Anderson Returns To Screens As An Evil Scientist In Doctor Who by Daily Mail Reporter (Daily Mail (UK) 24 April 2009 / ) - Best known as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on The X-Files, Gillian Anderson now resides in London, England and is jumping feet first into Doctor Who. Not content with playing opposite former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston onstage in London's West End, Ms. Anderson will be playing opposite Matt Smith, the next incarnation of the Doctor. Apparently she will be a glamorous evil scientific genius who happens to be a regenerated Time Lady called the Rani, last played in the 80s by actress Kate O'Mara. (more ...)

J G Ballard (1931 - 2009) by ( 19 April 2009 / ) - From Huffinton Post: Writer J.G. Ballard, best known for the autobiographical novel "Empire Of The Sun," which drew on his childhood detention in a Japanese prison camp in China, died Sunday, his agent said. He was 78. Ballard was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006. He had been ill "for several years" and died in London at the home of his long-term partner, his agent Margaret Hanbury said. She did not give the cause of death. (Source: )

2008 Shirley Jackson Award ballot has been released by ( 18 April 2009 / ) - The 2008 Shirley Jackson Award ballot has been released, and the finalists in the novel category are:

    # Alive in Necropolis, Doug Dorst (Riverhead Hardcover)
    # The Man on the Ceiling, Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem (Wizards of the Coast Discoveries)
    # Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory (Del Rey)
    # The Resurrectionist, Jack O'Connell (Algonquin Books)
    # The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford (William Morrow)
    # Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

    Universal Dimensions: The Space Art of Wang Ming on Display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Starting April 9 until October 9. 2009 by ( 16 April 2009 / ) - "Universal Dimensions: The Space Art of Wang Ming" on Display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Starting April 9 ending Oct. 9th. "Universal Dimensions: The Space Art of Wang Ming" showcases the art of Chinese painter Wang Ming through 35 works that are part of the artist's personal collection. Since leaving China in 1951, Ming, a former air traffic controller and art framer, has striven to make art that builds a bridge of understanding between people of all nationalities and cultures. The exhibition will be on display at the National Air and Space Museum's National Mall building from April 9 through Oct. 9.

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    Robert J. Sawyer's Appearances to promote WWW: Wake by ( 16 April 2009 / ) - Robert J. Sawyer will be making appearances in San Francisco and across Canada promoting his 18th novel science-fiction novel, WAKE. WAKE, will be released in the United States on April 7, and in Canada on April 14.

    All events are free and open to the public -- please come out and say hello, and please help spread the word! (more ...)

    Fox Wants Theaters To Foot The Bill For 3D Glasses by David Lieberman, USA TODAY (USA Today.com 15 April 2009 / ) -

    NEW YORK — Hollywood studios and movie theaters are seeing double over a new dispute that could determine how quickly consumers will be able to enjoy the fast-growing number of 3D films in all their multidimensional glory.

    At issue: Who will pay for millions of disposable 3D glasses? Thus far, studios have picked up the tab in theaters that use technology from RealD, which has about 90% of the 3D market.

    But Fox wants to shift that charge to exhibitors for its first 3D release, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, which opens on July 1 - prompting a strong protest from Regal Entertainment, the largest theater owner.

    "Other studios are watching this very intently to see whether Fox prevails," says Research Associates analyst Marla Backer. If it does, "Then other studios will say, 'We also want to have the exhibitor pay.' This is going to be an interesting test."

    There's a lot at stake. The glasses cost as much as $1 apiece. That can amount to about 20% of a theater's take from a $10 movie ticket.

    Three Million Dollar Auction of Hollywood Memorabilia April 30 and May 1, 2009 by Press Release (Profiles in History 14 April 2009 / ) - We thought that the list of items being auctioned from the collection of the late Forrest J. Ackerman (starting on April 30 to May 1, 2009) was impressive. That is until we saw a list of some of the other collectibles also being auctioned on those two days and thought that if Forry were still alive and maybe 20 years younger, he might be looking to add some of them to his collection. (more ...)

    HUGO AWARD LOGO DESIGN CONTEST ANNOUNCED by (WSFS 09 April 2009 / ) - The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) has announced a contest for a design for an official logo for the Hugo Awards. The Hugo Awards honor the best in written and dramatized science fiction and fantasy, as well as other categories, and are the highest honors in the field of science fiction and fantasy. While the streamlined rocket that is a common feature of the Hugo Award trophy is well known within the field of science fiction and fantasy, there has never been an official logo suitable for designating that a work is a Hugo Award winner. WSFS, through its Hugo Awards Marketing Committee, is soliciting designs for such a logo, which would be suitable for use in the publishing and film/television industries, and in solidifying the Hugo Awards "brand." (more ...)

    Profiles In History To Auction Over 200 Hand-Sculpted Wax Figures From The Hollywood Wax Museum May 1, 2009 by Press Release (Profiles in History, The Hollywood Wax Museum 06 April 2009 / ) - Have you ever wanted to own your personal celebrity wax figure? Whether your tastes run to stars of the silver screen and TV, world class athletes, great musicians, or presidents, you might want to check out the sale of more than 200 figures being auctioned by the world-famous Hollywood Wax Museum. (more ...)

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