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    Episode 137 – Stranger Things 2

    JC and Rita are in the upside down and loving every minute of it. We talk Stranger Things 2, plus Thor Ragnarok and the 13th Doctor’s new look – revealed!

    All this and much more on Transmissions From The Upside Down…er Atlantis!

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    Transmissions From Atlantis 137 – Stranger Things 2

    • Opening
    • Rapid Fire
      • Universal cancels the Dark Universe
      • Disney trying to buy 21st Century Fox
      • Amazon developing a Lord of the Rings TV series
      • The Orville Renewed
      • The latest Last Jedi trailer
      • Shazam to star former Chuck star Zachary Levi
      • Thor Ragnarok
    • Main Topic – Stranger Things 2
    • Doctor Who
      • The 13th’s Doctor New Look
      • The TARDIS’ got a makeover too
      • Eccleston says Doctor Who needed to reinvent itself
      • Composer Dudley Simpson passes away
      • The Doctor’s Daughter is coming back…in audio
    • Closing – Featuring the Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin

     

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    Episode 99 – Misti-Con 2015, Brazen Wench Productions and Tomorrowland!

    JC and Rita are back with another action packed episode. This week we tell you all about the amazing Harry Potter convention Misti-Con 2015. We also tell you  about our new roles with Brazen Wench Productions – what does it mean for the show? What does it mean for all the other projects we’ve talked about over the past  few episodes? What are we actually doing? We let you know. Rita and JC also have a rant…sorry review on Disney’s Tomorrowland.

    In Doctor Who, we talk about Carol Ann Ford and John Barrowman’s potential return to the show, plus would Doctor Who work on Netflix? All this and more on  this week’s TFA!

    Transmissions From Atlantis 99 – MistiCon 2015, Brazen Wench Productions and Tomorrowland

    • Opening
    • MistiCon 2015
    • Brazen Wench Productions
    • Doctor Geek’s Moment of Science – Jet Pack
    • Tomorrowland
    • Doctor Who
    • Closing
        

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    Star Mage – The First Series Trade Paperback

    JC De La Torre, author of the critically acclaimed novel Ancient Rising, gives us a new fusion of Science Fiction and Magic in Star Mage! Darien Connors discovers he’s not from Earth, has strange magical powers, and is the key in an ancient war between two alien races of necromancers. Star Mage offers wizard battles with a side of spaceship warfare, alien worlds, and weird creatures.

    All six issues of the first series of JC De La Torre’s Sci-Fi and Fantasy Epic Star Mage are collected in to one awesome trade paperback. Including the six issues, this collection also features a new Star Mage story written by White Chapel co-writer Martin Dunn with art from Derrick Fish, crests of the Houses of Lambdu Kishpu and concept art by Ray Dillon and Franco Cespedes.

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    Earth Station One Episode 268 – Tomorrowland Movie Review – The ESO Network

    Earth Station One Ep 268
    Yesterday is history. Today is a gift. Tomorrow is a mystery. But is Tomorrowland a good movie? Mike, Mike, Ashley Bergner, and Dr. Scott Viguie strap on their jetpacks and take flight with Brad Bird and company. Pixel Zombie’s Lisa Page joins us to discuss some new products, but she may be in need of some first aid herself after she faces the Geek Seat! Jon Carr has some exciting news for Atlanta improv fans, and we rave about TimeGate 2015!

    Table of Contents
    0:00:00 Show Open / Rants and Raves
    0:18:25 Interview & Geek Seat w/ Lisa Page of Pixel Zombie
    0:39:58 Tomorrowland Movie Review
    1:29:19 Khan Report
    1:34:09 Jon Carr of Dad’s Garage
    1:37:45 Show Close

    Links
    The New ESO Amazon.com E-Store
    ESO on iTunes
    ESO on Stitcher Radio
    The ESO Window Sticker
    Make-A-Wish Foundation
    Pixel Zombies
    Dad’s Garage

    ESO Network Appearances

    May 28-31 Momocon (Atlanta, GA)
    ESW/ESMCU (Jen)
    SERIOUSLY DAN (Dan)

    May 29 Atlanta Speakeasy Electroswing at Red Light Cafe
    RRETRO (Q)

    Jun 5-7 FuMPFest (Wheeling, IL)
    FLOP (Kevin, Kornflake)

    Jun 6 Southern Cigar Festival Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Alpharetta, GA)
    CIGAR NERDS

    Jun 10-14 Hukilau (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
    ESO (MikeG)

    Jun 13 Leesburg Public Library Comic-Con (Leesburg, FL)
    DR GEEK (Scott)

    Jul 18-19 Con Kasterborous (Huntsville, AL)
    ESW (MikeF, MikeG)

    If you would like to leave feedback or a comment on the show please call the ESO feedback line at (404)963-9057 (remember long distance charges may apply) or feel free to email us @ esopodcast@gmail.com

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    Movie review: ‘Cinderella’ a charming, old-fashioned fairy tale – Earth Station One

    rs_1024x759-141119042502-1024.Cinderella-JR-111914By Ashley Bergner/Box Office Buzz

    In recent years, Hollywood has become quite adept at transforming well-known fairy tales into something creative and unexpected. “Snow White and the Huntsmen” brought a sense of gothic grit to a famous children’s story. “Maleficent” turned a seemingly irredeemable Disney villain into a more sympathetic figure (and switched up the classic fairy tale cliche of “true love’s kiss”). The TV show “Once Upon a Time” featured a split narrative that had fairy tale characters living in a small American town under a curse.

    However, Disney’s new live action “Cinderella” is a surprisingly straightforward and traditional retelling, sticking fairly close to the storyline of Disney’s own 1950s animated version. While I like many of the revisionist fairy tales we’ve seen, in this instance, the traditional tone works perfectly, and “Cinderella” is a charming, beautifully-shot family film.

    I won’t spend much time describing the plot, because most of you probably know the story by heart already — the cruel stepmother, the fairy godmother, the royal ball, the glass slipper, the “happily ever after.” The film stars Lily James, best known as the character Rose from “Downton Abbey.” James gives the character a sense of sweetness and kindness without being artificially earnest; her gentle spirit is genuine. She has a nice sense of chemistry with “Game of Thrones’” Richard Madden, who plays the prince. Although technically they don’t really have much time to get to know each other (and we learned from “Frozen” that you really shouldn’t marry someone you’ve just known for a day!) ;) the romance is sweetly portrayed. Cate Blanchett is icy and elegant as the “evil stepmother; she thankfully doesn’t overplay the role, giving the character a few sympathetic touches. Holliday Grainger and fellow “Downton” alum Sophie McShera are great fun as the two over-the-top stepsisters, with entertainingly hideous costumes and constant bickering. And Helena Bonham Carter has a brief appearance as the quirky fairy godmother.

    Another highlight of the film is the gorgeous set design and elaborate costumes. Bright colors pop off the screen, and Patrick Doyle’s lovely score fits perfectly with the film.

    As I mentioned before, director Kenneth Branagh keeps the story fairly traditional, and in this case, it works, because while it is traditional, it certainly doesn’t feel stale. The lively performances bring a freshness to the well-known tale. Although this Cinderella doesn’t immediately come across as empowered a heroine as perhaps some of the other princesses in recent fairy tale retellings, she’s more than just a helpless damsel-in-distress pining away in a tower. She’s not a warrior but she does have courage, and determines not to give up, even when it looks like her story won’t have a happy ending. She doesn’t rely on fancy dresses, expensive carriages, or even necessarily the prince to make her happy; she finds that inside.

    As much as I like some of the grittier fairy tale retellings, sometimes it’s nice to have a straightforward “happily ever after.” “Cinderella” is rather like a finely-crafted piece of cake — sweet but still with substance.

     

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    Movie review: ‘Maleficent’ offers a twist on a classic fairy tale

    By Ashley Bergner
    Box Office Buzz

    178833 KS_New_maleficentMaleficent is one of Disney’s most iconic villains — a terrifying fairy and master of dark magic who curses the infant Princess Aurora, better known as “Sleeping Beauty.” She’s heartless and irredeemably evil … or is she? Disney’s new film “Maleficent” offers a different twist on the classic fairy tale, presenting Maleficent as a damaged antihero whose heart wasn’t always bent on revenge.

    “Maleficent” takes places in a fantasy land divided into two realms: humans and magical creatures. The young fairy Maleficent befriends Stefan, a human who wanders across the border between the realms. She falls in love with him, but he betrays her in order to become next in line to succeed to the throne. Enraged and heartbroken, Maleficent plans the perfect revenge: she curses Stefan’s newborn daughter, Aurora, to prick her finger on a spinning wheel on her 16th birthday and fall into a sleep like death.

    However, events transpire a bit differently than in the animated “Sleeping Beauty” film. As Maleficent watches Aurora grow up, her heart is touched by the young girl’s innocence and compassion, and she begins to question whether she should use the princess as the instrument of her revenge. The curse is too powerful to be stopped, but are love and forgiveness powerful enough to break it once it takes hold?

    Although “Maleficent” has received mixed reviews from critics, most seem to agree the main strength is Angelina Jolie, who stars as Maleficent. Jolie is the perfect fit for the role; not only does she look the part, thanks to great costume and make-up work, she brings more depth to a character that was previously a one-dimensional villain. She conveys a sense of regal but dangerous power, and she’s terrifying when she unleashes the full force of her wrath on King Stefan. The visuals and special effects are darkly gorgeous, taking on a more gothic feel as Maleficent’s wrath casts a shadow across the land.

    While it is nice to have a family film option in the summer release schedule, especially since it seems like it’s been a while since there’s been one that’s live action, I did find myself wondering what “Maleficent” would have been like if film makers had been allowed to make it a little darker and grittier. 2012′s “Snow White and the Huntsman” wasn’t flawless, but one of the things I liked best about the film was the fact it wasn’t afraid to be dark and gritty, and it was fun to see the classic fairy tale presented as a gothic fantasy.

    Although this version’s Maleficent does some bad things, one could argue she’s never actually truly evil; she even “softens” her curse after King Stefan begs for mercy. If script writers had pushed Maleficent a little farther to the dark side, her eventual return to the light would have had even more emotional impact (à la Darth Vader in “Return of the Jedi”). It also might have been nice to see some deeper character development from some of the other players: perhaps a more nuanced King Stefan and more background on Maleficent’s shape-shifting henchman, Diaval.

    Still, the movie is definitely worth watching for Jolie’s performance and the breath-taking visuals. Also make sure you stay for the credits — they feature a haunting, eerie re-imagining of the “Sleeping Beauty” song “Once Upon a Dream” by Lana Del Rey.

     

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