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‘Blood & Chrome’ (finally) gets an airdate; ‘Retaliation’ does not have more Channing


Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, the second prequel to the Syfy Channel’s original reboot of the late 1970’s show Battlestar Galactica, will debut on the cable network on February 10. It will be released on VOD, Blu-ray and DVD on February 19. This show was originally planned as a series, set around the beginning of the Cylon war, before they vanished for a century that would eventually be depicted in Ron Moore’s reboot of Glen A. Larson’s original series. It was designed as a more action-packed drama than the more cerebral Caprica, the first prequel, was. But in March of 2012, Syfy decided not to move forward with the show beyond the pilot –while it was designed as a cost-effective show with virtual sets and other cost-saving factors, but they claimed the post-production lead-time and expenses actually made the series not financially viable for always cost-conscious cable net and their parent company, NBC/Universal.  Though they promised it would eventually air on the cable channel, it languished in some dark, dusty corner of the network before finally debuting online with aide from the YouTube channel Machinima Prime as a series of 10-12 minute chapters; there it garnered some 8 million views. For fans, who watched the online version, they may want to tune in, as this broadcast version will actually have scenes that not aired in the online version.

g_i_-joe_-retaliationIt had been guessed that the reason Paramount pulled G.I. Joe: Retaliation from the release schedule last May –almost six weeks before its release- was because the film was in trouble. Paramount said it was just to do a 3D conversion –which do extremely well in foreign markets- and maybe a few reshoots to tighten the film up. As the weeks went on, more rumors surfaced that not only was Retaliation more than troubled, it needed to have Channing Tatum –who was in the first film and who’s character is the catalyst for the titled (thus, Paramount revealing secret plot of the movie) sequel was returning to film additional scenes.  But according to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, he told the press at the TCA’s in Pasadena recently that more Tatum was not the reason. “No, it’s not,” Di Bonaventura says. “That is a complete rumor. I don’t know where that started. Literally, Channing shot for – if I have it wrong, I’m off by an hour – four hours, five hours? So it wasn’t really about that at all.” And he says the current cut is not that much different from the one they planned last summer. “It’s not much different,” Di Bonaventura says. “Literally, we shot for three extra days. We just added sort of explanation in what we did afterwards.” Still, historically, when a film is delayed, it usually means the films narrative is in trouble. And while these type of films are seen as more escapism than having any sort of internal logic, American audiences are beginning to see that they are, at times, being lured not for the joy of a film experience, but just to make sure they score as much money as they can before the viewer’s catch on. As for the 3D, again, the oversea market does not care how bad a film is here. They’ll see any American made film.

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