Friday, April 24, 2009

News - 04/24/09...

Indie Magistical Racks Up Fest Kudos

The Magistical, an independent animated feature film from Out of Our Minds Studios, has added to its collection of film festival honors, taking the best animation award from the California Independent Film Festival.

The fairy tale story about a young boy who must believe in himself to save the ones he love was produced completely in-house with a little more than a dozen artists working on it at any one time.

is the studio’s first full-length feature, coming on the heels of several animated shorts and honors, including a 2004 BAFTA nomination. It was directed by Danny Oakley and John Cernak.

The film, which also has won awards at the Hollywood Film Festival, New Hampshire Film Festival and the Garden State Festival, is a selection of the currently running Newport Beach Film Festival, which will show the film April 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Mixed Ratings Results for "Sit Down, Shut Up"

Fox's new animated sitcom Sit Down, Shut Up performed well among 18-49 year old viewers, according to Nielsen's estimates, but still drew a smaller audience than the episodes of The Simpsons or Family Guy which bookended the series premiere last Sunday evening. The show drew a total of 5.2 million viewers, vs. The Simpsons' 6.5 million and Family Guy's 7.4 million.

PULSE News Talks with Armin Shimerman on "Batman: The Brave and the Bold"'s PULSE News has interviewed actor Armin Shimerman (aka 'Quark' from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) about his upcoming role as the Calculator on the "Night of the Huntress!" episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Shimerman reveals how much of a comic book and science fiction fan he was when he was younger, discusses how he worked with the producers of the show, and how the episode reunited him with Ellen Greene (who plays Mrs. Manface in the episode), who he worked with on Broadway in 1976 and hadn't seen since 1978.

The episode will debut on Cartoon Network on May 1, 2009, at 8:30 PM (Eastern/Pacific).

St. Petersburg Times Interviews "Phineas & Ferb" Creators

The St. Petersburg Times has interviewed Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, co-creators of Disney's hit animated comedy Phineas & Ferb. Among other things, the pair discuss how one moves from shows like Family Guy and SpongeBob SquarePants to Phineas & Ferb, the inspirations for the mixed family and individual characters on the show, whether we'll find out more about Phineas and Ferb's parents and their current mother's past career, why they have a platypus for a pet, and what's the deal with the giant floating baby head. What does that even mean?

Episodes and Bonus Features announced for G.I. Joe: Season 1.1 Box Set

Following earlier reports, reports that Shout! Factory has issued the episodes for the upcoming G.I. Joe: Season 1.1 on DVD. The first 3 disc contains the mini series, as well as an interview with G.I. Joe writer Ron Friedman on each disc. The fourth disc will contain seven episodes and a ton of bonus features and rub-on tattoos. Here is the listings for each disc:


G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero (The M.A.S.S. Device)

* The Cobra Strikes
* Slave of the Cobra Master
* The Worms of Death
* Duel in the Devil's Cauldron
* A Stake in the Serpent's Heart
BONUS: Looking back with writer Ron Friedman, Part 1


G.I. JOE: The Revenge of Cobra

* In the Cobra's Pit
* The Vines of Evil
* The Palace of Doom
* Battle on the Roof of the World
* The Amusement Park of Terror
BONUS: Looking back with writer Ron Friedman, Part 2


G.I. JOE: The Pyramid of Darkness

* The Further Adventures of G.I. Joe
* Rendezvous in the City of the Dead
* Three Cubes to Darkness
* Chaos in the Sea of Lost Souls
* Knotting Cobra's Coils
BONUS: Looking back with writer Ron Friedman, Part 3


* Countdown for Zartan
* Red Rocket's Glare
* Satellite Down
* Cobra Stops the World
* Jungle Trap
* Cobra's Creatures
* The Funhouse
BONUS: "Knowing is Half the Battle" PSAs
1963 Toy Fair Presentation
BONUS: Printable "Jungle Trap" Script
BONUS: Archival Hasbro Toy Commercials

G.I. Joe: Season 1.1 will arrive on July 21st, 2009. Interviews Lauren Conrad on Guest Starring Role on "Family Guy" has interviewed The Hills' Lauren Conrad about moving from reality TV to being a guest-voice on Family Guy playing herself. In the episode, Brian awakens after a night spent drowning his sorrows to find himself married to Conrad. In the interview, Conrad discusses how she ended up on the show, how true-to-life the plot twist is that she's nothing like her portrayal on "reality" TV, her acting training for the role and whether she plans to continue as an actor, and her new teens book L.A. Candy.

Conrad's guest appearance on Family Guy will debut on May 3, 2009.

Animation Insider on Animation Museum and Biz Complex in Bucheon, Korea

Animation Insider has taken a look at the plans to build an animation complex at Bucheon, South Korea, which will incorporate business offices and an animation museum. The complex will be designed by international design group NBBJ's Los Angeles office and Korean architects with an estimated price tag of ₩80 billion (approx. US$60 million).

Group seeks answers in police shooting of animator

Over 600 days since the fatal shooting of animator Paul Boyd by Vancouver Police Department members, a civil liberties group complained Wednesday that no decision has been made on laying criminal charges... or even on whether to hold a public hearing or coroner's inquest.

"In addition, the VPD professional standards investigation has not even begun," the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association said in a statement.

Boyd, an animator with Global Mechanic, died from gunshot wounds at the hands of Vancouver police August 13, 2007. The 39-year-old, who had suffered from bipolar disorder for two decades and had been severely depressed, allegedly attacked police with a bicycle chain. He was shot eight times after a struggle with officers.

A director of Ed, Edd n' Eddy, he was the animator behind the intro sequence on the series. He was a director of The Mr. Hell Show, and provided animation for Gary Larson's Tales From the Far Side and Mucha Lucha!

Boyd had taught first-semester classical animation for the computer-generated animation course at the Vancouver Film School. He was also director of animation and -- with Matthew Charde -- co-executive producer of "Eat and Move," two hand-drawn Flash-animated television PSAs for the Province of Alberta.

Vancouver police took a year to investigate the shooting and provide a report to the province's Criminal Justice Branch last August 2008.

"Investigations into police involved deaths need to be timely," said BCCLA president Robert Holmes, adding that the current British Columbia Crown Counsel Act and the most recent Attorney General's Ministry's description of the role of Crown Counsel say nothing about timeliness.

"Why should it take more than 600 days to decide whether to lay charges and have a public hearing? In British Columbia, police involved death cases drag on as the ball gets dropped from one agency to another. The Attorney General should commit to reform it all," Holmes said.

Boyd's family has told the BCCLA that it supports prompt action and the association's call for reform.

"Is this all a question of resources? Priorities? Embarrassment?" asked Holmes.

"The family and friends of Mr. Boyd and the citizens of Vancouver have a right to know what happened and who is responsible. The officers involved need to know if their conduct was legally appropriate and to move on or be held accountable. There is no need for this kind of delay."

AMPAS centennial celebration of Milt Kahl sold out

Those who haven't bought tickets to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' celebration of Disney animator Milt Kahl may need to wait in line for as long as two hours.

The Academy's centennial celebration of "Milt Kahl: The Animation Michelangelo," set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 27 at Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, is sold out. A standby line will form at 5:30 p.m. outside the venue at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

This celebration of Kahl will feature an insightful analysis of his animation drawings, rare film interviews with Kahl himself, and clips of his work from such Disney favorites as Mickey's Circus, Pinocchio, Bambi, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book and The Rescuers. The clips will be interspersed with commentary from those who worked beside him and were inspired by him, revealing the rigorous process and fiery personality of a true animation legend.

Part of the Marc Davis Celebration of Animation, "Milt Kahl: The Animation Michelangelo"
is hosted by Andreas Deja. One of the top animators of his generation, Deja brought to life characters as diverse as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Scar in The Lion King, and Lilo in Lilo & Stitch

A panel moderated by animation critic Charles Solomon. will feature Kathryn Beaumont, Brad Bird, Ron Clements, John Musker and Floyd Norman (all guests subject to availability).

Beaumont provided the voice of Alice in Alice in Wonderland and Wendy in Peter Pan. Bird has won the Animated Feature Film Oscar twice for his work on Pixar's The Incredibles and Ratatouille.

Clements and Musker served as co-directors and writers on
The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules and Treasure Planet. Norman preceded his lengthy TV animation career with experience as an apprentice/assistant to Kahl on Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone and The Jungle Book

Renowned for his unparalleled draftsmanship as well as his exacting nature, Kahl (1909–1987), one of the "nine old men" Walt Disney relied upon to bring his creative vision to the screen, was the animator to whom the other eight turned when they had trouble with a character or scene.

Two of Kahl's renowned colleagues, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, wrote in Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life: "Unlike many irascible temperaments who have filled the halls of history, Milt had a very sweet helpful side, when he chose. He gave unstintingly of his time and talent when it was to help the picture and almost as often to help a fellow artist who had a problem. However, he expected everyone coming for help to have worked hard and tried everything -- to have done his best before coming."

Throughout the '50s and '60s, when Kahl was responsible for the final design of many characters, he complained of being "saddled" with the animation of challenging, non-comic human characters such as Alice, Peter Pan, Wendy and Sleeping Beauty's Prince. But Kahl secretly relished the fact that it was his talent and drive that made these characters come alive.

All seating is unreserved. Ticketholders should plan to arrive and be seated at least 15 minutes before the event start time; at that point, unfilled seats will be released to patrons in the standby line.

For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

Disney animator Milt Kahl at work.

Voice Work!

Tom Hanks (who has earlier remarked on how strenuous voice acting is) tells Empire magazine about his latest assignment for Toy Story 3:

"I have been in and done three big complete recording sessions and will probably have at least one more to do, possibly in about eight months," said Hanks .... "Then eight months after that I'll do a mop-up and have three more sessions after that. Those movies are beasts ..."

Hanks remarks that he, John Ratzenberger and Tim Allen sat in a theater and watched story reels of the film instead of read a script.

Of course, in the horse-and-buggy days of of 'toon voice recording (pre Jeffrey K.), there wasn't a whole lot in the way of scripts.

Woolie Reitherman and the crew would have a couple of sequences up on boards, the actor would come in, and Larry Clemmons would walk the talent through what was happening with the character.

Then the talent would look over the script pages stabled to cardboard (the better to prevent the horrid rattling sound) and go to work.

But the actors seeing the whole film up on story reels early on? Didn't happen. Woolfgang was still trying to figure out was going to happen in Sequence Three.

But maybe Woolie's biggest challenge, back in those olden times, was trying to figure out how to work around actor Joe Flynn's bad timing of drowning in the backyard pool before his part in The Rescuers was fully recorded.

It kind of ... ah ... stopped further dialogue revisions for the character Snoop's. Happily, they had enough to continue.

A simpler, more innocent time, wouldn't you say?

(Thanks Animation Guild Blog)

DC Direct To Release Maquette Based On "Green Lantern: First Flight" Animated Feature

DC Comics has provided official details on an upcoming DC Direct maquette based on the upcoming Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature. Click on the pic to see a very large version.

Official details on the upcoming
Green Lantern: First Flight
maquette are as follows, made available by DC Comics.

Green Lantern: First Flight Maquette

Sculpted by: Karen Palinko

When pilot Hal Jordan accepts a mysterious, powerful ring from a dying alien creature, it transforms him into a Green Lantern, one of an elite force of heroes who patrol the universe to ensure peace and justice under the leadership of the Guardians of the Universe. Unsure of their newest recruit, the Guardians assign Hal to their most-honored Green Lantern Sinestro for training, unaware that Sinestro wants to overthrow the Guardians and create a new order he’ll control. It’s a battle of might and will power as Hal must prove his worth by defeating Sinestro to save the Green Lantern Corps. Voiced by a stellar cast including Christopher Meloni, Victor Garber, Tricia Helfer and Michael Madsen, this DC Universe original animated adventure bursts with action-packed shakedowns, showdowns and spectacular visuals as Green Lantern uses his powers and imagination to make the impossible real!

This hand-painted cold-cast porcelain maquette of Green Lantern is based on art from the highly anticipated Warner Home Video made-for-DVD animated original movie,
Green Lantern: First Flight!

Measuring approximately 9” tall x 4.25” wide x 4.75” deep, including the base, the maquette includes a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in a 4-color box. Limited edition of 4000! Quantities may be allocated. Advance-solicited; on sale
July 8, 2009 for $89.99 US.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature will debut Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

Nancy Cartwright Interviews David Silverman on "The Simpsons" at AWN

Actor Nancy Cartwright, who provides the voice for Bart Simpson, has interviewed with David Silverman about his work on The Simpsons in her latest column for AWN. Among other topics, Silverman discusses his "lucky break" into animation, how he works with the animation crew and the voice acting performances on a show like The Simpsons, working with digital post-production vs. the ink-and-paint process when The Simpsons first started, when he thinks The Simpsons really hit its stride, how to break into the business as an animation director or a voice-over actor, and his proudest artistic achievement.

NBC cuts Heroes episode order for season four
 reports that NBC has cut the number of episodes it will order for Heroes' fourth season, down to 18-20 from 25 this season.

Citing a report in Ad Age, the site says that the cutbacks were ordered because the show's latest episodes may have reinvigorated fans, but a series of complicated and wide-ranging storylines cost the show ratings in season two and earlier this season.

NBC will also have five fewer prime-time hours to fill in the 2009-'10 season as Jay Leno will take over the 10 p.m. timeslot on weekdays.

The reduced order is part of a trend: ABC ordered only 16-17 episodes of Lost in recent seasons, and CBS's Harper's Island has a 13-episode format that could be repeated.

Robert Rodriguez will helm a reboot movie called Predators

 is confirming a rumor, first reported by Bloody-Disgusting, that Sin City director Robert Rodriguez will reboot the Predator franchise with a new film, Predators, for 20th Century Fox.

Rodriguez will produce and direct the reboot, he told a news conference today at Troublemaker Studios, where Texas state politicians were in attendance to sign HB 873, the long-awaited reform of the Texas film incentive program.

"I'm going to be able to shoot my upcoming Machete here, a sci-fi action film called Nervewrackers, a reboot of the Predator series called Predators and a couple of smaller movies called Sin City 2 and The Jetsons," Rodriguez told reporters.

Here's how Bloody-Disgusting described Predators: "In the reboot, a team of commandoes face down a mysterious race of vicious monsters."

Spider-Man 4 In 3-D? Ya, Like No One Saw That Coming.

This isn't really a shocking rumor, because let's face it, all of the big new movies are going to be in 3-D. Like my prediction for Pirates 4 months and months ago that it will be in 3-D, this article from Forbes where they interview Sony heads Amy Pascal and Michael Mynton, Amy says there is a possibility of Spidey 4 being in 3-D:

You have an animated movie coming out this fall, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, in 3-D. Do you see that as the future of the industry?

Pascal: For sure. You're not going to see a lot of animated movies that aren't in 3-D any more. I think Jeffrey Katzenberg preached that and he was right.

Lynton: I didn't understand what he was talking about until I saw [DreamWorks Animation's ( DWA - news - people )] Monsters vs. Aliens. It's a very immersive experience. It's like seeing perspective for the first time. I think it is something different and terrific and a new group of directors will have to figure out how to do it.

What about for live action movies?

Pascal: I think James Cameron's new movie [Avatar] could change the world. I think everyone is in anticipation thinking it's going to be like Star Wars. It's going to change the way you consume entertainment. I don't know that it will ever be the way you see dramas, but I can't say anymore that it won't be.

Are you considering doing any live action movies in 3-D? What about Spider-Man 4?

Could be.

Lynton: People are paying a premium to see movies in 3-D and that's a very big deal. It's never been done before that someone says you have to pay more to see Spider-Man than a romantic comedy.

Click HERE to read the rest.

Isn't there a Spidey ride in Universal Studios Florida that's one of those 4-D sensory experience rides? I heard that it might be coming over to Universal Studios Hollywood soon, which would be cool.

But a Spider-Man 4 in 3-D would be a lot of fun. His web swinging would look really good in that format. But Kirsten Dunst, no matter what 'D' you put her in, will still suck as Mary Jane Watson.

(Thanks Latino Review)

The Heroes In A Half Shell Are Coming Back.

There's been turtle talk the last few months, but it appears to be official. Another Teenage Mutant live action Ninja Turtles movie will soon hit theaters.

This time, it'll be more like the original comic book and start with the character's origins.

Another origin story? Yep, check this out:

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are making their way back to the bigscreen.

The Mirage Group, which owns the property, is moving forward with a live-action film focusing on the origins of the iconic crime fighters. Project, targeted for release in 2011, would mark the fifth bigscreen outing for the sewer-dwelling heroes Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael as well as their master Splinter.

News coincides with the Turtles' 25th anniversary celebration, which kicks off Thursday in New York as the first
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film unspools at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Legendary Pictures former chief marketing officer Scott Mednick is producing the new pic alongside Galen Walker, who produced the 2007 computer-animated
"TMNT" pic, the most recent installment in the franchise. Peter Laird, Gary Richardson, Frederick Fierst, Eric Crown and Napoleon Smith III are exec producing the film, which is based on the characters created by Laird and Kevin Eastman.

The characters first appeared in a May 1984 comicbook before spawning a lucrative line of toys, cartoons and three films released in the early 1990s. In 2003, the Turtles were reintroduced to a new generation via a TV series, the "TMNT" film and a revamped merchandising program.

The latest project is being financed by Lightbox Prods.

"The original dozen comics created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman are some of the best source material one could hope for," said Mednick, whose exec producing credits include the upcoming "Where the Wild Things Are." Laird, who bought out Eastman's share of the property several years ago, said the film will remain true to the spirit of the original comicbooks. He added that the pic may employ face replacement technology, which would allow the turtles to be much more expressive.

Today's 25th anniversary "Shell-ebration" will also include lighting the Empire State Building in "turtle green."

Now I love the Ninja Turtles. I had been reading the comic since it came out back in 1984 (reprints, couldn't find an original.) Shit, I even like all three of the movies and used to watch the cartoon. And I'm down like a clown, Charlie Brown when it comes to wanting to do another live action Turtles movie. But I have an issue with this being a story focusing on their origins.

Let me get this off of my chest in regards to doing an origin story for a franchise that has already had numerous comic book lines, video games, tv shows, movies and merchandise since 1984. Shit, they even had a concert tour in 1990. I'm going to be as politically correct and as professional as I can be in voicing my opinion.

To the guys doing a Turtles movie that's focusing on the Turtle's origins?

F*** YOU.


Why does every reboot or remake or relaunch have to be a f***ing origin story? I HATE origin stories. They're boring. You waste 60 minutes of everyone's time setting up the third act, only for us to have to wait for the sequel to see action we should already be seeing.

And do we really need an origin story for the Ninja Turtles? What, are we going to learn amazing insight about the creation of ninjas from turtles? Seriously, we've already seen their origin on the big screen, in video games, in comics and we got it. They f***ing mutated. They mutated like nobody's f***ing business. They instantly became the best god damned pet store purchase on the planet. Maybe they'll do a time lapse growth sequence like in nature shows when we see a flower blossoming. Maybe I'll shove a turtle up my ass and have just as much fun.

You want the origin? Here. Here's the f***ing origin from Wikipedia in case you haven't read or seen it a million times already:

As the origin story goes, four pet turtles are exposed to a liquid mutagen during a traffic accident at which their young owner is a bystander. The mutagen causes animals to become more human-like in intelligence and dexterity.

There it is kids. Now we don't need another origin story. I'm hoping they do a regular movie and have the origin told in like a ten minute flashback, but I doubt it. I'm sure we'll have to watch the training sequence with Splinter for about an hour as well.

F*** this Ninja Turtles movie.

Now that I'm in a bad mood, only this can cheer me up.

(Thanks Latino Review)

Photos of Wolverine's Hugh Jackman at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

We have some images from X-Men Origins: Wolverine star Hugh Jackman's big day placing his hand- and footprints into the cement in the forecourt of Hollywood's famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Tuesday. You can see more after the jump.

Click on the images for larger versions. Wolverine opens May 1. (Photos by Albert Ortega)

Sci-fi TV pilots, part two: The CW and Fox shows that will live or die

Fringe's Mark Valley will star in Human Target

TV pilots, the sequel. Today it's on to The CW and Fox to see what sci-fi pilots have a chance at going to series. (Yesterday we dug into the television pilots that might just have a chance to make it onto the fall schedule at ABC, CBS and NBC in part one.)

After the jump, our list of hopefuls and how they stack up.

The CW

Vampire Diaries High school girl Elena falls for a 200-year-old vampire named Stefan and becomes caught between Stefan and his brother, Damon, as they struggle to claim her soul. Based on the novel series by L.J. Smith. Vampire Diaries comes from writers Kevin Williamson (Dawson's Creek) and Julie Plec (Kyle XY). Nina Dobrev plays Elena, with Paul Wesley taking on the role of Stefan and Lost's Ian Somerhalder playing Damon.

Vampire Diaries stake out a spot on The CW's schedule? It's got a chance. While Twilight may have made the whole teenage-girl-meets-and-falls-in-love-with-a-vampire-hottie angst thing popular, the Vampire Diaries novel series actually was published first. Nobody cares about that. Except The CW, which cares a lot about all the teenage girls who might tune in.

But ... The CW already has announced pickups for
Supernatural and Smallville
, along with several other series. There's not a lot of room on the schedule, and the competition is fierce among the network's six pilots.


Human Target Christopher Chance offers a special security service: He hires himself out to people in danger and assumes their identities, becoming a human target. Based on the DC Comic, Human Target comes from new writer Jon Steinberg, executive producer McG (Chuck, Supernatural) and director Simon West. Mark Valley (Fringe) takes on the lead role, with Chi McBride and Watchmen's Jackie Earle Haley also cast.

Can Human Target hit the mark? It's a sure thing. Anything based on a comic book these days is gold, and Fox is in love with this pilot.

So ... Why does it sound so familiar? Could it be because ABC had a version starring Rick Springfield in 1992? And didn't that one last only seven episodes? Yes, it did.

Masterwork This globe-hopping National Treasure-meets-The Da Vinci Code—with a bit of The Librarian tossed in—lumps an FBI agent and an MI5 agent together for a mission in a race to recover the world's most cherished artwork and artifacts. From creator Paul Scheuring (Prison Break). Masterwork stars Matt Passmore, Scott Porter (pictured above), Natalie Dormer and Tom Ellis.

Will Masterwork
unearth a series? It's not a front-runner. This pilot sounds like it could be fun, especially with the new Angels & Demons movie coming soon.

Unfortunately ...
sounds like it would be a pretty pricey series to make, and these days an expensive series is one that doesn't get made.

Eva Adams When a chauvinistic womanizing sports agent crosses a witch, she casts a spell and transforms him into a woman so he can suffer the same type of harassment he's been doling out. Based on the Argentinean telenovela Lalola. Eva Adams was written by The West Wing's Kevin Falls and stars Rhea Seehorn (pictured) in the title role. The cast includes James Van Der Beek, David Denman, Kat Foster, Steve Harris and Alex Borstein.

Can Eva Adams transform from pilot into series? It seems unlikely. A What Women Want-meets-Switch-style series sounds like it might have potential. The big challenge with Eva Adams looks to be doing this type of material without comedy.

Which means ... This pilot's a drama.

Virtuality When the Earth's first starship, the Phaeton, heads off on a journey to explore a distant solar system, the people on board have to do something. Luckily they've got virtuality, which means the ability to embrace the limitless possibilities of a virtual-reality world. From creators Michael Taylor and Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, pictured). Peter Berg directed the two-hour pilot. The cast includes New Amsterdam's Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, James D'Arcy, Jimmi Simpson, Joy Bryant, Kerry Bishe, Nelson Lee, Omar Metwally, Richie Coster and Sienna Guillory.

Does Virtuality have a shot at reality? No. We knew the stars were obviously not in alignment when Fox ordered the two-hour pilot cut down to one hour because it was considered too dense.

At least ... Ron Moore won't be out of a job. He has SCI FI's upcoming series Caprica.

Untitled Reincarnation Project Why hasn't anyone thought of this one before? A group of past-life investigators attempt to solve their client's present mysteries by digging into their past lives. Created by David Hudgins (Friday Night Lights). The pilot stars Kelli Giddish (pictured), Nick Bishop, Ravi Patel and Richard Schiff.

Can this pilot reincarnate into a series? No way. This ever-so-low-concept idea with no decent title and a silly premise means that Fox won't take a chance on this one.

Nevertheless ... with the working title, Reincarnationist, it'd be fun to see how Fox would market this one.

(Thanks SCI FI Wire)

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