April 29, 2015 | 12:28 p.m.
Score one for the librarian. Noah Wyle, whose post-“ER” credits include roles as academics-turned-heroes tasked with saving the world in “Falling Skies” and “The Librarian,” will be presented with the Artists Showcase Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films at the 41st Saturn Awards. In “ER” Wyle played John Carter, who at the start of the series was a medical student. Lately he has added a few genre roles to his résumé. Since 2011 Wyle has played Tom Mason, a history-professor-turned-civilian-fighter in the TV series “Falling Skies,” the postapocalyptic sci-fi series chronicling the aftermath of an invasion by several races of extraterrestrials that kill most of the human population. Wyle also plays Flynn Carsen, a perpetual college student who finds himself recruited as a librarian tasked with protecting supernatural artifacts in a secret section of the library […]
June 27, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Accepting “The Walking Dead’s” prize for best syndicated/cable television series, executive producer Scott Gimple, surrounded by cast members past and present, told the crowd, “You have to be a geek to do this. We’re proud to be geeks.” That was the prevailing sentiment orbiting around the Castaway Starlight Ballroom in Burbank on Thursday during the 40th Saturn Awards, a celebration of genre entertainment. It was a celebratory evening for AMC’s zombie saga smash hit, as it won a total of three competitive awards and saw one of its top creative forces receive an honorary one. The blockbuster space-survival film “Gravity” was the night’s biggest winner, claiming five of the eight categories it was nominated in, including best science-fiction film, best actress for Sandra Bullock and best director for Alfonso Cuarón (who has said the film isn’t science fiction, but a […]
May 14, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.
All the droogs will shout and cheer. Malcolm McDowell, most famous for playing the eyeliner-wearing bad boy Alex DeLarge in “A Clockwork Orange,” directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on Anthony Burgess’ dystopian novel, will be presented with the Life Career Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films at the 40th annual Saturday Awards in June. “I was invited into the woods when Kubrick cast me in the film but I couldn’t see the trees until years later,” McDowell told Hero Complex in a 2011 interview, when asked about his iconic performance. “For maybe 10 years, I resented it because everyone wanted me to repeat it. The best part for any actor is the next one and ‘Clockwork’ irritated me because it took that away at times.” Other winners of the Special Awards honors include writer-producer Byran Fuller (NBC’s […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 10:00 p.m.
Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-nominated “Gravity” are the top contenders at the upcoming 40th annual Saturn Awards, with eight nominations each. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” 2012’s highest-grossing film, earned seven nominations, while “Iron Man 3,” “Pacific Rim,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Thor: The Dark World” were recognized with five nominations each. On the television side, HBO’s lavish fantasy “Game of Thrones” received five nominations, as did AMC’s drama “Breaking Bad” and TNT’s “Falling Skies.” Founded in 1972 to recognize films often overlooked by mainstream awards series, the Saturn Awards fetes projects in a broad swath of genres, including science fiction, horror, fantasy, thriller and action/adventure — there are also awards for best independent film with nominees including critical favorites “12 Years a Slave” and “Inside Llewyn Davis”; best international film (a […]
June 27, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
Marvel’s blockbuster superhero flick “The Avengers” and AMC’s acclaimed series “Breaking Bad” led the 2013 Saturn Awards, winning in more categories than any other film or TV show, respectively. The Saturn Awards, held Wednesday evening at the Castaway Event Center’s Starlight Ballroom in Burbank, were presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, honoring genre entertainment released between Feb. 1, 2012, and Feb. 11, 2013. (The academy was founded in 1972 by film historian Donald A. Reed to recognize films often overlooked by mainstream awards and has expanded in recent years.) The event, in its 39th year, was dedicated to Richard Matheson (“I Am Legend,” “The Twilight Zone”), the prolific sci-fi writer who died Sunday. Matheson had been slated to receive the academy’s Visionary Award for his contributions to literature, film and television. The award was presented […]
Feb. 20, 2013 | 2:58 p.m.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” topped the Saturn Award nominations Wednesday, with nine nods including best fantasy film, best director for Peter Jackson, best actor for Martin Freeman and best supporting actor for Ian McKellen. Other films being honored with nominations for the 39th annual Saturn Awards include “Life of Pi,” “Skyfall,” “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Looper,” “Cloud Atlas,” “Argo” and “Les Miserables.” The diversity of films underscores “the ways in which genre filmmaking has expanded beyond its roots as niche entertainment,” the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films said in its announcement. ‘Hobbit’ Blu-ray release March 19 won’t have extended edition Although much of Hollywood is focused this week on Sunday’s Oscar ceremony — considered by many to be the highlight of the awards season — the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films is just […]
June 12, 2012 | 9:00 a.m.
Filmmaker and puppeteer Frank Oz, the voice of Yoda, Ms. Piggy and Grover, will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 38th annual Saturn Awards, as will actor James Remar, a genre fan-favorite whose credits include “Warriors,” “48 Hrs.” and the Showtime series “Dexter.” The July 26 ceremony in Burbank will also honor the historic run of the Fox series “The Simpsons” — which aired its 500th episode in February — with a Milestone Award while Robert Kirkman, the creator of “The Walking Dead” comic book series and executive producer of the namesake AMC television show, will be presented with Innovator Award for successfully taking the zombie infection beyond genre culture and into the mainstream. “It’s really a tremendous honor,” said Kirkman, whose comic book reaches its 100th issue in July. “Zombies deserve as much prominence as vampires and werewolves, as far as […]