RESULTS: VOTE FOR YOUR MOVIE TURKEY!

Jupiter AscendingThe votes are in on your worst Movie Turkey!

It’s been an interesting vote. Obviously more people have seen Jupiter Ascending than I thought! And I am obviously not the only one who thinks The Hobbit Trilogy is bad. So here we go with the top 3:

Tying in 1st Place with 5 Votes: Jupiter Ascending

There is not a lot of trivia I can give about this film but here goes! The Wachowski siblings second film that Natalie Portman dropped out of, following Cloud Atlas (2012).

And also in 1st Place, with 5 Votes: The Hobbit Trilogy

Daniel Radcliffe, Shia LaBeouf, James McAvoy, Ethan Arkin and Tobey Maguire were considered for the role of Bilbo Baggins. However, Peter Jackson has said that his first choice was always Martin Freeman. Freeman was initially unable to accept the role, due to scheduling conflicts with Sherlock (2010), but Jackson reworked the entire shooting schedule for the Hobbit films to accommodate him.

The elk that Thranduil (Lee Pace) rides on is played by a horse, named Moose.

The first roar we hear from Smaug in the first scene of Smaug’s attack on Erebor is actually a sound-bite of the SFX Director’s 7 year old daughter “roaring”. It was manipulated and corrected to sound like a dragon and was put in the movie

Tying in 2nd Place, with 4 Votes: Basic Instinct 2

Robert Downey Jr. was set to star but had to drop out when he was charged with drug possession. Kurt Russell was attached at some point but bailed out because he felt uncomfortable with the nudity. Pierce Brosnan refused to play the male lead role because of distasteful elements. Bruce Greenwood was set to star but dropped out because he hadn’t been signed on yet and feared the actors strike. Benjamin Bratt was banned by Sharon Stone for not being a good actor.

Is notoriously known as being the first and so far only theatrically released followup to a box-office hit that did not even earn $10 million in the U.S. box-office.

And also in 2nd Place, with 4 Votes: Another 9 1/2 Weeks

I couldn’t find ANY trivia for this film so here is a 10-star review instead!

I think there’s two kind of males. One of them is the sexually overheated and uninhibited, first-sex-then-romance(or nothing) type, and the other one, who prefers the romantic involvement in its classic sense. First get to know, then trying to trust and to love. John Gray is the two kind in one. And Mickey Rourke makes a good job. This movie is not the rehearse of the first one, and OK, not as good too, but I think it shows the second kind of male. (9 out of 10) I would like to recommend The Casanova’s Return (1992). Alain Delon’s character shows great similarity to John Gray in Love in Paris.

I could go on and list the 2 films that tied for 3rd place, and the 2 films that tied for 4th place but honestly, I think I would lose the will to live.

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I just heard that David Bowie died. I saw Bowie during his Glass Spider tour in Milton Keynes. It was a great concert. He was as cool and impressive as I had expected. I also listened to some of the material from his new album. “How on earth he manages to go on being that creative, I will never know!” I thought. He had so much more he could have done. His loss is a very sad one to the British and World music scene. RIP David Bowie.

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Hottest, Coolest WWII Gadget Vote Results are in!

The first three places are:

Focke-Achgelis Fa 223

Focke-Achgelis Fa 223

1st Place, with 6 votes: Focke-Achgelis_Fa_223 – A dual rotor helicopter

When Otto Skorzeny was planning his raid to abduct captured Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from the Albert Rifugio hotel on the Gran Sasso in September 1943, his original choice of aircraft was a Fa 223.[14] The Fa 223 would be able to land directly in front of the hotel.[14] However, the chosen aircraft broke down while en route, and Skorzeny instead was forced to use a Fieseler Fi-156.[14]

The Drache could transport cargo loads of over 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) at cruising speeds of 121 km/h (75 mph) and altitudes approaching 2,440 m (8,010 ft)

The Silverbird Orbital Bomber

The Silverbird Orbital Bomber

2nd Place, with 5 votes, Silverbird

The design was a significant one, as it incorporated new rocket technology, and the principle of the lifting body, foreshadowing future development of winged spacecraft such as the X-20 Dyna-Soar of the 1960s and the Space Shuttle of the 1970s. In the end, it was considered too complex and expensive to produce. The design never went beyond mock up test.
The Silbervogel was intended to fly long distances in a series of short hops. The aircraft was to have begun its mission propelled along a 3 km (2 mi) long rail track by a large rocket-powered sled to about 800 km/h (500 mph). Once airborne, it was to fire its own rocket engine and continue to climb to an altitude of 145 km (90 mi), at which point it would be travelling at some 5,000 km/h (3,100 mph). It would then gradually descend into the stratosphere, where the increasing air density would generate lift against the flat underside of the aircraft, eventually causing it to “bounce” and gain altitude again, where this pattern would be repeated. Because of aerodynamic drag, each bounce would be shallower than the preceding one, but it was still calculated that the Silbervogel would be able to cross the Atlantic, deliver a 4,000 kg (8,800 lb) bomb to the continental United States, and then continue its flight to a landing site somewhere in the Empire of Japan–held Pacific, a total journey of 19,000 to 24,000 km (12,000 to 15,000 mi).

An alleged photograph of the inner workings of Die Glocke from Igor Witkowsk's book.

An alleged photograph of the inner workings of Die Glocke from Igor Witkowsk’s book.

In 3rd Place, with 4 Votes, Die Glocke

Die Glocke is described as being a device “made out of a hard, heavy metal” approximately 2.7 metres (9 ft) wide and 3.7 to 4.6 metres (12 to 15 ft) high, having a shape similar to that of a large bell. According to an interview of Witkowski by Cook, this device ostensibly contained two counter-rotating cylinders which would be “filled with a mercury-like substance, violet in color”. This metallic liquid was code-named “Xerum 525” and was “stored in a tall thin thermos flask a meter high encased in lead”. Additional substances said to be employed in the experiments, referred to as Leichtmetall (light metal), “included thorium and beryllium peroxides”. Witkowski describes Die Glocke, when activated, as having an effect zone extending out 150 to 200 meters. Within the zone, crystals would form in animal tissue, blood would gel & separate while plants would decompose into a grease like substance. Witkowski also said that five of the seven original scientists working on the project died in the course of the tests. Based upon certain external indications, Witkowski states that the ruins of a concrete framework—aesthetically dubbed “The Henge”—in the vicinity of the Wenceslas mine (50°37′43″N 16°29′40″E) may have once served as a test rig for an experiment in “anti-gravity propulsion” generated with Die Glocke. However, the derelict structure itself has also been interpreted to resemble the remains of a conventional industrial cooling tower.

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Vote now: Hottest, Coolest WWII Gadgets!

Focke-Achgelis 330 Gyroglider

Focke-Achgelis 330 Gyroglider

It’s time to vote!
To celebrate the release of my new book in January, December Radio, which describes what might have happened had the Nazi’s built a viable nuclear bomb, we are voting on the hottest or coolest gadget in WWII. The nominations, with links so you can read more information, are below the voting box. Make your choice carefully.

You have 6 votes per person. Please give 3 votes to your favourite (click the yellow vote button between each vote), 2 votes to your second favourite (click the yellow vote button between each vote) and 1 vote to your third favourite. Click ‘View Results’ to check you have voted.

Voting closes Sunday 13th December at midnight GMT.

Here are the nominations (in no particular order):

  • Die Glocke – German project to build an anti-gravity craft in the shape of a bell
  • Krummlauf – an insane German device for shooting round corners
  • British Churchill Tank – that could lay a bridge within minutes
  • Silverbird – an orbital bomber, precursor to the Space Shuttle and able to ‘skip’ along the Earth’s atmosphere (in theory) to New York and on to Tokyo. Read more about it in December Radio
  • The Bouncing Bomb – Designed by Barnes Wallis to be used by 617 Squadron to successfully attack the Rhein dams
  • The Horten flying Wing – only one remains – locked away in an American hangar
  • Focke-Wulf Triebflügel – A Vertical Take off and Landing aircraft. Despite what this article says, I have seen grainy photos of one finished and which I believe flew twice, killing its pilot.
  • Fritz X – the first guided missile (by radio), designed in Germany
  • The TDR-1 Assault Drone – this amazing USA device was not only a guided bomb but it could also be carried by a gliding drone, as in this grainy photograph. More info half way down the page here: http://www.tfcbooks.com/special/missiles.htm Its bigger brother used a B-17 or B-24 bomber guided using television
  • The Nazi Nuclear Bomb – that might have worked. It used an ingenious method to create fission according to this source (unverified). Read more about it in December Radio
  • Focke-Achgelis_Fa_330 – a gyroglider that could be towed behing a U-boat so that the observer could see further
  • The Bombe – an electro-mechanical computing device used at Bletchley Park to decrypt the Enigma Code
  • Focke-Achgelis_Fa_223 – A dual rotor helicopter
  • Enigma Machine – The German encryption machine that created a coded message which was, at first, considered virtually impossible to decipher
  • RAF Pigeons – Okay maybe this isn’t exactly cool but it’s so nuts I had to include them! Some of them were awarded bravery medals. They deserve a mention!
December Radio cover

December Radio cover

And if you are wondering what December Radio will look like, here is a preview of the cover.

Poll Results: Best Vampire or werewolf Acting?

Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire

Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire

Best Vampire or werewolf Acting?

The results are in! I wonder if you will agree or disagree with the people’s choice! Please comment with your opinion or tweet me @Lazlo_F or facebook.com/lazloferran

In first place we have Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt in Interview with the Vampire.

In second place, we have Salma Hayak as Santanico Pandamonium in From Dusk till Dawn.

Tying for third place, we have Jack Nicholson as Will Randall in Wolf and Christopher Lee as Count Dracula in various Hammer movies.

Did you know?

Interview with the Vampire:

Tom Cruise and all the other vampire actors were required to hang upside down for up to thirty minutes at a time during the make-up application.

Johnny Depp was offered the role of Lestat.

There’s a scene towards the end of the movie where Louis is watching Superman (1978) in a cinema. This scene doesn’t appear in the novel because the book was written in 1976, two years before the film was made.

From Dusk till Dawn:

Salma Hayek did not have a choreographer for her dance. Director Robert Rodriguez just told her to feel the music and dance to it. Rodriguez would later use the same tactic with Jessica Alba in Sin City (2005).

If you look closely, when Cheech Marin is playing the Customs Agent, his name badge says, “Oscar Marin” which is Cheech’s real-life father’s name. His father was an LAPD officer.

Wolf:

Although the film is about a werewolf, that particular word is never mentioned.

Dracula movies of Hammer:

Christopher Lee’s last film for Hammer as Dracula, The Satanic Rights of Dracula was the final Hammer film in which both Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing appear.

Watch out for another poll soon, this time on scifi movies!

Vote: Best Vampire or Werewolf Acting?

Klause Kinski in Nosferatu the Vampyre

Klause Kinski in Nosferatu the Vampyre

The vote is open: Best Vampire or Werewolf Acting?

Please vote for your favourite 3 performances. You have 3 votes. Poll closes 5pm, 25 May.

S’il vous plaît voter pour vos favoris 3 performances. Vous disposez de 3 votes. Sondage ferme 17 heures, le 25 Mai.

Bitte stimmen Sie für Ihren Lieblings-3 Performances. Sie haben 3 Stimmen. Poll schließt 5.00, den 25. Mai.

آپ کے پسندیدہ 3 پرفارمنس کے لئے ووٹ ڈالنے کے لئے براہ مہربانی. آپ کو 3 ووٹ پڑے. سروے کے نتائج سے 5pm کے، 25 مئی کو بند کر دیتا.

Por favor, votar por sus favoritos 3 actuaciones. Usted tiene 3 votos. Encuesta cierra 17:00, 25 de Mayo.

अपने पसंदीदा 3 अभिनय के लिए वोट करें। आप 3 वोट दिया है। पोल 17:00, 25 मई बंद कर देता है।

あなたのお気に入りの3公演に投票してください。あなたは3票を持っています。投票は午後5時、5月25日に終了します。

请投票选出您最喜爱的演出3场。你有3张选票。投票结束下午5点,5月25日。

 

Vote! Which is the Best Robot in Scifi?

Terminator - 800 Series

Terminator – 800 Series

Okay, the nominations are all in so here they are! Vote now. Votes must be in by 5pm BST Monday 27th April. Take your time and choose wisely I’LL BE BACK!

3 Votes Each!

Christmas Poll: Which is your favourite Lazlo Ferran book Cover?

bannerFirst of all, a Happy and Peaceful Christmas to you all and may you have a Happy New Year.

I am extending the Competition to Win a Bottle of Bubbly until 1 January 2015. You will need sign up for the Newsletter if you want to enter.

I would also like you to know that Ordo Lupus and the Temple Gate – Second Edition will be FREE on Amazon from 29 December until 2 January.

Now on to the poll.

Which is your favourite Lazlo Ferran Cover?

I have just completed updating all my book covers so now I would like your opinion. There is no prize but I hope you take the time, while drinking the last glass of wine and eating the last mince pie, to take the poll. I have put up all the covers below the poll but they are probably going to show up very random here because there are so many and wordpress doesn’t like it. Enjoy!

Ordo Lupus and the Temple Gate

Ordo Lupus and the Temple Gate

Ordo Lupus II: The Devil's Own Dice cover

Ordo Lupus II: The Devil’s Own Dice cover

Too Bright the Sun

Too Bright the Sun

Iron1astronautkindle

Iron II: Unknown Place, Unknown Universe

Iron II: Unknown Place, Unknown Universe

Lotus: (Enter the Labyrinth - Satan's Fatal Puzzle)

Lotus: (Enter the Labyrinth – Satan’s Fatal Puzzle)

Attack Hitler's Bunker!

Attack Hitler’s Bunker!

The Man Who Recreated Himself

The Man Who Recreated Himself

Infinite Blue Heaven

Infinite Blue Heaven

The Ice Boat

The Ice Boat

Short Stories Series (all use same cover)

Short Stories Series (all use same cover)