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Filmmaker Spotlight: Kealan O'Rourke

Shadows have never looked so cute.

Kealan O'Rourke's Before Sunrise has all the charm of Toy Story, but in under six minutes. Before Sunrise tells the story of an animated shadow who roams in the night looking for an adventure and in turn finds the greatest adventure of all: love.



For more info about O'Rourke visit his IMDB.com page.

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It's Time to Save the World!

Well...that's already been done by Jesus but tonight NBC's Heroes takes a fictitious crack at it. Do you think that they will be able to save New York from Peter's supposed implosion?



(Hat tip to Nab for the letting me know about the cool video player above)

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Artist Spotlight: Selina Fenech

("The Guardian" by Selina Fenech)


This picture radiates emotion. Whenever I look at it something inside me shifts and that's what good art is supposed to do. Move you.

For more of Fenech's work visit her website.

(Hat tip to Rachael A. Marks, another cool artist, who featured this picture on her MySpace page.)

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8 Great Sci-Fi Couples

What's a good Sci-Fi movie and TV show without great love? Here are 8 great Sci-Fi couples that know how to get the sparks going and make you hope for a happy ending:

8. Neo & Trinity from The Matrix

The guy: Neo can dodge bullets and control them with his hands. Plus, Keanu Reeves' signature "whoa..." makes me smile everytime.

The girl: Trinity knows how to rock a leather jumpsuit like no other and she made slow-mo kicks uber cool.

Why they're cute together: Their love story is a little cheesy at times but somehow it just fits.

7. Lincoln Six Echo and Jordan Two Delta from The Island

The guy: Lincoln is determined to do whatever it takes to save Jordan from going to the deadly "island" and it's that grim determination that makes him extremely attractive, that and somehow he's able to make that tight white uniform look cool.

The girl: She's the clone of a beautiful Calvin Klein model who wants to cut her up and use her for spare parts.

Why they're cute together: Even when they're not allowed to touch each other at the center their chemistry is pretty vibrant. When they escape and things really start to heat up.

6. Vincent & Irene from Gattaca

The guy: In a world where are children are genetically engineered to be in perfect health, Victor is doing his best to blend in without getting caught.

The girl: As pretty as Uma Thurman is, she's not one of the perfect ones.

Why they're cute together: These two "normals" make the perfect couple.

5. Lois & Clark from The New Adventures of Superman

The guy: He's superman! And when he's not...he looks a lot like Dean Cain with glasses.

The girl: She's a hard-hitting journalist who's got a thing for men in tights. She gives up Superman for Clark Kent, and in the end, she gets both. See, it pays to go for the "nice" guy.

Why they're so cute together: Their playful banter and Terri Hatcher's amazing hair (before the bogus cut) makes good TV.


4. Liz & Max from Roswell

The guy: He's an alien who happens to be this incrediably hot mysterious guy you've seen around high school and always wanted to get to know better. Plus, he's the kind of guy who would risk his secret identity to save the girl he loves.

The girl: Liz Parker is willing to go to extreme lengths to keep Max and the rest of the gang away from the FBI.

Why they're so cute together: Isn't it every teenage girl's dream to have the guy she likes get a real glimpse into her mind and heart? With Max, Liz gets that and more.

3. Max & Logan from Dark Angel

The guy: He's the wise-cracking underground cyberjournalist who's out to save the world from one scumball at a time.

The girl: Max is the escaped genetically enchanced orphan solider who couldn't care less about saving the world but ends up caring with Logan's help.

We're they're so cute together: We got to watch Jessica Alba and Michael Weatherly fall in love, for real. Alba and Weatherly ended up getting engaged after the series. Too bad it didn't last. But at least we get to watch them fall in love over and over again on DVD.

2. Sarah Conner and Kyle Reese from The Terminator

The guy: He's sent back in time to protect Sarah from the coolest cyborg to ever grace the silver screen.

The girl: Sarah Conner starts off as this ordinary waitress and then is transformed into one of the toughest women in Sci-Fi movie history.

Why they're cute together: Though their love story was brief, it produced the leader of the future world, John Conner. And that's pretty cool.

1. Peter Parker & Mary-Jane from Spiderman

The guy: He's the geeky yet kind boy-next-door who turns into a superhero with "radioactive blood...and does whatever a spider can."

The girl: She's the girl-next-door who needs a nice guy like Peter Parker by her side.

Why they're cute together: What isn't cute about their story? That upside down kiss was pure movie magic.

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Christians and the Video Game Industry

Have you played Marvel Ultimate Alliance yet? I have and it's pretty sweet.

If you're a fan of science fiction and fantasy type video games i.e. Resident Evil, Final Fantasy and Omnimusha then head over to Speculative Faith and read my latest article about Christians and the video game industry.

While you're over there be sure to check out E. Stephen Burnett's article: "The redemption question — miraculous conversions for corrupt characters". It's good stuff.

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NBC's Heroes Update


NBC is going full court press when it comes to promoting their new runaway hit show Heroes. Yesterday, I got the following email from an NBC marketing partner with "Tips for bloggers" in the subject line.
Hello Karen,

Only 19 days til Heroes’ new episodes start airing, and the suspense of all the cliffhangers set up in “Parasites” finally ends. Until then, I wanted to point you and your readers towards the first part of a preview of Episode 19, hosted at NBC’s Heroes MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/heroesofficial

The second part of the clip is on ItsTimeToSaveTheWorld.com, along with a contest your readers can enter to win a trip to LA and a Heroes set tour. Both the first and second clips are scheduled to go live at midnight pacific time tonight.

You’ve probably heard about this already, but the auction for the original artwork in Heroes ends Wednesday at midnight PST. The site is here: www.nbc.com/heroes/auction

And if you or any of your readers missed the first 18 episodes, they’re all available for free on NBC’s site, but only temporarily—after Chapter 19 airs, the site will only have the current week’s episode. Here’s the URL for the episodes: http://www.nbc.com/Video/rewind/full_episodes/heroes.shtml

Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions you’ve got. I look forward to hearing from you.

It’s time to save the world,
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360i On Behalf of NBC

I'm a big Heroes fan and the possibility of winning a trip is always cool but I could definitely go without these long breaks between new episodes.

At first I thought this email was some kind of spam but then I saw that Angela @ www.scifichick.com and SQT @ Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lovin' Blog got it too. Then I realized how brilliant their marketing plan is. It looks like NBC and 360i know what they're doing. But isn't it kind of scary how far marketing has come along?

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Filmmaker Spotlight: Young H. Lee

Young H. Lee is the kind of filmmaker and Christian who kicks butt, literally. He was born in Taiwan and studied martials arts since he was a little kid. His films are bold like wasabi, spicy enough to make your movie tastebuds go "whoa". Lee is a director/actor and grad student filmmaker living in New York.

He's one of my filmmaking buddies and the video below is his submission for Steven Spielberg's upcoming reality TV show The Lot. So sit back and watch Young H. Lee's thriller Malcontent and post your thoughts in the comment section.



For more info on Young H. Lee visit his website at www.younghlee.com and head over to The Lot to vote for Lee's video.

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