Synopsis: Based on Activision Blizzard’s pioneering video game franchise, the show follows the heroic adventures of Spyro, Eruptor, Stealth Elf, Jet-Vac and Pop Fizz as they travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evil-doers. As darkness begins to threaten the balance of peace in the Skylands, Master Eon is forced to assemble a ragtag group of heroes to protect the universe from evil-doers Kaos and the Doom Raiders. Using their unique blend of personalities and elemental-based super powers, Spyro and his fellow Skylanders are called upon to set aside egos as they come together to maintain harmony and balance in the land. Jam-packed with humor, heart and memorable moments, SKYLANDERS ACADEMY promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
SKYLANDERS ACADEMY features the voices of Justin Long (DodgeBall) as Spyro; Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) as Stealth Elf; Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) as Eruptor; and Norm MacDonald (Saturday Night Live) as Glumshanks. Additional voice talent includes Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Bobcat Goldthwait, The Diamond Minecart, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O’Hara, Chris Diamantopoulos and Harland Williams, among others.
Written by/Showrunner: Eric Rogers (Futurama)
Animation by: TeamTO
STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE, Austria’s Official Entry Best Foreign Language Film , 89th Academy Awards® , OSCARS 2017
Dor Film is proud to present STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE, Austria’s Official Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film – 89th Academy Awards®, written and directed by Maria Schrader (one of Germany’s most acclaimed actresses, best known for her award-winning lead role in “Aimee & Jaguar” and for the internationally renowned TV series “Deutschland 83”). STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE screened at the 8,000-seat Piazza Grande at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival, and has had successful theatrical release in Germany, Austria and France, and was sold to over 15 other countries so far.
The film episodically tells the story of the Austrian Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his life while in exile from 1936 to 1942. Best known in the US for his novellas “The Royal Game” and “Letter from an Unknown Woman”, the latter was adapted into a movie directed by Max Ophüls, starring Joan Fontaine.
Stefan Zweig (next to Thomas Mann) was the most-translated German-speaking writer of his time, but having been driven into emigration at the peak of his worldwide fame, Zweig falls into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall, which he had anticipated early on. Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, New York, Petrópolis are four stations in Stefan Zweig’s exile, which despite offering him safe refuge and overwhelming tropical nature, won’t help him find peace and won’t be able to replace his home.
STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE is the story of a refugee, a tale of losing one’s home and of the search for a new one. It is a visually stunning historic picture about a great artist and, at the same time, a film about a time in which Europe was coming apart.
About the director/writer, Maria Schrader:
Two-time winner of the German Film award and two-time winner of the Bavarian Film award, Maria Schrader worked with directors such as Margarethe von Trotta, Doris Dörrie (“Nobody Loves Me”), Hans W. Geissendörfer, Peter Greenaway, Rajko Grilic and Agnieszka Holland (“In Darkness”). In 1999, at the Berlinale, she received the Silver Bear for Best Actress in “Aimée & Jaguar” directed by Max Färberböck. Recently, she thrilled television audiences in the award-winning and internationally renowned series “Deutschland 83” (2015).
Maria co-directed “The Giraffe” with Dani Levy (1998). Her directorial debut “Love Life” was shot in Israel in 2007 and was based on Zeruya Shalev’s novel by the same title. The film premiered at the Festa del Cinema in Rome in 2007. “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” is her second feature as a director, she was nominated for Best Director at the German Film Awards this year.
Battlestar Galactica to return to our screens?
When the Battlestar Galactica miniseries aired for the first time in 2003, viewers could be forgiven for having low expectations, but the show would go on to become loved by millions globally.
Six years later, the show finished, leaving a lasting legacy. It had won a Peabody Award, made the Syfy Channel a recognised and respected outlet and revolutionised science fiction on television – proving the genre could survive in a post Star Trek world.
Despite many attempts to reimagine the original Galactica broadcast in late 1970’s, it took to 2004 for a TV series to be born, continuing on from the 2003 miniseries.
Throughout its run, it received wide ranging praise from the likes of Time Magazine, Rolling Stone and the New York Times.
Galactica was interpreted as many things during its run, from a political drama, religious debate and sci-fi adventure, many critics had various theories.
It is in fact, considered by many, as one of the greatest television series ever made thanks to its layers of depth and intriguing storyline.
Galactica picks up just as Cylons – intelligent robots designed by humankind – commit mass genocide against humanity leaving only the last of the Colonial Fleet, Battlestar Galactica.
The spacecraft then travels through deep space and stumbles upon Earth, destroyed. The Earth they find is a nuclear wasteland.
Galactica can still be found in video games such as the Battlestar Commander app and comic books. Dynamite Entertainment recently announced a series of Galactica comic books would be released, sending fans into frenzy. If you want to get surrounded by the ambience of Battlestar Galactica, be sure to play themed slots, Betway.com offers a wide range of cool sci-fi slots including a Galactica game.
Galactica amassed a huge and loyal following over the years and their commitment paid off, when in 2016 news broke that Universal Studios were up to something exciting. Universal are reportedly attempting to make a Battlestar movie happen.
Bryan Singer signed on to direct in 2009, and John Orloff was hired to script. But it just didn’t happen. Now, the production company are attempting another go at making a movie of the reimagined series.
The cult hit series is fondly remembered, but sorely missed. Could we see the series return on the big screen?