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In this brand new episode of Subculture: The Podcast Dave Griffiths and Harley Woods once again delve into their inner geekdom as they talk about Paramount’s plans for Star Trek before then exploring in depth how the Doctor Who universe could be expanded.

From their they jump onto The Casting Couch again and cast their own Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.


Chris Hemsworth Star Trek

Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Bad Robot today announced that the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise will return to the big screen for another voyage in a fourth Star Trek film.

In the next installment of the epic space adventure, Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father.

Chris Hemsworth, who appeared in 2009’s “STAR TREK,” will return to the space saga as George Kirk to star alongside Pine.

The remaining cast is expected to return.

J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will write the screenplay. J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber will produce through Bad Robot Productions. David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance will executive produce.

“STAR TREK,” the first film in the rebooted franchise based on “Star Trek,” created by Gene Roddenberry, earned more than $380 million worldwide in 2009. The second installment, “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS,” earned more than $460 million worldwide when it opened in May 2013.

The series’ third film, “STAR TREK BEYOND,” is directed by Justin Lin (“FAST & FURIOUS” franchise) and opens in theaters on July 22, 2016.

Hemsworth is currently starring in “GHOSTBUSTERS” alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig and Kate McKinnon, and filming “THOR: RAGNAROK” and “AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR – Part 1” back to back. He is repped by CAA and ROAR.


Luke Marten

Luke Marten is an avid film and television lover, so much so that he is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to anything entertainment related. If you want to know whether or not a movie or TV show is worth watching Luke is always one of the first people you should ask.


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Adam Ross

Adam has worked in the video industry for ten years, he has decided (for our benefit) to stop squandering his encyclopaedic knowledge of film on the average ‘Blockbuster’ patron and has taken up refuge at The Aristocrat.

His love for film was expanded exponentially when he watched a VHS tape of David Fincher’s Fight Club at a friend’s party. He asked if he could borrow the tape overnight, he then went home and watched the film three times back-to-back; that was ten years ago. It was at this moment that he realised films where things to be debated, marvelled at and studied.

Now, his main objective is to pass on the passion of film to others; to change people from apathetic sheep in the candy bar to ravenous cinephiles who await quality cinema, across all genres. Adam is The Aristocrat’s straight man (in more than one context). Adam is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association and you can also find his reviews on www.rottentomatoes.com


Currently Adam Ross has 7 reviews on Subculture Entertainment.


Neil Johnson

Neil Johnson is one of the hardest working directors going around so we decided to have a chat to him about his new projects Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter, Doomsday and Starship: Apocalypse. So here it is – our Neil Johnson interview


  1. Neil, first off how hectic have been the last few years for you and where do the great film ideas keep coming from? There aren’t too many directors out there that can say that they have got three films coming out it just over a 12 month period. What keeps you going?


I don’t have a day job.  Whether I eat or not depends on whether I make a film that people want to buy copies of.  There is a strange attitude in the world at the moment that artistic media should be free.  Once… you paid a ticket and saw a movie, or bought a VHS or DVD.  Now everyone thinks they have the right to download something for free, even though the major studio may have spent $100 million creating that product.  It affects the lower end of the industry even more than the upper tier.  If I walked into a store and walked out with a Blu Ray under my arm, I would be arrested. If a person walks into my virtual home and steals my movie, is that supposed to be OK?  For me to be able to eat and pay rent, I have been forced to increase my output.  I work day and night without rest.  And then to have some moron download the film for free, share it with his friends and then to attempt to review the film comparing it to something that cost $100 million is disheartening.  The $5 million films have almost vanished.  The $1 million films have vanished.  There is only big and small.  The market is changing and I have been forced to change along side it.  My film output MUST be 3-4 films a year, just so I can pay my rent.  It is hard to create something of quality under that pressure, but I sure do try!



  1. You’ve made a name for yourself in the sci-fi genre over the last few years. Can you tell us a little bit about when your love for sci-fi first began? What were some of the first films that you feel in love with? What fascinates you with the genre?


Science fiction is always about hope.  It gives me an exciting feeling when I think of flying spaceships, going to new worlds and having adventures.   We are trapped on this planet.  If a giant asteroid were to come, we’d be gone in an instant…. All would be lost… art, culture, consciousness.  For all we know, we could be the only conscious entity in this galaxy.  We owe it to our own existence to get off-world.  Religion is such a pitiful thing.  It leaves us locked on a planet living a lie.  Science Fiction is our future, because it is the impetus that propels us forward.  I was always into Sci-Fi since the age of 2.   The Neil Armstrong on the moon thing warped my young mind.  I was into films like 2001, Star Wars, Quiet Earth, Silent Running, Planet of the Apes.  I so wanted to be an astronaut going on adventures.


  1. Why do you think that sci-fi has always remained such a popular genre and why do you think people who love it are so passionate about it?


It is popular because it keeps evolving.  Science Fiction isn’t just Flash Gordon, or Star Trek, or BSG, or Interstellar.  It is a notion that anything is possible.  It is pure speculation fuelled with imagination.  Whatever your personal flavor, Science Fiction caters for you.  There isn’t one person who doesn’t like at least one Science Fiction film, is there????


  1. When did you first decide that you wanted to make films, and how did you start out?


I was making films at 16, as soon as my balls dropped.  Prior to that I was writing stories and building full-sized spaceships, time machines and space weapons.  I went to film school and kind of rebelled and did what I thought was right.  I worked in television making commercials and documentaries, and short films on the side.  By the mid 90’s I was running a production house making hundreds of thousands a year.  I gave it all up to make films.  Some say it was my downfall, but I have never been happier.


  1. So let’s start with the first film Doomsday. You wrote and directed the film, tell us a little about the film, where the idea came from and how you were able to put together such a great cast?


Yes, it is a wonderful cast!  Doomsday is a time-travel film set between now and 400 years in the future.  It tells the story of a man, Achillies, who is thrust back in time, infected with a terrible disease.  He is pursued by a hybrid human cyborg, who destroys the cities of York and London in an effort to destroy his target.   People are already complaining that it is not as big budget as my other films, but others are saying how refreshing a film it is compared to everything else.   I know people like to watch it more than once to see what is really going on. It came out of a low point in my life.  My best friend died, as well as a few other terrible things happening.  I was stranded in the UK for a few months, so I decided to make a film from a script that had been kicking around.  Darren Jacobs, who was starring in another film, Starship:Rising and the sequel Starship: Apocalypse, helped me by finding some other amazing British actors, like himself.  The film was shot with relative ease across England.  One of my smaller budgets, but it represents a great freedom in being able to decide to do a film, and not needing anyone to green-light anything.  In contrast, doing my recent 2 Starship films was a more painful birthing process.   The films cost a bit, and myself, being the guy who did the world’s first digital film, wanted to do a film almost entirely on green screen, and have it finished in 4K resolution.  These are massively epic stories, and a few have commented since that maybe these films are too epic for such a modest budget.  The point is, I always try and improve my films.  I know the films that are currently in post production, Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter and At The Edge of Time are both miles above Starship and Doomsday in so many ways.



  1. Doomsday went through a couple of name changes, from Chrononaut to Death Machine and then to Doomsday can you tell us why that has happened? Also does changing the name of a film cause problems with the marketing?


Yes, changing the name is really not smart.  I liked Chrononaut.  It was unusual… but in the average movie-goer world, who wants to watch a film with a name like that… so I was informed…  So I was urged to change the name to Death Machine, but the distributer response was lack-luster, so some of the territories we sold to called the film Doomsday.  Kind of a mess really, but I take it all with a smile.  If I ever do a director’s cut then the film will be called Chrononaut.


  1. Doomsday recently picked up an award at the Temecula Film Festival, as a creative person how does winning an award make you feel? Do you feel happy that your work is being recognized in such a way?


Awards like that kind of hit you when you aren’t expecting it.  You work so hard and you forget so much of what is going on around you… suddenly people start to have respect for your work.  I am not making films for others, it is for myself, so it makes me happy that people give something an award without even trying.  They asked to screen the film and suddenly they handed me an award.  It was a great thrill.  Starship: Rising, my previous film showed at the Action On Film festival run by Del Weston.  We won 4 ½ awards there as well, which was a real surprise.  I was just happy to be getting a screening.


  1. Okay, moving onto the next film – Starship Apocalypse – you just released the teaser trailer, how was it received? Do you feel nervous when a trailer is first put out to the public?


I haven’t really pushed the teaser too much.  When the proper trailer hits, I expect a lot of chatter to start.  I always get nervous about anything released but to be honest, I don’t have an interest to read reviews.  They are almost universally negative and I have no interest to read these comments.



  1. So tell us a little bit about Starship Apocalypse. Was there always a plan to make a sequel to Starship Rising or did the idea generate after how well the first film was received? What challenges does making a sequel provide for a writer/director?


I actually shot both films back to back.  I always wanted it to be a 3-hour epic movie.  People were a little confused by film 1, but after they see film 2, they finally get it all.  Eventually I want to package both films as 1 big story with some extra scenes (already shot) that will make the whole story more uniform.


  1. I guess the big question is do you have any plans for a third movie in the Starship series?


Not exactly.  But Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter takes place in the same universe.  There is a character from the Starship series, Roartak, who is mentioned in the film.  If I did a third film, for sure it would be set 10 years later.

  1. Moving along to the film that has everybody talking, Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter, tell us a little about how you came up with this movie and what it was like working on it?


It was really a lot of fun.  I teamed up with Tracey Birdsall and we shared a love of robots.  I am all into the ideas of what happens when Artificial Intelligence gets so big that it takes over.  20% is set on Earth, the rest is on other planets.  I was so happy to be out on location shooting rather than being cooped up in the studio.  I know that my D.P., Kyle Wright was happy about this.  I really hope he gets some cinematography awards for this.  We shot mostly in California but also a bit in Arizona and Australia.  The film has a whole new feel from my previous films.  It is much more of a practical film.  It has kind of come out like Star Wars: The Force Awakens blended with Mad Max: Fury Road.  Kind of strange considering when we shot the film, nether of these entities existed in the public eye.  I just did what I wanted to do.  It think there is sometimes a creative consciousness that permeates.  Many of us film-makers wanted to get back to being practical rather that relying on CG.


  1. The film seems to be generating a cult following online before it is even released why do you think that has happened? Do you feel like that puts more pressure on you?


Hell yeah, there is pressure on me.  Even day a giant screw up my ass turns ever so slowly.  But all I want to do is create a work of art.  Right now the film is at over 2 hours, and I need to tighten it.  The cult following has to do with Tracey Birdsall and her wacky-sexy costumes, and also the fact that she can actually act.  There is a real sense of character in this.  We didn’t plan this.  We just leapt into what we wanted to do.  There is a great reason why Tracey’s character wears what she does, but you will have to see the film for the answers.


  1. Tell us about the amazing cast you were able to put together for Robot Fighter, what made you choose the cast you did? We recently spoke to Tracey Birdsall about the film and she said you were great to work with, what was she like to work with?


When you look at a woman like Tracey you think that she would be a real princess, but in fact she is tougher than most of the male actors out there.  She likes to fight and roll and run and leap, and kill robots.  One day she was covered in almost 100 bruises from all the fighting action.  I know she works out hard with one of the big trainers in Malibu, Diamond Russ, and he takes great pride in pushing her to looked as ripped as she can.  There is a scene in the film where she is sorta naked, and you can see how lean and ripped she really is.


Then, we had Daz Crawford, who is known for Blade 2, a James Bond villain, etc, and he is also ripped, and he can act as well… which is wonderful.  He is an amazing guy from the UK, who I would love to work with again.  He inspires me to go to the gym more often.  We also had Stephen Manly who played young Spock in Star Trek 3.  It was sad that Leonard Nimoy passed while we were shooting. Stehphen Manley carries a lot of heart and soul in his performance.  All the actors we chose, Tim McGrath(Stuck), Ashley Park (Miss Korea 2015), Erin Bethia (Fireproof), Livvy Stubenrauch (Disney’s Frozen) were all chosen because they could act with great character arcs and some real truth.  Originally I wanted Rogue Warrior to have a kind of Red Dwarf comedy feel, but it got a little too serious along the way.


  1. Neil, thanks for your time. Is there anything else you want your fans to know before they head out to check out these films?


Don’t be too hard on me.  I am just a hard–working guy who tries to make great films in a depressed market.  Also check out Humanity’s End, and old film of mine that I love.  Starship: Apocalypse hits the shelves in the UK in late September and in the US in December.  Rogue Warrior VERY early 2016.


Hail and Kill  !


It’s funny that whenever a list gets put together of the best science fiction television shows of all time it always seems like people gravitate towards programs like “Star Trek,” “Babylon 5” and “Stargate” – all the predictable ones. But what about those great shows that always get forgotten about. The ones that you watched religiously when they on television, you may have even bought them on DVD, but always seem to be forgotten during the traditional ‘best of’ discussions and debates. Well let’s take a look at some of those forgotten greats.

“Firefly” (2002) – From the ultra-creative mind of Joss Whedon (yes the same man that is now mostly known for “The Avengers” movie) came “Firefly.” This short lived series came at the height of Whedon’s “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” period… the man could do no wrong. Well that’s what people thought but Firefly kind of proved he could – the show never really gained any traction and the network axed it after just one season. But then the show found a new life on DVD and quickly became one of the highest selling DVD box sets of all time.

“Firefly” is an absolute gem of a science fiction series, Whedon wrote it as a space western with the cowboy being Captain Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), a virtual outlaw who was always up for doing something a little dodgy if it meant money for himself and his trust crew/passengers which included a prostitute, a preacher and a number of ‘gunslingers’. With some great dialogue, entertaining story-lines and amazing characterization, this is one sci-fi show that all fans of the genre must sit down and enjoy.

“Dark Angel” (2000-2002) – With so many big name directors and producers making their presence felt on the small screen it seemed only fitting that one of the best minds behind sci-fi would bring something to the table. In 2000 James Cameron introduced the world to “Dark Angel”, a television show that revolved around the character of Max (Jessica Alba) a genetically-enhanced human that lives in the real world after escaping from the lab where she was born. With the help of the dogged Logan Cale (Michael Weatherly) helping her out part of the fun of the show was watching as Max learnt more about what had happened to her while she avoided capture and made moves to expose her plight to the world.

“Farscape” (1999-2003) – When you first think of quality science-fiction television you don’t immediately think of Australia – yet that is where one of the finest sci-fi shows was made and produced. “Farscape” first hit television screens in 1999 and revolved around the adventures of astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) who found himself going through a wormhole and finding himself in a part of the universe that he never knew existed.

While trying to find his way home he lived on a ‘living’ ship with crew that included many alien beings and the very human-like Officer Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black) with whom there was constant ‘will-they-won’t-they’ moments.

“Farscape” was always one of those shows where you would never know what to expect from any given episode. Some would be funny, some would be action packed while others would be extremely dark and make you really think. The show also included one of the most evil ‘baddies’ of all time the mysterious Scorpius (Wayne Pygram).

“Smallville” (2001-2011) – The character of Clark Kent/Superman has fascinated a number of generations now, so it was very little surprise when in 2001 DC Comics allowed Superman to once again hit the small screen. This time Clark was played by Tom Welling  and the show was much darker than its predecessor “The Adventures Of Lois & Clark”. “Smallville” allowed viewers to watch as Clark battled with everyday things such as high school with friends such as Chloe (Allison Mack) while also learning about his super powers and trying to work out his feelings for friend Lana Lang (Kristen Kreuk). Fans of the series also got to watch his rivalry with arch-enemy Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) from day one.

“Jericho” (2006-2008) – Perhaps the most underrated sci-fi series of all time, though, is “Jericho.” The screenwriting and characterization on this show was top-notch and it was one of those shows where you simply could not miss the next episode. The show originally aired in 2006 and was centered in the township of Jericho, a township that is not even damaged when nuclear blasts hit most major American cities. Episodes looked at the problems that this caused for local residents as they were now cut off from everything but also looked at how it impacted on family and of course local politics. The brilliance of this show though was that the storylines also made the audience wonder what involvement two of the main characters – Jake Green (Skeet Urlich) and Robert Hawkins (Lennie James) – had in the terrorist attacks.

Just how much “Jericho” was loved by its fans was evident when the show was originally cancelled after its first season and the fans lobbied the television network until a shortened second season was made. Even after that season folded the show continued on in the form of comics.

As you can see there are a tonne of good science fiction shows out there that need to be explored if you have never had the time to sit down and watch them. Sometimes the underrated shows are just as good as those deemed to be the leaders in their fields.

Russell Crowe

Soap television shows. Yes, they quite often have some very tragic story-lines, terribly clichéd dialogue and some woeful acting, but believe or not some of the finest actors going around today got their start in the acting world in those dreaded soaps. Let’s have a look at some actors who have soap operas to thank for launching them.

Russell Crowe: It’s hard to imagine that screen strong man Russell Crowe started his career off in a soap opera. The actor, who hails from New Zealand, may have made a name for himself winning an Oscar for playing the tough Maximus in Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator,” but he started his acting career in an Australia soap opera called “Neighbours.” As a television show, “Neighbours” is often joked about, yet has been the starting ground for many a young celebrity including Dean Geyer, Kylie Minogue and even Guy Pearce. The ‘soft’ opening to his career certainly didn’t hold back Crowe who has become a megastar and has performed in many memorable films including “The Insider” and “A Beautiful Mind,” which also earned him Oscar nominations.

Susan Sarandon: There isn’t much that Susan Sarandon has achieved during her acting career. She has appeared in classic films such as “Thelma & Louise” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” as well as receiving a number of Oscar nominations over the years – for films such as “Atlantic City,” “Lorenzo’s Oil” and “The Client.” She even won an Oscar in 1996 for her role in “Dead Man Walking,” but what most people don’t realise is that five years before she made a name for herself in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” she spent a year playing Patrice Kahlman in television soap “A World Apart.”

Chris Hemsworth: These days, movie fans know Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth mainly as “Thor,” the God with the Hammer that has had two feature films of his own as well as appearing in the big action blockbuster “The Avengers.” The last few years has seen Hemsworth appear in a number of big films including “Rush,” the “Star Trek” franchise, “Red Dawn,” “Snow White + The Huntsman” and “The Cabin In The Woods,” but before that Hemsworth was known to Australians as a soap star. He first made a guest appearance in “Neighbours” before starring in the other ‘rival’ soap “Home & Away” for three years.

Liam Hemsworth: Of course, it wouldn’t be right to mention Chris Hemsworth without mentioning his brother Liam who is known right around the world as the quiet and brooding Gale Hawthorne in “The Hunger Games” franchise. Liam also made a name for himself as a soap star in Australia before making his way to Hollywood. In an exact opposite to his brother, Liam started his career with a guest spot in “Home And Away” before landing a semi-regular role in “Neighbours” playing  Josh Taylor. Liam Hemsworth has also made a name for himself in America appearing in “The Expendables 2” and “Paranoia” alongside Harrison Ford.

Josh Duhamel: Many wrongfully believe that modern day big screen star Josh Duhamel got his acting break on television drama “Las Vegas,” where he played intelligent detective Danny McCoy. That theory however is wrong because Duhamel had been on the small screen years earlier than that as he played Leo du Pres in “All My Children” from 1999 to 2002. In only a storyline that only soap operas could get away with, Leo disappeared over a waterfall and his body was never found again. Since those days, Duhamel has made his way onto the big screen and appeared in “Transformers,” “When In Rome” and “Life As We Know It.”

So if you’re a budding young actor and you get cast in a television soap, certainly don’t think that the role on offer is beneath you, because as you can see, so many great big screen actors of today started with a role in the humble television soap.

Everybody Loves Raymond 

The National Association of Broadcasters announced today that the hit series “Everybody Loves Raymond” will be the 2014 television inductee into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The show will be honored at the 2014 NAB Show Television Luncheon, April 7 in Las Vegas. Cast members expected to attend the induction include Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Brad Garrett and Monica Horan, along with the show’s creator, Phil Rosenthal.

“‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ is a great example of high quality broadcast programming that provides family entertainment, resonates with audiences of all ages, and above all, makes us laugh,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “I look forward to meeting the cast members and writers and recognizing the show’s amazing success at this year’s NAB Show.”

The show, which debuted in 1996, aired for nine seasons, and ranked among the top 10 programs on television beginning with the 2000-2001 season. “Everybody Loves Raymond” completed its network run on the CBS Television Network in May 2005 with the series finale drawing more than 32 million viewers. A huge hit in prime time, the show has also been a ratings winner in syndication, consistently ranking in the top five of all syndicated programming.

“Everybody Loves Raymond” is a family comedy, combining real-life situations; strong, well-defined characters; distinctive performances by expert comic actors; and crisp, clever writing. Several of the show’s principal writers, many of whom are among Hollywood’s top comedic writers, will participate in the April 7 induction ceremony.

The series follows the relationships between three close-knit generations of the Barone family that happen to live too close for comfort. The main character is sportswriter Ray Barone (Ray Romano), who lives in Long Island, NY, with his wife, Debra (Patricia Heaton), and their three children. Living just across the street are Ray’s meddling parents, Marie (Doris Roberts) and Frank (Peter Boyle). And, constantly moving in and out of his parents’ house is Ray’s older brother, Robert (Brad Garrett).

During its network run, the series received numerous accolades, including multiple Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and People’s Choice and Golden Globe nominations.

The series was created by Phil Rosenthal and executive-produced by Rosenthal, Ray Romano, Stu Smiley and Rory Rosegarten. The series was produced by Worldwide Pants, Inc. and HBO Independent Productions. “Everybody Loves Raymond” is distributed domestically in syndication by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Studios International.

Previous NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame television inductees include “American Idol,” Betty White, Garry Marshall, “Meet the Press,” Bob Newhart, “The Tonight Show,” “Saturday Night Live,” Ted Koppel, “M*A*S*H,” “60 Minutes,” “The Today Show” and “Star Trek.”