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AlphaBits: James Cameron Not Interested In Terminator Rights

PLUS: A brand-new trailer out for ‘Caprica’ on Syfy


He has a kajillion dollars in the bank between “Titanic” and now “Avatar,” so why shouldn’t James Cameron buy the rights to the Terminator franchise, especially right now when he could practically get it for pennies on the dollar?

It might be cheap as a lot in a bankruptcy auction, but Cameron — who gave us “Terminator” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” — says he ain’t biting.

“People ask me why I didn’t want to get involved in trying to recapture the rights to Terminator,” Cameron told “At the Movies.” “For one, who wants to spend $50 million on the rights and then another $25 million or $30 million on actors? By the time you get to it, how much do you actually have to make the movie? That’s robbing the audience.”

Cameron, who created the Terminator franchise, sold it so that he would have a chance to direct the film, something he was able to do thanks to producer Gale Ann Hurd and Orion Pictures, which distributed the first film that became a smash hit.

But that’s not what Cameron is ready to do now, even though his last two films breaking budget records doesn’t give him much room to talk about cost.

“We put every dollar up there on the screen in ‘Avatar,'” Cameron said. The money “is not squandered on star salaries. That’s a pretty damn good deal when the cost of a ticket doesn’t change.” — [Reelz Channel]

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Expanded ‘Caprica’ trailer out: One benefit of being the Los Angeles Times is that you get a chance to have an exclusive look at trailers for upcoming television shows.

The Times got that with the exclusive right to post the same trailer for Syfy’s “Battlestar Galactica” spinoff “Caprica” that was recently screened for the Television Critics Association. We’d post the video for you here, but the paper isn’t allowing anyone to embed.

So give the Times a dime, and check out the trailer here.

By the way, “Caprica” premieres on Syfy Jan. 22. — [Los Angeles Times]

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News from the world of ‘Caprica’: A new trailer isn’t the only thing Syfy is putting out on “Caprica.” There’s also a new tie-in Web site that looks like it just came off the planet itself.

The Caprican can be found at showblogs.syfy.com/caprican and features news almost as if you were right there living amongst the Graystones and the Adamas.

There is a real cool picture of the Graystone mansion interior there, as well as all the latest Pyramid scores. So be sure to check it out! — [Airlock Alpha]

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A real cure for the hangover: If Whoopi Goldberg ever gets tired of doing “The View,” maybe she can take back her old job as Guinan.

Some scientists in the United Kingdom think they may have their own version of some of the popular drinks served in Ten Forward on “Star Trek: The Next Generation’s” USS Enterprise: Synthahol. It’s the alcoholic beverage where the intoxicating effects can be turned off like a light switch.

Some people at Imperial College London have developed a drink that uses chemicals related to valium that create the effects of alcohol, but cured by a single pill. And there’s no hangover.

“No one’s ever tried targeting this before, possibly because it will be so hard to get it past the regulators,” project leader David Nutt said. “The law gives a privileged position to alcohol, which has been around for 3,000 years. But why not use advances in pharmacology to find something safer and better?”

Good question, you Nutt. — [The Escapist]

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‘Doctor Who’ is here to stay: David Tennant is now gone from “Doctor Who,” but that doesn’t mean BBC has lost faith in the show.

In fact, there have been some reports that a small smile has cracked at least on BBC executive’s stone face, but that is just a rumor.

“‘Doctor Who’ has regeneration at its very core, and it’s what provides the show with its longevity,” said Julian Payne, head of communications at BBC Vision. “We view it as a very exciting opportunity for the show. We remain hugely committed to the brand of Doctor Who in all its forms, and we have a wonderful new team in place who are very excited about taking the show on new adventures.”

That new team, in case you missed it, includes Steven Moffat as the new showrunner, and Matt Smith as the star.

“Doctor Who” returns this spring to BBC and BBC America. — [Wales Online]

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‘Doctor Who’ stimulus for police officers: The South Wales Police Department in the United Kingdom has been getting its own sort of windfall in tough economic times … thanks to “Doctor Who.”

A new report says the police department has made more than $114,000 over the past two years for helping keep location shoots clear for shows such as “Doctor Who,” “Traffic Cops” and “Gavin and Stacey.”

That comes from 88 separate payments made by BBC Wales to the police, from as low as $96 for police cones to $2,600 for the services of just two police officers for “Doctor Who.”

Even the “Doctor Who” spinoff “Torchwood” has handed out money, especially during its second season when it had to use a police station for filming. The cost for that? A little under $1,500.

By the way, how much do police in Wales make on the use of a police box as a Tardis? Zip. — [Wales Online]

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Syfy airs stuff on Saturdays?: By the way, don’t think anyone watches those corny Saturday original movies on Syfy? Guess again.

The Jan. 9 airing of “Category 6: Day of Destruction” starring a bunch of people we never heard of and Randy Quaid, found its way into 2 million homes. Yeah, that’s like a super ratings night for Syfy, giving double-digit increases in key demographics, according to a release from the cable channel.

Who knew a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico teaming up with a tornado in Chicago could do so much damage — and have so many spectators? — [Airlock Alpha]

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‘Dollhouse’ details finale: So the very last episode of “Dollhouse” we’ll ever see on Fox will have a familiar ring to it. That is, if you bought the first season of “Dollhouse” on DVD.

“Epitaph 2” airs Jan. 22 beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Fox bringing back our regular cast like Eliza Dushku, Tahmoh Penikett and Olivia Williams, but giving us some added fun with Amy Acker, Summer Glau, Miracle Laurie, Alan Tudyk, Felicia Day, Nate Dushku, and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’s” Maurissa Tancharoen.

So what will this episode be about? Start with “Epitaph 1” and just imagine where the story would go from there. — [The Futon Critic]

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Guest of Honor? Moi?: I have a bit of cool news to share about me. Yep, me. I mean seriously, if I can’t write about me, then why am I here?

Anyway, the Orlando Area Science Fiction Society has invited me to be a part of their annual Oasis convention in Central Florida once again. But this time, not just as a boring ol’ regular guest like I’ve been in the past. This year, I’ve been invited as a Fan Guest of Honor!

I have no idea what that means, but apparently me naming a network and all had something to do with it.

Either way, OASFIS is a great group of people, and it’s an honor I’m proud of.

They will hold their convention this May, so you should definitely make plans to attend. Guests actually worth seeing include writers Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, artist Richard C. Livingston, and filker Rob Balder.

Get all the details at oasfis.org/oasis. — [Airlock Alpha]

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Ashley Miller, Bear McCreary on Alpha Waves Radio: Speaking of me, I’m hosting this little online radio thing called Alpha Waves Radio three times a month, and it takes a lot of work to make it happen, so you better be listening!

On Jan. 3, we did Alpha Waves LIVE!, a call-in show that the name explains (we do it live) where we talked about the David Tennant finale of “Doctor Who.” Then a few days later we went back to podcast format and talked to “Thor” and “Fringe” scribe Ashley Miller, which was a real treat.

Next Thursday, we’ll have former “Battlestar Galactica” composer and current “Human Target” music genius Bear McCreary on Alpha Waves. So don’t miss it!

You can catch all of our shows by visiting AlphaWavesRadio.com or by doing a search for Alpha Waves in the podcast section of Apple’s iTunes Store.

Listen to us live every other Thursday, or hear an archived version of our show. I’d say you won’t be sorry, but I heard some of these shows and trust me, you’ll be sorry. — [Airlock Alpha]

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Helping victims of the Haiti earthquake: Finally, the hearts of everyone here on the Airlock Alpha staff go out to the victims and families who suffered through the Haitian earthquake earlier this week.

I am hoping and praying that the casualty list is not as long as some might think it is, and I celebrate every survivor pulled from the wreckage.

Our friends at TrekMovie are sharing with fans how they can help, especially through Unicef.

So please, get involved, and get all the details by clicking here. — [Airlock Alpha]

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