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Lynnette Porter
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Lynnette Porter is the author of Benedict Cumberbatch, In Transition: An Unauthorised Performance Biography (MX Publishing, 2013) and The Doctor Who Franchise (McFarland, 2013), and the author/editor of Sherlock Holmes for the 21st Century (McFarland, 2012), among many other books and chapters about television or film. She writes the monthly PopMatters column Deep Focus and wrote two essays published in PopMatter’s Joss Whedon book (Titan, 2012). Dr. Porter is a professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.


Features

Wednesday, February 1 2012

Carole E. Barrowman’s Authorial Journey to Hollow Earth

Hollow Earth isn’t just any book. It may be the Next Big Thing in young adult (YA) literature. It’s cover proclaims that “Imagination can be a dangerous thing,” but fans of John and Carole E. Barrowman are more than willing to take that risk.


Tuesday, July 26 2011

Sherlockians, Whovians, Woodies: Summer is the Season for Cinematic Tourists

Each summer they descend upon London en masse. Who are these cinematic tourists, and why do they travel thousands of miles to see where real or fictitious people enacted the stories that captured fans’ imagination?


Tuesday, May 31 2011

'Third Star', Making the Festival Rounds, Pits Benedict Cumberbatch Against a Taboo Topic

With a difficult theme and a challenging landscape, Third Star, an official selection for film festivals around the world, takes the characters and audience on the road trip of a lifetime.


Tuesday, April 26 2011

Celebrity and the Celebration of Art: The Transformation of Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch’s body of work is impressive. So what has previously prevented his transformation from a highly talented, sought-after actor to bona fide international celebrity?


Thursday, March 31 2011

Nathan Fillion Misbehaves All Across the Whedonverse

Both because of his several roles in Joss Whedon series and because of his extensive interaction with fans, Nathan Fillion has emerged as one of the best-loved actors in the Whedonverse.


Columns

Wednesday, August 28 2013

What Does a Zombie Gorilla Sound Like?

With a microphone, a laptop, and hundreds of voices in his throat, voice actor Bill Karalius can become anything from a Cajun crawdad to a zombie gorilla to a world-saving ghost hunter.


Wednesday, August 7 2013

Crowd-Funding a Crowd Pleaser: The Feature Future of 'Cleaning Up'

Crowd funding through Kickstarter or Indiegogo may be trendy, but filmmakers Thomas and Simon Guerrier are taking an atypical approach to funding a feature-length version of Cleaning Up.


Wednesday, June 12 2013

The Way We Watch Television: 'Sherlock' By the Numbers

A survey of Sherlock fans supports what broadcasters have long suspected: international viewers won't wait for new episodes on cable when the Internet is oh, so close to home.


Wednesday, May 1 2013

Speedy’s Café: Starring in 'Sherlock' is Part of the Family Business

Now synonymous with BBC hit Sherlock, Speedy’s Café serves a growing fan base everything from hearty omelets to television memorabilia.


Thursday, March 28 2013

Carole E. and John Barrowman on the Art of Word Painting and Visual Storytelling

Sibling authors Carole E. and John Barrowman likely have been “collaborators” since childhood. Today their grown-up collaboration brings science fiction and adventure stories to life on the page and, perhaps soon, to the screen.


Reviews

Monday, April 7 2014

The Pressure Cooker of 'August: Osage County' Explodes with Talent

During a brittle August, the battle for familial control flares when Barbara confronts her iron-willed mother in the aftermath of a family crisis. If only they didn’t have to be so loud about it.


Sunday, April 6 2014

It May Be Titled 'The Hobbit', But It's All About the Dragon

A shapeshifter, gigantic spiders, and a barrel-battle escape create exhilarating suspense in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but best of all is a deliciously devious incendiary beast.


Wednesday, March 12 2014

Like Its Senior Sleuth Namesake, 'Hetty Wainthropp Investigates' Ages Gracefully

Just why Acorn Media recently released Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Collection nearly 20 years after its initial broadcast is hardly a mystery.


Tuesday, February 11 2014

'Sherlock' and the Case of the Changing, Challenging Identities

The third season of Sherlock becomes much more meta and challenges the very concept of who Sherlock Holmes is, and suggests change is indeed in the (east) wind.


Tuesday, January 28 2014

Courting Controversy? Or Not? Bill Condon's 'The Fifth Estate'

WikiLeaks and Julian Assange changed our world. Yet the story put on film, The Fifth Estate, is not nearly controversial enough.


Blogs

Thursday, July 18 2013

Controversial Film, Enlightening Trailer: DreamWorks’ 'The Fifth Estate'

Just like Julian Assange and Wikileaks, DreamWorks' The Fifth Estate is sure to generate controversy, but its first trailer entertains as well as enlightens.


Friday, January 21 2011

Déjà Vu is Often Part of Being Human

Syfy might have to imagine greater to distinguish their series from the BBC’s, but they’ve chosen a worthwhile story and seem to be committed to a high-quality production. Is Being Human a story worth being told twice, especially when the remake premieres days before the original’s third season? Yes.


Tuesday, January 4 2011

A Happy New Year of Science Fiction, or 2010 Repackaged?

Before viewers resolve to watch or avoid new SF offerings, they might want to look carefully at the packaging. Among the shiny new series are also remakes and pilots being “re-gifted” to a new audience.


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