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.
Wednesday, February 1 2012
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
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
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
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
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.
Wednesday, August 28 2013
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 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
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
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
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.
Monday, April 7 2014
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
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
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
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
WikiLeaks and Julian Assange changed our world. Yet the story put on film, The Fifth Estate, is not nearly controversial enough.
Thursday, July 18 2013
Just like Julian Assange and Wikileaks, DreamWorks' The Fifth Estate is sure to generate controversy, but its first trailer entertains as well as enlightens.
Thursday, February 24 2011
Friday, January 21 2011
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
Tuesday, January 4 2011
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.