Good sci-fi programming is alive and well with everything JJ Abrams is touching these days as Lost, his new Star Trek film, and now Fringe, are giving fans of this genre a lot to think about with the concept of alternative universes and time travel. Tuesday night’s season one finale of Fringe [on Fox] featured one really fascinating WOW moment. In the last scene of the episode “There’s More Than One of Everything”, Olivia (Anna Torv) finds herself in an alternative reality in which John F. Kennedy is alive and well, the White House is being rebuilt and, most shocking of all, it is revealed that the office of William Bell (Leonard Nimoy), the founder of Massive Dynamics, is in one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. I must admit when the camera panned outside the office to reveal the Towers it felt like a Planet of the Apes moment. It clearly was a ballsy move by the show’s writers as they had to know this re-creation would possibly be offensive to some. Still, as sci-fi goes, it was truly a memorable moment that will hopefully get people talking about the show even more as one of the very best offerings on TV these days. Walter Bishop (John Noble) at a grave site with a tombstone that has his son, Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), passing away at the age of seven was also pretty fascinating as it’s clear there are a ton of possibilities to explore in season two. Here’s what Fringe’s executive producer Jeff Pinkner has to say about the ending. Take a LOOK
According to Nikki Finke, Legendary director Martin Scorsese has been signed by Universal and Mandalay Pictures to helm its biopic based on the life of Frank Sinatra. Scorsese, who won the best director Oscar for “The Departed”, is a perfect choice for this material since it’s quite obvious this has the potential to be a great film. One has to wonder, however, how deep Scorsese and screenwriter Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams) will be allowed to go with Frank’s youngest daughter, Tina, as the film’s executive producer. Sinatra’s family has given Universal complete access to his music so I’m sure they will have some creative control over the way his life story is told in this film. It remains to be seen if Scorsese’s latest IT guy, Leonardo Dicaprio, (who stars in Scorsese’s new Shutter Island) will be his choice to take on the role of Sinatra. If yes, they would have to go the lip-synching route when Frank breaks out in song but perhaps that is really the only way to go anyway given the talent involved. Personally I would rather see an unknown play the part so we can focus on Sinatra himself, not the star playing him. Peter Guber (Batman) will produce the film which will be titled “Sinatra”. This is certainly one to get excited about.