Friday, October 31, 2008

My Name is Bruce Review

Bruce Campbell is mistaken for his character Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy and forced to fight a real monster - a nine-foot-tall sword-wielding Chinese god of war - in a small town in Oregon. Mortified at first, Campbell decides to enjoy his stab at protecting the innocent until the situation turns decidedly gruesome. Confronted by a monster that's not a guy in a rubber suit, and with the blood of innocents on his hands, Bruce must abandon his slothful Hollywood ways. In a climactic, mano-a-monster battle, he is forced to finally rise to the occasion and become a hero... in real life.

My Name is Bruce
takes the idea of a “real” actor and places him in a situation that he has faced in the movies and TV shows that he is famous for. This convention has been explored previously (in most brilliant fashion) in The Three Amigos and Galaxy Quest. Does MNIB do the same?


Bruce Campbell, beloved B movie actor plays Bruce Campbell, beloved B movie actor. He gets offered a job to go to a small town and help the people there fight a Chinese demon names Guan-Di, who was mistakenly awakened by some unwitting teenagers. He arrives at the town, thinking this is a movie shoot. He quickly realizes his mistake which results in the death of a bunch of townspeople and makes a run for it. He comes back to try to correct his mistake. Is he successful? You need to see the movie to find out.

This is a seriously funny movie. Campbell once again proves he is the king of B movies and clearly has a blast making fun of himself. There are many inbred and redneck jokes at the expense of the townspeople courtesy of Campbell. He even gets close friend Ted Raimi to play not one, but THREE roles in the movie, all done to extremely comedic effect. The demon is very cool looking and actually pretty decent in terms of scares. Taylor Sharpe as Jeff is among the best performances out of the supporting cast as a hardcore Campbell fan who is the one to reach out to Bruce at the beginning of the film.

If there is one thing that I found annoying with the movie is that we have two characters singing a song about the demon throughout the movie and it gets annoying especially when they start repeating the chorus over and over again. Thankfully, the demon dispatches them giving us a great moment to actually cheer the bad guy.

Bottom line, if you love you movies nice and cheesy, if you are a fan of Bruce Campbell, see My Name is Bruce. If you are any of these things, see Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness first. If those are not your cup of tea, then you might not like this one. (Review by Rick Gutierrez of Amazing Comcast)

Fox Announces 'Mirrors' DVD and Blu-ray Editions

Fox Home Entertainment has announced DVD ($29.98) and Blu-ray ($39.99) releases of Mirrors, which stars Kiefer Sutherland. DVD Active reports that the Alexandre Aja directed horror will be available to own on January 13. The DVD release will include an extended cut of the film, along with 2 featurettes (Reflections: The Making of Mirrors, Behind The Mirror), deleted scenes with optional director commentary, and an alternate ending. (Bloody Disgusting)

Dark Sky Films Releasing 'Madhouse' Uncut!

Ovidio G. Assonitis's 1984 horror flick MADHOUSE is arriving on DVD November 25th with new featurette with writer-producer-director Ovidio G. Assonitis (Beyond the Door, Tentacles), created exclusively for this release This is the first time ever the DVD has been available in North America. It comes uncut, uncensored, and new transfer from rare vault materials. (Bloody Disgusting)

'75 Classic 'Psychic Killer' Gets November DVD Date

Arriving on DVD November 25th from Dark Sky Films is PSYCHIC KILLER, Ray Danton's 1975 horror film, which features Jim Hutton (Don t Be Afraid of the Dark) stars in his final feature film as Arnold Masters, a gentle recluse wrongfully convicted of murder and confined to a snake pit mental institution. When his elderly mother dies from neglect during his incarceration, Arnold devotes his hard time to mastering the voodoo art of astral projection... and remote control revenge. Death by concrete slab... by scalding shower... by meat slicer! No court could convict him because he was never there! (Bloody Disgusting)

Holiday Release For 'Bloodsuckers From Outer Space'

Media Blasters is set to release Glen Coburn's 1986 flick BLOODSUCKERS FROM OUTER SPACE on DVD December 30th. An invisible alien presence invades rural Texas, revoltingly killing its victims, reanimating their corpses, and sending them on a bloodthirsty rampage. Scientists at a local research facility set out to study the phenomenon while top military brass are hell-bent on nuking the bloodsuckers. (Bloody Disgusting)

Peace Arch Acquires 'Two:Thirteen' Cop Thriller

Peace Arch Entertainment is in negotiations for North American distribution rights to Two:Thirteen. The cop/serial killer thriller "Two:Thirteen," which premieres at next week's American Film Market, stars screenwriter Mark Thompson, Teri Polo, Kevin Pollak, Dwight Yoakam and Mark Pellegrino. Polo stars as a detective overseeing the investigation of a serial killer with a love of Shakespeare. Thompson plays a police profiler who has returned from psychiatric leave and gets drawn into the case. (Bloody Disgusting)

BDTV: 'Grace' Trailer and Promo Art

If you click on over to BDTV you can check out the promo trailer for Paul Solet's Grace, which stars Jordan Ladd, Samantha Ferris, Gabrielle Rose, Serge Houde, Stephen Park and Malcolm Stewart. GRACE revolves around Madeline Matheson, an eight months pregnant woman who is determined to deliver her unborn child, Grace, naturally. When an accident leaves Grace dead inside her, Madeline insists on carrying the baby to term. Weeks later, when Madeline delivers naturally, the child miraculously returns to life... (Bloody Disgusting)

Routh Finalizes Paperwork, 'Dylan Dog' Adaptation Ready to Roll

Brandon Routh revealed to IESB that Dead of Night, the adaptation of DYLAN DOG, is finally gearing up to shoot in January. "I think we are actually going to make it now," he tells the website. "I've never said that before, but I will now, all the paperwork is being finalized finally and we are looking really strong for a January, mid-January start I believe, in New Orleans. And, Kevin and I are looking at the script again and he's got his draft and I am excited about it." (Bloody Disgusting)

Bloody Disgusting TV: Episodes 6 & 7!

Inside you'll find BLOODY DISGUSTING TV Episodes 6 and 7. In episode 6, SpookyDan chats with Robert Englund about JACK BROOKS MONSTER SLAYER, before learning some interesting bits on Adam Gierasch's NIGHT OF THE DEMONS remake. In episode 7, Spooky heads to the Screamfest Horror Film Fest in Hollywood where he talks to director Toby Wilkins about his creature feature SPLINTER (in limited theaters tomorrow) and shares the excitement for TRICK 'R TREAT following the premiere. (Bloody Disgusting)

'Alphabet Killer' Trailer, Poster and LA/NY Theatrical Dates

Anchor Bay announced that Rob Schmidt's The Alphabet Killer will be opening in a pair of theaters this November (Rochester, NY 11.07.08, LA & NYC 11.14.08). You can check out the trailer over at BDTV with the poster beyond the break. In the film a ten year old girl is found brutally murdered outside the small blue-collar city of Rochester, New York, and obsessed police detective Megan Paige (Eliza Dushku) suffers a mental breakdown while trying to solve the crime. But when the child-killings resume two years later, Megan’s return to the investigation also brings back her own horrific hallucinations. (Bloody Disgusting)

Sales Art For Ti West's 'House of the Devil'

Today a piece of very early teaser art for Ti West's House of the Devil was found and can be viewed beyond the break. Starring Greta Gerwig, Jocelin Donahue, AJ Bowen, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, Dee Wallace, Mary B. McCann, Brenda Cooney, John Speredakos and Heather Robb, the film takes place in the 1980s where college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret they plan to use her in a satanic ritual. (Bloody Disgusting)

Two Bloody Posters and Trailer For 'Lady Blood'

We've been keeping our eyes peeled for new goodies from the French horror pic Lady Blood, the sequel to BABY BLUES. Seventeen years later, Yanka is a mother and a chief of police. She's a fulfilled woman, in love with her husband and happy with her daughter and mother-in-law. Everything is going great until a strange occurrence disturbs her new life. With the help of her psychiatrist husband, she tries to convince herself that it's just a nightmare. But it gets worse every day... (Bloody Disgusting)

Two New Stills From 'Friday the 13th'

We've got two pics of Jason Voorhees already on the web, so it only seems appropriate to get a look at the teens being hunted down by the masked madman in New Line Cinema's Friday the 13th (trailer), which hits theaters February 13, 2009. Inside you can check out Amanda Righetti as Whitney and Jared Padalecki as Clay, among numerous others. (Bloody Disgusting)

Sci Fi greenlights WCG GameQuest

SCI FI Channel has given the green light to production of WCG GameQuest (working title), an eight-episode elimination-style reality competition that pits 12 contestants against each other in a series of video-game challenges in order to find the "Best All-Around Gamer"; the show is slated to premiere in the first quarter of 2009. (Sci Fi Wire)

Hunters Prepare To Go Live

The Ghost Hunters guys are hoping to scare up some serious spooks during their live Halloween special, but even if they come up empty, it's gotta be more exciting than Geraldo Rivera's legendary Al Capone bust, right? We're just asking. Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, who appear together on the SCI FI Channel reality hit, will do their thing live on Oct. 31 as they revisit an old, ahem, haunt: the historic Fort Delaware in Delaware City, Del. (Sci Fi Wire)

Madagascar Penguins Do More

Tom McGrath--who co-directed the animated sequel Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa with Eric Darnell--said that the film's talking penguins naturally evolved into a larger role in the sequel. The fan favorites from the first Madagascar have already had their own short on the Madgascar DVD, and a new animated series based on the hit characters is in the works for 2009. In the sequel, the penguins pilot a plane that takes the group of animals from Madagascar to Africa. After crash-landing, they spend the film repairing the vehicle. (Sci Fi Wire)

Q&A: Legend Star Horner

Lucy Lawless, Kevin Sorbo, Gina Torres ... and Craig Horner? Producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi have a knack for choosing talent, as they tapped Lawless for Xena: Warrior Princess, Sorbo for Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Torres for Cleopatra 2525. And then there's Horner, the handsome Aussie actor the producers chose for their latest syndicated fantasy TV show, Legend of the Seeker. The following are edited excerpts of SCI FI Wire's interview with Horner. Legend of the Seeker debuts in syndication on the weekend of Nov. 1. (Sci Fi Wire)

'Changeling' scribe on 'Forbidden Planet'

J. Michael Straczynski, the writer of the Clint Eastwood-directed "Changeling," is penning a long-in-the-works update of sci-fi classic "Forbidden Planet" for Warner Bros. Joel Silver is producing via Silver Pictures.Warners picked up the project on the down-low earlier this year. As late as last year, it was set up at DreamWorks with David Twohy attached to direct. (THR)

'Spider-Man 4' lands Pulitzer pen

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire got out of a rabbit hole, only to be ensnared by a spider's web. Lindsay-Abaire, who won a Pulitzer in 2007 for his drama "Rabbit Hole," is in final negotiations to write "Spider-Man 4" for Columbia. Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire are back as director and star, respectively, as are series producers Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad. Kirsten Dunst also is expected to return for the latest movie featuring the Marvel Comics character. Plot details are under lock and key. (THR)

'Eden Lake' DVD Cover Art

Arriving in limited theaters from Third Rail Releasing on October 31st is Eden Lake, a UK horror-thriller that features a couple in peril after accidentally killing a group of kids' dog. After its small release, the film will be arriving on DVD January 6th from Dimension Extreme. (Bloody Disgusting)

Chris Nolan Talks 'Justice League' and More 'Batman 3'

A few days ago, we posted some quotes from Christopher Nolan featured in a three-part interview with the LA Times. Well, since that was only the first part, we're now back with a few more -- this time the writer-director talks about that potential Justice League movie, whether his Batman could fit into that universe and whether Warner Bros. is pressuring him to get moving, like, yesterday on the next Batman movie. (Cinematical)

Snake Eyes Motorcycle Pics has the first images of what could the motorcycle Snake Eyes uses in the upcoming G.I. Joe movie. The clues being the dual swords housed at the rear of the motorcycle, the words G.I Joe printed on the back, the G.I. Joe insignia stickers on the front and the two guns. (Latino Review)

The Northlander Sits Down With The Writer Of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. It’s a real pleasure to present this interview by our semi-regular Swedish contributor, TheNorthlander. I’ve got to give him all credit on this one... he was the first person I heard talking about LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, back before the film was even finished. He was a fan of the book, and he’d been aware of the film during development, and he told me back then that it was going to be something special. (AICN)

Akira live action adaptation being worked on by WB

Appian Way will also be working with WB on the live action adaptation of sci-fi anime classic Akira. (AICN)

Mr. Beaks Interviews MST3K Mastermind Joel Hodgson!

I was more than happy to take a second crack at interviewing the creator of my very favorite show of all time. We chatted for a good twenty minutes, and I tried my best to delve into the topics that were left out of the documentary: e.g. we touch on his early stand-up days, the behind-the-scenes friction that led to his exit (at the height of the show's popularity), the disappointment of THE TV WHEEL, the alleged fury of Sandy Frank, and the arrogance of famed prop comic Gallagher. (AICN)

New Sherlock Holmes Set Photos has posted new photos of Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and director Guy Ritchie filming Warner Bros. Pictures' Sherlock Holmes in Manchester, England. In the November 20, 2009 release, based on an original story/comic book by Lionel Wigram, Downey Jr. brings the legendary detective to life as he has never been portrayed before. Law stars as Holmes' trusted colleague, Watson, a doctor and war veteran who is a formidable ally for Sherlock Holmes. (SuperHeroHype)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Moriarty Sits Down With Tomas Alfredson, Director Of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN!

Hey, everyone. “Moriarty” here. A hotel on a side street a few blocks from where the main Tower Records on Sunset used to be. Mid-morning, but early for me, especially since I’m driving in from Northridge to do these things now. I’m one of a series of people to sit down for a few minutes with a director I hadn’t heard of before two months ago, a filmmaker who may very well have landed a film on my ten best list already. I’m excited to be meeting him, and I hope this is just the first of many films of his that are worth discussion in years to come. (AICN)

Atticus Finch Rebels Against Michael Cera In Miguel Arteta's YOUTH IN REVOLT!

Hey, everyone. “Moriarty” here. Yes, I am totally in the bag for Charlie Kaufman, and I don’t care who knows it. Why wouldn’t I be? Here’s a guy who survived the sitcom jungle and has emerged as a truly original voice in modern screenwriting, working with some of the most innovative directors of the moment to craft a series of burnished gems that I think have genuinely helped push the art of film forward. I got a chance to sit down with him at the Four Seasons a few weeks ago... (AICN)

Gale Anne Hurd on the Future of The Hulk

MTV chatted with The Incredible Hulk producer Gale Anne Hurd, who said she has every intention on making a follow-up and that Edward Norton is signed on: "It's all going to depend on the screenplay and where his character goes in any sequel, because he does have a multiple-picture deal," she said of Norton. But first, you're likely going to see him in The Avengers: "Next, he's likely to appear in an 'Avengers' movie, but that's completely up to Marvel," she explained. To read more on what villain she would want for the next "Hulk" movie, click here! SuperHeroHype

The Dark Knight Could Be Getting Some Strange

I don't believe this for a second, but whatever. It's comic book news so here you go. Some Aussie newspaper is reporting on Christian Bale being weeks away from striking a deal as Dr. Strange: "Christian Bale is set to play another superhero.The actor – who has played Batman in both ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight’ – is said to be the number one choice to play Dr. Strange in movie studio Marvel’s latest comic book adaptation." (Latino Review)

'Fanboys' Poster Premiere and New Pics!

Cinematical has just received this exclusive poster for Fanboys (which I can safely say is a film we've all been waiting a long time to see), along with a handful of brand spanking new images. Luckily Mr. Weinberg and myself managed to catch a screening of the flick back in July during Comic Con and I'm happy to say Fanboys is a funny, heartwarming geeky trip full of countless movie references (most of them Star Wars related) and plenty of memorable quotes. (Cinematical)

MASSIVE Report From the Set of 'FRIDAY THE 13TH'!

This past April I was blessed with the opportunity to visit the set of New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures' latest Friday the 13th film, where I witnessed the new Jason Voorhees (Derek Mears) in the flesh! Tonight we've been given the green to give you our entire exclusive on set report, which is broken into three parts. In addition, you'll find several interviews with the cast and crew behind the film: stars Derek Mears, Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Travis Van Winkle, Julianna Guill, writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, along with Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller. (Bloody Disgusting)

Ron Perlman to Play Elvis in 'Bubba Nosferatu'?

Our boy Quint over at AICN just dropped me an e-mail that filled me with delight, an early Halloween treat if you will. Inside you'll find out who is filling in for Bruce Campbell in Don Coscarelli's long-delayed Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires, the sequel to MGM's BUBBA HO-TEP from way back in 2002 (man, time flies). Inside you'll find a portion of an interview with Paul Giamatti, who has already been cast as Col. Parker. While talking about director Don Coscarelli, he spills the beans on who could be replacing Bruce Campbell as Elvis. "He brought me in onboard and now we have got Ron Perlman interested in playing Elvis." Bloody Disgusting)

Elizabeth Banks Featured in New 'Uninvited' Clip

If you head over to MTV you can check out the first official clip from DreamWorks' The Uninvited (trailer), their remake of the Korean horror film A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, which arrives in theaters January 30th. The film revolves around Anna (Emily Browning), who returns home after spending time in the hospital following the tragic death of her mother. (Bloody Disgusting)

First Images From Clive Barker's 'Dread'!!

Last week SpookyDan traveled to London to visit the set of Anthony DiBlasi's Dread, the latest Clive Barker adaptation from his Books of Blood. While we wait for a set visit preview piece, you can check out several stills (one exclusive) from the pic that follows three college students who study other people’s fears. (Bloody Disgusting)

Shoreline CEO Morris Ruskin Talks Horror!

Morris Ruskin, the CEO of Shoreline Entertainment, sat down to a chat with SpookyDan about what it takes to run a fully independent film studio. Every so often we get an opportunity to bring the BD readers some informative industry insider tips. This time around, we got to chatting about what it takes to run an indie studio, and found out exactly what they are looking for in new films. If you are a budding filmmaker, I highly suggest you read on for this enlightening article from a man who has been in the biz for many, many years. (Bloody Disgusting)

Gehenna Project Gets an Official Title From Hell

We have learned this morning that Jason Connery's previously untitled "Gehenna Project" has been given the official title of The Devil's Tomb. Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Taryn Manning, Ron Perlman, Henry Rollins, Valerie Cruz, Ray Winstone and Bill Moseley, the film follows an elite group of soldiers on a covert mission to retrieve a scientist from an underground lab encounter an ancient evil in the basement of the facility. (Bloody Disgusting)

Behind-the-Scenes of 'Sorority Row'

If you head on over to the Post Gazette or the writer's own blog you can read about his visit to the set of Summit Entertainment's Sorority Row, which is being directed by Stewart Hendler. In addition to a report, you'll also find a few pics from behind-the-scenes of the shoot, which B-D reporter David Harley took a trip down to last week. (Bloody Disgusting)

Kate Beckinsale Returns to Horror in 'Whiteout' Next September

A few websites prematurely announced a July release for the Kate Beckinsale starrer Whiteout, which has been teased as far back as last years San Diego Comic Con. Today we learned that the adaptation will finally arrive in theaters September 11, 2009. The ticking-clock “Whiteout” follows U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko as she uncovers the first murder ever in the Antarctic just as the sun is about to set for six months. Bloody Disgusting

BDTV: International Trailer For 'Pontypool'!

This past weekend the trailer for the Canadian horror film Pontypool debuted in front of SAW V in some international territories, now we've got an exclusive look over at BDTV. The horror-thriller carries a very interesting premise, a small-town radio station discovers that recent madness in the local population may be caused by a virus transmitted through speech. Directed by Bruce McDonald, the film stars WATCHMAN actor Stephen McHattie. (Bloody Disgusting)

Liddell Plans 'Molly Hartley' Sequel

During a brief interview with director Mickey Liddell, we learned that he's already planning a sequel to The Haunting of Molly Hartley (several clips), which arrives in theaters October 31st. "I love this genre and would love to do another horror film," Liddell tells Bloody-Disgusting exclusively. "Hopefully, if MOLLY HARTLEY does well, we can start work on a sequel." (Bloody Disgusting)

Parham and Coleman Boldly Going Nowhere

Lennon Parham has landed the top female role and Chad L. Coleman also is cast in Fox's SF comedy pilot Boldly Going Nowhere, joining Ben Koldyke in a show about what happens day to day on an intergalactic spaceship, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (Sci Fi Wire)

Vamp drama Moonlight comes to DVD

The complete series DVD set of CBS' vampire drama Moonlight drops on Jan. 20, 2009. (Sci Fi Wire)

Set Report: Friday The 13th

It's dark. It's hot. Silhouetted trees loom over the park like monsters. Insects buzz in the grass. A group of campers carrying sleeping bags heads to Camp Crystal Lake. Someone yells: "You're damned! ... Don't go to Camp Blood!" Then they laugh hysterically. It's not a movie. It's the set of Friday the 13th, and the idiots doing the yelling are actually reporters shouting at visitors last June on the movie's set in Austin, Texas. SCI FI Wire was there. (Sci Fi Wire)

Tennant To Quit Doctor Who

David Tennant announced that he will quit as the title character in the BBC's Doctor Who, after becoming one of the most popular Time Lords in the history of the BBC science fiction show, the BBC reported. Tennant made the announcement after winning the outstanding drama performance prize at the National Television Awards. Rumors have already begun as to who will play the next incarnation of the Doctor, including Paterson Joseph, David Morrisey, James Nesbitt and John Simm. (Sci Fi Wire)

We Rate Returning SF TV Series

Yikes! And you think the economy is bad. Imagine being a network executive these days. Much like the vanishing honey bees, television viewers seems to have evaporated, and shows across the spectrum are struggling. In fact, the networks are bleeding as they thrash about trying to figure out how to bring viewers back to their favorite shows. In this second of two stories, we take a look at how returning SF&F series are doing this fall, graded from best to worst. (Sci Fi Wire)

Tyro Helmer Scares Up Haunting

Mickey Liddell, who makes his directorial debut with the upcoming supernatural horror film The Haunting of Molly Hartley, told SCI FI Wire that it was time to step behind the camera after years of producing such movies and television programs as Go, Jack & Bobby and Everwood--and to do so with a scary movie. "I'd decided a couple of years ago that if I didn't kind of branch off and [direct] that, I would never do it," Liddell said in an interview. "And I've always loved horror movies since I was a kid. The ones that really scared me were The Omen and The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby and Carrie and The Shining; all of the ones that really got under your skin. So I thought it would be a great genre to get into." (Sci Fi Wire)

Seeker Spins New Tales

Bridget Regan, star of the upcoming syndicated fantasy TV show Legend of the Seeker, told SCI FI Wire that episodes will spin one-off stories while following the basic trajectory of the fantasy book Wizard's First Rule, on which the show is based. Wizard's First Rule is the first in author Terry Goodkind's The Sword of Truth series. Regan (New Amsterdam) plays Kahlan, a beautiful, mysterious and powerful Confessor who joins forces with a wizard named Zedd (Bruce Spence) to protect Richard (Craig Horner). Richard is a young man who discovers that he's a prophesied Seeker, tasked with saving his world from the tyrannical Darken Rahl (Craig Parker). Together with Kahlan and Zedd, Richard sets about fulfilling his destiny. (Sci Fi Wire)

Lost Season 5 Promo Found

ABC has posted a promo for the upcoming fifth season of Lost, which returns in early 2009. (Sci Fi Wire)

Princes Grace 007 Premiere

Princes William and Harry were on the London red carpet on Oct. 29 for the world premiere of the new James Bond movie Quantum of Solace, in which Daniel Craig reprise the role of superspy 007, the Reuters news service reported. The 40-year-old actor and his co-stars were greeted by hundreds of fans and a sea of camera flashes in central London for the 22nd installment of the Bond franchise. Craig showed up wearing a tuxedo and his right arm in a sling after a shoulder operation. (Sci Fi Wire)