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Fox says ‘Terminator’ not Dead Yet

Fox says ‘Terminator’ not Dead Yet

We were among the many sites to report that low ratings may kill Sarah Connor long before a T-1000 gets to complete the mission. To be fair, we should also be reporting that Fox is scoffing at the reports.

"The rumors are all speculative and never fact checked with the network or studio," a rep told i09.

The Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has received okay reviews but the ratings are down to under 6 million viewers which usually bring about a pink slip.  The production continues to chug along, fulfilling their order for 13 episodes.

The competition, Mondays at 8 p.m. is quite fierce as they oppose popular sitcoms The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother on CBS, Chuck on NBC, Dancing with the Stars on ABC and Monday Night Football on ESPN.

‘Iron Man’, ‘Dark Knight’ Earn Multiple Nominations

‘Iron Man’, ‘Dark Knight’ Earn Multiple Nominations

The Hollywood Post Alliance Awards announced the nominees for the third annual award presentation for excellent in post production work. Iron Man and The Dark Knight among other genre films received multiple nominations. The HPA Awards will be presented Nov. 6 at the Skirball Cultural Center.Nominees for the HPA Awards include:

Outstanding Color Grading Feature Film in a DI Process

Iron Man, Steven J. Scott (EFilm)
Sweeney Todd, Stefan Sonnenfeld (Company 3)
Kite Runner, Mike Sowa (LaserPacific Media Corporation)

Outstanding Color Grading – Television

Pushing Daisies, “’The Fun in Funerals”, Joe Hathaway (LaserPacific Media Corporation)
ESPN: The Masters, Siggy Ferstl (RIOT)
Andromeda Strain, Night 2: Part 1, Mike Sowa (LaserPacific Media Corporation)

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film

Iron Man, Dan Lebental, A.C.E.
Into the Wild, Jay Cassidy, A.C.E.
The Dark Knight, Lee Smith, A.C.E.

Outstanding Editing – Television

Mad Men “Indian Summer”, David J. Siegel, A.C.E.
Breaking Bad (Pilot Episode), Lynne Willingham, A.C.E. (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
Pushing Daisies, “Pie-lette”, Stuart Bass, A.C.E.

Outstanding Audio Post – Feature Film

Wanted, Wylie Stateman and Harry Cohen (Soundelux) & Christopher Jenkins and Frank A. Montano (Universal Studios)
Wall*E, Ben Burtt (Pixar Animation Studios), Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Matthew Wood (Skywalker Sound)
Into the Wild, Michael Minkler (Todd AO), Lora Hirschberg (Skywalker Sound) and Martin Hernandez (Ztrackz)

Outstanding Audio Post- Television

CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, “Cockroaches”, Mace Matiosian, Ruth Adelman, David Vanslyke, Bill Smith, Yuri Reese and Jivan Tahmizian (Todd-AO)
John Adams, Episode 3: “Don’t Tread on Me", Marc Fishman and Tony Lamberti (Todd-AO) & Stephen Hunter Flick and Vanessa Lapato (Warner Brothers Post)
R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour Don’t Think About It, Sam Kaufmann and John Schell (Media City Sound)

INTERVIEW: Lillian and Kyle Baker

INTERVIEW: Lillian and Kyle Baker

I think Kyle Baker is the funniest man in comics. With the exception of the recently completed non-fiction Nat Turner, everything he¹s done has made me laugh, including the artwork for DC’s Shadow series and Vertigo’s King David. After the publication of his second graphic novel, Why I Hate Saturn in 1992, Ben is Dead, a popular e-zine, proclaimed "Kyle Baker is God." Since then, he¹s written and drawn for every major publisher, and his work has appeared in New York Magazine, Spy, Vibe, ESPN and more. He¹s adapted the Dick Tracy movie and Alice in Wonderland for comics. His graphic novels include You are Here, I Die at Midnight, King David, the previously mentioned Nat Turner, several collections of short pieces and a continuing series about his family, The Bakers.

We recently had a chance to talk to Kyle and his oldest daughter, Lillian, herself a talented self-published cartoonist. At eight, she¹s written and drawn five books, most recently The Dumb People¹s Convention. Fans and fans-to-be can see her work at conventions this summer, where she will frequently share booth space with her father.

Lillian and I had just seen Spider-Man 3 the night before, and had a pajama party at my house.

Kyle: Any nightmares?

Lillian: No.

CMix: She wasn¹t scared. We talked about how everything is special effects and not real.

Kyle: Sometimes, she has nightmares after the movies.

CMix: The title — Babies and Kittens, your new book from Image (scheduled to ship in July). Why both?

Kyle: What¹s cuter than babies? Babies and kittens.

CMix: This is the second book that¹s being distributed by Image, after Nat Turner. What other projects do you have in the works?

Kyle: I¹m writing a book for Watson-Guptill, How to Draw Stupid. It¹s not a graphic novel, it¹s text with illustrations.

CMix: That sounds great, but it doesn¹t sound like something that would sell in comic book stores.

Kyle: There are at least two different audiences for comics these days. What sells the best at Barnes & Noble isn¹t what sells the best at a comic book store. They both think their market is the only one, and no one will buy what doesn¹t sell in their kind of store. I¹ve gone into a comic shop and asked why they don¹t have kids comics. They say, "Kids don¹t like Scooby-Doo." Of course kids like Scooby-Doo. What they don¹t is like most comic stores.

CMix: How do you feel about the competition from Lillian?

Kyle: She¹s very good at it. She¹s done five books.

CMix: Do you have a favorite?

Kyle: I like them all. They¹re all fun.

CMix: Lilli, are there comics you would like to read that aren¹t in stores?

Lillian: I like fairies. I¹d like to read a fairy comic.

CMix: Are there any?

Kyle: Disney and Nickelodeon have that market cornered. They do the cartoons.

CMix: There was that Terry Jones book.

Kyle: That had art by Brian Froud. He¹s done a lot of Lillian¹s favorite books.

CMix: What conventions do you plan to attend this summer?

Kyle: We did New York in February. I¹m going to San Diego (July) and I¹m doing Baltimore (over Labor Day). Check with Liz (his wife), she¹ll know the rest of the schedule.

CMix: It must be difficult to go with three kids.

Kyle: We used to fly all around the world with Lillian when she was a baby. She was one of those babies who would only stop crying if you walked her around the block in a stroller, and she wouldn¹t start to cry until I was completely set up to start signing books. The worst was Germany, where they went through all our bags. We were on a tour where we went from town to town, signing books. We ran all over Europe with twenty bags and a baby. Always racing for a plane or train.

CMix: Tell me about Special Forces? It¹s expected to appear monthly, starting in August. You were inspired by the story of the autistic teenager who was recruited into the armed forces. Is this a mini-series?

Kyle: The story can go on as long as the war does. Every generation has their own war comedy. There was Catch-22 for World War II, and M*A*S*H for the Viet Nam era. Everything in my book is going to be true things I read in the paper. Nothing could be funnier or more absurd than that.

CMix: You¹re going to get lambasted for that.

Kyle: I love reading bad reviews because they can¹t figure out how to attack it when it¹s true. Like with Nat Turner, nobody complained in the first volume, when all these black babies were getting killed. "Oh, that¹s accurate and profound," they said. Then, in the second half, when the white kids were killed, that was different. The same reviewers vcalled it "brutal." It was all historically accurate. It¹s what happened.

CMix: Lillian, do you want to be a cartoonist when you grow up, like your Daddy?

Lillian: Yes. Or maybe a doctor.

CMix: On your website (kylebaker.com), you have a lot of animation. Why aren¹t the studios throwing money at you to produce features?

Kyle: Not enough penguins in my stuff. I¹ve made a lot of money working for the studios. After Why I Hate Saturn, I spent two years working for Warner Bros, developing sit-coms that never got made. And I worked on the Loony Tunes movie. I got paid a lot of money. I don¹t care that I didn¹t get a single joke in the movie, because it¹s the most money I ever made.

CMix: Why didn¹t they use your jokes? You¹re the funniest person in the world!

Kyle: They want to see a script. If I write a script and it says "Sylvester falls in a pool," it¹s not funny. It¹s not funny on the page, but it will be funny in the execution. I¹ll do a storyboard, but they only understand what¹s typed. Most people can¹t even understand a storyboard. I kept doing my gags as doodles, and nobody knew what to do with them.

CMix: That¹s terrible.

Kyle: I¹d rather do it and then sell it. That¹s what I did with The Bakers. If I pitched those Bakers ideas, no one would buy them. But when you see it, it¹s funny. I like to do humor because comedy is quantifiable. You can¹t argue about it. Either people laugh, or they don¹t, so either it¹s funny, or it¹s not.

CMix: So what do you do?