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Adjustment Bureau, The

Film (2011). Universal Studios and Media Rights Capital present a Gambit Pictures production in association with Electric Shepherd Productions. Written and directed by George Nolfi. Based on the story "Adjustment Team" (September/October 1954 Orbit Science Fiction) by Philip K Dick. Cast includes Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery and Terence Stamp. 106 minutes. Colour. / The first feature from the production company established by Dick's daughters during the making of A ...

Elysium

American film (2013). Tristar Pictures/Sony. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Written by Neill Blomkamp. Cast includes Alice Braga, Sharlto Copley, Matt Damon, William Fichtner, Jodie Foster, Diego Luna and Wagner Moura. 109 minutes. Colour. / In the year 2154, Earth's wealthiest citizens have retreated to an enormous, torus-shaped Space Habitat called Elysium (see Keep), where they enjoy idyllic lives in Earth orbit while masses of poor people suffer on the surface of an overpopulated, polluted ...

MacGregor, Rob

(1948-    ) US author, married to horror author T J MacGregor (1947-    ); he has concentrated on Ties, most of them for the Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones universe, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), a novelization of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989); and the Indiana Jones sequence set mostly in the 1920s, beginning with Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi (1989). Two of these – Indiana Jones and the Dance of the ...

McGuffin

A term devised by Alfred Hitchcock, who describes it at considerable length in François Truffaut's Le Cinéma Selon Hitchcock (1966; trans Helen G Scott as Hitchcock 1967), as an object whose loss – or rumours of whose existence – triggers the cast of a thriller or detective film into searching for it, or fighting for it, or running from it, but which has in fact little or no intrinsic meaning once the dust has settled. For Hitchcock, the best McGuffin is the one most ...

Paradox [magazine]

1. Romanian magazine. See Romania. / 2. US Semiprozine of historical and speculative fiction, published by Paradox Publications, Brooklyn, New York and edited by Christopher Cevasco; 13 issues, Spring 2003 to Spring 2009, twelve as print issues, letter-size on good quality but non-slick stock, plus issue #4 (Spring 2004) only downloadable online. The magazine sought to bring together what might at first seem to be the two disparate fields of historical fiction and speculative fiction ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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