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Spider-Man: Far from Home

Film (2019). Marvel Studios, Columbia Pictures, Pascal Pictures. Directed by Jon Watts. Written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, based on the Marvel Comic by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Cast includes Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Holland, Samuel L Jackson, J B Smoove, Cobie Smulders, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei and Zendaya. 129 minutes. Colour. / Marvel staple Nick Fury (Jackson) investigates attacks from the Earth and Air Elementals which were foiled by Quentin Beck ...

Full Motion Video

Term used to refer to pre-recorded film footage used in a Videogame, as opposed to two or three-dimensional graphics generated by the game as it is being played. Such footage can be produced by computer animation or by filming live actors on physical sets. It is typically used for "cut scenes", short video segments which establish a frame narrative (see Interactive Narrative) for the game or advance a linear narrative over which the player has little control. Some attempts have been made to use ...

Beddoes, Willoughby

(1846-1906) UK painter, naval officer and author, whose A Goddess from the Sea (1903) is a Lost Race tale set in Asia, much of the action taking place Underground, and involving goddess-worship. [JC]

Arreola, Juan José

(1918-2001) Mexican author and academic whose full name was Juan José Arreola Zúñiga. Best known for his fantastic short stories, especially the Kafkaesque "El guardagujas" ["The Switchman"] (7 May 1950 México en la Cultura), he is considered one of Mexico's premier experimental short story authors and one of the masters, alongside Jorge Luis Borges, of the essay-story. Borges also described his work with one word: "freedom. Freedom of an unlimited imagination, ...

Sandlin, Tim

(1950-    ) US screenwriter and author, most of whose work travels to comic extremities, though the Satire remains nonfantastic. Of sf interest is Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty (2007), set in Near Future California; it is 2023, and the real Drew Barrymore (1975-    ), who is now governor, becomes involved in a dispute centred on an assisted-living centre, whose aged boomer inhabitants are aggressively insisting on their entitlement to lives within these walls ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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