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Title: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on September 06, 2011, 11:16:10 am
First, homey don't play that SyFy ****. Asshats.

So Riddick is just going jump start this thread for me.

The 3rd installment is coming to reality. Pre-production is at least rolling and that's what is happening now with the Vin Diesel and creator/director David Twohy behind the lens.

Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking

Riddick franchise star Vin Diesel is back once again with more from the pre-production world of The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking, which is to once again be helmed by David Twohy. While also adding the following storyboard image (and confirming an R-rating), he also writes:

"While I was working on character, the Director and his team of artists have been creating the world and style of this picture. We all know how much I enjoy concept art and storyboards, haha, I am like a kid in a candy shop.

Seeing the early stage of CGI is always fascinating to me, it is a element that usually comes together long after the filming process, so you look forward to seeing it fully realized.

First stop for the Riddick production is Canada, which is where we shot a large part of Chronicles...

P.s. I am grateful to have Universal in such support of this complex character's journey... not many studios would back an "R" rating. Very cool."

Casting is underway although no shoot day is set in stone.

I'm excited. Hope this fully comes about. I didn't care too much for the direction Chronicles of Riddick took after the fresh vision of Pitch Black. But from early discussions, it looks like they learned from their mistakes and will get back to the core thinking like in Pitch Black.

Check out David Twohy's website (
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 06, 2011, 11:46:45 am
I've only seen the first movie which was pretty good. Never got around to seeing the second film due to poor word of mouth. But now that the Library is my friend, I may give it a shot regardless. I will weigh in on what I think about the news of the third film after watching the second one.

That is all, folks.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on September 06, 2011, 12:41:42 pm
I've only seen the first movie which was pretty good. Never got around to seeing the second film due to poor word of mouth. But now that the Library is my friend, I may give it a shot regardless. I will weigh in on what I think about the news of the third film after watching the second one.

That is all, folks.

Naturally I'm going to recommend it. It's not bad... it's just nothing like Pitch Black.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on September 08, 2011, 09:56:09 am
Build Your Own Terminator With Free A.I. Course From Stanford

James Cameron might've told us that Judgement Day was on August 29, 1997 in Terminator 2, but since Stanford University's School Of Engineering is offering Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (CS221) as a free online course for everyone this semester, it could be any day now.

Starting October 10th, the class spans 10 weeks and includes two video lectures per week on topics like machine learning, Markov models, robotics and robot motion planning, decision processes and adversarial planning.

Unless you're enrolled as a student at Stanford, you won't get college credit but you will get a statement of accomplishment signed by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig - the two professors - upon completion. For those who aren't looking for something too strenuous (well, I should say MORE strenuous), there's a basic track with includes the lectures and basic quizzes. If you're looking to really get into it and work on a collegiate level, try the advance track which includes homework assignments, tests and deadlines (blah).

Sebastian Thrun is a Research Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, a Google Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the German Academy of Sciences. He's best known for his research in robotics and machine learning, including his self-driving car which was named one of the 50 best inventions of 2010 by Time Magazine.

Peter Norvig is Director of Research at Google Inc. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery, and co-authored Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, which is the world's most popular text book on Artificial Intelligence. He also used to be the head of the Computational Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center, making him NASA's senior computer scientist.

There's already over 50,000 people signed up for this course, which means one of us is destined to create Skynet.

Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on September 10, 2011, 03:16:02 am
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on September 14, 2011, 08:05:43 am
Pacific Rim - July 12, 2013

Dir: Guillermo Del Toro

Guillermo del Toro’s monster movie Pacific Rim has quietly booked itself into Pinewood Toronto Studios with the working title Still Seas for a six month shoot through April 2012, writes THR.

Del Toro's monsters vs mechas action movie from Legendary Pictures, which is executive produced by Callum Greene, will start shooting in Toronto on the Pinewood soundstages from October 31, 2011.

Pacific Rim, which stars Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day and Idris Elba, is slated for a July 21, 2013 release date by Warner Bros.

Fantastic. I mean so far, knock on wood, it’s the greatest experience of my life. I’m having a blast, designing like crazy. I’m now hiring actors, which is always a good sign, always a great sign when you’re casting. We’re announcing a release date… The other thing that we’re heading towards is an impeding start date the first week in November, so we have 20 weeks to start shooting the biggest giant monster movie ever made.

Del Toro was earlier set to shoot At the Mountains of Madness in Toronto, but that project has been delayed.


Leaked story... maybe spoiler

Spoiler (hover to show)
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on September 14, 2011, 08:25:13 am
Red Lights
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on October 20, 2011, 07:06:09 pm
Chronicle -  Feb 2, 2012

This looks interesting.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on November 12, 2011, 09:54:35 am
Journey 2: Mysterious Island

Let's get this straight... this is nothing like one of my all time favorite classics Mysterious Island with Michael Craig and Capt Nemo. This is disneyfied sequel to capitalize on 3D. I'm really on the border with this one. It looks just too kiddie for me. I'll check it out one day when it comes on DVD, because it does look like some fun moments. But yea, not plopping down bucks for this one.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on November 12, 2011, 10:02:29 am
Corman's World

Though it's a documentary, it is about Roger Corman. I love B-movies, especially with sci-fi and Roger is the king. I'm sure this will be very entertaining.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on November 14, 2011, 08:45:21 am
I don't have a clue where to properly put this, but since it involves sci-fi, well, it does, it should go here.

Codependent Lesbian Alien Seeks Same

Three lesbian aliens are sent to Earth. Their mission? To have their hearts broken by earthlings so their overactive emotions won't destroy the ozone of their planet. As the fetching extraterrestrials search for romance on the New York lesbian dating scene, one finds love with Jane, an eager stationery store clerk who is oblivious to the fact that she's dating an alien. The other two, discovering the neediness of earthling women, connect with each other as they reflect on the beauty of a cheesecake in a revolving dessert case.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on November 14, 2011, 08:51:12 am
I don't have a clue where to properly put this, but since it involves sci-fi, well, it does, it should go here.

After reading the quote, I'd go with the "What The F*ck Thread".
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on November 14, 2011, 10:10:29 am
Thunderstruck (AMC)

I'm going to keep on eye on this one. Hopefully AMC is in a groove with good television

AMC is the home to two of the greatest shows on television, "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad". It's also home to "The Walking Dead". And on all three counts, their new penny pinching paradigm has caused various issues with talent and staff.

Now they've got "Thunderstruck" from the guys who brought you The Excorcism Of Emily Rose along with a former EP of "Battlestar Galactica".

Per Deadline "Thunderstruck" is " an hourlong UFO project from feature writing/directing duo Paul Boardman and Scott Derrickson and former Battlestar Galactica executive producer David Eick. Boardman and Derrickson will write the drama, about powerful and enigmatic entities that begin appearing all over the world. After one shows up in the town of Great Falls, Montana, the local citizens must grapple with the dramatic effects and growing mystery of repeated visitations. Boardman and Derrickson will executive produce Thunderstruck with Eick. Derrickson is set to direct."

Here's hoping they can keep the lights on at all of their shows.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on November 14, 2011, 10:15:29 am
Thunderstruck (AMC)

I'm going to keep on eye on this one. Hopefully AMC is in a groove with good television

That track record came to an end with Hell On Wheels.

As for Thunderstruck, my interest is piqued.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on November 14, 2011, 10:21:33 am
That track record came to an end with Hell On Wheels.

??? does it blow?

I'm on the border. I haven't seen it yet, but since it does follow Walking Dead, I was looking to give it a chance despite it being a Western. Hell, I even actually liked Deadwood.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on November 14, 2011, 10:25:59 am
??? does it blow?

I'm on the border. I haven't seen it yet, but since it does follow Walking Dead, I was looking to give it a chance despite it being a Western. Hell, I even actually liked Deadwood.

It looks great, but the characters are boring.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on November 18, 2011, 10:20:30 am
The Darkest Hour

I thought I posted about this earlier... anyway...

and some folks with a lot of time on their hands figured out they could see an alien reveal?



Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on November 21, 2011, 04:09:47 pm
The Darkest Hour - Featurette
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on December 14, 2011, 09:16:48 am
Men In Black III

Wow, does this look like an exact duplicate of I & II (ok, not so much II... because it was a real turd). If you like paying for stuff you've seen before, good for you. And if the trailer gives off that vibe, I imagine the movie will just be 100% more of deja vu.

I'll be skipping this repetition.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 14, 2011, 09:18:41 am
I enjoyed MiB, but I have yet to even bother with MiB II because of what you just described about MiB III.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on December 16, 2011, 10:10:47 am
The Hunger Games

This has been getting a lot of attention with a slow build toward buzz. I just saw the trailer and the description of it looks spot on. The Running Man and Battle Royale.

I've seen Battle Royale and blow away at the concept. It was raw, different, and just amazing to watch.
This trailer looks so Hollywood and just looses the great impact of the concept.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on January 29, 2012, 09:54:08 am
Iron Sky

Space Nazis attack from the Dark Side of The Moon

This is one of those WTF movies. Like Sucker Punch or Sky Captain. The idea is so way out there... it's intriguing.

Teaser 3


Teaser 2

Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 29, 2012, 09:56:18 am
Lets hope it's a win like Sky Captain and not a fail like Sucker Punch. I'm still p*ssed about the turn that is Sucker Punch.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on April 17, 2012, 06:31:03 pm

more of character observation and interaction than Aliens
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 17, 2012, 06:48:38 pm
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on April 26, 2012, 08:10:25 pm
Safety Not Guaranteed

A sci-fi sub plot. More of a drama.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on April 27, 2012, 12:43:16 am
It looks interesting, but it seems like Aubrey Plaza is playing the same character of April from Parks And Recreation ( I would definitely still check out this movie though.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on May 28, 2012, 01:55:41 pm
Starship Troopers: Invasion (2nd trailer)
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 28, 2012, 02:23:06 pm
I tried watching Starship Troopers II or whatever it was called and I couldn't get past the first 10 minuites. It was horrible. Hopefully Invasion will be better. The Invasion trailer alone is better than what I sat through. So, is this direct-to-DVD? And where does this fall in line chronologically with the original American series? Or is this completely separate all together?

Tell me!


Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on May 28, 2012, 05:34:08 pm
The upcoming direct-to-dvd CG film set to be released in Summer 2012. It will be a direct sequel to Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers, ignoring the sequels Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation and Starship Troopers 3: Marauder.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 28, 2012, 05:39:32 pm
$1,000 says there will be a Coed Shower scene....CGI and all. (

I finally found an appropriate spot to use the Shower Smiley! Wheeeeeeeeee!! (
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on May 28, 2012, 05:46:07 pm
Perfect. Good timing eh

I just watched Robocop and forgot they had a similar scene.
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Post by: Mac on June 06, 2012, 09:50:10 am
Iconic science fiction writer Ray Bradbury dies at 91


Ray Bradbury, the author of classics such as “Fahrenheit 451,” “Something Wicked this Way Comes” and “The Martian Chronicles,” died Tuesday night in Los Angeles at the age of 91.

Bradbury’s daughter confirmed the death of the legendary science fiction writer to the Associated Press Wednesday morning.

Bradbury began his career writing science fiction for fanzines in 1938 and became a full-time writer in 1943. His major breakthrough as a science fiction writer was the publishing of “The Martian Chronicles” in 1950. The story of the effects of man’s attempt to colonize Mars after a massive nuclear war on Earth, the book reflected the anxieties over nuclear war in the 1950s and the fear of foreign powers.

Perhaps his best-known book is “Fahrenheit 451,” which was released in 1953 and tells the story of a professional book-burner who works under a totalitarian government that has outlawed the written word. The main character, Montag, flees for his life after he starts stealing books meant to be burned and falls under the tutelage of a professor out to educate him.

While Bradbury's books often focused on his vision of the future, he scorned modern technologies such as video games, ATMs and the Internet, the last of which he considered a scam to enrich computer companies.

Several of the author's works became movies or television shows, including the movie version of his novel “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” Versions of Bradbury’s stories appeared on episodes of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “The Twilight Zone,” and he also had his own cable series, “Ray Bradbury Theater,” that ran from 1986-1992.

Among the awards Bradbury won during his career, he received the O. Henry Memorial Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America. His work also appeared three times in the Best American Short Stories collections.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 06, 2012, 10:00:17 am
Seriously, I thought he had been for awhile. (
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Post by: Mac on July 01, 2012, 12:14:00 pm
In a recent article dealing directly with the what is happening with the lazy ass studio's relying on sequels, prequels and reboots... what new is there in the pipeline. Well plenty actually and here's the highlights...


Upcoming Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies That Aren’t Remakes, Sequels or Prequels
Charlie Jane Anders   

They're rebooting Spider-Man. They're remaking Total Recall. Sometimes, when you're in the middle of summer movie craziness, it can seem like every movie is based on an already-existing movie. But that's not really true — there are actually tons of genre movies in development that are new concepts, at least as far as the movies go. Some of them have already finished filming, while others will never get made.

Is any of them the next Inception or District 9? We'll find out when you do. But here's our round-up of 50-odd science fiction and fantasy movies in the pipeline that aren't sequels, reboots, remakes or prequels of existing films.

Book/Graphic Novel Adaptations

Cloud Atlas

What it's about: An adaptation of David Mitchell's genre-blending novel featuring six different storylines, taking place in the past, the present, the future, and the far future. Starring Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, and tons of others.
Status: Coming out in October.
Prognosis: It sounds as though they've at least tried hard to do justice to the incredibly challenging source material.

Life of Pi
What it's about: Ang Lee adapts Yann Martel's magical realist novel about a boy in a lifeboat, with a handful of animals. And they visit a strange island.
Status: Coming in November.
Prognosis: Ang Lee has almost never let us down before.

World War Z
What it's about: Max Brooks' novel about the zombie apocalypse becomes a big splashy action movie starring Brad Pitt, directed by Quantum of Solace's Mark Forster.
Status: Postponed until next year because of what are reportedly huge problems with the third act. Damon Lindelof has been brought in for massive rewrites.
Prognosis: The best we can hope for is probably a fun generic zombie movie, since it apparently has little to do with the book.

Dinosaurs & Aliens
What it's about: A Grant Morrison graphic novel (in the works) about dinosaurs fighting aliens, being adapted into a movie by Men in Black's Barry Sonnenfeld.
Status: There was a sneak peek as part of Free Comic Book Day last month. Sonnenfeld told us they're about to try and sell the project in Hollywood.
Prognosis: Grant Morrison creating a whole alien culture sounds like reason enough to be interested.

What it's about: Another adaptation of a comic book you probably haven't heard of. Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges are dead cops, fighting zombies.
Status: Coming out June 2013
Prognosis: It sounds pretty fun, if gimmicky — sort of like Men in Black and Ghostbusters mashed together.

The Seventh Son
What it's about: An adaptation of Joseph Delaney's The Spook's Apprentice. Also featuring Jeff Bridges in a mentor role, the titular Spook.
Status: Coming October 2013.
Prognosis: Sounds sort of like the Nic Cage Sorcerer's Apprentice, but having Jeff Bridges as Master Gregory is a huge, huge boost.

Ender's Game
What it's about: The movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card's famous novel about a boy genius who goes to a very special school during a war against alien "Buggers."
Status: Coming out in November 2013.
Prognosis: The makers of the film seem to be going to crazy lengths to be true to the novel, while also making something that looks cool. So fingers crossed!

Jack the Giant-Killer
What it's about: Bryan Singer's long-delayed film about a boy (Nicholas Hoult) who unwittingly opens a portal and unleashes a race of giants, who want to reclaim the Earth. Loosely an adaptation of the fairy tale.
Status: It was supposed to come out this summer, but was delayed until Spring 2013.
Prognosis: A movie being delayed — especially from the summer to the spring — is never a terribly good sign.

Hansel and Gretl: Witch Hunters
What it's about: Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are the stars of the classic fairy tale, now grown up and killing witches.
Status: Like Jack the Giant Killer, it was delayed until next year, in this case January.
Prognosis: It's Jeremy Renner in black leather. Sorry, were you asking something about the potential quality or lack thereof of this film?

Warm Bodies
What it's about: An adaptation of Isaac Marion's novel about a zombie (Hoult, again) who falls in love with the girlfriend of one of his victims.
Status: Coming February 2013.
Prognosis: Directed by 50/50 director Jonathan Levine, so at least it should be pretty stylin.

John Dies at the End
What it's about: The gonzo novel by ****.com's David Wong about a weird dug called "soy sauce" gets a movie adaptation starring Paul Giamatti. Thanks to everyone who reminded me of this one in comments!
Status: It's done the festival circuit, no release date yet.
Prognosis: The buzz from Sundance and other festivals was really strong.

What it's about: Steven Spielberg adapts Daniel H. Wilson's novel about a robot uprising, complete with lavish battle scenes.
Status: Coming in 2014, but filming hasn't happened yet — so anything could happen.
Prognosis: If it actually happens, the robot carnage should at least look amazingly sweet.

What it's about: Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Fountain) adapts the Biblical story of Noah's Ark, with Russell Crowe and a cast that might include Emma Watson and Jennifer Connelly. Aronofsky also co-wrote a Noah graphic novel (at left.)
Status: Currently in the casting stage, with lots of announcements coming fast and furious.
Prognosis: Aronofsky reportedly wants this film to portray Noah as "the first environmentalist." At the very least, the scenes of global flooding could be fascinating.

Odd Thomas

What it's about: Anton Yelchin stars in the adaptation of Dean Koontz's book series about a guy who can talk to the dead, and who has an instinct for trouble.
Status: Totally done, although there's no release date yet.
Prognosis: We talked to Koontz recently, and he said it was the first time he'd been happy with the movie version of one of his books.

What it's about: Splice director Vincenzo Natali was officially attached to adapt William Gibson's ground-breaking novel about the sprawl, artificial intelligence, hackers and intrigue.
Status: There hasn't been much news lately and Natali is busy directing the horror film Haunter (see below.) But sometimes it just takes a while to get a script everyone is happy with.
Prognosis: If it actually gets made, it would probably be a fantastic ride. Fingers crossed.

Snow Crash

What it's about: Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) will adapt Neal Stephenson's novel set in a corporate-dominated near future, in which Hiro Protagonist investigates a potent new drug that infects users with a computer virus.
Status: Cornish's signing was just announced, so it's way too early to tell yet.
Prognosis: After Attack the Block, we're excited to see Cornish do something more ambitious.

Ready Player One
What it's about: Warner Bros. won an auction to adapt Ernie Cline's novel about a video game nerd who goes on a quest through a 1980s-themed virtual world in the future.
Status: There's lots of speculation about director and casting, but no real news yet. The film might come out in 2014.
Prognosis: Cline has talked a lot about wanting the movie version to embrace some of the wild visuals of the virtual world, sort of like Inception.

We Mortals Are
What it's about: The movie version of the acclaimed Japanese novel All You Need is Kill, about a soldier fighting aliens who keeps getting brought back from the dead over and over. Starring Tom Cruise.
Status: It's cast and everything, but filming doesn't seem to have started yet.
Prognosis: Director Doug Liman had a decent track record with the Bourne movies, before Jumper. And more alien-fighting is never a bad thing.

Mortal Instruments
What it's about: Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror) stars in the movie adaptation of Cassandra Clare's novel about Clary Fray, a teenager who discovers she's the descendant of a demon-hunting clan. Jamie Campbell Bower plays Jace Wayland, a half-man, half-angel.
Status: Filming hasn't started yet, but it's already scheduled to come out in August 2013.
Prognosis: It was originally going to be helmed by Scott Stewart, director of Legion and Priest, but then Stewart dropped out and was replaced by Harald Zwart (Agent Cody Banks, The Karate Kid). So it's probably gone from brooding action to something a bit more zippy. It also sounds like they're rushing to meet a release date that was set ages ago.
Title: Re: All Things Sci-Fi...
Post by: Mac on July 01, 2012, 12:23:20 pm

Short Films Turned Full-Length

What it's about: Tim Burton makes a full-length version of his early short, about a boy who brings his dog back to life, with hilariously spooky consequences. Watch the trailer here.
Status: Coming October 2012.
Prognosis: It's a labor of love, and Burton returning to his roots. So, you know, could be great.


The Gift
What it's about: Carl Rinsch's film about a robotic servant who flees the police caused a huge firestorm when it came out online a few years ago.
Status: The film launched a small bidding war in 2010, with studios vying to turn it into a full-length movie. Or, according to some accounts, it was over a full-length movie called Small, for which The Gift is a prequel. But there hasn't been any news in a long time.
Prognosis: The short is amazing — look for yourself.

See it here... (

What it's about: Another short that caused a stir online, this film is about 1980s video game characters (8-bit graphics and all) invading New York.
Status: Adam Sandler's production company Happy Madison picked this film up to develop it into a full-length movie, and it's coming in May 2013.
Prognosis: Donkey Kong trashing New York! Again, there is the Sandler Factor. But it looks cute, in any case.

See it here... (


What it's about: This Sundance-winning short film is about a man trapped on an ice planet with an emergency helper robot called Tomo, or friend.
Status: It was reported back in 2008 that this film was being turned into a full-length movie, but there hasn't been much news since then. So we're not sure if it's still happening, but we hope so.
Prognosis: The original short film still looks hella cool.

The Gate
What it's about: The redundant genes in your body get activated, and mutant freaks roam the streets, thanks to pharmaceutical companies, in this weird and alarming short movie.
Status: As we reported recently, Wayfare Entertainment picked this film up for a full theatrical version, with the same director on board.
Prognosis: Just watch the original short for yourself. It's pretty nuts.

See it here... (

End of the World

What it's about: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg adapt their short Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse. A bunch of celebrities, playing themselves, are at James Franco's house when the apocalypse happens.
Status: Coming in June 2013.
Prognosis: Decide for yourself whether "James Franco, Seth Rogen and Rihanna play themselves in an apocalyptic comedy" sounds like a good thing.

See it here... (
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Post by: Mac on July 01, 2012, 12:27:31 pm

Animated Films

What it's about: A comedy about a boy who can speak to the dead, taking on zombies, ghosts and other supernatural menaces.
Status: Coming August 2012.
Prognosis: It's from the same studio as Coraline, and co-written/directed by Coraline's script supervisor.

Hotel Transylvania
What it's about: Adam Sandler stars in this animated film about a resort where Dracula and other movie monsters can hang out — until a random human backpacker shows up.
Status: Coming in September.
Prognosis: Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack), which may be enough to make up for the Sandler factor. Maybe. Probably not. But maybe.

Wreck-It Ralph
What it's about: The villain of a 1980s arcade video game gets sick of always being a bad guy and goes on the run, visiting other games and trying to prove he can be a hero. Trailer is here.
Status: Coming in November.
Prognosis: We weren't that jazzed about the gimmicky concept, until we saw the fun trailer. John C. Reilly is in full effect, and the cast is generally pretty great. (Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman, etc.)

Rise of the Guardians
What it's about: Another "random supernatural people hang out together" movie — this time, it's about Santa Claus teaming up with the Easter Bunny, the Sandman and the Tooth Fairy to stop the Boogeyman. Oh, and Jack Frost (Chris Pine) also joins the heroes. Based on a children's book, The Guardians of Childhood by William Joyce — so this could have been under book adaptations. (And Joyce is co-directing.)
Status: Coming in November.
Prognosis: It's another holiday-themed animated film for kids. It looks perfectly serviceable, but nothing too exciting

Escape from Planet Earth

What it's about: Brendan Fraser is Scorch Supernova, a heroic astronaut from the planet Baab, who explores with the help of his nerdy brother Gary (Rob Corddry). When Scorch gets trapped in Area 51 by his nemesis Shanker (James Gandolfini), it's up to Gary to save the day.
Status: Coming February 2013.
Prognosis: It sounds cute enough, but probably pretty forgettable.


What it's about: A magical film about the battle between good and evil, starring Beyonce Knowles and Colin Farrell. We just posted the first trailer yesterday.
Status: It comes out May 24, 2013
Prognosis: Fairies ride on hummingbirds, and hang out with cute mice. And Beyonce is a fairy queen. We're in.

Untitled Henry Sellick Film

What it's about: We're guessing this will get a new title at some point? The director of Coraline and Nightmare Before Christmas is hard at work on a new film, about which nothing is known.
Status: Already has a release date set: October 4, 2013.
Prognosis: Without knowing anything but "Untitled Henry Sellick Film," we're already pretty stoked.

What it's about: A new Disney movie, formerly called The Snow Queen. It's an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fable, so this is another one that could have gone under book adaptations. Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel head up the voice cast.
Status: Coming in November, 2013.
Prognosis: The early artwork (at left) looks neat. Way too soon to tell, really.

The Good Dinosaur
What it's about: Pixar film about which relatively little is known, but it will show you what it's like to be a dinosaur.
Status: Coming out in May 2014
Prognosis: Is anybody not stoked for Pixar and dinosaurs?
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Post by: Mac on July 01, 2012, 12:29:42 pm

Horror Movies

The Possession
What it's about: Formerly titled Dybbuk Box, this is an example of that rare breed: the Jewish horror film. A couple buys a box at a yard sale, not realizing it contains something... horrifying. Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars. Watch the trailer here.
Status: Coming in August.
Prognosis: The release date for this one has kept getting pushed back, and it's ended up in August. On the other hand, the trailer looked actually scary.

What it's about: Ryan Kwanten is on an airplane that gets haunted by an evil spirit. The latest film from the director of the Grudge movies, Takashi Shimizu.
Status: Coming out in 2013, on an unspecified date.
Prognosis: Release date was pushed back from August 2012, pretty much at the last minute. But ghosts on a plane are always a recipe for good times. Watch the trailer and decide for yourself.

What it's about: Splice director Vincenzo Natali directs a ghost movie, in which Abigail Breslin is a ghost who died in 1986 and is trapped in a house, trying to help save a living girl from suffering the same fate. Also co-starring David Hewlett, aka Rodney McKay!
Status: Filming started back in April. It comes out sometime in 2013.
Prognosis: Natali said the script by Brian King "constructs a Borgian Labyrinth out of the most mundane settings and shows us how even in our everyday lives, we are spirits living in the material world."

The Bay
What it's about: Barry "The Sphere" Levinson directs a low-budget horror movie about horrifying parasites — check out some concept art we posted yesterday.
Status: Filming ended quite some time ago, and it's probably coming in 2013.
Prognosis: It's reportedly in the same low-budget wheelhouse as Insidious and Paranormal Activity, but with parasites that can eat your tongue.
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Medium-to-Big-Budget Films

The Watch
What it's about: Formerly known as Neighborhood Watch, this is the film about surburban dads who form a neighborhood watch and then confront an alien invasion. The cast includes Richard Ayoade from The IT Crowd.
Status: It comes out July 27, 2012, when it will no doubt knock The Dark Knight Rises right off the box office charts.
Prognosis: Probably depends on whether "Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill" sounds like a dream come true to you.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green
What it's about: From an idea by Frank Zappa's son Ahmet. A couple who can't have a child of their own bury a box in the back yard, with all their wishes for a child. And then a 10-year-old appears and claims to be their son — but he's even more unusual than they realize. Trailer at left.
Status: Comes out August 15.
Prognosis: Dirt baby! You should probably have some sort of drinking game, involving shots every time the kid lifts his arms to the skies or Jennifer Garner does that frowny-smiley face that she used to do when the plot twists on Alias made no sense.

What it's about: Director Rian Johnson reunites with his Brick star Joseph Gordon-Levitt for a movie about hitmen and time-travel. Bruce Willis plays Gordon-Levitt's older self from the future.
Status: Coming out September 28.
Prognosis: If this can live up to Brick, it should be one of our favorite movies this year.

What it's about: Alfonso Cuaron set a new high-water mark in dystopias with Children of Men, and now he's making a space movie, in which Sandra Bullock plays an astronaut who's lost in space.
Status: Delayed from this November to some time in 2013.
Prognosis: The first test screening yielded mixed reports. Some people say it's gorgeous but not that thrilling — but others say Bullock gives the performance of her career.

What it's about: District 9 director Neill Blomkamp returns with another super-political movie, in which the rich live on a space station, ruled by Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster). Matt Damon is a cyborg who's backed into a tough corner.
Status: Coming in March 2013.
Prognosis: It sounds very much like another film in the same super-political mold as District 9.


What it's about: Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy) gets to direct an original project. Tom Cruise plays a soldier who's one of the few humans patrolling a desolate planet (which may be Earth), and he's fighting off warlike aliens.
Status: Coming sometime in 2013.
Prognosis: Between this and We Mortals Are, Tom Cruise is going to be our alien-killing mastermind next year. What little we know sounds sort of great, but it's too early to say much.

After Earth
What it's about: M. Night Shyamalan directs a post-post-apocalyptic film starring Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith. It's been 1,000 years since humans abandoned Earth, but a father and his son crashland here, and the father is injured — leaving the son to fend for himself.
Status: Coming June 2013.
Prognosis: It sounds like it's mostly a vehicle for Jaden Smith, with Will Smith getting injured and thus sidelined. The screenplay is by The Book of Eli's Gary Whitta and Shyamalan himself, although Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) polished it. It really depends on whether you want to give Shyamalan one more chance.

Pacific Rim
What it's about: Guillermo del Toro makes a movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters, with Idris Elba. (What accent do you think Elba will have this time?)
Status: Coming in July 2013.
Prognosis: Last year at Comic Con, del Toro was very effusive about saying this would have the finest ****ing monsters and the greatest ****ing robots ever. Follow it here... (

What it's about: Roland Emmerich (2012) changes gears a bit, from disaster movies to something that's arguably the opposite of a disaster: The Singularity. A nanotech pioneer saves his injured son by transferring the son's consciousness into a swarm of nanobots — but then an evil corporation wants to do evil things with them.
Status: Bumped from May 2013 to November, 2013, at least in part because of script problems.
Prognosis: Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity is Near, has been consulting on the script. So this should be interesting, in any case.

Jupiter Rising
What it's about: The Wachowskis direct their first original project since The Matrix. According to a plot synopsis, Mila Kunis is an immigrant who's scrubbing toilets but doesn't realize she shares the same DNA as the Queen of the Universe. A super-evolved bounty hunter is sent to get rid of her, but they fall in love.
Status: Hasn't started filming yet, possibly coming in 2014.
Prognosis: Let's just hope that plot synopsis was garbled in translation.
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The Possession
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Exclusive Iron Sky Trailer
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GYO - Short Cuts

This really is Anime, but I don't watch Anime and wasn't sure about starting a thread about Anime...

but! This is Asian Horror and I've always thought they have some of the strangest stories and wildest films

just some phucked up s hit....
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The Day August 29, 2012
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The Device (Short film)

This is a low budget entry, but get past that and just enjoy the 4 minute story told quickly and smartly.
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Oblivion (April 19, 2013)

Tom Cruise stars in OBLIVION, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.

Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack Harper’s (Cruise) mission is nearly complete. Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above Earth, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands. The film was shot in digital 4K resolution on location across the United States and Iceland.

Universal Pictures will release OBLIVION in IMAX on April 12, 2013, one week ahead of its wide release on April 19, 2013.

This has been kept under wraps for awhile... on the set. Because someone leaked some footage, the studio had to bump up the release of the trailer...

... here it tiz

PS: if the buzz gets stronger, I'll post in the upcoming films thread.

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And the Winner Is… Reader’s Choice for Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies

Pretty interesting list from Geekdad....

After 73 nominated films, and 11,061 votes from 58 countries, the results are in from our poll to decide the Top 10 Sci-Fi movies of all time.

The winner, in the Number One spot, as selected by the readers of GeekDad, is …

(drum roll…)

Blade Runner

This is the seminal 1982 dystopian crime/noir/sci-fi film directed by Brit Ridley Scott, who also directed our Number 3 film, Alien, as well as Gladiator and most recently Prometheus. Blade Runner stars Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young, and is based on the sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.

Here’s how the Top 10 went down, in rank and number of votes:

    Blade Runner (Director’s Cut): 404 + Blade Runner: 398 = 802
    The Matrix: 665
    Alien: 480
    Star Wars: Episode IV €A New Hope : 455
    2001: A Space Odyssey: 446
    Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back: 434
    Back to the Future: 353
    The Fifth Element: 346
    The Terminator: 332
    Aliens: 325

[Note: We mistakenly listed Blade Runner and Blade Runner (Director's Cut) as two separate films, when we should listed the film only once. We've combined the votes for both versions (404 votes plus 398 votes) which gives us 802, an easy win for first place. But since people could have theoretically voted for Blade Runner twice, this might explain why the film nabbed number one. Still, even if you cut the total in half, Blade Runner still makes the top 10. Also, The War of the Worlds and Minority Report were accidentally listed twice; in the results below, their separate totals have been combined. We apologize for the errors.]

Here are the full results:

1. Blade Runner (Director’s Cut): 404 + Blade Runner: 398 = 802
2. The Matrix: 665
3. Alien (1979): 480
4. Star Wars: Episode IV €A New Hope (1977): 455
5. 2001: A Space Odyssey: 446
6. Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980): 434
7. Back to the Future: 353
8. The Fifth Element: 346
9. The Terminator: 332
10. Aliens: 325
11. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: 278
12. Serenity: 270
13. Terminator 2 : Judgment Day: 262
14. Jurassic Park: 246
15. District 9: 238
16. Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 224
17. Minority Report: 221
18. Gattaca: 214
19. Twelve Monkeys: 206
20. Planet of the Apes (1968): 191
21. Tron: 171
22. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: 160
23. John Carpenter’s The Thing: 150
24. Dune: 148
25. Fight Club: 145
26. Children of Men: 144
27. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951): 140
28. Brazil: 140
29. Moon: 138
30. A Clockwork Orange: 135
31. The Abyss: 134
32. Forbidden Planet: 133
33. Ghost in the Shell: 117
34. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: 109
35. The War of the Worlds (1953): 104
36. Akira: 102
37. Dark City: 95
38. The Iron Giant: 94
39. Watchmen: 91
40. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: 89
41. Zombieland: 88
42. The Prestige: 88
43. Soylent Green: 84
44. Logan’s Run: 84
45. The Chronicles of Riddick: 84
46. Metropolis (1927): 76
47. The Andromeda Strain: 75
48. The Truman Show: 68
49. A.I. Artificial Intelligence: 66
50. Fahrenheit 451: 55
51. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956): 55
52. Silent Running: 50
53. Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith: 49
54. Primer: 45
55. The Matrix Reloaded: 43
56. Fantastic Voyage: 43
57. Solaris (Tarkovsky version): 42
58. Titan A.E.: 42
59. Flash Gordon: 41
60. The Matrix Revolutions: 40
61. The Last Man on Earth (“I, Robot”): 36
62. Them! (1954): 34
63. Cube: 33
64. 2010: The Year We Make Contact: 32
65. The City of Lost Children: 32
66. A Scanner Darkly: 29
67. The Black Hole: 21
68. Batteries Not Included: 20
69. Stalker: 18
70. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence: 17
71. Sleeper: 17
72. The Invisible Man (1933): 15
73. Red Planet: 12

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77 Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies to Watch Out For in 2013

and some things not so sci-fi....


All Superheroes Must Die (Jan. 4)
This is a indy superhero movie from Jason Trost, director of The FP (last year's dystopian Dance Dance Revolution comedy) in which a group of superheroes lose their powers and are put through a series of brutal challenges. (Now available on VOD/iTunes/Amazon, in select theaters Friday.)
Outlook: It looks way less silly than The FP, and the trailers actually look tense and dark. And it has Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) and James Remar (Dexter) in it. Could be fun.

Storage 24 (Jan. 11)
Doctor Who's Noel Clarke stars in this thriller where a military cargo plane crashes in London, releasing its deadly cargo on the city — and a group of people are trapped in a storage facility with a horrific creature.
Outlook: The movie's Rotten Tomatoes page is a bloodbath. By all accounts, it really really sucks.

A Haunted House (Jan. 11)
Marlon Wayans stars in this horror spoof, in which a family moves into a house full of spirits and the wife gets possessed by one of them.
Outlook: Honestly, it's Marlon Wayans making fun of really easy targets. But the trailer does contain the line, "I kicked you in your ghost balls."

Mama (Jan. 18)
Guillermo del Toro produced this film, based on a creepy short, about two little orphan girls who survive in the wild for five years before being rescued and sent to live with their uncle and aunt (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jessica Chastain) — but is their dead mother still watching over them?
Outlook: The trailer and original short film are creepy as heck. Del Toro calls this film "claustrophobic," and it might actually be better than last year's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, which he also produced.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Jan. 25)
Basically, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) are all grown up, and now they're hunting witches, including one played by Famke Janssen.
Outlook: It was pushed from last summer to January — usually a bad sign — but the trailers look like cheesy fun, especially the crazy anachronistic gatling guns and other weapons. Could be this year's Season of the Witch.

John Dies at the End (Jan. 25)
The long-awaited movie adaptation of David Wong's cult novel about a drug called Soy Sauce that either kills you or lets you see paranormal weirdness — including the Lovecraftian horrors invading our world. Trailer here.
Outlook: Early reviews suggest it's a highly entertaining yet frustrating ride in which director Don Coscarelli (Bubba Ho Tep) takes a lot of liberties with the book source material.


Warm Bodies (Feb. 1)
The adaptation of Isaac Marion's novel about a zombie (Nicholas Hoult) who falls in love with one of the last remaining humans, and their love might have the power to transform the post-apocalyptic world.
Outlook: The trailers actually look freaking hilarious, and it's from the director of 50/50, Jonathan Levine.

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (Feb. 1)
A sequel to The Haunting in Connecticut, except that it's set in Georgia and it's not a sequel. A family moves into a historic house in Georgia, only to find out they're not the only thing living there.
Outlook: Ti West (The Innkeepers) was supposed to direct this film but dropped out just before filming started. On the other hand, it has Katee Sackhoff in it, and the trailer actually looks creepy.

The Sorcerer and the White Snake (Feb. 8)
A big-budget adaptation of the ancient Chinese fable about a female snake demon who falls in love with a mortal — and Jet Li plays the sorcerer who tries to slay her.
Outlook: Early reviews suggest the visuals are amazing, but the story is kind of weak.

Side Effects* (Feb. 8)
Stephen Soderbergh's last ever film is about a woman (Rooney Mara) who takes a "revolutionary" new drug called Ablixa to cope with her husband (Channing Tatum) coming home from prison. And there are insane side effects.
Outlook: Looks pretty great. We're including it here because the revolutionary new drug looks as though it could be pretty science-fictional.

Beautiful Creatures (February 13)
One of the year's many attempts to create a new Twilight, this film adapts the bestselling YA series about a young witch named Lena who becomes an outcast in a small town, and the boy who loves her anyway.
Outlook: It looks cheesy as all get-out, but the notion of using a supernatural teen drama to deal with bullying and peer pressure has a lot of potential. Plus Emma Thompson is in it.

Escape From Planet Earth (Feb. 14)
An intrepid alien astronaut (Brendan Fraser) answers a distress call from Earth — but it's a trap, and he's caught in Area 51, and it's up to his nerdy brother Gary (Rob Corddry) to save him.
Outlook: The voice cast includes William Shatner, Jane Lynch and James Gandolfini. Could be this year's Planet 51.

Dark Skies (Feb. 22)
Not based on the TV series. This is actually a low-budget horror film starring Kerri Russell, about a suburban family that's terrorized by aliens. Trailer here.
Outlook: From the director of Priest and Legion. It only started production back in August 2012.


Jack the Giant Slayer (March 1)
A fairytale movie from X-Men maestro Bryan Singer, starring Nicholas Hoult as a farmhand who unwittingly opens a doorway to a land of giants, starting a war as the giants try to retake our world.
Outlook: Delayed from summer 2012. Sort of looks like Clash of the Titans, only taking itself more seriously.

The Last Exorcism Part 2 (March 1)
The girl who was possibly possessed in the first movie is back, and she's trying to move on with her life, except for that whole demonic possession thing.
Outlook: The director and writers of the original film aren't back, and we're not sure how you can do a sequel without undercutting the superb first movie.

Oz the Great and Powerful (March 8)
Sam Raimi's long-awaited Wizard of Oz prequel, in which Oz (James Franco) goes to Oz in a balloon and meets all the witches and flying monkeys.
Outlook: The trailers look absolutely gorgeous, in an Avatar/Alice in Wonderland way, although the story appears to be a standard "vain selfish rogue learns to be a hero" thing.

The Croods (March 22)
An animated film about a caveman whose leadership is threatened by a genius who invents things like fire and other wacky gadgets. Oh, and there's a half-tiger, half-parrot called a "Macarnivore."
Outlook: This film has been in development for years. At one point the script was co-written by John Cleese. The cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Nic Cage, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman(!). Early reviews say it's pretty great.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (March 29)
Another movie delayed from summer, this sequel picks up where the first movie left off — with the President of the United States replaced by an evil imposter.
Outlook: Director Jon M. Chu wowed us with Legion of Extraordinary Dancers. Rumor has it, this movie's being recut to give Channing Tatum a bigger role, but it's not clear if Tatum actually came back for reshoots or if they're just using every scrap of Tatum footage they could grab off the cutting-room floor.

The Host (March 29)
In Stephenie Meyer's other big book adaptation, an alien invasion of Earth has already succeeded, with emotionless parasites controlling almost all humans. Except one girl who gets implanted can't stop loving her boyfriend, and this could change everything. Trailer here.
Outlook: It's adapted and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca), whose work is always at least thought-provoking.


Upstream Color (April 5)
Primer's Shane Carruth returns at last, with a strange and confusing movie about a man and a woman who are entangled in "the life cycle of an ageless organism."
Outlook: Huge, high hopes for this one, based on the lush weird trailers and Carruth's mind-bending first movie.

Evil Dead (April 12)
Sam Raimi's famous horror series is back, with an all-new cast. Jane Levy plays a woman struggling to remain sober, who goes to a cabin with her friends and finds the Book of the Dead. You know what happens next.
Outlook: By all accounts, this new film is as gruesome and messed-up as the original, and new director Fede Alvarez seems to have captured Raimi's insane spark. Fingers crossed.

Scary Movie 5 (April 12)
This time, they're spoofing Black Swan.
Outlook: Really, the title is all you need to know. Oh, you want to know more? Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan play themselves.

Oblivion (April 19/April 12 in IMAX)
Tron Legacy's Joseph Kosinski sets out to prove he can launch a brand new franchise, with this story in which humanity has abandoned Earth, except that Tom Cruise comes down to service some drones... and discovers he's not alone.
Outlook: The trailers look pretty intense and full of eye-candy. A lot depends on the film's big twist, probably.

The Lords of Salem (April 26)
Rob Zombie wrote and directed this horror film in which a radio station DJ gets a mysterious record from the Lords and plays it — only to find that the Lords aren't a band, they're the original Lords of Salem, and they're back for blood.
Outlook: Probably depends if you're a Rob Zombie fan.


Iron Man 3 (May 3)
Now that Tony Stark's helped save the world in The Avengers, this film is going to set about tearing him down again, with the Mandarin and Aldrich Killian destroying Tony's entire world.
Outlook: Director Shane Black made magic with Robert Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and writer Drew Pearce brought new life to superheroes with his TV show No Heroics. So fingers crossed!

Kiss of the Damned (May 3)
John Cassavetes' daughter Xan Cassavetes makes her directorial debut with this tribute to 1960s and 1970s Italian vampire movies, starring Heroes' Milo Ventimiglia.
Outlook: Early reviews suggest this is a "hipster" take on vampire lore that doesn't really hold up.

About Time (May 10)
A feel-good romance about a man who can travel backwards in time, and decides to use his powers to get a girlfriend.
Outlook: Writer-director Richard Curtis wowed us with his Doctor Who episode about Van Gogh, not to mention his work on Blackadder and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17)
The rebooted versions of Kirk and Spock are back — and they're facing a mysterious villain (Benedict Cumberbatch) who's wreaking massive destruction on Starfleet. Can Kirk grow up in time to save the Enterprise?
Outlook: This film's production was delayed a year, reportedly just because they were trying to get the script right. Let's hope that attention to the story pays off.

Epic (May 24)
An animated fairytale movie based on the based on the William Joyce book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. Featuring the voices of Amanda Seyfried and Josh Hutcherson.
Outlook: The first trailer looked pretty lush and beautiful. Director Chris Wedge, who did the first Ice Age, describes it as an adventure on the scale of Star Wars.

The Purge (May 31)
Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey star in this weird movie set in a dystopian future, where overcrowding has forced the United States to institute a 12-hour period every year, during which nothing is a crime. Even murder. One family hides out in their gated community.
Outlook: Even as contrived dystopias go, this one sounds especially contrived. But possibly fun and insane.


After Earth (June 7)
Will Smith and his son Jaden star in this movie where humanity has abandoned the Earth after a war with aliens — but a father and son crashland on the ruined Earth, and the father is injured, forcing the son to search for help.
Outlook: M. Night Shyamalan directed and co-wrote this film, but probably didn't have his usual level of creative control. The visuals certainly look great.

This is the End aka The End of the World (June 14)
Seth Rogen adapts his short film Jay and Seth Vs. The Apocalypse. Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco and a bunch of other celebrities play themselves, at a Hollywood party where the end of the world suddenly happens. Here's the trailer.
Outlook: Remember how Bill Murray played himself randomly in Zombieland? This whole movie is like that. Let's hope it stays funny.

Man of Steel (June 14)
A retelling of Superman's origin, in which the Man of Steel grapples with the idea that humanity would hate and fear him if they knew his secret. Here's the trailer.
Outlook: Christopher Nolan produced this film, and seems pretty jazzed about it. Probably depends how much you want to see an angsty Superman.

Monsters University (June 21)
The prequel to Monsters Inc. sees the young Sully and Mike in college, becoming friends and dealing with an evil monster fraternity.
Outlook: Did we really need a prequel to Monsters Inc.? Maybe not. But as long as it's not another Cars 2, we're happy.

World War Z (June 21)
Max Brooks' acclaimed novel about the zombie apocalypse gets a huge adaptation, starring Brad Pitt as a UN employee who must travel the world trying to save it from the deadly pandemic. Trailer here.
Outlook: After this film was completed, they went back for massive reshoots and rewrites, with a whole new ending added by Damon Lindelof. On the other hand, it's possibly the most zombies on screen ever.

Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall (June 28)
The gonzo superhero film gets a sequel, as Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl try to cope with high school and the Red Mist plots revenge.
Outlook: Let's hope it can channel half the awesome craziness of the first film. A good sign: Jim Carrey is playing a character named Colonel Stars and Stripes.

White House Down* (June 28)
Terrorists take over the White House, and only Channing Tatum can save the president (Jamie Foxx).
Outlook: Only mentioning this because it's directed by Roland Emmerich and I wouldn't be surprised if the terrorists have crazy science fiction weapons or something.


Despicable Me 2 (July 3)
Steve Carrell's reformed supervillain is back — and this time, someone is capturing his cute twinkie-like minions. Featuring Al Pacino as Gru's new nemesis.
Outlook: The original directors are back, which is a good sign.

The Lone Ranger (July 3)
Johnny Depp plays Tonto in this completely insane supernatural Western about a "spirit walker" who dies and comes back to bring justice to a small town near the railroad. Here's the trailer.
Outlook: Depp and director Gore Verbinski have a pretty decent track record together, but everything about this looks horrifying. Depp decided Tonto should have a bird on his head.

Pacific Rim (July 12)
Massive, horrendous monsters attack the world — forcing the human race to build equally massive mecha to fight back, by punching them.
Outlook: Director Guillermo del Toro promises the most amazing monsters and astounding robots we've ever seen, and the first trailer certainly looks like it delivers.

R.I.P.D. (July 19)
Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges star in this adaptation of the comic book about a dead cop who sticks around to police the supernatural — but he can never see his still-living wife again.
Outlook: It sounds like it has the potential to be the next Ghostbusters, and Jeff Bridges as a ghost mentor is basically the best idea ever.

The Conjuring (July 19)
A family encounters spirits living in their New England farmhouse.
Outlook: From director James Wan (Insidious) — so it's probably pretty scary.

The Wolverine (July 26)
A second Wolverine movie, this time based on the character's most popular storyline in which he goes to Japan and learns the way of the Samurai.
Outlook: We were more excited when it was going to be directed by Darren Aronofsky, but it still has a lot of potential to be fun. Hopefully better than the last Wolverine movie, anyway.

Smurfs 2 (July 31)
The evil wizard Gargamel is still stuck in New York, so he does some magic to bring back the Smurfs — and also create evil albino Smurfs, who try to trick Smurfette into being naughty.
Outlook: If you liked the first Smurf movie and the idea of albino Smurf peer pressure doesn't bother you, then you might like this one, too.

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300: Rise of an Empire* (August 2)
A prequel to 300, charting the rise of King Xerxes, the ruler who got his ass kicked by the Spartans.
Outlook: A first-time director came on board to try and recreate Zack Snyder's amazing slow-mo fighting and visuals. Including this because it's based on a comic book.

RED 2* (August 2)
The sequel to the surprisingly quite entertaining film about retired spies who are being hunted down. This time, they have to stop a terrorist with a portable nuclear device.
Outlook: Another one we're mentioning since it's based on comic-book source material.

Elysium (August 9)
District 9's Neill Blomkamp returns with another highly political science fiction film about a world where the rich live on a lush space station and poor people (like Matt Damon) struggle on Earth to get healthcare and basic necessities.
Outlook: Based on Blomkamp's first film and everything he's said about this one, we have high hopes.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (Aug. 16)
Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) is back, and this time he and his friends are searching for the mystical Golden Fleece.
Outlook: Nathan Fillion is playing the god Hermes, opposite Sean Bean as Zeus. Also Anthony Head plays the centaur Chiron this time.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Aug. 23)
Another would-be Twilight, this adaptation of Cassandra Clare's novel features a young girl named Clary (Lily Collins) who discovers that she has a supernatural destiny after a demon attacks her mother. Here's the trailer.
Outlook: Looks like an immense guilty pleasure.

Insidious Chapter 2 (August 30)
Director James Wan is back to show us what happened after the WTF ending of the first movie about a boy who's possessed by demons.
Outlook: Not sure how you can pick up after that ending, but at least all the original cast are back, including Barbara Hershey.

Satanic (August 30)
A "Rosemary's Baby-influenced" film about a girl (Ashley Green) who must defend her dorm from a mysterious attacker when she and her friends are staying there over Spring Break.
Outlook: From the director of Donkey Punch and the writer of Vanishing on 7th Street. It only started production in late 2012.


Riddick (September 6)
He's back! Vin Diesel's amazingly antiheroic space adventurer returns, and this time he's being stalked by bounty hunters. One of whom is Katee Sackhoff.
Outlook: Diesel and writer/director David Twohy promise this is a return to Pitch Black form, after the over-the-top Chronicles of Riddick.

I, Frankenstein (September 13)
Aaron Eckhart plays Frankenstein's monster, who finds himself caught up in an endless war between two immortal monster clans.
Outlook: Could be fun. Director Stuart Beattie did a pretty decent job with Tomorrow When the War Began.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Sept. 27)
The sequel to the acclaimed animated film, formerly called Revenge of the Leftovers. Flint has moved on after the foodstorm from the first movie — until he finds out his machine is still active and is creating food monsters.
Outlook: The original writers and directors aren't back, and it's not based on the second book in the series.

The Tomb (September 27)
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone star in this action-thriller about a structural engineer who is falsely accused of a crime and has to break out of the ultimate high-tech prison... which he designed.
Outlook: We're a sucker for "ultimate high-tech prison" stories.


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For* (Oct. 4)
The long-awaited sequel to Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's zany neo-noir film about the town with no mercy, where all the women wear lingerie.
Outlook: Including this because it's based on a comic, and is likely to be so over the top that it strays into fantasy territory.

Haunt (October 11)
Two teenagers fall in love and explore an old house, only to discover a terrifying alternate dimension inside, in this horror film.
Outlook: From the producers of Paranormal Activity and District 9.

The Devil's Rapture (October 11)
Formerly known as The Occult, this is a film about a small town that lives with a Satanic prophecy — and after six girls are born on the same night, they seem to be fulfilling it. Fast forward 18 years, and the girls all start dying. Serial killer, or Satan?
Outlook: Featuring Rufus Sewell, who often does creepy well, plus Colm Meaney.

Carrie (October 18)
Delayed from March, this is the remake of the classic Stephen King tale, about a girl who has a really bad prom night. Trailer is here.
Outlook: Director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) and star Chloë Grace Moretz seem like the perfect choices for this project — plus Julianne Moore plays the mom.

Seventh Son (October 18)
Jeff Bridges is an old witch-hunter, as he takes on a young apprentice and prepares to do battle with a witch played by Julianne Moore. Who basically owns this weekend.
Outlook: We can't say no to Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore as witch-hunter and witch.

The World's End (October 25)
The other zany apocalyptic comedy, this one features Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as two friends who go on a pub crawl and confront the end of days. Along with Martin Freeman.
Outlook: It's the long-awaited third film in the "Cornetto Trilogy" by Pegg, Frost and director Edgar Wright, after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Paranormal Activity 5 (Oct. 25)
Something paranormal is happening, and some cameras are going to capture it, but not very well.
Outlook: Someone is still going to see these movies, so they're going to keep making them every year.


Ender's Game (Nov. 1)
"Ender" Wiggin is a child prodigy who gets recruited to a very special program — but it's even more special than he realized, in the adaptation of Orson Scott Card's acclaimed novel.
Outlook: Everyone involved with this film seems to be obsessed with doing justice to the book, and the level of attention to detail is pretty astounding. Plus Harrison Ford is playing Col. Graff.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Nov. 1)
The classic cartoon about a super-smart dog, his human son, and their time machine is coming to the big screen — and the Child Protective Services may have decided that a dog is not a fit parent, after all.
Outlook: We saw a huge chunk of this film recently, and it won us over, big time.

Thor: The Dark World (Nov. 8)
The second Marvel film this year, coming off Avengers, sees Thor facing some Dark Elves, led by Christopher Eccleston.
Outlook: Directed by Game of Thrones veteran Alan Taylor, who's apparently bringing some of that realism to Asgard.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Nov. 22)
Katniss has won the Hunger Games, so this second movie is probably just going to be her sipping tea and learning to golf. Or possibly, getting sent back for a new, deadlier all-star games. We'll see.
Outlook: Original director Gary Ross bailed off the project, so he's been replaced by I Am Legend's Francis Lawrence. Let's hope Lawrence can do justice to, arguably, the least satisfying book in the trilogy.

Frozen (November 27)
Disney's retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen," about a young girl who must travel to find the Snow Queen and save her land from perpetual winter.
Outlook: Early glimpses look gorgeous, and it features the voice of Kristen Bell.


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Dec. 13)
Bilbo Baggins is back again, and this time he's facing a dragon — played by Benedict Cumberbatch!
Outlook: If the decision to turn The Hobbit into a trilogy rather than a duology results in excessive bloat, this is probably the film where you're going to see it most.

Walking With Dinosaurs (December 20)
The BBC makes a lavish, 3D version of their acclaimed TV series, about a dinosaur family who must go on a perilous journey.
Outlook: Early buzz suggests that this is going to look astonishing — but turning a documentary series into a narrative film could be a tricky undertaking.

Saving Mr. Banks* (December 20)
A drama about author P.L. Travers going to London as Disney is adapting her novel Mary Poppins to the big screen.
Outlook: Including this since it's a fictional account of the making of a classic fantasy movie. Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney!

47 Ronin (December 25)
Another long-delayed film, this one is a retelling of the Japanese story, with Keanu Reeves fighting supernatural forces.
Outlook: This has been pushed back again and again, amidst rumors of creative disputes and editing-suite battles, until finally being buried on Christmas, the date where genre films go to die.
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Post by: Mac on January 13, 2013, 09:28:44 am
Why was Alien rated X in the UK? It could confuse teens about sex


There are a lot of gruesome moments in Ridley Scott's 1979 classic Alien, but it still seems a bit harsh that the U.K. film ratings board gave the flick an X rating back when it was first released. So why'd they hit the film with such a restriction? They thought it would confuse teens about how sex works. No, really.

The "X" rating (now known as "18") in the U.K. means you aren't allowed entry to the film unless you're 18 or older, and these days it means you can't even rent or buy the DVD if you're not old enough. The rating just beneath it, "AA" (now known as "14+") would have allowed teenagers to see the film, and that's apparently what the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) had a problem with back in '79.

But according to recently unearthed records related to the film's classification, it wasn't the violence or the sci-fi horror or even the infamous "chestburster." It was another famous scene that censors felt would confuse teens about how sex works.

You remember the scene pictured above, right? John Hurt comes upon a room filled with these curious alien eggs, he makes the mistake of looking straight down into one and BAM, he gets up close and personal with a facehugger. Seems like a straightforward piece of make-believe, right? Well, the BBFC censor who wrote the judgment classifying the film had other ideas.

    "I feel uneasy about passing for 14-year-olds a film which uses sexual imagery in a horror context," the censor wrote. "The images are not always explicit but run like a dark undercurrent throughout suggesting a powerful, threatening, unnamed force. Occasionally the image is explicit as when the leathery egg opens up to reveal a glistening pulsating membrane which erupts into a squid-like creature."

See, this was back when the censors were allowed much more freedom to interpret things based on how they thought a particularly age group would react. These days they rate films based on images depicted, and don't spend as much time getting all philosophical on us. But for this particular '70s censor, seeing John Hurt getting face-hugged and subsequently knocked up with alien spawn seemed like the sort of thing that could seriously mess up teens who were still, well ... trying to figure out how all their parts worked.

    "I don't want to flash ideas like this to teenagers who might not have come to terms with the normal sexual functions," the censor said. "The early teens are a troublesome time with physical changes making terrific demands on emotional stability. I don't myself want to pass for this age-group a film which might be disturbing in a non-specific way to a significant proportion of them."

With all the concern over how sci-fi would affect teens' understanding of sex, you have to wonder what that censor would have made of the dream sequences in The Fly.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 13, 2013, 09:31:48 am
The ratings board is a joke. I've never understood how they even operate because from one movie to the next, they contradict themselves what is acceptable and "unacceptable". I'm speaking for the US board and not what goes on around the world and their respective boards.
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Post by: Mac on January 13, 2013, 09:48:38 am
The ratings board is a joke. I've never understood how they even operate because from one movie to the next, they contradict themselves what is acceptable and "unacceptable". I'm speaking for the US board and not what goes on around the world and their respective boards.

You're not alone. Lot's of people are in the same mind.

Have you seen This Film Is Not Rated? Pretty good documentary that will make your blood boil even more.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 13, 2013, 10:01:50 am
I've heard about it, just haven't placed it on my List yet.
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Post by: Mac on February 15, 2013, 03:54:58 pm
Okay fellow science fiction addicts, we already know about Pacific Rim, Oblivion, Elysium, Gravity, The Zero Theorem, Star Trek: Into Darkness, World War Z, Divergent, Robocop, Star Wars Episode VII, Snowpiercer, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and all the assorted superhero/comic films. But here are ten more outings you might not have known are headed our way. Glory be to the aliens, robots and assorted mutant critters!

1. The Cosmonaut, April 2013 (Spain)


Directorial feature debut by Nicolás Alcalá, starring Katrine De Candole, Leon Ockenden and Max Wrottesley. This crowdfunded film follows three friends during the years of the Russia vs. U.S. race to space. When the first Russian is about to land on the moon, something goes wrong and he is declared lost…until radio transmissions from him are received. The cosmonaut claims he has returned to Earth and found it completely empty.

2. Last Days on Mars, September 19, 2013 (UK)


Directorial debut by Ruairi Robinson, starring Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas and Goran Kostic. A team of scientists is excited to find bacterial life on Mars (you and I know that’s never good news). In their last hours collecting samples, one of the crew suffers a fatal accident, and his body is overtaken by the alien life form. I think we can presume things go downhill from there.

3. Europa Report, TBA 2013



Directed by Sebastián Cordero (Pescador, Rage, Chronicles), starring Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Christian Camargo and Isiah Whitlock Jr. Another expedition to search for life, this time to one of Jupiter’s moons. The filmmakers collaborated with NASA and other scientific community leaders on this found footage “space horror,” and the movie is scored by Bear McCreary. You can check on the crew hanging out here.

4. All You Need Is Kill, March 7, 2014



Directed by Doug Liman (Fair Game, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Go), starring Tom Cruise, Bill Paxton, Emily Blunt, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Dragomir Mrsic; based on the novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. During a war between humanity and aliens, an inexperienced Lieutenant Colonel (Cruise) is thrown into battle, and promptly killed. (Everybody cheers?) But wait…somehow direct contact with the alien caused the unsinkable Mr. Cruise to be caught in a time loop; so he must fight the battle repeatedly, trying to change his fate. (Seems like a good time to reestablish contact with Xenu, no?)

5. The Prototype, TBA 2013

Directed by Andrew Will (Homeland), starring Neal McDonough, Joseph Mawle and Anna Anissimova. Developed from a short. An experimental humanoid robot escapes from a government facility; the military tries to track it down. Produced by The Bandito Brothers (Act of Valor).

6. Under the Skin, TBA 2013


Directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth), starring Scarlett Johansson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Paul Brannigan. Based on the Michel Faber novel about an alien sent to Earth to pick up a few appetizing snacks…aka…humans.

7. The Colony, TBA 2013


Directed by Jeff Renfroe (Civic Duty), starring Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton and Kevin Zegers. Another Ice Age leaves a small group of survivors underground, fighting off…something. Muppets, you ask? Dinosaurs? Nope. Feral cannibals.

8. Tomorrowland, TBA 2014



Directed by Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, The Iron Giant), starring (thus far) George Clooney and Hugh Laurie (in negotiations). The guarded plot is slowly being unraveled after the above photo was tweeted by the director. Through analysis of the box’s contents, rumors have it that the film—previously titled 1952—will be about the relationship between Walt Disney and the U.S. government/military, a story about a television show that would have helped tell the world UFOs are real, and/or possible science fiction themed parks. Read about Project Blue Book, Jim Hill’s theory, and then cry a few tears, because Damon Lindelof is involved. Still, if this all turns out to be true, wild dire wolves couldn’t keep me away.

9. Mad Max: Fury Road, TBA 2014



Directed by George Miller (Mad Max, The Road Warrior, Beyond the Thunderdome, Happy Feet), starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. When first you see the words “Mad Max sequel,” you might immediately feel inclined to dismiss this one; but then you read “Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron,” and that “well, maybe?” expression works its way across your face. Then you hear comic writer Brendan McCarthy co-wrote the script, get a look at the critters and the car pics, and what do you know, this thing might actually have legs.

10. Snow Crash, In Development


Directed by Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), this will be an adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s award winning novel set in a future where the U.S. is split into territories controlled by corporations, and a hacker discovers a mind-controlling drug that can infect a person like a computer virus.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 03, 2013, 06:19:36 am
I didn't even recognize Scarlett Johansson at first in that trailer. The wig threw me off.
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Post by: Mac on March 15, 2013, 03:54:28 pm
Ridley Scott announces sci-fi shorts deal with Machinima

Ridley Scott, the director of “Blade Runner” and “Alien,” has signed a deal with the gaming and streaming media website Machinima to produce a dozen short sci-fi films that will use filmmakers from Scott’s commercial production company.

The most successful of the short films could be developed into features, Machinima and Scott announced Monday.

Scott will serve as executive producer, and the 12 shorts will be made by directors working for Scott’s advertising concern, Ridley Scott Associates.

Machinima, which says it reaches 262 million viewers monthly, recently started work on a feature-length version of its “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” series.

He’s now finishing work on “The Counselor,” a drug trafficking drama starring Brad Pitt due Nov. 15.

“By combining this unique incubation model together with our powerful partnership of established creative talent and scaled distribution to millions on Machinima, we believe new sci-fi franchises will be born,” Allen DeBevoise, Machinima’s chairman and chief executive, said in a statement.

Added Scott: “With new media transforming the way audiences connect with films and filmmakers, Machinima is a great partner for us as we embark on this new model of delivering original content to fans.”
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Post by: Mac on March 15, 2013, 04:22:45 pm
Oblivion - Trailer #2

Much better

"Don't take any chances... it's dangerous down there." Damn this looks good. Universal has debuted on more full theatrical trailer for Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. Just yesterday we featured two new posters, today we've got an entirely new trailer in beautiful high def via Apple. There is a lot of the same footage we've seen between the first trailer and UK trailer, but there's also some new shots. This gets really good in the last 15 seconds, something about it almost feels like The Matrix, in a sci-fi-yet-to-be-discovered good way. Personally, I can't wait to see this, but maybe it's just the footage.

Kosinski's Oblivion (also known as Horizons) stars Tom Cruise as Jack Harper, plus Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Zoe Bell, Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Leo and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack's soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands. Kosinski has developed this for years, with a writing credit along with William Monahan. Universal Pictures currently has Oblivion scheduled to open exclusively in IMAX theaters on April 12th. How does that look?
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Post by: Mac on March 24, 2013, 08:26:42 am
Atlantic Rim

"Pacific Rim" won't be the only robots-battling-monsters-from-the-deep feature this summer, as schlock house The Asylum preps its on more modestly-budgeted "Atlantic Rim" set off the coast of Florida.

Just in case you wondered what The Asylum was up to in the wake of their "Hobbits" defeat, they've taken aim at Guillermo del Toro's $200 million mech-vs.-monsters movie "Pacific Rim" with their own "Atlantic Rim," currently shooting now in West Florida. "Atlantic Rim," which you'll likely be seeing on SyFy and Netflix sometime around the July release of "Pacific Rim" brings together the typically odd cast of Graham Greene ("Twilight"), Naughty By Nature's Treach (aka Anthony Criss), and "Baywatch" vet David Chokachi.

News broke about the film's shoot in an appropriately modest fashion, not in the trades but via the Pensacola Digest, who spoke with the film's second unit director and University of West Florida instructor Paul Sinor about what's currently being produced under the title "From the Sea." In case there were any doubts about "From the Sea"/"Atlantic Rim's" ambitions, here's how Sinor describes the movie:

    “The storyline is that these monsters come from the sea. The sea floor opens up and these things come out. They terrorize the East Coast from Miami to Washington D.C., and the good guys send them back packing.”

Oh, and in case you're interested in breaking into the film industry (well, the films that rip off other films industry), The Asylum is currently seeking pitches for unproduced features.

Gaze upon the results of low-hanging fruit with the full "Atlantic Rim" poster below:

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Post by: Mac on March 24, 2013, 09:12:54 am
The Colony

Aside from the principal cast of Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton and Kevin Zegers, not much was revealed about The Colony while it was shooting in Toronto last year. We had sketchy intel that it was something to do with feral cannibals in an ice age, but now with the arrival of the first international trailer, we can start to colour in some details.

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 27, 2013, 09:07:44 am
Atlantic Rim made me laugh. I know how the Big Studios feel about The Asylum and I can only imagine how furious they are right now. As for The Colony, my interest is definitely piqued.
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Post by: Mac on April 28, 2013, 05:03:02 am
Babylon 5's J. Michael Stracynski explains why most TV scifi is awful


Talking to Slashdot, Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski delivers a thundering indictment of network execs' attitudes to science fiction on television:

    The problem is that the networks still don’t take SF seriously, or even feel threatened by it. I’ve had executives say that a space-show doesn’t work because people don’t care about what happens to characters in space, it has to be on earth or nobody’ll be interested. I’ve had them say “you can do whatever you want, it’s scifi, it doesn’t have to make sense.” Because it’s SF they always think that somehow or other The Fate Of The World has to be at stake. If you’re doing a drama, no one suggests that solving the relationship problems of the murder has to save the world, but they feel that it has to be that way if you’re writing SF, which is why it’s also so often the rule in SF movies. It’s absolutely crazy-making. 2001, one of the most classic SF motion pictures of all time, could never get made today. Not a chance. Too cerebral, they’d say. Not enough action. All the crowdsourcing in the world won’t rewire the neurons engaged in that kind of thinking.

    I keep waiting for a paradigm shift to happen that will let network and studio execs see that SF is the same as any other genre in terms of how you approach it – logically, character based, with challenging ideas and forward thinking – but I worry that it might never happen in my lifetime.

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Post by: Mac on May 07, 2013, 10:00:21 am
I grew up with this man's visions...  :'(

[R.I.P.] Ray Harryhausen 1920 – 2013


Some sad news this morning as the family of Ray Harryhausen has confirmed that the pioneering special effects legend has died at the age of 92. It’s impossible to overstate the impact Harryhausen had on motion pictures, not only did he revolutionize stop motion animation, but the aesthetic he brought to his models was always note perfect – tonally matching the project we has working on like a second skin.

The Harryhausen family issued the following statement on their Facebook page, “The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator. He was a multi-award winner which includes a special Oscar and BAFTA. Ray’s influence on today’s film makers was enormous, with luminaries; Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the UK’s own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations.”

Harryhausen’s work can be seen in films like Mighty Joe Young, It Came From Beneath The Sea, Mysterious Island, Jason And The Argonauts and of course Clash Of The Titans. His influence can be felt everywhere from The Lord Of The Rings to the junkyard skeleton fight in Dream Warriors.

Let’s hope the news of his passing and the consideration of his legacy reignites the attention to character and detail he held so dear. 1981′s Clash Of The Titans may not be a perfect movie, but his work in that is exceedingly memorable. Can you say the same about the visual effects in the remake? We need more visionaries like this and, just as importantly, we need an environment in which they can thrive.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on May 07, 2013, 05:28:24 pm
RIP, Ray.
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Post by: Neumatic on May 07, 2013, 05:44:58 pm
The only way I could explain this one to my mom was to point out that the restaurant in Monsters Inc is named after him.
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Post by: Mac on May 16, 2013, 09:52:29 am
Atlantic Rim Trailer

Hey, despite zero thought into this except a direct steal from the upcoming Pacific Rim, they did put this together quite fast.

I would have to guess this kicked into gear after Del Toro's first trailer. There is just way to many similarities going on here.

Atlantic Rim may look like lawsuit bait after the last year’s legal woes The Asylum had over their Battleship and Hobbit mockbusters. It better not because it also looks pretty damn cool if you’re like me and believe you can never have enough movies about giant robots battling giant monsters.

Now that I think about it, “to fight monsters we created monsters” could almost be The Asylum’s mantra when it comes to competing all these years in a marketplace dominated by big Hollywood blockbusters.

When the floor of the Atlantic Ocean rips open, flooding the East Coast with giant monsters, Academy Award nominee Graham Greene recruits ex-"Baywatch" lifeguard David Chokachi to join Naughty by Nature’s Anthony “Treach” Criss and 100 Ghost Street: The Return of Richard Speck’s Jackie Moore in piloting giant robots built to protect the world from these monstrous menaces. If Atlantic Rim has a sense of humor about its origins, one of the giant robots will be named “Toro”.

Piloting the film is Jared Cohn, director of The Asylum’s first-ever theatrical release Hold Your Breath.

The role of the East Coast of the United States is played by the Gulf Coast’s Pensacola, Florida, the actual location where the movie was shot.

Though the trailer and artwork bills the movie as Atlantic Rim, according to Amazon and all other retailers, the film Asylum is releasing to Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD on July 9th - three days before the opening of Pacific Rim - sports the lackluster alternate title Attack from Beneath. I’m hoping that’s going to change back to Atlantic Rim because if you’re going to go full-on mockbuster, then you might as well go all the way with it. Go big or go extinct, right?

Can’t wait to see what mockbuster they come up with for next year’s Godzilla reboot.
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Post by: Neumatic on May 16, 2013, 10:03:25 am
I'm honestly amazed that they didn't think to put Iron Man into the story as well, instead of making the Iron Man suit Tony Stark builds giant robot ("for something like that to work, it'd have to be pretty huge") just before SeaDragonZilla there attacks.
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Post by: Mac on May 16, 2013, 10:12:51 am
I'm honestly amazed that they didn't think to put Iron Man into the story as well, instead of making the Iron Man suit Tony Stark builds giant robot ("for something like that to work, it'd have to be pretty huge") just before SeaDragonZilla there attacks.

Maybe you could somehow get paid by Sy-Fy for that story development. I believe they consider just about anything.

They (Sy-Fy) are so laughable, I now cringe telling folks I like sci-fi. "No, no, no... not Sy-Fy channel stuff. Real sci-fi."

Is that an oxymoron.... real sci-fi?
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Post by: Neumatic on May 16, 2013, 12:43:33 pm
I have quite a bit of this in my head now since I read this right before going on my walk.

* Three Robots?  Call 'em "Foxtrot," "Tango," and "Whiskey."  Figure out why.

* You could have the psych evaluation scene from Armageddon in there, for sure, especially if you have a Tony Stark character ("you're getting three robots for the price of two because I get to pilot one, so we really don't need to be here, just sign my thing.  Go on.  Right there.  Do the loopy loop with your pen...")

* I have this picture in my head of the three robots lumbering out of the ocean mid-conversation, having to walk back to base after getting their underwater tethers snapped in battle.

* You got a team of three including a hot soldier babe?  Gotta do the swimsuit scene from Stealth.

* Also, if you have a hot Lt babe:
Stark: Hey Sloan, how about you and I have our own private debriefing.
Sloan: Forget it, Stark.
Stark: Okay, how about you, private? You think robotics are the only thing I experimented with in grad school?

* Battle in the desert.  I just hear "Stark" singing to himself "I was walking through the desert on a horse with no name, it felt good to get out of the rain..." before the monster pops out of the ground and the Channing Tatum character unloads a zillion rounds into it, causing all the blood and guts to spatter on the Stark robot.

* Final great big battle could have the military having made dozens of F-22 style robots.  "I gotta call my lawyer when this is done."
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Post by: Mac on May 16, 2013, 07:35:52 pm
That's rather good.
Call the lawyer... Now
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Post by: Mac on June 07, 2013, 09:48:02 am
Roland Emmerich To Battle Aliens Again In ‘Emergence’


Roland Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment has acquired Emergence, a pitch for a large scale contemporary science fiction film by scribe Nic Kelman, says Deadline.

Emmerich, pictured, plans to direct the film, which is a new take on an alien invasion story containing hot-button science elements.

Emmerich’s track record, going back to Independence Day, 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow, is to come to the marketplace with a script, a budget, a start date, and his commitment to direct. And studios like Fox and Sony have responded by paying huge sums against extravagant back ends because they could see the whole picture and it enabled them to slot an event film right into their slates. Emmerich’s big-scale movies almost always become big hits globally.

Emmerich has other projects in the pipeline that are further along, including Singularity and an adaptation of the Isaac Asimov sci-fi classic Foundation, so it’s unclear which movie will be next. He has also been in the mix on sequels to Independence Day.
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Post by: Mac on June 23, 2013, 09:06:37 am
New trailer for The Colony
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Post by: Mac on June 28, 2013, 10:11:49 am
I had no idea Card was like that....

Orson Scott Card Conspicuously Missing From ENDER’S GAME Comic Con Panel

How do you overshadow the fact that Harrison Ford is coming to Comic Con in support of his new movie Ender's Game? By keeping the author of the original novel, scifi legend Orson Scott Card, off the panel. In fact, check out this press release, presented complete:

Summit Entertainment will showcase the studio's highly anticipated film event ENDER'S GAME at Comic-Con 2013, presenting never-before-seen new footage, appearances by cast members and filmmakers, and several massive, interactive fan events. A full slate of activities related to the film to be unveiled at this year's Comic-Con, including:

Hall H Panel - The studio's panel on Thursday, July 18th will feature ENDER'S GAME filmmakers and cast, including producer Bob Orci, director Gavin Hood, and cast members Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin.

Exclusive Fan Experience - Attendees will be able to visit an elaborate, specially constructed ENDER'S GAME exhibit outside of the Hilton Gaslamp, featuring 8 unique rooms representing the most iconic environments of Ender's world, complete with original film props and set pieces used in the movie.  Throughout the experience, attendees will be able to see exclusive film footage on LED screens, interact with new digital content, integrate photos of themselves into the highly anticipated Battle Room, and register to win a home make over.

Convention Floor Booth - Summit Entertainment's booth located within the Grand Hall will highlight ENDER'S GAME footage. Premium promotional items will be distributed to the 120,000 attendees walking the convention floor, and booth visitors will be given the opportunity to win "fast passes" to the ENDER'S Game Exclusive Fan Experience, granting them entry without having to wait in line.

ENDERS GAME Film Information:

Based on the best-selling, award winning novel, ENDER'S GAME is an epic adventure directed by Gavin Hood starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford. In the near future, a hostile alien race has attacked Earth. In preparation for the next attack, the humans begin training only the best students to find their future leader. Ender Wiggin, a shy, but strategically brilliant young man is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters the training, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. He is soon ordained as the military's next great hope and is charged to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.

OddLot Entertainment, K/O Paper Products, and Digital Domain are production partners on the film, with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman producing via their K/O Paper Products banner, Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough producing via OddLot Entertainment, along with Orson Scott Card and Lynn Hendee.

 The only time Orscon Scott Card is mentioned is right at the end, where they probably legally have to include him.

Why is Card so absent? Probably because the Supreme Court just knocked down the Defense of Marriage Act, opening the door to gay marriage in America, and Card is a vociferous anti-gay marriage bigot. Like, actual human scum on the subject. He has the kind of anger towards the issue you often find in politicians who are busted sucking dick in airport bathrooms. Card's been the source of a lot of controversy online lately, especially after DC Comics hired him to write a Superman comic - and then immediately scrapped his work when fans were outraged.

It's important to note that Card is a big deal in the world of scifi lit, so his absence is honestly notable. And it's smart - somebody's going to wait in line at the mic in Hall H to ask Card a gay rights question - probably a gay person. That's the worst kind of buzz for the movie, because there's no way Card's reply will be heartwarming or decent.

Summit is less worried about having Bob Orci on the panel, despite the fact that he believes 9/11 was an inside job and that his first tweet in the wake of the Boston bombing on April 15th was to cast blame at the government. For whatever reason these grotesque views haven't aroused the ire of the internet... but then again if the internet can't quite seem to get angry over the guy's horrible movies, why would they get angry over his disturbing political views?
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Post by: Mac on July 11, 2013, 05:55:23 am


Get the Tums® out folks, because if you sit down to watch Sharknado tonight on SyFy, you are going to be fed a lot of cheese. Cheese sandwiched between more cheese. In the sci-fi community, the buzz for this flick has been rather rampant for the last month or two. In my younger days I was proud of admitting to watching and enjoying the cheesiest of movies. Apparently I was alone, because the SyFy channel is totally saturated in the stuff. I’ve read where they are constantly trying to outdo themselves in providing eye rolling entertainment. There’s a negative side to that, by putting quality Sci-Fi in the backseat.

Back to the cheese. SyFy at least embraces their goal with passion. They typically have theme days and today is no different. It’s all kinds of sharks. Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, Malibu Shark Attack, Sharktopus, Swamp Shark, Super Shark, Sharknado, 2-Headed Shark Attack, Shark Zone (what? No Sand Shark?)

You get the idea.

So strap in and watch the ridiculous nature of imaginative minds on a tight budget. Yes, for some these kinds of movies are a waste of their time. But for those that get the tongue in cheek, enjoy.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 11, 2013, 06:05:38 am
With a name and plot like that, how can you not want to watch it? If I remember to do so, I will definitely be checking this out. What time does it air? Any repeats in case I miss it?
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Post by: Mac on July 11, 2013, 09:17:08 am
Tonight, July 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM CT

I don't see any repeats in the immediate future.
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Post by: Mac on July 11, 2013, 09:25:36 am
Sand Sharks is pretty damn fun... it's so goofy.

kinda reminds me of this Outer Limits monster @ 5:00
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Post by: Mac on July 12, 2013, 09:24:17 am
Sharknado was a glorious guilty pleasure hit. The internet is pretty much a buzz about it.

It pretty much did things badly in the right way. The acting was gawd awful. The logic of the events that took place was non-existent, the special effects horrendous and the editing was pure crap.

Mix that all up and you have the epitome of pure cheesiness that you can grin at. It truly was unbelievable viewing experience. I would have loved to been around when decisions were made. What I’m thinking is some writers had some key milestones that were in a vacuum and they were then instructed to connect the dots with filler plot to get from Point A to Point B.

For instance, the hero of the story needs to get to his old house, now his ex-wife’s (Tara Reid) house, for higher ground because the streets of LA are flooding… with sharks. So the group in the jeep get to the house on the high hill, suddenly the sewer in front of the house explodes with water jetting out…. Filled with sharks. So they go into the house to be safe… right? Wrong. Apparently the water level for some reason flooded the front of the house and allow sharks to come in through the front window and flood the living room. Now the group has to fight off sharks in the living room. After a little chomping, they need to get out of the house. So they get their chance and go out the front door to their jeep where apparently water level by all miracles, disappears.

This kind of plot happens through the whole movie. It’s great.

See movie making at it’s worse. It makes Ed Wood look like a genius.

How, here are some very funny social network comments.

 Wil Wheaton        ✔ @wilw

I'm not so sure about the science in this movie you guys. #SharkNado

 Wil Wheaton        ✔ @wilw

Two commercials in, and #SharkNado is awesome. I wonder if I can get a cameo in the inevitable sequel.

 Wil Wheaton        ✔ @wilw

I don't think the writers of #SharkNado understand how flooding and fluid dynamics work.

 Damon Lindelof        ✔ @DamonLindelof

I am going to write the Sharknado sequel and I am going to do it before Shaknado is over.

 Damon Lindelof        ✔ @DamonLindelof

For those of you already maligning my ending for SHARKNADO 2, you should know 3 things: Henry Winkler. Leather jacket. Water skiis.

 Damon Lindelof        ✔ @DamonLindelof

Dammit, you idiots, JUST KILL THE QUEEN SHARK!!!

 Damon Lindelof        ✔ @DamonLindelof

This movie is such a ripoff of THE BICYCLE THIEF.

 Damon Lindelof        ✔ @DamonLindelof

"Mr. Mayor, I am an accomplished Meteorineologist. I know weather and I know sharks. And you, sir? Got BOTH."

 Greg Berlanti @GBerlanti

Somewhere in Hollywood there is a senior executive yelling at a junior executive for not coming up with #Sharknado first.

 Patton Oswalt        ✔ @pattonoswalt

.@DamonLindelof Why are you wasting time Tweeting me? Already starting my draft! #Sharknado

 Danny Zuker        ✔ @DannyZuker

Can't watch #Sharknado because I'm on the set of my new film Tsunamwolf.

 Eric Stangel        ✔ @EricStangel

You get the feeling they said this a lot during filming "Eh, we'll fix it later. It'll look fine." #Sharknado

 Eric Stangel        ✔ @EricStangel

If there isn't a channel showing #Sharknado on a loop until the end of time, we have failed as a society...

 rob delaney        ✔ @robdelaney

I usually hate Wes Anderson, but Sharknado's actually pretty good.

 Ben Hoffman        ✔ @thebenshow

East coast, please don't tell me how #SharkNado ends. Or starts. Or what happens in the middle.

 Patton Oswalt        ✔ @pattonoswalt

Dear @SyfyTV: please follow up SHARKNADO with PARTLY CLOWNY. Sky. Clowns. Michael Pare (probably)

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Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 17, 2013, 06:03:51 am
The very next day, my local News did a segment on the premiere and all the tweets. Sadly, I had forgotten to set my DVR to record that night, but they did say repeats were happening, but I haven't seen anything regarding day or time though.
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Post by: Mac on July 17, 2013, 06:21:14 am
I'll try to keep an eye out for it.

I've fallen out of even checking out what's on that channel of late.

That being said, duh, tomorrow night is Blast Vegas
I may try to check this out... I might be busy to scratching my ass.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 17, 2013, 06:24:29 am
I'm a sucker for any and all things Vegas. If I can remember, I will definitely check this out.
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Post by: Mac on July 17, 2013, 09:19:25 am
Sharknado 2 is coming

King Kong, aliens, meteorites, lizard-like monsters, New York has been terrorized by all these and more in the movies. And now, a new threat is hitting the Big Apple in 2014 — sharks.

Syfy announced on Wednesday that the network is going ahead with a sequel to its social-media sensation, "Sharknado." The made-for-TV movie drew 1.3 million viewers, and featured "Beverly Hills, 90210" alum Ian Ziering as a bar-owner who tries to save his loved ones as sharks are dumped in Los Angeles by a freak storm.

"Every once in a while, there is a perfect storm — on television," Thomas Vitale, Syfy's executive vice president of programming and original movies, said in a statement. "The fans are clamoring for a sequel. Or perhaps it will be a prequel. What we can guarantee is that 'Sharknado 2' will be lots of fun."

But the fun doesn't end there. Syfy is letting fans play a role in the TV movie's official title. Fans can tweet their title ideas to @SyfyMovies using the hashtag #Sharknado, and the network will use the best submission for the 2014 TV movie.

The opportunities for cheese-tastic title fun are endless! (And seriously, why not go as goofy as possible? You know the sequel is going to feature awesomely bad lines and impossible scenarios, just as the original did.) For starters, we like "Sharkapalooza," "Skarkpocalypse Now," "Sharkzilla," "Dawn of the Shark," "Shark Attacks!" "28 Sharks Later," "Armasharkdon," you get the idea!
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 17, 2013, 10:00:33 am
Sharknado 2 is coming

Given the low budget of the original movie and the even lower budget behind the script, shouldn't this have come out last week?  ;D
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Post by: Mac on July 17, 2013, 11:41:00 am
Last week... lets be real.

It's gonna take 12 hours at least to write, produce, direct, shoot and put in the can. Give it to next weekend.
Oh, and 1-1/2 hours for special effects. Give it two weeks.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 17, 2013, 11:42:44 am
Ugh. Syfy is really getting lazy these days!
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Post by: Mac on July 17, 2013, 11:49:36 am
So that's kind of related to what I've been reading online, especially about Sharknado and SyFy. A perfect storm? Brilliant business moves?

I tend to be in the camp, you can't plan a successful campy B-movie.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 17, 2013, 11:54:04 am can't plan a successful campy B-movie.

A thing that Ed Wood ('s-blu-rays/ed-wood-(1994)/msg12301/#msg12301) knows all too well.
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Post by: Mac on July 27, 2013, 06:10:57 am
It's shark day on SyFy and yes, Sharknado at 8 CST
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Post by: Mac on July 29, 2013, 10:34:43 am
Wow, it's weird how this has snowballed.

Sharknado Coming To Theaters Near You

The Huffington Post is reporting that with the astounding success of SyFy and The Asylum’s Corman-esque shlock fest, Sharknado, may have wondered what will happen next with everyones favorite predator filled twister. Well, naturally it would make it’s way to a cinema near you. In what can only be described as sheer genius, SyFy and The Asylum have teamed up with Regal Cinemas to bring Sharknado to the big screen for a one night only engagement.

Director of digital marketing for Regal Entertainment group Chris Sylvia compared “Sharknado” to another cult classic.

“You know how audiences have had fun with ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ over the years. If the internet reactions to this film are any indication, then our moviegoers are primed and ready to enjoy ‘Sharknado’ larger than life in cinemas,” Sylvia added.

“‘Sharknado’ has become a force of nature in its own right. This project transcends the original television platform and has created tremendous buzz,” stated Ken Thewes, chief marketing officer for Regal Entertainment Group, said in a statment. “There’s just something epic about watching these huge beasts on the big screen with your friends and family. The crowd reactions will make for a memorable experience in our theaters.”

So successful was Sharknado, that a sequel is already in the pipeline. No word yet on it’s release date, but you can be sure that it will be bigger and even sharkier.

I for one am really exited for this. Asylum could be hitting on something big here with midnight screenings. This actually seems like something that could really take off. Horror fans usually go nuts over this kind of theatricality. Just look at shows like Rocky Horror or Troll 2, which has lived on well past it’s expected shelf life thanks to small showings catering to the right crowd in the right markets.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 29, 2013, 03:53:28 pm
It's one thing to watch low budget movies with ridiculous plots on TV (which I enjoy like everyone else), but it's another thing to shell out 15 bucks a ticket per person at your local Multiplex. And I haven't even factored in the cost of food and drinks. That adds up really fast. I am interested to see how this plays out though.
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Post by: Mac on August 03, 2013, 04:44:03 am
Uh-oh, is Sharknado the new Rocky Horror?

Fandango is reporting that Syfy’s Sharknado sold out midnight showtimes in three cities – New York, Boston, and Seattle – and additional showtimes were added continuously to meet fan demand. The cult phenom is playing on roughly 200 screens in movie theaters across the country. Fandango called the sales pace ”bloody good” for screenings hosted by Regal and NCM Fathon Events. Sharknado premiered on Syfy on July 11th, drawing just 1.4 million total viewers. But social media interest was high and a repeat viewing a week later on Syfy drew about a half-million more viewers. Starring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, the pic’s nonsensical plot investigates the ecological nightmare of sharks caught in a tornado and falling from the skies into the streets of Los Angeles. The network has already ordered a 2014 version.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 03, 2013, 12:55:31 pm
Ian Ziering > Luke Perry & Jason Priestly

Hahaha. Ya gotta admit that this is something no one saw coming. Luke and Jason never had a movie become a cult hit. Now Ian better capitalize on his new 15 minutes. Okay, 8 minutes.
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Post by: Mac on August 12, 2013, 06:47:42 am

When Syfy announced that they'd be gracing us with a second "Sharknado" movie, they asked people to submit ideas for a title on Twitter. Well, they got more than 5,000 suggestions . . . and now they've picked one.

It's going to be: "Sharknado 2: The Second One". And it's coming to Syfy sometime NEXT July. Obviously, that's a BRILLIANT title . . . but not everyone loves it.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 12, 2013, 05:05:28 pm
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Post by: Mac on December 12, 2013, 12:25:39 pm
This is looking good... groundhog day, with a little sci-fi, future and action

Edge of Tomorrow 6.6.2014
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Post by: Neumatic on December 12, 2013, 04:24:11 pm
It looks cool, but having heard how Doug Liman makes movies, I'm a little hesitant about how good it'll be.
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 12, 2013, 04:57:15 pm
What's wrong with Doug Liman? I like his movies.
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Post by: Neumatic on December 12, 2013, 05:52:54 pm
(I can't believe I have to type this whole thing in again)

Basically, the problem with Doug Liman (there was a Podcast that talked about this in detail, but I can't find it) is that he's sort of an indecisive director:  he gathers all this funding and starts shooting, then changes his mind on what he wants, recasts parts, changes scenes... when the money runs out he stops, then gets more funding and comes back to the project months later with a whole bunch of new change and they go again.  Mr and Mrs Smith had something like eight wrap parties.  And if you pay attention to his later flicks, you'll notice that characters drop out of the story for a long time, don't have any payoff, that pipe is laid down that's never followed up upon... it's crazy.
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Post by: Mac on February 20, 2014, 09:48:27 am
This looks fantastic...

How would you spend your final hours?

Opening this June via Roadshow Films, here’s an insane new trailer for the apocalyptic thriller These Final Hours from Celluloid Nightmares.

Zak Hilditch’s feature debut explores the question “What would you do on the last day on Earth?” through the eyes of a self-obsessed young man, played by Nathan Phillips, on his way to the party-to-end-all-parties.

The thriller earned Hilditch the Critics’ Award for Best Australian feature at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

These Final Hours
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Post by: Chiprocks1 on March 25, 2014, 09:29:47 am
Alien Abduction Official Trailer #1 (2014)

This could also go in the All Things Horror Thread as well.......
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Post by: Mac on March 25, 2014, 10:06:04 am
I'm torn.... loving the concept... Not loving the hand held camera POV, sigh  :-\