The Star Wars: Rebels panel at WonderCon this weekend unveiled not only the first footage from the show , but a stockpile of previously unreleased concept art.
If you don't already know why a helium balloon tethered to the floor of a minivan has the power to make your jaw drop, you're going to want to see this. Seriously – set aside five minutes of your time, have a seat and watch. You won't regret it.
Between 1961 and 1963 a group of inmates at the Concord Prison were treated with a combination of therapy and psilocybin - a drug derived from psychedelic mushrooms. They had a much lower recidivism rate. Or so we thought.
Sorry you didn't find the golden egg in today's hunt. Here are a whole bunch of deals pulled from our five Twitter accounts to cheer you up. While you're here, you may as well follow them too.
And the hits just keep on coming. Comic-Con may have Tom Hiddleston playing Loki live on stage, but WonderCon has some of the best cosplay we've ever seen. Saturday's cosplay focused on gender-swapped characters, clever puns, and some pretty deep cuts. See for yourself!
Here now for your aural pleasure are 42 minutes and 29 seconds of sound effects from vintage Warner Bros. cartoons. This is highly concentrated auditory nostalgia, delivered right to your ear-holes.
Orphan Black isn't kidding around. The first episode of the new season raises the stakes for our Clone Club members while giving us a better look at the dangerous forces that are battling over them—plus unveils a major surprise. Spoilers ahead.
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The best SF show currently running returns for its second season, and the premiere episode doesn’t disappoint.
Title: “Nature Under Constraint and Vexed”
Cast and Crew
Director: John Fawcett
Writers: Graeme Manson
Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning/ Alison Hendrix/ Cosima Niehaus / Helena / Rachel Duncan
Jordan Gavaris as Felix Dawkins
Kevin Hanchard as Detective Art Bell
Dylan Bruce as Paul Dierden
Evelyne Brochu as Delphine
Matt Frewer as Dr. Aldous Leekie
Ron Lea as Lt. Gavin Hardcastle
Skyler Wexler as Kira
Inga Cadranel as Detective Angela Deangelis
Melanie Nicolls-King as Amelia
Matthew Bennett as Daniel Rosen
Kristian Bruun as Donnie Hendrix
Alex Ozerov as Ramon
Ari Millen as Mark
Maria Doyle Kennedy as Siobhan Sadler
Josh Vokey as Scott
Full cast and crew information may be found here.
“You know a gun dealer named Ramon?”
“He’s a gun enthusiast.”
Sarah runs from multiple adversaries as she attempts to recover her daughter and foster mother. Alison buys a gun, Cosima refuses to apologize for her heart, and the Prolethean Religious Sect proves at least as dangerous as Dyad.
An unexpected clone appears in the penultimate scene.
Tatiana Maslany ties with Game of Thrones‘s Peter Dinklage for sheer awesomeness among actors in contemporary television of the fantastic. Maslany, once again, must play multiple characters in the same show, who interact constantly and, as in this episode, sometimes impersonate each other. Her achievement may be assisted by contemporary technology, but her acting chops cannot be denied. She’s quite driven and desperate this week as Sarah, while her Alison, still dealing with her darker side, nevertheless remains weirdly, hilariously entertaining. The scene where someone tries to kidnap Sarah, only to realize they have Alison, elicits far more laughs than an attempted felony should.
The trailer for Salem, given heavy exposure during the Canadian premiere of this ep, suggests that show fails at every level.
What? An Orphan Black low point? Oh, well….
This isn’t so much a low point as something that could have been better handled—and you may disagree. They film Orphan Black in Toronto, and the city could not look more like Toronto if they tried (Remember—T.O. often plays other cities quite well). The characters make Toronto references and spend Canadian money.
Yet they never name the city, and several elements aggressively don’t fit. The police, for example, have been played like American Cops or, at least, American Cop Show Cops. The badges are of the American design. The detectives complain about “the Feds” interfering; Art Bell says “I didn’t get an acronym.” Even Continuum would name CSIS or the RCMP.* None of this need be a problem; we’re watching a somewhat stylized, high-adrenaline reality. However, the vagaries of location feel less the result of a stylized world (as in, say, Max Headroom or 1989′s Batman) than a half-realized one. It doesn’t harm the show in any significant way, but it feels off in places.
Originality: 4/6 I congratulate the show’s creators for giving us a conspiracy thriller where the conspiracy isn’t some all-powerful, far-reaching corporation run by people with monolithic, identical goals and perfect predictive skills. Dyad is a comparatively powerful, somewhat skittish company run by people who could factionalize at the drop of a DNA sample. They face enemies not even they understand. And they couldn’t have bred less controllable, more unpredictable clones if that had been their intention.
Effects: 6/6 The clones have been seamlessly integrated into scenes.
Story: 5/6 Forget catching up the audience; the second season plunges us full-tilt into chaotic action, uncertain enemies and adversaries and, uh, community theatre. Felix is high and trying to initiate a fivesome. Sarah must escape unknown enemies, and one of the main antagonists nearly gets her head blown off.
Some developments happen in a rather fortuitous and forced manner. Detectives Bell and Deanegelis show up at exactly the right (or wrong, depending on your point of view) time by sheer happenstance; Sarah finds unexpected aid twice.
Acting: 5/6 I’ve addressed the extraordinary lead under “High Points,” but this show also boasts a strong supporting cast. Jordan Gavaris is perfectly-cast as Sarah’s hedonist brother. Inga Cadranel as Detective Deangelis, alas, remains a series of postures, rather than a real character.
Emotional Response: 5/6
Overall: 5/6 The show addresses serious themes and subject matter, but the often dark humour and character-driven developments carry it.
In total, “Nature Under Constraint and Vexed” receives 36/42
*Yes, a new review of Continuum, the other SF show set in a Canadian city, is forthcoming. The impetus to review or post a discussion weakens when the U.S. schedule lags several weeks behind the Canadian one, and this week will see no new episode. Look for a review of “Thirty Minutes to Air” later this week.
Trap a peep under a bell jar and suck out all the air with a vacuum pump. What do you think happens to the peep? (Hint: It doesn't end well for our marshmallowy friend.)
'"It's an adventure game! It's mass market! It's the anti-Doom! We have to crush this game!" "'What is this?! Demons on Mars?! People are playing this?!"
This past week saw another Flaming Russian Meteor…
…the discovery of the most earth-like extrasolar planet to date
Below: Cosplay at Wondercon 2014 (You might even see an Easter Bunny) and an hilarious bonus item you might have missed in March:
Check out the Only Star Map You’ll Ever Need!
Last week we promised that the selection would get better in a few weeks. With one notable exception, this is not that week.
|Awesome 80s Teen Comedy 4-Pack|
|Comments||Blaine: Includes Hardbodies, Hardbodies 2, Mischief and Spring Break. I’ll let you decide what definition of “Awesome” is being used here.|
|Bettie Page Reveals All!|
|Box of Bikers Collection|
|Comments||Includes Chrome Hearts, The Cycle Girls and The Iron Horseman.|
|Chances Are (25th Anniversary Edition)|
|Comments||Blaine: Probably my favorite movie with Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts or Patrick Stewart. Also my favorite Brian Helgeland movie and my second favorite Richard Donner films.|
|Doctor Who: Web of Fear|
|Comments||One of the two stories recovered and released digitally just in time for the 50th Anniversary. This has been available digitally for a while, with a photomontage for the still-missing episode, but the DVD animates that chapter instead.|
|Comments||Alex: Parts 1 and 2 have a whole bunch of bonus features the original release didn’t have. The limited edition also comes with an art-box for parts 1 & 2. The feature film set is in an alternate timeline from the Eureka Seven TV series.|
|Evel Knievel: The Last American Daredevil|
|Get Carter (1971)|
|Get Carter (2000)|
|Hidamari Sketch X 365|
|Comments||Second season of an anime series about students at an arts high-school.|
|The House on Sorority Row|
|Jack Lemmon Showcase|
|Comments||Volume 1 includes Under the Yum Yum Tree, My Sister Eileen, PHFFFT! and Luv. Volume 2 includes Operation Madball, Good Neighbor Sam, Notorious Landlady and Three For Show.|
|Little Busters, Collection 2|
|Master of the House|
|The Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection|
|Comments||Includes all 53 theatrical shorts and the full length feature.|
|Movies 4 You: Film Noir/Thriller|
|Comments||Includes The Hot Spot, The Visitors, Exposed and Tough Guys Don’t Dance.|
|Murder, She Wrote|
|Comments||Season 8 is the first of J. Michael Straczynski’s two seasons as producer and showrunner.|
|Newhart Season 3|
|Outrageous Comedies 6 Movie Set|
|Comments||Includes Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, The Brothers Solomon, Just Add Water, Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach, Saving Silverman and American Crude.|
|Riot in Cell Block 11 (Criterion Collection)|
|Comments||A made-in-Hong Kong Wuxia Remake of The Seven Samurai.|
|Spectacular Spider-Man: The Complete Series|
|Teen Comedies – 6 Movie Set|
|Comments||Blaine: Includes Can’t Hardly Wait, High School High, Dancer, Texas, Fired Up, Loster and Excess Baggage. Excess Baggage is both the first movie that gave Alicia Silverstone creative control and the least entertaining movie I’ve ever seen.|
|The Trials of Muhammad Ali|
|WWE Presents The Best of Raw After The Show|
Finally, the picks of the week. Blaine says, “get Doctor Who: Web of Fear if you missed it digitally. If you have that, take your pick of Blu-Ray upgrades for Conspiracy Theory and/or Spectacular Spider-Man.” Alex says, “I’m going with The Web of Fear as my pick for this week.”
Ryan Gosling's Lost River (formerly How to Catch a Monster) is being publicized as a dark fantasy movie with some pretty big-name stars, including Christina Hendricks and Matt Smith . Here are the first two images from the film, including one of a woman (presumably Hendricks) standing before a rather ominous-looking door.
Here it is, folks – fresh from its WonderCon debut, our very first glimpse of actual footage from Star Wars: Rebels!
On the next Warehouse 13, Artie attempts to show Claudia the truth about her sister. Check out “Secret Services” Monday at 9/8c on Syfy! And don’t forget to check the other bonus videos below!
Get a laugh with the best lines of Warehouse 13 in episode one.
Watch as the cast share their favorite Warehouse 13 moments over the course of the series’ five seasons.
The nominees for the 2014 Hugo Awards have been announced! This year's nominating ballot saw a record-shattering 1,923 valid nominations. The winners will be announced on Sunday, August 17, during the Hugo Awards Ceremony at Loncon 3. Hit the jump for the full list!
A teenager peed into one of Portland, Oregon's drinking water reservoirs – a 38-million gallon repository of good, potable H2O – and now the city intends to drain it. This is a very, very dumb idea.
Just what counts as a penis? A debate over what to call the genitals of an unusual group of cave insects has broader implications, because it gets right at the heart of science and science communication: what's the relationship between the labels we use in science and the way those labels are understood by our culture?
Nominees for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer have been announced by LonCon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in London, England, August 14- 18, 2014.
Best Novel (1,595 nominating ballots)
Best Novella (847)
Best Novelette (728)
Best Short Story (865)
Best Dramatic Presentation – Long (995)
Best Dramatic Presentation – Short (760)
Best Related Work (752)
Best Graphic Story (552)
Best Professional Editor Long Form (632)
Best Professional Editor Short Form (656)
Best Professional Artist (624)
Best Semiprozine (411)
Best Fanzine (478)
Best Fancast (396)
Best Fan Writer (521)
Best Fan Artist (316)
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer [Not a Hugo Award] (767)
*Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.
There were 1,923 nominating ballots received from members of LoneStarCon 3, LonCon 3, and Sasquan.
Nominees for the 1939 Retro Hugo Awards have been announced by LonCon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in London, England, August 14- 18, 2014.
Best Novel (208 nominating ballots)
Best Novella (125)
Best Novelette (80)
Best Short Story (865)
Best Dramatic Presentation – Short (137)
Best Professional Editor Short Form (99)
Best Professional Artist (86)
Best Fanzine (42)
Best Fan Writer (50)
There were 233 nominating ballots received from members of LoneStarCon 3, LonCon 3, and Sasquan.
We expect killer action and dystopian insanity from Continuum, the Canadian time-travel adventure show. But we don't usually expect to get punched in the heart, the way we did by this scene — which also features a love triangle The CW would never dream of having. Spoilers ahead...
Every year, the WonderCon cosplayers keep astonishing us, both with their attention to detail and with their creativity. You keep thinking you've seen it all — and then you see what people have come up with this year, and it's a brand new delight all over again. Here's our favorite cosplay from WonderCon day one.
Here's our clearest look yet at the big beastie, from the waist up. It's a brief glimpse, but a glimpse, nonetheless.
We are living in the future. Need proof? Now from the comfort of your computer, you can experience a first-person view of excavating and packing a dinosaur nest for further study.
Late last night, a suspected meteor tore through the skies over the northern Russian city of Murmansk.
Finally, a version of Texts From Last Night we can all rally behind.
The mountain lion mascot of Los Angeles, Griffith Park's P-22, is sick. And it's all our fault.
Programming advisory: Syfy is moving Metal Hurlant Chronicles to air after Warehouse 13 at 10/9c on Mondays, instead of before, starting this coming Monday.
Joshua sez, "This atmospheric film is the first ever screen-adaptation of the work of award-winning sci-fi author Ken MacLeod. Scattered examines society's relationship with its past through a son's relationship with his father, and challenges our established ideas of destruction and terrorism through a crime that is as surprising as it is all-consuming. As all great sci-fi should, Scattered offers a vision of the future that illuminates the present."
If you want to feel transported to a truly alien world, take some time out your day to watch OMEGA. It follows the sole predator on a devastated world populated entirely by mechanical creatures.
...there are a bunch of clips on Youtube. Like this one, where the plucky high school students shoot the Principal in the head and then cause her to melt into a puddle of fizzy goop. There's also Jon Stewart's "eye sore," and the head on tentacles. And more!
Scientists from South Korea have devised a technique for cloning adult stem cells that doesn't involve the destruction of human embryos. The resulting stem cells, which are highly personalized, could be used to treat illnesses such as heart disease and blindness — but the technique could also be used to clone adults.
Charles Dodgson, the author and mathematician better known as Lewis Carroll, wrote about a young girl lost in surreal dreamscapes. But Dodgson had trouble navigating treacherous landscape of his own: literary fame.
There's been a wave of fiction about an insomnia epidemic, as if some collective anxiety is bubbling up. Most recently, Kenneth Calhoun's Black Moon freaked us out . But Karen Russell's new novella "Sleep Donation" is still something pretty unique: a look at people in the nonprofit sector, struggling with insoluble ethics.
Just when did saving the world get so boring? We're living through an age of big movies with big plots, that throw the fate of the world into the mix about as regularly as most people mop their floors — and sometimes it seems just as dull.
Honda's humanoid robot, ASIMO, recently celebrated its 14th birthday. The diminutive android has experienced some minor upgrades over the years, but nothing quite like it's latest batch of enhancements. Just watch what ASIMO can do now.
It's pretty sweet to see the Suicide Squad assisting the leering lunacy of The Joker and Harley Quinn in their plans to destroy Gotham with a dirty bomb and infiltrate its infamous asylum. Check out the first trailer for WB Animation's Batman: Assault On Arkham, debuting this fall in conjunction with the hotly-anticipated Batman: Arkham Knight game, which lands on October 14, 2014. Assault on Arkham is directed by DC animation veteran Jay Oliva (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and features the stellar vocal talents of Kevin Conroy as Batman, Troy Baker as The Joker, Tara Strong as Harley Quinn, Tony Todd as Killer Croc and Neal McDonough as Deadshot. Have a look...
Are you crazy (get it?) about this new Batman trailer, or are you all Arkham'd out?
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Spider-Man and The Avengers meeting up on the big-screen would be pretty cool, right? Well, the producers of Spidey's franchise aren't so sure about that...
We're all familiar with the division of movie rights among Marvel Comics characters at this point, right? Marvel Studios/Disney has The Avengers (both main members like Iron Man and somewhat more obscure associated heroes like Iron Fist) and their assorted allies and enemies, along with the Guardians of the Galaxy, various cosmic heroes and villains and recently rejoined characters like Daredevil, Ghost Rider and The Punisher. Fox has the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and other associated mutants (though Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch overlap with Marvel). Sony Pictures has Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends (if you will), and they've got some very ambitious plans lined up for this relatively small (at least, compared to what Marvel's building) universe of heroes and villains, from third and fourth Spider-Man films in their rebooted continuity to spinoffs for the likes of Venom and the Sinister Six.
It's clear that Sony isn't giving up their webslinging cash cow anytime soon, so we can definitely rule out Spidey's arrival at Marvel Studios for the forseeable future. But what about a crossover? Surely, if the right people are interested and the right contractual language is used, Sony and Marvel could team up -- if only briefly -- to bring Spider-Man and The Avengers together onscreen, right? Well, even if it is possible, Amazing Spider-Man franchise producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach aren't too keen on the idea.
In a new interview over at IGN, Arad said a crossover would likely only happen in "a moment in which we've run out of ideas," and he doesn't see that moment coming anytime soon.
"There's so much to tell about Spider-Man. There's so much to tell about the Sinister Six," Arad said. "The relationship between Spider-Man and Venom will bring a whole other world in. [Spider-Man is] unique and we revere that. … We'd rather work really hard to have the right ideas than ... You know, in the toy business we used to make toys glow in the dark when they weren't selling it well, and it gave at least another Christmas. We don't need it yet."
Tolmach echoed Arad's opinion that Sony already has a wealth of ideas about where to take Spider-Man and his supporting cast in the coming years, and added that, for him, a crossover at this point would simply be "a stunt."
"You know, Spider-Man in the Avengers is a stunt," Tolmach said. "Stunts can be cool, but it's also a business, and so the other side of the answer is they're owned by different companies. And there's a ton left in Sony's world; there's a lot of business left because there's a lot of story left. … For [Sony] to want to take this character and put it with Marvel and Disney is a huge undertaking and probably, as Avi's saying, isn't necessary until you feel like, 'Wow, we're sort of out of ideas. What should we do?' And we're far from out of ideas."
Well, that makes the answer to this crossover question pretty clear-cut, at least for the next few years, so don't expect Spidey to swing by the next time Earth's Mightiest Heroes are in the Big Apple. That doesn't mean other crossovers couldn't happen, though, right? Quick, let's start asking Fox executives if Hugh Jackman can be in Avengers 3.
Last week, a teenager in England filmed this crazy black ring floating above Leamington Spa. Apparently the ring disappeared after three minutes, leaving everyone baffled. Is this a new subgenre of UFO?
Much as we love the present trend of sticking drug-molecules on everything from coffee mugs to t-shirts, we crave something new. Fortunately, science-themed artist Delftia has a novel take on subtle drug jewelry: pendants that replicate spider webs spun under the influence of psychoactive drugs.
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