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Concept Art Writing Prompt: Rafting Through Strange Waters @ io9

Concept Art Writing Prompt: Rafting Through Strange Waters

This lone traveler is coasting through the waters, seemingly unaware of what lurks below. Or are they? And are the creatures of the deep friends or fiends? Tell us your story inspired by this image.


The British Library Unveils a New Show Devoted to Gothic Literature @ io9

Two hundred rare objects will trace 250 years of Gothic literature, in the British Library's forthcoming exhibition, Terror and Wonder. Dave McKean has designed this image to promote the event, inspired by Frankenstein, Dracula and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.


How Good Is A Shark's Eyesight? @ io9

How Good Is A Shark's Eyesight?

Some of the shark senses — particularly smell, taste, and hearing — are famously sharp. But around one sense, vision, the debate has been much more muddled. So just how well does a shark really see?


What Was a Truly Original Story Idea That Degenerated into Clichés? @ io9

What Was a Truly Original Story Idea That Degenerated into Clichés?

There is nothing more frustrating than a science fiction or fantasy story that starts out in a brilliantly original way ... only to fall apart in a mess of overused, tropey awfulness. What movie, TV series, or book disappointed you in this way? You need to warn the rest of us!


A Comedy About A Nuclear Engineer Shot In A Real Cold War Missile Silo @ io9

The real-life missile silo setting really helps make this short film something special. A nuclear engineer lets his art hobby get in the way of his job—but when something goes awry, it may just save him.


In the sustainable energy future, we could be heating public buildings with sewage. @ io9

In the sustainable energy future, we could be heating public buildings with sewage. No, "sewerthermal" is not quite what you think. Rachel Kaufman has a great article explaining it in NextCity, and describing how Seattle's next sports arena might use it.


Steven Spielberg is bringing Minority Report to TV @ Blastr

Move over Extant and Falling Skies; Steven Spielberg has another TV series in the works. This time, he's shifting focus to one of his past projects: 2002's Minority Report. Spielberg has plans to bring the Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell starrer to the small screen.

Minority Report was based on a story by author Philip K. Dick that featured Cruise as "The head of 'PreCrime,' a special police unit that uses three psychics (i.e. 'precogs') to identify and arrest murderers before they commit their crimes." Unfortunately for his character, things go awry when he's indentified as a future murderer. The film is a classic case of the hunter becoming the hunted. 

A source claims that Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein will pen the series, which will probably be a star-vehicle for a name actor much as Extant has been for Halle Berry.

When Minority Report was released in theaters, it grossed over $358 million worldwide. We hope that success can crossover to television. There's already a sci-fi series with a similar premise on air called Person of Interest, but there's enough difference that we're sure there's room for both. 

Who would you like to see star in Minority Report?

(via The Wrap)

Steven Spielberg Is Developing A Minority Report TV Series @ io9

Steven Spielberg Is Developing A Minority Report TV Series

Release the robot spiders! Steven Speilberg is developing a Minority Report pilot over at Amblin television. A PreCrime police procedural? Sure, we can see it. But will it start off by falsely accusing Chief John Anderton as a crime, or not?


Check out the insane detail that went into designing Guardians of the Galaxy's alien tech @ Blastr

Marvel’s latest hit was an awesome film, but you might not have noticed the insane amount of precise detail that went into building its believable alien world.

Yes, Rocket, Groot and the rest of the gang were great — but it's the little things that really made the movie live and breathe. Among them? The tiny technological flourishes provided by effects house Territory Studio, who modeled out everything from that iconic prison scene to the 3D panels and UI stuff in Quill’s ship, the Milano.

Filmmakers have been tasked with showing off GUI technology in films for decades now, oftentimes with mixed results. But, when it hits just right (See: Minority Report) it can positively define the look and feel of a movie. As we look back on all the flourishes in Guardians, we think it might just prove to be the same.

With the film still knocking it out at the box office, Territory Studio has released a nifty effects breakdown to show how they created that certain brand of Marvel Cinematic Universe alien tech. We absolutely want to live in this world.

(Via The Creators Project)

Iron Man 3 writer/director is remaking Remo Williams...sort of @ Blastr


Remember Remo Williams? No? Well, Iron Man 3's Shane Black is about to refresh your memory.

Black, who was personally selected by Robert Downey Jr. to co-write and direct last year's blockbuster Iron Man entry, has been attached to a number of different projects since, including Doc Savage. But it was announced today that Black will direct The Destroyer, a new film based on a series of paperback novels (some 150 of them) originally conceived by Warren Murphy.

According to the official synopsis, The Destroyer is the story of Newark police officer Remo Williams, who is framed and sentenced to death, but brought back to life after his alleged execution. He then becomes an "enforcement arm" for CURE, a secret branch of the U.S. government that operates outside the boundaries of the Constitution. Williams is tasked with taking out America's enemies, aided by his apparently ageless Asian sidekick, Chiun.

And if some of that sounds familiar, that's because, in 1985, Fred Ward starred in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, an attempt to launch the series on film that also featured Joel Grey as Chiun and a pre-Star Trek: Voyager Kate Mulgrew as Ward's leading lady. The movie was a flop and the "adventure" ended quickly, although Grey did nab a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor and the movie even got nominated for an Oscar for Best Make-Up.

Still, 1985 was a long time ago, and it seems that the time has come around at last to give Remo Williams another go, probably with a grittier edge. Producer Charles Roven (the Dark Knight trilogy) said in a statement, "“Shane has been a fan of the original Destroyer book series since its inception and he has an incredible vision for this film. Atlas (Roven's production company) couldn’t be more fortunate to be working with this talented director on this material."

The screenplay is by Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney; the latter co-authored or wrote several of the books until the series stopped in 2008. There's no word yet on a cast, but hopefully the film will actually cast an Asian actor this time as Chiun.

In the meantime, The Playlist has helpfully posted the entire 1985 film online (directed by James Bond veteran Guy Hamilton) just to get you ready for the new one. What do you think -- could The Destroyer be the start of the next big action franchise?

The Stark Beauty Of The World's Tallest Unoccupied Buildings @ io9

The Stark Beauty Of The World's Tallest Unoccupied Buildings

Some of the buildings that tower high over city skylines are actually modern ruins in the making, their vast interiors abandoned or never completed. These tall buildings may be impressive on the outside, but their insides go unused.


Get a close-up look at Ben Affleck's Bat-cowl from Dawn of Justice @ Blastr

Warner Bros. Tours just tweeted this most intimate look yet at the Bat-cowl Ben Affleck will sport in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie.  This latest photo lets us see the grim eye and frown lines that reflect what we hope will be a more grizzled, battle-hardened Batman.  It's all part of Warner's VIP Studio Tours: The Batman Exhibit running now through 2014 and this new peek at the constrictive-but-cool Batfleck cowl announces its inclusion in the Dark Knight's 75th anniversary exhibition.   Prepare for some extreme scrutiny.

What are your feelings about this short-eared, Frank Miller-ish Batman makeover?

(Via Following The Nerd)

Deadspin John Calipari Called Into Mike Francesa's Show To Yell At Him | Gizmodo Stop Refrigerating @ io9

Max Landis spoofs key American Werewolf in London scene for his dad's birthday @ Blastr

Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis just gave his famous director father the best birthday present ever: A sweet home-made version of the human-to-werewolf scene from 1981's An American Werewolf in London, which John Landis himself wrote and directed.  And to further deepen the synchronicity, the Landis pair actually share the same birth date, August 3rd, and Max wanted to surprise his papa with a hilarious micro-budget take on the film's amazing morphing moment.  

That particular scene, in which David Naughton's character changes into a hairy, slavering werewolf inside a brightly-lit London flat to the sad slow notes of Sam Cooke's Blue Moon, is one of the most memorable horror makeup jobs in Hollywood history, heightened by FX wizard Rick Baker's Academy Award-winning magic.

Here's the silly shot-for-shot tribute by Cinefix, in all its rubbery, cheap-@$$, plasticky, stuffed animal goofiness.  Check it out and stay off the moors!

(Via Geek Tyrant

The Conjuring prequel Annabelle conjures up a new trailer @ Blastr


There isn't a whole lot of horror on tap for movie screens this coming Halloween, but the producers of The Conjuring are trying to rectify that.

Just unleashed is a new trailer for Annabelle, which serves as a prequel to last year's horror blockbuster by chronicling the back history of the creepy little doll that was a key element of the original James Wan-directed movie.

To be honest, the explanation for just how Annabelle becomes haunted seems kind of contrived, and I have to question why any woman would accept such a hideous doll as a gift from her husband in the first place. But if you just go with it, then you might find that the movie offers up some of the same kinds of scares that its predecessor did. I have to admit that the final running-through-the-door shot -- which sort of references a similar effect from an obscure Mario Bava film called Shock -- made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

Starring no one from The Conjuring, Annabelle opens October 3 and features Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton and Alfre Woodard, with direction by John R. Leonetti, who was the cinematographer on The Conjuring. So at least someone who was on the set of the last one is working on this one as well.

Read the official synopsis and watch the trailer below. Does Annabelle hit your horror sweet spot?

John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia -- a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now...Annabelle.

When 18th Century Scientists Got Everybody Wasted on Nitrous Oxide @ io9

When 18th Century Scientists Got Everybody Wasted on Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, hippie crack and whip-its, was around long before Burning Man parties. In fact, it was the subject of a series of mind-blowing experiments by scientists over 200 years ago, who tested the gas on themselves and many delighted volunteers, for "research."


Why Is It So Damn Hard to Balance a Pencil on Your Fingertip? @ io9

Why Is It So Damn Hard to Balance a Pencil on Your Fingertip?

If you've ever tried balancing something as short and skinny as a pencil on your fingertip, you know it isn't easy. Why is that? How is it possible to create a free-standing rock sculpture like this one, when it's all but impossible to balance a stinking pencil for more than a couple seconds?


Desperate for Episode VII news? Try the Star Wars Rumor Generator @ Blastr

Feeling a little down in the dumps because a day or two has gone by with no Star Wars news? Don't worry, salvation is at hand.

With the end of August upon us -- a traditionally slow time for movie news since it falls right between the end of the summer season and the beginning of the fall festivals and Oscar race -- there's a very real possibility that we might see a dip in the amount of news about Star Wars: Episode VII.

Of course, when we say "news," we use the term very loosely. After all, aside from the cast, the director, the release date and the fact that cameras are actually rolling, we know next to nothing about the movie officially. Everything else has been rumor, speculation and anonymously sourced gossip (hell, has anyone even said that Mark Hamill is actually playing Luke Skywalker?), with the production neither confirming nor denying any of it.

But since fans are hungry for any tidbit of information -- unofficial, sketchy or otherwise -- and since there are times when the million and one websites covering this production might have nothing for them, Slate has come up with a solution:

The Star Wars Rumor Generator!

Yes, now you too can create your own subtitle, characters, plot synopsis (slightly different each time) and poster art for the movie with the press of a button, over and over again, each time creating a whole new basis for unfounded internet speculation and pointless theorizing. Our personal favorite? Star Wars Episode VII: Revenge of the Ewoks.

Head over to Slate and have some fun! And make sure you send the rumors you start our way first so we can collect all those hits from frantic fans.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

Creepy Cosplay That's As Horrifying As Anything We See In The Movies @ io9

Creepy Cosplay That's As Horrifying As Anything We See In The Movies

If you ever need proof of how utterly effective special effects makeup can be in horror, you need look no further than these cosplayers. They take terrifying characters and concepts away from the realm of movies and into the real world.


First American Horror Story: Freak Show teaser clip, release date revealed @ Blastr

The folks at FX have finally revealed when we’ll get to see the new season of American Horror Story, along with our first tantalizing look at the Freak Show.

The latest, period-set season of the network’s horror anthology is slated to premiere Wednesday, October 8 on FX. This matches up with previous seasons, as the show is (not surprisingly) a popular show around Halloween heading into the fall.

The first teaser clip for the new season has also been unveiled, and its just as freaky and confusing as you’ve come to expect from Ryan Murphy’s little slice of weirdness. The clip shows off a (literal) ticket to the Freak Show, though there’s definitely something very, very unsettling about that hand.

The new season stars Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, John Carroll Lynch, Emma Roberts, Michael Chiklis, and Angela Bassett. Check out the official synopsis below:

American Horror Story: Freak Show’ begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Behold the freaky trailer and let us know what you think:

(Via /Film)

Leprechaun: Origins Monster Is Not A Leprechaun, May Be A Large Lizard @ io9

Leprechaun: Origins Monster Is Not A Leprechaun, May Be A Large Lizard

The first clip from the WWE-produced horror film Leprechaun: Origins is out. And we're now even more sure that Leprechaun: Origins should just be retitled Baby Fish Mouth: Origins, because it makes no sense. Watch the leprechaun growl like a tiger and eat people. So this isn't a leprechaun at all, is it? WARNING AUTOMATIC PLAY VIDEO.


XKCD's Creator Explains What Would Happen If Earth Stopped Spinning @ io9

XKCD's Creator Explains What Would Happen If Earth Stopped Spinning

XKCD's Randall Munroe is publishing a book of science explainers! What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions is due out September 2. To celebrate its imminent arrival, here's the first chapter from the book – an explainer about global devastation. Fun!


Meet Marvel's Inhumans: What you need to know @ Blastr

One of the most uncanny superhero teams ever to electrify the Marvel Universe is The Inhumans, and with the House of Imagination's recent announcement of serious plans for an upcoming Inhumans movie, it's high time we delved into the main character lineup of this amazing assembly of mutant crusaders.  


Like Guardians of the Galaxy, this brash band of superhumans is not exactly a household name, but they've been a vital thread in Marvel's comics quilt since 1965 when they debuted in Fantastic Four #45.  After cameo appearances and back-up story pop-ups in various Marvel books, they received their own self-titled series, which ran for 12 issues in 1975.  Over the decades, they've interacted and intersected plotlines with everyone from The Fantastic Four, The Avengers, X-Men, and most recently starred in the limited event series Infinity and Inhumanity. 

Who are the Inhumans?

Conjured up by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Inhumans are led by the sonic-blasting Black Bolt and his Attilan royal family consisting of Medusa, Maximus The Mad, Karnak, Gorgon, Triton, Crystal, and their gigantic canine sidekick, Lockjaw.  The result of ancient Kree exogeneticist experimentation conducted on primitive homo sapiens at a research lab on Uranus, the project's goals were to reverse the stagnation of their race and develop a supersoldier army able to resist and repel future Skrull attacks.  Abandoned by the Kree, these Inhumans eventually settled a technologically advanced society on Earth and the far side of the moon.  

Terrigen Mist

Through exposure to Terrigen Mist, the chemical agent which bestows Inhumans with their paranormal powers, accelerating evolutionary pathways to a god-like pinnacle in some and faciliation devolution into deformed monsters in others, Inhumans become a dominant force in the cosmos and a cautionary tale on the unrestrained tampering with biology.  The unstable consequences of this dangerous ritual caused fractures within Inhuman society that reverberated through Earth's populous and beyond.  Their courtly Game of Thrones-like tribulations and darker dynamcs rooted in the heady concepts of slavery, genocide, familial loyalty and bigotry meld well with the lighter-toned adventures of The Fantastic Four and rogue rowdiness of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Who's Who

Marvel's decision to march forward with an Inhumans movie is another risky progression to help deepen the canon and give its established franchises more pals to play with, and it just might also be the key to cracking the legal restrictions keeping them from using the word "mutant" in a film.   Plow into our primer on this intriguing cosmic crew, and try not to step in the DNA-altering Terrigen Mist.


What do China's online censors fear most? @ io9

What do China's online censors fear most? Citizens discussing mass protests and other forms of collective action, according to Harvard University researchers. Their findings also flout the conventional wisdom that the censorship apparatus is primarily designed to squelch criticism of the Communist Party or its leaders.


Serenity, Enterprise + 9 more mini spaceships made from old computer parts @ Blastr

In The Fisher King, the late Robin Williams' homeless character, Parry, remarks that "you find some pretty wonderful things in the trash."  Artist and sci-fi fan Dan Shanks has taken that notion to heart, with his Shankalonian Labs turning obsoletion into innovation since 2010, creating miniature vehicles and spaceships out of old electronics and abandoned computer parts. 

His tiny treasures are assembled from used hard drives, heat sinks, sound cards, transistors, motherboard capacitors, a gutted wireless mouse, video cards, dead headphones, leftover CD-ROM drives and even a discarded cell phone case.  Have a look at this intricate armada of awesome sci-fi movie spaceships from Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Tron and more.  Each of these miniature star vessels is one of a kind, detaches from a magnetic base and is available at his Etsy store here.   Got some room on your desk for a few?

(Via ETSY)

More Than 100(!) Awesome Comics To Watch Out For This Fall @ io9

​More Than 100(!) Awesome Comics To Watch Out For This Fall

Movies? Pshaw. TV shows? Piffle and poppycock. If you want autumn's best entertainment, then you're going to need to check out all the comic and graphic novels due out over the next three months. It's an embarrassment of superhero, scifi, horror and fantasy riches — which is ironic, because you're going to go broke trying to read them all.


Meet The People Who Are Pokémon Gym Leaders In Real Life @ io9

Meet The People Who Are Pokémon Gym Leaders In Real Life

Every Pokémon journey has the same goal: become strong enough to take on and defeat gym leaders, Pokémon's version of boss battles. What if you could actually fight your way through a real Pokemon league? And what if this League was actually better than the ones found in the games?


NASA Releases Doves Into Orbit To Stalk The Planet @ io9

The Doves are a series of microsatellites designed to provide rapid whole-Earth satellite images, and to look good while doing it . Astronauts Alex Gerst and Reid Wiseman ejected two Dove satellites from the station on Tuesday to join the flock already in orbit.


Every Doctor's first episode ranked from worst to best (including "Deep Breath") @ Blastr

There have been twelve Doctor Who episodes that have introduced each of the Doctor's incarnations. Let's rate all of them, including Peter Capaldi's first episode, Deep Breath, IN ORDER!

What makes a good Doctor introduction story? It's not the same as asking what makes a good Doctor Who episode in general.

When a new Doctor gets his very first story, it needs to do a lot of things - show us how this new Doctor is different from their predecessor, reintroduce the Doctor/companion dynamic, satisfy old fans, and probably act as a jumping-on point for new fans, as well. These things are universally true, unless you are William Hartnell, in which case you have the added task of selling the show to audiences for the very first time. No pressure.

In rewatching every intro story, it's become clear just how difficult it is to craft a truly outstanding first Doctor episode. There are basically four categories in terms of quality: Bad, eh, good, and great. Each, it happily turns out, has an even three episodes.

So, let's look back (and forward) at all the Doctors' first stories, from the worst of the worst to the best of the best.

And feel free to argue with me in the comments or on Twitter at @blastr, because, frankly, that's the best part of making this list.

The Princess Bride Makes For An Inconceivably Creepy Horror Flick @ io9

Warning: Watching this Princess Bride trailer, recut to make it look like a creepy horror film where Westley is Buttercup's psychotic stalker, may ruin the beloved movie for you forever. Other than that, though, it's pretty awesome.


Space caper! Someone stole a chunk of a very rare asteroid that crashed in the 1920s @ Blastr

Yes, stealing is bad. But if you’re going to steal something, you might as well make it something really, really cool. 

According to Universe Today, a burglary was reported at the Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory in Utrecht, Netherlands, on Aug. 19. Among the items reported missing? A meteorite that scientists believe originated from the asteroid Vesta, one of the largest members of the asteroid belt.

The space rock first landed on our little planet in 1925 in the province of Zeeland, and it's one of just five ever to have been recovered in the Netherlands. So, in addition to being an extremely rare piece of space material, it’s also a fairly high-profile item in the museum’s catalog. Double ouch.

Initial news reports note the meteorite likely wasn’t the main target for the theft — that would be the goodies in the safe — but the thief apparently couldn’t pass up the fragment after stumbling upon it. Which, yeah, if you’ve gone that far why not go ahead and snag the meteorite?

At least at the moment, it doesn’t sound like the authorities have much in the way of leads. In all seriousness, it’d be a shame if the piece is never recovered. That’s something everyone deserves a chance to enjoy, not just some wannabe space jockey with sticky fingers.

(Via Universe Today)

Geronimo! First Work-Safe Look At The New X-Rated Doctor Who Spoof @ io9

Geronimo! First Work-Safe Look At The New X-Rated Doctor Who Spoof

Doctor Who's mysterious time traveler has been many things. The Oncoming Storm. The Last of the Time Lords. The protector of the innocent. But now, he's becoming... a porn star? Behold an exclusive safe-for-work look at the new X-rated Doctor Who spoof, from the folks who brought you Game of Bones .


Just What's In A Tube Of Red Lipstick? @ io9

Just What's In A Tube Of Red Lipstick?

Its color may seem like the defining characteristic of a tube of red lipstick. But how much of your lipstick is actually color — and how much of it is something else?


Evangeline Lilly shares her new Wasp-ish look in brand-new Ant-Man BTS pics @ Blastr

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Pierce Brosnan's 'foolish' reason for turning down Burton's Batman @ Blastr

Once upon a time, James Bond could have been the Dark Knight.

Quite a few of Hollywood's biggest stars were considered for the title role in Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster Batman. The role eventually went to Michael Keaton, but before Burton made that at-the-time controversial choice, everyone from Mel Gibson to Bill Murray was a possibility. Including, it turns out, Pierce Brosnan, who was at the time best known for his work on the TV series Remington Steele.

It certainly makes sense that Brosnan's name was in the Batman hat. He'd already proven he could do action, and that he'd look great strutting around Wayne Manor in a tuxedo. So why didn't he get the role? During a recent Reddit AMA to promote his new film The November Man, Brosnan revealed that he wasn't interested in the part, despite having loved Batman as a child, because he thought the idea of dressing up in the costume was "a joke."

"I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman. But I just couldn't really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously," Brosnan said. "That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I?"

Playing Batman would've certainly altered Brosnan's career trajectory, but in the end it worked out well for everyone. Burton made a blockbuster and went on to make a sequel, Michael Keaton got his place in cinema history as the Caped Crusader, and Brosnan went on to fill another iconic movie role in James Bond, a character he played in four films over the course of seven years.

And of course, these days far fewer actors are looking at superhero roles and laughing them off.

(Via Reddit)

What Do Animals Really Dream About? @ io9

What Do Animals Really Dream About?

If animals dream like us, where do they go in their slumber? Some scientists have discovered that we can peer into the minds of sleeping cats, birds and other creatures to find out.


Marijuana Legalization Could Keep Democrats In Control Of The Senate @ io9

Marijuana Legalization Could Keep Democrats In Control Of The Senate

The Republican Party has an excellent chance of winning the majority of Senate seats this November. Alaska could make the difference, since incumbent Democrat Mark Begich is particularly vulnerable. But a ballot initiative on legalizing pot could keep him in office, and maintain a Democratic majority.


Read About Video Games, Cook Awesome Things, Preorder Fable [Deals] @ io9

Read About Video Games, Cook Awesome Things, Preorder Fable [Deals]

The latest Story Bundle features an awesome selection of books, magazines, and albums.


The 10 Dark, Gritty Rules of Dystopian Science Fiction @ io9

The 10 Dark, Gritty Rules of Dystopian Science Fiction

Everybody loves a good dystopia, where the world of today has turned into a nightmare of decay, hopelessness and gelatinous food cubes. But to do them right, you need to follow these ten rules.


Annabelle Trailer Suggests—Maybe Don't Fill Your Home With Creepy Dolls @ io9

Horror movie Annabelle is entirely about the possessed (real-life) doll that was featured in The Conjuring. She's scary in her own right, but the trailer kind of has me asking, if you're filling your house with horrifying, definitely possessed dolls... aren't you bringing this doll rampage upon yourself?


Ask A Marine Biologist All Your Questions About The Lives Of Sharks! @ io9

Ask A Marine Biologist All Your Questions About The Lives Of Sharks!

Biologists Lisa Natanson and Cami McCandless are here to take all our questions about sharks, their biology, their environments, and their behavior.


How Jaguars Affect Stuttering @ io9

How Jaguars Affect Stuttering

Or at least how they helped one man to control his stutter.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks Sandman, admits it's "a complicated adaptation" @ Blastr

When it comes to working on a comic-book movie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt just gets it. The actor, who's attached to Warner Bros.' Sandman, recently gave an update on the long-developing project. Gordon-Levitt admits that they're still in the early stages, but don't fret. There's a good reason for that. 

In an interview with Moviefone, the star revealed that he and the film's production team are taking things very slowly.

"Right now we're working on a script. It's me and Goyer and the screenwriter [Jack Thorne] and Neil Gaiman, as well as the good folks at DC and Warner Bros. It's a really cool team of people. It's a lot of the same people who worked on the Nolan Batman movies. It's really exciting. There's not a script yet, we're still kind of working it out because it's such a complicated adaptation because Sandman wasn't written as novels. Sin City was written as a novel. Sandman is 75 episodic issues. There's a reason people have been trying and failing to adapt "Sandman" for the past 20 years."

That's what we're talking about. We'd rather they take their time and get it right than rush and get it horribly wrong. It's also reassuring to know Gaiman is such an active part of the process. Hopefully the final product will be worth all the effort. While you're waiting for Sandman to get off the ground, you can catch Gordon-Levitt this weekend in Sin City: A Dame to Kill. 

(Moviefone via CBM)

This Film Could Help You Understand How Some People Experience Autism @ io9

Autism is a spectrum disorder, encompassing a wide range of conditions, symptoms, and experiences. But this short animation may help you understand, and empathize with, certain specific sensory and perception differences that some people with autism experience.


First trailer for samurai epic Outcast is the Nic Cage movie to end all Nic Cage movies @ Blastr

Though it’s become a running joke in recent years on Saturday Night Live, there’s absolutely no denying the prolific output of aging action star Nicolas Cage — and his latest flick might just be the Nic Cage-y-est of them all.

Dubbed Outcast, Cage’s latest effort is an English-language period action film set in 12th-century China. Cage, along with mostly forgotten Star Wars prequel star Hayden Christensen, team up to swing swords, kick butt and take names. According to Deadline, the duo will play ex-Crusades warriors who help the children of a deposed Chinese emperor battle their murderous uncle.

Yeah, that sounds like a fair enough setup for a weird Nic Cage action spectacle. But it's the trailer that really sells this thing. It definitely feels low-budget, but Cage steals the show with his signature style of pure, manic insanity.

Seriously, we want to see this movie solely for the Nic Cage performance. We mock, but c’mon, the dude is awesome. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think:

Outcast is tentatively set to open in early 2015.

(Via Deadline)

Addictive App Lets You Compose And Arrange Music With Shapes @ io9

Geometric Music is a free app (download here, or fiddle online) that takes sounds recorded from your environment and assigns them on-screen geometric shapes. Manipulating the shapes and arranging them relative to one another allows the user to build looping, layered musical pieces.


Everything You Need to Know about the 5th Edition D&D Player's Handbook @ io9

Everything You Need to Know about the 5th Edition D&D Player's Handbook

At last, a new edition of Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook has been released. This version of the world's first RPG wants to satisfy old-school gamers and draw in newcomers at the same time. With its classic feel, combined with buffed and polished rules, it just might succeed.


Kaylee's kids and more Firefly talk from Jewel Staite's Reddit AMA @ Blastr

Firefly might be over, but Jewel Staite's definitely not tired of talking about her days onboard Serenity just yet.

Like her co-stars, Staite's kept plenty busy since Firefly met its untimely end, with roles on everything from Stargate Atlantis to The LA Complex to The Killing, but that doesn't mean her heart has left the show behind. Staite conducted an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit yesterday to promote her new film How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town (no, we're not kidding), and plenty of Firefly fans were on hand to ask her questions about her adventures in the 'verse. As always, she was happy to answer quite a few of them.

So, given that we're still sore about losing the show too, we thought we'd celebrate Firefly a little bit today by giving you the best memories of that show from Staite's AMA. Check those out below.

On what part of Kaylee she most relates to.

Kaylee's a cheerful, kind, and often childlike space mechanic who won the hearts of many a fan, but when asked which part of her character resonates with Staite most, she ... well, she went a different direction.

"The randy part."

On the Kaylee storyline she never got to film.

There are, obviously, a lot of potential Firefly stories that will probably never be told onscreen, and for Staite, the best Kaylee story that'll never be is one of motherhood. 

"Kaylee needed to have mad babies. Like, a litter of babies."

On a strange battle with Nathan Fillion.

When asked about practical jokes during Firefly, Staite reminisced about an unusual prank war she had with her captain, Nathan Fillion.

"Nathan Fillion is responsible for any and all practical jokes because he'll do anything for a cheap laugh. We created a really mindless competition on creative ways of giving each other the finger which snowballed into a competition to the death ... I won. Sorry, Captain."

On her bond with the Firefly cast.

When asked for a favorite behind-the-scenes moment from the show, Staite didn't pick a moment from filming. Instead, she talked about the friendships she made with the rest of the cast, and it kinda makes us miss the show even more.

"My favourite moments were always the moments we spent on our downtime, usually at Nathan Fillion's house playing charades and drinking margaritas. I love those people. We have all held each other's hair back at one point or another. I'd do anything for them. But don't tell them I said that because they'll get big heads."

On an unexpected perk of filming Serenity. 

When asked what it felt like to come back and give Firefly a little bit of closure with a feature film, Staite revealed that making the movie actually had a neat fringe benefit.

"[Making Serenity was] Pure bliss and gratification. We needed closure. It's like after a bad breakup when your ex wants to rekindle things for a minute. PLUS we got to film on the Universal Studios backlot which means we got to ride the rides for free anytime we wanted, son!"

On what she kept from the set.

Unsurprisingly, Staite has a few souvenirs from her time aboard Serenity.

"Nathan took everything so basically the only things I was allowed to keep were the small things he managed to part with. The Kaylee's room door sign. The hammock from the engine room. And one padded bra I stole from my wardrobe, I'm sorry Mom."

On where Kaylee is now. 

When asked what Kaylee's doing these days, Staite replied that she's, of course, running the show. 

"Kaylee's kicked Mal down a couple pegs and become Captain, obviously. Simon looks after the babies."

For the whole AMA, including a little bit of Stargate Atlantis talk, head over to Reddit.

(Via Reddit)

Retro-future 1960s documentary explains the Soviet Union's plan to colonize the moon @ Blastr

Welcome to the alternate future, in which the Soviet Union beat the U.S. to the moon and set up this insanely retro sci-fi lunar colony. It's glorious.

Dubbed Luna (aka Moon in English), this 1965 futuristic documentary was created by Soviet artist and filmmaker Pavel Klushantsev. According to the New Statesman, Klushantsev was a huge fan of utopias, space travel and futurism, and he put all those together for some insanely cool pseudo-docs in the 1950s and 1960s.

The first half of the clip, which is restored in glorious color, focuses on real-life Soviet space travel success like cosmonaut Alexey Leonov’s space walk. But from there the filmmaker takes off into the stunning retro-future we’ve always deserved, with insanely huge spacesuits and plans for a utopian lunar base.

Here’s an excerpt from the New Statesman’s stellar report on the footage:

Klushantsev envisions teams of suited cosmonauts clambering over the lunar surface, climbing its mountains and surveying its ridges. These are film sets, with actors, but one of Klushantsev's great achievements is that there's little difference (to the casual eye, at least) between footage like that of Leonov's spacewalk and Klushantsev's Moontopia.

Check out the documentary below and marvel at the retro-future that could’ve been:

(Via New Statesman)

The Latest Humble Book Bundle Includes Bujold, Gaiman And Harrison @ io9

The Latest Humble Book Bundle Includes Bujold, Gaiman And Harrison

It's not every day that you get to buy ten books for just $10 and support the incredibly worthy cause of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at the same time. But that's what the latest Humble Book Bundle will let you do. Including Neil Gaiman's American Gods, and tons more.


Cosplay we Love: Insane Metal Gear REX tank + video @ Blastr

Here's a crazy Mech masterpiece depicting a nuclear-tipped all-terrain tank from Metal Gear Solid. This awesome camouflaged creation was constructed by the Pro Voltage Cosplay group and is a marvel of pure design and imagination.  Check out the 5-minute video below from Baltimore's Otakon to see the complex ritual involved in assembling all the interlocking pieces.

Are you impressed with the sheer ingenuity, or is the REX effort not worth the wait?

(Via Kotaku)

Which Lucky State Will Get a Useless $4 Billion Defense System? @ io9

Which Lucky State Will Get a Useless $4 Billion Defense System?

At the urging of Congress, military officials have begun considering East Coast sites for an anti-ballistic missile system that doesn't work and the Pentagon doesn't want. But members of Congress can't let such details stand in the way. Now states are vying to score the $4 billion allocated for this dubious effort.


Syfy's The Expanse casts its protagonist and an Oscar nominee in a role that hints at change @ Blastr

The cast of Syfy’s upcoming space opera The Expanse is finally coming together, and along with former Punisher star Thomas Jane, they’ve made some high-profile hires ... some of which seem to indicate early deviation from the source material.

The biggest? Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Saddam, 24, House of Sand and Fog). She might not be the most familiar name, but she’s one heck of an actress. She brings some solid credentials to the cast, having nabbed an Emmy and scored an Oscar nomination before heading into deep space. Aghdashloo will play Chrisjen Avasarala, a "smart and passionate member of a political family legacy who has risen high in the ranks of Earth’s governing body without once standing for election." WARNING: MILD BOOK SPOILERS FOLLOW. Readers of the The Expanse series will recognize Avasarala as a key player in the second book, Caliban's War. Her appearance this early in the show's run could indicate that some significant changes are in store for the order of events in the show. END SPOILERS.

While Aghdashloo is a big name, it's arguably bigger news that the producers have also signed Steven Strait (Magic City, 10,000 BC) as water-miner-turned-ship's-captain James Holden. According to Entertainment Weekly, the character is described as “a natural leader who’s not sure he wants responsibility, but who will soon have no choice when he is drawn into a dangerous plot.” MORE MILD BOOK SPOILERS ZOMG Holden is sort of the main protagonist of the book series, and while Thomas Jane's Miller is just as big a player in the first book, it's Holden and his crew who are the anchor throughout the existing entries. That being the case, Strait is sort of set to be the face of the franchise should The Expanse succeed beyond its first season. END SPOILERS

The series is set 200 years in the future and is framed around the story of a missing young woman. The case brings a detective (Jane) together with a ship captain (Strait) in “a race across the solar system to expose a conspiracy.” Yeah, we’re intrigued. With both Jane and Aghdashloo on board, we’re definitely anxious to see more.

The 10-episode series is set to launch in 2015.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

I Think I'd Like a Little Less Batmobile in Arkham Knight @ io9

I Think I'd Like a Little Less Batmobile in Arkham Knight

I've almost no doubt that I'm going to enjoy Batman Arkham Knight. It looks beautiful, the combat and mechanics still feel great, and it continues to nail the 'being Batman' thing perfectly. Having played it though I'd have liked to have spent less time in the Batmobile.


We'll Never Be Tired of Auroras From Space @ io9

Take this moment to be furiously jealous that the excellent view the astronauts on the International Space Station have of Earth can somehow get even more gorgeous with the addition of auroras.


Evangeline Lilly's Hairdo For Ant-Man Is So Perfect For Wasp It Hurts @ io9

Evangeline Lilly's Hairdo For Ant-Man Is So Perfect For Wasp It Hurts

Arrrrrgggghh. Evangeline Lilly took to Instagram to reveal the new hairstyle she's sporting for her role as Hope Van Dyne in Ant-Man. I think we can safely assume that regardless of Lilly's character's name, she will be the de facto Janet Van Dye/Wasp of the Marvel cinematic universe.


Image of the Day: Matt Smith + Stan Lee + TARDIS = Nerd Nirvana @ Blastr

Doctor Who's Matt Smith strikes a sonic-screwdriver pose with comic-book mastermind Stan Lee in front of a TARDIS at the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con.  Whovians and Marvel fans finally unite in this epic crossover event.  Embrace the awesome moment  ...

(Via Nerd Approved)

First Look At Peter Bishop's Untold Adventure, From Before Fringe @ io9

First Look At Peter Bishop's Untold Adventure, From Before Fringe

In the first episode of Fringe, we meet Peter Bishop, a shady operator who wants nothing to do with his institutionalized scientist father Walter. But what was Peter really up to before Olivia found him? A new Fringe novel reveals all, and we've got the exclusive first look.


Gawker What Black Parents Tell Their Sons About the Police | Jalopnik Ford Is Planning A Dedicated H @ io9

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