The story of that guy and his hairy pal is finally here! Would you like to chat about Solo: A Star Wars Story freely with other fans? Well, land that Falcon because you’ve just found the right spot! Just no arm-pulling, ok?
The Queen of England Is an Occultist and Blue Collar Workers Own Space in This Week's Best New Comics @ io9
Our perceptions of the ways things are in the real world often make it difficult to buy into the premises of comics set in worlds that, while like ours, are distinctly different. When you think of words like “occultist” or “space explorers,” you don’t immediately associate them with the Queen of England or working…
Film criticism is a very dude-heavy industry. According to a 2016 study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, men account for 73% of the top critics on Rotten Tomatoes, resulting in men often shaping the narrative of what makes a "good" film or a "bad" film—what's worth seeing and what's not. And even the most well-meaning, wokest of men wouldn't necessarily catch the microaggressions or tropes that tend to define whole genres.
Today, May 25th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate the 1962 premiere of "Cavender is Coming."
During the events of Dark Nights: Metal, the assembled DC heroes essentially broke the universe. More specifically, they broke the Source Wall that was protecting the universe from previously unimagined threats. That’s why Brainiac kidnapped most of the heroes and villains in Justice League: No Justice. However, there were a few heroes who were left behind, either intentionally or not.
The first pictures of Brie Larson filming as Captain Marvel made waves, not just because they gave us our first look at the character in live action, but because her famous costume came in some surprising colors. But now the new movie suit has officially made its way to Marvel Comics’ canon.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is, in many ways, a huge departure for the popular shooter franchise. While every single game in the long-running franchise has placed its own unique spin on things, this year's release has made some very out-of-the-box decisions in terms of what it's going to offer and how it will present that. Ever since the official game reveal on May 17, we've been ruminating over what else we'd like to see aside from what's already been confirmed.
The hyperspace romp that is Solo: A Star Wars Story has finally arrived in theaters, and it comes with a YT-1300 freighter full of Easter eggs. The movie is packed with Star Wars lore both new and old — some old canon is canon once again, and some tenuous connections have been solidified.
Welcome to Female Filmmaker Friday, a new series from SYFY FANGRRLS devoted to celebrating women in film in all of their various roles—both in front of and behind the camera! This week, we spoke to director Amy Adrion, whose documentary Half the Picture chronicles the struggle faced by female directors in Hollywood.
Stuff We Love: Not Literally’s Harry Potter parody music videos let you rock out to Hogwarts House music @ Syfy Wire
Imagine you were a sixth-grader standing in the the Great Hall of Hogwarts for the very first time, legs trembling as the Sorting Hat just declared which House you will belong to for the next six years of your life in front of the entire student body. Wouldn't you have wanted some kind of theme song?
There are two kinds of drama in Vampironica’s gothic-horror-tinged version of Riverdale. Vampire drama is one, obviously, because it’s in the name of the series. The other is a Riverdale tradition: relationship drama! And our vampiric heroine Veronica uncovers a whole heap of it in this preview of the second issue.
Development news: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea to be adapted (again); Cory Goodman sells horror thriller spec script to Paramount, more @ Syfy Wire
A series of books by the late legendary author Ursula K. Le Guin will be adapted into a series of films, Paramount has just nabbed a horror thriller spec script from Cory Goodman and a pitch about scientist bringing a prehistoric human to the present day gets sold in this edition of Development Roundup.
Time again for Star Wars Weekly, the SYFY WIRE series that rounds up the most important news of the week from a galaxy far, far away. Think of us as your own personal Star Wars Holocron.
BOBA FETT? BOBA FETT! WHERE?
The latest Star Wars movie is upon us, which means so is a cavalcade of books about the process of bringing the world of a young Han Solo to life. To celebrate, we’ve got an exclusive look at the gorgeous concept art behind Solo, courtesy of Phil Stozak’s latest Star Wars art book.
Casting: Martin Kove kicking it with Cobra Kai; Alyson Hannigan recruited for Kim Possible; James Cromwell lands major part on Counterpart @ Syfy Wire
Today’s casting news finds new parts for some old, familiar faces, and a new old part for another. Let’s kick it!
Since we’re kicking it, we’ll start with the man responsible for some of the cheapest kicks in the Valley back in the ‘80s. Martin Kove, aka Yes Sensei, aka John Kreese. He’s joining YouTube Red’s new hit series Cobra Kai as a regular in Season 2.
Critically acclaimed Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale is deep into its second season, and this week's episode gives us a closer look at Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski), one of the architects of the horror Offred (Elisabeth Moss) lives in. It’s a difficult episode, taking us from hoping to see some bit of reason from Serena to realizing how monstrous her actions have been and currently are.
The post-credits scenes for Deadpool 2 are basically the Wild West of the superhero world and the one place that the hero - who typically follows the rules set by his predecessors in the DCEU and MCU - can stretch his meta-textual legs.
Solo co-writer invites you to experience 'the true secret of Star Wars' in heartfelt intro for the film @ Syfy Wire
Solo: A Star Wars Story is finally in theaters, and if you haven't already seen the film, chances are you'll be making your way to the cinema at some point over the long weekend to get a taste of the early career of Han Solo. With that in mind, one of the film's writers has some words for you.
Pinball to Pokemon: New book unearths 8 fascinating facts about the history of video games @ Syfy Wire
The history of gaming is serious - and not just because the Manhattan Project lent some of its scientists to the industry. It’s a scrappy timeline full of intellectual property theft, eccentric inventors, and lucky breaks. It’s also filled with objects and icons so recognizable that you might hum the theme music or feel the muscle memory return to your thumbs upon seeing them.
Reports broke on Thursday night that James Mangold, the director behind Logan and Walk the Line, has been brought on to bring Boba Fett to life on the big screen in a new Star Wars story. For many, this is the movie they've been waiting for: A Star Wars movie with their favorite bounty hunter bad guy front and center.
Black Panther’s Wakanda is the kind of Afrofuturist fantasy that’s been largely missing from the mainstream pop cultural canon. Unlike most other genre fiction that could scarcely imagine black people living in the future, Black Panther envisions a world in which an entire nation of uncolonized Africans became the…
Pop culture's most iconic vampire is 121, so we're taking a look at some of the best, worst and oddest adaptations of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
So you think you know Westworld, huh? You’ve got the second season all figured out? Well, Jimmi Simpson is here to set you straight—or not, because I don’t believe a single word he’s saying here.
Every month, SYFY WIRE brings you the solicitations for all the upcoming comic books you need to know about. Today we have Marvel Comics listings for August 2018 single-issue comics.
The biggest Marvel release for August will almost certainly be the long-awaited return of the Fantastic Four by writer Dan Slott and artist Sara Pichelli. The four never really left the Marvel universe, but it's been years since they starred in their own title. Now, the First Family is back, and a void has been filled.
The Joker exists in many iterations, some more human than others, and all terrifying in their own twisted way — but there is a level of madness and depravity from which there is no return. Nightmare Joker, which just crawled into the Sideshow Nightmare collection next to his Bat-nemesis, might just invade your nightmares.
You’d expect a miniseries about an oversized teleporting bulldog to be a lot of fun, but the creative team of Marvel’s Lockjaw has gone above and beyond to create an exciting superhero adventure that showcases the wide scope of the Marvel Universe. Written by former Clickhole associate editor Daniel Kibblesmith with…
You might remember that about a year ago, astrophysicists turned the whole Earth into a telescope to try and get a picture of a black hole. That image isn’t available yet, but the folks behind this “Event Horizon Telescope” just released data from previous observing periods, and it’s making us even antsier for the…
Book Review: New Worlds, Year One: A Writer's Guide to the Art of Worldbuilding by Marie Brennan @ Sci-Fi Fan Letter
Martin Freeman talks his Netflix zombie movie Cargo, Hollywood's apocalypse fascination, and the white savior problem @ Syfy Wire
Martin Freeman’s had an interesting year.
First came Black Panther, a superhero film that redefined the genre and set a new course for the Marvel universe. Then a departure with Ghost Stories, a horror anthology that premiered at the BFI London Film Festival before heading across the pond to SXSW in Austin, Texas. Now Freeman’s braving uncharted waters again with a role in Netflix’s Cargo, a post-apocalyptic zombie flick set in the Australian Outback that’s hoping to elevate the standard walker fare we’ve already seen on TV and on the big screen.
Han Solo’s life has been full of iconic moments—the Kessel Run, winning the Millennium Falcon, running afoul of Jabba the Hutt and more, but none are more significant than Han meeting Chewbacca. So when Solo: A Star Wars Story, writers Lawrence and Jon Kasdan definitively decided on what that first meeting would be,…
Season 1 of Westworld was like a giant clockwork puzzle, a series filled with hidden clues designed to drive the more observant viewer off to the depths of tinfoil hat theory land.
Han Solo is finally here. Specifically, Solo: A Star Wars Story, the second anthology film in the officially never-ending story of a galaxy far, far away. There are already rumors of standalone films to come: Obi-Wan Kenobi has been the subject of plenty of gossip, in large part because the character was already successfully recast, and Ewan McGregor seems game to reprise the role. Likewise Lando Calrissian. Yesterday came word of a Boba Fett film from the director of Logan.
These are all good ideas (or, in the case of Boba Fett, ideas, at least). I’d certainly love to know how a smuggler became the Baron Administrator of a flying city. But I’ve got a different proposal for the next spin-off: Senator General Princess Leia Amidala Skywalker Organa. Leia for short. (“General” is also acceptable.)
In the now de-canonized Expanded Universe novels (aka “Legends”), Leia took Han’s last name and became Leia Organa Solo after their marriage in The Courtship of Princess Leia, which always struck me as rather conventional for such an unconventional couple. What’s more, Han was a smuggler from a troubled family with a decidedly un-heroic past. Leia, on the other hand, was royalty on two different worlds (Alderaan and Naboo). If names needed to change hands, Han Solo Organa always seemed the more appropriate formulation.
As we meet Leia at the beginning of the original Star Wars, she is not yet 20, and already a diplomat, a galactic senator, a leader of the public opposition and a secret Rebellion. We’ve since learned that, even if she didn’t participate in the fight, she was on hand for the battle over Scarif (see: Rogue One) that could have easily been a slaughter. With incredible self-possession, she sets aside her personal safety as her ship is boarded by Darth Vader, buying time for a droid to escape with the Death Star plans, which are cleverly not in the main computer (Bail and Breha Organa didn’t raise no dummy).
Leia perseveres through torture, refusing to give up the location of the secret rebel base even when her world is threatened with destruction. And after all that, she doesn’t just agree to dive into a dianoga-infested trash compactor…it was all her idea. (For most of us, the fate of the Rebel Alliance would have been sealed right there.)
Though we’re conditioned not to think too hard about how characters got the way they are, it’s hard not to wonder how (the hell) anyone, even a princess, racks up such an impressive range of credits and accomplishments at such a young age. In spite of that, there’s precious little to tell us, either in the Legends books, or the current canon of stories that dive into the years of Leia’s life prior to A New Hope—years that must have been crucial.
It was only last year, in Claudia Gray’s Leia, Princess of Alderaan, that we got any real insight into the future general’s developing political consciousness and sense of self. In that novel, Leia begins her 16th year (placing us about three years before Star Wars) by preparing for her Day of Demand, a unique feature of the Alderaanian monarchy. The heir doesn’t get to assume the job of princess until completing three significant challenges, of mind, body, and heart. Being a princess is probably a bit less damaging when you have to work for it.
Along the way, she slowly uncovers her parents secret work to unseat Palpatine and disrupt the growing Empire, and ultimately comes to her own decisions about whether, and how best, to follow in their footsteps. Any part of the story (which also introduces Leia’s retroactive best friend and future Resistance Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo) would make for a pretty amazing movie, and one unlike any Star Wars movie we’ve yet seen—not just woman-led, but girl-centric, a coming-of-age story entirely unlike Luke Skywalker’s. It begins with the trappings of a typical princess narrative, then goes on to subvert almost all of them. It would also offer up our first significant look at Alderaan, and explore life in that planet’s royal court—presumably, as pretty a locale as we’ve yet seen in Star Wars.
It needn’t be that particular book, though. There are a solid couple of years in between Leia’s coming-of-age and the start of A New Hope, and Star Wars has made much more of much less (the galaxy is full of stories; books, comics, and cartoons have managed to squeeze all kinds of adventures into the narrowest cracks in the filmed narrative).
An appearance by Leia in the Rebels animated series hints at the fact that the princess didn’t take much time off, even as a kid. While running a relief mission to the planet Lothal on behalf of Alderaan’s famously charitable royal family, she managed to give the rebels there three much-needed ships—by offering them up to be stolen. Senator, rebel, queen-in-training: there’s more than enough unexplored territory in the life of Leia Organa. Probably more than for any other significant character in the saga. Luke Skywalker’s great and all, and there’s doubtless interesting material to be mined from the years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens (as suggested by Ken Liu’s The Legends of Luke Skywalker), not even the most obsessive fan wants to spend two hours on Tatooine watching Luke do chores and bulls-eye the occasional womp rat.
Casting would be a challenge. Perhaps an insurmountable one. But Harrison Ford is at least as indelible a screen presence as Carrie Fisher, each having achieved iconic status in their own ways. Yet still the powers-that-be decided enough time had passed, and that Alden Ehrenreich’s look, demeanor, and impressive array of screen credits would make a gamble worth it. Leia’s post-Return of the Jedi years—as a politician, mother, and eventual military leader would also make for a pretty good movie—would pose an even greater casting challenge, so let’s stick with the rich, and largely uncharted, teenage years.
Does anyone have Kathleen Kennedy’s number at Lucasfilm? Let her know we’ve got a pitch for Leia: A Star Wars Story.
Whose Star Wars story do you want to see next?
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You did it. Another week has been crushed by your vise-like grip. Good for you and your absolute power! Who says it corrupts? Not me, but that's mostly because I'm very scared of you and your week-destroying ways.
And to appease your mighty needs, here they are: the 5 biggest stories from... The Week in Geek!
SOLO HAS A STORY. A STAR WARS STORY
Earlier this year, the world lost one of its most prolific creators when Ursula K. Le Guin passed away at 88 years old. Now, the universes she created and the people she inspired are here to share her story, in the debut trailer for Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, a documentary that’s been in the works for nearly a…
If you’re fan of the late French artist and writer Jean Giraud, also known as Moebius, then the Dark Horse Comics’ Moebius Library has been nothing short of stunning. The Moebius Library: The World of Edena was a New York Times bestseller and Eisner Award winner, and its companion The Art of Edena showcased Moebius’ out-of-print stories in a beautiful hardcover.
TSA agents confiscate Freddy Krueger glove from a horror fan in Atlanta – read their killer response @ Syfy Wire
We know it's hard to muster any sympathy for Freddy Krueger; after all, the man has pretty much terrorized our dreams ever since he sliced into mainstream cinema in the 1984 slasher classic A Nightmare on Elm Street. But spare a thought for the poor guy when he wanted to go on vacation, because it can't have been easy getting those shiny razor blades through airport security.
Solo: A Star Wars Story has gotten some shippers psyched about “Hando,” or the pairing between Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). But Gizmodo social editor Joe Tonelli has another ship in mind. On the latest episode of Total Shipshow, Tonelli shares why “SkySolo” would be a great…
There's no doubt that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has dominated theaters over the last few years. In 2017 alone, there were three MCU films released. So maybe it's not too surprising that Marvel-related baby names are pretty popular.
Long before video game consoles had the capacity to deliver a full range of sounds, the game music still played a major role in setting the mood and tone. Even with only a few basic tools to work with inside the NES, classic titles like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda had themes that are still popular to this day.
Yeah, yeah, I know. When you think of animals from The Neverending Story, you probably think of Artax, the horse who singlehandedly (singlehoofedly?) scarred an entire generation. Or you might think of Morla the Aged One, a giant turtle who *checks notes* ah, yes, is stoned absolutely all the time. Literally always. Stoned as hell. Tell me I’m wrong.
This Delightful Christopher Robin Trailer Will Relieve Some of Your Existential Dread, At Least for a Little While @ io9
Come for Ewan McGregor shrieking “POOH!?” in the most chipper accent possible. Stay for the absolute adorableness of Pooh and friends going on their greatest quest yet: to save Christopher Robin from... a mid-life crisis?
Kevin Smith, post-heart attack, muses with Marvel on his morality ‘shaped by comic books’: Watch an exclusive clip @ Syfy Wire
Hearing Kevin Smith talk about the meaning that comic books held for him from an early age, it’s easy to pick out the themes that get so many of us hooked from the start: Take a young person’s sense of justice, add in a heroic story that rescues good from evil in dramatic fashion, and be sure to do it all with a set of larger-than-life powers and a cool suit.
I love images of Earth taken by satellites in space. The view from above is a change of perspective, not only giving us a different angle on our planet, but also showing us things on a scale that's hard to see otherwise.
Danny Boyle is officially confirmed for Bond 25. Emilia Clarke has high hopes for David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ Star Wars trilogy. Emily Bett Rickards has heroic hopes for Felicity in Arrow’s next season. Plus, new footage from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and The Expanse. Spoilers, go!
Just when you thought the three official trailers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom were already crawling with dino-sized shockers, this latest TV spot unearths a spoiler that was only hinted at between all the teeth, claws, and explosions.
**SPOILER WARNING: DANGEROUS REVEALS LURK BEYOND THIS POINT!**
Alden Ehrenreich describes Han and Chewie as "an old married couple," and if this new featurette is any indication, he's 100% right in the best way possible.
There’s no shortage of zombie video games. But until 2013’s State of Decay, most portrayed only one aspect of what it might be like to try to live through an undead invasion. The best of the genre, like Valve’s popular Left 4 Dead series and Capcom’s Dead Rising, focused on the gory thrills of mowing down tidal waves of moaning creatures en masse.
Still trying to figure out what to do with those tossed salads and scrambled eggs? How about those tossed salads and... green Thala-siren milk?
This week, Throwback Thorsday is less about looking to the past and more about looking towards the future — at least when it comes to what's airing next week. I can't be the only one who's pumped about the upcoming Lake Placid: Legacy, which stars not just one but TWO of our Wynonna Earp faves, Kat Barrell (otherwise known as Officer Nicole Haught) and Tim Rozon (DOC, duh). It promises to be full of livetweeting fun.
If the world was ending and you were an astronaut, you’d probably just go into space and drift away. But not artist Scott Listfield’s astronaut. He sticks around to provide us a very unique perspective on the world around him.
Exclusive preview: X-Men Red Annual #1 reunites Jean Grey with her friends and teammates @ Syfy Wire
It’s not easy coming back from the dead, even when you’ve done it before! Jean Grey has a bit of a reputation for cheating the grim reaper. After The Dark Phoenix Saga, it was revealed that Jean had never really died at all. It was just the Phoenix pretending to be Jean. But then, years later, death caught up with her. Even with all of the powers of the Phoenix at her command, Jean perished. And this time, everyone thought she was gone for good.
Freddy Krueger usually travels through people’s dreams. But when he does try to fly commercial, he’s got a big problem—weapons are not allowed on board.
In God of War, being a mother will end your life, either literally or metaphorically.
This week’s Invincible Iron Man #600 is not the first comic in which Brian Michael Bendis has bid adieu to Marvel, the long culmination of a journey that started late last year with the shocking news that the writer was jumping ship to DC Comics. But it is the very last, very wordy end to Bendis’ time at Marvel.
After years of rumors, the Boba Fett movie is reportedly one step closer to becoming a reality.
The galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunter may finally be making it to the big screen.
I love seeing women of color kicking ass and taking names. And that's why, for the last three seasons, I've watched the women of The Expanse with a huge grin on my face. I've waited almost my whole life for a sci-fi show where the women I see on the screen resemble those I see in my daily life. So, when it was announced that the show had been canceled, we fans immediately took to social media to express our displeasure.
How Solo's Phoebe Waller-Bridge brought Star Wars' most badass — and explicitly female — droid to life @ Syfy Wire
That Phoebe Waller-Bridge walked into her audition to play a droid in Solo: A Star Wars Story without any clear concept of what that actually meant has become a thing of immediate lore, a talk-show anecdote aggregated around the world. What has gone less remarked upon is that, once she did discover that she was, in fact, trying out to play a robot, nothing about her approach to the character really changed anyway.
Watch Stranger Things' Bob and Mews the cat support each other through the show's darkest moments @ Syfy Wire
Stranger Things, Netflix's hit supernatural series, is mostly a show built on fun, steeped in 1980s nostalgia, spooky without being too scary, and full of bike-pedaling adventure for a group of kids in a small Midwest town. As fans know all too well, though, the show is not without its dark moments, from shattered families to tested friendships to inevitable character deaths.
May 24 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering actor Willis Bouchey on the anniversary of his birth @ Syfy Wire
Today, May 24th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate the 1907 birth of actor Willis Bouchey, who played Sam Thorne, millionaire Jason Foster’s (Robert Keith) doctor in “The Masks.”
Bouchey (1907-1977) is another one of those golden character actors you've seen a million times, but can never remember his name. He was particularly adept at playing authoritarian figures, whether it was in politics, the military or medicine.
James Tynion IV loves Tim Drake. That love for the hero has jumped off every page of the two-year Detective Comics run that the writer is wrapping up this week, finally returning the character to a prominence he hasn’t had in years.
Imagine an unbroken chronological record, dating back a million years, of temperature and atmospheric conditions on Earth. Such a thing could indeed exist in the form of an ancient and undisturbed Antarctic ice core, according to a recent survey.
The Marvel brand is everywhere: comics, toys, movies, TV shows...and soon to be coming to a sports stadium as well.
Dream Casting is an imaginative look at the casting process of potential Hollywood projects based on comics and other media. This isn't just about what is being made; this is about what should be made, and who we think should be the stars.
For years, Bandai has been turning Star Wars characters into samurai warriors in a wonderful line of figures called “Movie Realization.” More recently, but far more rarely, it’s been doing the same for Marvel with the “Manga Realization” line. The latest toy just got revealed, and it’s so ridiculous, I love it.
Finalists for the 2018 Geffen Awards for best science fiction and fantasy published in Hebrew have been announced by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy:
Best Translated Science Fiction Book
- Labyrinth of Reflections, Sergei Lukyanenko (Opus)
- Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel (Babel)
- Daemon, Daniel Suarez (Opus)
- Central Station, Lavie Tidhar (Yaniv)
- Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne (Ocean)
Best Translated Fantasy Book
- Summer Knight,
The shortlist for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize includes several titles of possible genre interest:
- “Ghillie’s Mum”, Lynda Clark (United Kingdom)
- “The Divine Pregnancy in a Twelve-Year-Old Woman”, Sagnik Datta (India)
- “Passage”, Kevin Hosein (Trinidad and Tobago)
“The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000.” The regional judges ...Read More
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