Nic Cage has pushed the limits of acting in the past — but with Outcast, his new movie coming out next week, he's redefining acting completely. Just watch the Shatnerian delivery of "I AM the White Ghost!" and the bizarre line-reading of "Their blood will be ON OUR BLADES!" It's just... sublime. Watch the trailer for yourself!
There have been fewer than 100 confirmed sightings of the megamouth shark, an elusive deep-sea species that uses its huge maw to trap tiny bits of plankton and krill. So when a 15-foot specimen washed ashore in the Philippines this week, scientists were more than overjoyed.
Time travel, as presented to us by Back To The Future, is basically a good deal:You get a hoverboard! You get to teach a gang of '50s teenagers how to rock! You get to drink sodas at completely un-ironic diners! But while a DeLorean ride through time may seem all fun and games, there's a grim fact at its center.
Survey results published Thursday by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Academy for the Advancement of Science indicate most Americans hold science in high esteem, while revealing huge opinion gaps between scientists and the general public over issues like GMOs and anthropogenic climate change.
There were a lot of great things going on in last night's The 100, but one of the most memorable aspects of the episode was pretty darn weird. While the Grounders and the Sky People prepare for a massive battle, their two girl leaders need to bond — over a very large, very hairy enemy.
Wow. Just wow. Minecraft and the world of Westeros collide in this totally epic world-building project that is Westeroscraft.
What is this, you say? Well, Westeroscraft is an ongoing project that aims to build ALL of Westeros from the world of Game of Thrones in Minecraft. Project lead Jacob Granberry reveals that they’ve about completed 70 percent of the expansive world, with 125 people meticulously working on the massive project. Here’s what he told Kotaku:
I would say the world is at around 70% completion. Since we last spoke, we've developed a custom launcher for the game that comes packed with our WesterosBlocks mod which includes over 50 new custom blocks and textures specifically made for our server. So, we completely repainted our map with new textures, and some of our old builds we are building over bigger, better, and more realistic. That Kings Landing render from a few years ago? Yea, we are remaking that entire city again.
If you want to have a look at what the impressive world looks like, watch this awesome video narrated by Bran Stark himself, Isaac Hempstead-Wright. Welcome to Westeroscraft! Seriously, it’s freaking epic:
Though the series has actually been on the air for more than three years, the British sci-fi anthology Black Mirror only recently became a breakout hit (in the States) after it showed up on Netflix. Now a U.S. adaptation is in the works.
The studio behind the series, Endemol Shine North America, has revealed that development is underway to bring a native version of the super-smart near-future show to a U.S. network. The U.K. original airs on Channel 4, and Netflix has the U.S. rights for the British version. The Twilight Zone-esque series is basically full of freaky near-future tales about how technology affects (and sometimes ruins) our lives.
No word yet on where the adaptation might land, but heck, you’d think it’d be an interesting addition just about anywhere. Netflix already has a relationship established, but Black Mirror could also fit anywhere from FX to Syfy or HBO brand-wise. Considering the buzz, you’d have to think someone would want to jump at this one and at least give it a shot.
Regardless, here’s hoping they keep the original series’ approach of using a brand-new cast and setting for each episode. It’s helped attract A-listers like Jon Hamm to the flagship series, and you’d think the idea would translate well across the pond. Also of note: Stephen King is a fan, and Robert Downey Jr. likes the original series so much he optioned the episode “The Entire History of You” to develop as a feature film.
We’re extremely psyched to hear Black Mirror might get a chance at a much bigger audience, and since the original studio is involved in adapting the format, hopefully they’ll be able to retain a lot of the charm. This is one of the most daring shows on television these days, and some U.S. network could definitely use this brand of near-future weirdness.
Are you glad to hear Black Mirror is coming to the U.S.?
Yesterday we looked at the great "fattening" of New York and all the parts that are built on what basically amounts to trash. But it turns out that parts of the city have also disappeared—and for a few decades, New York even had 13 grand north-south avenues, not 12.
Oh, man. As if casting David Tennant as the impossible sinister Killgrave on Marvel's upcoming Netflix TV series wasn't awesome enough, Grey's Anatomy's Rachael Taylor has joins the cast as the title character's best friend Trish "Patsy" Walker, best known as the ass-kicking supheroine Hellcat.
With so many prominent scientists warning about the dangers of rogue artificial intelligence, and so many ethical concerns coming down the pike in A.I. research and computer science generally, how can computer experts educate themselves? By reading science fiction books.
M. Night Shyamalan has a few projects on his plate these days, but some unfinished business keeps calling to him.
Although he's not the box-office powerhouse he once was, the Sixth Sense and Signs director remains as busy as ever. He's executive producer on the upcoming Fox miniseries Wayward Pines, for which he also directed the pilot, and he just recently self-financed the production of his next movie, The Visit, which was picked up for release by Universal.
But one unrealized project from his past keeps nagging at him: Unbreakable 2. Shyamalan has spoken for years about wanting to do a sequel to his stealth superhero drama, and in a new interview with Collider, he revealed that he still thinks about making it:
"Yeah, I do sometimes. I love those characters and I love that world. Of course, the whole world makes comic book movies now. At the time, it was completely novel. I remember when I made it, Disney was literally like, 'Comic books?! There’s no market for comic books!' That’s all they make now! It was a hilarious conversation. I remember it. I was like, 'Maybe you’re right. Maybe nobody will come see comic book movies.' They were like, 'Those are people in little conventions who like comic books.' And I was like, 'But, I like comic books!'"
How ironic that Disney, now home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was leery of making and distributing a comic-book movie just 15 years ago. Shyamalan also explained why it would be interesting to see how his version of a superhero story would play in the comic-book-movie-saturated world of today:
"The beauty of the world of Unbreakable is that you’re playing it for reality. It should never feel like a comic book movie. It feels like a straight-up drama. It’s real. You’re confronting the possibility that comic book characters were based on people that were real. That’s the premise, so the tone has to be super grounded. It would be cool."
Do you think that a continuation of Shyamalan's "grounded" superhero saga would hold up well in a market dominated by mega-movies like The Avengers and Batman v. Superman? Or was Unbreakable a unique creation that should be left alone?
Nominees for the inaugural James Herbert Award for Horror Writing have been announced:
The Girl with All the Gifts, M.R. Carey (Orbit)
The Troop, Nick Cutter (Headline)
Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan)
The Loney, Andrew Michael Hurley (Tartarus)
Bird Box, Josh Malerman (Voyager)
An English Ghost Story, Kim Newman (Titan)
Created by Pan Macmillan, award eligibility was open to horror novels written in English and published in the UK and Ireland in 2014. The winning author will receive a £2,000 prize and a commemorative statuette. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in central London in March 2015. The judges panel includes Ramsey Campbell, Rosie Fletcher, Kerry Herbert (James Herbert’s eldest daughter), Tom Hunter (chair of judges), Sarah Pinborough, and Dr Tony Venezia.
"We have happy cows in Kansas," notes farmer and YouTube star Derek Klingenberg. His latest endeavor involves taking aerial images of his field as his cows mob together to create two eyes and a smiley face, guided by the almighty allure of a feed truck.
The rise of the Lootcrate-style service for nerdy merch has just gotten big with announcement that Marvel and Funko are teaming up on a Bi-monthly subscription service to deliver toys and merchandise to your doorstep. But if you're a regularly collector of Funko's Pop! Vinyls, you might not want to get too excited.
LEGO has officially announced the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier" playset, which it hopes will give Marvel and LEGO lovers all over the world a gazillion hours of geeky fun (and perhaps even a rise in blood pressure when it comes to the tiny parts).
This OMG-inducing LEGO set re-creates the jaw-dropping version of the Helicarrier that was seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first in The Avengers and most recently on Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
This awesome playset will come with mini-figures of Captain America, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Black Widow and Maria Hill (in her first LEGO appearance). What’s even cooler is that it’ll also include super mini-bricks needed to build an interior bridge of the Helicarrier that includes monitor screens and extra-mini, super-cute figure versions of Captain America, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Iron Man and eight agents S.H.I.E.L.D. (check out the pic above). These will all be included in the set in order to populate the Helicarrier. You'll even get to build and play with a mini-Quinjet, gas tank and forklift.
Have a look:
“The LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier” playset is set to be released in March. Will you be getting your hands on this one?
As we've already discussed earlier today, it's Super Bowl Week, and movie studios are hoping to grab the attention of a massive TV audience with TV spots for virtually every summer blockbuster of 2015 (and probably one or two from 2016, too). Though some spots will be kept secret right up until they air on Sunday, a few are dropping early, and one of them is a new trailer for Insurgent, the second film adapted from Veronica Roth's dystopian young adult trilogy the Divergent series.
In case you're not up to speed from the first film, Divergent, here's a quick primer: The series is set in a fenced-in future version of Chicago, where some past catastrophe led to a reorganization of society in which everyone is sorted into "factions" based on their personality. Each faction has a job, everyone takes a test to determine where they belong, and the system goes on. But one girl, Tris (Shailene Woodley), was determined to be a "Divergent" -- someone who can't easily be sorted into a faction -- and her presence brings an already tense standoff between factions to a fever pitch. Insurgent picks up where that all left off. Here's an official synopsis.
‘Insurgent’ raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.
Reaction to Divergent was rather mixed, and the film couldn't touch the blockbuster status of The Hunger Games, but fans of the series and curious moviegoers bought enough tickets to ensure a sequel, and perhaps that momentum will carry Insurgent on to even greater success. As for this trailer, well, it doesn't bring much to the party in the way of plot, and it's a bit formulaic, but the sweeping music will definitely get fans of the series pumped. Check it out below.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent hits theaters on March 20.
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<p class="MsoNormal">That dastardly supervillain the Trickster won’t make his eagerly anticipated debut on The CW’s <i>The Flash</i> until March, but we already have our very first look at the DC rogue.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Actor Devon Graye (<em>Dexter</em>) will play the Axel Walker version of the character for the hit superhero series, while original Trickster Mark Hamill will reprise the role of James Jesse. They'll both appear in Episode 17.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Now for a bit of trivia: For those who’re not familiar with this, Hamill played the character back in the ‘90s <em>Flash</em> series, which starred John Wesley Shipp as the Scarlet Speedster. Shipp currently plays Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) dad on the new series. <span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">In this particular episode, Barry will apparently be seeking Jesse’s advice on how to take Axel Walker down. It takes a Trickster to know a Trickster.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">Have a look at the masked supervillain in the gallery down below (the first pic comes courtesy of Andy Mientus, who made his debut as the Pied Piper in the latest episode of the </span><i style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">The Flash</i><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;"> and posted it on </span><a href="http://instagram.com/p/yYchviivPx/?modal=true&utm_source=partner&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=photo" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">Instagram</a><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">), and let us know what you think of the Trickster’s supervillain garb. Look out for him on The CW’s </span><i style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">The Flash</i><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;"> on March 10.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal">(via <a href="http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/markcassidycbm/news/?a=114473">Comic Book Movie</a>, <a href="http://tomandlorenzo.com/2015/01/devon-graye-as-the-trickster-on-the-set-of-the-flash/#!prettyPhoto">TomandLorenzo</a>)<o:p></o:p></p>
With all the buzz surrounding NASA’s Orion and SpaceX’s Dragon, it’s easy to forget that the folks at the European Space Agency (ESA) are also developing their own spacecraft.
The ESA is preparing a new test flight for the agency's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV), which kind of looks like a car-sized, bullet-shaped space shuttle. Without wings.
According to Gizmodo, the unmanned test will take the craft 260 miles up into a suborbital trajectory, where the ESA will track its descent at 16,000+ mph. The test flight will basically simulate the typical return situation for a low-orbit mission.
The craft is cram-packed with data-collecting tech focused on power use, data processing and telemetry, not to mention a multi-stage supersonic parachute, actuators and flotation devices. The whole package is protected by ceramic and ablative thermal shells and carbon-fibre reinforced polymer structural panels. Sadly, all that tech takes up the space where a pilot might go.
The aim of the mission is to record a boatload of data as to how the craft handles re-entry, where it will reach supersonic and hypersonic speeds as it barrels back toward our planet on the way to a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.
Check out some photos of the craft being constructed and prepared for launch below, via the ESA and NASA. The ESA has also compiled a nifty video on the craft's creation.
Yeah, you read that right. Mattel, begrudgingly admitting that maybe, just maybe, girls also like superheroes, has turned its flagship doll character into one herself. Thus when someone is in trouble, Barbie transforms from her ordinary, blonde, pink-wearing self to a super... blonde, pink-wearing superhero, I guess.
Ronald D. Moore’s sci-fi series Helix is in the midst of its second season, and star Billy Campbell has opened up about what’s coming next.
The first season of the Syfy (Disclosure: Corporate owner of Blastr -Ed.) series was an ambitious and weird tale of a CDC team trying to contain a deadly virus — which quickly evolved into a conspiracy-filled tale of immortals, evil corporations and all kinds of other weird stuff.
The second season jumps ahead a bit, picking up with a new-look version of the CDC team taking on what appears to be a brand-new virus that is doing all kinds of weird stuff on an island. It also led to the deaths of several people on a boat, which made for some gruesome green-goo ooziness.
Campbell sat down for a 4+ minute interview to talk about what’s come before, and what they have in store for the remainder of season two. He noted that year two is a “darker and grittier” tale than the debut season, and those rustic qualities are already shining through in the sets and style.
It’s a nice change of pace from the clinical white of the Arctic base, and it creates an all-new type of claustrophobia. New episodes of Helix air Friday nights on Syfy. Check out the interview below and let us know what you think of season two:
14 great minds predict the future in the January 1987 issue of OMNI Magazine.
When 14 of the greatest minds are asked to predict what the future will look like in 2007 you inevitably end up with drastically various results. Looking into the future is often like charting unexplored territory. It creates great exhilaration and immense uncertainty. The historic currents of our time and the directions in which they are taking America certainly call for something like an explorer's strength, understanding, and boundless optimism.
To introduce our readers to the holographic dazzle and profusion of complex issues, political challenges, and technological advances that will permeate our future, OMNI talked to 14 people gifted at seeing beyond tomorrow. In the following pages of OMNI readers will explore what visionaries believed the future would look like in the major fields of human endeavor, including the sciences, economics, politics, the arts, education, and communications. Whatever judgment one may pass on any particular analysis, projection, or revelation, it is clear that the times were ripe for all sorts of startling changes.
The spoonbill tunes its lute and the swan blows gently through its saxaphone as the ensemble greets the day - and humankind - in John Marsh's Dawn Chorus (commissioned in England by TDK Tapes). The sounds of all creatures, man and beast alike, comprise Earth's Symphony.
An Interview With David Bohm.
Bucking the tide of modern physics for more than 30 years, David Bohm shook orthodox view of physical models of the universe. His objections to the foundations of quantum mechanics gradually coalesced into an extension of the theory so sweeping that it amounts to a new view of reality. Believing that the nature of things is not reducible to fragments or particles, he argued for a holistic view of the universe. He demanded that humanity learn to regard matter and life as a whole, coherent domain, which he called the implicate order. Most other physicists discarded Bohm's logic without bothering to scrutinize it. Part of the difficulty is that his implicate order is rife with paradox. Another problem is the sheer range of his ideas, which encompass such hitherto nonphysical subjects as consciousness, society, truth, language, and the process of scientific theory making itself.
Key Notes on the Mind.
As composers and engineers are turning the computer into a surprising new instrument, neurologists and psychologists are discovering some things about the ultimate instrument, the brain, and how it makes sense of music. What effect will those new sounds have on how the human mind processes music? Even an oscilloscope, an instrument that can pinpoint the frequency of every sound, wave in a piece of music-cannot tap its foot to the beat, tingle with you, laugh, weep, or feel a rush of-memory. That takes brains. Indeed, researchers have shown that people regularly perceive musical tones and pitches that aren't there, tones that an oscilloscope cannot. The brain, in other words, does not merely process musical sounds but sometimes accompanies the band, supplying the odd pitch, doing a little arranging of its own.
Robotic Warriors Clash in Cyberwars, by Own Davies.
"First come the drones, wheeling high in the sky like vultures: The robot planes stay aloft for days, scanning the terrain, eavesdropping on radio chatter, and feeding information to intelligence specialists safely ensconced in a bunker 100 miles away. Ten miles to the east a group of skyborne, smaller robot aircraft wait for the silent enemy to turn on his radar. At the first electronic pulse, these kamikaze machines will swoop down on the enemy's gun emplacements..."
Sci-Fi Addicts Crave: Fembots
Communicating With E.T. Through Lasers.
In the half-century since its first appearance, the laser has already proved to be one of man's most astonishingly versatile inventions. It has made its way out of the laboratory and into the operating room, orbiting satellites, and even the supermarket checkout line. An Arlington, Virginia, physicist proposed what may be literally the most far-reaching laser application of all, as a tool for communication with intelligent cultures on other planets. In fact, John D. G., of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, it's entirety conceivable that advanced E.T.'s might use the laser to beam electronic or even biological clones" of their unimaginably advanced selves across space to help uplift the backward likes of us Earthlings.
The first X-Men movie came out in 2000, long before all of our movie trailers started showing up on YouTube and clever marketing ploys could be forwarded with a click of the mouse. So the marketing department for X-Men decided to try something a bit silly: they played a joke on the people who open Congressional mail.
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<p class="MsoNormal">Tyrese Gibson wants to play Green Lantern in the DC Cinematic Universe so badly, he’s taking things to the next level: A little less talk, a lot more action.</p><p class="MsoNormal">We <a href="http://www.blastr.com/2015-1-26/guy-wants-play-green-lantern-really-badly">recently told you</a> that the <em>Fast & Furious</em> star is so keen on playing the John Stewart version of the Emerald Crusader that he’s posted some images of himself clad in the superhero outfit on his Instagram account.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Now the actor has posted THIS little gem. Behold!</p><p></p><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="4" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding: 8px;"><div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"><div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaagfbmveuiiii9pt0ehh4gib4hibkchbwchbwchbydr+jqaaaachrstlmaba4yhyqsm5jtamwaaadfsurbvdjl7zvbegmhcaqbaf//42xcnbpaqakcm0ftumfaaibe81iqbjds3ls6zs3bipb9wed3yyxfpmhrft8sgyrcp1x8ueuxlmznwelfoycv6mhwwwmzdpekhlhlw7nwjqkhc4uizphavdza2jpzudsbzzinae2s6owh8xpmx8g7zzgkeopuoyhvgz1tbcxmkd3kwnvbu0gkhkx+izilf77iofhry1nyfnb/lqpb79drwoyjva/davg9b/rlb4cc+nqgdz/tvbbbnr6gbreqn/nrmdgaqeej7whonozjf+y2i/fzou/qaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div></div><p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/yaebkKoZpK/" style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_top">I don't talk..... I move..... #WB #GreenLanternMission</a></p><p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A photo posted by TYRESE (@tyrese) on <time style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" datetime="2015-01-28T22:02:53+00:00">Jan 28, 2015 at 2:02pm PST</time></p></div></blockquote><p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Looks like Gibson is taking matters into his own hands and is teasing a meeting with the bigwigs over at The WB. Have the powers-that-be noticed that the actor is deadly serious about replacing Ryan Reynolds as Earth’s member of the Green Lantern Corps? <span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">A new </span><em style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">Green Lantern</em><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;"> flick is slated to </span><a href="http://www.blastr.com/2014-10-15/dc-announces-massive-film-slate-flash-aquaman-wonder-woman-green-lantern" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">hit the big screen in 2020 </a><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">(with or without Reynolds remains to be seen), and Green Lantern will make his first reappearance in 2017 with that little </span><em style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">Justice League</em><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;"> movie.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">What do you think? Do you think Warner Bros. should give Tyrese Gibson a shot at playing John Stewart in its upcoming superhero flicks? After all, it </span><em style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">did</em><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;"> work for </span><a href="http://www.blastr.com/2015-12-29/vin-diesel-teasing-role-inhumans-again" style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;">Vin Diesel</a><span style="font-size: 13.0080003738403px; line-height: 1.538em;"> when he put himself forward on social media. Should be interesting to see how it goes.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"></p><p class="MsoNormal"><img height="581" width="580" class="media-element file-default" src="http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/blog_post_in_content_image/public/TyreseGibsonGreenLanternInstagramCampaign1.png?itok=njiGfbgA" alt="" title="" /></p><p></p><p class="MsoNormal">(via <a href="http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=114489">Comic Book Movie</a>)<o:p></o:p></p>
Just how carefully did J.K. Rowling plot out her Harry Potter novels? Incredibly carefully, it turns out. Behold a chapter-by-chapter spreadsheet of Order of the Phoenix, covering the prophecy, Ginny and Cho, Snape, and a bunch of other stuff.
Remember that ad campaign a while back, that was meant to show you that eggs weren't bad for you? Turns out, they understated the case. Eggs are desperately trying to save your life. The "green" on boiled eggs shows where they saved you from your own attempts at chemical warfare.
I. "Hey Anna, do you like pizza?"I was just sitting down to dinner one evening this past November when I looked through some new Twitter notifications on my phone. My night, I realized regretfully, was about to get very, very stupid.
Alone on a strange planet, a solitary alien creature spots something unusual and decides to investigate. While this short film starts out trippy and strange, you'll want to watch it all the way to the end.
Your sex characteristics were determined by X and Y chromosomes, same as most other creatures from humans to fruit flies. So why do birds and butterflies have ZW chromosomes instead? And more importantly, why does ZW produce a female bird while ZZ produces a male?
Authors seldom discuss how much money they actually make writing science fiction or fantasy. But on her blog, Kameron Hurley breaks it down, listing all her advances and how much she actually ended up with. And she explains how winning an award can change the game, and why she won't quit her day job.
This weekend, millions of people will gather in their living rooms for Super Bowl XLIX, and movie studios are taking advantage of one of the biggest TV audiences of the year by packing the commercial breaks with teasers for this summer's blockbusters. Some of the spots we'll see are still shrouded in mystery -- we've heard whispers of everything from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice -- but some studios have decided to drop some spots early, and one of them is a new 30-second teaser for the fifth film in the Terminator franchise, Genisys.
In case you haven't heard, Genisys is an attempt to reignite interest in Terminator and launch not just one film, but a brand-new trilogy featuring a new Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger as an aged, alternate version of the T-800, who was sent back in time to before the events of the first Terminator film and reprogrammed to protect Sarah from Skynet's efforts to kill her at an early age. Thanks to this altered past, Sarah is already a warrior, trained from childhood by her T-800 friend to be prepared for her destiny, and together with Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) she must battle both a T-800 and a T-1000 (Lee Byung-hun) to ensure humanity's future. Basically, the film rewrites the past of the franchise so new stories can be generated.
A full trailer for the film has already landed, and this spot is much more about action sizzle than explaining the plot to the Super Bowl audience, but hey, that makes sense. After all, if you've got a massive audience filled with people who aren't necessarily diving into the nerdier details of this movie before they see it, and you want to lure them into theaters, you show them what they know, right? So, in these 30 seconds, we got lots of action and lots of Arnold, including the thrilling moment when he gets to face off with his "younger" self. Check it out below.
We've also got a new poster, featuring Arnold and a play on one of his trademark lines.
Many of us, owing to an intuitive sense of where technological and social progress are taking us, have a preconceived notion of what the future will look like. But as history has continually shown, the future doesn't always go according to plan. Here are 11 ways the world of tomorrow may not unfold the way we expect.
For the past 15 years, the "Ultimate" universe has been a consistent and important part of Marvel Comics publishing, serving as both a place for creators to develop new versions of classic characters and a place for new fans to jump into reimagined origin stories. We know now that Marvel will be ending the Ultimate Universe, as well as the main Marvel Universe as we know it, with the reality incursion that kicks off its Secret Wars event this spring, and now we know when we'll see Ultimate Marvel's curtain call. Back in 2000, Ultimate Marvel began with two creators, and now it will end with the same team: Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley.
Marvel announced Wednesday that Bendis and Bagley, who teamed up for a 111-issue run on Ultimate Spider-Man -- the book that kicked off the Ultimate Universe -- will re-team for Ultimate End, a miniseries that will chronicle the final days of Ultimate Marvel as that universe braces for Secret Wars. The series remains very shrouded in secrecy for the moment, but Bendis promised that it's going to be much more than a Secret Wars tie-in.
"What you're getting here is the first announcement past 'Secret Wars.' What you're going to get a sense of from here on out is that these are not tie-ins in the traditional sense. These are very important pieces of the Marvel Universe and for these characters. The tie-ins themselves are actually an event unto themselves. This would be it's own event if there wasn't a 'Secret Wars.' These are gigantic stories and very important, and what comes out the other side is going to be different," Bendis said. "These series are setting you up and letting you know what pieces are coming out the other side. That's what I think this first storyline represents. Look how big this is; this is the end of something gigantic we've been working on for fifteen years... This isn't the craziest thing that's going to happen."
For a little while, it seemed the Ultimate Universe was due to meet its end in the Cataclysm event that kicked off in late 2013, but the characters of the universe managed to escape that particular catastrophe. Now, they can't escape Secret Wars. We don't yet know what will happen to each of the Ultimate characters, including breakout original stars from that universe like Spider-Man Miles Morales, but Bendis did promise "closure," comparing the work on Ultimate End to writing the end of a television series while being well aware that it's your final season.
"I knew for a while [that 'Secret Wars' was coming] which was very freeing and allowed me to make a bucket list for the whole universe," Bendis said. "And I wanted to tell the Peter story. I wanted to do the crossover with the X-Men. We've been getting them all done. The story we're telling with Miles Morales will tie into 'Secret Wars' and tie up a lot of really big pieces with the Ultimate chronology. You're going to get legitimate closure with a lot of characters. It's very rare that you get this opportunity to wrap it up. It's like television, when you get a final season. That's how I've been writing 'Miles Morales'... Will you see Peter in 'Ultimate End'? Yes you will."
Ultimate End will debut alongside Secret Wars in May. Check out Bagley's cover for the first issue below.
Anna Torv won over plenty of genre fans with her performance as FBI agent turned fringe science investigator in the acclaimed sci-fi drama Fringe, which ran for five seasons on Fox before wrapping up in 2013. Now she's heading back to spec-fic for a new film, and this time she's going horror.
The Wrap reports that Torv has landed one of the leading roles in Stephanie, a new horror thriller film from director Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Winter's Tale) and writers Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski. Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) was already attached to the film, and newcomer Shree Crooks (Extant) is also joining to play the title role. The script has been floating around for a while and made the 2012 Blood List as one of the best dark genre screenplays of the year. Now it looks like it's finally getting made.
Described as "Paperhouse meets Carrie," Stephanie is the story of a young girl haunted by a supernatural force, who is abandoned by her parents (Torv and Grillo) in a remote house. When her mother and father return to the house, the powers that surround Stephanie only grow stronger. The premise sounds a bit Andres Muschietti's 2013 horror film Mama, though in this case the supernatural power actually seems to be centered on the girl and not on an outside entity.
We haven't seen much of Torv since Fringe ended, so it'll be nice to see her step back into dark genre storytelling and re-teaming with Goldsman, who served as writer and director for some essential Fringe episodes. Plus, we get more of Grillo, who had a big 2014 thanks to Winter Soldier and the DirecTV Audience Network drama Kingdom, which has a second season on the way. Hopefully we'll hear a release date for Stephanie soon.
The current German government is cooler than ours. Thirty percent of their energy comes from renewable sources, and the chancellor Angela Merkel is a former research scientist. But now here's something that dials up the coolness to 11: The German Federal Agency for Civic Education is funding a Battlestar Galactica live-action role-playing game (LARP). On a battleship.
On February 4th, a retired German destroyer will become the site of a five-day, 80-person larp based on Ronald D. Moore's Battlestar Galactica. In Projekt Exodus, the ship will be temporarily redubbed the Hesperios, a space freighter that picks up an escape pod and is — through events unknown to us — drawn into the war between human and Cylon.
If you've never participated in a LARP, you're missing out on the fun. It's an immersive game where you take on the role of the character and stay in that character for the day, the weekend and in the case of this Battlestar Galactica LARP, an entire five days. The setting -- a decommissioned battleship -- is the perfect location and will undoubtedly kick the game’s realism up a notch.
There's a reason this five-day adventure is being funded by an education agency that deals specifically in politics. This event is actually a lesson in diplomacy. Do you torture Cylon agents for information, or do you negotiate a trade? It's up to you. And with different players interpreting the characters in their own way, you can play the same game multiple times with a unique course in every instance. So players can expect anything from Adm. Adama creating a military dictatorship or Gaius Baltar getting a lobotomy.
Unfortunately, there are no plans to bring Projekt Exodus to the United States, so participants had better brush up on their Deutsche. But if you go, chances are your experience will go better for you than it did for the actual crew of the Battlestar Galactica.
A "suspicious package" report yesterday afternoon led San Francisco police to a wheeled suitcase filled with dismembered human body parts in the city's South of Market neighborhood, just blocks from the headquarters of Twitter, Uber, and other high-tech companies.
The Mad Titan himself already cuts a pretty imposing figure - but what would he be without his badass rock throne from Guardians of the Galaxy? Thankfully, Hot Toys realised this, and now their beautifully detailed Thanos figure will come with an equally resplendent throne.
The Super Bowl commercial for Terminator: Genisys has come early, and like the last trailer
, it looks way better than any movie that intentionally misspells "Genesis" should. On paper, it sounds so bad, but then I see the footage of the old Arnold vs. young Arnold Terminators, and I just get all giddy.
The rabbit hole just keeps going deeper and deeper for the Wachowskis’ new sci-fi flick Jupiter Ascending, and here are a ton of pics to show off that bizarre alien world.
The film, which has suffered some hefty delays and rumored retooling on the way to its Feb. 6 opening date, looks absolutely insane. Sure, the trailers looked crazy, but seeing these alien landscapes and strange characters frozen in still pics for further scrutiny just brings up more questions than answers.
Genre legend Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) has a good presence here, along with leading stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. But the effects work is what really steals the show here. It looks like a more ambitious version of Chronicles of Riddick, in a way, but way more out-there, with some in-freaking-sane alien races on display. Plus, those ears. My goodness, those ears.
Here’s the official synopsis to try and put it all in perspective:
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
Check out the giant pile of new pics below and let us know what you think.
What would it look like if other stars were as close as the sun? For starters, we may have more than one, and it may be either much bigger or smaller than our current orbital star, as shown in these videos, which explore a hypothetical universe where our sun has been replaced with other stars and our moon with planets.
One of the greatest media experiments of the 1930s and 40s was the faxpaper. Almost entirely forgotten today, it was a technology that could deliver newspapers over the radio waves, then print them instantly right in your home.
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