Artist Nychos has already dazzled us with his grand anatomical murals . Now he turns his paintbrush to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, stripping our heroes of their skin and shells and show us their mutant innards.
Aw, this trailer for the comedy short The Portal is adorable. And not just because it has Tahmoh Penikett and Erin Karpluk in it. Yes they are both cute, but their little bantery "wizard stuck in a weird mundane world" shtick is adorable.
Maximum water levels in New York harbor during major storms have risen by nearly two-and-a-half feet since the mid-19th century. That means the chances of water spilling over the Manhattan seawall are at least 20 times greater than they were 170 years ago.
Having just returned from the Kingdom of the Mouse (and thus the reason for lack of updates), they finally announced today the guest lineup for the upcoming Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. Aside from the previously announced returning host of all five weekends, James Arnold Taylor (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Mark Hamill, our friend Ashley Eckstein will return for all weekends to host “Behind The Force” show which provides a behind the scenes look, this year focusing on the upcoming Star Wars Rebels, and will feature a member of the voice cast each week. (Alas, we won’t be able to make it this year…)
The guest stars include (subject to change):
Weekend I: May 16-18
Ahmed Best: Jar Jar Binks (Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Peter Mayhew: Chewbacca (Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope; Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi; Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Vanessa Marshall: Hera Syndulla (Star Wars Rebels)
Weekend II: May 23-25
Warwick Davis: Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi); Wald (Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
Jeremy Bulloch: Boba Fett (Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi); Capt. Jeremoch Colton (Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith)
Tiya Sircar: Sabine Wren (Star Wars Rebels)
Weekend III: May 30-June 1
Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
John Ratzenberger: Major Bren Derlin (Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back)
Taylor Gray: Ezra Bridger (Star Wars Rebels)
Weekend IV: June 6-8
Mark Hamill: Luke Skywalker (Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope; Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi); Darth Bane (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) (Note: Mark will apparently not be signing autographs)
Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
Billy Dee Williams: Lando Calrissian (Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
Taylor Gray: Ezra Bridger (Star Wars Rebels)
Weekend V: June 13-15
Dee Bradley Baker: Captain Rex/the Clones, Bossk and several additional characters (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Cat Taber: Padmé Amidala and several additional characters (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Tom Kane: Yoda, the series’ narrator and several additional characters (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Matt Lanter: Anakin Skywalker and several additional characters (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Steve Blum: Zeb Orrelios (Star Wars Rebels)
Star Wars fans should count themselves lucky that George Lucas found talented sound designer Ben Burtt to bring the audible portion of his scifi universe to life. Because as this video proves, Star Wars would have been a much different movie with a less talented foley artist in charge.
Last night's Supernatural included one emblematic moment of Dean Winchester badassery that is bound to be immortalized in GIFs and T-shirts forever. "Look at me, Bitch!" And yet, the show also used that moment to talk about how Dean is becoming a monster. Something that happens when you spend too much time around them.
Roberto Orci played a huge role in revitalizing the struggling Star Trek franchise with the 2009 reboot, which he co-wrote. And now, according to Variety, he's lobbying to direct the third Trek movie, which J.J. Abrams is too busy to helm himself.
A film adaptation of the acclaimed videogame series Bioshock has been kicking around development hell since 2008, and now there are some signs it might be grinding into motion. Maybe. Fingers crossed.
After years of silence, Sony Pictures Entertainment has registered the domains "bioshock-movie.com," "bioshock-movie.net" and "bio-shock.net." Yeah, that’s pretty interesting. Of course, it’s not uncommon for studios to snag domain names as a precaution, but it’s an odd move for a project that is seemingly dead.
The film has kicked around various states of development for a long time, with everyone from Gore Verbinski to Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and game developer Ken Levine attached at different points trying to make it happen until it was officially axed last year.
Levine, who created the original game, has previously said Universal backed off the project after the so-so results of Zack Snyder’s R-rated Watchmen flick. Everyone involved was pretty adamant the film be R-rated, but the studio was leery of pumping so much money into such a risky venture. So it languished.
Obviously, we’re still a long way from tangible production news, but these domain registrations are definitely intriguing. Do you think there's any chance we'll be heading to Rapture in the near future?
Spinoffs can vary pretty wildly in quality, from shows that are good enough to stand all on their own to shows that make even their predecessors unwatchable by association. But what are some of the signs that help you figure out which kind you're getting?
What did last week's blood moon eclipse look like from the moon's perspective? University of Pennsylvania astronomy professor Mark Devlin explains what someone standing on the lunar surface would have seen while looking at Earth.
A wasp nest merged with this wooden statue to form... your darkest fears.
A radical new theory by a well-respected scientist suggests that consciousness is a state of matter, like a liquid or gas. According to MIT's Max Tegmark, "perceptronium" gives rise to various types of consciousness when certain mathematical and physical conditions are met.
Inspired by a script outline by Precious screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, Exit Log follows two astronauts on a ship that can travel three minutes back in time. When they receive an emergency message from an alternate version of themselves, how will they proceed?
When the massive collections of stars known as galaxies collide, the results are spectacular. Here's a gallery of galaxies that are interacting — sometimes to the point of completely changing each other's shapes in the most dramatic ways imaginable.
Prior to her death at the tender age of 115, Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper was the world's oldest woman. Recently, scientists had the opportunity to study her blood — and what they discovered could have serious implications to the future of rejuvenation therapies.
A ton of decades-old storyboards from the original Star Wars films have been released, showing off some radical alternative designs for a few iconic sci-fi characters.
The storyboards were released as part of a promotional effort for the upcoming book Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy, which compile a Bantha's weight in original pieces generated by storyboard artists Alex Tavoularis, Joe Johnston and Ivan Beddoes.
Just about everyone shows up here, from Darth Vader to R2-D2, Chewbacca and Yoda — and almost all of them look a little (or a lot) different. We also get some spaceship shots and set pieces that show how the look of the film evolved.
It’s a fascinating peek into how the film changed over time, and we definitely want to check out the complete book when it hits shelves on May 13.
Stop what you are doing immediately, and watch the trailer for NBC's new looney-tunes, pirate escapade show Crossbones. Starring John Malkovich, and his indecipherable accent.
Who would have thought that Grant Ward would become my favorite character on Agents of SHIELD? Really. And all it took was one surprising reveal. Last night's episode was a nifty thriller, in which we discovered that monsters who know they're monsters are actually the most horrifying. Spoilers away!
"Sometimes," said Walt Disney, "we can recognize ourselves in animals. That's what makes them so interesting." He was more right than he knew. One group of people may have had particular insight into human sleep behavior and its disorders: Disney animators.
Just about every dramatic series has its funny moments. But every so often, the writers decide to lighten up a bit, and write an entire comedic episode. Usually, this works best when the show has been on for a while, and we're comfortable enough with the characters that we can fully appreciate seeing them in unfamiliar, humorous situations.
And it's obviously a Supernatural spin-off, so that's really saying something. Three words: Organized monster crime.
The Atlantic recently ran an article that shows how, with the right perspective, almost every major Disney movie seems to have pro-gay themes. And given the company's support of its LGBTQ employees, the Atlantic speculates that Disney is eager to support the gay community. But is the subtext really, there or are people grasping at straws?
An animated feature adaptation of John Layman and Rob Guillory's uproariously funny cannibal cop comic Chew has been in the works for a while, and it looks like the project is truly moving forward. The Chew movie has a script by Layman and has cast its Tony Chu and Amelia.
Going with the herd makes us feel safe, but herd behavior can go very wrong. It's not just crowds panicking and trampling. Enough of a crowd, and enough familiarity, will let smart people make exactly the wrong choice.
We've gotten so used to seeing our maps loaded with satellite imagery, that it doesn't seem so remarkable. But what if you could see not just a mapped area in its present, but also look back through the years, at what it used to be?
In the new world, all consumer goods will have a shot at starring in a million dollar feature film. Next up The Good, The Bad and the Pepsi. This sounds terrible.
We’ve waited a long time for a sequel to Jurassic Park, and it sounds like we might get more than we bargained for over the next few years.
Director Colin Trevorrow, who takes over the franchise with the upcoming Jurassic World, told the print edition of Empire they’re already eyeing plans for more sequels to this semi-reboot of the franchise. Trevorrow also dropped some hints about the direction they’re taking the dino-juggernaut, and it sounds like it might have a bit of a Planet of the Apes vibe. OK, we'll bite.
Check out the excerpt below:
“We definitely talked about [sequels] a lot. We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story.
It's about alpha dominance and the fact that humans have been the alpha species for a very long time, and so now we've brought back another that happened to be the alpha species during its time, and we have to co-exist, so what is that relationship?”
The sequel will pick up with a mostly new cast, anchored by Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy). Trevorrow hinted that Pratt’s on-screen pal Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) could also play a role in potential sequels, as the director notes they tried to establish “a relationship there that could be memorable and potentially carry on to future films.”
The sequel also stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, B.D. Wong, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath and Lauren Lapkus. Original director Steven Spielberg is expected to be involved as a producer, which should hopefully help with continuity.
Jurassic World is set for open June 12, 2015.
(Via Coming Soon)
Are you ready for one wild summer? This year brings legendary superheroes, famous monsters, and fantasy icons. There are two Michael Bay films, but also the ultra-weird Guardians of the Galaxy. Plus the post-apocalyptic Snowpiercer. Here are 33 science fiction and fantasy movies you need to know about this summer.
There's an amazing selection of BBC nature documentaries on sale today. The highlight for us is the Life/Planet Earth Special Edition set narrated by David Attenborough, but you really can't go wrong with any of these.
On April 28, 1944, a German E-boat sank two U.S. ships participating in training exercises for the Normandy invasion — a largely unknown incident that claimed the lives of 749 American soldiers and sailors. A robotic sub recently captured the most detailed images yet taken of the wrecks.
It’s been three years since the uneven Torchwood: Miracle Day ended its run, and fans are still waiting to hear if we’ll get another season of the Doctor Who spinoff.
Nerd Bastards recently asked Capt. Jack Harkness himself, John Barrowman, about the chances of another revival. Barrowman seemed game to return to the role that made him a sci-fi legend — he’s just waiting on the BBC to pull the trigger.
Barrowman said he believes there are still more than enough stories left to tell for Capt. Jack, even if it jumps ahead in time to answer questions left open from his stint on Doctor Who. Check out an excerpt from his comments below:
“I have no idea. I mean, that’s not my decision, that’s a decision for the BBC. The thing is, I go around with Eve and people to these conventions and we see the humongous following that we have and also the hunger that there is for Torchwood. If I’m asked to play Captain Jack Harkness again, I would do it at the drop of a hat. And also, the Arrow producers have said that if I’m asked to do something like that, they would let me. They would see that I was able to do it. I think there’s a lot more to tell, there’s a lot more out there. There are those missing years that Jack talked about, there’s how he becomes ‘The Face of Boe’, there’s all sorts of things. But it’s not up to me, it’s up to Russell, Julie Gardner, and the BBC.”
It’s been a treat to have Barrowman bouncing around the Arrow-verse as of late, but we’d love to see another run of Torchwood episodes. You’d have to wonder what effect the creative changeover might have, since Torchwood was always Russell T Davies’ baby, but why not bring him back to work with Who showrunner Steven Moffat on a limited Torchwood run to package with an upcoming season of Doctor Who? How could that not be awesome?
What do you think? Is Torchwood really over, or does it have one more resurrection left?
(Via Nerd Bastards)
Our technologies are rapidly evolving, and with it, the very nature of our personal lives. Here's how the era of tech-enabled intimacy will forever change the way we go about forming and maintaining relationships.
Over at The Nib, Zach Weinersmith has a hilarious webcomic about how scientists get government funding these days.
The award, which honors the best first SF/fantasy/horror novel of the year, will be presented at Balticon 48, May 23-26, 2014, where Gannon will receive an award plaque and check for $1,000, during the convention’s opening ceremonies. Selection is by vote of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society membership.
Reporters at the Los Angeles Times have used data from the California EPA to put together a fascinating interactive map that shows levels of pollution, water toxicity, and ozone concentrations over California. Surprise — most of the environmental impact is around freeways.
Chances are, you've used one of the many useful calculating tools available online: How much would a monthly mortgage cost me with today's interest rates? What time is it on another continent? But there are far more exotic and weird calculators on the Internet. Here are ten of the most unusual.
Things are about to heat up on The CW’s Arrow, and the gang is getting ready for a massive face off with a juiced-up Roy Harper. But does everyone make it out alive?
Caity Lotz, who plays Sarah Lance/Black Canary, dropped some major hints about what we can expect from tonight’s new episode “Seeing Red.” We already knew Team Arrow would be going toe-to-toe with a rogue Roy Harper, but it sounds like his Mirakuru-induced rage might just get him (or someone else) killed.
While talking to TV Line, Lotz teased her character will be at odds with Oliver (Stephen Amell) over how they should handle Roy now that he’s gone wild:
“Sara and Oliver have seen this before, and Roy is just too far gone, so Sara thinks he needs to be put down, definitely. She’s like, ‘He’s done. We’ve got to kill him.’ Boom!” — a stance that, of course, conflicts with Oliver’s particular vigilante policy. “He’s got the big ‘no killing’ thing, so yeah, that comes into play.”
Though it’ll be interesting to see the debate rages over Roy’s fate, as the clip below indicates, Roy has his own opinions about his continued survival. Judging by what we see here, it looks like he’ll make an extremely formidable foe for the gang.
Arrow airs Wednesday nights on The CW.
When last we heard of Beware the Batman, WB's latest DC animated series, it had been mysteriously yanked from the Saturday morning DC Nation block after a mere 11 episodes. Now CN will finally air the remaining 15... but at 3:00 am on Saturday nights.
The Avengers have assembled again, and though the fate of the world is at stake, the cast still wants to have a good time.
Avengers: Age of Ultron has been filming around the world for a few weeks now, and though we've already seen glimpses from the set of Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and more in action, this week marks the first time the entire cast is together for the production. That's according to Bruce Banner himself, Mark Ruffalo, who started tweeting about the production just a few hours ago. After teasing the official Marvel Twitter account a bit about posting photos, Ruffalo revealed two glimpses from the set, but of course, he wasn't about to get in trouble with his employers by posting spoilers. So instead, we get this glimpse of Black Widow...
...and this positively adorable photo of the reunion between Dr. Banner and Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr.
Downey also got in on the photo fun, posting this picture yesterday of himself with producer Jeremy Latcham. The outfit is...not quite the Iron Man armor, but safety vests are important too.
So, the gang's back together, and though they're not exactly letting us in on the finer points of Joss Whedon's next Marvel epic, they do seem to be having a good time, and if Avengers movies don't have a sense of fun, what's the point?
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1, 2015.
(Via Comic Book Movie)
One of the weirdest and funniest comics Image has ever produced just scored some major talent for its animated adaptation.
Back in 2009, Image Comics debuted a very strange detective series, Chew, about a parellel world where a mysterious avian flu caused chicken everywhere to be outlawed, leaving the FDA as the primary law of the land. There's black market poultry, Russian assassins, cyborgs and vampires, and smack dab in the middle is FDA agent Tony Chu, a man with a very strange talent -- he is a cibopath.
Translation: He can tell you the history of something by eating it.
This leads Tony on a hilariously bizarre journey in which he literally eats the dead in order to discover increasingly convoluted truths. It's wacky and weird, but it works
The idea is strong enough that an animated series is being crafted by the comic's creators, John Layman and Rob Guillory, along with Scott Boxenbaum. And that series just got a huge shot in the arm by grabbing two great actors -- The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun, and star/creator of every nerdy thing you've ever seen on the Internet, Felicia Day.
Yeun will be playing Tony, while Felicia will be taking on his love interest, Amelia Mintz, who, surprise, has a superpower of her very own. She's a saboscrivner, which is a fancy way of saying "whatever she writes about food, you will experience." Mintz, naturally, is a food critic.
This is exciting news, especially since Chew has been bounced around a bit since the cartoon was announced back in 2010. Hopefully, adding such cool talent to the mix will ground the project and get things really moving.
(via Comic Book Movie)
Drones can be used for so much more than delivering Amazon packages and killing people! For instance, they can also play a pretty mean cover of "Thus Spake Zarathustra."
Disney has decided to turn the nightmare song loop that is their "It's A Small World" ride into a feature film. Good luck getting this song out of your head today.
Greetings, all! Your friendly neighborhood post-apocalyptic fake mailman here, ready to answer your letters! And, apparently, deliver a bunch of Chinese restaurant menus? I have no idea where they're coming from. I just open my mailbag and they're already in there. It's kind of freaking me out.
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