Costumers plying tourists for money isn’t anything new in Times Square: stop by and you’ll likely see a variety of characters to take a picture with, for a small fee. Now, the NYPD is asking Disney to help crack down.
Marvel Comics is launching a new series featuring the members of Guardians of the Galaxy: all of them. The galactic team-up will feature characters from the original lineup last seen in Guardians 3000, all the way up to the modern makeup.
It must be September: Halloween stuff is coming out.
|20 Halloween Stories – Scholastic Storybook Treasures: The Classic Collection|
|Comments||Includes Where the Wild Things Are, Creepy Carrots, Dinosaur Bones, The Day of the Dead, Dem Bones, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman, A Very Brave Witch, Space Case, Diary of a Spider, Los Gatos Black on Halloween, By the Light of the Halloween Moon, A Dark, Dark Tale, What’s Under My Bed, Strega Nona, The Three Robbers, Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, The Trip, Georgie, and The Wizard.|
|8 Action Movie Collection|
|Comments||Includes Ruslan aka Driven to Kill, Road of No Return, Silver Hawk, Taken in Broad Daylight, Crosshairs, Formosa Betrayed, Tunnel Vision, and Burning Daylight.|
|Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters|
|Comments||Includes … Meet Frankenstein, … Meet the Invisible Man, … Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and … Meet the Mummy.|
|Argevollen Collection 1|
|Comments||Mecha anime series, with part of the setup being that the mecha are, in part, mentally controlled.|
|Army of Frankensteins|
|Black Jesus: Season 1|
|Castle: Season 7|
|Chicago Fire: Season Three|
|Chicago P.D.: Season Two|
|Christopher Lee Triple Feature|
|Comments||Includes I, Monster 3D (with the old fashioned glasses for the 3D effect), Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace, and Secret of the Red Orchid.|
|Curious George: Season Eight|
|Dark Star: Giger’s World|
|The Face of an Angel|
|Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen: Season 12|
|Hawaii Five-O: Season Five|
|Hopalong Cassidy: The Ultimate Collector’s Edition|
|I’ll See You In My Dreams|
|Johnny Test: Seasons 1-5|
|K-On: Season 1|
|Comments||Sequel to the earlier Wuxia film “The Four”|
|The League: Season Six|
|Mad Max: Fury Road|
|Madam Secretary: Season 1|
|The Monster Collection – 16 Movies|
|Comments||Includes Snowbeast, Creature from the Haunted Sea, Beast from Haunted Cave, The Beast of Yucca Flats, The Mad Monster, The Giant Gila Monster, King of the Zombies, The Monster Maker, Lady Frankenstein, Sisters of Death, Monstrosity, Bride of the Gorilla, She Demons, Attack of the Giant Leeches, The Sound of Horror, and Moon of the Wolf.|
|My Teen Romantic Comedy Snafu|
|Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume 1|
|Comments||Includes Catalina Caper, The Creeping Terror, Bloodlust, and The Skydivers.|
|Nashville: Season Three|
|New Girl: Complete Season Four|
|One Piece Season Seven, Voyage 2|
|The Originals: Season 2|
|Peter Pan – Starring Mary Martin|
|Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky|
|Comments||Cult classic martial arts film based on an absurdly over the top manga.|
|Comments||A long out-of-print anime anthology film, which has finally been licensed rescued by Discotek Media.|
|Scorpion: Season 1|
|Sketchbook Full Color’s|
|Comments||Slice of life anime about a high school art club.|
|Star Wars: Rebels: Complete Season One|
|Trejo Trio: Danny Trejo Triple Feature|
|Comments||Includes 513 Degrees, Valley of Angels, and Babysitters Beware.|
|Vampire Diaries: Season 6|
Finally, the picks of the week. Blaine says, “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein is well worth the asking price of the monster collection, even if the others are weak at best.” Alex says, “Mad Max: Fury Road is my definite pick for this week – though I’ve also already pre-ordered Robot Carnival.”
Despite What People Are Seeing In Photographs, There Are Still No Rats And Lizards On Mars @ UPROXX » GammaSquad
Egor Orlov, Varvara Nazarova, and Thomas Clark present Augmented Biology: New Mode For Healthcare And Human Enhancement.
Egor Orlov, Varvara Nazarova, and Thomas Clark
Egor Orlov is a speculative architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He specializes on the conceptual modeling of the future cities. Varvara Nazarova is an architect and urban planner. Thomas Clark is a linguist.
AUGMENTED BIOLOGY: NEW MODE FOR HEALTHCARE AND HUMAN ENHANCEMENT
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FrightFest 2015 Day 3: Metal, monsters and mayhem @ SciFiNow - The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
J.K. Rowling Enjoys Tom Felton And Matthew Lewis’ Rivalry As Much As The Fans Do @ UPROXX » GammaSquad
Binging TV shows is something everyone can enjoy: currently, I’ve been working my way (again) through Futurama, and I’m contemplating tackling Stargate: SG-1 again at some point, which got me thinking: What’s the best show out there to binge on?
Six hundred million light years away, a pair of black holes spiral furiously about one another at the brilliant core of a starburst galaxy.
I’ve been fascinated by all things ‘Geek History’ in the last couple of years, and recently, I’ve been trying to read up a bit more on the history of gaming. If that’s something that you’d like to read up on a bit more, Richard Stanton’s A Brief History of Video Games: The Evolution Of A Global Industry is probably the book that you’re looking for.
In case you haven’t heard, September 23, 2015 is the latest date when a subset of religious fundamentalists, conspiracy theorists, and Youtube buffoons insist absolutely, positively, the world will end! You know, just like it did in December 2012 and January 2000 and all those other prophetic dates.
Spoiler: there’s no reason to believe the world will end that day. However, September 23 will mark the autumnal equinox, and so, for this Summer Weekend Review, we’re discussing you Equinox. Made by college students for $6500.00 in 1967, it became a cult hit, and its creators were given time and money to film new sequences, stretching the movie to feature-length and gaining it wider distribution. Rereleased in 1970, the film influenced such people as George Lucas, Richard O’Brien, and Sam Raimi, received praise from Ray Harryhausen, and features cameos by Fritz Leiber and Forrest J. Ackerman.
Cast, Crew, and Other Info:
Directed by Jack Woods, Mark Thomas McGee, Dennis Murran
Written by Jack Woods, Mark Thomas McGee
Edward Connell as David Fielding
Barbara Hewitt as Susan Turner
Frank Bonner as Jim Hudson
Robin Christopher as Vicki
Jack Woods as Asmodeus
James Phillips as Reporter Sloan
Fritz Leiber as Dr. Arthur Waterman
Forrest J. Ackerman as Doctor on tape
Special Effects by David Allen, Jim Danforth, Dennis Muren, Ralph Rodine, David Stipes
A group of young people seek a reclusive professor whose discovery of a Necronomiconesque tome unleashes demonic forces.
The film exists as a fun if dated example of how to make an interesting fantasy film with very little money.
David suddenly recalls who Asmodeus is in mythology, after hearing him drop his name multiple times, and encountering strange phenomena and threatening monsters? Did he know the name or not?
They recognize Jim as Asmodeus in disguise because he’s acting wooden and unnatural. You know, the way everyone has been acting the entire film.
Effects: 5/6 The special effects, while clearly special effects, are oddly engaging. People see Equinox largely for its fun visuals…
Acting: 3/6 …because they certainly don’t watch it for the acting. The leads deliver stilted dialogue rather woodenly. The obligatory creepy old guy makes some amends.
Production: 4/6 The film strangely recalls an old Star Trek episode.
Story: 4/6 The story exists as an excuse to display nifty, if campy, low-budget effects. The framing sequences, part of the extended version, have been constructed with some thought, and they provide an effective, uncertain ending.
Emotional Response: 4/6
Overall: 4/6 The filmmakers crafted an unusual film, with an underlying mythology that falls somewhere between late-60s occultism and Jack Chick tracts. Regardless, if you enjoy fantasy or horror, you should see Equinox.
In total, Equinox receives 28/42.
Kingsley Air National Guard Base, located in Southern Oregon’s Klamath Falls, is home to America’s only F-15C/D training unit, the 173th Fighter Wing. It is sometimes referred to as “K-Falls,” or more often “the land of no slack” due to the incredibly hard curriculum would-be Eagle Drivers must go through to earn their place in the famous jet’s ejection seat.
A pair of dinosaur sculptures in the lawn of a Texas home has upset their local homeowner’s association. Seriously, who has a problem with dinosaurs?
It appears that some raccoons are more adventurous than others, and that even in the animal kingdom, there’s always that one sibling that’s tasked with making sure that the other stays out of trouble.
Since its release in August of 2012 playing the subscription-free PC MMORPG Guild Wars 2 has been a simple matter of purchasing the initial game. Starting today you don’t even have to do that.
Suicide Squad has officially wrapped, and to commemorate the moment, director David Ayer snapped a pretty epic picture of the cast and crew.
And rather than just taking photos of cosplayers at PAX, I decided to join them.
If you live in Seattle and you need a ride to Valhalla, you’re in luck. The driver-on-demand app Uber is running a promotion with the new Mad Max video game that puts passengers inside post-apocalyptic-inspired vehicles.
This week’s stories are about the housing crisis. They’re about ruthless politicians screwing everyone over in service of their own power games. And how making people safe means stripping them of everything that makes them real and worthwhile. And yes, these stories are speculative fiction and not articles from Reason Magazine.
David Ayer Celebrated The End Of Production For ‘Suicide Squad’ With This Massive Cast Photo @ UPROXX » GammaSquad
Sam Worthington and Ruth Wilson are set to star in The Titan, an elevated sci-fi feature produced by: Brian Kavanaugh-Jones’ Automatik, Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken’s 42, and Arash Amel. The film is set to start production January 18 in Europe with Lennart Ruff directing. Voltage Pictures will launch international sales on the film during the upcoming Toronto Film Festival with CAA handling domestic sales; Leon Clarance and Motion Picture Capital will be producing and fully financing. Sofia Boutella will also star.
Based on an original story by Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco), and written by Max Hurwitz (Hell on Wheels), The Titan is a fresh take on the genre – set in a not too distant future, the story tracks the riveting journey of a military family who are relocated in order to take part in a ground-breaking experiment of man’s genetic evolution into space.
Worthington just wrapped Lionsgate’s The Shack and can be seen next in Working Title’s Everest, which is opening the Venice Film Festival. He is set to shoot Hacksaw Ridge with Mel Gibson directing this fall before going on to do The Titan, followed by James Cameron’s Avatar sequels.
Ruth Wilson is a Golden Globe winner for best actress in a TV drama for her role in The Affair, which will return to screens in the fall. She was recently nominated for a Tony Award for her role in Constellations. She is a two-time Olivier Award winner for her performances in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Anna Christie. Wilson received a BAFTA nomination and Golden Globe nomination for her role in the BBC miniseries, Jane Eyre.
“The Titan is, at its core, a love story that is set in the pioneering edge of space exploration, a world of fear and wonder, says Arash. “In Brian and Ben, I’ve been lucky enough to find smart, dedicated producing partners to embark on this adventure with, and we now find ourselves surrounded by a highly talented group of artists led by Ruth Wilson and Sam Worthington, under the direction of the incredible Lennart Ruff. I’m very excited that this team will be bringing this passion project to the screen, and to continue the relationship with Automatik, 42, and Motion Picture Capital.”
Kavanaugh-Jones adds, “When Arash shared his vision of The Titan with me, I was blown away. To pair that vision with the directing talent of Lennart Ruff and the incredible acting talent of Sam and Ruth is a dream come true. And I’m absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with old friends in Leon Clarance, Voltage and 42.”
“I look forward to working with Brian again and to collaborating with Voltage, 42 and Arash on this brilliantly atmospheric, character-driven sci-fi thriller. Sam Worthington, Ruth Wilson, and Sofia Boutella form a hugely talented ensemble cast, and their performances will bring to life Max Hurwitz’s innovative and original script,” said Clarance.
“The production team has delivered an amazing cast to compliment a highly inventive and unique script and after seeing Lennart’s award winning short film, we believe this is exactly the type of material that our buyers will respond to,” stated the Voltage team.
Motion Picture Capital is also working with Automatik on the recently announced Zach Whedon film, Come and Find Me.
The Titan will start shooting in January 2016.
Introduce Yourself To The Hippo Butt Leech: The World’s Most Disgusting Stowaway @ UPROXX » GammaSquad
Alex tries to become humanities savior in Dominion season 2, episode 5, Son of the Fallen.
For Fans Of Dominion
DOMINION HEIRS OF SALVATION
Life on Mars may sound glamorous, but in reality it’s going to mean a lot of time crammed in a small bubble with a few other humans. This could end very badly. So to practice, NASA has taken to sticking people in domes and keeping them isolated for months on end.
This Alternate ‘Dark Knight’ Theory Makes The Case For A Wildly Misconstrued And Heroic Joker @ UPROXX » GammaSquad
FrightFest 2015 Day 2: ghouls, ghosts and devils @ SciFiNow - The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
THE APEX BOOK OF WORLD SF 4 Interviews: Meet Rocío Rincón, Nene Ormes, Bernardo Fernandez & Celeste Baker @ SF Signal
When I first set out to fly some hobby drones, I had no idea where to go. I had to scour the web to figure out where I could fly without getting into trouble. Even then, I found precious little info. The FAA’s new iPhone app sounds exactly like what I was looking for.
MONSTROUS LITTLE VOICES: FIVE STORIES FROM SHAKESPEARE’S FANTASTIC WORLD: Five Stories He Never Told, But Could Have @ SF Signal
The short anime comedy Bureau of Proto Society takes us to a post-apocalyptic bunker, when the last remnants of humanity live isolated from the world. The bunker’s historians gather each day to try to debate how the world ended—and once you see their historical sources, you’ll understand their confusion.
The Vision was by far the most secretive part of Avengers: Age of Ultron as we led up to its release. But now that he’s out there and we know where he fits in
, Marvel is finally opening up about the creation of the character. A new video even equates him to a delicious summer beverage: the gin and tonic.
Watching a fringe-lipped bat swooping down to eat a tungara frog will give you a new appreciation for bats as predators. It will also give you a new appreciation for how much male frogs want to mate.
It’s a funny thing: We have the technology to launch and fly a craft all the way from our planet to other parts of the solar system, but one of the trickiest parts is sticking the landing.
Our writers run down their sci-fi, fantasy and horror-themed plans for this coming weekend. What's on your list?
Good news, bad news: most Kindergarten-aged kids in America are still getting all their shots. But the CDC continues to worry about those stubborn pockets with low rates of vaccination (and, presumably, high rates of uncooperative parents).
[SF/F/H Link Post] DUNE at 50; E.T. is NOT a Jedi; Why South Africa Needs Science Fiction, Z for Zachariah @ SF Signal
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The Bourne movies are one of the best spy-fi franchises out there, and the next entry returns with the best pieces intact. After a one-film departure, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass will start making the fifth Bourne movie next week, and the actor teased why now was the perfect time to come back.
Destroy all the bullets. But since we can’t do that because the sanctity of America rests on people’s ability to shoot things, destroy some bullets. Like these 2000 bullets that are probably passed their lifetime! Turns out, bullets make for some crazy works of fire. It’s basically explosive popcorn.
Today on Highlight Reel we have Rocket League trick shots, Battlefield 4 plays, illegal wrestling moves, and much more!
Better order an extra in-flight cocktail for this terrifying tale of zombie horror at 20,000 feet.
The third season of Defiance comes to an end tonight, and co-star Julie Benz promises the epic faceoff between the townsfolk and man-eating alien Omec will not disappoint.
Michael B. Jordan Gives Comic Book Movies Another Shot With The Vampire Comedy ‘Blood Brothers’ @ UPROXX » GammaSquad
What Joe Dante is linking to is an article with the Key and Peele sketch “’Gremlins 2 Brainstorm,’” which is not just an accurate description of how Gremlins 2 was written, but appears like a direct link to the mind of every sequel writer’s room ever.
Your “to read” pile is about to get much more massive. This fall’s science fiction and fantasy books include new titles by legends like Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Stephen King, Jim Butcher and Tanya Huff. You’re not ready for this! Which is why we’re getting you ready, with our guide to fall books.
I mean, grumpiness is part and parcel of being the Batman. Darkness. No parents. Being called “The Dark Knight” means grumpiness is part of the job. But my god, the look on this figure’s face is so comically brooding that it looks like Batman’s just having the biggest sulk of his life.
Silent but deadly: The best Star Wars characters with no dialogue that deserve their own spinoff @ Blastr
They said not a word, but you remember them. Now it's their turn in the spotlight.
We know that some bee larvae develop into queens and other bee larvae develop into workers because they were fed differently. Until now we didn’t know what “ingredient” in the food made queens. It turns out to be not an additive but an absence that makes workers.
“Funky, some overripe fruit, leaning more into barnyard flavors, dried hay, grass...horse blanket, horse-like...a little bit of cheese rind...blue cheese, parmesan...”
Here’s the life cycle of a monarch butterfly. From the wild green creepy critter crawler caterpillar to the unassuming cocoon to the beautifully complex and intricate butterfly itself. We get to see the entire process and it’s like a magic trick, enter one way and exit completely different. Nature is always the best magician.
After Sailor Moon Crystal failed to reignite the magical girl genre this year, the idea of a western deconstruction of it in a comic like Zodiac Starforce, which began this week, is enough of a hook to pull you in. And although the comic sets up an interesting new world, its not without a few faults.
The Official ‘Star Wars’ Facebook Page Had A Pointed Response To A Dumb, Sexist Comment @ UPROXX » GammaSquad
We don’t have the funding but we have the target: the New Horizons spacecraft will adjust its course to make a flyby of Kuiper Belt Object MU69 in January 2019. This will be the most distant world ever explored.
Festival Hit ‘Blood Punch’ Opens August 28th Die A Different Way At Hollywood’s Arena Cinema @ SciFi Pulse
Nicolas Winding Refn, the director of Bronson, Drive, and the upcoming Neon Demon, has a problem. That problem is his insane amount of exploitation posters from New York’s down and dirty Times Square days. To solve this problem, he put them into a book, and it’s fucking crazy.
The time has come for me to make a difficult announcement: August is my last month as a staffer at io9. I am taking many slow, deep breaths and trying not to cry.
Sam Worthington & Ruth Wilson Board THE TITAN, An Automatik / 42 / Motion Picture Capital Production @ SciFi Pulse
These 10 Star Wars books will teach you more about the series and the dark side.
Andrew is a self-diagnosed sci-fi fanatic. He and his Dad watched late night reruns of Star Trek. An avid model builder, his Enterprise model adorning his dresser is stained from Earl Grey Tea. He studied creative writing at the University of Michigan. Andrew hopes to write a science fiction novel.
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1. Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
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As always, videogames and comic books remain fertile ground for film studios to mine — and the hit first-person shooter Borderlands seems to be next in line.
Dearest Internet mammals: This is it. After years of faithful service, I’m leaving io9. If you’re reading this, you already know how special this place is, so I’ll do my best to keep this brief and spare you my gushing praise. But, if you’ll permit me just a tiny bit of gushing, I’d like to say a little about what working here has meant to me.
It’s not a surprise that the success of Fear the Walking Dead has spurred AMC to make more content set in that period. But this time, they’re going to make a special that both stands alone and introduces a new character to one of the ongoing series.
“The book combines my favorite aspects of my favorite authors into one. James Patterson-the master of the psycho killer who kidnaps girls, Patricia Cornwell-scientific thriller, and Dean Koontz-really spooky plots.”
Want a free audiobook, narrated by yours truly?
Here’s your chance. I have a limited number of free downloads on Audible to giveaway for my latest narration project, Shatter Point, written by Jeff Altabef.
When her 19-year-old son Jack miraculously recovers from a serious head trauma, Maggie is sure her luck has changed. But when she’s abducted by a shadow from her past – a phantom with dangerous sapphire eyes – it’s up to Jack and his younger brother Tom to unravel the mystery and save their mom from a deadly psychological battle.
The brothers seek help from their colorful great aunt, who exposes them to a world of nefarious family secrets, explosive government conspiracies, and a series of horrific murders. Together they must navigate a dark underworld full of political subterfuge and class warfare.
Yet as they search for their mother, Jack changes—he’s raked by skull splitting headaches and weird visions. How exactly did he recover from his coma, and how does this tie into the psychopath who’s abducted their mother?
Will Jack and Tom save Maggie before Cooper reaches his shatter point? Does Jack have enough time left?
Just shoot me an email asking for the audiobook. It’s just that simple. I need your email so I can send the audiobook download code through Audible.
Don’t have an Audible subscription? That’s fine, you don’t need one. If you have an Amazon login, just use that. If not, you have to create an account (no subscription required to do that either).
While it’s not required, I would really appreciate you leaving a review on Audible and tell your friends about it. It’s one of the best books I’ve gotten to narrate and would love to have as many people get into it as possible.
This is just a giveaway by me, from me. Bureau42.com and the other authors have nothing to do with it. Also, I won’t keep your email address or sell it. I just need it for the gifting tool on Audible.
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “Greater Good” and “Skarling’s Chair” @ Tor.com
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