Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. – Sagan

Monday, January 23, 2012

“Archetype” is a zero-budget short that will blow your mind

Check out this short film produced by Aaron Sims, who’s worked on the aliens in Green Lantern, and apes in Rise of The Planet of The Apes. It was produced on a shoe-string budget but looks amazingly well done.

Synopsis: RL7 is an eight-foot tall combat robot that goes on the run after malfunctioning with vivid memories of once being human. As its creators and the military close in, RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its mysterious visions and past.

According to Film Sketchr, a feature length film is being planned. Where do I pay my $9 and change?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

More Star Trek 2 rumors: On again, off again

Here’s an interesting tidbit from our friends at Variety: JJ Abrams is casting Peter Weller to play an unspecified role in the next Trek flick. Weller is best known for his roles in films such as Mighty Aphrodite, Robocop, Robocop II and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension and more recently appearances on Dexter, Fringe and 24.

The Vulture has a totally conflicting rumor that talks broke down between Benicio Del Toro and Paramount involving money and he won’t be hired on to play the film’s villain after all. Then they go on to say that Khan will indeed be the villain in the next film, contrary to other rumors. To me, it seems a little uninspired and a downer. We’ll see, remember that these are all rumors.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Star Trek 2 release date and fist images of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus

According to Deadline, the next Star Trek film has gotten a release date: May 17, 2013. That’s over a year away, so expect some juicy bits of details to be revealed in that time. There is no title yet and all the key cast members are returning, which is great since I thought their performances were all excellent.

Prometheus, the self-described Alien prequel, is another exciting project coming up. Word on the street is that it’s own story in it’s own right, but basically takes place in the Alien universe before the events of the original Alien films.

Here’s a synopsis of the film:

Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Mmmm. And here are some Entertainment Weekly scans to wet your appetite:

Prometheus movie website. The IMDB page is here.

And I’d like to take this time to remind you of a show on the Science Channel produced by Ridley Scott called Prophets of Science Fiction. It’s definitely worth watching if you get the Science Channel.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Next Trek Villain: Benicio del Toro?

The guys at Giant Freaking Robot got word from Variety that the next JJ Abrams Star Trek flick may have Benicio del Toro playing the main villain. And if previous rumors hold true, that would have him playing a freaking Klingon. Sounds good to me.

Benicio del Worfo?

Since Klingons make no appearance in the first film, I’m excited to see what Abram’s brand of Klingons would look like. Remember how different Klingons looked when comparing TOS Klingons and the films/TNG Klingons? Yeah, I’m expecting even more awesomeness.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New Riddick sequel slated for 2012

I’ll let you in on a dirty little secret: I am a big fan of the Riddick series. Loved Pitch Black and I loved The Chronicles of Riddick. I’m particularly impressed with the art direction in the last film, from the ship designs to the interiors of the ships, the costumes and armor, and the general ambiance. So it should come as no surprise that i have been patiently following the rumors surrounding the third installment of the series, a sequel to Chronicles. It’s been whispered around the internet for years, only lately solidifying into an actual work in progress.

Of course, Vin Diesel will reprise his role as Riddick. Karl urban will also come back as Lord Vaako. Now it’s reported that Bokeem Woodbine, Katee Sackhoff, Andreas Apergis, and Dave Bautista have been offered roles in the film.

Here is a synopsis of the film:

Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick (Diesel) fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.

The Chronicles of Riddick came out in 2004. If the sequel does in fact come in 2012, that would make it an 8 year gap, plenty of time for a decent plot to be written. Crossing my fingers.

Concept art Vin Diesel posted on his Facebook page. Click to enlarge.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

An argument for more “hard science” in Science Fiction

Thought provoking article by Madeline Ashby entitled A Moral Argument for Hard Science Fiction.

All too often in fiction, we choose to batter our science and technology in a thick coating of McGuffin and then deep-fry it in a vat of boiling handwavium. But just as we should avoid an ignorant depiction of human beings whenever possible, we should also avoid ignorant depictions of science and technology — because how we discuss science and technology is inherently political.

Friday, September 9, 2011

45 Years of Trek

My first Trek Experience was with the Original Series when I was 10 years old, and since then I was hooked. In fact, it wasn’t until the premier of The Next Generation that I became a full on Trekkie. I remember reading about the new series on the back of a serial box while getting ready for school. There were factoids about the series and some photos of the ship and crew. but what really stood out was a large photo of Jean Luc Picard posing with Dr. Crusher and Wesley. I cut out that cereal box back and kept it for as long as I could remember it, but finally losing track of it several years later in a move. But that was my first TNG memory, and it was before the series actually premiered on TV. Going back and re-watching the whole series, I’m amazed at how much new stuff I pick up after the initial viewing of it.

Some links you’ll enjoy:

Cereal Box promo with Troi (Marina Sirtis), Wesley (Will Wheaton), and Riker (Jonathan Frakes).

Trek Infographic. Source:
The entire history of Star Trek is in this timeline infographic.

Ars Explores 45 years of Star Trek

Wired: Liftoff for the Starship Enterprise (orig. Sep. 8, 2008)

14 things you may not know about Star Trek

Why Star Trek has stayed so popular.

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