Guardians Of The Galaxy: Animatronic Rocket Raccoon Is The Stuff Of Nightmares

Well, this isn’t terrifying at all. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is full to overflowing with strange, unusual, and otherwise memorable characters, but none of them connected with audiences this summer quite like Rocket Raccoon (maybe Groot, but what the hell, he’s a big, goofy, good-natured alien tree who only says three words, and he dances, how can you not love him?). On the surface he may look cute and cuddly, but, as with a real raccoon, you definitely don’t really want pick him up and give him a squeeze. That won’t end well. But fortunately you won’t want to hug this talking Japanese Rocket android, because it is straight up horrifying.

Guardians director James Gunn shared this video on his Facebook page, adding, “Animatronic Japanese Rocket answers reporter’s questions and a little bit freaks me out.” That’s one way to say it, and it is certainly more polite and political than exploding with, “holy this thing scares the crap out of me and will haunt my nightmares until the day I die.” Such a reaction may have been a bit out of line, especially considering that he and his movie are responsible for making the furry little bastard something of a global phenomenon.


Lost Time Trailer Sticks Genre Vets In The Middle Of An Alien Abduction Mystery

I have no expectations for alien abduction thrillers these days, especially from indie studios. The plot is almost always the same, and the events playing out in a suitably predictable fashion. But I’ve got reasonably high hopes for Christian Sesma’s soon-to-be-released thriller Lost Time, though perhaps it’s because it looks like a solid episode of The X-Files. (Which is already far more exciting than I Want to Believe.)

The film recently released a trailer, seen above, and it culls together some genre heavies to tackle this mystery with otherworldly consequences. Rochelle Vallese, who co-wrote the film with Sesma and Kenneth Owens, stars as Valerie Dreyfuss, who receives terrible news from a doctor’s visit before watching her sister Melissa (Jenni Blong) get taken away by an alien craft. Sounds like as shitty a day as I’ve ever experienced. Except she doesn’t even remember what happened, so she probably just thinks her sister was taken by human beings.


Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Thinks 1984 Could Become A Reality

sotomayorWhile many people serving in the government don’t seem to understand the first thing about science or technology, it’s good to see that some politicians are paying attention to the consequences of technological development. Addressing faculty and students of Oklahoma City University last week, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor warned about how lack of privacy could lead to a dystopian and “Orwellian world.”

As with many of us, 1984, and the ways in which it accurately predicted the impact of technology and privacy invasions, has stuck with Sotomayor. Because of technology that enables devices and people to “listen to your conversations from miles away and through your walls,” she said that our modern society is “in that brave new world, and [is] capable of being in that Orwellian world, too.”


Star Wars Rebels Returns With A Trailer, TV Spot, And Two Cameo-Filled Clips

Hey, did you know there’s a animated Star Wars series called Star Wars Rebels on the way? If you somehow missed that, don’t worry, because Lucasfilm had taken great pains to rectify that oversight, showing up with a new trailer, two clips, and a TV spot for the upcoming addition to the franchise, which just so happens to be the first new piece of the canon since Disney took over the reins and redefined exactly what that means.

First up is the latest trailer. Rebels takes place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, as the Galactic Empire tightens its grip on the galaxy. Within this tyrannical system, rebellion springs up, and the action follows a group of insurgents that are the first sprouts of what eventually blossoms into the Rebel Alliance of the original trilogy.


Star Wars: Episode VII’s Villain Could Be A Descendent Of An Earlier Enemy

DookuStar Wars: Episode VII is more than 15 months away, but when has that ever stopped people from talking about Star Wars? Reports, rumors, and set photos have been flying around pretty much since Disney bought out Lucasfilm and announced there would be more movies, and many of these have revolved around potential villains (knowing that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are all back gives us at least a face to put on the good guys), and now we’re hearing new details about who those who inhabit the Dark Side of the Force.

As usual, there are SPOILERS beyond this point, read on with caution. And, as always, this report is unsubstantiated and unofficial, so take it with a grain of salt.


New Type Of Male Birth Control On The Way

condomsRemember back in sex ed when your teacher demonstrated how to put on a condom by using a banana? That was probably the best argument for abstinence I can think of. Even though it was back in the fifth grade, I still have vivid memories of my teacher, who was fairly old, struggling with to get the condom out of the package, and then over the tip of the banana, which seemed at the time to be frighteningly large. The males in the class seemed even more freaked out at the thought of one day putting one on themselves, and suddenly birth control pills seemed like a pretty good idea (understandably, our teacher didn’t bring up the possibility of a vasectomy). Sex ed teachers will soon have another form of male birth control to tell students about — something called Vasalgel, which works by blocking sperm from leaving the vas deferens.

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