One of the biggest winners of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, which went from something we were looking forward to, to something we need to see RIGHT DAMN NOW thanks to the amazing footage Warner Bros. premiered at the Con. With almost no dialogue at all, the footage served up a jaw-dropping mix of crazy post-apocalyptic vehicles, starkly beautiful wastelands, and more than a little of the old ultra-violence. Also, a shaven-headed Charlize Theron with a cybernetic arm, something that should not be nearly as confusingly attractive as it is. Now the blokes over at ComicBookMovie have shared three new shots of Tom Hardy as Max. I’m guessing the albino gentlemen up top erased something off Max’s solar-powered DVR.
By Grabthar’s hammer!
So good you’ll forget it’s a fan film.
Marvel’s latest doesn’t disappoint.
If there’s one thing the internet has taught us, it’s that Lego creations are awesome. Okay, if there’s only one thing the internet has taught us, it’s that people will never get tired of cat videos. But the Lego thing would still be somewhere in the top five, ideally above any of the lessons involving pornography you can’t unsee. But as awesome as Lego creations are in and of themselves, we love them even more when they’re recreating some of our favorite movies, TV shows, and so on. That’s a big part of why the Lego Batman/Harry Potter/Indiana Jones games are so much fun. So when it comes to Lego versions of iconic settings from the Back to the Future series, you had our attention long before you hit 88 miles per hour.
After Guardians of the Galaxy releases this weekend, the next big geek milestone on our calendar is the August 23 premiere of Doctor Who’s eighth (modern) season, with Peter Capaldi officially making the role of the time lord his own. Having read the first five scripts for the season, we can safely say that Capaldi’s Doctor is very different from David Tennant and Matt Smith’s portrayals of the character: colder, more alien, more temperamental. And as showrunner Steven Moffat has said several times now, don’t expect him to be swapping flirtatious banter with Clara. Half the time he wanders off, you’re left wondering if he’ll come back for her at all.
The season premiere episode is titled “Deep Breath,” and here’s the official synopsis:
The Doctor has regenerated and now Clara has to deal with the fact that her best friend appears to have changed completely… Meanwhile the newly regenerated Time Lord must face a terrifying monster as the Twelfth Doctor’s era begins in dramatic style!
As I type this, the first screenings for Marvel’s deep space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy are getting underway all across the world. It’s been coming for a long, long time, and now we can finally sit back in a dark theater and watch it for ourselves. (And it is totally awesome.) The film is tracking to be a hit, and breaking box office records already, but the comic book giant isn’t wasting any time planning the future of the franchise. They’ve already announced Guardians of the Galaxy 2, scheduled it for July 28, 2017, and now we’re hearing the first rumblings of what the story could be, and the expanded role of some key players.
Be warned, there are some mild SPOILERS if you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet, and if you haven’t, shame on you, you should be watching it right now.
15 years ago, a strange little movie called Galaxy Quest opened in theaters. A spoof of maybe the most beloved single television show in history, Star Trek, Dean Parisot’s film was a moderate hit at the box office, but has become a fan favorite over the years. It was even voted as the 7th best Trek movie by attendees at a recent convention, beating out the like of Star Trek Into Darkness, Generations, and even the first motion picture in the franchise. There has been sporadic talk about Galaxy Quest 2 from time to time—the adventure of the crew of the NSEA Protector will actually be continued in comic book form—but one of the stars insists that there was in fact a finished script at one point.
At MTV, Jordan Hoffman put together an oral history of Galaxy Quest. Not only is it a fantastic read, it’s an exhaustive examination of the production, release, and lasting impact of a cult favorite. It’s a long piece, but totally worthwhile, and there is talk throughout of a potential follow up. Tim Allen, who plays the William Shatner-esque Jason Nesmith—an actor who, in turn, plays the Captain Kirk-esque Commander Peter Quincy Taggart—says, “There’s a sequel somewhere. It’s written, but I haven’t really gotten a straight answer about it, but Hollywood is a very peculiar place. It is none of my business.”
Perusing the upcoming slate of shows currently in development or production over at Syfy, there are definitely a few popular types of shows that the network hopes to capitalize on. Among others, there’s a clone drama (Clone), a time travel adventure (12 Monkeys), and, of course, zombies. Their upcoming entry into the undead sweepstakes, Z Nation is set to debut this September, and now we have our first good look at the series.
Aside from the bare bones of the story and set up, you don’t learn too much about Z Nation from this trailer. Action and post-zombie mayhem are the key features in this video, that and a zombie baby. You can bet their going to play that card in order to traumatize a character that can’t believe he has to shoot a baby in the head. People seem to have a big problem doing that.