You know the old saying: “One good fantastically massive Godzilla trailer deserves another.” And so it shall be, now that Legendary has released the film’s international trailer. Now, I’d love to be the guy who tries to drum up interest by saying this trailer has “all new footage” and “never before seen shots,” but honestly the only thing that was added to this trailer is a shot of Ken Watanabe’s scientist character looking shocked without a helmet on.
The new RoboCop remake will be the point of a lot of contention until it’s released in February 2014. Paul Veroheven’s original 1987 science fiction film is considered a classic among cinephiles and genre fans. Many believe that the only reason to remake a classic like RoboCop is so the movie studio Sony can take advantage of the brand name and make more money with the popular property. While that just might be true, the actors and filmmakers behind the project say they are taking a different approach to the project.
In an interview with the remake’s star, Joel Kinnaman, the 34-year-old actor contends that they didn’t set out to simply remake RoboCop, but rather to build off the source material to make a different type of movie. With José Padilha in the director’s chair, there’s a good chance that Kinnaman might be right about the new RoboCop.
Today marks the 51st birthday of one of our very favorite people, Farscape’s Ben Browder, who was born on this day in 1962. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and went on to bring both some Southern charm and a neverending string of nicknames to Farscape’s peculiar corner of the universe as wayward astronaut John Crichton. In addition to being dashing, funny, charming as hell, and a damn-near-perfect everyman space hero, he was also half of some of the most scorching onscreen chemistry we’ve ever seen, along with Claudia Black as Aeryn Sun. Frankly, just talking about the guy makes me want to stop typing and go rewatch the show right this damn minute. (I tried to pull a pic with the bedroom eyes, so you’re welcome, ladies and thus-inclined gentlemen.)
I’ve said it till I’m blue in the face, but it’s frankly ridiculous that Ben Browder is not a massive star in the vein of Nathan Fillion. He basically was Nathan Fillion. Loved by genre fans, effortlessly charismatic, unfairly good looking, talented as hell. His beloved cult science fiction show got a longer run, but after Farscape and a stint in Stargate SG-1 he never got his “Castle” that launched him to crossover success. Instead he’s popped up briefly on shows like Chuck, Doctor Who, and Arrow, but none of them have used him to the extent he deserves. I don’t know, maybe he’s just enjoying a quiet retirement, but for god’s sake, people. All I want for Christmas is a new show with Browder in the leading role!
With all the developments happening around Terminator 5, it definitely sounds like the rekindled film series has some ambitious plans in the works. Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures are taking the Terminator film franchise and they’re turning it into a cinematic universe, just like the Marvel and X-Men film franchises, with a tie-in TV series in the works as well. Now the series might have found a rising star to take on the iconic role of John Connor, savior of humanity.
According to Movies.com, Australian actor Jason Clarke might take on the role of Connor, the leader of the human resistance against Skynet and the Terminator machines in the future. If so, Clarke would be the second actor to be cast in the new series, after the returning Arnold Schwarzenegger. Actresses Brie Larson and Emilia Clarke (no relation) are the frontrunners for the Sarah Connor role.
“Live. Die. Repeat.” The new science fiction film Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, won’t open in theaters until June 2014, but we’re getting a first look at it now with its new trailer. Based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need Is Kill, Edge of Tomorrow features a future war against alien attackers, and a soldier who dies in action, only to awaken again, reliving the day he died. Tom Cruise plays Lt. Col. Bill Cage, a soldier caught in a time loop during a battle with a hostile alien race known as Mimics. The trailer looks like a mix between Starship Troopers and a science fiction action version of Groundhog Day. Is it me, or is Tom Cruise too old to be playing a down-and-out soldier in the middle of combat? While he looks cool with a pimped-out mech suit/exoskeleton, it almost looks too comical to watch Tom Cruise move through a futuristic battle scene like the ones featured in the trailer above.
Orphan Black is one of the best shows of the past year, sci-fi or otherwise. Its compelling premise — that the protagonist realizes she’s a clone and that someone is trying to kill her, and the others who share her DNA — results in all kinds of action and science intrigue the likes of which haven’t been on television since Fringe. But what really surprised me about the show is its level of nuance, both in terms of plot development that explores the human costs of scientific ambition, and in terms of acting. Tatiana Maslany plays a half-dozen iterations of herself, and in the hands of a lesser actor this could have been a disaster, but she displays utter mastery over accents, idiosyncrasies, and emotions. Patrick J. Adams, one of the stars of Suits, has repeatedly declared his admiration for Maslany and for the show via social media. In fact, it appears that his demonstrations of love for Orphan Black have helped him snag a guest spot on the show’s second season.
Adams hasn’t shied away from his opinions regarding Maslany and her Emmy snub.
Tatiana Maslany not getting nominated for an Emmy is like breathing not being nominated for important thing to do.
— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) July 18, 2013