We’re big fans of Orphan Black here at GFR. You might have noticed that during Nick’s post-game wrap-ups last season. Or all the times we’ve screamed indignantly about how OB’s mega-talented lead actress Tatiana Maslany was robbed — ROBBED, WE SAY! — when it came time for the Emmys. (We weren’t the only ones who felt that way.) Well, the show is returning for its second season next week, and to celebrate the occasion BBC America is airing a one-hour special Saturday night, the clunkily titled Orphan Black: The Cloneversation. (This is what you have wrought, Talking Dead!)
It seems like we’ve been writing about Star Wars: Episode VII forever now, and it feels even longer because there’s so little we know about it that’s actually been confirmed. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are all returning — probably. It’ll introduce their children as major characters — probably. It will involve use of the Force — probably. (Okay, that last one is more of a sure thing.) Well, you can add another detail to the probably pile, because scuttlebutt has it that the Episode VII production is recreating the iconic Tatooine sets in the desert.
What can’t those crazy apes do? If you look at these new high-resolution photos from director Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes there isn’t much that they’re not capable of. From handling shotguns to riding on horseback, these guys have evolved some serious skills.
Following the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this sequel—though still a prequel to the actual Planet of the Apes—there is a full-on war going down between humans and apes, and it is not going all that well for our side. After a deadly epidemic has ripped through the human population, only a pitiful handful of survivors remain. Trying to make a home in what used to be San Francisco, they’re technically trespassing and in order to survive they will need to make a tenuous peace with the apes, lead by Caesar (Andy Serkis). Even if they do manage to reach an accord, just given the title of the movies, we know that it won’t last a particularly long time.
I had high hopes for Syfy’s Defiance last year. It was nice to see the former Sci-Fi Network airing some actual sci-fi again. Plus, Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon was on board as a writer and executive producer. Maybe it’s just because my expectations were set at “Farscape,” but when Defiance finally premiered, it was something of a let-down. It wasn’t bad, mind you, just…not great. But I have to admit, the new trailer for season two up top looks pretty great, and there’s one other compelling reason I’ll be giving the show a second chance this summer: Linda Hamilton.
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you guys how much ruins your day when a wormhole opens up in the middle of the city right when you’re trying to get some lunch. Such is the case for the civilians who live inside the world of FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics, the Vertigo Comics series from Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez. Scientific conundrums like this, and many more, are on their way to the big screen. Warner Bros. has tapped screenwriter Justin Marks, who penned the script for Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, to take over writing duties for an FBP feature.
Here at GFR we’re big fans of so-called “retro posters.” The best example is artist Juan Ortiz’s excellent collection of Star Trek posters, one for each of the Original Series’ episodes. Using a variety of looks and styles, Ortiz has represented each Trek episode in its own unique way, from aping classic science fiction paperback covers to riffing on vintage movie poster designs. Artist Peter Stults’ “What if…” collection begins with that latter concept, but then takes it a step further. Rather than just designing a new poster for Ghostbusters that looks like it’s from the 1950s, he actually stops to consider who might have starred in Ghostbusters if it had been made back then. The only question is, which ‘buster would Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Woody Strode each be playing, respectively? (Who says Winston has to be the black guy? These are enlightened fake vintage posters, damn it!)