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Japanese Posters For Alien, Enemy Mine, And Others Are Bonkers In The Best Way

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I may not be sure of many things in this life, but one thing I am sure of is that the Japanese posters for some of my favorite science fiction films are straight-up bonkers, and in the very best way possible. Sometimes it’s just that the Japanese lettering plastered all over everything is actually perfectly consistent with the universe of the story, as with this Blade Runner poster.

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Back To The Future Was Never Supposed To Have A Sequel, And Here’s Why

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BTTFendingI remember how amazing the ending of the original Back to the Future was back in good old 1985. Not only had we just sat through a thrilling and hilarious film that felt like an instant classic, but then Doc shows up in a crazy outfit, telling Marty and Jennifer they’ve got to go deal with their kids. In the future. In a goddamn flying car. It was like writer/director Robert Zemeckis leaned in and said, “You liked that, did you? Well, check this shit out!” But it turns out that unforgettable closing scene wasn’t actually intended to set up a sequel at all.

With Back to the Future 2’s target future of 2015 only a month away, the folks at Uproxx decided to dig into the history of the franchise, including the fact that BTTF was never intended as a franchise starter. Speaking to Empire Magazine way back in 2010, Zemeckis said:

We’d never designed the first Back to the Future to have a sequel. The flying car at the end was a joke, a great payoff. We thought this would be really hard to unravel and do again. But when you make a movie that’s as successful as Back to the Future, it becomes this piece of corporate real estate. It becomes bigger than you as a filmmaker. You’re basically given a decision: we’re making a sequel, do you want to be involved in it or not?

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Star Wars Propaganda Posters Dare You To Choose Empire Or Rebellion

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CircleWith the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer having broken the internet this past Friday, it’s safe to say that many people are more excited about Star Wars right now than they have been in years. After all the rumor and speculation in the two years since Disney purchased Lucasfilm and announced their intent to produce more Star Wars movies, the trailer finally gave us our first glimpse of what George Lucas’ universe will look like filtered through the brain of director J.J. Abrams. The trailer also suggests that the struggle between the theoretically victorious Rebel Alliance and the entrenched Imperial forces may take a lot longer to wrap up than we suspected during Return of the Jedi’s closing credits. So, if that battle is to continue, which side will you be rooting for, the Light Side or the Dark? Before you decide, maybe consider these stunning Star Wars propaganda posters by artist Russell Walks.

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I, Robot Color Plates From The Harlan Ellison Illustrated Screenplay Are Simply Gorgeous

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I actually liked a lot about Alex Proyas’ 2004 I, Robot. It may not be a perfect adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s beloved “Robot” stories, but I enjoyed it as a riff on those ideas and as its own thing, even though it’s far from a perfect movie and it does contain 100% more jigginess than I feel Isaac Asimov intended. But the version of I, Robot I’d really love to see is the one presented in the excellent I, Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay. That book charts Asimov and Harlan Ellison’s attempts to bring a the story to the big screen. As with many Ellison-related tales, it’s equal parts fascinating, tragic, and hilarious, and it’s a fascinating look at a slice of “what if” science fiction history. It’s also accompanied by gorgeous hand-painted illustrations by artist Mark Zug. Just check out the cover art:

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The Movie Drafted Will Ask, What If You Were Conscripted To Fight Aliens?

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DraftedWe scrappy Earthlings have been tussling with aliens for decades now…at least in our imaginations. Whether it’s Earth’s own natural defenses taking down Martian invaders in H.G. WellsThe War of the World or Johnny Rico and company blasting bugs in Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, science fiction is forever examining how our own warlike nature would hold up when confronted with alien enemies. Now another of those stories is headed for the small screen, as Marc Powers’ comic series Drafted is being developed into a potential feature film.

First published in 2007 by Devil’s Due Entertainment, Drafted imagines a future where mankind has made first contact with an alien species…but our new cosmic neighbors have got some really bad news for us. Specifically, that there’s a massive intergalactic invasion on the way, and mankind can either join the fight to help or look forward to being obliterated by those invaders. That’s the sort of threat where desperate actions are needed, so men, women, and children alike are drafted into the fight, and that fight goes well. But in its aftermath, as Deadline puts it, the “humans learn they may have been helping the wrong side all along.” Whoops.

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Watch The Adorable Time Travel Short Double Trouble

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What’s the craziest thing you would do for love? Would you climb to the top of a building a scream about it from the rooftop? Would you get a tattoo of your lover’s face on your torso? Would you travel through time and beat up another version of yourself? If you answered yes to the last one, you might just be the star of the new short film Double Trouble, which you can check out below.