It’s been a busy couple of days for the Ryan Reynolds-fronted sci-fi thriller Self/less. Focus Features unveiled a viral marketing strategy that includes all kinds of goodies and looks at the film, and today they show up with our first trailer and a new poster. Check it all out below.
Sci-fi may not fare well at the Oscars, outside of a few technical awards now and again, but at this point, do any of us really put much stock in what the Academy thinks? Almost none of my favorite films from 2014 were nominated for much of anything in any of the usual glut of self-congratulatory awards shows, but one that is always more in line with our general aesthetic are the Saturn Awards, and now the nominees for this year have been released.
As the Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy, and Horror Films chooses the nominees and winners, you can imagine they’re a wee bit different than the more mainstream celebrations, and the list for the 41st Annual Saturn Awards is no different. You’ve got big blockbuster comic book movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier right up there along with independent horror, like The Babadook and The Guest. We’re talking about awards that honor movies like Lucy and Snowpiercer and Paddington, you know it’s a different sort of animal.
…but don’t worry, they didn’t actually cast Will Smith’s son. No, Jaden is not picking up fighting aliens where his dad and Jeff Goldblum left off in 1996. But back as far as 2013 we’ve heard that Roland Emmerich’s long gestating sequel focuses on the stepson of Smith’s Captain Steven Hiller. You remember him, he’s that adorable little kid who hangs out with Vivica A. Fox. Well now he’s all grown up and being played by Jessie Usher. The production has also added two more players, one returning star in the person of Jeff Goldblum, and a newcomer, Liam Hemsworth.
This news comes form The Hollywood Reporter. If you’re not familiar with Usher, he’s done a lot of one-offs on procedural TV shows, but he is best known as the lead on Starz’ Survivor’s Remorse. To be honest, I’d never heard of that series until just now, but it’s apparently produced by Lebron James and follows a basketball star named Cam Calloway (Usher), who moves to Atlanta after going pro.
Every movie that makes a big splash at the box office gets one, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 is no exception. You knew it was coming, and now the penultimate chapter in the multi-billion dollar franchise has received the Honest Trailer treatment. Check it out below.
Any day where there’s talk of an adaptation of a Robert Heinlein novel, that’s a good day to us. Starship Troopers is the probably the highest profile movie based on his work, but his stories have appeared in many forms, and his short, “All You Zombies,” recently made it to the big screen as Predestination. Now it looks like his novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is on the way to theaters thanks to X-Men director Bryan Singer and 20th Century Fox.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Singer is teaming up with Arrow producer Marc Guggenheim to adapt the 1966 sci-fi novel, which is being renamed Uprising, a way less interesting, way more generic title. It’s always disappointing when the adaptation of a book with a cool name gets a bland makeover.
Though he recently reprised his iconic Lando Calirssian role on Star Wars Rebels, we won’t be seeing Billy Dee Williams in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He has said that he “has a feeling” he’ll be back on the big screen before long, and it’s looking more and more like Lando’s trademark smile and swagger will indeed make an appearance.
The British tabloid The Sun, so, right there you’ll want to take this report with a grain of salt, claims that Williams has been told that he’ll have “a fun cameo” cameo in Star Wars: Episode VIII, and their source said the 77-year-old actor is “definitely up for it.”