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Guardians Of The Galaxy Gets An Awesomely Bad Chinese Translation

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guardians of the galaxyTranslating anything from one language to another is a tricky proposition. There’s not always a straight up, one to one correlation, so sometimes the results are questionable. This goes for everything from novels to film, and movie titles are no exception. Just Google a phrase like “movie title translations” and you’ll wind up with list after list of funny, unusual, and flat out weird versions of titles for American movies. Like Hey, Where Are The Babies? (Sweden’s Swingers), Just Send Him To University Unqualified as Risky Business is known in China, and France’s Teeth From the Sea, also known as Jaws. And there are so, so many more. This is never going to go away, and one of the summer’s biggest hits just got one of the best bad translations you’ve ever heard.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a huge worldwide hit, raking in over $650 million globally. A big part of this is in China, which has become a huge secondary market (increasing international demand for American blockbusters is a huge part of why Transformers: Age of Extinction, now the biggest box office hit ever in China, has grossed $835 million dollars overseas as opposed to $245 million domestically).

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Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles Blends Sci-fi And Social Commentary

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Full disclosure: Ray Bradbury is my hero. I sent him a long letter (an essay, really), and he sent me back an adorable signed graphic. I read him, I teach him, and I write about him. And while I like some of his works better than others, I’m hard-pressed to think of any Ray Bradbury work I don’t enjoy. Most people know him for Fahrenheit 451, an iconic piece that addresses censorship, sure, but also the foibles of humanity when it embraces misguided ideas and technologies. But as amazing as Fahrenheit 451 is, I think there are some Bradbury works that are even better. The Martian Chronicles is one of those works.

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Métal Hurlant Chronicles Getting Reboot From Doctor Who Writer

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HurlantAlthough it premiered in France back in 2012, American audiences didn’t get a look at the anthology sci-fi series Métal Hurlant Chronicles until earlier this year, when both seasons of the show ran on Syfy. Now the series is getting a straight-up reboot under the stewardship of a Doctor Who writer, but it will be making some significant changes from its Franco-Belgian originator.

Deadline reports that Atlantique Productions (the folks behind the Transporter TV series) have hired Doctor Who/Being Human writer Jamie Mathieson to write a new take on the material. Métal Hurlant Chronicles was based on the long-running comics anthology mag of the same name, better known here in the States as Heavy Metal. The French show reflected those origins by spinning a series of self-contained stories all linked by the appearance of an asteroid, from which the show took its name. All, or at least most, of that is out the window in the American version, which will ditch the anthology format in favor of a more-standard serialized storyline.

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The Purge 3 Is Set To Return To The One Night Where All Crime Is Legal

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the-purge-anarchy-teaser-trailer-01This shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone, but we’re going to get more of the low-budget dystopian horror franchise The Purge as Universal has officially given the go ahead for The Purge 3. The first cost $3 million and made $89 million worldwide, while the sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, which took less than a year from green light to opening day, cost $9 million and brought in $109 million globally. With numbers like that, you definitely understand why they want to churn out more.

Deadline reports that the studio is bringing back writer/director James DeMonaco for The Purge 3, which makes sense since he’s obviously got the world he created down pat, and knows how to turn a movie around quickly and for relatively little money. (Maybe the budget for this one will crack the $10 million mark.) DeMonaco will also reunite with Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions, who, again, are also masters of low-budget movies with a high profit margin, like the Paranormal Activity movies.

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The Last Of Us Inspires Creepy/Gorgeous Fungus-Infested Art

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NatureLast year Naughty Dog followed up its hit Uncharted series by giving players a new twist on the tired old “zombie apocalypse” with The Last of Us. In the critically acclaimed game it wasn’t the living dead who were staggering around trying to eat the unlucky survivors; it was victims infected by a mutated strain of a very real fungus. In The Last of Us, that fungus has spread to humans, unleashing a breed of zombie that’s every bit as terrifying as the traditional undead. Now the game’s unsettling visuals have infected an art show tribute to Naughty Dog. (The top image is “Nature, Human” by Anthony Wu.)

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Continuum’s Future Is In Limbo And May Be The Next Sci-Fi Casualty

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ContinuumOver the course of three seasons, Continuum has quietly become one of best science fiction shows on your TV. Season three left the series on a big time cliffhanger, but since then we’ve heard almost nothing. This is primarily due to an announcement about the renewal, or lack thereof, for the series that has become long, long overdue. To point that people are starting to worry about the future of the time travel series and it becoming yet another in a long line of fantastic sci-fi shows that leave fans far before their time.

Though the show airs on Syfy in the U.S., but it airs on and is produced by Showcase in Canada. Filmed in Vancouver, BC, which is kind of like a gray, overcast, more polite Hollywood of the north, part of the reason for this delay is the shifting landscape in the Canadian film business. A show like Continuum, with a decent amount of special effects and big set pieces, is an expensive proposition, and according to producers the show is “in limbo” while they try to find a “financial formula” that will allow the show to remain economically viable. If that sounds worrisome, that’s because it is.