Jupiter Ascending was a mess, a crazy, beautiful, intriguing mess to be sure, but still a mess. This marks the Wachowskis’ third consecutive box office flop (it currently sits at $124 million worldwide, which sounds impressive, but against $176 million budget, that’s not good), and the brother-sister duo even joked recently that no one is going to give them the money to work on this scale ever again. That said, this hasn’t dampened their ambition on iota, and their upcoming Netflix series, Sense8, which teams them with Babylon 5’s J. Michael Straczynski, is going to be every bit as bonkers as their most outlandish films. The series has a new description and we now know exactly when we’ll get to check it out.
The more we see from Alex Garland’s upcoming artificial intelligence thriller, Ex Machina, the more stoked we get for it. Granted, this new poster isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but it certainly fits in with the whole vibe of what we’ve seen thus far. The film opened in the U.K. in late January, but U.S. audiences will have to wait until April 10 to see it, except for those of you fortunate enough to check it out shortly at SXSW in Austin, where it is scheduled to make its North American premiere.
The story follows Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a low-level programmer at a massive, Google-esque Internet search company. He wins a chance to hang out with the company’s reclusive CEO Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), and thinks they’ll kick it in his remote mountain retreat, bro down, and maybe talk about a promotion. Instead, he finds that he’s the human component in a Turing Test to measure the consciousness of Nathan’s new creation, a stunning AI named Ava (Alicia Vikandar). During the test, however, everyone gets more than they bargained for.
Since his death on Friday at the age of 83, there have been countless tributes and memorials for the late Leonard Nimoy, including ones from costar William Shatner and President Obama. These range from inventive to genuinely moving, but this one may be my favorite. It may not be the most obvious tribute to the man, but it is really funny, and you have to imagine that the beloved Star Trek icon would be amused. It seems that many Canadians have taken to “Spocking” their $5 bills in tribute to Nimoy.
For those who have been waiting for Orphan Black season 3, the April 18 premiere date feels like it’s a long way off. We haven’t seen a ton for the upcoming episodes, and what has dropped in our laps has been more ominous and moody than informative. But the BBC America series is back with this full trailer for the third season. Check it out below. There may be some spoilers if you’re not 100% caught up.
Neill Blomkamp has been stumping hard for his upcoming robot-centric actioner Chappie, but over the last few weeks, one subject has overshadowed his latest film, his next one, which will see the South African director take on the world of Ridley Scott’s Alien. Damn near every time he sits down with the press there’s some Chappie talk, but what everyone really wants to know appears to be news about his Alien project. There has been a lot of talk about whether or not Michael Biehn will reprise his role as Corporal Dwayne Hicks from James Cameron’s 1986 sequel Aliens, and now the actor himself has addressed the topic.
The talk first started when Blomkamp released some concept art for this project at the beginning of the year. No one knew he was working on this, and it seemed more like something he was doing for fun rather than as a potential new film. Hicks figures prominently in the images, but it’s concept art, which is far from gospel, so we didn’t know what was up. Then all of a sudden this is official and happening and we have a lot of questions.
Fans of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comics are well aware that while AMC’s hit adaptation of the title follows roughly the same path laid out in the source material, they’re not afraid to diverge in important ways. Some characters still alive in the comics are long dead in the show, others play drastically different roles, and if you watched last night’s episode of the zombie drama, “Remember,” you noticed that one key character looks very, very different from the comics.
SPOILERS lurk beyond this point if you’re not caught up with The Walking Dead.