The Modern Twilight Zone Twitter Drags Rod Serling’s Classic Series Into The 21st Century

SerlingSubmitted for your approval: your average social media experience takes on a strange new reality as Rod Serling’s poltergeist starts sending you new Twilight Zone pitches in 180 words or less. These aren’t just recycled plotlines from Serling’s seminal science fiction series, mind you. No, these are entirely new twists on our modern world, a world of Instagram and Netflix and Starbucks lined up two or three per block. You are entering a world of The Modern Twilight Zone on Twitter, which is regularly serving up 21st century twists on Serling’s iconic anthology series.

The Modern Twilight Zone Twitter has been up and running for several months now, and what’s interesting is that it’s not just the simple punchline farm you might expect. It would be easier to just parody the storytelling style and trademark twists of Serling’s beloved Zone, but TMTZ doesn’t seem to be interested in just going for the laughs. Some of the tweets are funny, but for the most part they are earnest attempts to imagine Zone-style stories grounded in the realities of modern day-to-day life. What spin would Serling have put on Facebook, for instance?


Terminator: Genesis Adds G.I. Joe Actor And Two More

byung hun leeAs time marches on towards the New Orleans-bound production start on Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genesis, Paramount and Skydance are quickly filling out the remaining cast members, following last week’s announcement with three more actors lined up to join the fifth film in this highly successful franchise. Byung-hun Lee (G.I. Joe), Michael Gladis (Mad Men), and House of Cards‘ Sandrine Holt will join Arnold Schwarzenegger for one more trip through time’s highly violent circuits.

Considering we’re not even quite sure what the plot of Terminator: Genesis is going to be, it’s no surprise that the announcement didn’t reveal any major details about the roles these actors are taking. As THR puts it, “Lee’s role is being kept locked in the deepest vaults of Cyberdyne, I mean Skydance, but it promises to be a doozy.”


Soar As Superman With This Breathtaking GoPro Video

Pretty much everybody has fantasized about what it would be like to fly — to really, truly fly, under your own power and without any sort of artificial assistance. Hell, that’s probably one of the key reasons why Superman remains such a pop culture icon nearly 80 years after his creation. Sure, there are other reasons — he’s an aspirational figure, and a lasting symbol for anyone who feels like an outcast — and sure, his other powers are pretty cool. But if you asked most people which one they’d choose if they could only choose one, I have a feeling most people would choose “flying.” (I know I would.) Sadly, nobody’s quite mastered the art of tripping and missing the ground, but we can consider this damned impressive first-person Superman simulator a pretty awesome consolation prize.


Twilight Producers And Focus Grab Rights To Robert Silverberg Novella

robert silverbergIt doesn’t happen often, but Hollywood can sometimes surprise sci-fi fans by hitting up works from authors who have rarely, if ever, had their work get adapted for the big screen. This time around it’s the prolific Robert Silverberg, an icon whose career goes back 60 years and encompasses over 60 novels, among other publications. Focus Features has snatched up the rights to Silverberg’s novella “How It Was When the Past Went Away,” and they’re teaming up with Temple Hill Entertainment’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, the producers who turned Twilight into a jabrillion-dollar franchise. Let’s hope this feature comes with 100% less of a glitter budget.

The adapted screenplay will be written by Alex and David Pastor, the Spanish brothers who penned 2009′s slow-burning post-virus thriller Carriers with Chris Pine. They also wrote Tarsem’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Selfless which stars Ryan Reynolds, and Lluis Quilez’s thriller Out of the Dark, starring Julia Stiles. The brothers developed the story with Temple Hill’s Isaac Klausner, and the film will have Game of Thrones‘ Vince Gerardis executive producing. Temple Hill is also putting out Josh Boone’s adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story, so I guess we can credit them for reminding people that books exist.


Gravity Blu-Rays Are Going For Seventeen Bucks Today

We can debate the merits or failings of Gravity all the live-long day, but there’s no question that it was an unexpected and massive hit, riding the IMAX pony all the way to $715 million in worldwide box office. And honestly, on an enormous IMAX screen is by far the best way to see it, because Alfonso Cuaron’s orbital epic is all about the spectacle, not so much about the story. Still, I’ve got no doubt that quite a few folks are going to add Gravity to their home video collection, and if you count yourself part of that group, you can pick it up today from Amazon for only seventeen bucks.



Star Wars Prequel Storyboards Reveal A Younger, Mohawked Qui-Gon Jinn

Qui-Gon HawkEvery once in a while there’s a story that flies under our radar but which simply must be given its moment in the spotlight. The release of more Star Wars concept art is an interesting but hardly earth-shattering semi-regular event these days, and it’ll only become more prevalent in coming years as new Star Wars movies roll into theaters. But for this story we’re looking back, not forward, back to a time before the prequels had erupted through our collective childhoods, covering everything in a sickly sheen of too-pristine CGI and Gungan poop. Because while I’m not sure if The Phantom Menace would have been any better if Qui-Gon Jinn had been sporting a mohawk, that’s an unrealized reality I would totally be willing to take for a test drive.