One of the things that has us most excited about the new Star Wars movies is Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams‘ commitment to using practical effects, sets, and costumes where appropriate. Sure, you can do some amazing things with CGI these days, but when you can pretty much put digital versions of anything you can imagine up on screen, there’s just something satisfying knowing that there are full-scale X-wings and Millennium Falcons lying around the Episode VII shooting areas. While the success or failure of the revived Star Wars franchise remains to be seen, there’s something about the leaked set photos we’ve seen that just feels more authentically Star Wars than much of the shiny, polished, too-perfect world of the prequel films.
While the world of live-action Star Wars adventures is currently being bogged down with spoilers, rumors, and rampant speculation, let’s not forget that there are six other Star Wars movies that aren’t done inspiring their own rumors just yet. Ever since Disney first bought up Lucasfilm, there have been murmurings about the possibility of the company re-releasing Episodes I-VI in some format, though legal issues with rights holder Twentieth Century Fox have stood in the way. Until now, possibly. Check out the video below, and sorry that it’s in Italian.
The world of Syfy reality TV is usually invested in the paranormal and movie make-up, but their newest docu-series Town of the Living Dead is a fun and intriguing entry in the network’s recent attempt to recapitalize on its science fiction roots. Have you ever wanted to make a movie? Jasper, Alabama residents Tina Teeter, John M. Ware, and many others are working towards their dream of making the zombie movie Thr33 Days Dead, working with low funds and relying solely on the dedication of its cast and crew. How long have they been doing it? Oh, about six years.
One part behind-the-scenes production diary and one part Southern slice-of-life comedy, Town of the Living Dead is all on its own in the TV world, mixing the frustrations of sub-microbudget filmmaking in with the actual process itself. The series premiered with two episodes last night, “Jasper Needs Zombies” and “Premature Explosion,” and it looks like each of this initial season’s installments will be focused on particular Thr33 Days Dead scenes being shot, and the problems that ensue.
After this past weekend, we now officially live in a world with brand new Star Wars, as Disney and Lucasfilm premiered the animated series Star Wars Rebels. The first new addition to the canon after the buyout, the show premiered with the extended special “Spark of Rebellion,” and now, if you’ve got an insatiable hankering for more, but just can’t wait until the next episode debuts on Monday, October 13, on Disney XD, we’ve got good news for you, you’ll be able to watch the second chapter, “Droids in Distress,” online early, and for free. What a deal.
Subscribers to WatchDisneyXD.com are now able to watch “Droids in Distress,” as it was made available over the weekend. Though if you don’t have an account there, never fear, there is another way. You can also download the half-hour episode for free on iTunes if you’re so inclined.
I’m pretty sure extraterrestrial life can put together a large-scale invasion of Earth more quickly than director Roland Emmerich can pull together all the necessary pieces for Independence Day 2 to happen. There’s good news though, from the brainiest of the bunch himself, as Jeff Goldblum confirms that there is a part in the presumably explosive sequel for him, and that official talks may be coming up soon. Unless, of course, they aren’t. Such is the game sci-fi fans are forced to play.
Speaking with Time, Goldblum said in his own quirky way that the talks between him, Emmerich, and producer Dean Devlin have been ongoing, and he even says that a script from Carter Blanchard was handed in as recently as last weekend, though we obviously can’t take that as a legitimate confirmation. Here’s what he had to say about it:
I had a meeting and have been talking over the last several months or year with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the producer, and they’ve been cooking up and say they have a part for me in what they hope will be a plan to make another one pretty soon.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that mo’ mummy = mo’ problems. That certainly looks to be the case in the previews for the next episode of Doctor Who, entitled “Mummy on the Orient Express.” Maybe the Doctor could travel back and see if Agatha Christie wants to team up again, because this time the Time Lord is trapped on a spacegoing version of the Orient Express, with a killer mummy stalking the passengers. And to make matters worse, you can’t actually see the mummy unless it’s right about to kill you. (Ideal last words: “Are you my mummy?”)