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Kristen Stewart Gets Blue In First Look At Equals

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equalsWe talk a lot of indie sci-fi here at GFR, but they’re usually of the “Starring That Guy You Vaguely Remember from That One Show” variety. That isn’t the case with Drake Doremus’ upcoming drama Equals, which stars two of Hollywood’s most popular young actors, Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult. We now have our first look at Equals, and it’s an up-close-and-personal connection between the two stars, set against a bright turquoise background. It’s almost like one of those optical illusions where you turn the image upside-down and the space between their faces is shaped like a bent-to-shit wine glass.

It’s nearly impossible to gauge anything about this movie from this picture, beyond a sense of intimacy. (Also that all sci-fi movies need at least one shot in a room withe completely unnatural light.) But in a film like Equals, the intimacy is actually a pretty huge deal. World-changing, even.

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The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials Finds A Villain In Game Of Thrones Star

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aiden gillen game of thronesThe Maze Runner was director Wes Ball’s first crack at the bestselling YA novels from author James Dashner, and while I enjoyed it quite a bit despite its faults, the film didn’t have much of a Big Bad to root against, outside of Will Poulter’s Gally. The villain ante is getting upped for The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, and Temple Hill has landed Games of Thrones star Aiden Gillen for the part. I hope you guys enjoy getting really aggravated with this guy.

SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t seen or read The Scorch Trials yet!

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Space Station 76 Review: A Groovy, Pitch-Perfect Parody Of 1970s Sci-Fi

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space station 76To illustrate just how much I loved the “1970s space opera” parody Space Station 76, I’ll be writing this review while simultaneously smoking in front of a child and styling my mustache. For his feature debut, comic actor Jack Plotnick is almost too inspired, creating a movie that is so cemented into its 1970s setting that the spoof vibe dissipates into genuine melodrama, like a made-for-TV version of Dr. Strangelove. While that beaded curtain of a line may be too much for some viewers to step over, I wish I could have floated in space with this excellent cast forever.

Hanging out there in the blackness of the universe is Space Station 76, a refueling outpost and living quarters headed by the repressed and antisocial Captain Glenn (Patrick Wilson), a man for whom appearing unguarded would be uncivilized. The station’s mechanic Ted (Matt Bomer) is just as handy with a lighter and rolling papers as he is with fixing up machine parts. He’s in a mildly loveless marriage with Misty (Marisa Coughlan), who takes valium-popping hyper-feminism to a new, aloof level, and their daughter Sunshine (Kylie Rogers) is a bright young girl who doesn’t quite fit in with these adult caricatures. Jerry O’Connell gets his sleaze on as a pussyhound named Steve, who is married to Donna (Kali Rocha), whose own self-involvement makes her impervious to the signs of Steve’s infidelity.

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Female-Fronted Sci-Fi Action Flick Coming From Tobey Maguire

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tobey maguire the spoils of babylonTobey Maguire’s post-Spider-Man years have been largely quiet until the last few, as he emerged anew in The Great Gatsby and IFC’s epic miniseries spoof The Spoils of Babylon. He’s also getting more involved in the production side of things, and though he’s already got two sci-fi movies in production right now, his company, Material Pictures, is teaming with Sony for a female-led sci-fi action thriller. It’s called Resident Evi…just kidding.

Titled Eden Project, this flick hasn’t unveiled much in the way of details at this point, beyond the fact that it’s fronted by two female characters. But what is known is that it’s already shooting for trilogy status, so that could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how old the two female characters are and whether or not this will deal with a dystopian future where populations are separated into massive factions.

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Star Wars Action Figures Give You A Ridiculously Detailed Han And Chewie

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HanChewieAs a child of the ’80s, my Star Wars action figures were some of my most cherished possessions growing up. They fought countless battles against the ranks of G.I. Joe and the Masters of the Universe, and they spent their down time chilling in a swanky case shaped like Darth Vader’s head. Sure, I could have sold the things for a bunch of money if I’d somehow had the foresight to leave them mint-in-the-box, but I cherish all those fond memories of childhood imagination. That being said, if my old Star Wars figures were as high quality as Hot Toys’ just-revealed Han and Chewie figures, I probably would have reconsidered all those times I pretended the garbage disposal was the Great Pit of Carkoon.

Hot Toys doesn’t make toys for kids, or at least not for kids who don’t have wealthy parents or full-time jobs. Their catalog includes gorgeous recreations of characters from flicks like Back to the Future, Predator, Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy…the list goes on. The Han and Chewie figures don’t disappoint, maintaining the same ridiculous level of detail as their other toys. Look at the scar on Han’s chin. Look at the wrinkles on his knuckles, for crying out loud!

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Starlight Hires Book Of Eli Writer To Adapt Mark Millar’s Sci-Fi Comic

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StarlightWriter Gary Whitta has had a hit-and-miss track record over the years. Having made a name for himself as a games journalist, including a stint as editor-in-chief of PC Gamer, Whitta eventually broke into screenwriting with the 2010 Denzel Washington flick The Book of Eli. His next produced film credit was M. Night Shyamalan’s latest, the critically savaged After Earth. However, Whitta is proof positive that one dud doesn’t mean your career is over, having since been announced as the screenwriter for Gareth Edwards’ standalone Star Wars spinoff (believed to be a Boba Fett movie). That alone would grant him geek bragging rights for eternity, but now he’s running up the score by adapting Mark Millar’s comic Starlight for the big screen.

Starlight is only the latest of several of Mark Millar’s comics to be turned into movies, following on the heels of Wanted and Kick-Ass. Published by Image Comics and featuring art by Goran Parlov, Millar’s Starlight tells the story of Duke McQueen, a strapping space hero in the tradition of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. He etched his name into history by saving the whole damn universe, but that was 40 years ago. Since then, he’s returned to Earth, built a family, and gotten old. Now his wife is dead and his kids off doing their own thing, so what’s left for a grizzled old space adventurer but one last, epic adventure?