0

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

fb share tweet share

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.

0

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

fb share tweet share

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!

0

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

fb share tweet share

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?

1

The Day The Earth Stood Still: Three Things You Might Not Know About The SF Classic

fb share tweet share

DayStillFeatWhen The Day the Earth Stood Still hit theaters in 1951, it brought to the screen the qualities that made the genre so fascinating and durable on the page. Sure, there was a flying saucer, and a robot, and a space man from another world…but this wasn’t a cheesy invasion from beyond the stars. It was a grim reminder that mankind had finally harnessed the power needed to destroy itself utterly, and a warning that our species would not be allowed to transport its violence beyond our homeworld…even if that meant our cosmic neighbors had to wipe us out first. Like the best science fiction, The Day the Earth Stood Still used the trappings of the fantastic and the futuristic to examine very real problems and questions.

The Day the Earth Stood Still opened on this day in 1951. To celebrate the iconic adventures of Gort and Klaatu, we decided to highlight a few bits of trivia you might not know about director Robert Wise’s sci-fi classic. (And let’s just all put the Keanu Reeves version out of our minds…)

Pages [ 1 2 3 4 ]
0

Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: Week Of September 29

fb share tweet share

As much as we love science fiction on TV, on the big screen, on the comics page, and in video game form, there’s just something irreplaceable about digging into a good book. There’s no shortage of new sci-fi adventures hitting shelves on a regular basis, but GFR is your one-stop shop to keep up with what’s hitting shelves in a given week. Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!

DeadZone“Dead Zone (Blackout)” by Robison Wells

Homeland meets Marie Lu’s Legend in the explosive sequel to Blackout, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Ally Condie called ‘a thrilling combination of Wells’s trademark twists and terror. Fantastic!’

It began with a virus. Then a series of attacks erupted across the nation. Now America is at war — and a handful of teens with impossible powers are its only defense.

In Dead Zone, Robison Wells delivers his most nail-bitingly tense read yet — and an electrifying conclusion to a two-book series that’s perfect for fans of The Maze Runner and I Am Number Four.

0

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Story Reels Give A Glimpse At Unfinished Episodes

fb share tweet share

CloneWarsTopStar Wars: The Clone Wars found itself in a peculiar position after Disney purchased Lucasfilm — and with it, the Star Wars franchise — back in 2012. As many suspected, Disney would soon begin streamlining and culling back much of the franchise so that a cohesive, official multimedia canon could be established. The good news is that it was eventually announced that The Clone Wars would, along with George Lucas’ six films, be part of this new Star Wars canon. The bad news was that the show was ending, and before it had completed all the stories its creators had hoped to tell. Thankfully, many of these stories have since come to light in one form or another, and now Clone Wars fans can get a glimpse at a few more unfinished episodes, courtesy of a series of “story reels” just released on StarWars.com.