AMC’s The Walking Dead is one of the most popular shows on the air right now, a genuine pop culture phenomenon that only seems to keep getting bigger. Along with HBO’s Game of Thrones, it’s taken up the mantle of such previous genre heavy-hitters as Lost or The X-Files. And just like those shows before it, the level of fan passion inevitably means there’s going to be a ton of crazy rumors and fan theories as the story unfolds. Since The Walking Dead is based on the pre-existing comic series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore, much of that speculation centers on how the show will adapt, alter, or abandon elements from the comics But every once in a while you get a real whopper that seems to have come out of nowhere. Like, for instance: what if the whole damn Walking Dead storyline is just a dream?
Last week, the Internet got wind of “Ambition the Film,” which we thought was going to be a much bigger project than it ended up being. That said, the surprisingly small story told ended up having a much bigger message than any feature-length film would have, and it looks absolutely fantastic to boot. Check it out below on the biggest screen you can find.
Disney has been working to expand the scope and breadth of their Star Wars universe, Warner Bros. and DC Comics have taken great strides laying out the roadmap for their properties, both TV and film, but when it comes to this kind of sprawling, everything-is-connected world building, you’re going to have to do something spectacular to unseat Marvel. Especially because they just upped their game yet again, announcing their plans for Phase 3 of their Cinematic Universe, and there’s quite a lot for sci-fi fans to start tenting our fingers about. This includes a new release date for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (sooner rather than later), a two-part Avengers 3 that takes on the “Infinity War” arc, Captain Marvel, and the Inhumans.
The comic book studio just unleashed a landslide on the world, revealing titles and dates all the way into 2019. And this doesn’t even include the likes of Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron. And given that DC recently announced their own expansion plan, and reports and rumors that this Marvel event only just came together like a week ago, it’s easy to see this as a giant fuck you to their main rival.
Isaac Asimov is one of the most prolific writers in history. The guy wrote and/or edited over 500 books in 9 of the 10 classifications of the Dewey Decimal system. Upon realizing how much he wrote — while he was also teaching (at Boston University, where I happen to teach) and doing other things — two questions spring immediately to mind: where did he find the time, and where did he find the ideas? As to the first question, the only logical conclusion is that Asimov was a robot. It makes sense, doesn’t it? He was writing his famous robot stories from experience. As for the other question, a newly released essay that Asimov wrote back in 1959 provides some answers.
One of Asimov’s friends, Arthur Obermayer, worked for an MIT spinoff called Allie Research Associates. The organization was initially founded to conduct antimissile research, specifically how aircraft structures might be impacted by nuclear weapons (this question must not have been as obvious as it seems). They were commissioned by ARPA — DARPA without the “Defense” — to brainstorm approaches for ballistic missile defense. Obermayer drafted Asimov, who came to a few meetings but ultimately wasn’t comforted with how much classified information he’d be privy to (yet another strong piece of evidence of the man’s intelligence). But he did write an essay on creativity and how to get new ideas.
Music matters when it comes to movies. Like, a lot. That truth was brilliantly demonstrated by that video a while back where somebody stripped all the John Williams score out of the medal ceremony that wraps up the first Star Wars movie. With Williams’ music in place, a simple scene becomes truly epic. Without it, it’s soooooo very awkward. So, taking that thesis into account, what would happen if you took music created for one movie and dropped it into another? Obviously, the majority of the time this would probably result in a huge mess, but one enterprising fan decided to take a bit of Star Trek and merge it with a bit of Star Wars. You can see the results below.
Call it 500 Parallel Dimensions of Summer or Eternal Doubled-Up Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but the new science fiction romance Comet looks like one of the most refreshing genre mixers in ages. Check out the magical trailer below.