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Why Terminator: Genisys Could Be The Last Nail In The Coffin For The Franchise

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Terminator 2The last two movies in the Terminator franchise, 2003’s Terminator: Rise of the Machines and 2009’s Terminator Salvation, left fans wanting. Some people absolutely despise them, but I’m rather middle of the road on both, which somehow actually feels worse (there’s a sense of catharsis in being able to just viciously hate a movie). As we approach the revamping of the series with next year’s Terminator: Genisys, we’re full of what’s best described as guarded optimism. We’re hopeful, and totally rooting for the Alan Taylor-directed film to succeed, silly name and all. That said, some new details that have come to light are making that more difficult, as they don’t sound all that promising.

There may be some light spoilers beyond this point, but the original report does its best to remain vague, and so will we. But still, if you’re looking to avoid such things, you may want to skip this one.

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Prometheus’ Noomi Rapace On The Ultimate Threat Of Prometheus 2

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ShawPrometheus is easily one of the most frustrating films of the past decade. Sure, with Ridley Scott returning to the fictional universe he helped birth in Alien, expectations were always going to set far higher than the finished film had any chance of reaching. But most of the problems came down to a script filled with idiotic characters doing idiotic thing, which made Prometheus worse than just a flawed film: it was a film flawed in easily avoidable ways. Still, we reluctantly remain excited about the prospect of the sequel Prometheus’ final moments teased, and we aren’t the only ones. Actress Noomi Rapace, who played Elizabeth Shaw in the film, says she’s just as eager to see where Shaw and David’s voyage takes them as we are.

Speaking to MTV News, it’s no real surprise that Rapace didn’t have any specific plot bombshells to drop. At this point I’m not sure even Ridley Scott knows what the hell is going to happen in Prometheus 2. Still, she agreed that Shaw’s journey definitely has to take her to the “Paradise” of the enigmatic and occasionally genocidal engineers. Rapace told MTV, “She can’t go to Earth. There’s nothing left for her there, really. She wants to go to where they came from. … What’s there? I don’t know, but she wants answers. I feel like I’m sharing her curiosity, but also her anger.” So Shaw’s basically in the same boat as the rest of us.

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DC TV Series May Take Us Back To One Of Comicdom’s Most Infamous Planets

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KryptonWhile DC has announced ambitious plans to try and catch up with Marvel on the big screen, I continue to find their TV lineup far more entertaining. The CW has expanded the Arrow-verse with The Flash, NBC’s just-debuted Constantine is already generating rumors of potential spinoffs, and both TNT and CBS have DC-based projects in the works (Titans and Supergirl, respectively). And then there’s Fox’s Gotham, a bizarre experiment that has so far yielded decidedly mixed results. But what else should we have expected from a Batman show without Batman? Now it seems we might be getting another prequel-ish series from DC, one that will take us back to one of the most famous fictional planets of all time: Krypton.

Bleeding Cool reports that Man of Steel writer/producer David Goyer, who is one or the architects of DC’s burgeoning movie universe along with director Zack Snyder, is developing a TV series called, simply, Krypton. That’s pretty much the only info they’ve got at this point — there is no mention of where the show might eventually air, or even what the show will be about. Of course, with a name like Krypton, it’s not that hard to hazard a guess. Since Kal-El didn’t exactly spend a whole lot of time on his homeworld, and given that it went kaboom as it made its exit, Krypton would presumably be about Jor-El and Lara before Kal came along, or perhaps Zod and his camp, or maybe even Braniac. Honestly, it could be about anything Krypton-related, but I have to imagine it would hang its narrative hat on characters we’ve actually heard about, and that list of Kryptonians is pretty damn short, especially if you’re not a hardcore comics fan.

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Watch All Six Insane Episodes Of Dredd: Superfiend

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The legions of fans of Dredd, and we know there are a great many of you out there, have been clamoring for a sequel, and while we’re probably not going to get a proper follow up, especially not anytime soon, we’ve got something new to keep you occupied for the time being. Last week there was a flurry of activity around Adi Shankar’s unofficial, loosely connected web series Dredd: Superfiend, and today all six episodes appeared online. If you paid attention to any of what popped up last week, you know it’s not exactly what you expected, or hoped for, but it’s batshit crazy and definitely worth checking out.

Shankar, a producer on the Karl Urban starring Dredd, which tanked hard at the box office but found a rich second live in the home video market, also served up this intro which you can watch above. He lays out the reasons behind this endeavor, stating that this is a passion project, intended as a thank you to all the rabid fans. Again, he makes sure to reiterate that this “bootleg universe” is not official, that neither 2000 AD nor Relativity even knew this was going on, and this is not intended a pitch for anything beyond these six short videos.

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Oculus Rift Has Its First Virtual Reality Movie, Get The Details

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banshee chapterWith 4K TVs and 4DX theaters both making waves this year, it’s been a fabulous time for imbibers of entertainment, but this project doesn’t need a bazillion pixels or mile-high screens in order to be effective. This is virtual reality horror! The Oculus Rift, despite not being commercially available yet, is still continuing to broaden its own horizons, and now they’ve brought the 2013 indie horror film Banshee Chapter to the virtual reality headset for the most immersive scares that moviegoers have ever been a part of. At least, outside of a touchy-touchy haunted house.

Virtual reality experiences have always been a big part of sci-fi, though it’s almost always shown as an active tool rather than a casual one. And kicking back to get the shit scared out of you while watching a horror movie is about as passive as it gets. Director Blair Erickson made his feature debut with Banshee Chapter, but he’s well-known within the world of virtual reality and interactivity campaigns for different Hollywood studios. His company Jamwix worked with distribution company XLrator Media for Banshee Chapter: Oculus Rift Edition, which quite literally puts viewers right in the middle of the horror.

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Let’s Kill Carl: Sci-Fi’s 10 Most Annoying Characters

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NotSimplyIt’s happened countless times. You’ve got an otherwise great show or movie that’s firing on all cylinders…but there’s this one guy. This one bad apple who nearly spoils the whole bunch, simply by constantly doing stupid things or saying stupid things or hanging around looking at things with his stupid face. We’re not saying Carl from The Walking Dead is like that, but we are saying that if we had an awards show for that sort of thing, it would just be one long montage of Carl dying.

So, with The Walking Dead having returned in fine form even in spite of the presence of Carl, we decided to celebrate some of the absolute worst, the characters from science fiction television who constantly made us want to punch a wall, especially if their head was between our fist and said wall. We’ll be measuring them against the accepted international unit of measurement for terribleness, Jar Jar Binks. (For purposes of this article, five Jar Jars is equivalent to going full Jar Jar, meaning you should nuke the site from orbit, because it’s the only way to be sure.)

One last note: we didn’t set out trying to populate this piece with so many kids, but it just sort of worked out that way.

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