As part of its quest to compete with the likes of HBO and AMC, Netflix has backed a diverse array of original content. They resurrected the beloved-but-canceled former Fox comedy Arrested Development and ensured fans got to see the sixth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. They served up the critically acclaimed political drama House of Cards and prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black.And, well, they also gave us Hemlock Grove, but they can’t all be winners. Now Netflix is stepping into another corner of new territory, with the anime series Knights of Sidonia due to premiere on the streaming service this Friday, July 4. You can check out the trailer up top. (Hint: you can turn English subtitles on via the “CC” box at the bottom of the video.)
With Orphan Black, BBC America proved they could compete with the best of the best when it comes to top-notch original series. (And if you still haven’t dived into that show yet, what are you waiting for?) Now they’ve got another new series in the barrel and ready to launch later this summer: Intruders. You can check out the latest trailer for the creepy thriller series up top.
Intruders was created by Glen Morgan, based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Michael Marshall Smith. Set in the Pacific Northwest, Intruders tells the story of Jack Whelan (John Simm), a former LAPD cop whose life gets turned upside down after his wife (Mira Sorvino) vanishes. Other plot threads include a mysterious assassin (James Frain) knocking off people and a runaway little girl (Millie Brown). The illusive threads will “intertwine to reveal a conspiracy that will forever change our understanding of human nature.”
We’ve talked a lot about how Syfy seems to making a serious effort to turn itself around and become a serious player in the realm of scripted genre entertainment, as opposed to primarily a peddler of original B-movies and so-called “reality” programming that doesn’t pass the sniff test. As hopeful as we are about upcoming Syfy projects such as Ascension and The Expanse, there’s one that still has us very dubious: their series adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s time-travel classic 12 Monkeys. Now Syfy has revealed a very brief look at their version of 12 Monkeys, courtesy of the preview video above.
Syfy typically puts together this sort of “coming soon” montage for their upcoming lineups, and with Defiance and Dominion both having just kicked off their new seasons, the network dropped the above trailer to help hype both of those shows, as well as the upcoming returns of Helix and Haven, and their fall “event series” Ascension. You can see a few 12 Monkeys moments we’ve heard described before beginning around the 30-second mark.
There’s been a lot of talk about how the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series will both help launch the new Star Wars Expanded Universe and set up threads that may play a major role in Episode VII. There have been hints that the core group of Rebels’ Rebels may turn up in the forthcoming Star Wars live-action films, and even rumors that Mara Jade, a fan-beloved part of the old, now non-canon EU continuity may be introduced in Rebels before showing up in the new Episodes. Now a new French teaser for Rebels has given us our first look at the appearance of a classic Star Wars figure in the series: the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi.
We reported about Kenobi’s alleged involvement in Rebels — however big or small that involvement may be — last month, after a Rebels tie-in action figure for the character was spotted at a Hasbro sneak preview event. (You can see the toy design below.) Making Star Wars and other sites then confirmed Obi-Wan would be making at least a cameo in the Rebels pilot, where he would be voiced by James Arnold Taylor — who also voiced the role in the Clone Wars animated series.
There’s been a ton of press devoted to the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters this year, and rightly so: it’s one of the best, most successful, and most influential comedies of all time, and it still holds up beautifully three decades later. It’s not the only gem from my childhood that’s turning 30 this year, however. Another flick that was on regular rotation in my household is Joe Dante’s Gremlins, and the cast and crew of Gremlins recently reunited for an anniversary photoshoot, part of which you can see above.
Yeah, Gremlins is 30 years old. If you’re like me, that number may be more effective at making you feel ancient than an entire barrage of pre-teens who can’t figure out why the Twitter hashtag button was on phones before there was Twitter. Gremlins originally released in theaters on June 8, 1984, the same weekend as the aforementioned Ghostbusters. As if those two wouldn’t make picking your tickets hard enough, that was also one week after Star Trek III: The Search for Spock premiered.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has built up some solid online buzz over the last few months, thanks to a barrage of snarky-awesome trailers and director James Gunn’s ongoing interactions with the fans via social media like Twitter and Facebook. Now the flick’s got a new upcoming promotional stunt that makes use of another day-to-day technological staple: Skype. Gunn has invited fans to submit their best Guardians question for the cast and crew, and one winner will get to join the movie’s cast on a Skype conference call later this summer.
If you think you’ve got the perfect winning question, all you’ve got to do is record your video message and send it along to the Guardians camp. You can find details about how to do that right here, and submissions are due by Friday, July 11.