Transformers 4 Leaked Location Videos Reveal Mysterious Space Ship

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Principal photography is well underway in Michigan on the latest film from director Michael Bay. Transformers 4 will kick-start a new Transformers trilogy that will be separate from the original trilogy. According to Bay, the next Transformers film will be a complete redesign of the old franchise. From everything we’ve seen of Transformers 4‘s Autobots and Decepticons, it definitely looks like a fresh start. Location photos and videos are slowly leaking onto the Internet, and the latest batch appears to reveal some sort of space ship.

Revealed in leaked videos that popped up on YouTube, the space ship looks too small to be an Autobot or Decepticon, so perhaps it’s a surveying ship or transport from a bigger ship. Regardless of its origins, it looks like Transformers 4 might go cosmic!


Enterprise’s First Season Was Originally Supposed To Remain Earthbound

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EnterpriseCrewEnterprise was always the underdog among the Star Trek spinoffs. By the time the show premiered in 2001, Gene Roddenberry’s beloved universe had long since become a capital-F Franchise, and that’s rarely good for creativity. Preserving the status quo becomes paramount (ahem) and merchandising frequently trumps storytelling. After Deep Space Nine has broken with the “people in a ship boldly going” format, Voyager had leapt right back onto that tradition. And for Enterprise, we got much the same, only relocated to the early days of the very first Enterprise. But as it turns out, Enterprise’s first season was originally intended to be a huge departure from the Trek norm: it was supposed to unfold almost entirely on Earth.

That revelation comes from the “In Conversation: The First Crew” documentary on the Enterprise season two Blu-rays that just came out. As reported by Ain’t It Cool, Rick Berman and Brannon Braga originally pitched a very different freshman season for Enterprise, one that would follow the building of the vessel, the gathering of the crew, and humanity’s first encounter with Klingons (that last plot point did survive into the finished pilot, “Broken Bow”). Berman supposedly pitched the series as “The Right Stuff in outer space.” Had the studio given the original concept a thumbs up, the Enterprise wouldn’t have begun its maiden voyage until the first-season finale.


Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Rocket Raccoon Might Be…Bradley Cooper?

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Bradley Cooper - Rocket RaccoonAccording to director James Gunn, the character of Rocket Raccoon will be the emotional center of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The gun-loving anthropomorphic raccoon is the director’s favorite character in the film, so the actor who will end up voicing him has to be just as lovable. While four of the five members of the Guardians of the Galaxy team have been cast, the role of Rocket Raccoon has remained a mystery. Considering the Marvel movie features an all-star cast, the actor who will voice Rocket needs to be a big draw to bring general audiences to the movie theater. Does Bradley Cooper count?

Latino Review’s “inside sources” at Marvel HQ have been hit or miss, but overall somewhat reliable. According to the site, Marvel Studios has offered actor Bradley Cooper the role of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians. If true — and if he accepts — Cooper would join the team of intergalactic peacekeepers that already includes actors Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, and Vin Diesel as the treelike alien Groot.


Omni Magazine Rises From The Grave Online

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OmniTopHere at GFR, we’ve talked about the late, much-lamented Omni magazine several times in the past year. Considered by many to be one of the best science and science fiction publications of all time, Omni paved the way for sites such as GFR. After its founding in 1978 — oddly enough, by Penthouse’s Bob Guccione — Omni’s covers were regularly filled with names like Carl Sagan and Freeman Dyson; with fiction by genre titans such as Robert Heinlein, Ursula K. Le Guin, and William GIbson. In the mid ‘90s, Omni evolved in a way many publications have had to, ceasing print publication and shifting to an online format. Tragically, editor Keeton passed away in 1996 from breast cancer, and Omni never recovered, finally ceasing publication in 1997. Today, however, Omni is back.

The aptly titled Omni Reboot is currently online with new content, including fiction by Bruce Sterling and an interview with Ben Bova, who edited the original Omni for five years from 1978 – 1982. You can keep track of Omni’s latest via their blog, Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram, and Tumblr. (Those latter two are already full of vintage images from Omni’s archives.) The resurrected Omni has veteran science writer Claire Evans in the editorial seat.

In her introductory essay “First Word,” Evans comments on the state of the world into which Omni returns to life in, and what the newly arisen publication hopes to strive for:


Star Trek Into Darkness’ Honest Trailer Gets Everything Right

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Back in May, Star Trek Into Darkness was anticipated to be better than the first reboot film from J.J. Abrams. Many felt that this entry would be the “Empire Strikes Back” of the Star Trek reboot film series. Boy, were we wrong about this one. While Star Trek Into Darkness is a terrible movie, it’s pretty much the same thing we watched in 2009 with the first reboot movie as it recycled many of its elements, structure, and action. Star Trek Into Darkness also played heavily on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan with its villain John Harrison, played by Benedict Cumberbatch (Is revealing his character name still considered a spoiler?).


New Zero Theorem Poster And Promises That You Won’t See Any Zombies, Aliens, Or Superheroes

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Zero Theorem PosterThe Zero Theorem looks like vintage Terry Gilliam, a movie where he creates a world that is simultaneously bright and dark and outlandishly fantastic, yet troublingly familiar. Part of what makes Brazil so unsettling are the similarities to that world and all too many our daily lives (I may as well work in that office). With the film set to premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in a few weeks, we’re getting more and more looks at what it actually contains. Following hot on the heels of a few images that hit the airwaves yesterday, we get a look at the first poster for The Zero Theorem, as well as a statement from Gilliam himself on the film, including his intentions, what he hopes to achieve, and a few things we absolutely will not see.

From the look of this poster, we’re in for a damn fine time. There’s a man, presumably star Christoph Waltz, hunched over a computer, wearing what appears to be some sort of full body pajamas, or maybe a wetsuit. Unlike most PJs, or wetsuits for that matter, this one has a big chord running out of the top of his head. It definitely looks like someone is monitoring his thoughts or brainwaves, which provides a nice thematic hint. Bureaucracy run amok is one of Gilliam’s favorite targets, and from what we know, and from the photos and leaked trailers we’ve seen thus far, The Zero Theorem will fit nicely into that family of films.