Like most of the films in their past, the Wachowski siblings’ space opera Jupiter Ascending is getting more than its fair share of critical mudslinging as its impending release approaches. But for everyone who is gleefully ignoring all that negative noise, here’s a three-minute-long extended trailer that should satisfy your day’s explosion quota.
After Prometheus became a hit in 2012, it seemed like screenwriter Jon Spaihts was destined to find steady genre work, but none of his follow-up scripts have been produced just yet. One of those screenplays, the sci-fi love story Passengers, has had some setbacks over the last two years, but it’s finally moving forward with a solid filmmaker at the helm, as The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum has signed on to right this (space)ship once and for all.
Tyldum, who is currently in the running for Best Director at this year’s Academy Awards, is quite an interesting choice for Passengers, as it will be both his first science fiction film and his first project for a major studio. Luckily, this isn’t some massive effects-driven flick that will take a decade’s worth of post-production before seeing a release.
We’re losing another strong science fiction show before too long, as Continuum is going the way of the buffalo. The embattled series, which is produced by Canada’s Showcase but airs in the U.S. on Syfy, was recently picked up for a fourth season, though it will be shorter than the previous three, and it has already been announced as the last one. But, because we live in a magical time with new platforms popping up all the time, and everyone scrambling for content, nothing is ever quite as dead as it used to be, and according to one of the show’s stars, this might not be the end.
To say there’s been a lot of talk about the cast of the new Ghostbusters is putting it mildly. Ever since we learned the Paul Feig-directed film will be a female-fronted reboot there’s been chatter, and now that we know who the four primary players are going to be—Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon—the intensity has ratcheted up a few notches. A couple of the original Ghostbusters have already sounded off on the subject of a female-centric cast, and now Dan Aykroyd has added his two cents.
Bill Murray threw his support behind a female team of paranormal investigators early on, while Ernie Hudson made his displeasure with the set up known. Over the years, Aykroyd has always been one of the big proponents of a Ghostbusters 3, and any time the topic cropped up his name was always in the mix somewhere as one of the people pushing for more. Because of this, I didn’t expect him to be super supportive of the new film, not necessarily because of the gender of the heroes, but because his vision of the future of the franchise was always tied to its history, and this is very, very different. But I was wrong.
Even for those who don’t care a whit about the vagaries of sportsball, Super Bowl Sunday is still a time to be planted in front of the TV. You get to see the ads various companies have blown their entire quarterly budget on, and you get to see new trailers for the most-anticipated movies of the coming year. Except these days you don’t even have to tune in to the big game because the trailers usually wind up online days before. Case in point, the new Super Bowl spot for Terminator Genisys, which you can check out below.
David Tennant will forever be associated with his role as the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who, but he’s already added several memorable performances to his resume in the years since he left the TARDIS. He was the best part of the Fright Night remake, and he played the lead in both the British original and American version of the same show (Broadchurch, resurrected on Fox as Gracepoint). Now he’s checking another huge item off his bucket list: he’s joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in a very un-Doctor-like role.
Marvel has announced that Tennant will be joining A.K.A. Jessica Jones, the upcoming Marvel/Netflix series starring Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter. Ritter is playing the titular lead, a former superhero turned private eye, and Colter will romance Jones as Luke Cage before stepping into his own Netflix series later. So who is Tennant going to be? He’ll be playing Zebediah Killgrave, a.k.a. the Purple Man. And if you read Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias run, on which the show is based, there’s a good chance you just involuntarily muttered, “Holy shit!”