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Comic(s) Relief: Battlestar Galactica Gets A Steampunk Makeover This Summer

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With Ron Moore’s acclaimed Syfy series long since wrapped up and the dude who wrote Transcendence at work on a big-screen “reimagining,” Battlestar Galactica fans looking for a fix of their favorite franchise are simply stuck with reruns for the time being. Or you could hit your local comics shop and dig into the ongoing adventures of the Colonial Fleet, whether you prefer the Glen Larson original or the Moore revamp. Dynamite Entertainment holds the comic license for BSG and they’ve got multiple series stretching across both incarnations of the series. Now they’re adding a new addition — and a weird one at that. Welcome to Battlestar Galactica: 1880.

Taking that whole “All of this has happened before” thing to the next level, Battlestar Galactica: 1880 will give the property a Steampunk makeover, with “Professor Baltar” creating clockwork Cylons to pit against the Colonial Empire. Adama is now an archduke, there are Sky Pirates, and Captain Starbuck now has a “humanoid / Daggit copilot Muffit.” Well, at least the comics version won’t require anyone to duct tape a chimpanzee inside a bunch of spare carpet. (Oh, and Starbuck is back to being a dude in this one. Written by Tony Lee, Battlestar Galactica: 1880 is set to hit stores this August.

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Luke Evans And Elizabeth Moss Join Tom Hiddleston In Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise

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elizabeth moss josh evansDirector Ben Wheatley’s films are a rarity, in that their odd and often dark stories are filled with striking characters that somehow transcend the actors and actresses playing them. When I see Michael Smiley, I see Kill List‘s Gal, but when I look at Gal, I don’t see Smiley; it’s only Gal. That may change with the director’s next effort, the pseudo-utopian tale High-Rise, as Wheatley is amassing not only the most recognizable cast of his career, but one of the most intriguing casts of any film currently in pre-production. Fast & Furious 6 star Luke Evans and Mad Men‘s Elizabeth Moss are joining Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, and more for this bleak futuristic take on luxury.

Produced by Recorded Picture Company, High-Rise is an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s much-loved 1975 novel of the same name, with a screenplay written by Wheatley’s frequent collaborator Amy Jump. Depending on how well-defined the lines are between the privileged and the impoverished, this could be the class war movie that the Occupy movement would have fought to rally behind. (Are those guys still doing anything? Is it working?)

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The Hunger Games’ President Snow Has A Message For You, Er, Panem

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You know how you can tell the world we live in is really different from the nation of Panem in The Hunger Games? It isn’t the segregation, the class wars, or the annual battles to the death. It’s the presidential addresses, of course. Instead of watching President Obama stand behind a podium, or sit behind a desk in the Oval Office, the people of The Hunger Games get to see President Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland) completely decked out in a fabu white suit, sitting on a modest white throne set inside a completely white room. And before anyone can say “white” two more times, Snow has placidly laid to rest all of our war-mongering thoughts and urges.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction High-Res Images Show Off Robots And Pretty People

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AgeFeatMichael Bay returns to the world of giant, shape-changing robots this Friday with Transformers: Age of Extinction. If you enjoyed the earlier Transformers films, well, this one looks to be more of the same, but with the added attraction of Dinobots. On the other hand, if you couldn’t care less about the cartoonish franchise, I can’t imagine Age of Extinction is going to win you over. On the upside, however, Age of Extinction contains at least 99% less Shia LaBeouf than the former installments, which means moviegoers are going to have to find a new Transformers character to constantly want to punch in the face. In the meantime you can check out this batch of new high-res images from Age of Extinction below, which focus mostly on the humans but still have a couple of interesting shots of the ‘bots themselves.

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Ralph McQuarrie’s Non-Star Wars Art Collected In Awesome Coffee Table Book

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ralph mcquarrieWhenever we talk about Star Wars art here on GFR, if often involves the stellar poster designs of Drew Struzan, but we’re going to another galaxy for this one. Academy Award-winning conceptual designer and illustrator Ralph McQuarrie was arguably best known for giving Darth Vader and R2-D2 their signature looks, but his career spanned many other areas than just George Lucas’ universe. And those who don’t mind footing the bill can Kickstart a massive coffee table book showcasing McQuarrie’s multi-faceted talents.

The The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES crowdfunding campaign is being put together by Dreams and Visions Press, the company that published the original Art of Ralph McQuarrie back in 2007. This 432-page update brings together everything from the limited edition first printing, along with loads of never-before-seen pieces of his work in areas such as technical illustration, movie posters, book covers, non-Star Wars film work, other commercial pieces, and several of his own personal works.

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Invasion Thriller Outpost 37 And Zombie Actioner Disaster L.A. Get Distribution

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disaster l.a.Hey, lookit! Two of sci-fi’s most prolific threats, aliens and zombies, are the subject of respective indie thrillers that got picked up for distribution this week. IFC Midnight picked up Jabbar Raisani’s E.T.-filled directorial debut Outpost 37, while Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has acquired Turner Clay’s awkwardly titled Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here. How blessed we all are by this remains to be seen, as there’s a bit of “been there, done that” with each of these concepts, but we’re optimistic until proven disgusted.

Let’s take them one at a time, shall we? Outpost 37 is the story of a documentary crew that are following a squad of superstar soldiers on their way to the world’s most dangerous outpost, in the aftermath of a massive alien invasion. It should surprise no one that everyone discovers the invasion was only the first part of something much bigger. It stars Joe Reegan (Hollywood Heights), Matthew Holmes (Sea Patrol), Adrian Paul (Highlander), and more.