The runaway success of AMC’s The Walking Dead has made zombies hotter than ever, so much so that the pop culture landscape is positively flooded with the undead. Now Sony’s streaming service Crackle is looking to get a piece of the action with Dead Rising: Watchtower, a new movie based on Capcom’s popular video game franchise. The first trailer for the Dead Rising flick has clawed its way out of the earth, and you can get a first look below.
If you haven’t had a good cry yet today, this might just be the heartwarming story you’ve been waiting for all day. Liam Porter is a seven-year-old boy from Augusta, Georgia, and he was in dire need of a new prosthetic arm. His last device wasn’t working very well and he was having trouble with everyday tasks and the like. But he got a helping hand from some unlikely allies from a galaxy far, far away, as a group of stormtroopers presented him with a brand new, 3D printed arm.
Leaving an afternoon matinee one recent Saturday, Liam was shuttled to another area of the theater where he found a crowd waiting for him with a very special present. There were stormtroopers, clone troopers, and other members of the 501st Legion’s Georgia Garrison, and they presented the young boy with a new prosthetic.
Star Wars fans have a whole new trilogy to look forward to once The Force Awakens hits theaters later this year, but during the off years between episodes we’ll also be getting standalone spinoff films featuring…well, we don’t really know yet. But the first of those spinoff films suffered a potential setback earlier this month when screenwriter Gary Whitta parted ways with the project. Now we know who will be taking Whitta’s place: Oscar-nominated screenwriter Chris Weitz.
The news comes via THR, who report that Weitz will be taking up Whitta’s lightsaber on the upcoming Star Wars spinoff film, which is currently slated for a 2016 release and is being directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). Weitz is best known for co-writing/co-directing the 2002 flick About a Boy, based on the novel by Nick Hornby, which earned him and his brother Paul an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. He also wrote and directed The Golden Compass in 2007, a failed would-be franchise starter based on Phillip Pullman’s controversial novel. More recently he tackled another YA franchise by directing The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The Twilight connection might unnerve some Star Wars fans, but that’s a case where it’s the source material that’s the problem, far more so than Weitz’s directing it.
Inspiration and innovation never seem to quit when it comes to the worlds of science and engineering, whether it’s people figuring out the next great military weapon or those who want to fry the perfect egg. For the four young lads in Tyler Graham Pavey’s feature debut, The Phoenix Project, all efforts are being put into reanimating dead tissue. Because that never went wrong for anyone ever, right?
The project is being guided by Perry (Corey Rieger), the man with the plan and the grants to keep their research going. Then there’s Devin (Andrew Simpson), whose expertise is on more of a biological level. Ampersand (David Pesta) is there for the technical side, as he knows all about electricity and wiring. Then there’s Carter (Orson Ossman), Perry’s former student who just seems to be there for positive support and cooking dinner.
The Phoenix Project is set almost entirely within the house where the foursome are conducting their experiments, and it seems like much of the film’s minimal budget went into filling the main room with electrical equipment. As such, this is not a movie filled with car chases, or one with a lengthy post-production process adding in loads of CGI. What you see is what you get here, and if you’re willing to relax your expectations a little, The Phoenix Project is a pretty solid little tale about how dangerous the drive to succeed can be.
If you can shoehorn zombies into Jane Austen and make the 16th President of the United States a vampire hunter, why can’t you craft a steampunk sequel to Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist? The idea of Dodge and Twist has been bouncing around for the last few years, but now it is receiving a major upgrade in the form of a script by none other than Edgar Wright.
According to Film Divider, the filmmaker behind the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy—Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End—is taking a whack at the title. The story is originally the brainchild of Ahmet Zappa, and Wright picks up where screenwriter Cole Hammond (NBC’s Dracula), who had the first crack at the material, and Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), who turned in another draft, left off.
There was plenty to disdain about the former Sci-Fi Channel’s in the years since it changed names to the eminently mockable “Syfy.” The Ghost Hunters and the innumerable “paranormal reality shows” that followed. The philosophy that saw them distance themselves from the very genre that gave them their name. One of the few programs from that dark time that I actually really enjoy is the makeup competition Face Off, which returned with new episodes a couple of weeks ago. This week the series is following its common trend of tying in with a popular genre property — The Hunger Games. The artists will be faced with a “predator challenge” (no, not that Predator), and Hunger Games actor Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) will serve as a guest judge.
Face Off‘s “Let the Games Begin” airs Tuesday at 9/8c on Syfy. You can check out the rest of this week’s TV picks below, including new episodes of The 100, The Flash, Helix, and 12 Monkeys!