Though it started off a little rocky, season 4 of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead is easily the best of the franchise so far, especially the second half of the season. And it ends on one hell of a cliffhanger to boot. One aspect of the season finale that garnered a lot of attention was the last line. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) says what is probably the most badass thing he’s ever said, something that makes fans of the comics have hope that he’s on his way to becoming the character he is in the Robert Kirkman’s books. But this is TV, so he can’t say exactly what most of us would in this situation, you know, censors and all, but now, in this video, you can see an alternate take. Be warned, there are swears.
Season 8 of the BBC’s venerable sci-fi adventure Doctor Who kicks off a little less than two weeks from today—okay, it’s exactly two weeks from tomorrow, premiering on Saturday, August 23. They’ve been building up to Peter Capaldi’s 12th version of the Time Lord from Gallifrey for so long that it’s easy to forget that this will be our first real introduction to him. He popped up in the Christmas Special at the end of last year, but that was little more than a brief cameo. This new video unveils a handful of short new bits of footage from the upcoming season, and probes Capaldi’s mind about his character and his feelings on taking over such a popular, beloved character.
This footage comes from Doctor Who TV, and shows off a few new snippets. There’s nothing super exciting, but you do get a sense of the dynamic between the Doctor and his latest travelling companion Clara (Jenna Louise Coleman). We’ve known for some time that this incarnation of the character is supposedly going to be a darker version, or as they say in this video, “less light, more shade.” That fact definitely comes across in a couple of these clips.
Ever since the show was cancelled in 1998 after five years and 110 episodes, there has been talk of bringing Babylon 5 back to your television set. The fan favorite has a rabid cult following, and for those of you out there who fall into that category, we have some great news for you. Show creator J. Michael Straczynski is working on a new script for a movie. He hopes to get a draft done in 2015, and would like to get the finished product in front of viewers eyes by 2016.
That’s all well and good and exciting, but it’s not as straightforward as it all sounds. TV Wise reports that the story is not a continuation of the events of Babylon 5, but rather a reboot of the entire concept. So what exactly does that mean? Are we going to see the same, or at least similar characters, but played by new actors? It sounds like that is a possibility, though Straczynski did express interest in reusing original cast members, like Bruce Boxleitner and Mira Furlan, if they’re game. He said, “I’d love to see Bruce as the President of the Earth Alliance.”
Do you remember the first comic book or graphic novel adaptation that you saw at the movie theater? Do you remember the last one? Do you remember anything? If not, then you might be a character in Dwayne Harris’ 2011 graphic novel Amnesia, which was just acquired by Sony to be turned into a feature film. At least, I think it was, unless I forgo…[Ed. note: Stop with the memory lines already, we get it.]
Sony signed on for Amnesia based on a pitch and package from FilmNation and director Christopher MacBride, who is set to direct from his own screenplay, which he’ll be working on soon. While MacBride isn’t a household name yet, he was responsible for last year’s under-the-radar festival hit The Conspiracy, a thriller that used the found-footage concept to dive into the world of secret societies. I didn’t find it to be all that spectacular until it got to the third act, where the intensity ramps up rather enjoyably.
John Alvin’s design for Steven Spielberg’s 1993 dinosaur epic Jurassic Park ranks up there with some of the best of all time. How good is it? Well, the same basic idea is still being used to hype Colin Trevorrow’s upcoming Jurassic World, the fourth film in the franchise. It’s hard to imagine the movie and not immediately think of that simple, but iconic, black, yellow, and red design, but it could have been something entirely different, as illustrated by these alternate poster designs.
Alvin is the visual genius responsible for tons of legendary movie posters, including E.T., Blade Runner, Batman, and many, many more fan favorites. Later this month, a collection of his work titled The Art of John Alvin will be released, and IGN has a preview, which is where these posters originated.
Last week, Marvel and director James Gunn released Guardians of the Galaxy, a big, weird blockbuster that showed reverence to a group of comic book characters few people had even heard of outside of its core fanbase. This weekend, Platinum Dunes and director Jonathan Liebesman are releasing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a film that takes a franchise beloved by millions of multi-generational fans around the world and completely saps it of any purity those fans might be interested in watching. It’s like getting excited for a school trip, only to find out that it’s just to the paper mill, and that they’re shitting all over your family and friends in a back room.
Believe it or not, the downfall is imminent from the very first seconds of the movie, with an introduction full of narrated exposition set over a series of motion comic-style animated still frames. As the heroes’ CGI weapons flashed across the screen over a black backdrop, I had to question why Liebesman couldn’t just record a real sword going through a real fruit, or real nunchuks being spun around. One could say, “It’s an homage to the comic book and animated beginnings,” and that someone might very well be right, but it doesn’t change the fact that this is a terrible way to start any kind of movie.