Of all the projects on Syfy’s suddenly ambitious development slate, the one I’m most looking forward to — and most dreading they might fuck up — is The Expanse, based on the stellar book series by James S.A. Corey. The first installment, 2011’s Leviathan Wakes, instantly became one of my favorite science fiction stories of all time, and the series pretty much has it all: action, mystery, interstellar politics, humor, and a richly detailed vision of a future where mankind has spread throughout the solar system, but not yet conquered the stars. Thankfully the first trailer for The Expanse hit yesterday, and it looks great. But if you haven’t read the books yet, it’s also hard to get a full sense of who’s who and what’s going on. Well, GFR has your back: we’ve pulled a ton of screencaps and will walk you through the world of The Expanse below. First off, here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it yet.
It’s silly to get too excited about an upcoming trailer, we’re well aware of that, but when it’s the next trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s hard not to get at least a little bit stoked. (Hell, I paid for a ticket to a movie I didn’t care about just to see the last one on the big screen.) And while the first one is great, it’s conspicuously missing any of the returning characters, primarily Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. But now we know not only when we’ll see the next look at J.J. Abrams’ adventure in that far, far away galaxy, but also that we’ll finally see those familiar faces we’re so pumped about.
This isn’t a huge surprise, but Latino Review confirms that the next Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser, trailer, or whatever you want to call it, will be attached to Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron when it drops May 1. That makes sense, using what is going to be one of the biggest movies of the year to hype up what is likely going to be the biggest movie of the year. Especially since Disney owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm. I’m waiting for the cross promotion to get to the point where there’s a just a Wookiee walking around in the background of a Marvel movie somewhere.
The Wachowskis‘ latest, the wingnut space adventure Jupiter Ascending, has been pushed back and delayed multiple times, but after waiting for years now, the film is finally almost here. To pump up the February 6 release date, Warner Bros. has unleashed a trio of new clips to give you a better idea of what the film entails. And in conjunction with this release, we came across a massive, 100-minute long interview with the visionary filmmakers that, if you’re interested in any of their work, or even the industry at all, is a must watch.
Jupiter Ascending is the story of Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a lowly cleaning woman who is destined for greater things. She dreams big, but scrubs rich people’s toilets for a living and has zero luck to speak of. When Caine (Channing Tatum playing an albino, man-wolf hybrid soldier) shows up, she learns that she has the same DNA as the Queen of the Universe, which means she’s next in line to rule the cosmos, and that kicks off a raging intergalactic conflict.
With the massive Sony infiltration at the end of last year, and the subsequent threats of violence at screenings of The Interview, hacking is a big topic of conversation at the moment, one that is at the forefront of the public consciousness. Which makes the release of Michael Mann’s hacker thriller Blackhat seem incredibly fortuitous, as the action follows a team of Chinese and American agents as they track a mysterious cyber outlaw with destructive tendencies across the globe. Unfortunately for audiences, the movie is a dull, drab affair that, while occasionally slick, with a few moments of nice tension, carries little more than that to recommend it.
Computer technology changes and evolves so quickly that movies like this often feel out of date in short order (remember when the likes of Hackers, Lawnmower Man, and countless others were considered high tech?). As you watch these characters toss jargon back and forth, that side of Blackhat feels like someone watched an episode of 60 Minutes about hacking, and you can almost hear the relevance slipping away.
With the 50th anniversary festivities in 2013 and a new Doctor to celebrate in 2014, the last two years have provided plenty to talk about when it came to Doctor Who. But what about Torchwood, the little sibling that never gets any respect? It’s been in limbo since the not-great Miracle Day, but we’d still love to see Captain Jack Harkness back in action. Well, we will be getting that wish granted…minus the “see” part.
While promoting The CW’s Arrow at the 2015 TV critics winter press conference in Pasadena this week, actor John Barrowman (Captain Jack) revealed that, while there’s no news about another season/miniseries of Torchwood, the characters will be returning in three or four planned BBC radio plays. Barrowman says the plays will be “character-based,” but hints that at least one of them will involve what the Post Gazette describes as “the whole Torchwood team.” Of course, it’s anybody’s guess what that means at this stage, since Torchwood has been notoriously brutal to the team’s membership over the years. We can assume the return of Captain Jack and Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), but what about Mekhi Phifer’s Rex Matheson, who was certainly left in an interesting state at the end of Miracle Day? Time will tell.
Everyone on AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead needs to be careful, as damn near anyone can be killed off at damn near any time. You’ll be walking along, thinking what a lovely day it is, and out of nowhere, you’re walker food. Should have checked behind that tree. New people are especially at risk, and many of them are lucky to even get a name—season three at the prison was a free for all when it came to killing off glorified extras. That said, when the fifth season returns for its second half next month, there are going to be some new faces. Maybe they’ll stick around for a while, like Tara, maybe they’ll last half an episode. However it works out, we now know that the cast has added a new member in the person of Ross Marquand.
Marquand is going to be most recognizable to fans of another popular AMC drama, Mad Men, which I’ve never watched, but I’m told features him playing a version of Paul Newman. That must mean he’s pretty good at impressions. He also lends his voice to Phineas and Ferb, so you may recognize him from there. Right now there’s no word on what character he’ll play in the undead adventure, but there are theories floating around.