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The Blob Remake Just Enveloped This Director

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BlobThese days, when news hits about a movie remake, there’s a more-than-good chance it isn’t the first time the story has been retold. One of the latest classics getting retooled for modern audiences is the amorphous horror The Blob, and it now has a director, as the action-hound Simon West has signed on to bring this gloopy menace to the screen.

West is an interesting choice for this project, as he hasn’t really done anything that falls within the science fiction or horror genres. (You can mention When a Stranger Calls, but that movie just doesn’t exist to me.) He’s directed films like The Mechanic, The Expendables 2, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. His feature debut was 1997’s guilt-free action fest Con Air, which was recently rumored to have a space-bound sequel in the pipeline.

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The First Fantastic Four Trailer Is Here, Watch It Now

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Josh Trank is taking the helm for one of the upcoming standalone Star Wars movies, but before he ventures to that galaxy far, far away, we’ll get to see what he can do on a large scale with a revamped Fantastic Four. We’re still almost seven months away from the opening, but the much talked about adaptation delivered its first trailer this morning.

This is definitely not quite the tone you necessarily expect from a comic book movie (though Fantastic Four is a Marvel comic, Fox is producing the movie, not Marvel Studios, the folks behind Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, and the like), and they’re definitely going for a more serious, ominous tone. From this preview, it’s hard not to presume a Christopher Nolan/Dark Knight influence.

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Dead Rising: Watchtower Trailer Promises Tongue-In-Cheek Zombie Fun

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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.

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Watch Stormtroopers Give A 7-Year-Old Boy A 3D Printed Prosthetic Arm

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star warsIf 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.

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The First Star Wars Spinoff Film Just Hired This Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter

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BobaStar 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.

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The Phoenix Project Brings Lo-Fi Drama To The Frankenstein Mythos

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phoenix projectInspiration 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.