I’ll say one thing about Phase 4 Films’ Alien Uprising, formerly known as UFO, but really known as “the alien movie with Jean Claude Van Damme in it.” It needs to hurry up and come out so it can get off of my damned radar already. This film has been alive for two years now, and the more I’m seeing of it, the less I believe that Van Damme will actually have anything to do with it, other than appear to cock a shotgun and then get eaten up Deep Blue Sea-style, just with aliens.
One of the most interesting curiosities this summer is the Brad Pitt-produced World War Z. The zombie epidemic film will surely showcase thrilling action with heavy political intrigue and espionage. To get people excited for World War Z, Paramount released a the above images highlighting World War Z’s political thriller roots.
Recently, a man appeared – a man who spoke of a future where man and machine had become one, and that at least one of those man-machines had a pretty big gut at this point in his life.
I speak of news sources, who have told the website The Wrap that Paramount Pictures is in negotiations to get their distribution hands all over a fifth Terminator movie, which will be produced by Megan Ellison’s Annapurma Pictures and David Ellison’s Skydance Productions. No one from any of those companies decided to comment once The Wrap got in touch with them, so I guess it’s safe to just call this a rumor for now. And since no one called it down, let’s call it probable. Paramount recently received the rights to Friday the 13th and a portion of a South Park film from Warner Bros. so that Warner could get a piece of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Paramount wants franchises, dammit.
June 16, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Russian Vostok 6 mission, which was the first time a female cosmonaut had been sent into space. That cosmonaut’s name is Valentina Tereshkova, and even at 76 years of age, her desire for adventure has yet to die down.
While speaking at a pre-celebration for the anniversary, Tereshkova made it clear that she was ready to go to Mars, even if it meant never coming back. You guys migth recall the overwhelming response to the one-way ticket to Mars volunteer program. I’m not positive, but I’m pretty sure Tereshkova pulls rank over anyone else in this situation.
“Of course, it’s a dream to go to Mars and find out whether there was life there or not,” she said. “If there was, then why did it die out? What sort of catastrophe happened?”
Seemingly without a sense of irony, Tereshkova decried space travel as a luxury instead of a privilege, saying that “only specialists should be making space flights because, while there have been a lot of flights and more than 50 astronauts, there is still a lot that hasn’t been studied.” But of course, if they can “bring some use working aboard a spaceship,” then she’s all for it. I guess the last 30 years of reverence diluted her memory of being a civilian parachutist before being chosen for the three-day orbit.
Does watching a bunch of foul-mouthed, weed-smoking, pill-popping celebrities attempt to survive the end of the world sound like a good time? If it does, your summer just took a significant upturn with This is the End, the directorial debut from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the dynamic duo behind Superbad and Pineapple Express. Not only are we talking about an apocalyptic tale, this is also the vulgar, balls out, R-rated comedy you’ve been waiting for. (The Hangover Part III was a miserable failure on that front.) Just because this is exactly what you expect it to be—raunchy, improvised humor—doesn’t make it any less of a freaking blast.
A riff on the public personas of Rogen and a bunch of his young, funny celebrity buddies, the action kicks off with Jay Baruchel arriving in Los Angeles. After a fast-paced weed and videogame montage, Rogen drags his reluctant pal to an epic rager at James Franco’s new digs. There, surrounded by people he hates, Jay has a miserable time as everyone any of these guys has ever been in a movie with acts like an asshole. Michael Cera as a coked out lecherous version of himself is the standout here.
A reworking of the earlier short, Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse, before long, shit starts to get real, and the world, for all intents and purposes, takes a huge dump. Bright blue shafts of light come down and suck people into the sky, the Hollywood Hills burst into flames, and the Earth rips open, swallowing up most of the party. After this, you’re left with the core group that you follow through the film—Seth, Jay, Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride—and they barricade themselves inside Franco’s, waiting for a celebrity rescue team. After all, Jonah was nominated for an Oscar. They have to save him, right? Right after they get Clooney.
Vin Diesel’s space outlaw Riddick is one bad mother. A recent trailer reminded us of how many times he’s been counted out and left for dead, which makes the situation pretty clear. But somehow if, by some miracle, you managed to miss that oh-so-subtle point point, this new banner ad for the upcoming Riddick movie makes it explicit. Riddick bows to no man. And it looks like he’s coming to kick your ass.
Riddick is the third chapter in the trilogy from director David Twohy, which began in strong fashion with Pitch Black and then took something of a nosedive with the sequel, Chronicles of Riddick. The story follows the titular badass as he is left stranded on the surface of what appears to be a dead, desolate planet. Unfortunately for him, there are giant alien monsters, and before long he’s in the fight of his life. The only way off the rock is to reveal his whereabouts to the cadre of bounty hunters that dog him across the galaxy. When his pursuers touch down, he finds a dangerous new breed of mercenary, as well as a familiar face that is none too pleased to see him.