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Young Ones Is An Ambitiously Artsy Story Of Survival And Desperation

Even if you’ve got apocalypse fatigue, this one is worth your time.


Why You Should Be Watching Black Mirror

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Ichabod Crane Will Travel Through Time In Fox’s Sleepy Hollow Pilot

Fox has commissioned a pilot based on the classic Washington Irving short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” cleverly titled Sleepy Hollow. That sounds relatively straightforward, right? You have Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman, and a gothic, macabre sensibility. Here is the kicker: Ichabod Crane is going to travel through time. That’s one hell of a wrinkle to the time-tested story.



3-D World Of The CAVE2 Is Like Holodeck 1.0

I think it’s safe to say that the digitized worlds of 3-D and virtual reality will soon know no bounds, no longer so easily associated with such lame affairs as Jaws 3-D and The Lawnmower Man. Instead, the future will be more along the lines of Star Trek‘s holodeck. We are in unparalleled times. If only these could also be the times where I got shit like this for a birthday present.

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) has unveiled the CAVE2, a 320-degree, eight-foot-tall cylindrical wall of 72 passive stereoscopic LCD screens that output 7,360 x 4,912 pixels in 3-D, complete with 20 ambisonic speakers placed all across the massive display, which is 24 feet across in diameter. Users wear a set of 3-D glasses that have attachments which are constantly tracked by the CAVE2’s sensors, and when combined with a similarly outfitted wand — a Wiimote with spores, essentially — users can walk through immersive worlds of high-definition bliss. Check the video below for a rehashing of the specs and some visual beauty.


Doctor Who Meets My Little Pony, Finally

I had no idea they that My Little Pony was still a thing, let alone a thing anyone cared about. In reality, I probably haven’t thought about the bright plastic Hasbro toys, or any of the subsequent cartoon renderings, since somewhere in the mid-1980s. However, a quick bit of Internet research confirms that they never really went anywhere, even when I stopped paying attention.



New Defiance Pics Spotlight The Cast Of Aliens And Humans

Rocke S. O’Bannon is returning to science fiction and to Syfy this April with Defiance, an ambitious project that is also launching alongside an accompanying MMO shooter game. Defiance is set in the near future, after a protracted conflict between the native humans and aliens hoping to settle on our world. After decades of fighting, a ceasefire has been declared, and both humans and various alien types are living alongside each other on an Earth that has been drastically altered by runaway alien terraforming tech. Now Syfy has released a new batch of images from the series, once again highlighting the diverse and colorful cast of characters.

The show’s premise suggests it could play out like a science fiction version of Deadwood, focusing on the ways very different individuals and cultures work together to form a society when thrown together by outside forces. I’m hoping Rockne and his writers will be able to create a show as uniquely enjoyable as Farscape. That may be like expecting lightning to strike twice in the same place, but just call me an optimist.

Defiance premieres Monday, April 15th on Syfy.


CW’s Adaptation Of The Selection Finds Its Lead


It has been a bumpy road for the CW’s adaptation of Kiera Cass’ young adult novel, The Selection. The teen-centric network has already produced one pilot based on the book—which doesn’t hit shelves until March 26th—which apparently wasn’t up to snuff. So they went back to the drawing board. Now, after a search, take two has found its lead in the form of Israeli actress Yael Grobglas.

Deadline reports that Globus will play the role of America Singer, the young heroine of The Selection. Set 300 years in the future, the story follows America, a working-class girl, as she is selected via lottery to participate in something that sounds like a cross between The Hunger Games and The Bachelorette.

Plucked from obscurity, America and 25 other young women are taken to the royal palace, where they compete to win the hand of a handsome prince and become queen. Initially, she is skeptical and not interested in playing along—see, she has a secret love of her own lurking in the shadows—but once she finally meets the prince, she becomes more open to the idea.


Lego Version Of Knight Rider’s KITT Is Silent But Deadly

I like the growing consensus of artists who are saying, “Anything you can do, I can do better. And with Legos.” In the next 10 years, I see an influx of Lego builders who will recreate everything the world has ever seen, using solely the multi-colored building blocks. And only then will we find out where Jimmy Hoffa is buried.

“You can play with me, Michael, but I am not a toy.” That’s a made-up line of dialogue I just gave to this snazzy Lego rendition of that most badass of talking vehicles, KITT from the TV show Knight Rider. (Sorry, Speed Buggy.) We just recently oohed and ahhed over Lego architecture artist Orion Pax — real name: Alex Jones — who recreated the Ghostbusters firehouse and the Ninja Turtles Party Wagon, and even though KITT isn’t boasting the same amount of insane detail, it’s still a project worthy of more than a few impressed stares.