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Pacific Rim Posters Reveal Three More Jaegers: Gipsy Danger, Striker Eureka, And Crimson Typhoon

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After the first trailer hit, the Pacific Rim marketing machine had taken a surreal path. Intended to give us little glimpses at the world of the film, we’ve seen “a day in the life” pictures of everything from huge footprints to ginormous piles of monster dung. This past week or so things have returned to a more traditional approach, serving up some truly badass posters of the film’s “jaegers,” the giant mechs created to battle the “kaiju,” enormous extradimensional creatures who emerge from beneath the Pacific and begin ruining humanity’s day.

The one up above is “Gipsy Danger,” the mech piloted by two of the film’s leads, Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori. Gipsy is American made, but as you might imagine, fighting giant sea monsters is an international affair. Each of the posters we’ve seen recently shows off another nation’s contribution to the Jaeger lineup. Here are the two other new posters, introducing Australia’s Striker Eureka and China’s Crimson Typhoon.

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Eli Roth’s Newly Discovered Scathing Review Of The Phantom Menace

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Back in 1999, Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace was going to be one of the biggest movies of the year. While it ended up breaking box office records, there was a stinging sensation that The Phantom Menace was not the same Star Wars we knew and loved. The film is arguably the most disappointing movie of all time, with characters like Jar-Jar Binks and lil‘ Ani Skywalker a far cry from classics like Han Solo and Chewbacca from the original.

Before the movie was released in theaters, there were already a few reviews of the film floating around the Internet. Director Eli Roth, who hadn’t broke into the industry yet, anonymously wrote one of those early reviews,  for the now-defunct website LeisureSuit.net. It was recently unearthed by Jordan Hoffman from Film.com and the New York Daily Post, who was an editor at Leisure Suit at the time. “So here’s the kicker: IT SUCKED,” Roth said of The Phantom Menace, back in 1999.

Mike Ryan from the Huffington Post recently contacted Roth and asked him about the review. Roth remembered writing the review and played it off as a “style piece,” comparing it to Steve Martin’s rejected New Yorker submission review for Ridley Scott’s Alien. He also views The Phantom Menace and the prequel trilogy in a new light. He accepted that George Lucas didn’t make these films for the older generation, but rather he made them for a newer one. Roth wrote the Huffington Post:

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Captain Jack Harkness Won’t Return To Doctor Who, But Someone Else Might

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I’m beginning to wonder if the folks behind Doctor Who aren’t just pranking us. Three months into the year, there’s still no official confirmation whether any previous Doctors (the characters or the actors who played them) will return for the big 50th anniversary episode, and it seems like most of the related stories of late have been somebody denying that they’re returning, or saying they haven’t been asked. Today, it’s Captain Jack Harkness.

Actor John Barrowman, who played the dashing, omnisexual Captain Jack in both Doctor Who and the spinoff Torchwood, had seemed hopeful about returning in recent weeks, but that hope has been dashed, courtesy of a blunt tweet from Barrowman earlier this week.

 

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Oblivion Featurette Reveals A Beautiful Desolation

With only two weeks until its release, Oblivion could be one of the biggest movies of the spring movie season. Joseph Kosinski’s follow-up to Tron: Legacy looks like a beautiful film, but does it have the bite to be an extraordinary experience?

Joseph Kosinski wanted to create a “beautiful desolation” with Oblivion’s beginnings. While it certainly looks amazing, it may be as empty as Kosinski’s words would suggest. The movie feels like it might be a dud in terms of narrative and characters. Hopefully it’s not. Hollywood should be making more movies like Oblivion, because at the very least, it’s an original story and concept. But everything we’ve seen from Oblivion makes it look like it will be just as good as Tron: Legacy: a beautiful film, but narratively empty.

Oblivion is set in the future after the events of a long war with invading aliens, which left the planet largely uninhabitable, forcing humanity to leave. Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is the last man on Earth, a blue-collar mechanic who repairs downed drones. But when Jack Harper saves a mysterious woman named Julia (Olga Kurylenko), his life is called into question as the truth behind the war is revealed.

Oblivion also features Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, and Zoë Bell. The movie will open in theaters everywhere on April 12th, and in IMAX theaters across the country one week later on April 19th.

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Express Flight To International Space Station Takes One-Eighth Of The Time

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I’m not much of a travel person — and my status as a stay-at-home writer on a science blog does nothing to prove this — but I’d easily drive for two straight days if the International Space Station was my end destination. However, I would probably just run into water if I did that, since my car doesn’t go up. At least, not if I want to still qualify for the warranty.

But a two-day trip to the ISS might be a thing of the past, as the second half of the crew from Expedition 35 took a trip via the Russian Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft and docked with the ISS last night around 10:28 p.m. EDT. But here’s the amazing part: the shuttle only took off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome at 4:43 EDT, cutting the trip down to under six hours of travel and just four orbits of Earth, rather than over 50 hours and 30 orbits, as was typical. All it took were some “intricate ballistics maneuvers” to zip their way through space. And if the pizza wasn’t warm by the time they got there, ISS Commander Chris Hadfield didn’t have to pay full price.

Hadfield, NASA’s Tom Marshburn, and Roscosmos’ Roman Romanenko will be joined by Russian cosmonauts Pavel Viogradov and Alexander Misurkin, as well as NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy for the next three months doing “experiments in human research, physical and biological sciences, technology development, Earth observation and education.” The three former astronauts will then head back to Earth to make way for a new half-crew.

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Movie Review: The Host Is A Dull Invasion

What is there to say about Andrew Niccol’s The Host? The film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling novel of the same name is positioned to be as successful as the Twilight film series, which the author also wrote and produced. While The Host sports an all-star cast featuring Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), and William Hurt (A History of Violence), it suffers from self-seriousness, a lack of personality or humor, and bland tonal trappings that make Twilight look like The Avengers, in terms of excitement and thrills.

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