Damon Lindelof Opens Up About Being Hired To Fix World War Z

Damon LindelofOne of Star Trek Into Darkness‘ writers, Damon Lindelof is one of the hottest screenwriters in Hollywood at the moment. Along with Into Darkness, Lindelof was the co-showrunner on the TV series Lost, the co-writer of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, and the co-writer of the upcoming zombie war movie World War Z, starring Brad Pitt.

Lindelof was profiled in the recent issue of The Hollywood Reporter, where the 40-year-old writer talked about World War Z and J.J. Abrams‘ forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. During World War Z ‘s production issues last year, the film’s producer and star Brad Pitt called Lindelof to do a pass on the script’s final act. Pitt was a big fan of Lindelof’s work on Prometheus and thought the screenwriter could work wonders with World War Z. Lindelof says:

‘The idea of a large-scale, epic, $150 million zombie movie starring Brad Pitt sounds pretty good to me,’ he says. ‘Because I haven’t seen that before. I haven’t seen the go-for-broke, insane zombie movie. One of the things that Brad said was, there are so many tropes we’ve come to expect in zombie films, and he wanted to do something different. And the only way to do it different was to


Time Travel Flowchart Tracks Cinematic Time Hoppers

TImeTravelSmallTime travel is confusing and fraught with perils. There are paradoxes and duplicates and accidentally becoming your own grandfather. Thankfully time travel will likely forever remain in the realm of fiction, so we won’t have to worry about stepping on a paleolithic butterfly or getting conquered by bald assholes from the future. But that doesn’t mean Hollywood’s love affair with time travel is going to end anytime soon, and in spite of being well-trodden ground, people still keep finding new spins to put on ideas that are at least as old as H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. At least now we can keep track of all — okay, a bunch — of the big-screen time travelers we know and love, courtesy of the handy-dandy flowchart above (you can click the image for a larger version).


After Earth Clip Features Will & Jaden Smith In Danger

With a new early release date, After Earth could be the perfect comeback for director M. Night Shyamalan. Although his movies are big box office hits, general audiences and critics are onto Shyamalan’s “surprise” method of storytelling. After Earth has a good premise and a good cast, it just needs to be a good movie. The clip above can shed some insight to what we might get in theaters at the end of May.

The clip features General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) and his son Kitai (Jaden Smith) after they have crashed on Earth. This is the first time in 1,000 years that humans have set foot on their home planet. Their only hope for rescue is if Kitai embarks on a dangerous mission to find the ship’s communication beacon to call for help. The only thing between Cypher and Kitai is 100km (about 62 miles) of alien terrain and deadly animals.


Babylon 5 Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary With A Massive Behind-The-Scenes Book

This year marks the 20th anniversary of J. Michael Straczynski’s Babylon 5, with the pilot movie first airing on February 22, 1993. If you’re in the Phoenix area, or can get there in time for Memorial Day weekend, you can see Straczynski joined by most of the show’s surviving regular cast reunite for a special panel at the Phoenix Comicon (and I hate that I had to add the word “surviving” to that sentence). But for those of us who won’t be able to make it out for that, how about a consolation prize? Straczynski has shared a trailer for a massive new book chock-full of set and costume photos, as well as behind-the-scenes info. Check it out above if you haven’t already.


Diapers Tell You When They’re Dirty In This Conceptual Ad

diapComedian David Cross has a great bit about commercials for redundant products that make easy tasks easier, using “electric scissors” to stab a hole into that kind of lazy ingenuity. Now, we’ll applaud anyone who tries to make the task of changing a diaper easier, but we’re not at all certain the people over at the Brazilian ad agency employed by the Huggies corporation actually understand what it is that’s hard about changing a diaper.

Instead of building something that changes the smelly things, they have unleashed Tweet Pee to the world, or at least a concept version of what Tweet Pee would be, should it ever come into existence. And no, Huggies has no actual plans on developing such a product for commercial use, but they’re not fooling me. They’re going to push this at some point in the future, and people will go crazy for it, sadly. (And it would go against the evolutionary reaction that a baby’s cries cause.)

Basically, it’s a humidity sensor affixed to a diaper that sends a message to your phone whenever the child needs to be changed. I guess people don’t want to use those old-fashioned devices called the eyes and nose anymore. Check out the below clip and feel jealous that you can’t just use the bathroom where you’re sitting. Probably.


Detroit’s RoboCop Statue Slowly Coming Together, Will Likely Go Up In 2014

rcOver two years ago, a random Twitter user showcased his genius by calling out Detroit’s mayor, Dave Bing, to get a RoboCop statue up in their city. “Philadelphia has a statue of Rocky & Robocop would kick Rocky’s butt,” said the tweet. “He’s a GREAT ambassador for Detroit.” Bing tweeted back that Detroit had “not any plans to erect a statue to Robocop,” but thanked him for the suggestion. An Internet outcry then got this successful Kickstarter fund in place, which raised over $67,000 on a $50,000 goal. So where are they now?

Over 90 percent of the foam elements have been completed in full detail, as new photos show us. According to Imagination Station’s director of development Brandon Walley, the foam will be completed at the British Columbia company Across the Board Creations before moving over to Detroit’s Venus Bronze Works to get the bronze molding and pouring. There is no real time frame for the project’s completion, but it’s more an issue of quality rather than being delayed for any reason.

“We’re looking at it hopefully being put in place by the end of summer next year,” Walley said. “We’re not so concerned with the end time right now. It’s just making sure it’s perfect in terms of look.” Check out the pieces below.