Comic(s) Relief – Dredd: Uprise Returns To The Movie Universe With A Bang

If you loved the Dredd movie, you’ll want to check this out.

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Cross The Streams: The Hunger Games Catching Fire Can Be Found Here

Find out what’s new in streaming sci-fi!


Let’s Kill Carl: Sci-Fi’s 10 Most Annoying Characters

Let’s hear it for the absolute worst.


Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity Receives Positive Reactions From Early Screenings

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Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is one of the most anticipated movies of 2013. The science fiction film has been in the works for a few years now, and was slated for release after last year’s Cannes Film Festival. After lukewarm early test screenings, however, Gravity was pushed back to November 2013. It appears Cuarón and his team got it right this time around, because the film is now receiving a positive response from early test screenings.

According to Ain’t It Cool News, one of their insiders recently attended a test screening for Cuarón’s Gravity. Although the visual effects were not completed in this early version, some members of the audience felt it was “Next Level,” even comparing it to Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void. According to Stanley Boobrick from Ain’t It Cool News:

This is like if Avatar had been released in 1927 a week after The Jazz Singer. People won’t know how to comprehend what they are seeing. In short, Gravity genuinely makes you feel like you have been to space. It really, really does. And guess what? It’s beautiful, and awe-inspiring, and profound (and a little scary too), everything you thought it would be since you first thought about going to space when you were a kid.


Doctor Who May Kill Off A Beloved Character Soon

It’s a lonely fate being a Time Lord. You may live for centuries, but most other beings don’t, meaning that every friendship formed is a down payment on eventual grief and loss. Even the Doctor’s companions who end their adventures with him alive and intact still find themselves left behind. Now rumor has it that one beloved character from the modern incarnation of Who may be meeting their fate in the second half of season seven.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS below this picture of Matt Smith and a mop!



Space Out On These 3-D Nebulae GIFs

There are certain times in life when I come across something manmade and artificial that I find more beautiful than anything that unaided nature could present to me. Sometimes it’s a song, sometimes it’s a perfect bite of food, and then sometimes it’s a stunning set of 3-D GIFs of nebulae. Well, at least one time. This time.


Prometheus 2 Script In The Works, Says Star Noomi Rapace


I’m not sure which move is the correct one for director Ridley Scott. Follow in the dumb-decision-making path of the characters in Prometheus and make another beautiful but vapid thorn in the Alien mythos? Or hedge his Michael Fassbenders and move on to more original ideas? Sure, there’s always Option C, where he makes a sequel and it’s highly successful and sensible, but we’re not living in one of Scott’s movies, readers. This is reality.

Prometheus star Noomi Rapace was promoting her latest film, Dead Man Down, in an interview with The Playlist when the conversation naturally turned toward that most notorious of recent science fiction blockbusters. Rapace shared that things are moving forward on the sequel’s screenplay, which will be gloriously free of Damon Lindelof’s involvement.

“They’re working on the script,” Rapace says. “I met Ridley in London a couple of weeks ago. I would love to work with him again and I know that he would like to do another one. It’s just like we need to find the right story. I hope we will.”


First-Person Lightsaber Battle Puts You Inside Darth Vader’s Helmet

While the first-person-shooter genre gives video gamers an immersive approach to traversing game environments and battling enemies, there’s still an undeniable understanding that what you’re doing is playing a game, no matter how good the graphics are. The found-footage genre similarly gives film fans unparalleled points of view on a story’s narrative, but most of the films in said genre lack the budget or story variations to give the perspective the respect it deserves. (See: Most of Doom.)

In just a minute’s time, the high-octane choreography-based Stunt Team out of California have repurposed one of the most famous fights in cinema’s history, and its scene blocking makes it almost as exciting as most of Chronicle. Have you ever wanted to be Darth Vader in a lightsaber battle, Force-choking a Jedi like the big-belted bitch he is? Or are you more virtuous, choosing instead to use the Force to try and knock the black off Vader’s mask? Get a taste of both worlds in the video below, and be wary of the gigantic groan factor when the video fades out.


Astronomers Track Russian Meterorite’s Point Of Origin


If you still haven”t heard about the Russian meteor episode that happened last week, what kind of a non-hurtling-through-space rock are you living under? As shocking, scary, cautionary, and surreal as the video footage is, I was almost more astounded by the technology of dashboard cameras being driven by the fact that Russians are apparently really sketchy drivers. That sounds like profiling.

An entirely different kind of data mining was done by astronomers Jorge Zuluaga and Ignacio Ferrin from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Columbia. They calculated the orbit of the meteorite for a study titled “A preliminary reconstruction of the orbit of the Chelyabinsk Meteoroid,” which has not been peer-reviewed as of yet. They watched all the various videos online, choosing the two best suited to their task of calculating a rough trajectory, also taking into account the large ice hole left in Lake Chebarkul that was supposedly caused by the meteorite.

In order to determine the meteorite’s orbit around the sun and figure out where it came from, the researchers used the “brightening point” of the rock — whenever it becomes bright enough for its shadow to be seen in the videos — to estimate its height, elevation, velocity, and the azimuth at the brightening point, among other things.