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Two-Billion-Year-Old Water Found Miles Beneath Earth’s Surface

waterWhen you look at a bottle of water, do you ever think to yourself that the water inside the bottle is new? It’s a strange concept to consider: new water. I make sure and pour my tap water into cellophane and really hard-to-open plastic packaging,so it has that new water smell, even if I know it’s probably just the same old water.

Barbara SherwoodLollar, a geneticist at the University of Toronto, and her colleagues recently published a study in the journal Nature reporting their astounding find: pockets of water that are between 1.5 billion and 2.64 billion years old. The research team were investigating copper, zinc, and gold mines near Timmons in Ontario, Canada. The pockets were found a whopping two miles underground, and contained fluids far older than anyone expected. It will definitely fit into research involving life in waters deep beneath the ground, both on Earth and on Mars.

The water’s noble gases — argon, helium, neon, and xenon — were analyzed, their ratios matched to the point in Earth’s history that equaled out to be a really, really long time ago, in an area that was formed by activity similar to that which causes hydrothermal vents near volcanic sites beneath the ocean.

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James D’Arcy Gives Students A Deadly Choice In Sci-Fi Thriller The Philosophers

You want post-apocalyptic science fiction movies? Just pick three random movies from the last couple of years, or out of the projects that have yet to come out or get made, and you’re bound to find one. I’m not saying this in a negative light, as it’s fine by me. I don’t mind depressing science fiction. But how would you guys like to watch a movie where the inciting incident is merely theorizing about such a disastrous event?

Actually, news about the upcoming drama The Philosophers isn’t new, as the film is completed, looks pretty damned cool, and was awaiting a buyer. Phase 4 stepped up at the Cannes Film Festival and became that buyer, snatching up the U.S. and Canadian rights to the film, which was financed by Indonesia’s SCTV, as it takes place in Jakarta. It is written and directed by John Huddles, who hasn’t been active since 1998’s At Satchem Farm.

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J.J. Abrams Talks Star Trek 3 And The Future Of The Franchise

J.J. Directing Star TrekWith the release of Star Trek Into Darkness firmly in all U.S. theaters, it’s time to start the countdown to its sequel film, Star Trek 3. Although J.J. Abrams next film will be Star Wars: Episode VII for Disney and Lucasfilm, the 46-year-old director haven’t completely ruled out returning to the director’s chair for Star Trek 3.

In an interview with TrekMovie.com, J.J. Abrams confirmed that there have been no formal discussions of Star Trek 3, despite what his producing-partner has said about the third film in the Star Trek reboot film series. If there were a third film in the works (and honestly why wouldn’t there be considering that the main cast has signed on for three Star Trek movies), a 2016 release date would be ideal for the upcoming 50th anniversary of Star Trek.

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Primer: Nick’s Giant Freakin’ Queue Review

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So I’m kind of cheating this week. The unspoken basic premise of the Giant Freakin’ Queue is that the films I’m watching are there because I haven’t seen them before, or in many years at least. But somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew it wouldn’t take long for me to bring Shane Carruth’s 2004 head-scratcher Primer into it, because it sinfully still goes unknown in certain circles, and I don’t think that should happen anymore.

The story behind Primer is as nifty as the film itself, only costing a reported $7,000 and filmed on weekends. Carruth wrote, directed, edited, and wrote the score. It won the Grand Jury Prize and the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance, and Carruth was set to take on the world. But the next film he directed, Upstream Color, only hit theaters, VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray in the last month. That’s all interesting, but it doesn’t involve the narrative, and nobody gives a shit about the background story of a shitty movie.

Here’s the deal with Primer. A completely fantastical idea, time travel, enters into the everyday world of two engineers, who then get themselves into a complex — though still quite simple, all things considered — web of details that unravels their lives in a way that has very rarely been put to screen before. The proper release of this film would be a back-to-back viewing of the same film, and with a 77-minute runtime, it’t not as if a lot of time would be wasted. And it’s all about time.

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Emma Watson Calls Zombie Invasion In This Is The End Clip

One of the biggest reasons to be excited about the upcoming apocalyptic comedy This Is the End is getting to see Emma Watson, playing a version of herself, getting all crazy and wielding a fire axe. We’ve already seen her getting nuts and hijacking supplies from the movie’s heroes, and in this latest clip we get an expanded view of her part in the story.

Watson, frazzled, frayed around the edges, and generally mussed up, tells James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel, and Danny McBride how she survived multiple days out on the street on her own. She hid in a sewer. At this point in the movie, the core group hasn’t ventured beyond the safe confines of Franco’s crib—where they were in the midst of an epic, star-studded party before the world ended—and are hungry for news.

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Karl Urban Says A Dredd Sequel Is Still Possible

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Despite the fact that it is completely awesome, and a pretty faithful adaptation of the cult favorite comic books, Dredd tanked at the box office last summer. I have an unhealthy love for the 1995 Sylvester Stallone version, but even I won’t argue that it’s a good movie. Despite not clicking with theater audiences, Dredd set the world on fire when it was released on Blu-ray and DVD earlier this year.

Even though the film had a relatively small budget compared to most comic book movies—a mere $50 million—it still isn’t considered a financial success, and the prospects of a franchise have been doubtful. But amidst critical acclaim and this resurgence of interest, star Karl Urban says another film isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility, despite earlier claims.

Talking to Collider about Star Trek Into Darkness, Urban said that he’s been in touch with writer Alex Garland, and there has been talk of moving forward with another installment. Here’s what he had to say:

Interestingly enough, I did have breakfast with Alex Garland this morning. It’s not off the agenda. Clearly everyone has woken up to the fact that an audience has found this movie and loves it. It’s entirely possible, and if people want to see another installment then they should be vocal about that, because, it can happen. The power of fandom can resurrect projects. In fact, that’s what happened with Star Trek. They weren’t going to do a third season until fans did a letter writing campaign and they continued that series.