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Giant Walking Hexapod Is A Non-Threatening Nightmare

Please return your seats to their full and upright position, and then jump out of them and run away as quickly as possible, screaming the entire way. My recent fortune cookie message of “A hexapod will invade your sleep cycle” was understandably ignored. Until now.

Matt Denton and his company, Micromagic Systems, have been working with robots and animatronics in the film and TV world for over a decade now, and he’s been working on hexapods of all sizes for nearly as many years. Once the smaller versions worked with precision, it was time to up the ante, and after four years of focused research and development, we now we have the MANTIS! This nightmare on six legs will slowly walk towards you, and while it might not have any lasers, phasers or tasers attached, it quite possibly could wow you into incapacitation.

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Neill Blomkamp Would Like To Return To The World Of District 9

District 9

In 2009, Neill Blomkamp’s directorial debut, District 9, surprised audiences across the country. The sci-fi movie was an original film from an unknown director, so the film’s final $210.8 million box office and Academy Award Best Picture nomination was truly shocking. Since the film was so successful, it seems inevitable that Blomkamp would consider making a sequel, possibly called District 10.

At an Elysium press event in Los Angeles, California, Neill Blomkamp recently expressed interest in returning to the world of District 9:

In terms of sequels to my own stuff, a lot of it just comes down to if there’s more to say. And I think the world of District 9 has a lot of very interesting race and oppression-based ideas that I would still like to explore in that world. Again, I have zero problems, I’ll make my own stuff or whatever you want to call it, sequelize [sic] my own stuff.

At the same press event, screenwriter Simon Kinberg, who produced Elysium, joined Blomkamp while Sony screened 10 minutes of footage of the new sci-fi film. When the conversation came to Blomkamp’s failed attempt to make a big-screen Halo movie — which eventually led to District 9 instead after Halo‘s financing fell apart — Blomkamp was asked if there were any other “pieces of cinema history” or “iconic characters” he would consider tackling in the future. The folks at /Film are interpreting his response — and a reported “smirk” from Kinberg — as a veiled reference to whether Blomkamp would ever consider helming a Star Wars movie. Here’s Blomkamp’s quote, so judge for yourself:

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CBS Films Picks Up Alien-Tinged Script Omega Point

Mr. BurnsBoy, if I had to think about all the things I’ve found in the woods over the years, I could fill a book. Or at least a healthy stack of police reports. But never have I stumbled across anything life-changing or newsworthy. At least, not according to this police report.

An interesting woodsy discovery is the subject of a sci-fi screenplay written by first-time screenwriter Cameron Alexander. The film is titled Omega Point, and it has been optioned by CBS Films. Producing the film is Sidney Sherman and his Rosa Entertainment, whose last film was the 2006 thriller Lonely Hearts with John Travolta. Apparently I was mentally checked out when that movie was in theaters, because I don’t remember it at all.

The plot centers around a young man who is bumbling through the woods and finds a mysterious crash site. He then discovers “a god-like artificial intelligence agent desperate to escape Earth” and befriends it. So does that mean it’s more computer or robot than alien? Or is it both, like Ash from Alien would be to another species? Is he friendly like E.T.? Could you tie him to a tree? Actually, it sounds a little too much like that big-eyed Reese’s lover, but considering it’s an indie project, there will probably be a few noticeable differences.

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Teenage Average Normal Turtles! Turtle Parody!

You know what was the best part about the 1980s? I’ll take your stunned silence that such a question exists as a no. It was a decade in which every possible idea that anyone had eventually made its way to the public. Hair metal bands that professed nothing but partying while singing the wimpiest ballads known to man? That shit happened. Leisure Suit Larry made eight-bit gaming pornographic. And then, of course, there were…the Ewoks. But I think we can all agree that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were definitely one of the decade’s highlights, seeing as how none of it made any sense, and it made its creators a fortune. And isn’t that what Reagan’s ’80s were all about?

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Summit Begins Production On YA Adaptation Divergent

Divergent

In the wake of the ludicrous success of franchises like Twilight, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games, every studio is looking for the next big young adult series of novels that they can stretch out into like a dozen movies. Following that logic, Summit Entertainment, a subsidiary of Lionsgate, has begun production on an adaptation of Veronica Roth’s wildly successful YA novel, Divergent.

Divergent has put together an impressive cast so far. Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Theo James (Underworld Awakening), and Kate Winslet will be surrounded by the likes of Maggie Q. (Nikita), Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class), Miles Teller (Project X), Ansel Elgort (the upcoming Carrie remake), Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Great Expectations), Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold. As if that isn’t enough, it was just announced that Ray Stevenson (Thor) and Mekhi Phifer (Torchwood: Miracle Day) have been added to round out the collection.

Set in the future, Divergent tells the story of a world where personalities are used to segregate people into distinct groups. These factions include Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent). When you don’t fit anywhere, you’re classified as Divergent and shunned for being freaky and weird.

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Doctor Who Monthly Short Stories Focus On The Second Through Fourth Doctors

One of the cooler bits of the ongoing Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations are the monthly Who short stories/ebooks focusing on each of the Doctor’s incarnations. They began with Eoin Colfer’s “A Big Hand for the Doctor.” Well, while we’ve been busy writing zillions of Star Wars: Episode VII stories, those cheeky bastards have gone and released three more of the damn things. So silver lining: a veritable Who-splosion of content!

First up, we have February’s entry, “The Nameless City,” by author Michael Scott, best known for his The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. “City” has the Second Doctor encountering a mysterious book that transports the TARDIS to a glass city on a distant world, and pits the Doctor against Archons with revenge on the mind. Here’s Scott’s introduction, and you can purchase the story via these links: Amazon US, Amazon UK, iTunes.