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Young Ones Is An Ambitiously Artsy Story Of Survival And Desperation

Even if you’ve got apocalypse fatigue, this one is worth your time.

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Apollo 18 Scripter Rewriting Reddit User’s Time-Travelling Military Concept For Warner Bros.

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Sometimes it’s easy to forget that most movies start as simple ideas, concepts in a nutshell. In the late ’80s, someone thought to themselves, “What if two stoners who never actually get stoned go back in time to kidnap historical leaders while most excellently proving that Napoleon wasn’t a pedophile?” And Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure was born.

Skip ahead 25 years or so, and from the online social juggernaut Reddit comes James Erwin, author and two-time Jeopardy champion, whose simple concept is getting a fresh re-write from Warner Bros.. The concept really seems to be ripe for new-millennium action cinema: “What if a unit of U.S. Marines were transported back in time and forced to do battle with Roman legions?” Adam Kolbrenner from Madhouse Entertainment quickly contacted Erwin, and alerted a friend at Warner Bros. to snatch it up.

Erwin’s own first draft of the screenplay has been scrapped entirely, it seems, as Brian Miller has been brought in to do a draft from scratch. For those of you who don’t know who Miller is, or for those of you who’d hypnotized yourselves to forget his name anytime you blink, he’s the guy who wrote 2011’s abysmal Apollo 18. A slight rewording of the pitch brings “U.S. Special Forces” traveling to the past to square off against those toga-wearing orgy-goers. From just that simple logline, there’s no telling if the sci-fi in this movie is wonky, straightforward, or nonexistent altogether. Miller has more genre stuff in the works, with a Paramount sci-fi thriller and a Sony sci-fi horror, the latter with American Horror Story‘s Ryan Murphy. If Ryan Murphy is getting into some sci-fi, you can be damned certain it won’t be as boring as Apollo 18.

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Axe Body Spray And Buzz Aldrin Want You To Win A Trip To Space

I’m not much of a travel person. Perhaps it’s an evolutionary trait passed down from generations of non-affluent living in my family, but even when money isn’t an issue, my vacations tend to gravitate more towards hubs of activity, rather than the quiet, therapeutic vastness of nature’s more beautiful natural settings. But offer me a chance to go into space, and that third level of House of the Dead 4 at Dave and Buster’s is just going to have to wait.

Unilever’s Axe, the body spray brand behind millions of teenage boys’ adamant virginities, is cooperating with Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) and XCOR for a contest that will give 22 winners the chance to take a ride on private spacecraft up into the Earth’s sub-orbit, about 64 miles above the surface, with only the pilot and a 12-foot wide cockpit window for company and entertainment. I bet he starts the meter while you’re still putting your luggage up.

Yes, this Axe Body Spray.

Yes, this Axe Body Spray.

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Homer’s Space Odyssey Is Coming From Warner Bros.

The movie Troy was director Wolfgang Peterson’s okay effort at adapting one of the oldest works in Western literature, Homer’s The Iliad, which tells the story of the 10-year Trojan War. Homer’s sequel, The Odyssey, takes place 10 years later and tells of the 10-year trek Odysseus battled through to get back home to Ithica. And so it will probably be 10 years after Peterson’s relatively disappointing film that Odysseus will once again take over movie screens.

Warner Bros. has hired James DiLapo to script an updated version of The Odyssey, backed by Terry Dougas and Paris Kasidokostas Latsis of 1821 Pictures, along with David Heyman and Jeff Clifford of Heyday Films. DiLapo, a recent graduate of NYU, already has a healthy buzz following him after winning last year’s Nicholl Fellowship for his 2012 Black List script Devils at Play, a thriller set in the Soviet Union in 1937.

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Slap Sean Bean in a space suit and you’re good to go.

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New Defiance Trailer Seethes and Explodes

On the surface, Defiance seems like a bored kid’s wet dream of a concept. It’s Earth, but it’s not really Earth anymore. There are loads of different kinds of aliens all forced to put up with one another. But there are gonna be fights. And explosions. Maybe even explosions that fight one another. But the babes are gonna be ugly. Ha! Just kidding! The babes, even the ones with weird alien features, are all gonna be fit. Oh, and guess what else, wish-granting Sandman Tooth Fairy? It’s not just gonna be a wicked exploding show, it’s gonna be a video game as well. And they’re gonna mix. I’m thinking if a babe shows boobs on the game, she’ll show boobs on the show, but I don’t know what network this is going to be on when I wake up.

Well, it’s Syfy, kid, so keep dreaming. Another new trailer for Defiance is out, and it’s shorter, sweeter, and more action-centric than the previous one, which focused more on story and personal relationships. It drives home the fact that this is a place that people are going to fight over, as well as fighting over how to remain peaceful. They use the phrase “new world” a couple of times, but it sounds like the same world to me.

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Spherical Rovers Will Bounce Around Phobos Like Space Tumbleweeds

Now that the Curiosity rover is exploring the desolate surface of the Red Planet, scientists are turning their vision to the Martian moon Phobos. A team of researches from Stanford, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are working on a new kind of hybrid rover robot, called hedgehogs, that will bounce across the surface of the moon like space tumbleweeds.

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George Clooney To Star In Brad Bird & Damon Lindelof’s Secret Sci-Fi Movie, 1952

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J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness has some competition when it comes to the title of “Most Secretive Science Fiction Flick In Hollywood At The Moment.” We know that Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof are collaborating on a project called — or possibly code-named — 1952. We know it’s a science fiction movie of some sort. And…well, that’s pretty much it. That level of secrecy is always impressive in the internet age, and it’s bound to make people more curious about 1952 than they would be if there was already an official synopsis out. Now we can add one other tidbit to our very short list: George Clooney is in talks to play the lead.

The project hasn’t even received a greenlight yet, but given how well Bird’s first live-action directorial project went (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), he’d probably have to get flattened by a falling piano before Disney would slam the brakes on the project. 1952’s actual storyline is still very hush-hush, but comparisons have been made to Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and it’s rumored to follow “a man who makes contact with aliens on Earth.” So we can expect Clooney to be the contact-ee, assuming all goes well and Bird stays out from under pianos being hoisted up the side of skyscrapers.

Bird will be directing the secret science fiction flick, from a script written by Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen. Disney has also revealed that 1952 is set for a December 19, 2014 release date.