Star Wars: The Clone Wars returns to kick off its fifth year this September on Cartoon Network. To help pump you up for the upcoming season there’s a new trailer that shows you some things worth getting excited about.
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Get ready to watch new episodes of Eureka and Lost Girl in São Paulo. NBCUniversal International has expanded their global reach in Brazil by teaming up with Brazilian pay TV firm Globosat on Monday. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that both companies will benefit from this fast-growing TV market.
This partnership will broaden NBCUniversal’s brand in South America and will export one of the centerpieces of their cable brand, the Syfy Channel to many, many homes in Brazil. Along with the Syfy Channel, NBCUniversal will also bring over the movie channel Studio Universal.
This partnership between NBCUniversal and Globosat has been in place in Brazil since 1996 with the Universal Channel Brazil. Kevin MacLellan, the president of international television for NBCUniversal said of the Syfy Channel and Studio Universal expansion…
Isn’t what every child wants to hear is that they’re special? That their life means something big and important? That no matter how mundane, humdrum, and otherwise unspectacular their daily existence is, the truth is that they matter? This is the basic premise behind the Irish sci-fi romance Earthbound, which made its world premiere recently at the Seattle International Film Festival. Writer/director Alan Brennan’s debut feature is witty, funny, quixotic, and at times heartbreaking.
When he was eleven years old Joe Norman (Rafe Spall) lost his father. Before he died, the father told Joe the truth about who he is. Joe is the last son of an embattled planet, Zalaxon, and his very existence strikes a blow for the forces of rebellion on his home world. Armed with the knowledge of who he really is, Joe goes through life, bouncing from menial job to menial job, keeping a low profile—except for the nights he breaks into the observatory to view a sporadic wormhole that offers a look at Zalaxon.
Basically Joe is as lonely as humanly possible. He talks to his dad every night via a holographic implant in an old super 8 home movie, and longs for some sort of companionship. But that’s not in the cards for him. Not because he’s awkward and uncomfortable in human social situations, mind you, but because he’s an alien. From outer space. That’s why he doesn’t have any friends.
Move over John Carter, Battleship has surpassed you as the most disappointing movie of the year. With such high hopes in launching a new possible franchise and a new trend in adapting board games into movies, Battleship has only grossed $59.8 million in North America after four weeks in release. This figure is $7 million fewer than John Carter’s forth week box office.
The director of Battleship, Peter Berg said at the Produced By conference, an event with some of the biggest directors and producers in Hollywood coming together to address the issues of the industry…
I have a movie in theaters right now which has obviously underperformed in many ways… When [a movie] doesn’t work, it’s an … interesting opportunity to look at what went wrong and how it went wrong.
TNT, Sunday 9/8c
TNT’s apocalyptic alien-invasion show returns for a second season Sunday night with two back-to-back episodes. In the first, “Worlds Apart,” Pope takes charge of a renegade group within the Second Mass. called “The Berserkers” (you can see more about them right here). Meanwhile, Tom returns to the group, but some question his loyalty. The second episode, “Shall We Gather at the River” focuses on Tom’s memories of his time with the aliens, and he begins to wonder if they may have futzed around with his brain (to say nothing of the inevitable anal probery). If you missed out on the surprisingly good first season, you’ve still got a week to catch up. While the core concept of survivors in the aftermath of an alien invasion is hardly new, Falling Skies manages to refresh it with interesting characters, a solid cast, and the ongoing mystery surrounding the aliens’ motives and intentions toward both the Earth and the survivors’ children. It’s like V and The Walking Dead made a baby. If you watch only one Steven Spielberg-produced science fiction show from last year, make it Falling Skies. Not that you have much of a choice, because Terra Nova has gone the way of the dinosaurs…
Here’s something I’ve been waiting my entire life for, a device that allows you to see through walls. Science is finally catching up to science fiction. A group of students from the University of Wollongong, in Australia, have developed the Compressed Sensing Imager (CSI), a project that netted them a NASSCOM Innovation Student Award last month in Sydney.
There are currently other mechanisms that can see through solids, but none that you could strap onto a Batman-style utility belt. Okay, maybe it isn’t quite that small, but you could hide it in a backpack or mount it on your car. However you slice it, the great breakthrough with CSI is the portability. While there are obvious superhero/super villain applications, the intended uses for CSI are far more practical. They include things like looking through rubble for survivors in the case of a disaster, or for police and military forces to get a covert glimpse into rooms. You could theoretically determine if someone is on your side or not, or check on the status of captives in hostage situations. CSI can even peer at objects deep underground, a boon for archaeologists and excavators to look at buried items unobtrusively.
Another edge CSI has over competing machines is that you can see what it sees in real time. Existing imagers can only deliver pictures every couple of minutes, while with CSI you can see it live.