Sci-Fi Stash: Four Things To Spend Your Hard-Earned Cash On This Week

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If you’ve seen the trailers for I Origins in theaters you may have been left scratching your head. There’s a whole lot of talk about eyeballs and science and maybe reincarnation, but it’s hard to figure out exactly what’s going on. The official synopsis only makes it slightly clearer, explaining that, “I Origins follows a molecular biologist whose study of the human eye points to evidence with far reaching implications about our scientific and spiritual beliefs.” Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt stars as Ian Gray, the aforementioned biologist, and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Sofi, a free spirit he falls in love with, only to lose…a tragedy that spurs his research in unexpected directions.

I Origins was written and directed by Mike Cahill, best known for another surreal and cerebral indie science fiction flick, 2011’s Another Earth. His Another Earth actress and co-writer Brit Marling is also aboard I Origins, playing one of Ian’s fellow researchers. Aside from being saddled with an irritating title, I Origins isn’t faring too well with critics, currently sitting at 44% Fresh on RottenTomatoes. Still, I’m intrigued to see what Cahill does with the concept, and I’ll watch pretty much anything Marling is in. (Check out Sound of My Voice if you haven’t already.) I Origins opens in limited release this Friday, July 18.

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Can The Ninja Turtles Rap More Tubularly Than Their Renaissance Namesakes?

Say what you will about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the franchise’s history with rap music has never produced anything that should have left the sewer. I doubt anyone reading this story needs reminding that official Ninja Turtle canon includes “Vanilla Ice improvising a Ninja Turtle-themed rap in the middle of a concert that was temporarily interrupted by talking mutant animals.” Thankfully, their below-the-street cred has been re-established (back up to 0) with the latest video from the geniuses at Epic Rap Battles of History. The world’s most fearsome fighting team took on…some artists or something whose names I can’t remember. I’m no history buff.


Guardians Of The Galaxy In On Pace For A $60 Million Opening Weekend

Guardians of the GalaxyMarvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy hasn’t even opened yet, and won’t for a couple more weeks, but it’s already tracking to be a decent-sized hit. And because the comic book giant has their promotional machine working in high gear, running in a continual loop, there are also nine new photos from the film, and behind the scenes for you to peruse before the August 1 release.

When the studio announced that Guardians was going to be their next project, many of us interpreted this as a risky move. After all, this isn’t the biggest name on their roster, and the cast is full of unusual anti-heroic characters, including a talking alien tree and a raccoon with a penchant for heavy arms and grand theft auto. However, according to many experts, this big-budget gamble could pay big time dividends, as the film is on target to make an estimated $60 million during its opening weekend.


How Godzilla Should Have Ended, Hint: It Involves Certain Characters Burnt To A Crisp

There are giant lizard-sized spoilers below, folks, try not to get stepped on.

San Francisco sure hasn’t had a fun time of it during this summer blockbuster season. Before Dawn of the Planet of the Apes destroyed the city in a post-apocalyptic fashion, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla let giant monsters run around and destroy things. There are probably more than a few ways that the City by the Bay could have been saved from utter destruction, and the most recent How It Should Have Ended video offers up some pretty solid suggestions on different places this tentpole flick should have taken viewers.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Deliver A Cluttered Character Promo And Poster

I keep hoping that somewhere along the line we’ll finally see something, anything, from Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle that makes it look good. As much as I’ve tried to be optimistic—and I was for a while, even after those weird humanoid faces were revealed—it’s been hard, harder than anything involving a movie about anthropomorphic turtles should be. That feeling extends to this short new character video and poster.

If you remember those motion posters that the Platinum Dunes-produced update of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s beloved comic dropped a while back, you’ll recognize most of the action in this footage. This is basically an expanded version of those clips all stitched together, complete with the weird slice-of-life shots. You get the rundown of each of the Heroes in a Half Shell, who each gets their own snappy, groan-inducing quip about things like rocking and rolling.


12 Monkeys Producers Promise Their Show Is More Than A Rehash Of Terry Gilliam’s Film

12 monkeysAdapting a feature length movie into a continuing television series is a tricky proposition, and many of us are curious to see how Syfy is going to translate Terry Gilliam’s time travel drama 12 Monkeys to the small screen. If you to expect to see the same story, however, you shouldn’t, as producers promise that the show will be a completely different take on the story.

Talking to reporters yesterday at the Television Critics Association on the summer press tour, co-executive producer Terry Matalas called the series a “complete reimagining.” He went on to say, “We were all big fans of the original film and had a deep love and respect for the material. We didn’t want to just redo what the movie does.”