Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Zombie Drama Maggie Shows Off New Pictures

MaggieOver the course of his career, Arnold Schwarzenegger has battled many nefarious foes, including vicious alien hunters, robots from the future, terrorists, organized crime, mercenaries of all varieties, and even the devil himself. And that’s not even taking into account his foray into politics, where I imagine he ruled over the state of California Conan-style, swinging a sword, dressed only in a loincloth and helmet. Maybe I should pay more attention to politics. One thing the Governator hasn’t ever taken on, however, is a zombie, but that’s about to change with the new movie Maggie. And he has to face off against a teenage girl zombie to boot. We haven’t heard much from the film lately, but now we’ve got a handful of photos to look at.

Schwarzenegger plays a Midwestern farmer who must stay by the side of his teenage daughter, played by Abigail Breslin (Ender’s Game), as she gradually makes the transition from a normal adolescent girl to flesh-hungry teenage zombie. While these images don’t show much in the way of zombie action, you see Arnold’s Wade character taking care of Breslin’s Maggie (who saw that coming?), and you get a slight glimpse of the changes she’s going through (because being a teenager isn’t hard enough and full of other changes).


Shark Week Unleashes Underwater Sensationalism: This Week’s TV Picks

It’s Shark Week once again on the Discovery Channel, that annual celebration of sensationalism and hyperbole when it comes to our favorite undersea predators. Discovery’s schedule for the week is full of such attention-grabbing, over-the-top titles as Lair of the Mega-Shark, Spawn of Jaws 2: The Birth, and Zombie Sharks. If you think that sounds more like the programming lineup of a Syfy Saturday night, well, you’re not alone. If you’re looking for thoughtful, intelligent examinations of the nature and biology of sharks, Shark Week probably isn’t the ideal destination. (For a variety of reasons.) Still, if you just want to watch high-definition video of sharks biting things, Discovery has got you sorted.


Doctor Who Season 8 Trailer Brings Back The Paternoster Gang And A Cyborg

Season 8 of fan favorite sci-fi adventure Doctor Who is just over a week from dropping its first episode on Saturday, August 23. Just in case you didn’t already have that date circled in red on your calendar, maybe with a little blue police box doodle, the BBC has dropped another quick new trailer to start you salivating. This video may only be 30-seconds long, but there’s a lot going on here and quite a bit to sink your teeth into. And perhaps most importantly, there’s a dinosaur.

The first thing you notice, after the rampaging T-Rex of course, is that the Paternoster Gang is back in the house, including the tough as nails Silurian Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her human companion Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart). They’ve already been on numerous adventures with the Doctor, but it looks as if they’re about to embark on at least one more.


Robot Uses Cloud Shapes To Play Piano

cloud pianoToday’s goal: get my mind and yours off Robin Williams. A daunting task, but if anything’s up to it, it’s science and tech. But no aliens, not today. But how about a piano-playing robot? We’ve featured musically inclined robots before, like these headbangers, these Brooklyn hipsters, and this awesome Lego machine. But this robot’s approach to tunes is a bit different — it uses the shapes of clouds to dictate what it plays. That even sounds like something a real musician would do.

Artist David Bowen specializes in kinetic, robotic, and interactive sculpture. He’s made all kinds of awesome stuff, such as a revolver that follows the movement of houseflies and fires at them (it beats using chopsticks), and a device that uses leaves to collect and draw wind. “Cloud Piano” is a more elaborate version of an idea he debuted in a project called “Cloud Tweets” that converts video of clouds to the pressing of keys on a keyboard, up to 140 characters. Bowen is very interested in the union of nature and technology, and often invents devices and machines that either mimic or receive input from natural processes.


R.I.P. Robin Williams: A Look Back At The Actor’s Sci-Fi Contributions

robin williamsThe world is a sadder and less energetic place today, as actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his Northern California home on Monday afternoon. He was 63 years old. Details surrounding Williams’ death right now are scarce, but the Marin County Sheriff’s Office released a statement that said they suspect he died from suicide by asphyxiation. It’s been noted that he’d been recently suffering from gripping bouts with depression.

The Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting star made a career out of playing manic characters on both the big and small screens, not to mention comedy stages all over the world. From the hilarity of The Birdcage to the depth of Dead Poets Society to the discomfort of One Hour Photo, Williams was a performer like no other, and had one of the cleverest minds in the business.

And though Williams wasn’t necessarily known for his science fiction roles, there’s no more appropriate time than now to celebrate the actor’s most notable genre efforts. But first, we at GFR would like to send our thoughts and condolences to Williams’ family and friends in their time of grief. From the bottom of our hearts, farewell and nanu nanu, Mr. Williams.

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Five Ways Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Needs To Improve Upon The First One

Turtles2Pulling in over $65 million at the box office this past weekend, Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a bigger success than expected, which of course led to Paramount immediately giving the greenlight for a sequel. Though I loathed the Platinum Dunes production, I’m perfectly fine with another movie getting made, as no incarnation of the Ninja Turtles has been exactly the same as the one before it. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 could very well be the Godfather II of CGI-laden films centered on pop culture-loving giant reptiles and their rodent sensei. Here are five ways producer Michael Bay could easily get this follow-up to rise above its predecessor and skateboard into the good graces of those of us who were dismayed the first time around. Spoilers lay ahead.

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