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Lucy: The Discussion Continues

Brent and Nick break down Luc Besson’s latest.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Plot Details Reveal The Main Character And Secret New Threats

Luke SkywalkerStar Wars: Episode VII is kind of a big deal, you probably guessed that. It’s also a huge secret. Director J.J. Abrams, Disney, and Lucasfilm kept the cast under wraps until they were just about ready to get the cameras rolling, and the plot has been more heavily guarded than many classified government documents. But just like there are leaks in government agencies, there are leaks from the London-based set of Episode VII, and the latest rumors floating around may give you an idea of what the story of the latest addition to the Star Wars canon may look like.

Stop reading if you don’t want to encounter SPOILERS. Things are intentionally vague, but still, it could ruin things for you, so you may want to STOP READING now. You’ve been warned.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Drops A New Clip And Overwhelmingly Positive Early Buzz

Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) has a plan. Okay, he has part of a plan. Like 12-percent of a plan, which is, by definition, still technically part of a plan. That’s what you’ll get from the latest Guardians of the Galaxy clip that Marvel has unveiled to the general public. And for a select few, the comic book giant screened their new space adventure, and if the early buzz is any indication, it’s going to be just as awesome as we all hoped.

While so much of what we’ve already seen from Guardians revolves around the action in the film, this clip is just the key characters sitting around, bickering and arguing. As much as I’ve enjoyed just about everything Marvel has thrown at us, and has been a substantial amount, this may be my favorite. Watching Star-Lord, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) go back and forth highlights the sarcastic sense of humor of the film.

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Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: Week Of July 21, 2014

As much as we love science fiction on TV, on the big screen, on the comics page, and in video game form, there’s just something irreplaceable about digging into a good book. There’s no shortage of new sci-fi adventures hitting shelves on a regular basis, but GFR is your one-stop shop to keep up with what’s hitting shelves in a given week. Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!

AlienSeaSorrows“Alien: Sea of Sorrows” by James A. Moore

As a deputy commissioner for the ICC, Alan Decker’s job is to make sure the settlements on LV178 follow all the rules, keeping the colonists safe. But the planet known as New Galveston holds secrets, lurking deep beneath the toxic sands dubbed the Sea of Sorrows.

The Weyland-Yutani Corporation has secrets of its own, as Decker discovers when he is forced to join a team of mercenaries sent to investigate an ancient excavation. Somewhere in that long-forgotten dig lies the thing the company wants most in the universe — a living Xenomorph. Decker doesn’t understand why they need him, until his own past comes back to haunt him. Centuries ago, his ancestor fought the Aliens, launching a bloody vendetta that was never satisfied. That was when the creatures swore revenge on the Destroyer…Ellen Ripley.

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William Fichtner Isn’t Shredder In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesMany of us are curious to see how director Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot turns out, both as an actual movie and as financial endeavor. Will the film be any good? Are audiences still interested in seeing the Heroes in a Half Shell on the big screen? The new version has made some serious changes to the source material, most notably in the characters design—the Turtles are much larger than their previous incarnations and have those much-maligned humanoid noses—and in the origin story—instead of a chance encounter with the mysterious ooze, they were created in a lab by April O’Neil’s (Megan Fox) father. But now we’re hearing news about possible differences in the main villain as well.

According to a recent report at Screenrant, who was invited to check out two as yet unveiled scenes from the Michael Bay-produced film, the bad guy is not who we thought he was. The biggest thing to come out of this viewing—aside from the emphasis on the humor and a noted influence from the animated series—contradicts reports that we’ve been hearing for months: William Fichtner is NOT playing Shredder, the Turtles’ arch enemy and the butt of many of their jokes.

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I Origins Is Actually A Prequel To An Earlier Screenplay

OriginsIf you’re looking for an escape from the massive scale summer sci-fi blockbusters like Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow, and Transformers: Age of Extinction, you should definitely check out Mick Cahill’s I Origins. Fox Searchlight released the film this weekend in a limited number of theaters, though it will expand next week (we’ll have a review up eventually, but we’re still embargoed). While it is, on the surface, it’s own original property, as it turns out, I Origins is actually a prequel to a script that Cahill sold to the studio a few years back. After you read the full story, you’ll understand the title a little bit more, even though it still isn’t fantastic.

I Origins is a character driven story of science versus faith. While I was initially afraid it was going to be one of those tales that some esoteric unknowable spiritual mumbo jumbo would trump any actual science (someone who saw the trailer told me it looks like a science fiction movie for people who don’t like science), the film actually strikes a solid balance.

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Blade Runner Gets A Cut And Paste Anime Trailer

If you’ve ever wanted to see an anime version of Ridley Scott’s 1982 science fiction classic Blade Runner, or at least wondered what that might look like, have we got something for you. This video does just that, giving you something you didn’t even know that you’ve always wanted.

If you dig what you see here, you can thank a guy named Chris Kessler for putting this together. He has recreated the original trailer for Blade Runner using bits and pieces from classic popular anime. Talking clips and images from Bubblegum Crisis and AD Police Files, with the soundtrack from the trailer laid over the top, and the result is pretty damn awesome, and unexpectedly natural.