Oh man oh man oh man oh man oh man oh man! My repetitive state is due in part to the massive amount of excitement bubbling up in my guts for the upcoming second season of BBC America’s hilariously dark clone drama Orphan Black, and not simply to help me reach a word quota. (I really, really, really promise that.) The first actual clip from the show has made its way online via the official Instagram page, and instead of just another mysterious bit with cryptic voiceovers, we actually get to see these characters in action again!
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With the advent of season-long anthology series like American Horror Story and True Detective, not to mention the slew of horror anthologies peppering the cinematic landscape, it’s high time for this approach to make its way back to television. Now, if it takes Syfy spearheading the movement to bring short-form sci-fi storytelling to our eyeballs, then so be it. The network has acquired the rights to the first two seasons of the French series Metal Hurlant Chronicles, and we can look forward to seeing Scott Adkins kicking everyone’s asses up to their faces later this spring.
It’s somewhat strange that no one has snatched the show up by now, considering it’s filmed mostly in English and looks right up the over-produced alley of networks like Starz or Cinemax. But Syfy it will be. So long as they had nothing to do with its creation, this isn’t bad news in the slightest.
Sometimes a seemingly perfect meal can be made even better with the addition of a little salt, or if you’re me, a hunk of cheese. I didn’t think the cast of Terry Jones’ upcoming sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything could possibly get any more extravagant, as Simon Pegg and Robin Williams combined with the surviving members of Monty Python (sans Eric Idle) make for a dream cast for comedy fans. Well, it’s going to get a lot funnier with the new additions of Eddie Izzard, one of the smartest stand-up comics/actors working today; Kate Beckinsale, who isn’t so much funny as she is hot and not in yet another Underworld movie; and Joanna Lumley, who played the hilarious drunken coot Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous. The only thing left to do now is resurrect George Carlin and put him in this movie as well.
Here at GFR headquarters, we have a big bank vault full of chocolate coins that we occasionally like to go swimming in, though never in the hot, melty summer. Some might say we could have done something better with our money than buying all that candy, but we aren’t so good with money. We should have gotten some advice from Sandra Bullock, whose rare and hyper-specific contract with Warner Bros. is giving her a mega-gigantic payday for her work on Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. She’ll be stacking dollar bills all the way to the International Space Station when the rest of her $70 million-plus earnings are all paid and done.
According to THR, the Oscar-winning actress took advantage of her post-The Blind Side fame to hook up a contract that guaranteed her $20 million up front against 15% of Warner’s first-dollar gross. So even though it sounds kind of obvious, let’s drag that out. Once her advance has been matched, she gets 15% of the film’s $700 million grosses, plus the same percentage off of Blu-ray/DVD sales and free TV deals. I’m assuming if Warner decided to release a LEGO tie-in — filled with broken pieces of the Hubble that no longer fit together — she’d be making $5-$7 on those sets too.
Adam Savage’s life is just frankly unfair. It’s bad enough that he gets paid to blow things up, put Hollywood’s sillier action moments to the test, and hang around Kari Byron all day. But he also gets to throw around all that mad MythBusters money to buy things like exact replicas of the Apollo program flight jackets and, even cooler, the gorgeous spacesuit design used by NASA’s Mercury-era astronauts. I admit it: I’m burning with incandescent jets of pure envy right now. This may very well be the moment that tips me over the edge of reason and into a career as a supervillain focused on stealing the entire contents of Adam Savage’s man cave.
The latest trailer for the Godzilla remake hit the internet yesterday and it was suitably epic. We not only saw scenes of rampant destruction, we got further hints that Godzilla won’t be the only big-ass monster making trouble for humanity when Gareth Edwards’ film hits theaters on May 16. There’s a lot going on in the trailer, so we went through it with a giant, radioactive fine-toothed comb just to spot all the points of interest. We’ve got our insights below, followed by a big-ass gallery culled from throughout the trailer.
We see tons of destruction throughout the trailer, ranging from a downed passenger plane, to a ravaged Las Vegas Strip, to jet fighters being slapped out of the sky by…something. This moment early on seems to be just more of the same, but as we watch buildings toppling on the horizon, we had to wonder if this is the aftermath of a kaiju attack, or if one of the enormous bastards — Godzilla or otherwise — is still on the move, hidden by the dust clouds.