Akira Plot Description Released

The live-action Akira film currently being cast (with almost exclusively white actors) is going to need a whole mess of extras and stand-ins to populate the streets of Neo-Manhattan, so a general casting call has been sent out.  This is, in and of itself, nothing super exciting, but Bleeding Cool says the call did include a plot description for the new film:

Kaneda is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother, Tetsuo, is abducted by government agents led by The Colonel.

Desperate to get his brother back, Kaneda agrees to join with Ky Reed and her underground movement who are intent on revealing to the world what truly happened to New York City thirty years ago when it was destroyed. Kaneda believes their theories to be ludicrous but after finding his brother again, is shocked when he displays telekinetic powers.

Ky believes Tetsuo is headed to release a young boy, Akira, who has taken control of Tetsuo’s mind. Kaneda clashes with The Colonel’s troops on his way to stop Tetsuo from releasing Akira but arrives too late. Akira soon emerges from his prison courtesy of Tetsuo as Kaneda races in to save his brother before Akira once again destroys Manhattan island, as he did thirty years ago.


Full John Carter Trailer In HD With Screencaps

Earlier today we brought you your first look at the new, full length John Carter trailer. Unfortunately, since it debuted on Good Morning America it was only available in low resolution with a lot of talkshow host interruption. That changes right now.

The trailer, which focuses more on John Carter as an action movie than the previous teaser did, is now available right here in high-definition. Trust me, it makes a big difference. Watch it, then get a closer look at all the eye-popping special effects involved with our gallery of John Carter trailer screencaps…


Captain Jack Harkness Stops A Real Life Robbery

On television, John Barrowman plays Captain Jack Harkness – a never aging, never dying, time travelling 51st century man from BBC’s Doctor Who and Torchwood.  He protects the world from alien invasions, creatures that slip through the Cardiff Rift, and global conspiracies, although not without venturing into some pretty dark places.  In real life, though, Barrowman is an affable singer and veteran of television, film and musical theater who never seems to be above a music video parody or a Katy Perry singalong.  In an Glasgow hotel this weekend, real and fictional personas collided when John Barrowman busted a burglar late last week.

WalesOnline reports that Barrowman is currently in Glasgow starring as Robinson Crusoe at a local pantomime and staying at the Radisson Blu hotel.  After returning to the hotel after attending a concert with his parents, Barrowman heard a kerfuffle in the room across the hall:

“The concierge was trying to sort my air conditioning.

“We heard this woman scream and shout, ‘Stop him, stop him.’ We saw this young boy running down the hallway.

“I told the concierge to chase him and called the hotel operator and told them to block the staircase so we could get him.

“The lad had tried to get away through the staff elevator and punched the concierge.

“I grabbed the kid’s ankles, yanked him to the ground and then pulled him out into the hallway. I pinned him down.

“My tour manager then arrived and the three of us held him down until the police came.”


Next Star Trek Adds Alice Eve, But Not As Rand Even Though She’d Be Perfect

The next Star Trek movie is getting going in earnest and though the cast from the 2009 movie will return, they’re adding new faces to fill out roles around them. We’ve already heard that Benicio del Toro is playing some unspecified villain, and now Alice Eve has joined the cast.

Alice Eve has been on the verge of becoming the next big thing in Hollywood for a couple of years now. Whenever there’s a big, female superhero role to be cast, she always end up in the running but never quite makes the final cut. So if you know Alice at all, you know her from underseen movies like She’s Out Of My League or for smaller roles in movies like Sex and the City 2. Don’t hold that awful Sex and the City sequel against her, she’s actually really good.


New John Carter Trailer Goes To War

Here’s a brand new trailer for John Carter, in which they get away from the more stylistic, filled with wonder tone of the first trailer for the film and go straight to war.

Yep, ultimately this is a war movie with John Carter of Earth out to save the people of Barsoom. Check out the new trailer, which debuted on Good Morning America, so you’ll have to sit through their introduction before seeing it.


Holiday Gift Idea: Retro Space Age Stockings

The holidays are quickly approaching and the scrambling for the perfect gift is only intensifying.  Previously, we let you know about some pretty spiffy minimalist Doctor Who posters for sale over on Etsy.  But what if you’re more of a DIY nerd or have a friend who only appreciates the handmade?  Or maybe you just need to add a little more geekery into your holiday decorations.  If so, I’d like to direct your attention to an great little craft: Retro Space Age Stockings.