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Young Ones Is An Ambitiously Artsy Story Of Survival And Desperation

Even if you’ve got apocalypse fatigue, this one is worth your time.


The Flash Might Feature A Fan-Favorite Time-Hopping Superhero

BoosterWarner Bros. may be busy setting up ambitious plans for a cinematic movie universe to compete with Marvel, but in the meantime I’m considerably more interested in the small-screen version being constructed by The CW’s Arrow and The Flash. In addition to the two title characters, the shows are introducing a steady stream of DC characters who have rarely (or never) been realized in live action, including Ray Palmer/The Atom, Wildcat, and Firestorm. Now it seems that another obscure but beloved DC staple may be time-warping his way onto your TV screen.

Greg Berlanti is one of the most important architects of DC’s TV invasion, serving as executive producer on Arrow and The Flash, as well as on CBS’ Supergirl pilot. (He also co-wrote the Green Lantern movie, but his CW series have redeemed him for that misstep in my opinion.) A few years before he helped make The Flash a huge hit for The CW, he was trying to get a series up and running focused on the semi-obscure DC character Booster Gold. Syfy passed on the project, and without any other takers it was shelved. Now, however, Booster might get a second chance at life courtesy of The Flash. DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns recently told MTV News:


Anne Hathaway Almost Got Hypothermia Filming Interstellar, Here’s How

Interstellar10Just in case you ever forget that making movies can be a tough, hazardous occupation, there is always a litany of stories about how this star almost died filming a scene or that actor broke his leg on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII to remind you. And the latest tale of thespian bravery in the face large paychecks and fake danger is how Anne Hathaway almost got hypothermia while filming Interstellar. The lengths they go to in order to entertain, right?

By now you’ve probably seen all manner of teasers and trailers and TV spots for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming space adventure. Unless you’re one of those people trying to go in knowing as little as possible, and if that’s the case, good for you, you have far more personal restraint than we do. But if you are one of those people, I doubt you’re reading this right now.


The Martian And The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials Add These Impressive Actors

chiwetel-ejiofor-With so many sci-fi films in production, there are a lot of roles to be cast, and a couple of high-profile projects have been adding to their already large ensembles. Just when you think the cast of Ridley Scott’s The Martian can’t get any more impressive, it adds a handful of new names. And next time around, The Maze Runner will feature more than one lone, underwritten female character, as the sequel Scorch Trials has added a Game of Thrones star in a key position.

EW reports that Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) are joining the massive cast of The Martian. Reportedly Scott’s next film, before he embarks on either Prometheus 2 or Blade Runner 2, the cast already includes damn near everyone in Hollywood. Those three alone would be a major casting coup, but they join the likes of Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Donald Glover, Michael Pena, Mackenzie Davis, and Jeff Daniels, who are already in place. It’s an embarrassment of riches over there, and it will be interesting to see how they make use of all of this talent.


Birdman Walks A Fine Line Between Genius And Pretension

BirdmanAlejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a big, bold movie, the kind that takes aesthetic and thematic risks, and that grabs you from frame one and practically screams at you to pay attention. It’s also very convinced of its own cleverness. The film made the rounds at all the prestigious fall festivals, garnering praise and adulation at every stop, and it’s become impossible for anyone to mention it without discussing awards possibilities. Surely this will figure into those races, in many respects justifiably so, but while Birdman is a very good film, even coming near greatness, it’s not necessarily the paradigm shifting, perception altering feature that some have made it out to be. There’s a fine line between genius and pretension, and Birdman walks on both sides. As much as there is to praise, there’s always a ‘but’ looming.

Technically, Birdman is beyond compare. Iñárritu teams cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who lensed Gravity for Alfonso Cuaron last year with incredible results, and who takes his game to an entirely different plateau. Much has been made of how the film is cut together to look like one long take, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. This isn’t like Hitchcock’s Rope—a film Iñárritu totally dissed in interviews by the way. Composed of a series of long, intricate shots, meticulously staged and choreographed, it isn’t intended as one extended, continuous moment. You still leap forward in time in bursts and chunks, from one night to the next morning, or from earlier in the day to later in the evening, but the way these shifts are framed and edited is ingenious.


Doctor Who Season 8 Is Headed For Blu-Ray, But Will It Be Here In Time For Christmas?

WhoDoorWe’ve still got three episodes remaining in Doctor Who’s season eight, and it’s been a fascinating ride as we’ve watched actor Peter Capaldi settle into his role as the latest incarnation of the rogue Time Lord. If you haven’t been keeping up with the recent run of episodes, you’ll soon get the chance to marathon through them at your own pace, as BBC Home Entertainment has revealed a release date and details for Doctor Who: Season 8 on Blu-ray & DVD.

Good news for anyone with a Who fan on their Christmas shopping lists: the season 8 set will hit shelves on December 9, giving you plenty of time to burn through the season before the new Christmas special arrives on, well, Christmas Day. And none of that split-season nonsense like last time. Thankfully, this season is running straight through without a break, so the set will get you the complete collection of 12 episodes. (The season wraps its TV run on November 8, with the ominously titled “Death in Heaven.”)


Frankenstein’s Story Is Returning To Life Once More On The Small Screen

FrankThink about all the good science fiction out there, and then think about what the genre needs. Project Hieroglyph and author Neal Stephenson believe science fiction needs more “techno-optimism” to pave the way for non-dystopian realities. Some call for more female writers and characters in science fiction; some call for less. But one thing that has never crossed my mind in answer to the question of what sci-fi needs is more Frankenstein spinoffs. But that’s never stopped anyone before, particularly Fox, which has just ordered a new Frankenstein pilot.

The original Mary Shelley work was written in 1818, and since then there have been a slew of Frankenstein-inspired narratives: Thomas Edison’s 1910 film version; the Boris Karloff 1931 movie; the 1935 sequel, Bride of Frankenstein; the 1939 sequel to that, Son of Frankenstein; Ghost of Frankenstein in 1942; Young Frankenstein in 1974; failed Broadway productions in 1981 and 1984, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie in 1984; a manga adaptation in 1988; Frankenstein in 1992; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1994; this year’s bomb I, Frankenstein — and that’s just scratching the surface.