Lionsgate Snaps Up Sci-Fi Script Terrestrial From First Time Writer

LionsgateAs a writer you hope that everything you churn out will finally get you the recognition and acclaim you so richly deserve. You are, after all, an unknown genius and everyone who doesn’t see that immediately is clearly a fool. Peter Gaffney is realizing his goal as a writer, selling his first script, the sci-fi themed Terrestrial, as well as securing representation for his future endeavors. I’m sure this is far from the first thing he’s ever written, but good for him.

The Wrap reports that Lionsgate has paid somewhere in the low six-figures (that still sounds like a lot of figures to me) for the first-time writer’s spec script. In addition to securing a nice payday for Gaffney, he has now also signed on with talent agencies UTA and Energy Entertainment, which will most likely lead to more work in the future.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fan Gives The Rebooted Turtles A Facelift

MikeyThere are a lot of things that irked loyal Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans about the impending reboot. Michael Bay’s take on another beloved ’80s franchise, Transformers, left many irritated or downright outraged, so his involvement on TMNT sent up a red flag for many. (Even though he’s only producing via his Platinum Dunes shingle.) An early script leak was resoundingly negative, and suggested the Turtles were being turned into space aliens, not mutants. Even though the recent trailer revealed that the Heroes in a Half Shell were back to being mutants, there was still one major problem, and it was as plain as the noses on the Turtles faces. Actually, it was the noses on their faces. Thankfully the Internet soon rode to the rescue, and you can see the results above and below.


Science And Discovery Channels Will Broadcast A Live Moon Landing

google lunar xprizeThe way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so goes the old saying. And apparently the quickest way to the minds of potential future space experts is to exploit American audiences’ appreciation for reality entertainment with space-related TV specials. Or make an app. Following in the tentative footsteps of the Mars One mission/competition series, Discovery Channel and Science Channel have teamed up for a miniseries chronicling the Google Lunar XPRIZE challenge. The plan is to follow the winning lunar lander into space to give a new generation of viewers the first live moon landing in over 40 years. The landers in the contest are all unmanned, of course, so this isn’t so much a giant leap for mankind as it will a linear, whirring roll for robots.

For a little background info, Google launched the Lunar XPRIZE as a way to jumpstart the privatized space race, which has become a more widespread (though not quite vertical) industry in recent years. $20 million goes to the first team that successfully lands a craft on the moon’s surface and travels 500 meters, all while sending pictures and video back to Earth in real time. The second place winner and other contestants split the remaining $10 million in prize money.


The World’s First Cyborg Olympics Will Take Place In 2016

powered leg prostheses competitionBefore he tragically shot his girlfriend, South African runner Oscar Pistorius was known as the blade runner, or the fastest man with no legs. Pistorius was the first amputee to win a medal in track at the 2011 World Championships, and he was the first double amputee to race in the 2012 Summer Olympics (he didn’t medal there, but he took home a couple golds and world records in the 2012 paralympics). Before those Olympics, Pistorius was initially disqualified by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) on the grounds that his prosthetics gave him an unfair advantage. At the time, I remember thinking that was ludicrous — the guy is a double amputee, after all. How could he possibly have an advantage over runners who have their own legs?


Comic(s) Relief: Dark Horse’s Gorgeous Aliens/ Predator/ Prometheus Covers

AVP1Fans were chomping at the bit when it was revealed that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was indeed a prequel set in the world of the Alien films. And while Prometheus disappointed many due to script problems and lunk-headed characters, it was still gorgeous, full of ideas, and a voyage that left us craving more of one of cinema’s most compelling science fiction settings. While a Prometheus sequel is in the works, fans won’t have to wait until it hits theaters to explore more of that universe. Dark Horse is launching Fire and Stone, an interconnected set of comic miniseries this fall, exploring and further uniting the worlds of the Prometheus, Aliens, and Predator films. Whatever revelations await us, one thing is clear: the cover art is bloody gorgeous.

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Godzilla Can’t Believe This Is Happening In TV Spot And Poster

Godzilla is coming. He won’t be here until May 16, but between now and then you can bet your ass that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are going to deliver a metric ton of promotional material. Yesterday, we laid eyes on a fantastic new TV spot, and today brings another, as well as a poster, and they’re both also a pretty damn good time. The last video couldn’t stop Godzilla, and this latest commercial can’t believe this is happening.

There are a few snippets of new footage in this quick spot, most notably that big foot stomping down near the end of the video. That has to be unnerving if you’re too close to the event. As you can tell from the Elizabeth Olsen voiceover, she’s rather unsettled by the events things have taken. That is certainly an understandable response considering that there is a skyscraper tall monster on the loose smashing the hell out of everything it sees, and probably some things it doesn’t even notice as well.