With the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer having broken the internet this past Friday, it’s safe to say that many people are more excited about Star Wars right now than they have been in years. After all the rumor and speculation in the two years since Disney purchased Lucasfilm and announced their intent to produce more Star Wars movies, the trailer finally gave us our first glimpse of what George Lucas’ universe will look like filtered through the brain of director J.J. Abrams. The trailer also suggests that the struggle between the theoretically victorious Rebel Alliance and the entrenched Imperial forces may take a lot longer to wrap up than we suspected during Return of the Jedi’s closing credits. So, if that battle is to continue, which side will you be rooting for, the Light Side or the Dark? Before you decide, maybe consider these stunning Star Wars propaganda posters by artist Russell Walks.
Death in a different zip code.
Could Orci be the good guy in this situation?
We have lift-off.
I actually liked a lot about Alex Proyas’ 2004 I, Robot. It may not be a perfect adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s beloved “Robot” stories, but I enjoyed it as a riff on those ideas and as its own thing, even though it’s far from a perfect movie and it does contain 100% more jigginess than I feel Isaac Asimov intended. But the version of I, Robot I’d really love to see is the one presented in the excellent I, Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay. That book charts Asimov and Harlan Ellison’s attempts to bring a the story to the big screen. As with many Ellison-related tales, it’s equal parts fascinating, tragic, and hilarious, and it’s a fascinating look at a slice of “what if” science fiction history. It’s also accompanied by gorgeous hand-painted illustrations by artist Mark Zug. Just check out the cover art:
We scrappy Earthlings have been tussling with aliens for decades now…at least in our imaginations. Whether it’s Earth’s own natural defenses taking down Martian invaders in H.G. Wells’ The War of the World or Johnny Rico and company blasting bugs in Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, science fiction is forever examining how our own warlike nature would hold up when confronted with alien enemies. Now another of those stories is headed for the small screen, as Marc Powers’ comic series Drafted is being developed into a potential feature film.
First published in 2007 by Devil’s Due Entertainment, Drafted imagines a future where mankind has made first contact with an alien species…but our new cosmic neighbors have got some really bad news for us. Specifically, that there’s a massive intergalactic invasion on the way, and mankind can either join the fight to help or look forward to being obliterated by those invaders. That’s the sort of threat where desperate actions are needed, so men, women, and children alike are drafted into the fight, and that fight goes well. But in its aftermath, as Deadline puts it, the “humans learn they may have been helping the wrong side all along.” Whoops.
What’s the craziest thing you would do for love? Would you climb to the top of a building a scream about it from the rooftop? Would you get a tattoo of your lover’s face on your torso? Would you travel through time and beat up another version of yourself? If you answered yes to the last one, you might just be the star of the new short film Double Trouble, which you can check out below.
You’ve seen the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens — and if you haven’t, you’re clearly on the wrong website. But you haven’t seen it with all the bells and whistles that franchise creator George Lucas would have inevitably added to it had this still been his property. Open your eyeballs and your mind’s eyeballs for the George Lucas Special Edition of J.J. Abrams’ next blockbuster.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has been active on social media since before he even landed the Guardians job, and it’s been really cool following that production via his Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts. You never know what he’s going to offer up on any given day, but he’s been on a roll lately on Instagram, sharing a ton of behind-the-scenes images from Guardians. Earlier this week we reported on an Easter egg no one had spotted yet, but that’s just the tip of the Instagram iceberg. You can see some of the highlights from the ongoing barrage of awesome below, along with Gunn’s captions to provide context.