No matter who you are, and no matter how badass you think you are, you are not going to be more effective at mass destruction than a Nazi zombie inside of a tank. There is approximately zero wiggle room there. For proof, just check out the above trailer for Tommy Wirkola’s over-the-top comedy/horror Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, which will soon be tearing limbs from torsos on a VOD service (and perhaps in a theater) near you.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
Back to the past of the future.
Klaatu barada nikto.
There are a number of stars from George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy returning for the J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, but for all the talk about Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford (especially after he broke his leg on set), one name we haven’t mentioned much is Anthony Daniels. His C-3PO is a vital component to the franchise, not to mention the character has appeared in more of the films that just about anyone else. There was a question of whether or not the actor would actually don the golden suit once again, and he did have a couple of demands before he would commit to reprising his most notable role one more time.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Daniels discussed how he came to be in Episode VII, and in the process, he also revealed the two things that he required to return to that far, far away galaxy. One of the qualifications was that he would, again, physically climb into his signature suit. Recounting a conversation he had with Abrams where the director brought up doing just voice work, Daniels said, “There’s no way I would do just the voice.” And there’s no way we want him to do just the voice.
One thing we never found out about the aftermath of the first Ghostbusters movie: what did they do with all those remnants of Stay-Puft? Is paranormal marshmallow fluff edible, or would chowing down on that stuff be a one-way ticket to demonic possession? Sadly, we’ll never know whether Gozer’s remains made for really excellent S’mores, but Krispy Kreme’s newly announced Ghostbusters 30th anniversary donuts might make for a decent consolation prize.
— Dinosaur Dracula (@DinosaurDracula) September 16, 2014
You’ll be able to get your filthy mitts on the Ghostbusters donuts beginning on September 29 at participating Krispy Kreme locations in the United States. There are two different varieties of the pastries: the straightforwardly named “Ghostbusters donut” and a marshmallow confection named after Stay-Puft (naturally). Here’s the official description from Krispy Kreme:
We may be two-thirds of the way through the years, but November will still see the release of two of our most highly anticipated sci-fi movies of 2014. First up is Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which looks gorgeous, thematically rich, and basically fantastic in every way a movie can look good. And at the end of month, a YA juggernaut returns, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1. The first part of the final chapter, the film opens everywhere on November 21 (Part 2 follows a year later, November 20, 2015), and to hype the film, which barely needs it at this point, Lionsgate has release a new collection of stills.
After making her escape from the Hunger Games arena—okay, other people rescued her more than she escaped on her own—Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, now the highest grossing female action star ever according to the Guinness Book of World Records) finds herself in District 13, the seat of the revolution against the Capital, a place that everyone else thought was destroyed long ago. There she must deal with the trauma she’s endured, stand up to the pressure of being the public face of the rebellion, navigate treacherous political waters where she’s just as valuable dead as alive, and figure out a way to rescue Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and try not to break Gale’s (Liam Hemsworth) heart in the process. It’s going to be a tricky time.
We’ve been keeping tabs on Ex-Machina since we first heard about more than year and a half ago. It sounded promising, and only got more intriguing as we heard additional details and saw the cast they put in place. But we haven’t heard anything since back in April, and we were hoping it might make an appearance at one of the fall festivals (it sounds tailor made for the midnight section of the Toronto International Film Festival or the genre heavy Fantastic Fest). But alas, it was not to be. Still, we did get a cool new still from the film, and it only serves to get us even more excited for this.
Ex-Machina marks the directorial debut of Alex Garland, who, though he hasn’t helmed a feature film before, is definitely an industry veteran. He’s written a number of movies for Danny Boyle, including 28 Days Later, The Beach, and Sunshine, and outside of that partnership, he is even behind the script for Pete Travis’ recent cult fave Dredd.
Syfy’s Helix was, for most of its first-season run, damned frustrating. The involvement of Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore set our bar of anticipation high, but even early on, we found ourselves wondering how the show would sustain itself. After all, the promos made it look very much like “John Carpenter’s The Thing: The Series,” and that description wasn’t far off from what we got. But towards the end of the season, Helix took a hard turn into unexpected territory that left us hoping that season two would rally and live up to its potential. It remains to be seen if that will prove to be the case, but thanks to the clip above, we’ve finally got our first look at Helix’s second season.
Warning: spoilers for Helix’s first season!