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Eight Scary Slices Of Sci-Fi You Might Not Have Seen

Celebrate All Hallow’s Eve with some spooky streaming sci-fi.

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George Romero’s Son Is Crowdfunding This Unusual Zombie Project

20141010004126-ORIGINS_LB_8.5x11_Page_01Wouldn’t a prequel to Night of the Living Dead just be the story of every day life in the late 1960s? There aren’t any zombies before that. I guess it could also be about the long, slow, drawn out, and painful death of Barbara and Johnny’s father, the one whose grave they’re visiting at the cemetery when the movie starts. That sounds like a stone cold bummer. Those were my immediate thoughts as I learned that George Romero’s son is trying to crowdfund a Dead origins movie.

G. Cameron Romero, son of the legendary director, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to kick up funds for his project. Scheduled for 30 days, they’re looking for $150,000 to cover preproduction costs, and you can check out the film’s website for details. Or you can look at their fundraising page for what they’re looking for, what the plan is, and, if you’re into that sort of thing, what kind of perks you can get for donating to the cause.

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Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs Biopic Loses A Mega Star But Adds This One In His Place

jobsI’ve said this many times before, but do we really need another Steve Jobs biopic? One, I couldn’t give two craps about him. I’m sure he was a lovely man with an interesting story, or whatever, and I’m sad for his friends and family that he’s gone, but it really doesn’t impact my life all that much, aside from the fact that I spend a ridiculous amount of my daily life using Apple products. And two, I feel like that Ashton Kutcher version is pretty definitive. But, as usual, Hollywood didn’t ask me, and they’re taking another crack at it, an attempt which recently lost one mega star in the lead role and picked up another.

Leonardo DiCaprio was originally attached to play Jobs, but recently stepped away from the project. His plan is to film Alejandro González Iñárritu’s upcoming revenge western The Revenant, which already sounds more interesting than Jobs, and after that he intends to take a long break from on screen activity, though he’s said as much before and that’s never materialized. We’ll see. But with the hype of Birdman, Iñárritu is way hot right now, so that part makes a great deal of sense.

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Orphan Black Season 3 Raises These New Questions

OrphanBlackLineupOne thing nice thing about BBC America’s Orphan Black is that, when they add new characters to the cast, you can rest assured that star Tatiana Maslany is going to play a good many of them. Production has kicked off on season 3 of the unexpected hit—we didn’t initially think it would get nearly as good as it did—and now that cameras are rolling and things are getting underway, the network has revealed some details to give you an idea of what to expect from the upcoming episodes.

Admittedly, as much as I enjoyed season 1 of Orphan Black, I never wound up watching season 2—not because it wasn’t good, it somehow just never fit into my schedule—so I have to say, some of what follows came as a bit of a surprise. Along those lines, if you haven’t watched those episodes, you might want to sit this one out or risk encountering spoilers.

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Lockheed Martin’s Fusion Energy Breakthrough Could Change Everything

Nuclear ReactorIf you’ve always wanted to mount a nuclear reactor on the back of your pick up truck, you may be able to do just that within the decade. At least size wise, we hope that, despite new advancement in nuclear fusion made by Lockheed Martin, that not just any old yay-hoo will be able to get his or her hands on a functioning nuclear reactor. Or a non-functioning one for that matter, most of us shouldn’t have access to things like that.

The global technology and defense firm announced Wednesday that they have made breakthrough in regards nuclear fusion and power sources that could have a massive impact moving forward. They revealed that the new work could enable a 100-megawatt reactor to, possibly within ten years, be no larger than ten feet by seven feet. According to reports, that is ten times smaller than current tops models.

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The Beautifully Simple Reason You’ll Never See Back To The Future 4

Back to the FutureEverything comes back around, sometimes a couple of times if we’re talking about lack of Hollywood originality. We may get a Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure 3, this past summer saw yet another Godzilla reboot, and there’s reportedly a Knight Rider movie on the way, as well as another Jurassic Park film (both starring Chris Pratt, by the way) and Ghostbusters, among countless others. And while we do wind up liking some of these movies, and eagerly anticipate others, it’s nice to know that some things can and will be left alone. One of these rare instances is, apparently, Back to the Future, and we don’t have to worry about running into Back to the Future 4 anytime soon. Thank god.

Even though the third one was better than most movies, it’s still the weakest link in the trilogy, and people have been salivating over a new one ever since 1990. (Even at 13-years-old, and seeing the movie with a broken hand on opening night—I refused to go to the doctor until after I saw Back to the Future Part 3—I knew walking out of the theater, it was probably better to hope that this was the end.) Talking to Yahoo, Bob Gale, who co-wrote and co-produced each of the three Back to the Future movies, revealed why there will never be a BttF 4, and reason is beautiful in its simplicity.

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Check Out These Recovered Early Satellite Images

nimbusSatellite images might not seem all that novel these days, but back in 1964, they were groundbreaking. The USSR put Sputnik into space in 1957, which sparked interest in satellites with potential military benefits, as well as to obtain information about good ol’ Earth. In 1964, a satellite called Nimbus 2, a second-generation meteorological research device, orbited Earth until 1966, when its tape recorders stopped working. The only problem was how to store Nimbus’ photos of Earth—this was before the days of scanning and digital archiving. The images it gathered were stored in National Climatic Data Centers in North Carolina and in Washington DC and were largely forgotten. But National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) scientists David Gallagher and Walt Meier decided they wanted to get their hands on what amounts to billions of dollars worth of data.

The NCDC office told Gallagher he’d have to scan all the images himself—all told, there were 25 boxes of photo rolls. The magnetic film was deteriorating and the labels were unhelpful, and Gallagher knew he’d need the help of the now elderly scientists who helped gather the data, so he got to work. The images weren’t originals—they were actually photos of the original images played back on a television all captured on huge rolls of film.