Terminator Sequels Already Slated For 2017 And 2018

Terminator-Genisys-Instagram-550x547We’re getting a new Terminator movie next year, in the form of the terribly titled Terminator: Genisys (I can’t look at that without getting annoyed). And though we’re still more than ten months away from seeing that particular film, Paramount Pictures has already announced and scheduled two additional entries into the franchise.

Genisys is slated to drop on July 1, 2015, and now the sixth and seventh movies in the Terminator family, respectively, are scheduled to open on May 19, 2017 and June 29, 2018. Right now there’s nothing more specific than that—except that the studio is calling them Terminator 3 and Terminator 3, which will likely change—but you should steel yourself now for four years full of killer robots from the future.


Star Wars: Episode VII’s Post-Jedi Galaxy May Not Look Like What You Expect

Star WarsAside from hearing that production resumed after a two week hiatus in August, there hasn’t been much on the Star Wars: Episode VII news front. Well that’s certainly changed as there are now a ton of rumors surfacing, some that contradict what we’ve heard, others that seem to corroborate earlier reports.

As should be clear, this contains potential MASSIVE SPOILERS, like even the end of the movie kinds of spoilers, so if you don’t want the movie ruined, maybe, stop reading now. You’ve been warned.


Project Hieroglyph Aims To Combat Sci-Fi’s Obsession With Dystopian Bummers

hieroglyphThere’s no doubt about it: dystopias are in. From modern works such as The Giver and The Hunger Games to older works such as 1984 and Brave New World, science fiction and the audiences that read and watch these products have been consumed by futuristic dystopian scenarios, especially as real life points to some of those scenarios as prophetic. Even though it’s undeniable that some of the genre’s warnings about the future have been on point, some writers think that sci-fi has become too focused on this area. Science fiction paves the way for the future, both in terms of the development and use of technologies and the way society views those technologies and their implications, so it makes sense that a dark vision of the future would ultimately have some kind of impact on humanity’s subconscious. Hence, Project Hieroglyph was born, and it aims to present “stories and visions for a better future.”

Writers Neal Stephenson, Cory Doctorow, Elizabeth Bear, and others worked with actual scientists to brainstorm ideas that have a sense of “techno-optimism.” Since scientists and sci-fi writers have a symbiotic relationship, the idea behind Project Hieroglyph involves more than just happily ever after endings (which, let’s face it, would be pretty boring to read). The collection, which will be released on September 9 and is now available for pre-order, contains sci-fi stories grounded in science and featuring technologies that are or will be within humanity’s reach in the next 50 years. “A good science fiction story can be very powerful. It can inspire hundreds, thousands, millions of people to rally around something that they want to do,” says project director Ed Finn.


Can We Sniff Out Alien Life? Some Scientists Think So

smelloscopeScientists have been searching for extraterrestrial life for some time now, and various individuals and organizations have made different predictions regarding when we might actually find something: in the next century, by 2040, right now. It’s incredibly difficult to believe that humans are the only intelligent (your mileage may vary when it comes to the usage of that term) life forms in the infinite universe, but finding the others is another matter entirely.

The Fermi Paradox teases out this line of thought: given how likely it is that life does exist somewhere out there, how come we haven’t been able to gather any actual evidence of it? Why aren’t aliens making contact with us? Is it because we’re too stupid, as Neil deGrasse Tyson suggests, or because of the sheer distances that separate us from our galactic neighbors? Whatever the answer, you can rest assured that scientists won’t stop looking for alien life, and one possible way of doing so is by sniffing out the unique chemicals that comprise the atmospheres of inhabited planets.


The Walking Dead: Daryl And Carol Reunite And More Chaos In New Season 5 Photos

The Walking DeadAMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead is gradually shuffling towards the October 12 premiere of season 5. Given the massive number of viewers the show raked in last year, the debut is sure to be a ratings juggernaut—we’ve also been promised that they hit the ground running after the cliffhanger at the end of season 4 and that the first scene shocked even the stars when they saw it edited together the first time. Just in case you didn’t already have this day circled on your calendar (do people still do that?), the network released a gallery of 20 new images from the upcoming episodes.

Daryl’s (Norman Reedus) sexuality has been a hot topic of discussion lately, with rumors that he might be gay making the rounds. That has neither been confirmed nor denied, though producers did confirm that there is a gay character, Daryl or not, on the way before too long. One of the reasons for this speculation about the younger Dixon brother is his relationship with Carol (Melissa McBride), who obviously seems to fancy him. Apparently not hooking up with any woman he can makes him gay, or, you know, they could just be friends, or maybe even he was giving her time to come to terms with the fact that she lost both her husband (even though he was an abusive asshole) and her daughter.


Great Scott! Secret Cinema Brings Their Back To The Future Experience To LA

Back to the FutureThere are a lot of big anniversaries these days. This year alone marks the 35th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s classic Alien, not to mention that last weekend saw Ghostbusters get a theatrical rerelease to commemorate its 30-year mark. Next year we will all be celebrating the three-decade mark for another of our all time favorites, Back to the Future, and if you live in Los Angeles, there will be one hell of a way to observe the occasion.

Secret Cinema organizes themed event screenings for films, and they have staged showings that are much more than just that for the likes of Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Grease, and a popular one for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. They recently wrapped up a gig in London for Back to the Future where they recreated the fictional town of Hill Valley—the burg where Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly resides—and now it’s being reported that they’re taking their show on the road to the City of Angels.