Neil DeGrasse Tyson Is Getting His Own Late-Night Talk Show, Details Here

Neil deGrasse TysonIn general, I’ve never been a big fan of late-night talk shows. The Daily Show is okay, Jimmy Fallon actually has some funny bits now and again, but Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Jay Leno, and even Conan O’Brien, those have just never been my thing. This one, however, I very well may have to put on my regular viewing schedule, as everyone’s favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, is getting his very own late-night talk show on the National Geographic Channel. (Actually, I won’t be tuning into this either, I just remembered we don’t get Nat Geo at my house, but I would if I could.)

Last year’s revamped Cosmos was so good that it’s hard to imagine this not being your new favorite show. It’s called Star Talk, by the way, and from what it sounds like, it’s going to be essentially a talk show version of his podcast of the same name. It will be science centric, of course, but still feature all kinds of popular culture influences, like interviews with celebrities and comedians as well as scientists. He even plans to give Bill Nye a one-minute rant about whatever he wants on each episode, and it will film in front of a live studio audience at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Yeah, this is going to be good.


Reese Witherspoon Reunites With Election Director For Dystopian Comedy Downsizing

Reese WitherspoonAlexander Payne is a fantastic filmmaker, but with movies like Nebraska and The Descendants under his belt, he’s not exactly known for his genre work. That, however, may change some with his weirdo social satire Downsizing, which has a definite science fiction bend to it. As usual, he’s putting together one hell of a cast, and this time out he’s reuniting with a former co-conspirator in the form of Reese Witherspoon, who has been connected to the project in an earlier form.

The Academy Award-winning actress worked with Payne back in 1999 on Election, which is one of the films that made you realize that she was going to be someone you’d be seeing a lot more of in the future. That’s also the film that really brought Payne to people’s attention. Witherspoon is coming off of a buzzed about turn in Wild, which people who pay attention to such things think could get her another Oscar this year. According to Deadline, she’s joining Matt Damon, who already signed on a few months back. (He reportedly walked away from a part in Zhang Yimou’s epic The Great Wall for this part.)


J.J. Abrams Admits Making A Star Wars Movie Was Terrifying

jj abramsThe idea of making a new Star Wars movie must be daunting, especially the next chapter, The Force Awakens. This is the first film without franchise creator George Lucas involved and in charge, and it follows the prequels, which, rightly or wrongly (I know there are fans out there), inspire a great deal of hate, so there’s a lot to make up for. And this stress is only amplified when you’ve been a lifelong fan and you don’t want to fuck it up yourself and all the other Star Wars obsessives out there in the world. That’s the situation J.J. Abrams stepped into, and regardless of how you feel about him as a filmmaker (I’m well aware that there are those of you who fall on both sides), it took some stones to accept that job. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t nerve wracking as hell.

Abrams showed up on the red carpet at the National Board of Review, and took a moment to speak to MTV. Notoriously tightlipped as he is about his films, he didn’t actually say anything about The Force Awakens, not that anyone expected him to, but he did talk about the intense pressure. He said:


Check Out This Insane Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Concept Art

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-new-images-02Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a movie that has a lot of problems. One of the big ones, perhaps the one that fans of the franchise were the most vocal in expressing their displeasure about, is the look of the title characters. Since the release of the film, which became such a hit that Paramount Pictures almost immediately gave the green light to a sequel, various pieces of concept art have hit the wire, showing what they could have looked like. And now there’s more. We even came across some renderings of what fan favorite villains Rocksteady, Bebop, and Krang might have looked like, were they included in the film.

What you see here in these pieces by artist Jerad S. Marantz is more in line with the traditional rounded faces that the Turtles have always had in their previous incarnations. Though there are some interesting textures in play in these images, gone are the more humanoid features of the Heroes in a Half Shell that pissed off so many people


This Scrubs Actor Talks A Lot Of Smack About Star Trek

star trekWe’re pretty big fans of Star Trek around these parts (shocking, right?), and we know that many, if not most, of you are as well. Because we exist in our insular little bubble, we often take it for granted that everyone loves Gene Roddenberry’s groundbreaking series, but that’s not always the case, and one actor recently made his disdain very public and very clear.

Donald Faison, probably best known for his role on Scrubs (though he’ll always have a special place in our hearts for his participation in Clueless) recently went on with Conan O’Brien and made a case for his stance in the age old Star Wars vs. Star Trek debate. Check out the clip below and see if you can figure out which side of the clash he’s on, it’s pretty subtle.


The Walking Dead Needs Rick Grimes In This Piece Of Season 5 Key Art

The Walking DeadThe Walking Dead doesn’t come back from its annual midseason hiatus for more than a month, but when has that ever stopped AMC from hyping their biggest property? The second half of season 5 of the massively popular zombie drama promises to be full of craziness, pushing the group of survivors in new directions over the next eight episodes, and in that spirit, the network released this bleak piece of key art.

We may wind up getting into spoilers for those of you not caught up on The Walking Dead season 5, but then again, if you’re not caught up, why are you reading this?