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Ghostbusters: 30 Things You Might Not Know About The Classic Comedy

It’s headed back into theaters, for one thing!

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Is The Highest Grossing Movie Of 2014

GoGEven after I’d seen the 20-minute Guardians of the Galaxy preview — and been totally won over by it — I was still worried that mainstream audiences wouldn’t give it a chance. The closer we got to release, the more positive buzz it built up online, but that’s not always a guarantee of box office success. After all, this was a weird movie, an unapologetic space opera full of talking trees and raccoons in an era where “science fiction movies” usually just meant depressing post-apocalyptic tales. Well, Marvel has spent the past month wiping the smug grin off the face of every last naysayer, and now Guardians has passed its most impressive milestone yet: it is now the highest grossing movie of the year at the domestic box office.

Earlier this week Guardians sailed past the former #1 and #2 domestic box office earners, Captain America; The Winter Soldier and The Lego Movie, respectively. Guardians’ domestic numbers are currently sitting at $274 million, easily surpassing Cap’s $259 million and The Lego Movie’s $257 million. When you factor in overseas box office, Guardians’ take swells to a staggering $547 million, which is pretty damned impressive for a movie about a bunch of obscure comic characters most people had never even heard of a year ago.

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The Zero Theorem: Christoph Waltz Brilliantly Seeks Meaning In Nothingness

the zero theorem“Be vewy, vewy quiet. We’re hunting entities.”

Back in 1983, Terry Gilliam and his Monty Python cohorts took on the Meaning of Life, never quite putting a definition to it other than demonstrating that our lives are the sum of our experiences. Gilliam’s latest candy-colored mindbender, The Zero Theorem, is a film about a man who is also looking for a deeper context to this thing called existence. In narrowing his scope to one character, more or less, Gilliam is able to tackle vastly large ideas without having to pretend that he has all the answers. There is always meaning if you look for it. And if you don’t, well, that sure is some pretty scenery, isn’t it, Ma?

A hairless Christoph Waltz plays Qohen Leth, a computer programmer (for lack of a better job description) whose list of phobias, ticks, and eccentricities could fill a medical text. He lives the bulk of his solitude in a converted church where rats and birds are his unofficial roommates, only traveling outside to go to work for a company called Mancom that deals in crunching entities and liquid memory and other buzzwords that aren’t the point. Qohen’s main goals involve working from home and staying around his telephone, waiting for a magical call in which all of life’s mysteries will be revealed.

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Dude Builds Homemade Elysium-Style Exoskeleton, Curls 170 Pounds With Ease

In spite of it being one of our most-anticipated movies of 2013, we wound up having mixed feelings about Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium. The high expectations set by District 9 were certainly part of it, but overall Elysium just didn’t soar as high as we’d hoped. But one area that was unquestionably badass? The exoskeletons sported by Matt Damon’s Max and Sharlto Copley’s Kruger. Apparently we weren’t the only ones to think so, as YouTuber The Hacksmith is in the process of building his own powered exoskeleton, and it just passed the impressive test of easily curling 170 pounds. Check it out up top, and here’s a tech featurette from Elysium for comparison’s sake.

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Fox Adapting Nod, About A World Where People Have Lost The Ability To Sleep

NodSleep deprivation is just a way of life when you’re a night owl freelancer with a pair of three-year-old twin boys, so I’ve definitely found myself wondering on more than one occasion about how much more work I might get done if I could remove my need to sleep. But if Adrian Barnes’ 2013 novel Nod is to be believed, a world without sleep ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Now we may get to see that notion explored at length, as Deadline reports that Fox has just given a script commitment to a TV series adaptation of Nod.

Nominated for the 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award, Nod is set in a world where nearly the entire population of the planet has mysteriously lost the ability to sleep. No one knows why those few who still can, still can. Weirdly, the sleep deprived don’t actually feel tired, but that won’t matter eventually. The human body needs to sleep, and if deprived of that recuperative process long enough, bad things will begin to happen. Just as in Barnes’ novel, the potential Fox series will focus on one particular couple. Here’s the description from Deadline’s report:

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Dune Concept Art Explores David Lynch’s Take On Frank Herbert’s SF Classic

Dune3Most of the Dune talk in 2014 has centered on Jodorowsky’s Dune, the critically acclaimed documentary about Chilean/French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s insanely ambitious, but ultimately unsuccessful, attempts to bring Frank Herbert’s Dune to the big screen in the mid 1970s. With folks like Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss, Jean Giraud, and Dan O’Bannon involved, it could have been something epic. But in in the end, it fell apart, which paved the way, eventually, for David Lynch’s controversial Dune adaptation in 1984. And while Lynch’s Dune might not be as interesting as the “what if” tale of Jodorowsky’s Dune, it still featured some gorgeous design work, which is on full display in this collection of concept art.

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Space Command Comic-Con Trailer Teases A Cast Full Of Familiar Sci-Fi Faces

In the summer of 2012, sci-fi writer Marc Scott Zicree teamed up with writer Michael Reeves (The Last Jedi) and British director Neil Johnson teamed up to Kickstart a new project called Space Command. It was envisioned as a series of feature films in the style and spirit of classic ’50s science fiction, and will “follow the development of the United Planets and Space Command as mankind steps off planet Earth to terraform and colonize the rest of the solar system and explore the galaxy.” The Space Command storyline will span over 200 years of “epic struggles and victories of mankind’s future history in space.” A first teaser trailer debuted at Comic-Con last month, but for those of us who didn’t make it to San Diego, now you can check the Space Command trailer out for yourself above.