Ridley Scott Launches The Martian Script Into Space, Here’s How

MartianThe 2014 Black List just came out this past week, running down the best unproduced screenplays of the year. There are a handful of promising science fiction entries, but while these screenplays are members of a pretty restricted club, the script for Ridley Scott’s upcoming genre joint The Martian has been somewhere even more exclusive, it’s actually been to space.

Earlier this month, when NASA launched their Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle on a its first test flight, the cover page for Drew Goddard’s script, complete with a drawing by the legendary director, went along for the ride, travelling 5600 miles above the surface of the Earth. That’s some seriously geeky cred.


Jurassic World: Chris Pratt Rides With Raptors In This New Still

Jurassic ParkAccording to director Colin Trevorrow, who would know this sort of thing because he also wrote the script, in Jurassic World, Chris Pratt’s character Owen and the Velociraptors “aren’t friends.” Most of us assumed that was the case, as the vicious, strategic dinosaurs aren’t exactly known for being the friendliest bunch. Though they may not be the kind of pals that have each other over for holiday celebrations and summertime barbeques, it’s starting to look like they don’t have the most adversarial relationship, as exemplified by this new photo.

Yesterday, we saw that photo of Pratt standing, arms crossed, with a practical version of a Velociraptor, and this latest image isn’t anything we haven’t seen before. This scene appears at the end of the trailer, and this picture from EW basically presents a clearer image, and a slightly different angle, of that moment we’ve already had multiple screencaps of.


Futurama’s Latest Cancellation May Only Be A Temporary Affair, Here’s Why

FuturamaWe live in a world where cancelled shows don’t always stay dead, at least not forever. After getting the axe at NBC, Community found new life online (or at least is finding new life at Yahoo), Netflix resurrected Arrested Development years after Fox gave it the heave ho, and somehow The Killing has returned from the grave multiple times. As sci-fi fans, we’re used to seeing beloved shows taken from us prematurely, that’s just kind of our unfortunate lot in life. It’s possible, however, that one of these shows could come back, and Futurama’s latest cancellation may only be a temporary affair.

As you’re already well aware, when the show left the airwaves in 2013, it was for the second time. Fox originally cancelled Matt Groening’s animated sci-fi comedy in 2003, only to see it brought back to life by Comedy Central in 2008. Katey Sagal, who lent her voice to the tough-as-nails, one-eyed pilot Turanga Leela, recently said that the rabid fans of the series could help find it another home. She didn’t say that there is anyone specifically interested, but she did indicate that it’s a possibility.


Here’s Why James Gunn Thinks Thanos Doesn’t Help Guardians Of The Galaxy

ThanosThanos’ presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a subject of much debate among fans. He’s being set up as this big, looming evil shadow that hangs over everything, but while we’ve heard that he’s going to be the primary threat moving forward, up to this point all we’ve seen is him not blow up a planet and loan out his daughters to Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). Sure, that makes him a dick, and he looks scary as hell, but there isn’t much to make you truly afraid of him. This has left many wondering why he’s even there, and what purpose he serves, and we’re not the only ones. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn also has issues with how Thanos fits into his movie.

The Mad Titan is obviously being set up as the villain in the two-part Avengers: Infinity Wars that is part of Marvel’s Phase 3 plan. According to Gunn, however, trying to shoehorn him into Guardians, where he doesn’t really belong, was the hardest part of writing the script. Talking to Vulture, he revealed:


Star Wars 7: Chewbacca, R2-D2, And More Have This Special Message For Fans

We’re now officially less than one year away from finally seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hell, by December 19, 2015, some of us will already have seen it three four times, maybe more. Earlier this year, J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm, and Disney capitalized on this massive fan interest and channeled it for good. Their “Force for Change” campaign raised millions of dollars to help at risk children around the world, and Abrams, the crew, and a couple of notable franchise stars, want to say thank you.

The earlier “Force for Change” videos offered fans our earliest official looks at the new film, with a special emphasis on the practical effects side of production. We got our first peek at that Jim Henson-esque character, and saw Abrams hanging out in front of a new X-Wing Fighter. While this video doesn’t have any cool reveals like those, both Chewbacca and R2-D2 stop by, or in R2’s case roll by, in order to thank everyone for helping out.


Watch This Ex Machina Featurette Discuss What It Means To Be Human

Alex Garland has an extensive history as a screenwriter, crafting scripts for the likes of Sunshine, 28 Days Later, and Dredd, but his directorial debut, the robotics thriller Ex Machina, looks as promising as any of those. Though it won’t premiere in the U.S. for a few more months, a U.K. release waits just around the corner next month, and we reap the benefit of all the advance hype, including this new featurette, “When Humans Become Gods.”

Ex Machina revolves around Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at a Google-like internet search company. When he wins a chance to spend some time at the isolated mountain retreat of the company’s CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), he thinks they’re going to hang out, bond, and maybe talk about a promotion. As it turns out, however, Caleb has been recruited to be the human component in a Turing Test, designed to evaluate the consciousness of Nathan’s latest invention, an artificially intelligent robot named Ava (Alicia Vikander), who is much more than meets the eye.