By this point it should be abundantly clear that we’re beyond psyched for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. It looks like the big (emphasis on big, as the movie runs a mammoth 169-minutes-long, Nolan’s longest to date, but we think he can top this number in the future), sprawling science fiction epic that we’ve been waiting for, and when you hear it repeatedly compared to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, by the filmmaker and others, it’s hard not to be intrigued. And as we build up towards the release date, Paramount Pictures has release another collection of photos from the film.
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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy may be the highest grossing movie of the year so far, but most of us don’t expect that to last much past the point where Lionsgate releases The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1. We suspect Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and company will take the annual box office crown for a second straight year. To make sure that happens, the studio is going to make a big push leading up to the release, and though we already saw the “final trailer,” they’ve released this short one for your perusal.
This is a quick hitter, and instead of focusing on the larger picture, it zooms in on a single element, though one that carries a great deal of emotional weight in the context of the story. After the first sequel, Catching Fire, Katniss finds herself in District 13, which was supposedly destroyed long ago. This is the seat of the rebellion, and as the face of the uprising against the Capital—both figuratively and literally the face—they want to make full use of her.
As Doctors Ten and Eleven continue to live on in the pages of new comic books, one series for each Time Lord, Peter Capaldi’s twelfth incarnation has been bringing layer of dark grittiness to the airwaves every week for the last few months. But that’s not enough for him, oh no, the newest Man from Gallifrey is also getting his very own monthly title from Titan Comics, and now we have issue #1 of Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor
Clara is along for the ride, too, though she’s still having some issues coming to terms with the Doctor’s new face, and personality. It’s also getting increasingly difficult to juggle her teaching duties with adventures through space and time—she’s one of the cool teachers, even though the kids call her Ms. Oddwald or Ms. Oddbod.
At this point in our lives, we all secretly assume that Roland Emmerich’s long-gestating Independence Day 2 is really just an explosive oasis forever hovering on the horizon, right? 20th Century Fox has once again changed the sequel’s distant future release date, but instead of pushing it forward, they’re bringing it back towards us. By a week, to be exact, as cinemagoers can now look forward to alien warfare taking place on June 24, 2016. I suppose someone somewhere celebrates their own day of independence at the end of June.
Independence Day 2 was set for release on July 1, 2016, and it isn’t quite clear why the date was changed. The switch puts it head to head with Universal’s upcoming The Mummy, which is being rebooted into their new connected monster universe (which includes last weekend’s Dracula Untold). But Emmerich’s film has gotten away from direct competition with Warner Bros.’ Tarzan, Sony’s Angry Birds, and Buena Vista’s The BFG, that Roald Dahl novel adaptation Steven Spielberg is set to direct next year. That’s stiff competition for any movie, much less a cobwebby sequel without Will Smith in the lead. (Not that Smith is an instant box office monster these days, but still.)
If you watched the season 5 premiere of AMC’s mega hit The Walking Dead, you probably noticed a heavy emphasis on the action. It’s not necessarily one long action scene, but it’s definitely approaching that territory. This is easily the biggest, most ambitious, sprawling sequence that they’ve ever attempted, including the scenes at Woodbury in season 3 and the battle at the prison in season 4. Now you can see how they how they went about setting it up.
Special effects guru Greg Nicotero, who also happened to helm the season debut, “No Sanctuary,” shared his extensive set of storyboards with Entertainment Weekly. The scene may look chaotic and jumbled on screen, but these pieces give you an idea of just how much planning and work went into crafting this episode. You can’t just step outside with a camera and some zombie extras and wing something like this, you have to do a lot of preparation to stage this big and intricate a scene.
If you’re a fan of CBS’ summer sci-fi slate of Under the Dome and Extant, we’ve got some good news for you. Both shows have been renewed by CBS, and will be returning for a third and second season, respectively. The Under the Dome news merits only a disinterested yawn as far as we’re concerned, but it’s good to see the underwatched Extant getting the chance to keep finding its footing. It’s also rather surprising given the show’s ratings.
Under the Dome soon became one of the biggest disappointments we’ve seen when it premiered last year. Sure, Stephen King adaptations have a hugely uneven success rate, but comics legend Brian K. Vaughan was aboard as showrunner, and how could we not be excited by that? Sadly, the show we got was by turns frustrating and ridiculous, so I bailed on the show at the end of the first season. As for Extant, I quite liked the premiere, but I didn’t keep up with it after that. I keep meaning to sit down and marathon it off Amazon Prime, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Still, I’m glad to see it getting a second season, because more sci-fi on TV can only be a good thing.