These Terminator: Genisys Storyboards Show A Man Versus Machine Throwdown

Terminator GenisysTerminator: Genisys doesn’t hit theaters until July 1, 2015, but this week has seen a flurry of activity surrounding the latest Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring addition to the time travelling, robot-centric franchise. We’ve seen photos, heard some new plot details, and today, to round out your week and send you off into the weekend, we’ve got some storyboards of what looks like a badass battle to show you. And just for the hell of it, there are some more pictures to gawk at as well.

Whatever your take about the storyline that came out earlier in the week (reaction has been strong, with some fans practically screaming that they’re killing the series, while there have been more people than expected who seem to dig this out-of-left-field direction), we’re going to give this the benefit of the doubt and remain pretty damn excited. And the picture of Arnold as the grizzled, older T-800 that surfaced yesterday has a lot to do with that. It’s hard to look at that and not get at least a little bit excited.


Fifth Element Concept Art Brings A Sprawling Cityscape To Life

Fifth1There were a lot of reasons to like Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element, from the quirky humor to the epic storyline to Mia Jovovich running around wearing a couple of strategically placed bandages. But the movie was also a visual wonder, serving up perhaps the most memorable future landscape since Blade Runner. One of the folks who helped design the world of The Fifth Element was comics artist Jean-Claude Mezieres. Much of his Fifth Element work has popped up on Imgur, showcasing sprawling future cityscapes, high-tech laboratories, and an early on the film’s unforgettable blue alien diva. (Some of the images are NSFW.)


Gadzooks, We’re Getting Shakespeare’s Version Of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

PhantomMenaceShakesWhen it released in 1999, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace caused a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of fans cried out…and then kept crying out, turning the Internet into a collective therapy session where we bemoaned the besmirching of our fond childhood memories. Over the years there have been several attempts to re-edit the movie into a “good parts only” edition, but maybe what The Phantom Menace really needs is a touch of the Bard.

Author Ian Doescher first got our attention last year with the publication of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. Cashing in on the literary mash-up trend that began with books such as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars re-imagined George Lucas’ classic space opera as if written by Willy Shakes himself. And yea verily, we quite enjoyed the results, so we were tickled pink when Doescher soon followed his original book up with William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return, both published this year. Now, continuing to follow in Lucas’ footsteps, Doescher will go the prequel route with William Shakespeare’s The Phantom Menace, due out on April 15, 2015.


The Leftovers’ Damon Lindelof Says The Show Doesn’t Promise Viewers Any Answers

LeftoversOutside of Michael Bay, I’d say Damon Lindelof is one of the guys fans most love to pile on. Just look at that resume: along with Carlton Cuse, he gave us a Lost ending that drove many fans into fits of rage. He was one of the writers who took Khan Noonien Singh down a very different path in Star Trek Into Darkness. He was also one of the screenwriters behind Ridley Scott’s divisive Prometheus, and on a flick where almost all the problems can be traced back to the script, that’s not a good thing. These days he’s returned to television with a project that tackled many of the same existential questions as Lost, but without the pressure of being one of the most-watched shows on television. On HBO’s The Leftovers, the questions are the point, and Lindelof says it’s refreshing to not have to promise the viewers any answers.


Alien, Inception, And More Reimagined As Traditional Ottoman Paintings

It never fails to amaze me just how many out-of-left-field ways creative fans come up with to remix and riff on their favorite movies. We’ve seen animated gifs designed to look like custom neon art. We’ve seen Lucasfilm and ILM employees take sidewalk art to the next level. And now? Now we can see what classic science fiction films such as Alien, Inception, and A Clockwork Orange would look like if adapted into traditional Ottoman-style paintings. See if you can guess which one this is.



CBS’ Supergirl Series Will Focus On These Two Characters

SupergirlAnybody who’s been paying attention knows that superheroes have become big, big business, on both the movie screen and on TV. Both DC and Marvel just announced huge, multi-year plans for their respective cinematic universes. On the TV front, DC has been far more ambitious, at least this season, with The Flash joining Arrow on The CW, Constantine working his magic on NBC, and Gotham a hit on Fox. They’ve also got not one, but two projects in development with ties to their heaviest hitter, Superman. We gave you the early details about David Goyer’s Krypton series last week; now we’ve got some new information about Supergirl, which is being developed for CBS.

TVLine reports that Supergirl will focus on two main characters. The first is, well, Supergirl herself, Kara Zor-El. Like her square-jawed flying cousin, Kara was sent to Earth from Krypton, where she was — again like good old Kal-El — raised by a human couple who taught her to use her powers with responsibility and discretion, lest somebody realize she’s an alien and decide a dissection is in order. Living as “Kara Danvers,” the girl who will be Supergirl begins to embrace her heroic potential after she’s forced to use her powers openly during a disaster. The Supergirl producers are looking for a Caucasian actress between 22 and 26 to play the role.