The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 Deliver Bleak District 13 Character Posters

The Hunger Games MockingjayWhen The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 hits theaters on November 21, fans of the highly profitable, much loved series will get their first real look at a new setting, District 13. We saw a bit of it at the very end of Catching Fire, but this time out we’ll get a good and proper look at the place. As we move towards fall, the viral marketing campaign for the movie (is it really necessary to pump up a movie like this, one that everyone is already going to see?) is kicking in, and Lionsgate and Summit are back with a group of new character posters from Katniss’ new digs.

In Suzanne Collins’ novels, District 13 is a part of the dystopian world of Panem. It was presumed destroyed as a result of the uprising that led to the creation of The Hunger Games—the winner take all, teens fighting to the death tournament that passes for entertainment in this particular iteration of the future. That didn’t happen, and they’ve been existing in relative secret ever since. When Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is rescued from the arena, this is where she and some of her fellows hide out. This place, and the people who dwell there, play a big part in the action of the final chapter of the saga—final two chapters in movie form. It serves as a staging ground for the rebellion against the Capital and President Snow (Donald Sutherland).


Remains of Six-Foot-Tall Penguin Found In Antarctica

colossus penguinI just watched the episode of Cosmos where Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about an epoch before they were trees, in which Earth’s air was far more saturated with oxygen than it is now and thus, insects grew to be absolutely massive. Eight-foot-long millipedes? Yeah, no thanks. He didn’t mention spiders in the episode, but I can only imagine what those were like. The more we learn about the past, the more we learn about the strange and freaky creatures that used to rule the planet. Luckily, not all of them are as nightmare-inducing as giant insects, although I can’t say that the giant penguins paleontologists now believe existed 37-40 million years ago are exactly cuddly.


12 Monkeys’ Cast Grows By Four As The Syfy Production Kicks Into Gear

lyric bent todd stashwickIn the year 2043, we will be able to tell you just how good or bad Syfy’s upcoming 12 Monkeys adaptation will be; but for now, we can only wait. The series’ first season officially went into production this week, and has thus filled out the rest of its time-hopping cast with four familiar faces from both TV and film. Sadly, none of them are “Brad Pitt in disguise.”

So let’s look at these actors and their parts one by one, shall we? First we have Rookie Blue‘s Lyriq Bent, who will play Dr. Henri, whom TV Line refers to as “a brilliant and cutting edge virologist.” I’m guessing that puts him in “present day” 2043, and we can only assume that he’s one of the good guys.

Stashwick (The Originals), meanwhile, is definitely an antagonist of sorts as Deacon, the wily leader of The West 7, a gang of scavengers with violent tendencies. The West 7 are responsible for burning down many of the government’s final quarantine zones after the worldwide viral outbreak that wiped out most of the Earth’s human population. Their philosophy is centered around a “survival of the fittest” mentality.


The UK Will Have Its Own Spaceport By 2018

UK spaceportBeing a relatively small island isn’t going to stop the UK from building its own spaceport, especially now that space tourism is poised to rake in loads of dough from customers who want a brief foray into the cosmos. Of course, satellites and rockets can be launched from a spaceport too.

It does seem that the ability to launch vehicles and people into space comes with some bragging rights, just as a country’s inability to launch its own astronauts can carry a bit of shame. The European Space Agency (ESA) generally launches satellites and supplies from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana (being near the equator allows for some extra launch velocity), so while it would be possible to use the UK spaceport for those missions, it’s likely that the ESA will continue primarily using the Guiana port, leaving the UK port free for tourism.


Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Lee Pace Will Fight More Aliens In Prisoner Of War

lee pace guardians of the galaxySince his breakout role in Bryan Fuller’s sublime fantasy dramedy Wonderfalls, actor Lee Pace has yet to turn in a failed performance, even when he’s in movies that are clearly not up to his speed. (I’m looking right in your big goofy eyes, Marmaduke.) Currently trying to dominate the universe as Ronan the Accuser in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Pace is doing a little genre double-dipping by joining the cast of the sci-fi action thriller Prisoner of War. And what makes a “war” movie science fiction? Aliens!

Pace will star as an American soldier trying to survive during humanity’s last stand against a massive alien attack in a war-torn Africa. He has to team up with a French foreign aid worker, played by Skyfall‘s Bérénice Marlohe, although it seems like more than two people will be needed to take on any aggressive species, much less an alien one. Seeking safety on the battlefield, the duo’s bond will come under fire — probably no pun intended — when the soldier discovers his true identity. Anytime someone has a “true identity,” it usually just means that person was originally the enemy, but I’m not trying to spoil this flick for anyone.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles High-Res Pics Probably Aren’t Going To Change Any Minds

TMNTFeatAfter a long, bumpy road to the big screen, the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is almost here. And the early word is…not good. That doesn’t really surprise us, as this thing has had the stink of road kill about it damn near from the moment it was first announced. There was the early script leak that suggested the Turtles had been re-imagined as space aliens. There’s the on-going war of words between Turtles co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, arguing the merits of the new movie, or lack thereof. And then there was the redesign of the Turtles themselves, which reads less “turtle” and more “Shrek.” At this point, if you’re still excited about TMNT, well, there’s probably very little we can say to dissuade you. So instead we’ll just share this big-ass gallery of pics from the movie and wish you well. But are you sure we can’t convince you to just go see Guardians of the Galaxy again?