Steven Weber Will Start Up A Cult In Season 2 Of Syfy’s Helix

steven weberWhile America is currently on the cusp of falling down on our knees and worshiping a new god named Ebola—or something a little less dramatic—Syfy is putting audiences in danger of catching the NARVIK virus, which has wholly different side effects. Helix showrunner Steven Maeda is putting all the gears in motion for season 2 of the twisty thriller, and he’s bringing TV veteran Steven Weber along for an antagonistic role. We can probably expect a mid-season reveal that he’s actually the father of at least half of the show’s characters.

If you’ll recall, Helix ended its first season with CDC scientist Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell) searching for his ex-wife and fellow scientist Julia in Paris, where she was taken by Spencer “The Scythe” Sutton (Robert Naylor) and is now working for Ilaria Corporation. The NARVIK virus is on the move now, no longer tethered to the frigid Arctic Biosystems setting, and what’s the exact opposite of a quarantined set of labs in the middle of a frozen tundra? An island paradise, of course.


Westworld Adds Thandie Newton To Sate Your Robotically Sexual Needs

thandie newtonHBO series have a reputation for being vulgar and sexually explicit, but they’re also known for boasting some of the best casts on TV. Their upcoming quasi-remake Westworld is no different, with an assortment of award-winning thesps in its ranks. (Though it is admittedly still only in the pilot stages at this time.) This skilled squad just grew by one, as British actress Thandie Newton (Crash) has been added to the cast for what will hopefully be a domineering performance.

In this modernized take on Michael Crichton’s classic 1973 movie, the titular theme park Westworld is a playground for anyone with enough money to back their murderous and lust-filled vices. Anthony Hopkins stars as the park’s creator Dr. Ford. Newton will play Maeve Millay, a human working under Ford as a sassy madame with a talent for reading people. Her razor-sharp instincts and been-there point-of-view are thrown into upheaval when…something happens. Can’t go giving everything away, now can we? Also, did I mention Maeve is beautiful? Or was that obvious enough by the casting choice?


The Maze Runner Featurette Introduces You To The Gladers

This weekend, Philip Noyce’s The Giver looks to get in on the lucrative teen dystopia market, but that’s not the only one we’re going to get over the next little bit. The Maze Runner is going to try to get in on the act next month. 20th Century Fox has stepped up the promotion for the movie since San Diego Comic-Con last month, and now they’re back to introduce the core of the cast with this new featurette.

While The Giver is a more subdued approach to the genre, director Wes Ball’s adaptation of James Dashner’s best selling novel falls more in line with contemporaries like The Hunger Games and Divergent, with an emphasis on the action and melodrama.


NASA’s New Horizon Probe Captures Its First Images Of Pluto And Charon

Pluto may not be an official planet anymore—revoking a celestial body’s planet hood still seems a bit harsh—but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth taking a closer look at, and that’s exactly where NASA’s New Horizon probe is headed. The craft is still a year or so away from arriving at its final destination, but it’s already sending back impressive footage and breaking existing records.

The craft isn’t scheduled to be close enough to close up shots of the dwarf planet and its largest moon Charon until July 14 of next year, but while it’s on the way, the team at NASA has pointed its telescope at the target and captured this film of the two bodies in orbit. Comprised of a dozen images taken from July 19 through July 24, this clip shows the moon revolve around the dwarf planet in a way we’ve never seen before.


Check Out This Tractor Beam Made Of Water

tractor beamIf Star Trek has taught us anything, it’s that beaming things up is totally awesome. I wouldn’t mind beaming over another cup of coffee as I sit here right now, and that’s just for starters. Small strides have been made in the creation of real tractor beams (we’re talking microscopic). But here’s a new and interesting twist on this futuristic bit of technology: create it with water.

This is another one of those discoveries that shouldn’t work and has baffled, albeit happily, the scientists working on it. Professors Michael Shats and Horst Punzmann of the Australian National University figured out that wave generators, which you may have seen in swimming pools and smaller wave pools, can move objects floating in the water. But here’s where it gets weird: wave pools can move those objects against the waves.


Star Wars: Episode VII Will Get Production Moving Again Later This Month

SoloGetting details out of the set of Star Wars: Episode VII is a little bit like pulling teeth from the mouth of an angry tiger. One concrete fact we did learn is that the production hit a snag when returning franchise star Harrison Ford broke his leg on set back in June. Director J.J. Abrams and the rest of the Disney/Lucasfilm family did what they could to shoot around Ford’s injury. They even spent three days filming on the picturesque island Skellig Michael off the coast of Ireland. But they could only do so much, and have been on a hiatus for a couple of weeks. That, however, is about to come to an end as reports circulate that production will heat up again later this month.

It doesn’t come as a huge surprise that Ford and company are getting back to work. We recently saw photographic evidence of the 72-year-old actor walking around with only a small bandage on his leg, so we suspected things were going to get going again before long. He was also sighted at the premiere of The Expendables 3 earlier this week, and sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the cameras will start rolling again soon.