Comic(s) Relief – Dredd: Uprise Returns To The Movie Universe With A Bang

If you loved the Dredd movie, you’ll want to check this out.

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Let’s Kill Carl: Sci-Fi’s 10 Most Annoying Characters

Let’s hear it for the absolute worst.


Guardians Of The Galaxy Animated Series Is Happening After All

Guardians of the GalaxyRemember coming out of San Diego Comic-Con, before we even got to lay eyes on the movie, and we were all fairly certain that Marvel announced a Guardians of the Galaxy animated series? Then a little bit later someone came out and said, “We said no such thing,” and crushed that particular dream? Well, apparently that was just a stalling tactic, as there is actually a Guardians cartoon on the way, with the artwork, footage, and official statements to prove it.

Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb (also an excellent writer of comic books in his own right), made the announcement at New York Comic Con, saying that they’ve started production on their latest animated venture. The series will air on Disney XD, and follow and incarnation of the crew that looks suspiciously just like the one from the movies. You’ll get to hang out with Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, and of course, Rocket Raccoon and Groot.


U.S. Navy Has Swarming Autonomous Drone Boats

navy-robot-boatRobots that assemble and swarm have been around for a while, but never like this. In addition to lasers that shoot down drones and robotic firefighters, the U.S. Navy now has automated boats that can launch a coordinated defense or attack on any threatening vessel in the water.

The advanced ship protection system is designed to prevent attacks such as the one on the U.S.S. Cole in 2000. Navy ships would be accompanied by fleets equipped by Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing (CARACaS, a system that includes sensors and software that alert those boats to the presence of a threat on the water. When a suspicious vessel is identified, five ships in the fleet swarm to investigate.


Animal Planet Is Making A Zombie Series, Seriously

the other deadAs a network known for the likes of Meerkat Manor, and that also features a show called My Cat From Hell, Animal Planet isn’t the most likely candidate to jump into the zombie craze. And yet, the network is headed for scripted fiction with The Other Dead, an adaptation of IDW Publishing’s comic series of the same name. I guess I can cross that item off of the alternate bucket list I made after spending an hour on a merry-go-round.

Created by Joshua Ortega and Digger Mesch—with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman also having a role—The Other Dead is about zombie animals, lest you thought Animal Planet was giving a big middle paw to its audience. The story is set just as an enormous hurricane is about to hit New Orleans and the rest of South Louisiana, one even bigger than Hurricane Katrina. At the same time, the a warning about a deadly plague that’s turning all of the nation’s animals into undead monsters. Admittedly, this limited series went completely below my radar when it was first published in September 2013.


Syfy’s 12 Monkeys Adaptation Spreads The Disease Starting Early Next Year

12 monkeysSyfy has a ton of interesting shows in various stages of development at the moment. (Which begs the question, if they’re so heavily invested in unproven commodities, why can’t they step up and save Continuum from cancellation, but that’s a discussion for another time and place.) While many of them are interesting and even pretty damn exciting, one of new offerings we’re most curious to see is their adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s time travelling plague story 12 Monkeys. Now we know when we’ll get to see the series, and it isn’t too far off.

The network announced that their spin on 12 Monkeys—which itself is inspired by La Jetee, an experimental 1962 French short film told exclusively via a series of still photos—will premiere on Friday, January 16, 2015. This date just so happens to be almost 19 years, to the day, after Gilliam’s movie opened in theaters in 1996.


The Wrath Of Khan’s Director Shares His Thoughts On The Star Trek Reboot

MeyerIt takes a certain amount of chutzpah to take on the task of rebooting the venerable Star Trek franchise in the first place. It takes an extra-special brand of crazy to tackle arguably the greatest villain of the franchise, who starred in arguably the greatest film of the franchise. But that’s precisely what director J.J. Abrams and screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof did with last year’s controversial Star Trek Into Darkness. Trek fans have certainly let the world know how they felt about nü-Khan, but does the guy who actually directed The Wrath of Khan think?

Director Nicholas Meyer (seen above, with actor Ricardo Montalbán) was recently doing the rounds to promote the History Channel’s Houdini miniseries, which he directed. At one of those press conferences, a reporter asked the very question we posed above. At first Meyer deflected by recalling a story about how he gave J.J. Abrams a copy of The Annotated Sherlock Holmes for his Bar Mitzvah, but one of CraveOnline’s journos pressed the question by asking, “So, you liked his movies, or…?” Meyer’s response was both diplomatic and insightful:


Jurassic Park Lego Set Is Stomping This Way

jurassic parkHow many times have you had a glass of water and slammed your hand against the table to trick yourself into thinking that a Tyrannosaurus is outside your house? Now you’ll have small toy versions of the characters (hopefully including Tim and Lex Murphy) to look all worried, as Universal Partnerships & Licensing have teamed with Lego Group to put out a Jurassic Park Lego set to coincide with the release of Universal’s Jurassic World. Also, diluting pain medication in the water glass helps that fantasy along.

According to the press release (via Brickset), we can look forward to building the world of Jurassic Park in May 2015, roughly a month before Colin Trevorrow’s long-awaited sequel hits theaters. Lego gave no sign as to exactly how big of a set this will be, or what characters, locations, or props it includes, but UP&L Vice President of Global Licensing and Entertainment Jill Wilfert says, “The film’s imagery and branding are iconic, with a rich array of landscapes, vehicles and dinosaurs that are perfect for inspiring a line of building sets that will encourage hours of creative play.”