Lucy: The Discussion Continues

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Beer Inspired By ‘The Planets’ Will Soon Be Released By Spacey Michigan Brewery

celestial suds beerBooze! Booze! Booze! We’re used to alcohol artists creating interesting potables for fictional properties like Star Trek, and we’ve seen some other pretty nifty space-based alcohol in the past few years. But I think I’m most interested in the upcoming promotion from the Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery, which will be rolling out a line of varied beers inspired by the orchestral suite “The Planets,” from English composer Gustav Holst. Doing a keg stand for Jupiter just feels natural, doesn’t it?

Here’s how brewery founder Larry Bell is rolling the products out, and what we can expect from each beer. Starting in August, Bell’s will put out one beer every two months, ending in July 2015. You’ll be able to find the goods in both six-packs and on draft, but only if you live within the 20-state distribution zone that Bell’s works with. (That means almost the entire east coast, D.C. included, plus some northern states and Arizona and parts of Southern California.) And if you’re wondering why there isn’t an Earth beer, that’s because our own planet wasn’t included in the suite; besides, almost every beer on Earth is inspired by Earth.


Guardians Of The Galaxy TV Spot Introduces You To Ronan The Accuser

Yesterday, Marvel’s upcoming interstellar adventure Guardians of the Galaxy released a badass new extended trailer. And for those of you lucky enough to be in attendance, they also showed off an epic 17-minutes worth of footage from the film in theaters—it was apparently quite a good time and just made everyone even more excited to see the movie. For most mere-mortal movies, that would be more than enough for a week, let alone a two-day span, but they weren’t done, oh no. Now they’ve dropped a brand new TV spot for your enjoyment. At this point it just feels a little bit like they’re bragging.

It’s impressive, given the sheer promotional output that the studio has unleashed for this film, that none of the teasers, trailers, or TV ads feel overly similar. Sure, some of the posters have gotten a bit samey, but there’s only so many ways that you can arrange five people. But this commercial takes a different approach than the others that have come before.


Lifetime’s The Lottery Trailer Channels Children Of Men With An Infertile World

Children of Men is one of the best science fiction movies of all time, a hugely underrated classic that brilliantly brings to life a bleak world where humanity can no longer have children. The root cause of that global infertility isn’t really the point of director Alfonso Cuaron’s film; instead, it’s about how mankind responds to a world without a future, and how the smallest glimmer of hope could change that. Now a new Lifetime series is looking to tackle the same sort of premise, but with a larger scope. Check out the trailer for Lifetime’s The Lottery above.

Just as in Children of Men, The Lottery is set in a dystopian future where women have lost the ability to bear children, but no one is sure why. With our species facing its own looming extinction, a scientist named Dr. Alison Lennon (Planet Terror’s Marley Shelton) makes a breakthrough: she and her team successfully fertilize 100 embryos. Before they have much time to celebrate, the U.S. Fertility Commission, headed by Director Darius Hayes (Homeland’s Martin Donovan), swoops in and seizes the embryos. Now it’s up to the President (Magic City’s Yul Vasquez) to decide what to do with the embryos which could literally save the species. Eventually the President is convinced that the best course of action is to hold a national lottery to determine the women who will get to carry the embryos to term.


Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem Unveils A Dreamy Domestic Trailer

Everything adds up to nothing. That’s the basic premise that Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz), a reclusive computer genius, is tasked with proving in Terry Gilliam’s newest film, The Zero Theorem. As you can imagine, this leads to something of an existential crisis. After all, if there is no point to anything we do, why the hell should we do it in the first place? This struggle is front and center in the latest domestic trailer, which was just unveiled ahead of the recently announced US release date that we’ve been waiting so long for, September 19 (though we will be able to see it first on VOD starting August 19).

Watching this latest offering, which debuted over at iTunes Movie Trailers, you can’t help but be struck by Gilliam’s visual sense. And just in case you somehow miss keying in on that element of the film, this video is full of disembodied quotes from critics that will call your attention to it over and over again.


The US Military Enlists Hollywood’s Help To Build A Real Life Iron Man

Iron ManIn the latest case of life imitating art, the United States government is working to create a real life Iron Man suit. Watching Marvel’s three standalone movies, plus The Avengers, we’ve all sat there and thought about how cool it would be to fly around in one of those bad boys, and apparently so did the military. Now they’re asking Hollywood for a helping hand.

The Wall Street Journal (or the Verge if you’re not one to pony up for WSJ’s subscription fee, and how many of us do that?) is reporting some new details of the suits, known as Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, an acronym that is straight out of a comic book. They’ve brought in the help of companies like Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and Raytheon, which makes sense, these are just the kind of private contractors that you would expect to be involved in a project like this.


I Origins Photo Gallery Gazes Deeply Into The Mysterious Indie Feature

I OriginsIf you’re tired of being pummeled by the giant robots, massive prehistoric lizards, and obligatory sequels of this summer’s blockbuster season, Mike Cahill’s new film I Origins might be just the palate cleanser you need. This is quiet, esoteric, independent science fiction that relies more on an interesting idea than large-scale special effects and an unlimited budget to get its point across. After premiering at Sundance back in January, where it walked away with the Alfred P. Sloane Feature Film Prize, the film will open July 18, and Fox Searchlight has released this new photo gallery provides you a closer look.

The film stars Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt as Ian Gray, a PhD student in molecular biology who specializes in the evolution of the human eye. Cold and analytical, his world is thrown into upheaval by an encounter with Sofi (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) an exotic, free-spirited young woman who he ultimately loses. His research continues with his partners Karen (Brit Marling) and Kenney (Steven Yeun, The Walking Dead), and they make a shocking discovery that has implications not only in their chosen field, but also in the wider realms of science and spirituality, and leads Ian on a globetrotting adventure.