Lost Time Trailer Sticks Genre Vets In The Middle Of An Alien Abduction Mystery

I have no expectations for alien abduction thrillers these days, especially from indie studios. The plot is almost always the same, and the events playing out in a suitably predictable fashion. But I’ve got reasonably high hopes for Christian Sesma’s soon-to-be-released thriller Lost Time, though perhaps it’s because it looks like a solid episode of The X-Files. (Which is already far more exciting than I Want to Believe.)

The film recently released a trailer, seen above, and it culls together some genre heavies to tackle this mystery with otherworldly consequences. Rochelle Vallese, who co-wrote the film with Sesma and Kenneth Owens, stars as Valerie Dreyfuss, who receives terrible news from a doctor’s visit before watching her sister Melissa (Jenni Blong) get taken away by an alien craft. Sounds like as shitty a day as I’ve ever experienced. Except she doesn’t even remember what happened, so she probably just thinks her sister was taken by human beings.


Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Thinks 1984 Could Become A Reality

sotomayorWhile many people serving in the government don’t seem to understand the first thing about science or technology, it’s good to see that some politicians are paying attention to the consequences of technological development. Addressing faculty and students of Oklahoma City University last week, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor warned about how lack of privacy could lead to a dystopian and “Orwellian world.”

As with many of us, 1984, and the ways in which it accurately predicted the impact of technology and privacy invasions, has stuck with Sotomayor. Because of technology that enables devices and people to “listen to your conversations from miles away and through your walls,” she said that our modern society is “in that brave new world, and [is] capable of being in that Orwellian world, too.”


Star Wars Rebels Returns With A Trailer, TV Spot, And Two Cameo-Filled Clips

Hey, did you know there’s a animated Star Wars series called Star Wars Rebels on the way? If you somehow missed that, don’t worry, because Lucasfilm had taken great pains to rectify that oversight, showing up with a new trailer, two clips, and a TV spot for the upcoming addition to the franchise, which just so happens to be the first new piece of the canon since Disney took over the reins and redefined exactly what that means.

First up is the latest trailer. Rebels takes place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, as the Galactic Empire tightens its grip on the galaxy. Within this tyrannical system, rebellion springs up, and the action follows a group of insurgents that are the first sprouts of what eventually blossoms into the Rebel Alliance of the original trilogy.


Star Wars: Episode VII’s Villain Could Be A Descendent Of An Earlier Enemy

DookuStar Wars: Episode VII is more than 15 months away, but when has that ever stopped people from talking about Star Wars? Reports, rumors, and set photos have been flying around pretty much since Disney bought out Lucasfilm and announced there would be more movies, and many of these have revolved around potential villains (knowing that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are all back gives us at least a face to put on the good guys), and now we’re hearing new details about who those who inhabit the Dark Side of the Force.

As usual, there are SPOILERS beyond this point, read on with caution. And, as always, this report is unsubstantiated and unofficial, so take it with a grain of salt.


New Type Of Male Birth Control On The Way

condomsRemember back in sex ed when your teacher demonstrated how to put on a condom by using a banana? That was probably the best argument for abstinence I can think of. Even though it was back in the fifth grade, I still have vivid memories of my teacher, who was fairly old, struggling with to get the condom out of the package, and then over the tip of the banana, which seemed at the time to be frighteningly large. The males in the class seemed even more freaked out at the thought of one day putting one on themselves, and suddenly birth control pills seemed like a pretty good idea (understandably, our teacher didn’t bring up the possibility of a vasectomy). Sex ed teachers will soon have another form of male birth control to tell students about — something called Vasalgel, which works by blocking sperm from leaving the vas deferens.


Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Novellas Get A Snazzy Re-Release

SlipcaseDoctor Who celebrated five decades of time-hopping adventures last year, giving Whovians a heaping dose of fan service in the form of The Day of the Doctor, which had the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors (David Tennant and Matt Smith) joining forces to try and change their own history and fix their greatest mistake. But unless you keep up with all the cross-media Doctor Who merchandise, you might have overlooked one of the cooler 50th anniversary tie-ins. In the months leading up to the anniversary, best-selling authors such as Neil Gaiman and Eoin Colfer penned new novellas focusing on each of the Doctor’s eleven incarnations (up to that point). Now Puffin is re-releasing the novellas, along with a previously unpublished Twelfth Doctor story.

Puffin will release the Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories set on October 23 in the U.K. and November 18 in the U.S. You’ll also be able to buy the books individually. UK readers can pre-order the set on Amazon or Waterstones, and those of us in the States can pre-order on Amazon. Check out details and cover art for each of the stories below, as well as links to the Kindle versions if you just want to read them ASAP.

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