J.J. Abrams Shows Off An X-Wing, Offers Chance To Host Episode VII Screening

A few months back, J.J. Abrams released a video from the set of Star War: Episode VII, using the platform to announce a Star Wars: Force For Change, a charity to raise funds for the United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICIEF). Not only did this offer fans to do something that can potentially help millions of kids around the globe, it revealed some of the cool practical special effects from the movie, and offered them the chance of a lifetime, to actually be in the movie. Well Abrams is back at it, releasing new Force For Change video, providing one more behind-the-scenes look at the film, and offering another one of a kind opportunity for fans.

Force For Change has already been an incredible success. In the first 24-hours, they raise more than a million dollars for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs, a series of 14 ventures with an aim to develop sustainable solutions to many of the most pressing issues faced by children around the world, like health, nutrition, water, and education.


Space Invaders Is The Latest Part Of Your Childhood To Get Its Own Movie

Space InvadersIf you’re of a certain age, the pixelated Taito video game Space Invaders probably holds a special fondness for you. Many of us whiled away hours, not to mention countless quarters we scrounged from various sources, zipping back and forth, firing missiles that look suspiciously like capital Is at perhaps the least threatening threat from outer space that we’ve ever seen. After all, who is afraid of blocky little aliens, at least until the last few and they started moving super fast. Then they got scary as hell. And if you’ve always wanted to see this drama played out on a massive scale, you’re in luck, as Warner Bros. has acquired the movie rights and plans a film adaptation.

To make this movie a reality, the studio has brought in a collection of high profile producers, headed by Akiva Goldsman, writer and producer of such films as I Am Legend, Insurgent, and many, many more. Joining him in this task are Joby Harold, who produced Edge of Tomorrow and Tory Tunnell, who produced Awake and Holy Rollers.


Darren Aronofsky Circles Fargo-On-The-Moon Sci-Fi Thriller Moonfall

Darren AronofskyDarren Aronofsky’s last film, Noah, saw him unleash a biblical flood upon the world, and it looks like one of his next films could take him all the way to the moon. The visionary director is reportedly circling around the hot new sci-fi spec script of the moment, Moonfall written by David Weil, though he is not the only interested party.

According to the Wrap, Moonfall has much of Hollywood all in a tizzy. As the script makes the rounds to various studios, New Regency is one of the players involved. Aronofsky has a first look deal in place with them, and he is one of numerous high-profile filmmakers who has read Weil’s story and has expressed interested in producing the project. So if Moonfall winds up at New Regency, and if Aronofsky maintains his initial curiosity and has the time in a busy schedule, it’s possible this could go down.


Star Wars: Episode VII Plot Details Reveal The Main Character And Secret New Threats

Luke SkywalkerStar Wars: Episode VII is kind of a big deal, you probably guessed that. It’s also a huge secret. Director J.J. Abrams, Disney, and Lucasfilm kept the cast under wraps until they were just about ready to get the cameras rolling, and the plot has been more heavily guarded than many classified government documents. But just like there are leaks in government agencies, there are leaks from the London-based set of Episode VII, and the latest rumors floating around may give you an idea of what the story of the latest addition to the Star Wars canon may look like.

Stop reading if you don’t want to encounter SPOILERS. Things are intentionally vague, but still, it could ruin things for you, so you may want to STOP READING now. You’ve been warned.


Guardians Of The Galaxy Drops A New Clip And Overwhelmingly Positive Early Buzz

Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) has a plan. Okay, he has part of a plan. Like 12-percent of a plan, which is, by definition, still technically part of a plan. That’s what you’ll get from the latest Guardians of the Galaxy clip that Marvel has unveiled to the general public. And for a select few, the comic book giant screened their new space adventure, and if the early buzz is any indication, it’s going to be just as awesome as we all hoped.

While so much of what we’ve already seen from Guardians revolves around the action in the film, this clip is just the key characters sitting around, bickering and arguing. As much as I’ve enjoyed just about everything Marvel has thrown at us, and has been a substantial amount, this may be my favorite. Watching Star-Lord, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) go back and forth highlights the sarcastic sense of humor of the film.


Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: Week Of July 21, 2014

As much as we love science fiction on TV, on the big screen, on the comics page, and in video game form, there’s just something irreplaceable about digging into a good book. There’s no shortage of new sci-fi adventures hitting shelves on a regular basis, but GFR is your one-stop shop to keep up with what’s hitting shelves in a given week. Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!

AlienSeaSorrows“Alien: Sea of Sorrows” by James A. Moore

As a deputy commissioner for the ICC, Alan Decker’s job is to make sure the settlements on LV178 follow all the rules, keeping the colonists safe. But the planet known as New Galveston holds secrets, lurking deep beneath the toxic sands dubbed the Sea of Sorrows.

The Weyland-Yutani Corporation has secrets of its own, as Decker discovers when he is forced to join a team of mercenaries sent to investigate an ancient excavation. Somewhere in that long-forgotten dig lies the thing the company wants most in the universe — a living Xenomorph. Decker doesn’t understand why they need him, until his own past comes back to haunt him. Centuries ago, his ancestor fought the Aliens, launching a bloody vendetta that was never satisfied. That was when the creatures swore revenge on the Destroyer…Ellen Ripley.