The Walking Dead Post-Game: The Season 5 Midseason Premiere Delivers Another Blow

The Walking DeadWell damn. The other day Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes on AMC’s zombie hit The Walking Dead, promised the first two episodes back from their hiatus were going to be brutal, and he wasn’t lying. The second half of season 5 just kicked off with “What Happened and What’s Going On,” and not only does it pile tragedy on the already abused group of survivors, it’s also likely the most stylized episode in the show’s entire run. We don’t know about the next episode, but if it’s in the same ballpark as this one, it’s going to be a rough go for fans, as the midseason premiere delivers a stout gut punch.

If you haven’t watched tonight’s episode yet, seriously stop reading, there are SPOILERS beyond this point.


Chappie Is The Last Hope For Humanity In This New Poster

ChappieNeill Blomkamp isn’t one to make dull, uninteresting movies. Even if his last film, 2013’s Elysium, left you wanting more like it did with many viewers, it has a distinctive visual style and is full of ambition and big ideas. Between that and his debut feature, 2009’s District 9, he is definitely one of the most intriguing filmmakers working in science fiction right now, and his next film, the robot-centric Chappie, is one we’re dying to see. It looks like a combination of Short Circuit and RoboCop, and to tease the upcoming release, Sony Pictures released this new poster for you to check out.

The movie tells the story of Chappie, the first artificially intelligent robot that can think for itself, played by a motion captured Sharlto Copley. Created by Dev Patel’s character, Deon, Chappie obviously makes the rest of humanity very nervous, and the childlike automaton encounters all kinds of prejudices and violence along his journey. I’m curious to see where the whole “Humanity’s last hope” things on this poster from Coming Soon comes into play.


Sci-Fi Romance Passengers Adds These Two Big Stars In The Lead

movies-the-hunger-games-catching-fire-jennifer-lawrence-katniss-everdeenPassengers has become something like Sasquatch over the years. A few scattered reports surface now and again, but while there’s an overall mythology, we’re not entirely sure that it’s real. There have been a number of actors and directors attached to the project, and while none of those have ever panned out, it’s starting to look like the deep space romance actually exists. They’ve locked in an interesting director, and now they’ve added two of the hottest actors in Hollywood for the leads: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.

Variety reports that the Oscar-winning Lawrence is in talks for the female lead, while The Wrap says Pratt will take a break from saving the galaxy from nefarious villains and is in early discussions about playing the primary male role. Keanu Reeves and Reese Witherspoon once occupied these parts, then it was Keanu Reeves and Rachel McAdams, though they all bailed for other things when this took forever to get moving.


Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #7 Weeps With The Angels

Doctor WhoThe last issue of Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, introduced a new creative team and kicked off the most grim, desolate of these new adventures of David Tennant’s version of the venerable Time Lord. Now they’re back with Issue #7, “The Weeping Angels of Mons.” Trapped on the front lines of World War I, and if things weren’t bad enough, they go from bad to worse as one of the Doctor’s most sinister foes has tagged along for a ride.

After getting blown up by a mortar and imprisoned as German spies, it doesn’t get any easier for the Doctor and his latest travelling companion, Gabby Gonzalez. Not only do the British forces want to throw them in front of a firing squad—one officer in particular might just dispense with that formality in his office unless he can control his temper—but there are angles about. And these aren’t the kind of angles you want to be touched by, no, these are Weeping Angels, and they’ve come to hunt.


Mel Brooks Wants To Make Spaceballs 2, Here’s What We Know So Far

spaceballsMel Brooks is a comedy genius. He hasn’t directed a movie since 1995, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, but that doesn’t matter, he’s still the guy responsible for movies like Young Frankenstein, The Producers, and High Anxiety, and has thus earned a lifetime pass. Hot on the heels of the news that his Blazing Saddles may get an animated remake—with dogs and cats and other animals no less—he’s been talking about making a sequel to maybe his greatest movie: Spaceballs.

That’s right, Spaceballs 2 could finally happen, which is something we’ve been waiting almost 30 years for. There have been rumors about this floating around since damn near the moment the credits rolled on Brooks’ spot on spoof of George Lucas’ Star Wars trilogy, but none of those have ever gained any real traction, much less actually materialized. Appearing on Adam Corolla’s Take a Knee podcast, Brooks confirmed that a Spaceballs sequel “is actually going to happen.” The Schwartz is strong with this one.


5 Things The Walking Dead Season 5 Needs To Do Over The Next 8 Episodes

Walking DeadSeason 5 of The Walking Dead is about to return from a long winter’s nap for the back eight episodes of what may be the strongest season yet for AMC’s hit zombie drama. While it is a different world from a couple of years ago (I was so frustrated with season 3 that I almost stopped watching), there is still room for improvement, and some things the series needs to do to maintain the momentum they’ve built and deliver a satisfying conclusion.

The way The Walking Dead stages things, each half of a season, while connected to the overall narrative, serves as a kind of soft reboot, a separate arc—this seems to stem from the episodic nature of Robert Kirkman’s comics that serve as the source material. The rest of season 5 looks to follow this trend, and in that spirit, here are some of the things we want to see Rick and the rest of the survivors do and experience throughout the rest of the season.

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