This Divergent Series: Insurgent TV Spot And Photo Gallery Aren’t Afraid Anymore

The Divergents will destroy society, at least according to Kate Winslet’s sinister villain Jeanine in this new TV spot for The Divergent Series: Insurgent, part two of the now four-part saga. We’re still not exactly sure why they’re such a threat to the status quo, other than they’re different and can think for themselves, which is always a problem in teen centric dystopias like this, but there has to be more to the story than just that, and figuring out what makes her so dangerous seems like it’s going to be an important part of the heroic quest of protagonist Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley). Summit Entertainment has also unveiled a new gallery of photos to introduce some of the new faces and reacquaint you with some old ones.

They’re definitely playing up the action and adventure portion of the movie in this spot. It does, however, focus more on what’s going down in the real world, rather than those crazy, fever dream looking scenes that have been so prevalent in the marketing up to this point. There are still some exploding skyscrapers and flying buildings, stuff that appears to be part of those internal vision quests the characters go on from time to time, but there’s some nuts and bolts plot stuff too. For instance, you your first look at Naomi Watts’ Evelyn, the leader of the factionless, who play a larger part in this chapter.


Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: Week Of February 9, 2015

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 new in a given week. Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!

EdisonsAlley“Edison’s Alley (The Accelerati Trilogy, Book Two)” by Eric Elfman Neal Shusterman

Fourteen-year-old Nick has learned that the strange antiques in his attic bedroom were left there by the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla. They are pieces of Tesla’s Far Range Energy Emitter, capable of transmitting ‘free energy’ to the globe. Some components of the contraption are still missing, but the objects themselves seem to be leading Nick and his friends to their current owners. However, members of the Accelerati, a menacing secret society of physicists, are on the hunt too, and their brazen leader, Dr. Alan Jorgenson, will stop at nothing to foil Nick and steal the objects. It takes a dangerous build-up of electromagnetic energy in the atmosphere to reverse everyone’s fortunes — and lead Nick to his destiny. Readers who enjoyed the strange science, quirky humor, and out-of-this-world plot twists in Tesla’s Attic will be captivated by this second book in the electrifying Accelerati Trilogy.


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.