Jekyll And Hyde Are Coming To TV In A Big Way, Get The Details

jekyll and hydeWith Universal Pictures’ upcoming shared universe of movie monsters — albeit one that will substitute horror for action — you might think your future’s creature quota had been fulfilled. But now the U.K. network ITV has put into development a series loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and it will include a smorgasbord of other spooky characters and monsters. The fact that British people are behind this makes me 100% more excited about this than if it had been birthed at Fox or CBS.

Here’s how this particular bit of madness will go. Thankfully not set in modern times, Jekyll & Hyde will take place in 1930s London, during the heyday of Hollywood and monster movies. Robert Jekyll, grandson of the original doctor, is a troubled (but attractive, of course) guy who goes on a personal quest to discover the secret behind his family’s history. He’s being controlled by medication from one Dr. Vishal Najaran, but there are apparently going to be times of major anger and stress when the meds stop working and the evil Hyde persona takes over, putting everyone in danger.


The First Star Wars Spinoff May Be Full Of These Nefarious Characters

star wars bounty huntersWe know there are standalone Star Wars spinoffs coming, we know when, and we know, at least in part, some of the people who will be involved. Aside from that, however, we’re as in the dark as we are about The Force Awakens. Gareth Edwards will direct the first film, with Gary Whitta handling the scripting duties, and while we’ve heard rumblings about the story, now we’ve heard some new potential details. If nothing else, it feels good to talk Star Wars that has nothing to do with the upcoming trailer.

As usual, possible SPOILERS lurk beyond this point, so tread cautiously. And these are far from official, so make sure that if you do read on, take what you find here with a grain of salt.


The Walking Dead Bows Out And Helix Marathons Season 1: This Week’s TV Picks

With Turkey Day nearly upon us, it’s not a hugely eventful week on the TV front. But if you’re going to be traveling this weekend, remember to set the DVR, because AMC’s The Walking Dead will be airing its midseason finale this coming Sunday with an episode called “Coda.” Unsurprisingly, the official synopsis isn’t exactly brimming with details:

Rick seeks a peaceful agreement when rules and morals are tossed aside by new enemies.


Brad Pitt Teams Up With Robopocalypse Author For This New Thriller

brad pitt world war zAs one of the biggest stars on the planet, Brad Pitt long ago gave up doing projects merely for the money, choosing to point his career in whatever direction he wants. Now he and his production company, Plan B, are aiming it back at sci-fi for the thriller Alpha, written by Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson. A match made in future-heaven.

Lionsgate acquired the rights to Alpha, which Pitt produce, though he hasn’t made any move to jump into a starring role just yet. Which is okay, since we really aren’t sure what Alpha is going to be about at the moment. According to THR, the film is a “sci-fi survival story that has shades of Jack London,” who wrote The Call of the Wild and White Fang. I’d be okay with a version of The Grey where the wolf is some kind of an alien monster instead. Any story that presents a science fiction angle where it normally isn’t seen, I’m behind.


The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Will Only Screen In These 9 Theaters

star warsThanksgiving Weekend is shaping up to be a big one for movie fans. Of course you’re all going to run out to see Horrible Bosses 2, or maybe check out The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 for the third of fourth time, but we’re also going to get our first look at the first trailers for two of our most anticipated movies of 2015. During the annual football extravaganza on Thursday, we’ll get our first look at the trailer for Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, the next chapter in the Jurassic Park saga, and as it turns out, if you head to the theater this weekend, you could see that much talked about trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. At least if you’re lucky enough to live near one of a few theaters.

According to their sources, Slashfilm says that over the weekend the trailer for J.J. Abrams’ new addition to the Star Wars canon is scheduled to start making the rounds in movie theaters. So that means we could be a scant few days away from getting our first actual look at a new Star Wars movie, which is something we’re all thankful for indeed. No rumors, no descriptions, no leaked concept art, or set photos taken by drones or spy planes, but actual, honest-to-god footage from The Force Awakens. Odds are this preview won’t reveal much, but what the hell, at least it’s something real and concrete to talk about.


Scientists May Be Prohibited From Advising The EPA

epaWarning: this post may devolve into a rant, but not without reason. Some people argue that science shouldn’t be political—and perhaps they’re right, it shouldn’t. But NASA is a government agency, subject to the winds of political change and funding struggles—I don’t know how NASA would divest itself from politics. But other issues, such as climate change, shouldn’t be a political issue, and I’m not entirely sure how it became one, but its association with the pitfalls of partisanship attracts just as much attention, if not more, than the actual issue itself, which is a problem. Part of the problem with coupling an environmental or scientific issue with a political one is that decisions get made that aren’t in the interest of science, which is exactly what has just happened with a new bill that just passed the House of Representatives. The bill prohibits independent scientists from giving advice to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Instead, more of the people advising the EPA would work for industry companies, much like sides in a court case find an expert they can pay to testify on their behalf.

The purpose of the EPA is, broadly, to “protect human health and the environment” by enforcing regulations, as well as levying fines and sanctions for those who ignore them. It was established in 1970, and since then has been responsible for a number of amendments to the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Food Quality Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Hazardous and Solid Wastes Amendments Act, and more. Of course, in order to do its job, the EPA has to rely on qualified scientists to make sure that its acts reflect accurate research and scientific understanding. Thus, in 1978, their Science Advisory Board was established, and it has advised the EPA ever since.