Just to get this out of the way up front, we may stray into spoiler territory where Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World is concerned. We’re not really going to talk about anything that’s not in the trailers and every plot synopsis, but if you’re sensitive to this sort of thing, you may want to sit this one out.
Everyone in Hollywood wants to be in a new Star Wars movie, even those who have been in one before, and even those whose character may be a wee bit dead. Despite the fact that the majority of fans pan the Episode I—The Phantom Menace (but not all, don’t worry, we’re well aware that there are supporters out there), there are some bright spots. One of these is Liam Neeson, who recently indicated that he’s not opposed to coming back for another go round in that far, far away galaxy.
Pumping his latest action sequel, Taken 3, which opens in theaters today, Yahoo UK sat down with the 62-year-old actor, who plays Qui-Gon Jinn, mentor to Ewan Macgregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi. No matter what the topic, these days it’s damn near impossible to talk to anyone even tangentially involved with Star Wars and not ask them about it, and this interview is no exception.
Having a protagonist be the last human being alive after some kind of catastrophe is a well used science fiction trope. From I am Legend to The Quiet Earth to WALL-E, it’s a story and character that we’ve seen many times, but we’ve never seen one quite like Will Forte’s Phil Miller in Fox’s upcoming The Last Man on Earth. It’s always someone looking for answers, searching for other survivors, but what if the last human being was just some slobby dude looking to amuse himself? This is exactly what the show envisions, and the network released this new trailer.
One of the perks of being the last person left alive, other than not having to talk to anyone or ever wait in a line again, is that you automatically become the best at everything. Phil’s now the greatest athlete alive, the handsomest, the handiest, and the smartest, as illustrated by the brilliant idea of filling up a kiddie pool with booze (we’ve all wanted to do that). Free as he is, he can do whatever he wants, like collect all the best stuff, hit on mannequins, and crash cars into each other to watch them go boom.
Both audiences and studios often look at January as a time of the year that’s a desolate wasteland full of terrible movies, and it certainly is that to a degree. While the last of the awards hopefuls open wide, there are going to be a ton of bad movies released over the next few weeks (The Wedding Ringer anyone?). But the first month of the year can also be a place where movies get dumped because no one can figure out how the hell to market them, and in 2015, one title that falls into this category is the latest from the Australian duo Michael and Peter Spierig (Daybreakers), the time travel thriller Predestination.
Based on Robert Heinlein’s classic short story “All You Zombies,” Predestination premiered at the South by Southwest film festival last year, though it hasn’t hit theaters until now. Don’t let the timing of the opening turn you off, because what you get is an ambitious, weird, well-made sci-fi story that, while it may not blow your mind wide open, is interesting and definitely worth a watch if you’re looking for unusual genre fare. And if you’ve encountered any of the marketing, you have very little idea what you’re getting into.
2015 is the year that Marty McFly jumps to in Back to the Future 2, so I hope you’re ready for 12 months worth of jokes about how we don’t have hoverboards yet (they still have until October, but it doesn’t seem too likely). But there is one potential invention that we could see before too long, as according to Nike, 2015 will be the year we finally get those sweet kicks, the Nike Air MAGs, you know, the awesome high-tops with the power laces.
There have been some knock offs floating around over the years, but these are going to be the real deal, and apparently the shoe design brain trust at the manufacturer has been devoting a significant amount of time to working on this. One of the biggest problems they’ve encountered is how to power those power laces, especially because they don’t want to have to add a bulky battery pack.
In general, I’ve never been a big fan of late-night talk shows. The Daily Show is okay, Jimmy Fallon actually has some funny bits now and again, but Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Jay Leno, and even Conan O’Brien, those have just never been my thing. This one, however, I very well may have to put on my regular viewing schedule, as everyone’s favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, is getting his very own late-night talk show on the National Geographic Channel. (Actually, I won’t be tuning into this either, I just remembered we don’t get Nat Geo at my house, but I would if I could.)
Last year’s revamped Cosmos was so good that it’s hard to imagine this not being your new favorite show. It’s called Star Talk, by the way, and from what it sounds like, it’s going to be essentially a talk show version of his podcast of the same name. It will be science centric, of course, but still feature all kinds of popular culture influences, like interviews with celebrities and comedians as well as scientists. He even plans to give Bill Nye a one-minute rant about whatever he wants on each episode, and it will film in front of a live studio audience at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Yeah, this is going to be good.