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This Z For Zachariah Clip Dances While The World Burns

The Sundance Film Festival is the marquee gathering for independent cinema on American shores, and the fest kicked off in earnest last night, unveiling the unique, powerful, and unusual movies we’ll be talking about for the next year. Tucked in among the dramas and character studies, there’s always a handful of interesting takes on science fiction, and one of the ones we’re most excited to see this year is Z for Zachariah. And if you, like us, don’t happen to be in Park City for the premiere, this is your first look at the post-apocalyptic drama.

Z for Zachariah is based on Robert C. O’Brien’s novel of the same name. Written at the height of the cold war, it’s a very 1970s/1980s style of post-apocalyptic fiction. There are no zombies or global pandemics to contend with, this is an old-fashioned nuclear apocalypse, and considering the Doomsday Clock just ticked one notch closer to midnight, it feels especially pressing right now.

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A Walking Dead Crossover May Happen Before The Spinoff Even Hits The Air

the walking deadThe Walking Dead is always a hot topic, but as AMC’s hit zombie series is on its annual midseason hiatus, there’s been a lot of news about the upcoming spinoff, maybe titled Cobalt, but more recently being referred to as Fear the Walking Dead (its unclear, however, if this is the series name or the title of the pilot episode). This latest story involves both of these shows and how they may crossover, even before the companion series hits the airwaves.

There may be some spoilers beyond this point. Just a head’s up.

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This Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Red Band Trailer Violates The Laws Of Space And Time

Yeah, maybe don’t watch this new red band Hot Tub Time Machine 2 trailer while you’re at work, or if there are small children prone to repeating things in earshot. You don’t want them to expand their vocabulary like this. Unless you have headphones, you can probably get away with it then, and your coworkers won’t be able to hear the swears and blowjob jokes. They will, however, still be able to see naked women and excessive drug use—you’d expect nothing less from a Hot Tub Time Machine movie. Pick your spots is all I’m saying.

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These Two Project Almanac Clips Throw Teens Back Through Time

January closes out with the found footage time travel joint Project Almanac, and despite rushing to excise a controversial bit of footage from the film and trailers (it shows a real life plane crash that traumatized the families of some of the casualties), Paramount insists than the film will be ready for theaters a week from today, on January 30. Now in the final promotional push, the studio has released two new clips to give you a better idea of what to expect.

The basic premise of the story is that a group of teenage friends discover one of their fathers created a time travel device. Being impetuous youngsters, they, of course, use this technology wisely and responsibly, by travelling back and doing things like wining the lottery, exacting revenge against those who have wronged them, and generally having a grand time. As you can imagine, after a honeymoon period, things take a dark and treacherous turn.

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Watch Al Pacino Blast Greedo As Han Solo In This Star Wars Spoof

The history of Hollywood if full of “What Ifs.” What if Freddie Prinze Jr. was Spider-Man? What if Jeremy Irons played Hannibal Lector? What if Carey Grant was the first James Bond? What if Johnny Depp landed the part of Ferris Beuller? What if Eric Stoltz stayed Marty McFly? The list of such now outlandish seeming scenarios, where another actor almost played an iconic role, is damn near endless. One of the most intriguing of these is the possibility that Al Pacino could have been Han Solo. If you’ve ever wondered what that might look like, with Pacino bringing a little Scarface style menace to the role, check out this animated clip.

Just a warning if you’re watching this at work, keep the volume low, there’s a swear.

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Here’s How Project Almanac Pissed Off The Air Force

project almanacYou don’t generally expect a teen-centric, found footage, time travel movie to ruffle too many feathers, but the upcoming Project Almanac his managed to piss off the Air Force. One scene features footage of a plane crash that looks very similar to that of a 1994 B-52 crash, and the families of those killed in the accident have asked that Paramount remove the clip.

In a scene featured in the Michael Bay-produced film, characters watch a news clip of a plane crash, presumably caused by their messing around with the timeline. According to the Air Force Times, the footage is “nearly identical” to that of a crash at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington which killed four officers.