Guardians Of The Galaxy International Trailer Doesn’t Need Pop Songs To Wow You

Is it just me, or does the advertising campaign for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy seem like its main goals are “presenting the titular team in as individualized ways as possible” and “totally hiding Karen Gillan’s Nebula and Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser.” Those tactics were definitely on display in the film’s new international trailer, which has its fair share of eye-popping new footage and an all-around lack of classic rock songs. They just keep getting better and better, and I don’t see myself getting tired of them any time soon. Will August 1 never arrive?

Guardians of the Galaxy has mostly centered its promos around a balance of sarcastic humor and CGI-filled action, but this clip takes almost a full minute before we get a line that even resembles snark, and the story’s dramatic tone is pushed to the forefront. Peter Quill’s childhood involved getting put into a spaceship and leaving Earth, a fate that doesn’t often befall today’s youth, and he grows up to become a renegade galactic hero/thief called Star-Lord, whose destiny involves teaming up with two anthropomorphic thugs, a murderer, and a maniac. Together, they must try to save the universe from a most deadly threat named Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), who is pretty pissed that Quill stole a powerful orb. Karen Gillan plays Ronan’s smooth-headed henchwoman, and Quill is joined by Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (Vin Diesel), and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper). Fortunately, everyone but Gillan seems to get at least one extra second or so of screentime in this trailer.


Tesla Model X On Track For 2015 And Its Patent Belongs To Us

tesla model xI’m so obsessed with SpaceX that sometimes I forget Elon Musk has another company (or six) to run. Tesla Motor Company is no slouch — despite a couple pesky fires, the Tesla Model S electric car is generally regarded as one of the safest and greenest vehicles around. And the next generation is coming — Tesla recently announced that its Model X will be available next year.

Customers have been putting down deposits of anywhere from $5,000-$40,000 for Model X for a couple of years, and initially it was scheduled to be in production by late last year. The delay arose when Tesla decided to focus on expanding sales of the Model S to Europe and Asia. But the wait seems to have been worth it, as the Model X looks pretty spiffy, and not much more expensive than the Model S. For me, the rear seat “falcon wings” are a big sell — who wouldn’t want to pretend they’re stepping into a time machine when getting into a car? Sure, that makes putting stuff on the roof pretty tough, but that’s what the optional third row of seats is for. The Model X also has two motors and four-wheel drive, and its battery pack will resemble that of the Model S, which ranges from 208-265 miles.


High School Senior Invents Spinal Implant For Scoliosis Sufferers

harry paulTime for our latest segment of kids these days making us feel like slackers. Although it’s good to know that it’s not always the other way around. The latest case in point is Harry Paul, a high school senior in Long Island, New York, who recently invented a spinal implant to help treat scoliosis, which Paul has endured for his whole life.

Throughout his life, Paul has had over a dozen spinal surgeries, so when he decided to enter the Intel Science and Engineering Fair (the same fair that awarded a a top prize to a new LED charger that may soon revolutionize smartphone batteries), he saw a great opportunity to try and address the shortcomings of current scoliosis treatments so other kids “won’t have to go through the same ordeal that [he] went through.” Paul was born with scoliosis, a lateral curvature in the spine resembling the shape of an “S.” While scoliosis can result from bone, muscle, or nerve-related abnormalities, or from traumatic injuries, most types of scoliosis are idiopathic, having no identifiable cause. That type of scoliosis most often surfaces during adolescence, affecting 2-3% of American teenagers. While braces are often used, especially for less extreme cases, they can only stave off the curvature for so long. Surgery is regarded as the more permanent option, but as Paul can attest, isn’t a one-shot deal.


Twilight Zone Comic-Con Exclusive Action Figures Are Submitted For Your Approval

TZToysThere are a lot of reasons to go to San Diego Comic-Con. Getting to see footage from all the hottest upcoming movies and TV shows. Maybe getting to meet some of your favorite celebrities and stage the perfect Instagram shot. The sheer spectacle of the massive Hall H presentations. But for collectors of various stripes, there’s one other irresistible bait: exclusives. If you fall into that category, or you’re just a fan of Rod Serling’s classic The Twilight Zone, these exclusive action figures from Bif Bang Pow! and Entertainment Earth may well have you salivating.

If you’re a regular GFR reader and these look familiar, it’s because we originally reported on these figures back in March — one version of them, anyway. That incarnation of them has them rendered in stark black and white, just as they originally appeared in Serling’s creepy creation. You can still pre-order those, and they’re due for release in August. These colorized versions will be available exclusively at the Entertainment Earth booth on the Comic-Con floor (booth #2343). Aside from the whole “exclusive” bragging rights, they’ll also let you reveal to all your friends that, whaddya know, that gremlin on the wing was green all along! Which doesn’t make it any less goofy looking, but there you are.


Aliens Recreated In Legos Is The Only Way To Be Sure That Everything Is Awesome

KaboomOh, Legos. Is there anything you can’t do? I’m not sure what it is about the blocky little yellow guys that lend themselves to recreating iconic things, scenes, and characters in charming and awesome ways. But I do know it works marvelously when the original subject matter involves swear-happy Colonial Marines, children in dire peril, and acid-blooded xenomorphs whose hobbies include ripping themselves out of your midsection. Thankfully the folks from Missing Brick have given us precisely that, giving James Cameron’s Aliens the Lego makeover we never knew it needed.

I love the sheer amount of detail they’ve put into these. They got the hair right on Lego Ripley!


Cross The Streams: World War Z, Doctor Who, And Blade Runner

It’s hot, guys. Therefore, instead of sticking around trying to introduce this column like a genial professional, I’m going to stand under a cold shower while wearing ice overalls. Sorry for the visual, but this giant list of streaming releases should earn me some forgiveness.

Here’s what’s new in streaming science fiction!

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world war zWorld War Z (Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime)
Brad Pitt, millions of CGI-enhanced zombies, and a complete disregard for Max Brooks’ novel of the same name. That, in a nutshell, is Marc Forster’s somewhat surprising blockbuster World War Z. I mean, you could also talk about all the production problems and the bloated budget, but it’s not necessary. It’s a pretty awesome action movie, though there’s not a lot going on around the action. If you really want your undead fix, you can watch the unrated version on Netflix.