The Divergent Series: Insurgent Offers Hope, War, And Peace In These Motion Posters

InsurgentStill hoping that The Divergent Series can fill the void that The Hunger Games is leaving as it wraps up, Summit Entertainment is doing their best to hype the upcoming second installment, Insurgent. (You’re probably either psyched for this movie or not.) To further their goal, the studio has released these five new animated character posters.

Insurgent picks up in the wake of the first film, and finds heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley) looking for both answers and allies in the ruins of a post-apocalyptic Chicago. She and Four (Theo James) are on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the ruling Erudite faction, and they need to find out why her family sacrificed themselves and why they are so dangerous. “Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.”


Star Wars: The Force Awakens Features This British Actress

Leanne BestThough filming for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in the books, that doesn’t mean we’re not going to get glimpses and peeks behind the curtain now and again. We know the main core of the cast, but in a movie of this size, there are bound to be tons of other roles, filled by tons of other actors, and as we creep ever closer to the December 18 release date, some of these have started to step out of the shadows and into the daylight. For example, we learned recently that three actors from Gareth Evans’ The Raid movies have some as yet undefined role, and now we learned that another British actress has a part in the film.

Yahoo UK came across an email, sent from British television outlet ITV, hyping their show Home Fires. It mentions cast member Leanne Best, and how in 2015 she will be seen in “J.J. Abrams highly anticipated Star Wars VII.” Best recently appeared in The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, where she plays the title character, and can also be seen in the drama Ripper Street.


Star Trek 3 Is Being Written By One Of Its Stars, Details Here

star trek into darknessThis is not exactly the name that we expected to hear connected to the writing job on Star Trek 3, but it could be awesome. It is being reported that, now that Justin Lin has taken over as director, Simon Pegg will co-write the script with Doug Jung.

Though he’s most recognized for his efforts in front of the camera, Pegg has an impressive resume as a writer as well. His highest profile work is obviously with Edgar Wright on the Three Flavours trilogy—Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End, though their collaboration goes all the way back to Spaced—but he also wrote Paul, Run, Fat Boy, Run, and many more. Deadline reports that Pegg, who already plays Scotty in the revamped franchise, steps into the role after Roberto Orci was ousted as his duties as writer and director in the wake of disagreements with Paramount over the direction of the film.


J. Michael Straczynski Is Adapting This Iconic Sci-Fi Book Trilogy For Television

MarsTrilogyThe sci-fi TV renaissance just won’t stop. HBO and Jonathan Nolan are adapting Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series. The newly reinvigorated Syfy is working on small-screen versions of James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse, John Scalzi’s Ghost Brigades, Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End, and Robert Charles Wilson’s Spin, to name just a few. Spike TV isn’t a network we would have expected to jump on this bandwagon, but a few months back word broke that they were adapting Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars trilogy. We were already intrigued, but our interest level just shot through the roof because Deadline reports that the man writing the script will be Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski.

Robinson’s Red Mars was first published in 1993, and was followed by Green Mars in 1994 and Blue Mars in 1996. Collectively they chronicle the colonization and terraforming of the Red Planet over the course of two centuries and from many different viewpoints. Between them, the books collected a boatload of Hugos, Nebulas, and Locus Awards. Vince Gerardis, co-executive producer of HBO’s Game of Thrones, is producing Spike’s Red Mars series, and Robinson himself is onboard as a consultant.


Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #7 Brings The Eternal Dogfight To Earth

Doctor WhoTitan Comic’s Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor has been all over the place quality wise. Every time it takes a step in the right direction, the next issue takes two back, or at least diagonally. In fact, the last issue, the sixth in the run, was literally a story told backwards, from end to beginning, in a gimmick that was just cheap and aggravating—it begins with the death of a key character, only pull an, “Oh, he’s not really dead” move that leaves a bad taste.

More than the other continuing Doctor Who titles, The Eleventh Doctor has been prone to cramming a single arc into each individual issue, making them too short and shallow to have much impact. So knowing right away that Issue #7, “Eternal Dogfight,” is the first installment of a two-part adventure makes you aware that this is going to be bigger, longer arc. That’s reassuring, providing more space to lay the groundwork and get you invested in the story. And the result is…mixed.


The Walking Dead Companion Series Plays On Your Knowledge Of What’s To Come

zombie fenceThe second half of season 5 of The Walking Dead is quickly shuffling our way (it’ll be here before you know it), but in the meantime we’ve been hearing a number of intriguing new details about the upcoming companion series, Cobalt. The other day we saw some excerpts from the script of the first episode, which shed some light on the setting and plot, and now there’s even more to learn.

Just a heads up, there may be some potential spoilers for Cobalt beyond this point.