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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Originally Had A Different Ending, Of Course

If you haven’t seen Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes yet, we’re ape-palled at you, but know that there are SPOILERS ahead.

dawn of the planet of the apesDawn of the Planet of the Apes, for the most part, is one of the most beautiful blockbusters to hit the screen in a while, and delivers a simple but poignant story of a sympathetic ape whose best intentions are only as good as those of the apes around him. (Plus some human stuff.) Its ending is bittersweet and kind of an emotional downer, but it’s blissfully far away from the smash-cut teaser endings that most franchise movies choose to go with. And so it’s no surprise that a completely different ending was planned.

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Weird Al Yankovic & Sci-Fi: A Perfect Match Made In Albuquerque

Given how smoothly the fanbases of science fiction and “Weird Al” Yankovic groove together, it’s a wonder his main appearance on Giant Freakin’ Robot has been as part of an Epic Rap Battle video. That’s getting remedied in a big way as we celebrate the release of his 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun, which hits stores and retailers today, July 15. (If you haven’t seen his newest video, “Tacky,” poking fun at Pharrell’s “Happy,” then you’re doing it wrong.)

Below are the parody genius’ contributions that veer into the realm of science fiction. Some are classics. Some are lesser-remembered ditties. They’re all better than whatever is on the radio right now.

“Jurassic Park”
We might as well start with the best, right? A parody of the schlock-ridden 1968 hit “MacArthur Park,” Weird Al’s “Jurassic Park” told a simple story of a man being chased by dino abominations of science. This Claymation video is one of Weird Al’s best, as created by Scott Nordlund (The PJ’s) and Mark Osborne, co-director of Kung Fu Panda. I remember liking it more than Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park at the time. Was it the best song on Alapalooza? Sorry. That prize goes to “Bohemian Polka.”

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Ethan Hawke Time Travels Through Pictures In International Predestination Poster

predestinationIndependent sci-fi movies often take ages to get from the conception stage to the audience’s eyeballs, much like their big-budget counterparts, only with paltry marketing and release dates that come soon after their announcements. It’s a waiting game any way you look at it, and we’ve been looking at the time-traveling mindbender Predestination for around two years now, with still no sign of when Stage 6 Media will announce a domestic release date. Luckily, distribution company Screen Australia has finally released the first real poster for Predestination, and it’s almost as busy as the film’s storyline.

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Movie Review: The Congress Fails To Deliver On Its Initial Promise

The CongressThe opening shot of Ari Folman’s (Waltz With Bashir) The Congress is the single best part of the movie. Harvey Keitel’s silver-tongued Hollywood agent Al talks off screen while the camera focuses solely on Robin Wright (The Princess Bride). Playing a version of herself—that is, an actress named Robin Wright—the long take is nothing but her reactions. It’s like she’s giving a demonstration of how to act. There’s nothing huge, every move is so subtle that you almost miss them, but she conveys an incredible range of emotion and feeling. She’s mesmerizing, and from this moment on all you want is to watch her to see what she does next. The problem with this live-action/animation hybrid is that it is a slow, steady downhill slide from this beginning.

Loosely based on Stanislaw Lem’s novella The Futurological Congress, Wright sells her image to Miramount Studio—this is where the future of movies are going—to do with as they like. Once they scan her expressions, body, and emotions, the execs can, and do, simply plug her computer-generated likeness into any vapid blockbuster they please. 20 years later she attends the Futurological Congress in an animated zone and the film turns into a Day-Glo version of Heavy Metal full of empty philosophical asides. There are multiple jumps in time, utopias where you can become whatever you want, and insurgents with an anti-technological bend.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes: The Discussion Continues

PoA_THUMBRemember how skeptical you were before Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened in 2011? It was hard not to be with the lingering taste of Tim Burton’s 2001 attempt to reboot Planet of the Apes still hanging around after a decade. Well, this weekend, Matt Reeves and 20th Century Fox delivered the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, to wild success on just about every level you can imagine. The special effects are a triumph, critics are losing their mind over the film—there are some that don’t adore it, but there aren’t many who hate it—and it also managed to earn $73 million over the course of its opening weekend, not bad.

Brent totally loved the movie, while Nick only strongly enjoyed it, and earlier today they got together to break it down. It should go without saying that there are SPOILERS ahead, but we’re going to say it anyway, beware, there are SPOILERS beyond this point. Read on if you dare.

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Chris Carter Is Planning A Long Run For Amazon’s The After

CarterWhen news first broke last year that X-Files creator Chris Carter was returning from his long retirement with a new Amazon pilot called The After, we were more than a little excited. After all, this is the guy responsible for one of the defining science fiction series of the last several decades, and he’s been out of the limelight since 2008’s humdrum X-Files movie sequel I Want to Believe. On the other hand, X-Files’ last few seasons were wildly uneven, and I Want to Believe just made me want to forget it exists. Will The After return Carter to fighting shape like we’re hoping? Well, he certainly seems optimistic about his chances, as he’s apparently planning on the show running 99 episodes. As in “91 episodes longer than its current Amazon order.”