Choose Your Own Adventure In These Project Almanac TV Spots

Now that it’s 2015, prepare yourself for an entire year’s worth of Back to the Future 2 jokes and people lamenting the fact that we don’t have hoverboards. But if you’re into time travel movies, you’re in luck, because January has a couple to choose from. The Spierig Brothers’ Predestination drops next week, and later this month, the found footage time jumping adventure Project Almanac opens, and that film just released a ton of new TV spots.

The story follows a group of high school friends who discover that one’s father designed and built a time machine. Being impetuous teens, they use the newly discovered device to get up to all kinds of mischief. As with stories of this ilk, everything starts off all sunshine and puppy dogs, only to take a dark, serious turn as unforeseen consequences pile up around them. As an aesthetic choice, the found footage thing is hit and miss and will likely turn some viewers off, but if nothing else, story wise, Project Almanac at least seems like it’s trying to do something different.


Neill Blomkamp Was Working On An Alien Movie, Check Out This Concept Art

Blomkamp AlienNeill Blomkamp has a history of ambitious projects that don’t quite pan out. He’s delivered movies like District 9 and Elysium, and his robot-themed outsider story Chappie opens up this year, but there was also that big studio adaptation of Halo that never came together, among others. It looks like we can add another potentially awesome film to the pile of things that will never happen, as Blomkamp was apparently working on an Alien movie (in what capacity we’re not sure), and recently posted some concept art from the abandoned project.

Blomkamp shared this art and information on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, and while he was definitely working on something, it doesn’t appear that this was anything that was ever going to happen, or anything that involved the studio in any way. In fact, it seems like he was just doing this for kicks, and in that regard this feels like fan art. But really awesome fan art. I don’t entirely know what’s going on, but I like what I see.


Watch Lightsaber Accessories Get Out Of Hand In This Animated Star Wars Parody

Since the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer arrived just after Thanksgiving, there has been almost nonstop back and forth chatter about broadsword-looking lightsaber wielded by the hooded character we now know as Kylo Ren. One of the concerns is that those new add-ons, while they may look totally badass, might not be the most practical enhancement. If these are indeed new additions, it also makes you wonder what other things folks have added to lightsabers over the years, and this new animated video imagines this idea played out to the ridiculous extreme.

There was one rumor floating around about this weapon a while back, and the more I think about it, the more it starts to make sense. We heard that this particular weapon isn’t new but is in fact very old, one of those Sith relics that one character, we don’t know who exactly, may collect. If that turns out to be the case, this is likely a design that was abandoned, probably for many of the reasons people have thrown out there. It could also explain why the blade is all wonky and ragged, perhaps this is simply very old and doesn’t work quite as well as it once did.


2015 Wish: Futurama Will Live Again, Someway, Somehow


Dammit, America. I let myself believe that I was done with Futurama for a little while. After the finale, which I found one of the more poignant pieces of (primetime) American animation, there was a shiny metal ass-weight lifted off of my chest, as I thought this always wonderful series was actually gone for good. And then that somber albatross was gloriously vanquished from my sky with the solid crossover episode with The Simpsons, and then there was rumorish talk about the show possibly returning. And now there’s an itch that only another season can scratch. 2015, do this.

I’ve now gone full-frontal Hedonismbot with my boner for more Futurama in the future. Addictions are normally fueled by knowing the substance of choice is already out there in the world, waiting for you to come and grab a hold of it at whatever cost. Being addicted to Futurama is like playing craps with marshmallows. When you’re hot, it all just sticks to your hand. That doesn’t make sense, because being addicted to Futurama doesn’t make sense. But this is how this series’ lifespan has led fans to behave.


2015 Wish: Ridley Scott, Please Don’t Make Any Sequels

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We’ve made some Christmas wishes recently here at Giant Freakin’ Robot, but I can’t trust this wish with only one mere holiday. I need to use up an entire year of days, or possibly even a decade, in order to make this one come true. For my wish is for director Ridley Scott to go the rest of his career without going forward with a sequel to any of his films. And if my nickname of Ridley “One and Done” Scott would catch on, that would be cool, too.

Scott is currently in production on one of my most anticipated features of 2015 (or whenever it actually comes out), an adaptation of Andy Weir’s stellar sci-fi novel The Martian. It’s a film that fits into his wheelhouse quite well, as it takes an epic-scale story and brings it down to a human level. But just because Scott has a wheelhouse doesn’t mean he’s always successful with the results, and he’s got enough solid flicks on his resume that any project he talks about gets mass amounts of attention. He’s been talking a lot about extending the story of both a genre classic, Blade Runner, and what is already a pseudo-sequel, Prometheus.


Comic Review: Star Trek & Planet Of The Apes: The Primate Directive #1

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2014 was arguably The Year of the Crossover Event, with mash-ups happening all over the small screen with superheroes and animated comedies, as well as in the comic book world. And now we have the first issue of Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive, the new series from the pop culture loving folks at IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios. The best way that someone could describe this comic is “Planet of the Apes meets Star Trek…” and then just shrug and smile as if you’re the only one in the room.

But really, this is a Star Trek comic — a delightful one, mind you — that has some damned dirty apes right at the beginning and right at the end, in true Issue #1 fashion. That’s my only problem with this particular release, that it didn’t come out as either a double issue or that this story wasn’t told in graphic novel form. But considering my reasoning behind this is to get a lot more of this story, I guess I can’t fault it. I’m beamed up and whatnot.