Robin Williams’ Voicework On Absolutely Anything May Be Absolutely Incomplete

robin williamsIt seems the world has slowly come to grips with Robin Williams‘ suicide, though the Mrs. Doubtfire-shaped hole in our hearts will forever live on. The actor had several upcoming films already finished when he died last week, but it’s possible his wackiest role may not have been completed in time. At least, according to Simon Pegg, star of Terry Jones’ upcoming sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything, who isn’t sure that Williams’ voice work was finished.

Speaking with The Telegraph, Pegg says, “I’m not sure Robin had completed doing his voice in that movie. He was doing the voice of my dog and I hope that he had completed it because it would be a real shame not to have him in it.” British distributors Lionsgate UK declined to comment on the story, which seems vaguely suspicious, but is not at all indicative of any one specific outcome. After all, this is just Pegg’s opinion, which doesn’t seem to be based on much beyond the fact that we definitely know he didn’t have a conversation that involved Robin Williams saying, “Yes, I surely finished everything.”


Super 7 Serves Up Retro Action Figures For Terminator, Back To The Future, And More

ReactionHere at GFR we’re all in favor of continuing to play with toys well beyond the age of respectability. After all, what’s the point of getting older and getting a job if not to buy all the cool shit your parents wouldn’t get you when you were a kid? So the idea of new action figures for SF favorites such as Alien, Terminator, and Back to the Future? Sign us up. If you’re similarly enthused, Super 7 and Funko’s line of “ReAction Figures” has you in its laser sights. Well, as long as you don’t mind your action figures being “the proper level of shitty.”

Hey, that’s not me throwing that word out there. Although, admittedly, we were less than impressed by Funko’s Firefly figures when we first saw them last February. In a world where action figures have become ridiculously intricate and detailed collectibles, the Funko Firefly figures didn’t look all that much like the show’s cast, and just generally looked…well, since the word is already out there, kind of shitty. But it turns out we may not have given them a fair shake, as the ReAction Figures are intended to be, according to Super 7 owner/creator Brian Flynn, a case of calculated shittiness.


Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: Week Of August 18, 2014

As much as we love science fiction on TV, on the big screen, on the comics page, and in video game form, there’s just something irreplaceable about digging into a good book. There’s no shortage of new sci-fi adventures hitting shelves on a regular basis, but GFR is your one-stop shop to keep up with what’s hitting shelves in a given week. Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!

Blackout“Blackout” by Tim Curran

In the midst of a beautiful summer, in a perfectly American suburban middle-class neighborhood, a faraway evil is lurking, waiting to strike the unsuspecting residents.

First come the flashing lights, then the heavy rains, high winds, and finally a total blackout. But that’s only the beginning…

When the whipping black tentacles fall from the sky and begin snatching people at random, the denizens of Piccamore Way must discover the terrifying truth of what these beings have planned for the human race.


Doctor Who Needs A New Companion As Jenna-Louise Coleman Calls It Quits

jenna-louise-colemanFans already knew that we are entering a time of great change for the BBC’s long running sci-fi adventure Doctor Who. When season 8 premieres next Saturday, August 23, we will get our proper introduction to Peter Capaldi’s 12th incarnation of the venerable Time Lord, and the tone will also take on a much darker tone. But those aren’t the only changes on the way, the Doctor is going to need a new travelling companion, as his latest, Jenna-Louise Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald, has quit and will hit the bricks by the end of the year.

The 28-year-old actress has decided to hang up her travelling shoes after just 18 months on the job and, according to the Daily Mirror, she will make her exit after what is described as a “sensational Christmas storyline.” Her exit will open up a new space alongside Capaldi’s new version of the Doctor, so there will be ample time to speculate on who could fill the void.


Guardians Of The Galaxy: Alternate Rocket Raccoon And A Look At A Surprise Guest

Alternate RocketMarvel’s latest attempt to take over the cinematic world, the deep space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy is full to bursting with outlandish characters, diverse distant worlds, and Easter eggs and cameos galore. That’s a big part of what makes it such a damn fun time at the movies. A newly unveiled collection of concept art shows off what Rocket Raccoon, the summer’s breakout character voiced by Bradley Cooper, could have looked like, as well as some artist’s visions of the strange planets the heroes visit. And Marvel also released an official look at an unexpected character that pops up in one of the obligatory post credits scenes.

Rocket may be a heavily armed, interstellar bounty hunter who is the result of illegal genetic experiments—not to mention his foul mouth and penchant for violence—but he’s also totally adorable and a legitimately great character. When he takes off his shirt and you see the leftover scars, you feel for him, and during a big emotional scene late in the movie, you’ve already developed a tight connection with the fuzzy little bastard and share his grief.


The Maze Runner: How Wes Ball Built The Perfect Maze On A Budget

The Maze RunnerIf you’re making a movie called The Maze Runner you damn sure better have an impressive maze, unless, you know, the maze is a metaphor for some sticky situation, like a tricky interpersonal relationship or an international espionage kind of situation. But thankfully in Wes Ball’s The Maze Runner an adaptation of James Dashner’s best selling young adult novel, we’re talking about a very real maze, and the production went to great lengths to create the perfect one.

The Maze Runner puts a Lord of the Flies twist on the popular dystopian teen YA genre. There’s a mysterious place called the Glade, populated by teenage boys who don’t know who they are, where they came from, or how they got here. Giant walls pen them in and open up every morning to reveal a sprawling, ever-changing maze, which holds they key to their escape. Every night the walls close up again, and you don’t want to be caught out there because it’s in the darkness that the monstrous Grievers come out to play. And they don’t play nice. When a new arrival, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien, Teen Wolf), shows up on the scene, things start to get all kinds of hectic.