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Russell Crowe Says He Saw a UFO, But He Didn’t

And now, a shortlist of some of this century’s greatest thinkers: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Phil Plait, Steve Jobs, Richard Dawkins, Russell Crowe. Wait, something about that isn’t right. It’s probably Jobs, who was more of a marketing man.

In the early hours of March 6th, Russell Crowe took to Twitter and YouTube with a video that he claimed was of a UFO he caught on camera outside of his office in Woolloomooloo, New South Wales. He then spent the next few hours defending himself as people with their right mind attached politely debunked the shit out of his “evidence.” Take a look at the tweet below, then watch the video that follows. Hold off on judging him until the aliens slip the probe inside.

 

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MacBeth Made Accessible With CGI Robots

While William Shakespeare dealt quite a bit of fantasy out there, he wasn’t much of a science fiction guy. Thankfully, the years have given us plenty of science fiction adaptations of his work, and it’s a well that won’t soon run dry.

Uppity purists may consider thumbing their nose at The Robot Shakespeare Company for their recent adaptation of The Tragedy of MacBeth, because it replaces the dark horror of the dense tale with CGI robots. Obviously we here at Giant Freakin’ Robot stand behind this product, for giving robots something regal to do for a change, for inexplicably setting it in space, and for making the material accessible to younger people for whom Shakespeare is unintelligible without CliffsNotes. Those are still real, right?

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Antiviral Trailer Introduces Brandon Cronenberg’s Creepy Thriller

Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral premièred at the Cannes Film Festival last year, and on April 12th his debut picture finally hits U.S. shores, courtesy of IFC. From the look of this new domestic trailer, Brandon has inherited a great deal of his father’s (David Cronenberg, Videodrome, Scanners) penchant for creepy, disturbing imagery, and unsettling stories. The family Cronenberg certainly likes to make you squirm in your seat.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Portrait Posters

A few days ago, Lionsgate released a few new posters for the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. They centered on Panem’s fictional magazine, Capitol Couture, and a large photo spread of the Victory Tour from the upcoming film sequel.

These posters are a first look at some of the characters from The Hunger Games, including Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), and Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci). They also introduce new additions to franchise, including Beetee (Jeffery Wright), Johanna Mason (Jenna Malone), and fan-favorite Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin). Check out The Hunger Games: Catching Fire portrait posters below, also featuring Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), and Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson):

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Ron Moore’s Helix Is Coming To Syfy Later This Year

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Ron Moore is one of those guys whose names are unfamiliar to those outside of science fiction fandom, and is also one of those guys who is loved by many and abhorred by some, without much room for middle ground. His work on the Star Trek series The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, as well as the resurgence of Battlestar Galactica, have cemented him into sci-fi history, and now we’ll get a new show to judge him by.

Moore’s latest project, the germophobe’s nightmare Helix, has finalized a deal with Syfy for a straight-to-series order of 13 episodes, and has also found a showrunner in Steven Maeda (Lost). Going straight-to-series saves the show’s initial fanbase from having to get excited about a pilot being filmed, only to have the network inevitably drop it. But going to Syfy also saves the fanbase from being relevant to the rest of the world.

Helix, to be written by newcomer Cameron Porsandeh, centers on a team of scientists living in an Arctic research base where a possible disease outbreak has occurred, and the team must then investigate the problem and figure out a way to protect the rest of the world from certain doom. Somebody get these guys some Purell!

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After Earth Trailer Teases Heart-Stopping Thrills

With the release of Oblivion and After Earth, there are two post-apocalyptic sci-fi movies coming out this year. Now the second trailer for After Earth, starring Will and Jaden Smith, has arrived to give us a better look at what to expect. The latest film from director M. Night Shyamalan could be one of the biggest movies of the summer season…or it could be another strike against Shyamalan’s once-promising career. The trailer looks exciting, and it captures the father/son relationship aspects the film will surely center around. Check it out: