Anticipation for Series 7 of BBC’s sci-fi adventure Doctor Who is building and building, even though there is no official release date yet. The Doctor (Matt Smith in this incarnation) has been in some sticky situations over the years, but the one depicted in this brief teaser trailer for the season premiere, “Asylum of the Daleks,” is sure to be one of the strangest you’ve seen. If nothing else this is going to set you on edge until the Series 7 begins.
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The web series Trailers From Hell features directors talking about their favorite movie trailers. In the latest entry in the series, director Adam Rifkin (Welcome to Hollywood, Detroit Rock City) talks about James Cameron’s 1984 film, The Terminator, and how the movie showed him a different side of the city of Los Angeles after he moved there from Chicago. Check out the video…
It has been noted a time or two, here and elsewhere, that the main plot in Pete Travis’ upcoming sci-fi adventure Dredd sounds an awful lot like that of Gareth Evans’ The Raid: Redemption. That is, the main characters are trapped in a high-rise slum controlled by a crime lord, and have to fight their way to the top. Surely the similarities are coincidence, but who really cares. It’s a great idea, and if Dredd pulls this set up off half as well as The Raid, then we’re in for a damn fine time come September.
If you had any doubts that the two films in question share parallel stories, a new clip should convince you. An almost identical scene happens in The Raid (which, if you haven’t seen, stop whatever you’re doing, and watch it, that film is bananas).
It looks like it’s really going to happen. The long-awaited fourth film in the Mad Max franchise is currently in production and more set photos of Mad Max: Fury Road are being leaked to the Internet. I’d like to think director George Miller is intentionally leaking them to prove Mad Max: Fury Road is finally being made.
The photos, which originally popped up on collider reveal new badass post-apocalyptic vehicles, weapons, and costumes from the upcoming re-imagining of the 1979 cult-classic. Mad Max: Fury Road started production on July 9th in Africa after long delays due to flooding in Broken Hill, Australia, the film’s original shooting location.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since Star Trek: The Next Generation first graced television screens. And while the Trek franchise has gone on through many movies, several spin-offs, and an outright “re-imagining,” but back in 1987 it took some fans a while to be convinced that a new Trek series was a good thing. After all, this was the first new Trek on TV since 1969. And who was this bald British guy with the French name? This was their idea of a worthy successor to Kirk? Turns out fans weren’t the only ones who didn’t know what to think of Picard; Michael Dorn was skeptical of his casting at the time, too.
In an interview with Hero Complex, Dorn admits that he was, like many fans, first comparing Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard to William Shatner’s iconic performance as James Tiberius Kirk. “I was skeptical when I met Patrick [Stewart] and saw him,” says Dorn. “I thought, ‘Well, this isn’t Kirk. This isn’t even near Kirk.’ But once I started acting with Patrick I knew immediately it was the perfect decision.”
Director Terry Gilliam is finally working on a new movie. Although it has only been three years since The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, it seems like it has been decades since Gilliam has delivered a memorable movie. In the past, Gilliam’s projects have gone over-budget, over-schedule or overall disastrous, so it’s refreshing to hear the visionary director speak positively about his new project The Zero Theorem.
In an interview, Gilliam speaks about the comedy and symbolism of his new sci-fi epic. When compared to his 1996 film 12 Monkeys, Gilliam wants The Zero Theorem to be funnier than the dark synopsis would suggest. It also sounds like the film will be a cautionary tale about the dangers of organized religion and government institutions, similar to his 1985 film Brazil. Gilliam reveals details about The Zero Theorem’s protagonist, Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz)…
The main character is literally living in this burnt-out chapel which one could take as a metaphor for old beliefs and old systems. He’s a computer genius but he’s just sitting there waiting for a phone call, which he’s hoping will give meaning to his life…. It really is about relationships, and discovering what’s really important in life.
Gilliam continues to speak highly of the film’s lead by stating what has to be conveyed in the limited space of the chapel setting, two-thirds of The Zero Theorem will take place in this chapel so the performances have to be powerful for the film to work.