Fringe Post Game: Anomaly XB-6783746

“Anything worth fighting for comes with a cost.” So says Nina Sharp (Blair Brown) in “Anomaly XB-6783746,” the tenth episode in the fifth and final season of Fringe. While the title is a reference to Michael (Roman Longworth), the pint-sized Observer that the team finally tracked down last week, Nina’s remark is an allusion to Walter (John Noble). She’s referring to Walter’s request to re-remove the pieces of his brain that were taken out then put back in.



Former Shield Producers Bash AMC Over Walking Dead Showrunner Change


It was a good news/bad news day for fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead. On the good side, the network officially announced that the show would be returning for a fourth season. The bad news, however, is that showrunner Glen Mazzara would be “parting ways” with the series after the end of the current third season. Why is that bad news? Well, for one thing Mazarra’s leadership is largely credited with the much-improved quality of the current season. Nearly as troubling is that this is the second showrunner to split from the series: Mazarra took over from The Mist director Frank Darabont, who left under less than friendly circumstances during the second season. Now two of Mazzara’s former colleagues from FX’s The Shield have come to the defense of their friend with harsh words about AMC.

The Shield’s Kurt Sutter and Shawn Ryan have gone on to produce shows such as FX’s biker drama Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s excellent but already-cancelled Last Resort, respectively. Sutter also has a history of blunt honesty, and he had previously lambasted AMC in the aftermath of Darabont’s departure. No surprise then that he didn’t pull any punches in the wake of Mazarra being shown the door from The Walking Dead. Here’s Sutter (some NSFW language):


Special Effects Storyboards From Blade Runner

Oh, Blade Runner. Considering how well Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi noir classic holds up, it’s amazing to think that the film is now 30 years old. A loose adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Blade Runner’s influence can be spotted in nearly every sci-fi movie that followed. An aesthetic homage is especially prevalent in 2012 releases like Cloud Atlas and the Total Recall remake.



Art For Cancelled Star Wars: Battlefront Online Game Makes Us Sad

There have been a lot of Star Wars video games over the years. That’s not surprising; there have been a lot of Star Wars everything over the years, from countless novels to comics, toys, spin-off shows, you name it. What is surprising, however, is how good some of those video games have been, especially since games based on a pre-existing property or franchise don’t always have a very good track record. Thankfully, the merger of Star Wars and video games has produced some truly memorable outings such as the Dark Forces games, Knights of the Old Republic, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (we’ll just pretend the sequel doesn’t exist…). One promising game that we never got to see come to fruition was Star Wars: Battlefront Online, a project that LucasArts canceled back in 2010. And while we’ll never know whether it would have been worthy to stand next to those other titles up there, a batch of leaked concept art for the game makes us wish it had made it to shelves.



Winter Is Coming In New Doctor Who Christmas Special Trailer

Christmas is almost upon us, with all that entails: family gatherings, gifts under the tree, spiked eggnog, and holiday cheer. But nevermind all that, I say bring on the Doctor Who Christmas special already! Yes, the annual tradition continues on Tuesday, December 25th, with Doctor Who’s latest holiday special, entitled “The Snowmen,” blowing onto TV screens both in the U.K. and here in the States (courtesy of BBC America). And whether your local weather serves up a white Christmas for you or not, the Doctor will have plenty of snow to spare. The only thing is, it may try to kill you.

The folks at BBC America have released a new trailer for “The Snowmen,” and it promises a lot of fun. We’ve got evil snowmen (voiced by Ian McKellen, no less), we’ve got new companion Clara looking lovely and plucky, and some kind of freaky ice lady. Clearly the Doctor will need to get over moping about the Ponds, because there’s business to be sorted.


Why Jason Reitman Endorses Looper For Best Screenplay Oscar


We all know the Academy of Arts & Sciences has a bias against science fiction movies. Sure, every now and then movies like District 9 and Inception are nominated for Best Picture and Best Screenplay Awards, but they are somehow are not taken as seriously as the “Oscar bait” movies like The King’s Speech and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. But Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman wants to change all of that with a ringing endorsement for Rian Johnson’s screenplay for Looper.

In Entertainment Weekly’s “Oscar histories” essay series; Jason Reitman gives his plea for the Academy of Arts & Sciences to take science fiction seriously. Reitman cites movies like Alien, Blade Runner, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Matrix as movies that revolutionized the way we watch movies, but whose screenplays weren’t recognized by the Academy. Here’s Reitman:

Looper isn’t a film about time travel. It isn’t a film about telekinetic powers. It isn’t about flying motorcycles or eye drop hallucinogens. It uses these concepts as well as any science fiction film I’ve seen, but it also knows the difference between a prop and a story. Time travel is a prop. Looper is about what your 55-year-old self would tell your 25-year-old self over a cup of coffee. It’s about finding love in the third act of your life. It’s about overcoming trauma and the idea of true sacrifice.