Transformers 4 Producer Confirms Dinobots, And Possible Titles Leak Online

DinobotsAs production gets underway on the fourth installment of the Transformers film franchise, there are still plenty of rumors surrounding what secrets the sequel might hold. A few days ago, a leaked call sheet hinted at an appearance by the the Dinobots, and their appearance has now been confirmed by one of the film’s producers. Moreover, newly registered URLs suggest several possible titles for the film, including Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura confirmed that Transformers 4 will indeed include the Dinobots during an interview with Beijing News. That story appears to be offline as of this writing, which may or may not mean anything. Here’s the quote:

I cannot disclose the specifics, but you can be sure that the joining of the Dinobots will give the audience new excitement. In addition to Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, the appearance of these classic roles changed, today the world’s coolest, most exciting cars will appear in the film, including China’s vehicles, whether you are a car enthusiast, you will feast your eyes and be shocked by them.


Star Trek Into Darkness/World War Z Double Feature Screenings This Week Only

DoubleFeatThe summer movie season is finally winding to a close, but Paramount is making one last play for the contents of your pocketbook by announcing special double-feature showings of Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z this week, and this week only. The price of one ticket will get you into both movies at participating AMC Theaters, Regal Cinemas, and other theater chains, good through this Thursday, September 5.

You can check to see if the double-feature is showing anywhere in your area at Paramount’s Ultimate Double Feature website. It is definitely a limited engagement, but if you’re in a major city chances are it’s probably available near you. (For reference, I’m in the Dallas area and it’s showing at one theater here.) The deal applies to 3D and 2D versions of the movies, depending on the theater.

While both movies have their passionate fans and detractors, Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z are definitely both flicks that benefit from being seen on the big screen. These are movies that traffic in spectacle, and spectacle just isn’t nearly as spectacular when it’s unfolding on the screen of your laptop, or even a decent-sized TV. Hell, even if you only want to see one of the two, it’s still a decent deal in this age of skyrocketing ticket prices. But if you get caught theater-hopping after you watch the one you like, remember to carry some extra cash to bribe the usher.


Looking For New Sci-Fi Apparel? Check Out These Dresses Made From Magnets.

metallic dressMy guilty pleasure TV show isn’t Under the Dome or Revolution (I only made it through two episodes of that one). It’s hard for this sci-fi geek to admit, but my go-to brainless television is Project Runway, a rare foray into reality TV for me. I’m hard-pressed to sew on a button, so I’m floored by what the contestants can make in such a short amount of time. By far the best challenges are the unconventional ones, where designers have to create a gown out of supplies from a hardware store or from foodstuffs. Fashion has long embraced the bizarre — avant garde couture is weird contemporary art — and more and more it has begun to adopt sci-fi, space, and technological components. So what do you get when you combine fashion and science?

Dresses like the ones made by Dutch designers Jolan van der Wiel and Iris Van Herpen. Their forthcoming collection features cosmic grey dresses that look like an outfit one might wear for a gala on the moon.


Riddick Returns And Futurama Bows Out: This Week In Science Fiction

FuturamaThis week marks both a major return and a major departure on the science fiction landscape. Riddick, which opens this Friday, resurrects a franchise that seemed to be well and truly dead after 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. Now director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel have conjured a second chance for Riddick, and if the movie is a success, they still have big plans for the character and the detailed universe they’ve created. Riddick definitely looks to be more of a return to basics, but plot hints suggest they haven’t entirely abandoned the Necromongers, Furyans, and the rest of it. Time will tell whether Riddick serves as the character’s big-screen swan song or a brave new beginning for a revived franchise.

Meanwhile, one of the more beloved genre shows of our time is taking its bows this week. Wednesday night Comedy Central will air the final episode of Futurama, wrapping up seven seasons, 14 years, and two separate cancellations. It’ll be bittersweet to see the final adventure for the time-lost Philip J. Fry and the rest of the Planet Express crew, but the show’s had a hell of a run. The final episode will have Fry proposing to Leela and one of Professor Farnsworth’s inventions mucking up the space-time continuum. I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up destroying all of reality, but I have a feeling they’ll once again demonstrate the writers’ talent for making us laugh and cry at the same time. So long, Futurama

Here’s what’s new This Week in Science Fiction!


Mysterious Lovecraftian Monument Appears On Oklahoma Restaurant Lawn

Azathoth monumentLast Friday, owners of the Paseo Grill in Oklahoma City arrived to work to find a three-foot-tall, 300-pound concrete monument on their front lawn. They don’t know where it came from or who put it there. Its jagged bottom suggests that it was ripped off a larger foundation, but how or by whom is unknown. (Hey, it sure beats the time my friend came home to find a toilet randomly sitting on her lawn.) The monument’s mysterious appearance is strange in and of itself, but stranger still is its inscription: “In the Year of Our Lord 2012 Crier Pipi claimed this land for Azathoth.” Well, okay.

The beginning is easy enough — this isn’t some ancient rock. But I don’t know who Crier Pipi is, and neither does Google. I don’t know if that’s a reference to a news bearer or town crier or just a reference to the French verb “to scream.” Just to make things eerie, I’ll vote for the latter. More interesting is the Azathoth reference — fans of H.P. Lovecraft will recognize the name as that of the god of chaos in Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos and Dream Cycle fiction.

Lovecraft, an early 1900s writer of what is sometimes simply called “weird fiction,” combined science fiction with cosmic horror, often plumbing the depths of the Earth, planets, and universe to write about forces and beings greater than, and even beyond the comprehension of, human beings. Lovecraft lived most of his adult live in Providence and died of cancer at the age of 47.


Benedict Cumberbatch Rumored For A Role In Star Wars: Episode VII


We’re all well aware by now that five days cannot go by without a Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumor or two, and that most of these announcements are meant to be taken with a margarita glass rim full of salt. So when the website Film Chronicles posts a story with “Benedict Cumberbatch is in Star Wars VII” as the headline, it seems like a high-profile shot in the dark. However, this isn’t a site that normally deals with flimsy conjecture. There may be something to this. Benedict Cumberbatch may actually be in the next Star Wars! Unless, you know, he isn’t.

A lot of noise has surfaced lately saying Lucasfilm will soon announce the first cast member for the upcoming Star Wars sequel, though it’s damned near impossible for anyone to get an official word on anything, as is typical with most J.J. Abrams projects. Getting Cumberbatch involved would be worth a huge announcement, unlike the other recent rumors about Alex Pettyfer and Rachel Hurd-Wood. If only Film Chronicles even hinted at the source for their news. Maybe a little midi-chlorian told them.