Keri Russell Reveals Some Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Plot Details

Keri RussellWhen Rise of the Planet of the Apes was released in 2011, it was a surprise hit that no one was expecting to be good. Now that there are some expectations surrounding Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, can director Matt Reeves and company deliver a sequel that is as good as the first film? With everything we’ve been hearing about the project, there’s a strong possibility it will live up to expectations.

In an interview while promoting her new film Austenland, actor Keri Russell talked about reuniting with her Felicity director Matt Reeves for the new Apes sequel, and she actually revealed a few new plot details as well. While one group of humans are struggling to survive in the new post-apocalyptic world, a group of self-aware apes are coming into their own as the dominant species on the planet. Russell says:

I can tell you that it’s about ten years after Rise, the first one and, basically where we come is it that there’s been this virus outbreak and there’s very little of civilization alive. And the apes that are left don’t think there are any humans left and the humans don’t think there are any apes left and through a set of circumstances they meet up and it’s really about ‘Can the two communities exist together?’

I play one of the existing humans in the colony and I have some medical skills, although it’s not like I’m a big fancy doctor. Anyone who has any skill has now been… there’s no electricity, there’s no… so everyone uses every little bit of training that they have.


The Office’s John Krasinski Rumored To Be Joining Jurassic Park IV

John KrasinskiJurassic Park IV is slowly coming together for an unspecified 2015 release date. When Universal announced the film back in January, they were attempting to get the film into theaters in 2014. But now that the sequel film has some room to breathe, it’s refreshing to see a studio take their time with a project like Jurassic Park IV just so they can get it “right.” And the film’s director, Colin Trevorrow, has said that, “I actually want to make a kick-ass Jurassic Park movie.” Could one part of that kick-ass Jurassic Park movie involve…Jim from The Office?

According to MovieWeb, actor John Krasinski is up for a role in the new Jurassic Park sequel. The role would be “theme park workers in charge of ‘taming’ some of the dinosaurs.” Early reports suggested that Jurassic Park IV would take place in a fully working dinosaur theme park, which has become the #1 tourist destination in the world. While the park is also one of the safest, a new aquatic dinosaur breaks free and wreaks havoc. It’s not clear if Krasinski would play the lead in Jurassic Park IV, but the role is said to be similar to Dennis Quaid’s “Michael ‘Mike’ Brody” in 1983’s Jaws 3D.


Robert Heinlein Fans: Want To Own His Second-Best Bed?

Heinlein's bedAre you sure? Do you know who, or what, has been in there? Or is it the possibility that some alien or other creature slept in that bed that makes you want to buy it?

This is one of the stranger (yes, there’s a Heinlein pun for you) sci-fi news bits I’ve read in a while. The “second-best” bed of esteemed sci-fi author Robert Heinlein will soon be for sale. As with any bed, though, some history is in order to explain why this piece of furniture might sell for $1 million. Or maybe $10. Somewhere in there.

In 1974, Heinlein was pronounced the first Science Fiction Writers Grand Master (don’t worry, it’s far less Klan-ish than it sounds), and along with Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov, he comprises the triumvirate known as the “big three” of science fiction. He won four Hugo awards (Double Star, Starship Troopers — the book and the movie bear little resemblance to one another — Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress) and three Retro Hugos (Farmer in the Sky, The Man Who Sold the Moon, and Destination Moon), which are far cooler and come with bell bottoms.


Scientists Discover New Species Of Carnivorous Mammal

olinguitoScientists make all kinds of amazing discoveries, like the possibility of a new solid or the origins of most cancers. And while they often discover new species of insects, amphibians, or god knows what, new mammals are unusual to discover — especially carnivorous ones (kudos to all the veg-head mammals out there!) But for the first time in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years, that’s just what scientists have found.


Ewan McGregor May Return For Star Wars: Episode VII

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The closer we get to a production start date, the more we’ll hear about casting for Star Wars: Episode VII. The seventh installment in the Star Wars Saga is the most anticipated film of 2015, which is impressive considering the full slate of films coming out that year. Star Wars: Episode VII would be the first live-action Star Wars movie to be released in theaters since Revenge of the Sith in 2005. It seems like every actor who has ever appeared in a Star Wars movie wants to be cast in Star Wars: Episode VII. Now it appears like one of the stars from the prequel trilogy wants to return to “a galaxy far, far away.”

According to Latino Review’s inside sources, actor Ewan McGregor is in talks to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII for director J.J. Abrams. Kellvin Chavez from Latino Review continues to explain that Ewan McGregor would reprise his role as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Didn’t Obi-Wan Kenobi die as an old man played by Sir Alec Guinness in A New Hope?” Alec Guinness came back to The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as a Force ghost, and now it seems Ewan McGregor will also appear in Star Wars: Episode VII and the sequel trilogy as the same Midichlorian apparition.


Cloned Horses Allowed To Race And Zombie Worms Found In Antarctic

The animal kingdom is capturing all kinds of headlines this week, what with newly discovered carnivorous mammals making cloud forests all the more frighteningly cuddlesome. But those guys aren’t quite as disturbing as the zombiezombie worms terrorizing the Antarctic floor. More on them later, because we’re going to talk about how cloned horses can legally race now. (It’d be really nice if someone could figure out a way to make the above paragraph translate into one of Nostradamus’ quatrains.)

Since 2007, a small number of members from the American Quarter Horse Association, one of the largest horse breeding groups in the country, have been trying to get a rule change on allowing horses or relatives of horses created by cloning to be allowed registration into the group. This week, U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson ordered the AQHA to change its policies, allowing the cloned horses into the mighty ranks of their non-genetically-altered money-making brethren. While the MLB is up to its metaphorical eyeballs in athletes getting popped for performance-enhancing drugs, horse racing will soon see science-based creations get the red carpet laid out for them. Obviously those two instances aren’t directly related, but it strikes an odd chord. Can you imagine once people get into the genetic modification game?

The decision doesn’t come without some backlash, of course. The privately-run AQHA, home to 280,000 members and over 750,000 animals, are appealing the ruling, claiming their rules are lawful and that cloned horses do nothing to improve the bloodline of the breed and could potentially narrow the gene pool down, causing worse genetic diseases to occur. Robinson will likely sign the documents later this week, and it’ll be another 30 days before it will go into effect. So the AQHA better hope that appeal goes through almost immediately.