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Inception Mashup Theater: Christopher Nolan’s Dream Heist Merged With ‘50s Flicks, Fringe, And Serenity

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I remember in high school when a cinephile friend of mine spent days creating Star Trek and Babylon 5 music videos via linked VHS players. His results were damned impressive, but it’s a project that would have been so much easier these days. YouTube and ever-advancing home computer technology have created an explosion of so-called mashup videos, merging two unrelated movies or shows in a way that — hopefully — creates something uniquely cool in itself. We recently ran across the above video, created by YouTuber Krishna Shenoi, which reimagines Christopher Nolan’s Inception as a black-and-white ‘50s-style release, complete with over-enthusiastic text blurbs and a narrator that sounds like every bombastic trailer released prior to 1960. It’s a clever idea, but it’s also interesting to see modern, more naturalistic acting contrasted with the hyperbolic narration.

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J.H. Wyman Talks The Death Of Fringe And The Birth Of Almost Human

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AlmostHumanFringe fans may never get over the cancellation of their favorite sci-fi police procedural, some wounds never heal completely. Many of us, however, have hope that this fall TV season will bring us a little solace. If nothing else, we get Almost Human, a new show from J.J. Abrams and showrunner J.H. Wyman. While at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, Wyman discussed the death of one franchise, and the birth of another.

I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but if you’re a fan and haven’t watched the Fringe finale yet, you have really have no excuse. At the end, Walter (John Noble), has to travel to the future in order to stop those bald bastards the Observers from coming back and taking over the world. While it was a fitting, and selfless, sacrifice, many fans were bummed because he didn’t get to be part of the “happy family” with Olivia (Anna Torv), Peter (Joshua Jackson), and Henrietta. Talking about the conclusion, Wyman told TV Guide, “I’ll make you not sad…Walter is only happy when his brain is being challenged. Walter went to the future, and how to you know he didn’t find a way back once again?”

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Fox’s Almost Human May Give Fringe Fans The Fix They’re Looking For

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FringeFringe may be dead and gone, but it won’t soon be forgotten. A series of novels based on the embattled show are in the process of coming out. The first, The Zodiac Paradox, hit shelves back in May; the second, The Burning Man, drops at the end of July; and a third, Sins of the Father, will emerge in October. And then there’s Fox’s upcoming science fiction show Almost Human, which has promised to bring back some familiar faces from the sci-fi procedural.

Almost Human shares a strand of DNA with Fringe, as both were powered by the creative juices of J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman. And if Wyman has anything to say about it, the two shows will share a lot more than just production teams.

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Cross The Streams: The Hunger Games, Fringe, And More Come To Netflix Instant

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Let’s make a few things clear right away. We love theaters, we love television, and we love DVDs and Blu-rays. That said, we also love online streaming. And so we present this new weekly feature spotlighting the more important new science fiction-related releases of the past week from such sites as Hulu, Crackle, Redbox Instant, and the granddaddy of them all, Netflix. So without further ado, here is the best that legal streaming has to offer…

The Hunger Games The Hunger Games (Netflix)
This ridiculously popular first entry adapted from Suzanne Collins’ mega-hit franchise tore up theaters, making it the 13th highest grossing film of all time, not adjusting for inflation. Though the sequel will of course be bigger and better, Gary Ross’ efforts here are accommodating for almost all audience types. Boys like Jennifer Lawrence’s hottie heroine, girls like Liam Hemsworth, and someone probably likes Lenny Kravitz dressed like “Prince from outer space.” Chances are, you’re beyond sick of hearing about this flick, so just know that if you’re into watching kids beat the shit out of each other, watch Battle Royale. For slightly less violent urges, this is the film for you.

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Fringe Companion Book, September’s Notebook, Offers An Outside Perspective

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Just because Fringe is dead and buried doesn’t mean that fans will forget about it anytime soon. To further this end, Insight Editions is set to release a companion book called September’s Notebook later this month, on March 26th.

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Fringe’s Finest Hours: Brent’s Favorite Episodes Of Fox’s Sci-Fi Procedural

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It’s been almost a month since Fringe drew to a close. In remembrance of the show, gone much too soon, I wanted to look back at a few of my personal favorite moments, cases, and episodes. So here are a handful of particularly memorable episodes in roughly ascending order. By no means is this an exhaustive list, and if you asked me tomorrow, it might be completely different.

Snakehead

“Snakehead”
Season 2, Episode 9

Gross giant worms. Does anything else need to be said? When asked which Fringe moment creeped them out the most, multiple cast members cited the mutant nematode worms from “Snakehead” as giving them the willies like nothing else. Filming this actually made Joshua Jackson dry heave. This is one of the best creature episodes of the series.

Even with the high gross-out factor, there is an incredibly emotional component as well. When a stubborn Walter (John Noble) sets out on his own to look for clues on a case, he inadvertently puts Astrid (Jasika Nicole) and himself in danger. Watching the scientist, so brilliant in some areas, fumble around, unable to remember where he lives or his son’s phone number, is heartbreaking.