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Art Show Imagines Blade Runner 2054 And Other Sequels That Never Were

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Science fiction film history is filled with fascinating projects that never quite came together, a steady stream of “what if?” projects in a genre fixated and propelled along by that very question. We’re talking about Steven Spielberg’s Night Skies, the batshit-crazy project that evolved into E.T.; or Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune, or a William Gibson-scripted Alien 3. Those daydream speculations about movies we wish were real is at the heart of Los Angeles art gallery iam8bit’s new show “Sequel.” Described as “part tribute and part cultural commentary,” the show opens this week at the gallery on Sunset Boulevard, and features a ton of artists creating poster art for films that never were, such as Blade Runner 2054 (art by Cory Schmitz).

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Cross The Streams: The Tomorrow People, The Fountain, And Contact Now Streaming

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Even though you guys will probably be busy with the Pacific Rim Blu-ray that came out today, there are a few things popping up online that just might make you want to Cross the Streams when you’re done with all those giant freakin’ robots. (But please don’t be done with this Giant Freakin’ Robot, as we have bills to pay and DVDs to buy.)

the tomorrow peopleThe Tomorrow People (Hulu Plus)
As the second revival of the 1970s children’s sci-fi series, The CW’s The Tomorrow People really needed to do something different to distinguish itself from its predecessors, as well as the “young beautiful people having out-of-this-world problems” that can easily describe every other series currently airing on the CW. Does it succeed? Well, it definitely doesn’t look or play different from similar genre shows, given its a group of people with special powers who are being chased by an evil organization, but that doesn’t make it inherently uninteresting. It’ll take some time for me to get used to Robbie Arnell as a lead character, but I do enjoy Mark Pellegrino as the ethically challenged bad guy in almost anything. Hulu will be hosting the entire series, so if you’ve got too much going on during Wednesday night primetime, you’ll never have to miss an episode.

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Darren Aronofsky Reflects On The Fountain’s Box Office Failure

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It’s a sad truth that successful creatively doesn’t always mean successful financially. In fact, in our reboot/remake-obsessed culture right now, it seems that originality is punished, rather than celebrated, and not even our beloved genre of science fiction can dodge that bullet. Just this past year, we’ve seen numerous unique, intriguing SF films — including John Carter, Dredd 3D, and Cloud Atlas — receive chilly receptions. (Although John Carter, in spite of all the negative buzz, has more than made back its budget worldwide.) Sadly, this isn’t a new phenomenon. One of my favorite SF movies of all time is Darren Aronofsky’s epic, ambitious The Fountain, which earned a mere $10.3 million worldwide (via IMDb Pro), against an estimated budget of $35 million. In a new interview, writer/director Aronofsky looked back on the film’s failure, and suggests it was the victim of a single bad review that became a landslide of negative press.

“Death is the road to awe.”