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Saturday Night Live Hilariously Spoofs YA Dystopian Thrillers

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I find Saturday Night Live amusing about as often as I find million-dollar checks inside my pockets, but this weekend saw the cast and guest host Bill Hader perform a superb send-up of the entire dystopian YA film genre. Granted, none of the jokes and jabs were spotless examples of genius, but it’s easy to keep things goofily generic when The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner are two of the biggest comedic targets. This is The Group Hopper, and he’s about to start hopping from group to group.

In the faux trailer seen above, comedian Pete Davidson plays a knock off of The Maze Runner‘s Thomas, riding in an elevator to Gray World, a metal field surrounded by walls which are themselves surrounded by death fires. The greatest part of this trailer is the abundance of world-specific slang terms. Such as when the one guy tells the main guy that the field is where “the sameys stay until the groupers pass them on to the sorties for sorting.” Plus, you can only kill a lurkie with a zoomerang. But who are we to say that the future won’t indeed introduce useless new words to the post-apocalyptic lexicon?

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This Is How The Maze Runner Should Have Ended, With A Singing Griever

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As far as modestly budgeted YA sci-fi goes, Wes Ball’s The Maze Runner was a surprisingly exciting trip into a secluded and mysterious world. Still, it wasn’t perfect, and by the time the credits rolled, the curious part of the brain immediately went to work picking apart the most thinly conceived bits of the film. The following video created by the guys at How It Should Have Ended delves into an easy fix to make The Maze Runner a much shorter film. Obviously some SPOILERS abound.

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The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Adds Breaking Bad Star To The Grown Up Cast

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Giancarlo EspositoGoing in, we thought The Maze Runner had definite potential, but given some of the other recent young adult missteps, and the fact that the release was pushed back seven months, gave us pause. Still, it turned out to be pretty good (read our review here), not great, but solid. And the box office performance was similar, not great, but solid. (A modest budget doesn’t hurt—this cost less than half of the cheapest Hunger Games movie.) 20th Century Fox had already announced that they were working on the follow up, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials before they delayed the film, but it now that the film is a success they’re really getting rolling. That includes adding Giancarlo Esposito to the cast.

There are SPOILERS beyond here for those of you who haven’t seen the movie or read James Dashner’s novel of the same name.

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The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials Finds A Villain In Game Of Thrones Star

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aiden gillen game of thronesThe Maze Runner was director Wes Ball’s first crack at the bestselling YA novels from author James Dashner, and while I enjoyed it quite a bit despite its faults, the film didn’t have much of a Big Bad to root against, outside of Will Poulter’s Gally. The villain ante is getting upped for The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, and Temple Hill has landed Games of Thrones star Aiden Gillen for the part. I hope you guys enjoy getting really aggravated with this guy.

SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t seen or read The Scorch Trials yet!

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Faux-fanity: Ranking Science Fiction Swearing From Shuck To Shazbot

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ParentalThe Maze Runner hit theaters this past week, and it turned out to be the rare YA adaptation that actually held our interest. But when we tried to come up with some clever feature to tie in with its release, we drew a blank. The more we thought about it, the more frustrated we became, and the more frustrated we became, the closer we inched to just throwing up our hands and exclaiming, “$#@%!”

Say, wait a minute…

See, The Maze Runner follows in a fine, upstanding tradition of many a creative universe to come before: making its own profanity. Because while science fiction teaches us that there may be no limits to how wondrous or strange our future may be, George Carlin teaches us that there are some things you just can’t say on television, or in polite company. Sci-fi creators have been skirting this issue for decades by conjuring up their own off-color vocabularies for the worlds of their imagination. Here at GFR, we think Deadwood is about as quotable as it gets, so in a spirit of shucking solidarity, we decided to embrace our inner ten-year-olds and look back at some of our favorite sci-fi swear words. First up, the movie that inspired the whole frelling article…

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Maze Runner Sequel The Scorch Trials Has Concept Art And A Release Date

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The Scorch TrialsWhen Hollywood thinks they have a profitable new franchise on their hands, it doesn’t take them long to get the ball rolling so they can capitalize on the hype. This summer alone it took Paramount all of one big opening weekend to green light Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and Marvel gave Guardians of the Galaxy 2 the go ahead, and scheduled a release date, before the film even hit theaters. And it’s happening again. About a year ago, 20th Century Fox started work on The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the young adult novel adaptation The Maze Runner, which just opened this past weekend, and now, hot on the heels of a successful debut, we have the first piece of concept art from the sequel.

In their defense, when Fox made the announcement in October of 2013, The Maze Runner was still supposed to be released in February of 2014. The movie was actually supposed to hit theaters ahead of this year’s other new addition into the dystopian YA sweepstakes, Neil Burger’s adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent. So, at the time anyway, the announcement didn’t come almost a year in advance of their movie, it was only a couple months.