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Sci-Fi’s 10 Most Annoying Characters

NotSimplyIt’s happened countless times. You’ve got an otherwise great show or movie that’s firing on all cylinders… but there’s this one guy. This one bad apple who nearly spoils the whole bunch, simply by constantly doing stupid things or saying stupid things or hanging around looking at things with his stupid face. We’re not saying Carl from The Walking Dead was like that, but we are saying that if we had an awards show for that sort of thing, it would just be one long montage of Carl dying.

So, we’ve decided to celebrate some of the absolute worst, the characters from science fiction television who constantly made us want to punch a wall, especially if their head was between our fist and said wall. We’ll be measuring them against the accepted international unit of measurement for terribleness, Jar Jar Binks. (For purposes of this article, five Jar Jars is equivalent to going full Jar Jar, meaning you should nuke the site from orbit, because it’s the only way to be sure.)

One last note: we didn’t set out trying to populate this piece with so many kids, but it just sort of worked out that way.

IHOPCarl Grimes (The Walking Dead)

For all of its strengths, The Walking Dead can’t ever seem to get over the hill that is “strong character development.” There are likable characters and detestable characters, but Carl Grimes didn’t come from the mind of any mere writer, for he was created from the ashes of the former Tenth Circle of Hell. In Robert Kirkman’s comic series, Carl is a kid who is understandably having trouble coping with his trial-by-error education on survival in a post-apocalyptic world. In the TV show, Carl is a testosterone-free dip who is perpetually mad ’cause Daddy won’t let him hold the gun real close.

Seriously, I’ve been through an appendicitis exam that was less painful than watching this kid formulate ideas that he has an identity that’s worth more to the group than, say, a sock full of dead batteries. I don’t even blame the petulant performances from actor Chandler Riggs, because he’s not the one putting lines in his own mouth. For four seasons, Carl has been his own biggest threat, always finding himself in trouble after some adolescent tirade. He has yet to fuck it all up in Season 5, but as sure as the moon will rise tonight, it’s coming.


How We Would Kill Him Off: Just as he’s about to have sex for the first time, he gets thrown into a giant dumpster, where everyone forgets about him and he starves to death.

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Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently Getting TV Adaptation By Chronicle Screenwriter

DirkDouglas Adams will always be best remembered for his hilarious and beloved Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, and justifiably so. But they weren’t the only legacy he left us. If you were like me growing up, you tore through all the Hitchhiker’s Books, then looked around and thought, “I need more!” That “more,” in my case, was Adams’ Dirk Gently books, beginning with 1987’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and continuing in 1988’s The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. Well, if I had a time-traveling phone booth I’d zip back and high-five my ten-year-old self, because Dirk Gently is being adapted for television and becoming a new comic-book series.

The Dirk Gently books follow the titular character, a private detective with, as the press release puts it, “a belief in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things, a unique relationship with the laws of probability and physics, and a love of cats and pizza.” The series is being developed for television by IDW Entertainment and Ideate Media, who are looking for a network willing to make a direct-to-series commitment for the project. Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis is writing the pilot and serving as executive producer for the series.

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Meet Dreamer, The Humanoid Robot Getting Screentime With Mark Wahlberg In Transformers

DreamerRobots can do most tasks humans can do, including making cameos in movies. I’m not talking about Haley Joel Osment or Short Circuit — this time I’m talking about Dreamer, the humanoid robot created by the University of Texas Human Centered Robotics Lab, which will appear in Transformers: Age of Extinction.

I love pretty much all things robot, but before we talk about the virtues of this particular model, I just have to say that Dreamer is a pretty terrible name for a robot — or for anything, for that matter. Robots have all kinds of cool names: Voltron, R2D2, HAL, Marvin, Bishop, Twiki, Data, Tom Servo, Asimo…even Siri’s better than that. We get it! It’s supposed to be human-like! Except one of the things it can’t do yet is to dream or be sentimental. It doesn’t need an anthropomorphizing name! Okay. Rant over. I should really be talking about how this robot is going to get 30 seconds of screen time in the new Transformers movie. It’s unclear exactly what these 30 seconds will involve, so I’ll just tell you about this robot and you can let your imaginations go wild.

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TV Networks Are Rabid Over Sci-Fi Pitch From Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV

a.i. With J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman’s robot buddy cop drama Almost Human and the fourth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead coming out in the next few months, not to mention the plethora of premieres the CW network has going for it, it looks like one of the strongest fall TV seasons for science fiction in recent years. And when you take into account Helix and some of the other mid-season shows that are currently in development, the sky is the limit. The same goes for how much networks are willing to spend on a spec script for a sci-fi drama called Extant, which reportedly has a slew of TV execs in a tizzy.

Penned by first-time writer Mickey Fisher, a bidding war erupted within the talent agency community once the script hit the market. Deadline’s source claims that, “Everybody wants it. And I mean everybody.” It’s the rare project that not only has basic cable networks seeking it out, but it’s also gotten major attention from regular cable and premium channels. So what is it about this project that has everybody worked up?

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Diego-San Is One Creepy Robot Baby

We would like to apologize in advance for the horrific nightmares this next video will give you. If you would rather not watch the creepy, emotionally dead face of a robot child as it cries silently, and you want to sleep through the night, you should probably skip what’s next because that’s exactly what it is. This video features the first footage of the University of California San Diego’s Machine Perception Lab’s spooky new robot baby, named Diego-san, in action. The results are terrifying. Watch for yourself below.



Gillian Anderson Returns To Sci-Fi With I’ll Follow You Down

Thanks to The X-Files Gillian Anderson was the sci-fi babe icon of the 90s, at least until Seven of Nine showed up in her spandex on Voyager. Outside of the X-Files world though, she hasn’t had a lot to do with the science fiction genre. That changes with her new movie I’ll Follow You Now.

Word is that she’s just joined the cast of the film as the wife of a scientist who disappears on a business trip. Years later his wife, son, and grandfather make a bziarre discovery about his wherabouts and set out to try and bring him home.

What that discovery is remains a complete unknown. Has he been sent to an alien planet like John Carter? Did he get lost at the center of the Earth like Jules Verne? Or is it something much more mundane and low-budget friendly? Your guess is as good as ours.