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The Search For A Star Trek 3 Director Is Targeting These Five People

Trek3It was an extremely controversial decision when Paramount gave Roberto Orci the director’s chair for the upcoming Star Trek 3. But it was nevertheless a genuine shock when the news broke recently that Orci would no longer be helming the sequel. With Orci sidelined, who would take up the baton to get the next Trek sequel across the finish line, ideally in time for a 2016 release timed to the franchise’s 50th anniversary? Apparently Paramount’s shortlist is now down to five potential directors: Rupert Wyatt, Morten Tyldum, Daniel Espinosa, Justin Lin, and Duncan Jones.

The names come from Deadline, who report that Rupert Wyatt is currently Paramount’s top choice, and that they have already taken meetings with him about the possibility. This wouldn’t be the first time Wyatt got to play in a beloved science fiction sandbox — he directed 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a flick that surprised many by proving to be far better than anybody had reason to expect from an Apes resurrection at this point. It was followed up by this past summer’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves, and the revived franchise is set to continue in a third film in 2016. Wyatt is a solid choice, if not an inspired one, but nor would he likely be a controversial hire, which might work as an olive branch to lure back Trek fans riled up by J.J. Abrams’ brand of Trek.

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Is The Walking Dead Getting Rid Of This Divisive Character?

The Walking DeadOn AMC’s The Walking Dead, the character of Carl, played by Chandler Riggs, is hugely divisive among fans. We even included the son of protagonist Rick Grimes on our list of annoying sci-fi characters we would like to see die on screen. I’m of the camp that he’s in the process of becoming a solid character (the same can be said about most of the cast members), but in Robert Kirkman’s comics that serve as the source material, this isn’t as big an issue, he’s a little borderline sociopathic badass. But this is The Walking Dead we’re talking about, and no one lives forever, and the reveal of a few upcoming covers have people speculating on Carl’s future in the comics.

There are SPOILERS beyond here for those of you not current on The Walking Dead comics. Just a warning.

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Virtual Shapes Can Now Be Felt, Not Just Seen

hapticMost people are familiar with haptic technology, even if they aren’t familiar with the term. The field of haptics involves the science of touch, which means that any technology that stimulates one’s sense of touch is considered haptic — your vibrating phone (or tattoo, if you’re a high-tech Nokia customer), your Wii remote that shakes and rumbles when you crash your Mario Kart, or the scientifically fabricated work of science fiction that allows you to feel what you read. This is the stuff Aldous Huxley wrote about when he described the “feelies,” futuristic movie theaters that provide patrons a full sensory experience to complement the on-screen story. Haptic technology has been developing like mad recently, and not just for entertainment purposes. It’s being used to help train surgeons and rehabilitate patients recovering from strokes. And now, scientists have integrated ultrasound into haptics, converting digital images into physical ones with which people can actually interact. Yep, I’m talking about virtual images that can be touched and felt.

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New Research Suggests There May Be A Parallel Universe In Which Time Moves “Backward”

big bang arrowOne of the most brain- and reality-bending theories out there involves the multiverse — a hypothetical parallel universe, or set of countless universes, that run alongside our universe and reality. Some people think there’s a parallel universe for every possible decision — in one, you decided not to take that job in New York City; in the other, you work down the block from the Empire State Building. Most people who believe in the multiverse believe that these various universes have a relationship with one another. While scientists such as Stephen Hawking and Neil deGrasse Tyson espouse the idea, some physicists believe it’s more of a philosophical idea than a scientific one. Recently, a team of scientists from the UK and Canada published a paper in the Physical Review Letters that suggests some interesting ideas about time — namely, that it doesn’t necessarily move in the direction we think it does (more or less known as forward). The researchers also suggest that our universe may be one of two created by the Big Bang.

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The Visit Trailer Presents A Wholly Unique Take On The Alien Invasion

Science fiction isn’t always the first thing that springs to mind when you think of the Sundance Film Festival, but mixed in the indie coming of age dramedies and non-mainstream fare, there’s always at least a couple of interesting genre offerings, like The Signal and I Origins last year. For instance, in 2015 the adaptation of the post-apocalyptic novel Z for Zachariah will have it’s premiere in Park City. Michael Madsen’s—not the Michael Madsen you know from Quentin Tarantino movies—sort of alien invasion documentary, The Visit, will also debut at the fest, and has dropped this tense new trailer.

The speculative documentary approach makes sense for Madsen, who is primarily known for his nonfiction work like Into Eternity: A Film from the Future and The Average of the Average. From what we gather, this isn’t quite fiction but isn’t quite documentary, toeing the line between the two, presenting the idea of a hypothetical alien invasion and asking whether or not the people of Earth are prepared for such a thing.

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This Jupiter Ascending TV Spot Highlights The WTF Nature Of The Wachowski’s Latest

Since The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 hit theaters a few weeks ago, there’s not much in the way of new sci-fi coming to movie theaters for the remainder of the year as studios are more interested in getting their awards contenders qualifying runs. Fortunately for us, we won’t have to venture too far into 2015 before we get more genre fare. The Spierig Brothers’ Predestination hits January 9 (and you should all go see it), and after being delayed multiple times, the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending drops shortly after on February 6. The film looks absolutely bonkers, and this new extended TV spot only drives that point home.

This is basically a condensed version of the trailers we’ve already seen, and it lays out the general story. Earth is not the birthplace of the human race, and there are various intergalactic corporate interests with interest an eye on the planet. It also happens that Jupiter (Mila Kunis), a lowly cleaning woman, has the exact same genetic profile as the Queen of the Universe, which means she’s the reincarnated ruler of everything. You can imagine this comes as quite a shock. There are, of course, those who don’t want her to show up and take control, like Balem (a batshit crazy overacting Eddie Redmayne), but lucky for her, there’s an albino wolf/man hybrid soldier, Caine (Channing Tatum), who has taken a shine to Jupiter and protects her using his handy dandy rocket boots. Told you it was nuts.