2013 Saturn Award Nominees Include Ender’s Game, Riddick, And More

GravityBullockAnytime the Academy Awards rolls around, there’s usually an outcry from fans that not enough genre films are recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Luckily, this year the movie that has the most nominations is Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, but even if the Academy doesn’t give science fiction the respect it deserves, there are several long-standing and prestigious awards focused specifically on honoring genre material. Last night we posted the Nebula Award nominations, and now the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced its nominees for the 40th annual Saturn Awards.

Unsurprisingly, Gravity is a front-runner for the Saturns as well, earning eight nominations including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Actress for Sandra Bullock, Best Supporting Actor for George Clooney, and Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón. Gravity is tied with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for the most nominations. Some of the other nominees for Best Science Fiction Film are Ender’s Game, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pacific Rim, Riddick, and Star Trek Into Darkness.

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About Time Finds The Romance In Time Travel: Today In Science & Science Fiction

About TimeThere have been some great time travel stories that also involved strong romantic elements. There was the playwright who fell in love with a woman in a painting, then traveled back to her era, only to lose her in tragic fashion. There was the soldier in a desperate future war, pining for the woman he was destined to travel back and save. There was the weatherman who was kind of a dick, but who found his kinder side and the love of his life on a day he repeated over and over and over. Last year Richard Curtis added another entry to the genre, About Time, which hits Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital today.

About Time is the tale of a bloke named Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) who, on his 21st birthday, discovers he can travel in time. His father (Bill Nighy) soon reveals that it’s not just him — it’s a talent all the men of his family possess. After a few experiments trying to set right what once went wrong, he realizes it’s not the all-purpose fixer-upper ability you might think. Some things just aren’t meant to happen, no matter what you do. Tim eventually falls for the lovely Mary (Rachel McAdams) and continues to use his powers to shape his own history, with some good results and some not so good. One of the most entertaining parts of a time travel story is exploring the notions of causality and unexpected consequences, and About Time has a lot of fun with this, in among all the lovey-dovey stuff.

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Ender’s Game Is Here, But Will You See It?: Today In Science & Science Fiction

EndersAfter all the debate and accusations and moral hand-wringing of the past year or so, Ender’s Game has finally arrived in theaters, for good or ill. Some folks will be boycotting the film because they believe it’s morally the right thing to do; others will be buying a ticket because they believe a work can exist outside of its author. We’re not going to sway you one way or another, because that discussion has been had a thousand times by this point. So, divorced from all that, one question remains: Is Ender’s Game actually any good?

You can read Brent’s full review right here, but the answer to the question above seems to be a solid yes, both in terms of overall quality and general fidelity to the beloved original novel by Orson Scott Card. It’s a challenging book to realize on screen, and violates one of the big Hollywood rules you’ll hear joked about often: never make a movie with kids or animals. Ender’s Game has plenty of the former, but fortunately they filled out the young cast with talented performers including Asa Butterfield (Hugo), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), and Abigail Breslin (Zombieland). And that’s not even getting into the grown-ups such as Harrison friggin’ Ford and Sir Ben friggin’ Kingsley.

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Giant Freakin’ Fall Preview: Sci-Fi Movies And TV Through The End Of 2013

RiddickThe summer moviegoing season is finally winding to a close, with some unexpected victors (http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/topic/world-war-z), some awesome surprises (Europa Report), and some big fat duds (R.I.P.D: Budget estimated at $130 million, worldwide gross of $59 million). Now it’s time to look forward to fall. For the movies, that mainly means Oscar bait and interesting smaller films; on the TV front it means new shows. Some will succeed, some will fail…and we hope at least one of them will actually be good. Here’s what to look forward to in the final months of 2013!


Riddick (September 6)
After Chronicles of Riddick bombed at the box office in 2004 — it took in $92 million worldwide, against a $105 million budget — it looked like the adventures of the anti-heroic Richard B. Riddick were done on the big screen. Instead, director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel have resurrected the franchise pretty much through sheer force of will (and the leveraging of Diesel’s house). Riddick looks to be a return to the formula that worked so well the first time: Riddick being a badass and killing things in the dark. Twohy and Diesel obviously still have big plans for the character, so here’s hoping if we get a fourth one, it finds a way to mix the best elements of Chronicles and Pitch Black.

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About Time: Science Fiction Has Rarely Been This Adorable

Science fiction has rarely been this freaking adorable. Writer-director Richard Curtis’ (Love Actually) latest perky romantic comedy, About Time, looks like pretty standard fare in that realm, except for one thing. This go round it involves time travel. Leaping around time can be scary, it can be funny, and as we learn in this new red band trailer, it can also be all sorts of gooey and romantic.

This trailer is pretty tame by red band standards. There’s no blood, violence, nudity, or any of the usual stuff that usually leads to an age restriction. But there is some naughty language, a couple f-bombs, and a reference or two to oral sex, just enough to make this not quite suitable to watch at work, at least without headphones.

We all have those awkward moments that we wish we could go back and change, an interaction that didn’t go as smooth as we hoped, when that perfect thing to say pops into your head just a moment too late. Well in About Time, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) can do just that. Turns out it’s a family trait, all the men in his bloodline can bounce around in time and fix their little mistakes.



About Time Trailer Is So Freakin’ Adorable!

The beauty of the science fiction genre (or any genre for that matter) is that it doesn’t have to be confined by its tropes. They can bleed into other genres to make something fresh and exciting. Enter Richard Curtis, the writer of wonderful British romantic comedies such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and Love Actually, who has stepped into sci-fi territory with his new time travel romantic comedy, About Time.

About Time is the follow-up to Richard Curtis’ last directorial effort, The Boat That Rocked (Pirate Radio), and follows Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), a 21-year-old young man who discovers the family secret: they can travel through time. His father (Bill Nighy) reveals the secret to him, but also tells him the limitations of the special ability. He can’t change history, but can change his own life. Tim uses his newly discovered power like any 21-year-old young man would: he tries to get a girlfriend when he meets Mary (Rachel McAdams). Unfortunately, he accidentally erases the timeline and must try to win Mary’s heart all over again.