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

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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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Big Ass Spider Trailer Brings Big Ass Thrills And Laughs

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With outlets like Syfy around, there will never be an end to schlocky creature features. But as much fun as those movies are, it’s nice to see that some filmmakers are still stepping out and producing some really slick looking monster movies. Case in point, the sci-fi comedy Big Ass Spider!, acquired by Epic Pictures Releasing a few months back. They just unleashed the first theatrical trailer, and it is one eight-legged doozy of a preview. Everything about this film just screams awesomely cheesy self-aware goodness, but with a production value that totally blows its contemporaries out of the web.

Directed by Mike Mendez (The Gravedancers), Big Ass Spider has a simple but effective plot that doesn’t look like it’s ever taken too seriously. The titular big ass spider escaped a military lab! It’s on the loose and attacking Los Angeles! There’s nothing anyone can do! But wait, here’s Alex Mathis, a top-notch exterminator played by Heroes‘ Greg Grunberg, and Jose Ramos, a Latino security guard played by The Bernie Mac Show‘s Lombardo Boyar! These two guys are going to team up and take down this spider for sure! Only don’t ask me how, because it seems like a truly ridiculous task. Perhaps Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Clare Kramer or Twin Peaks‘s Ray Wise can help. Or possibly a shitload of bombs and ammunition.