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Gillian Anderson Battles Robot Overlords In This Crazy New Trailer

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When you come across a movie full of names like Sir Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson involved, but that you’ve never heard a squeak about, it always gives you pause. In most cases it’s because the film in question isn’t very good, but you always have to have hope, right? And such is the case with the upcoming Robot Overlords, a crazy looking sci-fi joint featuring both of those folks. For just a taste of what you’re in for, check out this new trailer.

As you very likely guessed from the title of this film, this is set in a world where Earth has been taken over by, you got it, an army of robot overlords from space. And as you can also see from this video, there’s all kinds of crazy action in play, as well as massive mechanoid rulers stomping around like gangly ED-209s. But that’s not all that’s going on. There are secrets, some humans are obviously in cahoots with our new oppressors, and, of course, there’s a chosen one with newfangled powers who spends a lot of time with one hand raised and pointed at the bad guys.

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Gillian Anderson Lobbies For A New Role And Teases A Familiar One

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ScullyNo matter what she does in her career, for many of us, Gillian Anderson will always and forever be skeptical FBI Special Agent Dana Scully from The X-Files, but that doesn’t mean she’s not looking to branch out, at least partially. She’s appeared in tons of other projects—notable recent roles include NBC’s Hannibal—and even wrote a science fiction novel, which only makes us love her more. Recently, she made it known that she would very much like to participate in the upcoming female-fronted Ghostbusters reboot. And beyond that, she teased a possible return to her most famous character.

Doing a Reddit AMA to promote her new book, A Vision of Fire, someone asked Anderson if she had any interest in donning one of those iconic beige jumpsuits, strapping on a proton pack, and busting some rogue spirits. Her response was enthusiastic to say the least, as she wrote, “OH MY GOD, I just looked it up online. Paul Feig, cast me now! Start a Twitter petition! I’m free!!!!! I’m free I’m free and I’m funny, goddamnit! MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!”

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Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf: The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson Pens Her First Sci-Fi Novel

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As much as we love science fiction on TV, on the big screen, on the comics page, and in video game form, there’s just something irreplaceable about digging into a good book. There’s no shortage of new sci-fi adventures hitting shelves on a regular basis, but GFR is your one-stop shop to keep up with what’s hitting shelves in a given week. Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!

VisionFire“A Vision of Fire” by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin

The first novel from iconic X-Files star Gillian Anderson and New York Times bestselling author Jeff Rovin: a science fiction thriller of epic proportions.

Renowned child psychologist Caitlin O’Hara is a single mom trying to juggle her job, her son, and a lackluster dating life. Her world is suddenly upturned when Maanik, the daughter of India’s ambassador to the United Nations, starts speaking in tongues and having violent visions. Caitlin is sure that her fits have something to do with the recent assassination attempt on her father — a shooting that has escalated nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan to dangerous levels — but when teenagers around the world start having similar outbursts, Caitlin begins to think that there’s a more sinister force at work.

In Haiti, a student claws at her throat, drowning on dry land. In Iran, a boy suddenly and inexplicably sets himself on fire. Animals, too, are acting irrationally, from rats in New York City to birds in South America to ordinary house pets. With Asia on the cusp of nuclear war, Caitlin must race across the globe to uncover the mystical links among these seemingly unrelated incidents in order to save her patient — and perhaps the world.

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Gillian Anderson Headed Back To Sci-Fi With New Novel Franchise

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gillian andersonOf the holy trinity behind the success of The X-Files, creator Chris Carter is really the only one who fully embraced sci-fi in his non-X-Files career, while David Duchovny’s rare step back into the genre was for Ivan Reitman’s underrated comedy Evolution. Meanwhile, Gillian Anderson is about to go where neither of her two counterparts have gone before: to the world of original novels. The oh-so-lovely actress has collaborated with the massive brain and imagination of writer Jeff Rovin for a speculative novel franchise called the EarthEnd Saga, to be published through a new Simon & Schuster imprint called Simon451 (a reference to Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451). There no better sign for the state of written fiction than one of the biggest publishers the world showing some genre love with a new offshoot brand.

The first novel in the series will be called A Vision of Fire, and it’ll be published this October. It will follow a world-renowned child psychiatrist named Caitlin O’Hara, whose specialty is treating children who have experienced major forms of trauma. O’Hara has a deaf son who goes a long way in informing her grounded personality. Once she takes a uniquely troubled young girl under her wing, O’Hara finds her world turned upside-down as she discovers the girl’s problems are linked to the universe’s greater forces. As you can imagine, they’ll have to work together in order to save the world in some capacity. While the stream of this plotline is vaguely familiar and derivative of much that came before it, we should all stand around cheering loudly that it’s a book geared towards actual adults, rather than those of the young variety.

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Simpsons Did It: The Best Science/Sci-Fi Guest Stars To Appear On Fox’s Long-Running ‘Toon

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Last night The Simpsons’ long line of notable guest stars checked author Harlan Ellison off its Bucket List, alongside a return appearance from Stan “The Man” Lee. Now, don’t assume that just because I’m using a Bucket List metaphor, I think Simpsons is on its death bed. No, I’m suggesting Simpsons should have been mercifully put down ages ago. But while the show’s writing has spiraled down a well of diminishing returns, it continues to draw all manner of notable persons into the jaundiced world of Springfield. Over the years that’s included quite a few famous faces from the worlds of science and science fiction. Here’s the cream of that crop from The Simpsons’ two and a half decades (so far) of life.

TakeiGeorge Takei
Appearances: “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish” (1991), “Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo” (1999), “A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love” (2001)

Star Trek actor/Facebook staple George Takei has popped up in Simpsons several times over the years, but unlike a lot of the names on this list, he’s never appeared playing himself. He first popped up in “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish” lending his distinctive voice to Akira, a waiter at a sushi restaurant who serves Homer a fugu blowfish, an extremely venomous dish that must be prepared by a master sushi chef or risk killing its eater. (Akira has appeared other times in the show, but was voiced by Hank Azaria on those occasions.) Takei later voiced Wink, the host of a Japanese game show called Super Happy Smile Time Family Wish Show and and an unnamed waiter in a 2001 episode.

Homer: There’s got to be something I haven’t tried. Huh? Hey, hey, what’s this? Fugu!

Akira: (Gasps.) It is a blowfish, sir. But I should warn you that one–

Homer: Come on, pal. Fugu me!

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Gillian Anderson And Others Strip Naked For Eco-Friendly Fishlove Campaign

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gillian andersonUnderstand that I’m in no way trying to sound sexist or chauvinistic when I say that naked female flesh makes any GFR story better; I’m just trying to sound like a horny 31-year-old heterosexual man, which is a huge difference. (At least, that one girl told me it was huge.) A group of artful women and men recently offered up their bare bodies for a Fishlove campaign that aims to put an end to deep-sea commercial fishing in British waters, which has become increasingly harmful for marine life. And one of those nude bodies just happens to belong to Dana Scully, er, Gillian Anderson, who played Scully in Fox’s The X-Files, and many an X-Files fan’s daydreams. You see how this is tied into sci-fi now? Plus, we’re totes about saving the oceans or whatever.