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Japanese Posters For Alien, Enemy Mine, And Others Are Bonkers In The Best Way

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I may not be sure of many things in this life, but one thing I am sure of is that the Japanese posters for some of my favorite science fiction films are straight-up bonkers, and in the very best way possible. Sometimes it’s just that the Japanese lettering plastered all over everything is actually perfectly consistent with the universe of the story, as with this Blade Runner poster.

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Beyond The Planet Of The Apes: Six Seventies Sci-Fi Movies Worth Remaking

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ApesWith Dawn of the Planet of the Apes proving that the 2011 Rise was no fluke, it’s clear that all it takes to revive a languishing sci-fi property is the right combination of passion, talent, and vision. (And a decade or so to forget about any terrible Tim Burton versions.) So with Caesar staging a conquest of the box office ($103 million worldwide so far), we here at GFR put our heads together to come up with other 1970s science movies primed for a resurrection. Some of them are cult classics, some of them are forgettable, and some of them are downright lamentable, but they’ve all got at least a small kernel of potential to become something awesome…if they can find the right people to guide them.

Hit the link to see our first pick!

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The Black Hole, WALL-E, And More Disney Hits Become Gorgeous Mondo Posters

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the black hole mondoIs there any greater collection of art than everything that Mondo has put out over the years? The Louvre and MOMA, you say? Well, I say, “Oh yeah, I guess these images were so good that I just forgot those places existed.” And since neither MOMA nor the Louvre has ever made me forget that Mondo existed, I’m calling the victory for the most pop culture friendly of the three. For an upcoming show at Austin’s South By Southwest festival called “Nothing’s Impossible,” Mondo artists created a gallery of all Disney films, and not only the ones you might expect.

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The Black Hole’s Maximilian Schell Dead At 83

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SchellThe tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman has dominated the news since his body was discovered in his Manhattan apartment yesterday. Hoffman was a ridiculously talented and prolific guy, so that response is unsurprising, but there was another recent death that will likely bring a tinge of nostalgic sadness to GFR readers. Actor Maximilian Schell, who played Dr. Hans Reinhardt in Disney’s sci-fi epic The Black Hole, has died at the age of 83.

Released in 1979, The Black Hole is something of a cult classic for many fans. It’s the story of a deep-space exploration vessel, the Palomino, that discovers a long-thought-lost ship — the USS Cygnus — suspended, impossibly, on the edge of a black hole. Once the crew boards the mysterious vessel, damaging their own ship in the process, they discover that its only inhabitant are the brilliant scientist Dr. Hans Reinhardt and his robot assistants. He explains that his vessel was damaged in a meteor storm, and that he ordered the crew to evacuate and head back to Earth. Unfortunately, the truth proves to be much darker and more dangerous.

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Joaquin Phoenix Falls In Love With An A.I.: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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HerDirector Spike Jonze isn’t exactly known for his mainstream tastes. He’s the guy who gave us, along with even-more-eccentric screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. So when it came time for somebody to write and direct a film about a lonely dude falling in love with his operating system, it’s not surprising the job went to Jonze. In Her, Joaquin Phoenix stars as Theodore, a sad-sack who makes a living ghost-writing heartfelt, emotional letters for other people. (Sort of a Cyrano de Bergerac thing, but without the prominent proboscis.) His long-term relationship has cratered and the guy is obviously feeling a bit vulnerable, so when he loads up a new artificially intelligent operating system that’s supposed to cater to your every need, an unlikely love connection is formed. It doesn’t hurt that it sounds like
Scarlett Johannson.

If the concept at first sounds silly, don’t kid yourself: this is going to happen someday. As technology advances and the line between organic and synthetic grows ever finer, it’s completely believable that some will opt for a love they can program rather than the more challenging flesh-and-blood variety. Hell, we already live in a world of mail-order brides and Real Dolls and a.i. telemarketers who claim they aren’t a.i. telemarketers. Clearly the synthetics are going to face some discrimination, however, since Johannson’s performance apparently isn’t eligible for a Golden Globes nomination because…who knows.

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Joseph Kosinski Teases Tron 3 And The Black Hole Reboot

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While director Joseph Kosinski’s sophomore effort wasn’t the mind-blowing science fiction film we all hoped it would be, Oblivion made a substantial mark with an impressive $285 million worldwide box office. To capitalize on this financial success, Kosinski plans to stay within the confines of the genre with a third Tron film, and the remake of the 1979 Disney film The Black Hole.

The original 1982 Tron, and The Black Hole were both part of the space opera craze spurned by the release and success of Star Wars in 1977. More than 30 years later, the echoes of that craze are still felt in Hollywood. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kosinski took a moment to give updates on both projects.