Fri, 08 Jun 2012 14:28:14 +0000 en hourly 1 14 deep space sci-fi sleep chambers to get primed for Prometheus Fri, 08 Jun 2012 14:28:14 +0000 CEC-Martin Cook

Continue reading »]]> Be it suspended animation, stasis, or cryo-sleep—whatever you call it—those nifty devices that help us nap away the years during a long space flight are almost status quo on TV and film space ships these days. So, what are some of the coolest examples of cold human storage?

With Prometheus set to open today, we’ve pulled together some of the most famed appearances of sci-fi sleep chambers to get primed for Ridley Scott’s lengthy journey to the distant moon LV-223.

From Stargate to Alien, check out the full gallery below:

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1st official Doctor Who pic of Matt Smith AND his new Companion Fri, 08 Jun 2012 14:28:13 +0000 CEC-Martin Cook

Continue reading »]]> The BBC has released the very first official image of Matt Smith’s Doctor — who is sporting a brand new Time Lord-y outfit no less — standing alongside his new companion Clara, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. Yup, it needs to be said: bow-ties are still cool.

What we think is particularly exciting about the new pic—besides all the fuzzy Who goodness it’s giving us right now—is that it may be telling us that the new costume we already spotted Smith wearing here, could be a more permanent change for our beloved Mad Man in the Big Blue Box.

Here’s the BBC’s statement:

We caught up with Matt Smith who told us, “It [filming on the new series] is going well. Jenna brings a really different energy to the show—one which I think is very interesting.”

Shooting is well-underway for the Doctor’s latest adventures and the second read-through featuring Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new companion took place earlier this week at the BBC’s Roath Lock Studios.

So, what do you think of the new pic and about the Doctor’s brand new costume? Is Coleman cute as a button or what? We’re really looking forward to see what she’ll bring to the TARDIS … are you? Or does this picture—and the way it underlines the fact that we won’t be seeing Amelia Pond any more—just make you a little sad?

(BBC Doctor Who via Doctor Who TV)

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Peter Parker meets Dr. Connors in latest Spider-Man clip Fri, 08 Jun 2012 14:28:11 +0000 CEC-Martin Cook

Continue reading »]]> The new Amazing Spider-Man flick is definitely playing up Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) scientific know-how, as the latest clip from Marc Webb’s reboot shows Spidey using his greatest strength: His brain.

This little snippet shows us what appears to be Peter Parker’s first meeting with Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), and Connors definitely seems impressed with the gifted high-schooler’s scientific understanding.

Check out the clip below—and see if you have any clue what he’s talking about:

Video: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ movie clip

The Amazing Spider-Man opens July 3.

Sound off: Do you like what you’ve seen of Amazing Spider-Man?

(Via Bleeding Cool)

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First Look At David Morrissey As The Governor In The Walking Dead Fri, 08 Jun 2012 14:28:06 +0000 CEC-Martin Cook

Continue reading »]]> The third season of AMC’s The Walking Dead, currently filming in Atlanta, will introduce The Governor, one of the grimmest villains from Robert Kirkman’s comic book. British actor David Morrissey is playing the despot, and this photo provides the first glimpse at the bad guy.

In the comics the Governor rules over a small enclave of survivors called Woodbury. He stages violent games for the amusement of the citizens, and when the group of survivors headed by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) stumble into town, things get rough. We won’t spoil anything for those of you who haven’t read the comics, but the characters go through a small slice of hell, and they don’t all make it out entirely intact.

Some people, myself included, have expressed worry that the TV version of the Governor might not be as badass and hellish as Kirkman originally envisioned. Talking to TV Guide, the writer said:

The Governor in the show is definitely going to be The Governor in the comic…I think that he’s definitely going to be a character that people love to hate and are absolutely entertained by, but also somewhat terrified of. He’s definitely going to be a very important character and a very nuanced character. We are not going to be watering him down.

That’s good news for fans. But still, the storyline gets violent, brutal, and nasty beyond belief, so it’ll be curious to see if they can actually pull it off to the degree they want to. This is AMC, not HBO. I hope they do, because the story arc they’re getting into is one of my favorites, and I’ll be really sad if they screw it up.

What do you guys think about Morrissey’s look? My two cents is that he looks a little too clean cut, not like he’s been through some battles. Then again, this is just the first glimpse. Maybe it’s from early on, before you realize what a psychopath he is.

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Awesome Pop-Culture Mash-Up Art You Will Want For Your Wall Fri, 08 Jun 2012 14:28:04 +0000 CEC-Martin Cook

Continue reading »]]> If there’s one thing I’ve learned from writing for GFR, it’s that a lot of you out there are way too talented, and often express that talent by paying homage to your favorite bits of SF pop culture. Whether it’s travel posters inviting us to explore the solar system or awesome Doctor Who minimalism, the internet is chock full of awesome SF-inspired art I’d be happy to hang on my wall. Now I better start clearing some wall space, because I’m kind of completely in love with the works of Evgeny Yakovlev, who’s conjuring up pop-culture mash-ups with a sly sense of humor and an unmistakable style. For instance, here’s a shot that suggests Wile E. finally got smart and brought in an outside contractor.

You can see more of Yakovlev’s art on his blog and his deviantArt page.


Story via CulturePopped.

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7 minutes of spy footage from those kids who crashed the Jedi set Fri, 08 Jun 2012 08:27:41 +0000 CEC-Martin Cook

Continue reading »]]> Remember that story about a bunch of Star Wars fans who crashed the Arizona set of a film that was shooting under the title Blue Harvest: Horror Beyond Imagination? Turns out one of them was carrying an 8mm camera.

One of those fans was a filmmaker named Jeff Broz, who trucked his 8mm camera into the sandy plains of Buttercup Valley, Ca., on the hunch that Blue Harvest would turn out to be something more. The hunch paid off: Broz and company stumbled onto the filming of some of Jedi‘s Tatooine sequences.

There’s no sound and the image is somewhat less than crystal clear—filmed in what Broz calls “Sand-o-Vision”—but this footage still manages to capture a sense of illicit discovery, of seeing something you weren’t supposed to see.

More than that, though, I felt a little sadness watching this: In this spoilery era of telephoto lenses and movie-studio paranoia, a fan will likely never be able to have a moment this wide-eyed and innocent again.

(Via Slashfilm)

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6 comic book storylines we’d love to see in a Justice League film Fri, 08 Jun 2012 08:27:39 +0000 CEC-Martin Cook

Continue reading »]]> Now that the word is out that a Justice League flick might finally get made, we can’t help but go digging through our comics collection in search of the most cinematic adventures of DC Comics’ band of super friends.

OK, so if a Justice League movie does get made, odds are it’ll be an original story with no ties to any one particular comic book incarnation of the superteam, but the League’s been in business in one form or another since 1960. That’s a lot of comics, so you can’t really blame us for picturing how at least a few of them would play out on the big screen.

Check out our picks for League adventures that deserve the Hollywood treatment, and let us know your own.

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TDKR character bios reveal intriguing Bane and Catwoman details Fri, 08 Jun 2012 08:27:38 +0000 CEC-Martin Cook

Continue reading »]]> Some new promo materials have come out for The Dark Knight Rises, and the character bios for newcomers Bane (Tom Hardy) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) reveal some very interesting story notes for the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy. Potential spoilers ahead!

The new character bios come from the recently released Dark Knight Rises: The Secret Files Scrapbook hardcover, and they spell out a few more of the motivations driving Gotham’s new Big Bad.

Here is Bane’s official bio, which states he will be putting together his very own League of Shadows:

Bane: Little is known about Bane. He was born in prison and trained in the darkest forms of deception by the League of Shadows, but rumor has it he was cast out due to his extreme behavior. Bane is a ferocious hand-to-hand fighter who is willing to do anything in order to take down his opponents. Bane is in peak physical shape, but he must wear a breathing apparatus that feeds him with pain relieving gas due to an old injury. He’s never been photographed without his mask and only a handful of people have seen his face. While his true motives remain a mystery, he appears to be building an army of followers in the dark tunnels underneath Gotham in order to create his own League of Shadows.

As for Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, we learn a bit more about her new (and hopefully improved) outfit:

Selina Kyle: Selina Kyle is a world-class cat burglar and mistress of disguise. She’s cunning and devious, but has a deep sense of honor. As Catwoman, she targets Gotham’s wealthiest. Her weapons usually include infrared goggles, bladed high-heel boots, and a belt filled with lock picks.

The Dark Knight Rises is set to open July 20.

Sound off: What do you think of the film’s adaptation of the comic canon?

(Via Comic Book Movie)

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Meet The Governor: 1st photo of David Morrissey in The Walking Dead Fri, 08 Jun 2012 08:27:37 +0000 CEC-Martin Cook

Continue reading »]]> The Governor is coming. Brace yourselves, because the first photo of David Morrissey as The Walking Dead villain has been released. Does he look like a menace? Are his eyes filled with hate and malice? You tell us!

Meet The Governor: 1st photo of David Morrissey in The Walking Dead

According to Kirkman, “The Governor in the show is definitely going to be The Governor in the comic. I think that he’s definitely going to be a character that people love to hate and are absolutely entertained by, but also somewhat terrified of. He’s definitely going to be a very important character and a very nuanced character. We are not going to be watering him down.”

In the comic, The Governor is one of Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) biggest rivals, so we can’t wait to see the drama between those two play out. Kirkman says, “Having The Governor in the mix is going to fundamentally change the show in all kinds of awesome and exiting ways. And David Morrissey totally rocks!”

Season three has the potential to be the best one yet. The Governor? Check! Michonne? Check! The prison? Check! The farm? Gone! Yep, that’s a winning combination.

What do you think of The Governor’s look?

(via TVGuide)

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Sir Isaac Newton, Action Hero? Fri, 08 Jun 2012 08:27:28 +0000 CEC-Martin Cook

Continue reading »]]> When you hear the name Sir Isaac Newton—you know, the physics and mathematics forerunner (the guy with the apple to us laymen)—what’s the first thing you think of? If it isn’t badass action hero, well, that might change. Director Rob Cohen (xXx, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) is developing an action franchise based on the 17th century scientist.

We’re talking revisionist history in the vein of Edgar Allen Poe and James McTeigue’s The Raven. Cohen will write the script, as well as oversee a graphic-novelization of said script. The story “will focus on Newton as the chief detective and head of the British Mint.”

I don’t entirely know what to say to this. Again, can’t help but be reminded of The Raven, which wasn’t particularly impressive. Newton did work for the mint, and he did go after counterfeiters, I just wonder how exciting a movie or comic that will make. Even though he did all of these things, that doesn’t necessarily mean he has the makings of an action star.

Producer Gene Kirkwood says:

We see this as a real opportunity to redefine the concept from day one, using multiple channels and outlets to more creatively develop and extend the characters and storyline while generating huge excitement in advance of the theatrical release.

We all know why they’re using Newton instead of making up their own new character—because everyone knows his name. But maybe there’s a specific case from his history that they’ll focus on. There’s one involving a man named William Chaloner that prominently featured treason, scams, and conspiracies. That could make for an interesting film.

Cohen’s next movie, Alex Cross, starring Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox, opens October 26th.

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