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From The Blog
September 18, 2014
Cast As Thou Wilt: Kushiel’s Dart Dream Cast
Natalie Zutter
September 17, 2014
How Goldfinger Bound Sci-Fi to James Bond
Ryan Britt
September 15, 2014
Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Servant of the Empire, Part 1
Tansy Rayner Roberts
September 13, 2014
If You Want a Monster to Hunt, You’ll Get It. Doctor Who: “Listen”
Chris Lough
September 11, 2014
The Ghostbusters are an Antidote to Lovecraft’s Dismal Worldview
Max Gladstone
Fri
Sep 19 2014 10:00am

Terry Gilliam Grabs Life by the Lapels and Demands Answers in The Zero Theorem

Terry Gillaim Cristoph Waltz Zero Theorum review

The Zero Theorem is the first screenplay from UCF writing professor Pat Rushin. It was in the running for Project Greenlight, and spent a decade shuffling around a production company and being rewritten, and each of the main roles has been cast multiple times—all of which removes it a bit from the more personal, auteurist Gilliam ventures. Having said all that, this is still a Terry Gilliam film, and we should all cherish it as we would a starving, bedraggled unicorn that stumbled up onto our porch one morning, looking for ambrosia.

If you like Gilliam even a little bit you should run out to see this movie if it’s playing anywhere near you—there are astonishing visuals, actors gleefully doing things they’d never get to do with any other director, giant thinky-thoughts, and lots of conversations about the meaning of life, or lack thereof, or irrelevance of the question. If you want more details click through, and if you wants some spoilery discussion of the meaning of the film—or lack thereof, or irrelevance of the question—there will be that below a spoiler line.

[And anyway, shouldn’t it be The Zero Conjecture?]

Thu
Sep 18 2014 3:10pm

Matt Smith Will Fend Off the Undead in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Matt Smith Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been in development hell since 2009, before Matt Smith became the Doctor. But now that he's ended his run, he's all freed up to fight unmentionables and try to win Lizzie Bennet's hand!

Twist: He's not playing Mr. Darcy.

[Read more]

Wed
Sep 17 2014 10:00am

How Goldfinger Bound Sci-Fi to James Bond

Goldfinger James Bond

When Q (Desmond Llewelyn) tells James Bond (Sean Connery) about his new car being equipped with an ejector seat, Bond is incredulous. “Ejector sh-eat! You’re joking!” Q isn’t, and 1964’s Goldfinger wasn’t messing around either. The first Bond blockbuster, released 50 years ago this week, was when the whole 007 jamboree permanently became a series of pseudo sci-fi flicks.

[Read more]

Mon
Sep 15 2014 12:29pm

Watch the First Full Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1!

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 full trailer

It's serious business times in the first full trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. In typical “last-book-of-the-trilogy” fashion, we've got battles galore, fiery (and watery) explosions, and poor Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark forced to act as puppets weapons for District 13 and the Capitol, respectively. But because we're always looking ahead to Mockingjay, Part 2 next year, we've also got loads of ominous foreshadowing.

[Watch]

Fri
Sep 12 2014 12:07pm

New Star Wars: Episode VII Set Photos Reveal the Millennium Falcon and Maybe a Rebel Base?

Star Wars: Episode VII set photos

It’s wonderfully fitting that the latest Star Wars: Episode VII set photos come to us via drone. Latino-Review got their hands on a number of exciting images taken over RAF Greenham Common, a former airfield in Berkshire, England. Not only is the airfield housing several key ships from the new Star Wars film—including the beloved Millennium Falcon and some unusual-looking X-wings—but it appears to be an actual set for a battle scene, if the rumors are to be believed.

[See for yourself]

Fri
Sep 12 2014 9:00am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Giacomo Cimini

Giacomo Cimini pop quiz interview Welcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Giacomo Cimini, director of The Nostalgist, a short sci fi film based on a Tor.com original story by New York Times best-selling author Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse, Amped). In the futuristic city of Vanille, with properly tuned ImmerSyst Eyes & Ears the world can look and sound like a paradise. But the life of a father and his young son threatens to disintegrate when the father’s device begins to fail. Desperate to avoid facing his own traumatic reality, the man must venture outside to find a replacement, into a city where violence and danger lurk beneath a skim of beautiful illusion. The film is available for pre-order at We Are Colony.

Find out Giacomo’s very simple solution to Jeff Goldblum’s fly problem, and watch the trailer for The Nostalgist below!

[Join us!]

Thu
Sep 11 2014 5:30pm

Here’s Your First Full Look at the Batman v Superman Batmobile

first look Batmobile Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Although we glimpsed the shiny new Batmobile for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a few months ago, we’re finally getting a close-up, detailed look at the thing without Sad Batman crying all over it. After some grainy Instagram photos (albeit featuring some cool, gull-wing-esque doors) circulated online, director Zack Snyder tweeted the actual photo, above.

Though at first we thought that the new Batmobile might share some inspiration with Tim Burton’s highly stylized take, we realize now that it hews much more closely to Christopher Nolan’s tumbler. Even so, it’s more armored tank than sleek car, especially the way it seems to extend out to either side. It’s the kind of car you’d notice on the street—which is interesting, considering the rumors that in the world of Batman v Superman, the Caped Crusader is an urban legend who no one has ever actually seen.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25, 2016.

Photo: Twitter/@ZackSnyder

Thu
Sep 11 2014 11:00am

The Ghostbusters are an Antidote to Lovecraft’s Dismal Worldview

Ghostbusters Lovecraft Max Gladstone

Ghostbusters is the best comedy ever made about the limits of the Lovecraftian worldview.

The movie’s back in theaters for its 30th anniversary, so my wife Steph, our friend Dan and I all went to see it last weekend. It’s perfectly structured. Desire lines are clear scene by scene. Act breaks are sharp and propulsive. Every payoff is set up early in the film, including Mr. Stay-Puft. The film even bothers to make sure we know why ghosts are appearing at this particular point in human history—the dead rise as Gozer approaches.

I remembered this movie being funny, but a lot of lines that skipped over my head when I was a kid bit deep this time—Tully’s “You’re the Ghostbusters? Who does your taxes?” (Honestly, everything Rick Moranis says or does on screen is hilarious.) Young Max also didn’t appreciate the sheer amount of damage the Ghostbusters do to the hotel in their first outing. I got the joke of Slimer dodging neutron beams, sure; I didn’t have the running cost-of-repair tally in the back of my head. The cake they blow up used to be a prop; now I know that cake. I’ve been to weddings with that cake. Its explosion is a lot more than an excuse to shower people with frosting. It’s a wonderful, visceral, hilarious film, with a great soundtrack, and y’all should go see it in theaters while you have the chance.

But, leaving the theater, all three of us kept saying one word in particular: heart. We all mentioned how much heart the movie had, how modern films we’d seen recently seemed heartless by comparison. But what is this strange, ephemeral “heart”? The Potter Stewart test is, as always, unsatisfying—we know it when we see it, sure, but what is it that we’re seeing? Why does Winston’s “I love this town!” at the end strike home, even though the question of whether he loves this town or not is never raised in the movie before this moment?

[As usual, I’m kicking about a theory.]

Thu
Sep 4 2014 5:05pm

Neil Gaiman’s Hansel and Gretel is Coming to the Screen!

Neil Gaiman, Simpsons

Neil Gaiman’s take on Hansel and Gretel is being adapted into a live-action film, even though it hasn't been published yet! Gaiman's version, which we're sure is rollicking and light-hearted, will come out from Toon Books on October 28th, and features lovely artwork from Lorenzo Mattotti.

[Click through for details and house-eating!]

Thu
Sep 4 2014 2:40pm

Katniss Is Your Mockingjay in New Hunger Games Poster

new Mockingjay poster Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games District 13 rebels Capitol Panem Peeta Mellark President Snow I am I will

As predicted, our latest The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 poster finally brings us our first official look at Katniss Everdeen. Well, sorta, since we only get to see the back of the rogue Games victor and icon for the Panem revolution. Since the fateful day she picked up that iconic gold pin at the Hob (if you’re going by the movies), Katniss has had the title and costume of the Mockingjay thrust upon her. Except that where in Catching Fire it was a sassy kind of rebellious, here it looks downright deadly.

[Click through to see the full poster]

Wed
Sep 3 2014 3:55pm

Is Matthew McConaughey the Devil? (In Stephen King’s The Stand, That Is.)

Matthew McConaughey The Stand

According to Deadline, Matthew McConaughey is in talks to become The Darkness That Looks Back At Us in Josh Boone’s remake of The Stand! How perfect is it that the man who willed into life a demonic horde of romcoms in the 90s and 00s may now become our new 21st century Devil? The McConaughsaince is nigh!

[Actually, after watching Failure to Launch, we’re pretty sure he already is the Devil.]

Wed
Sep 3 2014 1:36pm

The Rock Finally Confirms That He’s Playing Black Adam in Forthcoming DC Movie

The Rock finally confirmed Black Adam Shazam DC Comics Warner Bros August 5, 2016 tweet

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has spent the past month and a half teasing whether he would play Shazam or Black Adam in DC Comics’ eventual Shazam movie. So, it’s only fitting that he would be the one to finally set the record straight.

[With this tweet!]

Wed
Sep 3 2014 12:35pm

Meet Baymax in This Painfully Adorable Clip From Big Hero 6

new Big Hero 6 clip meet Baymax cute adorable squee pain levels puberty Hiro Disney

Between Toothless, Groot, and now Baymax, insanely adorable sidekicks in genre movies are totally having a moment. If you’re not yet a fan of the sweet, inflatable robot from Disney’s forthcoming Big Hero 6, then let this clip convert you. In it, Hiro rediscovers his robot protector (left behind by his older brother?), who proceeds to diagnose him with an alarming (but totally normal) condition.

[Watch the clip]

Thu
Aug 28 2014 12:10pm

Where Is Katniss in the Latest Mockingjay Rebel Posters?

Mockingjay rebel posters District 13 Cressida Gale Katniss Pollux

The latest batch of posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 have the rebels of District 13 looking more like members of the Expendables movies than a propaganda camera crew. Which is to say, super badass, though we would’ve liked to see some camera equipment along with the rifles and crossbows.

But the most interesting thing to note about the Mockingjay posters so far is that none of them have featured Katniss Everdeen. Sure, she’s in the trailer, but the first round of teasers starred Peeta and Johanna; and the recent print ads focused on the leaders of District 13, like President Coin and Gale. Our Mockingjay is nowhere to be seen, and we think they planned it that way.

[Read more]

Wed
Aug 27 2014 10:00am

Mary Poppins is a Wizard Who Literally Sings Her Spells

Mary Poppins

Some might say science fiction or fantasy is inaccessible because the settings are unrealistic or the characters exhibit extraordinary or magical abilities. And yet, alternate realities in which people, creatures, and sometimes inanimate objects break into song are totally mainstream. Musicals like West Side Story or The Sound of Music might not qualify as fantasy just for existing in these singing-heavy dimensions, but what about when there’s overt magic involved too?

The film version of Mary Poppins is lousy with magical singing, by which I mean singing that is actually magic-inducing. She’s casting spells in a bizarro dimension using only the power of her perfectly on-key voice. No, really.

[Read more]

Mon
Aug 25 2014 11:50am

Guardians of the Galaxy Dances Back to the Top of the Box Office!

Today in Guardians of the Galaxy news: the Dancing Groot Toy is one step closer to being real! Unfortunately, the adorable little guy above doesn’t actually, um, dance? But! It’s a bobble-head, so if you put it next to a window on a breezy day, or a moderately powerful fan, it’ll be a good approximation.

The other news: GotG has regained the Number One spot at the box office! After two weeks of childhood-destroying horror Turtle Power, the Guardians jumped back up to the top, at the same time securing their status as the highest-grossing film of the summer. This puts them at number three for the year so far, behind Captain America: Winter Soldier and The LEGO Movie, which gives us hope for the human race, because something has to. When was the last time a film fell from the top spot, only to work its way back up? Is the Power of Friendship involved somehow, or just the Power of Li’l Groot?

Fri
Aug 22 2014 1:30pm

Johnny Depp and Kevin Smith’s Daughters to Fight Evil with Yoga and Apathy in New Movie

Kevin Smith Harley Quinn Smith Johnny Depp Lily-Rose Depp Tusk Yoga Hosers Canada yoga evil

Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp are bringing their daughters to work... or is it that they’re providing support for their offspring in their burgeoning film careers? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smith’s new movie Yoga Hosers will star his and Depp’s daughters as yoga-obsessed Canadian convenience store clerks, who have to harness their flexibility and inner light to battle ancient evils.

[The light in me is gonna dumpster the light in you’s face]

Fri
Aug 22 2014 12:45pm

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Confirms That Sandman Movie Is Still Happening: “We’re Working on a Script”

Sandman movie Joseph Gordon-Levitt update script Neil Gaiman

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been pretty quiet on the Sandman front since he announced in December 2013 that he’d be working on an adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s iconic series. But thanks to some recent prodding from Moviefone, JGL relented and threw us a few scraps. Mostly about the help and insight he’s gotten from Robert Rodriguez and the guys behind Christopher Nolan’s Batman films.

[Read more]

Tue
Aug 19 2014 2:11pm

Take One Guess as to Who Benedict Cumberbatch Is Playing in The Jungle Book

Benedict Cumberbatch Shere Khan The Jungle Book Andy Serkis

Everything in Benedict Cumberbatch’s career has led up to this. The carefully honed boredness of Sherlock Holmes. The extreme motion-capture faces and silky purr of Smaug. His Star Trek: Into Darkness character who shares the same name as the Jungle Book villain he’s been wonderfully, perfectly cast as.

Shere Khan, of course! We’re shocked it took this long for Andy Serkis (in his directorial debut) and the producers to land on Cumberbatch for the role. Because just look at that face—they wouldn’t even have to animate him any different, he already looks the part. (But if they wanted to do motion-capture—and considering it’s Serkis’ movie—we wouldn’t argue.)

This is not to be confused with Disney’s adaptation of The Jungle Book that’s in the works, starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, and Idris Elba as Khan. Wait, who are we kidding? This is totally to be confused.

[via The Mary Sue]

Tue
Aug 19 2014 12:00pm

Whatever Happened to the Boy Wonder? Bring Robin Back to the Big Screen

Robin, Dick Grayson, Batman The Animated Series

In 2008, when fans were eager for the final installment of Chris Nolan’s bat trilogy, there was an alleged quote from star Christian Bale, claiming that he would refuse to go to work if Robin showed up in the next film. Of course, he sort of did in the form of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but that hardly counts when he’s an adult and spends practically all of his time on screen not being Robin.

[But why the shyness where the Boy Wonder is concerned?]