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Jul 21 2014 1:45pm

Benedict Cumberbatch Breaks Nazi Codes, Hearts in The Imitation Game Trailer

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Alan Turing’s story is so tragic and yet inspiring on so many levels that it’s no surprise that the first trailer for the upcoming biopic The Imitation Game tugs at our heartstrings. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the prickly mathematician, enlisted to help crack the Nazis’ infamous Enigma code during World War II. To do so, they had to create an early prototype for the computer.

[“Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine”]

Jul 21 2014 9:00am

The Deluge Myth: Snowpiercer and Noah


It’s impossible to know who first told the story of a great flood that destroys most of the world, but the deluge myth appeared early and often in various cultures. The most famous account of the flood is, of course, the sketch of Noah’s Ark from Genesis, but the great deluge also figures prominently in the Mesopotamian epics of Gilgamesh and Atrahasis, in the Shatapatha Brahmana story of Manu, and in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Variations abound, but the germ of the story is the same: the last vestiges of humanity huddle aboard a massive vessel while the rest of the world drowns.

In our eschatology-obsessed times, we’ve seen renewed interest in the deluge myth. This summer alone has given us two prominent variations in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and Joon-ho Bong’s Snowpiercer. These two films present a natural and compelling contrast—while Noah portrays the deluge as religious retribution for wickedness, Snowpiercer presents it as a scientific calamity. In both cases, it would seem, humanity had it coming.

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Jul 17 2014 4:30pm

Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, and More to Team Up in New “Avengers”-Style Films

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With Marvel and DC’s superhero films proving that geeky franchises can flourish, it makes sense that Universal is peering back into the vault at its OG franchise: classic monster movies.

We’re talking, of course, about the black-and-white Frankenstein, Dracula, and Creature From the Black Lagoon on which we all grew up—or, for younger movie audiences, watched other movies parody and reference without achieving the same staying power as these horror masterpieces.

We’ve known for a while that such a massive revival was in the works, but now we know who’s helming it: Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.

[It’s aliiive!]

Jul 17 2014 12:30pm

“No One Is Born Evil” But Daniel Radcliffe Looks Pretty Sinful in the First Horns Trailer

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The most evil thing about Daniel Radcliffe’s new project Horns is how long we’ve had to wait for little hints—his impressive American accent, those wicked-looking horns—without knowing when the movie would actually be released. Now, we get both a full trailer and a release date!

[“Sometimes, when you go through hell, the only way out is to walk deeper into the fire...”]

Jul 15 2014 1:00pm

Short Fiction Spotlight: China Miéville, The Movie

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Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a weekly column dedicated to doing exactly what it says in the header: shining a light on the some of the best and most relevant fiction of the aforementioned form.

I’ve missed China Miéville.

But fair’s fair—the bloke had earned a bit of a break. A new novel bearing his name appeared every year from the publication of The City & The City in 2009 through the release of Railsea in 2012. After that, he scripted fifteen issues of the underrated and unfortunately ill-fated Dial H for DC Comics, and sure, there have been some short stories since: in The White Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and The Apology Chapbook, which was distributed amongst attendees of last year’s World Fantasy Convention.

I haven’t read any of them, though. They were hella hard to get hold of, and if they were rarities then, these days they’re like liquid silver: hot and costly.

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Jul 14 2014 12:30pm

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Calcifies the New Era of the Post-Human Blockbuster

There has been a troubled tradition of humans sticking their noses in movies that are supposedly about robots, aliens, Draculas, sharknados, talking monkeys and all kinds of other cool critters. Caesar and his fellow apes aren’t new to this party, but the revolution they’re pushing in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has the strong possibility of creating a new kind of genre movie: a seriously good blockbuster that actually features a ratio favoring non-humans way more than humans.

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Jul 10 2014 11:15am

Is Doomsday in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?

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Bleeding Cool is reporting that concept art exists for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice featuring the character Doomsday, whose primary claim to fame is beating the crap out of Superman so hard that Superman died. The 90's were like that.

And, you know, at this point why not? The film already features Batman, Superman, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Lois Lane, Alfred, Perry White, and is rumored to be including hints of Arrow, Aquaman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and others. Surely the addition of Doomsday will be the thing that finally excites us? We hope Paul Giamatti is playing him. His Rhino was effortless and beautiful.

Jul 10 2014 10:00am

If Wishes Were Horses, Apes Would Ride Them: Why Planet of the Apes Will Always Blow Our Minds

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If we had an infinite amount of apes banging on an infinite amount of typewriters, I think we can all agree, they’d eventually write every single Planet of the Apes movie, and then rise up and enslave us humans as their copy-editors, gaffers, and interns who get them coffee.

Basically there’s no way any of us are ever going to get over the idea of talking apes, like, ever. But why?

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Jul 9 2014 12:06am

Trailer for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings

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Is Ridley Scott back in Gladiator form? Maybe not, but I’m a sucker for a “sword and sandal” movie. Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of Moses and Ramses, staring Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, and Joel Edgerton, is due out this December. Watch the trailer below, along with a promo for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Jul 8 2014 2:15pm

17 Minutes of Guardians of the Galaxy Was Not Enough

On Monday July 7, Marvel hosted an exclusive preview screening of Guardians of the Galaxy at several movie theatres across the country, and I was one of the lucky few who got to attend (Pro tip: Annual Plus Membership on Marvel’s Unlimited app gets you all kinds of sweet perks). However, unlike other preview screenings I’ve attended, this was only a 17-minute sneak peek, which is something I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. I know that sometimes movie studios will release a short scene for free online to promote the film, or attach it a 5-minute preview to another film in theatres, but...showing up at the movie theatres to watch 17-minutes of a movie that comes out in a month? That’s kinda weird, right?

And yet, I did it. I went, and I stood in line to watch a 17-minute “extended preview” of Guardians of the Galaxy, and I regret every second of it.

[Spoilers to follow]

Jul 3 2014 1:00pm

Watch All the Movies That Earth to Echo Was Derived From Instead

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Here to suck some time out of your precious holiday is perhaps one of the most unoriginal sci-fi films of the past decade. It’s not just that it lifts material—it’s that it lifts that material in the laziest way possible. And if I sound a bit too harsh on a children’s film, it’s probably because this sort of film is always an easy sell for me. Alien/robot making connection with kids in need of a friend, the evil adults who are simply missing out on the wonder and trying to drag it down to the dirt.

I was less moved by Earth to Echo than I was by Real Steel, for god’s sake. That’s right, a Rock’em Sock’em Robot film was better at eliciting an emotional response from me than this movie.

[They should have called him Space Ninja, like Tuck wanted.]

Jun 30 2014 4:30pm

Best Dad Ever Photoshops Daughter Into Sci-Fi and Fantasy Films

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Coolest dad ever Grant Davis captured a hilarious photo of his adorable daughter Winter—we’d love to know the context for it—and decided to Photoshop her into his favorite movies. To see Winter co-starring in X-Men (baby Magneto!), Space Jam, Harry PotterDie Hard, and more, you can check out the whole gallery at Imgur.

It also proves that you only need one pose to fit into a variety of movies. This Pacific Rim one has already bowled us over with the INSTANT FEELS.

[h/t The Mary Sue]

Photos: Grant Davis

Jun 30 2014 3:00pm

“Know your place. Accept your place. Be a shoe.” Snowpiercer

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Going into Snowpiercer, the most important thing to remember is this: at its core, it is a horror film, though its sci-fi packaging would suggest otherwise. Remember how Danny Boyle’s Sunshine sucker-punched you the same way? Well, this stars Chris Evans, too. He seems to have an affinity for these sorts of films when he’s not wearing spangly outfits.

[Living at the tail]

Jun 27 2014 12:40pm

Will Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four Reboot Be Like Chronicle?

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In a recent interview, Fantastic Four screenwriter Simon Kinberg described the 2015 reboot film as “somewhere in-between the joyfulness of [Sam] Raimi's Spider-Man movies and the reality and drama of Josh [Trank]'s Chronicle.” Now, more intel suggests that it could hew even closer to Trank's found-footage superhero indie.

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Jun 27 2014 12:09pm

What Can We Expect From Star Trek 3? Deep Space

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Five years in space, you guys! Director/writer Robert Orci recently let slip a little more about the story for 2016’s Star Trek 3 on new podcast Humans From Earth. According to Comic Book Movie, Orci admitted:

The first two films—especially the 2009 [Star Trek]—was an origin story. It was about them coming together. So they weren’t the characters they were in the original series. They were growing into them and that continues on in the second movie.  So in this movie they are closer than they are to the original series characters that you have ever seen. They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space.

Orci has previously stated that the film will be exploring the grey areas of the Federation’s peaceful exploration and expansion, which would line up easily with the story of a deep space mission. What do you do when faced with the hard questions, far away from the Federation, far away from support? Original Series Kirk had to make some bold, kind of weird, decisions in his time, now it looks like Pine-Kirk will be learning how to do the same.

Jun 27 2014 10:10am

Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem Finally Has a U.S. Release Date

We finally know when we’ll get to see Zero Theorem! Terry Gilliam’s latest film was formerly slated for this August but then vanished after debuting a trailer last summer. Now it appears that the U.S. will get to see the film in limited release starting September 19th. The good news for the not-New-York portion of the country is that the film will also come out via On Demand and iTunes, so those of you who feel despair when you see the words  “limited release” and “Terry Gilliam” in the same sentence, take heart.

The film promises to be the Gilliam-est of Gilliam movies, with Christoph Waltz playing a computer genius named Qohen Leth who is tasked with either discovering the meaning of life, or finally proving that life has no meaning. Matt Damon and Tilda Swinton will most likely speak in improbable accents, and, this is just a guess, but True Love might make an appearance.

Jun 27 2014 9:26am

Guillermo del Toro Announces Pacific Rim 2 for April 2017

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Legendary Pictures and Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro released a video message late last night announcing a confirmed release date for Pacific Rim 2!

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Jun 26 2014 12:25pm

Everything We Know About Mad Max: Fury Road

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Right when you were starting to think that maybe Mad Max: Fury Road wasn’t coming out, or maybe wasn’t even real, Entertainment Weekly whips out this cover story about the near-mythical fourth Mad Max film. Consider it a “we’re still here!” with badass leather outfits and bionic arms.

Seeing as it’s been a while since there’s been Mad Max news, let’s refresh our memories on everything we know about Fury Road so far.

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Jun 25 2014 10:50am

Peeta Stands With President Snow and the Capitol in First Mockingjay Teaser

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On the heels of its striking “people of the districts” propaganda ad campaign, the Capitol has released its first propaganda video featuring an address from President Snow...and his newest supporter, District 12 champion Peeta Mellark. NO PEETA WHY.

[First Mockingjay teaser trailer. Run, don’t walk.]

Jun 25 2014 10:00am

Party Like Dick: The Charming Audacity of Radio Free Albemuth

Very early on in the film Radio Free Albemuth, we’re straight-up shown an alien satellite in orbit shooting a zap-beam into the head of Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe), the movie’s protagonist. This scene almost dares us to just accept what is going on, but when you’re making a Philip K. Dick movie, a disconnect between reality (even a science fictional one) and “normal stuff” is bound to happen. And instead of avoiding that inherent disconnect, this film embraces it. Because if you’re not willing to have a tonally jumbled movie, one in which the movie itself seems to almost parody the human experience, then you can’t adapt Dick.

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