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We’re knee-deep into season one of Westworld and HBO’s new science fiction series has made a habit out of asking big questions, offering complicated answers, and generally being one of the most promising, intriguing, and downright entertaining new shows of the year. The fact that I can write nearly 4,000 words dissecting a single episode is evidence of that. The fact that we can discuss the show’s philosophical implications and then pivot to talk about the show’s crazy mysteries reminds me Lost‘s heyday and that’s only a good thing – if Westworld can deliver as much joy as that series did throughout its run, I can deal with the frustrating hiccups that will surely arise every now and again.

A new batch of images from the fourth episode of the season, titled “Dissonance Theory,” have arrived online, teasing which characters and storylines will be touched upon in the coming hour.

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New Jurassic World 2 Character

Over the past couple months, we’ve been getting little tidbits here and there about Jurassic World 2. Technically, this could also be called Jurassic Park 5, but since we’re dealing with a whole new franchise, it’s probably easier to have the distinction between what came before and what’s happening now. Now we know Jurassic World 2 will keep one tradition from the ongoing franchise alive.

A new casting call for Jurassic World 2 reveals some vague details about a new character, and it’s a kid. Which means we’ll continue the tradition of having precocious kids run from dinosaurs yet again. Find out more about the new Jurassic World 2 character after the jump. Read More »

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The third season of Black Mirror hits Netflix on Friday, which means we can all look forward to a weekend of gradually feeling more and more queasy about the very technology we’re using to watch the show. And because Netflix knows Black Mirror fans will eventually come out of that miserable binge with a taste for still more disturbing tales about the intersection of technology and human nature, they’re already getting to work on season 4.

Jodie Foster has been set to direct an episode of Black Mirror season 4, which will star Rosemarie DeWitt. And while we wait for that intriguing installment to come together, Netflix has released a new featurette to whet your appetite for season 3.  Read More »

Arrival Trailer - Amy Adams

It’s a good time to be a sci-fi fan. Sure, there’s all the comic book and superhero movies out there right now, but more importantly there are shows like Westworld on HBO and movies like Arrival on the way. After premiering to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, the new sci-fi drama from Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve is on the way next month, and one quick final trailer gives us one more tease of what’s in store. Thankfully, it doesn’t give away any of the mystery. If anything it only makes the mystery even more enticing.

Watch the new Arrival trailer after the jump. Read More »


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Like any movie with the words “star” and “wars” in the title, Star Wars: The Force Awakens ignited all kinds of conversations when it was released last year. Fans picked apart every scene in the movie, but no moment was more throughly dissected than Rey’s “Forceback,” where Daisy Ridley‘s Jedi-to-be touches Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber and finds herself propelled into a wild flashback involving Cloud City, the Knights of Ren, and her own abandonment on Jakku. And thanks to the upcoming collector’s edition Blu-ray of the film, someone else is finally able to weigh in on this scene: director J.J. Abrams.

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Much like the long life of the Fast and Furious franchise, it’s hard to believe that early next year we’ll be getting the sixth film in the Resident Evil franchise. While the film series based on the video games of the same name hasn’t really found the same massive audience after starting back in 2002, there are still plenty of fans eager to see how it all ends.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter appears to be pulling out all the stops this time as a new international trailer shows even more absolutely batshit insane action sequences featuring hordes of zombies, giant winged-creatures, and villainous corporate executives talking menacingly in board rooms at the Umbrella Corporation headquarters. It’s exactly what you would expect from director Paul W.S. Anderson‘s latest contribution to the franchise.

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The mere existence of Death Race 2050 is going to confuse a few people and I’d be lying if I said that didn’t delight me just a little bit. This is the direct sequel to producer Roger Corman‘s schlocky 1975 film Death Race 2000, ignoring Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2008 remake Death Race and its two direct-to-video sequels, Death Race 2 and Death Race 3: Inferno. Anyone who only knows this series from the more grim and serious-minded (but not exactly serious) remake series may get whiplash from the new Death Race 2050 trailer, which harkens back to the tone of the original movie in a big way.

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Now that Star Wars: the Force Awakens is getting released on 3D Blu-ray, director JJ Abrams is being more open about the making of the film. Here we get two new clips from The Force Awakens audio commentary, both of which seem to suggest that reshooting Star Wars scenes might result in a better film (you hear that Rogue One cynics?).

In one of the clips, the writer/director reveals the two shots in the Rey/Kylo Ren lightsaber battle that were added after the fact — one of which was a suggestion of filmmaker Ava Duvernay (Selma) and the other is one of my favorite shots in the film. The second audio commentary clip features Abrams talking about how Rey and Finn’s relationship was dramatically changed after Harrison Ford’s on-set injury allowed him to go back and do Force Awakens reshoots.

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Now that we’re five chapters deep into the Transformers series, it’s safe to say that just about everyone on the planet has an opinion on these movies. And while I’ve never been the biggest fan of what Michael Bay has done with these characters, I have to admire his audaciousness as a filmmaker. There are many, many things you can say about Bay’s filmography, but anyone who calls him lazy or derivative hasn’t been paying attention. Like him or not, he’s really one of a kind and his movies are made with a voice that is all his own.

And that’s why I’ve been digging the behind-the-scenes videos that have been trickling out of Transformers: The Last Knight, showcasing Bay in his element: commanding large armies of artists and technicians as part of a grand plan to orchestrate cinematic mayhem. The latest trio of videos are more of the same in the best possible way.

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Westworld is certainly a show that presents the audience with many mysteries and just as many questions, something we’ve come to expect from Bad Robot and Jonathan Nolan. We’re only three episodes into the first season of this HBO series adaptation, and already we’ve seen our fair share of Westworld theories. Some theories question the location and time of this story, while others try to draw connections between the characters. Some of the most exciting theories may already be debunked (or were they?)  . And other theories have been directly addressed by the showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy Nolan, who would neither confirm or deny your assumptions.

With a couple of days to digest the third episode, “The Stray,” we have rounded up a new batch of Westworld theories for you to consider. In this edition we ask the big question of “Who is Arnold?” and how will his presence impact the future of this series? Also, where does the Maze lead and how does the constellation of Orion connect with what we know so far about the Westworld backstory? All this and more, after the jump.

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