When it comes to talking about Star Trek: Discovery, showrunner Bryan Fuller has a unique habit of saying whole lot while revealing very little. Other producers, writers, and directors should take note: this is how you work people into an excited froth without spoiling your show. Today’s deluge of Discovery-related business is full of intriguing morsels, promising suggestions, and even a nugget or two of potential controversy for a certain corner of Trek fandom. Let’s start with the biggest news: the name of the show’s lead character.
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Since we’re looking at the end of Game of Thrones coming in two shortened seasons, HBO needs to find a new show to fill the void that will eventually be left by the absence of the fantasy hit. Thankfully, their TV series adaptation of the sci-fi thriller Westworld written by Michael Crichton looks like it could be their next genre hit.
Westworld is based on 1973 sci fi thriller which took place in a futuristic theme park where paying guests would pretend to be gunslingers in an artificial Wild West populated by advanced androids. But one day, the system goes haywire and the androids begin to rebel against their programming. A new Westworld trailer from HBO shows how the story plays out in a contemporary world where Evan Rachel Wood plays an android who is slowly becoming aware of the twisted world she’s part of as she realizes that she’s not as human as she thought.
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In the world of pop culture, there are some actors who are only ever best known for a single role they played in a movie or TV show. No matter how much other work they do, they’ll always be that character in the eyes of the audience. Ralph Macchio is The Karate Kid, Macaulay Culkin is Kevin McCallister, Jason Biggs is the guy who fucked a pie, Henry Winkler is The Fonz and Mark Hamill is Luke Skywalker (though he has become well known for voicing The Joker in animated form too).
The same can also be said of Tom Wilson, the man who is known for playing the bully Biff Tannen (and all of his ancestors and descendants) in the Back to the Future trilogy. Now the actor tries to confront the daunting prospect of having become pop art by creating some therapeutic art of his own. Not only is the art pretty cool, but it’s fascinating to see the actor deal with his kind of fame so bluntly and publicly. Check out the Tom Wilson I Am Pop Art video below. Read More »
There’s about a month left until this year’s Force Friday unveils a bunch of new details about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on merchandise shelves all over the world. On that day, new action figures, books, shirts and tons more will give us a better look at some of the characters, vehicles, settings and more from the first Star Wars spin-off from Lucasfilm. In the meantime, a new batch of photos has been unleashed online to give us a closer look.
The new Rogue One photos give us a different look at our new Rebel team including Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso and Diego Luna as Captain Cassian Andor, but there’s also a cool new shot of Ben Mendelsohn as the villain Director Orson Krennic and more. Check them out below. Read More »
After directing a reboot (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), a remake (The Gambler), and the pilot for another remake (The Exoricist), director Rupert Wyatt is now developing an original project. After The Gambler, Wyatt wanted to start directing his own material again, as he did with his feature debut, The Escapist (co-written by Daniel Hardy). The filmmaker is sticking to his plan because he may next direct an original science-fiction film titled Captive State.
Below, learn more about the Rupert Wyatt sci-fi movie.
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One of the greatest pleasures of my career so far arrived last year, when I was able to interview the great Kurt Russell following the premiere of the fantastic horror western Bone Tomahawk. Russell is one of the greats, a massive screen presence who’s willing to take chances on strange movies, a “man’s man” who isn’t afraid to play weak or buffoonish, an actor who can embody cowboys and criminals and psychopaths and moody helicopter pilots stranded in the ass-end of Antarctica. There has never been a movie that wasn’t made better by his presence. He’s an icon. He looms as large as the larger-than-life characters he so often plays.
So, if there was any living actor who deserves to have an entire art show dedicated to him, it’s Kurt freakin’ Russell. And yes, there is a new Kurt Russell art show right around the corner, featuring pieces that pay tribute to movies like The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York, The Hateful Eight, and Death Proof.
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UPDATE: Funko has released another hypothetical POP! Vinyl figure, this time giving a fan favorite character their own figure. You can check it out after the jump. Our original story follows.
Funko has turned any and nearly every kind of character from pop culture into one of the POP! Vinyl figures. Disney, Star Wars, Batman, Ghostbusters, Family Guy, The Avengers, Gremlins, Futurama and tons more movies and TV shows have had their characters turned into the adorable little doe-eyed collectibles. Basically, anything popular gets the Funko treatment, so you would think Stranger Things would be next right? That’s what we’re hoping, and it appears Funko got a head start on their collection by creating a POP! Vinyl sculpt of the telekinetic girl known as Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown.
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Production is wrapped on Star Wars: Episode VIII, and with post-production underway, John Williams will begin his work on the film’s score imminently. So far details have been pretty sparse on information about the sequel, which is exactly what we all expected. However, some fans have been hoping that we would get an official title for the movie sooner than later. But according to Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley, we may be waiting a while longer.
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Next weekend brings Morgan to theaters, a sci-fi thriller produced by Ridley Scott about a rapidly evolving, synthetically created person who has decided she’s done with being kept locked up like some kind of science experiment. Even though the movie is more about tampering with genetics rather than artificial intelligence, someone at 20th Century Fox thought it would be cool to see how two of the most advanced robots in existence today would react to the teaser trailer for Morgan. The results are simultaneously entertaining and a bit creepy.
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