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Quip along with us as we take a look at the third - third! - in the series of SyFy’s camp disaster movie, stuffed with cameos from 90s stars. And sharks
Thanks everyone for tuning in. We got to see a strangely conservative movie full of tea partiers, Nascar, Real Housewives, and more product placement than you can throw a bag of 3D Doritos at. There was a space shuttle launch, a laser chainsaw, and Frankie Muniz getting all of his limbs eaten off by a a shark.All in all, that is a fine night of entertainment. We’ll see you again next year when we see just how #AprilDies.
- Brian Moylan in New York
Looking for a good book recommendation? Our writers have a few unsung sci-fi, fantasy and horror gems up their sleeves...
Other people. What’s the point of them? They’re noisy and everywhere.
There is one thing they’re especially good at, however, and that’s recommending new stuff. In the spirit of that, we asked our writers to recommend great books that, for whatever reason, haven’t been surrounded by as much fuss and recognition as they deserve.
Nominations came in for personal favourites in fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and graphic novels, so we’ve divided them up into a series of features, the first of which is below, on great unsung sci-fi, fantasy, horror and thriller adult fiction.
Our hope is that you’ll demonstrate your worth as other people by carrying on the recommendations in the comments section below. Thanks in advance.
The Ladies Of Grace »
We’ve all got too much on our plate. On top of that, pop culture enthusiasts like us are enjoying a surfeit of geekiness. Some would argue that there are too many excellent comics, movies and TV shows available today. We all have to pick and choose. My co-worker, Kris Longo, the entrepreneurial wizard who runs Geek Riot Media, has been heard to say “I’m not taking on any new series” now and again. He has a maturity (that I lack) to be able to limit his fictional intake at any given time. And who can blame him?
But despite all this, I think the summer is the perfect time to dive into in a new beach book. No matter how busy you are, how many problems you have or how overdue that oil change is, there’s something magical about getting lost in a summer beach book. And »
- Ed Catto
Reviewed by Michael J.W. Thomas
"He came out of the earth, hating. Hate was his father; hate was his mother."
You walk into the theater. The stage is bare; no scenery, no art, no props. As you adjust yourself to the surroundings, you then notice a …thing… in the middle of the bare stage. It doesn’t move, not even an inch. After a very long time, you start to notice movement. From a seemingly crumpled heap of rags, a man emerges, or what you think is a man. It is contorted, as if in anguish, rising, slowly, painfully, untangling the wreck of his arms and legs, growling unintelligibly at first, then finally forming words. Words of pain, words of anger, words of hate.
His name is William Lantry, the year is 2349, and »
The 2014 Nebula Awards were presented June 4, 2015 in a ceremony at Sfwa’s 50th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend, held in Chicago, Il. Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, Axe Cop) hosted the awards. Larry Niven was honored with the 2014 Damon Knight Grand Master Award for his lifetime contributions and achievements in the field.
I am Groot. I am Groot? I Am Groot.
Now, who among us can argue with that?
The full ballot, with winners listed first:
Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (Fsg Originals; Fourth Estate; HarperCollins Canada) The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor) Trial by Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen) Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit Us; Orbit UK) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor) Coming Home, Jack McDevitt (Ace)
Yesterday’s Kin, Nancy Kress (Tachyon) We Are All Completely Fine, »
- Glenn Hauman
Think of your summer leisure time -- beaches, baseball, barbecues, vacations, camping, fairs, fireworks, sunshine... What can the TV programmers offer to pull you away from all that?
How about monsters, murders, alien invaders, serial killers, horror, gore, and violence?
Seems counterintuitive, right? And yet, that's what this summer's TV fare looks like, a parade of grimness and bleakness at a time when people are most likely to seek escapism.
This year's summer of darkness began with the launch on Fox last month of "Wayward Pines," the new series based on Blake Crouch''s novels and featuring the signature spooky touch of "Sixth Sense" and "Signs" director M. Night Shyamalan. So far, the show's highlights have included vehicular mayhem, cultish creepiness, mysterious conspiracies, summary executions, and hints of lurking monsters.
- Gary Susman
Spoilers ahead for the premiere episode of The Whispers. The Whispers quickly gets under your skin. Adapted from the short story “Zero Hour” by Ray Bradbury and produced by Steven Spielberg, it’s also got enough mystery and eeriness to keep viewers on their toes. In the pilot, young kids stare off into thin air speaking to an unknown, invisible, and maybe but probably not imaginary entity named Drill, who convinces them to play a “game” that leads to violence (one makes her mom fall from a tall treehouse) and perhaps treason. On the show, American Horror Story scene-stealer Lily Rabe plays FBI child specialist Claire Bennigan, tasked with uncovering the mysteries of Drill. We chatted with Rabe about what to expect on the show, what makes these kids so intriguing, and her childhood imaginary friends.So the pilot opens on a scene of a very cute little girl talking »
- Sarah Caldwell
As director and producer, few storytellers have utilized the wonderment and fascination (and sometimes horror) of children as points-of-entry into the wonderment and fascination of the adult world more effectively than Steven Spielberg has. Conversely, Spielberg has also masterfully used the normalized responses of children to the abnormal as an approach to disarm world-weary grown-ups. From Cary Guffey in "Close Encounters" to Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore in "E.T." to Heather O'Rourke in "Poltergeist" to Christian Bale in "Empire of the Sun" to Haley Joel Osment in "A.I." to Dakota Fanning in "Taken" and "War of the Worlds," Spielberg has always know that there's something pure and primal in the reactions of children and that those reactions can be used to steer the reactions viewers of all ages. Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers of ABC's new "the kids are not alright" drama "The Whispers," but his participation »
- Daniel Fienberg
Three episodes were provided for reviewing purposes prior to broadcast.
With Fox’s Lost-inspired summer offering Wayward Pines (off to a dizzyingly fun start), ABC is jumping into the fray with The Whispers, a new drama series based off Ray Bradbury’s short story “Zero Hour.” It focuses on a group of apparently disconnected children under the influence of an invisible entity they refer only to as “Drill.” After a few fatal accidents or two, a mysteriously downed fighter jet in Africa, and an amnesiac covered with tattoos all begin setting off blips on the FBI’s radar, an FBI child specialist Claire Bennigan (Lily Rabe) races to connect the dots of the seemingly disconnected events.
The big problem with The Whispers, especially in comparison with Wayward Pines, is where the latter uses inspiration from classic shows to build off and grow into its own product, The Whispers feels constantly »
- Mitchel Broussard
The Collider Weekly TV Guide is a rundown of notable episodes, premieres, returns, finales, and opportunities to catch up on great shows (or cast an eye to the occasional TV train wreck). Get ready for some summer premieres, because they are (almost) all here; and check out the list for the week beginning Monday, June 1st: Monday 6/1 The Whispers Series Premiere, “X Marks the Spot” (ABC, 10 p.m.) — The series, from producer Steven Spielberg and Under the Dome writer Soo Hugh, is based on a Ray Bradbury short story where children hear a mysterious voice that compels them to act violently against their parents as part of a game (and invasion conspiracy). Lily Rabe and Milo Ventimiglia star. Review. UnReal Series Premiere, “Return” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.) — Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer star in this drama that takes place behind the scenes of a dating competition show. [caption id="attachment_462083" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via The History Channel[/caption] Texas Rising, »
- Allison Keene
In Ray Bradbury’s short story “Zero Hour,” children from across the country become involved in a game called “Invasion.” Like most things kids are into, the parents think it’s harmlessly benign … until the invasion actually occurs. ABC’s The Whispers, produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, plays off of the same setup. Once again, the parents think the imaginary friend their child has (despite the worrisome name “Drill”) is all part of their fun and games. Until the kids start killing. ABC’s The Whispers is, for the most part, a fairly rote entry into a TV landscape already clogged with series about mysterious symbols, military conspiracies, possible alien involvement, and an overall question that may never be satisfyingly answered (the show’s creator, Soo Hugh, is also a producer for Under the Dome and was a writer for the short-lived, truly insane series Zero Hour). But, »
- Allison Keene
Ray Bradbury's Pillar of Fire is coming to Hollywood. Actor Bill Oberst Jr. (Coyote) will be part of five performances, on the material. The performances will begin June 5th and run into June 25th. And, Pillar of Fire is a story, based on a dystopic future world, in which the walking dead return. A preview of Oberst Jr.'s five run show is hosted here. Bradbury's original story was set in 2349. In the future, superstition and religiosity are banned. The dead are cremated by the thousands. And, a walking corpse is determined to bring back fear, to the disbelieving masses. Oberst Jr. has something to say about his upcoming show. He mentions how actor Vincent Price would tour the world, with interpretations of Edgar Allen Poe's works: "Vincent Price used to tour the world with living renditions of Poe's works that delighted fans. I'd like to do the same with Ray Bradbury. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
When it comes to actors working within the horror genre and reveling in what they do, you’ll never find anyone more passionate than Bill Oberst, Jr. If you’re in Los Angeles (or plan to be there in June) and you’re… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Three years after his passing, Ray Bradbury's prose takes center stage in an La theater performance opening on the anniversary of the author's death.
Ray Bradbury's Pillar Of Fire, a solo rendition of Bradbury's novella of the same name by actor Bill Oberst Jr. presented as part of 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival, previews at Theatre Of Note (1517 N Cahuenga Blvd) on Friday, June 5 at 8pm and Saturday, June 6 at 9pm before moving to Hudson Guild Theatre (6539 Santa Monica Blvd) for Thursday performances on June 11, June 18 and June 25 at 8pm. $12.00 tickets go on sale May 1 for all shows at www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/2496 with some tickets for the Hudson Guild performances also available at www.plays411.com/ray.
When Bradbury passed away on June 5, 2012 he left behind millions of what he called “my bastard children;” adults who first read him in high school. Oberst says he is one of them. »
Director Brad Bird has an almost immaculate run of form when it comes to bringing larger-than-life entertainments to the screen. The Iron Giant was one of the most acclaimed animated films of the 1990s. The Incredibles and Ratatouille are among Pixar's best films so far. His live-action debut Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, while not perfect, was perhaps the most entertaining movie entry since the first.
Bird brings his blue-sky storytelling to bear on Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, a eyed sci-fi fairytale with elements taken straight from classic pulp magazine stories. It’s The Wizard Of Oz retold by Ray Bradbury or Hugo Gernsback, with bits of The Terminator and Buck Rogers thrown in for good measure. It’s an entertaining yet sometimes befuddling bag of intricately moving parts, not all of which fit together too well. »
Many monsters came to Midian seeking shelter from the hate of humanity. That hate brought death and destruction to the supposedly safe haven in the 1988 novel, Cabal, and its film adaptation, Nightbreed (1990), leaving viewers to wonder what Clive Barker's eclectic cast of characters would do next. On July 28th, Tor Books will release a highly anticipated 300+ page answer (in both hardcover and Kindle) to that question with the Nightbreed sequel anthology, Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed. Featuring an introduction by Barker and short stories from a wide range of great writers (including David J. Schow, C. Robert Cargill, and Weston Ochse), this Nightbreed collection explores what happened after the last page was turned and the end credits rolled in Barker's brilliant world of the lost and lonely.
- Derek Anderson
The success of plays like Nick Payne’s “Constellations” and Jennifer Haley’s “The Nether”—both West End transfers—proves there’s a hunger for intellectual and science-based theater. Playwrights based in the U.K. are taking the charge, but Los Angeles is spearheading a movement on this side of the pond with the start of Sci-Fest La: the Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival. Founded by actor David Dean Bottrell (“Boston Legal”) and seasoned theater producers Michael Blaha and Lee Costello, the festival debuted in May of last year to rave reviews from the likes of La Weekly and the Huffington Post. The festival’s lineup of 15-minute sci-fi theater productions included work from Ursula K. Le Guin and Ray Bradbury, with plays featuring actors from franchises such as “Star Trek,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Supernatural.” “Both the critical response and the support we received last year from the L. »
There was a brief stir in January when composer Harry Gregson-Williams publicly expressed, via Facebook, his surprise at hearing music he didn’t recognize at the premiere of Michael Mann’s thriller “Blackhat” — and at not hearing a lot of score he did write.
The composer says his Facebook post has been blown out of proportion, but admits it was disappointing to see music he toiled over dropped (or replaced) in the final cut. But, he stresses, that’s just part of the game.
“You win some, you lose some,” he says, relaying his early mentor Hans Zimmer’s comment that you haven’t made it as a film composer until you’ve had a score rejected.
Gregson-Williams is simply the latest in a long line of composers who’ve watched scores tossed out and replaced whole-cloth, partially substituted by pre-existing tracks, or mangled beyond recognition. Mann is notorious for »
- Tim Greiving
Art by Nacho Arranz
Cover by Nacho Arranz
Published by Idw
Let me begin this review by saying mischief was most definitely afoot when the review copy of Galaxy Quest #3 was sent to me. Imagine my surprise when I finally opened up my review copy and failed to see the familiar Galaxy Quest crew, but instead met Abbey and her best friend Cate. I waited for a Thermian to pop up or for Brandon to stumble into a panel, but nothing happened. After a little digging, I discovered the truth behind this deviation from the main story. So while we will not be discussing what happens after Jason and the crew manage to land on Dryth, we will be looking at the comic I was sent because that’s how I roll. I hope everyone had a merry April Fool’s Day. »
- Elizabeth Rico
Any time somebody brings circuses into the equation things turn sinister. Tempered by the needs of a mainstream audience and being firmly pre-watershed, this circus is not quite the denizen of freaks you would expect. There is a hint of lecherous behaviour, fist fights and family feuds while snake charmers and vague psychics ply their trade amongst the shadows of a big top. Such landmark films as Todd Browning’s Freaks or the Ray Bradbury adaptation of Something Wicked This Way Comes, are neither touchstone nor homage in this watered down introduction to a character which deserves more.
Cameron Monaghan plays Jerome in a role creators should have best left alone. ‘The Joker’ represents a precious commodity which many feel has no place in this Gotham universe, neither now or at any point further down the line. For more than a few »
- Gary Collinson
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