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Minor, seemingly insignificant touches matter in the realm of sci-fi costume. They inspire curiosity, ignite recognition and establish a believable setting in which a story can unfold. Costume designer for Star Trek Into Darkness, Michael Kaplan, obviously grasps this concept. Returning as reboot costumer, he keeps things simple yet effective. A splash of colour here, a recognisable neckline there; again he manages to appease lifelong Star Trek fans without alienating newcomers.
Kaplan and director J.J. Abrams’ smartest move is to acknowledge but not overplay Star Trek heritage. Never be too self-referential, never try too hard not to be; it’s a balancing act. Uniforms worn by the crew of Starfleet have changed considerably since the original television series aired in 1966-69. Reflecting a swinging era, colours were bright and gaudy before evolving into moody and murky in 1990s and beyond. Kaplan took his cue for Star Trek (2009) from the first TV series, »
- Chris Laverty
Blade Runner was a box office disappointment when it hit theaters in 1982, but since then it has been showered with accolades and developed a significant following that has placed it in the pantheon of great sci-fi movies.
One organization that has been very kind to the gritty neo-noir movie is the American Film Institute. Blade Runner is on AFI’s list of the greatest 100 movies of all time and is No. 6 on the prestigious film school’s list of the best sci-fi movies. The movie’s star, Harrison Ford, was the 28th recipient of the AFI LIfetime Achievement Award.
- Emily Rome
"I'm talking to Harrison Ford." It is impossible for someone raised when I was as a movie fan to sit across from the man who played Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and Rick Deckard in the span of three years and not spend most of that conversation screaming that one thing inside my head, over and over and over. "I'm talking to Harrison Ford." For me, it was the one-two punch of "Witness" and "The Mosquito Coast" that finally made me feel that there was no more essential or interesting American movie star. Those two collaborations with Peter Weir tapped into what »
- Drew McWeeny
Harrison Ford has certainly played some iconic characters in his time, and now that he's hit the big 7-0, it seems he could be set to revisit three of the best-loved, with rumours abound that he's wanted for upcoming sequels to Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Blade Runner. But does Ford himself have any interest in returning to Han Solo, Indy or Rick Deckard?
"It might be nice, depending on the circumstances, to revisit any one of those characters," Ford told MTV during a press junket for his latest film 42. "What interests me now is the opportunity to work at all and to work in ambitious projects. I can't think that way. What I'm looking for is the next opportunity, the next ambitious opportunity. It doesn't matter if it's one of those. If it's one of those, great. If it's not, that's fine too."
Ford, who will also be seen this year in Ender's Game, »
- Flickering Myth
Sequels are awesome, plain and simple. Returning to familiar characters and worlds we love is like covering yourself with a warm blanket, although when a sequel is bad it can be like a blanket covered in potato bugs and lice. Studios love sequels because seven times out of ten they open huge, no matter how good they are.
With that in mind, here's 50 of your favorite titles all preparing to get new installments. Some of them are deep into pre-production while others have barely gotten out of the pitch stages, but you'll be salivating at the thought of some of these sweet babies finally making their way to the screen.
Status: The law of diminishing returns seems to have caught up to Paramount's annual license to print money, and even though the last "Paranormal" grossed half its predecessor, producer Jason Blum is gonna »
- Max Evry
The new horror anthology "The ABCs of Death" wants to give gorehounds what they want in alphabetical order by representing each of their 26 segments with a letter. That's fine with us, since we always have plenty of death scenes organized with the Dewey Decimal System, and here are 15 of the most memorable, bloody, and enjoyable ones in the bunch.
Oh yeah, um, spoilers.
Taketoki Washizu in 'Throne of Blood' (1957)
'A' is for 'Arrows'
In one of Akira Kurosawa's many samurai epics with star/badass supreme Toshiro Mifune, the two of them created the kind of arrow-related death that "Lord of the Rings" elf Legolas must dream about at night. By the time this Macbeth stand-in is done for he's got more wood in him than Jenna Jameson and resembles a stoned porcupine. Sayonara, sucker!
- Max Evry
An August of 2011, months before the release of his Alien prequel Prometheus, director Ridley Scott announced that he would be writing and directing a new Blade Runner film. The reveal, of course, set the internet on fire as fans debated the value of and plot possibilities for the sequel. But the biggest question on everyone's mind was in regard to the possible return of Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard. But what about Sean Young, who famously played the replicant Rachael? Is there a chance that she could come back in a future film? Apparently it's not too foreign a thought, as the company behind the new film, Alcon Entertainment, actually met with the actress. Crave recently had the chance to speak with Young, who is promoting her new horror film Jug Face at the alternative Slamdance Film Festival, and when the subject of the in-development Blade Runner movie came up »
Forget jetpacks – predicting social change can be a fictional challenge
Despite my strong public advocacy of Lab Lit fiction, I have always been a huge science fiction fan too. As a family, we spent the 1970s clustered around the TV watching (the original versions of) Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Space: 1999 and many others in the genre. Being taken to see the first Star Wars movie at the age of nine was akin to a religious experience for me.
I devoured the genre in print, too. My father subscribed to Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine, which I read cover to cover religiously from about the age of seven until I left home to attend university. Not satiated, I used to go to the library every week and check out a stack of Sf so high that the librarian had to crane her neck to make eye contact with the child behind it: Herbert, »
- Jenny Rohn
8 items from 2013
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