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"What if?" is the burning question our favorite sci-fi movies ask: What if Earth was invaded by aliens or giant spiders? What makes us human once we start bending the laws of genetics and robotics? And if we worked out really really hard, would we ever have Linda Hamilton's arms in "Terminator 2"?
Here are some of the best of the sci-fi genre now streaming on Netflix, including Chris Evans in "Snowpiercer," Bruce Willis in "The Fifth Element" and plenty of Godzilla and the crew of the USS Enterprise.
1. "Antiviral" (2012) Nr
David Cronenberg's son, Brandon, makes his film debut with this gore-filled horror flick about a company who deals in viruses collected from celebrities since people want to be infected with the same diseases as the ultra-famous.
2. "Barbarella" (1968) PG
The cult film, starring Jane Fonda as the sexy space babe of the title, may be overlong, but it's an eye-popping must-see '60s flashback. »
- Sharon Knolle
Sony Playstation Network has released seven new photos from its original and exclusive TV series adaptation of Brian Bendis' acclaimed comic "Powers". The shots include a first glimpse of Michelle Forbes as Retro Girl in the series which has yet to set a date for when it will be available to watch on Psn.
There's also new shots of Sharlto Copley as Christian Walker, Susan Heyward as his partner Deena Pilgrim, Eddie Izzard as Wolfe, Noah Taylor as Johnny Royalle and Olesya Rulin as Calista. The series follows a special police division which has been set up to deal with crimes involved people with super powers.
Source: EW »
- Garth Franklin
We haven't seen anything from Sony Playstation Network's Powers since the trailer debuted at New York Comic-Con back in October. Today, we have seven photos from the upcoming series, which offer our first look at Michelle Forbes (The Killing) as Retro Girl. We also get new images featuring Sharlto Copley as Christian Walker, Susan Heyward as his partner in the Powers police division, Deena Pilgrim, Eddie Izzard as Wolfe, Noah Taylor as Johnny Royalle and Olesya Rulin as Calista.
The series is based on the comic book of the same name, co-created by Brian Bendis, who serves as an executive producer on the series. The story is set in a world where a group of humans are blessed with super powers. Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward play cops operating within a special police division dubbed Powers implemented to investigate crimes committed by these gifted individuals. Here's what Brian Bendis had »
The best story ideas are often the simple and pure ones. It's little wonder, then, that so many filmmakers and storytellers start by making short films - after all, if you can tell a good story in just a few minutes, you might be talented enough to make a feature.
Cinema history is full of stories about young filmmakers getting their start by making low-budget shorts. James Cameron famously made Xenogenesis, a sci-fi short which contained lots of things that would appear in his later feature films: a giant robot with big tank tracks, a cyborg, and a heroine at the helm of a hard-hitting mecha.
The short films below vary wildly, from two-minute chillers to 30-minute post-apocalyptic science fiction, but each of them are watchable for their own reasons, »
Disney brings Maleficent home just in time for the holidays. It might seem like the evil fairy-turned-sorceress wouldn’t be the best houseguest. However, this movie lets us all in on what Really happened behind the scenes of Sleeping Beauty. All I can say is get prepared to be shocked and have a grand time with the loaded Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Edition.
Once a beautiful fairy living in the magical outskirts of a great kingdom, Maleficent's (Angelina Jolie) life is forever changed when she's betrayed by the human she loves in his quest to become the ruler of the great land. In a fit of rage and jealousy, she curses the King's (Sharlto Copley) newborn baby, Aurora (Elle Fanning), to fall into a deep sleep on her sixteenth birthday with only the touch of true love's kiss to break the spell. She grows to regret the curse as »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Maleficent Blu-Ray Review
You may think you know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but Maleficent dares to opt for changing your mind about that. The story starts long before you imagined, with a young fairy who meets a young human thief. By way of impressive visuals, and surprisingly “normal” events, young Maleficent and Stefan become the best of friends. When Maleficent comes of age, she becomes the protector of her magical forest, which means when the King comes calling, and doesn’t fare well, she is the target of his rage. A now very ambitious Stefan sees an opportunity.
This naturally leads to a great betrayal, and Stefan becoming King. This gives us the opening to sell us the story that Maleficent isn’t just the evil witch who comes to curse Aurora, but is instead the largely justified, though perhaps overzealous, wronged fairy looking to exact revenge.
Though the »
- Marc Eastman
The first trailer for Neill Blomkamp‘s Chappie told us what Blomkamp enjoys most in life. Dingy brown landscapes. Socio-political commentary wrapped in a veil of science fiction. Sharlto Copley (this time, heavily autotuned). All were present in District 9 and Elysium, and all seem to play a part in this story of a robo-boy becoming a man. Also, robots! Blomkamp definitely loves robots. Kind of the same robots, every time, actually. Because if you take a thorough look at Chappie, and then the robots of Blomkamp’s other work, you’ll see the same distinguishing details every time. Here’s Chappie: Now a few of Elysium‘s androids: Now District 9 and its lumbering prawn mech. Notice the similarities? Each one is segmented, made up of blocks and plates — large, recognizable pieces jointed together. Each one is generally human-shaped (or alien-humanoid-shaped, as the case may be) but they’re not meant to ape us exactly »
- Adam Bellotto
Nb: this article contains language and violent video footage which may be considered Nsfw.
Gun battles. Car chases. Explosions. All stuff we've seen in action films before, so what can be done to freshen it up and make it seem new? Enter Hardcore, a sci-fi action film with the first-person viewpoint and demented pace of a videogame.
It's the work-in-progress from Russian filmmaker Ilya Naishuller. You might remember a superbly-shot video that appeared on YouTube last year, which saw an anonymous hero involved in car chases, fights and gun battles - all viewed from his point-of-view. Although intended as a music video for his band Biting Elbows, the film itself got the lion's share of the attention, with over 40m views and praise from director Timur Bekmambetov. If you've never seen it before, you can watch it here. »
It’s unknown whom Kendrick would play in the film.
Affleck, who recently starred in “Gone Girl,” is currently filming the last scenes for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in Michigan. “The Accountant” is his next feature before returning to the director’s chair in July for “Live by Night.”
Kendrick can next be seen »
- Justin Kroll
“Maleficent” is the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well. Maleficent is being directed by Robert Stromberg, based on a screenplay by Paul Dini and Linda Woolverton. The cast includes: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, »
Ilya Naishuller, the filmmaker who brought us the two Pov action short films "Insane Office Escape" and "Insane Office Escape Part 2," is developing a feature length film called Hardcore. This movie will be the first ever action film entirely shot from the Pov of the main character. The film stars Sharlto Copley (District 9, A-Team), and it’s being produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted).
They are currently trying to secure the funding they need to finish the movie at Indiegogo, and they’ve released some badass teaser footage that gives you an idea of what they are trying to accomplish. Here’s a description:
Hardcore is a modern, action Sci-Fi story about Henry, a newly resurrected cyborg who must save his wife/creator Estelle (Haley Bennet) from the clutches of a psychotic tyrant with telekinetic powers, Akan (Danila Kozlovsky), and his army of mercenaries. Fighting alongside Henry is Jimmy (Sharlto Copley »
- Joey Paur
Those fokkin' prawns! Feast your eyes on this fresh new art print from "prolific record label and pop culture provocateurs" SpaceLab9, which will be selling this print as part of a promotion for the pre-order launch of their District 9 Original Soundtrack Expanded Version vinyl LP. The print goes on sale starting tomorrow, November 11th, along with the vinyl for pre-orders. SpaceLab9 commissioned Francesco Francavilla, an Italian comic book artist known for his own series The Black Beetle and other comic art, to design this print for Neill Blomkamp's debut sci-fi film District 9 from 2009, with Sharlto Copley as Wikus. See below. Here's the 18"x24" print for Neill Blomkamp's District 9 by Francesco Francavilla made for SpaceLab9: The art, limited to only 100 hand-screened prints are on high quality 100 lb. pure white French construction stock and printed with archival quality inks by renowned printmakers Vahalla Studios. The prints »
- Alex Billington
Everybody has to start somewhere.
The best and most successful Hollywood directors might find themselves marshalling $200 million epics, but in their formative years big budgets weren't at their disposal and they had to make do only with a good idea and the drive to make it happen. Many filmmakers use shorts to test-run ideas and explore themes they'd circle back to down the line.
Doodlebug - led by Nolan's Following star Jeremy Theobald - played out an intriguing narrative loop over a brisk three minutes as a man chased a 'bug' around his flat with a shoe. A year after he made this film, Nolan took his feature debut Following »
Chappie Trailer. Neill Blomkamp‘s Chappie (2015) movie trailer stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, and Jose Pablo Cantillo. Chappie‘s plot synopsis: “Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Ilya Naishuller is a Russian musician and filmmaker, who's best known for creating two amazing Pov videos for his band Biting Elbows. Both videos became hits on the internet, with over forty million views. Naishuller is now working on his first feature film, called "Hardcore," and is planning for it to be entirely Pov-style. He is seeking completion funding on IndieGogo, where he unveiled the first teaser. That teaser stars Sharlto Copley as he and his fellow soldier battle their way through a building. There's lots of violence, lots of stunts, and you can check it out below. Trailer: »
Sony has released the first official trailer for Chappie, the all new science fiction film from director Neill Blomkamp (District 9 and Elysium)...and it's pretty darn impressive, showing off the more "human" side to artificial intelligence and wy it scares people so much. Come inside to check it out!
I love Neill Blomkamp and think he's a pretty impressive storyteller, though he does so in a fashion many aren't used to. He's very classical in his approach to the sci-fi genre, and that's very near and dear to my heart. As such, I've been very anxious to see what he had up his sleeve next, and Sony Pictures has finally released the first trailer for Chappie:
That's Sharlto Copley playing the role of Chappie (via Mo-Cap), and I can't get enough of it. It's a strong first trailer that almost immediately endears us to the titular character, and has me wanting to know more. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
From his earliest, eye-catching short films, South African director Neill Blomkamp showed off a style that already seemed fully-formed. As much inspired by manga and videogames as the more typical touchstones of science fiction cinema, Blomkamp's films are set in a recognisably grubby future, where the high-tech meets the tatty malaise of cities worn down through decades of use.
Those sensational short films, among them Alive In Joburg, Yellow and Tetra Vaal, led to a stalled Halo feature film project. This in turn led to his first feature, the surprise hit District 9 - based on Alive In Joburg - and then Elysium, the 2013 action film starring Matt Damon.
In Chappie, due out next spring, Blomkamp again draws on one of his early shorts »
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Is it safe to say that of the 47 films to have been nominated for Best Picture ever since the category's expansion, District 9 remains the oddest, with its sci-fi concept, low-tech execution and lack of big name recognition? Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley followed that up with Elysium which very few of us have thought about since it came out. They’re re-teamed for Chappie which, well, I’ll just give you the synopsis:
Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings - some good, some bad - and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there's one thing that makes »
- Manuel Betancourt
Today we have the first official trailer for the upcoming sci-fi robot movie "Chappie," which is directed by Neill Blomkamp (Elysium, District 9) and stars Sharlto Copley (District 9) and Hugh Jackman. Check it out below. "Chappie" tells the story of a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes. Copley (Elysium, District 9) provides the voice of the title character. The new movie is set to hit theaters on March 6th, 2015. Trailer: »
Following an ill-fated foray into big budget bombast with Elysium, director Neill Blomkamp is back in somewhat lower-key territory with Chappie, his 2015 effort that now has a trailer. An adaptation of one of his earlier shorts, much like District 9 was, it’s about an artificially intelligent robot prodigy raised by gangsters. Of course.
Coming to cinemas in the Spring, Chappie stars Sharlto Copley as the voice of the robot (he also did motion capture work for the film), as well as Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, and Ninja and Yolandi Visser of South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord. You can watch the first trailer below, which makes the film look a little like a Short Circuit reboot with more action sequences.
- Josh Slater-Williams
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