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People are food in Boneboys

26 November 2010 5:43 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Who doesn't love a good Soylent Green kind of story? Boneboys, which is currently in production in Texas, is based on Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" where people are food. Apparently this story points out that "eating human flesh is addictive.. and turns you into a monster". When's it coming? Sometime in 2011. Let's hope the film as is good as the little info we have on it.

via the Dallas News »

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The Movie Club Podcast talks Irreversible and Visitor Q

23 November 2010 6:57 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

A number of people have asked Todd and other contributors if Twitch was ever going to do some sort of podcast.  While that has not quite come together at this time, there are two of us from these parts that do contribute to the semi-regular Movie Club Podcast.  This is a bi-monthy (more or less) in depth discussion of two films, sort of like a book club, only with movies, and recorded for distribution on the internet.  There is a rotating roster of contributors - film writers, bloggers, and podcasters - including Swarez and Kurt from Twitch, but also from The Documentary Blog, Film Junk, Where The Long Tail Ends, Row Three and Quiet Earth.  Usually, I plug this podcast in our forum, but considering the two films are probably of significant interest to the Twitch readership, and I think this may be one of our better episodes, here it is, »

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Even Microsoft Word hates The Phantom Menace

11 November 2010 5:38 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

I'm often surprised by what the spell-checker on Microsoft Word does and doesn't recognise. Sometimes Word can genuinely surprise me (never more so, and in a creepier manner than in this article), as it did today by recognising that the word 'Padawan' in a review of the new Clone Wars disc release ought to be capitalised.

With 'Jedi' being a semi-recognised option on 'religion' in census forms, it's no wonder that George Lucas's fictionalised mystical order made it into the sacrosanct entries in the Ms Word default dictionary (I no longer bother adding words to a custom Ms Word dictionary, since the file-size limit on the custom dictionaries is so absurdly small).

But I was curious as to what other 'non-words' had been validated by Microsoft as culturally kosher, so I tried a few others.

Microsoft are half-way right in suggesting that the word 'tardis' should be capitalised, but »

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What's the most outrageous prediction for the future?

21 October 2010 4:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Sentient computers? Spandex in space? You told us the least convincing Nostradamus moment in a sci-fi flick

@thisismetypinganame Blade Runner is only nine years away, and we've barely started exploring the Tannhäuser Gate or the shoulder of Orion. And the current crop of replicants is rubbish too.

@Housey Surely Planet of the Apes, although the idea of de-evolution is looking to be very prescient.

@newdecade Well 2001 came and went without mankind reaching Jupiter, or ... without any of that ... other ... stuff.

@Sokket The eugenics war of 1999 – Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan

@c0n0r The three shells of Demolition Man? Although we still have 22 years.

@Ragged Ignoring all the mutant/pre-cog stuff, the most unbelievable thing in Minority Report were the vertical motorways that ran, for no reason whatsoever, down the side of skyscrapers.

@herebutforfortune Sentient computers like Hal in 2001, whose emotional reaction to being told he was wrong »

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Willy Wonka's Three-Course-Dinner Gum to Become a Reality

11 October 2010 8:02 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Cinematical

The world is currently at the mercy of a hunger crisis, but that's okay because you can sleep comfortably at night thanks to the knowledge that scientists have turned to the silver screen for inspiration on how to solve said crisis. Researchers are on the verge of a revolutionary breakthrough in food technology that will allow for the creation of Willy Wonka's Three-Course-Dinner Gum. Oh, did you think we meant an actual hunger crisis? Sorry to have gotten your hopes up; scientists have yet to crack that nut, but maybe if someone gets them a copy of 'Soylent Green' it'll expedite things.

If you recall a few years ago scientists foretold how new advancements in nanotechnology would allow for the development of microscopic capsules that could deliver drug doses at different intervals over time. Well, now scientists have applied that same principle to making candy. »

- Peter Hall

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Willy Wonka's Three-Course-Dinner Gum to Become a Reality

11 October 2010 8:02 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Cinematical

The world is currently at the mercy of a hunger crisis, but that's okay because you can sleep comfortably at night thanks to the knowledge that scientists have turned to the silver screen for inspiration on how to solve said crisis. Researchers are on the verge of a revolutionary breakthrough in food technology that will allow for the creation of Willy Wonka's Three-Course-Dinner Gum. Oh, did you think we meant an actual hunger crisis? Sorry to have gotten your hopes up; scientists have yet to crack that nut, but maybe if someone gets them a copy of 'Soylent Green' it'll expedite things.

If you recall a few years ago scientists foretold how new advancements in nanotechnology would allow for the development of microscopic capsules that could deliver drug doses at different intervals over time. Well, now scientists have applied that same principle to making candy. »

- Peter Hall

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Trent Reznor Nails A TV Series

30 September 2010 5:30 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

When it was released in 2007, Trent Reznor called Nine Inch Nails' Year Zero album "the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist". In a way, that may not be the case for much longer, since Reznor is some way towards setting Year Zero up as a TV series.Year Zero is a concept album (ie. one with a loose narrative linking all the tracks) targeting the American political system and describing a dystopian state heading towards the end of the world. It quite overtly uses 1984, Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451 as touchstones for its theme of "the erosion of freedom". The "story", about a "Bureau of Morality" forming in the wake of a nuclear war between America and Iran, takes place in 2022, the same year as Soylent Green. Reznor says it's "an essay about where the world might be if we continue down this path..."Always a multimedia enterprise, »

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Vintage Advertisements from Fictional Futures

19 September 2010 11:53 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Here's a cool collection of vintage advertisement art showing off products from sci-fi films and Tv shows. This art comes from the website Mark A Rayner who is currently holding a contest asking artists to "find a vintage ad, and then create a product from a created world — it can be from a book, movie, TV, etc. It doesn't have to be science fiction; you could go with a fantasy world, an alternate reality, whatever."

Hope you enjoy the fake vintage advertisement movie artwork below. 

The Road

Wizard of Oz

A Clockwork Orange

Nostradamus

Dune

Soylent Green

The Time Machine

Futurama

For those you you interested in entering the contest here are the details.

create your masterpiece (a jpg, png, pfd or gif, please) post it to your blog, Flickr, Tumblr, Posterous … or just email it to me let me know about it, and what it's based on, in the comments here, »

- Venkman

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Top Ten Time Travel Movies

12 September 2010 10:56 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Top Ten Time Travel Movies

Deciding where to begin with a list of my top ten time travel movies wasn't very hard. I had a handful of films already in mind when I started, as with most any list of this sort, the films I watched as I was growing up had a profound effect on me and therefore always effect the way lists such as this turn out. However, before I felt I could do a proper list there was much more than simply the films I've watched over my lifetime to consider. In order to be thorough I had to look elsewhere and at films I had yet to see.

On top of figuring out my favorites I also had to figure out whether some films should even be classified as "time travel movies." Take Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) for instance. Throughout the entire film »

- Brad Brevet

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Burlesque: Burlesque: Stripping the light fantastic with Cher

11 August 2010 8:23 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Christina Aguilera is just a small-town gal trying to make it as an unclad dancer. Can Stanley Tucci help? Stuart Heritage analyses the trailer

One of the worst crimes that a movie trailer can commit is giving away too much about the film that it's meant to promote. Witness the trailer to Free Willy, which ends with Willy being freed. Or the Soylent Green trailer, which asks "What is Soylent Green?" and then shows us Charlton Heston staring agog at a people factory. Or the trailer for The Sixth Sense that's introduced by Bruce Willis, with a bedsheet over his head, saying "Hello, I'm Bruce Willis and I died several years ago."

And now we can add the trailer for Christina Aguilera's Burlesque to the list. It shamelessly rattles through the entire plot from beginning to end, ruining the big surprise that (Spoiler Alert) Aguilera can sing reasonably well. »

- Stuart Heritage

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Terror At The San Diego Comic Con

27 July 2010 9:13 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Just about everybody over the age of 12 who had gone to the fabled San Diego Comic Con over the past several years has perceived the unbelievably massive overcrowding as an accident just waiting to happen. Well, this year it finally happened.

As reported here and elsewhere, last Saturday a confrontation between two attendees ended with one being stabbed in the eye. It seems the perpetrator took exception to the guy sitting in on a panel just so he could get a seat at the next panel. Quite frankly, that’s a common occurrence at the San Diego show.

The attacker was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. That deadly weapon was a pen, but, according to the police, the pen was used in a deadly manner. Barring additional, heretofore unrevealed information – like, the victim was wielding a Klingon Daqtagh – this seems like a reasonable charge. I’m »

- Mike Gold

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Interview with Look Around You Creators Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz

23 July 2010 8:27 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz’s Look Around You – a gleefully inspired faux-education program – may not be well known among many Americans yet, but after showing on Adult Swim, and now with a proper region one DVD release, it’s going to gain a much larger following. The premise of the show is that each week (in Season 1) there’s a new lesson on an important element of life be it sulfur, calcium, or maths. Each of these nine minute episodes is jam-packed with jokes that hit you like a barrage, from sight gags to silly words, the minds of Popper and Serafinowicz come fully gestated as a comic force.

For the American release of Season One on DVD, they’re on a short tour, which started with a show at the Uptight Citizen’s Brigade in Los Angeles and moved to San Diego Comic-con. But if mainstream America doesn’t love the show yet, »

- Andre Dellamorte

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AniMania: X – Complete Series

23 June 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

For some reason, the future always seems to be a few decades away.  1984 was published in 1949.  Terminator, which appropriately enough was released in 1984, set 1997 as the date for the apocalyptic “Judgement Day.”  It seems strange now, after the turn of the Millennium (which happened rather uneventfully, with little more than an endless repeat of an old Prince song to mark its passing) to look back on things like Mad Max, Y2K, or the still older imaginings of such retro science fiction classics as Fahrenheit 451 or Soylent Green, but for decades, sci-fi imagineers alternated between the chills of gloom and doom and utopian fever.

Anime and manga embraced these themes with series like Akira, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Vampire Hunter D.  X 1999 represents Clamp’s foray into the dark future.  Perhaps better known for their recent hit sister series, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle and XXXHolic, the all female manga supergroup are »

- E. Douglas

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Weekly Poll Results: Best Twist Ending

16 June 2010 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Last week's poll was a pretty tight battle right down to the wire, but ironically, it all ended with a twist: David Fincher's Fight Club came out on top. I really didn't expect this movie to win, especially since there was a second David Fincher film on the list as well, but apparently Tyler Durden has a lot of followers. The other top 5 picks for best twist ending were all extremely close: The Usual Suspects, The Sixth Sense, Oldboy and The Empire Strikes Back. Sadly, most of the old classics were at the bottom of the list, but I'm guessing that's because some people haven't actually seen them. Do you agree with these results? 1. Fight Club -- 17.9% 2. The Usual Suspects -- 17% 3. The Sixth Sense -- 15.9% 4. Oldboy -- 12.9% 5. The Empire Strikes Back -- 12% 6. The Mist -- 6.4% 7. Seven -- 6.2% 8. Planet of the Apes -- 5.5% 9. Psycho -- 5.1% 10. Soylent Green -- 1.1%

For More Daily Movie Goodness, »

- Sean

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The Teeth Nosh on “True Blood,” Gaga and New Batman adventures – Now With Added Sparkle!

4 June 2010 8:24 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Duck! It’s a drive-by blogging!

These Teeth have got to chatter quickly, my dears – they’re due to take a chunk out of study for my finals. But who says dot points can’t be cerebral? Let's find out!

Snack on this! New True Blood preview!

Remember when True Blood creator Alan Ball promised us the “gayest” season yet? "Come one, come all!" called the ringmaster. "See the amazing gay Lafayette finally snare a boyfriend – he’s just that deft, ladies and gentlemen! Marvel as sexual boundaries disappear before your eyes – the erotic undertones of the vampire genre let loose to play outside their straight prison! And see as our writers daringly do more than intimate the polysexuality of most our principal cast!"

Yeah, nada.

Anybody catch a whiff of any of that elusive gay in this promo? “Ultimate fan preview” my tush! Maybe you just have to have a preternatural sense of smell… »

- shanski

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HeyUGuys Film School: Film Quote Usage

12 May 2010 12:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

We’ve all done it.  Anyone who’s a fan of film has integrated film quotes into everyday conversation.  It’s all part of pop culture.  The film could be one that everyone has seen, or it could be one that falls under the cult status.  No matter which part of the spectrum, there are always those films that inhabit your everyday conversations.

When quoting films, one of two things will happen.  The person you’re dropping this little gem on will either get it, or they won’t.  To be in the know is priceless.  To be on the outside is confusing and may cause you to blush.  You’ll either get the high five or the “I can’t believe you haven’t seen that yet!”.

Certain quotes can be worked into the most mundane everyday conversation.  If done properly, the user will be admired for the cunning use of the quote. »

- Tracy Ladd

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Callan The Colour Years DVD review

10 May 2010 5:41 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Callan is a dry, downbeat show about an ex-serviceman used by British intelligence to deal with difficult situations, sometimes requiring him to kill. It's an unglamorous, un-romanticised account of the job, that lays bare the hypocrisy and unpleasantness of the Cold War struggle between the West and the former Soviet Union. The two series of gripping stories, 22 in all, hinge on the compelling central performance of Edward Woodward as complex reluctant anti-hero David Callan.

In the same way that wild optimistic flights of science fiction fantasy like Barbarella and 2001:a Space Odyssey gave way to cynicism and negative future visions like Planet Of The Apes and Soylent Green, spy films were also transformed from the slick, wise-cracking James Bond and Men From Uncle, to the downbeat and unsettling Harry Palmer and Callan.

Discrediting, blackmailing, and ultimately killing people whose actions threaten the West is the stock in trade on the »

- admin@shadowlocked.com (Parsley The Lion)

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What 'Soylent Green' Taught Me About the Environment

22 April 2010 6:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

To celebrate Earth Day, we'll be running some environmentally-themed pieces. I got excited when the topic came up because it meant I could talk about one of my favorite sci-fi flicks, 1972's Soylent Green. I think it's safe to say that everyone knows what the secret ingredient in Soylent Green is at this point, but this glimpse into the future (it's set in 2022) turned out to be amazingly prescient in some regards, highlighting many of the environmental issues we're currently facing. Charlton Heston stars (sporting some killer duds) as Robert Thorn, a cop who becomes embroiled in a case much larger than it first appears. What looks like a simple death transforms into something bigger and more ominous. As events progress, Heston's character morphs into a futuristic version of Al Gore, Ralph Nader, and Morgan Spurlock -- with a badge. Sure, the technology looks dated, but the story is reminiscent of the best sci-fi, »

- Alison Nastasi

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Cinematical Late Night: Werner Herzog, Riddick 3, King of Fighters

13 April 2010 2:19 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

- A remake of Stuart Gordon's Robot Jox is not actually in the works, but that's not stopping artist Robert Simons from re-imagining it.

- Corona Coming Attractions has the skinny on the new Riddick movie, which is tentatively titled Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking. They see it as a straight R and call it, "The Road Warrior to Pitch Black's Mad Max; a stripped-down, hard-edge actioner that just happens to take place on a world where there's three moons and mud demons and trisons and two shipfuls of mercs hunting down the galaxy's most wanted man."

- Whole Foods will soon be launching a 15-strong film series called "Let's Retake Our Plates" to help educate consumers that their food choices have an impact on the environment. Any excuse to watch Soylent Green is a good excuse in my book.

- Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing »

- Peter Hall

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The James Clayton Column: 'The Start of the Universe' according to the cinema

25 March 2010 9:24 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Is Nanny McPhee 2 reason enough to send James into fits of worry?

The future is bleak. Kyle Reese materialised in a flash of blue electric energy and told me so. With global crises guaranteed to get worse and the machines making war, the people of the future are in for a really depressing ride. They'll then send back Terminator cyborgs to take our clothes, our money and our motorcycles which means the bleak future does collateral damage to the present day as well. The space-time-continuum collapses, androids humiliate naked Hell's Angels and a concept that should have probably ended after two Arnie flicks just carries on when no one wants it to.

The doomed humans of the future are, of course, the children of today. Kids, one day this overpopulated, polluted planet torn apart by Terminators will all be yours. Lucky you.

Knowing that older generations have done nothing but »

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