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While it probably won’t come as a surprise, Syfy announced that Face Off will be back for a seventh season that will kick off in July. Here’s a look at the official press release that also reveals that a new judge will be joining the special effects make-up competition:
“After a bold and extreme season of competition, three artists remain in the fight for the title of season 6 Face Off champion – George Schminky of Walnut Creek, CA by way of Puerto Rico; Rashaad Santiago of Bronx, NY; and Tyler Green of Litchfield, Ct. For their final challenge, they will each create a pair of rival alien races, all of whom will be performing in an electrifying dance performance for world famous music producer and DJ, Rusko. The season 6 finale episode of Face Off airs Tuesday, April 22 at 9Pm Et/Pt on Syfy.
Syfy also confirms that the critically-acclaimed »
- Jonathan James
"Avatar" director is getting ready to return to Pandora for the three announced sequels to the 2009 blockbuster. "The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously," Cameron explained during a Reddit Q&A. "They're essentially all in preproduction now, because we are designing creatures, settings, and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks." Cameron wrote the first "Avatar" alone, but has drafted the likes of Josh Friedman ("War of the Worlds"), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver ("Rise of the Planets of the Apes") and Shane Salerno ("Savages") to collaborate on the sequels. Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang are set to return to the sequel. Cameron regular Arnold Schwarzenegger (who Cameron directed in "True Lies" and the first two "Terminator" films) has been rumored to make an appearances, but Cameron doesn't think that will happen. »
- Dave Lewis
Found footage films get a bad rap - and worse reviews. But the genre combines the vitality of punk rock with the reach of a video viral, and it has earned, if not respectability, then at least a respectful reappraisal. Some found footage (hereafter Ff) films are, admittedly, unwatchable (see The Devil Inside or, better, don't). But others, such as recent West Country-set religious chiller The Borderlands, or Bobcat Goldthwait's creepy Bigfoot hunt Willow Creek (out on May 2), are closer to unmissable.
Beyond an ominous title card, Ff films require little backstory, and the genre has only a brief history of its own. An uncompromising, hand-over-the-camera-lens look at totalitarianism in Vietnam-era America, Peter Watkins' 1971 mock-doc Punishment Park is considered Ff's chief forebear. Ruggiero Deodato's still-troubling Cannibal Holocaust (1979), however, is the most striking early archetype. Following a gonzo film crew into tribal Amazonia, it puts video-nasty atrocities through a film-school filter, »
Over the years, "War of the Worlds" has been interpreted for everything from radio to movies but few stories have imagined the aftermath of what would happen if the Martians decided to invade for a second time. Enter director Joe Pearson and writer David Abramowitz (of Highlander fame) who offer exactly that second invasion scenario in War of the Worlds: Goliath.
In an alternate universe, the Martians came to Earth in 1899 decimating much of the planet before being wiped out by bacteria. In the years since the first invasion, Earth has been vigilantly studying and using Martian technology to create weapons to fend off the Martians should they return for a second attack, and as professor Tesla advises the generals and gathered troops of the Allied Resistance Earth Squadrons [Continued ...] »
H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi novel “War of the Worlds” has become a part of pop culture and entertainment over the decades, in no small part due to Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast that has gone down in infamy for fooling listeners into thinking there was a real invasion occurring. Add to that a high grossing film update of the story starring some guy named Tom Cruise and a scene stealing young lady by the name of Dakota Fanning, and well, the title isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Tripod Studios (yes, named after the Martian form of transport) is throwing their take on the story into the direct to disc market with “War of the Worlds: Goliath,” an animated film executive produced by Kevin Eastman of “Tmnt” and “”Heavy Metal” fame. Indeed, when researching this film it was originally a Heavy Metal project, but went independent. Regardless, what has emerged was »
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature has first details on multiple projects including Night of the Living Deb, The Broadcast, Dial 9 to Get Out, and House of Forbidden Secrets, a monster themed giveaway from The Hub’s Spooksville, artwork from The Walking Dead Tribute, trailers for Infliction and Damned Love, and much more:
Night of the Living Deb Casting News: “Night of the Living Deb is an indie movie in development from producer Kyle Rankin (Battle of Shaker Heights, Infestation). Attached actors include David Krumholtz (“Numb3rs,” This is the End, Ray), Michael Cassidy (Argo, “Men at Work,” “The Oc”), Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks,” “Reaper,” “Mad Men”).
It’s a female-driven action-horror rom-com set in the world of a zombie apocalypse on Christmas.
The crowdfunding campaign is gaining popularity for its unusual approach: rather than the »
- Tamika Jones
Directed by filmmaker Vic Armstrong (Thor, Amazing Spider-man, War Of The Worlds), the apocalyptic action-adventure also features Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, Lea Thompson and Jordin Sparks.
Left Behind follows Rayford Steele (Cage) who is piloting a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture when millions of people around the globe simply vanish. Thirty thousand feet over the Atlantic, Rayford is faced with a damaged plane, terrified passengers, and a desperate desire to get back to his family. On the ground, his daughter, Chloe Steele (Cassi Thomson) is among those left behind, forced to navigate a world of madness as she searches for her lost mother and brother.
- Michelle McCue
Over the course of his career, actor Tom Cruise has made a name for himself in the science fiction genre, with films such as Minority Report, War of the Worlds, and Oblivion part of his filmography. Actress Emily Blunt has found herself dabbling in the genre as well, with recent efforts such as The Adjustment Bureau and Looper. Thus, the announcement that the two of them would be working together on a new project in the genre was met with excitement. Titled Edge of Tomorrow, the film is an adaptation of the novel All You Need is Kill, with Doug Liman in the director’s chair, and Lara Pulver, Bill Paxton, and Jeremy Piven among the co-stars. A new trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Update 3/25/14: A new Edge of Tomorrow trailer has hit online, and we've embedded it below: Previously 12/11/13: Nobody does big-budget sci-fi quite like Tom Cruise. He hasn't even done a ton of them in his career, but the ones he has done have all sealed his fate as a great presence to watch using crazy technology or fighting alien forces. Even though he's a superstar, there's still something so casual and cool about Cruise, which makes the spectacle side of his films stand out all the more. His personality doesn't eclipse the visual effects or out-of-this-world stories, which is a quality you want in movies like War of the Worlds and Minority Report. His latest is Edge of Tomorrow (previously called All You Need Is Kill), where he stars alongside...
- Peter Hall
Nobody does big-budget sci-fi quite like Tom Cruise. There's something so casual and cool about him, and his personality doesn't eclipse the visual effects or out-of-this-world stories--a quality you want in movies like War of the Worlds and Minority Report. His latest is Edge of Tomorrow (previously called All You Need Is Kill), where he stars alongside Emily Blunt in a high-concept plot that we're just going to let the official synopsis handle: The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide...
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The latest trailer for Tom Cruise’s Edge Of Tomorrow has dropped in and features plenty of new footage, some of which may just remind you (albeit briefly) of War Of The Worlds and Oblivion. The movie is certainly shaping up to be some spectacular looking and the British setting is a break from the norm of Manhattan or La. Check it out below. Edge Of Tomorrow is released 30th May Ireland & UK / June 6th USA Synopsis: The epic action of 'Edge of Tomorrrow' unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop »
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It’s shocking that science fiction isn’t considered literary or even highbrow – because it’s certainly raised a few. For decades, sci-fi writers have not only used their texts to predict the technology of the future (re: Prophets of Science Fiction), but they’ve also made strong social criticisms on the way we’d use it.
Sometimes these novels say even more on screen. Writers such as H.G. Wells created the masterworks War of the Worlds and Time Machine with messages so strong, one made the big screen twice. There’s no doubt, sci-fi films with collective critiques can reach a broader audience.
Read on for some of the best sci-fi films with social commentary, from the new classics to a couple of contemporary favorites.
7. Avatar (2009)
20th Century Fox
- Miles Young
Amy Ryan is the not the first name that comes to mind when you imagine a film about giant CG vehicles that aims to launch a new action franchise. The closest she has come so far was War Of The Worlds, and that had Spiel-appeal. But according to Deadline, she's taken a role in Monster Trucks.Paramount is putting the gears in motion on the movie, which has Ice Age director Chris Wedge set to call the shots. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who wrote Kung Fu Panda and its sequel for DreamWorks Animation and were drafted in by Paramount for the new SpongeBob SquarePants film, are at work on the script.Plot details are being kept under a giant truck's hood for now, but Ryan will apparently be playing a single mother trying to make ends meet while raising her teenage son. We're betting some trucks of the monstrous »
With the theatrical release come and gone, it is now time to look ahead to the Blu-ray release of Joe Pearson's steam punk sci-fi animated adventure War of the Worlds Goliath. In anticipation of its release on April 1, we have a double treat for you! First, we have an exclusive clip from the film to share with you. You can watch that below. And, for our U.S. readers, we have a contest for you. One lucky individual will win a 3D Blu-ray and a poster signed by Joe Pearson and producer David Ambrowitz. Two other readers will win Blu-rays. To enter, just e-mail me your answer to the following skill testing question, "Where was H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds first published?". That simple. Put 'Goliath Giveaway'...
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Yet another collaboration between Charles Band and his Subspecies director Ted Nicolaou, Bad Channels tells the story of Dangerous Dan (Hipp) a newly employed DJ at Kdul who is returning to the airwaves after a six month suspension by the FCC for a stunt he pulled while on the air. Covering Dan’s return to the airwaves is Lisa Cummings (Quinn) who doesn’t trust Dan and thinks he’s a hoax. She becomes the butt of his jokes when she spots a UFO landing near the radio station and Dan is quick to laugh until the alien breaks into Kdul. »
- Phil Wheat
War of the Worlds: Goliath takes place 15 years after the first arrival of Martians. In the city of Leeds, England, a young Eric watches his parents get disintegrated by a Martian tripod. As H.G. Wells' story goes the Martians eventually fall to the tiniest of foes: bacteria. Goliath catches up with Eric in New York. The year is 1914. Eric is a member of A.R.E.S. the Alien Resistance Earth Squadron. It is an international defense force that has been preparing for another Martian invasion because as Wells' story goes their world is dying and they need a new planet to live on. A.R.E.S. prepares for this invasion by building better weapons and adopting left over Martian technology. It is led by none other that...
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Fox has reportedly revived the project specifically because of Spielberg's interest, though no screen writer is yet set. If it does go forward it would be only the second remake Spielberg has done besides "War of the Worlds".
The news comes as fellow DreamWorks executive Stacey Snider is said to be considering a move to Fox after her contract expires at the end of this year.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Steven Spielberg is reportedly interested in directing a remake of the 1961 musical classic West Side Story for 20th Century Fox, as his fellow DreamWorks executive Stacey Snider is pondering a move to the rival studio.
A screenwriter hasn't been set yet, but 20th Century Fox has revived the project specifically because Steven Spielberg is interested in making it. Of course, nothing is official yet, but the director's interest is normally more than enough to get a project into the early stages of development. The filmmaker has only made one remake in his storied career, the 2005 sci-fi thriller War of the Worlds.
The director was previously set to direct the 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks co-production Robopocalypse, but that project was put on hold back in January 2013 due to an escalating budget. The filmmaker, who hasn't directed a film since 2012's Lincoln, was also set to make American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper, »
We were convinced we'd found a way to predict the results of this weekend's Voice battles - by putting some of the duos head to head to test their knowledge of their mentors - but Team Tom and Team Will ended in a dead heat, and Team Kylie were separated by just a measly half point. In other words, we're not talking particularly convincing results. But hey, maybe Team Ricky will give us some clearer answers? We called up Nathan Amzi and Christina Marie, so read on to find out who knows more about Ricky - and then what they had to say about tonight's head to head...
Fighting Talk - we're going to test you on your knowledge of Ricky.
Nathan: "Okay! Yeah!"
Christina: "Oh my goodness, this is going to be so bad! Okay..."
Which Kaiser Chiefs single made it to number one in the UK? (Answer: 'Ruby')
Nathan: "'Ruby', »
I’m always happy to report another sci-fi novel making its way to the big screen and the latest is Marcus Sakey’s novel, Brilliance. This adaptation will be coming to us courtesy of Legendary Pictures and director Julius Onah, whose directing credits have mostly included short films.
THR is reporting that once Julis Onah signed on to the project, Will Smith was quick to follow and is in early talks to star as Nick Cooper. For those of you not familiar with the book, here’s a synopsis.
In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper »
- Jess Orso
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