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The 18 Best Sci-Fi TV Shows Set In Space, Ranked

Space is a scary place, as we’ve seen in countless movies and TV shows — but the thrills that come with these stories prove that while the dangers of venturing off this planet are many, there are still thrills a’plenty in the great unknown, and adventures beyond our potential comprehension.

Timed to the Season 3 premiere of Syfy’s “The Expanse” and the launch of the Netflix’s “Lost in Space” reboot, here’s a look back at all the great sci-fi television we’ve seen set in the cosmos, a rich tradition of storytelling that’s captured our imagination for decades.

Debating what counts as a “space show” is tricky, though one easy rule was that the show has to center around a spaceship or space station of some sort. Some of these selections below didn’t last all that long — several Season 1s weren’t followed by Season 2s — as television,
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20 Best Heady Sci-Fi Films: Part 1

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey, we make our picks for the best cerebral science fiction films of all time. Here are picks #20 - 11.

The job of science fiction is to push boundaries. Indeed, the very description of science fiction suggests going a bit further than established fact. Science fiction is supposed to build on the known world around us. It is supposed to explore the unknown. When science fiction is at its best, this exploration is being fueled by our own human condition. The reason we are exploring outward is because there is an uncertainty inside. We feel incomplete in some regard, and the answers might be out there.

Science fiction films that can best communicate the relationship between the universe and our own minds tend to be the films that leave a lasting impression. This is my pick for the 20 films that do the best job of this.
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The final frontier: how female directors broke into sci-fi

It was seen as a job for the boys. That’s changing thanks to the likes of Ava DuVernay, Patty Jenkins and Claire Denis being given opportunities to oversee big-budget productions

Critical reactions to Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time may have been mixed, but there’s no denying it is a cinema landmark. DuVernay is not just the first woman of colour to direct a $100m (£72m) movie, but a member of a very exclusive club – female directors of big-budget science fiction.

It is sobering to realise that Kathryn Bigelow’s $42m sci-fi noir Strange Days was released nearly a quarter of a century ago. It was a resounding flop, which no doubt convinced studios that women should not be allowed to direct the genre at all. Since then, we have also had Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending from the Wachowskis. But one can’t help wondering if,
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Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde Experience ‘Life Itself’ in First Trailer

After mostly focusing on animation, scripting Tangled, Bolt, Cars, and more, Dan Fogelman jumped into live-action with Crazy, Stupid, Love., and then soon followed with his directorial debut Danny Collins, a good-natured, affable showcase for Al Pacino. He’s now returning this fall with Life Itself–no relation to Roger Ebert–starring Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas.

Following a trailer debut on This is Us, Fogelman’s hit show, Amazon Studios has released the preview online. The story follows multiple generations and feels a bit like a more conventional version of Cloud Atlas with a heart-on-its-sleeve, wide-reaching scope. Still, Fogelman has proved that he can take on schmaltz with a certain charm, so hopefully that’s the case here. See the preview below.

Life Itself opens on September 21.
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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Screenwriter Jennifer Lee Reveals Why a Classic Book Can’t Be Translated

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Screenwriter Jennifer Lee Reveals Why a Classic Book Can’t Be Translated
Jennifer Lee never expected to be this busy. She just flew in from previews on “Frozen: The Broadway Musical” (March 22) to promote “A Wrinkle in Time,” which she wrote after 2014 musical “Frozen” turned into the Oscar-winning, top-grossing worldwide animated blockbuster of all time.

She’s still writing the sequel to “Frozen,” too. “I was joking that if I have time, I have to write the climax for ‘Frozen 2’ for tomorrow morning,” said Lee. “It’s a Champagne problem, to have too much to do, when you love what you do.”

Lee wrote two animated features that grossed over $1 billion worldwide: She was on the Oscar-winning “Zootopia” writing team with college chum Phil Johnston, as she was on “Wreck-It-Ralph.” But after she and director Chris Buck wrote “Frozen,” Disney asked her to be co-director, having found out that she trained to be a director at Columbia film school.

With “Frozen,
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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Screenwriter Jennifer Lee Reveals Why a Classic Book Can’t Be Translated

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Screenwriter Jennifer Lee Reveals Why a Classic Book Can’t Be Translated
Jennifer Lee never expected to be this busy. She just flew in from previews on “Frozen: The Broadway Musical” (March 22) to promote “A Wrinkle in Time,” which she wrote after 2014 musical “Frozen” turned into the Oscar-winning, top-grossing worldwide animated blockbuster of all time.

She’s still writing the sequel to “Frozen,” too. “I was joking that if I have time, I have to write the climax for ‘Frozen 2’ for tomorrow morning,” said Lee. “It’s a Champagne problem, to have too much to do, when you love what you do.”

Lee wrote two animated features that grossed over $1 billion worldwide: She was on the Oscar-winning “Zootopia” writing team with college chum Phil Johnston, as she was on “Wreck-It-Ralph.” But after she and director Chris Buck wrote “Frozen,” Disney asked her to be co-director, having found out that she trained to be a director at Columbia film school.

With “Frozen,
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Berlin Festival Unveils Competition Jury

Berlin Festival Unveils Competition Jury
The Berlin International Film Festival has unveiled this year's competition jury, the group of nine men and women who will judge the features vying for this year's Golden and Silver Bears.

Moonlight producer Adele Romanski, Belgian actress Cecile de France (Hereafter, The Young Pope), Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence), Time magazine film critic Stephanie Zacharek and Chema Prado, director of Spain's Filmoteca Espanola, will judge this year's Berlin competition titles.

The president of the 2018 Berlinale competition jury is German director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas). Tykwer is a Berlinale regular and has twice opened the...
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Hugh Grant Is Vanity-Free in Latest Performance

Hugh Grant Is Vanity-Free in Latest Performance
Over the last decade, Hugh Grant has not so much eschewed the cinematic spotlight as he has fully attempted to embrace the character-actor status he desired to achieve even during his super-popular period in the 1990s. Grant's shift away from leading-man parts means that he has appeared only in a handful of films in the last few years, from Cloud Atlas (2012) to Florence Foster Jenkins (2016). His latest project, Paddington 2, features the British star in villainous mode, indulging in what may be his favorite type of acting: playful self-mockery.

Grant appears in the utterly delightful Paddington...
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Jon Hamm & Ellen Burstyn in Trailer for Emotional Drama 'Nostalgia'

"We live our lives and ask - what do we leave behind" Bleecker Street has debuted a trailer for a film titled Nostalgia, which questions our attachment to various possessions and objects that shape our lives. Even though the word "nostalgia" is often discussed in this industry more as something Hollywood is capitalizing on to make more movies based on characters from our youth, this film is all about letting go and moving on from these attachments. Nostalgia is directed by Mark Pellington and is described as a "mosaic of stories" with a cast featuring Ellen Burstyn, Jon Hamm, Catherine Keener, Bruce Dern, John Ortiz, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn, Annalise Basso, and James Le Gros. This actually looks really good, I'm curious about it. Burstyn's voiceover sounds like it's from the Cloud Atlas trailer, and that got my attention. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Mark Pellington's Nostalgia, direct
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Tom Tykwer

Tom Tykwer is a German director who has made a number of films that were successful on the international stage, with examples ranging from Run Lola Run to Cloud Atlas. Recently, his name has been showing up because of the announcement that he will be the head of the jury at the Berlin Film Festival, which speaks volumes about how far he has come in his chosen career. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Tom Tykwer: Fascinated by Films as a Child Tykwer has been fascinated by films and filmmaking since he was

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Tom Tykwer
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Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick Will Step Down After 2019 Festival

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Longtime Berlin International Film Festival director Dieter Kosslick will step down when his contract ends in May 2019. The 69-year-old has helmed his nation’s annual 10-day screen celebration since 2001, adding programs devoted to young filmmakers and culinary cinema, plus The World Cinema Fund and the Co-Production Market. However, according to 79 German directors who published an open letter less than two weeks ago on the website Spiegel Online, the festival is in critical need of “a new start” and a “well-connected” leader who is an “outstanding curatorial personality” to reach the level of prestige currently enjoyed by rival spectacles in Cannes and Venice.

Read More:The 2017 IndieWire Berlinale Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

“The Supervisory Board has asked me to submit a proposal for the potential restructuring of the Berlinale,” Kosslick said in late November. “I will do so — and this proposal will be totally independent of me personally.
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‘Inversion,’ ‘Ship Breaker’ Set For 2018 Shoots, Says Philip Lee (Exclusive)

‘Inversion,’ ‘Ship Breaker’ Set For 2018 Shoots, Says Philip Lee (Exclusive)
Sci-fi action film, “Inversion,” with Jack Huston in the lead, is set for a late March 2018 shoot, producer Philip Lee has revealed.

Lee spoke to Variety ahead of an In-Conversation event at the ongoing Singapore International Film Festival on Friday. “We are finalizing the rest of the cast,” Lee said. The film pairs a street-wise American con man Chinese physicist as they race against the clock to save the earth from a loss of gravity.

Lee is a producer who straddles China and Hollywood, whose credits include “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Cloud Atlas,” “The Revenant,” and “Assassin’s Creed.”

Principal photography will commence in late 2018 on “Ship Breaker,” the first in a trilogy written and directed by Paul Haggis, based on U.S. author Paolo Bacigalupi’s young adult novels. “We have a very good draft from Paul Haggis,” Lee said.

On Lee’s untitled Honolulu-set Ronny Yu project about a Chinese policeman, scripting is underway.
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Dominique McElligott, Beau Bridges, Zhu Zhu, Song Yang Join Boyd Holbrook In ‘Two/One’

Dominique McElligott, Beau Bridges, Zhu Zhu, Song Yang Join Boyd Holbrook In ‘Two/One’
Exclusive: Dominique McElligott (House of Cards, The Astronaut Wives Club ), Beau Bridges (The Mountain Between Us, Masters of Sex), Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas, Marco Polo), and Song Yang (The Sword Identify, Wrath of Silence) have come aboard Argentinian director Juan Cabral's hypnotic drama Two/One. The trio joins Narcos and Logan actor Boyd Holbrook in the pic, which is currently in production in Canada. Written and directed by Cabral, it follows Kaden, a world-class ski…
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Tom Tykwer to Preside Over 2018 Berlin Film Festival Jury

Tom Tykwer to Preside Over 2018 Berlin Film Festival Jury
Tom Tykwer, the director of “Run Lola Run,” “Cloud Atlas” and “A Hologram for the King,” has been chosen to preside over the jury of the 2018 Berlin Film Festival.

The 52-year-old Tykwer has had six of his films screen at previous Berlinales. He is also the director of the ambitious new German TV series “Babylon Berlin,” one of the most expensive dramas to be made in Europe.

Tom Tykwer is one of the highest-profile German directors and has established himself on the international stage as a great filmmaker. His outstanding talent and innovative trademark have been on display in a variety of film genres,” said Dieter Kosslick, the festival director.

“The Berlinale has always been my favorite and my home film festival, and has supported me since I began working as a filmmaker,” Tykwer added. “We have a fantastic and broad history with each other. Now I can look forward to two focused and fun weeks of films
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Tom Tykwer Named Berlin Festival Jury President

Tom Tykwer Named Berlin Festival Jury President
German director Tom Tykwer will be the jury president of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival.

The director of Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas and A Hologram for the King is one of Germany's best-known and most successful filmmakers and one inextricably linked with the city of Berlin, where he lives and where he first started in the film business, initially as a projectionist and programmer for the art house cinema Moviemento and then as a founding partner in leading indie production company X Filme Creative Pool.

Tykwer is also intimately connected to the...
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Tom Hanks to Star in ‘Bios’ from “Hardhome” Director Miguel Sapochnik

Tom Hanks is continuing to find new and exciting projects in his career, confident in his status as a beloved everyman and obviously taking on films that appeal to his interest like Cloud Atlas and A Hologram for the King with stuff like the Robert Langdon movies to pay the bills and remaining on top with prestige pictures like Sully and Bridge of Spies. Thankfully, the balance he has struck allows him to keep doing intriguing pictures like Bios. According to Variety, Hanks is set to lead the sci-fi film with Game of Thrones helmer Miguel Sapochnik (“Hardhome”, “Battle …
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Geostorm movie review: weather bomb

MaryAnn’s quick take… Almost hilariously terrible: absurd plot machinations, dubious politics, not a single character to care about. And it doesn’t even give good disaster porn. I’m “biast” (pro): big science fiction fan

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of what Hollywood often does with sci fi

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Who was it who said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it”? Well, we showed that guy! After the catastrophic weather year of 2019 (which apparently made 2017 look like a pleasantly warm and breezy day), we — that is, humanity — “fought back” against, I guess, ourselves and the climate disasters we brought upon our planet, by launching a network of weather-control satellites covering the entire globe, and operated from a newly supercool International Space Station, which has a big wheel and gravity and factories to make more satellites,
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St. Louis: We Have Passes to an Advance Screening of ‘Geostorm’ Up For Grabs!

Fiends! Who loves disaster films?! We have some passes to an Advance Screening to Geostorm on Wednesday, October 18. We’ve made this one super simple for you as well.

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it.

Dean Devlin (writer/producer, “Independence Day”) makes his feature film directorial debut with suspense thriller “Geostorm,” starring Gerard Butler (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “300”), Jim Sturgess (“Cloud Atlas”), Abbie Cornish (“Limitless”), Alexandra Maria Lara (“Rush”), Daniel Wu (“The Man with the Iron Fists,” “Warcraft: The Beginning”), with Oscar nominees Ed Harris (“The Hours,
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Geostorm In St. Louis

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it.

Dean Devlin (writer/producer, “Independence Day”) makes his feature film directorial debut with suspense thriller “Geostorm,” starring Gerard Butler (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “300”), Jim Sturgess (“Cloud Atlas”), Abbie Cornish (“Limitless”), Alexandra Maria Lara (“Rush”), Daniel Wu (“The Man with the Iron Fists,” “Warcraft: The Beginning”), Eugenio Derbez (“How to Be a Latin Lover”), with Oscar nominees Ed Harris (“The Hours,” “Apollo 13”) and Andy Garcia (“The Godfather: Part III”).

The music is by Lorne Balfe (“The Lego® Batman
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18 Actors Who Were Almost Marvel's Star-Lord

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18 Actors Who Were Almost Marvel's Star-Lord
Guardians of the Galaxy was considered a risky proposition for Marvel Studios, even after the runaway success of their cinematic universe building films like Iron Man and The Avengers. These characters hang around in outer space! There are aliens on the team! There's a talking raccoon! So it was nothing short of incredible when Guardians of the Galaxy earned nearly $800 million and a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. A big part of James Gunn's action-comedy masterpiece depends upon the charisma of Chris Pratt, who leads the team as Peter Quill, the film's relatable half-earthling who rocks badass tunes in his headphones while kicking ass as Star-Lord. But it almost didn't happen that way. As there were plenty of other big names vying for the coveted role.

It may seem crazy to think about now, but at the time, Pratt was mostly known as lovable doofus and Mouse Rat frontman Andy Dwyer on NBC's Parks and Recreation.
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