5 Sweet Things on Space This Week

by Space.ca 25. May 2015 12:00

Ripper Street Season 3 Premiere: “Whitechapel Terminus” (Tuesday 9e 6p)

A new season of Ripper Street arrives on Space with a bang (or whatever terrible sound a speeding locomotive makes when it crashes into London’s East End). A train disaster in Whitechapel reunites several of the show’s long-estranged characters and sets in motion a series of events that will destroy any peace the neighbourhood had hoped to find.

Paranormal Activity 3 (Wednesday 9e 6p)

This 2011 horror film acts as a prequel to the original 2009 movie, taking the story of two terrorized sisters back to their childhood in the late 1980s when the demon that’s been plaguing them all their lives first appeared. Turns out it’s more than just a love of home videos that runs in this family. Documentary filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish) direct.

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (Friday 9e 6p)

As a backward-thinking bureaucracy makes moves to wrest control of Hogwarts from Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, a greater evil seizes the opportunity to return and launch a brutal attack. Despite warnings from both Dumbledore and wiz-kid Harry Potter, the powers that be refuse to believe that they’re about to be visited by Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Yeah, they’re going to regret that.

Orphan Black: “Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate” (Saturday 9e 6p)

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While Sarah and Helena make their way through the Mexican desert, running as fast as they can away from Castor HQ, Alison is in a race of her own. Her campaign for school trustee (and neighbourhood domination) is heating up and Marci Coates is her strongest competition—but not her only competition. Luckily she’s got Felix on her side, and he doesn’t like to lose.

Salem: “Wages of Sin” (Sunday 10e 7p)

With Salem solidly in the grip of the powerful and ancient German witch, Countess Marburg, Mary finds herself helpless and backed into a corner after her son John is put in peril. To save him from Marburg’s unspeakable cruelty (and outright freakiness), Mary has to make a choice—and a huge sacrifice.

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5 Reasons to Count Down the Days Until Dark Matter Debuts

by Space.ca 25. May 2015 11:00

On June 12, an all-new sci-fi series will premiere on Space. Dark Matter takes us aboard a spaceship on course to a terrifying destination, its crew crippled by an unknown force. The ensemble cast features actors from Lost Girl, Bitten, The Cabin in the Woods, and Robocop, and is produced by a team with a stellar sci-fi pedigree. In case you aren’t hooked already, here are five more reasons to get super excited about the new show:

1. It’s based on writers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie’ cool graphic novel series from Dark Horse Comics.

2. Mallozzi and Mullie are also the writers and producers behind the Stargate franchise.

3. This awesome spaceship concept art that a team of illustrators and the show’s set designer put together. (Check out a bunch of ships—inside and out—here.)

4. It’s a sci-fi space adventure AND a mystery. The spaceship’s nameless six-person crew awakens from stasis with no memory of who they are, who their shipmates are, or why they’re aboard the ship together. All they know is their destination: a war zone located in a far away mining colony. The problem is that they’re not sure which side they’re meant to be fighting on.

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5. There’ll be tonnes of action. While the crew may not remember their names or their past, each has somehow retained the knowledge of their own special set of deadly skills. These people are dangerous.

Tune in to catch the first episode of Dark Matter at 10e on Friday, June 12th. The second episode will follow the debut of the Space original series Killjoys, on June 19 at 9e.

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Your First Look at Matt Damon’s The Martian

by Jon 25. May 2015 10:30
In the last two years, there has seen an unexpected resurgence in a genre that peaked around the same time as the American space program: astronaut movies. Gravity, Interstellar, and Oblivion have all enjoyed worldwide success, paving the way for Ridley Scott’s latest space saga.

Having directed Alien and Prometheus, Scott is a seasoned veteran of the genre. He once again returns to this territory with November’s The Martian, which Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods, Netflix’s Daredevil) adapted from a novel by Andy Weir. Early in his career, Scott also earned considerable science fiction cred with films like Blade Runner and (to a far lesser extent) Legend, making any new foray into this territory cause for excitement.

While little has been revealed about The Martian thus far, we know that it stars Matt Damon as an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars. His co-stars include Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Kristen Wiig, but a trio of images published by Empire (see below) suggest a story of solitude in the tradition of Gravity and Cast Away. “Any survival story is fascinating,” says Scott, before indirectly invoking a ’60s cult classic. “I think of it as a 21st century Robinson Crusoe.”

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Director Prepares New Version of Mad Max: Fury Road

by Jon 25. May 2015 10:00
In light of the rapturous reviews received by Mad Max: Fury Road, it’s hard to believe that the film could be compromised in some way. While director George Miller had final cut and has no problem with the version released in theatres, he plans to add a second version to the Blu-ray.

Talking about post-apocalyptic movies in general, the director has said that the tendency to de-saturate colour in these films frustrates him. As he sees it, filmmakers should either use the kind of vibrant colours found in Mad Max: Fury Road or abandon colour altogether. “It can get really tiring watching this dull, de-saturated color, unless you go all the way out and make it black and white,” he said. “The best version of this movie is black and white, but people reserve that for art movies now.”

In other words, it wasn’t really feasible to release the film in Miller’s preferred version, but he has decided to include a black and white cut on the Blu-ray. The director’s preoccupation with black-and-white goes back to his lifelong love of silent cinema (which predates colour in movies), and an intriguing discovery he made during post-production on The Road Warrior 34 years ago. In order to save money while scoring that film, a black and white version was created—and the director was blown away by the results. “Every time I saw the black and white I thought, ‘Oh, my god!’ It just reduces it to this really gutsy high-con black and white. Very, very powerful.”

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5 Reasons You Need to See Tomorrowland

by Jon 22. May 2015 10:00
One of the summer’s most highly anticipated movies, Tomorrowland has earned an equal measure of criticism and praise. While the film isn’t perfect—the characters are somewhat one-note, there’s more setup than payoff, etc.—it’s one of the most skillfully crafted blockbusters in recent memory.

You may hear that Tomorrowland falls short of its potential, but imperfections notwithstanding, this is a blissfully inventive summer movie. For the following five reasons alone, it is not to be missed.

Special effects that are genuinely special

Thanks in part to his background in animation, director Brad Bird brings an attention to detail that makes for eye-popping visuals with the complexity of CGI and the authenticity of practical effects. From massive, intricately detailed robots to multi-tiered swimming pools, this film has an abundance of eye candy.

Age inappropriate bickering

Thanks to robotic technology, kids are not what they seem in Tomorrowland, resulting in some amusing kid-adult bickering—and the kind of high stakes turmoil children are rarely subjected to onscreen.

Sci-fi nostalgia

For science fiction nerds, the film’s retrofuturist opening (at the 1964-65 World’s Fair) is reason enough to buy a ticket, as is the memorabilia-filled novelty store that plays a prominent role. Movies referenced in this shop include The Black Hole, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Bird’s own The Iron Giant.

It’s not all fantasy

Even while targeting a youthful audience, Tomorrowland manages to thoughtfully explore real world crises, dramatizing the ways in which cynicism breeds complacency. Did we mention that it’s also really playful and entertaining?

The Tomorrowland effect

Already previewed extensively in the Tomorrowland trailers (see below), the film’s central conceit is a classic science fiction device, one used to inventive effect throughout.

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Twin Peaks Recreated on Paper

by Jon 21. May 2015 10:00

It’s been a good week for Twin Peaks fans. After negotiations between David Lynch and Showtime fell apart, the upcoming revival appeared to be off, but talks continued and they reached an agreement on Friday.

In other Twin Peaks news, a mysterious artist has paid tribute to the show by recreating the opening credits with nothing but paper. This is the second video on the new YouTube channel And The World Was Paper, which previously recreated the trailer for The Force Awakens. The artist gets uniquely appealing results with charmingly old-fashioned methods: “I draw, cut and animate by puppeteering pieces of paper,” he explained.

Like the real Twin Peaks opening, this video is simple and straightforward, yet strangely hypnotic. This may have influenced the artist’s decision to make the video, but it was also a direct reaction to the recent Twin Peaks news. “With David Lynch being in the spotlight over the last few days with his big announcement that he is returning to direct season three of Twin Peaks, I figure, why wait until 2016. Let’s revisit the town of Twin Peaks right now.”

While you wait for the new season to arrive, you can stream the first two seasons on CraveTV—and watch the video from And the World Was Paper below.

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"Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken": How this Week’s Game of Thrones Differs from the Books

by Cherylann 20. May 2015 14:27

Fans took to the internet with mixed feelings following Sunday’s most recent GoT episode—which featured Sansa Stark’s forced transition into womanhood—but is that how it played out in the book? No. No it is not.

Here’s a breakdown of how things went down in "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" compared to how things played out in the books.


Sansa’s Wedding Night

How it went down on the show: In Westeros, it’s customary to consummate a marriage immediately following the ceremony and that’s exactly how it happened on Sansa’s second wedding night. Unlike Tyrion, Ramsay Bolton felt the need to bed his bride right away, but he didn’t see the need for romance. On top of stripping Sansa of her virtue, Ramsay forced Reek (Theon Greyjoy) to watch, exposing Sansa to what would likely be considered her worst nightmare next to wedding Joffrey.

How it went down in the books: Sansa is still safe in the Vale with Littlefinger, but Ramsay did get married, and Reek was very much involved in the consummating of the marriage. Ramsay had Reek strip Jeyne Poole (posing as Arya Stark) and forced him to ‘warm her up’ before making him watch Ramsay bed his bride.

Tricks Turned on Tyrells

How it went down on the show: Loras Tyrell was locked up at the command of the High Sparrow for accusations that he had sexual relations with other men. When Olenna Tyrell arrived in Westeros, she demanded her grandson be freed and Cersei promised a fair trial. During the trial, Margaery was asked to testify against her brother. Margaery claimed she had never seen her brother with another man but a witness, and former lover of Ser Loras, said otherwise. The witness’ testimony landed both Loras and Margaery in lock up.

How it went down in the books: Loras’ sexual preferences were never brought into question by the High Sparrow, but Margaery’s were. Thanks to rumours spread mostly by Cersei, the High Sparrow believed Margaery had been unfaithful to Tommen. The evidence against her was the fact that she’d been drinking moon tea—a substance used to prevent pregnancy.

Battle of the Water Gardens

How it went down on the show: Jaime Lannister, Bronn, and the Sand Snakes all arrived at the Water Gardens to find Myrcella and Trystane Martell had fallen in love, but that didn’t stop them from attempting to take Myrcella. After a brief battle in the gardens, everyone’s plan failed when the Dornish forces outnumber them. Jaime, Bronn, and the Sand Snakes were all taken prisoner.

How it went down in the books: Each of the Sand Snakes had different plans for Myrcella, one of which promoted her to Queen of Westeros and puppet to the Martells. Arianne Martell’s plan started by removing Myrcella from Dorne, but her plan was interrupted in the early stages. She was then taken by the Dornish forces. Jaime was never involved.

Littlefinger, Little Rat

How it went down on the show: Littlefinger arrived in King’s Landing to find the High Sparrow and his Militants had taken over. As a way of keeping his name in the good books of Cersei Lannister, Littlefinger offered up the location of Sansa Stark and an army to attack Winterfell.

How it went down in the books: Cersei is unaware of Sansa’s location and Littlefinger is devoted to protecting Sansa from any and all threatening parties, including Cersei.

Watch new episodes of Game of Thrones Sundays at 9e 6p on HBO Canada.

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Pac-Man Shows No Mercy in the Latest Pixels Trailer

by Neil 20. May 2015 13:30

According to the logic behind Home Alone/Harry Potter director Chris Columbus’ upcoming action-comedy, Pixels, if you grew up playing the heck out of Space Invaders, chances are you’ll stand a decent chance against actual space invaders.

The film sees Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Kevin James, and Michelle Monaghan as old-school video game pros tasked to save Earth from unfriendly extra-terrestrials who are attacking the planet as classic ’80s video game characters. We reported on the film’s first official trailer last March, but the latest one gives us a bit more background on each of the characters—and also Kevin James blowing away a helpless Smurf.

If you want to see more Pac-Man munching through the streets of Toronto (where the film was shot, but probably isn’t set), check out the latest trailer below. The timing couldn’t be better, because this Friday marks Pac’s 35th anniversary. Glad to see he’s just as ravenous as ever.

Pixels inserts coin(s) to play July 24. Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

“As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times—at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they're going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults—and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.”

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Hook and Peter Are Pals in the Latest Pan Trailer

by Corrina 20. May 2015 13:00
The second trailer for Warner Bros.’ Peter Pan origin story is out now and boy does it feel like a Harry Potter movie—not that there’s anything wrong with that. In fact, the studio seems to be banking on a Potter-like appeal, using the trailer to highlight the flick’s flying ships, magical beasts, and sad-but-gifted orphans (adding a big “from the studio that brought you Harry Potter” message smack in the middle of the clip also adds to the vibe).

No stranger to literary adaptations, director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina) has been tasked with telling the story of how Peter came to be a legend in Neverland by way of a ship headed for Canada. (Don’t you just love it when they mention us—even in a joke?)

Upon his arrival, Peter is determined to be the prophesied chosen one by the familiar Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and her tribe. Other recognizable characters include Mr. Smee, the notorious giant crocodile, and the lagoon mermaids (all of whom seem to be played by model Cara Delevingne). Less familiar is a slightly crazy-eyed James Hook. Not yet a Captain (but still in possession of both his hands—apparently the name was just a coincidence), Hook appears to be on the same side as Peter, the side united against “the pirate all pirates fear”: Black Beard. Played by Hugh Jackman and a hairpiece, Black Beard is the chief villain in this tale—which means we’re already anticipating a sequel.

Check out the trailer below. Pan opens October 9.

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Simon Pegg Has Harsh Words for Genre Films

by Jon 20. May 2015 11:00
Thanks to movies like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Star Trek, Simon Pegg is a certified movie geek icon. However, some comments he made recently to Radio Times have landed him in hot water with his fans.

Talking about the current state of movies, Pegg expressed concern that there’s no longer an audience for the kinds of dramas (The Godfather, Taxi Driver, Bonnie and Clyde, The French Connection) that dominated the box office in the ’60s and ’70s. “Part of me looks at society as it is now and just thinks we’ve been infantilised by our own taste,” he said. “Now we’re essentially all consuming very childish things: comic books, superheroes... Adults are watching this stuff, and taking it seriously.”

Elaborating on his position, he threatened to abandon his geeky ways altogether. “I sometimes feel like I miss grown-up things,” he added. “And I honestly thought the other day that I’m gonna retire from geekdom. I’ve become the poster child for that generation, and it’s not necessarily something I particularly want to be. I’d quite like to go off and do some serious acting.”

As you might expect, there was an immediate outcry from Pegg fans, who felt both insulted and abandoned by one of their favourite actors. In an effort to clarify his argument, Pegg released a lengthy follow-up statement, asserting that he’s “still a nerd and proud.” He underlined this with praise for Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, Christopher Nolan, and Game of Thrones.

Still, most of his concerns remain, as he makes clear in his concluding thoughts. “It’s good to ask why we like this stuff, what makes it so alluring, so discussed, so sacred. Do we channel our passion and indignation into ephemera, rather than reality? Not just science fiction and fantasy, but gossip and talent shows and nostalgia and people’s arses. Is it right? Is it dangerous? Something to discuss over a game of 3D chess, perhaps. Speaking of which, I better climb aboard the old hypocropter and fly back to writing Star Trek Beyond.”

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