Set Your Sights on the First Spectre Teaser

by Jon 28. March 2015 10:00
Coming off Skyfall’s record-breaking success, anticipation for the next Bond film is reaching dangerously high levels. So high, in fact, that a teaser trailer has already arrived, more than seven months before the film’s November 6 release.

In this first look at Spectre, the plot is understandably sketchy, but this teaser offers some intriguing clues. If Skyfall was Bond’s answer to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight—director Sam Mendes confirmed as much—Spectre seems to be taking its cues from Nolan’s moody Alaskan drama Insomnia. Here are some of the other discoveries we made while watching the new teaser:

Thanks to the film’s chilly locale, Bond will don some stylish turtlenecks.

Based on personal effects recovered from Skyfall, Eve Moneypenny tells Bond that he has a secret… and he can’t tell anyone… because he doesn’t trust anyone.

Monica Bellucci’s Lucia Sciarra gets an atypical Bond girl introduction, first appearing at a funeral.

Bond seeks the counsel of Mr. White, showing him a ring with an ominous logo that appears to be the insignia of Spectre.

White warns Bond that messing with Spectre puts him in a precarious position: “You’re a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond.”

Of course, Bond doesn’t let that stop him from infiltrating a top secret Spectre gathering, one that vaguely recalls Eyes Wide Shut.

Christoph Waltz’s Oberhauser is briefly glimpsed, but you won’t see much—due to some severely insufficient lighting.

To see these Spectre clues in motion, watch the teaser below.

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Ryan Reynolds is Dead Sexy as Deadpool

by Neil 27. March 2015 13:00
If you don’t know who Deadpool is, that’s going to change very soon. (Also, kinda weird you don’t know who Deadpool is.)

The film adaptation of Marvel’s wisecracking antihero is still a ways off, but you don’t have to wait any longer to get a proper glimpse of its protagonist, played by Ryan Reynolds. This morning, Reynolds teased the first “sexy” look at his full costume on Twitter.

That image might look a little familiar to some of you, and here’s why:

Two very different, yet undeniably similar, Reynolds portraits.

This also isn’t the first time (Ryan) Reynold’s tweeted a glimpse of his “ballerina pink” costume:

Another cool bit of news that doesn’t involve a bearskin rug is Silicon Valley’s T.J. Miller will play Deadpool’s sidekick, friend, information broker, and arms dealer, Weasel. Additionally, real-life butt-kicker Gina Carano will play Angel Dust, who in the comic book world was part of a mutant group called The Murlocks.

Having previously worked on visual effects for the game Mass Effect 2 and the game-lovin’ movie Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Tim Miller will make his feature directing debut with Deadpool, which open February 12, 2016.

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Spielberg to Direct Ready Player One

by Jon 26. March 2015 10:00
Hoping to ride the wave of dystopian adventure novels turned blockbuster movie franchises (The Hunger Games, Divergent, etc.), Warner Bros. recently announced plans to bring Ernest Cline’s bestselling Ready Player One to the big screen. They upped the ante considerably yesterday by attaching the biggest blockbuster director of them all: Steven Spielberg.

Set in the grim world of 2044, this novel revolves around Wade Watts, a teenager obsessed with a virtual reality known as OASIS. A world of puzzles based on various pop culture properties (including Spielberg’s own films), OASIS turns violent as players compete for a lucrative prize. According to the official synopsis, Wade will have to “confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape” if he’s going to survive.

Spielberg seems like a logical choice for the material, as he is a known gaming enthusiast, but the world is full of topics that interest him. As of right now, the 68-year-old filmmaker has two other movies in production (Bridge of Spies, The BFG), and countless others—including Indiana Jones 5, It’s What I Do, Robopocalypse, and Thank You For Your Service—that have been rumoured, announced, and/or postponed. (He was also once attached to some of last year’s biggest hits, including American Sniper and Interstellar.)

In other words, there’s no guarantee that Spielberg will actually direct Ready Player One, but it should be noted that his commitment is based on more than just the novel. Back in November, screenwriter Zak Penn confirmed that the script is already complete, adding that “it would cost a billion dollars” to license all the properties mentioned in the book. But if anyone can come up with that kind of cash, it’s Steven Spielberg.

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Face Off: “Imaginary Friends”

by Jon 25. March 2015 14:00

This week’s episode began in an unusually innocent locale: a playground in Pasadena’s Brookside Park. As McKenzie Westmore discussed “the innocent originality and raw imagination of a child,” six kids casually played behind her.

Before long, these kids joined McKenzie, and she explained this week’s challenge to the six remaining artists. Once selected by one of these kids, each artist would be tasked with bringing that kid’s imaginary friend to life.

Moments later, each kid raced over and selected an artist. They then proceeded to explain their character, as the artists sketched and took notes. Here’s a look at these unlikely partnerships:

In spite of the contagious cheer of these kids, a dark cloud quickly descended over Emily, who was suffering from a bad case of homesickness.

To make matters worse, she discovered that her head mold was falling apart.

In spite of these challenges, Emily managed to stay out of the bottom two. The same goes for Logan, though his inexperience with beauty makeup made it necessary to seek guidance from his model.

Julian’s problems proved to be more substantial. Given the near impossible task of creating a kid-friendly B-Boy zombie, he struggled to devise a clear vision. In spite of some helpful guidance from Laura, he landed in the bottom two.

The same goes for Ben, whose unwieldy assignment made it necessary for coach Anthony to wear his costume, as his model was busy completing some of the detail work. When the judges concluded that the end result looked incomplete, Ben also found himself in the bottom two.

Due to the scope of his partner’s design, Adam was nervous that his character wouldn’t come together in time, but the judges ultimately praised his work, marveling that he could complete a character this elaborate in the time allotted. As a result, he landed in the top two.

For the judging phase, the kids returned to see their imaginary friends come to life.

Here are the six characters that resulted from this process—and the reactions of their creators.

To see the judges’ more conflicted reactions, watch this week’s episode now.

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Here’s Your First Look at Batman v Superman’s Lex Luthor

by Neil 25. March 2015 11:30

According to this writer, the best bit of casting news to come from Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn’t Jason Momoa as Aquaman or Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusador. It was Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.

A personal favourite ever since he starred in 2002’s little-seen indie comedy Roger Dodger, since then Eisenberg has worked with such esteemed directors as Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale), Greg Mottola (Adventureland), David Fincher (The Social Network, which earned him a Best Actor Oscar nom), Woody Allen (To Rome with Love), and Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves). While none of these films have anything to do with superheroes, the actor did manage to hold his own during a zombie apocalypse in 2009’s Zombieland.

Now, Entertainment Weekly has revealed an exclusive first look at Eisenberg’s Lex, who appears more youthful than Superman I, II, and IV’s Gene Hackman and Superman Returns’ Kevin Spacey, but not quite as fresh-faced as Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum.

“He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure,” says Snyder about the latest incarnation of Superman’s bald-headed nemesis.

These glimpses have been very nice, but now we’re jonesing for some sort of teaser trailer. Then again, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn’t come out until March 25, 2016, exactly one year from today. In the meantime, might we suggest brushing up on Eisenberg’s impressive filmography to get a taste of what the villain mastermind might look and sound like?

Here’s the new Lex in full, along with some older ones:

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Arnie Protects His Zombie Daughter in the First Trailer for Maggie

by Neil 25. March 2015 10:30
If you like your Arnold Schwarzenegger extra grizzled, then you’re going to love him in the first trailer for Maggie, an artful looking horror-drama in which he plays a father trying to protect his infected-with-some-kind-of-zombie-virus daughter (played by Abigail Breslin, who we all remember was in 2009’s Zombieland).

The trailer boasts some high praise from the likes of Toronto International Film Festival Artistic Director Cameron Bailey, who declares that “Schwarzenegger is superb.”

While the public has yet to see the film, it will have its world premiere on April 22 at the Tribeca Film Festival. Lucky for us, the fest has provided a more robust synopsis:

“There's a deadly zombie epidemic threatening humanity, but Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a small-town farmer and family man, refuses to accept defeat even when his daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) becomes infected. As Maggie's condition worsens and the authorities seek to eradicate those with the virus, Wade is pushed to the limits in an effort to protect her. Joely Richardson co-stars in this post-apocalyptic thriller.”

Those of us who won’t be attending the Tribeca Film Festival won’t have to wait too long; Maggie infects limited theatres on May 8, just a handful of weeks before Terminator Genisys’ arrival on July 1.

Ain’t nothing wrong with an Arnie-centric summer at the cinema, am I right? Check out the trailer below and tell us watcha think:

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The X-Files is Officially Returning

by Neil 24. March 2015 16:30

Good news for anyone who likes good TV: after years of cautiously believing one of our favourite sci-fi series ever would someday return to the small screen, FOX confirmed today that Fox Mulder and Dana Scully will return for a new “event series” that will involve a six-episode story arc starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as television’s coolest (and hottest) alien-chasing FBI agents.

Possibly more important is that it will be spearheaded by series creator Chris Carter, who, in the show's press announcement, said "I think of it as a 13-year commercial break. The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”

Technically speaking, it’s been more like a six-year hiatus, but perhaps Carter prefers not to remember 2008’s lukewarm feature film, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, which he directed. In his defense, that film wasn’t really concerned with the show’s evolving plot, though it did reunite the two stars after Duchovny’s season nine absence.

We don’t know exactly when the show will return or what it will be about, but production begins this summer, so the upshot can’t be too far off. We’re guessing it will have something to do with alien conspiracies, like that takeover that, according to the show, was originally intended to go down in 2012.

Fox CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman, who worked with Carter on all nine seasons of the series between 1993 and 2002, are just as pumped as you probably are, declaring that “Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans as The X-Files, and we’re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they’ve been waiting for.”

I guess you can call us believers now.

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A First-Timer Watches Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens”

by Corrina 24. March 2015 16:00

Prisoner Zero warned us: "The universe is cracked. The Pandorica will open. Silence will fall."

River Song and Frank Sinatra were right: what the Doctor ignored in “The Eleventh Hour” and dismissed as a mere fairy tale in “Flesh and Stone” is proved real in the first half of this two-part season finale. Housed under Stonehenge and said to contain the most dangerous being in the entire universe, the Pandorica definitely exists, and we’re about to find out its purpose.

“The Pandorica Opens” is suspenseful and well-constructed, neatly tying together disparate threads from the entire season. It’s emotional—Rory’s Roman return and Amy’s realization of who he really is are intense, as is the moment where the Doctor realizes who the Pandorica is meant to house. It’s cinematic, too (writer and Who-runner Steven Moffat described his goals for the finale as “big” and “mad”). But above all, this episode was FUN, pulling in both friends and foes from the fifth season including Winston Churchill, Professor Edwin Bracewell, Liz 10, Vincent van Gogh, the Daleks, Cybermen, Silurians, Sontarans, the rhinoceros-headed Judoon (who we kind of wish had been given at least a few lines of dialogue), and, of course, Ms. River “Call Me Cleopatra” Song.

The reason for the big reunion: those irksome cracks that have been following the Doctor and Amy around since we first met them.

Far from being some big secret, the cracks are common knowledge across the universe and it’s believed, by an alliance of the Doctor’s enemies, that separating him from the TARDIS will stop the spread and avoid an obliteration of everything in existence when the TARDIS explodes. Of course, they’re wrong.

But the trap they’ve set up is so perfectly right that the Doctor walks blindly into it. Using Amy’s memories, the alliance has constructed a time (102 AD) and place (Roman Britain) populated by Centurion autons who think they’re real when all of them, even Rory, are actually just figments stitched together from stuff found in Amy’s childhood bedroom, operating as part of the Nestene Consciousness.

Poor Rory fights the Nestene’s command but winds up shooting Amy when his robot arm refuses to abide by his own will. (If circuitry can be said to have a will.)

And though the Doctor does his damndest to keep the alliance from carrying out their ultimate goal (installing him, the most dangerous creature in the universe, inside the inescapable Pandorica), he finds himself overpowered, what with River stuck in the exploding TARDIS and Amy dead (temporarily, we hope—history can be rewritten, right?).

But then, just as you think that all hope is lost, that everyone’s been exploded or deleted or imprisoned or erased, the episode ends with all the stars and planets in the universe going dark. Silence does indeed fall. So, uh, yeah. Turns out you were right about that ‘all hope is lost’ thing.

Good think it’s a two-parter, otherwise we’d be worried!

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5 Reasons Karen Gillan Was the Best Thing at Toronto Comicon

by Corrina 24. March 2015 11:00

This past weekend Every Whovian in Whoville (yeah, we know we’re mixing our Doctors here) turned up to see the show’s former star Karen Gillan talk about her time on Who and her role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Here’s why it was the best part of our weekend:

1. She’s basically the ultimate Comicon guest: starring roles in Doctor Who and Guardians of The Galaxy, plus the ultra-scary movie Oculus meant Gillan was a draw for sci-fi, superhero, comic book, and horror fans alike. Needless to say, the room was packed—though Who fans made up the largest contingent by far.

2. She almost didn’t make it. There was some major nail-biting going on ahead of Gillan’s arrival. Stuck on set until 5am shooting Jenji Kohan’s latest project (a new HBO series about the Salem witch trials called The Devil You Know), Gillan hopped on a plane to make it to her Saturday evening autograph session with the fake dirt from set still caking her fingernails. The mark of a true professional!

3. She’s hilarious. Asked what her ultimate Who adventure would entail were she to take over writing duties from Steven Moffat and co., Gillan said she would travel to Graceland to help Elvis rid the mansion’s Jungle Room of invasive alien leaves that turn people into tiny trees. Of course, Rory would die. (The lone fan dressed as Elvis in the audience went nuts for this story pitch.)

4. She doesn’t fence-sit. Gillan didn’t hesitate to name her favourite Doctor (Matt Smith), favourite companion (Sarah Jane), favourite guest star (Tony Curran as Vincent van Gogh), and favourite episode (“The Eleventh Hour”). She was also happy to speculate about where Rory and Amy would be now: she’s a famous novelist and he’s a stay-at-home dad taking care of their seven kids.

5. She has the best insight into playing a villain that we’ve ever heard. Gillan says she likes to act as a lawyer for baddies like Nebula, playing them with a sympathetic interpretation. “Most people who are deeply evil in this world don’t think that they are,” says the actor, “it’s coming from something that happened to them.” Like hair envy, perhaps? Hmm.

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5 Things We Learned About Killjoys at Toronto Comicon

by Jon 23. March 2015 16:15

On Saturday afternoon, InnerSpace hosts Ajay Fry, Morgan Hoffman, and Teddy Wilson hosted a panel discussion with Killjoys executive producer Michelle Lovretta (Lost Girl) and star Aaron Ashmore at Toronto Comicon.

This series about interplanetary bounty hunters premieres on Space later this year, but Saturday’s panel gave us a better sense of what to expect. Here are 5 things we learned about Killjoys at Toronto Comicon.

Lovretta didn’t expect success

A longtime genre fan, Lovretta was excited by the idea for Killjoys, but she was surprised to learn that others shared her enthusiasm. “When I first came to Space with the concept, I again thought, ‘Well, no one’s going to do that. They aren’t going to let me do bounty hunters in space.’ So I kind of pitched it without thinking that they were going to say yes—and then they did and it’s been kind of a non-stop fun ride since.”

It only took Ashmore one scene to get excited

When Aaron Ashmore first heard about the project, it didn’t occur to him that he could be involved. That immediately changed when he read the first scene in the pilot script. “I was like, ‘I think I like this guy. I think I want to play this guy.’ Even from the very, very beginning, the sense of humour and the action… I could just tell that there was going to be something interesting about these characters. After just reading that first scene, I was very intrigued.”

John has a special relationship with his spaceship

The spaceship in Killjoys has artificial intelligence, causing Lovretta to describe it as “a sassy HAL.” When Teddy asked if there’s any sexual tension between Lucy and Ashmore’s character John, the actor confirmed that this angle has been discussed. “Before we really started shooting, we sort of talked about that—joking about it sort of—but also the fact that there is sort of a relationship there, there’s a respect, they rely on each other, so we kind of goofed on it a little bit. The other two would come back and I’d be, you know, fondling the spaceship or something.”

Ashmore is a big fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation

After Lovretta discussed the show’s debt to old school sci-fi TV, Ashmore noted the influence of a popular favourite that is far more acceptable today than it was in the ’90s. “I was a big Star Trek: The Next Generation fan. It’s funny because when I was watching it—I don’t know how old I was; young high school probably, that age—I remember loving it so much, but also not wanting to be like, ‘I’m super into Star Trek.’ But it’s so amazing because now that’s completely changed.”

Ashmore feels right at home in the world of sci-fi

While Ashmore claims he would be interested in roles outside the realm of science fiction, he’s perfectly happy to continue in his current direction. “If you have the opportunity to do sci-fi, why would you want to do anything else? You still get to do all the drama, love stories, all that stuff—stuff that you would do in any other medical drama or cop show or whatever—but you get to do it in this world where probably most of us will never get to.”

 

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