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Broken Bells debuts short film starring Kate Mara, Anton Yelchin to accompany thier new album After the Disco

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After the Disco is Broken Bells ( James Mercer from the Shins and Danger Mouse from Gnarls Barkley’s) second album, due out January 2014 and to commemorate the release they’ve created a short film. This meditative joint, stars Kate Mara (House of Cards) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and is about two star-crossed lovers finding each other in the desert. The rest of the story you’ll have to deduce on your own. I can’t make heads or tails of it, but it appears to be a continuation, so usually that means some sort of resolve. Usually.

Watching this video it’s becoming increasingly clear that at least one of the members of Broken Bells suffers from an Astronaut Jones complex. He, and I’m not saying who, envisions himself stranded on a deserted planet with a martian girl. How do I know this? Remember their video for Ghost Inside starring Christina Hendricks? Yeah, sexy robot girl, deserted planet. It’s not just me yo! I swear!

Official Broken Bells Website

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Bryan Cranston is a Russian hitman in trailer for Cold Comes the Night

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Proving once again that there is nothing that this man can not do, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) is going “out the box” in his role as a nearly blind, Russian, career criminal. Cold Comes the Night is directed by Tze Chun (Children of Invention) and is about…

(Via. Firstshowing.net)

A struggling motel owner (Alice Eve) and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal (Bryan Cranston) to act as his eyes in a vengeful attempt to retrieve the duffel bag full of stolen money that she lifted from one of the motel’s rooms. But now a crooked cop has the cash, and she has to help track him down and get the money back.

I was none too impressed by Alice Eve’s performance in Star Trek, but what better way to rebound than to “ugly” yourself up for a role like this.

In her defense, I think Star Trek was the first thing I’d ever seen her in.

But still, some people  have got the formula down and will stop at nothing to see that statue. I imagine Alice has been reading the Charlize Theron “How to make it as a pretty/ugly girl in Hollywood” book at her bedside.  Clever girl.

Cold Comes the Night releases in the U.K September 20, 2013. No word on a U.S date yet.

Checkout Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder in these amazing photos from Man of Steel

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Man of Steel is truly gearing up to be the summer phenomenon of phenomenon’s and despite this, I still get naysayers coming up to me like “what do you think of the Man of Steel trailers?”, not as a believer ,mind you, but as a skeptic. That’s just goes to prove we’ve truly got our work cut out for us Hollywood. If you can stand there after having watched the latest MOS trailer, knowing the cast, knowing the director and producer of Dark Knight and 300 are attached and still say something that crazy…you’re out of your fucking mind. Course I could be wrong and this film could be a total flop, as a fatalist I must resign to that probability, but I really…really fucking doubt it, especially not after looking at these wonderful production stills. The artistry that went into making this film is so tight it nearly makes me cry, they’ve given Superman the much needed makeover it deserves and with all the films out there getting the reboot gloss Star Trek, The Dark Knight, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I dare someone to say to me they don’t like the direction this is headed. Frankly it’s the most logical and relevant direction it could go. The whole “man falls from the sky and we act like he’s the second coming of Christ” isn’t going to work in this age of paranoia and I love that Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan have taken it upon themselves to think outside the box. Let me stop babbling, enjoy the slides.

Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fisburne, Antje Traue, Russell Crowe and opens worldwide in 3D on June 14

Photos provided via Collider.com

Star Trek Into Darkness needs more Trek says guest reviewer and fantasy author Philip Reeves

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WARNING SPOILERS:

Star Trek is one of those TV programmes that I’m always happy to watch, while fully understanding that it’s rubbish. Well, not complete rubbish: the central trio of characters has a kind of mythic resonance, with Spock the man of reason, McCoy the man of feeling, and Kirk the man of action who has to take advice from each of them before going out and punching people. And while the show’s well-meaning liberalism may seem half hearted to modern eyes – Lt Uhuru as space-receptionist etc – it was well-meaning and liberal for all that. (In all the pop culture I experienced as a child, I think George Takei was the only Japanese man I ever saw who wasn’t running out of the jungle with a gun, screaming, “Banzai!”)

Anyway, off we all went to Paignton yesterday to see the latest big-screen version, Star Trek – Into Darkness.

For some reason, while Star Trek the telly programme was about visiting strange new worlds and having adventures there, Star star-trek-2-into-darkness-chris-pine-zachary-quintoTrek movies are almost always about a mad villain who is trying to destroy the earth/take over the Universe, and has to be hit until he stops. This one is no exception. It starts off in a cheerfully neo-colonialist, Indiana Jones-ish way with Kirk and co escaping from alien tribespeople in a startling red landscape, but that storyline ends before the main title. It isn’t long before the the mad villain appears, played rather engagingly by that Benedict Cucumberpatch out of Sherlock, and the colour almost literally drains out of the movie: in the future, it seems, everything will be grey. (Star Trek – Fifty Shades of Grey would have been a better title, if it hadn’t already been taken.)

The cast are all pretty good: I particularly like Karl Urban’s peppery Dr McCoy, and Simon Pegg is fun as Scottie. There are lots of shiny futuristic cityscapes, a lovely bleak planetoid where great wind-sculpted rock towers rear up out of a flat plain of shale, and the costumes and sets look cool and contemporary while affectionately referencing the old stuff (though the grey dress uniforms with the peaked caps look creepily fascist). Of course, no Star Trek ship, on TV or in the cinema, has ever equalled the original Enterprise, a real ’60s design classic, and this one doesn’t either – the prongs at the back aren’t sleek enough. But on the plus side, there’s a tribble.

Star-Trek-Into-Darkness_510x317And yet, and yet, it all felt a bit meh. In terms of plot and pacing it certainly isn’t a patch on Star Trek 2 – The Wrath of Khan, which it references heavily. “I thought we were supposed to be explorers?” says Scottie at one point, and so did I, but this is an oddly earthbound Star Trek. There’s a quick trip to Kronos, planet of the Klingons, who were one of the best things about the later TV spin-offs, but have been woefully redesigned as dull, helmeted soldiers in grey greatcoats and grey body armour, more like First World War stormtroopers than the camp space-vikings of old. The focus is all on the evil Cumberbatch, and some shenanigans within Starfleet Command, so instead of pushing onwards and outwards, the story has to loop back to San Francisco for some collapsing skyscrapers and an explodey, punchy climax.

Right at the end Kirk gets to quote the ‘To boldy go…’ speech, and under the closing credits the old Star Trek music plays and the screen fills with vistas of the far, strange worlds and alien suns which the movie could have taken us to, but I guess that might have been too much fun. Because, weirdly, I think this is a Star Trek movie that wants to be taken seriously…

I suppose it probably says something about the mood of the 1960s – optimistic, outward looking – and the mood of the 2010s – insular, pessimistic, obsessed with terrorism, and keen on grey stuff. Maybe it also reflects the rise of ‘geek culture’ – things like Star Trek and Batman which used to be enjoyable fluff are now presented as if they’re profound and important works of art (there’s a good, long piece about that trend, by someone cleverer than me, here). That’s not quite fair, because there is fun stuff in this film, but it’s almost all in the interactions between the characters and in a couple of action scenes – there’s precious little allowed in the plot or the world-building.

All I can say for sure is that this is the sort of film in which the captain discovers that he has 72 sociopathic super-humans asleep in cryogenic suspension tubes aboard his ship – and they never wake up.

Chekhov (the playwright, not the starship helmsman) would have had something to say about that.

Star Trek Into Darkness also stars Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, and Alice Eve.  The film opens in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in 2D and 3D on May 17th.

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945961_10152865817015287_134948403_n     Philip Reeve was born in Brighton in 1966. He has one younger sister. He wrote his first story at the tender age of five; it was about a spaceman called Spike and his dog Spook. He went to St Luke’s School in Queens Park, Brighton where he enjoyed writing, drawing, history and acting, and didn’t enjoy maths, P.E. or getting duffed up. His early influences included Oliver Postgate, Jackanory, Blue Peter, Asterix, Look and Learn, Swallows and Amazons, Airfix models, Whizzer and Chips, Rosemary Sutcliff, Action Man, JRR Tolkein, Star Wars, biscuits, bikes and boats. Mortal Engines, his first book, was published in 2001. It won the Smarties Gold Award, the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Blue Peter ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ Award. Four sequels to Mortal Engines followed, the last of which, A Darkling Plain, won both the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. There has also been a trilogy of steam-powered Victorian space adventures, Larklight, Starcross and Mothstorm, and a novel set in Dark Age Britain called Here Lies Arthur which won the Carnegie Medal 2008.

Philip’s 2009 novel, Fever Crumb returns to the world of Mortal Engines. Along with its sequels A Web of Air and Scrivener’s Moon, it tells the story of how the Traction Era began.  His latest book, Goblins, introduces a new world, the Westlands, a land of magic and adventure dominated by the ruined fortress of Clovenstone. A sequel, provisionally entitled Goblins vs Dwarves will be published in 2013, and Philip is also preparing a series of shorter books co-written with the illustrator Sarah McIntyre.  He is currently at work on the final novel in the Fever Crumb quartet.

Wanna know more about Philip check out his sites:

http://www.philip-reeve.com/#

http://philipreeve.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/philip.reeve.12

Short film ABE is creepy and fascinating

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Remember when Commander Data got that emotion chip in Star Trek: The Next Generation? Well imagine if Data got that chip, but it was crafted by Dexter voila you have this homicidal robot Abe. Oh, he just wants to be loved, but when it’s not reciprocated, he’ll will fix you, he’ll fix you dead. Abe is the brainchild of Writer/Director – Rob McLellan and stars Sam Hoare and Claire Huskisson

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What started as a short film entry ‘Love… and all that’ into the Colchester 48 Hour Film Challenge (watch here) and evolved into an idea for a live action film. The short film is just the beginning of, what will evolve into, a much larger project. ABE was produced by Zero-G Productions, written/directed by McLellan, with a story by McLellan and Sven Hornsey.

Surprisingly it’s not over the top, but what they lack in blood and guts, they more than made up for in patience and dialogue. They kind of savored the moment, like any serial killer would do. Despite what you know is about to happen, you still want to hear Abe’s story and it actually makes sense. Well, makes sense for someone whose insane. It’s going to be real interesting seeing where this goes.

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ABE from Rob McLellan on Vimeo.

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Wow! J.J. Abrams is set to direct Star Wars Episode VII!

Trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness

Name That Soundtrack: Science Fiction up’s the ante

WATCH THE INSANITY THAT IS 59 EPISODES OF STAR TREK ALL AT ONCE. WHY? WHY NOT?

Sure I posted it. There was nothing inside me that told me not to. Now if I can get my brain to focus on one of these shares long enough to recognize what episodes they are, I’ll be in business. What I really think is the insane part is that the creators of this video(why do we still call things videos by the way?) let the audio from every single episode just ride out. Now, not only are you dealing with a potential seizure you’ve got to worry that you might have schizophrenia too. Oh the life of a fan boy. This video looks like something you might’ve found Tony Montana just staring at during one of his coke binges. Enjoy!

NEW TRAILER AND CONCEPT ART FOR THE STAR TREK VIDEO GAME PROMISES THE SECOND FILM WILL BE EPIC!!

Okay that’s a huge title and I did doll it up a bit, but the trailer for the new Star Trek video game is pretty immense, but I have seen immense trailers before that fizzled when it came to gameplay. Collider.com posted some of the concept art and trailer for the new game which according to J.J. Abrams will tie in to the second movie. According to Roberto Orci part of the writing team Alex Kurtzman and Orci who wrote (Star Trek and FRINGE) he says that It’s going to be a story that fits into our movies, and fits into between the first two movies.  We would not allow a game to go out if it was not somehow a part of the continuity.What’s great about the game is that it gets to show that middle step. You get to see Kirk and Spock in a way you’re not going to in the movie. They’re becoming friends; they’re going on adventures you’re not going to see in the movies. The game is giving you new insight into who they are.  We want to make sure that in a way the game is its own movie. I don’t want to give away who the villains are, but the people in the game might be people who end up in the movie. I like to think of the game as a movie we’ve might have done. We treat the game with the same respect. I can say that the villains are very much in canon.”

The game arrives next year for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.

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