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'Interstellar' Featurette Focuses on the Real Science Behind the Film

Interstellar

If you feel like you've seen enough footage from Interstellar, and you've already made your decision to see the film, we're right there with you. We're trying to avoid seeing too much of the film before Christopher Nolan's sci-fi flick hits theaters in a couple weeks. But if you want to learn a little more about the real science that inspired the film, Wired has just revealed a cool new featurette with physicist Kip Thorne (an executive producer on the project), who helped Nolan understand the real science behind wormholes, space travel and more. This stuff is pretty mindblowing, but it's also only a brief video. If you really want to dive into the science of Interstellar, we recommend checking out Wired's article on the matter. Watch below!

 Posted 9 hours ago in Featurette, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

'2001: A Space Odyssey' Gets a Gorgeous Trailer for UK Re-Release

2001: A Space Odyssey

We're waiting patiently for the arrival of Interstellar, the latest film from director Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy), and we can't wait to see the film's IMAX footage, which clocks in at over an hour. Nolan recently compared the film to Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, and audiences in the United Kingdom will get a chance to compare them perfectly on the big screen since the 1968 film is getting re-released in theaters. And to promote the film's return to the big screen, a gorgeous new trailer has arrived that will have you wanting to see this film again now. Watch it!

 Posted October 21 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

More Than an Hour of 'Interstellar' is IMAX + New Photos & TV Spots

Interstellar

As we said when the fourth and final trailer for Christopher Nolan's space and time-spanning drama Interstellar arrived, we're already sold on the movie and don't want to see anymore footage from the film, especially since we just learned from EW that over an hour of it was shot on IMAX and we just want to see that on the big big screen. But for those of you who just can't get enough footage from the film, we've included three new TV spots from the United Kingdom to whet your appetite along with new photos featuring Matthew McConaughey, Michael Caine and Nolan himself on set. Just three more weeks.

 Posted October 16 in Photos, SciFi, To Watch, TV Spots | Comments

Watch: Stellar Russian CGI Futuristic War Short 'Крепость/Fortress'

Fortress Short Film

Whoa. This is awesome. You have to watch this! That's the reaction I had, and I expect most people will have, after watching this. It's a short film titled Fortress, or Крепость in Russian, made by a guy named Dima Fedotof who posted this to his own Vimeo a year ago. Yes it's a bit old, but it's still worth seeing because, as our friend Jonnie tweeted about it: "love that it has minimal setup, and that it's actually short." Dima explains that the short is just a "cartoon parable" and he's only a "CG enthusiast from Russia", but it's impressive work. The setting is in the far future, where wars have been raging for so long that the robots continue to fight each other even though all humanity is gone. Just another cool short to enjoy - take a look.

 Posted October 14 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

First Look: Disney & Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland' with George Clooney

Tomorrowland

Tomorrow, Disney is bringing a tease of Brad Bird's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland to New York Comic-Con, and we'll have coverage of the panel shortly thereafter. In the meantime, it seems like a teaser trailer for the summer 2015 release might not be too far away as we finally have the first photos from the film starring George Clooney and "Under the Dome" star Britt Robertson. The film follows a Florida girl who dreams of the future while watching the launchpads of Cape Canaveral being disassembled. After getting into a bit of trouble while exploring, she finds herself in possession of a mysterious pin that reveals a vision of a place that gives her a glimpse into a better world. But finding it doesn't prove to be easy. Look!

 Posted October 8 in First Look, Photos, SciFi | Comments

Watch: Jonathan & Josh Baker's Outstanding 'Bag Man' Short Film

Bag Man Short Film

Wow. Every once in a while a film comes along that stops you in your tracks, reminds you why you love great films, and shows us that there's still real talent out there. This short film, titled Bag Man, came across my desk this week and it's actually a must watch. From filmmakers Jonathan & Josh Baker, the film tells the story of a young boy who leaves New York City to venture upstate with a mysterious dufflebag in hand. What is he hiding? You'll have to watch and find out. I love everything about this - the setup and payoff is perfect, the short flows smoothly and never drags, it's gorgeously shot and looks great, the VFX are fantastic. Along with Envoy, this is genuinely one of the best shorts I've seen in a while, and I will be following these guys.

 Posted October 8 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Justin Tagg's Mysterious, Clever Sci-Fi Short Film 'Mouse-X'

Mouse-X Short Film

Who are you, if you're not the only you? This peculiar little short film is worth watching for the interesting twists and turns found within. Titled Mouse-X (which may hint at more of the plot than expected), written & directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Justin Tagg (@mouseXshortfilm), this "sci-fi mind trip" follows a man who wakes up in a room and has to figure out where he is and what's going on. He's trapped inside of one giant experiment involving a thousand clones of himself, so who is he if he's not the only one? It runs a bit long, but otherwise it's a well-made short that proves even old ideas can be rehashed and still be unique.

 Posted October 7 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Take a Tour of Endurance in the 'Interstellar' Oculus Rift Experience

Interstellar Oculus Rift

With the launch of Interstellar in just one month, Paramount has kicked off their final marketing push for Christopher Nolan's epic sci-fi adventure. One of their key promotions includes an Interstellar Oculus Rift Experience, using the popular virtual reality headsets to provide an immersive experience. What does it show? I stopped by the promotion at the AMC Lincoln Square in New York City to check it out. Viewers are given a three-to-four minute tour of the spaceship Endurance, featured prominently already in trailers, which shifts into Zero G before jumping into the wormhole. As a fun, immersive promotion it's very cool - and really does provide a totally unique experience. It tricks your mind when the artificial gravity drops out.

 Posted October 6 in Cool Stuff, Hype, SciFi | Comments

Screening Guide + Theater List for 'Interstellar' Arriving Early on Film

Interstellar Screenings

It's official - after scooping the early release news yesterday, a press release today confirms that Christopher Nolan's Interstellar will be released two days early. Screenings will begin on Tuesday, November 4th starting at 8PM all over the world (info on tickets here), mostly in 70mm IMAX locations. The press release reveals that many locations, including 35mm film and digital IMAX, will be screening starting November 5th before the full opening on Friday, November 7th. To compliment the announcement, the official site is now updated and includes a guide for the formats that Interstellar is available in. Most movie fans know the differences anyway, but it's a helpful guide for anyone still confused by the choice of format. Read on!

 Posted October 1 in Feat, Hype, Release Dates, SciFi | Comments

'Interstellar' IMAX Showings Listed Starting Tuesday, November 4th

Interstellar

"Mankind's next step will be our greatest." Well, this is interesting. We haven't heard or seen any official announcements yet, however theaters in Los Angeles are selling tickets for 8PM shows of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar starting on Tuesday night, November 4th. Up until today, Interstellar has been officially scheduled to open everywhere on November 7th, and we expected them to run late night/midnight shows the evening before. However, these listings are a full three days early, occurring Tuesday night (for midnight) with the full opening likely on November 5th. So far these listings are only for IMAX theaters, which means this could be an IMAX event to fuel (a few days early) the launch of this cinematic experience.

 Posted September 30 in Hype, Movie News, Release Dates, SciFi | Comments

William Shatner Confirms Potential Role in Developing 'Star Trek 3'

William Shatner

Just last week, a rumor was going around the Star Trek 3 might try to get William Shatner back into the franchise he helped make a pop culture icon with some kind of cameo role that would team him up with Leonard Nimoy again reprising his role as Mr. Spock. Director Roberto Orci wouldn't confirm or deny the possibility, but now, thinking that the cat was officially let out of the bag, Shatner himself has gone and confirmed the potential return of Captain James T. Kirk. Speaking at Wizard World Nashville (via Trek Movie), Shatner was asked about his involvement in the new sequel, and explained how the role came up.

 Posted September 29 in Casting, Development, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

Five New TV Spots Launched for Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

Interstellar

With the release of Interstellar just over a month away, it's getting to the point that we don't want to see anymore footage from what will be Christopher Nolan's longest film to date. Now with a running time of 169 minutes, it will surely be hard to spoil the whole film with trailers and TV spots, but this feels like the kind of film that you want to know as little about as possible. Having said that, we know there are some people out there who are hungry for every last bit of footage they can find, so we're giving you five new TV spots that just arrived. We know there's new footage, but we're not watching. The choice is yours. Watch?

 Posted September 29 in SciFi, To Watch, TV Spots | Comments

Alien Abduction Gets Scary in 'Extraterrestrial' Horror Thriller Trailer

Extraterrestrial

Normally when a group of college friends head out into the woods for a weekend trip, they encounter dangerous locals, crazed serial killers or haunted houses. But in Extraterrestial, the latest film from the Grave Encounters filmmaking duo known as The Vicious Brothers, it's aliens who have come to Earth and create some terror in a small town. This looks like your typical horror film, but the presence of aliens makes it a little more interesting, and it looks to be a harmless and fun flick. Here's not only a new trailer for the sci-fi horror romp, but also the previous trailer we missed last month, and a couple cool posters.

 Posted September 26 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

TCL's Chinese Theatre IMAX Getting 70mm Projector for 'Interstellar'

TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX

One of the best big screens in the entire world is the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX located in Hollywood, California. Formerly known as the world famous Chinese Theatre, this iconic movie palace was renovated and upgraded last year after the Chinese company TCL bought the cinema. It sounds like this is pretty much the perfect place to see Christopher Nolan's Interstellar on IMAX in November, and good news - they're going all out. Our friends at SlashFilm report that the IMAX screen will be outfitted with a 15-perf 70mm film projection system just so that Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece can be experienced the right way. Oh yes.

 Posted September 25 in Hype, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

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