Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Bring him home! It's time! Time to take a journey to Mars. Ridley Scott's new adventure The Martian, adapted from Andy Weir's bestselling novel of the same name, is now in theaters. Matt Damon plays Astronaut Mark Watney, who gets stranded on Mars alone after a storm during a manned mission to the red planet. He must figure out a way to survive until a crew can return and rescue him. The cast includes Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mackenzie Davis and Donald Glover. So how is it? As good as the book? Once you've seen it, post a comment below with your thoughts on The Martian.
"We control the engine, we control the world. Without that, we have nothing." We're excited to exclusively debut the new artwork by Alice X. Zhang being sold at the New York Comic-Con coming up in New York City next weekend. FAMP Art has officially licensed and will be selling 24"x18" prints of this art for Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer - an archival giclee print on Somerset Velvet fine art paper. FAMP Art, located at booth #2366 at New York Comic-Con 2015, specializes in creating officially licensed, limited edition screen printed posters of foreign films, classics and more. This is their latest poster unveiling - view in full below.
Have you ever wondered why CG explosions are looking better and better? Algorithms! That's how. For a deeper exploration, watch this interesting YouTube video by University of California featuring Theodore Kim explaining one of the algorithms he developed for explosions, specifically the smoke. Kim discusses an algorithm called Wavelet Turbulence, which is a series of swirls to simulate actual smoke. After creating and releasing their algorithm open source, it ended up being used in movies like Avatar, Iron Man 3, Super 8 and Man of Steel. It's a very technical breakdown but still fascinating to hear him explain. Watch below.
"Better to reign in Hell, than to serve in Heaven." So it seems Ridley Scott really did catch the sci-fi bug again, and after all the good buzz about his new film The Martian, he seems happy as ever to continue with the Prometheus sequel. In an interview with HeyUGuys discussing The Martian, Ridely reveals that it's not really Prometheus 2 it's actually - Alien: Paradise Lost. Now we've known for a little while that Scott is working on this sequel next, letting Denis Villeneuve take over Blade Runner, and Neill Blomkamp work on what's currently being referred to as "Alien 5". But what's with the new title? Not much else is explained.
It's happening. They're going to fight, and it's going to be epic. Over at Hollywood Reporter, they've posted a full-on article examining the deal that came together between Legendary and Warner Bros. Universal passed on Legendary's most recent iteration of the new King Kong, which is in the works from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts titled Kong: Skull Island. Apparently they didn't agree to the budget, so instead WB said sure, no problem - because they have big plans. They want to make a new trilogy leading to King Kong vs Godzilla. We all know that Batman v Superman is going to be huge next year, why not these monsters? That's why this is such an interesting deal, and it sets everything up to work out nicely across three movies.
"It's time we fight back!" "You are the key, Tris." Summit has debuted the new trailer for The Divergent Series: Allegiant, starring Shailene Woodley as Tris. How about another young adult sci-fi adaptation trailer to compliment that other one from today? This one is yet another sequel in a franchise that is still somehow playing in theaters. The Divergent Series: Allegiant is the third movie in the "Divergent" series, and I'm already ready to move on. If it weren't for the cast, this wouldn't have my attention at all. It also stars: Theo James as Four, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Naomi Watts, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Jeff Daniels, Jonny Weston and Kate Winslet. If you're still interested in this series, catch the tease below.
"The others have the ability to inhabit human hosts. They could be anywhere…" Sony Pictures has debuted an official US trailer for the new sci-fi adaptation The 5th Wave, directed by J Blakeson, starring Chloe Moretz as Cassie Sullivan. The film is about an alien invasion of our planet, and the "5th wave" alludes to the progressive waves of their invasion, with the final one being when they apparently finally take over. The other four waves are shown/explained in the trailer. The cast includes Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe, Nick Robinson, Maggie Siff, Maria Bello, Ron Livingston, Alex Roe & Tony Revolori. This looks okay, but I'm still keeping my expectations very low. "This is our world. Our only choice is to take it back."
"The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle." Every day is a good day to watch a Stanley Kubrick movie. And if you need any inspiration, this excellent poster set from Max Temescu should help give you an idea of what to watch. Max has designed a series of illustrated posters for 11 Kubrick movies, and I really love the designs. Sure, there have been plenty of great Kubrick posters over the years, but the work here is impressive. My favorites are the usual suspects: A Clockwork Orange, 2001 and Dr. Strangelove. See below.
Nice guns. There's a new sci-fi action film in the works, and it's time for our first look. THR has debuted the first photo from the set of the movie SFv1, being directed by Shane Abbess. SFv1 stars Kellan Lutz and Daniel MacPherson in a time of interplanetary colonization. Lutz plays a "mysterious drifter" who befriends a "military contractor", played by MacPherson, in a "global crisis". Vague details, but at least the photo has some cool weapons in it. The project is currently being shown off at the Toronto Film Festival market, with footage being previewed for buyers, even though it's filming in Australia. XYZ Films is repping. See below.
Continuing the current trend of inspirational science fiction (Interstellar, Tomorrowland), Ridley Scott's latest offering is The Martian, an adaptation of Andy Weir's bestselling novel of the same name. The story is about an astronaut, one of the first to set foot on Mars as part of a small NASA exploration team, who is deserted on the planet and must figure out a way to survive. It's a film about figuring out how to make the impossible possible. And it's a story that is meant to inspire the next generation to dream big, to let their imaginations run wild, and not let anything or any obstacle stop them from pushing on. I loved this movie.
Leave Your Mark. With only a few more weeks until the release of Ridley Scott's The Martian, Fox is pushing out all of their final marketing to get everyone in the mood for a (rescue) mission to Mars. Fox has already created some excellent promos, including this Neil deGrasse Tyson bit, and this is another one. This video is an "in-world" creation, designed to feel like Matt Damon was actually Mark Watney and this is a commercial for the mission. It focuses on the "pre-mission training program" and the "rigorous emotional, physical, and mental preparation required of the ARES 3 crew in order to prepare for their" journey to Mars.
Briefly: Without a title, without any plot info, or any real other information available yet, Warner Bros has announced a release date for "the next Christopher Nolan movie". Variety has confirmed that WB will be releasing the next movie directed by Christopher Nolan on July 21st, 2017 – two years from now. That's the same release date as Pitch Perfect 3 and comes just before Sony's new Spider-Man movie and after Disney's Pirates 5. No other details are known, though there was a rumor that it might be science fiction again following Interstellar. Only time will tell. Stay tuned for more updates and details from here on out.
"We're fighting simultaneous attacks in the last metropolitan areas." Sony has finally debuted an actual trailer for the sci-fi fan film The 5th Wave, which has been marketed and designed from the start for the fans of the book series. The 5th Wave is the first movie adapted from The 5th Wave series of science fiction books, starring Chloë Grace Moretz as a girl in the middle of an alien invasion trying to find her missing brother. The cast includes Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe, Nick Robinson, Maggie Siff, Maria Bello and Ron Livingston. They're trying to push this as the next big sci-fi alien invasion thriller, but it looks like a cheesy mash-up of Independence Day and Falling Skies, or something like that. Not really my kind of sci-fi. You?
After the end of the world she thought she was alone. She was wrong. Now playing in select theaters in the US is the post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama Z for Zachariah, starring Margot Robbie as well as Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine. Set in a secluded valley following a nuclear holocaust, the film follows Robbie as a lone survivor keeping a farm maintained to survive. Suddenly she comes across Chiwetel Ejiofor, and takes him in. Later, Chris Pine finds them, and it becomes an interesting relationship at the end of the world. To promote the film's opening, Mondo has unveiled a new poster by artist Marc Aspinall. I always like seeing unique posters that imagine things differently. For example, the logo on this is cool. See this film! It's good.