"With every second that ticks by, the future is running out." So far we've only seen a little bit of Brad Bird's original sci-fi adventure Tomorowland, but with the film just over a couple months away, it's finally time to see more. Britt Robertson stars in the film as a bright teenage girl who encounters a former boy genius (George Clooney) who sets her off on a journey to this mysterious place known as Tomorrowland. Now we finally get an idea of the story at the heart of the film and this looks like the kind of live-action Disney adventure we've been missing, full of originality, amazing visuals and much more. Watch!
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "I'm consciousness. I'm alive. I'm Chappie." It's time for more sci-fi. Director Neill Blomkamp (of District 9, Elysium) returns with his third feature, Chappie, set in a near-future South Africa about a robot given life through artificial intelligence. Sharlto Copley stars as Chappie the robot (in motion capture) with Dev Patel, Ninja & Yo-Landi Visser (of Die Antwoord), Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Jose Pablo Cantillo. So how is Blomkamp's new robot movie - any good? Better than Elysium, same as District 9? How are the human characters compared to Chappie? If you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts on Neill Blomkamp's new sci-fi Chappie.
This summer finally brings the sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland from The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird. A Super Bowl spot earlier this year gave us a new tease of the film starring Britt Robertson, George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, and now a new trailer is coming next week on Monday at 1:30pm ET, along with a live Q&A with Bird and producer Damon Lindelof. In the meantime, a new poster for the film has surfaced featuring George Clooney, and possibly his son in the film? It gives us another look at the futuristic, title city from the field we've seen in the teaser trailer. Look!
"I think, therefore I am Chappie." Third times the charm. South African sci-fi director Neill Blomkamp is back with his third feature, titled Chappie, following District 9 and Elysium over the past six years. While he is certainly adept at building one-of-a-kind science fiction worlds, and crazy characters to inhabit them, the stories in each of his three movies have been completely different and often times, unfortunately, the weakest link. Chappie, while on one hand a violent R-rated action film, sorta seems like RoboCop-for-kids designed for teens to go crazy over whenever they finally somehow see it. It's a lot more fun, totally wild at times, occasionally absurd, and much more charming than I was expecting. And I mean that in a good way.
Would you take a life to live forever? After sending out phones to movie bloggers yesterday, today Focus Features has sent out a link that goes straight to the trailer for Self/less. Indeed, this was what it was all for - a promotion for the upcoming Tarsem sci-fi movie Self/less, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley. Kingsley is an old man who wants his consciousness transferred into Ryan Reynolds. So he goes to Phoenix Biogenic and begins the process. All seems to go well, except things get a little hazy part of the way through. Matthew Goode, Michelle Dockery, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber and Derek Luke also star. This looks pretty good, though the visual look of the dual minds isn't as trippy as I was expecting. Fire it up.
Several of Robert A. Heinlein's works have been turned into movies and TV shows and now one more is on the docket. THR reports X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer is set to be at the helm of an adaptation of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. The film version will simply be called Uprising with "Arrow" executive producer Marc Guggenheim adapting the book for the screen. Heinlein's 1966 sci-fi novel follows a lunar colony as they begin to revolt against their rulers back on Earth, almost like a Revolutionary War tale in space. It sounds like this could be Singer's next project after X-Men: Apocalypse.
We have a delivery. Arriving at the offices of a number of prominent movie bloggers all over the country are LG cell phones with a personalized introduction and instructions to wait for more information tomorrow (Wednesday, March 4th). Mysterious… We also received a phone here. No other info was included, aside from a memo from "Phoenix Biogenic", the same name on the box the phone came in. The note talks about feeling immortal and the chance to get a new body, which connects with the plot in the new Tarsem psychological sci-fi film Self/less. From here, we have to wait until we all get an update tomorrow morning. But in the meantime, this is our first viral look at the new Self/less movie. They definitely have my attention.
"You are dead center of the greatest scientific event in the history of man." After writing sci-fi favorites such as Sunshine and 28 Days Later, Alex Garland is behind the camera this time as the director of Ex Machina. The sci-fi thriller stars Oscar Isaac as a reclusive technology CEO who invites Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) to his massive estate and hidden research facility to test out a new artificially intelligent android named Eva (Alicia Vikander). But soon Caleb doesn't know whether he trusts the creator or the creation as he's manipulated by both. It seems a bit derivative, but pretty intense with solid performances. Watch?
"Well, then I guess we have no choice than to go on an adventure…" Now this is awesome! Comedian/actor DC Pierson wrote a book called The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To, which director Dan Eckman (of Derrick Comedy's Mystery Team) is trying to get turned into a movie, but it needs our support. So he made a quick 5-minute short film proof-of-concept to show how awesome this would be, and it's pretty cool. Tony Revolori of The Grand Budapest Hotel and Dope stars with Jack Quaid of The Hunger Games. They use a line about how this is like a 3D printer for anything from the comic book, which is a cool pitch, and it works well. I really do want to see more, though hopefully as a movie not a TV show.
"I know you're angry Tris, but you're letting it consume you." If you're one of those fans who just can't wait for the arrival of The Divergent Series: Insurgent next month, the movie is a little bit more within reach as tickets are now on sale for the sci-fi sequel starring Shailene Woodley. And with that news also comes the final trailer for the film, showing that Tris (Woodley) is becoming consumed with anger, and she better get it in check if she's going to stay in control. Meanwhile, it looks like Ansel Elgort won't be offering help this time, despite being her brother, and Miles Teller may or may not be trustworthy. Watch!
After teasing fans with some concept art this January for an unrealized Alien sequel, sci-fi director Neill Blomkamp addressed the existence and status of the project in an interview earlier this month and was very hopeful that the project would get made, even though he indicated that it was his own hesitancy that kept it from happening initially. But now Blomkamp seems to be making good on his teasing as he just confirmed that this new Alien project will be his next film. The director again took to Instagram to post another piece of art, but now with the caption, "Um… So I think it's officially my next film. #alien." Whoa!
Considering this year marks the 30th anniversary of the original Back to the Future, as well as being the year that Doc Brown and Marty McFly traveled to in the future for the sequel, we already know there's going to be plenty of celebration for the time travel franchise. Earlier this year we featured an incredible trio of prints honoring the trilogy, and now we have an awesome case for the iPhone that will turn the Apple mobile device into the DeLorean time machine. No, this isn't just a cheap flat case that puts an image of the DeLorean on the back of your phone, it's a small three-dimensional model of the time machine. Look!
Just after we learned that Interstellar would return to IMAX screens for one showing only this weekend on Saturday afternoon, you can dive back into the sci-fi epic in another way. Last month, Looper and future Star Wars director Rian Johnson hosted an interview with Christopher Nolan following a screening of Interstellar at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, California. And all the cinephiles out there will be glad to hear that this is a 32-minute discussion between the two filmmakers talking about the inception of the script, technical details of production, and much more. It's definitely worth listening to in its entirety.
In a few weeks, we'll see if District 9 director Neill Blomkamp has another good sci-fi flick in him when Chappie hits theaters. So far, the trailers have me feeling mixed about the movie, because it has so many familiar elements from RoboCop, Short Circuit and more. But I'm hoping that maybe the trailer is just using those things to sell the movie to as general of an audience as possible. Of course, I hoped the same thing about Elysium and was a little disappointed. Anyway, to hype the sci-fi spring release, Poster Posse has created some new prints focused on the titular artificially intelligent robot, and there's great work seen here.