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Space Exploration & Cinema Collide in Mesmerizing 'ASTRO//SPLICE'

Astro//Splice Video Essay

"Rage, rage against the dying of the light." It's almost time. Christopher Nolan's Interstellar arrives in theaters this week, and I hope that means that everyone has space exploration on their mind. If not that, at least some crazy theories about relativity and gravity and how the universe works. To give you brain an extra spin, Nelson Carvajal has cooked up a video called ASTRO//SPLICE, sort of a mesmerizing five minute combination of footage from Contact and archival space exploration/NASA footage. If anything, I hope that Interstellar does fuel the discussion on space exploration and get more people to dream and wonder about our place in the universe. More content like this will only keep the discussion going. Check it out and enjoy.

 Posted November 4 in Discuss, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Must Watch: First Trailer for Neill Blomkamp's New Film 'Chappie'

Chappie Trailer

"I brought you into this world... a machine that can think and feel." Yes! It's time for our first look. Sony Pictures has debuted the first trailer for Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, a story about a boy, his robot, and the big, bad world he brings him into. Dev Patel stars as the creator of Chappie, a robot who will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. Sharlto Copley voices our new friend Chappie, and the cast includes Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver. This trailer is really something, everything I was hoping for and more from Blomkamp. I love the worlds he creates, and the characters he introduces, I'm always excited for more. "People are always fearful of something they don't understand."

 Posted November 4 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Final Featurettes and TV Spots for Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

Interstellar

It's officially Interstellar week as we wait for Christopher Nolan's anticipated sci-fi film to hit theaters (don't forget, it hits IMAX screens a couple days early), so we've got some more goods hyping up the film. Don't worry if you're avoiding seeing anymore footage like us, because you don't have to watch any of this stuff. The following five featurettes and two new TV spots are just for the people who can't refrain from seeing everything they can from the film before it arrives. All the featurettes are rounding up into a single five minute video, and the TV spots have been put together too. Isn't that convenient? Watch below now!

 Posted November 4 in Featurette, SciFi, To Watch, TV Spots | Comments

View Kevin Dart's IMAX Poster for This Week's 'Interstellar' Release

Kevin Dart Interstellar

The mission is ready for launch. This is the week we've been waiting for, where Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated, long-awaited sci-fi Interstellar finally lifts off. To celebrate the release (which hits three days early on 70mm/35mm film) IMAX has commissioned an exclusive poster they will be giving out this week at select IMAX showings. The minimalistic poster art is designed by Kevin Dart (his website) and utilizes the visual of a spaceship launching from Earth to find a new home. It's a subtle yet beautiful poster and I can't wait to get my hands on one. I just hope they're giving them out starting Tuesday night, too. Full view below.

 Posted November 3 in Hype, Posters, SciFi | Comments

Robot Reject - First Poster for Neill Blomkamp's New Film 'Chappie'

Chappie Poster - Neill Blomkamp

Hi there! Meet Chappie. Sony Pictures has unveiled the first poster for Neill Blomkamp's new sci-fi film Chappie, starring Sharlto Copley from District 9 as the lovable, goofy reject robot (seen on this poster). We first teased some of this art of the robot holding (and spelling out his name with) children's alphabet blocks at Comic-Con, where they had a few banners on display but no footage or any other marketing. The tweet where this comes from says the trailer for Chappie will hit the web tomorrow, but in the meantime we finally get a look at a poster. I've got a good feeling about this one, then again I said that about Elysium, too.

 Posted November 3 in Hype, Posters, SciFi | Comments

Watch This Projectionist Prepare a 70mm IMAX Print of 'Interstellar'

70mm IMAX Print of Interstellar

What does it look like to build the 70mm IMAX print of Interstellar? Find out in this fun video from the AutoNation IMAX Theater in Fort Lauderdale, FL. It's finally time, the week it all goes down, or goes up and away, shall we say – Christopher Nolan's Interstellar arrives in theaters everywhere this week. To kick things off, the sci-fi movie hits 70mm IMAX and 35mm cinemas only starting this Tuesday night. Filmed in the projection booth, this video shows what it's like to build 48 reels into one big print and run it through a state-of-the-art IMAX projection system. There was a similar IMAX projectionist video made for The Dark Knight Rises, another Nolan film of course, but it's always cool to get a look at this side of the movie world.

 Posted November 3 in Feat, Hype, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Must Watch: First Teaser Trailers for Alex Garland's Sci-Fi 'Ex Machina'

Ex Machina Trailer

"To erase the line between Man and Machine is to obscure the line between Men and Gods." A24 Films has premiered the first teaser trailer for screenwriter Alex Garland's directorial debut from his own script, a sci-fi called Ex Machina starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Drive, Star Wars) as the CEO of a company who invites a young prodigy at his company to meet with the first true artificial intelligence. Ava is played by Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina, The Fifth Estate, Son of a Gun), and Domhnall Gleeson (Frank, About Time, Dredd) plays Caleb. I've been anxiously awaiting footage from Garland's feature debut and this looks absolutely great, even for just a teaser trailer. It's intense and mysterious. Watch below now!

 Posted October 30 in Indies, SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First UK Teaser Poster for Alex Garland's Sci-Fi Thriller 'Ex Machina'

Ex Machina

After scripting 28 Days Later for Danny Boyle and the recent sci-fi cult classic Dredd, screenwriter Alex Garland is hopping in the director's chair for Ex Machina. We got a first look at the sci-fi thriller starring Domhnall Gleeson, Alica Vikander and Oscar Isaac back in the spring, and now the first teaser poster from the United Kingdom has arrived. Since it comes from across the pond, it's a quad poster showing off Vikander as the robot woman who is housed with the world's first true artificial intelligence. Sadly the film doesn't have a release date in the United States yet, so we don't know when we'll get to check it out. Look!

 Posted October 29 in Indies, Posters, SciFi | Comments

Justin Long & Emmy Rossum Find Love in First Trailer for 'Comet'

Comet

Since Kevin Smith's Tusk couldn't last in theaters over a couple weeks, maybe Justin Long will have better luck with a six-year spanning romance in Comet. The indie premiered at The Los Angeles Film Festival and follows a complicated relationship between the uptight Dell (Long) and a bright young girl named Kimberly (Emmy Rossum of "Shameless"). Set in a parallel universe, the film bounces back and forth over the course of an unlikely romance that lasts six years and moves from Paris to New York, but not before it all starts at Hollywood Forever during a meteor shower. This looks like a pretty great indie romance. Watch!

 Posted October 27 in Indies, SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Must Watch: First Trailer for Indie Sci-Fi Space Epic 'The Last Scout'

The Last Scout Trailer

The year 2065 - war has destroyed Earth, mankind has been forced to leave. This is a must watch trailer for an indie sci-fi that seems to be going for something similar in scope to Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, except made on a shoestring budget. The Last Scout is a sci-fi space opera epic from filmmaker Simon Phillips that we first teased last year with a dark poster. Over a year has passed and we haven't heard or seen anything about this, but out of nowhere a teaser trailer has appeared, and the filmmakers are asking for Indiegogo funds to finish VFX and other post-production work. This trailer actually looks good, despite ending on that obnoxious explosion, but I'm still interested in checking this out. As long as it gets finished.

 Posted October 27 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: 'The Life & Death of Tommy Chaos & Stacey Danger' Short

The Life & Death of Tommy Chaos & Stacey Danger

"What I do know is that: I love more than a compass loves north." What in the funk is this? "Think Blue Valentine meets Jurassic Park." That's the opening pitch for this short film, but it's something else entirely unique and fun in its own way. The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger is a wacky, romantic adventure short from filmmaker Michael Lukk Litwak (@MLLitwak). It has a very hipster vibe to it, I must admit, but it's fun and the score is great (from the same guy who did the Beasts of the Southern Wild score). If you want to see a short film with dinosaurs, spaceships, romance and more, then fire this up.

 Posted October 24 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

'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 October 23 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

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