7/07/2015

Day After Tomorrow, Source: 20th Century Fox
Tornadoes are one of the most powerful forces in nature, so they show up in movies and TV shows a lot. Tornadoes are incredibly destructive, can appear without warning, cause billions of dollars in damage, and kill anyone unfortunate enough to get near one. But usually, movies and TV shows get them all wrong. Let's tackle six tornadoes in sci-fi movies, and how they get it wrong.


6. Thor (2011)


In the first Thor movie, the Norse god regains his hammer Mjolnir, and uses it to battle the Destroyer with a tornado. Now let's acknowledge that Mjolnir gives Thor magical power over the elements, so this is not a normal tornado. However, we do have to point out that the tornado lifts the Destroyer (a metal robot) off the ground and into the air, while nothing else (like cars or people) around him are affected. And the town itself seems completely unharmed, despite a massive tornado centered right on top of it.


5. Man of Steel (2013)


[WARNING - If you haven't seen this movie yet, skip this section!]
In Man of Steel, Clark Kent's father Jonathan Kent sacrifices himself to save a dog. Uh, yeah. We'll set that aside. But more ridiculous than that is the fact that the tornado doesn't pick up Jonathan until it's right on top of him. Even though it's literally picking up cars all around him. Plus, the tornado is really only the center of a massive whirlwind that would pick up everything around it before it even got close to Jonathan. Also scientists say hiding under an overpass to escape a tornado is a bad idea. The overpass would have formed a wind tunnel and hurt them from the debris and winds, and the overpass could have collapsed from the tornado. They should have laid down flat in a ditch by the side of the road.


4. X2: X-Men United (2003)


When the X-Men are chased by a squadron of fighter jets, Storm uses her mutant power over the elements to create multiple tornadoes. The tornadoes crush and smash the fighter jets, saving the X-Men. Of course, what isn't acknowledged is the fact that Storm just destroyed everything and everyone on the ground where the tornadoes formed. Plus, while the tornadoes smashed the fighter jets apart, the X-Men's Blackbird didn't even get blown off-course. Then again, you could argue, she's a mutant. Maybe she can do that kind of thing. Except in the first movie, Storm insisted she didn't have enough control over her wind powers to reliably blow Wolverine to the top of the Statue of Liberty. So...yeah.


3. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)


All right, since we're talking about a movie where global warming plunges the world into a new ice age, you might think we're nitpicking by focusing on the tornado. And we are. In one scene, tornadoes ravage Los Angeles. This actually isn't that unrealistic. Tornadoes have struck in Los Angeles before. The unrealistic part is when two tornadoes merge into an even bigger tornado, something that has never been recorded before. Also, those helicopters fly around unharmed while the tornadoes tear apart everything around them.


2. Twister (1996)


Although I'm sure the creators would argue this isn't a sci-fi movie, it really is when you acknowledge that the movie's portrayal of tornadoes borders on magical. For example, there's the infamous "cow scene" where the heroes see a cow flying through the air, blown by the winds. That actually isn't that inaccurate, since tornadoes routinely carry off animals and even people. What's ridiculous is the fact that the winds, strong enough to carry a cow, has no effect on the car the heroes are driving in. In Twister, tornadoes are shown as wildly erratic, picking up houses and cars and animals while simultaneously leaving other houses and cars and animals unharmed. Despite all the times the heroes come in contact with tornadoes, they walk away without a scratch.


1. Sharknado (2013)


Do we really even need to say why this tornado is ridiculous? It's a tornado filled with live sharks. Okay, well, besides the fact that sharks can't survive more than a couple of minutes out of the water, lets go with the fact that tornadoes only last for ten minutes on average, an hour at the longest. In this movie, the single tornado travels from the ocean into Los Angeles for hours without even losing strength. Also, the waterspout would lose strength as it passes over the ground. But let's face it, we love it, anyway.

Which is your favorite tornado? Do you love these tornadoes?

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Pacific Rim (2013) - Idris Elba
Here's why Idris Elba should never play a Klingon. There have been a ton of rumors that Idris Elba will play a villain in the Star Trek Beyond. While Simon Pegg confirmed he wants him in a role it was never confimed until now. Ireland's TV3 had an interview with the actor and he said "Almost everyone was a Trekkie, really, weren't they? I wouldn't say I was a hardcore one but I definitely watched that show a million times. Spock was probably my favourite character - and in this one I have some scenes with Zachary Quinto [who plays Spock]." So, hes definitely in.

A lot of fans have been wanting him to play a Klingon which would be a huge mistake. Here's why.

1. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock had Klingons and we need to stop remaking previous movies


2. Not every dark skinned villain needs to be a Klingon. Ok?


3. Idris Elba played Mandela 


4.
Covering Idris Elba with makeup would be a crime against humanity


6. No Klingon is more intense than Idris Elba anyway


7. Simon Pegg promised a "kick-a$$ role" and anything less than a new villain would also be a crime against humanity


8. Simon Pegg said he's not a Klingon and he would never lie. Right..?

9. Paramount, make him whoever you want but please don't make him a Tribble


What do you think of Idris Elba joining Star Trek
? What character would you like him to play?
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7/06/2015

Everybody knows it's hard working in an office environment, but especially if you're a xenophobic alien bent on world destruction. That's the premise of Dalek Gary, a web series about a Dalek from Doctor Who who ends up stranded in California, and has to get a job in an office. The idea of an alien war machine trying to navigate life in a cubicle pretty much writes itself, but there are some twists along the way, like dealing with the dating scene, and being filmed by a documentary crew that thinks he's a migrant worker. Dalek Gary started as a successful Kickstarter campaign created by Michelle "Kenobi" Osorio, who also directed and co-wrote the series. Her YouTube channel Kill9 released all six episodes (plus blooper reels) on June 25. Here's the first episode.



You can watch the full series by clicking here.

What do you think of Dalek Gary?

[Via Doctorwhowatch]

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) - Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Superman (Henry Cavill)

San Diego Comic-Con 2015 is coming. While Marvel is skipping the event, Warner Bros is hosting a promotional panel at Comic-Con on Saturday will include the Batman v Superman cast, including stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, and director Zack Snyder. Entertainment Weekly is celebrating by releasing a ton of cool interviews and photos from the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While we're not totally convinced the movie will make us forget about Sucker Punch, Snyder does seem to be heading in the right direction. Here's what we've learned so far.

1) There Will Be Kryptonite

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"For his climactic rooftop brawl with Superman, Batman outfits himself with a reinforced mech-suit equipped with strength-augmenting armor and, yes, kryptonite. The design resembles the one used for the confrontation between these two in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns." - Entertainment Weekly

2) Batman and Wonder Woman Know Each Other’s Secrets
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Batman and Wonder Woman meet at a party as Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince. They know who they are. "I love the fact that there was this Thomas Crowne Affair, Bond-y sexy scene that they wrote about two people who are pretending to be two different people who each know the secrets of the other person." - Ben Affleck.

3) Superman is More Human
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"I like to think that Man of Steel was the perspective of the world from Clark, Kal-El, looking at the world and trying to exist with in it. Batman v Superman is definitely more mankind’s perspective of Superman." - Henry Cavill

4) DC Is Darker Than Marvel
 
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The dark look of Man of Steel was an attempt to capture the realism of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies and contrast Marvel’s bright and colorful look. So, expect a lot of rain. "It means that when it was supposed to look rainy and miserable, it had to be rainy and miserable. The long dark night of the soul and whatnot." - Ben Affleck

5) Lex Luthor Has Hair...Or a Wig
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We know Jesse Eisenberg will be bald as Lex Luthor, but he sports hair at some point in the film. Either he loses his hair in the movie or wears a wig like Gene Hackman.


6) Zack Snyder is Spending a Decade on DC Superheroes

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“It’ll be five years by the time the movie comes out,” says Snyder “And then if everything goes to plan it’ll be another five years of Justice League. I’ll be 10 years of superheroes by the end of this.”
Image Credit: Clay Enos


7) What Old Bruce Wayne will Be Like
“He really keeps up the image of the playboy, actively. So you have more of a dichotomy which I thought was really fun, and a little sad, like the aging playboy.” - Ben Affleck


“[Superman's] on the verge of being swallowed up by the anger and the rage that we see haunt this character in the other manifestations of it. But this guy is further down the line and has become more embittered and cynical.”  - Ben Affleck

8) Why Batman Hates Superman

"One of the things I liked was Zack’s idea of showing accountability and the consequences of violence and seeing that there are real people in those buildings—And in fact, one of those buildings was Bruce Wayne’s building so he knew people who died in that Black Zero event." - Ben Affleck

Buy this week’s Entertainment Weekly for even more behind-the-scenes with Batman v Superman and more Comic-Con 2015 previews.


What do you think of Batman v. Superman so far? Are you looking forward to it

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7/02/2015

Star Wars and vanity license plates come together at last in this fun infographic. Vanity license plates are real big here in the US, and it's always a fun little game trying to piece together what they're trying to spell out. Star Wars spaceships don't have license plates, but if they did, we'd like to see what funny messages they're trying to spell out. That's where Simply Show Plates came in, creating this fun infographic with a variety of license plates. Can you guess which one matches which character?


What do you think? How many did you guess right?

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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) - Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise)

Several new clips from the upcoming Mission:Impossible: Rogue Nation have been released by Paramount and they are crazy and terrifying in a good way. Spend a few minutes watching them all to see what scares the mess out of Ethan Hunt and his team.
  
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation - Equal (0:31)

The Rogue Nation is the equal to the M:I team

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation - Chase (0:31)

Insane car chases

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation - Next Level (0:32)

Takin' the team to a whole other level.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation - Fate (0:31)


Anything that scares Tom Cruise is something we definitely don't want to be messing with. The guy is an animal.

Official Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Summary
Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Cinematography by Robert Elswit
Starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Sean Harris, America Olivo
Release Dates: July 31, 2015 (U.S.)
Official Site: http://www.missionimpossible.com/
© Copyright 2015 Skydance Productions, Bad Robot Productions, Paramount Pictures. All rights reserved

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7/01/2015

Well, after lots of speculation, it's official. The new Star Trek movie coming in 2016 has an official title.

In April 2015, several outlets including Trekmovie leaked that Paramount had registered the name Star Trek Beyond with the Motion Picture Association of America. While there was some speculation that the title might have just been a decoy to throw people off, Justin Lin confirmed via Twitter that the new movie will officially be called Star Trek Beyond.

Star Trek Beyond will be the sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness, and the third in the rebooted Trek movie series. Director Justin Lin is taking over directing duties from J.J. Abrams, based on a script by Doug Jung and Simon Pegg. The film is scheduled for a July 8, 2016 release, in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the airing of the first episode of Star Trek. We'll have more details as they become available.

[Via Deadline]

What do you think of the new title? Are you looking forward to the movie?

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6/30/2015

Source: Marvel
When we first heard Spiderman had been approved to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, our first thought was, "Poor Black Panther." We wrote an article about how Black Panther was substituting for Spiderman in Captain America: Civil War. In short, the comic mini-series the movie will be based on featured Spiderman at its heart. Since Marvel didn't have the rights to Spiderman, they made Black Panther the focus in the movie. It was a chance for Black Panther to really be a focus of a Marvel movie. But with access to Spiderman, it seemed like a perfect chance to put Spiderman back in the spotlight.

But Cinemablend noted a brief comment in an article in Variety about the difficulty of casting the new Spiderman. It said, "Spider-Man is only expected to have a cameo in Captain America: Civil War, so there wasn’t a rush to make a decision since the thesp would only be shooting for about a week."

As Cinemablend speculated, and we mentioned in our article about the announcement of Spiderman joining the MCU, they just didn't have time to change the movie around to fit Spiderman. With the script already written and filming already started, to change a major role from Black Panther to Spiderman would have been impossible. Bad news for Spiderman fans, good news for Black Panther fans. Kind of takes the sting out of having Black Panther's solo movie bumped for Spiderman's. A little.

Would you have wanted to see Spiderman in Civil War? Or are you happy to see Black Panther in the spotlight?

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Psylocke [Source]
Olivia Munn posted a wicked video to her Instagram account showing her sword skills with a kendo stick. The 34-year-old actress is preparing for her role as the mutant Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse (2017). In the background her boyfriend, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, showed off his skills using a baseball bat.

Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock (or Psylocke) is an Asian mutant with psychic abilities. She's also a master martial artist who wields a katana. It looks like Munn is working hard to train for the role. "Learned some new tricks…" Munn writes. When her casting was first announced fans began complaining that she didn't have the physical skills to play the character and she just shut them down.


Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse stars James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Lana Condor (Jubilee), Ben Hardy (Archangel), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), with Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), and Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse). X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to hit theaters May 27, 2016

Click on the links to read more about X-Men: Apocalypse or Olivia Munn.

What do you think of Olivia Munn's sword skills?
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6/29/2015

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) - Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise)
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is looking to be an explosive blockbuster, so it's no wonder they're pairing with another summer blockbuster this year. Paramount Pictures and Skydance today announced that at the IMAX screenings of Terminator: Genesys in North America there will be a six minute sneak peek of the next Mission Impossible film. Back in 2011, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, featured a preview of footage from The Dark Knight Rises, so it's all coming back around.

Here's the official press release from Paramount:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 29, 2015) – Paramount Pictures and Skydance today announced that five minutes of “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION” will debut exclusively in IMAX® theatres one month prior to its theatrical release. This sneak peek at the highly anticipated summer film will play on 363 IMAX® screens in front of “TERMINATOR GENISYS” in North America. 

Fans can experience the sneak peek and “TERMINATOR GENISYS” beginning at 7:00 p.m. on June 30th. Tickets are on sale now. To reserve tickets at IMAX theatres, visit www.IMAX.com/Terminator

Paramount Pictures and Skydance present a Tom Cruise / Bad Robot Production, “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION.” With the IMF disbanded and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces its most impossible mission yet. Starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Simon McBurney, Zhang Jingchu and Alec Baldwin.

The film is directed by Christopher McQuarrie, with a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and story by Christopher McQuarrie and Drew Pearce. Based on the television series created by Bruce Geller. Produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger. Executive produced by Jake Myers.

Paramount Pictures will distribute “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION” on July 31st, 2015.

Are you excited about the preview for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation? Do you think Terminator: Genisys will be worth watching for the preview?

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I'm an avid science fiction fan, former professional graphic designer and certified blerd. After the death of my Star Wars action figures I use my powers for good and not for evil.
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