Friday Sci-Five: 09.12.14

Oh yes! It’s time for the return of that thing you didn’t know was gone! The Friday Sci-Five! Since it’s been a while, let’s get straight down to business. I’ve picked my favorite sci-fi/fantasy/other news of the last week and mooxed it all together for you here.

I’m also having Photoshop problems so I hope you like the busted ass header this week.

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Z Nation premieres tonight. I’m kind of over zombie movies and TV shows (they’re so 2010 amirite) but that’s not going to stop me from tuning in for the premiere of Z Nation on Syfy. It seems to have a lot of the same basic story line as The Last Ship (this person is immune to the disease, let’s use this person to save the world!) and the show’s imagery reminds me a lot of the Walking Dead, but I have a sweet spot for Syfy so I have to tune in. With the show premiering at 10PM tonight, Syfy’s homepage is dedicated to the fledgling show. First stop on Syfy train today is Z Nation ville (no? didn’t work?).

On a related note, I know we’re trying to set a mood or whatever, but can one post-apocalyptic TV show or movie – just one – please show people wearing real clothes? It’s like when the apocalypse came, it also wiped out all of the colored fabrics in the world. Here’s the thing, when the zombies come, I’m keeping my purple hoodie. And my pink shoes. And my My Little Pony t-shirt. That’s happening. I’m not going to go out and loot some store for all of their neutral colored clothing so that I fit into the apocolaypse better. I’m going to wear what I already have. Colors and all.

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The Walking Dead is getting a companion series.  Speaking of zombies and of the dying trend (HA SEEWHATIDIDTHERE?!) The folks at AMC have given the green light to a Walking Dead companion series. Where will it take place? Nobody knows. Who will be in it? Nobody knows. What’s going to happen? Probably something related to zombies. I assume.

Co-creator and co-writer Robert Kirkman said this companion series will give us a look into the rest of the world during the zombie apocalypse – not just the World According to Rick and Friends. Production on the pilot is scheduled for late 2014 and I want to be more excited about this but I worry that we’re just milking the money machine right now (#goodatmetaphors). As with the above, I’m definitely going to tune in (we had a zombie-themed wedding cake for god’s sake) although I’m hesitant to get excited about more zombie-tainment. Prove me wrong zombie-tainment! Prove me wrong!

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Christ Pratt is hosting the SNL season premiere. Here’s the thing about SNL: It’s really just not funny anymore. Here’s the thing about Guardians of the Galaxy: THE MOVIE WAS AMAZING. I can’t. I don’t. The. Ugh. You guys. The movie was action packed and hilarious. I laughed, I cried, I danced along with Baby Groot. There aren’t many movies my husband or I would see again in theaters but we both agreed we would see that one again (and know many people who saw it multiple times). I want to be a Guardian of the Galaxy, I want to be their friend. A huge part of what made this movie fantastic are the acting abilities and comedic timing of the stars of the film. Pratt was funny on Community and hilarious in GOTG. I don’t ever watch SNL anymore but I’ll be setting my DVR for this one. He’ll be hosting the season premiere on September 27th (NBC), so if you’re a weirdo recluse like me and asleep before midnight on the weekends, be sure to set your DVR too. Maybe we’ll get some funnies out of it a la Jimmy & Justin?

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Baltimore Comic Con happened. We didn’t go this year because money and time but the roundups from BCC2014 look fantastic. Between the cosplayers, the Harvey Awards, the panels, and the artists in the alley, it looked like one hell of a weekend. We’re looking forward to con season next year (we’ll have to start saving now with the way con prices keep rising) but until then, we’ll just have to live off of the pictures from comic con all over the internet. The team over at Evil Geeks provided not one but two cosplay roundups from BCC2014 so be sure to check them out. I love me some good cosplay. Partially because I love when people get into character and partially because I have zero costuming ability whatsoever and am totally jealous.

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Screen Junkies premiere Honest Godzilla Trailer. The latest installment in their Honest Trailer series, this redo trailer of the 2014 summer season movie helps you to understand the movie more than you ever could have imagined. I enjoyed the movie enough. I wasn’t incredibly disappointed when I left because I thought Godzilla (while on screen for limited time) looked good and the ending of the movie was good fun action. But there wasn’t a single decent female role in the entire film (fascinating, considering the movie that takes place on Earth, where women make up approximately 50% of the population) and the rest of the movie was a bit tired/boring. And I say this with sadness in my heart, because I really like Aaron Taylor Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Olsen. They’re no Godzilla (I mean, let’s talk actor longevity here), but I think they’re talented actors. And I don’t think this movie did them – or Godzilla – justice.  I don’t want to spoil the trailer for you, so check it out below. And laugh. Do it. Go on. Do it.

Friday Sci-Five: 06.27.14

David’s birthday was yesterday so I’m pretty sure I deserve a gold star for making sure this post rolls out. I don’t drink often so I didn’t get wild last night but I’m not much of a partier and I rarely stay up late on weeknights (I’m too much fun) and the tireds are hitting me hard today. I could have pulled the post together yesterday if I wasn’t too busy napping.

Did I mention I like sleep? Because seriously. Sleep is my jam.

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hungergamesThe first Hunger Games Mockingjay Part I trailer is out. See, you thought when I gave you two trailers last week that you would be left wanting this week. But you were wrong. Because it’s summer, and there’s movie things happening ALL DAY ERRYDAY. It’s pretty exciting. Full Disclosure: I’ve never read the Hunger Games books (I’m busy trying to get through Game of Thrones, GET OFF MY BACK, JEEZ) and it’s not really a priority, but I enjoy the movies. David and I saw the first movie at a midnight showing and I liked the movie but it definitely didn’t warrant a midnight showing (I’m old, I need my sleep). I was much more excited by the second movie than the first and after the ending of that movie I’m basically dying while I wait to see what happens in the next movie. I could probably figure it out if I read the books but I’ll just enjoy the excitement of not knowing the story.

The first trailer for Mockingjay gives us a glimpse into the revolution on the horizon in the next movie. President Snow’s official Panem Address actually reminds me a lot of the Defiance trailers that rolled out before the series started, all government propaganda-tastic. Did those two teams work together on their advertising?

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predatorShane Black emphasizes that the new Predator film is not a reboot. The movie world was all aflutter when the “Predator Reboot” was announced recently, with fans screaming outrage at trying to remake the wheel. Fans of the Predator series were not looking forward to having their favorite dreadlocked, murdering alien turned into a new vision.  But worry not, Predator fans, because the new Predator flick will be continuing along in the world that previous Predator films already built. Black tells Collider that he likes “the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button,” helping fans to sleep more soundly at night.

I watched the entire Predator series during a series of movie nights with my husband and another couple when we first started dating (my husband and I, not us and the other couple, not that there’s anything wrong with that, I’m just a one-man kind of woman, you do you) and I’m looking forward to seeing what Black pulls together on screen. You can bet your ass that David and I will be at the midnight showing for this one.

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bobkaneBatman Co-Creator Bob Kane is getting a Walk of Game star and the comic book universe is none too happy about it. This post on blastr gives a great summary of the backstory behind Batman and the outrage throughout the comic book community. TL:DR? Bob Kane spent decades screwing over Bill Finger, and the injustices keep on coming. As Kane remains listed as the contractual sole creator of Batman and Finger died as the uncredited ghostwriter, comic book fans around the world want justice. They want to see Bill Finger receive the posthumous credit that he could never get in life and they want Bob Kane to stop receiving accolades and awards on behalf of a comic book that probably could have existed without him entirely.

Several bloggers and big names in comic books have already come out to ask where the respect is for Bill Finger in lieu of this news. It looks to me like shit’s about to hit the fan and we might finally start to see some respect for Finger and his work on Batman and in the industry. Keep an eye out for more discussion about Finger’s role in Batman and remembering his legacy as we get closer to the date of Kane’s star reveal.

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madmaxEntertainment Weekly offers the first look Hardy and Theron in Mad Max: Road Fury. It’s been 35 years since Mad Max originally debuted on screen and I know plenty of folks young and old looking forward to this particular sequel. I’m going to get real with you: I’ve never seen any of the Mad Max films. I have, however, heard my mom talk about how hot Mel Gibson was in leather pants as Mad Max so it’s not like I don’t know anything about the franchise. I know the storyline. I know Mel Gibson wears leather pants. What more is there to know?

Well okay, it’s probably about time I sat down and watched the Mad Max movies so I can be better prepared for Mad Max: Fury Road when it comes out next May. The cover from EW and the accompanying article (and more pictures!) are definitely helping to get me pumped about a movie that I’m going to have to wait ages for. Since Tom Hardy is one of my movie boyfriends, it’s likely I’ll be going to see the movie regardless of whether I actually sit down and watch the rest of the franchise, but it would be nice to know the legacy he’s taking on. And since my movie boyfriend described working on the film as “mental in a brilliant way” my movie-watcher Spidey-senses are all excited to see just what the hell comes out of this production. Other than Tom Hardy and/or Charlize Theron shirtless. Because that’s pretty much a given.

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doomsdayfDoctor Who Doomsday Farewell named Greatest Sci-Fi Moment. If you watch the new Doctor Who series (the reboot circa Christopher Eccleston to now), there are a handful of episodes that you will almost certainly remember for ages. The episode when we say goodbye to Rose? Yea, that’s one of them. Apparently, it’s such a great scene that nearly 100,000 voters in an SFX poll declared it the Greatest Sci-Fi Moment. Hulk destroying Loki in Avengers Assemble, and the chest-burster scene in Alien round out the top three, so Rose and the Doctor are in good company, although this news is certain to anger some non-Whovian sci-fi fans like my husband. Especially considering Luke discovering Darth Vader is his father only made it to number five.

I’m pretty sure I went through at least fifteen boxes of tissues during this episode and had to have a new heart built from robot parts after it exploded. My heart was repaired later in the series (spoiler alert) when Rose finally gets to have her Doctor with her forever but it will still always bare the scars of the Doomsday Farewell.

If you feel like having your heart ripped out this morning, go ahead and watch the scene again.

Friday Sci-Five: 6.20.14

In this week’s Sci-Five I’m giving you not one, but two trailers. This is an obvious sign that I love you so very very much. It’s also a sign that I’m acknowledging it’s Friday. What are you doing anyway? Other than pretending to work? You’ve probably already checked the clock like a dozen times and are trying to figure out if you can sneak out a little early with no one noticing. So go ahead, embrace the Friday.

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Falling-Skies-01-cast1Season four of Falling Skies is here. Last week saw the return of Defiance, this week Falling Skies returns, summer is no longer the season just for reruns. The smart channels are revitalizing summer viewing and I know I’m not the only one watching. Summer used to be really cool when it meant I didn’t have to go to school and I could stay out late on weeknights but now that I’m an adult it’s lost a lot of it’s appeal. Shows like Falling Skies help bring back the summer excitement.

And the best part? You don’t have to wait until the premiere airs on TNT on Sunday (6/22)! TNT loves you and wants you to be happy so they’ve made the first episode of season four available for viewing online before Sunday. I would normally jump at the chance to watch it but this is one of the few shows I watch with David so my popcorn will have to wait until the air date. Check your local listings for show times.

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her-universe-marvel-promoHer Universe announced a collaboration with Marvel Universe and Disney Consumer Goods.  If you identify as both a geek and female or know someone who does, there’s a fair chance that you’ve heard of Her Universe. The geek-girl-centered clothing and accessories company founded by Ashley Eckstein is a staple on my Pinterest Wish List and is constantly rolling out new designs to delight every fandom.

This new collaboration, announced just yesterday by Marvel and Her Universe, will feature pieces spotlighting the expected characters such as Thor and Iron Man but will also allow room for some of Marvel’s best female characters as well including Rogue and She-Hulk. I’ve already got my eye on (translation: pinned to Pinterest) the Rogue Tank and Captain America Sweater and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes out of this collaboration in the future.

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SciFiMuseum1The Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum project is fully funded. Earlier this week the Kickstarter for this museum closed around 11k over the goal. If you haven’t heard anything about this museum through the Kickstarter, you need to only hop over to their website to get as much excitement as possible out of this project.

“The Hollywood Science Fiction Museum will be a nonprofit, educational museum created to educate, inspire, enrich and entertain all ages through interactive, completely immersive displays.”

Teaching real science, using interactive displays, and touching on some of my favorite fandoms? This sounds like one of the greatest museums in the history of museums. The only thing that makes me able to keep some modicum of cool when talking about this is the fact that I will probably never, ever go to it. I like it in theory but Hollywood isn’t on my top 10 list of places to visit and it took me almost 30 years just to get to one place on the list so… it could take a while to find myself in Hollywood.

Unless of course I get a starring role on Defiance like I do in my dreams…

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HBO releases a new trailer for the upcoming original series, The Leftovers. Based on the premise that two percent of the population suddenly disappeared three years ago, this HBO show has a premise original enough to intrigue me and trailers good enough to pull me in for a test drive.

Three years ago, two percent of the population suddenly disappeared. The show will follow the lives of those left after the original panicking has subsided, when everyone is back to living their everyday lives while still trying to cope with what happened. The trailer below is the latest to be released from the HBO show page that’s full of other show teasers and sneak peeks to keep you thoroughly excited until the premiere date later this month.

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The final full trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is here. You guys. I’m so excited I could just pee. This movie comes out five days before my birthday because Hollywood wanted to get me something special this year. The final full trailer was just released yesterday.

It’s been three years since Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the hype around this movie is growing the closer we get to the July 11th release date. While earlier trailers for the film were great at building tension and teasing the story line, this one throws us right into the middle of the mess. A war is coming, so get ready.

I can’t even words about it right now. Too many excite.

[New Feature] Friday Sci-Five: 6.13.14

Welcome to my latest recurring feature: The Friday Sci-Five. I’ll be using my blog to spread the latest and greatest sci-fi and fantasy (mostly TV and movie focused) news (in no particular order). And by latest and greatest I mean the news that I get really excited about and not necessarily news that is actually important or interesting to other people. So hey, even if you don’t like the news I’m sharing you can at least better understand my psyche and maybe psychoanalyze me and help me figure out all of my problems or something. That would be nice. Do you have a floofy couch I could just sit on? Just for a minute while I tell you a story…

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Defiance - Season 1Defiance is back. Okay I know I said “in no particular order” less than 10 paragraphs ago but if I were to order the top five, this would be number one. Hands down. No contest. My love for Defiance runs deep and this season two trailer has me all hot and bothered for the show to return.

This SyFy mega-hit had me and many more watching excitedly every week last season and the audience for this show and video game are bound to keep growing; especially now that the video game is free to play. I spent my Defiance nights last season falling in love with the characters, the world, and dreaming my own character into the show. I’m sure SyFy will call me any day now and ask me to join them as a series regular but until then, I’ll have my popcorn ready. Season two airs this coming week on Thursday 6/19. Check your local listings for time. Or just take off work and watch SyFy all day long until the show comes on.

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hodor_green_header_0Photoshop Hodor. I don’t watch Game of Thrones because I want to read the books first and because I’m a horrible person. I did the same thing with LOTR and it only took me like 10 years after the final movie was released to finish the books and watch the films. At this rate I should be watching Game of Thrones around my 40th birthday.

That being said, I do love photoshop, and I know plenty of people that love Game of Thrones, so this adventure from the beautiful people at Blastr looks like a lot of fun. Use your Photoshop Fu to place a green screen image of Hodor wherever your heart desires then tweet it out with the hastah #Wilwproject. The best will be featured on The Wil Wheaton Project on 6/17. Design. Watch. Fun!

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imagesPrincess Leia gets Disney merch love too. If you’re anything like me, you grew up on Disney princesses. And then spent your adult years realizing how totally warped and sexist the stories are. And remained in love with Disney. Because Disney. Much debate has raged over Disney purchasing the Star Wars franchise and one notable recent issue was the lack of love for Leia. Disney tweeted at a fan that “there are no plans for Leia products at Disney Store.” Ouch. Wrong move.

This time piece outlines the #WeWantLeia campaign and Disney’s response. Suffice it to say, there’s a huge market for Leia merchandise and if Disney is smart they’ll take good care of their newest Disney Princess. Don’t alienate female Star Wars fans Disney, or it’s going to get ugly fast.

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1402514825000-ap-netflix-magic-school-bus-childrens-television1Netflix is rebooting Magic School Bus. Be still my childhood science nerd heart. I always aced science class. Science and reading were my jam. When you couple that love with an excitement for cartoons you’ve got one young girl crazy about Magic School Bus. The show was targeted at me and my fellow millennial and it worked. I watched

Partnering with Scholastic, Netflix will debut the new Magic School Bus 360 in 2016 with 26 episodes. This time around the show will be computer animated and will feature the latest technology to add an extra layer of science and excitement. I can’t seem to track down information on whether or not the old cast of characters will be reborn in this series or if a new cast will be created but I’m hoping we can at least count on Ms. Frizzle to return.

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Archie-Comics-The-Chilling-Adventures-of-Sabrina-01-666x1024Archie Comics announces the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Listen, it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out the appeal here. My name is Sabrina. The star of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is named Sabrina. We’re basically best friends in my head. I watched the movie. I watched the TV show with Melissa Joan Hart. I’ve read the comics. I watched the cartoons. I’m all about Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Between the name and my love for campy witchcraft, this show was pretty much made for me.

Cue Archie Comics’ reboot. After killing off Archie, the comic giants launched the darker Afterlife with Archie to wide acclaim. After the success of their genre crossover, they’ve decided to take Sabrina darker. Set in the 60’s, this series will follow Sabrina as she tries to keep her secret identity hidden and manages living in two worlds. When the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hits the shelves in October you can bet I’ll be one of the first in line.