The Day of Dredd
I just got an email reminding me that TODAY the 1st of October 2014 is THE DAY OF DREDD! This is a cause I truly believe in and fully support. I suggest you do too because the world needs more Dredd. (Quite literally in my opinion but that’s a separate issue.)
If you are similarly brilliant in your taste of film and comic then you too can help this magnificent cause. Buy the first Dredd film on DVD or Bluray or download or whatever, if you haven’t previously done so. You can also like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MakeADreddSequel
Furthermore, you can tweet about it using #DayofDredd and then pester all your friends to generally chat about Dredd related topics all day.
In the email I received, there are videos of Karl Urban (who plays Dredd) and Olivia Thirlby (who plays Judge Anderson) thanking the fans and supporting the sequel. The sequel is also supported by 2000AD. Basically Hollywood, make a drokking sequel.
You can buy the Dredd film here!
Here’s the Karl Urban video:
Some clever chap called Billy Hanshaw had an idea for a new Doctor Who opening sequence. He made the sequence and it went viral because the internet has both taste and a lot of nerds. Stephen Moffat consequently saw the clip and it is now the basis of the new credit sequence. Moffat obviously has permission from Hanshaw and the BBC are obviously going to add a couple of expensive graphics to it. But the new Doctor Who opening sequence is pretty much good to go already. Go internet and go creative Doctor Who fans!
Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who
A couple of new trailers have been released to drum up excitement for the new Doctor Who series. Which isn’t really needed but is appreciated nontheless. Thanks BBC! The first was released last month and is a taster for the series as whole:
The second is a trailer for the first episode ‘Deep Breath’
Annoyingly, Doctor Who season 8 (depending on how you judge these things) or the 12th Doctor’s first series or whatever you want to call it, starts on Saturday 23rd August 2014. Just after I leave England. If only there was some kind of advanced technology that will let me watch it…
I saw this a few days ago and I felt selfish for not sharing it. Plus, anything to do with Futurama is always worth a mention as it is brilliant. Artist Alexy Zakharov has made a 3d 30 second rendition of the skyline in Futurama. It is basically the opening sequence but without the Planet Express crashing into the screen at the end. It looks incredible and I want to live there. I need to work out how to make this a screensaver.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
I seem to be having a bit of a trailer bonanza here at the moment. I blame the movie/TV industry for releasing a lot of good looking stuff. The last trailer was for Star Wars: Rebels, which is a kid’s thing on Disney that may or may not be relatively fun, it’s hard to tell.
This new trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes however, looks fucking awesome! It is the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes which was brilliant. So this probably will be too because er… sequels are erm… often as good as the originals… um.
Actually, I’m perpetuating a myth. There are tons of sequels as good as the original, if not better. To name a few in just the scifi genre: Empire Strikes Back, Mad Max 2, Aliens (first one was excellent but completely different), Blade 2, Superman 2, Star Trek 2, Evil Dead 2, Dawn of the Dead, the Dark Knight, Spiderman 2, and so on.
If you include the original five Planet of the Apes movies, then I can confidently predict that this new one will be at least in the top 3. So with that proved, here is the new trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:
Star Wars Rebels
For a brief second I was a bit shocked by the news that Disney had bought Star Wars but then I remembered that they had been responsible for all the recent Marvel movies. They also made Tron: Legacy which wasn’t very good (and I have forgotten everything that happens in it already) but it looked and sounded great. The first Pirates of the Caribbean was fun and – I don’t care what you say – I even enjoyed John Carter of Mars (the books were pretty daft but enjoyable too, in case you are bored).
So why not let them do Star Wars? It’s not like Lucas was going to steer the series to a dark and brooding universe. I have more faith in someone involved with The Avengers than I do with someone involved with Ewoks or Jarjar or Darth crying ‘Noooooooooo!’ I know they are kids films but if you are old enough to have watched the original trilogy (not including bastard Ewoks) you will understand how disappointing the new trilogy was. Not to mention the constant tinkering / ruining of the originals. Han shot first! If you saw the newer films first then you are approaching the series from a different mindset and are probably wrong about everything relating to Star Wars.
This mild, heavily edited rant brings me nicely to Star Wars: Rebels. It is animated, you know, for kids. Or Young Adults – whatever they are. It teeters dangerously close to being a bit too childlike and cutesy but it could be fun and might help fill in the time until Star Wars VII comes out. On the other hand it might make you feel sick and anxious about the direction it is all taking. A feeling I got the first time I watched an Ewok defeat a helmeted soldier of a galaxy-conquering army by dropping some rocks on his/her head.
Alright, I’ll lighten up. This is for the kids out there. Here is the trailer:
I saw this on IO9.com and thought I would share as they are pretty damned sexy. NASA has redesigned its next range of spacesuits and they seem to be taking science fiction for inspiration. None of these designs are definite as they have to vote on which one is best in the great NASA Suit Off competition. It will be one of these three though.
The spacesuit designs are below and I have put them in order of personal preference as I’m sure NASA reads this website.
In third place, a quite workaday spacesuit that is frankly a bit dull. Although I do like the fact that the astronaut on the right seems to be holding a raygun:
In second place, a slightly niftier design. On the left is the suit for ‘working in daylight’ mode and on the right what is ‘in nightclub picking up alien chicks’ mode. I like the fact that on the right his forward leaning pose lets you imagine what he’ll look like if he is arriving by jet pack:
In first place, a spacesuit form the designers behind Tron (possibly). It’s a bit baggier than in Tron to accommodate the more portly astronaut of the future. If this isn’t picked then NASA have yet again gone for function over style. Which is a shame.
This is just one step away from the ultimate body hugging spandex costume of the future. When I was a young lad in the early 80s I thought that people in the future would all dress like they did in Buck Rogers.
At work, the outfits will be like Colonel Wilma Deering:
Colonel Wilma Deering
And in the evening they relax Princess Ardala style.
In case you are thinking that this all seems a bit sexist – you can see Buck Rogers wore the same outfit. (For his night attire you can just google.)
I seem to be supporting a lot of stuff on Kickstarter these days but sometimes it just has to be done. Especially when something as mental as Kung Fury comes along! Think 80s. Think Hitler, viking chicks, time travel and machine guns. (Apart from Hitler I am usually thinking along those lines anyway.)
The Kickstarter page is here. They only want $200,000 and have $376,527 (at time of writing) with 25 days to go. So it looks like Kung Fury will be a reality.
Now watch the genius that is Kung Fury. Ahhh the 80s…
Happy Christmas from all here at Scifiward! Which basically means me.
If you don’t do Christmas then at least you can enjoy Doctor Who – there’s a new one!
Have fun! Engage!
This is Transendence the new Johnny Depp film, not a step by step about how to become a being of pure energy or anything. Sorry if that was what you were looking for. (Watch Stargate for that, they transcend all the time – also it’s a good show.)
Basically the premise seems to be that Johnny Depp is ‘uploaded’ before he dies and becomes an Artificial Intelligence. Then (just guessing from the trailer) he predictably turns evil. Seems pretty predictable but it might be good. You never know.