The week of November 4 will be the 25th anniversary of the first airing of “Unification Part I”, the episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that finally brought together the two generations of Trek in a meaningful and substantive way. Given how easily universe-building seems to come for producers in the year 2016, one can perhaps not appreciate the logistical challenges in getting one part of the franchise to crossover with another, even if it’s just one-time only, but maybe that’s what made it so special. Aside from Spock and Picard finally appearing side-by-side, “Unification” marked an important turning point in Star Trek at one of its most difficult times. (more…)
With the hype train going strong for Kong: Skull Island, March sure does feel like a long way away. It is bound to be packed all sorts of mythical monsters, dinosaurs and of course, the main attraction himself: King Kong. If you’re like us, you simply cannot wait to get your taste of all the chest-beating, Sam-Jackson-yelling action that awaits you. Fortunately, for those of you looking to get a taste of the action before it hits the big screen, you can get an incredible appetizer on the all-new Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride at Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure.
For all the talk about how digital has changed the game, there is one area that the online revolution hasn’t sucked the air out of yet, we’re still buying books. Sales of e-books have plateaued, and even young people still like the old-fashioned feeling of turning the physical page over. It’s quaint. If there’s a difference now, it’s that your local bookstore has expanded it’s offerings, and now it’s not unusual to see graphic novels among the stacks filled with novels, biographies, cook books and the like. Indeed, the graphic novel is enjoying a rare and long-awaited sense of mainstream appreciation. (more…)
Simultaneously critically acclaimed and a cult phenomenon, Black Mirror is a brilliant piece of television that satirises the modern world in a darkly comic anthology. Originally a Channel 4 programme exclusive to Great Britain, the initial two seasons and Christmas special were later released to the rest of the world on Netflix. Shortly after, Netflix outbid Channel 4 for the rights to future seasons, promising creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones complete creative control and a much bigger budget to play around with. Although a recent trailer offered eager fans a tease of the new season, due for release on Friday 21st October, the only way to really understand the show is to watch it. (more…)
This past week, Ghostbusters unceremoniously landed on Blu-ray and DVD, where the redheaded step monster of cinema now currently sits at the top of the rental charts of both Rotten Tomatoes and iTunes. Online it seems like the toxic and vitriolic welcoming party that the film received this past summer has largely dispersed. Perhaps the haters feel like their job is done, perhaps the heat of summer has given way to the cooler clarity of fall, or perhaps the goggles have come off and people are prepared to admit that Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters isn’t a monster out to destroy their innocence. Speaking for myself, I know that I still like it. (more…)
Though fairly new to the cosplay scene, Rebecca Lindsay has got a lot of people talking with her incredible Mystique cosplay at NYCC earlier on this month. Her imaginative take on the X-Men shapeshifter had bounced around between Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Imgur, Reddit and even international news sites before she left the convention. She got home to find her photo had gone viral and cosplay enthusiasts around the world knew her face.
We got in touch with Rebecca to find out more about her and to get to grips with what drives her creative gears. (more…)
The idea of time travel is not a new concept in science fiction, and neither is the idea of someone or someones from the future coming back to the present to change fate. Travelers was already walking well-worn ground long before it was a glimmer in the eye of creator Brad Wright, let alone seeing it premiere in the same TV year as 11.22.63, 12 Monkeys, and the new NBC series Timeless. If Travelers is to succeed, it has a couple of key things going for it, one is Wright who more or less created the Stargate TV empire, and the other is the conceit that our titular time travelers are forced to lead double lives as they try to save their future. (more…)
Peace in our time. Earlier this summer, J.J. Abrams and Justin Lin told a group of Trekkies that war was over, and that war was the one between the corporate lawyers of Paramount/CBS and the makers of the Star Trek fan film Axanar. The lawsuit attempting to bar the filmmakers behind Axanar from completing their film has been a sticking point for fans, many of whom – including this one – have spent long hours in yellow and blue sweaters and exploring the backyard as if it were a strange new world, all while capturing the whole thing with a camcorder. So while CBS thinks they have their eye on the big picture, they’re actually losing all the little people that make a fanbase. (more…)
It’s October, the season of fall clothes, apple cider, and pumpkin flavored everything. It’s also of course, the month of Halloween. The time of the year where everyone gets in the spooky spirit, dressing up in costumes, hosting ghoulish parties, trick or treating w/ the kids, and watching of horror movie marathons. October also marks the emergence of local scare parks. Every town/city across the globe has local haunts that roll around each fall season aiming to scare guests with frightful mazes and other horror themed attractions. Some are good and well established (Like “Knotts Scary Farm” in Buena Park, California, or New England’s “Spooky World”) and others, well, not so much. For the brave souls that endure the parks, the thrill seekers, there is one scary destination that raises a severed limb above the rest. That would be…Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. Odd to think an amusement park known for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter would be synonymous with horror but during select nights in September – October, the daytime fun phases out and what emerges in its place is an evening full of insidious horrors.
What exactly is HHN, what’s all the hubbub, is it worth it? All these questions and more are addressed below the jump. (more…)
While an aging Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, stars of the Bill & Ted Franchise, have said time and time again that a 3rd movie is in development, time, relevance, and scripting out a worthy story, has kept the proposed threequel in stagnation. It’s been 25 years since Bill and Ted’s last cinematic outing (in 1991’s Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey), a new movie that satisfies fans of the originals and appeals to modern audience becomes more and more audacious as the years go by. These challenges in congruity, however, only seem to apply to the Bill & Ted movie-verse. The characters themselves, are still around, thriving in their loveable stupidity and surfer-eques/wannabe rocker demeanor, at an annual stage show in Universal Studios Florida. (more…)