First serialised in 1897, The War of the Worlds by legendary science fiction writer H G Wells is a crucial part of the genre’s foundation. In the twelve decades since it was first read by an avid Victorian audience, the story has been retold and remade in many formats and has always had audiencs flocking to read, listen and watch the story of how aliens first tore apart our planet. As much as it played on the common superstitions and prejudices of the Victorian era, the themes and inherent humanity within the novel resonate just as profoundly to this day. (more…)
It’s a good day for Steven Spielberg as his latest film, Lincoln, received 12 Academy Award nominations this morning. On the other hand, Spielberg’s encountered some drama on getting his next film project, Robopocalypse, off the ground. The film was already been delayed once, but it seems that script difficulties have stymied any potential progress on what might be Spielberg’s first foray into sci-fi since 2005’s War of the Worlds.
Here’s Spielberg’s statement to The Hollywood Reporter:
[The project is] too important and the script is not ready, and it’s too expensive to produce. It’s back to the drawing board to see what is possible.
Robopocalypse, based on the book by Daniel H. Wilson, is a pretty hot property. Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were already attached to star, and The Cabin in the Woods filmmaker Drew Goddard’s been working on the script.
Although it’s disconcerting, it’s still possible that we might see Robopocalypse in the near future. After all, it did take about ten years to get Lincoln in front of the cameras, so we might see it sometime sooner or later. In the meantime, I guess you can read the book.
Not far into our future, the dazzling technology that runs our world turns against us. Controlled by a childlike—yet massively powerful—artificial intelligence known as Archos, the global network of machines on which our world has grown dependent suddenly becomes an implacable, deadly foe. At Zero Hour—the moment the robots attack—the human race is almost annihilated, but as its scattered remnants regroup, humanity for the first time unites in a determined effort to fight back. This is the oral history of that conflict, told by an international cast of survivors who experienced this long and bloody confrontation with the machines. Brilliantly conceived and amazingly detailed, Robopocalypse is an action-packed epic with chilling implications about the real technology that surrounds us.
Every year there are 25 movies added as national treasures by The National Film Registry and they’ve been doing this since 1989. Today they came out with their newest list of movies to be added this year. Most of them suck, but we did get a few good ones here and there, including nerd approved flicks such as The Silence of the Lambs, War of the Worlds and El Mariachi. This years list contained 2228 nominations, and here are 14 of the 25 films from that list that were chosen to be preserved.
It’s the first Tuesday of June and folks, todays release will have you see a lot of Clint Eastwood at your stores. Yesterday was Eastwood’s 80th birthday and the Blu-Ray/DVD market decided to (re-)release pretty much all the films he either star or directed (sometimes both) on either Blu-Ray/DVD singles, combo packs, and collection packs. There are few new movies and like always, we list whether if it’s a BUY, RENT, or PASS on them. We got the Old Stuff is New Again section which will be filled with Eastwood and few other titles not Eastwood related. There is also the TV Show DVD Worth Checking Out section with two releases. No Anime Pick this week so check out what came out after the jump.