George Wendt is no stranger to New York musical theatre. Just a couple of years back, the Cheers icon starred as Santa Claus in the Broadway production of Elf the Musical and he is now playing the doomed Dean Halsey in Re-Animator: The Musical, a song-ified revamp of Stuart Gordon’s beloved 1985 horror movie, that tonight starts a week-long run at the PTC Performance Space as part of the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Yet the jovial Wendt claims he is not what you would exactly call a natural song-and-dance man. “It’s very peculiar that musical theater has become my life over the last few years,” he says. “Because I don’t sing and I don’t dance. I will however do what I’m told.”
Tag: Sci-Fi (31-40 of 613)
That oft-discussed 3 a.m. phone call just got a supernatural twist.
National Geographic recently conducted a poll asking 1,114 Americans who they felt was better suited to handle an alien invasion as president: President Obama or Mitt Romney. Surprisingly (?) 65 percent picked the current president as the leader who they would most want handling that extraterrestrial encounter. Sadly, outer space lover and moon-enthusiast Newt Gingrich was left off the potential choices.
Let’s look at the facts: President Obama is a well-known fan of Star Trek,which definitely helps his case. While some critics call Romney robot-like — which you would think would endear him to the extraterrestrial population — this is not enough to convince American voters. READ FULL STORY »
We already knew that the 100th issue of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead comic would be published with an array of covers. But it turns out getting your hands on the twelfth and final cover is going to be as traumatic and/or as thrilling as an undead apocalypse. Why? Because to get your hands on that comic you will have to experience the traumas and/or thrills of an undead apocalypse.
EW can reveal that comics featuring the twelfth variant cover will only be available to fans who buy tickets for the zombie-filled Walking Dead Escape obstacle course event which is taking place at San Diego’s Petco Park on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Comic-Con weekend. The good news is that Kirkman’s Skybound imprint is giving away the comic for free to “Survivors,” “Walkers,” and spectators. The other good news is that you can get an exclusive look at the variant cover below. READ FULL STORY »
Warning: This post contains Prometheus spoilers.
Ridley Scott’s Alien quasi-prequel Prometheus raised a lot of questions. Questions like, “How come it’s the guy with the state-of-the-art 3-D mapping thingamabobs who gets hopelessly lost?” And, “Who exactly decorates their house with a big statue of their own head?” And, “Does Stephen Stills even own an accordion?” And…
“What was that opening scene all about?”
Is there such a thing as “too young” when it comes to displaying your devotion — or that of your parents — to writer Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead zombie franchise? Apparently not.
Next month, the Walking Dead comic will celebrate 100 issues of zombie slaying, limb amputating, food foraging, and a talking Tyrannosaurus Rex. I jest, of course, about the yapping prehistoric beastie — that’s one of Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman’s other comics, Super Dinosaur. Kirkman and his Skybound imprint, on the other hand, are taking the anniversary seriously. Visitors to this year’s Comic-Con will be able to celebrate Walking Dead #100 and/or sprain an important body part by taking part in a zombie assault course at San Diego’s Petco Park. And the issue itself is being published on July 11 with both a cover from regular Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard and a number of variants, including the one by Sean Phillips you can see below.
Like Ariel, are mermaids just longing to be part of our world?
If you believe filmmaker Charlie Foley, whose “documentary” Mermaids: The Body Found aired this past weekend on Animal Planet as part of “Monster Week,” then yes.
The speculative documentary (a.k.a. not real. A mermaid is not going to attack you while you nap on the beach, okay?) explored the myth of the underwater princess — but she’s not the sweet-singing Disney version. The CGI mermaids from the film were dead ringers for the scary merpeople from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, or rejects from the set of Avatar. The theory presented by the movie suggested that long ago, a group of human ancestors evolved to become sea creatures — this is called the aquatic ape hypothesis and is an actual theory put forth by some researchers. If you buy into it — or maybe saw The Thirteenth Year too many times as a kid — then this is where mermaids come from. The Animal Planet movie explains that when a real-life mermaid was found alive on a beach, a big government cover-up ensued so that no one would find out…until now. READ FULL STORY »
The tenth season of animated sci-fi-action-comedy series Red vs. Blue debuts on RoosterTeeth.com on May 28, and co-director Burnie Burns promises the run of shows will be marked by a level of quality routinely lacking in the soldiery skills of its bickering future-warriors. “We thought, ‘We’re hitting ten seasons, we should definitely pull out all the stops,’” says Burns, who also voices the characters Church and Alpha on the video game-inspired show. “We’re wrapping up a lot of the stories, paying off a lot of things. We’re taking the series up a level or two and trying to make it as big and as bada– as we possibly can. We’re just making sure that the action scenes are as over the top and as awesome as they possibly can be.”
Jaden Smith has just cracked one of the great mysteries kept secret by the United States government, or at least he attempted to when he insisted on asking President Obama about the existence of aliens during a recent visit to the White House.
Will Smith told BBC Radio about his 13-year-old son’s encounter with POTUS and the big question he planned to ask, which Smith insisted he keep to himself.
“I was at the White House with my family and we were getting a tour,” recalled the Men in Black III star. “The night before, Jaden had said to me, ‘Dad, I gotta ask the president about the aliens,’ and I was like, ‘Dude, no, no, it’s not cool! Do not ask the president!’”
Smith continued: “So we get into the Situation Room and Jaden gets the look in his eyes and he leans over and he says, ‘Dad, what’s my punishment?’ And I was like, ‘Jaden, do not…’ and Barack is talking about the Situation Room, and Jaden says, ‘Excuse me, Mr. President?’ And Barack said, ‘Don’t tell me.’ And in perfect form—like, this is why he’s the President—he stopped and looked at Jaden and said, ‘The aliens, right?’ And I was like, ‘Oh, shoot!’ And he said, ‘Okay, I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of extraterrestrials but I can tell you if there had been a top secret meeting and if there would have had to have been a discussion about it, it would have taken place in this room.’”
Smith joked that Jaden only has about eight or nine more months left of being grounded, but perhaps Little Smith doesn’t realize that he may very well have sparked a whole stream of conspiracy theorists who have since retreated to their caves and begun the long arduous process of tin foil hat construction.
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‘Prometheus’ TV spot: Crawling with ‘Alien’ DNA
In this week’s cover story, Entertainment Weekly provides an exclusive sneak peek at this summer’s top-secret, 3-D space epic Prometheus — director Ridley Scott’s eagerly-awaited return to science fiction after three long decades — and attempts to get to the bottom of the question that every fanboy wants to know: Is the new film a prequel to Scott’s 1979 face-hugging, chest-bursting classic, Alien?
Ever since Prometheus was announced in January 2011, the R-rated sci-fi odyssey has been shrouded in mystery. Little was known about the film except that (a) its cast includes Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, and in the lead, the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace; (b) the script is by Jon Spaihts and and Lost‘s master of the mysterious Damon Lindelof; and (c) its story revolves around the crew of a spaceship called Prometheus that heads off to a distant planet whose inhabitants visited Earth long ago.
But an exclusive visit to the set of the film — two hours northeast of Reykjavik, Iceland — yielded more answers. There, EW watched a master director at work and sat down with the star-studded cast as they tap-danced around calling the R-rated film an Alien prequel. “There’s definitely a link to Alien,” says Fassbender, who plays the spaceship’s resident android. “There are creatures in it that you’ll recognize, but that’s only one tiny facet of what’s going on.”
Scott, who’s making his first sci-fi film since 1982′s equally visionary Blade Runner, is the toughest nut to crack. At first all he’ll say is, “There may be a vague notion, some slight DNA from the original Alien. But barely. Fans of the original Alien will notice some things, especially toward the end of Prometheus. Like 12 minutes from the end. But I can’t really say more than that.”
But eventually, Scott does say more than that.
To find out how much more, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, May 11.
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