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New 'Prometheus' image: Who the hell is THIS guy?


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?”


The toddling dead? New 'Walking Dead' onesie -- EXCLUSIVE

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.


Check out one of the alternative covers for 'Walking Dead' #100 -- EXCLUSIVE


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.


Stop everything! Mermaids are real?

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

Elijah Wood joins the cast of 'Red vs. Blue.' Plus: Season 10 trailer -- EXCLUSIVE


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.”


President Obama talks about the existence of aliens with Will Smith's son

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

This Week's Cover: A behind-the-scenes look at 'Prometheus,' Ridley Scott's return to sci-fi


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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'Star Wars 1313' URL buy-up spurs hopes about Boba Fett movie, but Lucasfilm won't say 'at this time.' What could it be?

Star Wars fans have been abuzz this week about a potentially big new mystery project in the works dealing with that galaxy far, far away.

It all started when tech site Fusible reported that Lucasfilm had registered Internet domains based on permutations of “Star Wars 1313.”  That may not seem revealing in and of itself, but fans first got whiff of a traveling museum exhibit called Star Wars: Identities when Lucasfilm registered that particular domain. Then on May 1, Lucasfilm filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the name “Star Wars 1313″ and declared that it would relate to everything from “online social networking services” to “toy action figures” to “compact discs and DVDs featuring games, films, animation, music, computer game software, and video game software.”

That’s pretty comprehensive, and, well, pretty vague. One thing is certain, though. Lucasfilm isn’t yet ready to reveal what this project is just yet. When asked for comment, a rep for the company said, “We have no announcements at this time.” That hasn’t stopped fans from wildly speculating about what this means for Star Wars‘ future, particularly as it relates to a certain beloved Mandalorian bounty hunter. We share some of our theories about what it could be after the jump: READ FULL STORY

May the 4th be with you! 10 things worth celebrating about that galaxy far, far away on 'Star Wars Day'

After 35 years, Star Wars casts an ever-growing pop-culture shadow. Though the anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars falls on May 25, devotees of that galaxy far, far away have designated May 4, as in “May the 4th Be With You,” as the official day to party like a drunken Ewok. If you’re a diehard Star Wars fanatic, today would be the day to consider what an impact George Lucas’ space opera has had not only on J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, the guys at Pixar, and even Lady Gaga, but also on science, philosophy, and politics.

A lot of you also probably look at Star Wars as an unfulfilled childhood promise, a franchise that didn’t grow up with you and that’s now creatively dried up. You’ll complain about the prequels, shout down the addition of “Nooooo!” to Darth Vader’s climactic dialogue in Return of the Jedi, and bitch about Slave Leia dancing to “Genie in a Bottle” in Star Wars Kinect. Don’t give in to the Dark Side, guys! Star Wars is alive and well. If you’re willing to look beyond the big screen, and dive deep into Lucasfilm Ltd.’s sprawling treasure trove of Expanded Universe novels, comics, videogames, and one particularly satisfying TV show, this is a franchise that’s thriving. It’s time to stop complaining and start checking out these 10 recent additions to the Star Wars canon that prove it’s still a creative Force. You know your inner Boba Fett-lunchbox-carrying 12-year-old wants to. READ FULL STORY

'Re-Animator: The Musical': Director Stuart Gordon talks about his singing-and-beheading theatrical spectacular


A few years back, film director Stuart Gordon had the thought that his gore-filled 1985 horror movie Re-Animator might be improved with the addition of some songs. It was an odd idea — but an ultimately successful one. In the spring of 2011, Re-Animator: The Musical opened at Hollywood’s Steve Allen Theater to great reviews (Variety hailed it as “an entertainment of rich rewards and high accomplishment”) and tonight the play officially starts a second run at the Hayworth Theatre, prior to engagements at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. The H.P. Lovecraft-inspired tale stars Graham Skipper as the corpse-reanimating Herbert West, George Wendt as the unfortunate Dean Halsey, and large amounts of fake blood as, well, large amounts of not-fake blood.

Gordon — who is both the show’s director and coauthor of its book — talks about his hopes for Re-Animator: The Musical, the possibility of fourth Re-Animator movie, and why his brother eats bugs — literally.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did Re-Animator: The Musical come about in the first place?
I just saw it in my head, how you could do this as a musical. People had been suggesting it to me for several years and I kind of laughed. I thought it was a ridiculous idea. But one day it sort of hit me — all of the effects in the movie were done practically on a stage, so we could do them all live in front of audiences.


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