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Jessica Chastain in talks for Ridley Scott sci-fi drama The Martian – Movies News – Digital Spy


The Ridley Scott-directed film stars Matt Damon as NASA astronaut Mark Watney, stranded on Mars after his crewmates are forced to evacuate and travel back to Earth.

71st annual Golden Globe Awards: Jessica Chastain

The Zero Dark Thirty actress and Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig are currently in talks to appear in the intergalactic drama, reports Variety. Drew Goddard has written the screenplay for the film.Filming will begin in November, with Jordan and Bucharest scouted as potential locations for shooting. Chastain recently criticized Marvel and Hollywood in general for not giving Scarlett Johansson’s popular Avengers character Black Widow her own solo movie.

As many of my fans know, Redheads are my kryptonite. So I’m looking forward to seeing Jessica in this new Sci-Fi film alongside Damon and Wiig! Check out the trailer below, and be sure to visit our friends at Digital Spy! ~Nyrhalahotep

 

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Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Movies, Nyrhalahotep, Sci Fi, Science Fiction

 

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ELFQUEST Headed to the Big Screen! – GeekTyrant


The producers of the the fan film Elfquest: A Fan Imagining, Stephanie Thorpe and Paula Rhodes, have acquired the rights to the comic series ElfQuest from Wendy and Richard Pini. The plan is to bring the story to life on the big screen.

Warner Bros. most recently held the rights to ElfQuest, but did nothing with it, and they let the rights lapse earlier this year. So it was snatched up by someone who cares. Wendy Pini had this to say in a statement about Thorpe and Rhodes developing the series,

With their deep love and understanding of the property, they represent a new direction for ElfQuest…new creative energy and new connections in the larger media.

The comic was launched in 1978 and the story follows a tribe of elves on the distant World of Two Moons who find themselves driven from their forest by humans and then discover other elves, who they didn’t know existed. Hopefully they can bring together a solid team of talent and bring together a solid budget so they can fully realize their vision.

Here’s the fan film for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, or if you just need a reminder.

Thanks to Geek Tyrant for this great story! Check them out!

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After Lucasfilm, is Hasbro next for Disney? | GMA News Online


After absorbing the Star Wars universe with its $4-billion acquisition of Lucasfilm, Disney’s big-time acquisition spree does not appear to be over yet.

Disney may soon be putting mouse ears over Optimus Prime, Cobra Commander and other characters in the Hasbro universe, if rumors cited by MTV prove accurate.

 “(W)e have it on good authority that serious discussions are happening at the highest levels of both Disney and Hasbro to fold the largest toy and game company on the planet into the Mouse,” MTV said.

But it said that while the talks are still “just discussions” at this time, they are serious enough to potentially rock the entertainment industry.

 “The Lucasfilm acquisition has been reported as taking as few as six months to complete. On the other hand, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has until 2015 on his current contract, and he waited about three years in between the acquisitions of Marvel and Lucasfilm, so we may be without firm news on this for some time,” it added.

Should Disney’s acquisition of Hasbro push through, it would gain the rights to Hasbro properties including Transformers, G.I. Joe, Dungeons and Dragons, Beyblade, Battleship, Nerf, and Magic: The Gathering.

Even before Hasbro and Lucasfilm, Disney had already gobbled up Marvel Entertainment, though Sony still owns the film rights to Spider-Man.

Film rights to other Marvel properties, X-Men and Fantastic Four, are with Twentieth Century Fox, ScreenRant.com said.

Still, having Hasbro, Marvel and Star Wars would be a “pretty comprehensive lock on boy’s entertainment,” MTV said.

 “(It would be) a far cry from a few years back when Disney was heavily criticized for losing its grip on boys,”

MTV also noted Hasbro has toy and tabletop game licenses to Star Wars and Marvel, and has been successful with them. It cited as well the “cross-pollination” with Star Wars Transformers and Monopoly.

Hasbro’s future:

MTV noted that while the Transformers and G.I. Joe films are with Paramount, that could easily change, since the animated series are with The Hub, along with Beyblade, Kaijudo, and others.

But it said it is not clear how that channel would fit into Disney’s plans.

 “They could be folded into Disney XD, and the girls brands folded into Disney Channel. On the comics’ side this would be bad news for IDW, just as the Marvel acquisition was for BOOM! and the Lucasfilm acquisition is likely to be for Dark Horse,” it said.

A separate article on Examiner.com also suggested the possibility of a “Magic: The Gathering” theme park at Disney World “where players can meet Jace, the Architect and Vraska the Unseen.”

It added rides could include “Multiverse Racing” go-carts and guests could stay at the luxurious Ivory Tower. — TJD, GMA News

Thanks to GMANews.com for this interesting news article, go check them out today!

via After Lucasfilm, is Hasbro next for Disney? | SciTech | GMA News Online | The Go-To Site for Filipinos Everywhere.

 

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Castle Pays Homage To Firefly At A Sci-Fi Convention


Castle Firefly Convention EpisodeNathan Fillion is keeping the “Firefly” torch burning even in his newer role — this weeks “Castle” paid homage to the short-lived Joss Whedon series in a number of geeky ways.The episode, directed by “Star Trek: The Next Generation” legend Jonathan Frakes, was set at a sci-fi convention, and featured a “Firefly”-style show called “Nebula-9.”“They were canceled over a decade ago. After 12 episodes, which was 12 episodes too many,” Castle explained to Beckett.“I thought you would be a fan,” she admitted.“I’m a fan of good sci-fi. ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Battlestar,’ that Joss Whedon show, but ‘Nebula-9?’ No, it’s all phony melodrama and lifeless acting,” our hero proclaimed, much to the joy of the Browncoats in the audience.”Castle” airs every Monday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

Thanks to the fine folks at Huffington Post for this lil’ jewel of the ‘Verse!

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Interstellar Marines takes its sci-fi shooting, & walking sharks, to Kickstarter | PC Gamer


I’m shocked – shocked, I tells ya. There are at least three upcoming indie games that haven’t moved their projects to Kickstarter or Greenlight, and many more that haven’t taken the next logical step and robbed a bank. As of a few days ago, Interstellar Marines can count itself a member of the first two clubs, though the third is surely only a matter of time.

Zero Point are asking for $600,000 to finish development of their long-awaited sci-fi shooter, with $81,000 of that already achieved.A graphically impressive co-op sci-fi FPS is one of the more expensive genres of game to be making, which is probably why Zero Point are moving to Kickstarter after their alpha funding-style ‘support medals‘ and pre-order programs. Rewards range from the obvious copy of the game to a chance to design a weapon and meet the development team “travel and lodging not included”. If you’re tempted, it’s worth playing the four browser-based prototypes first, which are included on the main Kickstarter page.

Interstellar Marines is now Interstellar Marines: Prologue – it’s the first part of a trilogy – so we hope this first episode is fairly meaty. The word ‘prologue’ doesn’t exactly fill you with hope. There are loads of videos on the page, but the fun ten minute pitch video is below.

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Firefly’s Summer Glau Talks Alphas’ Big Season 2 Finale – IGN


Already beloved by genre fans for her memorable roles in series like Firefly, The 4400 and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Summer Glau has been appearing on yet another super-cool show of late, Syfy’s Alphas.

Summer Glau as Skylar Adams in Alphas

Glau plays Skylar Adams, whose Alpha ability allows her to create technology years beyond our most advanced modern tech – and improvise some very formidable weapons from the most innocuous of objects.

With Alphas going into its big Season 2 finale this Monday, I spoke to Glau about portraying Skylar, what’s in store for the finale and more. And yep, I asked the frequent Joss Whedon collaborator what she thought about Whedon returning to TV with S.H.I.E.L.D. – and if there could potentially be a role there for her.

IGN TV: You appeared in one episode of Alphas in Season 1, but has it been fun to come back and flesh her out more and to see different facets of Skylar in Season 2?

Summer Glau: It has been. It’s been a great season for Skylar. I love doing TV, and I love being a part of a team. I really enjoy the process of getting to live in a character for an extended period of time and watch them grow, and I think that’s really happened for Skyler this year. Throughout this final episode, I think she evolves even more. I like where it’s going, and I know I’ve said this before, but I really, really enjoyed the challenges of playing a mother for the first time. That’s been very inspiring for me.

IGN: I wanted going to ask you about that. What’s it like playing a mom, and can you talk about that amazing little girl playing your daughter?

Glau: Oh my gosh, Skyler [Wexler] and I are pen pals online. She is a brilliant, brilliant young lady. When I originally took the role, that was one of the main reasons why, because I thought, “Oh, I wonder what it would be like to play a parent.” Once I got on set and I started working with Skyler – and it’s funny because I play Skylar — I realized once we started workshopping scenes that it created a whole other layer of depth and inspiration for me as an actress. It really, really helped drive my scenes. I’m not a mother yet. I have a little dog, and that’s closest thing I have to someone that truly belongs to me. So it really helped push me along through these last two seasons of Alphas, being able to focus on the fact that Skylar is an absolute loner. She only has herself to count on, and that’s how I play it and that’s how I see her storyline before you meet her in the show. But now that she has a daughter, she just can’t think that way. So it’s a lot of mixed feelings for her, and it just helps me as an actress.

IGN: What really impresses me about little Skyler’s acting is that she’s very natural. There was that funny moment in the last episode where Gary was saying, “This place is gross,” and just the way she said, “Yeah, it is…”

Glau: [Laughs] I know! Yeah, she’s such a natural. She’s really smart.

IGN: You’ve been in a lot of genre shows, specifically where you got to play an ass-kicker. Skylar has very impressive powers, but they’re more mental. Do you miss getting out there and fighting next to the people with the more physical powers sometimes?

Glau: I do. It’s funny that you mention that because Michael Karnow, who is one of the creators of Alphas, he’s a friend of mine, and we were discussing this, it came up in one of the episodes – I think it was actually the episode that just aired this week. They had written the episode — and we always tend to workshop it and rehearse and make some changes — and we were thinking, you know, Skylar doesn’t really get physical. Should we involve her more physically in this storyline? I talked to Michael about it, and he said, “You know what, we specifically want to veer away from that for you as an actress, because people are always going to expect that from you. This is going to be a new challenge for you to be part of the team and make an impact and be a power player without using a physical ability.” So it was actually done on purpose, and that’s good for me because I always want to rumble and throw down; it’s just natural for me as an actress. So this is a good exercise for me.

via Summer Glau Talks Alphas’ Big Season 2 Finale – IGN.

 

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